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Rs. 3 KOLKATA THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—146 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) DESPITE NEW MEMBERS, MPC EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN OLD STANCE BUSINESS Morning India India, Japan finalise pact for cooperation in 5G tech, AI and critical information infra NEW DELHI: India and Japan have finalised an ambitious agreement that provides for cooperation in 5G technology, artificial intelligence and an array of other critical areas as the two strategic partners vowed to further broadbase their ties including in the Indo-Pacific region After a meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo on Wednesday, it was announced that Japan agreed to be the lead partner in the connectivity pillar of the Indo-Pacific Oceans' Initiative (IPOI) The IPOI is an Indiabacked framework aimed at making meaningful efforts to create a safe and secure maritime domain in the IndoPacific, a region where China has been expanding its military assertiveness triggering global concerns. Jaishankar, in a tweet, said further expansion of India-Japan collaboration in third countries with focus on development projects also figured in the 13th India-Japan foreign ministers' strategic dialogue. "Recognising the increas- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi pose for photographs, in Tokyo on Wednesday. ANI ing role being played by digital technologies, the two ministers highlighted the need for robust and resilient digital and cyber systems and in this context, welcomed the finalisation of the text of the cybersecurity agreement," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said "The agreement promotes cooperation in capacity building, research and development, security and resilience in the areas of Critical Information Infrastructure, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), among others," it said The cooperation between India and Japan on 5G technology comes in the backdrop of growing reluctance by a significant number of countries globally to allow Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to roll out 5G services in their territories The US has already banned Huawei over concerns of security, and Washington has been pressuring other countries to restrict the operations of the Chinese telecom major The 5G is the next-generation cellular technology with download speeds. Rhea Chakraborty walks out of jail after 28 days MUMBAI: Hours after she was granted bail, Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty on Wednesday evening walked out of the Byculla Jail, having spent 28 days in custody since her arrest on September 8. In full media glare with tight police security, she quickly stepped into a vehicle and was driven off to her home in Santacruz in the western suburbs. Earlier this morning, Justice S.V. Kotwal of Bombay High Court granted her conditional bail on a surety of Rs 1 Lakh, along with late Sushant Singh Rajput's staffer Dipesh Sawant and his house manager Samuel Miranda. However, her brother Showik and drug peddler Abdul Basit Parihar were refused bail. Welcoming the court order, her lawyer Satish Maneshinde said "truth and justice have prevailed" and ultimately the submissions on facts and law have been accepted by Justice Kotwal". "The arrest and custody of Rhea was totally unwarranted and beyond the reach of law. The hounding and witch hunt by three central agen- CBI TEAM IN MUMBAI AGAIN TO COLLECT MORE EVIDENCE MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Shortly after the family members of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) demanding the reconstitution of a medical team, the federal agency sleuths were once again in Mumbai. A CBI source said that the investigation into Sushant's death is still continuing and all the aspects are being looked into "meticulously". "As per the demand of the investigation, either a team or a set of officers visit Mumbai at regular intervals, besides the agency officers from the Mumbai branch present there," the source added. MORE ON PG 10 cies - the CBI, ED and NCB of Rhea should come to an end. We remain committed to Truth. Satyameva Jayate," he added. In the evening, Maneshinde expressed relief saying Rhea will finally get to sleep on her own after a month in the jail. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police Sangram Singh Nishandar again warned the paparazzi against chasing or obstructing any vehicles in which persons called for investigations travel in view of safety of all the stakeholders. Covid death toll in Bengal touches 5376 with 58 deaths KOLKATA: The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 pandemic in West Bengal reached a record figure of 5376 till this evening following the casualties of 58 more people since yesterday. Simultaneously another record number of 3,455 people tested Covid-19 positive in the state during the last 24 hours, posing a grim picture of the pandemic situation and 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 3,455 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal crossed a record figure of 2.80 lakhs today to touch 2,80,504, up from 2,77,049 yesterday Among today's 58 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 3,455 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 2397 were from Kolkata alone, followed by those from other districts, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, the total num- AS A MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND A POST-GRADUATE IN COMMERCE THE SBI CHAIRMAN IS ALSO A CERTIFIED ASSOCIATE OF INDIAN INSTITUTE OF BANKERS (CAIIB). and efforts were being made to reach the 100 per cent target within a stipulated period, he said. 'Our aim is to grow both physically as well as digitally at the same pace', he said replying to a query. Khara who has over three and a half decades of rich and diverse experience in all facets of banking such as Retail, Corporate Credit, and International Banking, said despite some drawbacks because of the Covid-19 pandemic the Credit growth of the Bank had reached nearly 6 to 7 per cent during this fiscal. Touching upon some of his plans for the restructuring of stressed assets, the new Chairman said the Bank's Capital Adequacy ratio was now quite Comfortable too. Regarding further capitalization programme of SBI, Khara said they had no immediate plan since the bank had already raised substantial amounts as Tier one and Tier Two capital. 'We shall look into the issue further as and when required', he told a questioner. The growth of SBI Retail business was quite satisfactory so far, he said replying to another query, but expressed some reservations about the corporate lending primarily because of lesser demand. The no SLR had recoded about 10 per cent growth, he said He however, refused to give a direct answer about the recent moratorium on Interest over Interest issue and avoided any controversy by saying that the issue was sub juiced. Incidentally, as the Managing Director, Khara was instrumental in successfully executing the merger of SBI with its five Associate Banks and Bhartiya Mahila Bank that made the bank join the league of top 50 banks globally. As a Masters in Business Administration and a postgraduate in Commerce the SBI Chairman is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). show them that women in science can also have an impact with the research they are performing," said Charpentier. "This is not just for women, but we see a clear lack of interest in following a scientific path, which is very worrying". Researchers need to modify genes in cells if they are to find out about life's inner workings. This used to be time-consuming, difficult and sometimes impossible work. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, it is now possible to change the code of life over the course of a TOTAL CASES: 6,764,710 TOTAL DEATH: 104,951 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 36,117,389 TOTAL DEATH: 1,055,863 ber of Active and serious Corona cases in different hospitals after several days of downward trend, once again increased by 373 today, up from 271 yesterday, to take their total number to exactly 28,361 from 27,988 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 now goes up to the range of 42,000 per day today from around as high as 47,000 at one point of time. With the daily tests reaching the figure of 42,651 tonight from 42,382 yesterday, the total number of tests now touched the astounding figure of over 3.5 million. NABANNA WILL BE CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR SANITIZATION EX-CBI DIRECTOR ASHWANI KUMAR FOUND HANGING AT RESIDENCE SHIMLA: Former Governor of Manipur and Nagaland and exCentral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ashwani Kumar was found dead at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday, police said. The body of the ex-CBI director was found hanging at his residence, Shimla SP Mohit Chawla said. Kumar was in service in both the central government and the Himachal Pradesh state government for more than 37 years. Kumar joined the IPS in 1973 and took over the reins of the office of the DGP) of the Himachal Pradesh in August 2006. 2 women scientists win Nobel in chemistry for gene editing STOCKHOLM: In a historic moment, two women scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday. Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier and US biochemist Jennifer Doudna are the first women to share the prize (first time without a male collaborator) for their discovery known as CrisprCas9 genetic scissors. The winners will share the prize money of 10 million krona ($1,110,400). "I wish that this will provide a positive message specifically for young girls who would like to follow the path of science... and to INDIA AT A GLANCE Dinesh Kumar Khara takes over as Chairman of SBI KOLKATA: Dinesh Kumar Khara who took over as the new Chairman of the country's largest public sector Bank and lender-State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday for a three-year term, said ensuring proper safety for all SBI employees and implementation of total digitalization of the bank will be his top two priorities in the coming days. He said this while participating in a Webinar, his first after assuming the new office today. Khara was the Managing Director, Global Banking Subsidiaries of SBI and he succeeded Rajnish Kumar, who demitted office yesterday. Asked about his future plans when the nation was passing through an economic stagnation apart from other economic difficulties because of the global downturn particularly after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic ,Khara said in order to minimize the direct contact with the customers at the branch level the Bank's all out total digitalization programme would continue unabated. So far about 80 work of the work had been completed CORONA METER few weeks. "There is enormous power in this genetic tool, which affects us all. It has not only revolutionised basic science, but also resulted in innovative crops and will lead to ground-breaking new medical treatments," said Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision. This technology has had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true. Students of Jadavpur University Wednesday took part in a protest torchlight rally against brutal rape and murder of 19 years old girl in UP, in Kolkata. BSF APPREHENDED BANGLADESHIS WHILE CROSSING INTERNATIONAL BORDER Kolkata: On Oct 06 , at about 0730 hours Border Security Force under South Bengal Frontier, apprehended 4 Bangladesh national while they were in attempt to illegally cross over International Boundary from India to Bangladesh, through the location of Border Out Post Angrail, Block-Ghaighata, 158 Battalion under North 24 parganas.They disclosed their identity as: Yousuf Sheikh(40) Vill-Dharmapur, PO-Ajadi Bazar, PSFarikchari, Dist-Chattogram (Bangladesh). Khairunisha Sheikh (60) Vill-Dharmapur, POAjadi Bazar, PS-Farikchari, Dist-Chattogram (Bangladesh). Samir Sheikh (09) Vill- Dharmapur, PO-Ajadi Bazar, PS-Farikchari, Dist-Chattogram (Bangladesh). Shanti Sheikh(35) Vill+PO+PS - Belkuchi , Dist Sirajganj (Bangladesh). During preliminary questioning, Yousuf Sheikh, Khairunisha Sheikh and Samir Sheikh revealed that they are all Bangladeshi national resident of Dharmapur. They had come in India 2 years ago. Khairunisha Sheikh is an Indian who is married to a Bangladeshi national (Younus sheikh). She has 2 sons Yousuf sheikh and SabirSheikh. Her brother Maheboob Sheikh resides in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Their son was working in a cloth dyer factory. KOLKATA: State secretariat, Nabanna, will remain closed for cleanliness on Thursday and Friday. This information issued by state government, it has been said that for sanitization work, Nabanna will be closed on October 8 Thursday and October 9, Friday . Before this many times Nabanna has been kept closed for cleanliness. Although this has always been done on Saturday and Sundays. On normal days, this is going to happen for the first time when sanitation work is being done by keeping Nabanna closed. TRUST STATE'S FORMAL REPORT RELATED TO CRIME: HOME MINISTRY KOLKATA: On behalf of the state home ministry, it has been said that any report related to crime cannot be blindly trusted. For this it is only appropriate to rely on the formal report issued by the state government. IRCTC READY TO ROLL OVER ITS TEJAS EXPRESS TRAINS AGAIN NEW DELHI/ KOLKATA: The Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) a PSU of the Ministry of Railways is all set to restart the operation of its fleet of Tejas Express trains (Lucknow-New Delhi & Ahmedabad-Mumbai) again for the service of the people for catering to the growing passenger demand due the festive season. Both the trains are expected to restart operations from October 17th , 2020. The operation of these two Tejas Trains was suspended from 19th March, 2020 due to spread of Covid 19 Pandemic. On getting approval from the Ministry of Railways to again start the operation of the two popular corporate trains, IRCTC is making all round preparations to ensure that the trains once started match the expectation of the people in terms of levels of services and safety and health protocols amidst the ongoing pandemic. Every alternate seat will be kept vacant following the Social distancing norms for the initial period. A Standard Operation Procedure observing Covid19 protocol has been issued to ensure safety of the pas- sengers. Passengers will not be allowed to exchange their seats once seated. Use of face covers/masks will be mandatory for passengers and staff. All travelers will install the “Arogya Setu” app and the same shall be shown as and when demanded. Detailed instructions will be given to the passengers at the time of booking of tickets. All the passengers will be provided a Covid-19 protection kit which will contain a bottle of hand sanitizers, one mask, one face shield and one pair of gloves. All the passengers will go through thermal screening and hand sanitiza- tion process before entering the coach. The coach including pantry areas and lavatories will be thoroughly disinfected at regular intervals. The luggage and baggage of the passengers will be disinfected by a staff deputed for this purpose. Cleaning and regular disinfection of the frequently touched surface inside the coach will be done. The service trays and trolleys will also be disinfected. Both the trains have been received very well by the rail passengers in terms of quality of services, travel experience and punctuality.