YK MYK B’DESH ADJUSTING ITS POLICIES TO NEEDS OF GROWING ECONOMY CBI PROBE: GOVT, DESHMUKH MOVE SC AGAINST HC ORDER OPINION BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 7 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—330 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY CM fiat to arrange 5000 more beds in state MAX 36 C MIN 22 C ALL SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, CLUBS TO REMAIN CLOSED AFTER 8 PM Sky will be clear. SANJAY SAHAY AT A GLANCE People flouting social distancing norms amid the spike in COVID-19 casesin New Delhi on Tuesday. PRESIDENT APPOINTS JUSTICE NV RAMANA AS NEXT CJI NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday signed off on the appointment of Justice N.V. Ramana as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). Justice Ramana will be the 48th CJI. He was appointed to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014. Justice Ramana will take over as the CJI on April 24 after the retirement of incumbent S.A. Bobde on April 23. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, Judge of the Supreme Court, to be Chief Justice of India with effect from April 24. VACCINATION CAN'T BE OPENED FOR ALL AT PRESENT: HEALTH MINISTRY NEW DELHI: Amid the continued surge in Covid19 cases in India again in the past few weeks, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said the vaccination is being carried out on the basis of priority. Union Health Secretary on Tuesday stated that vaccinations cannot be opened for everybody at this moment. PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,27,09,047 TOTAL DEATH: 1,65,698 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 132,579,650 TOTAL DEATH: 2,876,512 COVID-19 pandemic spreading faster in second wave: Govt NEW DELHI: COVID-19 is spreading at a faster rate than the previous wave in India, the central government on Tuesday amid the rising number of coronavirus infections. India reported over 96,000 new COVID-19 cases and 440 related deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the union health ministry update on Tuesday morning. Addressing the weekly press conference on the condition of pandemic in the country, Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog said that the coronavirus situation in some states is worse than in others. "The pandemic is spreading faster as compared to the previous wave. In some states, it is worse than others but the upswing is happening all across the nation," said Dr Paul. He added that if coronavirus cases will rise, there would be losses, but, if it is looked at from the perspective of the population of the country, the pandemic is still in control. "So, we have to keep this report card intact and we can control it," he said. MORE ON PG 5 DELHI IMPOSES NIGHT CURFEW AMID COVID RESURGENCE NEW DELHI: Amid exponential increase in coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Delhi government on Tuesday ordered the imposition of night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with immediate effect till April 30. "Situation in Covid-19 in NCT of Delhi has been reviewed and it has been observed that there has been a sudden increase in Covid19 cases in recent past along with high positivity rate and therefore, it was felt that night curfew needs to be imposed in the territory of NCT of Delhi from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., except or essential services/ activities as an emergency measure for well being and safety of people," an order issued by the DDMA read. RANCHI: The State government on Tuesday increased curbs by ordering online classes in schools, prohibiting religious processions and making the wearing of masks mandatory for entry at public places. The decisions were taken in a meeting of the state disaster management authority chaired by Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren. The order stated that all indoor and outdoor congregations are prohibited in the state with the exception of marriage functions with the upper limit of 200 and the last rites with the upper limit of 50. All processions including religious procession are prohibited. Not more than five persons should congregate at any public places. It stated that all schools shall be closed and education shall be conducted either online or by digital content. The offline classes of 10th and 12th are, however, permitted. The order further said all fairs and exhibitions are prohibited. All gymnasium and swimming pools are to be closed. All sports events should be prohibited. All restaurants shall operate at 50 percent of the capacity. The administration said that all shops, restaurants and clubs shall remain closed after 8 PM. No person without a mask shall be allowed entry to public places. The guidelines issued by the elec- tion commission of India would be applicable for the Madhupur by-elections, it said. Speaking about the meeting the CM said, “We also discussed how to handle the Covid situation in the coming days. Instruction has been given to arrange for around 5000 additional beds in hospitals. Those getting positive but having no serious symptoms can stay at home after uploading their details on the government portal. The government would rescue the patient when he or she becomes serious. The hospitals should be used by people in acute need.” He said that the Covid pandemic is increasing and appealed to all people including those going out and coming into the state to observe the safety norms of the government. He said, “All people should wear a mask, observe social distancing, avoid unnecessary gatherings or else the situation would get be scary forcing the government to take tough measures.” On shortage of vaccine in state, he SAUDI TO ALLOW ONLY VACCINATED PILGRIMS TO ENTER MECCA FAITHFULS Devotees offer prayers to the river Ganga during Maha Kumbh at Har Ki Pauri, in Haridwar on Tuesday. ANI BENGAL THIRD PHASE POLLS Amid turmoil, polling ends with 77.68 pc turnout KOLKATA: After a day of turmoil, voting for the third phase of the tightly contested West Bengal assembly elections ended on Tuesday evening with a voter turnout of 77.68 per cent. According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), some instances of violence and brawls were reported in a few areas and some arrests have been made. "One incident happened in Khanakul where a candidate went to different polling stations. There was an altercation between two groups, and four were arrested. In Arambagh, another altercation took place after a candidate reached Arandi and five others were arrested," said it is not time to fight but to get a solution adding the state has faced acute shortage of facilities since the very beginning of the pandemic. The CM said, “It is true that we do not have adequate vaccine to meet our need. We are in touch with the central government for increasing the supply. The health minister has talked to union health minister in this regard today. I would also write a letter to the union government in this regard.” Health minister Banna Gupta said during his interaction with the union health minister he requested one million additional vaccines. He said that those who got Covaxim are to be given the second doze by April 10. These people would miss the second dose if the vaccines do not arrive. We have around 1.75 lakhs vaccine at present.” He said the 5000 dozes of remesidivir and other basic needs are also required in the state to fight the disease. ECI REMOVES 8 RETURNING OFFICERS IN KOLKATA CRPF personnel helping elderly voter during third phase of West Bengal assembly elections, on Tuesday. ANI KOLKATA: Amid reports of clashes during the third phase of polling where 77.68 per cent voting was recorded till 5 p.m. the Election Commission of India removed 8 returning officers from Kolkata assembly constituencies six from North Kolkata and two from South Kolkata. MORE ON PG 4 The Hooghly district and the Goghat constituency recorded the highest turnout of voters with 79.89 per cent and 84.71 per cent respectively. The districts of Howrah and South 24 Parganas registered a turnout of 77.92 per cent and 76.94 per cent respectively. Ahead of the third phase, three EVMs and four VVPATs were found in the residence of TMC leader Gautam Ghosh. Following this, the sector officer, Tapan Kumar Sarkar, was suspended along with two assistant sector officers, Samjit Majumdar and Mithun Chakraborty. The sector police officer was also suspended and 3 home guards were demobilised. MORE ON PG 4,5 RIYADH: Only pilgrims and worshippers who have been vaccinated against the novel coronsvirus or have recovered will be allowed into the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabias Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced. Permits for Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) and to visit the Grand Mosque will be granted to those who have received two Covid19 vaccine jabs; those who have received a first dose BEFORE at least 14 EMBARKING ON days A TRIP, A VISIbefore TOR'S VACCINAtheir visit TION STATUS to Medina WILL HAVE TO and BE REGISTERED Mecca; ON SAUDI and those ARABIA'S COVIDwho have 19 APP, had the 'TAWAKKALNA', virus and WHICH WAS recovered, LAUNCHED. Arab News quoted the Ministry as saying on Monday. Before embarking on a trip, a visitor's vaccination status will have to be registered on Saudi Arabia's Covid-19 app, 'Tawakkalna', which was launched last year to track the Covid-19 situation in the Kingdom. According to the Ministry, the people who wish to visit the two mosques or perform Umrah will have to register via the Tawakkalna app and the Umrah app, 'Eatmarna'. It added that the two apps are the only platforms that issue genuine permits. Nearly 10,000 Grand Mosque workers have already been inoculated as part of the Ramadan operational plan, Arab News reported. Ancestral havelis of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar turned into museums PAKISTAN: PROVINCIAL GOVT ENACTS LAWS TO TAKE POSSESSION OF THE TWO HOUSES ON EMERGENCY BASIS T he Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government of Pakistan has set the legal process rolling to buy the ancestral houses of two Indian film legendary actors and friends Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor, in Peshawar. The KP government has enacted a necessary section of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 of the state, which authourises the government to take possession of both the houses on emergency basis. The amount will soon be released to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Peshawar for payment to the landowners. The price of Dilip Kumar's four marla (101 square metre) house has been fixed at Rs 80.56 lakh (USD 50,517) while that of Raj Kapoor's six marla house (151.75 square metre) at Rs 1.50 crore (USD 94,061) by the Archeological Department of Pakistan. According to the Pakistani newspaper The Daily Jung, for a long time the owners were not willing to sell these houses as the government was not willing to pay the market prices. Their objections - the prime location properties have been severely undervalued. The owner of Dilip Kumar's ancestral house has demanded Rs 25 crore for the property and the owner of the ancestral house in Peshawar of Raj Kapoor demanded Rs 200 crore . The KP government claimed that the owners were demanding exorbitantly higher prices and blackmailing the authorities due to the importance of these premises. Raj Kapoor's ancestral home, known as Kapoor Haveli, is located in the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was built between 1918 and 1922 by the legendary actor's father Prithvi Raj Kapoor. Prithviraj Kapoor, considered a pioneer of Indian film and theatre world and whose family has continued to entertain global audiences through cinema, stayed in this Kapoor haveli. It is there that the actor Prithviraj's son Raj Kapoor, who became India's youngest and most successful actor-director, was born. These buildings , which are in shambles, have been declared a national heritage by the provincial government of KP last year. In the past, the owners of the two buildings have made several attempts to demolish them for constructing commercial malls in view of their prime location. Fortunately, this was stropped as the archaeology department wanted to preserve them, keeping in view their historic importance. The two homes are right near the 2,000-year-old Qissa Khwani Bazaar (or Market of Storytellers). The Bazaar once served as a camping ground for the caravans of travelling merchants. "Sometimes professional storytellers held court here, telling tales for the entertainment of the travellers. This is our cultural heritage and we take pride in preserving it. We are very proud that Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor were from Peshawar," Abdul Samad, director of archaeology and museums in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province had told the Pakistani media last year. Dilip Kumar was born as Yusuf Khan to Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Ayesha Begum in Peshawar's Khudadad area. The house is a five minute walk away from Prithviraj Kapoor's house. According to the actor Dilip Kumar, his family of fruit merchants moved to Bombay seeking medical care under the surgeon Dr. V. L. Parmar.