CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 19 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 ‘JUDGES SHOULD BE FEARLESS IN THEIR DECISIONS’ ‘INDIAN DEMOCRACY GOING THROUGH ITS MOST DIFFICULT PHASE’ P5 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius. TEMPERATURE P4 P12 Kerala paying price for Covid-19 pandemic can be controlled by February in negligence: Vardhan the country, says govt panel STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min. 70% NEW DELHI, 18 OCTOBER Max: 32.4°C (N) Min: 26.7°C (3) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:35 hrs 17:09 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 18:34 hrs 06:56 hrs Next moon quarter on 23 October THUMBNAILS Devotees offering prayers at Jhandewalan Temple on the second day of the Navratri festival, in the capital on Sunday. SNS Flood situation: The flood situation in parts of Telangana and Karnataka remained grim on Sunday as overnight spell of rains in Hyderabad battered the city yet again while the Army was pressed into service in four affected districts in Karnataka. Incessant downpour since Saturday caused flooding in parts of Hyderabad, leaving three people dead in separate rain-related incidents. The Telangana capital had witnessed one of the worst deluges in recent times following unprecedented downP4 pour in over a century early this week. BrahMos test-fired: BrahMos, the supersonic f cruise missile was successfully test fired today from the Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea. The missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres, the Defence Ministry said. BrahMos as prime strike weapon will enable the warship to engage naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of the Navy, the ministry said. nion health minister Harsh Vardhan today requested people to celebrate festivals at home with their loved ones in the traditional way to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Interacting with people on social media, the minister cited the example of Kerala that witnessed a spike in coronavirus cases recently, after Onam festivities. Vardhan said Kerala was paying the 'price for gross negligence' during Onam festivities when unlocking of services along with an increase in travel for trade and tourism led to the spread of Covid-19. “This ought to serve as a good lesson for all the state governments that were being negligent in planning for the festival season,” warned the minister. “This festive season, charity must take precedence over celebrations. My own celebrations too shall remain subdued due to the heartrending impact of Covid19 on lakhs of corona warriors across the world battling for us,” he shared. Kerala's Covid-19 tally has crossed 3.3 lakh while the death toll climbed to 1,139 on Saturday. Prior to Onam (August 22), the state had reported around 54,000 cases, while the death toll was nearly 200. Responding to a question on Kerala recently reporting a spike in Covid19 cases, Vardhan said that between January 30 and May 3, the state had reported just 499 cases and two deaths due to the disease. U ‘Community transmission limited to certain districts, not across whole country’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 18 OCTOBER Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said community transmission of the coronavirus infection is restricted to certain districts in a limited number of states, clarifying that “this is not happening across the country”. The minister said this during an interaction with his social media followers on the sixth episode of “Sunday Samvaad”. He was responding to a question from a participant, who cited West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's remark that there are instances of community transmission in her state and asked the minister which are the states that have witnessed community transmission of the disease. “In different pockets across various states, including West Bengal, community transmission of Covid-19 is expected to occur, especially in densely-populated areas. “However, this is not happening across the country. Community transmission is limited to certain districts, occurring in a limited number of states,” Vardhan said. The minister added that as yet, no mutation of the coronavirus has been detected in India that is either more transmission-efficient or more pathogenic. The Centre so far has denied community transmission of the coronavirus infection in the country, instead maintaining that there are clusters of cases and pockets of localised transmission. “The epi curve of Kerala changed completely due to Onam festivities across the state. The daily new cases nearly doubled,' Vardhan said. The health minister said that there is no shortage of medical oxygen in the country and that the government is ready to scale up the production capacity to meet any further increase in demand arising due to the pandemic. “The current oxygen production capacity of India is around 6400 MT/Day. The government is ready to scale up the production capacity to meet any further increase in demand arising due to the pandemic,” he said. On a question on the discrepancy in the Covid-19 death figures, Vardhan said that the Ministry of Health has taken up the issue of correct certification of Covid-19 deaths with all states and UTs on multiple instances. It has also shared a proper modality of reporting of deaths with them to ensure consistency in reporting of Covid-19 related deaths across India. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has fixed the price of Liquid Medical Oxygen. Guidelines on 'Rational use of oxygen for management of Covid-19' have also been issued, he informed. The health minister remarked that although there are no intranasal Covid-19 vaccines under trial in India at the moment, Serum India and Bharat Biotech are expected to pursue clinical trials of such vaccines in the country in the coming months on receipt of regulatory approval. Punjab Cabinet authorises CM to take decision on farm laws PRESS TRUST OF INDIA CHANDIGARH, 18 OCTOBER Ahead of a two-day special assembly session to counter the Centre's farm laws, Punjab Cabinet on Sunday authorised Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to take any legislative or legal decision he may deem fit to protect farmers' interests. The decision came after a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in which party MLAs unanimously stressed the need to reject the farm laws outright and not to implement these in the state. Amarinder Singh too called for a frontal attack against the legislations. After the MLAs' meeting, state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said the Centre may “dismiss” the Congress government if it wants but they will P10 Minister blames laxity during Onam festivities for Covid spurt in state RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 98% SIGH OF RELIEF FOR NARINE, KKR IS FACEBOOK REALLY READY FOR THE 2020 ELECTION? do everything possible to protect farmers. According to an official statement, the state Cabinet authorised the CM “to take any legislative/legal decision he may deem fit to protect interests of farmers”. The Cabinet decided that a strategy to counter the black farm laws will be finalised ahead of the special session beginning here on Monday. This fight will go on. We will fight this till the Supreme Court, the chief minister ear- lier said at the Congress Legislative Party meeting. Referring to the demand raised by many farmers' unions for an immediate session of the assembly, the chief minister said this could not be done earlier as all legal implications had to be examined thoroughly before taking any step. Amarinder Singh said views of the MLAs would be taken into account while finalising the strategy to battle the farm laws, in consultation with legal and independent experts, including Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram. He said the whole world was watching Punjab with a lot of expectation and the views of the MLAs were extremely important for drafting a comprehensive strategy to protect the state's farmers and agriculture. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 18 OCTOBER With active coronavirus cases falling steadily after peaking in September, if all precribed safety protocols are followed, the pandemic can be controlled by early next year, according to a government-appointed committee chaired by IIT Hyderabad professor M Vidyasagar. The committee also said that no fresh lockdowns should be imposed on district or state level to contain the spread of Covid-19 unless there is an imminent danger of healthcare facilities being overwhelmed, The 10-member panel which conducted a study on the progression of the Covid19 pandemic and the impact of the stringent lockdown imposed by the Central government, has pointed out that with no lockdown, the pandemic would have hit India very hard with a peak load of over 1.40 crore cases arriving in June. The committee has developed an evidence based mathematical model for Covid-19 progression, based on various parameters such as timing of the lockdown, alternative lockdown scenarios, impact of migrant workers returning to their homes, and future course of the pandemic, including impact of not following safety protocols. “If all of us follow these protocols, the pandemic can be controlled by early next year with minimal active symptomatic infections by February-end,” Vidyasagar said, but stressed that unless existing personal safety protocols are Bengal adds nearly 4k cases 74,94,551 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 2020 West Bengal today added 3,983 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest daily caseload so far, and 64 deaths due to the infection, with over 800 cases each being recorded in Kolkata and North 24-Parganas. The city recorded 813 fresh cases and 13 deaths and North 24-Parganas 838 cases and 17 deaths. The total Covid case count is 3,21,036 while the death toll is 6,056. There are 33,927 active cases. A total of 2,81,053 patients have recovered, with 3,113 discharged today. SNS not followed in full measure, “we will see a sharp rise in infections”. India's Covid-19 caseload mounted to 74,94,551 on Sunday with 61,871 new infections being reported in a day, while recoveries surged to 65,97,209, taking the recovery rate to 88.03 per cent. The coronavirusdeath toll climbed to 1,14,031 with the virus claiming 1,033 lives in a span of 24 hours, according to Union health ministry data There are currently 7,83,311 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, comprising 10.45 per cent of the total caseload. The Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.52 per cent. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a cumulative total of 9,42,24,190 samples have been tested up to October 17 with 9,70,173 samples being tested on Saturday. 7,83,311 61,871 72,614 1,14,031 LAC row: 8th round of Corps Commander talks this week COLOURS OF VICTORY NEW DELHI, 18 OCTOBER Howrah bridge is illuminated in green and maroon colours to mark Mohun Bagan’s receiving the I-league trophy seven months after they emerged as league champions, in Kolkata on Sunday. BHASKAR MALLICK Kamala name mispronunciation sparks ‘MyNameIs’ pushback PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 18 OCTOBER Outraged over the mispronunciation of Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris' name by a Republican Senator from Georgia, her supporters launched an online campaign with the hashtags 'MyNameIs' and 'IstandwithKamala'. During an election rally of US President Donald Trump on Saturday in Macon City in Georgia, a battleground state, Senator David Perdue mispronounced 55-year-old Harris' name. “KAH'-mah-lah? Kah-MAH'-lah? Kamala-malamala? I don't know. Whatever,” he told thousands of his supporters. The mispronunciation outraged Harris' supporters and her spokesperson Sabrina Singh said, “I'll keep it simple: If you can pronounce 'former' Senator David Perdue, you can pronounce 'future' Vice President Kamala Harris.” A spokesperson of Perdue’s said the Senator had simply mispronounced the name and he did not mean anything by it. Condemning Perdue, Amit Jani, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Outreach Coordinator of the Biden campaign, launched the 'My name is' campaign to “push KOLKATA 18 OCTOBER back against the bigotry”. Many people gave the origin and meaning of their names as they expressed outrage at the mispronunciation of the democratic vice-presidential candidate's name. Preet Bharara, former attorney general for the southern district of New York tweeted, “#MyName is Preet, which means love.” “#MyNameIs Meenakshi. I'm named after the Hindu goddess, as well as my great great grandmother. I come from a long line of strong women who taught me to be proud of my heritage and to demand respect ~ especially from racist white men like @sendavidperdue ~ who are threatened by us, tweeted Meena Harris, a lawyer and author. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota tweeted, “#MyNameIs Ilham, I prefer Ilhan. I never liked the M soundWinking face with tongue. It means Inspiration in Arabic. My father named me Ilham and inspired me to lead a life of service to others. In his honour I am voting for an inspirational ticket over desperate and maddening one. According to Erin Wilson, National Political Director at Biden for President, his name has an Irish origin. “All of our names deserve respect,” she said. Democratic fund raiser Shekar Narasimhan said his name means a Hindu God who rep- CMYK resents a half man-half lion and exhibits courage and humanity. “My son's name was Sidarth to symbolise Gautama Buddha, the enlightened One. We are proud Americans and can pronounce others names correctly, he tweeted. Congressman Ro Khanna tweeted, “#MyNameIs Rohit, and my friends call me Ro. It means bright light in Sanskrit.” Khanna said in the upcoming election, he will vote for an “inclusive” America by voting for Biden and Harris. “#MyNameIs Zhao-MeiShin. It means 'beautiful heart' in Mandarin. My grandparents risked it all & came here to offer their kids a better life. Now, their grandchild is the 1st Chinese American Congresswoman. #IWillVote bc Joe & Kamala know our diversity is our strength, tweeted Congresswoman Judy Chu. “My great grandmother's name was Kamala. Not 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know, whatever'. #MyNameIs Gautam. It means bright light. The kind of bright light a Biden-Harris administration will represent,” tweeted Gautam Raghavan, who is heading the transition team of the Biden campaign. Lawmaker Pramila Jaipal said her name comes from the Sanskrit word prem, which means love. “The name is constantly mispronounced as is my last name. I only mind that when it is done willfully and continuously,” she tweeted. The eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China is likely to take place this week with a focus on carrying forward their discussions on the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh as the region enters the harsh winter season, government sources said. There was no breakthrough on the disengagement of troops from the friction points during the seventh round of talks on October 12. Both sides had maintained that the talks were “positive and constructive”. “The eighth round of military talks are likely to take place this week. The date is yet to be finalised,” said a source. A joint press statement by the two armies a day after the last round of talks said that both sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution for disengagement “as early as possible”. India has all along been maintaining that the onus is on China to carry forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the mountainous region. Following the sixth round of military talks, the two sides announced a slew of decisions including not to send more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate matPTI ters.
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