YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 27 C INDIA’S EXPORT MARKET IS LOOKING UP AMIDST NEW OPPORTUNITIES OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA FRIDAY, 3 SEPT, 2021 PG-8, YEAR—8, ISSUE—108 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) PM TO ADDRESS 'EDUCATION CONCLAVE' ON SEPTEMBER 7 NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing an 'Education Conclave' on September 7 virtually, informed Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Additional Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy on Thursday. Addressing a press conference, Sarangi said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing an Education Conclave on September 7, which will be attended by a large number of teachers, parents and students virtually." "Shikshak Parv will be celebrated from September 5-17. With this, we will be starting with National Award for teachers. National Award will be given to 44 teachers this year, on September 5, that is, on the occasion of Teachers' Day," Sarangi said. SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE VIRAT KOHLI BECOMES FASTEST TO REGISTER 23K INTERNATIONAL RUNS Mamata Banerjee now comes in the form of Goddess Durga MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Mamata Banerjee became the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive time and to commemorate her huge success a community puja in the outskirts of the city has decided to develop the idol of Goddess Durga on the likes of the Chief Minister. The organising club - Nazrul Park Unnayan Samiti located at Baguiati in the eastern fringes of the city will have its theme -- "Mamata, You are the only Hope" -- an endeavour to showcase the mass beneficiary schemes of the Chief Minister to reach out to the marginalised sections of the society. "This is not political publicity. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee in the last ten years has worked tirelessly not only to change the image of the State but also to provide government benefits to those who have been out of the mainstream of the development. This is social awareness and not political propaganda," one of the organisers of the Puja said. The pandal of the Puja this year will portray the popular "Laxmir Bhandar", a monthly dole scheme for women of each family ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. However, the main attraction of the Puja will be the fibreglass statue of Goddess Durga which will be in the form of the Chief Minister. The ten hands of Goddess Durga replicating the Chief Minister will be shown reaching out to the people with all her popular beneficiary schemes like Kanyashree to make the girls self-reliant, Yubashree for the sity offers programmes in various disciplines at masters' degree, bachelors' degree, PG diploma and diploma, PG certificate and certificate programmes and appreciation/ awareness level. IGNOU has also announced admission to its AICTE-approved Management Programmes: like Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business Administration (Banking and MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the last date of fresh admission and reregistration for the July 2021 session. The candidates can apply till September 15, through online admission portal for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes at: https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in .The univer- RSS TO HOLD COORDINATION MEETING IN NAGPUR TODAY CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,851,586 TOTAL DEATHS: 439,361 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 218,794,845 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,538,277 people. It seems that she, like goddess Durga, is working with ten hands and so she becomes the theme of our Puja," the organisers said. "In this pandemic situation when all the other States have been grappling in the dark, she was the lone Chief Minister who was not only successful in controlling the raging pandemic but like a mother gave food and shelter to all the people who came to the State. She didn't discriminate between the people from our State and those from other States. This image of Mamata Banerjee should be an eye-opener for all the other States," he added. "The people of West Bengal are reaping the benefits of her developmental works. Now we want the people of the entire country to avail the same. So, we have selected the theme of Goddess Durga with her 10 hands but in the form of the Chief Minister," he said. IGNOU extends last date for re-registration, fresh admission 4TH TEST DAY ONE: INDIA FOLD FOR 191 AFTER THRILLING THAKUR NAGPUR: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh will hold a two-day-long coordination meeting in Nagpur starting from tomorrow. The RSS will do the analysis of the decisions taken in the last meeting and discuss the outline of the upcoming programmes. Every year, a large-scale coordination meeting of the Sangh is held in September. However, since the last year, the meeting is being held in much low-profile keeping the COVID pandemic in mind. PAGE 7 youth, Duare Sarkar, (government at your doorstep), Paraye Paraye Samadhan, solution of problems at the local levels and other beneficiary schemes. Artisan Mantu Pal said that the fibreglass idol will be prepared keeping in mind the facial impression of the Chief Minister. "Like the Chief Minister, the idol will sport white saree and bathroom sleepers. In the background of the idol, there will be the logo of 'Biswa Bangla'. And the ten hands of the idol will carry replicas of the ten most popular developmental schemes," he said. "Durga Puja is symbolic where goddess Durga is the destroyer of evil forces in the society and here our Chief Minister is the people's true representative who has been working tirelessly to make our lives beautiful. On one hand, she is trying to bring investment for the State, improving the economy and on the other hand she is distributing those benefits to the India's Shardul Thakur celebrates his half-century during the day one of the Fourth Test Match between England and India at The Kia Oval on Thursday. Finance)(MBF). Programme details like eligibility, duration, fee, courses etc. are available on the Online Admission Portal https://ignouadmission.samarth.e du.in.The last date for online submission of applications is September 30. In addition to the MBA Programmes, following PG Diploma Programmes in Management are also on offer: 1. PG Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM) 2. PG Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM) 3.PG Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM) 4. PG Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM). For PG Diploma Programmes, the last date for online submission of applications is September 15. For further details, the interested students may visit the official website of the university www.ignou.ac.in . Students will only need 60 pc marks to get government scholarships: WB CM KOLKATA: Mamata Banerjee has lowered the criteria of Swami Vivekananda Scholarship. On Thursday, the State government felicitated meritorious students of Secondary and Higher Secondary boards. On the occasion, the Chief Minister said, ' Earlier one would get the Swami Vivekananda Scholarship in higher education if he/she achieved 75 per cent marks. This year the criteria have been reduced to 60 per cent. The State government provides Swami Vivekananda Scholarship for general students. That is why the students had to score minimum 75 per cent marks in Secondary and Higher Secondary examinations. The message of the Chief Minister is that, there is 'Aikyasree' for minority students. There is 'Shikkhasree' for the underprivileged students too. 'Kanyasree' includes all girl students. You have to grab these opportunities in order to excel in life. And in a few days I will give 3 lakh bi-cycles to Sabuj Sathi beneficiaries. I will give tabs to 10 lakh students of Class XII also. The Chief Minister said that various information about Indian and foreign universities are going to come handy for Bengali students this time. A government portal is being set up for the purpose. Mamata Banerjee said, 'I am launching a portal for the students who are eager to study in universities of their choice either in India or abroad. Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban form govt KABUL: Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud fought in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley on Thursday, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia seized power, as Taliban leaders in the capital Kabul worked on forming a government. Panjshir is the last Afghan province resisting rule by the Taliban, whose overthrow of the Western-backed government as U.S. and other foreign troops withdrew after 20 years has left the country in chaos. Each side said it had inflicted heavy casualties. "We started operations after negotiation with the local armed group failed," Taliban spokesman Taliban not as strong as many believe, says Ahmad Massoud Zabihullah Mujahid said. Taliban fighters had entered Panjshir and taken control of some territory, he said. "They (the enemy) suffered heavy losses." A spokesman for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA) rebel grouping said it had full control of all passes and entrances and had driven back efforts to take Shotul district. NEW DELHI: The Taliban are not as strong as many believe they are, Panjshir resistance leader Ahmad Massoud has said. In an interview with CNN, Massoud said the reason why they took over the country was the weakness of the government and the leadership of the Afghan military. "Unfortunately, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani purged the army of generals and officers who knew how to fight the Taliban and who had the will and motivation to fight the enemy," Massoud said. The leadership of the country was another problem, he said. Ashraf Ghani lacked legitimacy, and the masses grew apart from his government in the recent years, Massoud added. SC lashes out at web portals, social media, channels for fake news NEW DELHI: Expressing its displeasure and concern over the way a section of web portals, social networking sites and channels run fake news and harm reputations in absence of a regulatory mechanism, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that they only listen to powerful voices and write anything against judges, institutions without any accountability. The Supreme Court bench, headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana observed, "I don't know, why everything is given commu- The Supreme Court nal angle. They bench was hearing a (these social petition filed by Jamiat networking Ulama I Hind and the sites) only listen Peace Party seeking to powerful appropriate direction voices and write to stop certain media anything against sections from allegedly judges, instituspreading fake news tions without while linking the any accountabil- spread of COVID-19 ity." The CJI with the Nizamuddin Ramana also Markaz event in 2020. observed, "These social media sites and channels even don't respond to us. They say we are not responsible. Institutions, judges, maligned on social media." The Supreme Court bench was hearing a petition filed by Jamiat Ulama I Hind and the Peace Party seeking appropriate direction to stop certain media sections from allegedly spreading fake news while linking the spread of COVID-19 with the Nizamuddin Markaz event in 2020. The Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, senior lawyer appearing for the Union of India (UoI), told the Supreme Court that "please grant me two weeks we will file something". To this, the CJI said, "you have taken four adjournments to file affidavit Mr Mehta." TV AND FILM ACTOR SIDHARTH SHUKLA DEAD MUMBAI: Popular television and film actor Sidharth Shukla, best known for his role in the long running TV show “Balika Vadhu”, died on Thursday, an official at the Cooper Hospital here said. He was 40. Shukla suffered a massive heart attack in the morning it is learnt. He is survived by his mother and two sisters. "He was brought dead to the hospital some time ago," the senior Cooper Hospital official told PTI. Shukla began his career in showbiz as a model and made his acting debut with a lead role in the television show "Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na". India needs 4.3 mn nurses by 2024 to meet WHO norms NEW DELHI: Four premier nursing and midwifery professional organisations came together on Thursday to launch a unique campaign to highlight the role of nurses and midwives and reinforce their contribution to the healthcare system of the country through education, service and leadership. Aptly named #NurseMidwife4Change, the forces behind this campaign include the All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF), an umbrella organisation of nursing bodies, trade unions in government sector and federations; the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), a national profes- sional organisation of nursing and midwifery professionals in the government and private sector; Society of Midwives-India (SOMI), an organisation with a mission to strengthen midwifery in India and Indian Nursing Council (INC), the national regulatory body for nursing education in India and member of the International Council of Nurse (ICN). Speaking at the inauguration, G.K. Khurana, Secretary General, All India Government Nurses Federation, said, "Nurses and midwives form the cornerstone of healthcare delivery in India and are the unflinching pillars on which our healthcare sys- tem rests. Despite their undeniable role and contribution, they are often denigrated to be insignificant sacrificing angels bearing the whole burden with minimal support and dignity. "The #NurseMidwife4Change campaign conceptualised by and for nurses and midwives of India aims to bring to light their true profile, status and contribution in the country by creating awareness about the multiple roles they play as educationists, service providers, specialist and leaders. "Simultaneously, the campaign will spotlight some of the key issues facing this critical workforce today for example working conditions, remuneration and image in the society and highlight global and national recommendations for the overall growth and development of this professional cadre." The Covid pandemic has clearly revealed the strengths and weaknesses of India's healthcare system. While health care workers have been celebrated for saving lives, often at the risk of their own, the pandemic has also exposed the need to rapidly grow India's health workforce by investing in their education, service and leadership. According to the State of World's Nursing India profile, almost 47 per cent of India's health workforce consists of nurses and midwives. With 1.7 nurses per 1,000 population, India falls short of the WHO recommended rate of 3 nurses per 1,000 population. The recently released State of the World's Nursing Report 2020 and State of the World's Midwifery 2021 also highlight that investment in nursing and midwifery will not only contribute to achieve health-related SDG targets, but also to education, gender and economic growth globally. Leadership, education and job creation are three top priorities for India to focus on as per these reports.