DHARMAPURI WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION QUOTA FOR TERROR VICTIMS’ KIN IN MBBS, BDS ADMISSIONS Home Ministry has sought applications from spouse/children of victims of terrorist attacks for MBBS and BDS courses NO SEPARATE EXAM, NEET SCORE WILL SUFFICE 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 ‘Works on river-linking project to start in Jan’ Oppn boycotts Houses over suspension of RS members EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Ramanathapuram Ten bills sail through without Opposition; 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 Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami unveiling various projects at Ramanathapuram on Tuesday Appointment letter given Members of various farmer organisations in Punjab return home after protesting against the passage of farm sector reform bills, in Patiala, on Tuesday | PTI 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 House. With the entire Opposition announcing its Parliament boycott, the suspended MPs called off their indefinite dharna. At dawn, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chair man Harivansh Narayan Singh, did dome tea diplomacy as he went with teapots to meet protesting MPs who had spent the night in the Parliament House complex in protest. Chief Minister handed over appointment letter to P Vanathi Devi, widow of Havildar K Palani, who was martyred at Galwan Valley near Ladakh on June 15 . She has been posted as Junior Assistant on compassionate grounds 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 CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that foundation stone laying ceremony of `14,000 crore-worth CauveryVaigai-Guntar river linking project that would help irrigate nearly 1 lakh acres of agricultural lands in Ramanathapuram district will be held in January next year. Addressing media persons at Ramanathapuram collectorate, Palaniswami said that the project would help divert excess water from Mettur dam to lakes and ponds in drought-hit districts. “Channels would be dug for a length of 259 kilometres through Karur, Tiruchi, Pudukkottai, 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,” he said, adding that the project will be completed in three phases. 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 see digging channels from South Vellar till Vaigai (108 kilometres) . In the third phase, 33-kilometre stretch from Vaigai to Guntar will be dug. The detailed project report for the first phase is being drafted,” he said. Palaniswami said that the works of lodges for pilgrims at Rameswaram worth `30.96 crore are nearing completion and that an order has been issued to provide subsidised (50% share by Centre and 20% share by State) deep sea fishing boats P4 to 232 beneficiaries. 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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