YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 14 C ONLY 36 COUNTRIES HAVE NOT CRIMINALISED MARITAL RAPE OPINION Sky will be clear. RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 4 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—181 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) SPECIAL ASSEMBLY SESSION ON NOV 11 RANCHI: The State government has called for a one-day special session of the Jharkhand assembly on November 11. In anticipation of the Cabinet's approval, the Chief Minister has given his approval to the proposal for convening a special session. The proposal in this regard has been sent to Governor Draupadi Murmu, for her assent. After getting the approval its notification will be released. The special session is being called to discuss the Sarna Dharma code. After its approval from the assembly, the proposal will be sent to the central government for including the said code in 2021 census as a separate column. It is not yet clear whether the said code will be related to Sarna or Adivasi. Chief Minister Hemant Soren during a rally in Dumka had promised to call in a special session of the assembly regarding the Sarna Dharma Code. It is notable that various Adivasi organizations have demanded a separate Sarna or Adivasi code for the tribals and its demand is gaining momentum every passing day. AMIT SHAH ON 2-DAY VISIT TO BENGAL KOLKATA: Union home minister Amit Shah is expected to arrive in West Bengal on Wednesday on a two-day visit ahead of the crucial state assembly polls to be held next year. Sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit said that Shah will have a night halt in Kolkata before beginning his official engagements on November 5 morning. The Union home minister will visit Bankura to hold BJP's organisational rally and will pay homage to Birsa Munda and then will visit to a tribal village Chaturdahi where he will have lunch with the tribal families. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,269,651 TOTAL DEATH: 123,154 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 47,457,209 TOTAL DEATH: 1,213,534 BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE GAS, ATF MAY COME INTO GST FOLD AHEAD OF OTHER PETRO PRODUCTS DUMKA, BERMO BYE-ELECTIONS Voters defy Covid fears, rush to polling booths SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Notwithstanding the Covid threat, voters' turn out in the Dumka and Bermo by-polls on Thursday was satisfactory, said officials. They said polling staff and the voters followed the Covid prevention norms during the entire exercise. With it, the fate of 12 candidates in Dumka and 16 in Bermo are sealed in the EVMs. The counting of votes will take place on November 10. Officials said that 60.20 percent voters exercised their franchise in the Bermo constituency and 65.27 in Dumka, as per the latest reports. Voting started on a slow note in the morning but picked up after 9 AM. The voting percentage in Dumka was 13.89 percent at 9 AM, 32.62 percent at 11 AM, and 46.96 percent at 1 PM. Similarly, the polling in Body temperature of voters is being screened as they arrive to cast their vote for the by elections in Dumka on Tuesday. ANI Bermo was 12.67 percent at 9 PM, 28.57 percent at 11 AM, and 46.09 percent at 1 PM. Addressing the media persons, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Hiralal Mandal said, " The voters' percentage was decent due to the positive efforts of the district administration, polling staff, and the voters." He said 96.81 percent of the physically weak voters cast their ballot in Dumka and 80.24 percent in Bermo. He stated a total of 368 booths were set up in Dumka and 468 in Bermo out of which webcasting facility was available in as many as 163 booths. Informing about the elections Dumka deputy commissioner Rajeshwari B said voting was 66.88 percent in Dumka in the last assembly elections meaning this time percentage dipped by around 1.5 percent. She said that voting was mere 48 percent in the municipal area, adding the Dumka rural registered 65.82 percent votes and Dumka block and Masalia block areas recorded 61.36 percent and 71.95 percent respectively. She said that the voting pattern showed that encouraging the urban voters to exercise their franchise would be a challenge in the next elections. She said voters' awareness programe was carried out in both urban and rural areas. The DC said that one ballot units and three control units and VVPAT each were replaced during mock polls. She added that one ballot unit and control unit each and three VVPAT were replaced during the polls. Rajeshwari said the Dumka administration conducted the entire exercise successfully with the cooperation of staff and officers. She said that thermal scanners, sanitizers, and masks were provided at every polling station. The Dumka SP said that 80 percent of the personnel deployed at booths were deputy from outside the district. The Bokaro deputy commissioner claimed that polling was held peacefully, adding the guidelines related to Covid prevention were followed. BIHAR ASSEMBLY POLLS 54.04% turn up to vote in 2nd phase PATNA: The second phase of assembly elections in Bihar for 94 seats concluded peacefully on Tuesday with few incidents of violence. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had registered 54.05 percent till 6 PM. The polling is over 2 per cent lower when compared to the 2015 assembly election when the ECI had registered 56.17 per cent polling in these areas. The maximum polling turnout was at Muzaffarpur with 59.98 per cent followed by Begusarai at 58.67 per cent and Sitamarhi at 57.4 per cent. The turnout in other districts such as East Champaran was 56.75 per cent, West Champaran 55.99 per cent, Sheohar 56.04 per cent, Darbhanga 54.15 per cent, Madhubani 52.67 per cent, Gopalganj 55.09 per cent, Siwan 51.88 per cent, Saran 54.15 per cent, Vaishali 51.93 per cent, Samastipur 56.02 per cent, Khagaria 56.10 per cent, Bhagalpur 54.54 per cent, Nalanda 51.06 per cent and Patna 48.23 per cent. Bihar's chief electoral officer H.R. Srinivas said a total of 1463 candidates were in the fray including 1316 male, 146 female and one third gender. ONIONS THROWN TOWARDS NITISH AT POLL RALLY IN MADHUBANI MADHUBANI: Onions were flung towards Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by some protestors while he was addressing a public meeting in Madhubani for the third phase of the assembly elections. Kumar was talking on employment issue when onions came flying at him at the rally in support of his party nominee Sudhanshu Shekhar at Gangaur village ground in Harlakhi assembly constituency, but it missed the target. The onions thrown from a distance fell before reaching the stage. Finger crossed Candidate for US Representative Cori Bush votes during the 2020 US presidential election, in St. Louis on Tuesday. REUTERS Indian Army chief visits to Nepal to improve strained ties NEW DELHI: The much-delayed Pancheshwar dam project on the Mahakali river that originates from the Kalapani region near Lipulekh and military and medical cooperation will be on top of the agenda during Army Chief General MM Naravane's visit to Nepal from Wednesday. Gen Naravane will meet Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu during his three-day visit. Before leaving for Nepal, Gen Naravane in a statement said that he is delighted to be visiting Nepal on their kind invitation, and to meet my counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of the Army Staff of the Nepali Army. "I am sure this visit will go a long way in strengthening the bonds of friendship that the two Armies cherish," he said. He also said that he is grateful for the opportunity to call on the Prime Minister of Nepal. "It is going to be a great honour for me to be conferred the honorary rank of General of the Nepali Army by the Rt. Hon'ble President of Nepal. I am looking forward eagerly to this visit," the chief said. The army chief's visit to Nepal is part of a traditional ceremony where he will be accorded the honorary rank of General in the Nepalese Army. Sources say it could be an important breakthrough in India-Nepal relations under the current circumstances. In a show of strong military ties between the two countries during the visit, the Indian Army Chief will pay homage and lay a wreath at the Bir Smarak, a martyrs' memorial. Gen Naravane will also hand over medical equipment including ventilators in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic. He will also visit and interact with the student officers at the Command and Staff College of the Nepalese Army in Shivapuri. The ties between the two countries came under strain recently after China increased ALSO SEE PG 5 its influence in Nepal. PM Modi’s global investor meet tomorrow Top corporate honchos including Tata, Ambani to take part NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) on Thursday. The VGIR will be organised by the Union Ministry of Finance and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. It is a dialogue between leading global institutional investors, Indian business leaders and the highest decision makers from the government of India and financial market regulators. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, RBI PM Narendra Modi addresses an election rally for Bihar Assembly Polls, in Saharsa on Tuesday. ANI Governor Shaktikanta Das and other dignitaries will also be present on the occasion. The roundtable will witness participation from 20 of the world's largest pension and sovereign wealth funds with a total assets under management (AUM) of about $6 trillion. These global institutional investors represent key regions including the US, Europe, Canada, Korea, Japan, Middle East, Australia and Singapore. Some of these include funds like Singapore's Temasek Holdings, Canadian Investment Fund, Korean funds, JBIC, Australian Super etc. The event will witness the participation of key decision makers of these funds, i.e., the CEOs and CIOs. Some of these investors would also be engaging for the first time with the government of India. Apart from global investors, the roundtable will also see the participation of several top Indian business leaders. Addressing the media here, Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj said that Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Nandan Nilekani, Deepak Parekh, Uday Kotak and Dilip Sanghvi will be the major Indian business personalities present at the roundtable to provide the Indian perspective on investments and opportunities. The event will focus on discussions around India's economic and investment outlook, structural reforms and the government's vision for the path to a $5 trillion economy. India has over 28K cold chain points, 700 refrigerators & 70K vaccinators GOVT ENGAGING CORPORATE HEALTHCARE FOR BETTER DELIVERY OF COVID-19 VACCINE: HEALTH MINISTRY NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry informed on Tuesday that the country has more than 28,000 cold chain points, 700 plus refrigerator vans and more than 70,000 vaccinators to assist in the vaccine administration. "We have already utilised them under the universal immunisation programme and they would be used in the administration of Covid vaccine as well," said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. Bhushan also informed that the national expert group on Covid vaccine is engaging with corporate healthcare providers to take assistance of their workforce which could help in vaccine administration. He was speaking in a press briefing on the status of prepara- tions for the rollout of Covid-19 vaccine slated to begin by the first quarter of 2021. Bhushan also said that all states and Union Territories (UTs) have been asked to only follow the directions given by the national expert group set up to look after vaccine administration, and not to act upon themselves. "All states and UTs have assured their compliance to our directions," he added. Bhushan also said that the states have been asked to prepare databases of different priority population groups. "We have guided them about the methods and templates to prepare the databases," he said. Another direction given to the states is to constitute a group Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan at the Covid testing facility at Prithvi Bhawan, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI under the chief secretary to check the compliance of the guidelines issued by the Centre. A week ago, the union health ministry had written to all the states and UTs and asked them to constitute three-tier committees to check the distribution of the Covid vaccine once it rolls out. The three-tier committees would comprise the state steering committee, state task force, and district task force in each state and UT. The state steering committee would be headed by the chief secretary, the state task force would be headed by the principal secretary (health), while the district task force would be led by the district magistrate. Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the states and UTs to take stock of the cold chain and deep refrigerators as well. "This will reveal granular details and would enable us to plan and execute the administration program more efficiently," Bhushan said. Meanwhile, In view of the Covid pandemic, public sector banks (PSBs) have decided not to raise bank service charges in the near future, a Finance Ministry statement said on Tuesday. The decision is expected to be welcomed by general consumers of banking services who are already burdened due to slowing of economic activities on account of the pandemic. The Finance Ministry said that although, as per RBI guidelines, all banks, including PSBs, are permitted to levy charges for their services in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner, based upon costs involved, PSBs have intimated that they do not propose to raise bank charges in the near future in view of the Covid pandemic. Accordingly, the Bank of Baroda, which had reduced the number of free cash deposits and withdrawals from five each month to three each per month from November 1, has also withdrawn the changes. The Finance Ministry came out with clarifications on service charges by banks as reports suggested steep increase in service charges by certain PSBs. No service charge is applicable on basic savings bank deposits accounts including Jan Dhan accounts.