YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 17 C RSS CHIEF HAS GIVEN CLEAR SIGNAL ON BUILDING HINDU RASHTRA OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 28 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—174 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) COAL SCAM: DELHI HC ADMITS RAY’S APPEAL, SUSPENDS SENTENCE NATION Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE ALLAHABAD HC TO MONITOR CBI PROBE INTO HATHRAS CASE, SAYS SC Govt paves way for all Indians to buy land in J&K No impact of bypolls’ outcome on Govt: CM SANJAY SAHAY NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court on Tuesday admitted an appeal filed by former Union Minister Dilip Ray against his conviction by a trial court in a coal block allocation case and suspended his sentence. Justice Suresh Kumar Kait admitted Ray’s appeal and posted the matter for further hearing on November 25. Advocates Chandra Prakash, Bharat Sharma and Akash Chaterjee appeared for Ray, who was a Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, while the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was represented by advocate Mridul Jain. A Special CBI court on Monday sentenced Ray to three-year imprisonment in a coal block case in which 105.153 hectares of nonnationalised and abandoned coal mining area in Jharkhand’s Giridih district was allocated in favour of Castron Technologies Limited by 14th Screening Committee of the Ministry of Coal in 1999. THE POOR NOW LINKED TO BANKING SYSTEM: PM MODI LUCKNOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government has acknowledged the honesty and hard work of street vendors by offering them loans that were inaccessible to the poor in the past. “Those doing politics in the name of the poor had created an atmosphere that if a loan is given to them it would not be returned. Those who had themselves been involved in scams had always put the blame for all dishonest things on the poor,” he said. PG7 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 7,947,222 TOTAL DEATH: 119,551 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 43,884,197 TOTAL DEATH: 1,166,240 RANCHI: A day after Dusshera, the poll campaigning hit top gear in both Dumka and the Bermo assembly seats on Tuesday. Chief Minister Hemant Soren is camping in Dumka. JMM supremo Shibu Soren who had represented Dumka seat in past also landed there in the afternoon in view of elections. Addressing an election rally at Lalhikundi on the outskirts of Dumka town, the CM said the by-poll results will have no impact on his government, adding vote in favour of JMM would help strengthen it. He said, “People must show and teach BJP that their policies would not work here. Here only the wishes of Adivasis, Dalits, poor, backward and the minorities would be considered.” The CM also said that the Centre’s decision to deduct Damodar Valley Corporation’s electricity dues from the state’s share was meant to slow down the progress of Jharkhand. He said that the battle in this regard should be fought politically and through agitations. In another meeting, the CM said that previous government policy has put the fate of thousands of government appointed teachers at stake. He said our government will move the Supreme Court and try to save their jobs. He also reiterated his decision to increase reservation for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and the other backward class. Speaking to media persons later, Soren said that he has resolved that in five years there would be no hunger and dearth of foodgrains. He said Guruji may not be actively involved in the campaign but his very presence in Dumka would have an impact on voters. On a host of BJP leaders campaigning in Dumka, he said that he would not like to comment on them. Replying to Opposition charges that the government has not functioned in the last 10 months, he asked, “Did the government not bring back the migrants and feed lakhs of poor people during the lockdown period?.” Meanwhile, several top BJP leaders, including former CMs Raghubar Das, Babulal Marandi, and Arjun Munda have been campaigning for their candidate Louis Marandi. The BJP is mainly banking on the alleged failure of the current government in implementing promises. Das said, “ People of Dumka elected Soren hoping that they would have a CM as a representative. Apart from leaving the seat, the CM has done nothing for this constituency.” Reacting to Soren’s statement, BJP state president Deepak Prakash said, “The CM should explain why the people should vote for him. The government has not fulfilled any of its promises in the last 10 months. Festive colours Women take part in ‘sindoor khela’ to mark Dussehra in Ranchi on Monday. Hemant Sutradhar MHA extends Sept re-opening Covid guidelines till Nov 30 NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order on Tuesday extending the guidelines for re-opening, issued in September, to remain in force till November 30. Most of the activities outside the containment zones were permitted, some involving large number of people, with some restrictions and subject to SOPs being followed regarding health and safety precautions. These activities include metro rail; shopping malls; hotel, restaurants and hospitality services; religious places; yoga and training institutes; gymnasiums; cinemas; entertainment park and others. In respect of certain activities, having relatively higher degree of risk of COVID infection, state or UT Governments have been permitted to take decisions for their re-opening, based on the assessment of the situation and subject to SOPs. These activities include schools and coaching institutes; state and private universities for research scholars; allowing gatherings above the limit of 100 among others. Meanwhile after the last MHA guidelines in September, activities such as international air travel of passengers, swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons, exhibitions halls for business to business (B2B) purposes, cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes upto 50% of their seating capacity, social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations, in closed spaces with a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity and subject to ceiling of 200 persons are also permitted but with restrictions. “Further decision regarding the above activities will be taken based on the assessment of the situation,” said the MHA. The MHA said that the essence behind graded re-opening and progressive resumption of activities is to move ahead. However, it cautioned, it does not mean the end of the pandemic. “There is a need to exercise abundant caution by adopting COVID-19 appropriate behaviour by every citizen in their daily routines,” the MHA order added. “There is an urgent need to instill a sense of discipline and ownership amongst citizens in order that the resumption of activities is successful and gains made in the management of the pandemic are not diluted,” it read. The MHA has already advised Chief Secretaries or Administrators of all States or UTs that they should endeavour to promote COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing mask, washing hands and maintaining physical distancing extensively at the grass root levelA Meanwhile National Directives for Covid-19 management will continue to be followed throughout the country, so as to enforce COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. Strict enforcement of lockdown in Containment Zones to stay till 30th November. Moreover, Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW. NEW DELHI: In a significant move, the Centre has notified the new Land Laws for Jammu & Kashmir. In a gazette notification, the union home ministry has notified this on Monday. It paved way for any Indian to buy land in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir. The MHA notified what it calls UT of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020. The order comes into force with immediate effect. “With immediate effect, the Acts mentioned in the Schedule to this Order shall, until repealed or amended by a competent Legislature or “With immediate other competent effect, the Acts authority, have mentioned in the effect, subject to Schedule to this the adaptations Order shall, until and modificarepealed or amendtions directed by ed by a competent the said Legislature or other Schedule, or if it competent authority, is so directed, have effect, subject shall stand to the adaptations repealed,” read and modifications the order. The directed by the said General Clauses Schedule, or if it is Act, 1897 applies so directed, shall for the interprestand repealed,” tation of this read the order. current Order since it applies for interpretation of laws in force in India, said the order. Meanwhile 12 state laws have been repealed as a whole. Meanwhile those legislations which are being repealed as whole include the Jammu and Kashmir Alienation Of Land Act (V of Samvat 1995), the Jammu and Kashmir Big Landed Estates Abolition Act (XVII Samvat 2007), The Jammu and Kashmir Common Lands (Regulation) Act, 1956, the Jammu and Kashmir Consolidation Of Holdings Act, 1962, among others. ‘J&K UP FOR SALE’: OMAR ABDULLAH SLAMS NEW LAND LAW NATION India, US jointly challenge China on South China Sea India, US need to jointly confront China’s threats to security: Pompeo in New Delhi NEW DELHI: India and the US on Tuesday reiterated their commitment to maintain a free and open IndoPacific region, in a direct challenge to China’s expansionist moves in the South China Sea. The commitment was made in a joint statement issued by the two countries in their third annual IndiaUS 2+2 ministerial dialogue held in New Delhi. The US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper attended the meeting with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. “The ministers reiterated their commitment to main- taining a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific built on a rules-based international order, underpinned by ASEAN centrality, rule of law, sustainable and transparent infrastructure investment, freedom of navigation and overflight, mutual respect for sovereignty, and peaceful resolution of disputes,” the joint statement said. Highlighting the importance of securing the economic and security interests of all the stakeholders having a legitimate interest in the region, the two sides welcomed the growing understanding on the Indo-Pacific among the like-minded countries. They reaffirmed that US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo called on PM Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI closer India-US cooperation will support shared interests in promoting security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. The two sides also said, “The code of conduct in the South China Sea should not prejudice the legitimate rights and interests of any nation in accordance with international law.” Building on a strong record of peacekeeping cooperation, the ministers decided to expand joint capacity building efforts with partner countries in the Indo-Pacific and to participate in multilateral peacekeeping training exercises. They expressed their support for sustainable, transparent, quality infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific region. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday in the national capital said that India and the US need to jointly confront China’s threats to security in the Indian subcontinent and the Indo-Pacific. Speaking at the third India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue in New Delhi, amidst the ongoing face-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Pompeo discussed several issues from “cooperating on defeating the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, to confronting the Chinese Communist Party’s threats to security and freedom, to promoting peace and stability throughout the region”. As per an official statement of the US government, Indian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar at the meeting raised the issue of security threat India is facing from China. “In the area of defence we are challenged by reckless aggression on our northern borders,” he said at the bilateral dialogue. The meeting assumes significance because the US secretaries of the Trump administration travelled to New Delhi amidst Coronavirus pandemic even as an intense ongoing campaigning for the Presidential elections due on November 3 was underway in the US. “Our friendship and commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific was clearly, clearly highly on display when we were in Tokyo this past week and a half for the Quad meeting that Minister Jaishankar and I had with our Australian and Japanese friends earlier this month,” Pompeo told his counterpart. MORE ON PG 7 BIHAR ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS First phase to decide fate of 8 ministers, ex-CM in Bihar PATNA: In Bihar, campaigning for the first phase of polling in 71 assembly constituencies stopped on Monday, but the candidates are still trying to leave no stone unturned to woo voters for constituencies that will go to polls on Wednesday. The first phase of elections will decide the fate of a number of political heavyweights. These include, apart from former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, eight ministers: Prem Kumar, Krishnandan Verma, Shailesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar Sinha, Jai Kumar Singh, Ramnarayan Mandal, Santosh Kumar Nirala and Brij Kishore Bind. Supporters of minister Prem Kumar, who is in the fray for election from the Gaya assembly constituency, were busy speaking with workers at the polling booth level. Supporters of BJP candidate Deepak Sharma were also seen reaching out to the people in Arwal. Sharma says the BJP-led NDA workers are looking at the preparations up to the polling booth level. He claimed victory from Arwal and said that he has got the support of voters from all castes. The Congress candidate of Sultanganj and former state president of the Youth Congress, Lalan Kumar, also met people and sought the blessings of the youth and elderly. The LJP candidate from Amarpur, Mrinal Shekhar, is also trying to connect with voters in Security personnel carrying Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) on the eve of the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Paliganj in Patna district on Tuesday. ANI the final hours before the election. It may be noted that out of 243 assembly seats in the state, 71 seats are to be voted on Wednesday. The fate of 1,066 candidates is to be decided in the first phase. More than 2 crore 14 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in the first phase. 31,371 polling booths have been set up for this phase. In Bihar, elections are being held in three phases for 243 assembly seats. The first phase will be held on October 28 for 71 seats. The second and third phases are on November 3 and November 7 respectively. Counting of votes will be held on November 10. Meanwhile, after a man was killed and many hurt in firing during Durga idol immersion in Bihar’s Munger where the police’s role has come under criticism, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad called the lathi charge by police as “barbaric”, demanding suspension of guilty officers immediately. The VHP has also smelled a “conspiracy” by the police and administration. “The unprovoked, unnecessary and barbaric lathi charge on peaceful and unarmed devotees going for the immersion of Devi Durga idols is condemnable in the strongest terms. It is unfortunate that one devotee has died and six others seriously injured by the brutal lathi charge,” said VHP’s working President Alok Kumar. Munger police claimed ‘elements’ within the crowd who fired, which led to the death of a young man. But Alok Kumar claimed that the incident can be a “conspiracy of the local administration and police” to affect the Bihar Assembly election. In a 4-part demand, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad asked for immediate suspension of the guilty police and administrative officers and enquiry against them. The VHP has also demanded that those personnel who may be found guilty in the enquiry shall be prosecuted “including under Section 302 IPC in a fast track court and punished”. IPC 302 pertains to cases relating to murder.