YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 27 C TRUMP IS USING MODI TO WOO INDIAN AMERICANS IN NOV 3 POLL OPINION Rainfall may occur. GOVT WORKING TO ANNOUNCE NEW AIR DEFENCE COMMAND BY OCTOBER NATION Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 28 AUGUST, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—107 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) COVID-19 death toll in Bengal touched 3,017 with 53 casualties today KOLKATA : Following the death of 53 more people in West Bengal because of Covid -19 pandemic in one day today, the total number of casualties in the state during the last 24 hours has crossed the 3,000 mark to touch the figure of 3,017 by tonight, one of the highest in the country. At the same time a record number of another 2,997 people also tested Covid-19 positive in the state,causing concern for all for such a rapid growth. Informing this the latest Medical Bulletin issued by the state Health department here tonight said in the wake of an unabated surge in the number of infected people in one day, like a total number of 2,997 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal also crossed 1,50,000 mark for the first time today to touch the figure of 1,50,772, up from 1,47,775 yesterday Among today's 53 new casualties, 26 were the residents of Kolkata and 15 were from North 24 Parganas and Howrah, while the rest were from other districts of South and North Bengal,the Bulletin said.Of the record number of 2,997 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 1410 were from Kolkata alone, followed by those from other districts, the bulletin said. Meanwhile,the total number of Active and serious Corona cases in different hospitals once again reduced by 245 today to bring further down their total number to 26,709 from 26,954 during 24 hours ago. In this present grim situation the only positive indication was the rapid increase in the number of daily Covid-19 tests in the state which has for the first time further increased to 42,000 today to touch the figure of 42,474 tonight from 40,031 yesterday. As a result the total number of daily tests has now touched the astounding figure of 17,16,607 tonight from 16,74,133 yesterday, the Bulletin said Similarly the rate of recovery of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal during the day also once again surged to a record 80.28 per cent from 79.75 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 78.5 per cent. Altogether 3,189 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 1,21,046 people, up from 1,17,857 people yesterday, were able to return home after recovery. MUHARRAM SC denies permission for processions across country Deserted look of Howrah station during the biweekly lockdown in the wake of Corona virus pandemic in Kolkata onThursday. Prabir Bhattacharya Centre gives two options to states on GST compensation NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday gave two options for compensating states on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to bridge revenue shortfall as the economy faces a prospect of contraction in current fiscal year due to COVID-19 crisis. The first option provides a special window to states in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to provide Rs 97,000 crore at a reasonable rate of interest. This money can then be repaid after five years from the collection of cess. The second option is that the entire GST compensation gap of Rs 2.35 lakh of this year can be met by states in consultation with the RBI. "Two options were placed before states. We told them that we will facilitate talking with RBI and help getting G-security linked interest rates so that each state does not have to struggle for loans," said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after the five-hour virtual meeting of 41st GST Council here. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the 41st GST Council meeting via video conferencing in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI "The states have requested us to lay down both options in detail, and give them seven full working days to deliberate on it and get back. A brief GST Council meeting may be held again," she said. "Once the arrangement is agreed upon by GST Council, we can proceed fast and clear these NCB sleuths set to quiz 20 people on supply of drugs Pradip Bhattacharya may become next Congress President in Bengal NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: A day after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) registered a case against late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, the agency is all set to question 20 people in the coming days. According to sources related to the probe, the agency has prepared the list of 20 suspects over supply of drugs in the case including Gaurav Arya, Suved Lohia, Kwan Entertaiment partner Jaya Saha, ex-Big Boss contestant Ejaz Khan, Farookh Batata, and Bakul Chandani, among others. The development comes a day after the NCB KOLKATA : Pradip Bhattacharya, a senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP might become the next Pradesh Congress President in West Bengal to fill up the vacancy created following the death of Somen Mitra in July. According to party sources, the post of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress President has remained vacant for nearly a month now with the state Assembly poll remaining only a few months away, Pradip Bhattacharya has become the front runner for the top post primarily because of his seniority in the Pradesh Congress and his past experience in that post. JUSTICE FOR SUSHANT registered a case under Sections 20 (b) 28, 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act against Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, Saha, Sushant's co-manager Shruti Modi, and Arya. The sources said that Arya is absconding with Akshit Shetty. They also said that on August 16, a rave party was raided in Goa in which Arya was involved in supplying drugs. According to sources, Khan was arrested by Navi Mumbai Police for dealing in drugs in October 2018 while Chandani, owner of Sarvodaya video library in Mumbai's Khar, was arrested in December 2018 by the Anti Narcotics Cell of Mumbai Police with cocaine and LSD. dues and also take care of the rest of financial year," said Sitharaman. These options will be available only for this year. In April 2021, the Council will review and decide action for the fifth year. Sitharaman said the first option has two legs. One: the Centre facilitating states through RBI in getting loans for the portion arising out of GST implementation. Two: the gap arising in compensation due to the extraordinary situation and Act of God in the form of COVID-19. She emphasised there will be no rate increases to make up for the shortfall in cess. Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Panday said the total GST compensation to be paid during April to July is Rs 1.5 lakh crore as there was hardly any GST collection due to COVID-19 nationwide lockdown. The annual GST compensation requirement is estimated to be about Rs 3 lakh crore and cess collection is expected to be around Rs 65,000 crore, leaving the Centre with an annual compensation gap of Rs 2.35 lakh crore. The Finance Minister chaired the meeting which was also attended by Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, finance ministers of various states and union territories and senior officers from the Centre and states. NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined permission to hold Muharram processions across the country during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S.Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said, "Cannot grant general directions....case different from Puri (Rath Yatra) or Jain temples, as they had identified areas of access." The bench reiterated that it is not possible to pass general direction, as it will "create chaos and one particular community will be targeted for spreading Covid." The petitioner cited the orders of the top court in the Rath Yatra at Puri. The bench replied Puri case was one specific place where the rath had to go from one point to another. "If it was one specific place, we can assess the danger and pass the order", noted the bench. The petitioner then cited the apex court order giving permission to offer prayers in select Jain temples in Mumbai. The bench replied that it was limited to prayers. The court also disallowed the petitioner to hold a procession in Lucknow. When petitioner said Shias were concentrated in Lucknow and permission be given there, the Supreme Court asked him to approach the Allahabad High Court. On August 25, the Supreme Court took up a plea seeking permission to carry out Muharram processions in a limited manner in the backdrop of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian allowed the petitioner Sipte Mohammad to implead all 28 state governments as a party in the matter within a period of four weeks. The petitioner had moved the top court seeking a direction to allow the conduct of the mourning procession by the Shia Muslim community. In the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions have been imposed on large gatherings. Wasi Haider, counsel appearing for the petitioner, contended before the bench that the permission is sought for the procession where only five participants are allowed ensuring that they follow the safety norms. The bench observed that the petitioner has not made all the state governments parties in the matter. 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With customised transport solutions to address industryspecific applications available in each commercial vehicle segment– M&HCV, I&LCV, SCV & PU, as well as passenger commercial vehicles, Tata Motors offers the widest array ofvehicles in the country for customers to select as per their specific requirement. House collapsed, One dead, wounded one KOLKATA: In the morning at about 5 am an old single storied building somehow collapsed at Beliaghata Road due to heavy rain. It was situated in KMC borough: III, Ward : 33. An old lady of 70 years Pratima Saha who was wounded, declared dead by doctors of NRS Medical College & Hospital. She was a resident of that collapsed building. Another wounded, Rajesh Saha of 47 years was discharged on bond by NRS doctors. His relatives took him to ILS Hospital for better treatment. Arrest for deliberate violation of Safety Restrictions upto 12:00 am on 27.08.2020:Total arrest–260, Total vehicles prosecuted–07, People booked for not using face mask–199, People prosecuted for spitting in public place-09. India churning out highest daily Covid cases in the world OVERALL RECOVERY RATE OF THE COUNTRY IS 76.24 PC, WHILE FATALITY RATE IS 1.82 PER CENT OF PATIENTS NEW DELHI: India has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the world from the last three weeks, putting it ahead of the US and Brazil. India, the third worst-hit country on Thursday recorded over 75,000 cases breaching the highest ever daily tally by the US, and recorded the worst spike so far globally. On August 7, the country had recorded more than 60,000 cases for the first time and the graph has been on the rise since then. On Thursday, the country added 75,760 fresh cases. The US witnessed a spike of over 43,000 cases in the last 24 hours, while Brazil logged over 47,000 fresh infections. Exactly a month ago, the country had registered 49,931 fresh novel coronavirus cases and the total tally stood at 14.35 lakh. Not just the daily cases, but the People flouting social distancing norms in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI overall cases have also taken a huge leap in a months' time. India's journey to over 33 lakh cases precisely took six months and twenty-eight days since the emergence of the first case on January 30. On July 17, the country had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days, on August 7 and added another 10 lakh on August 23. It has now added 3 lakh cases in four days. As per latest figures released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total caseload stood at 33,10,234 while the death toll rose to 60,472. The number of recoveries also increased to 25,23,771. Recoveries are 3.5 times the active case, which stand at 7,25,991. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said that the early identification through aggressive testing, comprehensive surveillance, and contact tracing, and focus on timely and efficient clinical treatment of patients has ensured speedy recoveries and has also kept the case fatality rate low in some states. Many states and union territories in India have better recovery rate and fatality rate than the national average. The overall recovery rate of the country is 76.24 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.82 per cent of novel coronavirus patients. There are five states and one union territory -- Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Haryana, and Gujarat where the recovery rate is more than 80 per cent, while another four have recovery rate more than 70 per cent. The recovery rate was 7.10 per cent on March 25 when the lockdown was imposed and slowly increased to 7.1 per cent during the first lockdown; 11.42 per cent in second; 26.59 in third lockdown and now 41.61 per cent in the last phase of the lockdown. The recovery rate was 63.92 per cent on July 27, exactly a month ago. The national capital was the CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 3,335,708 TOTAL DEATH: 60,880 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 24,393,868 TOTAL DEATH: 830,805 first state to cross the 90 per cent recovery rate, this month. On Wednesday, however, a suddenspike brought it down to 89.82 per cent. More than 1.48 lakh people out of the 1.65 lakh infected so far have been declared recovered. The case fatality rate, which is the proportion of people who die from the disease among individuals diagnosed, is below one per cent in Assam, Kerala, Bihar, Odisha, Telangana, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh. Besides this, there is a steady decline in the positivity rate, the percentage of tests that return positive, despite an exponential increase in testing. It has come down to eight per cent from eleven per cent during the first week of August. Another parameter called basic reproduction number or R value which is used to measure the rate at which the infection is spreading, has also decreased in a weeks' time. The value has come down to 1.04 from 1.05 in a week. It was 1.83 in April.