YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 27 C MIN 16 C SHIVRAJ EMERGES MORE POWERUL IN BJP AFTER ELECTION RESULTS OPINION Sky will be clear. JOBS RETURN IN HOSPITALITY, TRAVEL SECTOR: NAUKRI.COM BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 12 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—189 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) House seal on Sarna Adivasi code resolution SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: The State Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution for the inclusion of the Sarna Adivasi code in the Census 2021 even though the special session witnessed ruling and the opposition parties exchanging allegations over politicizing the issue. During the special session, Chief Minister Hemant Soren read out the resolution and stressed passing a resolution on this 'sensitive and important' issue. The resolution for the 'Sarna Adivasi code' was passed in the assembly through a voice vote following an amendment proposed by MLAs. Earlier, the government had proposed the bill as 'Adivasi/Sarna code.' The cabinet had approved a resolution no. 4242 in this regard earlier. The resolution would be sent to the Centre for approval. Reading out the proposal, CM Hemant Soren presented data of each Census to highlight the gradual decline of the Adivasi popula- tion in the country over the decades. He said that a separate code was essential for protecting the rights and political stature of the Adivasis. The step would have a long term and positive effect. He said that there should be no politics over the proposal. He agreed that the issue should have been put up before the Tribal Advisory Council but added that the body has not been formed due to technical reasons. During the discussion, BJP MLA Neelkanth Singh Munda appreciated the government's effort but suggested a change in its name. He also opined that the resolution was brought in haste, adding more comprehensive discussion was required to make it stronger. He also said that announcement in this regard was made just before the by-polls, which seems a political move. MLA Bandhu Tirkey said that the word Adivasi must be completely removed from the proposal. He said it was a matter of concern that around one crore population of the state does not have its religious identity. He said the move was a positive development for Adivasis who have been raising the demand for decades. CPI (M-L) MLA Binod Singh supported the resolution but stressed on overall uplift of the Adivasi community. AJSU's Lambodar Pathak also supported the resolution. The participants also charged each other with prejudice against Adivasi. The BJP asked why JMM is in a coalition with Congress which removed the separate code for Adivasis. Later on, the newly elected members from Dumka and Bermo namely Basant Soren and Anup Singh respectively took the oath of office in the assembly. A proposal condoling the passing away of prominent personalities in the country was also read out by the Speaker. Members of tribal outfit celebrate after the Sarna Code Resolution was passed in the assembly on Wednesday. AT A GLANCE SC grants bail to Arnab in suicide abetment case ONE NATION, ONE SALARY AGREEMENT INKED FOR BANKERS: UNIONS CHENNAI: Four unions in the banking sector on Wednesday jointly announced that their three year wage talks finally resulted in a written agreement with IBA. In a joint circular issued to their members the four unions - AIBEA, NCBE, NOBW and INBEF said the 11th Bipartite Settlement on revision of wages and improvement in service conditions of bank employees has been signed today (Wednesday) with IBA at Mumbai. FIR IN SCHOLARSHIP SCAM DHANBAD: The district administration today lodged an FIR against the principals and operators of 96 different private and government schools besides 10 individuals including some middleman in different police stations of Dhanbad in connection with Rs 9.99 crore prematric scholarship for minority students. An official said recommendations for action against the district welfare officer Devendra Kumar Dubey for his suspected role has also been made by a district-level four-member probe committee headed by him. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,636,976 TOTAL DEATH: 127,620 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 51,973,623 TOTAL DEATH: 1,282,390 PM Narendra Modi shows victory signs to the BJP supporters at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI Modi says will fulfil oath under Nitish leadership NEW DELHI: Amid cheering crowds at BJP headquarters here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people for reposing faith in BJP and NDA. Ending suspense on the new Bihar government, the Prime Minister said, "Under the leadership of Nitish Kumar the NDA workers will fulfil poll promises and oath given to people for development." He said, "despite 15 years of rule the people have given mandate to the NDA for development of the state, those who thought they can win with other issues have been proven wrong." From Kashmir to every part of the country the BJP has gained electorally because its mantra is service and development," he said. He also attacked the opposition political parties without taking names he said either there are family parties or parties controlled by family. Attacking Congress, Modi said even the oldest party is in grip of a family but now the people know of it. Modi said "silent voters have become asset to the party and women is the silent voter which is giving BJP chance after chance." He also said new India is rising amid challenges and no pandemic can stop it as he thanked the people for participating in the democratic process during Covid times. I SALUTE THE PEOPLE'S VERDICT IN BIHAR: NITISH PATNA: After the victory of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Bihar assembly elections, it is almost certain that Nitish Kumar would sit in the chief Minister's chair once again. After getting a majority , Kumar has saluted the people of the state and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his cooperation. Nitish Kumar's credibility was at stake in this election. Thereafter, after some stiff resistance from the Mahagathbandhan, the NDA crossed the majority figure late on Tuesday. In his first reaction after the election results, Kumar saluted the people of Bihar. "I bow before the people's mandate," tweeted the chief minister from his official Twitter handle. "I salute the people for the majority.” ‘Constitutional courts must safeguard human liberty’ Dhanteras Today Shopkeepers showcase utensils on the eve of Dhanteras, in Ranchi on Wednesday. MI Photo India, China look upon threestep disengagement proposal NEW DELHI: Moving forward to resolve the border dispute, a three-step disengagement proposal including restoration of status quo ante as of April this year in Eastern Ladakh is under consideration between India and China. However, no decision has taken place about the trouble at Depsang Plains. The "constructive engagement" between both the countries happened during the eighth military commander-level talks held on November 6 in Chushul. "Both the countries have agreed to work on a three-step disengagement proposal, including de-escalation of troops, but nothing has happened on the ground as of now," said a senior government officer. The ninth round of talks is likely to happen this week but the dates are not yet decided, the officer said. The first step of disengagement is withdrawal of tanks from forward locations at the Line of Control in Eastern Ladakh. In the second step, Indian troops will come back to the Dhan Singh Thapa post located on Finger 3, one of the spurs along the Pangong Lake, and the Chinese troops to Finger 8. In the third step, the Indian Army will withdraw from all the 13 critical heights and territories, including Rezang La, along the southern bank of Pangong Lake which gave India an edge over China. On August 30, India had occupied critical mountain heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop that were unmanned till now. India has also made some deployments near Blacktop. The movement was carried out after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move. Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allows India to dominate Spangur Gap under Chinese control and also the Moldo garrison on the Chinese side. Soldiers of both the countries remain exposed to minus 20 degrees Celsius temperatures so both the countries have agreed to withdraw troops on immediate note. NEW DELHI: In a major relief for Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami, the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted him interim bail in a 2018 abetment to suicide case. The top court noted that it is deeply concerned if courts do not preserve human liberty and if constitutional courts do not protect liberty, then who will? A two-judge bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee noted that if somebody does not like a TV channel then that person should not watch it. I myself prefer to cuddle up with a good book, he added. Arnab and two others were arrested last week in connection with the suicide of architect Anvay Naik and his mother. The bench, pulling up the Maharashtra government over Arnab's arrest, said the victim is entitled to a fair investigation and the investigation should go on, but if the state targets individuals on this basis then let a strong message go out. Chandrachud told the Maharashtra government counsel, "our democracy is extraordinarily strong. The point is that governments must ignore this...the Chief Justice has said something very significant. He said we expect responsibility on all sides." The bench said Arnab must cooperate with the probe, and the release of the accused must not be delayed and asked them to furnish bonds of Rs 50,000. Arnab had moved the top court challenging the Bombay High Court order which turned declined to entertain his plea seeking interim bail and the reopening of the case. Justice Chandrachud insisted if constitutional courts did not interfere, "We are travelling the path of destruction undeniably". Govt brings OTT operators under ambit of I&B ministry With this, the ministry has the power to regulate policies related to news, audio, visual contents and films available on online platforms T he government has brought OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar besides other online news and current affairs content under the ambit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, giving it powers to regulate policies and rules for the digital space. So far, there was no law or autonomous body governing digital content in India. According to a notification issued by the Cabinet Secretariat on Tuesday night and signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, the decision has been taken in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (3) of article 77 of the Constitution, by amending the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 and it will come into effect immediately. "These rules may be called the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Three Hundred and Fifty Seventh Amendment Rules, 2020. They shall come into force at once. "In the Government of India (Allocation of Business, 1961, in THE SECOND SCHEDULE, under the heading 'MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING (SOOCHANA AUR PRASARAN MANTRALAYA)' after entry 22, the following sub-heading and entries shall be inserted, namely:- VA. DIGITAL/ONLINE MEDIA. 22A. Films and AudioVisual programmes made available by online content providers. 22B. News and current affairs content on online platforms," it said. With this, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has the power to regulate policies related to news, audio, visual contents and films available on online platforms. The decision came in less than a month after the Supreme Court sought the Centre's response on a PIL for regulating the Over The Top (OTT) platforms by an autonomous body. Now, the OTT platforms, which were hitherto unregulated, are expected to come under rules and regulations. In January 2019, eight video streaming services had signed a self-regulatory code that laid down a set of guiding principles for content on these platforms. The code adopted by the OTTs prohibited five types of content, including those deliberately and maliciously disrespects the national emblem or national flag, any visual or story line that promotes child pornography, any content that maliciously intends to outrage religious sentiments, content that deliberately and maliciously promotes or encourages terrorism etc. However, the government had refused to support this code. In their plea in the Supreme Court, advocates Shashank Shekhar Jha and Apurva Arhatia sought a proper board/institution /association for the monitoring and management of content on different OTT and Streaming and digital media platforms. Lack of legislation governing OTT and Streaming Platforms is becoming evident with each passing day and every new case that is filed on these grounds. "The government is facing heat to fill this lacuna with regulations from the public and the judiciary; still the relevant government departments have not done anything significant to regularise these OTT and streaming platforms," the plea said. None of the OTT and stream- ing platforms have signed the self-regulation provided by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry since February, it added. The ministry had earlier told the top court in a separate case that there is a need to regulate digital media and that the court may first appoint a committee of persons as amicus before laying down guidelines with respect to the regulation of hate speech in media. At present, the Press Council of India regulates the print media, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) represents the news channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India regulates advertising, while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) monitors films.