YK MYK TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST ARE TWO PILLARS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE OPINION Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 25 JAN, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—249 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 27 C MIN 17 C ‘LUCKY TO GET FILMS THAT HAD STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONISTS’ SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Election Commission seeks 1 lakh force for ‘free and fair’ Bengal polls Increases number of polling booths Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE I WISH LALU PRASAD A SPEEDY RECOVERY: NITISH PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday wished opposition RJD supremo Lalu Prasad a speedy recovery after the latter's health deteriorated and he was shifted to New Delhi's AIIMS. Nitish Kumar said he wants Lalu to get healthy soon and wished him well. After attending the birth anniversary celebrations of former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur in Patna, when Nitish was asked about Lalu Prasad's deteriorating health, he said,"I wish Laluji gets well soon. When we were apart as political adversaries, too, even then I used to enquire about his health if he was unwell, but now we only get information about him through newspapers." PM SALUTES 'NATION'S DAUGHTERS' ON NATIONAL GIRL CHILD DAY NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday saluted the 'daughters of the nation' on the occasion of the National Girl Child Day and praised all those working towards the empowerment of the girl child and ensure them a life of dignity and opportunity. In a series of tweets, Modi said: "On the National Girl Child Day, we salute our #DeshKiBeti and their accomplishments in various fields. The central government has undertaken many initiatives that focus on empowering the girl child, including access to education, better healthcare.” CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,06,58,886 TOTAL DEATH: 153,433 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 99,415,352 TOTAL DEATH: 2,132,137 MRINAL KANTI SIRCAR KOLKATA: The Election Commission of India has decided to seek 1,000 companies of security forces, comprising 1,00,000 personnel, to ensure free and fair polls, sources said. This follows the three-day visit of its full bench to the State when it took stock of the ground situation in West Bengal and interacted with all major political parties. This was followed by a review meeting in Delhi following which the decision was taken to enhance the number of security personnel needed during elections. In the last Lok Sabha elections, 749 companies of Central forces came to the State. Due to the violence in the State in the last few days, the Central Government has informed the Election Commission that 1000 companies will be made available for the Assembly polls in West Bengal. The number of booths are also going to be increased. Election Commission sources The number of booths are also going to be increased. Election Commission sources said that due to the large number of voters in the existing 78,903 main booths, auxiliary booths will be set up on the same premises. said that due to the large number of voters in the existing 78,903 main booths, auxiliary booths will be set up on the same premises. As a result, on the one hand, the number of voters will be reduced and on the other CAROLINA MARIN, VIKTOR AXELSON WIN SINGLES TITLES AT THAILAND OPEN SPORTS 8 CAs, 250 others arrested so far over GST fake invoice frauds NEW DELHI: GST authorities have arrested as many as 258 persons, including eight chartered accountants (CAs), in the nationwide drive against fake GST invoice frauds since November 2020, sources said. Sources in the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) said that the 8th CA was arrested on Saturday along with his four business accomplices in Jaipur for operating 25 fake firms to fraudulently avail and pass on ITC through bogus invoices without actual supplies of goods and services. CAs arrested in the multilayered fake GST invoice frauds through multiple bogus firms include B.S. Gupta of Jaipur, Daulat S. Mehta and Chandra Prakash Pandey of Mumbai, Lalit Prajapati of Ahmedabad, S. Krishnakumar of Chennai, Nitin Jain of Delhi, B. Srinvasa Rao of Hyderabad and Ankur Garg of Ludhiana. They all were operating multiple non-existent firms and fake entities to dupe the exchequer with fraudulent ITC utilisation in connivance with fraudsters and fly-bynight operators, according Sources in the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) said that the 8th CA was arrested on Saturday along with his four business accomplices in Jaipur for operating 25 fake firms to fraudulently avail and pass on ITC through bogus invoices without actual supplies of goods and services. to sources. People in the know said that out of the 258 arrested so far, at least two persons have been booked under COFEPOSA (Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act) also. The drive by GST intelligence and CGST authorities is underway with more than 2,500 case booked against 8,000 fake GSTIN entities as of now. Authorities have so far recovered more than Rs 820 crore from these fraudsters. Sources said that the chartered accountants' regulatory body, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has been informed about these arrests and have been asked to take appropriate actions as per their rules. hand, it will be possible to work quickly keeping in mind the Covid protocol. As a result, the number of booths has been increased to 1,01,790. In another major step, the Election Commission will PRACHANDA FACTION EXPELS PM OLI FROM PARTY KATHMANDU: Discord and division continue inside the Nepal Communist Party, which has not split formally but has virtually fallen apart after Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli unilaterally decided to dissolve the House of Representatives on December 20 without the party's consent. Since then, the Nepal Communist Party is acting like two parties -- one headed by Oli himself and the other led by former Prime Ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda and Madhav Kumar Nepal. Both sides are running separate programmes across the country under the same banner as they await official recognition from the Election Commission. Amid this row, the PrachandaNepal faction has taken disciplinary action against Oli. A Standing Committee meeting of the faction held on Sunday decided to expel Oli from the party, its spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha told the media. The dissident faction has alleged Oli breached the party discipline. North India, parts of central India to witness fresh spell of chill in next 3-4 days, says IMD NEW DELHI: Parts of north and central India will experience a fresh spell of chill during the next three-four days with 'cold to severe cold wave' conditions likely over the plains, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday. With the movement of the western disturbance further northeastwards on Sunday from Jammu and Kashmir, dry northwesterly winds are likely to pick up from afternoon of January 25 and persist during the subsequent 34 days over plains of north and adjoining parts of central and western India. Under its influence, the current spell of dense to very dense fog in some pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, north Rajasthan is likely to persist over these areas till January 26 and decrease thereafter. "Cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are very likely in isolated pockets over north Rajasthan and cold wave conditions in isolated pockets over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh during January 25-27 and over west Uttar Pradesh and west Madhya Pradesh during January 26-27," the IMD said. Cold day to severe cold day conditions are also very likely in some pockets over Uttar Pradesh during the next three days (till January 26) and cold day conditions in isolated pockets over Punjab and Haryana and Chandigarh during the next 2 days. ensure deployment of the forces well in advance to instill confidence in people. It may be mentioned that before the visit of the full bench of the Election Commission, the Deputy Election Commissioner of the Election Commission Sudip Jain, who was in charge of the State, came twice and held meetings at different levels and said that this time the EC would follow the Bihar elections template. COVID-19 ACTIVE CASELOAD SHRINKS TO 1.84 LAKH IN INDIA NEW DELHI: As India country continues on its steady trajectory of reporting a sustained downfall in the daily new COVID-19 cases, the country's active caseload has dipped to 1.84 lakh mark, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. India witnessed 14,849 COVID-19 cases, 15,948 recoveries, and 155 fatalities in the past 24 hours. With 15,948 recovered cases in the last 24 hours, a net decline of 1,254 cases has been recorded in the total active cases in last 24 hours. As on January 24, five states in the country account for 75 per cent of the cumulative active caseload, namely, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Kerala remains at the top of the table with 39.19 per cent of total active cases. Out of the total new cases, 80.67 per cent have been concentrated in just six states; Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, TN, Gujarat, and West Bengal. Delhi Police announces routes for farmers' tractor rally from 3 border points NEW DELHI: Special Commissioner of Police (CP), Intelligence in Delhi Police, Dependra Pathak on Sunday said that three routes have been determined for the farmer leaders' tractor rally from three border points of Delhi. "The tractor rally will enter Delhi from Tikri, Singhu, and Ghazipur borders and return to its originating points. From Singhu, it will pass through Kanjhawala, Bawana, Auchandi border, KMP Expressway and then return to Singhu," Pathak told reporters at a press conference. He further said, "From Tikri border, it will go to Nangloi and pass through Najafgarh and Western Peripheral Expressway. From Ghazipur border, the rally will go to 56-foot road and return to its originating point passing through KundliGhaziabad-Palwal Expressway." "Three circulation routes will get foolproof security cover and we will also keep a note on timing and how to keep the peace during the rally," Pathak further said. Pathak further said that his department has got inputs that a total of 308 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to create disturbance regarding the farmer leaders' tractor rally set to take place on Republic Day. "Through intelligence and various other agencies, we have continuously been getting inputs regarding the threat to create disturbance in the tractor rally. A total of 308 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to create confusion," Pathak said. "This input has been accrued from analysis of inputs between January 13 and 18. These points were discussed with the farmer leaders," he added. Pathak further said that different states' police forces are also involved in managing the security during the tractor rally. The matter was discussed with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police, he added. Raising money in name of building Kolkata cricket academy, Dhoni did not know anything? KOLKATA: Explosive allegations of corruption over money have surfaced against Arka Sports Management, the authorised agent of former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Mihir Divakar, one of the directors of Arka Sports Management, and Meghdoot Shur, another official claiming to be associated with Arka Sports, took money from the city’s industrialists to build Dhoni’s cricket academy in Kolkata. After that there was no academy and the money was not returned to the concerned industrialists, according to a report by the digital arm of a leading bengali television news channel. One of the investors in setting up the academy was Abinash Kumar Singh, the head of a private company in the city. A legal notice has already been sent on behalf of Abinash Singh to Arka Sports and two directors of the company, Mihir Divakar and Soumya Das. A copy of the same notice has also been sent to Dhoni. Notice has also been sent to Meghdoot Shur.A total of Rs 59 lakh has been embezzled, according to Abinash Singh’s lawyer. Arka Sports has been asked to repay the money within 7 days by adding 18 percent interest. Otherwise, legal action will be taken. “Dhoni’s exclusive agent is Arka. Arcka has the authority to raise money for Dhoni and instead promotes Dhoni’s cricket academy. Meghdoot took money from Abinash Singh to build an academy in Kolkata. At the same time, Rs 30 lakh was sent directly to the Arka account. Giving money to Arka means giving money to Dhoni. Now that the academy has not created yet, my client is seeking a refund. Not only that, the money that Meghdoot has given to Dhoni Academy is also showing the bank invoice as his own. If we do not get the money back, we will take legal action, commented Sheikh Selim Rahman, IBGB of Abinash Singh. Abinash Singh has demanded a refund of Rs 30 lakh from Arka and the rest from Meghdoot. “Dhoni may not have known the whole thing,” he said. It is not possible for him to know. But he should know that the people he is working with are not good people, they are doing wrong by using his name. Dhoni just wants a good academy but it is really difficult for him to know outside. But those to whom he has given authority are taking money from the market in his name. They have also forged documents. Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already received a legal notice. Although no response has been received from him yet. In 2019 too, Rs 42 crore from Amrapali Developers was sent to Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Dhoni’s company. The Amrapali group deceived many people in the name of selling houses. The audit report of the Supreme Court has caused a lot of controversy. Soren vows development of Santhal Pargana SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: After gifting a host of projects for his constituency, Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Sunday stated that Santhal Pargana would now get the benefit of all schemes which were not implemented effectively in the region earlier. He added that the government was taking steps for converting Barhait block into a sub-division. The CM was speaking after laying the foundation stone of a 132/33 KV grid sub-station and the 132 KV Pakur-Rajmahal transmission line at Barhait. He said that the state would experience a new phase of growth after the Covid pandemic subsides. He informed that a work plan for providing power, road, and water facilities was ready. He said that the state government has prepared a new development strategy consisting of several schemes. He said the state government is providing ration cards to the people left out of the public distribution scheme. A pension scheme would be given to six lakh people. The benefit of sari-dhoti CM Hemant Soren during groundbreaking ceremony of a 132/33 KV grid substation and 132 KV Pakur-Rajmahal transmission line at Barhait on Sunday. yojna would be provided to people soon. The CM said that people must remain alert against Covid, which is changing its nature. He informed that in order to promote quality education the government would open model schools in each district and also conduct CBSE curriculum from class 1 to class 12. He observed that Barhait and the Sahibganj blocks were backward areas having a paucity of basic facili- ties. In view of the situation, the government has identified the schemes for all-round development of the region. The schemes which were awaited by the people for a long time would be also implemented, he added. He said that after the construction of the sub-station all villages of the Barhait block would have the power supply. He stated the sub-station would be constructed at a cost of Rs 70 crore, adding it would be ready within two years. A transmission line measuring five thousandskilometers would be laid to supply power to the households, he said. The schemes launched on the occasion were a high bridge over Gumani river near Patan, a model school for Barhait, different development schemes for Sahibganj and Godda and distribution of assets among people under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, forest land.