YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 24 C CENTRE CAN'T EXTEND JURISDICTION FOR BSF SANS CONSENT OF STATES OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 22 OCT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 152 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) SINDHU IN QUARTERS, SRIKANTH LOSES IN DENMARK OPEN SPORTS Morning India INDIA ACHIEVES MAJOR CM Mamata Banerjee likely to visit rain-battered North Bengal MILESTONE OF ‘ONE BILLION’ VACCINATIONS MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: India on Thursday achieved the major milestone of 100 crore vaccination-mark, nine months after the nationwide inoculation programme was started to protect the people against Covid-19. The CoWin portal mentioned that a total of 100 crore vaccine doses has been administered so far to the eligible population under the vaccination drive in India. India's vaccination drive against the Covid pandemic was launched on January 16, 2021. The healthcare workers were the first ones to get ones. Later, the frontline workers were also included in the drive from February 2. The state and central police personnel, Armed Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence and others were included in the vaccination drive. The vaccination drive was expanded from March 1 to include people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated specified comorbidities. From May 1, the vaccination drive was thrown open to all above 18 years of age. Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet, "India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat. Congratulating the nation on this historic moment, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in his tweet, "Congratulation India! Under the visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been achieved". As India has achieved this historical landmark, the health ministry has planned several events to mark the occasion. The Health Minister will release a song and an audio visual film to celebrate the milestone of administering 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses. Mandaviya will release the film and song at the Red Fort later in the day. In another event, Modi will visit the centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi. Red Fort illuminated in colours of Tricolour as part of Archaeological Survey of India's initiative, 100 monuments across India being illuminated in colours of National flag following milestone of 100 cr COVID vaccination, in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI INDIA SCRIPTS HISTORY, SAYS PM AS COUNTRY TOUCHES 100-CR MARK PROUD TO CONTRIBUTE TO 1 BN VACCINATIONS, SAYS BHARAT BIOTECH CREDIT GOES TO TO STRONG POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: WHO NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Thursday said "India scripted history" and expressed his gratitude to doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat. "India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses.” HYDERABAD: Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech on Thursday said it was proud to contribute to India reaching the one billion-mark of Covid vaccinations. The Hyderabadbased vaccine maker said that reaching the one billion-mark in just nine-months is a remarkable achievement for India. "Bharat Biotech is proud to have contributed to this historic landmark," said Bharat Biotech. NEW DELHI: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO SE Asia said that India's progress must be viewed in the context of the country's commendable commitment and efforts to ensure that these life-saving vaccines are accessible globally. "This extraordinary feat in a short span was not possible without strong political leadership, intersectoral convergence.” 35k high net worth Indian entrepreneurs left India under Modi govt: Bengal FM MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Thursday cited three different studies to claim that 35,000 Indian entrepreneurs of high net worth left the country between 2014 and 2020 during the tenure of the Narendra Modi government. He wondered whether this was due to "fear psychosis", and demanded that PM Modi must place a white paper in Parliament on "massive flight of Indian entrepreneurs during his regime". "Under Modi Govt 35,000 Indian Entrepreneurs of High Net Worth LEFT India between 2014-2020, as NRI/Immigrants. India RANKED No 1 IN EXODUS IN THE WORLD. WHY? Fear psychosis'?? "PM must place WHITE PAPER to Parliament on massive flight of Indian entrepreneurs during his regime," Mitra wrote on Twitter. Citing a study, he claimed 23,000 high net worth entrepreneurs left India during the 2014-18 period, the worst in the world."In 20142018, 23,000 High Net worth entrepreneurs left India (Morgan Stanley study). Worst in the World. 7,000 left India in 2019 (AfroAsia Bank). 5,000 left India in 2020. (GWM Review)," he said. "Recall 19 minutes of TIRADE against Indian business by Piyush Goel (Goyal), reportedly saying business practices of Indian Industry went against national interest short of calling them "antinational'. Breeds 'fear psychosis', motivating exodus? But the PM did not rebuke Goel (Goyal). Why?" Mitra also said on the micro-blogging site. Aditya Birla Group to open paint factory in Kharagpur MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Aditya Birla Group has expressed interest in setting up of a paint factory in West Bengal. The factory will be on about 60 acres of land in Kharagpur. The investment will be approximately Rupees one thousand crore. According to sources, 800 people will be directly employed in this factory when production starts. As a result, the working environment in the State will be more accessible. A number of industries of Aditya Birla Group followed by the paint factory will also be developed in Kharagpur. And it will open the door to a few thousand more jobs. It is reported that the target is to start production from the factory within the next one-anda-half to two years. On Thursday, Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi held a meeting with the officials of Aditya Birla Group in State Secretariat, Nabanna. The company has expressed interest in setting up the factory in writing there. According to sources, the company had on October 4 proposed to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to set up a paint factory in the State. In this context, Sunil Bajaj, Executive President of Aditya Birla Group and Ajit Kumar, Chief Operating Officer met the Chief Secretary. According to administrative sources, the outcome of the meeting was positive. According to sources, the Fortune-500 listed international industrial group is interested in building the proposed paint factory on 60 acres of land at Vidyasagar Industrial Park in Kharagpur. In addition to the original paint factory, the group will also set up associate production centres, the company said at the meeting. The Aditya Birla Group will invest Rs 1,000 crore in the paint industry step by step. It will directly employ 800 people. Indirect employment opportunities will be for more than 1,500 people. Aditya Birla Group thanked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the State government for their prompt and pro-active co-operation in taking the decision to set up the factory and taking necessary steps for it. KOLKATA: In the midst of heavy rains and floods in several districts of North Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to make a four-day trip to Siliguri to hold an administrative meeting and take stock of the onground situation in the floodhit districts. Though there has been no official communication about her visit to North Bengal yet, sources in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said that Banerjee is likely to go to Siliguri on October 24 and return to Kolkata on October 28. The Chief Minister had decided to go to North Bengal in the first week of September, but she had to cancel her tour because of the by-election in Bhawanipur where she was a candidate. As per sources in the CMO, on October 24 Banerjee would hold a meeting with the Darjeeling district administration officials where apart from the flood situation, issues related to development will also be discussed. She will also hold administrative meetings with the officials of the other districts of the area at the North Bengal state secretariat, 'Uttar Kanya', on October 25 and 26. Sources also confirmed that Banerjee is likely to go to Goa just after her return from North Bengal. In Goa, Trinamool Congress is trying to expand its organisation before the Assembly polls scheduled in 2022. Several top-level leaders of the party are present in the coastal State. The Chief Minister is likely to address rallies in Goa and speak with the state party leadership there. Meanwhile, the ruling party of West Bengal Trinamool Congress is giving more importance to Goa after Tripura keeping in mind the AS PER SOURCES IN THE CMO, ON OCTOBER 24 BANERJEE WOULD HOLD A MEETING WITH THE DARJEELING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS WHERE APART FROM THE FLOOD SITUATION, ISSUES RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED. SHE WILL ALSO HOLD ADMINISTRATIVE MEETINGS WITH THE OFFICIALS OF THE OTHER DISTRICTS OF THE AREA AT THE NORTH BENGAL STATE SECRETARIAT, 'UTTAR KANYA', ON OCTOBER 25 AND 26. upcoming by-elections in these two states. According to sources, the Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee will fly straight to Goa after her visit to North Bengal this month. She has multiple programmes in the island State. She will probably return to Kolkata on November 1. Mamata Banerjee had earlier sent two party MPs, Derek O'Brien and Prasun Banerjee to Goa for political gains. They stayed in Goa for 7 consecutive days. Holding their hands, some people also joined the TMC. Notable among them are two national level sportspersons Denzil Franco and Leni da Gama. On October 2, former Indian footballer Denzil Franco and Boxing Association vice-president Leni da Gama formally joined with the Trinamool flag in hand. Earlier, former Chief Minister of Goa and Congress leader Luisinho Faleiro, along with six MLAs, came to meet Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata and signed up for the Trinamool Congress. As a result, the organisation of TMC is being strengthened in the island State. In this situation, Mamata Banerjee is going to fly to Goa at the end of this month. According to sources, she will leave North Bengal for Goa on October 28. Several programmes have been scheduled there. After completing her two-day visit, the Chief Minister will probably return to Kolkata on November 1. Her visit to Goa will undoubtedly be significant. Earlier, the Trinamool leader gave the sole responsibility to nephew Abhishek Banerjee for the growth of the party organisation in Tripura. So, despite being obstructed there, the all-India Trinamool Congress general secretary has repeatedly run went to the north-eastern State. But in the case of Goa, the TMC supremo herself is going to strengthen the political ground in the former Portuguese colony. Aryan’s judicial custody extended, Bombay HC to hear bail next week NCB 'PROBES' SRK HOME, QUESTIONS ANANYA PANDAY MUMBAI: Spelling no respite for Aryan Khan, a special NDPS court on Thursday extended his judicial custody till October 30, even as his bail plea is expected to come up before Bombay High Court on October 26. Along with Aryan Khan the son of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, the other seven accused - arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau on October 3 after the October 2 raid on a rave party aboard a cruise ship - were also sent to judicial custody till October 30 by the court. They are: Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Satija, Ishmeet Singh Chadna, Actress to appear before NCB again today MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Ananya Panday will appear before Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) once again for questioning on Friday at 11 am in Mumbai after being summoned by the probe agency today. The actor reached the NCB office along with her father Chunky Panday earlier today. A team of NCB was also seen at Bollywood actor Ananya Panday's residence in Mumbai and she was summoned by the probe agency to appear before it at 2 pm today. Earlier another team of NCB officials also visited Shah Rukh Khan's residence 'Mannat' in Mumbai to collect documents related to his son Aryan Khan. The actor also visited his son Aryan Khan, who is lodged in Arthur Road Jail. Aryan was arrested on October 3 in connection with a drug seizure on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Bombay High Court will hear Aryan Khan's bail application on October 26. Mohak Jaswal, Gomit Chopra and Vikrant Chhoker. Twelve others were arrested by the NCB during the subsequent investigations. Aryan Khan's judicial custody was set to expire on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday, Justice N. W. Sambre of the Bombay High Court posted to October 26 the hearing of the bail application of Aryan Khan, who was declined bail by the Special NDPS Court on Wednesday. The matter came up before Justice Sambre with Khan's lawyer Satish Maneshinde seeking an urgent hearing on Friday or Monday. TMC plans mass outreach programme before Tripura civic polls MI NEWS SERVICE Members of different mass organisations jointly participate in a candle light march to protest against the atrocities in Bangladesh, Kashmir and Bhopal, in Kolkata on Thursday Prabir Bhattacharya AGARTALA: The Tripura unit of the Trinamool Congress is gearing up with a mass outreach programme ahead of the municipal elections in the State. The outreach programme comes almost a year and a half before the Assembly elections in the State. Workers of the TMC's Tripura unit will visit people in every block of the state as part of the programme. Trinamool Congress has deputed its newly elected Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev to look after the activities of Tripura. Dev, who was the former All India Mahila Congress chief, switched over to the TMC in August this year. "TMC will kick off the programme Tripurar Jonno TMC in view of the upcoming municipal elections. We will go to every block and meet the people. Our youth committee members will visit people and listen to their grievances," Dev said. TMC assured that it won't violate Section 144 that has been enforced in the State due to COVID-19. "We won't break any law. We will do this for the next 10-12 days. We have protested against the atrocities of the BJP in Tripura," Dev said.