YK MYK MINING REFORMS TO INCREASE EMPLOYMENT, GDP: FICCI BUSINESS Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 21 MARCH, 2021 PG-12, YEAR— 7, ISSUE—304 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 18 C RAJNATH-AUSTIN MEET FOCUSES ON ENHANCING DEFENCE TIES NATION Morning India ‘Dilli mein kya hua? Laddoo hua!’ Mamata mocks Modi over development MI NEWS SERVICE Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE ISSF WC: SAURABH BAGS SILVER, ABHISHEK SETTLES WITH BRONZE NEW DELHI: India shooter Saurabh Chaudhary bagged silver medal while Abhishek Verma settles with the bronze in the Men's 10M Air Pistol final of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun on Saturday here at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting range (DKSSR). The other Indian in the final, Shahzar Rizvi, finished fifth. Earlier in the day, Yashaswini Deswal bagged the first gold medal for India in the Women's 10M Air Pistol final. She accumulated 238.8 points to lead in her category. Another Indian shooter Manu Bhaker won a silver medal with 236.7 points. PURBA MEDINIPUR: Sending the poll fever skyrocketing, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking what "development" has been made in the country. "Dilli mein kya hua? Laddoo hua! (What happened in Delhi? Laddoo!)", she said sarcastically. Addressing a public meeting in Panskura, Banerjee said, "In every meeting he (PM Modi) says that no development happened in Bengal. I want to ask him, Dilli mein kya hua, Laddoo hua? (What happened in Delhi, Laddoo?)." "What is there in your Government? You did 'notebandi'. Now you are selling banks, Railways, Air India and Coal India. Someday, they CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,15,90,373 TOTAL DEATH: 159,728 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 123,042,823 ing in Kharagpur earlier on Saturday. Mamata Banerjee continued in the same vein at her meeting in Khejuri as well, telling the audience that Prime Minister Narendra Banerjee next targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre. She accused the Central Government of misappropriating funds. "BJP says 'beti bachao, beti padhao'. But, they have not even given a single penny to anyone. But we give Kanyashree fund every month. The BJP is getting jealous because Bengal is going ahead today," she stated. "They called others 'tolabaaz' (extortionists). The BJP Government has stolen millions of crores of rupees. They are the feudal lord of 'tolabaazi' (extortion)," added Banerjee. In Haldia, the Chief Minister kept up her attack on the BJP saying: ""Is BJP a political party? It is a disgusting party in India. Even BJP girls are not safe in the BJP party. See who is in what condition with the news. Bengal mei iss baar, BJP sarkar: Modi PAK PM IMRAN KHAN ISOLATES AFTER TESTING COVID POSITIVE NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination confirmed the development on Saturday. Sultan said that the 68-year-old former cricketer-turnedpolitician has quarantined himself at home. "PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid19 and is self isolating at home," Sultan said in a tweet. Pakistan is using the Chinese vaccine, Sinopharm against Covid-19 pandemic. will sell the Haldia Port. They will sell Bengal and the country. We will not let them do so," added the Chief Minister. Banerjee's remarks come against the backdrop of Prime Minister Modi's public meet- Modi considers himself to be Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda and would name India after himself. A sarcastic Banerjee said: "What a great leader. Sometimes, he thinks of himself as poet Rabindranath Tagore...Sometimes as Vivekananda. Now, he is changing the stadium's name with his own name. Someday he will make you forget the name of India. He will name the country after himself." Continuing the attack, she said, "Narendra Modi only makes big promises. I will do this, I will do that.... You have been in power for six-seven years. What have you done? You did 'notebandi'. You have destroyed the economy of the country. You have increased unemployment. You have killed migrant workers. You have created riots." After the Prime Minister, MI NEWS SERVICE KHARAGPUR: Ahead of Bengal Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said people attending his rally in large numbers clearly indicate that "Bengal mei is baar, BJP sarkar" (this time it will be BJP Government in Bengal). He further stated that a BJP Government is essential for the prosperity of the State, adding that around 130 party workers lost their lives in the struggle to work for the bright future of the State. Addressing a public rally in Bengal's Kharagpur, PM Modi said, "It's my honour that you have come to bless BJP in such huge numbers, this clearly suggests "Bengal mei iss baar, BJP sarkar". A BJP Government is essential for a prosperous future of Bengal. More than 130 karyakartas from Bengal have laid down their lives in this struggle." Lauding Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh, the Prime Minister said despite several attacks and attempts to kill him, Ghosh continues to work for the bright future of Bengal. "I am proud that my party has a president like Dilip Ghosh. There were many attacks on him, attempts were made to kill him. But he started taking the vow of the bright future of Bengal and today he is spreading new energy in the entire State," said PM Modi. Comparing the situation of Bengal with the recent outage of services of WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress (TMC) blocked the development of Bengal for 55 years. "Yesterday WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook were down for 50-55 minutes, everybody got worried. But in Bengal, development and dreams have been down for 50-55 years. First, it was Congress, then Left, and now TMC, who have blocked the State's development." He further assured the people of Bengal that the BJP Government will bring real change in the State and requested the people to give the party a chance "to overcome 70 years of destruction done by the Congress, Left and TMC". "To strengthen Indian Railways, the people of Kharagpur have given a lot. I want to assure you of Asol Poriborton (real change). You have seen Congress, Left and now TMC broke your dreams. Give us five years, we will overcome 70 years of destruction. We will work for you till death. Give us an opportunity to serve," PM Modi said. Terming the BJP as "Bengal's true party", PM Modi said West Bengal is the birthplace of Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. TOTAL DEATH: 2,715,771 India's Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya celebrate their partnership during the 5th and final T20 match between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday. (BCCI/ANI Photo) Covid cases soar to new high of 27K in Maharashtra MUMBAI: The number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra jumped to a new high of 27,000-plus on Saturday, with deaths shooting up in the 'second wave' of the disease that has gripped the state, health officials said. The state recorded 27,126 new infections and 92 deaths on Saturday, taking up the tally to 24,49,147 and 53,300, respectively, both highest in the country. Simultaneously, the recovery rate came down from 90.42 per cent to 89.97 per cent, while the death rate stood at 2.18 per cent compared to 2.20 per cent a day earlier. The number of active cases in the state jumped from 177,560 on Friday to 191,006 on Saturday. The number of people sent to home isolation shot up to 918,408 while those shunted to institutional quarantine increased to 7,953 on Saturday. The developments came a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned that "lockdown is an option in future" before the government and solicited peoples' voluntary cooperation as the new cases have surpassed all previous records. Nepal's drug regulatory body has approved India's Covaxin jab against Covid-19 for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Nepal's EUA approval for Covaxin, produced by Bharat Biotech International, came on Friday, making it the third country to do so. Prior to this, Nepal had given the EUA approval to Covishield, a vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India, as well as China's Sinopharm. Immunisation against Covid-19 started in Nepal after it received one million doses of the Covid vaccines in grant from India in January produced by Serum Institute. The Himalayan nation also procured another one million Covishield jabs at a discounted price. The Health Ministry said that it is waiting to receive an additional one million doses of the Covishield but was not not sure. NEW RSS TEAM ANNOUNCED Madhav returns, Arun is new joint general secy NEW DELHI: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday declared its new team. While Arun Kumar and Ram Dutt have been appointed as the new joint general secretaries, Ram Lal has been appointed the Akhil Bharatiya Sampark Pramukh. Significantly, Ram Madhav has returned to the RSS fold from the BJP. Former BJP general secretary Madhav has found place in the RSS's All India Executive Council (Karyakarini Mandal). He was part of the RSS before becoming a general secretary in the BJP. The new team was announced after the appointment of Dattatreya Hosabale as general secretary earlier on Saturday at the the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the RSS's highest decision-making body, which is meeting in Bengaluru to discuss the new appointments, apart from deliberating on other important issues. The five Sahsarkaryavahs (joint general secretaries) are Dr Krishna Gopal, Mukund C.R., Dr Manmohan Vaidya, Ram Dutt and Arun Kumar. Gopal, Mukund and Vaidya were looking after the same responsibility even earlier. Kumar and Dutt have been added to the select list. Suresh Soni moves to be part of the All India Executive Council. Arun Kumar was the prachar pramukh (media head) before this and played a crucial role in forming public opinion on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Ram Lal, who returned to the Newly elected Sahsarkaryavah of Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha Dattatreya Hosabale being felicitated by RSS chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat in Bengaluru on Saturday. ANI Sangh from the BJP in 2019, has been elevated to Akhil Bharatiya Sampark Pramukh. Sunil Ambekar gets a promotion as well to become Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh (media head). Romesh Pappa and Alok are the two new All India Sah Sampark Pramukhs and Mahendra will take up the responsibility of Regional Pracharak for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The Rashtriya Swaymasewak Sangh's (RSS) highest decisionmaking body, the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), on Saturday passed a unanimous resolution saying that the construction of the Shri Ram mandir is manifestation of the innate strength of Bharat. Govt asks CJI to recommend his successor NEW DELHI: With a little over a month left before Chief Justice of India SA Bobde retires, the government has started the process of appointment of next CJI, asking the incumbent to recommend his successor, sources said Saturday. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Friday sent a letter to Justice Bobde, who is set to retire on April 23, seeking his recommendation, the sources said. As per the Memorandum of Procedure governing the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, "appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office". It stipulates that the Law Minister would, at an appropriate time, seek the recommendation of the outgoing Chief Justice of India for the appointment of the next CJI. Under this process, after receipt of the recommenda- As per the Memorandum of Procedure governing the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, "appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office". tion of the CJI, the Law Minister puts it before the Prime Minister who advises the President in the matter of appointment. "Whenever there is any doubt about the fitness of the senior-most Judge to hold the office of the Chief Justice of India, consultation with other Judges...would be made for appointment of the next Chief Justice of India," the document states. Justice NV Ramana is the senior-most judge in the top court after the CJI. Born on August 27, 1957, justice Ramana has a tenure till August 26, 2022. It has tremendous potential: WHO on AstraZeneca jab GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine (including Covishield) continues to have a positive benefit-risk profile, with tremendous potential to prevent infections and reduce deaths across the world. In a statement on Friday, the WHO said that based on available data the review team found no increased risk of blood clotting conditions in people who received the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) Covid-19 subcommittee met virtually on March 16-19 to review available information and data on thromboembolic events (blood clots) and thrombocytopenia (low platelets) after vaccination with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. The subcommittee reviewed clinical trial data and reports based on safety data from Europe, the UK, India, and Vigibase, the WHO global database of individual case safety reports. According to the statement, the available data do not suggest an overall increase in clotting conditions such as deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism following administration of Covid-19 vaccines. "Reported rates of thromboembolic events after Covid19 vaccines are in line with the expected number of diagnoses of these conditions. Both conditions occur naturally and are not uncommon. They also occur as a result of Covid-19. The observed rates have been fewer than expected for such events," the WHO said. So far, more than 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered in Europe and more than 27 million doses of the Covishield vaccine (AstraZeneca vaccine by Serum Institute of India) have been administered in India. Bengal CID takes over probe into Nandigram incident in which Mamata was injured MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The West Bengal Government on Saturday handed over the probe in the Nandigram incident - in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was injured - to the State police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID). According to reports, a six-member team will visit Nandigram in East Midnapore district to investigate the case. The team will be headed by the Additional DirectorGeneral of CID. On March 10, Banerjee was injured during her campaign in Nandigram, from where she is contesting the upcoming Assembly election. The Chief Minister claimed that the attack was a conspiracy to kill her as she alleged that four-five people deliberately pushed her. However, the Election Commission (EC) rejected the conspiracy claims and said that it was an accident. The EC made the decision after reviewing a report prepared by two of its observers and the chief secretary. A case has already been lodged at the Nandigram police station on the basis of a complaint filed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Sufiyan. The case was filed under sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).