WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 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 PUNJAB GOVT GEARED UP FOR PADDY PROCUREMENT MADRASSA SURVEY P6 WEATHER GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY. LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN/THUNDERSHOWERS. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 32 AND 24 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. UN CHIEF WARNS GLOBAL LEADERS: THE WORLD IS IN ‘GREAT PERIL’ P3 P9 'Election-centric thinking not good for development' PM calls for "decentralisation" of urban planning, says planning should be done at state level RAINFALL: 6.5 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER Max.93% P Min. 61% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.7°C (0) SUN RISES 06:09 hrs MOON RISES 02:33 hrs Min: 24.6°C (0) SUN SETS 18:18 hrs MOON SETS 15:57 hrs THUMBNAILS Hardik Pandya plays a shot during the 1st T20I match between India and Australia, at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday. Pandya's unbeaten 71 help India set a 209-run target against Australia. ANI Oz chase down India's mammoth total: Australia chased down India's mammoth 208/6 in the first T-20 in Mohali. Earlier, brilliant fifties by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and a vital knock by Suryakumar Yadav powered India to 208/6 against Australia in the first T20I of the three-match series at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium, here on Tuesday. While India lost the wickets of Rohit and Kohli inside the first six overs, there was a great show of intent by Hardik (71 not out off 30), KL Rahul (55 off 35) and Suryakumar (46 off 25). Earlier report on P12. AP House panel accuses TDP govt of data theft:The previous TDP regime had resorted to data theft from the State Data Centre prior to 2019 elections, according to an interim report of a House committee of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly which was tabled on Tuesday. The 85 page long report concluded that there was unauthorised and improper transmission of large amounts of sensitive data from State Data Centre to unknown external servers between 30 November, 2018 and 31 March Pg4 2019. rime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said “election-centric thinking” cannot do good for the development of towns. Addressing a conference of Council of Mayors and Deputy Mayors of BJP in Gujarat via video conferencing, Mr Modi asked the attendees of the conference not to have “election-centric thinking” stating that it cannot be good for the development of towns. “The thinking of the elected public representatives should not be confined to elections. We cannot do good for the towns with election-centric thinking. Many a time a good decision for the towns is not taken due to a fear of loss in the elections,” he said. The PM called for the "decentralisation" of urban Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses Council of Mayors and Deputy Mayors of BJP in Gujarat, through video conferencing, as Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel, party state President C. R. Paatil and party National President JP Nadda look on, in New Delhi. ANI planning, stating that the planning should be done at the state level. The Prime Minister further said that with the development of satellite towns, the pressure on cities will reduce. Mr Modi said, "Urban planning has been stressed upon in this year's budget. It is necessary that the urbanplanning should be decentralised. There should be an urban planning at the state level, everything cannot be done from Delhi. There are numerous satellite towns in the country which are developing STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER around the big cities. Work should be done to develop the satellite towns strategically. Only then, the pressure on the cities will reduce". The Prime Minister also hailed the conduct of the conference and said that it has a “major role to play in preparing a road map of India's urban development for the next 25 years during Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”. Mr Modi reminded the Mayors of the responsibility to work from the grassroots level. "Our country trusts BJP. It's Airways flight and on the basis of the details, the ministry decided to seek a report in detail from Lufthansa.“This was an incident on International soil. We will have to make sure that we verify facts. It is up to Lufthansa to provide data. Based on request sent to me, I will certainly look into it,” Mr Scindia said. On Monday, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal had posted on Twitter, “Disturbing media reports quoting co-passengers say Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann was deplaned from a Lufthansa flight as he was too drunk to walk. And it led to a 4hour flight delay. He missed AAP’s national convention. These reports have embarrassed and shamed Punjabis all over the globe.” Athletes’ food in toilet: UP dist sports officer suspended Leicester fury: UK cops make 47 arrests STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE the responsibility of all Mayors to work from the grassroots level. Better facilities to be provided and growth should be wellplanned," he said. Noting that the tier II and III cities are becoming the centre of economic activities, the Prime Minister said that there should be a focus on developing industry clusters in such areas. Mr Modi asked the Mayors to take initiatives to ensure that small vendors get training to use the digital payments system. "The states should start The AAP has already dismissed the charge that Mr Mann was deplaned from the flight due to intoxication and said that the Opposition doesn’t have issues to talk about and the Punjab CM had health problems. Mr Mann was on a visit to Germany from September 11-18 to attract investments and strategic alliances in various sectors. Lufthansa Airlines had, meanwhile, on Monday issued clarification regarding the 4-hour delay of its Delhi-Frankfurt flight. The Regional Sports Officer of Saharanpur, Animesh Saxena, has been suspended by the Sports Directorate of the Uttar Pradesh government after videos of food made for girl kabaddi players, competing in a state competition, lying inside a toilet went viral on the internet (in photo). Some videos of players collecting their food from a toilet surfaced on the internet in which players were seen with plates and containers having rice inside a toilet, which could have caused germs and unwanted substances to contaminate the food. Reacting to the incident, Union sports minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday said he has directed the Uttar Pradesh sports department to take strict action against the contractors and officers accused of putting the food meant for Kabaddi players participating in an event at Saharanpur inside a toilet.“I have directed that strict action be taken against the accused contractor and officers. I have also directed that the contractor be blacklisted from future events as well. This is a standing instruction for everywhere that such incidents should not happen,” Thakur said. In a letter issued by the Sports Directorate, the suspension of Animesh Saxena was Definition of dignity has changed with time: SC on K’taka hijab row SNS & AGENCIES announced. "The Chief Secretary of Sports Department made aware through a letter that photos of food meant for kabaddi players participating in an event held in Saharanpur being found in a toilet have surfaced on social media, causing immense slander against the department and the government. It seems that regional officials and stakeholders' defective operations led to this incident and the Chief Secretary instructed for strict action against Regional Sports Officer, Saharanpur, Animesh Saxena," read the letter. The players claimed that they were being served halfcooked food which was kept in the toilet due to shortage of space.Inside the toilet, some 'pooris' were found lying on a piece of paper on the floor. Apart from this, many players had to eat only vegetables and salads for lunch. Violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Leicester were the result of outsiders coming to the city and inflaming existing tensions, community leaders have said, according to media reports. Over the weekend, police made 47 arrests after clashes between large groups of mostly young men in the east part of the city, as tensions boiled over following a recent cricket match between India and Pakistan. But the people of Leicester say the relationship between the two communities has been strained for months and has been inflamed by misinformation being spread online and outsiders who have travelled to the city from nearby areas such as Birmingham, the Daily AGENCIES Mail reported. planning of tier II and tier III cities from now. Tier II and Tier III cities are now becoming the centre of economic activities. Our startups are taking place in those cities. We should focus on developing industry clusters in those areas. Small vendors must get training to use digital payments system. Mayors must take the initiative to ensure this,” he said. Listing out the development of urban infrastructure under his government, Modi said the government is making efforts to make towns a centre of a holistic lifestyle. “India is making investments in its urban infrastructure. Till 2014, the metro network in the country was less than 250 km. Today, it has exceeded 775 km. Work is underway on 1,000 km of metro route. It is our effort that our towns should become a centre of a holistic lifestyle,” the Prime Minister said. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,45,43,089 ACTIVE CASES 47,379 NEW CASES 4,043 NEW RECOVERIES 4,676 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,370 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2022 As it continued hearings on the pleas challenging the Karnataka High Court judgment on the wearing of hijab in educational institutions, the Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the definition of dignity has changed with time and keeps changing. The remark came after senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing some of the petitioners challenging the Karnataka High Court judgment argued that hijab adds to dignity and makes a woman very dignified when she wears it, like a Hindu woman who covers her head. Dave argued that girls wearing hijab to the school do not violate anybody's peace and safety and there is certainly no danger to tranquillity. And, there is only one aspect of public order, which could be argued, he added. Dave submitted that the girls want to wear the hijab, so whose constitutional right is violated? The other students'? The school? Dave asked why is it that suddenly after 75 years the Karnataka government thought of bringing this type of prohibition? It came like a bolt from the blue. He added that Article 25 is crystal clear, and the constituent Assembly debates cement that. Dave emphasised that the test is not essential practice, but religious practice. He cited that in deciding the question whether a given religious practice is an integral part of the religion or not, the test always would be whether it is regarded by the community following the religion or not. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Karnataka government, in his arguments, told the Supreme EC writes to law ministry to cap cash donation to political parties LEICESTER, 20 SEPTEMBER’ SAHARANPUR/NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER P12 NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER Will look into it: Scindia on Mann deplaning row Amid a row over Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann allegedly being deplaned on a Delhibound flight from Germany because he was “inebriated”, Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday said that he will look into the matter based on requests. The country’s aviation ministry received details about Mann’s last-minute skipping of his Lufthansa SMRITI MANDHANA NO.2 IN LATEST ICC T20 RANKING STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER Aiming for reforms and transparency in donations received by political parties, the Election Commission has proposed reducing anonymous political donations from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,000, sources said. According to the sources, the poll panel wrote a letter to the Union Law Ministry recommending various amendments in the Representation of the People Act. Recently, the Election Commission delisted 284 non-compliant registered unrecognised political parties (RUPPs), declaring more than 253 of them inactive. Earlier, the Income Tax Department raided a number of such entities across the country on charges of tax evasion. Currently, political parties have The EC wants every candidate to open a separate bank account for poll purposes which will have all the details related to all expenses & receipts as part of the election expenditure to disclose all donations above Rs 20,000 through their contribution report that is submitted to the EC. Sources said the Commission has proposed lowering the threshold limit for cash donations made to political parties from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,000. In case the proposal gets approved, all donations above Rs 2,000 will be part of the contribution report which is submitted to the Commission. There are a few political parties which have shown contributions above Rs 20,000 as nil, while their audited accounts statement showed receipt of huge amounts - all less than the limit of Rs 20,000.The poll panel has also proposed to limit cash donations at 20 per cent or at a maximum of Rs 20 crore to cleanse election funding of black money. Sources said the proposed amendments will also lead to maintaining a separate account for receipt and payments related to elections by the candidate and the same has to be transparently disclosed to authorities as election expenditure. Moreover, Sources said the electoral reforms proposed by the EC also include segregation of foreign funds from the funds of the parties for more transparency into funding to political parties. ‘Bond between J&K and film industry renewed’: LG opens first multiplex in Srinagar STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 20 SEPTEMBER Marking the revival of cinema in Srinagar after 32 years, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday inaugurated the first multiplex that has been built by the INOX group in the city. Special screening was done of Aamir Khan starrer, Lal Singh Chaddha, on the occasion. Describing it as a new dawn of hope, the LG said; “Congratulations to the people, Vijay Dhar and INOX group. A major socio-economic revolution is sweeping through J&K in the last 3 years. It is reflection of a new dawn of hope, dreams, confidence and aspirations of people.” With the opening of the multiplex, people in the valley are getting the opportunity to enjoy Bollywood movies on the big screen for the first time since 1990 when cinema halls across Kashmir were either burnt or forcibly shut by terrorists who claimed such entertainment was unIslamic. The multiplex that has been opened in the safe zone of Sonawar near the cantonment has three screens and a total seating capacity of approximately 520 people. Hotelier and cinema owner Vijay Dhar, who is behind building the multiplex, is son Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory inaugurated Kashmir’s first multiplex comprising three cinema auditoriums with a capacity of 520 seats at Shivpora Srinagar on Tuesday. MOHAMMAD AMIN WAR of diplomat and politician DP Dhar who was a confidant and political advisor of Indira Gandhi. The government during 1999-2000 tried to re-open a few cinema halls in Srinagar but subsequent terrorist attacks and grenade blasts forced the cinema halls to down shutters again.The LG had on Saturday inaugurated two multipurpose cinema halls in terrorism-hit Pulwama and Shopian. Gradually, cinema halls will be opened in all districts of Kashmir. The Lt Governor observed that the opening of multipurpose Cinema Halls in Shopian, Pulwama and the first-ever Multiplex in Srinagar marks the revival of cinema culture in the Kashmir valley after three decades. Culture is a way of life and cinema being the powerful medium of sharing thoughts and ideas reflects societal values and change. Cinema brings people together. Apart from entertainment it gives hopes, dreams and inspiration to youth to pursue their dreams till they realise it," Lt Governor said. The young generation have a strong urge to see a better society, to learn about other cultures, to become part of inter-dependent world. And, it is the responsibility of the administration to provide them opportunities and support,' the Lt Governor added. The new cinema halls and ongoing film shootings will renew the beautiful bond between Jammu-Kashmir and the Indian film industry, he further added. Court that even in countries like Iran, which are constitutionally Islamic, women are fighting against hijab. Mehta submitted that the purpose of uniform, is for equality, equity, and uniformity and when one has to cross that threshold, then that person's test has to be higher. Mehta said the rule says there cannot be a religious identity and uniform is uniform, and in a secular school, one has to wear the uniform. During the hearing, the court said it must be proved beyond doubt that the wearing of the hijab was a threat to public order, public health or morality. Mehta said the uniform being part of essential discipline in schools was being scrupulously followed, however then a movement started on social media by an organisation called Popular Front of India and the movement was designed to create an agitation. Justice Dhulia orally remarked that the Karnataka High Court should have not gone into the essential religious practice test. Mehta agreed that the high court could have avoided going into the essential religious practice issue, however he added that it was the petitioners who moved the court raising the argument that hijab was an essential practice. Contest for Cong chief: Buzz as Gehlot heads for Delhi SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will be in the national capital on Wednesday and is likely to meet Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. The Rajasthan Chief Minister is then expected to join the Bharat Jodo Yatra with party leader Rahul Gandhi. Gehlot is tipped to be one of the presidential candidates for the Congress polls, even as Gehlot is still pushing for Rahul Gandhi as party president. Sonia Gandhi has called KC Venugopal on Tuesday and spoke at length about the issues of Rajasthan. Gehlot is reluctant to move to Delhi and does not want his former deputy Sachin Pilot to be elevated to the Chief Minister's chair, sources said. Congress General Secretary, Organisation KC Venugopal after meeting Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said that it is up to Rahul Gandhi to decide about contesting the elections and everything will be clear within a week. "I had some pending work of the party so I came to meet her," Venugopal added. Venugopal said it's the party workers prerogative to pass resolutions in the state as every worker wants Rahul to be president of the party. The Congress on Tuesday reiterated that anyone can contest the party president's poll as it was a democratic and transparent process and no nod was required from the leadership.
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