YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 22 C MIGRANT WORKERS MAY GET RELIEF THROUGH THE NEW LABOUR CODE OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 29 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—148 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MONSOON RETREAT BEGINS FROM PARTS OF NORTH INDIA: IMD NATION Morning India Edu Minister among 1508 new Covid cases in State Covid-19 showed JHARKHAND BECOMES 15TH STATE TO TEST 20 LAKHS SAMPLES risk of excessive dependence: PM ANURAG THAKUR Notably, Jharkhand becomes the 15th state to test 20 lakhs samples. As on September 27, 20.37 lakh samples were tested in the state. Of these, 3.9 percent of people were positive. While the infection rate is still high in other states. It is 20.7 in Maharashtra, 12.2 in Andhra Pradesh, 12.3 in Karnataka, 9.7 in Delhi and 8.1 in West Bengal. Meanwhile, the state on Monday reported 1508 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 81,417. Education minister Jagarnath Mahato was also detected covid positive. He was admitted to the RIMS Covid Centre. The minister had trouble breathing since Sunday night. Also, there were complaints of body pain with cold and mild RANCHI: Corona is now witnessing a positive trend in Jharkhand. In the last 27 days, 38,140 new infections were detected in the State, while 39,617 patients were cured. The recovery rate of patients as on August 31 was 65.15 pc, which has now reached 84.26 per cent, higher than the national average of 82.60. Out of a total of 79,909 patients, 66,797 patients have been cured. Now Jharkhand has reached the eighth position in the country in terms of recovery rate. However, the State is still behind Bihar and West Bengal. The recovery rate of Bihar is 92 and that of West Bengal is 87.60. 17 Tablighis plead guilty, to be free SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ranchi Faheem Kirmani on Monday sentenced 17 Tablighi Jamaat members arrested in Hindpidhi area during lockdown to three months' imprisonment and imposed fine totaling Rs 2200 each on them. One Haji Meraj was also awarded one month prison and fined a total amount of Rs 6200 in the case. Senior High Court advocate Md Allam who appeared for the petitioners informed that the foreigners were convicted to three months prison under Section 269 of IPC and one month under Section 3 of the Epidemic Act. He stated the court also fined Rs 1000 each under Section 269 of IPC and Section 3 of Epidemic Act and Rs 200 each under Section 290 of IPC. Allam, however, said that the convict would be freed as they have already served three months in jail, adding that fines have been also paid after the order. It may be stated there that the court’s order came after charges were framed and the convicts pleaded guilty. It may be noted here that a case was registered against the Tablighi Jamaat members with the Hindpidhi police station under sections 188, 269, 270 and 271 of IPC, Sections 13 and 14 (b) and (c) of Foreigners Act, Section 3 of Epidemic Disease Act and Section 51 of National Disaster Management Act. Several sections, including Section 13 and 14 of the Foreigners Act, Section 270, 271 and 188 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act were dropped while Section 290 of Indian Penal code was added during the discharge petition. Earlier, Tablighi members were arrested from mosques in a raid carried out in the earlier part of lockdown. Their bail petition was rejected by the district court following which they approached the High Court and secured relief. Meraj, however, had got bail from the lower court as he was not booked under Foreigner’s Act. INDIA CAN NOW TAKE DEFENCE ASSETS ON LEASE NEW DELHI: India can take defence assets on lease as and when required and operate without owning thereby, substituting huge initial capital outlays, the Defence Ministry said on Monday while releasing the new defence acquisition procedure. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled a new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 in New Delhi on Monday which took a year to frame after taking all stakeholders on board, including Indian and foreign industries as well as think tanks. It has five new categories and the policy pertaining to leasing has been included for the first time. On what all can be leased, Director General (Acquisition) Apurva Chandra told IANS, "There is no such list and it would be on a case to case basis." He also said that leasing is a new category introduced to enable operating of assets without owning thereby, substitute huge initial capital outlays. PG 7 Covid Center. Earlier, after being found Corona positive, the minister tweeted and gave information about it. He wrote in the tweet: “dear colleagues, my corona investigation report has come positive, for which I have been admitted to RIMS for treatment. All the friends and associates who came in contact with me in the past, are requested to get their corona checked.” Among the samples tested positive, 286 cases were reported from Ranchi, 87 from Chaibasa, 114 from Koderma, 301 from Jamshedpur, 9 from Giridih, 5 from Garhwa, 24 from Palamu, 34 from Ramgarh, 26 from Deoghar, 20 from Bokaro, 57 from Dhanbad, 56 from Hazaribagh, 85 from Saraikela, Jagarnath Mahto being taken to RIMS on Monday. fever. On Monday morning, he was brought to his home in Ranchi in an ambulance from his residence in Bokaro and later was admitted to RIMS. According to the information, the oxygen level of the minister has reduced. He is being treated under the supervision of the Corona Task Force doctors at the 50 from Khunti, 10 from Dumka, 3 from Latehar, 30 from Sahebganj, 89 from Godda and 2 from Jamtara. Nine deaths were also reported, four from Jamshedpur, two from Ranchi and one each from Garhwa, Giridih and Chaibasa. Earlier,974 cases were reported on Sunday. Meanwhile, 1806 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Maximum 696 patients recovered from the virus in Ranchi, 157 in Jamshedpur, 90 from Dhanbad, 63 from Chaibasa, 19 from Garhwa, 54 from Hazaribagh and 66 from Saraikela. Active cases reached to 12126 and total 68603 patients recovered from the virus so far in state. Health Ministry launches portal for info on vaccine, clinical trials NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry on Monday launched a portal which will provide information related to vaccine development, ongoing clinical trials and progress made in this area locally and globally at regular intervals. While emphasising on the importance of elaborate and transparent information on the status of vaccine development, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, "Today, in the times of COVID, vaccine development is watched very closely. Thus, it becomes important to showcase the status of vaccine development in the country." The Union Health Minister also launched the Mobile Stroke Unit. Vardhan said, "It is disheartening to see the susceptibility of people to heart disease and hypertension. Timely treatment can reduce fatality and prevent people from disability. This initiative will go a long way in addressing the needs of the people in this area." The mobile unit, through teleconsultation, ensures timely and appropriate treatment to people. Vardhan also lauded the healthcare personnel working selflessly to serve the people at a time when resources are limited owing to NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said COVID-19 has shown it is risky to have global supply chains excessively dependent on any single source and India is working with Japan and Australia for supply-chain diversification and resilience. The Prime Minister made the remarks during a virtual summit with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and said other like-minded countries can also join in these efforts towards supply chain diversification. "COVID-19 has shown that it is risky to rely excessively on any single source of global supply chains. We are working together with Japan and Australia for supply-chain diversification and resilience. Other likeminded countries can also join this effort," he said. COVID-19 originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and many global companies are planning to shift their manufacturing bases from China. The Prime Minister said India and Denmark share rules-based, transparent, humanitarian and democratic value-system. Referring to the crisis created by COVID19, he said the events of the past few months have made it clear how important it is for like-minded countries to work together. "The events of the past few months have made it clear that how important it is for like-minded countries, who share rulesbased, transparent, humanitarian and democratic value-system, to work together," the Prime Minister said. He said that the virtual summit will not only be useful for bilateral relations between India and Denmark but also in contributing to a shared approach to global challenges. Noting that he had a "very productive meeting with Denmark's Prime Minister a few months back, the Prime Minister said they talked on increasing cooperation between the two countries. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with officials of ICMR during the release of ICMR-NIN documents and launch of Vaccine Web Portal & National Clinical Registry of COVID 19, at ICMR in New Delhi on Monday. ANI COVID. On India's fight against Covid-19, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, "India's continuously rising Recovery Rate and progressively falling Case Fatality Rate have proven the success of the Covid19 containment strategy followed by all States and UTs. From hav- ing 1 lab to over 1800 labs today, we have come a long way in strengthening our capabilities. We have successfully ramped up our testing capacity which has touched 15 lakh daily tests." He also urged people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. He reminded people about the social vaccine of wearing masks or face covers while in public, following hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and maintaining physical distancing or Do Gaz ki Doori to curb spread of the infection. MORE ON PG 5 PAK COURTS NAIL OPPN LEADERS SHARIF AND ZARDARI WORLD ‘All states allowed to begin paddy procurement’ NEW DELHI: After Kerala, Punjab and Haryana commenced paddy procurement operations, all the remaining states have been allowed to start the process in the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 from Monday, the Food Ministry said. The Department of Food and Public Distribution has now allowed all the remaining procuring states to proceed with their procurements for paddy/rice to ensure that farmers were facilitated in selling their produce at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) expeditiously, a Ministry statement said. The process in Kerala began on September 21 and in Punjab and Haryana from September 26. The department has issued uniform specifications for central pool procurement in the 2020-21 KMS in respect of paddy/rice and other coarse grains, namely jowar, bajra, maize and ragi. These specifications also include standards of rice for issuance to states/UTs for distribution under TDPS (Targeted Public Distribution System) and other welfare schemes based on the uniform specifications of rice for KMS 2020-21. It is for the first time that uniform specification for Fortified Rice Kernels (FRK) for Grade 'A' and Common Rice have also been issued in case of procurement of Fortified Rice Stocks, of which 1 per cent FRK (w/w) should be blended with normal rice stock, said the statement. The states have been requested to ensure that wide publicity of the uniform specifications was made among the farmers to ensure that they got due price for their produce and any rejection of the stocks was completely avoided, said the Ministry. All states/Union Territories and Food Corporation of India (FCI) have been advised that the procurement during KMS 2020-21 may be strictly in accordance with the uniform specifications, as per the statement. The FCI and state procurement agencies have been directed to ensure hassle-free procurement and payment of Minimum Support Prices to farmers. ONLY PURE MUSTARD OIL FROM OCT 1, CONSUMERS AND FARMERS TO BENEFIT NEW DELHI: Consumers will now get only pure mustard oil as the Central government has banned the mixing of any other edible oil with mustard oil. The ban imposed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will come into force from October 1, 2020. Experts say the decision by the government will benefit consumers as well as mustard growing farmers. Rice bran oil, palm oil or any other cheap edible oil is used for adulteration. Experts point out that adulteration occurs in two ways -- first is 'blending' in which a fixed proportion is adulterated and the other is ‘Adulteration' in which no specific ratio is fixed for mixing. Adulteration in edible oil is already banned while blending was allowed in a fixed proportion but now FSSAI has banned this as well. Dr PK Rai, Director, Mustard Research Directorate in Bharatpur, Rajasthan under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), said that this decision is in the interest of consumers as well as farmers. MORE ON BUSINESS PG Babus ignored 15k suggestions says farmers’ body affiliated to RSS NEW DELHI: When the draft of three important bills related to farmers in the country was being prepared, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), affiliated with the RSS, passed a proposal after consulting 15,000 villages of the country and sent a bouquet of suggestions to the Ministry of Agriculture. The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has expressed its displeasure over the neglect of these 15,000 proposals in the farmers' bills. It is being said that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had reportedly agreed to the proposals. Then why did the Ministry ignore the suggestions? According to the BKS, ignoring suggestions from farmers displays that bureaucrats dominate the Ministry of Agriculture. The BKS has reiterated the demand from the government to introduce a new law to guarantee the minimum support price (MSP). Badrinarayan, the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, told IANS that farmers' committees have been formed in about 80,000 villages in the country. "The BKS had passed resolutions regarding agriculture bills through committees of 15,000 of these villages. These were made available to the Minister of Agriculture when they met him. Such suggestions were made that would really benefit farmers. The Agriculture Minister also met the delegation and agreed to the suggestions. But later it was discovered that the suggestions were not used in the Bills. This gives out the message that bureaucrats are calling the shots in the Ministry of Agriculture." Raising the question, Badrinarayan said that the misdeeds of private players had come to the fore in many parts of JPCC SUBMITS MEMO TO GUV PG 3 AGAINST FARM BILLS: the country. In Shimla, many private players had made a fool of millions of farmers in the name of buying apples, while in Nashik, incidents of fraud have come to light. In such a situation, if the government is making parallel arrangements to the mandis, what is the guarantee that farmers will get a fair price? The BKS believes that the government could have avoided unnecessary ruckus on the Bill if it so wanted. The government only had to guarantee the minimum support price (MSP) in the Bill. If that were the case, the government would not have to give clarifications through advertisements in newspapers and party leaders repeatedly about the MSP. Badrinarayan said that the way the three Bills were passed in a hurry and the President also ratified them, shows that the government is no longer in the mood to get on the backfoot on the issue. In such a situation, the BKS demands a fourth bill guaranteeing MSP. If the government does not get proper assurance, the farmers union will decide on the future course of action. Meanwhile, amid protests by farmers in a number of states across the country, the Congress said on Monday that its chief Sonia Gandhi had directed party governments in different states to "explore" and pass laws to "override" or negate the newly enacted central farm laws. Congress' Rajya Sabha member KC Venugopal said in a statement: "The Congress President has asked party-ruled states to explore the possibilities to pass laws in their respective states under Article 254(2) of the Constitution, which allows the state legislatures to pass laws to override central laws that then go for President's assent." The Congress asserted that since agriculture is a State subject, the Union government cannot pass laws on it. "This will enable the states to negate the unacceptable antifarmers' provisions in the three draconian agricultural laws, that will lead to abolition of MSPs and disruption of APMCs in Congressruled states, and save the farmers from grave injustice done by the central govt," Venugopal added. Congress MP TN Prathapan has already moved the Supreme Court on the issue. Congress state units on Monday held protests across India against what they called "anti-farmer and anti-worker laws" passed in Parliament by the Modi government and submitted memorandums against them to the Governors of their states.