YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 27 C ALLAHABAD HC REMARKS SET TO REIGNITE ACRIMONY ON SECULARISM OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 5 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—110 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) CANADIAN TEEN FERNANDEZ ENDS OSAKA'S US OPEN TITLE DEFENCE SPORTS Morning India Centre signs ‘Karbi Anglong Agreement’ GRAND INNINGS Rohit Sharma slams his bat after completing his 1st overseas century during the 3rd day of the Fourth Test match between England and India at The Oval, in London on Saturday. ANI Pramod wins historic badminton gold in Paralympics, Manoj claims bronze TOKYO: Reigning world champion Pramod Bhagat on Saturday claimed a historic gold medal in men''s singles SL3 class while Manoj Sarkar bagged the bronze as India stamped their prowess at the Tokyo Paralympics here. Bhagat beat Great Britain''s Daniel Bethell in the summit clash while Sarkar defeated Japan''s Daisuke Fujihara in the third place play-off, with both the Indians winning in straight games. In SL3 classification, athletes with lower limb impairment are allowed to compete. With badminton making its debut at the Paralympics this year, Bhagat, the current world No. 1, thus became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the sport. The top seeded Indian, also an Asian champion, showed great mental forti- ADHIR URGES HM AMIT SHAH TO ALLOCATE FUNDS FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION (L-R) Silver medallist Daniel Bethell of Great Britain, gold medallist Pramod Bhagat of India and bronze medallist Manoj Sarkar of India. tude as he prevailed 21-14 21-17 over second seeded Bethell in a thrilling final that lasted 45 minutes at the Yoyogi National Stadium. The 33-year-old from Bhubaneswar also remains in contention for a bronze medal in mixed doubles SL3SU5 class. Bhagat and his partner Palak Kohli will square off against Japanese pair of Daisuke Fujihara and Akiko Sugino in the bronze medal play off on Sunday. They had lost the semifinals 3-21 15-21 to Indonesian combination of Hary Susanto and Leani Ratri Oktila earlier in the day. Bhagat, who had contracted polio when he was 4 years old, picked up the sports after watching his neighbours play. Initially, he competed against able-bodied players before getting into competitive para badminton in 2006. He eventually emerged as one of the best para shuttlers in the country with 45 international medals under his belt, including four world championship gold medals and a gold and a bronze in 2018 Asian Para Games. He also had started his career as a badminton coach but took a break in 2019 to focus on Tokyo Paralympics qualification. MORE ON SPORTS PG New industrial policy would promote multiple sectors, CM MI NEWS SERVICE SANJAY SAHAY NEW DELHI: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday wrote to Home Minister Amit Shah for allocating funds under the Border Area Development Program (BADP) for the construction of a road from Lalkup to Kakmari BSF Camp in Murshidabad, West Bengal stating it will help in "beefing up border vigil". In his letter, Chowdhury wrote, "With reference to the subject cited above, I do like to seek your favour in realizing my long-cherished demand of the local people for the road which can bring about economic prosperity to the backward area of the district." "The road between Lalkup Kakmari BSP Camp (Jalangi Murshidabad District) will further help in beefing up border vigil by our security forces given the porosity of the India Bangladesh border. You are earnestly requested to allocate funds under the 'Border Area Development Program' (B.A.D.P) so as to facilitate the construction of the important and strategic road," the Congress MP wrote. "I hope you will take appropriate measures as early as may to do the needful and thus obliged," he added. RANCHI: Jharkhand Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Saturday stated that Jharkhand’s new industrial policy is expected to go beyond promoting steel and mining sectors and touch others including agriculture and tourism. The CM was taking part online in ICC MSME Business Meet held at a hotel in Ranchi. He stated that focus is on generating more employment and bringing investment in the state. The function aimed to bring all sectors of micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) on one platform to discuss opportunities and challenges. The CM mentioned that need of the hour is to make proper use of natural resources available in the state. He added that in order to make full utilization of resources, awareness along with skill development and technology upgradation were needed. Soren stated that through the development programmes and schemes the state government is aiming to uplift the SC/ST communities in the state. Former IAS and currently state election commissioner NN Pandey said that soon Jharkhand would become the steel hub of the country and the MSME sector would be highly benefitted from the industrial growth. Chairman cum managing director MECON Atul Bhatt stated that Atmanirbhar Bharat was a unique initiative taken by the Government of India to encourage domestic production. He said that such initiative would help the MSME grow and generate employment. Director technical Central Coalfields Limited Bhola Singh stated that lack of quality in MSME products is the biggest challenge adding reverse technology and handholding is the need of the hour. Senior general manager Hindalco Industries Basudeo Gangopadhyay said that growth of steel and mining sectors in Jharkhand would help the MSME sector. He said the launch of new mineral policy would also encourage the MSME sector. Deputy general manager SBI Nand Kishore Singh opined that financial literacy of the MSME sector was the need of the hour. Joint director MSME –development institute Government of India SK Sahoo discussed various schemes and policies including the cluster development approach started by the central government to promote MSME. Chairman ICC state council Avijit Ghosh said that ICC was organising this function to discuss opportunities and challenges of the sector. The co-chairman Rakesh Ranjan Verma stated that the ICC aims to make efforts for providing handholding support to the MSME and create a positive and cordial eco-system. Director ICC Madhuparna Bhowmick highlighted the efforts taken by government to benefit the MSME. NEW DELHI: The Central government on Saturday signed a tripartite "Karbi Anglong Agreement" with a group of representatives of Karbi outfits here in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. A delegation of six Karbi group members that signed the agreement includes Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front, People's Democratic Council of Karbi Longri, United People's Liberations Army, Karbi People's Liberation Tigers (Ceasefire), Karbi People's Liberation Tigers (R), and Karbi People's Liberation Tigers (M). Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla welcomed the Karbi group members before the agreement was signed, lauding them to come back in the mainstream to ensure law and order and peace in Assam. Chief Executive Member KAAC felicitated the Home Minister with a gift and expressed happiness over the signing of the agreement. Former Assam Chief Minister and present Union Cabinet Minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated Union Home Minister calling the agreement a "historic" move Chief Executive Member of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Tuliram Ronghang felicitates Union Home Minister Amit Shah being during the signing event of 'Karbi Peace Accord', in New Delhi on Saturday. ANI by the Centre, wishing the Karbi groups to adopt mainstream to maintain peace in Assam. Noting Assam agitation, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said there was a historical moment in 2019 when Bodoland Accord was signed. "Now lower Assam has been turned into a peaceful area. Now we are going to sign an agreement with the Karbi Anglong group which is also a historic moment." He ensured that the Assam government will take each and every possible step to make it a successful agreement, expecting "the accord will help in great support to the state". The accord was signed at the North Block office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). GOVT REVISES NLEM: SLASHES PRICES OF 39 COMMON DRUGS NEW DELHI: Revising the 'National List of Essential Medicines' (NLEM), the central govenrment has slashed the prices of 39 commonly used drugs. The prices were slashed for the anticancer, anti-diabetes, antiviral, antibacterial, antiretroviral, anti-TB drugs, and also for some that are used in Covid treatment. The experts working on the NLEM list have deleted 16 odd drugs from the list. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been working for a long time to extend price control on medicines. The commonly used drugs, which were brought under the price cap includes Teneligliptin -- an anti diabetes drug, popular anti-TB drugs, Ivermectin -- used in Covid treatment, Rotavirus vaccine, among others. The government had begun an exercise for the revision of the NLEM. MORE ON PG 7 EC announces by-poll date for Bhawanipore Assembly constituency MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: The by-election in Bhawanipore Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30, the Election Commission said on Saturday. The Election Commission also informed that polls will also be held in Samserganj and Jangipur of West Bengal and Pipli (Odisha) on the same date. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3. Amid the ongoing political tensions between BJP and Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the announcement by the Election Commission of India has again compelled both the main parties to initiate debate for the by-polls. The Bhawanipore assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal agriculture minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from Bhawanipore seat. Priorly, BJP and TMC have been locking horns where the former reportedly tried to delay by-polls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a tweet by the spokesperson of the commission, it read, "Schedule announced to fill casual vacancy and adjourned poll in the Assembly Constituencies polling date 30.9.21 for byeelection in 159- Bhawanipore AC, 56-Samserganj, 58Jangipur in WB and also 110Pipili of Orissa @PIB_India." Today, the ECI released a press note in this matter. The Commission vide its press note dated May 3, 2021 had deferred the adjourned poll (which was scheduled to be held on May 16, 2021) and extended the period of elections in 110-Pipli Assembly Constituency (AC) of Orissa and 58-Jangipur and 56Samserganj AC of West Bengal after taking note of lockdown/restrictions under Disaster Management Act, 2005, as issued by NDMA/SDMA. Further, the Commission deferred the bye-elections in various States/UT, after taking all material facts and inputs of Chief Electoral Officers of various States/UT in view of the pandemic. "As on date there are three deferred adjourned polls (two in the state of West Bengal and one in the state of Orissa), three vacancies in Parliamentary Constituencies and 32 vacancies in Legislative Assemblies of various States/UT," read the release. After taking into consideration the inputs and views of the Chief Secretaries of the concerned States and respective Chief Electoral Officers, while the Commission has decided not to hold bye-elections in other 31 Assembly Constituencies and 3 Parliamentary Constituencies and considering the constitutional exigency and special request from State of West Bengal, it has decided to hold bye-election in 159Bhawanipore AC. Much stricter norms have been kept by the Commission as an abundant caution to safeguard from COVID-19 pandemic. Further, the Commission has also decided to hold polls in 3 Assembly Constituencies namely 56-Samserganj, 58Jangipur of West Bengal and 1 Assembly Constituency 110Pipili of Orissa where the adjourned poll was deferred vide Commission's notification May 4, 2021, as per the schedule given in Annexure2. Separate notifications are being issued in this regard. The candidates/political parties for these 3 ACs have already availed the campaign period from April 29, 2021 to May 3, 2021. In view of this, the Commission has now decided to allow the campaign from September 20, 2021 only in these constituencies. The Model code of conduct shall come into force with immediate effect from today onwards in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly constituency going for election. Meanwhile, after the announcement of by-polls date by the Election Commission on Saturday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled her scheduled North Bengal visit for the moment. ‘Centre was ‘sleep-walking' when political developments were unfolding in Afghanistan’ MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Alleging that the Centre was 'sleep-walking' when political developments were unfolding in Afghanistan, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said that when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in power, an 'enormous' amount of money was spent for building, re-building institutions in Afghanistan, "giving them a chance to see democracy blossom". Speaking to reporters here today, Khurshid said, "What is happening in our neighborhood in Afghanistan is disappointing for us. It is certainly disappointing because, during the times when we (Congress) were in government during the UPA-1, an enormous amount of money was spent by us on building, re-building institutions in Afghanistan, giving them a chance to see democracy blossom there and that clearly seems to have suffered a major setback." "Now, is that coincidental, is Veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid that accidental or is it something that we should have anticipated or at least prepared for, in the past few months. Our view is that we didn't do that. We were sleep-walking and suddenly this shock has woken us up," he added. Afghanistan has entered a period of political and social turmoil in the wake of the Taliban capturing Kabul on August 15. The Taliban has taken control of war-torn Afghanistan, but there is still an important gap between naming a government and fully taking up its functions. Two weeks since Kabul fell, the Taliban officials are still attempting to take up the functions of a new government on the eve of its announcement. In Kabul, as in much of the country, the most important government departments, apart from street-level security, are not functioning. In the face of a looming economic crisis, including a worsening cash shortage that has put strains on the availability of fuel, food, and other staples, the past two weeks have been a scramble by the Taliban to establish themselves, both in the public eye and in practice, as the country's new governors.