THURSDAY 09 NOVEMBER 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 ‘DEMONETISATION BROKE BACK OF INDIAN ECONOMY’ INDIA'S CONCERN P6 SENSEX 64,975.6133.21 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 29 °C and 21 °C respectively. RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 98 % Min. 86 % Max: 29.4°C (-2) SUN RISES 05:45 hrs MOON RISES 01:12 hrs Min: 22.1°C (+1) SUN SETS 16:57 hrs MOON SETS 14:2 hrs TEMPERATURE New Moon on 13 November THUMBNAILS School kids playing while a thick blanket of smog covers India Gate on Wednesday. SUBRATA DUTTA ‘CBI probe ordered against Mahua Moitra’ claims Nishikant Dubey: BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, posting on microblogging site X, claimed that anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal has ordered a CBI probe against Trinamul Congress MP Mahua Moitra based on his complaint in the 'Cash for Query' row. This came amidst reports that the Lok Sabha’s Ethics Committee has recommended the expulsion of Ms Moitra over the issue. (PG5) P5 NIFTY 19,443.5036.80 P4 ` vs $ 83.281 PAISE GOLD 61,200160 ‘Govt setting up cluster to make green crackers’ CM Mamata Banerjee inaugurates several Kali Pujas in city STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 8 NOVEMBER he Bengal government is setting up a cluster to manufacture green crackers, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and urged people to use them. She inaugurated the Janbazar Sammmilito Sarbojonin Kalipuja Samity this evening. The main organiser of this puja is Trinamul Congress MLA Swarnakamal Saha. (Photo) She said: “Firecrackers often take lives. The Bengal government will set up a cluster to manufacture green crackers and I request businessmen to produce these crackers. Doing business is good but they should look after the interest of people.” Paying homage to Rani Rashmoni, founder of the Daskhineshwar Kali temple she said: “Every year I come to inaugurate this puja. I am praying for everyone’s success, prosperity and peace. I am praying for world peace.” She chanted hymns from T the Chandi, the great scripture on the Divine Mother. Miss Banerjee said she was keeping well. She was not climbing stairs as advised by the doctors. She AIFF SACKS PRABHAKARAN AS SECY GEN. KCR FACES HIS TOUGHEST CHALLENGE ON TWO FRONTS said: “I had inaugurated 1,200 Durga Pujas virtually but now I am fine. I thank all of you for praying for my recovery.” She virtually inaugurated the Kali Puja at Five Star Sporting Club whose main organiser is Sanjay Bakshi. She urged people to observe all the festivals that will come after Kali Puja, like Chhat Puja, Jagatdhatri Puja and Guru Nanak’s birthday. Miss Banerjee virtually inaugurated the Banglar Sarir Haat in Delhi, which has come up at Banga Bhavan in the national capital. She said more such centres will come up across the country. Miss Banerjee also inaugurated Kali Pujas at Venus Club on Harish Mukherjee Road and India Club. She remembered Trinamul Congress leader Rajib Deb who passed away some years ago while inaugurating the Kali Puja on Shakespeare Sarani. “Rajib da brought me here to inaugurate the puja many years ago. Though he no longer with us, we all remember him. The puja has grown big over the years,” she said. She said Shakespeare Sarani and its neighbourhood “look like mini India. CMYK P12 SILVER 73,5001,000 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 80.561.05 Ruckus in Bihar Assembly over Nitish’s remarks PATNA, 8 NOVEMBER The Bihar Legislative Assembly witnessed a massive uproar on Wednesday over state chief minister Nitish Kumar’s crude remarks yesterday on population control methods, with Opposition leaders calling him a “mental chief minister” who brought embarrassment to the state. Mr Kumar onWednesday apologised for his objectionable remarks. AGENCIES (Report on Page 5) CJI Chandrachud completes 1 year PARMOD KUMAR NEW DELHI, 8 NOVEMBER The Chief Justice of India, Justice Dr. DhananjayYashwant Chandrachud on Wednesday completed one year in office that witnessed his unequivocal commitment to liberty, free speech, woman rights, including that of the LGBTQIA + community and balancing the relationship between the organs of the State ~ executive, legislature and judiciary. Though the process of computerisation of the courts across the country was in progress well before he came to occupy the top position of the judiciary, CJI Chandrachud will always be identified for the push he gave for the digitalisation of court proceedings, relieving the courts of unwieldy paperwork ~ starting with the matter heard by the Constitution Bench, compelling the old horses of the bar (veteran and senior lawyers) to adopt and adapt themselves to the digitised court proceedings. CJI Chandrachud has been a shield for upholding the liberty of the people against excesses by the instrumentalities of the State, rights of disadvantaged and discriminated section of the society including LGBTQIA + community and the rights of women in diverse spheres of society they are working, including the armed forces. His year long tenure has also seen a large number of appointment of judges been made to various high courts of the country and the SC without any perceptible confrontation with the government.
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