OVERALL RANKING MADURAI FRIDAY JUNE 12, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION IIT-M retains top slot in NIFR rankings 1 Indian Institute of Technology Madras 2 Indian Institute of Science 3 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 4 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 5 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 6 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 7 Jawaharlal Nehru University 8 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 9 Banaras Hindu University 10 Calcutta University ENGINEERING UNIVERSITY MEDICINE MANAGEMENT LAW The IIT Madras continues to be the best among India’s engineering colleges, according to the HRD Ministry’s 2020 ranking of educational institutions under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) The Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) retained its place at the top, in the university category. Jawaharlal Nehru University (2nd) and Banaras Hindu University (3rd) were among India’s top three universities No surprises here. The top spot goes to AIIMS, Delhi. The Chandigarh-based Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) came second followed by the Christian Medical College, Vellore IIM Ahmedabad dislodged IIM Bangalore—now ranked 2nd—to reclaim the top spot. IIM Calcutta is 3rd. Xavier Labour Relations Institute, and the Management Development Institute are among the top 10 The National Law School of India University in Bengaluru remains the best institution in India to pursue a degree in law, as per the HRD Ministry’s ranking. The National Law University in Hyderabad stands next to it | P8 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 Less than 1% of population infected, no community spread: ICMR S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi REITERATING that India has not reached the community transmission stage of Covid-19 spread yet, the Centre on Thursday said the first serosurvey revealed just 0.73% of the population in non-hotspot districts had been infected. “The prevalence has been found to be less than 1% in small districts. In urban and containment areas it may be slightly higher. But, India is definitely not in community transmission. I would like to emphasise it,” Indian Council of Medical Research directorgeneral Dr Balram Bhargava said, without sharing the data for containment zones. The serosurvey’s findings were based on samples from 83 districts across 21 states, categorised on the basis of zero, low, medium and high case loads. Over 26,000 randomly selected blood serum samples were tested using ELISA antibody testing kits developed by the National Institute of Virology Pune, Bhargava added. , “That means, a large chunk of population in the country is still very susceptible to the in- fection,” he said adding the nationwide lockdown and containment measures prevented a rapid rise in infections. The ICMR has now estimated that the infection fatality rate due to the infection is very low at 0.08%. Experts, meanwhile, estimated the present infection in the country at 2 crore against the official figure of 2.86 lakh. MOBILE TEAMS ARRIVE CHENNAI TO MONITOR HOME ISOLATION CASES Chennai: On a day when the State reported 1,875 cases, it saw a flurry of activity. With Chennai touching its highest single-day spike of 1,407 cases, 40 mobile medical teams from various health districts were brought to the capital city. Now, there are 112 such teams from 25 health districts in the city Reservation not a fundamental right, says SC Rejects pleas to implement OBC quota in Tamil Nadu’s share of all India medical seats EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Thursday said reservation is not a fundamental right as it refused to admit a batch of petitions seeking the implementation of 50% reservation for other backward classes (OBCs) for statesurrendered seats in the allIndia quota for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in Tamil Nadu. “We appreciate the concern of all the political parties for the welfare of backward classes. But reservation is not a fundamental right,” a three-judge bench led by Justice L Nageswara Rao told the lawyers appearing for various parties including the AIADMK, DMK, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, CPI and CPI(M). All withdrew their petitions with a liberty to approach the Madras High Court. In a ruling in February, the SC had held there is no fundamental right to claim reservation in public jobs and no court can order a state to provide for reservation to SC/STs. The petitions were filed by the CPI, DMK and some of its leaders asking for 50% OBC reservation in seats surren- dered by Tamil Nadu in the All India quota for under graduate, post graduate medical and dental courses in 2020-21. They said that in Tamil Nadu, there is 69% reservation for OBCs, SC and ST and within this, OBC reservations are about 50%. The petitions said 50% of OBC candidates must get admissions in the medical colleges out of seats surrendered under the all India quota, except f o r c e n t r a l g o ve r n m e n t institutions. “Denial of admissions to OBC candidates is a violation of their fundamental right,” stated the pleas, asking for a stay on the counselling under NEET till the reservation is given. The bench observed verbally that no case was made out for the petitioners to approach the top court directly under Article 32 — a remedy available under the Indian Constitution if there is violation of a fundamental right. “Whose fundamental rights are being violated? Article 32 is available only for violation of fundamental rights. We assume you are all interested in fundamental rights of the citizens of Tamil Nadu. But right to reservation is not a fundamental right,” observed the bench. DARSHAN WITH A DISTANCE Devotees of Lord Venkateswara entering the famous Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, which reopened its doors to the public on Thursday after remaining closed for about 80 days due to the pandemic, following strict precautionary measures such as wearing masks and maintaining social distance | MADHAV K ‘Govt not hiding any Covid-19 details’ TAMIL NADU TALLY 1,875 FRESH CASES 23 Deaths 17, 659 Active cases Among the deceased, three had no co-morbidities. As many as 1,372 patients were discharged, taking the total number of cured patients to 349 Toll 20,705 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Salem REFUTING allegations of under reporting of Covid-19 deaths in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said that the State government has been working in a transparent manner. He also said that there is no community spread in Tamil Nadu, and that the Covid-19 death rate here is lower than other States. Addressing media at Salem, Palaniswami said that it was not possible for the government to hide the number of deaths as media houses are keeping a track of the incidents and public are aware of the developments in the State. “On a daily basis, the government releases bulletin on details of Covid deaths, new cases, and discharged cases. As on June 10, a total of 36,841 people have contracted the virus, 19,333 people discharged, and 326 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu. Similarly, 6.38 lakh samples have been tested in 77 labs so far. Of these, 17,675 samples were tested only on June 10,” he said, adding that it is the government’s duty to treat the infected. Allaying people’s fears SUMMER VOCATION Surfing instructors turn fishermen for a living during lockdown I N D R A N E E L D A S @ Covelong THE boat was a speck in the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal. A couple of friends bound by common threads of vocation and expectations were trying to make a living in these hard times of COVID-19 when money is hard to come by Born and brought up . in the fishing village of Covelong, a salubrious getaway for Chennaiites during good old times, the friends were unlike others in the village. Before the lockdown, they were pursuing a profession different from their peers – surfing and yoga. Dharani Selvakumar has won a few national and international surfing awards while his friend Anand Dandhapani is a surfing enthusiast with a penchant for yoga. They were afloat a paddleboat searching the waters of the cove for livelihood – fish. Devoid of their usual jobs as surfing instructors for the numerous watersport buffs arriving from the city the , two, like a dozen others, have gone back to the profession of their forefathers. “Fishing is in our blood and comes to us natu- rally said Dharani. ,” “During surfing days they could earn `15,000 to `20,000 a month,” said Murthy M, who co-founded Covelong Point, a surfing school in this village. “Since the lockdown, everything has been shut — no surfing school and no training.” T he surfing instr uctors, around 15, in the village have turned into fishermen now. They paddle boats in the shallow waters or go deep into the sea on motorboats. Murthy said that the catches are good enough to survive well. EXPRESS READ WHY NOT LOCK CHENNAI DOWN ONCE AGAIN, HC ASKS TN GOVT FIRE IN MUMBAI MARKET AREA CHENNAI: Amid rumours of Chennai heading towards another lockdown doing the rounds on social media, the Madras High Court on Thursday asked the government pleader why can not a complete lockdown be implemented in the city to control the continuing rise in the number of cases. Though messages on various social media forums kept saying that the State was merely waiting for Class X and Class XI exams to end to announce a complete lockdown, officials dismissed it as mere rumours. Despite the steps taken by the government, the number of cases is steeply rising every day in the city and its outskirts making the situation alarming, a bench comprising justices Vineet Kothari and R Suresh Kumar said during a video conference. Mumbai: A fire broke out in south Mumbai’s Crawford market on Thursday evening, but nobody was injured. “It is a level two fire and around eight fire engines have been rushed to the spot,” an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Efforts were underway to douse the fire. about community spread, the chief minister said, “The current spike in positive cases in the State is not a result of community spread. The new patients contracted the disease either from their family or due to co-morbid conditions. When it comes to Chennai, its population is high and many streets are narrow. While campaigning for the R K Nagar election, we saw 30 families reside on a three-foot-wide street. Such circumstances are conducive for the disease’s spread. However, health officials are working in a dedicated manner to P4 cure the patients.” Centre rejects proposal to establish petroleum park S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai AN Expert Appraisal Committee of Union Environment Ministry rejected a major petroleum industrial park proposal by State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (SIPCOT) near the ecologically sensitive zone of Gulf of Mannar National Park, terming the location unsuitable for the project as it might affect environment. The committee, which deliberated on the project at a meeting held on May 26, said, “ The proposed location is not suitable and acceptable for the establishment of an industrial park comprising of highly-polluting industries like petroleum refining and petrochemical complexes in an area, which has already been classified as a highly-polluted area.” The proponent (SIPCOT) is required to explore the possibility of developing such an industrial park at a distance of at least 25 km from Thoothukudi town and 10 km from any other habitation and ecologically-important areas, the panel said. As per the information submitted by SIPCOT, the proposed park is in close proximity to the residential areas of Therku Veerapandiapuram, Kumara Ettaiyapuram, Kumaragiri and Nainapuram, which have a population of more than 15,000. “These areas fall within 250 metres from the proposed site. Petroleum refineries and petrochemical complexes involve storing large quantities of hazardous and volatile chemicals, that can be subject to uncontrolled releases despite precautions,” said Committee ChairP4 man Deepak Arun Apte. ‘MAINTAIN DISTANCE FROM HABITATION’ State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited is required to explore the possibility of developing such an industrial park at a distance of at least 25 km from Thoothukudi town and 10 km from any other habitation and ecologicallyimportant areas, the panel said Will get back land ‘occupied by India’ through dialogue: Oli P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi Dharani Selvakumar rows the boat towards the beach as Anand Dandhapani (black T-shirt) and Ajith arrange the net after fishing in Covelong | SHIBA PRASAD SAHU IN THOOTHUKUDI NEPAL’S Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday said his government will use diplomacy to get back ‘disputed’ land from India. “We will get back the land occupied by India through holding a dialogue. India built a Kali temple, created an artificial Kali river and encroached the Nepalese territory through deploying the Army at Kalapani. The river defines the border between the two countries,” Oli said in the Nepalese Parliament. Oli’s comments came a day after his government tabled a constitutional amendment bill to include the disputed territories of Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani in the new political map of Nepal. Reacting to the tabling of the bill, the ministry of external affairs said, “India deeply values its civilization, cultural and friendly ties with Nepal. Our multi-faceted bilateral partnership has expanded and diversified in the recent years.” Humanity loses again as jallikattu bull succumbs to torture EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Krishnagiri CRUELTY is not absence of humanity, but its abandonment. If the death of a pregnant elephant is Kerala hurt our collective conscience, how different is the case of jallikattu bull Kasi Eswara? He died while attempting to ward off a bunch of drunk men, who were teasing and taunting him. The bull died after colliding head-on with tree he was tethered to. Initially, the bull's owner thought it was an accident. However, when a video of the men taunting the bull went viral on Thursday, he realized what had occurred. However, C Vetrivel (35), Village Administrative Officer of Veppanahalli block, refrained from lodging a complaint till Thurs- day evening as one of the bull baiter was his relative. The bull had died on June 6. The video showed a youth torturing the bull by throwing straw and sand at him. Angered by this, the bull tries to attack the youth. However, he hits against the tree and sustains grievous injuries. While a youth is seen taunting the bull, one is behind the camera and one more is seen on the ground. Sources said that Vetrivel received a call from his brother on June 5 evening, informing him that the bull was bleeding from his mouth. On Saturday last, a government veterinarian began treating the bull, who later succumbed to injuries, Vetrivel told TNIE. Vetrivel had bought the bull in February last. Meanwhile, Krishnagiri DSP assured to look into the issue.
Express Publications (Madurai) Pvt Limited publishes the prestigious English language newspaper The New Indian Express from 29 centres in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Orissa.
Express Publications (Madurai) Pvt. Ltd. also publishes The Morning Standard from Delhi, Tamil daily Dinamani and Malayalam Vaarika (Malayalam) Magazine.
12062020 of The New Indian Express-Madurai
Please purchase this volume to read.
You are logged-in with following email:
We have sent the confirmation email
You will receive the acknowledgement with link to read this volume in your email shortly.