YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C DELHI HC TO HEAR PLEA TO RESTRAIN GOSWAMI, TV CHANNEL NATION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—159 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) POST COVID-19 HIATUS, INDIAN ARCHERS AIM TO FIND MOMENTUM SPORTS Morning India NIA files chargesheet against Swamy, 7 others RBI gives liquidity RAJ KUMAR RANCHI: A day after Jesuit priest Stan Swamy (83) was arrested from his NGO office at Namkum, National Investigation Agency filed a 10,000-page charge sheet in Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case in an NIA special court at Mumbai against eight accused including Swamy. The charge sheet was filed for the offences under sections 120B, 115, 121, 121A, 124A, 153A, 201, 505(1)(b) and 34 of IPC and sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 20, 38, 39 & 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Apart from Swamy, the AT A GLANCE INDIA TESTS ANTI-RADIATION MISSILE RIDRAM NEW DELHI: India on Friday successfully flight tested the indigenously-developed AntiRadiation Missile (Rudram-1), which can hit any radio frequency emitting target. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the Defence Research and Development Organisation and other stakeholders for the successful test of the first indigenous antiradiation missile for the Indian Air Force. "New generation AntiRadiation Missile (Rudram) was successfully flight tested onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha," the DRDO said in a statement. The missile was launched from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The missile is integrated on the Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions. "It has INS-GPS navigation with Passive Homing Head for the final attack. It hit the radiation target with pin-point accuracy," the DRDO said. CORONA METER list of accused includes i. Anand Teltumbde, r/o Dadar (E), Mumbai. ii. Gautam Navlakha, r/o, Kalkaji, South Delhi, New Delhi. iii. Hany Babu, r/o Noida, Uttar Pradesh. iv. Sagar Gorkhe, r/o Wakad, Pune, Maharashtra. v. Ramesh Gaichor, r/o Jai Jawan Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra. vi. Jyoti Jagtap, r/o Shivneri, Kondhawa, Maharashtra, and vii. Milind Teltumbde, r/o Wani, Yavatmal, Maharashtra. According to the charge sheet, Stan Swamy is a CPI (Maoist) cadre and was actively involved in its activities. He was in communication with other CPI (Maoist) cadres. He propagated BHIMA KOREGAON CASE among cadres that the arrest of urban CPI (Maoist) cadres from different parts of the country, particularly in Maharashtra has caused huge irrevocable damage to CPI (Maoist). He received funds from other Maoist cadres for the furtherance of the activities of CPI (Maoist). He is convenor of PPSC, a frontal organization of CPI (Maoist). The incriminating documents related to com- munications for furthering the activities of CPI (Maoist) and propaganda material of the CPI (Maoist) as well as literature were seized from his possession. The role of various frontal organizations of CPI (Maoist) has also emerged during investigation. It has been established that the members of CPI (Maoist) were using these organizations to further their agenda. The case arose out of Vishram Baug P.S. Pune C.R. No. 04/2018 regarding inciting people and giving provocative speeches during Elgar Parishad organized at Shaniwarwada, Pune by the activists of Kabir Kala Manch on 31.12.2017, which pro- moted enmity between various caste groups and led to violence resulting in loss of life & property in the State of Maharashtra. During the investigation, it was revealed that senior leaders of CPI (Maoist), a proscribed terrorist organization were in contact with the organizers of Elgar Parishad as well as the accused arrested in the case so as to spread the ideology of Maoism/Naxalism and encourage unlawful activities. The Pune Police had earlier filed two charge-sheets in this case on 15.11.2018 and 21.02.2019 Page 2 of 3 against fifteen accused persons. NIA took up the investiga- tion of the case on 24.01.2020. Through meticulous, scientific and detailed analysis of more than 10,000 pages of communications made by various accused, reliable oral, documentary, and material evidence was brought on record. NIA’s investigation revealed that the tentacles of the conspiracy were not only spread throughout the country but also extended beyond India. The incriminating documents recovered from the accused include their discreet communications with other Maoist cadres regarding conspiracy related to the violent incident of Bhima Koregaon as a part of their well chalked-out strategy. HC grants bail to Lalu in fodder scam COURT SEEKS REPORT ON RJD BOSS’ STAY IN RIMS WARD SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Jharkhand High Court on Friday allowed bail to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case related to Chaibasa treasury on the grounds that he has served half of the prison term. Lalu’s lawyer Prabhat Kumar said, “After hearing the CBI and us Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh granted bail with the condition that Lalu pays fine of Rs 2,00,000 and furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each. Lalu, however, would not come out of jail as he is also serving sentence in a fodder scam related to the Dumka treasury. The special CBI court has sentenced Lalu to a total of 14 years in the case. During the proceeding, the court has also sought reports from the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and the Jail administration on Lalu’s health and the list of persons he has met while in the hospital. The court would take up the matter on November 6. The order came after CBI lawyer and assistant solicitor general of India Rajiv Sinha submitted Lalu’s health report showing a marked INDIA TOTAL CASES: 6,835,100 TOTAL DEATH: 105,569 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 36,473,774 TOTAL DEATH: 1,061,813 improvement. Sinha also pointed out that now Lalu has been shifted to a large bungalow for treatment. Notably, during the hearing, the CBI opposed the bail saying that Lalu’s prison terms in different fodder scam cases may be counted separately and not concurrently as he has not made an application before the trial court and the high court for the same. He added on this ground Lalu has not served the half-term in the Chaibasa fodder scam case. It may be noted here that noted lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal argued for Lalu’s bail. Prabhat Kumar who was also representing Lalu said they would file an application for bail in the Dumka case as well in the coming month. RAM VILAS PASWAN’S CREMATION IN PATNA TODAY NEW DELHI: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan's mortal remains will be flown to Patna on Friday evening and his last rites will be performed there, said the family members. The last rites will be held on Saturday afternoon. Paswan passed away on Thursday in a Delhi hospital. According to the family members of the founder of the Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP), Paswan's mortal remains will be flown to Patna by a flight at 5 p.m. and then it will be taken to the Bihar Assembly. From there the mortal remains will be brought to the LJP headquarters. Finishing Touch boost but retains lending rates MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank made an expected move by retaining key lending rates, but cheered investors and home buyers by giving a liquidity boost and an optimistic outlook. The central bank's Monetary Policy Committee, in its penultimate meet for 2020, decided to maintain the repo -- or short-term lending -- rate for commercial banks, at 4 per cent on the back of persistently high inflation, fanned in part due to supply side disruptions along with seasonal factors. The reverse repo rate was also left unchanged at 3.35 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the 'Bank Rate' at 4.2 per cent. Nevertheless, the MPC, with three new members, voted to maintain an accommodative stance, thus opening up possibilities for more future rate cuts. It was broadly expected that the RBI's MPC might hold rates as recent data showed that retail inflation has been at an elevated level during June till August. "The MPC evaluated domestic and global macroeconomic and financial conditions and voted unanimously to leave the policy repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent," RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Friday. "It also decided to continue with the accommodative stance of monetary policy as long as necessary -- at least during the current financial year and into the next year -to revive growth on a durable basis and mitigate the impact of Covid-19, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target going forward." Das said that India's economy is entering into a decisive phase in the fight against the pandemic, citing that relative to pre-Covid levels, several high frequency indicators are pointing to the easing of contractions in various sectors of the economy and the emergence of impulses of growth. "By all indications, the deep contractions of Q1:2020-21 are behind us; silver linings are visible in the flattening of the active caseload curve across the country," he said. "Barring the incidence of a second wave, India stands poised to shrug off the deathly grip of the virus and renew its tryst with its pre-Covid growth trajectory." The Governor pointed out that some of "this optimism is being reflected in people's expectations". STOCK MARKETS REMAIN UPBEAT EVEN AS RBI LEAVES RATES UNCHANGED An artist paints the idols of Goddess Durga, ahead of the Dassehra festival, in Vijayawada on Friday. ANI BUSINESS PAGE LADAKH STANDOFF Political leaders, military heads discuss strategy ahead of talks with China NEW DELHI: Ahead of the seventh round of corps commander-level talks between India and China on October 12, top political and military leaders on Friday discussed the Indian strategy for the talks to resolve the military standoff between the two countries in the Eastern Ladakh region. "Top military and political leaders discussed the strategy for talks with the Chinese Army scheduled to be held on October 12," government sources told ANI. The talks will be held at the Chushul/Moldo in Eastern Ladakh where almost 50,000 troops from both sides are in BJP leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi interact with a man during his visit to Leh on Friday. ANI standoff position since AprilMay this year. India has a clear stand that the gambit of talks must include disengagement and de-escalation from the entire Eastern Ladakh region for addressing the situation. The seventh round of talks would be the last one be attended by present corps commander of Fire and Fury Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh as his successor Lt Gen PGK Menon has already reached Leh to take over the charge. The transgressions in Eastern Ladakh took place in April-May timeframe this year while Lt Gen Singh was appointed as the 14 Corps Chief in October last year. He is considered to be a very gallant officer with a long operational experience. The political and military leadership including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, and Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria have been involved in tackling the issue of Chinese transgressions. The core security team led by the NSA has been actively involved in preemptive and thwarting Chinese bids to occupy strategic heights. WFP, sustainer of displaced and distressed, wins Nobel Peace Prize OSLO/NEW DELHI: The UN's World Food Programme, which offers succour and sustenance to people around the world who find themselves in dire straits due to conflict, climate crises or Covid-19, was on Friday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 for its "efforts to combat hunger". The award to an organisation, instead of an individual like teen environment crusader Greta Thunberg or New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who were believed to be among the 318 nominees, seems to underscore the importance of collective action to tackle growing natural and human threats to food security and sustainable livelihoods around the world, especially in the underdeveloped countries of the Global South. Last year, the award was conferred to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war. The Rome-headquartered WFP, which is in the forefront of helping the undernourished in various conflict and disaster areas, be it refugees from strifetorn Yemen or Syria, the Rohingyas in their Bangladesh camps, the drought-hit in Africa's Sahel or the pandemicaffected around the world, is the latest in the UN family to win the prestigious prize and the first since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007). The coronavirus pandemic has also lead the organisation to scale up its assistance efforts, and as per WFP US, it is providing life-saving meals to 138 million of the world's most vulnerable people in more than 80 countries this year. It is also a significant contributor in achieving the UN's Millennium Development Goals on tackling hunger and starvation around the world. Announcing the award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is entrusted with choosing the winner of this particular award while the rest are done by Swedish bodies, said that it decided to honour the WFP "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflictaffected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict". "The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to emphasise that providing assistance to increase food security not only prevents hunger, but can also help to improve prospects for stability and peace. "The WFP has taken the lead in combining humanitarian work with peace efforts through pioneering projects in South America, Africa and Asia," it said in a statement. "With this year's award, the (Committee) wishes to turn the eyes of the world to the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger," Norwegian Nobel Committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said, as per media reports. "The WFP plays a key role in multilateral cooperation in making food security an instrument of peace." Reacting to the announcement, WFP Director David Beasley, in a tweet, said: "We are deeply humbled to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This is an incredible recognition of the ded- The Rome-headquartered WFP, which is in the forefront of helping the undernourished in various conflict and disaster areas, be it refugees from strife-torn Yemen or Syria, the Rohingyas in their Bangladesh camps, the drought-hit in Africa's Sahel or the pandemic-affected around the world, is the latest in the UN family to win the prestigious prize and the first since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007). ication of the @WFP family, working to end hunger everyday in 80+ countries. Thank you @NobelPrize for this incredible honor!." The WFP was founded in 1961 following a conference of the Food and Agricultural Organisation in 1960, and Dutch civil servant Addeke Hendrik Boerma served as its first Executive Director (1962-67), with Indian Sushil K. Dev holding charge as acting director of the organisation in January-August 1968. However, since 1982 it has been headed by Americans. Despite its endeavours around the world, especially the key areas of Congo, northeastern Nigeria, the Sahel, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, where it has categorised the situation as 'L3', or the highest level which is beyond the capacity of its local or regional establishment and demands a multilateral response, the WFP has not escaped its share of controversies. Activists, especially in Africa, have criticised it for some consequences of its aid, which can foist corruption by local elites and harm local agriculture and employment opportunities, being part of the trade subsidy system in developed countries, prop repressive regimes and create a culture of dependency, among others.