YK MYK B’DESH ADJUSTING ITS POLICIES TO NEEDS OF GROWING ECONOMY CBI PROBE: GOVT, DESHMUKH MOVE SC AGAINST HC ORDER OPINION BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 7 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—319 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Central forces assaulting people, asking them to vote for BJP: Mamata WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 27 C MI NEWS SERVICE Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE People flouting social distancing norms amid the spike in COVID-19 casesin New Delhi on Tuesday. PRESIDENT APPOINTS JUSTICE NV RAMANA AS NEXT CJI NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday signed off on the appointment of Justice N.V. Ramana as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). Justice Ramana will be the 48th CJI. He was appointed to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014. Justice Ramana will take over as the CJI on April 24 after the retirement of incumbent S.A. Bobde on April 23. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, Judge of the Supreme Court, to be Chief Justice of India with effect from April 24. EC SUSPENDS OFFICIALS AS EVMS FOUND IN TMC LEADER’S HOUSE Kolkata: Three assistant sector officers of the Uluberia constituency were suspended for violating the Election Commission of India (ECI) guidelines by taking reserve Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to a relatives' house ahead of the third phase of the Assembly elections. The District Election Officer of Howrah informed that Tapan Kumar Sarkar, Sanjib Majumdar and Mithun Chakraborty . CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,27,09,047 TOTAL DEATH: 1,65,698 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 132,579,650 TOTAL DEATH: 2,876,512 COVID-19 pandemic spreading faster in second wave: Govt NEW DELHI: COVID-19 is spreading at a faster rate than the previous wave in India, the central government on Tuesday amid the rising number of coronavirus infections. India reported over 96,000 new COVID-19 cases and 440 related deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the union health ministry update on Tuesday morning. Addressing the weekly press conference on the condition of pandemic in the country, Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog said that the coronavirus situation in some states is worse than in others. "The pandemic is spreading faster as compared to the previous wave. In some states, it is worse than others but the upswing is happening all across the nation," said Dr Paul. He added that if coronavirus cases will rise, there would be losses, but, if it is looked at from the perspective of the population of the country, the pandemic is still in control. "So, we have to keep this report card intact and we can control it," he said. DELHI IMPOSES NIGHT CURFEW AMID COVID RESURGENCE NEW DELHI: Amid exponential increase in coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Delhi government on Tuesday ordered the imposition of night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with immediate effect till April 30. "Situation in Covid-19 in NCT of Delhi has been reviewed and it has been observed that there has been a sudden increase in Covid19 cases in recent past along with high positivity rate and therefore, it was felt that night curfew needs to be imposed in the territory of NCT of Delhi from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., except or essential services/ activities as an emergency measure for well being and safety of people," an order issued by the DDMA read. KALCHINI: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday claimed that Central forces "assaulted" voters in several constituencies where polling was underway, "instructing" them to vote for the BJP. Banerjee also alleged that BJP forcibly occupied polling booths and attacked TMC candidates. Addressing a public meeting here in Alipurduar district in North Bengal, the TMC supremo accused the Election Commission of turning a blind eye to the "excesses" of the CRPF, CISF, BSF and the ITBP. "They are beating and torturing people since morning. They are saying 'BJP ko vote do' (vote for the BJP)," the Chief Minister said. She said her party's nominee in Arambagh, Sujata Mondal, was chased and hit on head near a polling booth by saffron party workers. "BJP supporters inflicted serious injury on our Scheduled Caste candidate Sujata, when she visited a booth. They also hit another candidate in Khanakul. In Canning East, security forces prevented our nominee Shaukat Mollah from entering a booth. There have been numerous such instances of attack on our candidates and workers across the state," Banerjee said. The CM also stated she has received at least 100 complaints of assault and violence since morning, and the EC has been duly informed but to no avail. Alleging that a deep- rooted conspiracy has been hatched by the BJP leadership in Delhi after experiencing "poor turnout" in rallies, Banerjee said "security forces have been asked not to resist booth capturing". "They have asked the CRPF to help BJP goons to capture booths. The BJP is running elections through guns. Didi asking Muslims to vote for her: Modi MI NEWS SERVICE COOCH BEHAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's appeal to Muslims to vote en bloc for TMC reflects fears that minority votes are slipping out of her hand. The Prime Minister said a similar appeal to Hindus by his party would have drawn the media's and Election Commission's wrath. Asserting that Banerjee has problems with people sporting a 'Tilak' and wearing saffron, Modi said the TMC supremo's appeal to the Muslims reflects that her "minority votes are slipping out of her hands." Claiming that a BJP wave was blowing across West Bengal and his party would form the next Government, Modi said Banerjee's angry reactions indicate that she has lost the polls. "Didi recently asked all Muslims to vote en bloc for her. It shows that the Muslim vote bank is slipping out of her hands. Had we said the same thing that all Hindus should unite, everybody would have criticised us. The EC would have sent us notices. We would have been censured," Modi said while addressing an election rally here. The BJP on Monday approached the Election Commission seeking action against Banerjee, alleging she violated the Representation of the People's Act by asking Muslims to come together and vote for her party TMC in the State Assembly polls. Taking a dig at Banerjee's comment, rhetorically questioning whether BJP leaders predicting the party's victory. Phase III sees 77.67 Sporadic violence reported, candidates attacked in third phase % voter turnout KOLKATA: A voter turnout of 77.67 per cent was recorded till 5:30 pm on Tuesday in the third phase of the intensely contested West Bengal Assembly elections. Hooghly recorded the highest turnout till 5:30 pm with 79.29 per cent, while Howrah and South 24-Parganas registered 77.91 per cent and 76.74 per cent respectively, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI). Among all constituencies, Goghat reported the highest turnout with 84.71 per cent, while Diamond Harbour and Tarakeswar recorded turnouts of 75.17 per cent and 78.37 per cent respectively. Arambagh and Bishnupur recorded 79 per cent turnout each. There are 205 candidates in the fray in this round of polling. However, when it comes to women representation, there are only 13 women candidates contesting in this phase, merely six per cent. A total of 832 companies of Central security forces were deployed in the constituencies. Out of these, 214 companies of Quick Response Teams (QRTs) were present in the third phase. The voting in this phase of elections is being held in 31 Assembly constituencies in three districts - eight in Hooghly, seven in Howrah and 16 in South 24-Parganas. With 78,52,425 electors taking part in the third phase of the polls, 2,30,055 voters were first-timers. A total of 1,26,148 voters fall in the age group of above 80 years. KOLKATA : Sporadic violence was reported and some candidates were attacked during the third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections on Tuesday, even as 68.04 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm, officials said. Voting is underway with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in 16 seats in South 24-Parganas district (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I), they said. Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged "blatant misuse" of central forces to "influence voters". "The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly raising this issue, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator, while men in uniform are being misused at several places to openly intimidate TMC voters & influence many to vote in favour of one party," she tweeted. BJP MP Soumitra Khan's estranged wife and TMC candidate Sujata Mondal Khan was allegedly assaulted by the BJP cadre in Arambagh, a charge denied by the saffron party. TV channels showed the TMC leader being chased in an open field by people wielding sticks and iron rods and then hit on the head with sticks. Her security officer was also injured. The TMC claimed that BJP "goons" didn't allow the party's polling agents inside the polling stations. The BJP, on the other hand, accused Sujata of entering the area with TMC "goons" and creating unrest by threatening people against going to the polling stations to cast their votes. The CEO sought a report from the DEO over the incident, sources said. TMC candidate Dr Nirmal Maji claimed that he was "heckled" by BJP supporters and his vehicle vandalised when he tried visiting a booth in Uluberia (Uttar) constituency. Majhi was made to wear a helmet and escorted out of the troubled area by the police. In Khanakul, TMC candidate Najmul Karim was allegedly beaten up by the BJP activists and slogans were raised against him. Later, central forces rescued him from the area. In Falta seat, a BJP candidate's vehicle was attacked. In Bishnupur constituency, a man was seen threatening a woman against going to cast her vote. She, however, was seen not yielding to the pressure. The ECI later sought a report from local authorities, and the accused man was arrested. At least one person was injured when crude bombs were lobbed outside a polling station in Canning Purba assembly seat. TMC candidate Shaukat Mollah accused Abbas Siddiqui-led Indian Secular Front (ISF) for the attack, a charge denied by the party. Even Donald Trump has not gone to the extent of Narendra Modi," she said. The BJP denied the charges, maintaining that the allegations were baseless and bereft of truth. Banerjee asked women voters to file police complaints if they face any harassment by central forces. "Seven-eight persons, four of them our activists, have been murdered since the elections began, but no action has been taken. But, you (BJP) cannot terrorise us, intimidate us by such acts," the TMC chief said. Accusing the BJP of spending huge amount of cash, she said while her party uses only one or two choppers, it puts to use not less than 500 helicopters to ferry leaders from one point to another. "They have booked all the big hotels, offering cash to the voters. Where did this money come from - PM Cares Fund, sale of PSUs or demonetisation?" she said. At another meeting in Coochbehar's Mathabhanga, Banerjee said Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have little connect with Bengal. "They are from Gujarat. How much do they know about the culture and heritage of Bengal?". SAUDI TO ALLOW ONLY VACCINATED PILGRIMS TO ENTER MECCA RIYADH: Only pilgrims and worshippers who have been vaccinated against the novel coronsvirus or have recovered will be allowed into the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabias Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced. Permits for Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) and to visit the Grand Mosque will be granted to those who have received two Covid19 vaccine jabs; those who have received a first dose BEFORE at least 14 EMBARKING ON days A TRIP, A VISIbefore TOR'S VACCINAtheir visit TION STATUS to Medina WILL HAVE TO and BE REGISTERED Mecca; ON SAUDI and those ARABIA'S COVIDwho have 19 APP, had the 'TAWAKKALNA', virus and WHICH WAS recovered, LAUNCHED. Arab News quoted the Ministry as saying on Monday. Before embarking on a trip, a visitor's vaccination status will have to be registered on Saudi Arabia's Covid-19 app, 'Tawakkalna', which was launched last year to track the Covid-19 situation in the Kingdom. According to the Ministry, the people who wish to visit the two mosques or perform Umrah will have to register via the Tawakkalna app and the Umrah app, 'Eatmarna'. It added that the two apps are the only platforms that issue genuine permits. Nearly 10,000 Grand Mosque workers have already been inoculated as part of the Ramadan operational plan, Arab News reported. Ancestral havelis of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar turned into museums PAKISTAN: PROVINCIAL GOVT ENACTS LAWS TO TAKE POSSESSION OF THE TWO HOUSES ON EMERGENCY BASIS T he Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government of Pakistan has set the legal process rolling to buy the ancestral houses of two Indian film legendary actors and friends Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor, in Peshawar. The KP government has enacted a necessary section of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 of the state, which authourises the government to take possession of both the houses on emergency basis. The amount will soon be released to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Peshawar for payment to the landowners. The price of Dilip Kumar's four marla (101 square metre) house has been fixed at Rs 80.56 lakh (USD 50,517) while that of Raj Kapoor's six marla house (151.75 square metre) at Rs 1.50 crore (USD 94,061) by the Archeological Department of Pakistan. According to the Pakistani newspaper The Daily Jung, for a long time the owners were not willing to sell these houses as the government was not willing to pay the market prices. Their objections - the prime location properties have been severely undervalued. The owner of Dilip Kumar's ancestral house has demanded Rs 25 crore for the property and the owner of the ancestral house in Peshawar of Raj Kapoor demanded Rs 200 crore . The KP government claimed that the owners were demanding exorbitantly higher prices and blackmailing the authorities due to the importance of these premises. Raj Kapoor's ancestral home, known as Kapoor Haveli, is located in the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was built between 1918 and 1922 by the legendary actor's father Prithvi Raj Kapoor. Prithviraj Kapoor, considered a pioneer of Indian film and theatre world and whose family has continued to entertain global audiences through cinema, stayed in this Kapoor haveli. It is there that the actor Prithviraj's son Raj Kapoor, who became India's youngest and most successful actor-director, was born. These buildings , which are in shambles, have been declared a national heritage by the provincial government of KP last year. In the past, the owners of the two buildings have made several attempts to demolish them for constructing commercial malls in view of their prime location. Fortunately, this was stropped as the archaeology department wanted to preserve them, keeping in view their historic importance. The two homes are right near the 2,000-year-old Qissa Khwani Bazaar (or Market of Storytellers). The Bazaar once served as a camping ground for the caravans of travelling merchants. "Sometimes professional storytellers held court here, telling tales for the entertainment of the travellers. This is our cultural heritage and we take pride in preserving it. We are very proud that Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor were from Peshawar," Abdul Samad, director of archaeology and museums in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province had told the Pakistani media last year. Dilip Kumar was born as Yusuf Khan to Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Ayesha Begum in Peshawar's Khudadad area. The house is a five minute walk away from Prithviraj Kapoor's house. According to the actor Dilip Kumar, his family of fruit merchants moved to Bombay seeking medical care under the surgeon Dr. V. L. Parmar.