CHENNAI WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 VELLORE EDITION QUOTA FOR TERROR VICTIMS’ KIN IN MBBS, BDS ADMISSIONS NO SEPARATE EXAM, NEET SCORE WILL SUFFICE Home Ministry has sought applications from spouse/children of victims of terrorist attacks for MBBS and BDS courses In a communication to states, the home ministry has made it clear that no separate examination will be conducted and selection will be made only on the basis of marks obtained by the aspirants in NEET and possessing necessary education qualification. Children or spouse of a person who has been killed in an act of terrorism is eligible for the scheme ■ 15 days SEATS TO BE OFFERED FROM CENTRAL POOL ■ ■ Among the beneficiaries are children of families where a parent or a direct family member has been killed in an act of terrorism; victim of cross-firing / firing by armed forces in J&K and Ladakh Children of families migrated from Kashmir also eligible These seats will be offered from the central pool APPLICATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED WITHIN 15 DAYS OF DECLARATION OF NEET RESULTS 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 ‘`14k-cr river-linking work to kick off in Jan’ LAC JOINT STATEMENT India, China to stop sending more troops EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Ramanathapuram M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Members of various farmer organisations in Punjab return home after protesting against the passage of farm sector reform bills, in Patiala, on Tuesday | PTI Suspension from RS latest rallying point as Oppn boycotts Houses Ten key bills sail through without Opposition; Upper House could be adjourned sine die R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi ‘one nation, one party’ system,” Azad urged. THE suspension of eight Rajya He proposed that the governSabha members for unruly be- ment introduce another bill haviour appeared to have in- that makes it mandatory for pricreased the index of Opposition vate players not to purchase besolidarity, as all non-NDA par- low the minimum support price ties in both Houses of Parlia- (MSP). The new law should let ment boycotted proceedings on farmers seek legal redress in Tuesday, saying they will con- case of any disputes. Also, tinue to abstain till the action is MSPs should be announced revoked. The government, how- based on the Swaminathan ever, insisted that the Committee formula, eight MPs must first he said. express their regret Apart from Azad, before the decision other Opposition can be reviewed. members, including K With no Opposition Keshava Rao (TRS), in the House, the Rasought the revocation jya Sabha passed sevof suspension and anen key bills, including nounced their boycott the amendment to the of the House. Essential CommodiWith the entire Op‘Will seek an position announcing ties Bill within just 3.5 hours. As for the Lok explanation its Parliament boySabha, it cleared three from MP over cott, the suspended important le gisla- his remarks’ MPs called off their tions on labour codes. indefinite dhar na. Chief Minister With most of its legHowever, NCP chief Edappadi islative business alSharad Pawar obready transacted, the Palaniswami has served a day’s fast in said that an Upper House is exsolidarity . explanation will pected to be adAt dawn, Rajya Sabbe sought from journed sine die on ha Deputy Chairman AIADMK’s Rajya Wednesday However, . Harivansh Narayan Sabha MP SR five Opposition MPs Singh, did dome tea boycotted the Busi- Balasubramoniyan diplomacy as he went for his remarks, ness Advisory Comwith teapots to meet criticising the mittee meeting of the protesting MPs who Rajya Sabha called by Centre’s farm Bills had spent the night in that were Chairman M Venkaithe Parliament House ah Naidu to discuss supported by the complex in protest. party in the truncation. But his gesture did Parliament I P4 Earlier during a not bring about conbrief discussion in ciliation, though the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Leader of Opposition in the Ra- was profuse in his praise of jya Sabha, said no one was hap- Harivansh, saying he was py with what had happened on “blessed with a humble mind Sunday, but MPs were denied and a big heart”. It was Haritheir right to seek division on vansh who was in the chair two important farm bills. “In when ruckus happened on Sun2016, Arun Jaitley had said that day, which led to the suspenany government will become il- sions. With the stalemate still legitimate if the Speaker refus- continuing, Harivansh went on es to hold voting. For God’s a day’s fast over the Opposisake, do not move towards a tion’s “humiliating” conduct. IN a significant move aimed at easing tension on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China have agreed to stop sending additional troops to their respective sides of the LAC in eastern Ladakh. The major decision was taken while the Corps Commanders of the two countries met for the sixth round of talks on Monday . A joint India-China official statement issued on Tuesday read, “Corps Commanders agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, Demand refrain from unilaterally for early, changing the situation on the complete ground, and avoid taking any pullout actions that may complicate The Indian the situation.” delegation There are around 40,000 headed by Lt troops each from the Indian Gen Harinder and Chinese side with tanks, Singh pressed artillery and missiles posifor an early tioned against each other. and complete The Indian Ar my depullout of scribed the talk as “candid” Chinese in which the Indian and Chitroops from nese senior commanders had all the friction in-depth exchanges of views points. The on stabilising the situation two sides also along the LAC in the Indiamentioned China border areas. about the Both sides said the talks harsh winter will continue. “The two sides in the Ladakh also agreed to hold the 7th region round of Military Commandbeginning er-Level Meeting as soon as October when possible, take practical meastemperatures ures to properly solve probfall up to -25 lems on the ground, and degree C and jointly safeguard peace and oxygen tranquility in the border becomes area,” the joint statement scarce added. In a bid to resolve the issue with better inputs from all quarters, the Indian team comprised Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East) in the MEA and a senior representative of the The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, in addition to the military commanders of the 14 Corps, which has entire LAC in Ladakh as its area of responsibility . The marathon talks were held on Monday for about 14 hours in Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC across India’s Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh. TODAY’S MATCH MUMBAI vs KOLKATA Kolkata Knight Riders will open their campaign in the 13th edition of IPL against Mumbai Indians, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. This will be Mumbai’s second game after they lost their first match against Chennai Super Kings. KKR’s record of 19 losses in 25 matches against MI, however, is not flattering. ODDS: MI 5/6 KKR 1 58 Rohit Sharma’s win % as skipper in IPL. Bowling in death overs is the biggest challenge in the game to be honest. It is difficult to come in and bowl the last couple of overs. Trent Boult, Mumbai pacer L I V E : S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 7. 3 0 P M Shapoorji says it is ready to say TATA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HOURS after the Tatas offered to buy Shapoorji Pallonji group’s entire stake in Tata Sons, the Mistry family-led group said it was ready to exit the Tata group. The salt-to-Jaguar cars conglomerate told the Supreme Court on Tuesday it was open to buying out the 18.37% stake held by Shapoorji Pallonji in its holding firm Tata Sons. The Tatas made the offer verbally during the hearing on whether the SP group can pledge Tata Sons shares to raise funds. The SP Group issued a statement saying it had “stated before the Supreme Court that a separation from the Tata Group is necessary due to the potential impact this continuing litigation could have on livelihoods and the economy.” The statement said “The Mistry family believes that a separation of interests would best serve all stakeholders.” It added the Mistry family was “in the midst of raising funds against the security of their personal assets to meet the crisis arising from the global pandemic” but the Tatas were blocking this. The statement also alleged “several issues identified years earlier, continue to plague the group... Be it the operations of Tata Steel UK, where over the last three years alone the operational losses have increased by an additional `11,000 cr.” Appearing for the Tatas, senior lawyer Harish Salve said if SP Group wishes to sell the shares, Tata is willing to buy but the shares need to be protected. He urged the SC to stop CONTINUED ON P10 the sale. Temporary bar on share pledging SC has restrained Shapoorji Pallonji and Cyrus Mistry from pledging or transferring their shares in Tata Sons till Oct 28. The court also directed Tata Sons and SP Group not to take any action on the shares already pledged Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami unveiling various projects, at Ramanathapuram on Tuesday Channels to cover 259 km Excess water discharged from Mettur Dam into the sea will be diverted to waterbodies in drought-hit districts by digging channels for 259 km covering Karur, Tiruchy, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga districts Stone laid for 220 projects The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for 220 new projects worth `70.54 crore and inaugurated 844 projects worth `24.24 crore in the district. He also distributed welfare assistance worth `72.81 crore to 15,605 beneficiaries TN COVID BATTLE THE foundation stone for the `14,000-crore Cauvery-VaigaiGuntar river-linking project that would help irrigate nearly 1 lakh acres of agricultural lands in Ramanathapuram district will be laid in January next year, said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. Addressing media persons at Ramanathapuram collectorate, Palaniswami said that the three-phase project would help divert excess water from Mettur dam to lakes and ponds in drought-hit districts. “Channels will be dug for a length of 259 kilometres through Karur, Tiruchy Puduk, kottai, Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts for the purpose. Ramanathapuram district While Chennai city reported 989 CASES on Tuesday, Coimbatore topped districts with 595 FRESH CASES will receive 1,500 cubic feet of water from Vaigai. The project will help irrigate 1 lakh acre of cultivable lands,” he said. The Chief Minister said that in the first phase, channels would be dug for 118 kilometres from Cauvery to South Vellar. “The second phase will be from South Vellar till Vaigai (108 kilometres) and the third phase, from Vaigai and Guntar (33 kilometres). The detailed project report for the first phase is being drafted,” he said. Apart from the multi-crore project, the Chief Minister said, “Proposals to construct check-dams at Sevvor and Soodiyur villages in Paramakudi at a cost of `8.5 crore each are also being considered by the State.” He also spoke about the measures taken in Rameshwaram, for pilgrims and fisherfolk. P4 Tiruppur reported a spike in cases with 369 persons testing positive DEATHS TOLL 46,350 ACTIVE CASES IN TAMIL NADU Salem recorded 291 fresh cases, Cuddalore 233, Tiruvallur 230, Chengalpattu 231 and Kancheepuram 209 TOTAL CASES 5,337 76 8,947 5,52,674
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