YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C TEJASWI, CHIRAG FACING BIGGEST POLITICAL CHALLENGES IN POLLS OPINION Rainfall may occur. SCHOOLS IN PAK TEACH HATRED AGAINST HINDUS: ACTIVIST TOLD UN WORLD Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 15 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—164 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) Centre discriminating against State, says CM SANJAY SAHAY/ SURESH PRASAD NIKHAR RANCHI: Bermo sub-division was the hub of political activities on Wednesday as the NDA candidate Yogeshwar Mahto Batul and the Mahagathbandhan nominee Jaimangal Singh filed their nomination papers for the bypolls scheduled to be held on November 3. Both the candidates submitted their papers at the sub-divisional magistrate's office, Tenughat after worshipping several deities. Soon after filing the papers both the NDA and the Mahagathbandhan organized election meetings in a show of strength. The by-polls are being held here after the demise of former minister Rajendra Singh. AT A GLANCE ‘CHAKKA JAM’ FOR SARNA CODE TODAY RANCHI: Various tribal bodies will observe 'Chakka Jam' strike in five states tomorrow to press for their demand of a separate code for the Sarna religion in the census form. The five states include Bihar, Assam, West Bengal and Odisha besides Jharkhand. Tribal bodies observing the strike include Kendriya Sarna Samiti (KSS), Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad (ABAVP), and Adivasi Sengal Abhiyan (ASA) besides others. The organizations have made all the emergency services free from the strike. On the eve of the strike, heads of all the organizations held a press conference and justified the strike for the Sarna Code in order to protect the identity of tribals. “In absence of a separate code for Sarnas, tribals are counted as Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Christian or others not and thus there is a problem of identity crisis and risk of religious conversion on national level. If the separate code for Sarna religion is not provided in the census form in 2021 then the end of tribalism is sure,” KSS president Fulchand Tirkey said. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 7,250,357 TOTAL DEATH: 110,706 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 38,456,930 TOTAL DEATH: 1,092,331 Addressing a rally at Football ground in Jaina More, Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren urged the people to vote for the mahagathbadhan candidate Jaimangal so that he could fulfill the dreams of his father and former minister Rajendra Singh for the people. The Chief Minister claimed victory after Congress nominee Anup Singh filed his nomination papers for Bermo Assembly seat. Soren said that along with Dumka, the JMM grand alliance will win the Bermo assembly byelection. "The opposition has no issues in the by-election. The grand alliance will unite and destroy the candidates of the opposition," he said. The CM said, “ You should decide whether you want to elect a representative of late Rajendra Singh or a person who wants to loot the farmers, workers, and the poor. "Even though we put the stamp on Anup the voices for his nomination came from the people of the constituency," he added. He said the BJP is responsible for the rapid spread of Covid in the country. He added instead of help- ANUP, BATUL FILE PAPERS FROM BERMO ing the state in such circumstances, the Centre is giving stepmotherly treatment to the state. Soren said that Bermo by-election is being done not because of happiness but due to the death of MLA late Rajendra Babu. "Therefore, to complete the works of Rajendra Babu, who has left them unfinished, voters have to ensure the victory of Anup Singh," he added. He said that the BJP has infected the whole country with Corona. "Not a single outstanding bill of DVC had been paid by the Raghubar government during his tenure," he pointed out. He said that hundreds of youths are forced to stage agitation for jobs owing to the policies of the previous government. Congress state president Rameshwar Oraon said the previous government resorted to beating various sections of people, including Aganbadi workers and para teachers. He said that people have assured him that they would give more votes to Congress this time compared to the previous elections. While mentioning the works of the state government, minister Alamgir Alam said, “During the lockdown, we took the initiative to bring back the workers from different parts of the country. Even airplanes were used for the purpose.” Minister Satyanand Bhokta said development works were only on papers during the BJP rule, adding nothing was visible on the grounds. Meanwhile addressing a rally in Bermo, BJP state president Deepak Prakash said recruitment of thousands of teachers by the previous government was cancelled due to weak representation of their case by the government in the High Court. Now wholesale prices jump up in Sep, WPI rises to 1.32% NEW DELHI: High prices of food products, primary articles and manufactured goods accelerated India's September wholesale inflation. The annual rate of inflation, based on wholesale prices, rose to 1.32 per cent in September from 0.16 per cent in August, and from (-) 0.25 per cent in July. On a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data furnished by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has risen by only 0.33 per cent as against the corresponding period of the previous year. "The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 1.32 per cent (provisional) for the month of September 2020 (over September 2019) as compared to 0.33 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year," the ministry said in its review of 'Index Numbers of Wholesale Price in India' for September. On a sequential basis, the expenses on primary arti- cles, which constitute 22.62 per cent of the WPI's total weightage, increased 5.10 per cent from 1.60 per cent in August 2020. The prices of food items remained at elevated levels with a rise of 6.92 per cent from 4.07 per cent reported for August. On commodity and subsegment basis, potato prices increased by 107.63 per cent in September against 82.93 per cent during August. Overall, vegetable prices in September rose 36.54 per cent against a rise of 7.03 per cent in August. Similarly, pulses became dearer by 12.53 per cent last month from 9.86 per cent in August. On a YoY basis, expenses on food items increased at a faster rate of 8.17 per cent from 7.54 per cent in the corresponding period of last year. The sub-segment of vegetable prices in September rose 36.54 per cent against the decline of 19.3 per cent in the same month a year ago. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman participated in G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI ‘Common man’s Diwali in your hands’: SC seeks speedy interest waiver NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the Centre that the common man's Diwali is in the government's hands, as it sought implementation of the decision to waive interest-oninterest for loans up to Rs 2 crore for eight categories. The top court gave time till November 2 to the Centre to update it on the issuance of circulars in this matter. A bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and comprising Justices M.R. Shah and R. Subhash Reddy told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, that it does not require one month time to implement its decision on waiver of interest on interest on loans up to Rs 2 crore. "This is not fair on the part of the government," said Justice Bhushan, noting that the top court has given enough time to the government to act in the matter. "When you have decided, then why it is taking time," he asked. The bench insisted that the Centre should issue necessary orders based on its decision so that the common man can receive the benefits. Justice Shah told Mehta that the government should see the plight of the common man, as they know that Centre has taken a decision in their favour. "But they want some concrete result," he added. Mehta said the government has considered the plight of the common man and it does not gain anything by delaying its decision unnecessarily, but there are certain formalities. J’khand coal scam: Order on former Minister Ray’s sentence on Oct 26 NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved the order for October 26 on sentencing of former Minister of State (MoS) for Coal Dilip Ray, and five others in a coal block allocation case. On October 6, Special Judge Bharat Parashar of Rouse Avenue Court had convicted them in the case, noting that they conspired together beyond shadows of all reasonable doubts to procure allocation of the coal block. The case pertains to allo- cation of 105.153 hectares of non-nationalized and abandoned coal mining area in Jharkhand's Giridih district in favor of Castron Technologies Limited by 14th Screening Committee of the Ministry of Coal in 1999. Besides Ray, who was Minister during Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, two former senior officials of the Ministry of Coal -- Pradip Kumar Banerjee, the then Additional Secretary and Nitya Nand Gautam, former advisor (Projects), and NIA CHARGESHEET: STAN WORRIED OVER DISRUPTION IN INT'L LINKS AFTER ARRESTS Castron Technologies Limited, its director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and Castron Mining Limited have also been found guilty. NEW DELHI: Arrested tribal activist Stan Swamy was worried over the arrest of prominent faces like Rona Wilson, Varavara Rao and G.N. Saibaba, which caused major disruption in communication with international Maoist organisations, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claimed in its charge sheet filed in the Bhima Koregaon case last week. In the 10,000 page charge sheet filed by the NIA in a Special NIA court in Mumbai, the agency alleged that Swamy had urged the cadres of his party to stop the BJP/RSS from making inroads into PG 2 the tribal masses and lower middle class. JTET candidates staging protest in support of their demand in Ranchi on Wednesday. MI Photo SC stays HC order on teachers’ job SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday put a stay on the Jharkhand High Court order cancelling the appointment of assistant teachers in 13 Scheduled districts of the State under reservation policy. Advocate General Rajiv Ranjan confirmed the decision while stating that notices have been issued to concerned parties in this connection. He said, “We welcome the decision. The state government was also planning to challenge the HC order in the Supreme Court.” Notably, the SC direction has come after one of the persons affected by the judgement approached the court. On September 21 a full bench of Jharkhand High Court Justice comprising Justice HC Mishra, Justice S Chandrashekhar, and Justice Deepak Roshan quashed the state government’s notification reserving III and IV grade posts in 13 Scheduled districts of the state for local residents. Notably, the notification was issued in July 2016 providing 100 per cent reservation to local residents in 13 Scheduled districts for 10 years. Based on the notifica- ADVOCATE GENERAL RAJIV RANJAN CONFIRMED THE DECISION WHILE STATING THAT NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO CONCERNED PARTIES IN THIS CONNECTION. tion the Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission (JSSC) issued an advertisement in October 2016 for the appointment of assistant teachers in high schools. A petitioner Soni Kumari who is from a non-Scheduled district filed a petition (Soni Kumari v/s Education (WP (C)/1387/2017), challenging the notification. She questioned the legality of the condition imposed in the advertisement while claiming such reservation in the name of residence and place of birth was untenable in the eyes of law and directly affected her fundamental right. In its judgment, the court ordered that the appointment of assistant high school teachers already made in 13 districts should be annulled. With it, the appointment of around 8,400 teachers in the Scheduled districts was affected. UNHRC draws world-wide flak over election of China & Pak as members While China won a seat by a small margin, Saudi Arabia was defeated in polls to the premier global body NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: While rebuking the UN Human Rights Council over the election of China, Russia and Cuba as its members, the US on Wednesday said its stand to withdraw from the council two years ago, has been vindicated. "The election of China, Russia, and Cuba to the UN Human Rights Council validates the US' decision to withdraw from the Council in 2018 and use other venues to protect and promote universal human rights. At UNGA this year, we did just that," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted. The US' commitment to human rights, he said, is far more than just words. "We have identified and punished human rights abusers in Xinjiang, Myanmar, Iran and elsewhere, and call for all nations to take this moment to recommit to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)." While China won a seat at the UNHRC by a smal margin on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia was defeated in the elections to the premier global body for human rights. Pakistan, however, was reelected to the UNHRC. China's got elected to the UNHRC despite the fact that the UN experts earlier this year called on the international community to take collective and decisive action to ensure that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime ends violations of its international obligations and human rights of its citizens. In a statement issued by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), the experts, who are part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, had said that it is time for renewed attention on the human rights situation in China, particularly in light of the moves against the people of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), minorities of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, the Tibet Autonomous Region, and human rights defenders across the country. They had urged the UNHRC to act with a sense of urgency to take all appropriate measures to monitor Chinese human rights practices. In a strong reaction to the election of Russia, China, Pakistan and Cuba, the countries known for their abysmal record on human rights violations, many people on social media lashed out at the UNHRC. Hillel Neuer, an international lawyer on human rights and executive director of United Nations Watch based in Geneva condemned the election of the four countries. "Today is a black day for human rights--UN's newest world judges on human rights include: Pakistan--persecutes Christians, Hindus, Ahmadis. China--herded one million Uyghurs into camps. Russia-poisons dissidents. Cuba--police state. The inmates are running the asylum." India's top foreign policy expert Brahma Chellany tweeted,"China, despite incarcerating more than a million Muslims, unleashing harsh repression in Tibet and killing detainees to harvest their organs for transplant, wins a UN Human Rights Council seat. It secures 30 votes less than its proxy, Pakistan. The Council is becoming irrelevant." Apart from dozens of journalists and activists who expressed outrage, social media influencers like Surendra Poonia questioned the UNHRC too. "How come your organization is not able to see atrocities on minorities in Pakistan and torture camps in China where Uyghur Muslims are tortured? It is like a brutal killer getting awarded for non-violence," he tweeted. In a scathing commentary, Pakistan's own human rights commission earlier this year had expressed deep concerns about the state of human rights of ethnic minorities in the country. In its annual report, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said, "The year 2019 will be remembered for the systematic curbing of political dissent by various means, constraints to the freedom of the mainstream media, digital surveillance, and the over-regulation of social media spaces." Curbs on freedom of opinion and expression continued to escalate, the commission said pointing out that it had become "more difficult to speak or write openly -- if at all -- on 'sensitive' issues such as enforced disappearances, or to criticise state policy or security agencies in these areas" for journalists in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular.