YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 28 C ILLUSION OF GROWTH AND REVIVAL MAY CREATE COMPLACENCY OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA THURSDAY, 2 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—107 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE J B MOHAPATRA APPOINTED CBDT CHAIRMAN NEW DELHI: Senior bureaucrat J B Mohapatra has been appointed the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the Personnel Ministry said in an order Wednesday. Mohapatra, a 1985-batch Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officer, is currently the member in the board that frames the policy for the Income Tax department. The ACC has approved the appointment of J B Mohapatra, as chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes, the order said. RBI IMPOSES PENALTY ON AXIS BANK MUMBAI: The RBI on Wednesday said it has imposed a penalty of Rs 25 lakh on Axis Bank Limited for contravention of certain provisions of KYC norms. The RBI said a scrutiny was carried out during February and March 2020 in a customer account maintained with Axis Bank, and it was observed that the bank had "failed to comply" with directions contained in the Reserve Bank of India KYC Direction, 2016. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,851,586 TOTAL DEATHS: 439,361 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 218,794,845 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,538,277 SPORTS Morning India Mamata Banerjee highlights COVID-19 vaccine shortage in West Bengal MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday took a potshot at the Centre by highlighting the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines and said that the state requires 10 crore more vaccine doses as it has administered 4 crore doses till yesterday with zero wastage. She stated that in accordance with the number of vaccine doses received by the West Bengal government from the Centre, "the state has administered 4 crore vaccine doses till Tuesday with zero wastage". Addressing the inauguration of various development projects, the West Bengal Chief Minister said, "In COVID-19 vaccination, we have achieved the vaccination target as we are number one. What we got from the Centre we have given till Tuesday. We completed the vaccination of 4 crore people in Bengal on Tuesday. My State's requirement is that of 14 crore vaccine doses, looking at the possibility of third wave where children are on priority." Assuring the people of the state that no one will be left behind in the vaccination drive, she further said, "I assure the people that everyone will get vaccines. I just request that don't rush, the government will tell you which place to come for vaccination. Don't rush, don't panic." The Chief Minister also announced that the State government will turn the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport into an international airport within two years. "We have planned a high power Committee for West Bengal Industrial Board. I am myself there in that Committee. I will listen to the grievances of the people," said Mamata Banerjee. She further announced the extension of the functional time of banks in the State starting Thursday (September 2). "It will be functioning till 5 pm Thursday onwards," she added. The Chief Minister stated that amid the "lack of employment in India" due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State has "succeeded" in providing employment to the people. Mamata Banerjee said, "When there is a lack of employment in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am proud to say that our government have succeeded to provide employment in the state." Indirectly attacking the Centre, the Chief Minister said, "Some promised to bring back 'kala dhan' (black money) but nothing comes of it. I feel we should speak up, what we can do. Why give dialogues? There should be transparency maintained." Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee said, the goal of the State is now industry. She came to Panagarh Industrial Estate to lay the foundation stone of a poly-film factory. The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone and inaugurated several projects of the state on Wednesday. She also highlighted the multiple possibilities of the State's industry. With the exception of multiple industrial estates in the State, the government's goal now is to start DeuchaPachami coal mining in Birbhum. Mamata Banerjee said, Deucha-Pachami is an hour's drive from here. The second largest coal mine in the world will be built here. 15 thousand crore rupees will be invested here. Once it is MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: In a significant development with regard to the holding of by-polls in West Bengal, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Wednesday held a virtual meeting with Chief Secretary H K Diwedi, in the presence of officials from the State poll panel. The virtual meeting was conducted with an intention to understand the ground situation and the preparedness of the state with regard to holding by-elections in seven Assembly constituencies of the State. Though no one said anything officially, but sources in the CEO's office said that the commission wanted to know about three things before taking any step regarding the announcement of poll dates. At least six states in India recently announced the gradual reopening of in-person schooling with proper hygiene and Covid measures. However, the vaccination for children is expected to begin next month. Sarkar expressed hope that the inoculation will lead to the state governments further relaxing the Covidinduced restrictions, making more students to step into their classrooms. "The Commission wanted to know about the law and order situation in the State. Secondly, it had queries on the recent flood situation in Bengal. Finally, the present COVID situation in the State was taken into account. If the Commission is satisfied on these three areas, it might think of announcing the poll dates," a senior official at the CEO's office said. The State government officials, on their part, have informed the Commission that Bengal is fullyprepared to conduct the polls. "The festive season will continue from October 10-24, and it will be impossible to conduct the elections at that time. So the State has asked the Commission to conduct the polls before the beginning of the festive season. We still have more than one month left and if the Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra Commission issues the notification now, it will be possible to conduct the polls before Durga Puja," a senior State government official said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was at Panagarh in West Burdwan district on Wednesday to inaugurate an industrial park, later returned to the State Secretariat at Nabanna and held a meeting with Chief Secretary Diwedi. It is likely that she was apprised of the details of the meeting with the CEC. Though the BJP is not in favour of conducting the by-polls amid the pandemic situation, the Trinamool Congress strongly advocates holding of polls. Recently, a five-member delegation of Trinamool Congress MPs comprising of Sougata Roy, Jwahar Sircar, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Sajda Ahmed and Mahua Moitra, had met the CEC and urged for conducting the polls. Trinamool is pressing hard for the by-elections because Mamata Banerjee, who had unsuccessfully contested the Assembly polls from Nandigram against BJP's Suvendu Adhikari, will have to get elected within six months from the announcement of Assembly poll results, which ends on November 2. Seven Assembly seats are lying vacant in Bengal, including Bhawanipore in Kolkata where elected MLA Sovandeb Chattopadhyay has resigned from the post to make way for the Chief Minister. The Dinhata and Santipur Assembly seats fell vacant after BJP leaders Nisith Pramanik and Jagannath Sarkar resigned as MLAs to retain their Parliament memberships. Similarly, elections could not be held in Samserganj and Jangipur in Murshidabad due to deaths of the candidates. The Khardah seat Production Promotion Policy and the other is Data Centre Policy. Bengal is now the destination of IT sector in the country. The State government will provide all kinds of help for the data centres. An investment of rupees 20,000 crore will create 4,000 jobs. Mamata announced that Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport would be built as an international airport in the next two years. Besides, he said, Balurghat and Coochbehar airports are almost ready. Besides, 30 helicopter stations are being constructed. IOC is constructing an oil project in Ashok Nagar with the State government. The West Bengal Industrial Promotion Board has been set up to monitor the industry in the State. Mamata said. I am on that board myself. I will meet with this board once a month. When poverty is increasing in the country, I can say in Bengal it has been reduced by 40 per cent. central Indian states such as Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, where the average person is now losing between two-and-a-half to three years of life expectancy as compared to early 2000, the study said. Air pollution can reduce the life expectancy of Indians by nine years, said a report by a US research group. The EPIC study said that 480 million people in northern India face the "most extreme levels of air pollution in the world", and, over time, these high levels have expanded to cover other parts too. Strong clean air fell vacant in North 24-Parganas district after Trinamool candidate Kajal Sinha passed away before he could celebrate his victory. The Gosaba seat also fell vacant after Trinamool's Jayanta Naskar, who won the elections, succumbed to Covid-19 in June. As per the ECI rules, elections can be conducted on the 24th day after the announcement of polling dates. Generally, the Commission retains 10 days for taking preparatory steps and the candidates get 14 days' time to campaign. Sources also said that even a large section within the Commission is willing to complete the poll process by the end of September. Getting government officials and staff for the purpose of elections will be extremely difficult during the festive month of October. Taliban escorted Americans to gates HC orders CBI of Kabul airport in secret pact with US inquiry NEW DELHI: The US military negotiated a secret arrangement with the Taliban that resulted in members of the militant group escorting clusters of Americans to the gates of the Kabul airport, the CNN reported. One of the officials also revealed that the US special operation forces set up a "secret gate" at the airport and established "call centres" to guide Americans through the evacuation process. While one of the military officials said the arrangement with the Taliban "worked beautifully", Americans involved in an unofficial network dedicated to helping Americans and vulnerable Afghans said there were problems -- particularly in the beginning -- as the Taliban turned away US citi- zens and legal permanent residents whom the militant group was supposed to allow through. The two US defence offi- cials said that Americans were notified to gather at preset "muster points" close to the airport, where the Taliban would check their credentials and take them a short distance to a gate manned by American forces who were standing by to let them inside amid huge crowds of Afghans seeking to flee, CNN reported. The US troops were able to see the Americans approach with their Taliban escorts as they progressed through the crowds, presumably ready to intervene in case anything happened. Multiple sources in the US, who were in contact with people trying to escape, reported that American citizens and passport holders in Kabul were in disbelief that they were being told they would receive safe passage from the Taliban. Many thought they were misunderstanding the directions and sought clarification, the report said. North Indians face extreme air pollution in the world NEW DELHI: A study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) has found that 480 million people in northern India face the "most extreme levels of air pollution in the world." Indian cities routinely dominate global pollution rankings and bad air kills more than a million people every year, the BBC reported. The report by EPIC said that north India breathes "pollution levels that are 10 times worse than those found anywhere else in the world". This air pollution has spread over decades beyond the region to western and built, there will be no shortage of electricity in the state for the next one hundred years. This will benefit the industry. The rehabilitation work for the construction of the mine will start in the next 2-3 months. In the second phase, there will be jobs, houses, schools, everything. Talking about the industrial potential in the State, the Chief Minister said that a freight corridor is being constructed from Dankuni to Amritsar. Besides, I have named the industrial area from Panagarh to Raghunathpur as Jangalmahal Sundari. The investment in the western part of the State will be rupees 72,000 crore. Land acquisition has started in most places. The government is on the side of industry. The Chief Minister said, "We are announcing two new policies to create a conducive environment for industry in the State." One is Ethanol CEC holds meeting with Chief Secy over by-polls in Bengal STATE GOVTS TO CONTINUE ANALYSING COVID SITUATION AS SCHOOLS REOPEN: GOVT NEW DELHI: Hailing the various states' decision of reopening schools, Subhash Sarkar, the Union Minister of State for Education, on Wednesday said that the Covid-19 situation will continue to be analysed by the state governments for necessary action. "I hope the states which have a higher number of Covid-19 cases will analyse the situation properly and take the required decisions in future," Sarkar told ANI. The schools across India were closed in March 2020 when the Coronavirus reached India and the government announced lockdown to stem the spread of the virus but the online classes continued. ROOT AT NO. 1 SPOT IN TEST RANKINGS; SHARMA OVERTAKES KOHLI A study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) has found that 480 million people in northern India face the "most extreme levels of air pollution in the world." Indian cities routinely dominate global pollution rankings and bad air kills more than a million people every year, the BBC reported. policies can add up to five years to people's lives, it added. New data from the Air Quality Life Index report by EPIC said that residents in Delhi could see up to 10 years added to their lives if air pollution is reduced to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline of 10 ï¿½g/m3, the BBC reported. In 2019, India's average particulate matter concentration was 70.3 ï¿½g/m3 - the highest in the world. The report said that Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, which together account for nearly a quarter of the global population, consistently figure in the list of top five most polluted countries on earth. into Rupa Tirkey’s murder SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Jharkhand High Court has ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of subinspector (SI) Rupa Tirkey under mysterious circumstances in Sahebganj. The direction was given on the petition filed by Tirkey's father Devanand Oraon. The police officer was found hanging in her official residence in Sahebganj on May 3. Apart from the SI's father, several social organizations were also demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident. They had also held demonstrations in the state capital on the issue. Speaking to media persons after the court's order Tirkey father said, "I now hope that an impartial inquiry would be held and my daughter would get justice." After hearing both the sides the court had reserved its order on Tuesday. The petitioner's advocate had also filed a petition before the court for contempt of court proceeding against the advocate general and the additional advocate general in the case. The court upheld the petition and sought reply from both the government pleaders in this regard. The hearing on contempt of court proceeding would be on September 18. Meanwhile the BJP, which has been seeking CBI inquiry into the death, has welcomed the court's decision. Chief Minister Hemant Soren had earlier ordered one-man commission comprising former chief justice of Jharkhand High Court Vinod Kumar Gupta to probe Tirkey's death.