MANGALURU WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION JEE (MAINS) HELD AMID STRINGENT PRECAUTIONS VIGIL TO KEEP THE DEADLY VIRUS AWAY National-level entrance exam for admission to engg colleges began on Tuesday with strict social distancing measures Staggered entry and exit for candidates, sanitisers at the gate, distribution of masks and maintaining social distancing as candidates queued up, were among the scenes witnessed at the exam centres across the country. The exam, which has been postponed twice in view of the Covi-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be held from September 1 to 6 ■ 9 lakh FLOOD-HIT STUDENTS TO GET 2ND CHANCE ■ Flood-hit Maharashtra and West Bengal said many students could not take the exam. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC said those who could not reach exam centres can seek re-test The exam was amid protests from Opposition parties and a section of students against holding it in the midst of a pandemic THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR JEE-MAINS 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 Amid talks, China made fresh attempt to alter LAC status quo Indian Army foiled second aggression; brigade commander meeting inconclusive PUSHKAR BANAKAR & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi INDIA on Tuesday said the Chinese side resorted to aggression on Monday at the south bank of the Pangong Tso along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) even as commander-level talks were on to resolve the fresh face-off. “On August 31, even as the ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to deescalate the situation, the Chinese troops again engaged in provocative action. Due to the timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Amid fresh tensions, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a meeting with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Army top brass. The meeting went for about two hours. Jaishankar, Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Genral Bipin Rawat and Army Chief M M Naravane participated. The Director General Military Operations, the operations head of the Army too, attended , 7.1 6.2 5.6 5.7 Figures in % 5.2 4.4 4.1 3.1 2018 2019 Overall 2018-19 India’s GDP growth has been steadily declining over the past many quarters. Here’s a look: Overall 2019-20 Q1(April-Jun) 4.2 -23.9 6.1 2020 E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Amid tensions along the LAC with China, an Army convoy moves on the Srinagar-Ladakh highway at Gagangeer in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday | PTI the meeting, according to an officer. “The meeting was held to analyse the current situation and discuss the future course of all military and diplomatic options,” he said. India has consolidated its position by occupying the heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso. “It was a preemptive move after we observed Chinese movement towards the area accompanied with the heavy machinery to create infrastructure,” sources said. The second brigade commander-level meeting in as many days on Tuesday was inconclusive with China accusing India of entering its territory an allegation , the Indian side rejected. Meanwhile, Chinese Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong accused India of flagrant provocations on August 31. “India’s move has grossly violated China’s territorial sovereignty, seriously violated relevant agreements, protocols and important consensus reached between the two countries, and severely damaged peace and tranquillity along the China-India border areas. Similar accusations of trespassing the LAC were made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying while Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is on a trip to Europe, said that the problem has arisen as the two countries do not have a clearly demarcated border. P7 Appropriate defensive measures taken: MEA In response to provocative military maneuvers by China late night on Aug 29 and 30, “the Indian side took appropriate defensive measures to safeguard our interests and defend the territorial integrity,” the MEA said THREE sets of data released on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the state of the country’s economy . GST collection for August fell both on a year-on-year basis as well as sequentially On an annual basis, the . August mop-up at `86,449 crore was 12% lower compared to `98,202 crore recorded in the same month last year. Experts, however, say the drop in indirect tax collection is due to reduced imports and that the latest revenue figure is actually impressive as it shows domestic economic activity is on the mend. GST collections have faltered since the beginning of the current fiscal as Covid-19-induced lockdown disrupted economic activity The revenue collected in . April was `32,172 crore, `62,151 crore in May, `90,917 crore in June and `87,422 crore in July . Meanwhile, India’s manufacturing sector activity re-entered the growth territory in August. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose from 46 in July to 52 in August, signalling an improvement after four consecutive months of contraction. With economic activity picking up pace, energy use is also gradually going up across the country According to power consumption data released on . Tuesday, 110.57 billion units were consumed in AuP10 gust, almost the similar level as last year. K’taka weighs borrowing options, may decide today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru EVEN as the Opposition-ruled states have publicly rejected the GST Council’s two borrowing options for states to make good the GST compensation shortfall, BJP-ruled Karnataka is yet to decide on its course of action. An impromptu meeting held at Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s official residence ‘Cauvery’ on Tuesday, where the state’s representative to the GST Council and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Secretary T M Vijaya Bhaskar and Additional Chief Secretary-Finance I S N Prasad were present to discuss and weigh in both options, remained inconclusive. The CM has called for another meeting on Wednesday to zero in on the way forCONTINUED ON: P5 ward. JEE Mains gets under way amid strict Covid precautions E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TOUGH ROAD AHEAD | P10 FREE FALL GST mop-up down, auto, mfg sectors up AGR dues can be cleared in 10 years: SC THE Supreme Court on Tuesday gave telecom firms 10 years to clear their adjusted gross revenue dues, estimated to be around `1.6 lakh crore. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said the firms will have to pay 10% of the dues by March 31, 2021. Thereafter, they will have to pay an instalment by February 7 every successive year. The bench said non-payment of instalments will not just accrue interest but also invite contempt of court proceedings and added it had extended the timeframe of repayment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Telcos’ MDs and chairmen were also ordered to furnish personal affidavits, undertaking compliance of the SC’s order. The bench agreed with telcos’ submission that the National Company Law Tribunal and not the Supreme Court should decide whether spectrum can be a subject matter of dispute resolution under IBC. Q1 (April-Jun) Q2 (Jul-Sep) Q3 (Oct-Dec) Q4 (Jan-Mar) FAREWELL, STATESMAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday | PIB | REPORT: P7 HC sets Kafeel free, quashes charges N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE Allahabad High Court on Tuesday dropped all charges under the National Security Act (NSA) against Dr Kafeel Khan, who was detained for his speech during the anti-CAA protests on the Aligarh Muslim University campus in December last year. “A complete reading of the speech also nowhere threatens peace and tranquility of the city of Aligarh. The address gives a call for national integrity and unity among the citizens,” the division bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Marhur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh, said while allowing a habeas corpus writ petition filed by his mother Nuzhat Perween. While the speech was delivered on December 12, Dr Khan was arrested at the Mumbai airport by the UP Special Task Force on January 29. IF EVERYONE WEARS A MASK, WE CAN ACHIEVE 90% EFFECT OF LOCKDOWN: DR D NAGESHWAR REDDY Can you be reinfected by Covid if you’ve recovered from it once already? How long after you notice symptoms can you afford to wait before you rush to a hospital? If the virus keeps mutating over time, will the upcoming Covid vaccine still be effective? Six months of on-again, off-again lockdowns later, the average Indian still has a whole load of basic questions about the virus. To address them, TNIE Editor G S Vasu spoke to renowned gastroenterologist and Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D Nageshwar Reddy. The Hyderabadbased Chairman of the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology sought to dial down the panic, spoke on how wearing masks can achieve 90% effect of lockdown, and why India’s numbers are likely to be 5x higher than we think. Scan the QR code or watch it on: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=lUGKK4KjyLM For transcript on TNIE site, go to https://bit.ly/3bh6fJX The petition said Dr Khan was granted bail on January 29 but was not released. Instead, the NSA was invoked against him in February by the Aligarh district magistrate. The bench observed: “The state authorities have failed to discharge their bounden burden to establish that the lecture delivered by Khan on December 12, 2019, has such a deleterious effect on the public order in Aligarh as had continued to exist up to February 13, 2020 necessitating preventive detention of the detenue on that later date.” It said the appellant was also denied the opportunity to seek the court’s intervention against his detention under the NSA as “the orders of the extension of detention were never served upon the detenue. Only radiograms relating to the decision of the state government for the extension of the term of detention were supplied to the him.” P8 EXPRESS READ Loan moratorium extendable by 2 years New Delhi: The moratorium period on repayment of loans during the Covid-19 pandemic is “extendable” by two years and several steps have been taken to help the stressed sectors, the Centre and the RBI told the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The apex court will hear on Wednesday the pleas which have raised the issue of interest being charged on instalments which have been deferred under the central bank’s scheme during the moratorium period. Centre to issue SOPs for running of metro trains New Delhi: The Union Urban Affairs Ministry is likely to issue detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Wednesday for the functioning of metro trains under the ‘Unlock 4’ guidelines. Metro trains will be allowed to operated in a graded manner. Trump: Covid vaccine in Phase 3 clinical trials in US Washington: US President Donald Trump announced that the vaccine for coronavirus, being developed by AstraZeneca, has reached Phase 3 clinical trials and is very close to being finalised for approval. AstraZeneca is one of the leaders in the race to develop a vaccine. THE Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Main) for admission to top engineering institutes began on Tuesday amid stringent precautionary measures in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The exams were earlier postponed twice due to the prevailing situation. The National Testing Agency, which conducts the examination, stepped up safety protocols, and even those checking the students were seen in PPE kits at a centre in Bengaluru. Masks were provided to the students at the exam centres. In all, 43,894 will write the examinations at 33 centres in Karnataka until September 6. However, the number of students who wrote the examination will only be known cumulatively after the last paper is done, said a source from the HRD department. The lesser number of students on Tuesday was due to the papers — B. Arch. and B.Planning — which are attempted by architecture students. The major lot of students are schedu l e d t o s t a r t a r r iv i n g f r o m Wednesday . The examination which is held in two shifts – 9am to 12 noon and 3pm to 6pm — is a Computer-Based Test (CBT). Although the exam centres were increased from 570 to 660 throughout the country students who attempted , the examination on the first day were inconvenienced as the BE examination that they would attempt on day two was at another location. This comes in the middle of the pandemic, where students are trying to minimise their movement. A student at a centre in KR Puram said that on day two, she has to go to a centre in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, which is on another side of the city CONTINUED ON: P3 altogether. KARNATAKA COVID BATTLE 9,058 Test Positive on Tuesday For the second time, the state crosses the 9,000-mark in Covid positives TOTAL CASES 3,51,481 5,837 2,54,626 5,159 FRESH DISCHARGES Total Deaths Total Recoveries Bengaluru crosses the 2,000 mark in Covid fatalities, registering 2,005 deaths Bengaluru Urban recorded the highest positives at 2,967 cases, followed by Mysuru (737), Hassan (461), Ballari (393) and Belagavi (316) FULL COVERAGE P4 UNUSUAL VISIT Marine experts stumped as Olive Ridley turtles wash up on Karwar, Bhatkal coast S U B H A S H C H A N D R A N S @ Karwar THE unusual sighting of Olive Ridley turtles on the west coast of late has puzzled marine experts, who say that it is not the season for these turtles to be found on shore. Only on Sunday local fishermen and the Ut, tara Kannada Forest Department rescued an Olive Ridley in Bhatkal. On the same day another turtle was , rescued by fishermen in Karwar. The Olive Ridleys, considered rare, are more commonly seen on the east coast during daytime than on the west coast. The spotting of the Olive Ridleys has stirred a debate among marine biologists. “They migrate to the sea shores only after the monsoon ends — they come in December and breed up to May. But the finding of Olive Ridleys during the peak of the monsoon is a big puzzle,” remarked Prakash Mesta, a marine biologist here. The one found on Tagore beach in Karwar had its forelimbs injured. An Olive Ridley turtle that was rescued by fishermen and forest officials in Bhatkal It was rescued by fishermen and then released into the waters. Another turtle was rescued jointly by fishermen and the forest staff of Bhatkal. With its shell cracked, the turtle was in the care of the Forest Department. “Maybe it was struck by the rotor of a boat. It was doing fine, but it died after a couple of days,” Savitha Devadiga, Range Forest Officer, Bhatkal, told Express. “It even had food when we tried to feed it,” she pointed out. Shivakumar Haragi, Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Biology, Kar nataka University, Dharwad, is of the opinion that they might have got caught in fishing nets. “They get entangled in the nets are dragged for hours during fishing. The turtle is under severe pressure. It will be unable to swim and breathe. Once released, such turtles end up on the shores as they lose orientation (movement path). This might turn fatal to these species,” he noted. Fishermen on the east coast use fishing nets which have a Turtle Excluding Device (TED). When turtles get caught in the net, they can escape through the TED. But there are no such regulations on the west coast. Fishermen consider the sighting of Olive Ridleys as a good omen as they believe that there will be good catch of fish.
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