The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room — the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva KOLLAM l Thursday l October 15, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION China, Pakistan re-elected to UN Human Rights Council Despite their dismal human rights record, the two countries made it to the UNHRC with 139 and 169 votes, respectively Human rights abusers in world body Activists, Pompeo hit out at unhrc Not just China and Pakistan, the world body has a number of countries with questionable credentials such as Cuba, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Senegal, Libya, Somalia, Mauritania, Ukraine and Russia sitting as judges to determine human rights violations. Saudi Arabia, one of the worst human rights violators, contested but failed as it received only 90 votes ■ “UN’s newest world judges on human rights include Pakistan, which persecutes Christians, Hindus; and China, which herded one million Uighurs into camps,” said international lawyer Hillel Neuer ■ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US now stands vindicated for its decision to quit the Council in 2018 | P7 39 countries Had criticised china last week for its treatment of Uighur Muslims 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 nmc proposal VINAY MADAPU Ball set rolling on hiring of non-MBBS as med teachers Hyderabad stays inundated; swollen rivers snap road connectivity to Andhra villages S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi Days after the new medical education regulator, the National Medical Commission (NMC), came into existence, it has proposed to formalise the hiring of non-medical grads — those without MBBS — as teachers in medical colleges. As per the latest “minimum requirements for MBBS admission regulations 2020”, released for public feedback, non-medical teachers can be recruited in six departments — anatomy, physiology pharmacology and , microbiology, biochem and statistician — in the department of community medicine. Already up to 30% faculty for , first and second year students of various medical colleges are said to comprise those who are not undergrads in medicine because the Medical Council of India (MCI), the previous regulator, did not clearly define it. It all began several decades ago when there weren’t enough PG doctors to serve as faculty, official sources explained. That was when the MCI allowed MBBS degree holders with a general masters in science to be hired as teachers in medical colleges for non-clinical subjects. “Later, even those without an MBBS degree and holding just an MSc or PhD in life sciences, were hired as faculty in medical colleges in states but the MCI simply ignored the issue,” said a source. Meanwhile, Dr Satendra Singh, a senior faculty with the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, said the advent of competency based medical education meant that the course will now be clinically oriented. As such, teachers must undergo revised basic training, but it has not been explicitly mentioned in the draft rules, he pointed out. Continued on: P7 Life in IPL bubble The bubble consists of 2000 They are housed in 12 hotels across the UAE people whose movements are monitored Sensors are placed at all hotels, transport and four facilities (the three grounds and ICC practice facility in Dubai) which enables the technology to work All people part of the bubble have to wear lanyards or wristbands where a device is placed | P11 E x press Ne w s S er v i c e @ Hyderabad/Vijayawada Flood waters overflowing the Moosarambagh bridge in Hyderabad after 13 gates of the Himayatsagar reservoir were opened on Wednesday; and (below) a collapsed building at Rayavaram village in East Godavari district’s Jaggampeta mandal Telangana andhra pradesh 32cm rainfall in Ghatkesar town 98 villages affected, over 5,000 evacuated Ghatkesar, a small town on Hyderabad’s outskirts, bore the brunt of the fury as it recorded 32 cm rainfall, the highest in the entire state. Power shutdowns added to the agony. Even in posh areas like Begumpet, Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills, it took long for power restoration As many as 98 villages across Andhra Pradesh have been affected and more than 5,000 people were evacuated to 19 relief centres. At least 72 houses were damaged while the crop loss is yet to be ascertained as flood waters are yet to recede. Four teams each of NDRF and SDRF have been deployed Promised Pala, Jose to join LDF, quits RS seat A B HIL A S H CH A N D R A N & A R UN M @ Kottayam MP Thomas Chazhikadan of the Kerala Congress (M) having a word with party leader Jose K Mani as Roshy Augustine, MLA, looks on during a press conference in Kottayam on Wednesday | Vishnu Prathap Ask MLAs, MP too to resign: Chennithala Ramesh Chennithala demanded the Jose faction to relinquish the Kottayam LS seat and the Kanjirapally & Idukki assembly seats, if Jose has cited moral grounds as reason to quit RS seat Rumours are rife that Mani C Kappen had met Ramesh Chennithala and the Congress has offered him the Pala seat We’ve made our stance clear to (work with the LDF). Now it’s up to the LDF to respond and then we’ll discuss further move Jose K Mani ENDING months-long political suspense, Jose K Mani announced his party’s decision to join the Left Democratic Front (LDF) on Wednesday triggering yet anoth, er realignment in Kerala politics. Though the contours of the deal between the Kerala Congress (M) and the LDF were not made public, sources told TNIE that top CPM leaders have promised Jose the Pala constituency, which is now held by Mani C Kappen of the NCP, a Left ally, in next year’s assembly polls. In return, Jose would quit the Rajya Sabha seat on “moral grounds” as he had won it as a nominee of the Congress-led United Democratic Front in 2018. The LDF, with its current strength in the assembly can wrest the RS seat. , Senior Congress leader and KPCC vicepresident Joseph Vazhakkan accused Jose of “selling” UDF’s RS seat to get the Pala seat. “The assembly term is till May 2021. So, as per the rule, the RS election has to be held for this lone vacancy within six months. And this is the deal,” he said. Sources said though the CPM leaders told Jose that it will first hold discussions with CPI, NCP and other Left allies before giving a concrete promise on the Pala seat, the KC(M) leader apparently said he could not wait any further as more and more leaders from his side were leaving the party to join the UDF or the P J Joseph faction due to the uncertainty Addressing a news . conference in Kottayam, Jose, however, said that no talks were held with Left leaders prior to his announcement. ● More on P4 Covid fears No Sabarimala entry during pooja: Govt P R A M D A S @ Kochi Responding to fears that the thantri (high priest) or the melsanthi (chief priest) contracting the Coronavirus would affect the rituals at Sabarimala, the state government on Wednesday informed the Kerala High Court that devotees will not be allowed to enter the temple when poojas are in progress. The government filed the report as directed by the Devaswom Bench given the annual pilgrimage season is set to begin on November 16. The HC will pass an order on the steps to be taken to ensure the safety of pilgrims, after considering the re- Flood toll 32 and counting ports filed by Additional and Sessions Judge M Manoj, who is the Sabarimala Special Commissioner, and the state government. In his report filed on Tuesday, the special commissioner also asked what could be done in the event of the thantri, melsanthi and the devaswom staff contracting the infection. The government submitted that the Travancore Devaswom Board will bear a portion of the expenses required to test pilgrims for Covid. The report said the government had started preparations for the upcoming season in March itself. “A high-level meeting held on September 5 had taken relevant decisions. The number of devotees permitted to visit may be fixed at 1,000 during weekdays and at 2,000 on weekends. A maximum of 5,000 devotees can be allowed on Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku days. During Thulam pooja (October 17-21), the number should be restricted to 250 per day,” the report said. ● More on P5 A day after driving rain paralysed Telangana and Andhra Pradesh after a deep depression made landfall, accounts of the nightmares the people went through began unfolding since Wednesday morning. As the day wore on, the toll in Telangana climbed to 32, including 25 within the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits and seven in the erstwhile Mahabubnagnar district. Inundation of all thoroughfares and colonies in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad remained unchanged for the second day with the GHMC’s efforts to drain the water out coming a cropper. In Andhra Pradesh, both the East and West Godavari districts continued to bear the brunt of the floods as inflows from upstream areas cut off road connectivity to villages and many inundated houses in the two districts. In East Goda- Court directs govt to waive interest on interest soon E x press n e w s ser v i c e @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to waive ‘interest on interest’ on loans up to `2 crore soon, while pulling up the government for taking so much time to implement a decision already taken. It rejected the Centre’s request for one month’s time and adjourned the matter for November 2. The court’s direction came while hearing a batch of petitions seeking interest waiver during the loan moratorium. During the hearing, the Centre argued it needed more time to complete certain formalities. At this, Justice M R Shah, who was part of the three-judge bench, said, “The common man’s Diwali is now in the government’s hands.” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that the government’s decision would come into effect before November 15. “Banks will waive interest on interest and then be compensated by government and the calculation will have different modalities. We will have to ensure that bank gives us a proper format.” DAWOOD? Gold: NIA suspects D-Company links The NIA probing the gold smuggling suspects links of Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company to the incident. The suspicion was raised by the agency when the bail pleas of seven accused persons were considered by the court on Wednesday | P4 vari district, seven mandals were inundated after the gates of the Yeleru reservoir were opened. More than 2,700 people from the affected villages have been shifted to safer places. Heavy inflows into Krishna, Godavari, Vamsadhara and other rivers are continuing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy over the telephone and took stock of the situation. In Telangana, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad remained inaccessible for those who used PVNR Expressway till Wednesday evening with the National Highway No 44 near Aramg adh being washed away . While the operation of flights was restored in the early hours of Wednesday reaching the air, port was a pain as one had to take a detour via the Outer Ring Road. On the HyderabadVijayawada national highway too, there was dislocation of vehicular traffic at Hayatnagar on Hyderabad’s outskirts. P5 PIL filed in SC seeking Jagan’s removal as CM E x press n e w s ser v i c e @ New Delhi TWO advocates have filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking the removal of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for his ‘scandalising’ remarks against the second seniormost judge of the top court. The PIL, filed by lawyers G S Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav, pointed out Jagan is facing over 20 criminal cases. The plea said Jagan levelled allegations without any basis. It also sought a judicial enquiry, by constituting an internal committee headed by sitting or retired judges of the Supreme Court or any authority including the Central Bureau of Investigation, over the vague allegation made by Jagan against Justice N V Ramana. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court Bar Association and the Supreme Court Advocates-OnRecord Association passed resolutions condemning the P7 Andhra CM’s letter. express read Fearing arrest, Sivasankar files anticipatory bail plea in HC Kochi: Fearing arrest in the case filed by the Enforcement Directorate, the chief minister’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar has approached the High Court seeking anticipatory bail. The ED has filed a report before a special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Sivasankar said he feared the agency would be forced to arrest him to avoid criticism from the media. Petition to drop charges against Bhagyalakshmi, 2 others T’Puram: A number of eminent personalities from different walks of life, including poet Sugathakumari, director Kamal and actor Manju Warrier, have submitted a petition to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to drop the robbery and trespass charges against dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi and her two friends for manhandling YouTuber Vijay P Nair. P5
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