YK MYK I-T SEARCHES AT STALIN'S DAUGHTER'S PREMISES NATION Rs. 3 KOLKATA SATURDAY, 3 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR— 7, ISSUE—315 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 36 C MIN 18 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE DEADLY TRAIN DERAILMENT IN TAIWAN KILLS 48 TAIPEI: Forty-eight people were killed on Friday in a deadly train derailment in Taiwan's Hualien county, authorities said, adding the track on which the fatal accident occurred will take seven days to repair. At 9.28 a.m. (local time), the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as it entered the Daqingshui tunnel, reports Taiwan News. The train comprised eight carriages and had more than 350 passengers on board. TN POLLS: PM MODI SLAMS DMK-CONG OVER JALLIKATTU BAN MADURAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Congress for posing as protectors of Tamil culture and pointed out that the UPA-led Central government had banned Jallikattu, a practice which has been part of state's culture for centuries. The Prime Minister added that the NDA government cleared an ordinance brought by AIADMK which allowed Jallikattu to continue. "DMK and Congress have no real agenda to talk about but they should control their lies because people are not foolish. They keep showing themselves as the only protectors of Tamil Culture, but the facts suggest something else," PM Modi said. MAINSTREAM CINEMA IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE: ABHISHEK SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India CENTRE TO STATES Increase beds, oxygen supply to minimise daily deaths NEW DELHI: The Central government on Friday asked states and Union Territories to increase the number of oxygen beds, ventilators and ICU beds, plan for adequate oxygen supply, and strengthen ambulance services to minimise daily fatalities due to coronavirus. Globally, India is on the fourth position, after the US, Brazil and Mexico in terms of deaths. A total of 469 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 162,927. The directions were given during a review meeting of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba with Chief Secretaries, DGPs and Health Secretaries of Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Haryana. Directions were given for stringent enforcement of containment and surveillance measures, ramping up of vaccination and strict enforcement of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. States were asked to examine Case Fatality Rate hospital-wise, devise appropriate strategies and mitigate concerns regarding late admission in hospitals and non-adherence to the National Clinical Management Protocol. The need to formulate District Action Plans with a focus on mapping of cases, reviewing of ward or blockwise indicators, and round the clock Emergency Operations Centre was stressed upon. States and UTs have also received directions to strictly enforce Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB). INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,23,03,676 TOTAL DEATH: 1,63,434 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 130,371,826 TOTAL DEATH: 2,843,148 MI NEWS SERVICE BENGAL RECORDS HIGHEST COVID-19 CASELOADS IN ONE DAY KOLKATA: With this year's record one-day spike of 1,733 fresh cases on Friday, the Covid-19 caseloads continue to surge in West Bengal. This pushes the infection tally to 5,89,322. The death toll increased to 10,335 with 4 daily new fatalities, according to Union health ministry data. Kolkata accounted for 513 new cases followed by North 24 Parganas at 331 fresh cases. At least 550 recoveries were reported in the state over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of people who have recuperated from the disease to 5,71,895. According to the Government data, as many as 1,179 people contracted the virus on a single day pushing the total active cases to 7,962. The discharge rate stood at 96.94 per cent, the department said. As many as 92,98,365 samples have been tested in West Bengal so far, including26,986 on Friday. In order to minimise daily fatalities, the states were advised to strengthen public and private healthcare resources. They were specifically asked to increase the number of isolation beds, oxygen beds, ventilators or ICU beds as per requirement. A massive crowd of devotees during Ganga Aarti on the occasion of Maha Kumbh, at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar on Friday. India overtakes US in daily Covid cases NEW DELHI: India has overtaken the US to become the country with second-highest daily Covid-19 cases in the world. Brazil leads the chart with 91,097 cases recorded in the last 24 hours. India recorded 81,466 new Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. About 77,718 new cases were reported in the US on April 1. India has been witnessing a spike in cases since the last three weeks. India recorded its first Coronavirus case on January 30 last year and since then, a total of 1,23,03,131 people have been infected. In the US, the first case was found on January 22 and has now surged to 30,538,427, respectively. However, in terms of daily numbers, India is the third worst-hit country after the US and Brazil. Within the country, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state. INDIA REPORTS 81,466 NEW COVID CASES, 469 DEATHS NEW DELHI: India recorded 81,466 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, highest since October 2020, taking the total tally to 1,23,03,131 on Friday. The country has been recording a spike in cases for over three weeks. Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh are logging steep rise in daily new cases. The active cases have now increased to 6,14,696 comprising 5 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 93.89 per cent. The death toll increased to 1,63,396 with 469 daily new fatalities. The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 1,15,25,039, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.33 per cent, the data stated. MORE ON PG 5 If the total deaths are considered, India is at the fourth position after the US, Brazil and Mexico. About 469 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total toll to 1,62,927. Six states account for 83.16 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (249) and Punjab followed with 58 daily deaths. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 43,183. It is followed by Chhattisgarh with 4,617 while Karnataka COOCHBEHAR: After the high-voltage second phase polls in Nandigram, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday alleged that Union Home Minister Amit Shah was actually managing the ongoing elections in the State, instead of the Election Commission of India. Speaking at a public gathering in Dinhata Sanghati maidan, Banerjee said: "Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has killed a lot of our workers. Our workers were killed on Thursday in several areas. I am only waiting for the elections to be over. I will spare no one. I say this with great regret and with regards to the Election Commission, it is not managing the elections, the elections are being managed by Amit Shah." Banerjee also made a lot of promises to the people if her party won the ongoing elections in the State. "I know I will win, but if other Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidates do not win with me, how will the numbers increase, and if the numbers don't increase and I do not get 200 seats, then how will I form the Government? If I am not able to form the Government, there will be no Kanyashree, Rupashree, free ration, free bicycles and free land for farmers," she said. The Chief Minister also alleged that Central forces in West Bengal were colluding with BJP to create chaos in different areas. "We respect CRPF and BSF, but please stop terrorising villagers with the help of BJP workers," she remarked. Speaking on defecting members of her party, Banerjee said: "BJP does not have its own candidates. It has borrowed from the CPM or traitors from TMC who were fed by TMC and now they have gone to BJP to save their money. They are traitors and are roaming around ‘I’ll Win Nandigram’: Mamata responds to PM’s ‘Another Seat?’ dig MI NEWS SERVICE COOCH BEHAR: Mamata Banerjee today replied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's taunt implying she was looking for a second constituency to contest from because she was nervous about Nandigram. "I am not your party member that you will suggest that I contest from another seat. I have contested from Nandigram and will win from there,'' the Chief Minister said at a rally a day ANI reported 4,234 new cases. India's total active caseload has reached 6,14,696. It now comprises 5 per cent of the country's total positive cases. Five states -Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Punjab -- cumulatively account for 77.91 per cent of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra alone accounts for nearly 60 per cent (59.84 per cent) of the total active caseload of the country. India's cumulative recoveries stand at 1,15,25,039 today. The national Recovery Rate is 93.68 per cent. A total of 50,356 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours. Recently, NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul said that the current situation of the surge in coronavirus cases in the country is going from "bad to worse" and the trends show that the virus is still very active. KOLKATA: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation led by BJP leader Sishir Bajoria and Tathagata Roy met Chief Electoral Officer, Aariz Aftab, in Kolkata on Friday to register a complaint against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Urging the Election Commission to "debar" the Chief Minister from conducting or addressing any more rallies or meetings till the ongoing Assembly elections end, the BJP delegation said Mamata was threatening BJP workers. Citing a video of the Chief Minister's rally in Goghat, BJP accused her of openly threatening workers and leaders of their party. Referring to a statement allegedly made by Banerjee at the rally, the delegation wrote that "such statements are threat to free, fair, and peaceful elections which has been seriously apprehended by the BJP and has been repeatedly brought to the attention of this Commission". Calling Banerjee's speech a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, the BJP added that it involves indulging in "corrupt practises" under Section 123(2)(a)(i) of the Representation of People Act, 1951, and is considered to be an offence under Section 171C of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The BJP also alleged that the Chief Minister's conduct "harms the democratic fabric of our nation". The delegation also said the ruling Government in the State "failed miserably to ensure proper law and order and a peaceful environment for holding free and fair elections in the State,". The letter also talked about "large-scale incidents of violence" during the last two phases of polling in the State, adding that BJP workers have been attacked and polling agents have been stopped from entering polling booths. Amit Shah managing elections, not ECI: Mamata MI NEWS SERVICE CORONA METER STOP MAMATA BANERJEE’S RALLIES: BJP WRITES TO EC after the PM's remarks. PM Modi had on Thursday asked Mamata Banerjee to "clarify" whether there was any truth in "rumours" that she was going to file her nomination papers in another constituency. "Didi left Bhawanipore (her constituency in Kolkata) to go to Nandigram. Then she realised her mistake in coming here. Didi is forced to camp in Nandigram for three days," he said at a rally. "Didi, is there any truth in the rumour that you are going to file your nomination from another constituency? First you went there (Nandigram) and people gave you an answer. If you go somewhere else, people of Bengal are ready to give you the right answer." Mamata Banerjee, who faced trouble during voting in Nandigram yesterday as she was caught in a clash between the Trinamool and BJP at a polling booth, also targeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah. She accuses him of control- ling the elections and bringing in Central forces to intimidate voters in Nandigram, where her BJP rival is Suvendu Adhikari, her former aide. "I want to tell the Prime Minister to control his Home Minister first and then try to control us. We are not your party's members that you will control us," said the Chief Minister. Yesterday, her Trinamool Congress party also responded sharply to the PM's remarks. "Didi is winning Nandigram. The question of her fighting from another seat doesn't arise. Narendra Modi ji, retract from your efforts to mislead people before they see your lies with the end of nomination in West Bengal. Look for a safer seat in 2024, as you will be challenged in Varanasi," the Trinamool tweeted. Bengal has held two phases of polling and has six more rounds of voting left before the results on May 2. with the CRPF." "Look at the terror they are inflicting on Bengal. I am alone, and over one lakh politicians have come to fight against me. They have rented several hotels, planes and cars. They have even brought politicians from Assam. After the Assam elections are over on April 6, they will bring all of them here. Do not let them enter!" she told the people. Nandigram witnessed a high-voltage game of power on Thursday in the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls. The constituency had wit- nessed a direct contest between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her former ministerial colleague Suvendu Adhikari, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December last year. Mamata Banerjee contested from Nandigram and not from her home turf Bhawanipur seat making this election more interesting. While West Bengal recorded a final voter turnout of over 80 per cent in the second phase of the State Assembly polls on Thursday, Nandigram recorded above 87 per cent turnout, according to the ECI. Kolkata civic body may bring back C-zones as Covid cases rise in busy pockets MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Acting on a Nabanna advisory, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is exploring the option of bringing back case-specific, area-wise containment zones after a resurgence in Covid cases in the past three weeks. While Kolkata saw a jump in new cases from 265 to 380 between Tuesday and Wednesday, the number of new cases in Bengal leaped to 982 on Wednesday from 628 a day earlier. According to KMC Health Department sources, the civic body's borough health officials have recently set alarm bells ringing after a sudden and rapid rise of cases. These cases are mostly being reported from highrises, housing complexes and crowded markets. These are the places which could be declared as containment zones. In all probability, the civic brass will declare such containment zones after the Assembly polls and when a clear instruction from the State secretariat reaches the civic headquarters. Though the KMC Health department is yet to come up with a list of probable containment zones, sources maintained that markets in the BurrabazarJorasanko belt, highrises in the Bhowanipore-Alipore belt and housing complexes and stand-alone buildings in large areas of Behala, Tollygunge, Garia, Jadavpur and some neighbourhoods off EM Bypass were under scanner.