YK MYK SUPPLY CHAIN GAPS: SHOULD INDIA BET ON VIETNAM TO OUTPLACE CHINA? OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI SUNDAY, 22 MAY, 2022 PG-12, YEAR—12, ISSUE—13 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) ‘I FEEL WE SHOULD NOT USE THE WORD 'ITEM' TO REFER TO AN ACTRESS’ SCREEN & CINEMA Morning India Centre slashes excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre, diesel by Rs 6 AT A GLANCE QUAD SUMMIT'S FOCUS WILL BE INDO-PACIFIC REGION: FOREIGN SECRETARY NEW DELHI: Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra on Saturday said the Quad Summit 2022 in Tokyo will primarily focus on the issues of the Indo-Pacific region. "One of the primary focuses of the Quad is the Indo-Pacific region and naturally when the leaders sit together they would talk about developments in the IndoPacific region, challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and the areas of concern," he said in a special media briefing. PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 43,134,332 TOTAL DEATHS: 524,348 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 526,851,316 TOTAL DEATHS: 6,299,223 RANCHI: PETROL TO COST AROUND RS 99, DIESEL RS 95 PER LITRE Ensure strict action against mafia engaged in illegal mining: CM MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Saturday told the district and state level officials that illegal mining must stop at all costs adding the districts must carry out a special drive in this regard from June 1 to June 15. He also announced that a state level team would be formed to achieve the goal. While reviewing the situation with the deputy commissioner and the superintendents of police across the state through video conferencing the CM also issued a warning to the officials of the coal belt districts including Dhanbad and Hazaribag and those located in the stone mining area namely Pakur, Chaibasa, Latehar and Ranchi in this regard. He stated that officials would face disciplinary action if illegal mining takes place in their area. The CM asked the officials to take strict action against persons and mafias linked to illegal mining. He said, "An effective mechanism must be developed to stop such activities. The mafias are engaged in illegal mining with the intention to tarnish the image Archery World Cup: Indian men’s compound team clinches gold GWANGJU: The Indian mens compound team of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini defeated France to win the gold medal at the Archery World Cup 2022 stage 2, here on Saturday. India came back from behind to outscore the French team of Quentin Baraer, Jean Phillipe Boulch and Adrien Gontier 232-230 for the gold medal. This was the Indian trio's second straight World Cup gold after clinching the top spot in Stage 1 in Antalya, Turkey. Interestingly, France were on the losing side then as well. Meanwhile, former Asian champion Abhishek Verma also won the compound mixed team bronze with Avneet Kaur. The Indian pair beat Turkey's Emircan Haney and Ayse Suzer 156-155 in the thirdplace play-off. India had the opportunity to add another gold to their tally but Mohan Bhardwaj fell short in the individual men's compound final, going down to top seed Mike Schloesser. Mohan, who was 42nd after the qualification round, lost 141-149 in the decider. The three medals on Saturday took India's final tally at the stage 2 of the Archery World Cup 2022 to five. Earlier, women's compound team comprising Avneet Kaur, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar and the women's recurve team of Ridhi, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat had won a bronze each. of the state government." Soren stated that be it major minerals or minor minerals, it is the task of the officials to prevent their illegal mining. He said that officers must take complaints related to the issue seriously and take action in accordance to mining rules. While pointing out that many people have lost their lives during illegal mining the CM said that related sites must be demolished. He said that Jharkhand police must coordinate with the Railway Protection Force to prevent coal theft during transportation. He said that high level meeting would be held after the special drive in June. He said that the district administration should also inform the media persons about steps to stop illegal mining every week. The CM stated that closed circuit television cameras must also be set up at the check posts in the mineral rich areas and districts. The CM also asked the officials to stop mining of sand from the river bed as it has an adverse impact on the environment. NEW DELHI: In a significant step aimed at providing relief to people from high prices of petrol and diesel, the Centre on Saturday announced a reduction in excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on diesel by Rs 6 per litre. Making the announcement in tweets, Finance Minister Sitharman said that the move will have a revenue implication of around Rs 1 lakh crore per year. The minister, who made several other announcements aimed at curbing inflation said subsidy will be provided on cylinders under Ujjwala scheme. She urged states to also reduce VAT on petroleum products to give relief to the common man. TACKLING INFLATION This year the govt will give a subsidy of Rs 200 per gas cylinder (up to 12 cylinders) to over nine crore beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojana Central slashed excise duty on Petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on Diesel by Rs 6 per litre. The government had similarly reduced excise duty on petrol and diesel in November last year on the eve of Diwali. It had reduced excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 a litre and on diesel by Rs 10 a litre. "We are reducing the Central excise duty on Petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on Diesel by Rs 6 per litre. This will reduce the price of petrol by Rs 9.5 per litre and of Diesel by Rs 7 per litre. It will have revenue implication of around Rs 1 lakh crore/year for the government," Sitharam said. "I wish to exhort all state governments, especially the states where reduction wasn't done during the last round (November 2021), to also implement a similar cut and give relief to the common man," she added. The minister said that this year the government will give a subsidy of Rs 200 per gas cylinder (up to 12 cylinders) to over nine crore beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. "This will help our mothers and sisters. This will have a revenue implication of around Rs 6100 crore a year," she said. RAINFALL BRINGS WEEKEND SURPRISE DAYTIME TEMPERATURE DROPS BY 19 DEGREES CELSIUS IN CAPITAL SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Rain and thunderstorm on Saturday caused a sharp fall in the day time temperature in Ranchi but also caused power cuts and disruption of traffic movement. The weather department said that while Ranchi registered a maximum of 39.6 degree centigrade in the day the spell of rain, thundering and gusty wind brought the temperature down by 19 degrees. The city registered 15mm of rainfall. The high speed wind Hemant Sutradhar uprooted trees which fell on the roads to disrupt traffic movement. The traffic department had to remove the trees and branches to restore normalcy. Similar weather conditions prevailed in several other parts of the state including Bokaro, Gumla, Lohardaga, Ramgarh, Simdega and West Singhbhum. Regarding the weather in the coming days the department said that the maximum temperature would decline by three to four degrees in the next two to three days across the state. It said that some parts of the state would witness light to moderate rainfall till Tuesday. These places could also witness thundering, increased lightening activity and high speed wind reaching upto 30 to 40 kilometres per hour. Ranchi and its surrounding area would register partly cloudy sky during next week with the possibility of thundering and rain. Meanwhile senior scientist of the weather department Abhishek Anand said that so far the conditions for the movement of south western monsoon are favourable.