NAGAPATTINAM THURSDAY AUGUST 27, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION CHINA SPRUCING UP MILITARY INFRA IN EASTERN SECTOR China has begun construction of huge habitat for large troop formation in the Eastern Sector, sources said on Wednesday Indian Army trucks move towards Ladakh on Wednesday | PTI PLA BUILDING A BRIGADE-SIZE GARRISON The Peoples Liberation Army is building a brigade size garrison at Gyantse in Tibet, which appears to be meant for the ground forces, sources said. Its construction reportedly began after January. Also, satellite images from June and July confirm that China is building and connecting roads to the border areas at multiple points in the Eastern Sector | P7 ■ 2021 STRATEGIC MISSILES ALSO DEPLOYED ■ ■ The new garrison includes six battalion headquarters and more than 600 sheds for vehicles and equipment It will be strategically positioned in Gyantse, which is not far from the Indian border states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim Sources say China has also moved strategic missiles to the area WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GARRISON IS EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED 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 Opposition to move SC to postpone JEE, NEET West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suggests joint review petition by all CMs in the Supreme Court EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AMID rising chorus against holding JEET/NEET in the midst of a pandemic, the Chief Ministers of seven Oppositionruled states met on Wednesday to discuss the prospects of filing a joint petition in the Supreme Court to postpone the exams. The development comes a day after the Centre decided to increase the number of examination centres for JEET and NEET to ensure social distancing. Both the exams are scheduled to be held in early September. During a virtual meeting called by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to discuss issues faced by the Opposition-ruled states, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee mooted the idea of filing a joint petition before the apex court seeking a review after it rejected a plea on August 17 to postpone the exams. The SC had ‘Monument’al day for Tiruchy said, “Life cannot be stopped and the career of students cannot be put in jeopardy .” “Let us go to the Supreme Court and talk about this matter. This is a mental agony for students and with limited trains and flight operations, I don’t know how they will commute to sit for the exams. The situation is very serious with cases rising, we have to speak up for the children,” said Banerjee. Supporting Mamata’s suggestion, the other CMs present in the meeting said they should approach the court keeping in mind that the JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held from September 1-6 and NEET on September 13. Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren said a delegation should also meet President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. Keeping in mind the urgency of the matter, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted after the meeting: “I have asked Advocate General, Punjab to coordinate with his counterparts in other States and to file a review petition in Supreme Court on NEET/JEE issue. In the midst of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, it is not safe for lakhs of students to appear for these examinations.” Addressing the Chief Minis- ters, Sonia said the government is indifferent to the difficulty students will have to endure if they have to write the exams amid Covid-19 induced restrictions. She also accused the government of handling the whole issue in a careless manner. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray cited a US report that said 97,000 children there were infected when schools reopened and expressed concern what will states do if such a situation arises here. He noted that schools could not be even opened in June when the number of cases was relatively less. How can, then, the situation be considered conducive now to hold examinations, he asked. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Bhagel and Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy agreed that they are ready to approach the apex court on the matter. “The general consensus is that the government of India should approach the supreme Court on this issue so that this problem can be tackled effectively said Gehlot. ,” However, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal reiterated that both the exams would be held next month as per schedule. J AYA K U M A R M A D A L A @ Tiruchy headquarters. Prahlad Singh Patel, MoS Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India announced the decision on Twitter. Home to 251 monuments and 160 sites of archaeological importance, the Chennai circle of ASI is one of the largest circles in the country . Stakeholders in central and southern parts of Tamil Nadu have been urging the union government to create a new circle, which would result in more fund flow and better maintenance. Their untiring efforts Students protest Centre’s move to hold JEE, NEET exams amid Covid | PARVEEN NEGI 6.8L NEET students downloaded admit cards: Govt New Delhi: 6.84 lakh NEET candidates downloaded their hall tickets within five hours after its allocation began on Wednesday, the Centre said. A total of 15.9 lakh students have registered for the exam The Union gover nment on Wednesday acceded to the longpending demand of archaeologists. politicians and public by announcing bifurcation of the Chennai ASI circle and create a new circle with Tiruchy as TN records 12.4 % dip in NEET enrolment E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai We are extremely happy that a new ASI circle has been created and this is the first step towards making Tiruchy as the second capital of the State. TAMIL Nadu has registered a 12.4 per cent dip in enrolment this year for National-Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2020, compared to the previous year. According to data issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday, the number of applicants in the State has come down from 1,34,714 in 2019 to 1,17,990 this academic year. The dip across the country stood at 5 per cent — 15,19,375 applicants this year against 15,97,433 last year. Even as Opposition CMs were mulling to move the SC for postponement of NEET, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar on Wednesday shot off a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan requesting him to cancel NEET examinations, considering the risk of infection to students, and instead offer admission based on Standard XII marks. Tamil Nadu is still one among the six States which has an enrolment of over a lakh candidates. The number of examination centres has also been increased from 188 last year to 238 this year, the data showed. Meanwhile, the enrolment of candidates from Bihar has shown an increase from 56,907 across 84 centres in 2019 to 78,960 192 centres this year. There is also a marked increase in Uttar Pradesh with 1,66,582 candidates planning to take the test this year against 1,39,497 last year. Tamil Nadu has shown an increased JEE (Mains) application — from 45,440 in January P4 to 53,765 for the September exam. Su Thirunavukarasar, MP bore fruit on Wednesday . “Keeping in mind that Tamil Nadu has glorious memories of Chola kings and 3 to 4 thousand year-old temples, ASI has made Tiruchy as a new circle to the state along with the Chennai circle,” Patel said in the tweet.
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