YK MYK THE PICTURE IS STILL HAZY BUT BIHAR CM IS KEEPING BJP ON TENTERHOOKS OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 26 APRIL, 2022 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—343 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) CORE PROBABLE GROUPS OF INDIAN HOCKEY TEAMS START RETURNING TO NATIONAL CAMP IN BENGALURU SPORTS Morning India Govt to form 100 smart villages in the state AT A GLANCE TEJ PRATAP YADAV ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION FROM RJD PATNA: RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav, who is facing allegations of beating up a party youth leader, on Monday announced his resignation from the RJD after meeting his father and party's national President Lalu Prasad. MINOR GANG-RAPED IN RANCHI, THREE ARRESTED RANCHI: Three persons were arrested on Monday for raping a minor in the Ranchi district of Jharkhand, said police officials on Monday. According to the police, all the three accused were known to the victim. "Gang rape with a minor was reported in Chanho police station area of rural Ranchi last evening," said Naushad Alam, Superintendent of Police, Rural Ranchi. "Three accused have been arrested. As per the initial investigation, all accused are known to the victim. They called her to meet. Then took her to a secluded place and raped her," he said. An investigation is going on. More details are awaited. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 43,060,086 TOTAL DEATHS: 522,223 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 509,662,510 TOTAL DEATHS: 6,243,713 RANCHI: Jharkhand government aims to build 100 smart villages in the state on the recommendations of the local MLAs and the Members of Parliament (MPs), stated the agriculture minister Badal on Monday. He said that the smart villages would be developed under one umbrella policy where all schemes related to agriculture would be implemented. Various forms of cooperatives would also be formed to chalk out the development plan of the villages, he said. The minister said that the department would write a letter to all the MLAs and the MPs in this regard. He stated that the agriculture has registered progress even in the Covid period with a growth of 26 percent. He stated that aim is to increase the share of agriculture to 20 percent of the gross domestic Committed to ‘Heal in India’ and ‘Heal by India’: Mandaviya NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said "we are committed to two important aspects of the healthcare ecosystem -- Heal in India and Heal by India". Addressing the 7th edition of International conference on Pharma and Medical Devices sector 2022 -- scheduled from April 25 to 27, Mandaviya said: "We are wit- nessing the rise of a 'New India' and all stakeholders have to ensure that the Pharma sector also becomes a part of this growth." "The healthcare sector in India is becoming affordable and accessible for everyone due to the relentless efforts and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government has been working relentlessly to increase the number of doctors, medical institutions, health infrastructure including hospital, tertiary care centres, health and wellness centres in the country," he noted, adding that the conferences like India Pharma and India Medical Device 2022 provide a platform for industry, academia and policy makers to brainstorm and draft a plan for the next 25 years for the India, EU decide to launch trade, technology council NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday agreed to launch an EU-India trade and technology council to address the challenges of ensuring trusted technology and security in the wake of rapid geopolitical changes. The decision was taken during talks between Modi and von der Leyen. The European Union said the strategic coordination mechanism will allow both partners to tackle challenges "at the nexus of trade, trusted technology and security, and thus deepen cooperation in these fields." It said both sides agreed that rapid changes in the geopolitical environment highlight the need for joint indepth strategic engagement. "The Trade and Technology Council will provide the political steer and the necessary structure to operationalise political decisions, coordinate technical work, and report to the political level to ensure implementation and follow-up in areas that are important for the sustainable progress of European and Indian economies," the EU said in a statement. The EU said shared values and common interests of the EU and India offer a strong basis to intensify mutually beneficial and deeper strategic cooperation. "The European Union and India are bound by decades of close partnership and are determined to increase joint efforts to tackle current challenges and address geopolitical circumstances," it said. "The decision to set up a Trade and Technology Council will be the first for India with any of its partners and second for the European Union following the first one it has set up with the US," the EU said. It said establishing the EU-India council is a key step toward a strengthened strategic partnership for the benefit of all peoples in the EU and India. The European Commission President began a two-day visit to India on Sunday in the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. At an event on Sunday, von der Leyen said Russia's war in Ukraine was a stark reminder that the dependency on Russian fossil fuels is not sustainable, and pitched for deeper cooperation between India and the EU to expand the use of clean energy. In her address at the International Solar Alliance (ISA), she also talked about the need for sustainable ways of doing business using clean energy and also emphasised the need for switching to "home-grown clean energies" in the wake of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on von der Leyen before her talks with Modi. "Pleased to call on President of @EU_Commission @vonderleyen. Discussed taking forward the #IndiaEU partnership. Also exchanged views on the economic and political implications of the Ukraine conflict," Jaishankar tweeted. ‘Menace to urban development’: States must act on mushrooming illegal colonies, says SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday observed that mushrooming of illegal colonies across the country is a menace to urban development. A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and B.R. Gavai appointed senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan as amicus curiae in the matter. "We will have to find some way of making state governments act on this. This is a menace to urban development," it noted. Advocate Sravan Kumar, representing the petitioner, contended before the bench that a large number of unregular establishments are being regularised, which results in development which is unreg- product against the current 14 percent. The minister informed that this year the state has recorded 73.17 lakh metric tones of agriculture products out of which over 53 lakh tomes were paddy crops. He stated that a sum of Rs 1313 crore have been distributed among farmers under Kisan Credit Cards He said that meetings are being held with the banks to ensure that all farming families get loans from the bank. He informed that loans of 3.86 birsa families have been waived off adding that the aim is to cover nine lakhs ulated. The bench asked Sankaranarayanan to make recommendations to stop illegal colonies by the state governments. During the hearing, the top court observed that state governments should develop a comprehensive action plan against the menace of illegal colonies. Kumar argued that the issue of floods is there due to irregular constructions. The bench said the conse- quences of mushrooming illegal colonies in cities across the country are drastic, and cited floods in Kerala and Hyderabad, due to the issue of irregular colonies. It noted that action should be taken against concerned officers in connection with illegal colonies, and also suggested stopping the registration in such matters. After hearing arguments, the top court asked the ami- cus curiae to develop a questionnaire and circulate it to the state governments and also submit his suggestions within two weeks. The top court has scheduled the matter for further hearing after three weeks. The top court made these observations while hearing a plea by social worker Juvvadi Sagar Rao alleging that state governments -- Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana -- have been implementing regularisation of illegal layouts. The plea argued that states have seen urban flooding, issues with drainage systems, unregulated growth etc., and state governments are regularising the illegal act committed by the real estate mafia. sector. Congratulating the Pharma industry of the country in ensuring India's successful fight against Covid-19, the Union Minister said the way India has managed Covid pandemic is a global case study. Today, the entire world community is praising India's efforts in carrying out the world's largest vaccination drive. families under the scheme. He stated that the department was not getting data regarding the farmers due to the laxity of the banks. The minister stated that 82 new schemes are being started under the 2022-23 budgets out of which 57 are state government's schemes. He said that unique identity would be provided to the 58 lakhs Birsa farming families and they would be provide seeds and machines under various schemes. He stated that dairy plant is almost ready at Palamu, Sahibganj and Sarath and they would be started soon. ‘ATTACK ON HANUMAN JAYANTI PROCESSION WAS PRE-PLANNED’ NEW DELHI: The attack on a Hanuman Jayanti procession in Delhi's Jahangirpuri on April 16 was pre-planned, and stones and bottles were arranged at rooftops in advance, a factfinding team said in its report said on Monday. The fact-finding was undertaken by the Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA). The GIA describes itself as "a group of empowered Indian women, intellectuals & academicians working together to elevate the position of women in our society, committed to work in the service of the nation". Edu department stresses on implementation of Covid norms in schools SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: The education department has emphasized on observance of the antiCovid norms in all the schools across the state in view of the spurt in cases in some parts of the country including Delhi. The department has issued a letter to the deputy commissioners, regional joint director of education, district education officer and the deputy superintendent of education in this regard. The department said that it would be now essential for all teaching and the non-teaching employees of he schools to get both the dozes of vaccine. All the teachers must wear the mask inside the school campus and they should be present in the schools in full strength for conducting the classrooms. The department has said that teachers should ensure social distancing between them and the students and also among the students. The school assembly and the prayers meetings would also not take place. The students would be allowed to come to school with their tiffin boxes. The students would have the option to attend offline classes from class 1 to 12 but THE DEPARTMENT HAS SAID THAT TEACHERS SHOULD ENSURE SOCIAL DISTANCING BETWEEN THEM AND THE STUDENTS AND ALSO AMONG THE STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY AND THE PRAYERS MEETINGS WOULD ALSO NOT TAKE PLACE. THE STUDENTS WOULD BE ALLOWED TO COME TO SCHOOL WITH THEIR TIFFIN BOXES. they would have to take permission of their parents in this regard. The department stated that regular health check up of the students is necessary adding the schools must be in touch with the nearest health centre for it. The schools should coordinate with the health department to start vaccination drive for students aged between 12 and 18 years. The district administration should also ensure random Covid 19 testing for the school students. The school department has said that the sick students and employees should not come to the school adding there would be flexible attendance and sick leave policy in this regard. The sick students would be given home work to ensure continuity of the study in home.