FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 18 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 SANDHYA DEVANATHAN IS NEW META INDIA HEAD BIG BLOW TO KERALA CM P4 WEATHER MAINLY CLEAR SKY. MIST IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 26 AND 10 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 84% TEMPERATURE Max: 25.4°C (-2) SUN RISES 06:47 hrs MOON RISES 01:54 hrs Min. 41% Min: 11.3 °C (-1) SUN SETS 17:27 hrs MOON SETS 14:08 hrs A view of Raisina Hills on a foggy winter afternoon, in the Capital on Thursday. SUBRATA DUTTA Centre wants review of order releasing Rajiv 's killers: A week after the SC ordered the release of six people who were convicted in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, the central government on Thursday requested the court to review its decision. The six people, including a woman, were released last week from prison in Tamil Nadu. CV Ananda Bose named Bengal Governor: Former bureaucrat CV Ananda Bose has been appointed the Governor of Bengal. In a statement, the office of President Droupadi Murmu confirmed Mr Bose’s appointment. “The appointment will take effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,”the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement. P8 Modi to address meet on terror financing today STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER rime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address at the 3rd “No Money for Terror” (NMFT) Ministerial Conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing in New Delhi on Friday. The two-day conference will offer a unique platform for participating nations and organisations to deliberate on the effectiveness of the current international regime on Counter Terrorism Financing as well as the steps required to address emerging challenges. Except for Pakistan, about 78 countries and multilateral organisations will be participating in the No Money For Terror' Conference. The conference will build on gains of the previous two conferences (held in Paris in April 2018 and in Melbourne in November 2019) and will work towards enhancing global cooperation to deny Except for Pakistan, about 78 countries and multilateral organisations will be participating in the conference The hosting of the conference reflects the importance being given by the Modi govt to the issue of international terrorism as well as its zero-tolerance policy finances to terrorists and access to permissive jurisdictions to operate. It will be attended by about 450 delegates from across the world, including ministers, heads of multilateral organisations and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) heads of delegations. During the Conference, deliberations will be held in four sessions which will focus on ‘Glob- al Trends in Terrorism and Terrorist Financing’, ‘Use of Formal and Informal Channels of Funds for Terrorism’, ‘Emerging Technologies and Terrorist Financing’ and ‘International Co-operation to Address Challenges in Combating Terrorist Financing’. The hosting of the conference reflects the importance being given by the Modi Government to the issue of international terrorism as well as its zero-tolerance policy against this menace. Union minister for home affairs Amit Shah will convey to the delegates India’s determination to combat terrorism as well as its support systems. Globally, countries have been affected by terrorism and militancy for several years. The pattern of violence differs in most theatres but is largely engendered by a tumultuous geo-political environment, coupled with prolonged armed sectarian conflicts. Soren grilled by ED, says BJP trying to destabilise his govt AGENCIES RANCHI, 17 NOVEMBER Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case of alleged money laundering through illegal mining. Before leaving for the ED office, Soren said that the probe is a part of a larger conspiracy by the BJP to destabilise his government. Security at the ED's regional office in Ranchi has been Govt: No ‘political pressure’ for Covaxin approval NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER The Government has rejected media reports which claim that regulatory approval for Covaxin was rushed due to “political pressure”. The reports claimed that Bharat Biotech, manufacturer of the indigenous Covid vaccine~ Covaxin, “had to skip certain processes” and “speed” up clinical trials due to political pressure. The reports claimed that there were several irregularities in the three phases of the clinical trials. “These media reports are completely misleading,falaci- ous and ill-informed,”the Un- ion Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement. beefed up. Barricades have been set up on all roads leading to the interrogation venue. The Central Reserve Police Force and other central secu- rity forces have been deployed outside the office. Thousands of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha workers from different parts of the state have arrived in Ranchi to express their solidarity with the CM, raising slogans against the ED's action.The district administration has made arrangements to prevent the protesters from reaching the office. Soren reached the agency's regional office on Ranchi's Airport Road on Thursday morning, following the summon. While addressing a press conference ahead of appearing before the ED, Soren claimed that the allegations levelled at him of illegal mining were baseless. He questioned the ED's statement on a scam of Rs 1,000 crore taking place in one district, saying that the entire state does not earn this amount of money from stone chips in a whole year. India, China, Pakistan attend Moscow meet on Afghanistan STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER Keen to maintain strong ties with Russia despite the Western pressure in the wake of the Ukraine conflict, India participated in the fourth meeting of the “Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan” held in the Russian capital yesterday. Special envoys and senior officials from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also participated in the meeting.“During the meeting, the participants discussed issues related to Afghanistan, includ- Special envoys & senior officials from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan also participated in the meeting ing the current humanitarian situation and the ongoing efforts of various stakeholders to provide assistance, intraAfghan talks, formation of an inclusive and representative government, efforts to counter threats of terrorism and ensuring regional security,” a statement from Ministry of External Affairs said. The Moscow format ~ one of the several dialogue plat- forms on Afghanistan — began before the Taliban takeover of Kabul. J P Singh, Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran) represented India at the talks. A joint statement issued at the end of the meeting said the participants discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with an emphasis on regional security, military-political stability, and socioeconomic and humanitarian issues. Reiterated their commitment to a peaceful, unified, sovereign, independent and economically developing Afghanistan, free from the threats of terrorism and drug trafficking. In Gujarat polls, tribal votes may prove decisive RACHNA VERMA NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER After the announcement of the Assembly elections in the state, politicians from the BJP, Congress, and AAP have been actively campaigning in tribal areas of Gujarat. It is no surprise that the BJP is banking heavily on tribal people for not only Assembly elections in the state but also for the next Lok Sabha elections. While Droupadi Murmu's election as President of India is a crucial step toward mainstreaming long-overdue Adivasi representation, it is also undoubtedly an attempt by the saffron party to win over those who haven't been its traditional supporters. This time around, when all three major political parties are P5 P12 AUTUMN HUES Conference will be attended by 450 delegates from across the world P THUMBNAILS DJOKOVIC SEALS SAVARKAR BETRAYED LEADERS LIKE MAHATMA SEMI-FINALS SPOT AFTER BEATING ANDREY RUBLEV GANDHI, NEHRU Gujarat has the 5th largest population of Scheduled Tribes in India A vast majority of the ST population is made up of 12 major tribes vying for majority in Gujarat, none of them can afford to ignore over 15 per cent of the population of the state that the tribal minority accounts for as it has the potential to significantly influence the electoral fortunes of the parties. In the most recent Assem- bly elections, the BJP and the Congress tied for first place in seats with predominantly tribal voters. The BJP's vote share grew by about 52 per cent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, while that of the Congress decreased to 38 per cent.No doubt, BJP has a very strong base in Gujarat. But given that the Adivasi ethnic group makes up over one-seventh of the state's population and that AAP has also chosen to target the Adivasi votes, the party should be concerned about the Aam Aadmi Party's continuous inroads into the state. Recently, during a campaign in Gujarat, Arvind Kejriwal, the convener of the AAP, promised the oft-neglected tribal population that if his party came to power, it would apply the Constitution's Fifth Schedule and the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA Act) in the tribal areas of Gujarat. In terms of absolute numbers, Gujarat has the fifth largest population of Scheduled Tribes (ST) in India. As per the census, they are one-seventh of the state's population, and are mostly located in the eastern areas close to Rajasthan and Maharashtra. A vast majority of the ST population is made up of twelve major tribes. The majority of the community lives in rural Gujarat, where they make up one-fifth of the population. This number virtually cuts in half in semi-urban areas and a pitiful 2 percent of people live in metropolitan areas. Turn to page 5 Tourists enjoying the autumn hues of Kashmir in Srinagar's Moughal Garden on Thursday. MOHAMMAD AMIN WAR SC to examine collegium system AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to examine a plea challenging the collegium system for the appointment of judges in the apex court and the high courts, and sought reviving the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) for the appointments. Advocate Mathews J. Nedumpara mentioned the plea before a bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chan- drachud. The bench, also comprising Justices Hima Kohli and J.B. Pardiwala, wondered whether a judgment delivered by a constitution bench in 2015 in the NJAC case could be reviewed by a writ petition. However, the top court agreed to list the matter. Petitioners Nedumpara and others, in the plea contended that collegium system has resulted in the denial of fair opportunity in the selection and appointment of judges to the apex court and various high courts. The petitioners claimed the collegium system has become a synonym for nepotism and favouritism. "The current scenario where judges appoint themselves and appoint advo- cates as senior advocates, the bar and bench has become the exclusive province of a few dynasties. The talent elsewhere is not at all recognised," the plea said. The plea argued that the apex court and the high courts will not be recognised as a democratic institution unless the talented members of the bar are appointed and that will happen only when there is an open, transparent selection process by inviting applications from all eligible.
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