YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C HOUSEHOLDS UNDER UNEMPLOYMENT AND DEBT CRISIS OPINION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI SUNDAY, 12 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—130 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) MEENAKSHI LEKHI TO VISIT PORTUGAL, SPAIN NEW DELHI: Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi is scheduled to visit Portugal and Spain next week in an effort to enhance bilateral ties with the two countries. The visit will begin on Sunday and will conclude on September 17. During her trip to Portugal from Sunday to September 14, the Minister will hold bilateral talks with her counterpart Secretary of State for International Affairs and Cooperation Francisco Andre. SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE ‘MENTALLY, DJOKOVIC IS THE BEST PLAYER TO EVER PLAY THE GAME’ Afghanistan’s future remains central concern for India, Australia: Marise Payne NEW DELHI: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Saturday said the future of Afghanistan remains a central concern for both India and Australia after the Taliban's takeover of Kabul. "Australian and India share a positive vision of free, open and secure Indo-Pacific. Last month saw fall of Kabul, future of Afghanistan remains a central concern," Payne said while addressing the question in a press interaction after 2+2 dialogue. Following the Taliban's takeover of Kabul in August, the situation in the troubled country has been dominating the global agenda, with stakeholders trying to find ways to ensure stability in the region. After holding the 2+2 talks with Indian counterparts, the Australian Foreign Minister reiterated that both the countries share a strong interest that Afghanistan never ever becomes safe haven for terrorists. "We share strong interests in ensuring that Afghan, never again becomes safe haven for breeding, training of terrorists. We're also very focused on seeking safe passage for citizens, foreign nationals, visa holders of other countries who seek to leave Afghanistan," she said. Payne touched upon the aspect of women and girls position in Afghanistan and commented that "In relation to the position of women and girls, for 20 years we've worked with the international community and people of Afghanistan to ensure better circumstances for women." External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar expressed his views saying "very detailed exchange of views and approach is very similar between the two countries regarding Afghanistan". "During the '2+2' dialogue we also exchanged views on developments in our neighbouring regions. Afghanistan was understandably a major subject of discussion. We agreed that the international community must be united in its approach, guided by UN Security Council Resolution 2593," EAM Jaishankar said. This is the inaugural India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between the nations' foreign and defense ministers. The agenda included bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. REVIEWS & BOOKS Vijay Rupani submits his resignation from the post of Gujarat's Chief Minister to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, in Gandhinagar on Saturday. ANI Gujarat CM resigns ahead of the end of term GANDHINAGAR: In a major political development, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday tendered his resignation to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat at his residence, Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar. The BJP leader confirmed that he has resigned from the top post. "I am resigning from the post of the Chief Minister. I thank PM Modi and the party for giving me an opportunity to work for five years," Vijay Rupani told the reporters at Raj Bhavan. "I am just a worker of the organisation and will continue to be so. For the upcoming state Assembly elections, definitely our PM Modi will be the face," Rupani said, when asked who will be the face for the elections, as he and the party earlier had declared that the 2022 elec- PAGE 8 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,208,330 TOTAL DEATHS: Decision to open schools for Class I to VIII will be taken soon: Finance Minister PC JHA SIX DEAD FROM SUFFOCATION IN NORTH CHINA FACTORY SHIJIAZHUANG: As many as six people died of suffocation at a factory in the city of Baoding, in China's Hebei Province, local media reported on Saturday. The accident took place around 3 am when a worker at a factory in Xushui District fainted while checking the water pump in a scum pool, Xinhua reported citing local authorities. According to the Chinese news agency, several others fainted while attempting to rescue the first person. Later, rescue operations were conducted, during which six people were found dead. A probe is being conducted into the cause of the accident. State-run schools lack learning environment, discipline: Oraon 442,365 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 224,811,910 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,633,797 INSIDE REPLACING RUPANI MIGHT HELP BJP BEAT ANTIINCUMBENCY Delhi records wettest Sept as rain breaks record of 121 yrs PAGE 7 tions will be led by him. "I will accept whatever responsibility the party gives me," said Rupani. Vijay Rupani took the state's Chief Ministerial position on August 7, 2016, and is representing Rajkot West in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. It is learnt from sources that the party will declare Rupani's replacement by Sunday. Most likely his replacement could be deputy chief minister Nitin Patel. NITISH KUMAR NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN JIND RALLY ON SEP 25 PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has decided not to participate in the Jind rally called by INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala on September 25. The rally will be organized by veteran leader and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) president Om Prakash Chautala to celebrate the birth anniversary of former deputy prime minister Chaudhary Devi Lal. All non-BJP and non-Congress leaders have been invited to the rally to explore possibilities of formation of a third front ahead of the 2024 general elections. Chautala had extended invitations to NCP president Sharad Pawar, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal. Passengers wade through a waterlogged underpass after their bus trapped into it following heavy rainfall, in New Delhi on Saturday. ANI RANCHI: Jharkhand Finance Minister Dr Rameshwar Oraon said on Saturday that there was a need to change the state of affairs of government-run schools and that they should also contribute in imparting quality education to students in the state. The Minister was speaking as the chief guest at the teacher's felicitation function organised by the Private School and Children Welfare Association (PSCWA) and NSS unit of Ranchi University at Aryabhatta, Morhabadi auditorium. "There is no learning environment in government schools and also lack of discipline. Teachers are busy with other tasks apart from this there is a learning environment in private schools and also discipline. He said that even due to rules, development is not taking place in the field of education. He said that many private school organizations came forward to open the school, but no organization or teacher of government schools took the initiative to open the school. This can explain the difference," the Minister added. Dr Rameshwar Oraon said that a decision would be taken soon on the opening of schools for classes I to VIII. He said that schools have opened in the neighboring state of Bihar and now there is no reason to see that schools should not be opened in Jharkhand also. He said that the final decision in this regard would be taken in the meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority to be chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren. The operator of the private school and the teachers were also assured by the Minister of Finance and Food Supplies that necessary relaxation will be given in the land related obligation for giving recognition to the schools. PSCWA National President Shamail Ahmed said that today the credibility of private schools has increased in such a way that even the poorest section of the poor wants to send their child to private school for education. He said that free education, lunch, book-copy, pencil and other facilities are also provided in government schools. Despite this the quality of education is poor there. Woman raped in Mumbai succumbs to her injuries AFSPA EXTENDED IN ASSAM FOR ANOTHER SIX MONTHS MUMBAI: The 30-year old woman raped in the Sakinaka area of Mumbai succumbed to her injuries on Saturday. The victim, who sustained serious injuries because of a rod put in her private parts, was undergoing treatment in Rajawadi Hospital in Mumbai. Earlier in the day, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said that the condition of the woman was critical. "She has very less amount of blood left and has lost her intestines. She is with her mother. She is on a ventilator," she stated. As per the information shared by the police on Friday, a PCR call was received at 3:30 am on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday that a woman was lying unconscious and covered in blood on Khairani GUWAHATI: The Assam government extended the 'Disturbed Area' status of the state for another six months from August 28 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), according to an official statement issued on Saturday. "The Government of Assam in exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 has declared the entire State of Assam as "Disturbed Area" up to six months with effect from August 28, 2021 unless withdrawn earlier," the singleparagraph statement said. MAHARASHTRA CHIEF MINISTER UDDHAV THACKERAY ON SATURDAY ORDERED FAST TRACK TRIAL IN THE CASE. NCW CHAIRPERSON REKHA SHARMA HAS TAKEN SERIOUS COGNIZANCE OF THE MATTER. Road in Sakinaka. The police arrested the man accused of raping the woman and he was booked under Sections 307, 376, 323 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code. Pednekar informed that the victim was together with the accused, identified as Mohan, for the last 10 to 12 years. After a 30-year-old woman, who was raped and had a rod inserted in her private parts, succumbed to injuries, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday ordered fast track trial in the case. The CM said in a press release, "The rape and subsequent death of a woman in the Sakinaka area is an act of disgrace to humanity and the perpetrator will be severely punished. In this regard, I have also spoken to the Home Minister of the state. The incident is reprehensible." The Chief Minister has taken full information about the incident and has also spoken to Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale. Meanwhile, earlier today, National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma has taken serious cognizance of the matter and said that a member will be sent to inquire if there is no development in the case. MORE ON PG 5 PADDY, WHEAT STILL PREFERRED CROP IN MAXIMUM HOUSEHOLDS NEW DELHI: Paddy in kharif season and wheat in rabi season are still the preferred produce in highest percentage of agricultural households across rural India, the National Statistical Office (NSO) reported in its 77th round of survey. For the Kharif season, 53.2 per cent rural agriculture households grew paddy, followed by maize (11.3 per cent); bajra (8.3 per cent); cotton (7.2 per cent) and soyabean (six per cent) of the households. The remaining crops such as jowar, ragi, arhar (tur), urad, moong, sugarcane, potato, groundnut and coconut were all each 4.1 per cent or less, said the survey conducted during January 1 to December 31, 2019. The theme was 'Land and Livestock Holdings of Households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households' in the rural areas of India with an integrated schedule of enquiry. In all, 25 crops were identified to present crop-wise estimates in the report. These are paddy, jowar, bajra, maize, ragi, wheat, barley, gram, arhar (tur), urad, moong, masur (lentil), sugarcane, potato, onion, groundnut, sesamum, rapseed/mustard, coconut, sunflower seed, safflower, soyabean, niger seed, cotton and jute. For kharif season, as much as 95.9 per cent sugarcane was sold, followed by soyabean (94.4 per cent) and cotton (94.6 per cent), all being the cash crops sold 90 per cent and above; followed by groundnut (77.6 per cent), coconut (61.2 per cent) and arhar (60.4 per cent) to a large extent, that is above 60 per cent. Rest of the crops for which the agriculture households reported sale ranged from 52.6 per cent paddy; 50.5 per cent urad; 48.1 per cent jowar; 48.6 per cent bajra; 48.5 per cent potato; 44.8 per cent moong and 36.3 per cent for ragi. Average gross cropped area per agricultural household reporting production of crop remained less than 1.0 Ha except for soyabean and cotton, which remained less than 1.5 Ha. The harvested quantity produced (kg/number) ranged from 37,474 kg of sugarcane to 2,035 kg of paddy to nearly 1200 kg of soyabean and cotton. The value of total production ranged for maximum Rs 1,01,625 for sugarcane to Rs 9,154 for ragi, the survey said. Similarly, for rabi crop, the percentage of crop producing agricultural households reporting sale of a particular crop that they grow, it is wheat all over at 41.2 per cent while remaining others was 10 per cent or less. The percentage of crop producing agricultural households reporting sale of the respective crop was sugarcane at 95.7 per cent; cotton at 90.7 per cent; maize at 82 per cent and paddy at 76.6 per cent and for the rest of the crops, it was 65 per cent and less. Average gross cropped area per agricultural household reporting production of crop remained less than 1.0 Ha except for cotton, which was 1.13 Ha. The harvested quantity produced (kg/number) ranged from 34,774 kg of sugarcane to 191 kg of moong. The value of total production ranged for maximum Rs 1,05,189 for sugarcane to Rs 9,608 for moong. The total value of production includes value of harvested crop, pre-harvest sale and value of by-products. Prior to 77th round, Land and Livestock Holding Surveys (LHS) and Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of agricultural households used to be conducted as separate surveys in separate sets of households. The information was collected in two visits from the same set of sample households in rural areas with a view to collect relevant information separately for the two halves of the agricultural year from July 2018-June 2019. The first visit was made during January-August 2019 and the second during SeptemberDecember 2019.