YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C ILLUSION OF GROWTH AND REVIVAL MAY CREATE COMPLACENCY OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 2 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—120 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE J B MOHAPATRA APPOINTED CBDT CHAIRMAN NEW DELHI: Senior bureaucrat J B Mohapatra has been appointed the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the Personnel Ministry said in an order Wednesday. Mohapatra, a 1985-batch Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officer, is currently the member in the board that frames the policy for the Income Tax department. The ACC has approved the appointment of J B Mohapatra, as chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes, the order said. RBI IMPOSES PENALTY ON AXIS BANK MUMBAI: The RBI on Wednesday said it has imposed a penalty of Rs 25 lakh on Axis Bank Limited for contravention of certain provisions of KYC norms. The RBI said a scrutiny was carried out during February and March 2020 in a customer account maintained with Axis Bank, and it was observed that the bank had "failed to comply" with directions contained in the Reserve Bank of India KYC Direction, 2016. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,851,586 TOTAL DEATHS: 439,361 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 218,794,845 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,538,277 SPORTS Morning India HC orders CBI inquiry into Rupa Tirkey’s murder SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Jharkhand High Court has ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of sub-inspector (SI) Rupa Tirkey under mysterious circumstances in Sahebganj. The direction was given on the petition filed by Tirkey's father Devanand Oraon. The police officer was found hanging in her official residence in Sahebganj on May 3. Apart from the SI's father, several social organizations were also demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident. They had also held demonstrations in the state capital on the issue. Speaking to media persons THE POLICE OFFICER WAS FOUND HANGING IN HER OFFICIAL RESIDENCE IN SAHEBGANJ ON MAY 3. APART FROM THE SI'S FATHER, SEVERAL SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS WERE ALSO DEMANDING A CBI INQUIRY INTO THE INCIDENT. THEY HAD ALSO HELD DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE STATE CAPITAL ON THE ISSUE. advocate had also filed a petition before the court for contempt of court proceeding against the advocate general and the additional advocate general in the case. The court upheld the petition and sought reply from both the government pleaders in this regard. The hearing on contempt of court proceeding would be on September 18. Meanwhile the BJP, which has been seeking CBI inquiry into the death, has welcomed the court's decision. Chief Minister Hemant Soren had earlier ordered oneman commission comprising former chief justice of Jharkhand High Court Vinod Kumar Gupta to probe Tirkey's death. after the court's order Tirkey father said, "I now hope that an impartial inquiry would be held and my daughter would get justice." After hearing both the sides the court had reserved its order on Tuesday. The petitioner's Give cow fundamental rights, declare it national animal: HC PRAYAGRAJ: The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday observed that cows are an integral part of the Indian culture and suggested the Central government to give fundamental rights to the animal and declare it as the national animal. The Court's observations came as a single bench of Justice Shekhar Yadav was hearing the bail application of a person named Javed who was arrested under the Cow Slaughter Act in Uttar Pradesh. The bail application was rejected by the court. Justice Yadav said that the central government should table a bill in the Parliament to give fundamental rights to cows. He further said that strict laws should be enacted to punish those harming the animal. "Give cow fundamental rights, declare it national animal. We know that when a country's culture and its faith gets hurt, the country becomes weak," noted the Court. Commenting on the HC's observation, Gau Seva Aayog Chairman Shyam Nandan Singh, said, "I very STATE GOVTS TO CONTINUE ANALYSING COVID SITUATION AS SCHOOLS REOPEN: GOVT NEW DELHI: Hailing the various states' decision of reopening schools, Subhash Sarkar, the Union Minister of State for Education, on Wednesday said that the Covid-19 situation will continue to be analysed by the state governments for necessary action. "I hope the states which have a higher number of Covid-19 cases will analyse the situation properly and take the required decisions in future," Sarkar told ANI. The schools across India were closed in March 2020 when the Coronavirus reached India and the government announced lockdown to stem the spread of the virus but the online classes continued. ROOT AT NO. 1 SPOT IN TEST RANKINGS; SHARMA OVERTAKES KOHLI At least six states in India recently announced the gradual reopening of in-person schooling with proper hygiene and Covid measures. However, the vaccination for children is expected to begin next month. Sarkar expressed hope that the inoculation will lead to the state governments further relaxing the Covidinduced restrictions, making more students to step into their classrooms. much welcome the court's decision, and I am happy that the court has given its decision to make the cow the national animal. Society was demanding this decision for a long time. Today, after many years, such a good decision has come. There are many gods inside the cow, the cow is not only an animal but our culture. The court's decision to give fundamental rights to the cow is also a very good decision." INDIAN ARMY TO PARTICIPATE IN 17-NATION WAR GAME IN RUSSIA NEW DELHI: The Indian Army on Wednesday announced that it will be participating in a multi-national defence exercise being held at Russia's Nizhniy from September 3 to September 16. The Indian Army's 200 personnel contingent will carry out war games with 16 other countries in the drill, known as Zapad 2021. One of the theatre-level exercises of Russian Armed Forces, it will focus primarily on operations against terrorists. "Over a dozen countries from Eurasian and South Asian Region will participate in this signature event," the Indian Army said. The countries invited for the drill include Armenia, Belarus, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Serbia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Pakistan and Chinese armies would be observers as they are not part of the exercise. The 14-day-long exercise is scheduled to take place at Mulino Training Ground in Nizhniy, 423 km east of Moscow. The series rotates through four main Russian strategic Commands, including Zapad (West), Vostok (East), Tsentr (Centre) and Kavkaz (Caucasus). Taliban escorted Americans to gates of Kabul airport in secret pact with US NEW DELHI: The US military negotiated a secret arrangement with the Taliban that resulted in members of the militant group escorting clusters of Americans to the gates of the Kabul airport, the CNN reported. One of the officials also revealed that the US special operation forces set up a "secret gate" at the airport and established "call centres" to guide Americans through the evacuation process. While one of the military officials said the arrangement with the Taliban "worked beautifully", Americans involved in an unofficial network dedicated to helping Americans and vulnerable Afghans said there were problems -- particularly in the beginning -- as the Taliban turned away US citi- zens and legal permanent residents whom the militant group was supposed to allow through. The two US defence offi- cials said that Americans were notified to gather at preset "muster points" close to the airport, where the Taliban would check their credentials and take them a short distance to a gate manned by American forces who were standing by to let them inside amid huge crowds of Afghans seeking to flee, CNN reported. The US troops were able to see the Americans approach with their Taliban escorts as they progressed through the crowds, presumably ready to intervene in case anything happened. Multiple sources in the US, who were in contact with people trying to escape, reported that American citizens and passport holders in Kabul were in disbelief that they were being told they would receive safe passage from the Taliban. Many thought they were misunderstanding the directions and sought clarification, the report said. North Indians face extreme air pollution in the world NEW DELHI: A study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) has found that 480 million people in northern India face the "most extreme levels of air pollution in the world." Indian cities routinely dominate global pollution rankings and bad air kills more than a million people every year, the BBC reported. The report by EPIC said that north India breathes "pollution levels that are 10 times worse than those found anywhere else in the world". This air pollution has spread over decades beyond the region to western and central Indian states such as Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, where the average person is now losing between two-and-a-half to three years of life expectancy as compared to early 2000, the study said. Air pollution can reduce the life expectancy of Indians by nine years, said a report by a US research group. The EPIC study said that 480 million people in northern India face the "most extreme levels of air pollution in the world", and, over time, these high levels have expanded to cover other parts too. Strong clean air A study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) has found that 480 million people in northern India face the "most extreme levels of air pollution in the world." Indian cities routinely dominate global pollution rankings and bad air kills more than a million people every year, the BBC reported. policies can add up to five years to people's lives, it added. New data from the Air Quality Life Index report by EPIC said that residents in Delhi could see up to 10 years added to their lives if air pollution is reduced to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline of 10 ï¿½g/m3, the BBC reported. In 2019, India's average particulate matter concentration was 70.3 ï¿½g/m3 - the highest in the world. The report said that Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, which together account for nearly a quarter of the global population, consistently figure in the list of top five most polluted countries on earth. Cooking gas LPG price hiked by Rs 25 per cylinder NEW DELHI: The prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cooking gas cylinders across all categories including subsidised gas on Wednesday were hiked by Rs 25 per cylinder -- the third straight increase in rates in less than two months. Subsidised as well as non-subsidised LPG now costs Rs 884.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi, according to a price notification of oil companies. This is the third straight increase in prices in less than two months. Subsidised and non-subsidised LPG rates were hiked by Rs 25.50 per cylinder on July 1. Non-subsidised LPG rates rose by Rs 25 per cylinder on August 1 and by the same proportion on August 18. Industry sources said the subsidised LPG price was not raised on August 1 because Parliament was in session and the government could have been attacked by the opposition. The latest increase in subsidised LPG price now has taken the cumulative rate hike since January 1 to Rs 190 per cylinder. The government policy provides for the supply of 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each per household at subsidised or below-market rates. Any quantity over this had to be bought at market price or non-subsidised rates. However, monthly price increases have eliminated the subsidy. These monthly increases led to the elimination of subsidies by May 2020. Barring a few far-flung areas, which get a small portion of freight subsidy, the price of subsidised and non-subsidised LPG in major cities is almost at par. The price of domestic cooking gas has more than doubled in the last seven years. The retail selling price of domestic gas was Rs 410.5 per 14.2-kg cylinder on March 1, 2014. In Mumbai, a 14.2 kg LPG cylinder now costs Rs 884.50 while in Kolkata, it is priced at Rs 911 - the highest among the four metros.