CHENNAI l THURSDAY l JULY 09, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION HARVARD, MIT SUE TRUMP ADMN OVER VISA ORDER CASE FILED IN BOSTON DISTRICT COURT The two institutions have sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement LAWSUIT SEEKS RESTRAINING ORDER The move by MIT and Harvard is in response to the Trump administration’s new guidelines barring foreign students from remaining in America if their universities switched to online-only classes in the Fall. 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The misty clouds, the rainbow, the serene backdrop... it was a picture-perfect view truly fit for gods, outside the Isha Yoga Foundation in Coimbatore | EXPRESS Sathankulam case: Five more cops arrested Spike in southern districts 9,371 9,764 8,101 10,142 11,144 10,305 9,415 10,139 Note: Tests data between June 27 to July 2 is not available. Total sample tested Number of positive NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES REPORTED IN CHENNAI OVER THE LAST 10 DAYS 2,393 30 June 2,182 1 July 2,167 29 June 2,027 2 July 1,747 1,203 1,747 6 July 1,713 5 July 1,261 8 July P4 PAK SPIN Jadhav coerced to reject review plea, says India PUSHKAR BANAKAR AND KANU S A R D A @ New Delhi Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami met with Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh at the Secretariat in Chennai on Wednesday FARMERS NEED FREE POWER SUPPLY: CM Putting forth a host of issues relating to the power sector in the State that need to be addressed, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday reiterated with Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh that the State of the view that free power supply being provided to farmers must continue | P3 INDIA on Wednesday hit out at Pakistan for its reluctance to implement the ICJ judgment in letter and spirit. The comments from External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava came after the Pakistan government said former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav has “refused” to file a review plea for his death sentence and granted a second consular access to him. “We have been pursuing through diplomatic channels full and effective implementation of the ICJ judgment in the case of Jadhav. The media statement made by Pakistan today in the case seeks to mask its continuing reticence to implement ICJ judgment in letter and spirit,” Srivastava said. Terming Pakistan’s statement a continuation of the farce that has been in play for four years, the MEA spokesperson said, “Pakistan has ob- India reviewing options According to sources, India is looking at all options to deal with the matter. The government is in touch with India’s lead counsel at the ICJ Harish Salve, they added viously coerced Jadhav to forego his rights to seek an implementation of the judgment of the ICJ.” Jadhav, who is currently on death row, was arrested in March 2016 on charges of espionage in Balochistan. He was later sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court. Last July the ICJ ordered Pakistan , to provide consular access to Jadhav, stay his execution and review his death sentence after India moved the court. D I S E N G AG E M E N T o f troops along the LAC is complete at two locations while the process is still on at another one, sources said on Wednesday even as China chose to ramp up tensions through its mouthpiece The Global Times, warning India against misjudging the situation like it did in 1962. “The disengagement process is complete at Patrolling Point (PP) 14 at Galwan Valley and PP 15 with the troops of both India and China receding to the agreed distance away from the standoff position held till Monday sourc,” es said, adding the retreat from Patrolling Point 17A (Gogra) in Hot Spring Sector is about to culminate. Talking about Finger 4 along the Northern Flank of Pangong Tso, sources termed the backward movement from the Chinese side as intangible as only a few vehicles have gone back. There has been no agreement on Depsang. “The process is to take place in phases and this is going to take time,” sources said. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday accused China of taking “incredibly aggressive action” aginst India along the LAC. CONTINUED ON: P8 TERROR STRIKE 2,082 3 July 1,203 7 July July 7 1,713 July 5 July 6 2,082 1,842 July 3 July 4 1,654 1,834 1,956 June 25 June 26 1,322 legedly detained illegally and tortured at the Sathankulam police station. He died a few days after being released from custody, and his mother has claimed that she did not seek a postmortem to be performed fearing the police. Mahendran was admitted to a hospital, days after being released from custody, where he died. His medical records, accessed by Express, show he had suffered damage to tissues in the brain. The case has been adjourned to July 21. CASTE ANGLE? P4 1,842 4 July June 19 June 24 The numbers have also been increasing in the Southern districts, with Madurai reporting 379 cases — highest in the State after Chennai — Kanniyakumari 115 and Thoothukudi 141 cases POSITIVITY RATE IN CHENNAI 4,714 4,698 5,359 THE State on Wednesday recorded 3,756 fresh cases, of which 1,261 were in Chennai —a substantial dip after breaching the 2,000-mark earlier this month. Minister for electricity P Thangamani, and his son, have tested positive, said sources. The minister is asymptomatic, but both of them have been admitted to a Minister of State for Power, RK Singh. Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and DMK chief MK Stalin wished him a speedy recovery. A total of 64 deaths were reported across the State, taking the toll up to 1,700. Chennai alone recorded 26 deaths, taking the city’s toll to 1,146. Districts neighbouring Chennai have witnessed a massive spike —Tiruvallur 300 cases, Chengalpattu 273 and Kancheepuram 133. Traders and friends held a candlelight vigil on Wednesday -- the 16th day since the demise of Jeyaraj and Beniks.They continued to press their demands for strict action to be taken against the accused policemen. Meanwhile, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has ordered for notices to be sent to the Home Secretary and the Director General of Police, seeking an inquiry into the death of S Mahendran, who was also al- 1,479 FIVE more suspects were arrested by the CB-CID in connection with the Sathankulam case late on Wednesday night, hours after the CBI formed a team under additional police superintendent Vijay Kumar Shukla to probe the case. The central agency has registered two cases for illegal detention, murder, and destruction of evidence. However, none of the policemen arrested by the CB-CID has been named in the new FIR. A CBI spokesperson said the team had left for Sathankulam, and would soon begin the field investigation. The CB-CID, which was investigating the case so far, had arrested five policemen earlier. After conducting inquiries with 10 more personnel and volunteers, five more cops were arrested, including sub inspector Paldurai. 1,131 @ Thoothukudi/Chennai 618 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE June 5 June 12 @ Chennai private hospital in the city . Thangamani is the second State minister — after KP Anbazhagan, who handles higher education — to contract the infection. Thangamani took part in a couple of official events on Tuesday at the Secretariat, in which Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and several senior bureaucrats participated. However, he skipped the meeting on Wednesday between Palaniswami and Union need not study chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, secularism and growth of local governments in India. Many prominent people, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, shared their anguish. “Shocked to know that the Central Govt has dropped topics like Citizenship, Federalism, Secularism & Partition in the name of reducing CBSE course during #COVIDCrisis. We strongly object to this & appeal @HRDMinistry, GoI to ensure these vital lessons aren’t curtailed at any cost,” she tweeted. 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 MINISTER THANGAMANI, SON TEST +VE WHILE CASES DIP IN CHENNAI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Class IX Political Science syllabus includes democratic rights and structure of the Indian Constitution. From the Economics syllabus, the chapter on Food Security in India has been dropped. For Class X, from the History syllabus, lessons on ‘Everyday Life, Culture and Politics’ and ‘Print Culture and the Modern World’ are out. In Geography, chapters on Forest and Wildlife, Water Resources and Mineral and Energy Resources have been partially cut. Only maps will be part of exams. As for Class XI students, they Pullback total at two locations, one still on 569 and institutional, is being harassed,” Congress spokesperson and senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi said. However, BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao asserted there was no political motive behind the probe. “Transactions of the RGF are in public domain. This issue has various dimensions. It is related to FCRA violations, it is related to donation acceptance, it is related to IT audit,” claimed Rao. For Class XII, chapters on India’s relations with neighbours, demonetisation, changing nature of economic growth & social movements in India have been dropped May 22 May 29 POLITICAL HEAT ON THE GANDHI FAMILY l It all began as a BJP counterattack to the Congress raising questions over Chinese companies sending donations to the PM-CARES Fund l BJP alleged that Sonia controlled Rajiv Gandhi Foundation received funds from the Chinese Embassy a few years ago, wondering whether it was a bribe for lobbying for FTA between India and China l On July 1, govt cancelled allotment of a bungalow to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, saying she was not entitled to it after the withdrawal of her SPG security cover l BJP chief J P Nadda put out a list of donors to RGF, pointing out that money from even the PM’s National Relief Fund went to it in 2005-06 l Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra is already under the lens of ED and CBI for dodgy land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan De-mon chapter axed 5,873 The face-off between the Congress first family and the ruling BJP deepened on Wednesday with the Union home ministry constituting an inter-ministerial panel to probe funding violations by NGOs controlled by the former — Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The probe comes in the backdrop of complaints by the BJP that money from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund was diverted to RGF. “MHA sets up inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA etc by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust & Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Spl. Dir of ED will head the committee,” a home ministry spokesperson tweeted. The CBI will also be part of the probe panel, sources said. Set up in 1991, RGF’s stated purpose is to promote education while RGCT, a not-forprofit organisation set up in 2002, seeks to address the development needs of the underprivileged. Among the trustees of RGF are former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and P Chidambaram. Congress president Sonia Gandhi chairs both RGF and RGCT. Rahul is on the board of both the Trusts. On paper, K M Pareeth, a local leader and businessman in Kerala, is president of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, but Sonia reportedly oversees its work. Predictably, the Congress reacted strongly to the probe and accused the government of practising a politics of vengeance. It, however, said the Trusts have ample documentation to establish their source of funding. “We are here as law abiding persons to answer. Each opposition segment, individual HOURS after a huge uproar over the choice of topics slashed for classes IX-XII to prune the syllabus by 30% in view of the pandemic, the Central Board of Secondary Education on Wednesday sought to allay all misgivings, saying it is a “one-time measure” for a year to reduce exam stress. In the process of rationalising about 190 subjects for classes IX-XII, the Board slashed various important chapters like secularism, democratic 3,637 3,292 3,701 @ New Delhi @ New Delhi 3,309 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE rights, gender, religion and caste and food security, creating a major controversy . But the Board pointed out that the topics being mentioned “as dropped are either being covered by the rationalised syllabus or in the Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT”. “Each of the topics that have been wrongly mentioned in the media as deleted have been covered under Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT which is already in force for all the affiliated schools of the Board,” its statement read. The list of omitted topics in EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE May 1 176 BJP alleges they received Chinese money; angry Cong calls it politics of vengeance After uproar, CBSE says syllabus snip only for a year May 8 399 May 15 310 Panel set up to probe funds to Sonia’s 3 NGOs CONTINUED ON: P8 BJP leader, family shot dead in J&K F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar MILITANTS on Wednesday evening gunned down senior BJP leader Sheikh Waseem Bari (30), his younger brother Umar (district president of BJP Yuva morcha) and their father Bashir Ahmed in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. A police officer said militants fired indiscriminately from point blank range towards the trio near their shop outside their residence in Muslimabad area of Bandipora in the evening. The trio were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were declared brought dead. The government had provided eight police guards were provided for the security to BJP leader’s family but sources said none of them were present when the attack took place.
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