YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 26 C MIN 22 C CAN BHPENDRA PATEL DELIVER BY 2022 END WHAT PM WANTS? OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 15 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—120 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE SPECIAL CBI COURT CONVICTS 5 IN A 2003 COAL SCAM CASE NEW DELHI: A CBI special court here on Tuesday convicted five persons in connection with a coal scam case related to Lalgarh (North) coal block allocated during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 2003, officials said. The CBI special judge convicted Binay Prakash, the then managing director of Ranchibased Domco Pvt. Ltd.; the then directors Vasant Diwakar Manjrekar and Paramananda Mondal; chartered accountant Sanjay Khandewal and the company Domco Pvt. Ltd. The court will arguments on the quantum of sentences on Wednesday. "This case was registered on the basis of a preliminary enquiry initiated by CBI on the directions received from CVC related to coal blocks allocated during the period from 1993 to 2005. During enquiry, it was revealed that the Lalgarh (North) Coal block was identified in favour of the company by the 19th Screening Committee and accordingly, the company was intimated vide MoC letter dated November 24, 2003," CBI Spokesperson RC Joshi said. The CBI had alleged that Prakash, promoter director of Domco Pvt. Ltd., entered into conspiracy with unidentified persons and submitted false information to authorities while applying for the block. It is alleged that the Prakash made gains of Rs 7 crore by selling shares of the company on premium, after the allocation of the coal block. AIM IS TO KEEP IMPROVING TO BE WORLD NO. 1: HOCKEY FORWARD SHAMSHER SPORTS Morning India Pak based terror module busted in Delhi, six arrested NEW DELHI: The Special Cell of Delhi Police said on Tuesday that it has busted a Pakistan-based terror module and arrested six persons, including two people who were trained in Pakistan. Furnishing details of the multi-state operation, a Delhi Police Special Cell official said that they had received inputs from the central agencies that a conspiracy was being hatched to conduct terror strikes in major cities of the country. After receiving this input, the Special Cell constituted a team under the supervision of DCP Pramod Khushwaha and ACPs Hridya Bhushan and Lalit Joshi. "After analyzing human and technical inputs, we realized that it was a very big network that was spread in different states. On Tuesday morning we concluded this operation by conducting multiple raids in different states," Special Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Neeraj Thakur, said at a press briefing. The first person named Sameer, hailing from Maharashtra, was arrested from Kota while he was travelling in a train while two other were nabbed in the national capital. From more human and technical inputs, the Special Cell in close cooperation with the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (UP-ATS) conducted raids in the state and arrested three more people. Thakur said of the six arrested, two had been taken to Pakistan via Muscat where they were trained to use explosives and firearms, including AK-47. "The training continued for 15 days after which they returned to Muscat. They revealed that during their training in Pakistan, there were also 14- 15 Bengali speaking persons in their group," the special cell official said. Thakur said that it seems like the terror operation was closely coordinated from across the border. He said the module was divided into two teams. "One team was given to the underworld which was being coordinated by Dawood Ibrahim's brother, Anees Ibrahim. Their task was to get the arms from across the border into India and keep them concealed. The second team was asked to arrange funds via Hawala," the officer said. The Special Cell informed that one person out of the six arrested was given the task to identify locations in major cities of the country where they could carry out the terror attacks during the forthcoming festival season. "The Special cell is interrogating the suspects and a further probe is on," the official added. SPORTS CMYK 08 GAMES & For TV, e-paper & news visit: www.live7tv.com Morning India SPORTS KOLKATA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 Durand Cup: FC Bengaluru United beat Mohammedan SC 2-0, top group PARENTS PLAYED A HUGE PART IN MY UPBRINGING: US OPEN CHAMP RADUCANU NEW YORK : US Open champion Emma Raducanu of Great Britain said on Tuesday that the nerves of steel which she displayed during her run at Flushing Meadows over the fortnight was because of the "tough" upbringing, adding that she still has a lot of work to do to improve her game. "My parents played a huge part in my upbringing. They were pretty tough on me when I was young and it kind of shaped the way. I think now it is helping on the biggest stages in the world when you really need it," Raducanu said on ABC show. Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez of Canada in an all-teen affair to lift the US Open Trophy on Sunday, becoming the first qualifier to win a major. "From a young age I've always been brought up to have mental strength," adding that her Chinese mother and Romanian father were her toughest critics. "They are my toughest critics and very hard to please. But I got them with this one. It was really nice to talk to them after I won. They were just so happy and proud of me," said Raducanu, who jumped 127 places on the latest WTA rankings, moving from No.150 to No.23. Raducanu started the year at No.345 (as the British No.11), but her ranking has been on a rapid climb in the past three months. The teenager has won 21 of her past 25 matches. After reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a wildcard, Raducanu's ranking improved from No.338 to No.179, helping her secure a spot in qualifying at the US Open. Among those who congratulated Raducanu on Instagram after her US Open title triumph were footballer David Beckham and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. The Queen also sent her a message. "I've just been trying to enjoy the moment. With my team the night of the final we just had a really nice night reflecting. Everything has gone so fast. We were taking care of every single day and before you know it three weeks had gone. We just got to reflect and share a few stories and it was a really nice night to have with everyone." Raducanu said that she needs to work a lot more to increase her physical strength to cope with the rigours of the tour. "Physically I've still got a lot of work to do because I'm still new to the game and haven't had time to really develop," she added. ICC ODI RANKINGS: MITHALI RAJ RETAINS TOP SPOT IN BATTING LIST Aim is to keep improving to be world No. 1: Hockey forward Shamsher NEW DELHI : Indian men's hockey team forward Shamsher Singh said on Tuesday that the side was confident of becoming world No.1 "if we keep improving match by match" and "keep performing in big tournaments". Shamsher, who played a crucial role in India's bronze medal-winning campaign at the Tokyo Olympics recently, said, "We still have a lot of targets to achieve as a team. We have ticked off the target of winning an Olympic medal, but we have been striving to be the best side in the world in the last few years. "We are going to give everything we have in every match we play in the future, especially in big tournaments such as the FIH Hockey Pro League. We are confident that if we keep improving match by match, then one day we will surely be the world Number 1 team," said Shamsher. Shamsher said that he was fortunate to have had the chance of playing in the biggest sporting event during the nascent stage of his career. The national side defeated Germany 5-4 in the Tokyo Olympics bronze-medal match on August 5 to end a 41-year Olympic medal drought. "The Tokyo Olympics is always going to hold a special place in my heart. I am so lucky to be part of an Olympic bronze medal-winning team at such an early stage of my career. I also know that this is just the beginning for us as a team. We KALYANI: FC Bengaluru United defeated home side Mohammedan SC 2-0 on Tuesday as they topped Group A and claimed bragging rights in the 130th Durand Cup football competition at the Kalyani Municipality Stadium. The game was goalless at halftime and owing to the rain-hit conditions, the deadlock was turning to be hard to break. The breakthrough came in the 64th minute when Thokchom James Singh scored a goal. With only one goal separating the two sides in the business end, the game was headed towards a nerve-wracking finish in the final few minutes. All doubts were cast aside, however, when Mohammedan conceded a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Slovenian forward Luka Majcen stepped up and made no mistake in converting the spotkick and rubber stamping Bengaluru United's status as Group A leaders. Meanwhile, the quarter-the Group A fixture between Indian Air Force (IAF) and CRPF, which was scheduled to take place at the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club Ground, had to be called off due to unplayable conditions caused by heavy rain and waterlogging. Both sides have been awarded one point each. have the belief that we can do even better in the future and we are going to work towards our goals in the upcoming years," said the forward, who scored a goal against Japan in the Tokyo Games. On the one thing that helped the Indian team make history in Tokyo, Shamsher said, "I think it was our never-say-die attitude on the field. Even when we were behind in the game against Germany, we never stopped believing in our chances and kept looking to create goal-scoring opportunities. We knew that if we kept putting pressure on the opposition, we will be on the winning side in the end and that's what eventually happened," said the 24-yearold. India did not respect Test cricket: Paul Newman DUBAI [UAE]: India ODI skipper Mithali Raj remained firm at the top spot while South Africa opener Lizelle Lee's unbeaten 91 in the opening match of their series against the West Indies has helped her take joint-first position among batters in the latest ICC Women's ODI player rankings released on Tuesday. Lee, who first seized the top position in June 2018 and again reached the summit in March this year, scored 18 runs in the second match, which also counted towards this week's rankings update. She is now tied with India captain Mithali Raj at 762 rating points, with Australia's Alyssa Healy six points behind in third place. South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk has also made notable gains, advancing one spot to reach 25th position among batters and six places to 19th among bowlers after finishing with two wickets each in the first two matches of the series, which South Africa won by margins of eight and nine wickets. Wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty (up one place to 44th) and Lara Goodall (up four places to 51st) are the other South Africa batters to progress while 10th-ranked Laura Wolvaardt's scores of 36 and 71 not out see her gain 14 points and reach within four rating points of India opener Smriti Mandhana. Ayabonga Khaka (up one place to seventh) and Tumi Sekhukhune (up two places to 35th) have moved up the bowlers' list. West Indies allrounder Deandra Dottin has inched up one slot each among both batters and bowlers. Kycia Knight has advanced seven places to 55th and Britney Cooper has moved from 79th to 71st among batters, while Hayle Matthews has progressed five slots to 27th among bowlers. In the T20I Player rankings, which takes into account performances in the last match of the England- New Zealand series and 13 matches of the ICC women's T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier, Zimbabwe's Modester Mupachikwa has entered the top 20 for batters, gaining 10 slots for her 133 runs in four innings. Mary-Anne Musonda, who struck an unbeaten 52 against Tanzania to be named Player of the Match, has gained 14 slots to reach 52nd position in the list led by India's hard-hitting opener Shafali Verma. Tanzania's Fatuma Kibasu (53rd) and Uganda's Immaculate Nakisuuyi (55th) have re-entered the batters' rankings. In the rankings for bowlers, England's Sarah Glenn has moved up a slot to second position while New Zealand offspinner Leigh Kasperek (up seven places to 15th) and all-rounder Jess Kerr (up eight places to 58th) have also moved up the table. Hanging up my T20 shoes: Malinga announces retirement from all formats NEW DELHI : Former England cricketer Paul Newman has slammed Indian cricketers, BCCI and the IPL following the cancellation of Manchester Test due to Covid-19 fears in the visiting camp. He went on to say that "India did not respect this series and they did not respect Test cricket either in flouting Covid guidelines ahead of the fourth Test". India's assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the series-decider sending tremors down the Indian dressing room and ultimately leading to the cancellation of the match. "There is no way the series decider would have been called off on the morning of the first day had the majority of India's players not been flying to Dubai for the resumption of the richest tournament in cricket. "No India player with an IPL contract wanted to risk playing in NEW DELHI : Legendary Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending a decorated 16year international career that began in 2004. In a video posted on social media, one of the greatest death-over bowlers in the history of the game, Malinga said, "Today is a very special day for me because I want to thank each and everyone who has supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 career. Today I decided, I want to give a hundred percent rest for my T20 bowling shoes." "I want to thank the Sri Lanka cricket board and my team members. I want to thank the Mumbai Indians cricket team and team members, especially the owners and the officials, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Warriors, Maratha Arabians, and Montreal Tigers. "When I played with you all, I got plenty of experience. I want to share my experience in the future with young cricketers," he added.Malinga had earlier announced his retirement from franchise cricket as the veteran pacer was released by Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.Malinga had bid farewell to Test cricket in 2011. The former speedster of the Islanders had bowed out from the 50-over format by recording his final One Day International (ODI) appearance for the 1996 world champions in 2019 against Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium. Across all formats, he claimed 546 wickets, including a memorable spell of four wickets in four balls against South Africa at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. this Test, then testing positive and being forced to stay in England for another 10 days, so missing the restart of the tournament in the UAE on September 19," former seamer Newman, who has played 135 first-class matches and 177 List A games, wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. "India did not respect this series in pulling out yesterday and they did not respect Test cricket either in flouting Covid guidelines ahead of the fourth Test." He also blamed Team India chief coach Ravi Shastri's book launch event ahead of the fourth Test in London. "This whole outbreak in their camp could well have been started by the presence of Shastri along with captain Virat Kohli and several players and staff at a book launch at a London hotel attended by more than 150 people two days before the Oval Test. "It was a breach of protocols that privately angered those at the ECB who have done so much to keep the show on the road in the last 18 months, not least with three Tests at Old Trafford last year that salvaged millions of pounds of revenue for the game. What a way for Lancashire to be rewarded for all they did then," he wrote. Aussie Olympic gold medallist to be voice of Brisbane 2032 athletes SYDNEY : Three-time Olympian swimmer Bronte Barratt was elected as the athlete representative of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games Organising Committee on Tuesday. Barratt, 32, was chosen by her peers, as Australia's Olympians from Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 were given the opportunity to vote from a field of five candidates. Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates said the athlete's input would be critical for the Queensland capital city of Brisbane to achieve its goals for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. "She [Barratt] understands the Olympic environment through three very different Olympic Games," Coates said, Xinhua reported. "There are ten-year-olds today whose Olympic Games experience in 2032 as athletes will be shaped by the input from Bronte at the committee table over the next three years." Barratt represented Australia at the Olympics in Rio 2016, London 2012 and Beijing 2008, picking up gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Barratt, 32, was chosen by her peers, as Australia's Olympians from Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 were given the opportunity to vote from a field of five candidates. In Beijing, she was part of the famous 4x200-metre freestyle relay team which took gold and broke the world record. "With my swimming and post-swimming career, I know I can provide the insights and decision making on behalf of athletes," Barratt said. "I am very excited about the future for Brisbane and Queensland with the Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in my hometown," she told News Corp. "My three Olympic Games experiences were definitely the best time of my life and it's these experiences that I believe will add value for the committee." CMYK PAGE 8 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,311,206 TOTAL DEATHS: 443,456 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 226,322,754 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,656,323 Transport Minister Firhad Hakim and TMC leader Debashis Kumar inaugurate a children's park inside Park Circus Maidan in Kolkata on Tuesday. ‘For states to implement’: SC no to again prescribing promotion quota policy NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to prescribe again a policy for determining backwardness and emphasised that orders were passed in judgments, like M. Nagaraj (2006) and Jarnail Singh (2018), wherein issues in reservation in promotion have been settled. A bench, headed by Justices L Nageswara Rao and comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai said: "We are making it very clear that we are not going to reopen Nagraj or Jarnail Singh (cases)." It pointed out that the idea was only to decide these cases in accordance with the law laid down by the top court. The Centre, led by Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, asked the top court to issue further clarifications, against the backdrop of promotion on 2,500 posts continuing to remain stalled due to orders passed by various high courts. Venugopal also urged the top court to recall a contempt notice issued against the Union Home Secretary in connection with ad hoc promotions of 149 officers. It was claimed these promotions were done allegedly violating the order of April 15, 2019 on the maintenance of status quo. However, the bench declined to recall the contempt notice and said it would hear it along with the main case. Senior advocates Indira Jaising and P.S. Patwalia had cited several ambiguities in the Nagaraj judgement, which led to different high courts interfering with the guidelines framed by the state governments on reservation in promotion. Taking up over 130 petitions, the bench directed the advocate-on-record for various state governments to identify peculiar issues and submit a note on them within two weeks. It noted that it is not going to permit any arguments for reopening of cases or arguing that law laid down from Indira Sawhney is wrong because the very scope of these cases is to apply the law, which was laid down by the top court. The bench orally observed that the apex court has already passed orders on how to consider backwardness, and it cannot prescribe policy further. "It is for the states to implement policy and not for us to prescribe. We are not going to decide on issue of Article 16(4) and 16(4a) of the Constitution," it added. The top court - in the Constitution bench decisions of Nagaraj and Jarnail Singh - had laid down conditionalities: data collection on inadequacy of representation, overall effect on efficiency in administration, and excluding creamy layers, while considering reservation in promotion for SC and STs employees. Mamata Banerjee has serious plans for north-east, says TMC leader Sushmita Dev MI NEWS SERVICE AGARTALA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has serious plans for the north-east, said Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sushmita Dev on Tuesday. Dev said, "I am extremely grateful to my leader, Mamata Di that she has given me an opportunity to file my nomination and contest the Rajya Sabha election. It is not important that Sushmita Dev has got it. There are a couple of messages in it. First, Trinamool Congress once again proved that more women in Parliament is their vision and conviction." "Secondly, Mamata Di has given a strong message to the north-east (India) by giving someone from north-east a Rajya Sabha seat where West Bengal MLAs will be voting. It means she has serious plans for the north-east. And, I also cannot deny the fact that for many decades that no Bengali who is from Assam has gone to Rajya Sabha," the TMC leader emphasised. Asked about Tripura government's allegedly denying permission to TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's padayatra, Dev said, "It is crystal clear that the Tripura government and BJP regime here is extremely afraid of the charisma and determination of Abhishek Banerjee. That is the single reason they are consistently denying Abhishek's padayatra. We want to see how long the BJP government will be keeping a tiger like Abhishek Banerjee LJP MP PRINCE PASWAN BOOKED FOR RAPE NEW DELHI: Lok Janshakti Party MP Prince Paswan has been booked under rape charges by the Delhi Police, officials said on Tuesday. A senior police officer said the case was registered on the direction of court. "The court's direction came on Thursday and a case has been registered under relevant sections at the Connaught Place Police Station," the officer said. Prince is a Member of Parliament from Samastipur in Bihar. out of Tripura." Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday nominated Sushmita Dev, who joined the party recently, as the party nominee for the Rajya Sabha by-poll from West Bengal. Dev, a former Congress MP from Silchar, Assam joined TMC last month in presence of party leader Abhishek Banerjee, Derek O' Brien and others. She is a prominent figure outside West Bengal to join TMC. Trinamool Congress said in a tweet that it is Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's vision to empower women and ensure their maximum participation in politics. "We are extremely pleased to nominate Sushmita Dev to the Upper House of the Parliament. Mamata Banerjee's vision to empower women and ensure their maximum participation in politics shall help our society to achieve much more!" the party said in a tweet. Sushmita Dev also expressed her gratitude to Mamata Banerjee for nominating her to the Upper House of the Parliament. "I am overwhelmed. I thank my leader Mamata Banerjee from the bottom of my heart. Her conviction to see more women in Parliament is exemplary. I will do my very best," she said. The Election Commission had earlier this month announced by-polls for six Rajya Sabha seats across five states. These seats fell vacant due to the resignation or death of the sitting MPs. It also announced a biennial election for one seat from Puducherry. Voting for all seats is scheduled for October 4. The six Rajya Sabha seats include two in Tamil Nadu and one seat each in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. Trinamool Congress is seeking to expand its footprint outside West Bengal. Heavy rain lashes Kolkata, suburbs MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The city along with several districts of south Bengal experienced heavy rainfall on Tuesday owing to a depression that lay centred over Chhattisgarh and Orissa. The Met office said in a bulletin that an "intense spell of thunderstorm with moderate to heavy rainfall", during the day, battered different parts of Kolkata and its neighbouring districts of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly. Commuters had a harrowing time reaching their destinations as many areas in the metropolis, including Sector-V in Salt Lake, were left waterlogged. Fewer buses and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in the morning. An official of the Kolkata Police traffic department said that the downpour led to traffic snarls that lasted for hours on the city's thoroughfares. According to the weatherman, north Kolkata and its suburbs recorded 116 mm rainfall in approximately six hours till 2.30 pm. Similarly, 45 mm rainfall was recorded during that period in Alipore, reflecting the pattern of showers across south Kolkata. Pandemic fails to dent investors interest in India: Survey NEW DELHI: India remains an attractive destination for investments for multinational corporations, scoring highly for its skilled workforce and prospects for economic growth, a Deloitte global survey has found. The survey -- India's FDI Opportunity -- conducted during the peak of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India this year, found that a large proportion of international business leaders remain confident in India's short- and long-term prospects and are readying plans to make additional and first-time investments in the country. The global survey, which questioned 1,200 business leaders of multinational corporations in the US, UK, Japan and Singapore gauge their perceptions of India as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). An accompanying Deloitte analysis shows that India will need $8 trillion of gross capital formation (new greenfield assets) to become a $5 trillion economy by FY2027. Based on past trends, India will need at least $400 billion, cumulatively, over six years, in FDI. According to the survey, 44 per cent of MNCs across the US, UK, Japan, and Singapore said they were planning additional or firsttime investments in India. Significantly, amongst first time investors, nearly twothirds are planning investments in India within the next two years. When the survey asked to identify sectors most likely to see new investments in India, utilities (energy infrastructure) led the way (57 per cent), while financial services (49 per cent) and healthcare (48 per cent) also ranked highly. Although there is significant crossover, the survey found that more business leaders, especially in Japan, are making investments in India for access to the domestic market rather than using India as a springboard for exports. India has the strongest positive perception in the US when compared to markets such as China, Brazil, Mexico, and Vietnam. Given the US and UK's strong historic ties with India, the US and the UK business leaders expressed greater confidence in India's stability. However, respondents from Japan and Singapore currently view Vietnam as their preferred investment destination. Business leaders rated India higher on economic growth and skilled workforce. While India is perceived as both politically and economically stable, it scored lower on institutional stability i.e., regulatory clarity and efficient judicial redress and mechanisms. Inadequate infrastructure was another negative factor cited by existing and potential investors. The survey predated the government's recent decision to rectify the long-running retrospective taxation issue with an amendment in the tax law, a significant boost for investor confidence. Despite recent reforms to improve ease of doing business in India, awareness among investors remains low. Business leaders in Japan (16 per cent) and Singapore (9 per cent) were least aware of initiatives such as the digitisation of customs clearance and production linked incentives for manufacturers. Accordingly, India was perceived as a more challenging environment to do business compared to China and Vietnam. Roughly 75 per cent of business leaders said they were more willing to invest in India after being made aware of existing government programmes, incentives and reforms. Commenting on the findings of the study, Punit Renjen, Deloitte Global CEO, said: "After the challenges of the past 18 months, the Deloitte survey is a positive validation of the underlying strengths of the Indian economy, in particular its appeal for foreign investors. We believe the outlook can only get better because of India's improving ease of business, which includes fiscal benefits and other reforms. These positive steps further convince me that India is moving towards its ambition of a US$ 5 trillion economy." India can target attracting greater FDI into seven capital-intensive sectors-Textile & Apparels, Food Processing Industry, Electronic Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Vehicles & Parts, Chemicals & API, and Capital Goods-that have contributed $181 billion of merchandise exports in FY 202021.