YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 22 C OIL PRICES PLAY SPOILSPORT IN GOVT'S PLAN TO REBUILD ECONOMY OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 12 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 58 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MESSI FIFTH TIME LUCKY AS ARGENTINA LIFT COPA AMERICA TITLE SPORTS Morning India New rules to ensure responsible social media ecosystem: IT Minister Twitter names Vinay Prakash as Resident Grievance Officer for India All the three personnel have to be residents in India. SUSPENDED OVER 22,500 ACCOUNTS: TWITTER IN 1ST COMPLIANCE REPORT IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Priests take part in traditional rituals on the eve of historic Jagannath Yatra, in Ranchi on Sunday. 2 friends from Bihar on bike trip to Jharkhand waterfall drown KODERMA: The bodies of two youths from Bihar who drowned at the Brindaha falls in Jharkhand's Koderma district were fished out after hours of search, police said on Sunday. The bodies were found on Saturday evening from the waterfall with the help of divers, they said. Three friends from Nawada and Barh Bakhtiyarpur in Bihar had come to visit Brindaha falls AT A GLANCE PM HOLDS MEETING WITH BJP NATIONAL SECRETARIES NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with the BJP national secretaries, along with party president JP Nadda, at his official residence here on Sunday. Almost all the national secretaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were present at the meeting chaired by Modi. BJP general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh was also present. Earlier in the day, Nadda chaired a meeting with the BJP national secretaries at the party headquarters here. The meeting lasted for about an hour. PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 30,844,943 TOTAL DEATHS: 408,189 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 187,419,839 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,045,647 on a bike on Friday. After taking a bath, they were sitting on a stone near the waterfall when Siddharth Kumar slipped and started drowning. To save him, Kartik Kumar jumped into the water and also started drowning, police said. Sunny Raj also jumped to save his friends and he too started drowning but by then locals reached the spot after hearing their shouts and screams. Sunny was rescued immediately but the other two drowned, police said. The bodies could not be found, following which a team of 25 divers was brought in from Hazaribagh for a search operation, they said. After the search operation concluded, one of the divers said the bodies were trapped between the stones below the strong currents of the waterfall. "It is very deep and anyone can get trapped," the diver said. At first, the three friends planned to visit Kakolat falls in Nawada, but they were not allowed by the police to go there due to the COVIDrelated restrictions, their family said. They then searched on Google for other nearby waterfalls and got to know about Brindaha in Gajhandi, around 80 km away. India," he said. Just after assuming charge of the ministry, Vaishnaw on Thursday said that everyone has to follow the law of the country. The minister has taken charge of the ministry at a time when the government and the US-headquartered micro-blogging platform Twitter seemed to be at loggerheads over the new norms, with the previous IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad publicly blaming Twitter of flouting norms. The Delhi High Court on Thursday said that there is no interim protection for Twitter and the Centre is free to take any action if the micro-blogging site breaches the new IT rules. Twitter has lost the intermediary status in the country. Amit Mitra likely to step down as Bengal Finance Minister MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Noted economist and senior TMC leader Amit Mitra is likely to step down as the Bengal finance minister and even retire from active politics due to ill health, party sources said on Sunday. Seventy-three-year-old Mitra, who has been the State finance minister since 2011 when the TMC came to power after ending the 34-year-long rule of the Left Front, had refrained from contesting this year's Assembly elections. "Amit Da will not continue as the State finance minister as he will be completing six months in the post without being elected on November 4. He has already informed the party leadership that he doesn't want to continue in politics and administration due to ill health. "But, due to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's insis- R.C.P. Singh will soon throw out Nitish from JD-U: RJD PATNA: The Rasthriya Janata Dal on Sunday alleged that JD-U President and Union Minister R.C.P Singh will soon throw out Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his key aides from the party. Citing the Pramod Chandravansi incident, RJD spokesperson Shakti Singh Yadav said: "The incident with Pramod Chandravansi will soon be replicated with Nitish Kumar and his trusted leaders of JD-U." "R.C.P. Singh is working like a dictator in the JD-U. The way his security personnel threw out Pramod Chandravansi from his offi- cial residence is an indication of internal split in the JD-U. Why Nitish Kumar is not criticising the incident," he asked. Chandravansi, a JD-U leader who was associated with Nitish Kumar since the foundation of Samata Party, alleged that R.C.P. Singh had misbehaved with him. Bandla takes off for space on board Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity 22 NEW YORK: Sirisha Bandla soared spacewards on Sunday on board VSS Unity 22 in quest to touch the heavens and become the fourth astronaut of Indian descent. The Virgin Galactic's spacecraft took off from Spaceport America in New Mexico lofted by a twin-bodied carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, that would release it at 15.5 km to fly onward into space. Astronaut 004 Bandla, accompanied by Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and two other crewmates and two pilots, is reaching for the 100-km alti- NEW DELHI: India's Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has reviewed the implementation of the new IT rules and said that these norms will ensure safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India. Taking to the India-made micro-blogging platform Koo, he said that he reviewed the implementation and compliance of the new guidelines along with the Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar. "Reviewed the implementation and compliance of Information Technology Rules, 2021, along with my colleague Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar Ji. These guidelines are empowering and protecting users and will ensure a safer and responsible social media ecosystem in She will be the third Indian American in space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Pandya Williams and the fourth person of Indian descent —the first being Rakesh Sharma, who flew on a Soviet spacecraft. tude that marks the entry into space. Before the flight, Branson signed himself dramatically as Astronaut 001 and gave the Astronaut 004 rank to Bandla. During the 90-minute space flight, Bandla is scheduled to conduct experiments designed by the government's pioneer space agency, NASA involving plants in microgravity. Bandla, the Virgin Galactic Vice President for Government Relations, is an astronautical engineer by training. She will be the third Indian American in space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Pandya Williams and the fourth person of Indian descent -- the first being Rakesh Sharma, who flew on a Soviet spacecraft. Another Indian Amrican, Raj Chari, is in the US astronaut programme and is scheduled to command a flight later this year. Branson's flight is a breakthrough in commercialisation of space travel by private entrepreneurs. tence, Mitra had taken charge as the finance minister of the State after the party returned to power for the third time in May this year," a senior TMC leader said on condition of anonymity. After Mitra steps down, the Chief Minister will keep the ministry with her for some time before appointing the next finance minister, another TMC leader said, confirming the development. Mitra was a two-time MLA from Khardah constituency in North 24 Parganas since 2011. Apart from finance, he had also held the industry portfolio from 2014-2021. Due to ill health, Mitra was not present in the voteon-account in February and State Budget last week. Although the Budget was prepared by him, the Chief Minister had presented the vote-on-account in February and State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee had tabled the State Budget last week. Mitra, a former FICCI secretary general, has been part of Banerjee's close decisionmaking team since 2009, when the TMC was part of the UPA-2 and she was the Railway Minister. After the party came to power in Bengal in 2011, Mitra has been part of Banerjee's Cabinet, and was given the charge of making a financial turnaround of the debt-ridden State. ‘Fake’ CBI officer in Bengal police net MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Again, a fake CBI officer has come under the police net due to an alleged fraud. It is alleged that Shubhadeep Bandyopadhyay, a resident of Charakdanga, Howrah, has been running a fake business for a long time by posing as a CBI officer. His wife filed a complaint against him in May. The police can know the whole matter from the source of that allegation. It is learned that Shubhadeep has done B Tech from Bangalore. According to the members of his house, they knew that he was associated with a private company after doing B Tech. But in the meanwhile a person named Lalan, a resident of Bihar, talked to him. Since then, Shubhadeep has been associated with the inter-state fraud racket. He is accused of cheating many people in different States in the name of getting jobs in the Central government. Shubhadeep admitted over phone that he had extorted millions of rupees from various people in the name of getting a job in the Central government. Last year, Shubhadeep got married to a woman named Nayana Ghoshal, a resident of the same neighbourhood. He then claimed that he was the Assistant Director of the CBI. He started moving in a car with a blue beacon. According to his wife, she did not realise at first that her husband was a fraud. Shubhadeep used various fake documents including fake I- cards. Shubhadeep divorced within a few days of marriage. Because his wife got to know everything. Shubhadeep used to conduct various interviews from home, from which the wife came to know about his misdeeds. They got divorced a few months ago. His wife lodged a written complaint with Jagachha police station. But the police did not take any action in that way. Shubhadeep's father Rajkumar Bandyopadhyay is a retired Central government employee. He said the boy also used to torture him to get money. His son took all the money he got after retirement. According to family sources, Shubhadeep is not in Kolkata at the moment. It is learned that he is in Delhi. Shubhadeep told his family that he had made a mistake. He wants to surrender in the Howrah court. NEW DELHI: Twitter has named Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer for India, according to the company's website. The US-based company has been in the eye of a storm over its alleged failure to comply with the new IT rules in India, which mandates, among other requirements, the appointment of three key personnel -- chief compliance officer, nodal officer and grievance officer by social media platforms with over 50 lakh users. Micro-blogging platform Twitter filed its first grievance redressal report as required under under India's new IT norms, wherein the company said that it has suspended 22,564 accounts for "child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity" and "promotion of terrorism". It also said that it has acted against 133 posts over several reasons including harassment and privacy infringement. The data pertains to the period of May 26, 2021 to June 25, 2021 that included content on Twitter. Bengal govt to sell off DPL land to clear debts MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Though Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been vocal against the disinvestment policy of the Central government and has often alleged that the Modi government is selling off major public sector units including in banking, insurance and steel but the State government has decided to go the same way by selling off or leasing out a portion of unused land of Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL), a loss-making power utility that was under a restructuring plan, to clear the firm's debts. A few days before in a high-level meeting at 'Nabanna' attended by State Power Minister Arup Biswas, State Law Minister Moloy Ghatak and Chief Secretary H K Dwivedi it was decided that the State government would either sell off or lease out a portion of DPL to meet the debts of the company. "Though it is not yet clear which portion of the land would be sold or leased off, the process could start with 154 acres spread in three parcels in Durgapur. Two officers of the Power Department went to Durgapur on Wednesday and visited all three land parcels which could be put up for monetisation in the first phase," said a senior official of the State Finance Department. According to sources, DPL has its power plant and coke oven plant on around 650 acres. Moreover, it has administrative buildings, township and various offices on around 900 acres. About 50 per cent of its 3,559 acres are lying unused these days. According to a restructuring plan taken up by the Power Department in 2019, the DPL was divided into three parts. The transmission was taken over by the West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company, the distribution was handed over to the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company and the West Bengal Power Development Corporation was given the charge of the electricity generation. "But these were yet to be notified duly and no other restructuring process like staff being laid off was initiated. The DPL has been facing a loss of Rs 200 crore every fiscal for the past one decade. A bold step is needed to clear the burden of at least Rs 2,000 crore at the DPL," said a source. Leader of the Opposition in the Bengal Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari had been vocal on this issue. Responding to media queries at the Assembly premises he said that the State government is doing the same thing for which they had been critical of the Central government. "They are trying to sell DPL's land to a private promoter. They are disinvesting State government's stake in Haldia Petrochemicals Limited. Earlier, the State government sold off Metro Dairy to a private entity. And this same State government and the ruling party are accusing the Centre of its disinvestment policies. This is a complete dichotomy," Adhikari said. The Left Front government had also planned to utilise the unused plots of the DPL by setting up townships in a joint venture. But the plan could not materialise because of stiff resistance from the CITU. This time also, the CITU said it would resist if the State wanted to sell off the plots or gave them on long-term lease. "We will put up stiff resistance if the government takes any step like promoting on the DPL land," a senior district committee member of CITU said.