TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 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 P4 WEATHER SCATTERED THUNDERSTORM VERY LIKELY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 32 AND 26 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: 26.8mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 84% P5 SURYAKUMAR TOPS T20 BATTING CHART IN 2022 P9 P12 PM Modi calls Abe great champion of India-Japan friendship ahead of his funeral in Tokyo Sonia seeks written report on Raj crisis Ashok Gehlot asked to rein in rebel MLAs, as they say no to Sachin Pilot as CM Min: 73% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAIPUR/ NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 26 TEMPERATURE Max: 32°C SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 06:30 hrs HARRIS CALLS US-JAPAN ALLIANCE ‘A CORNERSTONE’ AMIT SHAH HAILS GUJARAT GOVT'S HEALTH FACILITIES PRESIDENT MURMU BATS FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Min: 26°C SUN SETS 17:28 hrs MOON SETS 18:30 hrs ajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday met with the observer for the state Mallikarjun Kharge amid the ongoing political crisis. After the meeting, Kharge said that there should be discipline in the party and the party has to be kept united. "We have informed the Congress president about what happened yesterday. Everybody has to abide by whatever decision is taken eventually. We have to keep the party united. There should be discipline in the party," he said. The remarks regarding the discipline come in line with the statement of Ajay Maken, another observer for the state, who termed the "parallel" meeting called by state Minister Shanti Dhariwal at his residence on Sunday an "undisciplined move". Congress leader Ajay Maken, who was in Jaipur along with Mallikarjun Kharge to convene the CLP meeting for deciding R THUMBNAILS Devotees during their visit to offer prayers on the first day of Navratri festival at Jhandewalan Temple,in the capital. SUBRATA DUTTA Govt blocks 45 YouTube videos containing hateful speech: Based on the inputs from intelligence agencies, the government has directed YouTube to block 45 YouTube videos from 10 YouTube channels. Orders to block the concerned videos were issued last week under the provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry confirmed today. The blocked videos had a cumulative viewer(P5) ship of over 1 crore 30 lakh views. the new CM face, on Monday spoke to the media after a high-voltage drama in Rajasthan and said that three members from the Gehlot camp had met them with three proposals, which they did not accept as it raised conflict of interest. Maken told the media persons, said that Shanti Dhariwal, Mahesh Joshi and Pratap Khachriyawas, representing the Gehlot group, visited him on Sunday night with three proposals and had said a strict no to Sachin pilot as the new CM'. The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting, which was called on Sunday at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's residence, was cancelled as more than 90 Congress MLAs loyal to Gehlot threatened to resign, while demanding that the new CM face be picked from their group. Meanwhile, according to highly placed sources in Congress, veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath is likely to be roped in to defuse the full-blown political crisis in Rajasthan after the efforts of state incharge Ajay Maken and Observer Mallikarjun Kharge fell flat. This may prove costly for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot as the Gandhis have not taken kindly to his muscle flexing using his loyalists. Pilot is being seen as the successor of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who is all set to contest the Congress president election scheduled on October 17. The Rajasthan deputy chief minister late last night conducted a second round of meeting with the AICC observers. Later in the evening the Congress observers for the state, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ajay Maken reached Delhi on Monday after the Gehlot camp MLAs refused to hold a one-to-one meeting with them. After the meeting, Sonia sought a written report on the ongoing Rajasthan crisis. " We will give it to her by tonight or tomorrow," Maken said after the meeting. Gandhi family has no issues with me contesting for party chief, says Tharoor:Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said that the Gandhi family has no issues with him contesting for the party president's post. The Thiruvananthapuruam MP made a quick visit to Rahul Gandhi soon after his morning session of the Bharat Jodo yatra ended at Pattambi in Palakkad district. "I came and met Rahul Gandhi. I spoke to the three people in the Gandhi family and they have no issue with contesting for it. I am yet to make a decision and have been getting reactions from across the country, he said. Asked if he expects backing from the Congress leaders in Kerala, with a smile, he said, "Yes, surely, but not all would support and my support will increase after the nomination is filed." STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER Calling former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a ''dear friend and a great champion of India-Japan friendship'', Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his resolve to continue working for strengthening ties between the two nations as envisioned by the assassinated Japanese leader. ''I am travelling to Tokyo tonight to participate in the State Funeral of former PM Shinzo Abe, a dear friend and a great champion of India-Japan friendship,'' he tweeted ahead of his departure for Tokyo. Modi said; ''I will be conveying heartfelt con- dolences to Prime Minister Kishida and Mrs. Abe on behalf of all Indians. We will continue working to further strengthen India-Japan relations as envisioned by Abe San.'' Addressing the media earlier, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said the duration of Modi’s visit from the time of his departure from Delhi would be around 12 to 16 hours. “During the visit, he will attend the State Funeral ceremony at Budokan, followed by a greeting occasion at Akasaka Palace," he said. Abe, the longest-serving leader of modern Japan, was assassinated in July while campaigning for a parliamentary election. Modi will also have a bilateral meeting with Azad floats new party, names Anyone casting evil eye on India, will get befitting reply: Rajnath it Democratic Azad Party SP SHARMA JAMMU, 26 SEPTEMBER Saying there are no enemies in politics, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday named his new political outfit as Democratic Azad Party (DAP) and also unveiled the party flag that consists of three vertical strips of mustard, white and deep blue colours. He said that the party will be secular, democratic and independent from any influence. Azad announced the name of the party in a press conference in Jammu. He said there are no enemies but only opponents in politics and said his party will focus on restoration of full statehood for Jammu and Kashmir. Every political party in the democracy has the right to propagate its ideology, policy and programme and finally people are the masters to chose from among them. Azad, who arrived here from Delhi on Sunday, said that chose the party’s name from about 1500 suggestions that he had received from across the country. Inspired by the ideology of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, who believed that Hindustani which was a mixture of Hindi and Urdu that people easily understood, he has decided to name the party as Democratic Azad Party. Defining the three colours of his flag, Azad said; “Mustard colour indicates creativity and unity in diversity, White indicates peace and the deep blue indicates freedom, open space, imagination and limits from depth of the sea to the height of the sky”. Denying that he had launched the DAP under the Govt considering repurposing CoWIN & Aarogya Setu STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER The government is considering repurposing two key components of the nation's digital health systems which were used to track Covid-19 CoWIN and Aarogya Setu - as India's health application, according to National Health Authority (NHA) CEO R S Sharma. Aarogya Setu was being repurposed as India's health application while CoWIN was being repurposed for the national immunisation programme as a health management information system for small doctors, he said while addressing the two day Arogya Manthan 2022 programme on Sunday to mark the completion of 4 years of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) and 1 year of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). Sharma said the NHA has created a robust and interoperable infrastructure through these two pillars of Ayushman Bharat. He said that with Covid hopefully no longer posing a threat, the application was being modified to address India's digital health concerns. The two days long Arogya Manthan 2022 programme was inaugurated by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday. Highlighting the PMJAY beneficiaries as the most important stakeholder in the largest global public health insurance scheme, Mandaviya stated that over 19 crore Ayushman Cards have been made in the country spanning its coverage in 33 States/UTs, and more than 24 crore Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) numbers have also been generated. He said the government’s focus was to make health services reach the person at the end of the delivery chain, enabled by technology. influence of any political party, Azad said his party will have no competition with other national or regional parties. “we don’t consider any party as our enemy”.We respect all religions. Functioning in J&K is difficult because of diversity in the two main regions and a number of sub-regions. He appealed people of Jammu division and Kashmir valley to demolish the artificial walls of hatred raised between them. Both regions were dependent on each other in maintaining their economy. He said he did not want to name his party during the Sharadhs as the period is considered inauspicious and has done this on the auspicious first Navratra that began today. Azad announced 50% reservation for women and youth while allotting party tickets during the elections. Youth and experienced elders have to co-exist for fruitful functioning of the party. Power in the new party will flow from bottom to top as the outfit will not be autocratic in its function- ing. Activities of the party will begin soon as assembly elections are expected anytime. Azad said that economy of Jammu and Kashmir has been badly hit following abrogation of Article 370. Traders in Jammu were facing losses as the biannual durbar move of employees between Jammu and Srinagar has been halted. Similarly, those connected with horticulture, handicrafts and tourism were hit in the Kashmir valley although tourism picked up this season. Azad clarified that he never stated that the Article 370 cannot return to J&K. What I meant was that it can either be restored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose BJP has huge strength in the Parliament or by the Supreme Court before which a bunch of petitions against abrogation of the special status are pending. He appreciated the last ruler of J&K, Maharaja Hari Singh, who had notified the Hereditary State Subject law and jobs exclusively for domiciles of the state. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER Pointing out that India has never attacked any country nor has it captured an inch of a foreign land, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today asserted that the nation would give a befitting reply if any attempt was made to disturb peace and harmony in the country. ''India is the only country which has given the message of peace to the whole world and its military is respected across the globe for its bravery,'' he said while felicitating the families of brave soldiers of the armed forces, hailing from Himachal Pradesh, who laid down their lives in the service of the nation. He recalled how courageously the armed forces fought China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) during the Galwan valley incident in June 2020 . ''The Galwan incident proved that no matter how big the power is; India will never bow down,'' he added. Rajnath also referred to the 2016 surgical strikes and the 2019 Balakot airstrikes against Pakistan, saying India’s new strategy against terrorism has broken the backs of those who try to hurt the unity and integrity of the nation. “Terror activities were carried out from across the border in Pakistan under a well thought out policy. After the Uri and Pulwama attacks, our government and the armed forces, through the 2016 surgical strikes and the 2019 Balakot airstrikes, displayed to the world India’s unwavering commitment to root out terrorism. We showed that our forces have the capa- bility to act on this side and, if needed, on the other side of the border. India’s image has been transformed. It is now seriously listened to on international platforms,” he said. He also shed light on the government’s unwavering resolve to make the country strong and ‘Aatmanirbhar’ and the progress achieved due to the measures taken to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. “Earlier, India was known as a defence importer. Today, it is one of the top 25 defence exporters in the world. From about Rs 900 crores eight years ago, defence exports have crossed Rs 13,000 crores. We are hopeful that the defence exports will touch Rs 35,000 crores by 2025 and the target of Rs 2.7 lakh crores worth of defence exports set for 2047 will be met,” he said. Rajnath added that the formation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff and the setting up of the Department of Military Affairs were some of the major reforms taken to bolster national security. SC notice on plea against using public funds on govt advertisements AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre and state governments on a plea by NGO Common Cause seeking direction to prohibit state governments from publishing advertisements outside territory of their respective state, except when they are doing it to invite stakeholders for business summits/conclaves or to attract tourism, and private investments. A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Hima Kohli issued notice after hearing detailed arguments by advocates Prashant Bhushan and Cheryl Dsouza, representing the NGO. Bhushan argued that a direction should be passed to restrain governments from using public funds on government advertisements in ways that are completely malafide and arbitrary and amount to breach of trust, abuse of office, and violation of the directions/guidelines issued by the apex court. He submitted that the apex court in its judgment passed on May 13, 2015, in Common Cause vs Union of India, had issued several guidelines aimed at regulating government advertisements in order to check the misuse of public funds by Central and state governments. Bhushan contended that the sole intention behind the judgment was to restrain/prohibit public authorities from misusing public funds and to avoid unproductive expen- diture of public funds on government advertisements. "It is further submitted that the respondents have now devised ways and means through which government advertisements are being presently published and rolled out thereby effectively failing the very objective behind the judgment passed by this court," the plea said. It argued that the exercise of rolling out advertisements outside the territory of the state is disproportionate, unreasonable, not need-based, arbitrary and does not amount to obtaining maximum value for the taxpayer's money, all of which are clear violations of the guidelines formulated by the apex court in its judgment. The petition also sought a direction prohibiting the publication of government advertisements in the form of advertorials. "It is submitted before this court that several governments across the country are publishing advertisements in the form of 'advertorials' that are, by their very nature, designed to be deceptive and misleading, are against all journalistic ethics and therefore give rise to serious constitutional concerns and equally raises ethical and moral questions," said the plea. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and meet Abe’s wife. “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the India-Japan diplomatic relationship. Today, Japan is one of the most trusted and valued strategic partners of India. The two sides are committed to strengthening bilateral partnership on key areas of Trade & Investment, Defence & Security, Climate Change, Health Security, Infrastructure, Digital, Industrial Development, Energy, Critical and Emerging Technolog i e s, and Hu m a n Resources, among others," the Foreign Secretary added. PM Modi’s visit to Japan comes after PM Kishida’s visit to India for the IndiaJapan Summit in March, and Modi’s visit to Japan for the Quad Leaders’ Summit in May this year. The funeral will be attended by representatives from over 100 countries, including more than 20 heads of state or government. Asked if Modi would also meet leaders from other countries during the visit, Kwatra said; ''no other meeting is scheduled at this stage.'' FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,45,72,243 ACTIVE CASES 43,415 NEW CASES 4,129 NEW RECOVERIES 4,688 TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,530 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2022 Bengal logs 141 Covid cases and 3 deaths India reports 4,129 Covid cases in last 24 hours STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 SEPTEMBER India reported 4129 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. With this, India’s active caseload now stands at 43,415 with active cases now constituting 0.10% of the country’s total positive cases. As per the data shared by the ministry, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.72% with 4688 patients having recovered in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 4,40,00,298. While the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 1.61 percent, the daily positivity rate shoots to 2.51 percent, as per the data. Besides, the health ministry stated that the last 24 hours saw a total of 1,64,377 COVID19 tests being conducted taking the cumulative tests to over 89.38 crores. Under the National vaccination drive, 217.68 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. As per the data, COVID-19 vaccination for the age group 12-14 years was started on 16 March 2022. So far, more than 4.09 crore adolescents have been administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Similarly, the COVID-19 precaution dose administration for the age group 18-59 years also started from 10 April 2022 onwards. More than 3.25 crore balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered.
The Statesman is one of India's oldest English newspapers. It was founded in Kolkata in 1875 and is directly descended from The Friend of India (founded 1818). The Englishman (founded 1821) was merged with The Statesman in 1934. The Delhi edition of The Statesman began publication in 1931. The Statesman Weekly is a compendium of news and views from the Kolkata and Delhi editions. Printed on airmail paper, it is popular with readers outside India. The Statesman (average weekday circulation approximately 180,000) is a leading English newspaper in West Bengal. The Sunday Statesman has a circulation of 230,000.