YK MYK UDDHAV, SHARAD HAVE A TOUGH TASK TO SAVE ALLIANCE FROM BJP OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—323 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 35 C MIN 19 C Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE PANT NAMED DELHI CAPITALS CAPTAIN FOR IPL 2021 NEW DELHI: Star India batsman Rishabh Pant was on Tuesday named captain of Delhi Capitals in place of an injured Shreyas Iyer for the upcoming Indian Premier League season beginning on April 9. Iyer has been ruled out of the IPL after injuring his left shoulder during the recently-concluded India-England ODI series. "Under Shreyas' captaincy, our team reached newer heights, and he is going to be missed immensely. In his absence, the franchise has collectively picked Rishabh to lead the team this year," DC Chairman and co-owner Kiran Kumar Gandhi said in a release. MORE ON PG 12 TDS BE DEDUCTED ON CASH WITHDRAWALS FROM POST OFFICE SCHEMES NEW DELHI: The Department of Posts has issued new rules for deduction of TDS if the aggregate withdrawal from all post office schemes is more than Rs 20 lakh. The provision includes withdrawals from PPF also. As per the new provisions under Section 194N of Income Tax Act 1961, if an investor has not filed income tax returns (ITR) for the previous three assessment years then tax deducted at source (TDS) will be deducted from the withdrawal amount. The new rule is applicable from July 1, 2020. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,21,06,756 TOTAL DEATH: 1,62,218 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 128,408,993 TOTAL DEATH: 2,807,211 LATEST COVID SPIKE FORCES FILMMAKERS TO DELAY RELEASES SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Covid 2nd wave: Situation going from bad to worse NEW DELHI: The current coronavirus situation in the country is going from bad to worse with the surge in cases and the trends showing that the virus is still very active, NITI Aayog's Member (Health) V.K. Paul cautioned on Tuesday. Addressing the weekly press conference, Paul said: "As you have noticed in the last few weeks, the situation is becoming bad to worse. It is a serious cause of concern. In some states in particular, there is a huge cause of worry. No part of the country should be complacent." Against the backdrop of increasing cases in the previous three weeks, Paul said that the trends show is that "coronavirus is still very active, can penetrate our defences and strike back when we think that we have found ways to control it". India recorded 56,211 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 1,20,95,855 on Tuesday. Six states -Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Union Minister for Health Dr Harsh Vardhan receives a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat -- continue to report a surge in daily new cases. This is the second peak. India had fought through the first wave of infection six months ago, recording a highest single-day spike of 93,617 cases on September 16, while the highest number of deaths recorded in a day were 1,169 on September 15. Paul said: "We are facing an increasingly severe intensive situation, more so in some districts but the whole country is potentially at risk. If the cases are more, they will eventually overwhelm the system. The deaths will also occur, even if they are low. If it is business as usual, we will continue to be chased by the virus." He, however, assured that the country has sufficient capacities in the hospitals, ambulance services and ICU beds are functional. "Dedicated hospitals set up must be re-energised, retested and rehearsed so that the load of patient come, we are able to manage it effectively," he said. Shah leads massive rally in Nandigram for Suvendhu WB POLLS: BJP SUPPORTERS GREET MAMATA WITH ‘JAI SHRI RAM’ CHANTS PM Narendra Modi in conversation with Metro Man and BJP candidate from Palakkad E Sreedharan during a public rally, in Palakkad on Tuesday. ANI ‘Let’s help our youngsters as they appear for their exams’ NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday delighted to announce about the updated edition of Exam Warriors, saying the fresh edition is enriched with valuable inputs from students, parents and teachers. He also said that substantive new parts have been added in the new edition of Exam Warriors that would especially interest the parents and teachers. "Let us all help our youngsters as they appear for their examinations!," the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets. As the exam season begins, the Prime Minister said that he is delighted to share that the updated edition of Exam Warriors is now available. "The book has new Mantras and a range of interesting activities. The book reaffirms the need to remain stress free before an exam." "How to make exam preparation fun? Is there anything interesting we can do sitting at home while preparing? There is a solution to this...an all new Exam Warriors module on the NaMo App," he said. The Prime Minister said that it has many interactive activities for students and parents as the new edition of Exam Warriors has been enriched with valuable inputs from students, parents and teachers. "Substantive new parts have been added that would especially interest the parents and teachers. Let us all HUGE WAVE IN FAVOUR OF NDA IN FOUR STATES AND UT: MODI CHENNAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he has seen a huge wave in the four states which are going to polls as well as in the Union Territory of Puducherry. The PM announced this on Tuesday while addressing a massive gathering at Puducherry. Modi said, "I went to Assam and West Bengal a few times, was in Kerala and Tamil Nadu today and am now addressing you at Puducherry. I find a huge wave in favour of the National Democratic Alliance in the four states and the Union territory." PG 7 help our youngsters as they appear for their examinations!," he said. Modi will be interacting with students, parents, and teachers during "Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021" regarding the upcoming board exams and sharing tips on how to deal with academic stress. No exact dates of the event have been announced yet. NEW DELHI: In a mega show of strength in high-stake West Bengal Assembly polls from the Nandigram constituency, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday held a massive roadshow in support of party candidate Suvendhu Adhikari, who is pitted against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Shah, along with Adhikari, was received by a sea of people gathered along the road between Bethuria and Rayapara. Chants of "Jai Shri Ram" filled the air as Shah and Adhikari atop a gaily festooned campaign vehicle with posters screaming "Banglay Ebar Asol Poriborton" choked the fourkilometre stretch on the same day when Banerjee, too, was scheduled for canvassing in Nandigram, where campaigning ends on the day. Shah said the people's response has made it clear who is going to win in Nandigram. "It's BJP everywhere in West Bengal! I am sure that Nandigram will turn out to be the epicentre of Poriborton in Bengal. Have a look at these pictures from the streets of Nandigram," tweeted Shah hours later as he already embarked on two other roadshows in Debra in Paschim Medinipur and Panskura West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tries to stand up while reciting National Anthem during an Election Campaigning, in Nandigram on Tuesday. ANI Paschim in Purba Medinipur. He shared a number of photographs that showed the crowd frenzy. "Seeing the enthusiasm among the people of Nandigram, it is clear that BJP's candidate Suvendu Adhikari is going to win from Nandigram. The easiest way to bring 'poribartan' (change) is to make sure Mamata Didi loses from here," he told the crowd and later tweeted in Bangla. Voting in Nandigram will take place in the second phase of election on April 1 along with 29 other assembly seats. Campaigning will end by 5 p.m. The BJP is confident of winning the Nandigram seat CAMPAIGNING FOR SECOND PHASE OF ELECTION ON APRIL 1 ENDS by a margin of over 25,000 votes. After the first phase of polling, which saw record turnout, Shah has claimed that the saffron party will win 26 seats out of 30 which went for polling on March 27. "Based on discussion and feedback received from booth-level workers and leaders, I can confidently say that we are winning 26 of 30 seats which went in for a poll in the first phase in West Bengal," Shah had earlier said. BJP supporters on Tuesday reportedly greeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with 'Jai Shri Ram' chants in Nandigram. Banerjee, who is contesting the Assembly elections from Nandigram against BJP's Suvendu Adhikari, her once close aide turned adversary, is campaigning in the constituency since Sunday. It is learnt that before she was about to leave for Bhangabera, BJP supporters greeted Banerjee with Jai Shri Ram chants at Reyapara. A local Trinamool worker said that sensing defeat, the BJP is resorting to cheap tactics to make others uncomfortable. STATE RECORDS 418 NEW COVID CASES RAJ KUMAR RANCHI: As many as 418 tested corona positive across the state on Tuesday, a bulletin issued by the health department suggests so. With this, total active corona positive cases across the state rose to 1968. Ranchi continues to be the epicenter with 256 cases and 1260 active cases. The Bulletin suggests that as many as three deaths had taken place across the state due to corona and all the deaths took place in Ranchi suggesting the gravity of the situation in the state capital with covid-19 centre in RIMS. Information reaching from different parts of the country suggests that this time the virus is more dangerous as those suffering from it may not have a cough. In the wake of the rising trend in covid-19 infection, health secretary K K Soan has already alerted the deputy commissioners and the disaster management department. "With respect to the recent surge in some of the high burden states in our country and unrestricted movement of persons from one state to another, it is critical that as requested earlier persons coming from state of Maharashtra and Kerala shall either mandatory subjected to testing or mandated to produce a negative RT-PCR report within 72 hours for entering Jharkhand," Soan wrote to secretary of disaster management division of department of home, jail and disaster management. Marandi vows Tamar rerun in Madhupur SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Former Chief Minister (CM) Babulal Marandi on Tuesday said that BJP will repeat Tamar bypolls outcome in Madhupur as well, adding that JMM supremo Shibu Soren was defeated while he was CM of state in the said elections. Addressing an election rally after party nominee Ganga Narayan Singh filed his nomination papers, the BJP leader urged the people to ensure a historic win for the party candidate and force the JMM candidate and minister Hafizul Hasan to resign from the post. Marandi said that even BJP leaders Babulal Marandi and Deepak Prakash at an election rally in Madhupur on Tuesday. though Rs 15,000 crores is lying with the state treasury, the government is saying that it has no money. He said that corruption is dominant in government offices while false cases are being registered against persons raising their voices. State president Deepak Prakash said the election in Madhupur is a fight against the appeasement policies of the government, adding no one could stop the lotus from blooming in the constituency. Godda Member of Parliament Nishikant Dubey asked the people to vote for the BJP, adding the party would form its government in the state on May 10 if its candidate wins on May 2. MLA Amar Bauri said that the wave in favour of BJP in West Bengal would also ensure the victory of its candidate in Madhupur. Several other leaders including member of parlia- ment (MP) and national vice president Annapurna Devi, MP Sunil Soren and former ministers Randhir Singh and Louis Marandi spoke on the occasion. After filing the nomination paper Singh said that the BJP has given respect to him and the people of Madhupur by selecting him as a candidate adding he comes from a village of the locality. Asked about former MLA Raj Paliwal, he said that the candidate is decided by the central leadership. He said that there would be no internal bickering owing to denial of ticket to the two times MLA. He said everybody would fight the elections unitedly. Mutations could render Covid vax ineffective in a year: Experts NEW YORK: Mutations could render current Covid-19 vaccines ineffective in a year or less, according to two-thirds of 77 epidemiologists, virologists and infectious disease specialists from 28 countries surveyed by People's Vaccine Alliance. The results published on Tuesday deliver a stark warning of the risk the world is taking by failing to ensure all countries have sufficient vaccines to protect people from Covid-19. Of those surveyed, almost a third gave a timeframe of nine months or less. Fewer than one in eight said they believed that mutations would never render the current vaccines ineffective. The overwhelming majority - 88 per cent -- said that persistent low vaccine coverage in many countries would make it more likely for vaccine resistant mutations to appear. The People's Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of over 50 organisations including African Alliance, Oxfam and UNAIDS, warned that at the current rate it was likely that only 10 per cent of people in the majority of poor countries will be vaccinated in the next year. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed - who included epidemiologists, virologists and infectious disease specialists from institutions including Johns Hopkins, Yale, Imperial College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Cambridge University, the University of Edinburgh and The University of Cape Town -said that open sharing of technology and intellectual property could increase global vaccine coverage. "The more the virus circulates, the more likely it is that muta- tions and variants will emerge, which could make our current vaccines ineffective. At the same time, poor countries are being left behind without vaccines and basic medical supplies like oxygen," Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh in Britain, said in a statement. "As we've learned, viruses don't care about borders. We have to vaccinate as many people as possible, everywhere in the world, as quickly as possible. Why wait and watch instead of getting ahead of this?" While he didn't specify a timeframe, Gregg Gonsalves, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University, echoed the urgency to vaccinate globally. "With millions of people around the world infected with this virus, new mutations arise every day. Sometimes they find a niche that makes them more fit than their predecessors," Gonsalves said. "These lucky variants could transmit more efficiently and potentially evade immune responses to previous strains. Unless we vaccinate the world, we leave the playing field open to more and more mutations, which could churn out variants that could evade our current vaccines and require booster shots to deal with them." The survey shows that it is imperative for the safety of all citizens in all countries that people in developing countries are vaccinated as soon as possible. Failure to tackle global vaccine inequality heightens the risk of further mutations. Despite this imperative, rich country defence of the monopolies of pharmaceutical giants mean that global supplies are being artificially rationed, with a handful of companies deciding who lives and who dies. Earlier this month, rich countries blocked a proposal to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines. The People's Vaccine Alliance is urging them to reconsider when talks resume at the World Trade Organisation in April. The alliance is also calling for all pharmaceutical corporations working on Covid-19 vaccines to openly share their technology and intellectual property through the World Health Organization Covid19 Technology Access Pool, in order to speed up and ramp up the production and rollout of vaccines to all countries.