YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 24 C PANDEMIC COST 11.7 PC LOSS IN LABOUR HRS IN WORLD ECONOMY OPINION Sky will be clear. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 1 NOVEMBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—166 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) IPL 13: NOT WORRIED ABOUT PURPLE CAP, IMPORTANT MI WINS: BUMRAH SPORTS Morning India Don’t play dirty politics over Pulwama attack: PM tells oppn NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flayed certain opposition parties for "playing dirty politics" on last year's Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir and urged all political parties "not to play in the hands of anti-national forces" trying to break the country. He said that when the entire nation was mourning the death of the brave soldiers in the Pulwama attack, some people indulged in dirty politics for their political gains. The Prime Minister said that the "truth" behind the February 2019 Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a car bomb blast, had been accepted in Pakistan Parliament. Modi's remarks come days after Pakistan Science and Technology Minister Fawad AT A GLANCE SEAN CONNERY, ORIGINAL JAMES BOND, DIES AT 90 EDINBURGH: Legendary actor Sir Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90. The news of the Scottish star's demise was communicated by his family, according to a report in bbc.com. No official reason has been shared for the death yet. Connery, who is widely recalled as the original James Bond on Hollywood screen, had an active career as an actor spanning nearly five decades. He shot to global superstardom as Bond in 1962, with the first film of the 007 series, "Dr. No", and then went on to work in "From Russia with Love" (1963), "Goldfinger" (1964), "Thunderball" (1965), "You Only Live Twice" (1967), "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971) and "Never Say Never Again" (1983). American Film Institute has voted James Bond as portrayed by Connery as the thirdgreatest hero in cinema history. Chaudhry admitted to his country's role in the Pulwama attack during a debate in the National Assembly. Modi paid tribute to 'Iron Man Of India', Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, for his contribution to national unity and integrity and said: "Today, 130 crore countrymen are working towards building a strong and competent nation wherein there is equality of all and immense opportunities. "Only a self-reliant (Atmanirbhar) nation can be assured of progress as well as national security. Therefore, the country is moving towards becoming self-sufficient in the defence sector. Not only this, India's mindset and approach towards safeguarding its borders have also seen a considerable change," the Prime Minister said while speak- PM Narendra Modi during the celebrations of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas at Statue of Unity in Kevadia on Saturday. ANI ing after paying tributes to Sardar Patel at the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Gujarat on his 145th birth anniversary. "Today, while watching the paramilitary forces' parade, there was another picture in my mind -of the Pulwama terror attack. The country can never forget that when the whole country was saddened by the martyrdom of its brave soldiers, some people were not part of that sorrow. Instead, they were looking to derive political mileage from the Pulwama attack." "The country cannot forget what kind of language was spoken and how many divisive statements were made by several Opposition parties. The country cannot forget the low-level politics which was at its peak -- filled with selfish means and arrogance when the nation was reeling under a Only a self-reliant (Atmanirbhar) nation can be assured of progress as well as national security. Therefore, the country is moving towards becoming self-sufficient in the defence sector. brutal blow," the Prime Minister added. Modi said that news from neighbouring Pakistan a few days ago and the manner in which truth behind the terror attack was accepted in Parliament there had exposed the real faces of several opposition leaders before the country. "To what extent such people can stoop to for their selfish political interests is evident from the politicisation of the Pulwama attack, which is a primary example of divisive politics," the Prime Minister remarked. Modi urged all political parties not to indulge in such politics for securing national security and the morale of our security forces. "In order to fulfil your selfish political interests, knowingly or unknowingly playing into the hands of anti-national forces, neither will you be able to serve national interests nor those of your political outfit," he cautioned. "We must always remember that the nation's interest is above all. When we keep everyone's interests in mind, only then will we prosper and develop as a nation," Modi added. MORE ON PAGE 7 TACKLING ‘LOVE JIHAD’ Mend ways or ‘Ram Naam Satya’ journey... : UP CM JAUNPUR: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said the government will bring a strict law to curb "love jihad" and forcible religious conversion, citing an Allahabad High Court order. "Allahabad High Court has issued a direction that religious conversion is not necessary for marriage. This should not be done. It should not be recognized. The government will also work to curb 'Love-Jihad'. We will make an effective law for this," Adityanath said. He also warned those "who conceal their identities and play with the respect of sisters and daughters" and said that if they don't mend their ways, their 'Ram naam satya' (Hindu funeral chant) journey will begin. "I warn those who conceal identity and play with our sisters' respect, if you don't mend your ways your 'Ram naam satya' journey will begin," he added. The CM was addressing a public gathering in Jaunpur here in the run-up to the bypolls on seven assembly constituencies in the state. The Chief Minister said that the state government is CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,146,829 TOTAL DEATH: 121,966 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 46,052,730 TOTAL DEATH: 1,195,929 also launching Mission Shakti in a bid to protect and empower women in the state. The portal Mission Shakti, which is soon to be launched, will have information about all government schemes for women and girls, details of programmes on women safety and empowerment. PLEA IN SC SEEKS CENTRE TO HOLD FB, TWITTER, WA RESPONSIBLE FOR SPREADING HATE SPEECH A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court to issue direction to the Centre to hold social media companies -- Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram etc -directly responsible for spreading hate speeches among society. PG 7 Skywatchers and enthusiasts are in for a treat tonight across the country as the evening sky was brightened by a unique Blue Moon which also coincides with Halloween, a popular festival celebrated worldwide. at Hooghly in West Bengal. Prabir Bhattacharya Old man lost life in accident KOLKATA: There was a fire incident in Girish Park PS area at about 3.25 am on Saturday. Fire bursts out in a Three storied residential building at Sudhir Chatterjee Street. Two fire tenders reached the spot. Fire was extinguished at about 4.15 am. No news of injury reported so far. Cause of fire and extent of damage yet to be ascertained. At 6.55 am a road accident occurred in Netaji Nagar PS area. A MGV (Bakery) Van knocked a pedestrian Gauranga Chowdhury of 64 years, resident of Surya Nagar, in front of 209 NSC Bose Road, near Banshdroni Bazar. The pedestrian got injured in both of his legs. He was taken to Bagajatin Hospital and later shifted to Peerless Hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries. Involved vehicle and the driver were taken to the PS. Another road accident occurred in Behala PS area at about 10.45 am. A public bus hit a pedestrian Clinton Williams of 45 years resident of S N Roy Road. He got an injury in his head. He was admitted to Vidyasagar Hospital. Local PS took charge of the bus though the driver managed to flee away. There was an incident of unnatural death in Haridevpur PS area at about 10.40 am. Payal Khandelwal of 28 years, 1st year MBA student of IIM Joka, resident of Narayantala, Baguihati was found hanging in a room of the hostel IIM Joka, MDC building. She was hanging from the ceiling with the help of a bed sheet. She was taken to Vidyasagar hospital where doctors declared her as brought dead. No suicide note recovered so far. On the other hand, number of arrest for deliberate violation of Safety Restrictions since 31.10.2020: Total arrest– 29, people booked for not using face mask–155, people booked for spitting in public place/road- 06 GOVT BUYS OVER 197 TONNES OF PADDY FROM FARMERS TILL OCT 30 Kamal Nath moves SC seeking quashing of EC order against him NEW DELHI: Government agencies have procured over 197 lakh tonnes of paddy so far across the country which is over 23 per cent higher than corresponding last year's figure. Paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 is in progress in the states and UTs of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala and Gujarat. The agencies engaged in procurement process in these states have purchased over 197.19 lakh tonnes of paddy till October 30, in the current Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) against the last year corresponding purchase of 159.76 lakh tonnes which shows an increase of 23.43 per cent over last year, said Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs. NEW DELHI: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has moved the Supreme Court against the Election Commission (EC) order to cancel the senior Congress leader's star campaigner status for violating the model code of conduct while campaigning for the by-polls in 28 Legislative Assembly constituencies slated in November. In the plea, filed through advocate Varun K Chopra, Nath said the poll body had issued a notice to him on October 21 seeking an explanation on a complaint by the BJP on October 18, for allegedly violating the code of conduct at a rally on October 18. "Subsequently, the petitioner had filed his reply on October 22. Thereafter, the Respondent No.1 (EC) had also accorded a hearing to the petitioner before passing Order dated 26.10.2020 thereby advising the petitioner to not use such words during campaigning", said the plea. Nath's remark about BJP leader Imarti Devi, calling her an 'item', had sparked a controversy. Nath contended that the EC passed the order without any notice to him or hearing in the matter, which completely violates the principles of natural justice. The plea submitted that this order is illegal, arbitrary, unreasoned, passed in complete violation of the basic canons of natural justice and in negation of fair play and therefore, deserves to be quashed. India football forward enjoys working in farm field NEW DELHI: While sports activities are yet to get back to normal, India women's football team forward Anju Tamang, along with her family, is happily wielding the sickle in her agriculture field in the foothills of the Himalayas in Bengal. Anju has a busy schedule during the days as she combines football practice/training with helping her family out in their paddy fields in the small village of Rangalibazna, south of Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalayas in West Bengal. "I used to do this a lot when I was a kid. But that is not so much the case nowadays as I often have to travel to different places for tournaments or matches. But this year, I have got the opportunity [due to the Covid-19 pandemic] to come back home during this season, and I'm more than happy to help out in the field," Anju Tamang said. Agriculture is the family vocation, but Anju opted for a differ- ent path - football. Still, whenever she is at home during she lends a helping hand. In the good old life of the village household, the entire family business is divided amongst the different members of the family. "When it comes to reaping the harvest, it's the women who do it. So it's generally my mother and sister-in-law who wield the sickle during the harvesting season. I join them in this activity whenever I am home during this season," Anju told aiff.com The men of the family are more involved in the work that needs to go in, after the harvesting of the paddy crop is done. "Once all the crop is harvested, my father and brother get into action, starting the drying process before separating the grains from the plant. Just like football, this is a team effort as well," said Anju, laughingly. A day in the life of Anju starts early as she sets off for an early morning training session with a few local players. A quick breakfast follows the practice session, before she joins her mother and sister-in-law on the paddy fields. "A lot of players worry about losing fitness when they go back home. But that is not the case for me. We have to do a lot of farm work, and that keeps you fit in itself," said Anju. The three women come in for a brief lunch before hitting the fields with their sickles again. Once the clock chimes four in the afternoon, Anju quickly wraps up her sickle and heads off for another training session, before finally turning in for the day. "It's hard work and you are left drained at the end of every day, but it's so much fun. These days I don't always get the time to come back and help my family out, but it's so good to be able to do this," she said.