YK MYK ONLY VACCINATION OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION CAN BEAT THE VIRUS OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 2 JUNE, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—29 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 24 C Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE LOCKDOWN EXTENDED BY JUNE 10 IN J’KHAND RANCHI: The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) on Tuesday decided to further extend the ‘health safety week’ by a week i.e. by June 10. In a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, the SDMA decided that the shops would be opened from 6 AM to 2 AM. While all types of shops could open in other districts, more restrictions would remain in nine districts. Among them are Ranchi, Bokaro, Dhanbad, East Singhbhum, Deoghar, Hazaribagh, Garhwa, Ramgarh, Gumla. In these districts, cloth, jewellery and shoe shops would remain closed. There would be no need for e-pass for travelling within the district. The malls and the multibrand shops would also remain closed. There is no relaxation in norms related to marriages. 4-TIME SLAM CHAMP OSAKA OUT OF FRENCH OPEN, CITES ANXIETY SPORTS CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,82,12,727 TOTAL DEATH: 3,32,644 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 171,579,703 TOTAL DEATH: 3,567,425 RESHUFFLE IN INDIAN MILITARY'S TOP HIERARCHY NATION Morning India PM MODI: STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO APPEAR FOR EXAMS IN SUCH A STRESSFUL SITUATION CBSE CLASS XII BOARD EXAMS CANCELLED NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday decided that class XII board exams of CBSE would not be held this year in view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID-19 and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders. The government said that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a timebound manner. It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive. The decisions were taken at a review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the class XII board exams of CBSE. The Prime Minister said that the decision on class XII CBSE exams has been taken in the interest of students. Officials at the meeting gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including state governments. The Prime Minister said COVID-19 has affected the academic calendar and the issue of board exams has been causing immense anxi- ety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end. Acoording to a PMO release, the Prime Minister said that the COVID-19 situation is a dynamic situation across the country. not be the reason to put the youth at risk. The Prime Minister said that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students, and directed officials to ensure that the results are prepared in accordance with well-defined criteria, in a fair and time-bound manner. "In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided that Class XII Board Exams would not be held this year. It was also decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time- People shop at a market as all non-essential shops get allowed to remain open between 7 am to 2 pm, at Dadar, in Mumbai on Tuesday. ANI Covid slows India’s May manufacturing growth: PMI data NEW DELHI: India's manufacturing sector activity witnessed a significant loss of growth momentum in May due to the intensification of the COVID-19 crisis and its detrimental impact on demand, a monthly survey said on Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), fell to 50.8 in May, down from 55.5 in April, as companies observed the slowest rises in new work and output in ten months amid intensification of the COVID-19 crisis. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion while a score below 50 denotes contraction. "The Indian manufacturing sector is showing increasing signs of strain as the COVID-19 crisis intensifies. Key gauges of current sales, production and input buying weakened noticeably in May and pointed to the slowest rates of increase in ten months. In fact, all indices were down from April," said Pollyanna De Lima, Economics Associate Director at IHS Markit. Lima, however, noted that the detrimental impacts of the pandemic and associated restrictions seen in the manufacturing MOODY’S PEGS INDIA GDP GROWTH AT 9.3 PC IN FY22 NEW DELHI: Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday pegged India's GDP growth at 9.3 per cent in the current fiscal ending March 2022 and 7.9 per cent in FY23. The reimposition of lockdown measures along with behavioural changes on fear of contagion will curb economic activity, but we do not expect the impact to be as severe as during the first wave. sector are considerably less severe than during the first lockdown when unprecedented contractions had been recorded. "Growth projections were revised lower, as firms became more worried about the escalation of the pandemic and local restrictions. INDIAN RAILWAYS LOADS HIGHEST-EVER FREIGHT IN MAY PAGE 9 A BENCH COMPRISING JUSTICES L. NAGESWARA RAO AND ANIRUDDHA BOSE ASKED THE CENTRE'S COUNSEL TO FILE AN AFFIDAVIT REGARDING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PACKAGE MADE UNDER PM CARES FUND. A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose asked the Centre's counsel to file an affidavit regarding the announcement of package made under PM Cares Fund. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati submitted that the details of the scheme, including identification of beneficiaries would be filed before the court. According to the scheme, all children who lost both parents or a surviving parent, legal guardian or adoptive parents due to Covid-19 disease will be supported by a corpus of Rs 10 lakh from the PM Cares Fund. This corpus will be used for providing a monthly stipend for five years when the children are bound manner," the release said "It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive," it added. Referring to the wide consultative process, the Prime Minister expressed appreciation that a student-friendly decision has been reached after consulting all stakeholders from across the length and breadth of India. He also thanked the states for providing feedback on this issue. The Prime Minister had WHO renames coronavirus B.1.617.2 strain as ‘Delta variant’ A man rides a bike during heavy rainfall, in Patna on Tuesday. ANI CM seeks free vaccines from Centre for 18-plus SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure free vaccines for the age group of 18 to 44 years saying the state government is finding it difficult to mobilize the resources for the exercise. The views were expressed in a letter to the PM. The CM stated that the financial burden of the state for vaccination of the 18 to 44 age group is likely to be more than Rs 1100 crore, considering the 1.57 crore beneficiaries. With vaccine being available for the age group of 12 to 18 later on, the financial burden will be additional Rs 1000 crore he said adding it will be extremely difficult to spare so much resources from the resource pool of the state, which is already stressed under the Covid times. Soren said, “It is requested to provide the state free vaccine for beneficiaries of all age groups and also give us the freedom to define priorities for vaccination coverage This would help us in achieving the target of full vaccination in a timely manner which would go a long way in ensuring effective tackling of the anticipated 3rd wave.” The CM opined that the foremost impediment in ensuring fast and complete vaccination is the abysmally low supply of vaccine vis a vis, the requirement of the state. He stated that as mandated by the central government, the state of Jharkhand is putting all its efforts to procure the Covid-19 vaccine directly from the available manufacturers for the age group of 18 to 44 years. He added the supplies against the order placed, however, continue to remain extremely limit- SC seeks details of PM Cares Fund scheme to help kids orphaned by Covid NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to provide details of the scheme recently announced under PM Cares Fund to help children who were orphaned due to Covid and how the scheme will be implemented. Amicus curiae, advocate Gaurav Agrawal submitted before the top court that the government announced a scheme on May 29 to benefit children orphaned due to the pandemic. He added that they don't know yet how many children are beneficiaries of this scheme, though it said children who have lost parents, adoptive parent, etc would be its beneficiaries. While the numbers are coming down in the country and some states are managing the situation through effective micro-containment, some states have still opted for a lockdown. Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation. The Prime Minister said that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation. He stressed that the health and safety of students "are of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect" and added that in today's time, such exams can- 18 years of age. The top court was hearing an application filed in a suo motu matter on prevention of Covid-19 in child care institutions across the country. According to an affidavit filed by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the pandemic orphaned over 1,700 children, led to 140 children being abandoned while more than7,400 children lost one of their parents. The NCPCR counsel had informed the court that a web portal "Bal Swaraj" was launched, through which each district can upload information about children during the pandemic. The top court, last week, had directed to all states to upload data beginning March 2020 by May 29 and allowed the NCPCR to file its response in the matter. Acting on Agrawal's suggestion, the top court told Telanagana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Jharkhand to appoint a nodal officer who would interact with the advocate regarding necessary information of orphans. The top court noted that at present there 9,000 such children who've lost both or one parent. MORE ON PG 5 ed and it ultimately depends on the allocation made by the central government. On account of scare supplies, the overall pace of vaccination is not as desired and defeats the very purpose of vaccination, he said. The CM pointed out that the state of Jharkhand like other states has always received vaccine free of cost from the central government for all other programmes like pulse polio and routine immunisation. This is probably the first instance in the history of independent India that the states have been mandated to procure vaccines on their own, he said, adding such a mandate in the ongoing challenging and unprecedented situation where the entire nation is struggling for over a year, stands against the principle of co-operative federalism. The CM said, “ It is pertinent to note that the rates specified by the central government for procurement of vaccines by the states for the age group of 18 to 44 are significantly higher than the rates at which vaccines are being procured by the central government for the beneficiaries.” GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday renamed the B.1.617.2 variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, as the 'Delta variant'. In a statement, the WHO said that it convened an expert group that recommended using easy-to-pronounce and non-stigmatising labels for Variants of Interest (VOIs) and Variants of Concern (VOC). The group recommended using letters of the Greek Alphabet - Alpha, Beta, Gamma, which will be easier and more practical to discussed by non-scientific audiences. Apart from the B.1.617.2 variant, the B.1.1.7 strain first identified in the United Kingdom has been identified as 'Alpha variant'. The VOCs that were identified in IN A STATEMENT, South Africa and THE WHO SAID Brazil have been THAT IT named 'Beta' CONVENED AN and 'Gamma' EXPERT GROUP respectively. THAT RECOMAs for VOIs MENDED USING identified in the EASY-TO-PROUnited States, NOUNCE AND Brazil, NON-STIGMATISPhilippines and ING LABELS FOR other countries, VARIANTS OF the WHO has INTEREST (VOIS) used nomenclaAND VARIANTS OF ture like CONCERN (VOC). 'Epsilon', 'Zeta', 'Iota', 'Theta' and more. The B.1.617.1 strain, also first identified in India, has been named as 'Kappa variant'. The B.1.617.2 variant of COVID-19 is believed to have led to a devastating second wave of the pandemic in India, crippling healthcare infrastructure in the country and resulting in thousands of deaths every day. On May 15, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said that the B.1.617.2 variant of COVID-19, first identified in India, is likely to take over and dominate in the UK. The WHO earlier this month informed that the B.1.617 variant of COVID19, first found in India in October last year, had been detected in sequences uploaded "from more than 40 countries in all six WHO regions". MANY AMERICANS WANT TO RELOCATE FACILITIES FROM CHINA TO INDIA PAGE 6 Marriage not a contract, but a sacramental one: HC CHENNAI: A husband and wife must realise 'ego' and 'intolerance' are like footwear and should be left out of their house, when they enter. Else, their children will have to face a miserable life, the Madras High Court has warned young couples. Justice S Vaidyanathan also reminded youngsters that marriage is not a contract, but a sacramental one. The judge, however, regretted the word 'sacrament' has no meaning after the coming into effect of the Domestic Violence Act in 2005, which approved livein-relationship. Unfortunately, there was no provision like the Domestic Violence Act to proceed against the wife by the husband for lodging a false complaint, the judge noted. The judge made the observations while allowing a petition from Dr P Sasikumar, challenging an order dated February 18, 2020 of the Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, removing him from service and to reinstate him with all attendant benefits. According to Sasikumar, he was removed from service on the ground that he was involved in a domestic issue on the basis of the complaint lodged by his erstwhile wife. The ex-wife had initiated divorce proceedings against the petitioner under the Domestic Violence Act before the Judicial Magistrate-cum-Additional Mahila Court in Salem. The petitioner had also filed a similar petition before the First Additional Sub Judge, Salem. The divorce petition filed by the petitioner on the ground of alleged cruelty and voluntary desertion by the wife was accepted by the Family Court and it had become final.