YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 22 C RESPONSIBLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE OPINION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—154 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) IPL 13: MUMBAI INDIANS DELIVER ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE TO BEAT SRH BY 34 RUNS SHARJAH: Mumbai Indians delivered an all-round performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to secure a 34-run victory over their opponents in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Sunday. Mumbai Indians batters put a massive total of 208 runs on the board before bowlers sealed the win for the team. Mumbai Indians' Jasprit Bumrah, James Pattinson, and Trent Boult all took two wickets each in the match. Chasing a massive target of 209 runs, SRH got off to a decent start with openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow smashing regular boundaries. Both formed a 34-run partnership before Boult got hold of Bairstow (25) in the fifth over. UNION MINISTER PASWAN UNDERGOES HEART SURGERY NEW DELHI: Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party patron Ram Vilas Paswan has undergone a heart surgery, his son Chirag Paswan said on Sunday. Ram Vilas Paswan (74), who has been in active politics for more than five decades and is one of the country's most noted Dalit leaders, has been hospitalised for the last few weeks. He was operated upon at a private hospital in the national capital. He has long suffered from a heart condition, and family sources expressed confidence that he will soon return to good health. In a tweet, Chirag Paswan said his father underwent a heart surgery due to sudden developments on Saturday evening. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 6,559,777 TOTAL DEATH: 101,910 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 35,201,773 TOTAL DEATH: 1,039,012 NATION Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE PANCHAYATS IN J-K TO BE NEW MODEL OF EQUITABLE DEVP, GROWTH: SINHA India, US, Aus, Japan to discuss ways to tackle China in Indo-Pacific TOKYO: Amid the surge in China's illegal activities in the Indo-Pacific region, the upcoming quad meeting of the foreign ministers of India, Japan, Australia and the United States will focus on the next steps to be taken to thwart Beijing's moves. The meeting takes place at a time when China is showing its willingness to use its military and economic heft to dominate the Indo-Pacific region and Eurasian areas. In recent months, the stance on China has hardened, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in Wuhan. On July 23, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo delivered a remarkable speech where he proposed the formal termination of 40 years of US policy of engagement with Beijing, which had been premised on the hope that China would change from within, as it integrated with the global economy. "We, the freedom-loving nations of the world, must induce China to change, just as President (Richard) Nixon wanted. We must induce China to change in more creative and assertive ways because Beijing's actions threaten our people and our prosperity. We must start by changing how our people and our partners perceive the Chinese Communist Party," Pompeo observed. On September 16, US Congressman Tom Tiffany introduced a bill urging Washington to put an end to the "one China" policy, resume formal relations with Taiwan, and begin negotiations on US-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement. In a press Vaccines developed abroad will be checked for safety: Harsh ISLAMABAD HC TO HEAR PLEA FOR BANNING SHARIFS' SPEECH ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will on Monday hear a plea seeking a ban on airing speeches of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on television channels. The plea was filed by a citizen, Amir Aziz. PG 9 release, the Congressman criticised former US President Jimmy Carter for suddenly severing diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, "without legislative approval". India-China relations hit a new low with the military stand-off in the Galwan Valley after some PLA soldiers attacked Indian Army personnel resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers. In recent weeks following Shinzo Abe's resignation from the post of Prime Ministership, Japan has hardened its stance on China. PM Narendra Modi being greeted by BJP National President JP Nadda as he arrives to attend BJP Central Election Committee meeting at the party headquarters, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI With LJP out, BJP, JDU likely to share almost equal seats NEW DELHI: After a dramatic exit of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from Bihar's NDA coalition on Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (United) are likely to share an almost equal number of seats for the upcoming Bihar elections. According to top sources in the BJP, they were taking time in deciding on the number of seats they would contest because of the delay in the LJP's decision. Now that the LJP is out, the JD(U) (including Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha) is likely to contest on 122 seats and the BJP (including Vikassheel Insaan Party if it comes to the coalition) on the remaining 121, stated the top sources in the BJP. The LJP on Sunday decided not to contest the elections under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the leader of the coalition. Sources stated that it was more or less confirmed that Chirag would contest alone, yet BJP wanted it to contest the polls with the NDA allies. "We wanted the LJP to stay in the coalition but the condition of its stay wasn't one to be accepted," stated a senior leader. Earlier in the day, BJP national president J P Nadda had a marathon meeting with national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Bihar's election in-charge Devendra Fadnavis among other leaders. With leaders of central election committee arriving at the party's headquarters in the national capital, which is to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other senior leaders, the party is expected to finalise the list of candidates soon. With the Bihar Assembly election just weeks away, Arjuna Award-winning shooter Shreyashi Singh has joined the BJP here in New Delhi. She is speculated to be fielded by the party in the upcoming polls. Singh, also daughter of former Union minister, the late Digvijay Singh, said in a brief statement to the media, soon after joining the party, "To the best of my capabilities, I will embolden the hand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn Bihar into a developed state. I am with him on his Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign." Party general Secretary and Bihar Prabhari of BJP Bhupendra Yadav was present during her induction into the party as was BJP leader Arun Singh. Though the list will only be okayed by BJP's Central Election Committee, Shreyashi is speculated to be fielded by the party from either Jamui or Amarpur Assembly constituencies. Her mother Put Singh is also a former MP. Earlier there was buzz that Shreyashi was in talks with the RJD. NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that Covid-19 vaccines developed outside India will have to undergo bridging studies to prove their safety and immunogenicity in the Indian population. "We are open to assessing the feasibility of introducing several Covid-19 vaccines in the country... However, all vaccines that have proven to be safe, immunogenic and efficacious in clinical trials outside India need to undergo bridging studies to prove their safety and immunogenicity in the Indian population as well," he said. "Such studies are conducted with much smaller sample size and quickly. A similar approach will be adopted for Covid-19 vaccines which are developed outside the country," he said during his weekly webinar "Sunday Samvaad". Harsh Vardhan's comment comes as several candidate drugs enter the final phase of testing and trials. Three potential vaccines are being tested in India, including Covishield, which was developed jointly by the Jenner Institute of the University of Oxford and pharma giant AstraZeneca. Covishield is in Phase-2 and Phase-3 human trials and, if successful, will be mass produced by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), one of the world's largest manufacturers of vaccines. Its trials in India are running at 17 locations across the country. A UK media report earlier this month said Covishield, which is also being tested there, could be cleared by health regulators in that country by end-2020 and be rolled out within six months. Besides, two other vaccine candidates are also being tested across the country. Indigenous vaccine developer Bharat Biotech, in collaboration with the the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology, is conducting Phase1 and Phase-2 clinical trials of vaccine. Less than 10 lakh active cases for Hathras victim’s brother demands 13th consecutive day in country probe under retired SC judge NEW DELHI: For the 13th day in an "unbroken string", India has maintained its steady trend of clocking less than 10 lakh active cases of COVID-19, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. It also said that an average of 11.5 lakh tests for detection of coronavirus infection were done on a daily basis during the past ten days. From merely one in January 2020, India's total tests for detection of COVID19 have crossed 7.89 crore so far. There has been a commensurate dip in the COVID19 positivity rate, it said. "With progressively falling positivity rate, testing has A worker sanitizes a restaurant ahead of its reopening in Mumbai on Sunday. worked as a highly effective tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection," the ministry highlighted. ANI There are 9,37,625 active cases of COVID-19 as on date, which is 7,371 cases less than Saturday. India has posted high daily testing numbers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 10,97,947, 11,32,675 and 11,42,131 tests being conducted respectively. "There has been an exponential rise in India's daily testing capacities. More than 15 lakhs tests can be conducted every day. "An average of 11.5 lakh tests were done on a daily basis during the past ten days," the ministry said. Very high levels of testing lead to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. These have eventually resulted in a sustained low fatality rate which has dropped to 1.55 per cent. HATHRAS: The brother of the 19-year-old from Hathras who died in an alleged gang rape on Sunday said that the family wants the investigation to be held under a retired Supreme Court judge and that also the suspension of the district magistrate of Hathras. Talking to media persons here, the victim's brother said: "We want an investigation to be held under a retired Supreme Court judge. We also want the Hathras District Magistrate to be suspended," he said. Earlier today, a medical team visited the residence of the victim of the Hathras incident, on the request of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) following the deteriora- Police personnel trying to stop Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan on his way to Hathras, on Sunday. ANI tion in the health of her father. The SIT probing the murder case, visited their residence to record the statements of the victim's family members. A day earlier Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recommended a probe by the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) in the alleged gang-rape and murder. MORE ON PG 7 PFRDA to hire consultant for restructuring, NPS Trust separation IN UNION BUDGET 2020-21, THE GOVT PROPOSED TO SEPARATE THE NPS TRUST FROM THE PENSION REGULATOR NEW DELHI: The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) plans to engage a strategic management consultant to study and make recommendations for the proposed organisational restructuring and segregation of the NPS Trust. The regulator has sought Expressions of Interest (EoI) from interested consultancy firms for the study. In the Union Budget for 2020-21, the government proposed to separate the NPS Trust from the pension regulator. In its notification seeking EoIs, the PFRDA said that it had undertaken the exercise of organisational restructuring in 2017, however, with the changing regulatory requirements and the proposed changes in the legal framework governing the authority's functions, it is important to reassess the organisational structure in terms of its suitability, effectiveness and its role in meeting the mandate given by the PFRDA Act, 2013. "It is important to strengthen the PFRDA's capabilities to meet the challenges in the regulatory domain, trends and preparedness to face the future challenges," it said. It said that the consultant will have to understand the existing mandate, objectives, roles and functions of the PFRDA through various sources such as legislation related to the PFRDA, discussion with the head of departments in the PFRDA and NPS Trust and other stakeholders, among others. This also involves identifying specific areas for studying the inter-linkages between the PFRDA and the NPS Trust with regard to their roles and responsibilities. The consultant will have to identify and demarcate roles and responsibility of the NPS Trust and recommend suitable amendments in regulations, guidelines and trust deed to implement the demarcated role. The notification said that the applicant should be a strategic management consultancy firm of international repute with its office or branch office in India with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience. Meanwhile, Overall credit growth continues to remain muted amid weak credit demand and heightened risk aversion among banks, as per a report by the Finance Ministry. Credit to medium enterprises, however, has witnessed an uptick, according to the Monthly Economic Review for September 2020, released by the Department of Economic Affairs on Sunday. "Bank credit growth continued to moderate in the first six months of this year to reach 5.3 per cent as on 11th September 2020. Bank credit to the commercial sector recorded a growth of 5.4 per cent, mirroring weak credit demand and increased risk aversion in the banking system," it said. Meanwhile, Overall credit growth continues to remain muted amid weak credit demand and heightened risk aversion among banks, as per a report by the Finance Ministry. Credit to medium enterprises, however, has witnessed an uptick, according to the Monthly Economic Review for September 2020, released by the Department of Economic Affairs on Sunday. As per the report, while credit growth to the services sector declined from 10.1 per cent YoY in July to 8.6 per cent in August, credit to trade services picked up significantly to record 12.5 per cent YoY growth. Growth in personal loans also moderated in August, it said. However, credit growth to medium enterprises picked up to 2.8 per cent as on August 28 as compared to (-) 3.1 per cent as on July 31. The report noted that the overall credit to medium enterprises and credit to micro and small enterprises under priority sector lending in August may be attributed to the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme announced in May under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat economic package of the government and the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) liquidity support measures. As on September 29, the total amount sanctioned under the scheme by public sector banks (PSBs) and private banks to MSMEs and individuals stands at Rs 1.86 lakh crore, of which Rs 1.32 lakh crore has already been disbursed.