CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 JANUARY 2023 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR T’GANA HC QUASHES CAT ORDER, DIRECTS CS TO JOIN IN AP BIDEN, TRUDEAU MEET IN MEXICO CITY FOR SUMMIT P4 P10 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 27 °C and 17 °C respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 26.7 °C (+1) SUN RISES 06:19 hrs MOON RISES 20:5 hrs Min: 13.0 °C (-1) SUN SETS 17:10 hrs MOON SETS 08:42 hrs The petitioner Swami has sought immediate financial assistance and compensation to the people who have lost their houses and lands on account of land sliding New Moon on 22 January THUMBNAILS A building is severely damaged as a result of continued land subsidence, in Joshimath on Tuesday. ANI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 JANUARY Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visits Golden Temple to pay obeisance during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Amritsar on Tuesday. ANI Mother, son dead in accident at Namma Metro construction site in Bengaluru : Two persons died in an accident at a construction site of Namma Metro in Bengaluru on January 10 morning. According to the police, a woman and her child, who were on a scooter, died in a hospital and while her husband and another child are being treated for injuries. PG4 ‘Attempts being made to terrorise the judiciary‘: Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, who had been in the headlines during the entire 2022 for his judgements and observations in the multi-crore teachers' recruitment scam in Bengal, said on Tuesday that attempts are being made to terrorise the judiciary in the state. Reacting to the developments of the last couple of days over the continuing ruckus outside the court of Justice Rajasekhar Mantha of the Calcutta HC and complaints against a section of lawyers of resisting their colleagues from entering his court, Justice Gangopadhyay said that the recent developments are unprecePG3 dented in the history of the high court. DAC approves proposals worth over ` 4,276 cr bserving that everything important in the country can’t come to it, the Supreme Court on Tuesday posted for 16 January a plea relating to the sinking of land in Joshimath resulting in loss of property and dislocation of normal life, as it (top court) declined an urgent listing of the matter. Further observing that there are democratically elected institutions to look into the situation arising from land sinking and the consequent losses in Joshimath, a bench of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice P.S. Narasimha posted the plea by one Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati for January 16. “Everything which is important need not come to the apex court. There are democratically elected institutions working on O it,” the top court said while declining an urgent listing of the plea.Yesterday (January 9) the court had asked the lawyer for petitioner Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati to follow the due procedure and mention the matter today (January 10). Seeking to declare the sinking of the areas in Joshimath as a national disaster, the petitioner Swami Saraswati has sought immediate relief and compensation to affected people, and a halt to the construction activities at TapovanVishnugad Hydro Electric. Urging the apex court to intervene to provide succour to the affected people who have suffered the loss of property, the petitioner Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati has sought declaration that the incident is a national disaster and a direction to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)to actively support the residents of Joshi- SNS & AGENCIES CHAMOLI , 10 JANUARY math faced with a tough situation. The petitioner Swami has sought immediate financial assistance and compensation to the people who have lost their houses and lands on account of land sliding, land sinking, subsidence resulting in the cracking of the houses. properties. Blaming the unchecked urbanisation, construction activities, mushrooming of industrial units, A view of a road damaged due to a landslide, at Siwai village, near Karnaprayag on Tuesday. ANI Disaster Management Authority, Chamoli on Monday issued a bulletin related to disaster management in view of landslides happening in the Joshimath area. According to the bulletin, cracks have been noticed in a total of 678 buildings in the Joshimath town area. In view of security, a total of 81 families have been temporarily displaced. and the exploitation of natural resources by the centre and Uttarakhand government, the petitioner Swami Saraswati has sought direction to Direct the respondents to “immediately stop construction and building work of the Tapovan Vishnugad Hydro Electric Project tunnel and not to begin again till the high level committee of geologists, hydrologists and engineers constituted by this court.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 26th National Youth Festival at Hubballi, Karnataka on 12th January on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. This was announced by Union Minister of youth affairs and sports Anurag Thakur at a media briefing today. He said the Youth Festival will be held from 12th to 16th January and is being organized by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka. The programme is starting on the NationalYouth Day, which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, to honour and cherish his ideals, teachings and contributions. The Minister said that as India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the festival aims to step up the role of youth in nation building during the Amrit Kaal. There will be an endeavour to disseminate the message of ‘Panch Pran’ as espoused by the Prime Minister among the youth, he said.Thakur said that India is holding the G20 Presidency this year which is a matter of great pride for every Indian. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is organizing‘YTalks’ throughout the country forY(Youth)20 activities of G-20. The National Youth Festival will set the pace for Y20 engagements across the country by sensitizing the youth about the themes of Y-20. The participants will in The festival aims to step up the role of youth in nation building during the Amrit Kaal. There will be an endeavour to disseminate the message of ‘Panch Pran’ as espoused by the PM among the youth.... ANURAG THAKUR UNION MINISTER OF YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS turn take the message and themes of Y-20 to every nook and corner of the country, Thakur explained. He said that the Youth Festival is being celebrated as a green festival using only biodegradable materials. The focus will be on the Prime Minister’s Mission LiFE and Green Energy, the minister added. Giving details,Youth Affairs Secretary Meeta R Lochan said more than 30,000 youth will attend the inaugural function where the Prime Minister will share his vision with them. During this unique five-day event, over 7500 youth delegates from all over India, recognized and leaders in their own field of activity, will get together to engage in different learning activities. The theme of the festival this year is“Viksit Yuva Viksit Bharat.” Activities in the festival will include discussions on relevant themes like Student Centric governance and Digital India. Domain leaders and other experts will engage in lively discussions with elected representatives about how to facilitate studentcentric governance. There will be adventure sports like scuba diving. There will be exhibition of traditional sports like Kalaripayatu (Kerala), Silambam (Tamil Nadu), Gatka (Punjab) and Mallakhamb (Maharashtra). Competitive cultural events like folk dances and folk songs are being organized where troupes from different States will participate. Interesting non-competitive events include social development fair‘Yuva Kriti’,‘Adventure Festival’, ‘Suvichar’, ‘Young artists camp’, among others. The Youth Summit will include two way discussions on the themes of Future of Work, Industry, Innovation and 21st Century Skills; Climate change and disaster risk reduction; Peace building and Reconciliation; Shared future-youth in democracy and governance; and Health and Well-Being. Many events in the festival will be live-streamed across the nation so that crores of young people can also be engaged with the entire festival. This year the festival is being celebrated as a Green Youth Festival where only re-usable cutlery, napkins etc are being used. All the mementos, medals, stationery are of reusable material. Shinde vs Thackeray: SC to hear plea on 14 Feb R-DAY PREPARATION STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 JANUARY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 JANUARY In the backdrop of the recent clashes between Indian and Chinese troops near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) today accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for three capital acquisition proposals, amounting to Rs 4,276 crores. All three proposals - two of the Indian Army and one of the Indian Navy - are under the Buy (IndianIDDM) category. The DAC, which met under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded AoN for procurement of HELINA Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, launchers and associated support equipment which will be integrated into the Advanced Light Helicopter SEE PG5 (ALH). STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 JANUARY Fresh cracks appear on some houses in Karnaprayag Cracks appeared at around 50 houses and various minor landslides have taken place at Bahuguna Nagar of Karnprayag. The local municipality has requested Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami's government for help. This comes amid the issue of land subsidence in Joshimath. Many families of Bahuguna Nagar have left their homes and taken shelter with their relatives staying in other areas. Thirty families of Karnprayag Upper Bazar Ward are also in danger of disaster.The victims are apparently requesting the state government for help. Meanwhile, the District P12 Modi to inaugurate 26th National Youth Festival in K’taka on 12 Jan Joshimath sinking: SC to hear plea on 16 Jan Min. 31 % TEMPERATURE P8 Everything important shouldn't come to us: SC declines urgent hearing Max. 87 % ‘GREAT HONOUR TO PLAY MY FOURTH WORLD CUP FOR INDIA’ CHANDA KOCHHAR, HUSBAND RELEASED FROM JAIL Indian Coast Guard personnel take part in the rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day Parade 2023 , at Vijay Chowk on Tuesday. ANI A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the listing of a batch of petitions by the warring faction of Shiv Sena led by former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and incumbent chief minister Eknath Shinde relating to Maharashtra political crisis rooted in Shiv Sena feud on February 14. A five-judge constitution bench of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justices M.R.Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli and P Narasimha .S. ordered the posting of the matter on 14 February as senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for Uddhav Thackeray camp reiterated his plea for the matter to be heard by a seven-judge bench. Sibal said that matters need to be heard by a seven-judge constitution bench as it requires a revisit of the 2016 judgement in Nabam Rebia case relating to the political crisis in Thackeray-led faction had approached the top court challenging the Maharashtra governor's decision to invite Shinde to form the govt Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the Thackeray faction, submitted before a five-judge bench headed by CJI D.Y. Chandrachud that the matter was urgent as the EC was conducting proceedings on the issue of control over the party and the symbol Arunachal Pradesh.The top court constitution bench by its July 13, 2016, judgment had ruled that a Speaker cannot initiate disqualification proceedings when a resolution seeking his removal is pending.The constitution bench today said that when it will hear the matter on February 14, it will first hold a hearing on whether the matter be heard by a seven-judge bench or by a five-judge bench. In the last hearing of the matter on December 13, 2022, on Sibal’s insistence that the matter be heard by a sevenjudge constitution bench, the top court had ordered that Sibal will circulate a short note and an advance copy of the same would be given to advocates appearing for Maharashtra government, the State Governor and the private respondents.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who differed with Sibal on referring the matters to a seven-judge constitution bench said that he too would circulate a short note. In August, a three-judge bench had referred to a fivejudge Constitution bench the issues arising from the petition filed by rival groups of Shiv Sena in relation to the Maharashtra political crisis. It had said that some of the issues involved in the Maharashtra political crisis may require consideration by a larger constitution bench. Thackeray-led faction had approached the top court challenging the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari’s decision to invite Eknath Shinde to form the government and also the Speaker’s election and floor test. Later they had challenged Shinde group approaching the poll panel claiming they are 'real' Shiv Sena. They had also challenged the newly appointed Maharashtra Assembly Speaker’s action recognising the whip of Eknath Shinde group as the whip of Shiv Sena. The plea said the newly appointed Speaker has no jurisdiction to recognise whips nominated by Shinde as Uddhav Thackeray is still the head of Shiv Sena official party.Thackeray camp’s Sunil Prabhu had filed a plea seeking suspension from Maharashtra Assembly of new CM Eknath Shinde and 15 rebel MLAs against whom disqualification pleas are pending. Govt asks verification entities to Go First plane takes off leaving more than 50 passengers in B’luru adhere to Aadhaar usage hygiene Russian flight lands safely SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 9 JANUARY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 JANUARY The government has issued a set of guidelines to Offline Verification Seeking Entities (OVSEs), highlighting several usage hygiene issues, better safety mechanisms at the user level, and ways to further enhance residents’ trust while using Aadhaar voluntarily for lawful purposes. Entities have been informed to perform verification of the Aadhaar after explicit consent of the Aadhaar number holder. These entities need to be courteous to residents and assure them about the security and confidentiality of their Aadhaar while conducting offline verification.“Entities must maintain the log/record of the explicit consent received from resi- dents for any future audit by UIDAI or any other legal agency thereof,” the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said. The UIDAI has also asked OVSEs to verify Aadhaar via the QR Code present on all four forms of Aadhaar (Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, m-Aadhaar and Aadhaar PVC card) instead of accepting Aadhaar in physical or electronic form, as proof of identity. Offline verification is the use of Aadhaar for carrying out identity verification and KYC processes locally, without connecting to the Central Identities Data Repository of UIDAI. The organisations conducting offline verification of an Aadhaar number holder for a lawful purpose are called OVSEs. Entities have been urged to ensure that no services are denied to any resident for refusing to or being unable to undergo offline verification of Aadhaar, provided the resident is able to identify himself/ herself through other viable alternatives. It has been underlined that OVSEs need to provide residents with viable alternative means of identification in addition to Aadhaar, for rendering service.Verification entities, generally should not collect, use or store the Aadhaar number of the resident after having conducted offline verification of the Aadhaar, UIDAI has informed OVSEs. A Go First plane on Monday took off from Bengaluru allegedly without taking nearly 50 passengers on board, and aviation regulator ,Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought a report on the matter and said that appropriate action will be taken. Many air passengers alleged that Flight G8 116 from Bengaluru to Delhi took off around 6.30 a.m. leaving nearly 50 passengers while they were still inside the bus at the tarmac.Aviation regulator DGCA said: "We have sought a report from the airline and appropriate action shall be taken afterwards." Many of the passengers left in the lurch took to social media platforms to complain about the matter. Air passenger Shreya Sinha termed it the We have sought a report from the airline and appropriate action shall be Many of the passengers left in the lurch taken aftertook to social media platforms to com- wards plain about the matter "most horrifying experience". She said the passengers boarded the bus for the aircraft at 5.35 a.m. but remained in it for an hour. “Most horrifying experience with @GoFirstairways, 5:35 am Boarded the bus for aircraft 6:30 am Still in the bus stuffed with over 50 passengers, the driver stopped the bus after being forced. Flight G8 116 takes off, leaving 50+ passengers. Heights of negligence!" she tweeted. "Flight G8 116 (BLR - DEL) flew leaving passengers on CMYK DGCA ground! More than 50 passengers on 1 bus were left on ground & flight took off with just passengers of 1 bus on boarded,”said another air passenger Satish Kumar. Go First Airways, responding to one of the tweets, said: "We are sorry for the inconvenience. We have shared your concern along with your details to our team and they'll assist you at the earliest." Officials said that the passengers were given an alternative to take the Air India flight at 10 a.m. in Goa after bomb hoax AGENCIES PANAJI, 10 JANUARY Moscow-Goa Russian flight Azur Air ZF2401, which received a bomb threat, landed in Goa on Tuesday at around 3 p.m. with passengers onboard, saying they were lucky to be safe. Goa-bound flight from Moscow made an emergency landing in Jamnagar airport on Monday night at 9.30 p.m. following the bomb threat. It was diverted to Jamnagar after an email warning of a bomb in the flight was received. After landing at Dabolim airport in Goa, the Russian tourists said that they are lucky to be safe. “Authorities thoroughly checked all our luggage and flight, but nothing suspicious was found. We are lucky as we are safe,” one of the passengers said. NSG and BDDS teams at Jamnagar had thoroughly checked the plane besides the luggage and hand baggage of the travellers but no suspicious object was found. Passengers also said that they were provided all the facilities at Jamnagar after they were de-boarded there. “We spent around 9 hours outside the flight at the airport (Jamnagar). But we are happy now that we have reached here,” another passenger said.
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