WEDNESDAY 06 SEPTEMBER 2023 www.thestatesman.com twitter.com/thestatesman facebook.com/thestatesman INDIA’S NATIONAL NEWSPAPER SINCE 1818 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ANDHRA PRADESH CID BEGINS PROBE AGAINST EX-CM NAIDU G20 CHALLENGES P6 SENSEX 65,780.26152.12 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. POSSIBILITY OF VERY LIGHT RAIN/ THUNDERSHOWERS AT ONE OR TWO PLACES. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 37 AND 27 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P4 NIFTY 19,574.9046.10 P5 ` vs $ 83.0025 PAISE GOLD 60,160160 TEMPERATURE Min: 26.4 °C (+1) SUN SETS 18:37 hrs MOON SETS 13:32 hrs THUMBNAILS President Draupadi Murmu confers National Teachers' Award to a teacher on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, at Vigyan ANI Bhawan on Tuesday. Pakistani terrorist killed during encounter in J&K: A heavily armed Pakistani terrorist has been killed in the forest area of Reasi district in a joint operation by the Indian Army along with J&K Police and Special Operation Group (SOG). However, another terrorist managed to escape during the encounter. An Army jawan and a policeman were injured during exchange of fire. GAMBHIR BLAMES ANTI-INDIA SLOGANS FOR RUDE GESTURE P12 SILVER 76,2001,000 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 89.141.34 'President of Bharat’: KL Rahul, S K Yadav in G20 invite sparks row India’s World Cup squad Rumoured name change from 'India' to 'Bharat' sparks political debate STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Max.76% Min. 49 % Max: 38.6°C (+5) SUN RISES 06:02 hrs MOON RISES 22:56 hrs CITIZENS WRITE TO CJI SEEKING ACTION AGAINST UDHAYANIDHI STALIN Rashtrapati Bhawan invitation for a G20 dinner on 9 September in the name of the ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the usual President of India has triggered a political storm, with political leaders debating if it indicated the country’s name was being “changed” from India to Bharat. NCP president Sharad Pawar declared: “No one has right to change country's name.” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said Article 1 in the Constitution can read “Bharat, that was India, shall be a Union of States” and accused the government of assaulting the idea of “Union of States.” West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said: “Today, they (Centre) changed the name of India. In the invitation card for the G20 Summit dinner, it is mentioned 'Bharat'. In English, we say 'India' and the 'Indian Constitution' and in Hindi, we say 'Bharat A Today, they (Centre) changed the name of India. In the invitation card for the G20 Summit dinner, it is mentioned 'Bharat'. In English, we say 'India' and the 'Indian Constitution' and in Hindi, we say 'Bharat ka Samvidhan'. We all say 'Bharat', what is new in this? But the name 'India' is known to the world...What happened suddenly that they had to change the name of the country? MAMATA BANERJEE ka Samvidhan'. We all say 'Bharat', what is new in this? But the name 'India' is known to the world...What happened suddenly that they had to change the name of the country?" Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said: “The Hindi name is also given by foreign countries...I think the PM himself is afraid of the name India. Since the day INDIA named alliance was formed PM Modi's hatred toward the name India has increased...If they are so BENGAL CHIEF MINISTER against the Britishers then they should sacrifice the Rashtrapati Bhawan that was the house of the Viceroy..." BJP leaders hailed the use of ‘Bharat’. BJP MP Harnath Singh Yadav said: “The entire country is demanding that we should use the word 'Bharat' instead of 'India'. The word 'India' is an abuse given to us by the British whereas the word 'Bharat' is a symbol of our culture...I want there should be a change in our Constitution and the word 'Bharat' should be added to it. Union Minister Nityanand Rai said: “Can't understand what's the reason for objection. If the invitation card went out as President of Bharat, then it's a welcoming move. Why do Congress and leaders of the INDIA alliance hate the word, Bharat? The country has been called Bharat for ages, why did the objection come now...Why do they (Congress) love the names of China and Pakistan?" Congress leader Mani Shankar Iyer commented on BJP MP Harnath Singh Yadav's statement, saying: “They are scared of the INDIA alliance. Our Constitution says ‘India, that is Bharat’.” Tamil Nadu CM and DMK President M K Stalin said: "After NonBJP forces united to dethrone the fascist BJP regime and aptly named their alliance INDIA, now the BJP wants to change India for Bharat... BJP promised to TRANSFORM India, but all we got is a name change after 9 years!” STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER The BCCI on Tuesday announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023 that will be played in India from 5 October. The squad is on expected lines with batter KL Rahul being included despite being out of action for more than three months, while the axe has fallen on a couple of members of the squad playing in the ongoing Asia Cup ~ Tilak Varma and Prasidh Krishna ~ as well as stand-by wicketkeeper Sanju Samson. The Statesman had reported on Sunday that the trio might not find place in the World Cup team. As expected, Rahul, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav found a place in the squad announced by the BCCI’s chairman of selectors, Ajit Agarkar, and skipper Rohit Sharma on Tuesday. “This is the 15-member squad that we have picked and we are not going to change it unless there is an injury. We have a pool of 17 players, including Rahul, and we have contingency plans in place. Our focus is on selecting the 15 individuals who can successfully complete the task at hand,” Mr Agarkar said. Commenting on the inclu- sion of Rahul, who is yet to return to competitive cricket after undergoing surgery on his right thigh, Mr Agarkar said, “KL Rahul has played a couple of games over the last two days and kept wicket for the whole 50 overs. He should be ready.” For the spin department, the selectors have reposed faith in the batting abilities of the slow left-arm orthodox duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, along with left-arm wrist spinner ASEAN : PM to leave SC reserves verdict on pleas challenging Art 370 for Indonesia today NC leader Lone says he owes STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Days before he hosts top world leaders at the G20 Summit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving for Jakarta (Indonesia) tomorrow on a brief visit to attend the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit to be held on 7 September. The two summits are being hosted in Jakarta by Indonesia, the current Chair of ASEAN. The ASEAN-India Summit will be the first Summit since the elevation of India-ASEAN relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership last year. It will review the progress of India-ASEAN relations and chart the future direction of cooperation. The East Asia Summit will provide an opportunity for leaders of ASEAN countries and its eight dialogue partners to exchange views on issues of regional and global significance. The dialogue partners are Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. “The Prime Minister will depart Delhi on the night of 6 September and return late evening on 7 September. Given that the G20 Summit follows shortly after the ASEAN Summit, it will be a short visit,” Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East) said at a media briefing here today. He said that since the visit was short, no bilateral meetings were being arranged for the PM. On whether China's ‘standard map’, to which all its neghbours have taken exception, will be discussed at the ASEAN meetings, the official said it was difficult to anticipate what the leaders will discuss but all issues of mutual concern'' will come up. A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India and the subsequent bifurcation of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh. The Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud reserved its verdict after the conclusion of arguments that were spread over 16 days in which petitioners challenging the abrogation of Article 370 had contended that the provision was a permanent feature of the relationship between the Union of India and Jammu and Kashmir. The Bench was told that the Constitution of India and the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir spoke to each other through Article 370. The hearings saw the petitioners arguing that Article 370 could not have been seen in isolation and had to be seen in the context of history, certain developments and its linkage with other provisions of the Constitution. It was contended that through the instrument of accession, J&K had ceded its external sovereignty ~ relating to masters of external affairs and not the internal sovereignty, which under its constitution, the J&K retained with itself. The Bench appeared not persuaded by this position as it said that there was nothing in Indian Constitution recognising such a position and said that after J&K had become part of the Union of India and accepted the Constitution of India, then all the provisions of the Indian Constitution extended to it. It was also argued by the petitioners that recourse to Article 356 ~ imposition of the President’s rule ~could not be taken to denude the State of its character and change its boundaries and convert it JU internal probe panel submits report, recommends expulsion of some students STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER National Conference leader and Lok Sabha member Mohammad Akbar Lone on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that he is a responsible and dutiful citizen of India and has taken oath in Parliament to owe allegiance to the Constitution and uphold India's unity and integrity. Mr Lone in an affidavit in pursuant to a direction of a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said: “I am a responsible and dutiful citizen of the Union of India. I have exercised my right to approach this Court through Article 32 of the Constitution. I reiterate the oath taken while being sworn in as Member of Parliament to preserve and uphold the provisions of the Constitution of India and to protect the territorial integrity of the Nation.” The solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected to the affidavit and described it as “inadequate” and referred to the instances including public meetings where Mr Lone had made objectionable utterances. into Union Territory. However, Attorney General R. Venkataramani and the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and other lawyers defending the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of J&K into two Union Territories said that there was nothing like external or internal sovereignty. They said that once J&K had merged with India, there was ‘Focus should be on positions that nations take on key issues’ SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 5 SEPTEMBER The internal probe committee of Jadavpur University which was constituted after the death of a first-year student on the campus last month submitted their report to the university’s vice chancellor, Buddhadeb Sau on Tuesday. The committee recommended several steps, including the expulsion of the seniors who were present at the hostel on that day when the student’s body was found near the JU hostel. On the night of 9 August, a first-year student fell from the third floor of Block E-2 in the Men's Hostel. The next morning, he passed away in the hospital. Allegations of rag- allegiance to Constitution ging have been raised in connection with the death. In addition to the police investigation, an internal committee was formed by Jadavpur University to look into the matter. This committee has now submitted its final report, as reported by university sources. Prior to this, a preliminary report had also been submitted by the committee. However, the final report recommends some significant actions. According to university sources, the committee has recommended that some seniors who were present on the night of the incident should be expelled. It has also suggested that the JU authorities should lodge FIRs against the six former students who were present at the students’ hostel at the time of the incident. The committee has recommended suspending 15 students for one semester, 11 students for two semesters, and expelling five students if they are found guilty of ragging.Furthermore, it recommended that one current research scholar associated with the university should be barred from entering the campus for life after the completion of his research The committee also said that a thorough inquiry should be initiated against the superintendent of the main students’ hostel where the mishap took place, especially on complaints of negligence on his part. Meanwhile, representatives from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and members of the university’s Executive Council (EC) are in discussions with university officials. According to university sources, the UGC representatives have raised questions such as why there haven't been stricter penalties for ragging all along, and why the university authorities have maintained a lenient attitude. They are also questioning why UGC's anti-ragging guidelines have not been followed. only one sovereignty – the sovereignty of India. They also defended the imposition of President’s Rule, the Lt. Governor of J&K dissolving the State Assembly, abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the State into two UTs. Mr Mehta told the Bench that it was only after the abrogation of Article 370 that all the rights that people in India enjoyed were extended to the people of J&K. He said that after the abrogation of Article 370, there was normalcy in the State and the incident of terrorism, stone pelting and agitations have come down. The cases of stone pelting have come to zero. He said that there was development in the state and Kashmir has seen a huge flow of tourists. On the last day of hearings, the Bench was told that the first Deputy Prime Minister and Union Home Minister late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the “architect” of Article 370 that conferred special status to the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir on its accession to India. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has said that instead of focusing on leaders who have decided to skip the forthcoming G20 summit, the need is to focus on positions taken by nations on important issues. Speaking at the 'Doordarshan Dialogue, G20: The India Way' on Monday, he said that ultimately countries are represented by whoever they have chosen to represent them, so the levels of representations don't become the final determinant of the position of a country. He said this in response to a question on Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin skipping the G20 summit, which is scheduled to be held between September 9 and 10. Jaishankar further said that every G20 member in the summit will make a contribution to global politics. "So I would say rather than focus necessarily on which country chooses to come at what level, the real issue is what position they take when they come. That's really what it is, we will remember about this G20 for the out- comes it produced," he added. Nigerian President arrives in New Delhi: Arrivals have begun for the G20 Summit in New Delhi. Nigerian President Bola Tinubu is the first head of state to arrive in the national capital for the summit scheduled to be held on September 9, 10. (Photo) The visit comes as Tinubu’s first visit to India since the assumption of office in May 2023. “Arrivals begin for the G20 Summit! @NGRPresident @officialABAT is the first Head of Delegation to arrive in New Delhi for the Summit. Received by MOS @MoHFW_INDIA @spsinghbaghelpr at the airport. This is President Tinubu’s first visit to India since the assumption of office,” Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted on Tuesday. Kuldeep Yadav. Skipper Rohit Sharma said that the process of narrowing down the squad was quite a challenge and in the process some players missed the bus. “It’s inevitable that some players will miss out on World Cup selection. With the wealth of talent available in India, narrowing it down to just 15 players is a challenging task. We believe we have selected the best possible squad of 15,” he said. INDIA bloc Campaign Committee holds first meeting SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 5 SEPTEMBER Days after the formation of the Campaign Committee by the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), the panel on Tuesday held its first meeting here to chalk out strategy for the campaigning ahead.of the crucial Lok Sabha polls scheduled next year. In a tweet, Congress leader Gurdeep Singh Sappal said: "The Campaign Committee, INDIA held its first meeting and had preliminary discussion on the modalities and functioning. It was a hybrid meeting, in which seven members joined online and eight were present physically." He said, beside him, the meeting was attended by DMK's Tiruchi Siva, AAP's Sanjay Singh, JD-U's Sanjay Jha, Shiv Sena-UBT's Anil Desai, RJD's Sanjay Yadav, NCP's P.C. Chacko, CPI-M's Binoy Vishwam, RSP's N.K. Premachandran, RLD's Shahid Siddiqui, AIFB's G. Devarajan, PDP's Dr. Mehboob Beg, National Conference's Hasnain Masoodi, KC-M's Jose K Mani, and CPI-ML's Ravi Rai. According to party sources, a proposal was kept during the meeting to hold a joint public meeting in four states. However, the party leaders remained tightlipped. This was the first meeting of the campaign committee after the INDIA bloc, during its two-day meeting in Mumbai, constituted it. The INDIA bloc has formed a 14 member coordination committee and also Campaign Committee, research committee and social media committee to take on the BJP-led NDA in 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
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