KOZHIKODE l wednesday l October 07, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Three share Nobel physics prize for black hole study Three scientists on Tuesday won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics for advancing the understanding of black holes Roger Penrose Reinhard Genzel Andrea Ghez UK, GERMAN, AMERICAN SCIENTISTS WIN AWARD Still many questions unanswered Briton Roger Penrose received half of this year’s prize “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”. German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez received the second half of the prize “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”, the Nobel Committee said ■ ■ Black holes are regions of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from them. “These exotic objects pose many questions that beg for answers and motivate future research,” said David Haviland, Chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics Ghez is the fourth woman to get the Physics Nobel | P12 SEK 10 mn or $1.1 mn is the prize money, which will be shared among the winners 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 Nurse-managed domiciliary Covid centres set up in state Cremation in the dead of night to prevent Hathras violence: Govt E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi For the first time since the September 30 cremation of the Hathras gang-rape and murder victim in the dead of night allegedly without the consent and presence of her family the , Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday sought to justify its action, saying it was done to prevent large-scale violence the next morning. Citing intelligence inputs of the possibility of major law and order problems, the UP government in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, said the cremation happened at 2.30 am and security forces were already on high alert in the district because of the Babri masjid verdict a day later. Curiously, the affidavit was submitted even before the SC issued a notice to the state asking it to do so. “The district administration at Hathras had been receiving several intelligence inputs since the morning of September 29 on the manner in which the dharna had taken place at Safdarjung hospital and the whole issue was being exploited and a caste/communal colour was being given,” the affidavit stated while requesting the top court to order a probe by the CBI under its own super- vision into the horrific assault on September 14. It said the state has already requested the Centre that the CBI take over the investigations to obviate hindrance by vested interests. The affidavit further stated that it had received specific inputs that lakhs of protesters of both communities/castes along with supporters of political parties and the media would assemble the next morning at the village, which could turn violent and lead to major law and order problems. Apart from the Babri verdict, concerns regarding the coronavirus safety protocol came into play as well, the affidavit said. “In such extraordinary and severe circumstances, the district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the deceased to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large-scale violence in the morning to cremate the body of the victim that was lying for almost more than 20 hours after her death and postmortem,” the affidavit stated. It said once the post-mortem had been done, “there cannot be any bad intention” to speed up the cremation “except to obviate the potential violent situation resulting from the planned caste divide by certain vested interests”. File photo of police personnel cremating a Dalit woman in the wee hours of September 30 in Hathras district, allegedly without her family’s consent | PTI Surprise over top court’s intervention “It is unclear why the SC would interfere or what would be the scope of its interference when a more effective arrangement in uncovering the truth had already been made by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court,” Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjay said P7 SC gets proactive posers on witness protection, lawyer E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the UP government to submit a fresh affidavit on whether it has put in place a witness protection plan for the family of a 20-yearold woman, who was allegedly gang-raped and murdered in Hathras, and other witnesses in the case. It was in response to a PIL seeking a CBI or a Special Investigation Team probe monitored by a sitting or retired Supreme Court or high court judge, into the case. “I am not opposing the petition. There are narratives and narratives in the public domain. Let us not sensationalise the death of a young girl. Investigation should just be fair and impartial,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench. “Your lordships must supervise the investigation and the purpose of it must not be lost,” he added. During the hearing, a bench led by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde asked Mehta to clarify if the victim’s family has chosen a lawyer or not. The bench also sought to know the scope of the suo motu proceedings by the Allahabad High Court in connection with the case. “We also want suggestion from all of you as to the scope of the proceedings in Allahabad and how we can make them more relevant,” the bench said while putting off the hearing for next week. India’s subtle poke at China from quad meet P U S H K A R BA N A K A R @ New Delhi In a subtle message to China, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said India believes in respecting territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes. Addressing a meeting of the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan and the US in Tokyo, he said India is “committed to upholding the rules-based international order”. The US-India-Australia-Japan quadrilateral consultations come amid growing concerns over Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region and IndiaChina border tension in eastern Ladakh. Beijing is opposed to the ‘quad’ grouping, which it says was set up to contain China’s ‘development’ in the region. In an apparent reference to China, Jaishankar said, “The fact that we are meeting here today in person, despite the glo, bal pandemic, is a testimony to the importance that these consultations have gained, particularly in recent times.” The meet was also attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and Japan’s Toshimitsu Motegi. Jaishankar said as vibrant and pluralistic democracies with shared values, nations have collectively affirmed the importance of maintaining a free, open and inclusive IndoPacific. “Our objective remains advancing the security and the economic interests of all countries having legitimate and vital interests in the region.” Jaishankar also had a oneon-one meeting with Pompeo. The two leaders discussed various aspects of bilateral ties and measures to enhance cooperation. “Began my Tokyo visit with a bilateral meeting with @ SecPompeo. Pleased to see the progress of our partnership in External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, and other Quad Foreign Ministers in Tokyo on Tuesday | MEA so many fields. Will work together for stability and prosperity in the Indo- Pacific,” he Jaishankar tweeted. A statement from the US Department of States said Pompeo and Jaishankar discussed ongoing bilateral and multilateral cooperation on topics of international concern. “They reaffirmed the strength of the US-India relationship, reviewed efforts to combat the pandemic, and asserted the need to work together to advance peace, prosperity and security in the IndoPacific and around the world,” it said. The leaders agreed to continue close cooperation during the US-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue later this year. ADMISSION CRITERIA KERALA, which is feeling the heat due to a steady spike in Covid-19 cases and a dearth of healthcare workers to manage them, is setting up Domiciliary Covid Care Centres (DCCC). Being run by staff nurses, DCCCs will replace the Covid First-Line Treatment Centres (CFLTCs). Domiciliary centres admit asymptomatic patients who are unable to opt for home isolation due to psychosocial issues. CFLTCs with less than 100 beds are being converted into DCCCs and those having more facilities into Covid Second Line Treatment Centres (CSLTC). Details on the number of CFLTCs that can be converted into DCCCs from each district are being gathered. As per the health department’s statistics, 180 active CFLTCs are functioning in the state and nearly 270 doctors are deployed in those facilities. Eleven domiciliary centres have already been set up in as many block panchayats in Palakkad district and patients shifted to the one in Koppam, according to officials. The government decided to start domiciliary centres across the state, under local bodies, af- Patients must be Covid positive in any of the confirmatory tests Kerala Case diary UP had intel on protesters possibly creating a law and order situation; pushes for CBI probe under Supreme Court’s supervision S h a in u M o h a n @ T’Puram recoveries on the day RLV Ramakrishnan @ Kochi “My birth is my fatal accident. I was desperate to start a life... I’m not sad. I’m just empty. Unconcer ned about myself. That’s pathetic. And that’s why I am doing this — Rohith Vemula, the Dalit PhD student at Hydera- bad Central University, before ending his life. “I’m unable to stand this torture. I’m putting an end to my travails. Let there be an art world devoid of caste discrimination. The chairperson and secretary of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi (KSNA) are responsible for my plight — RLV Ramakrishnan, a dedicated Mohiniyattom exponent and brother of the late actor Kalabhavan Mani before attempting suicide. Ramakrishnan, who attempted suicide last Saturday, has just returned home from hospital after escaping the clutches of death. But the mental agony that forced him to take the extreme step refuses to die down. Kerala boasts of being a reformed society but Ramakrishnan’s travails , Must be psychologically fit A caretaker needed for children under 11 years ter it found the staff crunch to be the biggest hurdle to keep the mortality rate in check and manage Category C (high risk) patients. “Asymptomatic patients have been asked to seek treatment at their homes. But if they don’t have the necessary facility to do so, then they’ll be moved to the domiciliary centres,” said Dr Mary Jyothi, a nodal officer in Palakkad. “Eight districts have got back to us and 38 new facilities have been identified for setting up DCCCs. Staff nurses will manage these centres. If any patient develops complications, he/she will be immediately transferred to the nearest second-line treatment centre,” an official told ● More on P4 TNIE. active cases 884 deaths so far 60,494 samples tested (in the last 24 hours) EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday reiterated that schools will not be reopened soon in the state though the Centre had given its nod as part of Unlock 5 guidelines. “Everybody wants schools to be reopened. But we are doubtful if it’s possible now,” the CM said. He said school reopening can be considered only after the Covid spread is contained in the state. Expressing optimism of achieving that objective through stringent measures, the CM said the all-party meet has endorsed the measures. “We can’t relax everything until we bring the disease under control,” he said. While the Centre permitted the reopening of schools in phases after October 15, it left the final decision on the timing and manner of reopening to the discretion of states. The state had clarified its stand immediately after the guidelines were issued on September 30. No ifs and buts, NDA unwraps deal in Bihar Short circuit didn’t cause fire at Secretariat: Report R a j es h K u m a r T h a k u r a n d M a nis h An a n d EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram @ Patna / New Delhi two days ahead of the close of nominations for the first phase of Bihar assembly polls, the NDA on Tuesday unveiled the seat adjustment plans: the JD-U will contest 122 seats and the BJP 121. On , the alliance’s chief ministerial candidate, the two lead partners declared there are no ifs and buts about the leadership of the incumbent, Nitish Kumar. As per the seat arrangement, the JD-U will adjust the Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM) from its quota while the BJP will leave seats for the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) of Mukesh Sahini, who exited the opposition Grand Alliance a few days ago. THE fire that erupted in the General Administration Department (GAD) at the Secretariat in August was not due to short circuit, a report by the Kerala State Forensic Science Laboratory has said. The report and the case diary submitted by , the Special Investigation Team led by ADGP (Headquarters) Manoj Abraham before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court-III in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, said the forensic team could not find any possibility of short circuit after inspecting the wires connected to the fan from the switch. An initial finding had said that a short circuit from a fan could have triggered the fire. The report was prepared after examining 45 objects in the room where the fire broke out. The report stated that there is no evidence of a short circuit in any of the samples collected. Though the fan and switch board were gutted, the sanitiser kept in the room didn’t catch fire, the report added. The report did not mention how the files caught fire. The police said the report only contained details of the conclusion reached earlier. A clarity on the reason of fire could be found out only after accessing the remaining reports from the forensic team,” a senior police officer told TNIE. Opposition parties seized the opportunity and asked the state government to come clean on ● More on P4 the issue. 5 today’s IPL match Kolkata vs Chennai Coming from a 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, Chennai will look to claim they are back as they face KKR in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Kolkata could make life difficult for Chennai. Piyush Chawla (156) is five wickets shy of becoming second-most successful bowler in tournament. Lasith Malinga (170) and Amit Mishra (160) are ahead of him. Live: Star Sports1/ Hotstar @ 7.30PM Odds : Kolkata 22/23 | Chennai 10/11 e x p r e s s sr e a d d expres rea Escaped from death, but agony fails to die down M a n o j V isw a n at h a n Should not have any major or uncontrolled comorbidity, pregnancy, immediate postnatal, immunocompromised state 7,871 4,981 87,738 fresh cases on Tuesday rlv ramakrishnan interview Being the brother of Kalabhavan Mani was an honour and the identity helped me in building my career. But my Dalit identity has been posing hurdles in pursuing my dreams. Should be asymptomatic Reopening of schools can wait, says CM expose the ugly underbelly of caste discrimination prevailing in the state. “Being the brother of Kalabhavan Mani was an honour and the identity helped me in building my career. Despite that, my Dalit identity has been posing hurdles in pursuing my dreams. I’m passionate about Mohiniyattam and have been performing for three decades. ● More on P4 Faisal Fareed, Rabins arrested by UAE Kochi: For the first time after registering a case related to the smuggling of gold through the diplomatic channel, the NIA on Tuesday revealed details of its probe carried out in the UAE. In a report filed at the NIA Court, it stated that prime accused Faisal Fareed and Rabins Hameed have been arrested by UAE authorities. The NIA said the accused persons forged documents and obtained authorisation certificates from UAE diplomats by deceit to smuggle gold. P4 LIFE Mission: Vigilance submits files to court T’Puram: The CBI probing the LIFE Mission scam will have to approach the Vigilance Special Court in Thiruvananthapuram to get access to the files pertaining to the housing project. This is because the Vigilance Special Investigation Unit- I, which is also probing the case following a government directive, on Monday submitted all files, including the original documents, in the court. “CBI can file a petition in the court for the files,” said a Vigilance officer. P4
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