YK MYK VAZE'S NIA CUSTODY EXTENDED TILL APRIL 7 BY MUMBAI SPECIAL COURT MORE OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY TO GST FILERS ALLOWED BY GOVT NATION BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI SUNDAY, 4 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—327 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MAX 34 C CM seeks special focus on Jharkhand in road development MIN 17 C NITIN GADKARI ASSURES RS ONE LAKH CR INVESTMENT IN THREE YEARS WEATHER TODAY SANJAY SAHAY Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE WOMAN FALLS VICTIM TO BEAR ATTACK IN PTR DALTONGANJ: A sloth bear on Saturday mauled a 62-year-old woman identified as Thunki Devi. She had gone to the jungle to collect dry wood, said deputy director South division of Palamu Tiger Reserve Mukesh Kumar. He said the woman's head bore the brutality of the sloth bear most. He said her scalp was torn. She bled like anything. Our forest personnel took her to Netarhat from where she was rushed to RIMS Ranchi where near the Piska More she died. Mukesh Kumar said the bear attack took place in the Bareysanr forest this morning on Saturday. 5 SECURITY PERSONNEL KILLED IN CHHATTISGARH RAIPUR: Five security personnel, including two CRPF and three DRG men of the state police, were killed and 20 suffered injuries in a gun battle with Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district. At least two Maoists' bodies were also visible on the spot near Tekulgudem village under Tarrem police station where the shootout began at noon on Saturday in a deep forested interior area with a group of over 300 Maoists. There were reports of heavy damage to the Maoists but nothing specific could be established by the administration as the operation was still on. It was a joint anti-Maoist operation conducted by PG 4 the CRPF. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,24,10,452 TOTAL DEATH: 1,64,218 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 130,978,201 TOTAL DEATH: 2,853,189 RANCHI: Jharkhand on Saturday got as many as 21 road schemes with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurating seven projects and laying the foundation stone of 14 others. The projects involving a sum of Rs 3,550 crore would construct 539 kilometers of road in the state. Chief Minister Hemant Soren chaired the function which was held online while Union Minister of surface transport and highways VK Singh, Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda and members of Parliament and the state assembly took part in it. Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the day was historic as the state has got several road projects. He stated that better roads would speed up development process in the state. The CM stated that there is a need for quality roads in the state as a large quantity of minerals are transported by road. The CM mentioned that the centre has allotted Rs 205 crore for road development in 2017-18, Rs 169 crore in 2018-19, Rs 500 crore in 2019-20 and Rs 675 core for 2020-21. He said that state government is trying to send maximum number of detailed project reports (DPRs) to the centre, adding it is also sensitive towards land acquisition and forest clearance for the projects. He said that his government is committed to cooperate with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in building roads in the state. The CM requested the union minister to speed up works on Bharatmala project which includes RaipurDhanbad, Varanasi-Ranchi, Ranchi-Paradip and Bakhtiyarur -Ormanjhi eco- nomic corridors and the bridge over Ganga in Sahebganj. He also demanded a high speed corridor for linking Jharkhand with West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. He said the project would help in developing industrial hubs in the state. The CM sought special attention on Jharkhand stating that the state has given several road proposals to NHAI. The CM stated that NHAI must ensure elephant corridors and also plantation of trees along the highways. He said that projects must be completed keeping in mind the identified elephant corridors in the state. He also spoke of building under-passes on the roads. Nitin Gadkari said road construction works in Jharkhand would be done according to the views of the state government. He said that economic corridors under Bharatmala project would be completed by next financial year. He informed that the union government would spend one lakh crore on road construction in Jharkhand and requested the state government to speed up the process for land acquisition and forest proposals. The union minister asked the state to send DPRs for new projects as soon as possible so that works could be started. Arjun Munda also spoke on the occasion. The cabinet ministers, NEPAL OPPN SEEKS OLI'S RESIGNATION India administers 7.3 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses NEW DELHI: India crossed a significant milestone in its fight against COVID-19 as the cumulative number of vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 7.3 crore mark, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. A total of 7,30,54,295 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. "Cumulatively, 7,30,54,295 vaccine doses have been administered through 11,53,614 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 89,32,642 HCWs (1st dose), 52,96,666 HCWs (2nd dose), 95,71,610 FLWs (1st dose) and 39,92,094 FLWs (2nd Dose) and 4,45,77,337 (1st dose) and 6,83,946 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged more than 45 years," the ministry said. The cumulative vaccination figure includes over 6 crores (6,30,81,589) first doses, while the second dose numbers are also nearing the 1 crore mark (99,72,706). "As on Day-77 of the vaccination drive (2nd April, 2021), 30,93,795 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 28,87,779 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 35,624 sessions for 1st dose and 2,06,016 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine," the Ministry said. Meanwhile, India's total active caseload has reached 6,58,909. It now comprises 5.32 per cent of the country's total Positive Cases. VACCINE HESITANCY LEVELS DOWN TO 23% As the Covid second wave is getting stronger in India, the percentage of citizens willing to take the vaccine has gone up to 77 percent, as per a LocalCircles survey. With almost 90,000 daily cases, and vaccination for all above the age of 45 years beginning on April 1, hesitancy levels are down to 23 percent. Fiftytwo percent of citizens who took the vaccine did not have any kind of side effects. UK variant found in Punjab a potential threat: CSIR-CCMB Director The UK variant of coronavirus found in Punjab is a potential threat due to its efficiency in spreading, while the double mutant found in Maharashtra is a matter of concern, but not a cause to create panic, suggested CSIR-CCMB Director Rakesh Mishra. PG 5 Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, secretary road construction department Sunil Kumar and the NHAI officials were present on the occasion. The projects, which were dedicated to the nation, are widening of two lane on NH 114A, strengthening of road between Ghaghra and Gumla on NH 143A, strengthening of the Hatgamharia Jaintgarh road, construction of Mahulia-Baharagora road, four laning of Biju Para- Kuru section, Kutchery Chowk, Piska More- Bijupara section and Piska More- Palma section and construction of Barhi-Hazaribagh road. Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds election rallies, in West Bengal on Saturday. ANI ‘Cut-money culture, syndicate racket hindering Bengal’s growth’ KOLKATA: Launching a scathing attack on the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in particular, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his second election rally on Saturday at Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas district said that the cut-money culture and syndicate racket is hindering the growth of the state. Holding back-to-back rallies in Sonarpur and Haripal in Hooghly district, Modi said, "The extortionists of Trinamool Congress hoarded the ration sent for the poor by the Centre. During Corona, the Centre sent 23 lakh metric tonnes paddy and one lakh metric tonnes pulses and for that the Centre had to pay nearly Rs 9,000 crore, but the Mamata Banerjee government didn't allow the Central benefit to reach you. They hoarded the ration. The assistance sent to the state during Cyclone Amphan didn't reach. It was also looted. Urging that a doubleengine government can only provide all the Central benefits to the people of Bengal, Modi alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress is hindering the growth of the state. "The Centre has developed 1,000 fast-track courts to give prompt justice to the women but it is not allowed here. The Centre provides free vaccination and Rs 1,000 for pregnant women but here the women are deprived of the benefit. The women don't get the benefits of Central loan facilities because they will have to give cut-money for that," the Prime Minister alleged. Countering Mamata Banerjee's allegation against the partisan attitude of the Election Commission of India (ECI), Modi said, "Why are you so angry with the ECI and the security people? Are you angry because they have not The Centre provides free vaccination and Rs 1,000 for pregnant women but here (Bengal) the women are deprived of the benefit. The women don't get the benefits of Central loan facilities because they will have to give cut-money. PM NARENDRA MODI allowed you to give proxy votes? You should remember that 10 years before, they only gave you the chance to rule Bengal. You were happy then. Keep faith on the people." Suggesting that Banerjee contesting from Nandigram is a big mistake, the Prime Minister said, "There are rumours (though I have not verified) inside the party that she might contest from another constituency. She will lose in Nandigram and if she loses from the second constituency also, the Trinamool Congress can never come to power". Contesting her ‘outsider' remark against the BJP national leadership, the Prime Minister said, "I have heard that she expressed her desire to contest from Banaras. She is always welcome because the people of Banaras and Kashi have a huge heart, just like the people of Bengal. "They will never call her an outsider. But she will have to listen to ‘Har Har Mahadev' every now and then. She gets irritated with the ‘Jai Shri Ram' slogan. How will she tolerate that? One thing I can say that the people of UP will love her and accept her so much that they will not allow her to go to Delhi. She will have to stay there." KATHMANDU: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who is in trouble inside his own party, is likely to face tougher days ahead as the primary opposition, Nepali Congress (NC) has decided to seek his resignation and initiate the formation of a new government under its leadership. The decisions were taken at a Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the NC. NC spokesperson Bishaw Prakash Sharma said the part has decided to seek Oli's resignation as he has not taken any initiative of a way forward despite the House of Representatives, which he dissolved in December 2020, being restored. Prime Minister Oli himself is in a difficult position inside his own party, Nepal Communist Party-UML. A section of the party led by former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is forming parallel party structures within the UML after Oli suspended four senior leaders, including Nepal, for six months. Oli accused Nepal and other leaders for being involved in anti-party activities and violating rules and norms. After Oli dissolved the House on December 20, 2020, a section of party leaders upped the ante against the Prime Minister and sought his resignation. On February 23, the Supreme Court of Nepal reinstated the House but Oli refused to step down. CENTRE'S NEW INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE TRIBAL CRAFT, CULTURE NEW DELHI: As tribes are among the disadvantaged sections of the society, a quiz has been started by the Centre at promoting and preserving their craft, culture and lifestyle to improve their income. Tribes constitute over 8 per cent of our population. Started by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the innovative contest called "Be A Friend of Tribes India", has the sole objective of promoting the wide range of tribal handicrafts which include hand-woven cotton, silk fabrics, wool, metal craft, terracotta, bead-work -- all of whom need to be preserved and promoted. Through the innovative contest, awareness about tribal heritage, arts, crafts can be enhanced among the general public. With more knowledge and awareness about tribal heritage, it is hoped that citizens will also contribute to overall tribal empowerment by purchasing more tribal products. "Characterised by natural simplicity, the tribal creations have a timeless appeal," said the Ministry, adding the quiz is a way of promotion of tribal products so as to improve the income and livelihoods of these people, while preserving their way of life and traditions. Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Ltd (TRIFED), as the nodal agency under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, launched the "Be A Friend of Tribes India" quiz on Friday. The competition will be on till May 14 this year and 50 winners of this quiz will be awarded a Tribes India Gift Voucher. The TRIFED has also put in place several initiatives to familiarise people with the rich and diverse craft, culture of the tribal communities across the country and to help the tribal population in the area of marketing development of their rich products. Earlier, TRIFED had launched "Be the Brand Ambassador of Tribes India" quiz in February this year. The ongoing quiz invites stories featuring any tribal product (s) from customers across the country. The stories should be highlighting experience in using the product and provide details of the product and the place or shop from where it was purchased. The requirement is that the stories are in the form of short videos ranging from 30 seconds to five minutes. The tribal products may include gents or ladies' apparel, jewellery, accessories, paintings, metal crafts, terracotta and pottery, decorative items, food & organic items, cane and bamboo items, stationery, furniture, home furnishings and cuisine. Participants will have to share their stories in the form of a link to the video uploaded on YouTube. The contest will be on till May 14 this year and 50 entries will be selected and a gift voucher will be awarded. These initiatives, launched in association with MyGov fall in line with the Aatmanirbhar Abhiyan, the PM's vision of emphasising local products and promoting local entrepreneurship.