WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 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 P10 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 37 AND 26 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY P9 Min. 49% Max: 36.5°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:03 hrs MOON RISES 16:45 hrs Min:26.3°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:36 hrs MOON SETS 03:22 hrs Modi, Hasina hold talks,7 MoUs inked THUMBNAILS Preparation going on full swing for forth coming inauguration of the Central Vista at India Gate, in New Delhi on Tuesday. SUBRATA DUTTA Former NSE chief Ravi Narain arrested in PMLA case: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday arrested former NSE CEO and MD Ravi Narain in a money laundering case, officials said. His role is being investigated by the federal probe agency as part of two criminal cases linked to the bourse – the alleged colocation 'scam' case and the purported illegal phone tapping of employees. Narain is understood to have been arrested in the tapping case under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). SC asks Punjab, Haryana to discuss SutlejYamuna link canal issue: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Union Jal Shakti Ministry to call a meeting between the governments of Punjab and Haryana to resolve the Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal dispute.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Abhay S Oka and Vikram Nath asked the central government to hold a meeting between both the States and granted four months to file a report. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER I ndia and Bangladesh signed seven Memorandum of understanding (MoUs) on Tuesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Delhi. India-Bangladesh delegation-level talks led by PM Modi and Hasina were commenced at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi. "India-Bangladesh delegation level talks led by PM @narendramodi & PM Sheikh Hasina commence. On the agenda are issues related to connectivity, energy, water resources, trade & investment, border management & security, development partnership and regional & multilateral matters," the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi tweeted. Earlier, Hasina laid a wreath and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. She received a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Soon after the welcome, the Bangladesh Prime Minister said she feels happy to be in India every time while noting significant ties between New Delhi and Dhaka. Addressing a joint press conference after the bilateral discussions, Modi in the presence of Hasina, said that through expansion of connectivity infrastructure economies of both the nations will be strengthened. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina during her ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. AGENCIES The Prime Minister further said that India is the biggest development and trade partner of Bangladesh in the region. For Bangladesh's exports too, India is a significant market, he added. The Prime Minister further elaborated that in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and the prevailing geo-political situation, both India and Bangladesh need to further strengthen their economies. The two leaders also decided to further increase cooperation in the IT, nuclear and space sectors and it was also decided to take further the ongoing efforts to conserve the joint ecological heritage of the Sundarbans. The inauguration of the first unit of Maitree thermal plant will go a long way in meeting the need for affordable power in Bangladesh, Modi added. "India is our friend. Whenever I come here, it is a pleasure for me, especially because we always recall the contribution India has made during our liberation war. We have a friendly relationship, we are cooperating with each other," the Bangladesh Premier said today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Bangladesh PM Hasina as she arrived at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Hasina shook hands with PM Modi. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was also present. Rashtrapati Bhavan was decked up for Hasina's welcome. She is set to meet President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar today. Hasina began her fourday visit to India yesterday as Bangladesh is an essential partner under India's "Neighbourhood First" policy.Soon after arriving in New Delhi on Monday, the Bangladesh Prime Minister met External Affairs Pak Rangers India's 1st intranasal vax for Covid gets DCGI approval open fire at FACT FILE BSF patrol India's first intranasal Covid SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 6 SEPTEMBER After 18 months of peace on the international border (IB) and Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Rangers on Tuesday broke the ceasefire by indulging in firing at a BSF patrol in the Arnia sector of Jammu. Troops of Pakistan Rangers in the morning indulged in unprovoked firing at BSF jawans patrolling along the IB. Both sides later in the afternoon held a flag meeting in which it was decided to exercise restraint and respect the ceasefire. Giving details of the incident, a BSF spokesman said that; "Today morning the alert BSF Jammu troops gave a befitting reply to the unprovoked firing by Pak rangers on BSF Patroling party in Arnia Sector. No loss/ Injury to BSF troops". The Indian and Pakistan Armies had on 25 February in 2021 announced the ceasefire. Not a single violation of ceasefire was so far reported on the IB and LOC.A company commander level flag meeting was held between BSF and Pak Rangers at 1.45 pm on the border. The issue of unprovoked firing was discussed and both sides agreed to exercise maximum restraint on the border. Both sides agreed to respect the existing norms in future. Meeting ended in cordial atmosphere, BSF spokesman added. vaccine by Bharat Biotech on Tuesday got the approval from the Drug Controller General of India for 18+ age group for restricted use in emergency situations. Announcing the achievements, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya termed it a 'big boost to India's fight against Covid-19. "Big Boost to India's Fight Against COVID-19! Bharat Biotech's ChAd36-SARS-CoVS COVID-19 (Chimpanzee Adenovirus Vectored) recombinant nasal vaccine approved by @CDSCO_INDIA_INF for primary immunization against COVID-19 in 18+ age group TOTAL CASES 4,44,64,284 ACTIVE CASES for restricted use in emergency situation," Mandaviya tweeted.In a subsequent tweet he said, "This step will further strengthen our collective fight against the pandemic. "India has harnessed its science, R&D, and human resources in the fight against COVID-19 under PM @NarendraModi Ji's leadership. With the science-driven approach & Sabka Prayas, we will defeat COVID-19", he said. 49,758 NEW CASES 4,416 NEW RECOVERIES 6,032 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,030 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 06 SEPTEMBER 2022 US OPEN: FRANCES TIAFOE STUNS RAFAEL NADAL P12 P3 They also decided to increase cooperation in IT, nuclear, space sectors Max. 79% TEMPERATURE ‘VESTED INTERESTS OF POLITICAL FAMILIES DEPRIVED YOUTH FROM JOBS’ ‘HIGH PROBABILITY ISRAELI SOLDIER KILLED REPORTER’ CHILE LOOKS FOR NEW PATH AFTER REJECTING NEW CONSTITUTION Minister S Jaishankar and discussed issues of bilateral interest. She also visited Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, a prominent pilgrimage tourist attraction in Delhi. PM Hasina was welcomed by Darshana Jardosh, Minister of State for Textiles and Railways in New Delhi upon her arrival here on Monday. Hasina's visit is crucial and will further strengthen the multifaceted relationship between India and Bangladesh. This is her first visit after both nations' bilateral relations touched their 50th year in 2021. Last year also marked the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence and the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of the nation. PM Modi visited Bangladesh in 2021. Maitri Diwas celebrations were held in 20 capitals around the world including Delhi and Dhaka. ‘Real motive to question probe against Cong prez, office-bearers’: Centre to SC SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER The Centre has told the Supreme Court that some petitioners challenging the validity of the extension of tenure of the present Enforcement Directorate (ED) director Sanjay Kumar Mishra, have moved the court on behalf of the president and office-bearers of the Indian National Congress (INC), who are being investigated by the ED. The affidavit filed by Sandeep Gehlot, undersecretary, Department of Revenue, said the petitioners failed to disclose serious cases of money laundering under investigation against several leaders of the party. "The real motive of the petition is to question the investigation being carried out against the president and certain officebearers of the INC party..instead of availing alternate remedies like filing an appropriate petition for quashing, etc., under the Code of Criminal Procedure..." The affidavit added that one of the petitioners is the general secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee, who moved the court under Article 32 espousing the cause of her political masters when there is nothing barring the concerned persons who are under investigation from approaching competent court for any appropriate relief. "The present petition is the misuse of Article 32 of the Constitution, which is clearly being filed in a representative capacity for and on behalf of the president and the office-bearers of the INC, who are being investigated by the ED, and are fully competent to approach respective courts for appropriate statutory relief...therefore, the present petition is clearly motivated by an oblique personal interest rather than any public interest," added the affidavit. The affidavit added that the petitions have been filed by leaders of certain recognised political parties and the apex court had held that PIL should not be used for political or personal interest, and should not become a tool at the hands of vested interests for their political or personal gain. The top court has scheduled the matter for hearing next week. ROHIT’S HEROICS IN VAIN Sri Lankan batsmen showed great intent in chasing down India's 173. Earlier a quickfire half-century by skipper Rohit Sharma helped Team India reach a challenging 173/8 at the end of their 20 overs. ANI BJP begins process to draw up 2024 roadmap SC to hear arguments on validity of reservations on basis of economic conditions from 13 Sept SNS & AGENCIES SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER The BJP has begun the process to draw up a roadmap for the 2024 general elections amid frenetic activity in the opposition camp. A mega meeting of the top leaders was held at the BJP headquarters in Delhi today – the target was the 144 seats the party missed in 2019 by a waferthin margin. The party is hopeful that proper groundwork will help bolster its numbers in the next election. The BJP had won 303 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats in 2019. The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would begin the arguments on September 13 in the matter relating to the Constitutional validity of reservations of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in higher education and issues of public employment on the basis of financial conditions. A bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit has also listed the matter for September 8 for directions to ensure that hearing in the matter is conducted smoothly. During the hearing, the court sought to know how many times will be taken by all parties. One of the advocates said that the total time requested from the petitioner sides is 17.5 hours. Attorney General said that it will take about 3 hours approximately. The court said that if the questions arose during the hearing then it may give some time extra to either side, so effectively 5 working days. Three working days in the first week and two in the second week, the court remarked. The court also requested the counsel not to repeat submissions. The constitutional validity of the 103rd Amendment Act, 2019 which enabled the State to make reservations in higher education and matters of public employment on the basis of economic criteria alone will be the first matter to be examined by a five-judge bench, led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice UU Lalit had said earlier that the Janhit Abhiyan case will be the lead matter now. Janhit Abhiyan's matter is relating to the challenging of the constitutional validity of the 103rd Amendment Act, 2019 which enabled the State to make reservations in higher education and matters of public employment on the basis of economic criteria alone. BJP-Congress blame game as Bengaluru Liz Truss becomes Britain’s new PM infrastructure collapses amidst floods ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON, 6 SEPTEMBER SNS & AGENCIES BENGALURU, 6 SEPTEMBER A blame game between the ruling BJP and Congress has begun in Karnataka over the recent collapse of infrastructure in this IT capital owing to floods triggered by heavy rainfall. Hitting out at the ruling BJP, the Congress accused it of destroying the brand image of Bengaluru it had built over the years."We are not interested in playing politics. We are interested in keeping the image of Bengaluru and its glory intact. The Congress party from the past several years has built Bengaluru. The city has been recognised all over the world, D.K Shivakumar, President of Karnataka Congress stated on Tuesday. Under the BJP rule, the Bengaluru brand has been demolished. Thirty-nine per cent of taxpayers of the country are from Bengaluru. The city has the highest tax payers. "Can't they (BJP) ensure safety for them? I am assuring people of Karnataka, especially residents of Bengaluru that we have a vision. "I am coming out with documents in this regard. We will clean Bengaluru and we will see that Bengaluru is safe for every investor," he stated. Shivakumar further stated: "They have been in power for the last three-and-a-half years and could have delivered. Rectified mistakes of the Congress. Who stopped them from taking action? Even now, no one is stopping them." "Please show me some action, except for Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai busy visiting flood-hit areas and showing his face, there is no action. He does not have the trust of the people. He does not have a vision for Bengaluru and Karnataka. He wants only taxpayers' money which comes from Bengaluru," Shivakumar says. Karnataka Congress party does not want to mix politics in this situation. "We want good governance and want them to help people whether it is traffic, storm water drain and other issues. It is the Congress government which organised the Global Investors' Meet. "We will take it forward. BJP can't just deliver, they are not bothered about it and they are only interested in polarisation. They are blaming others," he said.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, under pressure following the flood situation, said, several residential localities in Bengaluru had to face flood-like situation due to 'unplanned' and 'misrule' of the previous Congress Government in Karnataka. Liz Truss became UK Prime Minister on Tuesday and immediately confronted the enormous task ahead of her amid increasing pressure to curb soaring prices, ease labor unrest and fix a health care system burdened by long waiting lists and staff shortages. At the top of her in-box is the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which threatens to push energy bills to unaffordable levels, shuttering businesses and leaving the nation’s poorest people shivering in icy homes this winter. Truss, who refused to spell out her energy strategy during the two-month campaign to succeed Boris Johnson, now plans to cap energy bills at a cost to taxpayers of as much as 100 billion pounds ($116 billion), British news media reported Tues- day. She is expected to unveil her plan on Thursday. “You must know about the cost of living crisis in England, which is really quite bad at the moment,” Rebecca Macdougal, 55, who works in law enforcement, said outside the Houses of Parliament. “She’s making promises for that, as she says she’s going to deliver, deliver, deliver,” she said. “But we will see in, hopefully, the next few weeks there’ll be some announcements which will help the nor- mal working person.” Truss took office Tuesday afternoon at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, when Queen Elizabeth II formally asked her to form a new government in a carefully choreographed ceremony dictated by centuries of tradition. Johnson, who announced his intention to step down two months ago, formally resigned during his own audience with the queen a short time earlier. It was the first time in the queen’s 70-year reign that the handover of power took place at Balmoral, rather than at Buckingham Palace in London. The ceremony was moved to Scotland to provide certainty about the schedule because the 96-year-old queen has experienced problems getting around that have forced palace officials to make decisions about her travel on a day-to-day basis.
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