YK MYK NEW UNOFFICIAL CENSUS IN ASSAM MAY REVIVE ETHNIC TENSIONS CHHETRI-LED INDIA IN NO MOOD TO TAKE BANGLADESH LIGHTLY OPINION SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 7 JUNE, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—34 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) JHALSA AT DOORSTEP OF COVID ORPHANED KIDS SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Executive president of Jharkhand Legal Service Authority (JHALSA) Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh on Sunday provided aid to three minor girls who were orphaned due to Covid in SalgadihLohratoli village under the Tamar police station area. The help was provided under a programme ‘SISHU’ which is being conducted by JHALSA for identifying the children orphaned owing to Covid and ensuring their rehabilitation. The girls namely Puja Kumari (15), Nisha Kumari and Khusboo Kumari (10) had lost their parents in the recent past and have only a 75-year-old grandfather as guardian. Justice Singh gave a cheque of WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 24 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE 'DELTA' COVID VARIANT 40% MORE TRANSMISSIBLE THAN 'ALPHA': UK MINISTER LONDON: UK Health Minister Matt Hancock on Sunday said that the 'Delta' variant of Covid19, first reported in India, is 40 per cent more transmissible than the 'Alpha' strain, detected in the UK itself. "We were previously told by the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) that there would be problems if a variant was 40 per cent to 50 per cent more transmissible," Hancock was quoted as saying by the BBC. "The latest scientific advice is that the Delta variant, first detected in India, is 40 per cent more transmissible than the Kent strain," he said. While hospitalisations currently remain broadly flat, majorly because of the vaccination programme, the rapid spread of Delta. Rs 10,000 as interim relief to the girls. He also informed them about the government schemes which are available for their welfare. He handed over a document for the pension of the grandfather. Acting upon the direction of JHALSA executive chairman, the administration made a recommendation for the admission of two girls in the Kasturba Gandhi school and also provided them housing units under Indira Awas Yojana. The steps for covering the three children under the sponsorship scheme were also started. The JHALSA team also distributed educational materials among the girls and conducted the medical check of the family members. Justice Singh directed the state government to update the informa- tion related to the help given to the children till they achieve adulthood adding it would help in paying attention to them. He said that children should also be provided education facilities. It may be stated here that Justice Singh had also visited orphaned children in a village in Gumla a few days back. The visits of Justice Singh to the homes of affected families not only speed up the welfare steps but also reflect his compassion. JHALSA secretary Md Shakir, High Court Legal Service Committee secretary Santosh Kumar and District Legal Service Authority secretary Abhishek Kumar along with the district administration officials were present on the occasion. BJP MEETS GUV, SEEKS ANNULMENT OF TAC RULES RANCHI: A delegation of the BJP on Sunday met Governor Droupadi Murmu to demand annulment of cabinet decision on Tribes Advisory Council (TAC) and also a CBI inquiry into the sub-inspector (SI) Rupa Tirkey murder case. PG 3 US reinvigorates tariff war against India with retaliation to digital tax NEW YORK: The US tariff war against India has been reinvigorated by President Joe Biden threatening to increase import duties on a range of imports, from prawns and Basmati rice to furniture and jewellery, in retaliation against New Delhi imposing Digital Services Tax (DS) on tech giants. The US Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced on June 2 the plan for the 25 per cent increase in the tariffs on 26 items from India, but said that the hikes will be on hold till December. India imposed a two per cent tax starting in April last year on earnings in the country by foreign technology and e-commerce companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google. It was opposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump, and Biden has picked up the baton. The Trade Representative's Office said: "India's DST is unreasonable or discriminatory and burdens or restricts US commerce." The Office estimated the increased taxes on the selected imports from India will equal the taxes India assesses on the US companies under the DST. "Estimates indicate that the value of the DST payable by US-based company groups to India will be up to approximately $55 million per year. The level of trade covered by the action takes into five account estimates of the amount of tariffs to be collected on goods of India and the estimates of the amount of taxes assessed by India." The other items threatened with increased duties include bamboo, window shutters, cigarette papers, pearl, copper foil and bedroom furniture. Inaugurating the new phase of trade wars, the Biden administration also threatened to increase tariffs on imports from five other countries -- the UK, Austria, Italy, Spain and Turkey over their DST. Explaining the reason for holding the increases in abeyance for the six countries, Tai said it was to help the international negotiations on taxation. CORONA METER 24.60 CRORE VACCINE DOSES PROVIDED TO STATES/UTS: CENTRE INDIA NEW DELHI: Amid reports of vaccine shortage in some states, the Centre on Sunday said that 24.60 crore Covid vaccine doses have been provided to states/UTs till date. It said that it has so far provided, both through the free of cost category and through direct state procurement category, more than 24 crore vaccine doses (24,60,80,900) to states/UTs, and of this, total consumption, including wastages, is 22,96,95,199 doses (as per data available at 8 a.m. on Sunday). More than 1.63 crore vaccine doses (1,63,85,701) are still available with the states/UTs to be administered, it added. TOTAL CASES: 2,88,34,972 TOTAL DEATH: 3,47,259 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 173,799,395 TOTAL DEATH: 3,738,179 COVID-19 COUNT IN INDIA LOWEST IN 60 DAYS MONSOON COVERS THE ENTIRE NORTHEAST, SAYS IMD NEW DELHI: Advancing further, the Southwest Monsoon covered the northeast region, nearly four days after its normal date, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday. The Southwest Monsoon made an onset over Kerala, which marks the beginning of the fourmonth rainfall season, on June 3 after a delay of two days. In a span of three days it has covered entire Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. "Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into more parts of central Arabian Sea, some more parts of Maharashtra, entire Karnataka, some more parts of Telengana, entire Tamil Nadu, some more parts of Andhra Pradesh, more parts of central Bay of Bengal and northeast Bay of Bengal and hence the entire northeastern states of India (Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh), most parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. NEW DELHI: India reported 1,14,460 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 60 days, while the daily positivity rate further dropped to 5.62 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. With the fresh cases, the total tally of coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 2,88,09,339. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,46,759 with 2,677 daily deaths, the lowest in 42 days, while the active cases dropped below 15 lakh, the data updated at 8 am showed. A total of 96,982 new cases were recorded in a span of 24 hours on April 6. Also, 20,36,311 tests were conducted on Saturday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 36,47,46,522. The daily positivity has further declined to 5.62 per cent . It has been less than 10 per cent for 13 consecutive days, the ministry said. The weekly positivity rate has declined to 6.54 per cent. Fishermen return to riverbank while catching the fishes during a rainy day, after southwest monsoon made landfall in Kerala, in Kochi on Sunday. ANI ‘Sara Ali Khan rolled doobies, I smoked with her’, claims Rhea MUMBAI: Actor Rhea Chakraborty has made some shocking allegations to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) against Saif Ali Khan’s daughter, Sara Ali Khan. A leading news channel has accessed Rhea’s chargesheet in connection to Sushant Singh Rajput drugs case, where she has confessed that Sara offered her marijuana and vodka. In the chargesheet, Rhea talks about the chats that took place between her and Sara from June 4- June 6 in2017. Rhea reveals that Sara used to have hand rolled doobies with her, which she would share with Rhea. “There was conversation related to drugs, which she was suggesting as a remedy for a hangover. She was talking about Ice-cream and marijuana that she uses, as an offering to me for pain relief. This was just a text that never took place in person,” reads her confession. It further reads, “Sara SPOTLIGHT & ISSUES CMYK 08 SPOTLIGHT & For TV, e-paper & news visit: www.live7tv.com Morning India ISSUES MONDAY, RANCHI, JUNE 7, 2021 BEWARE OF LPG CYLINDER OF YOUR KITCHEN GAIL used to have rolled ‘doobies’ with her. Doobies are marjuana joints. On a few instances I have smoked the same with her. She used to provide me with the ‘doobie’” “In chat of June 6, 2017, you have shown me record and there is a conversation about vodka and drugs in this char. She (Sara) is offering to bring vodka and marijuana (as referred t as drugs) to my place. I have not received any such vodka or drugs from her on that day,” the chargesheet reads. Sara Ali Khan was summoned by the NCB in 2020 in connection with the Sushant Rajput drugs case. The actor confessed to dating Rajput briefly and also accompanied him on a trip to Thailand. Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Bandra flat on June 14, 2020. Since then, Rhea and her family have been in the limelight, as Sushant’s family blamed her for the untimely demise of the actor. PALESTINE, THE OLD CONFLICT IN A NEW CONTEXT PNG IS FUTURE J S GAHLAUT O n last Tuesday, June1, a cylinder exploded in a house in village Tikri, wazirpur, Uttar Pradesh at about 10 pm. The explosion was so powerful that it resulted in collapse of two adjoining buildings and death of four children, two women and two men while seven others were seriously injured. In view of serious injuries, the injured were rushed to a hospital in Lucknow. Recently in the month of March, a truck full of LPG cylinders caught fire and the cylinders began to explode. The incident occurred on the NH-52 in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. The explosions continued for about 3 hours, the massive fire was visible from a distance of 5-7 km and pieces of the cylinders were recovered from villages located even at a distance of 5-7 km from the spot. Heat was so intense that it was difficult to even stand about 150 meters away from the spot. Occurrence of fatal accidents due to LPG cylinder are fairly recurrent and major accidents like wazirpur also take place quite often. In October 2019, a LPG cylinder exploded in Mau, Uttar Pradesh which caused collapse of two adjoining buildings and death of 13 people and serious injuries to 15. It is a serious matter which needs attention of the government authorities to repeatedly create awareness among people about the dangers associated with LPG cylinder. When the gas cylinders were introduced around 1965 in Kolkata, users were afraid of using it because of its inherent risk of explosion inspite of numerous advantages. With passage of time and daily use for years, people have become overconfident and many have almost threw away the caution. Although the incidents of LPG explosions remind us from time to time about its potential to destroy the houses and ruin lives but users probably strongly believe that such incidents will never happen in their house. It is clear from the annual reports of accidental deaths released by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. These reports revel that about 10,900 people are killed in fire incidents every year which comes to nearly 30 per day. Out of which, about 2500 die only due to blasts in gas cylinders/ stoves and many times more number of people are permanently disabled and disfigured. Fortunately with development in petroleum sector, a better alternative of LPG in form of Piped Natural Gas, commonly known as PNG, has emerged. Varoius cities of our country are enjoying its benefits since more than a decade. It is heartening that it will soon be made available for many kitchens in Ranchi. Gas Authority of India, a public sector undertaking, is striving hard to soon connect Ranchi and about 12 districts of Jharkhand with piped gas. With this enlargement, about 1.5 lakh Ranchi homes will contentedly enjoy the privileges of PNG supply. It has several advantages over LPG and the biggest is that PNG is relatively safe from fire and explosion angle. The possibilities of major accidents, which occur due to explosion of LPG cylinder, are completely eliminated. There are many similarities and dissimilarities between the two but the advantages of PNG clearly outweigh LPG and so the PNG network is fast spreading the across the country. At the places where it is available, builders have now started making provision of this gas in new houses. As soon as you take PNG connection, you get rid of hassles of booking the LPG cylinder in time and then waiting for the delivery boy. Followed by the anxiety whether it is under-weight, issue of opening the cap, retaining the cap and then safely connecting it to the burner. However, being a new development, many people are rightly anxious to be fully aware about PNG. In order to make the comparision meaningful, we begin with LPG. The contents of a Liquified Petroleum Gas cylinder, as the name suggests, are in liquid form instead of gaseous form. The liquid turns to gas as it comes out from the cylinder. This gas is heavier than air and forms a highly explosive mixture which causes severe explosion when it comes in contact with any flame or even a tiny spark from an electric switch. LPG is a mixture of largely propane and butane gases and PNG is gas mixture consisting of mainly the methane gas. These gases are co-products of crude oil refining and natural gas processing. Crude oil alongwith natural gases are available under earth as well as sea-beds. PNG is cheaper than the LPG. Calorific value of LPG is about 11,900 Kcal/Kg and PNG is about 9,500 KCal per kg, which means LPG has more heat energy but in view of price factor, the users find PNG cheaper. Many domestic users may not be aware that it is also economical to use it for heating water in gas geysers. Unlike LPG, PNG provides unlimited uninterrupted supply, just like electricity, and the gas consumed can be easily monitored as the smart meter is installed in the house itself. You pay only for the quantity consumed unlike LPG cylinder where some quantity of gas is always left in the cylinder when you return it. Environment conscious people will be delighted to know that PNG burns completely due to low carbon to hydrogen ratio and so it a more environment friendly fuel. Gas bills can be IT IS A SERIOUS MATTER WHICH NEEDS ATTENTION OF THE GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES TO REPEATEDLY CREATE AWARENESS AMONG PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH LPG CYLINDER. WHEN THE GAS CYLINDERS WERE INTRODUCED AROUND 1965 IN KOLKATA, USERS WERE AFRAID OF USING IT BECAUSE OF ITS INHERENT RISK OF EXPLOSION INSPITE OF NUMEROUS ADVANTAGES. paid by various convenient modes. PNG doesn't need separate floor space in kitchen because it comes through halfinch pipelines which run on the wall. For getting the gas connection, registration and agreement forms are to be filled up and a fixed amount has to be paid. Then a meter, a valve and a regulator are installed in your house. Multiple points are possible in a house and the tenants can also get a connection by submitting a No Objection Certificate from the owner. Subsequently, if you need any changes in the gas line, the company will make changes at a cost. The day you get the gas connection, make it a point to note the emergency number of gas company in your mobile phone so that in case of any leakage, company can be informed immediately. Once the PNG connection is taken, the LPG cylinder may be returned to the supplier and get your deposit refunded. The biggest advantage of PNG is that it is much safer than LPG. It is safe because it is lighter than air so, in case of any leakage, it will instantaneously mix with air and evaporate. Its pressure is about 200 times less than LPG. Major damage to life and property happens due to bursting of a LPG cylinder. When any unfortunate fire occurs in a house, it heats the cylinder which causes expansion of LPG by about 250 times and results in explosion. In case of PNG, this hazard completely gets eliminated because there is no cylinder and no storage of gas, only a limited quantity of natural gas is in the pipes. The supply of LPG sometimes get delayed due to various reasons. The cylinders are transported for quite long distances by road where they may explode in case their vehicle is involved in a serious accident. Traffic jams are regular features in our cities alongwith seasonal problems like floods and water-logging during rainy season. The cylinders can also explode at the time of refilling or during storage in godowns. All these factors result in delayed supply of cylinders in certain areas. Whereas, PNG flows only through pipes which are buried underground and safety is inbuilt in the system by the provision of adequate number of valves and pressure regulators installed on pipelines at regular intervals. There are few similarities in the two gases. Both the gases are flammable so need careful handling. Both are colourless and odourless. To overcome this property, an odourant, having a distinctive foul smell, is added as built-in safety arrangement to enable immediate detection of leaked gas. Notwithstanding the numerous advantages, it is of paramount importance to note that PNG is a flammable gas which can easily catch fire even if it is just 5% in air and so, don't be careless while handling the gas. (The writer is a veteran in fire safety operations and former chief fire officer of a leading PSU bank.) DC PATHAK the American stand that justice had to be meted out to Palestinians, emphasise the he recent spell of need for Palestinian unity and violence lasting call for a peaceful political eleven days in which solution without recourse to rockets fired on acts of terrorism. Israel from HamasThe Biden Presidency is controlled Gaza and the deadadopting an even-handed lier missile offensive of Israel approach while retaining its that demolished entire buildspecial equation with Israel. ings on the other side resulting in loss of some 250 civilian India has also chipped in with its support for the two-state lives including children -resolution but unlike in the mostly Palestinians -- was the past it does not show any proculmination of a simmering Palestine tint. That the ceaseconflict in East Jerusalem fire could at best be a fickle around the Al Aqsa mosque truce was manifest in the sparked off by the action of fresh trouble that blew out Israel Police in not letting the between Israel Police and local Muslims assemble at the Muslims gathered at the mosque in course of Mosque for Friday prayers on Ramadan. May21, hours after the agreeThe conflict between ment was made public. 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It is on presently PREMISES. caught in an the mediation of Egypt that amalgamation of Hamas and Israel three strands -- clash accepted a cease-fire -of 'faiths', differing geopolitieven as the UNSC failed to cal alignments and the state of bring about any agreement intra-Palestinian rivalry despite several meetings, on between Hamas and the PLO. account of differences The problem has touched a amongst the members on new milestone as the present familiar political lines. The paradigms point to a mix that whole episode is yet another was not seen before. In the play of religion, the warning that a conflict on religion had the potential of prefamiliar tussle between the secular nationalism of PLO cipitating a 'war'. US President Joe Biden, in and the rising hold of Hamas - an offspring of Muslim a response aimed at promoting reconciliation, has promBrotherhood with its deep commitment to the establishised financial aid for the rehabilitation of Palestinians, parment of an Islamic state in ticularly in Gaza and firmly Palestine -- had been a prime supported the idea of two determinant of the developstates as the final solution of ments there in the era of Cold the longstanding problem in War. Hasan al-Banna, the Palestine. He has reiterated Islamic thinker who estabthe US decision to reopen its lished Muslim Brotherhood in Consulate at Jerusalem. Egypt and Syria in 1928, was Secretary of State Antony driven by the desire to replace Blinken has since met the regimes there with an Islamic rule that would base President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority at itself on the puritanic message of Quran. Jerusalem to assure him of T Pro-planet initiatives can help build a healthy future PARAG KULKARNI T he pandemic has given us a unique opportunity to pause, reflect and rethink how to balance our relationship with nature to ensure a harmonious relationship. The learnings are many; one of the key takeaways was the way nature has responded to the lockdown through cleaner skies, fresh air to breathe, and the often-unexpected return of wildlife in some parts of the world. Situations like these give us a moment to recognise the impact of our actions on mother Earth. Isn't it time we all came together as responsible citizens to rejuvenate and restore her? Aptly, today, World Environment Day celebrated on June 5 is focused on just that -- restoring ecosystems. There are many ways to go about restoring our ecosystems including adopting green technologies, making sustainable con- nologies to aid greener consumption. In fact, going "green" should be a first priority as new products are conceived, developed and consumed. sumption choices, incorporating conservation efforts, and developing environmental awareness. Individuals, communities, governments, and companies can contribute in their own ways to the protection of environment by taking effective measures to help reduce their carbon footprints. Here are some possible ways in which we all can contribute: REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT: ADOPT EFFICIENT PROCESSES: Many processes businesses have in place today use more energy or power than necessary and protecting the environment can often be as simple as replacing these processes and machinery for more efficient options. Creating business models that integrate sustainable development goals into the internal processes will help conserve energy and assist in identifying where waste can be reduced. Need for greener products: Sustainability and environmental issues are emerging as important considerations when making strategic business, management, manufacturing, and product development decisions. There is a critical need for companies to produce more efficient products that contribute to a green economy. Companies can redesign products and adapt new tech- Creating and using products that are energy efficient will reduce our carbon footprint and working toward the goal of zero waste will help protect the environment and sustain our natural resources for current and future generations. Corporations can play a role in creating a culture of green consciousness by encouraging and educating employees to make positive changes or be involved in an ecofriendly behaviour and developing habits that will save or conserve energy. Focus on re-cycling and eliminate single-use plastics: Every year, thousands of seabirds, tur- tles, seals and other marine mammals are killed after ingesting plastic or getting tangled up in it. You can cut down on plastic waste by using reusable bags, eliminating single-use water bottles, and avoiding products made from or packaged in plastic whenever possible. The reality is that global warming is underway and along with climate change, we are experiencing changes in weather patterns and our lifestyle. Developing environmentally friendly products and practices, while engaging in lifestyles that are more ecologically responsible is undoubtedly the vision by which we should live our lives and contribute in restoring our ecosystems. The power to safeguard our environment lies with us and we need to take collective action to ensure the future of our planet for generations to come. (The author is Managing Director, A. O. Smith India.) CMYK PAGE 8 Indian scientist too flagged Wuhan lab leak way back NEW DELHI: Amid the clamour for an in-depth investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi were reportedly the first to have flagged the lab-leak theory. A team of biologists at the Kusuma School of Biological Sciences in IIT Delhi wrote a 22page research paper that was released as a pre-print on bioRxiv on January 31, last year. It suggested an "uncanny similarity" between aspects of SARSCoV-2 and HIV, MIT Technology Review reported. Studying the protein structure of the virus, the team found four unique inserts in the novel coronavirus glycoprotein, not seen in any other coronaviruses. The inserts are critical for the virus to identify and latch onto their host cells in humans and then multiply, media reports say. However, in response to a deluge of criticism, the paper was withdrawn soon after it was posted. It was the first scientific study signalling the possibility of the virus being engineered. Various scientists and experts have piled up circumstantial evidence pointing to the theory that the coronavirus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). The list also includes a Pune-based scientist couple, Rahul Bahulikar and Monali Rahalkar. Rahalkar is a scientist at Bioenergy Group, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune. Bahulikar is scientist at BAIF Development and Research Foundation, Pune. While the lab-leak theory has long been dismissed as a conspiracy, it has now become too substantial to ignore. According to media reports, Bahulikar and Rahalkar started an online expedition at the end of March 2020 to unravel the origins of Covid-19. They read several scientific papers on coronaviruses and Covid-19 and found that a relative of SARS-CoV-2, RATG13, a coronavirus was collected from a mineshaft in Mojiang of Yunnan province in South China by the WIV. They also found that the mineshaft was infested with bats and six miners hired to clean the fecal matter were infected with pneu- monia-like illness. They published their findings in the science journal Nature, post which they were contacted by a Twitter user called SEEKER. SEEKER has been part of a group of amateur sleuths called 'DRASTIC', who with few resources are working to reveal the dark secrets of WIV. DRASTIC stands for "decentralised radical autonomous search team investi- gating Covid-19" and it has set itself the mission of exploring the origins of SARS-CoV-2. "Thanks to DRASTIC, we now know that the WIV had an extensive collection of coronaviruses gathered over many years of foraging in the bat caves and that many of them -- including the closest-known relative to the pandemic virus, SARS-CoV-2 -- came from a mineshaft where three men died from a suspected SARSlike disease in 2012," Newsweek reported. The scientist-duo stated that the claim that Covid-19 originated as a natural infection leaping from animals to humans does not have any proof. According to them, the structure of the SARSCoV2, the virus behind Covid-19, reveals that it was ready to infect humans, indicating that it might have come from a lab, media reports have said. They have urged the World Health Organization to probe deeper into lab leak theory. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has also recently ordered the intelligent community to redouble efforts to examine how the virus originated, including the lab accident theory. The European Union, the UK, Australia, and Japan also have joined the US in seeking a deeper probe into the origins of the pandemic. China's Foreign Ministry has last week dismissed the Wuhan lab leak theory as "extremely impossible" and have accused the US of "political manipulation", media reports noted.