YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 27 C CONGRESS DELAY ON PK WILL BE COSTLY FOR PARTY IN 2024 POLL OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA THURSDAY, 9 SEPT, 2021 PG-8, YEAR—8, ISSUE—114 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) NEW DELHI: The Indian national selectors on Wednesday picked the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be hosted in UAE and Oman. In a surprise move, R Ashwin has been included in the team which will begin its campaign in the showpiece event against arch-rivals Pakistan. He had last played a T20I against West Indies in July 2017. Yuzvendra Chahal misses out as MS Dhoni will be the mentor of the team. SQUAD: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Varun, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan. Stand-byes: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur. NATION Morning India Rs. 3 T20 WORLD CUP: ASHWIN MAKES INDIAN SQUAD, DHONI TO BE MENTOR CENTRE OKAYS PROCUREMENT OF TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT FROM AIRBUS Mamata Banerjee begins by-poll campaign with 'Duryodhan-Dushashan' jibe at BJP MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday launched her campaign for the Bhawanipore Assembly bypoll with a sharp attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Addressing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers, Mamata Banerjee said the BJP was "worse than Duryodhan and Dushashan", the Kuru princes of the Mahabharata war who plotted against the Pandavas. Mamata Banerjee, the TMC chairperson, claimed that she had been "the victim of a conspiracy" and alleged that voting in Nandigram was rigged during the Assembly polls held earlier this year. In the West Bengal Assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee had to face defeat at the hands of the BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari, a former close confidante of the TMC chief. Mamata Banerjee said, "This is a challenging election and it will set the tone for 2024 [Lok Sabha polls] and all the local body polls in between. I have been the victim of a conspiracy. But I am sure people of Bhawanipore wanted me from their heart. That's why I have got the opportunity again." Bhawanipore had been Mamata Banerjee's traditional Assembly seat. She moved to Nandigram to contest the West Bengal polls. "I have to contest again only due to their conspiracy. They are worse than Duryodhan and Dushashan. I am at a loss of NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for appointment of 10 additional judges of the Karnataka HC and two additional judges of the Kerala HC as permanent judges. According to a statement published on the top court website, the collegium, on September 7, approved the proposal for appointment of following additional judges of the Kerala High Court as permanent judges: Justice M.R. Anitha and Justice K. Nair Haripal. The collegium also approved the proposal for appointment of following additional judges of the Karnataka HC as permanent judges: Justice Shivashankar Amarannavar, Justice M. Ganeshaiah Uma, Justice Vedavyasachar Srishananda. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,998,017 TOTAL DEATHS: 440,682 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 221,319,064 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,579,008 Prabir Bhattacharya Representative photograph AT A GLANCE SC RECOMMENDS 10 JUDGES FOR K’TAKA HC, TWO FOR KERALA HC Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress candidate from Bhawanipore constituency Mamata Banerjee, gestures to supporters as she arrives to attend the party-workers meeting ahead of Assembly by-election at Ahindra Mancha in Kolkata on Wednesday. words to describe them," she said. Alleging malpractices in Nandigram, the West Bengal Chief Minister said, "I may have lost one seat, but we are fighting it at court. There were malpractices." Mamata Banerjee defended her decision to contest election from the Nandigram seat in the stronghold of Suvendu Adhikari. She said, "Yes, I went there and I don't think it is a mistake. The way they rigged the polls in Nandigram, no one was allowed to cast their votes properly. The matter is subjudice." The TMC last week announced that Mamata Banerjee would be the party's candidate in the Bhawanipore constituency for the upcoming by-polls. It will give her a chance to become an MLA and stay as the West ‘Women can be inducted into armed forces through NDA’ NEW DELHI: Nudged by the Supreme Court, the Centre on Wednesday informed the apex court that it has taken a decision to allow women into the National Defence Academy (NDA). Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that there is "good news", as a decision has been taken at the highest level that women will be inducted into the NDA, and the chiefs of three Armed Forces have also agreed. "A decision has been taken at the highest level of forces and the government that girls will be inducted into the National Defence Academy," she said, adding that the decision had been taken late Tuesday evening. However, the government informed the bench also comprising Justice M.M. Sundresh that it needs some time to frame guidelines to pave the way for women to take NDA courses and sought exemption for the exam this year. Justice Kaul said that the court has been periodical- ly nudging the authorities to do it themselves, and sometimes things only move when the court steps in. "Armed forces are respected forces of this country. But on gender equality, they have to do more", he said. "We are extremely glad to know that the armed forces themselves took the decision to induct women into the NDA. We know that reforms cannot happen in a day... The government will place timelines of the process and the course of action," he said. Bhati said it will be pathbreaking and generational reform. However, the top court emphasised that it is important for it to take a stand on these issues. "We want them to take a proactive approach themselves in ensuring gender equality rather than waiting for courts to intervene," the bench noted. The top court also asked the Centre to inform "What it is doing now? What is it planning to do in the future?" Bhati submitted that Centre will place a detailed affidavit. "On June 24, the exam was postponed to November this year. Bengal Chief Minister. Addressing her party workers, Mamata Banerjee began her speech calling the BJP "a beast". She accused the BJP of using Central agencies and "muscle power" against her. She said the BJP had brought goons from outside during the State polls in West Bengal. "They use all the agencies, money power and muscle power. They even injured my feet so that I could not campaign. Yet, they could not stop me. The attack was a conspiracy. But people gave them a befitting reply," she said. "I want to thank the people of Bengal for resisting a beast called the BJP. They brought thousands of outsider goons." Mamata Banerjee also countered the attacks launched by the BJP, which is the principal Opposition party in the State, over West Bengal government's latest announcement of giving Rs 50,000 each to the organisers of Durga Puja. She asked her party workers not to fall for any "provocation" from the BJP. She said, "I urge all of you to keep cool. Do not fall for any sort of provocation. Am I so ignorant that I will announce new projects? Of course not. But my Chief Secretary can surely announce the ongoing schemes. Nothing new." "The BJP is so stupid that they went to the EC [Election Commission of India] complaining against me over my Durga Puja meeting. How will the organisers conduct Puja unless we coordinate with them," she countered the BJP's complaint to the poll panel over the West Bengal government's Durga Puja move. East Bengal part ways with Robbie Fowler KOLKATA: SC East Bengal management has severed ties with Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler. The decision was taken after discussions between the two sides. Fowler will be replaced by Manuel Diaz, who is in charge of Real Madrid's 'Castilla' team. Will their favourite team East Bengal be able to play in ISL this season? Proponents of the case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. In the end, with the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the problem of red and yellow joining ISL was solved. Sree Cement said they are staying with East Bengal this season. As a result, SC East Bengal will play in ISL. After that, in the last few days of the transfer window, SC East Bengal Management made a storm. They continued to take one player after another in the team. The red-yellow management even signed ISIL's Golden Gloves winning goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya last season. On the other hand, the red-yellow crowd was looking at coach Robbie Fowler for foreigners. Meanwhile, SC East Bengal management made a big announcement on Wednesday evening. They said it was decided after discussions between the two sides that Robbie Fowler would no longer be the redand-yellow coach next season. Many wishes from SC East Bengal to the Liverpool legend for his future endeavours. After that, SC East Bengal informed that Manuel Diaz, who coached Real Madrid Castilla in the 2018-19 season, is going to sit in the red-yellow hot seat. He is coming to East Bengal with his long 20 years of coaching experience. "The only thing we say in Madrid is that winning is in our DNA," Diaz said in a statement about coaching opportunities in SC East Bengal. We always love to take the pressure and expectation of A Woman buys articles on the eve of Teej festival, in Ranchi on coaching big teams. Time is short and the road is long and difficult. But Wednesday. Hemant Sutradhar we will give our best for SC East Bengal supporters." Last Hour Shopping Cabinet nod to MSP hike for Rabi crops, rise highest for oilseeds, pulses NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all mandated Rabi crops for Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2022-23 with an aim to realigning the MSPs in favour of oilseeds, pulses, and coarse cereals over wheat. This has been done to encourage farmers shift to a larger area for these crops and adopt best technologies and farm practices, to correct demand-supply imbalance, a Cabinet communique said. The government has HIGHLIGHTS The government has increased the MSP of Rabi crops for RMS 2022-23, to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce. The highest absolute increase in MSP over the previous year has been recommended for lentil (masur) and rapeseeds and mustard (Rs 400 per quintal each) followed by gram (Rs 130 per quintal). The differential remuneration is aimed at encouraging crop diversification. For wheat, there has been an increase of Rs 40 per quintal while for barley, it is Rs 35 per quintal, over last year. increased the MSP of Rabi crops for RMS 2022-23, to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce. The highest absolute increase in MSP over the previous year has been recommended for lentil (masur) and rapeseeds and mustard (Rs 400 per quintal each) followed by gram (Rs 130 per quintal). In case of safflower, there has been an increase of Rs 114 per quintal, in comparison to last year. The differential remuneration is aimed at encouraging crop diversification. For wheat, there has been an increase of Rs 40 per quintal while for barley, it is Rs 35 per quintal, over last year. The MSP for RMS 2022-23 for wheat has been announced as Rs 2,015 per quintal considering the cost of production for 2022-23 as Rs 1,008, for barley, it is Rs 1,635 against Rs 1,019, MSP for gram has been announced as Rs 5,230 against the cost of production of Rs 3,004, for lentil, it is Rs 5,500 against Rs 3,079, for rapeseed and mustard at Rs 5,050 against Rs 2,523 and the MSP for safflower has been announced as Rs 5,441 against the cost of production of Rs 3,627. Tokyo Paralympics: Sports Minister felicitates medallists NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Wednesday felicitated India's para athletes who won a historic 19 medals, including 5 gold and 8 silver, in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik also graced the event. Secretary of Department of Sports Ravi Mittal, Secretary of Department Youth Affairs Usha Sharma and other officers of the Ministry were also present on this occasion. During his address, Anurag Thakur congratulated all the para athletes for their fantastic performance and said, "I recall in the 2016 Paralympics, the size of the Indian contingent was 19, while this year the country has won as many as 19 medals! You have shown us that the human spirit is the most powerful of all! Our medal tally has increased by about five times. For the first time we have won medals in Table Tennis, won multiple medals in Archery, competed for the first time in canoeing and powerlifting. We equalled two world records and we broke even more. India's para athletes delivered a perfect podium finish!" Thakur added, "The government approach in extending support to athletes for international competitions has undergone a Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur takes a selfie with Tokyo 2020 Paralympics medalists in New Delhi Wednesday. transformational change. The government will continue to support India's Paralympians with facilities and funding so that they may continue to excel internationally. We'd like to encourage more regional and national tournaments for our Paralympians so they can regularly compete and hone their skills." He further said, "The government will continue to support India's Paralympians with facilities and funding so that para athletes can achieve even more medals in 2024 and 2028 Olympics. All the Para Athletes are part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and this scheme will be taken forward and THAKUR ALSO SAID THAT THE EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE OF ATHLETES HAS CHANGED THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS PARA - SPORTS IN THE COUNTRY. further strengthened to extend greater support to athletes under the scheme. This is also a part of our commitment to realise Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of Inclusive India." Thakur also said that the extraordinary performance of athletes has changed the attitude towards Para - Sports in the country. The government has ensured world-class facilities and when Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself speaks to the sportspersons and encourages them; in fact during the last interaction the PM spent nearly two hours speaking to the para-athletes and their families. This has an impact on every section of society, whether be it individual, corporate, sports associations or any other organisation. In Tokyo 2020, India won 19 medals, finishing 24th in the overall medal tally among 162 nations competing and ranking 20th on the basis of total medals won. India had won only 12 medals until 2016 since making its Paralympic Games debut in 1968.