KALABURAGI TUESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION DEADLINE FOR ENGG COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PUSHED T0 NOV 30 Classes for freshers in engineering colleges and technical institutions will begin from Dec 1, the AICTE said on Monday CONTINUING COVID SITUATION BLAMED ONLINE, OFFLINE OR BLENDED MODE The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said, because of the continuing Covid situation in the country, requests from various state governments, and the fact that premier institutions like IITs and NITs are in the middle of the admission process, it has extended the admission deadline for first-year engineering courses to November 30 ■ ■ Classes may subsequently begin on December 1 through online, offline or blended mode, AICTE secretary Rajive Kumar said Institutions that have already started online classes have been asked to either postpone them or conduct special classes for those who are required to appear for final-year exams Revised ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2020-21 CAN BE VIEWED AT: WWW.AICTE-INDIA.ORG 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 Farooq faces ED’s heat in cricket scam F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar FOUR days after six mainstream Opposition parties launched a Peoples Alliance to unitedly fight for the restoration of special powers under Article 370 to J&K, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday grilled National Conference president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah for over seven hours in connection with the 2015 J&K Cricket Association scam. While most parties described the ED action as political vendetta, Abdullah asserted he was clean and that the fight for Article 370’s restoration will continue with or without him. In 2015, the CBI had registered a first information report into the alleged `113 crore scam when he was heading the state cricket association. Abdullah’s son Omar tweeted, “This is nothing less than political vendetta coming days after the formation of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration”. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said, “ED’s sudden summon to Farooq displays the extent of Government of India’s nervousness about mainstream parties in J&K fighting as one unit. Also reeks of political vendetta...” Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers the centenary convocation address of the University of Mysore on Monday | UDAYSHANKAR S NEP will change edu system: PM In convocation address, Modi says efforts on to make India global hub of higher studies E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mysuru SKILLING, reskilling and upskilling are the need of the hour and the National Education Policy (NEP) focuses on these aspects to improve the quality of students, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, delivering the centenary convocation address of Mysore University on Monday . Modi, whose address was beamed virtually, suggested that Mysore University should successfully implement the NEP and empower its students. “The National Education Policy will bring in fundamental changes to the entire education system, from pre-nursery to PhD. The focus is on a multidimensional approach which is capable of making the youth of our country more competitive. On one hand, it will improve the future of the education sector, while on the other it will help empower our youth. Efforts are being made at all levels to make India a global hub of higher education,” he said. Hailing the increased participation of girls in higher education, Modi said that at every level of education, the gross enrolment ratio of girls is higher than boys across the country. Even in higher education, innovation and technology fields, their participation has gone up significantly he pointed out. , “We have continuously tried to help students go forward in the 21st century by changing the education system. In higher education, a lot of focus has been laid on the development of infrastructure and structural reforms. Over the last six years, we have opened at least one new IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) every year across the country, including the one at Dharwad in Karnataka. The National Medical Commission has been formed to bring in transparency in medical education which was lacking earlier and new laws have been enacted for reforms in medP5 ical education,” he said. EXPRESS READ Kerala HC dismisses plea against leasing of T’Puram airport to Adani Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday dismissed the state’s petition challenging the Centre’s decision to lease out the right of operation, management and development of the Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani Enterprises. The court observed the arguments put forward by the state government are a classic example of the proverbial “sour grapes”. Militant killed as search operation turns into encounter in J&K Srinagar: Security forces killed a militant after an encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. Security forces had launched a search operation at Melhura in Zainapora in the evening following a tip-off. The search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire at security forces, a police official said. Malabar drill: Oz on board in Quad play IN a major strategic shift, Australia on Monday shunned its reservations against being seen as part of the Quad grouping and decided to send the Royal Australian Navy warships to participate in the Malabar series of naval exercises. Confirming the development, the Ministry of Defence said, “As India seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Stop work on tallest Jesus statue, says HC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru Australian Navy .” Australia was had participated in the 2007 exercise but had withdrawn since then after China raised concerns against this construct. The upcoming exercise will be significant as the all Quad members countries — the US, Japan, Australia and India — will be participating after 12 years. It was first mooted in 2007 and China was always opposed to this grouping. All exercises usually have a ‘harbor phase’ involving personnel interaction. However, this year’s will be ‘non-contact - at sea’ with the personnel on CONTINUED ON: P3 CONTINUED ON: P7 Bengaluru scores a high in testing In the past one month, the Covid testing capacity in Bengaluru has been scaled up significantly compared to other metros. A look: 73% 1.14% Increase in testing capacity in B’luru Current mortality rate FULL COVERAGE P3 THE Karnataka High Court on Monday stayed the construction work for installing the tallest Jesus Christ statue in the world at Kapalabetta, around 80 km from Bengaluru, in Kanakapura taluk of Ramanagara district, saying no work should be carried out without its permission. Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) which stated that the land was allotted illegally for the installation of the statue and it was an attempt to grab government land to fulfil selfish ends of two politicians and their followers in the garb of self-styled guardians of the Christian community, the cour t restrained the Harobele Kapalabetta Abhivruddhi Trust from carrying out the construction work. their own ships having no interaction with those of other participating nations. The Union defence ministry said the exercise will strengthen the coordination between the Navies of all the participating countries. The Malabar exercises started in 1992 as a bilateral one between Navies of India and the US. Japan joined in 2015. The annual exercise was conducted off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea in 2018, off the coast the Japan in 2019 and will be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea this year. 23,982 CHINESE SOLDIER HELD Indian Army apprehended a Chinese soldier who had “strayed” across the LAC in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on Monday. The soldier will be returned to the Chinese after completion of formalities | P7 TEST RATE 58% Delhi 36% Mumbai Active cases in Bengaluru, 31% highest among Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chennai Ahmedabad and Chennai Stated a survey by Jeevan Raksh M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi B’LURU EMERGES TRANSIT ROUTE FOR DRUG TO AUS B A L A C H A U H A N @Bengaluru BENGALURU is emerging as the transit route for the banned precursor psychotropic drug pseudoephedrine from South India to Australia. “During the lockdown, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Bengaluru, alone had seized over 25 kg of pseudoephedrine, which was being smuggled out from the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) to Australia through courier consignments,” said sources in the DRI. “In all the instances, the seized drug had reportedly originated from Chen- nai and the destination was Australia. There are multiple players in the drug network, who manufacture pseudoephedrine in small defunct chemical laboratories or ‘clan labs’ in and around Chennai and Hyderabad. They use small courier companies, which are part of the franchise of international courier companies, to ship the drug using fake identity cards and addresses,” added sources. The investigation so far has revealed the involvement of people not only from Chennai, but other districts in CONTINUED ON: P5 Tamil Nadu.
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