YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 23 C FACTIONAL FIGHTING IN NEPAL COMMUNIST PARTY INTENSIFIES OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 8 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—129 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) ELECTION TO RAJYA SABHA DEPUTY CHAIR’S POST ON SEP 14 NATION Morning India CORONA 11 LOSE M E T E R BATTLE TO INDIA TOTAL CASES: 4,236,961 TOTAL DEATH: 72,033 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 27,354,088 TOTAL DEATH: 894,005 AT A GLANCE CENTRE TO SC: SPRAYING DISINFECTANTS ON HUMANS PHYSICALLY HARMFUL NEW DELHI: The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that spraying of disinfectants on humans is not recommended under any circumstances, as spraying any chemical disinfectant is physically and psychologically harmful. In an affidavit, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed the Apex Court that the Directorate General of Health Services held a meeting of experts in June on the use of disinfectant tunnels, use of various chemicals and spraying of disinfectants along with the efficacy of such use of spraying/fogging. FUEL STATIONS ASKED TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE EV CHARGING STATION NEW DELHI: Competition from the growing electric vehicle segment is coming right to the door steps of oil companies with the Power Ministry now mooting the idea to have at least one EV charging station at all the fuel pumps in the country. If the Power Ministry suggestions are implemented, all 70,000 fuel pumps across the country could be facilitating electric vehicles that have been challenging their own existence by shifting the consumer base away from oil to other greener sources of energy. BUSINESS PG AZAD, SHARMA TO ATTEND CONGRESS STRATEGY MEET TODAY NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the Congress strategy group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday under the chairmanship of party interim chief Sonia Gandhi after the stormy Congress Working Committee meet. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma will be participating in the meeting. Both the leaders were signatories to the letter which had demanded visible and effective leadership in the party. COVID, TOLL REACHES 492 IN STATE ‘Govt should’ve least interference in education policy’ ANURAG THAKUR RANCHI: The State on Monday reported 1075 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 52,142. 11 deaths were also reported, six from Jamshedpur, three from Ranchi and one each from Saraikela and Deoghar. Earlier,1246 cases were reported on Sunday. Among the samples tested positive, maximum 312 cases were reported from Jamshedpur, 192 from Ranchi, 57 from Chaibasa, 36 from Giridih, 24 from Garhwa, 50 from Palamu, 47 from Ramgarh, 74 from Deoghar, 20 from Bokaro, 11 from Dhanbad, 24 from Garhwa, 11 from Hazaribagh, 15 from Saraikela, 26 from Khunti, 20 from Dumka, 12 from Latehar, 8 from Sahebganj, 7 from Godda and 5 from Jamtara. Meanwhile, 976 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Maximum 286 patients recovered from the virus in Ranchi, 78 from Chaibasa, 89 from Giridih, 50 from Jamshedpur, 51 from Garhwa, 66 from Hazaribagh, 58 from d 85 from Saraikela. Active cases reached to 14501 and total 37160 patients recovered from the virus so far in the state. However, 492 people lost their lives. Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID19 infected patients has increased to 70.86 per cent which is a good sign for us. The mass testing drive has increased the number of cases but will also break the chain of covid, he added. Notably, in view of the convenience of the people of Ranchi and to conduct a maximum number of tests, the Ranchi district administration has set up eight static investigation centres in different parts of the capital. Any citizen can reach these centres and submit their swab sample. Meanwhile, a total of 839 samples were collected on Monday at the Static Testing Centers at eight locations under Sadar hospital for investigation of covid-19 in Ranchi, in which 77 people reported positive. 1075 FRESH CASES; RECOVERY RATE INCREASES TO 70.86 PC PM Narendra Modi addresses the inaugural session of Governor's Conference on NEP 2020 in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, via video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday. ANI NEW DELHI: Praising the new National Education Policy 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the government should have the least interference in it. Addressing a Governors' conference, Modi said: "To fulfil the aspirations of the country, education policy and system are important tools. In this system, the central and state governments and the local bodies are interlinked; it is also correct that in the education policy, the government should have the least interference and less influence." The NEP is focused on learning rather than studying and the curricula emphasis is on critical thinking, the Prime Minister pointed out. "The focus is on passion, practicality, and performance. The National Education Policy is, in a way, without pressure and without influence to learn democratic values." Modi also raised the issue of heavy school bags carried RSS THROWS ITS MIGHT BEHIND NEP, WILL UNLEASH PAN-INDIA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has thrown its weight behind the government's National Education Policy (NEP), with its key affiliate in the education sector tasked with kickstarting a pan-India awareness campaign. PG 5 by children and said that the NEP seeks to address the issue in the sense that the children should not be under pressure vis-a-vis bags, board exams, and society. The Prime Minister said that the NEP has been framed after many years of labour by a panel led by Dr K Kasturirangan and feedback of more than 2 lakh people, including stakeholders. He said that it was for the first time that everyone was hailing the NEP because everyone ranging from teachers to students and parents were part of the formulation process. NEP silent on Adivasi & Dalit: CM SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday said National Education Policy (NEP) should not be imposed on states as each one of them has different requirements. He also pointed out that the centre has failed to discuss the policy during formative stages adding such approach harms the spirit of cooperative federalism. The CM, who holds the higher education portfolio, was taking part in a nation-wide interaction on ‘Role of National Education Policy’. President of India Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, Governors, Deputy Governors and ministers of higher education in states took part in the meeting, which was held through video conferencing. The CM stated the centre’s decision to skip discussions with states despite the fact that education was in the concurrent list was damaging for cooperative federalism. He added the approach also shows a lack of transparency in framing the provisions. Soren alleged that after taking unilateral decisions on several issues namely privatization, com- Nitish gives govt report card during first virtual rally, attacks Tejashwi, Tej Pratap PATNA: In the run-up to the Bihar assembly elections, in his first-ever virtual rally on Monday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the leaders of opposition were making false statements to mislead people without knowing the ground realities. During his address, Kumar presented a report card of the last 15 years, in which he touched upon law and order, the economy, creation of road infrastructure and flood relief measures undertaken during the time he has been serving as CM. Kumar compared it with the Lalu-Rabri regime of 1990-2005. Replying to Tejashwi's allegations about lawlessness in Bihar, Kumar said: "When they were in power, people could not step outside from their homes after 6 pm. There were no arrests, no trial of criminals. With the blessings of the government, criminals used to wave rifles from their vehicles. Now, a majority of criminals have been put behind the bars. They've undergone speedy trials. We have carried out special drives to nab absconding criminals. Now, the situation has improved with people stepping out with their familiies in the evening without any fear." Referring to 2018 NCRB data, Kumar said with a crime rate at an average of 222.1 per lakh population, Bihar ranked 23rd in the country in incidents of crime. The national average is above 300 per lakh population. In Bihar, 60 per cent of was crime was happening owing to land disputes between family mem- RIFT IN NDA IN BIHAR, AS LJP TO DRAW UP LIST FOR 143 SEATS? NEW DELHI: The rift in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is visible in Bihar ahead of the upcoming assembly elections as one of the ally partners -the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) -- has decided to draw up the candidates' list for 143 out of 243 seats in the state. Also, LJP leaders have demanded that the party must not contest elections under Nitish Kumar's leadership. bers. Besides, in crimes against women, Bihar's ranking is 29th in the country, 33rd in rapes, 23rd in kidnapping and 11th in murders. "Naxalism in Bihar was at its peak during the Lalu-Rabri regime. When our government came into power, we identified 65 village panchayats and carried out a special drive to give them technical training. The situation has improved now with no such incident of Naxalite violence taking place in Bihar. Have they any answer to this?" asked Kumar. Kumar said the maintenance of roads was at its worst during the Lalu-Rabri regime. "Now 96,500-km roads have bee constructed. Moreover, construction of 18600-km roads is underway." mercial mining and GST, the NEP was framed without consultation with states. He said since the NEP is a long term policy the centre should have discussed it with political parties as well. While pointing out that this was the third education policy that country was having, the CM opined it must now be discussed with an open mind. He said the NEP looks attractive on papers but lacks clarity on many topics. He stated the government aims to invite private and foreign institutions but does not have concrete proposals for the Adivasi, Dalit, backward, farmers and the workers. He said NEP speaks of promoting regional languages but is restricting itself only to those included in the Eighth Schedule of Constitution. He said that many languages of his state, including Ho, Mundari and Kudukh have not found a place in the Schedule but each of them is spoken by 10 to 20 lakh people. The CM said that the centre is also not clear about revenue sources to implement the policy. He said that the Jharkhand government had allocated 15.6 per cent of its budget for 2020-21 on education. The NEP states that six ED ARRESTS CHANDA KOCHAR'S HUSBAND IN VIDEOCON CASE NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Deepak Kochar, husband of former ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochar in connection with the ICICI Bank-Videocon case, said officials on Monday. Earlier in the day, ED had called Deepak Kochhar for questioning to its Delhi office. The case pertains to the alleged misappropriation cited in loans given by the ICICI Bank to Videocon. In January this year, the agency had provisionally attached movable and immovable assets in possession of former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar. India overtakes Brazil as second-worst hit by Covid 5 STATES MAHA, ANDHRA, TN, K’TAKA, AND UP, CONTRIBUTE OVER 60 PC OF TOTAL CASES NEW DELHI: India on Monday achieved a grim milestone after it replaced Brazil to become the second-worst country hit by COVID-19 as the national caseload crossed the 42 lakh-mark with a spike of 90,802 new cases. The total coronavirus cases in the country reached 42,04,614 including 8,82,542 active cases, 32,50,429 cured/discharged/migrated and 71,642 deaths, as per the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has 41,37,521 COVID-19 cases and the US continues to remain on the top spot in the list of worst COVID-hit countries with over 62 lakh cases. In India, five states including Maharashtra, Andhra Security personnel stands guard in a coach of Delhi Metro in New Delhi on Monday. ANI Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh, contribute over 60 per cent of total COVID-19 cases, 62 per cent of active cases, and 70 per cent of overall fatality reported due to the virus. Maharashtra is at the top with 21.6 per cent, followed by Andhra Pradesh (11.8 per cent), Tamil Nadu (11per cent), Karnataka (9.5 per cent), and Uttar Pradesh at 6.3 per cent. According to the Union Health Ministry, Maharashtra has 26.76 per cent of the active cases in the country, followed by Andhra Pradesh (11.30 per cent), Karnataka (11.25 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (6.98 per cent ), and Tamil Nadu (5.83 per cent). India's total recovered cases have crossed 32.5 lakh today and the recovery rate climbed to 77.31 per cent. After the new data released, the coronavirus Case Fatality Rate (CFR) dropped to a new low of 1.70 per cent. India's cumulative tests are nearly five crores (4,95,51,507) as on date and 7,20,362 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. As a result of the countrywide ramped up testing, 1,33,33,904 tests were conducted in the last two weeks alone, the Union Health Ministry said. Today Delhi reported 2,077 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in the national capital to 1,93,526. A total of 32 deaths were reported in the Union Territory today, taking the toll to 4,599. Meanwhile, the count of recovered, discharged or migrated cases reached 1,68,384. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi includes 20,543 active cases. per cent of GDP will be spent on education but does not mention the burden on the states, he opined. Soren said NEP will promote privatization and commercialization which in turn will hurt the basic rights related to equality of opportunity. He said NEP aims to develop multi-disciplinary colleges but the scheme would be realised in the institutions which are well developed adding investors would not like to invest in inaccessible areas. He opined that NEP should have talked about employment adding education should help facilitate jobs or else it would not attract the students. He said the government would face tough task keeping well-qualified teachers in government institutions when the private organizations will offer a handsome salary package. He said that higher education has always been over-regulated and under-funded adding universities should be provided autonomy in order to ensure their overall development. Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, principal secretary to the CM Rajiv Arun Ekka and secretary human resource development Rahul Sharma were present on the occasion. As many as 8,368 new COVID-19 cases and 70 deaths were recorded in Andhra Pradesh. The state's tally has now reached 5,06,493 including 97,932 active cases, 4,04,074 recoveries and 4,487 deaths. Himachal Pradesh's coronavirus caseload 7,489 including 2,111 active cases, 5,311 recoveries, and 54 deaths after 28 fresh cases were found. A total of 1,013 new coronavirus cases were reported in Jammu and Kashmir today, 600 from Jammu division, and 413 from the Kashmir division. The total number of cases now stands at 44,570 in the Union Territory including 11,009 active cases, 32,760 recoveries, and 801 deaths. ALSO SEE PG 5 India enters elite hypersonic missile club NEW DELHI: India has successfully flight tested hypersonic technology that will pave the way towards development of missiles travelling at six times the speed of sound. With this successful demonstration, the country enters an elite club to become a member of the hypersonic regime. This is a step towards manufacture of advanced Hypersonic Vehicles. India became the fourth country after the United States, Russia and China to get this technology. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully demonstrated the Hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the flight test of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) at 11:03 am on Monday from the APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appreciated the DRDO for achieving this milestone. "The Hypersonic cruise vehicle was launched using a proven solid rocket motor, which took it to an altitude of 30 km, where the aerodynamic heat shields were separated at hypersonic Mach number," said the DRDO in a statement. The cruise vehicle separated from the launch vehicle and the air intake opened as planned. The hypersonic combustion sustained and the cruise vehicle continued on its desired flight path at a velocity of six times the speed of sound. Critical functions such as fuel injection and auto ignition of scramjet have demonstrated technological maturity. The scramjet engine performed in a textbook manner. The parameters of launch and cruise vehicle, including scramjet engine, were monitored by multiple tracking radars, electro-optical systems and Telemetry Stations.