The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room — the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva bhubaneswar l thursday l October 15, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late 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 | P9 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 colle g es 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 people whose movements are monitored They are housed in 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 Flood toll 32 and counting E x p r e s s N e w s Se r 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 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 No complacency during festive season, warns CM E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday warned against any complacency in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic as the State goes into a prolonged festive season. Reviewing the Covid management in the State through video-conferencing, Naveen flagged the situation in states like Kerala, which is witnessing a huge surge in coronavirus cases after the Onam festival, and several European countries gripped by a second wave forcing re-imposition of lockdowns. He directed the administration to stay alert without any laxity in implementation of prescribed safety norms. Maintaining that State’s performance is consistently good in Covid management, the Chief Minister emphasised upon strict adherence of Covid protocol and exten- sive awareness drive, keeping in view the upcoming Puja festivals and winter season. A little complacency might make the situation grave, he said and advised the Collectors and Superintendents of Police to strictly monitor the situation. “In view of the upcoming festivals and winter season, the people must keep following Covid appropriate behaviour such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing diligently. There is no reason to get lax if stability in coronavirus cases is observed,” he said. Emphasising the importance of livelihood programmes such as MGNREGS, Mission Shakti and Livelihood Mission, the Chief Minister advised the Government officials to give priority to economic activities across all sectors like industries, mines, constr uction, services and transport. 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- Speed up waiver, SC directs Centre E x p r e s s ne w s s e r 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.” 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 clarify the deadline, Mehta 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. Risky job Govt employees with comorbidities assigned poll duty E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Jagatsinghpur Even as persons with comorbidities are more susceptible to contract coronavirus, the district administration has assigned election duty to nearly 150 Government employees including school teachers suffering from diabetics, cancer, heart ailments and chronic respiratory diseases ahead of the Tirtol bypoll. Though there are young employees in various departments, the administration has chosen to engage the vulnerable staff to carry out poll-related activities. One such employee is headmas- I have been assigned the duty of presiding officer for Tirtol by-election despite the fact that I am suffering from cancer for the last two years and cannot move on my own Prasant Mohapatra, a headmaster ter of Gobind Chandra Vidyapeeth in Nuagarh panchayat of Kujang block Prasant Mohapatra who is suffering from cancer since the last two years. Prasant said, “I have been assigned the duty of presiding officer for Tirtol by-election despite the fact that I cannot move on my own. My children accompany me to school every day. Since cancer patients are at in- creased risk of catching the Covid-19 infection, I have sent my application to the authorities concerned to exempt me from election duty .” Prasant further informed that he had recommended names of all the 10 teachers of the school for poll duty “As I suffer from cancer, . had not included my name. But surprisingly, I was selected for election duty while all the other teachers were spared,” he added. Another teacher saddled with election duty is headmaster of Dhinkia High School Sudhir Samantray who was admitted in the local hospital last month for treatment of hypertension and diabe- tes. “Doctors have advised me to take rest due to my health condition. How can the election office find me suitable for a job that requires moving in interior villages in this risky situation?” he asked. Similarly headmaster of Kutam, chandi High School at Odisso Sarat Chandra Barik will retire in two months but has been given the duty of presiding officer for Tirtol byelection. “I also suffer from blood pressure and diabetes and hence, face a high chance of experiencing serious complications from Covid-19. I have applied for exemption from P5 election duty,” he said. 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 E x p r e s s ne w s s e r 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 Andhra CM’s letter. express read Online registration of birth and death extended to CHCs Bhubaneswar: Registration of birth and death now can be made online in rural pockets of Odisha with the State Government extending the service to all 314 community health centres (CHCs).Though the Government had introduced the online registration of birth and death in the urban areas in 2014, the same was being done manually in rural areas making the process time consuming and less transparent | P2 Rain rage wrecks life in South Odisha districts Berhampur: All the major rivers continued to swell as rains lashed South Odisha for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, pouring misery on residents. Water level of Rushikulya, Badanadi, Ghodahada, Bahuda, Jorou and Lohorakhandi in Ganjam district and Vansadhara, Mahendratanaya and its tributaries in Rayagada and Gajapati touched the danger mark at several places on Wednesday evening | P4
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