YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C UNEMPLOYMENT, DECENT WORK DEFICITS, INEQUALITY WORSENING OPINION Rainfall may occur. ONLY COURAGEOUS PEOPLE ARE WELCOME IN CONGRESS: RAHUL NATION Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI SATURDAY, 17 JULY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—74 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE Neeraj Sinha gets 2-yr tenure as DGP PM MODI LAUNCHES RAILWAY PROJECTS IN GUJARAT NEW DELHI: Emphasising the importance of horizontal and vertical expansion of Indian Railways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government worked to develop railways not only as a service but as an asset. PM Modi on Friday inaugurated several key projects of the Railways in Gujarat via video conferencing. The Railway projects include the newly redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway station, gauge converted cum electrified Mahesana - Varetha line, and the newly electrified Surendranagar - Pipavav section. PILOT KILLED, TRAINEE HURT AS ITALIAN-MADE TRAINER CRASHES IN MAHA JALGAON: The pilot was killed and the woman trainee was injured when a brandnew training aircraft belonging to a private aviation academy crashed in a field near Chopda village of Maharashtra's Jalgaon district on Friday, officials said. 4 GET LIFE TERM FOR ACID ATTACK IN K'TAKA, FINED RS 20L CHIKMAGALUR: In a significant judgment, the Additional Sessions Court in Chikmagalur in Karnataka has awarded life imprisonment to four accused persons in an acid attack case. The Judge, Manjunath Sangreshi, also collectively fined them Rs 20 lakh and specified that the entire amount should reach the victim. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,007,870 TOTAL DEATHS: 412,204 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 189,383,935 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,077,612 SANJAY SAHAY A beneficiary receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, at Yamuna Khadar, in New Delhi on Friday. ANI Statutory nod for Zydus Cadila vax for 12-18 age-group soon, Centre to HC NEW DELHI: The Centre has informed the Delhi High Court that Zydus Cadila, which is developing DNA vaccines has concluded its clinical trial for the age group of 12 to 18. The affidavit filed by under secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, said: "It is submitted that Zydus Cadila, which is developing DNA vaccines has concluded its clinical trial for between the age group of 12 to 18 and subject to the statutory permissions, the same may be available in near future for children of the age group of 12 to 18 years of age". The affidavit added that May 1, onwards under the liberalized pricing and accelerated national Covid vaccination strategy, all citizens ‘NEXT 100 TO 125 DAYS ARE CRITICAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IN INDIA’ NEW DELHI: Union Health Ministry in its weekly press conference on Friday cautioned that the next 100 to 125 days are critical in the fight against COVID-19 in India. "Fall in cases has slowed down. It's a warning signal. Next 100 to 125 days are critical for fight against COVID in India," says Dr VK Paul, MemberHealth, Niti Aayog in a Health Ministry press conference. Member Health, NITI Aayog shared a study conducted by ICMR that analyses the vaccine effectiveness in police personnel, a high-risk category PG 5 above the age of 18 years including parents of children who are residing ion Delhi are already eligible for Covid19 vaccination. The Centre said the vaccination is its top most priority and all efforts are being made to achieve " an objective of 100 percent vaccination in the shortest time possible keeping the available resources in mind and availability of vaccine doses into consideration". The Centre filed this affidavit in response to the plea, filed by Tia Gupta through advocate Bihu Sharma demanding for immediate vaccination of children between the ages of 12-17 in the city, and also prioritizing of vaccination for parents having children up to 17 years of age. In June last week, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that Zydus Cadila, has concluded its clinical trials for the 12 to 18 age group, and the vaccine may be available in near future, subject to the statutory permissions Today, according to Sharma, Delhi High Court Chief Justice asked the central government to frame a policy for children's vaccination expeditiously. The plea contended that data from across the country, including Delhi, has revealed that between April-May, the number of reported cases of children infected and suffering Covid-19 has risen tremendously. On May 28, a bench comprising Chief Justice D N Patel and justice Jyoti Singh had issued notice to Centre and Delhi government on the petition. The plea contended that it is pertinent the vaccine policy against Covid-19 has failed to factor-in children or parents of children, who are a vulnerable section of society, for vaccination against the deadly virus. The plea added that the evidence that unvaccinated children are more likely to develop a new, more powerful Covid-19 strain, is reflected in the prevalent 'second wave', which has infected many more children than the 'first wave' last year. RANCHI: The State government on Friday issued a notification stating that the current director-general of police Neeraj Sinha would serve the post for a period of two years. The order that Sinha who had been appointed to the post on February 2 2021 would be DGP till February 11 2023 or till any further order of the government, whichever is earlier. The additional secretary, home, prison and disaster management Shailesh Kumar Sinha said that Neeraj Sinha who was appointed from the UPSC panel of officers would be in service for two years in accordance with the Supreme Court order in the Prakash Singh and others versus Government of India and others case. It may be stated here that the decision comes after the Supreme Court sought a reply from the Government of Jharkhand and the UPSC on why the then DGP KN Chaubey was removed from the post in violation of its order related to a minimum tenure of two years. It may be stated here that the state government had appointed MV Rao as the DGP on March 16 2020 in place of Chaubey who had assumed office on May 31 2019. The SC has in its order stated that DGP of the state shall be selected by the state government from amongst the three senior-most officers of the department who have been empanelled for promotion to that rank by the UPSC on the basis of their length of service, very good record and range of experience for heading the police force. The order further stated that once the DGP has been selected for the job, he should have a minimum tenure of at least two years irrespective of his date of superannuation. The DGP may, however, be relieved of his responsibilities by the state government acting in consultation with the state security commission consequent upon any action taken against him under the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules or following his conviction in a court of law in a criminal offence or in a case of corruption, or if he is otherwise incapacitated from discharging his duties. THIRD-WAVE NATURE IS STILL UNPREDICTABLE: CM RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Friday said that the state government has started preparation for the third wave even before the second wave ended. Speaking to media persons in his native village Nemra in Ramgarh district, the CM said that special wards have been created in several districts while comprehensive arrangements are being made in the others for the next wave. PG 3 UP cannot go ahead with Indian photojournalist Danish Kanwar Yatra,... 100%: SC Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday pointed out that fear of a third Covid wave looms large over all Indians as it asked the Uttar Pradesh government to reconsider its decision on a physical Kanwar Yatra, emphasizing that a Yogi-government nod for a 100 per cent physical yatra is not advisable. A bench comprising justices R.F. Nariman and B.R. Gavai said authorities should reconsider whether to hold physical Kanwar Yatra at all, otherwise court will pass order in the matter. "We are prima facie of the view that this is a matter con- A BENCH COMPRISING JUSTICES R.F. NARIMAN AND B.R. GAVAI SAID AUTHORITIES SHOULD RECONSIDER WHETHER TO HOLD PHYSICAL KANWAR YATRA AT ALL, OTHERWISE COURT WILL PASS ORDER IN THE MATTER. cerning every citizen and all other sentiments, including religious are subservient to right to life of citizens," said the bench. The bench told senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan, who is repre- senting the UP government, "given Covid pandemic and the fear of third wave, which looms over all Indians", whether the authority will reconsider allowing the yatra at all for compelling religious reasons. Justice Nariman said: "State of UP cannot go ahead with it. 100 percent". Vaidyanathan replied, "We have submitted affidavit from UP government. We just want a symbolic yatra". He added State Disaster Management Authority deliberated upon this, and stated that for compelling religious reasons if someone wants to undertake the yatra, they should seek permission, have negative RT-PCR report and also be fully vaccinated. Justice Nariman said: "We can give you one more opportunity to consider holding yatra physically at all. This or else we pass an order." NEW DELHI: Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was killed in Afghanistan while on a reporting assignment, Afghan ambassador Farid Mamundzay said on Friday. A resident of Delhi, Siddiqui was on a reporting assignment with the Afghan security forces when he was killed. Siddiqui's father Professor Akhtar Siddiqui told IANS: "I got information about my son about one hour ago. The last time I spoke to my son was two days ago, and he was very happy at that time. " Afghanistan's ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, tweeted, "Deeply disturbed by the sad news of the killing of a friend, Danish Seddiqi in Kandahar last night. The Indian Journalist & winner of Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family & Reuters." Danish Siddiqui was constantly capturing Afghan happenings in his camera, and was informing people through his social media posts. Two days ago, he tweeted: "The Humvee in which I was travelling with other special forces was also targeted by at least 3 RPG rounds and other weapons. I was lucky to be safe and capture the visual of one of the rockets hitting the armour plate overhead". He also posted a short video about the action. Siddiqui was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his coverage of the Rohingya issue. T20 WORLD CUP: INDIA AND PAKISTAN IN THE SAME GROUP DUBAI: India and Pakistan have been drawn together in Super 12, or the second stage, of the men's T20 World Cup as the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups for the tournament to be played from October 17 to November 14 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Round 1 will have eight teams, including automatic qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, playing against the six teams who booked their spot through a qualifying event in 2019 in the UAE. Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia join Sri Lanka in Group A. Group B has Oman, PNG and Scotland are joined by Bangladesh. Group 1 comprises defending champions West Indies pooled alongside 2010 champions "WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE GROUPS FOR THE ICC MEN'S T20 WORLD CUP 2021. THERE ARE SOME GREAT MATCH UPS OFFERED BY THE GROUPS AND IT STARTS TO BRING THE EVENT TO LIFE FOR OUR FANS AS OUR FIRST MULTITEAM EVENT SINCE THE ONSET OF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC DRAWS CLOSER," SAID ICC'S ACTING CEO GEOFF ALLARDICE. England, Australia and South Africa along with two qualifiers from Round 1 joining them. Group 2 comprises 2007 champions India, 2009 winners Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifiers from Round 1. Top two teams from both groups will progress to the Super 12 stage. The two groups for Super 12 were created on the basis of team rankings as of 20 March 2021. India enjoys a 5-0 superiority against Pakistan across all editions of the T20 World Cup. "We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great match ups offered by the groups and it starts to bring the event to life for our fans as our first multi-team event since the onset of the global pandemic draws closer," said ICC's acting CEO Geoff Allardice. "Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we selected the cutoff date as close as possible to the event to ensure we were able to include the maximum amount of cricket in the rankings which determine the groups." BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was delighted upon Oman being part of the mega event. "It is good to get Oman in the frame of world cricket with the hosting of the ICC men's T20 World Cup. It will help a lot of young players take an interest in the game. We know it will be a world class event in this part of the world." The tournament schedule will be announced later. Meanwhile, Batsman Lahiru Udara, pace bowler Shiran Fernando and all-rounder Ishan Jayaratne - who are all uncapped -- have been included in a 25member Sri Lanka squad for the six-match limited-overs series against India that begins on Sunday. The series starts with three ODIs and concludes with three T20 Internationals. The squad also includes batsman Kusal Perera and left-arm pace bowler Binura Fernando, who are both injured, said a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket. While Perera won't be taking part in the series at all, Fernando will be available only for T20 Internationals. Batsman Dasum Shanaka will lead the side. Apart from the services of Perera and Fernando, Sri Lanka are also missing three key players -- wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, batsmen Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka who are all suspended on disciplinary grounds - for breaching the biosecure environment. Squad: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dhananjaya De Silva, GROUPINGS: ROUND 1 Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman SUPER 12S Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2 Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2 and B1 Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Binura Fernando (to miss ODIs, play T20I series) and Kusal Perera (to miss both series).