OVERALL RANKING BHUBANESWAR l FRIDAY l JUNE 12, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 | P3 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 Reservation not a fundamental right, says SC Rejects pleas by various political parties 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 state-surrendered seats in the all-India 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 fundamen- tal 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 surrendered 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 for central government 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 ODISHA Tally ACTIVE CASES 3386 TOTAL CASES 9 DEATHS 1020 RECOVERED 2354 Covid tally crosses 100 mark in Capital The Covid tally in the State Capital crossed 100 mark on Thursday after two more positive cases reported in the last 24 hours. BMC officials said a 25-yearold employee of Apollo Hospital was tested positive for the coronavirus | P2 RAJA RUSH People shop for Raja festival, ignoring social distancing at Market Building in Bhubaneswar on Thursday | IRFANA Government rewards PRI heads, increases monthly honorarium HONORARIUM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar Post IN view of increased work load of Panchayati Raj representatives due to their role in management of Covid-19 pandemic, the Odisha Gover nment on T h u r s d ay i n c r e a s e d t h e i r monthly honorarium with retrospective effect from April 1, 2020. The State Government had recently made the fight against Covid-19 pandemic panchayatcentric by kee ping sarpanchs in charge of the quarantine centres in rural areas. The Government had also given power of collectors to sarpanchs in a bid to empower and enable them to take independent decisions to tackle coronavirus at their local level. Many sarpanchs played a proactive role to assist the Government in efforts to contain the spread of Existing Revised Sarpanch `1,880 `2,350 Block Chairperson `2,820 `3,530 ZP Vice-president `5,630 `7,040 ZP President `7,500 `9,380 the deadly virus by imposing shutdowns and lockdowns and taking ef fective preventive measures in their respective areas. According to a resolution of the Panchayati Raj department, the honorarium was fixed a long time back and deserved revision in the context of present price index, rising cost of living and mobility. As per the decision, the monthly honorarium of naib sar panch and sar panch has been increased from `750 and `1880 to `940 and `2,350 respectively. The honorarium of mem- ber and vice-chairperson of a panchayat samiti have been revised from `1,880 to `2,350 while chairpersons will get honorarium of `3,530. The block chairpersons were getting monthly payment of `2,820 until now. Similarly, a member of Zilla Parishad will get `3,530 per month instead of `2,820 while payment of vice-president has been increased to `7,040 from `5,630. The honorarium of the Zilla Parishad president has been increased to `9,380 per month from `7,500. However, the daily allowances and sitting fees of the elected panchayat representatives remain unchanged. Ward member, naib sarpanch, sarpanch, member, vice-chairperson and chairperson of panchayat samitis get daily allowances and sitting fee of `40 and `200 respectively. Similarly, member, vice-president and president of Zilla Parishads get daily allowances and sitting fee of `80 and `220 respectively. EXPRESS READ SABARIMALA TEMPLE WILL STAY SHUT FOR DEVOTEES 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 Covid-19 subsides. Thursday’s decision comes a day after temple thantri (head priest) shot off a letter to the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) 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. COVID CRISIS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A SELF-RELIANT INDIA: PM 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 plug-and-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 DoT DEMAND FOR `4 LAKH CRORE PSU DUES ‘IMPERMISSIBLE’, SAYS SC 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 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. Will get back land ‘occupied by India’ through dialogue: Oli New Delhi: Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday said his government will use diplomacy to get back ‘disputed’ lands 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 government has tabled a constitutional amendment bill to include disputed territories of Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani in the new political map of Nepal | P8 Less than 1% of population infected, no community spread, says 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 b e s l i g h t l y h i g h e r. But, India is definitely not in community transmission. I would like to emphasise it,” Indian Council of Medical Research director-general 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 Number of tests down, positive cases up Bhubaneswar: At a time when the daily count of people testing positive is rising in Odisha, the number of tests has come down to below 4,000 range. Barring two days, the State reported more than 100 cases a day for eight days of the month. Of the 136 new cases on Thursday, 134 are from quarantine centres and two local contacts | P2 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 infection,” he adding that the nationw i d e l o ck d ow n 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. P7
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