MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 NOVEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR MORE REFORMS IN OFFING IN UPSTREAM OIL & GAS SECTOR ‘CONGRESS CANNOT RISK TRYING TO BECOME BJP LITE’ P4 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist/shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 31 and 13 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 82% Min: 34% TEMPERATURE Max: 30.6°C (0) SUN RISES 06:35 hrs MOON RISES 18:49 hrs Min: 11.4°C (-5) SUN SETS 17:35 hrs MOON SETS 08:45 hrs P8 Security forces kill Hizbul chief K in J-K shootout Saifullah Mir headed list of J-K’s most wanted terrorists STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 1 NOVEMBER The Durgapur Barrage on Sunday, a day after a DURGADAS KARMAKAR lockgate collapsed. Love jihad law: A day after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said his government would bring a law against “love jihad”, his Haryana counterpart M L Khattar said his government is also considering legal provisions against it. Citing the recent murder of a student in Faridabad's Ballabhgarh, Khattar said the incident is being linked to “love jihad”, a derogatory term used by right-wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to convert in the guise of love. Chinese military: The just-concluded key conclave of the ruling Communist Party of China has finalised plans to build a fully modern military on par with the USA by 2027. By the year 2027, which marks the centennial of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), China will build a fully modern military, a goal that is in alignment with the national strength and will fulfil the future national defence need, staterun media quoted Chinese analysts as saying. ecurity forces in an encounter on Sunday killed the top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander (Dr) Saifullah Mir who was behind the recent killing of three BJP activists in Kashmir. One of Kashmir’s most wanted terrorists, Saifullah was trapped in the Rangreth area of Srinagar where an encounter broke out in the afternoon. An aide of Saifullah was captured alive from the encounter spot. J&K DGP Dilbag Singh congratulated the security forces for killing Saifullah within two days of the attack on the BJP activists in Kulgam district of south Kashmir. He had yesterday said that the police was following various leads to trace the killers of the BJP activists. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Vijay Kumar, said that they had got information that some terrorists who had come from south Kashmir were hiding in the Rangreth area near the old airfield. “A joint operation was launched by the police and CRPF and later the Army also joined,” he said. As the joint team of security forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon the security forces, triggering off a gunfight. Near the scene of the encounter between terrorists and security forces in central Kashmir's Srinagar district on Sunday in which a top terrorist was killed. IANS In the ensuing encounter, Saifullah was gunned down while one of his associates was captured alive. The IGP said that they are waiting for the family members of Saifullah to identify the body after which it will be sent for burial. Kumar termed the killing of Saifullah a ‘big success’ for the security forces. He is the second HM chief killed by the security forces this year. Earlier in May, Riyaz Naikoo who was operational commander was killed in an encounter in Pulwama and after him Saifullah was nominated as the new HM chief. Saifullah was a school dropout and never joined the medical profession. He was named ‘doctor’ by the then HM chief Naikoo as Saifullah used to provide first aid to terrorists injured in encounters. He was recruited in the HM by Naikoo in 2014 and Change in status quo at LAC unacceptable, Jaishankar tells China STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 NOVEMBER tense military stand-off between the two countries in eastern Ladakh that started in April-May soon after the outbreak of the pandemic. Jaishankar said, ''The relationship (between India and China) cannot be immune to changes in the assumptions that underpinned it. Large civilisational states re-emerging in close proximity will not have naturally easy ties. Their interests are best served by a sustained engagement based on mutual respect and mutual sensitivity.'' About India's ties with the US, he said successive governments on both sides have steadily pursued what has become a non-partisan endeavour. A strong economic and technological complementarity, also reflected in their work culture, has laid a strong foundation. And the diaspora has been a very effective bridge. “But it is in the face of emerging multi-polarity that both nations have developed a serious interest in more intensive engagement. There are few domains that their agenda have now left untouched,” he added. India’s relations with Russia, he said, have held remarkably steady and the “strategic logic that has sustained this relationship since its early days still remains largely relevant”. India has also ramped up its engagement with European states, which were taking a greater interest in the Indo-Pacific region. There was also a strong case for accelerating the partnership with Japan, he said. ‘ROHIT MAY INJURE HIMSELF AGAIN’ P10 S THUMBNAILS India has made it clear to China that any attempt to change the status quo at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was unacceptable, adding agreements between the two countries must be respected scrupulously in their entirety if normalcy was to be restored in bilateral ties. Delivering the Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture last evening, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar noted that ties with China were stable for three decades as the two nations addressed inherited challenges and new circumstances. “Peace and tranquility in the border areas provided the basis for expanded cooperation in other domains. But as the pandemic unfolded, the relationship has come under severe stress,” he said in an obvious reference to the TRUMP LAUNCHES FINAL BATTLEGROUND PITCH was named HM chief five days after Naikoo was killed in an encounter in May this year. He had been associated with Burhan Wani for a long time. Saifullah topped the list of the top 10 most wanted terrorists in Kashmir that was recently prepared by security agencies. He was also wanted in several cases of terror attacks at security forces and civilians. Police said he had killed many innocent people including three policemen. He was behind the killing of two truck drivers immediately after the abrogation of Article 370. He attacked a sarpanch in Kulgam recently but the latter survived the attack. Dilbag Singh said the security forces have killed over 200 militants this year so far. This includes about 190 militants in the valley and the rest in the Jammu region, he said. P12 India rejects Pak move to accord Gilgit-Baltistan provincial status STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 NOVEMBER India today rejected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's announcement granting provisional provincial status to GilgitBaltistan, saying the area was an integral part of India by virtue of the legal, complete and irrevocable accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India in 1947. “The Government of India firmly rejects the attempt by Pakistan to bring material changes to a part of Indian territory, under its illegal and forcible occupation. I reiterate that the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the area tion, cannot hide the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom for over seven decades to the people residing in these Pakistan occupied territories,” the spokesperson added. He said Pakistan, instead of seeking to alter the status of these Indian territories, must immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation. Earlier today, despite the ongoing protests against his government over its decision to change the status of Gilgit-Baltistan, Khan announced the granting of provisional provincial status to the area. Pakistan has been facing strong domestic opposition from groups that accuse it of Despite protests against the decision to change the status of Gilgit-Baltistan, Imran Khan on Sunday announced the granting of provisional provincial status to the area. of so-called “GilgitBaltistan”, are an integral part of India, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. The government of Pakistan, he said, has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it. “Such attempts by Pakistan, intended to camouflage its illegal occupa- It’s ‘double yuvraj’ versus NDA’s double engine in Bihar: Modi PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SAMASTIPUR/CHAPRA/MOTI HARI/BAGAHA, NOV 1 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday blazed through the electoral battleground in Bihar mocking RJD's Tejashwi Yadav and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as “double yuvraj” (two crown princes) who stood for “jungle raj” and were pitted against the NDA's “double engine” growth which has pulled the state out of lantern age. Firing on all cylinders on a day when campaign for 94 Assembly segments going to polls in the second phase came to an end, Modi also touched upon contentious issues like Balakot air strike, Ayodhya, Article 370, Citi- zenship Amendment Act and the alleged anti-national slogans raised at JNU by pro-Left activists. “One of the double yuvraj had forged an alliance in Uttar Pradesh a few years ago. He criss-crossed through the state wearing a black jacket, waving at crowds. The alliance was drubbed,” said Modi referring to Rahul Gandhi, whom he did not mention by name. Gandhi had entered into a belated alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party in 2017 and held a joint campaign marked by roadshows with the catchphrase “UP ko ye saath pasand hai(UP likes this coalition)”. The BJP went on to register an unprecedented victory in the state. “Beware, that yuvraj is now in Bihar, lending his support Oct saw nearly 30 pc decline in Covid-19 cases SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 1 NOVEMBER India's Covid-19 caseload rose to 81.84 lakh with October registering nearly 30 per cent decline in both new deaths and cases as compared to September, while total recoveries surged to 74.91 lakh, accordingto the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 81,84,082 with 46,963 new infections being reported in a day, while thedeath toll climbed to 1,22,111 with 470 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. New infections due to Covid19 have started to decline steadilysince the first week of October. A total of 18,71,498 cases were reported in October, a decrease from last month’s 26,21,418, accounting for about 22.87 per cent of the total instances of the viral infection reported in the country so far. The past month also saw23,433 lives lost due to the disease, which is around19.19 per cent of the total 1,22,111 deaths recorded so far. A totalof 74,91,513people have recuperated from Covid19 so far taking thenational recovery rate to 91.54 per cent while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.49 per cent. The number of active cases of Covid-19 remained below 6 lakh for the third consecutive day. There are 5,70,458 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date, which comprise 6.97 per cent of the total caseload,the data stated. 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, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29. According to the ICMR, acumulative total of 10,98,87,303 samples have been tested up to October 31 with 10,91,239 samples being tested on Saturday. Delhi logs 5,664 fresh virus cases, 51 deaths: Delhi today identified 5,664 coronavirus (Covid-19) cases with 44,623 tests conducted for detecting these new cases, according to the Delhi government's latest heath bulletin. Amid the festive season and rising air pollution levels, this was the fifth consecutive day when over 5,000 Covid cases have been logged in Delhi. The cumulative figure of Covid cases in the national capital today rose to 3,92,370. The positivity rate shot up to 12.69 per cent. The city logged 51 fresh coronavirus-linked fatalities, which took its Covid toll to 6,562. As many as 54 such deaths were reported on 26 October. Those who recovered from the coronavirus infection and were discharged from different city hospitals over the last 81,84,082 5,70,458 46,963 58,684 1,22,111 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 01 NOVEMBER 2020 24 hours numbered 4,159, which raised their cumulative count to 3,51,635, the health bulletin said. SEE PAGE 2 French Muslims, stigmatised by attacks, feel under pressure ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS, 1 NOVEMBER The pressure rises with each gruesome attack. After three in five weeks, France’s Muslims are feeling squeezed. A spotlight of suspicion was trained on them again even before the latest acts of extremist violence, including two beheadings. President Emmanuel Macron has forged ahead with his effort to rid Islam in France of extremists, part of a project he labels “separatism,” a term that makes Muslims wince. Amid intensifying rhetoric and fresh attacks by outsiders, including the killings of three people Thursday at a Catholic church in Nice, Muslims in France have kept their heads down and chins up. But deep down, some are squirming, feeling they are being held responsible. “It’s worrisome for Muslims,” said Hicham Benaissa, a sociologist who specializes in Islam in the workplace. Within his network, he said, some “talk about leaving France. The situation is tense. There is fear.” Islam is the second religion in France, which has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe. But the country’s estimated 5 million Muslims have walked a delicate line in search of full acceptance in what for many is their nation of birth. Discrimination casts a shadow over some and is an outright barrier to mainstream life for others. France’s cherished value of secularism, which is meant to ensure religious freedom, has in recent years been used by the state to rein in customs practiced by some Muslims. The president’s proposed law may mean further tinkering systematically exploiting Gilgit-Baltistan of its resources and sharing no dividends with them. Any resistance is being met with brutal government reprisal, with activists and leaders hounded, arrested and tortured. Pakistan has announced holding elections for the legislative assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan later this month. In a ruling earlier this year, the Pakistan Supreme Court allowed Islamabad to amend a 2018 administrative order to conduct general elections in the region. The 2018 order provided for administrative changes, including authorising the Prime Minister of Pakistan to legislate on an array of subjects. with the 1905 secularism law born out of a conflict with the powerful Roman Catholic clergy. Macron has prompted angry protests and calls for boycotts of French products this past week from South Asia to the Mideast. He is accused of spreading anti-Muslim sentiment, notably while eulogizing the teacher who was decapitated near Paris, by defending the French right to caricaturize Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Samuel Paty was attacked outside his school 16 October by a teenage refugee of Chechen origin for showing the caricatures in a civics class. A young Tunisian man killed three people Thursday inside the basilica in the southern city of Nice, beheading one woman, The series of bloodletting began 25 September when a young Pakistani refugee injured two people outside the former Charlie Hebdo newsroom office in Paris. In January 2015, attackers massacred 12 people there after the paper published caricatures of the prophet. That trial is underway. Words of solidarity from France’s Muslim leaders have been unfailing. The attack “touched brothers and sisters who were praying to their lord. I am deeply Christian today,” said the imam of Nice’s Ar-Rahma Mosque, Otman Aissaoui. But, “once again we are stigmatized, and people move so fast to lump things together,” Aissaoui also said, reflecting the deepening discomfort of France’s Muslims, most from former French colonies in North Africa. Muslims “are neither guilty nor responsible ... We shouldn’t have to justify ourselves,” said Abdallah Zekri, an official of the French Council for the Muslim Faith. The attacks and Macron’s “separatism” plan, which includes a partial overhaul of the way Islam is organized in France, from the training of imams to management of Muslim associations, have drilled home the divide. to 'jungle raaj ke yuva yuvraaj'. On the one hand, there is development brought in by the double engine government of the NDA which has pulled Bihar out of the darkness of the lantern age. “On the other there are these double-double yuvraj with the sole agenda of saving their thrones,” Modi said referring to RJD's chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav and Rahul Gandhi. At his final rally in Bagaha, a remote part of West Champaran district, Modi also appealed to voters of all those places in other parts of the country where bypolls will be held on November 3 and for which campaign ended this evening to vote in large numbers and help the NDA achieve victory. GST collection in Oct crosses `1 lakh crore; first time in 8 months NEW DELHI, NOV 1 The economy seems to be returning back to normal with GST revenue collection increasing 10 per cent in the month of October over September, taking the GST collection to Rs 1,05,155 crore. “The gross GST revenue collected in the month of October is Rs 1,05,155crore of which CGST is Rs 19,193 crore, SGST Rs 25,411 crore, and IGST is Rs 52,540 crore (including ? 23375crore collected on import of goods) and Cess is Rs 8,011 crore (including Rs 932 crore collected on import of goods). The total number of GSTR-3B Returns filed for the month of October up to 31st October is 80 lakh,” said a senior officer of the Finance Ministry on Sunday. He said the government has settled Rs 25,091 crore to CGST and Rs 19,427 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. The total revenue earned by the Central Government and the State Governments after regular settlement in the month of October is Rs 44,285 crore for CGST and Rs 44,839 crore for the SGST. The revenues for the month are 10 per cent higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year. During the month, revenues from import of goods were 9 per cent higher and the revenues from domestic transaction (including import of services) are 11 per cent higher than the revenues from these sources during the same month last year, the Ministry said. The growth in GST revenue as compared to that in months of July, August and September is minus14 per cent, minus 8 per cent and 5 per cent respectively clearly showing the trajectory of recovery of the economy and, correspondingly, of the revenues. SNS
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