YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C BRINGING KIDS BACK TO ECUCATION TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED OPINION Rainfall may occur. UNION MINISTER RAMDAS ATHAWALE FAVOURS CASTE CENSUS NATION Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 13 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—131 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE CM SOREN CONDEMN ATTACK ON JOURNALIST VACCINATION IS THE MEDICINE TO BOOST ECONOMY: FM TUTICORIN: Holding that 73 crore people of the country's population have received their vaccination, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said vaccination was the only medicine to boost the economy as it allows people to conduct businesses regularly or farmers to carry out farming activity. "Vaccination programme has been going on smoothly in the country and so far 73 crore people have already received jabs free of charge. Today, through vaccination programme, people were able to conduct business, traders were able to procure products to run businesses, (thereby) boosting economy, or farmers were able to do farming...So, vaccination is the only medicine (to combat the virus, to boost economy)...," she said. SALINE GARGLE RT-PCR TEST TECH TRANSFERRED TO MSME MINISTRY NEW DELHI: The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has transferred the knowhow of the indigenouslydeveloped saline gargle RT-PCR technique, used for testing Covid-19 samples, to the Union Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Ministry on a non-exclusive basis, an official statement said on Sunday. SPOTLIGHT & ISSUES My Cup, My World! Emma Raducanu after winning the women’s singles final at the US Open in New York on Saturday. Bhupendra Patel to take oath as Gujarat CM today GANDHINAGAR: Bhupendra Patel is set to take oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat at 2.20 pm on Monday, sources said today. "New Cabinet will be announced later," according to sources. Earlier today state BJP president CR Patil said that Patel will take oath as the new chief minister of Gujarat tomorrow. "Gujarat Chief Ministerelect Bhupendra Patel will take oath tomorrow. No one else will take oath along with him as the name of Deputy Chief Minister is not decided yet," said Patil. The state BJP chief said that details about the new cabinet will be finalised later. Patel met Governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar earlier in the day to stake claim to the top post in the state. Vijay Rupani, who stepped down as chief minister of Gujarat on Saturday accompanied Patel along with a delegation of BJP leaders to Raj Bhavan. Patel was elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party after a meeting in the state capital Gandhinagar today. The Chief Minister-elect of Gujarat in his first media address after being nominated by the party today expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president JP Nadda and his predecessor Vijay Rupani for reposing faith in him, and said he would take the development journey of the state forward. "First of all, I want to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, JP Nadda and Amit Shah from the bottom of my heart. I also want to thank all the leaders of Gujarat BJP including CR Patil and the team of Vijay Mamata eyes alliance with SP in UP polls MI NEWS SERVICE PAGE 8 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,240,894 TOTAL DEATHS: 442,794 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 225,257,761 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,641,349 Rupani," Patel said. "The faith that party showed me, I will not let it break. I will take forward the incomplete development work in the state. We will move forward by keeping the organisation along," he added. A protege of former chief minister Anandiben Patel, Bhupendra Patel is MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, which was previously held by her. Patel a first-time MLA had won his seat by a margin of 117,000 votes in 2017, the largest margin in that poll defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel. He has previously served as chairman of the Standing Committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. LUCKNOW: The Trinamool Congress is looking towards an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, due early next year. A decision on this is expected to be taken by the leaders of both the parties in the coming weeks. The Trinamool has already launched its mass contact programme in Uttar Pradesh from Pilibhit where farmers had staged a protest on the issue of cane dues. At least two districts in each of the 18 divisions will be covered to gauge the mood of the people and their expectations. Trinamool state president Neeraj Rai said, "We will tell the people about the policies implemented by us in West Bengal and will seek public Banner of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee displayed for the campaign ahead of the by-elections at Bhabanipur, in Kolkata on Saturday. feedback on the welfare policies of the state government. We will prepare the manifesto of the Trinamool Congress based on the expec- tations of the people." He said the Trinamool was focusing on building a strong organisational structure and cadre base in Uttar Pradesh. "The party has added 100 committed members in more than 30 districts through the membership drive launched in May. The party leadership wants a strong unit in UP with a committed workforce ahead of the 2024 General Elections. Wherever we go, people want to know how we defeated the BJP in West Bengal," he added. Sources in the Samajwadi Party said that the alliance with Trinamool could materialise since Akhilesh Yadav shares a warm rapport with West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee. "Besides, she is now an opposition mascot who crushed communal forces in her state against all odds. Her campaign in UP will certainly boost the opposition in general," said a SP spokesman. RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren has strongly condemned the deadly attack on senior video journalist Baijnath Mahto near his house in Tiril village under the Sadar police station area on Saturday night. The CM has wished speedy recovery of the journalist. He added that the assailants would not be spared at any cost. Press advisor to the CM Abhishek Prasad has also condemned the attack. He prayed for prompt recovery of the victim. It may be stated here that Mahto was retruning home late in the night when unknown criminals attacked him with sharp weapons. The victim sustained several wounds on the neck and the head. The police control room vehicle rushed the injured in a critical state to Rajendra Institute of Medcial Sciences (RIMS) at around 3 AM. Meanwhile health minister Banna Gupta has directed the RIMS doctors to provide best treatment to the injured. Members of the Ranchi Press club also met the RIMS doctors on Sunday and requested for adequate treatment. The incident has caused resentment among the journalists of the city. Sub inspector dies as gas tanker hits police vehicle in Giridih SURESH PRASAD NIKHAR GIRIDIH: A police subinspector died and three constables were injured after a gas tanker hit a patrolling van on Giridih-Deoghar road near Bengabad Chowk later Saturday night. The incident took place at around 11.30 PM when the driver of the Madhupur-bound gas tanker lost control and hit the van from behind. In an accident, SubInspector Vinay Hasda of Bengabad police station died on the spot, and three police constables were injured, the police said. The injured policemen were immediately taken to the Giridih Sadar Hospital where they were given the first aid. All three were later referred to Dhanbad for further treatment and their conditions remained critical. The deceased policeman was a native of Dumka district. Police sources said that the team of Bangabad police station under the leadership of Hasda was on patrolling duty from Chapuadih and IN AN ACCIDENT, SUB-INSPECTOR VINAY HASDA OF BENGABAD POLICE STATION DIED ON THE SPOT, AND THREE POLICE CONSTABLES WERE INJURED, THE POLICE SAID. going to Khandoli Dam. When the police vehicle arrived near Bengabad Chowk, the driver of the gas tanker lost control and hit the vehicle from behind. Sources said that sub Inspector Vinay Hasada was sitting in the front seat and he died on the spot. Constable Naveen Kumar, Nagendra Kumar and driver Sanjay Kumar were seriously injured. Immediately another team of police reached from Bangabad police station. The injured were pulled out of the vehicle. All were immediately taken to Sadar hospital. Cop shot dead by militant in Kashmir SRINAGAR: A police officer was shot dead from pointblank range by a militant in Khanyar locality of the city here on Sunday, evoking strong reactions from various quarters, even as Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh said the perpetrators have been identified and will be brought to justice soon. Probationary SubInspector Arshid Ahmad, a resident of Kupwara district, was shot at after he was coming back from a hospital where he had taken an accused for a check up. The CCTV footage of the incident shows a militant shooting the officer with a pistol at least twice from behind from a point-blank range in Khanyar, leaving him injured. The sub-inspector was rushed to SKIMS in Soura, but he succumbed to injuries, officials said. The incident took place at 1.35 pm, they said. A wreathlaying ceremony was held at district police lines here in which officials from civil administration, police and other security forces led by the J&K DGP paid floral tributes to the slain officer. Speaking to reporters, Singh said the perpetrators behind the killing have been identified and will be brought to justice soon. The DGP said the killing of the young office a very tragic incident. "We have lost a brave young officer who was just at the threshold of service. He was learning the nuances of policing. He was deputed to a hospital for a check up of an accused and while coming back from the hospital, he was shot. "He was immediately evacuated to a hospital, but, unfortunately, he succumbed to injuries. It is a very tragic loss for us and the family and we express our condolences," the DGP said. Singh said the perpetrators of the crime have been identified and they will be brought to justice. SECURITY FORCES TO HAVE TRAINING MODULE ON TALIBAN NEW DELHI: Border forces and armed police units deployed in the counter-terrorism grid have been directed by the central security establishment to prepare and administer a new training module on the Taliban and its modus operandi to the troops in view of the "emerging" scenario following the Islamic militia taking over Afghanistan. Stating that the fall of Kabul to the Taliban last month may have a "serious bearing" on the security situation in India, the ground forces and their intelligence setup have been asked to update both their strategy, tactics and combat syllabus on the new "geo-political situation in central and south Asia and its grave security implication on India's borders and the hinterland." The directive issued by the security establishment a few days back also envisages a scenario where infiltration from across the border from Pakistan on India's west and illegal entry of terrorist operatives from open fronts in the east may increase including that by foreign terrorist fighters. Officials in the central security forces and intelligence wings acknowledged the new developments that have taken place in the neighbourhood after the Taliban swiftly took over almost all provinces of Afghanistan last month following the US military retreating from their 20-year war in that country launched after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 in their country. A senior officer told PTI that the existing training module of border guarding forces like the BSF and SSB, state police units and those involved in counterterrorist duties like the CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police have an existing title "changing dynamics of border management". "This included information on the Taliban as well but it was not updated. That is being added through open-source authentic information and others available in a classified manner to us and the focus is the developments of the last twenty years that took place in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks," the officer said. A full-fledged training, intelli- gence and combat module on Taliban, its leadership and their modus operandi is being prepared apart from specific case studies that have taken place in that country and the region, he said. The directives have been forwarded to the central and state police forces which have multiple levels of training centres and academies to train their personnel and officers during induction and while in service. "It is very important for the last man standing at the border, a checkpost or under a police jurisdiction to know about the Taliban's history and linked activities and strategies. "Senior and top commanders of the security forces may know most of the things about Afghanistan and Taliban situation but they draw their operational strength from the troops or the constable standing on the ground. They need to be informed well," another senior officer working in the training management division of a paramilitary force said. At least one such session has been conducted in two central forces post the issuance of the new directives while a webinar for all these forces is being planned in a combined manner to be held later this month, a Union home ministry official said.