YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 26 C IS PASSING OF LAWS ENOUGH TO TACKLE CRIME AGAINST WOMEN? OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 19 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—157 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE JP NADDA TO VISIT WEST BENGAL TODAY NEW DELHI: BJP president J P Nadda will be on a day-long visit to Siliguri in West Bengal on Monday to attend several events. The assembly polls are scheduled in West Bengal in the first half of the next year and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a determined bid to put an end to Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee's 10year-old reign, following an impressive show in the state in last year's Lok Sabha polls. In a statement, BJP's chief spokesperson Anil Baluni said Nadda will hold separate meetings with party leaders and representatives of various social groups in Siliguri. HYDERABAD FLOODS AFFECTED OVER 37,000 FAMILIES: GHMC HYDERABAD: Torrential rains and flash floods in Hyderabad have affected over 37,000 families, a top civic official said on Sunday. The heavy rains and floods on October 1314 and again on October 17 inundated many areas, affecting 37,400 families. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Lokesh Kumar said due to heavy rains on October 13, various localities were inundated and about 35,309 families were affected. Another 2,100 families were evacuated to safer places on October 17. He said that the GHMC intensified relief operations and were taking steps. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 7,504,743 TOTAL DEATH: 114,154 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 40,052,300 TOTAL DEATH: 1,115,869 DELAYED INDIAN DOMESTIC CRICKET SEASON TO START ONLY IN 2021 SPORTS Morning India India, China militaries to hold eighth round of talks over border dispute NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese military commanders will meet for the eighth time next week to deliberate on resolving the border dispute in eastern Ladakh, after all earlier rounds of talks ended up in deadlock with no sign of de-escalation at the Line of Actual Control even as the winter is setting in. The last meeting of the military commanders from both sides to resolve the six month standoff was held at Chushul on October 12 but too ended without any resolution of the dispute. After the meeting, the Indian Army had issued a statement, saying that the two sides had a sincere, indepth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of the IndiaChina border, and "were of the view that these discussions were positive, constructive and had enhanced understanding of each other's positions". It had also had said that both sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and arrive at a mutually acceptable solution for disengagement as early as possible. Temperatures at critical mountain peaks and passes along the disputed IndiaChina border have dropped to minus 20 degrees Celsius throwing up a fresh challenge to the thousands of troops amassed by both sides. On August 30, India occupied critical mountain heights like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop, that were unmanned till now, on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake. It also made some deployments near Blacktop also. The deployment came after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move. Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allows India to dominate Spangur Gap under Chinese control and Covid infection continued to rise in Bengal KOLKATA: The Covid-19 infection continued its surge in West Bengal as for the sixth consecutive day the highest single-day spike of 3,983 new cases pushed the tally to 3,21,036, the bulletin released by the state health department said. The COVID19 death toll in West Bengal mounted beyond the 6k-mark to reach 6,056 after 64 more people succumbed to the disease on Sunday, it said. Since Saturday, 3,113 people have recovered from the disease taking the discharge rate to 87.55 per cent. The total number of recoveries in West Bengal till Sunday is 2,81,053, the bulletin said. North 24 Parganas district accounted for 17 deaths, while the metropolis registered 13 and Howrah (7), it said. There were four Covid-19 deaths in Hooghly, while three each in South 24 Parganas, Birbhum and Uttar Dinajpur. Two such deaths each were recorded in the districts of Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Nadia, Malda and Jalpaiguri while one each from Paschim Bardhaman, Purba Medinipur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Alipurduar, the bulletin elaborated. Of the 64 deaths, 53 were caused primarily due to the co-morbidities where Covid19 was incidental. Among the fresh cases, the maximum of 838 were found in North 24 Parganas while 813 from the city, Howrah (269) and South 24 Parganas (264), it said. The number of active cases rose to 33,927. In the last 24 hours, 43,520 samples have been tested in West Bengal taking the total number of such clinical tests to 39,91,270, the bulletin said. GUIDELINES FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC from METRO RAILWAY KOLKATA: The General Public are being requested to desist from the following acts or omissions while being in Railway stations, trains or other Railway areas :1.Not wearing a mask or wearing a mask improperly. 2. Not maintaining social distancing. 3.Coming to the Railway area or station or boarding a train after having been declared Covid positive. 4.Coming to Railway area or station or boarding a train after giving samples for testing of coronavirus and awaiting result. 5.Boarding a train after having been denied to undertake travel by the health check up team at the Railway station. 6. Spitting or wilful ejection of body fluid/waste in a public area. 7.Activities which may create unclean or unhygienic conditions or affect public health and safety in Railway stations and trains. 8. Not adhering to any of the guidelines issued by Railway administration for prevention of spread of coronavirus. 9. Any other act or omission likely to aid in the spread of coronavirus. Since these acts or omissions are likely to aid in the spread of coronavirus, they will tantamount to interference with passenger amenities provided by the Railway administration. Wilful omission or neglect endangering or causing to be endangered the safety of any person or rash and negligent act or omission likely to endanger the safety of any person travelling or being upon any Railway may be punished with imprisonment and/or fine under section 145, 153 and 154 of Railway Act 1989. Artist gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga at the Bagbazar Sarbojonin in Kolkata on Sunday Moloy Ghatak attended a blood donation camp in Budha, Asansol on Sunday. India successfully test fires Brahmos missile form navy ship NEW DELHI, Oct 18 (IANS) India successfully test fires Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from Indian Navy's stealth destroyer on Sunday. "Brahmos, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired today on 18th October 2020 from Indian Navy's indigenouslybuilt stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea," the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said in a statement. The missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres. Brahmos as 'prime strike weapon' will ensure the warship's invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy. The highly versatile Brahmos has been jointly designed, developed and produced by India and Russia. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, BrahMos and Indian Navy for the successful launch. Chairman DRDO G. Satheesh Reddy, congratulated the scientists and all personnel of DRDO, Active COVID-19 cases below 8 lakh for 2nd day in row; recovery rate 88.03 pc NEW DELHI: Maintaining a "steady declining trend", the number of active COVID-19 cases in India stayed below eight lakh for the second consecutive day on Sunday and comprised 10.45 per cent of the total caseload, the Union Health Ministry said. There are 7,83,311 active cases of coronavirus infection as on date. The total number of recoveries have surged to 65,97,209 and exceed active cases by 58,13,898. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the country has improved to 88.03 per cent, the ministry said. As many as 22 states and Union Territories, including Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, have less than 20,000 active cases. Also, 10 states and Union Territories, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Telangana, Rajasthan and Odisha have over 20,000 but less than 50,000 active cases, while three states -- Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala have more than 50,000 active infections, the ministry said. "The declining trend of the active cases is complemented by the unbroken rising number of recovered cases," it highlighted. A total of 72,614 coronavirus patients have recovered and discharged in a day while 61,871 new infections were reported during the same period, according to the health ministry data. The ministry said 79 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Maharashtra has contributed the maximum with over 14,000 singleday recoveries. Also, 79 per cent of the 61,871 new cases are from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, the ministry said. Maharashtra reported over 10,000 new cases followed by Kerala with more than 9,000 cases. BARC India expresses dismay at Republic Network ‘IT HAS NOT COMMENTED ON THE ONGOING PROBE AND HELPING ENFORCEMENT AGENCY’ MUMBAI: Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India has slammed news channel Republic network for disclosing confidential communication and misrepresenting the same. In a statement, BARC India also said that it has not commented on the ongoing investigation and it is providing necessary assistance to the law enforcement agency. "BARC India has not commented on the ongoing investigation and it is providing necessary assistance to the law enforcement agency," the body said in a statement released on Sunday. "BARC India is highly disappointed with the actions of the Republic network by disclosing private and confidential communications and misrepresenting the same. BARC India reiterates that it has not commented on the ongoing investigation and without prejudice to BARC India's rights, it expresses its dismay at the actions of the Republic Network," it further read. The statement comes in response to Republic network claiming that BARC's response in an e-mail exchange with the channel stands in contradiction to the allegations levelled by Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh. Earlier this month, the Mumbai Police busted a major fraud of manipulating TRP (Television Rating Point) data by at least three TV channels and also made arrests with regard to it. Meanwhile, a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah indicated disapproval of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on reopening of temples, the state's ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi on Sunday expressed satisfaction and said the matter would be now "closed". Shiv Sena chief Spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut told media persons that Shah is the country's Home Minister, and speaks with caution and responsibility. Besides, the Raj Bhavans and the office of Governor is a Constitutional post which come under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs, he added. "The Governor's letter, followed by the CM's reply, created an avoidable controversy, which we haven't started. However, we are satisfied with Shah's stand in the matter. We thank him for understanding the reasons behind our anger," Raut said, signalling an end to the embarrassing "letter-war". Asked about the controversy, Shah, in a TV interview on Saturday evening, said: "I have read the letter. He (Governor) has made a passing reference. I believe some restraint could have been exercised." Koshyari's letter to Thackeray on October 12, followed by the Chief Minister's reply the next morning, had sparked off a massive political furore with the ruling Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress targeting the Governor and several leaders seeking his dismissal. In a strongly-worded letter, NCP President Sharad Pawar complained about the Governor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that same evening. The next day (October 14), the Congress, in a press conference in New Delhi, lashed out at Koshyari, seeking to know that since he is also holding charge as Governor of Goa, why has he not written a similar letter to the Goa Chief Minister on the issue of reopening of temples. BrahMos, Indian Navy and industry for the successful feat. He stated that Brahmos missiles will add to the capabilities of Indian Armed Forces in many ways. The people in Jammu and Kashmir seek a decent and a quality life like anyone else in the world and do not want violence, says the Indian Army's commander in Kashmir Lt General B.S. Raju. "What people here want is just a quality and decent life like anyone else in the world wants. This is the common man's aspiration in the Valley," Lt Gen Raju, who commands the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told IANS. However, there is a small component of Over Ground Workers which is aligned to the cause which is inimical to the armed forces, he said. "One or two percent of such people drive the agenda. The silent masses suffer because of this small component," he contended. Lt Gen Raju said that after abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year, a lockdown was imposed to ensure that there was no civilian casualty. Then, there was a lockdown by local All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Fire in the city KOLKATA: There was a fire incident at Kolkata at Bowbazar PS area at about 3.10 am. Fire bursts out in the 4th floor of a 6th storied building namely United Insurance Building at C R Avenue. Five fire tenders reached the spot. Fire was extinguished at about 4.05 am. Three residents of the building were injured in the incident. They were Trilochon Behera of 58 years, Satyadhan Behera of 45 years and Navin Kr Behera of 60 years. They were admitted to the Disaster ward of Trauma Care Unit of SSKM Hospital. Every three persons had burned injuries. Cause of fire and extent of damage yet to be ascertained. ASI died in Corona KOLKATA: An assistant sub-inspector of the fifth battalion of Kolkata Armed Police succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday morning taking the total number of policemen of the Kolkata Police dying because of the deadly disease to over 15, a senior officer said. Assistant Sub Inspector Siddhanta Shekhar De, in his mid-50s, who was fighting against the COVID-19 for the last couple of weeks, died at a private hospital in the city on Sunday morning, he said. Later, Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma in a tweet stated that the Force stands beside the bereaved family. "Lost our colleague ASI Siddhanta Shekhar De to COVID19. We stand by his family members in this time of grief. Corona Martyr Salute," Sharma tweeted. 5,807 names struck off Pak’s travel blacklist ISLAMABAD: Names of 5,807 individuals were struck off Pakistan's travel blacklist after consultation with relevant agencies and departments, the Interior Ministry announced. The decision on Saturday came after Interior Minister retired Brig Ijaz Ahmad Shah took notice of the problems being faced by citizens whose names remained on the blacklist for a long time, reports Dawn news.