YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C BY POLLS: BENGAL BJP DIVIDED ON FINAL STRATEGY TO COMBAT TMC OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 8 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—126 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) DESPITE MISSING MEDAL, WOMEN'S HOCKEY HAS BRIGHT FUTURE: TETE SPORTS Morning India Govt to probe ‘misuse of funds’ by Raghubar govt CM meets political leaders at Vidhan Sabha SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday assured that state government is ready to conduct inquiry into the alleged misuse of fund during the state foundation day celebrations in 2016. While replying to a demand raised by MLA Saryu Rai the CM said, “Prima facie there seem to be irregularities in the expenditure of fund for the Foundation Day. The government could start an inquiry either through the anti-corruption bureau or the special committee.” Rai had raised objection to the fund spent on the programme staged by Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan. Later the Vidhan Sabha passed the supplementary budget worth Rs 4684.93 crore after a discussion. The highest allocation in the supplementary budget is for the energy department. The BJP had walked out of the house when the budget was approved by voice vote. As in previous two working days the BJP sat on the stairs of the entrance gate of Vidhan Sabha building reciting the Hanuman chalisa to protest the allocation of a separate room for offering of namaaz. Some of the members also danced on the floor to the song. The BJP MLAs continued to stage protest inside the house reciting hymns and shouting slogans. There was a sharp exchange of words between the speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto and MLA Bhanu Pratap Singh in MI NEWS SERVICE this regard. There ruling party MLAs staged a strong portest over remark of MLA CP Singh on health minister Banna Gupta. During his speech on new employment policy Singh addressed the health minister by certain name leading to objection by the speaker and treasury bench. Singh withdrew his words and the speaker expunged the remark from the records. Singh demanded that government should make amendment in the new employment policy. He said that exclusion of several languages including hindi would hinder employment of the locals from districts like Palamu and Garwah. Later on education minister Jagannath Mahto said that Vidhan Sabha was the temple of democracy where the public issues are to be raised, Hanuman chalisa should be cited in the temples, he added. The BJP plans to gherao the issue on Wednesday on the issue of allotment of a separate room for the namaaz. LANJI FOREST IED BLAST CASE: NIA FILES CHARGESHEET AGAINST 19 NAXALS RANCHI: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed chargesheet against 19 Maoists in the case of Lanji forest IED blast in Jharkhand's West Singbhum district. The agency filed the chargesheet in a special NIA court here under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). PG 3 BJP MLAs recite ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ as a part of ongoing protest against allotment of a room for ‘namaz’ in Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha building, during the Monsoon session in Ranchi on Tuesday. Hemant Sutradhar ‘Whole world suffering’: SC on urgent hearing plea for Deoghar temple reopening NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to give urgent hearing on a plea seeking direction to the Jharkhand government to consider reopening of Baba Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the twelve 'jyotirlingas' of Lord Shiva, in the state's Deoghar. Advocate Prashant Kumar, representing the petitioner, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana that number of Covid cases in Jharkhand are very low. He submitted that temple can be considered for reopening for devotees for two months during 'Shravani Mela' and pointed out that entries were restricted due to Covid-19 protocol. At this, Chief Justice Ramana said: "Why should we give priority to this. When the whole world is suffering, you want to reopen." The bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and A.S. Bopanna, said there was no urgency to hear the plea. As the advocate insisted for early hearing on the plea, the Chief Justice, disallowing the urgent listing of the petition, said: "Yes, yes, there is no FILE PHOTOGRAPH Covid you know." In July last year, the top court had declined to interfere with the Jharkhand High Court order passed, on a plea of BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, rejecting the prayer for allowing reopening of both the historic temples nd holding of annual Shravani Mela in Deoghar, and only allowed virtual darshan. Then, the top court had noted that when country was in the process of re-opening, then religious places - which includes tem- ples, mosques, and churches could be considered for reopening. The apex court had then asked the state government to examine opening the temple complex for devotees. As farmer groups continue to protest against the three contentious farm laws and scores gathered at a new grain mandi to attend the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Haryana's Karnal on Tuesday, one of the members on the Supreme Court constituted com- mittee on the farm laws has written to Chief Justice N.V. Ramana seeking release of the panel's report into public domain and sharing it with the government. Anil Ghanwat, president Shetkari Sanghatana, in a letter to the CJI said: "The report addressed all apprehensions of the farmers. The committee was confident that the recommendations will pave the way to resolve the on-going farmers' agitation" that started on November 26, 2020. Ghanwat emphasized that as a member of the committee, especially representing the farmers' community, he is pained that the issue raised by the farmers has not been resolved so far and the agitation is continuing. "I feel that the report has not been given any attention by the Supreme Court. "I am humbly pleading the Supreme Court to kindly release the report for implementation of its recommendations for peaceful resolution of the stalemate to the farmers satisfaction at the earliest," said Ghanwat. AT A GLANCE NATIONAL JAL JEEVAN MISSION TEAM VISITS JHARKHAND CHHATTISGARH CM'S FATHER JAILED FOR HATE SPEECH Rs 2,479 cr Central fund for implementation of JJM in state RAIPUR: Nand Kumar Baghel (86), the father of Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, was on Tuesday sent to judicial custody till September 21 as he refused to seek bail in a local court where he was produced after being arrested on charges of making a hate speech. Chhattisgarh police, while acting on an FIR lodged at Raipur's DD Nagar police station on a complaint of Sarv Brahmin Samaj, arrested Baghel senior from Delhi and brought him to Raipur. He was later produced before a judicial magistrate where he flatly refused to seek bail. The court then sent him to 14-day judicial remand. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,998,017 TOTAL DEATHS: 440,682 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 221,319,064 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,579,008 NEW DELHI: A multi-disciplinary team from the National Jal Jeevan Mission is visiting Jharkhand during 6- 9 September, 2021 in four districts of Ranchi, Dhanbad, Khunti, and Hazaribagh. During the visit of NJJM team to the State, team members are visiting 3-5 villages daily in the district depending on the feasibility. The visiting team will discuss various aspects of progress and implementation of the mission in the State, understanding ground situation as well as discuss about the saturation plan for 100% coverage of households for making provision of tap water connections. They are interacting with district officials, local village community, members of Gram Panchayats, etc. After the visit to districts, they will interact with the State team. Jharkhand State is planning 100% FHTCs to all households by 2023-24. Out of 59.24 lakh rural households Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister, Jal Shakti in the State, 8.60 lakh (14.5%) households tap water connections. On 15th August, 2019, at the time of launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, only 3.45 lakh (5.85%) rural households in Jharkhand had tap water supply. In 24 months, 5.15 lakh households (8.7%) in the State have been provided tap water connections. However, in comparison to national average of 23% increase in providing tap water supply in rural households, the progress made in Jharkhand is very slow. In 2020-21, Rs 572.24 Crore Central grant was allocated to the State but it could draw only Rs 143.06 Crore and surrendered Rs 429.18 Crore meant for tap water supply in rural areas due to slow pace of implementation. To assist the State to provide tap water supply to every household by 2024, Union Minister, Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has increased the Central allocation four-folds to Rs 2,479.88 Crore. RANCHI: Members of various political and social organizations on Tuesday met the Jharkhand Chief Minister (CM) in the Vidhan Sabha with their demands. Members of various adivasi organisations met the CM and handed over a memorandum requesting stopping of construction of Eklavya Vidyalaya in Silgai area of Chanho block. The members said that eklavya vidyalaya which is being built on an old worship place of the adivasis, should be shifted somewhere else. Members of the Kendriya Sarna Samiti were present in the meeting. It may be stated here that union minister Arjun Munda was also prevented from laying the foundation stone of the school a few days back. Congress’s Member of MEMBERS OF Parliament VARIOUS ADIVASI Dipendra Hoda ORGANISATIONS MET along with minisTHE CM AND HANDED ter Alamgir Alam, OVER A MEMORANBanna Gupta and DUM REQUESTING Badal Patralekh STOPPING OF CONand Congress STRUCTION OF state president EKLAVYA VIDYALAYA Rajesh Thakur IN SILGAI AREA OF also met the CM CHANHO BLOCK. at the Vidhan Sabha. Members of the Bhartya Adivasi Bhumi Samaj met the CM to demand separate code for the bhumij language in the matric and the intermediate examinations. They said that the language must be included in the Jharkhand Public Service Commission. It said that study of Bhumij should start at the local level. A delegation of Ranchi Football Association led by MLA Rajesh Kacchap informed the CM about various activities of the organisation. Its members said that the Ranchi football league remained suspended for the past several years for some reasons. They requested the CM to provide better facilities and platform for the players. The CM stated that government was striving for promotion of games and sportspersons. MORE ON PG 3 Mandu BDO caught taking bribe by ACB MANOJ SINHA RAMGARH: A team of Hazaribag Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday arrested Vinay Kumar, posted as Mandu block BDO, the police said. Kumar was caught red handed while taking a bribe of rupees 45,000. The ACB team took the accused away to Hazaribag, where he will be interrogated. Sources said that Kumar had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 45,000 for doing favours from Upendra Singh, a former Mukhiya of Manjla Chumba located in Mandu police station area. As Singh was not willing to give away bribe, he approached the Hazaribagh ACB. After receiving the complaint, the ACB team got the matter verified. During verification, the demand for bribe was found to be true. The team of Hazaribag ACB took the action on Tuesday and arrested the BDO red-handed while he was accepting the money at his residence. Taliban leader Mullah Akhund to lead new Afghan govt NEW DELHI: The Taliban announced on Tuesday that Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund will be the leader of the new Afghanistan government. Taliban's chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy leader. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the son of the founder of the Haqqani Network, designated as a terrorist organisation by the US, will be the new interior minister. Akhund is presently the head of the Taliban's powerful decisionmaking body, Rehbari Shura or the leadership council. He belongs to Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, and was among the founders of the armed movement, The News reported. "He worked for 20 years as the head of Rehbari Shura and earned himself a very good reputation. He is a religious leader rather than having a military background and is known for his character and devotion," said a Taliban leader. He added that Akhund remained close to Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada for 20 years. According to the Taliban, Akhund had worked in important positions during the previous Taliban government in Afghanistan. He was the foreign minister before being made the deputy prime minister when Mullah Mohammad Rabbani Akhund was the prime minister, the report said. Similarly, the Taliban said that the name of another veteran leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of the Haqqani Network, has been proposed for the federal interior minister's post, the report said. He has also been authorised to nominate governors for the eastern provinces, from where the Haqqani Network used to draw its force, including Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Gardez, Nangarhar and Kunar. Similarly, Mullah Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, has been approved as Afghanistan's defence minister. Mullah Yaqoob was a student of Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada in his madrassa and remained close to him. According to the Taliban sources, Sheikh Hibatullah Akhunzada has always respected Mullah Yaqoob due to his father and Yaqoob's dedication to his work. It was Sheikh Habibullah who appointed Mullah Yaqoob as commander-in-chief of their armed fighters and then chose him as head of the powerful military commission, the report said. Yaqoob personally led the recent armed campaign and first started taking over the rural areas, including districts, and then decided to capture the provinces across the country. People close to Yaqoob told The News that he would take little sleep during the operations and depended on medicines. Some senior Taliban leaders then advised him against taking too much pain.