TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 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 SANJAY RAUT GETS 14 DAYS’ JUDICIAL REMAND P5 TRUSS, SUNAK CLASH OVER COSTOF-LIVING CRISIS ‘BJP WILL RETURN TO POWER IN 2024’ P4 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 36 AND 26 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. Max.93% Monsoon Session: RS, LS adjourned sine die Min. 61% Max: 35.2°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:48 hrs MOON RISES 17:02 hrs Min:25.1°C (-2) SUN SETS 19:06 hrs MOON SETS 03:20 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Women workers from the Khadi Board prepare the National flags as part of the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign ahead of the Independence Day ANI celebration, in Ranchi on Monday. PM to dedicate 2G ethanol plant in Panipat: On the occasion of World Biofuel Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 2nd generation (2G) Ethanol Plant in Panipat, Haryana to the nation on 10th August, 2022 at 4:30 pm via video conferencing. The dedication of the plant is part of a long series of steps taken by the government over the years to boost the production and usage of biofuels in the country. Nitish dials Sonia, rift with BJP widens: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's telephonic conversation with Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi has set tongues wagging on an imminent change of guard in the state. Though the full details of the phone call, which happened on Sunday night, are not officially known, sources said that the two leaders discussed the formation of a new government in Bihar.The Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have already asked their MLAs to reach Patna. Sibal's statement about Indian judiciary ‘contemptuous’: Bar Association AGENCIES NEW DELHI , 8 AUGUST All India Bar Association (AIBA) on Monday hit back at the "contemptuous" statement of Kapil Sibal in which the former Union Law Minister stated that has lost hope in the Indian judiciary. Adish C Aggarwala, senior advocate and Chairman of AIBA said, "Courts decide cases by applying the law to the facts presented by cases before them. They owe allegiance to the Constitution and none else." Aggarwala, who is former Vice Chairman of Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association said, "Criminal cases which were instituted by the then governments as a political witch-hunt, where detailed investigations have been carried out but failed to disclose any evidence, had to be given a burial and if that has happened, no fault can be found with the judicial system. Courts are not to deliver judgments hanging people just to assuage the feelings of a certain community." A robust system is insulated from sentiments and is influenced only by the law, he said. He further said it has become a trend that when a case is decided against someone, that person starts denouncing judges on social media alleging that the judge is biased or the judicial system has failed. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other MPs leave as the Lower House adjourned sine die marking the end of the MonANI soon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 8 AUGUST T he Monsoon Session of the Parliament ended four days ahead of schedule. The ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, which began on July 18, entered its final week, and though the session was scheduled to conclude on August 12, both the Houses of the Parliament adjourned sine die. Today, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu were accorded a farewell in the House with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top leaders in attendance. Naidu demits office on Wednesday and his successor Jagdeep Dhankhar will take the oath of office on August 11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed M Venkaiah Naidu's wit and one-liners as he praised his five-year term as vice president and Rajya Sabha chairman during which the "productivity of the House increased 70 per cent". "We are not enemies, we are rivals. We must work hard to outshine others in competition but not run P12 P10 Monsoon Session of the Parliament ends 4 days ahead of schedule RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY CWG: SHARATH KAMAL WINS TT SINGLES GOLD down others. My wish is that Parliament functions well... I'm thankful and moved by your love and affection," said M Venkaiah Naidu, in his last remarks as the Rajya Sabha Chairman and VicePresident. Members cutting across party lines Monday bade farewell to vice president M Venkaiah Naidu, lauding his role as Rajya Sabha chairman and recollecting how he inspired and allowed them to speak in their native languages. While some Opposition members urged him to pen an autobiography, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge appreciated how Naidu functioned despite being "under pressure". Throughout the session, which began on July 18, the government and opposition have been at loggerheads over a host of issues, including inflation, alleged misuse of central agencies against opposition leaders, etc. During the second week, as many as 24 MPs (20 from Rajya Sabha and 4 from Lok Sabha) were suspended. However, the suspension of the Lok Sabha members - all from Congress was later revoked. ‘Witty one-liners will be missed’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 AUGUST Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said several decisions taken by Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu will be remembered for the upward journey of the House and complimented the Vice-President on his witty one-liners. Modi made the observation while bidding farewell to the outgoing Vice-President Naidu in the House. The Prime Minister pointed out that the systems established by the VicePresident, who is ex-officio Chairman of the Upper House, took the productivity of the House to newer heights. During the years of his leadership, productivity of the House increased by 70 per cent, attendance of the Members increased, and a record 177 bills were passed or discussed. "You have taken so many decisions that will be remembered for the upward jour- ney of the Upper House," he said. The Prime Minister remembered many moments that were marked by the wisdom and wit of Naidu. Noting the change of complexion of leadership in New India, the Prime Minister said: "When we mark August 15 this year, it will be an Independence Day when the President, Vice- President, Speaker and Prime Minister would have been born after Independence. And that too, each of them belong to very simple backgrounds. This has a great symbolic value and is a glimpse of a JEE-Main result out, 24 students score 100% marks AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 8 AUGUST The National Testing Agency on Monday declared the final result of the engineering entrance exam JEE-Main, in which 24 students have secured 100 per cent marks. More than 9 lakh students appeared in the JEE-Main exam conducted in two sessionsfrom June 24 to June 30 and from July 25 to July 30. The 24 students, who have secured 100 per cent marks in the JEE-Main, are Sarnaik Mohan Sakala from Maharashtra; Navya, Mayank Motwani, Krishna Sharma and Partha Bhardwaj from Rajasthan; Sarthak Maheshwari from Haryana; Sneha Pareek from Assam' Arudip Kumar from Bihar; Mrinal Garg from Punjab; Koyana Suhas, Ravi Kishore, Menda Hima Vamsi, Palli Jaljakashi and Kartikeya from Andhra Pradesh; Rupesh Biyani, Dheeraj, Jasti Yashwant from Telangana; Shiva Naga Venkata Aditya, Aniket Chattopadhyay, Thomas Biju from Maha cabinet expansion likely to take place today India records 16,167 Covid cases in last 24hours AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 8 AUGUST MUMBAI , 8 AUGUST Maharashtra cabinet expansion is likely to take place at 11 am on Tuesday at Maharashtra Raj Bhavan, sources said on Monday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is expected to expand his cabinet this week by inducting at least 15 Ministers and deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is expected to keep the crucial home portfolio, sources said. Notably, both the Ministers have been functioning as a two-member cabinet, inviting criticism from Opposition leaders, including NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. "Ajit Pawar is the leader of the opposition. He will have to say such things. Ajit dada conveniently forgets that when he was in the government, there were just five ministers for the first 32 days," Fadnavis said to reporters on Sunday. Fadnavis has said the BJP has embarked on a mission to improve its footprint in Maharashtra in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections by identifying 16 parliamentary constituencies where opposition parties have had a consistent winning streak. On 6 August, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had said no ministerial-level powers have been given to the secretaries except in quasi-judicial matters. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE India reported 16,167 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. With this, India’s active caseload now stands at 1,35,510 with active cases now constituting 0.31% of the country’s total positive cases. As per the data shared by the ministry, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.50% with 15,549 patients having recovered in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 4,34,99,659. While the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 4.64 percent, the daily positivity rate shoots to 6.14 percent, as per the data. Besides, the health ministry stated that the last 24 hours saw a total of 2,63,419 COVID19 tests being conducted taking the cumulative tests to over new era," he said. Prime Minister Modi recalled the Vice President's continuous encouragement to the youth of the country in all the roles he undertook in public life and always promoted young Members in the House also. "As our VicePresident, you devoted a lot of time to youth welfare. A lot of your programmes were focused on Yuva Shakti", he added. Further, the Prime Minister noted that 25 per cent of the Vice President's speeches, outside the House, were among the youth of the country. 87.81 crores. Under the National vaccination drive, 206.56 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. As per the data, COVID19 vaccination for the age group 12-14 years was start- ed on 16 March 2022. So far, more than 3.95 crore adolescents have been administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Similarly, the COVID-19 precaution dose administration for the age group 18-59 years also started from 10 April 2022 onwards. More than 7.07 crore balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. Besides, as per the ministry’s data, more than 197.63 crore vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through Govt. of India (free of cost channel) and through the direct state procurement category. Kerala; Boya Haren Sathvik from Karnataka; Kushagra Srivastava from Jharkhand; Kanishk Sharma and Sumitra Garg from Uttar Pradesh. Apart from India, other countries or foreign cities where these exams were conducted are Doha, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat, Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore, Kuwait, Lagos, Colombo, Jakarta, Vienna, Moscow, and Bangkok. It is worth mentioning that students who perform well in JEE-Main will be able to appear for JEE Advanced. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,4161,899 ACTIVE CASES 1,35,510 NEW CASES 16,167 NEW RECOVERIES 15,549 TOTAL DEATHS 5,26,730 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 08 AUGUST 2022 5G mobile services likely in a month Sindhu pulls it off again in style STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 AUGUST STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Much awaited high speed 5G mobile services are likely to be rolled out in India in about a month's time. Addressing the inaugural event of International Telecommunication Union's Regional Standardisation Forum (RSF) for Asia and Oceania region today, Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications said, "In about a month, 5G mobile services will roll out in the country, which will have multiplier effects on the development of all sectors." Chauhan said a 6G Technology Innovations Group, has also been set up, which is working towards the development of indigenous 6G stack. The Minister said the government is promoting the indigenously designed, developed and manufactured advanced telecom technology, and as a result, India today has a strong home-grown 5G mobile communications ecosystem. He said the process for the rollout of the 5G will be at an advanced stage by the end of this year. "By the end of this year, we are likely to see indigenously developed, and manufactured 5G stack, getting deployed, in rolling out 5G network in India. Our engineers have developed a set of 5G standards, which will facilitate the spread of the 5G network in rural areas," Chauhan said. Talking about the Union government's initiatives to address the issues concerning digital divide, the Minister said the steps include taking optical fibers to all 6 lakh villages of the country, and also cover all these villages with 4G mobile communications. Chauhan informed that around 1,75,000 villages are already provided with the optical fibre, while around 5,60,000 villages have 4G mobile facilities. A multi-billion-dollar, comprehensive plan has been made, which will ensure optical fibre and mobile communications in all six hundred thousand villages by 2025. Talking about the positive, and forward-looking environment created by telecom reforms in the country, the Minister said: "As a result, the recent 5G spectrum auction in India has fetched bids of 20 billion dollars. This very well reflects the confidence and sentiments of the Indian telecom industry." Chauhan said the recently held auction for the 5G spectrum reflects the confidence and sentiment of the Indian telecom industry in government policies. After 40 rounds and 7 straight days of bidding, the highly-anticipated 5G spectrum auction concluded on August 1, fetching over Rs 1.50 trillion, higher than the government's expectations. Leading telecom operators Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) and Bharti Airtel (Airtel) emerged as the top bidders at the recently concluded spectrum auction. Reliance Jio, Adani group, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea were the four major participants in the spectrum auction. KOLKATA, 8 AUGUST PV Sindhu stood in the middle of the podium as the Jana gana maana, in insrumental strains played over the tannoy in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games today, a slight smile playing about the lips of the golen girl. She looked quite relaxed. Others have had their eureka moments, she is never unfocussed. Victory achieved, Sindhu was relishing it in her customary, understated way. While the women's badminton summit showdown was on, she was a picture of unrelenting concentration. If anything seemed to matter, it was the match. It was the warp and weft of a final which monopolised her attention. Nothing else. Watching her, you would have been bowled over by her ability to maintain her fitness CWG: India’s medal tally 22 Gold 16 Silver 23 Bronze for such a length of time. It has been a key element of her performance at the highest level, singling her out as an extraordinary achiever. In the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, some of Sindhu's peers skipped competitions to save their best for Birmingham but the Indian, with so many trophies in her cabinet, was at it everywhere, not letting up and giving of her best every time she was out on the court. There had been an ankle niggle as Sindhu got closer and closer to the title round but it did not seem to nettle her a lot today, her domination of the exchanges revealing an athlete at peace with herself and the world. It seemed also to say that Sindhu would win medals galore yet. Those looking after her fitness and allied intricacies will surely do their job, on which could hinge whether she can be just as busy on the circuit as she is today. There are events that have to be gone through, and whether they become a chore or a spur will be important. As of now, though, she is at the top. Ask Michelle Li. Before the Tokyo Olympics last year, PV Ramana, Sindhu's father, told this correspondent that every medal, whatever its colour, counted. That was why, he said, he was so proud of his daughter. He has every reason to be so. And one is today. The Indian dreamgirl is a champion again.
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