YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 22 C FARM BILLS HAVE SET IMPERIALIST AGENDA IN INDIAN AGRICULTURE OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI SUNDAY, 4 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—153 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) UP ADDITIONAL CHIEF SECY, DGP MEET HATHRAS VICTIM’S FAMILY NATION Morning India State Minister dies after defeating Covid-19 AT A GLANCE GOVERNOR DROUPADI MURMU, CM HEMANT SOREN CONDOLE HAJI HUSSAIN ANSARI’S DEMISE RAJ KUMAR INDIA TEST-FIRES NUCLEAR-CAPABLE SHAURYA MISSILE BHUBANESWAR: India successfully testfired an advanced version of Shaurya missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead from a defence facility off the Odisha coast on Saturday. The surfaceto-surface missile can hit targets in around 800 km range, said defence sources. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the missile was testfired from the Abdul Kalam Island test range at 12.10 pm. Shaurya is about 10 metres long with a diameter of 0.74 metre. On September 30, India successfully test-fired an extendedrange supersonic cruise missile BrahMos with an indigenous booster from a test facility off the Odisha coast, with a range of around 400 km. INDIA CAN BECOME AI LABORATORY OF THE WORLD, SAYS NITI AAYOG CEO NEW DELHI: With its data and innovation capabilities, India can become the Artificial Intelligence (AI) laboratory of the world, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Saturday. Speaking at a press conference to unveil the upcoming global virtual summit on AI -- ‘RAISE 2020’ - Kant noted that AI can help transform lives. “India is developing AI-based solutions for social empowerment across spheres like healthcare, education, finance, agriculture and governance. On the strength of its data,” he said. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 6,473,953 TOTAL DEATH: 100,903 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 34,891,305 TOTAL DEATH: 1,034,175 RANCHI: State’s Minority Welfare Minister and Madhupur MLA Haji Hussain Ansari breathed his last today at Medanta Hospital in Ormanjhi. The situation came a day after he was tested Negative of the novel coronavirus. He was 73. Ansari, a senior JMM leader, was admitted to the Medanta hospital around two weeks back after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Hospital spokesperson Javed Ansari informed Morning India saying his lungs had got damaged due to Covid-19. “He was suffering from Covid-19. Though he was tested negative on Friday his lungs had got badly damaged. He breathed his last around 3.30 pm,” Ansari said. "Therefore, he did not die of COVID-19. He died this evening due to a cardiac arrest," the spokesperson said. Ansari's family said that he recently underwent heart surgery. Health Minister Banna Gupta also said that Ansari's death did not happen due to COVID-19. Ansari was a four-time MLA from the Madhupur assembly segment in Deoghar. He was born in YOGI ADITYANATH RECOMMENDS CBI PROBE IN HATHRAS INCIDENT LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday recommended a CBI probe into the Hathras gang-rape incident. The decision came after a high-level meeting of the concerned officials. "For intensive investigation of the unfortunate incident at Hathras and all connected issues, this case is being recommended by @UPGovt to be probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). We are determined to deliver the harshest punishment to all those responsible for this incident," Adityanath tweeted. The state government has suspended five policemen including the SP in the case but politics on the issue has heated up. Centre to waive interest on interest during moratorium on loan up to Rs 2 cr NEW DELHI: In a major relief to thousands of individuals and MSME borrowers, the Centre in an affidavit informed the Supreme Court that it has taken a decision to waive “interest on interest” on loans up to Rs two crore during the six-month moratorium period. The affidavit said the only solution is that the government should bear the burden resulting from waiver of compound interest. “After careful consideration and weighing all possible options, the respondent Union of India has decided to continue the tradition of handholding the small borrowers”, said the Centre. The categories of loans up to Rs two crore include: MSME loans, education loans, housing loans, consumer durable loans, credit card dues, auto loans, personal loans to professional and consumption loans. The Centre said it is impossible for the banks to bear the burden resulting from waiver of compound interest without passing on the financial impact to the depositors or affecting their net worth adversely, which would not be in larger public interest. The affidavit said: “The government, therefore, has decided that the relief on waiver of compound interest during the six-month moratorium period shall be limited to the most vulnerable category of borrowers.” After the recommendations of an expert committee, the Centre has altered its stand. Previously, the RBI and Centre had argued against waiver of interest on interest, as it would be against the interests of other stakeholders, especially depositors, and also unfair to those who have paid their dues. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R.S. Reddy and M.R. Shah had urged the Centre to have a relook at its decision in the backdrop of financial hardship faced by many amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Although, the top court had agreed to not waive interest altogether. The Centre said the Supreme Court would be satisfied that the government bearing this burden would naturally have an impact on several other pressing commitments being faced by the nation. 1947 at Pipra village in Deoghar district. He was elected legislator for the first time in 1995. Later, he was re-elected in 2000, 2009, and 2019. The JMM leader was made Minister for the second time in January this year in the Hemant Soren's government. Notably, three other Jharkhand Ministers, Mithilesh Thakur, Banna Gupta and Badal Patralekh infected with coronavirus BIHAR POLLS Decade of hard work paid MANALI: After a decade of sheer hard work by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the strategic Atal Tunnel, one of the world’s most challenging and a marvel of engineering motorways, in the Himalayas that will also bring the infantry combat vehicles closer to the Line of Actual Control. Donning a BRO cap, Modi interacted with BRO Director General Lt Gen Harpal Singh, who explained to him through a photo exhibition, about the hurdles the agency faced during the tunnel excavation. Singh explained in detail the challenges encountered during the heavy water influx of Seri rivulet. He explained how taming the glacial-fed Seri rivulet inside the tunnel was one of the biggest challenges for the engineers. It’s a tributary of the Beas river and the tunnel alignment is crossing beneath the rivulet. After opening the tunnel, Modi drove through the tunnel and took a look at the features of the tunnel, including the escape route in case of emergency. The 9.02 km-long horseshoeshaped single-tube, two-lane tunnel - the world’s longest motorable tunnel at over 3,000 metre above the sea level, came up under the 3,978 metre Rohtang Pass in the Pir Panjal range some 30 km from here in Himachal Pradesh. The tunnel connects this tourist resort to the Lahaul Valley throughout the year. Earlier, the valley was cut off for about six months each year owing to heavy snowfall and snapping of road link via the Rohtang Pass. Earlier, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur welcomed him along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur upon his arrival at the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE} helipad near here. Both Rajnath Singh and Thakur reached here a day earlier. PG 7 RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav with Tej Pratap leave after attending a grand alliance press conference at hotel Maurya, in Patna on Saturday. ANI Morcha(JMM) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), and whatever is finalised, we will let you know in two to three days,” Yadav said. Sahani RANCHI: The State Government declared a twoday state mourning on the death of Minority Affairs Minister Haji Hussain Ansari on Saturday. In a statement, the State public relations department said that there will be state mourning in the State from October 4 to October 5 in honour of late Ansari. Also, there will be a government holiday on Monday. He will be cremated with full state honours. ‘ATAL TUNNEL WILL CONNECT YOUTH WITH JOB OPPORTUNITIES’ expressed disappointment with the arrangement and said injustice has been done to the most backward classes in the state. “This is like stabbing us in the back,” he MANALI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the newly-inaugurated allweather Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh, that links Manali to the LahaulSpiti valley, will bring employment opportunities for the youth of the entire region. After a decade of sheer hard work of the Border Roads Organisation, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated a 9.02 km-long horseshoeshaped two-lane tunnel earlier on Saturday. It is one of the world’s most challenging tunnels and a marvel of engineering motorways. Addressing the public from the snow-clad Sissu town of Lahaul valley, the Prime Minister said that the tunnel will boost tourism and ease travelling. “It will connect the youth of this entire region with many employment opportunities. Some people will run homestays, guesthouses, shops or become guides. Handicrafts, fruits and medicines will also get a boost.” Modi said that with the construction of the tunnel, the farmers of the region and people associated with horticulture, cattle-rearers, students and traders will be benefitted. “Earlier, people in areas like Lahaul-Spiti and others were left to struggle on their own. In recent years, work is being done with new thoughts,” he said, in an apparent dig at the erstwhile UPA government. Besides this, the completion of the Atal Tunnel is a key element in the Defence Ministry’s attempts to make the entire 475 km-long ManaliKeylong-Leh highway, used by the armed forces to reach forward areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Atal Tunnel, Rohtang on Saturday. It is the longest highway tunnel in the world built at an altitude of 3000 meters. The 9.02 Km long tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley. ANI IT WILL CONNECT THE YOUTH OF THIS ENTIRE REGION WITH MANY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. SOME PEOPLE WILL RUN HOMESTAYS, GUESTHOUSES, SHOPS OR BECOME GUIDES. HANDICRAFTS, FRUITS AND MEDICINES WILL ALSO GET A BOOST. NARENDRA MODI RJD TO CONTEST 144 SEATS IN STATE WHILE CONG GETS 70 We want Bihar to prosper under the leadership of Tejashwi Yadav,” he said. Apart from Pandey and Tejashwi Yadav, the press conference was attended by RJD leaders Tejpal Yadav and Manoj Jha and leaders from other parties in the alliance. Y a d a v announced the seat allocation and said Congress will contest 70 seats, Communist Party of India (MarxistLeninist) 19, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) four and Communist Party of India (CPI) six seats. “Out of the 144 seats left with RJD, we are in talks with Jharkhand Mukti Govt declares 2-day state mourning NEW DELHI: The deadline for submitting bids for Air India privatisation is ending by the end of the month among speculation that even the $3 billion debt still on the books of the airline may be becoming an impediment to the sale of the national carrier. No airline or corporate group has publicly shown interest in bidding yet except US-based fund Interups Inc, which has said it is interested and is a strong bidder for Air India. The government has been trying to sell Air India for the past few years. PM OPENS STRATEGIC HORSESHOE-SHAPED ATAL TUNNEL IN HIMALAYAS Tejashwi to lead grand alliance PATNA: The opposition Mahagathbandhan on Saturday announced its seat-sharing for Bihar elections with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav as its leader but differences cropped up as Vikassheel Insaan Party leader Mukesh Sahani expressed dissatisfaction with the seat allocation and walked out of the joint press conference. C o n g r e s s leader Avinash Pandey made the announcement about Tejashwi Yadav being the face of the alliance which is seeking to oust the ruling NDA from power in the state. “The alliance is led by RJD and its leader Tejashwi Yadav will lead us. have been cured. However, Education minister Jagarnath Mahto, undergoing treatment at Medica Hospital, is said to be critical. Meanwhile, Governor Draupadi Murmu condoled his death and prayed for the peace of soul of the leader. Chief Minister Hemant Soren also condoled the death. "I am hurt by the death of Haji Hussain Ansari. He played an important role in the creation of our separate state. May God rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family to bear the pain in difficult times," he said. NO CLARITY ON BIDS EVEN AS AI BIDDING DEADLINE LOOMS said and walked out of the press conference. Tejashwi Yadav said Congress will also contest the lone Lok Sabha by-poll in the state from Balmiki Nagar. Pandey, who spoke at the beginning of the press conference, said various parties in UPA have decided to come together as partners for Bihar Assembly elections. “Congress, RJD, CPI, CPM and Vikassheel Insaan Party will be part of this alliance under the leadership of RJD. We want Bihar to prosper under Tejashwi Yadav,” he said. Bihar will go to the polls on October 28, November 3 and 7 for 243 member assembly. AIIMS forensic body hints at suicide, not murder NEW DELHI: The forensic department of the AIIMS in its report to the CBI has “hinted” that the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was suicide and not murder, sources said on Saturday. The AIIMS forensic panel under Dr. Sudhir Gupta was formed at the request of the CBI in August to assist in giving medico-legal opinion in connection with the death of the late actor. According to AIIMS sources, the forensic team in its report has hinted the death of Sushant as suicide, thus rejecting the claims of ‘poisoning’ and ‘strangling’ made by the actor’s family and their lawyer. Former CBI officer arrested in graft case NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday arrested its former SP NMP Sinha in connection with a bribery case when he was a supervising officer in the case related to a prominent company in Jharkhand, officials said. The agency officials also carried out raids at eight locations in Delhi, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Ranchi. Sinha was arrested along with a private person who had allegedly delivered the bribe money, which was seized by the agency. The officials said that Sinha, who retired in August, was an SP in the Economic Offence Wing. He was arrested in the Rs 25lakh bribery case related to a prominent company in Jharkhand affair probed by him. The official said that Sinha as the supervising officer had demanded Rs 25 lakh in bribe from a company representative. The CBI has registered a case of criminal conspiracy, cheating and under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the promoters of the company engaged in iron ore mining, and then Jharkhand Mines Department Director ID Paswan. It is alleged that the company was favoured in the grant of ore mining lease in Ghatkuri village in Singhbhum West district in 2005 over five other applicants. The state government had allegedly favoured the company in its recommendation to the Centre for the allotment of the mine.