FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 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 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 36 AND 27 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. ‘Symbol of colonialism erased,new era begins’ RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE WEATHER Max. 78% Min. 50% Max: 37.4°C (+4) SUN RISES 06:04 hrs MOON RISES 18:13 hrs Min: 26.5°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:33 hrs MOON SETS 05:39 hrs TEMPERATURE PM inaugurates 'Kartavya Path' at India Gate,unveils 28 ft grand statue of Netaji NEW DELHI, 8 SEPTEMBER THUMBNAILS Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with artists at Jaipur airport on Thursday. ANI Biden approves $ 450 mn F-16 fleet sustain1 ment programme to Pak: The United States approved the sale of F-16 Case for Sustainment and related equipment for an estimated cost of $ 450 million to Pakistan, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said.In the first major security assistance to Pakistan, the Biden administration reversed the decision taken by the previous government. In 2018, Donald Trump stopped all defence and security assistance to Pakistan alleging that Islamabad was not a partner in its fight against terrorism.US Defence Security Cooperation Agency said the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. A s a part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the 'Kartavya Path' at India Gate in the national capital and said the symbol of colonialism 'Kingsway' will be history and has been erased forever. Speaking at the inauguration of the 'Kartavya Path' here, the Prime Minister said, “A new era has begun in the form of ‘Kartavya Path’. I congratulate all the people of the country as we come out from another symbol of colonialism."Mr Modi said the 'Rajpath' was for the British Raj, to whom the people of India were slaves. “The spirit of ‘Rajpath’ was also a symbol of slavery, its structure was also a symbol of slavery,” the Prime Minister said.“Today its architecture has also changed, and its spirit has also changed,” he said.The Prime Minister said today a huge statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been installed near the India Gate. “During British rule, a statue of a representative of the Britishers stood here. With installation of the Aerial view of 'Kartavya Path', in New Delhi (Combination photo) Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays floral tribute to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose after unveiling the statue near India Gate on Thursday. ANI statue of Netaji, we have established a new path for an empowered India,” Mr Modi said. The Prime Minister said in the last eight years, “we have taken several decisions which had the imprint of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. He was the first head of 'Akhand Bharat' who unfurled the national flag in the Andaman & Nicobar islands.”“Today, the country has changed various laws that were there since the time of the British. Through the National Education Policy, now the youth of the country are being liberated from the compulsion of foreign language,” he said.Before the inauguration, PM Modi interacted with the workers who were involved in the redevelop- ment project and told them that he will invite all of them who worked on the Central Vista redevelopment project for the January 26 Republic Day parade. He also witnessed an exhibition on the revamped Central Vista Avenue. Prime Minister Modi also unveiled a grand statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose near India Gate. The jet black granite statue, with a height of 28 feet will be placed under the Canopy near India Gate. According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the move symbolises a shift from the erstwhile Rajpath being an icon of power to the 'Kartavya Path' being an example of public ownership and empowerment. “These steps are in line with Prime Minister's second Panch Pran for New India in Amrit Kaal: remove any trace of the colonial mindset,” said a PMO statement. Will work with Nitish, Soren for 2024 elections: Mamata SNS & AGENCIES KOLKATA, 8 SEPTEMBER Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, and herself with other leaders will come together for the 2024 general election. “Politics is not an easy thing to do, I remember working hard and fighting for winning the elections. People who were not present there will not understand how difficult it was,” said Miss Banerjee. “Today there are certain media, who are just waiting to disgrace TMC, every election they come up with something,” she said. Miss Banerjee said, “Today there are certain media, who are just waiting to disgrace TMC, the false news can’t always go on, it will not go on forever. You all are showing news from sources that this much jewellery has been found in this person’s house but has it been proved in court yet? We believe in the law. TRP will not always be high. Every election they come up with something.” Referring to the arrest of Birbhum district TMC leader Anubrata Mondal by the CBI, Miss Banerjee in today's meeting said, “If you feel you can keep Anubrata Mondal in jail and take his seat then you are wrong. That will never hap- Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in presence of TMC National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee and party leaders during party's organizational meeting', in Kolkata on Thursday. SNS pen.” She called out the BJP government at the Centre, saying, “If you want to fight us, fight with us politically. In 2021 you fought and broke my leg. It was really bad, but today I can function with my mental strength. I want to say that an animal that has been hurt is more dangerous than the one that has not been hurt. I don't hurt anyone useless you cause me harm.” Miss Banerjee said, “ED and CBI are their pets, every morning they get up and go raid a different house of a TMC leader”. Talking about the unveiling of the hologram statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Delhi she added, “I received a letter from an undersecretary stating that the PM will inaugurate the statue at 7 a.m. You will be there by 6 a.m. Am I some servant?” She urged everyone to remain strong as the BJP government and the agencies in the court of law will ultimately not find anything. SC to hear pleas challenging CAA on 12 Sept India, China begin disengagement in India, Japan oppose attempt to Eastern Ladakh’s Gogra-Hotsprings unilaterally change status quo NEW DELHI , 8 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 on September 12. A bench of Chief Justice of India UU Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat will hear at least 220 petitions challenging the CAA. The pleas against the CAA first came up for hearing in the Supreme Court on December 18, 2019. It was last heard on June 15, 2021. CAA was passed by the Parliament on December 11, 2019, after which it met with protests all across the country. The CAA came into effect on January 10, 2020. A Kerala-based political party Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Trinamul Congress MP Mahua Moitra, Congress leader and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, Congress leader Debabrata Saikia, NGOs Rihai Manch and Citizens Against Hate, Assam Advocates Association, and law students are several among others who had filed the plea before the top court challenging the Act.In 2020, the Kerala government also filed a suit in the apex court becoming the first state to challenge the CAA. The law fast-tracks the process of granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and took refuge in India on or before December 31, 2014. The top court had earlier issued notice to the Centre and refused to pass an interim order staying the law without hearing ANI the Centre. Amidst speculation over the possibility of a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan on the margins of the SCO Summit later this month, India and China today confirmed that troops of the two countries have begun to disengage in the area of GograHotsprings (PP-15) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. “On 8th September 2022, according to the consensus reached in the 16th round of India China Corps Commander Level Meeting, the Indian and Chinese troops in the area of Gogra-Hotsprings (PP-15) have begun to disengage in a coordinated and planned way, which is conducive to the peace and tranquility in the border areas,” a brief joint statement issued this evening said. The 16th round of meeting between the top commanders of the two countries was held in mid-July with both sides reporting positive movement regarding disengagement. The full details of the disengagement were not immediately clear and there were indications that a detailed statement might be issued tomorrow. The disengagement at Gogra-Hotsprings is considered a major development in the process of ending the military stand-off in Eastern Ladakh that began in AprilMay 2020.Recently, India and China held talks in the Chushul sector to address the air space violations by the Chinese Air Force at which India warned the Chinese against any misadventure. The disengagement process has been slow but experts say it might now gain momentum since China is keen to improve ties with India. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had visited India in March to mend ties with India but New Delhi coldshouldered him, making it clear that normalcy in bilateral ties could only be restored once the military stand-off ends. Reports have suggested that China is keen on a meeting between PM Modi and President XI on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) on 15-16 September. However, India has not shown any interest in the meeting so far. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 SEPTEMBER Against the backdrop of their running feud with China over territorial and maritime issues, India and Japan today reaffirmed their commitment to a rules-based global order that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations and emphasised the need for all countries to seek peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law without resorting to threat or use of force or any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo. Acknowledging that global cooperation was required more than ever to address security challenges that have become more acute, the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to a common strategic goal of achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific, that was inclusive and resilient, Queen Elizabeth II passes away at 96 AGENCIES LONDON, 8 SEPTEMBER Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. The palace announced she died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, where members of the royal family had rushed to her side after her health took a turn for the worse. A link to the almost-vanished generation that fought World War II, she was the only monarch most Britons have ever known, and her name defines an age: the modern Elizabethan Era. The impact of her loss will be huge and unpredictable, both for the nation and for the monarchy, an institution she helped stabilize and mod- ernize across decades of huge social change and family scandals. With the death of the queen, her 73-year-old son Charles automatically becomes monarch, though the coronation might not take place for months. It is not known whether he will choose to call himself King Charles III or some other name. Since Feb. 6, 1952, Elizabeth reigned over a Britain that rebuilt from war and lost its empire; joined the European Union and then left it; and transformed from industrial powerhouse to uncertain 21st century society. She became an institution and an icon a fixed point and a reassuring presence even for those who ignored or loathed the monarchy. She became the second longest-reigning monarch in history, behind 17th-century French King Louis XIV, who took the throne at age 4. based on the rule of law and free from coercion. The two countries today held the second round of the '2+2' dialogue in Tokyo at which the Indian side was led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar while the Japanese side included Minister for Foreign Affairs HAYASHI Yoshimasa and Minister of Defense HAMADA Yasukazu. The two sides reiterated their strong support for ASEAN’s unity and centrality and their full support for the "ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP)” which upholds the principles such as the rule of law, openness, freedom, transparency, and inclusiveness. While expressing its resolve to examine all options necessary for national defence, including so-called "counterstrike capabilities,” the Japanese side expressed its determination to fundamentally reinforce Japan’s defence capabilities within the next five years and secure a substantial increase of Japan’s defence budget needed to effect it. Acknowledging Japan’s determination to reinforce its defence capabilities, the Indian side expressed its support to work towards enhanced security and defence cooperation. The two countries noted the progress in defence cooperation and exchanges between them. They welcomed the participation of Japan for the first time in the multilateral exercise MILAN and the operationalisation of the Agreement Concerning Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services between the Self-Defense Forces of Japan and the Indian Armed Forces in the exercise. DRDO, Army flight test QRSAM missile system STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BALASORE, 8 SEPTEMBER The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Army jointly conducted six flight tests of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur off the Odisha coast on Thursday. The flight tests were conducted as part of evaluation trials by the Indian Army said a release issued by the defence officials here. The flight tests were carried out against high-speed aerial targets mimicking various types of threats to evaluate the capability of the weapon systems under dif- ferent scenarios, including long-range medium altitude, short-range, high altitude manoeuvring target, low radar signature with receding and crossing target. The system performance was also evaluated under day and night operation scenarios. During these tests, all the mission objectives were met establishing pin-point accuracy of the weapon system with state-of-the-art guidance and control algorithms including the warhead chain. The performance of the system has been confirmed from the data captured by a number of Range instruments like Telemetry, Radar and Electro-Optical Tracking Systems deployed by ITR. Centre did not allow me to meet Hasina: Mamata SNS & AGENCIES KOLKATA, 8 SEPTEMBER Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday lambasted the BJP-led Centre for not inviting her to meet visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Addressing her party members at Netaji Indoor Stadium here, Miss Banerjee said, “This is the first time the Prime Minister of Bangladesh came to India and did not come to Bengal despite her desire to meet me." The TMC supremo said she wanted to know why the BJP-led Centre was worried about her meeting with Hasina. Mamata said she should not speak on bilateral ties or external affairs of the country. She further alleged that the Centre attempts to prevent her from visiting foreign countries whenever she was invited. NGT slaps penalty of `12,000 crore on Maharashtra NEW DELHI, 8 SEPTEMBER The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed Environmental Compensation of Rs 12,000 crores on the state of Maharashtra for allegedly not managing solid as well as liquid waste management causing harm to the environment. The fine on the state was imposed under section 15 of the NGT Act. The bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel while passing the direction said that award of above compensation had become necessary under section 15 of the NGT Act to remedy the continuing damage to the environment and to comply with directions of the Supreme Court requiring this Tribunal to monitor enforcement of norms for solid and liquid waste management. Moreover, without fixing quantified liability necessary for restoration, mere passing of orders has not shown any tangible results in the last eight years (for solid waste management) and five years (for liquid waste management), even after expiry of statutory/laid down timelines, added Tribunal. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,44,78,636 ACTIVE CASES 50,342 NEW CASES 6,395 NEW RECOVERIES 6,614 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,090 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 08 SEPTEMEBR 2022
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