YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 24 C THE DRUG-HIGH B’WOOD DILEMMA: RHEA MAY BE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OPINION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—158 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) SIXTY-YEAR-OLD WOMAN BRANDED AS WITCH, KILLED RANCHI: A 60-yearold woman suspected of witchcraft was battered to death while her husband was injured in an attack in Jharkhand's Deoghar district on Thursday, police said. According to police, the woman Barki Marandi was killed with a sharp edged weapon and her husband Shukla Marandi was hospitalised after sustaining injuries. Police have detained one person in connection with the incident. The incident took place at Bechkodwa village situated under Jasidih police station in Deoghar district. The woman had been engaged in a dispute with the villagers for a long time. The villagers accused the woman of practicing black magic and causing trouble for other villagers. Two years ago the woman and her husband were ostracised by the villagers. NIA ARRESTS STAN SWAMY RANCHI: Octogenarian Jesuit priest of Jharkhand with roots in Kerala, who was under the scanner of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his alleged unlawful activities in Maharashtra, was arrested today. A police official informed this saying NIA did not take the help of district police when it arrested the priest from his NGO office, Bagaicha, under the Namkum police station. The priest had allegedly delivered 'hate speech' in a meeting at Bhima Koregaon, a place in Pune district of Maharastra, which allegedly caused a riot between the Dalit and Maratha community on January 1, 2018. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 6,835,100 TOTAL DEATH: 105,569 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 36,473,774 TOTAL DEATH: 1,061,813 WORLD Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE INFLATION HIGH PAK; FINANCIAL COLLAPSE, FATF CURBS IS THE NEXT 24 DSOs get job letters, posting through lottery PC JHA RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Thursday took a significant decision when he handed over appointment letters to all 24 District Sports Officers (DSOs) and signed on the file of their posting on the spot. Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said, “Since today, I am entrusting the responsibility of development of the state's sports to you with the belief that the name of the state of Jharkhand will spread throughout the world.” The interesting part of the function was that selected DSOs had the opportunity to pick up their posting district name from a piece of paper kept in the jar in presence of the chief minister and he announced the district name after giving appointment letters to the respective candidate. The Chief Minister also showed his interest to announce respective district names when the candidates handed over the slip to him. The state capital name was announced at the last as newly appointed Upwan Bara got the opportunity for his posting in Ranchi. The Chief Minister said that it was a matter of concern that even after 20 years of the establishment of the state the sports officer could not be appointed in any of the districts. “Our government had decided that this time it will definitely fulfill the goal of the youth and we are happy that the day has come,” he added. “Those who are getting appointment letters are sports experts; there is no need to guide them towards the sports development subjects,” he said. He said that it was an embarrassing situation for the state that sports activities were running in all 24 districts through one DSO but now the days have come as 24 DSO would work for their respective districts. However, Soren admitted that during Corona pandemic the state faced several hurdles for the development work but thanks to our people who followed all the guidelines directed by the state government. The Chief Minister appreciated Jharkhand State Cricket Association’s (JSCA) sports activity organized recently and said, “On the request of JSCA we allowed them to conduct 18-day cricket competition, which was broadcast online.” “The situation in our state was scary but the game was organized successfully in which only players of our state took part and millions of people saw it online,” he said. Regarding direct appointment of the sports persons, the chief minister said, “We have also taken this into consideration and opened a month long window in which if a player's name is missed, they should also be included in it.” He said that we are also going to make a portal for the all types of players in which players achievements will be registered there. “We have approved the much awaited new sports policy. Only the cabinet approval remains,” the CM added. Right to freedom of speech most abused these days: SC observes NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Centre for filing an affidavit short on details in a plea seeking strong action against media houses for demonizing the Muslim community in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat event. The top court highlighted the abuse of freedom of speech during the hearing. A bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta: "You cannot treat the court the way you are treating it in this case." The bench cited that the Centre's affidavit has been filed by a junior officer, and it is also extremely evasive and does not provide details on the aspect of bad reporting during the Tablighi Jamaat event. The bench asked "How can you say there was no incident (of bad reporting)?" Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the petitioners, contended before the bench that Centre's response seems, the petitioner is citing bad reporting, as an attempt to muzzle the freedom of speech. The Chief Justice replied, the Centre is entitled to make an argument, but "this freedom of speech may be the most abused freedom in recent times". The Chief Justice insisted the secretary of the department concerned must file an affidavit pointing out the observation in connection with reporting on the incident. The bench also asked for information on Acts, which have exercised similar powers in the past, and had a brief discussion on the implication of the Cable Television Networks Act. Mehta submitted that a SAME SEX COUPLE MOVES HC FOR LEGAL RECOGNITION OF MARRIAGE NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has referred, to a division bench, a plea filed by a same sex couple who approached it, seeking legal recognition of their marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969. The petition was listed before a single judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla who has referred the matter to a two judge bench. The two petitioners, an Indian citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India, are two gay men who married in Washington D.C in 2017. As per their plea, they had, on March 5, approached the Indian Consulate in New York to register their marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act. PG 7 fresh affidavit will be filed on the next hearing. The bench said it wants to know, does the government have any powers to ban or question the TV broadcast and insisted the Centre should file an affidavit detailing steps it had taken to stop broadcasts in TV channels which targeted a single community. The observations from the top court came during the hearing of a plea led Jamait Ulama-i-Hind seeking action against media reports indulging in communalizing the Tablighi Jamaat meeting held in Delhi in March. UNION MINISTER RAM VILAS PASWAN PASSES AWAY Visitors gather to see the newly recruited Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jet during the 88th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad on Thursday. ANI Trinity of reforms will impact every Indian, says PM Modi NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India has undertaken a trinity of reforms in the education, labour and agriculture and together they will impact almost every Indian. The Prime Minister was delivering the keynote address at the Annual Invest India Conference organised with a special focus on strengthening business ties between India and Canada. Inviting Canadian investors, the PM emphasised that India has undertaken structural reforms aiming to improve productivity and prosperity, and is also going through a rapid change in mindset and markets. "India has embarked on a journey of de-regulation and decriminalisation of various offences under the Companies Act. India has risen from 142 to 63 in the World Bank's ranking of ease of doing business ratings in the last five years," said the PM. He emphasised that reforms in labour laws greatly reduced the number of labour codes, which favours both -- the employee and the PM Modi addresses at Annual Invest India Conference in Canada via video conference, in New Delhi on Thursday. employer. The PM said there is an opportunity to grow, as during the Covid-19, there were various kinds of problems. However India has shown resilience and emerged as a land of resolution. He insisted that the FDI regime has been liberalised and a favourable regime created for ANI sovereign wealth and pension funds. PM Modi said reforms in education will enable foreign universities to come to the country. He added: "We are proactively monetising assets across sectors: airports, railways, highways, power transmission lines." NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, who was admitted to a private hospital here for the last several days, passed away on Thursday evening, his family members said. He was 74. The news of his demise was announced by his son Chirag Paswan, who tweeted: "Father, now you are no more in this world but wherever you are, you will be with me. Miss you papa..." He also shared an old photo of him and his father along with the tweet. According to his close family members, Paswan breathed his last on Thursday evening at around 8.20 p.m. at the Fortis Hospital here where he was admitted for several days. Paswan was a minister in the Narendra Modi government, the UPA government as well as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre. His death came just days after his son and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan decided to go solo in the Bihar assembly polls. Meanwhile, in a modification to the reopening guidelines, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday allowed political parties to hold rallies in 12 election bound states before October 15. The order came in the wake of the announcement by the Election Commission of India to hold state elections in Bihar and bypolls in 11 states for Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies that are scheduled on October 28, November 3. Austere poet of human trauma and renewal wins Literature Nobel NEW DELHI: Acclaimed American poet Louise Gluck, who draws on classical mythology, family life and nature in her precise and spare rendition of certain traumatic facets of the human condition such as pain and loss -- both personal and public -- but also longing and self-realisation, was on Thursday awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2020. The New York-born Gluck, 77, is the 16th woman to win the prestigious prize, and the first American to receive it since singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in 2016. The Swedish Academy cited "her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal" in selecting her for the prestigious prize. Gluck, who overcame her anorexia affliction, disrupted education and lack of academic qualification, and writer's block to emerge an important voice in American letters over her over half-decade career, has at least 12 volumes of poetry and several collections of essays on poetry to her credit. Her most recent published work was "American Originality: Essays on Poetry" (2017). Publishing her first collection of poems "Firstborn" in 1968 to some positive feedback, she subsequently complained of writer's block but said it slowly dissipated after she started teaching poetry in a Vermont college. It was her second volume "The House on Marshland" (1975), which brought her to prominence, and showcased "her distinctive voice", as per American critic Daniel Morris. Assessing her work, Nobel Committee Chairman Anders Olsson said her poetic oeuvre is "characterised by a striving for clarity". "Childhood and family life, Louise Gluck, an acclaimed American poet. the close relationship with parents and siblings, is a thematic that has remained central with her. In her poems, the self listens for what is left of its dreams and delusions, and nobody can be harder than she in confronting the illusions of the self," he wrote on the Nobel Prize's website. However, as Olsson, and many scholars have noted, that while Gluck draws on her own life for her work, she is not a "confessional poet", like, say, Sylvia Plath, and her verse eschews ethnic, religious or gender categories of identity politics, or a definite classification. Gluck, instead, prefers to use prominent figures from GrecoRoman mythology such as Dido, the Queen of Carthage whose unrequited love for Aeneas doomed her, Persephone, the Greek goddess of Spring and abducted by the Lord of the Underworld, the gloomy Hades, to be his bride, and Eurydice, who almost came back from the land of dead due to her suitor's persistence. Then, her book-length sixpart poem "October" (2004), drawing largely on Greek mythology, deals with the 9/11 attack. But, Gluck also uses nonhuman narrators, with her work "The Wild Iris" where garden flowers talk to a gardener and a deity about the nature of life. Poem "The Red Poppy" goes: "The great thing/is not having/a THE SWEDISH ACADEMY CITED "HER UNMISTAKABLE POETIC VOICE THAT WITH AUSTERE BEAUTY MAKES INDIVIDUAL EXISTENCE UNIVERSAL" IN SELECTING HER FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE. mind. Feelings:/oh, I have those; they/govern me. I have a lord in heaven/called the sun, and open/for him, showing him/the fire of my own heart, fire/like his presence...., while in "Snowdrops", on rebirth and redemption in changing seasons, goes: I did not expect to survive,/earth suppressing me. I didn't expect/to waken again, to feel/in damp earth my body/able to respond again, remembering/after so long how to open again/in the cold light/of earliest spring -..." But it is not always gloom and pain in Gluck's poetry. She can sometimes also display a trenchant wit, as Olsson points out, the collection "Vita Nova" ends: "I thought my life was over and my heart was broken./Then I moved to Cambridge." Currently an Adjunct Professor of English and Rosenkranz Writer in Residence at Yale University, she is the recipient of a host of prominent literary awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature in 1981, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for "The Wild Iris", and the National Book Award in 2014 for "Faithful and Virtuous Night". She was also Poet Laureate of the United States (2003-04).