CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 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 ‘US HAS HAD ENOUGH OF 19 YRS IN AFGHANISTAN’ BELARUS OPP LEADER GETS EU HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD P9 P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 28-25 degrees Celsius. MEHBOOBA CHAIRS FIRST PDP MEETING AFTER RELEASE P5 Free vaccines, jobs: BJP’s Bihar bonanza RAINFALL: TRACES RELATIVE HUMIDITY Seeks to woo the youth with promise of 19 lakh jobs in next 5 years Max.92% SNS & PTI TEMPERATURE Min. 77% Max: 27.6°C (-5) Min: 25.5°C (2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:37 hrs 17:05 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 10:15 hrs 22:10 hrs Moon next quarter on 23 October THUMBNAILS Masks being distributed to visitors by the officials of Shakespeare Sarani Police Station at the Durga puja pandal. In Kolkata on Thursday. ANAGHA BANIK Govt to relax visa curbs in graded manner: Announcing a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions, the Home Ministry today said foreign nationals can now come to India for business, conferences, employment, studies, research and medical purposes. The relaxations do not however travel to India on tourist visas. All travellers will have to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry regarding quarantine and other health/Covid-19 matters, the Home Ministry said. PATNA, 22 OCTOBER nion Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday released the BJP’s manifesto for the Bihar Assembly polls which promised free Covid-19 vaccine once it has been cleared by the ICMR. It also sought to reach out to the youth with the promise of 19 lakh jobs in the next five years and farmers with the assurance of bringing lentils under the MSP regime. “The NDA government in Bihar has set an example before the country in the fight against corona. It’s our resolve that once the vaccine against the coronavirus has been cleared by the ICMR, we will make it available to the people of Bihar free of cost,” said the manifesto. The promise figured at the top of the BJP’s election document. Carrying the tagline ‘BJP hai to bharosa hai’, the party drew heavily upon the trust enjoyed by Prime Minister Modi among the masses by U higher educational institutions. The manifesto also said a large number of people will be employed in the health sector which is in for a major facelift through projects like the AIIMS at Darbhanga. Other attractive promises include selfreliance for one crore women through microfinance, pucca houses for 30 lakh people, and a boost to fisheries making Bihar number one in the sector. It also promised a fresh impetus to the dairy sector with the setting up of 15 milk processing units. A boost to the production of maize, fruits, vegetables, betel leaves, honey and makhana etc. has been promised, and to facilitate these a conglomerate of 1,000 farm producer organisations has also been proposed. Another promise made in the manifesto which is likely to find resonance among students is introducing Hindi as a medium of instruction for medical, engineering and other technical courses. EPS’“Metoo” to BJP’s free vaccine promise: The BJP’s promise of free Covid vaccine in Bihar ahead of state elections, was followed by a “me too” announcement from Tamil Nadu. As the criticism of the BJP move on free Covid vaccine on social media and among Opposition parties going full swing, Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami said a vaccine will be distributed free of charge in his state as well. “Once Covid-19 vaccine is ready, it will be provided to all people of the state free of cost,” announced the chief minister, whose state is due SNS for election next year. pro-people measures like the Jan Dhan scheme and the Ujjwala Yojana. “Bihar is a politically sensitive state. Here people cannot be fobbed off with empty promises. Claims made by parties are likely to be weighed against their past track record. This is where the BJP scores,” Sitharaman told a Press conference where she released the manifesto. “We have the confidence that we can deliver on our promises. In the last six years, all the programmes announced by the Prime Minister have been implemented, be it electrification of villages, gas cylinders for poor women or financial inclusion of all citizens by getting accounts opened in their name in banks,” she asserted. Speaking about the coronavirus vaccine, the minister said India has reached a point where it is on the verge of producing three vaccines after different stages of the trial. “When we reach the stage where scientists give clearance for largescale production of the vaccine, we will make it available to the people of Bihar free of cost,” she said. The highlights of the party’s vision document, displayed through a powerpoint presentation, include recruitment of three lakh teachers in primary, secondary and India’s Covid tally crosses 77 lakh 77,06,946 7,15,812 55,839 79,415 1,16,616 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER 2020 NEW DELHI, 22 OCT India’s Covid-19 tally on Thursday stood at 77,06,946 after 55,839 fresh Coronavirus infections and 702 deaths reported in 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country, however has been registering less than 60,000 fresh cases per day over the last four days. Out of the total Covid cases, 7,15,812 are currently active, 68,74,518 have been discharged, while 1,16,616 lost the battle against the pandemic. While the recovery rate stands at 88.81 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.51 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 16,17,658 cases, including 42,633 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 14,69,984 sample tests in a single day on Wednesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 9,86,70,363. Meanwhile, Bengal today registered another highest single-day spike of 4,157 Covid cases and 64 deaths due to infection. The total Covid case count is 3,37,283 and death toll is 6,308. SNS CMYK 'KNIGHTS GOOD ENOUGH TO RIDE HIGH' P12
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