YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 22 C HATHRAS INCIDENT HORRIBLE, SAYS SUPREME COURT NATION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—156 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) TRUMP DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL, BACK TO WHITE HOUSE WORLD Morning India JHARKHAND COAL BLOCK ALLOCATION SCAM Special court convicts ex-Union minister, others NEW DELHI: Former Union minister Dilip Ray was convicted along with four others by a special court here on Tuesday in a case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block in 1999. Special Judge Bharat Parashar convicted Ray, former minister of state (coal) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, for criminal conspiracy and other offences. The court also convicted two senior officials of the Ministry of Coal at that time, Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, Castron Technologies Ltd (CTL), its director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and Castron Mining Ltd (CML). The court will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence against them on AT A GLANCE SCHOOLS NOT TO OPEN FROM OCT 15 RANCHI: There is no preparation for opening schools in Jharkhand from October 15. Director of Jharkhand Education Project Council, Dr. Shailesh Kumar Chaurasia said that schools cannot be opened right now due to the situation of Corona in the state. He said that in the past there was a proposal to open schools for classes 9 to 12, but it was not approved in view of the pandemic. Preparation will be made to open schools in the state only after studying how the schools are opening in other states and what is the effect on them. 74% INDIANS DON'T BANK ON NEWS CHANNELS FOR 'REAL NEWS' NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the new media landscape of India. According to the recent findings of the IANS CVoter Media Tracker, 74 per cent Indians treat news channels as a source of entertainment. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 6,704,900 TOTAL DEATH: 103,787 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 35,803,090 TOTAL DEATH: 1,049,990 October 14. The court said it has been concluded beyond shadows of all reasonable doubts that all the five accused persons - CLT, Agarwalla, Ray, Banerjee and Gautam conspired together so as to procure allocation of Brahmadiha coal block in favour of CTL and finally achieved the said object of the criminal conspiracy by undertaking various acts of cheating MOC by CTL and Agarwalla and by various acts constituting the offence of criminal misconduct by Ray, Banerjee and Gautam and also the offence of criminal breach of trust by public servant by Ray... The court convicted them for various offences including criminal conspiracy (120-B of IPC), criminal breach of trust by public servant (409 of IPC), cheating (420 of IPC) and corruption (PC Act). It convicted the sixth accused - CML for theft (379 of IPC). The judge said Ray dishonestly facilitated allocation of the abandoned nonnationalised coal mining area in favour The entire proceedings in fact suggest that they both were leaving no stone un-turned in ensuring allocation of impugned coal block in favour of company CTL, by overcoming all objections, the judge said. He added that it can not be said that the allocation of impugned non-nationalized abandoned coal mining area in favour of CTL was in furtherance of any public interest but it was rather undertaken to serve the interest of a private company and that too to the detriment of public interest and in violation of the unambiguous provisions of law. Thus, on account of aforesaid circumstances, it clearly stands well established that the two accused public persons - Banerjee and Gautam - clearly abused their official position. Covid recovery rate improves to 87.86 pc in State ANURAG THAKUR RANCHI: The State on Tuesday reported 847 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 88,873. 10 deaths were also reported, five from Ranchi, three from Jamshedpur, and one each from Koderma and Giridih. Among the samples tested positive, 440 cases were reported from Ranchi, 52 from Chaibasa, 13 from Koderma, 95 from Jamshedpur, 3 from Giridih, 10 from Garhwa, 26 from Palamu, 28 from Ramgarh, 30 from Deoghar, 51 from Bokaro, 42 from Dhanbad, 25 from Hazaribagh, 33 from Saraikela, 33 from Khunti, 10 from Dumka, HEALTH MINISTRY GUIDELINES: NO FESTIVE EVENTS IN CONTAINMENT ZONES NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry on Tuesday issued the standard operating procedures on preventive measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus during ensuing festivities and urged people in containment zones, and vulnerable populations to celebrate festivals at their homes. "Festive events shall be permitted only outside the Containment Zones. Organisers, staff and visitors from Containment Zones shall not be permitted. People residing inside Containment Zones may be encouraged to observe all festivals inside their homes and not move out," the ministry added. 5 from Latehar, 7 from Sahebganj, 19 from Godda and 3 from Jamtara. Meanwhile, Education Minister Jagarnath Mahto's con- Bihar NDA seat allocation: BJP gets 121 seats, JD-U 122 PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday announced the seat-sharing plan among the constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the Bihar Assembly election. The BJP will contest 121 seats while Nitish's JD-U has 122 seats. In a joint NDA press conference here, the Chief Minister said that the BJP has been given 121 seats, while the JD-U has got 122 seats. He said that JD-U has given 7 seats to Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) from its quota, while BJP will give seats to Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) from its quota. He said that talks between BJP and VIP are in the final stages. Nitish said, "We are not concerned with what someone speculates. We are working together and will do so." Several leaders including Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, BJP's Bihar poll in-charge Devendra Fadnavis, JD-U state chief Vashisht Narayan Singh and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were present at the joint press meet. Lashing out at the opposition RJD, Nitish Kumar said that NDA will fight the election on development works done in the last 15 years. "What was the development in Bihar during 15 years tenure of RJD? There were no roads, no power supply, law and order situation was pathetic with so many massacres across the state. How many jobs have they given to youth of Bihar during their tenure. Now they question us on jobs," Nitish said. Reacting on the alliance with BJP, he said that there is no confusion over seat sharing and selection of candidates. "We are contesting under the umbrella of NDA and we have no confusion on it," he said. dition is still critical and he is under observation. His oxygen level is still low. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has advised doctors to be ready to shift Mahto to INDIA COMMITS TO QUAD VISION FOR FREE, OPEN INDO-PACIFIC NEW DELHI/TOKYO: Amidst the Chinese aggression, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at the 'Quad' consultations in Tokyo on Tuesday reiterated that India was committed to the shared vision of the US, Japan and Australia for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. The foreign ministerial-level meeting of the Quad, an informal strategic group of the four countries is being held at Tokyo, in the wake of the growing belligerence shown by China since the beginning of this year. The meeting is being attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and S. Jaishankar. In his opening remarks, Jaishankar said, "As vibrant and pluralistic democracies with shared values, our nations have collectively affirmed the importance of maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific." 3 share Nobel prize in physics for discoveries about black hole STOCKHOLM: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday decided to award the Nobel Prize in physics to Oxford University professor Roger Penrose, German scientist Reinhard Genzel and American physicist Andrea Ghez for their discoveries about black hole. The prize amount is 10 million Swedish kronor (approximately $1.12 million), with one half going to Penrose and the other half jointly to Genzel and Ghez. "The discoveries of this year's Laureates have broken new ground in the study of compact and supermassive objects. But these exotic objects still pose many ques- of CTL and that too in violation of the direction of law. He thus dishonestly allowed misappropriation of the said coal mining area by company CTL . The court said that Banerjee, Additional Secretary, MOC and Chairman 14th Screening Committee and Gautam, Adviser (Projects), MOC and Member Convenor, 14th Screening Committee not only acted illegally but also clearly abused their position as such public servants in order to obtain allocation of abandoned coal mining area in favour of CTL . The manner in which the matter was handled inter-se between them while getting the application of CTL put up before the Screening Committee for consideration speaks volumes about their dishonest intention. tions that beg for answers and motivate future research," David Haviland, Chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics, said in a statement. "Not only questions about their inner structure, but also questions about how to test our theory of gravity under the extreme conditions in the immediate vicinity of a black hole." UK-born Penrose showed that Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity leads to the formation of black holes. Born in Germany, Genzel is a Director at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany and Professor at University of California, Berkeley, US. Ghez, who was born in New York, is a Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, US. Genzel and Ghez discovered that an invisible and extremely heavy object governs the orbits of stars at the centre of our galaxy. A supermassive black hole is the only currently known explanation. Penrose used ingenious mathematical methods in his proof that black holes are a direct consequence of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Medanta Gurugram. However, family members of the minister refused to airlift him as his condition is not so good. Meanwhile, 1246 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Maximum 440 patients recovered from the virus in Ranchi, 151 in Jamshedpur, 52 from Dhanbad, 52 from Chaibasa, 12 from Garhwa, 37 from Hazaribagh, and 55 from Saraikela. Active cases reached 10027 and a total of 78089 patients recovered from the virus so far in the state. However, 757 people lost their lives. Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID19 infected patients has increased to 87.86 percent which is a good sign for us. Meanwhile, door to door survey work is going on by Ranchi district administration for prevention of infection of covid-19. On Tuesday, a survey was conducted around different containment areas of Ranchi. The medical team also informed people about the prevention of coronavirus infection. People were told how the corona infection could be avoided by following the guidelines given by the district administration Ranchi. The medical team also asked people to comply with social distancing and the use of masks. JUDICIAL CUSTODY OF RHEA, SHOWIK EXTENDED MUMBAI: A Mumbai Special Court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik till October 20 in a drug related case that came up while investigating the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, officials said here. The siblings were presented before the Special NDPS Court as their judicial custody of 14 days ended. They had applied for bail in the Bombay High Court, on which the final arguments were heard by Justice S.V. Kotwal on September 29, who has reserved the final order on it. Rhea was arrested on September 9 by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) which is probing the drugs angle in the death of Bollywood actor Sushant, who was Rhea's live-in partner. Meanwhile, accusing the family of Sushant Singh Rajput and their legal advisors of "interfering and tampering with the investigations", Team Rhea Chakraborty's lawyers have warned that they will bring it to the notice of the appropriate courts. Advocate Satish Maneshinde, who represents Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik, said that the kin and lawyers of the late actor are raising doubts on the probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and also the conclusions of the AIIMS forensic team.