YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 27 C HOUSEHOLDS UNDER UNEMPLOYMENT AND DEBT CRISIS OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA SUNDAY, 12 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 117 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MEENAKSHI LEKHI TO VISIT PORTUGAL, SPAIN NEW DELHI: Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi is scheduled to visit Portugal and Spain next week in an effort to enhance bilateral ties with the two countries. The visit will begin on Sunday and will conclude on September 17. During her trip to Portugal from Sunday to September 14, the Minister will hold bilateral talks with her counterpart Secretary of State for International Affairs and Cooperation Francisco Andre. SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE ‘MENTALLY, DJOKOVIC IS THE BEST PLAYER TO EVER PLAY THE GAME’ Afghanistan’s future remains central concern for India, Australia: Marise Payne NEW DELHI: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Saturday said the future of Afghanistan remains a central concern for both India and Australia after the Taliban's takeover of Kabul. "Australian and India share a positive vision of free, open and secure Indo-Pacific. Last month saw fall of Kabul, future of Afghanistan remains a central concern," Payne said while addressing the question in a press interaction after 2+2 dialogue. Following the Taliban's takeover of Kabul in August, the situation in the troubled country has been dominating the global agenda, with stakeholders trying to find ways to ensure stability in the region. After holding the 2+2 talks with Indian counterparts, the Australian Foreign Minister reiterated that both the countries share a strong interest SPORTS CMYK 08 GAMES & For TV, e-paper & news visit: www.live7tv.com Morning India SPORTS KOLKATA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 IPL 2021: RCB TO FLY KOHLI, SIRAJ TO UAE ON CHARTER FLIGHT India's Priyanshu Rajawat lifts Ukraine International badminton title KHARKIV : Indian badminton player Priyanshu Rajawat has won the men's singles title at the Ukraine International in Kharkiv. The 19-year-old Priyanshu edged out compatriot Satish Karunakaran 21-17, 21-18 in the final. Both players were unseeded in the four-day tournament, as reported by Olympics.com This is Priyanshu's second senior title having won first at the Bahrain International in 2019. Another Indian Meiraba Luwang Maisnam lost in the semis to Priyanshu. Both Meiraba Luwang Maisnam and Satish Karunakaran had come through the qualifiers to make the main draw. Meanwhile, the pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek K finished runners-up in the men's doubles after going down 15-21, 21-19, 15-21 to the Malaysian pair of Junaidi Arif and Haikal Muhammad in the final. Youngster Aadya Variyath also bowed out in the semis of the women's singles to eventual champion Polina Buhrova of Ukraine. Polina Buhrova had also beaten the promising Malvika Bansod, seeded second, in the quarterfinals. India's Tharun Mannepalli, Siddarth Gupta, Sai Charan Koya, Sai Vishnu Pullela, R Vikash Prabhu, Farogh Sanjay Aman, Meenal Rautela and Sheethal Diwakar were eliminated in the qualifying stages. The Ukraine International had 105 entries from 26 countries. Major concerns in batting as Sri Lanka look to level T20I series vs SA Durand Cup: Defending champs Gokulam Kerala FC all set for opening match against Army Red KALYANI : Defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC are all set to play their first match of the 130th Durand Cup as they go head to head against Army Red in Group D at the Kalyani Stadium on Sunday. The men from the armed forces have begun their Durand Cup journey on a very strong note defeating Assam Rifles by a massive margin of 4-1. Army Red possess a number of experienced players not only in attack but also in the defence especially in the form of Churchill Brothers defender Suresh Meitei who was on target for the men in red, in the last encounter. On the other hand, the defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC who have been on a dream run since 201920, is prepping for the season ahead and want to start their Durand Cup campaign on a positive note. Speaking before the encounter with Army Red, Gokulam Kerala FC coach Vincenzo Alberto said, "Army Red is a really good team, especially in the attacking phase but also in defence with Meitei at the heart of their defence. He is one of the best defenders of ILeague and they are a really good quality team." He also added, "But we also have a good quality team. Though they have an advantage that they have played a game before us, we will try and win this game to ensure that we prepare ourselves to enter the knockout stages." He also spoke about the pressure factor and said, "I don't feel pressure at all. Each game for me is a final. So, it's important for us to start in the right place. This match is important for us to score the three points and then we take the rest of the tournament game by game." NEW DELHI : India skipper Virat Kohli and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, who both represent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), will reach the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a charter flight from London. The duo will reach Dubai on Sunday morning on a flight arranged by their franchise. "Keeping the safety and security of our players as the utmost priority, Royal Challengers Bangalore have arranged a special charter flight for captain Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj to ensure their safe transit to the UAE," said RCB in a statement on Saturday. "The players will be flying out at 11.30 PM (UK time) on Saturday and will arrive in Dubai early Sunday morning. Both, Virat and Siraj will undergo 6-day quarantine in Dubai before joining the team bio-secure bubble," added RCB. The fifth and final Test between India and England, that was scheduled to begin on Friday, was cancelled due to the emergence of a Covid-19 case in the Indian camp. Assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive a few days after head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar had tested positive. Mentally, Djokovic is the best player to ever play the game: Zverev COLOMBO : After going 1-0 down in the three-match T20I series, Sri Lanka will aim for improved their performance in all three departments in the second encounter against South Africa to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday. Sri Lanka will have major concerns about their batting unit heading into the second T20I considering the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 is just over a month away. Prepping up the run-rate at the right time has been a major concern for them, an issue which again reared its head in the opening contest, which the hosts lost by 28 runs. They will also expect more from their bowlers to stem the flow of runs and deliver regular breakthroughs. The Proteas will be much happier with their performance after the first game. They will still strive for improvements in the batting unit and hope that the batters can convert their starts into big knocks, enabling them to post bigger scores on the board. In the first T20I played on Friday, South Africa posted a score of 163/5 after handy contributions with the bat from Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram and David Miller. Sri Lanka couldn't manage to get ahead of the chase, despite Dinesh Chandimal's halfcentury, losing wickets at regular intervals. They eventually fell short by 28 runs, with South Africa going 1-0 ahead. "There were quite a few challenges. We should have maximised the powerplay; it has been a concern in the last few series for us. The pitches will be a big factor, but we need to adjust to the conditions better. I am trying to play the best team in this series and we want to win the series, but I'll probably try and see some of the other players also," said Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka. South African skipper Keshav Maharaj though sounded confident. "Very happy, brilliant performance all around. I have always wanted to play T20 cricket. I might be 31 but I feel like I'm 21. Just trying to do my bit and get my place in that World Cup starting XI. I always looked up to Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. I have tried to emulate myself on Dravid, he's been such a gentleman. He went under Sachin's radar and has been such a great of the game." NEW YORK : Germany's Alexander Zverev said after his loss to Novak Djokovic in a fivesetter at the US Open semifinal on Saturday (IST) that the Serbian was not world No. 1 without a reason, adding that "he comes up with the best tennis when he needs to". Djokovic, the winner of 20 majors, won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 62 after three hours and 38 minutes to set up a title clash with Russia's world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev. "It was a great battle. Kind of a little bit disappointed with the start of the fifth set. To be honest, apart from that, it was a good match. I think we both left it all out there," Zverev said. "The second break in the fifth set was so ridiculously unlucky that it sometimes happen. But he's No. 1 in the world for a reason and he showed that tonight," the German told atptour.com. Having foiled the Serbian's bid for the Golden Slam in 2021 with his victory from a set and a break down in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal, the German was confident he could repeat the feat at Flushing Meadows. Following his run to the gold medal and victory in Cincinnati, Zverev was on a 16- TATA MOTORS GIFTS CARS TO OLYMPIANS SALIMA TETE AND NIKKI PRADHANQA PC JHA RANCHI: In line with the recent announcement of handing over the Altroz to Indian Olympians who missed out on podium finishes, Tata Motors on Friday handed over the car to Salima Tete and Nikki Pradhan who represented India from Jharkhand in women's hockey. In the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Salima Tete was the captain of the Indian team that won a silver medal. She has won millions of hearts and inspired billions with her quickness in midfield at the Tokyo Olympics. Nikki Pradhan represented India at Rio Olympics 2016 also. She was the first Indian female hockey player from Jharkhand to play in the Olympics. Playing as a midfielder, Nikki has made a mark with his performances over the years. The handover ceremony was held at Basudeb Auto Ltd, Ranchi in the presence of Alka Jha (General Manager, Basudeb Auto Limited Dealership, Prashant Shekhar (Regional Manager, Tata Motors) and the athlete's family. India's leading automobile brand Tata Motors handed over the keys of the Altroz - the gold standard of hatchbacks to Indian athletes who missed out on winning a bronze medal at the recently held Tokyo Olympics by a narrow margin. Even though he may not have won a medal, he won the hearts of millions and inspired billions of people with his stellar performance. To recognize and congratu- late these players, Tata Motors felicitated 24 Olympic players in different categories such as Hockey, Wrestling, Golf, Boxing and Discus Throw. Each female or male athlete will be gifted an Altroz in High Street Gold color as a reward for their Gold Standard efforts. Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business, Tata Motors, said, "We are extremely proud of the commitment and tremendous spirit our athletes displayed at the recently held Tokyo Olympics. I am honored to share the platform with these players. Resonating with the stellar spirit of the players, we are delighted to recognize their hard work and present them with the gift of Tata Altroz, the Gold Standard in Premier Hatchbacks. He continues to inspire one of us. We wish them all the best for their better future. We are confident that he will take our country to the highest peak of success in the years to come." match winning streak to the semifinals. He had dropped only one set en route this campaign -- in the third round against Jack Sock -and came within a set of becoming the first man since Djokovic in 2015/16 to reach consecutive US Open finals. Zverev admitted the edge his opponent held in the semifinal came down to his mental toughness on the biggest points. "He comes up with the best tennis when he needs to. We play 55-shot rallies. The only way for me to win that rally is to hit a forehand winner. That says it all, on a set point [down]," Zverev said. "There is a reason why he's won 20 Grand Slams. There's a reason why he's spent the most weeks at World No. 1. There's a lot of reasons for that. I think mentally he's the best player to ever play the game. Mentally in the most important moments I would rather play against anybody else but him." The 24-year-old expected his conqueror to complete the Grand Slam in Sunday's final against second seed Daniil Medvedev. "Nobody thought anybody will do it again, what Rod Laver did. To see him have the chance on Sunday -- I do believe that he will do it -- is great. He's breaking every single record that there is," Zverev said. EA'S FIFA 22 TO FEATURE 11 CLUBS FROM INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE NEW DELHI : The full list of leagues and teams for FIFA 22 has been revealed and the EA has added even more realism with the Indian Super League (ISL) now being featured in this year's game. Indian Super League in its eighth season (2021-22) and all the eleven ISL participating clubs, with their kits and other associated marks, will feature in the latest edition of the sports video game franchise. The induction to FIFA 22 comes after ISL's successful run on FIFA Mobile in 2019, an initiative carried as part of Football Sports Development Limited's license with EA SPORTS. The development holds an important relevance to the highly active young Indian gaming community and fans alike in India and abroad. This will allow fans an additional incentive to experience their own homegrown football league, ISL, and be able to engage and build a deeper affinity towards their clubs and players. ISL spokesperson said: "We are excited and proud to see India's premier football league, Indian Super League is set to debut in FIFA 22. The FIFA gaming platform opens unique opportunities for a young league like ISL and its 11 clubs to cater to the fast-growing fan base globally. The digital ISL experience will be a big innovation for the league this season onwards." The 11 ISL sides being added are as follows: ATK Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City FC, NorthEast United, Odisha FC, and SC East Bengal. MI NEWS SERVICE Vijay Rupani submits his resignation from the post of Gujarat's Chief Minister to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, in Gandhinagar on Saturday. ANI Gujarat CM resigns ahead of the end of term GANDHINAGAR: In a major political development, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday tendered his resignation to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat at his residence, Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar. The BJP leader confirmed that he has resigned from the top post. "I am resigning from the post of the Chief Minister. I thank PM Modi and the party for giving me an opportunity to work for five years," Vijay Rupani told the reporters at Raj Bhavan. "I am just a worker of the organisation and will continue to be so. For the upcoming state Assembly elections, definitely our PM Modi will be the face," Rupani said, when asked who will be the face for the elections, as he and the party earlier had declared that the 2022 elec- INSIDE REPLACING RUPANI MIGHT HELP BJP BEAT ANTIINCUMBENCY PAGE 7 tions will be led by him. "I will accept whatever responsibility the party gives me," said Rupani. Vijay Rupani took the state's Chief Ministerial position on August 7, 2016, and is representing Rajkot West in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. It is learnt from sources that the party will declare Rupani's replacement by Sunday. Most likely his replacement could be deputy chief minister Nitin Patel. CMYK PAGE 8 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,208,330 TOTAL DEATHS: countries regarding Afghanistan". "During the '2+2' dialogue we also exchanged views on developments in our neighbouring regions. Afghanistan was understandably a major subject of discussion. We agreed that the international community must be united in its approach, guided by UN Security Council Resolution 2593," EAM Jaishankar said. This is the inaugural India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between the nations' foreign and defense ministers. The agenda included bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. Adhir Chowdhury requests PM not to shift NILD from Kolkata to Orissa SIX DEAD FROM SUFFOCATION IN NORTH CHINA FACTORY SHIJIAZHUANG: As many as six people died of suffocation at a factory in the city of Baoding, in China's Hebei Province, local media reported on Saturday. The accident took place around 3 am when a worker at a factory in Xushui District fainted while checking the water pump in a scum pool, Xinhua reported citing local authorities. According to the Chinese news agency, several others fainted while attempting to rescue the first person. Later, rescue operations were conducted, during which six people were found dead. A probe is being conducted into the cause of the accident. that Afghanistan never ever becomes safe haven for terrorists. "We share strong interests in ensuring that Afghan, never again becomes safe haven for breeding, training of terrorists. We're also very focused on seeking safe passage for citizens, foreign nationals, visa holders of other countries who seek to leave Afghanistan," she said. Payne touched upon the aspect of women and girls position in Afghanistan and commented that "In relation to the position of women and girls, for 20 years we've worked with the international community and people of Afghanistan to ensure better circumstances for women." External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar expressed his views saying "very detailed exchange of views and approach is very similar between the two 442,365 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 224,811,910 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,633,797 NITISH KUMAR NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN JIND RALLY ON SEP 25 PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has decided not to participate in the Jind rally called by INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala on September 25. The rally will be organized by veteran leader and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) president Om Prakash Chautala to celebrate the birth anniversary of former deputy prime minister Chaudhary Devi Lal. All non-BJP and non-Congress leaders have been invited to the rally to explore possibilities of formation of a third front ahead of the 2024 general elections. Chautala had extended invitations to NCP president Sharad Pawar, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal. New Delhi: Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding shifting of headquarters of National Institute for Locomotors Disability (NILD) from Kolkata to Nistar in Orissa. He requested the Prime Minister to impress upon the concerned Ministry not to shift institute for the time being. "I do like to flag your attention regarding the shifting of the headquarters of National Institute for Locomotors Disability (DIVYANGJAN) (NILD) from BonHooghly, Kolkata to Nistar in Orissa. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, under the Union Government has decided to shift the Headquarters from Kolkata in West Bengal to Nistar in Orissa," read the letter. The letter further read, "Thousands of physically challenged and other general critical orthopaedic patients of entire eastern India get benefitted by this institute, precisely because of its situational advantage, as Bengal is situated at the centre of Eastern India, providing easy access to nearby states. It also provides a convenient gateway to even the states, thereby extending the opportunity to the people of all the North-Eastern states to avail the facility being provided by Modi recalls Swami Vivekananda’s iconic 1893 speech in Chicago this institute." The Congress leader, who is also the current president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, said that shifting of the headquarters of NILD from Kolkata will definitely affect the healthcare facilities being catered to by the institute and has become a matter of grave concern. Further, the Congress leader requested the Prime Minister to impress upon the concerned Ministry not to shift the Institute for the time- being so that the healthcare facilities being extended to the physically challenged are not affected. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday recalled Swami Vivekananda's iconic address at Chicago on this day in 1893, which demonstrated the salience of Indian culture. "Recalling Swami Vivekananda's iconic 1893 speech at Chicago, which beautifully demonstrated the salience of Indian culture. The spirit of his speech has the potential to create a more just, prosperous and inclusive planet," PM Modi said in a tweet. On this day in 1893, Vivekananda delivered a speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. He is believed to have introduced the concepts and ideals of the Vedanta to the Western world. Swami Vivekananda became popular in the western world after his famous speech at the World's Parliament of Religions. He was also the chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa and the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He was considered a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India and bringing it to the status of major world religion in the late 19th century. Swami Vivekananda's birthday on January 12 is also observed as National Youth Day in the country. Woman raped in Mumbai succumbs to her injuries AFSPA EXTENDED IN ASSAM FOR ANOTHER SIX MONTHS MUMBAI: The 30-year old woman raped in the Sakinaka area of Mumbai succumbed to her injuries on Saturday. The victim, who sustained serious injuries because of a rod put in her private parts, was undergoing treatment in Rajawadi Hospital in Mumbai. Earlier in the day, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said that the condition of the woman was critical. "She has very less amount of blood left and has lost her intestines. She is with her mother. She is on a ventilator," she stated. As per the information shared by the police on Friday, a PCR call was received at 3:30 am on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday that a woman was lying unconscious and covered in blood on Khairani GUWAHATI: The Assam government extended the 'Disturbed Area' status of the state for another six months from August 28 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), according to an official statement issued on Saturday. "The Government of Assam in exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 has declared the entire State of Assam as "Disturbed Area" up to six months with effect from August 28, 2021 unless withdrawn earlier," the singleparagraph statement said. MAHARASHTRA CHIEF MINISTER UDDHAV THACKERAY ON SATURDAY ORDERED FAST TRACK TRIAL IN THE CASE. NCW CHAIRPERSON REKHA SHARMA HAS TAKEN SERIOUS COGNIZANCE OF THE MATTER. Road in Sakinaka. The police arrested the man accused of raping the woman and he was booked under Sections 307, 376, 323 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code. Pednekar informed that the victim was together with the accused, identified as Mohan, for the last 10 to 12 years. After a 30-year-old woman, who was raped and had a rod inserted in her private parts, succumbed to injuries, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday ordered fast track trial in the case. The CM said in a press release, "The rape and subsequent death of a woman in the Sakinaka area is an act of disgrace to humanity and the perpetrator will be severely punished. In this regard, I have also spoken to the Home Minister of the state. The incident is reprehensible." The Chief Minister has taken full information about the incident and has also spoken to Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale. Meanwhile, earlier today, National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma has taken serious cognizance of the matter and said that a member will be sent to inquire if there is no development in the case. MORE ON PG 5 PADDY, WHEAT STILL PREFERRED CROP IN MAXIMUM HOUSEHOLDS NEW DELHI: Paddy in kharif season and wheat in rabi season are still the preferred produce in highest percentage of agricultural households across rural India, the National Statistical Office (NSO) reported in its 77th round of survey. For the Kharif season, 53.2 per cent rural agriculture households grew paddy, followed by maize (11.3 per cent); bajra (8.3 per cent); cotton (7.2 per cent) and soyabean (six per cent) of the households. The remaining crops such as jowar, ragi, arhar (tur), urad, moong, sugarcane, potato, groundnut and coconut were all each 4.1 per cent or less, said the survey conducted during January 1 to December 31, 2019. The theme was 'Land and Livestock Holdings of Households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households' in the rural areas of India with an integrated schedule of enquiry. In all, 25 crops were identified to present crop-wise estimates in the report. These are paddy, jowar, bajra, maize, ragi, wheat, barley, gram, arhar (tur), urad, moong, masur (lentil), sugarcane, potato, onion, groundnut, sesamum, rapseed/mustard, coconut, sunflower seed, safflower, soyabean, niger seed, cotton and jute. For kharif season, as much as 95.9 per cent sugarcane was sold, followed by soyabean (94.4 per cent) and cotton (94.6 per cent), all being the cash crops sold 90 per cent and above; followed by groundnut (77.6 per cent), coconut (61.2 per cent) and arhar (60.4 per cent) to a large extent, that is above 60 per cent. Rest of the crops for which the agriculture households reported sale ranged from 52.6 per cent paddy; 50.5 per cent urad; 48.1 per cent jowar; 48.6 per cent bajra; 48.5 per cent potato; 44.8 per cent moong and 36.3 per cent for ragi. Average gross cropped area per agricultural household reporting production of crop remained less than 1.0 Ha except for soyabean and cotton, which remained less than 1.5 Ha. The harvested quantity produced (kg/number) ranged from 37,474 kg of sugarcane to 2,035 kg of paddy to nearly 1200 kg of soyabean and cotton. The value of total production ranged for maximum Rs 1,01,625 for sugarcane to Rs 9,154 for ragi, the survey said. Similarly, for rabi crop, the percentage of crop producing agricultural households reporting sale of a particular crop that they grow, it is wheat all over at 41.2 per cent while remaining others was 10 per cent or less. The percentage of crop producing agricultural households reporting sale of the respective crop was sugarcane at 95.7 per cent; cotton at 90.7 per cent; maize at 82 per cent and paddy at 76.6 per cent and for the rest of the crops, it was 65 per cent and less. Average gross cropped area per agricultural household reporting production of crop remained less than 1.0 Ha except for cotton, which was 1.13 Ha. The harvested quantity produced (kg/number) ranged from 34,774 kg of sugarcane to 191 kg of moong. The value of total production ranged for maximum Rs 1,05,189 for sugarcane to Rs 9,608 for moong. The total value of production includes value of harvested crop, pre-harvest sale and value of by-products. Prior to 77th round, Land and Livestock Holding Surveys (LHS) and Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of agricultural households used to be conducted as separate surveys in separate sets of households. The information was collected in two visits from the same set of sample households in rural areas with a view to collect relevant information separately for the two halves of the agricultural year from July 2018-June 2019. The first visit was made during January-August 2019 and the second during SeptemberDecember 2019.