THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 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 BJP LEADER DEFIES FATWA, STEPS OUT FOR GANESH IMMERSION SPIRIT OF ’71 P6 ‘PACERS UMRAN, CHAHAR SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED’ NEW UK PM VOWS TO TACKLE ENERGY CRISIS, AILING ECONOMY P5 P10 P12 Modi to inaugurate Rahul, Kejriwal kick off Kartavya Path today national campaigns THUMBNAILS He will also unveil statue of Netaji at India Gate at 7 pm today SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER A man walks over an inundated footpath following heavy rains, in Bengaluru on Wednesday. ANI Cabinet approves new centrally-sponsored s education scheme': The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today approved a new centrally sponsored scheme PM SHRI Schools (PM ScHools for Rising India). This will be a new scheme for the development of more than 14500 schools across the country as PM SHRI Schools by strengthening select existing schools being managed by the Centre, state government, or local bodies. Pg5 2 AUGH terrorists killed in J&K encounter:Two terrorists of the Ansar Gazwat-uL-Hind (AuGH) outfit were on Wednesday killed in a chance encounter with security forces at Bijbehara in Kashmir's Anantnag district.ADGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said that the encounter broke out in Thajiwara area of Bijbehara. Killed terrorists have been identified as Fayaz and Owais Khan linked with terror outfit AGuH. They were involved in several terror attacks including attack on police personnel on 3 July P rime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate ‘Kartavya Path’ and unveil a statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate at 7 pm on Thursday. According to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office, the move symbolises a shift from erstwhile Rajpath being an icon of power to Kartavya Path being an example of public ownership and empowerment.“Prime Minister will also unveil the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate on the occasion. These steps are in line with Prime Minister's second Panch Pran for New India in Amrit Kaal: remove any trace of colonial mindset,” the statement said. Over the years, Rajpath and adjoining areas of Central Vista Avenue had been witnessing pres- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE India keen to strengthen partnership with Russia on Arctic issues: PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underlined the “immense potential”for cooperation with Russia in the field of energy even as stressed the need to take the path of diplomacy and dialogue to bring the ongoing conflict in Ukraine to an end. “India is (also) keen to strengthen its partnership with Russia on Arc- tic issues,” he said virtually (in photo)addressing the 7th Eastern Economic Forum Summit being held in Vladivostok. The PM said Russia could become an important partner for the Indian steel industry through the supply of coking coal. “We can also have good cooperation in the mobility of talent. Indian talent has contributed to the development of many developed regions of the world,”he added. He was of the view that the talent and professionalism of Indians could bring about rapid development in the Russian Far East. Modi observed that India’s ancient doctrine “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" has taught the people to see the world as a family. In today's globalised world, events in one part of the world create an impact on the whole world. sure of increasing traffic of visitors, putting stress on its infrastructure. The PMO said that it lacked basic amenities like public toilets, drinking water, street furniture and adequate parking space. Further, there was inadequate signage, poor maintenance of water features and haphazard parking. “Also, a need was felt to organise the Republic Day parade and other National events in a less disruptive manner with minimal restrictions on public movement. The redevelopment has been done bearing these concerns in mind while also ensuring the integrity and continuity of architectural character," it said. NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER Congress leader Rahul Gandhi embarked on his 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' from Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari today. In what the Congress party hopes will be a “masterstroke” to take on the Narendra Modi-led BJP in the upcoming 2024 elections, the party launched the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ on Wednesday in which Rahul Gandhi began the 3,570 km journey lasting about 150 days from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. Earlier today, Rahul Gandhi attended a prayer meeting at the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur. Sriperumbudur is where his father Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a bomb blast on May 21, 1991, while campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls. Rahul Gandhi paid floral tribute at his father's memorial. “I lost my father to the politics of hate and division. I will not lose my beloved country to it too. Chhattisgarh chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel along with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and KC Venugopal during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Kanyakumari on Wednesday. ANI Love will conquer hate. Hope will defeat fear. Together, we will overcome,” he tweeted. Local Congress leaders including Karnataka state party chief DK Shivakumar were present at the prayer meeting.After the prayer meeting, Rahul Gandhi left for Kanyakumari. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress party's general secretary, on Tuesday asserted that through the 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' people will be united IT Dept conducts raids on Bill on Data privacy will be Coal scam: CBI raids Bengal law minister’s premises CPR over tax evasion row ready ‘soon’, assures FM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE AGENCIES AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI , 7 SEPTEMBER KOLKATA/ASANSOL, 7 SEPTEMBER Income Tax Department on Wednesday carried out searches at the think tank Centre for Policy Research (CPR). The Income Tax searches are underway at the office of the Centre for Policy Research, which describes itself as a public policy think tank and a non-profit, nonpartisan, independent institution dedicated to conducting research.Income Tax sources said that the search is being carried out based on “credible information” about tax evasion. The sources said the search "is not linked to" the income tax searches underway across some states as part of the probe into alleged tax evasion and financial impropriety by unrecognised political parties over donations received without statutory compliances. Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday assured that the new Bill on data privacy will be ready “soon” and the Information Technology minister, Ashwini Vaishnawhas been diligently working on it. “We will soon have a new Data Privacy Bill, which will be a product of consultations and will address every such concern most of us had on the privacy Bill,” she said. Sitharaman made the remarks here today while addressing the ongoing India Ideas Summit organised by US-India Business Council. The central government last month withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 from the Lok Sabha several months after it was introduced.Minister for Railways, Communications, Electron- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted raids at multiple locations linked to West Bengal law minister Moloy Ghatak (inset photo) in connection with its probe into alleged coal pilferage from Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines in Asansol. CBI teams simultaneously raided three houses belonging to Mr Ghatak and his relatives at Asansol from early morning today, along with three locations in Kolkata. While the CBI team questioned the minister, who was present at his official quarters adjacent to Raj Bhavan in Kolkata’s Dalhousie area, another team continued searches at his Lake Gardens home.Two houses in Asansol’s Apcar Garden area, one where Moloy Ghatak resides and the other used by Sayoni Ghosh for her About funding, the CPR website says that the think tank is recognised as a not-for-profit society by the government and contributions "are tax exempt". It says CPR receives grants from the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), and is a Department of Science and Technology (DST) recognised institution. CPR says it is a member institution of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI), a programme of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).The website states the think tank receives grants from a variety of domestic and international sources, including foundations, corporate philanthropy, governments, and multilateral agencies. Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman with the Managing Director of IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI ics & Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw had said the Bill was withdrawn because the Joint Parliamentary Committee recommended 81 amendments in a bill of 99 sections. “Above that it made 12 major recommendations. Therefore, the bill has been withdrawn and a new bill will be presented for public consultation,” he said. Further, in her address to the US-India Business Council, she said jobs, equitable wealth distribution and ensuring that India is still on the path of growth are some of her top redletter priorities.To put things into context, India's retail inflation fell to 6.71 per cent in July, the lowest level in five months, helped by an easing in food and oil prices, as per the National Statistical Office data, it has been over the RBI’s upper toler- ance band of 6 per cent for the seventh consecutive month in a row. AHMEDABAD, 7 SEPTEMBER The famed Somnath Temple, the ancient pilgrim centre on the Saurashtra coast from where a “Rathyatra” to Ayodhya three decades ago had catapulted the then two-MP BJP into the mainstream of national politics, is expected to turn golden in the next five years. The plan for gold plating of the temple, started in 2012, has already achieved a major milestone with completion of the work on its inner sanctum sanctorum where the huge ‘Shivling’ presides. “Gold plating of the inner sanctum sanctorum and the ten pillars just outside it has been completed,” retired Apart from the sanctum sanctorum and its pillars, the major portion of work which has been completed are the 1,450 ‘Sikhar Kalash’ on the slanted roof of the huge temple The main task ahead now is completion of the 120-feet tall ‘Sikhar’ and the flag post, which would require about 65 to 70 kilos of gold This part of the ‘golden’ Somnath Temple project is likely to cost another Rs 400 crores Chief Secretary and trustee of Somnath Trust P.K. Laheri told The Statesman on Wednesday.The Somnath Trust is currently headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP stalwart L K Advani and Home Minister Amit Shah being other trustees. Apart from the sanctum sanctorum and its pillars, the major portion of work which has been completed are the 1,450 ‘Sikhar Kalash’ on the slanted roof of the huge temple. These decaying sandstone pieces were replaced with gold-plated copper vessels. Donations of Rs 1.21 lakhs were accepted for goldplating of each ‘Sikhar Kalash’, Laheri told this correspondent. Nano technology lamination process was used for gold plating on copper sheets so that the precious metal would not come out due to scrubbing, he said. A major chunk of the 130 kilos of gold utilized till now has been gifted by Mumbaibased diamond merchant Dilip Lakhi who had originally mooted the idea of gold-plating of the Somnath Temple which was earlier renovated by Sardar Patel soon after Independence. The main task ahead now is completion of the 120-feet tall ‘Sikhar’ and the flag post, which would require about 65 to 70 kilos of gold. This part of the ‘golden’ Somnath Temple project is likely to cost another Rs 400 crores, informed Mr Laheri. campaigning during the 2021 assembly polls, which was locked, have been raided.In the Apcar garden residence his wife Sudeshna Ghatak was present.The third team raided his ancestral house at Chelidanga, where his younger brother Abhijit Ghatak and his family stays. At around 8.14 a.m. the CBI teams suddenly arrived along with large number of CPF personnel at Apcar Garden area. The INTTUC block president, Raju Ahluwalia and Burdwan West District Minority Community president, Mohammed Afroz and their supporters agitated against the raid. regulate social media platforms’ SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER The Central government on Wednesday told Delhi High Court that it will introduce a framework to regulate social media platforms, including the suspension of users by them, at ‘some point of time’. The Central government told the court the proposed framework would be prospective and therefore existing cases of suspension of social media accounts would have to be decided in terms of the existing regulations. The statement was made by the central government counsel before Justice Yashwant Varma who was hearing a batch of petitions against the suspension of accounts of several social media users, including Twitter users. “The amendment will take place at some point in time, we don't really know (when). It will be prospective and (therefore) these cases will perhaps have to be decided (as per the existing scheme),” said advocate Kirtiman Singh, appearing for the Centre. Granting further time to the Centre to apprise it of subsequent developments, the court deferred hearing on the petitions till 19 December.In August, the court had asked the Centre to state if it was contemplating any draft regulatory measures relating to social media platforms. Several petitions con- Delhi vs Centre: SC Bench to hear plea on control of admin services NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER Somnath temple to turn ‘golden’ in 5 years ‘Centre to set up framework to STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE on issues like inflation, and unemployment among other matters of public importance. “We are starting a positive politics. We want to hear from you, we want to solve your problems. We want to unite our beloved country. Let us unite India together,” Priyanka said in a Facebook video. Politics today has turned a blind eye towards people and their issues, she added. cerning the deletion and suspension of social media users are pending adjudication in the high court. Separately, the government will soon come out with guidelines for social media influencers, making it mandatory for them to declare their association with the product they endorse, sources have said.Social media influencers, who have large followers on social media platforms like Instagram, are endorsing products after taking payments from the brands. As per the proposed guidelines, if social media influencers endorse any brand after taking money, they will have to declare their association with that brand, sources said. The Supreme Court Constitution bench on Wednesday posted on September 27 for deciding the schedule of hearing the plea of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government's plea on the contentious issue of who should control administrative services in Delhi over the transfers and postings of officers in the national capital. A five-judge bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said it will fix the timeline of the case on September 27 and that this will be a complete green bench and there will be no papers in this matter. "Don't circulate any paper compilations. We want this bench to be a green bench,” Justice Chandrachud said. "In the meantime, it is anticipated that proceedings before Chief Justice of India-led Constitution bench likely to conclude. In case the hearing in CJI court spills over this case will be listed on October 11," the bench said also comprising Justices MR Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli and PS Narasimha. AGENCIES FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,44,72,241 ACTIVE CASES 50,594 NEW CASES 5,379 NEW RECOVERIES 7,094 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,057 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 07 SEPTEMBER 2022 Delhi recorded 177 cases and two deaths
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