CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 22 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 GOVERNOR CANCELS SPECIAL ASSEMBLY SESSION BIDEN & TAIWAN P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain or thundersho wer likely to occur. Temperature likely to be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius. TEMPERATURE P5 P4 Ukraine war: Russia’s Putin orders partial mobilisation PM Modi was right, time is not for war: Macron MOSCOW, 21 SEPTEMBER Max: 32.6°C (0) Min: 26.8°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:25 hrs 17:35 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 01:05 hrs 14:57 hrs New moon on 26 September THUMBNAILS Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during the inauguration of Alipore Museum, in Kolkata (SEE PG3) on Wednesday. ANI DGCA extends 50 pc cap on SpiceJet's flights till 29 Oct: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended the 50 per cent restriction on SpiceJet flights till October 29."Based on the review of the safety performance of Spicejet, the authority issued Interim Order of even number dated 27 July 2022 whereby restricting the number of departures of Spicejet to 50per cent of the number of departures approved under Summer Schedule 2022 for a period of eight Pg8 weeks," DGCA said in its order. CBI arrests ABG Shipyard promoter: In the latest development in the Rs 22,842 crore fraud allegedly committed by ABG Shipyard company, the CBI has arrested it's promoter Rishi Kamlesh Agarwal.He will be produced before the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi on Thursday. The CBI had recently revealed the shocking fact that there were around 100 high value bank fraud cases that could not be re- gistered due to non-accordance of specific consent u/s 6 of the DSPE Act by the state governments where the general consent has been withdrawn. sserting that the purpose of the West is to weaken, divide and ultimately destroy Russia, President Vladimir Putin onWednesday announced that he had signed a decree on partial mobilisation in Russia amidst the ongoing war in Ukraine. “In order to protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to ensure the security of our people and people in the liberated territories, I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff to conduct partial mobilization in the Russian Federation,” he said during a national address today. He further said that the efforts to begin partial mobilisation will begin today. “I repeat, we are talk- A AGENCIES Prime Minister Narendra Modi was right when he said that the time is not for war, France President Emmanuel Macron said at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. “Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India was right when he said the time is not for war. It is not for revenge against the West, or for opposing the West against the east. It is the time for a collective time for our sovereign equal states. To cope together with challenges we face," he said. This statement came in reference to PM Modi and Russia's PresidentVladimir Putin's conversation where the former said, "Today's era is not of war and I have spoken to you about it on the call. Today we will get the opportunity to talk about how we can progress on the path of peace. India and Russia have stayed together with each other for several decades." he added. At the beginning of his speech to the nation, the Russian President said that Western countries are seeking to destroy Russia. “The purpose of this West is to weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our country. They are already directly saying that in 1991 they were able to split the Soviet Union, and now the time has come for Russia to break up into a multitude of regions and areas which are fatally hostile to each other," the Russian president was quoted as saying. Referendums on joining Russia will be held in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in eastern Ukraine on September 23-27. Earlier, Ukrainian PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed Russian plans to stage referendums in occupied regions in eastern and southern Ukraine as “noise” and thanked Ukraine's allies for condemning the votes scheduled to start Friday. NEW YORK, 21 SEPTEMBER ing only about partial mobilization. That is, only those citizens who are in the reserve and, above all, those who served in the armed forces, have certain military specialities and relevant experience, will be subject to conscription," Mr Putin said, as per CNN. “After the Kyiv regime actually publicly refused a peaceful solution to the Donbas problem today and, moreover, announced its claim to nuclear weapons, it became absolutely clear that a new next large-scale offensive in the Donbas, as it had already happened twice before, was inevitable,” P12 Guj SIT files chargesheet against Teesta, former DGP & Sanjiv Bhatt AHMEDABAD, 21 SEPTEMBER AGENCIES Min. 69% INDIAN SQUAD FOR WOMEN’S ASIA CUP 2022 ANNOUNCED SNS & AGENCIES Vladimir Putin says that Western countries are seeking to destroy Russia RAINFALL: 1.8 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% KERALA CM HITS OUT AT GOVERNOR; CALLS HIM A TOOL IN THE HANDS OF RSS The Gujarat Special Investigation Team (SIT) has filed a chargesheet against activist Teesta Setalvad, former Gujarat Director General of Police R.B. Sreekumar and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. The Gujarat government had constituted the SIT to investigate the conspiracy allegedly hatched by Teesta and two others to implicate the then chief minister and other senior functionaries of the state government in a false case and get them punished under various sections of the IPC. An investigation officer has alleged that false documents, papers and witnesses were created to build a false case against them. It has also been alleged that though Sanjiv Bhatt was not present in the meeting chaired by the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi on February 27, 2002, the former IPS officer created a false claim of being present at the meeting and alleged, "In the said meeting the Chief Minister had said Poll buzz gets stronger in Congress; Gehlot meets Sonia Gandhi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER Amidst growing buzz about his nomination as a presidential candidate for the Congress poll, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday met party interim president Sonia Gandhi. Earlier in the day, the Rajasthan chief minister, who arrived at the national capital this morning, while interacting with the media, said he will not back out if the grand old party wants him to contest the Congress presidential poll.“I will not back out from any responsibility and will serve the party wherever and in whichever capacity I am required in this hour of crisis,” Gehlot said. However, the Rajasthan chief minister said the party wants Rahul Gandhi to take over as the party president.Mr Gehlot said I will not back out from any responsibility and will serve the party wherever and in whichever capacity I am required in this hour of crisis ASHOK GEHLOT RAJASTHAN CHIEF MINISTER he will discharge all the responsibilities given and hinted that he can manage the posts of both the party chief and chief minister simultaneously.He said he is not aspiring for any post but wants to work towards ousting the "fascist" (BJP) government. Meanwhile, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who has signalled his desire to contest the election to elect a new party chief, met the party's Central Election Authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry on Wednesday. Mr Mistry later said they answered all queries of the party MP regarding the election of Congress president. “We answered all his (Shashi Tharoor's) queries regarding the Congress presidential election. We explained to him about the electoral rules, number of agents and their roles, and discussed how to fill out the form for election,” Mr Mistry said.The election of the Congress president is slated for 17 October and the counting of votes will take place on 19 October. Mr Mistry said those who want to contest for the post of president will need the signatures of 10 delegates.Asked if Gehlot can file his nomination while continuing in the post of Rajasthan CM, Mr Mistry said the party constitution states that anyone can fight the presidential election on the condition that he or she is a Congress delegate. Modi chairs meeting of board of trustees of PM CARES Fund Comedian Raju Srivastava passes away Why govt a mute spectator: SC slams TV news channels over hate speech STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the PM CARES Fund at which he appreciated the people of the country for contributing wholeheartedly to the fund meant for assistance and relief in emergency situations.A presentation was made on the various initiatives undertaken with the help of the PM CARES Fund, including the PM CARES for Children scheme, which is supporting 4345 children. Trustees appreciated the role played by the fund at a crucial time for the country. It was discussed that PM CARES has a larger vision of effectively responding to emergency situations, not only No criminality found in Radia tapes, CBI tells SC NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER The CBI on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that no criminality has been found in the taped conversations of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with a range of politicians, industrialists, and government officials. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre, contended before a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that the court had directed the CBI to investigate all these conversations and 14 preliminary inquiries were registered and the report was placed before the court in a sealed cover.The CBI had submitted a sealed cover report in 2015 regarding the outcome of the courtordered probe and the case wasn’t taken up by the apex court in all these years.See Pg5 through relief assistance but also by taking mitigation measures and capacity building. The PM welcomed the trustees for becoming an integral part of the fund. The meeting yesterday was attended by the trustees i.e. Union home Minister Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam as also the newly nominated trustees Justice K.T. Thomas, former judge, Supreme Court, Kariya Munda, Former Deputy Speak- er and Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons. The Trust further decided to nominate the following eminent persons for the constitution of the Advisory Board to PM CARES Fund: Rajiv Mehrishi, Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Sudha Murthy, Former Chairperson, Infosys Foundation and Anand Shah, Cofounder of Teach for India and Former CEO of Indicorps and Piramal Foundation. The PM said the participation of new trustees and advisors would provide wider perspectives on the functioning of the PM CARES Fund. Their vast experience of public life would impart further vigour in making the fund more responsive to various public needs, he added. NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER Comedian Raju Srivastava died in Delhi on Wednesday at the age of 58, his family said. Srivastava was admitted to AIIMS Delhi on August 10 after he experienced chest pain and collapsed while working out at the gym. He underwent an angioplasty the same day. Srivastava has been working in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s and received recognition after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge”in 2005. He has featured in films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Aamdani Atthanni KharchaRupaiya and Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon among others. The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked why the government was remaining a mute spectator to hate speech and also pulled up mainstream TV news channels for holding debates that often give space for hate speech. A Bench of Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy said the role of anchor in the TV channel debate is “very important” and “critical” and observed that it's their duty to ensure that guests invited to the show don't indulge in hate speech. The Bench also said that TV channels which often give space to hate speech escape without any sanctions. “Role of the anchor is very After Cong’s ‘PayCM’ jibe, BJP uses QR code posters of Opp leaders in Karnataka SNS & AGENCIES BENGALURU, 21 SEPTEMBER The ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress in Karnataka have begun a war of QR code posters to trade corruption charges against each other.The Opposition Congress came up with the idea first by releasing “PayCM” posters to which the BJP later responded with QR code posters containing Opposition leader Siddaramaiah and State Congress President D.K. Shivakumar on Wednesday. The “PayCM” poster released by the Opposition Congress has a portrait of state chief minister Basavaraj Bommai in the poster. If scanned it will lead to a website called ‘40 per cent Sarkar recently launched by the Congress.The posters which had 'PayCM' posters featuring CM Basavaraj Bommai pasted on the walls in parts of Bengaluru by Congress, in Bengaluru. ANI come up in various locations have left chief minister Basavaraj Bommai and the ruling BJP red-faced.The authorities have pressed BBMP personnel into service to take off the posters from walls and establishments in Bengaluru. BJP MLC M Ravikumar stated “Congress leaders have put up our CM to carry out campaigns, they should make their payments to Rahul Gandhi.' “Siddaramaiah requires a watch (referring to the Hublet watch scandal), and lets them pay him. Former Speaker Ramesh Kumar has publicly stated they have amassed wealth for four generations, let them pay him. While criticizing the CM, there should be dignity,” MLC Ravikumar said. Priyank Kharge, Congress MLA and Media in-charge, stated that the 'PayCM' campaign is not personal. Whatever is being discussed at the public space is being taken up for campaigning, he maintained. The poster allegedly released by BJP containing the photos of Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar asks people to scan the QR Code for uprooting both from the state for looting the state and destroying the system. It also describes at the bottom that both are discussing how to destroy the state, how to spread lies and disturb peace.Meanwhile, Bommai has sought a report on the posters which have suddenly come up from the Home department. CMYK The Bench also said that TV channels which often give space to hate speech escape without any sanctions important. These speeches are on mainstream media or social media that is unregulated. Mainstream TV channels still hold sway. The role of the anchor is critical. The moment you see somebody going into hate speech, it is the duty of anchor to immediately see that he doesn't allow that person,” said Justice Joseph.The apex court was hearing a batch of pleas seeking direction for steps against hate speech incidents. The Bench further said that hate speech benefits politicians the most and TV news channels give platforms for hate speech. Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde appearing for one of the petitioners in the case also agreed with the Bench and said, "Channels and politicians feed on such speech. Channels get money. They keep ten people in debates." The Bench said, "If sanctions are effected this will go... Any anchor will have his own views, but what is wrong is when you have people of different views and you are not allowing them to express those views... in doing that you are bringing hate and your TRP is going up."The Bench further observed that freedom of the Press is important and ours is not as free as in the US but we should know where to draw a line. Parliamentary questions to be gender neutral STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 SEPTEMBER The Rajya Sabha Secretariat has informed Shiv Sena member Priyanka Chaturvedi that it will ask all central ministries to furnish gender neutral replies to all Parliament questions from the next session of the House. Ms Chaturvedi, in a letter to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi last month, had said that the usage of the phrase 'No Sir' in the answers to the questions raised by women parliamentarians is wrong. “As a woman Parliamentarian, it is concerning to observe the institutional gender mainstreaming by the temple of democracyParliament itself,” she wrote. Ms Chaturvedi requested the government to look into this practice and issue appro- priate directions to address the concerned Parliamentarian as per his/her respective gender only. “Although this may seem like a small change, it will go a long way in giving women their due representation in the parliamentary process,”she said. Responding to her letter, Rajya Sabha Secretariat official Swarabji B wrote: “... as per conventions and Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in RS, all the proceedings of the House are addressed to the Chair. Replies to the Parliamentary Questions being a part of the proceedings are also addressed to the Chairperson only.” “However, the Ministries will be informed to furnish gender-neutral replies to the Parliamentary Questions from the next session of Rajya Sabha onwards,"he added. allow Hindus to let out their anger..." On June 24, 2022, Ahmedabad Crime Branch Police Inspector D.B. Barad registered the case against all the three accused for offences under the Indian Penal Code for forgery with an intention of cheating, fraudulently or dishonestly using as genuine documents, giving fabricated, false evidence with an intent to procure conviction of capital offence, falsely charging a person with having committed an offence. The allegation against Sanjiv Bhatt is that the documents submitted by him before the Nanavati Commission were forged/fabricated/ manipulated subsequently with an ulterior motive, first time before the Nanavati Commission, later before the SIT, with the intention to implicate various persons under grave sections of the law. Setalvad got out on bail on September 2, while Sreekumar, who has been in custody since their arrest on June 25, has moved a bail petition before the Gujarat High Court. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,45,47,599 ACTIVE CASES 46,216 NEW CASES 4,510 NEW RECOVERIES 5,640 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,403 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2022 Bengal recorded 365 cases and one death Sack illegal teachers, recruit eligible candidates: HC KOLKATA,21 SEPTEMBER A single-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday directed the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBBSC) to identify those who secured teaching jobs in state-run schools, terminate their services and replace them with the eligible candidates who are in the waiting list. The bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay asked the counsels of WBSSC and the petitioners in the matter to review the recruitment and waiting lists on an emergency basis and submit a report on September 28. The Justice also ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team probing the WBSSC recruitment irregularities to submit a separate report on the same on the ineligible candidates who got teachers' appointments illegally. According to him, the two reports will be reviewed after which those getting appointment illegally will be terminated from their services and replaced by those eligible candidates who are in the waiting list. “If necessary, the CBI team might also consult the WBSSC officials while preparing their report," observed Justice Gangopadhyay. Earlier on Wednesday, the CBI submitted a report to the court on the progress of its investigation in the WBSSC recruitment irregularities scam. Justice Gangopadhyay also further directed the WBSSC to issue a fresh notification regarding the appointment of teachers as well as Ground C and Group D staff by September 28. AGENCIES See Pg3
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