CHENNAI THURSDAY JULY 30, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA GETS HOLD OF FIRST BATCH OF RAFALE AIRCRAFT Five Rafale combat jets landed at the Ambala Air Force base at 3:10 pm on Wednesday after covering a distance of 7,000 km from the Merignac airbase in France, giving India’s air power a strategic edge in the midst of a bitter border row with China in eastern Ladakh and frayed ties with Pakistan WATER CANNON SALUTE FOR THE NEW JETS INDIA’S VEILED MESSAGE TO CHINA Each jet was given a special water cannon salute at the strategically located air base in the presence of IAF top brass. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in Sanskrit that there is no virtue like protecting the nation and there is no vow like defence of the nation. The NDA government had inked the `59,000-crore deal on September 23, 2016 to procure 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation after a nearly sevenyear exercise to procure 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft for the Indian Air Force did not fructify during the UPA regime ■ ■ ■ “The Birds have landed safely in Ambala,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted as soon as the aircraft touched down at the Indian Air Force air base at Ambala in Haryana The minister also sent a veiled message to China, saying those who want to threaten India’s territorial integrity should be worried about the new capability of the Indian Air Force The fleet, comprising three single seater and two twin seater aircraft, will be inducted into the IAF’s No 17 Squadron 30 OUT OF THE 36 RAFALE JETS ORDERED BY INDIA WILL BE FIGHTER JETS WHILE SIX WILL BE TRAINERS. THE TWINSEATER TRAINER JETS WILL HAVE MOST FEATURES OF THE FIGHTER JETS 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 Policy to reform school, higher edu gets Cabinet nod DEADLOCK ENDS Raj House session to begin on August 14 10+2 model out, 5+3+3+4 system in; multiple entry & exit options in bachelor’s courses; UGC, AICTE to merge into one higher edu body S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the New Education Policy a vision doc, ument to guide the country’s education blueprint for the coming years, bringing closure to an exercise that began during the first tenure of the Narendra Modi government. The approval of the near 400page document paves the way for restructuring of school education from the current 10+2 model to 5+3+3+4 covering ages 3-18 and renaming the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development as Education Ministry . The NEP will also facilitate establishment of a central reg- R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur RAJASTHAN Governor Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday accepted Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s fourth proposal seeking to summon Assembly session from August 14, ending the weeklong tussle between the two. Earlier, the governor had rejected three proposals by the Gehlot government seeking Assembly session from July 31. The governor had cited various issues while rejecting the proposals, such as the coronavirus threat, difficulty for MLAs to attend the session at short notice, and the need for a 21day notice for calling House session. Mishra had also demanded to know if the reason for holding urgent House session was to hold a vote of confidence. However, none of Gehlot’s proposals mentioned trust vote as part of House agenda. Wednesday saw back-to-back exchanges between Mishra and Gehlot. Soon after the governor rejected the third proposal which reiterated the demand for summoning the Assembly on July 31, Gehlot rushed to the Raj Bhavan and held a 15-minute meeting with Mishra. This was the fourth time that the CM and Governor have met since the Sachin Pilot-led revolt broke out in mid-July and pushed the Congress government in Rajasthan to the brink. Separately Assembly Speak, er C P Joshi, too, met Mishra. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the July 24 order of the high court directing status quo on the disqualification notice issued to 19 dissident MLAs. ulatory body for all school boards, called National Assessment Centre, to ensure uniform education levels across the country . The government has also planned to introduce vocational training from Class VI with internships. The big idea is to reduce textbook content to core concepts with greater emphasis on experiential learning. In higher education, the NEP will allow multiple entry and exit options in bachelor’s programme, multi-disciplinary courses, option of three or four years for UG courses and discontinuation of M Phil programme. “The changes we are proposing in the education sector 5,849 6,785 6,988 6,986 6,993 6,972 6,426 4,985 4,965 JULY 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 JULY 29 SLIGHT DIP: 6,426 MORE INFECTED IN TAMIL NADU EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai FARING slightly better, the State reported 6,426 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 2,34,114. A 22-year-old new mother, four transgender persons and 33 people, who recently reached Tamil Nadu from abroad or other States, were among the 82 people who succumbed to Other takeaways 5 represents the foundational stage (in two parts - 3 years of Anganwadi or pre-school + 2 years in primary school in Class I-II, together covering ages 3-8): It will have flexible, multilevel play or activity-based learning and the curriculum and pedagogy of national early childhood care and education No rigid separation between academic streams, extracurricular, vocational streams in schools; vocational education to start from Class VI with internships The first 3 stands for the preparatory stage (class III-V, covering ages 8-11). It will have experiential learning across the sciences, mathematics, arts, social sciences, and humanities The second 3 is the middle stage (class VI-VIII, covering ages 11-14) with subject-oriented pedagogical and curricular style through the NEP will bring not only incremental but transformational changes in the field,” said Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank. Students will get more flexibility in the choice of subjects, particularly in secondary school, including physical education, the arts and crafts, and the infection on the day . Chennai continues to remain stable with 1,117 new cases, while the crisis continues to worsen in neighbouring Chengalpet (540 cases), Kancheepuram (373) and Tiruvallur (382) districts. In the south, Virudhunagar (370), Tirunelveli (382), and Madurai (225) districts reported a slight dip in the number of cases. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai REITERATING that the State government has been leaving no stone unturned to tackle the Covid crisis, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday underscored the fact that the infection could be contained only if the people cooperated with the government guidelines and measures. Unlock 3.0 ends night curfew GUV PUROHIT ISOLATES SELF Governor Banwarilal Purohit has isolated himself for a week after three officials attached to Raj Bhavan tested positive on Wednesday. On Thursday last, 84 personnel residing in Raj Bhavan’s outer complex had tested positive. Chairing a meeting of District Collectors through a video conference application from the Secretariat, Palaniswami asked the officials to proceed with welfare and development schemes in the districts, in addition to the measures to combat the contagion. A decision on whether to extend the lockdown with more relaxations or otherwise will be taken after consulting health experts on Thursday . There were slim pickings from the guidelines for Unlock 3.0 that begins from August 1. A look Modi brainstorming on MSME stress and loan moratorium with top bankers FRESH ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED Night curfew finally ends Mallikar juna Rao, ICICI Bank’s Sandeep Bakhshi and HDFC Bank boss Aditya Puri, besides top officials of the finance ministry and the PMO. “It was a brainstorming session to take stock of the liquidity situation, loan d i s bu r s e m e n t a n d moratorium during lockdown,” a senior official present in the meeting told TNIE. Social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious, sport functions not allowed till Aug 31 Independence Day functions allowed @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met top bankers to discuss loan moratorium, the proposal for singlewindow clearance for MSME loans and the issue of closure of MSME units due to lockdown. The meeting, conducted via video-conference, was attended by SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar, PNB chief S S Sources in the PMO said the meeting will happen again on Thursday, which will be attended by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das, Sebi chief Ajay Tyagi, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, and MSME minister Nitin Gadkari. The meeting is scheduled in the backdrop of economic stress due to Covid-19. Yoga institutes, gyms can open from August 5 International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner Schools, colleges will remain closed till Aug 31 Metro Rail stays suspended Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls to stay shut INTERVIEW Central bankers are not servants of govt: Acharya G S V A S U , J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y & S U N I T H A N AT T I THEY say it’s better to lose the battle to win a war. Dr Viral Acharya, former deputy governor of RBI, perhaps believes it in letter and spirit. He quit his post prematurely last July nine months after , his rule-breaking speech that brought out simmering differences with the government into spotlight. An open debate, he said in an exclusive interview with TNIE, was the only op- tion left when bureaucratic pressures became unrelenting spanning multiple functions of RBI. “I’m glad we did it and I’ll do it again if I have the opportunity to do so. I think voice and dissent are important parts of a country for right decision-making,” he said. On ‘vested interests’ influencing central Teaching up to at least Class V in mother tongue or regional language Report cards will be a comprehensive report on skills and capabilities instead of just marks and statements vocational skills. Wherever possible, the medium of instruction until at least Class V but preferably till , Class VIII and beyond, will be Decision on extension of lockdown today CONTINUED ON: P11 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 4 is the secondary stage (class IX-XII in two phases - IX and X in the first and XI and XII in the second, covering ages 14-18). It will have more emphasis on depth, critical thinking. Flexibility in choice of subjects enhanced the mother tongue or local language, says the new policy which replaces the earlier policy adopted in 1986 and modified in 1992. The NEP says textbooks will include knowledge from ancient India and modern India as well as Indian knowledge systems. Also, all students will take school examinations in classes III, V and VIII. Board , exams for classes X and XII will be made “easier”, as they will test core competencies rather than months of coaching or rote learning. In the higher education sector, UGC, AICTE and the National Council for Teacher’s Education will be merged into a single higher education commission. Engg aspirants can upload proofs from Friday Candidates who have registered for TN Engineering Admissions 2020 can upload their certificates online from Friday, Minister KP Anbalagan said on Wednesday NO. OF NEW CASES IN THE LAST 10 DAYS 6,472 What’s 5+3+3+4 banking decisions, he said government horizons can be short at times and that’s when they don’t want to follow rules and use discretion even if that leads to shortterm risks. This became unacceptable and when matters came to a head, Acharya and then Governor Urjit Patel quit. “We know that the pressures coming from the bureaucracy and Politics and economics are aligned right now. This is a golden opportunity to restructure our institutions on fiscal reform path — Viral Acharya, former deputy governor, Reserve Bank of India government are in their own vested short-term interests. Central banks are run by public servants and we have a legal constitutional mandate which we take seriously ... Then we know that the pressures are unrelenting and at some point, we have to draw a line. Public servant is a servant of the public, not a servant of the bureaucrat or of the government,” he noted adding that every compromise made today becomes a starting point for re-negotiations tomorrow. CONTINUED ON: P14 Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami chairing a meeting of District Collectors to discuss Covid containment efforts, through a video conference application from the Secretariat in Chennai on Wednesday The Chief Minister wished a speedy recovery to all frontline workers who contracted the virus, and hailed their efforts to mitigate the crisis. “In Chennai alone, 25,532 fever camps have been conducted, wherein 14.50 lakh people got tested. So far 46 lakh masks have been provided free of cost to the poor in Chennai. All family cardholders in the rest of the State will receive the masks from August 5,” he added. In his initial remarks while addressing the Collectors, Palaniswami pointed out that Tamil Nadu topped the list of States in India regarding the number of Covid tests.
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