YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 22 C BAPU’S ANNIVERSARY: GANDHISM SHOWS THE WAY TO THE WORLD OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—140 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE INDIA DECLARES ONE-DAY STATE MOURNING FOR KUWAIT'S EMIR NEW DELHI: India on Thursday declared one-day state mourning on Sunday as a mark of respect to Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, who passed away on Tuesday. Making the announcement, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said, "The government of India has decided that there will be one day's state mourning on October 4 throughout India." GST COLLECTION IN SEPTEMBER STANDS AT RS 95,480 CRORE NEW DELHI: The gross GST revenue collection in September rose sequentially to Rs 95,480 crore from August's collection, an official statement said on Thursday. In August, the gross GST collection stood at Rs 86,449 crore. "The gross GST revenue collected in the month of September 2020 is Rs 95,480 crore, of which CGST is Rs 17,741 crore, SGST is Rs 23,131 crore, IGST is Rs 47,484 crore (including Rs 22,442 crore collected on import of goods) and cess is Rs 7,124 crore (including Rs 788 crore collected on import of goods)," the Ministry of Finance statement said. RAILWAYS TO INTRODUCE 200 MORE TRAINS IN FESTIVE SEASONS: CHAIRMAN NEW DELHI: In a good news for the passengers planning to travel during the festive seasons, Railway Board Chairman and CEO V.K. Yadav on Thursday said that the national transporter is planning to introduce 200 special trains between October 15 and November 30 to cater to passenger rush. PG5 SUSPENSE CONTINUES AT DHANLAXMI BANK, RBI MAINTAINS SILENCE NATION Morning India Covid death toll in Bengal touches 5017 with 59 deaths KOLKATA: The total number of casualties due to Covid-19 pandemic in West Bengal crossed the 5,000 mark today to reach up to a record figure of 5017 this evening following the deaths of another 59 people during the last 24 hours in different hospitals, posing a grim picture of the overall situation. At the same time another record number of 3,275 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 3,275 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal crossed a record 2.57 lakhs today to touch the figure of 2,60,324, up from 2,57,049 yesterday Among today's 59 new casualties,22 were the residents of Kolkata and 24 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 3,275 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 2267 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 220 today to take their total number to over 26,000 to exactly 26,552 AMONG TODAY'S 59 NEW CASUALTIES,22 WERE THE RESIDENTS OF KOLKATA AND 24 BELONGED TO NORTH 24 PARGANAS AND HOWRAH, WHILE THE REST WERE FROM OTHER DISTRICTS OF SOUTH AND NORTH BENGAL, THE BULLETIN SAID. from 26,332 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 settled in the range of 43,000 per day today for sometime from around as high as 47,000 at one point of time. With the daily tests reaching the figure of 43,854 tonight from 43,765 43,759 yesterday, the total number of tests now touched the astounding figure of over 3.2 million to 32,71,316 tonight from 32,27,462 yesterday, the Bulletin said Similarly the rate of recovery of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal during the day also barely increased to 87.87 per cent by tonight from 87.83 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 86 per cent. Altogether 2,996 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 2,28,755 people, up from 2,25,759 people yesterday, were able to return home after recovery. Edu Minister shifted to Medica from RIMS STATE REPORTS 1013 COVID CASES, 1119 RECOVER ANURAG THAKUR RANCHI: The condition of Education minister Jagarnath Mahto remains critical as on Thursday morning, he was shifted to Medica hospital from RIMS. The Minister’s oxygen level is between 90 to 95. He was also given plasma of B positive group on Wednesday in view of his critical condition. Dr Pradeep Bhattacharya, who was treating Mahto at the Critical Care Covid ICU, said that his health has been improving since his admission to RIMS, but he cannot be said to be healthy at the moment. His oxygen level continues to fluctuate continuously. High flow oxygen is being provided to him on ventilator support at ICU. After the education minister was shifted to Medica Hospital, the medical system of the state's largest government hospital, RIMS has been questioned. Earlier, PLACES OF WORSHIP TO OPEN FROM OCT 8 RANCHI: All religious places of worship outside the containment zones are permitted to open from October 8 while observing the guidelines to prevent Covid spread, stated an order issued by the disaster management department on Thursday evening. The order signed by chief secretary Sukhdev Singh stated Durga puja will be observed in compliance with the guidelines. The order said that all other activities previously restricted by the order issued on August 28 shall remain so until further order. The general guidelines and state directives for the containment of Covid shall be complied with. In its guidelines, the government has said that Durga puja may generally be performed at temples or privately at home by devotees to the maximum extent possible. Puja may be performed in specially erected pandals and mandaps where it has been done traditionally, only with the objective of performing rituals and without public participation. The pandals would be covered on all sides in a way to prevent public viewing of the idols. There should be no theme pandals nor lighting, decorations, public address system, fairs, food stalls and welcome gates. At any given point of time, there should be no more than seven persons in the pandals. Civil Surgeon of Ranchi Dr V B Prasad was also shifted to Medica from the paying ward of RIMS. Meanwhile, the State on Thursday reported 1013 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 84,664. Among the samples tested positive, 448 cases were reported from Ranchi, 34 from Chaibasa, 42 from Koderma, 108 from Jamshedpur, 22 from Giridih, 19 from Garhwa, 11 from Palamu, 15 from Ramgarh, 36 from Deoghar, 106 from Bokaro, 50 from Dhanbad, 58 from Hazaribagh, 46 from Saraikela, 19 from Khunti, 29 from Dumka, 16 from Latehar, 3 from Sahebganj, 17 from Godda and 4 from Jamtara. Nine deaths were also reported, three from Ranchi and one each from Bokaro, Deoghar, Dhanbad, Godda and Hazaribagh. Earlier,1108 cases were reported on Wednesday. YOUTH SHOT DEAD IN JAMSHEDPUR MI NEWS SERVICE JAMSHEDPUR: Bulletridden body of a 30year-old youth was found lying at Kharia Bustee under Ulidih thana area in Mango on Thursday night. The murder victim identified as Sanky Yadav had a criminal record and was in Ghaghidih Central Jail on being arrested in connection with a firing incident at Baliguma last year and had been released from jail a month ago. Apart from being shot, the assailants had bludgeoned his head with boulder, suggesting there were more than one assailants involved in the murder. From the initial probe, it was learnt that the assailants had pumped in four bullets at the victim. The police have seized the body and sent it to the MGM Medical College Hospital for a Covid test now. Deputy superintendent of police (Patamda) Vijay Mahto confirmed about the murder of Sanky Yadav. Covid-led economic slowdown no ground to deny proper wages to workers NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said the burden of economic slowdown cannot be put on workers alone, who are the backbone of the economic activity, and quashed the Gujarat government notification exempting factories from paying overtime wages to the workers. A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the court is aware of the financial hardships faced by the factories, amid the ongoing Covid19 pandemic and also due to the lockdowns. However, this economic slowdown cannot burden the workers, and the ongoing pandemic cannot become a potent reason to override the statutory provisions providing dignity and the right to proper wages to the workers. The top court noted that the statutory rights of workers should not have been done away by the Gujarat government, as the pandemic is not an internal emergency threatening the security of the country. The apex court order came on a plea challenging the notification of the Gujarat Labour and Employment Department, which granted exemptions to all factories in Gujarat from provisions of the Factories Act, 1948, relating to daily working hours, weekly working hours, intervals for rest and spread-overs of adult workers, and even from the duty to pay overtime wages at double rate as fixed under section 59 of the Act. The plea contended that April 17 notification "is patently illegal, violative and unnaturally unjust of various fundamental rights, statutory rights and labour laws." The plea has been filed by the Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha, a registered trade union, and others through advocate Aparna Bhat. The plea contended that the notification granted exemption from the provisions of the Act for the period from April 20 to July 19, 2020. Allahabad HC issues notice to UP govt on Hathras incident LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the Hathras incident and issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government. The Uttar Pradesh government and the UP Police are under attack over the alleged gang-rape of a Dalit woman and the way her cremation was done by the Hathras administration in the dead of night. Meanwhile, the state government on Thursday said that the forensic report has revealed that the 19-year-old Hathras woman who succumbed to her injuries at a Delhi hospital was not raped. ADG, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said the cause of her death is an injury on the neck and trauma resulting due to it, as per the forensic science laboratory (FSL) report. "The report of the FSL has come. It says clearly that samples did not have sperm. It makes clear that there was no rape or gang rape," the ADG said. "Even the woman in her statement to police did not mention about rape but talked about 'marpeet' (beating) only," he said. Last week, Additional Superintendent of Police, Hathras, Prakash Kumar had told media persons that initially the accused were booked for attempt to murder under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code. Later, on receiving more inputs, Section 376-D (gangrape) of the IPC was added to the FIR, he had said. ADG Prashant Kumar said some people presented wrong facts to disturb social harmony and create caste violence in the state. "Police took immediate action in the case and now we will identify those who tried to disturb social harmony and create caste violence," he added. Prabir Bhattacharya BLOOD SERUM FROM ANIMALS CAN SLASH COVID SEVERITY NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in collaboration with a Hyderabad-based pharmaceuticals and biologics company have introduced a well-established treatment modality to control the severity of Covid-19 disease, the apex research institute informed on Thursday. "The ICMR along with Biological E. Limited have developed "highly purified antisera (raised in animals) for prophylaxis and treatment of the viral disease," it said. Antisera are blood serum derived from animals which contain antibodies against specific antigens. They are injected to treat or protect against specific diseases. After plasma therapy, it is the latest therapy to be used to treat and prevent the severity of Covid-19 disease among the patients. While plasma therapy could not derive a satisfactory result in reducing mortality of the severe patients of Covid-19, the ICMR has high hopes riding on the antisera therapy. "Although, plasma recovered from patients experiencing Covid19 could serve a similar purpose, the profile of anti- bodies, their efficacy and concentration keep varying from one patient to another and therefore make it an unreliable clinical tool for patient management," the ICMR stated. However, the therapeutic use of antisera is not new to medical science. The ICMR said that it has been used to control many viral and bacterial infections. Besides, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed it as a life-saving medicine. "Such measures have previously been used in medical science to control many viral and bacterial infections such as Rabies, Hepatitis B, Vaccinia virus, Tetanus, Botulism and Diphtheria," the ICMR stated. While the use of convalescent plasma as a treatment modality for Covid-19 has received authorisation for off-label use in India, a study conducted by the ICMR suggested that its administration did not reduce mortality or progression to severe Covid-19 condition among the patients. The study, published on September 8, was conducted in 39 tertiary care hospitals across the country. Sweets are displayed at sweet's shop with expiry date today due to Food safety and standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued an order making it mandatory for sweet shop to declare the expiry date or best before date of all sweets available in shop.The order come into effect from on Thursday. CLW PRODUCES 40 LOCOMOTIVES IN SEPT 2020 CHITTARANJAN: CLW produces 40 locomotives in Sept 2020 and completed 135th electric locomotives on 30.09.20. The 135th loco no 32963 was despatched from the CLW siding. Despite of complete Lockdown in April May & Un-Lockdown in June-July-Aug and Covid-19 related instructions later-on, the production of electric locomotives gained momentum with production of First 100 locomotives in 102 working days in the current FY 2020-21 on Sept 8th this year. This noteworthy feat has been achieved during last 6 months duration amid certain restrictions due to COVID-19 on free movements of supply chain of stores required for steady production. By defying all odds it has been made possible under the leadership & able guidance of Shri Praveen Kumar Mishra, General Manager/CLW with his continuous motivation and encouragement to the workforce of CLW. It is hoped that CLW will be able to achieve another milestone in this current financial year 2020-21. Jamaat e Islami Hind organised a Candle March at Esplanade in protest of gang rape at Uttar Pradesh, in Kolkata.