YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C THE CHOICE IS BETWEEN NATIONAL HEALTH AND FESTIVAL BONHOMIE OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 30 AUGUST, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—117 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE ENCOUNTER AT PALAMU-CHATRA BORDER, ARMS AMMUNITION RECOVERED DALTONGANJ: In a joint operation by police and Jharkhand Jaguar on Sunday evening, a manufacturing unit of the banned Naxal outfit TSPC was busted at the border of Palamu and Chatra, said SP Palamau Chandan Kumar Sinha. He said a light machine gun has been recovered along with other weapons. He said police have recovered one rifle and katta with live ammunition count of which is being done. The police said there was a brief encounter also in which there is no report of any injury or loss of life on either side was reported. The encounter took place on the border of Chatra's Tilsalaiyya and Palamu's Nagar. The TSPC extremists who were badly out numbered scurried for escape. The encounter lasted for little than ten minutes. BAN ON INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS EXTENDED TILL SEP 30 NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has extended the ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from India till September 30. The ban was previously extended till the end of August. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights approved by the DGCA. SPOTLIGHT ASIAN JUNIOR BOXING: ROHIT CLINCHES INDIA'S FIRST GOLD SPORTS Morning India Jharkhand’s job policy not deterrent for industry: Soren A PLETHORA OF OPPORTUNITIES AWAIT INVESTORS: CM NEW DELHI: Forget the legacy of the past where the leadership's microscopic vision was restricted to 'mines and minerals' as it is a changed Jharkhand now with a futuristic approach and a road map for 15 years that offers plethora of untapped opportunities for investors, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on Sunday. At the same time, the plans to push for more jobs to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Schedule Tribes (STs) under the state's employment reservation plans would never prove to be a deterrent for industries, Soren said. "My government is moving ahead with a futuristic approach. I have said this time and again, the results of what my government is doing will be visible in 10-15 years. I believe in long-term sustainable impact which will benefit my people not just for my term but for eternity...the leadership (in the past) could never think beyond mines and mineral based industries. The state could not showcase a concrete policy," Soren told PTI in an interview here. In neighbouring states, many industries are thriving on resources from Jharkhand; be it, mines and mineral-based industries, agro-food or meat process- ing, auto assembling units or textile for that matter, Soren said. "You may not know that we are the largest producer of Tasar Silk in India. We are the second largest producer of horticulture crops in India, almost 40 per cent of the mineral wealth is in our state but the silk city of India is in Bihar. We are nowhere in the agro-food and meat processing industry. Why? Because of the microscopic vision of the leadership," Soren said. For future investors, he said they could be sure that a sub- stantial part of the state is still untouched where a plethora of opportunities are waiting to be tapped. "We rank 5th in ease of doing business in the country and we provide investors with a robust single window facility. If they come and invest in Jharkhand, I will stand with them and get industry established. I want to move forward with (a motto of) 'Come, Let's Walk Together, Grow Together'," he said. Asked that some see the reservation policy for employment in private sector industries as a deterrent, Soren said contrary to the perception it would be beneficial for the industries as Jharkhand houses honest and committed manpower. "Reservation was not meant to discriminate some and benefit others. Whatever is good for the people of Jharkhand, we will do that. Talking about the new investors, would this affect them? No. If at any point in time, they find it difficult to fulfil their workforce requirement from locals they can claim exemption. There are provisions," he said. All potential investors who would commit to engage 35 per cent of their workforce from Scheduled Tribes / Scheduled Castes communities will be incentivised over and above the existing provisions of the new Jharkhand Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (JIIPP) 2021. A large number of migrant workers from the state have suffered during the pandemic and Jharkhand evacuated them from different areas realising their pain and hardships and if investors absorb them it would be a great job, he said. More jobs to SCs and STs come against a backdrop of the Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates Bill to ensure about 70 per cent job reservation for locals in private sector jobs having a salary ceiling of up to Rs 30,000. "if someone wants to invest, they won't find a better place and a better support system. We are in conversation with multiple investors. Our EMC (Electronic Manufacturing Cluster) at Adityapur is ready and operationalised. This is eastern India's largest EMC and an ideal hub for investments in ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) sector," he said. Most of the potential investors, if not all, appreciated "our draft policy on EV and termed it as transformational and holistic. We have taken their inputs and very soon we will launch one of India's best electric vehicle policies and create a world-class infrastructure for EVs," the CM said. Soren said in his view any policy, be it for farmers or industrialists, should not be harassing in nature. "Policies are a give and take matter, if you give someone the space to grow, that will return in terms of development of the state/country. We believe in a two-way communication which is bound to yield the best results," he said. MASSIVE EXPLOSION HITS KABUL AGAIN KABUL: Merely two days after twin blasts rocked Kabul, another massive explosion hit the Afghanistan capital on Sunday, Arab News reported. According to reports, the explosion took place near the Kabul Airport. This comes days after devastating twin blasts killed nearly 200 people, including 13 US servicemen, outside the Kabul airport. This comes as the US is on the verge of completing its exit from Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden had on Saturday (local time) said that another terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport is "highly likely in the next 24-36 hours." Moreover, US Embassy in Kabul had also issued a security alert for the same. "Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours," Biden said in his statement. "I directed them to take every possible measure to prioritize force protection, and ensured that they have all the authorities, resources and plans to protect our men and women on the ground," Biden said. Nitish Kumar is a PM material, says KC Tyagi AGENCIES PATNA: JD(U) National General Secretary KC Tyagi on Sunday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar deserves to be the Prime Minister owing to his experience and personality. Tyagi told news persons here today that Kumar deserves to be the PM but hastily added that there was no vacancy for the post as of now. The personality and experience of Mr Kumar makes him fit to be Prime Minister, said Mr Tyagi adding that it was a universal fact. Kumar's style of working as CM which he was maintaining for the past sixteen years was widely appreciated. Apart from this, he has taken major steps as a Union Minister too, he said, adding that even after so much of eligibility, do a prime minister need to land from foreign. Lauding the efforts of Kumar, he said that the stand of Mr Kumar on caste-based census has generated nationwide support and maintained that in South Mr Kumar was dubbed as Annadurai of North India. He said that Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam and Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in south and Telangana Rashtra Samithi as well as other parties have supported Kumar on the issue of caste based census. Apart from this Akali Dal of Punjab ,people’s democratic party of Mahbooba Mufti and National Conference of Farooq Abdullah in Jammu Kashmir, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party NCP of Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra too have supported the stand of Kumar on this vexed issue. Earlier, JD (U) parliamentary board Chairman and former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha too had described Nitish Kumar as PM material. Sports Minister launchParalympics roundup: India win two silver, one bronze on National Sports Day es Fit India Mobile App PAGE 8 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,695,030 TOTAL DEATHS: 437,860 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 216,933,919 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,511,429 TOKYO: There could not have been a better tribute for hockey wizard Dhyan Chand as on his birth anniversary, celebrated as National Sports Day, India bagged two silver and one bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Sunday. Paddler Bhavina Patel started what turned out to be a Super Sunday for India as she won a silver medal in the women's singles Class 4 competition at the table tennis venue, capping off an incredible run during which she defeated the gold and silver medallist at the Rio Paralympics five years ago. In the evening at the main Olympic Stadium, high jumper Nishad Kumar added another silver to India's tally in men's high jump T47, clearing the bar at 2.06, equalling the Asian record. BHAVINA PATEL NISHAD KUMAR VINOD KUMAR Nishad finished second behind Roderick Townsend of the United States, who set a world record by clearing 2 metres and 15 cm. Discus thrower Vinod Kumar added a bronze to the tally on the fifth day of competition at Tokyo 2020 by finishing third in the F52 event, hurling the disc to 19.91 metres for an Asian record. India, who had failed to win a single medal on the first four days, finished the day at 42nd position behind Georgia, who has three silver medals. This takes to 15 India's overall tally at the Paralympic Games -- 4 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze medals. NEW DELHI: Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday launched the Fit India Mobile Application at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, here on National Sports Day. Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik was also present on the occasion. The two ministers also virtually interacted with Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh. Congratulating everyone on the second anniversary of Fit India Movement as well as on National Sports Day, Thakur said, "The Fit India Mobile App brings ease of checking one's fitness levels right into the palm of every Indian. It has some unique features like 'fitness score', animated videos, activity trackers and 'my plan' catering to (an) individual's specific needs." He added that, "Last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched ageappropriate fitness protocols. These protocols are certified by WHO (World Health Organisation) and have been made keeping in mind international standards. Mr Narendra Modi has also given a fitness mantra for the people of the country - Fitness Ki Dose, Aadha Ghanta Roz." Why Delta Covid variant spreads like wildfire Devotees visit ISKCON temple, on the eve of Janmashtami festival, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI NEW YORK: A key aminoacid mutation in the SARSCoV-2 spike protein might explain why the Delta variant of Covid-19 has spread so swiftly across the world, say researchers. SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant has rapidly replaced the Alpha variant around the world. According to epidemiological studies, the Delta variant, first identified in India in late 2020, is at least 40 per cent more transmissible than the Alpha variant, first identified in the UK, last year. However, the mechanism that drives this global replacement has not been defined yet. The study, yet to be peerreviewed and posted on preprint server bioRxiv, showed how P681R mutation in the Delta spike plays a key role in the replacement of Alphato-Delta variant. "Delta SARS-CoV-2 efficiently outcompeted the Alpha variant in human lung epithelial cells and primary human airway tissues," wrote researchers from the University of Texas and others in the abstract. The P681R mutation falls within an intensely studied region of the spike protein called the furin cleavage site, Nature reported. The short string of amino acids P681R is associated with heightened infectivity in other viruses such as influenza. However, it has not previously been found in sarbecoviruses -- the family of coronaviruses to which SARS-CoV-2 belongs. "The key hallmark of Delta is that transmissibility seems to be ramping up to the next notch," Pei-Yong Shi, a virologist at the University of Texas's Medical Branch in Galveston was quoted as saying. "We thought Alpha was pretty bad, very good at spreading. This one seems to be even more," Shi added. Further, the presence of P681R mutation enabled the Delta variant to rapidly outcompete the Alpha variant, in cultured human-airway epithelial cells infected with equal numbers of Delta and Alpha viral particles. However, when the team eliminated the P681R mutation, Delta's advantage waned. The study also suggested that the mutation also speeds up the spread of SARS-CoV-2 from cell to cell, Nature report said. Researchers at the University of Tokyo found that spike proteins bearing the P681R mutation fuses with the plasma membranes of uninfected cells -- a key step in infection -- almost three times faster than the spike proteins that lack the change.