SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 OCTOBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P2 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 14 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 93% Min: 35% P4 Min: 14.4°C (-2) SUN SETS 17:43 hrs MOON SETS 00:41 hrs THUMBNAILS Durga Puja celebrations at New Delhi Kali Bari DEEPAK temple on Saturday. Deadline for IT returns filing extended: In a relief to taxpayers, the government Saturday further extended the deadline for filing returns by individual taxpayers for FY 201920 till 31 December. Also, the due date of furnishing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for taxpayers whose accounts require to be audited has been extended till 31 January 2021. The government had earlier extended various due dates for filing ITRs from 31 July to 30 November, to give relief to taxpayers amid P8 the Covid pandemic. Trump casts his vote: President Donald Trump has cast his ballot Saturday morning in West Palm Beach, Florida, in the US presidential election. "I voted for a guy named Trump," he told reporters later. There were several hundred supporters gathered with flags and signs outside the library where he voted. His Democratic rival Joe Biden has not voted yet and is likely to do so in person in Delaware on P10 3 November. 7 J&K parties give formal shape to Gupkar Alliance; Farooq to head it with Mehbooba as deputy PATNA, 24 OCTOBER PTI SRINAGAR, 24 OCTOBER S party president Jagdanad Singh and its nationl spokesman Manoj Jha, reitereted “we will give 10 lakh jobs.” Replying to Kumar's queries about source of finance for the 10 lakh jobs, Tejashwi said the state's annual budget is of Rs 2.5 lakh crore “out of which his (Kumar) government is able to spend only 60 per cent of the budget, the rest around 80,000 crore can be utilised by a competent government for peoples welfare.” The RJD's manifesto stressed on increasing income of farmers and waiving KCC (Kisan Credit Card) loan taken by the cultivators till 2020. It also vowed to purchase grains from the farmers at an enhanced Minimum Support Price that would include bonus. In the field of education, it promised to fill vacancies of teachers in schools on a war-footing. It further declared that the party headed future government would increase budget on education to 22 per cent of the total budget. Tejashwi Yadav said that if voted to power they would promote investment into the state for setting up industries so that citizens of the state are not forced to migrate outside. The RJD also promised computer training to the citizens in every panchayat free of cost. International level sports university would also be established in the state, the RJD manifesto said. even mainstream parties of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday gave a formal shape to their recently cobbled alliance for the restoration of Article 370, electing National Conference's Farooq Abdullah as its chairman and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti as vice-chairperson, and asserted that theirs was “not an anti-national” grouping. Veteran CPM leader M Y Tarigami was elected as the convenor while Lok Sabha member from South Kashmir Hasnain Masoodi would be the coordinator of the conglomerate known as Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD). Sajjad Gani Lone of People's Conference would be the spokesman for the amalgam. After a meeting held at Mehbooba's house, Abdullah, who turned 84 earlier this week, said the alliance is fighting for the restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and is an “anti-BJP platform” and not an antinational amalgam. “I want to tell you that this is false propaganda by the BJP that the PAGD is antinational. I want to tell them that this is not true. There is no doubt that it is anti-BJP but , it is not anti-national,” he told reporters here. Abdullah alleged that the BJP has tried to break the federal structure through acts like the abrogation of Article 370 and dividing Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. “They have tried to destroy the Constitution of the coun- 61 pc of Covid-19 recoveries reported from 6 states: Centre 1 SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 24 OCTOBER India's Covid caseload today mounted to 78.14 lakh with 53,370 fresh cases reported in a day, while 70,16,046 people have so far recuperated pushing the national recovery rate to 89.78 per cent, according to the Union health ministry. The total number of coronavirus cases climbed to 78,14,682 and the death toll to 1,17,956, with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 650 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the ministry data updated at 8 am today stated. The Covid case fatality rate has further declined to 1.51 per cent. There are 6,80,680 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 8.71 per cent of the total caseload, the ministry data said. About 61 per cent of the total recovered cases from Covid are from six states including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, the health ministry said. “About 61 per cent of the total recovered cases from Covid-19 are from six states and Union territories (UTs) of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi,” the ministry said. While Maharashtra recorded 20.6 per cent of the total recoveries, 10.9 per cent recovered cases were from Andhra Pradesh, 9.9 per cent from Karnataka, 9.4 per cent from Tamil Nadu, 6.1 per cent from Uttar Pradesh and 4.1 per cent from Delhi, it said. In a statement, the health ministry said latest recover- P12 We are anti-BJP, not B anti-national: Farooq n RJD manifesto pledges 10 lakh jobs, loan waiver for farmers Rashtriya Janata Dal, which heads the opposition Grand Alliance coalition in the Bihar elections, released poll manifesto Saturday reiterating its promise of 10 lakh jobs and loan waiver for the farmers. The manifesto was released by Tejashwi Yadav at a press conference in the party office here. The cover page of the manifesto displays photographs of Mahatama Gandhi, Dalits icon B R Ambedkar, freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, socialist veterans-Ram Manohar Lohia and Karpoori Thakur- Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan among others, but it does not have photo of the party's founder and its charismatic leader Lalu Prasad. Tejshwi Yadav's photo finds a prominent space on the cover page. There is a message from Prasad in the document in which he highlighted how his party government in the past fought the battle to ensure social justice for the downtroddens and brought Bihar back on the path of development. Prasad, who is in jail in Ranchi after his conviction in four cases of multicrore rupees fodder scam, also made a scathing attack on rival NDA government in the state, saying “there is no jobs, atrocities against women have increased and happiness is missing from the face of farmers”. While, emphasising on its future plans for the state if voted to power, the RJD vision document also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party for trying to “fool people” by announcing 19 lakh jobs in the state. “Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been raising doubts on our promise of providing 10 lakh jobs, so how his future government will fulfill ally BJP's declaration of 19 lakh jobs?” Tejashwi asked. The RJD announced that it would give priority to agriculture, industry and education if voted to power. The opposition chief ministerial candidate accompanied by state EMBATTLED CSK TO TAKE ON RCB TODAY P10 PTI TEMPERATURE Max: 34.0°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:28 hrs MOON RISES 13:36 hrs BIDEN PROMISES FREE COVID SHOT FOR ALL IN US BJP SLAMS GANDHIS OVER PUNJAB RAPE-MURDER CASE ALL INDIANS SHOULD GET FREE CORONA VACCINE: KEJRIWAL ies have exceeded the fresh cases in the recent days, with 67,549 Covid patients having recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours. “A total of 53,370 new confirmed cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. Eighty per cent of the new cases are from 10 states and UTs. Kerala is reporting the maximum addition with more than 8,000 cases followed by Maharashtra with more than 7,000 cases,” it said. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 10,13,82,564 samples have been tested up to October 23, with 12,69,479 samples tested on Friday. The 650 fatalities include 184 from Maharashtra, 60 from West Bengal, 58 from Chhattisgarh, 51 from Karnataka, 40 from Uttar Pradesh, 33 from Tamil Nadu and 26 each from Delhi and Kerala. The total 1,17,956 deaths reported so far in the country include 43,015 from Maharashtra followed by 10,858 from Tamil Nadu, 10,821 from Karnataka, 6,830 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,544 from Andhra Pradesh, 6,368 from West Bengal, 6,189 from Delhi, 4,095 from Punjab and 3,673 from Gujarat. The health ministry said that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. Delhi scene: The national capital logged another spike of 4,116 fresh Covid cases and 36 deaths, even as the city's recovery rate dipped to 90.72 per cent, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. Delhi's Covid tally rose to 3,52,520. It had 26,467 active cases now, the health bulletin said, adding that 3,614 Covid National Conference president Farooq Abdullah along with Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar on AFP Saturday. try, they have tried to divide the nation, to break the federal structure which we saw what they did on August 5 last year,” the NC president said. “I want to tell them that this (PAGD) is not an anti-national jamaat. Our aim is that the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh should get their rights back. That's where our battle is. Our battle is not for more than that,” he said. Abdullah said the BJP was doing propaganda against the constituents of the PAGD in Jammu and elsewhere in the country. “They are trying to divide us (people of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh) in the name of religion. This attempt will not succeed. This is not a religious battle, this is a fight for our identity, and for that identity, we are standing together,” he 6,80,680 53,370 67,549 1,17,956 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER 2020 patients recovered in the city over the last 24 hours. constitutional changes made by the Centre with respect to Jammu and Kashmir last year, the alliance adopted the flag of the erstwhile state as its symbol. While the Communist Party of India's Kashmir head A R Trukroo joined the PAGD, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has quietly distanced itself from the alliance. JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir,who was part of the meetings that took place before the formalisation of PAGD earlier this month, has skipped the last two meetings. The JKPCC had issued a statement after the previous meeting that Mir could not attend due to the advice of doctors. This time the party did not explain its absence from the meeting. US tracking India-China border row, doesn’t want it to escalate PTI 78,14,682 said. The amalgam, which met for the first time after its formation, will come out with a white paper within one month on governance in Jammu and Kashmir over the past one year since the abrogation of Article 370, Lone told reporters after the meeting. “The white paper will not be rhetoric.It will be based on facts and figures to present the reality to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and around the country.... An impression is being given that all the corruption had happened in Jammu and Kashmir,” Lone said. The amalgam decided to hold its next meeting after a fortnight in Jammu, followed by a convention in Srinagar on November 17. As a mark of defiance to the WASHINGTON, 24 OCTOBER The US is closely monitoring the border row between India and China and does not want the situation to escalate, a senior Trump administration official has said. The official told the reporters during a conference call on Friday, ahead of the next week's 2+2 India-US Ministerial in New Delhi, that the Trump administration was providing support to India through defence sales, joint military exercises and information sharing. “We as a government are covering the situation in the Himalayas closely, and understandably. We certainly want to ensure that the situation doesn't escalate,” the official said. “These are all areas where we cooperate with the Indians on, and not just as it relates to the tensions in the Himalayas,” the official said. India and China are locked in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh since early May that has significantly strained the bilateral ties. Both sides have held a series of diplomatic and military talks to resolve the row. However, no breakthrough has been achieved to end the standoff. China unsuccessfully attempted to occupy Indian territory on the southern bank of Pangong Lake in the last week of August. In response to a question, the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the US was having an ongoing dialogue with Indian about increased cooperation in Southeast Asia, and not simply about the South China Sea. “And we encourage their involvement. That cuts across development investments, it cuts across security cooperation, and then it also involves presence. So, we welcome greater Indian participation in Southeast Asia across all three of those areas,” said the official. The senior official's remarks came in the midst of a growing global concern over China's expansionist behaviour. The evolving situation in the Indo-Pacific region in the wake of China's increasing military muscle-flexing has become a major talking point among leading global powers. Biden, Harris have ‘best understanding’ of our community: Indian-Americans PTI WASHINGTON, 24 OCTOBER Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris have the best understanding of the Indian-American community, the diaspora leaders supporting the two Democratic candidates have said, describing US President Donald Trump as a “foe” who criticises India on the world stage. With less than a fortnight to go for the November 3 presidential election, Indian-Americans on Friday asserted that Biden, first as a US Senator and thereafter as the vice president, has a strong track record of helping the community. Trump, a Republican, is being challenged by Biden in the US presidential election. After four years of the Trump administration, we know our children and grandchildren will not have the same opportunities as we had. We need a leader who understands our community, our values, our pride and appreciates our hard work and gives equal opportunity and say in his administration, said Ajay Jain Bhutoria, a SiliconValley-based entrepreneur. Bhutoria said that Biden and Harris are the leaders who will lead the country out of this mess and restore its soul, revive the middle-class economy and re-establish America's leadership on the world stage and best relationship with India. Referring to the final presidential debate between Trump and Biden on Friday, Bhutoria said that the president criticised India on the world stage. The community understands who the real friend of India is, who the foe. Trump is a foe. Most recently on the debate stage saying- you cannot trust India's COVID-19 numbers and India is filthy. He has suspended the H1 Visa Programme, put trade deals with India in jeopardy, and has used (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's friendship for photo opportunities only, he alleged. During the final presidential debate, Trump accused China, India and Russia of not taking care of their filthy air as he justified America's withdrawal from the landmark Paris climate agreement. Biden celebrated Diwali with (former) president Obama in the White House and at his residence. The former vice president has a deep connection with Indo-American community and India. Biden under- stands the values of Indo Americans. In his recent Op-ed he shares how he felt deeply connected to the Indian community and the values of the Indian community, he said. Indian-Americans share deep connections with Biden and Kamala Harris, he said. According to a recent survey, 80 per cent of Indian-American community is strongly behind Biden and Harris. Indo Americans understand that the way they share their values with Biden and Harris, (they) think that (US President Donald) Trump does not share their values and has failed and is leading America on the wrong path, Bhutoria said. California State Assem- bly member Ash Kalra said that he has known Senator Harris and her sister Maya for over two decades. Kamala's pride of her Indian heritage runs as deep as her love for her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris. Kamala speaks fondly of her trips to India as a child and connects many of the ideals she fights for as an elected leader to the Indian values of her upbringing, he said. With Joe Biden, a leader who during the course of his long career has proven his deep understanding of the needs of the Indian community, Kamala Harris will reaffirm the commitment our future president will have to our needs.The entire Indian community will be well represented with her as our next vice president,” Kalra said. Aditi Pal with Desi Blue said that the community has always known Biden as a friend of India. Seven years ago, as vice president, he told business leaders in Mumbai that the USIndia partnership was the defining relationship of the 21st Century. As a Senator, he was instrumental in the passing of India's Civil Nuclear Deal. And it was during ObamaBiden administration that the two countries saw their best years for the Indo-US relationship. Joe's choice of Kamala Harris also gave us immigrants from India a sense of pride, Pal said.
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