BHUBANESWAR l WEDNESDAY l SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 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 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. With the Essential Commodi‘Will seek an entire Opposition anties Bill within just 3.5 nouncing its Parliahours. As for the Lok explanation ment boycott, the susSabha, it cleared three from MP over pended MPs called off important le gisla- his remarks’ their indefinite dhartions on labour codes. na. However, NCP With most of its leg- TN Chief Minister chief Sharad Pawar Edappadi islative business alobserved a day’s fast ready transacted, the Palaniswami has in solidarity . said that an Upper House is exAt dawn, Rajya Sabexplanation will pected to be adha Deputy Chairman be sought from journed sine die on Harivansh Narayan AIADMK’s Rajya Wednesday However, . Singh, did some tea Sabha MP SR five Opposition MPs diplomacy as he went boycotted the Busi- Balasubramoniyan with teapots to meet for his remarks, ness Advisory Comprotesting MPs who criticising the mittee meeting of the had spent the night in Rajya Sabha called by Centre’s Farm Bills the Parliament House that were Chairman M Venkaicomplex in protest. ah Naidu to discuss supported by the But his gesture did party in the truncation. not bring about conParliament Earlier during a ciliation, though brief discussion in Prime Minister Narthe House, Ghulam Nabi Azad, endra Modi was profuse in his Leader of Opposition in the Ra- praise of Harivansh, saying he jya Sabha, said no one was hap- was “blessed with a humble py with what had happened on mind and a big heart”. It was Sunday, but MPs were denied Harivansh who was in the chair their right to seek division on when ruckus happened on Suntwo important farm Bills. “In d a y, w h i c h l e d t o t h e 2016, Arun Jaitley had said that suspensions. With the staleany government will become il- mate still continuing, Harilegitimate if the Speaker refus- vansh went on a day’s fast over es to hold voting. For God’s the Opposition’s “humiliating” P7 sake, do not move towards a 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 40,000 troops headed by Lt each from the Indian and Gen Harinder Chinese sides with tanks, arSingh pressed tillery 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 secP8 tor in eastern Ladakh. TODAY’S MATCH MUMBAI vs KOLKATA Kolkata Knight Riders will open their campaign in the 13th edition of IPL against ODDS: MI 5/6 KKR 1 Mumbai Indians, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. This will be Mumbai’s second game after they lost their first match against Chennai Super Kings. Kolkata’s record of 19 losses in 25 matches against Mumbai, however, is not flattering. 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 TUESDAY’S RESULT Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs. Chasing 217, MS Dhoni’s men made 200/6. Faf du Plessis made a 37-ball 72. 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 Shapoorji Pallonji group can pledge Tata Sons shares to raise funds. The Shapoorji 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 state.” ment 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 proCONTINUED ON: P10 tected. 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 420 ventilators gather dust, Covid patients left in the lurch ODISHA’S DRAWBACKS The State has 1 ventilator, 3 ICU beds and 62 general beds for 1 lakh population in the Covid facilities There is 1 doctor for every 5,446 people, which is lower than the national average of 1:1457 and WHO norm of 1:1000 It is shocking to know that State Government has failed to install more than 400 ventilators A member of the technical experts’ committee Of the allocated 567 ventilators from the PM Cares Fund, the Odisha Govt has installed only 147 till September 14 HEMANT KUMAR ROUT @ Bhubaneswar AS many as 420 ventilators allocated to Odisha by the Centre are gathering dust even as a steady number of deaths continue to be reported with patients either failing to access ICU or ventilator support. As per the information laid down by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey on the floor of Rajya Sabha, of the allocated 567 ventilators from PM Cares Fund, State Government has installed 147 ventilators till September 14. Currently, the State has one ventilator, three ICU beds and 62 general beds for one lakh population in Covid facilities developed in collaboration with private entities. Sources said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare department had asked States to submit their indent based on the numbers of case, trend of pandemic and requirement. Accordingly 32,109 venti, lators were allocated to various states. While Maharashtra bagged maximum 4,434 ventilators, followed by Andhra Pradesh (3,960), Gujarat (2,500), Karnataka (2,015) and Uttar Pradesh (2,000), states like Assam, Bihar and Odisha which have poor health infrastructure received 1,000, 500 and 567 ventilators respectively . With a daily test positivity rate of around 10 per cent, Odisha is among the top 10 states fuelling the new infections in the country The State is among . the bottom few in terms of health infrastructure. “It is shocking to know that State Government has failed to install more than 400 ventilators. Several critical patients often succumb to diseases or accidents due to lack of timely critical care. In the pre-Covid period, we were among the few states having less than 500 ventilators. When the Centre is ready to support us with medical equipment, we should take advantage of it,” said a member of the technical experts’ committee. Odisha has around 27,310 general beds, including 8,310 in dedicated Covid hospitals (DCHs) and rest in Covid Care Centres (CCCs) besides, 1,362 beds in ICUs and 526 ventilators. Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said the ventilators supplied by the Centre will be installed as and when required. “The State Government had already purchased 287 and private organisations had provided 200 more before ventilators from the Centre reached Odisha. However, all will be installed once more facilities are developed,” he clarified. Not only the infrastructure and medical equipment, shortage of doctors also cripples the healthcare services as there is one doctor for every 5,446 people which is lower than the national average of 1:1457 and WHO norm of 1:1000. Although around 8,023 MBBS doctors and 4,014 AYUSH practitioners were engaged in Covid duty, a significant number of doctors are in isolation after getting infected and the Ayurvedic physicians have been deployed at some key areas due to lack of sufficient number of medical graduates.
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