CMYK 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 MANAGING FRICTION IN RS WILL BE V-P'S BIGGEST CHALLENGE WHY DOES SUNAK ATTRACT AN ASPIRATIONAL INDIA? P5 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 34-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 1.00mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.90% TEMPERATURE Min. 70% Max: 32.3°C (+1) Min: 26.7°C (0) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:11 hrs 18:14 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 13:45 hrs ---------- hrs Full moon on 12 August 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. XI'S ‘ZERO-COVID’ POLICY PROVES INTOLERABLE TO CITIZENS P7 P9 CWG: WORLD CHAMPION NIKHAT ZAREEN WINS GOLD P12 Covid: PM hails joint efforts of all states JD-U decides not to join Modi govt over ‘insufficient’ berths Every state played a crucial role during Covid: PM at NITI Aayog meet INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE PATNA, 7 AUGUST STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 AUGUST 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 Nitish Kumar, and Telan- P Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph during the 7th Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI gana 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 meet- ing 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- CMYK 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. The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) 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 JD-U needed the desired respect from the BJP but it did not happen. Hence we have decided to avoid inclusion in the Narendra Modi government.”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 meeting . 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 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 has not been finalised yet, it is possible that it will be held any time in the next 3 to 4 days. Besides the JDU, 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. In May 2019, the then JD(U) president Nitish had refused to join the Modi cabinet after the BJP refused his demand of “proportionate representation” in the cabinet, instead of a “symbolic representation” by indicting only one minister from each ally of NDA. Having 16 members of his party in the LS from Bihar after the 2019 general elections, Nitish then reportedly wanted four cabinet berths in the Modi cabinet. The ally BJP which , had won 17 LS seats from Bihar in the same election, had inducted altogether five ministers, four of them from upper castes, from the state. India’s maiden small rocket mission fails 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 LaunchVehicle-Mk III (GSLV-Mk 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 Organisation (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. “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 SSLV-D2,”the space IANS agency added.
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