YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 27 C THE DRUG-HIGH B’WOOD DILEMMA: RHEA MAY BE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12 YEAR—7, ISSUE—147 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803 UCO Bank reduces MCLR Rates KOLKATA: Leading public sector bank - UCO Bank has decided to reduce its Marginal Cost of Funds Based Lending Rates (MCLR) by 5 basis points across all the tenors with effect from 10 October. Informing this sources at the Risk Management Department of the Kolkata Headquartered Bank said this evening that from Saturday the revised oneyear MCLR would be 7.30 per cent, down from the present 7.35 per cent. Similarly, the revised overnight, one-month, three-months and six months tenor MCLR would now stand at 6.70 per cent,6.85 per cent,6.95per cent and 7.20per cent respectively, which were 5 basis points lower than their existing levels, the sources said. As a result, all MCLR linked loans would also become cheaper now. Saffron brigade creates a WARZONE KOLKATA : It was a challenging day for the State administration to control, tackle and manage the wrath of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP, protesting against political killings and various issues including Amphan relief works. The twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah witnessed a scuffle between saffron brigade and police, where police resorted to lathi charge and tear gas to disperse the mob which was supposed to reach Nabanna, the state secretariat. Party’s young brigade was too rough and tough against the ruling party as well as the State government in their behaviour and attitude. This has prompted the state administration to become more tactical and practical to control the unruly mob in a systematic manner. Water cannons, batons and different types of gas shells along with various barricades were used to control the protesters. This has restricted injuries for both the sides as sources pointed out.Highly placed government sources confirmed that dozens of protesters were rounded up, including one with firearms, from Howrah Maidan area. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 6,835,100 TOTAL DEATH: 105,569 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 36,473,774 TOTAL DEATH: 1,061,813 WORLD Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE INFLATION HIGH PAK; FINANCIAL COLLAPSE, FATF CURBS IS THE NEXT BSF RESCUED CATTLE AND SEIZED PHENSEDYL KOLKATA: BSF troops of South Bengal Frontier rescued 06 cattle worth Rs 20,486/- and seized 1301 Bottles Phensedyl worth Rs 2,20,767/-during the AntiTrans Border crimes operation on 07/08October, 2020, while these were being smuggled to Bangladesh through the different locations of the border districts. Acting on specific information, on 07 Oct, 2020, at around 19.40 hours, the BSF troops of BOP Bamnabad, 117 Battalion, under Sector Berhampore, observed suspicious movement of some miscreants along with head loads near duty line.On being challenged by BSF troops, the Acting on specific information, on 07 Oct, 2020, at around 19.40 hours, the BSF troops of BOP Bamnabad, 117 Battalion, under Sector Berhampore, observed suspicious movement of some miscreants along with head loads near duty line. miscreantsfled away taking advantage of darkness and dense bushes leaving behind the head loads. On thorough search of area, troops recovered 02 plastic bags containing 520 bottles Phensedylfrom the spot. In another incident, on the intervening night of 07/08 Oct, 2020, at around 2330 hours, acting on specific information, the BSF troops of BOP Churiantpur, 24 Battalion, under Sector Malda, observed suspicious movement of 15-20 miscreants along with contraband items near Indo-Bangladesh Border Fence (IBBF).On being challenged by BSF troops, the miscreants adopt- ed aggressive posture and surrounded one of the BSF troops with sharp edged iron dah. Sensing imminent danger to his life, BSF troops fired 02 Round of Non-Lethal Pump Action Gun (PAG). Thereafter, the miscreantsfled away taking advantage of darkness and thick vegetation. On thorough search of area, troops recovered 582 bottles Phensedyl from the spot. Besides, the BSF troops succeeded to foil smuggling attempts of smugglers as well as rescued 06 cattle and 199 bottles Phensedyl from their respective areas of responsibilities in South Bengal Border. Apollo Hospitals announce India's first double lung transplant during Covid KOLKATA: The Chennai headquartered Apollo Hospitals Group today announcement the first Double Lung Transplant of a patient during the COVID pandemic in India to once again prove its leadership position in the field of organ transplants. Informing this sources at Apollo Hospitals Group quoting Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of the multi disciplinary renowned hospital Group, said here today that a 39-year-old patient whose lung condition deteriorated significantly during the nationwide lockdown, months before the transplant, was put on Extra Corporeal M e m b r a n e Oxygenation(ECMO)to support his heart and lungs till donor lungs were available. The double lung transplant surgery took place successfully on 29 July at the Apollo Hospitals and after a robust recovery; the transplant recipient was discharged a month later on 27 August, the sources informed. Claiming that Apollo Hospital's transplant programme had come a long way since its inception, Dr Reddy said the first double lung transplant during COVID times was an exemplary achievement and was possible for adopting the latest medical advances and technology 'to reinforce our leadership position in the healthcare space'. 'Our transplant journey has seen numerous milestones and firsts that are testament to our continuing efforts to be a leader in organ transplant surgery, not just in India but globally', Dr Reddy said adding from the first successful paediatric liver transplant, first successful adult cadaveric transplant, first successful liver transplant for acute liver failure, first combined liver-kidney and other simultaneous multi-organ transplants were the Apollo Group's long lists of success. Right to freedom of speech most abused these days: SC observes NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Centre for filing an affidavit short on details in a plea seeking strong action against media houses for demonizing the Muslim community in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat event. The top court highlighted the abuse of freedom of speech during the hearing. A bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta: "You cannot treat the court the way you are treating it in this case." The bench cited that the Centre's affidavit has been filed by a junior officer, and it is also extremely evasive and does not provide details on the aspect of bad reporting during the Tablighi Jamaat event. The bench asked "How can you say there was no incident (of bad reporting)?" Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the petitioners, contended before the bench that Centre's response seems, the petitioner is citing bad reporting, as an attempt to muzzle the freedom of speech. The Chief Justice replied, the Centre is entitled to make an argument, but "this freedom of speech may be the most abused freedom in recent times". The Chief Justice insisted the secretary of the department concerned must file an affidavit pointing out the observation in connection with reporting on the incident. The bench also asked for information on Acts, which have exercised similar powers in the past, and had a brief discussion on the implication of the Cable Television Networks Act. Mehta submitted that a SAME SEX COUPLE MOVES HC FOR LEGAL RECOGNITION OF MARRIAGE NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has referred, to a division bench, a plea filed by a same sex couple who approached it, seeking legal recognition of their marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969. The petition was listed before a single judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla who has referred the matter to a two judge bench. The two petitioners, an Indian citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India, are two gay men who married in Washington D.C in 2017. As per their plea, they had, on March 5, approached the Indian Consulate in New York to register their marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act. PG 7 fresh affidavit will be filed on the next hearing. The bench said it wants to know, does the government have any powers to ban or question the TV broadcast and insisted the Centre should file an affidavit detailing steps it had taken to stop broadcasts in TV channels which targeted a single community. The observations from the top court came during the hearing of a plea led Jamait Ulama-i-Hind seeking action against media reports indulging in communalizing the Tablighi Jamaat meeting held in Delhi in March. UNION MINISTER RAM VILAS PASWAN PASSES AWAY Visitors gather to see the newly recruited Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jet during the 88th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad on Thursday. ANI Trinity of reforms will impact every Indian, says PM Modi NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India has undertaken a trinity of reforms in the education, labour and agriculture and together they will impact almost every Indian. The Prime Minister was delivering the keynote address at the Annual Invest India Conference organised with a special focus on strengthening business ties between India and Canada. Inviting Canadian investors, the PM emphasised that India has undertaken structural reforms aiming to improve productivity and prosperity, and is also going through a rapid change in mindset and markets. "India has embarked on a journey of de-regulation and decriminalisation of various offences under the Companies Act. India has risen from 142 to 63 in the World Bank's ranking of ease of doing business ratings in the last five years," said the PM. He emphasised that reforms in labour laws greatly reduced the number of labour codes, which favours both -- the employee and the PM Modi addresses at Annual Invest India Conference in Canada via video conference, in New Delhi on Thursday. employer. The PM said there is an opportunity to grow, as during the Covid-19, there were various kinds of problems. However India has shown resilience and emerged as a land of resolution. He insisted that the FDI regime has been liberalised and a favourable regime created for ANI sovereign wealth and pension funds. PM Modi said reforms in education will enable foreign universities to come to the country. He added: "We are proactively monetising assets across sectors: airports, railways, highways, power transmission lines." NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, who was admitted to a private hospital here for the last several days, passed away on Thursday evening, his family members said. He was 74. The news of his demise was announced by his son Chirag Paswan, who tweeted: "Father, now you are no more in this world but wherever you are, you will be with me. Miss you papa..." He also shared an old photo of him and his father along with the tweet. According to his close family members, Paswan breathed his last on Thursday evening at around 8.20 p.m. at the Fortis Hospital here where he was admitted for several days. Paswan was a minister in the Narendra Modi government, the UPA government as well as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre. His death came just days after his son and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan decided to go solo in the Bihar assembly polls. Meanwhile, in a modification to the reopening guidelines, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday allowed political parties to hold rallies in 12 election bound states before October 15. The order came in the wake of the announcement by the Election Commission of India to hold state elections in Bihar and bypolls in 11 states for Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies that are scheduled on October 28, November 3. Austere poet of human trauma and renewal wins Literature Nobel NEW DELHI: Acclaimed American poet Louise Gluck, who draws on classical mythology, family life and nature in her precise and spare rendition of certain traumatic facets of the human condition such as pain and loss -- both personal and public -- but also longing and self-realisation, was on Thursday awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2020. The New York-born Gluck, 77, is the 16th woman to win the prestigious prize, and the first American to receive it since singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 2016. The Swedish Academy cited "her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal" in selecting her for the prestigious prize. Gluck, who overcame her anorexia affliction, disrupted education and lack of academic qualification, and writer's block to emerge an important voice in American letters over her over half-decade career, has at least 12 volumes of poetry and several collections of essays on poetry to her credit. Her most recent published work was "American Originality: Essays on Poetry" (2017). Publishing her first collection of poems "Firstborn" in 1968 to some positive feedback, she subsequently complained of writer's block but said it slowly dissipated after she started teaching poetry in a Vermont college. It was her second volume "The House on Marshland" (1975), which brought her to prominence, and showcased "her distinctive voice", as per American critic Daniel Morris. Assessing her work, Nobel Committee Chairman Anders Olsson said her poetic oeuvre is "characterised by a striving for clarity". "Childhood and family life, Louise Gluck, an acclaimed American poet. the close relationship with parents and siblings, is a thematic that has remained central with her. In her poems, the self listens for what is left of its dreams and delusions, and nobody can be harder than she in confronting the illusions of the self," he wrote on the Nobel Prize's website. However, as Olsson, and many scholars have noted, that while Gluck draws on her own life for her work, she is not a "confessional poet", like, say, Sylvia Plath, and her verse eschews ethnic, religious or gender categories of identity politics, or a definite classification. Gluck, instead, prefers to use prominent figures from GrecoRoman mythology such as Dido, the Queen of Carthage whose unrequited love for Aeneas doomed her, Persephone, the Greek goddess of Spring and abducted by the Lord of the Underworld, the gloomy Hades, to be his bride, and Eurydice, who almost came back from the land of dead due to her suitor's persistence. Then, her book-length sixpart poem "October" (2004), drawing largely on Greek mythology, deals with the 9/11 attack. But, Gluck also uses nonhuman narrators, with her work "The Wild Iris" where garden flowers talk to a gardener and a deity about the nature of life. Poem "The Red Poppy" goes: "The great thing/is not having/a THE SWEDISH ACADEMY CITED "HER UNMISTAKABLE POETIC VOICE THAT WITH AUSTERE BEAUTY MAKES INDIVIDUAL EXISTENCE UNIVERSAL" IN SELECTING HER FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE. mind. Feelings:/oh, I have those; they/govern me. I have a lord in heaven/called the sun, and open/for him, showing him/the fire of my own heart, fire/like his presence...., while in "Snowdrops", on rebirth and redemption in changing seasons, goes: I did not expect to survive,/earth suppressing me. I didn't expect/to waken again, to feel/in damp earth my body/able to respond again, remembering/after so long how to open again/in the cold light/of earliest spring -..." But it is not always gloom and pain in Gluck's poetry. She can sometimes also display a trenchant wit, as Olsson points out, the collection "Vita Nova" ends: "I thought my life was over and my heart was broken./Then I moved to Cambridge." Currently an Adjunct Professor of English and Rosenkranz Writer in Residence at Yale University, she is the recipient of a host of prominent literary awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature in 1981, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for "The Wild Iris", and the National Book Award in 2014 for "Faithful and Virtuous Night". She was also Poet Laureate of the United States (2003-04).