HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY 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 SEATS TO BE OFFERED FROM CENTRAL POOL 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 ■ ■ ■ 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 15 days 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 List of 72 names revealed LAC JOINT STATEMENT India, China to stop sending more troops 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 unites Oppn in boycott of 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 THE suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members for unruly behaviour appeared to have increased the index of Opposition solidarity as all non-NDA , parties in both Houses of Parliament boycotted proceedings on Tuesday, saying they will continue to abstain till the action is revoked. The government, however, insisted that the eight MPs must first express their regret before the decision can be reviewed. With no Opposition in the House, the Rajya Sabha passed seven key bills, including the amendment to the Essential Commodities Bill within just 3.5 hours. As for the Lok Sabha, it cleared three important legislations on labour codes. With most of its legislative business already transacted, the Upper House is expected to be adjourned sine die on Wednesday . However, five Opposition MPs boycotted the Business Advisory Committee meeting of the Rajya Sabha called by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to discuss the truncation. Earlier during a brief discussion in the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said no one was happy with what had happened on Sunday but MPs were , denied their right to seek division on two important farm bills. “In 2016, Arun Jaitley had said that any government will become illegitimate if the Speaker refuses to hold voting. For God’s sake, do not move towards a ‘one nation, one party’ system,” Azad urged. He proposed that the government introduce another bill that makes it mandatory for private players not to purchase below the minimum support price (MSP). The new law should let farmers seek legal redress in case of any disputes. Also, MSPs should be announced based on the Swaminathan Committee formula, he said. Apart from Azad, other Opposition members, including K Keshava Rao (TRS), sought the revocation of suspension and announced their boycott of the CONTINUED ON P8 House. 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 Demand communication on the for early, ground, avoid misundercomplete standings and misjudgments, pullout stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from The Indian unilaterally changing the delegation situation on the ground, and headed by Lt avoid taking any actions that Gen Harinder Singh pressed m a y c o m p l i c a t e t h e situation.” for an early There are around 40,000 and complete troops each from the Indian pullout of and Chinese side with tanks, Chinese artillery and missiles positroops from all the friction tioned against each other. The Indian Ar my depoints. The two sides also scribed the talk as “candid” in which the Indian and Chimentioned nese senior commanders had about the in-depth exchanges of views harsh winter in the Ladakh on stabilising the situation along the LAC in the Indiaregion China border areas. beginning Both sides said the talks October when temperatures will continue. “The two sides also agreed to hold the 7th fall up to -25 round of Military Commanddegree C and er-Level Meeting as soon as oxygen possible, take practical measbecomes ures to properly solve probscarce lems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area,” the joint statement 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. Fine variety mid-day meal rice rotting at govt schools B K A R T H E E K @ Hyderabad THE fine variety rice stored at government schools to be utilised under the mid-day meal scheme has been rotting for the last seven to eight months as schools are shut in view of Covid-19 pandemic. As the foodgrains are rotting, the School Education Department is understood to have directed the respective school heads to return the rice to the Civil Supplies Department. However, the Civil Supplies Department officials are not ready to take the stocks back as the they are damaged. As per the data made available online by the School Education Department, there are 41,600 schools, including 20,980 primary, 7,688 upper primary and 12,932 high schools, in the State. As the government’s decision to close schools was sudden, there is hardly any school with no rice stored on their CONTINUED ON P3 premises. Authorities of a government school in Rangareddy district use neem leaves to protect rice from insects | VINAY MADAPU In our school there is a stock of over 12 quintals of rice lying since March. We noticed bugs and larvae when we opened one of the sacks Principal of a school in Rangareddy district 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 Under RTI, the Forum for Good Governance obtained the list of film personalities who were quizzed and whose statements were recorded. The Prohibition and Excise Department furnished a list of 72 names in two installments and it included Puri Jagannath, Charmme Kaur, Mumaith Khan and Ravi Teja. Why is the government not coming forward to speed up the investigation into the use of drugs in Tollywood? The Special Investigation Team, which was constituted in 2017, should get to the bottom of the four remaining cases and file charge-sheets as early as possible M Padmanabha Reddy, Forum for Good Governance Drugs in Tollywood: State govt reluctant to share info on cases R P R I D H V I R A J @ Hyderabad THE State government appears to be cagey in parting with information about the progress of investigation into the three-year-old cases relating to use of banned drugs in Tollywood. In reply to an RTI query from Forum for Good Governance, the office of the Director of Enforcement, Prohibition and Excise Department has furnished charge-sheets for eight cases, contending that charge-sheets in respect of remaining four cases are yet to be filed. The Forum For Good Governance suspects that it looks as though investigation into these four cases, which involved Tollywood celebrities, has been dropped. “Why is the government not coming forward to speed up the investigation into the use of drugs in Tollywood? The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was constituted in 2017, should get to the bottom of the four remaining cases and file charge-sheets as early as possible. In fact, the SIT was very active at that time, calling the Tollywood personalities for questioning, taking their statements and also collecting samples but later the investigation suddenly turned cold,” Forum for Good Governance secretary M Padmanabha Reddy said. The Forum, which has been pur- TUESDAY’S RESULT Rajasthan Royals started their campaign in the 13th IPL with a 16-run win over CSK on Tuesday. Royals scored 216 for 7 before restricting Chennai to 200 for 6 | P11 TODAY’S MATCH suing the case, obtained under RTI the list of film personalities who were quizzed and whose statements were recorded. The Department furnished a list of 72 names in two installments — first with 60 names and the second with 12 names. The list included Puri Jagannath, Charmme Kaur, Mumaith Khan and Ravi Teja, to name a few. Padmanabha Reddy said that the SIT should complete its investigation and disclose the details to the people to clear all doubts over its seriousness in pursuing the cases without categorising some as victims and others as peddlers. CONTINUED ON P4 MUMBAI vs KOLKATA KKR will open their IPL campaign against Mumbai Indians, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. KKR’s record of 19 losses in 25 matches against MI, however, is not flattering LIVE: Star Sports1/ Hotstar @ 7.30pm
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