YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 22 C RULING PARTY MUST RESPECT DISCUSSION, DIALOGUE WITH OPPN OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 30 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—138 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) INDIA'S COVID-19 RECOVERIES HIGHEST IN THE WORLD: GOVT NATION Morning India India has never accepted 1959 definition of LAC with China: Govt NEW DELHI: Warning Beijing against advancing its untenable unilateral interpretation, India on Tuesday said that it has never accepted the 1959 definition of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. In response to queries on a recent media report quoting a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement regarding China's position on the LAC, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava, said, "India has never accepted the so- called unilaterally defined 1959 Line of Actual Control (LAC). This position has been consistent and well known, including to the Chinese side." Under various bilateral agreements, including the 1993 Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the LAC, the 1996 Agreement on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the military field, the 2005 Protocol on Implementation of CBMs, the 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Army helicopter seen flying over the mountain, in Leh on Tuesday. ANI Principles for Settlement of the India-China Boundary Question, both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC to reach a common understanding of the alignment of the LAC. In fact, the two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify and confirm the LAC up to 2003, but this process could not proceed further as the Chinese side did not show willingness to pursue it, Srivastava said. "Therefore, the insistence now of the Chinese side that there is only one LAC is contrary to the solemn commitments made by China in these agreements," he said. The Indian side, Srivastava said, has always respected and abided by the LAC. As Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated in the Parliament recently, "It is the Chinese side, which by its attempts to transgress the LAC in various parts of the Western Sector, has tried to unilaterally alter the status quo." The spokesperson said that in the last few months, the Chinese side has repeat- ber of Active and serious Corona cases in different hospitals after several days of downward trend, once again increased by 165 today to take their total number to over 26,000 to exactly 26,064 from 25,899 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. But after a few days of ups and down, it has once again touched the range of 43,000 per day today from around as high as 47,000 earlier, to reach the figure of 43,759 tonight from 41,281 yesterday. As a result the total number of daily tests has now touched the astounding figure of over 3.1 million to 31,83,697 tonight from 31,39,938 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 87.80 per cent from 87.73 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 86 per cent. Altogether 2,961 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 2,22,805 people from people yesterday were able to return home after recovery. Accidents in the city KOLKATA : There was a case of unnatural death at about 6.15 am in Panarshree PS area. Puran Prasad Limbu of 40 years resident of Upen Banerjee Road, was found unconsciously lying beside an under construction building at the said address. He was a Nepalese c itizen and used to run a fast food centre near Bazar Kolkata Behala. He used to sleep on the open terrace. He was taken to Vidyasagar hospital and declared brought dead by the doctors. No suicide note recovered so far. There was a road accident at about 8.25 am in Pragati Maidan PS area. In the incident a motor cycle knocked down two pedestrian and the motor cycle too fell down on EM Bypass near Science City. The motor cycle rider Bila Sarder of 31 years resident of Sadeskhali, Two pedestrians Rupjan Sarder of 31 years resident of Basanti and a child Rohan Khan of 3 years were injured in the incident. They were taken to CNMC hospital. The three wounded were undergoing treatment there. On the other hand, number of arrest for deliberate violation of Safety Restrictions on 29.09.2020: Total arrest- 60, vehicles prosecuted - 01, people booked for not using face mask-114, people booked for spitting in public place/road- 10 SECURITY SCENARIO IN EASTERN LADAKH AT UNEASY "NO WAR NO PEACE" STATUS: IAF CHIEF PAGE 7 edly affirmed that the current situation in the border areas should be resolved in accordance with the agreements signed between the two countries. In the agreement reached between the External Affairs Minister and his Chinese counterpart on September 10, the Chinese side had reiterated its commitment to abide by all the existing agreements. Srivastava said that India expects "the Chinese side will sincerely and faithfully abide by all the agreements and understandings in their entirety and refrain from advancing an untenable unilateral interpretation of the LAC." ALSO SEE PG 7 BIHAR POLLS: CHIRAG PASWAN DEFINITELY THE CM CANDIDATE OF LJP 3188 fresh COVID - 19 case registered in Bengal KOLKATA: With another 62 people losing their lives due to Corona virus in West Bengal during the past 24 hours, the total number of casualties due to the pandemic went up to 4,899 this evening, posing a grim picture of the overall situation. At the same time another record number of 3,188 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 i n the wake of an unabated surge in the number of infected people in one day, like a record number of 3,188 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal crossed a record 2.5 lakhs today to touch the figure of 2,53,768, up from 2,50,580 yesterday Among today's 62 new casualties, 22 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 3,188 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 2198 were from Kolkata alone, followed by those from other districts, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, the total num- INSIDE An artist making an Idol of Goddess Durga at Kumartuli workshop ahead of Durga Puja festival in Kolkata on Tuesday. RLSP, BSP AND JP-S JOIN HANDS FOR BIHAR ASSEMBLY POLLS PATNA: Parting ways with the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) of former MP Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday announced to join hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Janvadi Party (Socialist) to contest the Assembly elections. Kushwaha, a former Union Minister of State, announced the coalition in the presence of the BSP and JP-S state unit chiefs in Patna. He said the coalition will contest all the 243 seats in the Assembly. Kushwaha said that he would welcome other like-minded political parties to come on board, if they wished. Earlier, Jan Adhikar Party President Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav said that Kushwaha should come with him. Kushwaha formed the new political front after his talks with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Leader of Opposition and RLD leader Tejashwi Yadav on seat-sharing failed to bear fruit. Lashing out at Nitish Kumar, the RLSP chief said: "In the last 15 years, Nitish Kumar has just saved his own chair and nothing else. And to achieve it, he made several compromises. His claims on development in all sectors in Bihar are just false and nothing else. The ground reality is completely different from what he is claiming." Kushwaha also alleged that the education sector in Bihar was at its lowest whereas the crime graph and corruption was the highest. "Nitish's rule is similar to that of the RJD government's 15 years," he remarked. 2nd sero-survey: 87m were likely exposed to Covid-19 PATNA: Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan should be the chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections and the party should fight on 143 seats, said LJP national general secretary, Shahnawaz Ahmad Kaifi on Tuesday. This comes amid reports of confusion in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over seat-sharing in the state. Kaifi, however, said that he has made Chirag Paswan aware of the demands being raised by the party workers and members. "Chirag Paswan is definitely the Chief Minister candidate of our party, there is no doubt about it. The leaders, workers in our party are of the same opinion," Kaifi told ANI here. "The party members also believe that we should fight on at least 143 seats in the elections. I too would urge the party to fight on these many seats," he added. NEW DELHI: The key findings of the second round of sero-survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) suggested that India had 87 million Covid19 patients by the end of August. Sharing the details during the weekly press briefing of the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday, ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava said that one in 15 individuals was exposed to Covid-19 by August. In percentage terms, the national prevalence was found to be 6.6 per cent, a multifold increase from the first round when 0.73 per cent of the population was found to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19. The findings also stated that 7.1 per cent of the adult population showed evidence of past exposure to Covid-19. Similar to the first round of sero-survey, the worst-affected were those between the age group of 18 and 45 years, followed by those between 46 and 60 years, who had developed antibodies against the Covid-19. The risk in urban slums was twice than that in non-slum areas and four times than the risk in rural settings. According to the findings, urban slums (15.6 per cent) and non-slum areas (8.2 per cent) had higher Covid-19 infection prevalence than the rural areas (4.4 per cent). However, the spread of infection per case reported was reduced in the second round due to scaled up testing. "The virus was found to be 26-32 infections per reported case by August (81-130 in May), underlining the effect of scaled up testing, tracking and treating strategy," the findings showed. MORE ON PG 5 BAIL PLEA OF RHEA, SHOWIK Bombay HC reserves order as arguments close MUMBAI: Justice S.V. Kotwal of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday reserved the order in the bail pleas of Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik in a drugs case filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The court completed the hearing of the arguments by the Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh and the siblings' lawyer Satish Maneshinde besides advocate Tareq Sayed for co-accused Abdel Basit Parihar, advocate Subodh Desai for Samuel Miranda, advocate Rajendra Rathod for Dipesh Sawant, and has reserved the order in the matter. Opposing the bail applications, the NCB said that the Chakraborty siblings are "active members of drug syndicate connected with high-society personalities and drug suppliers", besides her involvement in procuring and financing the drugs, which was revealed in her statement recorded by the NCB. However, Maneshinde strongly denied the NCB's contentions in his arguments. The NCB also asserted that it had jurisdiction to probe Sushant Singh Rajput's death-related cases, but at one point said that this case was not related to the actor's death, or maybe related 5-10 per cent because he was consuming (drugs). To a query by the court, the lawyers also provided the dates when the accused gave their statements to the NCB and later retracted them for various reasons. Opposing their bail pleas, the NCB said in an affidavit that as per the directions of the Supreme Court, the Central Bureau of Investigation would take over the Sushant probe, if any new cases are registered on the late actor's death and the surrounding circumstances of his unnatural death, but it (the directions) did not pertain to the present (drugs) cases registered under the NDPS Act, 1985. "The present applicant (Rhea) is prominent member of supply chain of drugs and majorly she is handling finance also and used to manage finance for drug procurement along with Sushant Singh Rajput," the NCB said in its affidavit opposing Rhea's bail application. Rhea and Showik are among 20 persons who have been arrested by the NCB in the past few weeks in the probe surrounding the drugs angle linked with Sushant's death case. Both siblings are currently in judicial custody till October 6. Maneshinde argued that the NCB had no jurisdiction to probe this case since the matter was transferred to the CBI as per the Supreme Court verdict. BJP youth leader joins WINNING AMOUNT IN HORSE RACE, GAME OF CHANCE WILL NOT ATTRACT GST TMC in Coochbehar NEW DELHI: The winner of a horse race or any game of chance will not penalised by way of extra taxes as GST levy with the Appellate Authority of Advance Ruling, Maharashtra ruling that winner of a game is not rendering any service or making any supply and the prize money is outcome of an event where results are not universal. In general parlance, the order means that prize money from winning a derby or any other game where outcome is not known, will not be subject to Goods and Service Tax (GST). This is expected to give a big boost to the operation of such games. The AAAR said that in a horse race, there are two separate transactions: participation in races organised by horse racing clubs against entry fee payable by the horse race owner, which is supply of service by the race conducting entity to such aspiring horse race owners and thereby, attracts GST. But the second element, where a race participant is supplying horses for the event, delineates in detail how there is no element of service when the respondent's horse wins the race and gets the prize. Thus, there is no direct nexus between the activities carried out by the horse owners viz. by providing thoroughbred horses to race clubs for organising horse race events, and the prize money received by such horse owners. The clause of direct and immediate link between the supply and consideration is absolutely absent in the present situation and participation and winning are two separate events/transactions, the AAAR said. Earlier, the AAR (Authority for Advance Rulings) had ruled that the amount of prize money received from the events conducting entities would be covered under supply category of the GST law and would be liable to be taxed at 18 per cent. The implication of the AAAR order is that in all games of chance, including various online games that are getting popular now, the winning amount would not attract GST. "This order by Maharashtra AAAR is a fair and equitable order for all the horse owners. AAAR held that prize money received by horse owners is not exigible under GST laws as there is no direct nexus between the activities carried out by the horse owners i.e. by providing horses to race clubs for organising horse race events, and the prize money received by such horse owners," said Rajat Mohan Senior Partner, AMRG & Associates. COOCHBEHAR/ KOLKATA: With the elections for 294 member West Bengal Assembly remaining only a few months away, and both the ruling and opposition parties are gearing up to win the poll comfortably, BJP has suffered a jolt when one of its senior youth leaders in Coochbegar district quit the party and joined Trinamool Congress with many of his supporters. Informing this senior TMC sources said here today that Manish Kumar Bania, the former Secretary of BJP Juba Morcha, the youth wing of the party, in Coochbehar district left BJP and formally joined the ruling party with over 100 of his supporters, reportedly leading to a breakup within the ranks of the main opposition party in West Bengal before the 2021 elections. Bania, a senior Juba Morcha activist, was also the party observer in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and played a major role in ensuring comfortable victories for both BJP Lok Sabha MPs from Darjeeling Raju Bista and from Coochbehar Nisith Pramanik- last year. Bista has recently been appointed as BJP spokesperson at the central level of the party. Accepting the TMC flag from the party's Coochbegar district President Partha Pratim Roy as a formally to show allegiance to his party, Bania (29) said he had decided to leave BJP after he felt that he was deliberately been sidelined by a section of state BJP leaders for some time. Welcoming him into the party fold in North Bengal, Roy claimed that several more opposition leaders would join TMC in the coming months to further strengthen the party prospects in the coming Assembly elections. Incidentally, a former TMC leader Nisith Pramanik, who joined BJP before the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, clinched a sensational victory for BJP from Coochbehar Parliamentary seat by defeating TMC candidate hands down.