YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 27 C BJP IS SET TO MAKE USE OF RANE EPISODE TO TAKE ON UDDHAV OPINION Rainfall may occur. 'NOT AN ORDINARY CRIME': SC REJECTS ASARAM'S PLEA SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 1 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—106 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Accelerated Recovery: India’s Q1FY22 GDP growth zooms 20.1% YoY NEW DELHI: Low base, along with pent-up demand as well as easier Covid restrictions, lifted India's first quarter FY22 GDP growth rate to 20.1 per cent. In 2020, the pandemic had battered the country's GDP which had contracted by 24.4 per cent during Q1FY21. India's GDP at constant of 2011-12 prices has been estimated at Rs 32.38 lakh crore, as against Rs 26.95 lakh crore in Q1FY21. Last year, the pandemic-triggered national lockdown during Q1FY21 had a massive impact on the economy. It was only on June 1, 2020 that the partial unlock measures were implemented. Unlike last year, the lockdown in 2021 was more regional in nature, and production and man- Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman delivers the special address at a Webinar on Resurgent India: Building healthcare infrastructure for new India, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI ufacturing by several industries were allowed this time. In a poll of economists, IANS had, on August 27, predicted that based on the recovery, India's GDP Q1FY22 is expected to grow by anywhere between 14 and 24 per cent. The RBI, after the recent Monetary Policy Committee meeting, had projected country's Q1 GDP to grow at 21.4 per cent. "GDP at Constant (2011-12) Prices in Q1 of 2021-22 is estimated at Rs 32.38 lakh crore, as against Rs 26.95 lakh crore in Q1 of 2020-21, showing a growth of 20.1 per cent as compared to contraction of 24.4 per cent in Q1 2020-21," said NSO, in the Q1FY22 GDP estimates. "Quarterly GVA at Basic Price at Constant (2011-12) Prices for Q1 of 2021-22 is estimated at Rs 30.48 lakh crore, as against Rs 25.66 lakh crore in Q1 of 202021, showing a growth of 18.8 per cent." The GVA includes taxes but excludes subsidies. On a YoY basis, Q1 GVA for 2021-22 from the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector showed a growth of 4.5 per cent, against 3.5 per cent in the same quarter of 2020-21. Nevertheless, the GVA in Q1 2020-21 from the manufacturing sector grew 49.6 per cent, as compared to a de-growth of (-) 36 per cent in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. Similarly, the mining and quarrying sector declined by 18.6 per cent against previous year's contraction of (-) 17.2 per cent. INDIA’S APRIL-JULY FISCAL DEFICIT REACHES 21.3% OF FY22 TARGET NEW DELHI: India's April-July budgetary fiscal deficit reached 21.3 per cent of the FY22 target, official data showed on Tuesday. The fiscal deficit -- the difference between revenue and expenditure -- for the April-June 2021-22 period stood at Rs 321,143 crore, or 21.3 per cent of the budget estimates (BE). The FY22 deficit has been pegged at Rs 15.06 lakh crore. Besides, the CGA data showed that the fiscal deficit during the corresponding months of the previous fiscal was 103.1 per cent of that year's target. The Central government's total expenditure stood at Rs 1,004,440 crore (28.8 per cent of BE) while total receipts were Rs 683,297 crore. AT A GLANCE ELEPHANT FOUND DEAD IN CHANDWA DALTONGANJ: An elephant was found dead deep inside the jungle of Chakla under Chandwa police station in Latehar, sources said on Tuesday. The incident came to light after the smell of the caracas spread in the jungle. Roshan Kumar, DFO Latehar, has confirmed the death the elephant in the jungle of Chandwa's Chakla. He said not much of the information as the carcass is said to be quite deep in the jungle. He said the details are awaited and will be made public by Wednesday. Sources said there was an elephant here which had incurred the wrath of the people for its rampaging nature. This elephant had destroyed huts and houses and had even killed a couple of men also. However Roshan Kumar DFO Latehar said it would be hasty right now to speculate on the factor behind the death of the elephant. He has promised to share ' things about the dead elephant on Wednesday. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,695,030 TOTAL DEATHS: 437,860 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 216,933,919 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,511,429 Taliban initiates dialogue with India in Qatar NEW DELHI: After the US completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, Taliban initiated dialogue with India in Qatar over safety, security and early return of Indian nationals stranded over there, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday. For the first time, India has made public a meeting held between the two sides. The ministry stated that Ambassador of India to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the Head of Taliban's Political Office in Doha. "The meeting took place at the Embassy of India, Doha, on the request of the Taliban side," said the ministry. Discussions focused on safety, security and early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan. The travel of Afghan nationals, especially minorities, who wish to visit to India also came up. Ambassador Mittal raised India's concern that Afghanistan's soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner. Stanekzai assured the Ambassador that these issues would be positively addressed. Stanekzai, known as Sheru, trained in the Indian Military Academy in the 1982, rose to the ranks of Deputy Health Minister during the Taliban regime, and later served as a chief peace negotiator in Doha. He was also Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban regime. The 58year-old Pashtun comes from the Stanekzai clan. He can speaks five languages and he served as Taliban's Political Office chief between 20152019. Taliban had seized the warravaged country's capital Kabul on August 15 after then President, Ashraf Ghani fled the country. On August 30, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Afghanistan, aiming to prevent the use of Afghan soil by terrorist organisations against any country. The resolution was adopted with 13 votes in favour while Russia and China preferred to abstain. Local residents in Panjshir province, the only region in Afghanistan that has not fallen to the Taliban, say that the insurgents have cut telecommunication networks. Panjshir residents say that the lack of phone and internet networks is causing serious challenges, TOLO News reported. "They have cut off telecommunication services in Panjshir for the last two days. Panjshir people are facing challenges in this regard and cannot get in touch with their relatives living in other parts of the country," said Gul Haidar, a resident. Mustafa, a Kabul resident, says that his relatives and friends live in Panjshir but he cannot contact them. "All my relatives and friends are in Panjshir. Unfortunately, on one hand the road to Panjshir is closed and on the other hand the communication networks are not working," he said. Panjshir residents added that the Taliban has closed roads and other routes leading to Panjshir valley and that food prices have skyrocketed in the province. "They (Taliban) claim that 80 percent of Panjshir's problem has been solved and the people have no fight with us. But they have closed the road for the people," said Jumadin, a Panjshir resident. The Taliban is yet to comment on the report. Ahmad Massoud, son of late military commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, leads the resistance against the Taliban in Panjshir. So far both sides have insisted on solving the problem via dialogue, and in the past two weeks neither side has attacked the other. However, the talks have so far led to no tangible outcome. Second complaint filed against Indian returnee over ‘friendly Taliban’ photo MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: A second complaint has been filed against Tamal Bhattacharya, the teacher who came back to Bengal from Afghanistan last week along with other Indians on an evacuation flight. While the first complaint was filed with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the second was filed three days ago with the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. Bhattacharya, who taught at the Kardan International School, is seen in a picture posing with the Taliban brandishing rifles. The petitioner has questioned why the picture is being circulated on social media. "The latest petition is based on a photograph with the Taliban insurgents, showing him proudly putting his arm around them and clicking a picture. Who do we click a picture with? Someone who is a friend and a close relative. This picture of Tamal is suspicious considering he also said they are like friends. These statements raise questions on the intention and a complaint has also been filed with the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology with the photograph," said petitioner Raj Chowdhury, a resident of Kolkata. The petitioner questioned how the Taliban, who are feared by Afghans within the country and the world over, are being called friendly and trustworthy while attaching media bytes of Bhattacharya where he said the Taliban also played cricket with him. Chowdhury asked why Bhattacharya said the Taliban played cricket with him. He also questioned how the picture has suddenly emerged and that certain social media posts have lauded Bhattacharya for portraying the terrorists in a positive manner. "It is not just about the word 'trustworthy'. If you are calling them friends, then what are you? This raises questions," said Chowdhury, adding that it is about the country's security, especially when Bhattacharya was evacuated with the help of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Indian Air Force (IAF). "This should be probed. We have never seen anything like this," he said. There are also concerns that the picture could be morphed. "Why will this picture be morphed? He is not a big political figure. What will someone get by morphing this? He has not come out to claim this picture has been morphed. Let Tamal Bhattacharya co-operate and let the Ministry of IT and Electronics confirm why this has happened," said the petitioner. Both complaints have been registered with the respective ministries on public grievance portals. Bhattacharya, however, has not responded to allegations and the petitions filed against him. CU graduation results register 100 per cent success rate MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: After Secondary and Higher Secondary examinations, 100 per cent of students passed the bachelor's degree at Calcutta University (University of Calcutta). Calcutta University released the final results of graduation on Tuesday. Almost 100 per cent of the students have passed the examinations. The results of about 1 lakh candidates were published online. The results of the sixth semester of BA, BSc, B.Com (Honours), General and Major have been released. The university authorities have also published the results of the final examination of those who took the exam in 1 + 1 + 1 system. Results were being announced through the website www.wbresults.nic.in and www.exametc.com from 3 pm with roll number. All the students' exams have been taken digitally this time. The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the State Higher Education Department had directed that the graduation results be released by August 31. Calcutta University released all the results according to the directive. Besides, the results of 6 post-graduate departments have been published on Tuesday. Last May, when the results of BA and B.SC were published, millions of students tried to know the results all at one go and the website resultantly crashed. This time the authorities were aware of that. Vice Chancellor Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee took care of the website all day long. The Vice-Chancellor said, "This is the first time the final results have been published in the CBCS method in COVID situation. The whole process was a challenge to us. We have been able to do that successfully. Colleges will be given mark-sheets from Wednesday. " ISF MLA WRITES TO CM KOLKATA: Bhangar MLA from Indian Secular Front (ISF) Nawsad Siddique wrote to the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and requested her to intervene directly to solve the ongoing problems of contractual Shishu Shiksha Kendra (SSK) Teachers. Referring to the resolution of issues between Sporting Club East Bengal and its investor Shree Cement through timely intervention of Mamata, Siddique's letter read: "Keeping that positive spirit of intervention and mediation in mind I would like to draw your attention towards the recent deteriorating developments related to the contractual teachers of SSKs and Madhyamik Shiksha Kendras (MSK)." Further, he alleged that he had repeatedly appealed and requested to the Education Minister Bratya Basu for dialogue and conversation to resolve the teachers' problems, to which Basu refused to meet and 'did not even bother to listen to their causes or demands'. HAZARIBAG GIRL ON THE CUSP OF CREATING HISTORY Akanksha pulls off a place for herself in men’s turf PC JHA RANCHI: Believe it or not, mining sector was once dominated by women workforce. But thanks to a law enacted by the erstwhile British government that barred women from mining activities as it was considered dangerous for them. Women's share participated from 44 per cent to 6 per cent between the years 1900 to 2000. But all this will change at least for the Central Coalfields Limited now. As women athletes are carving out a niche for themselves, the male-dominated mining sector can- not be an exception. The credit goes to Akanksha Kumari, a mining graduate and native of Hazaribag, has achieved milestone after she was posted as a mining engineer at Churi underground mines in North Karanpura area of the Central Coalfields Limited (CCL). She has become the first Woman Mining Engineer to join the CCL. While woman employees have been shouldering the responsibilities ranging from officer to doctor to security guard and even running heavy machines like dumper and shovel and have excelled in each role, Akanksha has pulled off a place for herself where women usually don't venture. This is for first time when the core mining activity of one of the biggest coal mining company of the world will witness this progressive change. The enormity of her achieve- ment can be gauged by the fact that Akanksha is the second mining engineer in the Maharatna Conglomerate CIL and the first one to working an underground coal mine. "The girls of our country are scaling new heights and bringing laurels to the country in various fields. Through her hard work and perseverance Akanksha not only joined the foray of the girls who broke gender stereotypes but she will also motivate new generation of girls to follow her lead and break more glass ceilings," the CCL CMD PM Prasad said. A resident of Barkagaon at Hazaribagh district, Akanksha com- pleted her schooling from Navodaya Vidyalaya. Belonging to a mining belt she witnessed coal mining activities from close quarters and was enamored by it since her childhood. Thus, she developed a natural inquisitiveness towards its activities since childhood, which led her too for mining engineering at BIT Sindri in Dhanbad. Before joining CIL, she worked for three years in Hindustan Zinc Limited's Balaria mines in Rajasthan. She credits her family for unflinching support to follow her dreams. She said, "Joining CIL was her childhood dream and hopes to deliver her best for the company."