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IPS Rajeev Kumar made IT Secretary by WB govt

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Kolkata: In a surprise move, former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar has been made the new Principal Secretary in the state Information Technology Department by the West Bengal government.

In an order issued late Thursday night, the controversial IPS officer was given his new assignment – a post which is normally the preserve of IAS cadre officers.

Kumar, considered a ‘blue-eyed boy’ of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been under the CBI scanner in connection with its probe into the multi billion rupee Ponzi scam.

He replaces Debasish Sen, who was holding additional charges of the department as the additional chief secretary, the order said.

Sen will now be the Chairman and Managing Director of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HIDCO).

He will also hold additional charge of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority as its chairman, according to the order.

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RBI leaves repo rate unchanged at 4%, reverse repo rate at 3.35%: Shaktikanta Das

RBI is perhaps the only central bank in the world which has set up a special quarantine facility for continuity of critical operations.

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Repo rate remains unchanged at 4%, and Reverse repo rate also remains unchanged at 3.3%, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said.

Accommodative stance of the monetary policy will continue as long as necessary to revive growth and mitigate the impact of COVID19 pandemic, while ensuring that inflation remains within target going forward.

RBI is perhaps the only central bank in the world which has set up a special quarantine facility for continuity of critical operations.

Taking into consideration all factors, the GDP growth in the first half of the year is estimated to remain in the contraction zone. For the year 2020-21 as a whole, real GDP growth is also estimated to be negative: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das

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Fire Breaks Out At Covid Hospital In Ahmedabad, 8 Patients Dead

The victims include five men and three women, who were being treated at the ICU ward of the COVID-19 designated Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad.

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A blaze in the wee hours at a private hospital in Ahmedabad has left eight COVID-19 patients dead, a fire brigade official said on Thursday.

The victims include five men and three women, who were being treated at the ICU ward of the COVID-19 designated Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad, the official said.

Fire broke out around 3.30 am on Thursday, he said.

Around 40 other COVID-19 patients at the facility were rescued and shifted to a civic hospital in the city, he said.

“Eight coronavirus patients admitted in the ICU ward of Shrey Hospital have died due to the fire, which has been doused,” said an official of the Ahmedabad Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is not known yet, he said.

With 1,073 new coronavirus positive cases, Gujarat’s COVID-19 tally reached 66,777 on Wednesday. The number of deceased has gone up to 2,557, an official said.

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BJP Sarpanch shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir

A BJP Sarpanch was shot dead by terrorists at Vessu in south Kashmir’s Qazigund on Thursday.

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Srinagar: The Sarpanch identified as Sajad Ahmed Khandey was shot from a close range by terrorists injuring him critically. He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

There has been a series of terror attacks on political workers and panchayat members in Kashmir.

Last month Waaeem Bari, BJP leader and an ex-district president of the party for north Kashmir’s Bandipore district was killed by terrorists.

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