YK MYK INDIA LOOKS LIKE THE NEXT CHINA FOR GROWTH, RETURNS TO INVESTORS OPINION RANCHI FRIDAY, 31 DEC, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—233 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) NAMAZ SHOULD NOT BECOME SHOW OF STRENGTH: KHATTAR NEW DELHI: Namaz should not become a show of strength, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Thursday, even as he termed "unfortunate" Christmas celebrations being interrupted in Pataudi in the state. Khattar's remarks on namaz come amid Hindu groups trying to prevent the Muslim prayer in certain public spots in Gurgaon. Interacting with members of the Indian Women's Press Corp here, Khattar said, "It is inappropriate to hold prayers in public places. Namaz should remain namaz and not become a show of strength." China renames 15 places of Arunachal in its map NEW DELHI: Two days ahead of China implementing new border law, the Chinese government renames 15 places of Arunachal Pradesh in its map. China's Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a statement stating that they have 'standardised' names for 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh, to be used on Chinese maps. This is the second time China has renamed the names of the places of Arunachal Pradesh. Way back in 2017, China had changed names of six places. Renaming of names comes just two days ahead of implementing new border law. On October 23, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislative body, passed a new law citing "protection and exploitation of the country's land PM MODI TARGETS CONGRESS IN UTTARAKHAND HALDWANI: Targeting Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said there had been a delay in the Lakhwar project in Uttarakhand and alleged that “its people looted the state with both hands”. He further alleged stating that it has been a permanent trademark of the previous political parties those who were in the government before, to hinder developmental projects. ALL POLITICAL PARTIES WANT UP POLLS ON TIME: CEC LUCKNOW: Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Thursday said all political parties in Uttar Pradesh want the Assembly elections to be held according to schedule while ensuring Covid protocol. The CEC also asked the state to step up coronavirus vaccination. The number of polling booths will be increased and the voting time enhanced by an hour, he said, adding polling officials will be vaccinated and those eligible will be given a booster dose. PG 7 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 34,808,886 TOTAL DEATHS: NATION Morning India Rs. 5 AT A GLANCE HOCKEY INDIA PICKS 60 PLAYERS FOR NATIONAL CAMP 480,592 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 283,374,722 TOTAL DEATHS: 5,434,143 border areas". The committee had stated that the new law will come into effect from January 1. The law is not meant specifically for the border with India. China shares its 22,457 km land boundary with 14 countries including India, the third longest after the borders with Mongolia and Russia. The new border law has 62 articles and seven chapters. As per the law, People's Republic of China shall set up boundary markers on all its land borders to clearly mark the border. The type of marker is to be decided in agreement with the relevant neighbouring state. The law further stated that People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Chinese People's Armed Police Force will maintain security along the border. This responsibility includes cooperating with local authorities in combating illegal border crossings. The law prohibits any party from indulging in any activity in the border area which would "endanger national security or affect China's friendly relations with neighbouring countries". It includes construction of any permanent buildings by any person without authorisation from the concerned authority. Further it stated that citizens HISTORIC WIN CENTURION TEST India beat SA by 113 runs CENTURION: Visitors wasted no time after the lunch break to bowl out hosts for 191 to register a 113-run win and also won their first Test ever here at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in 3-match Test series. Resuming the postlunch session at 182/7 Mohammed Shami dismissed debutant Marco Jansen caught behind by wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant for just 13. Shami got his third wicket in the second innings and his eighth wicket overall in the match. In the very next over Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed tailenders Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi to wrap up the Proteas for a paltry 191 and guide India to their first-ever win at Centurion. This is Virat Kohli's second Test win in South Africa the first one came in Johannesburg in 2018. Earlier in the day, the South African team start- RESUMING THE POSTLUNCH SESSION AT 182/7 MOHAMMED SHAMI DISMISSED DEBUTANT MARCO JANSEN CAUGHT BEHIND BY WICKETKEEPER RISHABH PANT FOR JUST 13. SHAMI GOT HIS THIRD WICKET IN THE SECOND INNINGS AND HIS EIGHTH WICKET OVERALL IN THE MATCH. ed at 94 for 4 and the team reached the triplefigure mark with skipper Dean Elgar hitting a boundary in the fifth ball of the day to Mohammed Shami. In the 46th over of the South African innings, Shami dropped a caught and bowled chance of well set Dean Elgar on 63. The Protea captain Elgar punished Indian pacers Shami and Jasprit Bumrah from there on hitting three boundaries. But India finally got the big wicket as Bumrah dismissed Elgar leg before the wicket for 77. Dean Elgar was Bumrah's third wicket in 2nd innings and South Africa's fifth wicket with a score of only 130. After the fall of Elgar's wicket Quinton de Kock walked in and along with Temba Bavuma took the hosts total past the 150run mark. The partnership could not last long as Mohammed Siraj got the prized scalp of de Kock. The southpaw insideedged Siraj's delivery onto the stumps. In the next over Shami was introduced into the attack and the pacer dismissed Wiaan Mulder for just 1 as India inched closer to victory. Post lunch it was a mere formality for Virat Kohli led side as they registered a convincing 113 run victory to help India win their first Test in Centurion and also take a 1-0 lead in 3-match series. MORE ON PG 12 and local organisations are mandated to protect and defend the border infrastructure, maintain security and stability of borders and co-operate with government agencies in maintaining border security. The law lays path for the development of the border region. It states that People's Republic of China will take up education and propaganda to "solidify the sense of community of China, to promote the spirit of China, to defend the unity and territorial integrity of the country, strengthen citizens' sense of the country and homeland security, and build a common spiritual home for the Chinese nation" amongst citizens in the border region. The state can take measures "to strengthen border defence, support economic and social development as well as openingup in border areas, improve public services and infrastructure in such areas, encourage and support people's life and work there, and promote coordination between border defence and social, economic development in border areas". In effect, this suggests a push to settle civilians in the border areas. The law comes amid border dispute with India. Experts stated that Beijing is likely to dig in its heels at the current positions at the Line of Actual Control. India claims that China is illegally occupying about 38,000 sq km of India's territory in Aksai Chin, which borders eastern Ladakh. Pakistan ceded to China about 5,180 sq km in 1963 from the Indian territory illegally occupied by it. RBI allows KYC updation till March 2022 amid Omicron uncertainty NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday extended the last date for Know Your Customer (KYC) updation for bank accounts by three months to March 2022. The RBI, through a notification, said it is extending the deadline in view of the "prevalent uncertainty due to new variant of Covid-19". In May 2021, RBI had relaxed the KYC rules due to the pandemic and had said banking services should not be restricted just because the documents have not been updated by the customer. "Keeping in view the current Covid-19 related restrictions in various parts of the country, 'REs' are advised that in respect of the customer accounts where periodic updation of KYC is due and pending as on date, no restrictions on operations of such account shall be imposed till December 31, 2021, for this reason alone, unless warranted under instructions of any regulator or enforcement agency or court of law, etc," it had said then. Meanwhile rising Covid cases as well as derivatives expiry and expected rise in NPAs subdued the key indices -S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 -- of the Indian equity market on Thursday. Accordingly, both the indices closed on a flat to negative note. The two key indices opened nominally higher but sold off in the first few minutes of trade but again clawed back. Globally, Asian stock markets were mixed on Thursday after Wall Street hit a high and new daily US coronavirus cases surged to a record. States demand GST compensation for another 5 years NEW DELHI: Several states and UTs including Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Delhi on Thursday urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to extend GST compensation cess window to states, which is expiring in June 2022, for another five years. State leaders made the demand during a pre-budget consultation meeting held under the chairmanship of Sitharaman in the national capital. The states also asked the Centre to release outstanding funds as their economy has been impacted badly due to COVDI-19 pandemic. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel demanded that the GST compensation to states should be continued for another five years. Baghel said there has been a loss of revenue to the states due to the GST tax system. "The Centre has not made arrangements to compensate the loss of revenue of about Rs.5000 crore to the state in the coming year, so the GST compensation grant should be continued for the next 5 years even after June 2022." Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, said the GST compensation is the biggest problem of states. "If the GST compensation will not be extended the states like Delhi would not be able to make Budget," he said. MORE ON PG 2 KALICHARAN CHARGED WITH SEDITION FOR REMARKS ON MAHATMA GANDHI PAGE 7 Centre writes to 8 states, UTs for preventive measures amid Covid surge NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday wrote letters to eight states and union territories (UTs) over the rise in number of new Covid cases. The letter has been addressed to those states reporting increased numbers of Covid and Omicron variant cases. The letter has been written to the health secretaries of Haryana, Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan directed these states to take measures as there has been an increase in Covid cases and lessening of doubling time. These states have been told to enhance testing, strengthen hospital-level preparedness, increase pace and coverage of vaccination. The Center has also directed the states to enhance the testing in a focused manner with maintaining the OMICRON WILL SPREAD LIKE FIRE GLOBALLY, PRODUCES PROTECTION AGAINST DELTA: TOP HEALTH EXPERT NEW DELHI: A top health expert has linked rising COVID-19 cases in India with the Omicron variant and said it will spread like a fire globally but would produce some protection even against the Delta variant. Professor Naresh Gupta, Medical Consultant, Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) said that the Omicron is "highly transmissible" and warned that once it enters into the community, the variant would become very difficult to control. "This is more transmissible because it has got some changes, which make it go into the human body very fast. And not only does it go faster into the human body, but it multiplies so fast that the symptoms which used to come in 57 days earlier, now come in two to three days. So, that shows that it is highly visible, very highly transmissible." "Even in our Indian study, there are these reports that 70 per cent or two-thirds of cases are asymptomatic. So, both these things put together, show that it is going to spread like fire. Once it enters into the community, it will become very difficult to control because you don't know whether the next person is having it or not because you could be asymptomatic. And of course, the virus has got the property of high transmissibility." ratio between RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). The states have been advised to go for proactive contact tracing and isolation and quarantine of the contacts of positive cases, their testing and follow up. The states have also been told to speed up the Covid vaccination coverage along with enforcing the Covid Appropriate Behaviour. Meanwhile, India on Thursday registered 13,154 fresh Covid cases and 268 deaths in a span of 24 hours. With the addition of the new deaths, the total death toll reached 4,80,860. The Omicron infection tally has also climbed to 961 across the nation. However, out of total Omicron positive, 320 have been discharged from hospitals. So far 22 states have reported Omicron cases, said the Union health ministry. A WISH FOR TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE IN INDIA MOST HEALTH care in India is presently provided by the private sector, principally funded via outof-pocket payments. The once upon a time ubiquitous 'Family doctor' concept in the country has almost disappeared and has become extinct. Most 'worried well' who are asymptomatic, and equally, those with minor common ailments rush to hospitals. It may be pertinent to point out here that it is all the more important that patients with simple non urgent ailments are kept away from hospitals, which until recently, were stretched to their limits & overwhelmed with managing Covid suspect/Covid positive patients. According to a report published by the Medical Council of India in 2020, around 44,000 Postgraduate seats are available for 55,000 doctors who graduate every year. In other words, the vast majority will become Specialists. Although "Family Medicine" DNB Courses conducted by the National Board of Examinations are available, there are very few applicants because the number of centres accredited to train doctors wishing to pursue a career as a Family Physician, are few and far between. The concept of visiting the 'Family doctor' before a patient sees a Specialist is the standard practice in the UK. In Britain, the General Practitioner (GP) is the principal treating doctor who is able to manage most minor issues sensibly based on evidence and refer patients to Specialist Centres only when needed. The NHS model of providing universal primary health care through public-private partnership (PPP) may be appropriate for adaptation in the Indian context. The three primary elements of primary care that have a bearing on improving healthcare outcomes are: Preventive care (such as vaccination, Screening, measuring blood pressure) Care of chronic disease (Most of the chronic illness can be managed effectively outside hospital) Diagnostic triage and control of hospital referral (effective primary care sorts the serious from the non-serious by speedy and accurate diagnosis, directs hospital referrals to the most appropriate speciality and ensures that expensive hospital resources are expended on those who will benefit most). India has about 8,00,000 medical doctors of which about 6,00,000 are GPs. But more than three quarters of these are in urban centers which make up only about 20 per cent of India's population. Access to a doctor in urban India is about the same as it would be on average in the US. However, the ratio of GPs to patients outside these metro areas is about 1 GP for every 7,500 patients on average and as low as 1 for every 25,000 people in more remote areas. General Practitioners must be "gatekeepers" of our healthcare system. They should be the first point of contact for patients for any sickness or preventive visit. India must invest in training GPs in addition to popularising and sensitising young impressionable students who have joined MBBS Course about the Family Medicine concept. Furthermore, Primary Healthcare infrastructure in rural India (where more than 70 per cent of our population resides) must be strengthened so that more patients are served locally by GPs, thus obviating the arduous & time consuming task of travelling long distances for assessment / treatment. Although India leads the world in digital technologies, that advantage is missing in its clinics, particularly in rural India. It is time we brought technological breakthroughs into primary care. It is my heartfelt desire that the Government of India and powers that be initiate concrete and implementable measures to ensure that the 'Family Doctor' concept is revived. We, as a country, must switch from the doctrine of practising the more aggressive "Americanised Medicine" to "British Medicine", which is far more conservative and evidence-based. An important component of the Hippocratic oath is to "keep the good of the patient as the highest priority" and this landmark step would pave the path in this direction by ensuring well controlled uniform effective healthcare to the citizenry.