YK MYK UNION BUDGET GIVES NO PUSH TOWARDS UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 4 FEB, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—270 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 21 C MIN 07 C Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE PRAVEEN SINHA NAMED INTERIM CBI DIRECTOR NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday appointed the Central Bureau of Investigation's Additional Director Praveen Sinha as the agency's interim chief until a new Director is appointed. In an order, the Department of Personnel and Training said: "With reference to the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Praveen Sinha, a IPS of Gujarat cadre, Additional Director CBI, shall with immediate effect look after the duties of the CBI Director, vice Rishi Kumar Shukla, IPS (MP: 83) till the appointment of new Director CBI, or until further orders, whichever is earlier." The selection committee, comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India S. A. Bobde and Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who is the leader of the largest opposition party in the lower house, is expected to meet in the coming days to decide on the next CBI Director. RALLY CONTINUES, SENSEX ENDS AT NEW CLOSING HIGH MUMBAI: The postbudget euphoric rally continued in the Indian stock market on Wednesday, with the BSE Sensex settling at its record closing level. Sensex touched an alltime high of 50,526.39 and the Nifty50 also hit a new record high of 14,868.85 points. The across-the-board rise was led by healthcare, banking, finance. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,07,78,207 TOTAL DEATH: 154,635 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 104,497,909 TOTAL DEATH: 2,265,289 ‘MY JOB IS TO TAKE A BACKSEAT AND HELP VIRAT AS CAPTAIN’ SPORTS Morning India State Cabinet nod to withdraw job policy forSAMARITAN POLICY OKAYED Scheduled dists JHARKHAND GOOD SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: The State government on Wednesday withdrawn the resolution that provided for 100 per cent reservation to locals in the 13 Scheduled districts of the state. The decision to this effect was taken in the cabinet meeting which passed as many as 45 resolutions. Cabinet Secretary Ajay Kumar Singh said that the meeting chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren passed several important resolutions, including amendment in the civil services rules, rules of the tribal advisory council, the Jharkhand Good Samaritan policy, the appointment of former chief secretary DK Tiwari as State election commissioner of Jharkhand and withdrawal of cases registered against the workers during the lockdown. It may be stated here that the administration had registered 30 cases against 204 migrant workers for violation of the lockdown. The maximum number was registered in the Silli police station of Ranchi district. Singh said that resolution STATE BUDGET ON MARCH 3 RANCHI: The budget session of the state assembly will be held from February 26 to March 23 while the budget would be presented on March 3. The cabinet secretary informed that there would be 16 working days during the session. A sum of Rs 184 core was approved for setting up handpumps in 21870 rural localities. Proposal for the creation of additional posts in Dhanbad district hospitals was also approved. A scheme to transfer 303 acres to Airport Authority of India for expansion of Birsa Munda International Airport was approved. related to the reservation in 13 scheduled districts has been withdrawn. He added those who have received an appointment letter under the reservation norms would continue in service in order to avoid further litigation. Notably, the notification was issued in July 2016 providing reservation to local residents in 13 scheduled districts for 10 years. Based on the notification the Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission (JSSC) issued an advertisement in October 2016 for the appointment of assistant teachers in high schools. The Jharkhand High Court (HC) quashed the resolution in a petition filed one of the aspi- JHARKHAND TRAFFICKING CASE Owner of 2 placement agencies held NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested Shiv Shankar Ganjhu, owner of two placement agencies which were being run by his brother and kingpin of the notorious human trafficking gang, Pannal Lal Mahto. An NIA spokesperson here said that the agency arrested Ganjhu, a resident of Khunti district in connection with its probe into the Jharkhand human trafficking case. The official said that Ganjhu was the owner of two placement agencies -- Laxmi Placement Service and Birsa Security and Placement, which were being operated by his brother and kingpin of the human trafficking racket in Jharkhand and Delhi, Mahto. Mahto was arrested earlier in the case and the NIA had registered a case in March last year. The spokesperson said that during investigations, it was revealed that the accused Mahto and his wife Sunita Devi were operating a big human trafficking racket in the guise of three placement agencies in Delhi. "They used to bring poor and innocent minor boys and girls from Jharkhand on the pretext of providing them jobs in Delhi and neighbour- NCPCR IDENTIFIES 50 ‘RELIGIOUS PLACES’ TO COMBAT CHILD LABOUR, BEGGING NEW DELHI: Apex child rights body NCPCR has identified 50 "religious places", including the Taj Mahal and Shri Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya, where interventions will be undertaken to ensure zero tolerance towards child PG 7 labour. ing states, but they were exploited and were never paid the promised remunerations," the official said. The official said that Ganjhu had played a significant role in trafficking minors from Jharkhand. The official said that Ganjhu was produced before the NIA Special Court in Ranchi and has been taken in police custody for four days. rants Soni Kumari. A special leave petition was filed in the Supreme Court against the HC order. The SC had put a stay on HC order. Informing about the amendment in civil services rules, Singh said that according to existing norms the candidates of the scheduled tribe, scheduled caste, backward castes were to get eight percent relaxation in marks in order to ensure that 15 times of the vacancy qualify for the mains and the interview examination. Now the relaxation would be more than eight marks provided it is not less than the minimum qualifying marks. The maximum age limit for the examination MYANMAR CITIZENS CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF MILITARYLINKED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES NAYPYITAW: Days after a coup in Myanmar, people have called for boycott of the military-linked products and services. The Myanmar population is pushing for the "Stop Buying Junta Business" campaign, as a sign of support for democracy against dictatorship of the military, also known as the Tatmadaw, and declaration of a one-year state of emergency, Myanmar Times reported. The Tatmadaw has been linked to a large number of businesses in various sectors such as food and beverage products, the entertainment industry, internet service providers, banks, financial enterprises, hospitals, oil companies, and wholesale markets and retail businesses. Meanwhile, a number of celebrities have announced not to endorse or work with armed forces related corporations. This comes after a military coup took place following days of escalating tensions between the government and the military over last November's general elections. ALSO SEE PG 9 INDIA TO SUPPLY 1.1 BILLION DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINES TO UNICEF NEW YORK: India's Serum Institute will be supplying 1.1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Novavax to around 100 countries for approximately USD 3 per dose for the low and lowermiddle-income countries, said Henrietta Fore, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) chief, on Wednesday. "Today, we are pleased to announce the conclusion of a long-term supply agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the COVID-19 vaccines, to access two vaccine products through technology transfer from AstraZeneca and Novavax," Sputnik quoted Fore as saying at a COVAX press briefing. She further said, "UNICEF, along with our procurement partners including PAHO, will have access to up to 1.1 billion doses of vaccines for around 100 countries for approximately USD 3 a dose for the low- and lower-middle income countries." India on January 16 began its mammoth coron- avirus vaccine rollout by administering 207,229 shots on the first day with the help of hundreds of thousands of health workers who were trained and assisted by the UN agencies. The Central government has introduced an application named CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work) to monitor the entire vaccination process. Two vaccines--Covaxin and Covishield-- have received Emergency Use Authorisation (EAU) after going through established safety and immunogenicity in a well-prescribed regulatory process and these will be administered during the vaccination drive. would be counted on basis of August 1, 2016. A proposal for signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Gas Authority of India Limited for treatment of biodegradable waste was also passed. Singh said that the state government would provide eight-acre of land to GAIL for setting up processing plant of 150 metric tonnes and 100 metric tonnes in two phases for treatment of the waste. Another proposal for the hearing of the commercial matters in every district court of the state was also passed. Presently the commercial cases are taken up in Ranchi, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur. In view of the growing number of commercial disputes and the advice of the High Court in this regard, the civil judge could hear matters ranging between three lakh rupees to Rs 1 crore while matters of the higher sum will be taken up by the district judge. Another proposal under the good samaritan policy was passed in which the citizens extending help to persons injured in a road accident would not be harassed by the police. Govt warns Twitter over non-removal of accounts talking of ‘farmer genocide’ NEW DELHI: The Indian government has sent a notice to Twitter, warning the social media platform of penal action over non-compliance of its order to remove accounts and tweets which alleged "farmer genocide" in the country, sources said. Content with the hashtag "#ModiPlanningFarmerGeno cide" were posted on Twitter, which, according to the government, was designed to "inflame passions" and "hatred". The notice issued by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) held that it motivated the campaign to abuse, inflame and create tension in society on "unsubstantiated" grounds. The ministry also said that incitement to genocide is not INSIDE HOLDING NO INFORMAL TALKS WITH FARMERS, BARRICADING IS LOCAL ADMIN ISSUE: TOMAR PAGE 7 freedom of speech but a threat to law and order. Citing that Twitter unilaterally unblocked accounts and tweets despite the government order, the notice said that that Twitter is an intermediary and is obliged to obey the direction of the government and refusal to do so will invite penal action. MEITY had passed an interim order dated January 31, as a matter of emergency, for blocking 257 URLs and 1 hashtag under Section 69 A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. As per the government, the interim order was issued on the ground that the said Twitter URLs and hashtag are spreading misinformation about protests and has the potential to lead to imminent violence affecting public order situation in the country. The notice cited the "public order issue" of January 26 and said that the statutory authorities are doing everything possible to ensure that no adverse public order situation takes place and no cognisable offences are committed. MORE ON PG 5 LS sees two adjournments during question hour NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha witnessed two adjournments during question hour on Wednesday following the protest by opposition members over new farm laws. The House was first adjourned till 4.30 pm and then till 5 pm. Soon after the House met for the day, opposition members were on their feet protesting against the three farm laws. Speaker Om Birla asked them to take their seats and allow the question hour proceed. As the opposition members did not relent, he adjourned the House till 4.30 pm. When the House resumed its proceedings, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury demanded that separate time allocation should be made for discussion on the farmers protest on new farm laws and on the motion of thanks to the President's Address. AAP member Bhagwant Mann was among opposition leaders who continued to protest.