FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 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 MANN GOVT NOW CALLS ASSEMBLY SESSION ON 27 SEPT AS PUTIN COSIES UP TO AUTOCRATS… P7 WEATHER GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY. MODERATE RAIN/ THUNDERSHOWERS AT MOST PLACES. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 28 AND 23 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: 31.2 Mn RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.100% Max: 28.0°C (-7) SUN RISES 06:10 hrs MOON RISES 04:27 hrs THUMBNAILS Chief of the Air staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari presents award to IAF officials at the Indian Air Force (IAF) investiture ceremony, at Main Hall, Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI MOD signs ` 17 cr deal with BrahMos: Giving an impetus to ''Aatmanirbharta'' in defence production, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) today signed a contract with M/s BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. for the acquisition of additional dual-role capable Surface to Surface BrahMos missiles at an overall cost of Rs 1700 cr under the “Buy-Indian” Category. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER P12 Big hint to Rajasthan CM: Rahul Gandhi says ‘one -man, one- post’ Around 100 locations raided across 15 states; Amit Shah chairs meet These searches were conducted at the residential and official premises of persons involved in "funding terrorism, organising training camps and radicalising people to join proscribed organisations” said officials. n joint pan-India raids at about 100 locations in 15 states, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Enforcement Directorate (ED), and state police forces on Thursday arrested a total of 106 cadres of the Popular Front of India (PFI), a radical organisation, sources said on Thursday. The NIA conducted raids on PFI at 93 locations in 15 states ~ Kerala (39), Tamil Nadu (16), Karnataka (12), Andhra Pradesh (7), Telangana (1), UP (2), Rajasthan (4), Delhi (2), Assam (1), Madhya Pradesh (1), Maharashtra (4) Goa (1), West Bengal (1), Bihar (1) and Manipur (1), the sources said.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting with officials in connection with raids by the NIA on the premises linked to the PFI. The National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval, the Home Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, the Director General of NIA, Dinkar Gupta and the Director of Intelligence Bureau of India, Tapan Deka were among those present in the meeting with Shah. The raids spread over 10 states and involving the NIA, the ED and state police forces have been described by the agency as the largest such investigation till date against terror funding suspects. The searches were conducted at multiple locations in the largest ever investigation process till date. The operation started late in the night around 1 am and learnt to be concluded by 5 am involving over 1,500 personnel of state police, Central Armed Police Forces and officers of NIA and ED. Several incriminating documents, more than 100 bile phones, laptops and other materials have been seized by the raiding teams.These searches were conducted at the residential and official premis- es of persons involved in "funding terrorism, organising training camps and radicalising people to join proscribed organisations". “In a major action across 10 states, NIA, ED and state police have arrested more than 100 cadres of PFI,” sources said earlier today. At least four activists of the Popular Front Of India (PFI) were detained by officials of the NIA in separate raids in Indore and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, including PFI MP head Abdul Karim Bekriwala, PFI Indore unit head Mumtaz Quereshi and PFI treasurer Mohammad Javed Belim.Meanwhile, more than 50 members of the PFI protested against the raids outside the party office in Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul district earlier today. The PFI and SDPI workers staged a protest in Karnataka's Mangaluru against India strongly denounces Russia-Ukraine war at UNSC EAM takes up with British foreign secy attacks on Indian community STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER India today strongly objected to the referendum on ‘Khalistan’ conducted by radicals in Canada, wondering how such an exercise was allowed to take place in a “friendly nation”. “A farcical exercise was held by extremist and radical elements in Canada. We have taken up the matter with the authorities in Canada. They have assured us that they respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and don't recognise the so-called referendum,'' Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at a media briefing. However, he added that it was deeply objectionable that such an exercise was allowed to take place. “We will continue to press Canada to act in such matters,” the spokesperson said. Over 100,000 Canadian Sikhs took part in voting for the “Khalistan” referendum in Brampton, Ontario on 19 September which was organised by the pro-Khalistani group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). P10 106 PFI activists held in NIA’s largest raids I Min: 23.8°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:17 hrs MOON SETS 17:09 hrs India objects to ‘Khalistan’ referendum in Canada P3 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER Min. 87% TEMPERATURE 2ND T20I: INDIA TO FACE AUSTRALIA TODAY ZELENSKYY LAYS OUT HIS CASE AGAINST RUSSIA TO UN External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today took up with the new Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom James Cleverly the attacks on members of the Indian community in the UK over the past few weeks and urged the latter to take steps to ensure the community's welfare. “Shared my concern about the security and welfare of the Indian community in the UK. Welcomed his assurances in that regard,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted. He said he also discussed with the British leader global issues, including IndoPacific, Ukraine, and the United Nations Security Council.“Discussed taking forward Roadmap 2030. Appreciate his (Cleverly) commitment to deepening our partnership,” the foreign minister tweeted after the meeting which took place on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, when asked about the violence and vandalisation of Hindu premises in the east- External affairs minister S Jaishankar meets UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in New York on Thursday. ANI ern England city of Leicester, said India was in touch with the UK authorities over the violence.He also drew attention to the statement issued by the Indian High Commission in London which stated that the mission had “strongly” taken up the issue with the UK government and called for protection for those affected by the violence. Disturbances in the city of Leicester first began last month after an India and Pakistan cricket match, as per the police.On August 28, fans from Hindu and Muslim communities reportedly clashed after India secured a win against Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Dubai. In its strongest denunciation of the Russia-Ukraine war, India on Thursday “strongly” called for an end to the armed conflict and said the situation was a matter of “profound concern”. Speaking at the UN Security Council, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “The trajectory of the Ukraine conflict is a matter of profound concern for the entire international community. The outlook appears truly disturbing.” “India is strongly reiterating the need for an immediate cessation of all hostilities and a return to dialogue and diplomacy. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized, this cannot be an era of war,” he said. “Even in conflict situations, there can be no justification for violation of human rights or international law. Where any such acts occur, they must be investigated objectively and independently,” he said in some of the sharpest comments from the country on the subject yet. the raids, following which they were detained by the state police.PFI workers sat on the road in protest against the NIA raid at the party office in Chennai. NIA earlier this month also raided 40 places in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh in a PFI case and detained four persons. The agency had then conducted searches at 38 locations in Telangana (23 in Nizamabad, four in Hyderabad, seven in Jagityal, two in Nirmal, one each in Adilabad and Karimnagar districts) and at two locations in Andhra Pradesh (one each in Kurnool and Nellore districts) in the case relating to Abdul Khader of Nizamabad district in Telangana and 26 other persons. In the operation, NIA had seized incriminating materials, including digital devices, documents, two daggers and Rs 8,31,500 cash.As per NIA, the accused were "organising camps for imparting training to commit terrorist acts and to promote enmity between different groups on the basis of religion". (With input from our correspondents) PM to attend Abe’s funeral on 27 Sept Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference during Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Ernakulam. ANI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that the Congress will adhere to the ‘one man one post’ principle as per the Udaipur declaration, in a notso-subtle hint to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. “I think we have made a commitment in Udaipur and hope that it will be fulfilled,” Rahul Gandhi said in response to media queries in Ernakulam on Thursday. The party, meanwhile, issued a notification setting in motion the process for electing the new president of the grand old party who will replace its longest-serving head, Sonia Gandhi. Describing the post of Congress president as an "ideological post", Mr Gandhi on Thursday said the position "represents a set of ideas and belief system and vision of India". What we had decided in Udaipur. 'One person, one post' is a commitment of Congress and I expect that commitment will be maintained (on party's presidential post)," he added. Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who is reluctant to give up his post, is said to be under pressure from the party high command to file his nomination for the presidentship and had earlier indicated that he would prefer to retain the post of chief minister even if he wins the contest for party president. It is being speculated that if Gehlot becomes the AICC chief, his bete noire FESTIVE MOMENT Sachin Pilot could be installed as the chief minister of the state ahead of the assembly elections there. Amid hectic political lobbying, indications so far are that the contest will be between Mr Gehlot and party MP from Kerala, Shashi Tharoor. Ashok Gehlot is in Kerala to meet Rahul Gandhi. Before going to Kerala, he met Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday and the meeting lasted for two hours. Sources said that Sonia Gandhi has asserted that the poll will be fair and she will not endorse any candidate. Apparently, the issue of Rajasthan was also discussed in the meeting, but there is no official word on it.The Congress' central election authority on Thursday issued a notification for the Congress president polls. According to the notification, while the nomination forms will be available from Thursday, the filing will be held between September 24 and 30.Scrutiny of nomination will take place on October 1, and the same day, a valid candidate list will be published. The last date of withdrawal is October 8 following which, a final list will be brought out. While the poll will be held on October 17, counting will take place on October 19. (With agency inputs) FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,45,53,042 ACTIVE CASES 46,342 NEW CASES 5,443 NEW RECOVERIES 5,291 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan on 27 September to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, it was announced today. Modi will also separately meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during the visit. Abe, the longest-serving leader of modern Japan, was assassinated in July while campaigning for a parliamentary election. According to reports, nearly 6,400 people are expected to attend the state funeral at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, including dignitaries from several countries across the world. Modi shared a great friendship with Abe. The departed leader was a votary of strong ties between India and Japan and took a number of initiatives to consolidate the bilateral relationship. TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,429 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2022 Eric Falt, cluster director UNESCO with others during a UNESCO representative visit in Kolkata on Thursday. ANI SC reserves verdict on K’taka hijab row AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER After 10 days of marathon hearing, the Supreme Court on Thursday reserved the judgment on a clutch of pleas challenging the Karnataka High Court verdict which refused to lift the ban on hijab in educational institutions of the state. A bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia reserved the judgment after hearing the arguments from the counsel representing the state government, teachers, and the petition- ers, who moved the apex court challenging the high court judgment. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing some of the petitioners, while making rejoinder submissions said for those who are believers, hijab is essential and for those who are not believers, it is not essential. He added that there was no cause to issue guidelines in February this year. The bench told Dave if it is commenting on the high court's path, it is because the petitioners took it to that path. Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing some of the petitioners, submitted that the argument of PFI was not raised before the high court and it is an argument introduced to create prejudice. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Karnataka government, had alleged that till the year 2021, no girl student was wearing any hijab and 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 (PFI) and the movement was designed to create an agitation. ‘Ensure fair, development-oriented approach’: Muslim cleric calls RSS chief ‘father of the nation’ SC appoints ex-SC judge to conduct IOA elections STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 22 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed former apex court judge Justice L. Nageswara Rao to prepare electoral rolls, conduct elections, and amend the constitution of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). A Bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Hima Kohli directed on Thursday: “Former judge of Supreme Court Justice L. Nageswara Rao to take up the assignment to ensure a fair and developmentoriented approach to Olympic sports in India.” Noting that national games are being conducted after a gap of seven years, it asked Jus- The Bench said all logistical arrangements will be made available to Justice Nageswara Rao (photo) by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and these will be reimbursed by the IOA tice Rao to lead the election process so that elections are held by 15 December, and also asked him to prepare a road map for amending the IOA's Constitution. The Bench said all logistical arrangements will be made available to Jus- tice Rao by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and these will be reimbursed by the IOA. The top court also allowed the IOA's current Secretary General, Rajeev Mehta and Vice President Adille Sumariwalla to participate in the meeting with the International Olympic Committee scheduled on 27 September. Earlier this week, the apex court had said that it will appoint an independent person to run the IOA administration and also directed the Sports Ministry to interact with the International Olympic Committee. The apex court had stayed the Delhi High Court order, directing the Committee of Administrators to take control of the IOA governance. The Sports Ministry had submitted before the court that it could lead to suspension due to third party interference. On 8 September, the International Olympic Committee issued a final warning to the IOA to sort out the governance issues and hold elections by December. It told IOA, if it fails, then it would ban India. After the ouster of Narinder Batra as IOA President, the IOC's executive board, which met in Lausanne (Switzerland), decided not to recognise any acting/interim President, and said it will deal with Mehta as the main point of contact. Chief Imam of the All India Imam Organisation Dr Umer Ahmed Ilyasi on Thursday called RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat the “Father of the Nation” after he visited a Masjid and Madrassa in Delhi today. “Mohan Bhagwat Ji visited on my invitation today. He's ‘Rashtra-pita’ & ‘Rashtra-Rishi’. A good message will go out from his visit. Our ways of worshipping God are different, but the biggest religion is humanity. We believe country comes first,” tweeted Dr Ilyasi. Earlier, after visiting a Masjid at Kasturba Gandhi Marg, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat went to the Azad Market Madrassa Tajweedul Quran in Old Delhi, interacted with the children and also had a piece RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat leaves after meeting with All India Imam Organization Chief Imam, Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, at the Kasturba Gandhi Marg mosque, in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI of advice for them. Madrassa director Mahmudul Hasan said, "The chief stayed inside the Madrassa for about an hour and met the teacher and the children." His visit to the Masjid earlier and to the Madrassa has grabbed eyeballs, as it is for the first time that he has been to a Madrassa. The RSS chief, who is engaged in a campaign to increase contact with Muslims, also met with Dr Imam Umair Ahmed Ilyasi, head of All India Imam Sangathan, on August 1 last month. Earlier, in the day he had also met with many Muslim intellectuals, including the Chief Imam, Dr Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi. As per sources close to the RSS, issues like the Hijab controversy, Gyanvapi and maintenance of peace and harmony among religions were discussed in the meeting. Other than Bhagwat, senior RSS members, including Dr Krishna Gopal, Indresh Kumar, Ramlal and Karish Kumar also participated in today's meeting.Sunil Ambekar, the Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh of RSS said the meeting was a part of the 'Samvad' process.“RSS Sarsanghachalak meets people from all walks of life. It's the part of a continuous general "Samvad" process," Ambekar said.
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