YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 27 C FOOD CRISIS FOR CHILDREN COULD BECOME WORSE DURING PANDEMIC OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA FRIDAY, 24 SEPT, 2021 PG-8, YEAR—8, ISSUE—128 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MAN SLITS 50-YEAR-OLD WOMAN'S THROAT IN BOKARO BOKARO: A man slit throat of a 50-year-old woman in Tisari village of Bokaro's Gomia block on Thursday, the police said. The incident took place when Gangiya Devi, the victim, was sitting in her house. The police have arrested Prakash Tuli, the accused, a few hours after the incident. The accused was in under depression, for the last few months. Irked over the unknown reason, he murdered the woman by slitting her throat with a knife. Chatrochati police received a call around 2 pm on Thursday afternoon about the murder. The police reached the spot and found Gangiya Devi, lying in a pool of blood. The accused was arrested within a few hours, Officer in charge Vivek Kumar Tiwari said. —Nikhar Suresh CORONA METER Mamata gives clarion call for 'Delhi' from Chakraberia rally MI News Service KOLKATA: Only a week is left for the by-election to be held in Bhawanipore. The by-election will be held on September 30 in the State's high voltage constituency. That is why Trinamool supremo and Bhawanipore candidate Mamata Banerjee is continuing her campaign this week. She joined a campaign rally at Chakraberia on Thursday. Before that, she worshipped in a Jain temple, met with Jain gurus and talked to the people of that community. Mamata Banerjee then went to the meeting and said to the BJP, "BH is Bhawanipore, BH is India." India started from Bhawanipore. West Bengal will get the Chief Minister from Bhawanipore. You will see India from Bhawanipore. " Bhawanipore is her familiar turf. Mamata Banerjee's goal is to set a record in the margin of victory. And so she has engaged in public relations almost every day. "I will be Chief Minister and Bhawanipore by-poll candidate Mamata Banerjee speaks at an election rally in Padmapukur Road in Kolkata on Thursday. Prabir Bhattacharya the Chief Minister from here," Mamata told reporters after a rally in Chakraberia on Thursday. And if I do not become an MLA by winning the election, it will not be appropriate for me to be in the post of Chief Minister. I have contested from South Kolkata 6 times. I also won the by-election in 2011 and became the Chief Minister from this constituency. The same is true in 2021. This might have happened due to destiny." Mamata became severely critical in her opposition to the BJP. "You know MI NEWS SERVICE TOTAL CASES: 33,563,421 PANAJI: Amid reports of the Trinamool Congress making a re-entry in Goa politics ahead of the 2022 assembly polls, the party's Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien arrived here on Thursday. O'Brien, however, refused to respond to 446,080 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 230,985,679 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,734,917 queries about the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led party and its role in the 2022 state assembly polls. "I have just landed so good afternoon today is enough," O'Brien said. Several opposition politicians in the state have confirmed that they were sounded out by the PM meets American CEOs, Qualcomm keen on 5G tech in India WASHINGTON DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, on the first day of a three-day US visit, met with Cristiano R Amon, President and Chief executive officer (CEO) of Qualcomm in Washington DC. Qualcomm is a US multinational corporation, which creates semiconductors, software and services related to wireless technology. This is part of series of meeting that Prime Minister Modi will undertake with select heads of corporates that have the potential to invest significantly in India. Aside from Qualcomm head, Prime Minister is slated to meet the leadership of Adobe, Blackstone, General Atomics and First Solar. Prime Minister Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday for his muchtouted US visit. He received a warm welcome from the members of the Indian community at Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC. According to a source, the CEOs that Prime Minister is slated to meet, represent diverse areas from technology, the IT sector to finance to how I lost the election in Nandigram," she said. My leg was injured on the day of nomination. I travelled around the State on a wheelchair. If the vote was held in a correct way, the BJP would not have got more than 30 seats. Their leaders have travelled from Delhi every day. Nothing happened. They probably didn't think we would win so many votes. But I got so many seats with a broken leg. " Mamata added, "September 30 is a public holiday. Even if it rains, everyone should go to vote on that day. My party has majority. There is no shortage of candidates for the coveted post of the Chief Minister. But if you want me to stay, then vote together." Mamata Banerjee went to the Jain temple before her campaign in Chakraberia. According to the custom there, she worshipped and prayed. Then she met the Jain Gurus. There she received blessings. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was accompanied by Subrata Bakshi and Debashis Kumar at the Jain temple. It was here that the representatives of the Jain community met her and handed her some gifts. After a short conversation with them, Mamata Banerjee left the temple and went to the meeting. Derek O'Brien arrives in Goa INDIA TOTAL DEATHS: SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE INDIA GUNNING FOR TWO GOLD MEDALS IN WORLD ARCHERY C’SHIP Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with President and CEO of Qualcomm Cristiano R Amon, in Washington DC on Thursday. ANI defence to renewable energy. "I think it is a very good mix of CEOs, that would be meeting Prime Minister Modi on a one to one basis, investments in the United States have been very important and very significant in India's recent development activities in line with our major economic initiatives, the flagship program. In particular what we call Make in India," the source had added. Later today, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. US President Joe Biden will host PM Modi at the White House on September 24, this is going to be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Biden took over as the US President on January 20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of his three-day US visit, met with Mark R Widmar, Chief executive officer (CEO) of First Solar in Washington DC. First Solar Inc is a US multinational corporation, which manufactures solar panels, provide utility-scale PV power plants. The company also provides services associated with finance, construction, and maintenance and end-of-life panel recycling. This discussion is a part of PM Modi's series of meetings with heads of corporates that have the potential to invest in India. Aside from First Solar CEO, the Prime Minister also met Qualcomm CEO Cristiano R Amonand and Adobe Chairman Shantanu Narayen. PM Modi is also slated to meet the leadership of Blackstone and General Atomics. Prime Minister Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday for his muchtouted US visit. He received a warm welcome from the members of the Indian community at Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC. Trinamool Congress vis a vis the possibility of contesting on the Trinamool Congress ticket for the state assembly polls. Among those contacted include two-term Congress MLA Agnelo Fernandes. Another name linked to the West Bengal-based party includes former Chief Minister PM MODI TO ANNOUNCE PRADHAN MANTRI DIGITAL HEALTH MISSION ON SEP 27 NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce the nationwide rollout of Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission on September 27, Union Health Minister Manukh Mandaviya on Thursday said. The flagship scheme aims to digitalize healthcare across the nation creating a country-wide digital health ecosystem that will enable patients to store, access and consent to share their health records with doctors and health facilities of their choice. The PMDHM aims to create a digital health infrastructure to provide universal health coverage with health IDs for for all citizens, Unique Identifiers for doctors and health facilities, Personal Health Records, and telemedicine. Luizinho Faleiro. "Lot of people are doing surveys. They are meeting all the leaders," Faleiro has maintained. Meanwhile, when asked about the re-entry of the Trinamool Congress in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said: "Let everyone come, everyone loves Goa". SC to set up expert committee to probe Pegasus snooping case NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it intends to set up a technical expert committee to probe into the reports of the government allegedly using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on politicians, activists, and journalists. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said that it wanted to pass the order this week in the case but the matter is taking time as some experts they had in mind to be members of the committee expressed personal difficulties to be part of the same. The CJI said that the Court will finalise the members of the committee soon and will pass orders next week. They told this orally to senior Advocate Chander Uday Singh, who is one of the counsels in the Pegasus case. The apex court on September 13 had said it will pass an interim order in twothree days on pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping row. Several petitions are pending before the top court seeking a court-monitored probe into the reports of the government allegedly using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on politicians, activists, and journalists. The Centre had earlier told the apex court that it was willing to set up a committee of independent experts to examine all aspects of the alleged Pegasus snooping row. It had maintained that what software was used for THE CJI SAID THAT THE COURT WILL FINALISE THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE SOON AND WILL PASS ORDERS NEXT WEEK. an interception in the interest of national security can't be open for public debate. The Centre had offered to set up a Committee comprising independent experts to inquire whether Pegasus was used to snoop on phones. It had said the matter can be inquired into by a committee of independent domain experts and the report can be filed before the top court. The government had also contended that it is willing to place the details of surveillance before the expert committee proposed to be constituted by it to examine the issues and the committee can give a report to the Supreme Court. The petitioners' lawyers had repeatedly told the Bench that the Central government has evaded answering the question if it or any of its agencies have ever used the Pegasus spyware and urged the Court to direct the government to come clean on this issue. Dhanbad judge was deliberately hit by auto rickshaw: CBI to HC RANCHI: The CBI on Thursday informed the Jharkhand High Court that an auto rickshaw had deliberately hit Dhanbad Additional District Judge (ADJ) Uttam Ananad in July leading to his death. "CBI is inquiring the death from every angle. The probe is going on. No angle will left while investigating the probe. "Of the two accused arrested so far, one is professional mobile thief. He has beens trying to mislead the CBI probe by floating new stories. "A team of 20 CBI officers are probing the case. It is now clear that the sitting judge of the district court was intentionally hit by the auto rickshaw when he was out for his morning walk. We will find out the conspirators of the case," said the CBI to Jharkhand HC on Thursday. While hearing the matter on September 16, the Jharkhand HC had expressed anguished over the CBI probe. The high court had directed the CBI Zonal Director to appear before the court on Thursday. The CBI has been submitting its progress report to File footage "A team of 20 CBI officers are probing the case. It is now clear that the sitting judge of the district court was intentionally hit by the auto rickshaw when he was out for his morning walk. We will find out the conspirators of the case," said the CBI to Jharkhand HC. court every week. On July 28, the ADJ was killed after hit by the auto rickshaw that was caught on a CCTV camera. Two people Lakhan Verma and Rahul Verma were arrested by the police. Jharkhand High Court did not trust the SIT formed by the state govt to probe the matter and handed over the case to CBI, even as the Supreme Court expressed its shock at the daylight incident targeting a judge. According to CBI source more than 200 people have been interrogated so far. Census of Backward Classes difficult, cumbersome, Centre to SC NEW DELHI: The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that population census is not the ideal instrument for collection of details on caste, and that the Maharashtra government's plea seeking census data on other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the state should not be entertained, as "the caste Census of Backward Classes is administratively difficult and cumbersome". In an affidavit filed before the top court, the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry said: "Each time, the view has consistently been that the caste Census of Backward Classes is administratively diffi- cult and cumbersome; it has suffered and will suffer both on account of completeness and accuracy of the data." The Centre said it is not feasible to collect information on Backward Class of Citizens (BCC) in the upcoming Census, with its affidavit citing "practical difficulties" in ascertaining an identification criterion for backward classes. "The population census is not ideal instrument for collection of details on caste.. there are two separate OBCs lists viz. Central list and state list. Unlike SCs and STs lists, the lists of OBCs are not exclusively central subjects," it added. The Centre also found issues with the conduct of the caste census as part of the SocioEconomic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC-2011) survey. The affidavit added that it is evident from the infirmities of the SECC 2011 data that it is unusable for any official purposes and cannot be mentioned as a source of information for population data in any official document. The Maharashtra government had moved the Supreme Court seeking release of the 2011 SECC census data so that they could implement the 27 percent reservation for OBCs announced under the Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis Act. The Centre made it clear that empirical data needed for the implementation of the schemes is not available. "Details available in the record of Census pertaining to caste is not reliable either for the purpose of any reservation, whether in admission, employment or elections to local authorities", added the affidavit. The Maharashtra government contended without the central Census data, the proportional representation of OBCs in rural BCCs is not possible in the elections. But the Centre's affidavit said: "Various reasons due to the mistakes committed by the enumerators, inherent flaws in the manner of conducting Census and several such other factors, there is no reliable or dependable castes-based Census data available which can be basis of any constitutional or statutory exercise like reservation in admission, promotion or local body elections." The Centre also opposed the plea to add questions on OBC/BCC in the questionnaire for the upcoming 2021 Census. "Any direction from this court to Census department to include the enumeration of socio-economic data to extent relating to BCCs of rural India in the upcoming Census 2021, as prayed, would tantamount to interfering with a policy decision as framed under Section 8 of the Act," it added.