YK MYK RENEGOTIATE IT FOR BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES BENEFIT OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 30 NOV, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—203 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) IND VS NZ, 1ST TEST: VISITORS MANAGE TO SURVIVE AS MATCH ENDS IN DRAW SPORTS Morning India AT A GLANCE STATE URGES ENTREPRENEURS TO INVEST IN SMART CITY RS suspends 12 oppn MPs for monsoon session ruckus RANCHI: State government officials on Monday urged the capitalists to invest in Ranchi smart city area while stating that Jharkhand is a state of huge opportunities. Speaking at the Investor’s Meet 2021 at Bhuwaneshwar in Odisha the town commissioner Mukesh Kumar said that prestigious industrialists, public sector undertakings and institutions are linked with Jhakhand as all of them are attracted by its rich mineral resources. He said that Jharkhand is also among the top five states in ease of doing business category. Chief executive officer of Ranchi Smart City Amit Kumar stated that Ranchi is being developed as an education hub of the state. He said that Cheif Minister Hemant Soren is sensitive towards the needs of investors and has framed an attractive policies for them. He informed that the e-auction for Ranchi smart city is contact less and transparent adding that a person can take part in the process from any part of the country. He pointed out that infrastructure of Ranchi smart city is being developed with the view to making it an education hub. He said that if any of the top 100 universities of world show interest in Ranchi the government would provide it 25 acre at a cost of one rupee. He said that land value of the educational area has been fixed a one-third of the commercial plots. He said that the e-auction of plots residential , educational, health, commercial and mixed use are contactless. There is no provision for setting up polluting industries in this area. He stated that master pan of Ranchi smart city is based on transit oriented development. Public transport system would be available within 400 metres of all the plots. All the power and the telephone wires would be underground. Green technology has been emphasized upon in the development of the city. NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha on Monday suspended 12 MPs for the entire winter session of parliament for creating ruckus in the house during monsoon session of the parliament on August 11. The suspended MPs are from Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI, CPI-M and Shiv Sena. The members are -- Syed Naseer Hussain, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, Ripun Bora and Rajmani Patel of the Congress; Priyanka Chaturvedi, Anil Desai of the Shiv Sena; Elamaram Kareem of the CPI-M, Binoy Viswam of the CPI, Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of the Trinamool. The suspension of the CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 34,580,832 TOTAL DEATHS: 468,790 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 261,971,202 TOTAL DEATHS: 5,220,541 members could be a new flash point between opposition members and the government in the winter session of the parliament which began on Monday. In the morning, the Rajya Sabha chairman indicated that he is unhappy over the affairs of the house in the previous session. Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu Stated that disruptions and unruly conduct of some members during the last monsoon session continue to Parl panel not satisfied with Facebook’s answers, to summon officials again NEW DELHI: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology is not yet satisfied with the answers given by Facebook India in the matters of citizens' rights, and has decided to call Facebook representatives again. According to sources, the Parliamentary panel discussed allegations made by a whistleblower of Facebook at a meeting held on Monday. Responding to a question posed by a panel member, Facebook officials totally denied the whistleblower's allegations, saying there is no truth in such allegations. According to sources, the committee also asked Facebook officials as to what kind of mechanism they have in place to identify and remove hate speech and unparliamentary words considering the fact that India has so many languages, and what software it uses. In the meeting, there was also a discussion on calling whistleblower Sophie Zhang before the committee. Zhang has accused the social media giant of bias and lack of proper regulation and has submitted a dossier to the parliamentary panel. She had also made serious allegations against Facebook regarding the Delhi Assembly elections. A final decision in this regard will be taken by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. According to sources, Facebook representatives will be summoned in the next meeting of the committee headed by Shashi Tharoor and along with this, the officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology will also be called to know the side of the government on the whole issue. haunt all. He urged the members to draw right lessons from it as all sections of the house and the country ended up as losers from the derailed monsoon session. Naidu referred to the turn of events during the closing moments of the last monsoon session and noted that responses of the leading lights of the house and all concerned were not up to his expectations. Referring to the highs and lows witnessed during the last 11 sessions presided by him over the last four years, the Rajya Sabha Chairman urged the members to create "democratic and parliamentary space" in the House so that all issues can be taken up. NEW DELHI: Parliament on Monday passed The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, to repeal the three contentious agri laws against which farmers have been protesting for over a year, with its passage in Rajya Sabha. Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha also passed The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 within minutes of its introduction in the lower House. As soon as Rajya Sabha met in the afternoon, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar introduced The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 shortly. Before the motion was adopted for the passage the bill, Deputy Chairman Harivansh allowed Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge to speak for two minutes. Kharge was of the view that the government has taken back the three farm laws in view of the forthcoming elections in five states after reviewing the results of recent bypolls. He also mentioned about the death of over 700 farmers in more than a year during agitation against these laws. When Kharge took more than the allocated time, the deputy chairman called Tomar to move the motion. Tomar moved the motion and said while moving the bill for passage that the three laws were brought for the benefit of farmers. He regretted that the government could not convince the agitating farmers about the benefits of the laws. He also attacked the Congress for adopting "double stan- dard" on the laws, as its own election manifesto talked about the need for reforms in the farm sector. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed a large heart by announcing the repeal of the laws on Guru Nanak Janyanti. He said as both the government and the opposition parties are for repeal of the laws, so there was no need for any discussion on the farm repeal bill. The House passed the bill with voice vote amid protests by the Congress and TMC members. Dola Sen (TMC) and Nadimul Haque (TMC) were in the well to protest the passage of the bill without debate. After the passage of the bill, the House was adjourned for half an hour. Four people trapped in Jharkhand mine dig way out SURESH PRASAD NIKHAR BOKARO: Four people who were trapped for over 48 hours in the mines during illegal mining miraculously dug their way out on Monday. The incident is related to a closed mine of BCCL under Amalabad OP area of Bokaro district. All of them have reached their village safe on Monday at 3 am. Police sources said that the rescue operations were being carried out continuously by the district administration and BCCL to save trapped people. In the same sequence, on Sunday, the NDRF team also reached the accidental spot near abandoned mines and took stock of the incident. After which rescue was to be done by the NDRF team on Monday. But events moved dramatically when at 3 am all the four people trapped in the mine, dug their way out on their own efforts. Later the doctor's team is present along with the police force on the spot. There was an atmosphere of happiness among family members. On the safe return of the four people, preparations are being made to worship the mother Kali of the village. The family and the people of the village said that this was a miracle. While a team of doctors along with a large number of police forces were also present at the site. Notably, on November 26, four people were buried due to the fall of the heavy coal stone during illegal mining. After which the rescue was being done by BCCL but failed. Bokaro Deputy Commissioner took the help of NDRF after BCCL's rescue failed after which a 25member team of NDRF, Ranchi reached the spot on Sunday evening and was to be rescued on Monday. The incident happened late on Friday evening at the mine located in Parbatpur coal block under Amalabad police outpost and a BCCL special unit were unable to trace them even after 48 hours of the collapse. No formal complaint was filed with the police by the family members so far fearing legal action. The incident came to light only after a few villagers told their colleagues about the incident. Overall global risk with Omicron very high: WHO No proposal to recognise Bitcoin as a currency: FM NEW DELHI: The overall global risk related to the new Covid variant, Omicron is assessed as very high, said the World Health Organisation on Monday. The WHO said that Omicron is a highly divergent variant with a high number of mutations, including 2632 in the spike, some of which are of concern and may be associated with immune escape potential and higher transmissibility. However, there are still considerable uncertainties, added the global health body. "Given mutations that may confer immune escape potential and possible transmissibility advantage, the likelihood of potential further spread of Omicron at the global level is high", said the WHO. NEW DELHI: The government has no proposal to recognise Bitcoin as a currency in the country, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a reply to the Lok Sabha on Monday. She also informed the House that the government does not collect data on Bitcoin transactions. Whether the government has any proposal to recognise Bitcoin as a currency in the country, the Finance Minister said "No, sir". Bitcoin is a digital currency that allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties. It was introduced in 2008 by an unidentified group of programmers as a cryptocurrency as well as an electronic payment system. It is reportedly the first decentralised digital currency where peerto-peer transactions take place without any intermediary. Meanwhile, the government plans to introduce the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2021 in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament. The Bill seeks to ban all but a few private cryptocurrencies to promote underlying technologies while allowing an official digital currency by RBI. In reply to another question, Sitharaman said, ministries and departments have spent Rs 2.29 lakh crore as capital expenditure during the April-September period of the current fiscal. This is 41 per cent of the The global health body added further that there could be future surges of Covid-19, which could have severe consequences, depending on a number of factors including where surge may take place. The overall global risk related to the new variant is assessed as very high, the WHO added. While prescribing priority actions for the member states, the WHO emphasised on enhancing surveillance and sequencing efforts to better understand circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants, including Omicron. This should include community testing to detect if Omicron is circulating in the community, said WHO. Accelerating Covid vaccination coverage as rapidly as possible, especially among populations designated as high priority who remain unvaccinated or are not yet fully vaccinated, should remain top priority as per the WHO. The use of masks, physical distancing, ventilation of indoor space, crowd avoidance, and hand hygiene remain key to reducing transmission of SARS CoV-2 even with the emergence of the Omicron variant. Contact tracing of Covid-19 cases to interrupt chains of transmission is strongly advised, said WHO in its technical paper on Covid-19 while including the preparedness action for member countries. BJP-ruled states ahead in vaccination coverage NEW DELHI: No state ruled by Congress or its allies has been able to give the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to over 90 per cent of its population and second dose to over 50 per cent of its residents, government sources have said. They said at least seven BJP ruled states have got over 90 per cent coverage of the first dose and eight BJP ruled states have touched 50 per cent coverage of the second dose. In Jharkhand, which has a coalition government that includes both JMM and Congress, only 66.2 per cent of people have been Parliament passes bill to repeal three farm laws vaccinated with the first dose while 30.8 per cent have been given the second dose of vaccine. In Punjab, 72.5 per cent of people received the first dose of the vaccine while 32.8 per cent has received the second dose. In Tamil Nadu, the figures for first and second dose of vaccination are 78.1 per cent and 42.65 per cent respectively, in Maharashtra the figures are 80.11 per cent and 42.5 per cent, in Chhattisgarh 83.2 per cent and 47.2 per cent, in Rajasthan 84.2 per cent and 46.9 per cent and in Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal, it is 86.6 per cent and 39.4 per cent. Among the BJP-ruled states, 100 per cent population has been administered with the first dose of vaccine in Himachal Pradesh and Goa. While the figure for second dose for Himachal Pradesh is 91.9 per cent, it is 87.9 per cent for Goa. In Gujarat, the figures for the first and second dose are 93.5 per cent and 70.3 per cent respectively. In Uttarakhand, the figures are 93.0 per cent and 61.7 per cent, Madhya Pradesh 92.8 per cent and 62.9 per cent, Karanataka 90.9 per cent and 59.1 per cent, Haryana 90.04 per cent and 48.3 per cent, Assam 88.9 per cent and 50 per cent and in Tripura, it is 80.5 per cent and 63.5 per cent. Budget Estimate (BE) of Rs 5.54 lakh crore for 2021-22. The actual expenditure during current fiscal is about 38 per cent higher than the corresponding expenditure in FY 2020-21, she said. To accelerate capital expenditure for creation and upgradation of infrastructure in the economy, Government of India had launched the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) with projected infrastructure investment of Rs 111 lakh crore during the period 2020-2025 to provide world-class infrastructure across the country, and improve the quality of life for all citizens. NIP was launched with 6,835 projects, which has expanded to over 9,000 projects covering 34 sub-sectors. NIP is expected to improve project preparation, attract investments into infrastructure, and play pivotal role in economic growth, she said. National Monetization Pipeline (NMP) was also launched on August 23, 2021 to unlock the value of investments in public sector assets by tapping private sector capital and efficiencies for deliv- ering infrastructure services, she said, adding, the monetization proceeds are envisaged to be ploughed back to augment existing/ create greenfield infrastructure to boost the economy. Subsequently, she said, Gati Shakti (National Master Plan for Infrastructure Development) was launched on October 13, 2021 as a digital platform to bring Ministries/Departments together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects. It will also facilitate the last mile connectivity of infrastructure and also reduce travel time for people, she added. On inflation, the Finance Minister said price situation of major essential commodities is being monitored by the government on a regular basis and corrective actions are taken from time to time. "The uptrend in inflation has been largely led by exogenous factors viz. increased international prices of crude oil and edible oils which have an impact on domestic inflation due to India's import dependence on these items," she said. The rise of WPI inflation is also mostly driven by 'fuel and power' and manufactured products inflation, once again driven by increased global prices of crude oil and increase in international commodity/input prices, she said. Several supply side measures have been taken by the government to curb the inflationary pressures, she said.