YK MYK DELHI HAS TO DO MORE TO ATTRACT BIG FDI TO HOUSING AND RETAIL OPINION RANCHI FRIDAY, 11 JUNE, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—38 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MAX 28 C MIN 22 C Rainfall may occur. NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday declined to stay the release of movie "Nyay: The Justice", purportedly based on the life of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, and scheduled for release on Friday. A bench of Justice Sanjeev Narula dismissed an application filed by Sushant's father, Krishna Kishore Singh, against the movie and other ventures using his son's name or likeness in the form of a biopic or story. The court noted the right to privacy has also been invoked not just of the deceased. ATM CHARGES INCREASED TO RS 21 FROM JAN 1 NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed the banks to hike the fee charged on cash withdrawal beyond the permitted free ATM transaction limit from Rs 20 to Rs 21 per transaction, with effect from January 1, 2022. Customers are eligible for five free transactions (inclusive of financial and non-financial transactions) every month from their own bank ATMs. They are also eligible for free transactions (inclusive of financial and non-financial transactions) from other bank ATMs viz. three transactions in metro centres and five transactions in nonmetro centres. Beyond the free transactions, the ceiling/cap on customer charges is Rs 20 per transaction. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,92,03,415 TOTAL DEATH: 3,60,355 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 175,241,255 TOTAL DEATH: 3,778,740 ICMR okays Meril’s rapid antigen test for Covid-19 HC seeks ED report in rural job scam AT A GLANCE HC QUASHES PLEA AGAINST FILMS ON SUSHANT NATION Morning India Rs. 5 WEATHER TODAY YOGI DISCUSSES UP POLITICAL SITUATION WITH AMIT SHAH SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Jharkhand High Court on Thursday has made the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) chief a party in the petition related to irregularities in MNREGA scheme in Khunti district and sought status report in the investigation. A division bench of the court has also asked the enforcement directorate (ED) to reply why the role of the then deputy commissioner (DC) of Khunti Pooja Singhal has not been investigated. The order has been passed on a petition filed by one AK Dubey. He is demanding further investigation by the ED and the ACB in the scam upto the DC level. The court has also asked Dubey to submit the contents related to the scam. The case is related to 2006-2010 period when an engineer Ram Binod Sinha allegedly siphoned off Rs 16.5 crore in implementation of MNREGA schemes in Khunti district. Singhal was the DC of the district during the period. As many as 16 FIRs have been lodged by the ACB and the ED in the case and investigation has been done upto the junior engineer level. The petitioner’s lawyer Rajiv Kumar said, “Since the DC is the district programme coordinator in MNREGA schemes it is his or her duty to release funds, scrutinize the schemes and maintain record expenditure. The money was released for the schemes but it was allegedly spent wrongfully. No investigation on her role has been done so far.” Kumar said that Singhal was also accused of a coal block land scam during her tenure in Palamu district. The Palamu commissioner had submitted a report recommending for registration of an FIR. Singhal was, however, exonerated in both the cases during the further inquiry at the state headquarter level, he added. CM DECIDES TO CANCEL JAC BOARD EXAMS RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Thursday decided to cancel the examinations of Class X and Class XII in view of the Covid pandemic. The examinations were to be held by Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC). The IPRD department issued a statement in this regard late in the evening. Over seven lakh students had enrolled across the state for the class X and Class XII examinations. The JAC had earlier postponed the examinations scheduled on May 4. Packers pack the mangoes in the baskets at the wholesale market, in Jammu on Thursday. India’s Covid toll sees sharp spike as Bihar revises data NEW DELHI/PATNA: India recorded 6,148 deaths in last 24 hours -the highest since the pandemic hit last year -- according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Thursday, as Bihar sharply revised its toll upwards. This spike in death comes as daily infections have been steadily showing a downward trend, with 94,052 fresh Covid infections reported -- less than one lakh for the third straight day. Bihar's previously unaccounted 3,951 deaths, which has sent its toll soaring above 9,000, is behind this spike. If the state's revised tally is reduced, then the death toll stands at 2,197 across the country in last 24 hours. The Bihar Health Department reported 9,429 deaths due to coronavirus on Wednesday evening, a jump of 3,951 more deaths compared to a day before. The total deaths in Bihar due to Covid were 5,458 as on Tuesday. The Health Department has GEHLOT VS PILOT Fresh cracks appear as CM ‘poaches’ another MLA JAIPUR: As Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot continues poaching of MLAs from the camp of former PCC chief and former deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Vishvendra Singh, a former state minister and Pilot loyalist and ex-royal of Bharatpur, who supported rebellion against Gehlot last year, seems to have joined the CM's camp, leaving one and all shocked with the quick change of events. The cracks can be seen impacting the ex-royal family of Bharatpur with his son Anirudh terming the change of his father's loyalty as 'betrayal of trust' Known as Pilot loyalist, Anirudh shot a tweet saying, "Vishvasghat a new word learnt today". Anirudh is considered to be a strong fan of Pilot and has been tweeting posts praising him. However, explaining IANS why he is a fan of Pilot, he said, "It's now about just being a fan. I am someone who gives a lot of importance to ethics, friendships and always remembers who has done what for me..." Replying to one of the statements of his father going viral in which he con- firms about his loyalty to Gehlot, Anirudh took a dig at him commenting, "From Rajesh Pilot Ji Sahab to Bhairon Singh Ji, to Vasundhara Ji, to Gehlot Sahib to Pilot Sahib to Gehlot Sahib! #joke." Actually, Vishvendra had said, "I stand with Ashok Gehlot. Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi has designated him as CM. I am with Sachin Pilot too and am acting like a bridge between Gehlot and Pilot so that Congress can be saved." However, Anirduh questioned his father's credibility and took a dig at him. NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday granted approval to global medtech company Meril Diagnostics for its self-use rapid antigen test for Covid-19 that can provide accurate results in just 15 minutes. CoviFind is highly effective in individuals with mid to high viral load, especially in detecting infection in the case of individuals more likely to transmit the disease to others. "This indigenously researched and developed test can detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus reliably in infectious individuals and can, COVIFIND IS therefore, be HIGHLY EFFECused for testing TIVE IN INDIVIDUsymptomatic ALS WITH MID TO individuals and HIGH VIRAL LOAD, immediate conESPECIALLY IN tacts of conDETECTING INFECfirmed coronTION IN THE CASE avirus cases as OF INDIVIDUALS specified by MORE LIKELY recent ICMR TO TRANSMIT guidelines," the THE DISEASE TO company said in OTHERS. a statement. CoviFind test is priced at Rs 250 and will be made available as an affordable single-pack, with additional purchase options including a pack of 3, 5, and 25 tests. Each test kit is equipped with testing materials including a test device, one sterile nasal swab and a pre-filled buffer tube with a cap. The test does not have any specific storage or refrigeration requirements. The kit also contains an instructions manual, detailing step-bystep procedure on administration, handling and post-use disposal of the test, along with a disposable bag. People flout social distancing norms in Nagpur on Thursday. given the breakup of deaths in all 38 districts of the state but it has not mentioned when these deaths occurred. Patna has registered 2,303 deaths which is the highest in the state followed by Muzaffarpur (609) and Begusarai (316). After the mismatch, a senior state Health Department official said that the matter is under inves- DOMINICA DECLARES MEHUL CHOKSI AS 'PROHIBITED IMMIGRANT' NEW DELHI: In a massive setback for the Indian fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, wanted in India in Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, the Dominican government declared him as a "prohibited immigrant" in their country. An order issued by the Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs on May 25 said, "in accordance to section 5(1)(f) of the Immigration and Passport Act Chapter 18:01 of the 2017 Revised laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica, you, Mehul Chinubhai Choksi, are hereby declared a prohibited immigrant." tigation. The detailed report is expected to come later in the evening. The Health Department has also issued mismatched data about the numbers of patients recovered. On Tuesday, it showed 7,01,234 recoveries from Covid infection while it published 6,98,397 recoveries a day later. MORE ON PG 5 US, RUSSIA SEND TOUGH MESSAGES AHEAD OF BIDEN-PUTIN SUMMIT WORLD Delhi asks Beijing to allow Indians to travel to China NEW DELHI: India on Thursday said it has asked China to issue visas and allow Indian citizens to travel to the neighbouring country stating that essential two-way travel should be facilitated, especially keeping in view that the Chinese nationals are able to travel to India. The Ministry of External Affairs said that it is in touch with the Chinese side in order to seek an early resumption of travel by Indian citizens to China, especially those who work and study there. on Thursday emphasised over the essential two-way travel between China and India, keeping in view that the Chinese nationals are able to travel in the country while Indians cannot enter China since November last year. Speaking at his weekly press briefing, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: "While we recognize the need to ensure safety and strictly follow COVID-19 protocols, essential two way travel should be facilitated, especially keeping in view that the Chinese nationals are able to travel in India." "Currently, persons from China including Chinese nationals are able to travel to India despite the absence of direct air connectivity. However, for Indians travel to China has not been possible since last November as the Chinese had suspended existing visas," Bagchi said. In March this year the Chinese Embassy issued a notification about facilitating visas for those taking Chinese made vaccines," the MEA spokesperson said. "It is understood that several Indian nationals have applied for Chinese visas after getting vaccinated in that manner but they are yet to be issued visas," Bagchi said He added that "since these Indian nationals have apparently met the requirements laid down by the Chinese embassy, we would hope that it will be able to issue visas soon to them. 70 CEOs ask G7 leaders to support net-zero commitments GENEVA: Over 70 CEOs on Thursday said they stand ready to work with leaders around the world to reduce emissions. Members of the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders signed an open letter championing publicprivate cooperation ahead of the G7 summit in order to supercharge net-zero commitments, polices and actions. The signatories are looking for governments to accelerate the transition to net-zero before COP26 in order to accelerate even more action from the private sector. The letter emphasises publicprivate collaboration as vital and welcomes transformative policy change. "It is an important and significant move for this many CEOs to put their names forward for deeper collective collaboration," World Economic Forum Managing Director Dominic Waughray said. "It sends a clear signal to policy-makers that many global business leaders are ready to make the transition to a net-zero future. As we move towards COP26, public-private collaboration will be key to unlocking investment, setting more ambitious targets to reduce emissions, and turning this ambition into action." The Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders is the only CEO-led community open to all companies worldwide that want to make clear commitments and work to transition to net-zero. Members believe the private sector has a responsibility to actively engage in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to help lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate- resilient economy. The World Economic Forum hosts the alliance. G7 nations have aimed to join forces to end the Covid-19 pandemic and strengthen health care systems worldwide to counter future outbreaks, according to a draft declaration leaders are expected to make. The G7 summit of heads of state and government is scheduled to be in Cornwall, England, from Friday through Sunday, reports dpa news agency. The group consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US and the EU's high representative. The group is set to pledge to "strengthen our collective defences to better prevent, detect, and respond to, and recover from, future pandemics through effective multilateral action and a strengthened global health system", according to the draft Carbis Bay Health Declaration seen by the dpa on Thursday. "We pledge to lead the way in building a resilient, integrated and inclusive global health system prepared and equipped to prevent the causes and escalation of disease, and to detect emerging health threats quickly," the statement said, adding that a "reformed" World Health Organization is to be at the centre ECOSYSTEM & EARTH PAGE 8 of these plans. "We will invest in our own human, animal and environmental health systems and in domestic preparedness to foster resilient populations. We will support vulnerable countries to do the same and encourage others to join us," the declaration reads. The leaders are also expected to pledge to champion an integrated and systems-based One Health approach across all aspects of pandemic prevention, preparedness, detection and response and work to foster a healthier planet. The declaration also says that the leaders agree to "further develop medium- and long-term global health financing mechanisms to leverage funding from a wide range of sources, including public, private, philanthropic and international financial institution funds, in order to facilitate recovery and build back better resilient, inclusive and sustainable health systems".