YK MYK SANITATION WORKERS STILL MANUALLY SCAVENGE TOILETS OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 24 MARCH, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—318 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 20 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE VIOLENCE, LATHICHARGE DURING RJD'S ASSEMBLY GHERAO IN PATNA PATNA: The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Tuesday created a ruckus in the state capital Patna during the Bihar Assembly gherao programme. Amid this RJD protest march, there was heavy stone pelting by the RJD workers forcing the police to use water cannons to disperse the protesters. Thousands of RJD supporters went on the rampage and damaged private and government property. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who was leading the protest along with his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav, was arrested at Patna's Dak Bungalow Chowk. The RJD had announced the siege of the Assembly on Tuesday to protest against rising unemployment, corruption, inflation and several other issues in Bihar. The local administration had denied permission to the RJD to lay siege to the Assembly. Despite this a large number of RJD workers gathered near Gandhi Maidan and started marching towards the Assembly. The protest march started from the Patna railway station and when Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap reached Dak Bungalow Chowk, RJD workers turned violent. The police tried to stop these protesters by putting up barricades but they continued to create a ruckus. The protesters then broke through the barricades and marched ahead. During this time there was stone pelting by the RJD supporters at the Dak Bungalow. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,16,90,165 TOTAL DEATH: 160,219 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 124,421,055 TOTAL DEATH: 2,737,955 CHINA SUMMONS EU OFFICIAL HEAD OVER SANCTIONS WORLD Morning India Vaccine for all above 45 years from April 1: Govt NEW DELHI: The government Tuesday announced that from April 1, all people above 45 years of age will be eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines and requested them to get registered for the inoculation. Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Cabinet after its meeting, Union minster Prakash Javadekar said now even people without comorbidities who are more that 45 years of age can get vaccinated. He requested people entitled to get themselves registered to take the jabs. He said the Cabinet also decided that the second dose of the vaccine can be taken between four and eight weeks, on the advice of doctors. It was allowed to be taken between four to six weeks earlier, but scientists have now said that taking the second dose between four and eight weeks gives improved results. The union cabinet discussed about the vaccination drive which has already achieved speedy and good progress, Javadekar said. "Today after discussion and on the advice of the task force and scientists, it was decided that from April 1 the vaccine will open for everybody above 45 years of age. "We request that all eligible people should immediate- People wait for their turn to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a health centre, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI INSIDE TEST-TRACKTREAT': GOVT ISSUES FRESH COVID SOP GUIDELINES PAGE 5 ly register from April 1 and get vaccinated, as it is the shield against the disease," Javadekar told reporters. He said till this day, 4.85 crore vaccines have been administered for COVID-19 and more than 32 lakh people administered the vaccine in last 24 hours. CM promises to address public issues raised in the House MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Thanking the members and the speaker for a constructive Budget Session, Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday said that the government was committed to resolve the issues raised in the House. The CM said that a total of 1181 question were raised during the session while adding 1116 of them were were replied. He said the opposition came up with valuables suggestions for the government while important matters related to many district were discussed. He said the budget passed in house is focused on the rural people, unemployed youths and other weaker sections of the society. He prayed that God will forbid another complete lockdown in the state. The CM said that state government has contributed from its own fund to increase wages of MNREGA workers to Rs 225 per day adding by the end of the five year tenure it would increase the payment to Rs 300 per day. He said the number of PDS cards have been increased to 15 lakh in order to ensure food to poor people. He said several measures are being initiated to generate employment. He said that 35 percent of the government posts are vacant at present adding the government would take steps for filling them up. He said that there are many areas where self employment could be promoted. He stated that government will make arrangement for delivering sand at doorstep of the people online adding a portal has been readied for the purpose. The CM cautioned that Covid pandemic is again rising in state adding he held meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday to review the situation. He said officials have been asked to keep a strict vigil on the situation. Another decision taken, on the advice given by scientists and world scientist bodies, was that the second dose of vaccine can be administered between fourth and eighth week, particularly for Covishield, he said. "Our appeal is that all above 45 years should take vaccine as early as possible, that will provide them the shield against coronavirus and they should register for getting vaccinated," the minister said. Vaccines are available in enough number and there is no scarcity and the supply chains and supply line is intact, he said. NO COMPOUND INTEREST ON LOANS AVAILED DURING MORATORIUM: SC NEW DELHI: In a major relief to big borrowers, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that no penal or compound interest would be charged on any loans, including those above Rs 2 crore, during the six month moratorium announced by the government against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah said: "It is directed that there shall not be any charge of interest on interest/compound interest/penal interest for the period during the moratorium and any amount already recovered under the same head, namely, interest on interest/penal interest/compound interest, shall be refunded to the concerned borrowers and to be given credit/adjusted in the next instalment of the loan account." MORE ON PG 5 MASKS MUST BE MADE MANDATORY TO CONTROL TB, SAY EXPERTS orated as World Tuberculosis Day, and on this day, there is an imminent need to enhance awareness among the people about this ailment, say experts. India is home to more than 25 per cent of the global TB burden, and each year, more than 400,000 lives are lost in the country to this deadly ailment. The World Health Organisation reported that there are more than 10 million active TB cases in India. Tuberculosis is a social disease, caused due to overcrowding and malnutrition. This ailment disproportion- New tax-free ceiling on PF for employees 4 SECURITY MEN KILLED, SEVERAL INJURED IN IED BLAST BY NAXALS IN CHHATTISGARH MARCH 24 IS WORLD TB DAY HYDERABAD: Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken to stop its spread indicate that transmission of infectious diseases can be prevented by using face masks, say experts. This simple yet most effective means is best suited to stop a deadly ailment like tuberculosis from spreading. Many healthcare experts are in favour of mandating or encouraging people to continue wearing of masks which could help in numerous ways beyond ending the current global healthcare crisis. March 24 is commem- FOR FIRMS WITHOUT EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION ately affects the financially marginalised sections of society, and the stigma associated with this disease lead to under-reporting and underdiagnosis. "India is among the most densely-populated nations in the world, and the physical proximity between people here leads to spread of certain infectious diseases, like the deadly tuberculosis. The onset of coronavirus and call to mask-up and maintain physical distance to prevent its spread was followed religiously in India, and this helped prevent the spread of virus to a great extent. The positive results from this suggest India is a disciplined nation, and its denizens can be encouraged to follow certain best practices to prevent spread of TB too," Dr Mohammad Nawaz S., Consultant Pulmonologist, KIMS Hospitals told IANS. NARAYANPUR: Three District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawans and one police personnel lost their lives in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Inspector General of Bastar, P Sundarraj said, "Three District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawans and one police personnel have lost their lives in an IED blast by Naxals in Narayanpur. 14 security personnel injured including, two critical personnel." "We are looking into the matter, further probe is underway," he added. On March 14, one Naxal was killed in an explosion while planting an IED near Gayathapara in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur, along BechapalHurepal road. NEW DELHI: The government has put yet another ceiling on tax-free contribution made to provident funds. Replying to the debate on Budget 2021-22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that a ceiling of Rs 5 lakh per annum would be applied in those cases where there is no contribution towards provident fund (PF) by the employer. Presenting the Budget 2021-22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier proposed to restrict tax exemption for the interest income earned on the employees' contribution to various provident funds to the annual contribution of Rs 2.5 lakh. This restriction was made applicable for the contribution made on or after April 1, 2021. The changes were done to rationalise tax exemption for the income earned by high income employees. The finance minister on Tuesday said that the earlier ceiling announced in the budget has now been raised to Rs 5 lakh in those case where there is no PF contribution made by the employer. There are numerous entities that follow this system of contribution, she said. The new changes would prevent individuals from putting higher amounts of money Presenting the Budget 2021-22, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier proposed to restrict tax exemption for the interest income earned on the employees' contribution to various provident funds to the annual contribution of Rs 2.5 lakh. This restriction was made applicable for the contribution made on or after April 1, 2021. The changes were done to rationalise in PF to get assured returns and tax-free status. All contributions above the ceiling would be taxed at applicable income tax rates. The Centre had earlier put restrictions on tax-free interest earnings on employees' contribution to various provident funds in the budget after a scrutiny of accounts revealed that certain high net worth individuals (HNIs) were using the saving scheme to pump money running into hundreds of crores to escape paying taxes and get assured tax exemption for the income earned by high income employees. The union finance minister on Tuesday said that the earlier ceiling announced in the budget has now been raised to Rs 5 lakh in those case where there is no PF contribution made by the employer. There are numerous entities that follow this system of contribution, minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. returns. Sources in the department of revenue said the scrutiny of accounts brought out interesting facts about certain HNIs where one of the highest contributors has more than Rs. 103 crore in his provident fund account followed by two second highest ones having more than Rs 86 crore each. The top 20 HNI whose records were seen had about Rs 825 crore in their accounts while top 100 HNI contributors have more than Rs 2,000 crore.