SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 18 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 CHARLES’ LOVE AFFAIR WITH INDIA KERALA GOVERNOR FIRES ANOTHER SALVO AT VIJAYAN P4 Possibility of rain or thundershowers with gusty wind very likely.Temperature likely to be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 2.9 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.96% TEMPERATURE P7 P6 Cheetahs return to India after 70 years WEATHER PM releases eight cheetahs brought from Namibia in MP’s Kuno-Palpur national park STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/BHOPAL, 17 SEPTEMBER Min. 84% Max: 31.9 °C (0) Min: 26.2 °C (0) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:24 hrs 17:39 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 22:30 hrs 11:40 hrs New moon on 26 September n 1948, an Indian Maharaja shot the last of the cheetahs in India, resulting in their extinction from the country. Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shot eight cheetahs, albeit only with a camera, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the cheetahs in India through their reintroduction in the country. On his 72nd birthday today, PM Narendra Modi released three cheetahs, out of five females and three males of the species flown in from Namibia, into a special enclosure set up in the sprawling grasslands of the Kuno-Palpur National Park (KPNP) in Madhya Pradesh.Donning a sleeveless safari jacket, fedora hat and sunglasses, and armed with a professional camera, the PM took pictures of the cheetahs, as he released them into their enclosure. “Today, the cheetahs have come back to our land after decades. On this historic day, I want to congratulate all Indians and also thank the Government of Namibia. This could not have been possible without their help,” said Mr Modi. “For India, nature, and environment, its animals and birds, are not just about sustainability and security but the basis of India’s sensibility and spirituality. Today a big void in our forest and life is being filled through the cheetah,” the PM said. The PM also interacted with Cheetah Mitras, Cheetah Rehabilitation Management Group, and students at the venue. He underlined that this monumental occasion I am sure these cheetahs will not only make us aware of our responsibilities towards nature but will also make us aware of our human values and traditions I THUMBNAILS Congress leader Rahul Gandhi meets Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi during the party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', at her Ashram, near Karunagappalli, in Kollam on Saturday. ANI IRCTC scam case:The Central Bureau of Investigation moved Rouse Avenue Court of Delhi with the application seeking cancellation of bail against Tejashwi Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. The plea has been moved in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case. The Special Judge Geetanjali Goel on Saturday after hearing the submissions of CBI, issued notice to Tejashwi Yadav and sought his response of him and listed the matter for 28 September, 2022. NGT slaps Rs 120 cr fine on UP govt: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 120 crore as fine for environmental violations, including improper solid waste management and discharge of sewage into rivers in Gorakhpur district.The principal bench of NGT headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted the liability of the state for discharge of 55 MLD sewage into rivers at Gorakhpur at Rs 110 crores. The green court was dealing the issue for consideration of the remedial action against contamination of water bodies and ground water, specially Ramgarh Lake, Ami, Rapti and Rohani Rivers in and around DisPg5 trict Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. ‘I HAVE CHANGED AND DEFINITELY MATURED’ DUOPOLY, MONOPOLY NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER The big cats have been brought from Namibia as part of the biggest intercontinental wildlife translocation project The eight cheetahs, all aged between four to six years, will be quarantined for a month in the electrified enclosure They were flown in a special Boeing-747 plane, with its nose painted as a cheetah, from the Namibian capital city Windhoek to the Gwalior Air Force base Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases wild cheetahswhich had become extinct from India, in Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh, on Saturday. ANI In 1948, an Indian Maharaja shot the last of the cheetahs in India, resulting in their extinction from the country. has led to the nature-loving consciousness of India being reawakened with full force. “I am sure these cheetahs will not only make us aware of our responsibilities towards nature but will also make us aware of our human values and traditions,” the PM remarked. He also tweeted that tourists and enthusiasts will have to be patient and wait a few months before they can see the cheetahs in the wild, as the animals need some time to adapt to their new home. The eight cheetahs, all aged between four to six years, will be quarantined 8 a.m. this morning.From there, the big cats were flown to the KPNP in an Air Force helicopter.Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia along with veterinary doctors, three biologists and wildlife experts from Namibia and India monitored the arrival at Gwalior and subsequent movement to the KPNP . All the eight cheetahs have been radio collared with connection through a satellite, so that they can be monitored by not just the Indian wildlife authorities but also the Namibian officials from their country. for a month in the electrified enclosure. After that, they would be released into the wild to roam about in their new home, spread over an area of around 750-odd square kms with prey like antelope and wild boar. The big cats have been brought from Namibia, in South-West Africa, as part of the biggest intercontinental wildlife translocation project. They were flown in a special Boeing-747 plane, with its nose painted as a cheetah, from the Namibian capital cityWindhoek to the Gwalior Air Force base and reached around P12 Govt working continuously towards enhancing dignity of women: Modi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER Declaring his government’s commitment to improving the lot of women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country has continuously worked towards enhancing the dignity of women and solving the challenges faced by them on a daily basis since 2014. Participating in the Self Help Group (SHG) Sammelan organised at Karahal in Madhya Pradesh, he highlighted the growing representation of women in India, saying women's power has become the differentiating factor between the India of the last century and the new India of this century. “In today's new India, the flag of women’s power is flying from Panchayat Bhawan to Rashtrapati Bhavan,” he added. Recalling the contribution of women in the freedom struggle and security of the nation, Mr Modi lauded the role of women and SHGs in the recent “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign and their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. The PM said the success of any sector was directly linked to the increase in the repre- Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in the Self Help Group Sammelan in Sheopur on Saturday. ANI sentation of women. A fine example of this model was the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a women-led initiative. Similarly, seven crore households have got piped water connections in India during the last three years, he said. The PM highlighted that in the last eight years, the government has taken numerous steps to empower the SHGs. “Today more than 8 crore sisters across the country are associated with this campaign. Our goal is that at least one sister from every rural family should join this campaign”, he added. Throwing light on the 'One District, One Product' initiative, he said it was an effort to Wishes pour in for PM on his 72nd birthday STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, BJP national president JP Nadda, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as well as world leaders on Saturday greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 72nd birthday. PM Narendra Modi was born on September 17, 1950, in Vadnagar, a small town in the Mehsana district of North Gujarat. In her message on Twit- ter in Hindi, the President wished that the “nationbuilding campaign” being carried out by the Prime Minister with “incomparable hard work, dedication and creativity, continues to progress” under his leadership. The Vice President also extended his best wishes to the PM on his birthday. Union home minister Amit Shah called him the creator of a “safe, strong and self-reliant New India” and a symbol of service and dedication.In a series of tweets in Hindi, he said with the parallel coordination of welfare of the poor, good governance, development, national secu- Parties afraid of Razakars:Amit Shah takes Pass bill increasing ST quota to dig at Opp on ‘Hyderabad Liberation Day’ 10 %: T’gana CM challenges PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE HYDERABAD, 17 SEPTEMBER In a barb aimed at the ruling TRS in Telangana, Union home minister Amit Shah today said that it was only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to celebrate Hyderabad Liberation Day that other political parties decided to follow suit b ut they are still scared to commemorate it as “Liberation Day.” Mr Shah was referring to TRS led state government’s decision to celebrate 17 September~ the day the erstwhile State of Hyderabad joined the Union of India, as Telangana National Integration Day through separate Union Minister for home affairs Amit Shah participates in the 75th Hyderabad Liberation Day Celebrations, in Hyderabad. ANI programmes. He said other political parties were afraid of the “Razakars”, in a veiled reference to AIMIM. The Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief had anticipated the jibe and had claimed that his party had no links with the private militia which grew powerful in the last days of the Nizam and unleashed terror among the citizens and instead was the successor of Turrebaz Khan, a revolutionary during the Revolt of 1857. TRS, AIMIM and Congress have marked the day as National Integration Day as opposed to Liberation Day. While Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao chose to steer clear of the programme, Karnataka was represented by B Sriramulu. Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde was however, present. On the other hand, the erstwhile Nizam’s grandson Najaf Ali Khan said:“The Razakars were a private militia organised by Qasim Rizvi and they wanted Hyderabad to be an Independent state. They had nothing to do with the Nizam.” HYDERABAD, 17 SEPTEMBER In a calculated move Telengana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pass the legislation increasing the reservation quota for Scheduled Tribes to 10 per cent. Mr Rao who has been open about his national ambitions is aware that the BJP is seeking to woo the tribal population since the four poll bound states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have around 128 seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes and BJP could only win 35 seats in the last Assembly elections. Mr Rao said that Jaishankar to lead Indian delegation at 77th UNGA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER External affairs minister S. Jaishankar will pay a visit to the United States from 18-28 September to lead the Indian delegation at the high-level segment of the 77th UN General Assembly. The theme of the UNGA this year is “A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges”. In keeping with India’s strong commitment to reformed multilateralism, Jaishankar will be hosting a ministerial meeting of the G4 (India, Brazil, Japan, Germany), as well as participating in the high-level meeting Jaishankar will also participate in plurilateral meetings of the Quad, IBSA, BRICS, India – Presidency Pro Tempore CELAC, India-CARICOM, and other trilateral formats, such as India-France-Australia, India-France-UAE, and India-Indonesia-Australia. He will also have bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of the G20 and UNSC member states, amongst others of the L.69 Group on “Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council”. The L.69 Group consists of developing countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Small Island Developing States, focused on reforms of the UN Security Council. To commemorate and showcase Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Mr Jaishankar would be addressing a special event "India@75: Showcasing India UN Partnership in Action” on 24 September, which would highlight India’s development journey and its contributions to South-South Cooperation. The event is expected to be addressed by the President of the 77th UNGA, along with the foreign ministers of several member states, and the UNDP Administrator. During the visit, Mr Jaishankar would also be participating in plurilateral meetings of the Quad, IBSA, BRICS, India – Presidency Pro Tempore CELAC, India-CARICOM, and other trilateral formats, such as India-France-Australia, India-France-UAE, and India-Indonesia-Australia. He will also have bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of the G20 and UNSC member states, amongst others. Mr Jaishankar's address at the high-level Session of the UNGA is scheduled for the forenoon of 24 September. Upon completion of the 77th UNGA-related engagements, he will visit Washington from 25-28 September for bilateral meetings with US interlocutors. His programme includes inter alia, discussions with his counterpart Secretary of State Antony Blinken; senior members of the U.S. Administration, US business leaders, a round-table focused on S&T, and interaction with the Indian diaspora.“The EAM’s visit would enable a high-level review of the multifaceted bilateral agenda and strengthen cooperation on regional and global issues to further consolidate the India-US strategic partnership,” the Ministry of External Affairs said. take the local products from every district to the big markets. The government was working continuously to create new possibilities for women entrepreneurs in the village economy, he said. The PM highlighted that India has made tremendous efforts to reach out to the United Nations and thereby declare the year 2023 as the year of coarse cereals which was to be celebrated internationally. Mr Modi recalled how women faced extreme difficulty with issues related to the absence of toilets and the troubles caused by the smoke coming from firewood in the kitchen. next week his government will issue a government order on 10 per cent reservation for the tribal population and demanded the Centre must enact it to make the lives of tribal people better. “It has been more than seven years since the state Assembly passed a unanimous resolution demanding that the Centre increase the quota for Adivasis from 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Today I am asking Prime Minister Modi and home minister Amit Shah who has come here to do divisive politics, what is stopping you from passing the bill?” He was confident that being a tribal woman President Droupadi Murmu would readily give her assent. Mr Rao was addressing a crowd at NTR stadium. He said either Mr Modi will accept his government order or face the music. Mr Rao announced the state will introduce Girijan Bandhu, a scheme for the ST where the landless families without other source of livelihood will get Rs 10 lakh as incentive for entrepreneurship. Earlier in the day at a state government organised programme at Public Gardens to mark the Telangana National Integration Day he slammed the BJP saying that the party was distorting Telangana’s history for its petty politics. Mr Rao hoisted the national flag at Public Gardens and received the general salute from the police personnel. More citizen-centric services brought online STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a notification through which a total of 58 citizen-centric services related to driving license, conductor license, vehicle registration, permit, transfer of ownership, etc. can be now availed completely online, eliminating the need to visit the RTO. These services can be availed with the help of Aadhaar authentication on a voluntary basis, a press note said today. “Providing such services in a contactless and faceless manner would go a long way in saving critical time of citizens while easing their compliance burden,” it said. Consequently, the footfall at the RTOs is likely to significantly reduce, which would lead to greater efficiency in their functioning, the note added. Through another notification, the ministry has notified comprehensive reforms in the Trade Certificate regime under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. rity and historical reforms, the Prime Minister has fulfilled his resolve to establish ‘Maa Bharti’ again at the top of the world. In his message, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised Mr Modi's governance and leadership. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur have also extended their best wishes to the Prime Minister.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted a oneline greeting, saying: “Wishing PM Narendra Modi a happy birthday.” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal wished for the Prime Minister's long and healthy life. See Pg 5 Modi launches National Logistics Policy NEW DELHI, 17 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the National Logistics Policy (NLP) in the national capital which, he said, was an important step towards the "making of a developed India", while adding that the policy has come with a “new energy for every sector”. In his address, PM said, “In the Amrit Kaal, the country has taken an important step towards the making of a developed India. The echo of Make in India and India becoming self-reliant is everywhere. India is setting big export targets and is also fulfilling them. India is emerging as a manufacturing hub. In such a situation, the National Logistics Policy has brought new energy for all sectors."He called the policy a solution for many problems and said that it would lead to improvements of "all our systems". FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,45,28,524 ACTIVE CASES 46,848 NEW CASES 5,747 5,618 NEW RECOVERIES TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,302 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2022 Bengal recorded 283 cases and one death
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