CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 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 CHINA DRILLS BETRAY LARGER AMBITIONS: TAIWAN MULLAPERIYAR DAM SAFE: STALIN P4 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 31-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 9.0mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% TEMPERATURE Max: 30.7°C (-2) Min: 25.8°C (-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:11 hrs 18:13 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 15:59 hrs 01:43 hrs Full moon on 12 August THUMBNAILS Devotees take part in a procession on the tenth day of Muharram marking the day of Ashura, in Surat on Tuesday. ANI Assam Rifles officer injured in firing by militants in Arunachal: A week ahead of the Independence Day, heavy exchange of fire between the Assam Rifles and the militants took place in Arunachal Pradesh along the India-Myanmar border on Tuesday, injuring a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), officials said. Tuesday's incident took place days after militant outfits, including the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) called for a boycott of the Independence Day celebrations. Defence sources said that the militant groups from across the India-Myanmar border attacked the Assam Rifles troops at Tirap Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh. WASHINGTON, 9 AUGUST The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from theWhite House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday, a move that represents a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of the former president. Trump, disclosing the search in a lengthy statement, asserted that agents had opened up a safe at his home and described their work as an “unannounced raid” that he likened to “prosecutorial misconduct.”“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-ALago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump wrote.“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the US before.”See Pg10 P9 The petitioner against the 'freebies' promises during polls has told the Supreme Court that the country's two highest economic bodies have expressed concern on their distribution by the state government and emphasised that before distribution and/or promise of freebies, an “economic impact assessment” is essential for a sustainable economy. Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, on behalf of the petitioner, advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, said: "It is submitted that two highest economic bodies of the country have expressed concern and long-term impact P12 Maharastra Cabinet expansion: 18 MLAs take oath as ministers Nitish ends alliance with NDA, resigns as Bihar CM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PATNA, 9 AUGUST ihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday broke away from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), even as he seeks to continue at the helm in the state in alliance with the Opposition Mahaga tbhandan (Grand Alliance). After submitting his resignation as chief minister to governor Phagu Chauhan on Tuesday, Nitish Kumar returned to the Raj Bhavan, this time with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, to stake claim to form a new government. Both the leaders sat in one car to reach the Raj Bhavan. Besides them, JD-U leaders Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Shrawan Kumar and other leaders were also present. Earlier, Nitish Kumar met the governor to submit his resignation and then straight away, went to Rabri Devi's residence at 10 Circular Road to meet Tejashwi Yadav and other leaders of the Mahagatbandhan. Nitish Kumar then returned to his official residence at 1 Anne Marg along with Tejashwi Yadav, Congress state in-charge B JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar being felicitated by RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav in Patna on Tuesday. ANI Bhakta Charan Das and other leaders of the Mahagathbandhan. A meeting of the leaders of Mahagathbandhan was held at 1 Anne Marg where the gathering elected Nitish Kumar as a leader in the Assembly, paving way for his return as chief minister. Amid hectic political activities in Patna, sources said a broad consensus on the government formation has been built, which includes retaining Nitish Kumar as the chief minister, Tejaswi Yadav the deputy chief minister and Speaker from the RJD. Nitish Kumar told mediapersons that he had the support of seven parties, including the RJD and other members of the Opposition Mahagatbandhan, altogether making up 164 MLAs.The promise of five lakh jobs for the youths is also one of the key points of RJD's reunion with JD(U). The RJD had mooted the idea of public welfare and its manifesto had promised 10 lakh jobs. “The first decision will be the announcement of jobs,” said an insider, who claimed that there are no differences on the power sharing arrangements. The writing was on the wall. That something was amiss was clear when Kumar skipped a crucial meeting of the NITI Aayog, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday and JD(U) leader RCP Singh tendered his resignation from the party. Singh, once considered a close aide of Kumar had announced his exit from the party after being served a notice seeking an expla- nation on allegations of corruption.Nitish Kumar's telephonic conversation with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday had set tongues wagging on an imminent change of guard in the state. Earlier, in the JD(U) meeting today, all MLAs and MPs of the party supported chief minister Kumar's decision and said that they were with him. They also asserted that they will continue to support Kumar in his decision. Police personnel were seen deployed in force outside the chief minister's residence.According to sources, many JD(U) legislators told chief minister Kumar in today's meeting that the alliance with the BJP had weakened them since 2020. A meeting of the A total of 18 MLAs - 9 each from BJP and from the chief minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction took oath as ministers Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was also held today at the residence of Rabri Devi in Patna. The meeting saw the participation of leaders of the CPI-ML and the Congress ~ part of the Opposition 'Mahagathbandhan' alliance in the state. The meeting of the BJP over the rift in the NDA was convened at the residence of Deputy chief minister Tarkishore Prasad in Patna. Upset by the Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s sudden switching of allegiances, the Bihar unit of the BJP accused him of betraying the people of the state. Addressing a press conference in Patna, Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal said the people of Bihar will “never forgive” Nitish Kumar. “We fought the 2020 polls together under NDA, the mandate was for JD(U) and BJP We won more . seats, despite the that Nitish Kumar was made the chief minister. Whatever happened today is a betrayal of Bihar’s people & the BJP Jaiswal said. ,” Ahead of the RJD convened meeting today, Congress Bihar legislature party leader Ajit Sharma said: “If Nitish Kumar comes, we'll welcome him. If he comes, we will support him.” (See Pg 5) ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL MUMBAI , 9 AUGUST The much-awaited expansion of the Maharashtra Cabinet took place on Tuesday with a total of 18 MLAs -9 each from BJP and from the chief minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction sworn in as ministers in a grand ceremony in Mumbai's Raj Bhavan. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office to 18 MLAs as ministers. The Cabinet expansion comes over 40 days after chief minister Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis were sworn in after a rebellion led by the former toppled the Udhav Thackeray led Maha Vikas Aghadigovernment in the state. The BJP MLAs set to get cabinet berths include-Chandrakant Patil, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Girish Mahajan, Suresh Khade, Radha Krishna Vikhe Patil, Ravindra Chavhan, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Vijaykumar Gavit and Atul Save. Leaders from Shiv Sena inducted include Dada Bhuse, Shambhuraje Desai, Sandeepan Bhumre, Uday Samant, Tanaji Sawant, Abdul Sattar, Deepak Kesarkar, Gulabrao Patil and Sanjay Rathod. MLAs of the Eknath Shinde camp arrived at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai this morning to attend a meeting. On June 30, Shinde took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Devendra Fadnavis his deputy. Later, Devendra Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and staked claim to power. On June 28, Devendra Fadnavis met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and asked him for a floor test. The next day, Uddhav Thackeray offered his resignation to the Governor as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.On August 6, CM Eknath Shinde had said no ministerial-level powers have been given to the secretaries except in quasi-judicial matters. The Opposition in the state had accused the chief minister of functioning as a twomember cabinet and having assigned decision-making powers to the bureaucrats. Kolkata prof slapped with `99 crore Corbevax heterologous booster expected to defamation notice over swimsuit row get final approval from Centre soon: Sources INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 9 AUGUST An assistant professor at Kolkata's reputed St Xavier’s University, who was forced to resign in October last year for posting pictures in swimsuit on Instagram, has been recently slapped with a defamation notice by the university authorities demanding damage compensation to the tune of Rs 99 crore. The incident took place in October last year after the father of a student complained to the university authorities that he caught his son engrossed in the swimsuit-clad pictures of the assistant professor. In his complaint, the parent contended that it was “obscene, vulgar and improper for an 18-year-old student to see his professor dressed in scanty clothes exhibiting her body on a public platform”. Summoned for explanation by the university authorities, the teacher said that under no The incident took place in October 2021 after the father of a student complained to the university authorities that he caught his son engrossed in the swimsuit-clad pictures of the assistant professor circumstance any of her students could access those pictures which she posted on Instagram two months before she joined the university, as by then the pictures would have gone automatically to the trash section. She argued that her Instagram profile was private and hence the pictures there cannot be viewed by anyone other than her followers. She also expressed apprehension that her Instagram profile might have been hacked. However, the university authorities refused to accept her logic and she was given the option to resign or get terminated. After she resigned, she filed an FIR with the Kolkata Police claiming that her Instagram account might have been hacked. Meanwhile, she had also sent a letter to the university authorities through her lawyer asking for a copy of the complaint filed by the parent of the student. In reply, the authorities slapped her with a counter legal notice claiming that her earlier legal notice was an “7illmotivated”, “desperate” and “dishonest” attempt to open a closed chapter, thus causing immense and irreparable damage to the image of the institute. In that counter legal notice, the university authorities also sought a damage compensation of Rs 99 crore. Meanwhile, netizens in the city are divided over the development. While some have resorted to bashing the assistant professor on moral grounds, others have said that whatever one does beyond his or her professional arena is not the business of his or her employer. Economic impact assessment essential before distribution of ‘freebies’, SC told ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI, 9 AUGUST P10 Stakes claim to form government in state with the support of seven parties Min. 77% FBI searches Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence ASIA CUP: FOCUS TO BE ON KOHLI, RAHUL OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN DIES AT 73 The submissions have been made in a Public Interest Litigation seeking action against political parties for “irrational freebies” on the distribution of freebies by the states without proper fiscal and budgetary management. It is submitted that before distribution and/or promise of freebies, an 'Economic Impact Assessment' is essential for a sustainable economy."The submissions have been made in a PIL filed by Upadhyay seeking action against political parties for "irrational freebies". Hansaria contended that under Article 293(3) of the Constitution, the state government cannot raise any loan or borrow money where Biological E Ltd announced ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI , 9 AUGUST The Union government is considering giving its final approval to the Corbevax heterologous Covid booster for 'Restricted Use in Emergency Situation' soon, sources said. In the month of July, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) recommended Biological E's Corbevax as a heterologous booster for adults. Earlier, on June 4, 2022, Biological E's Corbevax received DCGI approval for a heterologous COVID-19 booster shot for Restricted Use in Emergency Situation. It is the first vaccine in India to get DCGI approval for a heterologous booster shot. Biological E Limited (BE), a Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical and vaccine company, announced that its Corbevax vaccine has been approved by the Drug Con- Manipur: Five day old ‘economic blockade’ called off that its Corbevax vaccine has been approved by the DCGI as a heterologous Covid booster dose for individuals aged 18 years and above after 6 months of administration of primary vaccination (two doses) of Covaxin or Covishield vaccines for restricted use in emergency situation troller General of India (DCGI) as a heterologous COVID-19 booster dose for individuals aged 18 years and above after 6 months of administration of primary vaccination (two doses) of Covaxin or Covishield vaccines for restricted use in emergency situation. “BE's Corbevax is the first such vaccine in India to be approved as a heterologous COVID-19 booster. Recently, BE has furnished its clinical trials data and submitted it to the DCGI, which after a detailed evaluation and deliberations with Subject Experts The petitioner urged the top court to constitute a Committee of Experts to make recommendations after examining the practice of making electoral commitments involving financial resources (freebies) without adequacy of budgetary provisions and suggest remedial measures, formulation of a comprehensive policy to reduce debt to GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) ratio of the states, formulate principles of debt sustainability and fiscal discipline of the state government, and prepare an 'Economic Impact Assessment' module to be published an before any freebies are announced or distributed by the state government/ political parties etc. The five-day old "economic blockade", called by the All-Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM), along the National Highway-2 (Imphal-Dimapur), was withdrawn on Tuesday and movement of goods-laden stranded vehicles began, officials said.With the lifting of the blockade, the Manipur government also restored the mobile data (internet) services. According to state government officials, the ATSUM, which called the "economic blockade" on Friday, demanding the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council (Amendment) Bill, 2021 be moved in the Assembly to provide more administrative powers and autonomy to the tribal bodies, have called off their (See Pg5) stir. IANS CMYK data showed that Corbevax booster dose provided a significant enhancement in immune response and excellent safety profile required for an effective booster Committee (SEC), granted their approval for administering Corbevax vaccine as a heterologous booster dose to people who have already taken two doses of either Covishield or Covaxin," read the statement of Biological E. “BE's clinical trial data showed that Corbevax booster dose provided a significant enhancement in immune response and excellent safety profile required for an effective booster," it said. Mahima Datla, Managing Director, Biological E Limited, said, "We are very happy FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,41,74,650 ACTIVE CASES 1,31,807 NEW CASES 12,751 16,412 NEW RECOVERIES TOTAL DEATHS 5,26,772 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 09 AUGUST 2022 Bengal recorded 525 cases and five deaths with this approval, which will address the need for Covid booster doses in India. We have crossed yet another milestone in our Covid vaccination journey. This approval reflects once again the sustained world-class safety standards and high immunogenicity of Corbevax.” LAC row: India, China to set up hotlines between Air forces IMPHAL, 9 AUGUST the loan of the Union government is outstanding, and in such circumstances, borrowing can be made only with the consent of the Centre and it can impose such conditions as it thinks fit under clause (4). “It is submitted that the state governments have been borrowing money even when the loan from Government of India is outstanding without complying with the requirements of Article 293(3) and (4). It is necessary to have a strict enforcement of these provisions including a 'system of credit rating' being introduced for grant of credit facilities to the state government", said the submissions, filed through advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey. BE’s clinical trial ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI , 9 AUGUST India and China are likely to set up a hotline between their Air Forces to prevent any possible escalation of the situation and to directly discuss issues between them on the border. “The issue of having a direct hotline between the Chinese and the Indian Air Force had come up for discussion during the recent talks held in ChushulMoldo border meeting point last week,” government sources said. The structure and the level at which the hotline would be set up is likely to come up Lanka asks China to postpone research ship’s port call: Sri Lanka has asked China to defer a port call of a scientific research ship after security concerns were reportedly raised by India.The Foreign Ministry ministry said in a statement that the Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 5 was scheduled to arrive at southern Hambantota port on Thursday and stay until 17 August for replenishment purposes, but “in the light of the need for further consultations” the government asked the Chinese Embassy in Colombo to defer to ship’s arrival. The ministry did not give any specific reason but India’s security concerns over the presence of the ship close to its southern borders were the likely reason. for discussion in future meetings between the two countries at the military level, they said. Sources said the need for a direct hotline between the air forces was felt as the issues involving fighter aircraft can escalate very fast and can lead to a major conflict. The discussions in this regard are happening in the backdrop of the recent Chinese Air Force activities in the Eastern Ladakh sector where they were fre- quently violating the 10 Km Confidence Building Measure line and on one occasion, clearly crossing over while taking a turn on June 25. The Chinese were taken aback by the Indian response to their activities. During the talks, the Indian side asked them to avoid such activities while the Chinese complained that the Indian Air Force was doing extensive flying on its side of the border, the sources said.
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