YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX32 C MIN 22 C A PEEP INTO KAJAL AGGARWAL’S WEDDING CINEMA & SCREEN Sky will be clear. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 10 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—175 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE NCB RAIDS BOLLYWOOD ACTOR ARJUN RAMPAL'S PREMISES IN DRUGS CASE Mumbai :The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday raided the premises of Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal and was carrying out searches, official sources said. According to top NCB sources, the searches are in connection with drugsrelated cases the agency has registered in recent months. The source, however, remained tightlipped and didn't reveal the details. On October 19, the NCB had arrested Agisilaos Demetriades, a brother of Rampal's south African girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades. The NCB had also summoned veteran Bollywood filmmaker Firoz Nadiadwala in connection with the arrest of his wife Shabana Saeed and alleged seizure of drugs from her on Sunday. CHINA REFRAINS FROM CONGRATULATING US PRESIDENTELECT JOE BIDEN Beijing : China on Monday refrained from congratulating US President-elect Joe Biden on his victory in the high staked presidential election, saying the results of the poll "will be confirmed according to US laws and procedures ". While leaders around the world rushed to congratulate Biden on his election victory, Russia, China, Mexico and Brazil are yet to officially wish him. In first response since Saturday, when Biden was announced winner of the 2020 elections, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said: "We have noticed that Biden announced being successfully elected, and, as we understand, the result of the presidential election will be determined in accordance with the US legislation and established procedures." CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,572,402 TOTAL DEATH: 126,835 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 50,913,938 TOTAL DEATH: 1,264,457 IND VS AUS: KOHLI TO PLAY ONE TEST, ROHIT TO SKIP ODIS AND T20IS SPORTS Morning India Mutual Fund AUMs peak at INR 28.22 lakh crores in October 2020 Mumbai : The Total Mutual Fund AUM as on October 31, 2020 to highest ever INR 28.22 lakh crores while Average AUM for Oct. 2020 was INR 28.33 lakh crores was due to rise in Retail SIP contribution and surge in Net Flows in overall Debt schemes, according to the October 2020 monthly data released by the MF Industry body, the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) earli- Witness overall positive flows of INR 98,575.96 croresSIP Monthly Contribution at INR 7,800 crores, SIP AUMs rise to INR 3,42,018 crores er today. The Mutual Fund Industry witnessed an overall positive flows at INR 98,575.96 crores in October 2020. During October 2020, Mutual Fund SIP Accounts grew to 3.37 crores, leading to a rise in monthly SIP contribution to INR 7,800 crores, compared to INR 7,788.37 crores in September 30, 2020, and total SIP AUM rising from INR 3,35,571.57 crores as on September 30, 2020 to INR 3,42,018 crores as on October 31, 2020. Openended equity schemes overall, saw an outflow of INR 2,724.95 crores, while the categories like Large & Mid Cap Fund saw positive flows of INR 256.74 crores and Sectoral/Thematic Funds witnessed net flows of INR 2,214.67 crores due to two NFOs during October 2020. The outflow significantly moderated for Hybrid scheme category at INR 1,681.87 crores for October 2020, as compared to INR 4,219.01 in September 2020 and INR4,819.45 crores for August 2020. The Gold ETFs and FoF categories continued to witness net inflows of INR 384.21 crores and INR 337.96 crores during the month. Bengal registered highest single day recoveries on Monday KOLKATA: West Bengal on Monday registered the highest single-day 4,396 recoveries taking the total number of people cured in West Bengal to 3,67,850, the health department said. The toll rose to 7,350 after 56 more people succumbed to the dis- ease, it said. At least 3,907 people tested positive for the disease taking the tally to 4,09,221.Accordingly, the number of active cases was recorded at 34,021.In the last 24 hours, 44,346 samples have been tested in West Bengal, the bulletin said. 15th Finance Commission submits report to President NEW DELHI: The Fifteenth Finance Commission (XVFC), led by Chairman NK Singh, submitted its report for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26 to the President of India, a government statement said here on Monday. Members of the Commission, Ajay Narayan Jha, Prof Anoop Singh, Dr Ashok Lahiri and Dr Ramesh Chand along with Secretary to the Commission, Arvind Mehta accompanied the Chairman to submit the report, titled "Finance Commission in Covid Times", to the President. The Commission was mandated to give its recommendation for five years, from 2021-22 to 2025-26, by October 30, 2020. The recommendations revolved around unique and wide-ranging issues such as vertical and horizontal tax devolution, local government grants, disaster management grant, the Commission was also asked to examine and recommend performance incentives for states in many areas like power sector, adoption of DBT and solid waste management. "The Commission was also asked to examine whether a separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security ought to be set up and if so how such a mechanism could be operationalised," the statement said. The report has been organised in four volumes, out of which Volume 1 and 2, contain the main report and the accompanying annexes. Volume 3 is devoted to the Union Government and examines key departments in greater depth, with the medium-term challenges and the roadmap ahead, while the Volume 4 is entirely devoted to the states, including finances of each state in great depth and state-specific considerations to address the key Admn gears up for bypoll votes' counting MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Counting of votes for the Dumka and the Bermo by-polls will take place at the Engineering College Dumka and the Krishi Bazaar Samiti Chas respectively from 8 AM on Tuesday. Notably, JMM's Basant Soren and BJP's Louis Marandi are considered main contestants in Dumka while in Bermo Congress's Jai Mangal Singh is competing against BJP's Yogeshwar Mahto Batul. The district administration officials of both Dumka and Bokaro held a meeting to review security arrangements on Monday and also inspected the counting centres. The Dumka administration said that strict instructions have been given to the counting staff and the elections agents for not carrying mobile phones inside the counting centre. They would also not be allowed to enter the counting hall with drinking water bottle and eatables. All the entrances of the counting halls will be guarded by police. A media centre has been formed for the journalists were the round-wise results would be provided. The district election officer, Bokaro, informed that all persons entering the counting centre should wear a threelayered mask and carry sanitizer. They would also have to maintain a minimum of six feet distance with other persons. The counting staff are to enter the Bazaar Samiti by 6 AM. CM Hemant Soren paid a visit to the shrine of Hazrat Qutubddin Risaldar Baba at Doranda on the occasion of Urs and offered Chadar at the tomb on Monday. He prayed for peace and development for the state. He also prayed for the citizens to be safe from Corona. He said that the shrine epitomizes societal bonhomie and anyone who prays with a pure heart at the shrine gets his dreams fulfilled. Hemant Sutradhar 19 coal mines auctioned: Pralhad Joshi NEW DELHI: Nineteen out of the 38 mines put under the commercial coal mine auction have been successfully auctioned off, said Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Monday. The Union Minister for Coal was speaking at a press conference on the day when the commercial bidding is concluding. "Financial bidding will conclude today. We have successfully auctioned 19 mines of which 11 are open cast, five are underground and three are mixed," Joshi said. He said after consultation and listening to grievances of the states some mines were removed while others were added to the list of those, which were to be auctioned. "38 coal mines were put on auction. September 25 was the last day for the purchase of tender documents and September 29 was the due date for the tender bid. A total of 76 bids were received for 23 mines, of which 19 mines received 2 or more bids. This is a very good response," he said and added that a success rate of 50 per cent was very satisfactory. The minister also said India has one of the largest reserves, yet it is one of the largest importers of coal, keeping which in mind the Prime Minister had directed to bring in reforms in the sector. "Commercial coal mining will unlock the resources of the nation, this is what he (PM) said on that day and today I can say we have crossed an important milestone," he said. Joshi also said these mines were mainly located in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. (ANI) ECI gears up for result day in Bihar PATNA: Ahead of the counting day on Tuesday, the Election Commission of India has increased the number of counting centres to 55 in order to comply with COVID19 social distancing guidelines. The number of counting centres in the state was 38 during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "Earlier we used to have 38 counting centre for 38 districts but this time we have 55 counting centres and the simple reason is that we want to maintain social distance," Bihar Chief Election Commissioner HR Srinivasa told ANI here. In Patna, votes for all the 14 assembly constituencies will be counted at just 1 centre set up at AN College. The poll panel said it is readying 30 counting halls at the college. Srinivasa further said that ECI has established a 3tier security system for strong rooms (housing the EVMs) and the counting centres. "Election Commission gave 19 companies of paramilitary forces to guard strongrooms. They are the innermost core Kin, supporters wish Tejashwi on b'day PATNA/RANCHI: A day ahead of the counting of votes polled in the three-phase Bihar Assembly elections, the family and supporters of Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday wished him on his 31st birthday. The RJD supporters were visibly in a celebratory mood, spilling out on the Patna roads even as Tejashwi's father Lalu Prasad, mother Rabri Devi, eldest sister Dr Misa Bharti, and elder brother Tej Pratap conveyed their best wishes to Tejashwi on the occasion. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, who is admitted in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, of counting centres' security. There are 59 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain general law and order in the state. The inner core is being guarded by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), then there is the Bihar called his son in the morning to wish him on his birthday. "The people of Bihar will give you the birthday gift on Tuesday," the former Union Minister told his son, who is the chief ministerial face of the Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance in Bihar. Military Police (BMP) and then the district police," he added. Speaking about the surveillance of the strong room, Bihar CEO said, "Inside counting centres, there is 24X7 surveillance by CCTVs and strong rooms have been Former state Minister Tej Pratap tagged Tejashwi and tweeted to say 'Happy Birthday Tutu', addressing his younger brother by his nickname. Misa too tweeted: "Happy birthday, younger brother. Keep progress(ing) in life and do good work for every person." Rabri Devi and Tej Pratap wished Tejashwi seconds after the midnight hour struck. Tejashwi also cut a cake on the occasion. Even Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan tweeted his warm wishes. "I pray to God to give you a long life and success in life," he posted in Hindi. Tejashwi responded locked and controlled by the paramilitary force. Candidates are allowed to sit outside counting centres to keep a watch and given live feed. Everybody who visits the counting centre then we have kept a logbook. Highest with a 'thanks brother' message. Meanwhile, RJD supporters assembled at Rabri Devi's official residence at 10, Circular Road in Bihar capital Patna, carrying flowers, balloons, and garlands for Tejashwi. Adding to RJD supporters' enthusiasm were the predictions of various exit polls on November 7, which claimed a good show by the Mahagathbandhan in the elections. Earlier, sources at RIMS Director's Bungalow, where Lalu Prasad is lodged, said that Tejashwi had called around midnight to seek the blessings of his jailed father but the latter was asleep. care has been taken so that counting centre is safe." Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) have been imposed in and around the counting centres to prevent the gathering of people. PFIZER SAYS ITS CORONAVIRUS VACCINE MORE THAN 90 PC EFFECTIVE WASHINGTON: The coronavirus vaccine developed by drug giant American Pfizer and German biotechnology firm BioNTech was more than 90 per cent effective at protecting people from infection as compared to placebo saline shot, according to an analysis. The analysis was conducted by an independent data monitoring committee that met Sunday. "I would say it is a historical moment. Something like this has never happened before. First of all, the world was faced with such a terrible situation, the pandemic, and being able in such a short time to go through what usually takes many years," Washington Post quoted Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer, as saying. "Hearing that at the interim analysis we are over 90 percent effective -- it was almost stunning to hear." The Pfizer has conducted 44,000-person trial. Among them, there have been so far 94 cases of COVID-19 in persons who were not previously infected. Fewer than nine of those cases were among people who received two shots of the vaccine, a strong signal of efficacy. The vaccine requires two doses, given three weeks apart. Pfizer and BioNTech are working around-the-clock to scale up production, in hopes of having 50 million doses -- The data is not yet published or peer-reviewed, and the company news release could not be presented to outside experts under the terms of an embargo. With more people being exposed to the virus amid the coronavirus surge, the trial is rushing toward completion faster than company executives anticipated. enough for 25 million people to receive both shots -- by the end of the year, and 1.3 billion doses in 2021. The data is not yet published or peer-reviewed, and the com- pany news release could not be presented to outside experts under the terms of an embargo. With more people being exposed to the virus amid the coronavirus surge, the trial is rushing toward completion faster than company executives anticipated. The data community noted no serious safety concerns. Jansen said the side-effect profile of the vaccine was similar to what was reported in an earlier study, which included pain at the injection site and fatigue, chills and fever -- that occurred more frequently in younger trial participants than in adults over age 65. Pfizer and BioNTech said they plan to submit an application for emergency authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the third week of November, when they will have two months of safety follow-up data on half of the participants in their trial, along with data on their manufacturing process. The trial will continue until it reaches its endpoint of 164 cases of COVID-19, which Jansen said could take a few weeks.