YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 17 C BJP IS GOING THE WHOLEHOG IN CHALLENGING DIDI IN 2021 POLLS NATION Sky will be clear. Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 18 NOV, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—194 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) IPL: CSK SHOULD RELEASE DHONI IF THERE'S MEGA AUCTION: CHOPRA SPORTS Morning India AT A GLANCE RBI PROPOSES TO MERGE LAKSHMI VILAS BANK WITH DBS BANK INDIA State Govt relents, relaxes Chhath ban norms CM APPEALS DEVOTEES TO OFFER PRAYERS AT HOMES Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at BRICS Summit, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI PM MODI CORNERS CHINA Asks BRICS to hold accountable state sponsors of terror; invites investors NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the BRICS countries to hold accountable the state sponsors of terrorism, indirectly cornering Pakistan's ally China at the twelfth BRICS summit. In his opening remarks at the summit held virtually on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said, "Terrorism is the biggest problem facing the world today. We must ensure that the countries that support and assist the terrorists are also blamed, and this problem is dealt with in an organised manner." China, a member of BRICS (the group comprising five emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), has repeatedly shielded Pakistan from international censure at the United Nations Security Council, for sponsoring crossborder terrorism in India and Afghanistan. Reiterating that India has been a firm supporter of multilateralism as a founding member of the UN, PM Modi said, "Even in Indian culture, the whole world is treated as one family, so it was natural for us to support an institution like UN. Our commitment CHINA PUSHES WEAPONS INTO MYANMAR, INDIA; THREATENS REGIONAL SECURITY "TERRORISM IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FACING THE WORLD TODAY. WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE COUNTRIES THAT SUPPORT AND ASSIST THE TERRORISTS ARE ALSO BLAMED, AND THIS PROBLEM IS DEALT WITH IN AN ORGANISED MANNER." Easy flow of Chinese weapons illegally into Myanmar and India is posing threats to regional security and stability, intelligence agencies have flagged to the Indian government. PG 7 PM Narendra Modi to UN values has remained unshaken - India has lost the most valiant soldiers in peacekeeping operations. But today the multilateral system is going through a crisis." Both credibility and effectiveness of institutions of global governance are being questioned, he said adding that the main reason for this is that these did not change properly over time. These are still based on the 75-year-old world mentality and reality. India believes reforms are very mandatory in the UN Security Council, he asserted. "We expect the support of our BRICS partners on this subject. Apart from the UN, many other international institutions are also not functioning as per current realities. Institutions like WTO, IMF, WHO should also improve," he said. Expressing his happiness over the finalisation of BRICS 'Counter-Terrorism Strategy' during the chairmanship of Russia, the Prime Minister said, it is an important achievement. "And India will pursue this task further during its presidency," he added. The theme of this year's summit was 'BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth'. Significant geo-strategic changes are taking place in the world, which will continue to have an impact on stability, security and growth, and BRICS will play an important role in these three areas, PM Modi predicted. BRICS economies, Modi said, will play an important role in the post-Covid global recovery. "We have more than 42 per cent of the world's population, and our countries are among the main engines of global economy. There is a lot of scope for increasing mutual trade between BRICS countries," he said two days after the 10member Asean bloc signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) with its five FTA partners -Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. "Our mutual institutions and systems - such as BRICS Inter-Bank Cooperation Mechanism, New Development Bank, Contingent Reserve Arrangement and Customs Cooperation - can also make our contribution effective in global recovery," he said. Modi reiterated that India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will serve humanity. India and South Africa have proposed to be exempted from Intellectual Property agreements relating to Covid-19 vaccine, treatment and investigation. "We hope that other BRICS countries will also support this," he said. During its BRICS chairmanship next year, India will work on enhancing BRICS collaboration in digital health and traditional medicine, Modi announced. India, he said, will try to strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation in all the three pillars of BRICS, increase intra-BRICS solidarity and develop a solid institutional framework for this purpose. In 2021, 15 years of BRICS will be completed. Nitish Kumar allocates portfolios Bihar CM keeps home ministry, gives Tarkishore finance; Renu Devi gets panchayati raj PATNA: A day after taking oath for a new term along with his ministerial colleagues, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday allocated portfolios among them, keeping with himself home, general administration, vigilance and three more departments. Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad got finance, commercial tax, environment, forest and disaster management, urban development and information technology departments. Another Deputy CM Renu Devi got panchayati raj, back- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives at the party office in Patna on Tuesday. ANI ward classes development, ECB and industry portfolios. Ashok Chaudhary got the CENTRE TO SC: NOT CORRECT TO SAY ENTIRE MEDIA IS PERPETRATING HATRED TOWARDS ONE COMMUNITY charge of building construction, social welfare, minority affairs, and Mewa Lal Chaudhary the education portfolio. Interestingly, Chaudhary had lost the Cabinet birth last time after his name cropped up in an alleged scam in the recruitment of lecturers in an agriculture university. Vijay Kumar Chaudhary got the charge of rural development, rural engineering, water resources, information and broadcasting and parliamentary affairs. Sheela Kumari got transport, and Santosh Kumar Sharan SC/ST affairs and minor irrigation. Mukesh Sahani is the new Minister for animal husbandry and fisheries. Mangal Pandey has retained the health portfolio, apart from road construction, art and culture. Amrendra Pratap Singh has got the agriculture, cooperatives and sugarcane portfolios. Ram Preet Paswan has got the charge of public health engineering and Ram Surat Kumar the revenue and law portfolios. Jivesh Kumar will shoulder the responsibility of tourism, mines and labour departments. DELHI MARKETS MAY SHUT, ONLY 50 PEOPLE IN CAPITAL WEDDINGS NEW DELHI: Amid unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that markets may be shut once again as a precautionary measure and only 50 people will be allowed in weddings not 200, as per strict norms aimed at curbing further spread of the Coronavirus. Kejriwal was speaking to the media here two days after he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue following an unprecedented record single-day spike of 8,500 cases and overall, 51,000 cases last week. Kejriwal said the Delhi government has sent a proposal to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,884,231 TOTAL DEATH: 130,651 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 55,516,793 TOTAL DEATH: 1,335,308 SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Amid demands by various political parties and social groups for relaxation in the guidelines issued by the state government for Chhath, Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Tuesday evening announced that devotees could observe the rituals in ponds and rivers while following social distancing, sanitizing and other Covid prevention norms. Speaking to media persons at Project Bhawan after a meeting of the disaster management department Soren, however, appealed to people to observe the festival in their homes as far as possible. The CM also blamed the BJP for trying to take political advantage of the festival by opposing the state government guidelines. Soren said, "Chhath is observed all over the country with zeal particularly in Jharkhand, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. I wish all the devotees on the occasion. The guidelines issued two days back by the state's disaster management department were in accordance with the Government of India directions and in consonance with the Prime Minister's statement 'Jab tak Dawai nahi tab tak dhilai nahi (no laxity in Covid preventive measures till the medicine comes) and 'Do gaj ki doori jaruri (it is essential to maintain six feet distance)." He added, "The BJP, however, is demanding relaxation in rules in contradiction to the PM's statement. The party is using the festival of immense faith for political purposes. For us saving the lives of people is most important. However, the BJP has made it a national issue through social media." The CM said that in view of the demands made by var- ious organisations the state government has permitted observance of rituals in the rivers and ponds. All devotees must follow social distancing while wearing masks and using sanitizers. Soren also appealed to devotees to observe the festival in their homes. He said, "It is my personnel appeal that since Covid pandemic is existing and precaution is the only remedy people should try to observe the festival in their homes as far as possible. Notably, the CM is also appealing to people through various media to ensure safety norms during the festival. Earlier during the meeting of the disaster management department, the CM stressed a comprehensive approach to protect the people from catching Covid during the large gathering at the rivers and ponds. He also appealed that people must follow the safety guidelines while participating in the rituals. The participants also discussed the guidelines issued by Bihar and other states regarding the Chhath festival. Health minister Banna Gupta said that Chhath has special importance for devotees of Jharkhand and Bihar, adding a large number of people observe this festival. He sought amendment in the guidelines issued earlier so that people could offer 'arghya' in rivers and ponds. Chief secretary Sukhdev Singh, principal secretary to the CM Rajiv Arun Ekka, health secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni, principal secretary finance Himani Pandey, secretary disaster management Amitabh Kaushal and agriculture secretary Aboo Bakr Sidiqqui also spoke on the topic. The decision to make an amendment in the guidelines was reached after the discussion. VACCINE PROGRESS PAVES WAY FOR RISK ON STOCKS RALLY NEW DELHI: Vaccine development and US policy certainty have paved the way for risk on rally in the global stock markets. After two years of sustained polarization, markets have broad-based both within and outside the Nifty, with mid cap and small cap indices outperforming the Nifty year to date. A report by Centrum Broking said the Pfizer vaccine is expected to be available to GAVIS signatories as early as end December thus bringing possible solution to the most disruptive event of the century. These significant developments have changed the global sentiments, world markets have rejoiced and started a fresh global risk on rally. In India, a falling caseload curve coupled with the better than expected economic rebound have also supported the positive sentiments. Alongside, RBI's continuous accommodative stance of low interest rates will also help the economic rebound further, the report said. Even FY22E for Nifty50 shows a strong growth of 21 per cent, given it is coming from a low base. "Therefore, we believe that it is time to move away from a defensive portfolio and add beta to the portfolio. We are betting on faster economic recovery.” RATS SHATTER DREAMS OF CHHAU ARTISTS PC JHA NEW DELHI: The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it is not correct to say that entire media is perpetrating hatred towards one particular community, instead wide-ranging views and opinions have been expressed across media platforms on the Tablighi Jamaat issue, which are not communal in nature. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry, in an affidavit, has defended the media reports in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat event, which was held in March. "As a matter of journalistic policy, any section of the media may seek to highlight different events, issues and happenings across the world as per their choice", said the affidavit. The Centre submitted "regime of forbearance allowed different sections of the media to function with the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution". This gives choice to the viewer either to see all or any sides of a particular view or to choose a particular side on any events, issues and happenings across the world. The affidavit added that wide-ranging views and opinions have been expressed across media platforms on the Tablighi Jamaat issue, which are not communal in nature. CHENNAI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday proposed a draft scheme of amalgamation of the beleaguered Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS Bank India Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DBS Bank Ltd, Singapore. The RBI has also placed the Lakshmi Vilas Bank under moratorium for 30 days and superseded its Board owing to serious deterioration in the lender's financial position. T.N. Manoharan, a former NonExecutive Chairman of Canara Bank, has been appointed as the Administrator of the bank. According to the RBI, DBS Bank, Singapore is a subsidiary of Asia's leading financial services group, DBS Group Holdings Ltd, and thus, has the advantage of a strong parentage. RANCHI: Though the folk artists of the State have been struggling for a livelihood since the lockdown, the rats are also shattering their dreams by cutting the musical instruments of Chhau artists. The international fame artist of Chhau and Paika Subodh Pramanik and his team members of Savdih village in Sonahatu, 50KM from the state capital, has been hit by rats as their important musical instruments are destroyed by the rats. Subodh Pramanik sold paddy worth about Rs 1 lakh for his teammates and bought a costume and instrument for the Paika dance, which the rats muttered and damaged. Frustrated Subodh said, "On the one hand, work is not available and such a loss is happening on the other. About 50 to 60 thousand rupees have been lost due to rats bite" After the lockdown, when the activities came to an indefinite stop, Subodh Pramanik kept all the musical instruments in an artist house in the village. It is like a dressing room for artists, where all the costumes and instruments are kept. Whenever there is a big show, all the performers practice in unison. The instrument has been significantly damaged by mice including dresses and masks. He said that throughout the year I work hard to produce paddy. "I bought the costume after selling it. After collecting a little money went to Purulia THE INTERNATIONAL FAME ARTIST OF CHHAU AND PAIKA SUBODH PRAMANIK AND HIS TEAM MEMBERS OF SAVDIH VILLAGE IN SONAHATU, 50KM FROM THE STATE CAPITAL, HAS BEEN HIT BY RATS AS THEIR IMPORTANT MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ARE DESTROYED BY THE RATS. (Bengal) and bought all the instruments. There is good material available for Chhau and Paika. Now it will have to be repaired there as well but the financial crunch is a big hurdle. If we get work, it could be repaired," Parmanik added. He said that we have performed several programmes in the previous government but no money has ever been received from the Department of Art and Culture. Subodh Pramanik's team 'Manbhum Shiv-Shakti Chhau and Paika Kala Kendra' has given recognition to the culture of Jharkhand by performing in countries like Vietnam and Hong Kong. His team always performs on big occasions in the state. Subodh said that there are 20-25 artists from the village in his team. Everyone goes out and performs. The work has been closed since the lockdown, so most artists are working in the fields. Subodh has taught this dance mode to many youngsters.