THURSDAY 07 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 KIM AND PUTIN AAP CONG SPELL OUT , REASONS FOR GOING SOLO IN PUNJAB P5 SENSEX 65,880.52100.27 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 38 AND 26 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE Min: 25.9 °C (0) SUN SETS 18:36 hrs MOON SETS 14:29 hrs THUMBNAILS Children dressed up as Lord Krishna participate in a fancy dress competition on the occasion of Janmshtami, in Mathura on Wednesday. ANI Rajnath Singh to inaugurate 90 projects worth ` 2941 cr on 12 Sept: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate and dedicate 90 infrastructure Projects to the nation at a cost of Rs 2941 crores on September 12 along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), according to Ministry of Defense press release. As part of these 90 projects, roads, bridges, tunnels and airfields have been built in 10 border states and union territories along the LAC by the BRO. ` vs $ 83.1410 PAISE asudhaiva Kutumbakam’ ~ these two words capture a deep philosophy. It means ‘the world is one family’. This is an all-embracing outlook that encourages us to progress as one universal family, transcending borders, languages, and ideologies. During India’s G20 Presidency, this has translated into a call for human-centric progress. As One Earth, we are coming together to nurture our planet. As One Family, we support each other in the pursuit of growth. And we move together towards a shared future - One Future - which is an undeniable truth in these interconnected times. The post-pandemic world order is very different from the world before it. There are three important changes, among others. First, there is a growing realisation that a shift away from a GDP-centric view of the world to a human-centric view is needed. Second, the world is recognizing the importance of resilience and reliability in global supply chains. Third, there is a collective call for boosting multilateralism through the reform of global institu- V tions. Our G20 Presidency has played the role of a catalyst in these shifts. In December 2022, when we took over the Presidency from Indonesia, I had written that a mindset shift must be catalysed by the G20. This was especially needed in the context of mainstreaming the marginalized aspirations of developing countries, the Global South and Africa. The Voice of Global South Summit, which witnessed participation from 125 countries, was one of the foremost initiatives under our Presidency. It was an important exercise to gather inputs and ideas from the Global South. Further, our Presidency has not only seen the largest-ever participation from African countries but has also pushed for the inclusion of the African Union as a permanent member of the G20. An interconnected world means our challenges across domains are interlinked. This is the midway year of the 2030 Agenda and many are noting with great concern that the progress on SDGs is off-track. The G20 2023 Action Plan on Accelerating Progress on SDGs will spearhead the future direction of the G20 towards implementing SDGs. GOLD 60,000160 P12 SILVER 74,700500 Prime Minister Narendra Modi emplanes for Indonesia to participate in the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and 18th East Asia Summit, in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI In India, living in harmony with nature has been a norm since ancient times and we have been contributing our share towards climate action even in modern times. Many countries of the Global South are at various stages of development and climate action must be a complementary pursuit. Ambitions for climate action must be matched with actions on climate finance and transfer of technology. We believe there is a Manipur: SC protects Editors’ Guild’s fact-finding team STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Wednesday protected from arrest the members of a factfinding team of the Editors Guild of India (EGI) that visited violence-hit Manipur last month in connection with two FIRs registered against them by Manipur Police. Posting the matter for hearing on Monday ~ 11 September ~ and issuing notice to the Manipur government on a plea by the EGI, the Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud, heading a Bench also comprising Justice J B Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Misra in an interim order said that no coercive steps will be taken against them till the next date of hearing. The Editors Guild of India P10 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 89.200.15 Human-centric globalisation: Taking G20 to the last mile, leaving none behind NARENDRA MODI Max.85% Min. 45 % Max: 37.6°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:02 hrs MOON RISES 23:44 hrs P6 NIFTY 19,543.8031.10 GILL, KISHAN MAKE GROUND ON BABAR CHINA WARNS AGAINST 'NEW COLD WAR' AT ASEAN SUMMIT The Editors Guild of India has approached the Supreme Court seeking quashing of two FIRs registered by Manipur Police against its president and the members of the factfinding team over a contentious report it had released on the violence in Manipur. has approached the Supreme Court seeking quashing of two FIRs registered by Manipur Police against its president and the members of the fact-finding team over a contentious report it had released on the violence in Manipur. The Guild’s 24-page report was released on Saturday evening. The fact-finding team was in Manipur from 7 to 10 August to examine the media reportage of the violence that had engulfed the state since the start of May. At least two FIRs have been filed against the EGI’s president Seema Mustafa, and three of its members – Seema Guha, Bharat Bhushan and Sanjay Kapoor – who were part of the fact-finding team that visited Manipur to examine how media in the state was reporting the vio- lence. They had concluded that local news reports about the riots were biased. The first FIR is based on a complaint filed by one Ngangom Sarat Singh who has described the EGI’s report as “false, fabricated and sponsored”. The EGI’s report on Media Reportage on the Ethnic Violence in Manipur has been criticised by many sections in Manipur, including the media, as being onesided, seemingly blaming one community alone for the violence and making no attempt to strike a balance. It is also said to be filled with several inaccuracies. During the hearing today, senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the EGI said that senior journalists were part of the fact finding team which had concluded that local newspapers reports about the riots were biased. need to move away from a purely restrictive attitude of what should not be done, to a more constructive attitude focusing on what can be done to fight climate change. The Chennai HLPs for a Sustainable and Resilient Blue Economy focus on keeping our oceans healthy. A global ecosystem for clean and green hydrogen will emerge from our presidency, along with a Green Hydrogen Innovation Centre. In 2015, we launched the International Solar Alliance. PM Modi: India’s engagement with ASEAN imp pillar of ‘Act East’ policy Now, through the Global Biofuels Alliance, we will support the world to enable energy transitions in tune with the benefits of a circular economy. Democratising climate action is the best way to impart momentum to the movement. Just as individuals make daily decisions based on their long-term health, they can make lifestyle decisions based on the impact on the planet’s long-term health. Just like Yoga became a global mass movement for wellness, we have also nudged the world with Lifestyles for Sustainable Environment (LiFE). Due to the impact of climate change, ensuring food and nutritional security will be crucial. Millets, or Shree Anna, can help with this while also boosting climatesmart agriculture. In the International Year of Millets, we have taken millets to global palates. The Deccan High Level Principles on Food Security and Nutrition is also helpful in this direction. Technology is transformative but it also needs to be made inclusive. In the past, the benefits of technological advancements have not benefited all sections of society equally. India, over the last few years, has shown how technolo- gy can be leveraged to narrow inequalities, rather than widen them. For instance, the billions across the world that remain unbanked, or lack digital identities, can be financially included through digital public infrastructure (DPI). The solutions we have built using our DPI have now been recognised globally. Now, through the G20, we will help developing countries adapt, build, and scale DPI to unlock the power of inclusive growth. That India is the fastestgrowing large economy is no accident. Our simple, scalable and sustainable solutions have empowered the vulnerable and the marginalised to lead our development story. From space to sports, economy to entrepreneurship, Indian women have taken the lead in various sectors. They have shifted the narrative from the development of women to women-led development. Our G20 Presidency is working on bridging the gender digital divide, reducing labour force participation gaps and enabling a larger role for women in leadership and decision-making. For India, the G20 Presidency is not merely a high-level diplomatic endeavour. As the Mother of Democracy and a model of diversity, we opened the doors of this experience to the world. Today, accomplishing things at scale is a quality that is associated with India. The G20 Presidency is no exception. It has become a people-driven movement. Over 200 meetings will have been organised in 60 Indian cities across the length and breadth of our nation, hosting nearly 100,000 delegates from 125 countries by the end of our term. No Presidency has ever encompassed such a vast and diverse geographical expanse. It is one thing to hear about India’s demography, democracy, diversity and development from someone else. It is totally different to experience them first-hand. I am sure our G20 delegates would vouch for this. Our G20 Presidency strives to bridge divides, dismantle barriers, and sow seeds of collaboration that nourish a world where unity prevails over discord, where shared destiny eclipses isolation. As the G20 President, we had pledged to make the global table larger, ensuring that every voice is heard and every country contributes. I am positive that we have matched our pledge with actions and outcomes. SECURITY BANDOBAST STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he looked forward to discussing with ASEAN leaders the future contours of India's partnership with the grouping which has now entered its fourth decade. In a statement before his departure for Indonesia to attend ASEAN-related meetings, he noted that India's engagement with ASEAN was an important pillar of New Delhi’s “Act East” policy. The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership entered into last year has injected new dynamism in ties between the two sides, he added. Police officials patrol the Kartavya Path as security is tightened for the upcoming G20 Summit, in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI Sonia says Parl session convened without NPCI launches UPI-linked credit line, consultations; govt rejects her contention tap and pay, voice payments facilities STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Special session may be held in new Parliament building NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) leader Sonia Gandhi today accused the NDA regime of convening the special session of Parliament from 18 September without consulting other political parties, while highlighting nine issues of concern to the public that she said needed detailed discussion during the session. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, meanwhile, refuted Mrs Gandhi’s charge, contending that calling a Parliament session was the prerogative of the government. Ahead of the special fiveday session of Parliament, Mrs Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the Opposition parties were also not aware of the agenda of the session. “None of us have any idea of the agenda. All we have been communi- SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER cated is that all five days have been allocated for government business,” she said in the two-page letter. Mrs Gandhi said all political parties would certainly like to participate in the session since it would give them an opportunity to raise matters of public concern and importance. She hoped time would be allocated under appropriate rules for a debate and discussion on some of the The special session of Parliament called by the Narendra Modi government can be held in the new Parliament building. According to sources, on the first day on September 18 of this special session, the proceedings of both the Houses of Parliament will start in the old building of the Parliament in the same way as it used to be earlier while from the second day, September 19, the proceedings in both the Houses may take place in the new building. Although no official announcement has been made regarding this yet, according to sources, this proposal is being seriously considered. burning issues. The issues included: the current economic situation, commitment made by the government to farmers and farmer organisations in regard to MSP, demand for a JPC to investigate the transactions of the Adani business group in light of all revelations, continued “agony” of the people of Manipur, rise in communal tension in different states like Haryana, India-China tensions, caste census and Centre-State relations. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 SEPTEMBER The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Wednesday launched several key products that include voice payment, tap and pay as well as credit line facility on UPI (Uniform Payments Interface) at the Global Fintech Fest 2023 in Mumbai. The products were unveiled by the RBI governor, Shaktikanta Das. Nandan Nilekani, NonExecutive Chairman, Infosys and Advisor to NPCI, and Biswamohan Mahapatra, Non-Executive Chairman, NPCI were also present at the launch. Credit Line on UPI facility offers pre-sanctioned credit lines from banks via UPI, fostering a more streamlined and digital banking ecosystem. NPCI said the initiative encompasses several key fea- RBI governor Shaktikanta Das speaks at the Global Fintech Festival 2023, in Mumbai on Wednesday. ANI tures, including the linkage of pre-sanctioned credit lines, the creation of digital credit products by banks, the establishment of interest-free credit periods and corresponding interest rates, defined schedule of charges, customer engagement channels for credit sanction requests, and the ability to link various pre-sanctioned credit lines via UPI-enabled apps for transactions. To ensure seamless interoperability, all UPI apps, including bank and thirdparty apps, will be empowered to discover and link credit lines on UPI, as well as provide end-to-end customer lifecycle services. UPI LITE X: With a vision to provide transaction facilities even in areas with poor connectivity, such as underground stations, remote areas, etc, NPCI through this feature will allow users to both send and receive money whilst being completely offline. The feature also supports Near Field Communication (NFC). UPI Tap & Pay: This aims to enhance QR code and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology adoption. In addition to the conventional Scan and Pay method, users now have the option to simply tap NFCenabled QR codes at merchant locations to complete their payments. Conversational Payments ~ Hello! UPI and BillPay Connect: NPCI enables users to simply give voice commands to transfer funds and input UPI PIN to complete the transaction. It has partnered with the Bhashini programme – AI4Bharat at IIT Madras, to co-develop Hindi and English payment language models. The NPCI said the introduction of conversational UPI payments will augment user experience by enabling them to make voice-enabled UPI payments via UPI Apps, telecom calls, and IoT devices in Hindi and English, and will soon be available in several other regional languages.
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