YK MYK GOVT MAY OPEN CHARDHAM YATRA IN PHASED MANNER INDIAN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TEAM REACH UK CAPITAL OPINION SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI FRIDAY, 4 JUNE, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—31 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) Mega vaccination drive to begin today in state RAJ KUMAR Markets witness huge footfalls as the state government eased curbed in Ranchi on Thursday. WEATHER TODAY RANCHI: The government has planned to expedite the work of vaccination by launching a mega campaign from tomorrow. Under the mega campaign on each day of the last three days of the week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1.5 lakh people will be vaccinated in June. It means 4.5 lakh people will be vaccinated on the last three days of the week. Additional chief secretary of the state, Arun Kumar Singh, gave direction to this effect to all deputy commissioners of the state and each district has been given a target. Accordingly, districts have UNDER THE MEGA CAMPAIGN ON EACH DAY OF THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THE WEEK, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 1.5 LAKH PEOPLE WILL BE VACCINATED IN JUNE. IT MEANS 4.5 LAKH PEOPLE WILL BE VACCINATED ON THE LAST THREE DAYS OF THE WEEK. to fix the target for block and block has to fix the target for panchayat. Due to less availability of vaccine priority will be given to beneficiaries of 45 and above. In order to make the mega campaign successful help of people’s representatives and religious leaders will be taken. They will motivate people to reach the vaccination centre by creating awareness among them. At present 10.93 lakh doses of vaccines are available in the state. Out of the total available vaccine dose, 10,70950 doses are for 45 plus while 55,530 doses are available for 18 plus. The Union government has promised 10 lakh more doses for 45 plus and 5 lakh more doses for 18 plus. On getting direction, Deputy Commissioner of Ranchi Chhavi Ranjan held CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,85,59,914 TOTAL DEATH: 3,40,082 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 172,558,992 TOTAL DEATH: 3,709,083 a virtual meeting with officials and directed them to establish 5 additional vaccination centres in each block of the district. FALSE INFO ABOUT CORONIL KIT MAX 32 C MIN 24 C Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE MUKESH AMBANI DRAWS NIL SALARY NEW DELHI: Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani drew no salary from his flagship firm Reliance Industries Ltd in the fiscal year ended March 31 as he voluntarily gave up remuneration in light of the pandemic hitting the business and the economy. In its latest annual report, Reliance said Ambani's remuneration for financial year 2020-21 was "nil." In the previous fiscal year, he drew a Rs 15 crore salary from the company - the same as in the previous 11 years. Ambani has kept salary, perquisites, allowances and commission together at Rs 15 crore since 2008-09. WON’T BE EASY TO SECURE PODIUM FINISH AT OLYMPICS: SINDHU SPORTS HC issues summons to Ramdev NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Thursday issued summons to yoga guru Ramdev on a suit by Delhi Medical Association (DMA) seeking to restrain him from disseminating false information about Patanjali's Coronil kit that it is a cure for COVID-19. The high court orally asked the counsel for Ramdev to tell him not to make any provocative statement till the next date of hearing on July 13 and respond to the suit. DMA, on behalf of its doctor members, said Ramdev's statement affects as that medicine does not cure coronavirus and it is misleading. Meanwhile, India on Thursday again witnessed a slight increase in Covid numbers with 1,34,154 new infections reported in 24 hours and 2,887 more people succumbed to the pandemic, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said. On June 1, India reported 1,27,510 cases lowest since April 8. On April 8, India had recorded 1,31,968 cases while on April 7, the country witnessed 1,26,789 fresh cases. 624 DOCTORS DIED IN 2ND COVID WAVE, HIGHEST IN DELHI NEW DELHI: At least 624 doctors died in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic across the country, with the national capital losing the most. According to the latest report of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), so far 109 doctors have lost their lives in Delhi alone in the second wave. The IMA's latest data revealed that a total of 1,362 doctors have died so far since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. In the first wave as many as 748 doctors lost their lives. Delhi is followed by Bihar where most doctors' deaths have been recorded. A total of 96 doctors have lost their lives in Bihar. Expert group to fix minimum wages, national floor wages NEW DELHI: The Centre has constituted an expert group to provide technical inputs and recommendations on fixation of minimum wages and national floor minimum wages, Ministry of Labour and Employment said on Thursday. The group has been constituted for a period of three years from the date of notification. Director, Institute of Economic Growth, Professor Ajit Mishra, chairs the expert group. The expert group will give recommendations to the government on minimum wages and national floor wage. To arrive at the wage rates, a Ministry of Labour and Employment statement said, the group will look into the international best practices on the wages and evolve a scientific criteria and methodology for fixation of wages. Professor Tarika Chakraborty, IIM Calcutta; Anushree Sinha, Senior Fellow, NCAER; Vibha Bhalla, Joint Secretary; and H. Srinivas, Director General, VVGNLI are the members of the expert group. Senior Labour and Employment Advisor in Ministry of Labour and Employment, D.P.S. Negi, is the Member Secretary of the group. PRIVATISATION LIST SUBMITTED, BANK OF MAHA, CENTRAL BANK TOP CANDIDATES NEW DELHI: NITI Aayog has submitted the names of two public sector banks (PSBs) and one public sector general insurer, which can be sold off under the government's new privatisation policy, to the Core Group of Secretaries on Disinvestment. Sources said that the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), and the Department of Financial Services (DFS) will examine the names suggested by NITI Aayog and finalise the list of possible candidates in the financial sector for privatisation this year. People in the know also said that Bank of Maharashtra and Central Bank are the top two candidates that has been favoured for privatisation. HC SEEKS REPLY FROM CENTRE ON IMPORT OF O2 CYLINDERS MONSOON ARRIVES Dark clouds covering the sky loom over Kochi on Thursday. PAGE 3 ANI Bihar at bottom of NITI Aayog’s SDG rankings GOVT THINK-TANK GIVES 56/100 POINTS TO JHARKHAND NEW DELHI: In the third edition of the Niti Aayog's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2020-21 released on Thursday, Kerala has retained the top rank with a score of 75 while Bihar has been adjudged as the worst performer with a score of 52. NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Dr Rajiv Kumar today launched the report titled, SDG India Index and Dashboard 2020-21: Partnerships in the Decade of Action. As per the Niti Aayog, Kerala retained its rank as the top state with a score of 75. Both Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu took the second spot with a score of 74 THE SDG GIVES 0 TO 100 POINTS BASED ON THESE PARAMETERS AND BIHAR HAS ACHIEVED 52 POINTS. EVEN JHARKHAND HAS 56 POINTS WHILE ASSAM HAS 57 POINTS WHILE ARUNACHAL PRADESH, MEGHALAYA, UTTAR PRADESH, AND RAJASTHAN HAVE 60 POINTS EACH. A female farmer sorts out good cabbages that are ruined due to heavy rain, in Patna on Wednesday. while Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam were the worst-performing states in this year's India index with scores of 52, 56 and 57 respectively. Chandigarh too maintained its top spot among the UTs with a score of 79. Mizoram, Haryana, and Uttarakhand are the top gainers in 2020-21 in terms of improvement in score from 2019, with an increase of 12, 10 and 8 points, respectively. "The country's overall SDG score improved by 6 points--from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2020-21. This positive stride towards achieving the targets is largely driven by exemplary country-wide performance in Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), where the composite Goal scores are 83 and 92, respectively," said Niti Aayog. First launched in December 2018, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition among the states and union territories by ranking them on the global goals. SC for protecting scribes against sedition unless reports incite violence NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday said every journalist should be granted protection against prosecution under penal provisions of sedition, barring when his/her news report either incited violence or disturbed public peace. In a 117-page judgment, a bench of Justices U.U. Lalit and Vineet Saran relied upon decision in Kedar Nath Singh versus State of Bihar (1962), which upheld validity of sedition provision but with riders, to quash an FIR against senior journalist Vinod Dua registered on May 6, last year by Shimla police. Dua was represented by senior advocate Vikash Singh along with advocates Varun Singh and Nitin Saluja. Holding that every journalist will be entitled to protection in terms of Kedar Nath Singh case, the bench observed that a citizen has a right to say or write whatever he likes about the government, or its measures, by way of criticism or comment, so long as he does not incite people to violence against the government established by law or with the intention of creating public disorder. Citing the contents of the FIR lodged by a local BJP leader, the bench said statements that the Prime Minister had used deaths and terror attacks to garner votes were not made by Dua in the talk Show. Also, on the content of Dua's show on lockdown 2020, the bench noted: "The situation was definitely alarming around March 30, 2020, and as a journalist, if the petitioner showed some concern, could it be said that he committed offences as alleged?" The bench noted that Dua's comments were certainly not made with the intent to incite people. "The petitioner was within the permissible limits laid down in the decision of this Court in Kedar Nath Singh," said the top court. The bench added Kedar Nath Singh judgment shows that a citizen has a right to criticise or comment upon the measures undertaken by the government and its functionaries. "It is only when the words or expressions have pernicious tendency or intention of creating public disorder or disturbance of law and order that Sections 124A and 505 of the IPC must step in," said the bench. "In our view, the statements by the petitioner as mentioned hereinabove, if read in the light of the principles emanating from the decision in Kedar Nath Singh and against the backdrop of the circumstances when they were made, can at best be termed as expression of disapprobation of actions of the government and its functionaries so that prevailing situation could be addressed quickly and efficiently." However, the top court rejected Dua's plea to lay down that no FIR be lodged against a journalist with 10 years' experience unless approved by a committee at state level. IN A 117-PAGE JUDGMENT, A BENCH OF JUSTICES U.U. LALIT AND VINEET SARAN RELIED UPON DECISION IN KEDAR NATH SINGH VERSUS STATE OF BIHAR (1962), WHICH UPHELD VALIDITY OF SEDITION PROVISION BUT WITH RIDERS, TO QUASH AN FIR AGAINST SENIOR JOURNALIST VINOD DUA REGISTERED ON MAY 6, LAST YEAR BY SHIMLA POLICE. Meanwhile, The Supreme Court on Thursday said, it is happy that the board exams have been cancelled and emphasized that the interest of students will be protected, as it asked the Centre to submit the objective criteria to assess Class XII students in two weeks. At the beginning of the hear- ing, the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal submitted he had circulated a letter by the government in the matter. A bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari told the AG, "We are happy with the Centre's decision to cancel the board exam (CBSE and ICSE boards). But what is the objective standard principle you will apply? The criteria have not been given in the letter." The AG replied to the bench that the objective criteria will be determined by CBSE and sought time to place it on record before the court. The AG submitted the petition seeking cancellation of board exams may be disposed and an application could be filed in the matter. The bench replied that it will only dispose off the matter after the objective criteria is placed on record.