YK MYK GDP GROWTH, DEFICIT PROJECTION HOLD THE KEY OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 10 FEB, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—276 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 26 C MIN 11 C Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE CM gets threatening mail, again RANCHI: An electronic mail threatening to take life was sent to Chief Minister Hemant Soren again. The CM received the mail on January 5 this year, a day after his cavalcade was attacked on Harmu bypass road in the state capital by a section of protesters agitating after the recovery of a nude headless body of a woman, who was later identified as a woman from Chanho. The matter came to the fore when a section of local vernacular dailies reported the matter today suggesting that an FIR was registered at Cyber Police station under various sections of IPC, including 500, 506, 507, 153(A) and under sections 66C and 66D of IT Act and following registration of the FIR, Inspector Satish Gorai was asked to probe the matter. Content of the mail could not be available. Earlier, on July 17 last year, a similar mail was sent to the chief minister. 'Sudhar jaiye, nahi to hum aapko jaan se maat denge (mend yourself otherwise I will kill you)' was the content of the mail. It was sent to two addresses. Two FIRs were registered in this connection. The primary investigation suggested that servers of Germany and Switzerland were used to send the mail. "IP address has to be found to reach the sender and for that letters have been written to the government of the concerned country," a CID official said, sharing the commitment of the state government to crack the case. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 10,847,790 TOTAL DEATH: 155,195 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 107,100,112 TOTAL DEATH: 2,338,897 SHILPA SHETTY: EVERYONE YOU MEET IS FIGHTING A BATTLE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India 21 from J'khand missing in Chamoli floods RAJ KUMAR RANCHI: As many as 21 persons are now missing from Jharkhand and 10 are stranded following glacier mishap triggering flash floods in Chamoli in Uttarakhand on Sunday, figures issued by the State Control Room claimed on Tuesday. Till Monday, 13 workers nine from Lohardaga and four from Ramgarh were confirmed as missing. Rectifying the figures, Ramgarh Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Singh on Tuesday pegged missing figures to four from their earlier announcement of six. "Earlier, we got information of six missing from Gola, following cross checks, the figure now stands at four," he said. On the other hand, eight others who are missing hail from Bokaro and Jamtara. A worker Amrit Kumar, a resident of Mugsarla in Petarwar block of Bokaro is traceless. He was employed with Ritvik Projects private limited and was in Vishnugarh in Tapovan under Joshimat police station in Toll rises to 28; op to rescue those trapped in Tapovan tunnel on JOSHIMATH/ DEHRADUN : The death toll from the Uttarakhand glacier disaster rose to 28 with the recovery of two more bodies, even as a multi-agency operation to rescue around 30 workers feared trapped inside a swamped tunnel at the Tapovan power project in Chamoli district continued on Tuesday, officials said. Around 170 people are still missing after the Sunday's disaster apparently caused by a glacier burst, according to the latest data. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said its personnel recovered two bodies from debris in Raini village on Tuesday morning. The workers have been trapped in the 12-foot-high and about 2.5-km-long 'head race tunnel' (HRT). "Clearing of debris and slush continued the whole night. About 120 metres of the tunnel entrance stretch is now clear," ITBP spokesper- States, UTs asked to give vax Dose 1 to frontliners by Mar 6 NEW DELHI : The Union Health Ministry has directed states and Union Territories to conclude the first dose administration of all frontline workers by March 6, officials said on Tuesday. Ministry officials said that they have communicated to all the states and Union Territories that vaccination for all frontline workers must be scheduled once by March 1. The states and UTs are further directed to conclude mop-up rounds latest by March 6. States and UTs were told that they must schedule vaccination for all the healthcare workers listed in the CoWIN application by March 1. Further, they have been asked that all frontline workers must be given the opportunity of mop-up rounds by March 6. Earlier, the Health Ministry had asked all states and UTs to complete the administration of the first dose of Covid vaccines to their healthcare workers by February 20 and conclude mop-up round by February 24. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said during a press briefing that the aim should be that no willing beneficiary is left behind and for that, states and UTs are free to conduct as many mop-up rounds they want. "They can do multiple rounds depending on their strength. The aim of the mop-up rounds is to ensure that those healthcare and frontline workers, who could not come during their scheduled vaccination sessions, will then be availed an opportunity afforded by the COVISHIELD DOESN'T PREVENT MILD COVID BY SA VARIANT: GOVT NEW DELHI : The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that studies, though limited, on the variant of SARS-CoV-2 that emerged in South Africa, indicate that Covishield vaccine does not prevent mild Covid19 disease, but continues to be effective in controlling disease severity and mortality due to the infection. "Whatever information about the B1.351 variant of novel coronavirus we have been receiving from scientific channels is being monitored continuously. mop-up rounds to get their dose of vaccination," he said. However, Bhushan also said that those healthcare and frontline workers, who fail to appear even during the mop-up rounds, will be relegated to age specific appropriate vaccination rounds. "Those who would not come forward even during the mop-ups, will receive vaccine doses when the age specific vaccination rounds will roll out for the general public. There, they will be provided vaccines on the age group they fall," he added. son Vivek Kumar Pandey said in Delhi. "Height of accumulated slush reduced more. ITBP personnel are waiting to enter as soon as any movement deep inside the tunnel is possible," he said. A senior official, however, said the rescuers have not been able to make any con- tact with those stuck inside but they are hopeful for "signs of life". Relief is also being distributed by helicopters among residents of more than a dozen villages cut off due to the washing away of a bridge in the avalanche at Malari. Private and IAF helicopters have so far distrib- uted around 100 ration kits in the affected areas of 13 villages with a total population of around 2,500, officials said. On Tuesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas, visited the ITBP hospital in Joshimath and met the 12 workers who were rescued from a small tunnel in Tapovan on Sunday evening. Talking to reporters, Rawat said the priority is to get to those trapped inside the tunnel and save as many lives as possible. Additional heavy machines could be pressed into service to expedite the process of clearing tonnes of debris inside the tunnel, blocking the path of rescue personnel. The clearing of slush and debris is a painstaking exercise but the multi-agency group of rescuers have a strong strength at the spot and they are taking turns to dig in deeper with the help of heavy machines and manual efforts. Personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, NDRF, state disaster response force and the Army have been toiling with heavy earth-moving equipment since Sunday night to clear the tunnel and rescue those trapped. Chamoli. From Jamtara, seven people, who went for vacation, are also missing from Dehradun. "It is unclear how they went missing from Dehradun. We are establishing contact with authorities there," said another official at the State helpline. Those stranded include 10 persons hailing from Bariatu block in Latehar district who were working in M/S Hindustan Construction in Tapovan and were about to return. Topno said, "They hail from Jagir village in Bariatu block of Latehar as per the information with them." Notably, the Jharkhand government has issued a total of 11 helpline and a few WhatsApp numbers on which people can get information and assistance. The control room numbers include 0651 2490055, 065124 90083, 0651 2490036, 065124 90058, 06512490052 and 065124 90125.The WhatsApp numbers been issued for the needy include 9470132591, 9431336 427, 9431336398, 9431336472and 9431336432. Port Trusts, Railways, Posts out of purview of new PSE policy NEW DELHI : Major Port Trusts, the Airports Authority of India, the Indian Railways and Posts along with regulatory bodies and companies engaged in welfare activities are among the classes of public sector entities which are out of the purview of the new PSE policy for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'. The Department of Disinvestment and Asset Management (DIPAM) under the Finance Ministry has circulated a list of such PSEs to all ministries and departments of the Central government under the new PSE policy for Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The Union Cabinet had on January 27 cleared the Public Sector Enterprise (PSE) policy for Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The scope of the policy is limited to the existing Central public sector enterprises, public sector banks and public sector insurance companies. The policy does not apply to certain classes of public sector entities such as not for profit companies or CPSE's providing support to vulnerable groups or having developmental or promotional roles. The classes of public sector entities outside the scope of the policy are PSEs in the nature of developmental and regulatory bodies, development financing institutions, and trusts, some of which have been created through the Acts of Parliament. The exclusions include major Port Trusts and the Airports Authority of India, under the Acts of Parliament. In addition, the list includes not for profit companies for various promotional purposes created under the Companies Act. It also includes CPSEs concerned with providing support to vulnerable groups including SC, ST, minorities, backward classes and safai karamcharis or manufacturing aids and appliances for the Divyang. The list also includes PSUs assisting farmers in mainly getting access to seeds, promoting innovation in agriculture or procurement and distribution of food for the Public Distribution System. Finally, the classes not included in the policy are PSUs engaged in security printing and minting, maintaining critical data having bearing on the national security and lastly the departments of the government like Railways and Posts that undertake commercial operations with a developmental mandate. As per the policy, Ownership scheme still under consideration in J’khand: Official PRAMOD KUMAR JHA NEW DELHI : Many states have signed Memorandums of Understanding regarding the central government's 'SVAMITVA' scheme, slated to be implemented from April next, while others are considering it, a senior central government officer said. "With the signing of a MoU in Andhra Pradesh, a drone survey has started. Chhattisgarh and Tripura have also signed the MOUs, while Goa, Gujarat, Kerala and Odisha have agreed to implement the scheme, for which MoUs will be signed this month," Union Panchayati Raj Secretary Sunil Kumar told IANS. "The ownership scheme is still under consideration in Bihar and Jharkhand while no response has been received so far from West Bengal." Delhi and Chandigarh are outside the scheme's purview due to no panchayati raj institutions there. SVAMITVA scheme -- which aims to provide an integrated property validation solution for rural India -- was launched by the Prime Minister on April 24, 2020. The Panchayati Raj Ministry is the nodal agency for its implementation. In the states, Revenue/Land Records Departments will be nodal departments to implement it with the support of Panchayati Raj Departments. The Survey of India will work as a technology partner. The ambitious scheme of digital mapping in residential areas of villages through drone survey was launched after the success of a pilot project. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has earmarked Rs 200 crore in the Budget for the 2021-22 fiscal for the scheme. Kumar said that preparations for the scheme's implementation began in November 2020 and letters were sent out to state Chief Secretaries for appointment of nodal officers, signing of MoUs and publicity on district-wise surveys. In the villages, banks have been giving loans for shops but no loans to build houses. But now, ownership cards will make it easier for people to raise bank loans to build and repair houses and also to get benefit of all government schemes. On the possibility of disputes over land ownership arising due to the scheme, he said that it was rather helping in settling disputes in rural areas. "About 90-95 per cent of the disputes have been resolved through the drone survey," the Panchayati Raj Secretary said, adding that the scheme will comply with the revenue laws of the states. the public sector commercial enterprises have been categorised as strategic and nonstrategic sectors. The strategic sectors have been delineated based on the criteria of national security, energy security, critical infrastructure, provision of financial services and availability of important minerals. The sectors that have been identified as strategic sectors are atomic energy, defence and space, transport and telecommunication, power, petroleum, coal and other minerals, banking, insurance and financial services. In strategic sectors, bare minimum presence of the existing public sector commercial enterprises at holding company level will be retained under government control. The remaining enterprises in a strategic sector will be considered for privatisation or merger or subsidiarisation with another PSU or for closure. NO INDICATION OF COVID SPREAD IN WUHAN BEFORE DEC 2019: WHO WUHAN (CHINA) : There is no evidence of transmission of the novel coronavirus before December 2019 in Wuhan, said Liang Wannian, a member of the WHO-China joint study team, at a press conference on Tuesday. The WHO team recommended that more studies are required to identify the source of Covid-19 spread in the world. While the virus is widely believed to have originated from an animal source and spread to humans through an intermediary, the WHO team emphasised on studying the possibility of the transmission of the virus through frozen food, along with other possibilities. 2007 terror attack which made PM, Azad emotional NEW DELHI : Memories of the 2007 terror attack in Kashmir on tourists from Gujarat made both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad emotional in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, as the House bid farewell to Leader of Opposition Azad who is among four members retiring from the Upper House this month. The Prime Minister recalled the incident to highlight the humane side of Azad. Modi, who was the then Gujarat Chief Minister, recalled that tourists from Gujarat had been attacked in Jammu & Kashmir and then J&K Chief Minister Azad was the first to call him to inform him about the incident and Azad was crying and his tears would not stop. "I will never forget Azad's efforts and Pranab Mukherjee's efforts when people from Gujarat were stuck in Kashmir due to a terror attack and the same night, Ghulam Nabi ji called me from the airport about the despatch of the bodies," Modi said. Azad while remembering the same incident, just two days after he became J&K Chief Minister, said "this was the terrorists' way of welcoming the CM and at the airport, when I reached one child who had lost his family members grabbed my legs and I too cried loudly - 'Oh God, what have you done? How will I answer these children, these MODI, WHO WAS THE THEN GUJARAT CHIEF MINISTER, RECALLED THAT TOURISTS FROM GUJARAT HAD BEEN ATTACKED IN JAMMU & KASHMIR AND THEN J&K CHIEF MINISTER AZAD WAS THE FIRST TO CALL HIM TO INFORM HIM ABOUT THE INCIDENT AND AZAD WAS CRYING AND HIS TEARS WOULD NOT STOP. people who came to visit and were on a leisure trip and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad got emotional in the farewell are going back with bodies." A visibly moved Azad speech during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Leader of Opposition Ghulam during his speech said that Nabi Azad retired as the Rajya Sabha member. (ANI Photo) he prays that militancy is finished in the country. Azad said he was always supported by Kashmiri Pandits and during his tenure as Chief Minister he had said no one would work in partisan ways. The Prime Minister, while referring to Azad's contribution to politics and the House, said: "You are retiring from the House, but I will not let you retire and my doors are open for you and will need your contribution and advice." Modi said the person who will replace Azad will have a tough task to match his contributions. "He is concerned about his party but more about the House and the country," said the Prime Minister.