KOCHI l WEDNESDAY l APRIL 4, 2018 l `6.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY EDITION PURI TEMPLE TREASURY TO BE OPENED TODAY AFTER 34 YEARS The treasury of the 12th century Lord Jagannath Temple will be opened for inspection after a gap of 34 years, a top temple official said INSPECTION BY 10-MEMBER TEAM A 10-member team will inspect the physical condition of the floor, roof and wall of the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ (treasury) to examine its structural stability. No one will be allowed to touch the jewellery in the ‘Ratna Bhandar’, said the chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration 1984 3-TIER CHECK FOR INSPECTING TEAM ■ Team members would be frisked by police officials ■ ■ ■ Then, they would be required to wear the ‘gamuchha’ (traditional towel) provided by the temple administration Finally, they would be scanned by the servitors of the temple No decision has been taken on whether to videograph the event LAST OPENING OF THE RATNA BHANDAR; PREVIOUSLY IN 1978, 1926 AND 1905 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI MUMBAI ICICI-Videocon plot thickens T he ongoing ICICI-Videocon plot thickened with the Income Tax Department slapping a notice on NuPower Renewables. The move strengthens allegations of wrongdoing by whistleblower Arvind Gupta, who on Tuesday demanded NuPower to disclose the identity of its majority shareholder, DH Renewables Holding Ltd of Mauritius. The CBI has already initiated a preliminary enquiry into the `3,250 crore that ICICI Bank lent to Videocon Group. NEW DELHI Fake news: MIB withdraws order T he Information & Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday withdrew an order it issued late on Monday night, which said journalists pushing fake news would lose their accreditation. The move followed widespread protests from the media fraternity terming the move an attempt by the government to muzzle press freedom in the name of fake news. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was displeased at the controversial decision. EXPRESS READ IOA relents after Saina threatens to pull out Gold Coast: Following Saina Nehwal’s threat to pull out of the C’Wealth Games if her father was not allowed to stay at the village, the IOA granted them permission. Saina’s contention was, if P V Sindhu’s mother could stay at the village as an extra official, so should her father. Now, govt says no retest for Class X Maths paper New Delhi: The HRD ministry has decided against conducting a re-examination of the CBSE Class X Mathematics paper following reports of a paper leak, with the board saying that Class X was just an “internal segment” of the P9 school education system. Kochi is the queen of tourists’ hearts too T’Puram: Kochi, the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, is the most popular tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors to the state. According to the statistics available with the Tourism Department, 2017 saw the highest domestic footfall in Kochi city with a total number of 23.05 lakh tourists visiting Kerala’s commercial capital. P5 Today’s issue carries a 4-page supplement on Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 24 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS SC refuses stay order, to hear review plea on ‘reading down’ of Act E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay its order banning automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act but said it would consider the Centre’s review petition in detail on April 11. A bench of justices A K Goel and U U Lalit, however, clarified that its March 20 order would not come in the way of compensating victims of atrocities under the Act and asked political parties to file their written submissions within two days. Turning down requests of Attorney General K K Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to keep the judgment in abeyance as it had sparked widespread protests, the bench said, “Those protesting on the streets may have not even read our judgment. They are being misled by some vested interests, so that does not concern us.” The order came on a day the toll in Monday’s violence in north and central India climbed to 11. In MP’s Bhind district, protesters pelted stones at the house of BJP minister Lal Singh Arya. During an hour-long hearing, Venugopal urged the bench to delete certain parts of its order that referred to misuse of the Act. The Centre had sought an open-court hearing to review the order. “When you repeatedly say the law made to protect a marginalised group is being misused, it gives the impression that the onus is more pronounced on that group. In reality, every law is misused,” Venugopal said. The judges said it wasn’t their view that the SC/ST Act was being misused; rather, government statistics pointed towards it. The bench clarified that if there were allegations against someone under the SC/ST Act and the Indian Penal Code, police could immediately register an FIR under the IPC and charges under the Act could be added after a preliminary enquiry. “What we have done is only to provide protection to innocent people from arrest.” IIT-M ranks second in NIRF rankings A total of 22 institutions of higher education from Tamil Nadu figures in the 2018 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) top 100 list. A look at the toppers NO 2: Indian Institute of Technology Madras has bagged 2nd slot in the overall rankings, while IISc, Bengaluru, has secured the top rank OVERALL CATEGORY Anna University Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Bharathiar University Vellore Institute of Technology University of Madras National Institute of Technology, Tiruchy Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research 10 15 20 24 29 31 35 Upbeat IIM-Kozhikode receives shot in the arm E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kozhikode IIM-Kozhikode, which is upbeat over record placement of its students this year, has received a shot in the arm with the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings 2018, placing it at the sixth spot among management institutions in the country . According to IIM Director-in charge Khulbhushan Balooni, the institution’s emphasis on management research has helped it fetch a good ranking from the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development. “Research is becoming an important aspect of academic ranking. IIM-K has always done well in terms of research. We have increased our efforts in getting our works published in leading research publications over the last couple of years. This has helped us get a good position at the national level,” Balooni told Express. In 2017, NIRF rankings had placed IIMK at the fifth spot. “The drop of a rank this year reminds us that we should work hard to retain our position,” Balooni said. In the first NIRF rankings released in 2016, ● More on P6, 9 IIM-K had won fifth spot. 6th is the place of IIM-Kozhikode as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 list AMRITA RANKED 8TH Kollam: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, has been ranked eighth among the universities in the country, according to the latest National Institutional Ranking Framework list. P5 CUSAT AND MGU IMPROVE POSITIONS Kochi: Two universities in Kerala bettered their rankings. Cusat and Mahatma Gandhi University have been placed 69th and 34th respectively. They were placed 86th and 67th in 2017. Kerala and Calicut Universities secured 30th and 73rd ranks. P3 Upgraded Kochi1 App in six months THE upgraded version of Kochi1 Mobile App, which will help passengers plan the ticket-less journey in various modes of transport in the city including Kochi Metro Rail, will be launched in six months. The current version of the app, available on Android and iOS platforms, is not quite popular and has only 1,000 downloads to boast. It does not have much features and its only major help is in providing QR code to Kochi1 Smart Card users. “Version 2, with enhanced features Keralites are no longer keen to donate organs G O P I K A I S @ Kochi Says verdict aimed to protect innocents; no bar on relief to SC/ST victims of atrocities; toll climbs to 11 BOASTING NEW FEATURES S H I B U B S @ Kochi FALL IN NUMBER including payment of utility service bills, is under testing. We are hopeful of launching it in another two months. However, the comprehensive journey planner can be added to the app only after the installation of GPS system in the feeder services. So the final version of the app will be ready only in six months,” according to KMRL’s official spokesperson. Once the final version is ready, Kochi1 App will be a complete journey planner for the passengers. Along with providing metro train’s time schedule, it will help passengers with the tim- ings of feeder buses and other services. According to the KMRL officer, linking the app with feeder services will help in ensuring last mile connectivity . The KMRL is also planning to introduce click and collect facility by linking it with the Smart Card. It will enable a passenger to order commodities while travelling in Kochi Metro and collect the goods from a station. “The tender for the same is already floated. The last date for submission of the bid is April 27,” added the spokesperson. From the REGION Securitymen keep vigil a day after violent protests in Meerut on Tuesday | PTI Houses of BJP legislator, Cong ex-MLA torched The houses of a sitting and a former MLA, both Dalits, were set afire by a mob on Tuesday in Rajasthan. The 5,000-strong mob set ablaze houses of sitting BJP MLA Rajkumari Jatav and Congress ex-MLA Bharosilal Jatav in the Hindaun City in Karauli district Madhya Pradesh toll 8; one died in police firing In Madhya Pradesh, the toll from Monday’s violence rose to eight with two more succumbing to injuries. One of them who died on Monday was hit by police bullets. Two cops have been booked in connection with the man’s death ORGAN donation in the state was at its peak in 2015-2016 with campaigns making a big impact on people. If the number of donations was 218 and 199 in 2015 and 2016 respectively, the year that went by saw a drastic fall as the figure touched 60. It turned worse this year and the state had to wait three months before the first donation was made on Tuesday . The donor, Arunraj, 29, had been declared brain dead and when his family expressed willingness to donate, his organs were harvested and given to seven people across Kerala and Tamil Nadu. “Last year too we faced many difficulties with organ donation. The notification from hospitals in case of brain death was a major issue even when donation was at its peak in the state. Now the notifications don’t come,” said P V Aneesh, transplant coordinator with Kerala Network for Organ Sharing (KNOS) registry . “A litigation alleging malpractice and medical fraud, which was ruled in favour of the state by the High Court, had led to doctors shirking away from brain death confirmations and advising organ donation. No one likes the implications associated with the allegations that often go viral on social media. Who would At a glance Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 Donors 58 76 72 18 Transplants 156 218 199 60 want their ethics to be questioned. We now wait for the donor’s family to come forward,” he said. Each organ donation has a systematic process. If a person is declared brain dead, then empanelled doctors (government doctors with accreditation to confirm brain death) does apnea test twice in 12 hours on a regular interval. The entire process is video-recorded as proof. The method is considered fool-proof and it is to ensure no medical fraud or malpractice happens on the transplantation ● More on P6 front.
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