CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 17 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 KERALA CONGRESS CHIEF RUBBISHES REPORTS OF QUITTING NETANYAHU’S RETURN P6 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Temperature likely to be in the range of 29-18 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% Min. 42% Max: 29.7°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:50 hrs MOON RISES 23:26 hrs Min: 17.6°C (-2) SUN SETS 16:53 hrs MOON SETS 12:08 hrs TEMPERATURE New moon on 24 November THUMBNAILS People throng the India International Trade Fair2022 in the Capital on Wednesday. SUBRATA DUTTA Delhi airport welcomes ‘youngest passenger ever‘ as woman gives birth to a child at airport: In one of the rare incidents that happened at the Delhi Airport, a pregnant woman waiting for a flight at Terminal-3 of the airport, gave birth to a baby boy after she felt labour pain, at the terminal itself. The Delhi airport welcomed the arrival of its "youngest passenger ever" on its twitter handle, as this is the first time a child has taken birth at the airport. The infant along with his mother are being taken care of at the Medanta Clinic of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. AAP's 'kidnapped' candidate resurfaces, withdraws candidature : Hours after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders created a hullabaloo accusing the BJP of "kidnapping" him, party's Surat East candidate Kanchanbhai Zariwala, on Wednesday, resurfaced before the returning officer seeking withdrawal of his candidature. Since this morning, AAP seniors leaders like Raghav Chadha, Sanjay Singh had been chargi- ng the BJP with kidnapping Kanchanbhai as it feared defeat in the next month's Assembly polls. PG5 Stakeholders agree to phased roll-out of unio form charging port for different gadgets: A broad consensus emerged among stakeholders on Wednesday on adoption of USB Type-C as a charging port for electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and other such gadgets. Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh chaired a meeting of the Central Inter-Ministerial Task Force constituted to examine the issue of uniformity in charging ports of electronic devices. ALCARAZ BECOMES TRUMP SEEKS WHITE YOUNGEST YEAR-END HOUSE AGAIN AMIDST GOP LOSSES, LEGAL WOES ATP WORLD NO. 1 P4 P9 G20 leaders endorse PM’s ‘no-war’ appeal P12 Everyone should get benefits of digital technology, says PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE At the closing ceremony , India was handed over presidency of the grouping NEW DELHI, 16 NOVEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Observing that the proper use of digital technologies could become a force multiplier in the decades-long global fight against poverty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon G-20 countries to make efforts to ensure that the benefits of digital transformation were not confined to a small part of the human race. “Digital solutions can also be helpful in the fight against climate change ~ as we all saw in the examples of remote-working and paperless green offices during Covid. But these benefits will be realised only when the digital access is truly inclusive and when the use of digital technology is really widespread,” he said addressing a session on “Digital Transformation” at the G-20 Summit in Bali. Mr Modi, however, lamented that till now the world has seen this powerful tool only from the criteria of simple business, keeping it tied in the ledgers of profit and loss. The PM said that India's experience of the past few years has shown that if digital architecture was made inclusive, it could bring about socio-economic transformation. Digital use could bring scale and speed. Transparency could be brought NEW DELHI, 16 NOVEMBER n what is considered a diplomatic success for India, the G-20 leaders today endorsed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message in the context of the Ukraine conflict to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the SCO Summit in Uzbekistan in September that today's era must not be of war. In a joint declaration adopted at the end of their two-day summit in Bali, the G-20 leaders observed that the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons was inadmissible. The peaceful resolution of conflicts, efforts to address crises, as well as diplomacy and dialogue, were vital. “Today’s era must not be of war,” it added. The “Bali Declaration” said the war in Ukraine has adversely impacted the global economy. Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it was causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy ~ constraining growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heighten- I Indonesian President Joko Widodo symbolically handed over the G20 Presidency to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit, in Bali on Wednesday. ANI ing energy and food insecurity, and elevating financial stability risks. It noted that there were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions. Recognising that the G-20 was not the forum to resolve security issues, the G-20 leaders acknowledged that security issues could have significant consequences for the global economy. It was essential to uphold international law and the multilateral system that safeguarded peace and stability. This included defending all the Purpos- es and Principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and adhering to international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians and infrastructure in armed conflicts. At the closing ceremony of the G-20 Summit, India was handed over the presidency of the grouping. India will officially assume the G-20 presidency from 1 December. Indonesian President Joko Widodo symbolically handed over the G-20 presidency to Prime Minister Modi.Speaking at the closing session of the Bali summit, Mr Modi said, it was a matter of pride for every Indian as the country was taking over the presidency. India, he said, was taking charge of the grouping at a time when the world was grappling with geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, rising food and energy prices and the long-term ill effects of the pandemic. At a media briefing later, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said: “PM Modi's message that this was not an era of war resonated very deeply across all delegations and helped bridge the gap among different parties.” “India played a key role in the successful negotiations of the outcome document,” he added. India contributed "constructively" to the drafting of the G-20 outcome document.The G-20 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation to address global economic challenges. In the declaration, they said cooperation was necessary for global economic recovery, tackling global challenges and laying the foundation for strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the handing over the G20 Presidency to India at G20 summit. ANI into governance. “India has developed digital public goods whose basic architecture has in-built democratic principles. These solutions are based on open source, open APIs, and open standards, which are interoperable and public. This is our approach based on the digital revolution that is going on in India today. Take, for example, our Unified Payment Interface (UPI),” he told the gathering of world leaders. Mr Modi pointed out that last year, over 40 per cent of the world's real-time payment transactions took place through UPI. “Similarly, we opened 460 million new bank accounts on the basis of digital identity, making India a global leader in financial inclusion today. Our opensource CoWIN platform made the biggest vaccination campaign in human history, a success even dur- ing the pandemic,” he noted. He said India was making digital access public while at the international level, there was still a huge digital divide. “Citizens of most developing countries of the world do not have any kind of digital identity. Only 50 countries have digital payment systems,” he noted. The PM wondered if the G-20 countries could take a pledge together that in the next ten years they would bring digital transformation into the life of every human being so that no person in the world was deprived of the benefits of digital technology. Mr Modi said that during its G-20 Presidency next year, India would work jointly with G-20 partners towards this objective. The principle of "Data for development" would be an integral part of the overall theme of India's Presidency “One Earth, One Family, One Future”. New scheme to grant 3,000 UK visas to Indians annually SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI/LONDON, 16 NOVEMBER In a new scheme introduced by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to fortify bilateral and economic ties, 3,000 Indians will be granted visas annually to come to the UK.Under the new UKIndia Young Professionals Scheme, the country will offer 3,000 places annually to 18-30 year-old degree educated Indian nationals to come to the UK to live and work in the country for up to two years. The scheme will be reciprocal. Mr Sunak and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meeting formally on Wednesday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, confirmed the “new bespoke, reciprocal route” which will open in early 2023 to give young professionals from both India and the UK a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a professional and cultural exchange. “The Indo-Pacific is increasingly crucial for our security and our prosperity. It is teeming with dynamic and fast-growing economies, and the next decade will be defined by what happens in this region,” Mr Sunak said in a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office. “I know first-hand the incredible value of the deep cultural and historic ties we have with India. I am pleased that even more of India's brightest young people will now have the opportunity to experience all that life in the UK has to offer, and vice-versa, making our economies and societies richer.” Nearly a quarter of all international students in Britain are from India, and Indian investment into the UK supports 95,000 jobs across the UK. India is the first visanational country to benefit from such a scheme, highlighting the strength of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership agreed upon last year.“The launch of the scheme is a significant moment both for our bilateral relationship with India and the UK's wider commitment to forging stronger links with the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen both our economies,” the Downing Street statement read.The UK is also negotiating a trade deal with India, which would build on the UK-India trading relationship, already worth 24 billion pounds, and allow the UK to seize the opportunities presented by India's growing economy. Masks not mandatory in flights now Mizoram mishap: Mamata concerned over Raj Cong in distress, Maken not SC: Juvenile frequent deaths of Bengal migrant workers willing to continue as in-charge Kathua rape accused to be financial assistance to the NEW DELHI, 16 NOVEMBER KOLKATA, 16 NOVEMBER Keeping in view the declining cases of Covid in the country, the government on Wednesday removed mandatory requirement to wear masks in flights.The Ministry of Civil Aviation said that the decision has been taken following a review meeting on the issue with the Ministry of Health.“The matter, regarding the requirement for mandatory use of masks or face covers during air travel, has been reviewed in consultation with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. “In line with the Government of India's policy of graded approach of Covid management response, the in-flight announcements henceforth may only mention that in view of the threat posed by Covid, all passengers should preferably use mask/face covers,” the Ministry said in an office memSNS orandum. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,46,66,676 ACTIVE CASES 7,561 NEW CASES 501 NEW RECOVERIES 856 TOTAL DEATHS 5,30,535 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2022 Bengal recorded 16 cases and no deaths INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE With five of 12 workers killed in the Mizoram stone quarry collapse hailing from Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday expressed her apprehensions over frequent deaths of the migrant workers from the state. “Majority of the migrant workers killed in different accidents in the recent past were from West Bengal. Just compare the statistics from the last few months. Probably migrant workers from other states have also died elsewhere. But the number of deaths is maximum for those going from West Bengal. Take the examples of Mizoram, Kashmir and Manipur. I do not know what is happening," she told media persons here. Of the five workers from Bengal reportedly killed in Majority of the migrant workers killed in different accidents in the recent past were from engal. Just compare the statistics from the last few months. Probably migrant workers from other states have also died elsewhere. But the number of deaths is maximum for those going from Bengal. Take the examples of Mizoram, Kashmir and Manipur. I do not know what is happening the recent stone quarry collapse in Mizoram, four were from Nadia district and one from North 24-Parganas district. The chief minister assured families of the victims, as well as a state government job to one member from each of the five families. However, her comments on the high rate of deaths of migrant workers from Bengal elsewhere have already started creating ripples in the political circles.Recently, the principal opposition parties in the state like the BJP , the Left Front, and the Congress have repeatedly attacked state government policies as the main reason for the large number of migrant workers from Bengal going to other states to earn their livelihoods. Political observers feel that probably the CM had felt that the same criticism might be hurled by the opposition again after the Mizoram tragedy and hence she has tried to seal those avenues by expressing her concern over deaths of those from the state. AGENCIES NEW DELHI ,16 NOVEMBER The crisis that began in the Rajasthan Congress on 25 September this year has taken a new turn. Now the annoyed general secretary in charge of the state Ajay Maken has expressed his unwillingness to continue in his post. In a letter to party president Mallikarjun Kharge, Ajay Maken stated that he does not want to continue in his post after the events of September 25. In his letter dated November 8, Maken said that a new person should be given the responsibility before the Bharat Jodo Yatra enters the state and state assembly by-elections are held. “I am a soldier of Rahul Gandhi. My family has decades of association with the party,”he wrote.On Septem- ber 25, on the instructions of the then party president Sonia Gandhi, Maken and Kharge went to Jaipur as observers. Then there was a buzz of Ashok Gehlot contesting the election of the Congress president. So, a meeting of the Legislature Party was to be held for the selection of the new CM, but a rebellious tone was adopted by the Gehlot supporters who opposed the candidature of Sachin Pilot. The meeting could not take place. The high command was miffed with the development in the crisis-hit state.After this, showcause notices were issued to three leaders. But even after a long time, no action was taken. Even after Gehlot apologized to Sonia Gandhi, organization general secretary KC Venugopal had said that a decision on Rajasthan Congress will be taken in the next two days. Still, the meeting of the Legislature Party could not be held again.According to sources, miffed with all the developments, Maken decided to quit the post. According to sources, the high command is unhappy with the behaviour of Gehlot’s supporters, but Gehlot is currently the chief observer of the Gujarat elections. At the same time, he does not want to pose a risk to the Rajasthan government at this time.In such a situation, the ball is in the court of the same Kharge who himself is the witness to the whole incident. Calcutta HC pulls up CBI, rejigs SIT looking into Group D jobs scam STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 16 NOVEMBER Seemingly irked over the tardy progress of investigation by the CBI in “Group D” recruitments in connection with the alleged cash-for-job scam, Calcutta High Court today reconstituted the Special Investigation Team( SIT) of the Central agency in a bid to speed up the probe, and set a deadline for the CBI to complete taking the statements of the 542 candidates by the next 21 days. In a rejig of the SIT, the Single Bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay of the High Court today removed two officers from the current team and inducted four others in their places, while the agency was asked to re-induct Akhilesh Singh, DIG CBI to supervise the SIT and barred it from enforcing his transfer without its permission. The four new officers inducted in the SIT are Anshuman Saha, Biswanath Chakraborty, Pradip Tripathy and Wasim Akram. Justice Gangopadhyay, who had ordered the presence of the SIT chief at his court today, reprimanded the CBI for its tardy progress in the investigation of the Group C recruitment scam, which he said was going on at a snail’s pace since only 16 aspirants out of 542 who had got appointments allegedly through the manipulation in scores were questioned. Expressing his disappointment about the sloppy progress in the probe, he asked the SIT chief why despite the formation of the SIT seven months ago in May, it only could mange to record statements of 16 candidates out of 542. In a poser to the CBI, Justice Gangopadhyay asked when the SIT was constituted? The CBI informed the Court that on 17 June the SIT was formed. The SIT chief in his reply said, “ We have managed to question 16 aspirants out of 542 so far. The agency is trying to unearth the larger conspiracy, the source of money and who are the ben- CMYK eficiaries of the scam. We are in the process of collecting evidence in this respect.” This did not impress Justice Gangopadhyay, who quipped: Why was such a delay, only the CBI could tell. After that he ordered the re-constitution of the SIT, in which he dropped two officers from the current squad and inducted four new officers in their places, with Akhilesh Singh was named to supervise the SIT. The judge also ordered the CBI not to enforce any transfer of Singh without tak- ing permission from this court. Meanwhile, the central agency is now gearing up to quiz 385 alleged undeserving aspirants in the Group C recruitment after a rap from a special CBI court, a source claimed. The CBI, which had informed the Special CBI court at Alipore that it had already completed recording statements of 10 such aspirants earlier, is now set to quiz the rest of the 385 aspirants, for which it was in the process of issuing summons to them. tried as an adult The accused was arrested in connection with the brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-yearold girl in Kathua village in 2019 NEW DELHI, 16 NOVEMBER One of the accused in the 2018 Kathua rape and murder case will be tried afresh as an adult. The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the orders passed by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Kathua, and the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, holding the accused to be a juvenile for the purposes of trial. The judgment was pronounced by Justice J.B. Pardiwala directing the accused should be tried as an adult. The apex court's judgment came on an appeal filed by the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir challenging the orders passed by CJM and the high court. The court noted that the medical expert's estimate regarding the age of the accused is not a statutory substitute for proof and it is only an opinion. The detailed judgment in the matter will be uploaded later in the day. The accused was arrested in the brutal gang rape and murder of an eightyear-old girl in Kathua village in 2019. A special court at Pathankot in June 2019 had sentenced three men to life imprisonment in the case.
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