CMYK Morning India COVID RESURGENCE COMING AT CRITICAL STAGE OF DEMAND CURVE OPINION Rs. 3 PATNA MONDAY, 22 MARCH, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—118 (RNI NO: BIHENG / 2014 / 59124) TAIWAN MIFFED AT LABELING IT AS 'PROVINCE OF CHINA' WORLD Param Bir’s claims serious, focus on Deshmukh’s replacement: Pawar Param Bir's letter, Waze case tainted MVA's image: Raut AGENCIES AGENCIES MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on Sunday said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will decide the fate of Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who is facing corruption allegations by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh. Pawar's comments came during a media briefing at Delhi amid speculation in state political circles that Maharashtra may soon have a new home minister. The allegations leveled by Singh against Dehsmukh are serious and require an in-depth probe, Pawar said. Singh has claimed Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh wanted police officers to collect Rs 100 crore monthly from bars and hotels. Meanwhile, former CM Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar was trying to save the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in view of allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh against state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Pawar suggested that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take a decision in this matter and also action against Deshmukh. Pawar said neither Thackeray nor Deshmukh were responsible for reinstatement of police officer Sachin Waze in the police force last year. The NCP chief said he has spoken to Thackeray regarding Singh's letter. MUMBAI: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay raut on Sunday admitted that the allegations made by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh against minister Anil Deshmukh, and the Sachin Waze case have tainted the image of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state, and said all allies need to introspect if their feet are on the ground. Talking to reporters, he also said that 'something needs to be rectified' and the ruling allies should come together to discuss how these stains can be washed off. His statements come in the wake of Param Bir Singh's letter sent on Saturday to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in which he has alleged that Home Minister Anil Deshmukh wanted police officers to collect at least Rs 100 crore from Mumbai bars and hotels every month, a charge denied by the minister. "Such allegations against the government or ministers are unfortunate and shocking. The contents (of Singh's letter) are sensational," he said. "The veracity of the letter's contents will be done by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and (NCP president) Sharad Pawar. The MVA government has completed a year-and-a-half now and all allies need to introspect if their feet are on the ground," he said. Raut said the police administration is the backbone of any government. The backbone is symbol of pride and self-respect and the government should always strengthen it, he added. "This government is doing well. But now something needs to be rectified and the MVA allies should get together to discuss how the stain can be washed off," he said. "I have to accept that these allegations and the Waze case have tainted the image of the government...Uddhav Thackeray has always tried to keep the government's image clean. What happens because of government officials needs to controlled at the right time," the Shiv Sena MP added. Raut said that Deshmukh himself has called for an investigation into the allegations against him. "Even as the state investigative agencies are under Deshmukh, he has asked the chief minister to order a probe," he said. The Sena leader said he would try to meet Sharad Pawar in Delhi on Sunday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspecting erosion prevention work of Bandholi-Shitalpur-Faizullahpur dam in Pakha under Baikunthpur block in Gopalganj on Sunday. Maharashtra ATS CAA to be implemented BJP releases poll solves Mansukh Hiran’s in Bengal if BJP comes manifesto for death case: DIG Bengal to power: Amit Shah AGENCIES MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday has claimed to have solved Mansukh Hiran's death case. Maharashtra ATS DIG Shivdeep Lande said, "The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) have solved Mansukh Hiran's death case." Earlier on Sunday, Maharashtra ATS arrested two associates of Sachin Waze in connection with the Mansukh Hiran death case. According to the ATS, the accused Naresh Dhare who is a cricket bookie had provided five fake sim cards to Sachin Waze and suspended Mumbai Police constable Vinayak Shinde. Shinde was sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with the Lakhanbhaiya encounter case. After being released on parole in 2020, Shinde has been in touch with Sachin Waze and helped him in his work. Thane man commits suicide after killing three pet dogs AGENCIES THANE: A 58-year-old man allegedly committed suicide after killing his three pet dogs in Badlapur in Thane district as he was depressed after his wife left him and their children started staying elsewhere, police said on Sunday. Badlapur West police station senior inspector DS Gawde said Satyapreet Chatterjee first killed his three pet dogs and then set himself ablaze in his 7th floor flat on Friday. A suicide note was found which said Chatterjee was depressed as his wife had left him and their children were staying elsewhere, he added. Maharashtra ATS DIG Shivdeep Lande said, "The Maharashtra ATS have solved Mansukh Hiran's death case” Maharashtra ATS said that the two accused, arrested in connection with Mansukh Hiren death case, were presented in the court on Sunday and have been directed to stay in ATS custody till March 30. Waze was arrested in connection with the investigation into the recovery of explosives from a car parked near Mukesh Ambani's house in Mumbai on February 25. Waze, Assistant Police Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), who was transferred to the Citizen Facilitation Centre at Mumbai Police Headquarters after his name came up in Mansukh Hiren death case. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla tests Covid positive, admitted to AIIMS AGENCIES AGENCIES KOLKATA: The Citizenship Amendment Act will be implemented in West Bengal and refugees staying in the state for 70 years will be granted citizenship if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes to power in Bengal, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday. Shah unveiled the BJP's poll manifesto for the West Bengal Assembly elections on Sunday. Speaking at the event, Shah said, "We have decided to call our manifesto a Sankalp Patra. It is not just a manifesto but a resolution letter for West Bengal by the country's largest party. We will create a Sonar Bangla." He further said, "The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be implemented in the first Cabinet meeting and refugees who have been staying here for 70 years will be given citizenship. Each refugee family will get Rs 10,000 per year for five years." The Union Home Minister further said the border will be strengthened to prevent infiltration. "We have decided that no infiltrators will be allowed in Bengal and border fencing will be strengthened," added Shah. Shah's statement carries much significance as the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has several times said that she would not allow the implementation of CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state. West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, party's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, Union Minister Debasree Choudhuri and party MP Nisith Pramanik were present at the event held at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in Salt Lake, Kolkata. Elections to the 294-member state Assembly will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. said during a media interaction at the Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIRIMTECH) in Chandigarh. "Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party (BJP) president J P Nadda have called for making the vaccination drive a 'jan andolan' (mass movement)," he said. In a major boost to entrepreneurship in life sciences, Vardhan, the Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, inaugurated IMTECH Bio-Innovation Centre which is an extension of the Atal Incubation Centre (AIC)-CCMB, Hyderabad. The aim of the IMTECH Bio-Innovation Centre is to become a hub for life sciences, biotechnology start-ups and MSMEs from all over the country in a short span of time. Sanjeev Khosla, director, IMTECH apprised the minister about the various activities of the institute and especially the work done by scientists during the COVID-19 pandemic in the last one year. Science has the potential to solve many of our longstanding issues, they may belong to any sector. When I see the science happening in all the labs of CSIR and other places, I feel convinced that it (science) has the potential. "That is why, we have been telling our scientists that we have to have a very peoplecentric approach and whatever we do in the labs, it should have a connect with the people for the future," Vardhan said. KOLKATA: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the BJP poll manifesto for the West Bengal Assembly elections, which he unveiled on Sunday, is the "Sankalp Patra for a Sonar Bangla". Speaking at the event, Shah said, "We have decided to call our manifesto a 'Sankalp Patra'. It is not just a manifesto but a resolution letter for West Bengal by the country's largest party. We will create a Sonar Bangla." West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, party's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, Union Minister Debasree Choudhuri and party MP Nisith Pramanik were present at the event held at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in Salt Lake, Kolkata. Elections to the 294-member state Assembly will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place AGENCIES Amit Shah said the BJP poll manifesto for the West Bengal Assembly elections, which he unveiled on Sunday, is the "Sankalp Patra for a Sonar Bangla" on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla was admitted to the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences COVID Centre in New Delhi for observation on March 20 after testing positive for coronavirus, and he is presently stable, the hospital said on Sunday. 'He is stable and all his parameters are normal,' the AIIMS said in a statement. According to the hospital, Birla, 58, tested positive for the coronavirus infection on March 19. He was admitted to the AIIMS COVID Centre for observation the next day. The daily rise in infections was the highest recorded in 115 days. The death toll increased to 1,59,755 with 197 daily new fatalities, the highest in 97 days, the data updated at 8 am showed. As many as 44,489 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on November 26. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,11,30,288, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.38 per cent, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India sent 6cr vaccine doses outside, India reports over 43,000 coronavirus 4.5cr administered here: Vardhan cases in highest daily spike of 2021 AGENCIES NEW DELHI: More than 6 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been sent to 76 nations, while 4.5 crore doses have been administered to beneficiaries in the country till now, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. He also called for making the vaccination drive a 'Jan Aandolan' (mass movement). "Until this morning, nearly 4.5 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given to the people in this country. More than six crore doses have been sent to 76 nations," Vardhan AGENCIES NEW DELHI: India saw 43,846 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest single-day rise recorded so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID19 tally to 1,15,99,130, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Sunday. Registering an increase for the 11th day in a row, the total active caseload has increased to 3,09,087, which now comprises 2.66 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 95.96 per cent, the data stated.