YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C SUSHANT SINGH’S COVERAGE HAS PUT MEDIA’S ROLE UNDER SCRUTINY OPINION Rainfall may occur. US OPEN: BOPANNA-SHAPOVALOV ENTER SECOND ROUND SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 6 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—115 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Kharagpur IIT ordered closed for a week because of Coronavirus KOLKATA: In a major decision for the first time in the long history of this world class institution, the Kharagpur campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will remain closed for a week from tomorrow because of the spread of Coronavirus among the students, teachers and many others during last few days. Announcing the decision of the Board of Directors of Kharagpur IIT, situated in West Midnapore district, about 130 km from Kolkata, in this regard informed sources said the unanimous decision was taken after six more students tested positive of Covid-19 pandemic Saturday, taking the total number of those affected by the killer disease to as high as 40 so far. AT A GLANCE COVID-19 RECOVERIES CROSSES 31L IN INDIA, CASE FATALITY RATE DROPS TO 1.73 PC NEW DELHI: With a record 70,072 patients recuperating from COVID19 in a span of 24 hours, the total number of such recoveries surged to 31,07,223 in the country, pushing the recovery rate to 77.23 per cent, the health ministry said on Saturday. The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.73 per cent. ALSO SEE PG 5 ONE ARRESTED FOR MINOR'S RAPE RANCHI: Argora police has arrested a person named, Kuldip Bhagat, who allegedly raped a minor girl, a student of class VI. The victim studies in a prestigious school in the city. According to the victim, On August 11 when she returned from tuition in the evening, her brother went outside to play. Finding her alone in the house the accused raped and threatened her. She could not say this to her parents out of fear. But when she started getting uncomfortable, she narrated the whole incident to her parents who lodged a complaint against Kuldip Bhagat to CWC and Police station. The accused was arrested on Saturday. CORONA METER In view of this alarming situation the IIT authorities did not want to take any further chance and in order to stop further spread of the disease among other inmates, it was unanimously decided today to shut the institution and all other activities within the vast campus for at least a week from 6 to 13 September. Apart from asking the students and all others to immediately vacate their hostels and other accommodation and leave the campus forthwith, it was decided to start a massive sanitization programme of the entire institute from tomorrow itself by an expert team. Several other steps would also be taken during the week to prevent further spread of Coronavirus within the campus. According to the sources, though it was not known how the virus was spread in the Campus affecting as many as 40 people so far with the condition of some who were admitted to hospitals being critical, it was more alarming during the last few when a number of students as well as professors and even some doctors in the Campus hospital were also affected and found positive in their tests. This would be the first instance since the IIT Kharagpur was founded about five decades ago when it would remain closed purely on the ground of health of its inmates, the sources said adding that the classes were expected to resume from 14 September. 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 264 today to further bring down their total number to 23,390 from 23,654 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 crossed 45,000 to reach the figure of 45,781 tonight from 45,620 yesterday. As a result the total number of daily tests has now touched the astounding figure of over two million to 21,12,185 tonight from 20,66,204 yesterday, the Bulletin said Similarly the rate of recovery of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal during the day also once again marginally surged to 84.86 per cent from 84.48 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 82 per cent. Altogether 3,248 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 1,50,801 people, up from 1,47,553 people yesterday were able to return home after recovery. Government committed to the development of farmers INDIA TOTAL CASES: 4,047,653 TOTAL DEATH: 69,920 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 26,857,439 TOTAL DEATH: 880,069 KOLKATA: Through the official Twitter of the state government, Agiye Bangla, it has been tweeted that the state government is committed to the socio-economic development of the farmers’ family. The NCRB report shows that not a single farmer has committed suicide in the year 2019 in West Bengal. It is noteworthy that NCRB report shows that in year 2019, 10,281 people across the country committed suicide in the agricultural sector. This is 7.4 percent of the total 139,616 people who committed suicide. SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday directed the administration to make arrangement for oximeters at the panchayat level to help people living in home isolation in rural areas. The order was issued through a tweet. He said that Jharkhand was trying to strengthen its health system despite having limited resources. Notably, the oximeter could be used to detect Covid pneumonia, a potentially deadly condition seen among most severe Coronavirus cases. A reading between 95 to 100 percent on oximeter is said to be normal. A patient having less than 92 percent will need oxygen. A low reading could be related to Covid but there are other diseases which cause fall in oxygen level. In another tweet, the CM extended best wishes to all teachers of state on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. He also paid tribute to former President late Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan whose birth anniversary is celebrated on the occasion. COVID-19 death toll in Bengal touched 3,510 with 58 casualties KOLKATA: Following the death of 58 more people in West Bengal due to Covid 19 pandemic for the second straight day today, the total number of casualties in the state during the last 24 hours crossed the 3500 mark for the first time to touch the figure of 3,510 by tonight, one of the highest in the country. At the same time another record number of 3,042 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 3,042 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal also crossed 1,77,000 mark for the first time today to touch the figure of 1,77,701, up from 1,74,659 yesterday Among today's 58 new casualties, 25 were the residents of Kolkata and 24 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 3,042 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 1622 were from Ensure oximeters at panchayat level: Soren HOUSE COLLAPSED IN JORASANKO Firhad Hakim giving Floral Tribute to Mother Teresa's Statue in front of Allen Park, on her 23 rd. Death Anniversary on Saturday. RAILWAYS TO HOLD EXAMS FOR 1.4 LAKH POSTS FROM DEC 15 NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways will start conducting examinations for 1.4 lakh posts for which it received applications, from December 15 this year, officials said on Saturday. "We have invited some applications for recruitment in various categories for 1.4 lakh posts. These were notified during the pre-Covid period," Railways CEO V K Yadav said at a virtual press conference. The national transporter received 2.42 crore applications for 1.4 lakh vacancies, the CEO added. "Scrutiny of these applications was completed but due to Covid-19 pandemic, a computer-based examination cannot be completed," Yadav said. ALSO SEE PG 7 KOLKATA: A portion of a two storied building in Jorasanko collapsed at about 7 am on Saturday. A portion of the cornice including balcony measuring 8 and 4 feet of first floor of a G+1 storied building at Zakaria Road of KMV borough V, ward 44. No report of any injury so far. In another incident at about 8 am in Bashdroni Dr Debanjan Das of 33 years resident of Satindra Pally was found hanging in a worship room at the ground floor of a single storied building. He was found hanging from a ceiling fan with the help of nylon rope. He was taken to Peerless hospital where doctors declared him dead. No sucide note recovered so far. No. of arrests for deliberate violation of Complete Safety upto 12:00 hrs. since morning 05.09.2020: total arrest– 55, vehicles prosecuted–01, people booked for not using face mask–154, people prosecuted for spitting in public place-13. ‘Showik may help uproot B’wood drug citadel, Rhea to be probed’ MUMBAI: Diving deep into the drugs angle to the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the Narcotics Control Bureau has claimed that prime accused Showik Chakraborty has revealed many names which could help "uproot the drug citadel in Bollywood and Mumbai", in its remand plea, here on Saturday. Hinting at summons to or even the possible arrest of Sushant's ex-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, the NCB remand plea - seeking Showik's custody for five days' interrogation - says that he would have to be confronted with his sister (Rhea) and another person Dipesh Sawant. This was to investigate the specific roles/ingredients of criminal conspiracy, abetments and various attempts to commit offences, besides track and verify the financial trail of all their previous drug NCB ARRESTS SUSHANT'S DOMESTIC HELP DIPESH SAWANT MUMBAI: The Narcotics Control Bureau on Saturday arrested Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's domestic help Dipesh Sawant in a drug-related case, part of the ongoing probe into the death of the late actor. The NCB arrested Sawant on Saturday evening following revelations made by Showik, the brother of Sushant's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and Rajput's house manager Samuel Miranda, who were arrested on Friday night. Earlier in the day, the NCB got custody of Showik and Miranda for four days, till September 9. purchases of Showik -- who was arrested on September 4. Based on the CDR records, WhatsApp chats and preliminary interrogation of those deeply entrenched in drug trafficking, the NCB said it wants to trace and verify "some characters" who are still absconding and have to be arrested. Showik used to facilitate JUSTICE FOR SUSHANT drug deliveries and payments through cash, credit cards, payment gateways for the contraband drugs, posing a serious threat to public safety and health, said the NCB in the remand plea filed before the Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Mumbai. He, along with coaccused Samuel Miranda, was shunted to NCB custody for four days till September 9, NCB Deputy Director M.A. Jain told mediapersons, hinting at a possible international racket to the whole drugs angle. Showik's involvement tumbled out after the NCB Mumbai and New Delhi teams on August 28, nabbed Abbas R. Lakhani and Karn V. Arora from old Kurla and Chandivali, Powai. Tapes expose sexist, anti-Indian rants of former US prez NEW YORK: Newly declassified White House tapes disclose former US president Richard Nixon speaking disparagingly about Indians and reveal the bigotry he and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger held that influenced US policy toward India and South Asia under his presidency. "As Americans grapple with problems of racism and power, a newly declassified trove of White House tapes provides startling evidence of the bigotry voiced by President Richard M. Nixon and Henry Kissinger, his national security adviser, Gary Bass, professor at Princeton, wrote in an opinion piece The Terrible Cost of Presidential Racism' in The New York Times. The full content of these tapes reveal how U.S. policy toward South Asia under Mr. Nixon was influenced by his hatred of, and sexual repulsion toward, Indians, Bass, author of The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide', writes. Richard Nixon, a Republican, was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 until 1974. Bass says that the declassified White House tapes reveal a stunning" conversation between Nixon, Kissinger and the then White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman in the Oval Office in June 1971 in which Nixon asserts in a venomous tone that Indian women are undoubtedly the most unattractive women in the world." Nixon also calls Indians most sexless , nothing and pathetic , according to the tapes. On Nov. 4, 1971, during a private break from a contentious White House summit with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India a rare woman leader at the time Richard Nixon meeting Indira Gandhi in 1971 following the liberation of Bangladesh. the president harangued Mr. Kissinger about his sexual disgust at Indians, Bass writes. Referring to Indians, Nixon says to Kissinger "To me, they turn me off. How the hell do they turn other people on, Henry? Tell me. Bass writes that while Kissinger's response is inaudible in the tapes, it did not discourage the president from his theme. In November 1971, in the middle of a discussion about IndiaPakistan tensions with Kissinger and Secretary of State William Rogers, after Rogers mentioned reprimanding Gandhi, the president blurted, I don't know how they reproduce! Bass writes in the NYT piece that while Kissinger has portrayed himself as being above the racism of the Nixon White House, the tapes show him joining in the bigotry, though the tapes cannot determine whether he truly shared the president's prejudices or was just pandering to him. For instance, on June 3, 1971, Kissinger was indignant at the Indians as the country sheltered millions of Bengali refugees who had fled the Pakistan Army. Kissinger blamed the Indians for causing the refugee flow and then condemned Indians as a whole, BOKARO DC MUKESH KUMAR SAID THAT ALL PERSONS SUSPECTED TO HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH THE WOMAN ARE BEING SCREENED. HE SAID THAT THE WORK OF SANITIZING WAS ON AT WOMAN’S HOUSE AND SURROUNDING AREAS. as he said, They are a scavenging people. At one pint, Kissinger had said Indians are superb flatterers and are masters at flattery. They are masters at subtle flattery. That's how they survived 600 years. They suck up their great skill is to suck up to people in key positions. Nixon had even been furious with his ambassador to India Kenneth Keating, who two days earlier had confronted Nixon and Kissinger in the Oval Office, calling Pakistan's crackdown almost entirely a matter of genocide. Bass says that Nixon and Kissinger had staunchly supported the military regime in Pakistan as it killed hundreds of thousands of Bengalis, with 10 million refugees fleeing into neighbouring India. Voicing prejudices about Pakistanis, Kissinger had in August 1971 told Nixon that the Pakistanis are fine people, but they are primitive in their mental structure. He added, They just don't have the subtlety of the Indians. These emotional displays of prejudice help to explain a foreign policy debacle, Bass says, adding that Nixon and Kissinger's policies toward South Asia in 1971 were not just a moral disaster but a strategic fiasco on their own Cold War terms.