CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 17 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 MEVANI GETS 6-MONTH JAIL TERM IN 2016 CASE ‘PUBLIC HEALTH OUR MAIN CONCERN’ P4 One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 0.9 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE Max: 33.3 °C (+1) SUN RISES 05:24 hrs MOON RISES 21:45 hrs New moon on 26 P7 P8 DAVIS CUP: INDIA TO FACE NORWAY P12 PM calls for reliable supply chains at SCO WEATHER Max.93% GAUTAM ADANI IS NOW WORLD’S SECOND RICHEST PERSON Min. 68% Min: 25.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:40 hrs MOON SETS 10:44 hrs September THUMBNAILS Suryakiran Aerobatic Team of the IAF conducts a fly-past at the Combined Graduation Parade, Air Force Academy in Dundigal on Saturday. ANI In Punjab BJP gets a Sikh face, Capt Amarinder to be inducted: The BJP is set to get its biggest Sikh face in Punjab with the induction of former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh into the party on Monday.With this, the former Congress veteran leader's newly formed party Punjab Lok Congress (PLC), which fought February 2022 Assembly polls in alliance with the BJP, will also merge into the saffron party.A close aide of the Singh said the former chief minister of Punjab will join the BJP on Monday at 11.30 a.m. in New Delhi. He noted that pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine caused many obstacles in global supply chains leading to food and energy crisis STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 16 SEPTEMBER rime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) countries, including China and Pakistan, to develop reliable supply chains in the region by promoting connectivity and giving each other full transit rights. “SCO must make efforts to develop reliable, resilient, and diversified supply chains in our region. This will require better connectivity, as well as it will be important that we all give each other full right to transit,” he said addressing the SCO Summit at Samarkand in Uzbekistan. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian PresidentVladimir Putin, P and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif were among the leaders attending the summit. The leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Iran and host Uzbekistan also attended the summit. Mr Modi’s remarks are significant since Pakistan does not give India transit rights to Afghanistan and Central Asia through its territory. India has now been developing a transport link to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port in Iran to bypass Pakistan. The Indian leader, who arrived in Samarkand late last night, noted that the pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine caused many obstacles in global supply chains, due to which the whole world was facing an unprecedented energy and Uzbekistan handed over the rotating presidency of the eight-member SCO to India on Friday Modi met Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the Shanghai cooperation organisation summit food crisis. “Today, when the whole world is facing the challenges of economic recovery after the pandemic, the role of SCO becomes very important. SCO member countries contribute about 30 per cent of global GDP and 40 , per cent of the world's population also lives in SCO countries. India supports greater cooperation and mutual trust among SCO members,” he said. PM Narendra Modi and external affairs minister S Jaishankar at the SCO summit. Mr Modi said India was making progress in making the country a manufacturing hub. “India's young and talented workforce makes us naturally competitive. India's economy is expected to grow by 7.5 per cent this year, which will be the highest among the world’s largest economies,” he added.A lot of focus was also being given to the proper use of technology in India's people-centric development model. India was supporting innovation in every sector. Today, there were more than 70,000 Start-ups in India, of which more than 100 were unicorns. The PM pointed out that the world faced another major challenge of ensuring the food security of citizens. One possible solution to this problem was to promote the cultivation and consumption of millets. He also told the SCO leaders that India was today one of the most affordable destinations for medical and wellness tourism in the world. The WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine was inaugurated in Gujarat in April 2022. This would be the WHO's first and only global centre for traditional medicine. Today’s time is not a time for war, says Modi to Putin STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 16 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Russian PresidentVladimir Putin (in photo)on the margins of the SCO Summit in Samarkand and discussed with him the situation in war-torn Ukraine, among other issues. “Excellency, I know today’s time is not a time for war,” Mr Modi is reported to have told Mr Putin in their first face-to-face meeting since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Mr Modi is said to have pointed out to Mr Putin the major concerns relating to food, fertiliser and fuel security facing the world at present. “Had a wonderful meeting with President Putin. We got the opportunity to discuss furthering IndiaRussia cooperation in sectors such as trade, energy, defence, and more. We CMYK also discussed other bilateral and global issues,” Mr Modi tweeted after the meeting.Reports from Samarkand said Mr Putin told Mr Modi that he understood the Indian leader's concern.Earlier, Mr Modi held talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the margins of the SCO Summit in an attempt to repair ties between the two nations.“Useful discussions between PM @narendramodi and President @RTErdogan of Türkiye in Samarkand. Leaders reviewed bilateral relations and appreciated recent gains in bilateral trade. Also exchanged views on regional & global developments,” Bagchi tweeted. China supports India’s presidency of SCO: Xi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 16 SEPTEMBER Chinese President Xi Jinping today congratulated India on assuming the presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). “We will, together with other member states, support India during its presidency,” he said in his statement at the SCO Summit in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) at which Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Indian delegation. India will host the SCO Summit next year. China, Mr Xi said, was committed to the principle of equality among all countries regardless of their size, consensus-based decisionmaking, and addressing issues through friendly consultations. “We reject the practice of the strong bullying the weak or the big bullying the small,” he added. Speaking about terrorism in the region, the Chinese leader said the SCO countries should continue to carry out joint anti-terrorism exercises, crackdown hard on terrorism, separatism and extremism, drug trafficking as well as cyber Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a group picture during the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO. and transnational organised crimes. They should jointly meet the challenges in data security, biosecurity, outer space security, and other nontraditional security domains effectively, he said.“China is ready to train 2,000 law enforcement personnel for SCO member states in the next five years, and establish a China-SCO base for training counter-terrorism personnel, so as to enhance capacity-building for law enforcement of SCO member states,” he added.
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