YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C ELECTION CAMPAIGN STARTS IN BHOWANIPUR CONSTITUENCY OF MAMATA OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 14 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—119 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE SENIOR CONG LEADER OSCAR FERNANDES PASSES AWAY AT 80 NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Oscar Fernandes passed away in Mangalore on Monday. He was 80. A sitting Member of the Rajya Sabha, he was critically injured after he fell accidentally while doing his regular exercise on July 20 this year. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a super speciality hospital at Mangalore. A veteran congress leader, Fernandes was the Union minister for transport, road highways, labour and employment in the UPA government headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He was regarded to have a solid working relationship with Congress leaders at all levels. He served as the AICC General Secretary and was a close confidant of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and used to be known as a trouble-shooter for the party as he handled various situations. Many prominent Congress leaders of Karnataka, former chief minister Siddaramaiah and State Congress chairman D.K. Shivakumar, as well as Lok Sabha opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge had rushed to pay their respects to the Congress veteran, a local Congress office bearer said on Monday. MEDVEDEV PULLS OFF 'DEAD FISH' CELEBRATION AFTER HISTORIC WIN OVER DJOKOVIC SPORTS Morning India Beating around the bush: SC on Centre’s denial on detailed affidavit in Pegasus row NEW DELHI: After the Centre's denial to file a detailed affidavit clarifying whether Pegasus spyware was used or not, the Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on a batch of petitions seeking independent probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping case. A bench headed by Cheif Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said the court will pass an interim order in the next few days and told the Centre that beating around the bush would not take the issue anywhere. "Beating around the bush...we will pass some interim order," the chief justice told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre. The Centre informed the bench that it is not going to file a detailed affidavit, after taking time twice to take a decision, whether it will file an affidavit or not on a batch of petitions seeking inquiry into alleged use of spyware Pegasus. Mehta submitted that government can constitute technical committee of independent domain experts, who can examine the petitioners' allegations that their phones were affected by Pegasus. Centre said this committee can submit its report to the top court. SC collegium approves 3 names as permanent judges of Gauhati HC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Collegium headed by chief justice N.V. Ramana has approved a proposal for appointment of three additional judges as permanent judges in the Gauhati High Court. A statement to this regard has been published on the website of the top court on Monday. The Supreme Court Collegium on September 9, 2021 had approved the proposal for appointment of the following additional judges as permanent judges in the Gauhati High Court: justice Soumitra Saikia, justice Parthivjyoti Saikia and justice S. Hukato Swu. Besides justice Ramana, justice U.U. Lalit and justice A.M. Khanwilkar are also part of the three-member collegium which takes decisions for appointment of high court judges. cates -- Kapil Sibal, Rakesh Dwivedi, Dinesh Dwivedi, Shyam Divan and Meenakshi Arora --representing various petitioners objected to the Centre's stand on the matter. Sibal, representing veteran journalist N. Ram, said the government should clarify whether it used Pegasus or not? Sibal added that it is unbelievable that the government said it would not tell the court about the use of spyware. "We thought government will file a counter affidavit. We are considering some interim order or some other order, we have to pass," the bench noted during the hearing. Divan contended that a detailed affidavit should be filed at the level of cabinet secretary. He further added that the government should be concerned if an external agency used the spyware and if it were a government The top court pointed at the response of former Minister for Electronics and Information Technology in Parliament in 2019. However, Mehta highlighted a recent statement made by Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology of India on the floor of the Parliament clarifying the government's stand. A battery of senior advo- Alvito D’Cunha joins Congress MI NEWS SERVICE PANAJI: Former India international and East Bengal left winger Alvito D'Cunha joined the Congress party in Goa on Monday. The left-footed D'Cunha featured in 232 club games in his career spanning from 19972016, out of which 159 were played donning the East Bengal jersey for which the Goa-born footballer scored 23 goals. "He was loyal to East Bengal. Loyalty is an important factor, politicians should learn from Alvito. We have seen how MLAs jumped parties like rats recently," State Congress president Girish Chodankar said. D'Cunha was handed over a football jersey with the colours of the Congress party. "We are happy to see a sports icon join the party today. Alvito is a 'Made in Goa' product who made a name for himself in Kolkata, where he played for East Bengal club for nearly 15 years," Goa Congress leader Elvis Gomes said on Monday. Goa is headed for Assembly polls in 2022. KOLKATA: There has been a lot of controversy over the use of pictures of Kolkata's Maa flyover in advertisements featuring Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Trinamool Congress has initiated its own probe on the issue. It has asked the Uttar Pradesh's Information and Broadcasting Department a number of questions under the Right to Information Act (RTI). Trinamool wanted to know, who was in charge of the controversial advertisement? Isn't the use of the wrong image intentional? Or is the discrepancy a result of the negligence of Indian Express newspaper? They wanted to know whether any draft of the advertisement was shown to any senior official of the Yogi government before it got published in the newspaper. Did Yogi's PR department give nod to publish the advertisement without having a look at it? An advertisement featuring achievements of Yogi gov- Broadcasting Department. The letter asked, "Wasn't the ad sample shown to a government representative before it was published?" What was the agreement between the ad department of Indian Express and the UP government in this regard? Who were responsible for the advertisement from Yogi Adityanath's team? Saket wanted to know if Yogi government made the newspaper a scapegoat to cover up ernment published in the Sunday edition of Indian Express newspaper created an uproar over the use of a photograph of Kolkata's Maa flyover. The newspaper concerned, however, admitted its responsibility for the blunder. But the Trinamool wanted to know, did the newspaper authorities take the responsibility on their shoulders due to government pressure? To this end, Trinamool's national spokesperson Saket S Gokhale on Monday wrote a letter to the Uttar Pradesh Information and India, US launch ‘Climate Action and Finance Mobilisation Dialogue’ NEW DELHI: India and the United States on Monday launched the Climate Action and Finance Mobilisation Dialogue (CAFMD) with Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change, John Kerry, reiterating pledges to enhance actions to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The CAFMD is one of the two main tracks of the USIndia Agenda 2030 Partnership that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden had announced at the Leaders' Summit on Climate in April 2021. The other track is the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership. "The Climate Action and Finance Mobilisation Dialogue of the Agenda 2030 Partnership launched today will provide both countries an opportunity to renew collaborations on climate change while addressing the financing aspects," Yadav said while announcing the launch of the Dialogue. Yadav recalled how earlier during the launch of the India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership at the Leaders' Summit on Climate, Modi and Biden had made statements supporting the global climate action and increased cooperation between the two countries on the issue. Asserting India's commitment towards clean energy, Yadav said that after enhancing the RE (renewable energy) target to 450 GW and realising the importance of hydrogen as energy driver in future, India has launched the 'Hydrogen Mission'. "I hope this dialogue will work to mobilize and deliver West Bengal government questions NHRC panel’s credibility MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: The West Bengal government on Monday questioned before the Supreme Court the credibility of the NHRC panel, which examined alleged human rights violation in post-poll violence, contending that it consisted of members who are either members of the BJP or known to be closely associated with BJP. Listing the members of the committee, which was formed to investigate the incidents of post-poll violence, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the State government, noted that a few members were close to the BJP, having ties with the party. "Can you imagine these people have been appointed to collect the data? Is this a BJP investigating committee, my Lords?" he submitted. As a bench comprising Justices Vineet Saran and Aniruddha Bose observed that if somebody had a political past and if he lands up in an official position, should the court treat him to be biased, Sibal said that the members are still uploading posts related to the BJP. "How can the Chairman of the human rights committee appoint such members?" he asked, seeking some interim order in the meantime. However, the bench said: "Nothing will happen. We'll have it on Monday." The State government's plea had argued that committee report was prepared in great haste, "with a pre-conceived and motivated objective and most crucially, in utter disregard of the principles of natural justice, the established principles of criminal jurisprudence". It further added that the direction transferring cases to the CBI and the SIT was not in accordance with the principles laid down by the top court. It was argued that transfer of investigation of cases to the CBI and the SIT must be done in rare or exceptional cases only. The top court has scheduled the matter for further hearing on September 20 and pointed out that it will go through the chart submitted by the State government. The West Bengal government moved the top court against the Calcutta High Court order, which directed courtmonitored CBI probe into the heinous cases of rape and murder during the post-poll violence in the State, after accepting the NHRC panel's recommendations. A five-judge bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, had ordered a CBI investigation in all alleged cases of heinous crimes in West Bengal after the Assembly poll results, in which the Trinamool Congress came back to power. The State government said that the CBI has been rightly described as "caged parrot" and it cannot function independently. Trinamool Congress files RTI over 'Maa flyover’ controversy MI NEWS SERVICE Students demonstrate to demand re-opening of schools and colleges near Calcutta University on Monday agency, then it was absolutely unconstitutional. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi questioned the credibility of the expert panel formed by the government to examine the issue. Mehta submitted, "Nobody is denying or disputing. There are sensitive issues involved. We must get to the core issue. Let the expert panel go into it." The Chief Justice clarified that the court is also not keen on government disclosing any information which compromises the national security. The bench noted that if government were to file an affidavit, then it would have known "where do we stand on the subject". Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves said a retired or sitting judge of the Supreme Court should head the probe, and the government, which is a wrongdoer, cannot be relied upon with the investigation. Post-poll violence climate finance primarily as grants and concessional finance, as envisaged under Paris Agreement to strengthen climate action," the minister said. "Every economic study shows that it is far less expensive to deal with climate crisis now that it will be away in a future. If India seizes the energy opportunity, it could become the world's largest market for batteries and solar panels," Kerry said even as he reminded that it is not just renewable energy, but "we need to develop, demonstrate and scale up emmerging technologies that will be crucial for net zero transition". Kerry is visiting India as part of his multi-country tour in the run up to the annual climate summit less than 50 days ahead. Kerry has visited Korea, Argentina, Japan and China over the last few days to continue vital discussions on reducing emissions and raising ambition ahead of COP26, the annual climate summit that will take place in Glasgow. Earlier in the year, declaring the India-US joint statement at the launch of the 'India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership' in April, the two nations had said, "Through this collaboration, India and the United States aim to demonstrate how the world can align swift climate action with inclusive and resilient economic development, taking into account national circumstances and sustainable development priorities." its own faults! Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are due to be held next year. The BJP has already started preparing for it in advance. The advertisement was published showcasing the development initiatives of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. It can be seen that the picture of Kolkata's Maa flyover has been used in the advertisement. Even a familiar multi-storey building and a yellow taxi of the city can be seen in the advertisement. Several leaders, including Trinamool All India general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, raised the issue on Sunday. Abhishek also levelled charges against the Yogi government for 'stealing pictures of Bengal's development'. Within hours of raging debate over the advertisement, Indian Express admitted the mistake. It claimed that the marketing department is responsible for it.