YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 26 C IMRAN IS FIGHTING TWIN BATTLES AT THE MOMENT TO REMAIN IN POWER OPINION Rainfall may occur. KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 20 OCT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—150 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) PADDLER PAYAS JAIN BECOMES WORLD NO. 1 IN U-17 CATEGORY SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 AT A GLANCE DENMARK OPEN: PV SINDHU MARCHES INTO NEXT ROUND West Bengal likely to hold civic polls in December MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: Payas Jain on Tuesday became the second Indian paddler to achieve a World No. 1 ranking, thanks to his title-winning performances in the Under-17 Boys category. The other Indian who achieved the feat was Manav Thakkar, who became the World No. 1 in the Under-21 category in January 2020. 6 KG GOLD SEIZED AT HYDERABAD AIRPORT HYDERABAD: In one of the biggest seizures at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Customs officials on Tuesday recovered 6.06 kg gold from a passenger who arrived from Dubai. Two gold bars, of 3 kg each, of 24 carat purity, and worth Rs 2.96 crore, were concealed in two rechargeable lights. KOLKATA: West Bengal's State Election Commission is looking for the state government's permission to conduct pending elections to 112 urban civic bodies, including two Municipal Corporations of Kolkata and Howrah, in December and once they get the green signal, a notification might be issued after the October 30 Assembly bypolls. "The civic body elections are pending for more than 18 months because of the pandemic situation and the subsequent lockdown. We want to complete the polls as soon as possible. We need the financial sanction from the Finance Department. Once the state government gives us the clearance, we will be in a position to announce the dates," a senior SEC official said. A senior Finance Department official said: "The Commission has asked for Rs 185 crore to complete the polls in 112 municipalities. That is almost double the Babul Supriyo formally resigns as BJP Lok Sabha MP MI NEWS SERVICE CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 34,094,373 TOTAL DEATHS: 452,485 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 242,043,021 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,923,921 cost of the previous poll five years ago. We are working on it. It will be sent to the Chief Minister for clearance soon." Sources in the SEC indicated that the poll body is likely to conduct the elections in three phases where the election in Kolkata and Howrah Municipal Corporations will be held in NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Tuesday formally submitted his resignation as a BJP MP from the House to the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. After his meeting with the LS speaker, Supriyo said, "My heart is heavy as I had begun my political career through BJP. I thank the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi), party chief (JP Nadda) and (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah. Confidence was shown in me. I'd left politics wholeheartedly. I thought that if I'm not a part of the party, I shouldn't keep the seat for myself." Commenting on BJP's Suvendu Adhikari, Supriyo said, "Suvendu Adhikari was an integral part of TMC a few months back. Outside politics he has been a friend; he obviously has to say very harsh things about me politically. But he should advise his father and brother to resign from MP seats as they're no more a part of TMC."The move comes after Babul Supriyo resigned from BJP and joined the TMC in September. Earlier on October 1, Supriyo shared a letter he wrote to the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla seeking an appointment to meet him for an urgent matter. The TMC leader had said he sent a letter seeking Om Birla's appointment on September 20 and was acknowledged as 'received'. Babul Supriyo had resigned in August as minister of state for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, following the Union Cabinet reshuffle.In a Facebook post, he said that there was a difference of opinion between him and the West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and that the difference of opinion among senior leaders was "harming the party". Later on September 18, the former BJP leader, who had announced that he was leaving politics and would also resign as an MP, joined Trinamool Congress claiming that he was coming back for a great opportunity to serve Bengal. the first phase, for municipalities in south Bengal in the second phase and the rest of the municipalities in north Bengal in the third phase. Sources also indicated that though the dates of the elections are yet to be finalised, the poll body is likely to conduct the election in the two corporations on or after the third week of December. Apart from the financial sanction, the poll body will also have to look into the police arrangements and maintain the Covid protocol before the announcement of the polls. "We will have to conduct elections in almost 22,000 booths in 112 municipalities and because of Covid, we NIA likely to takeover Kashmir civilian killings probe NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is likely to hand over the probe of recent civilian killings in Kashmir to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), sources in the security set up said here on Tuesday. According to sources, the investigation in these killings indicate a definite pattern leading to the terror angle, therefore, the investigation may be assigned to the national anti-terror probe agency. They also said that this issue was discussed threadbare in the National Security Strategy Conference held on Monday wherein Union Home Minister Amit Shah discussed it with all stakeholders in detail. Another source in the government set up said that civil- INDIA LOGS 9% GROWTH IN JOB POSTINGS IN SEPTEMBER: REPORT INDIGO CAUTIONS CANDIDATES AGAINST FAKE JOB OFFERS BENGALURU: As India reopens after a long spell of pandemic and lockdowns, job postings in the country were improved by 9 per cent yearon-year (YoY) in September this year, a report said on Tuesday. According to Monster.com, compared to August, the month of September saw a stable monthly growth of 1 per cent in job posting activity this year. "As we approach the end of the quarter, it is promising to see that we have witnessed 6 per cent growth in hiring activity over the last three months," Sekhar Garisa, CEO - Monster.com, a Quess company said in a statement. "With imminent festive sales and significant increase in e-commerce activities, it is NEW DELHI: IndiGo on Tuesday cautioned candidates to be cognizant of fake job offers, saying certain people are using the name of airline's employees to demand money in exchange for interviews, jobs or trainings. In a statement, the airline stated: "The airline does not charge any money for conducting interviews, providing jobs, or imparting trainings on joining." IndiGo "strictly" advises to report the matter to the police if someone asks for money and promises a job at the airline. MORE ON PG 9 As we approach the end of the quarter, it is promising to see that we have witnessed 6 pc growth in hiring activity over the last three months Sekhar Garisa, CEO, Monster.com notable that job roles for logistics and supply chain are well in demand," Garisa added. In September 2021, printing/packaging (11 per cent) grew at a considerable pace, while a positive month-overmonth (MoM) uptick was also witnessed in industries such as BPO/ITES (5 per cent), import/export (4 per cent), retail (2 per cent) and travel and tourism (2 per cent). Cities such as Baroda (3 per cent) and Ahmedabad (1 per cent) noted the highest job posting activity in the country in September 2021 as compared to August 2021. Hiring activity in metropolitan cities such as Bengaluru (38 per cent), Pune (22 per cent), Hyderabad (20 per cent) and Chennai (18 per cent) indicates a strong rise in recruitment activity as compared to the previous year. Hiring for professionals in software, hardware, telecom (35 per cent), senior management (23 per cent), HR and admin (11 per cent) and finance and accounts (7 per cent) continued to flourish on a year-on-year basis. Interestingly, HR and admin roles have seen a marked positive incline across all metropolitan cities, while software, hardware, telecom and finance and accounts also witnessed significant growth across almost all cities tracked by the Index. need more election personnel and police arrangements. We have already spoken to the state government regarding this. We are fully prepared to conduct the polls," an election official said. Before the Durga Puja holiday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had hinted that the pending election of the civic bodies will be completed after the completion of the four Assembly bypolls in the state. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Urban Development Chandrima Bhattacharya on Monday said: "Whenever the State Election Commission announces the votes of 112 municipalities, we are fully prepared." ian killings in Kashmir have given a wrong signal and most of the migrant labourers and non-Kashmiris are leaving Kashmir leading to a sense of fear among the local residents too. These gruesome incidents have also spread fear among the Kashmiris Pandits who were willing to go back to the valley on behest of the government initiatives. The local NIA team has already been assisting the J&K Police in the killings probe and trying to identify the masterminds behind these killings. The sources also said that the central agencies have been scanning the old cases of stone pelters as targeted killings revealed that these killers are not from the regular terrorists' cadre. Bangladesh violence issue is serious: MoS Nisith Pramanik MI NEWS SERVICE SILIGURI: Following a series of communal violence in Bangladesh, which led to the killings of several people, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nisith Pramanik on Tuesday condemned the act and said that it is a very serious issue and if required the Indian government will discuss the matter with its counterpart. "It is a very serious issue. The government is concerned. The Bangladesh government is still investigating the matter. Indian government is taking proper steps to combat the situation. If requires Indian government will discuss the matter with its counterpart in Bangladesh and send a delegation," said the minister. At least 71 cases have been filed in different parts of Bangladesh in connection with the attacks on Hindus and around 450 were arrested for spreading rumours on social media. These 450 people have been arrested in the past five days over the attacks on puja venues, temples, Hindu homes and businesses, and for spreading rumours on social media amid the Durga Puja, as reported in Dhaka Tribune. Communal violence broke out in several places in Bangladesh on October 13 after news broke on social media about the alleged des- ecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja venue on the bank of Nanuar Dighi. Several puja venues were vandalised in the area of Chandpur, Chittagong, Gazipur, Bandarban, Chapainawabganj and Moulvibazar. The clashes resulted in several casualties. The perpetrators of communal violence in Bangladesh on October 16 vandalised six idols of the Daniapara Maha Shoshan Kali Mandir at Rashunia union in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj. Meanwhile, Pramanik welcomed the Centre's decision to extend the Border Security Force's (BSF) jurisdiction to border areas. As per the fresh order, the BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, has now been authorised to have jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or further permission either from central or state governments.However, its jurisdiction has been cut short by 20 km in the five north-eastern states -- Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya -- where it had jurisdiction up to 80 km. Similarly in Gujarat, the BSF's jurisdiction has been curtailed from 80 to 50 km. In Rajasthan, the BSF's area of jurisdiction will remain the same at 50 km. Coal, railway, power ministers discuss coal supply situation at power plants NEW DELHI: Coal minister Pralhad Joshi on Tuesday discussed ways to improve coal stocks at thermal power plants with railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and power minister R K Singh. The meeting comes against the backdrop of power plants grappling with coal shortages. "Held virtual meeting with Ministers @AshwiniVaishnaw ji & @RajKSinghIndia ji, along with officers of @CoalMinistry, CMDs & officials of coal companies. We discussed improving coal stock at thermal power plants & resolved our commitment to fulfill energy demands of the country," Joshi said in a tweet. The coal minister also reviewed the performance of Coal India arm Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL) and directed it to ramp up production and load at least 34 rakes of the dry fuel daily. "Reviewed @NCL_SINGRAULI today, with the company CMD. Directed NCL to ramp up coal production and load at least 34 rakes per day. After this, will be visiting coal mines of NCL to interact with employees & motivate them to scale up coal excavation & dispatch," Joshi said. Last week, Joshi said the government was making full efforts to meet the coal demand of power producers and stressed that steps were being taken to soon ramp up the dry fuel supply to 2 million tonnes per day. The minister also felicitated machine operators at the Nigahi opencast coal project of NCL and said their role is integral for scaling up coal production and dispatch from the block. "Flagged off a Coal Dumper Truck at Nigahi OCP, @NCL_SINGRAULI. This indigenous dumper has been manufactured by BEML and furthers #MakeInIndia initiative," he said. Crop fires take India’s global contribution to GHG emissions to 12.2% NEW DELHI: A latest data analysis has shown that compared to the previous three years, there has been an increase in emissions due to crop fires in 20192020 by 12.8 per cent, taking India's global contribution to 12.2 per cent. The new insights into recent trends in biomass fires, including emissions from forest and crop residue fires in India, showed a downward trend in crop fires being observed between 2016-19 citing a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to cropland fires by 11.39 per cent during the three years. However, the data and analysis for GHG emissions available online, show that even when India tops the chart when it comes to crop fires, this particular emission quantum comes at 47th position when total emission categories from agriculture sector are considered. That inventory is dominated by enteric fermentation, managed soil, and rice cultivation. The crop fire data becomes relevant, particularly for northwest India, during the months of October-November when farmers from Punjab and Haryana and from several districts of Uttar Pradesh resort to stubble burning ahead of the wheat sowing. Blue Sky Analytics, that released this new data on emissions from biomass fires as part of the world's first comprehensive accounting of global greenhouse gas emissions, said their analysis is based primarily on direct, independent observation with the Climate TRACE coalition. Driven by satellites, remote sensing, and machine learning, the inventory is particularly relevant to the more than 100 countries that lack access to comprehensive emissions data from the past five years. The inventory, which spans the years 20152020, reveals striking insights about recent emissions trends across 10 sectors and 38 sub-sectors of the global economy. Climate TRACE, led by former US Vice President Al Gore, is a global coalition with a mission to accelerate climate action by providing independent high resolu- THE CROP FIRE DATA BECOMES RELEVANT, PARTICULARLY FOR NORTHWEST INDIA, DURING THE MONTHS OF OCTOBERNOVEMBER WHEN FARMERS FROM PUNJAB AND HARYANA AND FROM SEVERAL DISTRICTS OF UTTAR PRADESH RESORT TO STUBBLE BURNING AHEAD OF THE WHEAT SOWING. tion and near real-time GHG emissions data. "Climate TRACE's innovative approach fills critical knowledge gaps for all countries that rely on the patchwork system of self-reporting that currently serves as the basis for most existing emissions invento- ries," a release said here. The Climate TRACE coalition harnessed AI and machine learning to analyze over 59 trillion bytes of data from more than 300 satellites, more than 11,100 sensors, and numerous additional sources of emissions information from all over the world. "This unprecedented effort provides a significant step forward in emissions monitoring, transforming a system that previously relied on rough estimates, opaque methods, and inaccessible reporting," the release said. Blue Sky Analytics said it analyses satellite data to deliver high resolution insights on environmental indicators. "For effective climate action it is essential to have an independent, system level view of emissions. This is especially critical for sources like fires, which are rapidly increasing in frequency and scale but whose emissions are still poorly tracked and accounted for in most multi-sector inventories. We are proud to contribute to a collaborative effort like Climate TRACE that endeavours to bring this kind of visibility to all major global emissions sources," Founder and CEO, Blue Sky Analytics, Abhilasha Purwar said. A Yale and IIT alumnus Purwar is co-founder of the venture along with a college dropout and self-taught developer, Kshitij Purwar.