21 MAY 2023 www.thestatesman.com Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P7 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. STRONG SURFACE WINDS (SPEED 25-35 KMPH) DURING THE DAY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 42 & 24 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 69% P2 Quad meet: PM calls for free, open & inclusive Indo-Pacific PM & other leaders hold summit amidst increasing tough posturing by China on maritime,territorial issues P rime Minister Narendra Modi and other Quad leaders ~US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ~ today held the Quad Summit in Hiroshima, amidst increasing tough posturing by China on maritime and territorial issues. Addressing the summit, Mr PM Modi hailed the efforts by the Quad countries to give a practical dimension to their vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Quad, he said, has emerged as a platform to ensure peace, stability and progress in the Indo- Min: 23.2°C (-3) SUN SETS 19:08 hrs MOON SETS 21:02 hrs THUMBNAILS A mirage was seen at Kartavya Path due to extreme heat and sun in the Capital on Saturday. SUBRATA DUTTA CBI files charge sheet against Jagdish Tytler S in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed a charge sheet against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in a 39-year-old antiSikh riots case at Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court.The Congress leader was named in the charge sheet following fresh evidence against him.Last month, the probe agency had collected voice samples of the Congress leader in connection with the violence in the national capital's Pul Bangash area in 1984, where three people were killed. The Congress leader is accused of inciting a mob that murdered the PG5 victims. A Mahatma Gandhi bust is unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Hiroshima, on Saturday. AP Pacific. There was no doubt that Quad was an engine for bilateral trade, innovations and growth in the region. Quad, the PM said, would continue to make efforts towards global good, welfare of the people, prosperity and peace. India would be happy to host the next summit, he added. Japanese PM Albanese said Quad would listen to the voices of regional coun- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 MAY Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the first time since the outbreak of the conflict in his country in February last year and said India would do whatever it could for the resolution of the war (photo). The two leaders met in Hiroshima on the margins of the G7 Summit. The PM was assisted by External Affairs Minister S Jais- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 MAY hankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval while Zelenskyy was assisted by his top aides at the meeting. The PM noted that he has been talking to the Ukrainian leader on the phone from time to time but they were getting an opportunity to meet in person after the Glasgow COP-26 meeting in November 2021. “The war in Ukraine is a big issue for the entire world. Its repercussions have been felt across the globe. But I don't consider the leaders of 22 major countries have an approval rating of more than 50 per cent in their own countries. The survey puts Indian PM Narendra Modi at the top with an approval rating of 78 per cent. Many experts attribute Mr Modi’s popularity to the paradigm shift in governance which led to inclusive, devel- opment-oriented, and corruption-free governance and growth. PM Modi has sped and scaled the last-mile delivery of various services and schemes. The Lancet, which is considered among the top health journals has lauded Ayushman Bharat, stating that this scheme has revolutionised the health sector of the country. As per the Morning Consult, in terms of domestic popularity, PM Modi is followed by Alain Berset, the President of Switzerland, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the President of Mexico, and Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia. it to be just an issue of economy and politics; for me, it is an issue of humanity, human values.” He told President Zelenskyy that the latter knew more than him about the pain of war. The PM said last year when Indian students returned from Ukraine after the war started and narrated stories about the conflict, he could imagine the plight of President Zelenskyy and his people. “I can assure that for its (war) resolution, India, particularly I personally, will do whatever we can,” he told Mr Zelenskyy. The PM arrived in Hiroshima on Friday to attend the annual sum- Centre vs Delhi row: Centre seeks review of SC verdict STATESMAN NEWS SERVICES NEW DELHI, 20 MAY A day after issuing an ordinance to overturn the top court Constitution Bench judgment that had ruled that the Delhi government has “legislative and executive power over services” and that the Lieutenant Governor will act on the aid and advise of the Council of Ministers, the Central government on Saturday approached the Supreme Court seeking the review of its 11 May judgement. On Friday night, the Central government promulgated an ordinance to create a National Capital Civil Service Authority (NCCSA)~ headed by the Chief Minister of Delhi with Chief Secretary and Principal Home Secretary of Delhi being its two other members ~ to recommend the transfer and posting of all Group A and DANICS officers serving in Delhi. The ordinance promulgated by the President Droupadi Murmu says that all matters before the Authority shall be decided by majority of the members present and voting and in case of difference of opinion, the final decision will rest with the Lieutenant Governor. Siddaramaiah takes oath amidst Opposition show of strength STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 MAY Amidst a massive show of Opposition strength, Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Saturday swore in Congress leader Siddaramaiah as the state’s Chief Minister and D K Shivakumar as Deputy Chief Minister, along with eight Cabinet Ministers in a jam-packed Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. The eight ministers who took their oath on Saturday included Dr G Parmeshwara, a senior former minister; K H Muniyappa, a seven times MP and a former Union minister; K J George representing Christian community, Ex-MP and five time MLA M B Patil as a Lingayat representative; and third time MLA Priyank Kharge, son of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. The others who took oath as ministers were Satish Jarkiholi, Ramalinga Reddy and B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan. tries of ASEAN, South Asia and Pacific island states to engage in practical cooperation which delivers true benefits to the region as a force for good. The Australian leader said he was delighted to be among close friends again. “We are standing together for an open, stable, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. A region where sovereignty is respected and all countries, large and small, benefit from the regional balance,” he added. The Quad Summit was earlier scheduled to be held in Sydney on 24 May but since President Biden was unable to visit Australia due to domestic issues, the four leaders decided to hold their meeting in Hiroshima, which is also hosting the G7 Summit. Will do whatever we can for resolution of Ukraine war, says Modi after meeting President Zelenskyy PM tops approval ratings with 78 pc popularity among all world leaders In an age of extreme discontent in democracies across the world where voters seem perpetually dissatisfied with the heads of the states, the approval ratings for the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi would make any of the top world leaders envious of him. The survey data which has been compiled by Morning Consult, a company that delivers insights and custom market research on what people think in real-time, suggests that only four world leaders out of P4 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 MAY Min. 27% TEMPERATURE Max: 40.4°C (0) SUN RISES 05:27 hrs MOON RISES 07:14 hrs ON 2ND ANNIV OF VIJAYAN GOVT, OPP STAGES MASSIVE PROTEST KEJRIWAL CALLS ORDINANCE DISGUSTING JOKE PORTRAIT OF AN INTENSE STRUGGLE A lot of jostling for ministerial posts is expected in the next few days as there are stated to be 34 positions in the State Council of Ministers. Congress president Mallikarjun, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra; Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Tejashwi Yadav, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, NCP president Sharad Pawar, and CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury were on the dias dur- ing the ceremony. In a show of unity among the Opposition parties, former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, and CPI general secretary D Raja were also present on the dias along with Congress chief ministers Bupesh Baghel of Chhattisgarh and Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu of Himachal Pradesh. After taking oath Mr Siddaramaiah shook hands with Mr Sukhu, Mr Stalin and Mr Baghel, while Mr Shivakumar shook hands with Dr Abdullah before the oath. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave the event a miss. Among the special invitees was actor and politician Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan. After the swearing-in, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed the gathering from the dias itself and said the five promises made by the party before the polls would be approved at the first Cabinet meeting of the new government. Mr Gandhi said: “We will give you a clean, non-corrupt government." He said the state and its people like Dalits had suffered. The Congress stood with truth and the poor and won against the BJP which had money, police and everything else. The people defeated them and their corruption and hatred, he said. Mr Gandhi said the five promises made by the party would be approved at the first meeting of the State Cabinet. These were, he summarized, Grihalaxmi scheme of Rs 2,000 per month to housewives; Grihajyoti of free 200 units of power; 10 kg of rice for every family; free travel for women and unemployment allowance of Rs 3,000 per month to graduates and Rs 1,500 to diploma holders. Congress president Kharge criticised the decision of the government to withdraw the Rs 2,000 currency note from circulation, saying it would only give trouble to people. This is the second time the Prime Minister has gone to Japan and a currency decision was taken, Mr Kharge said. Chief minister Siddarmaiah said people wanted change. The five guarantees would be approved on Saturday itself. “We will issue notifications for the five guarantees. Everything we promised in the election manifesto would be implemented,” he said. mit of the G7 grouping in the first leg of his threenation tour that will also take him to Papua New Guinea and Australia. Like India, Ukraine is also attending the G7 Summit as a guest country on an invitation by Japan, the current chair of the powerful grouping. Mr Modi also held bilateral talks with a number of other world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, on the margins of the G7 engagements. CSK BECOME SECOND TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS P12 Technology should promote democracy, development: Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives warm welcome by the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida and his spouse in Hiroshima, Japan on Saturday. ANI SNEHASIS SUR HIROSHIMA, 20 MAY Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for ensuring food security in the world on one hand and connecting technology with democracy and development on the other. He was addressing the two different sessions at the summit of the G7 group of countries, currently being held at Hiroshima in Japan. He also wanted to have more synergy between G7 and G20, as India is going to host the G20 summit having its presidency next September. Mr Narendra Modi, who met Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the summit and assured him that India would do whatever it could for the resolution of the war, in his address at the G7 summit also said: “The war in Ukraine is a very big issue for the whole world. It has had many different impacts on the whole world. But I don't see this as a political or economic issue. For me, this is an issue of humanity, and issue of human values,” Prime Minister Modi unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Hiroshima on Saturday. It has been gifted by govternment of India. The bust site is adjacent to the Motoyasu River, which is close to the iconic Bomb Dome, visited by thousands of people every day. Mr Modi, on Saturday, met several world leaders at Hiroshima on the sidelines of the G7 summit. He had bilateral discussions with the French President Emmanuel Macron. He also held talks with the Prime Minister of Vietnam Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, President of the Republic of Korea Mr. Yoon Suk Yeol, Mr. Fumio Kishida, the Prime Minister of Japan. The Hiroshima Leader's Communiqué issued by the G7 secretariat on Saturday said that the leaders agreed to highlight the issues like extending all possible support to Ukraine for as long as it takes in the face of Russia's illegal war of aggression, strengthening disarmament and nonproliferation efforts, ensuring economic resilience and security, driving the transition to clean energy economies of the future through cooperation, launching the Hiroshima Action Statement for Resilient Global Food Security with partner countries.
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