YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C REPUBLIC TV CFO MOVES SC AGAINST MUMBAI POLICE SUMMON NATION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI SUNDAY, 11 OCTOBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—160 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) INDIA TOTAL CASES: 6,980,120 TOTAL DEATH: 107,471 BUSINESS Morning India Rs. 5 CORONA METER BANK CREDIT OFFTAKE REMAINED POOR IN APR-SEP: RBI REPORT CM extends Edu Min’s support to condition has Stan Swamy improved: CM State reports 697 new cases, 1131 recover WORLD TOTAL CASES: 37,175,477 ANURAG THAKUR TOTAL DEATH: 1,073,673 AT A GLANCE BARC SCIENTIST GOES MISSING FROM MYSURU MYSURU: A 24-yearold scientist working in the Rare Materials Project at the Bhabha Atomic Research Institute near Mysuru has gone missing for the last four days, the police said. Assistant Scientific Officer Gulla Abhisheka Reddy, 24, was a resident of Cauvery Layout (New Janata Colony) at Yelawala in Mysuru. Reddy had moved to Mysuru from Chitturu district in Andhra Pradesh a year ago after he secured a job at BARC, 15 km from Mysuru. The police suspect that since he was allegedly suffering from depression and migraine, he left without informing anyone. SRIKANT DATAR NAMED DEAN OF HBS NEW YORK: The Harvard University has appointed Srikant Datar as the next dean of its business school. Datar will take over from another Indian American, Nitin Nohria. "He is a leading thinker about the future of business education," Harvard University President Larry Bacow said on Friday while announcing the appointment of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), alumni. Datar joins another Indian American leading an institution at the Ivy League university, Rakesh Khurana, the dean of Harvard College. CM Hemant Soren speaking outside Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Superspecialty Hospital in Ranchi on Saturday. RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday came out in support of tribal rights activist Stan Swamy, who was arrested by NIA on Thursday night in the Bhima Koregaon case. "What message does the BJP want to give out by arresting 83-year-old Stan Swamy who raises the voices for the suppressed, poor people and tribals. What kind of obstinacy is this?" Soren tweeted. The National Investigation Agency arrested the Jesuit priest from his residence in Bagaicha Bagan in Ranchi and took him to Mumbai on Friday morning. The NIA has claimed that Father Stan Swamy was in direct contact with the Maoists. The NIA court in Mumbai has since sent Swamy in judicial custody till October 23. The opposition BJP termed the Chief Minister's remarks as "vote-bank politics". "The Chief Minister is doing vote-bank politics. He is trying to pacify the Christian community. The Chief Minister has no faith in the judicial process. He should let the investigating agency do its job and not to create hindrance," BJP state President Deepak Prakash told IANS. Meanwhile, Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi, said in a statement that the community was distressed and troubled by the way and manner in which Stan Swamy was arrested. He said that while the NIA was well within its rights to investigate all accusations against any citizen, he was shocked at the way Swamy was treated despite his age and health condition. RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren after meeting Education Minister Jagarnath Mahato who is critically-ill after testing Covid positive at Medica Hospital said here on Saturday that the latter is facing minor difficulty in breathing but is able to talk to visitors. The CM said that Mahto’s condition was improving gradually after he and health minister Banna Gupta visited the hospital in the afternoon and sought updates on his condition from a team of doctors treating him in the private hospital. Notably, a special team of doctors from Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has been constituted to advise the doctors treating Mahto in Medica. Meanwhile, the CM directed the hospital administration and doctors to closely monitor all the changes in Mahto’s health condition and provide regular updates to the state government. The chief minister said that Mahto was getting the best possible treatment in Ranchi. And any facility that is available in the metro cities will be provided to Mahto here itself as he had been asked not to travel. Earlier, before being admitted to Medica, Mahto was undergoing treatment at RIMS. Later, after his condition deteriorated he was shifted to Medica for better treatment. Dr Vijay Mishra, who has been treating Mahto at Medica, said the oxygen level in his blood has improved marginally, but it was still lower than optimum. Meanwhile, the state on Saturday reported 697 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 91951. Three deaths were also reported, one each from Dhanbad, Dumka, and Ramgarh. Earlier, 768 cases were reported on Friday. Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID19 infected patients has increased to 90.05 percent which is a good sign for us. Meanwhile, 1131 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Indian Air Force's Chinook helicopter carries out sortie from its Leh airbase on Saturday. China has deployed 60K soldiers on India’s northern border: Pompeo WASHINGTON: China has amassed 60,000 troops on India's northern border, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he hit out at Beijing for its "bad behaviour" and the threats it poses to the Quad countries. The foreign ministers from the Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group - the US, Japan, India and Australia - met in Tokyo on Tuesday in what was their first inperson talks since the coronavirus pandemic began. The meeting took place in the backdrop of China's aggressive military behaviour in the Indo-Pacific, South China Sea and along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. "The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border, Pompeo told The Guy Benson Show in an interview on Friday after his return from Tokyo wherein he attended the second Quad ministerial with his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia. "I was with my foreign minister Nadda to kick off Bihar campaign from Gaya’s Gandhi Maidan today NEW DELHI: Putting behind the seat-sharing delays, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to formally kick off its Bihar election campaign tomorrow with party chief JP Nadda scheduled to address a massive public gathering at Gayas historic Gandhi Maidan on Sunday afternoon. Nadda's Bihar tour will start at 10.30 am tomorrow with a visit to the renowned Hanuman Mandir where he will offer prayers. At 11.15 am, the BJP President will visit JP Niwas at Kadamkuan in Patna to garland the statue of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan. However, sources say, before these two official engagements, he will be given Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar pays tribute to the Union Minister and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, at Digha ghat in Patna on Saturday. ANI a rousing welcome by BJP's top leadership present in the state right now along with cadres when he lands at Patna airport at 10 am. After this Nadda will get down to business. He will head to Gaya where he will ANI address a "massive public meeting", says BJP National Media Co-Incharge Dr Sanjay Mayukh. The public meeting will take place at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Gaya at 2 pm. But soon, he will be back at Patna where he will get down to the basics of poll strategy. At 5.30 pm, the BJP chief will address a meeting of party leaders and workers at the Atal Auditorium in the BJP state Office at Patna where he will discuss the election strategy and the party's preparedness for it. All district presidents, MPs from the state, Vidhan Sabha candidates, Vidhan Sabha incharge and convenors, and other senior leaders will be present in the meeting. counterparts from India, Australia, and Japan a format that we call the Quad, four big democracies, four powerful economies, four nations, each of whom has real risk associated with the threats imposed attempting to be imposed by the Chinese Communist Party. And they see it in their home countries too," he said. Pompeo met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Tokyo on Tuesday and they underscored the need to work together to advance, peace, prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific and around the globe. He described his meeting with Jaishankar as "productive." "They see, the people of their (Quad) nations understanding that we all slept on this for too long. For decades, the West allowed the Chinese Communist Party to walk all over us. The previous administration bent a knee, too often allowed China to steal our intellectual properties and the millions of jobs that came along with it. They see that in their country too," he said in the interview. In another interview with Larry O'Connor, Pompeo said in his meetings with his counterparts from Japan, India and Australia, they began to develop a set of understandings and policies that can jointly take these countries to work to present a true resistance to the threats that the Chinese Communist Party poses to each of these nations. "They absolutely need the United States to be their ally and partner in this fight," he said. Agri items’ exports during April-Sept increase 43.4% NEW DELHI: Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the export of essential agri commodities registered an increase of 43.4 per cent for the cumulative period of April-September to Rs 53,626.6 crore as compared to Rs 37,397.3 crore in the corresponding period last year. The achievement is the result of "consistent and concerted" efforts of the Central government to boost agricultural exports, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement on Saturday. Major commodity groups which have recorded a positive export growth during April-September this year are groundnut (35%), refined sugar (104%), wheat (206%), Basmati rice (13%) and nonBasmati rice (105%). Furthermore, the balance of trade during April-September this year has been significantly positive at Rs 9,002 crore as against a trade deficit of Rs 2,133 crore during the same period in 2019. On a month to month basis (MoM), India's exports of essential agricultural commodities during September, 2020 have been Rs 9,296 crore against exports of Rs 5,114 crore during September, 2019, showing an increase of 81.7 per cent. In order to boost agri exports, the government announced the Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 which inter-alia provides for a cluster-based approach for export-centric farming of cash crops like fruits, vegetables and spices whereby clusters for specific agri products are identified across the country and focused interventions are carried out in these clusters. Eight Export Promotion Forums (EPFs) have been set up under the aegis of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) to boost exports of agriculture or horticulture products. MHA’S NEW ADVISORY Mandatory, time-bound action in crimes against women T aking cognisance of recent crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras and other states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories (UTs) directing them for "mandatory" and "time-bound" police action in such cases with compulsory registration of First Information Report (FIR). It has further warned that any failure on the part of the police to adhere to the mandatory requirements in crime against women will be inquired and necessary action will be taken immediately against the concerned officers responsible for the lapses. The advisory says, "It is requested that states and UTs may suitably issue instructions to all concerned to ensure strict compliance with the provisions in the law. However, even with stringent provisions in law and several capacity building measures undertaken, any failure of police to adhere to these mandatory requirements may not augur well for the delivery of criminal justice in the country, especially in context of women safety. Such lapses, if noticed, need to be investigated into and stringent action taken immediately against the concerned officers responsible for the same." The states and the UTs have also been requested to monitor the cases on the Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) to ensure that suitable follow up action is taken on the chargesheet of the guilty in a timely manner as required in the law. Compulsory registration of FIR in case of cognisable offence under subsection (1) of section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC) was advised to the states and the UTs. The law also enables the police to register FIR or a "Zero FIR" (in case the crime is committed outside the jurisdiction of police station) in the event of receipt of information on com- mission of a cognisable offence, which includes cases of sexual assault on women, says the advisory. "Section 166 A(c) of the Indian Penal Code 1860 (IPC) provides for punishment to a public servant for failure to record FIR in relation to cognis- able offences punishable under section 326A, Section 326B, Section 354, Section 354B, Section 370, Section 370A, Section 376, Section 376A, Section 376AB, Section 376B, Section 376C, Section 376D, Section 376DA, Section 376DB, Section 376E or Section 509 in IPC." Besides, the advisory said Section 173 of CrPC provides for completion of police investigation in relation to rape in two months. "In order to facilitate the state police to monitor compliance, in this regard MHA has provided an online portal called Investigation Tracking ITSSO for monitoring the same. This is available exclusively to law enforcement officers. Section 164-A of CrPC provides that in rape or sexual assault investigation the victim shall be examined by a registered medical practitioner under IT HAS FURTHER WARNED THAT ANY FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE POLICE TO ADHERE TO THE MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS IN CRIME AGAINST WOMEN WILL BE INQUIRED AND NECESSARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY AGAINST THE CONCERNED OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LAPSES. consent within 24 hours from the time of receiving the information relating to the commission of such offence," it said. "In order to facilitate the State Police, Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) has issued Sexual Assault Evidence Collection (SAEC) kits to every state and UT. It is necessary to use these SAEC kits in every case of sexual assault reported." The ministry issued the advisory on Friday -- days after a 19year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gangraped by four men in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras leading to her death. As similar crimes were reported in Jharkhand and Rajasthan and other states leading to widespread protests and political outcry, the ministry took the step to issue the fresh advisory. In the advisory, it referred to its May 16, 2019 advisory on a "failure to record information under sub-section (1) of Section 154 of CrPC punishable under 166A of the Indian Penal Code". The MHA took reference of its another advisory dated December 5, 2019 regarding timely and proactive action by the police in cases of crimes against women.