ASHWIN PRASATH BHUBANESWAR l WEDNESDAY l SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 JEE MAIN: 57 PC TAKE THE TEST IN STATE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bhubaneswar AMIDST protests by the students’ community and a surge in Covid transmission, about 57 per cent candidates turned up on the first day of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), in the State on Tuesday . The exam was conducted in 26 centres across seven cities -- Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Balasore and Dhenkanal. At 68 per cent, Rourkela reported the highest turnout of candidates. Balasore reported the lowest turnout of around 45 per cent. Besides, the candidate reporting for test was 55 per cent in Bhubaneswar, 61 per cent each in Cuttack and Sambalpur, 54 per cent in Berhampur and 58 per cent in Dhenkanal, according to prelimi- nary reports. Nodal Officer for JEE (Main) in Rourkela PC Rath said, as many as 165 students had registered for the first sitting against which 115 appeared while in the second sitting 112 out of 166 took the test. “Eight students from outside have registered to avail hostel facility but none turned up on the first day,” he said. On the day, as many as 255 aspirants in Sambalpur district took the exam which was conducted across two centres at Bareipali and Majhipali. Additional District Magistrate, Sambalpur, Umakant Raj said, “Prior to the examination, 10 students from other districts had contacted us for accommodation. We made all the arrangements at Hirakud ITI hostel. Transportation facility was also arranged for them.” Sources said a total 1,776 students were supposed to write Candidates being screened at an examination centre in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday | EXPRESS their papers on day one in Bhubaneswar. However, a whopping 793 students skipped the exams conducted for admission to IITs and other top engineering colleges of the Country . Around 38,200 candidates from Odisha had enrolled for the national-level exam that will con- tinue till September 6. Around 16,000 of them have picked Bhubaneswar as their place of test. Poor turnout of candidates for the test on the first day has raised concerns among many. Students community has been livid that the test was imposed on them. “We are clueless over the low turnout which is unforeseen. 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 requesting his anonymity . The low turnout is being attributed to Covid-19 pandemic as well as flood across many districts. The students, who took the test, however, expressed their satisfaction about the arrangements by the NTA as well as the State Government to ensure smooth conduct of the test. “Authorities had taken all measures to ensure adequate social distancing,” said Tamanna Tripathy, a candidate. To prevent crowding outside the exam centres, adequate police personnel were also deployed by the local administrations. But concerned parents and guardians gathered nonetheless. 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. 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 delivered by Khan on December 12, campus in December last year. 2019, has such a deleteri“A complete reading of ous effect on the public orthe speech also nowhere der in Aligarh as had conthreatens peace and tranquility of the city of Alitinued to exist up to garh. The address gives a February 13, 2020 necessitating preventive detencall for national integrity Dr Kafeel Khan tion of the detenue on that and unity among the citizens,” 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 tention under the NSA as habeas corpus writ petiDevangana tion filed by his mother “the orders of the extenKalita, saying sion of detention were Nuzhat Perween. she was never served upon the deWhile the speech was present in a tenue. Only radiograms delivered on December 12, peaceful relating to the decision of Dr Khan was arrested at agitation, the state government for the Mumbai airport by which is a the extension of the term the UP Special Task Force fundamental of detention were supon January 29. plied to the him.” right | P8 The petition said Dr 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 Hospitalise officer in distress, S&M Dept tells BMC 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 (S&M) De- partment 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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