YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 27 C WHAT INDIA CAN LEARN FROM NOBEL ECONOMY LAUREATES OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 14 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—152 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) DON'T NEED YOUR CERTIFICATE ON HINDUTVA: THACKERAY TO GUV MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has informed Governor B S Koshyari that a decision on reopening places of religious worship will be taken after careful consideration of the COVID-19 situation in the state. Responding to a letter by Koshyari a day earlier, Thackeray on Tuesday wrote to the Governor, saying the state government will consider his request to reopen these places. In his letter, Koshyari had mentioned that he has received three representations from delegations demanding that places of religious worship be reopened. In response, Thackeray pointed out the 'coincidence' that all the three letters Koshyari mentioned were from BJP office-bearers and supporters. An RSS veteran, Koshyari has been BJP's vice president and first president of that party's unit in Uttarakhand. INDIA, CHINA TALKS TO DE-ESCALATE BORDER TENSIONS ENDS IN DEADLOCK NEW DELHI: The seventh round of India and China military talks to resolve border disputes in Eastern Ladakh have ended in a deadlock. The de-escalation of forces at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during winter is highly unlikely and both the countries have to provide huge logistics. The military commander-level meeting between India and China took place for around 11 hours at Chushul on Sunday. The Indian Army has issued a statement saying the two sides had a sincere, indepth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the LAC in the western sector of India-China border areas. "They were of the view that these discussions were positive, constructive and had enhanced understanding of each other's positions," the Indian Army said. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 7,207,257 TOTAL DEATH: 110,163 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 38,153,664 TOTAL DEATH: 1,086,907 SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE LAKSHYA SEN ENTERS PRE-QUARTERS OF DENMARK OPEN Indian economy projected to grow 8.8 pc in 2021: IMF WASHINGTON: The Indian economy is projected to contract by 10.3 per cent this year due to impact of COVID19 but will rebound with 8.8 per cent growth the following year and regain its position as the fastest-growing emerging economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday. The global economic growth is estimated to dip by 4.4 per cent in 2020 and bounce back to 5.2 per cent growth in 2021, the IMF said in its latest 'World Economic Outlook' report, released ahead of the annual meeting of the IMF and the World Bank. "All emerging market and developing economy regions are expected to contract this year, including notably emerging Asia, where large economies, such as India and Indonesia, continue to try to bring the pandemic under control," the IMF said in its report. According to the IMF's projection, India is projected to regain its position as the fastest-growing emerging market and developing economies in 2021, with 8.8 per cent economic growth, followed by China at 8.2 per cent. It said that the revisions to the forecast are particularly large for India, where the Gross Domestic Production contracted much more severely than expected in the second quarter. The economic outlook of the developed countries including the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom are also projected to contract by 4.3, 5.3 and 9.8 per cent respectively according to the IMF report. "Countries with fast eco- Sadar hospital gets 79-bed Covid ward ANURAG THAKUR GOVT’S LATEST DEMAND STIMULUS NOT ENOUGH, IMPACT TO BE LIMITED As the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a couple of demand boosting measures along with loans to states for increasing capital expenditure after a lot of anticipation, concerns have again been raised over the adequacy and effectiveness of the measures. BUSINESS nomic or population growth (India, especially; China, to a lesser extent) and most oil producers are bound to experience larger economic costs by forgoing cheap forms of energy, such as coal or oil," the report said. "These output costs nevertheless remain modest relative to baseline growth for most. For example, with the policy package, India's GDP would be 277 per cent higher in 2050 than today, only moderately below what it would have been with unchanged policies (287 per cent)," it said. Circle Club, police along with forensic and bomb squad investigated the area in Kolkata. Covid death toll in Bengal touches 5744 with 62 deaths KOLKATA: With a total number 5744 people dying including 62 during the last 24 hours, because of Covid-19 pandemic in West Bengal so far since March, and another altogether 3631 people getting affected in one day today, the overall pandemic scenario has caused huge concern for everybody. The latest Medical Bulletin issued by the state Health Department informed here tonight that despite all out efforts by the doctors, nurses and other Frontline Warriors, the total number of deaths reached the figure of 5744 with as many as 62 casualties during the last 24 hours only. At the same time a record number of 3631 more people were affected by the disease and admitted to hospitals for treatment, the bulletin said adding as a result the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal crossed a record figure of 3 lakhs for the first time to touch 3,02,020 today , up from 2,98,389 yesterday Among today's 62 new casualties, 28 were the residents of Kolkata and 25 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 3,631 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 2510 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 like the last few days, once again increased by 384 today, from 368 yesterday to take their total number to exactly 30,988 from 30,604 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 come down to a range of 42,000 per day from around as high as 47,000 at one point of time. With the daily tests reaching the figure of 42,237 tonight compared to 40,056 yesterday, the total number of tests now touched the astounding figure of over 3.7 million to 37,75,893 tonight from 37,33,656 yesterday, the Bulletin said But in spite of that, the rate of recovery of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal during the day remained stagnant at 87.84 per cent since yesterday, compared to the national average of around 86 per cent. Altogether 3,185 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 2,65,288 people, up from 2,62,103 people yesterday, were able to return home after recovery. RANCHI: Deputy Commissioner Chhavi Ranjan and Civil Surgeon Dr. B B Prasad jointly inaugurated the new Covid ward in Sadar Hospital. The new ward is equipped with 79 oxygen-supported beds which will help meet the requirement of patients who require oxygen support. The newly inaugurated ward will cater to the needs of mild symptomatic patients or those who do not require ventilator support. Dr. Prasad said that initially oxygen supported beds have been installed but shortly, even ventilator-supported beds will be made available. Ranjan expressed hope that the new ward will take care of surging cases of corona patients. Even patients with mild symptoms could be admitted to the new ward, he added. Meanwhile, the State on Tuesday reported 701 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 93736. Seven deaths were also reported, four from Ranchi and one each from Bokaro, Chatra, and Dhanbad. Among the samples tested positive, 364 cases were reported from Ranchi, 18 from Chaibasa, 17 from Koderma, 48 from Jamshedpur, 5 from Giridih, 15 from Garhwa, 8 from Palamu, 7 from Ramgarh, 8 from Deoghar, 38 from Bokaro, 28 from Dhanbad, 12 from Hazaribagh, 20 from Saraikela, 6 from Khunti, 4 from Latehar, 5 from Sahebganj, 15 from Godda and 11 from Jamtara. Meanwhile, 853 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Maximum of 289 patients recovered from the virus in Ranchi, 133 in Jamshedpur, 91 from Dhanbad, 38 from Garhwa, 28 from Hazaribagh, and 28 from Saraikela. Active cases reached 7617 and total of 85314 patients recovered from the virus so far in the state. However, 805 people lost their lives. Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID19 infected patients has increased to 91.01 percent which is a good sign for us. As per the bulletin, the doubling rate of Covid-19 in the state was 89.12 days against the national doubling rate of 65.89 days. In the past one week, the growth rate of Covid-19 in Jharkhand was 0.85 per cent. NIA chargesheet: Stan Swamy got AG to SC: Media freely commenting on pending cases amounts to contempt Rs 8 lakh for CPI-Maoist activities NEW DELHI: Attorney General K.K. Venugopal on Tuesday submitted before the Supreme Court that media comments on pending cases are an attempt to influence judges and their outcome, which is equivalent to contempt of court. The Centre's top law officer contended before a bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar that issues should be clubbed with the questions of law formulated by the top court in 2009 contempt case against advocate Prashant Bhushan. He added that the top court has already upheld that any attempt to influence a sub judice matter will amount to contempt. The AG said: "Print and electronic media are freely commenting on pending ‘PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA ARE FREELY COMMENTING ON PENDING CASES, WHICH IS AN ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF A MATTER’ cases, which is an attempt to influence the outcome of a matter." He added that this amounts to contempt and asked the top court to examine the role of media. Venugopal emphasised that the trend in media has taken serious proportions these days. Citing a plea in connection with a bail matter, he added when a bail plea of an accused is scheduled for hearing, a TV channel flashes conversations (between accused and someone), which is very damaging to the accused. Citing the Rafale matter, Venugopal said when this matter was scheduled for a hearing before the top court, then there were big articles and commentaries with extracts of certain documents, which was published in the morning of the same day. He contended these issues should also be examined when the top court decides issues connected with the kind of speech and publication amounts to contempt. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing Bhushan, disagreed with the AG's suggestions to club these issues in the Bhushan's contempt matter. Dhavan added issues related to sub-judice cases are already covered by the Sahara judgement, and clubbing these issues together would eventually complicate the matter under consideration of the court. NEW DELHI: Stan Swamy, who was arrested last week from Ranchi in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case, possessed Maoist propaganda material and received Rs eight lakh to carry out activities of the banned CPI-Maoist, NIA has said in its chargesheet. The NIA said it among the documents seized from Swamy' residence were "guide of encrypted data communication on GSM network", "an essential underground handbook", "letter between comrades for using encryption, "mini-manual of urban guerilla". The chargesheet said that a letter was seized from Swamy,83, which instructed that all Scheduled Castes (SC) leaders should work with "the principle of no rest, no negligence and no mercy and to do everything possible to disrupt the fake development propaganda disseminated by star campaigners of BJP-RSS corporate-friendly family". "Our aim should be to stop them from making inroads into tribal masses and lower-middle-class population," the letter said. The chargesheet said Swamy is convenor of Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC), "a frontal organisation of CPI-Maoist". "Investigation has revealed that he received Rs 8 lakh through one Mohan for furtherance of the CPI Maoist activities. He is convenor of PPSC," the chargesheet said. The agency said that Swamy was in communication with CPI Maoist cadre Arun and was communicated that a huge "irrevocable" damage has been caused to the party after the arrest of urban CPI-Maoist cadres from different parts of the country, particularly Maharashtra. The communication also referred to directives being issued from time to time from the party not being followed in a proper manner due to which heavy damage had been caused to the party. It talked of the need "to avoid any such mistakes" in the future. NIA said it was communicated to Swamy "to submit the report on the progress of work assigned to him in time for future planning". ‘Hurried’ cremation was violation of fundamental rights: HC LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has said that the 'hurried cremation' of the woman victim was in gross violation of fundamental and human rights. It was done in the late hours of the night, without following proper rituals and without handing over the corpse to the family of the deceased. The court, in its detailed order issued on Tuesday after the hearing on Monday, said that the larger issue which this incident raises impacts such rights of other residents of the entire state of Uttar Pradesh. The court, referring to certain precedents, observed that right to dignity and fair treatment enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India is not only available to a living person, but also to his/her body after death. The court order said that "no one should indulge in character assassination of the victim just as the accused should not be pronounced guilty before a fair trial." The court, which took up the matter suo motu, is hearing the account of the government and the family of the 20-year-old Hathras woman who died last month after brutal torture and alleged gang rape. The order said that though the administration may not have categorically refused the family members to see the face of the deceased but the fact remains that it was not shown to any of them in spite of their repeated requests. Thus, the expanded fundamental right to life to live with dignity and to exist with dignity even after death as well as right to decent burial/cremation appears to have been infringed, hurting the sentiments of not only the family members but of all persons and relatives assembled on the spot. HATHRAS CASE: CBI TEAM RECORDS STATEMENT OF VICTIM’S FAMILY MEMBERS HATHRAS: A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the alleged gang rape and murder of 19-year-old Dalit woman on Tuesday visited the crime scene at the Boolgarhi village here and recorded the statements of her family members separately. The CBI team also took her elder brother along with them to record his statement at the district agriculture office. The CBI, which registered a case of alleged gang rape and murder of the Hathras victim on Sunday. PG 7 The order pointed out, "Thus, one of the crucial issues that springs up for our consideration, apart from criminality which is under investigation by the police/CBI for the purposes of trial, is whether the hasty cremation of the dead body of the victim in the odd hours of the night without revealing her face to the family members and allowing them to undertake the necessary rituals in the absence of their consent and presence would amount to denying decent cremation in gross violation of her fundamental/human rights as enshrined under Articles 21 and 25 of the Constitution of India. If so, who is responsible for the same so as to fix their accountability and liability and how the family of the victim be compensated for it." It said, "The anxiety of the court as of now is on two counts; firstly, whether there was any THE COURT, REFERRING TO CERTAIN PRECEDENTS, OBSERVED THAT RIGHT TO DIGNITY AND FAIR TREATMENT ENSHRINED UNDER ARTICLE 21 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA IS NOT ONLY AVAILABLE TO A LIVING PERSON, BUT ALSO TO HIS/HER BODY AFTER DEATH. violation of fundamental rights of the deceased victim and her family; and secondly, the larger issues involved in the context of such rights which are generally available to all residents of the state and even beyond it so that valuable constitutional rights are not compromised casually and whimsically." The court directed the additional chief secretary (Home) to come out with a draft policy by the next date of hearing on both the points, referred to above, so that proper guidelines in that regard may be laid down to avoid incidents of this kind in the future. The court directed the state administration to ensure the safety and security of the family members of the victim. It said that the inquiry/investigation which is being carried out in the matter, either by the SIT or by any other agency such as the CBI, be kept in full confidentially and no report or post thereof is leaked out in the public. No officer who is not directly connected with the investigation should make any statement in public regarding commission of the offence alleged or otherwise, based on evidence collected as it can lead to unnecessary speculation and confusion amongst the masses.