YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 26 C DEFENCE MANUFACTURING ACQUIRES WINGS, 7 NEW COMPANIES RISE TODAY OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 19 OCT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 149 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE LAW MINISTER RIJIJU CALLS FOR DIGITISATION OF RECORDS NEW DELHI: Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Monday that efforts would be made to weed out redundant files and digitise records at the Central Agency Section (CAS), which handles litigation on behalf of the central government in the Supreme Court. He made these remarks after visiting the Central Agency Section located in the Supreme Court complex. "Visited Central Agency Section at Supreme Court Complex. These are tonnes of legal documents of various Ministries & Agencies. In line with PM Narendra Modi ji's vision of Digital India we will weed out redundant files and digitise all records to ensure a paperless work culture," the law minister tweeted. The section coordinates with law officers and government counsels handling cases in which central ministries or departments are a party. It is usually headed by an additional secretary level official. 'GODMAN' RAM RAHIM GETS LIFE SENTENCE IN MANAGER MURDER CASE TOO NATION Morning India Leopard skin found on Kolkata street MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Leopard skin was recovered from the roadside in Kolkata on Monday. It is reported that the tail of the leopard has also been recovered. The incident on Monday afternoon caused quite a ruckus among the local residents. No arrests have been made so far. Locals saw a leopard skin wrapped in a sheet next to a dustbin in the back alley of R Ahmed Dental College in the Creek Row area. They immediately informed Muchipara police station. After that the news went to the Wildlife Crime Control Cell. Cell officials are verifying CCTV footage to find out who left the tiger skin on the side of the road. According to Wildlife Crime Control Cell sources, the leopard skin was left wrapped in a sheet on Creek Row. One of them is an adult tiger and the other is a young leopard skin. There were no nails on that skin. It is believed that the nails were sold separately. Pieces of three tails were also recovered. Investigators believe the tiger skins were sold separately. They claim that the price of leather and tail amounts to several lakhs of rupees. Someone or some people brought tiger skins to Kolkata for smuggling. Unable to do so for some reason, the skin and tail were left on the road. Investigators believe that those who did so have more tiger skins. They have started searching for the culprits after analysing the CCTV footage of that road. Traffickers are using Kolkata as a transit point. There were plans to smuggle leather and tails from here to Bihar and Nepal. Traffickers have smuggled multiple wildlife items through Kolkata many times before. This time too they had plans to smuggle animal leather to Nepal, North Bengal or Bihar or Jharkhand. MSP VALUE OF RS 11,099.25 CRORE PAID FOR PADDY: GOVT NEW DELHI: The government on Monday said that over 56.62 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been procured in the Kharif Marketing Season 2021-22 up to October 17. The KMS 2021-22, at the minimum support price (MSP), commenced recently and has benefitted 3,71,919 farmers with MSP value of Rs 11,099.25 crore, an official statement said. The procurement took place in states and UTs of Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. The government had earlier declared October 11 as the date for starting procurement under MSP for Haryana and Punjab. However, after a hue and cry from the farmers, the date was brought earlier and the procurement started on October 1. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 34,089,188 TOTAL DEATHS: 452,410 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 241,600,700 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,916,566 Shah chairs top security meet of DGPs, IGPs, intel officials ITBP, and the SSB are also present at the NSSC along with the DG of CRPF, sources said. According to the officials in the security agencies, during the meeting the prevailing security situation in the country is being discussed and strategy will be chalked out in view of the emerging new challenges threatening the national security. They also said that the Kashmir situation will be discussed threadbare in the wake of recent individual killings of non-Kashmiris in the Valley and to discuss possible counter measures to effectively prevent these attacks. The Maoist insurgency in the country will also be part of the discussion, sources added. The crucial strategic conference gains significance amid several internal security challenges and it is expected that some new guidelines will be formulated to deal with these new challenges, including cross border crimes, drugs and issues threatening the national security at large. Apart from the J&K issue, presentations prepared by the states on the emerging security challenges in their respective areas will also be discussed in details, a source in the security set up said, adding that many southern states like Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu have received terror inputs by the central agencies, especially after the Taliban take over of Afghanistan in August this year. The meeting started at 3 p.m. and is likely to continue till late evening, sources said. Amid border row, Indian Army officers learn Tibetan culture, language SUMIT KUMAR SINGH TENGA (ARUNACHAL PRADESH): Amid border tensions with China on the Line of Actual Control, young and mid-level Indian Army officers deployed in Arunachal Pradesh are undergoing a short orientation course on Tibetan culture, language and topography, and will subsequently "assist in military operation capability". "They are undergoing Tibetology Orientation Cadre course at the Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies, at Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh," said a senior Indian Army officer. The aim of the orientation course, the officer said, is enhance awareness among the young and mid-level officers about Tibet, its demographic, its culture, its people, and its history. "Once they undergo this course, they will be fully aware about the whom they would be dealing with on the other side of the Line of Actual Control," said a senior officer at 5 Mountain Division. During the course, the officers are also taken to nearby monasteries where they interact with monks to understand Buddhist philoso- phy. "The basic Bodhi language are also being taught during the orientation course," said the officer, adding that it is a 42 day rigorous programme. The first batch of 15 officers were trained in 2020. The second batch of 25 officers started this year. About the course's benefits, the officer said that it helps in analysing information, and collating that information to help the force understand what they are dealing with in a particular situation. He also said that the officers who have undergone this course "assist the force in military operation capability". The course is voluntary for these officers but impor- SHAHJAHANPUR: A lawyer was shot dead allegedly by another on the district court premises here on Monday afternoon over an old rivalry, following which four cops were suspended for negligence, police said. The victim, Bhupendra Singh (58), had filed two dozen cases against Suresh Gupta. Upset over this, Gupta allegedly killed him, they said. Taking strong exception to a serious crime like murder on the court premises, four police personnel, including an inspector, have been placed under suspension, Assistant Superintendent of Police (City) Sanjay Kumar said. Advocate Bhupendra Singh of Jalalabad tehsil had gone to the third-floor office of ACJM-I of the district court in the afternoon to meet a clerk in connection with some case when a gunshot was heard and he was found dead. Quoting the clerk Singh had gone to meet, Superintendent of Police (SP) S Anand had earlier said that an illegal 315 bore pistol was found near the body. A case of murder was registered against advocate Suresh Kumar Gupta and his two sons Gaurav Gupta and Ankit Gupta. The accused advocate has been arrested, the police said. Advocates in the district had launched an indefinite strike, demanding the killer's immediate arrest. Bar Association general secretary Aneet Kumar Trivedi, who had led the BIHAR BJP LEADERS DEMAND CANCELLATION OF INDO-PAK T20 MATCH A building collapses at 138 Cotton Street during rain in Kolkata on Monday NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday presided over the National Security Strategy Conference (NSSC) through video conferencing to discuss the prevailing security situation in the country. Top police sources said all the Director Generals of Police of states, Inspector Generals, selected field officers of the rank of Superintendents of Police and Inspector Generals, heads of Central Police Forces, intelligence agencies and police organisations are participating in this closed-door conference. Apart from these police officials, the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief Arvind Kumar and other officials of the IB, the DGPs of border guarding forces BSF, Lawyer shot dead in Shahjahanpur district court tantly it will be endorsed in their career report for sure. Major Pritam, who took this course, said that he was completely unaware about Tibet and the people when he came to Arunachal Pradesh. "After doing the course, I know what was missing. I was missing the essence," he said. The force's first target is to get around 200 officers trained in Tibetology. Offering undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in Buddhist and Himalayan studies, the centre was established under the aegis of the Buddhist Culture Preservation Society, Bomdila in 2003. In 2010, it became an autonomous body under the Union Culture Ministry. PATNA: After the murder of Bihari labourers in Kashmir, BJP leaders are advocating cancellation of upcoming T20 cricket match between India and Pakistan. Bihar's deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad said: "Under the tense situation it would not be wise to play cricket with Pakistan. It will give a clear message that India is supporting terrorism. The attack on common people in the Valley is cowardice act of terrorists." Earlier in the day, Union Minister Giriraj Singh also echoed the same sentiment. He said that the ruling and opposition parties share the same stand on this issue -to cancel the indo-Pak cricket match. Sushil Kumar Modi, the BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP said: "Militants trying to create fear among common people so that they leave the Valley. protest, told PTI that since the accused has been arrested, the organisation would meet at 11 am on Tuesday to decided on further course of action. Meanwhile, political parties like the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) attacked the state government over the incident. "The legal and judicial fraternity is an integral pillar of our democracy. The brutal murder of an advocate in broad daylight in court premises in Shahjahanpur is another chilling reminder that no one is safe in today's UP - not women, not farmers and now not advocates," Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said Uttar Pradesh has become number one in the country in "ease of doing crime" under the BJP. "The truth behind the 'encounter government's' false propaganda has been exposed before the public by the murder of a lawyer in Shahjahanpur court. UP has become number one in 'ease of doing crime' under the BJP government," he said in a tweet in Hindi. BSP president Mayawati said the incident exposed the BJP government's tall claims over law and order in the state. "The murder of a lawyer on the court premises of Shahjahanpur district of UP in broad daylight is very sad and shameful. It exposes the law and order situation under the BJP government and its claims in this regard. The question arises as to who is safe in UP. The government should pay proper attention to this," she said in a tweet in Hindi. The lawyers who sat on a dharna at the Khirni Bagh intersection of the district have demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the family of the deceased, and an investigation into the case by a senior police official. The SP said a panel of doctors has been formed to conduct the post-mortem examination. Blue economy a resource for societal benefit: Minister NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, said on Monday that blue economy is a vast socio-economic opportunity for coastal nations such as India to utilise ocean resources for societal benefit responsibly. "India's blue economy is understood as a subset of the national economy comprising an entire ocean resources system and human-made economic infrastructure in marine, maritime and onshore coastal zones within the country's legal jurisdiction. It aids the production of goods and services that have clear linkages with economic growth, environmental sustainability and national security," Singh said. "India's oceans are our treasures and therefore the 'Deep Ocean Mission' initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralds yet another horizon to harness various resources to enrich the blue economy," Singh said while addressing an interactive session on 'Role of Research Technology and Startups in Blue Economy' at the inaugural session of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences here. Emphasising the need to reach out to the stakeholders across sections, Singh reminded that connecting the industry is one of the themes of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'. It is, therefore, important to ensure that the indigenous startups or the Swadeshi startups actively participate in the programme, he added. Cannot cut corners, need to thoroughly evaluate Covaxin, says WHO GENEVA [SWITZERLAND]: World Health Organisation (WHO), which is reviewing the data provided by Bharat Biotech for Emergency Use Listing of COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, said on Monday that it is "expecting one additional piece of information from the company today". The WHO, which made a series of tweets, said a vaccine recommended by it for emergency use must be evaluated thoroughly. "Bharat Biotech - the manufacturer of Covaxin - has been submitting data to WHO on a rolling basis and WHO experts have reviewed these data. WHO is expecting one additional piece of information from the company today," it said. "We are aware that many people are waiting for WHO's recommendation for Covaxin to be included in the COVID19 Emergency Use Listing, but we cannot cut corners before recommending a product for emergency use, we must evaluate it thoroughly to make sure it is safe and effective," it added. WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan had said on Sunday that WHO's technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider emergency use listing (EUL) for Covaxin. "The technical advisory group will meet on Oct 26th to consider EUL for Covaxin. WHO has been working closely with @BharatBiotech to complete the dossier. Our goal is to have a broad portfolio of vaccines approved for emergency use and to expand access to populations everywhere," Dr Swaminathan had said in a tweet. The WHO today said on Monday that the timeframe for the WHO Emergency Use Listing procedure depends on how quickly a company producing the vaccine is able to provide the required data. "The timeframe for the WHO Emergency Use Listing procedure is dependent on how quickly a company producing the vaccine is able to provide the data required for WHO to evaluate the vaccine's quality, safety, efficacy and its suitability for low- and middle-income countries," it said. "When the information provided addresses all questions raised, WHO and the Technical Advisory Group will complete the assessment and come to a final recommendation whether to grant Emergency Use Listing to the vaccine," it added. Bharat Biotech has been submitting data to WHO on a rolling basis and submitted additional information at WHO's request on September 27. Covaxin, India's first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, has been developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).