YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 27 C NARENDRA MODI AND YOGI ADITYANATH ARE EXPOSING TRUE COLOURS OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 17 SEPT, 2021 PG-8, YEAR—8, ISSUE—122 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Notice SHARDUL THAKUR CREDITS DHONI'S TIP, EXTRA HARD WORK FOR IMPROVED BATTING GAMES & SPORTS Morning India Mamata Banerjee reaches out to Hindi-speaking voters Bhawanipore by-poll Children suffering from known fever: CM The office of 'Morning India' newspaper will remain closed on September 17 (Friday) on account of Vishwakarma Puja. The next issue of the newspaper will hit the stands on September 19 (Sunday). AT A GLANCE 15 INJURED IN BLAST AT BARAUNI OIL REFINERY, 8 IN SERIOUS CONDITION PATNA : Around 15 employees were injured, including eight seriously, in an explosion at a wing of the Barauni oil refinery in Bihar's Begusarai district on Thursday, officials said. The injured persons are admitted in Barauni refinery hospital and a private hospital. Eight of them are battling for their lives. "A section of the refinery was shut for the last one month. The operation of the section was launched on Tuesday. Things were going smoothly for the last two days until a massive explosion at around 12 noon on Thursday," senior refinery official E.D. Shukla said: "We have stopped all kinds of production at this facility. The rescue operation is currently underway. We are ascertaining that no one is trapped inside. Human movement inside the facility is completely stopped. Only expert engineers will be allowed to inspect the affected area later to find out the reason of the incident," he added. Covid booster dose not central theme at the moment: ICMR chief NEW DELHI : The Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Balram Bhargava, said on Thursday that a booster dose for Covid-19 is not the central theme of scientific and public health discussions at the moment. At a media briefing on the Covid situation in the country, Bhargava said that administering both doses of the vaccine is the major proirity now. Talking about the ongoing vaccination drive in the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 20 per cent . CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,347,325 TOTAL DEATHS: 443,960 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 227,408,865 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,676,459 Mamata Banerjee, Bengal Chief Minister and TMC candidate of Bhawanipur by-poll at Laxminarayan temple in Kolkata on Thursday MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: In a bid to woo voters from the non-Bengali sections of the electorate, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached out to the Hindi-speaking community in Bhawanipore ahead of the Assembly bypoll. Mamata Banerjee held a public meeting with Hindispeaking voters at a local park in Bhawanipore constituency on Thursday evening. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) said her interaction with the Hindispeaking community was scheduled to begin at 4 pm. Mamata Banerjee, a Trinamool candidate from Bhawanipore, visited the Gol Mandir in Bhawanipore on Thursday. She went there and worshipped and distributed prasad to everyone. Mamata Banerjee also went to the Ladies Park in Bhawanipore on the same day. Going there, she said, 'I will protect you, I will save the country.' On the same day, visiting the Ladies Park in Bhawanipore, Mamata further said, 'Nandigram is called Pakistan, Bhawanipore is also called Pakistan." I do not like BJP's style. I used to go to the bazaar every day, talk to the traders. I don't want anyone bad. As I went to the mosque, the BJP was making fun of me. I went to the temple, I went to the Gurudwara, whoever has a religion, does so. Bhawanipore goes to the by-poll on September 30. The seat was vacated by Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay who resigned as an MLA. Mamata Banerjee is contesting the by-poll at Bhawanipore as she must become an MLA within the stipulated six-month's timeframe since taking oath as the Chief Minister. Mamata Banerjee had suffered an electoral defeat from Nandigram seat during the West Bengal Assembly elections held in March-April. She lost to Suvendu Adhikari, who had switched sides from the TMC to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Bengal polls. The TMC won the Bengal Assembly elections and Mamata Banerjee took oath as the Chief Minister on May 5. Mamata Banerjee, in law, had six months' time to get elected to West Bengal EU adopts strategy for cooperation in Indo-Pacific BRUSSELS: European Commission and the High Representative on Thursday adopted a Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. This is seen as a major development for the region ahead of the first in-person Quad meeting in Washington next week, in which key players of the Indo-Pacific i.e. India, Japan, Australia and the US are taking part. "The EU is stepping up its strategic engagement with the Indo-Pacific region. This region is increasing in strategic importance for Europe. Its growing economic, demographic, and political weight makes it a key player in shaping the rules-based international order and in addressing global challenges. The EU aims to contribute to the region's stability, security, prosperity and sustainable development, in line with the principles of democracy, rule of law, human rights and international law," a statement said. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: "The economic, demographic, and political weight of the IndoPacific region is expanding, from the east coast of Africa to the Pacific island states. With today's proposals and guided by our values, we are offering a strengthened partnership to advance trade, investment and connectivity, while addressing common global challenges and reinforcing the rules-based international order." The implementation of the EU Strategy will include in particular the following actions: Completing EU trade negotiations with Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand; resuming trade negotiations and starting investment negotiations with India. EU strategy also includes stepping up implementation of the connectivity partnerships with Japan and India; supporting partners in establishing an appropriate regulatory environment and facilitating the mobilisation of the necessary funding. to Assembly to continue as the Chief Minister. With the Bhawanipore by-poll just two weeks away, Mamata Banerjee has been wooing the Hindi voters as her constituency is multilinguistic. She put out a tweet wishing her followers on Hindi Diwas, observed on September 14. However, her attempts to reach out to Hindi-speaking community evoked strong reactions from her Bengali-speaking supporters in the State. Not just her supporters, even the Opposition hit out at Mamata Banerjee over the Hindi Diwas tweet. The Communist Party of IndiaMarxist (CPI-M) dubbed Mamata Banerjee's Hindi move as opportunistic. Mamata Banerjee also sought to reach out to the sizeable Sikh community in Bhawanipore constituency on Wednesday. She interacted with the locals and reiterated her demand for withdrawal of the three farm laws brought by the BJP-led Central government. Wearing a scarf, the Trinamool Congress supremo visited a gurudwara to offer prayers. Mamata Banerjee spoke to devotees and the priest as she tried to reach out to the Sikh community. "Mamata Banerjee comes here every year. She looks after the Sikh community very well," said Manjit Singh, a member of the community. Earlier on Monday, she had visited Sola Ana Masjid in Bhawanipore. Before Mamata Banerjee's visit, BJP's Bhawanipore candidate Priyanka Tibrewal made an unscheduled visit to the same gurudwara on Wednesday. After visiting the gurudwara, Priyanka Tibrewal said, "I do not consider going to a mandir or masjid for getting votes. God is present everywhere. It is about people who chose to go to the gurudwara before voting. She [Mamata] goes to the masjid and gurudwara [for votes]." TMC leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, who had vacated the Bhawanipore seat for Mamata Banerjee, took aim at Priyanka Tibrewal for visiting gurdwara. "A candidate should think before making any comment. If a candidate is criticising someone for his or her act, then why is she doing the same thing? If she can go to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at SSKM Hospital on Thursday. CHILDREN are suffering from known fever, not unknown fever. The children who died had other illnesses. This was stated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday. Mamata had a meeting with the principals and health secretaries of various medical colleges in Kolkata at SSKM Hospital. After the meeting, the Chief Minister said that he has inquired about the children suffering from fever in North Bengal and other districts. Mamata also mentioned that an expert committee formed the gurudwara, why can't Mamata go? It is the right of any candidate to woo all sections of voters in the constituency," said Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay. A metropolitan constituency with around 2 lakh voters, Bhawanipore is home to a large number of Gujaratis and Sikhs living alongside Bengalis. There are close to 5,000 Sikh and Punjabi voters in Bhawanipore constituency. The non-Bengali speaking by the Health Department is monitoring the situation. However, Mamata is currently contesting from Bhawanipore constituency. She is subject to the Electoral Code of Conduct. That is why she does not want to give any details about this now, said the Chief Minister. Swasthya Bhavan has formed an expert committee to find out the causes of fever in children in the State and to draw a plan for their treatment. The committee is monitoring the whole thing, said Health Secretary Narayana population accounts for nearly 40 per cent in Bhawanipore. Mamata Banerjee, who is a resident of Bhawanipore, had won the seat twice in 2011 and 2016. She had shifted to Nandigram, where the anti-farmland acquisition movement against the Left Front government had transformed her into a major political force in the volatile State. Back then she had Suvendu Adhikari on her side Swarup Nigam. He also mentioned that influenza B and respiratory syncytial virus were found in the saliva samples of infected children at the School of Tropical Medicine. Therefore, it is not the 'unknown' fever, but the children who have contracted the fever due to those two reasons, said the health secretary. He added that medicines and necessary oxygen have been provided for the treatment of sick children and adequate infrastructure has been created for the treatment of children. as a protégé. However, as a BJP leader, Suvendu Adhikari proved a superior rival for Mamata Banerjee on his home turf. Though Mamata Banerjee powered the TMC to a resounding win for a third straight term in office in West Bengal, her own electoral fortunes sank in Nandigram. Mamata Banerjee now must win the Bhawanipore seat to ensure an unbroken stint as the West Bengal Chief Minister. Dhoni named in 15-member defence ministry panel on NCC New Delhi : Cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni and industrialist Anand Mahindra were on Thursday named in a 15member panel constituted by the defence ministry to carry out a comprehensive review of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in order to make it more relevant. The committed headed by former lawmaker Baijayant Panda includes Col. (Retd) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Principal Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry Sanjeev Sanyal and Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar. Former vice-chancellor of the SNDT Women's University Vasudha Kamat, National Organising Secretary of Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal Mukul Kanitkar, Maj Gen (retd) Alok Raj, Managing Director of SIS India Ltd Rituraj Sinha and CEO of Databook Anand Shah are also members of the panel. Dhoni's inclusion in the high-level panel came days after he was appointed mentor for India's T20 cricket world cup team. The former India captain is a Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) in the Indian Army. The defence ministry said the committee has been constituted for a comprehensive review of the NCC in order to make it more relevant in changing times. "The terms of reference of the committee, inter-alia, broadly provide for suggesting measures which can empower NCC cadets to contribute more effectively towards nation-building and national developmental efforts in various sectors," it said. Officials said the committee will propose measures for gainful engagement of the NCC cadets for the betterment of the organisation as a whole and to recommend best practices of similar international youth organisations for inclusion in the NCC curriculum. The NCC is the largest organisation in uniform that aims at developing character, discipline, a secular outlook and ideals of selfless service among young citizens, the ministry said in a statement. It also aims to create a pool of organised, trained and motivated youth with leadership qualities in all walks of life. The NCC was formed under the National Cadet Corps act in 1948.