DHARMAPURI l saturday l july 17, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 teams to join super 12 from qualifiers 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 ■ ■ 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 16 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.” | P5 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 N ews S ervice @ 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 Rajnath briefs former defence mins afghanistan kandahar pakistan Spin Boldak in Kandahar near Af-Pak border, where the Indian journalist fell to bullets An art teacher gives final touch to a painting of Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, in Mumbai on Friday | PTI Embedded Indian Journalist killed E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ 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. Taliban claimed it did not know a journalist was accompanying the soldiers. Siddiqui started his journalism career as a reporter, but 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 the Indian Covid crisis. Tamil nadu digest More relaxations announced in TN 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 | P5 K’taka hasn’t met prerequisites on Mekedatu dam: Centre to TN team 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. 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 M a n a g e m e n t Au t h o r i t y (CWMA) and the Central Water Commission, Water Resources Minister Durai Murugan said on Friday . Speaking to reporters after meeting the Union Minister in 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 all-party 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. SC to set up e-bail orders to curb delay Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 15 35,15,093 doses July 16 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 Fresh cases 2,405 Recoveries Deaths 3,006 49 New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met Congress leader A K Antony and NCP chief Sharad Pawar to discuss the border row with China. The meeting with the former defence ministers is seen as an outreach effort ahead of the Monsoon session | P9 july 16 2,312 2,986 46 Sidhu meets Sonia Gandhi 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 re- lease 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. 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 only after four days. Chandigarh: Amid speculations of elevation of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress chief, the cricketer-turned-politician met party president Sonia Gandhi on Friday. A decision is expected soon to end tussle between the Sidhu and Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh | P9
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