MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 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 P6 WEATHER MUSK RESTORES TRUMP’S ALWAYS TRY NOT TO GET AHEAD OF GAME, TWITTER ACCOUNT SAYS SURYAKUMAR AFTER ONLINE POLL ROW AFTER KERALA YOUTH CONG BACKS OFF FROM THAROOR’S SEMINAR BRACE FOR TURMOIL P4 P10 GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Qatar will be expected to host around 1.5 mn fans during the World Cup matches, with the final scheduled for 18 Dec. Qatar is the smallest country ever to host a WorldCup. This marks the first time the Middle East is hosting the event. MAINLY CLEAR SKY. MIST IN THE MORNING. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 27 AND 09 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 90% TEMPERATURE Max: 26.8°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:49 hrs MOON RISES 04:50 hrs Min. 36% Min: 09.6°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:26 hrs MOON SETS 15:39 hrs P12 WORLD CUP KICKS OFF IN QATAR People of all races, nationalities, beliefs and orientations will gather here in Qatar and around screens across the continents to share in the exciting moments 32 teams will be eyeing glory in this once-in-every-four-years fooball extravaganza. THUMBNAILS It will be the final World Cup tourna- ment for Lionel Messi, the Argentina striker considered one of the greatest ever footballers of all time. It is also highly likely that 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo will don the Portuguese colours for one final time. General view during the opening ceremony at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor in Qatar on Sunday. AP EMIR OF QATAR TAMIM BIN HAMAD AL THANI Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani waves to the crowd beside FIFA President Giovanni Infantino (L) prior the World Cup, group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Sunday. AP AGENCIES Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with director Amol Palekar and his wife Sandhya Gokhale as they join ANI Bharat Jodo Yatra in Buldhana on Sunday. Gunman kills 5 at gay nightclub in Colorado: A 22-year-old gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring 18 before he was subdued by “heroic” patrons and arrested by police who arrived on the scene within about five minutes, police said.Two firearms, including a “long rifle,” were found at the scene at Club Q, said Colorado SpPG10 rings Police Department Chief. Prez Murmu undergoes cataract surgery at Army Hospital: President Droupadi Murmu underwent cataract surgery of her right eye today morning at the Army Hospital (Referral and Research) in New Delhi. The surgery was successful and she has been discharged from the Hospital, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement. COP27 ends with deal for loss and damage fund No agreement on new emission cuts, phase down of fossil fuels, overall temperature goal India hails COP27’s decision Calling the UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh a “historic COP” Union minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav said that “the world has waited far too long for the ‘loss and damage fund’ agreement.” The minister was speaking at the closing plenary of the COP 27 held today at Sharm El-Sheikh. In his remarks, Mr Yadav welcomed the transition to a Sustainable Lifestyle and sustainable patterns of consumption. He stated that India welcomes efforts to address climate change. Addressing the Egyptian Presidency, Bhupender Yadav called it a “historic COP” where an agreement was made for a "loss and damage funding" arrangement. He noted that the world has waited “far too” long for the loss and damage funding agreement. “You are presiding over a historic COP where agreement has been secured for loss and damage funding arrangement including setting up a loss and damage fund. The world has waited far too long for this,” he said.Mr Yadav said, “We also welcome the transition to Sustainable Lifestyle and sustainable patterns of consumption and production in our efforts to address climate change in the cover address.” sion of COP27 in Sharm elSheikh in Egypt said: “From the beginning, this conference has been driven by two overriding themes: justice and ambition. Justice for those on the frontlines who did so little to cause the crisis ~ including the victims of the recent floods in Pakistan that inundated one-third of the country.” Taking the lead, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at COP27 Xie Zhenhua, China's special envoy for climate (L), and Sherry Rehman, minister of climate change for Pakistan at the COP27 meeting . AP AGENCIES SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 20 NOVEMBER AGENCIES Skull parts, more remains of Shraddha recovered from forest: Parts of the skull, jaw, and other bones of the murdered 27-year-old Shraddha Walkar were recovered from Mehrauli forest on Sunday, Delhi Police sources said."We again went to the Mehrauli forest and have recovered base of a skull, parts of jaw and bones. After recovering the remains, we have sent them to a forensic lab to get a PG 2 proper report," a source said. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani and her husband Anand Piramal were blessed with twins, baby girl ANI Aadiya and baby boy Krishna on Sunday. NEW DELHI/SHARM EL-SHEIKH, 20 NOVEMBER H istory was made for vulnerable countries and civil society that have been calling for funding for decades, with diplomats from over 190 countries striking a deal on Sunday to set up a loss and damage fund to pay for climate-related damage, officials said, as the two-weeklong United Nations climate talks (COP27) drew to a close on after two days of overrun. But fossil fuels remain the elephant in the room, say climate negotiators. Hailing the decision to set up a loss and damage fund and to operationalise it in the coming period, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the conclu- announced a 5 million pound funding to tackle loss and damage caused by climate change in developing countries. The deal is a big win for poorer nations which have long called for cash ~ sometimes viewed as reparations ~ because they are often the victims of climateworsened floods, droughts, heat waves, famines and storms despite having contributed little to the pollution that heats up the globe. It is also long been called an issue of equity for nations hit by weather extremes and small island states that face an existential threat from rising seas.“Three long decades and we have finally delivered climate justice,” said Seve Paeniu, the finance minister of Tuvalu. Pakistan’s environment minister, Sherry Rehman, said the establishment of the fund “is not about dispensing charity.” “It is clearly a down payment on the longer investment in our joint futures,” she said, speaking for a coalition of the world’s poorest nations. The deal followed a game of climate change chicken over fossil fuels. Early Sunday morning, delegates approved the compensation fund but 'M'luru blast terror Rajnath Singh India to assume chair of to attend global partnership on AI act, not a mishap' ADMM Plus AGENCIES BENGALURU, 20 NOVEMBER Karnataka's Director General of Police (DGP), Praveen Sood on Sunday declared that the blast in a moving auto in Mangaluru was a terror act and not an accident. “It's confirmed now. The blast is not accidental but an act of terror with intention to cause serious damage. Karnataka State Police is probing deep into it along with central agencies,” the DGP tweeted.Police on Sunday raided the rented home of the main accused in the blast incident. A bomb squad has also been deployed in the area for a combing operation. The police have identified the accused as Shareeq. As per the police, last month he took a single room accomodation and told the owner that he came to the city for “mobile repair training”. Shareeq has stolen the identity of a person named Premrag Hutagi who is a railway employee of Karnataka's Hubballi district. Tension prevailed in the communally-sensitive city on Saturday following the mysterious explosion in the Police on Sunday raided the rented home of the main accused, Shareeq in the blast incident Sleuths of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) found suspicious articles such as two batteries, nuts, bolt and substance with circuit wiring from the incident spot. moving auto. Initially, the police were probing whether it was a case of fire mishap or blast.However, on further investigation, sleuths of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) found suspicious articles such as two batteries, nuts, bolt and substance with circuit wiring from the incident spot.It is suspected that a light explosive device had been used for the explosion. The state Home department has considered the incident seriously as it had taken place on the day the chief minister Basavaraj Bommai had visited the city.With the police identifying it as an act of terror, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is also expected to visit the place and take up investigation. meeting STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER Defence minister Rajnath Singh will attend ASEAN Defence Ministers Plus meeting and India-ASEAN Defence Ministers meeting during his visit to Cambodia on November 22-23. At the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence of Cambodia Samdech Pichey Sena TEA Banh, the Defence Minister will pay an official visit to Cambodia from November 22-23, the Ministry of Defence said on Sunday. Cambodia, as the chair of ASEAN Defence Ministers Plus (ADMM Plus) meeting is hosting the 9th annual meeting at Siem Reap, Cambodia and Singh will address the forum on November 23. He will also call on the Prime Minister of Cambodia. To commemorate 30 years of India-ASEAN relations, India and Cambodia will co-chair the maiden India-ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting on November 22, presided over by Singh. AI is expected to add $967 bn to the Indian economy by 2035 & $450–500 bn to India’s GDP by 2025, accounting for 10 % of the country’s $5 tn GDP target The GPAI is a congregation of 25 member countries. India had joined in 2020. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER Close on the heels of assuming the presidency of G20, India is set to take over the chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an international initiative to support responsible and human-centric development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has been catalysing the Tech Landscape & pushing further the envelope of human possibilities. AI is expected to add $967 Billion to the Indian economy by 2035 and $450–500 billion to India’s GDP by 2025, accounting for 10 per cent of the country’s $5 trillion GDP target. AI is a Kinetic enabler for growth of India’s Technology ecosystem & a force multiplier for achieving the $1 Trillion Digital Economy goal by 2025. The GPAI is a congregation of 25 member countries, including the US, the UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South, and Singapore. India had joined in 2020.Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekhar will represent India at the GPAI meeting to be held in Tokyo tomorrow for the symbolic takeover from France, which is the outgoing Council Chair. In the election to the Council Chair, India had received more than a two-third majority of first-preference votes while Canada and the United States ranked in the two next best places in the tally so they were elected to the two additional government seats on the Steering Committee. For the 2022-2023 Steering Committee, the five government seats will, therefore, be held by Japan (as Lead Council Chair and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee), France (Outgoing Council Chair), India (Incoming Council Chair), Canada and the United States. had not dealt with the contentious issues of an overall temperature goal, emissions cutting and the desire to target all fossil fuels for phase down. The agreement includes a veiled reference to the benefits of natural gas as low emission energy, despite many nations calling for a phase down of natural gas, which does contribute to climate change. While the new agreement doesn’t ratchet up calls for reducing emissions, it does retain language to keep alive the global goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Nor does the deal expand on last year’s call to phase down global use of “unabated coal” even though India and other countries pushed to include oil and natural gas in language from Glasgow. According to the agreement, the fund would initially draw on contributions from developed countries and other private and public sources such as international financial institutions. While major emerging economies such as China wouldn’t automatically have to contribute, that option remains on the table. DOHA, 20 NOVEMBER The first World Cup in the Middle East finally began Sunday night with a flashy opening ceremony and a match between Qatar and Ecuador. Qatar’s ruler opened the World Cup on Sunday with a call for people of all races and orientations to put aside their differences, speaking as the host nation faced a barrage of criticism over its treatment of foreign workers and LGBT rights. The Gulf nation is staking its reputation on delivering a smooth tournament and has denied accusations of abuse of workers and discrimination. Governing body FIFA hopes the spotlight will now turn to action on the pitch. “People of all races, nationalities, beliefs and orientations will gather here in Qatar and around screens across the continents to share in the exciting moments,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said.Sheikh Tamim arrived at the stadium flanked by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, to a roaring crowd, and took their seats alongside other Arab leaders.A show then unfolded on the pitch, featuring three camels, American actor Morgan Freeman and a performance of a new tournament song called Dreamers featuring singer Jungkook of Kpop boy band BTS, alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi. Saudi Arabia's crown prince and the presidents of Egypt, Turkey and Algeria, as well as the United Nations SecretaryGeneral, were among leaders at the stadium ahead of the first match between the hosts and Ecuador. A total of 32 teams will be eyeing glory in this once-in- every-four-years football extravaganza. The teams are hosts Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, the Netherlands, England, Iran, USA, Wales, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Morocco, and Croatia, Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea. France is the defending champion, having won their second title in 2018 after defeating Croatia in the final. It will be the final World Cup tournament for Lionel Messi, the Argentina striker considered one of the greatest ever footballers of all time. It is also highly likely that 37-yearold Cristiano Ronaldo will don the Portuguese colours for one final time. Two of the best players in the world were ruled out of the World Cup with injuries before it even began. France striker Karim Benzema, the Ballon d’Or winner, is out after hurting his left thigh during training on Saturday. Senegal forward Sadio Mane, runner-up to Benzema in voting for world player of the year, is out with a leg injury he picked up last week while playing for Bayern Munich. Monday is the first full day of competition, with US opening play against Wales. The day includes a Group B match between heavily-favoured England against Iran and the Netherlands against Senegal. Eight stadiums across Qatar will be hosting the 64 matches of this tournament.The quarterfinals will start from December 9 onwards, followed by the semifinals from December 14 onwards. The title clash will take place on December 18 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. ‘Polls to decide Gujarat’s fate for next 25 years’, says Modi SNS & AGENCIES BOTAD, 20 NOVEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Assembly elections in Gujarat will determine where the state will be in the next 25 years.Addressing a public rally in the Botad district of Gujarat on Sunday, the PM said it was for voters to shape the destiny of the state in the coming years. Exhorting people to vote the BJP back to power in the western state, the PM, during his 30-minute-long speech in native tongue, Gujarati, said, "This election is not only for the next five years, it will determine what Gujarat looks lie in the next 25 years." The PM's visit to the Botad district was part of a jampacked campaign schedule on Sunday. However, he did visit the Somnath temple earlier on Sunday and offered prayers. Later, at a separate public rally at Dhorarji, the Prime Minister took a swipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his image with social activist Medha Patkar on the sidelines of the Maharashtra leg of the ongoing 'Bharat Jodo Yatra'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Somnath temple to ANI offer prayers, in Gir Somnath on Sunday. Without naming Rahul, the PM said: “You would have seen a picture published in the newspaper of a Congress leader standing with those who oppose the Narmada Project. You should ask them with what face are they coming to seek votes from you. They did everything to stall the Narmada project for decades together and ensured that no money, including from the World Bank, came to Gujarat. They maligned the image of Gujarat.” He said the matter eventually went to court and the woman, who spearheaded the movement against the Narmada project, was pictured along with the Congress leader. “This shows that you (Rahul) are only working to destoy Gujarat,” PM Modi said at Dhoraji.Addressing another public rally in Amreli district, Mr Modi again hit out at the Congress, saying it was incapable of working for people's welfare.
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