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40 lakh teenagers get ������������������������
Covid jab on first day ����������������������
WEST BENGAL registered
6,078 fresh Covid cases
on Monday, a marginal
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process of third precau-
tionary dose of vaccine for
surge in Covid-19 infections
with 33,750 new Covid-19
saw 2801 cases and 4
deaths. The positivity
rate rose to 19.59 per
health workers, frontline cases recorded in the last

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he vaccination for workers and vulnerable 24 hours, 22 per cent high-
��������� ��������� children aged senior citizens will begin er than yesterday, while 123 variant, said Dr NK Arora,
����������� ��������� between 15 and 18 from January 10. people died due to the head of the country’s vac-
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began amid a surge Earlier, the health min- virus in a day. The coun- cine task force.
in Covid-19 infections on
ister had tweeted: "Great to
see that our young friends
try’s active case count
stands at 1,45,582.
Delhihas reported 4,099
new Covid-19 cases in the 33,750
Over 40 lakh persons all over the country are The country recorded last 24 hours taking the pos-

���������� between 15-18 age group uploading their pictures nearly 1.3 lakh fresh cases itivity rate in the national
received their first dose of of getting vaccinated, inspir- during the week of 27 capital to 6.46 per cent.
Covid-19 vaccine on the first ing people all over India". December to 2 January ~ Mumbai saw 8,086 fresh
day of the vaccination drive ������������������������������������������������������ In another tweet, he a 12-week high ~ as com- coronavirus cases, a mar-

for children, till 8 p.m, ������������������������������������������������������� urged this age bracket to get pared with the previous ginal rise from yesterday.
according to Union health ����������������������������������������� ������������� vaccinated at the earliest week’s tally of 46,073, which The health ministry,
minister Mansukh Man- and further strengthen the was the lowest since the meanwhile, clarified that
daviya. states and Union territories cine so far. world's largest vaccination middle of May 2020. reports claiming that UNION HEALTH MINISTRY
Around 7.5 crore chil- will get additional doses of Mr Mandaviya visited drive. The fatalities in the last expired•Covid vaccines are MONDAY 03 JANUARY 2022
dren of this age bracket vaccines for administer- the vaccination centre set With the drive starting 24hourspushedthenation- being given to children in
will be vaccinated across the ing to this population cat- up for administering the jab mostly from schools, many wide death toll to 4,81,893. the 15-to-18 age group are approved the extension
nation under the drive. egory. Only Covaxin will to teenagers at Ram principals and other offi- Meanwhile, the nation- false and misleading. of shelf life of Covaxin
Only those born in or before be administered to teens, Manohar Lohia hospital cials said they received a wide Omicron infection The government said (Whole Virion, Inactivat-
2007 are eligible for the it added. in the morning and positive response from stu- tally reported from 23 states the reports used "incom- ed Coronavirus Vaccine)
vaccination. According to CoWIN enquired about the process. dents and their families. increased to 1,700 with plete information". "The from 9 months to 12
As of now, only Bharat dashboard, 37,84,212 peo- On December 25, Prime Some students referred Maharashtra reporting the Central Drugs Standard months. Similarly, the shelf
���������������������������������������������� Biotech's indigenously- ple in the15-17 age group Minister Narendra Modi to restrictions on travelling most number of infec- Control Organization life of Covishield has been
�������������������������������������������� made Covaxin will be avail- were administered COVID- announced that the vacci- and said they did not want tions, the ministry said. (CDSCO) on 25th October extended by the National
����������������������������������������������� able for vaccinating this 19 vaccine on Monday and nation for the 15-18 age to miss out on activities Large cities like Mumbai, 2021, in response to M/s Regulator from 6 months
������ ��� age bracket. According to 49,07,874 (in this age group) group will begin from Jan- because they are not vac- Delhi and Kolkata have a Bharat Biotech Interna- to 9 months on 22nd Feb-
the health ministry, all have registered for the vac- uary 3. The vaccination cinated. combined 75 per cent share tional Limited's letter no: ruary 2021," the govern-
�������������������� �������������������������� of infections of the Omicron BBIL/RA/21/567 has ment said in a statement.
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��������������������������������������� ����������������������� vaccination drive there. states to increase testing to have been reported in a par-
���������������������������������������������� �������������������� The State of Punjab, arrest the exponential rise ticular area or locations.
��������������������������������������� Uttar Pradesh, Uttarak- in coronavirus cases and its All five poll-bound states
������������������������������������������ The Election Commission hand, Goa and Manipur will new variant Omicron. have stated their latest vac-
����������������������������������� of India (ECI) has written be going for assembly polls The Union Home Min- cination updates in the last
to the chief secretaries of soon and the schedule of istry has extended the meeting on December 27
the five poll-bound states the election is likely to be Covid-19 protocol and with the Union Health Min-
������������������������������������������������� to ramp up vaccination announced this month heath measures till Janu- istry and the ECI officials,
�������������������������������������������� drive, sources said here only. ary 31 throughout the coun- wherein Uttarakhand and
�������������������������������������������� on Monday. On behest of the Elec- try by order issued on Goa have reported vacci-
���������������������������������������� The sources quoting tion Commission, the Cen- December 27. nation coverage for the first
������������������������������������������� officials said that the ECI tral government on Decem- The Union Health Min- and second dose higher
������������������������������������������������ has also expressed con- ber 27 last year advised all istry has also issued direc- than the national average,
����������������������������������������������� cern over the low percent- poll bound states to ramp tions to poll bound states while Uttar Pradesh, Pun-
�������������������������������������������� age of inoculation of the first up Covid vaccination for the for strict enforcement of jab and Manipur have report-
������������������������������������������������ dose of vaccine in the state eligible population at the Covid behaviour and to ed that Covid-19 vaccination
������������������������������������������������� of Manipur and asked the earliest. The government notify the new contain- coverage numbers are below
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buffer zones. Both sides are also
deploying a large number of
surveillance drones over the
���������������������� rounds of 5.56 mm ammu- More than 20 months into the buffer zones to keep an eye on
�������������������� ���������������� nition, 7 rounds of 9 mm military standoff, China has the movement of each others'
ball, 4 rounds of 7.62 mm and deployed around 60,000 troops troops.
President Ram Nath Kovind A top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) 5 packets of heroin. opposite Indian territory in La- Sources said the Chinese
on Monday appointed four commander Salim Parray, There were intelligence dakh and continuing to build are finding the winter deploy-
new judges in the Calcutta and who was involved in slitting inputs about Pak based ter- infrastructure for the faster ments very harsh as they are
Bombay High Courts while throat of about a dozen inno- rorists attempts to smuggle movement of its forces to the rotating troops at forward
extending the tenure of one cent persons, was on Monday weapons and drugs into Indi- Line of Actual Control (LAC). locations very fast. During
additional judge of the latter killed alon gwith a Pakistani an territory. Accordingly the The Chinese numbers had their maiden deployment in
high court by one year. terrorist in Srinagar. shifted to Harwan area of BSF troops were kept on high surged significantly during the extreme winters in high-
While Calcutta High Parray was a most want- Srinagar, said the IGP. alert and the area between the summer season as they opposite the Daulat Beg Oldie uing on the Indian side too. altitude locations, they were
Court's Additional Judge ed terrorist who was active in Meanwhile, alert BSF fencing and IB was regular- brought in a large number of area and near the Pangong lake Sources said that the Indi- being rotated almost daily as
Aniruddha Roy and Bombay Kashmir since 2016, said IGP troops recovered a huge quan- ly patrolled. troops for summer training. area, they said. an Army is keeping all the they were suffering a lot of cold-
High Court's Additional Judges Kashmir Vijay Kumar. tity of arms, ammunition Today in the morning, They have now gone back to Sources said the Indian mountain passes open to rush related injuries.
Madhav Jayajirao Jamdar, A Pakistani terrorist iden- and narcotics from the inter- during the zero line checking, their rear locations. Howev- side has also taken very strong in troops if they are required On the Chinese aggres-
Amit Bhalchandra Borkar, tified as Hafiz managed to national border with Pak- the BSF party recovered a er, they are still maintaining steps to stop that any possible at any of the friction points sion which started in April-May
and Shrikant Dattatray Kulka- escape from the encounter istan in Arnia sector and bag near the International Bor- around 60,000 troops in the misadventure from the Chinese there. last year, the Defence Ministry
rni have been elevated as full spot but was again spotted at thwarted a major smuggling der containing arms and areas opposite Ladakh, gov- side. The Indian Army has Sources said the Indian in its Year-End review had
judges, the term of Bombay Gasu near Shalimar where he bid for terrorists before the ammunition which was to be ernment sources told ANI. brought in the forces of the side is in an eyeball-to-eyeball stated that unilateral and
High Court's Additional Judge, was gunned down in an Republic Day on 26 January. smuggled into Indian side. The threat perception is counter-terrorism Rashtriya situation with Chinese troops provocative actions by the
Abhay Ahuja, has been extend- encounter. He was involved The seizure include 3 AK The BSF has also killed a there as they continue to build Rifles' Uniform Force into the only at one or two locations Chinese to change the status
ed by one year, with effect from in killing of 2 policemen in -47 rifles with 5 magazines, Pak intruder at the border in infrastructure across the LAC. Ladakh theatre even as the infra- as at most of the places, the quo by force have been
March 4, 2022. ���� Bandipora and thereafter he 4 pistols with 7 magazines, 10 Arnia Sector in the night. New roads are being built structure build-up is contin- two armies are separated by responded to adequately.

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lite Centre at Ferozepur and
two medical colleges at
Punjab. It has resulted in more
than doubling the total length
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Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur will of National highways in the state ���������������������� ������������������������ daughter has been booked in
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also to be laid by PM Modi. from about 1700 kilometre in ��������������������� ��������������������
�������������������� India in a case by the Nation-
is scheduled to lay the foun- Giving details of Modi's 2014 to more than 4100 kilo- ��������������������� al Investigation Agency (NIA)
dation stone of various devel- itinerary, the PMO said the metres in 2021. In continua- Telangana BJP president and The Supreme Court on Mon- ������������������ under the Unlawful Activities
opment projects in the road Prime Minister will visit Fer- tion of such efforts the foun- MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar was day directed the Central gov- ��������������������� (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and
connectivity and healthcare ozepur, on 5 January and at dation stone of two major sent to 14 day long judicial ernment to decide the rep- ����������������������� for other offences. A criminal
infrastructure sectors worth around 1 p.m. he will lay the road corridors will be laid in custody today after he was resentation of a Kerala-based case under the UAPA is pend-
over Rs 42,750 crore in Pun- also make reaching Vaishno foundation stone of multiple Punjab. This will also be a step arrested yesterday night from man seeking extradition of his
������������������� ing trial here against her for
jab during his day-long visit Devi easier. Four lane upgra- development projects worth towards fulfilling the Prime Min- his Karimnagar camp office daughter and minor grand- ������������������������� joining the Islamic State group.
to the state on Wednesday. dation of Amritsar – Una sec- more than Rs 42,750 crore. ister’s vision to enhance acces- for assaulting police per- daughter, presently detained ������������������� The plea stated that dur-
According to a PMO note tion will also be done. He will These projects include sibility to major religious cen- sonnel and violating Disas- in Afghanistan's jail. ing an interview conducted
here, the Prime Minister among also connect four major nation- Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Express- tres, the PMO noted. ter Management Act during A Bench of Justices L The court's order came by a news portal, his daugh-
other things will lay the foun- al highways. way; four laning of Amritsar The 669 kilometre long a protest against a government Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai on a plea filed by Francis ter had repented her decision
dation stone of Delhi-Amrit- Foundation stone of strate- – Una section; Mukerian - Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Express- order on transfer of teachers directed the Centre to decide seeking the extradition of his to join IS and wanted to return
sar-Katra Expressway which gic Mukerian-Talwara Broad Talwara New Broad Gauge way will be developed at a total and employees. the representation made by VJ daughter Sonia (who took the to India and face fair trial
will halve the travel time for Gauge rail line will be laid. This railway line; PGI Satellite Cen- cost of about Rs 39,500 crore. Karimnagar Police said Sebastian Francis within eight name Aisha after conversion before courts here.
Delhi to Amritsar and Delhi to will provide all-weather con- tre at Ferozepur and two new It will halve travel time from several policemen were inj- weeks. The court also grant- to Islam), who had left India Sonia had accompanied
Katra. nectivity in the area. medical colleges at Kapurtha- Delhi to Amritsar and Delhi to ured during the melee includ- ed liberty to Francis to approach in 2016 to join the Islamic State her husband to Afghanistan
Modi will lay the founda- Besides, in a boost to health la and Hoshiarpur. Katra. The Greenfield Express- ing an assistant commissio- the Kerala High Court if he is terrorist organisation and her to propagate the IS ideology,
tion stone of development infrastructure and in accor- The endeavour of the Prime way will connect key Sikh reli- ner of police and a circle aggrieved with the decision minor daughter Sara. however, her husband got
projects in line with his "vision dance with the Prime Minis- Minister to improve connec- gious sites at Sultanpur Lodhi, inspector as police tried to taken by the Centre after the The petition was filed in July killed by Afghan forces in
to enhance accessibility to ter's endeavour to provide tivity all across the country has Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor arrest the BJP MP and his sup- eight-week period. 2021, before the take over of 2019.
major religious centres, key Sikh world class medical facilities led to multiple national high- Sahib, Tarn Taran and the holy porters after breaking the His daughter and gran- Afghanistan by the Taliban. After that Sonia and her
religious sites" and for in all parts of the country way development initiatives Hindu shrine of Vaishno Devi collapsible grille at his office daughter are said to be in Francis, a resident of daughter surrendered to
improved connectivity. This will foundation stone of PGI Satel- being taken up in the state of in Katra. while the latter tried to resist. Afghanistan's Pul-e-Charkhi jail. Ernakulam district, said his Afghan forces, said the plea.
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Vax for 15-18-year-olds lauded ��������������������������

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ixteen-year-old Ran- ����������������������� variant of the coronavirus. ����������������������
abir Mondal was all ������������������� Covid preparedness ����������������
excited about the Covid- The district health depart-
19 vaccine that he was As a vaccination drive for the ment has asked private hos- The district administration
supposed to take in Siliguri, younger population in the pitals to prepare its infra- in Malda has gone into a
as the drive for children in the 15-18 age group against Covid- structure to tackle a possible panic mode after District
ager group if 15-18 kicked off 19 began today, over 3,000 spurt in Covid cases. Dar- Magistrate Rajarshi Mitra, his
across the country today. pupils received the shots in jeeling district is also wit- wife, and the additional dis-
"I felt unprotected so far, Darjeeling district. Sources nessing a rise in cases. trict magistrate (General),
as unlike the elders, I was said 1861 students were vac- Dr Pramanik held a virtu- Vaibhav Chowdhury, tested
unvaccinated. I am unable to cinated in five schools under al meeting with private health positive for Covid-19. The two
meet my friends openly. Now the Siliguri educational district. facilities over the issue. officials were not seen in the
after receiving the vaccine, I in the age group to get their Covid-appropriate behaviour. The drive was conducted As part of preparedness, the Collectorate building today,
am confident and happy. I Covid shots. The school authorities had set in 13 schools and an equal health department has already and, according to medical
eagerly wanted my life to go "I was eager to get myself a target of vaccinating 600 number of central vaccination readied two safe homes and college sources, they are said. seen in Chanchal where, from
back to normal," said the vaccinated at the first oppor- students out of the total 1190 centres. reviewed the infrastructure of presently in home isolation. According to the MMCH, toto drivers to passengers,
class-X student, who was the tunity. I am feeling safe now," on the first day. According to Darjeeling the North Bengal Medical According to sources at samples from a total of 230 peo- everyone was roaming around
first recipient of the shot at the said a class-X student of the "A total of 396 students District Magistrate S Pon- College and Hospital, district the district administration ple had been tested for Covid without masks," a source said.
Siliguri Boys' High School school, Md Kayes. received the jabs today, and nambalam, 3458 teens of the and sub-divisional hospitals and the Malda Medical Col- yesterday, and that 38 of them The state administration
today. "It was a timely decision of we are expecting more will turn age group were given the and nine block primary health lege and Hospital (MMCH), the were found positive. The num- yesterday issued several restric-
Like many other students, the Centre, and I feel the eli- up tomorrow. We will add one shots today. "We organised vac- centres. duo had been complaining of ber of Covid cases in the dis- tions in view of the rising
Ranabir was accompanied by gible age group should not more registration table tomor- cination camps in 13 schools Meanwhile, health depart- fever and illness for the past trict has cross the 100 mark in cases of covid-19. "Today, the
his mother Mukti. think twice about taking the row," said the headmaster of across the district. Apart from ment sources attributed a three days and that their RT- the past few days. administration has sent across
"We are vaccinated, but shots. I am hopeful that the the school, Utpal Dutta. this, there were dedicated rise in the number of Covid PCR test confirmed they had On the other hand, the a message to the people
like him, many other chil- vaccine will have no adverse Officials said there was no CVCs in Block /Municipality cases in the district to disre- the virus. district police took to the through loudspeakers about
dren were not brought under effect on the children. There- report of any adverse events HQs," he said. gard of the Covid-19 protocol "They are presently in streets today after receiving following the Covid guide-
the vaccination coverage. I wel- fore, there should not be any following immunization today. Health department offi- by a large section of the peo- home isolation. However, instructions from the state lines. However, people are
come the decision of the gov- hesitancy," said a guardian, According to SMC offi- cials said there was no report ple. Twenty-four cases were there is nothing to worry government about the new still careless and not follow-
ernment to inoculate the chil- Nibedita Chakraborty. cials, two health teams, includ- of adverse events following reported in the district and nine about the coronavirus unnec- restrictions that are in place ing the protocol," a district
dren against the disease," School sources, however, ing vaccinators, data entry immunization (AEFI). cases in the Sliguri Municipal essarily. The disease can be from today. Masks were dis- administration source said.
said Mrs Mondal, a resident said a section of eligible stu- operators, accredited social "There is no report of AEFI," Corporation (SMC) area that avoided only by following tributed among the people, According to Chanchal
of Chayan Para under Ward 37 dents did not turn up for the health activists, and a medical said the district chief medical also covers Jalpaiguri district government instructions. while they were asked to fol- Sub-divisional officer Kallol Roy
in Siliguri. vaccination, fearing vaccine officer, were deputed at the officer of health Dr Tulsi Pra- on 31 December, while it went Medical college authorities low the Covid-appropriate and Sadar SDO Suresh Chan-
The drive started from the "side effects." school. A 30 minute waiting manik. up to 31 in the district and 24 and the health department, dis- behaviour. The district police dra Rano, the administration
Siliguri Boys' High School Another guardian, Anjan period for observation of vac- According to the guide- in the corporation area. On 2 trict police and administration have said that the police will has been spreading awareness
under the Siliguri Municipal Paul, said the initiative has cine recipients was also lines issued by the Union January, 41 cases were record- are all repeatedly warning take strict action if the protocol about coronavirus in the
Corporation (SMC). brought some relief among arranged for. health ministry, Covaxin is ed in the district and 14 in the people to use masks and san- is violated. blocks as per the state gov-
Many other students, par- them. The commissioner of the being administered among SMC area. The district today itizer. People are being made "Despite the new restric- ernment directives. "If anyone
ents and guardians, who There was adequate prepa- SMC, Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, the children. recorded 30 new cases, while aware through loudspeakers tions and the rising Covid violates the Covid rules, the
turned up at the school, wel- rations at the school, where said efforts would be made to The drive began today five cases were also found in too," Dr Puranjay Saha, the case, most of the commuters administration will take legal
comed the decision of the frequent announcements were complete the first dose with- amid the rising Covid cases and the SMC area that falls under Medical Superintendent and outside were without masks action against them," Mr Roy
government to allow children made for all to follow the in a month. concerns over the Omicron Jalpaiguri district. Vice Principal of the MMCH, today. A similar scene was said.

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newspaper hawkers were dis-
���������������������� tributed at Khordha on Mon-
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The programme was inau-
TP Central Odisha Distribution gurated by Manas Mangaraj,
Limited (TPCODL), a joint Media Advisor, Government
venture between Tata Power of Odisha.
and Government of Odisha, He said "As many as 7300
bagged six gold category awards newspaper hawkers who have
at the National Convention on been registered under the
Quality Concept (NCQC), 2021, States Unorganized Workers Principal Secretary of Infor- due to the pandemic etc.
organised by Quality Circle Social Security Board will get mation and Public Relations In Khordha Sub-Division
Forum of India (QCFI). the benefits. Under the schemes Department Government of 167 registered newspaper
in the event of hawkers death Odisha Bishnu Pada Sethi said hawkers were included in this
������������������ due to an accident an assis- the scheme includes financial Scheme. MLA, Khordha,
������������������� tance of Rs 2 Lakh will be pro- assistance to disability caused Joytrindra Nath Mitra, Col-
�������������������� vided to their next of kin and by accident, special assistance lector, Sangram Keshari Moha-
���������������� in the case of a natural death of Rs 6000each to all registered patra, ADM, Manoj Kumar
��������������������� an assistance of Rs 1 Lakh newspaper hawkers through Padhi, DIPRO, and other offi-
���������������� will be provided. Chief Minister Relief Fund cials were present.
Out of the six, it received four
under the ‘Par Excellence’ cat- ����������������������
egory and two under the ‘Excel- ��������������������
lent’ category, said a release
issued by TPCODL. Shanti Memorial Hospital,
This year, the theme of launched a State–of-the-art
NCQC awards was, ‘Involving Cath Lab to handle all critical
People through Quality Con- cardiac cases with total exper-
cepts to Make India Global tise.
Leader’ and 497 organisations Dr Sreejoy Patnaik, Chief
from across the country par- Surgeon & CMD, Shanti Memo- difficult for the people from Prof J.P. Das , renowned car-
ticipated. rial Hospital said, “An advanced my city to get the right treat- diologist, Dr C. R Das, Med-
“It is an honour for TPCODL Cath Lab with all modern ment at the right time. Hence ical Director, Shanti Memor-
to receive this prestigious facilities has been a long felt it gives me immense plea- ial Hospital, Mrutyunjoy
award from the NCQC. We need by the people of Cuttack. sure to present to the people Behera, Retd Professor, HoD,
would like to thank them for The number of such Cath of Cuttack; this advanced Cath Cardiology Department, SCB
recognising our efforts and Labs is very few in the city and Lab, at Shanti Memorial Hos- MCH, Dr Rekha Das, Direc-
motivating us.We will continue patients have to travel all the pital” tor, Shanti Memorial Hospi-
to work on such similar pro- way to Bhubaneswar to avail Dr Priyadarsi Tripathy, con- tal and Mr S J Bagchi, Mem-
jects and showcase quality treatment. Even in Govt Hos- sultant cardiologist, explained ber Management Commit-
performance in future as well,” pitals, there is always a long the life saving aspects of hav- tee, Shanti Memorial Hospi-
said Mr. M. Shenbagam, CEO queue at Cath Labs,making it ing an advanced Cath Lab. tal were present.


A 24 year-old -woman on
Sunday night killed her two-
month-old son by throwing
the toddler into a well after
a quarrel with her husband
in Kanapur village under
Marsaghai police station
jurisdiction of Kendrapara
district. The child died
after drowning in the well.
The accused identified as
Laxmipr iya Par ida was
arrested by police under
section- 302 and 201 of
Indian Penal Code, police
said adding that the incident
occurred on Sunday.
'The body of the kid was
fished out from the well
with the help of fire brigade
personnel on Monday. An
investigation is underway
to find out what prompted
the woman to kill her son,
s a i d P. K . Ka n u n g o t h e
Inspector of Marshaghai
police station.
Preliminary investiga-
tion has found that marital
discord as the cause of the
murder, police said.Sat-
yaranjan Parida, the hus-
band of the accused was said
to be under financial stress
for the last two years.
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Scare of local transmission �������������
of Omicron variant �������
The Orissa High Court on
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sion cases.
The first case of the Omicron
variant of coronavirus detect-
appearing before the benchto
desist from addressing judges

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disha reported as As the Omicron variant ed in Balasore district hap- as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’
many as 12 local has begun to be transmitted pens to be that of an overseas and similar addresses to glo-
transmission cases ���������������������� to 18 years with the target daily cases at 177 while 5 out locally, it is being appre- returnee. rify the judgeship.
of Omicron in a sin- ����������������������� to vaccinate the young pop- of 30 districts did not report hended that the state may wit- The infectee had returned “All counsel and parties in
gle day after genome sequenc- ulation in the particular any new cases in the last 24 ness spurt in mutant variant from Oman and reached concern are requested to try
ing results. The vaccination programme age-group in a month’s hours. cases though the health his village by train after fly- and avoid addressing the
Out of the 23 Omicron of 15 to 18 years of children period. The state currently has department has begun the rig- ing to Mumbai and judges of this bench as ‘My
cases detected yesterday, as commenced in the state All those, whose birth 2,355 active COVID-19 cases. orous contact tracing of the Bhubaneswar on 23 Decem- Lord’, ‘Your Lordship’, ‘Your
many as 12 were local contact even as the rise in number year is 2007 or before, are The States health author- locally transmitted Omicron ber. Honour’, or with the prefix
cases. Incidentally, the major- of Covid cases continued entitled to receive the first ities have so far adminis- infected persons, said Health His test was conducted on ‘Hon’able’.
ity of the infectees were with 424 new cases from 25 dose of the vaccine. tered 5,03,64,509 COVID-19 Services Director Bijay Moha- 28 December and genome Any other form of address, earlier observed that Judges
asymptomatic. districts being recorded in The State did not record va c c i n e d o s e s w h i l e patra on Monday. sequencing done subse- consistent with the decorum should be addressed in courts
The Omicron tally in the the last 24 hours at a 0.77 a fresh fatality today with 2,10,36,234 people out of However on a brighter quently. He has been admit- of the Court, including ‘Sir’, in a respectful and dignified
state has gone up to 37 with percent TPR. the death toll remaining at 3.09 crore eligible adult note, it has been found in ted to the district headquar- should suffice '', the High manner and it is not com-
23 new infections (19 are A total of 939 special 8,463. population are fully vacci- Odisha that severity caused ter hospital . Court’s bench comprising pulsory to call them "my lord",
male and four female) detect- CVCs (Covid Vaccination Of the new infectees, 47 nated. Nearly 68% of the eli- by it to the infectee is low. Cur- Six of his family members Chief Justice Dr S. Muralidhar "your lordship" or "your hon-
ed yesterday. While 11 new Centres) have been set up are in the 0-18 age group . gible population has so far rently samples of foreign were tested and two found to and Justice R.K.Pattanayak our"."When did we say it is
infectees were foreign across the state for the chil- Khordha district report- received both the doses of returnees are being sent for be Covid positive. Both of appealed while releasing the compulsory? You can only call
returnees, 12 were from local dren in the age group of 15 ed the highest number of vaccine. genome sequencing. However them have been hospitalized.“ schedule of business of the day. us in a dignified manner," a
transmission. samples from other Covid The samples of two others The appeal was however not bench comprising justices H
11 of the new infectee are The local transmission cases from Khordha district. A ees from Puri contracted the positive samples may be sent have been sent for genome in the form of direction or order. L Dattu and S A Bobde observed
returnees from Finland, Oman, included five from Barbil in health worker from Keon- mutant strain. Besides, one for genome sequencing in sequencing” said health depart- It is pertinent to note here during the hearing of a peti-
Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Syria. Keonjhar district and two jhar and three hotel employ- Omicron case has also been the coming days, he added. ment sources here. that the Supreme Court had tion way back in 2014.

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����������������������� effect on January 1, 2022”, a ��������������������� ment to curb such activity. A joint Committee com- hearing 25 April next. ������������������������
statement issued by the Chief “We direct the Home Sec- prising of Ministry of Envi- The areas subjected to ille-
Close on the heels of increas- Minister’s Office said. The National Green Tribunal retary, Director General of ronment and Forest & Cli- gal mining come under cashew State Health and family wel-
ing grant-in-aid to employ- The contractual junior (NGT) has directed the state Police and Chairman, State Pol- mate Change (Regional Office Jungle, gramya Jungle and fare minister Naba Kisor Das
ees of all aided non-Govern- teachers, who are currently government to constitute a lution Control Board to hold at Bhubaneswar), Central Pol- Gochar land or grazing land. asserted that the state gov-
ment schools, colleges and drawing Rs 7,400 per month Special Task Force (STF) for ini- a joint meeting within two lution Control Board, State No Environmental Clearance ernment is fully prepared to
Madrasas in accordance with salary, will now receive a tiating criminal course of weeksandconstituteanappro- PCB,StateEnvironmentImpact (EC) or Consent to Operate was deal with any possible spike
the 7th Pay Commission rec- monthly salary of Rs 11,000. action against the violators of priate Special Task Force (STF) Assessment Authority (SEIAA) obtained. Large numbers of trees of Covid cases as well as the
ommendations, Odisha gov- Similarly, regular junior teach- mining and environmental to consider registering a crim- and District Magistrate, Khur- have been felled in the process variant Omicron.
ernment on Monday hiked the ers will get a monthly salary laws at mining sites in Khord- inal case for investigation of the da may meet within two weeks of the mining operations. There will be no shortage Similarly 5311 general beds
salary of junior teachers of Rs 13,800 instead of the exist- ha district. crime in question , identify the to plan remedial action in this Provisions of mines Acts on any front – be is beds, ven- ,1374 ICUs and 624 Ventila-
engaged in all primary schools ing Rs 9,200. Responding to a petition violators and bring them to jus- regard, the NGT bench ordered. 1952 and Rules Regulations tilators, oxygen or medicines, tor are available as on date .
across the state by 50 per The hike will cost the state moved by Bidu Bhusan tice. The State Pollution Control made there were not followed he said after a reviewing the Besides these figures we have
cent. exchequer additional Rs 168 Harichandan on the alleged ille- Apart from such action, Board will be the nodal agency and hence no safety of the work- preparedness at a meeting held facilitate the private medical
“According to the deci- crore per annum. gal mining of laterite stones at there is need for further pre- for coordination and compli- men prevails. Few mines are on virtual mode on Monday. institutions .
sion taken by Chief Minister The decision will benefit 40 different spots covering ventive and remedial action for ance. The Committee may also found to be dangerously "A total of 1,179 beds have Cocktail is aailabel for
Naveen Patnaik, the salaries a total 33,038 teachers–13,324 500 acres in Nijigarh Tapang protection of environment undertake a visit to the site, abandoned. Illegal mines are been set up for the children," treatment and genome
of junior teachers (contrac- contractual and 19,714 reg- panchayat, the NGT took and enforcement of environ- interact with the stakeholders running in an utmost unsafe he said. There are 937 gener- sequencing labs are on alert
tual) and junior teachers have ular junior teachers, the state- strong exception to the ille- mental laws, including recov- and plan further action, the and uncared for manner, the al beds, 242 ICUs and 110 ven- to expedite the process of
been increased by 50 per ment added. galities and the measures ery of compensation and interim judgment ruled while petitioner had maintained. tilators. detecting Omicron, he said.

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The SOP would resolve
slum households were iden-
tified through a special sur-
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Odisha’s model for up-gra- �������������������� the problems relating to land vey named Urban Slum The forest department officials ����������������������
dation of urban slums got ���������������������� rights and infrastructure Household Areas (USHA) have been trying out several �����������������
international acclaim with development for the slum undertaken with geo-spatial measures to mitigate the
conferring of World Habitat
��������������������� habitats in urban forest areas. technology in NACs and man-elephant conflict and The lone residential tigress
Award-2019 and Asia-Pacif- ������������� IMG-20220103-WA0022.jpg Municipalities. Out of this, in line with such efforts an early which had been living in
ic Housing Award -2021 on the Principal Secretary hous- 70,000 HHs were granted in- warning light system has been Satkosia jungle for last decade
state, said official sources sion focused on grant of land ing and urban development situ land rights and 1,03,328 installed in Rashgobindpur remained untraceable in
here on Monday . rights to slum dwellers and the G. Mathivathanan said that HHs were granted land enti- range to alert the villagers . India are held at the DFO As per forest official report camera since November 13
This was revealed at a second phase is focused on Jaga Mission of Odisha tlement certificates, In the The light can be operated level every month, WhatsApp as many as 11 persons died last raising concern among
workshop on creation of basic up-gradation of slums and received international acclaim; meanwhile, 550 slums were by a remote and it has been groups are created to share due to elephant attack in the the wild life activists.
infrastructure for slum habi- mainstreaming its inhabi- and the state was conferred upgraded and mainstreamed introduced on an experi- information among the district in 2021.Regional Chief Forest officials however
tats in urban forest areas held tants”. the World Habitat Award- with urban life. mental basis. The blink of departments over movement Conservator of Forest (RCCF) said that her pug mark was
today . Addressing the workshop, 2019, and Asia-Pacific Hous- Director Municipal Admin- the light will warn villagers of of herds.Vaccination drives and Field Director of Simili- spotted in Raiguda jungle 15
Chief Secretary S C Maha- Additional Chief Secretary ing Award -2021. He added that istration Sangramjeet Nayak movement of elephants close have been carried out on a reg- pal Tiger Reserve(STR) M days ago but photograph
patra said, “provision of Forest, Environment and Cli- Government launched the appraised that as per USHA to the village. ular basis in forest periphery Yogajayanand said that the was missing since she was cap-
descent habitats for urban mate Change Dr Mona Shar- special campaign for trans- survey, 253 slums spread Regular coordination meet- villages for the cattle to pre- department is taking steps to tured in camera in Tulka jun-
dwellers led to CM Naveen Pat- ma said that a well thought forming the urban habitats to across 45 ULBs in 22 districts ings with the electric depart- vent from anthrax, mouth achieve zero unnatural death gle in Satkosia Tiger reserve.
naik launching the JAGA Mis- out standard operating pro- Biju Adarsha Colonies. were found to be in urban for- ment, railway and officials of and foot disease , noted for- of elephants and zero human Normally the tigress which
sion . The first phase of the Mis- cedure (SOP) for up-gradation He said around 3000 slum est land. National High Authority of est officials. casualty . was the lone survivor in
satkosia tiger reserve was stay-

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ing in Tulka and Raiguda
area under the camera sur-
veillance. Her disappearance

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officials who hope they will

coffee in Podagad on an area
of 300 acres from 1998, has
Coffee in the Koraput region
is now internationally
Ironically majority of par-
ents are unaware of legal pro-
visions of Prohibition of Child
������������������ be able to locate her soon.
“The tigress was last
noticed in camera at Tulka on
employed people from Odisha renowned. So the company is Ganjam has earned the dis- Marriage Act, 2006, which is a ���������������������� November 13 . We are
Vishwas Tripathi, chairman of alone and more specifically taking all the necessary steps, tinction of becoming Odisha’s cognizable offence. �������������������� installing more cameras and
BRICS Chamber of Com- men and women from the from picking the coffee fruit first district as a whole to be con- As many as 16 districts- making more surveillance
merce &Industries and also the Koraput region, in various to making the coffee beans in ferred the tag of child marriage- Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Tribals from across the district in the area to track her.We are
Delhi-based Urbara Agro activities, from coffee farm- the right spirit of maintain- free zone, officials said on Mon- Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Kora- carried out a massive rally hopeful to track her soon”,said
Biotech Company spoke of ing to trading on their farms. ing the quality of the produce day. put, Rayagada, Dhenkanal, holding their traditional the DFO .
building a progressive Kora- Tripathi opined that the , said Vijayendra Rana, MD of The district registered 48,383 Ganjam, Gajapati, Keonjhar, weapons and congregated in
put district by involving every
tribal and non-tribal family in
involvement and participation
of local tribal people in this
the company.
Coffee beans need to be
total marriages in the year
2020-21 out of which on 26 were
Balasore, Deogarh, Boudh,
Subarnapur, Kandhamal and
front of district collectorate
here on Monday demand-
the collective development of
the region.
trend of development is essen-
tial. There is immense poten-
harvested in a timely manner.
"We have started harvesting
child marriage which the author-
ities addressed through Child
Angul- are identified as regions
where the evil practice is lurk-
ing proper and adequate
reservation of seats in the
He shared his vision of tial for progress in agriculture ripe coffee in the garden," said Welfare Committee (CWC). ing its ugly head from time to ensuing panchayat elections. ��������������
development in the region, and tourism , he said. Deba Goud, manager of the To nip the abhorrent prac- time. Niranjan Bishi and Satya-
during his visit to the coffee The company has plans to farm at Podagad. tice in the bid, the district Meanwhile the rateof child narayana Bhoi led the tribal
plantation of the company increase the involvement of He hoped that many local administration has announced marriage practice in the coastal congregation which virtual-
near Podagad in Koraput dis- local people in the area in young people like him and ten-fold increase in cash incen- state has dropped in the last ly laid siege to the collec- the reservation of seats has
trict . entrepreneurship develop- scores of others will be able tives from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 year, thanks to joint initiative torate outnumbering the been faulty depriving tribals
The company, which has ment and work hand in hand to benefit from the company's for credible information on by government functionaries police force. of their due share in the pan-
been successfully cultivating with them. future plans. child marriage. and child rights activists. The tribals alleged that chayat polls.

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Badminton player Rutaparna

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Panda was conferred the
Ekalabya Puraskar while
Swasti Singh, cyclist and Pyari
���������������������� competition, when I failed dium in Bhubaneswar. Her Xaxa footballer received cita-
���������������������� in my first two snatch attempts career received a boost in ����������������������� �������������������� NeoSanjivani, ribe Stores, tions at the 29th Ekalabya
of 73 Kgs,” said Jhilli, reflect- 2019 when she was included ����������������������� SigmaScott interacted with Puraskar function held here
After success at Common- ing on her performance. in the elite athlete scholarship ��������������������� Pr i n c i p a l Se c re t a r y, on Monday.
wealth Weightlifting Cham- “I eventually managed to scheme of Reliance Founda- To revive the traditional ��������������� Sa t y a b r a t a Sa h o o a n d Governor Prof Ganeshi
pionships, Jhilli from a far-flung register a lift in my final tion Youth Sports (RFYS). industries with the modern ����������������� expressed their interest in Lal, Olympian and former
village of Odisha, is deter- attempt. This led to a reduced Besides financial support age solutions, Star t-up developing the existing tra- captain of Indian hockey
mined to make a mark at the score in the Snatch where I towards competition travel, Odisha, MSME Department, ������������ ditional industries with their team Dilip Tirkey presented
Asian Games in Hangzhou, could have lifted 78 Kgs or per- Jhilli was assured of special- conducted a Start-up Con- modern solutions thereby the awards.
China in 2022. haps even more. Failing on the ized care from the cutting nect program with the SFUR- interest to explore B2B benefiting both. The awad instituted by
After a string of impressive first lift is a big setback as it edge sports science and med- TI Clusters of the state at O- opportunities with them. "Start-ups working on the Indian Metals Public
performances, 22-year old crushes your confidence and icine expertise team at the Sir Hub, SEZ. SFUTRI Clusters working home delivery/e-commerce, Charitable Trust ( IMPaCT)
Jhilli Dalabehera from Naya- leaves you blank at the com- H.N. Reliance Foundation The Start-ups in the field in the area of handloom d e s i g n i n g o f Ha n d - CARREIS A CASH PRIZE OF
garh in Odisha is determined petition. It is important for Hospital and Research centre of Hyper Delivery/E-Com- and handicrafts, food pro- looms/Handicrafts for mod- Rs 5 lakh to the winner and
to make a mark at the Asian weightlifters to learn to cope in Mumbai. Jhilli could now merce, Organic Foods and cessing, Agri and allied activ- ern lifestyle, production Rs 50,000 each to the citation
Games in Hangzhou, China up with such adversity and access a dedicated physio- Super foods, Agricultural ities were present and inter- and manufacturing of 100% recipients.
later this year. despite finishing on the podi- bounce back strong.” therapist, strength & condi- Products and Tribal prod- acted with the officials. organic foods and super Former MP Baijayant
In December, Jhilli won a um, she wasn’t satisfied with Coming from a family of tioning coaches and special- ucts, Handloom and Hand- Start-ups like Grozip, foods may open a better Panda who is a trustee spoke
silver medal at the Com- the effort as it fell well short modest means, Jhilli showed ist input in crucial areas such icrafts demonstrated their Swabalambi Odra Green business prospect for the of how the award meant for
monwealth Weightlifting of her personal best mark of early promise as an athlete and as rehabilitation, nutrition, psy- innovations and solutions Farmers Producer Compa- SFURTI Clusters and can young Odia sportspersons
Championships in Tashkent 176 Kgs. began her journey at the chology and data management to the traditional enter- ny Ltd., Kookaburra Natu- scale up in association with has grown into a most cov-
with a tally of 167 Kgs but “I had a bad start to the sports hostel at the Kalinga sta- and analysis. prises and expressed their rals, Fastech Fashions, them", the secretary said . eted one.
Brahmin is not a caste but a ritual; it is a
name for the method of leading a noble life.

TN opens vaccination Karnataka

Congress MP

drive to kids over 15

get into fight AUTHORITY OF INDIA
Inspiring Trust, Assuring Safe & Nutritious Food

RAMANAGARA, 3 JANUARY Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Those born in 2007 or before will be administered the vaccination jab In a dramatic turn of events
Tender No. GEM/2021/B/1713313 at www.gem.gov.in
is invited for hiring of service provider for setting up of IT
at a public function in Kar- project management team at FSSAI, Headquarters,
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Earlier this week, there nataka's Ramanagara, Con- New Delhi. Eligible service providers as per bid can
CHENNAI, 3RD JANUARY were about 600 cases and the gress Bangalore Rural MP
participate. Last date of participation is 15-01-2022. The
numbers have increased three DK Suresh and State Min-

he vaccine hesitant times towards the end of the ister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan bid published on GeM portal will be available on URL:
Tamil Nadu on Mon- week, he said. got into an altercation on www.fssai.gov.in/tenders.php
day administered Though Chennai contin- stage over some develop- Head IT
Covid-19 vaccine, Cov- ued to lead the State in vac- ment work, in presence of davp 17163/11/0012/2122 FSSAI, Headquarter
axine to 2,34,175 children in cination, more than five lakh Chief Minister Basavaraj
the age category of 15 ot 18 persons had not yet received Bommai on Monday.
years in a special drive amid even one dose of the vac- At the event organized
luming threat of a third wave cine, he said. by the government, Bom-
of corona due to Omicron Subramanian said the state mai had unveiled the stat-
variant. The state has to has reported maximum num- ues of Dr B R Ambedkar and
administer the vaccine to ber of new Covid cases on May Bengaluru founder Kem-
33,46,000 children and on 2021 (36,184). pegowda. It was his first visit
Monday alone it achieved 7% ‘We are not sure whether to Ramanagara after becom-
of it according to the official more number of cases would ing chief minister.
calculations. be reported at this time. How- The fight broke out
While inuagurating the worry. "I am saying this only ment, was held in all the ever, Omicron patients are test- when Suresh objected to
drive, Chief Minister M K to ensure that you are all safe schools across the State in line ing negative within a short Narayan's speech. As Con-
Stalin today said at a time when and you take necessary pre- with the guidelines issued by duration,’ he said. gress MP charged towards
the State’s economy was cautionary measures to safe- the Directorate of Public Healthcare workers and Narayan, security and
marching towards recovery guard yourselves." he said. Health and Preventive Med- other frontline workers will also police personnel inter-
and everyone was heaving a Those born in 2007 or icine. Meanwhile, state health be given booster doses of vened.
sigh of relief, the Omicron vari- before will be administered the Minister Subramanian vaccines, Subramanian said. Suresh was joined by
ant of Covid-19 ‘threatening vaccination jab organised in announced that the third ‘Booster dose will be given 9 Congress' Bangalore Rural
us’. But he said his government camps in schools, to ensure wave of the Covid-19 pandemic months from the second dose MLC S Ravi and he went on
took all necessary steps and that children need not travel has started in Tamilnadu. and the Union Government to snatch the mike to stop
brought the third wave under to distant places to take the Subramanian said we can is yet to give the guidelines on the minister from speak-
control. jab. assume that the third wave has which vaccine will be given. ing. Amid the commotion
Stating that Covid cases The vaccination drive, to begun and a sudden surge in The administration of boost- following the incident,
were rising once again, he how- be held in association with the the cases in the form of ‘Tsuna- er dose for those aged 60 and Suresh sat down on the
ever asked people not to School Education depart- mi’ of Covid-19 is expected. above will start on 10 January.’ stage in protest. ANI

Left can’t replace Congress in

late Kailash Chandra Das,
R/o. Dharsa Kantapukur,
all states: CPI Kerala secretary
P.O.: G.I.P. Colony, P.S.: SNS collapsed at the nation- to commemorate late
Jagacha, Howrah-711112, I
have known as Shreekanta THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, al level. Congress leader PT
NOTICE Das instead of Uttam Das by 3 DECEMBER “There is Left par- Thomas,Binoy under-
THE GENERAL PUBLIC is hereby informed that my same & one identical per-
clients are intending to purchase all that piece and son, affidavit on 17.11.2021
ties all over India to lined the necessity of
parcel of premises No. 14B, Biplabi Jyotish Joyardar before the 1st Class Judicial A day after CPI leader and oppose the BJP. But if the Congress continuing in
Sarani (Circus Row), P.S.: Beniapukur, Calcutta- Magistrate Court Alipur. Rajya Sabha member Congress collapses, the the political spectrum of
700017, measuring an area of 1 cottah 07 chittacks 02
sq.ft. with structures lying thereon from its present I, AAYUS Hindwalia, S/o. Binoy Vishwam said that Left cannot come to that the country. He said if
owners RANJIT KUMAR DEY, son of Probodh Kumar Ganesh Ram, R/o. G3-5/New the Left parties would not position everywhere in the Congress collapses,
Dey, SUMIT KUMAR DEY, son of Ranjit Kumar Dey and Green Park Road-3, South 24
Parganas, Kol.-700141, have be able to fill the vacu- the country,” Kanam the Sangh Parivar orga-
KRISHNA MONDAL, wife of Provash Chandra Mondal.
Any person / persons having any right, title, changed name from Arun um if the Congress were said nizations will be
interest, objection, claims, disputes of any sort with Kumar Ram to Aayus wiped out from the polit- When pointed out strengthened in the
Hindwalia vide Affidavit No.
regard to the aforesaid property may with ical scene in the coun- that the CPI-M holds a country
61520 dated 21.12.2021,
documentary proof substantiating their right, title,
Alipore Court. try, CPI Kerala secretary different view, Kanam “In spite of all the
interest, objections, claims, disputes in the aforesaid
property may contact the undersigned within 15 endorsed the statement said that is why the CPI- disputes in Kerala, I say
days from publication of this notice. Failing which
my clients will complete the sale transaction with
For of the party MP and said M and the CPI are func- that the left in India
the abovementioned owners as if there was no third if the Congress is col- tioning as two parties. today does not have the
party objection, claims, disputes in respect of the Advertisement lapsed ,the Left may not Senior CPI leader and required strength to fill
aforesaid premises / property and thereafter no
objections, claims, disputes will be entertained.
be able to replace it in Rajya Sabha member the void left by the col-
Naushad Anjum Shamsi Booking all the states. Binoy Vishwam has on lapse of the Congress.The
Advocate Speaking to media Sunday confessed that Sangh Parivar and its
35, Rabindra Sarani, 2nd Floor
Gol Kothi Imambara
Please persons here, Kanam the left parties in India fascist ideologies are
Kolkata-700073 said the CPI’s view is do not have the strength likely to fill that void. To
Mobile: 9331244884 / 9681866464 Call at that the Left parties to fill the gap if the Con- avoid that, I think the
could not be an alter- gress is collapsed Congress should try not
8017858334 native to the Congress in Speaking at the meet- to collapse by remem-
all the states if the latter ing organized in Kochi bering Nehru.'
I, ZEESHAN Akhtar, S/o.
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wrongly written as A. Ali
religion, appeals V-P assault case:
per NCTE norms. (M):
8116169091, dhupguricolle-
and Mahejabeen in S.S.E.
2013-15 and AISSCE 2017 of FREE OF COST Victim writes
CBSE Certificates. Correct
names of my father’s and ON
haiva Kutumbakam’. It
is with this spirit that
to CM
mother’s are Akhtar Ali and
President Mahejabeen Ali respective- OUR WEBSITE we should move for- SNS
Dhupguri College of
ly, vide Affidavit 61 dtd. Vice President M ward together”, he THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 3
03.01.2022 by Alipore Court.
Venkaiah Naidu today said. Urging young- DECEMBER
disapproved of sters to imbibe, protect
attempts by certain & promote Indian cul- The actress who was sex-
people to ridicule oth- tural values, he high- ually assaulted in a running
ers' religions and cre- lighted the impor- car in February 2017 in
ate dissensions in soci- tance of India’s phi- Kerala, has written to Ker-
KOLKATA HYDERABAD ety. losophy of sharing ala Chief Minister Pinarayi
Statesman House, The Statesman Limited, 2nd Floor, “Practice your reli- and caring for others. Vijayan, seeking further
4, Chowringhee Square UNI Building, gion but don’t abuse He said that living for investigation in the case.
Kolkata-700 001 A.C. Guards, and indulge in hate others will not only give In her letter, the survivor
Tel: 8017858334, Hyderabad-500004, speech and writings”, a person a lot of sat- actress has requested the
9830139593 Mob: 9866323009 he told a gathering at isfaction but will also Chief Minister to conduct
Email: Email: delhistatesman@gmail.com an event organised to make the people further probe in the case,
statesmandisplay@gmail.com hyderabad@thestatesmangroup.com mark the 150th remember that person in the wake of the new rev-
thestatesmanclassified@gmail.com BANGALORE anniversary of Saint for a long time for his elation made by director
DELHI No. 68, First Floor, Gold Tower, Chavara at Mannanam or her good deeds. Balachandra Kumar against
Statesman House, 50 Residency Road, in Kottayam. He also advised actor Dileep,who is accused
148, Barakhamba Road, Bangalore-560025. Observing that hate youngsters to remain number eight in the case
New Delhi-110 001 Tel.; 080-22229129, speech and writings physically fit by doing Balachandra Kumar,
Tel: (011) 2331 5911 080-22234813 are against culture, 'yoga' or any other who claims to be Dileep’s
Email: delhistatesman@gmail.com heritage, traditions, form of physical exer- friend, had levelled serious
Hiten Rathore
bangalore@thestatesmangroup.com constitutional rights cise and “to love and allegations against Dileep
and ethos, Naidu said live with nature”. He in a TV interview broad-
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that secularism is in the asked them to pro- cast recently, has alleged
Tel: 011-43043793 5, Kasturi Buildings blood of every Indian tect nature and pre- that Dileep has a copy of
Ishan House (2nd floor) Jamshedji Tata Road and the country has serve culture for a bet- the video of the sexual
A-90, Sector II, NOIDA, Mumbai-400 020 respected the world ter future. Urging all assault & that Dileep had
UP 201 301 Tel: 9212192123, 9892810138 over for its culture and states to take a cue watched the video with
Tel: (0120) 4171421 heritage. In this con- from Kerala in the his friends in his house. Bal-
Email: delhistatesman@gmail.com thestatesman.mumbai@gmail.com text, he called for fields of education, achandra Kumar also
delhi@thestatesmangroup.com strengthening the Indi- social justice and accused Dileep of trying to
BHUBANESWAR an value system. women’s empower- influence an important
Fagun Mansion (4th floor), He asked both gov- ment, the Vice Presi- witness called Sagar Vincent
Plot 3A, Zone B, Sector A,
26, Ethiraj Road ernment and private dent said that every In her letter to the chief
Mancheswar Industrial Estate,
Chennai-600 008, school authorities to state can be trans- minister, she also con-
Bhubaneswar-751 010.
Tel: (044) 28278037, 28224800 make community ser- formed into an engine veyed her concern over the
Tel: 9438838880
Email: delhistatesman@gmail.com vice of at least two to of growth and progress recent turn of events in
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chennai@thestatesmangroup.com three weeks compul- which can be achieved the case. She said that with
LUCKNOW sory for students once through the social and two Special Public Prose-
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2/2, Butler Palace (Near Jopling
Spencer Plaza, 18/19, 1st Floor due to Covid-19 was erment of women and of her case is in jeopardy.
Road), Lucknow-226 001,
Burdwan Road over. He said the com- youth belonging to She has requested the CM
Above Vishal Mega Mart Ph.: (0522) 2206705 munity service would poorer sections of soci- to look into the matter and
Siliguri-734005, West Bengal Email: delhistatesman@gmail.com help the students ety. appoint a capable SPP.
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Assembly polls:Sidhu makes

Priyanka goes into self-isolation: Congress General Secretary Priy-
THUMBNAILS anka Gandhi Vadra has hone isolated herself after a member of her
family and one of her staff members tested positive for Covid-19 on
Sunday. Taking to Twitter, she informed that she has been tested

slew of promises for women

negative for the Covid-19.“ Meanwhile, India reported 33,750 new
Covid cases and 123 deaths in the last 24 hours. ANI


Punjab Congress chief’s pledges come after AAP promise of Rs 1,000 to all women in Punjab SEBI BHAVAN, 5TH FLOOR, 'B' WING
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE ders to homemakers every year Sidhu himself is making an
CHANDIGARH, 3 JANUARY and two-wheelers to girls tak- SIDHU PROMISES announcement to give Rs
ing admission in colleges for � Rs 2,000 per month for 2000 monthly and eight LPG

People arriving at a TELEPHONE: 022 2644 9000 E-MAIL: YPP@SEBI.GOV.IN
ays after Aam Aadmi further studies, Rs 20,000 to women homemakers gas cylinders free of cost to the
monastery to offer prayers Party national con- those passing Class XII, Rs domestic women of Punjab.
on the occasion of the � Eight free LPG cylinders Invitation for Applications under
venor and Delhi 15,000 to the ones passing AAP accused Sidhu and
Losar festival, in Leh on
chief minister Arv- Class X and Rs 5,000 to the oth- to homemakers every year Congress of copying the SEBI Young Professional Program
Monday. �ANI
ind Kejriwal promised Rs ers passing fifth grade. � Two-wheelers to girls announcements of Kejriw-
1,000 to all adult females in Addressing the rally, Sidhu al. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) invites
taking admission in col-
Man held for impersonat- Punjab after formation of made the promises while leges. Arvind Kejriwal had also applications from eligible candidates who are desirous
ing Army officer : Samba party government in the state stressing the need for empow- accused chief minister Cha- of engagement with SEBI under its Young Professional
District Police arrested a after upcoming Assembly ering women in the state. � Rs 20,000 to Class XII pass ranjit Singh Channi of being
outs , Rs 15,000 to the Class Program (YPP).
person impersonating as polls, Punjab Congress chief “Women homemakers will a fake Kejriwal several times
an Army Officer in the juri- Navjot Singh Sidhu on Mon- be given Rs 2,000 per month X pass outs and Rs 5,000 in his public meetings. While The details of the aforementioned program are
sdiction of Bari-Brahmana day promised Rs 2,000 per and eight (LPG) cylinders to Class V pass outs targeting Channi, Kejriwal available on SEBI Website: www.sebi.gov.in under
Police Station. A police te- month for women home- free by the Punjab govern- had said that a fake Kejriwal
am while patrolling at Telli makers if his party is voted to ment,” he said. “a person without stand”. In the first part of video, is roaming in Punjab these “Careers” section. The last date for submission of
Basti area, noticed one per- power. Reacting to the announce- While sharing a video of Sidhu is seen criticising Kejri- days. “Whatever promises I application is 21 days from the date of publication of this
son in army uniform roam- Addressing a Congress ments made by Sidhu, AAP Navjot Sidhu, Chadha tweet- wal’s announcement of giv- make to the people of Pun- advertisement in the newspapers.
ing under suspicious cir- rally in Punjab’s Barnala dis- leader and co-in-charge Pun- ed, “There is a saying in Pun- ing Rs 1000 to all women jab, fake Kejriwal makes exact-
davp 15204/11/0337/2122
cumstances. On question- trict, Sidhu also promised jab affairs, Raghav Chadha jab that ‘even a bicycle has a above 18 years of age in Pun- ly the same promises after two
ing, the said person did not eight free cooking gas cylin- called the Congress leader stand, but Sidhu has no stand’.” jab. And, in the second part, days,” he had said.
give any satisfactory an-
swer and was unable to
produce his army's identity
card which created more J-K LG launches vaccination drive for 15-18 age group Cong attacks
suspicion. Further probe in
the matter is underway ANI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE getting vaccinated. It’s crucial sion of 15 to 18 years age group Modi govt
JAMMU, 3 JANUARY to continue following Covid-
19 protocols and guidelines”,
in the National Covid Immu-
nization programme from
over Satya
Two held for killing moth- Lieutenant Governor Manoj he added. today. Pal Malik’s
er-son in Amethi: Two per-
sons have been arrested
Sinha on Monday launched
the Covid-19 vaccination
The Lt Governor asked
the health officials to keep the
Chander Mohan Gupta,
Mayor JMC; Rajeev Rai Bhat- remarks
for the murder of their fri- drive for children aged 15-18 vaccinated children under nagar, Advisor to the Lt Gov- NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY
end and his mother in Am- years in Jammu & Kashmir. mandatory observation peri- ernor; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta,
ethi district of Uttar Pra- Covid-19 vaccination for od. registration, besides other Chief Secretary; Dr Raghav The Congress on Monday
desh. According to police the UT has been started from J&K Government has made required facilities are made Langer, Divisional Commis- accused Prime Minister
reports, Raman (the arrest- Government Higher Sec- all preparations for the smooth at the vaccination centres. sioner Jammu; Anshul Garg, Narendra Modi and his gov-
ed) was a friend of Raju ondary School (Boys), Gand- administering of Covid vac- School education depart- Deputy Commissioner Jam- ernment of ‘anti-farmer
and the latter had slapped hi Nagar, Jammu, with the cine to the 15-18 age group. ment has also been asked to mu; senior health officials mindset’ and demanded
Raman's wife during a inoculation of the dose to A robust action plan has been encourage the children to and students in large num- that the committee to make
heated exchange over a the children. prepared for the vaccination get vaccinated. ber were present during the MSP more effective and
trivial issue. To avenge the “Vaccination is a critical tool drive starting from today. Amidst the surge in Covid- launch of the vaccination transpant promised by the
incident, Raman killed Raju to help stop the Covid pan- The Covid-19 vaccination 19 cases and the new Omicron drive. Centre should be set up
and also his mother who demic. My humble request to drive for the children in the variant, the Government of The drive also began in the soon.
came to her son's rescue the young friends to get vac- 15-18 years age group will be India under the leadership of Kashmir valley where young- Congress general secre-
during the scuffle. IANS cinated”, said the Lt Governor. carried out across the Union Prime Minister Narendra sters thronged at the vacci- tary Randeep Singh Surje-
“Don’t be complacent after Territory. Online and walk-in Modi has decided the inclu- nation centres. waala referred to purport-
ed coments of Meghalaya
Fake currency found in RBI Governor Satya Pal Malik
chest: Fake Indian curren-
cy, with a face value of Rs Rajnath Singh inaugurates BEATING THE COLD
about his meeting with
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi to discuss farmers'
Kalpana Chawla space
47,710, has been found in
the Reserve Bank of India protests against three farm
chest during an audit in laws and said “the whole
Lucknow. RBI Assistant
Manager Satyavir Singh science & technology centre nation is shocked”.
Surjewala alleged that the
has lodged a case with Prime Minister was “work-
Mahanagar police about from testing to data-transfer ing for his corporate friends”.
the recovery of 454 coun- and analyses. The Congress tweeted the
terfeit currency during the The government under- video of Satya Pal Malik's
checking of notes. IANS stands the potential of the remarks from its Twitter
space sector, he added, recall- handle.
ing the four major pillars of In the video Malik
reforms in the sector envi- claimed that he went to
Dharam Sansad: sioned by Prime Minister meet the Prime Minister to
Raipur court Narendra Modi. These pil- discuss farmers issue and
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE lars are freedom of innovation ended up fighting with him
rejects Kalicharan NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY to the private sector; the role within five minutes.
Maharaj’s bail plea Defence Minister Rajnath
of the government as an
enabler; preparing the youth
Malik said he raked up
the issue of 500 farmers
RAIPUR, 3 JANUARY Singh today inaugurated the for the future and viewing the dying during the protest.ANI
Kalpana Chawla Centre for space sector as a resource
A Raipur court on Monday Research in Space Science & for progress. He hoped that People beside bonfire to beat the cold, on a cold day in the
rejected the bail plea of Technology (KCCRSST) at the actions identified in the capital on Monday. � SUBRATA DUTTA-
Hindu religious leader Chandigarh University. pillars will take the space sec-
Kalicharan Maharaj. He also launched a schol- tor to newer heights and give
He was arrested by Chhat-
tisgarh Police from Khaju-
arship scheme, worth Rs 10
crore, for the wards of defence
a new direction to the coun-
try’s progress. Shah stresses need for better
coordination among central,
raho, Madhya Pradesh for his personnel of the three services. The minister called for an
alleged derogatory remarks In his address, the minis- active and long-term public-
against Mahatma Gandhi ter described the establish- private partnership to take the
and provocative statements
against minorities at ‘Dharam
ment of the research centre
as an important step towards
education and science sectors
to a global level and make India
state security agencies
Sansad’ (religious council) strengthening the space sec- a knowledge economy. ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL
held in Raipur on 26 Decem- tor of the country. He empha- “Today, the private sector NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY
ber. sised that it is only through is exposed to a large number
Earlier on 31 December, these efforts that India can of opportunities in the space Union home minister Amit
he was sent to judicial cus- become a leader in future sector. Whether it is defence Shah on Monday stressed
tody till January 13 by Raipur technologies. or space, we are fully wel- the need for better coordi-
court. He likened the KCCRSST coming the private sector,” he nation and synergy among
“Kalicharan has been with ‘pride of India’ Kalpana said, reiterating the govern- the central and state secu-
arrested and charged with Chawla, hoping that this res- ment’s commitment to rity agencies in countering Police of States and Union Ter-
sedition. During the inves- earch facility would touch new strengthening the private sec- the ever-changing counter- ritories joined the mee
tigation, on the basis of evi- heights, similar to the rem- tor for the holistic develop- terrorism and security ting through video confer-
dence, sections 153 A (1) (A), arkable achievements of the late ment of the nation. challenges while holding a encing.
153 B (1) (A), 295 A, 505 (1) India-born astronaut who Established with the objec- high-level security meeting Highlighting the contin-
(B) have also been includ- brought universal recognit- tive of training students in to review the prevailing threat ued threats of terrorism and
ed,” said Chhattisgarh Police. ion to her country of origin. space science, satellite devel- scenario and emerging global terror groups, terror
A case has been registered Underlining the impor- opment and meeting future security challenges in the financing, narco-terrorism,
against him in Tikrapara tance of the space sector in challenges in space research, country. organized crime-terror nexus,
Police Station of Raipur. Fol- today’s times, he said it is the state-of-the-art KCCRSST The heads of security illicit use of cyberspace, and
lowing his arrest, the Mad- deeply connected with map- would be the ground control agencies of the country movement of foreign ter-
hya Pradesh government ping, imaging and connectivity station for the Chandigarh Uni- prominently central intelli- rorist fighters, the Home
has alleged that Chhattis- facilities, speedy transporta- versity's Student Satellite gence agencies, central armed Minister stressed the need for
garh's Congress government tion, weather forecast, disaster (CUSat), an in-house devel- police forces (CAPFs), intel- better coordination and syn-
violated the interstate pro- management as well as bor- oped nano-satellite being ligence wings of armed forces, ergy among the central and
tocols by arresting Kalicha- der security, adding that it designed by the students of revenue, and financial intel- state security agencies in
ran Maharaj without inform- played a crucial role in keep- the university and a Geo- ligence agencies attended countering the ever-chang-
ing the Madhya Pradesh ing the world connected dur- Spatial Centre for research, the meeting. ing counter-terrorism and
police. ANI ing the Covid-19 pandemic, besides other projects. The Director Generals of security challenges.

Bihar to speedily try murderers of Mukhiyas, other panchayat representatives

STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE elected panchayat represen- the law enforcement agencies chayat. The victim Neeraj Kumar
PATNA, 3 JANUARY tatives is a matter of serious after murders would have The development follows was present in the local mar-
concern for us. So we have their houses razed to the after seven panchayat repre- ket when three motorcycle-
Alarmed at the repeated inci- planned to hold speedy trials ground. sentatives, including five borne youths said ‘namste’ to
dents of killing of newly-elect- of the murder accused with- According to the minister, mukhiyas, were gunned down him with folded hands before
ed Mukhiyas and other pan- in three months,” Bihar pan- of the total elected represen- allegedly by their rivals short- shooting him dead from a
chayat representatives, the chayati raj minister Samrat tatives, 90 per cent are fresh ly after they were declared as point-blank range. He died on
Bihar government has planned Chaudhary told reporters faces. In such a situation pro- winners in the 11-phase pan- the spot.
to hold speedy trials of the today. He also asked the home viding security to them is chayat elections which con- Another mukhiya Sanjay
criminals involved in the department officials to pro- indeed a big challenge for cluded last month. Singh was returning home on
crime and delay their bails for vide adequate security to any the local administration and While two Mukhiyas were his bike after thanking villagers
a longer period. The state representative who reports a the government. killed in Patna, one each was for voting for him in the elec-
government was prompted to threat to life. Taking the matter seri- murdered in Arrah, Jamui tions when ambulance-riding
initiate this step after as many The minister said the con- ously, the Panchayati Raj and Munger districts. Again, gunmen blocked his way at
as five Mukhiyas, a sarpanch tinuing killings of the elect- department has already begun a deputy Sarpanch was killed a lonely place and sprayed bul-
and a ward councillor were ed representatives were indeed installing CCTV cameras in in Rohtas while a ward coun- lets on him, leaving him dead.
killed in cold blood alleged- worrying and the govern- every panchayat to keep an cillor was murdered in Naubat- The victim who was elect-
ly by their political adver- ment was initiating all steps eye on anti-social elements. pur area of Patna as well. ed from Babubandh pan-
saries shortly after they had to put a check on it. As per the report, the state gov- Of all the murder of a chayat in Bhojpur district
won elections. According to him, the crim- ernment plans to install 100 mukhiya in Patna was quite had not even taken oath of
“The killing of the newly- inals not surrendering before CCTV cameras in every pan- horrible. office.

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While the use of audio-visual communication through webinar platforms is a great ASIAN VOICES
Food, not Nukes tool, it cannot match physical interaction and the benefits the latter offers for learners.
It is rather more challenging to fully engage participants in a live webinar setting. Pressure on
he fourth plenary meeting of the 8th central
committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) But what successive waves of the pandemic have taught us is that the urge to learn investigations
coincided with the 10th anniversary of the lead-
remains supreme
ership of President Kim Jong-Un, who assumed n connection with the prosecu-
power after the death of his father in 2011. Notably, tion’s probe of Kim Kun-hee, the
President Kim’s presentation underscored the need wife of the opposition People
for more tractor factories and school uniforms rather Power Party’ presidential candidate
than nuclear weapons. Tangibly, he has underlined Yoon Suk-yeol, Justice Minister Park
the imperative of close-to-the-bone issues such as Beom-kye said the prosecution must
industrial development, employment and education. “draw a conclusion suitable to popular
Kim has utilized the opportunity of using earlier suspicions.”
Park made the remark in an inter-
occasions such as when the New Year unfolds to but-
view with KBS on Sunday. He also said
tress major policy announcements, such as dealings that she was allegedly the financier of
with South Korea and the United States. And yet, the a stock price manipulation scheme
summaries of his address this year, as published in and that a sizable sum of her money
the North Korean state media, made no specific men- was involved.
tion of the United States. There was only a passing For more than a year, the prose-
reference to unspecified discussions of the equation cution has investigated suspicions that
between the two Koreas and what they call “external Kim was involved in the alleged ma-
affairs”. By and large, Kim’s address was riveted to nipulation of stock prices of Deutsch
the problems of Pyongyang’s economic development Motors, a BMW car dealer in Korea.
However, Kim Kun-hee is not
which had been hampered in 2020 by the “self- mentioned at all in the indictments
imposed” anti-pandemic border lockdowns. Both against Kwon Oh-soo, the chairman of
have left North Korea more isolated than ever before. Deutsch Motors, and his accomplices.
Confusion gets worse confounded as international Though the prosecution could
aid organizations have warned the government not secure testimonies or data show-
helmed by Kim of looming shortages of food and a ing her involvement in the stock price
humanitarian crisis. The North Korean leader report- manipulation, Park was effectively
edly told the gathering that “the main task facing the pressuring them.
Park argued in a press briefing on

party and people next year is to provide a sure guar-
ith Omicron’s loom- ed Teaching Operation) in the engage participants in a live web- ticipants need to put some extra Wednesday that his words are not a
antee for the implementation of the five-year plan ing threat, the educa- USA in the early 1960s. This tech- inar setting. While a webinar is effort to make a webinar useful. “guideline” on investigation, but it is
and bring about a remarkable change in state devel- tion sector is likely to nology could be called basically a live, one may be missing part of Sharing knowledge is the hard to avoid criticism that he appar-
opment and the people’s standard of living”. Ergo, become the worst hit prototype of today’s webinars. the valuable feedback from the prime motive of a webinar. It ently tried to interfere in the presiden-
the focus of his speech was on domestic issues, again. The educational institu- For the first time, a single plat- audience that helps adjust the offers us the entire programme tial election.
specifically a rural development plan, the “diet of the tions already struggling to keep form could manage to unite and presentation approach ~ those online with the use of different He also said that certain media
people”, school uniforms and the need to crack down their gates open could face fur- promote such features as a web visuals and even those subtle ver- digital tools and diverse teaching reported as if the prosecution decided
on what he called “non-socialist practices”. In point ther challenges. Shutting down form, outline chat, instant mes- bal clues that come with face-to- methods. Both the speaker and to drop their case against Kim but that
of fact, the emphasis on rural development has been would be the last option that they saging sense, email, remote desk- face communication are missed. the listeners can use private
called a “populist strategy” by Chad O’Carrol, the seek. However, amidst uncertain- top, document collaboration, etc. A presenter may not be able chats to have one-on-one con-
ties, this much is certain that in It was in 1975 that PLATO allow- to utilize the full resources of versations whenever needed.
founder of NK News, a Seoul-based website that the era of enlightened antiquity, ed running a network conference body language to convey mes- Most webinar platforms like as far as he knows, the investigation is
tracks North Korea. sharing of information with the for 100-150 participants. sages and to emotionally connect ClickMeeting may provide screen still ongoing.
It was clear from Kim’s address that the North is global community is the order of However, web technology as with participants. A presenter sharing facility. This sounds like a guideline, too,
facing severe economic challenges. Two factors have the day. Covid-19 has taken a a business tool first emerged in may not have full control of a ses- Many webinar platforms are that the prosecution must keep on
compounded the nation’s problems ~ its unsplendid heavy toll on educational semi- the 1990s. Software was devel- sion and may not be assured integrated with Moodle so that investigating.
isolation and the cache of crippling sanctions imp- nars based on information ex- oped to provide multimedia there will be no interruption or they can easily be worked out. All In the KBS interview, Park tou-
osed by the Western powers. Restrictions imposed to change. Online seminars became streams with limited interaction distortion because participants course files can be stored within ched on the prosecution’s partial dis-
contain the pandemic have been exacerbated by the the most efficient tool for remote capacity. The first live stream of a may be at home or at a cafeteria. an available storage space when- missal of allegations that an exhibition
worsening floods. Kim has made it pretty obvious learning which implies support rock concert was They are at their ever needed and uploaded to planning agency operated by Kim
of multi-user real time audio and given by the rock liberty to converse Dropbox to share them with par- received sponsorship from large com-
that there is a red herring too many on the trail tow- video conferencing. They be- band “Severe Tyre with others, res- ticipants. panies in a dubious fashion. The Jus-
ards the fulfillment of his nuclear ambition, in his came the tool that allowed us to Damage” using the pond to urgent calls So, in this respect webinars tice Minister said the case was drop-
reckoning a consummation to be devoutly wished find a compromise and give us forerunner of to- or even view a mo- offer flexibility, ease of access and ped because prosecutors failed to ga-
for. And his subtext must be that nuclear proliferation the opportunity for dissemina- day’s online video vie on Netflix. convenience. Also, they are cost ther a sufficient amount of evidence
and the equation with the United States ought not to tion of knowledge. technology. In 1999, It is a foregone effective. A certain webinar could under the pressure of the statute of
take precedence over the quality of the citizen’s life. Unlike seminars or videos, WebEx Meeting conclusion that an be designed and prerecorded to limitations. This remark gives the
The occasional bang in the sea is of little or no mo- webinars are online events that Centre was devel- effective teaching- be delivered to everyone who impression that the prosecution had
ment in day-to-day life. This precisely is the message take place in real life. They allow oped which was learning process is comes on board. cleared her of the allegations though
that has been conveyed to the West, pre-eminently presenters to interact as if they later renamed a matter of group It is expected that during a suspicions still remain unverified.
the United States. President Kim has harped on food were in a traditional meeting WebEx. New webi- activity. Although, Omicron-stricken classroom sit- However, regarding ongoing in-
enclosure. A well-designed webi- nars like GoToWe- AK in theory, a webinar uation, educators will be more vestigations into the Daejang-dong
and not nukes. nar platform may support edu- binar, ClickWebi- GHOSH can be done with prone to using short duration land development project scandal,
cational programmes whenever nar, Zoom, Google- The writer, a former participants dis- webinars rather than long ones Park showed a completely different

Constitution & Climate stakeholders need to meet in per-

son. However, due to reasons
Meet etc. emerged
being supplement-
Associate Professor,
Department of English,
Gurudas College, Kolkata, is
cussing and collab-
orating online in
to allow participants to get infor-
mation more quickly. Webinars
attitude. He said that the case is divid-
ed into two parts ~ suspicions of pref-
including Covid-19 pandemic, ed by new features. presently with Rabindra smaller groups, in should become even more inter- erential treatment given to a few spec-

Bharati University
hile faces a conjunction of the Constitution time and cost limitations or geo- With today's web practice, this works active with the frequent use of ulators in the process of designing the
and climate change. The focus might appear graphic distance they might be tools, people in effectively only for QuadA sessions, polls, surveys project and suspicions of bribery that
to be rather unusual on the face of it, but the unable to do so. A webinar serves general can access or host webi- less demanding themes that and group chats. A key facet of happened around 2015. He also said
preface to the country”s new Constitution that is on as an online meeting which may nars, thanks to the WebRTC stan- require little effort and time for our face-to-face interactions has the part on preferential treatment had
the anvil describes a “climate and environmental combine presentation and train- dards. Today's webinars may collective work. always been the hands-on practi- ended, as indictments had been made
emergency”. Not only will the statute prescribe the ing on the internet. incorporate features like partici- A webinar depends, to a cal demonstrations and discus- against several main suspects.
The term describes the on- pants' pre-registration, calendar great extent, on technology and sions which obviously are not Park pressured the prosecution
praxis that will guide governance; it will also deter-
line transmission of seminars, invitation, digital signature the degree the participants are possible with webinars. with another guideline, too. He effec-
mine the future of lithium, an essential component of presentations or similar content option, integration with legacy comfortable in using it. In a live So, what should be the lear- tively told investigators to end the
batteries found in the salt, metres beneath the vast using video technology. The end points, etc. session where the presenter allo- ning process during and after the investigations into preferential treat-
desert in the periphery of the Andes mountains. The exchange between the speaker True, new webinar features ws using virtual whiteboards, Omicron wave? It should neces- ment without questioning those above
demand for lithium is increasing as the global econ- and participants usually takes help engage participants online switches between screens and sarily be a blend of both online the currently indicted suspects, such
omy seeks alternatives to check climate change. place via webcam and micro- with virtual breakout rooms and allows participants to raise their and offline practices ~ online ins- as Lee Jae-myung, the presidential
Chileans in general are vehemently opposed to the phone. polls, but they lack in excitement, hands to clear doubts, all partici- tructions and webinars combin- candidate of the ruling Democratic
endeavour; they argue that the country’s economic Though they offer some anticipation and emotion ~ the pants may not be at ease. ed with focused traditional class- Party of Korea.
model, based on the extraction of natural resources advantages compared to tradi- human connection that one may It is also desirable that the room learning and seminars. It is inappropriate for the justice
has exacted too high an environmental cost. Fur- tional lectures, the format scores feel while participating in an Internet speed be adequate to From the severe damage minister to comment on specific cases
particularly well when it comes event. In fact, there is no feeling allow participants to view the caused by the first and the sec- under investigation, even if they are
thermore, it has failed to spread the benefits to all to not being dependent on a cer- of mutual anticipation. presentation without distortions. ond waves of Covid-19 what we not politically sensitive. But he plainly
citizens, including the indigenous segment of the tain location. Universities may The fact of the matter is that Webinars cannot be useful when have learned is that the thirst for flouted regulations that prohibit the
populace. Ergo, it devolves on the Constitutional offer webinars in a wide variety webinars lack face-to-face hum- they are offered under hostile sit- knowledge reigns supreme. Man justice minister from interfering in
Convention to take the fundamental decision ~ What of subject areas, making it easier an interaction. While the use of uations. is still very much desirous of edu- ongoing investigations.
kind of country does Chile want to be? The Constitu- for teachers and students alike. audio-visual communication They may be effective only cating himself to keep up to Park defended the Corruption
tion will also spell out whether mining should be reg- High-quality remote webi- through webinar platforms is a for subjects that can be taught speed with the latest technology. Investigation Office for High-ranking
ulated and whether local communities should be nars have always been sought great tool, it cannot match physi- through relatively short presen- In these worrying times, it has Officials, despite its various problems
entitled to have a say in the operations. At least ano- after. Serious efforts in this regard cal interaction and the benefits tations and not for topics that been an inspiration for us to look that have come to light. He remarked
ther three questions relate to whether Chile should led to the development of PLATO the latter offers for learners. It is require sustained discussion. forward to what the “new nor- to the effect that the agency needs
(Programmed Logic for Animat- rather more challenging to fully Both the presenter and the par- mal” will look like. encouragement.
retain a presidential system. Additionally, should
Nature and generations yet unborn be entitled to
rights? The red herrings are not uniquely Chilean. editor@thestatesman.com
Nations across the world face not dissimilar dilem-
mas. The forests of Central Africa and Native Ameri-
can territories are trying to address the climate crisis
without repeating past mistakes. For Chile, the major
issue now is to shape the national charter. “We have
Glimmer of hope from Chile A WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS
to assume that human activity causes damage. So SIR, With Gabriel Boric of just in the politics of the Chile has been witness SIR, This refers to your vibrant editorial today, “A World Divided”, where you have quot-
how much damage do we want to cause?” was the the Social Convergence em- Latin American region but to the best and worst of poli- ed the argument of a distinguished writer for a meaningful global discourse regarding
erging victorious in the re- also the world over. tical experiences which saw distribution of wealth.
query of Cristina Dorador Ortiza, a miscrobiologist cently concluded Chilean Your editorial on the its fate hanging between de- It has been rightly observed that humankind has not accomplished very much if the
who is a member of the Constitutional Convention. Presidential election by de- subject is informative, thou- mocratic and dictatorail top ten per cent control 76 per cent of the global wealth and the bottom 50 per cent pos-
And then the query that must be pertinent to the feating his rival Jose Antonio ght-provoking and makes forces. sess only 2 per cent. Capitalism does not work for all and often produces distributive
comity of nations ~ “What is enough damage to live Kast of the Republican Party, the valid point that his victo- In fact, in the election of conflict, as we see in the vaccination process of some countries of Africa.
well?” Among the issues that will figure in the Con- winds of change appear to ry is seen as a rebellion ag- Salvador Allende in 1973, Conflicts do persist due to the egocentrism of the so called leading nations today,
stitution is life’s essential ~ water. It has often been be blowing in one of the ba- ainst elitism. It would not be Chile became the first na- and it must be kept in mind that the pandemic is wreaking havoc till date, and the vac-
remarked that the murderous drought has been stions of free market econo- wrong to call this massive tion in the world to have a cines and treatment protocols have mitigated the first fall in global life expectancy for
“supercharged” by climate change. It thus comes my in Latin America. victory an outcome of the Marxist President, and it was decades.
about that the Constitutional Convention will decide In fact, this game chan- consolidation of young vot- under his regime that demo- Such problems of public health, which are intrinsically related to economic dispar-
ging development is likely to ers and the triumph of left cracy reached its zenith only ity, can never be solved if we think the way we do. But where is the way out? Our cher-
who owns Chile’s water. Reports suggest that it shall
have wide ramifications not and progressive forces. to be overthrown by the ished hope, within all new year resolutions, may expect that nationalisms would become
also weigh the fundamental question ~ What exactly coup engineered by the US, more inclusive and be able to accomodate all diversities. Who knows, a world without
is water? The present Constitution in Chile was craft- which grabbed the opportu- borders may not be an utopian idea if the structures of global economic interdepen-
ed in 1980 by people who were handpicked by the nity with both hands to con- dence steadily diminish the tantrums of egoistic nation states!
then military ruler ~ Augusto Pinochet. It opened the struct a new society based Yours, etc., Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay,
country to mining investments and allowed water on neo-liberal principles Kolkata, 2 January.
rights to be bought and sold. Over time, Chile pros- with the help of the fascist
pered by exploiting its natural resources ~ copper, dictator, General Pinochet.
coal, salmon and avocados. But even as it became The latter took violence, abolish the unpopular pri- he is able to take steps to can the young, energetic
brutality and dictatorship to vate pension funds, shorten counter growing inequality. and vibrant forces change its
one of Latin America’s richest nations, there was con- centrestage. the working week to 40 hou- With the world already destiny?
siderable frustration over inequality. Chile reached Mr Boric has made pro- rs, raise the minimum wage reeling under the impact of There is a glimmer of
a turning point on 19 December 2021, when Gabriel mises such as to fight the and create a universal health multiple crises, including hope in the Latin American
Boric, a 35-year-old former student activist, was privilege of the few, to tackle care system. the corona pandemic for the continent.
elected as President. He had campaigned to expand poverty and inequality, to But, it remains to be last two years, conservative Yours, etc., Vijay Singh
the social safety net, increase mining royalties and fight climate change, to raise seen whether he will be able forces leading to decreasing Adhikari,
taxes, and create a national lithium company. taxes by 8 per cent of GDP, to walk the talk and whether democratic trust and space, Nainital, 27 December.


Role of India, China and


Russia in Central Asia

Our London correspondent cables that
the temperature at Kew on January 1 was
53 degrees, or nearly twenty degrees in
excess of the average, and a comparison
of these figures with the returns published
by the Meteorological Reporter at Alipore
indicates that Kew on New Year's Day was
only twelve degrees colder than Calcutta
HARSHA KAKAR nese, Indian inroads are equally on Monday last. The minimum tempera-
undesirable. ture in Calcutta on that day was 65.2

he recently concluded third Ruslan Pukhov, Director of the degrees, but this was eleven degrees in
India-Central Asian dialogue Centre for Strategies and Technolo- excess of the quinquennial average, so
followed by an invitation to gies, Moscow, stated that India’s that, if conditions had been normal in
the heads of state of these increased diplomatic proximity with Calcutta the temperature of Kew on New
nations to the forthcoming Republic Russia would displease Beijing. On Year's Day would have been very nearly
Day celebrations, indicates the India’s enhanced interactions with as high as that of Calcutta on the follow-
inroads made by India. Central Asian Central Asian nations, he stated that ing day. Who can wonder that the weather
nations encompass Tajikistan, Russia seeks to reduce China’s influ- experts are puzzled? Last winter in Eng-
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turk- ence in Central Asia by working with land was exceptionally mild, and in the
menistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, all India to jointly manufacture and ordinary course should have been fol-
part of the erstwhile USSR. Three of maintain weapons for the bloc. Dur- lowed by a rigorous spring, if not a bleak
these countries, Tajikistan, Uzbek- ing the Indo-Russia summit, there and rainy summer. Instead of this, the
istan and Turkmenistan share a bor- were discussions on joint defence summer was almost tropical, and lasted, if
der with Afghanistan and the region projects in these countries. the expression be permissible, until late
largely remains under the military According to reports, a non- into the autumn. After such a summer, a
influence of Russia. paper (one without a diplomatic let- winter of exceptional severity might have
India currently has a presence at terhead) was exchanged between the been predicted with some confidence. Yet
the Fakhor air base in Tajikistan, two sides covering Indian production it is apparently one of the mildest on
which it exploited when it was con- of Russian-origin equipment and record! One might almost have expected
ducting withdrawal of its staff from spares. TASS, the Russian news Ireland to assert its independence of these
Kabul. The foreign ministers of these agency also reported that a docu- conditions by indulging in frost and snow;
nations attended the India-hosted ment was signed mentioning that and that is, in fact, the course which the
dialogue, while sending their India will supply the former Soviet once distressful country has adopted.
deputies to the simultaneous Pak- republics with spare parts for
istan conducted OIC conference on weapons that Russia and India man-
Afghanistan, conveying the impor- ufacture jointly. NEWS ITEMS
tance they attach to relations with ance to the West than support for inroads. Unlike China, India does not control of the area could stem Uighur The joint statement at the end of
India. China making inroads into the Chinese internal and external poli- seek to dominate the region by nationalism, which has been on the the India-Central Asian dialogue
region with its Belt Road Initiative is
viewed with disapproval by Russia.
With India, Russia’s relationship
replacing Russia. This is because
India is not a neighbour of these
rise. Anti-China and pro-Uighur
protests are regularly held in these
talked of increased Indian invest-
ments and aid for the region. It also DANGER OF CIVIL
Despite the supposed bonhomie
between China and Russia, relations
has been time tested and beneficial,
though trade has been low. Despite
countries. China, which shares bor-
ders with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and
countries. As per reports, approxi-
mately 3 million central Asian resi-
covered enhanced security coopera-
tion, without too many specifics,
between the two are a matter of con- India’s proximity to the US, it dis- the Kyrgyz Republic has and will dents reside in Xinjiang, whom China other than regular NSA meetings. A BOMBAY, JAN 3
venience rather than based on mutu- played an independent and pro-Rus- remain a long-term threat, hence its is attempting to repatriate. Finally, number of projects were approved, Pandit Malaviya, Mr. Jinnah and a num-
al benefit. Differences in economy sia streak by signing multiple defence inroads into the region are a matter of there are mineral resources including and a USD 1 billion line of credit was ber of other non-party leaders have
and capabilities places Russia as a deals despite threat of sanctions. concern for Russia. oil and gas, which China seeks to sanctioned. Afghanistan, which con- addressed a circular letter to representa-
minor partner to China, something India has never criticized Russian An article by Temur Umarov, in exploit. cerns India, Central Asian nations tives of all shades of political opinion
President Vladimir Putin would be actions. On its part, Russia has the Carnegie Moscow Centre of Feb- While China controls these and Russia was discussed in detail. throughout the country pointing out that
unwilling to accept. With Europe and backed Indian concerns and sought ruary 2020, states that Chinese nations economically, Russia pro- Joint counter terrorism exercises the Ahmedabad Congress, by rejecting the
the US imposing sanctions on Russia to diffuse the current Indo-China cri- investment inroads into Central vides security through the Collective involving India, Russia and Central motion for independence and relaxing
for its takeover of Crimea as also sis. Russia is sympathetic to Indian Asian nations is pushing them into a Security Treaty Organization. This is Asian nations have also been planned the mandatory character of the non-
increased tensions over Ukraine and interests in its dealings with Pakistan, debt trap. The Kyrgyz Republic and where Russian and Chinese interests in the coming year. cooperation resolution, had gone some
US-China deteriorating ties, it is nat- including sale of weapons. Russia Tajikistan owe over 40 per cent of clash as China seeks to replace Rus- With other global players miss- way towards conciliating a large section
ural for the two nations to display sol- inducted India into the Shanghai their foreign debt to China. The Chi- sia in the security domain. China has ing, it has been left to Russia and of the public which was opposed to forced
idarity with each other. Cooperation Organization as a coun- nese, having settled border disputes already been providing cheap China to actively dominate Central marches in politics, but the countenance
Both would seek to ensure the terweight to China, an act India is with these nations in their favour are weaponry to the region, most of it Asia. Russia seeks India alongside it, given by the Congress to the early adop-
other does not interfere in case one of well aware of. now attempting to grab gold mining being poor copies of Russian equip- which China resents. However, nei- tion of aggressive civil disobedience could
them acts unilaterally in its area of The schedule of the Indo-Russia concessions and additional land in ment. In a virtual China-Central ther nation would desire US or NATO not, but cause anxiety. It therefore
interest, Beijing on Taiwan and Russia summit (6 December), the Indo-Cen- lieu of payments. It continues to Asian foreign ministers’ summit in military presence. For India, the behoved the Government and people to
on Ukraine. Display of proximity and tral Asian dialogue (18-19 December) demand the Pamir Knot region from July 2020, Wang Yi, the Chinese for- region has value due to its mineral strain their utmost to prevent a resort to
signals of support divides US atten- and the PM Modi-Putin telephone Tajikistan, mainly because it borders eign minister stated Chinese inter- resources as also an opportunity to civil disobediences in view of the disas-
tion. Putin’s decision to attend the conversation of 19 December were Afghanistan and would enhance ests in the region include, ‘trade, challenge China. trous consequences if the present dead-
Beijing Winter Games opening cere- not a coincidence. Russia would any security for Xinjiang. medical aid, and security.’ For Rus- lock continued.
mony, on an invite from President Xi day prefer Indian involvement in For China, the region provides sia, Chinese inroads into its security The writer is a retired Major-General of
Jinping, was more a display of defi- Central Asia as compared to Chinese land access to Europe. Diplomatic domain is unacceptable. For the Chi- the Indian Army.
Lessons from the dinosaur’s tale STUDENTS
The Convocation of the Punjab University
was held today in the University Hall
ZARRAR KHUHRO American continents and so much when in the absence of the Chancellor,
debris was thrown into the air that it His Excellency Sir Edward Maclagan was

t’s been quite a year for science, created a global nuclear winter that has left Lahore on tour, Sir John Maynard,
what with the launch of the blocked out the sun’s rays. This led to Vice-Chancellor of the University,
James Webb telescope, the Mars the near eradication of plant life, cre- presided. The procedure of the Convoca-
landings and a probe practically ating a domino effect that in short tion was occasionally interrupted by
‘touching’ the sun. And as we launch order killed off 75 per cent of animal shouts of "Bandemataram," "Mahatma
ourselves further and further into life on earth. Gandhi-ki-jai," etc. After the degrees were
space, with one goal being the eternal It’s a statistical certainty that at conferred on the new graduates Sir
search for extraterrestrial life, we some point this will happen again. Ashutosh Mukerjee, Vice-Chancellor of
must also not ignore delving deeper After all, Earth is routinely the Calcutta University, in the course of
into how life evolved on our own bomba-r-ded by space ro--cks, most an address said the University, in order to
planet as here are clues as to what life of which are too small to do any real be worthy of its name, should be in a
on other planets may look like. damage but every once in a while, as position to satisfy the requirements of all
And on that front, towards the in the Russian region of Tunguska in the students who would eagerly flock to
end of this year came the discovery 1908, potentially deadly meteors and the gates. University must have fullest
of what is the best-preserved asteroids do indeed burn their way independence and amplest powers in
dinosaur embryo that has ever been through Earth’s atmosphere. While working out its intellectual salvation.
found. the Tunguska asteroid luckily hit an
Named Baby Yingliang, this 72-
million-year-old fossilised embryo of
uninhabited area, the 12 megaton
blast flattened an area of over 2,000 THE ATTACK
a dinosaur was found in southern
China and, for all intents and pur-
square kilometres and created a
shockwave that was felt as far away ON FEROKE
poses, looks just like a baby bird
about to hatch; the embryo is in
as Washington, D.C.
Up until now, all Nasa and other
what is called a ‘tucking position’, fame has now been revised to add a (an eyeblink in evolutionary terms) but also to the search for life on other space agencies have done is to keep CALICUT, JAN 3
which is a distinct position taken by crest of feathers on its head, back and scientists posited that evolution may planets. an eye on potential world-ending The Special Tribunal this morning con-
pre-hatched birds that helps them tail. It’s impossible to be sure that this not be purely gradual, but may also But as important as the life of asteroids heading our way, but being tinued the hearing of the case in which
break open the eggshell using their is what it actually looked like, leap forward, effecting large genetic dinosaurs may have been, the man- forewarned isn’t the same as being five Moplahs were charged with attempt-
beak. because feathers are rarely preserved changes in a relatively short period ner in which they went ‘extinct’ is also forearmed ...until now. In a project ing to destroy Feroke railway bridge in the
This latest discovery is further in the fossil record, and none have of time. something that should concern us. that comes straight out of a science early days of the rebellion in Malabar. The
confirmation of the long-held theory been found in a T. rex fossil. However, But as new discoveries are made, They were a remarkably successful fiction movie, Nasa recently gate-keeper of the bridge said that the
that the dinosaurs didn’t exactly die preserved feathers have been found we are realising that the evolution of species, having dominated the earth launched a satellite with a single accused, who were seen among the crowd
out; they just evolved into birds. This on fossils of other tyrannosaurus dinosaurs from gigantic reptiles to for an incredible 180 million years mission: to crash into an asteroid to who came to demolish the bridge, cut all
gets even more interesting when you species and their relatives and so a the innocuous birds of today, may and would have likely continued to see if the impact can effect a slight the telegraph wires connecting the bridge
realise that the embryo in question is feathery and colourful T. rex is not have been a far slower process that do so if not for a cosmic fluke in the change in its trajectory. If success- with Feroke station, and were helping to
of a theropod dinosaur, an incredibly out of the question. involved incremental change over an shape of a planet-killing asteroid. ful, this would mean that we are on remove rails and throw them into the
diverse group of dinosaurs that Previously, the only real fossil immense period of time. This, in This massive celestial rock, said to be the way to establishing a line of river. The Court framed charges against
ranged from the tiny Microraptor to link between birds and dinosaurs was turn, forces us to rethink how life between 10 and 15 kilometres wide, defence against an asteroid apoca- the accused, who pleaded not guilty and
the Tyrannosaurus rex itself. the Archaeopteryx, which had feath- evolved on this planet, and what impacted somewhere off the coast of lypse. If not, then, well, perhaps submitted statements in defence. The
As far as that iconic dinosaur ered wings and also the teeth and direction evolution may take in the what is now Mexico with such veloci- some future species will pore over case was adjourned till Monday when evi-
goes, scientists have been reconsid- long bony tail of a dinosaur. Given future. And that knowledge may ty that it created a crater 150km in our fossils. dence for the defence will be given.
ering how it may actually have looked that it developed these hybrid char- prove crucial not just to ensuring the diameter. Such was the impact that
and the scaly T. rex of Jurassic Park acteristics in a mere 10 million years continuation of life on this planet, massive tsunamis swept over the
ACROSS leaves new clothing abomination protective excited about that
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION 1 Like only this clue
Australian spinner for manufacturer of equipment (7) (9) The men of the Waziristan Force are
(5,5) whites? (7) 3 Tail-end stand (4) 18 Officer run out is badly in need of reading matter, gramo-
today? That’s hardly
15 Rather tight-lipped 28 Cook too long abroad 4 Indians not using e.g. upset, with superior
fair (3,7)
giving bye (6-3) suffering from leg trap (5) quietly stopping phone records and playing cards. The
6 In downpour, conditions under which they are living at
17 Perhaps Botham’s overwork (7) 5 Bishop’s place is cricket? (9)
Duckworth-Lewis is
common parlance for
over going for 16 (5) 29 Point scoffs, running around rope, 20 Which son collects present are far from ideal. Amongst the
19 Much to do with “Flipping tail-enders” just inside (9) batting helmets? snow-clad mountain of the frontier, with
Imran Khan, etc. (4)
number of wickets (4) 7 For this fast stuff (3,4)
9 Michael Holding
to take (5) 30 Lord’s wicket keeper guard’s middle and 22 Reserve bowled on long, cold nights and far from the flesh-
pirouetting at pots of the plains, these men are com-
21 If wrong’un turns isn’t particularly off (7) long grass in field,
second slip (7)
10 Narrow strip remains
then Wales’ last pair liked during series 8 Giving us new spin, showing craft (7) pelled to rely entirely upon their own
makes nought (9) (5,5) the opposite of 23 Garner caught one, devices for any relaxation from the
like that, needing a
23 Boxes, for instance, seam? (5) grabbing hard (5)
bit of mowing to
saving fellow’s nuts DOWN 11 Poor side in South 24 Comic bat’s 1D monotonous round of working, eating
widen it? (7) and sleeping. Any gifts of old magazines,
(10) 1 Dropping one place Africa? (8) puttin’ wig and
12 Aussies unable to
leave the ground,
25 Celebrate fine season down in the batting 14 Pad out centrally, fell gown on? (5) books, or periodicals, gramophone
for French cricket? order (6,3) leg before wicket (8) 26 One of the Players records and playing cards will be greatly
English have to
(4) 2 Concealed by whites, 16 Gower perhaps in parking item used
shortly (4)
27 Clubs with gold Tudor combined cryptic XI – Paul’s during play (4) appreciated by the troops. If addressed
13 Boycott opening to Mr. A.H. Dyton, Brigade Institute,
NOTE: Figures in parentheses denote the number of letters in the words required. (By arrangement with The Independent, London) Sararogha, Waziristan, North-West Fron-
tier, they will be certain of being distrib-
uted fairly amongst the men.

The last PMI results of 2021 for the Indian
manufacturing sector were encouraging.

Manufacturing growth New Year celebrations at stock
markets! Sensex jumps 929 pts
PMI eases to 55.5 in December, from November's ten-month high of 57.6
The Indian equities markets
AGENCIES December. New export orders started the new calendar year
NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY rose for the sixth month in suc- 2022 on a firm note with the
cession, albeit only slightly, benchmark Sensex surging

ndia's manufacturing the survey said. 929 points despite rising Covid-
sector activities moder- On the prices front, 19 related restrictions across
ated in December but although input costs rose the country.
output remained in the sharply, and at an above- The key indices of the Indi-
growth territory, amid slow- trend pace, the rate of infla- an equities markets, includ-
er rise in sales and new orders, tion eased to a three-month ing the Sensex and the Nifty
even as business sentiment low. opened trading in the new year
was dampened by concerns "Despite easing in Decem- with significant gains and
surrounding supply-chain ber, input cost inflation was surged more than one-and-a-
disruptions, Covid-19 and still running at one of its half per cent towards the end in the positive at 17,387.15 2.85 per cent to Rs 1143.15; TCS
inflationary pressures, a highest rates in around seven- of the day's trade. points and touched a high of 2.18 per cent higher at Rs
Maruti production falls: monthly survey said today. and-a-half years. The vast The 30 stock S&P Sensex of 17,646.65 points in the intra- 3818.15; HDFC 1.88 per cent
India's largest carmaker The seasonally adjusted score below 50 denotes con- and lingering supply chain dis- majority of firms nevertheless the Bombay Stock Exchange day trade. higher at Rs 2635.45; UltraT-
Maruti Suzuki said on Mon- IHS Markit India Manufac- traction. ruptions." decided to keep their selling closed at 59,183.22 points, There was strong buying ech Cement 1.82 per cent
day its production of pas- turing Purchasing Managers' "The last PMI results of 2021 The survey noted that the prices unchanged, in order to which is 1.60 per cent or support in banking and IT higher at Rs 7729.90; Kotak
senger cars dropped to Index (PMI) eased to 55.5 in for the Indian manufacturing upturn in new orders during boost sales, with overall 929.40 points higher from its stocks. Financial stocks of Bank 1.54 per cent higher at
148,767 units in December December, from November's sector were encouraging, with December was sharp, despite charges up only marginally in previous session's close at Bajaj Group surged. Bajaj Rs 1823.95 and Reliance Indus-
2021, which is 3.06 per ten-month high of 57.6. the economic recovery con- being the slowest since Sep- December," Lima said. 58,253.82 points. Finance soared 3.52 per cent tries 1.53 per cent higher at Rs
cent less than 153,475 The December data point- tinuing as firms were suc- tember. Similarly, produc- Concerns over elevated Earlier the Sensex opened to Rs 7222.30. Bajaj Finserv 2404.35.
units produced during the ed to a "substantial, albeit slow- cessful in securing new work tion rose at a sharp pace that price pressures hampered in the positive at 58,310.09 climbed 3.49 per cent to Rs Only five of the 30 scrips
corresponding month of er, rises in sales and output", from domestic and interna- was nevertheless the weakest business confidence in points and touched a high of 16963. that are part of the Sensex
the previous year. There the survey said, adding that tional sources," Pollyanna in three months. December, with firms also 59,266.39 points in the intra- ICICI Bank surged 3.31 per closed in the red. Dr Reddy's
was a sharp drop in the the latest quarterly reading was De Lima, economics associ- Spending trends were worried that the pandemic and day trade. There was strong cent to Rs 764.75. IndusInd Laboratories slumped 1.13
production of mini vehi- at 56.3, its highest since the ate director at IHS Markit, said. mixed, with employment supply-chain issues could buying support throughout the Bank jumped 2.79 per cent to per cent to Rs 4853.20. Mahin-
cles that include Alto and final quarter of fiscal year Lima, however, noted that falling fractionally in response dampen the recovery next day and the momentum Rs 912.40. HDFC surged 2.70 dra & Mahindra 0.91 per cent
S-Presso. The company 2020-21. "manufacturers were opti- to a lack of pressure on capac- year. picked up towards the end of per cent to Rs 1519.70. Axis down at Rs 829.70; Tech Mahin-
was able to produce only The December PMI data mistic that output would con- ity, but firms purchasing addi- "The overall degree of opti- the trading session. Bank surged 2.62 per cent to dra 0.30 per cent down at Rs
19,396 vehicles in the mini pointed to an improvement tinue to increase in 2022, but tional inputs amid restocking mism remained below its The broader Nifty 50 of Rs 696.30. State Bank of India 1785.10; Nestle India 0.04 per
category in December in overall operating conditions business sentiment was some- efforts. long-run average, despite the National Stock Exchange soared 2.26 per cent to Rs cent down at Rs 19699.95 and
2021, which is sharply for the sixth straight month. what tamed by worries sur- Further, international improving from November's closed 1.57 per cent or 271.65 470.85. Titan 0.02 per cent down at Rs
lower than 27,772 vehicles In PMI parlance, a print above rounding the path of the pan- demand for Indian goods 17-month low," the survey points higher at 17,625.70 Other major Sensex gain- 2523.75 were the only Sensex
produced during Decem- 50 means expansion, while a demic, inflationary pressures continued to improve in said. points. Earlier the Nifty opened ers included Tata Steel, rising scrips that closed in the red.
ber 2020. The production
of Eeco vans dropped to
9,045 units in December
2021 from 11,219 units
during the corresponding
SPMCIL pays `240 cr Unemployment
rises to 7.91%
Sebi notifies rules for vault managers;
month of the previous
year. ANI dividend to Centre in December allows bourses to set up gold exchange
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE targets as regards the pro- NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY
GPT Healthcare IPO: GPT NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY duction of bank notes, coins, AGENCIES rities. The gold exchange, "Where a vault manager is
Healthcare, which oper- security paper, passports, Unemployment rate in India NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY encompassing the entire carrying on any activity besides
ates and manages hospi- The Security Printing and security inks, and other secu- rose to 7.91 per cent in ecosystem of trading of EGR those laid down in these reg-
tals under the ILS Hospitals Minting Corporation of India rity products during the year December 2021 from 7 per Markets regulator the Secu- and physical delivery of gold, ulations, then the activities
brand, has received Limited (SPMCIL) has paid a 2020-21. cent in the previous month, rities and Exchange Board of is expected to create a vibrant relating to his business as
approval from markets final dividend of Rs 240.41 crore SPMCIL has produced according to the Centre for India has notified rules for vault gold ecosystem in India. vault manager shall be sep-
regulator the Securities to the Government of India for 8,288 million pieces of the bank Monitoring Indian Econo- managers that allow bours- In a notification dated 31 arate and segregated from
and Exchange Board of fiscal 2020-21. It is five per cent notes, 2,757 million pieces of my (CMIE) data released es to set up a gold exchange December, the regulator said all other activities including
India to launch its initial of net worth of the company circulating coins, 6,870 met- today. in the country. the vault manager will be earmarking separate space for
public offering. The IPO as on 31 March 2021 and 57 ric ton (MT) security paper, This is the highest level This comes after the board registered and regulated as a storage of gold for the trad-
consists of a fresh issue of per cent of profit after tax 600.42 metric ton (MT) of of unemployment rate in of Sebi cleared a proposal in Sebi intermediary for pro- ing of EGR and storage of
equity shares aggregating (PAT) for FY 2020-21. security inks in financial year India in four months. The last September for setting up a gold viding vaulting services meant goods for its other business,"
to Rs 17.5 crore, and an Union minister for finance 2020-21. time when the unemploy- exchange, wherein the yellow for gold deposited to create Sebi said.
offer for sale of up to & corporate affairs Nirmala During the year 2020-21, the ment rate was higher than metal will be traded in the form EGRs. The vault managers are
29,887,486 equity shares, Sitharaman received the div- revenue from operations of the this was in August 2021 of electronic gold receipts The obligations of the vault cation to Sebi for grant of a required to have systems for
according to the draft red idend cheque from SPMCIL company stood at Rs 4,712.57 when the jobless rate stood and the bourse will help in hav- manager include accepting certificate of registration. recording all transactions in
herring prospectus. by Tripti P Ghosh, chairman crore and profit before tax at at 8.3 per cent. Unemploy- ing a transparent domestic deposits, storage and safe- Spelling out eligibility cri- electronic form pertaining
According to market and managing director, and Rs 789.74 crore. ment rose in both urban as spot price discovery mecha- keeping of gold, creation as teria, Sebi said the applicant to vaulting services.
sources, the initial public Ajay Agarwal, director The SPMCIL is a Schedule well as rural areas. Howev- nism. well as withdrawal of EGR, shall be a body corporate They need to maintain
offering is expected to (finance), in presence of Ajay “A” Miniratna Category-I Cen- er, urban unemployment The instruments repre- grievance redressal and peri- incorporated in India and the documents to ensure that
fetch between Rs 450 Seth, secretary, department of tral public sector enterprise, remained at much higher senting gold will be called elec- odic reconciliation of physi- shall have the minimum net gold is traceable; details of stor-
crore and Rs 500 crore. SNS economic affairs (DEA), and wholly-owned by the gov- level than the rural areas. tronic gold receipts (EGRs) and cal gold with the records of worth of Rs 50 crore. age, transfer and withdraw-
Meera Swarup, special secre- ernment and under the admin- Unemployment in urban will be notified as securities. depository. Every certificate of regis- al of gold; purity, quantity and
tary & financial advisor, min- istrative control of depart- areas rose to 9.3 per cent in These EGRs will have trading, Any person intending to tration granted will be valid weight of deposited gold; and
SBI Mutual Fund: SBI Mutu- istry of finance. ment of economic affairs of December from 8.21 per clearing and settlement fea- carry on the business as a vault unless it is suspended or can- creation and extinguishment
al Fund on Monday SPMCIL has achieved the the finance ministry. cent in November 2021. ANI tures akin to any other secu- manager can make an appli- celled by Sebi. of EGRs.
announced the launch of

Future Retail asks court to declare

SBI CPSE Bond Plus SDL Sep
2026 50:50 Index Fund, an
open-ended target maturi-
ty index fund investing in
Small finance banks’ AUM
arbitration with Amazon illegal seen rising 20% in FY’22: Icra
constituents of Nifty CPSE
Bond Plus SDL Sep 2026
50:50 Index. The new fund
offer will open on 3 Janu-
ary 2022 and close on 17 AGENCIES this month. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE
January 2022, according MUMBAI, 3 JANUARY
In the latest Future Retail filing in New Delhi, Amazon has long argued NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY
to a Press release. The the company argues that since the 2019 deal that Future violated the terms
investment objective of Future Retail has asked a no longer has antitrust approval, it has "no of its 2019 deal in deciding to Assets under management of
the scheme is to provide New Delhi court to declare legal existence" in India and Amazon can no sell retail assets to Reliance, small finance banks are esti-
returns that closely corre- ongoing arbitration pro- longer assert any of its rights. The "continua- and the US company's posi- mated to rise by 20 per cent
spond to the total returns ceedings with Amazon.com tion has so far been backed in financial year 2021-22, as
of the securities as repre- illegal, saying the country's
tion of the entire arbitration proceedings is a by the Singapore arbitrator and against 18 per cent increase
sented by the underlying antitrust agency had sus- perpetuation of illegality," Future said in its fil- Indian courts. Future denies in the last fiscal, rating agency
index, subject to tracking pended a 2019 deal, which ing dated 31 December. any wrongdoing. Icra said.
error, the release said. SNS Amazon used to assert its But people familiar with Small finance banks' main
rights over Future. is being heard by a Singapore proceedings is a perpetuation the case say the antitrust sus- objective is to take basic bank-
Amazon successfully used arbitration panel, but both of illegality," Future said in its pension could make it easi- ing activities to unserved and
Century Real Estate: Cen- the terms of its toehold $200 sides have been fighting par- filing dated 31 December. er for Future to push through underserved sections, includ-
tury Real Estate, a leading million investment in debt- allel cases in Indian courts to The case will likely be its attempts to sell retail assets ing small business units, small financial year 2021-22. to remain elevated in finan-
developer and one of the laden Future to block the enforce or overrule certain heard by judges this week. to Reliance and weaken Ama- and marginal farmers, micro Besides, Icra maintained cial year 2021-22 as well, which
largest landowners in Indian retailer's attempt to sell decisions taken by the arbi- Future and Amazon did not zon's legal position. and small industries, among its cautious stance, as the would keep the profitability
south India, recorded its retail assets to a rival, alleg- trator. respond to a request for com- The dispute over Future others. Like other commercial recent surge in Covid-19 infec- subdued. Over the long term,
best-ever calendar year in ing breach of certain contracts. In the latest Future Retail ment. Retail, which has more than banks, these banks can also tions could play a spoilsport small finance banks’ ability to
residential sales, with a But the Indian antitrust filing in New Delhi, the com- The filing also showed 1,500 supermarket and other lend and take deposits. and impact the recovery in improve the operating effi-
significant 68 per cent body, the Competition Com- pany argues that since the 2019 that Future's appeal to the outlets, is the most hostile As per the rating agency's growth. ciency further and control
growth in net sales rev- mission of India, in Decem- deal no longer has antitrust Delhi High Court comes after flashpoint between Jeff Bezos' report, even as the growth in Amid the second wave of the credit costs would be
enues compared to the ber suspended the 2019 deal approval, it has "no legal the Singapore arbitration Amazon and Reliance, run by portfolio is expected to drive the pandemic, small finance imperative for improving the
previous CY, with the just- saying Amazon suppressed existence" in India and Ama- panel did not agree to its India's richest man Mukesh an improvement in revenue, banks witnessed decline in col- return," said Sachin Sachde-
concluded festive quarter information while seeking zon can no longer assert any immediate demands to ter- Ambani, as they try to gain the the expected elevated credit lections as well as quality va, vice-president and sector
being the best quarter of approvals. of its rights. The "continua- minate the proceedings, say- upper hand in winning retail costs are likely to keep the metrics of the assets. head, financial sector ratings
all time. ANI The long-running dispute tion of the entire arbitration ing arguments would continue consumers. profitability subdued in "Credit costs are expected at Icra.

TVS Motor reports sales of Nifty is due for a pause: Report

250,933 units in December INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE
market but also the INR. We
hence believe a multi-month
pause is in order, the recent
That said, and the structural
appeal of the Indian market
notwithstanding, we believe
the vehicle, cement and con-
struction space. We believe
materials stocks on multi-
ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL December 2020 to 88,629 Even after the GDP bounce- correction notwithstanding," in the near term the Nifty is year high valuations will like-
HOSUR (TN), 3 JANUARY units in December 2021. back off the low Covid-19 the report said. due for a pause, and may even ly underperform as some sup-
The company’s three- base, India can manage a 7.7 "All told, within the space ease in the early part of 2022, ply tightness eases, the report
TVS Motor Company regis- wheeler sales grew by 12 per per cent expansion in finan- of two years, the current UBS said. said.
tered sales of 250,933 units cent increasing from 13,845 cial year 2022-23 and hence account is likely to swing from "A key reason is indeed In our estimate, the central
in December 2021 as against units in December 2020 to deliver growth that is almost its surplus of 0.9 per cent of the still lofty valuation pre- bank will likely start to slight-
sales of 272,084 units in the 15,541 units in December unrivalled globally, UBS said GDP towards a 1.9 per cent mium. We expect this process ly tighten policy measures
month of December 2020. 2021. in a report. deficit, in our view. We to continue. The earnings from March and subsequently
The company’s total two- During the third quarter Yet, after a stellar two years believe this will bring down the growth of 28.3 per cent for FY’22 raise its repo rate around Sep-
wheeler sales stood at 235,392 of the company stood at of the current financial year, for the Nifty where it even left INR. We look for USD-INR to and 11.7 per cent for FY’23 tember, followed by a second
units in December 2021 as 67,553 units in December two-wheeler of the compa- the S&P behind at times (even trade towards 79 levels by stop when markets no longer works as a partial counter-force rate hike later during the year
against 258,239 units in 2021 as against sales of 77,705 ny posted sales of 8.3 lakh in US dollar terms), we believe end-2022," UBS said in its exhibit a steady rise, and and will likely help to prevent to arrive at 4.5 per cent, the
December 2020. Domestic units in December 2020. units as against sales of 9.5 the valuation does not fully report. potentially higher bank deposit a strong correction. At the report said.
two-wheeler sales were As regards international lakh units in the third quar- reflect upcoming headwinds, Another interesting and rates could become a potent same time, we stress that as During the early part of the
146,763 units in December business, the company's total ter of the previous year. the report said. potentially bearish aspect is competitor again when the RBI is often the case, consensus esti- pandemic, exports held up rea-
2021 as against sales of 176,912 exports grew by 10 per cent Sales of three-wheelers These include rising inter- the lopsidedness of recent starts to hike interest rates, UBS mates look implausibly high sonably well while imports
units in December 2020. increasing from 94,269 units of the company grew by 17 est rates both globally and in inflows that have kept the said. to us", UBS said. plummeted. Yet, for FY’23,
Motorcycle sales grew by in December 2020 to 103,420 per cent from 0.38 lakh units India, and importantly, the market afloat. They are now India's stock market left Still, financials should come we expect only small export
12 per cent, increasing from units in the month of Decem- in the third quarter of the pre- return of India's historic soft derived almost exclusively most emerging markets and to the fore on the back of ris- growth while imports should
119,051 units in December ber 2021. Two-wheeler exports vious year to 0.44 lakh units spot, current account deficits. from domestic retail investors. even developed markets ing loan growth, coupled with come roaring back as the
2020 to 133,700 units in grew by 9 per cent, increas- in the third quarter of the cur- "These headwinds may affect However, the past has shown counterparts in the dust dur- expanding interest margins. economy reopens further and
December 2021. Scooter sales ing from 81,327 units in rent year. not only the country's stock that this type of flows can ing 2020 and especially 2021. We also like cyclical names in oil prices are rising.
I will not stop efforts to institutionalise sustainable
Hong Kong news site to shut; Sudan’s PM announces resignation
ASSOCIATED PRESS that time he had failed to ter,” he said, adding that his

pro-Beijing lawmakers sworn in CAIRO, 3 JANUARY

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdal-

la Hamdok announced his res-
name a Cabinet and his res-
ignation throws Sudan into
political uncertainty amid
uphill security and econom-
stepping down would allow
a chance for another person
to lead the nation and com-
plete its transition to a “civil-
The founders of news outlet Citizen News said the news site will stop publishing on Tuesday ignation Sunday amid polit- ic challenges. ian, democratic country.”
ical deadlock and widespread In a televised national He did not name a suc-
ASSOCIATED PRESS in recent months became a and unions to disband. Many pro-democracy protests fol- address Sunday, Hamdok cessor.
HONG KONG, 4 JANUARY refuge for many journalists more activists have fled. lowing a military coup that called for a dialogue to agree The prime minister said his
who had lost their jobs when Meanwhile, new laws have derailed the country’s fragile on a “national charter” and to efforts to bridge the widen-

group of lawmakers other outlets closed or faced changed how Hong Kongers transition to democratic rule. “draw a roadmap” to complete ing gap and settle disputes
loyal to China’s Com- other pressures. vote for their representatives, Hamdok, a former U.N. offi- the transition to democracy among the political forces
munist Party were “With Apple Daily’s sudden including a requirement that cial seen as the civilian face in accordance with the 2019 have failed.
sworn in to Hong closure in the past summer, any who seek office must be of Sudan’s transitional gov- constitutional document gov- He warned that the ongo-
Kong’s Legislature on Monday the journalism majors who “patriots,” effectively bringing ernment, had been reinstat- erning the transitional peri- ing political stalemate since
following an election without were originally supposed to the body under Beijing’s con- ed as prime minister in od. the military takeover could
opposition candidates, as yet intern with them, Citizen trol.“What we understood November as part of an agree- “I decided to return the become a full-blown crisis
another pro-democracy news News made arrangements to about press freedom has ment with the military fol- responsibility and declare my and damage the country’s
outlet announced it could no take them in, so that students changed a lot,” said Chris lowing the October coup. In resignation as prime minis- already battered economy.
longer operate amid a grow- wouldn’t lose this internship Yeung, founder and chief
ing crackdown on freedoms jing politicians. Citizen News said in a state- opportunity,” said Vivian W.W. writer at Citizen News.
in the territory.
The former British colony
The founders of news out-
let Citizen News said the news
ment on Sunday, when it
announced the closure.
Tam, a senior lecturer at the
Chinese University of Hong
Yeung said at a news con-
ference on Monday that the S Africa Parl TENDER
that was returned to China in
1997 was once known as a
site will stop publishing on
Tuesday. While they have
The outlet is the third to
close in recent months, fol-
Kong’s journalism school, in
a public Facebook post. Tam
trigger for their decision to shut
down was what happened to
haven for dissent and freedoms received no order to close, they lowing the shuttering of the declined to be interviewed. Stand News. Last week, author- ‘completely
of the press and expression not said Monday that deteriorat- territory’s last pro-democra- But a new sweeping Nation- ities raided Stand News and
seen on the mainland. But the ing media freedoms in the cy print newspaper, Apple al Security Law — imposed on arrested seven people — gutted’
central government in Beijing financial hub put them in an Daily, and the online site Hong Kong by China’s central including editors and former CAPE TOWN, 3 JANUARY
has clamped down in the last impossible position. Stand News.Citizen News was Legislature — has made inde- board members — for alleged-
year, leading to the closure of “We all love this place, founded in 2017 by a group pendent reporting increasingly ly conspiring to publish sedi- Fire crews have continued
independent news outlets, deeply. Regrettably, what was of veteran journalists. The dangerous. Journalists and tious material. Stand News to work at South Africa’s
the removal of monuments to ahead of us is not just pour- small site focused on politi- political activists have been announced on the same day national Parliament complex
dissent, and a poorly attend- ing rains or blowing winds, but cal news and analysis pieces, arrested under the law, and it that it would cease to oper- in Cape Town on Monday
ed election swept by pro-Bei- hurricanes and tsunamis,” as well as investigations — and has forced civil rights groups ate. after a major fire blazed
through the buildings a day
earlier, causing extensive

Mali junta defies mediators North Korea defector likely

The main chamber of

with 5-year transition plan made rare border crossing: Seoul

the National Assembly was
“completely gutted,” City
of Cape Town safety and
ASSOCIATED PRESS proposal said. ASSOCIATEED PRESS it suspects an earlier North mal observation device detect- security official J.P. Smith said,
BAMAKO, 3 JANUARY The regional bloc known SEOUL, 3 JANUARY Korean defector was the bor- ed four people in the north- and parts of the roof had col-
as ECOWAS, which has threat- der crosser and that it is try- ern part of the border after Sat- lapsed.“The entire Parlia-
Mali’s military junta wants to ened to impose more sanc- A person who crossed the bor- ing to confirm related infor- urday’s border crossing, the ment complex is severely
extend its rule for five more tions if the junta fails to con- der from South Korea into mation.A ministry official Defense Ministry official said. damaged, waterlogged and
years, putting off the next duct the election by the end North Korea on NewYear’s Day said the statement refers to This could suggest three smoke damaged,” Smith
presidential election until of February, responded to was likely a defector who a former North Korean citi- North Korean soldiers came said.
2026 despite a deadline of next the junta’s proposal by call- had slipped through the same zen who was captured south to take the border crosser Firefighters were still
month set by West African ing for a special meeting in one heavily fortified frontier in the of the border in November away from the border. working on “hotspots” in the
regional mediators. week.The military leaders other direction to settle in 2020. The man identified South Korea asked North National Assembly building GOVERNMENT OF ODISHA
Under its plan, a consti- who overthrew Mali’s demo- South Korea in late 2020, the himself as a former gymnast Korea to ensure the person’s more than 24 hours after the OFFICE OF THE CHIEF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER
tutional referendum would be cratically elected president military said Monday. and told investigators that he safety via a military hotline fire started, Cape Town Fire RURAL WORKS CIRCLE, SAMBALPUR
held in 2023 and a legislative already had negotiated an South Korean surveillance had crawled over barbed wire communication channel. and Rescue Service Caption No.-O-1611 Tel.: 0663-2548268
election would take place in 18-month political transition equipment detected an fences to defect before being North Korea replied that it spokesman Jermaine Carelse E-mail Id: serwcirclesbp@yahoo.com
2025. The presidential elec- period that is due to expire at unidentified person moving found by South Korean troops, received the South Korean said. But the fire crews had Bid Identification No. Weir Tender Online – RWCSBP-44
tion would be put off until 2026, the end of February. into North Korean territory the official said, requesting messages but didn’t elaborate been scaled back from No.: 3718 Dated: 30-12-2021
according to the proposal, a The junta’s time frame, across the eastern portion of anonymity citing department on the border crosser, accord- around 70 firefighters Sun- The Chief Construction Engineer, Rural Works Circle, Sambalpur, on behalf of
copy of which was obtained outlined in the document the border on Saturday. The rules. ing to the South Korean day to 20 by Monday morn- Governor of Odisha, invites online percentage rate bid from experienced & eligible
Sunday. sent to regional mediators military said a security cam- The official said the appear- Defense Ministry.Observers say ing.Other buildings in the bidders for 2 (two) Nos. of Weir works under State Plan for the year 2021-22.
1. Name of work : Construction of Weir under State Plan for the year
“This five-year period is last week, significantly extends era showed a person earlier ance of the person detected those returnees likely failed complex were also dam-
2021-22 in the District of Bargarh.
appropriate to conduct the their time in power. Mali’s junta Saturday crawling over a by the South Korean securi- to adjust to their new highly aged by the fire and spread 2. No. of works : 2 (two) Nos. as per DTCN.
political and institutional maintains that elections can- barbed-wire fence along the ty camera on Saturday competitive, capitalistic lives from an old Parliament 3. Estimated Cost : Approximately Rs. 126.01 lakh (each).
reforms leading to the orga- not be held because of deep- southern edge of the border. matched the former defector. in South Korea, had big debts building that now houses 4. Class of contractor : B and A.
nization of general and ref- ening insecurity across the On Monday, the Defense The person’s fate isn’t or were blackmailed by North offices to the National 5. Cost of tender paper : Rs. 10,000 per set (to be deposited online) in
erendum elections,” the junta’s country. Ministry said in a statement known.A South Korean ther- Korean agents. Assembly building. AP and mode of deposit favour of concerned Executive Engineer.
6. Mode of submission : Tender should be submitted only online in website:
of tender www.tendersorissa.gov.in

Imran Khan's ex-wife escapes gun attack in Islamabad GOVERNMENT OF ODISHA

7. EMD and mode of
: No EMD is required but Bid Security declaration
should be furnished by the bidders as mentioned in
INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE Station Islamabad. ( The) E-mail: eeplbrb@gmail.com 8. Summary of key dates are provided below:
NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY investigation is ongoing," she CAP NO.-B-948 INVITATIONS FOR BIDS (IFB) Procurement Bid Availability of tender Last date and Date & time of
tweeted Monday morning. 'e' Procurement Notice Officer Identi- time for
online for bidding opening of tender
Reham Khan, the ex-wife of At 10 a.m., Reham shared
Bid Identification No. EE-R&B-PLB-36-2021-22 fication No. seeking Technical Financial
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran a copy of her complaint filed From To clarification Bid Bid
1) (a) Name of the work : Building work – 1 (one) No.
Khan, narrowly escaped a at the police station. It states Chief Weir 05-01-22 18-01-22 13-01-22 19-01-22 Will be
(b) Estimated Cost : Rs. 43.45 lakh.
gun attack in Islamabad late that they were on the Construction Tender at up to up to at intimated
Sunday night, Samaa TV Rawalpindi-Islamabad high- 2) Period of completion : As notified in Tender Call Notice. Engineer Online – 11-00 a.m. 5-00 p.m. 5-00 p.m. 11-00 a.m. later
reported. way near the IJP Road when 3) Date & time of availability : From 05-01-2022, 10-00 a.m. to Rural Works RWCSBP-
In a tweet, she revealed that two men tried to stop them of bid documents in the portal 13-01-2022, 5-00 p.m. Circle 44 /
4) Last date / time for receipt : Up to 5-00 p.m. of 13-01-2022. Sambalpur 2021-22
on the way back home from mer television presenter said had to wait for hours to get at gunpoint. The suspects
her nephew's wedding, her car and demanded that the "so- an FIR registered, the report were between the ages of 25 of bids in the portal � Further details can be seen from the e-procurement portal:
www.tendersorissa.gov.in (https://tendersodisha.gov.in)
was shot at and two men on called government should be said. and 30. 5) Name and address of the O.I.T. : Superintending Engineer
Phulbani (R&B) Division. � Subsequent modification / corrigendum / addendum if required shall appear in
a motorcycle held the vehi- held accountable for it (the "It's 9 am. My PS (personal At 10 a.m., Reham shared website only.
cle at gunpoint. attack)". secretary) and team have not a copy of her complaint filed Further details can be seen from the website: www.tendersodisha.gov.in
� The amount put to bid is exclusive of GST.
"I had just changed vehi- Reham, in multiple updates had a minute of sleep and the at the police station. Corrigendum if any shall be published only in the above website. � Bidder should inspect the weir site before bidding and quote his rate accordingly.
cles. My personal secretary and on her Twitter handle, com- FIR still has not been regis- She added that they are Superintending Engineer Chief Construction Engineer
driver were in the car," the for- plained that she and her staff tered in Shams Colony Police now waiting for the FIR. OIPR-34066/11/0022/2122 Phulbani (R&B) Division OIPR-25091/11/0058/2122 Rural Works Circle, Sambalpur

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Biden vows US to act decisively Angst over China, Russia lessens
chance of US nuke changes
if Russia invades Ukraine
HONG KONG 22 15 H ASSOCIATED PRESS The biggest unknown is
TOKYO 13 4 R WASHINGTON, 3 JANUARY how forcefully Biden will
LONDON 8 6 R weigh in on these questions,
Joe Biden’s arrival in the White based on White House cal-
He spoke to Ukraine president, stressed commitment to principle of ‘nothing about you without you’
DUBAI 27 22 H
SAN FRANCISCO 11 7 R House nearly a year ago culations of the political risk.
NEW YORK 10 7 R seemed to herald a historic During his years as vice pres-
MOSCOW -5 -13 R ASSOCIATED PRESS little progress in efforts to ly damaged.” shift toward less U.S. reliance ident, Biden talked of new
S= sunny, CL= clear, WILMINGTON, 3 JANUARY persuade Russian President U.S. intelligence findings on nuclear weapons and pos- directions in nuclear policy.
H=hazy, R= rainy... Vladimir Putin to ease tensions. indicate Russia has made sibly a shrinking of their num- But heightened concerns

resident Joe Biden con- Senior U.S. and Russian offi- preparations for a potential bers. Even an American “no about China and Russia would
THUMBNAILS ferred on Sunday with cials are scheduled to meet Jan. invasion in early 2022. But first use” pledge — a promise seem to improve the politi-
Ukraine’s leader over 9-10 in Geneva to discuss the White House officials say it to never again be the first to cal leverage of Republicans
the Russian troop situation. remains unclear whether use a nuclear weapon — seeking to portray such change
buildup near its border, Those talks are to be fol- Putin has already made a seemed possible. as a gift to nuclear adversaries.
promising that the U.S. and lowed by meetings at the decision to move forward Then China happened — Russia became a more
allies will act “decisively” if Rus- NATO-Russia Council, and with military action. revelations about its expand- urgent focus of Biden’s atten-
sia further invades the East- at the Organization for Secu- Still, Biden said he remained ing nuclear force and talk of tion after President Vladimir
ern European nation. rity and Cooperation in Europe. hopeful for the upcoming potential war with Taiwan. Putin in recent weeks sent an
Biden and President Biden spoke with Putin talks. White House officials say And then Russia happened estimated 100,000 troops to
Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s call for nearly an hour on Thurs- they will consult closely with — signs that it might be positions near Ukraine’s bor-
came as the U.S. and Western without its allies’ input. principle of the NATO alliance day. Western allies. preparing to invade Ukraine. der and demanded U.S. secu-
allies prepared for a series of Biden has spoken of hitting is that membership is open to He told reporters the next In 2014, Russian troops Now, major shifts in U.S. rity guarantees. Biden and
diplomatic meetings to try to Russia with economy-jarring any qualifying country. And day that he warned Putin that marched into the Black Sea nuclear weapons policy seem Putin discussed Ukraine by
de-escalate a crisis that sanctions if it moves on no outsider has membership his economy would pay a peninsula of Crimea and much less likely, and while phone on Thursday, and
Moscow said could rupture ties Ukraine’s territory, but he veto power. “heavy price” if Russia, which seized the territory from Biden may insist on certain senior American and Russian
with Washington. said last month that U.S. mil- While there’s little prospect has massed some 100,000 Ukraine. Russia’s annexation adjustments, momentum officials are scheduled to fol-
“President Biden made itary action is not on the table. that Ukraine would be invit- troops near the border, made of Crimea was one of the toward a historic departure low up with more detailed talks
clear that the United States and The Kremlin has demand- ed into the alliance anytime further moves against Ukraine. darker moments for Presi- from the Trump administra- in Geneva on Jan. 9-10.
its allies and partners will ed that any further expansion soon, the U.S. and its allies Biden said he told Putin it dent Barack Obama on the tion’s policy appears to have Tom Z. Collina, policy
respond decisively if Russia fur- of NATO exclude Ukraine and won’t rule it out. was important for the Russians international stage. stalled.The outlook will be director at Ploughshares Fund,
ther invades Ukraine,” White other former Soviet coun- Zelenskyy said in a Twitter to take steps before those The U.S.-Russia relation- clearer when the Biden admin- an advocate for nuclear dis-
House press secretary Jen tries. posting after Sunday’s call meetings toward easing the cri- ship was badly damaged near istration completes its so- armament, says the China and
Psaki said in a statement fol- The Russians have also that “keeping peace in Europe, sis. Putin’s foreign affairs advis- the end of President George called nuclear posture review Russia problems complicate
lowing the call. demanded that the military preventing further escala- er, in describing the presidents’ W. Bush’s administration after — an internal relook at the the politics of Biden’s nuclear
A couple rests near a Psaki added that Biden alliance remove offensive tion, reforms, deoligarchiza- conversation this past week, Russia’s 2008 invasion of its numbers, kinds and purpos- review but should not stop him
Christmas tree located at underscored his commitment weaponry from countries in tion were discussed.” said Biden’s pursuit of sanc- neighbor Georgia after Geor- es of weapons in the nuclear from acting to reduce nuclear
the Supreme Court (TSJ) to the principle of “nothing the region. “We appreciate the unwa- tions “could lead to a complete gian President Mikheil arsenal, as well as the policies dangers. In March, in what the
building on Bolivar Avenue about you without you,” the The White House has dis- vering support,” Zelenskyy rupture of relations between Saakashvili ordered his troops that govern their potential use. White House called interim
in Caracas, Venezuela. � AP
tenet that it won’t negotiate missed Russia’s demands on said. our countries and Russia- into the breakaway region of The results could be made national security guidance,
policy that impacts Europe NATO as a non-starter. A key The United States has made West relations will be severe- South Ossetia. public as early as January. Biden said.
LA County reports nearly
45,000 new Covid
cases:New Covid-19 cases
have continued to spike in
Los Angeles, the most pop-
US schools adapt for return British govt rushing tests to schools so classes can reopen
ulous county in the US,
recording almost 45,000 from break as Covid cases surge reopen. “The availability of
teachers and support staff is
over the New Year's holi- also a key pressure point for
day weekend, local public ASSOCIATED PRESS parents before break. He sends up caseloads and puts School children returned to schools this term as the num-
health authorities said. WASHINGTON, 3 JANUARY announced Thursday that children in the hospital in close classes Monday in parts of ber of COVID cases continue
The county, home to more students will learn remotely to record numbers. Europe, while the British gov- to increase,” Roach said.
than 10 million residents, Mask requirements are return- for at least the first two weeks “They say kids do well (if ernment pledged to rush ven- Zahawi addressed the issue
continued to have high ing in some school districts of the new year. infected), but who’s to say my tilation units and enough Monday, saying the govern-
rates of community Covid that had dropped them. Some The virus, León said, con- kid is not going to be that one,” COVID-19 test kits to schools ment continues to monitor
transmission. IANS are planning to vastly ramp tinues “to be a brutal, relent- said Rebecca Caldwell, who to ensure they, too, can reopen staff absences amid the pan-
up virus testing among stu- less and ruthless virus that rears is considering petitioning her later this week despite soar- demic. He told Sky that absen-
dents and staff. And a small its ugly head at inopportune Charleston, Illinois, district for ing infection rates in the UK. teeism was around 8% last year.
US Secretary of Defense number of school systems times.” a remote option that would Secondary school students won’t keep them on a day New Year, with 137,583 infec- “If that rises further then we
tests Covid positive: US are switching to remote learn- Long after the widespread let her keep her four sons, ages in England also will be required more than is necessary,” he tions and 73 deaths reported look at things like merging
Secretary of Defense Lloyd ing — for just a short while, closures in the pandemic’s 17, 10, 7 and 5, home through to wear face masks when they said. for England and Wales only on classes, teaching in bigger
Austin announced that he educators hope. early days, school and elect- the winter. return to classes after the British Education Secretary Sunday, with numbers for numbers,” he said.
has tested positive for With coronavirus infec- ed leaders say they are using The first half of the school Christmas holidays and they Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News: Scotland and Northern Ireland Across Europe, schools
Covid-19 despite being tions soaring, the return from the lessons and tools of the year brought Caldwell’s fam- could also face merged class- “The priority is to keep schools to be announced after the were reopening or preparing
fully vaccinated and also schools’ winter break will be past two years to try to nav- ily three scares from exposures. es amid staffing shortages. open.” holiday weekend. for another new term over-
having received a booster different than planned for igate the latest surge without One, from a family member, Prime Minister Boris John- He said testing, ventilation Patrick Roach, general sec- shadowed by the global pan-
dose. Austin said: "I tested some as administrators again long-term shutdowns, which kept the whole family in quar- son said the mask guidance and other measures being retary of the British teachers’ demic.
positive for Covid. I tweak protocols and make real- had woeful effects on learn- antine for 10 days. Her 17-year- is intended to rein in trans- put in place would “make a big union NASUWT, welcomed Children returned to class
requested the test today time adjustments in response ing and students’ well-being. old and 10-year-old saw class- mission of the virus. difference to schools this news that more ventilation on Monday in several parts of
after exhibiting symptoms to the shifting pandemic. Still, pressure from parents mates infected, and each “We don’t want to keep year.” units and testing kits would Germany, where patchy test-
while at home on leave. My “Change has been the only and teachers unions has underwent a nerve-wrack- them. I don’t like the idea of The highly transmissible be available, but warned Sun- ing and reporting over the hol-
symptoms are mild, and I constant in this fight,” Newark added to the urgency sur- ing series of COVID-19 tests having face masks in (the) omicron variant has caused day that the education indus- iday period means that the level
am following my physi- Schools Superintendent Roger rounding safety measures as as part of a more recent “test- classroom any more than Britain’s daily new caseload to try has another pressing prob- of infections was somewhat
cian's directions. IANS León wrote in a notice to the omicron-fueled surge to-stay” policy. anybody else does, but we soar over Christmas and the lem as schools prepare to uncertain.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro hospitalised Biden’s words on voting rights meet call to action after 1/6 2 still missing in Colorado fire;
with intestinal obstruction ASSOCIATED PRESS rights legislation that its rights legislation took on look at it with concern and cause under investigation
WASHINGTON, 3 JANUARY adherents say could be the only added urgency. worry about the future of
ASSOCIATED PRESS be done for a possible surgery. effective way to counter the “I’ve never seen anything American democracy. Adver- ASSOCIATED PRESS ly any snow.
RIO DE JANEIRO, 3 JANUARY Bolsonaro, 66, has expe- President Joe Biden has got- rapidly emerging threats to the like the unrelenting assault on saries look at it, you know, LOUISVILLE, 3 JANUARY Experts say those condi-
rienced a series of medical ten the same troubling ques- democratic process. the right to vote. Never,” more sort of rubbing their tions, along with high winds,
Brazilian President Jair Bol- issues since he was stabbed tions from worried world The tension in Biden’s Biden said, adding, “This new hands together and thinking, Search teams looked for two helped the fire spread.
sonaro was taken to a Sao in the abdomen on the cam- leaders, ones that he never approach reflects his bal- sinister combination of voter How do we take advantage of missing people in the smol- Boulder County Sheriff
Paulo hospital for tests early paign trail in 2018. At the thought he would hear. ancing of the urgent needs of suppression and election this in one way or another?” dering debris from a massive Joe Pelle said authorities are
Monday after experiencing time, the president was oper- “Is America going to be all Americans to make progress subversion, it’s un-Ameri- In contrast, Republicans in Colorado wildfire while peo- pursuing a number of tips and
abdominal discomfort, the ated on by Dr. Antônio Luiz right?” they ask. “What about on the highly visible issues of can, it’s undemocratic, and numerous states are pro- ple who escaped the flames had executed a search war-
government said in a state- Macedo, whose team is over- democracy in America?” the coronavirus pandemic sadly, it is unprecedented moting efforts to influence sorted through the charred rant at “one particular loca-
ment. seeing his treatment in Sao While Biden has tried to and the economy and the since Reconstruction.” future elections by installing remnants of their homes to tion.”
The hospital where he was Paulo. Television network offer America’s allies assur- less visible, but equally vital, And the world is taking sympathetic leaders in local find what was left. The sheriff refused to pro-
admitted, Vila Nova Star, said Globo reported Macedo him- ances, he has only occasion- issue of preserving trust in elec- notice. Biden’s national secu- election posts and backing for Investigators were still vide further details on Sun-
in a statement the president self was on vacation in the ally emphasized the gravity tions and government. rity adviser, Jake Sullivan, elective office some of those trying to determine what day and didn’t comment on
had an intestinal obstruc- Bahamas and awaiting a flight of the threat to democracy The president plans to also has said that the riot at who participated in the insur- caused flames to tear through whether he thought the fire
tion and was in stable con- back to Sao Paulo. from the Jan. 6 insurrection deliver a speech on Jan. 6 the Capitol has altered the view rection. For Biden, who served at least 9.4 square miles (24 was arson.
dition. Bolsonaro is “doing The president was admit- at the U.S. Capitol and the focused on sustaining democ- many countries have of the four decades in the Senate, it square kilometers), leaving “It’s complicated and it’s
well” and further information ted to hospital in July for repeated lie from the man he racy — voting rights won’t be United States. was a remarkable conces- nearly 1,000 houses and other all covered with a foot of
will be provided later, accord- another intestinal obstruction, defeated, Donald Trump, that part of the remarks but will “Jan. 6 has had a materi- sion and underscored the buildings torched in sub- snow,” Pelle said of the scene
ing to the government’s state- following days in which he the 2020 election was stolen. be the topic of another speech al impact on the view of the gravity of the threat. And, he urbs between Denver and where the fire started.
ment. appeared to struggle with Now, as the anniversary of soon, White House aides said. United States from the rest of acknowledged, he knows the Boulder. “The outcome of that inves-
Bolsonaro posted a photo speaking at times and said he that deadly day nears, the pres- In his recent commence- the world, I believe from allies world is watching to see how The inferno broke out last tigation is vital — there is so
of himself on Twitter in the hos- suffered from hiccups that ident is being urged to reorder ment address at South Car- and adversaries alike,” Sulli- the nation responds — and Thursday, unusually late in the much at stake. We are going
pital bed, giving a thumbs up. could go uninterrupted for priorities and use the powers olina State University, Biden’s van said recently at the Coun- wondering if the country’s year following an extremely to be professional. We are
He wrote that more tests will days. of his office to push voting tone on the need for voting cil on Foreign Relations. “Allies democracy will survive. dry fall and amid with hard- going to be careful.”

EU draft on financing nuclear How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame
and gas plants raises ire ASSOCIATED PRESS endgame,” said Dr. Albert Ko, new treatments and masking flare up every so often even
ASSOCIATED PRESS greenhouse gas emissions WASHINGTON, 3 JANUARY an infectious disease spe- — to handle even the omicron after omicron passes through.
BRUSSELS, 3 JANUARY produced in the EU and is thus cialist at the Yale School of Pub- threat without the shutdowns Omicron is so hugely
instrumental to the 27-nation Pandemics do eventually end, lic Health. of the pandemic’s earlier days. mutated that it is slipping
Draft European Union plans bloc’s efforts to meet its com- even if omicron is complicating “Certainly COVID will be And the Centers for Disease past some of the protection
that would allow nuclear and mitments for curbing global the question of when this one with us forever,” Ko added. Control and Prevention just of vaccinations or prior infec-
gas energy to remain part of warming. will. But it won’t be like flip- “We’re never going to be able reduced to five days the time tion. But Dr. William Moss of
the bloc’s path to a climate- The plans still need the ping a light switch: The world to eradicate or eliminate that people with COVID-19 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
friendly future came under backing of a large majority of will have to learn to coexist with COVID, so we have to identi- must stay in isolation so they School of Public Health expects
immediate criticism over the the 27 member states and a a virus that’s not going away. fy our goals.” don’t sicken others, saying “this virus will kind of max out”
weekend from both envi- simple majority in the Euro- The ultra-contagious omi- At some point, the World it’s become clear they’re most in its ability to make such big
ronmentalists and some gov- pean Parliament. But the ini- cron mutant is pushing cases Health Organization will deter- contagious early on. evolutionary jumps. “I don’t
erning political parties in EU tial thrust from the EU Com- to all-time highs and causing mine when enough coun- India offers a glimpse of see this as kind of an endless
member nations. mission is a key element of the chaos as an exhausted world tries have tamped down their what it’s like to get to a stable cycle of new variants.”
In draft conclusions seen procedure for passage. struggles, again, to stem the COVID-19 cases sufficiently ic period as reaching “some “ We’re not going to get to level of COVID-19. Until recent- One possible future many
by The Associated Press, the “Classifying investments spread. But this time, we’re not — or at least, hospitaliza- sort of acceptable steady state” a point where it’s 2019 again,” ly, daily reported cases had experts see: In the post-pan-
EU’s executive commission in gas and nuclear power as starting from scratch. tions and deaths — to declare to deal with COVID-19. said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior remained below 10,000 for six demic period, the virus caus-
proposes a classification sys- sustainable contradicts the Vaccines offer strong pro- the pandemic officially over. The omicron crisis shows scholar at the Johns Hopkins months but only after a cost es colds for some and more
tem for defining what counts Green Deal,” the EU’s initia- tection from serious illness, Exactly what that threshold will we’re not there yet but “I do Center for Health Security. in lives “too traumatic to cal- serious illness for others,
as an investment in sustain- tive that is intended to make even if they don’t always pre- be isn’t clear. think we will reach a point “We’ve got to get people to culate” caused by the earlier depending on their overall
able energy. Under certain the bloc climate-neutral by vent a mild infection. Omicron Even when that happens, where SARS-CoV-2 is endem- think about risk tolerance.” delta variant, said Dr. T. Jacob health, vaccine status and
conditions, it would allow 2050, said Ska Keller, the pres- doesn’t appear to be as dead- some parts of the world still ic much like flu is endemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top John, former chief of virolo- prior infections. Mutations
gas and nuclear energy to be ident of the Green group in ly as some earlier variants. And will struggle — especially low- he said. U.S. infectious disease expert, gy at Christian Medical Col- will continue and might even-
part of the mix. the European Parliament. those who survive it will have income countries that lack For comparison, COVID has is looking ahead to control- lege in southern India. tually require boosters every
The plans would have a France has asked for some refreshed protection enough vaccines or treat- killed more than 800,000 ling the virus in a way “that does Omicron now is fueling a so often that are updated to
huge impact on nuclear-fired nuclear power to be includ- against other forms of the ments — while others more Americans in two years while not disrupt society, that does rise in cases again, and the better match new variants.
economies like France and on ed in the so-called “taxono- virus that still are circulating easily transition to what sci- flu typically kills between not disrupt the economy.” country in January will roll out Think of a wildfire tearing
Germany’s gas-fueled power my” by the end of the year, — and maybe the next mutant entists call an “endemic” state. 12,000 and 52,000 a year. Already the U.S. is sending vaccine boosters for front- through a forest after a drought,
plants since they might have leading the charge with sev- to emerge, too. They’re fuzzy distinctions, Exactly how much con- signals that it’s on the road to line workers. But John said he said. That was 2020. Now,
had to fundamentally change eral other EU countries that The newest variant is a said infectious disease expert tinuing COVID-19 illness and whatever will become the other endemic diseases, such even with omicron, “it’s not
their strategies. operate nuclear power plants warning about what will con- Stephen Kissler of the Harvard death the world will put up with new normal. The Biden admin- as flu and measles, periodi- completely dry land,” but wet
Energy use accounts for and want to make it eligible tinue to happen “unless we T.H. Chan School of Public is largely a social question, not istration says there are enough cally cause outbreaks and the enough “that made the fire
about three-quarters the for green financing. really get serious about the Health. He defines the endem- a scientific one. tools — vaccine boosters, coronavirus will continue to harder to spread.”



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instructional and informational tive exams and easing the process of tally. They also fail to acquire soft
learning to inquiry and curiosity- entry. Students are also best pre- skills, teamwork and leadership
based education. It is largely why pared to choose a field of interest, skills that are mostly learned Kai India has opened a training centre, namely,
most countries create their own because they get the opportunity to through sports. Kai Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing in
education systems. There has been a study and explore a variety of sub- The assessment practice that is Neemrana Plant, which is sponsored and
surge in adopting a foreign curricu- jects via a foreign curriculum, implemented through a foreign cur- approved by the ministry of economy, trade
lum in many of them, especially in a instead of curtailing choices based riculum ensures that there is mini- and industry, Government of Japan, for skill
fast-developing nation like India. on percentage. It gives them the mal chance for plagiarism and tam- development in both technical and Japanese-
In a globalised world, where opportunity to study unconvention- pering, leaking or skewed correction style, manufacturing-related soft skills.
borders are dissolving, businesses al subjects in school and choose a of papers. That, in turn, allows for The facility would be extended for people
are booming, and trade, culture and major in an area of interest/aptitude testing and grading that is universal who are currently studying and aspiring to join
creativity are flourishing, the future at university level. and without prejudice. the manufacturing sector. They will be trained
is more open to options than ever India inherently places weigh- Countries like Sri Lanka and by experienced shop floor instructors. The
before. Today, our place of birth tage on grades and certificates as Singapore have adopted interna- trainees will be taught about job-related tech-
does not define our future. Where yardsticks of quality education over tional curricula in private as well as nical skills and an awareness of Japan’s
we grow up, study or live can differ considering learning as a chance to government institutions. Foreign renowned productivity development approach-
from where we might work or settle. explore, experiment and gain new curriculum can hence be adapted by es. Industry specialists will also educate them
An international curriculum modi- experiences. Adapting to a foreign any country, whether developed or on health and safety, problem-solving proce-
fied to cater to individual countries curriculum helps alter the basic developing. India has an added dures, and Japanese vocabulary and concepts
ensures adaptability in future to any experience of schooling through advantage in this case, because most utilised in production.
country setting. practical assignments, individual private schools use English as a Trainees will receive a qualification certifi-
In India, educational institutes projects/assessments and concept- medium of instruction and commu- cate after completion of the programme. All of
pay greater attention to theoretical based learning in which students nication. An international curricu- them will be eligible for government jobs after
compared to practical knowledge. In gain more insight and knowledge. lum can easily be adopted by the finishing their apprentice training.
international institutions, however, The Indian education system Indian educational system as the
the focus is usually on practical
learning, allowing creativity in the
largely places importance on mem-
ory retrieval, and not on inquiry-
present syllabi, both at the Centre
and states, are designed to be at par, Empowering girls
education system. We need a shift in based learning. Moreover, a foreign if not more extensive and detailed.
thought processes when it comes to education curriculum is usually India continues to value rote
education, without looking at it as designed to include arts, sports and learning and has created a rat race
we have been wired to -- a task vocational training, alongside stud- to qualify in exams that decide a stu-
meant to be completed or a degree ies. For example, the United States dent’s eligibility for the course of
to be achieved. schooling system incorporates arts, their choice in university. All that
Certain foreign curricula, which sports, music and theatre in its syl- while disregarding the need for
are based primarily on practicality, labus. Australia places higher impor- composite and holistic school expe-
do not only open doors to creativity, tance on sports; they have cricket, rience. Many foreign countries con-
but also ignite the fire of curiosity to hockey, rugby and boxing in their sider schooling as an opportunity the schooling system. While our jects like history/geography and
learn more. It ensures that educa- school and college curriculum. for growth and exploration. They economy is taking every stride for- language, can be designed to suit
tion is considered as learning for life, Educational institutes in India have managed to design systems ward to meet world standards, are today’s India. It might be a step for-
not a mere degree or task. emphasise theoretical knowledge, supporting multiple avenue-based our students capable of standing as ward in revolutionising education in
An international curriculum rather than having a holistic outlook approaches that place equal empha- equals amid their global contempo- the country -- one that is interna-
ensures adaptability to any setting with equal attention to co-curricular sis on academic and non-academic raries? It is a question one must ask. tional in design.
one might wish to study in or and extracurricular activities. It learning. It might be time to recon- A hybrid model that emulates
migrate to for work by preparing results in restricting the growth of sider the outcome we, as a society, the holistic approach of a foreign The writer is director, Vivekalaya Group of
them for country-specific competi- children, both physically and men- want our children to gain through curriculum, with alterations in sub- Institutions, Coimbatore

Ethical, enterprising & effective

New disciplines are emerging in Indian Institute of Technology-Madras students
design education as both have launched a social campaign called
“UnMute”, which is focused on menstrual
students and professionals hygiene management and self-defence against
adjust to changing times sexual harassment.
Being taken up as part of Shaastra 2022,
the annual technical festival of IIT-Madras, the
A BALASUBRAMANIAM that pleases the eye but causes pol- students have partnered with non-governmen-
lution. Several institutions across tal organisations such as Chudar, Go-Hygiene,

hese are uncertain times. the world are rethinking and repur- CRY, Sakhya and Swayam to conduct pro-
The pandemic is raging, the posing the contents and pedagogy grammes like a sanitary pad distribution drive
planet is in crisis, and the of design education. New disciplines in Bengaluru, online sessions on gender
economy is badly hurt. Solv- are emerging as the need of the inequality and impact on people’s lives, and
ing such issues need a visionary hour. menstrual hygiene management awareness
mindset for long-term strategies, Fashion design is moving sessions for schoolgirls in Chennai.
and a beginner’s approach for cre- towards sustainable fashion, where
ative, immediate solutions. It
requires a special kind of problem-
one is trained to rethink materials
and production processes to see Promoting research
solving talent -- designing. how eco-friendly a product can be.
Design is the chosen profession Industrial design, too, is moving
that solves people’s problems, and towards environment-friendly prod-
designers are increasingly seeing ucts that are helping create a circu-
their role evolve from a form-giving lar economy. prepare aspirants for such roles? It sustainable packaging for products tion, writing and reporting.
activity and aesthetics to a more When the pandemic struck, has risen to the challenge and iden- and campaigns for advertising and It also includes moving images
involved and informed problem- industrial designers applied their tified the required skill-sets and activism with equal enthusiasm. like video and film, as much as pho-
solving activity. talent to produce inexpensive oxy- mindsets. A new area that has evolved, tography. Designers are visually lit-
All professional programmes are gen generators, designed mobile interdisciplinary designing encour- erate and communicate using the
going through a churning, with pri- medical facilities, developed prod- Product ages a generalist approach, rather written word as much as the image.
orities changing each passing day. ucts using Artificial Intelligence and Product design education is than work in specialised silos. To stay relevant, the new design
Design is no different. The face of the Internet of Things, and repur- turning its focus from making pretty institutes of India are reimagining
design is changing so fast that edu- posed train compartments into objects of desire that contribute to Interaction the curriculum and pedagogy. It is
cation in the field is trying to catch mobile hospitals. Thus, they creat- landfills and pollution. It now sits at Many professionals are engaged being addressed by sensitising stu-
up with the requirements of people ed functionally sound and easy-to- the meeting point of society, culture with user interface design for far too dents in developing empathy, equip- Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad,
and the evolution of this new role. use products catering to people’s and people. Social issues are tack- long and have been just pixel push- ping them with tools like systems has signed a memorandum of understanding
Design education has been pri- requirements. led with equal ease using design- ers. That is now changing to devel- thinking and critical thinking, and with Indo Gulf Management Association. The
marily catering to the industry and In the same vein, communica- thinking. Items like battery-operated oping a complete experience design giving cross-disciplinary inputs, alliance was formalised by Urvashi Makkar,
is predominantly producing special- tion designers dealt with the surfeit lamps for places without electricity of interactions of people with tech-embedded courses, liberal director, IMS Ghaziabad and Mohan Lal Agar-
ists to create aesthetic artefacts that of data by translating them into and rollable tanks for providing devices; devices with devices, like IoT, choice of courses, blended learning wal, president, IGMA, Dubai and India.
please customers and delight users. easy-to-understand graphics, and drinking water to communities are and people to people. It is developing and emphasis on excellence. Makkar said that it would be instrumental
User-centric products and audi- published them to generate shock just two examples of what product into a hot new design discipline. Students are trained to show a in organising multiple collaborative events and
ence-centric communication are and awe. Quick-fix videos were designers are doing to make the high-level sense of ethics in devel- live projects by the joint efforts of both organi-
designed by professionals specifi- made for informing about the pan- Earth a better place. Communication oping safe products, responsible sations. Highlighting the crucial role of research
cally trained in those. Common pro- demic and spreading the idea of The erstwhile communication communication and immersive user in contributing towards the development of
grammes include industrial design- healthy living. Interdisciplinary designers dealt with pencils and experience, and excellent end societies and nations, she further added that
ing, graphic designing, fashion When the Internet was filled Designers are now being picas, type and colour. Much of results. This may be the beginning promoting quality research will be one of the
designing and lifestyle accessories with fake news and rumours, tech- trained to work in a variety of pro- those are now available as templates of a new generation of designers, primary objectives of the alliance.
designing. nology-led designers found ways to jects that showcase the plurality of and apps. This new discipline is who will be ethical, enterprising and Agarwal apprised that conducting capacity
But now, professionals are ask- block unwanted messages, showed the profession. They work with emerging as a bridge between ana- effective. building and corporate training, along with fac-
ing themselves searching questions agility and gave users a holistic techies, managers and grassroots logue and digital design, dealing ulty, student and executive exchange pro-
like whether the planet needs this -- experience. artisans with equal ease; float new with effective communication that The writer is director, Institute of Design, grammes is a major focus area of the associa-
another chair, shirt or fancy object How does design education start-up ideas and strategise; design includes areas like data visualisa- JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur tion.

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ter-finals stage of the conti- in 2023, the head coach told the moment it's seeing India resenting the country in 392 achieved my aspirations of rep-
nental tournament. FIFA.com: "Let's take it step make it to the quarter-finals matches, bringing curtains resenting Pakistan at a glob-
The hosts India were a by step. Of course, we have a of this Women's Asian Cup." on a career of 18 years. Hafeez, al stage," said Hafeez in a
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ean Elgar and Keegan Football Federation (AIFF)
Petersen ensured South and the participating clubs
Africa did not major dam- have unanimously decided to
age on Monday as the hosts postpone the I-League 2021-
reached 35/1 at stumps, after their 22 for six weeks.
bowlers came up with a fine perfor- The move was proposed
mance to bundle India out for 202 on during a meeting of the AIFF
the opening day of the second Test here. League Committee, chaired
At stumps, South Africa were still by Subrata Dutta, senior vice-
trailing India by 176 runs at the Wan- president, held via video con-
derers here on Monday. On a day on ferencing on Monday. The
which eleven wickets fell for overall clubs unanimously ratified the the participating clubs in the per the health parameters
237 runs, South Africa kept themselves proposal put forth by the meeting. laid down and will be allowed
on top after a solid bowling perfor- AIFF. "The omicron variant to leave the bubble after they
mance helped them restrict India to The League will have a spreads very fast but also test negative, the release said.
202. review meeting after four comes down very rapidly. We The meeting was attend-
After being bowled out for a mod- weeks to take stock of the sit- also need to take into account ed by Lalnghinglova Hmar,
est score, Mohammed Shami gave India uation, the AIFF informed and consider the govern- Chirag Tanna, Rochak Langer
the first breakthrough as Aiden in a release on Monday. ment regulations and policies," attended the meeting, while
Markram was trapped plumb in front The proposal for post- Dr. Mahajan said. leave of absence was grant-
of the wicket. Shami got the ball to skid poning the league for six The League Committee, ed to Souter Vaz, Anil Kumar,
in from a good length and Markram weeks was put forth by Dr. abiding by the consensus of and BK Roka. Besides, AIFF
tried to defend but was beaten and Harsh Mahajan, a member of all the participating clubs as General Secretary Kushal Das,
struck on the pads. the AIFF Sports Medical Com- per the suggestion of Dr. League CEO Sunando Dhar,
Shami continued to trouble cap- mittee. Mahajan, ratified the decision COO Swati Kothari, Gursim-
tain Dean Elgar, beating and squar- Earlier, India, who were 146/5 at Shardul Thakur slapped away from the miscued it completely to Petersen at Dr. Mahajan informed the to postpone the ongoing I- ran Brar, Director of Legal
ing him up on multiple occasions as tea, added 56 runs for the loss of five body straight to Petersen at gully. point. Bumrah brought out the long clubs that with the number League 2021-22 for at least six Affairs and International Rela-
Jasprit Bumrah kept the pressure up wickets to finish at a modest total of Ashwin continued to counter- handle to smash Rabada for 14 runs, of positive cases rising all weeks. tions, and members from the
from the other end. Keegan Petersen 202. Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin attack, clipping Rabada through mid- including two fours and a six to take over the country exponentially, The protocol of the bio bub- League department attend-
collected two fours off Shami to get added ten more runs to their part- wicket with the full face of the bat, and India past 200. Rabada then wrapped the new COVID norms and ble will continue till January ed the meeting.
going. During the 18-over spell, Elgar nership in the second session to stitch leaned forward to drive Olivier through the Indian innings by strangling restrictions being imple- 7, as all teams will be tested Earlier in the day, the
and Petersen were beaten on multi- a stand of 40 runs off 48 balls for the mid-on. Shami cut Rabada solidly but Mohammed Siraj down leg. mented by the Government again on January 5, and teams League had gathered for an
ple occasions but did well to survive. sixth wicket, with the off-spinner drove straight back to the bowler, who Brief scores: India 202 all out in 63.1 of West Bengal, and with AIFF can travel back to their respec- official meeting with repre-
Bumrah almost had the wicket of being the more aggressive of the two. completed a superb caught and overs (KL Rahul 50, Ravichandran not allowing any compro- tive destinations once they are sentatives of all the partici-
Petersen if Rishabh Pant had caught But Marco Jansen ended the part- bowled dismissal. Ashwin 46; Marco Jansen 4/31, Kag- mise with the health and tested negative. pating clubs of the I-League
a tough catch with his right glove. Elgar nership, taking out Pant with a deliv- Ashwin survived a chance at 44 iso Rabada 3/64) against South Africa safety of the players and offi- Players and officials who 2021-22 (also via video con-
was beaten four times in an over by ery angled towards off-stump and com- when Bavuma almost pulled off a 35/1 in 18 overs (Keegan Petersen 14 cials, it's prudent that the I- have tested positive in the team ferencing), wherein the AIFF
Mohammed Siraj. But an over before ing in to take the inner edge to Ver- screamer at deep cover. But on the very not out, Dean Elgar 11 not out; League 2021-22 be postponed hotels who have already been put forward to the clubs the
stumps, Siraj walked off midway from reynne. In the next over, Duanne next ball, Ashwin backed away to Mohammed Shami 1/15), South Africa by at least six weeks, a fact isolated will be treated, and suggestion of Dr. Harsh Maha-
his over, clutching the right hamstring. Olivier picked his third wicket as upper-cut a short ball from Jansen and trail by 176 runs which was corroborated by all quarantined in Kolkata as jan.

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Chelsea came back from two Roberto Bautista Agut defeat- avirus infections, affecting life hard across the country. The Board of Control for
The All India Chess Feder- goals down at home to Liver- ed Casper Ruud on Monday in general, has led West Ben- Nabanna-insiders, speak- Cricket in India (BCCI) Pres-
ation (AICF) on Monday pool as the Premier League's which helped Spain in clinch- gal to a situation where sport ing on condition of anonymi- ident Sourav Ganguly on
postponed many national second- and third-placed teams ing the victory against Nor- has been ruled out for most of ty, revealed that a meeting Monday confirmed that the
level championships includ- drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge. way in the Group A of the ATP this month and no action is like- today had decided on putting upcoming edition of the
ing national junior, sub- The only real winners of the Cup. ly to be allowed at all at least off indefinitely a rally previously Ranji Trophy will be staged
junior, and national school game were Manchester City, Bautista Agut improved the middle of January. set for 12 January from near as planned.
championships due to ris- whose lead at the top of the table to 9-2 in singles at the team Sources close to the state's Gostho Paul's statue on the The rising COVID-19
ing COVID-19 cases. has opened to 10 points after event with a 6-4, 7-6(4) vic- sport department told The Maidan to SwamiVivekanan- cases in the country had led
"Considering the new their 2-1 win away to Arsenal tory against Ruud. The 33- Statesman here today that it da's house in northern Kolkata. to speculation regarding
wave of the pandemic with on Saturday. year-old won 92 per cent of was clear that the I-League foot- Mohun Bagan, East Ben- the tournament's fate, but
another variant and the Chelsea coach Thomas his first-serve points and ball tournament, halted in gal and Mohammedan Sport- Ganguly confirmed that the
restrictions imposed by var- Tuchel left striker Romelu did not face a breakpoint. the wake of positive Covid-19 ing Club veterans and officials Ranji Trophy will go on as
ious states and agencies, Lukaku out of his side on Sun- Xinhua reports. Two goals from art Dallas and Daniel James "Casper is playing unbe- tests in bubble conditions, were to have participated in planned. "Yes, the Ranji Tro-
AICF decided to postpone day evening after the Belgian's Alexis Mac Allister helped scored for Leeds, while Maxwel lievable tennis, [he did] an would almost certainly be in it but, given the grim coron- phy will proceed as planned,"
national championships recent declarations that implied Brighton to a 3-2 win away to Cornet's 54th minute free- unbelievable performance suspended animation until avirus situation in the city, Ganguly said.
scheduled for January 2022 he wasn't happy in London and Everton, to pile the pressure on kick briefly gave the visitors last year, and today I played normality returned. accounting for most infec- Ranji Trophy is slated to
(National Junior, National wouldlike to return to Italy, but Rafa Benitez ahead of next hopes of a point. very good," Bautista Agut said Sources close to the Crick- tions in the state, the plan was be played from January 13
School & National Sub- he soon found his side 2-0 weekend's FA Cup visit to Hull Brentford came from behind in his on-court interview. "I et Association of Bengal said shelved. to March 20, 2022. Kolkata
Junior)," AICF secretary down after Sadio Mane and City. to claim three points at home returned very well, I made that the Board of Control for According to a member of will be hosting the neutral
Bharat Singh Chauhan said Mohamed Salah struck for Mac Allister opened the to Aston Villa to leave them 12 very few unforced errors Cricket in India wanted all the state Sports Council, a group stage matches as well
in the release. Liverpool. scoring in the third minute, and points above the relegation and I played aggressively. I programmes suspended now, return to the complete halt as knockouts.
"We greatly regret the Mane fired home from the Dan Burn doubled Brighton's zone, one place above their try to play matches like this which put the Ranji Trophy in whichsportsufferedduringlock- Earlier in the day, the
decision taken due to a edge of the Chelsea area after lead on 20 minutes. rivals. and that is why I am prac- doubt. downs over the past two years Cricket Association of Ben-
force majeure situation con- a defensive error, while Salah Anthony Gordon pulled a Danny Ings putVilla ahead tising hard and I am trying The competition was to is "quite possible" though the gal (CAB) announced that
sidering the health and dif- produced a cool finish to take goal back for Everton early in on 16 minutes after being set to show this level." have begun in the next week situation would hopefully be the local tournaments of
ficulty of all stakeholders," advantage of Trent Alexander- the second half, but Mac Allis- up by Emiliano Buendia, but Last year, Ruud showed and Bengal were to have played reviewed about the middle of First Division, Second Divi-
the release added. Arnold's ball over the top. ter restored Brighton's two-goal Yoane Wissa drew injury-hit that he is more than just a a few practice matches in the the month ahead of some son, and District, will be
The national junior However, in a high-energy advantage with 20 minutes Brentford level before the break, clay-court stalwart. In fact, run-up to it. Kolkata having municipal elections. It was put on hold after certain play-
championship (Under-20) match, Chelsea were level left to play, and although Gor- and although Steven Gerrard's he excelled on hard courts, been chosen as a Ranji Trophy said that sport across the land ers tested positive for COVID-
was scheduled to be held in thanks to two goals in three min- don gave Everton a lifeline side had some sterile domi- advancing to the semi-finals venue, its bio-secure bubble had self-propelled itself for 19.
New Delhi from January 9 utes before the break. Mateo five minutes later, Brighton nance after half-time, Brent- of the ATP Finals in Turin. But was ready for occupation. The quite a while even though the The CAB also announced
while the other events were Kovacic scored with a stunning held on for three points. ford wing-back Mads Roerslev he struggled to crack Bautista matches, though, were said to governments - regional or Cen- that an Emergency Apex
slated for later in the month. volley from outside the area, Leeds United claimed a won the game in the 83rd Agut's baseline armour. The be no longer on the cards. BCCI tral - had been ambivalent. "But Council has been convened
The new dates for the events before Christian Pulisic levelled vital 3-1 win at home to Burn- minute, smashing home after Spaniard was more solid chief Sourav Ganguly is still in we've now stubbed our toe on to take necessary decisions
will be announced later, the scores in first-half injury time ley to lift them away from the Emi Martinez had saved his orig- throughout the match and home isolation, having left a a hard rock. All over again," it and review the current
AICF said in a press release. after a pass from N'Golo Kante, danger zone. Jack Harrison, Stu- inal shot. did not let slip his focus. southern Kolkata nursing facil- was said. COVID situation.
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