KOCHI l WEDNESDAY l JULY 08, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION CENTRE GETS ONE MONTH ON PERMANENT COMMISSION A bench headed by Justices D Y Chandrachud said the Centre must comply with all its directions given in its Feb 17 verdict GOVT HAD SOUGHT SIX MONTHS’ TIME The Central govt had sought six months to implement the Supreme Court verdict in view of the coronavirus pandemic. In its landmark verdict, the apex court had ordered that women officers in the Army be granted permanent commission and command postings. The court had also asked the Defence Ministry to fully implement its order within three months ■ 1,653 FORMAL GOVT ORDER LIKELY SOON ■ The Centre told the bench that decision making on the issue is at the final stage and only formal orders remain to be issued At present, woman officers can serve for 10 to 14 years in the Short Service Commission. A permanent commission will allow these officers to serve in the army till the age of retirement NO. OF WOMEN OFFICERS IN THE ARMY, COMPRISING 4% OF TOTAL STRENGTH 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 CM says nothing to hide, Joint vetting likely after each pullback but sacks his secretary M AYA N K S I N G H A N D P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi CBSE cuts course load by 30% for 9-12 classes EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will revise the curriculum and reduce course load for students in classes 9-12 in the ongoing session by up to 30%, Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said on Tuesday . In a statement, CBSE — the country’s largest educational board — said the prevailing health emergency as well as the efforts to contain the Covid-19 spread has resulted in loss of classroom teaching due to closure of schools. “Therefore, the board has decided to revise the syllabi for classes 9-12 for the academic session 2020-21,” it said. The board also said that the changes made in the syllabi have been finalised by the respective course committees with the approval of the curriculum committee and governing body of the board. 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS EXPRESS READ GOING, GOING... HC stay off Telangana’s old secretariat, which includes Nizam-era buildings, being razed on Tuesday after the high court vacated its stay a few days ago Vaastu angle K Chandrashekar Rao hardly ever entered the old secretariat after he became CM in 2014, purportedly because it was Vaastu deficient L400-cr bill The new integrated secretariat with state-of-the-art connectivity is expected come up in about 4 lakh sq ft and cost around I400 crore HC dismisses Franco’s discharge plea Aishwarya Lekshmi points fingers at WCC Kochi: Observing that “rape is the most revolting, cruel and hated crime against a woman”, the Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed the discharge petition filed by bishop Franco Mulackal, accused in the nun rape case. Kochi: More women have come up with allegations against the Women in Cinema Collective. Actor Aishwarya Lekshmi became the latest when she commented under costume designer Stephy’s Facebook post supporting her views. P5 U.S. DIKTAT Online edu may snatch Indian students’ Visa power P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi THE US said on Monday that foreign students will not be allowed to remain in the country if their classes are going to be held only in the online mode in the upcoming fall semester. The students, however, can stay back if they shift to colleges that teach in-person. The move will hit many Indian students in the US, apart from those who have secured admission for the fall session beginning in August/September, and also those who had re- turned to their home countries due to the pandemic. The number of students who will be impacted could not be ascertained immediately as many colleges haven’t decided on the mode of instruction. “Non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 (visa holders) students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the US. Active students currently in the US enrolled in such programmes must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status,” US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) said. While the F-1 visa is granted after enrolment in higher education, high school and other levels of education, M-1 visas are issued to those pursuing vocational training. The announcement came on a day when Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale held virtual talks on enhancing trade and people-to-people ties for students and professionals. According to sources, the US has assured that they will keep the best interests of the students in mind and will try to mitigate the impact. 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CHECK OUT P12 N wnloads 2 cr do eT vaccine for G Me Brazil a ground testing P B YS L JO 1,194 2,745 2,688 3,375 ASSAM 1,280 4,340 an aller th Dino sm ctors , say do of HIV d man have ri RAJASTHAN 3,141 6,083 HARYANA 3,109 6,711 SM AL r Hajj bbles fo rilised pe water, ste t may eatmen ental tr Experim WEST BENGAL 7,072 2,036 UTTAR PRADESH KARNATAKA holy Bottled 5,374 7,126 Soldie rs 10 FROM 2,59,557 7,897 50 mn - NS LESSO O HARSH0 YEARS AG VELLORE TOTAL ACTIVE CASES AS ON TUESDAY 1,238 . The I& on lives enza d Wars The Worl an 100 milli 1918 influ een ated global e betw estim ates for deaths rang estim Flu) (Spanish l PRASANT MADUGULA BREATHE EASY It started with close to 70,013 confirmed cases at the beginning of June and the tally of total cases by the month-end was 1,74,761. Till midJune, the state had about 3,000 new cases daily, except on June 15 and 16. But in the latter half of the month, the number of daily cases started increasing, hitting a peak of 6,368 on June 27. From 37,543 active cases in the beginning of the month, the state doubled its tally with as many as 75,979 active cases by the end of the month. In terms of total cases, the state recorded nearly 150% increase. Only two districts, Mumbai and Pune, reported over 62% of all cases in the state. CONTINUED ON: P7 ish Flu, ly while use the the The Span ed beca it prominent nam rted d down was so had repo 1918 playe denial and press at war in orship ns natio with cens se disea AS ATHS NY DE I & II AS MA D WARS ed an II claim WORL Active cases as on June 1 Active cases as on June 30 GUJARAT only former consulate PRO Sarith Kumar, who is under judicial custody now, and former consulate executive secretary Swapna Suresh, who has absconded since the consignment Maharashtra NISH ING SPA NOTH THE FLU ’t start in Spain, free didn ABOUT which other country’s 20 07 20 DAY 08 The bar chart shows the humungous jump in active Covid cases within a month after Unlock 1.0 began 8,785 New Delhi: The UAE has launched an investigation to find out who sent the cargo containing gold to the address of its consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. was blocked, they had said some present employees of the consulate here were also involved, including a UAE citizen. Since the case is likely to affect the diplomatic relations, the Union government, which may take it up with the UAE to get more details, if needed, in a later stage, the officials have now been told to report directly to New Delhi. The investigation found that the consignment was addressed to Rashed Khamis Ali Musaiqri Alshemeili, charge d’affaires of the UAE Consulate. Skyscrapers 1,213 THE Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has intervened in the gold smuggling case through diplomatic channels. The PMO is not happy with the handling of the case, not in terms of the competency of the customs in cracking it but the way in which the information regarding the UAE Consulate staf f here reached the public domain, sources said. Though the officials initially pointed out the involvement of UAE launches probe THE Covid-19 pandemic, while spreading across the country in June when Unlock 1.0 was rolled out, showed a pattern of concentrating in just a few states, an analysis of the June data by The New Indian Express has found. On June 1, five states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh — together reported nearly 63% of the total active Covid-19 cases in the country. By the end of Unlock-1, the percentage had gone up to 70. One pattern that emerges from the June data is that in all the five states, the number of active cases either doubled or went up by more than that. While in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh it went up by seven times, in Tamil Nadu it was close to four times. (See graphic 1) Another patter n that emerges from the June data is that the number of daily confirmed cases rose sharp- US Graphic 1 ANDHRA PRADESH D H I N E S H K A L L U N G A L @ T’Puram ly in the second half of the month. It is not clear if this was the result of increased testing, as in the case of Delhi and Andhra Pradesh. But after June 8, Unlock 1.0 was further relaxed when places of worship, shopping malls, restaurants and hotels were reopened. SANA SHAKIL & KUMAR V I K R A M @ New Delhi 26,270 PMO unhappy, intervenes in the case 70% OF ACTIVE CASES BY JUNE-END WERE FROM JUST FIVE STATES 11,565 Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is ‘certainly looking’ at banning Chinese social media apps like TikTok. “I do not want to get out in front of President Trump, but it is something we are looking at,” he said TELANGANA The government can’t give in to the greed of people who are drowned in mud and filth to drag others into it LOOKING AT BANNING CHINA APPS: POMPEO 38,992 Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said with the state set for assembly elections in less than a year, efforts are being made to drag his office into the smuggling case as part of a conspiracy to malign his government. He refused to draw parallels between the solar and gold smuggling cases. Disengagement with the People’s Liberation Ar my (PLA) in China started on Monday with rearward movement of PLA vehicles seen in the general area of Galwan (Patrolling Point-14 and 15) and Gogra Post (Patrolling Point 17A) Hot Springs. “PLA was seen removing tents and str uctures at Patrolling Point-14,” but there was no clear word on the depth of the pullback. 10,138 Conspiracy to malign govt: CM Combo satellite images of the Galwan Valley along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh shows Monday’s Chinese pullback | AP DELHI K Mohammed Y Safirulla named new IT secretary BARELY 48 hours after the 30kg gold smuggled in through the diplomatic channel was seized at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport, the most powerful senior bureaucrat in the office of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan was stripped off his positions, but the CM later tried to detach his office from the case saying no call was made from the CMO to help any suspect. M Sivasankar was removed as CM’s secretary while he was allowed to keep away from his post as IT secretary following his alleged links with Swapna Suresh, a key suspect. Swapna was appointed a marketing officer on a temporary basis at Space Park managed by Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited under the IT department. She had worked as a secretary at the UAE Consulate and as HR head at Air India SATS prior to that. “The accused woman was appointed neither by the IT department nor by any of the project managements under the department,” said Pinarayi, adding there was no complaint against her while she was working in Space Park. He said the Crime Branch had recommended to include her in the list of accused in a case during her time with AI SATS. “The government had interacted with her when she represented the consulate. But the photos showing her near me were circulated with a bad intention. “The smuggling was detected at the airport which is under the control of the central government. The parcel was not directed to any government agency but meant for the UAE , Consulate. The people who have come to collect the parcel have used the consulate’s authorisation. The state government has no role in deciding which agency should probe the case. The culprits should be identified and their activities rooted out,” said Pinarayi. The CM said Sivasankar was removed on moral grounds which the Opposition UDF could not even think of and added the allegations against the former secretary were not ● More on P4 legal in nature. 75,979 Mir Mohammed Ali to hold full additional charge of CM’s secy @ T’Puram 37,543 M Sivasankar , who was retained as IT secy, goes on leave for one year EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TAMIL NADU Sivasankar goes on leave INDIA and China will jointly confirm the compliance of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, which began on Monday, after the first phase is complete. The militaries of India and China began thinning their troops and moving their vehicles back from some points in eastern Ladakh after Special Representatives of both sides - National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi - talked to each other on Sunday . “Joint verification of re-located camps will be done to see that the land form is restored,” an Army officer said. It means that the two sides will be physically present to confirm compliance as per the agreements so as to build trust, the officer added. However, stand-off continues at points like Finger-4 and Depsang. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the status of border infrastructure with DG Border Roads Lt Gen Harpal Singh. Forward connectivity to border areas was reviewed, the defence ministry said in a press release. With the situation in ferment, the US did some muscle flexing by deploying two aircraft carriers in the disputed South China Sea in response to recent Chinese aggression on multiple fronts, including India and Bhutan. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said: “The message is clear. We are not going to stand by and let China or anyone else take the reins in terms of being the most powerful, dominant force, whether it is in that region or over here.” JULY 6 MAHARASHTRA Pinarayi says his office did not make calls to help any suspect in the gold smuggling case, adds Sivasankar removed on moral grounds JUNE 28 Swab sample of a woman being taken at a special Covid camp in Vijayawada 68 local contact cases set off alarm as Covid count touches new high E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram LOCAL transmission cases saw a sharp increase of 68 as the state recorded its highest single-day count of 272 Covid positive cases on Tuesday That the source of infection re. mains unknown in 15 cases is cause for further alarm, with the number of local contact cases too touching a new high. Briefing the media, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the evolving situation warrants a higher degree of caution though the state is yet to enter the community transmission stage. “We will have to pay a heavy price for the slightest carelessness. As seen nationally, when transmission occurs in urban areas, it is difficult to control. In Kerala’s case, there is no such urban/rural divide, and the risk of transmission to larger sections of people is higher,” he said. The CM pointed out that the test positivity rate in Kochi is higher than that of the state average, calling for increased testing. As a large section of people rely on urban areas for jobs, trade and medical needs, the chances of contracting the infection are ● More on P5 high. KERALA CASE DIARY 272 cases reported on Tuesday 2,411 under treatment 5,894 cases have been confirmed so far 3,452 4 recovered 27 migrated DEATHS M
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