CHENNAI FRIDAY OCTOBER 04, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 48 LATE CITY EDITION COMING, MANDATORY B.I.S. STANDARD FOR TAP WATER TEAM SENT TO STATES TO TEST WATER Centre plans to make BIS standard mandatory for tap water in the national capital, state capitals and 100 smart cities B.I.S. NOT AT PAR WITH INTL STANDARD Centre will soon start consultation to ensure quality tap water, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday. A BIS team has already been sent to state capitals to collect the samples of tap water and test if they comply with the BIS quality standard, he added. “This will take a month. The report will come by November first week,” he said | P10 ■ ■ Paswan said India’s BIS standard on tap water is not at par with the international standard and directed the BIS officials to study if it can match the global quality norms Besides state govts, views of Health, Jal Shakti and Urban Dev ministries will be taken for making BIS mandatory for tap water 140 CURRENTLY, B.I.S. IS MUST FOR PACKED DRINKING WATER & 140 OTHER PRODUCTS 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 Duo who brought PMC Bank to its knees arrested Properties worth `3,500 cr of HDIL directors Rakesh Wadhawan and son Sarang attached E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai Rakesh Wadhawan Sarang Wadhawan PMC Bank withdrawal limit raised RBI on Thursday enhanced the withdrawal limits for depositors of Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank to `25,000 per account over next 6 months, up from `10,000 allowed earlier RBI may cut policy rate today RBI is expected to cut rates on Friday, the fifth time in a row, to further boost economy THE Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Mumbai Police on Thursday made the first set of arrests in the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC Bank) scandal. Rakesh Wadhawan, chairman of troubled realty firm Housing Development Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL), and his son Sarang Wadhawan, managing director — both accused of loan default — were on Thursday summoned for questioning and they were taken into custody after interrogation. “Their response was not satisfactory Their ... role in the case was sufficient ground for arrest,” an EoW official said. The EoW also attached assets worth `3,500 crore belonging to the Wadhawans. Joy Thomas, former MD of PMC Bank, has been summed and his accounts have been frozen, sources said, adding the sleuths are also looking into former chairman Waryam Singh’s role in the multi-crore scam. The arrests come two days after the RBI administrator approached the EoW against PMC Bank and HDIL officials for allegedly causing losses of `4,355.43 crore. The EoW has registered offences under Section 409 of the IPC (criminal breach of trust by a public servant or banker), Section 420 (cheating) and 465, 466 and 471 (forgery) along with 120-B (criminal conspiracy). The probe is in the early stage and the police are trying to collect more information about the scam. All those connected to the case will be called for inquiry officials said, adding that , as many as 44 bank accounts of HDIL and associate companies have been identified. RBI put restrictions on the bank on September 23 after finding irregularities and misreporting of loans given to HDIL, to which it has a 73% exposure aggregating `6,500 crore of its total loan book of `8,880 crore. The entire loan turned NPA but PMC Bank again lent to the Wadhawans in August to help them pay off Bank of India to avoid NCLT proceedings. MOUNTAIN VIEW, MADURAI The scenic Aripatti Hills near Madurai and the lake near it looked beautiful than ever after showers | KK SUNDAR Tie-ups with Chinese universities under MHA scanner M A N N A R M A N N A N @ Coimbatore AFTER Pakistan, China has become the only other country to face academic sanctions of sorts in India. In a surprise move that could impact several students, the University Grants Commission has asked varsities not to sign Memoranda of Understanding with Chinese institutions without obtaining prior clearance from Home and External Affairs ministries. The decision, coming ahead of the Modi-Xi informal summit to be held in Chen- nai, is likely to disrupt several academic collaborations. Without stating the exact reason, UGC secretary Rajnish Jain’s letter to vice chancellors says a number of Indian varsities have already signed agreements with their Chinese counterparts for student and faculty exchange programmes and for opening of Chinese language centres. “The Ministry of Human Resource Development has conveyed vide a communica- tion that in addition to other clearances, prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs must be taken by all the academic institutions and universities before signing MoU, agreements, joint declaration of interest, letters of intent or conducting student exchange programmes with Chinese universities or institutions,” the letter stated. Institutions that have already entered into such agree- @ New Delhi PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday appointed Chief Justices to seven high courts. Justice A Mani Kumar, a judge of the Madras High Court, has been elevated as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court. Justice J K Maheshwari, a judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Andhra HC. Karnataka High Court judge Justice L N Swamy has been elevated as Chief Justice of the the Himachal Pradesh HC. WITH THIS ISSUE CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE Acting chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice Ravi Shankar Jha has been appointed as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Similarly, Allahabad HC judge Ajai Lamba has been elevated as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court. Bombay High Court judge Indrajt Mahanty is the new Rajasthan CJ. Justice Arup K Goswami, a judge of Gauhati HC, is the new CJ of Sikkim HC. The President also went with the collegium on the transfer of Telangana High Court judge Justice Sanjay Kumar to the Punjab and Haryana HC. 48 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) HOLDING that the government, the licensing authority, is at liberty to install digital banners for a government function, a division bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday said that it is open to the State and Centre erecting banners welcoming the dignitaries to the summit, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President XI Jinping, subject to strict adherence of the Acts and Rules. The bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee made the observation while passing orders on a contempt petition filed by ‘Traffic’ K R Ramaswamy . This court is of the view that both the central and the State government shall strictly comply with the provisions of the Chennai City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) Act and the TN Urban Local Bodies (Permission for Erection of Digital Banners and Placards) Rules,” the bench said. ments must apply for clearance from MHA, and until the ministry gives its approval, no activities should be performed, added the letter. regulator replacing the Medical Council of India — now slowly taking shape, the UnSTARTING 2020, there will ion health ministry has debe just one entrance test for cided to scrap the other two all medical colleges in India, entrance tests. “NEET score including AIIMS (All India will be valid for admission to Institutes of Medical Sciall medical colleges in Inences) in various parts dia starting next acaof the country and JIdemic session,” said a PMER (Jawaharlal senior official in the Institute of Postmedical education Graduate Medical section of the health Education and Reministry . search) at Pondy . There are about 15 90,000+ At present, admisAIIMS in the counsions to all medical MBBS seats try now, which offer c o l l e g e s e x c e p t “Nearly 85,000 u n d e r g r a d u a t e AIIMS and JIPMER courses. They have MBBS seats are done through the about 1,500 MBBS available for National Eligibility seats as of now, but admission cum Entrance Test the government is through NEET (NEET). As for hoping to get acanow. We hope AIIMS and JIPMER, d e m i c a c t iv i t i e s to take this which directly funcstarted in at least number past tion under the Union three more by 2020. 90,000 next Ministry of Health Officials said that year,” another and Family Welfare, with one entrance official said admission tests are test for all medical conducted by the National colleges, it will be easy to Testing Agency and are argu- rank the institutions — parably tougher than NEET. ticularly second generation But with the National Med- AIIMS in various cities — ical Commission (NMC) — based on student perception the new medical education and choice of college. S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi TEXAS MOURNS People watch a ceremony after the service for fallen Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal in Texas on Thursday; and (right) Dhaliwal’s widow Harwinder Kaur salutes as she honours her husband during his funeral. The first Sikh deputy at the sheriff’s office, Dhaliwal (below) was fatally shot in the head by a gunman during a traffic stop on Friday | AP 21-GUN SALUTE Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal (42) was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy at Harris County who was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job His funeral included processions, a traditional Sikh funeral, a law enforcement funeral with a 21-gun salute from fellow officers and a helicopter flyover After the ceremonies, the Dhaliwal family left for the Winford Funeral Home where he was cremated Thousands lined the procession route with blue and white signs reading “Always in Our Hearts” and “In Loving Memory of Deputy Dhaliwal” A father of three, Dhaliwal joined the force 10 years ago He (Dhaliwal) was the ambassador of all that is good. And the way he died does not erase that - Sylvester Turner, Houston Mayor Customary & courteous, says adv general: HC allows welcome banners for Modi, Xi S I V A S E K A R A N @Chennai Institutions that already have such collaborations must apply with the MHA for clearance. Further, varsities must not conduct any collaborative activity until MHA gives its nod A senior academician opined the development could be linked to the steady rise in the number of Chinese students joining higher education institutions in India. “The government could have factored the possibility of China adapting our research, and taking it to the next level using their resources,” says P Kolandiivel, vice chancellor of Periyar University With student exchange . programmes also falling under scanner, several students studying in both countries could be affected, say experts. From next year, take the NEET route for AIIMS, JIPMER too PRESIDENT APPOINTS CJs TO SEVEN HIGH COURTS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE What the letter says: The court’s stand assumes significance in the light of the recent death of techie Subashri, who was run over by a lorry after a banner fell on her scooter, knocking her down to the road. The High Court had called for strict implementation of banner rules and all political parties had assured to instruct their cadre not to install banners in public places. Interestingly, Advocate-General Vijay Narayan told the judges that it’s “customary and courteous” to welcome visiting dignitaries with banners. NO MORE CASH From Dec 1, you need e-device to pay toll B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai COME December 1, you will no longer be able to pay toll with cash. According to officials, the charges will only be collected electronically using devices called FASTags. Motorists will also be provided a 10 per cent cash back in their FASTag accounts for the amount spent on toll. NHAI officials say FASTag readers have already been enabled in over 460 lanes in 48 NH toll gates across the State. This system is likely to reduce waiting time to 10-20 seconds. In 2014, with an objective to simplify toll plaza payments, NHAI rolled out the FASTag device, which employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the pre loaded funds linked to it. The device, affixed on the wind screen of vehicles, enables motorists to drive through toll plazas in few seconds, thereby reducing the time spent waiting on National Highways. So far, one or two lanes in select toll gates have been enabled for electronic payment. How it works The device has to be installed in the windshield of your vehicle. The reader fixed at the toll booth will read the device when it comes within 25 metres distance “The device installed in toll gates will recognize the RFID within 20 to 25 metres. When the vehicle reaches near the booth the amount will be deducted automatically and allow the vehicle to pass,” explained official sources. NHAI has tied up with five banks and upgraded the automatic payment system for complete migration of electronic toll payment programme. “Motorists can walk into any branch of HDFC, Axis, South Indian Bank, SBI or ICICI banks and purchase the FASTFAQ on FASTag: P3 ags.
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