COIMBATORE WEDNESDAY JULY 04, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION FRUIT BATS CAUSED NIPAH OUTBREAK IN KERALA: ICMR The Indian Council of Medical Research has confirmed that fruit bats were the main source of Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode & Malappuram SAMPLES FROM 55 BATS TEST POSITIVE ■ 17 WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NIPAH? Initially, a Central medical team ruled out bats as the primary source of the infection, but another medical team told the Union health ministry the samples were collected from insectivorous bats. Later, samples from 55 fruit bats were sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune. These tested positive for the virus ■ ■ Infected people initially develop influenza-like symptoms of fever, headache, muscle pain, vomiting and sore throat This can be followed by dizziness, drowsiness, altered consciousness and neurological signs that indicate acute encephalitis Encephalitis and seizures in severe cases, progressing to coma PEOPLE DIED DUE TO NIPAH VIRUS EARLIER THIS YEAR 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 SC shuts acting DGP loophole in police reforms Gives slew of directions to states and Union Territories; UPSC will shortlist three candidates, states can pick one EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IT will now be difficult for state governments to appoint their favourite police officers as DGPs. Putting an end to favouritism and political influence in DGPlevel appointment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all states and Union territories to consult the Union Public Service Commission three months prior to incumbent DGP’s retirement. The central recruiting agency will, then, shortlist the names of state DGPs and prepare a panel of three names based on their length of service, ‘very good’ record and range of experience for heading the police force, as stipulated by the Prakash Singh judgment of 2006. The names shall be intimated to the state concerned, which will then immediately select and appoint one of the persons empanelled, the SC ruled. Taking a dim of states appointing ‘acting DGPs’, the SC said, “There will not be any appoint- ments of acting DGPs. Once appointed, a DGP will get a twoyear tenure irrespective of superannuation.” The three-judge bench of CJI Dipak Misra, judges D Y Chandrachud and A M Khanwilkar passed a slew of directions on a petition filed by former IPS officer Prakash Singh for reforms and transparency in the functioning and appointments in state police forces. In the seven-point directive, the court stated states would ensure that DGP is appointed through a merit-based transparent process and will have a minimum tenure of two years. During the hearing, Attorney General K K Venugopal submitted that out of 24 States, only five — Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Rajasthan — have implemented the 2006 directions. He noted that some State governments even go to the extent of appointing their favourites as DGP just before their superannuation so that they could continue in service even after retirement date. MERIT, SENIORITY TO COUNT Chief Justice Dipak Misra said there is no concept of acting DGPs. States shall avoid appointing a person as DGP just before his or her superannuation and let them continue for the next two years, he said adding that merit and seniority should be given due weightage while appointing DGP PDP staring at a split, BJP weighs govt formation F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar Coimbatore comes together in fight against child labour | P2 Grant for Muslims on Haj pilgrimage | P7 MUMBAI FOOT OVER-BRIDGE COLLAPSES Rescue workers clear the debris of Gokhale foot over-bridge that collapsed following heavy rain at Andheri station in Mumbai on Tuesday. A local train was about to cross the bridge but the alert driver managed to stop it metres away from the spot | PTI | P7 Mob violence is crime, don’t give it colour: SC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TERMING vigilantism in any form was unacceptable, the Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over the growing incidents of mob violence and put the onus on the states to tackle them. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra while reserving its verdict said, “Nobody can take law into their own hands. It is the obligation of the concerned states to see that these incidents are prevented. This kind of incidents cannot occur. It can’t be accepted in the remotest sense.” The bench observed that vigilantism is not confined to any particular motive; it’s actually mob violence, which is a crime. Last year, the court had directed all states to take steps to stop violence in the name of cow protection and sought the appointment of officers who would keep an eye out on vigilante groups. During Tuesday’s hearing, senior advocate Indira Jaising Gandhi demanded the summoning of chief secretaries of states for failing to prevent death caused by cow vigilantes. The bench was hearing a contempt petition by Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Weather gods smile, stranded pilgrims progress to safety EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WIDENING RIFT PRESS INTAKE ‘Should not be linked to caste or religion’ Indira Jaising sought compensation to the victims of mob violence saying, “internationally, there is a recognised category of targeted violence where compensation can be paid. Mob lynchings are targeted violence based on religion or caste.” This led the bench to warn the petitioners to not to link mob violence to religion or caste. Jaising suggested that the Centre be directed to frame a policy on checking violence in the name of the cow. “A lynching incident has taken place just 60 km from Delhi,” she pointed out. Opposing the suggestion, Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha said law and order was a state subject and no separate law was needed for lynching or vigilantism. He added that from time to time, the government had been issuing advisories to states to take effective measures against such groups. Jaising shot back saying merely issuing advisories was not sufficient, adding the Centre could not run away from its duty . Challenge VEDANTA MOVES NGT OVER PERMANENT CLOSURE OF UNIT Vedanta has moved principal bench of NGT challenging TN govt order to close Sterlite Copper Smelter unit App way to report voter bribe A new Android-based app launched by the Election Commission lets you anonymously send messages or photos of model code violations Send geo-tagged videos in secrecy Try it out in Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh polls Called cVIGIL, you can use the app to send geo-tagged videos and photos of illegal money being distributed or a hate speech being made during polls The app will make its debut in Assembly polls in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh later this year. It will be available on Google Play Store THE PDP may be headed for a split as more MLAs have come forward expressing their discomfiture at the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti. Meanwhile, the BJP is trying to give another shot at government formation with disgruntled PDP legislators’ help. According to sources, some PDP legislators are exploring the option of forming a ‘bloc’ within the party to play a key role in the BJP’s bid to form government. However, since there is stringent anti-defection law, the group may merge with Sajjad Lone’s Peoples Conference, a BJP ally, or some other party to escape disqualification. Three sitting MLAs — first-time MLA from Tangmarg Mohammad Abbas Wani, influential Shia legislators Abid Ansari and his nephew Imran Ansari — have openly revolted against Mufti for allegedly turning the PDP into a family affair by allotting key party positions to close relatives. PDP sources say many MLAs are furious at Mufti’s assigning key positions to members of her family and 8-12 are ready to quit. Mufti’s maternal uncle is PDP vicepresident and her cinematographer brother Tassaduq Mufti has reportedly been given a greater say in the party . Party insiders say the inchoate anger among partymen is beginning to manifest as more MLAs are set to join the rebels in the coming days. “Many legislators are reluctant to speak against her but they too may challenge her writ soon,” said a source. As per a status report released by the Indian Embassy in Nepal, special helicopters were deployed THE ordeal seems to be to bring back the mortal reover for some of the mains of two Indians — Kailash-Mansarovar pilLeela Narayanan Mangrims stranded in Simikot, dredath from Kerala and Nepal. Finally the weather Satya Lakshmi gods smiled on TuesNarayana Subba day as they manRao Grandhi Veera aged to descend Ve n k a t a f r o m from the treacherAndhra Pradesh, ous terains of the who were among Himalayas to plains those stranded in of India. They are now on their way Rao died in Hilsa, Simikot home, to Chennai. Mansarovar and in Tibet. The status reInclement weathGrandhi Subba por t said that er had grounded Rao, who had while Leela could a l l fl i g h t s fo r been suffering have died of altiabout a week and tude sickness in they were left from highwithout ration altitude sickness Simikot, Satya Lakshmi died of a and fresh change had a heart of clothes. There attack at Kailash cardiac arrest in were two deaths which is in Tibet. Tibet. The Twitter handle of Extoo. His body has ter nal Affairs “The weather been flown to cleared up consid- Nepalganj. Rao, Minister Sushma Swaraj posted erably today and a builder in the airlines have Kakinada, went that there were ab o u t 5 2 5 p i l resumed services. to Amarnath grims stranded in We are on our way Yatra and later Simikot, 550 in to Lucknow from to Mansoravar Hilsa and 500 on where we will be the Tibet side. flying to Chennai The Embassy said seven o n We d n e s d ay, ” s a i d commercial flights were Deenadhayalan, a resident used to evacuate 104 to of Villivakkam, who had Nepalganj. Others would be been stranded in Simikot rescued in three-four days. since June 28. @ Chennai The sun finally sets RESULTS Monday night was a crushng one for Japan. After matching their best World Cup performance, a last-gasp Belgium comeback saw them exit from Round of 16... Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Belgium 3 Japan 2 (late on Monday) LAST 8 July 6 Uruguay vs France Brazil vs Belgium GOOD SAMARITANS EVEN AFTER LOSS PLAYERS ALSO FOLLOW SUIT Tearful fans of the Samurai Blue bowed out of Russia with a clean-up effort at Rostov Arena after their heart-breaking 3-2 defeat. Even as crestfallen Japanese players crumbled to the turf in despair, the thousands who had travelled to Russia to watch them remained true to the morals. They cleared up the stands before leaving, as they did in their other three games. The good nature of their fans in Russia even spread to the Japanese team. Despite being eliminated in the most dramatic of circumstances, they ensured that they cleaned the changing room to perfection, as a token of gratitude from their side for the hosts. They also left a note that read Spasibo, which is Russian for “thank you”. July 7 TBD vs TBD Russia vs Croatia 7.30pm 11.30pm 7.30pm 11.30pm Gary Linekar @GaryLineker Thank heavens England avoided Japan. This World Cup is absolutely nuts. ALMA MATTERS Admit your ward to this school & pocket `5K, one gram gold EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore FOND memories have a way of striking a tender chord with us. If the memories are from school days, it becomes all the more cherished. This bond is what led to a novel initiative to save a school at Konarpalayam under Annur Taluk in the district. When the State government recently included Konarpalayam Government Elementary School on a list of 850 school across the State slated for closure over poor strength, the villagers united to save their beloved alma mater. Till Sunday, the school had total strength for four. On Monday, the strength swelled by three and if the villagers’ efforts bring desired results, the number will rise in future as well. The reason: the villagers have announced `5,000, one gram gold and two sets of uniforms as reward for children enrolling in the school. The initiative is spearheaded by K Sekar and P Selvam. While the two of them farm, Sekar is an entrepreneur as well. Sekar runs an offset printing press in Tirupur. Practising what he preaches, Sekar admitted his six-year-old son to the school last year. When the news of the school’s closure trickled in, he announced the reward. He was joined by P Selvam, who studied at the school between 1975 and 1979. Speaking to Express, Y R Chandrakumar, the school Headmaster, said, “The school was started in 1965, but was slated for closure in September. Ever since the novel initiative, admissions have started happening and two more parents are willing to admit their wards. This will take the number to nine.”
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