TIRUCHY l saturday l july 17, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION india-pakistan face-off during T20 World Cup Stage fight: new Zealand too in group 2 The mouthwatering clash between arch-rivals in Super 12 stage group will be their first time since 2019 World Cup Not the easiest. India are in Group 2 in the Super 12 stage. Apart from Pakistan, the inaugural champions will face New Zealand and Afghanistan. Group 2 comprises defending champions West Indies, Australia, England and South Africa. The Super stage comprises 12 teams. The final contest will be between eight teams in each group P11 ■ 16 teams to join super 12 from qualifiers ■ The qualifying round consists of eight teams divided into two groups. Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia. Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman Top two teams from each of the two groups will join the Super 12, making it a 16-team contest no of teams taking part in the T20 World Cup 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 Says right to life is paramount; all other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to it SC gives UP last chance to call off its Kanwar Yatra K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi Giving the Uttar Pradesh government one last chance to reconsider its decision to allow the Kanwar Yatra amid the pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday emphasised that the right to life is paramount while all other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to it. Hearing a suo motu case, a bench of justices R F Nariman and Ajay Rastogi said no physical congregation can be allowed and gave the Yogi Adityanath government time till Monday to take its final call. “UP cannot go ahead with physical yatra. Either we will pass orders directly or , will give you one more opportunity to reconsider your decision,” the court told senior advocate C S Vaidynathan, who appeared for the UP government. The yatra had been cancelled last year, too, amid the first wave. During the hearing, Vaidyanathan spelt out the raft of safety measures taken by the UP government to hold the yatra. While kanwariyas have been generally advised to skip it, those determined to perform the yatra need to apply for registration, have to be fully vaccinated and also produce a negative RT-PCR report, which is not more than three days old, he told the bench. “The yatra would be symbolic,” he said, and sought to invoke the right to religion. UP plans to station Ganga water tankers at key locations from where kanwariyas can collect it and perfor m abhishekam at a nearby Shiv temple. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Centre was against the yatra to Haridwar. Taking note of both the stands, the bench said it “goes at the very heart of Article 21... The rest of the citizenry of India and their right to life are paramount. All other sentiments, including religious, are subservient to this most basic fundamental right.” P8 Reconsider conducting exams like NEET, CM tells PM Chennai: Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday requested PM Narendra Modi to reconsider the decision to conduct national-level exams such as NEET amid the pandemic. “We are preparing to manage a probable third wave. Towards this, I appeal to the Union government to allocate more resources to TN.” | P2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Crowding at Banashankari temple in Bengaluru on Ashadha Friday | Ashishkrishna HP Govt red-flags Covid spike, says next 100 days crucial E xpress Ne w s S erv i ce @ New Delhi Citing the rising Covid-19 caseload in various parts of the world as well as a few states in India, the Centre on Friday raised a red flag saying the situation could get worse from here, adding the next 100 days are going to be crucial. With the World Health Organization issuing an alert on the early signs of a third Covid wave, saying global cases and deaths increased by 10% and 3% respectively last week, the Centre said there was no room for complacency . Dr V K Paul, who heads the national Covid task force, said the world moving towards the third wave should be seen as a red flag. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with chief ministers of six states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Karnataka — where cases are either rising or have plateaued at a high number. “PM has given us the target to stall the third wave and it is possible,” Paul said, adding that while the situation is under control now, it may change for the worse if public health measures are not taken and individuals do not behave responsibly . While Spain has seen a 64% hike in weekly cases, Netherlands has recorded a 300% spike. Highlighting India’s vulnerability Paul said, “We have , not reached herd immunity — not even through infection. Not that we want to achieve herd immunity through natural infection. We are making continuous progress in vaccination,” he said. He, however, said at least 50% of the most vulnerable section is now vaccinated. social stigma Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has conveyed to the delegation of leaders of Tamil Nadu legislature parties that the question of Karnataka building a new dam at Mekedatu does not arise since the State has not fulfilled any of the prerequisites, like obtaining consent of the riparian States, including Tamil Nadu, the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) and the Central Water Commission, Water Resources Minister Durai Murugan said on Friday . Speaking to reporters after meeting the Union Minister in Jab-o-meter July 15 Take 35,15,093 doses your July 16 shot 38,79,917 doses Total doses: 39,93,62,514 NATIONWIDE july 15 july 16 Fresh cases 41,806 38,949 Recoveries Deaths 39,130 40,026 581 542 tamil nadu july 15 july 16 Fresh cases 2,405 2,312 Recoveries Deaths 3,006 49 2,986 46 Tamil nadu digest Man acquitted of rape wants name redacted from judgment More relaxations announced in TN afghanistan kandahar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Madurai A man, acquitted in a rape case, has approached the Madurai bench of Madras High Court seeking to redact his name from the judgment citing social stigma. He said whoever searches his name on the internet is able to access the judgment in which he was identified as an accused. Justice N Anand Venkatesh, who heard the matter on Friday , prima facie (based on the first impression) observed that the man is entitled to such a relief under the Right to Privacy But . he requested Bar associations and advocates to assist the court in deciding the matter. The judge observed that today’s world is literally in the grip of social media. “The background of a person is assessed by everyone by entering into Google search and collecting the information. There is no assurance that the information that is secured from Google is authentic. However, it creates a first impression and depending upon the data that is provided, it will make or mar the characteristics of a person in the eyes of the society he said. ,” The petitioner faced charges under Sections 417 (punishment for cheating) and 376 (punishment for rape) but was acquitted. However, the petitioner’s grievance is that the judgment, in which he was identified as an accused, crops up whenever his name is searched on Google. He feels it causes a serious impact on his reputation and hence wants the court to redact his name from the judgment, the judge noted. continued on: p4 K’taka hasn’t met prerequisites on Mekedatu dam: Centre to TN team An art teacher gives final touch to a painting of Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, in Mumbai on Friday | PTI pakistan Spin Boldak in Kandahar near Af-Pak border, where the Indian journalist fell to bullets Embedded Indian Journalist killed in afghan crossfire EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui, 38, was killed on Friday in Kandahar province’s Spin Boldak near a border crossing with Pakistan. Since early this week, Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist with the Afghan special forces based in Kandahar. The forces were fighting to regain control over Spin Boldak when Siddiqui was killed, Reuters reported. For its part, the Taliban claimed it did not know a journalist was accompanying the soldiers. It has reportedly handed over the body to the Red Cross. “Our Ambassador in Kabul is in touch with Afghan authorities. We are keeping his family informed of the developments,” MEA s p o ke s p e r s o n A r i n d a m Bagchi said. A native of Delhi, Siddiqui is survived by wife Rike and two young children. After graduating in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, Siddiqui pursued a degree in Mass Communication. Though he started his journalism career as a reporter, Siddiqui later decided go behind the camera. He went on to produce world-class work that spanned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee crisis, which won him a Pulitzer, Delhi riots and India’s Covid crisis. Chennai: Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday extended lockdown in TN for two more weeks, till July 31. More relaxations, however, have been granted. The new relaxations that will come into force from July 19 are: Industrial training institutes, industrial schools, typewriting-training institutes can function with 50 per cent students on a rotation basis by adopting SOPs. Schools, colleges, theatres, liquor bars, swimming pools, and zoological parks will remain closed | P4 Plus Two exam results today Chennai: The results of Class 12 exams will be released at 11 am on July 17, said the School Education Department. Students may check results by entering registration number and date of birth on www.tnresults.nic.in, www.dg1. tn.nic.in, www.dg2.tn.nic.in, or www.dge.tn.nic.in. The results will also be sent as a text message to the mobile number mentioned in the affidavit. Score sheets can also be downloaded from www. dge.tn.gov.in and www.dge.tn.nic. in from 11 am on July 22 | P2 New Delhi, Durai Murugan said, “The delegation urged the minister that at any instance, the Union government should not act in favour of Karnataka in building the dam. We also pointed out that the permission given by the Central Water Commission to the Karnataka government for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for constructing the proposed dam at Mekedatu was wrong.” Meanwhile, Chief Minister MK Stalin is scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on July 19. Significantly, Stalin’s Karnataka counterpart, BS Yediyurappa, met the Prime Minister on Friday evening on various issues concerning his State, including the Mekedatu dam. In a meeting that lasted for around 45 minutes between the Union minister and the allparty delegation from Tamil Nadu, Shekhawat clarified that Karnataka had not fulfilled any of the conditions laid for preparing the DPR and as such, it would not be considered, said Durai Murugan. “I think the objective of our visit has been fulfilled to some extent,” he said, recalling the Union minister’s words. continued on: p5 Electronic bail orders to get prisoners out of jails without delay eXPRESS nEWS sERVICE @ New Delhi tAKING serious note of the delay in releasing of prisoners from jail despite bail being granted, the Supreme Court on Friday said it will set up a system to ensure that bail orders are sent electronically to jail authorities. “In this age of information and communication technology , we are still looking at the skies for pigeons to communicate orders,” Chief Justice N V Ramana said. “Prisoners are waiting for Supreme Court orders to be sent by post. We had ordered release in some matters and they were not released since they did not receive authentic copy of orders. This is too much,” he added. The bench of CJI Ramana and justices L Nageswara Rao and AS Bopanna made the observation while hearing the suo-motu case regarding delay in releasing convicts by prison authorities even after they were granted bail by courts. Explaining the changes being planned, the CJI said, “We are contemplating a system to ask and secure orders of bail so that such orders are sent electronically to jail authorities. We are directing Supreme Court Secre- tary General to frame the scheme and submit before us.” “The idea of this order is to send the order copies of this court via a secured route. This will be taking care of security ,” Justice Rao added. The court has also directed all states to answer whether jails in states have proper internet facility since it will be need- ‘Those on bail/parole need not surrender’ The SC directed prisoners granted bail or parole as a measure to decongest jails need not surrender till further orders as the Covid threat persists. The bench also ordered states to inform within a week on the criteria adopted by high-powered panels to release prisoners ed to access the secure system for transmission of orders being put in place. Recently the SC had granted , interim bail to 13 convicts lodged in Agra Central Jail. The order was passed on July 8 but the convicts walked out of jail after four days, since the prison authorities stated they did not receive the certified copy of the order by post. express read Sidhu meets Sonia amid Punjab Cong crisis Chandigarh: Amid speculations of elevation of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress chief and reservations expressed by CM Capt Amarinder Singh, the cricketer-turned-politician met party president Sonia Gandhi on Friday. A decision is expected soon to end tussle between the two Punjab leaders. The one-hour meeting was also attended by former party chief Rahul Gandhi | P7 Rajnath briefs Antony, Pawar on row with China New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met Congress leader A K Antony and NCP chief Sharad Pawar to brief them about the border row with China, people familiar with the development said. The meeting with the two former defence ministers is seen as an effort by Singh to reach out to the Opposition ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning July 19 | P7 ‘pure and tasty’ These Pudukai villagers opt for an arduous journey to access ‘springs of life’ S o w m ya M a n i @ Pudukkottai It’s 11:30 am, the sun is blazing on the coastal town of Mimisal in Pudukkottai district. Braving the heat, about 25 to 30 women from the village of R Pudupattinam walk in line with pots and a makeshift ladle in their hands and cross a bridge over a waterbody to the other side, to collect this ‘pure’ and ‘fresh’ drinking water. They have been doing this for generations. What’s so special about it is the water itself, say the villagers. Every day, these women dig the sand to find the springs, use their ladles to scoop the water into their pots, then use a cloth over the pots to filter the water. There are 5,000-odd people in Pudupattinam and most are fisherfolk. Panchayat president Nagarajan said the villagers get water from the Panchayat. How- ever, instead of buying water from outside, they prefer spring water due to its taste and quality . “These sand-springs have been the main source of water for over five generations now. They were in existence even before the Britishers’ time. We prefer this water as it is pure.” However, accessing the water is still an arduous task and is done only by women. “We come only once in a day to fetch water. Women from the village come once in a day to fetch water from the sand-springs using a makeshift ladle | Express If a house has more people, then two women would come,” says one Nagalakshmi. “About 10 years back, we got a bridge to cross over to the other side. However, during rain and strong winds, it is difficult to carry the pots on our head and walk.” The villagers guard the springs by setting up a committee. A board near the spring says animals should not be brought as they may pollute the area.
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