VILLUPURAM 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 EXISTING STUDENTS NEED NOT WORRY 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 Also, at least 44 institutes could not get approval or their approvals were withdrawn due to punitive action by the technical education regulator ■ ■ Progressive closure means the institute cannot admit students for the first year.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 92 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 Delhi Uttar Pradesh Haryana Bihar West Bengal Chandigarh Jharkhand Punjab Tripura Odisha Tamil Nadu Telangana Andhra Pradesh Kerala Karnataka Air pollution can cut short life by 10 years 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 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ 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 expec, tancy 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 LIFE GAIN IF W.H.O. NORMS ARE FOLLOWED Figures represent years 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 average 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, with 248 million residents of northern India on track to lose more than 8 years of life expectancy if pollution levels persist,” says the report. The Centre announced the National Clean Air Programme to reduce particulate pollution by 20-30% relative to 2017 levels by 2024. “Though NCAP goals are non-binding, if India does achieve this reduction, it would lead to remarkable health improvements: a nationwide reduction of 25%, the midpoint of the NCAP’s target, would increase national life expectancy by 1.6 years, and by 3.1 years for Delhi residents,” it adds. “The Air Quality Life Index shows not only the damage but also the enormous gains that can be made with policies to address it (air pollution),” said Michael Greenstone, director, EPIC. 17 RESERVES AT OR CLOSE TO FULL TIGER CAPACITY Now, NIA arrests Delhi Univ prof Hany Babu R I C H A S H A R M A @ 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 ideology and activities. A resident of Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, 54-year-old Hany Babu is an Associate Professor in the De- ONE-THIRD of the country’s 50 tiger reserves, including Nagarhole in Karnataka and Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu, are at or nearing carrying capacity and should now focus on protection and reduction of human impact on the big cats, acThe weak cording to the Tiger Status Report by the Nationlinks al Tiger Conservation Authority . In the 17 tiger reserves that are at or nearing Tiger status in carrying capacity, additional effort to enhance Udantitiger numbers is not essential; mere continuation Sitanadi, of protection and reduction of human impact Achanakmar, would suffice, the report says. Palamau, As many as 19 tiger reserves are still below car- Kawal and rying capacity. With continued investments in Amrabad conservation efforts and prey density tiger num- would benefit , bers are likely to increase there. Nine other tiger substantially reserves require interventions in the form of en- with enhanced hanced protection and investments in restoring protection and prey and habitat. better law and India’s tiger population now stands at 2,967, order situation which is 70% of the global tiger population. Also, nearly 30% of India’s tigers are present outside tiger reserves. “The data for Tiger Estimation 2018 has more accuracy in the sense all camera traps were geo-tagged,” said NTCA chief S P Yadav. The highest prey densities were recorded for Corbett, Rajaji, Pench-MP and Bandipur. Tiger reserves like Dampa and western Rajaji have reasonable prey and tiger reintroduction/supplementation can be done there, provided a protection regime is in place. In Buxa and Satkosia tiger reserves, protection needs to be enhanced and prey populations build up before reintroduction/ supplementation can be considered. E PRESS MAPS X TIGER DENSITY AND ITS STOMPING GROUNDS l AVERAGE TIGER COUNT l SPREAD OF TIGER RESERVE IN SQ KM Rajaji-CorbettRamnagar-PilibhitDudhwa l 604 l 7,390 Sariska l 11 l 534 RanthambhoreMukundara-Kuno l 59 l 1,288 RatapaniRaisen l 45 l 2,084 Panna l 36 l 1,941 ValmikiSohagi Barwa Manas-Buxa l 42 l 956 l 30 l 652 Dibang, Namdapha and Kamlang l 29 l 1,117 BandhavgarhSanjay-Guru Ghasidas l 141 l 3,607 Kaziranga, Orang, Karbi-Anglong, Pakke, Nameri l 160 l 1,543 MelghatSatpura l 99 l 6,668 Sunderban l 88 l 2,313 TadobaNavegaon-Nagzira l 219 l 7,208 Similipal-Satkosia l 18 l 1,969 SahyadriSindhudurg l 3 l 409 Kanha-Pench (MP, MH)Achanakmar l 308 l 10,850 Mookambika-KaliMhadei KudremukhBhadra l 150 l 6,855 Udanti-Sitanadi-Sunabeda l 3 l 764 Ties him to Bhima Koregaon riots and activist Gautam Navlakha, claims he was propagating Maoist ideology EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi partment 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 Parishad event organised by the Kabir Kala Manch at Shaniwarwada in Pune on Decem- NSTR-GBM l 59 l 5,749 KMTR-Periyar l 42 l 4,483 Parambikulam-Anamalai l 58 l 3,581 India has 2,967 tigers - 70% of global tiger population Highest prey densities recorded for Corbett, Rajaji, Pench-MP and Bandipur Largest contiguous tiger population in the world of about 724 tigers was found in the Western Ghats (Nagarhole-Bandipur-WayanadMudumalai Satyamangalam-BRT block) The second largest population of about 604 tigers was found across Uttarakhand and western Uttar Pradesh (Rajaji-Corbett-RamnagarPilibhit-Dudhwa tioning, 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. “During the course of questioning his association with accused Gautam Navlakha and others was established. The need for his custodial interrogation was felt,” the official said. 6,972 fresh cases in TN, Chennai ‘recovers’ 84% high numbers for the backlog. They said as the results were arriving from multiple laboraTHE State recorded 6,972 cases tories, there were issues with on Tuesday, taking the State data entry . tally to 2,27,688. Chennai reIn Coimbatore, 120 Bihari corded 1,107 cases, migrant workers while its recovery TN stars to train have tested positive from Monday rate shot up to a in July, including substantial 84.3 per six on Tuesday. Top athletes like cent, much to the Sharath Kamal, Joshna Most of them were relief of adminisworking in indusChinappa and CA trators. Its neigh- Bhavani will resume trial units around bouring districts, the district. In total, training at various however, continued Coimbatore recordChennai stadiums to witness a strong ed 273 fresh cases. from Monday. growth in cases -The State witnessed Although the GO Chengalpet (365), 88 deaths on Tuesissued last Friday Kancheepuram day, of which 85 doesn’t specify any (223), and Tiruvalwere persons with date for restart of lur (486). outdoor training, it is comorbidities. In the South, Vir- understood that many A total of 61,153 udhunagar hit a are planning to resume samples and 59,584 new high with 577 people were tested next week | P11 cases. A Tasmac goin the State. Two down in the district was tem- more private labs -- Agam Diporarily shut after two labour- agnostics in Madurai and Deers, two drivers and two partment of Microbiology at cleaners associated with it SRM MCH in Trichy -- have tested positive. The district of- been approved for Covid-19 ficials, however, blamed the testing. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai MID-AIR JUICE Mid-air refuelling of one of the five Rafale jets that are on their way to India. The refuelling was done by a French tanker at a height of 30,000 ft. The Rafales are scheduled to arrive at the Ambala IAF airbase on Wednesday afternoon | TWITTER Counselling helps returnees pick up the pieces in Bihar’s villages R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna IKBAL had found himself in a dazed state of weariness. He was irritable and sleep-deprived, days after his return to his native Mushahari in Muzaffarpur post lockdown from Hyderabad where he worked in a bangle factory . The sleeplessness had only aggravated after the mandatory 14-day quarantine. He would lay awake, fearing and imagining worse for him, his wife and two daughters. He had lost his job that gave him `20,000 per month and free accommodation. Ditto for Munna (35) of Samastipur. He returned from Chandigarh, losing his job in a flour mill. “I feared my family would starve,” he recalls. Today, Ikbal works at a welding shop and Mandal sells vegetables. Their life is as good as it gets. The good thing that happened was that the two went to doctors who referred them to the state health department where experts counselled them. “I am okay I’ve got some work to do,” says Ikbal, and Mandal appears relaxed. The two are among 13,930 migrants in Bihar who have been counselled for their mental health between April Indravati l 3 l 989 Nagarhole-BandipurWayanadMudumalaiSatyamangalam-BRT l 724 l 12,134 ber 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 ques- and July, said state government sources. Manoj Kumar, executive director of Bihar State Health Society said a team of trained , medical officers, health professionals and psychiatrists have been arranged to counsel migrant workers and others. The counselling process also involves ASHA workers. “Our campaign ‘Umeed’ (Hope) offers counseling by experts under the National Mental Health Program active in hospitals, PHCs and community health centres of Bihar”, he said. CONTINUED ON: P7 Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday laid foundation for 8 projects in the State, with total investment of `2,368 crore and expected to create jobs for 24,870 people. He also inaugurated commercial production at 11 industrial units MADE IN SIVAGANGA Senseless times instill in five youth, a sense of entrepreneurship EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Sivaganga DEPRIVED of jobs and forced back to their home town with the outbreak of the pandemic, five youth comprising techies from Sivaganga realized where their hearts always were, and dusted up an old dream. With their villagers finding it hard to travel and procure necessities, these youth commenced a doorstep delivery service -Made in Sivaganga -- at minimal charges. Growing up in the bustling streets of Sivaganga town, childhood friends M Sethupathi, Suresh Kumar, Hari- haran, Vignesh and Karthick aspired to contribute to the town’s progress when they grew up. Years went by and responsibilities forced them out of the town and into the land of opportunities - Chennai. “When the pandemic broke out, we all lost our jobs. We then decided to serve our own people back home, and ‘Made in Sivaganga’ was born thus on July 20. From 7 am to 8 pm everyday, we receive orders. Local residents dial 8110954222 and ask for all kinds of things. We charge a minimal service charge and help around 30 - 40 people daily,” Sethupathi (24) told Express. K Gayathri (35), one of their customers said, “I recently gave birth, and it was difficult for me to go outside for shopping during this Corona crisis. These youth from ‘Made in Sivaganga’ got me the products with great care. They wore masks and practised all safety guidelines.”
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