TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 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 P4 WEATHER THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 32 AND 27 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 86% P5 KYRGIOS STUNS WORLD NO. 1 MEDVEDEV P10 Heartbreak for Rishi, Liz Truss to be UK PM P12 Rajpath and Central Vista lawns to be renamed Kartavya Path Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to formally appoint Truss as Britain’s PM on Tuesday Min: 78% TEMPERATURE Max: 32°C SUN RISES 05:20 hrs MOON RISES 14:47 hrs BIDEN VISITS 2 SWING STATES AS MIDTERM CRUNCH TIME BEGINS ‘BJP NEVER PROMISED THACKERAY CM’S POST AHEAD OF POLLS’ ELECT A NON-BJP GOVT IN 2024 AGENCIES Min: 27°C SUN SETS 17:48 hrs MOON SETS 00:32 hrs LONDON, 5 SEPTEMBER ritain’s Conservative Party announced Monday that Liz Truss, currently the country’s foreign secretary, has been elected as the party’s new leader and thus the U.K.’s new prime minister. Truss, 47, beat former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak after a leadership contest in which only about 170,000 dues-paying members of the Conservative Party were allowed to vote. Truss received 81,326 votes, compared with Sunak’s 60,399. She faces immediate pressure to deliver on her promises to tackle a cost-of-living crisis walloping the U.K. and an economy heading into a potentially lengthy recession. Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to formally appointTruss as Britain’s prime minister on Tuesday. The ceremony will take place at the queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland, where the monarch is spending her summer, rather than Buckingham Palace in London. The two-month leadership contest left Britain with a power vacuum at a time of growing discontent across the country amid spiraling energy and food costs. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has UK Election Results Liz Truss B THUMBNAILS Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina arrives in India on four-day visit SUBRATA DUTTA Lucknow hotel fire: The owners and the manager of Lucknow's Hotel Levana, where a major fire broke out on Monday morning and left four persons dead and seven seriously injured, have been detained, police said. The owners, Rohit Agarwal and Rahul Agarwal, along with the manager, Sagar Srivastava, have been taken into custody. The police spokesman said that an FIR was being registered in the case. (PG5) 81,326 votes 60,399votes Rishi Sunak "Congratulations @trussliz for being chosen to be the next PM of the UK. Confident that under your leadership, the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will be further strengthened. Wish you the very best for your new role and responsibilities," said PM Modi made no major policy decisions since he announced he was stepping down on July 7, and officials insisted that measures to address the energy cost crisis would be deferred until his successor is in place. Meanwhile tens of thousands of workers have gone on strike to demand better pay to keep up with relentlessly rising costs. Inflation is above 10% for the first time since the 1980s, and the Bank of England has forecast that will reach a 42-year high of 13.3% in October. That’s largely driven by soaring energy bills, which will jump 80% for the average household starting next month. “I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy. I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills, but also dealing with the long term issues we have on energy supply,” Truss told party members after she was elected. Truss has won the support of many Conservatives with her Thatcherite zeal to roll back state intervention and slash taxes. Both she and her rival Sunak have spoken of their admiration for MargaretThatcher, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, and her free-market, small-government economics. It’s not clear how Truss’s right-wing brand of conservatism, which played so well with party members, will go down with the wider British public – especially those most in need of government relief to help heat their homes this winter. SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER The Rajpath and Central Vista lawns in the heart of national capital Delhi have been renamed Kartavya Path in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to shed names and symbols reminiscent of the British era. The entire stretch from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose statue to the Rashtrapati Bhavan will now be known as Kartavya Path -- a reminder of the Prime Minister's emphasis on duty in the run-up to 2047, which completes 100 years of Independence. The PM will inaugurate a refurbished Central Vista Avenue with added new pub- Jharkhand: Soren wins Nitish meets Rahul, CBI refutes Sisodia’s allegations on rules out PM ambition death of agency’s deputy legal advisor trust vote, tears into BJP SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Nitish Kumar once again ruled out his prime ministerial ambitions as he met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi today. The leaders reportedly discussed the prevailing political situation in the country and ways to strengthen Opposition unity. This is the first time the two leaders met after Kumar quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar and formed a grand alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and with outside support from the Left parties. Kumar is making an attempt to bring all Opposition parties together to checkmate the BJP as a united front in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Kumar said: "There is a concerted effort to weaken regional parties. My effort is to unite the Opposition ahead of the General Elections. I have no intention of pitching myself as a prime ministerial candidate." The Bihar CM along with his 'kitchen cabinet' reached New Delhi to meet opposition leaders including Congress's Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Left party leaders to firm up a gameplan to checkmate the BJP in the next Lok Sabha election. Nitish Kumar is accompanied by his party's national President Lalan Singh, and state ministers Sanjay Jha and Ashok Chaudhary. The Bihar CM has a packed itinerary in the Capital. He is expected to meet Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Left party leaders D. Raja and Sitaram Yechury and others on Tuesday. OnWednesday, he will meet the President and Vice President. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday made an explosive claim, alleging that a Deputy Legal advisor of anti-corruption branch of Central Bureau of Investigation committed suicide two days ago because he was under pressure to frame him in false case. "A CBI officer committed suicide two days earlier. It has come to know that the officer - Jitendra Kumar - was the Deputy Legal Adviser in the Anti-Corruption Branch of the CBI. He was looking after the legality of the fake FIR against me. He was being pressured to approve the arrest by making a case against me in an illegal way," Sisodia said in a press briefing here. "He could not take the mental pressure and died by suicide two days ago. This is really unfortunate, I am deeply hurt," Sisodia alleged during the press conference. The CBI had last month raided the Delhi residence of Sisodia after it registered an FIR to investigate alleged irregularities in the formulation and execution of the Delhi Excise Policy. The Deputy CM also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he only thinks of destabilising governments in non-BJP states by poaching MLAs. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) strongly refuted allegations made by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on the alleged suicide of the agency's deputy legal advisor. CBI in a statement mentioned that in a press conference Manish Sisodia, one of the accused named in the FIR pertaining to the Delhi Excise Policy for the year 202122, has stated that Jitendra Kumar, deputy legal advisor in CBI, died by suicide because he was pressurized to make a strong false case against him. "CBI strongly refutes this mischievous and misleading statement by Sisodia. It is clarified that the gentleman officer Late Jitendra Kumar was in no way connected with the investigation of this case," the statement read. The statement further said that he was Deputy Legal Advisor in charge of prosecution in which capacity he was supervising prosecutors who were conducting the trial of already charge-sheeted cases in Delhi. Further, as per the Delhi Police, which is conducting an inquest into the death, the officer has not held anyone responsible for his death in his suicide note. SNS & AGENCIES RANCHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday won the trust vote in the State Assembly and tore into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for creating an atmosphere of civil war and riots to win polls. Stating that roadblocks were being created for the state government, Soren said in the Assembly, " Obstacles are being presented before our Government. Three of our MLAs are in Bengal. The onus of poaching (of MLAs) in Bengal lies on Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. They don't cooperate with the Police going to those states to probe this." He further said that the conspiracy of the BJP will not succeed as long as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is here in the state (governing the state). "They want to create an atmosphere where two States are pitted against each other. They want to create an atmosphere of civil war and want to fan riots to win polls. As long as there is UPA Government here, such plots will not survive. You will get a befitting political reply," added the Jharkhand CM. Soren on Monday tabled a confidence motion in the Assembly amid a political uncertainty created by the Opposition BJP . A day ago, the legislators flew back to Ranchi after spending days in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur. Sources said those who went to Raipur include 13 from Congress including four ministers and 18 MLAs of JMM. Soren had met the legislators last night at the circuit house where they spent the night. Jharkhand was plunged into a political crisis after a petition by the BJP sought Soren's disqualification from the Assembly in an office of profit case. The BJP has sought the disqualification of Soren as an MLA accusing him of allocating a mining lease to himself while he held the state Mining portfolio in 2021. Narrow defeat to Pakistan has put India slightly on back foot S S RAMASWAMY The narrow loss on Sunday night to arch foes Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium has left Rohit Sharma and his men with the onerous task of winning both their remaining two round robin matches and stay in the hunt for the September 11 Asia Cup title clash. Following their five-wicket defeat on the penultimate ball of the high-scoring battle against Pakistan, which was the reverse of India’s group stage win over their bitter rivals, Rohit and his men have to win against Sri Lanka onTuesday and then Afghanistan on September 8 to keep their hopes alive. One more defeat and it will be curtains for India. This door-die situation will obviously put extra pressure on the players. On paper, India should be able to cross their next two hurdles, butT20 is a format prone to throw in many surprises. The toss would be an important factor as chasing a target looks to be the better option presently. India have a few problems in team selection to take care of, but if we talk about the positives from the loss there is none bigger than the sort of touch former captain Virat Kohli showed in making a forceful 60 off 44 balls, showing glimpses of his old, lofty standards of striking the ball smoothly and with minimum effort. But for Kohli’s mini masterpiece, India would have ended up with a much smaller total than they made, 181for 7. Kolhi later mentioned the good effects of the total break that he took coming into the tournament at the post-media media conference. “I've taken some time away to put things in perspective. I need to enjoy the game. I can't put so much pressure of expectation on myself that I am not able to express myself,” Kohli said while also lauding the team environment that has made his return exciting. “I am absolutely loving playing at the moment again and I am feeling good with the way I am batting,” the former captain added, indicating his positive frame of mind. Kohli apart, the batting did not click as a unit after a pulsating start given by captain Rohit and his companion K L Rahul. Both Rohit and Rahul departed in the space of seven balls as Pakistan fought their way back into the game. The other major plus for India was the fine bowling by rookie wrist spinner Ravi Bishnoi who should have ended up with two wickets instead of 1 for 26 but for the costly, dropped dolly by Arshdeep Singh to give a new lease of life to Asif Ali late in the successful run chase by Pakistan. Bishnoi’s splendid effort was in contrast to his senior leg spin partnerYuzvendra Chahal (1-43) who could even lose his spot in the eleven against Lanka. India would be pondering on whether to include seasoned off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin or replacement player Axar Patel in place of Chahal against the Emerald Islanders. The team’s chief coach Rahul Dravid sent out a mixed point of view on Ashwin’s suitability to make the eleven on the eve of the match against Pakistan. “We’re lucky to have one of the world’s best in our side. We’ve obviously got someone in our larger squad who is one of the best in the world and we’re lucky to have that,” said Dravid. Hehadconcededthatthepresent thinking worldwide was loaded in favour of wrist spinners at the cost of right arm off spin bowlers. “Wrist spinners have become very valuable in (the)T20 format for obvious reasons. The fact is they can spin it both ways. It doesn’t expose them to the right-handers or lefthanders like, say, it does for the finger spinners. And maybe it’s just a cycle, just a phase. “I’m trying to think around. Bangladesh plays Mehidy Hasan a little bit.We played (the)West Indies recently and they didn’t have an off spinner. Moeen Ali plays a little bit for England.There are a few around, it’s not like they’ve all completely disappeared. “We’ve got one. We’re lucky if we need to play him (as) we know we have the quality and someone like Ash can step in if required,” said Dravid, somewhat ambiguously. That brings us back to the critical question, whether Chahal should be retained in spite of his less than impressive displays in both games against Pakistan or it should be a toss-up between Ashwin and Axar. lic amenities making it safer and more accessible for all on September 8. The Central Vista Avenue Refurbishment Project modernised the avenue while restoring elements with heritage value. A senior official of the Ministry of Urban Affairs said that 74 historic light poles and all chain links have been restored, upgraded, and reinstalled on site. More than 900 new light poles have been added wherever necessary to ensure that the space is always safe for visitors. These are located along the Rajpath, canals, rows of trees, newly created parking bays, and the India Gate Precinct. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,44,62,445 ACTIVE CASES 53,974 NEW CASES 5,910 NEW RECOVERIES 7,034 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,007 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2022 Bengal registered 89 fresh Covid cases and 2 deaths India reports 5910 Covid cases in last 24 hours STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER India reported 5910 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 53,974 with active cases now constituting 0.12% of the country’s total positive cases. As per the data shared by the ministry, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.69% with 7034 patients having recovered in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 4,38,55,365. While the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 2.15 percent, the daily positivity rate shoots to 2.60 percent, as per the data. Besides, the health ministry stated that the last 24 hours saw a total of 2,27,313 COVID-19 tests being conducted taking the cumulative tests to over 88.73 crores. Under the National vaccination drive, 213.72 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. As per the data, COVID-19 vaccination for the age group 12-14 years was started on 16 March 2022. So far, more than 4.04 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 5.34 crore balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered.
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