YK MYK KAREENA, K.JO, PRATIK GANDHI TO FLAUNT CULINARY SKILLS IN NEW SHOW SCREEN & CINEMA Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 13 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—325 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 37 C MIN 27 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE CBI SUMMONS DESHMUKH FOR QUESTIONING ON WED MUMBAI : Moving ahead in its probe into the allegations of corruption and misuse of office, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning on April 14. "We have asked Deshmukh to record his statement on April 14 at our office here," a CBI official related to probe told IANS. This is for the first time that the CBI has summoned Deshmukh for questioning after it registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) on April 6 into allegations of corruption and misuse of office on the orders of the Bombay High Court. The CBI action comes a day after it recorded the statements of his two PAs, Palande and Kundan, on Sunday. Earlier, in the day, the CBI also recorded the statement of ACP Sanjay Patil for the second time in connection with its probe.Deshmukh had stepped down from his post on last Monday after the Bombay HC ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry into the charges levelled against him by former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh. Two teams of the CBI led by Superintendent of Police level officers are already in Mumbai to probe the allegations of corruption and misuse of office by Deshmukh. COVID-19: RECORD RISE IN DAILY CASES NEW DELHI : India hit a new coronavirus infection record with 1,68,912?new cases, the highest single-day rise so far, taking the total tally of cases to?1,35,27,717, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday The national COVID-19 recovery rate has fallen below 90 per cent The active cases have surpassed?the 12-lakh mark, while the?death toll increased to?1,70,179?with 904 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18,?2020, the data updated at 8 am showed Registering a steady increase for the 33rd day in row, the active cases have increaseto12,01,009?comprising 8.88?per cent of the total infections. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 13,527,717 TOTAL DEATH: 170,209 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 136,772,601 TOTAL DEATH: 2,951,864 HARDIK’S SHOULDER NIGGLE A WORRY FOR MUMBAI INDIANS SPORTS Morning India EC bans Mamata from campaigning for 24 hours MI NEWS SERVICE MAMATA BANERJEE'S TWITTER RESPONSE KOLKATA: The Election Commission (EC) on Monday banned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning in the ongoing State elections for 24 hours from 8 pm today and said she had made "highly insinuating and provocative remarks laden with the serious potential of the breakdown of law and order and thereby affecting the election process". The ban comes into force ahead of the fifth phase of Assembly polls in the State on April 17. The poll panel in its order condemned her statements" portent with serious law and order problems across the State(s)" and sternly warned her. It advised her "to desist from using such statements while making public utterances during the period when Model Code of Conduct is in force." "The Commission also imposes a ban of twenty-four hours on Mamata Banerjee from campaigning in any manner from 8 pm of April 12, 2021, till 8 pm of April 13, 2021," the order, signed by EC Secretary Rakesh Kumar said. The Commission said it has carefully considered the matter and "is of the considered view that Ms Mamata Banerjee, who happens to be the Chief Minister of the state, has in violation of the provisions of Model Code of 'To protest against the undemocratic and unconstitutional decision of the Election Commission of India, I will sit on dharna tomorrow at Gandhi Murti, Kolkata from 12 noon.' money given by BJP to spuds and knife. t am telling divide the minority votes. you. It is the right of women. Please don't allow them to And if anyone of our mothdo so. Keep in mind that if ers and sisters is denied the BJP comes into the gov- entry in the voting comparternment then you will be in ment all of you come out severe danger.” and revolt." The EC further The EC’s notice on the quoted the Chief Minister as above quote was based on a saying: "They will bring complaint by a BJP delega- goons from Assam to create tion led by Union Minister panic. I would ask the Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. administration to strengthThe EC order also quoted en NAKA checking and to the Chief Minister as saying: seal the borders of Assam. I "Mamata Banerjee is not an would ask the Election outsider. Who are out- Commission to seal the siders? The goons with guns Assam border. Bhutan is a whom you brought from peaceful country and our elsewhere. Didn't they do it friendly neighbour. Still the in Contai? The father, son border must be sealed. and the uncles do not have Remember that there are the ability to win the elec- several other areas surtions in a fair manner, so rounding Cooch Behar they created ruckus in the which belong to night the day before yester- Bangladesh. Those borders day at Contai." "Who gave must be sealed too, so that so much power to them that no outsider can create ruckus the central police are here. And if CAPF create disthreatening the women turbances, I tell you ladies, a without allowing them to group of you go and restrain cast their votes? I saw the (gherao) them while another same thing in 2019. I saw group will go to cast their the same thing in 2016: "I votes. Don't waste your vote. know under whose instruc- If you engage yourself only in tion they beat up and how restraining them they will be they beat up. It is your duty happy that you did not cast to save the family of the your vote. This is their plan. It people. If any of our moth- is the plan of BJP. And your ers and sisters suffers a sin- plan will be that you will not gle stroke with the stick be scared if they try to intimiattack them with ladle, date you coming . All India Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee speaks at a public meeting in Ranaghat in Nadia district on Monday. Conduct as well as Section 123 (3) and (3A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and Sections 186, 189 and 505 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 made highly insinuating and provocative remarks laden with the serious potential of the breakdown of law and order and thereby affecting the election process". The Order quoted Mamata as saying in her speeches: “I am requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded hands don't divide the minority votes after listening to the devil (Shaitaan) person who had taken money from BJP. He passes many communal statements and initiate clashes between the Hindu and the Muslims... The comrades of CPM and BJP is roaming around with the Bengal records highest daily spike of 4,500+ Covid-19 cases MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Bengal registered a record single-day spike of 4,511 fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday, pushing its infection tally to 6,14,896, the West Bengal Heath Department data showed on Monday. The death toll increased to 10,414 with 14 more fatalities in one day, it added as updated till 9 am. Registering a steady increase, the number of active Covid-19 caseloads increased to 26,531 with 2,550 new cases contracting the virus. The recovery rate in the State pegs at 94.04 per cent. A total of 5,82,462 people have recuperated from the disease with 1,947 people getting discharged on a single day. While Kolkata recorded the highest number of 1,115 caseloads in one day, North 24-Parganas followed with 1,087 fresh Covid-19 cases. The active caseloads in Kolkata are 590 with the last reported case on Sunday while North 24-Parganas recorded 619 active Covid-19 cases, higher than Kolkata, in a single day. As many as 95,47,164 samples have been tested in West Bengal so far, including 37,116 since Monday, the bulletin stated. Vaccination drive throughout the state has been going on as more people are registering themselves to get vaccinated. More than 78 lakh people have been vaccinated in the State so far. Unique bodypaintings demanding job, education dominate PM's rally UJJWAL ROY BARASAT : As the battle for West Bengal intensifies, impressive body paintings have gained far more popularity than banners and hoardings during the ongoing assembly elections. Body painters, who with their meticulous artistry are painting political symbols, leaders' faces and slogans, said that there is a craze among youth to send a message through body paintings. However, in Prime Minister Narendra's Modi's public meeting in Barasat on Monday, unique body paintings were on display which highlighted messages like unemployment, demand for jobs and the requirement for industries. Speaking to ANI, Mithun Mondal, a volunteer who got his body painted with slogans, said: "We want West Bengal to reach new heights. We want 'poriborton' (change). The people of Bengal have become alert. In the coming days, we will see 'development'." Tarak Das, an artist, remarked that the 'book of democracy' which has been taught by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is now being used as a brick to be hurled at the military, police and the public. "This is all just a conspiracy and the youth have no jobs. They are shown the dream of employment by persuading them to pelt stones and bricks. Democracy cannot run in this manner. We strongly condemn this," he told ANI. Accusing Mamata of fooling the youth, Das said that there has been rampant misgovernance in education and the administration and that the colours and brushes of the artists were a way to highlight to growing corruption in the state. "The double engine government will come here. Youth will get employment and Bengal will see happiness," he said. The artist also said that PM Modi's achievements cannot be seen by a minister who is engulfed in corruption. Speaking to ANI, Gopal Chandra Naskar, another bodypainting artist, said that they wanted to address the issues of education, artistes and employment through this unique initiative. "When Mamata came to power, she got rid of the 'pass-fail' system, which means breaking the spine of our society and Bengal. For those of us who have completed higher education, there is no employment management. We have been repeatedly asking for jobs," he said. Naskar lamented that educated youth of the state are moving to other states and said that a new era of 'Sonar Bangla' has to be introduced here. "Didi is shutting down all institutions and is destroying the society by giving false promises to the people. If this continues, our education and culture will fall several years behind the world," the artist added. Four phases of the eightphased assembly elections in West Bengal have already taken place and the upcoming phase will commence on April 17. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. (ANI) Mamata replacing 'Maa, Mati, Manush' with 'Modi, Modi, Modi': PM MI NEWS SERVICE BURDWAN: Hitting out at Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, who ruled the State for a decade in the name of 'Maa Mati Manush', has been saying 'Modi, Modi, Modi' in her poll rallies these days. Addressing a public meeting in Burdwan, Prime Minister Modi said, "Didi ruled in Bengal for 10 years in the name of 'Maa Mati Manush' but she keeps saying 'Modi, Modi, Modi' in rallies these days. Didi has only created a mess in the name of governance." "Close associates of Didi have started saying that people who vote for BJP will be thrown out! Do people approve of this sort of language, these lines, this arrogance? Is this democracy?" he said. "Didi o didi, if you want to unload your anger, I am here. Abuse me as much as you want. But do not insult Bengal's dignity and tradition. Bengal will not tolerate your arrogance, tolabaazi (extortion), cut money and syndicate because people want 'asol poribartan' (real change) now," stated the Prime Minister. DIDI CLEAN-BOWLED, BJP HAS SCORED CENTURY IN 4 PHASES: PM MODI BARDHAMAN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the people of West Bengal have “cleaned bowled” TMC and hit so many fours and sixes that BJP has already scored a century of seats in the first four phases of the Assembly polls. Addressing a public meeting in Bardhaman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "I am surprised from where she gets so much bitterness. Didi's anger, bitterness, and frustration have been increasing. This is because people have cleaned the TMC in the last four phases. The people of Bengal have hit so many fours and sixes in these phases that BJP has already scored a century." "Those who wanted to play 'khela' with you, people have now played 'khela' with them. Didi has been cleaned bowled by the people of Nandigram and Bengal. The people of Bengal failed the plan of Didi.