chennai l wednesday l july 07, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l late city EDITION 2 pending sessions of JEE (MAINS) slated for july, aug April and May sessions of the exams postponed due to second wave will be held from July 20 to July 25, and July 27 to Aug 2 candidates to get choice of centre Three more attempts to improve score The Union education ministry on Monday said the National Testing Agency would start inviting applications from July 6 to July 8 for the July 20-25 session. Application window for July 27-Aug 2 session would be open from July 9-12. Those who had registered earlier can now change their centres, whose numbers have been raised to ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour ■ ■ The NTA divided the test into four sessions starting this year. “Students will now get multiple chances to improve their score. If a student did not perform well in one attempt, he/she can attempt it three more times a year,” the education ministry said The results of the two editions would be announced in August 11,77,226 candidates have appeared in the first two sessions 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 Loaded signals for Cabinet expansion today Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot dropped, appointed Governor of Karnataka; new Ministry of Cooperatives created M ANISH ANAND @ New Delhi Decks have been cleared for the expansion of the council of ministers led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the government on Tuesday unveiling a new Ministry of Cooperatives along with the appointment of Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot as Karnataka Governor. The Prime Minister’s Office has been individually calling the selected candidates to join the council of ministers over phone, with some already reaching the national capital on Tuesday . Gehlot has been suitably accommodated as he was the Scheduled Caste face of the NDA. After a back and forth parleys, a grumbling JD (U) appears to have decided to join the government. The JD (U) was earlier seeking Punish those who framed Stan Swamy: Opposition parity with the BJP’s Bihar representation in the Union ministry by insisting on two Cabinet and two MoS berths. The other Bihar element in the ministry is expected to be Pashupati Paras, who captured the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from under the nose of Chirag Paswan. Late Tuesday evening, the government informed that it has created the new ministry to strengthen the co-op movement. The government had earlier created the Ministry of Jal Shakti. “This ministry will provide a separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country the government said. ,” The reshuffle is likely to involve a good number of minis- ters of state ranks besides filling a few Cabinet berths. Among those who would most probably make it are Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal and Narayan Rane. Apart from allies like the JD (U) and the LJP Anupriya , Patel of Apna Dal is likely to get a ber th. BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal from Ladakh is also seen as a ministerial hopeful. However, speculation on Shiv Sena returning to the NDA ended with party chief Uddhav Thackeray finally saying there cannot be any accord with the BJP . Caste arithmetic matters in the scheme of things, as the BJP pointed out that of the eight women Governors and Lt Governors it has appointed since 2014, As many as 11 athletes across various disciplines from Tamil Nadu will represent India at the upcoming Olympic Games, scheduled to held in Tokyo from July 23. Here is a look at them... Table tennis E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Leaders of major Opposition parties on Tuesday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention in holding accountable those responsible for foisting false cases on tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy, who passed away under custody the previous day leaving the nation horrified. The letter was jointly signed by Sonia Gandhi (Cong), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool), Hemant Soren (JMM), H D Deve Gowda (JD-S), Farooq Abdullah (NC), Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), D Raja (CPI) and Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M). “We are urging your immediate intervention as the President of India to direct ‘your government’ to act against those responsible for foisting false cases on him, his continued detention in jail and inhuman treatment. They must be held accountable. It is now incumbent that all those jailed in the Bhima Koregaon case and other detenues under politically motivated cases, misusing draconian laws like UAPA, sedition etc be released,” the letter read. Meanwhile, a US forensic agency said incriminating evidence was planted on Bima Koregaon case accused Surendra Gadling’s computer. It had earlier claimed to have found evidence of activist Rona Wilson’s computer being hacked to plant 30 documents to frame him in the case. P10 Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 5 41,34,068 doses July 6 30,42,302 doses Total doses: 36,09,56,621 Trophy cabinet is filled with medals but the big one is still missing, he is confident of medal in mixed doubles with Manika. V Revathi Has come into her own with some promising performances in the 400m in 2021. Has surprised everyone by making the cut. Sathiyan G Subha V His first Games. Has some creditable performances including an inspirational win during India’s Asiad bronze medal in 2018. One of those names that’s been doing the rounds for two years. Is still relatively young at 21. Has a Worlds appearance in 2019 on her CV. Sailing Men’s 49er Varun Thakkar Dhanalakshmi S Doesn’t have a track record at 400m — she’s essentially a sprinter — so a lot is being asked of her to perform at the Olympics. Men’s 4x400m Arokia Rajiv This will be his second Olympics. Was a previous national record holder in the 400m. Is fit after struggling with a toe injury in 2020. Quit school to concentrate full time in sailing. Fair to say reaping rewards now. Trained in Rameswaram during the first lockdown. KC Ganapathy Almost same as Varun, they will be a pair in Tokyo. It’s already a feel good story considering both of trained together in Chennai when they were kids. Women’s laser radial Nethra Kumanan Sport of sailing has always found takers in Chennai and she is another who trained with Gana and Varun. Has been to the Asian Games. Naganathan Pandi Nobody expected him to make the relay squad. He doesn’t have a single time below 46 seconds so is firmly a work in progress. Fencing Women’s sabre CA Bhawani Devi First Indian to qualify in fencing. Was stuck in Europe during initial lockdown but did manage to train. Is already quite the story, pursuing a sport that few take up. NATIONWIDE july 5 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths july 6 39,796 34,703 42,352 51,864 723 553 tamil nadu Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths july 5 3,715 4,029 54 Karnataka Madhya Pradesh Mizoram Himachal Pradesh Tripura Jharkhand Goa Haryana five belong to the SC, ST, OBC and minority communities. That math will be part of the larger strategy for Wednesday’s ministerial expansion so to balance social equations and state representations with an eye on elections next year. With the prime minister having clearly shown his preference for professionals in his team like S Jaishankar and Hardeep Puri, a surprise entry from outside politics isn’t ruled out. From the JD (U), Rajeev Ranjan Singh and R C P Singh are seen to be in the reckoning for the berths. A few of the ministers are likely to be dropped following their performance appraisal, while key loyalists of Union home minister Amit Shah, including Anil Jain and Bhupender Yadav, are being seen as hopefuls to join the government. Portfolios like Commerce, Industry, Food and Consumer Affairs, Food processing, Social Justice, Civil Aviation, I&B are up for grabs, while changing ministries of a few ministers is also not ruled out. P9, 10 and officials present in differ@ New Delhi ent parts of that country and multiple agencies are in disIndia is weighing options to cussion for this purpose,” bring its nationals and offi- sources said. Since the procials back from troubled Af- posal is in the planning stage, ghanistan amid the worsening it is difficult to say right now security situation there. The if all nationals and officials Taliban has already would be brought over r un a vast back or if it would be Matter to swathe of territory figure in talks partial evacuation. in the north without India has its emwith Russia firing a bullet as bassy in Kabul and scared Afghan sol- The Afghan issue consulates in Kandawill come up for diers fled to neighhar and Mazar where bouring Tajikistan, discussion during it has over 500 staff. External Affairs forcing countries It closed two consuMinister S like Russia and Turlates in Herat and Jaishankar’s key to close their Jalalabad earlier. consulates in the re- three-day visit to For the record, the gion and call back Russia beginning embassy said: “MeWednesday their diplomats. dia reports on #India Other have reclosing its Embassy duced their services and are & Consulates in Afghanistan worriedly watching the situa- are incorrect. @IndianEmbtion that is bound to deterio- Kabul, Consulates in Kandarate further before the Sep- har & Mazar are open, functember 11 deadline for full tioning. We DO HOWEVER withdrawal of US troops from continue to closely monitor Afghanistan arrives. the evolving security situa“Plans have been discussed tion particularly around Kanfor bringing back our citizens dahar & Mazar cities.” Express News Service A Sharath Kamal Mixed 4x400m Thawar chand Gehlot Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel Hari Babu Kambhampati Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar Satyadev Narayan Arya Ramesh Bais P S Sreedharan Pillai Bandaru Dattatreya State India could bring back nationals, officials from trouble-torn af OLYMPICS CALLING Athletics New Governors Name july 6 3,479 3,855 73 The Madras High Court has once again come to the rescue of a woman belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community. The court directed the Namakkal police to not harass the woman based on a ‘missing’ complaint lodged by her parents, and also told them to provide adequate protection for her safety Earlier, the High Court . had issued a set of guidelines to ensure the community’s protection from harassment. The issue pertains to a plea moved by a queer woman who was forcibly married to a male by her parents when she was 17 years old. She said that fearing for her life and safety she left her , home on April 17 and moved in with a queer friend. She feared her family would resort to honour killing or cause physical harm to her. After the petitioner started living with her friend in her hometown, the friend’s brother lodged a police complaint and an FIR was registered. She said she was forcibly moved out of the house, and was not allowed to make her own life choices despite being a major. When the plea came up for hearing, the government counsel submitted that a case of ‘women missing’ was registered based on a complaint from the woman’s mother. Justice M Nirmal Kumar, in his order, referenced the court’s guidelines issued last month that stated, if police, on Oil price surges as OPEC+ talks fail Brent crude rose above $77 a barrel for the first time since 2018 after OPEC+ failed to reach a deal on Monday. It added to India’s troubles as fuel prices are already at an all-time high. Petrol price in Delhi stood at `99.86 per litre on Tuesday. With retail inflation surging to 6.30% for May, state and Central governments are faced with a tightrope walk between accepting lower tax revenues and scaling up postpandemic spending to spur the economy | P13 Warehousing market hit hard India’s warehousing market saw a 23% Y-o-Y decline in transactions during FY21 with the second wave of Covid adversely impacting the demand for space, an annual report by the global property consultant Knight Frank said. Although the warehouses have continued to remain an attractive real estate investment, the report stated that economic slowdown before the pandemic and lockdowns led the potential occupiers to cut down their expansion plans | P13 GST mop-up at nine-month low After posting above `1-lakh crore collection for eight months in a row, June’s GST mop-up slumped to `92,849 crore due to the second Covid wave. This is the lowest GST collection in the last nine months. The finance ministry said while June’s collection is lower than May’s, it is still 2% higher than the revenues in the same month last year. The ministry was confident of ‘smart recovery’ starting July as the e-way bill for June was showing better movement | P13 AU Bank’s loan book declines 2% AU Small Finance Bank’s June quarter loan book sequentially declined 2% to `35,356 crore because of lower fresh loan disbursals due to weak demand compounded by risk aversion. Disbursements were at `1,896 crore, up 60.5% year-on-year but down 74.45% over the March quarter. As for Bajaj Finance, it said it booked 4.6 million new loans compared to 5.47 million loans in the previous quarter, but significantly higher compared to 18 lakh new loans booked in Q1 FY21 | P13 ‘Mekedatu won’t take off sans TN’s concurrence’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai In a breather for Tamil Nadu in the ongoing inter-State water dispute with Karnataka, Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, assured the former that the Mekedatu project cannot take off without its concurrence. According to the State’s Minister for Water Resources, Durai Murugan, the Centre has also said that steps will be taken to constitute a tribunal to investigate the dam built across the Markandeya river. He was speaking to reporters in New Delhi after meeting the Union Minister. It is learnt that during the meeting, TN had stressed that no clearance should be given for the proposed Mekedatu project without the concurrence of cobasin States. The Centre was also requested to advise Karnataka not to proceed with any activity re g arding the project. He also urged the Centre to constitute a tribunal and to advise Karnataka to stop all ongoing works in the basin. Besides, he handed over a representation to Shekhawat, raising various issues and demands related to the State’s water resources. Some of the key demands are to advise the Karnataka government to immediately clear the deficit and release water to TN as per the schedule fixed by Supreme Court, and advise the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) to take appropriate action to ensure the realisation of water at Biligundlu. The minister also urged the Centre to appoint a full-time HC tells cops to protect, not harass queer woman fleeing kin HARISH M U RA L I @ Chennai state of the economy receipt of such missing cases find it involved consenting LBGTQIA+ adults, they should close the complaint without subjecting them to harassment. In the present case, the petitioner admitted that she belongs to the LGBTQIA+ community Her par. ents had forcibly separated her from her friend, and now, the two of them are living together and ‘can’t leave in vulnerable atmosphere’ Earlier, the court while putting forth guidelines had said, “Till the legislature comes up with an enactment, the community cannot be left in a vulnerable atmosphere.” are conscious about their relationship, the judge pointed out. He directed the police not to harass but to protect the petitioner. Last month, Justice Anand Venkatesh of the HC, issued an order putting forth guidelines in which he said, “Till the legislature comes up with an enactment, the LGBTQIA+ community cannot be left in a vulnerable atmosphere where there is no guarantee for their protection and safety This gap is now sought . to be filled in by issuing guidelines till law takes over and guarantees safety and protection.” chairman, at the earliest, to carry out necessary works of the CWMA. The representation also said that TN was carrying out the Repair, Renovation and Restoration of water bodies, and the Central share of `44.48 crore towards the same was yet to be released. Durai Murugan said that demand for fund allocation towards the Cauvery-Gundaru River Linking project was also discussed. He also asked for funds and permission to carry out the Tamiraparani-Karumeniyar-Nambiar linking project to enable TN to complete the scheme. express read In China poke, PM’s b’day greetings to Dalai New Delhi: In what is being perceived as a message to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday had a telephonic conversation with the Dalai Lama to wish him on his birthday. “Spoke on phone to His Holiness the @DalaiLama to convey greetings on his 86th birthday,” the PM tweeted. Last year, Modi had not wished the Tibetan leader amid tensions between India and China along the LAC in Galwan Valley | P9 Finally, dispensary comes up atop Kurumalai Vellore: A temporary dispensary has been set up atop Kurumalai, in Vellore district, to provide emergency healthcare to tribals residing on the hill. The facility was set up on Monday, days after a pregnant tribal woman was ferried two kilometres down the hill on a dolly, to be taken to a hospital, nearly 15 kilometres away. However, the woman delivered the baby in an autorickshaw on the way | P4
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