YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C HAS THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA GIVEN UP ON ECONOMIC RELIEF OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. RANCHI FRIDAY, 16 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—165 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) GADKARI LAUNCHES BLASTING PROCESS FOR ZOJILA TUNNEL CONSTRUCTION WORK NEW DELHI: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday virtually initiated the first blasting for Zojila Tunnel project on NH-1 in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir. Zojila Tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Dras, Kargil and Leh regions. Terming Zojila tunnel as Asia's longest tunnel, Gadkari said: "The tunnel will certainly be used in changing the economy of Ladakh, Leh and Kashmir. With the efforts of all the people of our department, we have also saved about Rs 4,000 crores in this tunnel work." NATION Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE LOKPAL HAS NO POWER TO REVIEW ITS ORDER Economic cost of food-borne disease is USD 15 billion per year for India NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry on Thursday informed that the economic cost of foodborne diseases in India is estimated to be a whopping USD 15 billion. While wasting (21 per cent), underweighting (36 per cent), stunting (38 per cent) are common among children, at least 50 per cent of women and children suffering from anaemia, said the government. The Centre also informed that the prevalence of obesity has doubled in the decade (2005-2015) from 9.3 per cent to 18.6 per cent among males and from 12.6 per cent to 20.7 per cent among females with a corresponding rise in deaths due to Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan chaired an interministerial meeting with the Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) to achieve 'vision 2050' of the 'Eat Right India' Movement. Dr Vardhan, taking note of the alarming statistics, said, "'Eat Right India' and 'Fit India' Movement will prove to be gamechangers in the health sector of the country. The results will be visible for all of us in the coming ten years. A systems-based approach can ensure food safety along with their secure availability, promoting a healthy diet along UNION HEALTH MINISTER DR HARSH VARDHAN CHAIRED AN INTER-MINISTERIAL MEETING WITH THE FSSAI TO ACHIEVE 'VISION 2050' OF THE 'EAT RIGHT INDIA' MOVEMENT. with taking care of the environment through sustainable practices." Noting that 50 per cent of India's 1.3 billion does not meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance for critical micronutrients, the Health Minister championed the move for an approach of 'Food Security to Nutrition Security'. "The different Ministries can make critical interventions in primary production, food processing, their regulation with respect to wastage and issues of hygiene and end-consumption. Only then will 'Eat Right India' become a movement in its true sense," he added. Hemant Sutradhar NEW DELHI: With just a few hours left for cinema halls in India to open doors to the public on Friday after a long gap due to the pandemic, trade experts open up on the challenges facing the industry, safety measures to be taken and plans to bring back moviegoers to theatres. Cinema halls were given the green signal to open from October 15, as per the guidelines of the Union Home Ministry and the Central government. While screening of films at some of the theatres on Thursday were dedicated to staff and family members, the general public can watch films on the big screen Friday onwards. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 7,309,164 TOTAL DEATH: 111,337 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 38,833,654 TOTAL DEATH: 1,098,155 Don’t comment on internal matters: India tells China: NEW DELHI: India has sent a strong message to China asking it to refrain from commenting on its internal affairs. The remarks came after China's Foreign Ministry said earlier this week that it does not recognise Ladakh Union Territory and Arunachal Pradesh. Commenting on the remarks by China, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India's position has always been clear and consistent and Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are, and would remain an integral part of India. He said Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. "Our position on this has always been clear and consistent. The union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are, and would remain an integral part of India. China has no locus standi to comment on India's internal matters. We hope that countries will not comment on India's internal matters, as much as they expect the same of others," he said. "Our position on Arunachal Pradesh has also been made clear several times. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. This fact has also been clearly conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions, including at the highest level" he added. US APPOINTS DESTRO AS SPECIAL OFFICER FOR TIBET NEW DELHI: A day after President Xi Jinping called on Chinese troops to prepare for war, the United States appointed a senior official as its special coordinator for Tibetan issues. Tibet, which has been under Chinese occupation since 1950, remains a sensitive issue for Beijing diplomatically. The Chinese Communist Party regime has persistently refused to engage with the US coordinator on the Tibet issue. The Tibetan government in exile, established in India, is headed by the Dalai Lama. MORE ON WORLD PG HATHRAS: CBI investigations into the Hathras rape and murder case hit their first roadblock when the investigators found that the CCTV footage of September 14, the day the victim was brought in to the hospital, has been 'lost'. Chief Medical Superintendent of the Hathras district hospital, Indra Veer Singh, said that the hospital would have saved the footage if the police had asked them to. "Previous footage gets deleted every seven days and new footage gets recorded over it. We do not keep a back-up unless specifically asked to," he said. LET ALLAHABAD The victim had HC DEAL WITH HATHRAS CASE, first been taken to SAYS SUPREME the district COURT hospital PAGE 7 for treatment after the incident and the footage could have provided crucial evidence about her condition after she was allegedly attacked. The CBI team had visited the hospital to record statements of doctors and examine evidence. CBI sources said that the footage would have helped them ascertain the condition of the victim when she was brought there, who attended to her and who spoke to her when she was there. A police officer said the hospital has "nothing to do" with the crime-related investigation. "Unless a crime takes place in the hospital or negligence is reported, this has no bearing on the criminal investigation. These are unrelated things. That is why CCTV footage was not taken into account," he said. This, incidentally, the second case in recent weeks when absence of CCTV footage in a high-profile case being investigated by the CBI, is affecting investigations. INSIDE A Chinook helicopter at Shinkula Pass, Thursday. CINEMAS GEAR UP TO OPEN FOR PUBLIC TODAY CCTV footage from Hathras hospital ‘lost’ AIMING HIGH Tribal outfits staging protest in support of Sarna Dharm Code demand, in Ranchi on Thursday. Officials asked to keep Rs 68,500 festive bonus for 2.65 L coal workers tab on poll expenses SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Joint Chief Electoral Officer (JCEO) Hiralal Mandal on Thursday urged the concerned officers to work in coordination for ensuring free and fair elections in Bermo and Dumka assembly vconstituencies. While addressing a statelevel meeting on election expenditure monitoring, Mandal asked all the departments to prepare reports regarding the elections on time and submit them. He asked the officials to keep a close watch on expenditures so that all candidates spend within the permissible limit during the campaigning. Officials from the police, income tax, excise, narcotics control bureau, Birsa Munda international airport, public relations department, senior postal officer were present on the occasion. It may be stated here that currently the nomination process of the Bermo and the Dumka by-polls is going on. The polling would be held on November 3. Meanwhile, Dumka SP Ambar Lakra chalked out a strategy with his officials for ensuring elaborate security during polls. He said that a special movement plan would be prepared during the polling day, adding a comprehensive security arrangement would be made at the sensitive and hyper sensitive booths. He said an environment for enabling voters to exercise their franchise in a fearless atmosphere would be created. He added the police preparation for handling extremists threat would be better than in the past. MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: The Joint Bipartite Coal Committee of India (JBCCI) in its 10th meeting held here today at Central Mines Planning and Design Institute Limited (CMPDI) decided to give Rs 68500 bonus for the non-executive employees of Coal India and its subsidiary units across the country. As many as 2.65 lakh workers will be benefited from the decision. The meeting decided to ensure payment by October 22. The meeting was presided over by chairman cum managing director of Northern Coalfields Limited P.K.Sinha. The meeting is an annual event of coal industries. Those present during the bipartite coal committee meeting other than Sinha included the director (personnel) of CIL, R.P. Srivastava, Director (personnel ) of SECL R.S.Jha, Director (personnel) of WCL Sanjay Kumar, Director (personnel) of ECL and CCL Vinay Ranjan Director (personnel) of MCL, Bimlendu Kumar, Director (technical) of CMPDI S.K.Gomasta, Director (personnel) of BCCL, PVKRM Rao. REPUBLIC TV CASE: SUPREME COURT SAYS ‘Concerned about police commissioners giving interviews’ NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Thursday, during the hearing of Republic TV plea against the summons issued by the Mumbai Police to the news channel in connection with the alleged Television Rating Point (TRP) scam, said the court is concerned about the Police Commissioners giving interviews. A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee at the outset of the hearing said: "We are concerned about Police Commissioners giving interviews." The Mumbai Police Commissioner held a press conference in the scam. The bench asked senior advocate Harish Salve, representing Republic TV, to move the Bombay High Court in the matter. Justice Chandrachud in a lighter vein told Salve, "Your office is in Worli. And, the Flora Fountain is not too far from Worli." The top court held a very short hearing on the Republic's TV plea. The top court observed that like any ordinary citizen facing investigation under CrPC, petitioners must also go to the High Court first. Salve agreed to withdraw the petition with the liberty to approach the High Court. The top court told Salve, "We must have faith in the High Court". The Mumbai Police has opposed the Republic TV demand for a CBI probe, saying the channel can't decide which agency should probe the matter. The affidavit filed by the Mumbai Police said the investigation into a crime can't be a matter of free speech and alleged that Arnab Goswami is threatening and intimidating WHY ARE SO MANY IN MUMBAI IN HURRY TO CLOSE THE CASE, ASKS SWAMY witnesses. The Republic TV plea in the apex court had challenged the October 9 summons, issued to the CFO of Republic Media Network, in connection with the investigation in an FIR. Earlier, the CFO citing the plea in the top court had urged the Mumbai Police to pause its probe in the role of the network and its employee, as a request has been made before the court for an early hearing into the matter. The police have named Republic TV, India Today TV, Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema among the accused after its discreet investigation in the past few days. MUMBAI: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said that news reports claiming that the CBI is closing the Sushant Singh Rajput case in the next couple of days is wrong. He also wondered why some people were in a rush to close the case. "According my information the media reports that CBI is closing, by a final report in the Sushant SR's unnatural death FIR in the next two days, is wrong. Why are so many in Mumbai in such a huge hurry to close the case?" Swamy tweeted on his verified account. Earlier in the day, he had shared updates about the case with a couple of tweets. "On direction of Ministry of Health, in compliance with the letter of Chairman of the Parliament's Standing Committee, to Secretary of MHFW, Dr. Sudhir Gupta met me today to apprise me of the non-classified forensic findings of the SSR case. These will be shared in the next tweet," he had written. "I am moving through the official process for a more thorough evaluation by the MH&FW's Medical Board of the post mortem on SSR done by Dr Cooper hospital & based on the seven shortcomings of post-mortem pointed out by AIIMS Board. This is nec- essary before CBI can conclude," he wrote in another tweet. Meanwhile, Breaking his silence, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday made it clear that he would resist any moves to finish off Bollywood or shift it from Mumbai. "Any attempts being made to finish off Bollywood or shift it elsewhere (from Mumbai) will not be tolerated and we shall oppose it," Thackeray assured at a meeting with single-screen and multiplex cinema hall owners to discuss re-starting of film theatres in the ongoing Unlockdown phases. "Bollywood enjoys a following and popularity across the globe. In many respects, it's even at par with Hollywood. The film industry also generates huge employment for lakhs of people," Thackeray said.