Army Chief General Naravane (2nd R) during his visit to forward areas to review the operational preparedness of troops | PTI CHENNAI TUESDAY JULY 14, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION 4TH ROUND OF INDIA-CHINA LT GEN-LEVEL TALKS TODAY Tuesday’s talks are expected to finalise the modalities for the next phase of disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh MEETING AT CHUSHUL IN EASTERN LADAKH The meeting is set to be held in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The talks will focus on Finger Area and the strategic Depsang plains, sources said, adding that India will urge China to exchange maps of the Western Sector border areas after the disengagement is complete for clarity of perception of the LAC 2002 MAPS TO OFFER CLARITY OVER CLAIMS ■ ■ The maps will offer clarity over each other’s claims in the region and make patrolling easier, sources said. So far, only the maps for the central sector (Sikkim) have been exchanged Y-Junction in Depsang Bulge remains a sore point with forces from both sides in the stand-off position | P7 THE LAST TIME INDIA AND CHINA EXCHANGED THEIR RESPECTIVE MAPS 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 Rebellion still on, but Gehlot shows strength The main entrance of the Padmanabhaswamy temple wears a deserted look on Tuesday as devotees are not allowed entry due to the lockdown | VINCENT PULICKAL 1 2 3 4 The Supreme Court said the death of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma who had signed the Covenant, would not in any way affect the Shebaitship of the temple held by the Travancore royal family The Supreme Court went with the suggestion offered by the royal family on setting up a fivemember administrative panel, ignoring the Kerala govt’s idea to have an eight-member panel with ministerial representation As an interim measure, the Thiruvananthapuram District Judge will head an administrative panel to manage the affairs of the temple till a final committee is constituted by the royal family The top court said the temple’s admin panel can decide on opening Vault B for inspection of its contents. The royal family doesn’t want to open it as they believe doing so will invite disaster to the state of Kerala DISPUTE SETTLED T’core royal family, not Kerala govt, to manage Padmanabhaswamy temple: SC K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi UPHOLDING the rights of the Travancore royal family in managing the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the Supreme Court on Monday resolved the decade-old dispute over the administration of one the richest temples in the world. A two-judge bench headed by Justices U U Lalit and Indu Malhotra over-ruled a 2011 Kerala High Court order, which had directed the state government to set up a trust to take control of management and assets of the temple, and held that the family will continue to have shebait rights. The top court ordered that the District Judge of Thiruvananthapuram shall head an administrative committee to manage the affairs of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple till a final committee is constituted by the royal family . “The administrative committee and the advisory committee shall do well to discharge all their functions including performance of the worship of the NO BUS TILL JULY 31 The State government on Monday announced that the suspension on the operation of public and private buses, which is in force till July 15, has been extended till July 31. An official release here said the State has been taking steps on a war footing to control the spread of the Covid-19 infection and with that objective, the operation of public and private buses has been suspended till July 31. TAMIL NADU Total cases 1,42,798 66 new deaths Total toll 2,032 Fresh cases 4,328 deity maintenance of its prop, erties, diligently and in the best interest of the temple, and provide adequate and requisite facilities to the worshippers,” the judgment stated. The bench left it on the committee to decide on the question of unlocking Vault B, a large mysterious chamber in the temple which has remained untouched on account of the belief that its opening will spell doom for whoever opens it. “The committees shall consider whether Kallara B is to be opened for the purpose of inventorisation. The interim orders dated 27 November 2014 and 4 July 2017 passed by this court had recorded that Kallara B was not opened, and it was directed that inventorisation with respect to said Kallara B be undertaken only after obtaining express orders from this court. We deem it appropriate to leave this issue to the best judgement and discretion of the Committees.” The judgment noted that the Committee shall preserve all treasures and properties endowed to the temple and those HOW THE ADMIN PANEL LOOKS LIKE The interim administrative committee will contain the following members District Judge, Thiruvanathanpuram One member nominated by the trustee One member nominated by Kerala govt One member nominated by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India Chief Thantri of the temple belonging to the temple. “Protect all tenanted properties and take appropriate measures to ensure reasonable retur ns from such tenanted properties,” the 218-page judgment reads. “Ensure that all rituals and religious practices are performed in accordance with the instructions and guidance of the Chief Thantri of the temple and according to custom and traditions. In temporal matters, the committees shall be guided by the advice given by the Chief Thantri. The designation of the Chief Thantri shall be done in accordance with the customs and traditions,” the order directed. It added that audit for the past 25 years as suggested by the amicus curiae shall be conducted by a firm of reputed Chartered Accountants. The bench directed the committee to file reports by second week of December 2020 stating all the developments alongwith the audited accounts and the balance sheets. The judgment came on an app e a l f i l e d by U t h r a d a m Thirunal Marthanda Varma, younger brother of the last ruler of Travancore, against the High Court ruling that dismissed his plea claiming ownership of the temple. The SC said the death of the earlier ruler of the royal family does not affect the right of Shebaitship (managing devotee) of Marthanda Varma and his leP5,6 gal heirs. TN toll crosses 2K-mark, Madurai tops in death rate S I N D U J A J A N E @ Chennai COVID-19 death toll in the State breached 2,000-mark with 66 deaths reported on Monday As . many as 4,328 fresh cases were added on the day driving up the , tally to 1,42,798. With the State’s toll reaching 2,032, the overall mortality rate stands at 1.4 per cent. An analysis of the official health bulletin shows that Madurai has the highest mortality rate of 1.8 per cent among districts. The district, which has a caseload of 6,539 including the 464 cases reported on Monday, has seen a recent spurt in cas- es. Madurai city and its adjoining villages are currently under an intense lockdown which will come to an end tomorrow. The district stands fourth in total Covid deaths (120). Chennai (1,277) leads the toll chart, followed by Chengalpattu (165) and Tiruvallur (129). Even though mortality rate of Tiruvallur is also 1.8 per cent, the district has more cases (6,930) than that of Madurai. Meanwhile, Chennai’s neighbours continue to witness a spike with Chengalpattu recording 219 cases, Kancheepuram 352 and Tiruvallur 337 cases on Monday P4 . Another Congress Legislature Party meeting lined up for Tuesday to discuss differences threadbare; invite sent to Pilot’s group too RAJESH ASNANI & RICHA S H A R M A @ Jaipur/New Delhi AMID revolt by Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday tried to show who is the boss by holding a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting that saw a decent turnout. While party leaders claimed a headcount of 109 lawmakers at the meeting, including allies, observers put it around 102. The Congress has 107 MLAs in the 200-member Assembly and Gehlot needs 101 for simple majority For abun. dant caution, the veteran warhorse shepherded his flock into the Fairmount resort in Jaipur to prevent poaching. Gehlot’s show of strength happened in the presence of senior AICC leaders deputed from New Delhi — Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ajay Maken, K C Venugopal and state in charge Avinash Pandey After . the meeting, minister Pratap Singh Khachariawas said: “There is no threat to the government. We have the support of more than 109 MLAs and despite all attempts by the BJP the Congress government , in Rajasthan would complete its five-year term.” A resolution adopted at the meeting criticised the BJP and warned of strict action ag ainst those who work against the government, but did not name Pilot. However, the party kept the door ajar for the rebels with Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala appealing to them to approach the high command for redressal of grievances. “Pilot’s demands have been negotiated by the Congress high command many times in the last 48 to 72 hours,” he claimed, adding it is an internal family dispute that should Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (C) with senior Congress leaders during a meeting with party MLAs, at his residence in Jaipur on Monday | PTI CM comfortable, but margin slim 102 Total MLAs who attended CLP meet at Gehlot residence, including Congress(98) and allies (4) NINE Congress MLAs skipped it 30 200 Strength of the Rajasthan Assembly Lawmakers on his side, Sachin Pilot had claimed on Sunday 75 BJP plus allies * Hours before CLP meeting, Income Tax officials search premises in Jaipur said to be linked to local party leaders Rajiv Arora and Dharmendra Rathore Rahul’s mann ki baat from today “Today a large part of the Indian news media has been captured by fascist interests. A hate-filled narrative is being spread by television channels, WhatsApp forwards and false news,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted, adding: “I want to make our current affairs, history and crisis clear and accessible for those interested in the truth. From tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you on video.” be resolved internally . In Delhi, party sources said Pilot has spoken to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. He wants equilibrium in power sharing and participation in the government’s decision making process. “Also on Pilot’s wishlist are better portfolios for loyalists, the state unit president’s post and 50% seats in panchayat polls,” said sources. Given the turnout at the CLP meeting, Pilot’s claim on Sunday of having the support of 30 MLAs appears mislead- ing. Observers said he does not have more than 15-18 MLAs in his camp, including ministers Ramesh Meena and Vishvendra Singh. But Gehlot’s show of strength could hurt Pilot’s ability to strike a good bargain. In a late night development, the Pilot camp put out a video showing about a dozen MLAs on his side. And the Gehlot camp called a second meeting of the CLP on Tuesday All re. bels, including Pilot have been invited to discuss differences in detail, said Surjewala. P6,7 GOOGLE TO INVEST $10 BN TO BOOST DIGITAL INDIA B I S M A H M A L I K @ Bengaluru MODI, PICHAI DISCUSS DATA SECURITY, AI Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday held discussions on a wide range of issues including data security and concerns around privacy, technology to transform the lives of farmers and ways to expand the scope of online education. They also spoke about the new work culture in the times of Covid-19 THE pandemic has not stopped big-ticket investments flowing into India. After Amazon and Facebook, tech behemoth Google on Monday announced a `75,000 crore ($10 billion) fund for India, the world’s second largest internet market. The money would be invested over the next 5-7 years through the ‘Google for India Digitisation Fund’ to bolster India’s digital economy by supporting start-ups and small businesses, Google’s Indian origin CEO Sundar Pichai said on Monday . Earlier in the day, he had held discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi through videoconference. Pichai said the $10 billion will be infused through a mix of equity investments, partnerships, and operational, infrastructure and ecosystem investments. “This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy Pichai said. ,” According to the Google CEO, the fund will focus on four areas of investment — making information available for every Indian in their local language; building new products and services relevant to the country’s unique needs; empowering small businesses and leveraging technology; and using artificial intelligence in health, education, and agriculture to improve people’s lives. In India, Google has invested in startups like hyper-local delivery platform Dunzo, edtech start-up Cuemath, telemedicine company Practo, among others. ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT CBSE Plus 2: Chennai region scores third highest pass percentage SUSHMITHA RAMAKRISHNAN @ Chennai CHENNAI region recorded a pass percentage of 96.17 in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 board exams, the results of which were announced on Monday . The region, which comprises Tamil Nadu and a few neighbouring States, recorded the third highest pass percentage in the country, preceded by Thiruvananthapuram (97.67) and Bengaluru (97.05). The conduct of the board exams was interrupted by repeated lockdowns across the country and many students could not write their Business Studies, Computer Science and Informatics Practices papers. This year, the board has not issued any merit list, and has replaced the term “fail” with “essential repeat”. Instead of rescheduling the cancelled exams, the board considered the average marks scored by each student in the best three out of the four performed subjects, and awarded it for the cancelled papers. If a student had attended only three exams, the average marks of the best two papers were awarded to other papers. According to a Statewise break-up of the results released by the CBSE later in the day Ta, STUDENT IN CHENNAI SCORES 498 MARKS OUT OF 500 A student from Chennai has secured 498 in the exams. In a telephone conversation with Express, the student, A Balakrishnan, of Maharishi Vidyamandir, said: “498? No, I did not expect that. It was a pleasant surprise.” He added that he was hoping to crack the Joint Entrance Examination as well. mil Nadu has secured the second highest pass percentage among States. While Lakshwadeep which is a Union Territory had a 100 per cent pass rate, Kerala secured the highest pass percentage among States (97.7). The pass percentage among girls (97.9) was slightly higher than boys (96.8). Meanwhile, the CBSE has begun their post-result counselling to address concerns of stuP4 dents and parents. TN to introduce online application for arts, science courses this year S M A N N A R M A N N A N @ Coimbatore FOR the first time in Tamil Nadu, State Higher Education department will introduce online application for admissions to arts and science courses offered in government colleges in the State. Confirming this, Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan told Express, “We have decided to introduce online application for government arts and science colleges this year. This was done to avoid students visiting three-four colleges and also gathering at the government colleges to buy applications during this Covid-19 pandemic.” However, the admission counselling will be conducted at the respective colleges, the Minister added.
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