CMYK www.westerntimes.co.in GUJARAT’S OWN ENGLISH DAILY FOUNDED IN 1967 Pages RNI Reg. No. GUJ/11172/67. Postal Reg. No. G-GNR-321 valid upto 31-12-2023 8 2/- Posting at RMS Ahmedabad Founder Editor : Ramubhai Patel PHONE : 079-2640 2880 (Advertisement : 2640 2881 mail : firstname.lastname@example.org)* Fax : 2640 2882 VOL. 55 * NO. 58* AHMEDABAD WEDNESDAY * 15/9/2021 Printed & Published by Nikunj R. Patel on behalf of Western Times Publications Pvt. Ltd. Printed at Western Times Survey No. 1315P, Opp. Ramapir Temple, Shilaj-Thol Road, Shilaj, Ahmedabad and Published at Western Times Pub. Pvt. Ltd. 301, 3rd Floor, Gala Argos, B/h. Hari Krupa Tower, Nr. Ladies Hostel, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad-380 006. (Gujarat). Editor : Nikunj R. Patel News Brief 3 civilians injured in J&K grenade attack Srinagar, Three civilians were injured on Tuesday in a grenade attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. Militants hurled the grenade at a police party, but it “missed the target a n d ex p l o d e d o n t h e road injuring three civili a n s w h o h ave b e e n shifted to hospital”, the police said. “ The area has been surrounded fo r searches.” Kanimozhi Somu, Rajesh Kumar are DMK candidates for RS bypolls CMYK Chennai, The ruling DMK has announced Dr Kanimozhi Somu and K.R.N. Rajeshkumar as the party’s candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for October 4. Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin announced the candidature of the two. The Rajya Sabha seats have fallen vacant in Tamil Nadu after sitting AIADMK members, R. Vaithilingam and K.P. Munuswamy resigned their seats on getting elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly in 2021 polls. While Vaithilingams’ term was to end on June 29, 2022, Munuswamy’s tenure would have come to an end only on April 2, 2026. This will lead to the tenure of one seat to nine months while that of the other will have 5 years term. Overloaded boat capsizes in Wardha River, 11 feared dead Wardha (Maharashtra), At least 11 persons were feared to have drowned in Maharashtra’s Wardha River after an overloaded boat with 30 persons aboard suddenly capsized on Tuesday, police said. The incident occurred at around 10 a.m. when the boat was sailing to the opposite bank of the river near Shrikshetra Jhunjh, falling under the jurisdiction of Benoda Shaheed Police Station. Hearing the cries for help, several villagers jumped into the river to save the people and alerted the local police. Delhi Police busts terror module arrests 6 including 2 Pakistan-trained terrorists New Delhi, Delhi Police on Tuesday (September 14, 2021) busted a terror module and arrested six people including two terrorists who were trained in Pakistan. Police also recovered explosives and firearms in this multistate operation. "Total six people including two Pak-trained terrorists have been arrested," Delhi Police Special Cell informed. "We have arrested one named Sameer from Kota, two persons from Delhi and three people from Uttar Pradesh. Out of the six people, two were taken to Pakistan via Muscat where they were trained in explosives and firearms including AK-47 for 15 days," Neeraj Thakur, Special CP, Delhi Police Special Cell said. "They formed two teams - one was being coordinated by Dawood Ibrahim's brother, Anees Ibrahim, it was tasked to get the arms into India from across the border and keeping them concealed here. The other India moving towards making a new identity of a defence exporter: PM New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is no longer known as a defence importer and the country is fast moving towards becoming a major defence exporter. The PM said this after visiting the exhibition models of the Aligarh node of the UP Defence Industrial Corridor. “India is no longer seen as a defence importer, it is moving fast on the path of becoming a major defence exporter,” the PM said in Aligarh. “Today, not only the country, but the world is also seeing that from modern grenades and rifles to fighter aircraft, drones, warships are being manufactured in India itself. India is moving towards making a new identity of a defence exporters,’’ PM Modi added. The PM began his speech by extending his greetings to people on the occasion of Radha Ashtami and said that he was dearly missing former CM Kalyan Singh's presence. “It's a big day for Aligarh and west UP.The occasion of Radha Ashtami today makes it more holy. I wish you all a happy Radha Ashtami. I'm missing former CM Kalyan Singh's presence today. He would've been very happy with the development of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University,” PM Modi said. He also heaped praise on the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. “Today, Uttar Pradesh is becoming an attractive place for every small and big investor of the country and the world. This happens when the right environment is created for development. Yogi govt is working towards development in the state,” the PM Modi said in his speech adding, “Before 2017, governance in Uttar Pradesh was in hands of 'goondas' and 'mafias', but today such elements are behind bars.” Positive decision could be coming in before September-end: VK Paul New Delhi, On the much-awaited nod by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, Niti Aayog Member VK Paul on Tuesday (September 14, 2021) said that a positive decision could be coming in before September-end. "We know of positive developments - data sharing, data evaluation going on through multiple reviews and we know that we're close to a decision point," VK Paul was quoted as saying by ANI. He added, "We believe that positive decision could be coming in before monthend." This is to be noted that the Centre in July had stated that all documents required for the WHO's Emergency Use Listing (EUL) have been submitted by Bharat Biotech as of July 9, following which the global health body had commenced the review process. The WHO has so far approved coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, US pharma majors Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, China's Sinopharm and OxfordAstraZeneca for emergency use. Covaxin is one of the six vaccines that have received emergency use authorisation from India's drug regulator and is being used in the nationwide inoculation programme, along with Covishield and Sputnik V. Heavy rains pound Saurashtra, Guj. CM took aerial survey New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in person in the Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington DC on September 24, 2021, being organised by the US. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden will also be attending the Summit to review the progress made since their first virtual Summit on March 12 this year and discuss regional issues of shared interest. The discussion would be focusing around critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, climate change, Gandhinagar, Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel on Tuesday afternoon had an aerial inspection of the devastation caused by heavy rains in Saurashtra, mainly Jamnagar and Rajkot. At least three people have died in the torrential downpour which lashed these areas in just less than two days. Till now 7,656 people have been evacuated to safety in Saurashtra.Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel will leave in the afternoon for Jamnagar and Rajkot to have an aerial inspection. He accompanied by former Revenue Minister R.C. Faldu, Jamnagar MP, Poonamben Maadam and Gujarat Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar.The administration have deployed NDRF teams for relief and rescue operations. Many people had to be airlifted by Indian Air Force (IAF) choppers on Monday. The IAF rescued 24 people only from Jamnagar. The massive downpour was so intense in Rajkot's Lodhika Tehsil that it received almost seven inches of rains in just ten hours from 6 a.m. in the morning to 4 p.m. in the evening. Waters entered people's homes destroying food, valuables and property. NDRF teams used boats to evacuate people to safer places. Many villages were transformed into islands, getting cut off from the rest of the area. According to the official data from the State Emergency Operation Centre (ceived almost 70 per cent of the average annual rainfall, with most of the districts of Saurashtra receiving 92 per cent to 98 per cent of the annual average. open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, combating Covid-19 pandemic and addressing climate change issues. The four QUAD member whereas Beijing observes this grouping as detrimental to its influence in the region. As per the reports coming in, the leaders will also nations have always been vocal for rule-based order in the Indo-Pacific region amidst Chinese military assertiveness in the region be discussing the Afghanistan crisis after the Taliban takeover of the country. As per the United Nation Development Programme as- Fully vaccinated in India see 'significant' drop in COVID-fighting antibodies Bhubaneswar, A study of 614 fully vaccinated health workers in India found a "significant" drop in their COVID-fighting antibodies within four months of the first shot. The findings could help the Indian government decide whether to provide booster doses as some Western countries have done. Waning antibodies do not necessarily mean that immunised people lose their ability to counter the disease, as the body`s memory cells may still kick in to offer substantial protection, said the director of a state-run institute that did the study. "After six months, we should be able to tell you more clearly whether and when a booster would be needed," Sanghamitra Pati of the Regional Medical Research Centre, based in the eastern city of Bhubaneswar, told Reuters on Tuesday. "And we would urge similar studies in different areas for pan-India data." British researchers said last month that protection offered by two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and the AstraZeneca vaccines begins to fade within six months. China cracks down on cars sending data abroad, develops tracking machines New Delhi, Panaji, Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah (R) receives documents from Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob during the opening of the parliamentary session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sept. 13, 2021. Malaysia's second parliament session of the year convened on Monday amid changes in the balance of power between the ruling coalition and the opposition. UNI Modi to visit US on Sep 24 to participate in QUAD Leaders summit China's concerns about cars and the technologies inside these possibly transmitting sensitive data abroad have been well established. Such is the degree of worry that authorities are reportedly developing special machines which will monitor and track data being sent in such a way. Reuters reported, referring to a statement issued by a government-backed agency called China Automotive Engineering Research Institute Co Ltd (CAERI), that it has managed to build a mechanism by which data transmission us- Goa CM Sawant meets Fadnavis at Mumbai residence Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant met BJP’s Goa poll in-charge Devendra Fadnavis at the latter ’s residence in Mumbai on Tuesday on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Sawant tweeted photos of himself taking blessings from the Ganesh idol installed at the Maharashtra Opposition leader’s residence. “Took blessing of Lord Ganesh at the residence of Former CM of Maharashtra Shri @Dev_Fadnavisji, in Mumbai,” Sawant said in his tweet. Earlier this month, Fadnavis was appointed as the in-charge of the Goa assembly polls, which are scheduled to be held in early 2022. Sawant stopped over at the Fadnavis residence enroute from Gujarat, where he had gone on Monday to attend the swearingin ceremony of newly appointed Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. team was to arrange funding via Hawala," Thakur informed further. Delhi Police Special Cell also said that the arrested have stated that there were 14-15 Bangla speaking persons in their group who might have been taken for similar training. "It looks like this operation was closely coordinated from across the border," Delhi Police Special Cell added. The arrested terrorists were planning to carry out targeted killings and blasts across Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country, the police said. ing communication devices can be monitored in a vehicle during tests. The agency further claimed that it is a one-of-akind machine and that it has already been praised by government authorities. Further to this, a number of cars from foreign manufacturers like Tesla, Audi, Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover have been tested. A number of officials in the Chinese government have raised alarms of hightech vehicles, especially those manufactured by foreign companies, of possibly transmitting sensitive data Gujarat extends night curfew in eight major cities till September 25 Gandhinagar, The Gujarat government on Tuesday (September 14) extended the night curfew in eight major cities including Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Surat, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Junagadh till September 25. The curfew will be effective from 11 pm to 6 am in the cities. The decision was taken in order to curb the spread of COVID19 cases. Although the number of new COVID cases has declined in the state, the government took the deci- CMYK sion in anticipation of the next wave of the pandemic. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state has crossed 8.25 lakh with the number of fatalities recorded being over 10,000. Th government ree opened schools for students from Classes 6 to 8 from September 2. It, however, added that the parent's consent will be mandatory to call students. The government also said that the physical classrooms must be run with 50 per cent capacity and that COVID-19 guidelines must be ensured. to foreign shores. An official of the information technology ministry had stated just earlier this month that such cars - fitted with cameras, sensors, radar and other such devices - are a massive security threat. In May, two government bodies had reportedly banned Tesla vehicles from entering government compounds. Owners of such vehicles had been told to park these at a distance. This is learnt to have been a verbal diktat. sessment, the poverty level in the war-ravaged country would go up to 97 per cent from 72 per cent. “They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as connectivity and infrastructure, cyber and maritime security and disaster relief, climate change and education,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. On September 25, PM Modi will be addressing the General Debate of the HighLevel Segment of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’. Lasith Malinga announces retirement from all forms of cricket Columbo, Sri Lanka's 2014 T20 World Cup-winning captain Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. "Today is a very special day for me, I want to thank each and everyone who has supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 career," said Malinga on his official YouTube channel. "While Playing with you all, I got many experiences throughout my cricketing injury. And I will share it [experience] with young cricketers in the future," he added. Malinga also thanked team members and officials of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Maratha Arabians, and Montreal Tigers. The star speedster played for fivetime champions Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is the most successful bowler in the cash-rich league. Shivraj Singh Chouhan announces suspension of two officials from dais Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced the suspension of two officials for alleged corruption in building houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana from the dais while addressing a gathering in Niwari, over 350 kilometres from here. Chouhan, speaking at the rally held in Jairon, asked officials for names of those indulging in corruption in PMAY, a Central housing scheme for the poor, and then repeated the names conveyed to him to the crowd."They (officials) are telling me some Uma Shankar was the CMO (chief municipal officer) and one Abhishek Raut is the sub engineer," Chouhan told the crowd, and when they replied "yes" in unison, he went on to announce the suspension of Shankar and Raut. He also ordered an Economic Offences Wing probe against the two, and told the crowd that his government would ensure those who indulged in corruption went to jail. During his rally, part of the 'Jandarshan Yatra' ahead of the Prithvipur Assembly bypoll likely to be held soon, the CM announced several projects for Niwai and Tikamgarh, officials said.