YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 17 C SONIA HAS ESTABLISHED FIRM FAMILY HEGEMONY ON CONGRESS OPINION Rainfall may occur. RANCHI MONDAY, 25 OCT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—170 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) LALU RETURNS TO PATNA AFTER THREE YEARS PATNA: Weathered by old age and ill-health, RJD president Lalu Prasad on Sunday returned to his home turf of Bihar from where imprisonment in fodder scam cases had kept him away for three years. Prasad, who was released from jail a few months ago, arrived here accompanied by wife Rabri Devi and eldest daughter Misa Bharti, at whose Delhi residence he had been putting up for medical help he needs for the multiple ailments he suffers from. Chants in praise of the messiah of the poor rent the air as the haggardlooking septuagenarian walked out of the airport, with a shuffling gait, tiredly waving at the huge boisterous crowd. CENTRE WRITES TO STATES AGAIN TO ENSURE REDUCTION IN EDIBLE OIL PRICES NEW DELHI: The Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) will be meeting all states and Union Territories on Monday through video conferencing to review the action taken on the stock limit order on edible oil prices. In a letter written to all states by Secretary DFPD, Sudhanshu Pandey, the Department has outlined initiatives taken by the Centre to ease prices of edible oils for relief of consumers and keeping the festive season in mind. The DFPD is monitoring the prices of edible oils and their availability to consumers. MORE ON PG 7 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 34,179,417 TOTAL DEATHS: 454,358 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 244,270,694 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,962,066 SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE T20 WORLD CUP: SRI LANKA THRASH BANGLADESH BY FIVE WICKETS PM to visit Italy, UK for G-20 Summit & COP-26 from Oct 29 Guard me from ‘legal action’, Wankede appeals to Mumbai top cop NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Rome and Glasgow from October 29 to November 2, 2021 to attend the 16th G-20 Summit and the World Leaders’ Summit of COP-26 respectively. According to the Ministry of External Affairs officials, Modi will be participating in the 16th G-20 Summit from 30-31 October at the invitation of Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi in Rome. The Summit will also be attended by Heads of State/Government of G-20 Member Countries, the European Union, and other invited countries and International Organisations. This will be the 8th G-20 Summit that Modi would be attending. The forthcoming summit under the Italian Presidency is focused on the theme of ‘People, Planet, Prosperity’, focusing on the areas of ‘Recovery from the Pandemic and Strengthening of Global Health Governance’, ‘Economic Recovery and Resilience’, ‘Climate Change and Energy Transition’ and ‘Sustainable Development and Food Security’. The Prime Minister will also hold a number of bilater- MUMBAI: Apparently rattled by the revelations of a witness in the raid on a cruise ship rave party, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede on Sunday sought police help to protect him from possible “legal action”. In a letter to the Mumbai Commissioner of Police (Hemant Nagrale), Wankhede claimed that he has learnt of “some precipitate legal action” for framing him falsely, is being planned by some unknown persons concerning the raid on the cruiser on October 2. Indirectly referring to a statement by Nationalist Congress Party national Spokesperson and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik last week, the NCB chief wrote: “It is also brought to your notice that threat of jail and dismissal have been issued against the undersigned on public media by highly respectable public functionaries.” In what is viewed as a pre-emptive move, the IRS officer also asked the Mumbai Police chief to “ensure that no such precipitate legal action” is carried out to frame and falsely implicate him with ulterior motives. Wankhede - who had al meetings, including with Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi. The G-20 has emerged as the premier global forum for international economic cooperation. India is scheduled to host the G-20 Summit in 2023 for the first time. PM Modi will, thereafter, travel to Glasgow to attend the World Leader’s Summit of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at the invitation of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson. COP-26 is being held from October 31 to November 12, 2021 under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy. The high-level segment of COP-26, titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS), will be held on November 1, 2021. The Summit will be attended by Heads of State/Government of more than 120 countries. COP-26 was originally slated to be held in 2020, but it was deferred to 2021 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) manifests the global will and vision to combat climate change. At COP-26, the Parties will work to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines; the mobilization of climate finance; actions to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer; and keeping in reach the Paris Agreement goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures. PM Modi last attended the COP-21 in Paris in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was concluded, which implementation commences this year. He will also be holding a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of COP-26, including with Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Uttar Pradesh on Monday. According to Prime Minister’s office, at around 10.30 am in Siddharthnagar, Prime Minister will inaugurate nine medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh. “Subsequently, at around 1.15 pm in Varanasi, Prime Minister will launch Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana. He will also inaugurate various development projects worth more than Rs 5200 crore for Varanasi,” PMO said. According to the official release, Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) will be one of the largest pan-India scheme for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission. The objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities and primary care in both urban and rural areas. “It will provide support for 17,788 rural Health and Wellness Centres in 10 High Focus states. Further, 11,024 urban Health and Wellness Centres will be established in all the states,” the release said. The release said that critical care services will be available in all the districts of the country with more than 5 lakh population, through Exclusive Critical Care Hospital Blocks, while the remaining districts will be covered through referral services. Under the scheme, the release said that people will have access to a full range of diagnostic services in the public healthcare system through a network of laboratories. After oil, gas price may see surge upsetting CNG, PNG rates NEW DELHI: After fuel price surge, prices of gas used for cooking and transportation are expected to soar this year putting consumers in India at the risk of inflated CNG and PNG rates. As per an assessment of gas market done by ICICI Securities, prices in gas futures market is estimated to rise by US$4.1/mmbtu to US $7.35/mmbtu in H1FY23 and by another US$3.6/mmbtu (49 per cent) to US $10.95/mmbtu in H2FY23. This would mean that three main players supplying CNG and PNG -- Green Gas (GGL), Mahanagar Gas (MGL) and Indraprastha Gas (IGL) would need to hike CNG prices by 50-56 per cent in April-October, 2022 to fully pass on APM gas price rise to keep their margins at lofty levels. APM gas price was at US $2.3-3.8/mmbtu in FY17FY22 and bottomed out at US $2/mmbtu in H1FY22. It is up US $1.22/mmbtu (62 per cent) to US $3.22/mmbtu in H2FY22. What is interesting is that gas suppliers to CNG and PNG markets have made lofty margins in the pandemic period due to non revision of piped natural gas and compressed natural gas prices during the inadequacy when the cereal gas prices had fallen globally STAGE SET FOR PVT INVESTMENT CYCLE; NEW GROWTH TRIGGERS ARE IN PLACE BUSINESS due to demand compression and lockdowns. Since Q2FY20, gas cost fall for CNG is Rs 5.7/scm vs Rs 1.3-2.2/scm CNG price cut by GGL, MGL and IGL. Hence, their margin was up 21-84 per cent (Rs 1.44.0/scm) to Rs 7.9-13.9/scm in Q1FY22 from Rs 4.39.9/scm in Q2FY20. In fact, CGD margins are up 44-130 per cent since FY14, and 21-84 per cent since December, 2019 as gas cost fall has not been passed on. CGD players have not fully passed on the fall since December 2019 and in fact, on occasions, hiked prices to boost margins to make up for covid-caused volume plunge, the brokerage report said. earlier complained to the city and state police alleging threats to life - reminded Nagrale that NCB Deputy Director-General, South West Region, Mutha Ashok Jain, has already referred the latest matter (the witness’ sensational revelations) to the NCB headquarters for necessary action. NCB witness Prabhakar Sail’s statements have triggered a major political war with the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi allies Shiv SenaNationalist Congress PartyCongress slamming the central agency and Wankhede. The MVA partners have demanded a suo moto investigation by the Mumbai Police, setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the NCB affairs, intervention of the Supreme Court, etc. MORE ON PG 7 CSC, NCRB TIE UP FOR NOC NEEDED TO SELL SECOND-HAND VEHICLES Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi celebrates the dismissal of the Indian skipper Virat Kohli during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan, at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on Sunday. ANI NEW DELHI: No Objection Certificate (NOC), mandatory for sale-purchase of second-hand vehicles, will now be available from over four lakh Common Services Centres (CSC) across India. CSC, an SPV under the Ministry of Electronics & IT, has partnered with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to make this service available pan-India. This service will help citizens to access the NOC from the nearest CSC. The NCRB has requested State governments to integrate CCTNS services with Digital Seva Portal so that these can be delivered and made accessible to citizens through the network of CSC. The CSC will also create awareness about these services in the community they operate. CSC SPV Managing Director Dr. Dinesh Tyagi said: “There is a growing market for pre-owned vehicles for personal and commercial use. Mobility is an important part of commercial and entrepreneurial activities.” NERVE DISORDER ADDED AS RARE SIDE EFFECT OF ASTRAZENECA VAX Rs 17k Cr invested in 157 approved medical colleges since 2014: Centre NEW DELHI: A rare nerve disorder that affects the feet, hands and limbs has been added to the list of possible side effects of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine by UK regulators. Guillain-Barre syndrome, which sees the immune system go haywire and start to attack nerve cells, was added by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Most people who suffer from the autoimmune disorder make a full recovery, but one in five can be left with longterm problems. NEW DELHI: Government of India has given a nod to as many as 157 new medical colleges since 2014 and has invested a total of Rs 17,691.08 crore on these projects, said the Centre on Sunday here. Nearly 16,000 undergraduate medical seats would be added on completion of these projects. Of these, 6,500 seats have already been created with the functioning of 64 new Medical Colleges. The Central Government has also provided about Rs 2,451.1 crore for upgradation of existing state governments or central government medical colleges to increase MBBS seats in the country, added the statement. The medical colleges are established under the scheme in those districts which do not have either a government or private medical college. The preference is given to underserved, backward and aspirational districts. Under three phases of the scheme, 157 new medical colleges have been approved, out of which 63 medical colleges are already functional. Of the 157 new colleges that are being established under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme, 39 are being set up in aspirational districts. The Health Ministry said that with the objective of creating 10,000 MBBS seats in the government colleges, the Ministry is also implementing the centrally sponsored scheme for upgradation of existing State government, Central government medical colleges to increase MBBS seats. Starting 2022, India to undertake river dolphins census every 3 years NEW DELHI: From this year, India would embark on a scientific enumeration of dolphins - to be carried out every three years like the tiger census - across Indus, Ganga, and Brahmaputra basins together to ascertain the exact number for the national aquatic animal. The pan-India enumeration, part of the wider “Project Dolphin”, will be starting with workshops in November with field work aimed to be completed by March next year and the report expected by June-July 2022. This will start with river dolphins. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on August 15, 2020 initiated the Project, which envisaged bringing both the river dolphins and marine dolphins under its conservation programme. Just as a tiger is considered an indicator of a good forest, river dolphins are indicator of a healthy river and act as an umbrella species of the river ecosystem. There are currently two species of the river dolphins inhabiting India, Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica) and the Indus River Dolphin (Platanista minor). Ganges River Dolphin is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 , and was declared as the national aquatic animal of India and the state aquatic animal of Assam in 2009. They are also accorded the highest protection priority for conservation, by being listed in Appendix I of CITES and Appendix II of CMS COP. Government records show that the recent most estimation of the Ganges River Dolphins in the Ganga river basin, along with its tributaries, stands at 2,644 and in Brahmaputra, along with its tributaries, stands at 987 (survey in 2017-2018). The Indus River Dolphin, meanwhile, has a population of 68 dolphins in India, distributed only in a small pocket of the Beas River in Punjab, with majority of the population, of 1,816 individuals, residing in Pakistan. “There is almost 40 per cent range reduction over last 100 years. Earlier, there were dol- phins upstream of Bijnor (UP), now they are only downstream of Bijnor. In fact, even Yamuna near Delhi had dolphins a century ago. Barak river in Assam too had earlier, now nothing,” said nodal officer for the dolphin enumeration programme at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Vishnupriya Kolipakam. Generally, traditional methods of census are very hard to follow in case of dolphins. Boats would be needed according to the depth of water in the habitat. Also, it is not necessary that the dolphins would be visible when the enumerators reach the area for counting. Important is also the fact that the enumerator needs to be trained adequately so that he or she does not mistake sun shimmer on water as dolphins. “Unlike what is common in popular imagination that dolphins leap one after another, Indian dolphins are visible only for a few seconds. That can possibly lead to errors. Last five years, we have spent on standardising the methods to get robust estimates,” she said. Unlike marine habitat, where the depth of the sea/ocean is adequate enough everywhere for boats/ships to reach, the river dolphins’ census becomes a tad difficult as the boat cannot reach everywhere. “And then, there are the nonsurfacing dolphins too. The dolphins are blind and largely use sound for movement, foraging and communication. Hydrophones are dragged underwater to catch this dolphins’ sonar. Visual observers’ data and that generated from acoustic are combined to get proper readings,” Kolipakam said.