MONDAY Hamilton equals F1 legend Schumacher’s world mark 16 NOVEMBER, 2020 Briton enters league of all-time greats across sports with seventh World Championship win in Turkish Grand Prix epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard 4 CHILDHOOD DREAM twitter.com/TheMornStandard Lewis Hamilton, who had overtaken Michael Schumacher’s world record of most individual races won, had claimed his first world title in 2008. “We dreamed of this when I was young. I remember watching Michael win those World Championships,” the Briton said | P11 SWIPE AT PAK ‘STOP ANTI-INDIA PROPAGANDA’ Osama Bin Laden was found in Pakistan, MEA reminds Islamabad A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 This is hamilton’s fourth consecutive world title win INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF MILESTONE MAN Hamilton also holds the world records for most wins (94), most pole positions (97) and most podium finishes (163) RCEP is a deal! DECODING POLITICAL KILLINGS 30% 210 cr FIFTEEN SIGNATORIES OF RCEP People covered by the deal COMMON RULES, LOWER TARIFFS The RCEP is a trade pact first proposed in 2012 and includes China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and 10 ASEAN economies—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia The agreement is expected to lower or eliminate a range of tariffs within 20 years of it taking effect It will also lead to the creation of common rules of origin. This will help companies save cost and time by allowing them to export a product anywhere within the bloc without meeting separate requirements for each country INDIAN PULLOUT Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan (R) holds up the RCEP agreement as Premier Li Keqiang (L) applauds | AFP The RCEP signatory states will commence negotiations with India at any time after the signing of RCEP agreement once India submits a request in writing Ministers’ Declaration on India’s participation in RCEP DOOR STILL OPEN FOR NEW DELHI WIN FOR CHINA India can join the RCEP anytime in future after submitting a formal request India pulled out of the RCEP talks last year over concerns that tariffs reductions will lead to dumping of Chinese goods in the domestic market. It would also worsen India’s trade deficit According to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, India has trade deficits with 11 of the 15 RCEP signatories While RCEP would open up India’s market to Chinese goods, India got no assurances that its companies would get meaningful access to Chinese markets India can participate in RCEP meetings as an observer Being China’s brainchild, RCEP is seen as its tool to draft the rules of trade in the region WHAT NEXT India can also take part in economic cooperation activities undertaken by the signatory states, on terms and conditions to be jointly decided by RCEP All signatories need to ratify the deal within two years for it to come into force THE Bharatiya Janata Party’s sustained push to make inroads ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections next year and the Trinamool Congress’s fierce efforts to thwart the attempts are turning south Bengal into killing fields. Last Wednesday Prime Min, ister Narendra Modi had alluded to it, saying those who had failed to challenge the BJP democratically have resorted to murdering its workers to achieve their goals. “Maut ka khel (killing game) cannot get you votes,” he said without naming the TMC. Police data studied by this newspaper showed that of the 47 political killings involving BJP and TMC workers since the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 38 happened in south Bengal. Twelve of the political killings took place in the last six months. A majority of those who were killed, 28, were BJP supporters, while 18 were TMC workers and one was a Socialist Unity Centre of India activist. The reason why south Bengal has turned into a bloody political battlefield is because this is where the BJP sees it can m a ke i n ro a d s i n t o T M C territory . In the political landscape of West Bengal, there are 85 minority-dominated seats. Here the TMC has built an almost impregnable base through its Muslim-friendly policies. The BJP in any case doesn’t enjoy the community’s trust. Then there are 55 seats, mostly in north Bengal, which have a substantial number of Hindu refugees from Bangladesh. In these seats the BJP has wide support. This was underlined in the parliamentary elections last year, when it won seven of the eight Lok Sabha seats. THE morning after Diwali, Delhiites woke up to find the city enveloped by a thick haze of toxic air, but breathed a sigh of relief when the city and its suburbs saw light rainfall in late afternoon. According to the India Meteorological Department, the light showers caused by a fresh Western Disturbance, coupled with high wind speed, aided dispersion of pollutants. The maximum wind speed was around 25 km per hour, IMD officials said. The Safdarjung observatory , which provides representative data for Delhi, recorded 0.4 mm rainfall. The weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge, Jafarpur, Najafgarh and Pusa recorded 1.8 mm, 0.3 mm, 1.2 mm, 1mm, 1mm and 2.5 mm rainfall, respectively . There was widespread rain in Punjab, Haryana and some areas of Uttar Pradesh, too, which should help improve air quality further, Met department officials said. There was some worry as Delhi Fire Service received dozens of calls, mostly from motorists, of ‘oil rain’. “We received 57 calls for assistance from all over the city The exact reason . is being investigated but it seems that due to rains, dust and other materials got accumulated on the roads which led to slippery conditions,” said Atul Garg, Director, DFS. Delhi Police had to close a road leading to Jamia Nagar opposite the Holy Family Hospital in south Delhi after some bikers slipped, though officials said no chemical or oil was found in the water. R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna A day after being unanimously elected leader of the Bihar NDA, JD(U) president Nitish Kumar will on Monday be sworn-in as the state’s chief minister for his seventh term. The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 4.30 pm. Earlier on Sunday, Nitish staked his claim to form the new government after handing the letter of support of 126 lawmakers to Governor Phagu Chauhan. The NDA meeting was held in the presence of BJP’s central observer and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Addressing the media later, Ni- PM Narendra Modi greeted Jharkhand and its people on Statehood Day. He also paid tributes to freedom fighter and tribal leader Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, the Prime Minister extended wishes for the happiness, prosperity and good health of people of Jharkhand on the occasion. TMC 35% BJP 51% VOTE SHARE IN SOUTH BENGAL TMC 44% BJP 35% Seats dominated by communities Seats won in 2016 Assembly elections Minorities : 85 SC & Hindu refugees : 55 Tribals : 25 That apart, there are 25 seats where tribals have a large presence. They mainly are in the Jungle Mahal region, where the BJP has managed to create North Bengal Jalpaiguri Darjeeling elections North Dinajpur Lok Sabha elections Malda TMC 45% BJP 7% tish said: “I did not want to be the CM, but only after the request and instructions of the leaders of the BJP, I accepted the post,” he said. Within the BJP Katihar MLA , Tar Kishor Prasad was elected its legislature party leader, which suggested he could be made the deputy chief minister. Perhaps to acknowledge the role of women as silent voters in the NDA victory, the BJP elected Bettiah MLA Renu Devi as deputy leader of the legislature party . Rajnath Singh, meanwhile, ducked queries about who would be the new Deputy CM. Team Nitish could have 15 representatives from the BJP, 12 JD(U) and two each from the Hindustani Awam Morcha and the Vikassheel Insaan Party. HAM president Jitan Ram Manjhi, a former CM, has ruled himself out of joining the new ministry and is said to be lobbying for his son Santosh Suman who is a member of the LegislaP8 tive Council. DELHI COVID WATCH STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative RECOVERED 7,606 4,37,801 DEATH 95 7,614 ACTIVE CASES -39,990 TOTAL +VE CASES 3,235 4,85,405 16,654 8,217 562 8,741 7,913 697 7,179* 228 334 CARE CENTRE H E A LT H C E N T R E *341 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights 27,089 HOME ISOLATION TESTING STATUS 9,221 11,877 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ Rapid antigen test TrueNat tests conducted conducted today A pedestrian walks in the rain near North Block in New Delhi, Sunday | PARVEEN NEGI East Burdwan West Burdwan Purulia Bankura Cooch Behar South Bengal South Dinajpur Murshidabad Nadia Hooghly North 24 Parganas Jhargram Howrah West Midnapore Kolkata East Midnapore South 24 Parganas a base. So, with the electoral leanings in 165 (85+55+25) seats of the total 294 clear, a fierce fight has broken out between the BJP and the TMC for the re- maining 129 seats. As all of them are located in south Bengal, the region has turned into a hotbed of violence. CONTINUED ON P7 Source: Delhi health bulletin | November 15 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi the minister said after the review meeting. WITH the third wave of CovHouse-to-house survey will id-19 in Delhi showing no be conducted by teams of signs of abating yet, once AIIMS, Delhi government and again Union Home Minister MCDs and all symptomatic Amit Shah stepped in to take persons would be tested and charge of the situation. provided treatment. At a high-level meeting An official statement said chaired by him on Sunday, a these measures are “essenhost of decisions were taken tial” to bring down the posito manage the crisis, includ- tivity rate in Delhi, which has ing doubling RT-PCR testing gone up substantially in rein the capital and augmenting cent weeks. the number of ICU beds. The Shah directed the Union meeting was attended by Un- health ministry to make arion Health Minister Harsh rangements for requisite Vardhan, Delhi’s numbers of BIPAP Lieutenant Govermachines and highnor Anil Baijal, flow nasal canulas to Chief Minister the Delhi governThe Centre has Arvind Kejriwal and ment within the next assured that in next Delhi’s Health Min- two days, 500 ICU 48 hours. Additional ister Satyendar Jain, doctors from CAPFs beds will be made among others. and paramedical available at the RT-PCR testing staff will be airlifted DRDO centre, and after a few more will be increased to Delhi in view of from the current days, 250 more ICU shortage of healthbeds will be 60,000 to over 1 lakh. care workers. arranged. So, Shah specified that The minister furaround 750 ICU beds 250-300 additional ther ordered review will be available ICU beds will be set of all previously esthere up at the DRDO Covtablished containArvind Kejriwal, CM id hospital in Dhaula ment measures such Kuan and more beds as marking of conwith oxygen facility will be tainment zones, contact arranged at the 10,000-bed tracing, quarantine and Covid hospital a t screening. Chhattarpur. Visits of dedicated multiIt was also decided to opti- department teams to all primally utilising the lab capac- vate hospitals will be arranged ity within Delhi and increase for inspection of availability mobile testing labs. “Mobile of medical infrastructure, adtesting vans of ICMR and mission of patients and availHealth Ministry to be de- ability of beds. ployed at vulnerable spots. The health ministry will isFew MCD hospitals to be con- sue a standard protocol for verted into Covid dedicated plasma therapy and plasma hospitals for treatment of pa- administration to patients tients with mild symptoms,” “immediately”. SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE (JAN 19, 1935 - NOV 15, 2020) Always graceful, always great, Feluda was an institution of Bengali cinema SHILAJIT MITRA Tweet for Palestinians India remains supportive of the aspirations of Palestinians in their pursuit of statehood, peace and prosperity, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said as he wished them on their Declaration of Independence Day. In 1988, India was among the first countries to recognise the Palestinian State. TMC 43% Assembly BJP 15% PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant H OS P I TA L EXPRESS READ PM greets Jharkhand VOTE SHARE IN NORTH BENGAL Alipurduar NITISH TO BEGIN 7TH TERM AS More RT-PCR tests, BIHAR CHIEF MINISTER TODAY ICU beds, says Shah after Delhi Covid meet Drizzle in Delhi-NCR; motorists complain ‘oil rain’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Bitter fight for south Bengal turf 2019 2016 SHARE IN GLOBAL GDP OF THE P R A N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata 2019 2016 The world’s biggest free trade deal is finally here. Fifteen countries on Sunday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with China expected to be the Big Daddy. A look Fans attend a funeral rally for iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee (inset), who passed away in Kolkata on Sunday | AFP HOW does an actor play the wind? For over half a century now, cineastes have dissected the evocative opening sequence of Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (1964). We know the rhythms, the shots, the studied minutiae of provincial Bengal as revealed over one languorous afternoon with Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). But what about the twist, the turn, the sudden shifting around of fate? This is Soumitra Chatterjee, the wild and irrepressible Amal of Ray’s film, arriving in a squall to stir things up. In Charulata’s life, he arrives as the unruly summer wind, ruf- fling floor mats and sending bits of paper in a swirl. “Hare murare...,” he announces dramatically before dropping to touch her feet. When he gets up, the order of his queries is telling: “Are you reading the literary magazines?” he asks. And then: “Where’s my brother?” The scene of Amal’s arrival is momentous: he will soon be unclasping a flurry of muted desires in his bored and housebound sister-in-law. At the same time, there’s a droll insouciance to Soumitra’s performance that undercuts any metaphorical heavy-handedness. Such was the relaxed mastery of the Soumitra-Ray combine. Writing in his book, Have You Seen…?, about 1,000 must-see films, David Thomson noted, “She (Charulata) does not quite fall in love with the brother-in-law, but she falls for his version of love...” Soumitra, who was battling Covid complications, passed away in a Kolkata Hospital on Sunday. He was 85. An institution of Bengali cinema and culture, Soumitra had acted in over 200 feature films; his penultimate appearance was in Anik Dutta’s Borunbabur Bondhu, co-starring, poignantly, Madhabi Mukherjee. He was the first Indian to receive France’s highest award for artists, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and was the recipient of many coveted honours, including the National Award for Best Actor (2006), the Padma Bhushan (2004) and the Dadasaheb Phalke award (2012). Though his association with Ray had ended with the director’s demise in 1992 (they had last worked together on Shakha Proshakha), their legacies are forever intertwined. Soumitra debuted as the sensitive, unassuming star of Apur Sansar (1959), the final entry in Ray’s The Apu Trilogy. The actor had previously auditioned for Aparajito (1956), the second in the series, but was deemed too old for the adolescent Apu. Slipping into the role now, he inhabited Apu with sincerity and CONTINUED ON P7 heart.
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