YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C PAKISTAN MAY FACE BIG REFUGEE CRISIS AS TALIBAN FORCES ADVANCE OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 15 JULY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—72 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) INDIA IN SRI LANKA: HALF A DOZEN DEBUT HOPES SPORTS Morning India Union Cabinet approves increase in DA, DR to 28% Will work for State’s development: Governor MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Ramesh Bais on Wednesday took over as the 10th Governor of the state in a function held in Birsa Mandap in Raj Bhawan. Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court Ravi Ranjan administered the oath of office to him. The function, which had a limited number of guests due to the Covid pandemic, was attended by Chief Minister Hemant Soren, his cabinet ministers, Speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto, BJP leaders and administrative and judicial officials. Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh read out the warrant issued by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind related to the appointment of the Governor. Speaking to media persons after taking the oath the Governor saluted the land of Birsa Munda and said that his focus would be on the development of the state. He expressed confidence that he would be able to work with the government in this regard. He said he would try to seek maximum support from the Centre in the implementation of various schemes. He said,” Party feelings AT A GLANCE TELL POLICE NOT TO FILE CASES UNDER AXED IT ACT SECTION, MHA TO STATES NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has asked states and Union Territories to direct all police stations under their jurisdiction not to register cases under the repealed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. It has also asked the states and the UTs to sensitise law enforcement agencies for the compliance of the order issued by the Supreme Court on March 24, 2015. The MHA has also said that if any case has been booked in states and the UTs under Section 66A of the IT Act, 2000, such cases should be immediately withdrawn. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 30,913,995 TOTAL DEATHS: 409,338 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 188,259,124 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,058,480 MONSOON SESSION: LS SPEAKER CALLS ALL-PARTY MEET ON JULY 18 Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court Ravi Ranjan administered the oath of office to Ramesh Bais at a functio held at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday. are limited to fighting the elections. After that, we all focus on development.” The CM said, “ The new Governor has assumed office. We would work together to take the state forward. I think the state would benefit from his experience and thoughts.” Minister Rameshwar Oraon said that the entire Adivasi community was looking up to the new Governor. BJP leader Deepak Prakash and MLA CP Singh said that the new Governor has vast experience as a Member of Parliament, minister and Governor. Among the cabinet ministers present on the occasion were Alamgir Alam, Satyanand Bhokta, Champai Soren, Joba Manjhi, Banna Gupta and Badal Patralekh. Members of Parliament Sanjay Seth and Deepak India’s June WPI inflation eases on lower food prices NEW DELHI: Lower food prices aided in sequentially lowering India's annual rate of inflation, based on wholesale prices, in June. However, the inflation rate alarmingly remained above the 12 per cent mark. The WPI rose by 12.07 per cent in June from a rise of 12.94 per cent in May. The monthly rate of inflation, in June 2020, stood at () 1.81 per cent. On a sequential basis, the month over month change in WPI index for June 2021 as compared to May, was 0.75 per cent. "The high rate of inflation in June 2021 is primarily due to low base effect and rise in prices of mineral oils viz. petrol, diesel (HSD), naphtha, ATF, furnace oil etc, and manufactured products like basic metal, food products, chemical products etc as compared the corresponding month of the previous year," a Ministry of Commerce and Industry statement said. The low base effect has been attributed to last year's full nationwide lockdown which was imposed to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. On segment wise basis, prices of primary articles, which constitute 22.62 per cent of the WPI's total weightage, rose at a slower rate of 7.74 per cent last month from 9.61 per cent in May 2021. Similarly, WPI food index rose by 6.66 per cent from 8.11 per cent reported for May. The prices of manufactured items rose by 10.88 per cent from 10.83 per cent. On the same note, the prices of fuel and power, with a weightage of 13.15 per cent, remained at an elevated 32.83 per cent from 37.61 per cent. Diesel prices rose at a slower rate of 59.92 per cent in June against 66.30 per cent during May. During the same period, petrol prices rose by 59.94 per cent in June from 62.28 per cent. key consumables such as potato became a bit inexpensive. Its prices deflated by (-) 30.97 per cent against (-) 27.90 per cent. Vegetable prices fell by () 0.78 per cent against (-) 9 per cent. Prices of pulses rose by 11.49 per cent last month from 12.09 per cent. MORE ON PG 9 Prakash, Ranchi Municipal Corporation mayor Asha Lakra, judges of Jharkhand High court, Development Commissioner Arun Singh, Director General of Police Neeraj Sinha, Director General, fire services, MV Rao, additional chief secretary to the Governor Shailesh Singh, principal secretary to the CM Rajiv Arun Ekka and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. LAND DEALER SHOT DEAD IN HINOO RANCHI: Armed criminals on Wednesday morning shot dead a land dealer Altaf Ansari in the busy Hinoo area under the Doranda police station area. The criminals shot at the victim several times causing fatal injuries. Even though local people tried to rush the victim to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, he succumbed to the injuries on the way. Notably, Altaf was waiting in his car in Hinoo when the criminals attacked him. The incident sent shock waves in the locality. Several senior police officers, including city SP Saurav and the ASP Hatia, rushed to the spot and carried out the preliminary investigation. The relatives of the victim were yet to register the case by late evening regarding the incident. Police said that investigation has started in connection with the crime. Meanwhile, police said that it was examining the closed circuit television cameras and call details of the victim. Free judiciary can be sustained via fair service conditions: SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the independence of the judiciary can be sustained when incumbents are assured a fair and reasonable conditions of service, as it declared provisions in the Tribunals Reforms Ordinance 2021, fixing a minimum age of 50 years, and four-year tenure of Chairmen and members of various tribunals, as unconstitutional. It held that these provisions were "contrary to the principles of separation of powers, independence of judiciary, and rule of law". Three separate judge- ments were delivered by a bench of Justices L. Nageswarao Rao, Hemant Gupta, and Ravindra Bhat on a plea by the Madras Bar Association, challenging the Sections 12 and 13 of the ordinance by which Sections 184 and 186(2) of the Finance Act, 2017 was amended. In a majority judgment, Justices Rao and Bhat held that four-year tenure violated the express direction given in an earlier judgment that term of tribunal members should be five years. This bench set aside those provisions. However, Justice Gupta delivered a dissenting judgment and dismissed the petition. Justice Rao said: "Independence of the judiciary can be sustained only when the incumbents are assured of fair and reasonable conditions of service, which include adequate renumeration and security of tenure." He emphasised that tribunals, constituted as an alternative mechanism for speedy resolution of disputes, have become non-functional due to the large number of posts which are kept unfilled for a long period of time. "Tribunals have become ineffective vehicles of administration of justice, resulting in complete denial of access to justice to the litigant public," he added. Justice Rao noted: "The main reason for tribunalisation, which is to provide speedy justice, is not achieved as tribunals are wilting under the unbearable weight of the exploding docket." He added the conditions of service for appointment to the posts of Chairpersons and members have been mired in controversy for the past several years, thereby, adversely affecting the basic functioning of tribunals. NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has called an allparty meeting of all floor leaders on July 18 to discuss issues related to the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament. The meeting is likely to begin from 11 a.m. at Parliament premises, said sources. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi will also interact with the floor leaders during the meeting and take their views before the session starts its 19day business from July 19, said sources. The meeting has been called a day before the Monsoon Session, which will run between July 19 and August 13. NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved an increase in Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners. As per an official release, the increased DA and DR, which will come into effect from July 1, will be 28 per cent representing an increase of 11 per cent over the existing rate of 17 per cent of the Basic Pay/Pension. In view of the unprecedented situation which arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cabinet has also decided to freeze three additional instalments of DA to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief DR to pensioners, which were due from January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021. "Now, the government has decided to increase the Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners with effect from July 1 to 28 per cent representing an increase of 11 per cent over the existing rate of 17 per cent of the Basic Pay/Pension," the release said The increase reflects the additional instalments arising on January 1, 20202, July 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021. The rate of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief for the period January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, shall remain at 17 per cent," it added. DONATION TO PATANJALI RESEARCH FOUNDATION TRUST NOW TAX DEDUCTIBLE The Centre has accorded 'Research Association' tag to Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Research Foundation Trust, Haridwar, thereby exempting donations made to the trust from income tax. The notification would be applicable on donations made during 2021-2022 to 2026-27 and businesses can claim tax deduction for the same period. "In exercise of the powers conferred by clauses (ii) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) read with rules 5C and 5D of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the Central Government hereby approves M/s Patanjali Research Foundation Trust, Haridwar under the category 'Research Association' for Scientific Research for the purposes of clauses (ii) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 read with rules 5C and 5D of the Income-tax Rules, 1962," said the notification of the Central Board of Direct Taxes. "This Notification shall apply with effect from the date of publication in the Official Gazette (i.e from the Previous Year 20212022) and accordingly shall be applicable for Assessment Year(s) 2022-23 to 2027-28." As per the Income Tax norms, while computing the income under head of 'business and profession', a taxpayer is permitted to deduct there from, any amount paid to an 'approved scientific research association' for undertaking scientific research.