OVERALL RANKING CHENNAI FRIDAY JUNE 12, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION IIT-M retains top position 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 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. CONTINUED ON: P7 TN TRANSPARENT IN REPORTING DEATHS, NO COMMUNITY SPREAD HERE, SAYS EPS Salem: The Tamil Nadu government has been transparent in reporting Covid-19 deaths and nobody can hide information, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami told reporters on Thursday. Rejecting reports on under-reporting of fatalities, Palaniswami said there was no community transmission of the virus in the State. | P3 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. CALM BEFORE THE STORM All six shutters of the Malankara dam in Idukki were raised on Thursday to bring down water level in the reservoir before monsoon rains gather pace in Kerala | SHIYAMI 112 teams to check home isolation cases 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 S I N D U J A J A N E @ Chennai ON a day when the State once again reported 1,875 cases with Chennai touching its highest single-day spike of 1,407 cases, 40 mobile medical teams from various district health units arrived in the capital city to monitor the people put under home isolation. The State also recorded 23 deaths on Thursday, taking the toll to 349 while the Statewide tally is now 38,716. With Chennai continuing to report maximum number of cases and the city tally rising to 27,398, a total of 112 mobile medical teams from 25 district health units are being dispatched to the city to monitor home isolation patients. The teams, comprising doctors and paramedical staff, are coming from Aranthangi, Athur, Dharmapuri, Erode, Kallakurichi, Karur, Krishnagiri, Nagapattinam, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Paramakudi, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Sivaganga, Sivakasi, Tenkasi, Thanjavur, Theni, Tiruchy, Tirupattur, Tirupur, Tiruv a r u r, V e l l o r e a n d Virudhunagar. The teams will report for 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 – surf- ing 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 P4 enough to survive well. duty with immediate effect to Jagadeesh, City Health Officer, Chennai Corporation. Speaking to Express , Dr Jagadeesh said, “Each of these teams will be assigned one particular area every day . As the number of cases and the number under home isolation are increasing, we need more support.” Among the 23 deceased (4183 age group), three had no comorbidities. Nineteen of the deceased are from Chennai, two are from Chengalpattu and one each from Kacheepuram and Tiruvallur districts. SPIKE IN CASES Why not lock Chennai down once again, HC asks TN govt E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ 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 a complete lockdown can’t be implemented in the city to control the continuing rise in the number of cases. Though messages on various social media fora claimed that the State was merely waiting for Class X and Class XI exams to end to announce a complete lockdown, officials dismissed them 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 virtual court proceedings after concluding listed cases. “This is not a suo motu proceeding and the court has not initiated any PIL petition either. We, as citizens of Tamil Nadu and residents of Chennai, and in the interest of the general public raise this question,” the bench said. It also wanted to know whether the government had devised any special scheme, including a complete lockdown, to contain the spread of infection in Chennai and the surrounding areas for some time. However, government pleader Jayaprakash Narayan said he had not received any such instruction and would inform the court if there is any fresh information on Friday . Being a policy decision, officials said a call has to be taken by CM Edappadi K PalaniswaP4 mi and epidemiologists. TOOK A TEST? ISOLATE SELF, KIN FOR 14 DAYS Corporation commissioner G Prakash told representatives of ICMR recognised testing labs that henceforth, people in Corporation limits and undergoing Covid test, and their kin must be in home quarantine for 14 days. 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 NEPAL’S Prime Minister K P 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 CONTINUED ON: P8 years.” EXPRESS READ SABARIMALA TEMPLE WILL STAY SHUT FOR DEVOTEES FOR NOW COVID CRISIS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A SELF-RELIANT INDIA: PM DoT DEMAND FOR `4 LAKH CRORE PSU DUES ‘IMPERMISSIBLE’, SAYS SC Kochi: In a U-turn, the Kerala government on Thursday decided not to allow devotees to enter the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple till the threat posed by the Covid19 subsides. Thursday’s decision comes a day after temple thantri (head priest) shot off a letter to the Travancore Devaswom Board against allowing devotees in view of the rise in coronavirus cases. “The temple will remain closed for the devotees. The priest and necessary staff will be allowed to conduct the daily rituals,” Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said. The 10-day annual festival at the temple, which was to be held from June 19 has been postponed again. | P5 Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the people to turn the Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity to secure a brighter future by building a self-reliant India. “It is time for bold decisions and bold investments, and not for conservative approaches. This also is the time to move from command and control economy to plugand-play and to build a competitive global supply chain,” he said adding, “In the last five-six years, India’s goal of self-reliance has been paramount in the policy and practice of the government. The Covid-19 crisis gave us lessons on how to speed up efforts in that direction.” | P7 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the DoT to reconsider within three days its demand seeking `4 lakh crore in past dues from non-telecom PSUs such as GAIL, saying raising such a demand using its verdict on dues of telecom companies was “totally impermissible”. The SC also asked the telcos to file affidavit explaining the time needed to clear the remaining statutory dues that arose from SC’s verdict of including non-telecom revenues for calculating dues to the government. The court asked the government about guarantees to be sought to ensure telcos abide by a timeframe and payment schedule | P10 THE MAGIC LIES IN THE DETAILS CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF INDULGE (TABLOID)
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