YK MYK TROUBLES FOR BABA: IMA SERVES DEFAMATION NOTICE ON RAMDEV OPINION RANCHI THURSDAY, 27 MAY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—23 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MAX 22 C CENTRE, STATE DIFFER ON VACCINE WASTAGE MIN 21 C rainfall may occur. SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 WEATHER TODAY DHONI'S BEST MAY COME IN 2ND HALF OF IPL: DEEPAK CHAHAR SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Vaccine wastage was the centre of a political debate between the ruling party and the BJP with the Chief Minister Office (CMO) claiming that contrary to the report vaccine wastage has been very low in the state. Notably, according to a report issued by the union government, Jharkhand tops the country in vaccine waste with a figure of 37.3 percent. It is followed by Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir. The union government has urged the state to keep the wastage below one percent. The CMO office tweeted that the vaccine wastage in the state was mere 4.65 percent, adding the vaccination data could not be uploaded on the CoWIN server due to technical faults. The CMO informed that the state government has provided 48.63 lakhs vaccines to the districts out of which 42.07 lakhs have been used. The total vaccination coverage is 42.12 lakhs. It stated that the government was trying its best to prevent wastage. It added that an awareness programme is being carried out in far away villages on the issue. Meanwhile, talking to a media channel CM Hemant Soren said that vaccine stock A health worker administrator dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to a manin Prayagraj on Wednesday. ANI in the state is to end in a day or two adding the state government has asked the centre for the supply. He said that the state government would have to face criticism of the people if there is no vaccine. He said that everything including the supply of vaccine and oxygen as well as the fund from the Goods and Services tax depends on the centre. He said that had the state government's requests were heeded this situation would have not arrived. Meanwhile, BJP state president Deepak Prakash said that according to a report the vaccine wastage in Jharkhand is the highest in the country. He alleged that OUR PLANET WILL NOT BE THE SAME AFTER COVID: MODI PAGE 7 the working system of the present government has failed. He alleged while the state government is shedding crocodiles tear over vaccine shortage it is also leaving no stone unturned in wasting it. The government is playing with the lives of the people of the state. Prakash said that instead of distributing medicines, oxygen and ventilators the government is providing shrouds. CYCLONE YAAS SUBODH JAISWAL TAKES CHARGE AS NEW CBI CHIEF NEW DELHI: IPS officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal on Wednesday took charge as the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He took charge a day after his name was cleared for the top post of the country's premiere investigative agency. On Tuesday, in an order, the Department of Personnel and Training said: "The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has, based on the panel recommended by the Committee, approved the appointment of Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, IPS, (Maharashtra 1985) as Director, CBI for a period of two years from the date of assumption of the charge of the office or until further orders whichever is earlier." Jaiswal was appointed as CBI Director a day after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed committee including Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury discussed the names of the candidates. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,72,35,389 TOTAL DEATH: 3,12,023 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 168,678,835 TOTAL DEATH: 3,502,484 Life turns haywire in coastal Odisha, NDRF deploys 113 teams in 5 states, UT Farmers shout slogans during a protest against the farm laws marking a Black Day at Singhu Border, in Delhi on Wednesday. PG 5 Pfizer to send vaccines to India with conditions NEW DELHI: US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is likely to supply 50 million COVID-19 vaccines to India in 2021, albeit with a few conditions, sources told ANI on Wednesday. However, the drugmaker has asked for relaxations in some clauses, including indemnification for its shots, sources informed. Meanwhile, Moderna, another pharmaceutical giant in the US, sources said is expecting to start manufacturing its COVID-19 vaccines in India following an analysis with Cipla, a pharmaceutical company based in Mumbai, among other Indian firms. Earlier, both drugmakers had allegedly refused to send vaccines directly to the state governments of Delhi and Punjab, claiming that they will only deal with the Central government. "We have spoken to Pfizer and Moderna for vaccines, and both the companies have refused to sell vaccines directly to us. They have said that they will deal with the Government of India alone," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said on Monday. India is moving towards vaccine sufficiency as inoculations with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V began in the country earlier this month. Sources told ANI that India and Russia are planning to manufacture around 35-40 million doses every month that will start from August or September. Before the transfer of technology in August for local production, Russia will send close to 18 million Sputnik V doses to India - 3 million in May, 5 million in June and 10 million in July, said sources. On May 24, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Panacea Biotec, one of the leading pharmaceutical producers in India, had launched the production of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. Other sites of production of the Sputnik V vaccines are - Hetero Biologics, Virchow Biotech, Gland Pharma, Stelis Biopharma and Shilpa Medicare. India has also been using two vaccines - Covishield by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Covaxin by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. According to the sources, India is expected to produce approximately 20-25 crore vaccines per month. Sources informed that two next-generation vaccines will also be made in India. One is the DNA vaccine by Cadila Zydus and the other is an mRNA vaccine by Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. NEW DELHI: The landfall process of "very severe" cyclonic storm 'Yaas' in Bay of Bengal has completed and it has weakened into "severe cyclonic" storm. 'Yaas' (pronounced 'Yass'), which is crossing between Dhamra and Balasore in Odisha, weakened into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday over north coastal Odisha near latitude 21.45 and longitude 86.8oe, about 15 km west-southwest of Balasore, said the National Weather Forecasting Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). It is likely to move north-northwestwards and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm during the next six hours. The cyclone had commenced the landfall process around 9 a.m. "Cyclone Yaas has completed the process of landfall. Rainfall will continue till tomorrow. Fishermen are advised not to venture till tomorrow morning because the sea conditions are going to be rough," said Umashankar Das, Senior Scientist, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar. As per the IMD's 1.30 p.m. report, the cyclone is currently intensified near the centre and bringing in windspeeds of about 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph. The cyclone moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 13 kmph during past six hours. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 113 teams in five states and a UT as part of its preparation and response to the severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas'-- the highest ever such deployment in the rescue operation. These teams have been deployed in West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Island. Of the total teams, 104 are deployed on the ground while nine self-contained teams are on high alert within the states to tackle the situation as Cyclone 'Yaas' (pronounced as 'Yass') has completed its landfall and weakened from "very severe" cyclonic storm into "severe cyclonic" storm. These NDRF teams are constantly carrying out rescue and restoration work post cyclone in coordination with state administration. AT LEAST 1 CR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY CYCLONE: MAMATA NDRF personnel evacuates a toddler due to cyclone 'Yaas' on Wednesday. ANI Met dept issues alerts for J’khand MI NEWS SERVICE JAMSHEDPUR: Several places across Jharkhand experienced heavy rain due to the impact of severe cyclonic storm Yaas that made landfall on Wednesday morning near Dhamra port and Balasore in neighbouring Odisha. Southern and central Jharkhand comprising East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, SeraikelaKharsawan Simdega, Ranchi, Ramgarh, Dhanbad and Bokaro were mostly affected as apart from gusty wind these districts experienced intermittent rain throughout the day due to the impact of the cyclone. Head of Ranchi Met Centre, Abhishek Anand said the intensity of the wind and rain will increase as the severe cyclonic storm is expected to cross Kolhan region as a cyclonic storm past mid-night. "The severe cyclonic storm over north coastal Odisha which had a wind speed of over 130 Kmph is expected to cross the trijunction of the three Kolhan districts past night at a wind speed of 60 to 70 Kmph gusting to 80 Kmph. Heavy rainfall is also expected in the districts of East Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, West Singhbhum and Simdega in the next 24 hours. Heavy rainfall is also likely at isolated places of Gumla, Khunti, Lohardaga, Ramgarh and Ranchi in the next 24 hours," he said, adding that most places are expected to experience squally wind. According to the Met office head, after Kolhan the storm would move towards Khunti tomorrow and further into northern Jharkhand gradually becoming weak. IMD's Ranchi Met Centre also issued an alert of heavy rain in northern Jharkhand including Palamu, Garhwa and Hazaribagh on Thursday and Friday (May 27 and 28) with a gusty wind blowing at a speed of 50 to 60 Kmph. KOLKATA: Even as 'very severe cyclone' Yaas weakened and moved west-southwest towards Jharkhand with reduced intensity on Wednesday, it left a trail of destruction in Odisha and adjacent West Bengal during the consequent two hours following its landfall in Dhamra, 20 km south of Balasore in Odisha. WB CM Mamata Banerjee said that at least one crore people have been affected by the cyclone in the state, which also damaged nearly three lakh houses. "At least one crore people have been affected and three lakh houses have been damaged in West Bengal due to the rough weather conditions arising out of cyclone Yaas. One person died after he had gone out fishing. It was a case of accident," Banerjee said during a press conference on Wednesday. "Though more than three lakh houses have been damaged, we have been successful in minimising human casualty.” WHATSAPP IN HIGH COURT Identifying first originator of info undermines privacy, free speech NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned instant messenger WhatsApp, in a petition in Delhi High Court, said that enabling identification of the first originator of information on its platform in India puts end-toend encryption and its benefits at risk, as it urged the court to pass direction to declare this requirement ultra vires the IT Act. WhatsApp submitted the requirement will force it to break end-to-end encryption on its messaging service, as well as the privacy principles underlying it, and infringe upon the fundamental rights to privacy and free speech of the hundreds of millions of citizens using it to communicate privately and securely. It has challenged the requirement in the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 ('Intermediary Rules') that intermediaries like it enable "the identification of the first originator of the information" in India on their end-to-end encrypted messaging services (traceability), upon government or court order. "To require intermediaries like the petitioner to enable the identification of the first originator of information in India on their endto-end encrypted messaging services, there must be a clear policy declaration in Section 79 that Parliament intended to impose such a requirement. However, no such declaration exists in Section 79," said the plea challenging the Rule 4 (2) of the IT Rules, 2021. The petition contended the requirement that intermediaries like WhatsApp enable the identification of the first originator of information in India on their platforms puts end-to-end encryption and its benefits at risk. "Petitioner would be forced to build the abili- ty to identify the first originator for every message sent in India on its platform upon request by the government forever. This breaks end-to-end encryption and the privacy principles underlying it, and impermissibly infringes upon users' fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of speech," added the plea. It urged the High Court to pass order to declare that the Rule 4(2) is violative of Articles 14, 19(1)(a), 19(1)(g), and 21 of the Constitution, ultra vires the IT Act, and illegal as to end-to-end encrypted messaging services. Also, criminal liability may not be imposed for noncompliance with Rule 4(2) and any attempt to impose criminal liability for noncompliance with Rule 4(2) is unconstitutional, ultra vires the IT Act, and illegal, added the petition. WhatsApp said there is no way to predict which message will be the subject of a tracing order, therefore it would be forced to build the ability to identify the first originator for every message sent in India on its platform upon request by the government forever. To satisfy the legality requirement, there must be a valid law allowing for the invasion of privacy, it said. "However, there is no statute requiring intermediaries to enable the identification of the first originator of information in India on end-to-end encrypted messaging services upon government or court order. Nor is there any statute that allows the imposition of such a requirement through subordinate legislation like the Intermediary Rules," said the petition. According to IT Rules 2021, 4 (2), a significant social media intermediary providing services primarily in the nature of messaging shall enable the identification of the first originator of the information on its computer resource as may be required by a judicial order passed by a court of competent jurisdiction or an order passed under section 69 by the competent authority as per the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules, 2009.