YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C CHINA FACING CHALLENGE AND RISKS IN DEALING WITH TALIBAN OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SATURDAY, 11 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—116 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) DURAND CUP: ARMY GREEN REGISTER 3-1 WIN AGAINST JAMSHEDPUR FC SPORTS Morning India India’s July industrial production rises over 11% YoY NEW DELHI: Low base effect, along with rising demand pushed India's industrial output higher by 11.50 per cent, on a year-on-year basis. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for July rose by over 11 per cent from a decline of 10.5 per cent reported for the like month a year ago. Last year, while the country observed a full-fledged lockdown, the same was partially imposed across different regions of the country. However, the production rate was flat on a sequential basis. "For the month of July 2021, the 'Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production' with base 201112 stands at 131.4," the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said. "The Indices of Industrial Production for the Mining, Manufacturing and Electricity sectors for the month of July 2021 stand at 104.6, 130.9, and 184.7, respectively." Among the major usebased segments, the July data, on a YoY basis, showed that manufacturing of primary goods grew by 12.4 per cent from (-) 10.8 per cent, while capital goods production rose 29.5 per cent from (-) 22.8 per cent, and intermediate goods increased by 14.1 per cent from (-) 10.7 per cent. Similarly, the production of infrastructure or construction goods rose by 11.6 per cent from (-) 8.2 per cent. AT A GLANCE PM MODI TO LAUNCH SANSAD TV ON SEPT 15 NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to launch Sansad TV, a new channel formed by merging the Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV, on September 15, sources said on Friday. According to them, veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, economist Bibek Debroy, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, and advocate Hemant Batra will host different shows on this new channel. "Sansad TV is being positioned as a cerebral channel which will provide high-quality content to the national and international audience on subjects related to democratic ethos and institutions of the country," a source said. When Parliament is in session, Sansad TV will have two channels so that the proceedings of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha can be aired simultaneously. The channel will be formally launched by Prime Minister Modi. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,188,995 TOTAL DEATHS: 442,238 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 224,223,913 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,624,078 HEALTHY DEMAND TO SUSTAIN DESPITE CHALLENGES SAYS MARUTI SUZUKI NEW DELHI: Passenger vehicle (PV) demand is expected to maintain growth momentum in the coming months despite rising ownership cost as well as production challenges. Accordingly, PV market leader Maruti Suzuki India believes the upcoming festive season will boost buying sentiments. Lately, the sequential sales' momentum has been subdued due to rising ownership and operating cost. According to Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India: "Healthy sales momentum is expected to be maintained during the main festive period starting from midOctober. Till now, the festival of Onam saw a decent sales uptrend. However, there are uncertainties on the supply side." MORE ON PG 9 Devotees celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with verve and enthusiasm in Ranchi on Friday. Old Trafford Test cancelled INDIAN PLAYERS REFUSED TO PLAY; BCCI ASKS ECB TO RESCHEDULE MANCHESTER: After several conference calls and feverish attempts to find a solution, the fifth and final Test of the India-England series as part of the ICC World Test Championship was, according to two participants in the exchanges, called off because "the Indian players refused to play". Captain Virat Kohli is said to have conveyed on behalf of the Indian cricketers that an infection could show up in the next couple of days among the tourists - as the negative Covid-19 test results on the eve of the match were not a guarantee of an infection not germinating. He reportedly suggested to the BCCI officials that the start of the match be postponed by two to three days. Kohli also pointed out that with head coach Ravi Shastri down with Covid and several other members of the support staff likewise, India would have to enter a crucial Test without key off-field advisers and strategists and back-up officials, including physiotherapists. Following the exchange, BCCI office-bearers spoke to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) executives, proposing postponing the commencement of the game to Sunday or Monday. However, this could not be accommodated by the ECB. The schedule for domestic and international fixtures in an English cricket season is decided nearly a year in advance and cannot generally be tweaked ad hoc. The decision not to go ahead with the Test was officially taken just two hours before the start of play. Given the loss the ECB (from TV rights and other revenues) and the Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), hosts of the Test, will suffer as a consequence of the abrupt calling off of the match, the BCCI offered to "compensate" by either playing a Test or two limited-over games in the 2022 English season. Details of this will be announced after exploring the possibility of fitting in such a contest or contests. Programme on behalf of 'Duare Sarkar' initiative at Ward No. 100. Co-ordinator Susmita Dam and South Kolkata Trinamool Congress general secretary Bhaskar Dam were present on the occasion at Naktala Youth Club on Friday. Met predicts increase in monsoon activity in state RANCHI: Jharkhand would witnessed rain almost all over the state from Sunday with some parts likely to receive heavy rain, said that weather department. It stated that heavy rainfall would take place at isolated places in southern and north western parts of the state in the coming days adding the people must remain watchful. Explaining the event the weather department said that a cyclonic circulation lies over east central Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood. Under its influence a low pressure area is likely to form over central Bay of Bengal in the next 24 hours. It is likely to move north-westward and turn into a depression in 48 hours. Ranchi would witness cloudy weather for several days with light to moderate rain. The increase in rainfall would help in agriculture activity but heavy rains could also lead to water logging in the low lying areas and disruption in the traffic. Mamata Banerjee files nomination for Bhawanipore by-poll West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee files her nomination paper for Bhawanipore by-poll at Alipore Survey Building on Friday. She also paid obeisance to Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi at Maharastra Nivas hall. MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee filed her nomination for the by-polls to the Bhawanipore seat on Friday. BJP announced Priyanka Tibrewal's candidature from Bhawanipore earlier in the day through a notification undersigned by the party's general secretary Arun Singh. The party is also fielding Milan Ghosh in the Samserganj constituency against Trinamool Congress Party's (TMC) Amirul Islam and has put up Sujit Das for the Jangipur constituency against TMC's Jakir Hossain. It is crucial for Mamata Banerjee, who became Chief Minister of the State for the third time after TMC's Assembly election victory, to win the Bhawanipore by-poll to retain her position. She had lost in Nandigram to her former aide Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP. According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the by-election in Bhawanipore Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30. The Election Commission also informed that by-polls will also be held in Samserganj and Jangipur of West Bengal and Pipli constituency of Orissa on the same date. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3. The Bhawanipore Assembly seat was vacated by West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for Mamata Banerjee to contest. Earlier on Monday, sources said the Indian National Congress (INC) is unlikely to field a candidate against the Chief Minister. The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal Assembly. The BJP lost the polls but emerged as the secondlargest party with 77 seats. Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee on Friday said over three crore people have visited the ongoing 'Duare Sarkar' camps, a mass outreach drive to help people benefit from State-run schemes. The second edition of the 'Duare Sarkar' (government at doorsteps) programme was launched on August 16 and will continue till September 15. She thanked people of the State for visiting the camps and also congratulated the government officials. Extremely happy to share that more than 3 crore people have visited the #DuareSarkar camps since 16th August. I congratulate all GoWB officials for making this initiative a huge success. I thank the people of Bengal for coming to the camps and availing all benefits, Banerjee said on Twitter. Two government schemes ''Laxmir Bhandar'' and Swasthya Sathi - appeared to be the top picks among the three crore people who have turned up in the month-long camps. The newly launched ''Laxmir Bhandar'' scheme assures monthly support of Rs 1,000 for women of each SC/ST household and Rs 500 for the general category. ''Swasthya Sathi'' is a cashless basic health cover for secondary and tertiary care up to Rs 5 lakh per annum per family.