YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 22 C DEBATE RAGES IN LEFT OVER STRATEGY ON FIGHTING BJP IN WB OPINION Sky will be clear. IND VS AUS: CHETESHWAR PUJARA HITS THE NETS TO PREPARE FOR TEST SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 20 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—184 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Apollo Hospitals and TataMD to offer COVID-19 testing across India KOLKATA: Apollo Hospitals Group, Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare services provider and Tata Medical and Diagnostics (Tata MD), the new healthcare venture of the Tata group, today announced a collaboration to introduce TataMD CHECK, the world’s first CRISPR Cas- NOTICE The office of ‘Morning India’ will remain closed on account of Chhath Puja on Friday. There will be no edition of the newspaper on Saturday. The next issue of the newspaper will hit the stands on Sunday. We wish our readers, hawkers and staff members a very 9 based diagnostic test, to help increase testing for COVID-19 across the country. Under the collaborative programmes Apollo Hospitals, along with its subsidiary, Apollo Diagnostics will offer the Tata MD CHECK testing in the National Capital Region from the first week of December 2020 and shortly thereafter, it will be rolled out across all major centres, namely Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune, followed by a second phase into other cities, the hospital sources said here this evening. TataMD CHECK, powered by FELUDA, is the world’s first COVID19 diagnostic test based on the DNA genome editing tool CRISPR Cas-9. The FELUDA diagnostic technology platform has been developed by Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (CSIR- IGIB), they said.. TataMD CHECK has been approved by Indian Council of Medical Research and Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). It is a viral detection test with high accuracy and a quick result turnaround time. Apollo Hospitals Group is the first healthcare AT A GLANCE CM SOREN CAVALCADE MEETS MINOR MISHAP UCO Bank reduces Home Loan Interest Rates KOLKATA: Kolkata headquartered public sector UCO Bank has slashed its Home Loan Interest Rates by 25 basis points with effect from today. Informing this sources at the Retail Banking department of UCO Bank said that the revised Home Loan Interest Rates would now begin from 6.90 per cent per annum. during the next few weeks, Apollo Hospitals group would ensure the availability of TataMD Check testing in eight hospitals in phase 1 and the location-wise quantities will be ramped up based on the demand and need for expanding this to other centres. Bengal Govt take steps to allow Chat Puja at local level after Supreme court ban HAPPY CHHATH PUJA RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Thursday reached Neterhat in Latehar district on a three-day visit. He was accorded a guard of honour and also welcomed in accordance with traditional rituals after his arrival. Even as the CM was proceeding towards Netarhat one of the vehicles in his cavalcade dashed against another in a minor mishap under the Ghaghra police station area in Gumla district. Both the vehicles were damaged slightly. Gumla SP HP Janardhanan informed that a Scorpio moving in the carcade hit a car ahead of it. He said the CM was in another car which was quite ahead of the two vehicles involved in the accident. He added one of the vehicles whose lights were damaged was removed adding the cavalcade then moved forward. During the trip, the CM also inspected the Ghaghra block office and sought information from the local officials on several issues. He said that the common man should not face inconvenience at government offices under any circumstances. The officials should give priority to solving the problems of people visiting the government offices. institution in the country to adopt the test. This significant tie-up with Apollo Hospitals kicks off the efforts of TataMD Check to align with healthcare institutions including hospitals, diagnostic chains and other healthcare facilities, the sources said adding Devotees offer prayers during ‘Kharna’ in Ranchi on Thursday. Hemant Sutradhar Hafiz Saeed sentenced Jagarnath Mahto stable after lung transplant to 10 years jail in illegal funding case LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Thursday sentenced Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa head, Hafiz Saeed, to 10-year imprisonment in an illegal funding case. The court also ordered that Saeed's properties be confiscated. According to a report by Samaa TV, a Lahore anti-terrorism court has sentenced Lashkar-e-Taiba sponsor Saeed, Prof Zafar Iqbal, and Yahya Muhajid to a cumulative jail term of 10and-a-half years. While Hafiz Abdul Rehman was sentenced to six months. The Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief was arrested on July 17, 2019, at the Kamoke toll plaza, about 50 km north of Lahore. The US has placed a USD10 million bounty on the UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed. The court has ordered their properties to be seized. The counter-terrorism department has registered 41 cases against the JuD leaders. Back in July, the top 13 members of the JuD, including Saeed, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997. Subsequently, Saeed was arrested from Gujranwala on charges of terror financing by the Punjab Counterterrorism Department (CTD). State reports 230 fresh cases of Covid-19 RANCHI: Jharkhand on Thursday reported 230 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 1,06,972 in the state. Among the samples tested positive, 66 cases were reported from Ranchi, 13 from Chaibasa, 1 from Koderma, 33 from Jamshedpur, 5 from Gumla, 10 from Palamu, 6 from Ramgarh, 10 from Deoghar, 30 from Bokaro, 17 from Dhanbad, 1 each from Latehar and Sahebganj. Meanwhile, 3 deaths were also reported, one each from Bokaro, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur. As many as 264 patients recovered from Covid-19. Thirty-two patients recovered from the virus in Ranchi, 51 in Jamshedpur, 34 from Dhanbad, 6 from Garhwa, 5 from Hazaibagh and 16 from Saraikela. CHENNAI: Jharkhand Education Minister Jagarnath Mahto who underwent a bilateral lung transplantation is stable and is recovering well, MGM Healthcare, a private hospital, here said. A statement issued by MGM Healthcare said the lung transplant of Mahto was done on November 10. "Mahto's transplant, which took around 11 hours, was carried out on Tuesday (November 10) and was successful. His condi- tion is stable and he is recovering well," Apar Jindal, Clinical Director & Consultant, Lung Transplant, Interventional Pulmonology & Chest Medicine was quoted in the s t a t e m e n t . "We were able to take the patient off ECMO immediately post transplant, he has regained consciousness, is under constant monitoring, all vital parameters have shown to be stable and is currently being slowly weaned off the ventilator support. He is undergoing physiotherapy and pulmonary rehabilitation," he added. KOLKATA: After the Supreme Court upheld the Calcutta High Court's decision today to ban Chat Puja in both Rabindra Sarobar in South Kolkata and Subhas Sarobat in East Kolkata and turned down the appeal of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) challenging the ban, the West Bengal government has made elaborate arrangements elsewhere to allow people to perform the puja during the next two days. They have also taken necessary steps to prevent any gathering in front of either of these two well known vast waterbodies in the city. “As far as Subhas Sarobar and Rabindra Sarobar are concerned these water bodies will be totally out of bounds for Chhath Puja celebrations,” ruled the division bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee on 10 November whcih was upheld by the Apex court today Not only Chhath Puja, the Green Tribunal has banned all kinds of pujas, picnics and other social events in the Sarobar premises to keep its ecology free from pollution. Soon after the court's verdict today Chief minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to all devotees mainly those from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to perform their Chat Puja during the next two days from their homes and without creating any obstruction to the state authorities. Reiterating the appeal of the Chief minister, state Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay said in state secretariat Nabanna on the eve of Char Puja, beginning tomorrow, that the state government had already constructed a number of small pools in different localities where the Chat Puja devotees could perform their puja if they could not perform the same in their houses. The government had also made elaborate arrangements around several ponds and other small waterbodies in every district to enable the devotees there too to perform their puja without any hitch, the CS said. Since the Apex court has imposed a blanket ban on performing the puja like every other year in Rabindra Sarobar and Subhas Sarobar, which were being described as the lungs of the city, and asked the government to make suitable arrangements to prevent any unnecessary gathering there for any purpose till Saturday evening, both the lakes were today covered with tinned sheds to stop entry of anyone It may be recalled that last year despite the ban several hundred unruly people broke open the gates of both the lakes and performed their Chat Puja there without caring for the sanctity and cleanliness of the lakes generating huge protest among the general people for causing huge environmental damage and for littering the entire area. Bihar’s ‘tainted’ Edu Min resigns within hours of assuming office PATNA: Newly-appointed Bihar Education Minister Mewalal Choudhary, allegedly facing corruption charges in the recruitment of assistant professors and scientists, has resigned hours after assuming his new office on Thursday. He was sworn in as a cabinet minister just a few days ago along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Choudhary had met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday. Earlier on Thursday, Choudhary had assumed charge of the education ministery. The opposition has been attacking the government over allegation of corruption against the Education Minister ever since his name was announced. JD (U) General Secretary K.C. Tyagi said, "Nitish Kumar's identity is that of a leader with a difference. Democracy runs on ethics and public morality. That is why since allegations of corruption have been levelled against Choudhary, he has resigned from the post of Education Minister." It may be recalled that the RJD had been attacking the CM about the appointment of Choudhary. on Wednesday, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had taken to Twitter to say: "By appointing Mewalal Choudhary, involved in the assistant professor recruit- the Bihar Agricultural University in Bhagalpur in 2010. Choudhary had taken oath as cabinet minister on November 16 along with 14 others, including the Chief Minister. JITAN MANJHI APPOINTED PRO-TEM SPEAKER OF ASSEMBLY MEWALAL CHOUDHARY ment scam, has the CM given him a free hand to indulge in more corruption and loot?" The scam relates to the recruitment of 166 assistant professors and scientists in Jitan Ram Manjhi, president of Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), was on Thursday appointed pro-tem speaker of Bihar legislative assembly. At the swearing in ceremony held in Raj Bhawan on Thursday, Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan administered him the oath of office. Manjhi said: "I have been part of the Bihar assembly and council for more than 34 years and held several top posts including that of chief minister. As I am the seniormost legislator in Bihar. Getting the responsibility of pro-tem speaker is a great honour." Manjhi has been made pro-tem Speaker for two days (November 23 and 24) till the Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly is elected. "My job as protem speaker will end after house will elect new speaker," Manjhi said. INDIA RANKS 77 IN GLOBAL BRIBERY RISK MATRIX BUT THE NATION FARED BETTER THAN ITS NEIGHBOURS—PAKISTAN, CHINA, NEPAL AND BANGLADESH I ndia is at 77th position with a score of 45 in a global list that measures business bribery risks of 2020. The list by TRACE, an antibribery standard setting organisation, measures business bribery risk in 194 countries, territories, and autonomous and semi-autonomous regions. According to this year's data, North Korea, Turkmenistan, South Sudan, Venezuela and Eritrea present the highest commercial bribery risk, while Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and New Zealand present the lowest. In 2019, India's rank stood 78 position with a score of 48 while in 2020 the country was ranked 77 with a score of 45, the data showed. The score is based on four factors -- business interactions with government, anti-bribery deterrence and enforcement, government and civil service transparency, and capacity for civil society oversight, including the role of the media. India fared better than its neighbours - Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bangladesh. Bhutan, meanwhile, secured 48th rank with a score of 37, the data showed. "China has potentially helped to reduce opportunities for bribe demands by public officials by continuing to streamline its bureaucracy," TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix said in a statement. Apart from India, Peru, Jordan, North Macedonia, Colombia and Montenegro also have a score of 45 in the matrix. Somalia moved out of the bot- tom ranking, which it held from 2017 to 2019, and is now ranked 187th out of 194. The TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix said it measures the likelihood of bribe demands in 194 jurisdictions. It was originally published in 2014 to meet a need in the business community for more reliable, nuanced information about the risks of commercial bribery worldwide. The matrix aggregates relevant data obtained from leading public interest and international organisations, including the United Nations, World Bank, VDem Institute at the University of Gothenburg and World Economic Forum. This data helps companies to assess the likely risk of bribe demands in each country and to design compliance and due diligence programs tailored to that risk, it said. Meanwhile, about 77 per cent Indians are optimistic of an economic recovery and business revival, and 27 per cent believe the turnaround could happen in the next three months, said a new survey on Thursday. While 22 per cent of those surveyed said they expect a revival in the next three to six months, 28 per cent felt it could take anywhere between six months to a year, said the survey by digital lending platform IndiaLends. "The economy is slowly but steadily recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and is getting back on the growth trajectory. There are clear signs of a business revival and consumer confidence," IndiaLends Founder and CEO Gaurav Chopra said in a statement. The nationwide survey of nearly 1,700 respondents comprising both the salaried and selfemployed, conducted in November, also said that 71 per cent of the respondents said they planned to take a personal loan in the next three to six months. They cited two- and fourwheelers, business startups, household durables, electronic gadgets and home renovation as the main reasons for personal loans. At least seven per cent of the respondents said they would opt for a loan to pay for upskilling courses, which points to the impact of Covid-19 on jobs and the need to utilise free time to acquire new skills.