chennai l friday l june 11, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l vellore EDITION select your LPG distributor scheme to get rolling soon Aim to foster healthy competition An upcoming pilot project in Ranchi, Pune, Chandigarh, Gurgaon and Coimbatore to give customers the right to choose distributors giving you more value for money The pilot project is a precursor for a national launch. While booking a refill through a mobile app/customer portal, you will see a list of distributors along with their ratings. You can choose any distributor from the list and rate their service. The idea is to give you a wider choice of distributors, while fostering a healthy competition among dealers to retain their base ■ ■ The drive to offer more value for money comes a year after the govt stopped subsidising refills not covered under Ujjwala Yojana The subsidy was nixed after an oil-price plunge brought refill cost on a par with subsidised rates of around `600. Though the prices have since crossed `800 a refill, subsidy has not been reinstated 28 crore Domestic LPg customers in India as of 2020 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 enrolment of girls up, Gender US to process student visa gap in higher education down applications from June 14 E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in New Delhi on Thursday | Special arrangement Cabinet shuffle buzz on, Yogi to meet Modi today Pressure from leadership to allocate plum portfolio to a former PMO man in ministry MA N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi Amid hectic parleys within the BJP to control damage in Uttar Pradesh after the second wave of the pandemic left a devastating trail, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday called on Union home minister Amit Shah. Adityanath is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, with indications suggesting the CM may not be able to avoid a state Cabinet reshuffle. Earlier, BJP chief J P Nadda briefed Modi on the inputs collated by party general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh and state in-charge Radha Mohan Singh, who had camped in Lucknow for two days. Modi is reportedly closely monitoring the BJP’s preparations for the state polls next year, with regular exchange of inputs between him and Nadda as well as RSS leaders. While the CM had recently termed the buzz of a Cabinet reshuffle as media speculation, sources said he will eventually have to fall in line as the top leadership is keen on a few changes ahead of the February 2022 state polls. A K Sharma, MLC and former official in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), is widely speculated to get a key portfolio in the state Cabinet. While the CM hasn’t been amenable to the idea so far, a top ranking BJP functionary told this newspaper that Sharma would be given an important assignment in the state. Sharma, incidentally, was in the national capital when Adityanath called on Shah. Sources said BJP leaders and top RSS functionaries concur that while Adityanath should lead the party in the polls, a few changes in his ministerial team are needed to dispel the perception that he’s running a highly centralised administration, against which even the MPs and MLAs reportedly nurse grievances. However, the CM is known to enjoy the patronage of the RSS leadership. For the record, Adityanath described his meeting with Shah as a courtesy call, saying he sought guidance. Raut lauds modi amid maha pawar point Stay with amarinder as CM, says panel Mumbai: Days after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had a one-onone with the prime minister in Delhi, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut lauded Narendra Modi, saying he is the top leader of the country and the BJP. But tamping down speculation, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said their government will not only complete its term, the allies will contest the LS and the state elections together | P7 Chandigarh: The report of a Congress panel set up to address the ongoing rift in its Punjab unit, suggested continuing with Amarinder Singh as the CM and making him the face of the state elections. It also recommended accommodating rebel Navjot Singh Sidhu and revamping the state unit. The report was submitted to party president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday | P7 THE gap between girls and boys in higher education institutes seems to be narrowing as 49% of the students in colleges are now girls, according to the latest All India Survey on Higher Education. The survey for 2019-20, released on Thursday, showed that during the five-year period from 2015-16 to 2019-20, there has been a 11.4% growth in student enrolment. The rise in female enrolment during the period was 18.2%. The higher education survey estimates the total enrolment in higher education at 38.5 million – 19.6 million boys and 18.9 million girls. Uttar Pradesh has shown the highest student enrolment, Keep families small, Sarma tells Muslims P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a r @ Guwahati Calling upon the minority community to “practise small family size” to reduce poverty, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday warned of conflicts for living space in future if the population continued to explode. The statement came against the backdrop of the eviction of 200 encroachers, mostly immigrant Muslims, drawing criticism from some quarters. Urging the minority-based political party AIUDF and All Assam Minority Students’ Union to work on population control, Sarma said a day would come when people would settle down on the land of Kamakhya Temple, leading to conflicts. He said his government would take steps to encourage population control. The government stands for the development of all communities but it will need community support, he said. “To remove poverty we have , to educate Muslim women and control population. We are there to educate women. However, poverty will never get reduced unless you control your population,” Sarma said. MAJOR FINDINGS l Gross enrolment ratio up 11% over a period of five years, female enrolment increases by 18% l Gross enrolment ratio rose to 27.1% in 2019-20 from 26.3% in 2018-19 and 24.3% in 2014-2015 l No. of universities up 30.5% from 799 in 2015-16 to 1,043 in 2019-20; Colleges up from 39,071 to 42,343 l UP recorded highest student enrolment in India with 50.9% female and 49.1% male students followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The gross enrolment ratio (GER) for the age group of 1823 years in higher education institutes in India is 27.1. The ratio for male population is 26.9 and 27.3 for females. For the scheduled caste cat- egory, it is 23.4 and for scheduled tribes, it is 18.0 compared to the national GER of 27.1. “The continuous rise in the enrolment, number of institutions and gender parity is a part of our country’s major move towards improving access, equity and quality in light of National Education Policy said higher education ,” secretary Amit Khare while releasing the report. The GER increased by a minuscule 0.8% in 2019-20. The percentage of students belonging to the eligible age group enrolled in higher education in 2019-20 was 27.1% against 26.3% in 2018-19 and 24.3% in 2014-2015. Total enrolment in higher education stands at 3.85 crore in 2019-20 compared to 3.74 crore in 2018-19. AK Rajan panel to study the impact of NEET E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Withdrawing cash from ATMs will be costlier from 1 January 2022 as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed banks to charge customers up to `21 per transaction (plus 18% GST, which makes it `24.78). Currently, the cap is `20 per transaction plus GST. The increase, according to RBI, is “to compensate the banks for the higher interchange fee and given the general escalation in costs”. While the banking regulator has set the upper limit, banks charge different rates within the limit. For example, SBI allows five free transactions in a month. Thereafter, it charges `10 plus GST for withdrawing money from its own machines. For non-SBI ATMs, this will be `20 plus GST. ICICI Bank levies a flat `20 plus GST from the fifth transaction onwards. RBI has also increased the interchange charge from `15 to `17 for each financial transaction and from `5 to `6 for nonfinancial transaction. Interchange charges are the fees a bank pays to another lender when the former’s customer uses the latter’s ATM to Chennai: Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday announced the constitution of the high-level committee formed to study the impact of NEET on the admission to medical courses in Tamil Nadu. The committee headed by retired judge AK Rajan, has been asked to submit its recommendations within a month | P2 Chennai: Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna on Thursday moved the Madras High Court challenging the constitutional validity of the new Information Technology rules introduced by the Central government. In his petition, he said the rules imposed “arbitrary, vague, disproportionate, and unreasonable” restrictions | P2 NATIONWIDE SOME people breathe, live, and speak the ideology that they hold so dear to their hearts. But only the rarest of the rare go to the extent of naming their children after their ideology (an -ism; not the ideologues). In a simple house wedding, Mr Socialism will marry Ms Mamta Banerjee at Amani Kondalampatti, in Salem, on Sunday . Socialism and Mamta Banerjee’s families are close relatives june 10 92,596 1,62,664 2,219 94,052 1,51,367 6,148 June 9 31,31,759 doses June 10 30,32,675 doses Total doses: 24,58,47,212 Take your shot tamil nadu Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 9 june 10 17,321 31,253 405 16,813 32,049 358 Deadly CDV outbreak in Vandalur Zoo? SV K RIS H N A C H AITA N YA @ Chennai AFTER Covid-19, the endangered Asiatic lions in the famous Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), commonly called Vandalur Zoo, are facing a Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) scare. One lion and the deceased young lioness Neela were tested positive for the highly contagious CDV Only a . few years back, a CDV outbreak in the Gir forest in Gujarat had caused unprecedented casualty of Asiatic lions, triggering a crisis of sorts. The latest reports from ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (ICAR-IVRI), Bareilly , reveal that a 19-year-old lion, Ragave, was tested positive for CDV but he tested negative for , Covid-19. Environment secretary Supriya Sahu, who is closely monitoring the situation, told Express that Ragave was healthy and active with a normal appetite. “He has been isolated and kept under observation. An expert team from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) is on the spot.” The official said the sample of lioness Neela, which was under examination at IVRI, tested positive for CDV . P4 Sasi ‘says’ AIADMK can’t be separated from her E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ Chennai crimson crescent It’s not a glowing-red waxing moon, but the sun reduced to a crescent during an annular solar eclipse observed in Canada’s Ottawa on Thursday | AP Mr Socialism and Ms Mamta Banerjee to form an ‘alliance’ Isn’t it ironical, and yet adorable, to see the two names of arch rivals in West Bengal coming together for a new journey in Tamil Nadu? The marriage function will be graced by CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan, , and deputy secretary, K Subbarayan. The marriage invitation of Socialism and Mamta has been doing rounds on social media, raising eyebrows, even triggering laugher, but june 9 Jab-o-meter lal salaam S a b a r i M @ Salem new threat withdraw cash. According to RBI, the first five transactions in a month will be free if customers use their own banks’ ATMs. They are also eligible for free transactions (including financial and non-financial) from other bank ATMs – three transactions in metro centres and five transactions in non-metros. These changes are based on the report from a committee formed by the central bank in 2019 to review ATM charges. The committee had submitted its report in July 2020. The last time the interchange fee for ATM transactions was changed was in August 2012, while the charges payable by customers were last revised in August 2014. Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths TM Krishna moves Court against new IT rules Chennai: After days of suspending the Statewide vaccination drive against Covid-19, Tamil Nadu on Thursday received 85,000 doses of Covaxin under the State order. The drive was suspended in 36 districts due to an acute shortage of vaccine. On Thursday, only Chennai had 1,060 doses, the Health Minister said | P4 @ New Delhi From next year, pay `24.78 per ATM transaction after free monthly limit E X PRE S S REA D TN receives 85K vax doses, more expected ty and schedule appointments. “Prior to your visa interview, please review your I-20 proThe US Embassy in India on gram start date. Students beThursday said it will restart ginning a new program with a processing student Visa appli- start date on or after August 1 cations on June 14, bringing may travel to the US up to 30 much-needed relief to the days prior to the date and do community worried over not need to submit a rethe uncertainty surquest for a national inrounding the proceterest exception,” the dures in the aftermath embassy said. of the pandemic. The embassy said VISA “Student visas recontinuing students main a top priority may also resume their and we are making eveprogrammes on or after ry attempt to facilitate stuAugust 1, and travel 30 days dent travel in time for the fall prior to the resumption date. semester. On June 14, we will “We are unable to approve exopen limited July and August pedited requests for Fall 2021 student visa appointments at students. If your appointment posts across India,” it said. date results in a potentially Students were advised to late start, please reach out to visit https://ustraveldocs. your school to discuss opcom/in to view slot availabili- tions,” it said. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e mostly evoking awe. The groom’s father, Comrade Mohan (52) is the Salem district secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI). Comrade Mohan became famous among the people in the locality after he contested from Veerapandi Assembly constituency in the 2016 elections on behalf of the People Welfare Alliance. Speaking to Express, Comrade Mohan said, “My father and grandfather are communists. From the age of 18, I started participating in protests which were organised by CPI. Later, I became a full-time worker of the party When the . Soviet Union disintegrated, many said that Communism was dead. It caused anger in me and even before my marriage, I had planned to name my son and daughter with names that reflected the ideology .” P5 The AIADMK legislature party is scheduled to meet on June 14 to elect its deputy leader and whip in the State Assembly . The meeting assumes significance as it is set to take place amid the release of audio recordings of VK Sasikala, the late CM Jayalalithaa’s confidante, interacting with AIADMK functionaries almost on a daily basis, assuring them that she would soon return to politics. Yet another recording of Sasikala interacting with an AIADMK functionary was released on Thursday, in which she said the party cannot be separated from her. In the clip, Sasikala, for the first time, explicitly named the AIADMK. In the previous recordings she had merely referred to the ‘katchi’ (party). Earlier, AIADMK leader, Edappadi K Palaniswami, had brushed aside the issue, saying Sasikala may have been referring to her return to the AMMK, the party run by TT V Dhinakaran. Meanwhile, the poster war between supporters of AIADMK’s top leaders, Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, continued in Tirunelveli district. On Thursday, in response to the posters cropping up in favour of Panneerselvam, supporters of Palaniswami put up posters hailing Palaniswami’s election as the leader of the Opposition. MLAs should carry ID cards to enter party office An official release from the AIADMK said all MLAs should bring their ID cards to enter the party office on June 14. It also requested cadre, office bearers to avoid visiting the office that day in view of the pandemic.
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