YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C TRUMP IS USING MODI TO WOO INDIAN AMERICANS IN NOV 3 POLL OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI FRIDAY, 28 AUGUST, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—118 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) NATION Morning India State Govt to challenge JEE-NEET in SC today RAJ KUMAR RANCHI: The Jharkhand government will challenge the Centre's decision of conducting JEE and NEET during a pandemic caused by novel coronavirus before the Supreme Court. Advocate general Rajeev Ranjan told Morning India that a petition in this regard will be filed tomorrow. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has written a letter to Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank requesting him to defer the exams. Even as the government is taking legal action to stop the examination during a pandemic, confusion is prevailing among the government officials taking the preparation. A transport department official said so far it has not been clear what has to be done in case a favourable order does not come from the court and NEET and JEE examinations are organized as scheduled in September. National Testing Agency (NTA) State co-ordinator Ram Singh could not be contacted for his comment. The principal of some private schools of the city, however, said the role of Singh is limited to conducting fair examinations. “He is supposed to ensure free and fair examination. He has no administrative role and he will not be able to tell how the students come and where they stay during a pandemic,” a principal said requesting anonymity. A transport department official said no discussion has been taken so far to allow buses to bring students for JEE and NEET examination. “Everyone is in wait and GOVT WORKING TO ANNOUNCE NEW AIR DEFENCE COMMAND BY OCTOBER POLITICAL WAR OVER NEET-JEE: OPPN CMS VERSUS CENTRE NEW DELHI: The National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test and the Joint Entrance Exam are supposed to be an academic affair where the only concern should be on cracking it. But 2020 is no normal year and the hysteria over the coronavirus pandemic has given way to political opportunism as most opposition leaders including Mamata Banerjee, Sonia Gandhi and the Thackerays have come together to target the Centre. Calling the Centre "ever insensitive", major opposition party CMs have come together and made this academic affair a political playground. watch mode though NTA has announced the date of examination and the apex court earlier had not entertained the PIL demanding postponement of the examination,” the official said. Transport Secretary K.Ravikumar could not be contacted for his comment. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has already cleared his stand during a virtual meeting chaired by Congress’s interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, which was attended by nonBJP ruled CMs. He demanded deferment of the said examination, which is scheduled next month. State demands Rs 47,500 cr as GST and land compensation dues SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Finance minister Rameshwar Oraon on Thursday requested the Centre to allocate the Goods and Service Tax (GST) compensation dues worth around Rs 2,500 crore to Jharkhand while stating that financial situation of state was not good in the current Covid period. Taking part in the GST council meeting chaired by union finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman, Oroan also demanded payment of Rs 45,000 crore accruing to the state for transfer of 50,000 acres in connection with public sector undertak- ings. Sources informed that during the meeting Oraon said Jharkhand was a small and poor state, adding the centre should fulfil its commitment of transferring the GST compensation. He also pointed out that it was the legal obligation of the centre to make the payment at 14 per cent growth rate. He pointed out that the state does not have enough avenues for mobilizing resources, adding it must be allocated GST share on a monthly basis. During the interaction, the union finance minister stated that the centre’s collection under GST has declined and sought suggestion on alternate measures. Oraon said that the government could increase revenue by either increasing taxes or taking loan from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). While stating that it was difficult to raise taxes in Covid period, Oraon said the centre should take a loan from RBI and pay the dues of states. He added that the centre should repay the loan without transferring any burden on the states. The state’s finance minister also pointed out that Jharkhand has transferred 50,000 acres for public sector undertakings, adding a sum of Rs 50,000 crore is due for payment. He said the minister of coal has paid a sum of Rs 250 crore under this head recently but the amount is not sufficient. The entire payment should be made in a phase-wise manner. Centre gives two options to states on GST compensation NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday gave two options for compensating states on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to bridge revenue shortfall as the economy faces a prospect of contraction in current fiscal year due to COVID-19 crisis. The first option provides a special window to states in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to provide Rs 97,000 crore at a reasonable rate of interest. This money can then be repaid after five years from the collection of cess. The second option is that the entire GST compensation gap of Rs 2.35 lakh of this year can be met by states in consultation with the RBI. "Two options were placed before states. We told them that we will facilitate talking with RBI and help getting G-security linked interest rates so that each state does not have to struggle for loans," said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after the five-hour virtual meeting of 41st GST Council here. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the 41st GST Council meeting via video conferencing in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI "The states have requested us to lay down both options in detail, and give them seven full working days to deliberate on it and get back. A brief GST Council meeting may be held again," she said. "Once the arrangement is agreed upon by GST Council, we can proceed fast and clear these dues and also take care of the rest of financial year," said Sitharaman. These options will be available only for this year. In April 2021, the Council will review and decide action for the fifth year. Sitharaman said the first option has two legs. One: the Centre facilitating states through RBI in getting loans for the portion arising out of GST implementation. Two: the gap arising in compensation due to the extraordinary situation and Act of God in the form of COVID-19. She emphasised there will be no rate increases to make up for the shortfall in cess. Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Panday said the total GST compensation to be paid during April to July is Rs 1.5 lakh crore as there was hardly any GST collection due to COVID-19 nationwide lockdown. The annual GST compensation requirement is estimated to be about Rs 3 lakh crore and cess collection is expected to be around Rs 65,000 crore, leaving the Centre with an annual compensation gap of Rs 2.35 lakh crore. The Finance Minister chaired the meeting which was also attended by Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, finance ministers of various states and union territories and senior officers from the Centre and states. MUHARRAM SC denies permission for processions across country NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined permission to hold Muharram processions across the country during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S.Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said, "Cannot grant general directions....case different from Puri (Rath Yatra) or Jain temples, as they had identified areas of access." The bench reiterated that it is not possible to pass general direction, as it will "create chaos and one particular community will be targeted for spreading Covid." The petitioner cited the orders of the top court in the Rath Yatra at Puri. The bench replied Puri case was one specific place where the rath had to go from one point to another. "If it was one specific place, we can assess the danger and pass the order", noted the bench. The petitioner then cited the apex court order giving permission to offer prayers in select Jain temples in Mumbai. The bench replied that it was limited to prayers. The court also disallowed the petitioner to hold a procession in Lucknow. When petitioner said Shias were concentrated in Lucknow and permission be given there, the Supreme Court asked him to approach the Allahabad High Court. On August 25, the Supreme Court took up a plea seeking permission to carry out Muharram processions in a limited manner in the backdrop of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian allowed the petitioner Sipte Mohammad to implead all 28 state governments as a party in the matter within a period of four weeks. The petitioner had moved the top court seeking a direction to allow the conduct of the mourning procession by the Shia Muslim community. In the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions have been imposed on large gatherings. Wasi Haider, counsel appearing for the petitioner, contended before the bench that the permission is sought for the procession where only five participants are allowed ensuring that they follow the safety norms. The bench observed that the petitioner has not made all the state governments parties in the matter. NCB sleuths set to quiz 20 people on supply of drugs Sudesh gets Rs 15 lakh extortion call, FIR lodged NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: A day after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) registered a case against late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, the agency is all set to question 20 people in the coming days. According to sources related to the probe, the agency has prepared the list of 20 suspects over supply of drugs in the case including Gaurav Arya, Suved Lohia, Kwan Entertaiment partner Jaya Saha, ex-Big Boss contestant Ejaz Khan, Farookh Batata, and Bakul Chandani, among others. The development comes a day after the NCB RANCHI: A case of demanding extortion by threatening calls to former Deputy Chief Minister and present MLA of Silli constituency, Sudesh Mahto, has created a ruckus in the political corridor of the state. On this matter, SSP Surendra Kumar Jha while talking to Morning India said that a call came to Sudesh Mahto a few days ago. An FIR has been lodged in this case at Gonda police station. Preliminary investigation has been done. The SSP said that this is a case of cybercrime. A call was made from a personal JUSTICE FOR SUSHANT registered a case under Sections 20 (b) 28, 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act against Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, Saha, Sushant's co-manager Shruti Modi, and Arya. The sources said that Arya is absconding with Akshit Shetty. They also said that on August 16, a rave party was raided in Goa in which Arya was involved in supplying drugs. According to sources, Khan was arrested by Navi Mumbai Police for dealing in drugs in October 2018 while Chandani, owner of Sarvodaya video library in Mumbai's Khar, was arrested in December 2018 by the Anti Narcotics Cell of Mumbai Police with cocaine and LSD. ANURAG THAKUR number. Some people have been questioned. The police investigation is on and action will be taken soon. Notably, Rs 15 lakh extortion has been sought from the MLA. The man seeking extortion has threatened Sudesh that if he fails to pay the extortion, he might be shot dead. After which a person named Mahendra Kumar lodged FIR in Gonda police station on behalf of Sudesh Mahto, in which it has been said that on the night of August 14, the number of Sudesh Mahto was called twice. In this, he was threatened to pay extortion money. Acting on this case, a police team detained a youth of Jamshedpur. But the person said that the number from which the threat was given is his own, but his mobile phone was lost 4 days ago. He had also lodged a complaint regarding this. MP Sanjay Seth said that the matter has been discussed with the SSP. This sounds completely fraudulent. At the same time, Minister Mithlesh Thakur said that it appears a kind of mischief. Some naughty elements who specialize in such techniques might have committed this. It is under investigation and soon case will be cracked and legal action will be taken against the culprits. Notably, in the recent days in Jharkhand, there have been many such fraud calls in which threats to politicians and other famed people were reported. In the last one month, three such cases have been reported in the state, in which various leaders have been threatened by unknown people through calls, e-mails and letters. Significantly, on July 8, Chief Minister Hemant Soren was threatened through e-mail. After this, on 24 August, BJP MLA from Dhanbad Raj Sinha got a letter from an unknown woman informing him of his plan of killing. The Jharkhand Police is investigating in these three cases, but the police have not yet found any clue of the culprits. India churning out highest daily Covid cases in the world OVERALL RECOVERY RATE OF THE COUNTRY IS 76.24 PC, WHILE FATALITY RATE IS 1.82 PER CENT OF PATIENTS NEW DELHI: India has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the world from the last three weeks, putting it ahead of the US and Brazil. India, the third worst-hit country on Thursday recorded over 75,000 cases breaching the highest ever daily tally by the US, and recorded the worst spike so far globally. On August 7, the country had recorded more than 60,000 cases for the first time and the graph has been on the rise since then. On Thursday, the country added 75,760 fresh cases. The US witnessed a spike of over 43,000 cases in the last 24 hours, while Brazil logged over 47,000 fresh infections. Exactly a month ago, the country had registered 49,931 fresh novel coronavirus cases and the total tally stood at 14.35 lakh. Not just the daily cases, but the People flouting social distancing norms in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI overall cases have also taken a huge leap in a months' time. India's journey to over 33 lakh cases precisely took six months and twenty-eight days since the emergence of the first case on January 30. On July 17, the country had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days, on August 7 and added another 10 lakh on August 23. It has now added 3 lakh cases in four days. As per latest figures released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total caseload stood at 33,10,234 while the death toll rose to 60,472. The number of recoveries also increased to 25,23,771. Recoveries are 3.5 times the active case, which stand at 7,25,991. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said that the early identification through aggressive testing, comprehensive surveillance, and contact tracing, and focus on timely and efficient clinical treatment of patients has ensured speedy recoveries and has also kept the case fatality rate low in some states. Many states and union territories in India have better recovery rate and fatality rate than the national average. The overall recovery rate of the country is 76.24 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.82 per cent of novel coronavirus patients. There are five states and one union territory -- Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Haryana, and Gujarat where the recovery rate is more than 80 per cent, while another four have recovery rate more than 70 per cent. The recovery rate was 7.10 per cent on March 25 when the lockdown was imposed and slowly increased to 7.1 per cent during the first lockdown; 11.42 per cent in second; 26.59 in third lockdown and now 41.61 per cent in the last phase of the lockdown. The recovery rate was 63.92 per cent on July 27, exactly a month ago. The national capital was the CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 3,335,708 TOTAL DEATH: 60,880 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 24,393,868 TOTAL DEATH: 830,805 first state to cross the 90 per cent recovery rate, this month. On Wednesday, however, a suddenspike brought it down to 89.82 per cent. More than 1.48 lakh people out of the 1.65 lakh infected so far have been declared recovered. The case fatality rate, which is the proportion of people who die from the disease among individuals diagnosed, is below one per cent in Assam, Kerala, Bihar, Odisha, Telangana, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh. Besides this, there is a steady decline in the positivity rate, the percentage of tests that return positive, despite an exponential increase in testing. It has come down to eight per cent from eleven per cent during the first week of August. Another parameter called basic reproduction number or R value which is used to measure the rate at which the infection is spreading, has also decreased in a weeks' time. The value has come down to 1.04 from 1.05 in a week. It was 1.83 in April.