SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 NOVEMBER 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 ‘WE MUST ENSURE EVERY CHILD HAS ACCESS TO EDUCATION’ 'ANTI-INCUMBENCY TRADITION WILL GO' P7 WEATHER MAINLY CLEAR SKY. MIST/SHALLOW FOG IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 29 AND 14 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. Max: 28.5°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:42 hrs MOON RISES 19:02 hrs P10 Min: 14.6°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:29 hrs MOON SETS 20:21 hrs THUMBNAILS Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Aaditya Thackeray joins Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during Bharat Jodo Yatra in Hingoli. ANI Pakistani terrorist killed in Shopian: Security forces on Friday killed a Pakistani terrorist of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and foiled his attempt to use students of a madrassa as human shield to escape during the encounter in the Kapran village of south Kashmir's Shopian. The killed terrorist has been identified as Kamran Bhai alias Hanees who was active in Kulgam and Sho- pian districts. A defence spokesman said that based on specific inputs provided by J&K police regarding presence of terrorists in the madrassa Darul Uloom Khalid Ibyn Walid in Village Kapran, a joint cordon and search operation was launched in the area by the Army and JKP at about 1AM. P rime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at previous governments in the country, saying their thought process was outdated while crediting his own government with bringing about positive changes to meet the aspirations of the people. “The previous governments considered speed as a luxury, and scale as a risk. Our government has changed this trend. We consider speed as the aspiration and scale as the power of India,” he said at a public meeting in Bengaluru after launching a series of infrastructure projects, including the Vande Bharat Express and the Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan train. He also inaugurated Terminal 2 of the Kempegowda International Airport and unveiled a 108feet bronze statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda. India, he said, was working on a completely different level, be it governance or the growth of physical and digital infrastructure. Such positive changes were beyond imagination before 2014.Talking about his vision of a developed India, the PM PM Narendra Modi at the unveiling ceremony of the 108 ft bronze statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, in Bengaluru. ANI said that connectivity between cities would play a crucial role and it was also the need of the hour.On the Vande Bharat Express, Mr Modi said it was not just a train but the identity of a New India. “Vande Bharat Express is a symbol that India has now left the days of stagnation behind. We are moving with a goal for the total transformation of India Railways,” he said. The PM said that today Karnataka got the first ‘Made in India’ Vande Bharat Train connecting Chennai, the Startup capital Bengaluru and the heritage city Mysuru. “Today Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan Train, which will enable the people of Karnataka the 'darshan' of Ayodhya, Kashi and Prayagraj was also launched,” he noted.He told the gathering that more than 400 Vande Bharat trains and Vista Dome coaches were becoming the new identity of India Railways. Dedicated freight corridors would increase the speed of freight transportation and save time. Rapid Broad Gauge conversion was bringing new areas to the railways' map. The PM said the new Terminal 2 of Kemepegowda Airport would add new facilities and services to boost connectivity. He pointed out that India was one of the fastest-growing markets in the world when it came to air travel and the number of passengers travelling by air was also growing rapidly.He pointed out that there were only 70 airports in the country before VVS LAXMAN APPOINTED HEAD COACH FOR NZ TOUR P12 Rajiv assassination case: SC orders release of six convicts PM slams earlier govts for outdated thinking STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 NOVEMBER Min. 39% TEMPERATURE P5 SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 11 NOVEMBER We consider speed as the aspiration and scale as the power of India: Modi RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% BIDEN TO MEET CHINA’S XI ON MONDAY FOR TAIWAN, RUSSIA TALKS 2014, but today this number has doubled to more than 140. “Airports are creating a new playing field for the expansion of businesses while also creating new employment opportunities for the youth of the nation,” he remarked. Throwing light on the PM Gatishakti Master Plan, the PM remarked that the government made efforts to bring all the departments and agencies on a single platform and as a result, more than 1500 layers of data were being made available to different agencies. He further added that several ministries of central and state governments along with dozens of departments were coming together with the help of this platform. Emphasis, he said, was now being laid on the multimodal infrastructure so that every medium of transport supported the other. Speaking about the National Logistics Policy, he said it would help in reducing the cost of transportation in the country. The PM observed that Karnataka was reaping the benefits of the beliefs and aspirations that the entire world has shown towards India. He credited the double-engine government of Karnataka for the state's “tremendous growth”. The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of six convicts including Nalini Sriharan (in photo) and RP Ravichandran, serving life imprisonment in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. A Bench of BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna passed the order taking into consideration the good conduct of convicts in the prison.The apex court noted that they had been behind bars for a very long period. “Applicants are thus directed to be released unless wanted in any other case. Matter accordingly disposed of,” the Bench stated in its order while allowing their pleas for release. The top court further said, “Nalini has been behind bars for over three decades and her conduct has also been satisfactory. She has a PG diploma in Computer Application. Ravichandran's conduct has also been found to be satisfactory and he has undertaken various studies during his incarceration including a PG diploma in Arts. He has also collected various amounts for charity.” The top court released Nalini, Ravichandran, Robert Payas, Jayakumar, S Raja, and Shriharan.On 18 May, the Congress criticises SC's decision: The Congress party, in a brief statement, termed as unacceptable and erroneous the Supreme Court ruling to free all six convicts serving life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.“The decision of the Supreme Court to free the remaining killers of former PM Rajiv Gandhi is completely erroneous. The Congress party criticises it clearly and finds it wholly unacceptable,” Congress communication in-charge Jairam Ramesh said in a statement.He said it was unfortunate that the apex court has not acted in consonance with the spirit of India on this issue. Supreme Court had invoked its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to release AG Perarivalan, who was one of the seven convicts in the assassination case.Nalini and Ravichandran had approached the apex court seeking release from prison like fellow convict AG Perarivalan.The Tamil Nadu government had earlier recommended the premature release of the convicts saying that its 2018 aid and advice for the remission of their life sentence is binding upon the Governor.It had considered mercy petitions of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and resolved to recommend the Governor for the remission of their life sentences invoking the power granted under Article 161 of the Constitution. Nalini and Ravichandran had earlier knocked Gyanvapi: SC extends protection of ‘Shivling’ area Not acceptable: SC notice to govt AGENCIES Order Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain appearing for the Hindu side speaks to the media on the Gyanvapi mosque on Friday. ANI for protection of area where a "Shivling" was reportedly discovered in Gyanvapi Mosque was passed in May; would've expired on 12 November On 17 May, the SC had said the area within Gyanvapi mosque where Shivling was found needed to be protected, but there should be no restriction on Muslims entering the premises to offer namaz. Jain, representing some Hindu devotees, mentioned the matter before a bench headed by the Chief Justice and sought an urgent hearing.Jain contended that the May 17 order of the apex court was expiring on November 12 and it needed to be extended. The bench asked about the plea of the mosque committee challenging the maintainabili- ty of petition of Hindu devotees. Jain replied that the trial court had rejected it and an appeal is pending in the Allahabad NEW DELHI, 11 NOVEMBER The Supreme Court on Friday extended the protection of the area inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi where a 'Shivling' was found till further orders. A bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and comprising Justices Surya Kant and P.S. Narasimha said the interim order passed on May 17, in connection with the protection of the area found during a survey, will remain in operation till further orders.Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing the petitioner, submitted he has no objection to the continuation of the interim order. On Thursday, the apex court had agreed to set up a bench on Friday to hear a plea by Hindu side seeking extension of an order providing protection of the area. Advocate Vishnu Shankar High Court.The top court said it will constitute a bench at 3 p.m. on Saturday. A Varanasi court on November 8, postponed till November 14, its judgment on a separate plea seeking permission to allow worship of the 'Shivling'. On May 17, the Supreme Court had said the area within Gyanvapi mosque where Shivling was found needed to be protected, but there should be no restriction on Muslims entering the premises to offer namaz.On May 20, the apex court transferred the proceedings of the suit by Hindu parties seeking worshipping rights at the mosque to the district judge in Varanasi. However, the Supreme Court added that its May 17 interim order directing protection of the 'Shivling' and free access to Muslims for offering namaz should remain operational for eight weeks, after district judge decision in the matter. on delay in judges’ appointment AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 11 NOVEMBER The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Union Law Secretary over a delay in the appointment of judges to the apex court and the high courts.Th top court also noted that for the time being, it is resisting issuing a contempt notice and only issuing a simple notice against the Law Ministry. The Bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay S Oka observed that withholding of names was not acceptable as justice suffers.It said there are 11 names pending for Centre's approval, the oldest In view of delay, the courts are losing the chance to have eminent persons on the bench. Withholding names is not acceptable The Supreme Court of which dates back to September 2021. The Bench said: "In view of delay, the courts are losing the chance to have eminent persons on the bench. Withholding names is not acceptable." The Bench also expressed its discontent that among the names, reconsideration has been sought in cases and despite a second reiteration, the government did not clear the names, and the persons withdrew their names. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for The Advocates Association Bengaluru, asked the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the senior officers, as recommendation made for the elevation of Bombay High Court judge, Justice Dipankar Dutta to the Supreme Court, has been kept as pending. Singh added that it has been five weeks since Justice Dutta's name was proposed and it should have been approved in days. The court said keeping the names pending and not clearing them is not “acceptable”. HP set for a keen contest between ‘Hold on until performance is reviewed’ traditional rivals BJP & Congress PULAKESH MUKHOPADHYAY KOLKATA, 11 NOVEMBER BHAWANI NEGI SHIMLA, 11 NOVEMBER With the stage all set, elections for the 14th Legislative Assembly in Himachal Pradesh will be held on Saturday (12 November) and a close contest is on the cards between two traditional rivals BJP and Congress. BJP’s aggressive campaign, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi banking on the ‘doubleengine’ governments at the Centre and the state, has hit upon a slogan of ‘Raj nahin, Rivaz badlega’ (tradition will change, not the ruling) to beat the anti-incumbency. They have projected CM Jai Ram Thakur as the next CM. The party has played up national security, Uniform Civil Code, Ram Temple issues and development. BJP pressed into service all its battery of star campaigners, leaving no stone unturned so as to retain the power in the Volunteers take part in a voting awareness campaign for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections during a 15-km kayaking and rafting event under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Garg, in Kullu on Friday. ANI state. PM Modi addressed four election rallies, Union Home Minister Amit Shah 11 rallies, Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Samriti Irani five and nine rallies respectively. National BJP President J P Nadda who hails from Himachal Pradesh stayed put in the state for a long time, addressing 20 gatherings. He also tried hard to mollify the rebels. On the other hand, the opposition Congress, hopeful of a return of anti-incumbency, had to bank largely on AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi as their main star campaigner and the newly elected AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge. Priyanka Gandhi addressed five rallies, while Kharge only one at Banuti in Shimla rural constituency in favour of sitting MLA Vikramaditya Singh son of former six-tme CM Virbhadra Singh and state Congress president Pratibha Singh. Although Congress faced the problem of the absence of a CM face, however, it set the ball rolling on local issues including Old Pension Scheme a major issue in the state, unemployment, inflation, and farmer issues. AAP had plunged into the electoral fray much ahead of both traditional parties to provide a third alternate. However, it lost steam towards the end of campaigning as its focus shifted to the Gujarat assembly elections. The party had campaigns led by CM Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Deputy CM Delhi Manish Sisodia and Punjab CM Bhagwant Singh Mann. BJP and Congress are contesting all the 68 assembly seats, while AAP on 67 and CPI (M) is contesting 11 seats. Star campaigner, CPI (M) secretary general Sitaram Yechury addressed one rally at Shimla. The day after came the outraged outbursts, coupled with the message, garbed in language that perhaps misleadingly presaged an official approval of the rolling of heads. India had lost the Twenty20 World Cup semi-final rather badly to England at the Adelaide Oval yesterday, which led to a cornucopia of faults being found and popularly deemed culprits being hauled over the coals but sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India told The Statesman today that the exit was not really being looked upon as an end-of-the-world denouement. The sources, insisting on anonymity, said that there was no clamour from the team management for anyone to be cast off immediately. “The players were despondent after the match, many of them sobbing, but the coach, Rahul Dravid, consoled each I'm sure that when you lose in a semifinal, yes, I know it's disappointing, but yeah, I'm sure there are things we can look back on, refle- ct on and see that we've improved in and we can take forw ard and move forward as we build for the next World Cup (50overs a side to be held in India) RAHUL DRAVID one, going round the dressing room trying to lift spirits and asking the more emotionally affected cricketers, some of whom were juniors, to take it in their stride,” the sources said, adding: “There will, of course, be a review of India's performance and their abject capitulation in the semifinal and fitness, rather than age, will be focused on when individuals are discussed. It's a long process, involving so many technical people whose inputs will be sought and scrutinised. It's not just about captain Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul and Axar Patel. It's about the whole team. The people are shocked, no doubt. Everyone is asking everyone else why Yuzhbendra Chahal was not playing against England, but the leg-spinner too had suffered a form slump, or that was what some of the on-the-spot decision-makers had been told.” Asked if the BCCI was being exaggeratedly cautious even after yet another failure in an International Cricket Council tournament, the sources said that the board would not bypass the minuspoints but would rather not go fast-forward in cracking the whip. “Truth to tell, there's no whip in anyone's hand. Certainly not in Roger Binny's. Twenty20 is a minefield strewn with tripwires. There's a reason why some of India's iconic cricketers went into a huddle before the first World Cup of the format and decided collectively to hold themselves aloof from it. Think back to the rash of upsets Down Under and you realise why they did so. If India are not in the final this time around, nor are the Australians, who too were counted on to make it,” the sources said. And there's no doubt they've shown greater mental equilibrium in coping with the tragedy. India will have to wait for its ultra-patriots to run out of words that sting, often unkindly. on the door of the Madras High Court seeking the same relief. However, the High Court had refused to entertain the petition. Madras High Court, while turning down the petition had stated that it did not have special powers that the SC has under Article 142 of the Constitution and hence, it cannot order their release, like the Supreme Court did for Perarivalan in May 2022.The High Court had said they could approach the SC if their plea was based on Perarivalan's release.Following Perarivalan's release, Ravichandran had sent a letter to chief minister MK Stalin seeking the release of the remaining six convicts, including him and mentioned that the Governor has kept the files of release without consideration for over three years which he condemns as an anti-constitutional approach. COP27: Nations launch action to speed up decarbonisation SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 11 NOVEMBER Countries, including India, on Friday launched a package of 25 new collaborative actions to be delivered by COP27 to speed up the decarbonisation under five key breakthroughs of power, road transport, steel, hydrogen and agriculture.Under the Breakthrough Agenda, countries representing more than 50 per cent of global GDP, set out sector-specific aPriority Actions' to decarbonise power, transport and steel, scale up lowemission hydrogen production and accelerate the shift to sustainable agriculture by COP28.These measures are designed to cut energy costs, rapidly reduce emissions and boost food security for billions of people worldwide. The actions under each breakthrough will be delivered through coalitions of committed countries ~ from the G7, European Commission, India, Egypt, Morocco and others, supported by leading international organizations and initiatives, and spearheaded by a core group of leading governments. These efforts will be reinforced with private finance and leading industry initiatives and further countries are encouraged to join. The Priority Actions include agreements to: Develop common definitions for low-emission and near-zero emission steel, hydrogen and sustainable batteries to help direct billions of pounds in investment, procurement and transAGENCIES parency. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,46,64,810 ACTIVE CASES 12,752 NEW CASES 842 NEW RECOVERIES 1,271 TOTAL DEATHS 5,30,520 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2022
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