SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 SEPTEMBER 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 BILATERALISM ALONE CANNOT SUSTAIN INDIA-NEPAL TIES SUPPORTERS EXCITED OVER AZAD’S FIRST RALLY AFTER QUITTING CONG P5 WEATHER Possibility of rain or thundershowers with gusty wind very likely.Temperature likely to be in the range of 35-27 degrees Celsius. TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Preparations are underway on the eve of the Hall Bol rally, at Ram Lila Maidan, in the Capital on Saturday. SUBRATA DUTTA Mandaviya calls for people's movement to encourage people to donate organs: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday called for “Jan Bhagidari” or people’s movement to encourage people to come forward to donate their organs to humanity.“It is not possible for the government or NGOs alone to convince people to organ donation. It has to be people’s movement for the campaign to be successful,” he stated while virtually inaugurating the ‘Swasth Sabal Bharat’ Conclave. Telangana to observe 17 Sept as Integration Day not Liberation Day: The TRS government has decided to celebrate 17 September as Telangana National Integration Day after a suggestion from AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi even as the Centre announced plans to hold a grand celebration at Parade Ground to commemorate the day as Hyderabad Liberation Day in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah and invited chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to be the guest of honour. Pg4 AGENCIES PATNA (BIHAR), 3 SEPTEMBER A day after five Janata Dal (United) MLAs from Manipur merged with the ruling BJP , Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday wondered if it was "constitutional" and affirmed that the opposition will unite for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. “When we parted ways from NDA, all our six Manipur MLAs came and met us. They assured us that they were with JDU. We need to think about what is going on. They are breaking away the MLAs from the parties, is it constitutional?," said CM Nitish Kumar.“Opposition will unify for 2024 elections,” Kumar further added. On Friday, five Janata Dal (United) MLAs merged with BJP giving a big jolt to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his party.As per a statement issued by the Legislative Assembly Secretariat, the Speaker of the Manipur Leg- ndia has overtaken the United Kingdom to become the world's fifth-largest economy and is now behind only the US, China, Japan and Germany, according to IMF projections. A decade back, India was ranked 11th among the large economies while the U.K. was at the fifth position. India toppled the UK from its position in the final three months of 2021 to become the fifthbiggest economy. The calculation is based in US dollars, and India extended its lead in the first quarter, according to GDP figures from the International Monetary Fund. The assumption of India overtaking the UK is based on calculations by Bloomberg using the IMF database and historic exchange rates on its terminal. “On an adjusted basis and using the dollar exchange rate on the last day of the relevant quarter, the size of the Indian economy in 'nominal' cash terms in the quarter through March was $854.7 billion. On the same basis, the UK was $816 billion,” stated a Bloomberg report. With India being the world's fastest growing major economy, the country is on track to become the 3rd largest economy by 2029, a separate research report compiled by the State Bank of India group says. “The path I B’luru: ED raids 6 locations in Chinese loan app case The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday carried out search operations at six premises in Bengaluru in respect to an investigation relating to the Chinese loan App case. The federal agency conducted the raids under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act , 2002, the agency said on Saturday. The premises of Razorpay Pvt Ltd, Cashfree Payments, Paytm Payment Services Ltd and entities controlled and operated by Chinese persons were covered in the search operation, said the ED. During the search operation, ED said, it is noticed that the entities raided were generating proceeds of crime through various merchant IDs and accounts held with payment gateways and banks and they are also not operating from the addresses given on the MCA website or registered addresses and having fake addresses. “An amount of Rs 17 crore have been seized in merchant IDs and bank accounts of these Chinese persons-controlled entities,” said the agency. The case is based on 18 FIRs registered by Cyber Crime Police Station, Bengaluru City against numerous entities and persons in connection with their involvement in extortion and harassment of the public who had availed small amounts of loans through the mobile apps being run by those entities and persons. A decade ago, India was ranked 11th among the large economies while the U.K. was at the fifth position With India retaining its place as the world's fastest growing economy tag, it is on track to become the 3rd largest economy by 2029, says an SBI research report Proud moment for India to pip the UK, our colonial ruler, as the 5th largest economy: India $3.5 trillion vs UK $3.2 trillion. But a reality check of population denominator: India: 1.4 billion vs UK 0.068 billion. Hence, per capita GDP we at $2,500 vs $47,000. We have miles to go... Let's be at it UDAY KOTAK CEO OF KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK taken by India since 2014 reveals India is likely to get the tag of 3rd largest economy in 2029, a movement of seven places upwards since 2014 when India was ranked 10th. India should surpass Germany in 2027 and most likely Japan by 2029 at the current rate of growth," the report by SBI’s Economic Research Department says, adding that India should surpass Germany in 2027 and Japan by 2029 at the current rate of growth. “Proud moment for India to pip the UK, our colonial ruler, as the 5th largest economy: India $3.5 trillion vs UK $3.2 trillion. But a reality check of population denominator: India: 1.4 billion vs UK 0.068 billion. Hence, per capita GDP we at $2,500 vs $47,000. We have miles to go... Let's be at it!,” Uday Kotak, CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank, said in a tweet. India has a population 20 Country’s first ‘Night Sky Sanctuary’ to be set up in Ladakh times that of the U.K. and so its GDP per capita is lower. India's GDP expanded 13.5 per cent in the April-June quarter, the quickest pace in a year, to retain the world's fastest growing economy tag but rising interest costs and the looming threat of a recession in major world economies could slow the momentum in the coming quarters.Gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 13.5per cent year-on-year compares to a 20.1per cent expansion a year back and 4.09per cent growth in the previous three months to March, according to official data released earlier this week. The growth, though lower than the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) estimate of 16.2per cent , was fuelled by consumption and signalled a revival of domestic demand, particularly in the services sector.Pent-up demand After defeat at US Open, Serena Williams bids farewell to tennis STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 3 SEPTEMBER The Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, has undertaken to set up India’s first-ever ‘Night Sky Sanctuary’ in Ladakh, which will be completed within the next three months. The proposed ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ will be located at Hanle in Ladakh as a part of Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. It will boost Astro tourism in India and will be one of the world’s highestlocated sites for optical, infra-red, and gamma-ray telescopes. This was disclosed by Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh after meeting Lt. Governor Ladakh, RK Mathur. is driving consumption as consumers, after two years of pandemic restrictions, are stepping out and spending. The services sector has seen a strong bounce back that will get a boost from the festival season next month. But the slowing growth of the manufacturing sector at 4.8per cent is an area of worry. Also, imports being higher than exports is a matter of concern. Additionally, an uneven monsoon is likely to weigh upon agriculture growth and rural demand. The GDP print will, however, allow the RBI to focus on controlling inflation, which has stayed above the comfort zone of 6 per cent for seven straight months. The central bank has raised the benchmark policy rate by 140 basis points in three installments since May and has vowed to do more to bring inflation under control. Besides tighter monetary conditions, Asia's third-largest economy faces headwinds from higher energy and commodity prices that are likely to weigh on consumer demand and companies' investment plans. Also, consumer spending, which accounts for nearly 55per cent of economic activity, has been hit hard by soaring food and fuel prices.The GDP growth in the first quarter of the current fiscal was higher than China's 0.4per cent expansion in AprilJune. AGENCIES NEW YORK, 3 SEPTEMBER American Tennis legend SerenaWilliams bid farewell to the sport on Friday, after her defeat to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in the third round match of the women's singles category in the ongoing US Open 2022. Serena, only a few weeks away from turning 41 and perhaps the greatest woman the world of tennis has ever seen, lost the match 7-5, 6-7(4), 61. Serena was heading into the match ranked at number 605 worldwide, but still, the Arthur Ashe Stadium was jam-packed to witness the tennis legend play her 1014th match and perhaps, the final one of her storied career, which boasts of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, an Open Era record.Williams has 73WTA tour titles, with Martina Navratilova leading the list with 167, followed by Chris Evert (157), Stefanie Graf (107),Court (92). “I thank everyone that is here, that has been on my side for so many years, decades, literally decades. It all started with my parents. They deserve everything. I am grateful for them. These are happy tears, I guess. And I would not be Serena if it was not forVenus.Thank you,Venus. She is the only reason SerenaWilliams ever existed. It has been a fun ride. It has been the most incredible ride and journey I have ever been on in my life," she said. Can India perform an encore against arch foes Pak? S S RAMASWAMY ne-up India will be taking on Pakistan for the second time in eight days in the Asia Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday in what promises to be another riveting contest for supremacy between the two South Asian rivals. The opening duel between the two bitter foes held on August 28 at the same venue ended India’s way as they successfully chased down Pakistan’s modest tally of 147 with five wickets and two balls to spare. That was in the initial group stage of the T20 competition and the upcoming round two bout between the two teams will see the winner getting a head start in the race for the final, scheduled for September 11.The four-team round O P12 2024 India now 5th largest Opposition will unite forCM elections, affirms Bihar economy, beats UK NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER Max: 34.5°C (+2) Min: 24.9°C (-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:20 hrs 17:52 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 11:36 hrs 22:37 hrs Full moon on 10 September NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER P11 SNS & AGENCIES Min.66% AGENCIES P7 India toppled the UK from its position in the final 3 months of 2021 RAINFALL: 7.9 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% PUJARI ENTERS SINGLES FINAL SRI LANKA’S RAJAPAKSA RETURNS TO ISLAND, FACES LEGAL TROUBLES robin second stage of the continental tournament has two other contestants in the fray aiming to book berths in the final – Afghanistan and Sri Lanka - who take on each other in the opener tonight. India have won both their group stage matches, including their second one against minnows Hong Kong, while Pakistan trounced Hong Kong by a staggering 155 runs on Friday to book their second stage berth after losing to India. The massive victory for Pakistan who bowled out Hong Kong for a measly 38 runs, the lowest by any team in the tournament’s history, must have boosted their confidence ahead of the tough game against the Rohit Sharma-led India.India, meanwhile, suffered a big setback with the leg injury sustained by their star all- rounder Ravindra Jadeja that has ruled him out of the remainder of the Cup. Jadeja and Hardik Pandya, who both scored 30s, had piloted India from 89-4 in the run-chase against Pakistan with a crucial 52-run partnership.Jadeja has been replaced by like-for-like allrounder Axar Patel who was in the standby list and has performed well whenever he got the chance. But India are bound to miss Jadeja in such a nerve-racking contest. The Indian think tank has to decide whether to pitchfork the lanky Patel straightaway or include the much more experienced right arm finger spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, so far cooling his heels in the reserves. Another option for India is in the form Ravi Bishnoi as the second wrist spinner to accompany Yuzvendra Chahal.Also interesting to see would be the approach of the Indian pacers against the Pakistan batting order that includes captain Babar Azam, Mohammed Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman. The short pitched bowling attack by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and company kept the free scoring Pakistan batsmen on their toes in the first scrimmage between the two teams and helped India restrict their rivals to below 150.Bhuvneshwar picked up four vic- tims, Hardik Pandya scalped three while the remaining wickets were snapped up by Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan.The last two inexperienced bowlers went for plenty of runs against the weak Hong Kong and are expected to put up an improved show. In batting question marks have been raised against opener K L Rahul who got a golden duck against Pakistan and was slow to get off the blocks even against a none-toostrong Hong Kong attack. Rishabh Pant was controversially left out of the eleven for the tournament opener against Pakistan but then replaced Pandya, who was rested, in the contest against Hong Kong.Who will be left out in round two against Pakistan to accommodate Pandya, is the other interesting point to ponder on. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar interacts with JD(U) national president Lalan Singh during 'National Executive Meeting' in Patna. ANI islative Assembly was pleased to accept the merger of five JD(U) MLAs with the BJP under the tenth schedule of the Constitution. These names included Kh. Joykishan Singh, Ngursanglur Sanate, Md. Achab Uddin, Thangjam Arunkumar and L.M. Khaute. The BJP secured a majority of 32 seats in the 60-member state Assembly in the recently held Assembly elections, results of which were declared on March 10. Earlier, a bulk of the JDU MLAs joined the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh giving a SUN-KISSED nightmare to Kumar's party.Back on 25 August, the lone JDU MLA from Arunachal Pradesh, Techi Kaso, also joined the BJP in the presence of national president JP Nadda and Arunachal CM Pema Khandu, with which the BJP now has 49 out of 60 Assembly seats (MLA).Out of 9 Corporators of JDU, 8 have joined BJP; now the total number of BJP corporators is 18 out of 20. Further, out of 18 Zilla Parishad members (ZPM) of JDU, 17 have joined BJP Now . out of 241 members, BJP has 206 Zilla Parishad members. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,44,49,726 ACTIVE CASES 56,745 NEW CASES 7,219 NEW RECOVERIES 9,651 TOTAL DEATHS 5,27,965 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 03 SEPTEMBER 2022 A bird perches on a lotus flower in a lotus garden, near the Dal Lake. ANI Bengal recorded 193 cases and two deaths
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