YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 22 C RULING PARTY MUST RESPECT DISCUSSION, DIALOGUE WITH OPPN OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 30 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—149 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) INDIA'S COVID-19 RECOVERIES HIGHEST IN THE WORLD: GOVT NATION Morning India India has never accepted 1959 definition of LAC with China: Govt NEW DELHI: Warning Beijing against advancing its untenable unilateral interpretation, India on Tuesday said that it has never accepted the 1959 definition of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. In response to queries on a recent media report quoting a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement regarding China's position on the LAC, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava, said, "India has never accepted the so- called unilaterally defined 1959 Line of Actual Control (LAC). This position has been consistent and well known, including to the Chinese side." Under various bilateral agreements, including the 1993 Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the LAC, the 1996 Agreement on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the military field, the 2005 Protocol on Implementation of CBMs, the 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Army helicopter seen flying over the mountain, in Leh on Tuesday. ANI Principles for Settlement of the India-China Boundary Question, both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC to reach a common understanding of the alignment of the LAC. In fact, the two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify and confirm the LAC up to 2003, but this process could not proceed further as the Chinese side did not show willingness to pursue it, Srivastava said. "Therefore, the insistence now of the Chinese side that there is only one LAC is contrary to the solemn commitments made by China in these agreements," he said. The Indian side, Srivastava said, has always respected and abided by the LAC. As Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated in the Parliament recently, "It is the Chinese side, which by its attempts to transgress the LAC in various parts of the Western Sector, has tried to unilaterally alter the status quo." The spokesperson said that in the last few months, the Chinese side has repeat- RANCHI: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday announced that the bypolls to the Assembly seats of Dumka and Bermo in the State along with others in different parts of the country would be held on November 3. The notification for the poll would be issued on October 9 while the last date of nomination is October 16. The last date of withdrawal of papers is October 19. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 10. While the JMM will fight the Dumka seat, its ally Congress will field a candidate from Bermo. The opposition BJP is likely to field candidates on both seats. The Dumka seat was vacated by Chief Minister Hemant Soren after he won the 2019 Assembly elections from Dumka and Barhet. The Bermo seat fell vacant due to the death of Congress legislator Rajendra Singh. The bypoll outcome could reflect public sentiments about the Soren-led alliance government in power in Jharkhand. Soren became the Chief Minister on December 29 last year. The bypoll in Dumka will be interesting as both the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the Bharatiya Janata Party have won it in the past. Soren had defeated then Minister Louis Marandi in the 2019 Assembly polls whereas Marandi had defeated Soren in the 2014 poll battle. Meanwhile, candidates stepped up their efforts to bag the party ticket. Soon after the announcement Anup Singh, the elder son of former MLA Rajendra Prasad Singh, met Congress's Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh in Ranchi in what is seen as a move to seek party ticket. Speaking to media persons, later on, he said, "The people of Bermo are with the THE NOTIFICATION FOR THE POLL WOULD BE ISSUED ON OCTOBER 9 WHILE THE LAST DATE OF NOMINATION IS OCTOBER 16. THE LAST DATE OF WITHDRAWAL OF PAPERS IS OCTOBER 19. COUNTING OF VOTES WILL BE TAKEN UP ON NOVEMBER 10. Congress which would win the elections. We would go to the people and seek support on the works of Rajendra Prasad Singh." Meanwhile, central general secretary of JMM Vijay Kumar Singh said that Basant Soren, brother of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, will be the party candidate for Dumka polls. Earlier reports of CM's wife Kalpana Soren's was also mentioned as a possible candidate. Talking on the issue party general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya sought said, "Vijay Kumar Singh has talked about people's aspiration while naming Basant as the party candidate. We would take a decision on candidature soon." Meanwhile, JMM leader Manoj Pandey said that they were confident of winning the Dumka polls, adding it was the traditional forte of the party. Even though the BJP has not announced its candidates former MLA Louis Marandi is said to be the front runner for the party nomination in Dumka. BJP state spokesman Pratul Sahdeo claimed that the state government has failed to fulfil the promises made in previous elections, adding it would affect the bypoll results. He said the NDA would fight the elections unitedly, adding AJSU will be also with the alliance during the polls. Meanwhile, the AJSU leader Deosharan Bhagat said that party has authorized its supremo to decide on the issue. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora with team arrive at Jaiprakash Narayan Airport in Patna on Tuesday. ANI RLSP, BSP AND JP-S JOIN HANDS FOR BIHAR ASSEMBLY POLLS PATNA: Parting ways with the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) of former MP Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday announced to join hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Janvadi Party (Socialist) to contest the Assembly elections. Kushwaha, a former Union Minister of State, announced the coalition in the presence of the BSP and JP-S state unit chiefs in Patna. He said the coalition will contest all the 243 seats in the Assembly. Kushwaha said that he would welcome other like-minded political parties to come on board, if they wished. Earlier, Jan Adhikar Party President Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav said that Kushwaha should come with him. Kushwaha formed the new political front after his talks with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Leader of Opposition and RLD leader Tejashwi Yadav on seat-sharing failed to bear fruit. Lashing out at Nitish Kumar, the RLSP chief said: "In the last 15 years, Nitish Kumar has just saved his own chair and nothing else. And to achieve it, he made several compromises. His claims on development in all sectors in Bihar are just false and nothing else. The ground reality is completely different from what he is claiming." Kushwaha also alleged that the education sector in Bihar was at its lowest whereas the crime graph and corruption was the highest. "Nitish's rule is similar to that of the RJD government's 15 years," he remarked. separate transactions: participation in races organised by horse racing clubs against entry fee payable by the horse race owner, which is supply of service by the race conducting entity to such aspiring horse race owners and thereby, attracts GST. But the second element, where a race participant is supplying horses for the event, delineates in detail how there is no element of service when the respondent's horse wins the race and gets the prize. Thus, there is no direct nexus between the activities carried out by the horse owners viz. by providing thoroughbred horses to race clubs for organising horse race events, and the prize money received by such PAGE 7 edly affirmed that the current situation in the border areas should be resolved in accordance with the agreements signed between the two countries. 2nd sero-survey: 87m were likely exposed to Covid-19 PATNA: Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan should be the chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections and the party should fight on 143 seats, said LJP national general secretary, Shahnawaz Ahmad Kaifi on Tuesday. This comes amid reports of confusion in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over seat-sharing in the state. Kaifi, however, said that he has made Chirag Paswan aware of the demands being raised by the party workers and members. "Chirag Paswan is definitely the Chief Minister candidate of our party, there is no doubt about it. The leaders, workers in our party are of the same opinion," Kaifi told ANI here. "The party members also believe that we should fight on at least 143 seats in the elections. I too would urge the party to fight on these many seats," he added. NEW DELHI: The key findings of the second round of sero-survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) suggested that India had 87 million Covid19 patients by the end of August. Sharing the details during the weekly press briefing of the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday, ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava said that one in 15 individuals was exposed to Covid-19 by August. In percentage terms, the national prevalence was found to be 6.6 per cent, a multifold increase from the first round when 0.73 per cent of the population was found to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19. The findings also stated that 7.1 per cent of the adult population showed evidence of past exposure to Covid-19. Similar to the first round of sero-survey, the worst-affected were those between the age group of 18 and 45 years, followed by those between 46 and 60 years, who had developed antibodies against the Covid-19. The risk in urban slums was twice than that in non-slum areas and four times than the risk in rural settings. According to the findings, urban slums (15.6 per cent) and non-slum areas (8.2 per cent) had higher Covid-19 infection prevalence than the rural areas (4.4 per cent). However, the spread of infection per case reported was reduced in the second round due to scaled up testing. "The virus was found to be 26-32 infections per reported case by August (81-130 in May), underlining the effect of scaled up testing, tracking and treating strategy," the findings showed. MORE ON PG 5 BAIL PLEA OF RHEA, SHOWIK Bombay HC reserves order as arguments close MUMBAI: Justice S.V. Kotwal of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday reserved the order in the bail pleas of Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik in a drugs case filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The court completed the hearing of the arguments by the Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh and the siblings' lawyer Satish Maneshinde besides advocate Tareq Sayed for co-accused Abdel Basit Parihar, advocate Subodh Desai for Samuel Miranda, advocate Rajendra Rathod for Dipesh Sawant, and has reserved the order in the matter. Opposing the bail applications, the NCB said that the Chakraborty siblings are "active members of drug syndicate connected with high-society personalities and drug suppliers", besides her involvement in procuring and financing the drugs, which was revealed in her statement recorded by the NCB. However, Maneshinde strongly denied the NCB's contentions in his arguments. The NCB also asserted that it had jurisdiction to probe Sushant Singh Rajput's death-related cases, but at one point said that this case was not related to the actor's death, or maybe related 5-10 per cent because he was consuming (drugs). WINNING AMOUNT IN HORSE RACE, GAME OF CHANCE WILL NOT ATTRACT GST NEW DELHI: The winner of a horse race or any game of chance will not penalised by way of extra taxes as GST levy with the Appellate Authority of Advance Ruling, Maharashtra ruling that winner of a game is not rendering any service or making any supply and the prize money is outcome of an event where results are not universal. In general parlance, the order means that prize money from winning a derby or any other game where outcome is not known, will not be subject to Goods and Service Tax (GST). This is expected to give a big boost to the operation of such games. The AAAR said that in a horse race, there are two SECURITY SCENARIO IN EASTERN LADAKH AT UNEASY "NO WAR NO PEACE" STATUS: IAF CHIEF In the agreement reached between the External Affairs Minister and his Chinese counterpart on September 10, the Chinese side had reiterated its commitment to abide by all the existing agreements. Srivastava said that India expects "the Chinese side will sincerely and faithfully abide by all the agreements and understandings in their entirety and refrain from advancing an untenable unilateral interpretation of the LAC." ALSO SEE PG 7 BIHAR POLLS: CHIRAG PASWAN DEFINITELY THE CM CANDIDATE OF LJP Bypolls for Dumka, Bermo assembly seats on Nov 3 SANJAY SAHAY INSIDE horse owners. The clause of direct and immediate link between the supply and consideration is absolutely absent in the present situation and participation and winning are two separate events/transactions, the AAAR said. Earlier, the AAR (Authority for Advance Rulings) had ruled that the amount of prize money received from the events conducting entities would be covered under supply category of the GST law and would be liable to be taxed at 18 per cent. The implication of the AAAR order is that in all games of chance, including various online games that are getting popular now, the winning amount would not attract GST. "This order by Maharashtra AAAR is a fair and equitable order for all the horse owners. AAAR held that prize money received by horse owners is not exigible under GST laws as there is no direct nexus between the activities carried out by the horse owners i.e. by providing horses to race clubs for organising horse race events, and the prize money received by such horse owners," said Rajat Mohan Senior Partner, AMRG & Associates. To a query by the court, the lawyers also provided the dates when the accused gave their statements to the NCB and later retracted them for various reasons. Opposing their bail pleas, the NCB said in an affidavit that as per the directions of the Supreme Court, the Central Bureau of Investigation would take over the Sushant probe, if any new cases are registered on the late actor's death and the surrounding circumstances of his unnatural death, but it (the directions) did not pertain to the present (drugs) cases registered under the NDPS Act, 1985. "The present applicant (Rhea) is prominent member of supply chain of drugs and majorly she is handling finance also and used to manage finance for drug procurement along with Sushant Singh Rajput," the NCB said in its affidavit opposing Rhea's bail application. Rhea and Showik are among 20 persons who have been arrested by the NCB in the past few weeks in the probe surrounding the drugs angle linked with Sushant's death case. Both siblings are currently in judicial custody till October 6. Maneshinde argued that the NCB had no jurisdiction to probe this case since the matter was transferred to the CBI as per the Supreme Court verdict. 12 lose Covid battle in State ANURAG THAKUR RANCHI: The State on Tuesday reported 1123 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 82,540. 12 deaths were also reported, three from Jamshedpur, five from Ranchi, two from Bokaro and one from Ramgarh. Earlier,1508 cases were reported on Monday. Among the samples tested positive, 517 cases were reported from Ranchi, 54 from Chaibasa, 30 from Koderma, 209 from Jamshedpur, 18 from Giridih, 19 from Garhwa, 17 from Palamu, 17 from Ramgarh, 28 from Deoghar, 119 from Bokaro, 58 from Dhanbad, 50 from Hazaribagh,39 from Saraikela, 22 from Khunti, 10 from Dumka, 3 from Latehar, 30 from Sahebganj, 8 from Godda and 15 from Jamtara. Meanwhile, 1295 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Maximum 517 patients recovered from the virus in Ranchi, 93 in Jamshedpur, 99 from Dhanbad, 63 from Chaibasa, 19 from Garhwa, 54 from Hazaribagh and 66 from Saraikela. Active cases reached to 11942 and total 69898 patients recovered from the virus so far in the state. However, 700 people lost their lives. In the meantime, State education minister Jagarnath Mahato who was detected covid positive on Monday is not well. According to doctors, his condition is serious and the oxygen level is fluctuating. He is presently admitted to the covid Center built at the Trauma Center in RIMS. The minister had trouble breath- ing since Sunday night. Also, there were complaints of body pain with a cold and mild fever after which he was admitted to RIMS. Trauma Centre, HOD, Dr P Bhattacharya said that his condition is not good as is also suffering from a chest infection. He can’t be airlifted to Delhi right now, he added. Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 infected patients has increased to 84.67 percent which is a good sign for us. Notably, in view of the convenience of the people of Ranchi and to conduct a maximum number of tests, the static centre was launched by the Ranchi district administration for investigation of covid at seven places in different parts of Ranchi.