YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 19 C ONLY 36 COUNTRIES HAVE NOT CRIMINALISED MARITAL RAPE OPINION Sky will be clear. KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 4 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—169 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) SPECIAL ASSEMBLY SESSION ON NOV 11 RANCHI: The State government has called for a one-day special session of the Jharkhand assembly on November 11. In anticipation of the Cabinet's approval, the Chief Minister has given his approval to the proposal for convening a special session. The proposal in this regard has been sent to Governor Draupadi Murmu, for her assent. After getting the approval its notification will be released. The special session is being called to discuss the Sarna Dharma code. After its approval from the assembly, the proposal will be sent to the central government for including the said code in 2021 census as a separate column. It is not yet clear whether the said code will be related to Sarna or Adivasi. Chief Minister Hemant Soren during a rally in Dumka had promised to call in a special session of the assembly regarding the Sarna Dharma Code. It is notable that various Adivasi organizations have demanded a separate Sarna or Adivasi code for the tribals and its demand is gaining momentum every passing day. AMIT SHAH ON 2-DAY VISIT TO BENGAL KOLKATA: Union home minister Amit Shah is expected to arrive in West Bengal on Wednesday on a two-day visit ahead of the crucial state assembly polls to be held next year. Sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit said that Shah will have a night halt in Kolkata before beginning his official engagements on November 5 morning. The Union home minister will visit Bankura to hold BJP's organisational rally and will pay homage to Birsa Munda and then will visit to a tribal village Chaturdahi where he will have lunch with the tribal families. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,269,651 TOTAL DEATH: 123,154 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 47,457,209 TOTAL DEATH: 1,213,534 BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE GAS, ATF MAY COME INTO GST FOLD AHEAD OF OTHER PETRO PRODUCTS Covid-19 toll crosses 7k mark in Bengal KOLKATA: The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal crossed 7kmark to reach 7,013 on Tuesday after 56 more people succumbed to the disease, the bulletin released by the state health department said. Recoveries in the state totaled to 3,42,133 after 4,058 people tested negative for the disease, it added. The tally pushed to 3,85,589 after another 3,981 fresh cases of the contagion were reported from different districts of the state. Simultaneously, the number of active cases was recorded at 35,443. Since Monday, 44,176 samples have been tested in West Bengal. One arrested for duping people in name of tele-serial KOLKATA: One person arrested on Tuesday from Regent Park area for duping several people in the pretext of giving them a chance to act in an upcoming mega teleserial, police said. West Bengal Commission of Women chairperson Leena Ganguly informed the police after receiving a complaint from one woman alleging of being duped by the accused running an agency promising roles in television serials following which a raid was launched this morning. "The person was held while accepting money from aspiring actors. It seems he collected several lakhs of rupees. We have arrested him and sealed the office. Necessary probe into the matter is being initiated. We are trying to find out who else is involved in this matter," explained by the IO of Regent Park Police Station. The accused took Rs 600 as registration fee and then several thousands of rupees on the pretext of "selecting" them for specific roles in proposed soaps, he added. When Ganguly, a writer and producer contacted he said, "We have come across such agencies running in the city and duping people. We are taking help of the police to nab the culprits duping people. So far, five such agencies have been dismantled." Husband wife found hanging in Parnashree KOLKATA: Tuesday at about 12:25 pm Sandip Karmakar (M/22 yrs.), resident of Vill - Dudhkomra, PS- Chanditala, Dist.-Hooghly jumped on the track before a DumDum bound moving train at Esplanade Metro station (Hare Street PS area). He sustained multiple injuries and was admitted in Trauma Care, Yellow Zone, Bed No.03 at SSKM Hospital. DumDum bound metro service was suspended from 12:25 pm to 12:50 pm in between Esplanade and Central Metro stations. At about 2.40 pm there was a Road Traffic Accident in Cossipore PS area On B.T. Road near B.T. Lines cutout. A public bus of Bagnan Route hit the Motor cyclist Sanjay Roy (M/40 yrs.) resident of Shyamacharan Chatterjee Street, Belghoria. He was declared dead at R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital. Local PS took charge of the involved bus along with its driver. At about 12.00 am an incident of an Unnatural death occurred at Parnashree PS area. In a room under asbestos shed at P100, Becharam Chatterjee Road, Kol-6l. Raju Mondal (M/29 yrs.) and his wife Rinki Mondal (F/20 yrs.) were found hanging from the ceiling made out of bamboo with the help of 'saree'. They were declared brought dead at Vidyasagar State General Hospital. No suicide note recovered so far. There was an incident of Unnatural death in Parnashree PS area on Monday at about 10.30 pm. In a bedroom at the top floor of a two storied building, 174/1/1, Becharam Chatterjee Road near Agrani Sangha, Kol-34. Joydeb Chatterjee (M/50 yrs.) was found hanging from the ceiling fan with the help of a "gamchha". He was declared brought dead at Vidyasagar State General Hospital. No suicide note recovered so far. BJP's conspiracy will fail: Trinamool Congress will form government again in West Bengal on the basis of development KOLKATA: Assembly elections are going to be held in West Bengal next year. Whose preparations have already started. Like other states of the country, the BJP also wants to hoist its flag in the name of religion in West Bengal. On the other hand, the ruling Trinamool Congress claims that we will form the government again in West Bengal in the name of development, not destruction. To improve the condition of the state's roads, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has started the Pathshree scheme. The Chief Minister has instructed the officials to complete the Pathshree scheme as soon as possible. At the same time, he has also instructed the party leaders and workers to monitor the implementation of the Pathshri scheme. On the instruction of Mamta Banerjee, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and activists are monitoring the activities of not only the Pathshree scheme but also the state government's various schemes and are trying to directly benefit the people of these projects. In this sequence AKM Farhad, chairman of the Land and Forest Standing Committee of North 24 Parganas Zilla Parishad and the President of West Bengal Trinamool Madrasa Teachers Committee, are also seen standing with them in the grief of the common people. Be it Amfan cyclone or Corona epidemic, they have tried to provide help directly to the people during every trouble. Due to the efforts of AKM Farhad, the repair work has been completed under the roads of Hadwa and Diganga assembly constituencies of North 24 Parganas district. Fulfilling the demand of the people of Andulia village of Barasat 2 number block under Hadwa assembly constituency, he not only repaired several paths, but reached himself to look after the work. He said that I am trying my best to work as directed by Mamta Banerjee, Firhad Hakim and Jyotipriya Malik. No power can stop the way Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is taking West Bengal forward on the path of development. Regardless of what the BJP conspires against Mamata Banerjee, she will keep moving forward. The people of Bengal want the stream of development to flow in West Bengal. On the basis of development, we will again form the government of Trinamool Congress in the state. Finger crossed Candidate for US Representative Cori Bush votes during the 2020 US presidential election, in St. Louis on Tuesday. REUTERS Indian Army chief visits to Nepal to improve strained ties NEW DELHI: The much-delayed Pancheshwar dam project on the Mahakali river that originates from the Kalapani region near Lipulekh and military and medical cooperation will be on top of the agenda during Army Chief General MM Naravane's visit to Nepal from Wednesday. Gen Naravane will meet Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu during his three-day visit. Before leaving for Nepal, Gen Naravane in a statement said that he is delighted to be visiting Nepal on their kind invitation, and to meet my counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of the Army Staff of the Nepali Army. "I am sure this visit will go a long way in strengthening the bonds of friendship that the two Armies cherish," he said. He also said that he is grateful for the opportunity to call on the Prime Minister of Nepal. "It is going to be a great honour for me to be conferred the honorary rank of General of the Nepali Army by the Rt. Hon'ble President of Nepal. I am looking forward eagerly to this visit," the chief said. The army chief's visit to Nepal is part of a traditional ceremony where he will be accorded the honorary rank of General in the Nepalese Army. Sources say it could be an important breakthrough in India-Nepal relations under the current circumstances. In a show of strong military ties between the two countries during the visit, the Indian Army Chief will pay homage and lay a wreath at the Bir Smarak, a martyrs' memorial. Gen Naravane will also hand over medical equipment including ventilators in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic. He will also visit and interact with the student officers at the Command and Staff College of the Nepalese Army in Shivapuri. The ties between the two countries came under strain recently after China increased its influence in Nepal. ALSO SEE PG 5 PM Modi’s global investor meet tomorrow Top corporate honchos including Tata, Ambani to take part NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) on Thursday. The VGIR will be organised by the Union Ministry of Finance and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. It is a dialogue between leading global institutional investors, Indian business leaders and the highest decision makers from the government of India and financial market regulators. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, RBI PM Narendra Modi addresses an election rally for Bihar Assembly Polls, in Saharsa on Tuesday. ANI Governor Shaktikanta Das and other dignitaries will also be present on the occasion. The roundtable will witness participation from 20 of the world's largest pension and sovereign wealth funds with a total assets under management (AUM) of about $6 trillion. These global institutional investors represent key regions including the US, Europe, Canada, Korea, Japan, Middle East, Australia and Singapore. Some of these include funds like Singapore's Temasek Holdings, Canadian Investment Fund, Korean funds, JBIC, Australian Super etc. The event will witness the participation of key decision makers of these funds, i.e., the CEOs and CIOs. Some of these investors would also be engaging for the first time with the government of India. Apart from global investors, the roundtable will also see the participation of several top Indian business leaders. Addressing the media here, Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj said that Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Nandan Nilekani, Deepak Parekh, Uday Kotak and Dilip Sanghvi will be the major Indian business personalities present at the roundtable to provide the Indian perspective on investments and opportunities. The event will focus on discussions around India's economic and investment outlook, structural reforms and the government's vision for the path to a $5 trillion economy. India has over 28K cold chain points, 700 refrigerators & 70K vaccinators GOVT ENGAGING CORPORATE HEALTHCARE FOR BETTER DELIVERY OF COVID-19 VACCINE: HEALTH MINISTRY NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry informed on Tuesday that the country has more than 28,000 cold chain points, 700 plus refrigerator vans and more than 70,000 vaccinators to assist in the vaccine administration. "We have already utilised them under the universal immunisation programme and they would be used in the administration of Covid vaccine as well," said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. Bhushan also informed that the national expert group on Covid vaccine is engaging with corporate healthcare providers to take assistance of their workforce which could help in vaccine administration. He was speaking in a press briefing on the status of prepara- tions for the rollout of Covid-19 vaccine slated to begin by the first quarter of 2021. Bhushan also said that all states and Union Territories (UTs) have been asked to only follow the directions given by the national expert group set up to look after vaccine administration, and not to act upon themselves. "All states and UTs have assured their compliance to our directions," he added. Bhushan also said that the states have been asked to prepare databases of different priority population groups. "We have guided them about the methods and templates to prepare the databases," he said. Another direction given to the states is to constitute a group Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan at the Covid testing facility at Prithvi Bhawan, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI under the chief secretary to check the compliance of the guidelines issued by the Centre. A week ago, the union health ministry had written to all the states and UTs and asked them to constitute three-tier committees to check the distribution of the Covid vaccine once it rolls out. The three-tier committees would comprise the state steering committee, state task force, and district task force in each state and UT. The state steering committee would be headed by the chief secretary, the state task force would be headed by the principal secretary (health), while the district task force would be led by the district magistrate. Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the states and UTs to take stock of the cold chain and deep refrigerators as well. "This will reveal granular details and would enable us to plan and execute the administration program more efficiently," Bhushan said. Meanwhile, In view of the Covid pandemic, public sector banks (PSBs) have decided not to raise bank service charges in the near future, a Finance Ministry statement said on Tuesday. The decision is expected to be welcomed by general consumers of banking services who are already burdened due to slowing of economic activities on account of the pandemic. The Finance Ministry said that although, as per RBI guidelines, all banks, including PSBs, are permitted to levy charges for their services in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner, based upon costs involved, PSBs have intimated that they do not propose to raise bank charges in the near future in view of the Covid pandemic. Accordingly, the Bank of Baroda, which had reduced the number of free cash deposits and withdrawals from five each month to three each per month from November 1, has also withdrawn the changes. The Finance Ministry came out with clarifications on service charges by banks as reports suggested steep increase in service charges by certain PSBs. No service charge is applicable on basic savings bank deposits accounts including Jan Dhan accounts.