YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 31 C MIN 21 C MINORITY TARGETING IN J&K IS A MEASURE OF FRUSTRATION OPINION Sky will be clear. INDIA BEAT SCOTLAND 4-1 IN UBER CUP GROUP MATCH SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI WEDNESDAY, 13 OCT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—160 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) G20 EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT CENTRE MAY ALLOW POWER PLANTS TO USE 10% IMPORTED COAL BLEND Must stop Afghanistan from becoming source of terror: Modi FESTIVE FERVOUR GRIPS CAPITAL Devotees take part in traditional rituals at a pandal in Ranchi’s Hinoo on Tuesday. AT A GLANCE PAKISTAN'S ISI TRAINED TERRORIST HELD IN DELHI: OFFICIAL NEW DELHI: The terrorist who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police from the national capital on Monday night was trained by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), officials privy to the probe told IANS on Tuesday. "The suspected terrorist had been assigned to carry out terror strikes during the festive season at the behest of Pakistan's ISI," a senior official said. PG 7 INDIA’S SECURITY POLICY GOT BOOST ONLY AFTER 2014, SAYS RSS CHIEF NEW DELHI: Praising the work of the Narendra Modi government, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said that it was only after 2014 that India's security policy started getting priority in the agenda of the government. Bhagwat said that earlier the security policy was given less preference before the national policy but after 2014 the whole attitude changed and now the security policy gets top priority in the government. Bhagwat's statement came amid continued criticism by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who has been targeting the Modi government for a failed defence policy. PG 5 Hemant Sutradhar 18 students from RIMS hostels expelled SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) has expelled 18 medical students residing in its hostels after they were found guilty for the clash, which took place in the hospital premises on September 4. Notably, the students of several hostels had entered into a fight when the senior students preparing for an examination objected to a night party organised by students of the 2019 session. The 2019 batch students were enjoying after end of their examinations. The students of various sessions, however, entered into a fight on the issue leading the police to intervene in the matter. Taking a serious note of the situation the RIMS management formed a committee to inquire into the incident. Based on the committee’s report RIMS management issued a letter dated September 11 stating that 18 AN INTERNAL COMMITTEE OF RIMS HAS FOUND STUDENTS RESIDING IN ITS HOSTELS AFTER THEY WERE FOUND GUILTY FOR THE CLASH, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE HOSPITAL PREMISES ON SEPTEMBER 4. students of different batches residing in hotel number one, two, three, four and seven have been expelled. While 13 students have been expelled for three months five of them have been banished from the hostel for a year. The notification has said that the students would not get any hostel related facilities including canteen and mess services during the period of expulsion. The students would also be not allowed to stay in the rooms of their class mates. The letter in this regard has been circulated to all the hostel superintendents with the instruction that the latter should take the needful action and inform the dean students welfare office. AMIT KHARE APPOINTED ADVISOR IN PM’ OFFICE NEW DELHI: Former Human Resource Development Secretary Amit Khare was on Tuesday appointed as advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved Khare's appointment on contract basis on terms and conditions as applicable to reemployed officers of Secretary level. An IAS officer of the 1985 batch from Bihar/Jharkhand cadre, Khare was instrumental in bringing to light the infamous fodder scam in Bihar in the 1990s. He was also Information & Broadcasting Secretary. Sep retail inflation eases to 4.35% NEW DELHI: Lower food prices eased India's September retail inflation on both a sequential and yearon-year basis. Data furnished by the National Statistical Office showed that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) slipped to 4.35 per cent last month from 5.30 per cent in August 2021. Even on YoY basis, the rise in last month's retail inflation was slower than 7.27 per cent acceleration recorded for September 2020. The macroeconomic data assumes significance as it brings retail inflation mark well within the range of the Reserve Bank of India's set target of 2-6 per cent for CPI inflation. The declining retail inflation rate increases the chance of the RBI to further loosen up the monetary policy and maintain the accommodative stance. Region wise, the CPI Urban fell to 4.57 per cent last month from 5.32 per cent in August, and the CPI Rural came down to 4.13 per cent from 5.28 per cent. As per the NSO data, the rate of rise in Consumer Food Price Index decreased to 0.68 per cent last month from 3.11 per cent in August. The CFPI readings measure the changes in retail prices of food products. Low base effect, along with a rise in demand, pushed India's industrial out- put higher by 11.9 per cent in August, on a year-on-year basis. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for August rose by 11.9 per cent from a decline of 7.1 per cent reported for the like month a year ago. Last year, while the country observed a full-fledged lockdown, the same was partially imposed across different regions of the country. MORE ON PG 9 NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday stressed preventing Afghan territory from becoming the source of radicalisation, and terrorism. In a virtual G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan that was convened by Italy, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the need to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalization and terrorism, regionally or globally," read the Prime Minister's Office statement. He emphasized the need to enhance the joint fight against the nexus of radicalization, terrorism, and the smuggling of drugs and arms in the region. "Participated in the G20 Summit on Afghanistan. Stressed on preventing Afghan territory from becoming the source of radicalisation and terrorism," tweeted PM Modi. He also called for urgent and unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens. "Also called for urgent and unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens and an inclusive administration," added PM Modi. Italy currently holds the G20 Presidency, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi chaired the Meeting. Issues under consideration at the meeting related to the humanitarian situation; concerns relating to terrorism; and human rights in Afghanistan. In his remarks, the Prime Minister welcomed the initiative of the Italian G20 Presidency in convening the meeting to take stock of the current situation in Afghanistan. He emphasized the centuries-old people-topeople ties between India and Afghanistan. PM Modi mentioned that over the last two decades, India has contributed to promoting socioeconomic development and capacity building of youth and women in Afghanistan. He recalled that over 500 development projects have been implemented by India in Afghanistan, added the statement. The Prime Minister noted that the Afghan people have a great feeling of friendship with India. He conveyed that every Indian feels the pain of Afghan people facing hunger and malnutrition. He emphasized the need for the international community to ensure that Afghanistan has immediate and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance. In order to preserve the socio-economic gains of the last 20 years and to restrict the spread of radical ideology, the Prime Minister called for an inclusive administration in Afghanistan, which includes women and minorities, added PMO statement. NEW DELHI: The government may allow power plants facing fuel shortages to blend upto 10 per cent imported coal and run their plants at optimal capacity to prevent any outages. As part of the exercise to prevent power plants from reducing their supply due amid rising demand, the government, as per reports, has decided to allow coal-based plants to import fuel and blend it upto 10 per cent of the total requirement. Blending local coal with imported ones has been practiced in the past to get better caloric value and improve the efficiency of power plants. The country's largest power producer NTPC has also used blended coal at its power plants to offset lower heat generated by high ash content of local coal. Power sector analysts, however, said that with imported coal prices touching the roof, with widely-used Indonesian coal's prices soaring from $60-70 in April to about $180190 a tonne now. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,987,687 TOTAL DEATHS: 451,032 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 239,179,695 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,875,950 MORE ON PG 7 India to lift all domestic flight capacity curbs from Oct 18 NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday allowed the airlines to deploy full pre-Covid flight capacity in the domestic sector from October 18. Passenger air services were suspended on March 25, 2020 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The sector was reopened on May 25, 2020 with a limited capacity of 33 per cent. Since then, the operational capacity has been decided in consonance with the prevailing Covid sitiuation. As per Tuesday's order, the capacity will be raised to 100 per cent from 85 per cent, which was set by the Civil Aviation Ministry on September 18, 2021, up from 72.5 per cent allowed in August and 65 per cent in Passenger air services were suspended on March 25, 2020 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The sector was reopened on May 25, 2020 with a limited capacity of 33 per cent. Since then, the operational capacity has been decided in consonance with the prevailing Covid sitiuation. July. "After a review of the current status of scheduled domestic operations vis-a-vis passenger demand for air travel in terms of the purpose specified in the initial order, it has been decided to restore scheduled domestic operations with effect from October 18, 2021 without any capacity restriction," the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in an order issued on Tuesday. On its part, IndiGo said: "We are pleased with the government's decision to allow airlines to operate at full capacity without any restrictions from October 18. It is a welcome move, as we believe that with the recent pent-up demand, combined with the upcoming festive season, it will be great to operate flights on pre-pandemic levels. We are quite bullish about the overall growth and demand for domestic travel." According to ixigo's Cofounder and Group CEO Aloke Bajpai: "Restoring normal flight operations to full capacity is a very good sign, which is in line with the growing passenger confidence and demand we have seen for the upcoming quarter. Covid vaccine for kids, teenagers can be ‘a game changer’: Experts NEW DELHI: Covid vaccinations for children and adolescents can turn out to be a game changer and enable return to normalcy among the young population, said public health experts. The Drugs Controller General of India on Tuesday granted the Hyderabad-based drug maker Bharat Biotech's Covaxin an emergency use approval for children in the age group of 2 to 18 years. Covid-19 infection was comparatively less severe for children and adolescents than among the adults. The infection was reportedly 4 per cent among children in the first wave, whereas in the second wave, it surged to 10-15 per cent. However, more than infection, the life of children was hampered due to fears, and subsequent lockdowns affected their studies and other activities, scarring their childhood memories. "The news is very encouraging. I am very much sure that this initiative will be a game changer to protect our children and adolescents," Dr Sujeet Ranjan, Head Nutrition, Tata Trusts told IANS. "In India, best efforts have been put into protecting children after the warning from the experts and the dangerous second wave. With schools reopening in many states for certain age groups, the vaccine for children 2-18 years will help them return to normal," he added. In a statement, Bharat Biotech said it had submitted the trial data of phase 2 and 3 of Covaxin on children to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) at the beginning of this month. While data on these trials has not been made public yet, tests were conducted on more than 1,000 children across the country. "The data has been thoroughly reviewed by the CDSCO and Subject Experts Committee (SEC) and have provided their positive recommendations," read the statement from the company. The expert panel noted that the trial on kids showed similar efficacy rates as that on adults. However, Bharat Biotech needs to submit safety data with due analysis every 15 days for the first two months and monthly thereafter. "After detailed deliberation, the committee recommended for grant of market authorisation of the vaccine for the age group of 2 to 18 years for restricted use in emergency situations," the expert panel said in a statement. Dr Rahul Nagpal, Director of Paediatric and Neonatology at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, said: "The approval to give Covid-19 vaccine to children is very good news for children as well as their parents. This approval will also open the path for children to come back to normal life completely and schools will be functional. With this approval now we can also get rid of this pandemic." However, some experts have also raised concerns. "While it is reassuring to know that the vaccine has worked well in children, rollout in children must be scheduled only when we are confident that adults who are at greater risk of more severe illness have acquired immunity in large numbers," Public Health Foundation of India President K. Srinath Reddy told IANS. "Children who are immunocompromised may be given early jabs. Only in 2022, we will be able to judge the need for, and benefits of, mass vaccination in children. Evidence will be available by then, from different countries," he added. "If the vaccine safety data is strong enough and we immunise them, it will have a big impact in reducing the transmission of Covid. This will be a major step as school, coaching centres and sport centres are gradually opening." Dr. Akshay Budhraja, Senior Consultant, Pulmonology, Aakash Healthcare, Dwarka, told IANS.