MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 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 P5 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY. POSSIBILITY OF VERY LIGHT RAIN/DRIZZLE. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 33 AND 26 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 AUGUST Min. 79% TEMPERATURE Min: 27.4°C (+2) SUN SETS 19:07 hrs MOON SETS 02:13 hrs P THUMBNAILS Clouds hover over the Rabindra Setu( Howrah Bridge), in Kolkata on Sunday. ANI CSIR gets first woman head: Senior scientist Nallathamby Kalaiselvi has been appointed as the first woman Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a consortium of 38 research institutes across the country. She is known for her work on the subject of lithium ion batteries, and she is the current director of the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI) at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. CUET-UG exam to now take place from 24-28 August NEW DELHI, 7 AUGUST The Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUET) UG examination, scheduled for August 4 across 17 states but postponed till August 12 due to administrative and technical reasons, will now be held from August 24. According to the UGC, now the postponed examination will take place from August 24-28 instead of August 12-14. The new admit cards for the exam will be issued on the official website of CUET. The second slot of CUET had started from 4 August. According to the National Testing Agency (NTA), the examination scheduled for the first slot on August 5, was postponed at 20 test centres and for the second slot, was postponed at 30 centres across the country. As per data provided by the UGC, a total of 15,811 candidates had objected to the test being conducted from 12-14 August and had requested the exam be rescheduled.Meanwhile, on Sunday, over 63,000 students from across the country, appeared for the CUET. However, on Friday, as well as Thursday, thousands of candidates had to face technical difficulties during both slots of the exam.ANI (SEE PG4) P9 Every state played a crucial role during Covid: PM at NITI Aayog meet RAINFALL: nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 29.2°C (-5) SUN RISES 05:47 hrs MOON RISES 15:55 hrs P7 Covid: PM hails joint efforts of all states WEATHER Max.100% XI'S ‘ZERO-COVID’ POLICY CWG: WORLD PROVES INTOLERABLE CHAMPION NIKHAT TO CITIZENS ZAREEN WINS GOLD WHY DOES SUNAK ATTRACT AN ASPIRATIONAL INDIA? MANAGING FRICTION IN RS WILL BE V-P'S BIGGEST CHALLENGE rime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cited the collective efforts of all the states in the spirit of cooperative federalism as the force that helped India emerge from the pandemic. Addressing the seventh meeting of the Governing Council (GC) of NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister said: “Every State played a crucial role according to its strength and contributed to India’s fight against Covid.This led to India emerging as an example for the developing nations to look up to as a global leader.” This was the first physical meeting of the Governing Council since the onset of the pandemic, with the 2021 meeting held via video conferencing. The meeting was attended by 23 Chief Ministers, 3 Lieutenant Governors and 2 Administrators and Union Ministers. The meeting was moderated by defence minister Rajnath Singh.Bihar chief minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph during the 7th Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI Nitish Kumar, and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who had announced he was boycotting the meet, were absent. Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee attended. In his inaugural address, the Prime Minister said that during the Covid crisis, India had sent a powerful message to the developing nations of the world ~ that it is possible to overcome challenges with resilience despite resource limitations. Modi said the credit for this goes to the state governments, which focused on grassroots delivery of public services to the people through cooperation across political lines.The Prime Minister highlighted that the meeting was a culmination of months of rigorous brainstorming and consultations between the Centre and states to identify national priorities. This year, the Governing Council discussed four key agenda items which included crop diversification and achieving selfsufficiency in pulses, oilseeds and other agricommodities; implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) in school education; implementation of NEP in higher education; and urban governance.The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of all of the above issues, especially the need for India to focus on mod- ernised agriculture, animal husbandry, and food processing to become selfsufficient and a global leader in the agriculture sector. He also spoke about India’s G20 presidency in 2023 and called it a unique opportunity to show the world that India is not just Delhi ~ it is every state and Union Territory of the country. In his closing remarks, the PM said each state should focus on promoting its 3Ts, Trade, Tourism, Technology, through every Indian Mission around the world. He said the NITI Aayog will study the states' concerns, challenges, and best practices and subsequently plan the way forward. P12 JD-U decides not to join Modi govt over ‘insufficient’ berths AGENCIES PATNA, 7 AUGUST The Janata Dal-United (JDU) on Sunday said it had decided not to join the Narendra Modi government at the Centre after its demand for two ministerial berths was rejected by the BJP. State Education minister and JD-U leader Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said: “We are not going to join the Narendra Modi cabinet. The JDU needed the desired respect from the BJP but it did not happen. Hence we have decided to avoid inclusion in the Narendra Modi gov- A political churn seems underway in Bihar with sources have said that JD-U has called for a meeting of every MLA, MLC, and MP of Bihar ernment.” However, he added that this decision “will not affect our alliance with BJP in Bihar”. The statement of Chaudhary is an indication of sour relationship between JD-U and BJP in Bihar, and this could be the reason for chief minister Nitish Kumar maintaining distance from the BJP and skipping the Niti Aayog GEARING UP FOR I-DAY The Army organises a 'Run for Unity' as part of the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign ahead of the 75th Independence Day,' in Poonch on Sunday. ANI India’s maiden small rocket mission fails Indian Museum killing: AGENCIES SRIHARIKOTA , 7 AUGUST The maiden mission of India's brand new rocket about Rs 56 crore Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) on Sunday morning ended in a failure. The launch failure of a small rocket powered by solid fuel puts the focus on the safety of India's human space mission that will be carried out by Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLVMk III) with the tricky cryogenic engine stage. Hours after the SSLV-D1 was launched with two satellites at about 9.18 a.m., the Indian Space Research Organisa- tion (ISRO) said satellites are unusable as they were put into a different orbit than the intended one. “All the stages performed normally. Both the satellites were injected. But the orbit achieved was less than expected, which makes it unstable," ISRO said in a very brief statement about the mission. “SSLV-D1 placed the satellites into 356 km x 76 km elliptical orbit instead of 356 km circular orbit. Satellites are no longer usable. Issue is reasonably identified," ISRO said.“Failure of a logic to identify a sensor failure and go for a salvage action caused the deviation. A committee would analyse and recommend. With the implementation of the recommendations, ISRO will come back soon with SSLVD2," the space agency added. The Indian space agency is silent on the reasons as to why the satellites or at least the EOS02 could not be raised to the required orbit by firing its onboard motors. On its first developmental flight, the SSLV-D1 carried an earth observation satellite02 (EOS-02)weighing about 145 kg and the eight kg AZAADISAT built by 750 students of government schools facilitated by SpaceKidz India.About 12 minutes into the rocket's flight, ISRO announced the sep- On National Handloom Day, PM pays tribute to India’s rich cultural diversity AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 7 AUGUST On the occasion of National Handloom Day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tribute to India’s rich cultural diversity and all those working to celebrate India's artistic traditions. In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said: “On National Handloom Day, a tribute to India's rich cultural diversity and all those working to celebrate our artistic traditions.” In another tweet quoting Union textile minister Piyush Goyal, Modi said: "An excellent oppor- tunity to ideate and innovate for weavers. Urging all those youngsters associated with the world of startups to take part.” Sharing link to apply for the 'Handloom Startup Grand Challenge', Goyal tweeted: "Handloom Startup Grand Challenge. Golden opportu- nity to innovate cost-effective solutions for developing technologically upgraded handlooms for better quality products with lesser drudgery for our handloom weavers." Union Home Minister Amit Shah also greeted the people on National Handloom Day. Shah said: “India's Handloom sector signifies our rich and diverse cultural heritage. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared 7 August as the National Handloom Day to commemorate the Swadeshi movement that began in 1905 on the same day and to revive this ancient Indian art.” STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Eldhose Paul wins historic gold in men’s triple jump in CWG KOLKATA, 7 AUGUST BIRMINGHAM, 7 AUGUST Pent-up anger at being denied leave to visit his native place of Dhenkanal, in Odisha, on account of his father's death just three days back, coupled with the alleged incidents of humiliation he was subjected to, led to yesterday's fragging incident where a CISF jawan killed an assistant subinspector and injured an assistant commandant of the CISF on the premises of the Indian Museum on Jawaharlal Nehru Road at Park Street, police sources said. The arrested head constable was today remanded to 14 days of police custody till 21 August by a city court. On Saturday night at around 5.15 pm on the premises of the Indian Museum, CISF head constable Akshay Kumar Mishra (58), responsible for the security of the museum, allegedly targeted assistant commandant Subir Ghosh (59) with an AK 47 rifle spraying 15 bullets. But assistant sub-inspector Ranjit Kumar Sarangi came between them and was killed instantly while Ghosh received injuries on his arms. He was discharged today from SSKM hospital where he was admitted yesterday. The ASI, Ranjit Kumar Indian athletes added to their country's medal count on the tenth day of their Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign as Eldhose Paul won gold and Abdulla Aboobacker Narangolintevid bagged a silver in the final of the men's triple jump on Sunday. Paul finished at the first position with the best jump of 17.03 m, which came in his third attempt. He performed the first 17 m jump of the final. He took home the gold medal. Abdulla Aboobacker Narangolintevid also finished at the second position, with the best jump of 17.02 m which came in his fifth attempt. The bronze medal went into the hands of Bermuda's Jah-Nhai Perinchief. The athlete had the best jump of 16.92 m, which came in his first attempt. The other Indian who was also a part of this event was Praveen Chitravel, who finished at the fourth position at the event with the best jump of 16.89 m, which came in his third attempt. He fell short by a short margin otherwise India could have had taken all the medals in the final. Perinchief had the lead in his first attempt. The gold medalist Paul was not even in contention back then as he had made a first attempt of 14.62 m. Paul took the lead after his third attempt with his monstrous 17.03 m, which was never topped till the end. Notably yesterday, Indian athlete Avinash Sable clinched a silver medal for the country after finishing second in the final of the men's 3000 m steeplechase event at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Saturday. He was not initially in the medal contention as he was at the fourth position when he crossed 1,000 and 2,000 m respectively. But in the final 1,000 m, he upped his speed to get to the second position and won a silver for the country. He clocked the timings of 8:11.20, his personal best. Anger at leave denial behind CISF fragging ISRO launches the maiden flight of its small satellite launcher the SSLV-D1. ANI aration of EOS-02 and the AZAADISAT. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,41,45,732 ACTIVE CASES 1,34,933 NEW CASES 18,738 NEW RECOVERIES 18,558 TOTAL DEATHS 5,26,689 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 07 AUGUST 2022 Bengal recorded 639 cases and two deaths CISF head constable AK Mishra (head covered) being produced at Bankshall Court, in Kolkata on Sunday. ANI Sarangi, was declared dead at SSKM hospital yesterday. After the shooting, a team of Kolkata police from Lalbazar led by DC central Rupesh Kumar including commandos had been pressed into action to arrest the killer jawan and after an hour-long attempt at persuasion, the accused who had fortified himself in a room of the CISF barracks on the Indian Museum premises finally surrendered to the police. He was finally arrested by Kolkata Police who took him into custody. A city court here on Sunday remanded Akshyay Kumar Mishra to 14 days of police custody. He will be presented at the same court on August 21. Need forward looking approach to abortion: SC on law for unmarried women AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 7 AUGUST Insisting on a “forward-looking” approach, the Supreme Court has opined that any discrimination between married and unmarried women in respect of medical termination of pregnancy law in India that does not allow a single woman to go for abortion after 20 weeks, violates her personal autonomy. A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and JB Pardiwala said it will interpret the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act and the related rules to see if unmarried women could be allowed to abort upto 24-week pregnancy on medical advice. “There has to be a forwardlooking interpretation of the (MTP Act and Rules) law in view of the advancement made in the medical field,” said the apex court. The upper limit for the termination of pregnancy is 24 weeks for married women, special categories ~ including survivors of rape and other vulnerable women such as the differently-abled and minors; the corresponding window for unmarried women in consensual relationships is 20 weeks. The bench asked Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the The upper limit for the termination of pregnancy is 24 weeks for married women, special categories ~ including survivors of rape and other vulnerable women such as the differently-abled and minors; the corresponding window for unmarried women in consensual relationships is 20 weeks Centre, to assist the court in the exercise. It has now post- ed the case for hearing on 10 August.“When there are exceptions provided under the law, then why unmarried women can't be included to terminate 24-weeks pregnancy if the medical advice permits so? The parliamentary intent appears to be clear as it has replaced 'husband' with 'partner'. It shows that they have considered unmarried women also in the bracket of those allowed to terminate 24-weeks pregnancy," Justice Chandrachud said. The apex court questioned if a married woman is allowed to terminate upto 24 weeks of pregnancy under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister in Delhi on Sunday. A political churn seems underway in Bihar with sources have said that JDU has called for a meeting of every MLA, MLC, and MP of Bihar. Though the date has not been finalised yet, it is possible that it will be held any time in the next 3 to 4 days. Besides the JD-U, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) also called for a similar meeting on August 9. The meeting will be held at the official residence of party chief Jitan Ram Manjhi in Patna. [MTP] Act, 1971, and the Rules framed under it, why denying the same to unmarried women, even though the risk is same for both. The bench said it can strike down the restrictive clause "for being manifestly arbitrary", which in turn would allow extending the benefit of terminating pregnancy above 20 weeks to unmarried women also.At the outset, the top court was informed that a 25-year-old woman, who was allowed to terminate her 24week pregnancy on July 21, is safe after a successful procedure. Earlier, the bench had observed that a woman can't be denied abortion benefits merely on the ground that she is unmarried and allowed a woman to terminate her 24week-old pregnancy subject to AIIMS Delhi concluding that the foetus can be aborted without risk to her life. It said allowing the woman to suffer an unwanted pregnancy will be contrary to the object and spirit of the legislation. It had noted that after the 2021 amendment in the Act, it uses the word 'partner' instead of 'husband' in the explanation to Section 3 of the Act and said that this shows the legislative intent to cover “unmarried woman” under the Act. "The use of words 'woman or her partner' shows an intention to cover unmarried woman which is in consonance with Article 14 of the Constitution," the bench opined. The 25-year-old woman had approached the apex court after the Delhi High Court declined to grant permission to abort her pregnancy which had arisen out of a consensual sexual relationship, saying that it virtually amounts to killing the foetus.In her plea, the woman said she is unmarried and her partner “ditched” her at the last moment (about 18 weeks of pregnancy).
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