YK MYK PSU PRIVATISATION MAY NOT HELP BUILD ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT OPINION RANCHI THURSDAY, 18 FEB, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—284 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MAX 24 C MIN 14 C WORLD Morning India Rs. 5 WEATHER TODAY PAK OPPOSES ADDITION OF NEW PERMANENT MEMBERS TO UNSC Govt: Each district to get trauma centre in 4 months SANJAY SAHAY Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE ONE DEAD AS IMMERSION PROCESSIONISTS OPEN FIRE RAJ KUMAR RANCHI: The immersion procession taken out to immerse the idol of Goddess Saraswati turned bloody as someone dancing in the crowd allegedly fired a bullet that hit Parasnath Bedia (45) standing there. The incident took place at Ambatoli Basti, about 25km from the city under the Pithoria police station area when the procession progressed towards a locality pond and some of the youths in the procession were dancing. "Parasnath Bedia took a bullet on his forehead and fell down. As those participating in the procession realized that Bedia was hurt they took him to the local private nursing home, Kanke Nursing Home, where doctors declared him dead," a locality resident said. "After the incident, all those participating in the immersion procession escaped leaving the idols on the road. Later, some social workers immersed the idols in a nearby pond to give proper respect to the Goddess of knowledge," the resident added. S.P(rural) Naushad Alam confirmed the death but did not confirm whether the injury was from a bullet or something else. "He died due to profuse bleeding. Women participating in the procession had taken Bedia to the hospital. We are not sure whether the injury was due to a bullet or something else. The investigation is still going on to ascertain the reason. The X-ray report did not support bullet injury. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,09,42,928 TOTAL DEATH: 155,978 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 110,135,575 TOTAL DEATH: 2,432,065 RANCHI: The State government is in favour of setting up trauma centres at every 50 kilometres on the national highways in order to prevent deaths in accidents. Eight centres would start functioning by March while each district would have one centre in four months. Senior officials provided the information during a national seminar on road safety at Project Bhawan on Wednesday. They said that 22 new trauma centres would be set up in the next fiscal year. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh said that the trauma centre should run round the clock. He said, " Despite the identification Jharkhand chief secretary Sukhdev Singh speaking at national seminar on road safety in Ranchi on Wednesday. of black spots and subsequent actions the number of road accidents is increasing in the state. It is important to follow the traffic rules to save a precious life. The authorities must be strict wher- ever needed as fear of law is necessary." He asked all the departments related to transport to coordinate with each other and frame standard operating procedures on road safety. He added that small groups comprising different departments should be formed to implement traffic norms. He mentioned that while observing the two-wheeler riders coming for office on Wednesday he noticed that all of them wearing helmet which is a positive sign. He praised the Ranchi traffic department for the situation. The CS, however, said wearing of helmet and tightening of seat belts is not taking place all over the state while over-speeding, dangerous driving and violation of traffic norms are continu- ing. He said that the focus must be laid on helping victims of road accidents. He mentioned that the state government has initiated steps to bring good samaritan policy, which would prevent police from unnecessarily questioning the people coming forward to help. The good samaritan would also be rewarded for their efforts, he stated. Road Construction Secretary Sunil Kumar shared his department's plans for better maintenance of the roads including black spots in order to prevent accidents. Principal secretary, health, KK Soan, spoke on the importance of the golden hour in saving the life of people. Several other officials were present on the occasion. Union Minister Smriti Irani at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI Nod for amendment in JJ Act to strengthen child protection: Govt NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod for amendment in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 to introduce measures for strengthening the child protection set-up to ensure the best interests of children. It was a proposal by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), which seeks amendment in the existing JJ Act for giving protection to children that face trafficking, child labour and other issues. Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet approved the WCD ministry's proposal for amendments seeking authorisation to the District Magistrate, including the Additional District Magistrate, to issue adoption orders under Section 61 of the JJ Act, in order to ensure speedy disposal of cases and enhance accountability. Among some other aspects of the proposal, the District Magistrates have been further empowered under the JJ Act to ensure its smooth implementation as well as garner synergised efforts in favour of children in distress. The draft amendment also defines eligibility parameters for appointment of CWC members and categorises previously undefined offences PUSH FOR DOMESTIC TELECOM MANUFACTURING NEW DELHI: In line with the government's vision to make India a manufacturing hub, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for telecom and networking products at a budgetary outlay of Rs 12,195 crore. The Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme intends to promote manufacture of Telecom and Networking Products in India and proposes a financial incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract investments in the target segments in order to encourage Make in India, an official stateBUSINESS ment said. as a 'serious offence'. Several difficulties faced in implementation of various provisions of the Act have also been addressed in the amendment proposal. While announcing the move, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said, "This is a big step to protect children." A worker cleans seats at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, where India and Engalnd are scheduled to play their third test match, in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. ANI GOVT INVITES SUGGESTIONS ON BLUE ECONOMY POLICY NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has rolled out the draft blue economy policy in the public domain, inviting suggestions and inputs from various stakeholders, including industry, NGOs, academia and citizens. The draft policy document outlines the vision and strategy that can be adopted by the government to utilise the plethora of oceanic resources available in the country. The document has recognised seven thematic areas: national accounting framework for the blue economy and ocean governance; coastal marine spatial planning and tourism; marine fisheries, aquaculture, and fish processing; manufacturing, emerging industries, trade, technology, services, and skill development; logistics, infrastructure. Court acquits Priya Ramani in MJ Akbar defamation case NEW DELHI: A Delhi Court on Wednesday acquitted Journalist Priya Ramani in a criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister M.J. Akbar for accusing him of sexual misconduct. In the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018, Ramani had made an allegation of sexual harassment against Akbar. Pursuant to this, he filed the criminal defamation case against her and IN 2017, RAMANI resigned as the WROTE AN ARTIUnion Minister. CLE FOR THE The trial VOGUE WHERE began in 2019 SHE DESCRIBED and went on for HER ORDEAL OF almost two BEING SEXUALLY years. In 2017, HARASSED BY A Ramani wrote FORMER BOSS an article for the DURING HER JOB Vogue where INTERVIEW FOR she described HIS PUBLICATION. her ordeal of being sexually harassed by a former boss during her job interview for his publication. One year later, she revealed that the person alluded to as harasser in article was M.J. Akbar. Akbar told the court that Ramani's allegations were fictitious and cost him his stellar reputation. Priya Ramani, on the other hand, contested these claims, pleaded truth as her defence and said that she made allegations in good faith, public interest, and for public good. The judgement in the case is important as it sets a precedent for similar cases which arose from the discourse-changing #MeToo moveALSO SEE PG 7 ment. Cong sweeps Punjab civic polls, boost for Amarinder CHANDIGARH: The ruling Congress won six municipal corporations and emerged as the largest party in the seventh, sweeping the urban body polls in Punjab on Wednesday. The party won Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Abohar, Batala and Pathankot corporations in the civic polls on February 7, held against the backdrop of the farmers' agitation over the new agri-marketing laws. In Moga, the party needed victories in six more wards to control the municipal corporation. The Congress also won a majority of the 109 municipal councils and nagar panchayats, officials said, adding the details would be known later. Mohali too went to the polls but the counting there will take place Thursday, delayed because of a repoll at two booths. The outcome comes as a boost to the Congress, which has been backing the protest FARMERS TO HOLD ‘RAIL ROKO’ ON THURSDAY: RAKESH TIKAIT NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday announced that the farmer groups protesting against the Centre's new farm laws will be holding a 'rail roko' (railway blockade) across the country on Thursday. The protest will be staged from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Speaking to IANS, Tikait said the Centre has not been permitting many trains to ply for the last eight months despite the fact that many other curbs were removed after people faced difficulties. The BKU leader said the people from their villages will also take part in the protest, adding that arrangements have been made for the children travelling by the trains. The 'rail roko' has been announced by the Samkyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of 40 farmers' unions. by farmers a majority of them from Punjab and Haryana against the BJP-led government. Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said people have rejected the negative politics of parties like the BJP, SAD and AAP. He rooted for renomination of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh when assembly elections are held early next year. I would like to launch a campaign, 'Captain for 2022'. Only he can steer the ship of the state through these turbulent times when Punjab is being discriminated against by the BJP-led Centre, he told reporters. The CM tweeted, Today's results in MC Elections are the victory of each Punjabi. It is very clear that people of Punjab want development & will not be fooled by politics of hatred & theatrics. Celebrations erupted in the Congress camp with party workers distributing sweets at many places. Version 2.0 of Co-WIN app to be launched soon NEW DELHI: PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination drive and was apprised that version 2.0 of the Co-WIN digital app is ready and will be launched "in very near future". Co-WIN app, a critical link in the COVID-19 vaccination drive for self-registration by the beneficiaries, had faced glitches and slowed or stalled vaccination process and the government had said that the technical issues were being sorted out. An official release said that Principal Secretary was briefed about the progress of the countrywide COVID vaccination exercise. "Principal Secretary to PM was also apprised that version 2.0 of the Co-WIN digital app for selfregistration of the vaccine beneficiaries is ready and will be launched in very near future," it said. The plans to involve private sector healthcare facilities in a significant way in the ongoing vaccination drive were also discussed in the meeting. The release said that this will enable registration of the population in the category of "50 years plus" for COVID vaccination, which is the third population priority group after the healthcare workers and frontline workers A medic wearing a PPE kit collects a swab sample of a passenger for the COVID-19 test, at Dadar Railway station in Mumbai on Wednesday. ANI who are being administered the vaccine at present. The comprehensive review meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Secretary (Health), Secretary (Pharmaceuticals) and CEO (National Health Authority). The countrywide COVID vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16. The release said that the Principal Secretary was briefed about the progress of the countrywide COVID vaccination exercise. It said vaccination coverage in India has crossed 9.06 million doses across health care workers and front line workers at 3 pm today. With this cumulative number, India ranks third globally after USA (55.2 million doses) and the UK (16.12 million doses) who have completed more than 60 days of vaccination in comparison to 31 days in India. It was pointed out that India was the fastest country in the world to cross all the milestones from 1 million to 7 million cumulative vaccinations. The release said that 68.3 per cent of all healthcare workers have been administered the first dose, 37.6 per cent eligible healthcare workers have been administered the second dose and 28.2 per cent of all frontline workers have been administered the first dose. The meeting was informed that India has supplied COVID vaccine to 13 countries as grants through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). These countries are Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Oman, Afghanistan, Barbados and Dominica. In addition, the vaccine has also been supplied to 14 countries - Bangladesh, Myanmar, Morocco, Brazil, Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia and ElSalvador - under commercial contract.