CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 APRIL 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 JORDANIANS TRIED TO SILENCE PRINCE ‘INDIA, PAKISTAN CAN’T AFFORD WAR’ P4 Humid and discomfort weather very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 35-25 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE Max: 34.3°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:24 hrs MOON RISES 01:50 hrs New moon on 12 P9 P10 P12 Stray violence mars Ph 3 polling in WB WEATHER Max.95% MUCH ADO IN FOOTER ABOUT NEW KID ‘KNEELING ON FLOYD’S NECK VIOLATED POLICY’ Min. 35% Min: 23.4°C (-2) SUN SETS 17:54 hrs MOON SETS 12:53 hrs April THUMBNAILS Priests perform rituals at Har Ki Pauri Ghat on the banks of Ganga, during Kumbh Mela. In Haridwar on Tuesday. AGENCIES IMF growth forecast: The IMF on Tuesday projected an impressive 12.5 per cent growth rate for India in 2021, stronger than that of China, the only major economy to have a positive growth rate last year during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Washington-based global financial institution, in its annual World Economic Outlook ahead of the annual Spring meeting with the World Bank, said the Indian economy is expected to grow by 6.9 per cent in 2022. Notably in 2020, India's economy contracted by a record eight per cent, the International Pg 8 Monetary Fund (IMF) said. UP takes Ansari's custody: The Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday took custody of Mukhtar Ansari, leaving with him from Punjab's Rupnagar jail in a convoy headed 900 km away for a prison in Banda where security has been tightened to hold the gangster-turned-politician. The transfer of the Bahujan Samaj Party MLA takes place after an order by the Supreme Court, approached by the Uttar Pradesh government which cited the series of criminal cases Ansari faces in his home state. Overall turnout 77.68 per cent till 5 p.m; Candidates attacked; TMC accuses Central Forces, BJP of high-handedness, voter intimidation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, HOOGHLY, HOWRAH, SOUTH 24 PARGANAS, 6 APRIL tray incidents of violence, attacks on candidates, clashes and allegations of rigging and voter intimidation against both the BJP and the Trinamul Congress marked the third phase of polls in the 31 seats across parts of Howrah, Hooghly and South 24 Parganas that witnessed a voter turnout of 77.68 per cent till 5 p.m. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee once again raised allegations against the CRPF , accusing the Central forces of openly intimidating TMC voters and influencing many to vote in favor of the BJP . “The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly raising this issue, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator, while men in uniform are being misused at several places to openly intimidate TMC voters & influence many to vote in favour of one party,” she tweeted along with a S MUMBAI, 6 APRIL The Maharashtra government will move the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court's order for a preliminary probe by the CBI into allegations of corruption against NCP leader Anil Deshmukh, state Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said on Tuesday. We have filed an appeal on behalf of the state government against the Bombay High Court order of yesterday, said Maharashtra standing counsel Sachin Patil. Earlier in the day, Bombay-based lawyer Jayshree Patil, on whose criminal writ petition the high court had ordered the CBI probe, had MODI-MAMATA CROSSFIRE EC transfers 8 returning officers VOTER TURNOUT 79.36 77.93 Hooghly Women queue up to cast their votes at Uluberia South AC in Howrah on Tuesday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL Howrah “She (Mamata) is insulting me as she is depressed sensing defeat. People of Bengal believed her and Mamata didi submerged them in water. Didi is now threatening common people and voters. It seems that voters are her personal PM NARENDRA MODI properties” guards ~ SK Mani, Sarnendu Sasmal and Sudip Sarkar and one police sector officer~Sujit Chakraborty were suspended in connection to the incident. Incidents of candidates facing protests or being attacked by opponent party supporters were witnessed throughout the day. High drama unfolded in Arambagh hours after a clash broke out between the BJP and TMC workers over allegations of poll rigging. BJP MP Soumitra Khan’s estranged wife and TMC candidate Sujata Khan Mondal was allegedly STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/ CHENNAI, 6 APRIL In the Tamil Nadu Assembly election, 71.79% of voters turned for voting till 5 in the evening, slightly less than the 73.76% of 2016 election. Meanwhile, the neighbouring Puduchery, recorded 76.03% voter turn out. Leaders including AIADMK’s Edappadi K Palaniswami, O Pan- filed a caveat in the top court seeking to be heard before any order is passed in the matter. Deshmukh resigned as Maharashtra’s home minister on Monday after the HC directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days into the allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh. Later, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari handed over the charge of the key department to state cabinet minister and NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Walse Patil said the state government will provide all assistance to the CBI in its probe into the allegations. neerselvam, DMK chief M K Stalin, MNM Chief Kamal Haasan and celebrities like Rajinikanth, Vijay and Ajith exercised their franchise. The polling went off at 7 in the evening almost peacefully. As usual, many Kollywood stars and celebrities came out to cast their votes. Photos and videos of the actors and celebrities taken at their respective polling booths have gone viral on social media. Actor Vijay came to cast his vote at a polling booth located in Neelankarai, Chennai in a cycle, surprising everyone. Some suggest that Vijay came on a bicycle to protest against the surge in petrol and diesel prices. Kerala recorded a voter turnout of 74% in the Assembly polls held on Tuesday. While Kozhikode recorded the highest per- The Election Commission today transferred the eight returning officers of Kolkata in the seats of Kolkata Port, Shyampukur, Bhawanipore, Entally, CossiporeBelgachia, Beleghata, Chowringhee and Jorasanko. These officers have completed more than three years in their SNS respective posts. 76.68 South 24 Parganas per cent per cent per cent “The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly raising this issue, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator, while men in uniform are being misused at several places to openly intimidate TMC voters & influence many to vote in favour of one party” CM MAMATA BANERJEE assaulted by BJP supporters and hit by a bamboo stick on her head from behind at Arandi village, a charge denied by the saffron party. The TMC claimed BJP “goons” didn’t allow the party’s polling agents inside the polling stations while the BJP accused her of entering the area with TMC “goons” and creating unrest by threatening people against going to the polling stations to cast their votes. Next, BJP candidate of Uluberia South Papiya Adhikari,was allegedly assaulted when she went to see a party worker, who was admitted at Uluberia Subdivisional Hospital and her security guards were attacked. She claimed that miscreants gheraoed and slapped her on her neck. TMC candidate Dr Nirmal Maji claimed that he was “heckled” by BJP supporters and his vehicle vandalised when he tried visiting a booth in Uluberia North constituency. He was made to wear a helmet and escorted out of the troubled area by the police. In Khanakul, TMC candidate Najmul Karim was allegedly beaten up by the BJP activists and slogans Voter turnout: Almost 72 % in TN, 74 % in Kerala Maha govt to move SC over Deshmukh charges SNS & PTI video of locals allegedly complaining of rigging. Highest voting has been recorded in Hooghly at 79.36 per cent followed by Howrah 77.93 per cent and South 24 Parganas 76.68 per cent. Even before polling started, a sector officer was suspended for reportedly spending the night with three EVMs and two VVPATs at the home of his relative, who is a Trinamul leader. The sector officer Tapan Sarkar, who was in-charge of Sector 17 in Uluberia seat, spent a night at a relative’s place who turned out to be a local leader of the TMC. “This is a gross violation of Election Commission’s instructions for which the Sector Officer has been suspended and charges will be framed for major punishment,” the EC said in a statement. General Observer Neeraj Pawan has checked all seals of the EVM, which has now been stored in a separate room under the observer’s custody. Later, six others including two additional officers~ Sanjib Majumdar and Mithun Chakraborty, three home centage of 78, Pathanamthitta registered the lowest polling with 69 percent. In the 2016 Assembly polls, 77.35 voter turnout was recorded. Higher turnout was recorded in constituencies that witnessed a tough contest . Minor clashes between BJP and CPI-M workers were reported from the Kazhakkoottam constituency in Thiruvananthapuram, where state Devaswam minister Kadakampally Surendran is facing strong challenges from BJP leader Sobha Surendran and Congress nominee Dr.SS.Lal. Several people sustained injuries in the Kattayikonam clash. The BJP workers alleged the CPI-M men unleashed violence on them.The Sabarimala issue dominated the political discourse on the voting day. Detailed reports on P5 were raised against him. Later, Central forces rescued him from the area. Similar protests were witnessed by BJP candidates Swapan Dasgupta and Tanusree Chakraborty. In Falta seat, a BJP candidate’s vehicle was attacked. “A total of 11 people have been arrested in connection with three separate incidents of attacks of candidates. Five persons were arrested over alleged assault on TMC candidate in Arambagh, four arrested over alleged attack on TMC candidate in Khanakul and two over alleged attack on Assam third & final phase polling mostly peaceful; 78.94% show up SNS & PTI GUWAHATI, 6 APRIL The third and last phase of the state election in Assam which is underway amidst tight security in 40 constituencies spread across 12 districts on Tuesday is largely peaceful despite sporadic incidents of violence and disturbances in some areas, officials said. There were reports of a clash between two groups NEW DELHI, 6 APRIL Covid-19 is spreading at a fast pace with an increase in the intensity of the pandemic and the next four weeks are going to be very critical, the Centre said on Tuesday as it stressed on people’s participation to control the second wave of the contagion. At a Press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said the pandemic situation in the country worsened with a sharp rise in cases and a large part of the population is still susceptible to the virus. The tools to fight the pandemic remain the same. Covid-appropriate behaviour, containment measures, testing have to be implemented more efficiently, med- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 APRIL SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 APRIL Senior-most Supreme Court judge Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana was on Tuesday appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. According to a notification issued by the government, Justice Ramana would take over as the 48th CJI on 24 April after incumbent CJI S A Bobde demits office a day before. Justice Ramana would retire on 26 August, 2022. As per convention, Principal Secretary to the prime minister PK Mishra and Secretary (Justice) in the Law Ministry Barun Mitra handed over the warrant of appointment signed by the President The intensity of the pandemic has increased and it is spreading faster than last time. In some states, it is worse than others but the upswing (in cases) can be observed across the country. People’s participation is vital to control the second wave. The next four weeks are going to very critical.” NITI AAYOG MEMBER (HEALTH) DR V K PAUL ical infrastructure has to be ramped up and vaccination drive intensified, he said. Covid-appropriate behaviour like wearing masks, staying away from crowds have to be followed in a campaign mode, Paul reminded people. “The intensity of the pandemic has increased and it is spreading faster than last time. In some states, it (the condition) is worse than others but the upswing (in cases) can be observed across the country,” he said. of people over some issues at a polling station at Dighaltari lower primary school at Golakganj. Police resorted to lathicharge and firing in the air to control the situation but none was injured, an official said. The polling at the booth was stopped for a brief period and resumed soon, he said.The voter turnout percentage was 78.94 per cent till 5 p.m. See Page 5 Justice NV Ramana appointed as Russia ‘no’ to military ties with China next CJI, to take oath on 24 April to Justice Ramana this morning, sources said. Justice Bobde had recently recommendedJusticeRamana as his successor in keeping with convention and norms of seniority. The CJI’s recommendation to the union government had came on a day when the Supreme Court had made public its decision to dismiss a complaint of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy against Justice Ramana after giving the matter “due consideration”. As per norms, a written communication from the incumbent Chief Justice is sent a month before his retirement. Born on 27 August, 1957 in Ponnavaram village of Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district, Justice Ramana was enrolled as an advocate on 10 February, 1983. He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on 27 June, 2000 and functioned as acting Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court from March 2013 to May 2013. He was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court on 17 February, 2014. Russia today ruled out forming a military alliance with China even as it sought further deepening of the defence partnership with India. “No,” Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said categorically at a joint Press conference with External Affairs minister S Jaishankar when asked if Russia and China could sign a military pact, given the growing relationship between the two countries. “Russia-China relations are currently at the highest level in history but we are not discussing military alliance because we believe such alliances are counter-productive,” he said. The Russian leader said his country believed in inclusive cooperation with every- body and not cooperation against somebody. The comments are significant in view of the military stand-off between India and China at Eastern Ladakh. Earlier, Lavrov had detailed talks with Jaishankar on a wide range of issues, including bilateral ties as well as global developments. The issues which figured during their talks Covid cases spreading rapidly, next four weeks critical: Centre SNS & PTI BJP candidate in Uluberia South. Overall polling was peaceful today,” said CEO Ariz Aftab. In Raidighi, senior CPI-M leader and Raidighi candidate and former CPI-M minister Kanti Ganguly said: “Violence and disturbance started last night in Raidighi. Voters are not allowed to cast their vote.” At least one person was injured when crude bombs were lobbed outside a polling station in Canning East seat. TMC candidate Shaukat Mollah accused Abbas Siddiqui-led ISF for the attack, a charge denied by the party. TMC turncoat and BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour seat, Dipak Haldar, alleged that his former party is not allowing voters to come to polling stations. In the Dhanekhali seat, state minister Asima Patra accused the Central forces of high-handedness and alleged that voters were being stopped by BJP “goons” from going to polling stations, an allegation dismissed by the saffron party. More reports on Page 3 “People’s participation is vital to control the second wave. The next four weeks are going to very critical. The entire country has to come together and make efforts to fight the pandemic.” The daily rise in new coronavirus infections in India remained above 90,000 for the third consecutive day taking the nationwide Covid-19 tally of cases to 1,26,86,049, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. Night curfew in Delhi till 30 April NEW DELHI, 6 APRIL In view of rising Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government on Tuesday imposed seven hours of night curfew with immediate effect but exempted people of certain professions from it. The decision was taken after the Delhi Disaster Mumbai: All beaches in Mumbai will remain shut for visitors till 30 April amidst the surge in Covid-19 cases, the civic body announced on Tuesday. Municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal issued the order to this Management Authority (DDMA) reviewed the Covid situation in the city. The DDMA order for curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will continue till 30 April. People travelling during curfew hours for Covid19 vaccination will require s soft or hard copy of an epass which can be obtained from www.delhi.gov.in. PTI effect directing all assistant municipal commissioners to ensure all the beaches remain shut throughout this month. Bengal: With over 2,000 people being detected Covid positive in a single day, West Bengal registered 2,058 fresh CMYK Guj HC moots lockdown: As the daily Covid-19 cases in Gujarat crossed the 3,000-mark, the High Court has suggested to the State Government to consider imposing lockdown for three or four days a week. A High Court bench comprising Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice B D Karia took suo motu cognisance of the increasing Covid cases and sugSNS gested lockdown. Covid cases and 7 deaths today. The total Covid case count is 5,97,634 and death toll is 10,355 in the state till now while there are 12,775 active cases. Kolkata recorded 582 cases and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours. included the preparations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India for his summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bilateral military, civil nuclear energy and economic cooperation, situation in Afghanistan and the challenge posed to the global community by Covid-19. Asked about the threat of US sanctions against India if it went ahead with the S-400 missile defence system deal with Russia, he said the American warnings did not figure in his talks with his Indian counterpart but they did discuss how the two countries could further strengthen defence cooperation. He said he had discussed with Jaishankar the prospects of additional manufacturing of the Russian military equipment in India within the concept ‘Made in India’. IMA seeks Covid jabs for 18-above NEW DELHI, 6 APRIL 1,26,86,049 7,88,223 96,982 50,143 1,65,547 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 06 APRIL 2021 The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday sought from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, permission to vaccinate all citizens above 18 years of age and that a limited period continuous lockdown be implemented, especially for all the non-essential areas like cinemas, cultural and religious events, and sports. In a letter to Modi, IMA president Dr J A Jayalal stated in spite of the extraordinary efforts of the Government and the modern medical fraternity services, the pandemic second wave surge is touching record heights. The IMA put forth six requests before the PM, including all citizens above 18 years shall be allowed to receive Covid jabs, and walk-in vaccination should be available for all, free of cost. SNS
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