YK MYK PRASHANT KISHOR HAS A TOUGH TASK SET BY MAMATA IN BENGAL OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 17 FEB, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—283 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 13 C MILITARY SHUTS INTERNET ACCESS FOR SECOND NIGHT IN BURMA WORLD Morning India Policeman dies in IED blast triggered by Maoists RAJ KUMAR Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE 30 DEAD AS BUS FALLS IN CANAL IN MP'S SIDHI SIDHI: At least 30 persons drowned when a bus loaded with passengers fell into a canal on Tuesday morning in Sidhi in Madhya Pradesh. At least seven persons had been rescued so far. The bus with over 50 passengers was on way from Siddhi to Satna when it went out of control and fell into the canal in Rampur police station jurisdiction around 7.30 am. State Water Resources Minister Tulsiram Silawat confirmed that 30 bodies had been fished out till now. RANCHI: A jawan of Small Action Team (SAT) of Jharkhand Police, Duleshwar Prasad (30), today died after Maoists triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) at Dundru forest under Serengdag police station area of Lohardaga district to keep a team of security personnel carrying out search operation against them at bay. "After the blast took place both the legs of Prasad got badly damaged. He was airlifted to Jharkhand capital and taken to Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Super Specialty Hospital for treatment but doctors there declared him brought dead," a police official said. Prasad was a resident of Katimba village under the Jari block of Gumla district. Locality residents remember him for his commitment to the police job. "Getting a police job was his aim. For this, he every day used to go for practice at 4 am. He joined the police job in 2012. He had last time come to the village to attend a marriage ceremony in December last year and promised to come soon. His wife Rekha, two sons and a daughter, stay at Lakshman Nagar in Gumla. His mother passed away last year. He was the youngest among two brothers and four sisters. His Duleshwar Prasad father is a farmer," a locality resident said. Chief Minister Hemant Soren gave him floral tribute at JAP-1 ground where his body was brought from Medica hospital before sending it to his native village. On October 30 last year, two Jharkhand police personnel were injured in a grenade attack triggered by Maoists in the same district. The incident had occurred in broad daylight at Peshrar block under Serengdag police station area. The two injured jawans - Upendra Singh, 52, of district police, and Anjani Kumar Pandey, 45, of special auxiliary police (SAP) - were airlifted and "After the blast took place both the legs of Prasad got badly damaged. He was airlifted to Jharkhand capital and taken to Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Super Specialty Hospital for treatment but doctors there declared him brought dead," an official said. shifted to Ranchi's Medica hospital for treatment. While Singh had received a bullet injury on his right thigh, Pandey got injured by grenade splinters. Later also several incidents of Maoist attack had taken place in the district. A civilian had also got killed after a land mine planted by Maoists exploded. Toolkit case: Police seek info from Zoom meet WHATSAPP GROUP UNDER PROBE 24 COUNTRIES PROVIDED INDIAN COVID-19 VACCINES SO FAR NEW DELHI: Twentyfour countries have been provided Indian COVID19 vaccines so far, informed NITI Aayog member (health), Dr VK Paul, on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference, Dr Paul said India can draw huge satisfaction over the progress made so far in the vaccination programme, with close to 9 million vaccine doses being delivered in the country. Dr Paul also informed that the South African and Brazilian variants of the coronavirus have entered the country through travellers. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,09,30,165 TOTAL DEATH: 155,876 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 109,772,790 TOTAL DEATH: 2,420,945 NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police have written to Zoom seeking information about the attendees who joined a virtual meeting on January 11. The meeting was organised by the Poetic Justice Foundation in which the modalities of the Global Day of Action were worked out and based on the course of action decided in the Zoom meeting, Nikita, Shantanu, Disha and others collaborated together to draft the Toolkit document. The Delhi police are also verifying of Greta Thunberg attended the Zoom meeting. According to sources, nearly 60 to 70 persons from India and abroad attended the meeting. The police said that M.O. Dhaliwal, the founder of Canada-based pro-Khalistan outfit Poetic Justice Foundation, had contacted Nikita through Puneet, a Canadian citizen to create a storm on Twitter ahead of the Republic Day. Police said that a woman named Puneet, who is based in Canada, connected these people to the PJF and through them, created the Toolkit Google documents titled "Global Farmer Strike" Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidhyalaya offering Anklet Bells to Goddess Saraswati on the Occasion of Basant Panchmi, in Lucknow on Tuesday. and "Global Day of Action, 26 January". According to sources, the name of another woman Anita Lal has also cropped up as a co-founder of toolkit document. According to the Delhi Police, one portion of this toolkit document mentioned action points named "Prior Action", such as Digital Strike through Hashtags on January 26 and earlier and creating Tweet Storm from January 23 onwards. Physical action on January 26 and entering Delhi for Kisan Rally and return back to the border. The Delhi Police further elaborated that the second part of the same document mentions tasks such as disruption of India's cultural heritage. MDM COOKS TO GET RS 2000 RANCHI: The State government has increased the honorarium of the Mid-day meal (MDM) rasoiyas cum sahayikas to Rs 2000 per month. Chief Minister Hemant Soren approved the proposal for increasing the pay by Rs 500 per month with effect from April 2020. The CM has approved a sum of Rs 39.79 crore for payment of wages adding a total of 79,551 rasoiyas cum sahayikas would be benefitted. The public relations department informed that the central government provides Rs 1000 to each rasoiya cum sahayika who makes the mid day meals in schools. The state government was providing additional sum of Rs 500 per month which has been further increased by Rs 500. The honorarium is payable for 10 months in a year. ANI ‘4 cases of Covid’s SA variant, one of Brazil found in India’ NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found a total of 192 Covid-19 cases of the new variants of mutated SARS-CoV-2 in last two months, including four from the variant emerging in South Africa and one from the Brazilian variant, officials said on Tuesday. The remaining cases are all of the UK variant. ICMR Director General, Prof Balram Bhargava, however, noted that no mortality has been reported so far in the cases who contracted the UK variant as well as those who are infected by the variants from South Africa and Brazil. About the SA variant, better known as B.1.351, Bharagava said that its cases were reported in January in four returnees from African countries. "One case was found in a person who returned from Angola, one from Tanzania and rest from persons who returned from South Africa," he said. Bhargava added that that this variant has spread to 44 countries and the National Institute of Virology, Pune is attempting to isolate and culture the variant. "The efficacy of vaccines on it will be known after the isolation and culture of the variant," he said. Meanwhile, the Brazilian variant or P.1 lineage, has been found in the first week of February in a person who returned from the South American country recently. The strain has spread to 15 countries, however, it has been successfully isolated and cultured at the NIV in India, it added. "The experiments are underway to assess the efficacy of vaccines on the Brazilian variant," Bhargava said. 2ND TEST India score biggest win by runs over England, level series 1-1 AXAR PATEL 6TH INDIAN SPINNER TO BAG 5-WICKET ON TEST DEBUT CHENNAI: Debutant left-arm spinner Axar Patel's fivewicket haul in the second innings, coupled with Ravichandran Ashwin's allround performance, helped India score an authoritative 317-run win - their biggestever by runs against England -- in the second Test here on Tuesday. The win levelled the four-match series 1-1. India's previous biggest win margin by run was by 279 in 1986, when Kapil Dev's team defeated England at Headingly, Leeds. The win takes India to the second spot on the World Test Championship points table. India need one more win in this series to seal a spot in the final that will be played in June at Lord's, London, in England. New Zealand have already qualified for the final. This defeat halted BRIEF SCORES India 329 and 286 (Ravichandran Ashwin 106, Virat Kohli 62; Moeen Ali 4/98) England 134 and 164 (Moeen Ali 43, Joe Root 33; Axar Patel 5/60, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/53) Axar Patel celebrates the dismissal of England Batsman during the 4th day of 2nd test match between India and England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai on Tuesday. England's win steak overseas. They had won six consecutive Tests, including two in Sri Lanka, from where they came to India straightaway, and won the first Test at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Chasing a target of 482 runs for victory, England were all out for 164 in 54.2 overs in the second session of the fourth day of the five-day match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. Moeen Ali was the top scorer with an 18-ball 43, though it came when everything was lost for England. ARMY USES DRONES, CAMERAS TO MONITOR CHINESE TROOPS ‘WE WILL VERIFY PHYSICALLY WHETHER EACH AND EVERYTHING IS DISMANTLED AND REMOVED’ NEW DELHI: Indian Army teams armed with drones and cameras are monitoring evacuation and dismantlement of military infrastructure by Chinese troops at Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh. Further, the disengagement process at both northern and southern banks of the Pangong Lake is expected to be complete by February 20. The Indian Army team along with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) team will physically verify and re-verify disen- gagement at Pangong Lake. "It will be a joint inspection team, both from Indian Army and Chinese PLA," said a senior government officer. The officer further stated that Indian Army teams will use drones and high-resolution cameras to check and record dismantlement of military infrastructure, especially created along Pangong Lake by Chinese troops. China has created a military garrison at Finger 7 where 13 jetties were stationed, long-range guns were positioned, bunkers were constructed and permanent structures built to accommodate thousands of People's Liberation Army troops. "We will verify physically whether each and everything is dismantled and removed from the position. We will go up to Finger 8 to check if disengagement is happening as per the agreed terms," the officer explained. The agreement states that Chinese troops will move back to Finger 8 and Indian troops will pull back to the Dhan Singh Thapa post between Finger 2 and 3 of the north bank of Pangong Lake. Further, there would be a temporary moratorium on military activities, including patrolling to the traditional areas. The mountain spur jutting into the lake is referred to as Finger in military parlance. The north bank of the lake is divided into 8 Fingers. India has claimed its territory till Finger 8 and China disputes its claims till Finger 4. There have been regular face-offs between the two armies between Finger 4 and Finger 8, a distance of eight kilometres, on the northern bank of the lake. Further, Indian and Chinese troops are also falling back from eyeball to eyeball confrontation position in the South bank of the lake. In the southern bank of the lake, tanks that were separated less than 100 metres have been pulled back by forces of both countries. India and China are engaged in a ten-month-long standoff at the Line of Actual Control. The confrontations began on the north bank of Pangong Lake, both in the waters and the bank as Chinese incursions increased in early May last year. EX-J'KHAND & BIHAR GUV RAMA JOIS PASSES AWAY BENGALURU: Former Jharkhand and Bihar Governor and noted jurist Justice Mandagadde Rama Jois, passed away on Tuesday due to age related ailments, sources close to Jois family told the media. He was 89. Jois suffered a cardiac arrest, the sources added. He is survived by wife and two children. Jois was a staunch Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) follower and one of the early proponents of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in the country. He was born July 27, 1931 and would have been 90 this year. He was a former member of Rajya Sabha and served as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Jois was born to Narasimha Jois and Lakshmidevamma at Araga village in Karnataka's Shivamogga district. He studied in Shivamogga and Bengaluru and acquired B.A., B.L.degrees and Kuvempu University has conferred him with Doctor of Laws honorary degree.