YK MYK INDIA FACES A DIFFICULT CHOICE BETWEEN USA AND CHINA NEW AUDITORS: RBI CLARIFIES ON TENURE, ELIGIBILITY NORMS OPINION NATION Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 15 JUNE, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—42 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) File WEATHER TODAY MAX 26 C MIN 22 C Rainfall may occur. AT A GLANCE BIHAR COURT AWARDS DEATH SENTENCE TO 10 MURDER CONVICTS ARRAH: Death sentence was awarded to 10 people by a court here on Monday in a three years old murder case. The order was passed by Additional District Judge Manoj Kumar, Bhojpur, who also slapped a fine of Rs 2.60 lakh each on all the 10 who had been convicted in January this year, said Additional Public Prosecutor Nagendra Prasad Singh. He said the quantum of sentence was pronounced by the judge through video conferencing in view of the recent COVID surge. The convicts brother duo Khursheed Qureishi and Abdullah Qureishi, besides Raju Khan, Anwar Qureishi, Ahmed Miyan, Babli Miyan, Tausif Alam and Fuchan Miyan were named in the murder of Mohd Imran, a businessman based in Arrah town where Bhojpur district is headquartered. Imran, who ran a shop in one of the crowded localities of the town, was killed in a fusillade of fire on December 06, 2018 which had also left his brother Aqil and a bystander injured. INDIA WORKING TO RESTORE 26 MILLION HECTARES OF DEGRADED LAND BY 2030: PM MODI AT UN NEW DELHI: PM Modi on Monday stressed that land degradation poses a special challenge to the developing world and it was the world's sacred duty to leave a healthy planet for future generations. PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,95,26,750 TOTAL DEATH: 3,74,722 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 176,793,683 TOTAL DEATH: 3,820,990 WPI inflation hits record high of 12.94 pc in May on costlier fuel: Govt data NEW DELHI: The wholesale price-based inflation accelerated to a record high of 12.94 per cent in May, on rising prices of crude oil and manufactured goods. Low base effect also contributed to the spike in WPI inflation in May 2021. In May 2020, WPI inflation was at (-) 3.37 per cent. This is the fifth straight month of uptick seen in the wholesale price index (WPI)based inflation. In April, 2021, WPI inflation hit double digit at 10.49 per cent. "The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, was 12.94 per cent for the month of May, 2021 (over May, 2020) as compared to (-) A worker fills the petrol as the petrol prices cross 100 mark, in Hyderabad on Monday. ANI 3.37 per cent in May 2020. "The high rate of inflation in May 2021 is primarily due to low base effect and rise in prices of crude petroleum, mineral oils viz. petrol, diesel, naphtha, furnace oil etc. and manufactured products as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year," the Commerce and Industry Ministry said. Inflation in fuel and power basket spiked to 37.61 per cent during May, against 20.94 per cent in April. In manufactured products, inflation stood at 10.83 per cent in May, against 9.01 per cent in the previous month. However, inflation in food articles eased marginally to 4.31 per cent in May, even as onion prices spiked. Inflation in onion stood at 23.24 per cent in May, against (-) 19.72 per cent in April. The RBI in its monetary policy earlier this month kept interest rates unchanged at record lows and committed to maintain an accommodative policy stance to support growth. RBI pegged retail inflation at 5.1 per cent in this fiscal ending March 2022, with upside risks from higher commodity prices and reemergence of higher supply constraints amidst the current phase of lockdowns. Retail inflation data for May is scheduled to be released later in the day. CM promises to remove shortage of blood in state SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday said that his government wants to end the common practice of arranging for a donor for getting blood of a particular group from blood bank for patients. He said that this would be possible if people donate blood in large number in the state. Soren was speaking at a function on the occasion of World Blood Donor’s Day for the launching of blood separation units at hospitals in six districts including Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur and Gumla. Earlier, Ranchi is the only place where blood separation unit is available. The CM also launched a scheme for providing people with voluntary donation certificates. The certificate would be provided through email. He also issued an annual calendar for donating blood on the martyrdom day of leaders of state. So far, 48 martyrs have been identified in this regard while the districts have been asked to send more names from their respective areas. A Youtube channel on blood donation was also started. The CM opined that blood donation is the biggest of all the humanitarian contribution in the world. For, almost every organ of human body barring blood there is artificially created, he added. The CM said that shortage of blood has led to the loss of many lives and the situation must change. He said that the state government is moving ahead to have blood separa- OPENS BLOOD SEPARATION UNITS AT HOSPITALS IN SIX DISTRICTS tors in each district. He added the blood requirement would fulfilled by connecting the hospitals online. The CM said that blood donation was beneficial for humans and not harmful at all, adding it would help tackle problems of anaemia found among the females particularly during pregnancy. Health Minister Banna Gupta said that the CM’s advanced planning has led to starting of blood separation units. He said that after separation the blood could be stored for a long period of time, adding the stock could be used for handling multiple diseases. Blood donation also promotes social harmony, he stated. MLA CP Singh said that according to reports there is a shortage of one lakh units in the state. The blood units in districts are worth welcoming but steps should be taken to set up similar units in every district. MHA notification on citizenship for non-Muslims not linked to CAA, SC told NEW DELHI: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that the Ministry of Home Affairs' May 28 order, which empowered certain districts to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, has no relation with the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA). The MHA, in an affidavit, said: "It is submitted that the notification dated May 28, 2021, has no relation whatsoever with the CAA." "Similar delegation of power has been permitted by Central government in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2016 and 2018 also. It is submitted that the notification dated May 28, 2021 does not relate to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA), which has been inserted into the Act as section 6B." The Indian Union Muslim League (IULML), in an application in the top court, said during the pendency of chal- Fans pay tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput during his 1st death anniversary in Mumbai on Monday. ANI PAGE 7 LJP MPs join hands against Chirag Claim 99 pc workers unhappy with party leadership NEW DELHI: Five of the six Lok Janshakti Party MPs in the Lok Sabha have joined hands against their leader Chirag Paswan and elected his paternal uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras in his place, causing a big churn in Bihar politics. Paras on Monday lauded Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a good leader and "vikas purush" (developmentoriented man), highlighting the deep fault lines within the party as his nephew Chirag Paswan has been a strong critic of the JD(U) president. "I have not broken the party but saved it," Paras, MP from Hajipur, told reporters. He asserted that 99 per cent of LJP workers were unhappy with the turn of events in Bihar as Chirag Paswan led his party against the JD(U) and fared poorly in the 2020 assembly polls. Paras said his group will continue to be part of the BJP-led NDA, and said Chirag Paswan can remain part of the organisation. The group of five MPs has conveyed their decision of electing Paras as the LJP leader in Lok Sabha to the Speaker. There has been no com- ment from Paswan on the issue. Soon after Paras spoke to reporters, Paswan drove to his uncle's residence in the national capital to meet him. Paswan's cousin and MP Prince Raj also stays at the same address. After spending over 90 minutes at the residence of Paras and Prince Raj, Paswan left without saying a word to the waiting media persons. It is believed that neither of the two rebel MPs met him. A household help said the two were not at home when the LJP chief arrived. While the rebel group, which includes MPs Raj, Chandan Singh, Veena Devi and Mehboob Ali Kaiser, has long been unhappy with Chirag Paswan's style of functioning, sources said, the LJP president has now been left virtually isolated at the top after taking on the mantle following his father Ram Vilas Paswan's death in 2020. Sources close to him have blamed the JD(U) for the split, saying the party had long been working to isolate the LJP president after his decision to go all out against Chief Minister Kumar in the 2020 assembly polls. Pak, India agree to share ownership of Basmati rice European Union (EU) seeking a geographical indication (GI) tag for Basmati rice. Pakistan, on the other hand, has opposed India's claim and has filed a request for a protected GI tag. "There is no logic in both countries' claim for the sole exclusivity of Basmati rice. Although its origin is Pakistani Punjab, it is grown in both sides of the border. Therefore, a joint ownership is the only viable solution to the longstanding dispute," said Ghouri. "The EU buyers also prefer joint ownership of the rice variety as they want to keep both New Delhi and Islamabad on board in terms of commodity exports," he added. Ghouri's views were seconded by Ashok Sethi, the director NEW DELHI: A 60year-old woman and a 17-year-old minor girl from West Bengal have moved the Supreme Court alleging horrific gang-rape by Trinamool Congress workers, for their families supporting the BJP in recentlyheld Assembly election, and sought an SIT probe into all incidents of post-poll violence. The 60-year-old woman alleged that she was raped in front of her 6year-old grandson by Trinamool workers on the intervening night of May 4-5. SHOUTS OF ‘GO BACK’ GREET LAKSHADWEEP ADMINISTRATOR PATEL ON ARRIVAL RARE GESTURE ISLAMABAD: In a rare agreement between two arch-rivals India and Pakistan, which have a history of long-time rivalry with disputes on every front from sea to land, exporters from both sides of the border have mutually agreed to share the ownership of the regions prized Basmati rice, a solution considered the most workable to reach the European markets. "There has to be a joint ownership, which is a logical solution to the dispute," said Faizan Ali Ghouri, a Pakistani rice exporter. The fight between India and Pakistan over the claim of the origin of Basmati rice has a long history, as this variety is produced largely on both sides of the border. India has filed a claim in the BENGAL POSTPOLL VIOLENCE: GANG RAPE SURVIVORS MOVE SC FOR SIT PROBE of Punjab Rice Millers Export Association in India, who also suggested that both the countries should jointly protect the Basmati heritage. "India and Pakistan are the only two countries which produce Basmati in the world. Both should jointly work together to save the heritage and protect the GI regime of the rice," said Sethi. It is pertinent to mention that EU had recognised Basmati as a joint product of India and Pakistan in 2006. Both Pakistan and India make good money from their respective exports of Basmati rice. Pakistan annually earns $2.2 billion, while India makes about $6.8 billion from Basmati exports. "Both countries export Basmati rice. India, in its application to the EU, has never stated that it is the only Basmati producer in the world," insisted Vijay Sethi, a New Delhi-based exporter. While both sides still have their own historical details on the origin of Basmati, it is rare to see two arch-rivals, who are not ready to come to the table for talks until their demands are met, come down to a mutual agreement. Pakistan demands India to reverse its August 5, 2019 decision that changed the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union Territories by abrogating Articles 370 and 35A, as a benchmark to make way for dialogue and address other issues between the two countries. India, on the other hand, demands Pakistan to stop crossborder terrorism and take decisive action against terror elements, which it claims, enjoy the support of the establishment. NOVAVAX VACCINE FOUND 90 PC EFFECTIVE AGAINST COVID VARIANTS NEW DELHI: US Biotechnology company Novavax on Monday announced that its Covid-19 vaccine provides 100 per cent protection against moderate and severe symptoms of the disease and 90.4 per cent efficacy overall in phase 3 trials. The study enrolled 29,960 participants across 119 sites in the US and Mexico to evaluate efficacy, safety and immunogenicity, with an emphasis on recruiting a representative population of communities and demographic groups most impacted by the disease. "Today, Novavax is one step closer to addressing the critical and persistent global public health need for additional COVID-19 vaccines. These clinical results reinforce that NVX-CoV2373 is extremely effective and offers complete protection against both moderate and severe COVID-19 infection," said Stanley C Erck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Novavax. "Novavax continues to work with a sense of urgency to complete our regulatory submissions and deliver this vaccine, built on a well understood and proven platform, to a world that is still in great need of vaccines," he added.