FREE PRESS - VOL. XXXVIII NO. 202 | INDORE | TUESDAY | DECEMBER 28, 2021 | PAGES 16 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; HEALTH INDEX MP 3rd worst performer EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE EDIT WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN WHEN A SNAKE BIT THE ‘TIGER’ Pg-16 HYPE IS NECESSARY TO GRAPPLE WITH OMICRON Pg- 8 FOR 24X7 UPDATES KERALA BEST STATE ON HEALTH PARAMETERS, UTTAR PRADESH WORST, SAYS NITI AAYOG Health index comprises select indicators in three domains: Health outcomes, governance and information and key inputs and processes AGENCIES New Delhi News Brief Hindu seer faces FIR, flak over Gandhi remarks RAIPUR/MUMBAI: Hindu religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj faced an FIR in Chhattisgarh for allegedly using derogatory words against Mahatma Gandhi and hailing his assassin Nathuram Godse, while his comments drew sharp criticism from CM Bhupesh Baghel and the issue found an echo in the Maharashtra Assembly on Monday. Kerala has again emerged as the top performer in terms of overall health performance among larger states, while Uttar Pradesh is the worst, according to the fourth Health Index launched by Niti Aayog. The fourth round of the Health Index took into account the period 2019-20 (reference year). The report by the government think tank said Tamil Nadu and Telangana have emerged as the second and third best performers, respectively, on health parameters. Bihar and Madhya Pradesh were the second and third worst performers, respectively on health parameters. , The report, however, added that Uttar Pradesh topped in terms of incremental performance by registering the highest incremental change from the base year (2018-19) to reference year (2019-20). Among the smaller states, Mizoram emerged as the best performer in overall performance as well as incremental performance, while among UTs, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir Both Houses of Parl prorogued NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind has prorogued both the Houses of Parliament after the conclusion of the Winter Session. The 17 Session of the Lok Sabha was prorogued by the President on Dec 24 while Rajya Sabha Secretariat bulletin said the 255th session of the Upper House has been prorogued on Dec 24. 3,481 kids orphaned during pandemic NEW DELHI: Of 6,098 applications received under the 'PM CARES for Children' scheme, 3,481 children orphaned during the COVID19 pandemic have been approved as eligible for its benefits, the government said on Monday. In a statement, the Ministry of WCD said as per the PM CARES for children portal, total applications registered as on December 24 is 6,098, out of which 3,481 applications have been approved by DMs. Tansen, Kalidas awards money hiked to Rs 5L BHOPAL: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a hike in the money given for the National Tansen and Kalidas Awards from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh from next year, an official said on Monday. The state PR dept official said CM announced the hike while addressing the 97th Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior on Sunday. was the weakest performer both in terms of overall performance and incremental performance. In the case of smaller states, Mizoram and Tripura registered strong overall performance, and at the same time showed improvements in incremental performance, the report added. As per the report, the health index is a weighted composite score incorporating 24 indicators covering key aspects of health performance. It said health index comprises select indicators in three domains --health outcomes, governance and information, and key inputs and processes. The report has been prepared in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with technical assistance from the World Bank. Govt did not freeze bank a/cs of Missionaries of Charity: MHA AGENCIES / New Delhi PM to visit UAE next month NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first half of next month which would be his first trip abroad in 2022, people familiar with the development said on Monday.Both sides are looking at firming up the visit around January 6 but there is no finality on the dates yet, they said. ranked among the bottom UTs in terms of overall performance but emerged as the leading performer in terms of incremental performance. The report pointed out that for the fourth consecutive round Kerala emerged as the best performer in terms of overall performance. According to the report, Kerala and Tamil Nadu were top two performers in terms of overall performance with the highest reference year (2019-20) index scores but ranked twelfth and eighth respectively in terms of incremental performance. Telangana performed well both in terms overall performance as well as incremental performance and secured the third position in both instances. It pointed out that Rajasthan The Union Home Ministry on Monday clarified that the government has not frozen the bank accounts of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity (MoC) and State Bank of India has informed that MoC has sent a request to freeze its accounts. The ministry also said that the renewal of application under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for the renewal of FCRA registration of MoC was refused on Dec 25, 2021 for not meeting the eligibility conditions under FCRA 2010 and Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules (FCRR) 2011. It also said that no request or revision application has been received from MoC to review this refusal of renewal. The MHA clarification came after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday tweeted that the Centre froze all bank accounts of the MoC on Christmas and over Asked our centres not to operate foreign currency a/cs: MoC The Missionaries of Charity on Monday said it had asked its centres not to operate any foreign currency account till the issue of renewal of the organisation's FCRA registration was resolved. The clarification came after the MHA said earlier in the day that the MoC's application for renewal of the FCRA registration was refused on Dec 25 for not meeting eligibility conditions, as some adverse inputs were received. 22,000 patients and employees have been left without food and medicine. "While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised", she further said in her tweet message. The Home Ministry officials further said that MoC was registered under FCRA vide Registration No 147120001 and its registration was valid . up to Oct 31, 2021 only CONTD. ON P6 Priyanka should speak on Diggy's remarks on women: Narottam OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Taking a dig at senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh’s reported remarks that only women of 40-50 years of age were impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not the girls wearing jeans and using mobile phones, home minister Narottam Mishra sought to know if the Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi would speak on this. Digvijaya Singh reportedly made the remarks in the same programme in Bhopal in which he had spoken of Veer Savarkar not being opposed to eating of beef stoking a controversy and drawing strong reactions from the BJP leaders. septuagenarian The leader made the remarks on the women while attributing the same to Priyanka Gandhi and saying he got to know about this interesting You (Priyanka) say ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ (I’m a girl, I can fight), You should make it clear if the thinking of the elderly leaders of your own party matches with your thinking. If not, then why such leaders should have a place in your party. . fact from her only His remarks have gone viral on social media. Talking to media, he said, “Since Digvijaya mentioned the name of Priyanka I wish to ask her directly what she has to say on Singh’s remarks that only women of 40-50 years of age are impressed by the Prime Minister.” CONTD. ON P6 Mhow University, FP pay tribute to CDS Gen Rawat today OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore Dr BR Ambedkar University of Social Sciences at Mhow and Free Press will organize a ceremony to pay tribute to Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash on Dec 8, at 3.30 pm at varsity's BuddhVihar audito. rium on Tuesday On the occasion, the varsity will also launch CDS General Bipin Rawat Research Chair. Lt General VS Sreenivas, Commandant, Army War College (Mhow); Lt General Dushyant Singh (Retd), ex-commandant, AWC; Lt General MG Datar (Retd), Ex-commandant, MCTE, Mhow and Brigadier Basant K Ponwar, Inspector General, Director, Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College, Kanker in Chhattisgarh will be speakers at the event," Vice Asha Chancellor Prof Shukla said. Omicron tally 578; Goa, Manipur report first cases NEW DELHI India reported over 150 fresh Omicron infections with Goa and Manipur on Monday registering their first cases as the total tally of this latest variant of COVID-19 touched nearly 600. With the surge in cases, the Centre issued a fresh advisory to all states and union territories, asking them not to let the guard down. According to Union Health Ministry data updated in the morning, 156 fresh cases of Omicron were logged, taking the tally of such cases to 578. However, 151 out of the 578 people, who contracted the infection, have recovered or migrated. The 578 cases have been detected across 19 states and union territories with Delhi recording the maximum number of 142 cases followed by Maharashtra at 141, Kerala 57, Gujarat 49, Rajasthan 43 and Telangana 41. India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,47,93,333, while the active cases declined to 75,841, according to the data updated at 8 am. The death toll has climbed to 4,79,997 with 315 fresh fatalities, the data stated. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said states and union territories may consider imposing need based, local curbs and restrictions, to control the crowd during the festive season. A number of states have already imposed curbs on congregation of people besides night curfew. A 48-year-old returnee from Tanzania tested positive for Omicron variant in Manipur, making him the first patient of the strain in the northeastern state. CONTD. ON P6 `3 RNI No. 38281/83 27 test +ve in city INDORE: Out of 6,807 samples, 27 tested Covid positive . on Monday Rate of positive patients was recorded at 0.4%. Total number of positive patients reached 153599. No death was reported on . Monday As many as 143 patients are getting treatment . in the city Total 152061 patients have been discharged . Ramp up vaccination in five poll-bound states: Poll panel AGENCIES New Delhi The Election Commission on Monday asked the government to expedite the Covid-19 vaccination programme in five pollbound states in a meeting with the Union health secretary, amid indications that polling may be held in time. Separately, the Union health ministry issued a statement later in the day, saying the Centre has reviewed public health response measures and vaccination status with the pollbound states of Uttar Uttarakhand, Pradesh, Goa, Punjab and Manipur. The ministry has advised ramping up vaccination of all population eligible through a district-wise weekly plan with daily review, according to the statement. During its meeting with Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, the commission noted that the percentage of those administered the first dose of coronavirus vaccine was still less in UP, Punjab and Manipur, while it was nearing 100 per cent in Uttarakhand and Goa. The poll panel also asked the top health official to expedite administering of second dose to those eligible in these five states, highly-placed sources said. The health ministry statement said testing is to be "exponentially accelerated" to curb sudden surge of Covid cases. CONTD. ON P6 Quality at Value WEATHER 25.50c. 13.40c Sunrise : 07.06 Sunset : 05.51 Centre moves apex court, seeks recall of its December 17 order OBC QUOTA IN MP LOCAL BODY POLLS AGENCIES NEW DELHI The Centre has moved the Supreme Court seeking recall of its December 17 order directing the Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission (SEC) to stay the poll process on seats reserved for Other Backward Classes in the local body there and re-notify those seats for the general category. In its application, the Centre has said that uplift of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the OBCs has been the utmost priority of the government and inadequate representation of OBCs in local selfgovernment defeats the "very object, intent and purpose of the very idea" of the de-centralisation of power and taking governance to the grass-root level. It has also urged the apex court to direct the local body elections to be deferred for four months with a mandate to the state government to come out with the report of the commission and directing the SEC to hold the elections accordingly It has requested . the top court to suspend the election process as an interim measure. CONTD. ON P6 PANCHAYAT POLLS SEC seeks legal opinion after Govt withdraws Ordinance BHOPAL: As the state govt withdrew Panchayat poll Ordinance, the State Election Commission (SEC) on Monday swung into action seeking legal opinions. Besides, the Centre too approached Supreme Court appealing to make it party in hearing on Panchayat Polls of Madhya Pradesh. The State poll panel held a meeting with officials of Panchayat and Rural development after it received information about withdrawal of the Ordinance. SEC secretary BS Jamod said: "We have sought legal opinion with reference to the latest development. We have received information from the state government about its decision about withdrawal of ordinance. Now, the EC is seeking legal opinion."