YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C INDIA’S EXPORT MARKET IS LOOKING UP AMIDST NEW OPPORTUNITIES OPINION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI FRIDAY, 3 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—121 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) PM TO ADDRESS 'EDUCATION CONCLAVE' ON SEPTEMBER 7 NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing an 'Education Conclave' on September 7 virtually, informed Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Additional Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy on Thursday. Addressing a press conference, Sarangi said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing an Education Conclave on September 7, which will be attended by a large number of teachers, parents and students virtually." "Shikshak Parv will be celebrated from September 5-17. With this, we will be starting with National Award for teachers. National Award will be given to 44 teachers this year, on September 5, that is, on the occasion of Teachers' Day," Sarangi said. SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE VIRAT KOHLI BECOMES FASTEST TO REGISTER 23K INTERNATIONAL RUNS GOVT ISSUES CURTAILED SYLLABUS FOR ITS STUDENTS MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: The Jharkhand government has decided to curtail the syllabus of its students from class I to class XII by 25 per cent. According to information the step has been taken in view of the disruption of education in government schools due to ongoing Covid ACCORDING TO pandemic. The offline INFORMATION classes from class I to THE STEP HAS class VIII has remained BEEN TAKEN IN suspended. The schools VIEW OF THE DISwere opened for class RUPTION OF EDUIX to XII last month CATION IN GOVbut the attendance ERNMENT seems to be poor. SCHOOLS DUE TO The revised sylONGOING COVID labus has been issued PANDEMIC. for class I to class VIII and for class IX to class XII. Those subjects, which have already been taught or will be taught later on has been removed. Some parts of the chapters have also been removed. The revised syllabus has been issued on the e-vidyavahini and the Jharkhand Project Education Council website. It would be sent to the school for display on the notice boards. The government schools would also take the examinations in two parts with the first examination likely in November or December. The annual examination would be held in March-April. The idea is that if any of the examinations gets canceled due to Covid the other one would be used as basis for assessment of the students. It may be stated here that the syllabus was cut by 40 percent last year. Monsoon Session begins today; both govt, oppn on their toes MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: The Vidhan Sabha speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto on Thursday held several meeting to draw strategies for smooth functioning of monsoon session, which would be held from September 3 to 9. Meanwhile the ruling and the opposition parties also held separate meetings to chalk out their stand on different issues during the session. Reports suggest that BJP would raise issues related to employment policy, municipal body election rules, law and order and crime against women. The all-party meeting called by the speaker to discuss ways for smooth functioning of the monsoon session was boycotted by the BJP. The CM, parliamentary affairs minister Alamgir Alam, minister Satyanand Bhokta, MLAs Saryu Rai, Sudesh Kumar Mahto and Binod Singh took part in the process. The speaker expressed hope that all the MLAs would coordinate with each other to ensure proper utilization of time during the session. He said that the members are expcted to comply with the Covid protocol. Speaking on the session CM Hemant Soren congratulated the speaker for starting the Vidhan Sabha TV to enable live telecast of the session. He hoped that the TV would help strengthen democratic process. Sudesh Mahto said that a resolution on caste based census should be brought before the assembly during the monsoon session. The speaker also held meetings with members of the health department 4TH TEST DAY ONE: INDIA FOLD FOR 191 AFTER THRILLING THAKUR RSS TO HOLD COORDINATION MEETING IN NAGPUR TODAY NAGPUR: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh will hold a two-day-long coordination meeting in Nagpur starting from tomorrow. The RSS will do the analysis of the decisions taken in the last meeting and discuss the outline of the upcoming programmes. Every year, a large-scale coordination meeting of the Sangh is held in September. However, since the last year, the meeting is being held in much low-profile keeping the COVID pandemic in mind. PAGE 7 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,851,586 TOTAL DEATHS: 439,361 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 218,794,845 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,538,277 India's Shardul Thakur celebrates his half-century during the day one of the Fourth Test Match between England and India at The Kia Oval on Thursday. SC lashes out at web portals, social media, channels for fake news and the press consultative committee. The Congress party leaders held a meeting in view of the assembly session. Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh said that his party would press for 27 percent reservation for other backward classes, return of land procured from the poor people in name of land bank, removal of the disputed features in the employment policy, improvement in power supply, formation of displaced person commission and speeding up of employment process. The meeting of the UPA alliance was held at the CM’s residence later in the evening. The BJP also held a meeting of its MLAs at the party headquarter. State president Deepak Prakash, national gen- eral secretary and MP Dilip Saikia and former CM Babulal Marandi were present in the meeting. Chief whip of the party Viranchi Narayan said that BJP would strongly raise demand for cancelling the new employment policy of the government. Meanwhile, Jharkhand Pradesh Congress in-charge RPN Singh reached Ranchi on a two-day visit on Wednesday. State Minister and Congress Legislature Party leader Alamgir Alam, Healthy Minister Banana Gupta, Badal Patralekh and others arrived to meet him on Thursday morning. There was an influx of those who met him, while apart from the new president Rajesh Thakur, many MLAs, leaders including former MLAs met him. IAS officers sentenced to jail in contempt case AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday sentenced four serving IAS officers and one retired to varying terms of imprisonment holding them guilty of contempt for "wilful disobedience" of the court order of February 10, 2017. Three other IAS officers, including Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das, were let off in the case as the charge against them has been dismissed. The convicted IAS officers include Principal Finance Secretary Shamsher Singh Rawat, Chief Minister's Additional Secretary Revu Mutyala Raju, SPS Nellore district Collector K V N Chakradhara Babu and former Collector M V Seshagiri Babu. Mutyala Raju had also previously served as Collector of SPS Nellore district. Retired IAS officer Manmohan Singh, who was the then Principal Secretary (Revenue) in 2017, has also been convicted in the case. Justice Battu Devanand pronounced the order on a contempt petition filed an agriculturist Tallapaka Savitramma of SPS Nellore district. Rawat and Singh have been sentenced to one month imprisonment while others have been sentenced to two weeks imprisonment. A fine of Rs 1,000 has also been imposed on each of them. Justice Devanand, however, ordered suspension of the sentence for a month to enable the convicted to go for an appeal, according to the petitioner's lawyer C Vani Reddy. Savitramma filed a writ petition in the High Court in 2017 stating that her land measuring three acres was resumed by the revenue authorities. Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban form govt KABUL: Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud fought in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley on Thursday, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia seized power, as Taliban leaders in the capital Kabul worked on forming a government. Panjshir is the last Afghan province resisting rule by the Taliban, whose overthrow of the Western-backed government as U.S. and other foreign troops withdrew after 20 years has left the country in chaos. Each side said it had inflicted heavy casualties. "We started operations after negotiation with the local armed group failed," Taliban spokesman Taliban not as strong as many believe, says Ahmad Massoud Zabihullah Mujahid said. Taliban fighters had entered Panjshir and taken control of some territory, he said. "They (the enemy) suffered heavy losses." A spokesman for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA) rebel grouping said it had full control of all passes and entrances and had driven back efforts to take Shotul district. NEW DELHI: The Taliban are not as strong as many believe they are, Panjshir resistance leader Ahmad Massoud has said. In an interview with CNN, Massoud said the reason why they took over the country was the weakness of the government and the leadership of the Afghan military. "Unfortunately, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani purged the army of generals and officers who knew how to fight the Taliban and who had the will and motivation to fight the enemy," Massoud said. The leadership of the country was another problem, he said. Ashraf Ghani lacked legitimacy, and the masses grew apart from his government in the recent years, Massoud added. MORE ON PG 9 NEW DELHI: Expressing its displeasure and concern over the way a section of web portals, social networking sites and channels run fake news and harm reputations in absence of a regulatory mechanism, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that they only listen to powerful voices and write anything against judges, institutions without any accountability. The Supreme Court bench, headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana observed, "I don't know, why everything is given commu- The Supreme Court nal angle. They bench was hearing a (these social petition filed by Jamiat networking Ulama I Hind and the sites) only listen Peace Party seeking to powerful appropriate direction voices and write to stop certain media anything against sections from allegedly judges, instituspreading fake news tions without while linking the any accountabil- spread of COVID-19 ity." The CJI with the Nizamuddin Ramana also Markaz event in 2020. observed, "These social media sites and channels even don't respond to us. They say we are not responsible. Institutions, judges, maligned on social media." The Supreme Court bench was hearing a petition filed by Jamiat Ulama I Hind and the Peace Party seeking appropriate direction to stop certain media sections from allegedly spreading fake news while linking the spread of COVID-19 with the Nizamuddin Markaz event in 2020. The Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, senior lawyer appearing for the Union of India (UoI), told the Supreme Court that "please grant me two weeks we will file something". To this, the CJI said, "you have taken four adjournments to file affidavit Mr Mehta." TV AND FILM ACTOR SIDHARTH SHUKLA DEAD MUMBAI: Popular television and film actor Sidharth Shukla, best known for his role in the long running TV show “Balika Vadhu”, died on Thursday, an official at the Cooper Hospital here said. He was 40. Shukla suffered a massive heart attack in the morning it is learnt. He is survived by his mother and two sisters. "He was brought dead to the hospital some time ago," the senior Cooper Hospital official told PTI. Shukla began his career in showbiz as a model and made his acting debut with a lead role in the television show "Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na". PAGE 10 India needs 4.3 mn nurses by 2024 to meet WHO norms NEW DELHI: Four premier nursing and midwifery professional organisations came together on Thursday to launch a unique campaign to highlight the role of nurses and midwives and reinforce their contribution to the healthcare system of the country through education, service and leadership. Aptly named #NurseMidwife4Change, the forces behind this campaign include the All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF), an umbrella organisation of nursing bodies, trade unions in government sector and federations; the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), a national profes- sional organisation of nursing and midwifery professionals in the government and private sector; Society of Midwives-India (SOMI), an organisation with a mission to strengthen midwifery in India and Indian Nursing Council (INC), the national regulatory body for nursing education in India and member of the International Council of Nurse (ICN). Speaking at the inauguration, G.K. Khurana, Secretary General, All India Government Nurses Federation, said, "Nurses and midwives form the cornerstone of healthcare delivery in India and are the unflinching pillars on which our healthcare sys- tem rests. Despite their undeniable role and contribution, they are often denigrated to be insignificant sacrificing angels bearing the whole burden with minimal support and dignity. "The #NurseMidwife4Change campaign conceptualised by and for nurses and midwives of India aims to bring to light their true profile, status and contribution in the country by creating awareness about the multiple roles they play as educationists, service providers, specialist and leaders. "Simultaneously, the campaign will spotlight some of the key issues facing this critical workforce today for example working conditions, remuneration and image in the society and highlight global and national recommendations for the overall growth and development of this professional cadre." The Covid pandemic has clearly revealed the strengths and weaknesses of India's healthcare system. While health care workers have been celebrated for saving lives, often at the risk of their own, the pandemic has also exposed the need to rapidly grow India's health workforce by investing in their education, service and leadership. According to the State of World's Nursing India profile, almost 47 per cent of India's health workforce consists of nurses and midwives. With 1.7 nurses per 1,000 population, India falls short of the WHO recommended rate of 3 nurses per 1,000 population. The recently released State of the World's Nursing Report 2020 and State of the World's Midwifery 2021 also highlight that investment in nursing and midwifery will not only contribute to achieve health-related SDG targets, but also to education, gender and economic growth globally. Leadership, education and job creation are three top priorities for India to focus on as per these reports.