YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 23 C AGRICULTURE MARKET REFORM FAVOURS MIDDLEMEN NOT FARMERS OPINION Rainfall may occur. ISLAMIC STATE MOST ACTIVE IN 12 INDIAN STATES: GOVT TO PALIAMENT NATION Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 17 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—137 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) Amending Banking Regulation Act to benefit depositors: FM The office of ‘Morning India’ will remain closed on Thursday on account of Vishwakarma Puja. There will be no edition of the newspaper on Friday. The next issue will hit the stands on Saturday. AT A GLANCE EX-CM SUPPORTS CONTRACT COPS RAJ KUMAR RANCHI: Agitating Sahayak Police today got support from former chief Raghubar Das, who went to meet them at Morabadi ground and expressed his solidarity with them. Das, who had made their appointment in 2017 to assist regular police forces to fight against extremists on the three-year contract on the consolidated remuneration of Rs 10,000 per month, said that their demands are justified and expressed his concern over their plight during the corona pandemic. “My government has given jobs to many but this (Hemant Soren’s) government has failed to give any job. During pandemic these Sahayak Police personnel are on the verge of losing their regular source of income while the governing is not paying any attention to them,” Das said expressing his solidarity. Das is the second former chief minister to meet the agitators. Earlier former chief minister Babulal Marandi had gone to meet them in the capacity of BJP legislature party chief and expressed his solidarity. He had also demanded a probe in the matter of atrocities against them during their journey to Ranchi. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 5,060,818 TOTAL DEATH: 82,504 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 29,812,469 TOTAL DEATH: 940,782 NEW DELHI: The government has brought amendments to the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 in order to protect the interests of the depositors, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Parliament on Wednesday. The Finance Minister said the government is trying to bring amendments in order to protect the interest of depositors who in the last two years have been put to hardships. The depositors in some unfortunate situations in the banks or cooperative societies, which are also operating as banks, are put to hardship, the Minister said while moving the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 in the Lok Sabha. She said the government had introduced the Bill so that the depositors interests will be taken care of. But, the Minister said, unfortunately, during the Budget session the government could not have this Bill passed and had to bring in an ordinance. Sitharaman said the ordinance was brought in only because the financial health of many of these cooperatives, which were also performing as banks, was becoming very bad. She informed the Lower House that the financial condition of 277 urban cooperative banks was very delicate and they were reporting losses, while 105 such banks were unable to fulfil their minimum regulatory capital requirement. She said a total of 47 urban cooperative societies had a negative net worth and 328 urban cooperative banks were having more than 15 per cent gross NPA (Non Performing Assets). Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Sitharaman said the gross NPA ratio of urban cooperative banks increased from 7.27 in March 2019 to over 10 per cent in March 2020. Therefore, the Minister said, the government had to bring an ordinance in the interest of the depositors and now that ordinance has to be replaced. She said her Ministry has brought in amendments in Section 3, Section 45 and Section 56. By amending Section 3 and 56, the government is making provisions applicable to banking companies applicable to cooperative banks also so that cooperative banks are equally subject to better governance and sound banking regulations through the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). KOTA BOAT CAPSIZE INCIDENT: 19 PEOPLE RESCUED, 11 DEAD KOTA: A total of 19 people were rescued while 11 bodies have been recovered after a boat, carrying over 40 devotees to a temple, capsized in Chambal river in Kota district here, an official said. According to the official, three people are missing and rescue operation by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams is underway. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of the kin of the people who died in the incident. Earlier in the day, he tweeted to express grief. "The incident of a boat capsizing in the Dhibri Chambal at Kota's Khatoli police station area is extremely saddening and unfortunate. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims in the accident," the tweet read. ED to probe Hotel Alcor case SANJAY SAHAY Chief Minister Hemant Soren handing over a cheque to a beneficiary of a government scheme in Dumka on Wednesday. SEE PG 2 Health Secy asks DCs to take care of patients post-Covid ANURAG THAKUR RANCHI: Health Secretary Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni has sent a letter to all the DCs and civil surgeons in the state asking them to take special care towards the health of the patients who have recovered from Corona. The Health Secretary has sent a post covid management protocol issued by the Union Health Ministry and asked them to take action accordingly. In many cases, it has been observed that even after recovering from corona, many patients are showing symptoms like weakness, body pain, cough and trouble in breathing. Although the number of these cases is limited, researchers have started research on this so that necessary steps can be taken. The new protocol also asks people after recovery to drink a sufficient amount of hot water and to take immunity-boosting medicines prescribed by the Ministry of AYUSH. Patients have been advised to eat Chyawanprash, drink turmeric milk, yoga and walking. People have been asked to follow social distancing along with walking and use of masks. After being discharged from the hospital, the corona patients may consult the doctor after seven days by telephone or other means. Patients recovering from Corona can share their experiences with friends, relatives. For this, they can take help of social media platforms. If someone is living in home isolation and the condition is already bad, they should contact the nearest hospital immediately. Instructions from Ministry of AYUSH: Exercise regularly like yoga, pranayama, meditation, also do breathing exercises, continue walking in the morning and evening, use of masks, hand sanitizers and maintain physical distance, drink plenty of hot water, take Ayurvedic medicines, eat freshly cooked food, get enough sleep and rest, do not smoke and drink alcohol, monitor your health yourself, such as temperature measurement, blood pressure check, etc. RANCHI: Enforcement Directorate (ED) has booked prominent businessmen involved in a sex racket run in Hotel Alcor in Jamshedpur under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Notably, the Jamshedpur police had on April 27 registered a case with the Bistupur police station under Section 3,4,5 and 6 of Immoral Traffic Prevention act. The ED stated that since Sections 5 and 6 of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act is scheduled as an offence under Part A of the PMLA Act, it has registered case against five named accused of the police FIR namely Sarad Poddar, Aishwarya Tarak Singh, Rahul Agrawal, Dhananjaya Kumar Singh, Rajiv Duggal and others, It may be noted here that the police in its report stated that Sarad used to visit hotel Alcor to meet Aishwarya who was living in a room. After she was nabbed Aishwarya informed police that she was in physical relation with Sarad, adding the latter’s friend Rahul also used to visit her at the hotel as well as her residence in Kolkatta. The police had also found that Sarad had given Aishwayra around six lakhs through various intermediaries. DONALD TRUMP MAKING DENT IN INDIANAMERICAN VOTE BANK WORLD All-party meet: Bills discussed, Rajnath to address RS today FAREWELL COLONIAL STRUCTURE NEW DELHI: An all-party meeting called by the government to ensure smooth proceedings in Parliament concluded on Wednesday evening wherein bills and smooth operation of the already short session were discussed. After the meeting, it has been decided that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement on the India-China border tensions in Rajya Sabha on Thursday at 12 p.m. Singh, who earlier addressed the Lok Sabha, said that the Indian Army has repeatedly foiled China's attempts to change the status NEW DELHI: Construction major Tata Projects has won the bid to erect the federal Parliament's new building in place of the colonial-era structure here in the national capital. As per the available information, Tata Projects bid an amount of Rs 861.9 crore. According to a company spokesperson: "We have emerged as the 'L1' in the comprehensive bidding process and are first in line to be awarded this prestigious contract to construct the new building of the Parliament." The new Parliament building will come under the Central Vista redevelopment project. It will be constructed Farmers shout slogans during a protest against Agricultural Reform Bills near Parliament Police station on Wednesday. ANI quo at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Setting to rest speculation, nothing on China was discussed in Wednesday's allparty meeting. Congress Tatas win bid for new Parliament building leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said after the meeting concluded, "It was not a meeting on China. Bills are being discussed and we had asked the government to agree to send some of the bills for scrutiny." Government sources told IANS that Singh attended the all-party meeting as the Deputy Leader of Lok Sabha. Meanwhile, the Opposition has also believed to have pressed the government for a discussion on economy in the coming days. Railway and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and other senior members were present in the meeting. PAGE 7 in close proximity to the existing Parliament Building and it is scheduled to be finished in 21 months. "Tata Projects is honoured to be associated with this project and to accelerate India's development," the spokesperson told IANS. The new Parliament is going to be a ground plus two-storey triangular-shaped building. The work for it is likely to start after the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament. The new Parliament building will have a built-up area of a whopping 60,000 metre square. In what can be good news post-COVID when social dis- tancing is the norm, both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha will have enlarged chambers in the new Parliament building. A parliamentarian today gets roughly 40 cm by 50 cm of space to sit while it will increase to 60 by 60 according to the new arrangement. Last year August, both the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha chairman urged the Modi government to modernise the present British Raj era-Parliament building. However, much before that, it was former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who had pitched for a new Parliament building. ‘PAK EPICENTER OF TERROR; PERSECUTES RELIGIOUS MINORITIES’ INDIA AT GENEVA: ‘NOT A SINGLE DAY HAS GONE BY WHEN A FAMILY IN BALOCHISTAN DOESN’T FIND ITS MEMBERS PICKED UP BY PAK SECURITY FORCES’ GENEVA: Describing Pakistan as an ?epicenter of terrorism?, India has said that no one deserves an unsolicited lecture on human rights from Islamabad that has consistently persecuted its ethnic and religious minorities including Hindus, Sikhs and Christians. Exercising the Right of Reply to the statements made by Pakistan at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) here, the Indian representative on Tuesday said that it has become habitual for Pakistan to malign India with false and fabricated narratives for its self-serving malicious purposes. "Neither India nor others deserve this unsolicited lecture on human rights from a country that has consistently persecuted its ethnic and religious minorities, is an epicenter of terrorism, has the distinction of providing pensions to individuals on UN Sanctions list and has a Prime Minister who proudly admits training tens of thousands of terrorists to fight in Jammu and Kashmir,? the Indian diplomat said. It was not surprising that other relevant multilateral institutions have been raising serious concerns on Pakistan's failure to stop terror financing and lack of effective actions against all terror entities in Pakistan, India said. Highlighting the nefarious designs of Pakistan in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir (PoK), it said, "the mass influx of outsiders has whittled down the number of Kashmiris to an insignificant number in Pakistan occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh? "In its zeal to reassert its theocratic ideology, it (Pakistan) has ensured that ethnic and religious minorities have no future through systematic persecution, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, targeted killings, sectarian violence and faith-based discrimination," India said. Thousands of Sikh, Hindu and Christian minority women and girls have been subjected to abductions, forced marriages and conversions in Pakistan, it said. On the plight of people in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, India said, "Not a single day has gone by when a family in Balochistan doesn't find its members picked up or kidnapped by the security forces of Pakistan.? "Pakistan does well when it comes to intimidation and attacks against journalists, human rights defenders and political dissidents in particular by its state machinery. It is not without a reason that Pakistan has been highlighted by international organisations as a country where journalists are slain and their killers go scot "IN ITS ZEAL TO REASSERT ITS THEOCRATIC IDEOLOGY, IT (PAKISTAN) HAS ENSURED THAT ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES HAVE NO FUTURE THROUGH SYSTEMATIC PERSECUTION, BLASPHEMY LAWS, FORCED CONVERSIONS, TARGETED KILLINGS, SECTARIAN VIOLENCE AND FAITHBASED DISCRIMINATION," INDIA SAID. free,? India said. India also slammed Pakistan for ?abusing various HRC mechanisms and platforms for raising issues, which are extraneous to the mandate of the HRC and which relate to the internal affairs of India, with a view to distract the attention of the international community from serious human rights violations committed by it against its own people, including in Indian territories occupied by it.? India also rejected the reference made by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India "The OIC has no locus standi to comment on internal affairs of India. The OIC has allowed itself to be misused by Pakistan to subverse its own Agenda. It's for the members of the OIC to decide if it is in their interests to allow Pakistan to do so,? it said India also advised Turkey to refrain from commenting on its internal affairs and develop a better understanding of the demoPAGE 7 cratic practices.