KOCHI l TUESDAY l FEBRUARY 11, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION PARASITE 1ST FOREIGN FILM TO WIN OSCAR BEST PICTURE The South Korean ‘black comedy’ is the first non-English film to win the prize in the Academy Awards’ 92-year history SOUTH KOREAN FLICK DEFIES PREDICTIONS Parasite, a genre-defying thriller about a poor family infiltrating a wealthy household, bested the pre-Oscar favourite 1917—a World War 1 film about two soldiers crossing no-man’s-land by Sam Mendes. Parasite also scooped awards for best director, original screenplay and international feature film, defying the predictions of film pundits worldwide 13 PITT BAGS HIS FIRST ACTING OSCAR ■ Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor for his memorable role in Joker and Renee Zellweger bagged best actress for Judy ■ Brad Pitt won his first-ever acting Oscar for his supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. Laura Dern won best supporting actress for her performance in Marriage Story WOMEN AND 26 MEN TOOK HOME AWARDS ACROSS CATEGORIES 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 DEADLY VIRUS: Parliament erupts over SC order on reservation 97 N-COV DEATHS IN SINGLE DAY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi The toll in China due to novel coronavirus epidemic has gone up to 908 and the number of confirmed cases crossed 40,000, Chinese health officials said on Monday. With 97 deaths, Sunday was the deadliest day yet since the outbreak THE Opposition led by the Congress on Monday sought to put the government on the mat over the Supreme Court ruling on reservation in government jobs for SCs and STs. On Friday, the SC had ruled that individuals have no fundamental right to claim reservations in promotions and that states are not legally bound to provide quotas to SCs and STs in government jobs. Both the Houses of Parlia- ment witnessed pandemonium uproar over the issue with Opposition members asking the Centre to either file a review petition in the Supreme Court immediately or bring a Bill in Parliament to nullify it. Hitting out at the Centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged the government is trying to erase the quota system. In the Rajya Sabha, Opposition members were allowed to seek clarification from Union Minister of Social Justice Thawar Chand Gehlot while many leaders attacked the Centre for ‘Cong will not allow it’ Asserting that his party will not allow doing away with the quota system, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “We won’t allow reservation to be done away with, no matter how much Modi Ji or Mohan Bhagwat dream of it” IN D IA N S O N T H E SHIP A PPE A L T O G OV T 160 INDIAN crew members are on the ship. “There are seven Tamils on board and many others are from Kerala," a Section Supervisor told TNIE from the ship on phone. EVACUATION WAS A LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE: INDIA India’s efforts to evacuate its citizens from the coronavirusepicentre Hubei province and its capital Wuhan were a logistical nightmare since the entire operation had to be done in a region sealed from all sides, Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said on Monday INDIA TO STOCK UP KITS FOR DOCS The Union Health Ministry to stock up at least 50,000 personal protection equipment (PPE) kits for doctors and other medical staff treating the patients. With India being one of the top 30 countries at highrisk from the spread of the virus, experts say there could be a spurt in the demand for PPE One of them, Binay Kumar Sarkar, appealed to the Centre to bring them home. He claimed none of the Indians on board had symptoms and urged the authorities to segregate them. In a video message posted on Twitter, he appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring them back home safely CHINA THANKS INDIA FOR SUPPORT China on Monday appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter to President Xi Jinping offering solidarity and assistance to deal with the deadly outbreak. “We thank and appreciate India’s support to China. India’s acts of goodwill fully demonstrate its friendship with China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said 40,171 people have been infected in China as on Monday Of India’s THREE positive cases, 1 patient tested negative on Monday NORTH KOREA HAS DECIDED TO NOT COMPETE IN THE ASIAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEW DELHI FROM FEB 18-23 BECAUSE ITS FLIGHT HAS A STOPOVER IN BEIJING | P11 LARGER BENCH TO PERUSE LEGAL 93mn DND numbers QUESTIONS ON SABARIMALA: SC up for sale on dark web EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Monday upheld the reference of legal questions over the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple, to a larger bench. A 9-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, rejected the objections of senior advocates F S Nariman and Shyam Divan to a 5-judge bench’s decision last November to refer the legal questions to a larger bench. The lawyers argued the bench was wrong in referring the mater without deciding the review petitions challenging What is the scope and ambit of right to freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution of India? What is the inter-play between the rights of persons under Article 25 of the Constitution and rights of religious denomination under Art 26 of the Constitution? infections reported outside China so far 135 TEST POSITIVE ON QUARANTINED SHIP aboard luxury cruise liner Diamond Princess, which has been quarantined off a port in Japan since February 5, tested positive for the virus on Monday taking the total cases to 135 the 2018 Sabarimala verdict, which allowed women of all age groups to enter the hilltop shrine. Day-to-day hearing to settle the issues will commence from February 17. The opening submissions will be made by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, followed by senior advocate K Parasaran. One lawyer from each side will make leading arguments. They will also get one full day to argue. The court will also give two hours each to lawyers to make supplementary arguments. The larger bench will also consider the issues of Muslim women’s entry into mosques and dargahs. QU EST I O N S F O R T H E L A RG E R B E N C H 350 66 people Whether the rights of a religious denomination under Article 26 of the Constitution of India are subject to other provisions of Part III of the Constitution of India apart from public order, morality and health? What is the scope and extent of the word ‘morality’ under Art 25 and 26 of the Constitution and whether it is meant to include Constitutional morality? SABARIMALA NOT TO BE DECLARED NAT’L PILGRIMAGE CENTRE New Delhi: The Centre on Monday clarified that it has no plans to declare Sabarimala as a national pilgrimage destination as it doesn’t have such a policy. In a written reply to Congress MP Kodikunnil Suresh’s unstarred question on whether the Centre has declared Sabarimala as the pilgrim destination of the national importance, the Ministry of Tourism said: “The ministry doesn’t declare any place as pilgrim centre of national importance. It allots funds under Prasad and Swadesh schemes for pilgrim destinations on the basis of the schemes adopted by the states and Union territories.” What is the scope and extent of judicial review with regard to a religious practice as referred to in Art 25 of the Constitution? What is the meaning of expression ‘Sections of Hindus’ occurring in Article 25 (2) (b) of the Constitution? Whether a person not belonging to a religious denomination or religious group can question a practice of that religious denomination or religious group by filing a PIL? Notice to Centre on infant death at CAA stir E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde on Monday issued notices to the Centre and the Delhi governments seeking their responses to the death of an infant who was taken to the anti-CAA protest venue in Shaheen Bagh in Delhi. “Can a four-month-old go to protest? All mothers should, in fact, support this cause. Don’t create more problems. We have the highest respect for motherhood, highest concern for children and they should not be treated badly,” the bench told lawyers representing mothers of children sitting in protest at Shaheen Bagh. Meanwhile, a march to Parliament by a group of Jamia students ended in scuffles with the police, leaving manyinjured. The police reportedly resorted to force to control the crowd and some students alleged they were assaulted. However, the police refuted the allegations. Bowing to speaking softly, athletes to get lessons on Japanese etiquette HASHI (chopsticks). O-jigi. Yumi. Daiky. Hanky. (different kinds of bows). These are some of the words that are common in Japan. For a Japanese, nothing is more revered than the country’s etiquette that is based on traditional values and age-old customs. It is an integral part of their dayto-day life. These manners are ingrained and for someone visiting Japan, it might be a daunting challenge. In a novel gesture, the sports ministry and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), in collaboration with the Indian diaspora, have decided to host a two-day programme to impart les- sons on Japanese etiquette to the Olympic-bound Indian athletes. Come February 27 (Delhi) and 29 (Patiala), a delegation from the University of Tsukuba will teach Indian athletes the nuances of basic manners and practice in Japan. Izumi Egami (in pic), a visiting professor at the University of Tsukuba, open course ware, specialising on hospitality and global manners, and Randeep Rakwal, another professor at the same university will form , T O B Y A N T O N Y @Kochi YOU might have activated ‘Do Not Disturb’ (DND) mode on your mobile phone to keep service SMSes at bay. Yet, your inbox is filled with such messages. Perhaps, your number is among the millions of others that have landed on the dark web. A Kochi-based cybersecurity startup recently found a file containing around 93 million phone numbers registered with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s National Do Not Call Registry (NDNS) kept on sale on the Darknet. Technisanct found a database with around 93 million DND numbers in an Excel file during its routine research activities. Nandakishore Harikumar, chief executive officer (CEO) of Technisanct, said their threat analysis team found the massive breach of data a couple of days back. The total file size is 10.5 GB and it is circulated on a data-sharing platform. The data has been placed on sale on the dark web for a price of fewer than 10 dollars. “These data are to be shared only with registered telemarketing people and are supposed to be stored confidentially Ac. cording to our analysis, this leak must have happened somewhere around June or July 2019. There are multiple com- CRZ VIOLATIONS IN KERALA DISTURBING TREND The ‘Do Not Disturb’ numbers are maintained by the NDNS. A consumer has to send a message to block service calls and SMSes. In recent months, several users who have activated DND reported that they have been receiving service calls and messages. plaints registered with brands by individuals for making calls to DND numbers. Norms are being violated in handling DND numbers by the agency concerned. We did a random check of 300 numbers from the database and identified that they all are registered for DND,” he said. Technisanct has shared the matter with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Indian Computer Emergency Response Team ● More on P6 (CERT). The SC has directed Chief Secretary Tom Jose to submit the list of all buildings constructed in violation of CRZ rules across state, on March 23 | P6 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS EXPRESS READ TARGET OLYMPICS I N D R A N E E L D A S @ Chennai Not satisfied by Gehlot’s response, the Opposition in Rajya Sabha walked out in protest. “The Centre does not understand the sensitivity of the matter... The Centre should rush and seek review or else bring a Bill to make it null and void,” said Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. In a tweet, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra alleged the ruling party was weakening the equal rights given to Dalits and tribals by the Constitution. MEGA DATA BREACH WOMEN’S ENTRY Indian crew members stuck on board Diamond Princess not taking a clear stand on such a sensitive matter. Gehlot said the government was deliberating the verdict “at the highest level”. NDA ally LJP too, pitched in , for the protections of the rights of the SCs & STs. It is a “serious” issue and the entire country is concerned, LJP leader and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said. Later, during the Budget discussion, Gehlot said the Centre was never made a party to the civil writ petition filed in the Supreme Court. part of the delegation. The athletes will be given lessons on how to behave in public places. The athletes will be taught to be polite as it is considered an art there. Lessons will also be given on how seniors need to be respected. In Japan, listening is important and it’s considered bad manners to shout or talk loud in public places as well as eating while walking. They will also receive a crash course on the techniques of bowing and how to reply to greetings. ‘HOW TO BEHAVE’ MANUAL The Japanese contingent is expected to give lessons on how to behave in public places, especially for those who will be checking in early. This applies to the archery team who will be hosted by Kurube city. Besides this, they will also be taught how to use and place chopsticks properly. GPS facility must for ambulances from March T’Puram: Ambulances that do not have Global Positioning System (GPS) facility will not be allowed to operate in the state from March. Informing the same in the assembly on Monday, Transport Minister A K Saseendran said the ambulances have been given a deadline of February 29 to fix GPS. P4 No more minimum internal marks to pass exam T’Puram: The state government is planning to put an end to the stipulation that minimum marks are required in internal assessment to pass an exam from the next academic year. While A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University has already stopped the practice, the government will ask other universities to follow suit. P4 State dumps 94% sewage in the open everyday A J AY K A N T H @Kochi BE IT United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals or the Social Progress Index, Kerala tops almost all development indices. Yet the state cuts a sorry figure when it comes to disposing of sewage. Of the 2,552 million litres of sewage generated everyday in the state, only 152.97 million litres per day are treated resulting in bulk (94%) of the refuse being dumped in open fields and waterbodies. Though the state government, through the Kerala Suchitwa Mission, has devised a comprehensive scheme for setting up Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in all districts in the state to scientifically dispose of the sewage from government hospitals and other public utilities, nothing concrete has taken shape in the Alarming stats Of the 2,552 million litres of sewage generated every day in the state, only 152.97 million litres are treated per day. 1 A KSPCB study report on river Periyar revealed that faecal coliform level in Periyar was well over the permissible limit of 500 mpn per 100ml. 2 past one year. Studies by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) have found high presence of faecal coliform in a few rivers in the state. Kerala Suchitwa Mission Director (Operations) Philip P D said they have initiated steps to set up STPs in all taluk headquarters in the state. “We are in the process of preparing Det a i l e d P ro j e c t Re p o r t s (DPRs) for STPs. The DPRs for 10 plants have been finalised and soon, tenders will be called for allocating the work for constructing the STPs in 10 taluks,” he said. KSPCB member-secretary Sreekala S said they have given strict direction to all local bodies to set up STPs to treat sewage from public utilities for proper disposal. Even the Central Pollution Control Board had directed all states to instruct local bodies responsible for sewage management to submit time-bound action plan for collection, transportation and treatment of sewage generated in urban areas. Officials of local bodies cite shortage of land as one of the main reasons for the delay in setting the STPs.
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