YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 18 C RIGHT TO DISSENT OF INDIVIDUAL HAS TO BE PROTECTED BY THE STATE OPINION Sky will be clear. AMRAPALI GROUP DIRECTORS, OTHERS ARRESTED IN 14 OLD CASES BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 6 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—171 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE 4185 people tested negative in Bengal MUSEUMS, ART GALLERIES TO REOPEN FROM NOV 10: CULTURE MINISTRY NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Culture on Thursday issued detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for reopening of museums, art galleries and exhibitions under it, on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19, based on the Unlock 5.0 guidelines. They have been closed since March 17. Other similar institutions can be reopened as per convenience and in tune with relevant state, city or local laws, rules and regulations/Unlock guidelines in force, said the Ministry in a statement. BOMBAY HC TO HEAR ARNAB GOSWAMI’S BAIL PLEA TODAY MUMBAI: Declining any interim relief to Republic TV Managing Director and Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami, currently in 14-day custody till November 18, the Bombay High Court on Thursday said that it would hear both sides in the case before passing an appropriate order on Friday. A division bench comprising Justice S.S. Shinde and Justice M.S. Karnik directed the lawyers of Goswami to make Akshata Naik - the widow of architect Anvay Naik - and the Centre party to the bail plea and serve copies to them. The court would also hear on Friday the plea filed by Adnya Naik, the daughter of Akshata and Anvay, seeking a reinvestigation of the ASummary Report filed by the Raigad Police in connection with the complaint into the double suicide of her father. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,364,797 TOTAL DEATH: 124,368 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 48,593,790 TOTAL DEATH: 1,233,299 Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee paid homage to Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das on his 151st birthday in Nabanna on Thursday. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Chief Siddiqullah Chowdhury at a press meet in protest of Blasphemy against the Beloved Prophet (pbuh) & Killing of Innocent People in France, in Kolkata . Prabir Bhattacharya Amit Shah claims 'MrItyu Ghanta' of TMC has already sounded in Bengal BANKURA/KOLKATA: Union Home minister Amit Shah today called upon the people of West Bengal to replace the Mamata Banerjee government next year and give BJP a chance to build a 'Sonar Bangla' for them with all its past glory soon. Addressing a large gathering at Puarabagan area near Bankura town after garlanding a life size statue of well known tribal leader Birsa Munda there on his arrival ar Bankura by a helicopter on the first day of his two day visit to the state today,the Home minister said the 'Mrityu Ghanta' (death bell) of the Trinamool Congress government in the state had already been sounded in the wake of unprecedented violence and killing and harassment of innocent opposition party workers and leaders. Claiming that the people were fed up with unprecedented violence and corruption of the state government and might have already decided to replace it in the next year's Assembly poll, Shah said in order to defame the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, the Chief minister was deliberately not introducing any major central beneficiary scheme for the poor like the Kisan Nidhi Programme where every farmer was being given a grant of Rs 6,000 each year. The facility of free cooking gas and the central provision of building free toilets in every household for the poor villagers were also not being extended in Bengal, he said. Moreover, Shah in his address said, unlike most of the other states the very popular central free health scheme 'Ayushman Bharat' was also introduced in Bengal and urged the people to give BJP a chance to return to power to fulfill all their demands. 'We promise to bring back the Sonar Bangla( golden period of Bengal) with all its past glory for you', he said amid huge cheers from the crowd. US Elections 2020: Trump says, ‘STOP THE COUNT!’ Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Trump in several WASHINGTON:While the US awaits the final results of the votes cast on November 3, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded the vote count be stopped. Taking to Twitter, Trump said, "STOP THE COUNT!" In another tweet, he said, "ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!" This comes as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Trump in several states including Arizona and Nevada. Earlier, President Donald Trump's re-election campaign had filed a lawsuit to stop ballot counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania and to prevent the counting of absentee ballots in Georgia that it claims arrived after the deadline on Election Day. The USA Today reported that the announcements of the Pennsylvania and Michigan lawsuits came shortly before Biden was projected on Wednesday afternoon to win Michigan. As of Wednesday afternoon, he led President Donald Trump by about 46,000 votes with 96 per cent of the estimated votes tallied. US President Donald Trump has filed a complaint petition in the Court of Claims in Michigan State in the United State seeking a mandate from the court to Secretary Jocelyn Benson to order all counting and processing of absentee votes cease immediately. The complaint filed by President Trump reviewed by IANS seeks immediate declaratory and injunctive relief. The prayer of relief moved by Michigan citizens has asked the Court to order a "speedy hearing" of this action and "advance it on the calendar". "Mandate that Secretary Benson order all counting and processing of absentee votes cease immediately until an election inspector for each party is present at each absent voter counting board and until video is made available to challengers of each ballot box," the prayer said. KOLKATA: The COVID19 recoveries in West Bengal rose to 3,50,449 after highest number of 4,185 people tested negative for the contagion on Thursday improving the discharge rate to over 89 per cent, the state health department said. The toll mounted to 7,122 with 54 more fatalities, it said. At least 3,948 fresh cases of infection pushed the tally to 3,93,524. The number of active cases was recorded at 35,953. In the last 24 hours, 45,467 samples have been tested in West Bengal, it added. Kartickey drowned in Hoogly river KOLKATA: There was an incident of Unnatural death (Drowning) in NPPS PS area on Thursday at about 05.50 am in river Hooghly near Ratan Babu Ghat. Name of the deceased Kartickey Ojha (M/23Yrs.) resident of 121, Pramanick Ghat Road, P.S.- Baranagar Kol-36. The deceased somehow drowned while taking a bath. At about 08.30 am the body was fished out by DMG (KP) team from the water near Ratan Babu Ghat. Kartickey was declared dead at R. G. Kar Medical College & Hospital by the doctors. There was a road traffic accident at 5.50 am in Beliaghata PS area near 261, C.I.T. Road. Raju Santra (M/46 Yrs.) resident of 36C, Nalin Sarkar Street, Kol.-4 the scooter rider was hit by an HGV. The driver along with the HGV managed to escape. He was declared brought dead by the doctors of N.R.S. Medical College & Hospital. PM Modi woos global investors, says India is the place to be NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged global investors to invest in India and said that the country is the right place for investments as it provides business returns and demand along with reliability and the values of democracy. Addressing the Virtual Global Investor Roundtable, the Prime Minister laid down the reform measures taken up by the government amid the pandemic along with the steps announced during the past six years. "If you want returns with reliability, India is the place to be. If you want demand with democracy, India is the place to be," he said. "If you want stability with sustainability, India is the place to be. If you want growth with a green approach, India is the place to be," he added. PM Narendra Modi addresses the virtual Global Investor Roundtable via video conferencing in New Delhi, Thursday. Highlighting the country's democracy and demography, Modi said that India offers investors democracy, demography, demand as well as diversity. "Such is our diversity that you get multiple markets within one market. These come with multiple pocket sizes and multiple preferences. These come with multiple weathers and multiple levels of development," he said. Modi also said that the government would take every step necessary to make India lead the recovery of global economic growth. "A strong and vibrant India can contribute to the stabilisation of the world economic order. We will do whatever it takes to make India the engine of global growth resurgence," he said. He also talked about the recent reforms in the agriculture sector, which along with accolades from several sector experts and economists have also faced protests from farmers in several states. Modi said that the recent reforms in agriculture has opened GST COLLECTIONS EXPECTED TO BE 30% LOWER AT RS 9L CR IN FY21 NEW DELHI: Government facing severe pressure on revenues due to the Covid disruptions may end the current financial year with a 30 per cent drop in Goods and Service Tax (GST) collections. This would be a big setback to the Centre that is already burdened with adequately compensating the states for GST related revenue shortfall. BUSINESS PG up new possibilities for global investors to partner with the farmers of India. He further said that with the help of technology and modern processing solutions, India will soon emerge as an agriculture export hub. On the government's vision of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat', he said that India's quest to become selreliant is "not just a vision, but a well-planned economic strategy". He described it as a strategy that aims to use the capabilities of our businesses and skills of Indian workers to turn the country into a global manufacturing powerhouse. The Prime Minister also said that through the year, India has "bravely fought" the global pandemic and the world saw India's "national character". ALSO SEE BUSINESS PG UGC issues guidelines for reopening of universities and colleges NO INSTITUTION SHOULD HAVE ATTENDANCE OF MORE THAN 50 PC OF STUDENTS; ONLINE CLASSES WILL CONTINUE FOR ALL PROG EXCEPT SCIENCE, TECH AND RESEARCH NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued new guidelines to reopen universities and colleges after a nearly seven-month lockdown in institutions for higher education across the country. However, no institution should have attendance of more than 50 per cent of students. Online classes will continue for all programmes except science, technology and research. According to the new guidelines, students can prefer to stay at home and continue with online classes. A limited number of hostels can be opened. More than one student cannot be allowed to stay in a hostel room. Before reopening any educational complex, it should be ensured that the concerned cen- tral or state government has declared that area safe for opening educational institutions. Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, "The Ministry of Education is ready to meet these new challenges. The UGC has formulated new guidelines for reopening of its premises keeping in view all options and alternatives. These guidelines have also been approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Home Affairs." In view of the spread of Covid19, state and union territory governments have been consulted on opening of universities and colleges outside containment zones. Educational institutions across the country can be opened in a systematic manner after consulta- Medical personnel in PPE kit treating a patient at CWG COVID care center in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI tion with the state, Union Territory governments. It will be mandatory to adhere to UGC guidelines for re-opening educational institutions. The head of central-funded higher education institutions will have to be satisfied before the reopening. All heads of institutions have been given the freedom to take decisions on re-opening of classes. Classes will be conducted in all higher educational institutions as per the decision of states and Union Territories. These include state universities, private universities, deemed universities and colleges. It will be mandatory to maintain social distancing and wear masks. Universities and colleges can open campuses in a phased ACCORDING TO THE NEW GUIDELINES, STUDENTS CAN PREFER TO STAY AT HOME AND CONTINUE WITH ONLINE CLASSES. A LIMITED NUMBER OF HOSTELS CAN BE OPENED. MORE THAN ONE STUDENT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN A HOSTEL ROOM. manner using a variety of protective measures. This includes administrative offices, research laboratories and libraries, etc. Necessary steps have been taken for research students. Postgraduate students can participate in science technology and research courses. Since the num- ber of people involved in research is comparatively low, social distancing and preventive measures can be easily implemented in these institutions. Since education is directly related to employment, final year students can also be allowed to join the classes with due permission of the head of the institute. Institutions can evolve a plan for international students who have not been able to attend courses due to international travel ban or visa problems. Meanwhile, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday reserved, till November 9, its order on the imposition of ban on fire crackers across 23 states and UTs amidst the double whammy of the pollution crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.