The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room — the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva nagapattinam 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 Sum i Su 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 They are housed in The bubble consists of 2000 people whose movements are monitored 12 hotels across the UAE 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 Express News Service @ 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 32 cm 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 Expedite WAIVER, aam aadmi’s diwali in Govt’s hands: SC Express news service @ 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.” However, the bench was not convinced with November 15 deadline. “Why one month’s time to implement such a small decision? Benefits of government’s concessions to borrowers up to `2 crore must be implemented as soon as possible,” it said. To cl a r i f y t h e d e a d l i n e, M e h t a said, “November 15 is the outer limit for implementation but the government will try to implement it even earlier than that.” Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the banks’ association, said banks await RBI circular. “If the government has already decided to exempt small borrowers from interest on interest, it should not be debited from accounts,” the bench observed. worrisome observation Diabetes sets in as Covid-19 leaves? O M J A SVIN M D @ Chennai EVEN as the medical fraternity is trying hard to tackle Covid-19, the virus continues to deliver blows by creating fresh complications. The latest phenomenon being observed is that patients, post recovery are , developing diabetes. As many as 14 out of 630 people who visited the Covid follow-up clinic at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai had developed the disease. A senior doctor in-charge of the follow-up clinic said that Flood toll 32 and counting none of the patients had diabetes during his/her stay at the hospital, but developed the disease a few weeks after recovery. “While most people who returned to the hospital with poor health conditions were aged above 45, those diagnosed with diabetes post recovery were in the 40-45 age group,” the doctor said. So long, breathing issues and myalgia (muscle pain) have fresh cases Deaths been the common post-Covid conditions that majority of people have reported. “Sugar monitoring is part of Covid checks. Even for diabetes patients, insulin shots are given to keep sugar in check during treatment,” the doctor said. The new diabetes patients are given insulin shots and directed to undergo routine treatment for diabetes. P4 TOLL total cases 4,462 52 10,423 6,70,392 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- GST dues: TN opts to borrow `9k cr from open market e x p r e s s n e w s s e r v i c e @ New Delhi/Chennai TWO days after the Tamil Nadu government agreed to go for option 1, as proposed by the Centre for settlement of GST dues, it has formalised its decision to mobilise `9,627 crore through open market borrowings to bridge the revenue shortfall caused by the Covid -19 pandemic. According to an official statement issued by the Union Ministry of Finance, “The permission was issued after Tamil Nadu formally communicated its acceptance for Option 1 to meet the shortfall arising out of GST implementation. As many as 21 States and two Union Territories — Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir — have so far requested for Option 1.” The Centre had given the States two options in August — to borrow `97,000 crore from a special window facilitated by the RBI or borrow a total `2.35 lakh crore from the market. It had said that GST revenue shortfall stood at `2.35 crore this year, out of which `97,000 crore was owing to GST implementation and rest, due to Covid. Tamil Nadu has now joined 20 other States that have agreed to the Centre’s borrowing plan, which offers a special borrowing window of `1.10 lakh crore and rest of `1.25 lakh crore via open market borrowing. This extra spending allowed to the States is above `1.10 lakh crore. Together, these 21 States will borrow an additional sum of `78,452 crore. Rajinikanth pulled up for moving court too soon EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn a plea moved by actor Rajinikanth, challenging the property tax demand of `6.5 lakh by Chennai Corporation for his marriage hall during the lockdown. Saying that the actor should have exhausted all remedies before approaching the court, Justice Anitha Sumanth suggested he approach the Corporation by sending them reminders to representation made earlier. Observing that he had sent a plea to the Corporation only on Sept 23 on its notice, the judge warned of imposing costs on him for rushing to the court without giving time to the civic body to dispose of the plea. 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. PIL filed in SC seeking Jagan’s removal as CM Express news service @ 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 Andhra CM’s letter. express read Bypoll for Kanniyakumari constituency by Feb 2021: CEO Chennai: Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo on Wednesday said that the State Election Department is ready to conduct the by-election to Kanniyakumari Parliamentary constituency by February 2021. This constituency fell vacant following the death of Congress MP H Vasanathakumar. in August 2020. Chief Secretary Shanmugam gets three months’ extension Chennai: The Centre on Wednesday extended the service request of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Shanmugam till January 31, 2021, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. He was scheduled to retire on October 31. This is the second extension for Shanmugam who was to retire on July 31. He assumed office on July 1, 2019.
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