YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C ONLY VACCINE MANDATES CAN ENSURE JAB DATA ACCURACY OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI SATURDAY, 28 AUGUST, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—115 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE DELHI SCHOOLS TO REOPEN IN PHASED MANNER FROM SEPT 1 NEW DELHI: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday has decided to reopen schools in a phased manner in the national capital from September 1 for classes 9 to 12, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical classes for students of class 6 to class 8 will also begin from September 8. The decision was taken aat a meeting of the DDMA held today to discuss the matter and take a final call on reopening of educational institutes after the second wave of COVID-19 created a havoc. ASIAN JUNIOR BOXING: VISHU RATHEE, TWO OTHERS ENTER FINALS SPORTS Morning India CM Soren hosts roundtable meet with industrialists on draft EV policy SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: In a drive to attract investments in the state and promote industrial development, Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Friday revealed the draft electric vehicle (EV) policy of state government before top industrialists in New Delhi and sought the latter suggestions for improvement. Notably, the CM along with senior officials are attending two-day Investor’s Meet in New Delhi organized by the department of industries, Government of Jharkhand. On the first day, the CM met the top leadership from the big corporate houses of the country including TATA group, Hyundai Motors, Honda and Maruti Suzuki and called upon them to invest in an emerging Jharkhand. The meeting was focused on the draft Jharkhand EV Policy 2021. It was organized to seek feedback from prospective investors on the policy and showcase the opportunities available in the sector at the already operationalised Adityapur auto- cluster and Adityapur electronic manufacturing cluster. During the meeting secretary, department of industries, Pooja Singhal briefed all the prospective investors regarding the scope of the electric vehicle sector in Jharkhand, the state's vision for this sector and the government’s proposed plan to establish a dedicated electric vehicle cluster in the state. INDIA'S FOREX RESERVES SLIDE BY OVER $2.47 BN MUMBAI: India's foreign exchange reserves fell by $2.470 billion, during the week ended August 20. According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the reserves decreased to $616.895 billion from $619.365 billion reported for the week ended August 13. India's forex reserves comprise foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, special drawing rights (SDRs), and the country's reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). On a weekly basis, FCAs, the largest component of the forex reserves, edged lower by $3.365 billion to $573.009 billion. However, the value of the country's gold reserves rose by $913 million to $37.249 billion. On the other hand, the SDR value slipped by $3 million to $1.541 billion. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,558,530 TOTAL DEATHS: 436,396 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 214,970,834 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,481,034 During the presentation Pooja Singhal explained the incentives and provisions under the proposed EV policy. She said, "We are going to provide 100 percent exemption in stamp duty and registration fee to the companies. Also, companies who promise to invest in the electric vehicle sector within the first two years of the launch of EV policy will be provided land PAK, INDIA SHOULD RESOLVE OUTSTANDING ISSUES: TALIBAN Evacuated almost all our citizens from Afghanistan, says India NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday informed that India has evacuated almost all its citizens who wish to come back from Afghanistan. Speaking to media persons in a weekly briefing, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, "We have evacuated more than 550 people on 6 separate flights, either directly from Kabul or through Dushanbe. Of these, more than 260 were Indian nationals. This does not include Indian embassy personnel who are also being evacuated. Separately, the government has also facilitated the evacuation of Indian nationals through other countries and partners." However, evacuation efforts suffered a major blow after bombs went off at the Kabul airport on Thursday killing 85, including 13 from US defence forces involved in securing the airport. ISIS took the responsibility for the deadly attack at the Kabul airport. US military mission in Afghanistan is ending on August 31. Kabul airport is the only base from where evacuations are taking place, which is under US control. According to the US, the Taliban has consolidated control around Hamid Karzai airport. There are reports that the Taliban has stopped Afghan Sikhs to leave Afghanistan. "The last flight had 40 odd people. We were hearing reports that Afghan nationals were facing difficulties in reaching the airport. We know some Afghan nationals, including Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, couldn't reach the airport on Aug 25. Our flight had to come without them," MEA spokesperson said. NEW DELHI: In his first comments on Kashmir, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has said that Pakistan and India should sit together to resolve all their outstanding issues because both are neighbours and their interests are linked to each other. Mujahid made the remarks during a wideranging interview with Pakistani TV channel ARY News. On Jammu and Kashmir, Zabihullah said New Delhi needs to have a "positive attitude towards the disputed territory", ARY News reported. About ties with countries, particularly India, Mujahid said the Taliban desires good ties with all nations, including India that is an important part of the region. "Our desire is that India devise its policy as per the interests of Afghan people," he added. He stated in clear terms that the Taliban won't allow Afghan soil to be used against any other country. He was of the view that Pakistan and India should sit together to resolve all their outstanding issues because both are neighbours and their interests are linked to each other, ARY News reported. FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL DELAYED FOR 140 MN CHILDREN GLOBALLY: UNICEF NEW DELHI: The first day of school has been delayed for an estimated 140 million children around the world due to Covid-19, UNICEF said in a new analysis. For an estimated eight million of these students, the wait for their first day of inperson learning has been over a year and counting, as they live in places where schools have been closed throughout the pandemic. "The first day of school is a landmark moment in a child's life -- setting them off on a life-changing path of personal learning and growth. Most of us can remember countless minor details - what clothes we wore, our teacher's name, who we sat next to. But for millions of children, that important day has been indefinitely postponed," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. In 2020, schools globally were fully closed for an average of 79 teaching days. However, for 168 million students after the pandemic began, schools were shuttered for nearly the entire year. Even now, many children are facing an unprece- dented second year of disruption to their education. In India, most schools have remained closed, affecting over 247 million children, for 15 months since March 2020. The closure reportedly resulted in huge learning loss, missed hot cooked meals affecting nutritional levels, adverse impact on physical and mental health, and increasing risk to abuse. There are also reports of rise in cases of child labour and child marriages. Children's ability to read, write and do basic mathe- matics has suffered. In addition to the digital divide, studies have suggested that remote learning is difficult for children in many places. Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, the representative of UNICEF India said, "Safe re-opening of schools for all children, especially for the youngest is a priority. Children have faced a severe learning loss and cannot afford any more disruptions to their learning, their mental wellbeing, or to the many other school-based services on which they depend." at a 50 percent subsidy by JIADA.” She said that there would be 100 percent incentive for MSMEs on GST for seven years whereas the facility would be available for nine and 13 years for large and mega-scale industries respectively. “Additionally, we are proposing 100 percent exemption from vehicle reg- istration fees and 100 percent exemption from road tax, " she said. The CM said, "I welcome all those who have come to this event including all small, big corporate houses and the officials from the state government. Since Independence, the biggest plants and units have been set up in our state only. A lot of opportunities have gone untapped. However, we want to change this scenario. The thought is to move forward and take you all with us." The CM further stated "We have a big workforce waiting for the opportunity. We have abundant amenities in our state. In Jharkhand, a substantial part of the population is from SC/ST communities. If SC/ST people are employed, we will add more incentives to the policy. They are very hardworking people and will get a chance to move ahead with you. With your support, our state can touch new heights.” He said that proposed EV policy has been presented in front of industrialists adding EV are the future vehicles where we can do as much as we want. RK Singh writes to Union ministers, CMs on EV use for official purposes NEW DELHI: As part of its efforts to promote Electric Vehicles in the country, Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy R. K. Singh has written to all the Union Ministers, including the Minister of States (Independent Charge), and Chief Ministers of all the States/UTs to join the Government of India's initiative on transformative mobility. He has asked them to advice their respective Ministries/Departments to convert their fleet of official vehicles from the present Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)/Petrol/Diesel Vehicles to Electric Vehicles for all official purposes. Such an action is expected to set an example for the general public and encourage them to switch over to EMobility. The initiative is part of ongoing GO ELECTRIC CAMPAIGN launched by the Government of India to promote Electric Vehicles (EVs) to meet multiple objectives -attaining a goal of reduction in emission, energy security, energy efficiency, etc. The government has set a target to reach 30 per cent EV sales by 2030. To achieve the target not only increased usage of such vehicles will be required but also infrastructure, particularly for charging such vehicles, will be important. BAGHEL MEETS RAHUL, STATUS QUO IN CHHATTISGARH NEW DELHI: The much-hyped meeting between Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel lasted three hours on Friday but saw no decision being taken on a leadership change, party sources said. After the meeting, Baghel said that he has invited Rahul Gandhi to visit the state.