YK MYK DELHI HAS TO DO MORE TO ATTRACT BIG FDI TO HOUSING AND RETAIL OPINION Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 11 JUNE, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—27 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 26 C YOGI DISCUSSES UP POLITICAL SITUATION WITH AMIT SHAH NATION Morning India National award-winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta dies at 77 Dasgupta struck chord with all sections of society: PM Modi Rainfall may occur. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish on Thursday at the death of film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta, and noted that his diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. Modi tweeted, "Anguished by the demise of Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. His diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. He was also an eminent thinker and poet. My thoughts are with his family and several admirers in this time of grief. Om Shanti." AT A GLANCE DELHI ASKS BEIJING TO ALLOW INDIANS TO TRAVEL TO CHINA NEW DELHI: India on Thursday said it has asked China to issue visas and allow Indian citizens to travel to the neighbouring country stating that essential two-way travel should be facilitated, especially keeping in view that the Chinese nationals are able to travel to India. The Ministry of External Affairs said that it is in touch with the Chinese side in order to seek an early resumption of travel by Indian citizens to China, especially those who work and study there. on Thursday emphasised over the essential two-way travel between China and India, keeping in view that the Chinese nationals are able to travel in the country while Indians cannot enter China since November last year. HC QUASHES PLEA AGAINST FILMS ON SUSHANT NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday declined to stay the release of movie "Nyay: The Justice", purportedly based on the life of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, and scheduled for release on Friday. A bench of Justice Sanjeev Narula dismissed an application filed by Sushant's father, Krishna Kishore Singh, against the movie and other ventures using his son's name or likeness in the form of a biopic or story. The court noted the right to privacy has also been invoked not just of the deceased. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,92,03,415 TOTAL DEATH: 3,60,355 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 175,241,255 TOTAL DEATH: 3,778,740 MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Eminent film director Buddhadeb Dasgupta, who had been battling kidney ailments for quite some time, died at his residence here early on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, family members said. He was 77. The national award-winning director is survived by his wife, and two daughters from a previous marriage. Extending her condolences to the ace director's friends and family, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "Saddened at the passing away of eminent filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Through his works, he infused lyricism into the language of cinema. His death comes as a great loss for the film fraternity." Dasgupta was found motionless by his wife, Sohini, at his residence in Kalikapur area of the city at 6 am, according to the family members. He suffered cardiac arrest in his sleep, they added. Mourning his demise, filmmaker Goutam Ghosh said, "Buddha da continued to make films, write articles and stay active, despite his failing health. He had directed 'Tope' and 'Urojahaj' even when he was unwell. It is a great loss for all of us." Actor-director Aparna Sen said Dasgupta's films were "soaked in surrealism". "I am sad that I won't be able to bid a final farewell to Buddhadeb da at the crematorium, like I did in the case of Mrinal da. It is upsetting that we cannot give due recognition to a director of his calibre, due to this COVID pandemic and the lockdown," Sen said. Actor and theatre personality Kaushik Sen said, Dasgupta was in the league of filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, "who took Bengali cinema to global plat- forms". "He had often been accused of making cinema in a style that was not easily understood by the masses. But he stuck to that style, never deviated from what he believed in," Sen said. Born in 1944 in Purulia, Dasgupta began his career as a lecturer in a college before taking a plunge into filmmaking in the 70s, after having enrolled his name as a member of Calcutta Film Society. He made his first feature film 'Dooratwa' in 1978, leaving his mark as a poet-lyricist-director. Prior to that, he had made a short 'Samayer Kache'. Some of the notable films he had helmed include 'Neem Annapurna', 'Grihajuddha', 'Bagh Bahadur', 'Tahader Katha', 'Charachar', 'Lal Darja', 'Uttara', 'Swapner Din', 'Kaalpurush' and 'Janala'. He had also directed Hindi films -- 'Andhi Gali' and 'Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa'. Dasgupta -- who bagged 12 national awards in his lifetime -- was liberal in his views, having criticised several political activities in the recent times. He stood by younger filmmaker Anik Dutta, when antiestablishment 'Bhobisyoter Bhoot' was withdrawn from theatres in the city one week after release. A recipient of Venice film festival silver lion, Locarno critics' award and Locarno Special Jury award, the auteur, after one of his ventures did not get a commercial release a few years ago, had said, "It hurts me when my film gets recognised internationally but doesn't hit the theatres in Kolkata and the rest of Bengal. But there is a strong distribution lobby at work." Present Opposition in country is 'weak': Rakesh Tikait told Mamata Banerjee MI NEWS SERVICE GHAZIABAD/KOLKATA: A day after meeting Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday termed the present Opposition (party) in the country as 'weak'. Tikait said he met Bengal CM in Kolkata on Wednesday and told her that the Opposition in the country is weak. "We (farmers) are sitting on streets, had the Opposition been strong we need not have done that. The Opposition should be strong," the BKU leader told Banerjee. Asked whether he took permission from the Centre to meet Banerjee, Tikait replied, "I met CM and not a party chief. Did I meet the Afghanistan President, for which I had to take the permission of the Central Government? Does it require a visa to meet a CM?" "We will meet all CMs over State policies. Uttarakhand has BJP Government and Punjab has Congress Government...we will meet them too. We have met Arvind Kejriwal," he informed. GEHLOT VS PILOT Fresh cracks appear as CM ‘poaches’ another MLA JAIPUR: As Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot continues poaching of MLAs from the camp of former PCC chief and former deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Vishvendra Singh, a former state minister and Pilot loyalist and ex-royal of Bharatpur, who supported rebellion against Gehlot last year, seems to have joined the CM's camp, leaving one and all shocked with the quick change of events. The cracks can be seen impacting the ex-royal family of Bharatpur with his son Anirudh terming the change of his father's loyalty as 'betrayal of trust' Known as Pilot loyalist, Anirudh shot a tweet saying, "Vishvasghat a new word learnt today". Anirudh is considered to be a strong fan of Pilot and has been tweeting posts praising him. However, explaining IANS why he is a fan of Pilot, he said, "It's now about just being a fan. I am someone who gives a lot of importance to ethics, friendships and always remembers who has done what for me..." Replying to one of the statements of his father going viral in which he con- firms about his loyalty to Gehlot, Anirudh took a dig at him commenting, "From Rajesh Pilot Ji Sahab to Bhairon Singh Ji, to Vasundhara Ji, to Gehlot Sahib to Pilot Sahib to Gehlot Sahib! #joke." Actually, Vishvendra had said, "I stand with Ashok Gehlot. Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi has designated him as CM. I am with Sachin Pilot too and am acting like a bridge between Gehlot and Pilot so that Congress can be saved." However, Anirduh questioned his father's credibility and took a dig at him. During a meeting with BKU leader Tikait, Banerjee on Wednesday reiterated that she has demanded a withdrawal of the three farm laws. "Industries are suffering and GST is being levied on medicines. For the last seven months, they (the Central Government) didn't bother to speak to farmers. I demand that all three farm laws be withdrawn," Banerjee said. Tikait, meanwhile, thanked her for her support and said Bengal should function as a model State for others. "The Chief Minister assured us that she would continue to support the farmers' movement. We thank her for this assurance. Bengal should work as a model State and farmers should be given more benefits," he said. DOMINICA DECLARES MEHUL CHOKSI AS 'PROHIBITED IMMIGRANT' NEW DELHI: In a massive setback for the Indian fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, wanted in India in Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, the Dominican government declared him as a "prohibited immigrant" in their country. An order issued by the Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs on May 25 said, "in accordance to section 5(1)(f) of the Immigration and Passport Act Chapter 18:01 of the 2017 Revised laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica, you, Mehul Chinubhai Choksi, are hereby declared a prohibited immigrant." Farmers have been protesting against the Centre's farm laws for the last six months. Many have camped at the borders of the national capital. Despite several rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmer leaders last year, the deadlock remains. Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020 against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. ICMR okays Meril’s rapid antigen test for Covid-19 NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday granted approval to global medtech company Meril Diagnostics for its self-use rapid antigen test for Covid-19 that can provide accurate results in just 15 minutes. 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The test does not have any specific storage or refrigeration requirements. The kit also contains an instructions manual, detailing step-bystep procedure on administration, handling and post-use disposal of the test, along with a disposable bag. CM DECIDES TO CANCEL JAC BOARD EXAMS RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Thursday decided to cancel the examinations of Class X and Class XII in view of the Covid pandemic. The examinations were to be held by Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC). The IPRD department issued a statement in this regard late in the evening. India’s Covid toll sees sharp spike as Bihar revises data People flout social distancing norms in Nagpur on Thursday. NEW DELHI/PATNA: India recorded 6,148 deaths in last 24 hours -- the highest since the pandemic hit last year -according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Thursday, as Bihar sharply revised its toll upwards. This spike in death comes as daily infections have been steadily showing a downward trend, with 94,052 fresh Covid infections reported -less than one lakh for the third straight day.Bihar's previously unaccounted 3,951 deaths, which has sent its toll soaring above 9,000, is behind this spike. If the state's revised tally is reduced, then the death toll stands at 2,197 across the country in last 24 hours. The Bihar Health Department reported 9,429 deaths due to coronavirus on Wednesday evening, a jump of 3,951 more deaths compared to a day before. The total deaths in Bihar due to Covid were 5,458 as on Tuesday. The Health Department has given the breakup of deaths in all 38 districts of the state but it has not mentioned when these deaths occurred. Patna has registered 2,303 deaths which is the highest in the state followed by Muzaffarpur (609) and Begusarai (316). MORE ON PG 5 SC pulled up Delhi, Bengal for incorrect info on Covid-orphans : Javadekar MI NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI/KOLKATA: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said that the Supreme Court had pulled up Bengal and Delhi for providing incorrect information about children who were orphaned due to Covid-19. Addressing a press conference in Maharashtra, Javadekar speaking in Marathi said: "Delhi and Bengal Government were reprimanded by the Supreme Court for providing incorrect info about children who were orphaned or whose parent died due to Covid-19. This information is also not available on the Bal Swaraj portal." "What else do you need than this mirror, Kejriwal and Mamata?" Javadekar asked. Supreme Court had on Monday started hearing the Suo Motu Cognisance case involving contagion of Covid-19 virus in children protection homes across the country and also the issue of rehabilitation of orphaned children. A twojudge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and also comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose hearing the case told Delhi and Bengal Governments to share full information about the number of orphans and vulnerable children who were abandoned or lost single parent during the Covid-19 pandemic since April 2020. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairperson Priyank Kanoongo has alleged that the Delhi and Bengal Governments have been reluctant in providing data of children orphaned due to COVID-19. The child rights body said that State-wise data received regarding children who have lost a parent or both parents from April 1 last year to June 5, 2021, irrespective of their reason of death, was uploaded on its 'Bal Swaraj' portal. The NCPCR chief alleged that they did not get proper help from Delhi and Bengal. On May 29, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a number of benefits to children impacted by the current COVID pandemic. Meanwhile, Javadekar on Thursday inaugurated an Oxygen plant set up at Vikhe Patil Foundation Hospital. "I am especially happy to inaugurate the Oxygen Plant set up at Vikhe Patil Foundation Hospital today. Out of this, 500 litres of liquid medical Oxygen is going to be produced per minute and this is a good start. CREDAI Bengal hands over oxygen cylinders and concentrators to the KMC at Uttirno on Thursday.