YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 27 C REAL ESTATE GROUPS PLAY A ROLE IN WEST BENGAL POLITICS THESE DAYS NATION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 26 AUGUST, 2020 PG-08, YEAR—7, ISSUE—105 (RNI NO: :WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE EQUITY INDICES REMAIN RANGE-BOUND, TATA MOTORS TOP GAINER MUMBAI: Equity benchmark indices ended flat on Tuesday after initial spurt on the back of positive global cues as trading remained range-bound during most of the session. The BSE S&P Sensex closed 45 points or 0.12 per cent at 38,844 while the Nifty 50 gained by 6 points or 0.05 per cent at 11,472. Sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were mixed with Nifty PSU bank gaining by 1.3 per cent, private bank and financial service by 0.9 per cent each and auto by 0.4 per cent. Nifty realty slipped by 2.1 per cent. Among stocks, Tata Motors accelerated by 5.3 per cent to Rs 127.65 per share while Eicher Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra gained by 2.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent respectively. PULWAMA ATTACK: NIA NAMES JEM’S AZHAR IN CHARGESHEET NATION Morning India Hike in Covid- 19 cases in some districts cause concern to Bengal govt KOLKATA: Expressing concern at the steady rise in the number of both affected and Covid-19 casualties in Burdwan and Bankura districts during the last few days, Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today asked for an all out efforts by the officials of all these districts to take every measure to restrict the trend and improve the situation before this month end. If necessary build more police barracks under various police stations in each of these three districts and launch massive public campaign against the menace besides redoubling the efforts of sanitization and maintenance of social distancing at all costs, the CM said while presiding over a virtual review meeting of five South Bengal districts comprising East and West Burdwan, Chief minister Mamata Banerjee in a Administrative Review meeting at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Tuesday. Bankura, Birbhum and Purulia at state Secretariat Nabanna today. Quoting from the latest government report in this connection she said it was very unfortunate that the rate of morbidity in West Burdwan district had now gone up to as high as 5.9 per cent and that of East Burdwan to 3,4 per cent and in Bankura at 2.5 per cent, compared to the state average of only around one percent, the CM said it was also found that many members of the police force and the migrant workers were the worst affected for coming to direct contact with the disease before becoming severely ill. Apart from giving top priority to the setting up of new police barracks in different localities to prevent large gathering of police personnel in one room during off duty, necessary steps should also be taken to protect the lives of large number of migrant workers who could be accommodated in safe homes, created by the state government in their respec- DRM/HOWRAH HIGHLIGHTED ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DIVISION THROUGH WEB- PRESS CONFERENCE DIVERSION OF TRAIN DUE TO NI WORK IN NORTHERN RAILWAY KOLKATA: In connection with Non-Interlocking work in Prayagraj JnPhaphamau Jn section in Northern Railway jurisdiction, 02381 Howrah- New Delhi Special train ( viaDhanbad) commencing journey on 03.09.2020 and 02382 New Delhi – Howrah Special train ( viaDhanbad) commencing journey on 04.09.2020 will be diverted via Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya JnChunar Jn- MirzapurPrayagraj Jn route instead of its existing route via Prayagraj Jn - Prayag Jn Phaphamau Jn-Varanasi – Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn.Passengers are requested to plan their journey tive districts she said besides making arrangement for supply of enough hand sanitizers and face masks. Also expressing her dissatisfaction at the building much less number of houses under the Bangla Awas Yojona scheme for the poor in rural Bengal primarily because of the present Covid -19 pandemic, the CM directed all five District Magistrate to resume the work on war footing to meet the target before the Puja with proper health precautions, Once again underscoring the need for the involvement of 100 days work for this purpose,the Chief minister said no development work should be stalled or shelved for paucity of funds and for any other reason and called for all departments to join hands in such efforts to meet the desired target. Minister Moloy Ghatak and former Mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporation Jitendra Tiwari was present at Nabanna to attend an administrative meeting with Chief Minister on Tuesday. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 3,193,917 TOTAL DEATH: 58,824 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 23,876,724 TOTAL DEATH: 818,479 SSR CASE: ED WRITES TO NCB ON DRUG ANGLE, CBI QUESTIONS ACTORS CA NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing the money laundering charges into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has sought the help of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to check the drug syndicate connection. A top ED source related to the probe said that the financial probe agency has written to NCB, seeking their guidance in the drug angle in the case. The source said that the agency wants to understand if there was some drug syndicate angle involved in the case of the late actor, who was found dead at his Bandra flat in Mumbai on June 14. The ED has registered a case of money laundering on the basis of the Bihar Police FIR on July 31 on the complaint of Sushants father K.K. Singh. The agency has already recorded the statement of Sushants father, his sisters Priyanka Singh, Meetu Singh in connection with the case. The ED has also recorded the statement of Sushants girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, father Indrajit, Sushants ex-manager Shruti Modi, flat mate Siddharth Pithani, house manager Samuel Miranda, chartered accountant Sandeep Sridhar, Rheas CA Ritesh Shah and others. Meanwhile, a team of CBIs SIT, which is in Mumbai to probe the death of the actor on Tuesday continued their questioning of Pithani. KOLKATA: Divisional Railway Manager, Eastern Railway, Howrah hold a Press Conference through Web Link Tuesday, in which he upholds various good works done by Howrah Division of ER including transport of essential commodities by 24 x7 freight operation , running of time tabled Parcel Express trains etc to meet up the market demand on the wake of COVID19. He mentioned that ER made all sorts of arrangements for running freight trains and Parcel Express trains continuously keeping in view the emergent situation. He also mentioned ER's endeavour for attracting more freight business by forming Business Development Unit (BDU) at Divisional . as well as at Headquarters level.He also mentioned strengthening of medical infrastructures, instance sanitization at Railway premises and other measures for prevention and fighting against spread of COVID-19. Shramik Special trains were also run during COVID-19 lock down to facilitate home return of migrant workers, he added. Monsoon session of Parliament to be held from Sept 14 to Oct 1 NEW DELHI: The monsoon session of the Parliament will commence on September 14 and conclude on October 1 and will be held by observing precautions related to COVID-19, sources said on Tuesday. The decision on the dates of the session was taken in a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, sources told ANI. The sources said provision has not been kept for holidays or weekly offs during the 18-day session but a final decision on "no-leaves during the entire session" will be taken at the all-party meeting. Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will have 18 sittings each. The sources said that the opposition parties are ready for 18 sittings but they want the session to be extended by a week so that there are weekly offs. The government is of the opinion that the conducting monsoon session during the coronavirus pandemic in itself is a big challenge. It is looking to change the timings of both the Houses to prevent any overcrowding in the Parliament premises at any point of time. It is also looking to strictly adhere to all COVID-19 related standard operating procedures (SOPs), including social distancing and sanitization. A proposal for changing the rules for entry of journalists in the Parliament premises is also being considered owing to COVID-19 pandemic. According to it, less than 30 media passes will be issued for covering the Lok Sabha proceedings while around 20 passes will be issued for covering Rajya Sabha proceedings. The much-awaited session, for which the government has a heavy legislative agenda, has been delayed due to conditions created by COVID-19 pandemic. Separate cold storage for onions to come up in Bengal to prevent wastage KOLKATA: The West Bengal government has decided to set up a number of cold storage exclusively for onions,in Hooghly and East and West Burdwan districts soon to prevent the wastage of their bumper production in the state and control the prices round the year. This was stated here today by Chief minister Mamata Banerjee while presiding over a virtual review meeting with the District Magistrates and other top government officials of East and West Burdwan, Birbhum,Bankura and Purulia from state Secretariat Nabanna today. Expressing concern at the reports of huge wastage of onion,one of the most popular food products in Bengal,the Chief minister underscored the need for immediate construction of separate cold storage for onions produced in Bengal in the state’s three most onion producing districts of East Burdwan, Murshidabad and Hooghly and directed the concerned officials to start work immediately. Stating that though the state was also known for the production of good quality potato,she said it had got enough cold storage for stocking that product in most of the districts for meeting the year long demand. But in absence of having similar facilities for onions,there was an urgent need for developing similar facilities to prevent their considerable wastage every year, the CM said A number of traders had already evinced keen interest in building such cold storage for onions in Hooghly, Burwan and even in Murshidabad districts and the government had given them green signal and hoped that the facility would be created soon. Similar steps would also be created for increasing the production of fish through better fish culture and encourage further growth of the animal husbandry department by setting up more chicken firms and piggeries in the state,she said. Before concluding the two hour long meeting the CM turned her attention towards the need for immediate reha- bilitation of hundreds of coal mine workers in Asansol and Raniganj areas of West Burdwan district and directed state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha to initiate useful talks with the authorities of public sector Coal India Limited and Eastern CoalFields Limited to participate in the joint efforts with the state government in the rehabilitation of these workers who houses had been facing the danger of collapse or caved in because of the uncontrolled mining activities in the entire belt. Did Dawood fund movies of Pak actress and get close to her? NEW DELHI: Pakistan's leading film actress and most sought after 'glamour girl' in the Karachi film Industry, Mehwish Hayat, is being trolled on social media as her name gets linked with India's most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim. Honoured with Tamgha-iImtiaz, one of the highest civilian awards of Pakistan, the Karachibased actress is said to be close to Dawood Ibrahim, who allegedly funds Pakistani films and had used his clout to back Hayat in a few movies. Pictures of the 37-year-old actress, who is followed by over 1.4 million people on Twitter, went viral with some harsh comments as trolls cornered Hayat for her alleged acquaintance with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. A leading Hindi news channel in India even went ahead and aired Hayat's links with Dawood Ibrahim, rekindling old memories of the don's affair with a few Bollywood heroines in the 80s and 90s. And it's not only Dawood Ibrahim, as sources said that several leading cricketers, including Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, are close to the glamour girl of the Urdu film Industry. Last year, when Hayat was honoured with Tanmgha-iImtiaz, social media went abuzz with all kinds of stories and rumours that she got the award on the basis of her close relations with one the most powerful people in Karachi. A prominent website even hinted about her closeness with Dawood Ibrahim. The Pakistani actress hit headlines when two of her recent films broke records at the box office. Earlier in 2017, her film 'Punjab Nahi Jaungi' made the Karachi girl a heart throb in the neighbourhood. Known for her pretty looks, Hayat is also a top singing star in Pakistan and often plays host to some of the well-known personalities, which includes cricketers, politicians and industrialists. Media reports say that Hayat shot to fame after doing an item number in a Pakistani film. She got in touch with Dawood Ibrahim who used his clout in the Pakistani film industry and got her a few high budget movies. Dawood (64), who leads the notorious D-Company, reportedly funds the local film industry and is well connected with top producers and directors in Karachi and Lahore. On being trolled on Twitter, Hayat said that it is a conspiracy against her by those who are jealous of her name and fame. Sources close to Hayat claimed that she has no links with the mafia or criminal gangs. Meanwhile, several Indians slammed her on Twitter saying that Hayat is close to a don who is accused of killing several hundreds of innocent people in the Mumbai serial bombings of 1993. People also questioned Pakistan government's decision of awarding Hayat with one of the highest civilian awards which has been earlier given to the likes of legendary singer Noorjehan, among others. "Nobody knew her till she got this award (Tamgh-i-Imtiaz)," someone from Karachi took a jibe at the actress, who's also seen as an item girl. EX-PAK ENVOY SECRETLY SOLD EMBASSY BUILDING IN INDONESIA ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Pakistan's former ambassador to Indonesia allegedly sold the embassy building in Jakarta at a throwaway price around 10 years ago. According to media reports from Islamabad, the country's anti-corruption body, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), on August 19 filed a reference against the former envoy, Major General (retd) Syed Mustafa Anwar, for the alleged offence committed in 2001-02. Anwar has been accused of illegally selling the building and causing a loss of $1.32 million to Pakistan's national exchequer, the Tribune reported. The former ambassador, as per the documents submitted to the registrar, had issued an advertisement for the sale of the building without the Foreign Affairs Ministry's approval. The sale was in violation of his powers under Section 9 (A) 6 of the NAB, the reports said. The NAB alleged that Anwar in a clandestine manner, had started the process of selling the building immediately after his appointment in Jakarta. Once the process of the sale started, he then sent the proposal to the Ministry. The Tribune said the reference in the court read that the Foreign Affairs Ministry had banned the sale of the building without its approval in several letters. The Pakistan Supreme Court last month held that the NAB office was responsible for delay in deciding corruption references including that against the former ambassador.