KOTTAYAM l WEDNESDAY l JULY 29, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION 179 PROFESSIONAL COLLEGES SHUT DOWN DURING 2020-21 According to AICTE, this is the highest number of closure of technical institutions over the past nine academic years 134 INSTITUTES DID NOT SEEK APPROVAL The 179 professional colleges that shut down this academic year include engineering institutes and B-schools. Besides, 134 institutes did not seek approval this year in view of the large number of seats lying vacant. Also, at least 44 institutes could not get approval or their approvals were withdrawn due to punitive action by the technical education regulator ■ 92 EXISTING STUDENTS NEED NOT WORRY ■ Progressive closure means the institute cannot admit students for the first year. However, existing students will continue till completion of their course and their degrees are treated as valid In academic year 2020-21, a total of 1.09 lakh seats approved by AICTE were reduced in pharmacy and architecture institutions TECHNICAL INSTITUTES CLOSED DOWN IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC SESSION 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 Now, NIA arrests Delhi varsity prof Hany Babu Ties him to Bhima Koregaon riots & activist Navlakha, claims he propagated Maoism EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested Delhi University professor Hany Babu in connection with the Bhima Koregaon riots for allegedly propagating Maoist ideolog y and activities. A resident of Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, 54-year-old Hany Babu is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, an NIA spokesperson said. “During investigation it was revealed that Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil was propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideology,” the agency statement said. The case relates to inciting people and giving provocative speeches during an Elgar Pari- 17 RESERVES AT OR CLOSE TO FULL TIGER CAPACITY shad event organised by the Kabir Kala Manch at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017, which led to violence and needless loss of lives. NIA sources said Babu has close association with arrested activists Rona Wilson and Gautam Navlakha. The NIA has accused Babu of conspiring with the other arrested accused in the case to carry out subversive activities. He will be produced in a special NIA court in Mumbai on Wednesday where the NIA will seek further custody for questioning, the agency said. Babu was recently summoned by the NIA, Mumbai branch, for questioning. Officials said after interrogating him for the last few days a decision was taken to arrest him. They should now focus on protection, Tiger Status Report by the National Tiger Conservation Authority. P7 25-hr grilling ends, NIA fails to get evidence EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi DESPITE questioning for close to 25 hours across three different days, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) failed to get any clearc u t ev i d e n c e f ro m M Sivasankar — the chief minister’s former secretary — regarding his involvement in the smuggling of gold from the UAE through the diplomatic channel. Sivasankar was sent home, with Tuesday’s interrogation alone lasting for tenand-a-half hours. The NIA sources said the statements of accused persons Swapna Suresh, Sandeep Nair and Sarith P S about their close relationship with Sivasankar were presented before the bureaucrat. Similarly, digital evidence including call-data records and messages sent via WhatsApp and Telegram from the other accused were also verified. “We couldn’t get enough evidence about his direct involvement in the gold smuggling to arraign him. If any concrete evidence surfaces, he’ll be called,” said an official. More on P4 1,167 +ve. Patient count crosses 10k, confirmed cases breach 20k-mark Tuesday marked the highest single-day spike since the outbreak, with fresh cases crossing the 1,000-mark for the fourth time. Change of status A few of the CFLTCs which are meant for managing positive cases that are asymptomatic and those fall under category A (like mild sore throat/cough) will be equipped to admit and treat category B patients, that is those with diseases like fever and comorbidities. P2 T’Puram hotbed 888 contracted the virus through local transmission 4 deaths reported Thiruvananthapuram emerges the hotbed of Covid-19. One in every 18 people’s test results turns positive. P2 Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan says weddings and funerals are becoming the places of virus transmission The increase in cases reported from tribal areas is causing concern about lowering guard. 133 tribals have tested positive Air pollution can cut short life by 10 yrs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IF you haven’t taken air pollution seriously, it is time you did. A new report warns bad air can cut short average Indian life expectancy by as much as 5.2 years. Those living in north Indian cities, where pollution levels are higher than other parts of the country may see their life , expectancy cut short by u 10 years. Life expectancy in Uttar Pradesh is projected to drop by 8.6 years, while residents of Lucknow — the most polluted city according to the report — stand to lose 10.3 years. Lucknow’s current pollution levels are 11 times more than WHO norms. The national capital is close behind, with Delhi residents set to lose as much as 9.4 years. According to the report released on Tuesday by the Energy Policy Institute at University of Chicago, India is the world’s second most polluted country. It says 1.4 billion people live in areas where the annual aver- age particulate pollution level exceeds WHO guidelines. Plus, 84% live in areas where it exceeds India’s own air quality standards. “Particulate pollution has sharply increased over time. Since 1998, average annual particulate pollution has increased 42 percent, cutting 1.8 years off the life of the average resident over those years. A quarter of India’s population is exposed to pollution levels not seen in any other country . Delhi Uttar Pradesh Haryana Bihar West Bengal Chandigarh Jharkhand Punjab Tripura Odisha Tamil Nadu Telangana Andhra Pradesh Kerala Karnataka 9.4 8.6 8.0 7.6 7.1 6.0 5.9 5.4 5.3 4.7 3.1 3.1 3.0 2.8 2.3 LIFE GAIN IF W.H.O. NORMS ARE FOLLOWED Figures represent years
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