YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 26 C DR. KAFEEL KHAN’S RELEASE AND DEVANGANA’S BAIL ARE GOOD SIGNS OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA THURSDAY, 3 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—112 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) OPPN CRITICISES 'NO QUESTION HOUR' MOVE FOR HOUSE SESSION NATION Morning India Eb's campaign to control the price of potatoes KOLKATA: An application was made by the state secretariat, Nabanna, to keep the price of potato within Rs 22 per kg in the wholesale markets. But there was no benefit from it. Therefore, the state government is now preparing to take tough steps. From Thursday, the Enforcement Branch (EB) campaign will be launched to stop the illegal trade of potatoes across the state. If necessary, law steps will be taken by confiscating potatoes. The price of potato in the market is still above 34 rupees. Along with potatoes, the price of vegetables is also touching the sky. On Thursday, the deadline given by the government to reduce the prices of potatoes is ending. Only after this, Eb will start the campaign. According to the information received, accounts of various traders' warehouses will be taken on behalf of EB. Challans, trade licenses etc. will be examined. Pradeep Mazumdar, advisor to the state government's agriculture department, said that the state government is now embarking on a legal path. It is noteworthy that administrative officials had a meeting with various organizations at the State Secretariat, Nabanna on Friday to reduce the price of potatoes. In the meeting, the wholesale market was asked to keep the price of potatoes up to 22 rupees. In the retail market, it was instructed to keep potatoes up to Rs 25 per kg. Potato traders and organizations demanded seven days for this. This time is ending on Thursday. Mr. Majumdar said that the government has found that in the last five days the prices of potatoes have not seen a decrease but only an increase. So now the administration has to change the situation NCB arrests alleged drug dealer in Mumbai MUMBAI: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday arrested an alleged contraband dealer who has "links" with the drugs trafficking case pertaining to the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, officials said. The man identified as Zaid is understood to be involved in the supply of narcotics like bud or curated marijuana to the high-end party circles of Mumbai. The best quality of bud is sold at the rate of about Rs 5,000 per gram, NCB officials said. Agency sleuths claimed he was arrested after they obtained some "vital leads" into the narcotics case registered against Rajput's livepartner Rhea Chakraborty and others. The agency last week had arrested two men for alleged drug trafficking in the western metropolis and it is understood that the leads against the detained man came after questioning them. GAME OVER! INDIA BANS PUBG, 117 MORE CHINESE APPS NEW DELHI: In yet another surgical strike on malicious Chinese apps, the Indian government on Wednesday banned 118 apps over national security concerns, including the immensely popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, Baidu and couple of virtual private networks (VPNs) that allowed access to TikTok that was earlier banned. The action came after the fresh Chinese incursion attempts in Indian territory at Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh. "This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace," the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said in a statement. The PUBG game, which has more than 600 million downloads and 50 million active players globally, has millions of users, especially young, in India. PUBG Mobile saw a global revenue gain of $1.3 billion (roughly Rs 9,731 crore) in the first half of this year, bringing its lifetime collection to $3 billion (nearly Rs 22,457 crore) with the highest number of downloads in India which ranks at the top with 175 million installs as people stayed home owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. PUBG was not banned in India earlier as it is not entirely Chinese. The game has been created and managed by Bluehole which is a South Korean organisation. After PUBG became popular, Tencent -- a Chinese conglomerate -- joined hands with Bluehole to market the product in China and started handling a large portion of its distribution. The game is distributed in India by Tencent Holdings. The ban on PUBG came as it announced the arrival of a new gaming era with its 1.0 version, along with global mobile esports tournament PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC) with a grand prize pool of $2 million (about Rs 15 crore). Other popular banned apps in the fresh list of banned apps are Baidu and Baidu Express Edition, ShareSave by Xiaomi, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Tencent Watchlist, Alipay, GO SMS Pro, ZAKZAK Pro and Live, Smart AppLock and Ludo World-Ludo Superstar, among others. MORE ON PAGE 7 Talks over Pangong Tso remain inconclusive NEW DELHI: Military talks between India and China on Wednesday remained inconclusive over Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops' fresh incursion attempts into India territory. The dialogue between both countries' militaries will continue, sources said. Both the countries were engaged in talks for the last three days after China made provocative military movements in an attempt to change the status quo at Pangong Tso (lake) in eastern Ladakh. "Brigade commander-level officers from both the countries met at Chushul to resolve the issues," said a senior government officer. The agenda of the deliberation was the fresh developments at three contentious THE AGENDA OF THE DELIBERATION WAS THE FRESH DEVELOPMENTS AT THREE CONTENTIOUS AREAS AT THE SOUTH BANK OF PANGONG LAKE. INDIA HAS RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT INCREASED CHINESE DEPLOYMENT IN AREAS NEAR BLACK TOP AND HELMET TOP. areas at the south bank of Pangong lake. India has raised concerns about increased Chinese deployment in areas near Black Top and Helmet Top. India also asked China to completely withdraw its troop deployment close to Thakung base in Indian territory. Indian troops had got hold of Rechin La, which is about 2.5 to 3 kilometres from Rezang La on the LAC on the Indian side, to push back Chinese troops. On August 31, Chinese troops had indulged in provocative actions after Indian soldiers had earlier occupied the heights there to thwart a PLA land-grabbing bid over the weekend. On the intervening night of August 29 and 30, PLA troops had violated the previous consensus agreed in military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo. KOLKATA : Following the death of 56 more people in West Bengal due to Covid -19 pandemic in one day today, the total number of casualties in the state during the last 24 hours went up to 3,339 by tonight,one of the highest in the country. At the same time another 2,976 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 2,976 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal also crossed 1,68,000 mark for the first time today to touch the figure of 1,68,697, up from 1,65,721 yesterday Among today's 56 new casualties, 27 were the residents of Kolkata and 20 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 2,976 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 1545 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 a record number of 377 today to bring further down their total number to 24,445 from 24,822 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 once again crossed 44,000 today to reach the figure of 44,120 tonight from 43,738 yesterday. As a result the total number of daily tests has now touched the astounding figure of 19,75,493 tonight from 19,31,373 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 83.53 per cent from 83.04 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 82 per cent. Altogether 3,297 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 1,40,913 people,up from 1,37,616 people yesterday were able to return home after recovery. Two unnatural deaths in the city KOLKATA: The morning of the second day of this month starts with an unnatural death of an old man in Parnasree. Asit Rajak of 70 years resident of Nivedita Park, Behala somehow fell in a nearby pond. Local people picked him up from the pond. At about 6.10 am police took him to nearby Vidyasagar hospital where he was declared dead by the doctors. At about 8.30 am another unnatural death news came from the Phoolbagan area. Samir Mondal, 48 years resident of Magrahat was found hanging at the top floor of a G+5 storied building of a nursing home on Narkeldanga Main Road. He was found hanging from a grill of a window with the help of his gamcha. He was the cook of that nursing home. No sucide note recovered so far. There was a road accident at Charu Market at about 8 am. Subal Dutta, aged 60 years, resident of P A Shah Road was knocked down by a taxi. He was wounded and driven to SSKM hospital. Doctors released him after necessary treatment. Local PS took charge of the taxi along with its driver. No. of arrest for deliberate . Banks can’t penalise borrowers availing moratorium benefit, Supreme Court told JUSTICE FOR SUSHANT NEW DELHI: Banks are free to restructure loans but they cannot penalise honest borrowers by charging interest on deferred EMI payments under the moratorium scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic, a petitioner opposing the move said in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, which commenced final hearing on a batch of pleas raising the issue of interest on instalments deferred under the scheme during the moratorium period, was told that paying interest on interest is a double whammy for borrowers. Senior counsel Rajiv Dutta, appearing for the petitioner Gajendra Sharma who has taken home loan from a bank, assailed the accrual of interests on EMIs even during the moratorium period. RBI came out with the scheme and we thought that we will be paying the EMI after the moratorium period and later we were told that compound interest would be charged and it will be double whammy for us as we will be paying interest on interest, Dutta told the bench. They have given so much relief to banks and we are not given any relief in actual terms , he said, adding that there is no default on my (petitioner) part and we cannot be penalized for availing a scheme by being charged the interest on interest . Dutta claimed that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is a regulator and not an agent of banks and borrowers are being penalised during the COVID-19 times. Now the government is saying that they will restructure the loans. You restructure but don't penalise the honest borrowers, he said. Senior advocate C A Sundaram, appearing for Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of GOVT TELLS DEPTS ‘Stop printing calendars, diaries, go digital’ NEW DELHI: Amid ever-increasing cases of coronavirus in the country and the economy going through an unprecedented recession, the Centre has come up with an interesting directive as it has told all ministries and departments to halt the printing of calendars, diaries, schedulers and other printed materials and asked them to publish them online in digital format. An official statement said on Wednesday that all public sector units and state-run banks also have been directed to go digital in terms of these regularly printed materials. The Finance Ministry cited global best practices and the adoption of digital technologies to increase productivity to back the move. "Given the prevailing circumstances in which the world is increasingly moving towards adopting digital force-multipliers for pro- COVID-19 death toll in Bengal touched 3,339 with 56 casualties today CABINET APPROVES MISSION KARMAYOGI FOR CAPACITY BUILDING OF CIVIL SERVANTS NEW DELHI: The Cabinet has approved Mission Karmayogi, a National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building so that civil servants remain entrenched in Indian culture while they learn from the best practices across the world, said the government of India on Wednesday. Mission Karmayogi aims to prepare Indian civil servants for the future by making them more creative, constructive, imaginative, innovative, proactive, professional, progressive, energetic, enabling, transparent and technology-enabled, the government of India stated. While giving a brief presentation on Mission Karmayogi, C Chandramouli, secretary, DoPT said, "A Capacity Building Commission will be set up which will harmonise training standards, create shared faculty and resources and will have a supervisory role over all training institutions so that there's common understanding of India's aspirations and development goals." PG 7 ductivity, the Government of India has decided to follow this best practice," it said in a statement. "There is to be no activity towards printing wall calendars, desktop calendars, diaries and other such material for use in the coming year by any Ministries/Departments/PSUs/PSBs and all other organs of the government," added the ministry statement. It noted that there is to be a concerted effort towards incorporating innovative methods in such matters. Using technological innovations for planning, scheduling and forecasting is well known to be economical, efficient and effective, added the statement. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his governance model have always seen technology as an enabler. Integrating technology into our work is in line with his vision," it said. Further, post the directive, coffee table books too won't be published by the ministries and government departments and enterprises. The ministry directed that innovative digital and online solutions, which will achieve the "same result" as physical calendars or diaries, are to be prioritised and to be put into practice. The decision comes at a time when physical formats of documents and other paper materials are being replaced by the digital format as the world is moving towards a no or lesser contact trend amid the pandemic. Further, the move also gains significance as the Indian economy is going through an unprecedented slowdown and on Monday the country reported a 23.9 per cent contraction in its GDP for the AprilJune quarter. Such moves may help towards plugging unwarranted expenses of the government, when its expenditure and borrowings have surged and are likely to increase further to support the economy. COVID FALLOUT: FISCAL DEFICIT MAY RISE OVER 8% OF GDP IN FY21 INDIA COULD SEE ITS FISCAL DEFICIT THIS YEAR TO BALLOON TO OVER 8 PER CENT OF GDP, BROKERAGES ANALYSING THE DEFICIT NUMBERS POST RELEASE OF AUGUST GST COLLECTION DATA HAVE SAID. BUSINESS PAGE India (CREDAI), told the bench that moratorium should be extended for at least six months. If interest can't be waived, then please reduce it to a level on which banks pay their depositors, he said. Sundaram referred to the August 6 circular of RBI which gave power to banks to decide on moratorium to industries. The Centre and the RBI had Tuesday told the apex court that moratorium period on repayment of loans during the COVID-19 pandemic is extendable by two years and several steps have been taken to help the stressed sectors. 36 SUICIDES IN CAPF IN 2019, 433 IN SIX YEARS, SAYS NCRB NEW DELHI: Thirty-six security personnel under the command of the Union Home Ministry died by suicide in 2019, taking the number of such cases to 433 in six years, according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. Of the 433 suicide deaths among the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel during the six-year period, the least (28) number of cases was reported in 2018 and the maximum (175) in 2014, the data showed. The number stood at 60 in 2017, 74 in 2016 and 60 in 2015, the NCRB data for the respective year showed. The CAPF refers to seven central security forces of the country under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs. It consists the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), besides the Assam Rifles (AR) and the National Security Guard (NSG). As on January 1, 2019, the CAPF had an actual strength of 9,23,800 personnel, who play a vital role in guarding the borders and assisting the Centre and state governments in maintaining internal security and in curbing other illegal or unlawful activities, the NCRB stated.