YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C DECODING MAMATA'S OPPN UNITY STRATEGY AGAINST BJP FOR LS POLL OPINION Rainfall may occur. OLYMPICS: AN EPITOME OF LONGEVITY NAMED MARY KOM SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 26 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 71 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) THE G20 ENERGY AND CLIMATE JOINT MINISTERIAL MEETING 2021 INDIA PUSHES RICH COUNTRIES TO ACT NEW DELHI: India has pushed for stronger action by rich countries for bringing down per capita emissions at the G20 climate ministerial that concluded in Italy on Saturday, but experts back home are sceptical and have demanded matching action on ground. The G20 Energy and Climate Joint Ministerial Meeting 2021 was held under the Italian Presidency on July 22 and 23 at Naples, and saw Energy and Environment Ministers from the G20 nations deliberate upon the pressing issue. The Indian delegation was AT A GLANCE INDIA'S GOLD IMPORTS SURGE IN APR-JUN, SILVER IMPORTS FALL NEW DELHI: India registered a manifold raise in import of gold during the first three months of FY22 on a year-on-year basis, to nearly $7.9 billion. This rise in gold imports can be attributed to low imports during the same period last year owing to the nationwide lockdown and the revived consumer demand in this financial year. During the same period last fiscal, gold imports stood at $687.83 million. NINE TOURISTS FROM DELHI KILLED IN HIMACHAL ACCIDENT SHIMLA: At least nine tourists, mainly from Delhi-National Capital Region, were killed and three others seriously injured in a rockslide in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district on Sunday, the police said. The tourists were on the way from Sangla to Chitkul, a popular tourist spot some 250 km from the state capital, when the boulders fell on their vehicle, killing nine on the spot. Superintendent of Police S.R. Rana said the rescue operation is on and the road has been closed for the traffic. Nearly 50 vehicles are stranded on the road stretch. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,396,300 TOTAL DEATHS: 420,758 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 194,608,216 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,171,922 represented by Ministry of Power and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, with the ministers participating virtually. At the end, India issued a statement: "We have noted the pledges made by some countries to achieve 'Net Zero GHG emission' or carbon neutrality by or around mid-century. However, this may not be adequate in view of the fast-depleting available carbon space. Therefore, and keeping in view, the legitimate need of developing countries to growth, we urge G20 countries to commit to bringing down per capita emission to global average by 2030." Ahead of the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference to be held at UK's Glasgow in November this year, this is India's stand against the developed, rich countries that occupy about 70 per cent of carbon space. "India has always said that developed countries are changing the goal posts, they should cut their emissions more, India and BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) have been saying so since Copenhagen (COP15, the UNFCCC climate conference at Copenhagen in 2009). There has been no dramatic change in India's stand," think tank International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iForest) CEO Chandra Bhushan said. Pointing out that India needs to recognise that the original grouping for BASIC doesn't hold any ground now, he said: "China alone now accounts for 1/3rd of the global emissions. It does not make sense for India to defend China. And because we are bracketed together, China is able to pass itself as a developing country. This is the biggest mistake we are doing, this grouping of India and China together in climate negotiations is doing more harm to India than good." Congress attacks Modi with Abhishek’s picture MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called for a strong anti-BJP alliance from the virtual address to commemorate Martyrs' Day on July 21. Congress leader P Chidambaram was present at the Trinamool Congress' programme in Delhi on that day. As a result, the message of the leader is clear. Mamata is going to Delhi on Monday. Earlier, the Congress also gave a tactical message. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was targeted in the message over the Pegasus Spyware controversy with a picture of Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of the Chief Minister on their Twitter handle. The Congress wrote on Twitter, 'Enemies have to be watched. Prime Minister Modi has given a little more importance to this proverb. A photo of Abhishek Banerjee has been posted with the hashtag #PegasusSnoopgate. It is titled 'Understand the Chronology' and reads, 'Pegasus Spyware aims at whom. Abhishek Banerjee Mamata Banerjee's nephew. When? 2021. Why? Bengal elections. There is no end to the insecurity of Modi government. In the last Assembly polls, the Congress fought in alliance with the Left in the State. Although Rahul Gandhi came to attend poll campaign for a day. Due to Coronavirus situation, the remaining few meetings were called off. Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra did not come. That's when the rumour started that the top leadership of the Congress did not want to hurt 'Didi' before the next Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held in 2024. That speculation is further fuelled by the recent announcement of Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. He said the Congress would not field a candidate in Bhawanipur. According to political circles, the result of the vote proved that the Left no longer has significance in Bengal. So Sonia and Rahul will benefit only if they form an alliance with the Trinamool. TMC's poll strategist Prashant Kishor has made it clear that a third front is not possible without the Congress. Gandhi also had a meeting with him. There is also speculation that Kishor may be given a post in the Congress. As a result, the road to a gradually smoother Congress and Trinamool alliance is gradually smoothening up. Congress leader Pradeep Bhattacharya did not rule out the possibility of an alliance. "The Twitter handle is right," he said. Opposing injustice like phone tapping. Rahul's phone has been tapped for a long time. Other political figures were not left out. It also contains the name of Abhishek Banerjee. I am strongly opposed to it. There needs to be an investigation. I have fought with the TMC on various issues inside and outside the Parliament. And no one can swear in advance what the face of politics is going to be. We have to wait and see what the new equation would be. ' Trinamool State general secretary Kunal Ghosh said, 'Suvendu Adhikari is beating the drum and saying that he has call records of all phone calls from Abhishek's office. Let him be caught. The party that has challenged the BJP is its leader Abhishek Banerjee. That is reflected in the tweet. In the Bengal Assembly elections, it has become clear who can deal with the BJP. Trinamool MP Sougata Roy said, 'I thank the Congress. They condemned the activities of the Centre. This will make our relationship better.' BJP leader Joy Prakash Majumder has termed the possibility of an alliance between the Congress and the Trinamool Congress as 'unprincipled'. In his words, 'Mary Go Round of choosing a partner is going on. The CPM was a partner during the Assembly polls in Bengal. Now Congress is trying to hobnob with the TMC. Ordinary people will not accept the politics of changing partners. It is unprincipled politics. Opportunistic politics. Congress is not popular in the country. And the TMC outside Bengal does not exist. STATE IRRIGATION DEPT MULLS REGULARISING ILLEGAL UNITS MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The West Bengal Irrigation Department plans to regularise encroachment with an aim to earn revenue worth Rs 600 crore. In an attempt to avoid a pro- tracted legal battle over illegal construction on its land, the Government wants to lease out structures built on its plots to encroachers for 99 years. If the 99-year lease agreement is finalised, encroachers may have to MAOISTS BURN 6 ROAD CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES RANCHI: Maoist guerrillas set afire six vehicles of a private road construction company in Jharkhand's Garwah district on Sunday, police said. According to police, 10 to 12 armed Maoists raided the company's camp office in Ghghari village of Garwah early on Sunday, beat up the sleeping staff, poured diesel on vehicles involved in road construction work and set them on fire. The six vehicles included two road-rollers and two JCBs. Refusal to pay the 'levy' to the rebels is said to be the reason for the attack. A month ago, an engineer of the same company was abducted by Maoists. Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the state's 24 districts. pay 95 per cent of the current market price of the land as 'selami' and 0.3 per cent of the land's valuation as annual rent. Irrigation officials stated that they were giving the final touches to the proposal and would send it to the top brass of the State government for approval. The department is carrying out a State-wide survey to earmark encroachment. In many districts, including Kolkata and its suburbs, encroachers have built marriage halls, hotels, warehouses and other commercial establishments on the department's plots. "It has been found that many of the plots owned by the Irrigation Department were encroached upon. The department will soon iden- tify such plots and regularise construction. The initiative will fetch money for the struggling State coffers," said a senior Government official. Demolishing structures will also be a costly exercise, the official said. Indian Wrestler Priya Malik won a Gold Medal at the 2021 World Cadet Wrestling Championship. ANI Priya Malik wins gold at World Cadet Wrestling C'ships BUDAPEST: India grappler Priya Malik clinched gold at the World Cadet Wrestling Championships on Sunday. Malik defeated Kseniya Patapovich 5-0 in the summit clash and as a result, she won a gold medal at the World Cadet Championships in Hungary. Priya Malik won in the women's 73kg weight category and she has given the country another reason to smile as, on Saturday, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Priya Malik had also won the gold medal in the 2019 edition of Khelo India in Pune and she then went on to clinch gold at the 17th School Games held in Delhi. Earlier Tannu had won the title in the 43kg category. After wrestler Priya Malik won a gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Hungary, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla congratulated the sportsperson and termed it as another elating moment after Mirabai Chanu bagged a silver in at the Tokyo Olympics in weightlifting. "Congratulations to Priya Malik on having won Gold Medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungry. Musk wants to bring Tesla to India, blames high import duties NEW DELHI: Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that its electric vehicle (EV) company wants to launch cars in India, but the country's import duties on EVs are "highest in the world by far". Replying to an Indian YouTuber on Twitter, who asked him to launch Tesla cars ASAP in India, Musk blamed high import rates in the country. KARNATAKA: YEDIYURAPPA ON SPECULATION ABOUT RESIGNATION ‘Yet to receive words from BJP high command’ BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Sunday reiterated he would abide by the decision of his party's top leaders whether he would continue as in his post after July 26 or not. The speculation about change of guard had gained momentum in the state after the 78-year-old Lingayat strongman and BJP's aging mascot in Karnataka had stated that he would abide by the party high command's decision whether to remain CM or step down. "Our party leaders will inform me on Sunday (July 25) evening and I will follow their diktat on Monday OVER 200 LINGAYAT SEERS RALLY BEHIND YEDIYURAPPA Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa speaks to the media on his arrival at the airport, in Belagavi on Sunday. ANI (January 26), as I will be completing two years in the office," he had told reporters on July 23. After his return from daylong tour of flood-hit Belagavi district on Sunday, Yediyurappa told reporters that he had not received any message from the central leaders and as soon as he received, he would share it BENGALURU: More than 200 Veerashaiva-Lingayat seers congregated on Sunday and tried their best to exert pressure on BJP's central leadership that incumbent Karnataka chief minister, B.S. Yediyurappa should not be replaced till the ongoing Assembly term ends in 2023. A section of seers even appealed that the Lingayat seers of every sect should be united and float their own party and ensure that the next chief minister is from one among the seers like in Uttar Pradesh. with the media first. "In the morning, there is a programme to mark two years of government. I will speak about the achievements in those two years. After that, you will know the progress," he said in response to a question as to why his daily programme after 1.30 p.m. has been left blank. MORE ON PG 7 Ramappa temple inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List PARIS: The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Telangana's Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple on UNESCO's World Heritage List during its 44th session held online and chaired from Fuzhou (China), it announced on Sunday. The historic site was inscribed on the same day when Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China, Trans-Iranian Railway, and Spain's Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences, were also added to the prestigious list. Rudreshwara, popularly known as Ramappa Temple, is located in the village of Palampet approximately 200km north-east of Hyderabad, in the state of Telangana. It is the main Shiva temple in a walled com- plex built during the Kakatiyan period (1123–1323 CE) under rulers Rudradeva and Recharla Rudra. UNESCO described the Temple in a statement: "Construction of the sandstone temple began in 1213 CE and is believed to have continued over some 40 years. The building features decorated beams and pillars of carved granite and dolerite with a distinctive and pyramidal Vimana (horizontally stepped tower) made of lightweight porous bricks, so-called 'floating bricks', which reduced the weight of the roof structures. "The temple's sculptures of high artistic quality illustrate regional dance customs and Kakatiyan culture. Located at the foothills of a forested area and amidst agricultural fields, close to the shores of the Ramappa Cheruvu, a Kakatiyabuilt water reservoir, the choice of setting for the edifice followed the ideology and practice sanctioned in dharmic texts that temples are to be constructed to form an integral part of a natural setting, including hills, forests, springs, streams, lakes, catchment areas, and agricultural lands." On Saturday, five cultural sites, including one transnational property, in Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were inscribed onto the UNESCO's World Heritage List. The inscription of sites on the World Heritage List is scheduled to continue through July 28. Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday expressed his happiness over historic Ramappa Temple receiving UNESCO World Heritage site status. The temple is located at Palampeta in Mulugu district of Telangana. The chief minister said that Telangana's spiritual and cultural heritage reflecting the creative and architectural expertise of Kakatiya rulers has a special place in the country. Chandrasekhar Rao said under the self-rule, the state government is trying to restore Telangana's historical, spiritual and cultural glory. The chief minister thanked UNESCO's member countries and the central government for helping Ramappa temple get the World Heritage site status. He congratulated the state's public representatives and government officials who made the efforts in this regard. Earlier, minister for tourism, culture and archaeology V. Srinivas Goud shared the good news on Twitter. "Happy to announce that the 800-year-old architectural marvel of Kakatiya era Ramappa Temple is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site," he tweeted. Minister for municipal administration and urban development K.T. Rama Rao also took to Twitter to compliment everyone involved in the effort. "This is the first world heritage site from Telangana. Next aim is to get world heritage city status for our capital city Hyderabad," he wrote. Rudreshwara, popularly known as Ramappa Temple, is located in the village of Palampet approximately 200km north-east of Hyderabad, in the state of Telangana.