CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 16 OCTOBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR KYRGYZSTAN'S PRESIDENT QUITS AMIDST UNREST ‘DEEPEST RECESSION SINCE GREAT DEPRESSION’ P8 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 35-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% P9 P6 P12 New Delhi denies making offer to Pakistan for talks J&K parties form alliance for spl status restoration Centre must return to the people of J&K the rights they held before 5 August 2019: Farooq Min. 57% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.1°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:33 hrs MOON RISES 16:23 hrs New moon on 17 THE UNOBTRUSIVE ISLANDER WHO MEANT BUSINESS AND NOW A THAW STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 26.7°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:11 hrs MOON SETS 03:41 hrs October THUMBNAILS A crowd during the virtual inauguration of a Durga puja pandal at Habra in North 24-Parganas on Thursday. SOUVIK DAS Centre to borrow Rs 1.10 lakh crore: The central government will borrow up to Rs 1.10 lakh crore on behalf of the states to bridge the shortfall in GST collections, the finance ministry said. A slowdown in the economy since last fiscal has resulted in a drop in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections, upsetting the budgets of states which had given up their right to levy local taxes such as sales tax or VAT when GST was introduced in July 2017. To make up for the shortfall, borrowing from the market was proposed. P8 Bhanu Athaiya dead: Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, who won India's first Oscar died at her home on Thursday after prolonged illness, her daughter said. She was 91. Athaiya, who won an Oscar for her work in the 1983 epic film Gandhi, passed away peacefully in her sleep, her daughter Radhika Gupta said. ”She passed away early this morning. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with a tumour in her brain. For the last three years, she was bedridden because one side (of her body) was paralysed, her daughter said. JAMMU, 15 OCTOBER ashmir’s opposition parties, meeting on Thursday in Srinagar, decided to work together for restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir as it existed before 5 August last year, formalising their alliance as the 'Peoples' Alliance for Gupkar Declaration'. Representatives of the parties that were signatory to the Gupkar Declaration of 4 August 2019 met this afternoon at the residence of sitting MP and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah. Abdullah told media persons; "We have named this alliance as People's K Members of the Peoples Alliance meet in Srinagar. SNS Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Our struggle is a constitutional battle, we want the government of India to return to the people of the State the rights they held before 5th August 2019." The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration aims to restore Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional Let Allahabad HC deal with Hathras case, says SC PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 15 OCTOBER The Supreme Court Thursday said Allahabad High Court should be allowed to monitor the Hathras case in which a Dalit girl was allegedly brutally raped and died of injuries. The top court, which was hearing a PIL and several intervention pleas of activists and lawyers, was told that no fair trial was possible in Uttar Pradesh as the investigation has been allegedly botched up. Allaying the apprehension, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, said Let the high court deal with it. We are here if there is any problem.” The lawyer appearing for the victim's family, demanded that the proceedings of the case be shifted out of Uttar Pradesh to a court in the national capital. The apprehension of not having a fair trial in the state was also raised by activist-lawyer Indira Jaising who also made submissions on witness protection. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta referred to a recent affidavit filed by the Uttar Pradesh government which gave details about the security and protection provided to the victim's family and witnesses in the case. status as it existed before 5 August last year. It's an alliance formed by the original signatories to the Gupkar Declaration and has been given a proper name and structure today. The parties include NC, PDP , CPI(M), Peoples Conference (PC), JKPM and ANC. Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, Sajad Gani Lone, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami and other partners of the alliance were present in the meeting. Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief GA Mir could not attend the meeting because of health reasons. Abdullah stated that the signatories will also fight for the rights that were snatched last year from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. “We also want that the steps be taken for the resolution of Kashmir issue and all the stakeholders should be taken on board in this regard,” he added. Farooq further said that the next meeting of the signatories will be held in the coming days and the decisions taken for the future course of action will STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE be made public on the particular day. On 4 August last year, all major political parties in Kashmir, except BJP had met , at Abdullah’s residence amidst uncertainty and tension in the erstwhile state as the Centre had rushed additional paramilitary forces there while asking all tourists to leave the Valley as soon as possible. The parties unanimously agreed to unify in their efforts to protect and defend the identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The Central government revoked the special constitutional status of the state and also bifurcated it into two union territories ~ Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh ~ the next day. AIR QUALITY NEW DELHI, 15 OCTOBER India today rejected a top Pakistani official's claim that New Delhi has indicated to Islamabad a desire for talks and his remarks on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “Let me make it clear that no such message was sent from our side,'' said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastana in response to the comments made by Moeed Yusuf, Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on National Security and Strategic Policy Planning, in an interview that India has sent a message to Pakistan with “a desire for conversation”. “As always, this is Pakistan’s effort to divert attention from domestic failures of the present government and mislead its domestic ‘China has no locus standi to comment on Ladakh’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 15 OCTOBER Hazy weather due to smog at India Gate, in the capital on Thursday. SUBRATA DUTTA India today took strong exception to China's comments on Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, saying Beijing has no locus standi to comment on the internal matters of this country. “We hope that countries will not comment on India’s internal matters, as much as they expect the same of others,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said when his attention was drawn to Chinese foreign TRP scam: BARC temporarily Covid tally breaches 73-lakh mark suspends weekly ratings PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 15 OCTOBER PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 15 OCTOBER Following the fake Television Rating Points (TRP) scam, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) on Thursday announced a temporary suspension of weekly ratings of news channels across languages. The council intends to review and augment the current standards of measurement to improve on “statistical robustness”, and the exercise will result in a “pause” in the weekly ratings for up to 12 weeks, an official statement said. At least five people have been arrested by the city police which busted the scam earlier this month. Those arrested include news channel employees, while the police is also questioning executives of Arnab Goswami-led Republic Media Group with regard to the case. Republic Media Group has denied any wrongdoing. The audience estimates given by BARC influence ad spends, and the total size of the ad placements was pegged at Rs 32,000 crore annually by the police. The police allege the ratings were being rigged by inducing the homes where the monitors were placed. “In the light of the recent developments, BARC Board has proposed that it's technical committee review and augment the current standards of measuring and reporting the data of niche genres, to improve their statistical robustness and to significantly hamper the potential attempts of infiltrating the panel homes,” an official statement said. The exercise would cover all Hindi, Regional, English News and Business News channels with immediate effect, it added. Republic Group told to approach HC: The Supreme Court Thursday asked the Republic Media Group to approach the Bombay High Court in the Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation case registered by Mumbai Police saying, “we must have faith in high courts”. India's Covid-19 tally of cases climbed to 73.07 lakh with 67,708 new cases in a day, while 63,83,441 people have recuperated so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 87.35 per cent on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 73,07,097 and the death toll climbed to 1,11,266 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 680 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed. The Covid-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.52 per cent.There are 8,12,390 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 11.11 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,12,26,305 NEW DELHI, 15 OCTOBER Cinemas in several parts of the country opened after seven months on Thursday with a few film enthusiasts venturing warily into movie-watching in a Covid-19 ‘contactless’ era of alternate seating, 50 per cent capacity and packaged snacks. While theatres and multiplexes remain closed in states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Chhattisgarh, they opened in several places, including Delhi and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, with stringent do’s and don'ts in keeping with the new normal. Pointing out that they were At a special screening for Covid-19 warriors and their families at a PVR theatre in New Delhi on Thursday. AMARJEET SINGH the first to close and among the last sectors to open as India 'unlocks', theatre establishments were optimistic about the first step towards normality. But it was a quiet reopening with just a scattered few overcoming their Covid fears to trickle in to watch a mix of regional and Hindi reruns such as Chhichhore, Thappad and Tanhaji besides the new English release The Spy. PVR, India's largest film exhibitor with 845 screens in 176 properties across 71 cities, said 10 states and four Union territories had given their go-ahead. Accordingly, PVR started operations in 487 screens. While they will resume commercial screenings on Friday, Cinepolis and INOX, the other big players in the business, started showing films from Thursday with an emphasis on safety measures, including stringent sanitising and social distancing. PVR Ltd Joint Managing Director Sanjeev Bijli said the next two weeks will be a ministry's statement on Tuesday that Beijing did not recognise Ladakh or Arunachal Pradesh. The Indian spokesperson said India's position has always been clear and consistent. “The union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are, and would remain an integral part of India. China has no locus standi to comment on India's internal matters.” He said India's position on Arunachal Pradesh has also been made clear several times. Kishore Bhimani is dead 73,07,097 8,12,390 67,708 samples have been tested up to October 14 with 11,36,183 samples being tested on Wednesday. India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11. Bengal adds 3720 new cases:West Bengal recorded 3,720 fresh Covid cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total case count and death toll to 3,09,417 and 5,870 respectively while there are 31,984 active cases. Kolkata registered 784 fresh cases and 17 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 763 cases and 14 deaths. With 3,179 Covid patients being discharged from hospitals in a single day, a total of 2,71,563 patients 81,514 1,11,266 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 2020 have recovered in the state till now taking the discharge rate to 87.77 per cent. Theatres open after seven months in Covid-19 shadow PRESS TRUST OF INDIA constituents by pulling India into headlines on a daily basis. The official is well advised to restrict his advice to his establishment and not to comment on India’s domestic policy. The statements made by him are contrary to facts on the ground, misleading and fictitious,'' Srivastava said. He said Pakistan continued to support, aid and abet cross-border terrorism against India and has also been resorting to unprovoked ceasefire violations to support terrorist infiltration. The Pakistani leadership continued to indulge in inappropriate, provocative and hate speech against India. Such support to terrorism against India and use of derogatory and abusive language were not conducive to normal neighbourly relations, he added. trial run for the theatre chain but the cinema business will bounce back. By the time we hit November, pre-Diwali, we hope to have some big films come out. Again not massive like Sooryavanshi or 83, which I believe are now going to come during Christmas but even now we have new releases like Bunty Aur Babli and Sandeep Aur Pinky Farrar, Tenet, David Copperfield, lots of Tamil films, Bengali and Punjabi movies, so there is new content, he told PTI. Devang Sampat, CEO of Cinepolis India, said the company and its employees were excited about reopening their doors for the public. Alok Tandon, CEO of INOX Leisure Ltd, said cinema afi- CMYK cionados were waiting for theatres to reopen. “We are certain the SOPs prescribed by the I&B Ministry, clubbed with some of our exciting technology-driven measures and concepts like private screenings, will help us welcome back our guests in our own unique style,” he added. In the national capital, most cinema halls remained closed and a few that reopened attracted very few audience members. Some of them held special screenings for Covid19 warriors or staff members and their families. At Cinepolis cinema in Greater Kailash, only five tickets were sold for the 11.30 a.m. show. The SOPs mandated by the Union government include one seat distance in halls, masks at all time, proper ventilation and air conditioner temperature settings at above 23 degrees Celsius. Besides mandatory temperature checks, masks and touch-free hand sanitisers, multiplexes have gone digital with e-tickets instead of traditional paper tickets, self-check in with QR codes, sharing of the auditorium's seat chart and location of the seat and online ordering of food and beverages. With producers reluctant to release new films, it will take a while before new content returns to theatres as producers have deferred the release of major Bollywood movies. KOLKATA, 15 OCTOBER Kishore Bhimani, former Assistant editor of The Statesman and veteran sports commentator died this morning in a southern Kolkata nursing facility of a massive heart attack aged 80. He is survived by his wife and son. He had been taken to the hospital some time ago after suffering a fall at home and had also tested negative for Covid-19 before the sad end, when he was being sought to be shifted to a general patient's accommodation. Condolence messages came from, among others, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi and current senior national coach Ravi Shastri, both of whom were grief-stricken. As the Maidan mourned the death, people also recalled Bhimani's days as a commentator on radio and television, which he dominated for years. Known for his distinctly personal style of writing, Bhimani had been on many trips around the cricket world with the Indian team, counting several famous members of it among his family friends. He was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award some years ago, when television networks had him among their experts, appearing on programmes that sparked off and thrived on controversies. He was a lot else though, having made his name initially as the director of several English plays SNS in the city. See also Page 3
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