sambalpur l tuesday l september 07, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Allow 2nd Covishield dose after 28 days: kerala HC A single-judge bench said the Centre-prescribed 84-day gap between doses was not binding on those seeking to advance it order passed on kitex group’s petition ‘Centre-prescribed gap only advisory’ Ordering the Centre to make arrangements through its CoWIN portal, the judge said if it could allow people travelling abroad to take the jab before schedule, the same benefit should be extended to others. The court passed the order on a petition by Kitex Garments Ltd, which sought to vaccinate over 10,000 workers before the prescribed 84-day gap ■ ■ Prefacing its order on the Centre’s stand that vaccination was a voluntary exercise, the HC said by that logic, “time interval between two doses can only be considered as advisory” The gap between doses was extended based on the advise of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 4 weeks the earlier recommended gap, which was later extended to 12-16 weeks CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Panjshir Valley taken, claim Taliban E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e THE Taliban on Monday claimed that they have captured the elusive Panjshir Valley. “With this victory our country is complete, ly taken out of the quagmire of war,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in Kabul. Panjshir was the last of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces to resist the Taliban. “We tried our best to solve the problem through negotiations, and they (anti-Taliban forces) rejected talks and then we had to send our forces to fight,” Mujahid told reporters. He, however, assured Panjshir natives, who are ethnically dis- tinct from the Pashtun-dominated Taliban, that they would not be discriminated against. Multiple reports said Pakistani drones showered bombs on the battle-hardened resistance forces through Sunday night. That the Taliban upped the Panjshir onslaught soon after ISI chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed’s trip to Kabul on Saturday also lent credence to this theory though the Taliban denied it. , Earlier this year, Pakistan had received five combat drones from China, each capable of staying airborne for over 30 hours. Meanwhile the resisting forces, known as National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), claimed their fighters are still present in all strategic positions across valley The NRFA is led by . the former Afghan vice-president Amrullah Saleh and anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud. In an audio message to Afghans, he called for a ‘national uprising’ against the Taliban. After taking Afghanistan’s last bastion, the challenge before the militia is to form a broad-based government which will be acceptable to the international community especially the Amer, icans. The Taliban have not been able to firm up their administrative structure due to infighting Students attend class in Kabul on Monday after private universities reopened | AFP PM holds high-level meet Prime Minister Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting with Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, S Jaishankar and Nirmala Sitharaman, and NSA Ajit Doval | P7 Odisha’s per capita debt burden `23k, rose twice over in 10 years Karnal turns fortress a day before farmers’ mahapanchayat E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh The Haryana government on Monday turned Karnal into a fortress with police personnel swarming and barricading the city’s entrances ahead of a farmers’ mahapanchayat and a call to gherao the Karnal Mini Secretariat slated for Tuesday . Hundreds of armed police personnel have been deployed and traffic diversions enforced along the Delhi-Amritsar National Highway-44. Prohibitory orders banning assembly of four or more people have also been invoked. The state government decided to suspend mobile internet services in Karnal from Monday midnight till Tuesday to “stop the spread of misinformation and rumours” through social media platforms on mobile phones and SMS. State Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk said the primary objective is to maintain peace and order, prevent violence, facilitate traffic and public transport and to safeguard public property across the state in general and Kar nal in particular. Karnal SP Ganga Ram Punia said 40 companies of armed police, including 10 of CAPF (CRPF , BSF and RAF) have been deployed in the district. Water cannons and riot control vehicles have been deployed and drones kept ready “The activity at the . farmers’ rally will be videographed,’’ he said. Deputy Commissioner of Karnal Nishant Kumar Yadav said talks were held with the farmer union leaders, “but their demands are not justified”. “No compensation will be given those who break the law. We will not allow the farmers to block the national highway and the surround the mini secretariat,’’ he warned. the final picture Jasprit Bumrah. Shardul Thakur. Rohit Sharma. Umesh Yadav... there were too many heroes as India upstaged England on Monday Thakur’s heroics The Mumbai all-rounder smashed the pacers to score the fastest Test 50 in England. In the second innings, he again scored a half-century. He also did his bit with the ball on the last day, removing Joe Root Bumrah’s rapid pace Jasprit Bumrah swung the match by taking the pitch out of the equation. He removed both Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope with searing deliveries that hooped back in. He also went short to test the batsmen Rohit, MVP None of this may have been possible without the opener’s stupendous century to set up a 3rd innings of promise for the visitors 24 Number of Tests taken by Bumrah to reach 100 wickets. He is the fastest Indian pacer to the mark Umesh’s return It’s easy to forget this in the immediate aftermath of the win but it was Umesh who broke England in the first innings as he reduced them from 2/52 to 5/62. On Monday, he removed the English tail to kickstart the celebrations 6/136 Umesh’s match figures, best by an Indian in this match The Indian team celebrate after removing last man James Anderson | afp At Oval, reverse swings India’s way There was turn on offer, but their best spinner RavichanALL out for 191 on Day 1. Con- dran Ashwin was warming ceding a lead of 99 runs. Stag- the bench. While he has been ing a recovery act on a flat left-out in search of a few exdeck. Setting a target of 368, tra runs and balance in the XI, which didn’t seem enough at the visitors have been confithe end of Day 4 when the dent of picking 20 England England openers had put 77 wickets without him. This on board. Three of their sup- was another test for this atport staffers including tack which had failed head coach Ravi Shasto make inroads with tri down with Covthe new ball on the id-19. Yet, Virat Kohli evening of Day 4. And & Co found a way to failure to close out the beat the hosts on Mongame with the series Last time the day to take an unason the line could have Indian team sailable 2-1 in the fiveled to few uncomfortwon two Tests match Pataudi Trophy able questions. in a single with one more Test to To put things into conseries in go in Manchester. text, through the Test, England. That Since the restart, both teams have strugteam won the this Indian team has gled to get wickets three-match carved out unexpectwith the old ball, series 2-0 ed, come-from-behind which hasn’t found wins at Melbourne, any reverse-swing. Brisbane and at Lord’s. So But then, not all teams have this victory at the Oval wasn’t this freak called Jasprit Bumcertainly beyond them. Yet, rah, who has tricks up his there was so much to admire sleeve, that make him a threat and celebrate, particularly irrespective of the condition. how this Indian attack, with- Just like that he castled Ollie out any assistance from the Pope and Jonny Bairstow deck, orchestrated a collapse with a 64-overs old ball to open that few bowling units can the floodgates, which washed only think of. England lost away England. Two hours lattheir last eight wickets for 69 er, they lost the Test by 157 runs. runs. v enk ata k r i s h n a b @ Chennai Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Monday expressed exasperation over the way the government was testing the patience of the Supreme Court by not just delaying appointments to various understaffed tribunals but also flouting the top court’s judgments. A special bench that included justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, warned Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that it could initiate contempt proceedings if appointments to fill vacancies in tribunals were not made within a week. The bench sharply criticised the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021, notified on August 13, ry Third, the term of office of . chairperson and members will be fixed as four years. Directly contrary. And fourth, allowances made to the chairperson will be the same as a Central government officer carrying the same pay as the chairperson. Again, directly contrary ,” Justice Chandrachud said. The bench adjourned the case to September 13 while issuing notices to the government on a petition filed by Cong ress leader Jairam Ramesh. It also sought the Centre’s response on multiple petitions to constitute the GST Tribunal, appointment of members in the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and the SEBI Appellate Tribunal (SAT). tor had come to a standstill during the last one and a half year because of the lockdowns and shutdowns during the two w av e s o f t h e C o v i d - 1 9 pandemic. Since the State economy was badly hit due to the Covid-19, the annual credit plan was revised to `1.10 lakh crore for implementation of priority sector programmes with an increase of around 22.5 per cent over the target of 2020-21. Sources maintain that postCovid, the State economy is likely to be less impacted because of the government’s focus on industries as well as MSME sector, social sector, employment generation, and higher investment in infrastructure. The State government had maintained that the economy will grow in the range of 10 per cent to 11 per cent during 202122, from the lower base of this year. express read NEET-UG examination to be held on schedule: SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday refused to defer the NEET-UG examination, scheduled for September 12. A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar said if students want to appear in multiple exams, then they need to prioritise and make a choice as there may never be a situation where everyone is satisfied Experts believe containing Nipah easier than Covid light of peace Buddhist monks from Thailand light earthen lamps at Mahabodhi temple for world peace and relief from Covid pandemic in Bodhgaya on Monday | pti New Delhi: The fresh outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus, which has killed one and infected a few others in Kerala might be a double whammy for the state reeling under Covid-19, but experts feel curbing Nipah should not be a massive problem | P7 Govt tables municipal bill to extend quota to backward classes Govt testing SC patience, warns CJI saying it contradicted two of its judgments. “The law is replica of the provisions struck down by this court. Parliament can take away the basis of a judgment through a new law, but cannot enact a law that is directly contrary to the SC judgment and is not a validating legislation,” the court said. “There are four provisions... a person below the age of 50 years is ineligible for appointment as chairperson or member. Directly contrary to the judgment! Second, the selection committee shall recommend a panel of two names for appointment and the Central government shall take a decision preferably within three months. Directly contradicto- PER CAPITA debt burden has more than doubled in last 10 years in Odisha. From `9,144.40 in 2011-12, per head debt burden reached `23,761.83 by the end of 2020-21 financial year. Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari who informed this in the State Assembly on Monday also said that State’s debt burden will reach `1.22 lakh crore by the end of 2021-22 fiscal. According to a preliminary report of the Auditor General, Odisha, he said, the debt burden had already touched `1.04 lakh crore (by the month of July in fiscal 2020-21) which is 17.8 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). In its status paper on public debt released during the Odisha Budget 2021-22 presentation, the State government had announced that debt burden will climb up to `1.25 lakh crore by end of 2021-22. The gross debt was expected to rise from 20.91 per cent of the GSDP in 2020-21 to approximately 22.46 per cent of the GSDP by the end 2023-24. However, the government appears to have arrested the debt stock to 17.8 per cent of the GSDP midway through 2021-22 financial year which seems a positive sign for the pandemichit State economy . The mid-financial year assessment of the debt stock which was pegged at `1.06 lakh crore has also fallen to `1.04 lakh crore, the Minister stated. He had announced in the budget paper that the State will have to borrow `18,465 crore during 2021-22 to finance different programmes and other day to day activities. Sources, however, maintained that the figure will be revised as implementation of different programmes other than those in the livelihood sec- 1986 tribunal hires K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi among various Taliban factions, especially between the Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar camp and the ISI-sponsored Haqqani network. Meanwhile, there is speculation that Baradar, who is tipped to be the face of the government with Haibatullah Akhundzada being the titular head, sustained serious injuries during a clash with the Haqqanis. After declaring victory over NRFA in Panjshir on Monday the , Taliban spokesperson claimed the government would be formed soon. “Final decisions have been taken, we are now working on the technical issues,” Mujahid told P9 reporters. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e NATIONWIDE sept 05 sept 06 @ Bhubaneswar Fresh cases 42,766 38,948 THE uncertainty over urban local body polls is likely to be over soon with the State government on Monday tabling the O d i s h a M u n i c i p a l L aw s (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to amend the Odisha Municipal Act, 1950 and Odisha Municipal Corporation Act, 2003. Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena said as far as reservation of seats in favour of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes is concerned, there is no need for amending the relevant provisions of the two Acts. However, the provisions re- Recoveries Deaths Jab-o-meter 38,091 43,903 308 219 Take your shot September 5 25,23,089 doses September 6 1,10,40,809 doses Total doses: 69,78,22,901 odisha sept 05 sePt 06 Fresh cases 805 609 Recoveries Deaths 763 07 727 08 lating to reservation of 27 per cent seats in favour of backward class citizens (BCC) need amendment so as to limit the total reservation of seats to 50 per cent in compliance with the orders of the High Court in the light of decision of Supreme Court in K Krishna Murthy case. “Hence, there is no scope left except for amending the relevant provisions of the Odisha Municipal Act, 1950 and Odisha Municipal Corporation Act 2003,” said Jena. The government has proposed to amend section 11 of the Municipal Act to substitute sub-section 3 which reads, “seats shall be reserved in fa- vour of BCC as referred to in clause 6 of Article 243T of the Constitution in every municipality, by the district magistrate to an extent not exceeding 27 percentum. This is subject to the ceiling limit of 50 percentum of total number of seats of such municipality including seats so reserved for SCs, STs under sub-section (1) and BCCs taken together and such seats shall be allotted by rotation to different wards in a municipal area at every g eneral election.” A similar provision is also substituted in section 7 of the Municipal Corporation Act, CONTINUED ON: P5 2003.
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