CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 OCTOBER 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 SEEN AS WORLD’S TALENT FACTORY’ JAISHANKAR TAKES UP VISA ISSUES WITH NZ MINISTER P5 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius. P8 P10 37 dead in Thailand day care rampage SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER 34-yr-old assailant was a former policeman, took his own life after killing his wife & child Max.92% BANGKOK, 6 OCTOBER AGENCIES Min. 64% Max: 31.7°C (-1) Min: 25.5°C (0) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:30 hrs 17:20 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 15:15 hrs 01:41 hrs Full moon on 10 October THUMBNAILS Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, accompanied by party leaders Rahul Gandhi, KC Venugopal and Karnataka party president DK Shivakumar takes part in the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Mandya on Thursday. ANI Man who threatened to kill Mukesh Ambani and family detained from Bihar: In a quick operation, Mumbai Police tracked and detained a man, who allegedly issued death threats to billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his family, from Bihar, officials said on Thursday.A team of Mumbai Police in coordination with the Bihar Police succeeded in tracing the caller, identified as one Rajesh Kumar Mishra, to Darbhanga. Soon, a team from Mumbai rushed to take him into custody. Mulayam Singh Yadav still critical:Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is admitted at Gurugram's Medanta hospital, continued to be in critical condition, the hospital authority informed.Issuing a medical bulletin, Medical Director, Sanjeev Gupta, said, "Mulayam Singh Yadav's condition is critical and he is still on life saving drugs. He is being treated in ICU by a comprehensive team of specialists." The Samajwadi Party tweeted the medical bulletin. Mulayam Singh, who has been ill for some time, was shifted to the ICU after his condition deteriorated on Sunday. ‘Model builder buyer pact to protect home buyers soon’ NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER The Centre has told the SC that it would develop a model builder-buyer agreement containing ‘core’ clauses in consonance with the mandatory provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016, for the protection of home buyers. A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli noted the suggestion brought on record by Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre, and advocate Devashish Bharuka, who is amicus curiae in SNS the matter. former policeman facing a drug charge burst into a day care center in northeastern Thailand on Thursday, killing dozens of preschoolers and teachers before shooting more people as he fled in the deadliest rampage in the nation’s history.The assailant, who was fired from the force earlier this year, took his own life after killing his wife and child at home. A witness said staff at the day care locked the door when they saw the assailant approaching with a gun, but he shot his way in. At least 37 people were killed in the attack in one of the poorest parts of Thailand, according to a police spokesman. “The teacher who died, she had a child in her arms,” the witness, whose name wasn’t given, told Thailand’s Kom Chad Luek television. “I didn’t think he would kill children, but he shot at the door and shot right through it.” A video taken by a first A In this image taken from video, a distraught woman outside the site of an attack at a daycare centre on Thursday in the town of Nongbua Lamphu, north eastern Thailand.(Inset) The assailant AP responder arriving at the scene of the single-story day care in the rural town of Nongbua Lamphu showed rescuers rushing in to the building past the shattered glass front door, with drops of blood visible on the ground. Police identified the suspect as 34year-old former police officer Panya Kamrap. Police Maj. Gen. Paisal Luesomboon told PPTV in an interview that he was fired from the force earlier this year because of the drug charge. In a Facebook posting, Thai police chief Gen. Dumrongsak Kittiprapas said the man, who had been a sergeant, was due in court on Friday for a hearing in the case involving methamphetamine possession, and speculated that he may have chosen the day care because it was close to his home.Earlier, Dumrongsak told reporters that the main weapon used was a 9mm pistol that the man had purchased himself. Paisal said he also had a shotgun and a knife. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who plans to travel to the scene on Friday, told reporters that initial reports were that the former offi- cer was having personal problems. “This shouldn’t happen,” he said. “I feel deep sadness toward the victims and their relatives.” Police have not given a full breakdown of the death toll, but they have said at least 22 children and two adults were killed at the day care. At least two more children were killed elsewhere. They said 12 people were wounded. Firearm-related deaths in Thailand are much lower than in countries like the United States and Brazil, but higher than in countries like Japan and Singapore that have strict gun control laws. The rate of firearms related deaths in 2019 was about 4 per 100,000, compared with about 11 per 100,000 in the U.S. and nearly 23 per 100,000 in Brazil. Mass shootings are rare but not unheard of in Thailand, which has one of the highest civilian gun ownership rates in Asia, with 15.1 weapons per 100 population compared to only 0.3 in Singapore and 0.25 in Japan. 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. TUESDAY 20 OCTOBER 2022 Bengal recorded 69 cases and one death People take idols of Goddess Durga for immersion into the river Ganga, in Kolkata. ANI Bodies of kidnapped Sikh family found in California SNS & AGENCIES CHANDIGARH/SAN FRANCISCO, 6 OCTOBER A Punjab-origin Sikh family of four, including an eightmonth-old child, who were kidnapped from Merced County in California were found dead, US authorities said on Thursday. The victim family, hailing from Hoshiarpur in Punjab, was kidnapped on 3 October. “Our worst fears have been confirmed,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said at a news conference.Authorities earlier on Wednesday released surveillance video of a man kidnapping 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri; her mother Jasleen Kaur, 27; father Jasdeep Singh, 36; and uncle Amandeep Singh, 39, on Monday. The victim family (L), hailing from Hoshiarpur in Punjab, was kidnapped on 3 October. (R) Accused Jesus Salgado Authorities said they were taken by a convicted robber who tried to kill himself a day after the kidnappings. Jesus Salgado, 48, was in critical condition when taken into custody but has been talking to police, Warnke said. He said Salgado was convicted in 2005 in a case involving armed robbery and false imprisonment. The man was paroled in 2015 and knew the victims. No motive for the kidnapping has been established, he said. The four family members were taken from their business in Merced,about 200 kilometres southeast of San Francisco, California’s agricultural heartland.Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday sought the intervention of the Union external affairs minister for impressing upon the US government the need to conduct a through probe into the gruesome murder of the Punjabi family in California. In a statement, the CM said the murder of the family, hailing from Harsi village of Hoshiarpur district in the state, has shocked everyone, particularly Punjabis living around the globe. Seeking the intervention of the Union external affairs minister S Jai Shankar, he urged him to impress upon the national government of the United States to thoroughly conduct a probe into the matter. He said the government of India must flag the issue of security of Punjabis living in the US with their counterparts in America. French writer Annie Ernaux awarded Nobel Prize in literature AGENCIES STOCKHOLM, 6 OCTOBER French author Annie Ernaux, who mined her own biography to explore life in France since the 1940s, was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for work that illuminates murky corners of memory, family and society. The Swedish Academy said Ernaux, 82, was recognized for “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.” She is the first French literature laureate since Patrick Modiano in 2014. Ernaux told Swedish broad- After the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert on four India-made cough and cold syrups used for paediatric groups, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has launched an “urgent” probe in this regard. “Urgent investigation in the matter has been already taken up by CDSCO with the State Regulatory Authorities immediately after receiving communication from WHO based on the available information. While all required steps will be taken in the matter, as a robust National Regulatory Authority, WHO has been requested to share at the earliest with CDSCO the report on the establishment of causal relation to death with the medical products in question, photographs of Labels/ products etc which is awaited," sources said. WHO on Wednesday issued an alert over four India-made cough and cold syrups which are made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals in India. WHO has also notified that the same cough and cold syrups could be linked to the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia. FACT FILE BIDDING ADIEU She is the first French literature laureate since Patrick Modiano in 2014 Her most critically acclaimed book is The Years (Les annees), published in 2008 and describing herself and wider French society from the end of World War II to the present day. The book received numerous awards and honours. The 82-year-old was cited for "the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory," the Nobel committee said. AP caster SVT by telephone that the award was “a great honour” and “a very great responsibility.”Ernaux started out writing autobiographical novels, but quickly abandoned fiction in favor of memoirs. Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel literature committee, said Ernaux had used the term “an ethnologist of herself” rather than a writer of fiction.Her more than 20 books, most of them very short, chronicle events in her life and the lives of those around her. They present uncompromising portraits of sexual encounters, abortion, illness and the deaths of her parents. Olsson said Ernaux’s work was often “uncompromising and written in plain language, scraped clean.” “She has achieved something admirable and enduring,” he told reporters after the announcement in Stockholm, Sweden.Ernaux describes her style as “flat writing” ~ aiming for a very objective view of the events she is describing, unshaped by florid description or overwhelming emotions.Her most critically acclaimed book is The Years (Les annees), published in 2008 and describing herself and wider French society from the end of World War II to the present day. The book received numerous awards and honours.Ernaux is just the 17th woman among the 119 Nobel literature laureates. Last year’s winner, Tanzanian-born, UKbased writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, was only the sixth Nobel literature laureate born in Africa, and the prize has long faced criticism that it is too focused on European and North American writers, as well as too male-dominated. The prizes to Gurnah in 2021 and US poet Louise Glück in 2020 helped the literature prize move on from years of controversy and scandal. CMYK P12 Centre launches probe after WHO alert on 4 India-made cough syrups RAINFALL: 1.4 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE DABANG DELHI TO FACE U MUMBA TODAY TWITTER UNDER MUSK? MOST OF THE PLANS ARE A MYSTERY WHO issued an alert over four India-made cough and cold syrups which are made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals in India. The company has manufactured and exported these products only to The Gambia so far. WHO has also notified that the same cough and cold syrups could be linked to the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia According to the sources, "WHO on September 29, 2022, informed DCGI, the National Drug Regulator of India, that it is currently providing technical assistance and advice to the Gambia, where children were suspected to have died where a significant contributing factor, is suspected to be the use of medicines which may have been contaminated with Diethylene glycol or Ethylene glycol (this has been confirmed in some of the samples by further analysis conducted by WHO)." The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation(CDSCO) took up the matter immediately and further investigation was launched, "CDSCO while responding to WHO within an hour and a half, took up the matter immediate- ly thereafter with the concerned State Regulatory Authority, under whose jurisdiction the drug manufacturing unit is located. Further, a detailed investigation was launched to ascertain the facts/ details in the matter in collaboration with State Drugs Controller, Haryana (the concerned State Drug Control Authority), said sources. From the preliminary enquiry, it has been made out that Maiden Pharmaceutical Limited, Sonipat, Haryana is a manufacturer licensed by the State Drug Controller for the products under reference, and holds manufacturing permission for these products. The company has manufactured and exported these products only to The Gambia so far. BJP slams Cong leader over chamchagiritweet on Prez STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 OCTOBER Hitting out at the Congress after its leader Udit Raj allegedly made derogatory remarks on President Droupadi Murmu, the BJP on Thursday said it exposes the grand old party's “anti-tribal mindset”. Udit Raj had accused the President on Wednesday of allegedly doing ‘chamchagiri’ in his controversial remarks about her. “No country should get a President like Droupadi Murmu ji. Chamchagiri also has its limits. She says 70 per cent of the people eat Gujarat's salt. She will get to know once she starts living by consuming salt only,” he said in his tweet.
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