YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 27 C FARM BILLS HAVE SET IMPERIALIST AGENDA IN INDIAN AGRICULTURE OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 4 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—142 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) UP ADDITIONAL CHIEF SECY, DGP MEET HATHRAS VICTIM’S FAMILY NATION Morning India Mamata led protest rally against Hathras incident AT A GLANCE INDIA TEST-FIRES NUCLEAR-CAPABLE SHAURYA MISSILE BHUBANESWAR: India successfully testfired an advanced version of Shaurya missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead from a defence facility off the Odisha coast on Saturday. The surfaceto-surface missile can hit targets in around 800 km range, said defence sources. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the missile was testfired from the Abdul Kalam Island test range at 12.10 pm. Shaurya is about 10 metres long with a diameter of 0.74 metre. On September 30, India successfully test-fired an extendedrange supersonic cruise missile BrahMos with an indigenous booster from a test facility off the Odisha coast, with a range of around 400 km. INDIA CAN BECOME AI LABORATORY OF THE WORLD, SAYS NITI AAYOG CEO NEW DELHI: With its data and innovation capabilities, India can become the Artificial Intelligence (AI) laboratory of the world, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Saturday. Speaking at a press conference to unveil the upcoming global virtual summit on AI -- ‘RAISE 2020’ - Kant noted that AI can help transform lives. “India is developing AI-based solutions for social empowerment across spheres like healthcare, education, finance, agriculture and governance. On the strength of its data,” he said. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 6,473,953 TOTAL DEATH: 100,903 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 34,891,305 TOTAL DEATH: 1,034,175 KOLKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee led a massive a protest march of thousands of Trinamool Congress workers here this afternoon against the brutal murder of a 19 year old Dalit girl of Hathras village in Uttar Pradesh which has rocked the entire nation. The protest march which began exactly at 4.p.m.from Birla Planetarium and travelled up to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Esplanade area in Central Kolkata, covering a distance of three km shouting anti BJP slogans, was led from the front by the Chief minister along with several of her senior party colleagues and leaders. Responding to her call thousands of TMC workers and supporters, including many women, participated in the rally. The CM also requested all right thinking people of the city to join the march to express their solidarity with the families of the hapless victim who was brutally murdered following an attack on her by some local youths about a fortnight ago at Hathras. Several marchers also carried a number of banners and posters against the Hathras incident demanding the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath and stern and exemplary punishment to all those responsible for the crime. Addressing the rally after reaching the concluding point near the statue YOGI ADITYANATH RECOMMENDS CBI PROBE IN HATHRAS INCIDENT LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday recommended a CBI probe into the Hathras gang-rape incident. The decision came after a high-level meeting of the concerned officials. "For intensive investigation of the unfortunate incident at Hathras and all connected issues, this case is being recommended by @UPGovt to be probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). We are determined to deliver the harshest punishment to all those responsible for this incident," Adityanath tweeted. The state government has suspended five policemen including the SP in the case but politics on the issue has heated up. Covid death toll in Bengal touches 5132 with 62 deaths KOLKATA: A record number of 3,340 people tested Covid19 positive in West Bengal during the last 24 hours, posing a grim picture of the pandemic situation in the state and causing concern for all for its unabated rapid growth. The total number of casualties due to Covid-19 pandemic also reached a record figure of 5132 till this evening following the deaths of 62 more people in the state since yesterday. 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 3,340 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal crossed a record figure of 2.66 lakhs today to touch 2,66,974, up from 2,63,634 yesterday Among today's 62 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 3,340 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 2309 were from Kolkata alone, followed by those from other districts, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, the total num- ber of Active and serious Corona cases in different hospitals after several days of downward trend, once again increased by 265 today, compared to 313 yesterday, to take their total number to exactly 27,130 from 26,865 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 at one point of time. But after a few days of ups and down, it has come down in the range of 41,000 per day today from around as high as 47,000 at one point of time. With the daily tests reaching the figure of 41,128 tonight, down from 43,282 yesterday, the total number of tests now touched the astounding figure of over 3.3 million to 33,55,726 tonight from 33,14,598 yesterday, the Bulletin said .But in spite of that, the rate of recovery of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal during the day marginally increased to 87.92 per cent tonight from 87.89 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 86 per cent. Altogether 3,013 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 2,34,712 people, up from 2,31,699 people yesterday, were able to return home after recovery. Hathras, the CM said the entire country had now woken up to protest such a dastardly incident. But even the women were not spared against such atrocities of Delhi and UP police Also referring to the alleged silence of Prime minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders of BJP on such a sensitive issue, the CM said it was disgrace of the whole nation Claiming that she was TMC activists took part in a protest rally led by West Bengal Chief Minister and very proud to be branded as TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee against the brutal rape and murder of a 19 the 'messiah' of the poor and years girl in UP, in Kolkata on Saturday. Prabir Bhattacharya the downtrodden besides the minorities and the SC STs, the of the Father of the Nation protect the life of the coun- day's attack on TMC Rajya CM also blamed BJP for Mahatma Gandhi, the CM try's womenfolk, particularly Sabha leader Derek O Brian allegedly trying to gag the lambasted both Union and those belonging to the lower and other party MPs and opposition. The citizens could the Uttar Pradesh govern- status of the society. Also preventing them from visiting not raise their voice against ments for allegedly failing to severely criticising yester- the victim's family at the government under any circumstances, she said. 'Today I am carrying a torch to show light to the suppressed people of the nation', she said. Also using the platform as one of her election rallies before the next year's assembly elections, the CM blamed the ruling party at the Centre for allegedly taking the nation to a socio economic disaster through large scale privatisation of major public sector industries. She also blamed BJP for the sudden nationwide lockdown without any proper planning.. TMC would organise protest rallies against the Hathras attack at the district and the block levels throughout West Bengal from tomorrow, the CM announced. PM OPENS STRATEGIC HORSESHOE-SHAPED ATAL TUNNEL IN HIMALAYAS ‘ATAL TUNNEL WILL CONNECT YOUTH WITH JOB OPPORTUNITIES’ Decade of hard work MANALI: After a decade of sheer hard work by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the strategic Atal Tunnel, one of the world’s most challenging and a marvel of engineering motorways, in the Himalayas that will also bring the infantry combat vehicles closer to the Line of Actual Control. Donning a BRO cap, Modi interacted with BRO Director General Lt Gen Harpal Singh, who explained to him through a photo exhibition, about the hurdles the agency faced during the tunnel excavation. Singh explained in detail the challenges encountered during the heavy water influx of Seri rivulet. He explained how taming the glacial-fed Seri rivulet inside the tunnel was one of the biggest challenges for the engineers. It’s a tributary of the Beas river and the tunnel alignment is crossing beneath the rivulet. After opening the tunnel, Modi drove through the tunnel and took a look at the features of the tunnel, including the escape route in case of emergency. The 9.02 km-long horseshoeshaped single-tube, two-lane tunnel - the world’s longest motorable tunnel at over 3,000 metre above the sea level, came up under the 3,978 metre Rohtang Pass in the Pir Panjal range some 30 km from here in Himachal Pradesh. The tunnel connects this tourist resort to the Lahaul Valley throughout the year. Earlier, the valley was cut off for about six months each year owing to heavy snowfall and snapping of road link via the Rohtang Pass. Earlier, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur welcomed him along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur upon his arrival at the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE} helipad near here. Both Rajnath Singh and Thakur reached here a day earlier. PG 7 MANALI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the newly-inaugurated allweather Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh, that links Manali to the LahaulSpiti valley, will bring employment opportunities for the youth of the entire region. After a decade of sheer hard work of the Border Roads Organisation, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated a 9.02 km-long horseshoeshaped two-lane tunnel earlier on Saturday. It is one of the world’s most challenging tunnels and a marvel of engineering motorways. Addressing the public from the snow-clad Sissu town of Lahaul valley, the Prime Minister said that the tunnel will boost tourism and ease travelling. “It will connect the youth of this entire region with many employment opportunities. Some people will run homestays, guesthouses, shops or become guides. Handicrafts, fruits and medicines will also get a boost.” Modi said that with the construction of the tunnel, the farmers of the region and people associated with horticulture, cattle-rearers, students and traders will be benefitted. “Earlier, people in areas like Lahaul-Spiti and others were left to struggle on their own. In recent years, work is being done with new thoughts,” he said, in an apparent dig at the erstwhile UPA government. Besides this, the completion of the Atal Tunnel is a key element in the Defence Ministry’s attempts to make the entire 475 km-long ManaliKeylong-Leh highway, used by the armed forces to reach forward areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Atal Tunnel, Rohtang on Saturday. It is the longest highway tunnel in the world built at an altitude of 3000 meters. The 9.02 Km long tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley. ANI IT WILL CONNECT THE YOUTH OF THIS ENTIRE REGION WITH MANY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. SOME PEOPLE WILL RUN HOMESTAYS, GUESTHOUSES, SHOPS OR BECOME GUIDES. HANDICRAFTS, FRUITS AND MEDICINES WILL ALSO GET A BOOST. NARENDRA MODI Tejashwi to lead grand alliance AIIMS forensic body hints RJD TO CONTEST 144 SEATS IN STATE WHILE CONG GETS 70 PATNA: The opposition Mahagathbandhan on Saturday announced its seat-sharing for Bihar elections with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav as its leader but differences cropped up as Vikassheel Insaan Party leader Mukesh Sahani expressed dissatisfaction with the seat allocation and walked out of the joint press conference. C o n g r e s s leader Avinash Pandey made the announcement about Tejashwi Yadav being the face of the alliance which is seeking to oust the ruling NDA from power in the state. “The alliance is led by RJD and its leader Tejashwi Yadav will lead us. We want Bihar to prosper under the leadership of Tejashwi Yadav,” he said. Apart from Pandey and Tejashwi Yadav, the press conference was attended by RJD leaders Tejpal Yadav and Manoj Jha and leaders from other parties in the alliance. Y a d a v announced the seat allocation and said Congress will contest 70 seats, Communist Party of India (MarxistLeninist) 19, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) four and Communist Party of India (CPI) six seats. “Out of the 144 seats left with RJD, we are in talks with Jharkhand Mukti BIHAR POLLS RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav with Tej Pratap leave after attending a grand alliance press conference at hotel Maurya, in Patna on Saturday. ANI Morcha(JMM) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), and whatever is finalised, we will let you know in two to three days,” Yadav said. Sahani expressed disappointment with the arrangement and said injustice has been done to the most backward classes in the state. “This is like stabbing us in the back,” he said and walked out of the press conference. Tejashwi Yadav said Congress will also contest the lone Lok Sabha by-poll in the state from Balmiki Nagar. Pandey, who spoke at the beginning of the press conference, said various parties in UPA have decided to come together as partners for Bihar Assembly elections. “Congress, RJD, CPI, CPM and Vikassheel Insaan Party will be part of this alliance under the leadership of RJD. We want Bihar to prosper under Tejashwi Yadav,” he said. Bihar will go to the polls on October 28, November 3 and 7 for 243 member assembly. at suicide, not murder NEW DELHI: The forensic department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in its report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has “hinted” that the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was suicide and not murder, sources said on Saturday. The AIIMS forensic panel under Dr. Sudhir Gupta was formed at the request of the CBI in August to assist in giving medico-legal opinion in connection with the death of the late actor. According to AIIMS sources, the forensic team in its report has hinted the death of Sushant as suicide, thus rejecting the claims of JUSTICE FOR SUSHANT ‘poisoning’ and ‘strangling’ made by the actor’s family and their lawyer. The doctors of the AIIMS refused to share further details as the matter is sub judice. The remarks came after the AIIMS forensic body submitted its report to the federal agency earlier this week, where it also hinted that his death was not a case of organic poisoning. However, CBI sources remained tight lipped on the issue and maintained that the agency is probing all the angles, and no angle has been ruled out yet. On September 28, CBI spokesperson in a statement said that the agency is conducting a professional investigation into the death of Sushant in which all aspects are being looked at and no aspect has been ruled out as of date.