YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 23 C MIN 10 C RJD CAN START WITH NEW VIGOUR BY STRENGTHENING ITS ALLIANCE OPINION Sky will be clear. KOLKATA SUNDAY, 22 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR— 7, ISSUE—185 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) KOLKATA: As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 celebrations, the U. S. Consulate in Kolkata in partnership with implementing partner Asian Confluence has launched the White-House led Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in India. Inaugurating the AWE's maiden launch in India through a virtual mode here yesterday, Acting Consul General in the US Consulate in the city Monica Shie said as many as 150 women entrepreneurs from five north eastern states would be mentored and supported through this two-year project. Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State , Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs ( ECA), U. S. Department of State, delivered her special remarks, sources at the US Consulates here today said. CELEBRATED IAS COUPLE, TINA DABI AND ATHAR AMIR, FILES FOR DIVORCE JAIPUR: The celebrated civil servant couple of Tina Dabi, topper of UPSC civil service examination in 2015 and Athar Amir, a UPSC topper from Kashmir, recently filed for divorce in Jaipur. The couple married in 2018 soon after their romance and love story made national headlines. Tina, who was the topper of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2015, married Athar in April 2018. Athar, from Kashmir had secured second position in UPSC exam 2015. Both Tina and Athar are officers of the Rajasthan cadre. The duo had earlier said that they had fallen in love during their training period. Their story became a hot topic of discussion from Delhi to Jammu and Kashmir since the Hindu Mahasabha termed it as love-jihad. The couple posted in Rajasthan, has filed for divorce on November 17. They have submitted an application in a family court on November 1. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 9,084,415 TOTAL DEATH: 133,144 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 58,188,593 TOTAL DEATH: 1,382,328 WORLD Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE US CONSULATE LAUNCHES ACADEMY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN INDIA BIDEN COULD ANNOUNCE CABINET PICKS AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK War of words between TMC and BJP intensifies before 2021 elections KOLKATA: A day after an intensive 'war of words' between BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders over BJP's decision to appoint five senior central leaders to judge the party's prospect in 2021 Assembly elections in West Bengal, BJP MP Arjun Singh claimed that several TMC leaders and MPs were 'waiting on the fence' to join BJP anytime. 'It is only a matter of time when a number of senior TMC MPs who are frustrated with the activities of the party leadership and its anti people stance, would join BJP at appropriate time', claimed Arjun Singh today causing a ripple in the political circles in the state. Participating in a Chhat Puja programme in his parliamentary constituency at Barrackpore, Arjun Singh claimed that even senior TMC Lok Sabha members like Saugata Roy were among the five. Among other leaders might be state Transport minister and a former MP Subhendu Adhikari who had been expressing his displeasure about the party activities for the past few weeks, he said. However, soon afterwards Saugata Roy categorically denied any such possibility even in his furthest dream and said he would better 'quit politics for ever rather than join BJP', which he described as a communal party. Meanwhile, he and several other leaders of TMC have slamed BJP for its decision to bring several senior organisational leaders to Bengal to ensure a comfortable victory for BJP next year. it as a mere attempt by the largest opposition party to project 'an outsider' in state politics as their undisputed leader, they said. Throwing a series of salvos against state BJP functionar- ies for allegedly 'hiring leaders from outside the state' in a desperate bid to replace the Mamata Banerjee government next year, several other senior TMC ministers and leaders like Health minister Chadrima Bhattacharya and Science, Technology and Forest minister Bratya Basu have claimed that it had fully exposed state BJP's alleged incapability and lack of faith on them by the central leaders like those of Union Home minister Amit Shah to fight an election in a democratic manner. Reiterating the recent claims of Chief minister Mamata Banerjee that Bengal would only and always be ruled by a 'Bengali son of the soil' and never by an outsiders under any circumstances, both the TMC leaders also without naming anyone claimed that the Bengali speaking people of the state would never allow anyone from outside Bengal to take advantage of its political future. Citing the example of several renowned political personalities and freedom fighters from Bengal who had sacrificed a lot in their lives to ensure a bright future of the state, both the ministers also ridiculed the all out attempts of BJP to replace the present government under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee and described it as their 'day dream'. However, BJP West Bengal state President Dilip Ghosh has refused to pay any credence or importance to such remarks of the ruling party leaders and claimed that their unbecoming comments was a 'true reflection that the ruling party was afraid of the BJP juggernaut ' in the last Lok Sabha poll and was very much apprehensive of a similar or even far worse results ( for TMC) in the next year's poll. Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Chhath Puja in Varanasi on Saturday. FIRST TIME IN SIX DECADES Snub to China: White House invites top Tibetan leader DHARAMSALA: For the first time in six decades, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) president Lobsang Sangay has entered the White House -- a historic recognition by the United States to the democratically elected governmentin-exile that is headquartered in this northern Indian hill station. This is for the first time that the head of the CTA has been invited into the White House, a spokesperson for the CTA told IANS on Saturday. Last month, Sangay became the first CTA president to be formally invited into the US State Department to meet Assistant Secretary and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Robert Destro. In the last six decades, the head of the CTA was denied entry to the US State Department and the White House; the logic for both denials was that the US government did not recognize the Tibetan government in exile. "Today's visit amounts to an acknowledgement of both the democratic system of the CTA and its political head," said the spokesperson. Sangay met the White House officials. Prior to this meeting, Sangay had met the White House officials in undisclosed meetings and locations over a dozen times in the past 10 Record 800 percent jump in seizure of illegal cigarettes this year KOLKATA:The Customs and other enforcement agencies in India have seized illegal foreign made cigarettes worth Rs 412 crores during the last five months registering a quantum jump of nearly 800 per cent from what was seized during the corresponding June to October period of last year. Informing this the Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE) of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry(FICCI) here today said last year during the same period illegal foreign made cigarettes worth only about Rs 52 crores were recovered and seized despite all out efforts. During the period between June and October this year the Customs, DRI, Assam Rifles, BSF and State Police have made this huge amount of seizures of illegal foreign made cigarettes (worth Rs 412 crores) from several cities across the country including those from Kolkata, Mumbai, the North East, Bhopal, Hyderabad and several other places, said Anil Rajput, Chairman, FICCI CASCADE here ANI today. The increase in the scale of seizures not only highlights the importance of the work done by enforcement agencies but also calls for continued focus on tackling the widespread menace, he said. Expressing concern at nearly eightfold increase in the amount of seizure this year, Rajput said it had indicated that India continued to be the prime target of tobacco smugglers in spite of several restrictions. 'It is very much clear that criminal enterprises have been continuing to find ways and means to send smuggled goods to India in spite of the relentless efforts by the government and enforcement agencies', he said adding though such efforts of enforcement officials were laudable, we must not lower the guard and maintain strict vigil to ensure that these offenders were kept at bay always. Moreover, in order to mitigate the menace FICCI CASCADE had started several interactive sessions with the government and enforcement agencies across several states and hoped to find an amicable solutions soon, Rajput stated further. years since he became the CTA's president in 2011. This unprecedented meeting perhaps will set an optimistic tone for CTA participation with US officials and be more formalized in the coming years, said the CTA. Though he nears the end of his second consecutive term as the CTA president, Sangay has tirelessly advocated for the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019. Earlier this week, Sangay had several virtual meetings. Through meetings, Sangay has discussed the Tibetan Policy and Support Act and other matters with the Congressional-Executive Commission on China Chairman Jim McGovern and senior Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers, both on the Republican and Democrat side. CTA Representative Ngodup Tsering and Kelsang Dolma accompanied Sangay on these meetings in the White House. CHINA RAPIDLY UPGRADES, INSTALLS RADARS ALONG LAC WITH INDIA NEW DELHI: China is upgrading and installing radars swiftly along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) even as it is engaged in talks with India to resolve the border dispute. India and China are engaged in an eight-month standoff at LAC in Eastern Ladakh. Both the countries are also engaged in military and diplomatic talks to resolve the border dispute.A total of eight rounds of corps commander level have happened between the militaries of both the countries and the ninth round of talks is to be scheduled very soon to disengage troops.Amid this, apart from aggressively developing infrastructure, China has started installing radars from Ladakh to Sikkim region. Top sources said that at Yecheng a medium-sized building and a watch tower have come up at the facility. Dead man returns to home after his cremation: health department starts enquiry KOLKATA: In a bizarre incident, an old man, who was "cremated" after hospital authorities declared him "dead" and the family was getting ready to perform his final religious rituals, has returned home in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, a health department official said on Saturday. Shibnath Bandyopadhyay (75), a resident of Birati was admitted to a hospital on November 11 after he tested positive for COVID-19 and two days later his family members were informed about his demise, he said. "We performed his last rites following the COVID-19 protocols and was about to do the sardh today. Yesterday, we got a call from the same hospital informing that our father has recovered and we should arrange for an ambulance to bring him back home. We are really shocked and surprised. I will not be able to tell you about my feelings. Our father is at home now. We do not know whom we have cremated," a family member of the old man said. Bandyopadhyay's kin have been following the rituals customary after the demise of a person at a Hindu family. When enquired on whose body was cremated thinking it to be of Bandyopadhyay's, health officials said another old man Mohinimohan Mukhopadhyay, from Khardah, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the same hospital, had died on November 13 and "it was he who was cremated". The entire incident came to light on Friday when Mukhopadhyay's family was informed by the hospital that their ward has recovered from COVID-19 and they should take him back home, the official said. Ayurvedic docs can now practice GS alongside ortho & dentistry THE CENTRE IN ITS GAZETTE NOTIFICATION ALLOWED AYURVEDIC POST GRADUATE PASSOUTS TO RECEIVE FORMAL TRAINING FOR SUCH PROCEDURES NEW DELHI: Now the Post Graduate (PG) students of Ayurveda would perform variety of general surgery, including orthopaedic, ophthalmology, ENT and dental as the central government has okayed it. The Centre in its gazette notification allowed Ayurvedic PG passouts to receive formal training for such procedures. The training modules for surgical procedures will be added to the curriculum of Ayurvedic studies. The development has come after the Central Council of Indian Medicine amended Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016, to include the aforementioned regulation to allow the PG students of Ayurveda for practicing the general surgery. "The Central Council of Indian Medicine, with the previous sanction of the Central Government, hereby makes the following regulations further to amend the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016," the gazette notification read. The act has been renamed Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Amendment Regulations, 2020. "During the period of study, the PG scholar of Shalya and Shalakya shall be practically trained to acquaint (themselves) with as well aa independently perform the following activities so that after completion of his PG degree, he is able to perform the following procedures (list of the procedures) independently," the gazette notification stated. The notification informed that the students will be trained in two streams of surgery and would be awarded titles of MS (Ayurved) Shalya Tantra -(General Surgery and MS (Ayurved) Shalakya Tantra (Disease of Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Oro-Dentistry). The latest move by the Centre is an addition to the host of decisions taken amid pandemic which shows an impending paradigm shift in healthcare from modern medicine to the traditional form. Annulling Medical Council of India to form National Medical Commission and introducing Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, THE DEVELOPMENT HAS COME AFTER THE CENTRAL COUNCIL OF INDIAN MEDICINE AMENDED INDIAN MEDICINE CENTRAL COUNCIL (POST GRADUATE AYURVEDA EDUCATION) REGULATIONS, 2016, TO INCLUDE THE AFOREMENTIONED REGULATION TO ALLOW THE PG STUDENTS OF AYURVEDA FOR PRACTICING THE GENERAL SURGERY. 2020, which allows assorted paramedics to practice medicine independently -- are a few of the decisions which has put the modern medicine practitioners in deep concern regarding their future of healthcare. The Indian Medical Association has been openly opposing such policy moves by the Centre, especially the plan to mix modern medicine with the traditional systems of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), in coming years, as envisaged by the Centre. Dr Rajan Sharma, President, IMA had earlier stated that an integrative system of medicine would create a "Khichdi medical system" and would produce hybrid doctors. The apex body of private practitioners of modern medicine had also condemned the centre's ambitious one nation one system policy in medical education and called it a cocktail of disaster.