CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 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 IMRAN’S GAMBIT HC'S ACB SHUTDOWN ORDER: K’TAKA GOVT TO SEEK LEGAL OPINION P4 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 3.00mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% Max: 29.6 °C (-3) SUN RISES 05:13 hrs MOON RISES 18:45 hrs New moon on 27 P6 Though recent political developments in Bihar could impact BJP seat share Min: 25.9 °C (-1) SUN SETS 18:11 hrs MOON SETS 05:08 hrs August THUMBNAILS per cent per cent STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 AUGUST rime Minister Narendra Modi is still ahead of Opposition leaders in popularity ratings if the polls were to be held today and the NDA would most likely form the government, though the recent political developments in Bihar could impact its seat share as per the August edition of the “Mood of the Nation” survey conducted by India Today in association with C-Voter poll. According to the survey, if the Lok Sabha elections were held till August 1, the NDA would have got 307 seats in 543 seats, UPA 125 seats, while other parties would have won 111 seats. But if the elec- P Thick clouds are seen over Vijay Chowk, in New Delhi on Friday. ANI India calls for restraint over Taiwan-China C issue: In its first reaction to the ongoing ChinaTaiwan tensions following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei, India on Friday called upon the two countries to exercise restraint, avoid unilateral actions to change the status quo, and maintain peace and stability in the region. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India's relevant policies were well-known and consistent and did not require reiteration. Bihari labourer shot dead in J&K STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 12 AUGUST Terrorists on Friday shot dead a Bihari labourer in north Kashmir’s Bandipora and also shot and injured a policeman in Anantnag in south of the Valley. Police said that during intervening night, terrorists fired upon and injured a Bihari labourer Mohammad Amrez who was shifted to hospital for treatment where he succumbed.The labourer was from Madhepura Besarh in Bihar.Terrorists stormed the hutments at Soadnara Sumbal in Bandipora and shot dead the labourer. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,42,23,557 ACTIVE CASES 1,23,535 NEW CASES 16,561 18,053 TOTAL DEATHS 5,26,928 NEW RECOVERIES UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2022 Bengal recorded 472 cases and three deaths tions are held after the change of government in Bihar, the NDA would have a direct loss of 21 seats. The NDA would get 286 seats, while the UPA would get 146 seats, the survey found. According to the magazine, a large part of the poll was held before Nitish Kumar snapped ties with the BJP-led NDA in Bihar, but a snap poll on August 10 gave immediate fallout of his dramatic shift in alliances. India Today and CVoter conducted the survey between February 2022 and August 2022. A total of 1,22,016 respondents were interviewed to gauge the nation's mood, the magazine said. Modi remains by far the country’s most popular and tallest political leader 32 years after halls were shut, first multiplex in Srinagar to start shows STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 12 AUGUST With ruins of the iconic Palladium Cinema (in photo) standing in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk as a reminder of terrorists 32 years ago setting on fire and forcing shutdown of cinema halls across Kashmir, valley’s first multiplex is expected to begin screening movies next month in the capital city. The multiplex is being established by the prominent Dhar family that before breakout of terrorism in 1990 ran the famous Broadway cinema. The new multiplex is coming up in a safe and secure place in Sonawar that is near the military cantonment in Srinagar. Kashmir was the hub for shooting Bollywood movies before terrorism came to the Valley. Thereafter, it was deserted by movie makers and cinema halls were also declared out of bounds by terrorist outfits.Youth of Kashmir is excited over the coming up of the multiplex that would enable them to watch movies after over three decades. They had to travel 300 kms to Jammu if they intended to go to cinema hall.The multiplex designed by INOX, is scheduled to be opened to the public in September, say reports. The multiplex has three movie theatres with a combined seating capacity of atleast 520 people. The most recent Dolby sound systems are installed and it is exquisitely crafted.The multiplex's food courts and other entertainment options will also draw people. Amusement and entertainment would return to the valley, especially for the new generation that have never seen a cinema hall.INOX has made efforts to match this multiplex with the country’s other top multiplexes. NEW DELHI, 12 AUGUST A 49-year-old woman from Kerala has approached the Delhi High Court to cancel the emigration clearance of her close friend, a 48-year-old man from Noida, who is allegedly planning to travel abroad for Euthanasia (Physician-assisted suicide). The plea filed through Advocate Subhash Chandran KR contended that the Man is diagnosed with Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is a complex, debilitating, longterm neuroinflammatory disease. It is a poorly understood condition and it is in the early stages of research. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness. ME/CFS can affect anyone, including children. The man is diagnosed with ME/CFS which is a complex, debilitating, long-term neuroinflammatory disease. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness. Studies say it is more common in women and tends to develop in the mid-40s. It's also common for people who have chronic fatigue syndrome to also have other health problems at the same time, such as sleep disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, or anxiety. These being the nature of the disease, treatment focus on symptom relief, as per the plea. In the earlier stage, the man was going through a treatment called Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) in AIIMS. However, he could not continue it in the pandemic situation due to donor availability issues and this affects his confidence and hope. His symptoms started in 2014 and his condition deteriorated over the past eight years. He is now completely bed-bound and just able to take a few steps inside the house. Finally, he has decided to go for Euthanasia through Dignitas, an organisation in Zurich, Switzerland which provides physician assisted suicide and he had travelled to Zurich for first round of psychological evaluation in June. According to the information received by the petitioner, his application was accepted by Dignitas, first evaluation was approved and now awaiting the final decision by end of August, 2022. Foreign nation- Bihar’s new govt a slap on BJP’s face: Tejashwi per cent despite inflation, the pandemic, surging oil prices, and a multitude of problems that have plagued the NDA-led government over the past two years. After over eight years in office, the PM's popularity continues to be high and there is no one even close to him. Close to 53 per cent of respondents in the poll favoured Mr Modi as the next PM while only 9 per cent backed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, and 7 per cent were in favour of Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal. Meanwhile, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today reiterated that he had no ambition to become Prime Minister, but was simply trying to unite the Opposition. Supertech row: SC grants an addl week to Noida authority NEW DELHI, 12 AUGUST The Supreme Court on Friday agreed with Noida authority submissions seeking an additional bandwidth of August 29-September 4 for demolition of Supertech twin towers in case of any circumstances delaying the demolition on 28 August. A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud agreed with submissions of the Noida authority, which was represented by senior advocate Ravindra Kumar. “Considering any unforeseen circumstances/ factor or any delay in charging time on account due to technical reasons and / or weather conditions, a bandwidth of seven days between August 28 to September 4, may be granted for carrying out the demolition in the event of the not demolition not taking place on 28 August, due to the aforesaid circumstances,” said the Noida's plea. The top court had set August 28, instead of earlier 21 August, as the new deadline for demolition of Supertech’s twin towers.IANS Woman moves Delhi HC to stop her close friend’s travel abroad for euthanasia SNS & AGENCIES P7 Modi is still the first choice as PM: Survey Min. 69% TEMPERATURE INJURED WASHINGTON SUNDAR DOUBTFUL FOR ZIMBABWE TOUR ‘DANCERS MUST EMBRACE INCLUSIVITY’ als are required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter any European country in the Schengen Zone. But the respondent man managed to get a Schengen visa by providing false information. He obtained Schengen visa under the pretext of a namesake treatment in a clinic in Belgium, the plea said. In this context, the petitioner was seeking the court's directions not to grant emigration clearance to Respondent No.3 (man) as he made false claims before Indian as well as foreign authorities for getting travel permissions; and also direct to constitute a medical board to examine the medical condition of him and provide necessary medical assistance by considering his peculiar health condition. The court will hear the matter next week. CMYK STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 AUGUST Bihar Deputy chief ministerTejashwiYadav today said the formation of the “Mahagathbandhan” government in the state under the leadership of Nitish Kumar was a slap on the face of the BJP which, he alleged, was dividing the nation in the name of caste and religion. “It’s a government of the poor...it’s a government of the people.Bihar has given a new direction to the country. You will see the same picture in the country,” he said while talking to reporters after meetings with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, CPM general secretary SitaramYechury, and CPI general secretary D Raja (in photo). P12 SC issues notices on plea for centralised database for unclaimed funds ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI , 12 AUGUST The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Centre, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and others on a plea seeking directions to create a centralised database providing information about bank accounts, insurance, post office funds etc. held by deceased account holders. A bench of Justices SA Nazeer and JK Maheshwari sought responses from the Ministry of Finance, Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and others on a petition. The plea filed by journalist Sucheta Dalal asked the court to pass a direction for the establishment of a procedure for dealing with claims of legal heirs qua bank deposits, insurance, post office funds etc. that eliminates unnecessary litigation. The plea stated that unclaimed funds of the public that get transferred to government-owned funds like the Depositor's Education and Awareness Fund (DEAF), Investor's Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) and Senior Citizen's Welfare Fund (SCWF) on the ground that the legal heirs or nom- inees did not claim the same, should be made available to the legal heirs or nominees by providing information of holders of inoperative or dormant accounts on a centralised online database. There is an urgent need to develop a centralised online database under the control of RBI that will provide information about the deceased account holder including such details as the name, address and last date of transaction by the deceased account holder, stated the plea. “It is submitted that the Depositors' Education and Awareness Fund had Rs. 39,264.25 crore at the end of March 2021, up from Rs 33,114 crore on March 31, 2020 and a sharp rise from Rs. 18,381 crore at the end of March 2019. Further, the amount lying with the Investor Education Protection Fund started at Rs. 400 crore in 1999, was 10 times higher at Rs 4,100 crore at the end of March 2020,"the plea submitted.The plea stated that it should be mandatory for banks to inform RBI about the inoperative or dormant bank accounts and this exercise should be repeated after an interval of 9-12 months. NY: Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. , 12 AUGUST Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York. An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. The author was taken or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained. Rushdie’s condition was not immediately known. Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous. A year later, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death. A bounty of over $3 million has also been offered for anyone who kills Rushdie.AP
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