YK MYK FINANCIAL SECTOR STABILITY SHOULD BE PRIORITY IN BUDGET TAAPSEE PANNU: PRESSURE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN ME OPINION SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI FRIDAY, 29 JAN, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—264 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 22 C MIN 09 C Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE PAK SC ORDERS RELEASE OF DANIEL PEARL MURDER ACCUSED ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday rejected an appeal filed by the Sindh provincial government against the Sindh High Court's (SHC) decision to acquit and release the accused persons in the 2002 kidnap and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, ordering their immediate release. The short order was was announced by a threemember bench of the apex court. ‘CBSE WILL ANNOUNCE EXAM SCHEDULE FOR CLASS 10, 12 ON FEB 2’ NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is set to announce the schedule for the upcoming class 10th and 12th board exams on February 2, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said on Thursday. He also said that CBSE will digitize records of its students dating back to the year 1975. "CBSE will announce exam schedule for class 10th and 12th on February 2. Records CBSE students dating back to 45 years ago will now be digitized," the Union Education Minister told ANI. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,07,02,031 TOTAL DEATH: 153,885 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 101,542,168 TOTAL DEATH: 2,186,924 RED FORT VIOLENCE: UAPA, Sedition charges in FIR lodged by police NEW DELHI: Delhi Police Special Cell has lodged an FIR under sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and sections of IPC dealing with sedition to investigate the violence at Red Fort in Delhi on January 26. "The Kisan Andolan turned violent on January 26, 2021, leading to damage of public property in several parts of the national capital. Public property worth several crores of rupees were damaged by violent mobs and 394 police personnel sustained injuries while performing their lawful duty," said Delhi Police Special Cell. A preliminary assessment suggests there was a pre-conceived and a well-coordinated plan to break the agreement reached between Delhi Police and the leaders of farmers organisations, to indulge in a violent confrontation with the security forces, to breach the sanctity of iconic and histori- well as those out of the country, is being probed. The investigation is in progress and further details will be communicated in due course," said Delhi Police Special Cell. Protestors broke barricades to enter Delhi and indulged in vandalism across several parts of the national capital during their tractor rally organised to protest against the Centre's three new farm laws. Security personnel deployed at the farmers' protesting site at the Delhi-Gazipur border. cal structures/monuments and to create an international embarrassment for the government on the occasion of the Republic Day, according to the Police. The Special Cell is investigating the conspiracy and criminal designs behind these unfortunate events that occurred on Republic Day. "A criminal case has been registered and is being investigated under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and sections of IPC dealing with sedition. The role and conduct of organisations and individuals based in India, as GHAZIABAD ADMIN ORDERS TO GET GHAZIPUR PROTEST SITE CLEARED The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the district administrations to get all the farmers protest site on the state's borders with Delhi vacated, officials said on Thursday. The orders came two days after violence during the 'Kisan Gantantra parade' on the occasion of the Republic Day at several locations in the national capital. The farmers at the DelhiUttar Pradesh Ghazipur border had been sitting on protest against the three farm laws since November 26 last year, demanding the repeal of the three farm laws and ensuring the minimum support price (MSP) for their produce. A senior police official wishing not to be named told IANS: "Yes, we have received orders from the government to get all the farmers protest site on the borders of the state vacated." Earlier in the day, there was heavy deployment of security personnel, comprising the Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Police, the Central Reserve Police Force and the Rapid Action Force at the Ghazipur protest site. Budget session from today, set to be stormy NEW DELHI: The Budget session of Parliament beginning Friday is poised to be stormy with the Opposition set to attack the government over the three new farm legislations, amid an ongoing agitation by farmers. The session will begin with the address of the President to the joint sitting of the two Houses on Friday morning followed by the presentation of the Union Budget on February 1. A total of 16 Opposition parties have announced a boycott of the President's address in solidarity with the farmers protesting the new farm laws, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday. The 16 Opposition parties have also demanded a probe into the violence on Republic Day in Delhi. Opposition parties include the Congress, the NCP, Shiv Sena, DMK, Trinamool Congress, CPI, CPI-M and RJD. With a view to have a paperless Budget, all the documents and the Economic Survey would be made available online soon after the authenticated copies are laid on the Table of the House, the Lok Sabha Secretariat has said. Like the last time, in this session too COVID-19 protocols will be in place and Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will A TOTAL OF 16 OPPOSITION PARTIES HAVE ANNOUNCED A BOYCOTT OF THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE FARMERS PROTESTING THE NEW FARM LAWS. THE PARTIES HAVE ALSO DEMANDED A PROBE INTO THE VIOLENCE ON REPUBLIC DAY IN DELHI. meet in shifts of five hours each -- with the upper house meeting in the morning and the lower house in the evening. Due to the pandemic, the Winter session was not held. The Question Hour also makes a comeback in this session. Due to paucity of time, there was no Question Hour in the previous session. The Monsoon session also saw the two Houses working on Saturdays and Sundays. But this time, Parliament will not sit on weekends. Private Members' business which usually takes place on Friday afternoons has also made a comeback in the Budget session, according to Lok Sabha secretariat. In the previous session, the Private Members' business was not taken up. Mid-day meal workers hold posters and raise slogans during a protest rally on various demands, in Kolkata on Thursday. ANI Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI ‘India now has predictable tax, FDI regimes’ NEW DELHI: Outlining economic reforms in India and marketing the country as a favourable destination to global investors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India has now has predictable tax and FDI regimes. Addressing the World Economic Forum's Davos Dialogue, he said that the government is also working on the front of ease of doing business. He was of the view that though hit by the pandemic, things will change in the economic front too and "India is now moving ahead with the aim to become 'Atmanirbhar' (selfreliant)". Reiterating the government's stand, Modi also said that the vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' is aimed at making India a major hub of global supply chain. He said that India's success on the economic and industrial front will support global good and enhance the global supply chain. He also assured the global fraternity that India has the capacity and capability to boost the global supply chain. Citing the reform measures taken up by the govern- CM launches JMM poll campaign in Bengal SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Jharkhand CM and JMM working president HemantSoren on Thursday launched his party's election campaign for the West Bengal assembly polls by addressing a public rally at Jhargram. The JMM, which fought from 27 seats in 2016, is planning to field candidates in more than one and a half dozen constituencies located on borders of Jharkhand. Speaking in the rally, Soren said that the treatment meted out to the farmers on the occasion of Republic Day creates the feeling that even though we chant the slogan of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, the cultivators have no place in the country. He pointed out this happened despite India being an agriculture country. The CM said that the Union government has a group of inefficient people who not only failed to contribute anything for the country but are also engaged in selling the assets to run the affairs. He said that the airport, train and other govern- HEMANT SOREN ment institutions are on the sale. Soren said that it is a matter of concern that Adivasis, Dalits and minority communities are being suppressed, adding we have to struggle for their right in the coming days. He said the manner anti-poor policies are being made by government life of the people would become difficult. He added that Dalits and Adivasis are being deprived of their rights. Soren said that money and power are dominating the elections. He added that money is also playing important role in the amendment in land acquisition act, farming laws and sale of country's assets. India has successfully contained Covid pandemic: Harsh NEW DELHI: With a massive decrease in the coronavirus cases, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said India has successfully contained the pandemic. "With the 'Whole of Government' and 'Whole-of-society' approach envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has successfully contained the pandemic," Dr. Vardhan said at the 23rd meeting of Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19. For the past 21 days, the country has been recording less than 20,000 daily new infections. Also, the death toll remained below 300-mark for the past 31 days. This number has been on a Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harshvardhan during the inspection of dry run of COVID-19 vaccination program at Omandurar Multi Super Speciality Hospital in Chennai on Friday. ANI steady decline for more than four months now. The peak was reached on September 17 when 97,894 infections were detected in a single-day. Detailing the achievements, he said, "146 districts have no new cases since the last 7 days, 18 districts since the last 14 days, 6 districts since 21 days and 21 districts since the last 28 days." This has been achieved with pro-active testing of which more than 19.5 crore have been conducted so far. The current testing capacity rests at 12 lakh per day, he emphasised. He added that out of the total active cases, a meagre 0.46 per cent are on ventilators, 2.20 per "WITH THE 'WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT' AND 'WHOLE-OF-SOCIETY' APPROACH ENVISAGED BY PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI, INDIA HAS SUCCESSFULLY CONTAINED THE PANDEMIC," DR. VARDHAN SAID AT THE 23RD MEETING OF GROUP OF MINISTERS (GOM) ON COVID-19. cent are in ICU and just 3.02 per cent are on oxygen support. Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that 165 cases of the mutant variant of cronovirus that originated in the UK have been reported so far. The patients have been kept under supervised quarantine and surveillance. He said that India has supported other countries with supply of the vaccine during such global public health crises, and trained the personnel of several countries in the vaccine administration. "By being a mitra (friend) to the global community, India has earned global trust by supplying indigenously made vaccines at this crucial hour", Vardhan said. The GoM discussed issues regarding balancing domestic requirements vis-a-vis requests from other countries for Indian vaccines. INSIDE INDIA TO VACCINATE 300 MILLION PEOPLE AGAINST COVID-19 IN NEXT FEW MONTHS: PM PAGE 7 ment, the Prime Minister, however gave a miss to the recent farm laws, termed as major reforms by the government. The recent laws and amendments in the farm sector bills have been highly controversial and led to massive protests by farmers in the national capital. Modi told global leaders and investors that 'Industry 4.0' would be a major support for the government's vision of making the country self-reliant. He was of the view that connectivity, automation, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), and real time data are key for 'Industry 4.0'. The Prime Minister also spoke India's vaccination drive and said that in 12 days, around 2.3 million frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated and in total 30 million healthcare workers will be covered under the first phase. SUSPENSION OF SCHEDULED INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS EXTENDED TILL FEB 28 NEW DELHI: The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till February 28, aviation regulator DGCA said on Thursday. 'However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,' the Directorate General of Civil Aviation added. Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral 'air bubble' arrangements with selected countries since July. India has formed air bubble pacts with around 24 countries including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories.