YK MYK PAK: RAPE VICTIMS TO BE BILLED RS 25K FOR MEDICAL EXAMINATION WORLD RANCHI SATURDAY, 20 FEB, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—286 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MAX 26 C MIN 12 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE DEVP IS OUR RELIGION, SAYS MODI T’PURAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said development is for everyone and it is the aim and religion of his government. Development and good governance do not know caste, creed, race,gender, religion or language, Modi said while inaugurating and laying foundation stones of some key projects in power and urban sectors in poll-bound Kerala via video conference. NEW DIV. COMMISSIONERS RANCHI: Jata Shankar Chaudhary, Director, Secondary Education, has been shifted to Palamu as Divisional Commissioner while Chandra Mohan Prasad Kashyap, Special Secretary, Land reforms and revenue department has been transferred as Divisional Commissioner, Santhal Pargana. LNT EMPLOYEE SHOT DEAD RANCHI: LNT company equipment in-charge Satyendra Singh was shot dead at Pundri More under Barkagaon police station area in Hazaribagh district. Singh was on way to Keredari in his car when bike-borne miscreants struck him and left him critically injured. He was taken to NMCH, where he died during treatment. Singh was a resident of Chakdara in Vaishali district of Bihar. Aman Shrivastava claimed responsibility for the murder. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,09,68,911 TOTAL DEATH: 156,180 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 110,948,969 TOTAL DEATH: 2,454,696 SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 WEATHER TODAY ‘WON'T BE UNDER PRESSURE IN AUS OPEN FINAL VS DJOKOVIC’ HC turns down Lalu Prasad bail plea GOVT ALLOWS DRONE DEPLOYMENT TO COLLECT AGRI DATA SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the bail petition of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad in connection with fodder scam related to Dumka treasury saying that he has not completed half of the sentence in the case. Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh passed the order after a detailed hearing on the matter. Lalu has been convicted to seven years each under the provisions of Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Lalu had filed a petition on grounds that he has served half of the sentence. During the argument assistant solicitor general of India, Rajiv Sinha who appeared on behalf of the CBI said that he raised objections against five calculations made by the petitioner regarding his imprisonment in jail, adding the court upheld two of his contentions. Lalu's lawyer Prabhat Kumar said, "According to the calculation of the court his client has to undergo two more months in jail custody before completing half of the sentence. We would file a fresh petition after two months in this regard." It may be stated here that noted lawyer Kapil Sibal also appeared on behalf of Lalu through video conferencing. During the argument, the FAIR TRIAL ASGI also argued regarding the basis of calculating the half period while pointing out that the petitioner has been convicted for seven years each under two sections, adding both of them will run consecutively. He claimed that Lalu must complete seven years for half custody in the case. The HC, however, rejected the plea. Even as the court was dictating the final order and it became clear that Lalu's petition will be rejected Sibal sought adjournment of the case for two months. The CBI lawyer however objected to the plea. It may be stated here that Lalu had claimed that he has completed 44 months in jail and submitted evidence along with the court's order sheet in this regard. The CBI claimed that the RJD leader has served only 37 months in jail so far in the case. On February 12, the court had allowed time to CBI to file documents in support of its claims. Joint User Trials for Helina (Army Version) and Dhruvastra (Air Force Version) Missile Systems designed and developed by DRDO were carried out from Advanced Light Helicopter platform in Rajasthan on Friday. TOOLKIT CASE Disha Ravi sent to jail for 3 days NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Friday sent climate activist Disha Ravi to three-days judicial custody in connection with the 'toolkit' case. The 21-year-old activist was produced before the court amid high security at the end of her five-days police custody. Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13 in connection with allegedly editing and sharing a 'toolkit' on social media related to the farmers' protest. During the course of proceedings, the Delhi Police told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain that Ravi has been evasive in giving replies during the interrogation and shifted the blame An activist Disha Ravi leaves from Patiala House Court, in New Delhi on Friday. ANI onto co-accused Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk. The police requested the court to send her to threedays judicial custody, as they BIDEN INTRODUCES AMBITIOUS IMMIGRATION BILL IN CONGRESS Indian IT professionals to gain WASHINGTON: In a major move that will benefit hundreds and thousands of Indian IT professionals in America, the Biden administration has introduced an ambitious immigration bill in Congress which among other things proposes to eliminate the per-country cap for employment-based green cards. The US Citizenship Act of 2021 proposes a pathway to citizenship to 11 million undocumented workers, elimination of per country quota for employment-based green cards and work authorisation for dependents of H1B foreign workers. The bicameral immigration bill, if passed by both the chambers of the Congress House of Representatives and the Senate and signed into law by President Joe Biden, would bring citizenship to millions of foreign nationals, including undocumented workers and those who came to the country legally. The legislation would also US RETURN TO 2015 PARIS AGREEMENT BECOMES OFFICIAL The US return to the 2015 Paris Agreement became official on Friday, paving the way for climate actions through its domestic and international policies while creating millions of "green" jobs. But what does that mean for the global climate action? WORLD benefit hundreds and thousands of Indian IT professionals and their families. Those waiting for a Green Card for more than 10 years, would get the legal permanent residency immediately as they would be exempted from the visa cap. Indian IT professionals, waiting for more than a decade now, and whose num- ber runs into thousands, are likely to be the biggest beneficiary of this provision of the bill. Authors of the bill Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez told reporters that the US Citizenship Act of 2021 establishes a moral and economic imperative and a vision of immigration reform that is expansive and inclusive. It grows the economy by making changes to the employment-based immigration system, eliminating percountry caps, making it easier for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) advanced degree holders from US universities to stay in the US and improving access to green cards for workers in lower-wage industries. have served a notice to coaccused Shantanu, who will join the investigation on February 22, following which both will be confronted. "She has been evasive in giving replies. We have served notice to co-accused Shantanu who will be joining the investigation on February 22. She has to be confronted with co-accused," Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed told the court. The prosecutor added, "During the course of interrogation, Disha Ravi has shifted the blame on Nikita and Shantanu. All the accused need to be confronted with one another. That's why three days judicial custody is being sought." The court was also informed that Disha Ravi has moved a bail application which will come up for hearing on February 20. NEW DELHI: The Centre has given regulatory approval for drone deployment for remote sensing data collection in agricultural areas of 100 districts of the country. The move will be beneficial for Gram Panchayat level yield estimation, under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has granted conditional exemption for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System usage to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. "The exemption shall be valid from the one year from the date of issue of the permission letter or until the operationalisation of the 'Digital Sky Platform', whichever is earlier," the ministry said in a statement. "However, this exemption shall be valid only if all conditions and limitations are strictly adhered to." Besides, the ministry said in case of violation of any condition, this exemption shall become "null and void and action may be initiated. INDIAN GOVT TO APPEAL AGAINST CAIRN ARBITRATION AWARD BUSINESS India, China military talks today for further disengagement NEW DELHI: India and China military delegates will meet on Saturday for the tenth round of talks to discuss disengagement at other friction places at the Line of Actual Control, sources said. During the tenth round, the Corps Commanders will discuss other friction areas like Hot Springs, Gogra and 900 square km Depsang Plains. The talks will start at 10 a.m. at Moldo on the Chinese side. The build-up in Depsang was not being considered part of the current standoff that started in May last year as escalations here took place in 2013, India has insisted during recent military commander meetings to resolve all issues across the Line of Actual Control. "The initial attempt will be to resolve Gogra and Hot Springs. Finding a solution to Depsang might be tricky and take longer," said an official. The representatives during the tenth round of "corps commander level" meet will also check the status of disengagement at northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake. The disengagement process at both banks of the Pangong Lake is expected to complete till February 20. It was on February 10 that China made an announcement that New Delhi and Beijing have agreed to disengage at Pangong Lake. Indian Army team along with Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) are physically verifying and reverifying disengagement at Pangong Lake. "It is a joint inspection team, both from Indian Army and Chinese PLA," said a senior government officer. The agreement states that Chinese troops will move back to Finger 8 and Indian troops will pull back to the INDIA'S NEXT MARS MISSION LIKELY TO BE AN ORBITER NEW DELHI: As NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars in the early hours of Friday to look for signs of past life, ISRO's next mission to the Red Planet is likely to be an orbiter. Perseverance, the biggest and the most advanced rover ever sent by NASA, made its landing at Jezero Crater. After its successful Mars Orbiter Mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) called for 'Announcement of Opportunities' on Mars Orbiter Mission-2. "It is now planned to have the next orbiter mission around Mars for a future launch opportunity," according to the Announcement of Opportunities. But there are other major projects that are lined up. After the Mars Orbiter Mission's success, ISRO also decided to explore Venus. However, the immediate priorities of ISRO remain to be Chandrayaan-3 and Gaganyaan - both projects have been delayed due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Under Chandrayaan-3, ISRO will once again try to land a rover on the Moon. The mission was to be launched late last year. Chandrayaan-2 did not yield expected results as the lander hard-landed, dashing India's hopes to successfully land on the Moon. ISRO plans to send three humans to space by 2022 under Representative Photograph the Gaganyaan (human space) mission. The India France Joint Vision for Space Cooperation' also mentions about the possible collaboration to explore Mars. "CNES and ISRO, with the support of Laboratoire de meteorologic dynamique (LMD, CNRS), will jointly work on the modelling of Mars and Venus atmospheres," the vision statement said. Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission was India's first endeavour to successfully reach another planet. The launch vehicle, spacecraft and ground segment cost Rs 450 crore, one of the cheapest missions to Mars so far. Designed to work for six months, the mission has completed over six years. The Mars orbiter has sent thousands of pictures totalling more than two terabytes. As the NASA successfully landed its Perseverance rover in a deep crater near the planet Mars' equator called Jezero, Google on Friday added a virtual fireworks on its page for a specific search. If you search "Perseverance" on Google, you will see firework all over the page. "Good things come to those who persevere. Congrats @NASA and @NASAPersevere on a successful landing!" Google tweeted. Engineers at NASA's mission control in California erupted with joy when confirmation of touchdown came through. The six-wheeled vehicle will now spend at least the next two years drilling into the local rocks, looking for evidence of past life. Jezero is thought to have held a giant lake billions of years ago. And where there's been water, there's the possibility there might also have been life. The signal alerting controllers that Perseverance was down and safe arrived at 20:55 GMT. In the past they might have hugged and high-fived but strict coronavirus protocols meant they had all been separated by Perspex screens. A respectful fist bump was about all they could manage. Indian American Swati Mohan virtually spearheaded the successful landing of Perseverance that will search for signs on life on the Red Planet.