SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 AUGUST 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 | `5.00 |LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR REMEMBERING A GENTLEMAN PARLIAMENTARIAN K CHANDRASEKHAR RAO TO BOYCOTT NITI AAYOG MEETING P4 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/ thundershower likely to occur in some areas. Temperature will be in the range of 3227 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 7.9 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.3°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:10 hrs MOON RISES 12:39 hrs Full moon on 12 THUMBNAILS CRPF personnel hold national flags as they participate in the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign at Chandrashekhar Azad Park, in Prayagraj on Saturday. ANI Pak army hands over body of Kashmiri teenager to Indian authorities: The Pakistan Army on Saturday handed over the body of a teenager, who had drowned and was washed away to the Pakistan side of the LoC, to the Indian Army in J&K's Poonch district.Zafar Ahmad (17) had drowned in Kalai River on 31 July and his body was washed away to the Pakistan side of the LoC. Officials opened the gate at the Chakan Da Bagh crossing point on the LoC in Poonch on Saturday as Pakistan Army han- ded over the body to the Indian officials for his last rites. China simulating attack on Taiwan Strait, says Defence Ministry: Multiple Chinese planes and ships were detected around Taiwan Strait, simulating an attack on its main island, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday adding that some of them have crossed the median line. According to the Ministry of National Defense, the armed forces responded to such a situation accordingly with surveillance systems, CAP aircraft, naval vessels and missile systems. BIJNOR, 6 AUGUST The ordeal of a 30-year-old Indian-origin woman Mandeep Kaur, who went to New York after marriage in search of better life but was tortured by her husband allegedly for not bearing a son till she ended her life has left millions shocked in India and abroad. Kaur, ended her life by hanging, but not before releasing a heart-rending video narrating the excruciatingly painful details of the torture she faced at the hands of husband Ranjotveer Singh Sandhu following which a massive storm took over the social media.Another video also went viral on the net which purportedly showed the victim being beaten up. Many questioned why Sandhu was still allowed to keep the couple's minor daughters while the Uttar Pradesh Police registered a case of abetment to suicide and domestic violence against her husband and in-laws. American authorities have also begin their own probe. Speaking to ANI, the victim’s sister Kuldeep Kaur divulged the horrific details of what Mandeep went through on a daily basis for nearly eight years, since the day she was married. “My sister was married in February 2015. Soon, they went to New York and he started torturing her. He wanted a son and wanted Rs 50 lakh in dowry," said Kuldeep Kaur. An FIR has been registered at the Najibabad Police Station of Bijnor in UP against the husband and her in-laws. She is survived by her two daughters, aged four and six, whose custody currently is with ANI Mandeep’s husband. P7 INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 6 AUGUST Defeats Opposition candidate Margaret Alva by 346 votes DA nominee Jagdeep Dhankhar, a former Bengal Governor, was today elected as the 16th Vice-President of India after a thumping win over opposition candidate Margret Alva, a former union minister in the election of the new VicePresident. The former West Bengal Governor got 528 votes against opposition candidate Margaret Alva who got 182 votes. The members of both houses of the Parliament today voted to elect the next Vice-President. Dhankhar will take the oath of office on August 11, a day after the term of the incumbent Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu ends. Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Janata Dal (United), YSRCP , BSP, AIADMK supported Dhankhar in the election of the new Vice-President. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supported Alva. The Trinamul Congress, a major opposition party, abstained from the vote. Dhankhar reached Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi's residence at 11 Akbar Road before the announcement of the results for the Vice Presidential Election. Lok Sabha Secretary General Utpal Kumar Singh, who was the presiding officer for the 16th Vice Presidential election, said of the 780 MPs eligible to cast votes, 725 A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) trooper, who opened indiscriminate fire with his AK-47 rifle on Saturday evening, killing a colleague and critically injuring another, was neutralised and apprehended after over an hour-long operation by a joint team of Kolkata Police commandos and the paramilitary force, police said. The entire operation was led by the city Police Commissioner, Vineet Goyel himself who rushed to the crime spot at the Indian Museum, at the busy Park Street, immediately sporting a bullet-proof jacket and metal headgear. The killed CISF personnel was identified as Assistant Sub Inspector identified as Ranjit Sarongi. The injured CISF officer, admitted to the state-run SSKM Medical College & Hospital, has been identified as Subir Ghosh, an Assistant Commandant rank officer. Police or the CISF authorities are yet to Alva congratulates Dhankhar on his election as 16th VP N STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with Vice President-elect Jagdeep Dhankhar at his residence in New Delhi on Saturday. ANI MPs cast their vote. Fifteen votes were found invalid and 710 votes were valid. The polling to elect the new vice president commenced at 10 am today and concluded at 5 pm. The counting of votes began after 6 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief JP Nadda, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and MPs from the ruling party and the Opposition cast their votes in the Parliament House complex for the election of the new Vice-President of the country. The Prime Minister was amongst the first leaders to cast his vote. Modi exercised his franchise by reaching Parliament at 10 a.m. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came in a wheelchair since he is unwell and cast his vote. Several members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, including Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh also cast their votes. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also cast his vote besides other MPs. The Vice-President of India, which is the secondhighest constitutional post in the country, is elected through an electoral college consisting of members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. The Vice-President of India is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.Dhankhar was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal in 2019. He resigned from the post of West Bengal governor on July 17 after his name was announced as the vice Presidential candidate of the NDA. Utpal Kumar Singh, returning officer for the vice presidential election, said that of total 780 electors, only 725 voted for the vice presidential poll. Of total 725 votes, 15 votes were found invalid and 710 votes valid. As per the Election Commission, P12 CISF jawan shoots 1 colleague dead, injures another at Indian Museum Jagdeep Dhankhar wins vice-presidential polls NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST Min: 27.5°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:15 hrs MOON SETS 23:52 hrs August Massive outrage after 30-yr-old, tortured for not bearing son, ends life in NY P5 NIKHIL VYAS Min. 70% PRIYANKA, SABLE WIN HISTORIC SILVER MEDALS WHY ARE WE STILL OBSESSED WITH MARILYN MONROE? Opposition nominee for Vice President Margaret Alva today congratulated her contender ~ NDAbacked candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar, after the latter emerged victorious in the Vice-Presidential election. Alva said: “This election is over. The battle for protecting our constitution, strengthening our democracy & restoring the dignity of Parliament, will continue.” She thanked all the leaders of the Opposition, and MPs from across parties who voted for her in this election and all the volunteers for their selfless service “during our short but intense campaign”.Alva said the election was an opportunity for the Opposition to work together, to leave the past behind and build trust amongst each other. “Unfortunately, some opposition parties chose to directly or indirectly support the BJP in an , attempt to derail the idea of a united opposition. It is my belief that by doing so, these parties and their leaders have damaged their own credibility,” she added. entire block was snapped. Then a Kolkata Police commando fired tear gas shells, which forced the killer jawan to come out in the open, following which he was quickly neutralised by the combat force commandos and apprehended. Speaking to media persons, the Commissioner of Police said that the killer jawan was caught without any increase in the number of casualties. “At least 15 rounds were fired. We are investigating the reason why he resorted to indiscriminate firing. Prima facie it seems that he was suffering from mental depression,” he said. A senior city police official said that fortunately the firing happened after the Indian Museum gates were closed for the visitors and many staff of the museum had left. “Otherwise, the number of casualties would have been much more,” he said. This is the second case of a shooting by a security personnel on a Kolkata street in the last three months. The jawan used his service weapon to shoot at an assistant sub-inspector and a head constable The killed CISF personnel was identified as Assistant Sub Inspector identified as Ranjit Sarongi disclose the identity of the killer jawan, who had taken cover in the museum after his shooting spree. On getting the news, commandos of Kolkata Police and other CISF officers and troopers cordoned the Museum area, and used microphones to ask the trooper to surrender. A city police source said that the joint team first identified the area in the museum area where jawan was hiding. After that, electrical connections to the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: PM meets CMs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST Dhankhar secured a total of 528 first preference votes, while Alva got only 182 votes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of chief ministers and deputy chief ministers on Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in New Delhi today. The meeting was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan at 4:30 pm. The PM will chair the NITI Aayog’s seventh governing council meeting on Sunday to discuss issues related to agriculture, education and economy.“The agenda of the meeting, interalia, includes crop diversifi- cation and achieving self-sufficiency in oilseeds and pulses and agri-communities; implementation of the National Education Policy–school education; implementation of the National Education Policy–higher education; and urban governance,” NITI Aayog said in a statement. Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is attending the meeting. However, the chief ministers of Bihar and Telangana will be skipping the key meeting.Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today announced that he will boycott the meeting of the NITI AYOG to be chaired by the PM Delhi tomorrow as it is not “useful” and also as a mark of protest against the central government’s policy of discrimination against states and failure to treat them as equal partners in the task of nation building.For the second time in a month, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will be skipping an event led by the PM. Kumar, who just recovered from Covid, wanted to send his deputy but was told that the event was strictly for CMs only, sources said. ‘Vora didn’t take financial decision in AJL’ Centre asks seven states to increase STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST Neither Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, party MP Rahul Gandhi nor other Congress leaders who were questioned in the National Herald case submitted any documents to substantiate the claims that financial decisions were taken by the party’s former treasurer Motilal Vora, sources of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Saturday. Motilal Vora had passed away at the age of 93 on 21 December 2020. Both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had named the Congress party's longest-serving treasurer as having taken the decision of share transfer of Associate Journal Private Limited (AJL) to Young Indian Private Limited (YIL), the ED sources said. The probe agency on Wednesday sealed the premises of the Young Indian office at the National Herald House building in the national capital as part of its investigation into the National Herald case in which top Congress leaders are accused of violating norms. The case pertains to the alleged financial irregularities under the PMLA and was registered about nine months ago after a trial court took cognisance of an Income Tax department probe carried out on the basis of a private criminal complaint filed by former BJP MP Subramanian Swamy in 2013. The petitioner had approached the court alleging that the assets of AJL, which published the National Herald newspaper, were fraudulently acquired and transferred to YIL, in which Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi owned 38 per cent shares each. Swamy had alleged that the Gandhis cheated and misappropriated funds, with YIL paying only Rs 50 lakh to obtain the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore that AJL owed to Congress. “Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had deflected the blame on Motilal Vora during questioning,” ED sources said.However, according to sources, his name was not on YIL files or AJL documents to prove that Vora had taken any policy decisions or attended any meetings or taking calls on behalf of YIL or AJL which could prove any decision to transfer the shares was taken by him. ISRO to launch SSLV rocket today INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, 6 AUGUST The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is hoping to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence with the launch of its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle - Developmental Flight 1 (SSLV-D1) on Sunday. The countdown down for the SSLV-D1 launch will begin about six-and-half-hours before the lift off which is scheduled at 9.18 a.m. on Sunday, said a senior ISRO official.During the countdown, all the rocket and satellite systems will be checked. India’s newest rocket, the 34-metre tall and weighing 120 ton SSLV-D1 will fly off from the first launch pad at the Sriharikota rocket port on its maiden flight.The three staged SSLV-D1 is primarily powered by solid fuel (total 99.2 ton) and also has a velocity trimming module (VTM) powered India’s newest rocket is 34 metres tall and weighs 120 ton. SSLV-D1 will fly off from the first launch pad at the Sriharikota rocket port on its maiden flight The rocket with by 0.05 ton of liquid fuel for precise injection of satellites. The rocket with a maximum luggage carrying capacity of 500 kg will be carrying an earth observation satellite02 (EOS-02) formerly known as Microsatellite-2 weighing about 145 kg. Just over 12 minutes into its flight, the SSLVD1 will put into orbit the EOS-2 satellite. Prior to that, the rocket will coast, moving because of the momentum and not powered by its engines, twice for about four minutes. The piggyback luggage a maximum luggage carrying capacity of 500 kg will be carrying an earth observation satellite-02 formerly known as Microsatellite-2 weighing about 145 kg. Hexaware is supporting by funding the project. will be the eight kg AZAADISAT built by 750 students of government schools facilitated by SpaceKidz India. According to the ISRO, the SSLV is a ready to transfer rocket with modular and unified systems with standard interfaces for production by the industry. The SSLV design drivers are low cost, low turnaround time, flexibility in accommodating multiple satellites, launch-on-demand feasibility, minimal launch infrastructure requirements and others, ISRO said. pace of vaccination amid Covid spike STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST In wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the country, the Union government has issued advisory to seven states including Delhi, asking them to ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour and increase the pace of vaccination of all eligible population to contain the rise of the Covid infections. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter written yesterday to seven states which Wheat prices record spike, touch ` 2,500 per quintal mark includes Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, has said upcoming festivals and mass congregations in different parts of the country may potentially facilitate transmission of infectious diseases, including the coronavirus. “Renewed attention needs to be paid for ensuring of Covid-appropriate behaviour in crowded places like markets, inter-state bus stands, schools, colleges, railway stations, etc," the Union Health Secretary said.“States should aim to increase the pace of vaccination for all eligible population and accelerate the administration of free precaution doses for 18-plus eligible population at all Government Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) under the “COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav' till September 30,” Bhushan said. In the letter, the Union Health Secretary further said it is critical to ensure adequate testing is undertaken in all the districts of the state while maintaining the recommended FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,41,26,994 ACTIVE CASES 1,34,793 NEW CASES 19,406 19,928 NEW RECOVERIES TOTAL DEATHS 5,26,649 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 06 AUGUST 2022 Bengal recorded 738 cases and four deaths share of RT-PCR and antigen tests. Lanka urges China to defer entry of ‘spy’ ship, after pressure from India INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST COLOMBO, 6 AUGUST Wheat prices have seen a significant rise to cross a record Rs 2,500 per quintal due to slower supplies and robust demand.According to traders in Delhi, the heat wave led to lower production of wheat this year,impacting the domestic supplies of the agricultural produce. Jai Prakash Jindal of Delhi Lawrence Road Mandi said that the prices have been going up daily since the last few days.“Even today the rate went up by Rs 30 and now the price here is Rs 2,550 per quintal.In Haryana, it is Rs 2,400 per quintal, and Rs 2,370 per quintal in Rajasthan,”he said.The mandi prices were hovering around Rs 2,150 to Rs 2,175 per quintal since the ban on wheat export was imposed on 14 May, 2022. Amid pressure from its immediate neighbour India, Sri Lanka has urged China to delay the entry of controversial Chinese ship 'Yuan Wang 5' (in photo) into the Chinese controlled port in Southern Hambantota.In a letter to the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka stated, “The Ministry wishes to request that the arrival date of the vessel Yuan Wang 5 in Hambantota to be deferred until further consultation is made on this matter.” Referring to the permission given on July 12 allowing the Chinese ship to enter the Hambantota Port, the Foreign Ministry said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka presents its compliments to the Embassy of Peo- ple's Republic of China in Colombo and has the honour to refer to the Ministry's Note No. PR/0640/2022 dated July 12, 2022 conveying the clearances for the visit of the vessel Yuan Wang 5 to enter the Port of Hambantota for replenishment purposes.” Weeks ahead of the visit of the Chinese 'spy' ship, India had expressed its concern with the government of Sri Lanka. India had cautioned that it monitors closely all the developments with regard to her security, in the backdrop of the arrival of Chinese 'research' vessel which was planned to reach Hambanto- ta on August 11. In response to India’s concern, Sri Lanka had earlier stated that the visit of the Chinese ship was only for “refuelling and replenishing of other facilities and provisions”. “The ship or members of its crew will not involve in any internal affairs or business in Sri Lanka. China and India have always helped Sri Lanka domestically and in the international fora as true friends,” Media Minister Bandula Gunawarndena had stated. “Sri Lanka would not do anything to harm the good understanding and trust existing between the two countries for millennia. Under no circumstances would Sri Lanka act detrimental to the interests of India or China as both nations have been Sri Lanka's friends-in-need and have stood alongside Sri Lanka at all times," he had said.
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