YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C RAHUL IS NOW THE INEVITABLE CHOICE FOR CONG PRESIDENT OPINION Rainfall may occur. DUTCH AUTHOR IS YOUNGEST I’NATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE WINNER BOOKS & REVIEWS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI SUNDAY, 30 AUGUST, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—120 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE MHA ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR UNLOCK 4 PRANAB'S RENAL PARAMETERS IMPROVE: ARMY HOSPITAL NEW DELHI: Former President Pranab Mukherjee is being treated for lung infection and while his renal parameters have improved, he is still in deep coma and on ventilator support, the Army Hospital (Research & Referral), Delhi Cantonment said here on Saturday. According to the hospital, Mukherjee is haemodynamically stable. "Former President Pranab Mukherjee is being treated for lung infection. His renal parameters have improved. He continues to be in deep coma and on ventilator support. He remains haemodynamically stable," the hospital said in a statement. The former President was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. He also underwent surgery for a brain clot at the Army Hospital on August 10. AGRICULTURE HAS MAJOR ROLE TO PLAY IN ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT: PM MODI NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed on the need for the country to be selfreliant in agriculture. He said this while inaugurating an academic and administrative building of Rani Lakshmi Bai Agriculture University in Jhansi, through video conferencing. "A comprehensive plan to form clusters of industries is planned near villages. A special fund of Rs. 1 lakh crore has been created for these industries to get better infrastructure facilities," Prime Minister Modi said. He added that the goal of self-sufficiency in agriculture is to make a farmer productive as well as an entrepreneur. PG 7 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 3,505,568 TOTAL DEATH: 63,152 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 24,963,515 TOTAL DEATH: 842,336 Free inter/intra-state movements, political gatherings allowed Lockdown to continue in containment zones till Sept 30; Schools, colleges to remain shut NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued the Unlock 4 guidelines under which metro trains will be allowed to resume services from September 7 in a graded manner, while political, social and religious congregations of up to 100 people will be permitted from September 21. However, schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students till September 30, with some relaxations for students of classes 9 to 12. In a significant directive, the Home Ministry said that state governments shall not impose any local lockdown outside the containment zones without prior consultation with the central government. The ministry said that states and Union Territory governments may permit up to 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching or tele-counselling and related work. Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools in areas outside the containment zones only on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to the written consent of their parents or guardians, according to the guidelines. Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from September 7 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA), the Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with the MHA. In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the MOHUA. Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, with effect from September 21. However, such limited gatherings can be held with the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer, the guidelines said. Will review relaxation if Covid situation worsens, says CM SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: A day after the state government declared opening up of several sectors, including intra-state transport, hotels and malls, Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday stated that government would keep a close watch over Covid situation and resort to lockdown again if the situation worsens. The CM said, "People should observe the preventive measures like social distancing and remain healthy." Notably, the government, while extending the lockdown till September 30, issued a notification on Friday opening intra-state movement of buses, shopping malls, hotels, lodges, restaurants, salon, spa and beauty parlours. The examinees have also been exempted from the rules of containment zones. Among the prohibited list are cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasium, entertainment parks, theatre, inter-state movement of buses and religious places. Social, political, sports and academic activities along with schools, colleges, educational, training and coaching institutions shall also remain closed. Issuing the order the chief secretary Sukhdev Singh said that it will be in force with immediate effect. Meanwhile, traders and businessmen were busy carrying out cleanliness drive and repair works at their establishments with the objective to kick start their businesses in the coming days. Kishore Mantri, a member of local bus owners association said that on Saturday bus owners undertook cleaning and greasing of their vehicles adding many busses required repair after remaining standing for over five months. Mantri said that with the government imposing several norms, the cost of operation will increase. He added, " We are going to hold a meeting on fare fixation on Monday. There is going to be around 50 percent hike in fares." 6 Pvt hospitals allowed to do rapid antigen test in State 1044 new Covid cases, 845 recover in State ANURAG THAKUR RANCHI: The State on Saturday reported 1044 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 36,857. Seven deaths were also reported, three from Jamshedpur and one each from Ranchi, Palamu, Chatra and Chaibasa. Earlier, 1165 cases were reported on Thursday. Among the samples tested positive, 234 cases were reported from Jamshedpur, 139 from Ranchi, 78 from Giridih, 65 from Dumka, 53 from Saraikela, 42 each from Khunti and Godda, 46 from Palamu, 41 each from Bokaro, Chatra and Hazaribagh, 35 from Koderma, 31 from Ramgarh, 26 from Sahebganj, 28 from Chaibasa, 28 from Deoghar, 19 each from Dhanbad and Garhwa, 11 from Gumla, 31 from Ramgarh, 15 from Simdega, eight from Pakur and one each from Jamtara and Lohardaga. Meanwhile, 845 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. 168 patients recovered from the virus in Jamshedpur, 74 from Giridih, 319 from Ranchi, 39 from Palamu, 22 from Seraikela and 29 from Gumla. However, active cases reached to 11357 and total of 25103 patients recovered from the virus so far in the state. Principal Secretary of Health Department, Dr. Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that ANURAG THAKUR 10 MAIN ROAD SHOPS SEALED RANCHI: The district administration today sealed 10 soaps in the city for violating norms framed to fight against the pandemic. That include social distancing, use of mask, no crowding in shops besides others. All the shops are located at Main Road. The shops included New Churuwala, New Gauhar Ali, Gauhar Ali collection, KLC Mall, Dressland and Roop Alankar Jewellers besides others. The crowd was noticed there. Sadar magistrate Sweta Ved took the action after she inspected more than 20 shops across the city after getting information regarding a violation of the pandemic rule. She said that the shops, which have been sealed shall remain closed for three days. MORE ON PG 3 more cases are coming in the four cities where rapid antigen tests are going on. He said that the sooner the positive is identified, the sooner the corona chain can be broken. Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID19 infected patients has increased to 67.40 percent which is a good sign for us. Welcoming the government decision Federation of Jharkhand Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FCCI) Kunal Ajmani said that government should issue standard operating procedures (SOP) for each sector so that the concerned traders have a clear concept. In a letter to the Chief Secretary, the FJCCI stated that frequent determination of SOP by the government has created confusion among the traders. Ajmani said that since both life and livelihood is important the traders and businessman should ensure implementation of all safety norms. He pointed out that August has witnessed the highest spike in Covid cases. Chief Minister Hemant Soren called on Governor Draupadi at Raj Bhawan on the ocassion of Karma Puja on Friday. NCB hints at hunting down drug peddlers NEW DELHI: The Narcotics Control Bureau probing the drug angle in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death has hinted at not collecting blood and nail samples of his girlfriend and prime accused Rhea Chakraborty instead identifying peddlers, who provided drugs to them on regular intervals would be the bigger focus of their probe. This comes even as Rhea went for a series of interviews to TV channels, just hours ahead of her questioning by the CBI, and claimed those drug deliveries mentioned in three different chat transcripts between her and others were meant for Sushant alone. In one of the interviews, JUSTICE FOR SUSHANT Rhea expressed her desire to submit her blood sample for drug presence, as was earlier also mentioned by her lawyer. However, a top NCB source told IANS: "This was a clever move as fresh samples can never detect presence of drugs in the blood after more than a week. The blood sample test is only effective if it is conducted within a week." The source said: "It's already been more than two months. So the agency will get nothing from the blood samples." After the alleged chats of Rhea with Sushant's Siddharth Pithani, Samuel Miranda, Jaya Saha and others emerged pointing at the drug angle in the case, lawyer Satish Maneshinde on behalf of Rhea claimed she has never ever in her life consumed drugs and was ready for a blood test. MORE ON PG 5 RANCHI: Jharkhand Rural Health Mission on Saturday said that only six private hospitals in the state can do rapid antigen tests. Citing the ICMR guidelines, it has been said that only the hospitals identified under the ICMR guidelines for Rapid Antigen Test are eligible for conducting the test. According to the guidelines, only hospitals that have NABL or NABH accreditation can do rapid antigen tests. Among these hospitals are Tata Motors Hospital Jamshedpur, Brahmanand Narayana Multispeciality Hospital Saraikela Kharsawan, Raj Hospital Ranchi, Sentevita Hospital Ranchi, Medanta Hospital, Tata Main Hospital. Earlier, some other private hospitals of the state were also conducting rapid antigen tests. In the information released by the health department, it has been said that the antigen test will not be done on behalf of private hospitals other than these six private hospitals. It is against the rule to do so by hospitals. At the same time, hospitals that have been allowed to conduct tests will follow the guidelines of the ICMR. Six hospitals that are allowed the rapid antigen test will collect samples from the RTPCR app, update all types of results on the CVV portal, generate the ICMR code of the results and provide information of all investigations to the Civil Surgeon and State IDCP. It has been clearly stated in the release that hospitals that have not been allowed, cannot investigate under any circumstances. Only after getting explicit permission, hospitals can perform rapid antigen tests. If any hospital does so legal action will be taken against it, the government said. SDM HOLDS MEET WITH HOTELS, MALL OWNERS RANCHI: In the light of guidelines issued by the central government to combat spread of Covid-19, Jharkhand government released its guidelines. Pursuant to a letter issued by the Chief Secretary, a meeting was held by SDO Ranchi, Lokesh Mishra and ADM, Law & Order Akhilesh Singh with representatives of Hotels, Malls, Restaurants, and with various chambers of commerce at the auditorium of Dy. Commissioner at Block-A in the premises of secretariat. The officers issued and explained the guidelines to these representatives and instructed them to follow them strictly. They have been asked to ensure thermal screening of every visitor and report if the body temperature is above normal. Uproar likely in Monsoon session, BJP, Cong fine tuning strategies OPPN MAY CONFRONT GOVT ON ISSUES SUCH AS CORONA, ECONOMIC CRISIS, JOBS AND CONFLICT WITH CHINA NEW DELHI: The upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament may witness uproarious scenes amid the ongoing corona pandemic. If the Opposition is adamant to corner the government, the ruling party is equally alert to thwart any such move. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is engaged in devising a special strategy to face the Opposition during the session. The BJP is firm in its resolve to counter the Opposition and not let them gain an edge during the session. However, according to sources in the BJP, the party will hold several meetings to prepare its strategy to counter the possible attacks by the Opposition. The Opposition may confront the ruling government on issues such as Corona, economic crisis, unemployment, conflict with China, Bihar floods, Sushant Singh Rajput case, Rajasthan imbroglio and upcoming assembly elections in several states. The BJP is also discussing possible issues that may arise in the Monsoon session. Party leaders who usually speak out loudly in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are busy doing homework on these issues. The way BJP Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal attacked the Congress last year on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the party may also give a chance to several new political faces to attack the Opposition in the Monsoon session. A BJP leader and MP preferring anonymity told IANS, "We want to discuss all the contentious issues facing the country in the Parliament. Some new suggestions must be made which will prove the usefulness of Parliament for the people of the country. The Opposition should focus on a positive discussion on all issues rather than creating an uproar on an issue, only then could the parliamentary sessions yield a favourable result. Whatever issues will be raised, the BJP is ready to respond to them." The Congress, too, is busy preparing for the Monsoon session. This is indicated by the new appointments made for the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi just before the session commences. While Sonia Gandhi has appointed senior party leader Jairam Ramesh as the chief whip in the Rajya Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi has been made the deputy leader in the Lok Sabha and Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu, the chief whip in the LS. However, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary will continue to be the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha. Preparations are on to run consecutive sessions from September 14 to October 1. Due to the coronavirus, the Monsoon session will be conducted only THE BJP IS FIRM IN ITS RESOLVE TO COUNTER THE OPPOSITION AND NOT LET THEM GAIN AN EDGE DURING THE SESSION. HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO SOURCES IN THE BJP, THE PARTY WILL HOLD SEVERAL MEETINGS TO PREPARE ITS STRATEGY. after specific safety arrangements. The sessions may be conducted in the morning and evening shifts. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has made it mandatory for all MPs and their staff to undergo corona tests. Meanwhile, with just days to go for the Parliament's Monsoon Session, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday held a meeting with officials of the Health Ministry, AIIMS, DRDO, and other agencies to give a final shape to arrangements and said that all MPs would have to undergo a Covid-19 test to attend the session. During the meeting, Birla gave directions to ensure that proper caution is exercised with regard to health safety and for this, comprehensive arrangements related to health checkups are being put in place within the Parliament House. Birla said that all preparations based on "expert advice" will be undertaken to ensure smooth conduct of the session and prevent spread of Covid-19 infection.