YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 24 C ANKHI STEPPING DOWN IS EYEWASH: FACEBOOK WON'T CHANGE ITS WAYS OPINION Sky will be clear. Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 30 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—164 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE GOVT RELEASING ONE LAKH TONNE OF ONION BUFFER STOCK: TOMAR INDORE: Amid the soaring prices of onion, Union Agriculture Minister has said one lakh tonne of buffer stock of the key kitchen staple is being released by the government to provide relief to people. He was talking to reporters on Wednesday after taking part in a rally in Dharampuri town of Indore district ahead of the November 3 bypolls to 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh. "The government has already taken cognisance of the issue of rising prices of onion and its one lakh tonne of buffer stock is being released through NAFED," Tomar said. "We had imposed a ban on the export of onion from the country well in time and opened routes for its import," he said. PG 7 INDIA-US PARTNERSHIP HAS GROWN IN EVERY DOMAIN: MEA NEW DELHI: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Thursday stated that there was a sense of satisfaction that the partnership between India and the United States had grown in every domain during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. "The discussions (during third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue) covered various elements of our bilateral partnership, and there was a sense of satisfaction that our partnership has grown in virtually every domain including trade, energy, defence and education. We are also engaging more intensively on matters of national security and both sides are working more closely on multilateral formats," said Srivastava at his weekly media briefing. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,064,289 TOTAL DEATH: 120,743 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 44,965,770 TOTAL DEATH: 1,181,692 BACKING EXPERIENCE OVER YOUTH BACKFIRED FOR CSK: BRIAN LARA SPORTS Morning India Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar meets Union Home Minister during his two day visit to Delhi KOLKATA: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday during his two day visit to Delhi. While BJP State President Dilip Ghosh called it a routine visit, Dhankhar in his press conference after meeting Shah raised concern over the law and order situation in West Bengal and condemned the state administration including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Dhankhar said, “I do not believe in criticism. I believe in restructuring.” The Governor chose not to comment on what the discussion was with the Union Home Minister while he is believed to have submitted a report on the law and order situation in the state. “What is happening in West Bengal is contrary to the democracy mentioned in the constitution. I wrote a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stating that the constitution was being violated in the state. I said that we should handle this situation together. But did not get the answer.” Said Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. “I demanded the DGP to be held accountable for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state by September 28. But that day I received a letter from the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister spoke on behalf of the DGP! This incident had happened before. Rajiv Kumar was then the Commissioner of Police in Calcutta,” added the Governor who also expressed concern over a terror network operating in West Bengal referring to nine Al Qaeda operatives arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in September, six being from Murshidabad district. Trinamool Congress(TMC) reacting sharply to the Governor’s comments, “The Governor of West Bengal is a loudspeaker of BJP. Did he go to meet the Home Minister or did he go to meet his BJP leaders? He has done it around 99 times, so this must be chapter 100. Once again he went to Delhi with his garbage of lies. All across Bengal the festive occasion was held peacefully. The joy of the festival was shared by crores of people in Bengal in harmony. He is a disgrace to Raj Bhavan,” said Kalyan Banerjee in his comments. From Delhi the Governor will head to Darjeeling for a month visit, which comes after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM) leader Bimal Gurung who was absconding for two years resurfaced saying that he will support TMC and withdraw support too the NDA after 12 years of their association. The TMC is questioning his long visit to the hills too months ahead of the Assembly elections. Pakistan accepts role in Pulwama attack HAILS IT AS ACHIEVEMENT UNDER IMRAN KHAN GOVT ISLAMABAD: In an official acknowledgement of its role in Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan Federal minister Fawad Chaudhry boasted in National Assembly on Thursday that "Pulwama was achievement under leadership of Imran Khan" and that "Hindustan ko ghus ke maara hai". "We hit India by entering inside. Our achievement in Pulwama is the achievement of the entire community under the leadership of Imran Khan. You all also have credit (for it), Chaudhry told the National Assembly on Thursday. The dastardly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, 2019 claimed the lives of 40 personnel. Terrorists rammed an explosive-laden vehicle in the bus. The convoy had of 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan had repeatedly denied responsibility for the attack. Days later India carried out airstrike on JeM's Balakot terror training camp in Pakistan. India had also withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan following the terror attack. It had said that the External Affairs Ministry will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which have to be taken to ensure isolation of Pakistan for having a direct hand in the incident. The international community had expressed its strong support to India in the wake of the terror attack. Meanwhile, the issue of constructing a Hindu temple in the heart Islamabad, an 3 KILLED, 1 OF THEM BEHEADED INSIDE CHURCH IN NICE, FRANCE LONDON/PARIS: At least three people have been killed and several others wounded after a knife attack inside a cathedral in Nice, France. One of the victims is believed to be beheaded. The attack took place at 9am on Thursday morning inside the Notre-Dame basilica in the city centre. There were unconfirmed reports in the French media that at least one of the victims had been beheaded. The French police described the scene as a "vision of horror". Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, said the attacker had repeated "Allahu Akbar" several times while he was being arrested and handcuffed by police. Estrosi said a woman victim had been decapitated but he had no details of how the two others were killed. issue that was opposed by many religious groups, is now under consideration and review of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), who has recommended that instead of allotting land and constructing a new Hindu temple. WORLD Chief Minister Hemant Soren addressing an election rally, in Bokaro on Thursday. ANI SC seeks Centre’s response on Remdesivir NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday took into account a World Health Organisation report, indicating that Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon regimens appeared to have little or no effect in the treatment of Covid-19. The top court sought a response from the Centre on a plea alleging that Remdesivir and Favipiravir are being used without approval. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said after going through the report they noted that it is a serious matter. Advocate M.L. Sharma, who appeared in-person, citing the WHO report published on October 15, submitted that several hundred trials have been carried out with Remdesivir and it is found that this medicine has little or no effect in the treatment of Covid-19. Remdesivir and Favipiravir are antiviral drugs and their efficacy in the treatment of Covid-19 patients is still under debate among the medical experts. "Interim results from the Solidarity Therapeutics Trial, coordinated by the World Health Organisation, indicate that remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon regimens appeared to have little or no effect on 28-day mortality or the inhospital course of Covid-19 among hospitalised patients", said the WHO report. After a brief hearing in the matter, the top court issued notice to the Centre on the plea and sought a response within four weeks. Sharma insisted that nowhere have these medicines been officially termed as successful in curing Covid19 patients. Govt proposes overhaul of FDI regime, eye on easing procedures NEW DELHI: The government will go in for major changes in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regime next month but the focus this time would be on simplification of procedures and administration, rather than a tweak in the investment caps. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has begun its exercise on preparing guidelines to smoothen the clearance procedures and fine tune regulations. "We are working on updating our standard operating procedure (SOP) for fast tracking of FDI proposals and better administration of FDI regime," a top government official said, adding that the changes would be announced soon. The official added that proposals to fine tune the existing FDI regime across diverse sectors had already Union Minister Prakash Javadekar holding a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI carried earlier and very little remains by way of making changes in the FDI caps. "So, it's time to do what will make investing in India easier as that would ultimately decide how we perform on the FDI front," the official said. Among the changes being looked is reducing the timeline for approval of FDI pro- posals, setting up sector-specific facilitation desks both in India and in Indian missions abroad, reduced paperwork, and faster procedure for security clearance in sectors that require such approval. The government had already set up an empowered Group of Secretaries to fast track clearances for investment proposals while a Project Development Cell is now proposed to be set up in each ministry to prepare investible projects and coordinate with investors and Central and the state governments. The government is revamping investment procedures to maintain the FDI momentum. Despite Covid-19 disruptions and shrinking of economic activities globally, India attracted $35.37 billion worth of FDI in the AprilAugust period of the current fiscal. This is the highest ever FDI recorded during the period in any of the previous years. After abolishing the Foreign Investment Promotion Board in 2017, a set of SOPs for FDI regime were announced to facilitate investment. No changes have been made in procedures since then. Air pollution emerges as key factor contributing to strokes NEW DELHI: The manifestation of rising air pollution in respiratory organs is well recognised and talked about in the public discourse. However, not many people are aware air pollutants have the potential to increase the risk of stroke. Evidences, supported by epidemiological studies and researches, have emerged which show rise in pollution is synonymous to the increase in incidents of strokes. Meanwhile, experts have also observed that exposure to the polluted air for a prolonged period could advance the risk of developing strokes. Dr Vinit Suri, senior consultant, neurology at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and immediate past presi- dent of Indian Stroke Association, said that air pollution is also being considered as one of the key factors for stroke and cardiovascular diseases (among other comorbidities). "Several trials, experiments and epidemiological studies have been conducted to compare samples and patient case studies from areas that are low and high in toxicity of particulate matter. These studies have found that the majority of stroke patients reported from areas which recorded high levels of air pollution," he said. "Particulate Matter (PM) especially PM 2.5 is a major risk factor responsible for stroke. These particles enter the lungs and further travel to the blood vessels and might reach the brain and heart, causing major damage to the organs. Through the lungs these particulate matters can go directly into the other organs also," Suri added. Dr Aparna Gupta, neurosurgeon at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) said that the manifestations of air pollution in the body pose a great threat for brain Ischemic stroke. "Air pollution causes chronic inflammatory response, oxidative stress, blood vessels endothelial cell injury, pro-thrombot- ic (clotting) state, narrowing of arteries, and blockage of blood vessels or arteries. All these processes are known to increase the risk of either Ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack," she noted. Prof (Dr) Manjari Tripathi, head of neurology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said that strokes incidents are bound to increase with a spike in pollution. "Studies show exposure to the air pollution level at 22 parts per million (ppm) of PM2.5 is equivalent to smoking a cigarette. Smoking is already a risk factor for stroke. While people smoke intermittently, the intake of polluted air is constant. So there is no escape from smoking whether one does it literally or not. It is in the air we breathe! Clearly, the situation leads to an increase in the stroke incidents," she explained. Dr Samir K. Kalra, neurosurgeon at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, observed that the blood is getting thicker, arteries losing flexibility and average blood pressure rising with the increase in the air pollution levels. "Pollution levels have soared over a decade, specifically the presence of particulate matter has seen a terrible rise. A survey of the last 10 years published in 'The Lancet' found that particulate matter when mixed with the blood makes it thicker and also causes the arteries to lose their flexibility. It was also revealed that the average blood pressure of a per- son has increased. All of it is linked to the pollution which is potent enough to cause a stroke," he said. Stroke has remained as the second-most common cause of death across the world. Several studies and data by the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest that every 2 seconds, a case of stroke is reported and every 6th second, a person dies from it, across the globe. In India, it is among the top five causes of disease burden and has risen from the 12th position in 1990. South-East Asian countries including India and China, are responsible for 70% of the total stroke burden in the world and 80-85% stroke deaths occur in these countries. PROTESTERS IN BIHAR TARGET POLICE OVER MUNGER FIRING; SP, DM REMOVED PATNA/MUNGER: The Election Commission has removed the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Munger over the violence during a Durga Puja event early this week, even as a group of protesters went on the rampage in the town on Thursday, setting some police stations and outposts on fire and ransacking the SP office The poll panel Thursday also ordered an inquiry into the firing and stone-pelting during the immersion of an idol of goddess Durga late Monday night in which one person had died and several others were injured. The election commission has asked Magadh Divisional Commissioner Asangba Chuba Ao to complete the probe within a week. Rajesh Meena is District Magistrate and Lipi Singh is SP of Munger. The EC statement said Munger will get a new DM and a Superintendent of Police Thursday itself. Bengal recorded the highest single day recovery in Thursday KOLKATA: West Bengal on Thursday recorded the highest single-day recovery of 3,945 COVID-19 patients, taking the total number of cured people to 3,21,873, the health department said in a bulletin here. The discharge rate currently is 88.02 per cent. The state''s coronavirus death toll mounted to 6,725 with 61 more patients succumbing to the disease.