YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C PAKPHOBIA SHOULD NOT GUIDE INDIA’S POLICY TOWARDS TALIBAN OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 29 AUGUST, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—103 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WE’RE HERE TO NOT LET NOVAK WIN THE US OPEN: MEDVEDEV SPORTS Morning India West Bengal, Delhi begin ration card portability service MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: West Bengal and Delhi have also operationalised the ration card portability while the remaining two states of Assam and Chhattisgarh are expected to join next few months, Union Food Ministry said on Saturday. With this, now a total of 34 states and Union Territories are connected under the 'One Nation, One Ration Card (ONORC)' programme, covering 75 crore beneficiaries. According to the ministry, Delhi which operationalised ONORC in July this year pro- AT A GLANCE BENGAL POSTPOLL VIOLENCE: CBI FILES 10 MORE CASES NEW DELHI: A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered 11 separate cases in connection with the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the probe agency filed another 10 cases on Saturday, taking the tally of total cases to 21. The agency has also detained two accused in connection with one of the cases filed on Friday, sources said. To probe the cases, the Centre has provided CRPF security cover to the CBI teams amid apprehension of locals and the state administration disrupting the investigation. Kerala govt imposes night curfew from August 30 ANI | Updated: Aug 28, 2021 19:33 IST Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], August 28 (ANI): In a bid to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said the state will impose a night curfew starting on August 30, from 10 pm to 6 am. He further informed that the Sunday lockdown will continue to be imposed until further orders. Addressing a virtual press conference today, he said, “Since the relaxations in lockdown were given, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases. It was CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,649,947 TOTAL DEATHS: 437,403 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 216,401,604 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,502,720 vides ration card portability for 33 states covering 69 crore beneficiaries. Whereas West Bengal implemented it in August and provides portability of ration cards for 34 states covering 74.9 crore beneficiaries. "Two remaining states Assam and Chhattisgarh -are targeted for integration under ONORC in the next few months," the ministry said in a statement. Currently, a monthly average of about 2.2 crore portability transactions are being recorded consistently in states and union territories, it said. According to the ministry, 40 crore portability transactions have been undertaken since August 2019. The maximum such trans- actions have been reported from Bihar (10.14 crore), followed by Andhra Pradesh (6.92 crore), Rajasthan (4.56 crore), Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh in the said period. ONORC aims to ensure seamless delivery of subsidised food-security entitlements to all beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), irrespective of their physical location anywhere in the country. Although ONORC should equally benefit all 80 crore NFSA beneficiaries, but it primarily aims to enable migratory beneficiaries (mostly labourers, dailywagers, urban poor, temporary workers in organised their food security anywhere in the country, through portability of their same existing ration cards to seamlessly lift their subsidised food grains (in part or full) from any ePoS (electronic Point of Sale device) enabled Fair Price Shop in the country with biometric/Aadhaar authentication at the time of lifting the foodgrains through portability. Further, their family members back home can also lift balance/their requirement of foodgrains on the same ration card. Due to the potential of ONORC to empower migrants, this plan has now also become a part of the Prime Minister's Technology Driven System Reforms under the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan . According to the ministry, 'Mera Ration' mobile app -which ration card holders, particularly migrant beneficiaries, can use for identifying the nearest fair price shop, check details of their entitlement and recent transactions -- has recorded over 15 lakh downloads on Google Play Store so far. The mobile app is available in 12 languages viz. English, Hindi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi and Bangla. ‘If any Indian is in trouble anywhere, India will always stand up to help’ NEW DELHI: Even though it is faced with numerous challenges, India is evacuating its people from the war-ravaged Afghanistan and will continue to do, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday while unveiling the renovated Jallianwala Bagh memorial through video conferencing. “Today, anywhere in the world, if any Indian is in trouble, then India stands up to help with all its might. Be it the challenges of the Corona period or the crisis of Afghanistan, the world has experienced it continuously. Hundreds of comrades from Afghanistan are being brought to India under Operation Devi Shakti. There are many challenges and the situation is difficult,” PM Modi said. Dedicating the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak to the nation through video conferencing, the Prime Minister said that no country should forget its history and whatever happened during and after the Partition can be seen in every corner of the country, especially in Punjab. Jallianwala Bagh is the place that gave courage to an innumerable number of revolutionaries like Sardar Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh to sacrifice their lives for the freedom of the nation, he said. “My salute to the brave land of Punjab, to the holy soil of Jallianwala Bagh! Today, we are remembering those innocent boys and girls, those sisters, those brothers, whose dreams are still visible in the bullet marks on the walls of Jallianwala Bagh. PM Narendra Modi addresses the event on dedicating the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Memorial to the nation, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Saturday. PG 7 “Salute also to those children of Mother Bharati, in whom all limits of inhumanity were crossed to extinguish the flame of freedom burning. Those innocent boys and girls, those sisters, those brothers, whose dreams are still visible in the bullet marks in the walls of Jallianwala Bagh, and in the “Shaheedi Kuan” (well of sac- 3RD TEST India suffers innings defeat; series level at 1-1 LEEDS: India, who had entered fourth day with hopes of a fightback, succumbed to the pace of England’s Ollie Robinson as they folded for 278 in the first session to lose the third Test by an innings and 76 runs here at Headingley on Saturday. Robinson took 5/65, his best haul in Test cricket which triggered an Indian collapse in the second innings while Craig Overton took three wickets and James Anderson had a wicket to his name. With this win, England have levelled the five-match series at 1-1. Resuming from 215/2, India collapsed in a heap and lost their last eight wickets for 63 runs to be bowled out for 278 before lunch on fourth day of the Test. The last seven wickets fell for 41 runs in 54 minutes. At the start, India played out three maiden overs with the new ball. They were given an early jolt when Cheteshwar Pujara shouldered arms and planted his front pad to offer no shot to Ollie Robinson. But the ball nipped in to hit the front pad. England took the review and got the decision overturned, ending Pujara’s stay at his BRIEF SCORES India 78 and 278 all out in 99.2 overs (C Pujara 91, R Sharma 61, V Kohli 55, O Robinson 5/65, C Overton 3/47) vs England 432. overnight score of 91. Virat Kohli had some nervous moments against James Anderson, including a caught behind decision overturned after Ajinkya Rahane convinced him to do so. The Indian captain got two boundaries off Robinson to reach his first half-century of the series. But the pacer had the last laugh as Kohli (55) tried to defend, only for the edge to go high to the first slip. JUSTICE CHANDRACHUD ‘Need to ensure unbiased press, can’t rely on state to determine truth’ NEW DELHI: Supreme Court judge Justice D Y Chandrachud on Saturday said as citizens we must strive to ensure a press free from any influence and which also provides information in an unbiased manner. Justice Chandrachud was delivering a talk on the topic “Speaking Truth to Power: and unorganised sectors, domestic workers, etc.) who frequently migrate across the country in search of better opportunities or for any other reasons, to access the Public Distribution System (PDS) and if desire, may lift their entitled foodgrains from any ePoS enabled FPS in the country through portability. "Thus, installation of ePoS devices at the FPSs and Aadhaar seeding of beneficiaries with their digitised ration card data are the two main enablers of this technology-driven initiative," it said. The objective of ONORC is to empower all NFSA beneficiaries to be self-reliant for Citizens and the Law” as part of the 6th MC Chagla Memorial Online Lecture. He said to counter the spread of fake news, we need to strengthen our public institutions. “As citizens, we must strive to ensure we have a press free from influence of any kind, political and economic. We need a press that will provide us information in an unbiased manner,” said Justice Chandrachud. He said we live in a posttruth world and elaborated on its definition, which has two meanings. “First, it has become exceedingly difficult for citizens to find the truth in this time and age. Second, having found the truth they do not care about the truth”, he said. He added “there is a contest between ‘our truth’ vs ‘your truth’, and there is also a tendency to ignore a ‘truth’, which is not aligned with one’s perception or political inclination. He said social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook should be held responsible for false content, but people should be more vigilant and learn to accept different opinions. “We incline towards echo chambers and don’t like opposing beliefs... we live in a world that is increasingly divided along social, economic and religious lines,” he said. rifice), where the love of countless mothers and sisters was snatched away,” said PM Modi. Re counting the history of the infamous Jallianwala Bagh massacre, PM Modi said, “ Those 10 minutes of April 13, 1919, became the story of our freedom struggle, due to which we are able to celebrate the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom today. In such a situation, getting the renovated form of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in the 75th year of independence is an opportunity of great inspiration for all of us.” He compared the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh with the Partition riots, and said, “We have also seen another horror like Jallianwala Bagh at the time of partition of India. The hard-working and lively people of Punjab have been the biggest victims of partition. We still feel the pain of what happened at the time of partition in every corner of India and especially in the families of Punjab.” The prime minister said that it was not right for any country to ignore such horrors of its past, and therefore, India has decided to observe August 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ every year. PM Modi also acknowledged the contribution of the tribal community in the freedom struggle and said, “Our tribal society has a great contribution in the great sacrifice of freedom,” he said. The Prime Minister noted the contribution of the Tribal community in the freedom struggle did not get as much place in the history books as it should have. Govt serious about generating job opportunities for youth: CM SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Two-day Investor’s Meet organized by the department of industries, Government of Jharkhand in New Delhi concluded with the launching of Jharkhand Industrial Investment and Promotion Policy (JIIPP) and the commitment by businessmen to invest around Rs 10,000 crore in various projects in the coming months. The projects are likely to create 20,000 direct employment and 1.5 lakh indirect employment. Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren launched JIIPP 2021 during the meeting. He said, "The state government wants to move forward with the cooperation of investors. We are trying to leverage the infinite resources which nature has gifted to Jharkhand and walk the path of development,". JAGARNATH MAHTO IN ICU AS HEALTH DETERIORATES RANCHI: The Health conditions of Jharkhand Education Minister Jagarnath Mahto suddenly deteriorated on Saturday. He has been admitted to Medanta Hospital after complaining of vomiting where doctors have started their treatment by admitting him in the ICU. Doctors said that there is some problem in his liver. At present, the team of doctors is keeping an eye on his health. Earlier, In September 2020, he was admitted to the Medica Ranchi when he fell ill. After investigation, it was confirmed to be infected with corona. After infection in the lungs, he was sent Chennai through Air Ambulance for better treatment. His lungs were transplanted at MGM Hospital.