CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 FEBRUARY 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR BORIS TO LAYOUT ROADMAP FOR LOCKDOWN IN UK IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL P6 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature most likely to be around 32 °C and 20 °C respectively. P10 P7 Modi promises ‘real change’ in Bengal RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY PM slams TMC govt, blaming it for prevailing pathetic condition in state Max. 89% HEMANT JACOB TEMPERATURE Min. 37% Max: 31.5°C (1) Min: 18.0°C (-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 06:02 hrs 17:37 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 13:44 hrs 02:48 hrs Full moon on 27 February THUMBNAILS Dakshineswar to Noapara Metro railway after virtual inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dakshineswar on Monday. SUBAL SAHA Disha Ravi sent to one-day police custody: A d Delhi court on Monday sent 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested in connection with allegedly being involved in sharing a “toolkit” on social media related to the farmers' protest, to one-day police custody (PC) to be confronted with co-accused in the case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma sent Ravi for custodial interrogation after police said she was required to be confronted with co-accused in the case which has transnational ramification. The co-accused Nikita was served with a notice to join the probe but she did not comply. HOOGHLY, 22 FEBRUARY Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday gave a clarion call for an “asol parivartan (real change)” in West Bengal. Addressing a public meeting at Sahaganj Dunlop ground in Bandel, he lashed out at the Trinamul Congress government, blaming it for the prevailing pathetic condition in the sectors of agriculture, industries, transportation and connectivity besides basic amenities. He said the Mamata Banerjee led state government has deprived common people including farmers, educated youths and the poor of the Central government beneficiary schemes and projects. Modi said under the Trinamul Congress rule in Bengal, the common people have been victimised by cut money, tola baazs and syndicates. “The ruling party follows the vote bank policy. None of the Centre’s beneficiary schemes and projects have been implemented deliberately in the state by the state government PM Narendra Modi and others during a rally at Chinsura Dunlop Ground in Hooghly on Monday. SOURABH ROY thus depriving the common people of their legal rights for improvement of the standard of living.” He added: “It is really strange that only nine lakh houses in the villages have water connections and several lakhs of houses in the villages are deprived of pure drinking water. Nearly Rs 1,700 crore was provided to the state government to reach water connection to every house in the villages, but the state government has only spent Rs 609 crore and the left amount has been misused.” Modi gave a call to change the Trinamul Congress government and bring the BJP to power in the state for better governance and overall development. He assured the gathering that all the closed jute mills and factories will be made functional and said the Central government has made the use of gunny bags mandatory for the packing of wheat, sugar and other grains and cereals. “The potato and paddy growers have been cheated and looted in the state by the middlemen. The BJP will provide freedom CMYK ‘BATSMEN MUST COPE WITH ALL WICKETS’ A TIME TO CHERISH AZAD’S IDEALS Rujira responds to CBI notice: Rujira Banerjee, the wife of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, on Monday responded to CBI’s summons in the alleged coal pilferage scam and asked the Central agency to send its team to her residence for examination on Tuesday, officials said. A team of CBI officials had visited the residence of Abhishek Banerjee, a nephew of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, on Sunday. See Pg 3 to the farmers to sell their products where they can get more profit. It will provide good governance free of corruption and create job opportunities for a large number of youths in the state so that they need not have to move to other states to seek jobs.” Modi added that the BJP government has laid much stress on modern infrastructure development in railways, roadways, airways and waterways. “Fast connectivity can bring a rapid change in the economy of a country,” he said. More reports on P3 Active Covid cases surge to 1,50,055 SNS & PTI Puducherry Cong govt falls after CM quits ahead of vote NEW DELHI, 22 FEBRUARY PUDUCHERRY, 22 FEBRUARY The total tally of Covid-19 cases surpassed 1.10 crore with 14,199 new infections being reported in a day, while active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Monday. The total coronavirus cases have increased to 1,10,05,850, while the death toll increased to 1,56,385 with 83 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,06,99,410 which translates to a national Covid19 recovery rate of 97.22 per cent and the case fatality rate stands at 1.42 per cent. Active coronavirus infections in the country increased to 1,50,055 . Amit Shah reviews Covid vaccine drive: Union Home minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the progress of Covid-19 vaccination drive to check the public health response as the second dose is now being administered to healthcare and frontline workers across the country and preparations are in final stage for rollout of the The Congress government in Puducherry fell on Monday after chief minister V Narayanasamy resigned ahead of the confidence vote in the Assembly with the coalition Ministry reduced to a minority due to a spate of resignations of party MLAs and a DMK legislator recently. Narayanasamy met Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and submitted the resignation of his four-member cabinet, ahead of the Assembly elections due in April-May. With the exit of the Congress government here, Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are the only three states in the country ruled by the party on its own. Holding that Speaker V P Sivakolundhu did not put to vote the motion moved by him for a confidence vote, the Congress veteran said the former’s ruling that it stood defeated was “incorrect and invalid.” Legal experts would be consulted on the matter, he said while dubbing the turn of events, surrounding the issue of voting rights of nominated members, BJP in this case, as a “murder of democracy.” SNS Details on Page 4 1,10,05,850 1,50,055 14,199 9,695 1,56,385 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2021 third phase of the world's biggest inoculation exercise. The meeting came as when India's cumulative vaccination coverage has crossed 1.14 crore recipients. Bengal logs 148 new cases: Bengal today registered 148 fresh Covid cases and 2 deaths due to infection. The total Covid case count is 5,73,910 and death toll is 10,251 in the state till now while there are 3,440 active cases.
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