ASHWIN PRASATH MADURAI WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE 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 Keezhadi’s trail of inhabitation dates back to 6th century BCE V I G N E S H V @ Sivaganga 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- FRESH CASES DEATHS 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- Appropriate defensive measures taken: MEA 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 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. TOLL ARTEFACTS of various ages unearthed from the Keezhadi archaeological site hint at the possibility that the site could have been continuously inhabited from at least sixth century BCE. Moreover, what is now Keezhadi and its cluster villages could have been, in the ancient past, a single settlement divided into an industrial area, a residential area and a burial ground, according to archaeologists. Deputy Director (DD) of the Department of Archaeology R Sivanandam on Tuesday told TNIE that inhabitants of ancient Keezhadi also traded with the Romans, the Chinese, and western parts of India. “When it comes to ancient settlements in general, breaks in habitation may occur owing to various reasons but, for Keezhadi, inhabitation continued across the centuries without any such break. Pottery from different pe- A skeleton unearthed from Kondagai, a cluster village of Keezhadi riods unearthed from the site strengthens the theory of this continuous inhabitation of the site,” Sivanandam said. Further excavation and dating of artefact might even push the antiquity of the Keezhadi site beyond sixth century BCE, he added. A 17th century CE gold coin; 4-5th century CE Roman roulette ware; 11-12th century CE Chinese celadon ware; a coin minted by the East India Company among others prove continuous human activity in the locality over the centuries,’’ he said. They also had trade relations with the northern-western India as evidenced by the finding of beads made of semi-precious stones like agate and carnelian. “Tools, possibly from the microlithic period, were also found at the site but it is too early to confirm whether they are indeed from that era,” he said. While Agaram and Manalur served as residential areas, Keezhadi was an industrial area, and Kondagai a burial site; this has been proven by the findings of the Department of Archeology , Sivanandam said. “Though they (Keezhadi and cluster villages) are different villages today they could have been , a single settlement in that era,” he added. AGR dues can be cleared in 10 years, says SC HC sets Kafeel Khan free, quashes charges E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow 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 Khan was granted bail on January 29 but was not released. InTHE Allahabad High Court on stead, the NSA was invoked Tuesday dropped all charges un- against him in February by the der the National Security Act Aligarh district 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 delivcampus in December last year. ered by Khan on December 12, “A complete reading of 2019, has such a deleterithe speech also nowhere ous effect on the public orthreatens peace and trander in Aligarh as had conquility of the city of Alitinued to exist up to garh. The address gives a February 13, 2020 necessicall for national integrity tating preventive detenDr Kafeel Khan and unity among the citition of the detenue on that zens,” the division bench later date.” Kalita comprising Chief Justice It said the appellant was gets bail also denied the opportuGovind Marhur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Sin- The Delhi HC nity to seek the court’s ingh, said while allowing a ordered bail tervention against his deto activist habeas corpus writ petitention under the NSA as Devangana tion filed by his mother “the orders of the extenKalita, saying sion of detention were Nuzhat Perween. she was While the speech was never served upon the depresent in a delivered on December 12, tenue. Only radiograms peaceful Dr Khan was arrested at relating to the decision of agitation, the Mumbai airport by the state government for which is a the UP Special Task Force the extension of the term fundamental of detention were supon January 29. right | P8 The petition said Dr plied to the him.” Q1 (April-Jun) Q2 (Jul-Sep) Q3 (Oct-Dec) Q4 (Jan-Mar) FREE FALL 5.2 4.4 4.1 3.1 2018 Figures in % 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 Ties with AIADMK strong as ever: BJP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore ASSERTING that the ties with the AIADMK were strong as ever, BJP State president L Murugan advised the ministers of the Dravidian major to exercise caution while issuing public statements. Murugan’s advise comes in the wake of the comments made by ministers Sellur K Raju and D Jayakumar that were critical of the BJP . Meanwhile, he reiterated his earlier statement that BJP had emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the Tamil Nadu politics. Buoyed by an internal survey Murugan said that if , BJP were to go it alone in the upcoming polls, it would bag 60 seats, a majority of the mandate coming from the Kongu belt in the western Tamil Nadu. Addressing reporters at the BJP’s office on VKK Menon Road in the city on Tuesday, he hinted at a sea-change in the political landscape of the State, come December. He later claimed that a few more senior DMK leaders would come into the BJP’s fold soon. He asser ted that the State unit of the par ty wo u l d r i d e o n t h e p o p u l a r i t y w ave, o n t h e back of BJP’s achievements under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. IF EVERYONE WEARS A MASK, WE CAN ACHIEVE 90% EFFECT OF LOCKDOWN: DR D NAGESHWAR REDDY TOTAL CASES 5,928 96 7,418 4,33,969 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. MEDICOS HIT AS DOCS JUGGLE COVID DUTY AND CLASSES Scan the QR code or watch it on: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=lUGKK4KjyLM S I N D UJA JA N E @ Chennai ONLINE classes during the pandemic have been plagued by several issues -- from students struggling to purchase a smart phone with sufficient data to connectivity issues. However, unavailability of teaching faculty is a worrisome thing, especially when it comes to teaching students of medical colleges. Even as the faculty are busy in treating Covid cases, classes for medical students, especially second and third year MBBS students, have become irregular. According to MBBS students, classes are being conducted for at least three hours every day for first year and final year students, but not for those studying second and third year. Explaining the current scenario, a second year MBBS student rues, “We rarely have any classes these days. We have WhatsApp groups for all departments and will be given some assignments. Once we complete it, we will get attendance. These classes are mostly managed by postgraduate doctors.” However, first year and final year students say that professors are conducting classes every day since last month. “We have to appear for university exams and will be retained in the same class if we don’t clear it, unlike second and third year students. Our classes are being regularly conducted from August 1,” says a fourth year student. 7.1 6.2 5.6 5.7 FAREWELL, STATESMAN For transcript on TNIE site, go to https://bit.ly/3bh6fJX Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday | PIB EXPRESS READ TINSEL TICKET CM hails SC verdict on quota for in-service docs Indie director’s understated over-the-top brilliance CM Edappadi K Palaniswami has welcomed the SC judgment on reservation for in-service candidates for admission to postgraduate medical courses. MONSOON SESSION AT KALAIVANAR ARANGAM FROM SEPTEMBER 14 D E E PA K S AT H I S H @ Coimbatore LENDING a hand to budding filmmakers create their own space in the tinsel town, an MBA graduate in Coimbatore recently launched an OverThe-Top (OTT) application, exclusively for screening independent content. V Arunkanth, an independent filmmaker who developed the application - AK Online said that many OTT platforms, TV and radio channels had rejected his movies, citing lack of star cast and brand value. It’s to surmount this hurdle that he launched the mobile application in 2019, airing Live TV and internet radio. Now, he has incorporated the option of OTT in his application, thereby setting the stage for independ- ent film and documentary makers, and music composers. He said that the platform, which was launched on August 15, would basically function on points system. “It is up to the filmmakers to fix the rate for their movies. The users must purchase credit points to watch the content. One point costs `1,” Arunkanth said, adding that he pays 80 per cent of the amount to the creator within 48 hours. Speaking to TNIE, the fimmaker said that as on Tuesday , his platform was being used by 600 patrons, and that 650 individual purchases were made. “As a welcome offer, I am giving 30 points to the users. The filmmakers can also send notifications to the viewers on their upcoming movies,” he added.
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