CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 24 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 ‘INDIA IS A CLIMATE ACTION LEADER’ CONGRESS DILEMMA OVER GEHLOT’S REPLACEMENT P5 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. Max.92% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.3°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 02:54 hrs New moon on 26 P7 P8 Modi slams ‘urban Naxals’ for stalling infra projects It took decades to complete Sardar Sarovar Dam project due to conspiracies: PM RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 58% Min: 27.2°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:33 hrs MOON SETS 16:15 hrs September THUMBNAILS Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel and others during the National Conference of Environment Ministers being held in Gujarat, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Friday. ANI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER rime Minister Narendra Modi today cautioned the people against the activities of those he termed as “urban Naxals”, alleging they were stalling modern infrastructure projects in the name of the environment and hampering the nation’s development by taking crores of rupees from different global organisations and foundations. In this connection, he referred to the complications involved in getting environmental clearance for the Sardar Sarovar Dam project which was initiated in 1961 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It took decades to complete its construction due to the conspiracies carried out in the name of the environment, he alleged. “Due to the conspiracies hatched by urban Naxals, the World Bank refused to give a loan to increase the height of the dam. It took some time to thwart these conspiracies, but the people of Gujarat came out victorious. The dam was being described as a threat to the environment, and today the same dam has become synonymous with protecting the P Climate change activists during a march at ITO ,in the Capital on Friday. SNS M Srinivas appointed as new Director of AIIMS-Delhi: Dr M Srinivas, Dean, ESIC Medical ColD lege & Hospital, Hyderabad, has been appointed as Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and he will succeed Dr Randeep Guleria, a noted pulmonologist. Incumbent AIIMS, Delhi Director Randeep Guleria's tenure, which was till 24 March, was extended by three months and again extended by another three months, is ending Friday (September 23). Dr Guleria was appointed as director for a term of five years on 28 March, 2017. India registers landmark reduction in child mortality: In a significant achievement, India has registered a further reduction in child mortality rates. As per the Sample Registration System (SRS) Statistical Report 2020 released on Thursday by the Registrar General of India , the country has been witnessing a progressive reduction in the Infant Mortality Rate, Under 5 Mortality Rate , and the Neonatal Mortality Rate since 2014 towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals targets by 2030. Union health and family welfare minister Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated the nation on this achievement. environment,” the PM pointed out while inaugurating the National Conference of Environment Ministers in Ekta Nagar, Gujarat via video conferencing.Mr Modi noted that more than 6,000 proposals for environmental clearance and 6,500 applications for forest clearance were lying with the states. “Efforts should be made by the states to clear every proper proposal soon. You can guess that due to this pendency, projects worth thousands of crores of rupees will be stuck,” he added. He also emphasised the need to bring about a change in the work environment so that the pendency went down and clearance was expedited. The Prime Minister said that the state government should take up biofuel blending as a programme and ensure that it increases in each state and carbon omission is brought under control. He said, “I think that the role of the Environment Ministry is more as a promoter of the environment rather than the regulator.” He asked the states to own the measures like vehicle scrapping policy, and healthy competition as well as collaboration among the states to promote these measures. “In giving environmental Govt issues advisory to Indians in Canada following hate crimes STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER The government today advised Indian nationals and students from India in Canada and those proceeding to Canada to exercise due caution and remain vigilant in view of increasing incidents of hate crimes and anti-India activities in that country. “There has been a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-India activities in Canada. The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission/Consulates General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the said crimes and take appropriate This advisory came a day after India rejected as a “farcical exercise” a referendum on Khalistan conducted by separatist groups in Canada action. The perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far in Canada,” the MEA said in a press note. Indian nationals and students from India in Canada were advised to register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in. “Registration would enable the High Commission and the Consulates General to better connect with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of any requirement or emergency,” the press note added. This advisory came a day after India rejected as a “farcical exercise” a referendum on Khalistan conducted by separatist groups in Canada. New Delhi also wondered how such politically motivated exercises were allowed to take place in a friendly nation. clearance, we also take care of the rules and give priority to the development of the people of that area. It's a win-win situation for both the economy and ecology,” he said. “It should be our endeavour that by raising the name of the environment unnecessarily, no obstacle should be allowed to be created in the quest of Ease of Living and Ease of Doing Business. We have to remember that the faster the environment clearance is available, the faster the development will also take place,” the PM said. He also gave the example of the Pragati Maidan Tunnel in Delhi that was dedicated to the nation a few weeks ago. “Due to this tunnel, the trouble of the people of Delhi getting stuck in the jam has reduced. The tunnel will also help in saving more than 55 lakh litres of fuel every year,” he added. This would reduce carbon emissions by about 13,000 tonnes every year which was equivalent to more than 6 lakh trees, according to experts. “Be it flyovers, roads, expressways, or railway projects, their construction helps in reducing carbon emissions equally. At the time of clearance, we should not ignore this angle,” K. Raja Prasad Reddy elected INS president Due to the conspiracies hatched by urban Naxals, the World Bank refused to give a loan to increase the height of the dam. It took some time to thwart these conspiracies, but the people of Gujarat came out victorious. The dam was being described as a threat to the environment, and today the same dam has become synonymous with protecting the environment NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER Mr Modi said. Focusing on the alarming rate of forest fires in the western world, he remarked that India’s share in global emissions might be negligible due to wildfire but the country has to stay alert at all times. The PM emphasised that the forest fire fighting mechanism in every state should be technology driven and robust. Giving examples of the International Solar Alliance, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, and the LiFE movement, the PM remarked that India was not just taking huge strides in the field of renewable energy, but also guiding other nations. He said: “Today's new India is moving ahead with new thinking, new approach. Our forest cover has increased and wetlands are also expanding rapidly.” He remarked that today the world was joining India because of its track record of fulfilling its commitments. “Gir lions, tigers, elephants, one-horned rhinos, and leopards have increased in numbers over the years. New excitement has come with the homecoming of Cheetah in Madhya Pradesh a few days ago,” he added. NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER While hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and his concern for his countrymen, external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday recalled that the PM personally called him well past midnight and asked him if he was awake when the Indian Consulate Mazar-e-Sharif in war-ravaged Afghanistan was attacked in 2016. “Jaage ho(are you awake)?,” the PM asked Mr Jaishankar who was then the foreign secretary and was trying to ascertain the details of the attack. Mr Jaishankar was narrating this incident at an event in New York organised to discuss the book Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery yesterday. “It was past midnight and our consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan was under attack. We were trying to figure out what happened and my phone rang. It took me a bit by surprise. When the Prime Minister calls... you don’t get a caller ID but still, someone connects you. But this time it was the prime minister,” said Mr Jaishankar, who was one of the most trusted lieutenants of the PM as the country's top diplomat. He further said, “The prime minister asked, “If I'm awake. It's 12.30 (a.m.), what else will I be doing rather than being awake?’ Because in his life that's probably natural,”Mr Jaishankar said the PM asked him whether he was watching TV. “Yes sir, I said. On being apprised that help was on its way, PM Modi asked to be informed personally when the operation is over. I said this will take two-three hours more and I will inform your office (PMO) when it's over," said Mr Jaishankar. But what surprised Jaishankar was the PM’s response. “Call me,” the PM firmly told Mr Jaishankar rather than informing his office. Praising the PM's leadership during the Covid crisis, Mr Jaishankar said; “If you look at how leaders around the world handled Covid - not everybody stepped up or said I'd take that call. To handle the consequences of very big decisions is an extremely singular quality.” P12 Battlelines drawn: Gehlot to take on Tharoor for Congress chief’s post STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot today confirmed that he would fight for the Congress president's post, saying a strong Opposition was absolu- tely necessary for the country in the current political environment. Ending days of speculation on whether he would throw his hat in the ring in view of the pressure being exerted on him by the Gandhis, Gehlot said: “It’s decided that I will contest (for the post of Congress President). I will fix the date soon (to file the nomination).It's the need of the hour for the Opposition to be strong, looking at the current situation in the country.” Amidst suggestions that he could be replaced as the chief minister of Rajasthan by his bitter rival Sachin Pilot, he said a decision on the issue would be taken by the party's interim president Sonia Gandhi and party's Rajasthan in-charge, Ajay Maken. “I will fix the date (to submit the nomination papers) after going (back to Rajasthan), but I have decided that I will have to contest. It is a question of democracy and let us make a new start,” he said. Mr Gehlot’s statement is considered important against the backdrop of senior leader Rahul Gandhi's statement yesterday that the party would It is after over two decades that Congress will witness a contest for the post of party chief Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot offers prayers at Sai Baba temple, in Shirdi on Friday. ANI stick to the One Man, One Post principle as per the Udaipur declaration. Mr Gehlot, it is understood, is firmly opposed to Pilot succeeding him as the chief minister. With speculation rife that Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor could also join the fray, Mr Gehlot said other ‘Congress friends’ might also contest but what mattered was unity and the need to strengthen the organisation at all levels. “There are Congress friends. Even if they contest, there is no issue. After the results, we should work together to strengthen the Congress at the block, village, district levels and also move forward making our (Congress) thought process as the base so that we emerge as a strong opposition,” he added. Mr Gehlot, who was in Kerala to take part in the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, said, “I said earlier that I will request Rahul Gandhito accept this post when all the Congress Committees are passing resolutions in this regard. He (Rahul) made it clear ‘Nitish betrayed anti-Cong politics for Prime Ministerial ambitions’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER SNS & AGENCIES K. Raja Prasad Reddy, of Telegu newspaper Sakshi has been elected president of The Indian Newspaper Society for the year 2022-23 at the 83rd Annual General Meeting of the Society held throughVideo Conferencing. He succeeds Mr. Mohit Jain of the Economic Times. Mr. Rakesh Sharma (Aaj Samaj) is the Deputy President, Mr. M. V. Shreyams Kumar (Mathrubhumi Arogya Masika) is the Vice President and Mr Tanmay Maheshwari (Amar Ujala) is the Honorary Treasurer of the Society for the year 2022-23. Ms. Mary Paul is the Secretary General of the Society. Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday launched a blistering attack on Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, stating that the JD(U) chief “betrayed” the anti-Congress politics from which he emerged and “sat on the laps” of Lalu Yadav for his Prime Ministerial ambitions. While addressing the Jana Bhavna Mahasabha in Bihar's Purnea, the first ever since the split of the BJP and JD(U) alliance in the state, Mr Shah said,” Nitish Kumar betrayed the anti-Congress politics, from which he was born, and sat in the laps of RJD and Congress for his Prime Ministerial ambitions. Can Nitish PATNA, 23 SEPTEMBER When PM surprised Jaishankar with his midnight call! STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE WOMEN'S IPL LIKELY IN FEB 2023: GANGULY ‘DBT BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT OF CENTRE’ EAM meets Chinese FM at BRICS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Kumar become the Prime Minister by switching alliances? Can this government run in Bihar?" Mr Shah slammed the law and order situation in the state and said that there is an "atmosphere of fear" in the state since the Mahagathbandhan government returned to power. “Today when I'm here in border districts, the duo of Lalu Yadav (RJD chief) and (CM) Nitish Kumar have a stomachache. Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar say that I am coming to create conflict. Lalu ji, there is no need for me to create conflict, you are sufficient to do this. You have done this all your life. I have come here to say that when Lalu has joined the government, and Nitish Kumar is sitting on his lap, there is an atmosphere of fear here. I have come to tell you there is no need to be scared. There is the Narendra Modi government here,” he said. Mr Shah said that the crowd that turned up at the rally is a signal of “warning for the Lalu-Nitish government”. “The bugle will be sounded from Bihar against the introduction of selfishness and power that Nitish Kumar has given by deceiving the BJP and sitting in the lap of Lalu,” he added. Draft telecom Bill to be finalised within 6-10 months SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI 23 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar came face to face with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi (in photo) yesterday in New York soon after attacking Beijing for blocking the listing of Pakistan-based terrorists by the UN sanction committee. The two ministers participated in a meeting of the BRICS foreign ministers, hosted by South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor. The foreign ministers of Russia and Brazil were the other participants.“A traditional BRICS gathering on the sidelines of UNGA 77. Exchange of perspectives on the global situa- tion, international economy, and regional issues. Made the case for Reformed Multilateralism. Wished Naledi Pandor and South Africa all success for their Chairship,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted later and also posted a few pictures of the meeting. In one of the pictures, Mr Jaishankar and Mr Wang could be seen sitting side by side. CMYK Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday said that the draft telecom bill would be finalised within the next six to 10 months. Addressing a Press conference a day after the draft bill was put up for public comment, Mr Vaishnaw said that the Centre is not in a hurry to bring it.On the basis of consultations, the final draft will be prepared, he said, adding that it will go to the Parliamentary panel. After that it will go to Parliament, so the entire process will take six to 10 months, the Minister added. Comments on the Bill have been sought till 20 Octo- that no one from the Gandhi family will become the next chief. He said he has decided this due to some reasons, a non-Gandhi family member will become the party chief.”The election for the Congress president is scheduled for the next month. Party's Central Election Authority Chairman Madhusudan Mistry yesterday issued the notification for the poll. According to it, the process of filing nominations will begin on 24 September and end on 30 September. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on 1 October while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is 8 October. The final list of candidates will also be published on the same day.Polling, if necessary, will take place on 17 October at all PCC headquarters. Counting of votes will take place at the AICC headquarter in New Delhi on 19 October and the result will be announced immediately after counting. It is after over two decades that Congress will witness a contest for the post of party chief. SC agrees to list pleas challenging abrogation of Art 370 after Dussehra break NEW DELHI, 23 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Friday said it would list the hearing of a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories after the Dussehra break.“We will certainly list it after Dussehra break," said a bench headed by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit. The break for Dussehra is between October 3 and 9. The counsel mentioning the matter on the urgent list told the bench that the matter has been pending for a year. Earlier, former CJI NV Ramana had said he will try to list in July a bunch of petitions challenging the validity of the move scrapping Article 370.Despite the petition being pending before the SC since 2019, the central government has taken some irreversible actions, the petiAGENCIES tions added. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,45,58,425 Union minister for communications, electronics & information technology Ashwini Vaishnaw during a presentation on the draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022, in the Capital on Friday. SUBRATA DUTTA ber.The Bill seeks to replace the archaic Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933 and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1950. ACTIVE CASES 45,281 NEW CASES 5,383 NEW RECOVERIES 6,424 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,449 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2022 Bengal recorded 364 cases and one death
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