YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 17 C STAN SWAMY, A JESUIT PRIEST, IS THE STATE'S NEMESIS FOR HE CARES OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. RANCHI SUNDAY, 25 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—173 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) The office of 'Morning India' will remain closed on October, 26 and 26 on account of Dussehra. There will be no edition of the newspaper on Monday and Tuesday. The next issue of the newspaper will hit the stands on Wednesday. We wish our readers, hawkers and staff members a very Happy Dussehra. NATION Morning India Rs. 5 NOTICE COW DUNG BECOMES A MEANS OF EMPLOYMENT IN UP Govt to tweak SC/ST/OBC quota policy in State: CM Soren ‘BJP is using all possible means to win by-polls and the party has fielded dummy candidates’ SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Saturday announced that his government would bring changes in rules providing 28 percent reservation to the Scheduled Tribes (STs), 12 percent to Scheduled Caste (SCs) and 27 percent to Other Backward Castes (OBCs). Currently, the state government provides 26 percent reservation to STs, 10 percent to SCs, eight percent to backward class -1, two percent to backward caste-2, and 10 percent to economically weaker section. While speaking to media AT A GLANCE CENTRE PROCURED OVER RS 59-CR KHARIF CROPS TILL OCT 23 NEW DELHI: The Central government has procured Kharif crops having Minimum Support Price (MSP) valued around Rs 59 crore this year so far, the Agriculture Ministry said on Saturday. The Ministry shared the procurement data up to October 23 this year. Of these crops, the government through its nodal agencies has procured 894.54 metric ton of Moong and Urad having MSP value of Rs 6.43 crores benefitting 871 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana Similarly, the Ministry said, 5,089 metric ton of Copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of Rs 52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3,961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In respect of Copra and Urad, rates are ruling above MSP in most of the major producing states, said the Ministry, adding the respective state and Union Territory governments are making necessary arrangements for commencement of procurement from the date as decided by the respective states based on the arrivals in respect of Kharif pulses and oilseeds. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 7,815,363 TOTAL DEATH: 118,007 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 42,589,383 TOTAL DEATH: 1,150,833 persons in Dumka he stated the government will provide 10,000 jobs to girls in a month. The CM said the BJP is using all possible means to win the by-polls adding that the party has put up dummy candidates in the elections. He said the BJP is using the dummy candidates to divide votes. The CM attacked former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi asking him what changes he saw in the BJP that attracted him to join the party after opposing it during the assembly elections. He asked Marandi to clarify his stand on CNT, SPT, Momentum Jharkhand, and the blanket scam. While blaming the BJP workers for being involved in the trafficking of girls, the CM said the government would bring them back to the state. He said the previous BJP government worked only for the corporate sector. He alleged the BJP was perturbed after losing power and has started hindering works and destabilizing the current government. Notably, the Dumka bypoll is taking place after Soren vacated the seat and chose to represent Barhait. Now, his brother Basant Soren is fighting the elections. Soon after landing in Dumka yesterday, the CM intermingled with the urban voters waving, chatting, and also posing for photos with them. Soren visited a temple where the Durga puja is BJP WILL BAG DUMKA, BERMO SEATS: PRAKASH RANCHI: BJP state president Deepak Prakash on Saturday claimed that the NDA alliance would win the by-polls for Dumka and Bermo assembly constituencies in the state. Addressing a press conference at the Janta Dal (U) office in Ranchi, Prakash said the by-polls would prove to be the last nail in the coffin of the present government. He said the BJP workers would oppose the worthless state government from the streets to the PG 3 assembly. being observed. He discussed various issues with local people outside the temple. He also visited a local stall to have tea. While referring to an elderly person standing he said, “I usually have black tea but when I come here I drink milk tea at ‘chacha (uncle’s) shop.” RELIEF TO BORROWERS ON LOANS NOT REPAID DURING 6-MONTH MORATORIUM ITBP GETS MORE TEETH AMID LAC STAND-OFF NEW DELHI: Amid border tensions with China, Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on Saturday said that ITBP has shattered myth that some countries have of their armies being among the powerful armies of the world. The minister, who addressed the 59th Raising Day of Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the government has given consent to ITBP to set up 47 additional border outposts to step up vigil along the border. He said India believes in `Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" but it also has a culture of worshipping weapons. "Indian culture carries the message of world peace by following the mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) but At the same time, the mantra of worshipping Shastra (weapons) is also a part of Indian culture through which we fully empower ourselves for every kind of odd situation created by the enemy," Reddy said "Some countries have been under the illusion that they were among the powerful armies of the world, but during the developments of the past few months, ITBP jawans have shattered this myth," Reddy added. The ITBP guards the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. Reddy said in the last few years the ITBP has been equipped with the latest weapons and equipment. He said personnel of the force are now equipped with specialised clothing and mountaineering equipment in high altitude areas. MORE ON PG 7 LITTLE DEITY Devotees take part in ‘Kunwari Puja’ during Navratri festival in Ranchi on Saturday. Hemant Sutradhar State reports 383 cases of Covid-19, 470 patients recover from virus Anurag Thakur lost their lives. RANCHI: State on Saturday reported 383 cases of Covid-19 takig the total tally to 99428 in state. Among the samples tested positive, 86 cases were reported from Ranchi, 7 from Chaibasa, 3 from Koderma, 48 from Jamshedpur, 1 from Giridih, 28 from Garhwa, 1 from Palamu, 28 from Ramgarh, 16 from Deoghar, 40 from Bokaro, 50 from Dhanbad, 16 from Hazaribagh, 7 from Saraikela, 21 from Khunti, 8 from Latehar, 2 from Sahebganj, 4 from Godda and 1 from Jamtara. Meanwhile, Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID19 infected patients has increased to 93.13 percent which is a good sign for us. However mass testing drive has increase number of cases but also break the chain of covid. 2 deaths were also reported, both from Ranchi. Earlier, 435 cases were reported on Friday. Meanwhile, 470 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Maximum 133 patients recovered from the virus in Ranchi, 43 in Jamshedpur, 32 from Dhanbad, 13 from Garhwa, 17 from Hazaibagh and 15 from Saraikela. Active cases reaches to 5966 and total 92598 patients recovered from the virus so far in state. However, 864 people As per the bulletin, the doubling rate of Covid-19 in the state was 142.43 days against the national doubling rate of 119.65 days. In the past one week, the growth rate of Covid-19 in Jharkhand was 0.87 per cent against the national average of 1.50 per NEW DELHI: After announcing a host of demand generating initiatives earlier this month, the government has now approved a new scheme for ex gratia payment to borrowers that will reimburse differential between compound and simple interests for the six-month loan moratorium period. This means all borrowers who took advantage of loan moratorium extended by the government between March 1 and August 31 will pay only simple interest on repayments not made during the moratorium period. Excess amount charged due to compounding of interest would be returned as ex gratia payment. The Finance Ministry announced the scheme after the Supreme Court directed the Centre to implement the relief as soon as possible and ahead of upcoming Diwali. As per the details of the scheme put out by the Department of Financial Services (DFS), the ex gratia payments will be made only to borrowers whose aggregate loan sanctions and outstanding is not more than Rs 2 crore as on February 29, 2020. All categories of loans -- MSME, education, housing, personal, consumer -- and credit card dues will be eligible. Also, the borrower accounts with the lending institutions should be standard as of February-end. Loans extended by all institutions, including banks, NBFCs, HFCs, MFIs, cooperative banks will be covered under the scheme. As per teh court's direction, the Finance Ministry had directed financial institutions to credit ex gratia payments into the accounts of borrowers by November 5. ‘ISRAEL WON'T OPPOSE CERTAIN WEAPON SYSTEMS SALE TO UAE’ WORLD ‘Covid-19 a double blow for chronic disease patients in India’ SYDNEY: Researchers have revealed that Covid-19 pandemic came as a double blow for people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer, respiratory problems or cardiovascular conditions in countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and others. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, found people with NCDs are more vulnerable to catching and dying from Covid-19 and their exposure to NCD risk factors - such as substance abuse, social isolation and unhealthy diets - has increased during the pandemic. The researchers also found Covid-19 disrupted essential public health services which people with NCDs rely on to manage their conditions. They reviewed the literature on the synergistic impact of Covid-19 on people with NCDs in low and middle-income countries such as Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Nigeria. The paper, which analysed almost 50 studies, was a collaboration between the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, and public health researchers in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Study lead author Uday Yadav from UNSW, said the interaction between NCDs and Covid-19 was important to study because global data showed Covid-19-related deaths were disproportionally high among people with NCDs. "This illustrates the negative effect of the Covid-19 'syndemic' - also known as a 'synergistic SUNDAY SPECIAL epidemic' - a term coined by medical anthropologist Merrill Singer in the 1990s to describe the relationship between HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and violence," Yadav said. "We applied this term to describe the interrelationship between Covid-19 and the various biological and socio-ecological factors behind NCDs," he added. "So, people are familiar with Covid-19 as a pandemic, but we analysed it through a syndemic lens in order to determine the impact of both Covid-19 and future pandemics on people with NCDs," Yadav explained. According to the researchers, Covid-19 syndemic would persist, just as NCDs affected people in the long-term. "NCDs are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors and there is no quick fix, such as a vaccine or cure," he said. "So, it's no surprise we found that NCD patients are more vulnerable to catching Covid-19 because of the syndemic interaction between biological and socioecological factors," the author wrote. Meanwhile, researchers have claimed that hospitalised Covid19 patients who were taking a daily low-dose aspirin to protect against cardiovascular disease THE STUDY, PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL FRONTIERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH, FOUND PEOPLE WITH NCDS ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO CATCHING AND DYING FROM COVID-19 AND THEIR EXPOSURE TO NCD RISK FACTORS - SUCH AS SUBSTANCE ABUSE, SOCIAL ISOLATION AND UNHEALTHY DIETS - HAS INCREASED DURING THE PANDEMIC. had a significantly lower risk of complications and death. Aspirin takers were less likely to be placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) or hooked up to a mechanical ventilator, and they were more likely to survive the infection compared to those who were not taking aspirin, they added. The study, published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, provides "cautious optimism," for an inexpensive, accessible medication with a well-known safety profile that could help prevent severe complications. "This is a critical finding that needs to be confirmed through a randomized clinical trial," said study leader Jonathan Chow from the University of Maryland in the US. "If our finding is confirmed, it would make aspirin the first widely available, over-the-counter medication to reduce mortality in Covid-19 patients," Chow added. To conduct the study, the research team culled through the medical records of 412 Covid-19 patients, age of 55 on average, who were hospitalised over the past few months due to complications of their infection.