YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 27 C MIN 18 C STRATEGY BEYOND TALKATHON TO DEAL WITH CHINA-INDIA BORDER ISSUES OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 26 OCT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—171 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE GOVT TO CELEBRATE GANGA UTSAV NEXT MONTH TEAM WAS JADED AFTER HECTIC IPL; LONG BREAK WILL HELP IMMENSELY: KOHLI SPORTS Morning India Pension application to get easier for needy widows: CM MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: The government will celebrate Ganga Utsav next month and its focus will be on encouraging stakeholder engagement and public participation towards rejuvenation of the Ganga river, a senior official said on Monday. The festival will promote and escalate the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rejuvenate rivers by building a connection with traditions that are associated with rivers for centuries, he said. "Keeping this in consideration, the activities, designed for the central and state levels, from November 1 to November 3 will be organised in both physical and virtual mode," the official in the National Mission for Clean Ganga said. He said that the central level event will be held in the presence of Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy and Minister of State for Jal Shakti Prahalad Singh Patel, among others. "At the central level, the activities planned include cultural activities comprising music, dance and poetry performances by renowned artists," the official said. Listing out the activities, he said, these include 'kahani junction' for storytelling by famous personalities, the Ganga dialogue, preparing story maps on community-based efforts, blog writing, 'kachre se kanchan' utilisation of plastic waste and converting the same into bio-diversity models for Gangetic dolphins and turtles, and nukkad nataks. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 34,198,681 TOTAL DEATHS: 455,060 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 244,585,102 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,966,932 RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Monday said that widows will not be asked to submit proofs of ration card and other documents for getting government pension. Speaking at a function at Rajabhitta stadium in Godda district the CM stated that all needy widows would get pension from the state government. It may be noted here that the CM laid foundation stones of schemes worth Rs 26.18 crores and inaugurated projects amounting to Rs 34.58 cores on the occasion. The CM opined that his government has initiated measures for restoring normalcy after the Covid pandemic He said that a sub-station has been inaugurated in the area to improve power supply which was irregular due to topography. The government is also striving to develop the villages located around the Sunder dam, he informed. Lift irrigation scheme has also been inaugurated in the displaced persons villages while eight ambulances are being provided for health services, he stated. Soren said that government is helping the villagers become self dependent by promoting animal husbandry under Mukhyamantri Pashudhan Yojna. The children would be being provided eggs six days a week in the schools, he informed. The CM said that government is also providing loans to ensure alternative employment for women enaged in selling country made liquor. He said that state govern- ment was observing 2021 as year of appointment adding the rules are being framed by all departments in this regard. He said that people must remain alert to take benefit of the government schemes. He also distributed appointment letter on compassionate grounds and keys under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. Assests worth Rs 6.5 crores were given to the beneficiaries. Rajmahal MP Vijay Kumar Handsa, principal secretary to the CM Rajiv Arun Ekka, press advisor Abhishek Prasad, Godda deputy commissioner Dist admin to step up guard at AKHARA PARISHAD GETS railway station, airport NEW CHIEF Visitors ignore social distancing norms at Urs mela in Ranchi on Monday. Hemant Sutradhar SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Ranchi district administration would intensify vigil at the airport and railway stations to trace Covid19 positive passengers arriving from different parts of country during the current festival season. In a meeting held on Monday the Ranchi deputy commissioner Chavvi Ranjan said that the incident commander would be suspended if any Covid positive person becomes traceless after being found positive. He emphasized that the vigil at the railway stations and the airport would continue till the Chhath puja is over. The DC said, "None of the positive cases should be traceless. The officials should keep ambulances ready to admit the Covid positive persons found at railway stations and airport in hospitals. They should ensure that none of the positive cases remain in home isolation." The DC said that one member of each Covid team should verify the mobile numbers of the passengers. He said the officials should coordinate with the police personnel for additional force if required. The DC said that during the festival season a large number of people would arrive in the city from different states like Bihar, Maharashtra and New Delhi adding the administration must make proper arrangement for their testing. There should be adequate deployment of magistrates and force at the railways stations. The DC also asked the enforcement team to enforce the Covid norms strictly in the market places. It may be stated here both the district and the Resladar community health centers are functional to treat Covid patients. The district administration would also make arrangement for vaccination of people coming for morning walk at the Morabadi ground. Senior incharge of all cells, civil surgeon, block development officers, incident commanders and other concerned officers took part in the meeting through online mode. Meanwhile the samples of passengers found positive in the RAT test at Hatia railway station on Saturday and Sunday have turned negative in the RTPCR test. Health officials said that 67 samples were found positive in the RAT test adding that faulty RAT kits may be the cause of the result. PRAYAGRAJ (UP): Mahant Ravindra Puri will be the new president of the Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex Hindu religious body of the 13 monastic orders of the country. He will be replacing Mahant Narendra Giri, who had allegedly committed suicide in the premises of the Baghambari Math in the city, on September 20. He is the present secretary of Shri Panchayati Akhara Niranjani. Puri was elected as the new president of the ABAP in a meeting of the seers, called by the general secretary of ABAP Hari Giri, the chief patron of the Juna Akhara, on Monday. Out of the 13 akharas of the country, representatives of seven akharas had come for the meeting following which it is now evident that ABAP stands divided into two groups. Puri had the support of seven akharas, representatives of which attended the meeting. As per the practice, two members from each of the 13 akharas are members of ABAP. There are in all 28 members in the ABAP, the president and the general secretary being the additional two. Earlier, owing to a rebellion within the parishad, seers of seven akharas had held a meeting at Haridwar on October 21 and elected Mahant Ravindra Puri of Mahanirvani Akhara as the president of ABAP. Bhor Singh Yadav and superintendent of police YS Ramesh were present in the meeting. The CM also distributed assets among people in a function held at Kunwarpur football ground in Sahibganj district. He handed over appointment letters to junior engineers and account clerk cum computer operators under the 15th finance commission and among the newly selected aganwadi sewikas and sahayikas. Assets were distributed under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna, Sona Sobran Dhoti Saree Yojna and JSLPS. India to have more doctors in next 10-12 years than it has had in past 70 years: PM Modi VARANASI (UTTAR PRADESH): With more and more medical colleges coming up, India will have more doctors in the next 10-12 years than it has had in the past over 70 years since Independence, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. PM Modi, while addressing the launch function of PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh today said, "In the next 10-12 years, the nation is going to receive a number of doctors that will be more than the number of doctors that graduated out of medical colleges in the 70 years after independence." He said that the quick pace with which new medical colleges are being started in UP will positively impact the number of medical seats available. "Due to more number of seats, now the children of poor parents too can dream of becoming a doctor and fulfil it," the Prime Minister said. He also slammed the previous governments in the Centre and said that the health infrastructure of the nation was not given attention for a long period of time after independence. Notably, according to the Prime Minister's Office, PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission is one of the largest pan-India schemes for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission. The objective of the scheme 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. Centre seeks report on action taken against edible oil hoarders NEW DELHI: The Centre's Department of Food and Public Distribution on Monday asked states and Union Territories to furnish details of the action taken against the hoarders of stocks of edible oils beyond prescribed limits as per its letters and reminders regarding the same, an official statement said. Except Uttar Pradesh, which has issued a notification regarding this, other states are either in the process of or have not taken any steps, it said. During a meeting with all states/UTs, conducted virtually, to review the status of stock limit on edible oils, the Department sought details of action taken by the respective states/UTs on its order of October 8 and the subsequent reminders on October 12 and October 22 regarding stock limit on edible oils. The Centre directed all states/UTs to ensure that the consumers get the benefit of its initiatives on stock limit of edible oils and also advised to speed up the process of issuing stock limit notification in all states/UTs before the festive season, the Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ministry statement said. In this regard, Uttar Pradesh has taken lead and informed that they have already issued a stock limit order on October 12, which will soften the prices, it said, adding that other states' departments are either in consultation with the stakeholders or have already submitted the proposal to the state government for approval. Chairing Monday's meeting, Joint Secretary, Food and Public Distribution, Partha S. Das stressed that the stock limit has to be notified by each state/UT based on their consumption pattern. Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Haryana have already submitted the proposal to the state government and imposition of stock limit is expected shortly, while Maharashtra, Odisha, Kerala, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, UT of Chandigarh have initiated the process of fixing stock limits and will soon notify relevant limits for different classes. The Centre, in its order earlier, had directed that the state government has to ensure that full benefit of duty reduction made by the Centre is passed on to the consumers in order to provide immediate relief from the high prices of edible oils, especially during the ensuing festival season. "This would also help in bringing down the food inflation and provide relief to ordinary consumers by reduction in the prices of edible oils," the release said. The Department is closely monitoring the prices of edible oils and its availability to the consumers. Based on the interaction with all the states and edible oil industry associations, stock disclosure notification has been issued and it has created a web portal to monitor the stock of edible oils/oilseeds on a weekly basis in the country, the release added. Wankhede leaves for Delhi amid bribe allegations, NCB to initiate probe NEW DELHI: A three-member team led by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, who led the cruise ship drug bust involving Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, left for Delhi on Monday amid bribe allegations against him. Meanwhile, the NCB vigilance unit head DDG NR Gyaneshwar Singh said that the agency will initiate an inquiry into the allegations of 'extortion' made by an independent witness in the drug case. Singh said he will record the statements and analyze the evidence given by the witness, Prabhakar Sail, and submit a comprehensive report to the NCB. He said that certain facts have been reported through social media by the independent witness. On being asked whether Wankhede will remain in his post as it can impact the inquiry, he said we will make a decision on the evidence found during the inquiry. "We are a professional agency and whenever we notice a thing to be enquired, we will do the inquiry", he said. The vigilance chief added that they would continue to fight the drug menace despite the personal attacks and accusations against the anti-drug trafficking body. Wankhede has been summoned to the national capital by the NCB Director General to provide an explanation about the stunning allegations levelled by the cruiser ship raid's 'panch-witness' Prabhakar Sail on Sunday. However, the agency has termed it as a routine meeting with the top brass. 67th National Film Awards: Rajinikanth, Dhanush, Kangana, Manoj Bajpayee receive honours NEW DELHI: Actors Rajinikanth, Kangana Ranaut, Manoj Bajpayee and Dhanush were feted on Monday at the 67th National Film Awards which were announced earlier this year. The awards are being presented at the Vigyan Bhawan in the capital. Manoj and Dhanush received their awards for Best Actor for 'Bhonsle' and the Tamil film 'Asuran', respectively. Kangana Ranaut was honoured with the Best Actress award for her performances in the Hindi films 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' and 'Panga'. South superstar Rajinikanth received India's highest film honour Dada Saheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the world of Indian cinema. The veteran actor received a standing ovation as he was conferred the award. Rajinikanth's family including his wife Lathaa, and daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth too were present at the event. After receiving the honour, Rajinikanth thanked the central government. "I am extremely happy to receive this most prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. My thanks to the honourable central government. I dedicate this award to my mentor, my guru K. Balachander. This moment, I remember him with great gratitude, and my brother Satyanarayan Gaikwad who's like my father who brought me up by teaching me great values, and spirituality. My friend in Karnataka, bus transport driver, and my colleague Rajbahadur." He recalled his days of struggle. "When I was the bus con- ductor, he identified the acting talent in me and encouraged me to join the cinema. All my producers, directors, co-artistes, technicians, distributors, exhibitors and the media, press and all my fans. Tamil people - without them I am no body. Jai Hind!" 'Chhicchore' director Nitesh Tiwari and producer Sajid Nadiadwala dedicated the Best Film Award to late Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput, who passed away in 2020. Vijay Sethupathy was awarded the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 'Super Deluxe'. Malayalam film 'Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham' (Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea) received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. The film has been written and directed by Priyadarshan, and stars Mohanlal. The actor was also present at the awards show. 'The Tashkent Files' won two awards - Best Supporting Actress, which went to Pallavi Joshi and for Best Dialogue Writer. The 67th National Awards were delayed since last year due to the pandemic.