CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 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 SAFETY NET MUSK ALLOWED TO MAKE A CASE REGARDING TWITTER’S PAYMENT TO ZATKO P6 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% TEMPERATURE Max: 33.7°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 04:41 hrs New moon on 26 P8 P10 CH airport to be named after Bhagat Singh: PM Punjab CM welcomed the announcement made by Prime Minister Modi Min. 56% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 26.8°C (+1)) SUN SETS 17:31 hrs MOON SETS 17:23 hrs September THUMBNAILS Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee lights a diya during the inauguration of the Babu Bagan Durga Puja Pandal, in Kolkata on Sunday. SNS India win third T20 against Australia, clinch series 2-1: Virat Kohli (63) and Suryakumar 1 Yadav (69 off 36 balls) shone with the bat as India chased down a stiff 187-run target to with the third and final T20 International against Australia in Hyderabad on Sunday by 6 wickets, clinching the series 2-1. Earlier, Cameron Green’s (52) blistering start and Tim David’s (54) blistering finish helped Australia to post 186/7 in 20 overs. For India, Axar Patel scalped three wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel bagged one wicket each. (Earlier report on Page 12) Pak terrorists killed in J&K encounter: Two heavily armed Pakistani terrorists were killed in an encounter with the Army on Sunday while they were infiltrating through the LoC in north Kashmir's Macchal Sector. A defence spokesman said that based on specific intelligence inputs recieved from J&K Police and other intelligence agencies, of likely infiltration attempt in Macchal Sector, troops were put on high alert and joint ambushes of police and Army laid on likely routes of infiltration. NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER rime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Chandigarh airport will now be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a tribute to the great freedom fighter. In the 93rd edition of his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast over All India Radio, the Prime Minister said, “It has been decided that the Chandigarh airport will now be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh. It had been waiting for a long time. I congratulate the people of Chandigarh, Punjab, and Haryana and the entire country for this decision." Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday welcomed the announcement made by Prime Minister Modi to rename Chandigarh airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh, saying a long pending demand of Punjabis has been fulfilled. “Finally our efforts paid off. On behalf of entire Punjab, we welcome the decision of nam- P ing the Chandigarh airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh ji,” Mann said in a tweet in Punjabi.Touching upon various subjects, Mr Modi during his monthly radio address also spoke about the translocation of Cheetahs from Namibia to Kuno National Park. “People from many corners of the country expressed happiness over the return of Cheetahs. 130 crore Indians are elated and filled with pride. A task force will monitor Cheetahs, on the basis of which we will decide when you can visit the Cheetahs," the Prime Minister said. He invited suggestions for naming the wild cats. “I request people to share their views on the naming of the campaign and Cheetahs. It will be great if the naming of Cheetahs is in tune with our traditions. Also, suggest how humans should treat animals. Participate in this contest and maybe you could be the first one to witness the Cheetahs,” the Prime Minister added. In the broadcast, Mr Modi asked the people of the country to break all previous records of buying Khadi, handloom or handicraft products. “During the past years, a new resolution of the country has also been associated with our festivals. You all know, this is the resolution of 'Vocal for Local'. We now include our local artisans, craftsmen and traders in the joy of festivals. On the occasion of Bapu's birth anniversary on the 2nd of October, we have to take a pledge to intensify this campaign. Khadi, handloom, handicrafts ..along with all these products, you must buy local goods. After all, the true joy of this festival is also when everyone becomes a part of it. Therefore, people associated with the work of local products also have to be supported by us. A good way is to include these type of products in whatever gifts we give during the festival,” the Prime Minister said. “At this time, this campaign is also special because during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are also onwards with the goal of a self-reliant India. Which, in the real sense, will be a true tribute to the freedom fighters. That's why I request you to break all the records this time to buy these products of Khadi, handloom or handicrafts,” he said. In the broadcast, Mr Modi said plastic bags are extensively used during festivals.The harmful waste of polythene during the festivals of cleanliness is against the spirit of the festivals, he said. “Therefore, we should use only locally made non-plastic bags. The trend of jute, cotton, banana fibre, many such traditional bags is on the rise once again. It is our duty to promote them on the occasion of festivals, and take care of our health and environment along with cleanliness,” he said. CLP meet delayed, Gehlot loyalists queer pitch STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAIPUR, 25 SEPTEMBER. The meeting of the Rajasthan Congress Legislative Party (CLP) scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the residence of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today has been delayed as dozens of MLAs loyal to him are pressing for someone from among them to be picked as the state’s new Chief Minister if Mr Gehlot moves to Delhi. It is learnt that they have assembled at the residence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal and are said to have put forth two demands: Ashok Gehlot should continue as the Chief Minister of the State; if Gehlot takes over as the party presi- Ankita murder: Last rites held finally, NH 58 blocked in protest AGENCIES SRINAGAR (UTTARAKHAND), 25 SEPTEMBER People’s anger over the murder of Ankita Bhandari, who worked as a receptionist at a resort in Uttarakhand's Pauri district and was reportedly being forced to provide “special services” to guests, continued with the National Highway (NH) 58 being blocked in protest, even as her last rites were finally conducted on Sunday evening. Her body was brought to the NIT Ghat here and consigned to flames amid the presence of a large number of people. A large crowd, comprising students, political activists and common people, had earlier gathered in large numbers at the mortuary of the base hospital where her body was kept. Then, they held a sit-in protest on the Badrinath National Highway in front of the mortuary, demanding the hanging of Ankita's killers, stranding vehicles on both sides of the highway. Earlier in the day, the family of Ankita refused to perform the last rites, saying they will wait till the final post-mortem report comes. The provisional postmortem report had confirmed assault before death and the cause of death as drowning. Ankita's father Virendra Bhandari has refused to perform the last rites of his daughter.“The government has tampered with the evidence by running a bulldozer on resort at midnight. Ankita's last rites will be performed only when the final post-mortem report is received. I am not satisfied with the post-mortem report that has come at the moment. The culprits should be given capital punishment using fast track court in this case," he said.The family finally relented after appeals from Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and the local administration. Dhami, who saluted Ankita's father, assured that the trial would be held in a fast-track court and all possible help to the family. “In such times it is natural for people to be angry. The government will provide whatever assistance required for the victim's family," he added. Meanwhile, Congress MLA from Badrinath, Rajendra Bhandari, on Sunday reached Srinagar to meet the family members. Questioning the functioning of the government, he said that there were six BJP MLAs from Pauri Garhwal district, including two ministers and the Speaker, but none had come to Srinagar yet to meet the relatives. dent, then someone ‘loyal’ to him should be made his successor. Meanwhile, Sanyam Lodha, an advisor to Mr Gehlot, told media persons outside Mr Dhariwal’s residence that “eighty-two MLA have reportedly prepared their resignations and are going to submit them to Speaker Dr C P Joshi.” Two Congress observers Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken are here to supervise the CLP meeting, which was initially scheduled to start at 7 pm but has been rescheduled. It is uncertain as to when the meeting will take place today. Mr Lodha said, “The Congress shall decide on a new CM face from 102 MLAs who supported and stayed with Gehlot in the hotel in 2020.” Chief Whip Dr Mahesh Joshi, Deputy Whip Mahendra Singh, and Parliamentary Minister Dhariwal are still not at the residence of CM to attend the CLP meeting. MHA taking steps to impose ban on PFI Acc to sources, the MHA is also taking legal advice before banning PFI, so that when the party concerned in this matter approaches court, the government remains ready with its move. AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER Days after the NIA and the ED raided several locations linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI) across the country, the Union Home Ministry is planning to ban the extremist group on the basis of the evidences gathered by the investigating agencies, sources said. However, before imposing the ban, the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) want to make full preparations, so that if the ban is challenged, then their side is not weakened. In the raids conducted in 15 states of the country on September 22, the investigating agencies have found strong evidence of PFI's involvement in terrorist activities, based on which, it can soon be banned. Soon after the raid, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the NIA Chief. In this, instructions have been issued to review the facts gathered against PFI and take further action. According to sources, the MHA is also taking legal advice before banning PFI, so that when the party concerned in this matter approaches court, the government remains ready with its move. This is also being done because the central government had to withdraw the ban on SIMI in 2008. However, later it was again banned after the Supreme Court order. We will liberate ourselves from a colonial mindset: EAM AGENCIES UNITED NATIONS, 25 SEPTEMBER “We will liberate ourselves from a colonial mindset," external affairs minister S. Jaishankar has said, proclaiming India’s new agenda and laying out its global implications.“Our rich civilisational heritage will be a source of pride and strength,” he added at the UN General Assembly. As India celebrates the 75th anniversary of its Independence, he said the Indian people "are rejuvenating a society pillaged by centuries of foreign attacks and colonialism". He attributed the "New India" FAREWELL BID TO PACE GREAT JHULAN GOSWAMI POPE URGES ITALIANS TO HAVE MORE CHILDREN External affairs minister S Jaishankar with UN SecretaryGeneral António Guterress in New York. ANI that "is a confident and resurgent society" to "the visionary and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi". India's "age-old out- look," he added, "sees the world as one family. We believe that national good and global good can be entirely in harmony".“Even as we meet our own development targets, India offers partnerships to our brothers and sisters in Asia, Africa and Latin America. And we do so based on their needs and priorities," he said. Externally, leaving the colonial mindset means “reformed multilateralism and more contemporary global governance,” Jaishankar added.“We believe that multipolarity, rebalancing, fair globalisation and reformed multilateralism cannot be kept in abeyance,”he said. Pitching Russia backs India for permanent seat on UNSC calling it key int’l actor AGENCIES Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has endorsed India for a permanent seat on the Security Council calling it a key international actor. "The Council and UN have to be aligned to contempo- rary realities," he said on Saturday at the high-level meeting of the General Assembly. “We see the prospect of making the Security Council more democratic exclusively, through broadening the representation of the countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America,” he said. India's case for a permanent seat, he added, "In these turbulent times, it is essential that the world listens to more voices of reason. And experiences more acts of goodwill. India is willing and able on both counts." UNITED NATIONS, 25 SEPTEMBER CMYK 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. SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2022 Bengal recorded 374 cases and one death P12 Opposition unity ‘core’ as Nitish, Lalu meet Sonia Gandhi Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav leave after meeting with Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad on Sunday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Sunday evening to discuss matters pertaining to opposition unity. The two leaders briefed the Congress chief about the initiatives taken to unite the opposition parties against the BJP for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. After the meeting, Nitish Kumar, who had met Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Arvind Kejriwal, and Sitaram Yechury on his previous Delhi visit, said: “Talks are on with all likeminded parties and since Congress is holding organisational elections, we will take a view on it.” Lalu Prasad said: “The prime agenda is to remove BJP as it has been done in Bihar.” The meeting came soon after several Opposition lead- ers had come together to pay tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal in Haryana. At the event in Haryana's Fatehabad, Nitish Kumar gave a call for a ‘main front’, including the Congress, to oust the BJP in the 2024 parliamentary polls. NCP's Sharad Pawar, Nitish Kumar and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal, among several Opposition leaders, shared the dais at the rally organised by the Indian National Lok Dal, and gave a united call to out the BJP government in the Centre. RJD leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and CPI-M's Yechury also attended the rally to mark the birth anniversary of the INLD founder Devi Lal. However, the rally organiser INLD and its ally SAD do not share cordial relations with the Congress. Nitish Kumar, who reiterated that he is not a Prime Minister candidate, said: “There is no question of a third front now and what is needed is the main front of opposition to ensure that BJP loses badly. I will urge all parties including the Congress to come together. My only wish is that we all need to come together at the national level. We need to bring together more parties." RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said Nitish Kumar's “fearless” decision to part ways with the BJP would prove to be the last nail in the saffron party’s coffin. “Nitish Kumar had no vested interests, but his only ambition was to uproot the communal forces,” he said. Sukhbir Badal joined the call for like-minded parties to form a united front. He said his party, along with the Shiv Sena and the JD-U, “are the real NDA as they had founded the alliance”.
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