YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C CONGRESS DELAY ON PK WILL BE COSTLY FOR PARTY IN 2024 POLL OPINION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI THURSDAY, 9 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—127 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) NEW DELHI: The Indian national selectors on Wednesday picked the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be hosted in UAE and Oman. In a surprise move, R Ashwin has been included in the team which will begin its campaign in the showpiece event against arch-rivals Pakistan. He had last played a T20I against West Indies in July 2017. Yuzvendra Chahal misses out as MS Dhoni will be the mentor of the team. SQUAD: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Varun, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan. Stand-byes: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur. AT A GLANCE STATE GOVT TO TAKE DECISION ON TEMPLE RE-OPENING NEXT WEEK RANCHI: State government would take a decision on re-opening of temples after studying the order of Supreme Court (SC) in this regard. During the meeting of State Disaster Management Authority held at the Vidhan Sabha the secretary Amitabh Kaushal informed the Chief Minister Hemant Soren about the SC decision on temple reopening. The CM said that copy of the SC order be procured so that decision could be taken accordingly The next meeting in this regard would be held next meeting. Minister Banna Gupta was present in meeting. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,998,017 TOTAL DEATHS: 440,682 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 221,319,064 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,579,008 NATION Morning India Rs. 5 T20 WORLD CUP: ASHWIN MAKES INDIAN SQUAD, DHONI TO BE MENTOR CENTRE OKAYS PROCUREMENT OF TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT FROM AIRBUS CM to talk caste census with PM Modi, seeks time SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Wednesday informed the Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha members that he has written letter to the Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi for time to discuss the issue of caste-based census in the country. Soren said that state government plans to take an all-party delegation comprising nine members to meet the PM in this regard. He said that meeting has been sought between September 12 and 20. The CM invited the opposition party members to join the delegation. He said that during the proposed meeting he would also demand for increasing reservation for the other backward classes. He said that a proposal on OBC reservation should also be passed in the house and sent to the centre. He added that a resolution on farm law be sent to the centre. In another important announcement the CM said that a Vidhan Sabha committee would be formed to inquire into the illegal transfer of adivasi land in the state. His assurance came after MLA Lobin Soren raised the issue saying that adivasi land are being transferred illegally across the state adding it would defeat the very purpose of formation of a separate state of Jharkhand. MLA Pradeep Yadav also supported the issue. Replying to questions from MLA Navin Jaiswal the CM said that the government would come up with a resolution to define local people. CM Hemant Soren speaks while taking part in a debate in Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday. The house also passed three bills related to 75 percent reservation in private sector, municipality and goods and services taxes during the day. Earlier the BJP MLA chanted religious hymns in front of the Vidhan Sabha for the fourth working day. They stormed into the well of the house as soon as the proceeding began. Speaker appealed to opposition members to take their seats saying the cost of running the state assembly is borne by the people and the members should discuss the public related issues. Lambodar Mahto raised the issue of drinking water supply in Gomia. The ruling party MLAs also staged protest against MLA CP Singh for his remark against health minister Banna Gupta and demanded an apology. Meanwhile BJP MLA Neelkanth Singh Munda read out that police have lathi charged on BJP workers coming to gherao the Vidhan Sabha. Subsequently party MLAs intensified their protest in the well of the house. MLA Bhanu Pratap Sahi stood on a table in the well and tore a paper in front of the speaker. Representative photograph ‘Women can be inducted into armed forces through NDA’ NEW DELHI: Nudged by the Supreme Court, the Centre on Wednesday informed the apex court that it has taken a decision to allow women into the National Defence Academy (NDA). Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that there is "good news", as a decision has been taken at the highest level that women will be inducted into the NDA, and the chiefs of three Armed Forces have also agreed. "A decision has been taken at the highest level of forces and the government that girls will be inducted into the National Defence Academy," she said, adding that the decision had been taken late Tuesday evening. However, the government informed the bench also comprising Justice M.M. Sundresh that it needs some time to frame guidelines to pave the way for women to take NDA courses and sought exemption for the exam this year. Justice Kaul said that the court has been periodically nudging the authorities to do it themselves, and sometimes things only move when the court steps in. "Armed forces are respected forces of this country. But on gender equality, they have to do more", he said. "We are extremely glad to know that the armed forces themselves took the decision to induct women into the NDA. We know that reforms cannot happen in a day... The government will place timelines of the process and the course of action," he said. Bhati said it will be pathbreaking and generational reform. However, the top court emphasised that it is important for it to take a stand on these issues. "We want them to take a proactive approach themselves in ensuring gender equality rather than waiting for courts to intervene," the bench noted. The top court also asked the Centre to inform "What it is doing now? What is it planning to do in the future?" Bhati submitted that Centre will place a detailed affidavit. "On June 24, the exam was postponed to November this year. Please grant status quo in these exams as this needs procedural and infrastructural changes," she added. India, ADB sign deal to improve water supply infrastructure in Jharkhand NEW DELHI: The Central government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday signed a $112-million loan to develop water supply infrastructure and strengthen capacities of urban local bodies (ULBs) for improved service delivery in four towns in Jharkhand, informed the Ministry of Finance. The signatories to the agreement for Jharkhand Urban Water Supply Improvement Project were Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, who signed for the Government of India, and Takeo Konishi, Country Director of ADB's India Resident Mission, who signed for ADB, according to a press statement from the Ministry. After signing the agreement, Mishra stated that the project is aligned with the Government of Jharkhand's priority to improve urban services in the state and will ensure continuously, treated piped water supply in Ranchi and other three towns of Hussainabad, Jhumri Telaiya, and Medininagar located in economically and socially backward areas. "The project will be ADB's first urban project in the state and help establish a model for continuous water supply combined with policy reforms for a sustainable operation which can be replicated by other low-income states for providing safe drinking water to urban households as envisaged under national Jal Jeevan Mission," said Konishi. Four water treatment plants, with a combined capacity of 275-million litres per day, will be established in the project towns to provide safe drinking water meeting with the national drinking water quality standards. The project will also establish 940 kilometers of the water distribution network to provide continuous water supply to about 115,000 households, including those below the poverty line, scheduled caste and scheduled tribe members, and other vulnerable groups. To ensure sustainability, the project will strengthen the capacity of ULBs on urban service delivery and governance through the development of an asset management strategy and training on design and implementation of urban projects. Last Hour Shopping ICC TEST RANKINGS: THAKUR AND WOAKES GAIN BIG, BUMRAH MOVES UP A SPOT A Woman buys articles on the eve of Teej festival, in Ranchi on Wednesday. Hemant Sutradhar SPORTS Cabinet nod to MSP hike for Rabi crops, rise highest for oilseeds, pulses NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all mandated Rabi crops for Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2022-23 with an aim to realigning the MSPs in favour of oilseeds, pulses, and coarse cereals over wheat. This has been done to encourage farmers shift to a larger area for these crops and adopt best technologies and farm practices, to correct demand-supply imbalance, a Cabinet communique said. The government has HIGHLIGHTS The government has increased the MSP of Rabi crops for RMS 2022-23, to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce. The highest absolute increase in MSP over the previous year has been recommended for lentil (masur) and rapeseeds and mustard (Rs 400 per quintal each) followed by gram (Rs 130 per quintal). The differential remuneration is aimed at encouraging crop diversification. For wheat, there has been an increase of Rs 40 per quintal while for barley, it is Rs 35 per quintal, over last year. increased the MSP of Rabi crops for RMS 2022-23, to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce. The highest absolute increase in MSP over the previous year has been recommended for lentil (masur) and rapeseeds and mustard (Rs 400 per quintal each) followed by gram (Rs 130 per quintal). In case of safflower, there has been an increase of Rs 114 per quintal, in comparison to last year. The differential remuneration is aimed at encouraging crop diversification. For wheat, there has been an increase of Rs 40 per quintal while for barley, it is Rs 35 per quintal, over last year. The MSP for RMS 2022-23 for wheat has been announced as Rs 2,015 per quintal considering the cost of production for 2022-23 as Rs 1,008, for barley, it is Rs 1,635 against Rs 1,019, MSP for gram has been announced as Rs 5,230 against the cost of production of Rs 3,004, for lentil, it is Rs 5,500 against Rs 3,079, for rapeseed and mustard at Rs 5,050 against Rs 2,523 and the MSP for safflower has been announced as Rs 5,441 against the cost of production of Rs 3,627. Tokyo Paralympics: Sports Minister felicitates medallists NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Wednesday felicitated India's para athletes who won a historic 19 medals, including 5 gold and 8 silver, in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik also graced the event. Secretary of Department of Sports Ravi Mittal, Secretary of Department Youth Affairs Usha Sharma and other officers of the Ministry were also present on this occasion. During his address, Anurag Thakur congratulated all the para athletes for their fantastic performance and said, "I recall in the 2016 Paralympics, the size of the Indian contingent was 19, while this year the country has won as many as 19 medals! You have shown us that the human spirit is the most powerful of all! Our medal tally has increased by about five times. For the first time we have won medals in Table Tennis, won multiple medals in Archery, competed for the first time in canoeing and powerlifting. We equalled two world records and we broke even more. India's para athletes delivered a perfect podium finish!" Thakur added, "The government approach in extending support to athletes for international competitions has undergone a Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur takes a selfie with Tokyo 2020 Paralympics medalists in New Delhi Wednesday. transformational change. The government will continue to support India's Paralympians with facilities and funding so that they may continue to excel internationally. We'd like to encourage more regional and national tournaments for our Paralympians so they can regularly compete and hone their skills." He further said, "The government will continue to support India's Paralympians with facilities and funding so that para athletes can achieve even more medals in 2024 and 2028 Olympics. All the Para Athletes are part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and this scheme will be taken forward and THAKUR ALSO SAID THAT THE EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE OF ATHLETES HAS CHANGED THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS PARA - SPORTS IN THE COUNTRY. further strengthened to extend greater support to athletes under the scheme. This is also a part of our commitment to realise Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of Inclusive India." Thakur also said that the extraordinary performance of athletes has changed the attitude towards Para - Sports in the country. The government has ensured world-class facilities and when Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself speaks to the sportspersons and encourages them; in fact during the last interaction the PM spent nearly two hours speaking to the para-athletes and their families. This has an impact on every section of society, whether be it individual, corporate, sports associations or any other organisation. In Tokyo 2020, India won 19 medals, finishing 24th in the overall medal tally among 162 nations competing and ranking 20th on the basis of total medals won. India had won only 12 medals until 2016 since making its Paralympic Games debut in 1968.