BHUBANESWAR l WEDNESDAY l SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE 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 JEE Main: 55 pc candidates appear test in City SUDARSAN MAHARANA @ Bhubaneswar ONLY 55 per cent candidates turned up for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main in the State Capital on Tuesday . Sources said a total 1,776 students were supposed to write their papers on day one in Bhubaneswar. However, 793 students failed to turn up at the centres. Around 38,200 candidates from Odisha had enrolled for the national-level exams to be held at 26 centres across seven cities in the State till September 6. Around 16,000 of them had picked Bhubaneswar as their exam centres. Of the six centres set up in the Capital, the exams were carried out only in three centres on the first day . The attendance report showed just 349 out of 600 candidates turned up for the test in first sit- ting, while 339 out of 600 appeared in the second sitting at the examination centre located at Patia on day one. Similarly, only 117 out of 223 candidates wrote their papers in the first sitting and 112 out 235 candidates sat for the exams in the second sitting at the exam centre in Chandaka Industrial Estate. Besides, only 66 out 118 candidates turned up for the exams at Mancheswar. The poor turn out of candidates for the test on the first day has raised concern among many . “We are clueless as to why the turnout is so low as we haven’t seen it in the exams before. The last JEE exam (held for admission to hospitality and hotel management programmes) on August 29 had recorded a good attendance,” said an official dealing with the exams in the city . With several districts reeling Candidates being screened at an examination centre in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday | EXPRESS under flood and Covid-19 at its peak, sources said other centres in the State could also be facing the same issue. The students, who attended the exams, however, expressed their satisfaction about the arrangements many by the NTA as well as the State Government to ensure smooth conduct of the test. “Authorities had taken all measures to ensure that adequate social distancing is maintained,” said Tamanna T ripathy, a candidate. The Khurda administration, BMC as well as Odisha Mo Parivar team came up with special ar- rangements to ensure smooth conduct of the exams in the Capital city. To prevent crowing outside the exam centres, adequate number of police personnel were also deployed by the Commissionerate Police. Apart from Bhubaneswar, the exams were held in six other places, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Balasore and Dhenkanal. The first sitting began at 9 am and continued till 12 pm while the second sitting was held from 3 pm to 6 pm. Despite anxiety and apprehensions, students turned up for the online test at examination centres as early as 7 am and stood in queue maintaining two metre distance for screening. All candidates and officials on duty went through thermal screening prior to their entry into the examination centres. Q1 (April-Jun) Q2 (Jul-Sep) Q3 (Oct-Dec) Q4 (Jan-Mar) FREE FALL 7.1 6.2 5.6 5.7 5.2 4.4 4.1 3.1 2018 AGR dues can be cleared in 10 years, says SC 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 SrinagarLadakh highway at Gagangeer in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday | PTI Amid talks, China made fresh bid to alter status quo Indian Army foiled the second aggression; brigade commander meeting inconclusive P U S H K A R B A N A K A R & 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 chaired by Singh 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 , 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 Chi- RIVERS RECEDE, MISERY REMAINS nese 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 Chinese 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 territo- 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. TOUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR VODA | P10 HC sets Kafeel Khan -23.9 free, quashes charges GST mop-up down, India’s GDP growth has been steadily declining over the past many quarters. Here’s a look: Khan was granted bail on January 29 but was not released. Instead, THE Allahabad High Court on the NSA was invoked against him Tuesday dropped all charges un- in February by the Aligarh disder the National Security Act trict magistrate. (NSA) against Dr Kafeel Khan, The bench observed: “The state who was detained for his speech authorities have failed to disduring the anti-CAA protests on charge their bounden burden to the Aligarh Muslim University establish that the lecture delivered by Khan on December 12, 2019, has campus in December last year. such a deleterious effect “A complete reading of on the public order in Alithe speech also nowhere garh as had continued to threatens peace and tranquility of the city of Aliexist up to February 13, garh. The address gives a 2020 necessitating preventive detention of the decall for national integrity Dr Kafeel Khan tenue on that later date.” and unity among the citizens,” the division bench It said the appellant was Kalita comprising Chief Justice also denied the opportugets bail nity to seek the court’s Govind Marhur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh, The Delhi HC intervention against his said while allowing a ha- ordered bail detention under the NSA beas corpus writ petition to activist as “the orders of the extension of detention filed by his mother Nuzhat Devangana Perween. Kalita, saying were never served upon the detenue. Only radioWhile the speech was deshe was livered on December 12, Dr grams relating to the depresent in a cision of the state govKhan was arrested at the peaceful ernment for the Mumbai airport by the UP agitation, extension of the term of Special Task Force on Janwhich is a uary 29. fundamental detention were supplied The petition said Dr to the him.” right | P8 N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow PAGE 3 Overall 2019-20 6.1 4.2 Q1(April-Jun) 2020 auto, mfg sectors up E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 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 reentered 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 Accord. ing to power consumption data released on Tuesday , 110.57 billion units were consumed in August, almost FULL COVERAGE: P10 the similar level as last year. 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. In response to provocative military maneuvers by China in the late night of August 29 and 30, “the Indian side took appropriate defensive measures along the LAC in order to safeguard our interests and defend the territorial integrity,” MEA spokesperson Srivastava said Even as water level of major rivers in Odisha has started receding, there has been no respite for floodhit people due to delay in release of flood water to the sea 2019 Overall 2018-19 Appropriate defensive measures taken: MEA rial 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. Figures in % FAREWELL, STATESMAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday | PIB 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 Classic case of BMC neglect to its own Covid warrior EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar AS Bhubaneswar reports a rapid surge in Covid-19 infection, prompting apprehensions of community transmiss i o n , t h e B h u b a n e sw a r Municipal Corporation (BMC) is in a spot over handling its own frontline workers. As an assistant section officer (ASO) who tested positive awaits transfer to a hospital, the Steel and Mines Depart- ment had to shoot off a letter to BMC Commissioner seeking his intervention. The ASO Ranjan Jena tested positive on August 31 but is awaiting transfer to a Covid facility Living in a single rented . house with other roommates in Aerodrome area of the city , Jena has been requesting BMC officials to shift him to a Covid-19 hospital for treatment as home isolation is not possible, the letter said. With all symptoms of the deadly virus, he is in great pain and his health condition is deteriorating. Instead of shifting him to a Covid hospital, the BMC officials are advising to take medicine and stay in home isolation. As his requests for hospitalisation to BMC fell on deaf ears, Jena finally sought the intervention of department authority He is an employee of . the Steel and Mines department and was deployed by the Gover nment to work with BMC team in Ward-46 to fight the spread of coronavirus. In a letter to the BMC Commissioner, Special Secretary of Steel and Mines department SK Swain said, “He (Jena) has symptoms like headache, high fever, muscle pain, cough with occasional blood coming out of the mouth.” Since Jena is currently living in a single rented house with other roommates, this is clear barrier to maintain home isolation protocols, Swain said. The department has also provided his current address (Plot No 216/124, Lane-4, Aerodome, Near Naveen Nivas, Pin751020) with mobile phone number requesting prompt action. The issue has flagged health condition of Covid-19 patients who are encouraged home isolation. As of August, around 67 per cent of all the active cases in the Capital were in home isolation to reduce burden on Covid hospitals.
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