AFP WARANGAL MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION HAMILTON EQUALS F1 LEGEND SCHUMACHER’S WORLD MARK Briton enters league of all-time greats across sports with seventh World Championship win in Turkish Grand Prix CHILDHOOD DREAM COMES TRUE Lewis Hamilton, who had earlier this year 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... Seven is unimaginable,” said the Mercedes driver. The 35-year-old has won 10 of 14 races this season ■ 4 INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF MILESTONE MAN ■ Hamilton also holds the world records for most wins (94), most pole positions (97) and most podium finishes (163) Hamilton came home over half-a-minute clear of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and sealed the World Championship with three races still to be held in a season cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic THIS IS HAMILTON’S FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WORLD TITLE WIN CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI 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 PULL OUT 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 also 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. Bitter fight in south Bengal turf VOTE SHARE IN NORTH BENGAL 2019 2016 SHARE IN GLOBAL GDP OF THE P R O N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata TMC 43% Assembly BJP 15% TMC 35% BJP 51% VOTE SHARE IN SOUTH BENGAL 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 Seats won in 2016 Assembly elections TMC 211, BJP 3 TMC 44% BJP 35% Seats dominated by communities 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 BJP sees major scam in handing over maintenance of Dharani to IL&FS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad BJP MLC N Ramchander Rao on Sunday alleged that there was a major conspiracy behind handing over maintenance of Dharani portal to IL&FS. Speaking to the media here, he said that IL&FS has resorted to irregularities of about `1,500 crore in construction of a textiles park in Nagaland and was also involved in a few more scams in Rajasthan, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. He wanted to know where was the necessity to conduct a fresh survey when the government already has enough data collected at the time of Samagra Kutumba Survey . Demanding a probe into handing over maintenance of Dharani portal to IL&FS, he said: “In 2014, the Odisha government had given a contract to the same firm for digitisation of land records. Later, the Comptroller and Auditor General has found that it did not have automation’ software, no experience in property registrations and it was mired in scams. The IL&FS company has also siphoned off crores of rupees in the name of converting government lands into private properties in Madhya Pradesh.” Finding fault with the State government for not inviting the Central government agencies for running Dharani portal, he said: “There are several Central government agencies like National Informatics Centre, which have expertise in digitising land records. How can the State government give the contract to a company which is involved in scams?” He said that on one hand the government was committing scams and on the other hand giving projects to scamsters. He also criticised Municipal Administration Minister Minister KT Rama Rao for giving concessions in taxes ahead of GHMC elections. Nitish to begin seventh term as Bihar CM today 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, Nitish 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 Bet, tiah MLA Renu Devi as deputy leader of the legislature party . 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 . TALL ORDER Ahead of Sadar festival, a man makes his buffalo stand on its hind legs in Hyderabad on Sunday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE (JAN 19, 1935 - NOV 15, 2020) Always graceful, Feluda was an institution of Bengali cinema SHILAJIT MITRA 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- Fans attend a funeral rally for iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee (inset), who passed away in Kolkata on Sunday | AFP 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 cul- ture, 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 interCONTINUED ON P7 twined. North Bengal Jalpaiguri Darjeeling elections North Dinajpur Lok Sabha elections Malda TMC 45% BJP 7% Alipurduar Cooch Behar South Bengal South Dinajpur Murshidabad Nadia East Burdwan West Burdwan Hooghly Purulia North 24 Parganas Bankura 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 DIWALI GIFT Ahead of GHMC polls, TS waives 50% house tax, hikes sanitary staff wages R P R I D H V I R A J @ Hyderabad APPARENTLY with an eye on the ensuing elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday announced what he called Diwali gift to the residents of Hyderabad which comprised 50 per cent waiver in property tax for the owners of residential houses whose tax liability is up to `15,000. The State government extended similar benefit to 140 municipalities in the rest of the State but it is applicable to house owners whose tax is a maximum of `10,000. As the air is thick with expectation that the GHMC elections might be announced any time, the TRS government appeared keen on striking a preemptive blow on the Opposition BJP and the Congress by announcing benefits to the residents. The TRS, having suffered an unexpected defeat in the hands of the BJP in the byelection for Dubbaka Assembly seat, is bent on preventing the BJP from making any further in- roads into the GHMC, which is TRS’ pocket-borough. The government also announced a hike of `3,000 per month in wages of outsourced sanitary public health staff and other fieldlevel workers. Their pay would now increase from `14,500 to `17,500 per month. Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced payment of 50 per cent pending salary arrears for two months to RTC employees. He issued instructions for release of `150 crore for the purpose. Going to the rescue of city commuters, the Chief Minister, at a review meeting at Pragati Bhavan on Sunday, ordered restoration of 50 per cent of city bus services. CONTINUED ON P4 Registration of non-agri properties from Nov 23 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad IN a relief to those who have been waiting eagerly for the registration of non-agricultural properties to resume, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has taken a decision that it should begin on November 23 through Dharani portal. The resumption of registrations will be launched by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar. The Chief Minister, during a review meeting with officials at Pragathi Bhavan on Sunday, said: “The process of registration of agricultural lands through the Dharani portal has become popular among the people and it received a very good response from them. People in Telangana are of the view that a new era has begun in land registration.” “People are happy that the registration process through Dharani portal has guaranteed their lands security which gave them immense satisfaction. 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