YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 28 C USE MORE AND MORE HINDI TO PROMOTE IT: SHAH NATION Sky will be partly cloudy. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 15 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—124 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE Shibu Soren takes RS oath RANCHI: The patriarch of JMM and its central President Shibu Soren took oath as a member of Rajya Sabha. His son and the Chief Minister of Jharkhand congratulated all in a tweet. Saying Johar to citizens of Jharkhand he expressed hope that under Shibu Soren, Jharkhand will witness all round happiness and development. It is to be noted that Shibu Soren was nominated for one out of two seats in Jharkhand. He could not go to Delhi due to his ill health. He was detected Corona positive on 24th August and had to be admitted to Medica Hospital. Next day he left for Delhi by BhubneshwarDelhi Rajdhani Express. Just a week before the 76year old Soren defeated Corona. CM congratulates Harivansh RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday congratulated Harivansh Narayan Singh for his reelection as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha. On re-election of Harivansh, Soren said that he would provide inspiration and guidance to the MPs in the Rajya Sabha. Earlier, he extended wishes to people on the occasion of Hindi Diwas as well. It may be stated here that the CM on Monday left for a three-day visit to Dumka. Soon after h/is arrival he met the intellectuals of the region to discuss ways to ensure the state's development. BIG B 1ST CELEBRITY VOICE ON AMAZON ALEXA IN INDIA SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Govt introduces 8 Bills in opening Monsoon session NEW DELHI: The Central government on Monday introduced back-to-back eight Bills in the Lok Sabha on the first day of the Monsoon Session during four hour 15 minute proceedings. The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020; the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020; the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020; the Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020; the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020; the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020; and the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 were introduced after the House met for the second time after a one-hour adjournment at 9 a.m. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi began with the introduction of the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which was listed for the Lok Sabha's legislative business for the day. The Bill seeks immediate legislation by promulgation of the salary, allowances and pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. It was among the more than 20 new Bills, including 11 that will replace ordinances, which the government targets to pass during this 18-day session of the Parliament which will conclude on October 1. Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Raosaheb Dadarao Danve introduced 17 MPs test positive Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the media ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. ANI Photo the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which was promulgated on June 5, 2020. It amends the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. The Act empowers the central government to control the production, supply, distribution, trade, and commerce in certain commodities. Cabinet Minister Harsh Vardhan introduced the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 for the regulation and supervision of the assisted reproductive technology clinics and the assisted reproductive technology banks.The Bill aims prevention of misuse, safe and ethical practice of assisted reproductive technology services and for matters connected therewith. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020 to ensure financial stability and promote competitiveness in Indian financial markets by providing enforceability of bilateral netting of qualified financial contracts. The Minister also introduced the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Factoring Regulation Act, 2011. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar introduced the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 for the creation of an ecosystem where the farmers and traders enjoy the freedom of choice relating to sale and purchase of farmers' produce. The purpose of the Bill is to facilitate remunerative prices through competitive INDIA TOTAL CASES: 4,850,887 TOTAL DEATH: 78,931 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 29,224,553 tracted the disease. Among them were Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who underwent a thorough medical examination at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) before the parliament session started. An MP and several MLAS have died from the highlyinfectious pandemic. The Monsoon Session of parliament this time is being held with large-scale safety protocols in place that include staggered seating of MPs in chambers of both Houses to maintain physical distancing. In a first-of-itskind initiative, the MPs this time registered their attendance using the 'Attendance Register' App: a step forward in digitalising operations at the Parliament. In a first, 45 MPs use 'Attendance Register' app NEW DELHI : In a first of its kind initiative, the members of Parliament marked their attendance through an app on Monday, according to the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Forty-five Lok Sabha MPs marked their attendance through the 'Attendance Register' App on the first day of the Monsoon session while others used the tradialternative trading channels to promote efficient, transparent and barrier-free interstate and intra-State trade and commerce of farmers' produce outside physical premises of markets or deemed markets notified under various state agricultural produce market legislations. It will also be a facilita- Sayeed Ahmed bdo Mandirbazar is distributing different types of instruments to poor people in Mandirbazar. KOLKATA : The total number of deaths due to Covid -19 pandemic in West Bengal crossed the 4,000 mark today after another 58 people lost their lives during the past 24 hours to take the total number of casualties to 4,003 this evening, thereby posing a grim picture of the overall situation. At the same time another record number of 3,211 people tested Covid-19 positive in the state causing concern for all for its unabated 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 record number of 3,211 people today, the absolute number of Loneliness has doubled among older adults amid pandemic: Study NEW YORK : Staying close to home and avoiding crowded places can help older adults reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 but a new study suggests that the pandemic has doubled loneliness among older adults. According to a new survey from the University of Michigan in the US, in June of this year, 56 per cent of people over the age of 50 said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others - more than double the 27 per cent who felt that way in a similar poll in 2018. Nearly half of those polled in June of this year said they felt more isolated than they had just before the pandemic arrived in the US, and a third Singh, Hanuman Beniwal, Sukanata Majumdar, Goddeti Madhavi, Bidyut Baran, Pradan Baruah, N. Reddeppa, Selvam G, Pratap Rao Patil, Ram Shankar Katheria, Satya Pal Singh and Rodmal Nagar. The Lok Sabha members were tested at the Parliament House on September 13 and 14-- a during a mandatory test for those attending this year's Monsoon Session which will end on October 1. BJP MP Sukanta Majumdar in a tweet on Sunday morning declared he had tested Covid-19 positive. "I am doing well and taking doctors' advice. Requesting all those who have come in close contact with me in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms," Majumdar tweeted. The results come at a time when India on Monday registered 48,464,27 Covid-19 cases across the country with a massive spike of 92,071 cases including 1,136 deaths in 24 hours. Earlier, at least seven Union Ministers and around 25 MPs and MLAs had con- tional method of signing on the register as the Monsoon session of Parliament kicked off on Monday. The app is designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to curtail the risk of COVID-19 spread as MPs will not have to use or touch the attendance register. They have to be present inside the Parliament to register themtive framework for electronic trading. Tomar also laid an explanatory statement before the house for immediate legislation by promulgation of the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 with the introduction of the Bill. The Agriculture Minister selves using the coordinates provided by the app. The MPs used the 'Attendance Register' App, which is designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to curtail the risk of COVID-19 spread as MPs will not have to use or touch the attendance register. They have to be present inside the Parliament to regfurther introduced the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 to provide for a national framework on farming agreements that protects and empowers farmers to engage with agri-business firms, processors, wholesalers, exporters or large ister themselves using the coordinates provided by the app. 359 members attended the proceedings of the Lok Sabha today. The monsoon session of Parliament is slated to conclude on October 1, without any day off. Both the Houses of Parliament will sit for four hours daily adhering to coronavirus precautionary measures. (ANI) retailers for farm services and sale of future farming produce at a mutually agreed remunerative price framework in a fair and transparent manner. The Bill also replaces the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020. COVID-19 death toll in Bengal touched 4,003 with 58 casualties today CORONA METER TOTAL DEATH: 79,784 NEW DELHI : Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma are among 17 Member of Parliament (MPs) who have tested positive for coronavirus in the mandatory tests conducted before the Monsoon Session of Parliament which began on Monday. As many as 12 MPs from the BJP the most from any party in Lok Sabha, were found infected with the disease during the test followed by the YSR Congress's two MPs and one each of the DMK, the Shiv Sena and the RLP. Others who have been detected Covid-19 positive include Pratap Rao Jadav, Janardan Singh, Sukhbir said they felt they had less companionship than before. The survey also revealed that social contacts suffered too, with 46 per cent of older adults reporting in June that they infrequently interacted with friends, neighbours or family outside their household. Both the 2020 and 2018 polls on loneliness involved a national sample of more than 2,000 adults aged 50 to 80. "As the pandemic continues, it will be critical to pay attention to how well we as a soci- ety support the social and emotional needs of older adults," said study author John Piette from the University of Michigan. The use of technology to connect appears to be a double-edged sword, with those who use social media and video chat being more likely to say they felt isolated, the team said. The poll points to some bright spots, too. For instance, the 46 per cent of older adults who said they interacted with people in their neighbourhood at least once a week were less likely to say they'd experienced forms of loneliness. Technology also helped many people over 50 connect with others, including the 59 per cent who reported using social media at least once a week, and the 31 per cent who used video chat at least once a week. THe survey also revealed that many older adults said they engaged in healthy behaviour despite the pandemic -- including 75 per cent who said they were getting outdoors or interacting with nature, "The intersection of loneliness and health still needs much study, but even as we gather new evidence, all of us can take time to reach out to older neighbours, friends and relatives in safe ways as they try to avoid the coronavirus," Piette noted. those affected by Corona virus in Bengal crossed two lakhs for the first time today to touch the figure of 2,05,919, up from just less than 200,000 yesterday Among today's 58 new casualties,26 were the residents of Kolkata and 23 belonged to 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 3,211 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 1809 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 after several days of downward trend, once again increased by 69 today to take their total number to 23,693 from 23,644 barely 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 now gone up to over 47,000 per day to reach the figure of 47,537 tonight from 47,131 yesterday. As a result the total number of daily tests has now touched the astounding figure of over 2.5 million to 25,17,595 tonight from 24,70,058 yesterday, the Bulletin said Similarly the rate of recovery of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal during the day also once again marginally increased to 86.55 per cent from 86.26 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 84 per cent. Altogether 3,084 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 1,78,223 people up from 1,75,085 people yesterday were able to return home after recovery. NDA candidate Harivansh re-elected Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha NEW DELHI : National Democratic Alliance nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh was re-elected Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha on Monday, as the Opposition did not press for voting though a motion to name Manoj Jha as the opposition candidate was moved. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated him and said that he had "high regards for Harivanshji". "I hope that the Deputy Chairperson will run the House well. I appeal to all to cooperate with the Chair," Modi said, adding that the Janata Dal-United leader will manage the Rajya Sabha proceedings without partiality. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, welcomed Harivansh's re-election and said "we hope that the Deputy Chairperson will see us as equals". The opposition did not press for voting as many non-National Democratic Alliance parties did not commit support to Jha, while parties like YSR Congress and Biju Janata Dal announced support to the NDA nominee. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti had announced it will abstain. The post fell vacant after Harivansh's term in the Upper House ended. He has since been re-elected from Bihar.