YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 27 C MIN 12 C KERALA WORKERS LOSE RS 13,650 CR IN WAGES DURING LOCKDOWN OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 16 JUNE, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—43 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) INDIA NAME 15 FOR WTC FINAL; AXAR, SUNDAR EXCLUDED SPORTS Morning India Unlock 3.0: Malls, govt, pvt offices to open till 4 pm ANURAG THAKUR RANCHI: As Covid cases dip in Jharkhand, the Hemant Soren government on Tuesday announced few relaxations. According to the guidelines issued on Tuesday, all government and private offices will now be permitted to open till 4 pm with 50 per cent human resources. However, all shops, including fruits and groceries will remain closed from Saturday 4 pm till Monday 6 am. Health services and related shops are exempted. The period of Unlock 3.0 will be till 6 am on June 24. However, the decision of the state government has left the bus operators and coaching teachers of Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Koderma, UNLOCK 3.0 GUIDELINES ISSUED BY GOVT All shops in all districts will be able to open till 4 pm. Shopping malls and departmental stores will be open. Godda, Jamtara, Deoghar, Dumka, Pakur, Sahebganj disappointed. They were expecting relief. Bus operations in Jharkhand are closed due to the lockdown. Bus operators wanted that at least bus operations should be allowed within the state. Coaching operators were also demanding permission from the government to start coaching classes. Earlier, last week, the NEW DELHI: Due to approaching mid-latitude 'westerlies' (winds), the further progress of the monsoon over remaining parts of northwest India is likely to be slow, the IMD said on Tuesday. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,95,84,969 TOTAL DEATH: 3,77,273 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 177,105,726 TOTAL DEATH: 3,829,318 All shops (including vegetable-fruit-grocery shops) will remain closed from 4 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Monday. Health care establishments and milk stores will remain open. All educational institutions will remain closed. Anganwadi centres will remain closed but food items will be provided to the beneficiaries at home. There will be a ban on the gathering of more than 5 people. Cinema halls, clubs, bars, ban- A maximum of 11 persons can attend a marriage and a maximum of 20 persons can attend a funeral. Religious places will remain closed for devotees. The ban on the procession will continue. The ban on bus transport will continue. The examinations conducted by the state will be postponed. The ban on fair and exhibition will continue. Govt: Delta Plus variant of interest, not variant of concern JHARKHAND DECLARES BLACK FUNGUS AS EPIDEMIC WESTERLIES MAY SLOW PROGRESS OF MONSOON OVER NORTHWEST INDIA Stadiums, gymnasiums, swimming pools and parks will remain closed. All government and private offices will be able to open till 4 pm with 50% human resource. AT A GLANCE RANCHI: The Jharkhand government on Tuesday declared mucormycosis an epidemic amid the rising number of cases in the state. There are 130 suspected cases of mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus, in the state. Of them, 79 cases have been confirmed, said a senior official at the Chief Minister's Office. So far, 25 people have died in the state due to black fungus, while 37 have recovered, he said. "On the direction of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, black fungus has been declared as an epidemic," the CMO tweeted. The decision was taken amid black fungus threat among immune-compromised patients, especially COVID-19 patients being treated with steroids, the official said. quet halls, multiplexes, will remain closed. Jharkhand government enforced a complete lockdown in the state for 38 hours starting from 4 pm on Saturday till 6 am on Monday. This came after the public was found violating the SOPs on Covid-appropriate behaviour during relaxations of the weekly lockdown. Following the order for a complete lockdown, all 24 districts in the state had started deploying security forces at strategic areas. In Ranchi, several police teams were deployed across the city on Saturday to enforce the lockdown rules. Earlier on June 9, the Jharkhand government said that a complete lockdown in the state will be imposed between 4 pm on Saturday and 6 am on Monday. However, essential services will be allowed to operate. SAD DAY FOR DEMOCRACY IF PROTEST/TERROR ACTIVITY DIFFERENCE BLURRED: HC The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said the frivolous use of serious penal provisions of stringent anti-terror law UAPA against people would only trivialise it, as it granted bail to JNU students and Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal and Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha in a case of the "larger conspiracy" related to Delhi riots last year. PG 7 Coal India to cut manpower by 5% annually for next 5-10 yrs NEW DELHI: One of the largest employers in India, the state-run Coal India Ltd (CIL), plans to reduce its manpower by 5 per cent annually for the next 5-10 years as part of its cost control measures. In FY20, the company had over 2.72 lakh employees. In its corporate presentation filed with the BSE, the public sector major mentioned: "Attrition of manpower: 5 per cent reduction in manpower annually for the next 5-10 years (FY20 base of 2,72,445 employees)," among other cost cutting measures. Further, the company would also shut its unviable mines to cut expenses. About 158 underground mines employ 43 per cent of the workforce whereas they contribute 5 per cent to the total production, it said. "Action is being taken to close the unviable mines in CIL in a phased manner. Production from 11 such underground mines has already been suspended," it said. IN ITS CORPORATE PRESENTATION FILED WITH THE BSE, THE PUBLIC SECTOR MAJOR MENTIONED: "ATTRITION OF MANPOWER: 5 PER CENT REDUCTION IN MANPOWER ANNUALLY FOR THE NEXT 5-10 YEARS (FY20 BASE OF 2,72,445 EMPLOYEES)," AMONG OTHER COST CUTTING MEASURES. CIL also said that it would focus on first mile connectivity and infrastructure creation to reduce costs. Coal India also said that for efficient operationalisation of greenfield projects, it has devised a transformative plan to engage MDO for 15 projects (10 OC and 5 UG) with combined total targeted capacity of about 160 MTY and out of the 15 projects, work order has been issued for two projects of 45 MTY. The remaining projects are at various stages of tendering and approval from NIT, it said. NEW DELHI: The new Delta Plus mutation of coronavirus is "a variant of interest", not "a variant of concern", the government said on Tuesday. "Delta variant played a major role in the second wave. An additional mutation of this variant, known as Delta Plus, has been detected and submitted to the global data system. It has been seen in Europe since March and was brought into the public domain two days ago on June 13," NITI Aayog's Member Health, Dr V.K. Paul, said at a Health Ministry press meet. "Delta Plus is a variant of interest, but not a variant of concern. It has not yet been classified as a variant of concern, in which there is adverse consequence to humanity. As per data available in the public domain, this variant nullifies the use of monoclonal antibody. We will scientifically study and learn more about this variant. "The new variant was found outside India and we have to found out its presence, spread and way of spread in the country. INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia) will keep a constant watch on the new variant and find ‘NOVAVAX RESULTS ARE PROMISING, HOPE COMPANY STARTS TRIAL ON KIDS SOON’ NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday said clinical trials of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in India are in an advanced stage of completion and hoped the US-based company will soon start trials of its protein-based vaccine on children too. "Novavax results are promising. What we are learning from data available in the public domain that this vaccine is very safe and highly effective. It will be produced in India. Clinical trials are being conducted and are in an advanced stage of completion," Dr VK Paul, Member- Health, Niti Aayog said in press briefing by the Union Health Ministry. He said that Novavax vaccine will be produced in India, hopefully in very large quantities. Preparatory work has already been done by the Punebased manufacturer Serum Institute of India, which has an agreement with the Marylandbased company to produce 1.1 billion doses of the vaccine in India. Dr Paul said there will be some gap in the production of the (of Novavax vaccine) for a while. MORE ON PG 5 INSIDE out its harmful effects," he added. Paul emphasised that it is important to continue to follow Covid appropriate behaviour. "We are dealing with a highly transmissible variant this year than we were in 2020, hence we exercise greater caution and strictly abide by Covid appropriate behaviour," he said. DAILY COVID-19 COUNT IN INDIA LOWEST AFTER 75 DAYS PAGE 5 Devotees come to offer prayers at temple on a peak amid COVID-19 pandemic, in Rudraprayag on Tuesday. ANI May retail sales fall 79% from pre-Covid levels in 2019 NEW DELHI: Retail sales in India last month declined 79 per cent from the sales recorded in the pre-Covid period of May 2019, according to a survey by Retailers Association of India (RAI). The decline comes on the back of the lockdowns across states amid the second wave of Covid-19. With sales down 34 per cent in May 2021, categories such as food and grocery fared better than categories like footwear (86 per cent), beauty, wellness and personal care (-87 per cent) and sports goods (-80 per cent) as compared to preWITH SALES DOWN 34 Covid sales levels PC IN MAY 2021, (May 2019). CATEGORIES SUCH AS Retailers FOOD AND GROCERY across regions FARED BETTER THAN are reflecting a CATEGORIES LIKE deep fall in sales FOOTWEAR (-86 PER with southern CENT), BEAUTY, WELLIndia at '-73 per NESS AND PERSONAL cent' in May CARE (-87 PER CENT) 2021 as comAND SPORTS GOODS pared to May (-80 PER CENT) AS 2019 pre-covid COMPARED TO PREsales, eastern COVID SALES LEVELS region at '-75 (MAY 2019). per cent', while western and northern regions have indicated '-83 per cent' sales in May 2021 as compared to May 2019. The RAI statement noted that many of the states have now slowly begun to open all forms of retail in a calibrated manner. Commenting on the current state of the retail industry, Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO, Retailers Association of India (RAI), said: "Retailers are looking forward to some improvement in the month of June with gradual unlocking. However, the retail industry needs collective support of various government bodies to tide over the present situation." Pak, China focused on protecting CPEC after Galwan Valley standoff NEW DELHI: While the stand-off between India and China was at peak in the Galwan Valley, after a lethal but unarmed clash on June 15 last year, the wheels of diplomacy, and more, began to swiftly turn between Islamabad and Beijing. The public response was muted from the Pakistani side but as an "All weather friend" of China, it was obvious that Pakistan would show its support for China--less overtly but more covertly. This was evident in the statement by foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi when he said that China cannot remain ignorant towards India's "illegal" construction of roads in Ladakh. Pakistan was obviously trying to cash in on the situation. It chose the line that its confrontation with China was another illustration that India was destabilizing the entire South Asian region. Qureshi therefore flagged India's so-called aggressive behaviour towards its neighbours that could put regional peace and security at stake. The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan also criticised the Modi government and his "expansionist policies" while stating that India's aggressiveness is a threat to India's neighbours. India has border disputes with Nepal, China, and Pakistan and is being constantly threatened with false flag operations. Such continuous arrogant behaviour will not be tolerated, he said, while trying to drive a wedge between India and its South Asian neighbourhood, in its bid to undermine New Delhi's status as a rising regional power. In slamming India postGawan, Khan was following up on his earlier steps of downgrading diplomatic ties with India by withdrawing its High Commissioner after India abrogated Article 370 in August 2019. India-Pakistan ties were already going steeply south ahead of the Galwan incident. After abrogating Article 370 and Article 35A, India reasserted its claims over PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan in accordance with the February, 1994 Parliament resolution. The Survey of India's new map depicted Gilgit-Baltistan and Aksai China within the UT Ladakh boundary. Another move was the India Meteorological Department including areas in PoK and GilgitBaltistan in its daily weather forecasts, starting May 6 last year. Post-Gawan, the future of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project under the Belt and Road Initiative blipped ever-more strongly on the ChinaPakistan radar. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar project that serves as the flagship of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), from the very outset. As CPEC passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, both China and Pakistan have a joint interest in protecting the area that India energetically claims. China and Pakistan appear to have been worried that India under Prime THIS WAS EVIDENT IN THE STATEMENT BY FOREIGN MINISTER SHAH MAHMOUD QURESHI WHEN HE SAID THAT CHINA CANNOT REMAIN IGNORANT TOWARDS INDIA'S "ILLEGAL" CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS IN LADAKH. PAKISTAN WAS OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO CASH IN ON THE SITUATION. Minister Narendra Modi has become strategically confident. The Doklam standoff, cross LoC surgical strikes, Balakot air strike,Operation All Out in Kashmir and the abrogation of Article 370, further gave rise to the perception of India's strategic confidence. It is understood that the Chinese have conveyed their concerns over CPEC to its all-weather ally Pakistan as India has very strongly objected to Beijing exploiting the ecologically sensitive Gilgit-Baltistan area and PoK. Last year, according to a US intelligence report, China had a much better understanding of Indian troop positions and movements ahead of the June 15 Galwan Valley clash in Ladakh, thanks to Pakistan. Some analysts say that the revival of the ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan, and the blow-hot blowcold noises towards normalisation of India-Pak ties serve China's interests. Any breakthrough between India and Pakistan is likely to secure CPEC, China's too-big-to-fail flagship project under its BRI.