YK MYK PANEL FOR RAISING RETIREMENT AGE OF HIGH COURT JUDGES TO 65 FOURTH T20I: ENGLAND'S PACE A BIG CHALLENGE FOR INDIA NATION SPORTS Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 18 MARCH, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—312 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 19 C Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE CHHOTA RAJAN CONVICTED, SENTENCED TO 10 YRS IN ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE NEW DELHI: A special MCOCA court in Mumbai has convicted extradited gangster Rajendra Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan and six others of attempting to murder a real estate developer and sentenced them to 10 years rigorous imprisonment, an official said on Wednesday. A CBI spokesperson said that the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai on Tuesday also slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh each on Rajan, who was extradited from Indonesia's Bali in 2015, his aides Kaushik Rajgour, Arvind aka Arnya Shinde, Sunil Kumar aka Piyush, Vilas Bharti, Prakash aka Pakya, Rohit aka Satish Kalia in the case of attempt to murder of developer Ajay Gosalia. PAGE 7 CHINESE INVESTOR EXITS KOO'S PARENT COMPANY NEW DELHI: Existing investors, along with a few prominent Indians, have bought out Chinese venture capital firm Shunwei Capital's minority stake in Twitter's homegrown rival Koo's parent company Bombinate Technologies. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,14,38,846 TOTAL DEATH: 159,082 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 121,422,655 TOTAL DEATH: 2,684,806 Morning India Cancellation of 4Cr ration cards termed ‘serious’ by SC 36 players get direct job placement in State STATE GOVT TO CREATE SPORTING ENVIRONMENT IN JHARKHAND: CM SANJAY SAHAY/ PC JHA RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren today said that his government was taking several steps for the promotion of sports while mentioning that after appointing the district sports officers earlier it has on Wednesday handed over appointment letters to as many as 27 players. Speaking at the function for distribution of appointment letters, the CM said that sports is in the blood of the State's people, adding there is a need to nurture talented players. The CM said that Jharkhand has earned a distinct identity in the field of sports for the past many years, adding many sportspeople have proved their mettle at national and international forums. He said that the state government has decided to economically empower them, adding the measure would continue in the future as well. He said that players from other sports need not be disappointed as the state government would come up with a working plan for their CM Hemant Soren giving away job letter to one of the beneficiaries at a function in Ranchi on Wednesday. progress as well. He said more national and international events would be hosted in the State to create a sporting environment. The step would help the state players exhibit their talents and achieve their goals, he added. The CM said that Jharkhand has immense scope, adding it could be the leading state of the country if the development works are speeded up. He stated that his government is engaged in Need for strict Covid rules: CM MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: "The Covid situation is under control in Jharkhand but the government needs to take strict measures in certain areas and the people should cooperate in the efforts," said Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Wednesday. Speaking to media persons after interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Soren said his government has already taken several preventive measures, adding some of them need strengthening. The CM said, "More than a year has passed by since the Covid pandemic broke. There was a declining trend till recent months but the infection figures are on the rise in some states. The PM discussed the matter with concerned CMs during the meeting called at a very short notice." Soren said the basic issues including observing alertness and strict implementation of Covid prevention norms were taken up. He said, "Jharkhand has taken a host of precautionary steps to prevent the pandemic. The schools below class VIII are closed. Gathering over 1000 people is not allowed and procession is Speaking to media persons after interacting with PM Narendra Modi, Soren said his government has already taken several preventive measures, adding some of them need strengthening. prohibited." He said that though Jharkhand is the leading state in the fight against Covid cities like Ranchi and Jamshedpur have a high number of cases. He said out of around 550 cases in the state at present 350 are in Ranchi and around 90 in Jamshedpur. He added these cities witnesses the high movement of people from other states. The CM said that testing of in-coming passengers is taking place at Birsa Munda International airport while steps have been initiated to take a similar drive at railway stations. The government is keeping watch over the situation in other districts as well. The CM appealed to people across the state to remain careful, keep away from the crowd and wear masks. The CM said that vaccination facilities have been provided upto the panchayat level adding over five lakh people have been vaccinated in the state so far. utilising the resources to the optimum. The CM said that the Covid fear had stalled the entire development works but people backed the government in facing the problem. Jharkhand is the leading state in the country in the fight against Covid, he maintained. The CM said that Covid cases are on the rise, adding there is a need to remain alert on the issue. The government is trying to strengthen the administrative system under this challenging situation, he stated. Soren handed over appointment letters to 27 state national medal winners. All these players have been given C grade jobs in the Home Department. A total of 36 players were supposed to get appointment letters but only 27 players reached them. Due to the absence of 9 players, their appointment letters will be sent home. However, a few interna- tional medalists have refused to join as a constable with a plea that they represented the country in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Championship so the government should think again for them. "C grade appointments are not justifying our hard labour so the government should accommodate us at least for clerk posts in other departments," one of the medalists requesting anonymity said. Players who have received appointment letters included Lucky Mandal, Manisha Singh, Wasiul Hasan, Kumari Priyanka, Hindu Munda, Aparna Kumari, Jai Lakshmi Laguri, Kavita Kumari, Naveen Kumar Ram, Devanand Baske, Seema Kumari Sinha, Tulsi Hembram, Rahul Minj, Jyoti Kumari, Deepak Bahadur Titung, Ram Kumar Bhatt, Alok Lakda, Mohammad Abutalib Ansari, Rajiv Kumar Sahu, Nutan Manju Minj, Praveen Akhtar, Preity Kumar, Vimala Munda, Phani Bhushan Prasad, Reena Kumari, Samanlata Murmu, Sukmati Purti, Sangeeta Khalko. NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought reply from Centre and states, on a plea alleging cancellation of nearly four crore ration cards, in the absence of linkages with the Aadhaar card. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: "The matter is too serious. We have to hear it." The observation came on a plea filed by Koili Devi, mother of an 11-year-old girl, who allegedly died of starvation on September 28, 2017. The top court noted that this matter should not be treated as adversarial. "Insistence on Aadhar and biometric authentication had led to the cancellation of nearly 4 crore ration cards in the country according to the Union of India. The Union of India casually gives an explanation that these cancelled cards were bogus," said the plea. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing the petitioner, said the matter deals with a larger issue. The bench told him that the relief sought is very omnibus and widened the scope of the matter. Gonsalves TERROR INCIDENTS, INFILTRATION REDUCED BUT CEASEFIRE VIOLATION INCREASED IN LAST THREE YEARS: MHA PAGE 5 SUV CASE: MUMBAI TOP COP PARAM BIR SINGH SHUNTED President's Polo Cup Exhibition Match is going on, at PBG Parade Ground, in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI Mamata releases TMC poll manifesto KOLKATA: Sitting on a wheelchair, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday released the election manifesto of Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls. "We were supposed to release our manifesto earlier but due to my health condition, it took time. We are releasing our manifesto today by thanking Maa, Mati, Manush (mother, soil and people)," said the chief minis- ter while releasing the manifesto. She further mentioned a few of her government's welfare schemes. "Our work has caught the attention of the world. For Kanyashree, we were awarded the first position by UNESCO," added Banerjee. The release date of TMC's poll manifesto was cancelled twice after the chief minister sustained injuries while campaigning in Nandigram on March 10. On March 10, she had alleged that she was pushed by a few unidentified people during her election campaigning. GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE FORENSIC STANDARDS NEW DELHI: The government will shortly announce forensic standards based on Institute of Chartered Accountants recommendations, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs will notify on the lines of the Accounting Standards, the Forensic Standards and this will be applicable to all auditors who are doing forensic accounting at the behest of banks for complying to various RBI circulars on NonCooperative Borrowers, Willful Defaulters and Fraud Classification. Also, IBBI the bankruptcy board will also use such standards for the purpose of IBC related forensic audits. There are hundreds of cases across various courts in India on this subject filed by borrowers, companies and individuals. A December 10, 2020 Telangana High Court Division Bench order (in the case of SBI & others Vs. Mr. Rajrsh Agarwal & others) which held that the declaration of an account as ‘fraud' as per the RBI's circular on Fraud Classification by banks without following the principles of natural justice, is arbitrary and illegal, has been challenged by SBI and other banks before the Supreme Court. It is understood that the RBI is also in the process of filing an appeal against the said order of the Telangana High Court. The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Nariman is to hear this matter on March 26, 2021. The Supreme Court in 2019 WHAT IT MEANS? The government will shortly announce forensic standards based on Institute of Chartered Accountants recommendations, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs will notify on the lines of the Accounting Standards, the Forensic Standards This will be applicable to all auditors who are doing forensic in an order by Justice Nariman has required banks to follow the principles of natural justice while seeking to classify an account as a ‘willful defaulter' as per the RBI issued circular on argued that more than three crore ration cards were cancelled at central level, and as many as 10 to 15 lakh cards are cancelled at each state level. "The real reason is that the technological system based on iris identification, thumb prints, possession of Aadhar, functioning of the Internet in rural and remote areas etc. led to large scale cancellation of ration cards without notice to the family concerned," the plea argued. Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, representing the Union government, termed the plea as misconceived. Lekhi contended there was grievance redressal mechanism under the Food Security Act and if Aadhaar is not available alternate documents can be submitted. ALSO SEE PAGE 7 INSIDE PM URGES STATES TO INCREASE VACCINATION CENTERS NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged Chief Ministers of all States to increase the number of vaccination centres and the RT-PCR tests to curb the 'emerging second wave' of the coronavirus. "It is very important to track every infected person's contacts in the shortest time and keep the RT-PCR test rate above 70 percent. He insisted on more RT-PCR tests in states which give more emphasis to Rapid antigen tests like Kerala, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and UP," PM Modi said while addressing the meeting held with Chief Ministers of States. "Most of the COVID-affected countries in the world had to face several waves of Corona. In our country too, cases have suddenly started increasing in some states. Several Chief Ministers have also expressed concern...Test positivity rate in Maharashtra and MP is very high and the number of cases also rising," PM Modi said. The PM urged to increase testing and to pay special attention to the "referral system" and "ambulance network". "Insistence on Aadhar and biometric authentication had led to the cancellation of nearly 4 crore ration cards in the country according to the Union of India. The Union of India casually gives an explanation that these cancelled cards were bogus," said a plea. accounting at the behest of banks for complying to various RBI circulars on NonCooperative Borrowers, Willful Defaulters and Fraud Classification. There are hundreds of cases across various courts in India on this subject filed by borrowers, companies and individuals. Willful Defaulters in 2015. The Supreme Court's order in SBI's appeal on March 26, 2021 is expected to directly affect all these pending cases across India. Banks generally declare an account as ‘willful defaulter' or ‘fraud' based on a report of a forensic auditor appointed by the banks. However, as of today, there are no prescribed forensic standards which mandate or guide how an auditor is required to approach any particular set of transactions before it. In an effort to provide clarity in this respect, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India is shortly seeking to introduce a set of forensic accounting standards which would need to be applied to evaluate and investigate the transactions in question. While it is expected that such standards set out by the ICAI would provide guidance on the In an effort to provide clarity in this respect, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India is shortly seeking to introduce a set of forensic accounting standards which would need to be applied to evaluate and investigate the transactions in question. path forward, the validity of existing forensic reports which do not follow any set methodology or standard, is unclear. Consequently, the actions of the banks to rely on such forensic reports while declaring the account as ‘fraud' would also need to be revisited. MUMBAI: In a massive fallout of the SUV case, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday shunted out Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and replaced him with current Director General of Police Hemant Nagrale, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh announced. Senior IPS officer Rajnish Sheth has been entrusted additional responsibility as the DGP, while Singh will be posted as DGP, Home Guards. Shortly after taking over, Nagrale said it would be inappropriate to comment on the "under investigations cases" but assured that he would make all efforts to improve the image of the Mumbai Police. "The Police Department is passing through a rough phase. It is not proper if policemen are involved in criminal acts. In future, we shall ensure such things don't recur. The NIA and ATS are probing, so I cannot comment on the cases," he added. The developments came after an internal tug-of-war among the ruling parties.