YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C OPPN HAS TO SHOW UNITED MOJO AGAINST BJP IN MONSOON SESSION OPINION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI SUNDAY, 18 JULY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—75 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) RABINDRA NARAIN SINGH ELECTED AS VHP PRESIDENT NEW DELHI: Rabindra Narain Singh, an orthopaedic surgeon and a Padma Shri awardee, was elected as the president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday. Singh, who hails from Bihar, was serving as the vice president of the saffron outfit so far. He had received Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, in 2010 for his contributions to the field of medical science. "Our board of trustees today unanimously elected Padma Shri Ravindra Narain Singh as our president," VHP's joint general secretary Surendra Jain said at a press conference. FOLLOW GOVT'S COVID NORMS, REFRAIN FROM SACRIFICING FORBIDDEN ANIMALS: MADANI NEW DELHI: Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind chief Maulana Arshad Madani has advised Muslims to perform Eid-ul-Adha prayers in mosques or at home while following the Covid-19 guidelines given by the Health Ministry. Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on July 21 when as an annual ritual Muslims sacrifice animals. UP ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT BANS JEANS, T-SHIRT FOR STAFF LUCKNOW: Staff working in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Secretariat have been banned from wearing jeans and T-shirts during office hours. This order was issued by Narendra Kumar Mishra, Joint Secretary in the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat. The order says that now all the employees of the secretariat will wear clothes according to the dignity of the secretariat. This instruction has been issued to all the officers and employees of the secretariat. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,085,080 TOTAL DEATHS: 413,305 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 190,492,563 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,095,124 SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE FIST ODI: DRAVID'S TEST AS INDIAN SENIOR TEAM COACH BEGINS New academic session for 1st yr varsity students from Oct 1: UGC NEW DELHI: The new academic session for first year students to be admitted in various universities across the country will commence from October 1 this year, according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines. According to the guidelines by UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain, universities and colleges will start the admission process only after the class 12 board results are declared. Directions have been given to other higher educational institutions that the admission process for the undergraduate (UG) course academic session for 20212022 will be started only after the class 12 board results are declared. The CBSE has announced that it will declare the class 12 board results by July 31. The Class 12 results will also be declared by various state boards tentatively around the same time. The admission process for the current academic session must be completed by September 30. The UGC has made it clear that the college seats left vacant during the admission process must be filled by October 31. However, the uni- DIRECTIONS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO OTHER HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS THAT THE ADMISSION PROCESS FOR THE UG COURSE ACADEMIC SESSION FOR 2021-2022 WILL BE STARTED ONLY AFTER THE CLASS 12 BOARD RESULTS ARE DECLARED. versities will accept the documents related to the admission process till December 31 this year. The UGC has also given instructions that classes conducted through online, offline and mixed mode for intermediate semester students must be started at the earliest. The process of preparing the results of class 12 boards has been started by the CBSE for which instructions have been issued to all CBSE-affiliated schools. The schools will also be uploading the marks secured by the students in class 11. The CBSE has also asked all schools to upload the marks secured by students in practical and project work. WON'T MEET SIDHU UNTIL HE APOLOGISES FOR 'DEROGATORY' TWEETS: AMARINDER PAGE 7 ‘FB is killing people with Covid misinformation’ NEW ARRIVALS Indian shooting contingent waits for their COVID-19 test results after landing in Tokyo for the Olympics Games on Saturday. ANI Afghan envoy’s daughter tortured in Islamabad NEW DELHI: The daughter of Najibullah Alikhil, the Afghan envoy to Pakistan, was abducted and tortured on her way home in Islamabad, Afghanistans Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan states with deep regret that on July 16, 2021, the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad, Ms. Silsila Alikhil, was abducted for several hours and severely tortured by unknown individuals on her way home," the statement said. After being released from the kidnappers' captivity, Alikhil is under medical care at a hospital. The statement said that the MoFA strongly condemns the heinous act and expresses its deep concern over the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Government of Pakistan to take immediate necessary actions to ensure full security of the Afghan Embassy and Consulates as well as the immunity of the country's diplomats and their families in accordance with international treaties and conventions. "While the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following the matter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, we urge the Pakistani government to identify and prosecute the perpetrators at the soonest possible time," the statement added. Meanwhile, Pakistan has refused to hand over one of its retired army generals to the International Tribunal of the Hague on medical grounds. SAN FRANCISCO: US President Joe Biden has hit out at Facebook again, saying that such social media platforms are allowing Covid vaccine misinformation to spread and are "killing people". In an interaction with the media on Friday, Biden directly criticised Facebook. Asked for a message to social media platforms like Facebook, Biden replied: "They're killing people... the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they're killing people." Facebook defended its policy US WITHon fighting vaccine DRAWAL misinformation. FROM "We will not be AFGHANISTA distracted by accuN HAS MADE sations which aren't supported THINGS by the facts," a TOUGH FOR Facebook INDIA spokesperson told The Verge. PAGE 6 "The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine," the company spokesperson added. Earlier this week,, a report from US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called on social media platforms to tame accounts that share misinformation. Covid Response Plan for quick PLFI ultra with Rs 10L bounty killed in encounter clearance of vax at airports ANURAG THAKUR KHUNTI: PLFI militant Shanichhar Surin, carrying a bounty of Rs 10 lakhs, has been killed in an encounter with the police in Rania of Khunti police station area on Saturday morning. Earlier, on a tip-off, a police team led by Khunti SP conducted a raid in the forest areas of Rania. On seeing the police, the PLFI militants started firing in response to which the police also opened fire. The most wanted Shanichar was killed in the encounter that lasted for more than 2 hours between the two sides. Shanichar was a resident of Sarita Barka Toli village under Kamdara block of Gumla district. He was considered the most trusted commander of PLFI supremo Dinesh Gope. Last February, Gumla SP HP Janardhan had visited Shanichar Surin's house and met his parents and appealed to them to get their son to surrender. The family members said that Shanichar has no contact with them. He did not come home for many years. It is reported that in the search operation after the encounter, many weapons have also been recovered by the CRPF and the police team. Notably, in the encounter that took place a day earlier, a Maoist Budheshwar Oraon carrying a bounty of Rs 15 lakh was also killed. Earlier in the month of December last, PLFI zonal commander Jidan Gudiya was killed in a police encounter at Koyangsar on the border of Murhu and Bandgaon in the Khunti district. NEW DELHI: Recognizing that efficient and expeditious release of temperature-sensitive vaccines would be a critical requirement in the collective fight against the COVID19 pandemic, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has proactively put in place a COVID Response Plan (CRP) for speedy clearance of COVID19 vaccines at all major airports. The new plan provides for setting up of a COVID-19 Vaccine Response Team (CVRT) at each Air Cargo/Courier Terminal. The CVRT will function as a single point of contact for all the clearances related to COVID19 vaccine shipments and coordinate among the concerned stakeholders to ensure that vaccines are given instant delivery upon arrival. For this, the CVRT A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, in New Delhi on Saturday. ANI will develop a SoP (covering Customs, local PGA and other stakeholders) and sensitize traders on the requirements for instant release of vac- cines. Additionally, CBIC has enabled the import/export of vaccines in relation to COVID19 through Courier, by issuing the Courier Imports and Exports (Electronic Declaration and Processing) Amendment Regulations, 2020. The Courier Regulations earlier had certain limits on the value of goods that could be brought in through courier, whereas the amended regulations allow the import and export of COVID vaccines through courier without any value limit. As the vaccines would be transported through special containers equipped with temperature monitoring and tracking devices, provision has also been made for their duty-free temporary admission. CBIC would closely monitor the vaccine logistics to ensure their seamless movement at the borders and address any challenges that may arise in this regard. MORE ON PG 5 HOW TO ADDRESS COVID ANXIETY IN CHILDREN NEW DELHI: While Covid has affected all age groups and sections in society, children are probably the worst affected and most ignored. Most observations and research have focused on health impact, mortality, morbidity, financial and geopolitical impact of the pandemic. During all this, children are stuck within the bounds of their homes, surrounded by sad and scary news of sickness and death, many have lost their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts or heard of the loss in their classmates' homes. Being confined to a limited space, unable to meet peers and friends, unable to indulge in sports and physical activities, pursuing education via Internet on mobile and laptop screens or sometimes being left out of class- es because the facility is not available, it's a difficult world to adapt to. And while everyone gets a say, they are asked to shut up and study, they are expected to be grateful that they are not getting infected. This causes immense stress on a child, leading to fear, anxiety, sleep disturbance, mood disturbance and behavioural issues. Many children who were already vulnerable have developed panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and anxiety and mood related disorders. The impact on self-esteem and confidence is significant. Some have witnessed higher levels of family conflicts and domestic violence. The uncertainty associated with exams, future, career has further confused high school children. Internet and gaming addiction is on the rise and psychosomatic problems are widespread. The problem statement is huge but it needs to be defined to take effective steps. As psychiatrists, we often see children being referred for behavioural issues but parents are reluctant due to stigma associated with the word psychiatry. But closing one's eyes doesn't make the problem go away. We, as adults, need to anticipate the problem and take preventive measures. Taking into cognizance that children are vulnerable is the first step. Talking to them about their feelings, letting them express their emotions, taking guidance and counselling to manage stress are all measures which can help in avoiding negative outcomes. We need a proper BEING CONFINED TO A LIMITED SPACE, UNABLE TO MEET PEERS AND FRIENDS, UNABLE TO INDULGE IN SPORTS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES, PURSUING EDUCATION VIA INTERNET ON MOBILE AND LAPTOP SCREENS OR SOMETIMES BEING LEFT OUT OF CLASSES BECAUSE THE FACILITY IS NOT AVAILABLE, IT'S A DIFFICULT WORLD TO ADAPT TO. AND WHILE EVERYONE GETS A SAY, THEY ARE ASKED TO SHUT UP AND STUDY, THEY ARE EXPECTED TO BE GRATEFUL THAT THEY ARE NOT GETTING INFECTED. routine, a mutually supportive social environment and discipline to engage in daily activities productively. The emphasis has to be on finding a balance with new way of life, apart from Covidappropriate behaviour to avoid infection, there needs to be a strategy to ensure balance between physical, emotional and social aspects of life. Interacting regularly with friends and families in small groups, taking time out to play, getting off the screen to enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding us, cooking and eating together, music, dance, arts and crafts are all ways to add creative interest in daily life and de-stress regularly. Those who have lost close family members and parents need professional intervention to deal with the trauma associated with sudden loss. With foresight and empathy, we can find a way to adapt to the post-Covid world and hopefully make it even better.