YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 19 C BENGAL MAY WITNESS NEW PHASE OF VIOLENCE AFTER SHAH VISIT OPINION Sky will be clear. IND VS AUS: GUEST TEAM TO START TRAINING IN SYDNEY FROM NOV 13 SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 9 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—174 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Assam-Mizoram border row AT A GLANCE THIRD WAVE OF COVID-19 IN DELHI WORST SO FAR: MINISTER JAIN NEW DELHI: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said the national capital has hit the peak of the third wave of COVID-19 and the number of cases suggests it has been the worst so far. The government has increased the number of beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Delhi, but there is no plan to rope in hotels and banquet halls, the minister said. "The third wave of COVID-19 is at its peak in Delhi. The number of cases suggests it is the worst wave so far. But the cases will come down soon," Jain said. ARNAB SHIFTED FROM ALIBAUG SCHOOL TO TALOJA JAIL MUMBAI: The Raigad police on Sunday shifted Republic TV Managing Director and Chief Editor Arnab Goswami from an Alibaug school, where he was temporarily kept, to the Taloja Central Jail in the district, officials said here. Goswami was lodged in a school premises since his arrest on November 4, as it serves as a Covid-19 isolation centre for prisoners. He has been remanded to judicial custody till November 18 by Alibaug Court Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunaina Pingle. Slamming the move to shift him, wife Samyabrata Ray Goswami claimed that her husband was "dragged and lugged by the Maharashtra Police in a blacked-out police van to Taloja Jail this morning". She said that her husband repeatedly said his "life was under threat". CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,519,495 TOTAL DEATH: 126,235 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 50,410,585 TOTAL DEATH: 1,258,381 Mizoram contemplating to ferry essentials via B'desh, Myanmar AIZAWL/SILCHAR : In view of the 12-day long Assam-Mizoram inter-state border dispute and the blockade of the National Highway (NH) 306, the Mizoram government is contemplating to bring the essentials through Bangladesh and Myanmar besides Tripura and Manipur, officials said on Sunday. Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo said that Chief Minister Zoramthanga also contemplated getting supplies from neighbouring countries since the 12 days of blockade has caused a big distress to the population. "Government of Mizoram explored alternative routes for transport of essential supplies from other neighbouring states (Manipur and Tripura) and some headway had been made," he told the media in Aizawl on Sunday afternoon. Chuaungo said that to resolve the inter-state border stalemate, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Sunday held a meeting with him and his Assam counterpart Jishnu Barua. He said that Mizoram was committed to the agreement arrived in the meeting and hoped that Assam Government too would be committed towards getting the highways reopened. "Border Security Force (BSF) troopers which have been sent to Mizoram by the Central Government would be deployed at the border areas of Assam. The Assam government had agreed to take steps to open all blockades of the highways connecting Mizoram and Assam," the Chief Secretary said. Meanwhile, the Mizoram police on Sunday did not allow a Congress delegation led by opposition leader Debabrata Saikia to visit the trouble torn bordering areas. The Congress leaders which also include all India Mahila Congress President and party spokesperson Sushmita Dev said that they were attacked by some unidentified miscreants of Mizoram. Saikia told the media that that were keen to visit the Assam government school in Cachar district of southern Assam which was largely damaged after the miscreants triggered a blast on the intervening night of FridaySaturday. The border tension was intensified after the bomb blast at the Upper Painom Lower Primary school causing massive damage to the school. Southern Assam's Deputy Inspector General of Police Dilip Kumar Dey told IANS over phone that the matter was communicated to Mizoram police as the miscreants belong to the neighbouring state. The All Cachar Karimganj Hailakandi Students Association observed a 12-hour shutdown on Saturday in southern Assam's Barak Valley comprising three districts -- Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi -- to protest against the abduction of 48-yearold Intyaz Ali from Lailapur border area of Cachar district along the Assam-Mizoram border and his subsequent death in the Mizoram government's custody on November 2. While Assam police officials stated that he died at the hands of miscreants on the other side of the border, Mizoram Home Secretary Lalbiaksangi said that Ali was apprehended with drugs and he was found dead at a hospital on Monday after he was referred to the health centre for a medical check up. LAC ‘Breakthrough’ in sight in India-China military stand-off India moving ahead cautiously NEW DELHI: After the standoff that lasted more than six months in eastern Ladakh, it seems India and China are close to a breakthrough over disengagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The development is in the process after the eight-round of Corps Commander level talks between the two sides held on November 6 in Chushul. "The two sides are likely to disengage from some of the friction points in next few days and they have been discussing the modalities for doing so in a phased manner," defence sources told ANI. "However, the Indian side is moving ahead cautiously on this matter as they want the discussions and agreements to be implemented on the ground," they continued. In June also, the two sides were discussing disengagement when the Galwan incident took place in which 20 India soldiers lost lives while a large number of Chinese troops also lost their lives. As per the sources, the discussions between the two sides include pulling back tanks and armoured vehicles from their present positions, and some development in this regard is likely to take place in the next few days. After the 8th round of talks, the two sides have to discuss some more issues to finetune the present proposals before acting on them," they added. Earlier today, The India and China issued a joint statement on the eighth round of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting which was held in Chushul. "The two sides had a candid, in-depth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas," the statement read. UN WATCHDOG SAYS PAKISTAN DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE IN UNHRC ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, the UN Watch took a scathing dig at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his intolerant views and Islamabad's inclusion in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Pakistan was recently re-elected to the UNHRC even as the country's human rights record is one among the worst in the world. On October 16, a French teacher was beheaded by an Islamist in Paris for exhibiting Charlie Hebdo cartoons in a class on the idea of freedom of expression. While President Emmanuel Macron has made it clear that Islamic radicalism and terrorism will not be tolerated in France, Prime Minister Khan justified the brutal act of beheading by arguing that the teacher had committed "blasphemy" by showing the cartoons of the Prophet. The official Twitter handle of the government of Pakistan had quoted Khan as saying that "blasphemy in garb of freedom of expression is intolerable". The Geneva-based rights group, which is the only UN-accredited watchdog of the global body, on Twitter rebutted Prime Minister Khan, saying. HAND HOLDING Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls on senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani at the latter's residence on his birthday, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI BIHAR: FLIGHT OPERATIONS COMMENCE AT DARBHANGA AIRPORT DARBHANGA:All flight operations here at Darbhanga airport commenced on Sunday, which has been developed under the UDAN initiative. This project in Bihar and across the country has been undertaken to boost regional domestic air connectivity. UDAN is a regional connectivity scheme of Central government with the objective to make air travel affordable and widespread. Govt eases condition for claiming ESIC scheme benefits NEW DELHI: In a bid to benefit workers who lost their jobs during COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre has decided that claims through affidavit form are no longer required under the Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY) of the ESIC. "While analysing responses of scheme beneficiaries under relaxed conditions, it was found that the condition of submitting claims in affidavit form was causing them inconvenience. It was decided that claimants who submit online IT ALSO ENHANCED their claims RELIEF UNDER THE under the Atal SCHEME FROM 25 Beemit Vyakti PER CENT OF THE Kalyan Yojana AVERAGE DAILY and upload EARNINGS TO 50%, scanned copies WHILE RELAXING of required ELIGIBILITY CONDIdocuments, TIONS FOR A CERi.e., copies of TAIN PERIOD TO Aadhaar Cards PROVIDE RELIEF TO and bank WORKERS RENdetails need DERED UNEMnot submit PLOYED DURING physical THE PANDEMIC. claims," a government statement said. If the documents are not uploaded during online filing of claims, the claimant can submit printouts of claims duly signed along with the required documents. The ESIC in its meeting in August had extended Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana from July 1, 2020 to June 30 next. It also enhanced relief under the scheme from 25 per cent of the average daily earnings to 50%, while relaxing eligibility conditions for a certain period to provide relief to workers rendered unemployed during the pandemic. The Employees' State Insurance Corporation is a social security organisation providing comprehensive social security benefits like reasonable medical care and a range of cash benefits in times of need such as job injuries, sickness and death. It covers about 3.49 crore insured workers/family units at present. Biden will continue strengthening India-US relationship, say experts WASHINGTON: Presidentelect Joe Biden will continue strengthening India-US relationship, think-tanks and prominent Indian-American experts have said. "A Biden administration will be mostly positive for India," said Rick Rossow from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies think tank. "I expect most positive areas of cooperation -notably defence -- to be maintained," he said. Rossow said there are two key issues that could really define the US-India ties. "First, how will the Biden administration handle poten- tial sanctions on India over Russian defence purchases? And second, if the US is louder in raising concerns about social issues in India, will it create a wedge?" Rossow said. He also opined that under Biden administration, India will face less pressure over ties with Iran and renewable energy cooperation will be highlighted. However, he said, that trade tensions between the countries will persist. According to Ashley J Tellis, Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank, "Without a doubt, Joe Biden will continue strengthening the US-India relationship." "He will have his hands full...overcoming problems at home and restoring American leadership abroad. Everything else comes second, Tellis told PTI. North Carolina-based Swadesh Chatterjee, who is an old friend of the Presidentelect, said Biden really wants India to be the greatest friend of the United States its best ally in the 21st century. MORE ON WORLD PG RAGING DEBATE OVER SARNA OR ADIVASI DHARM SANTOSH K. KIRO RANCHI: The long-standing demand of people who worship Nature and want a formal recognition of their religious practice is at a significant crossroads with the JMM-Congress coalition government now resolved to act upon it at the assembly level. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has announced for a special session, likely on November 11, to debate on the issue. But the issue is not as simple as it appears, given the differences of opinion in the tribe groups themselves, and the diversity of religious practices found among tribes across the countryif a formal religious code is to be finally granted by the Centre. While the state government has prepared the proposal in the name of Adivasi /Sarna Dharm, adherents are demanding that only the word 'Sarna' is acceptable. "Our demand is Sarna dharm code. We will reject it if the name is changed," said religious leader of the Sarna Dharm movement Bandhan Tigga. In fact, a common name by which the religious practices of different tribe groups across the country can be brought under one umbrella has always been a contentious matter since long. While 'Sarna' is the name adherents like to be called in parts of Jharkhand, other terms for practices by other groups are Donypolo, Gondi, KoyaPunem, Adi, Bhili to name only a few. Even in Jharkhand some contend that the word 'Sarna' is the name of the place of worship and the real name the religious practice should be called is 'Adi Dharm'. In fact, Ram Dayal Munda has even authored a book named Adi Dharm where he has detailed the philosophical and ritualistic process of the ancient religion of tribe groups. "Tribals who follow the religious practice of their ancestors are being counted as Hindus. If this goes on our distinctive religious identity will disappear. It is due to this reason that we want a separate Religion Code under which we would be counted during the Census," said Deo Kumar Dhan, a former MLA who has been working on the matter for many years. Dhan himself however has been rallying for the word 'Adi Dharm', realizing that this word can bring all groups under one umbrella. A separate religion code is assigned for a people by the Union Home Ministry, under which the Census operations are carried out. Thus, the government of Jharkhand will have to send the proposal to the Centre after passing it for inclusion in the Census. Individuals like former Rajya Sabha member late Ram Dayal Munda, Dhan and others knew that at the national level the word 'Sarna' will limit itself geographi- cally and chances of formal approval by the Ministry of Home is dim. Therefore, they had been rallying for the word Adi Dharm or PrakrtiDharm as the umbrella word, which will encompass all the religious practices of different tribal groups across the country. The demand for a separate religious identity for tribes has been put even at the national capital level, and not just in Jharkhand. In April last year, people from 19 states of the country, including Jharkhand, staged a huge dharna at Janta Mantar, Delhi demanding that the Centre accepts their religious practice and allot them a separate religion code in the Census. Presently, the population of tribals in the country is around 12 crore and small portion of it follow Christianity, Buddhism or Islam. The remaining follows the religious practice of their ancestors, characterized by worship of Nature. This group contends that they are counted as Hindus as the Census does not allot a separate column for them. "If you look at the statistics of all the censuses of the British era (from 1871 to 1931), there was provision for tribes to choose Aboriginal as an option. After independence, the government removed it, so that tribes are counted as either Hindus," notes Dhan. In Jharkhand, tribal population amounts to about 85 lakh, of which about 14 lakh profess Christianity, about 40 lakh write Sarna and the rest call themselves Hindus. Meanwhile, the subject is expected to be placed at the Tribal Advisory Council meeting for discussion tomorrow.