YK MYK INDIA'S 'WORLD'S PHARMACY' TAG IS FACING A THREAT PSU BANKS MAY HAVE TO TAKE RS 2K CR HIT AFTER SC ORDER OPINION BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 5 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—328 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAHA OPTS FOR ‘WEEKEND LOCKDOWN’, STRINGENT COVID NORMS MAX 35 C MIN 19 C Sky will be clear. AT A GLANCE GITA PRESS PRESIDENT RADHESHYAM KHEMKA DIES VARANASI/GORAKHP UR: The president of Gita Press, Radheshyam Khemka, passed away in Varanasi following a brief illness, his family members said on Sunday. He was 87. Khemka died on Saturday afternoon and his last rites were performed at the Harishchandra Ghat, they said. He was under treatment at a private hospital in Ravindrapuri. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Khemka, noting he remained active in various social services throughout his life. Modi noted that Khemka took Sanatan literature to the masses. APRIL 6 POLLS: CAMPAIGN ENDS IN TN, ALL EYES ON POLLING CHENNAI: The high octane campaign for the April 6 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections ended on Sunday at 7 pm, with the stage now set for the polling on April 6 which will decide whether it will a hat-trick of terms for the AIADMK or the return of DMK after a decade in opposition. As many as 3,998 candidates, including Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, DMK President MK Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan, Naam Tamizhar Katchi leader Seeman and BJP state unit chief L Murugan are in the fray. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,24,94,207 TOTAL DEATH: 1,64,688 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 131,519,007 TOTAL DEATH: 2,861,645 Security personnel stand guard at a checkpoint during lockdown imposed to contain the surge in COVID19 cases, in Bhopal on Sunday. ANI PM STRESSES ON FIVE-FOLD STRATEGY Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVIDappropriate behaviour and vaccination New Delhi [India], April 4 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVID-appropriate behaviour and vaccination, if implemented with seriousness and commitment, would be effective in curbing the spread of the pandemic. While chairing a highlevel meeting to review the COVID-19 situation and the vaccination program, PM Modi said the country needs to continue Jan Bhagidari and Jan Andolan for COVID19 management. "For sustainable COVID-19 management, awareness of the community and its involvement is paramount and there is a need to continue Jan Bhagidari and Jan Andolan for COVID-19 management. He mentioned that the fivefold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVID- PM Narendra Modi at a high-level meeting to review the COVID related issues, on Sunday. appropriate behaviour and vaccination if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment, would be effective in curbing the spread of the pandemic," he said. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's office on Sunday, a special campaign for COVID-appropriate behaviour with emphasis on 100 per cent mask ANI usage, personal hygiene and sanitation at public places and workplaces and health facilities will be organised from April 6 to April 14. The Prime Minister also directed that central teams consisting of public health specialists and clinicians be sent to Maharashtra in view of high caseload and deaths, and likewise to Punjab and Chhattisgarh because of the disproportionate number of deaths being reported there. He also called attention to avoid mortality under all circumstances by ramping up healthcare infrastructure, availability of oxygen, ventilators besides required logistics, and ensuring that clinical management protocols are followed across all hospitals as well as for those in-home care. According to the statement of PMO, "There is an alarming rate of growth of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country with 10 states contributing to more than 91 per cent of cases and deaths due to COVID." The situation in Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh is of serious concern. As of date, Maharashtra has contributed 57 per cent of total cases in the country in the last 14 days and 47 per cent of deaths. MUMBAI: With Maharashtra in the grip of the second wave of Covid-19, the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government on Sunday announced a "week-end lockdown" across the state besides stringent weekdays norms to combat the sweeping pandemic. The decision was taken at an emergency Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, after he held detailed discussions with all stakeholders over this weekend. The weekend curfew would commence on Fridays at 8 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. on Mondays. While public transport in Mumbai including local trains would continue to run as usual, emphasis will be given to Work From Home (WFH) to minimise crowds. The new rules and guidelines, which include a night curfew from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. and prohibitory orders during the day, will take effect from 8 p.m. on Monday night. Detailed guidelines will be issued shortly, said Mumbai Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh. The situation would be reviewed again on April 15 after which the future course would be decided. Over the last two days, Thackeray held wide ranging consultations with a cross-section of society to get their views before toughening the norms. He also spoke with Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis and his estranged cousin and MNS President Raj Thackeray. CM Hemant Soren outside a hospital in Ranchi on Sunday. Hemant Sutradhar CM appeals for alertness against Covid MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren has appealed to people to observe maximum caution against Covid19 saying that the second wave of the disease has taken the state in its grip. He said that the number of cases is rising very sharply each day and asked people not to take it lightly. He said that people must also take vaccination against the disease. The CM said, “People must follow the directives issued by the government. They should wear masks and The CM’s appeal has come in the backdrop of the increasing number of new Covid cases for the past several days. Over 700 new cases were reported in the state on Saturday. maintain social distancing. We can win the battle against Covid only through people’s cooperation.” The CM’s appeal has come in the backdrop of the increasing number of new Covid cases for the past several days. Over 700 new cases were reported in the state on Saturday. TRAI CONSIDERS SURVEY TO ASSES IF TARIFF PLANS MEET CUSTOMER NEEDS Telecom regulator TRAI is planning to conduct a consumerfacing survey to assess if tariff plans offered by operators are meeting actual requirements of varied categories of users, a top official said. BUSINESS Unverified intel input drove Gujaratis trying to capture Bengal by forces into Maoists’ deadly trap bringing goons from UP, Bihar: Mamata BIJAPUR: Over 1,000 police personnel drawn from CRPF's elite CoBRA unit, and the state police's District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) walked into a deadly trap of Maoists in deep jungle in a rebel-dominated patch in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar, purely on an unverified intelligence input that top ultra leader Madvi Hidma was holed up at a hilly site along with his colleagues. But the input was basically a well-planned trap of the Maoist guerrillas as they gunned down 22 security personnel and walked away with their weapons too. The casualty figure could further rise CPRF personnel carry mortal remains of jawan who was killed in an encounter with Naxals. as at least 31 security personnel sustained multiple injuries and were airlifted to Raipur for better medical attention. The lengthy gunfight between Maoists militants and security personnel broke out on Saturday at a remote hilly site in Bijapur district, close to Sukma district border in sprawling Bastar division where Maoists are attempting to run a de facto government in deep forests since late 1980s. "Guerrillas armed with heavy weapons including rocket launchers were waiting for security personnel contingent... once a larger team of the search operation approached a hill, the militants who were positioned on top of the hill started spraying bullets in a flash from three sides," a local DRG policeman who was part of the search team told IANS. The attack site is located roughly 500 km south of state capital Raipur. HOWRAH: Launching scathing attacks on the top BJP leadership, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said Gujaratis are trying to capture Bengal by bringing goons from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Addressing a public meeting in Howrah, Mamata said, "Modi is syndicate 1 and Amit Shah is syndicate 2. They are sending agencies to Abhishek's house, Sudip's house and to the house of Stalin's daughter. They are continuously changing police officers. Gujaratis are trying to capture Bengal by bringing goons from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. We will not allow Bengal to become like Gujarat. BJP tries to create a communal disturbance." Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that Rs 18,000 will be given to the farmers of West Bengal once BJP comes to power, Mamata said, "They (BJP) are giving big dialogues about giving money to farmers. I have sent the central government the list (of beneficiaries). Why are not they sending the money? Speaking at a rally in Tarkeshwar, Hooghly on Saturday ahead of the third phase of the state assembly polls, Prime Minister Modi said, "The government that will be formed on May 2 (day of result of Assembly elections) will not only be a double engine government but will also be a government that will give a double and direct benefit.” 'Sankalp Se Siddhi': A transformation for India's tribal ecosystem NEW DELHI: 'Sankalp se Siddhi'- a village and digital connect drive -- aims to aid a complete transformation of the tribal ecosystem across the country till mid-July this year. The sole purpose of the drive is to help disadvantaged tribal sections of the society. Starting from April 1 this year, this 100-day drive will entail 150 teams, 10 in each region, from Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) and state implementation agencies or mentoring agencies or partners) visiting 10 villages each. At least 100 villages in each region and 1,500 villages in the country will be covered in the next 100 days. "The main aim of this drive is to activate the Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in these villages," said Ministry of Tribal Affairs. TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched the 'Sankalp se Siddhi' drive following the success of the Village and Digital connect initiative. The regional officials across of TRIFED across the country went to identify villages with a significant tribal population and supervised the implementation of the various programmes and initiatives earlier in 2021 under the Village and Digital connect initiative. Among all of TRIFED's initiatives that have been put in place to help the disadvantaged tribal sections of the society, the scheme, Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP), through minimum support price (MSP) and development of value chain for MFP that provides MSP to gatherers of forest produce and introduces value addition and marketing through tribal groups and clusters and Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVK) has found widespread acceptance across the country. Especially during the pandemic in 2020, the VDVK scheme has emerged as a panacea for the tribals, said the Ministry. "The objective of the MSP for MFP scheme is to establish a framework for ensuring fair prices for the tribal gatherers, primary processing, storage, TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched the 'Sankalp se Siddhi' drive following the success of the Village and Digital connect initiative. The regional officials across of TRIFED across the country went to identify villages with a significant tribal population and supervised the implementation of the various programmes and initiatives earlier in 2021 under the Village and Digital connect initiative. transportation while ensuring sustainability of the resource base addressing the problems tribals are facing such as perishable nature of the produce, lack of holding capacity, lack of marketing infrastructure, exploitation by middlemen, and timely government intervention." Once VDVK scheme is activated in 1,500 villages, the Ministry said sales of approximately Rs 200 crore is expected during the next 12 months. "The visiting teams will also identify locations and shortlist potential VDVKs for clustering as TRIFOOD, and SFURTI units as larger enterprises." "They will also identify tribal artisans and other groups and empanel them as suppliers so that they can have access to larger markets through the Tribes India network - both physical outlets and TribesIndia.com," said the Ministry.