YK MYK SANGH PARIVAR IS BRACING FOR NEXT ROUND OF BATTLE AFTER AYODHYA OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 12 MAY, 2022 PG-12, YEAR—12, ISSUE—3 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) FEEL INCREDIBLE TO HAVE COMPLETED 10 YEARS IN FILM INDUSTRY: ARJUN SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India AT A GLANCE Cognisant of civil liberties of citizens 23-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN RAMGARH Apex court puts sedition law on hold till review RAMGARH: A 23-yearold woman was found dead in her house on Tuesday in the local Sonar Mohalla under West Bokaro OP area of Mandu police station of this district. It is feared that a woman may have died due to electrocution. Arshad Ahmed, who worked as an electrical engineer in a contract, lived in a rented kutcha house in Sonar Mohalla with his 23year-old wife Ruhi Tabasum and one and a half year old baby. In the morning he left for work. Ruhi Tabasum was found by people with her legs wrapped in wire and lying dead on the ground in a semi-naked position. It is being speculated that after bathing, she was putting clothes on a rope to dry the wet clothes. During this, the touch of the wet cloth was with the electrical wire passing by the side. Due to which electric wire caught Ruhi in its grip and she got stuck in the wire. During this, her one and a half year old daughter was roaming in the house. Thankfully the girl did not touch her mother. Seeing this scene an old lady living on rent there raised an alarm. But by the time people could not save her, the woman was dead. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 43,110,586 TOTAL DEATHS: 524,157 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 518,588,707 TOTAL DEATHS: 6,280,570 Sister and People from the Christian community form a human chain to protest against the acquisition of land for the Netarhat firing range, in Ranchi on Wednesday. ANI ED gets five-day custody of Pooja Singhal in PMLA case RANCHI: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday got five-day custody of IAS officer and Jharkhand Mines Secretary Pooja Singhal in the high-profile money laundering case. Earlier on Wednesday Singhal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after her second day of questioning in connection with the ongoing probe of Prevention of Money Laundering case pertaining to alleged embezzelment of MNREGS funds. Singhal on Wednesday she again joined the probe after being grilled for 9 hours on Tuesday. The ED, after collecting enough evidence against her, placed her under arrest. The ED sources said that they would scan her transactions of the last three years, to check the suspicious Hemant Sutradhar money trail, if any. The agency is also scanning details of all her properties. A source said that total of four cars of her husband Abhishek Jha's CA Suman Kumar, who was arrested on Saturday, have been seized, as sources said that someone else had made the payments for luxury cars, which is suspicious. Cash amounting to around Rs 19 crore which was recovered in the raids by the ED. It is said that it was Singhal's money. The ED will try to know from where this cash PM Modi changed size & scale of policy planning in India: Amit Shah NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the size and scale of government schemes while drafting policies, so that the schemes reach everyone in the country. Speaking at the launch of the book 'Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery' at the Vigyan Bhawan on Wednesday, Shah said, "Earlier the policies were designed with a certain number of beneficiaries in mind, but he (Modi) made schemes for everyone in the country, including toilets, providing power connection, drinking water, houses or gas connection." Noting that Modi was not experienced in running a panchayat, Shah said that when he was made the Chief Minister of an earthquake-shattered Gujarat, he ran the state quite efficiently. "His understanding to reach out to the last person of the society and how to deliver the schemes efficiently is a fine example of his approach towards governance, and this reflects in the many initiatives taken by the government under PM Modi's leadership," Shah said. Describing the initiatives in the healthcare sector, the Home Minister said that Modi has introduced many new policies in the sec- Coal loading for powerhouses being constantly ramped up, says Railways NEW DELHI: Amid reports of a shortage of coal supplies at power plants, Railway Ministry on Wednesday said it has constantly ramped up coal loading for powerhouses across the country. The Railways is fully committed to lifting all the domestic coal that is brought to sidings/ good sheds by the coal companies and imported coal brought to port by the power generating companies, the Ministry said in a statement. In May 2022, the availability of rakes for the power sector increased to an came from. Apart from the CA, her husband was placed under arrest on Saturday. Suman Kumar was then sent to five days ED custody which is ending on Wednesday. He had come on the radar during the course of the investigation. He also handles accounts of Singhal's husband. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had on Friday morning conducted raids at more than 18 places, including Ranchi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, and in several parts of NCR including Faridabad and Gurugram as well as Noida. They had to take help of bank officials and a currency counting machine to estimate the amount of cash seized. average of 472 rakes per day. Both coal companies and Railways have envisaged to jointly ensure per day coal loading of 415 rakes of domestic coal and 30 rakes of imported coal to the power sector. 'In the current month, loading of domestic coal for power house has been average of 409 rakes per day," the statement said. There has been an issue of frequent strike in coalbearing areas of Odisha which has impacted coal evacuation, especially in Talcher area. However, railways have kept 60 surplus empty rakes at a pan-India level to maximise coal loading for the power sector, the ministry said. The statement said various operational efficiency measures have been taken to expedite the evacuation of coal rakes. "Coaching trains have been cancelled across India to allow faster movement of coal rakes and easing of congested sections." The importance of the seamless and timely movement of coal rakes to various power plants has been emphasised. Detention of coal rakes for each activity at loading/unloading points and en-route movement are being monitored by divisional team at field level, the ministry said. It said that running of long hauls and convoy rakes in congested routes have been augmented. Additional 100 rakes will be mobilised for coal loading in the current financial year which would further improve the rake availability for the power sector, the statement said. tor for all. Mission Indradhanush, nutrition programme for mother and children, health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh to over seven crore people are some of the schemes that the PM initiated, he said. Praising the New Education Policy (NEP), Shah said that earlier, education policies were made keeping job provisions in mind, but NEP is focused on enhancing the capability of students. NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it is cognisant of the integrity of the state on one hand, and the civil liberties of citizens on the other, as it put on hold the colonial-era penal provision of sedition. It also asked the Centre and state governments to refrain from registering any FIRs under the sedition provision, Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, till review of the law by Centre is complete. A bench, headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, noted petitioners' contention that this provision of law dates back to 1898, and pre-dates the Constitution itself, and is being misused. It also considered Attorney General K.K. Venugopal's submissions citing glaring misuse of this provision, like in the case of recital of the Hanuman Chalisa (by Rana couple in Maharashtra). The bench said that all pending trials, appeals and proceedings with respect to the charge framed under Section 124A of IPC be kept in abeyance. "Adjudication with respect to other sections, if any, could proceed if the courts are of the opinion that no prejudice would be caused to the accused," it added. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs, in an affidavit, had said the top court may not invest time examining the validity of Section 124A once again, and rather wait for the exercise of reconsideration to be undertaken by the government before an appropriate forum where such reconsideration is constitutionally permitted. The bench noted that it is cognizant of security interests and integrity of the state on one hand, and the civil liberties of citizens on the other. "There is a requirement to balance both sets of considerations, which is a difficult exercise. "Therefore, we expect that, till the re-examination of the provision is complete, it will be appropriate not to continue the usage of the aforesaid provision of law by the governments." In the interest of justice, the bench said: "We hope and expect that the state and Central governments will restrain from registering any FIR, continuing any investigation or taking any coercive measures by invoking Section 124A of IPC while the aforesaid provision of law is under consideration." CYCLONIC STORM ASANI WEAKENS INTO DEEP DEPRESSION NEW DELHI: After bringing heavy rainfall in almost all four southern states, especially the Andhra Pradesh coast, cyclonic storm Asani weakened into a deep depression post afternoon as it lay near Andhra Pradesh coast on Wednesday evening. The deep depression (remnant of cyclonic storm) is likely to weaken into a Depression on Thursday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. At 5.30 p.m., the system lay centred over west-central Bay of Bengal about 20 kms northeast of Machilipatnam and 50 kms west-southwest of Narsapur. "Latest observations indicate that the system is crossing Andhra Pradesh coast between Machilipatnam and Narsapur as a deep depression with wind speed of 55-65 gusting to 75 kmph," IMD Bulletin said. Explaining the reasons behind faster weakening of the system, Monica Sharma, a scientist from the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC), said in the special bulletin: "The system has come close to the coast and due to land interactions, will weaken gradually. Also, as the system moves further north-northeastwards, it will encounter lower sea surface temperatures (SST) among other factors." State Cabinet clears 19 proposals MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: The Hemant Sorenled Jharkhand Cabinet on Wednesday cleared as many as 19 proposals. However any formal press meeting couldn't take place due to model code of conduct in force. According to the information received from the sources, many important proposals have been cleared. This includes consent to the proposal to distributing free text books and uniforms to the students of class 9th to 12th. Apart from this, a consensus has been arrived at on the proposal to give honorariums to the workers engaged in the upcoming Panchayat elections. At the same time, a goahead order was passed for the formation Jharkhand State Finance Commission. The approval of the cabinet has been received on the proposal brought by the Finance Department. According to the composition of the commission, the state government will nominate a chairman and two members in it. Their tenure will be for 2 years. If someone reaches 65 years of age in two years, his term will come to an end. A resolution has been passed in Hemant's cabinet that now the salary of waiting officers for posting will not stop. According to the information, honorarium and travel to the personnel to be deputed for election work during Panchayat elections. According to the approval of the cabinet on the rate proposal. Sri Lanka crisis: Gotabaya Rajapaksa ready to abolish executive presidency COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday announced that he is ready to abolish the executive presidency after discussing the issue with the Opposition regarding the formation of the new government. Gotabaya said he is ready to abolish the executive presidency once the country stabilises and will also appoint a new PM and cabinet this week, Sri Lanka's Newswire reported. He also said that he will empower the parliament, bringing back the 19th amendment. This development comes after a meeting was held between UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka's parliamentary group of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) last month had come up with a private member's bill to scrap the 20th amendment and remove the powers of the executive presidency. Sri Lankan MP Harshana Rajakaruna had said a constitutional amendment will be brought in to scrap the powers of the President. Sri Lanka's economic situation will worsen if political stability is not achieved, the country's Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe warned on Wednesday as the island nation continued to witness large-scale violence. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo, Weerasinghe said he has conveyed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other political leaders that he would step down from the post, if the current political crisis is not solved in the coming weeks. The central bank chief said that it was challenging to revive an economy in a country where law and order were not maintained.