YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 27 C RIGHT TO EDUCATION IS NOT BEING PROPERLY IMPLEMENTED OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 9 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—118 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) CHINA TESTS SECRET SPACECRAFT AMID CRISIS WITH INDIA NATION Morning India Governor accuses Mamata Banerjee's government of colluding with Maoists CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 4,236,961 TOTAL DEATH: 72,033 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 27,354,088 TOTAL DEATH: 894,005 AT A GLANCE DASARA TO BE LOW-KEY AFFAIR IN MYSURU: MINISTER BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Tuesday officially declared that the famous Dasara festivities in Mysuru this year will be conducted in a low-key manner due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It may be recalled that the Lord Jagannath Yatra was held symbolically in Puri, Odisha, this year without people or tourists gathering to witness the grand spectacle. The entire event was aired live online. Now the Karnataka government has also chosen to follow similar steps in organising the Dasara festivities in Mysuru. EXTRADITION HEARING AGAINST ASSANGE OPENS IN LONDON LONDON: An extradition hearing has opened at the Old Bailey courthouse in London against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The 49-year-old, who spent almost seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, faces an 18-count indictment from US authorities accusing him of recruiting hackers to steal military secrets, reports Xinhua news agency. On Monday, Assange, who sat behind a glass security screen at the back of the court, was formally re-arrested on a new American indictment which updated and broadened previous charges, brought mostly under the US Espionage Act. NEED TO PROTECT THE HIMALAYAS: POKHRIYAL NEW DELHI: On the eve of the 11th Himalayan Day, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday emphasised the need to conserve and protect the mountain range. He said that the 11th Himalayan Day will be observed with the theme of 'Himalayas and Nature' on September 9. Actor Rhea Chakraborty after being arrested by NCB in drug case in Mumbai on Tuesday. ANI NCB ARRESTS RHEA ON THIRD DAY OF GRILLING MUMBAI: After days of intense speculation and three days of tough grilling, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday arrested Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty in connection with its ongoing probe to unravel the drugs nexus in the film industry, officials said. Rhea has been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act for her alleged role in the drugs angle that has emerged during investigation into the June 14 death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Rhea, who has all along pleaded innocence, was quickly whisked away for a mandatory medical test at the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation's LTMG Sion Hospital. She is likely to be presented by the NCB before a court for her remand, while her legal team prepares to get her bailed out. Reacting to the development, Rhea's lawyer Satish Maneshinde termed the arrest a "travesty of justice" in a scathing statement targeting the family of Sushant. "Three central agencies hounding a single woman -just because she was in love with a drug addict, suffering JUSTICE FOR SUSHANT from mental health issues for several years under the care of five leading psychiatrists in Mumbai, who ended up committing suicide due to consumption of illegally administered medicines and used drugs," Maneshinde said. Her much-anticipated arrest came a day after Rhea took time out -- at the height of the NCB interrogation sessions -- to hit back at the late actor's family by lodging a police complaint against Sushant's sister Priyanka Singh and Dr Tarun Kumar of RML Hospital in New Delhi and others, alleging forged medical prescriptions. ALSO SEE PG 10 KOLKATA: According to the constitution, the governor is the constitutional head of a state, but when the governor accuses government of colluding with Maoists and promoting them, it is a clear indication that the relationship between the state government and the governor has deteriorated. It is now that there is no scope for reconciliation between two. A similar view is being seen in West Bengal these days. Governor Jagdeep Dhankar is making such serious allegations on Mamta Banerjee's government of the state that the opposition is also ashamed. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar Tuesday alleged that Maoism is being promoted in state with the help of Mamata Banerjee's 'people in the government'. He made a sensational charge on the government to promote the illegal bomb industry. Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted, 'Regret,' fear is sitting in my mind ', and' head bowed with shame '. Tagging Mamata Banerjee, he wrote that whether it is law and order, human rights situation, or political retaliation. Maoism is being promoted with the help of 'people sitting in government', illegal bomb industry is flourishing. With this, he wrote Swami Vivekananda's statement and said that remember Vivekananda - wake up, before it is too late. Breaking all constitutional limits, Governor Jagdeep Dhankar also tried to incite the top officials of police and administration against state government. He also accused West Bengal government of ignoring capable officers. The governor tweeted that IAS and IPS officers make their way on the strength of their ability and are the backbone of governance. There are many such capable officers in West Bengal too. Sadly, all such have been sidelined. Those who are ready to become political pawns, they are ahead and bear the brunt of the advisors. Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted that the time has come when IAS and IPS officers should pay attention to this disease. This results in the end of political impartiality, not maintaining the rule of law and constitution. He said that as a result, 'police state' governance is implemented Various announcements in Police Day Program by CM Highlight: 5500 Junior constables become full constables, salary Increased for home guards, civil defense volunteers and village police, Inauguration of three new police stations, Medal awarded to Covid Warriors KOLKATA: On the occasion of Police Day program, the Chief Minister of the state Mamta Banerjee made several schemes and other announcements for the policemen. Thousands of policemen from across the state were involved in video conferencing with the event held at the state secretariat, Nabanna. On the spot, the job papers were handed over to the relatives of the 20 policemen and other officers who died from Corona. These papers were handed over to various districts. Among them were seven Kolkata, eight West Bengal Police personnel. Apart from these, four health workers and a family of BDO were given job papers. It is noteworthy that Chief minister Mamata Banerjee in a virtual programme of Police Day at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Tuesday Police Day was on September 1, although there was national mourning due to the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee. Therefore, it was decided to make the formal program of Police Day on September 8. In the program, the Chief Minister informed that 5500 Junior Constables are now being made the former Constables. Their 10-day CCL is being increased to 14 days. The salary of Home Guards, Village Police and Civic Defense Volunteers is being increased by Rs 2040 monthly. On their retirement they will be given three lakh rupees. An annual allowance of three thousand rupees will be given to Civic Police. Whether a police officer or constable, his family will get a job in case of death while working. In the program, certificates and medals were also awarded to Covid Warriors. The Chief Minister also inaugurated three new police stations Kalitla Asuti, Sagarapada and Rahada. Chief Minister also inaugurated a new Police Control Room and Digital Forensic Science Laboratory at Lalbazar. Emphasizing the usefulness of the cybercrime police, Chief Minister said that in the present era cybercrime is making rapid growth. She said women's commission complained that even after complaining about a case in cybercrime police. COVID - 19 claims 3677 life in Bengal Kolkata : Following the death of 57 more people in West Bengal due to Covid -19 pandemic today, the total number of casualties in the state during the last 24 hours after crossing the 3600 mark yesterday, touched the figure of 3,677 tonight,one of the highest in the country. At the same time another record number of 3,091 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 3,091 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal also crossed 1,86,000 mark for the first time today to touch the figure of 1,86,956, up from 1,83,865 yesterday Among today's 57 new casualties,22 were the residents of Kolkata and 27 were from North 24 Parganas and Howrah, while the rest were from other. MI EXCLUSIVE Sports dept orders probe into JSSPS civil works PC JHA RANCHI: In Ranchi, whenever the government provided funds for the development of the game, the ‘gennie’ of the scam comes out. The State Government and the Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) dream project “Mission Olympic Gold Medal in 2024” through Jharkhand State Sports Promotion Society (JSSPS) hit a roadblock as the Sports Department has ordered an inquiry to probe Rs 7.9 crore expenditure on civil works in last four years. It is perhaps the first Inquiry The sources said that JSSPS has spent more than Rs 7 crore in four-year span to maintain Mega Sports Complex and Khelgaon infrastructure but the complex is still in a bad condition. One of the senior officials of JSSPS also admitted that despite spending huge amounts, maintenance works have not been done in a proper way. JSSPS did not take the notice of the sports department seriously. Now that the investigation committee order has surprised the CCL officials too. Committee after the 34th National Games scam when the most prestigious sports academy of the state, run by CCL and the state government, has come under the scanner. According to sources of the sports department, an inquiry committee led by the Special Sports Secretary would ask JSSPS officials on the expenditure of their civil works from 2016 to 2019. The sources said that JSSPS has spent more than Rs 7 crore in four-year span to maintain Mega Sports Complex and Khelgaon infrastructure but the complex is still in a bad condition. One of the senior officials of JSSPS also admitted that despite spending huge amounts, maintenance works have not been done in a proper way. JSSPS did not take the notice of the sports department seriously. Now that the investigation committee order has surprised the CCL officials too. JSSPS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Basab Choudhury admitted that he received the sports department letter for setting up an inquiry by a committee and we are ready to face it. “We have prepared the letter and the MLC member civil department will answer it. All our work has been audited and whichever team comes, the answer will be handed over to them. We have all paper cuttings, reflecting the condition of this complex before we took over the charge and what it is now,” the JSSPS CEO claimed. Sources of the sports department informed that to run JSSPS a total of Rs 20 crore budget was sanctioned for the development of budding talents of the complex. At present, a total of 425 children up to 15 years are taking training under several experts of seven sports academies. Milk to be ‘integral’ part of midday meal scheme soon HRD and WCD ministries working closely to ensure nutritious food at govt schools NEW DELHI: Milk will soon be an integral part of the midday meal scheme to ensure proper nutrition to all students in government schools across the country, which is in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aim to make a malnutrition-free India. The Women and Child Development (WCD) and Education Ministries are working in a coordinated way to meet the Prime Minister's vision of providing nutritious meals to the students in government schools. All the officials linked to the departments concerned dealing with the policies have been directed by both the ministries on the 3rd 'Rashtriya Poshan Maah' to expedite changes in midday meal by including milk with unlimited unconstitutional stance and democratic structure is destroyed. Ever since Jagdeep Dhankhar become Governor of West Bengal, his relationship with CM and her government remains extremely tensed. Governor also goes beyond his limits and accuses state government like the leader of opposition. Recently, he claimed that state government was spying on the Raj Bhavan. At the same time, ruling party Trinamool Congress accused governor of converting the Raj Bhavan into a BJP office. soon after the schools resume functioning with attendance by children. The Prime Minister had in 2018 launched 'Poshan Abhiyaan'-- a robust scheme which has been playing an important role in eliminating malnutrition from the country. On this 'Poshan Maah 2020', Modi's government planned to focus on an intensive campaign across the country for the holistic nourishment of children with severe acute malnutrition, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a statement. In this regard, an official, requesting anonymity, told IANS that the Education Ministry may come up with a revised menu for midday meals scheme, that will include milk as an integral component. All the state government's have been told to implement the new midday meal policy which includes milk. Earlier, the then HRD Ministry had revised its midday meal policy in 2016. In order to give better quality food to children in schools where midday meals are provided, the HRD has revised its norms, that include milk as a necessary supplement. WCD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday assured VicePresident M Venkaiah Naidu that the central government would consider recommending to all the states to "include milk in the midday meal scheme". Irani's assurance came after Naidu earlier in the day suggested to her to add milk in breakfast or midday meals of children to improve nutritional level. The Vice President spoke with Irani on the 3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah aimed at contributing towards a malnutrition-free India. An official in the Education Ministry told IANS that all students from Classes 1 to 8 in all government schools will be given 200 ml milk every day along with the midday meals. As per the official, this policy as is similar to the one issued in 2016 and then HRD Ministry direction to states in 2018 in which many loopholes were reported in its implementation. The states were earlier also directed to include milk and milk products in the midday meals so that these items could be procured from cooperative milk unions or federations. The Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department also took up the issue with the state Chief Secretaries on December 15, 2017, requesting them to con- sider supplying milk and milk products through their network under midday meals scheme of the Centre. Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Puducherry, and Gujarat have confirmed supply of milk through schools but some states with higher surplus stocks of milk powder like Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab are yet to decide in this regard. Almost two decades have passed since the midday meal became a part of the daily routine in government schools across the country. The central government had received complaints earlier on about inclusion of milk in midday meals. As per government norms, every child should receive 150-200 ml milk. Indian Army truck movement on road, in Leh on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) Chinese soldiers armed with stick-machetes deployed along LAC LEH: Chinese soldiers are armed with stickmachetes during their deployment along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh sector amid the ongoing border tension between India and China. According to Army sources on the pictures which have emerged, Chinese soldiers can be seen with stick machetes even with their rifles slung on their back. As the Chinese Army is armed with stock machetes, Indian Army soldiers are not allowing them to come close otherwise there may be another violent face off like what happened in Galwan valley, said Army sources. The Chinese troops had used nail studded iron rods during the Galwan clash in the month of June which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers including Colonel Santosh Babu, the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar. An unspecified number of Chinese soldiers were also killed, though China did not reveal its casualties in the clash. India recently outflanked China by taking control of strategic height near Pangong lake's southern bank. It thwarted an attempt by the Chinese army to transgress into Indian areas near the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh. India and China have been engaged in a standoff since April-May over the transgressions by the Chinese Army in multiple areas.