YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 17 C MOVEMENT FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOLITION IS NOW A POSSIBILITY OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 29 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—175 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) PAK’S ONLINE SPACES FOR DISSENT, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SHRINKS WORLD Morning India BJP declining force in State: CM HEMANT SOREN SAYS PROBE IS ON INTO WORKS OF RAGHUBAR DAS GOVT SANJAY SAHAY/ SURESH PRASAD NIKHAR RANCHI/BOKARO: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Wednesday claimed that the BJP was a declining force in Jharkhand and added that in Bihar the party’s ship is all set to sink in the Ganges river. Addressing an election rally in support of Congress candidate Anup Singh in Bermo he said, “Rajendra Prasad Singh needs no introduction. He worked for the people of Bermo till his last breath. You have to ensure the victory of his son if you want to express gratitude for his works and give him a gift.” While claiming that he would give a strong reply to the allegations raised by the BJP, Soren in an indirect reference to the PM said that when the white-bearded man imposed lockdown in the country it was the Jharkhand government that took initiative for bringing back the migrant workers. He added that after their return, free kitchens were started to feed the unemployed workers. He alleged that the centre is taking a decision in favour of a few capitalist groups. Mentioning about the deduction made by the centre from state share he said that people have to fight to get their share from the centre. He added that the centre’s policy has led to inflation of essential food items as well. Soren said that the works of the Raghubar Das government are being reviewed. "After the completion of the investigation, many ministers and officers of the Raghubar government will be in the jail," he warned. "In the global corona period, when the central government did not take care of workers, the Jharkhand government worked hard to bring the labourers from Leh-Ladakh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and other parts of the country by rail, bus, air and also served people under Didi Kitchen scheme. Soren said that twelve MPs of BJP have to contest elections from Jharkhand itself. "People will teach them a lesson if they do not raise their voices for the rights of the state. The central government is trying to sell collieries to capitalists like Adanis and Ambanis. The auction of the collieries could not take place due to opposition from the state government," he said. Earlier, speaking at an election rally in Gado panchayat in Dumka Soren said the govern- Amitabh Chaudhary to be JPSC Chairman AT A GLANCE DELHI UNIVERSITY VC YOGESH TYAGI SUSPENDED MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Former IPS officer and a cricket administrator Amitabh Chaudhary will be the next Chairman of the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC). The post has been lying vacant since September 26 after Sudhir Tripathy completed his tenure. Chief Minister Hemant Soren had given his nod to begin the brated quiz master in his own process of appointment of the right having conducted the Chairman of Jharkhand inaugural editions of the Tata Public Service Commission. Steel Quiz during 1985-90. It was he who converted the (JPSC) on October 22. The department of per- moribund state cricket assosonnel and administrative ciation into a pulsating efferreforms today issued a notifi- vescent new entity called the Jharkhand State Cricket cation in this regard. Association The JPSC, (JSCA). constituted on THE POST HAS Chaudhary November 15, BEEN LYING became a mem2000 comprises VACANT SINCE ber of the BCCI 5 members, SEPTEMBER 26 in 2002 and including the AFTER SUDHIR thereafter he Chairman. At TRIPATHY COMwas elected present, there PLETED HIS president of the are four memTENURE. CM JSCA where he bers in the comHEMANT SOREN continued for a missions, nameHAD GIVEN HIS long time. He ly Ajay Kumar NOD TO BEGIN was till recently, Chhattoraj, THE PROCESS OF the acting secreSrawan Soy, APPOINTMENT OF tary of the BCCI. Bhagwan Das THE CHAIRMAN He has the manand Triveni OF THE JPSC. ager of the Kumar Sahu. It Team lndia from is responsible for making the recruitment for 2004 to 2009 He had quit the IPS job in the government posts in the 2013. Thereafter, he unsucstate. Being a man of many cessfully contested the Lok parts, Chaudhary is a 1985 Sabha elections in 2014 on batch IPS officer, a graduate the JVM (P) ticket from of IIT Kharagpur, and a cele- Ranchi. AN ACTOR MUST BE THICK-SKINNED, SAYS KRITI KHARBANDA PAGE 10 ment will provide dhoti/sari for mere Rs 10 to the poor people, adding land patta would also be provided to people. In an address intermingled with Santhali language, the CM said that the previous government policies have caused uncertainty over the appointment of thousands of government teachers. He said, “The youths had approached me. I have assured that the as long as their brother is in the chair all steps would be taken to secure their jobs.” Soon before leaving for Bermo the CM said that Dumka has been his workplace for years adding he has also grown up here. “ Even though I have left the seat it is impossible to forget ITBT personnel stand guard as people stand in a queue for casting their vote at Polling Booth during the first phase of Bihar assembly elections on Wednesday. ANI 52.24% VOTING IN BIHAR TILL 5 PM: ECI Darkness of lantern era over, says Modi PATNA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi raked up Bihar's past to project its future in his Patna rally, which was his third on Wednesday. He said, the days of the lantern were over, referring to better electric supply, as part of his 'vikas' agenda; at a metaphoric level, it was also a political dig, given the main opposition RJD's electoral symbol is a lantern. "Atal ji(former Prime Minister) used to say that in Bihar inbound supply of electricity is less while it vanishes more. The darkness of the lantern era is now over. Bihar's aspirations now are of continued electricity supply, of LED bulbs," said Modi sharing the stage with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the crowd cheered for the PM and chanted his name. This is not the first time he used the phrase 'era of lantern'. Earlier, at a rally in Sasaram, the PM, in what seemed to be an effort to introduce first-time voters of Bihar to a bygone era, had said, "The need for lanterns in PM Narendra Modi during an election rally in Patna on Wednesday. today's Bihar is over. Today every poor household in Bihar has an electricity connection, there is light." The strategy of PM's speeches today has been simple - highlight Bihar's past to question Bihar's future. "Who can fulfil the aspirations of the poor and the middle class of Bihar? Those who looted Bihar, can they do it? Those who singlehandedly thought of their families and did injustice to everyone will never realise Bihar's expectations. Only the NDA can do it," said the PM. It was a mix of resurrection of Bihar's fear psychosis of a bygone era of absolute lawlessness, a promise of a better future and highlighting dynastic politics. Making a comparison with the COVID precautions, he said, just like people of Bihar can save themselves from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, they can also "save Bihar" from becoming 'bimar' with a single vote. It was not the first COVID reference of the day, though for the Prime Minister. Earlier in Muzaffarpur , in a dig at Tejashwi Yadav without naming him, Modi said, "You can imagine what will happen to the funds for COVID-19 if they come to power... What else can residents of Bihar expect from the 'Yuvraj' (prince) of 'Jungle Raj', given their past record?" NEW DELHI: Delhi University Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi was suspended on Wednesday on the orders of President Ram Nath Kovind who has also directed an inquiry against him over allegations of dereliction of duty, according to officials of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The move comes amid a power tussle in the central university. The President, who is the Visitor to the university, has placed Tyagi under suspension to ensure that the inquiry is fair and that he is not able to tamper with material records or coerce the witnesses, a senior ministry official said. FIR AGAINST SSR'S SISTERS VITIATED, BAD IN LAW: CBI MUMBAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday slammed the Mumbai Police for registering an FIR against late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's sisters on the complaint of Rhea Chakraborty, saying it is "vitiated" and "bad in law". PG 5 CORONA METER US offers F-18 fighters to India for Naval requirement NEW DELHI: Seeking to develop further closer ties with India, the United States of America (USA) has offered its F-18 naval fighter jets for the Indian Navy's requirements of combat jets for its aircraft carriers. The Indian Navy had a few years ago expressed interest in the acquisition of 57 naval fighter aircraft for operations from its aircraft carriers including the present INS Vikramaditya and the under-construction Indigenous Aircraft Carrier. "The American Government has offered to provide their naval fighter aircraft F-18 for the Indian Navy under a government proposal at the meeting between defence delegations of both countries during the 2+2 meetings," government sources told ANI here. The US government has offered to sell their F-18 fighters along with the unmanned aircraft Sea Guardian to the Indian Navy along with a number of other systems to the Indian armed forces in recent times. At the moment, the Indian Navy has been assessing the F-18 and the Rafale naval fighters for its present and futuristic requirements as its present fighter is likely to be phased out by the end of this decade or the beginning of next. The aircraft offered by the American government is said to be the advanced version of the plane which was on offer to the Indian Air Force for its requirement of 126 Multirole Medium Combat Aircraft in which only Rafale and European Eurofighter had been able to meet the qualitative requirements and finally the French plane had been selected. Even the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal had to be scrapped, the Indian government showed faith in the French fighter and bought 36 of its under a Rs 60,000 crore deal. BE WARY OF CHINESE INTENT AND ACTIONS, RAJNATH TELLS ARMY COMMANDERS Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday cautioned Army commanders to be wary of Chinese actions at disputed borders and their intent during military talks. The minister said this while addressing the 'Army Commanders Conference,' an apex biannual event that formulates important policy decisions through collegiate PG 7 deliberations. INDIA TOTAL CASES: 7,990,643 TOTAL DEATH: 120,067 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 44,370,454 TOTAL DEATH: 1,173,945 SC to states: Provide dry rations to sex workers amid Covid-19 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all state governments to provide dry ration to sex workers in adequate amount and with uniformity. A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi asked the states to seek help from the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and legal services authorities in identifying sex workers and provide them succour amid the ongoing pandemic. The top court also queried the Uttar Pradesh government counsel on the delay in identifying sex workers and insisted that it is a question of somebody's survival. The bench told the UP counsel if it fails to identify sex workers after four weeks then this shows its capability. "You tell us about the number of identified persons," said the bench. The bench reiterated that we are a welfare state and there should not be any delay. Senior advocate Jayant Bhushan, amicus curiae in the matter, citing the affidavit filed by Uttar Pradesh, submitted that the state is making efforts to give rations to sex workers without disclosing their identity and nearly 27,000 sex workers are registered by NACO in UP, in accordance with the September 29 order, of the top court, where it asked the states to give them dry rations. The UP-government counsel submitted before the bench that they are in the process of identifying sex workers and those identified already have ration cards and are being provided rations. Bhushan also brought the court's attention to affidavits filed by Maharashtra, Assam and Nagaland. For Maharashtra, he said eight district collectors out of 36 districts have given reports on distribution of dry rations. The bench observed that there no uniformity in distribution. The bench asked Maharashtra government counsel the information shared shows there is no uniformity in distribution. Bhushan said affidavit filed by Assam, NACO has identified around 11,000 sex workers in 19 districts and Nagaland has identified 5,315 sex workers. The counsel for Nagaland said they are facing some technical difficulty in distribution. The bench said in the backdrop of fully computerised system there should not be any delay. "If you will take refuge under computerisation, it is going to take a year," noted the bench, insisting that there should not be any delay. Senior advocate Anand Grover, representing an applicant, said some states have not shared data about number of sex workers and also about the rations provided to them. The observation from the bench came during the hearing of an application by NGO Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee which highlighted the destitution faced by sex workers amid the pandemic, and sought relief measures for over nine lakh female and transgender sex A BENCH COMPRISING JUSTICES L. NAGESWARA RAO, HEMANT GUPTA AND AJAY RASTOGI ASKED THE STATES TO SEEK HELP FROM THE NATIONAL AIDS CONTROL ORGANISATION (NACO) AND LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITIES IN IDENTIFYING SEX WORKERS AND PROVIDE THEM SUCCOUR AMID THE ONGOING PANDEMIC. workers across India. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the execution of death sentence to a man, who was convicted in the murder of his wife. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: "Leave granted. In the meantime, there shall be stay of execution of death sentence. Call for records." The man had murdered his wife in a ghastly manner: strangulated the woman, cut her abdomen, took out some organs from the body, stuffed her clothes inside the abdomen and then stitched it up with a wire. During the hearing, the bench told senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, representing the accused Mohan Singh, that it is shocking to see the manner in which victim was murdered and it has not come across a murder case in which the accused had cut open the victim's abdomen. "Is he (Singh) some kind of a monster or what?" said the bench. According to police, in May last year a case was registered after a woman's body, tied with wires, was found in a bag.