YK MYK CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY HELD LONG DISCUSSIONS ON MAJOR LABOUR ISSUES OPINION Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 23 MAY, 2022 PG-12, YEAR—12, ISSUE—14 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WRIDDHIMAN SAHA'S 67 POWERS GT TO SEVEN-WICKET WIN OVER CSK SPORTS Morning India CM orders inquiry into the thrashing of Tribal girl AT A GLANCE IFS VIVEK KUMAR APPOINTED AS PS TO PM MODI NEW DELHI: Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officer, Vivek Kumar was appointed as the Personal Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Joint Secretary level on Saturday. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the proposal for the appointment of Vivek Kumar as PS to Modi. "The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for appointment of Vivek Kumar, IFS (2004) as PS to Prime Minister at the Joint Secretary level in the Prime Minister's Office with pay at level 14 of the pay matrix," said a release from the Department of Personnel and Training. UGC EXTENDS APPLICATION DATES FOR NET EXAM TO MAY 30 NEW DELHI: The dates for the submission of forms for the upcoming University Grants Commission (UGC)National Eligibility Test (NET) exam have been extended to May 30, 2022, informed the officials on Sunday. The last date of fee payment has also been declared as May 30. Taking to Twitter, UGC Chairman Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar wrote, "In pursuant to representations from the candidates, regarding submission of online application form for UGC-NET December 2021 and June 2022 (merged cycles), it has been decided to extend the last date for submission and fee payment to 30 May 2022." CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 43,136,371 TOTAL DEATHS: 524,413 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 527,380,611 TOTAL DEATHS: 6,300,088 MI NEWS SERVICE People carry LPG cylinder on a boat as they make their way through flood water in Nagaon on Sunday. Ukraine, wheat ban to be discussed at Biden-Modi meet: US NSA WASHINGTON: The Russian invasion of Ukraine and Indian restrictions on wheat exports will be among a range of issues that will figure at the upcoming meeting of the Quad in Tokyo next week and the bilateral between American President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the US has said. Modi and Biden will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Australia's newly elected Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, for the second inperson summit of the Quad, short for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, on Tuesday in Tokyo. The two leaders will also meet bilaterally, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed in a gaggle with reporters travelling with Biden from South Korea to Japan, the second leg of his first trip to Asia as President. India and the US have not been on the same page on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. New Delhi has not condemned the invasion withstanding unrelenting pressure from the US and others such as the UK, who had, together with their other allies, have come to Ukraine's aid with money and materiel with the stated intention of driving back the army of Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for Japan, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI Russian President Vladimir Putin. The issue was discussed at the highest level between President Biden and Prime Minister Modi when they met virtually in March for a Quad meeting. They discussed it again in a short video conversation that kicked off the 2+2 ministerial dialogue in April. And they will discuss it again. "It won't be a new conversation. It will be a continuation of the conversation they've already had about how we see the picture in Ukraine and the impacts of Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine on a wider set of concerns in the world, including this food security concern," Sullivan said in response to a question if Ukraine will come up at the meeting of the two leaders. Asked if the US would push India on wheat exports, the National Security Adviser said "food security will be a topic of conversation at the Quad". India's ban on export of wheat has raised international concerns with western leaders calling for New Delhi to behave more responsibly as the world grapples with shortages caused by the war ? Russia and Ukraine together account for about 29 per cent of global wheat exports, and India is the world's fourth largest producer of wheat after China, the US, and Russia. CENTRE BEARS FULL COST OF EXCISE DUTY CUT ON PETROL, DIESEL: SITHARAMAN NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday clarified that the entire cost of the reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel is borne by the central government and the state's revenue won't be impacted by the move. In a tweet, the finance minister noted "Basic Excise Duty (BED), Special Additional Excise duty (SAED), Road & Infrastructure Cess (RIC) and Agriculture & Infrastructure Development Cess (AIDC) together constitute Excise Duty on petrol and diesel." The Basic Excise Duty is sharable with states. Special Additional Excise Duty, Road & Infrastructure Cess, and Agriculture & Infrastructure Development Cess are non-sharable. On Saturday, the finance minister announced excise duty cut of Rs 8 per litre on petrol and Rs 6 a litre on diesel. This reduction is in the Special Additional Excise Duty. This is nosharable. So the entire burden is borne by the central government. In November 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi government had cut excise duty on petrol. Boy, pulled out from 100-ft-deep borewell, dies CHANDIGARH: The six-year-old boy who was pulled out on Sunday from a 100-foot-deep abandoned borewell in a village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district after eight-hours rescue operation died, authorities said. The child, Hritik, was immediately rushed to the hospital soon after he was retrieved from the well where he was declared dead, officials said. The boy climbed a borewell shaft when stray dogs were chasing him. The shaft, covered with a jute bag, collapsed and the boy fell into the well in a village in Dasuya subdivision. The parents of the boy are migrant labourers. Teams of the district administration, including Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans, and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were at the site. Medical teams were also deployed. A camera was put inside the borewell to monitor the boy's condition, said officials, adding that high oxygen flow was also provided through pipes. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was in constant touch with the district authorities. LOOKING BEYOND CHINA Apple plans ramping up production in India, SE Asia WASHINGTON: Battered by Beijing's strict anti-COVID measures, Apple Inc has told some of its contract manufacturers that it wants to increase the production outside China, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. India and Vietnam, which are already sites of Apple production, are among the countries being seen as an alternative option to China, the report added. This move by Apple, being the largest US company by market capitalization, will influence the thinking of other Western companies which have been considering to reduce their dependency on China for manufacturing or key materials in the wake of Beijing's indirect support to Russia for its invasion in Ukraine and lockdowns in some cities to fight COVID-19. According to analysts, over 90 per cent of Apple products including iPhones, iPads and MacBook laptops are manufactured in China by outside contractors. Responding to Apple's supply chain challenges in April, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said, "Our supply chain is truly global, and so the products are made everywhere. We continue to look at optimizing." The lockdowns imposed in Shanghai and other cities as part of China's anti-Covid policy have disrupted supplychain for many Western companies. In April, Apple warned that the resurgence of COVID-19 will hinder the sales by as much as USD 8 billion in the current quarter. China's strict anti-Covid rules have stopped Apple from sending its executives and engineers into the country over the past two years, which means that it becomes hard for them to check the production sites in person. The power outages last year also dented China's reputation for reliability. Except India, China was the one which have the pool of qualified workers that exceeds the entire population of many alternative countries in Asia. Apple sees India as the closest thing to the next China, as both of them are similar in population and both offers low cost, Wall Street Journal reported citing people who are familiar with the matter. Apple is in conversation with some existing suppliers about expanding in India, including production for export, people familiar with the matter said. India made 3.1 per cent of the world's iPhones last year, and the proportion is forecast to increase to 6 per cent to 7 per cent this year, according to research firm Counterpoint. RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Sunday took cognizance of a video footage in which a boy is seen beating up a girl in Pakur district and tweeted for strict action against the accused. While mentioning about the video the CM has tagged the Jharkhand Police and the Pakur deputy commissioner and asked them to inquire into the incident and take proper action, The CM has told them to report to him about the follow up steps taken in this regard. It may be stated here that an activist had posted the video on the twitter account showing a boy thrashing a girl with his feet while she is trying to avoid the assault. After getting hit several times the girl fall on the ground but the boys does not stop attacking her. Meanwhile a friend of the assailant is making a video of the entire incident instead of protecting the girl. The activist said that the girl is a student of St Stansislaus School in Pakur while the boy is also a resident of the district. She added that frequent attacks are taking place against the adivasis girls in the state. While tagging the minister Alamgir Alam with her message the activist had appealed to the state government to take step in this regard. It may be stated here that MLA Sita Soren also tweeted to ask the Jharkhand police to take strict action in the incident. Meanwhile the local police officer who carried out the investigation said that a case has been registered adding legal action are being taken. He said that prima facie it seems that lover affair is the reason behind the assault on the girl. It is learnt from sources that the accused has been detained. 20, INCLUDING 4 WOMEN, DETAINED IN ASSAM POLICE STATION TORCHING CASE NAGAON: Assam Police detained 20 people including four women on Sunday in connection with the police station torching case in Nagaon. "We have detained 20 people in connection with setting fire to Batadraba police station yesterday. Four women whose names are coming in the case have also been detained. The Station in-charge has been suspended. Further probe is underway," said Satyaraj Hazarika, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Central Range). A mob set Batadrava police station on fire in Nagaon district after a man allegedly died in police custody on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Nagaon administration on Sunday demolished the residences of five families allegedly involved in setting fire to the police station. Assam Police suspended the officer in charge of Batadraba police station to ensure a fair probe in the matter of the death of Safiqul Islam in custody.