YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C CIVIL WAR IS IMMINENT IN AFGHANISTAN AS TERROR REVIVES OPINION Rainfall may occur. 1983 WORLD CUP WINNER YASHPAL SHARMA NO MORE SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 14 JULY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—71 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) CM Soren for planting trees on vacant govt urban land FOREST DEPT TO PLANT 1.65 CR SAPLINGS DURING MONSOON Sputnik V to be produced at SII from Sept: RDIF SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Tuesday warned that the mode of development adopted presently would lead to a natural disaster. He said that there was a need to establish harmony between development and environment. Speaking during the 72nd Van Mahotsav at Angara in Ranchi district, the CM said that people talk of the environment but it is necessary that they implement even 50 percent of their ideas. He directed the officials to start a sapling plantation drive on the vacant government land in the urban and the surrounding areas. He said that people should also plant trees in homes. He said that the forest department should distribute fruit trees among the people. The CM opined that the pandemic and several other incidents like floods are not giving positive signals. He said global warming has become a matter of concern. Soren said that mountains are being dug up and forests are being destroyed in the name of building infrastructure and industries. He said that interference with nature would lead to heavy costs. The CM stated that the emergence of the concrete jungle around the big ponds and dams of the state was not a good sign, adding it would lead to drying up of the water resources. He said that water bodies pave the path towards the development and habitation of people. The CM pointed out that Jharkhand’s pride is associated with its forest, mountains and rivers. "Our ancestors have left an invaluable gift of rich natural resources," he said, adding that it would be tragic if we are unable to conserve them. Member of Parliament Dheeraj Sahu stated that a decrease in forests is leading to climate change. MLA Rajesh Kachhap praised the efforts of villagers and the forest officials in protecting the forest. He said the forest department should adopt a flexible approach towards people collecting forest produce for their basic needs. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) PK Verma said that the Van Mahotsav was started as an official programme in 1950. In 1950 our population was 37.5 crore, which has increased to 140 crore, he said, adding the increase in population has put immense pressure on natural resources including forests. The PCCF informed that forest area has increased by 1625 square kilometers after the formation of the state. The forest coverage of the state is 34 percent, which is more than the national standard of 33 percent, he stated. He informed that the forest department is planning to plant 1.65 crore saplings in the current monsoon season. He said that climate change has emerged as one of the biggest problems at present. The demand for energy has led to the burning of wood and coal, which is causing the emission of carbon dioxide. Forest cover could be increased to decrease the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere, he stated. As many as five lakh saplings were planted to mark the occasion. Additional chief secretary L Khiyangte, principal secretary to the CM Rajiv Arun Ekka, secretary Vinay Chaubey and several forest officials were present on the occasion. AT A GLANCE PM MODI TELLS TOKYO-BOUND ATHLETES PRASHANT KISHOR MEETS RAHUL GANDHI Don’t get bogged down by expectations NEW DELHI: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence on Tuesday, creating a fresh buzz in the political circles. Kishor has recently held talks with NCP chief Sharad Pawar leading to speculation that he was helping build a larger opposition front to take on the BJP in the next cycle of assembly elections and later in the 2024 general elections. The meeting with Kishor, who is Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s principal advisor, also came in the backdrop of ongoing discussions on a likely revamp of the party’s state unit, but AICC general secretary. MORE ON PG 7 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 30,913,995 TOTAL DEATHS: 409,338 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 188,259,124 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,058,480 MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the Tokyo Olympics-bound Indian sportspersons not to get bogged down by the pressure of huge expectations and try and put up their best performance without bothering about the results. "Don’t take pressure of winning, just tell yourself one thing that we will do our best. I will say it again ‘cheer for India’. I am sure you will touch new heights," Prime Minister Modi told the 126 members of the Indian contingent and their family members during an interaction on Tuesday evening. He said his government has provided all the facilities and support to the sportspersons and as a result athletes in such large number have qualified for Tokyo Olympics. "Just like we have to combine hard work with good strategy to win in sports, the government has also done the same. We set up a committee, athletes were helped with the TOPS scheme. The development from before is being felt by you all. You sweat for the country and the flag and for that, the country stands strong beside you. We tried our best to help the athletes train, we listened to them, which is why we could bring so much betterment in such less time. With Khelo India and Fit India, things got better and the result is that a huge contingent is going to the Olympics this time. "A lot of sports are such in which India has qualified for the first time. You have been practicing to win and we don’t doubt it all. I can see you all and say with conviction that winning will become new India’s habit. When you will wave the flag in Tokyo, the world will see. Don’t take pressure of winning, just tell yourself one thing that we will do our best. I will say it again ‘cheer for India’. I am sure you will touch new heights. I thank you all and I wish you all the very best. I salute your families. Thank you Boeing delivers 10th anti-submarine warfare aircraft P-8I to Navy NEW DELHI: US-based aerospace company Boeing on Tuesday delivered the 10th anti-submarine warfare aircraft P-8I to the Indian Navy. Indian Defence Ministry had first signed a contract for eight P-8I aircraft in 2009. Later, in 2016, it signed a contract for four additional P8I aircraft, Tribune India reported citing a statement from Boeing. "This is the second aircraft to be delivered under the option contract for four additional aircraft that the Indian Ministry of Defence awarded in 2016," the statement said. "In addition to unmatched maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities, the P-8I has been deployed to assist during disaster relief and humanitarian missions," it added. Boeing India tweeted, "we are honoured to deliver Indian Navy with 10th P-8I. The P8 is capable of Maritime surveillance, Anti-submarine anti-surface warfare, and Search and rescue operations The Indian Navy had received the ninth P-8I aircraft in November last year and this aircraft is an integral part of the Indian Navy’s fleet and has surpassed 30,000 flight hours since it was inducted in 2013, Tribune India reported. very much." He said he could not host them at his official residence in New Delhi, as had been done in past, because of the Coronovirus pandemic but promised to host them when they return from Tokyo. "All the athletes and families, we spoke virtually today but I would have loved to have hosted you all in Delhi. Due to corona, we couldn’t do that. A lot of athletes are training abroad. Once you are back, I promise to meet you all in person. Corona changed a lot -- Olympic year, your way of preparation. In Tokyo, the environment will be different. The nation got to know today how much you have worked hard for the country even in these tough times.” MOSCOW: The first batch of Sputnik vaccine is expected to be produced at Serum Institute of India (SII)’s facilities in September, said Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country’s sovereign wealth fund on Tuesday. In a statement, RDIF said that the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Serum Institute of India (SII)s intend to produce over 300 million doses of the vaccine in India per year. "As part of the technical transfer process, SII has already received cell and vector samples from the Gamaleya Center. With their import approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), the cultivation process has begun," it said. India is the leading production hub for the production of the Sputnik vaccine. RDIF had earlier reached agreements with a number of pharmaceutical companies in India (Gland Pharma, Hetero Biopharma, Panacea Biotec, Stelis Biopharma, Virchow Biotech and Morepen) for the production of the Russian vaccine. To date, the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has been registered in 67 countries globally with a total population of over 3.5 bn people. The data obtained by regulators of a number of countries during the vaccination of the population, including in Argentina, Serbia, Bahrain, Hungary, Mexico, San Marino, UAE and others, demonstrates that Sputnik V is one of the safest and most effective vaccines against coronavirus Meanwhile, on WHO concern over Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine issues with the filling of vials at one plant, the Pharmastanfar - UfaVITA said that the issues did not relate to the safety or efficacy of the vaccine itself, the plant is responsible only for pouring into vials doses of Sputnik V vaccine produced elsewhere. CONGRESS CALLS STRATEGY GROUP MEET ON JULY 14 AHEAD OF SESSION PAGE 7 Panel to look into PSB clerical cadre exams in regional languages NEW DELHI: The Centre has set up a committee to look into the demand for holding examination for clerical cadre in Public Sector Banks (PSBs) in local and regional languages, an official statement said on Tuesday. A Finance Ministry statement said that the Committee will give its recommendations within 15 days, and only after that the ongoing process of holding the examination initiated by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will be restarted. The ministry is looking at conducting bank examination even in regional languages as is being done in case of recruitment examinations conducted for regional rural banks (RRBs). This comes in wake of controversy surfacing recently that the IBPS is conducting examinations for selection of clerical cadre staff in PSBs only in two languages English and Hindi - even though 22 languages are recognised by the Constitution. It also sought to clarify a statement made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in 2019 when she had assured holding banking exams in local languages, while linking the IBPS’ latest advertisement offering choice of just two languages. In social media age, desecration of reputation child’s play: HC NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said social media had made desecration of a public figure’s reputation "child’s play", as it slammed activist Saket Gokhale for posting defamatory tweets against former United Nations Assistant Secretary General Lakshmi Puri, wife of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The court directed Gokhale to immediately delete the tweets alleging Puri had purchased certain property in Switzerland which was disproportionate to her income. A bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar said: "In the age of social media, desecration of the reputation of a public figure has become child’s play. All that is needed is the opening of a social media account and, thereafter, the post- ing of messages on the account." "It is an unfortunate truism, of human nature - which forms subject matter of philosophical debate since ages - that we prefer brickbats to bouquets." Justice Shankar made it clear if Gokhale, fails to delete the tweets, then Twitter is directed to take down those URLs. As Gokhale’s counsel argued that before posting messages on a social media platform, made accessible to all members of the public, against any person, no due diligence, by way of conducting, at the very least, a preliminary enquiry into the facts, is necessary, the court said: "Such a submission, if accepted, would place the reputation of every citizen in the country in serious jeopardy, and open to ransom at the hands of every social media vigi- lante, some of whose intentions may be less than honourable." The bench noted that criticism always makes for better press than praise, and the more vitriolic the criticism, the better, and the exponential growth of social media platforms provided fertile soil for the growth and mushrooming of this unfortunate human tendency. "Social media, for all its unquestionable and undeniable benefits, as well as its indispensability in modern times, comes with its own sordid sequelae. The present instance appears to be a case in point," it noted. The court noted the damage that the plaintiff, and her husband, have suffered, as a result of Gokhale’s tweets is apparent; but that is one of the unavoidable pitfalls of access to social media platforms and the way in which they work, by those who abuse their facility, as Gokhale has, in the present case, prima facie chosen to do. The high court noted that Puri has brought on record all necessary documentary and communi- cation shared with government in connection with the property. "I am unable to find, prima facie, even a scintilla of impropriety, or lack of transparency, either in the purchase of the apartment, or in the disclosures made to the statutory authorities in that regard, either by the plaintiff or by her husband," it said. Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing Puri, contended that Gokhale is a "pseudoactivist, whose intent is only to blackmail vulnerable persons in public life, such as his client". The court declined to accept the submission of Gokhale’s counsel that the law did not require a vigilante, who sought to post, on social media platforms, messages against public figures, to carry out any preliminary exercise of verification before doing so. The court noted ideally, in the first instance, clarifications ought to have been sought from the person against whom the messages were intended to be posted. It also took a grim view on tagging the Finance Minister in one of the tweets by Gokhale. "Such ‘tagging’ has, however, no sanctity whatsoever in law and is, in any event, woefully inadequate to serve as notice to the Finance Minister regarding the issues which the defendant was choosing to highlight," it said. The court added that loss and prejudice that the plaintiff is likely to suffer, as a consequence of the thoughtless tweets of the defendant, cannot be compensated in monetary terms. The court noted a series of tweets, posted between June 13 and June 23, appeared to have been actuated by a clear desire to target her and her husband, for reasons which seem, at the very least, to be recondite. Puri had filed the suit against Gokhale claiming that the tweets were defamatory, malicious, and based on false information.