YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 27 C STOP THIS MASSIVE SELL-OUT OF NATIONAL ASSETS OF THE COUNTRY OPINION Rainfall may occur. ASIAN YOUTH BOXING: VANSHAJ, PREETI, AND 4 OTHERS ENTER FINALS SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 27 AUGUST, 2021 PG-8, YEAR—8, ISSUE—101 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE 10 DIE AFTER CONSUMING SPURIOUS LIQUOR IN AGRA 'BENGAL EARMARKS 100 ACRES MORE FOR IT HUB' KOLKATA: The West Bengal government has earmarked another 100 acres of land for its Silicon Valley Tech Hub and is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that it becomes the information technology hub of not only India but also the world, state IT Minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday. The Bengal Silicon Valley Tech Hub is being set up to attract investment in IT/ITeS/Telecom projects with employment potential. West Bengal has promoted the Bengal Silicon Valley in New Town which is fast becoming a satellite city. Another 100 acres of land has been marked for extending it in phase II, Chatterjee said at a virtual event of ASSOCHAM. He said technology is one of the key focus areas for the government of West Bengal. (Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee's policy focuses mainly on big data analysis and decimation, animation and gaming, cyber securities, drones, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and others, the IT minister said. The State recognises the need for uniform global standards, international set of laws, inclusive labour laws, and industrial codes, he said. "This will in turn help in reducing the non-pecuniary costs associated with international trade. West Bengal has comprehended and fast adapted to this, he added. RBI APPOINTS AJAY KUMAR AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed Ajay Kumar as Executive Director (ED). An RBI statement on Thursday said that the appointment came into effect from August 20. Prior to being promoted as ED, Kumar was heading the New Delhi Regional Office of the Bank as Regional Director. Over a span of three decades, he has served in foreign exchange, banking supervision, financial inclusion, currency management and other areas in RBI, said an RBI statement. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,558,530 TOTAL DEATHS: 436,396 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 214,970,834 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,481,034 Nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity with others pray at the tomb of Mother Teresa to mark her 111th birth anniversary at Mother House in Kolkata on Thursday. Prabir Bhattacharya TMC says it supports Centre's decisions on issues relating to situation in Afghanistan MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: The TMC on Thursday said that the party supported the government in decisions taken on issues relating to the situation in Afghanistan and handed over a list of 125 people from West Bengal who are stranded in the country which was recently taken over by the Taliban. Briefing the leaders at an all-party meet, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the government has adopted a "wait and watch" approach in dealing with the Taliban, depending on the evolving situation. In an answer to a similar question, he later told reporters that let the situation settle down in Afghanistan. "The West Bengal chief minister has extended support to the government at this critical juncture and we do not want to speak at cross purposes with it given the current geo-political situation," said TMC MP Sougato Roy, who was present in the meeting along with party MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray. "We have raised two issues. One about the evacuation of Indians from Afghanistan, and we gave the government a list of 125 people from West Bengal who are stranded there. The second issue was of India's investments in the country, their future and the recovery of our investments," he said. Roy also said that the government replied in detail on getting the stranded Indians back but on the other questions it preferred the "wait and watch" approach. "The government said that it was in touch with other foreign countries like the US, UK, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar and Central Asian countries. They also informed us that they have posted officials from the Embassy at the Afghan air- port to facilitate evacuation," he said. Roy also said that as far as engaging with the Taliban was concerned, the government stated that like other countries, India also opted to "wait and watch" as the situation was "fluid" and "changing everyday". He also said that during the meeting, other parties raised the issue of threat to India's internal security in the case Afghanistan became a "launch pad for terrorists". The government, Roy said, assured the leaders that it was monitoring the situation closely. Jaishankar, sources said, informed that a 24X7 Special Afghanistan Cell had been established in the Ministry of External Affairs to coordinate repatriation and other requests from that country. The sources said that the Doha Agreement between the US and Afghanistan was also raised in the meeting but Jaishankar informed the leaders that India was yet to receive the text of the agreement. The Doha Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan is a pact signed between the United States and the Taliban on February 29, 2020. Sources in other opposition parties said that many leaders criticised the "relative silence" on the new regime in Afghanistan and also expressed concerns about a line of thought that New Delhi was being "marginalised" in the Afghan talks and "isolated from traditional allies in the region". Addressing the media after the meeting, Roy said, "Overall there was a consensus that contentious issued should not be raised in the meeting. In fact, I mentioned that one minister had raised the question of CAA in regard to Sikh and Hindu refugees, but ministers should not raise this divisive issue." Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said all teachers in the State have been inoculated with COVID19 vaccines, a day after Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said two crore additional doses will be made available to that end. Banerjee, after chairing a meeting of health department officials, also said that the state is "prepared to tackle the possible third wave" of the COVID-19 pandemic, and priority for vaccination was being accorded to parents of children who are 12 years of age and below. Chief secretary HK Dwivedi, transport minister and chairman of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation's board of administrators, Firhad Hakim, were also present at the meeting. Amid concerns that the third wave might pose a greater threat to kids, the CM said, "We are trying to prioritise vaccination of parents of children who are 12 years old and below. The CM, while talking to the reporters, further said that experienced nurses and those who have put up exceptional performances would be promoted to the post of "practitioner sisters". They will have responsibilities "quite similar to that of the doctors", she said. Banerjee stated that quack doctors in the state's rural areas will be given adequate training and asked to serve at primary health centres. Lauding all healthcare professionals for their hard work and dedication amid the pandemic, she said that a 10acre land will be allotted by her government for doctors and nurses to build a housing complex. A decision has also been taken to set up a hostel on Lee Road here for the doctors and nurses of state-run SSKM hospital, she underlined. The CM said she would hold another meeting on the health infrastructure of the state on September 16. AGRA: At least ten people died in Agra due to consumption of suspected spurious liquor. According to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report, methyl alcohol was present in the body of four people. "10 people died due to consumption of suspected spurious liquor in Agra. Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report of four people states the presence of methyl alcohol in their body," said Amit Gupta, Agra Divisional Commissioner. He said that samples of two more people were sent for examination. INDIA, CHINA 13TH ROUND TALKS SOON TO RESOLVE HOT SPRINGS NEW DELHI: Having resolved the two major friction points in Pangong lake and Gogra heights that had emerged after the Chinese aggression last year, the 13th round of military talk between India and China is planned to be held soon as an invite from the Indian side would be soon extended to the Chinese Army. India and China have already resolved the issues related to most of the friction points that came up post May 2020 including Pangong lake. KOHLI IS PLAYING AT A LOT OF DELIVERIES HE COULD LEAVE: HUSSAIN SPORTS Blast at Kabul Airport, suicide bomber suspected KABUL: Scores of people were feared injured in a blast on Thursday outside the Kabul airport, which is thronged by crowds of desperate Afghans seeking to flee the country after the Taliban takeover. "We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can," Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a tweet. The blast was said have taken outside of the one of the airport's gates where British troops are stationed to oversee the evacuation. A suicide bomber was suspected. There was no report about any British casualties, the BBC quoted a UK Defence Ministry sources as saying. The incident comes amid warnings by the western nations of a terror strike at the airport as evacuations of foreign citizens continues. India on Thursday evacuated 24 of its citizens and 11 Nepalese nationals in a military aircraft from Kabul in the backdrop of further deterioration in the security situation in the Afghan capital. People familiar with the evacuation mission said a plan was firmed up to bring back over 180 people but only 35 could be airlifted as the rest of them could not reach the Kabul airport to board the C-17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force in view of multiple check posts and other restrictions imposed by the Taliban in the city. Op Devi Shakti in action! @IAF_MC flight with 24 Indian and 11 Nepalese evacuees from Kabul is on its way to Delhi. #DeviShakti," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted in the morning. The people cited above said the security situation around the Kabul airport deteriorated further in the last couple of days due to which the Afghans and other people could not reach it. There has been a scramble by various countries to evacuate their citizens from Kabul before the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of American troops from the war-ravaged country. American forces have been handling the security at the Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul. Under its mission "Operation Devi Shakti", India has already evacuated over 800 people after Kabul was captured by the Taliban on August 15. Thousands of Afghans have been crowding around the Kabul airport for over a week, in a desperate attempt to flee the country fearing the Taliban's brutality. Several G-7 leaders requested US President Joe Biden to extend the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of American troops. However, Biden said the US is trying to stick to the timetable. In the last few days, India has stepped up efforts to evacuate its citizens as well as its Afghan partners from Kabul in view of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital and other parts of the country. SC gets 9 new judges, including 3 women NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday notified all names recommended by the Collegium for elevation and appointment as judges of the Supreme Court. The nine names include those of three women judges Justice Hima Kohli, Justice BV Nagarathna, Justice Bela Trivedi. According to the order of seniority, Justice Nagratna may be appointed CJI in 2027. Senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P S Narasimha is elevated to the apex court bench directly from the Bar. The nine names include eight High Court judges and one advocate of the Supreme Court Bar. Earlier, government sources had said that the new elevated judges are likely to take oath on August 31. The names of these judges are Chief Justice of Karnataka AS Oka, who is the senior-most Chief Justice of all HC Chief Justices. Chief Justice of Gujarat Vikram Nath, Chief Justice of Sikkim JK Maheshwari, Telangana Chief Justice Hima Kohli, who is also the only serving woman Chief Justice of a high court. Justice Nagarathna of Kerala HC, Justice CT Ravi Kumar Judge of Madras HC, Justice MM Sundaresh, Gujarat HC judge Justice Bela M Trivedi and senior advocate PS Narasimha. The Supreme Court Collegium, comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices U U Lalit, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, had on August 17 recommended nine names, including eight High Court judges and an advocate, for elevation to the apex court. MAKE MANDATORY 'BUMPER-TO-BUMPER' INSURANCE: HC CHENNAI: In a significant order, the Madras High Court has ruled that "bumper-to-bumper" insurance should be mandatory whenever a new vehicle is sold, from September 1. This must be in addition to covering the driver, passengers and owner of the vehicle, for a period of five years. Thereafter, the owner of the vehicle must be cautious in safeguarding the interest of driver, passengers, third parties and himself/herself, so as to avoid unnecessary liability being foisted on the owner of the vehicle, as beyond five years, as on date there is no provision to extend the bumper to bumper policy, due to its non-availability, Justice S Vaidyanathan said in a recent order. The judge was allowing a writ petition from the New India Assurance Company Limited in Avalpoondurai, challenging the orders dated December 7, 2019 of the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal, Special District Court in Erode. The Insurance company pointed out that the insurance policy in question was only an "Act Policy", which would cover only the risk that might be confronted by a third party to the vehicle and not its occupants. The coverage for an occupant of the vehicle could be extended upon payment of additional premium by the owner of the car, the insurance company contended. The judge passed this order, which would go a long way in coming to the aid of lots of accident victims. He, however, could not come to the rescue of the claimants in this case, as the vehicle, in which their breadwinner was travelling/driving, was covered only with third-party insurance. Left with no other choice but to deprive the claimants of the accident benefits ordered by the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal in Erode, the judge quashed the order of the Tribunal awarding a compensation of Rs 14.65 lakh to K Parvathy and three others. The judge, however, made it clear that this order will not preclude the claimants from claiming compensation for the death of the deceased from the owner of the car, as per the terms of the policy for which the car was insured. Before parting with this judgment, the judge said that it is saddening to point out that when a vehicle is sold, the purchaser/ buyer is not clearly informed about the terms of policy and its importance. Similarly, at the time of buying the vehicle, the buyer is also not interested in thoroughly understanding the terms and conditions of the policy, as he/ she is more concerned about the vehi- cle's performance and not about the policy. When a buyer is ready to pay a huge amount for purchase of a vehicle, it is really shocking as to why he/ she is not interested in spending a paltry sum to take a policy so as to safeguard himself/ herself and others. "Therefore, this court directs that whenever a new vehicle is sold after September 1, it is mandatory for coverage of bumper to bumper insurance every year, in addition to covering the driver, passengers and owner of the vehicle, for a period of five years. Thereafter, the owner of the vehicle must be cautious in safeguarding the interest of driv- er, passengers, third parties and himself/ herself, so as to avoid unnecessary liability being foisted on the owner of the vehicle, as beyond five years, as on date there is no provision to extend the bumper to bumper policy, due to its non-availability, the judge said. In view of untoward incidents like the present one on hand, the order shall be circulated by the Additional Chief Secretary, Transport department, to all the insurance companies and he must ensure that the above direction is followed scrupulously in letter and spirit without any deviation, the judge added and posted the matter on September 30 for reporting compliance.