YK MYK WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE INDIA'S 'VACCINE KING' MIND OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 5 MAY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—2 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 21 C TELECOM SERVICE PROVIDERS TO START 5G TRIALS ACROSS INDIA NATION Morning India CM holds meet to handle Covid-19 crisis SANJAY SAHAY Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE BIHAR IMPOSES LOCKDOWN TILL MAY 15 AMID COVID CRISIS PATNA: Lockdown was imposed in Bihar till May 15 amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced on Tuesday. Detailed guidelines regarding the lockdown will be decided by the Crisis Management Group, he said. The decision was taken on Monday after discussions with ministers and government officials, he added. ‘JEE (MAIN) MAY 2021 SESSION POSTPONED’ NEW DELHI: In wake of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said the Joint Entrance Examination (Main)-2021 scheduled for May 2021 has been postponed. Looking at the present situation of COVID-19 and keeping students' safety in mind, JEE (Main) - May 2021 session has been postponed. Students are advised to keep visiting the official website of NTA for further updates. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,04,00,852 TOTAL DEATH: 2,23,284 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 154,421,174 TOTAL DEATH: 3,230,386 RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday said that it was a challenging time for the government, adding there is a need for new policies with far-reaching impact to face the situation. The CM was reviewing the government schemes with a view to determine the blueprint of the work plan and the priorities. He said that even as the Covid pandemic is spreading fast it is necessary to not only bring relief to the affected persons but also speed up the government working system. The CM pointed out that Covid has not only emerged as a disease but has given economic and emotional blows to the people, adding many people have lost their lives. The CM instructed the officials to make a profile of the infected persons in the rural areas, adding the disease is also spreading rapidly in the villages. He said that officials should also prepare a list of persons losing life due to the disease, adding the Covid test of concerned relatives should also be done. The CM stated that the THE CM INSTRUCTED THE OFFICIALS TO MAKE A PROFILE OF THE INFECTED PERSONS IN THE RURAL AREAS, ADDING THE DISEASE IS ALSO SPREADING RAPIDLY IN THE VILLAGES. HE SAID THAT OFFICIALS SHOULD ALSO PREPARE A LIST OF PERSONS LOSING LIFE DUE TO THE DISEASE, ADDING THE COVID TEST OF CONCERNED RELATIVES SHOULD ALSO BE DONE. government was planning to make a Covid cell to handle the problem. He added that the government was keeping a close watch over the situation and making amendments in its policies according to needs. He also asked the officials to forward suggestions for tackling the disease. He said that departmental heads should take suo moto cognizance of complaints and initiate necessary action. The CM said that steps must be taken for setting up FOODGRAINS FOR 80 CR BENEFICIARIES 28 States/UTs start lifting stock from FCI NEW DELHI: Twenty eight under NFSA do not suffer on States/UTs have started lift- account of the non-availabiling foodgrains from the ity of foodgrains during this Food Corporation of India time of crisis. depots for distribution under The Food Corporation of PMGKAY-III and 5.88 LMT India has already positioned foodgrains supplied for fur- sufficient foodgrains in all ther distribution to more States/UTs for successful than 80 crore beneficiaries implementation of the under the NFSA scheme and scheme. started supplyTHE STATES/UTS The governing foodgrains HAVE ALSO BEEN ment has alloto States/UTs. ADVISED TO cated Rs 26,000 Till May 3, ENCOURAGE crore, free food28 States/UTs MIGRANT NFSA grains to have started BENEFICIARIES TO States/UTs for lifting stocks USE THE FACILITY distribution to from FCI OF PORTABILITY beneficiaries d e p o t s . UNDER THE ONE under the Lakshadweep NATION ONE Pradhan Mantri has completely RATION CARD Garib Kalyan lifted the MayPLAN. Anna Yojana June allocation (PMGKAY-III) w h e r e a s The PMGKAY is to ame- Andhra Pradesh and liorate the hardships faced Telangana have lifted 100 by the poor and needy due to percent of the May allocavarious disruptions caused tion. by the resurgence of COVIDThe rest of the States/UTs 19 in the country. The (Punjab, Chandigarh, Goa, Department of Food & MP, Manipur, Nagaland, Public Distribution has Odisha & Puducherry) have started implementation of also been sensitized to the scheme for a period of 2 immediately start lifting the months i.e. May and June foodgrains and it is likely to 2021, so that the poor and be accelerated in the coming vulnerable beneficiaries days. quarantine centres in rural areas to check the spread of the disease. He instructed the officials to ensure food for the people living in such centres. The CM said that the medical relief scheme should be reviewed so that the Covid affected persons could also take benefit from it. The family of a person succumbing to the disease could be linked to the family benefit schemes, pension and housing. The CM said that the benefits of government schemes should reach the targeted INDIA, UK AGREE ROADMAP TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE NEW DELHI: India and the UK on Tuesday agreed on urgent action to tackle climate change through new, shared commitments during leader-level call. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson signed off on a new shared roadmap during their virtual meeting that includes measures to help limit global temperature rises and support the communities most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. They also reaffirmed their personal commitment to work together for an ambitious outcome at the COP26 climate summit in November and sustained action beyond. Responding to the meeting, COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: "The UK and India share a longstanding partnership and I am greatly encouraged by the steps we have taken today to bolster our joint efforts on tackling climate change. IPL 2021 postponed, BCCI to arrange for safe, secure passage for all participants OPEN TO PLAYING GAMES IN SEPT AS PREPARATION GROUND FOR T20 WC MUMBAI: The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday, in an emergency meeting unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect. The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind. "These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times," the BCCI said in an official statement. The BCCI also said that it will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021. With the second wave of COVID-19 rampant in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had no option but to postpone the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday. But the board is keen to tap the September window before the T20 World Cup to finish the league. Speaking to ANI, a senior BCCI official in the know of developments said that if the COVID-19 situation is under control in September, the 14th edition of the league can be completed. "Why not? If the foreign players are available and the COVID-19 situation is in control, we can definitely look at that window before the T20 WC. It can in fact act as a good preparation ground for the showpiece event," the official said. The T20 World Cup is set to be played in India in October and November. group. He also issued instruction for the release of the fund for the welfare of physically challenged persons. It is important that villagers get the benefits of government schemes, he stated. Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh said that the focus should be on preparing and implementing the government schemes. He said that allotment for approved schemes should be done by May 15. Various departments informed the CM about their preparation under the present situation. The school education department informed about the alternative method for online classes, distribution of scholarship and mid-day meals. The rural development department was asked to start five to six schemes in every panchayat. Instruction was issued for making job cards for the migrant workers. The labour department demanded framing of policy to provide compensation in case of death of migrant workers. The CM said that the agriculture department should make available fertilizers and seeds to farmers on time. NO RECOUNTING OF VOTES, APPROACH HC: EC TELLS TMC NEW DELHI: Following Trinamool Congress' demand for recounting of votes in the Nandigram Assembly constituency in West Bengal where Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee suffered a close defeat against her one-time aide Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP, the Election Commission on Tuesday clarified that the "only legal remedy is to file an EP (Execution Petition) before the High Court". After the declaration of Assembly election results on Sunday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had approached state Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab demanding recounting of votes in Nandigram, following the Returning Officer's decision to not allow the same. The EC on Tuesday made it clear that the Returning Officer (RO) of an Assembly constituency performs statutory functions under. PM speaks to Bengal Guv over post poll violence NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his anguish and concern over West Bengal post poll violence in a telephonic conversation with state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, asking him to restore law and order. In a tweet, Dhankhar informed that the Prime Minister called him to take stock of alarmingly worrisome law and order situation in the state where reports of arson and violence came from parts of the state on Sunday evening even as trends and results of the Assembly election were pouring in. "PM called and expressed his serious anguish and concern at alarmingly worrisome law and order situation @MamataOfficial. I share grave concerns @PMOIndia given that violence vandalism, arson, loot and killings continue unabated. Concerned must act in overdrive to restore order," West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted. MAMATA SHOULD TAKE STEPS: CONG After reports of violence erupting in different parts of West Bengal following the declaration of Assembly election results on May 2 in which the ruling Trinamool Congress cruised to a landslide victory, the Congress said on Tuesday that Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee should take steps to stop the bloodshed. Congress' West Bengal in-charge Jitin Prasada said, "The postpoll violence that has been unleashed by the Trinamool on the Congress workers is unacceptable.