CMYK Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 1 JULY, 2022 PG-12, YEAR—8, ISSUE—397 (RNI NO.: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Morning India Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair brought to B'luru for probe MI News Bengaluru: Service, Sleuths of Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) of Delhi Police has brought Mohammed Zubair, factchecking website Alt News's co-founder to Bengaluru on Thursday for further investigation. Zubair has been arrested for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by a tweet from Noble laureate Amartya Sen plants a tree at the inaugural ceremony of Amartya Sen Research centre at Salt Lake in Kolkata on Thursday. Shiv Sena faction leader Eknath Shinde sworn as CM, Fadnavis to stay out MI News Service, Mumbai: In a political bolt from the blue, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said it will support a new minority government led by Shiv Sena rebel group leader Eknath Shinde, who will COVID spreads its wings in Bengal, more than one and a half thousand infected in one day MI News Service: Covid is on the rise in West Bengal. According to the latest figures from the state health department, the number of new COVID-19 positives in Bengal touched 1,500 in a single day. The infection has spread to every district. However, the growing concern about the infection increased a lot. In this situation, the Department of Health issued new guidelines. According to the statistics of the state health department, 1524 people have been infected with covid in the last 24 hours in Bengal. The highest number of victims was found in Kolkata - 621. Then there are North and South 24 Parganas ❑ Continue PG 3 be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra here this evening. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis made the stunning announcement after calling on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari along with Shinde in the afternoon. "We have submitted a list of entire BJP MLAs, the group led by Shindeji, 16 Independents and others, with more still joining us, to the Governor," the former Chief Minister said. Accordingly, Shinde will be sworn-in alone as the CM at 7.30 p.m. and the cabinet will be expanded later to accommodate MLAs from both sides. Shinde, on his part, said he would work for the progress and development of the state "which had practically halted since the past 30 months of the previous government", and reiterated that he would follow the ideals of Bahasaheb Thackeray's Hindutva. He also thanked the BJP and Fadnavis for their large-heartedness in supporting his prospective government. Fadnavis said: "I will remain out of the government, but I shall do everything possible to make the new government ❑ Continue PG 3 NSA Doval stresses on maritime coordination and counter espionage MI News Service, New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Thursday called for seamless coordination among various agencies involved in protecting India's maritime interests, saying it will not be able to become the power it deserves to be in absence of a very strong maritime security apparatus. Doval said that geopolitical scenario has changed down the years and India has to adopt the changing geo-political scenario. Doval said that the Indian Ocean, which has been an "ocean of peace", is witnessing rivalries and competitions and India needs to protect its interests as the region has the potential to witness clash of interests. He made this comment at the first meeting of the Mult I Agency Maritime Security Group (MAMSG) where he expressed immense concern about growing Chinese influence and military buildup. In his address to top maritime and coastal security brass from all 13 coastal states and Union Territories as well Indian Navy and other central agencies, Doval said “security at the high seas and economic wellbeing is inextricably linked and all stakeholders must work unitedly.” "The trajectory of this nation is well defined. We know where we are going. And when our time comes...We as a nation have to be strong. India will not be able to become the power it deserves to be unless it has a very strong maritime system," Doval added. The meeting was chaired by Vice Admiral (retd) G Ashok Kumar, the country's first National Maritime Security Coordinator, a post created to ensure coordination among various agencies responsible for overall maritime Continue PG 3 security matrix. ❑ Sensex climbs 266 points, Nifty crosses 15,850 level MI News Service, Mumbai: The Sensex bounced back in early trade on Thursday, climbing 266 points, tracking gains in index majors RIL, Maruti and ICICI Bank amid mixed global trends. The BSE benchmark Sensex was trading with a gain of 266.59 points at 53,293.56 in early deals. The NSE Nifty rose 70.6 points to 15,869.70. Among the Sensex pack, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Tata Steel, Reliance Industries, Maruti Suzuki India, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank were the major gainers. Bajaj Finance, Hindustan Unilever, M&M and ITC were among the laggards. Elsewhere in Asia, markets in Tokyo and Seoul were lower, while Shanghai and Hong Kong were in the green during midsession deals. NATO declares China as a security threat for the first time MI News Service, Madrid: NATO, the worlds most powerful military alliance, has declared China as a security threat for the first time, warning that Beijings ambitions and coercive behaviour is a major challenge to the groups interests, putting its forces on a potential war-footing against Russia, media reports said. NATO's new 10-year strategic blueprint, agreed to by leaders at a summit in Spain on Thursday morning (AEST), called out the rising Asian power for CMYK conducting "malicious" cyber operations, for its strategic partnership with Russia, rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal and its efforts to dominate key supply chains, Sydney Morning Herald reported. China reacted to being labelled a threat by calling the Western alliance a "Cold War remnant" and a source of instability that is "smearing" Beijing's international reputation. Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, at the summit as part of the Asia Pa- cific 4' group of guests, said the Western world needs to reassert its democratic values. He dismissed China's criticism of NATO and declared the summit "extremely successful", Sydney Morning Herald reported. "What we've seen is the world come together in rejecting the Russian aggression on Ukraine, and also having a reassertion of our shared values of having a rulesbased international order," Albanese said before leaving for Paris. 2018. According to sources, Zubair will be taken to his residence in Frazer town locality of Bengaluru. The investigators are likely to seize his laptop and other electronic devices from his house for further investigation. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah slammed the authorities for the arrest of Zubair. "It is a desperate attempt to sabotage freedom of expression. All lovers of democracy should unite to fight the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which is all set to implement undeclared emergency in the country," he stated. Dozens buried alive in massive Manipur landslide; rescue on MI News Service, Imphal: Rescue operations by the central and state agencies were underway on Thursday after a massive landslide triggered by incessant rains during the past few days in Manipur's Noney district buried dozens of people alive, officials said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have spoken to Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and assured him of all possible help to rescue the people and deal with the situation. Modi tweeted: "Spoke to Manipur CM N. Biren Singh and reviewed the situation due to a tragic landslide. Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety of all those affected. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon." Home Minister Shah in a tweet said: "Spoke to N. Biren Singh and Ashwini Vaishnav in the wake of a landslide near the Tupul railway station in Manipur. Rescue operations are in full swing. A team of NDRF has already reached the spot and joined the rescue operations. Two more teams are on their way to Tupul." In an advisory, Noney Deputy Commissioner Haulianlal Guite said the landslide occurred at the Tupul Yard Railway construction camp. The landslide also obstructed the course of the Ijei river which flows through Tamenglong and Noney districts. As the situation is still unfolding, the Deputy Commissioner has warned the general public, especially children, against going near the river. If the situation further deteriorates, it would wreak havoc to the low lying areas of Noney district, he added. The district administration, in coordination with various national and state disaster agencies, is undertaking search and rescue, relief operations work. People have also been advised against travelling along the National Highway 37 due to multiple road blockages due to Continue PG 3 landslides. ❑ Thousands take out silent march in Udaipur, demand capital punishment for Kanhaiya Lal's killers MI News Service, Jaipur: Thousands of residents of Udaipur, agitated by the gruesome broad daylight beheading of Kanhaiya Lal inside his tailoring shop by two assailants on Tuesday, took out a silent march in the midst of curfew on Thursday, demanding death penalty for the accused. Scores of people from Udaipur and its adjoining areas took part in the silent march with placards and saffron flags. The rally left the municipal corporation premises and reached the district collectorate via Surajpol, Bapu Bazar, Bank Tiraha and Dehli Gate, demanding death penalty for killers of Kanhaiya Lal. The march was around 2.5 km long with people walking shoulder to shoulder. The protest was led by the Sant Samaj of Mewar. The Sant Samaj submitted a memorandum in the name of the President to District Collector Tarachand Meena demanding the sacking of the Ashok Gehlot government, imposing President's rule in the state, getting the case investigated by the NIA, giving death penalty to the killers, banning organisations like SIMI and PFI, identifying the anti-national elements living in Rajasthan and extending support to the relatives of the deceased. The protesters also demanded Rs 5 crore compensation and government jobs for both sons of Kanhaiya Lal, medical treatment of the companion who was injured while saving the deceased, along with complete security for the victim's entire family.