YK MYK LAW ALONE CAN NOT TACKLE DIVISIVE ACTIVITIES LIKE HARIDWAR HATE CALL OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 13 JAN, 2022 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—246 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE JNU TO HOLD ADMISSIONS THROUGH CUET FROM 2022-23 NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru University in its Academic Council meeting on Wednesday decided to hold admissions through the Common Universities Entrance Test (CUET) from the next academic session. The decision was "overwhelmingly endorsed" by the members, read the statement issued by Jayant K Tripathi, Director of Admissions. "During the deliberations in the Academic Council, a large number of members including the Deans of Schools, Centre Chairpersons, and External Members of the Council emphasized that CUET would provide a level playing field to numerous eligible students from across the country reducing the burden of taking several entrance examinations," it said. JAYANT, SAINI ADDED TO INDIA'S ODI SQUAD VS S AFRICA; SUNDAR OUT SPORTS Morning India High food prices lift CM: Third wave is Dec retail inflation rate testing time for us HEMANT SOREN INAUGURATES 7 PSA PLANTS SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Wednesday inaugurated seven PSA plant for supplying oxygen to patients in the hospitals. Two plants each are located in Ranchi and East Singhbhum districts while one each are in Ramgarh, Deoghar and Saraikela Kharsawan districts. Addressing the participants online the CM said that PSA plants have been established in each district of the state while Cobas machine are available in the state for testing. He said there are 25,000 beds in the hospitals while the numbers of oxygen supported beds, intensive care unit beds and ventilators are sufficient. The CM pointed out that the state did not have even testing facility for Covid when the pandemic began. He stated that medical facilities have been added in order to provide improved service to people near their homes. He said that government aims to ensure that people do not face inconvenience due to lack of resources adding that the new facilities for fighting the current pandemic should be also be used properly after the pandemic ends. He said that the effort to curb the third wave is going on despite the limited resources of state government. He added that government has managed to control the first two waves in the state to a large extent. The CM observed that it is difficult to predict how long this pandemic would last. People must be alert and follow the safety norms in order to protect themselves from getting infected, he said. Health minister Banna Gupta, chief secretary (CS) Sukhdeo Singh, additional CS Arun Kumar Singh, principal secretary to the CM Rajiv Arun Ekka, secretary Vinay Chaubey and other officials took part in the function. The PSA plants were set up with the help of an organization named Paath. DOCS CARRY OUT POST MORTEM OF SUB INSPECTOR LALJI YADAV ROCKET SCIENTIST S SOMANATH APPOINTED ISRO CHIEF NEW DELHI: Eminent rocket scientist S Somanath has been appointed as the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as well as the Space Secretary, a Personnel Ministry order issued on Wednesday said. Somanath, who is at present Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), will succeed K Sivan who completes his extended tenure on Friday. Sivan was in January 2018 appointed as the ISRO chief, Secretary of the Department of Space and Chairman Space Commission. He was in December 2020 given a one-year extension till January 14, 2022. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 36,070,510 TOTAL DEATHS: 484,655 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 314,430,186 TOTAL DEATHS: 5,523,788 DALTONGANJ: Dr John F Kennedy, Dr R K Ranjan, Dr J Lakra and Dr Jayant Ghosh all medical officers in MMCH Daltonganj jointly conducted the post mortem of sub inspector of police Lalji Yadav on Wednesday today who was found hanging in his room in the premise of the Nawa Bazar police station on Tuesday. Medical superintendent of MMCH Dr Dilip Kr Singh said he had set up a four doctor board for this post mortem and the post mortem was duly conducted today. The proceedings of the post mortem were videographed said hospital sources. Hospital sources said the post mortem was done at 8.15AM today and found the cause of death as by hanging as ligature was quite wide and tissues were ecchymosed. The board of four doctors found no foul sign on the body so as to suggest anything other than the hanging which was most evident without any shred of doubt. The family in heat of grief demanded a re post mortem at RIMS Ranchi which the board of four doctors declined to recommend on the ground that it was outright a case of hanging. The family took the body with it for the home district Sahibganj this forenoon. Sources said there were preparations ahead for the post mortem to be done at night itself. However the government in one of its directives has forbidden post mortem of death by rape, homicidal death, suicidal death or death due to heinous crimes to be done at night and so autopsy of Yadav was done in full day light this morning around 8.15 AM. —M FAIYAZ AHMAD SC ON PM'S SECURITY BREACH IN PUNJAB ‘Blame game between Centre, state no solution’ NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said any lapse regarding the breach in security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have led to "devastating and serious consequences", and made it crystal clear that onesided enquiries, either by state government or Centre, will not be sufficient to resolve questions associated with security considerations. A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli constituted an enquiry committee headed by former top court judge Justice Indu Malhotra to probe the PM's security breach in Punjab on January 5. "A judicially trained independent mind, duly assisted by officers who are well acquainted with the security considerations and the Registrar General of the High Court who has seized the SC SEEKS U'KHAND GOVT RESPONSE ON PLEA AGAINST HATE SPEECHES PG 7 record pursuant to our earlier order, would be best placed to effectively visit all issues and submit a comprehensive report for the consideration of this Court," it said. "The additional object is to avoid any human error, negligence or any wilful omission or commission which may hamper and/or expose the safety and security of the executive head of the nation while he is travelling in a particular state. Any lapse in this regard can lead to devastat- ing and serious consequences," the court added. Deprecating the blame game between the state government and the Centre, for pinning the responsibility of the lapse in PM's security, the court said: "War of words between them is no solution. It may rather impair the need of a robust mechanism to respond at such a critical juncture." Advocate General D.S. Patwalia, representing the Punjab government, had submitted that the Ministry of Home Affairs, in a way, already held the officers of Punjab government 'guilty' of the alleged negligence and/or breach of security of the PM. He maintained that none of the agencies of the state government had committed a dereliction of their responsibility for the security and safety of the PM, yet there is a smear campaign to discredit the government. NEW DELHI: India's retail inflation rose to a six-month high of 5.59 per cent in December 2021 as compared to 4.59 per cent recorded in the same month of 2020, the government data showed on Wednesday. There has been a consistent rise in the inflationary pressure in the past six months. Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation stood at 4.91 per cent in November 2021. The retail inflation is inching closer to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) upper tolerance limit of 6 per cent. Rise in retail prices was sharper in urban areas than the rural areas. Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rose 5.83 per cent in urban while it stood at 5.36 per cent for rural during the month of December 2021, according to the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and P r o g r a m m e Implementation. Food prices rose sharply. Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) based inflation surged to 4.05 per cent in December 2021, sharply higher from 1.87 per cent recorded in the previous month. CFPI based inflation stood at 3.41 per cent in December 2020. Urban retail food inflation surged to 5.08 per cent in December 2021 from 3.33 per cent in the previous month. Rural retail food inflation jumped to 3.46 per cent in December 2021 from 1.09 per cent recorded in November 2021. INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION GROWS 1.4 PC IN NOVEMBER NEW DELHI: India's industrial production rose 1.4 per cent in November 2021, according to official data released on Wednesday. As per the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data by the National Statistical Office (NSO), the manufacturing sector's output grew 0.9 per cent in November last year. In November 2021, the mining output climbed five per cent, and power generation increased 2.1 per cent. The IIP had contracted by 1.6 per cent in November 2020. During April-November this fiscal, the IIP grew 17.4 per cent against a 15.3 per cent contraction in the same period last year. Industrial production has been hit due to the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020, when it had contracted 18.7 per cent. It shrank 57.3 per cent in April 2020 due to a decline in economic activities in the wake of the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus infections. MORE ON PG 9 PM INAUGURATES NATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL VIRTUALLY India can become hub of medical tourism: PM NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday virtually inaugurated the 25th National Youth Festival as part of the Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary at Puducherry. He called upon the youths to adopt the new mantra of India, Compete and Conquer, and asked them to win battles to build a stronger India. Modi asked the youths to write about unsung heroes of the freedom movement who did not get due recognition despite extreme sacrifices. He said that the participation of youths in large numbers in the vaccination drive against Covid-19 was clear proof of their will to win and a sense of responsibility among them. He said that the the Olympics show was a clear example of the will of the youth. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India has everything needed to be a hub of medical tourism and he envisions the country being the go-to destination for quality and affordable care. In his virtual address after inaugurating 11 medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister said the Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Infrastructure Mission aims to address the critical gaps in health infrastructure and health research especially at district level. He said a support of over Rs 3,000 crore would be provided to Tamil Nadu in the next five years and this will help in establishing urban health and wellness centres, district public health labs and critical care blocks across the state. "In the coming years, I envision India as being the go-to destination for quality and affordable care. India has everything needed to be a hub for medical tourism. I say this based on the skills of our IN THE COMING YEARS, I ENVISION INDIA AS BEING THE GO-TO DESTINATION FOR QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE CARE. INDIA HAS EVERYTHING NEEDED TO BE A HUB FOR MEDICAL TOURISM. I SAY THIS BASED ON THE SKILLS OF OUR DOCTORS. doctors." He urged the medical fraternity to look at telemedicine as well. The 11 medical colleges have been inaugurated in districts of Virudhunagar, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri. "Today, the world has taken note of Indian practices that further wellness. this includes Yoga, Ayurveda and Siddha. We are working to make this popular in a language the world understands," the Prime Minister said. Pak aims peace with India in new National Security Policy RANCHI WITNESSES LIGHT RAIN; SKY WILL BE CLOUDY TILL SATURDAY ISLAMABAD: In an attempt to ease down continued tensions with its neighbours, especially with India, Pakistan's Imran Khan-led government is gearing up to unveil its new National Security Policy with an aim to normalise tensions with New Delhi and work towards opening gateways of economic diplomacy. The National Security Policy, a 100-page document carries with it a new change of policy Islamabad will be looking to adopt towards India, shifting its principal stance over the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir from RANCHI: The state capital on Wednesday witnessed rain accompanied with thundering and hailstorm owing the impact of the western disturbances. Ranchi city registered a rainfall of 24 millimetres in the evening. The daytime temperatures remained below normal at 20 degrees centigrade while the night temperature was above normal at 11.7 degrees centigrade in the city in the last 24 hours. The weather department predicted rain accompanied with light to moderate thunderstorm for several districts including Pakur, Sahibganj, Bokaro, Deoghar, Dhanbad, East Singhbhum, Giridih, Jamtara and Saraikela Kharsawan. The department said that some places of the southern, central and north eastern parts of state would register light to moderate rain while the remaining part would witness light rainfall at a few places. The weather would generally be cloudy in Ranchi and the surrounding areas till Saturday with the possibility of light rainfall. —Sanjay Sahay primary to a secondary pending dispute. As per the new security policy details, Pakistan will be looking forward to having more deliberations and engagements with New Delhi over trade and economic opportunities. "We are not seeking hostility with India for the next 100 years. The new policy seeks peace with immediate neighbours. If there was a dialogue and progress in it, there would be a possibility of normalising trade and commercial ties with India as it had happened in the past," said an official with knowl- edge of details of the new security policy. While the country's new security policy showcases a clear shift in its approach from geo-strategic to geoeconomics; the change is being seen with optimism over the relationship between the two nuclear powered arch-rivals. "Economic security will be the central theme of the new security policy," said the government official. Pakistan and India have been eyeball-to-eyeball over their issues against each other, which have been on a consistent rise in the past. However, some hopes of normalcy or de-escalation were witnessed when both sides agreed to reinforce a ceasefire understanding along the Line of Control (LoC) during February last year. But the process could not make any further progress and reflect onto other bilateral understandings. Pakistan and India relations came to a complete standstill in August 2019, when the Modi-led government abrogated Article 370 and 35A, changing the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. In reaction to the decision, Pakistan suspended all diplomatic ties and stopped bilateral trade with India. While the new policy will be focused on economic diplomacy with immediate neighbours, the official emphasised that geo-strategic importance will not be ignored. "Geo-economics does not necessarily mean we overlook our geo-strategic and geo-political interests. The longstanding Kashmir dispute with India has been identified as a vital national policy issue for Pakistan," he said. It was also revealed that all details of the national security policy will not be made public and will be kept classified.