YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 23 C AGR ORDER: A CASE OF SUBJECTIVE JUDICIAL OVERREACH? OPINION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI FRIDAY, 11 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—132 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) State records 937 Covid cases 1114 RECOVER; RECOVERY RATE OF COVID-19 IMPROVES TO 71 PC INDIA TOTAL CASES: 4,514,649 TOTAL DEATH: 75,574 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 28,101,042 TOTAL DEATH: 909,268 AT A GLANCE PARESH RAWAL APPOINTED NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA CHIEF NEW DELHI: Veteran actor Paresh Rawal has been appointed the new chairman of National School of Drama (NSD). The prestigious institute announced the news on Thursday on its verified Twitter account. "We are glad to inform Hon'ble President of India @rashtrapatibhvn has appointed renowned actor & Padma Shri @sirpareshrawal as chairman of @nsd_india. NSD family welcome the legend to shower his guidance to NSD for achieving new heights," read the tweet. PG 10 BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 5 CORONA METER CABINET MAY TAKE UP NEW DISINVESTMENT POLICY SOON ANURAG THAKUR RANCHI: The State on Thursday reported 937 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 57,864. Two deaths were also reported, both from Jamshedpur. Earlier,1601 cases were reported on Wednesday. Among the samples tested positive, maximum 340 cases were reported from Jamshedpur, 243 from Ranchi, 38 from Chaibasa, 71 from Bokaro, 33 from Deoghar, 20 each from Garhwa and Giridih, 53 from Gumla, 15 from Hazaribagh, 27 from Khunti, 18 from Latehar, 11 from Palamu, 37 from Ramgarh, 11 from Sahebganj, 57 from Saraikela, 5 from Simdega, and 7 from Chatra. Meanwhile, 1114 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Maximum 356 patients recovered from the virus in Jamshedpur, 115 from Ranchi, 78 from Chaibasa, 147 from Bokaro, 32 from Deoghar, 35 from Dumka, 28 from Garhwa, 24 from Gumla, 106 from Hazaribagh, 55 from Latehar, 38 from Palamu, 28 from Ramgarh and 91 from Chaibasa. Active cases reached to 15362 and total 41985 patients recovered from the virus so far in the state. MAXIMUM 356 PATIENTS RECOVERED FROM THE VIRUS IN JAMSHEDPUR, 115 FROM RANCHI, 78 FROM CHAIBASA, 147 FROM BOKARO, 32 FROM DEOGHAR, 35 FROM DUMKA, 28 FROM GARHWA, 24 FROM GUMLA, 106 FROM HAZARIBAGH, 55 FROM LATEHAR, 38 FROM PALAMU, 28 FROM RAMGARH AND 91 FROM CHAIBASA. ACTIVE CASES REACHED TO 15362 AND TOTAL 41985 PATIENTS RECOVERED FROM THE VIRUS SO FAR IN THE STATE. However, 519 people lost their lives. Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID19 infected patients has increased to 71.86 per cent which is a good sign for us. Notably, in view of the conven- ience of the people of Ranchi and to conduct a maximum number of tests, the static centre launched by the Ranchi district administration for investigation of covid at eight places in different parts of Ranchi has good response and people are coming for testing. Any citizen can reach these centres and submit their swab sample. Meanwhile, door to door survey work started by Ranchi district administration for prevention of infection of covid-19 continues on Thursday also. During the survey, the medical team also informed people about the prevention of coronavirus infection. People were told how the Corona infection could be avoided by following the guidelines given by the district administration Ranchi. The medical team also asked people to comply with social distancing and use masks. e-Gopala app will free farmers from middlemen: PM Modi HEMANT GOVT TRANSFERS 8 JAS OFFICERS RANCHI: The state government on Thursday transferred eight Jharkhand Administrative Service officers posting Manmohan Prasad as the executive magistrate of Ranchi. Prasad was earlier posted in Jamshedpur. Executive magistrate Giridih, Asok Kumar Sinha, block development officer (BDO) Amit Kumar Srivastava, BDO Panki Manoj Kuara and BDO Rajnagar Avinash Purnendu have been posted in the revenue, registration and land reform department Ranchi. Executive magistrates of Chaibasa and Ramgarh Jitendra Kumar Yadav and Dangu Kodang respectively have been posted in rural development department Ranchi. CM PAYS TRIBUTE TO DURGA SOREN RANCHI: CM Hemant Soren on Thursday paid homage to his elder brother and Durga Soren on the latter’s birth anniversary. The CM garlanded the portrait of his brother and his brother has passed away his works would be always remembered. “My brother played an important role in the struggle for a Jharkhand state,” he said. PM Modi addresses after launching the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and eGopala App for farmers via video conference in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, at the launch of the e-Gopala app for livestock owners in Bihar, said that the app will give farmers the freedom from middlemen and provide all information related to productivity, health and diet for the cattle. "Along with the good breed of animals, the correct scientific information about their care is equally important. For this, technology has been continuously used for the past years. In this direction, the 'e-Gopala' app has been started today," he said. "The e-Gopala app will be a digital medium that helps livestock owners. It will be easy to choose advanced livestock. They will get freedom from middlemen. This app will give all information related to productivity, health and diet for the cattle," he added. The Prime Minister further said that so far about six thousand crore rupees have been deposited in the bank accounts of farmers of Bihar. "The PM Kisan Samman Nidhi has also directly transferred money to the bank accounts of more than 10 crore farmers of the country. There are about 75 lakh farmers in Bihar. So far, about 6 thousand crores have been deposited in the bank account of farmers of Bihar," he said. "It is being emphasised that the benefits of free ration scheme and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan reach every needy partner of Bihar, reach every labourer family who has returned to the village from outside," he added. The Prime Minister said that India is now moving towards a situation where the establishment of industries related to food processing near the villages is taking place. "Now India is moving towards the situation when such clusters will be formed near the village where industries related to food processing will also be established and there will also be research centres connected to it. That is, in a way we can say - Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan," he said. The Prime Minister said that there is a need to be 'vocal about local' for Bihar's renowned products as it will make the State self-sufficient. "Bihar's products - be it lychee, zardalu mango or amla, makhana, or Madhubani paintings, are renowned.” RAFALE FIGHTERS OPERATIONALLY INDUCTED INTO IAF AMBALA: Five Rafale combat aircraft made by French company Dassault Aviation can be deployed at a short notice at the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Ambala Air Base in Haryana on Thursday during the induction ceremony. "This induction is important considering the kind of atmosphere at our borders or the kind of atmosphere created at our borders," said Singh as Rafale aircrafts became operational in Indian Air Force. He also said, "The speed with which the Indian Air Force deployed its assets on forward bases creates a trust that our Air Force is fully prepared to fulfill its operational obligations." MORE ON PG 7 IN TIMES OF COVID-19 SC TO CENTRE Consider not charging interest on interest during moratorium NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday askd the Centre to consider a plea for not charging interest on interest on deferred EMIs during the moratorium period and also not downgrade the credit/asset classification of the borrowers. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah asked the Centre, Reserve Bank of India and the banks to put their heads together within two weeks to decide on crucial issues -- sector-specific loan restructuring, charging of interest on interest, etc -- and then come up with a concrete decision. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, submitted that an expert committee at the highest level has been set up to take decisions on the issue of moratorium extension, interest on interest during moratorium and other connected issues. The top court said it is inclined to grant two weeks to the Centre to file an appropriate affidavit and it will consider different prayers A BENCH ASKED made by petiTHE CENTRE, tioners on the RESERVE BANK OF next date. INDIA AND THE The top court BANKS TO PUT observed that its THEIR HEADS interim orders TOGETHER WITHshall continue till IN TWO WEEKS TO the next date of DECIDE ON CRUhearing, where CIAL ISSUES -- SECit had said that TOR-SPECIFIC accounts not LOAN RESTRUCdeclared NPAs TURING, CHARGon August 31, ING OF INTEREST shouldn't be ON INTEREST, ETC. declared NPAs till further orders. The top court will take up the matter on September 28. The top court also directed the Centre, RBI and banks to place their decisions on the matter before it. A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking contempt proceedings against journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for his tweets critiquing the court verdict in the Prashant Bhushan case and other tweets connected with the judiciary. The petitioner Astha Khurana, through advocate on record Om Prakash Parihar, has contended that Sardesai's statement is not only a cheap publicity stunt but a deliberate attempt to spread hatred in form of an anti-India campaign to resist in every way against the top court and judiciary as a machinery. Centre issues new guidelines for exams NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry on Thursday issued fresh standard operating procedures to conduct examinations amidst the coronavirus pandemic, which involves following precautionary measures. "Examination centres are frequented by a large number of students, as well as their parents, and staff till the entire duration of the exam and therefore, it's vital to plan and conduct these examinations, while following specific preventive measures," said the Health Ministry. The guidelines include ensuring physical distancing, use of face cover, frequent hand washing, use of alcoholbased hand sanitisers and following respiratory etiquette. It also involves strict practice of covering one's mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing, self-monitoring of health by everybody, not spitting and reporting any illness at the earliest. Only those examination centres which are outside the containment zone would be allowed to function. Staff and examinees from containment zones will not be permitted. "Such examinees shall be given an opportunity to undertake the examination THE GUIDELINES INCLUDE ENSURING PHYSICAL DISTANCING, USE OF FACE COVER, FREQUENT HAND WASHING, USE OF ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITISERS AND FOLLOWING RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE. through other means or the universities, educational institutions, agency may consider appropriate measures in this regard," the guidelines stated. Universities, educational institutions and examination conducting authorities may plan out the examination schedule in a staggered manner so as to avoid overcrowding at any examination centre on any day. "Keeping in view physical distancing norms, institutions should have adequate room capacity to ensure proper seating arrangement for the examination. Appropriate arrangements for personal protection gear like face covers, masks, and other logistic like hand sanitisers, soap, sodium hypochlorite solution etc. shall be made available." Exam functionaries and examinees may submit a self- declaration about their health status at the time of entrance to the examination centre. Such self-declaration form may be circulated at the time of issue of admit tickets. Students should also be given prior information on what they should carry, which includes exam related documents, admit card, ID card etc., face mask, water bottle, hand sanitiser etc. Adequate manpower shall be deployed by the institution for maintaining discipline to ensure observance to distancing norms and other preventive measures at all times during conduct of the examination. A TALE OF TWO CIVIC BODIES 9 years on, his battle for removal of illegal structures continues RAJ KUMAR RANCHI: Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished parts of actress Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow after it realised that some of its parts are illegal within hours of serving notice. Contrary to this, the civic body in Jharkhand capital is least bothered about illegal construction and adopt a pick and choose method for action. Chandralok Apartment adjacent to Gopal Complex on Main Road is a burning example which exists though the CBI, in pursuant of the Jharkhand High Court order, in its probe had pointed to irregularities in its construction. The situation has confused an octogenarian retired Usha Martin employee Harnarayan Lakhotia in Jharkhand capital who suffered a lot in order to get the illegal construction demolished for a better living. “Rules are not equal for all and the action of the civic body depends on a person's clout. Irregularities get highlighted only when some big personalities suffer or a big personality turns up for help,” Lakhotia told Morning India sharing his personal experience. “Chandralok Apartment, in which I am staying, has been constructed in violation of an approved building plan. CBI, who did a probe following a direction from the high court in 2011, has already found irregularities in its construction but the building still exists and the builder is safe,” Lakhotia rued. Asked about the irregularities, Lakhotia, said: “The apartment is G plus 4 while it should be G plus 3. While the ground floor is provided in the plan for the exclusive use of parking space, one can see shops on the ground floor. It should be accessible to all the apartment residents in the open spaces around the apartment but this has not been provided. On my petition, the high court ordered a CBI probe and several illegal constructions in the city were demol- ished but I did not get justice. The matter is still pending before the special court of RRDA.” Basant Lakhotia, son of Harnarayan Lakhotia, echoed the same. “When it comes to letting off rogue builders in Ranchi, the RMC seems to know all the dodges. If we were influential like Ranaut the matter would have hogged limelight and we would have got justice like her but as we are not so influential and without any political backing, so our matter is being taken lightly and sometimes we are also rebuked by authorities for our effort,” Basant said. “In 2017 the urban development department had issued an order to demolish illegal construction in our building but a misleading report of then Municipal Commissioner Shantanu Agrahari helped save the illegal construction. Even the civic body issued notices to the builder without a proper address,” Lakhotia said showing the building plans. An RMC employee supported the observation. “Poor Lakhotia just kept on running from pillar to post for justice but so far it eluded him. The builder got the plan of G plus 4 apartment approved by showing an 18 feet wide road as 25 feet wide road. He also did some manipulation in the approved plan,” the employee said. Another RMC official echoed the same. “The matter travelled back to RRDA from the Apex Court in nine years but still the building exists undisturbed in Jharkhand capital but in Mumbai everything is going fast. Thus it is rightly said ‘justice hurried is justice buried’ and ‘justice delayed is justice denied,’ he said. Notably, Lakhotia had challenged the high court order in the Supreme Court after the former admitted a wrongly calculated area of encroachment in his building. The Supreme Court reverted the case back to the high court, which rectified the area of encroachment and referred it to RMC for demolishing the illegal demolition. The RMC did not take action to remove the illegal structure and disposed of the matter, saying that a similar matter is pending in the CBI court. Lakhotia challenged the RMC order in the RRDA appellate court, which is still pending.