THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l wednesday l October 07, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE 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. Amid demands for protection to the victim’s family, a bench led by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde directed the UP government to submit a fresh affidavit specifying whether it has put in place a witness protection plan for them and other witnesses. The court described the assault as horrible and shocking. Appearing for the state government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “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 Appointment Dinesh Kumar Khara is new SBI chairman EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi The Centre on Tuesday appointed Dinesh Kumar Khara as the next chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) for three ye a r s with ef fec t from Wednesday as the three-year term of Rajnish Kumar came to an end on Tuesday . Khara, 56, is one of the four managing directors of SBI who were interviewed for the top post by the Banks Board Bureau. As per convention, SBI chairman is appointed from a pool of serving managing directors at the bank. Interestingly Khara’s name , was recommended by the BBB in 2017 as well but he lost to Rajnish Kumar. A Masters in Business Administration from FMS Delhi, he joined SBI as a probationary officer in 1984 where he served in various capacities. He played a major role in merging five associate banks and the Bhartiya Mahila Bank with SBI. The appointment comes at a time when the banking sector is facing the challenges of loan moratorium, rising nonperforming assets and shrinking credit. should just be f air and impartial.” In its affidavit, the UP government requested the Supreme Court to order a probe by the CBI under its own supervision into the horrific assault on September 14. In the court, Mehta said: “Your lordships must supervise the investigation and the purpose of it must not be lost.” Senior advocate Indira Jaising said she was on the same page on having a court monitored probe while seeking the protection for the victim’s family and ensuring fair investigation. During the hearing, the bench asked Mehta to clarify whether the victim’s family has chosen a lawyer or not. It also sought to know the scope of the suo motu proceedings before the Allahabad High Court in connection with the case. “We want suggestions from all of you as to the scope of the proceedings in Allahabad and how we can widen and make them more relevant,” it said while putting off the hearing for next week. 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 However, seasoned jurists wondered why the SC chose to hear the case in the first place despite the Allahabad High Court having already passed several directions in the matter. The HC ordered several senior police and revenue officers to be present in court on October 12. Also, the court directed that the parents, brothers and sisters of the victim be personally present in court so as to ascertain facts from them directly . Expressing surprise, Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjay said: “It is unclear why the Supreme Court 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.” Echoing him, advocate on record at the Supreme Court Anas Tanvir said, “Supreme Court has in past held that the high courts are better equipped to deal with such matters and have asked the petitioners to malayali Journalist among four arrested In a swoop on Monday night, the UP police arrested a Malayali journalist and three others allegedly associated with the Popular Front of India and its allied outfit Campus Front. They were taken into custody near Mathura. They were on way to Hathras from Delhi. The journalist was identified as Siddique Kappan, who works out of Delhi P7 approach HCs instead. The same could have been done in present case, more so because the Allahabad HC had already taken suo motu cognisance of the issue.” Be that as it may the UP gov, ernment’s affidavit justifying the cremation said: “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.” Apart from the Babri verdict, concerns regarding the coronavirus safety protocol also came into play it 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 post-mortem,” the affidavit stated. It said once the postmortem 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”. India pokes 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 with a bilateral meeting with @ the importance that these con- SecPompeo. Pleased to see the sultations have gained, particu- progress of our partnership in larly in recent times.” so many fields. Will work toThe meet was also attended gether for stability and prosby US Secretary of State Mike perity in the Indo- Pacific,” Pompeo, Australian Foreign Jaishankar tweeted. Minister Marise Payne, and JaA statement from the US Depan’s Toshimitsu Motegi. Jais- partment of States said Pomhankar said as vibrant peo and Jaishankar and pluralistic democdiscussed ongoing biracies with shared vallateral and multilatues, nations have coleral cooperation on lectively affirmed the topics of internationimportance of mainal concern. “They retaining a free, open and affirmed the strength inclusive Indo-Pacific. of the US-India rela“Our objective remains tionship, reviewed efadvancing the security forts to combat the Subrahmanyam and the economic inpandemic, and assertJaishankar terests of all countries ed the need to work having legitimate and vital in- together to advance peace, prosterests in the region.” perity and security in the IndoJaishankar also had a one- Pacific and around the world,” on-one meeting with Pompeo. it said. The two leaders discussed variThe leaders agreed to continous aspects of bilateral ties and ue close cooperation during the measures to enhance coopera- US-India 2+2 ministerial diation. “Began my Tokyo visit logue 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 wants CBI probe under SC supervision; bench seeks clarity on witness protection and scope of Allahabad HC proceedings S h a in u M o h a n @ T’Puram Should be asymptomatic Should not have any major or uncontrolled comorbidity, pregnancy, immediate postnatal, immunocompromised state 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. 7,871 4,981 87,738 fresh cases on Tuesday recoveries on the day active cases 884 deaths so far 60,494 samples tested (in the last 24 hours) Short circuit didn’t cause fire at Secretariat: Report EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram 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. today’s IPL match Kolkata vs Chennai After ending a three-match losing streak, CSK will look to keep the momentum going as they face KKR. Against Dinesh Karthik’s inconsistent side, Dhoni & Co start favourites. Odds : Kolkata 22/23 | Chennai 10/11 Reopening of schools can wait, says CM 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 it’s doubtful 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. express read 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 the UAE. The NIA said the accused persons forged documents to smuggle gold. P4 LIFE: Vigilance submits files to court T’Puram: The CBI probing the LIFE Mission scam will have to approach the Vigilance Special Court in T’Puram 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, submitted all files in the court. P4 16 pages, including 4 pages of THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Express 5 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 rlv ramakrishnan interview ‘Dalit identity stopped me from pursuing dreams’ 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. RLV Ramakrishnan M a n o j V isw a n at h a n @ 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 on Saturday. Ramakrishnan 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 , 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,” said Ram● More on P4 akrishnan. DEAL NDA unveils poll agreement in Bihar The JD(U) will contest 122 seats and the BJP 121. On the CM candidate, the lead partners declared there are no ifs and buts about the leadership of the incumbent, Nitish Kumar. P8
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