THURSDAY India to hold back on COP26 pledge over climate funds? 11 NOVEMBER, 2021 Reports say country may not update official climate commitments to UN to reflect PM Modi’s pledges epaper.morningstandard.in $1 TN FINANCING FOR GREEN TRANSITION facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard IN THE NEWS T O D AY INDIA Plea against Akhilesh Bareilly (UP): A lawyer has moved a court seeking registration of a criminal case against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav for allegedly undermining the communal harmony by equating Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah with India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. In his complaint to the court of the Bareilly additional chief judicial magistrate, Virendra Pal Gupta demanded Yadav’s prosecution on charges of defaming people like him following the nationalistic ideals of Patel by equating him with Jinnah. Jammu arrests Jammu: Three persons were arrested as police on Wednesday claimed to have solved last week’s shooting incident in the outskirts of Jammu that left three persons dead and another injured. Earlier, the police had detained a woman in connection with the case. The two main accused arrested on Wednesday were a suspended policeman and his former colleague, who was dismissed from service in 2019. They were arrested along with a ‘notorious criminal’ by special police teams from Kathua district, officials said. Booster dose talk New Delhi: The ideal time for a booster dose for COVID-19 vaccine is six months after the second dose, Bharat Biotech Chairman and Managing Director Krishna Ella said on Wednesday. The official also emphasised the importance of having a nasal vaccine.”The ideal time for a booster dose is six months after the second dose,” Ella stated. Bharat Biotech is also looking at nasal vaccine as a booster dose as its scaling up capacity is very easy when compared with Covaxin, he added. About the importance of nasal vaccine, he said the entire world is looking at nasal vaccines. A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Narendra Modi said at the COP26 Summit India would set 2070 as the deadline for net-zero carbon emissions. He made other pledges such as raising the share of renewable sources in India’s energy mix to 50% $100 BN/YR Funds pledged in 2009 for poor nations, but not fully materialised DRAFT FINAL DOCUMENT SEEN AS WEAK Reports indicate India is seeking a promise on funds before updating its nationally determined contributions to the UN (official pledges) to reflect its latest commitments. Draft of the final document of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow shows weak commitments of rich nations on climate finance | P7 GOVT SCHOOL EDUCATED CARPENTER’S SON IN LINE FOR SEAT AT AIIMS G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi PM Narendra Modi with security advisors of other countries after the meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday | PTI 8 NSAs vow to ensure Af becomes no terror haven Delhi Declaration reaffirms commitment to peace in the region M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi EMPHASISING that Afghan soil should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing any terrorist acts, national security heads of eight countries on Wednesday jointly decided to work towards that objective. India hosted the Third Regional Security Dialogue in New Delhi, with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval chairing it. The Delhi Declaration released after the meeting condemned terror activities emanating from that country and reiterated their strong support for a peaceful Afghanistan. They “reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including its financing, dismantling of terrorist infrastructure and countering radicalization, to ensure that Afghanistan never becomes a safe haven for global terrorism.” POKE AT PAKISTAN The Delhi Declaration emphasised the need for respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and noninterference in its internal affairs — an indirect poke at Pakistan that supports the Taliban regime While security czars from Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan participated, Pakistan and China gave it a miss. The security heads also discussed the problem of radicalisation and drug trafficking in the war-torn nation, and emphasised on the need for quick humanitarian assistance and support to combat the Covid pandemic. In view of the worsening humanitarian situation, the officials pushed for global assistance to the Afghan people in an unimpeded, direct and assured manner, adding the aid should be distributed in a nondiscriminatory manner across all sections of the society . The declaration also underscored the need to ensure fundamental rights of women as well as that of children and minority communities. After the meeting, the visiting security heads called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him about the deliberations. The Prime Minister appreciated the participation of the senior dignitaries despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. He emphasised four aspects that countries in the region need to focus on — need for an inclusive government; a zero-tolerance stance about Afghan territory being used by terrorists; a strategy to counter trafficking of drugs and arms from Afghanistan; and addressing the increasingly critical humanitarian crisis. Toy story of Jharkhand women working their way towards livelihood organizing regular exhibitions in various fairs.” A group of women toymakers “I started it alone, but as I in Jharkhand has taken to tra- moved on, I saw many other ditional art and tapped into the women showing their interest local market. Headed by Shob- in the work. I trained some of ha Kumari, the women are them living in our neighbourlearning to use sawdust, soil, hood. Our group now includes clothes and other things, which more than 35 women who are may not reflect the state-specif- engaged in making handmade ic culture, but are an integral toys,” says Shobha. part of India’s tradiThe group also gets tional toy making. orders from governS h o b h a Ku m a r i ment and private orlearnt the art of toy ganizations. Shobha I started alone, but making around 12 says people going as I moved on, I saw years back as an avo- many other women abroad to meet their cation during her stay showing interest. I friends and relatives in Rajasthan’s Kota. take these customized trained some of Her son had joined handmade toys with them in our her too while coach- neighbourhood. Our them as gifts. ing for engineering group now includes Sunita Ekka, who is over 35 women entrance tests. associated with Shobengaged in making “It started as a hobha’s group, says she is handmade toys by but gradually it de, now able to help her veloped into a pasfamily financially An. Shobha Kumari sion. I have now other group member employed over 35 women who Phoolmani Kacchap says she earn at least `8,000 every month has been working with Shobha by selling handmade toys,” says for the last eight years. Her task Shobha. “The boost for ‘At- is to stitch clothes for the dolls manirbhar Bharat’ by Prime Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth, who Minister Narendra Modi has visited Shobha recently was all , kept us going.” praise for her work. “She is the She says she does not have to best example of ‘atmanirbhar struggle much for the toy mar- Bharat’,” says Seth. Shobha has ket. “We have regular custom- gifted a handmade doll to Prime ers, and sell our products by Minister Modi. Kushal Garg Ritika 12th pass, house wife. Congratulations Kushal. Proud of you.” Kushal told TMS that seats will be allotted after the counseling session, which starts on November 20, but the AllIndia Institute of Medical Sciences would be his first choice for admission. “AIIMS is my dream college and I have a high chance to get into the college as I secured ninth rank under the Economically Weaker Section category. I would definitely prefer AIIMS,” he said. Kushal cracked NEET in his second attempt. “I always wanted to become a doctor. I appeared for NEET in 2020 after Class XII exams in March but scored only 531 marks. I KIWISFINAL FLY INTO T20 WC New Zealand ride on Daryll Mitchell’s unbeaten 72 off 47 balls to subdue England in first semi-final in Abu Dhabi. It’s Pakistan versus Australia in second semi-final today | P11 Threat to rape cricketer’s baby girl, engineer held E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi The women with the toys made by them which have changed their lives KUSHAL Garg’s father, a carpenter, is going through depression. His mother suffers from epilepsy Like countless . others, the family saw immense hardships due to Covid-19 and lockdown, with Kushal facing many hiccups in online classes. But undeterred by these challenges, the teenager aimed big and is now close to achieving his dream of securing admission at AIIMS and becoming a neurosurgeon. The 18-year-old, who scored 700 out of 720 in the National Eligiblity-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and secured All India Rank 165, did his schooling from Delhi government’s Raj k i y a P r a t i b a Vi k a s Vidyalaya. Congratulating the boy, Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, “History created by a Delhi govt school student Kushal Garg…All India Rank 165, secured seat at AIIMS. Father 10th pass, carpenter. Mother RIVER RITUALS Devotees flock along the bank of the Ganges to celebrate Chhath Puja in Patna | PTI MAHARASHTRA Police has arrested a 23-year-old engineer from Hyderabad for online rape threats to a popular Indian crickter star’s baby daughter after India lost back-to-back matches in the T20 World Cup. Ramnagesh Srinivas Akubathini was arrested by a special police team. He allegedly changed his Twitter handle and pretended to be a Pakistani user after police officials started investigating screenshots. He has been brought to Mumbai. He was arrested under IPC sections 354 (A), 506 (A), 500 and under IT act section 67, 67 (B). Akubathini is a software engineer and currently unemployed. He has reportedly worked for a food delivery app. He threatened to rape the player’s 10-month-old daughter. According to the police, the screenshot of this shocking post went viral on social media and there was national outrage for targeting a 10-month-old. The police in Mumbai had been investigating several Twitter handles in prominent cities including in Hyderabad. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had also called for an investigation. The panel had issued a notice to Delhi Police, asking to see the FIR, details of those identified and arrested and a detailed ‘action taken report’. The arrested engineer will be produced in court in due course of time, said police officials in Mumbai. Vicious comments started appearing on social media after India’s loss to Pakistan in a T20 World Cup match in Dubai on October 24. This cricketer was also attacked after he spoke out against the incessant trolling of his teammate, Mohammed Shami, over his religion, after the loss against Pakistan. Gowda was reluctant to become PM, reveals book IN 1996, when the then Karnataka chief minister HD Deve Gowda was elevated as prime minister, everyone was surprised. But what many do not know was his reluctance to take up the top post, as he wanted to continue in Karnataka politics and further his career. In his soon-to-be-released biography, Furrows In A Field: The Unexplored Life of HD Deve Gowda, by senior journalist Sugata Srinivasaraju and published by Pen- guin Random House, Gowda is quoted as requesting the then West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu: “Sir, I have been the chief minister for less than two years. My career will end abruptly. The Congress party will not let us run the government for long. I want to be like you. I want to rule Karnataka for many years.” It was a long struggle for Gowda to reach the chief minister’s position in 1994 and he was at the peak of his political career in 1996 when the prime minister’s post came knocking. His party, the Janata Dal, was in a formidable position, having won 16 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state, propelling him to the national stage after Atal Behari Vajpayee resigned as prime minister. Gowda was shocked when United Front leaders proposed his name for the post. Given his political acumen, Gowda was sceptical of Congress continuing its support to the coalition Don’t we all know what Congress did to Charan Singh, VP Singh and Chandrashekar? Will they spare me? Please, change your mind —Deve Gowda in conversation with Jyoti Basu, then West Bengal CM RITIKA CRACKS IT TOO: PG 5 SUCCESS STORY Nykaa IPO mints richest self-made female billionaire A R S H A D K H A N @ New Delhi IT took just nine years for Falguni Nayar, the founder and CEO of Nykaa, to make her start-up so enormous that on the first day of listing on stock exchanges she emerged as India’s wealthiest self-made female billionaire and found a spot in the top 20 billionaires list. Nayar, 58, who owns more than half of Nykaa, is now worth about $7.5 billion and is ahead of A s h w i n Dani, nonexecutive chairman of Asian Paints ($7.05 billion) in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. When it comes to India’s richest women, Nayar is now behind only Savitri Jindal ($12.9 billion), who controls the OP Jindal Group. “I started Nykaa at the age of 50 with no experience. I hope the Nykaa journey can inspire each of you to be the Nykaa (heroine) of your lives,” Nayar said before ringing the NSE’s opening bell. Nykaa shares opened for trading at `2,018 per share on the NSE, up 79% from its issue price of `1,125. By the end of the session, the price was `2,208. JAB-O-METER OVERNIGHT ELEVATION R A M U PAT I L @ Bengaluru did not give up and continued preparations…NGO Dakshana Foundation provided coaching for a year.” The gritty teen, who lives in a joint family in North Delhi’s Shastri Nagar, said, “Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, I faced many obstacles in my preparations for the medical entrance exam. My father, who sells wooden boxes, lost his business. Due to financial crunch, I faced problems in attending online classes. But later I got a scholarship and went to Pune for a year (for coaching) and cracked the exams.” Having watched his parents suffer made Kushal resolve to not give up on his dream despite the hardships. “I have seen my mother having epileptic fits and my father’s depression problem… They are still suffering…and could not get proper treatment as they could not afford it. That’s why I decided to become a doctor, with specialisation in neurology .” government for long. His hunch proved right and Congress did withdraw support 11 months later, cutting short Gowda’s run as prime minister. The book captures Gowda’s thinking before he accepted the PM’s post. “Don’t we all know what Congress did to Charan Singh, VP Singh and Chandrashekar? Will they spare me? Please, change your mind. I also have no felicity in Hindi and have not travelled the length and breadth of this country You are our elder, I beg . you,” Gowda is said to have appealed to Basu, the late Chief Minister of West Bengal. 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