DHARMAPURI SATURDAY OCTOBER 31, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION EC AXES KAMAL NATH FROM LIST OF STAR CAMPAIGNERS The poll body said on Friday it acted in view of the Congress leader’s “repeated violation” of the model code of conduct ACTION OVER ‘ITEM’, ‘MAFIA’ COMMENTS NOW, SHOW SIMILAR RESOLVE IN BIHAR The EC order referred to Kamal Nath’s recent misogynistic remarks against Scindia loyalist and BJP candidate Imarti Devi, calling her an “item”. It also mentioned his use of adjectives like “mafia” and “milawat khor” (adulterator) against Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan as a violation of the model code. The EC found Nath’s explanation unsatisfactory ■ ■ Elsewhere, there is complete mockery of the model code as Covid protocols like masks and personal distancing are being frowned upon in huge Bihar poll rallies despite EC whip Will the poll body show equal resolve as in the Nath case by taking impartial action against all violators? The nation is watching Nov 3 DATE FOR BY-POLLS TO 28 MADHYA PRADESH ASSEMBLY SEATS 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 Guv clears quota Bill after $1.2 billion blow to Antrix in nixed Devas deal TN finds NEET alternative EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru Purohit says the delay was because he had sought legal opinion of the Solicitor General; new Bill in accordance with Constitution T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai A DAY after the State government issued an Order allocating 7.5 per cent reservation to government school students for admissions to undergraduate medical courses in the State, Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Friday gave his assent for a Bill pending with him for over 40 days allowing the same. A release from the Raj Bhavan attributed the delay to the time taken to obtain a legal opinion from the Solicitor General of India (SGI), Tushar Mehta. As per the release, an opinion was sought on September 26 and a reply was received only on October 28. “As soon as the opinion was received, the Governor gave his assent,” it said. The new reservation is likely to benefit gover nment school students aspiring to study medicine, who, according to reports, have been negatively impacted since the launch of NEET, the common medical entrance test. In the evening, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami met the Governor at his Raj Bhavan residence and thanked him for clearing the Bill. The release issued by the Governor’s office said that he had sough clarifications re- EXPRESS READ Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami meets Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan on Friday to thank him for giving his assent to the reservation Bill ‘G.O. WAS PASSED DUE TO DELAY IN CONSENT’ Speaking earlier in the day in Ramanathapuram, CM Palaniswami said that the G.O. was issued owing to the delay by the Governor. “The decision was made considering issues faced by government school students. I am a government school student myself.” | P4 garding the Constitutional viability of the Bill, especially in light of Article 14 and 15. Quoting several legal aspects, the SGI had conveyed to the Governor that the Bill was in accordance with the Constitution. “Article 15 (5) of the Constitution specifically provides that the State is empowered to make a special provision by law for the advancement of any socially or economically backward classes of citizens insofar, as such special provisions related to admission to educational institutions including private educational institutions whether aided or unaided by the State,” the SGI had said. The opinion of the State as to what constitutes socially and economically backward classes of citizens, while extending benefits, is a matter within the purview of judicial review by constitutional P4 courts, the SGI said. SUBBIAH ROW Better to reconsider posting: Min Kochi: The ED probing a drug trafficking case on Friday said Bineesh Kodiyeri, the son of Kerala CPI(M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, credited “huge amount of funds” into the bank accounts of a drug peddler P5 12 killed as quake rocks Turkey @ Thoothukudi ENCHANTING ENNORE Amid saffron hues on sky that followed Thursday’s downpour, a fisherman casts his net for a big catch at the Kosasthaliyar river in Ennore | P JAWAHAR BATTLE AGAINST VIRUS Doctors from post-Covid clinics say a comparison of CT scans of patients taken at admission and six weeks after discharge showed that infection in even those with up to 75% lung involvement had resolved, and turned clear in many cases Dialysis amid the pandemic As many as 757 Covid patients were provided with dialysis free of cost, since March, by the government hospitals in Chennai As many as 77,356 samples were tested on Friday, and 3,924 people were discharged in Tamil Nadu FRESH CASES DEATHS TOTAL CASES 2,608 38 7,22,011 Malabar exercises from Nov 3 New Delhi: India will hold the first phase of the Malabar naval exercise with navies of three other Quad countries—the US, Japan and Australia from Nov 3 to 6 in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam coast, officials said on Friday OVER AN AFFAIR Woman forced to prostrate before villagers? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Dharmapuri CLAIMING that she was forced to prostrate before hundreds of villagers for eloping with her lover, a 24-year-old woman submitted a petition to the Superintendent of Police on Friday. In her petition, the woman, a resident of Pochampalli, said that the elders warned her of excommunication if her lover failed to pay a ‘fine’ of `5 lakh. Sources said that the mother of a one-year-old child had walked out on her husband and eloped with a 35-year-old man, working in a lumber mill in Bengaluru, earlier this year. Though the woman’s family filed a missing complaint initially they withdrew it after the , police brought the duo back from Bengaluru. However, the village elders, allegedly at the behest of her parents, organised a kangaroo court and asked her to prostrate before hundreds of villagers. Police officials told TNIE that requesting them to drop the complaint is not unusual as it would affect all involved, and added that all those involved are being investigated. “It is too early for an FIR. Only after a comprehensive inquiry, action will be taken,” they added. Lover asked to pay `5L The kangaroo court, organised on a temple premises in the locality, slapped a ‘fine’ of `5 lakh on the woman’s lover for spoiling the reputation of the village. to provide communication services across India. However, in 2011, Antrix issued a termination notice to Devas, invoking force majeure (unforeseeable circumstances Matter of jurisdiction Two years ago, Antrix sought the dismissal of the suit citing jurisdiction as the agreement and its termination occurred in India. But Devas said the US court had jurisdiction as Antrix conducted business across the US that prevent fulfilling a contract) and justifying it saying that it was a policy decision of the Union government in its sovereign capacity . The order of the US district judge, Wester n District of Washington, Seattle, which came on October 27, directed Antrix to pay $562.5 million (`4,196 crore) plus interest to Devas, totaling $1.2 billion. When contacted, Antrix Chairman and Managing Director Rakesh Sashibhushan refused to offer any comment. Process begins to restore Rahul raj Drug dealer benami of Kodiyeri Jr? Istanbul: A powerful earthquake hit Turkey and Greece on Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 400. The 6.9 magnitude quake knocked down several buildings. Rescue works were on EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE “IT is better to reconsider Dr Shanmugam Subbiah’s nomination as a member of the board at AIIMS, Madurai, if allegations levelled against him are found true,” said Minister Kadambur C Raju on Friday The minister said that the . board, which functions under the aegis of the Centre, might not have known about the allegations. Subbiah, who is also the national president of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, landed in a controversy after a CCTV footage showed him urinating in front of an elderly woman’s house, who is also his neighbour. Meanwhile, the minister, in a strongly worded message, said that it is only the AIADMK and the DMK that remains in mainstream politics in the State, and no national parties could ever stand strong here. “The AIADMK would emerge victorious even if many parties joined together to contest against us in the polls, because we have fulfilled all our election promises.” EMBATTLED city-based startup Devas Multimedia got a billion dollar lifeline as a US court ordered Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) commercial arm Antrix Corporation to shell out $1.2 billion (`8,952 crore) as compensation for the messy scrapping a satellite deal six years after it was struck in 2005. However, the order may not enforceable as Antrix does not have any assets in the US, a senior official informed on condition of anonymity. “There is nothing which the (US) court can attach. However, any decision in India’s Supreme Court will be binding,” the official said. The Devas-Antrix case is still in the Supreme Court, which had earlier directed a tribunal to hear it. The 2005 deal pertained to Antrix launching and operating two satellites and making 70 MHz of S-band spectrum available to Devas to enable it EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Party revamp There is, however, no clarity on when elections to the Congress Working Committee, the party’s powerful decisionmaking body, would be held WITH chorus growing for former Congress president Rahul Gandhi to come back, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) will soon call a session to elect a new chief. All state units have been asked to send details of members who are eligible to vote. “This is to inform you that AICC intends to convene its meeting as soon as possible, and you will be intimated as soon as dates and venue are finalised,” said a note sent to state units by Congress’ Central Election Authority headed by Madhusudan Mistry . According to party sources, the session will be held by the end of the year or early next year. It would be a day-long affair, they added. “Rahul is most likely to take over the reins of the party and his coming back has been planned ahead of the Assembly election in five states, including Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, next year. He is already part of all key decisions made by the party and it will be just an official comeback for him,” said a leader. In August, Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi had said a new president would be elected by February 2021. The move came after 23 senior party veterans including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Shar ma, Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor wrote to her seeking organisational elections and a new leader. While the letter questioned Rahul Gandhi’s style of functioning, other leaders such as Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Bhagel, several state Congress chiefs and all Lok Sabha MPs beloning to the party had beseeched Rahul to take over the reins if Sonia wants to step down.
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