YK MYK TROUBLES FOR BABA: IMA SERVES DEFAMATION NOTICE ON RAMDEV OPINION Rs. 3 KOLKATA THURSDAY, 27 MAY, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—12 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 28 C rainfall may occur. SUBODH JAISWAL TAKES CHARGE AS NEW CBI CHIEF NEW DELHI: IPS officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal on Wednesday took charge as the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He took charge a day after his name was cleared for the top post of the country's premiere investigative agency. On Tuesday, in an order, the Department of Personnel and Training said: "The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has, based on the panel recommended by the Committee, approved the appointment of Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, IPS, (Maharashtra 1985) as Director, CBI for a period of two years from the date of assumption of the charge of the office or until further orders whichever is earlier." Jaiswal was appointed as CBI Director a day after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed committee including Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury discussed the names of the candidates. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,72,35,389 TOTAL DEATH: 3,12,023 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 168,678,835 TOTAL DEATH: 3,502,484 DHONI'S BEST MAY COME IN 2ND HALF OF IPL: DEEPAK CHAHAR SPORTS Morning India Cyclone 'Yaas' weakens after pounding Orissa-Bengal coasts MI NEWS SERVICE BALASORE/DIGHA/RANCHI: Cyclone Yaas weakened into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday afternoon after pounding the beach towns in north Orissa and neighbouring Bengal with a wind speed of 130-145 km/ph, inundating the low-lying areas amid a storm surge even as the two eastern States battled the COVID-19 crisis, officials said. Yaas, which was earlier classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, hit the coast north of Dhamra in Orissa's Bhadrak district and 50 km south of Balasore, close to Bahanaga block, around 9 am, they said. The landfall process was over around 1.30 pm, they added. Seawater entered several villages in Bahanaga and Remuna blocks in the Balasore district, and Dhamra and Basudevpur in the Bhadrak district, Orissa's Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said. The administration with the help of the locals is taking measures to drain out the saline water from the villages, he said. Heavy rainfall in the Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district sparked fears of a flash flood in the Budhabalang river. In the afternoon, the water level in the river was at 21 metres against the danger level of 27 metres, Jena said. The Mayurbhanj district adminis- tration has started evacuating certain vulnerable points on both sides of the river and also from some low-lying areas in the Baripada town, he said. Restoration works for power lines have started in some places in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Jajpur district after cables were snapped, Jena said, adding that not much damage was caused in these districts. Local sources said that a person was killed in Panchupalli village in Anadapur block of Keonjhar district after a tree fell on him but there was no official confirmation of the death. The man was identified as Purna Chandra Nayak. Besides, a man was injured in the Balasore district after he was hit by a falling tree, Jena said. The sea will remain rough till Thursday and the accompanying rain will continue, he said. The wind will slow down by the evening and the cyclone is likely to leave Orissa for Jharkhand by midnight, Jena said. Orissa shifted 5.8 lakh people to safer places, while Bengal moved Cyclone 'Yaas' Mamata stays overnight at State Secretariat to monitor ground situation Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conducts a press conference at Nabanna on Wednesday. MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Ahead of the predicted landfall of the "very severe cyclonic storm" Yaas on the north Orissa- Bengal coast on Wednesday afternoon, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spent the night in State Secretariat, Nabanna reviewing preparations and monitoring the situation on ground. The State Government set up a round-the-clock control room in the Secretariat annexe to monitor the situation. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, "the landfall process of the very severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' commenced and crossed North Orissa coast to the north Dhamra and south of Balasore." "The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm 'Yaas' (pronounced as 'Yass') over north-west Bay of Bengal moved north-north westwards with a speed of about 15 kilometre per hour (km/ph) during past 6 hours and lay centered at 5:30 am on May 26 over north-west Bay of Bengal near latitude 20.8 degrees north and longitude 87.3 degrees east, about 40 kilometre (km) east of Dhamra, 90 km south-south east of Balasore (Orissa) and 90 km south-south west of Digha (Bengal)," IMD said. With the cyclone fast approaching the coast, many parts of Bengal experienced a weather change with rain lashing over Kolkata and Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas. It moved northnorth west wards and crossed north Orissa coast to the north of Dhamra and south of Balasore during noon on Wednesday, the Met department said. As a precaution, Kolkata airport was closed for operations from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm and no flights operated to or from Kolkata, officials said.Railways also announced the cancellation of 38 long-distance Southbound and Kolkata-bound passenger trains in view of the cyclone. "38 long-distance South-bound and Kolkata-bound passenger trains remains cancelled from May 24 to May 29. Railways will refund the ticket charges to the passengers," informed North East Frontier Railway. Meanwhile, over 11.5 lakh people were on Tuesday evacuated from vulnerable areas in Bengal. Pfizer to send vaccines to India with conditions NEW DELHI: US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is likely to supply 50 million COVID-19 vaccines to India in 2021, albeit with a few conditions, sources told ANI on Wednesday. However, the drugmaker has asked for relaxations in some clauses, including indemnification for its shots, sources informed. Meanwhile, Moderna, another pharmaceutical giant in the US, sources said is expecting to start manufacturing its COVID-19 vaccines in India following an analysis with Cipla, a pharmaceutical company based in Mumbai, among other Indian firms. Earlier, both drugmakers had allegedly refused to send vaccines directly to the state governments of Delhi and Punjab, claiming that they will only deal with the Central government. "We have spoken to Pfizer and Moderna for vaccines, and both the companies have refused to sell vaccines directly to us. They have said that they will deal with the Government of India alone," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said on Monday. India is moving towards vaccine sufficiency as inoculations with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V began in the country earlier this month. Sources told ANI that India and Russia are planning to manufacture around 35-40 million doses every month that will start from August or September. Before the transfer of technology in August for local production, Russia will send close to 18 million Sputnik V doses to India - 3 million in May, 5 million in June and 10 million in July, said sources. On May 24, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Panacea Biotec, one of the leading pharmaceutical producers in India, had launched the production of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. Other sites of production of the Sputnik V vaccines are - Hetero Biologics, Virchow Biotech, Gland Pharma, Stelis Biopharma and Shilpa Medicare. India has also been using two vaccines - Covishield by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Covaxin by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. According to the sources, India is expected to produce approximately 20-25 crore vaccines per month. Sources informed that two next-generation vaccines will also be made in India. One is the DNA vaccine by Cadila Zydus and the other is an mRNA vaccine by Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. 15 lakh people ahead of the cyclone, amid concerns over following COVID-19 norms at the temporary shelters as the two States battled the pandemic, reporting thousands of new cases daily. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that one crore people were affected by the cyclone in the State. Three lakh houses were damaged due to the cyclone, she said. She claimed that Bengal was the most affected State due to the cyclone. "At least one crore people in Bengal have been affected by this natural disaster. As of now, three lakh houses have been damaged. One person died an accidental death even after he was rescued," the Chief Minister said. Relief materials worth Rs 10 crore were sent to the affected areas, she said. The resort town of Digha in East Midnapore, which shares a border with Balasore district of Orissa, was completely inundated with the Army being called in for rescue operations, a defence official said. The nearby beach resorts of Mandarmani, Tajpur and Shankarpur were also flooded with seawaters entering the hotels and flooding the roads, besides causing damage to kutcha shops and houses. In certain areas, the waves even went past the top of coconut trees that line these popular beaches. The Army has deployed 17 columns in Bengal to assist the State administration, the defence official said. Rescue operation by the Army was also on at Orphuli in Howrah district, he said. In South 24 Parganas, many places, including Kakdwip, Fraserganj, Gosaba and Maipith in the Sunderbans region were flooded, displacing lakhs of villagers as thousands of kutcha houses were extensively damaged in the surging water and gale winds, officials said. Several rivers in the riverine delta region were in spate owing to the phenomenal rise in water level caused by the dual effect of storm surge from the cyclone and the astronomical tide due to the full moon, they said. Flooding was also reported from Sagar island at the confluence of Hooghly and Bay of Bengal. The water level rose to nearly five feet in front of the famed Kapil Muni temple near the beach on the island, officials said. Some fishing boats and equipment were also destroyed at harbours in Kakdwip, leaving the fishermen devoid of their livelihood. "We will starve unless the Government provides us with assistance," said a hapless villager at Kakdwip as his boat lay broken into pieces. The Kolkata Port was on tenterhooks for a while as Hooghly swelled to eight metres, surpassing the heights of the external lock gate of the Haldia Dock System, an official said. Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and State police and Civil Defence volunteers were working round-the-clock to move people to safety, officials said. Waterlogging was also reported from certain low-lying areas of Kolkata with the authorities facing a tough time in pumping out due to the high tide in Hooghly, they said. The weather office has forecast extremely heavy rainfall in East and West Midnapore districts and heavy to very heavy rainfall in Jhargram, Bankura, South 24 Parganas districts over the next 24 hours. Heavy rain will occur at isolated places in Purulia, Nadia, Murshidabad, Purba Bardhaman, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts owing to the effect of 'Yaas', the weather office said. 'Yaas' inundates large parts of Bengal's coastal districts MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Rising river water levels due to the landfall of cyclone 'Yaas' have inundated large parts of Bengal's coastal districts of Purba Medinipur and South 24 Parganas on Wednesday, as sea waves were seen touching coconut tree-tops and cars floating in floodwaters. The seaside towns of Digha and Mandarmoni in Purba Medinipur and Fraserganj and Gosaba in South 24 Parganas were among the areas affected by a storm surge of more than 2 metres above the astronomical tide level. The surging waters have breached embankments at several places in the two Water levels of several rivers including Bidyadhari, Hooghly and Rupnarayan have risen owing to 'Yaas' and accompanying storm surge. coastal districts, inundating many villages and small towns, officials said. Water levels of several rivers including Bidyadhari, Hooghly and Rupnarayan have risen owing to 'Yaas' and accompanying storm surge. Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State police and Civil Defence volunteers were working round-the-clock to move people to safety. The Army has deployed 17 columns to assist the State administration, of which one rescued 32 stranded civilians at Digha, a Defence official said. The MeT Department has forecast extremely heavy rainfall on Wednesday in Purba and Paschim Medinipur districts and heavy to very heavy rain- fall in Jhargram, Bankura, South 24 Parganas districts. Heavy rain will occur at isolated places in Purulia, Nadia, Murshidabad, Purba Bardhaman, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts owing to the effect of 'Yaas', the weatherman said. In 24 hours till 8.30 am, Digha received 5.5 cm rainfall, Diamond Harbour got 3.3 cm rainfall, Haldia 3.2 cm rainfall. Kolkata got 2.24 cm rainfall, Salt Lake received 3.05 cm rain, Contai got 5.42 cm rain and Kalaikunda received 2.2 cm rainfall. The Bengal Government has evacuated over 15 lakh people from vulnerable areas to safety so far.