TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 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 P3 P4 WEATHER THUNDERSTORMS VERY MUCH LIKELY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 29 AND 26 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 89% Small farmers are strength of India’s dairy sector: PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER Min: 26°C SUN SETS 17:42 hrs MOON SETS 07:55 hrs escribing small farmers as the ''driving force'' of the dairy sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today declared that India has emerged as the largest milk-producing country largely because of the efforts of these small peasants with one, two, or three cattle. ''India's dairy sector is characterised by "production by masses" more than "mass production". This sector provides employment to more than 8 crore families in the country,'' he said, inaugurating the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022 organised at the India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida. Underlined that the government has worked relentlessly to enhance the potential of India's dairy sector since 2014, Modi said this has given the dairy sector of India many unique characteristics. “The potential of the dairy sector not only gives impetus to the rural economy but is also a major D THUMBNAILS EAM S Jaishankar signs the condolence book for Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom, at the residence of British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis, in New Delhi on Monday.ANI Retail inflation rises to 7 per cent in August on high food prices: India's retail inflation rose to 7 per cent in August from 6.71 per cent in the previous month due to a sharp rise in food prices, as per the government data released on Monday. Retail inflation has been above the Reserve Bank of India's tolerance band for the eighth consecutive month. With the headline inflation coming above 6 per cent for the eighth month in a row, the RBI is on a brink of failing to meet its inflation mandate. (Pg8) source of livelihood for crores of people across the world,'' he said. Noting that there was such a huge network of dairy cooperatives in India and that one could not find such an example in the whole world elsewhere, Modi said these dairy cooperatives collected milk twice a day from about two crore farmers in more than two lakh villages in the country and deliver it to the customers. He drew attention to the fact that there were no King Charles pledges to follow queen’s example of selfless duty AGENCIES LONDON, 12 SEPTEMBER King Charles III pledged Monday to follow his late mother’s example of “selfless duty” as he addressed lawmakers from both houses of parliament in London before he boarded a plane to Edinburgh to be with the late queen’s coffin as it lies at rest in the Scottish capital. Earlier, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson Prince Harry hailed her as a “guiding compass” and praised her “unwavering grace and dignity.” Hundreds of lawmakers crowded into the 1,000-yearold Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament for the service, rich in pageantry, in which Parliament offered its condolences to the king, and he replied. A trumpet fanfare greeted the king and his wife Camilla, the queen consort, as they entered the hall, which was packed with hundreds of legislators. Charles told members of the House of Commons and House of Lords that he would follow P12 P9 Gyanvapi case: Court rules in favour of Hindu petitioners PM Modi declared that India has emerged as the largest milk-producing country Min: 80% TEMPERATURE Max:29°C SUN RISES 05:22 hrs MOON RISES 19:47 hrs XI TO VISIT CENTRAL ASIA IN BUMRAH BACK 1ST TRIP SINCE PANDEMIC IN T20 WORLD CUP SQUAD 10K STUDENTS RECEIVE JOB LETTERS ‘NDA GOVT AT CENTRE HAS ANOTHER 18-20 MONTHS’ middlemen in the entire process and more than 70 per cent of the money that was received from the customers went directly into the pockets of the farmers. “No other country has this ratio in the whole world”, the PM added. He also underlined the efficiency of the digital system of payment in the dairy sector and said that it has many lessons for other countries. Modi highlighted the power of women in the dairy sector, saying they have a 70 per cent repre- sentation in the workforce in the sector in India. “Women are the real leaders of India's dairy sector. More than a third of the members of dairy cooperatives in India are women,” he added. At more than Rs 8.5 lakh crores, the value of the dairy sector was more than the combined value of wheat and rice. This was all driven by the women's power in India. The PM said the government was working on developing a blanched dairy ecosystem where challenges of the sectors were being addressed along with the focus on increasing production. Extra income for the farmers, empowerment of the poor, swachhta, chemical-free farming, clean energy, and care of the cattle were interlinked in this ecosystem. Stressing the use of modern technology, he said India was building the largest database of dairy animals and every animal associated with the dairy sector was being tagged. “We are doing biometric identification of animals. We have named it - Pashu Adhar,” he said. The PM also spoke about the diseases of animals which affected the income of farmers. “When the animal is sick it affects the life of the farmer, affecting his income. It also affects the efficiency of the animal, the quality of its milk and other related products”, he added. To grapple with this issue, India was working toward universal vaccination of animals. He also reiterated that India was working on a digital system that would capture the end-toend activities of the livestock sector. NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER thousands of people lined streets and roadsides as the oak coffin was borne from the late queen’s beloved Balmoral Castle summer retreat, where she died on Thursday, to Edinburgh. Later Monday in Edinburgh, the king will walk behind his mother’s coffin as it is slowly transported from Holyroodhouse to St. Giles’ Cathedral, where the crown of Scotland will be placed on the coffin ahead of a service of prayer and reflection on the life and 70-year reign of the widely cherished monarch. VARANASI, 12 SEPTEMBER The Varanasi court on Monday said that the Hindu petition for worship in Shringar Gauri was maintainable and the five Hindu women's plea seeking right to worship in the Gyanvapi complex will be heard. District judge A.K. Vishvesha dismissed the petition filed by the Muslim side citing the Places of Worship Act and questioning the maintainability of the petition. Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side said, "The court rejected the Muslim side's petition and said the suit is maintainable. The next hearing in the matter will be on September 22." Rajnath calls for civil-military coordination to protect people from future threats STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE his late mother Queen Elizabeth II in upholding “the precious principles of constitutional governance” that underpin the U.K.’s political system. He paid tribute to his mother, saying: “As Shakespeare said of the earlier Queen Elizabeth, she was a pattern to all princes living.” The hall, with its magnificent hammer-beam roof, is the oldest part of the parliamentary complex a remnant of the medieval Palace of Westminster that once stood on the site. The national outpouring of grief continued Sunday as AGENCIES Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today called for the highest level of civil-military coordination, saying this would provide a renewed thrust to the government's vision of protecting the people from future threats. ''We need to formulate robust policies to enhance commitment and mutual trust between citizens and the military. We need to learn from the policies and best practices of different countries,'' he said, delivering the keynote address at the first Indian Army Logistics seminar, organised on the theme ‘Samanjasya Se Shakti’, in New Delhi. The government, he said, was committed to creating a robust, secure, speedy, and ‘Aatmanirbhar’ logistics system to effectively deal with future security challenges and take the country to greater heights. “India has become the fifth largest economy in the world today. It is fast moving towards becoming a $5 trillion economy. In the future, whether in the battlefield or civilian sector, the criticality of logistics sustenance is going to increase. In such a situation, reforming the system of logistics according to the needs of the 21st century is the need of the hour. Selfreliance is an important component in the field of logistics. To achieve our goals, we need an ‘Aatmanirbhar’ logistics supply system,” Rajnath said while elaborating on the framework laid by the government to make India a superpower in ‘Amrit Kaal’ by 2047. The minister termed jointness among the three services as one of the major policy changes made in the Ministry of Defence in the last few years, which has benefited a number of sectors across the board, especially logistics. He said the foundation has been laid to establish a strong logistics system, which was pivotal for the operational preparedness of the armed forces as it ensured that the right items, with the right quality and quantity, were available to the military at the right time and right place. Military logistics was an extremely important aspect that determined the outcome of a war, he said. Elaborating on the visible positive results, Rajnath stated that due to the government’s efforts, the response time has been significantly reduced to deal with counter insurgencies as well as in disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, non-combat evacuation, combat search and rescue, and casualty evacuation. This was an important aspect of nation-building and all efforts were being made in this regard, he added. Stressing the need to continue bolstering the logistics system, he asserted that the government was focussing on establishing common logistics nodes in the country, as per the needs of the three services. Through these nodes, the resources of one service would seamlessly be available to the rest, he said. Alcaraz wins US Open, becomes youngest world No 1 India, China complete troops disengagement at Gogra-Hotsprings AGENCIES STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK, 12 SEPTEMBER Walking out for his first Grand Slam final at age 19, Carlos Alcaraz bumped fists with fans leaning over a railing along the path leading to the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Moments later, after the coin toss, Alcaraz turned to sprint to the baseline for the warmup, until being beckoned back to the net by the chair umpire for the customary pre-match photos. Alcaraz is imbued with boundless enthusiasm and energy, not to mention skill, speed, stamina and sangfroid. And now he’s a U.S. Open champion and the No. 1 player in men’s tennis. Using his uncommon combination of moxie and maturity, Alcaraz beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 on Sunday to both earn the trophy at Flushing Meadows and become the youngest man to lead the ATP rankings. “Everything came so fast. For me it’s unbelievable. It’s something I dreamed since I was a kid, since I started playing tennis,” said Alcaraz, whom folks of a certain age might still consider a kid. “Of course,” he said, “I’m hungry for more.” Alcaraz, who will move up three ranking spots from No. 4 on Monday, already has attracted plenty of attention as someone considered the Next Big Thing in a sport dominated for decades by the Big Three of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. “He’s one of these few rare talents that comes up every now and then in sports. That’s what it seems like,” said Ruud, a 23year-old from Norway. “Let’s see how his career develops, but it’s going all in the right direction.” The Spaniard was serenaded by choruses of “Olé, Olé, Olé! Carlos!” that reverberated off the arena’s closed roof — and Alcaraz often motioned for the spectators to get louder. There were a couple of magical points that drew standing ovations, including one Alcaraz lost with a laser of an on-the-run forehand while ending up face-down on his belly. He only briefly showed signs of fatigue from having to get through three consecutive five-setters in the three rounds right before the final; no one had gone through that arduous a route on the way to the title in New York in 30 years. Alcaraz went five sets against 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round, ending at 2:23 a.m. Tuesday; against Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals, a 5hour, 15-minute thriller that ended at 2:50 a.m. Friday after Alcaraz needed to save a match point; and against Frances Tiafoe in the semifinals. “It’s not time to be tired,” Alcaraz said. This was not a stroll to the finish. He faced a pair of set points while down 6-5 in the third. Could have been an outcome-altering moment. But Alcaraz erased each of those point-from-the-set opportunities for Ruud with the sorts of quick-reflex, softhand volleys he repeatedly displayed. “He just played too good on those points. We’ve seen it many times before: He steps up when he needs to,” Ruud said. “When it’s close, he pulls out great shots.” One break in the fourth was all it took for Alcaraz to seal the victory in the only Grand Slam final between two players seeking both a first major championship and the top spot in the ATP’s computerized rankings, which date to 1973. NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER In what is expected to go a long way in reducing tensions between the two neighbouring nations, troops of India and China today concluded the disengagement process from the Gogra-Hotsprings area at Patrol Point 15 in eastern Ladakh. The disengagement process began on 8 September when the two sides issued a joint statement announcing that a consensus in this regard was reached at the 16th round of India- China Corps Commander Level Meeting held on 17 July. The talks marked huge progress in the ongoing military stand-off between the two countries at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The statement further said the Indian and Chinese troops at PP-15 were “disengaging in a coordinated and planned way, which is conducive to the peace and tranquility in the border areas.” As per the agreement between the two sides, the disengagement was scheduled to be completed today, three days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping come face to face at Samarkand in Uzbekistan on the margins of the SCO Summit. It is not clear if the two leaders will have a bilateral meeting too on the margins of the summit. The last meeting between them had taken place in November 2019 in Brazil on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. In the last military talks between the two sides, much of the issues related to PP-15 were resolved. Only minor differences were pending, which were subsequently taken up for discussion in a Major General level meeting between the two sides, it is learnt.While the disengagement at Gogra-Hotsprings is being seen as a major success in resolving the protracted standoff in eastern Ladakh, there are still some friction points like Demchok and Depsang. "Muslim petitioners are likely to approach the Allahabad High Court in appeal," petitioner Sohan Lal Arya said, but added that they will continue to contest the case. Well known Sunni cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said that their legal team would study the verdict and act accordingly. He expressed concern over the fact that the Places of Worship Act 1991 was being set aside and such cases were being raised. "We will fight the matter legally," he added. In May, the Supreme Court had assigned the case to the Varanasi district judge's court, shifting it from a lower court where it was being heard till then. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,45,00,580 ACTIVE CASES 47,176 NEW CASES 5,217 NEW RECOVERIES 5,975 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,165 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 12 SEPT 2022 Bengal logs 117 cases and 1 death India reports 5,221 fresh Covid cases in last 24 hours STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 SEPTEMBER India reported 5221 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 47,176 with active cases now constituting 0.11% of the country’s total positive cases. As per the data shared by the ministry, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.71% with 5975 patients having recovered in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 4,39,25,239. While the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 1.72 percent, the daily positivity rate shoots to 2.82 percent, as per the data. Besides, the health ministry stated that the last 24 hours saw a total of 1,84,965 COVID-19 tests being conducted taking the cumulative tests to over 88.95 crores. Under the National vaccination drive, 215.26 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. As per the data, COVID19 vaccination for the age group 12-14 years was started on 16 March 2022. So far, more than 4.06 crore adolescents have been administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Similarly, the COVID-19 precaution dose administration for the age group 1859 years also started from 10 April 2022 onwards.
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