CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 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 KCR SET TO LAUNCH NATIONAL PARTY A PIZZA, HALF-BAKED, WAS GORBACHEV’S LEGACY P7 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 29-25 degrees Celsius. IGA BECOMES FIRST POLISH WOMAN TO WIN US OPEN PURCHASE OF DTC BUSES: DELHI LG APPROVES CBI PROBE P4 P5 P12 PM Modi to attend SCO Summit in Uzbekistan Art. 370 can't be restored, says Azad in Kashmir rally RAINFALL: 23.1 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY SP SHARMA NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER Former Cong leader says won’t let other parties exploit people’s sentiments on issue Max.95% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE TEMPERATURE Max: 30.2 °C (-2) SUN RISES 05:22 hrs MOON RISES 18:36 hrs New moon on 26 Min. 81% Min: 26.5°C (0) SUN SETS 17:45 hrs MOON SETS 06:00 hrs September THUMBNAILS An artist gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga ahead of the Durga Puja , at Kumartuli, in Kolkata on Saturday. ANI JEE-Advanced result out, RK Shishir of IIT BomA bay zone tops: With a score of 314 marks out of 360, R.K. Shishir from Bombay zone has secured the first rank in the IIT entrance examination JEE-Advanced, the results of which were declared on Sunday.Polu Lakshmi Sai came at number two, Thomas Biju at number three, Vangapalli Sai Siddharth at number four and Mayank Motwani of IIT Delhi zone came at number five. Among the girls, Tanishka Kabra of IIT Delhi Zone bagged the top rank, while in common rank list she is at 16th place. Abhishek Banerjee’s sister-in-law stopped at i l Kolkata airport:Trinamul Congress's national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee's sisterin-law, Maneka Gambhir, was stopped from travelling abroad on Saturday night following an objection by the Enforcement Directorate. Gambhir is under probe by the ED in connection with the multi-crore coal scam.She was supposed to leave for Bangkok on Saturday night, and accordingly she reached the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. But she was stopped at the immigration department soon after she submitted her ticket and passport at the immigration Pg3 department. Ukraine pushes Russian forces into retreat in counteroffensive JAMMU, 11 SEPTEMBER. ddressing his maiden public rally in Kashmir on Sunday after quitting the Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he would not make a false promise of restoration of Article 370 and would neither let other political parties exploit sentiments of the people on the sensitive issue. Launching from north Kashmir’s Baramulla his programme of holding rallies in all regions of the Valley, Mr Azad explained that “Article 370 can’t be restored. Its restoration needs twothirds majority in theParliament. I will not allow parties to exploit people A Ghulam Nabi Azad during public rally in Baramulla. SNS in the name of Article 370 and I will not mislead people in the issue. It cannot come back,” he said. Mr Azad, who reached Srinagar on Saturday evening after addressing a series of rallies in his home turf of Doda and AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER Sri Lanka played a tight game to bowl Pakistan out for 147 in 20 overs and lift the T20 Asia Cup 2022 in the final match at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on Sunday. Earlier, an unbeaten half-century from Bhanuka Rajapaksa (photo) and solid knocks from Dhananjaya de Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga powered Sri Lanka to 170/6 in their 20 overs against Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup 2022. ANI India launches stealth frigate Taragiri AGENCIES MUMBAI, 11 SEPTEMBER Ukrainian forces on Sunday pushed its counteroffensive in the country’s east, exploiting quick gains they made in a week of fighting that has sharply changed the course of the conflict. Ukraine’s quick action to reclaim Russia-occupied areas in the northeastern Kharkiv region forced Moscow to withdraw its troops to prevent them from being surrounded and leave behind significant numbers of weapons in a hasty retreat as the war marked 200 days on Sunday. The Russians’ pullback marked the biggest battlefield success for Ukrainian forces since they thwarted a Russian attempt to seize Kyiv, at the start of the nearly sevenmonth war. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted a video of Ukrainian soldiers hoisting the national flag over Chkalovske, another town they reclaimed from the Russians in the counteroffensive. (SeePg10) The third stealth frigate of the Indian Navy's Project 17A, Taragiri, was launched in Mumbai on Sunday. The shipbuilders, the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL), said the event was limited to a technical launch, as the government of India had announced a day of state mourning today on account of the death of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II. This ship has been built using an integrated construction methodology which involves hull block construction in different geographical locations and integration and erection on the slipway at the MDL, it said in a statement. The ship was named by Charu Singh, President, Navy Wives Welfare Association TOTAL CASES 4,44,90,283 ACTIVE CASES 48,850 NEW CASES 5,554 6,322 NEW RECOVERIES TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,139 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2022 Bengal recorded 241 cases and zero deaths fight for the job and land rights of people.Mr Azad said his new party will be 'Azad' (free), like his name, in its ideology and thinking. “My party will be Azad. Many of my colleagues said we should name the party as Azad. But I said never. However, its ideology will be independent, which will not join or merge with any other party. That may happen after my death, but not till then,” he said. “My party will be development-oriented. Its agenda will be to give employment opportunities to the people,” he said. Mr Azad said he was not against any political party, whether national or regional. “Many people across party lines are my friends,” he said. (Western Region), wife of vice admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, FOC-in-C Western Naval Command, who was the chief guest.The keel of 'Taragiri' was laid on September 10, 2020. The ship is expected to be delivered by August 2025, the statement said. The vessel is being launched with an approximate launch weight of 3,510 tons. The frigate is designed by the Indian Navy's in-house design organization, the Bureau of Naval Design.The total value of Project 17A is around Rs 25,700 crores, the statement said. After the national council meeting of NCP on Sunday, party general secretary Praful Patel said that Sharad Pawar was not a contender for the prime minister’s post, and the opposition unity was paramount. He said Pawar was going to play an important role to bring many forces together. Patel said, “Sharad Pawar was never and will never be the PM face. He only speaks about the real issues of this country. Some workers of the party expressed their views but Sharad Pawar is not aspiring for the PM post. “We know our limitations and he is not the opposition's face but will play an important role.” Patel said the NCP was going to play a key role in the upcoming General Elections. But the party's stand was clear that there was a need for the Opposition to unite. “We were also a part of the UPA government. We don't have any such issue with the Congress," he said. Sharad Pawar was reelected as the NCP president on Saturday unopposed dur- National flags fly at half-mast in Queen’s memory AGENCIES NEW DELHI , 11 SEPTEMBER As India observes one-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8, the national flags at all government buildings including Red Fort and Rashtrapati Bhavan fly at half-mast on Sunday. Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland breathed her last in Scotland. “As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Government of India has decided that there will be one day of State Mourning on September 11th throughout India," reads a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs.On the day of mourning, the National Flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India on all buildings where the National Flag is flown regularly and there will National flag at half-mast at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. (R) National flag fly at half-mast at Red Fort as India observes oneday state mourning as a mark of respect to Britain's Queen Elizabeth ll in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI be no official entertainment on the day. People in India also paid respects to Queen Elizabeth II who became the UK's longest-serving monarch in 2015, when she surpassed the record of Queen Victoria, who had ruled from 1837 to 1901. “We came for a visit here. I like Queen very much but it was unfortunate that we won't be able to see her anymore. We respect the Royal Family and our prayers are with the family in this difficult time. We congratulate and extend best wishes to the new King Charles III," said a woman from Kerala, who came to visit Delhi. “We all should mourn the demise of Queen Elizabeth because she has contributed in the formation of our Constitution. We support the government decision to observe state mourning for Queen," said another resident. Another person, who was near the Parliament, hailed the Modi government for observing one-day state mourning. “This is the great decision taken by the Modi government, after all, she was the head of the Commonwealth nations. The entire world saw her as the mother patriarch,” he said. Condolences poured in from around the world following the demise of the 96year-old monarch. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered her as a "stalwart of our times", saying she "provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people" and "personified dignity and decency in public life". Salman Khan was on target list of Bishnoi gang: Punjab DGP AGENCIES CHANDIGARH, 11 SEPTEMBER Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on the target list on instructions from jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who orchestrated the killing of famed Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, Punjab Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav said on Sunday. The preliminary interrogation of Moosewala murder accused Kapil Pandit revealed that he was approached by the Lawrence Bishnoi gang through Sampat Nehra and Canada-based fugitive Goldy Brar to carry out the killing of Salman Khan, the state police chief told the media here.Santosh Jadhav, who was arrested in Maharashtra in the Moosewala killing, and Sachin Thapan, who has been detained in Azerbaijan, were also part of the module to allegedly target Salman Khan. Salman Khan had received a threat days after Moosewala murder in Punjab's Mansa district on 29 May. “They had done an elaborate recce and they spent a lot of time in Mumbai and we will also verify this angle in the investigation,” Yadav said, adding that “the disclosures on targeting Salman Khan with President Xi after tensions erupted between their two countries in the wake of the military stand-off at eastern Ladakh which started in AprilMay 2020. The two countries have tried to create a positive environment ahead of the SCO Summit by deciding to disengage troops from Gogra-Hot Springs, one of the friction points.However, there are still many friction points and India has clearly told China that the bilateral relationship can't become normal until there is complete disengagement at eastern Ladakh.A bilateral meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister is highly unlikely in the current state of relationship with Islamabad. ‘Sharad Pawar is not PM face, Opposition unity paramount’ SRI LANKA CROWNED ASIAN CHAMPS KYIV, 11 SEPTEMBER FACT FILE Kishtwar districts, he said; “my party will focus on restoration of full statehood of J&K, right to land and employment to native domicile.” "Political exploitation has killed more than one lakh people in Kashmir and orphaned five lakh children. I will not seek votes on falsehood and exploitation. I will speak only what's achievable even if it damages me in the elections," he said, targeting certain regional parties that were trying to make Article 370 an emotional issue before the assembly elections. Article 370 was abrogated by the Modi government on 5 August 2019. Mr Azadsaid he will announce formation of his new political party within 10 days and asserted that its ideology will be "independent". The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the agenda of the new political outfit would be to struggle forrestoration of Jammu and Kashmir's statehood and to Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Samarkand in Uzbekistan on 15-16 September to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, it was officially announced today. The summit will see the PM coming face to face with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin, among others. This will be the first in-person SCO Summit after pandemic hit the world in 2020. The summit is important for India as it will assume the presidency of the SCO and host its annual summit in 2023. The Ministry of External Affairs said Modi will hold a few bilateral meetings on the margins of the summit. It was not clear if Modi will also hold bilateral talks with the Chinese and Pakistan leaders. This will be the first time that Modi will come face to face Salman Khan had received a threat days after Moosewala murder in Punjab's Mansa district on 29 May were preliminary and yet to be corroborated. We can even send a team to Mumbai". Pandit, during interrogation, revealed that earlier also, he had carried out recce for several times with intention to kill Moosewala at the behest of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang to avenge the killing of youth Akali leader Vicky Middukhera's murder, the DGP added. Pandit got parole to attend the last rites of his mother and has been absconding since then for the murder of a person in his native Bewad village in Rajasthan's Churu district. The DGP said concerted CMYK efforts are being made to arrest the gangsters who had escaped overseas. As a result, gangster Thapan has been detained in Azerbaijan, and soon he will be extradited to India.The police have submitted a challan against 24 accused in this case, he added. Punjab Police on Saturday arrested the sixth and last shooter ~Deepak Mundi ~in the Moosewala murder case along with his two aides Kapil Pandit and Rajinder Joker from the Indo-Nepal border in West Bengal when they were attempting to escape to Nepal.The operation was carried out jointly by the Punjab Police's Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) along with Delhi Police and central agencies.Pandit and Joker provided logistical support, including weapons and hideouts to the accused. A team of AGTF led by AIG Gurmeet Chauhan and DSP Bikram Brar brought Mundi and his two aides to Punjab by air on Saturday night. With these three arrests, the total number of arrests in the Moosewala murder case rose to 23, and two shooters identified as Manpreet Singh alias Manu Kussa and Jagroop Singh alias Roopa were neutralized during an encounter in Bhakna village of Amritsar. ing the party's national executive meeting.Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who was in the national capital recently met scores of political leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPI-M Secretary General Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D. Raja and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Nitish Kumar's purpose of visit was to talk about the opposition unity. He is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi when she returns from abroad. Kumar had also met RJD leader Lalu Prasad and TRS Chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao.A Nitish Kumar officially denied any prime ministerial ambition, but the political commentators feel that the target is PM's chair. Mastermind of Chinese shell companies arrested in Bihar NEW DELHI, 11 SEPTEMBER Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has arrested a person named Dortse, Director of Jillian Consultants India Pvt Ltd after searches and seizure operations were conducted at his premises in Gurugram, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.Dortse was attempting to flee India through a land route when he was arrested in Bihar. According to the Ministry of corporate Affairs, Dortse (the name revealed by the authorities) is the mastermind of a racket incorporating a large number of shell companies with Chinese links in India and providing dummy directors on their boards. The person was arrested on Saturday after searches were conducted on 8 September at the offices of Jillian Consultants India Private Ltd,a wholly owned subsidiary of Jilian Hong Kong Ltd., at Gurugram, Fininty Pvt Ltd at Bengaluru and Husys Consulting Ltd, an erstwhile listed company at Hyderab- ad, a ministry statement said. Dortse had shown himself to be a resident of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh as per the records filed with the Registrar of Companies (ROC). Evidence procured during the enquiry by ROC Delhi and the simultaneous search operations clearly points to dummy Directors being paid by Jilian India Ltd. to act as dummies in several shell companies, official sources said.Boxes filled with company seals and digital signatures of dummy directors have been recovered from the site. AGENCIES
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