YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 26 C MIN 12 C FARMERS’ RESENTMENT HAS PUT NITISH KUMAR IN TIGHT SPOT OPINION Sky will be clear. KOLKATA SUNDAY, 8 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—173 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) YASHVARDHAN SINHA TAKES OATH AS NEW CIC NEW DELHI: Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha took oath as the new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) here on Saturday, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Sinha as the CIC at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. The post was lying vacant since the retirement of Bimal Julka on August 26. Sinha will have a tenure of about three years as the CIC. Three new Information Commissioners will be administered the oath of office later in the day by Sinha. SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE INDIA ADDS 1 MORE EYE IN SKY, RADAR IMAGING SATELLITE LIFTS OFF Tribal hunter statue in Bankura becomes that of Birsa Munda CORONA METER KOLKATA: BJP West Bengal state President Dilip Ghosh today lambasted those who have been fuelling an 'unnecessary controversy' over the garlanding of a life size statue, believed to be that of tribal leader Birsa Munda, in Bankura town by Union Home minister Amit Shah on Thursday. 'We fail to understand where is the controversy?, he asked and said the statue was built by the state government a few years ago replacing a smaller statue of Birsa Munda on the spot. Though some local people described the present statue as that of only a tribal hunter and not that of Birsa Munda who is considered as human god among the tribal community in the state, the ruling Trinamool Congress and some of its leaders had been trying to portray it in the wrong manner too. in a bid to defame the Home minister and BJP, they were in fact causing harm to their own image and reputation of ignorance, he said in a strong rebuff.. Moreover, Ghosh announced, 'ending all controversies from today the same life size statue would now be considered as that of Birsa Munda only and not that of any tribal hunter'. Referring to a series of CBI raids conducted in parts of the state in connection with the probe to trace the roots of several hundred INDIA Soumitra Chatterjee critical but stable ADANI PLACES SUCCESSFUL BID FOR COMMERCIAL COAL MINE IN J’KHAND NEW DELHI: Adani Enterprises Ltd placed winning bids for sole coal blocks put on auction by the government on the sixth for commercial mining lease auctions on Saturday. Adani Enterprises placed the winning bid for Gondulpara coal block in Jharkhand. The mine placed on auction on the sixth day has a total coal reserve of over 176.33 million tonne and peak rated annual capacity is estimated at 4 MTs. TOTAL CASES: 8,469,661 TOTAL DEATH: 125,692 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 49,818,904 TOTAL DEATH: 1,251,218 crores worth of illegal cross border trade of cows and buffaloes through several bordering districts of the state, allegedly involving several eminent personalities too, the BJP President wondered about the alleged concern on the issue within some sections of the state administration . Following the arrest of the main kingpin and mastermind from New Delhi two days ago, several other people were expected to come under the CBI net soon, he said and blamed the government for allegedly maintaining a blind eye for several years in such a massive illegal trade involving thousands of crores of rupees. About the organisational preparedness of the party in Bengal before the next year's Assembly elections, Ghosh admitted the party's shortcomings in most of the minority dominated areas. 'We plan to go all out to bridge the gap with all our resources before May next year', he assured. He however, described it as a good gesture of the state government by providing a Home Guard job to the housewife of a tribal family in Alipurduar district in North Bengal yesterday where Amit Shah had his lunch during his previous tour there in March. 'It is good that she has been rewarded for treating us well with a sumptuous lunch' he said in a sarcastic mood. KOLKATA: The condition of iconic and legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee remained 'critical but stable' today as he continued to be on ventilator support and his haemoglobin and platelet counts remained on the lower side. According to hospital sources here today, Chattrejee's neurological condition continued to remain more or less unchanged and he was not administered dialysis on daily basis as his urea and creatinine levels had marginally come down. The actor who was admitted to the hospital on 7 October, a day after testing Covid positive is currently under the treatment of a 15 member Medical Board which is leaving. COVID-19 has taught self-reliance is necessary: PM Minister Moloy Ghatak inaugurated a football academy in Asansol on Saturday with huge supporters; players and coaches. Bihar poised for tough electoral battle; RJD may lead with 85 seats NEW DELHI: An electoral victory with big margins may not be the case in Bihar, where the final phase of Assembly elections concluded on Saturday, as per the IANS CVoter Exit Poll. Though it seems the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) may jack up with a projection of 85 seats, the BJP is also in the striking range with 70 seats, as per the exit poll. According to the exit poll, RJD, which has projected Tejashwi Yadav as its chief ministerial face, is likely to win 85 out of the 144 seats it has contested. The RJD has a probable strike rate of 59 per cent. The BJP, which is contesting on 110 seats, is likely to win 70 seats, with a probable strike rate of 63.6 per cent. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United (JD-U) seems to be adversely hit by 15 years of anti-incumbency, and is likely to win 42 out of 115 seats it has contested, with a probable strike rate of 36.5 per cent. The Congress, which is contesting on 70 seats, is likely win 25 seats with a probable strike rate of 35.7 per cent. Evaluating the political parties in the electoral fray on marginal seats, which are likely to have less than 3 per cent margin of victory (Mov), it is apparent that the Opposition alliance -- RJD, Congress and Left parties -- may have such margins at nearly 42 seats. Whereas, the NDA has 29 marginal seats. This also means that just 1.5 per cent swing of votes can change the results in these seats. On the aspect of runner-up in these marginal seats, the BJP is likely to be second on 16 seats and the JD-U on 28 seats. The RJD will be runner-up in 14 marginal seats and the Congress on 8 seats. An electoral victory with big margins may not be the case in Bihar, where the final phase of Assembly elections concluded on Saturday, as per the IANS CVoter Exit Poll. Though it seems the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) may jack up with a Several prominent personalities set to join BJP in Bengal, says Amit Shah KOLKATA: A long list of leaders and important people from the ruling party and elsewhere are all set to join BJP soon, claimed Union Home minister Amit Shah here last night. Speaking to newsmen before rounding off his two day visit to West Bengal, Shah replying to queries from newsmen about the possibility of BCCI President and former Indian Cricket Captain Saurav Ganguly along with state Transport minister and a senior Trinamool Congress leader Shubhendu Adhikari to join BJP before the 2021 state Assembly elections, said not only these two, but several other leaders were ready to join. He,however, did not disclose any name further for obvious reasons. Also replying to another query about the possible face of Chief minister in case BJP returned to power next year, the Home minister refused to comment but said said it was not fair for him to say anything on the subject since a final decision in this regard would be taken by the BJP Parliamentary Board and the party's All India President (J P Nadda) after considering all political aspects. To another query, he however, categorically ruled out any possibility of the imposition of Article 356 in Bengal prior to the election as demanded by state party leaders. He however, rather jokingly said since the elections were only a few months away in next May, there is no need to impose the President's Rule here. He also supported the role of Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and criticised the sudden transfer of Darjeeling SP after his meeting with the Constitutional head of the state in Raj Bhavan only a couple of days ago. projection of 85 seats, the BJP is also in the striking range with 70 seats, as per the exit poll. According to the exit poll, RJD, which has projected Tejashwi Yadav as its chief ministerial face, is likely to win 85 out of the 144 seats it has contested. The RJD has a probable strike rate of 59 per cent. The BJP, which is contesting on 110 seats, is likely to win 70 seats, with a probable strike rate of 63.6 per cent. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United (JD-U) seems to be adversely hit by 15 years of anti-incumbency, and is likely to win 42 out of 115 seats it has contested, with a probable strike rate of 36.5 per cent. The Congress, which is contesting on 70 seats, is likely win 25 seats with a probable strike rate of 35.7 per cent. Evaluating the political parties in the electoral fray on marginal seats, which are likely to have less than 3 per cent margin of victory (Mov). NEW DELHI: The coronavirus pandemic has taught a lesson to the world that globalisation is important but being self-reliant is also necessary, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. PM Modi said this during his speech at the 51st Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, in which he took part through video conferencing. "COVID-19 has taught the world one more thing. Globalisation is important but along with it self-reliance is also important. The Atmanirbhar Bharat mission is important for providing youth, technocrats, tech enterprise leaders with new opportunities. They should be able to freely implement, scale and market their ideas, innovations. A conducive atmosphere has been made for this," the PM said. He further said the country is committed to giving Ease of Doing Business to its youth so that they can facilitate Ease of Living to the people of the country. "The reforms done in several sectors in recent days are also done with the same intent. For the first time, unlimited opportunities are open for innovation and startups in the agriculture sector. For the first time, the roads are open for private investment in space sector. Just two days ago, a big reform was made for ease of doing business in BPO sector," he said. He also highlighted that such provisions which disallowed work from home and work from anywhere in the tech industry have been removed to make the information technology (IT) sector competitive globally and provide young talent with more opportunities. He said that the government is taking decisions based on the needs of the industry and future into account. "The rules of the last century cannot decide the future of coming century," PM Modi said and added that India is among those countries where corporate tax is among the lowest. He further said that after the Startup India mission was launched, over 50,000 new startups were started in the country. "It is due to the government's efforts that the number of patents has increased four times. Trademark registration has also seen five-fold increase.” Ten former policemen, sitting Congress MLA join AITC KOLKATA: Ten former policemen have joined the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) on November 7 in the presence of Shri Partha Chatterjee, Secretary General, West Bengal Trinamool Congress; Shri Firhad Hakim, Chairman, Board of Administrators, Kolkata Corporation; and Shri Om Prakash Mishra, Shri Nirmal Ghosh, Shri Jyotipriya Mallik, Shri Partha Bhowmick, and Shri Sukhendu Shekhar Roy, MP, Rajya Sabha, at Trinamool Bhavan. Kaji Abdur Rahaman, the current Congress MLA from Baduria, also joined the party today. Krishna Chandra Chowdhury: A senior police officer of Kolkata Police, retired from service in 2019. Saroj Gajmir: He is a retired IPS officer. He joined West Bengal Police Service as Deputy Superintendent of Police in 1983. As DySP/ SDPO, he worked in various districts of the state. As Special Superintendent, he worked in IB North Bengal. As DySP CID earlier, used to look after entire North Bengal. Since 2006, he has worked at CID WB Bhabani Bhawan and Kolkata Police as Sr DC AP KP, Joint JT Armed Police / Jt CP Estt. In 2014, Mr Gajmir joined WB police directorate as Spl IG Hq and was posted as IGP M&C and IGP Welfare till retirement at the end of February 2020. He was awarded Chief Secretary's and DGP commendation in 2004 and CP Kolkata police and DGP's commendation eight times. He Was Parade Commander of the Independence Day parade held at Red Road in 2012 & 2013. Kalyan Bandyopadhyay: He is a retired IPS officer. He entered the Service in West Bengal Police as Dy. SP in 1986. He worked as Asst. Commandant of Police in Eastern Frontier Rifles Bns, Dy. SP Headquarters in Bankura and Dy. SP, Discipline & Training in South 24 Pgs. Worked as Sub Divisional Police Officer in Uluberia, (Howrah), Belgharia. Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump, becomes America’s President-elect US POLLS: AFTER FOUR FULL DAYS OF WAITING, 77-YEAR-OLD PULLED OFF ONE OF THE GREAT POLITICAL TURNAROUNDS IN AMERICA BY DEFEATING TRUMP NEW YORK: The moment has met Joseph R. Biden. The networks have called the US election for Biden. After four full days of waiting patiently for the slow march of vote counting to work itself out, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph R Biden, 77, pulled off one of the great political turnarounds in America by defeating Donald Trump in the US 2020 election and is now effectively the country's President-elect. Exactly 160 years ago around this time, Abraham Lincoln was elected US President. The current occupant of the White House continues to project a defiant public posture, though. White House insiders, although deflated, have been sending signals that Trump has no plans to concede until every last fight is finished. Five states are yet to report final results. For Biden, today's win caps a more than three decade hunt for the big prize. During that time, he has carried the burden of many personal sorrows in his winding path to America's highest office. Biden's victory comes amidst a most unusual terrain for a presidential election. From coast to coast, mail-in ballots did the star turn for Biden and his VP pick Kamala Harris in an election transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Biden's big breakthrough came around 9 am Friday EST when he broke into the lead in Pennsylvania and initially overtook Trump by about 5,000 votes. Since then, that lead is only growing as votes continue to be counted. Oddly enough, this is the state where, in the week before election day, Trump told voters that he wanted to "get the hell out of here." That was a roundabout reference to the circumstances forcing Trump to campaign in places which he won comfortably in 2016 but the irony isn't lost in the context of a Biden win here. Biden is a sharp contrast to Trump, both in the personal and political realm. The last three days in particular have shown Americans glimpses of that very difference. Biden spent every day since November 3 trying to ease tensions and delivering his messages with little outward show of anxi- ety. The disciplined nature of the campaign extends to plans for the lame duck phase of the Trump presidency. Two full days before the final results came, the Biden campaign unveiled its transition website, underscoring its quiet confidence in what was to come. "I ask everyone to stay calm. The process is working," Biden has said repeatedly. "It is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else who chooses the president of the United States of America." The Biden campaign believes it has crossed the Pennsylvania challenge and is "joyous", according to reporters on the ground in Delaware, the Biden headquarters. He is currently leading by 30,000 votes there. Millions of votes are still to be counted but even before we have the final tally, Biden has already 73 million votes nationally, the most in American political history. Trump is fuming, he remains defiant and continues to allege "fraud" in Pennsylvania and other battlegrounds. His children have chimed into the overall White House meltdown, in terms that generally occupy the wide arc between what's "legal" and "illegal". Earlier, Confident of their victory in the US presidential election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris have begun working on the task ahead by focusing on two critical areas of public health and economy, both battered by the raging COVID-19 pandemic.