YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C STEADY GROWTH IN GDP SINCE DEC INDICATES A PICK-UP IN GROWTH OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 6 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—124 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE NEPAL WARNS PROTESTERS NOT TO BURN MODI'S EFFIGY KATHMANDU: Nepal's Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday warned protesters not to burn the effigy of the Prime Minister of the neighbouring country without mentioning the name of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The statement came in response to some protests in Kathmandu against the Indian government and Modi in a backdrop of recent diplomatic friction between Nepal and India. Recently, Nepal and India indulged in two different diplomatic row after Indian helicopter repeatedly breached the Nepali territory and made a flight over western Nepal of Darchula district. MORE ON INSIDE PG LIFESTYLE & YOU PROBE CONFIRMS COMPLICITY OF GOVT OFFICIALS WITH VIKAS DUBEY SPORTS Morning India Trade deficit may continue to widen in 2nd half of FY22 NEW DELHI: India's trade deficit is likely to continue widening during the second half of the current financial year. Kotak Economic Research report noted that imports in August increased further as economic activity continued to normalize and exports continued to be strong but have stagnated at the current levels, for now, leading to a widening of the trade deficit. "We expect the current trend to continue in 2HFY22 and maintain our FY2022E CAD/ GDP estimate at 1.1 per cent. We continue to pencil in USD-INR within 72.5-74 in the near term," it said. Exports in August increased 45.2 per cent to $33.1 billion but declined sequentially by 6.5 per cent. Non-oil exports at $28.6 billion increased 36.6 per cent while falling 3.3 per cent sequentially. Compared to August 2019, exports were higher by 27.5 per cent and non-oil exports increased by 25.5 per cent. However, exports have been stagnating around the current levels after a sharp spike in March 2021. Top exports in August (over August 2020) were gems and jewellery (88 per cent), engineering goods (58.8 per cent), KOTAK ECONOMIC RESEARCH REPORT NOTED THAT IMPORTS IN AUGUST INCREASED FURTHER AS ECONOMIC ACTIVITY CONTINUED TO NORMALIZE AND EXPORTS CONTINUED TO BE STRONG BUT HAVE STAGNATED AT THE CURRENT LEVELS, FOR NOW, LEADING TO A WIDENING OF THE TRADE DEFICIT. cotton and handloom products (55.6 per cent), and chemicals (35.8 per cent). Imports in August increased 51.5 per cent to $47 billion while increasing sequentially by 1.3 per cent (July: $46.4 billion). Non-oil import was at $35.4 billion increasing 43.9 per cent, while increasing sequentially by 5.6 per cent. Compared to August 2019, imports were higher by 18 per cent and non-oil imports increased by 22.6 per cent. "We expect the overall external sector to remain comfortable but will be subjected to risks from a widening trade deficit, high commodity prices, and policy normalization in the US, and spread of Covid cases," it said. RSS CHIEF TO MEET MUSLIM INTELLECTUALS IN MUMBAI TODAY PAGE 8 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,998,017 TOTAL DEATHS: 440,682 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 221,319,064 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,579,008 MUMBAI: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will meet intellectuals from the Muslim community at a five-star hotel in Mumbai on Monday, said sources. Notably, in July, Bhagwat had addressed an event organised by Muslim Rashtriya Manch in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad. Speaking at that event, the RSS chief had said, "The concept of HinduMuslim unity is misquoted because there is no difference between them as it has been proven that we are the descendants of the same ancestors from the last 40,000 years. People of India have the same DNA." I’ll come to India for my next novel: Salman Rushdie NEW DELHI: After having spent years away from the country, British-American author Salman Rushdie finally plans to return to India for his next book. The Booker prize winner, who was speaking at a session of the ongoing Times Litfest, said his next novel is likely to be set in India for which he will have to come back. "The last ten years I have mostly written these westernbased novels, these novels mostly based in America, a little bit of England, I think it might be time to come back to India. I think the next book appears to be an Indian novel. "It's in a very early stage, so let me get a little further. But it looks like it'll be entirely set in India, which means I have to come to India. It's been very long," Rushdie said. The author last came to India for the promotion of Deepa Mehta's 2013 film "Midnight's Children", which was based on Rushdie's Booker winning book of the same name. Rushdie's visits to India have often been embroiled in controversy since his 1988 book "Satanic Verses" caused international religious ire, following which he refrained from visiting the country. Talking about coming back to India, the author, who calls himself a "Bombay boy", said religious objections or security hassle --- made his coming back to the country "quite difficult". "Sometimes it is made quite difficult for me to come to India and that can be off putting. Sometimes that's because of religious objections or sometimes it's because of me being engulfed in a kind of security operation that makes it actually impossible for me to be there really," the 74-year-old author said. However, he promised to return once the world "opened up a little bit". "So it just became difficult for me and it's sad because it matters a lot to me. I'll be back, I'll be back. Let the world open up a little bit," he said. Tokyo Paralympics: India finishes 24th with record 19 medals TOKYO: Indian contingent finished their campaign at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020 at an all-time high by securing a total of 19 medals which includes 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals. India sent its biggest ever contingent of 54 para-athletes across as many as 9 sporting disciplines at the Games. Badminton and Taekwondo made their debut in Tokyo, both of which were represented by India. Since making its first appearance at the Paralympics in 1968, India had won 12 medals in total till the 2016 Rio edition. The country has now massively improved upon that entire number by 7 medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 alone. Out of a total of 162 nations, India have finished 24th in the overall medal tally, while its accomplishment of 19 medals is ranked 20th based on the number of medals. The Gold medalists from the Indian contingent at Tokyo Paralympics were: Avani Lekhara in Women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1, Pramod Bhagat in Men's singles SL3 badminton, Krishna Nagar in Men's singles SH6 badminton, Sumit Antil in Men's Javelin Throw F64, and Manish Narwal in Mixed 50m Pistol SH1. Silver medalists were: Bhavinaben Patel in CM SOREN TO LAUNCH POWER PROJECTS TODAY MI NEWS SERVICE Paralympics silver medalist Bhavina Patel along with Paralympians Sonal patel, Soman Rana, Ekta Bhyan and Kashish Lakra shows victory sign as they being welcomed at IGI Airport, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI Women's Singles Class 4 Table Tennis, Singhraj Adhana in Mixed 50m Pistol SH1, Yogesh Kathuniya in Men's Discus F56, Nishad Kumar in Men's High Jump T47, Mariyappan Thangavelu in Men's High Jump T63, Praveen Kumar in Men's High Jump T64, Devendra Jhajharia in Men's Javelin F46, and, Suhas Yathiraj in Men's Singles Badminton SL4. Bronze medalists were: Avani Lekhara in Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1, Harvinder Singh in Men's Individual Recurve Archery, Sharad Kumar in Men's High Jump T63, Sundar Singh Gurjar in Men's Javelin Throw F46, Manoj Sarkar in Men's Singles Badminton SL3, and Singhraj Adhana in Men's 10m Air Pistol SH1. The records made by the Indian medallists are as follows: Sumit Antil - World Record in F64 Men's Javelin (Gold), Avani Lekhara Equalled the World Record and made a Paralympic Record in R2 Women's 10m Air Standing SH1 (Gold), Manish Narwal - Paralympic Record in P4 Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 (Gold), Nishad Kumar - Asian Record in Men's High Jump T47 (Silver), and Praveen Kumar - Asian Record in Men's High Jump T64 (Silver). A few Indian para-athletes missed out on medals. Swaroop Unhalkar (Para Shooting, Sandeep Chaudhary, Soman Rana, Navdeep (Para-Athletics) and Tarun Dhillon (Para Badminton) finished fourth in their events, while Sakina Khatun (Para Powerlifting), Ram Pal, Amit Saroha (ParaAthletics) and Rahul Jakhar (Para Shooting) finished fifth. RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren would inaugurate and lay foundation stones of various distribution projects of Jharkhand Energy Distribution Corporation Limited in Garwah and Palamu districts online on Monday. The CM would inaugurate the Bhagodih sub-station while he would lay foundation stone of Bhavnathpur and Chattarpur sub-stations. Energy secretary Avinash Kumar said that a 100 MVA sub-station would be inaugurated in Bhagodih. Built at a cost of Rs 26.74 crore the projects would supply power to Makri, Pandaria, Buka, Garda, Saraiya, Arsali and other areas. Kumar said that the 100 MVA each substations at Bhavnathpur in Garwah and at Chattarpur in Palamu would be built at a cost of Rs 38.07 crores and Rs 53.23 crores respectively. MORE ON SPORTS PG BHABANIPUR BYE-ELECTION TMC announces name of Mamata as candidate KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday officially announced that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the party's candidate for Bhabanipur assembly constituency by-elections which will be held on September 30. Further, TMC leaders Jakir Hossain and Amirul Islam will be the party's candidates for Jangipur and Samserganj seats respectively. "The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) is pleased to announce Mamata Banerjee as the candidate from Bhabanipur, Jakir Hossain from Jangipur and Amirul Islam from Samserganj assembly constituency for polls/by-poll scheduled on September 30, 2021 in the state of West Benga," read the party statement. On Saturday, the Election Commission has announced to hold by-elections to three assembly seats in West Bengal on September 30. These constituencies include Bhabanipur, the traditional seat of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, from where she will contest the by-elections. Besides Bhabanipur, by-polls will be held in Samserganj and Jangipur constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on October 3. Notably, Mamata Banerjee was defeated by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram assembly constituency in the state Assembly polls held earlier this year. Following this, the Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from the seat. The election on the seat is crucial for Banerjee to win if she has to remain the chief minister of the state. The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly.