CMYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 27 C MIN 13 C Rs. 3 PATNA WEDNESDAY, 19 FEB, 2020 PG-12, YEAR- 6, ISSUE—148 (RNI NO: BIHENG / 2014 / 59124) Morning India BILL GATES BUYS PORSCHE EV, MUSK CALLS HIM 'UNDERWHELMING' OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. CORONA SCARE: INVESTORS DIVERSIFY PORTFOLIOS WORLD Pakistan to remain on Measures soon on effects of FATF’s ‘grey list’: Sources coronavirus on economy: FM AGENCIES PARIS: Pakistan will continue to remain on the "grey list" of the global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Pakistan received support from Turkey and Malaysia. International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG), a part of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), is scheduled to take the Pakistan issue today to evaluate whether the south Asian nation has taken sufficient steps and implemented its plan of action to fight the global menace. Pakistan will be submitting a report on action regarding the implementation of the watchdog's plan of action during the Paris meeting. More than 800 representatives from 205 countries and jurisdictions around the world including the IMF, UN, World Bank, and other organisations, will take part in the meeting. The FATF, a global terror financing watchdog, in 2018 placed Pakistan on the grey list and the watchdog has already granted Islamabad an extension till February 2020 during a meeting in October last year. The FATF's Asia-Pacific RSS holds closed door meeting with 70 columnists AGENCIES If blacklisted, Pakistan would face isolation from the international banking system, introducing stricter checks and safeguards on transactions involving the country Group's meeting, which took place in Beijing last year in October, analyzed Pakistan's situation from a technical point of view. China, who took over as the chair of the intergovernmental organisation since July 2019, expressed satisfaction over the "visible progress" made by Islamabad, leading to specu- lations that it could be put in a "white" list from "grey" list, according to Pakistan media reports. The body warned that Islamabad would be put on the blacklist if it did not comply with the remaining 22 out of 27 points related to antimoney laundering and counter-terrorist financing. Sharjeel Imam sent to judicial custody till March 3 This time, the watchdog will be issuing a decision on whether Pakistan has taken sufficient steps to avoid being "blacklisted." If blacklisted, Pakistan would face isolation from the international banking system, introducing stricter checks and safeguards on transactions involving the country. The progress of a FATF initiative to combat financial flows from the illegal wildlife trade, adopting guidance on digital identity, and developments in the financing of ISIL, Al-Qaeda, and affiliates are some of the issues to be discussed during the meeting. Defense experts in New Delhi on Saturday noted that the recent sentencing of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, just days ahead of the FATF meeting in Paris is just an eyewash to delude the international community and that the Mumbai terror attacks mastermind will be released shortly after the watchdog announces its decision. Last year, under pressure after the FATF review, Pakistan formally banned Saeed's JuD and other associated organizations, after years of allowing them to operate freely across the country. 246 elephants died in Odisha in 3 years: Minister AGENCIES BHUBANESWAR: As many as 246 elephants died in Odisha due to various reasons in the last three years, the Odisha government informed the Assembly on Tuesday. In a written reply, Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said that 246 elephants had died between 2016-17 and 2018-19 due to accidental electrocution, disease, accidents involving trains and other vehicles, natural and other causes. The Minister said that as per the 2017 elephant census, Odisha housed 1,976 jumbos, including Simlipal forest division's highest at 330, Dhenkanal (169), Satakosia (147) and Athagarh (115). He said the state had taken steps for elephant protection. Elephant Reserves have been set up at Mayurbhanj, Mahanadi and Sambalpur to conserve their prime habitats, and the government has also launched various management interventions, he added. NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Tuesday sent Sharjeel Imam, who was arrested on sedition charges for allegedly making hate speeches, to judicial remand for 14-day in Jamia violence case. Yesterday, the court had sent Imam to one-day police remand. He was arrested in Jamia violence case by Delhi Police Crime Branch, on charges of making an instigating speech. The crime branch is probing whether the speech given in December last year led to violent clashes or not. Sharjeel is accused of mobilising students and others, a charge that he has denied. Imam was arrested from Bihar's Jehanabad on January 28 for allegedly making inflammatory speeches against the amended Citizenship Act and a possible National Register of Citizens at the Jamia Millia Islamia University here and in Aligarh. He was brought to Delhi the next day. According to the police, Imam, a resident of Bihar, delivered "very inflammatory and instigating speeches in his opposition to CAA and NRC". "He had previously delivered one such speech in Jamia Millia Islamia on December 13 last year and thereafter one even more inflammatory against the government which is being widely circulated on social media," they had said. NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the government will shortly announce some measures after comprehensive consultation on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy. The comments came after a review meeting of the finance ministry in New Delhi. "Pharma, chemical and solar equipment makers have been vocal about some disruption due to the coronavirus outbreak," she said. "There are no concerns about price rise so far." Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong on Tuesday said Beijing has full confidence it will win the battle against the coronavirus epidemic, saying the country has put in place multi-level control and prevention mechanisms to contain it. "We have allocated RMB 80 billion to contain coronavirus," said Sun. "The number of confirmed coronavirus cases outside Hubei province is coming down." Chinese courts have been mobilised to promote and improve online litigation services as the country is battling the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the Supreme People's Court (SPC). The move aims to better meet people's judicial needs and ensure the smooth and orderly operation of courts despite the coronavirus outbreak, said a new SPC circular on Tuesday. The circular demands courts at all levels make good use of mobile and online litigation service platforms and move their work online, including case filing, mediation, evidence exchange, court hearing, sentencing and document delivery, Xinhua news agency reported. The death toll from China's coronavirus epidemic climbed to 1,868 today as 98 more people died while the total number of confirmed cases jumped to 72,436, officials said. Of the new deaths, 93 were reported from Hubei Province, the epicentre of the virus, three from Henan, and has violated 'dharma'," the letter stated. The letter is addressed to senior Supreme Court lawyer K. Parasaran, who is heading the trust, as well as the other trustees, and asks them to consider whether it is acceptable to have a Ram temple over the graves of Muslims. "Now you all trustees are persons of eminence in contemporary India and have the best knowledge and experience in the field of Hindu/Sanatan religion and practice. In view of religious scriptures of Sanatan Dharma you need to consider whether the temple of Lord Ram Janamsthan can have foundation on the graves of Muslims? This is a decision that the management of the Trust has to take," the letter said. Talking to local reporters, Shamshad explained: "The fact is that about five acre of this 67acre land is a graveyard. When the acquisition had taken place in 1993, after the demolition of the Babri mosque, the plan was to build a temple, mosque, library -- everything within this 67 acre." He said that the gov- ernment has completely ignored the claim of Muslims in 67-acre land. The letter also refers to the Ismail Faruqui verdict of 1994, which had said that the 'disputed structure was surrounded by a graveyard on three sides'. Referring to the judgement, the letter said, "After the 1994 judgement of the SC in the Ismail Faruqui case, the dispute between mosque and Ram temple remained confined to 1,480 sq yards". The letter also referred to the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act (1993), saying that the exclusion of mosque from the land is "uncalled for". "With all humility and respect to Lord Ram, I request you not to use the land of about 4-5 acres in which the graves of Muslims are there, around the demolished mosque. The graves may not be visible today considering the fact that the entire area has been differently treated with since 1948 when forcibly an idol of Lord Ram was placed inside the mosque and when, in 1992, the mosque was demolished," it added. one each from Hebei and Hunan, said the National Health Commission. Hubei reported 1,807 new confirmed cases, taking the total number of such cases to 59,989 in the province. Another 1,432 new suspected cases were reported from the rest of China. On Monday, 1,097 patients became seriously ill and 11,741 patients remained in severe condition, the commission said. Of the 41,957 patients hospitalised in Hubei, 9,117 were still in severe condition and another 1,853 in critical condition, the staterun Xinhua news agency reported. The province also saw 1,223 patients discharged from hospital after recovery on Monday, bringing the total number of discharged patients in the province to 7,862. A total of 12,552 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery across China so far, it said. In view of human-tohuman transmission of the disease, over 1.41 lakh people who have come in contact with the people who contracted the virus are still under medical observation, it said. By Monday, 60 confirmed cases, including one death, had been reported in Hong Kong 10 confirmed cases in Macao and 22 in Taiwan, including one death. Top World Health Organisation experts, including from the US, have joined the fight against the virus, called COVID-19, in China. China confirmed that the 12member WHO team includes Americans, as sought by the US. "The foreign experts on board the China-WHO Joint Mission have arrived in Beijing. They have started relevant activities. We have experts from the US in the mission," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media. NHC said China has stepped up efforts to shore up weak spots as the epidemic prevention and control have entered the most crucial stage. "Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, remains the main battlefield," Wang Hesheng, deputy head of NHC, said. "Improving admission and survival rates and reducing infection and fatality rates are still the most urgent tasks." Nine temporary hospitals with more than 6,960 beds have opened in Hubei. As of February 14, a total of 217 medical teams with 25,633 medical workers had been sent to Hubei, the Xinhua report said. Land given to Ram temple in Guarantee card a priority Ayodhya has graves: Muslim Lawyer for Kejriwal cabinet AGENCIES AGENCIES NEW DELHI: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is holding a daylong meeting with 70 columnists from across India on Tuesday in an effort to clear misconceptions about the organisation, sources said. RSS chief Bhagwat, who last year met representatives of international media organisations posted in India, is expected to deliver a keynote address that will be followed by a free-flowing conversation, they said. The 70 columnists attending Tuesday's meeting write in different languages. The meeting, in Chhattarpur in New Delhi, is a closed-door meeting and the proceedings are "strictly confidential", the sources said. AGENCIES AYODHYA: A group of Muslim residents in Ayodhya has sent a letter to the temple trust saying that construction of the Ram temple on the graves of Muslims will be a violation of 'Sanatan Dharma'. The letter has been sent by M.R. Shamshad, the advocate who represented the Muslim side in the Ayodhya title dispute case. The letter, which was sent on February 15, said a graveyard exists around the demolished Babri Masjid and that Muslims, who lost their lives in the 1885 riots in Ayodhya, were buried there. The letter further said: "As per recorded facts, 75 Muslims were killed in the riots of 1885 and they were buried in an existing graveyard around the mosque. Even thereafter, this land was used as a graveyard." "The Central government has not considered the issue of not using the graveyard of Muslims for constructing the grand temple of Lord Ram. It AGENCIES NEW DELHI: The 'Kejriwal ka Guarantee Card', released by Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls is the top priority of the newly formed government. Just a day after taking charge of the Departments, Kejriwal and his Cabinet have started working to ensure the 10 guarantees are provided to the people. Kejriwal and his Cabinet took oath on Sunday and the Ministers took charge of their offices on Monday. Now, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting of top officers on Wednesday to discuss the top priorities -the guarantees -- to decide the plans for the implementation. Among the 10 guarantees promised in the guarantee card, reducing air pollution by three times is one of the guarantees. The newly appointed Cabinet Minister for Environment, Gopal Rai has also called a meeting on Thursday to plan out the details. Kejriwal promised continuation of 24 hours uninterrupted power supply and 200 units of free electricity to all in his first 'guarantee'. "The city will be freed from the web of wires and electricity will reach each household through an underground cable," the guarantee card said. As per the second guarantee, the AAP promised 24hour supply of pure piped drinking water to each house in the next five years and said the scheme of providing 20,000 litres of free water will continue. The third guarantee is to give a world-class education facility for each child in Delhi. The card also promised better health facilities for all as the fourth guarantee. Kejriwal's fifth guarantee is to have the "biggest and cheapest" transport facility for the city. "More than 11,000 buses will be on Delhi roads and the Delhi metro will have more than 500-kilometre stretch in the city," the card said. Jagannath Temple receives Ending online child pornography over Rs 187.01 cr donation huge challenge: Kailash Satyarthi Satyarthi's comAGENCIES AGENCIES BHUBANESWAR: The Jagannath Temple in Odisha's Puri city has received over Rs 187.01 crore donation from devotees by the end of January this year, informed Law Minister Pratap Jena on Tuesday. Replying to a written question of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Umakant Samantray, the Law Minister told the State Assembly that the total collection made in cash is over Rs 187.01 crore. "The Jagannath Temple has received 17.756 kg gold, including jewellery and 277.95 kg silver from worshipers and others," said the Minister. The NEW DELHI: Saying that online child pornographic content is a big contributor to global trafficking of children, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday said that support of powerful countries like the US to end the menace is a huge challenge. "We are trying to bring a legally binding UN Convention to end circulation of online child pornographic content. This is possible only with the support of the powerful countries around the world," Satyarthi said during an interaction at the IANS office. Online pornographic content contributes heavily to child prostitution and child temple received 'Patta' clothes, ghanta and clothes used in covering chariots as donations. He said the cash contribution is deposited in the bank and is used for payment of share to servitors and Sevapuja of the deities in accordance with provisions of temple record of rights and Shree Jagannath Temple Act 1955. The contribution in kind like grocery items, Patta, cloth used for covering chariots and gold and silver is used in the preparation of Kotha Bhog, Sevapuja, repair of ornaments and decoration of the deities provided the use of such contribution is admissible/suitable as per the established traditions of the Temple, said Jena. trafficking, he contended. The Nobel laureate, however, noted that the technology platforms on which these content circulate and the data service providers have influential lobbies and making them responsible is a huge task. Satyarthi's comments come barely a week ahead of US President Donald Trump's India visit next week. ments come barely a week ahead of US President Donald Trump's India visit next week Underlining that his works aimed at ending exploitation of children spans across 144 countries in the world, Satyarthi said he was also working towards bringing an European law to bring due diligence in the production and supply chain of European companies which are exploit- ing women and children. "Moreover, there is a long list of tiers of suppliers and producers and value chains which are not controlled by anyone," he added. Ending exploitation of children "requires collective effort", said Satyarthi who has been running an NGO in India for the protection of child rights for about 40 years. "I have already won the Nobel Peace Prize, so I cannot go beyond that. I cannot stop here because I strongly feel that this is just a comma in life. The full stop will come only when every child is free to be a child, free to laugh and cry, free to go to school and more importantly, free to dream," he said.