YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 26 C CRORES OF HOUSEHOLDS IN INDIA UNDER UTTER PENURY OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA SATURDAY, 25 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 129 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) 2 KILLED, 20 HURT IN ASSAM EVICTION DRIVE, CM SAYS ACTION WILL CONTINUE GUWAHATI: At least two people were killed and 20 others injured on Thursday when a mob clashed with police during an eviction drive in Assam’s Darrang district. The incident triggered widespread condemnation, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi calling the police action “state-sponsored fire”. In the violent incident at Dholpur, at least 11 policemen were among the injured while a wounded policeman was rushed to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital in Guwahati. The slain people have been identified as Saddam Hussain and Sheikh Forid. J’KHAND DOC DIES A DAY AFTER SHOOTING SELF SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE HOCKEY: ODISHA TO HOST JUNIOR WORLD CUP FROM NOV 24 ‘Trinamool to contest 2022 Goa polls, with eye on Mamata in 2024’ MI NEWS SERVICE PANAJI: The Trinamool Congress is contesting the upcoming Goa Assembly polls, but the party's eyes are actually on the 2024 general elections in which party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate, awardwinning Konkani writer N. Shivdas said on Thursday. Shivdas, who met IPAC head and ace political strategist Prashant Kishor in Kolkata earlier this week, along with an independent MLA from the state, also added that the Trinamool was in touch with sitting and former MLAs and several other aspirants. "Now they are coming with a full preparations. They were not serious that time (2012 Chief Minister and TMC candidate of Bhawanipur by-poll Mamata Banerjee in an election campaign at Sambhunath Pandit Street in Kolkata on Friday Prabir Bhattacharya Assembly polls). Now they are very serious. They are introduc- ing themselves in Goa as a national party. Their aim is the 2024 elections," Shivdas, who has served as the President of the Goa Konkani Academy and has also been a General Secretary of the Goa Congress in the recent past. "She (Mamata) can be PM candidate (in 2024). They are preparing that way. They want to spread across the country. Their people have been fanning out in Goa for some time now. "I met Prashant Kishor in Kolkata for half an hour. He wants good people in Goa, untainted persons. They want to start afresh," Shivdas said, adding that Kishor expressed confidence about Banerjee becoming the Prime Minister in 2024. Earlier on Thursday, Trinamool MPs Derek O'Brien and Prasun Banerjee arrived in Goa and are expected to meet leaders of several political parties, along with some eminent personalities in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden hold bilateral meeting, at the Oval Office in the White House, in Washington DC on Friday. JOE BIDEN TO MODI JAMSHEDPUR: A 30year-old junior doctor of a government hospital, who had allegedly shot himself with a revolver, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here early on Friday, a police officer said. Dr Amit Kumar breathed his last around 6 am, the officer said. He had apparently shot himself in the head with a revolver at his residence in Adityapur police station area of Jharkhand’s Seraikela-Kharswan district on Thursday. Kumar’s family members rushed him to Tata Main Hospital, where the doctors had said that his condition was critical. He died this morning, the officer said, adding the reason behind the incident was yet to be ascertained. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,563,421 TOTAL DEATHS: 446,080 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 230,985,679 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,734,917 ‘Mr PM, we’re going to continue to build on our strong partnership’ NEW YORK: US President Joe Biden said: “Mr Prime Minister, we’re going to continue to build on our strong partnership”, as he sat down with India’s leader Narendra Modi in the Oval Office for their bilateral meeting on Friday. He also made a reference to Vice President Kamala Harris’s Indian heritage during the opening segment of their meeting, the first inperson meeting after he had become President. Before their meeting, a senior US official said that Biden was looking forward to their meeting they will discuss Afghanistan and priority areas that India is “front and centre of”. Earlier, Black on white, white on black. At 3:19 p.m. Thursday, when America’s first ever Indian American Vice President Kamala Harris welcomed India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for the first time after taking power in the 2020 elections, it was a striking visual for a historic moment, blending austere monochrome with the all-white backdrop of the White House pillars. Both wore masks - Modi white and Harris black. Harris dressed in a sleek black and white pantsuit, and sported her string of trusty pearls. Modi arrived in a crisp, milky white kurta ensemble with a black Nehru jacket, teamed with black shoes. Harris began about 5 minutes of remarks noting the passage of time since Modi was here last. “It is my understanding that this is your first trip outside of South Asia for at least the last 16 months,” she said. Back then, Donald Trump was US president, his Twitter megaphone was a riot, Covid19 hadn’t exploded, masks weren’t yet a cultural flashpoint, Modi and Trump headlined a “Howdy, Modi!” rally in Houston, drawing over 50,000 people. Trump is gone now, Biden has pulled US troops from Afghanistan, US, Britain and Australia stunned France by cutting a multibillion-dollar contract to acquire US nuclear-powered vessels. The political contrasts are sharp, Chinese aggression is rising, global contradictions are shifting, flexible multi alignments are on the ascendant. Biden’s deputy Harris spoke first today, invoking themes that will be on full display on Friday. People celebrate as Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex crosses 60,000 for the first time, in Mumbai on Friday. ANI BENGAL GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP FOUR PERMANENT HELIPADS MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Considering the recent natural calamities and the state government's problem to reach out to the affected areas, the state government has decided to develop four permanent helipads in South 24 Parganas so that the administration can expedite the evacuation of people affected by natural disasters. In July this year the district magistrate of South 24 Parganas P Ulaganathan, sent a proposal to the transport department to develop four permanent helipads in the district. There, he said, South 24 Parganas have witnessed multiple major natural disasters in the past few years and it becomes difficult for the administration to evacuate people immediately due lack of infrastructure. He proposed to develop four helipads in the district which will not only help in evacuating people from the district but also help in reaching out to the distressed people of the neighbouring districts like North 24 Parganas and East and West Midnapore as well. Sources in the state secretariat said that Chief Secretary of the state Harikrishna Dwivedi has given a go-ahead Ato build helipads as per the proposal. Necessary instructions have been given to the Public Works Department for construction of helipads. These helipads will be constructed in Gosaba, Patharpratima, Kakdwip and Diamond Harbour-2 blocks. According to administration sources, six acres of land have also been identified for the construction of four helipads It has been decided that the helipads will be set up at Gosaba Gram Panchayat for the farmers' market, Pathar Pratima Gopalnagar Gram Panchayat area, Srinagar Gram Panchayat area of Kakdwip and Mathur Gram Panchayat area of Diamond Harbor-2 Gram Panchayat. It may be mentioned here that in May 2020, severe Cyclonic storm Amphan (Cyclone Amphan) struck West Bengal. The district also suffered when severe cyclone Yaas hit the coast of Orissa. In both the cyclones, large areas of South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore were severely affected. Though loss of lives was avoided because of prompt action by the state government. Sources in the state government said that the rescue operation was delayed because the helicopters had to take off from Kolkata. "If there were helipads in the district then we could have evacuated the people faster. We could have given them better medical facilities. So, the construction of helipads will help in better disaster management," an official said. SHUBHAM KUMAR TOPS CIVIL SERVICES EXAM 2020: UPSC Top gangster shot dead in Delhi courtroom by assailants disguised as lawyers NEW DELHI: Shubham Kumar has topped the prestigious civil services examination 2020, results of which were declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Friday. Jagrati Awasthi and Ankita Jain have got second and third ranks respectively. A total of 761 candidates -- 545 men and 216 women -have cleared the examination. The civil services examination is conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages -preliminary, main and interview. NEW DELHI: In an incident that seemed ripped from a Bollywood potboiler, top Delhi gangster Jitender Singh Mann, alias Gogi, was shot dead in a courtroom on Friday by two assailants from the rival ‘Tilu’ gang, dressed in lawyers’ garb. The two assailants were subsequently shot dead by the police as the incident led to chaos and panic in the courtroom where the judge had commenced proceedings. A woman lawyer was reportedly injured in the firing. The incident occurred at the Rohini court complex when Gogi was being presented for hearing in a case against him. The assailants suddenly Media personnel outside Rohini Court after in New Delhi on Friday. ANI took out their weapons from under their lawyer’s robes and opened fire at Gogi, who collapsed. A lawyer, who was inside the courtroom at the time of the incident, told IANS that everything happened so fast that they were not even able to take a breath. “The firing began just seconds before the hearing in the case of gangster Gogi. Even Judge Gagandeep Singh was sitting inside the courtroom,” he said, adding that there was utter chaos in the courtroom. The police personnel guarding Gogi immediately retaliated and gunned down the attackers. “There was an exchange of at least 30-35 rounds of fire between the cops and the attackers,” an eyewitness said. Sources said that the attackers were from the Tilu Tajpuria gang and the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had an input about the possibility of such kind of an incident. Monsoon withdrawal from northwest India further delayed: IMD NEW DELHI: The commencement of withdrawal of the South-West Monsoon from northwest India already delayed by a week - is further delayed and may not happen before next weekend. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had, last year, revised the date of commencement of withdrawal of monsoon from northwest India from September 1 to September 17. Earlier last week, the IMD had said, the withdrawal process may not commence before September 28 or 29. Rainfall continued in large parts of India driven by two major factors. The monsoon trough lay south of the normal position and continued to remain active throughout the week, while there was development of two low pressure system/cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal and its west-north-westward movements. “(Therefore) conditions are not likely to be favorable for commencement of withdrawal of monsoon from parts of northwest India before middle of the second week (as counted from Thursday),” the IMD said. “The monsoonal system formation is happening over central India and it causes rainfall till Rajasthan. There should be reversal of winds. For cyclonic monsoon winds, there should be anticyclonic winds. That anti-cyclonic winds start from Rajasthan. We should have that circulation at least up to a height of 1.5 km. Also, then come the north-westerly winds to India, these are dry and continental winds. So, there will be no rain,” IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mahapatra said. Along with this, the conditions should also match about relative humidity and water vapour from atmosphere, when the withdrawal of monsoon from the northwest India commences. As on Friday, most forecast models are indicating emergence of the cyclonic circulation over Myanmar coast and adjoining areas as a low-pressure area (LPA) over central parts of the Bay of Bengal during beginning of A man rides a bicycle amid heavy rainfall, in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI the week. It is likely to move west-northwestwards towards northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal with no further intensification. Models are also indicating development of another cyclonic circulation (from remnant of tropical storm Dianmu over West Pacific) over east-central Bay of Bengal during the second half of this week with west-northwestwards movement towards northwest Bay of Bengal and no further intensification, the IMD said. Meanwhile, during the week ending on September 22, above normal rainfall activity was reported over India and weekly cumulative All India Monsoon Rainfall departure from its long period average (LPA) during the week was 28 per cent. “This is the 3rd consecutive week when above normal rainfall activity continued for India as a whole,” the IMD said. Weekly all India percentage departure from LPA for last three weeks i.e., for week ending on September 9, September 16 and September 23 are 15 per cent, 53 per cent and 28 per cent while the all-India seasonal monsoon rainfall departure from its LPA, for the period from June 1 till September 22, has improved to minus 3 per cent from minus 9 per cent, which was the situation till September 1, the IMD data has showed.