YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 27 C HIGH COURT JUDGMENT ON COMPENSATION, IS GOOD SIGN OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 4 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—113 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) KOLKATA: There was a street accident in the beginning of the third day of this month. At about 12.20 am a HGV hit a motorcycle on Lenin Sarani near its crossing with J L Nehru Road. The motorcycle rider Alaudin Laskar of 23 years, resident of Panchpara Lane and the pillion rider Abul Kasim Mallick of 20 years resident of S A Farooqui Road were seriously wounded. They were shifted to SSKM hospital. Alaudin Laskar was declared brought dead by the doctors and Abul Kasim Mallick was discharged from hospital after necessary treatment. The charge of the involved vehicles were taken by local PS. Though the HGV driver managed to escape from the place of occurrence. There was a fire incident at about 3.15 am at Nadial. A garment godown at Khaldhari Jute Mill near Loknath Mandir somehow got fire. Three fire tenders arrived at the spot. The fire was extinguished within 6 am. The cause of fire and extent of damage yet to be ascertained. At about 6.10 am an unnatural death news came from Behala Parnasree. Ashis Chakraborty of 39 years resident of Shyamsundar Pally was found hanging from an iron beam with the help of a nylon rope inside a toilet attached to his room of his asbestos shed residence. He was taken to Vidyasagar hospital and declared dead by the doctors. No sucide note recovered so far. At noon at about 2.45 pm fire broke out in a rubber factory in Tiljala. The factory was at the ground floor of a G+3 storied building at Brick Field lane. Three fire tenders reached the spot. INDIA TOTAL CASES: 3,881,913 TOTAL DEATH: 67,776 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 26,241,435 TOTAL DEATH: 868,459 AT A GLANCE TATA MOTORS DOMESTIC SALES ZOOM UP 21.6% IN AUGUST NEW DELHI: Automobile major Tata Motors on Thursday reported a 21.6 per cent rise in its total domestic sales for August. The company's total domestic sales rose to 35,420 units from 29,140 units off-take in August 2019. Total passenger vehicle sales during the month under review zoomed by 154 per cent, increasing from 18,583 units from 7,316 units sold during the like period of last year. However, the auto major's total commercial vehicle sales plunged by 28 per cent to 17,889 units from 24,850 units sold in August 2019. ‘TAKING ALL STEPS TO ENSURE SAFETY OF KULBHUSHAN’ NEW DELHI: India is in touch with Pakistan through diplomatic channels and government is taking all steps to ensure the safety of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. "We are in touch with Pakistan through diplomatic channels. Our government is taking all possible steps to ensure the safety of Kulbhushan Jadhav," MEA spokesperson said. NATION Morning India Street accident claims one youth life CORONA METER CHINA FUNDS ANTI-INDIA PROTESTS ALONG INDO-NEPAL BORDER COVID-19 death toll in Bengal touched 3,394 with 55 casualties today KOLKATA : Following the death of 55 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 3,394 by tonight,one of the highest in the country. At the same time another 2,984 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 2,984 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal also crossed 1,71,000 mark for the first time today to touch the figure of 1,71,681 up from 1,68,697 yesterday Among today's 55 new casualties, 25 were the residents of Kolkata and 21 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 2,984 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 1587 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 406 today to further bring down their total number to 24,039 from 24,445 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 Show sincerity in restoring peace on LAC: India asks China NEW DELHI: India on Thursday asked China to show sincerity in expeditiously restoring peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and border areas through complete disengagement and de-escalation in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols. The two countries have remained locked in a standoff along the LAC in Ladakh since June this year. A fresh crisis erupted last Sunday when India pre-emptively thwarted Chinese intentions to unilaterally change the status quo on the southern bank of Pangong Tso in Eastern Ladakh. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that the government's position on the recent development has been clearly articulated in a statement made on September 1. The Indian Defence Ministry on Monday had said that People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops violated the previous consensus arrived at the military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo on the night of August 29 and early morning of August 30. "Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangon Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on the ground," the government had said. Srivastava reiterated that Chinese actions had caused the recent escalation. "It is clear that the situation we witness over the past four months is a direct result of the actions taken by the Chinese side that sought to effect unilateral change of status quo. CHINA DEPLOYS 5 MILITIA SQUADS IN EASTERN LADKAH NEW DELHI: China has deployed five militia squads for rapid response at the disputed Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh. It has done so to "consolidate the border" and "stabilise Tibet region", sources said. "Militia is basically a reserve force of the Chinese's People Liberation Army. They are deployed during war time situations and help the PLA in its military operations," said a senior government officer. The officer also explained that Chinese militia conducts independent operations and provides combat support and manpower to replenish the PLA. "It is an irregular mix of mountaineers, boxers, members of local fight clubs and others. Most of the members are raised from the local population," said the officer. It was after their deployments across the LAC that China started making incursion attempts into Indian territories. China had made provocative military movements to change the status quo at Pangong Tso. However, Indian soldiers were already present at those heights to thwart the PLA's land-grabbing bid. ALSO SEE PG 7 ENSURING SAFETY A worker sanitizing the foot over bridge at a platform at Egmore railway station as part of the preparations to reopen the station after COVID-19 lockdown in Chennai on Thursday. ANI MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday said it expects media organisations to exercise restraint while publishing or reporting any details about investigation in the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. A division bench of Justices A A Sayed and S P Tavade said the media should report in such a manner that it does not hamper the investigation. The court was hearing two petitions which claimed a "media trial" was going on in the case of Rajput's death and sought for it to be stopped. One of the petitions was filed by eight former IPS offi- NCB GETS WEEK’S CUSTODY OF VILATRA MUMBAI: A Mumbai court on Thursday granted the Narcotics Control Bureau seven days of custody of Zaid Vilatra, one of the accused it had arrested in the drug probe related to the Sushant Singh Rajput case. According to NCB sources, Vilatra was produced before a court and his remand sought on the grounds that he was allegedly involved in many drug dealings. The public prosecutor cited Section 27 (a) read with Section 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, suggesting that Vilatra is involved in the drug cartel. cers against the "unfair, malicious and false media campaign" against Mumbai Police. The petitioners include former director generals of LOCALS SAY IT IS A VERY COMMON SIGHT IN MOHANPUR BLOCK RAJ KUMAR Ailing lady being taken to hospital at Kathikund in Dumka. MI PHOTO to check its reality she supported the observation saying it is a very common scene in that block as there is no approach road to villages and thus ambulances cannot reach the villages. "People use indigenous techniques to carry patients to health centres. Sometimes people have to carry patients on their FASTag for vehicles sold before Dec 1, 2017 to be mandatory soon NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed to make FASTags mandatory for vehicles sold before December 1, 2017. The amended provision in Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR), 1989 is proposed to be put in force with effect from January 1, 2021, an official statement said. In this regard, the ministry has notified draft notification GSR 541 (E) dated September 1, to seek comments and suggestions from the stakeholders. "Further, it is proposed to make having a valid FASTag mandatory while getting a new 3rd Party Insurance through an amendment in FORM 51 (Certificate of Insurance), wherein the details of FASTag ID shall be captured. This is proposed to be put in force w.e.f. April 1, 2021," the Ministry statement said. As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, FASTag had been made mandatory since 2017 for registration of new four-wheeled vehicles, and is to be supplied by the vehicle manufacturer or their dealers. It had further been mandated that the renewal of fitness certificate will be done only after the fitment of FASTag for transport vehicles. AS PER CENTRAL MOTOR VEHICLES RULES, 1989, FASTAG HAD BEEN MADE MANDATORY SINCE 2017 FOR REGISTRATION OF NEW FOUR-WHEELED VEHICLES, AND IS TO BE SUPPLIED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER OR THEIR DEALERS. Meanwhile, auto component manufacturers are expected to suffer about 1518 per cent decline in their revenues in FY21 and an average of 100 basis points (bps) in their EBITDA due to sharp contraction in demand over what the industry experienced during FY20, said Brickwork Ratings in a report released on Thursday. According to Brickwork Ratings, during FY20, the revenues of auto ancillaries declined about 8-10 per cent after a year-on-year (yoy) increase until FY19. The reduction in revenue is owing to the shrinking order book from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) due to lower automobile sales in the country last fiscal, it said. According to the rating agency, the auto component makers' revenue is expected to slip by about 15-18 per cent in FY21 on account of lower income levels and continued weak sentiments. Sushant case probe: HC asks media to exercise restraint Old patient carried on cot in Dumka RANCHI: The cot is serving the purpose of an ambulance for the poor in Jharkhand. It was realized when a picture from Kathikund in Dumka went viral on social media on Wednesday showing an ailing old lady being carried by two persons on a cot while going to the health sub centre, about 10km from her residence at Mohanpur in the block, about 35km under from Dumka district headquarters and about 400km from the State capital. Contacted a social worker of the locality Munni Hansda, who was also a Zila Parishad member in 2010, in the state which has for the first time crossed 45,000 today to reach the figure of 45,291 tonight from 44,120 yesterday. As a result the total number of daily tests has now touched the astounding figure of over two million to 20,20,784 tonight from 19,75,493 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 84.02 per cent from 83.53 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 82 per cent. shoulder," Hansda said. Asked how come this was possible when the area also remained under the influence of JMM, which is presently running the government, she explained, "The area comes under Shikaripara assembly constituency which is being represented by JMM's Nalin Soren for the sixth time. However, it remained neglected as he never paid attention to the block and limited his role to visiting the area during election," Hansda said. "From the most vulnerable tribe Pahariya to general people all stay in the block with over 70,000 population but nothing has been done for road con- struction, culvert construction in the area. Government officials do not pay attention to the development of the block," she added. Contacted Deputy commissioner of the district Rajeshwari B for her comments, she did not take calls. However, she by a tweet claimed to have solved the problem. "This stretch has already been made motorable through intervention of BDO on September 1. It is a 2.5km road, DPR will be prepared by the concerned department and sent to the department for sanctioning. We are also assessing if the Panchayat fund can be utilized," she tweeted today. police M N Singh, P S Pasricha, K Subramanyam, D Sivanandan, Sanjeev Dayal and Satish Mathur, former additional DGP K P Raghuvanshi and former Mumbai police commissioner D N Jadhav. The other petition was filed by filmmaker Nilesh Navlakha and two others who claim to be social activists, seeking direction to media organisations not to sensationalise reportage in the case. "We urge and expect the media to exercise restraint before publishing or reporting on details of the investigation, and report in such a manner that it does not hamper the investigation," the court said. The bench said before hearing the matter further, it would like to first see what the Union government and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the case, have to say in response to the pleas. The high court posted the petitions for further hearing on September 10. The court also said Navlakha shall once again serve copies of his petition to news media channels that are respondents in the petition. Navlakha's advocate Devadatt Kamat told the court that they are not demanding a prohibition on reporting in the case, but only seeking the media to adhere to journalistic standards and ethics. FACEBOOK RESPONDS TO CONGRESS LETTERS NEW DELHI: A day after Facebook India head Ajit Mohan was grilled by a parliamentary panel, the social media giant has responded to letters written by the Congress on issues pertaining to alleged content manipulation by Facebook India employees. A statement issued by Praveen Chakravarty, Chairman, AICC Data Analytics Department said that, "Facebook has acknowledged its seriousness while not refuting any of the charges made against individuals of the Facebook India leadership team in the media articles." "They have also expressed their desire to be non-partisan and continue to engage with the Congress party on these matters." added Chakravarty. The party said it will await further concrete action from the global leadership of Facebook and demonstration of specific corrective measures being undertaken in Facebook and WhatsApp India" On August 18, the Congress party wrote a letter to Facebook Inc expressing concern and asking them to acknowledge the issue and take corrective action. Congress had raised alarm over "interference in India's internal affairs by a foreign company". "This is not a political issue. This is about India's democracy and use of digital weapons to disrupt India's social order by a foreign company, at the behest of certain individuals in their leadership team," said the letter written by Congress' K.C. Venugopal. The party declined to comment on the issues raised in the parliamentary panel meet but alleged that the ruling BJP has become a spokesperson of Facebook in the country The Congress, whose member Shashi Tharoor is the chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee, has repeatedly raised what it calls "unholy nexus" of the ruling BJP with Facebook and WhatsApp. The attack came after a Wall Street Journal article alleged Facebook India's Head of Public Policy Ankhi Das was seemingly sympathetic to the BJP in the run-up to last year's general election.