YK MYK ACTIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN AGAINST THE ANTI-LABOUR POLICIES OF CENTRE OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI FRIDAY, 29 APRIL, 2022 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—346 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) FIRST SONG FROM AAMIR'S 'LAAL SINGH CHADDHA' RELEASED, TITLED 'KAHANI' SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Efforts on to remove AFSPA completely from NE: PM AT A GLANCE ROPEWAYS EXEMPTED FROM PRIOR EIA SCRUTINY NEW DELHI: Continuing with the spree of amendments to the Environment Impact Assessment notification of 2006, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has exempted ropeway projects from EIA scrutiny. Although this is the fourth amendment in this month, the notice (for this) was issued by the Ministry on February 2 and published on February 8. "After the mandatory notice period of 60 days, we are now going ahead with the final notification," said an official from the Ministry about the notification published in the wee hours on Thursday but dated April 27. HEATWAVE: IMD ISSUES ORANGE ALERT FOR 5 STATES NEW DELHI: Amid an ongoing spell of heatwave, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued an orange alert for five states of northwestern India including Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. Briefing the media today, IMD Scientist RK Jenamani informed that on Wednesday (yesterday) some parts of the country recorded temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 43,068,799 TOTAL DEATHS: 523,693 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 511,672,399 TOTAL DEATHS: 6,254,294 DIPHU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said efforts are on to remove AFSPA completely from the northeast region. Addressing a 'Peace, Unity and Development' rally here, he said the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act could be withdrawn from various parts of the region as the law and order situation has improved in the last eight years. "As the (law and order) situation improved with 75 per cent decrease in violence in the region, there have been changes in the imposition of laws. The AFSPA was first revoked in Tripura and then in Meghalaya," he said. The previous governments in Assam in the last three decades had extended it again and again as there was no improvement in the law and order situation, Modi said. "Due to the proper control of the situation in the last eight years, the AFSPA has been removed from most parts of the state. We are trying to withdraw it from the remaining parts too. "The Act is applicable in some areas of Nagaland and Manipur, and we are working speedily to revoke it completely," he said. In a major outreach to the northeast region, the Centre had announced reduction of the disturbed areas imposed under the AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur from April 1, after decades. PM Modi also said the effect of the BJP's "double engine" government is evident in the return of permanent peace and speedy development in Assam. The term "double engine" is used by BJP leaders to refer to the party being in power at the Centre as well as in a state. The government has entered into peace agreements in Assam's Karbi Anglong and in Tripura, while efforts are on to ensure per- Key accused in Jahangirpuri violence arrested from WB NEW DELHI: A key accused in the Jahangirpuri violence was arrested from West Bengal's East Medinipur, said the Delhi police on Thursday. The accused has been identified as Farid alias Neetu, who is one of the prime conspirators and executors of Mohammad Ansar who was arrested earlier in the case. According to the police, the team was chasing him for the past two weeks. A number of hideouts were raided in Uttar Pradesh west and West Bengal. Several teams of special cell and Crime Branch who were deployed in West Bengal arrested him on Thursday from his aunt's village. The accused had fled from the spot after the Jahangirpuri violence. Since then, he had been changing his locations and moving across West Bengal, Delhi police said. Farid, 34, already had six cases against his name including that of robbery, snatching, burglary and under the Arms Act, since 2010 and he is a historysheeter in the Jahangirpuri area, informed the police. The police have arrested 30 individuals in connection The accused had fled from the spot after the Jahangirpuri violence. Since then, he had been changing his locations and moving across West Bengal, Delhi police said. with the case including three juveniles who were sent to a correction home in Delhi. Earlier this morning, the Delhi police arrested two persons who were identified as Jafar and Babuddin and who were brothers in relation. Violent clashes broke out in Delhi's Jahangirpuri on April 16 between two groups during a Hanuman Jayanti procession that left nine people injured, including eight police personnel and a civilian. manent peace and speedy development in the entire region, he said. "Several outfits of Karbi Anglong returned to the mainstream to march forward in the path of peace and development. The Bodo Agreement in 2020 paved the way for peace in the region and in Tripura, the NLFT also came forward for the peace, while the two-and-a-half decade long Bru-Reang issue was resolved," he said. Permanent peace returned to the region, and speedy development in the northeastern states was ensured due to a collective effort of the Centre and the state governments, PM Modi said. KAMAL NATH RESIGNS AS LEADER OF OPPOSITION IN MP ASSEMBLY BHOPAL: Veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, on Thursday resigned from the post of leader of opposition in the state Assembly. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has accepted his resignation and appointed Govind Singh as the leader of opposition in his place. Congress General Secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal wrote to Kamal Nath on Thursday, saying, "This is to inform you that the Congress President has accepted your resignation from the post of Leader, Congress Legislature Party, Madhya Pradesh, with immediate effect. The party wholeheartedly appreciates your contribution as the CLP Leader, Madhya Pradesh." Kamal Nath was holding the posts of leader of opposition and state Congress President. Now he is only the chief of the state unit of the party. Kamal Nath had said that he had already made up his mind to give up. MHA mulls rejig of civil reg system NEW DELHI: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to introduce changes in the Civil Registration System (CRS) in India as the country has been facing challenges in terms of timelines, efficiency and uniformity leading to delayed and under-coverage of births and deaths in the country. The plan has been mentioned in MHA's Annual Report 2020-2021, pointing out that it will be taken up to address the challenges faced by the system in providing prompt service delivery to the public. To address the challenges faced by the system in providing prompt service delivery to the public, the report said, "The Government of India has decided to introduce transformational changes in the Civil Registration System of the country through an ITenabled backbone leading to registration of birth and death in real-time basis with minimum human interface". As per the report, the changes would be in terms of "automating the process delivery points so that the service delivery is time bound, uniform and free from discretion". "The changes would be sustainable, scalable and independent of the location. The project would be modular in nature consisting of conceptualizing the transformation roadmap, Development of IT application along with its implementation, Capacity Building and Maintenance." The history of CRS in India dates back to the middle of the 19th century. In 1886, a Central Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act was promulgated to provide for voluntary registration throughout British India. Post-independence, the Registration of Births and Death Act (RBD Act) was enacted in 1969 to promote uniformity and comparability in the registration of births and deaths across the country and compilation of vital statistics based thereon. With the enactment of the Act, registration of births, deaths and stillbirths has become mandatory in India. The Registrar General, India (RGI) at the Central Government level coordinates and unifies the activities of registration throughout the country. However, implementation of the statute is vested with the state governments. He stated that this process is "on and will continue in the future." "Earlier, the northeast was known for bomb blasts and violence and the worst sufferers were our mothers, sisters and children. Now as I see the smile on their faces when the youths have given up their arms, I feel God is showering blessings on me," PM Modi said. The Centre has always tried to resolve difficulties of people in Karbi Anglong and other tribal areas with the policy of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas', he said. "I have tried to understand each problem of the region as a member of your family and respect your dreams and aspirations. People have explained their problems and I have tried to resolve them sensitively as a member of your family," Modi said at the rally. Besides, efforts have been made to solve border disputes among states in the region in a cordial manner, he said. "I want to especially thank Chief Minister of Assam (Himanta Biswa Sarma) along with his counterparts from the northeastern states as their efforts are helping the region emerge as a strong economic power," PM Modi said. 10 trapped workers return from Malaysia MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Ten out of the 30 workers of Jharkhand trapped in Malaysia returned back following the directions issued by the Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren. The state migration control cell and the High Commission of India are in touch with the company where the remaining 20 workers are employed. The trapped workers are from Giriidh, Hazaribag and Bokaro districts, had posted an appeal in the social media a few days back seeking their safe return to home. Taking cognizance of the request the CM had asked the migration cell to take steps for bringing back all the workers. It may be stated here that workers were employed as linemen in a company named Leads Engineering and Construction since January 30, 2019. Their contract expired on September 2021 but the workers continued with the job for four more months on the request of the company. The management, however, refused to pay the salary of the additional period served by the workers. The migration cell secured the relevant documents from the workers and requested the High Commission to take steps in this regard. The Malaysian police also visited the spot and asked the company management to resolve the issue. The company eventually transferred an amount of around 8.9 lakhs to the accounts of the workers. The workers return was, however, delayed as they were found Covid positive. NATO ready to support Ukraine in war against Russia LONDON: (IANS) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said the military alliance is ready to support Ukraine for years to come in the war against Russia, the media reported. Speaking at a youth summit in Brussels, Stoltenberg said, "We need to be prepared for the long term," BBC reported. He added that "there is absolutely the possibility that this war will drag on and last for months and years", the report said. NATO countries -- alongside nations that are not part of the alliance -- met in Ramstein, Germany, earlier this week to discuss how they can support Ukraine's defence and security. The Nato chief said Ukraine's allies are preparing to provide it with NATO-standard weapons. Several countries have been sending military assistance and financial aid to Ukraine since Russia's invasion on February 24. The Kremlin has warned the West that sending heavy weapons to Ukraine threatens security on the European continent, BBC reported.