YK MYK AMENDED NCT ACT VIRTUALLY TURNS ELECTED CM POWERLESS OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI SATURDAY, 10 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—333 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) RAFALE ROW: INDIA CHEATED TO TUNE OF RS 21K CR: CONGRESS NATION Morning India HC rebukes Civil Surgeon for slow virus testing WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 21 C Sky will be partly cloudy. MI NEWS SERVICE AT A GLANCE INDIA'S FOREX RESERVES DOWN BY OVER $2.4 BN MUMBAI: India's foreign exchange reserves fell $2.415 billion during the week ended April 2. According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the reserves decreased to $576.869 billion from $579.285 billion reported for the week ended March 26. India's forex reserves comprise foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, special drawing rights (SDRs), and the country's reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). TEN STATES SHOW STEEP RISE IN COVID-19 DAILY CASES NEW DELHI: Ten states -- Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan have shown a steep rise in daily COVID-19 cases accounting for 83.29 per cent of the new infections, the Union Health Ministry said. India's daily cases continue to rise, the ministry underlined. A total of 1,31,968 new cases were registered a day, the highest single-day rise recorded so far in the country. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 56,286. It is followed by Chhattisgarh with 10,652 while Uttar Pradesh reported 8,474 new cases. PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,30,94,471 TOTAL DEATH: 1,67,839 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 134,741,901 TOTAL DEATH: 2,918,668 Several parts of Ranchi received rainfall bringing huge relief to residents, on Friday. EC removes Mamata’s security officer ahead of phase IV polls KOLKATA: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday removed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's security officer Ashok Chakraborty with immediate effect. Chakraborty is currently posted as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in an ex-cadre post in the rank of a Superintendent of Police (SP) in the Directorate of Security, according to police. Earlier today, the ECI issued a notice to Mamata Banerjee asking her to explain her stand by April 10 regarding her statements against Central forces on March 28 and April 7. This is the second notice issued to her by the Election Commission. Banerjee had alleged that the Central forces favoured the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the polling in the first and second phase of West Bengal assembly elections. On Wednesday, EC had issued another notice to Mamata Banerjee over her remarks on April 3, where she appealed to the Muslim voters to not let their vote be split among different political parties contesting in the ongoing assembly elections. The fourth phase of the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee waves during a public meeting at East Bardhaman in Saktigarh on Friday. ANI high-stakes state assembly elections is set to commence tomorrow, with 373 candidates contesting for 44 constituencies in five districts. The first three phases of the eight-phased West Bengal polls have already taken place. The fourth phase of the elections will be held on Saturday. Counting of the votes will take place on May 2. The fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly election, scheduled to take place on April 10, will witness the deployment of a total of 900 companies of security forces, the West Bengal Chief Electoral Office informed on Friday. A total of 44 Assembly constituencies across five districts will go to polls in this phase, including Howrah, Hooghly, South 24 Parganas, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. A total of 373 candidates are in fray to contest the polls on Saturday. 140 coys of central forces are deployed in the nine Assembly seats in Howrah. Hemant Sutradhar EC ISSUES ANOTHER SHOW CAUSE NOTICE TO MAMATA KOLKATA: The Election Commission (EC) has again issued a show cause notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, seeking a written explanation for her "attempt to berate and vilify the central forces by making false, provocative and intemperate statements". This is the second EC notice to the Trinamool Congress supremo in a week. Banerjee was issued another notice earlier on Wednesday in which the EC directed her to submit a written clarification explaining her open demand for votes on communal grounds for her party in the ongoing Assembly elections in the state The new EC notice, issued on Thursday night, has asked the chief minister to submit her written explanation to the commission before 11 a.m. on April 10. RANCHI: The Jharkhand High Court (HC) on Friday expressed strong reservation over the slow speed of testing in Ranchi and stated that the civil surgeon should resign if he has lost interest in work. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice SN Prasad on Friday pointed out that HC employees, who were tested on April 5, have not yet received their report. It stated if such is case with HC employees the state of common man must have been worse. Chairman Jharkhand State Bar Council R Krishna informed that during the hearing the RIMS representative stated that it has received only 15 samples from the district hospital for testing. The bench questioned the Civil Surgeon who replied that in many cases the samples are being sent to a private agency. He said that usually the samples are also kept for three to four days after collection. The HC asked the health officials to be present with all the data on testing on Monday. The HC has also directed that in view of rising Covid cases, the RIMS should purchase a CT Scan machine on emergency basis. It stated that the administration must A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice SN Prasad on Friday pointed out that HC employees, who were tested on April 5, have not yet received their report. It stated if such is case with HC employees the state of common man must have been worse. also increase the number of RT PCR testing machines. It added that the vacancies of technicians and the staff must be filled up. In another development, the HC on Friday adjourned the hearing on RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s bail plea till next Friday following a request by the CBI lawyers. Lalu has filed a petition for bail in the Dumka fodder scam case on the grounds that he has completed half the term of sentence. The CBI lawyer, however, sought three days' time to file a counter affidavit which was opposed by Lalu lawyers. State gets 10.23 L Covishield doses RANCHI: The State government sharing vaccine account informed that the union health ministry today provided 10,23,800 doses of Covishield to the state. With this, the availability of Covishield rose to 10, 68, 392. Covexin availability is 2,14,449. Meanwhile, as many as 17423 doses of vaccine were vaccinated across the state. Out of total vaccination, 14089 first dose and 3334 second doses of vaccine were given. 80 health care workers were given the first dose and 413 health workers were given the second doses. Similarly, 372 front line workers were given first doses and 1071 front line workers were given second doses, 13717 citizens of above 45 year age given the first dose while 1850 were given the second dose. 14880 doses of Covishield and 3543 doses of Covaxine was used. INDIA RECORDS HIGHEST DAILY SPIKE OF OVER 1.31 LAKH COVID-19 CASES NEW DELHI: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,31,968 new COVID19 cases on Friday, pushing its infection tally to 1,30,60,542, while the death toll increased to 1,67,642 with 780 more fatalities in a day, highest since October 18, the Union Health Ministry data showed. Registering a steady increase for the 30th day in a row, the number of active COVID-19 cases increased to 9,79,608, which is 7.5 per cent of the total infections, according to the data updated at 8 am. The recovery rate in the country has further dropped to 91.22 per cent, it added. The active COVID-19 caseload in the country was recorded at its lowest of 1,35,926 on February 12, comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,19,13,292, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.28 per cent, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. PG 5 JHARKHAND: 17 LOSE BATTLE TO COVID RANCHI: Altogether 1925 new cases of the corona were reported in Jharkhand on Friday along with 17 deaths. In Ranchi, 754 new cases of covid-19 were found while 8 died of Covid-19. As many as 250 recovered from Covid-19. Payment of extortion money does not Tweet helps DCW amount to terror funding: Apex court rescue J’khand girl NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to a businessman who was accused of paying money to the operatives of Maoist terror group Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) for smooth running his coal transport business in Jharkhand. A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat said: "A close scrutiny of the material placed before the court would clearly shows that the main accusation against the appellant is that he paid levy/extor- tion amount to the terrorist organisation. Payment of extortion money does not amount to terror funding." Allowing bail to businessman Sudesh Kedia, the bench observed that giving protection money cannot be equated with raising funds for promoting the banned organisation. Kedia was engaged in business of transporting coal on behalf of GVK Power and Godavari Commodities. The top court said it is clear from the supplementary charge sheet and the other material on record that other accused who are members of the terrorist organisation have been systematically collecting extortion amounts from businessmen in Amrapali and Magadh areas. It was alleged that Kedia paid money to the TPC for smooth running of his business. "Prima facie, it cannot be said that the appellant conspired with the other members of the TPC and raised funds to promote the organisation," the bench noted. It was also alleged that Kedia was meeting members of the terror organisation and he was in constant touch with them. However, Kedia, in a statement before the magistrate, said he was summoned by members of the organisation in connection with the payments. The court said: "Prima facie, we are not satisfied that a case of conspiracy has been made out at this stage only on the ground that the appellant met the members of the organisation" as it set aside the Jharkhand HC order of February 14, 2020. NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has rescued a 16-yearold girl from Channa Market in New Delhi's Karol Bagh area. The girl hails from Gumla district in Palkot block of Jharkhand. The DCW took cognizance of a tweet and rescued her from a house in Channa Market on Thursday. This tweet was traced to a Twitter account in Jharkhand, tagging the Jharkhand and the Delhi Police. The girl said: "She was sent to Delhi from her village on the pretext of getting work there". A fake Aadhaar card was made for her and she was tutored that if anyone asked her age, she should say it was 18 years." The victim had been working at a house in Karol Bagh for the last four months and earlier she worked in another house for four months. The girl said that she wanted to return to her native place. After rescuing the girl, the DCW team placed her in a shelter home following her appearance before the Child Welfare Committee. The DCW has also taken cognisance of how a fake Aadhaar card was made for the girl. Swati Maliwal, DCW Chairperson, said, "Children from Jharkhand, Odisha and other states are brought to Delhi on a large scale by several job recruitment agencies. Girls from different states are brought to Delhi by luring them with good salaries and are kept in bad conditions without remuneration or meagre salaries and made to work in households." PG 2 QUEEN ELIZABETH II'S CONSORT, PRINCE PHILIP PASSES AWAY LONDON: Prince Philip, the "beloved" consort and a crucial supporter and confidante of UK's Queen Elizabeth II, who did much to modernise the monarchy but was panned over his "insensitive" remarks in various countries while on state visits, passed away on Friday, the Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," the statement said, the BBC reported. Prince Philip died weeks after he returned home to Windsor Castle, where the Royal couple was staying amid the Covid pandemic, on March 16 from a month-long stay in hospitals in London - first admitted to King Edward VII's hospital on February 16, and then he was operated for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew's. The exact reason for his initial admission to hospital was not disclosed, but Buckingham Palace said at the time it was not related to coronavirus. As the news spread, mourners gathered at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and left floral tributes at the gates. All UK parties announced suspension of their election campaigns as a mark of respect. The Parliament has been called into session on April 12 to pay tributes to Prince Philip. Top leaders from around the UK, the Commonwealth and acrossed the world, as well as royalty from around Europe mourned his passing. Emerging out of 10 Downing Street to address the waiting media, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Prince Philip had "earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world". "Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life," he said. Extending his condolences to the Royal family, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "Today, we mourn the loss of an extraordinary man, who devoted his life to public service and helping others." Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he "embodied a generation that we will never see again", while former PM Julia Gillard recalled "fond memories" of spending time with him during a Royal visit to Australia, and termed him a "man of duty", who had "a sense of fun". "My thoughts are with the British people and the Royal Family on the passing away of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. Hailing from the Greek and Danish families, Prince Philip was also the nephew of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, under whom the country became Independent. Living in Britain and joining the Royal Navy in 1939 and seeing action in World War II, he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became the Queen. After her accession to the throne, he had to give up his naval career to help her.