Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 8 73,80,510 doses September 9 64,15,260 doses Total doses: 72,25,86,576 NATIONWIDE sept 08 sept 09 Fresh cases 37,875 43,263 Recoveries Deaths 39,114 40,567 369 338 odisha sePt 08 sePt 08 Fresh cases sambalpur l friday l september 10, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION assistant physio covid +ve, fifth test in doubt Decision on Manchester Test match will be taken on Friday after India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar contracts virus all india players test negative concern among players too The team didn’t train on Thursday. The contingent has been placed under isolation in their hotel rooms where all of them were subjected to RT-PCR test. The results returned negative later in the evening. However, the BCCI is still worried that in case an IPL-bound player tests positive, it could have an impact on resumption of the league in the UAE from September 19 ■ ■ Several players received treatment from Parmar, including the likes of Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mohd Shami Since the physio was part of the training session on Wednesday, the BCCI is concerned. The team may undergo another round of testing — lateral flow test — on Friday morning 762 771 Recoveries Deaths 574 08 694 08 2-1 India lead the five-match test series 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 Grouping to help mitigate the humanitarian crisis, support intra-Afghan peace dialogue BRICS to stem Af terror export laid in Jt Declaration E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Countering terror, particularly in the context of the Afghanistan upheaval, dominated discussions on Thursday at the five-nation BRICS virtual summit chaired by India, with all heads of state collectively agreeing to combat the export of terror and cooperate to mitigate the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country . “We call for refraining from violence and settling the situation by peaceful means. We stress the need to contribute to fostering an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue so as to ensure stability, civil peace, law and order in the country. We underscore the priority of fighting terrorism, including preventing attempts by terrorist organisations to use Afghan territory as terrorist sanctuary and to carry out attacks against other countries, as well as drug trade within Afghanistan. We Reject double standards “We reject double standards in countering terrorism and extremism conducive to terrorism. We call for expeditious finalisation and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism within the UN framework,” the BRICS joint declaration said emphasise the need to address the humanitarian situation and to uphold human rights, including those of women, children and minorities,” a joint declaration adopted at the end of the summit, called the New Delhi Declaration, stated. Secretary (CPV) in the ministry of external affairs, Sanjay Bhattacharya, said there was strong consensus on condemning terrorism, including crossb o rd e r t e r ro r, t e r ro r financing and the springing up of radical organisations. Bhattacharya said many agreements, including the one calling for reforms of multilateral organisations, remote sensing satellite constellation, agriculture reforms and cooperation and some others related to the New Development Bank (NDB) were finalised or endorsed during the summit attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. In his opening address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said BRICS has adopted a counter-terrorism action plan that was drawn up by national security advisors of the member states. Putin said the situation in Afghanistan must not become a threat to its neighbours. “Russia, just like its BRICS partners, consistently supports the establishment of the longawaited peace and stability in Afghanistan.” Ford folds up in India, over 4,000 jobs on the line A r s h a d K h a n @ New Delhi DEALING a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative, US carmaker Ford on Thursday said it was shutting its manufacturing plants in the country in view of muted growth and $2 billion losses over the past 10 years. The move will impact at least 4,000 jobs across the two plants in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Industry sources said another 40,000 people employed with Ford dealers across the coun- try will also be affected. Ford has two manufacturing plants in India – one each in Chennai and Sanand. The company plans to wind down vehicle assembly in Sanand by the fourth quarter of this year and vehicle and engine manufacturing in Chennai by the second quarter of 2022. The sale of its products such as Figo, Aspire, Freestyle, EcoSport and Endeavour will cease once existing dealer inventories are sold out. “ part of our Ford+ plan, we are As taking difficult but necessary actions to deliver a sustainably profitable business longer-term and allocate our capital to grow and create value in the right areas,” said Jim Farley Ford Motor Com, pany’s president and CEO. The decision to exit Indian market comes at a time when industry veterans have warned against high tax rates and shrinkage of consumer base. 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According to industry analysts, India remains a tough market for US and European Continued on: P12 carmakers. now send the resolution to the Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes for onward transmission to the Centre. Moving the resolution amid Opposition ruckus in the House, the Minister said the State government is unable to provide 27 pc reservation to OBCs/SEBCs in government jobs and educational institutions due to the 50 pc ceiling. Since the law enacted by the State government to provide SEBCs their due reservation has been rejected by the Orissa High Court and the Supreme Court on the grounds that the State has no quantifiable data on the backward classes, there is a need for caste census, the resolution said. CONTINUED ON: P7
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