WEDNESDAY RAINS, FLOOD BATTER GUJARAT 15 SEPTEMBER, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in Heavy rains in Rajkot, Jamnagar and Junagadh districts have led to evacuation of over 7,000 people facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard LEADERS’ SUMMIT A national highway passing through Jamnagar and 18 state highways passing through Rajkot, Jamnagar and Junagadh were closed due to flooding, officials said PM TO ATTEND QUAD MEETING Discussions on Afghanistan & pandemic on the cards in Washington next week PAGE 7 Newly sworn-in CM Bhupendra Patel on Tuesday visited Jamnagar and assured help to those affected by the floods A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 AVERAGE MONSOON RAINFALL IN GUJARAT. IT’S 219.2 MM THIS MONTH PAGES 12 IAF, Navy and Coast Guard were called in to help in the rescue operations along with NDRF and SDRF teams. IAF helicopters rescued 22 people stranded in Jamnagar Modi’s ministers get schooling in efficiency First in-person meeting of the Council of Ministers; presentation on Covid-19 vaccination drive made at the session M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a marathon meeting of his Council of Ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan auditorium. It was their first in-person meeting since the expansion of the ministry in July last. It is learnt that the meeting was designed to be a brainstorming session. The BJP had recently held seven such brainstorming sessions on specific themes. The meeting came in the backdrop of the NDA gov- ernment seeking to expedite the implementation of the BJP’s vision documents for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections amid important Assembly polls early next year. The meeting went on for about four hours, sources said. It also took place on a day when the BJP had named Modi as its prime ministerial candidate in 2013. Then BJP chief Rajnath Singh had announced Modi as the PM candidate of the party on September 14 that year. Government officials maintained a stoic silence over what transpired during the meeting. However, it is understood that the ministers were given an account of the status of the Covid-19 vaccination in the backdrop of the threat of a third wave of the pandemic and the approaching festive season. One source said issues concerning the agriculture ministry were also taken up during the marathon meeting, but there were no official confirmation. The NDA government at the Centre continues to grapple with the farmers’ protests over three farm laws passed by Par- liament. Their agitation has gone on for over nine months, with the BJP bracing for its electoral fallout in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, which are due to go to the polls next year. Incidentally, the prime minister had held two such online meetings with his Council of Ministers after the reshuffle during which he had tasked the newcomers to study in-depth the BJP’s vision documents for the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections and draw up an actionable agenda for the short and medium terms. CHINTAN SHIVIR DISCUSSION Presentations were made at the Chintan Shivir by Mansukh Mandaviya and Dharmendra Pradhan on efficiency and time management. Four more such Chintan Shivirs will be held, sources said. Modi asked the ministers to learn from the best practices of their colleagues. Recalling late Union minister Manohar Parrikar, he said that simplicity is a way of life. Stating that sharing is caring, Modi spoke about Tiffin Meetings during his Gujarat days where people used shared food and ideas. Investors push for Punit Goenka’s ouster from Zee Change in law to ease adoption by NRIs amused saying the exit of the Goenka family which currently INDIAN promoters are increas- owns just 3.99% is a only mating confronted with sharehold- ter of time. “There is a good er activism, backed by institu- professional team in all key detional investors and proxy partments below the MD level. advisory firms. The The question is, will latest to face the heat they stay if Goenka is Zee Entertainment leaves?” said Abneesh Enterprises (ZEEL) Roy, executive direcwith its largest sharetor (research), Edelholders calling for weiss Securities. ouster of MD Punit At the AGM on 2 directors Goenka, son of the EsTuesday, Goenka did step down sel Group chairman not disclose anything Ahead of the Subhash Chandra, on issues related to and appointing six AGM on Tuesday, the call for manageindependent new independent ment change. Rather, directors Ashok directors. he chose to defend the Kurien and Invesco Developing corporate governance Markets Fund and OFI Manish Chokhani track record of the resigned from Global China Fund, company The verdict . which together hold board, ZEEL said on key resolutions 17.88% stake in ZEEL, that were up for vothave called an extra-ordinary ing at the AGM, including adopgeneral meeting for the remov- tion of financial results, will be al of Goenka and independent out on September 16. All eyes directors Ashok Kurien and are now on the crucial EGM, Manish Chokhani. which will officially decide the Analysts, however, are not fate of Goenka. THE government is set to make crucial changes in the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act that will facilitate adoption by NRIs, in line with the recent reforms it has brought to ease domestic and foreign adoptions. The norms earlier mandated monitoring of children adopted under the Act for at least two years, which meant that NRIs who adopted children in India had to stay in the country during this period. The government has decided to do away with the norm of mandating adoptive parents to stay in India while also allowing the Central Adoption Resource Agency to issue NOCs in such cases, S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi S E SA S E N @ New Delhi JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT September 13 67,04,768 doses September 14 54,72,356 doses TOTAL DOSES 75,81,99,331 NATIONWIDE SEP 13 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths SEP 14 27,254 25,404 37,687 32,127 219 339 SEP 13 17 30 00 which as of now, are to be issued only by courts. Sources in the Union Women and Child Development Ministry said a notification is set to be issued in a day or two. Adoption in India, as of now, is governed under the Juvenile Justice Act and personal law. Under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs are permitted to adopt children. Sources said the modifica- tion was necessitated as there was a gap between this Act and the Hague Convention, the international treaty for intercountry adoption, of which India is a member. Once the new norms are implemented, NRIs will be able to take children to their country of residence by giving a two-week notice and the process of verification will also start simultaneously in that country Monitoring of . children to assess how they are Two-year stay in India will not be mandatory It was mandatory for NRIs who adopted children to stay in India for two years for monitoring of adopted children. The government is planning to do away with this rule and also allow Central Adoption Resource Agency to issue NOCs in such cases. TMC names Sushmita Dev for RS bypoll SEP 14 35 15 00 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Kolkata Two Pak-trained terrorists among six arrested; festivals, UP poll likely targets G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi THE Delhi Police has busted a Pakistan-orchestrated terror module and arrested six persons, including two ISI-trained terrorists. The module was planning serial blasts and targeted killings in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states during festivals like Navratri and Diwali. The elections in UP next year was also their likely target. RDX fitted IEDs and firearms were recovered in the multi-state operation, said DCP, Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha. Those arrested were identi- Special CP of Delhi Police Neeraj Thakur briefs the media about the arrests | PTI fied as Jaan Mohammad Shaikh alias Sameer Kaliya (47) from Mumbai; Osama (22), a resident of Okhla in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar; and four UP residents — Moolchand aka Saaju aka Lala from Rai Bareli, Zeeshan Qamar (28) from Allahabad, Mohammad Abu Bakar (23) of Behraich and Mohammad Amir Javed (31) of Lucknow. Police said Osama and Zeeshan were trained by and getting instructions from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. They were among three men tasked to conduct a reconnaissance of locations in Delhi and UP for placing IEDs in high-footfall areas. U n d e r w o rl d o p e r a t iv e Sameer, a close contact of Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees Ibrahim, was tasked to ensure delivery of IEDs, sophisticated weapons and grenades to differP4 ent entities in India. POLL POSITION AAP supporters at Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s Tiranga Sankalp Yatra in Ayodhya on Tuesday | PTI Touts can land in jail for Assam man jailed in Bangladesh returns home harassing tourists in Raj BACK TO FAMILY P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati PHULESWAR Hazarika can’t thank the God enough. He has been reunited with his son, who had vanished without a trace over four-and-half years ago. Mukul, now 41, had landed in a Bangladesh jail and was returned to Indian authorities who handed him over to his overjoyed family on Tuesday . Mukul, a rickshaw puller from Assam’s Darrang district, had gone missing on February 16, 2017. The distraught family searched for him for days but in vain. Eventually, a missing report was filed with police. Time rolled by but there was no news of Mukul. Then, one fine day in May 2019, the family was informed by the Darrang police that he was lodged in Feni Jail of Bangladesh. Deputy High Commissioner of India at Dhaka Biswadip Dey had informed the Assam government that one Mukul Hazarika, son of Phuleswar Hazarika of Hodapara village under Mangaldoi Police Station in Darrang district, was languishing in Feni Jail of Bangladesh, even after completing his jail term. The Assam government, however, did not follow it up. It was earlier this year that Darrang SP Sushanta Biswa Sarma, who is the brother of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, took up the matter with Father who had lost hope reunited with missing son “It’s been a long time since he went missing and we had lost all hope. I am very happy to see him back,” said Phuleswar Hazarika on being reunited with son Mukul. He accompanied a team of Assam Police to Tripura where Mukul was handed over to BSF by Bangladesh authorities coping in their new home will be carried out by the Indian Mission in those countries. “Adoptive parents, however, will have to furnish all details including the address to the diplomatic mission and will need to strictly follow the instructions for the safety of the child,” an official explained. The move follows modification in the JJ Act to make district magistrate the final authority on adoption. As per government data, 2,160 children were adopted in India in 2020-21 but there are concerns that economic slowdown over the past year as well as high casualties during the pandemic would mean more children in need of adoptive families. the state’s home secretary, Diganta Borah. Sarma said the state government had written to Bangladesh authorities in July requesting them to take steps to hand Mukul over to India. He said he had no idea how the man landed in Bangladesh. Mukul, who is a father of three children, was handed over to the Border Security Force in Tripura on Monday and was brought to Assam on Tuesday An Assam Police team . had gone to Tripura along with his father. It was an emotional moment when Mukul was reunited with his father. It was learnt Mukul has forgotten his mother tongue Assamese and can speak only Bengali. As he appeared mentally frail, nobody is asking him how he had landed in Bangladesh. R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur HARASSMENT of tourists will now be a cognizable offence in Rajasthan after the state assembly passed an amendment bill on Monday In the amended . Rajasthan Tourism Trade (Facilitation and Regulation) Act, 2010, Section ‘27-A’ has been added which makes misbehaviour with tourists a cognizable and bailable offence. However, if repeated, it will be a nonbailable offence under sub-section 4 of Section 13 of the Act. Section 13 (3) says whoever commits subsequent offence of touting shall be arrested without warrant and, on conviction, be punished with rigorous imprisonment of up to three years or fine of up to `30,000 or both. A person who engages in touting even after having been punished more than once shall be arrested without warrant and face jail up to seven years or a fine up to `1 lakh or both. Tourism is a key industry in Rajasthan with 1.6 million foreign and 45 million domestic tourists visiting it annually in pre-Covid times. But, tourists often have to suffer harassment and cheating by touts. “We are confident that this amendment will help check the menace of touts. We want tourists who come to our state to get a hassle-free experience at tourist attractions and that is the purpose of bringing in this amendment,” said Tourism Minister Govind Singh Dotasra. BJP’s Rajendra Rathore said though a provision has been made to remove beggars from tourist sites, there is no plan for their rehabilitation. SUSHMITA Dev, former national secretary of Congress women wing who recently joined the Tinamool Congress, was on Tuesday nominated for the Rajya Sabha by the party . “I am grateful to Mamatadi and Abhishek (Banerjee). I don’t know whether I deserve it or not, but I will do my best to take party’s vision forward. It is great to see that she (Mamata) wants more women in Parliament,’’ Sushmita said. Elections for six vacant Rajya Sabha seats across five states will take place on October 4. In Bengal, the resignation of TMC MP Manas Bhunia, who was sinducted into Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet, created a vacancy . Sushmita is a former MP from Silchar in Assam, where the TMC is trying to get a foothold before 2023 assembly polls. Since being inducted into the TMC, she has been campaigning in Assam and Tripura to expand the party’s influence in the Northeast. “Sushmita has been given responsibility to build our party’s organisation in Tripura under the leadership of party’s national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee. Considering this mission, her elevation in the party was expected,’’ said a TMC leader. IN AIR SEPT 21 DEADLINE FOR ACTION PLAN Gopal Rai asks officials to submit proposals to stop dust pollution and waste burning, based on which Action Plan can be readied PAGE 4
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