NATIONWIDE july 28 july 29 Fresh cases 43,654 43,509 Recoveries Deaths Jab-o-meter Take your shot 41,678 38,465 640 640 July 28 39,42,457 doses July 29 46,52,914 doses Total doses: 45,55,02,438 odisha july 28 july 29 Fresh cases bhubaneswar l friday l july 30, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l late city EDITION India in different quarters in Tokyo Top performances in archery, badminton, hockey raise nation’s hopes at Olympics Mary Kom reacts after loss on Thursday | AP | P13, 14 Men's hockey team, archer Atanu stun favourites Heartbreak for Mary Kom Men's hockey team beat defending champions Argentina 3-1 to march into quarters and archer Atanu Das stunned two-time Olympic champion Oh Jin Hyek from South Korea to enter pre-quarters. Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu also advanced to the quarters after beating Mia Blichfeldt. Satish Kumar, India’s first super heavyweight (+91 kg) to compete in the Olympics, in last eight after win ■ ■ Multiple world champion and London Olympic medallist Mary Kom lost her flyweight (51 kg) prequarterfinal bout against Colombia’s Ingrit Valenciaon. She said she did not realise she lost after winning last two of the three-round bouts Shooter Manu Bhaker is fifth after first stage of qualification 1,703 1,615 Recoveries Deaths 1,699 69 2,039 65 26 Number of Indians to participate in athletics from friday 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 27% OBC quota for med AIQ seats 10% reservation also carved out for the EWS category; applicable from this admission season S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi Following an year-old Madras High Court ruling and pressure from the Supreme Court, the Centre on Thursday announced 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% for the economically weaker section (EWS) of students for undergraduate and postgraduate medicine and dental courses under the AllIndia Quota (AIQ) scheme. Under the AIQ scheme, 15% UG and 50% PG seats are kept domicile-free in government medical and dental colleges, against which students from other states can be offered admission, while the rest of the seats are reserved for students from within the state. The Madras High Court had last week said there will be no admission in medical colleges this year without implementing the AIQ reservation. It had on July 27 last year directed the Union health ministry to set up a committee to workout the quota arithmetic within three months, but the process got stalled, resulting in a rap from the Su- Decision to benefit 5,550 students The decision would benefit nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in PG while it will also impact around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1,000 EWS students in PG medicine preme Court in recent weeks. The new quotas will be applicable from the current academic session. The proposal was approved at a meeting chaired by the prime minister on Monday . AIQ was introduced in 1986 under the direction of the Supreme Court to provide for domicilefree merit-based opportunities to students from any state to aspire to study in a good medical college located in another state. To begin with, there was no quota in AIQ. But in 2007, the Supreme Court allowed reservation of 15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs, after which OBCs sought a level playing field. When the Central educational institutions (reservation in admission) Act became effective in 2007 providing for uniform 27% reservation to OBCs, it was implemented in all centrally run medical colleges but was not extended to AIQ seats of state medical and dental colleges. The Centre had in 2019 introduced 10% reservation for EWS. Seats in medical and dental colleges were raised over two years ago so that the seat count for other general category students does not go down. HC to monitor judge hit-and-run Odisha’s MSK a hotbed for lightning strikes M u k e s h R a n j a n @ Ranchi Taking suo motu cognizance of a CCTV footage that showed an autorickshaw intentionally running over Dhandbad Additional District and Session Judge Uttam Anand, killing him on the spot, the Jharkhand High Court on Thursday called it a direct attack on judiciary. The HC asked state police to probe the incident thoroughly and get to the bottom of the case, while keeping the court updated on the progress. The footage showed the auto hitting the judge, who was on his morning walk, from behind on CCTV footage showing judge Uttam Anand (inset) being hit by an auto-rikshaw a deserted road on Wednesday. The shocking incident was also brought to the notice of the Supreme Court on Thursday by SC Bar Association President Vikas Singh, who sought a CBI inquiry. However, the SC did not entertain it saying the Negative feedback from MLAs may cost some Raj ministers their jobs Jharkhand HC has already taken up the matter. Police have arrested two persons and the vehicle has also been recovered. During the hearing, the court observed such incidents have never taken place even when Maoist activity was at its peak in the state. It noted the incident is a reflection of the poor law and order situation, which has emboldened criminals to execute such a crime in broad day light. The HC accepted DGP Neeraj Sinha’s proposal to get the case investigated by a Special Investigation Team. It asked the DGP to keep court apprised of the P10 progress of the probe. Officials inspect Pegasus office near Tel Aviv E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e Amid mounting international pressure to probe the widespread abuse of the Pegasus spyware, Israeli authorities inspected the offices of NSO Group near Tel Aviv, which owns the military grade cyberwar tool. The inspection happened on Wednesday around the time Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz was in Paris to discuss the matter with his French counterpart, as the latter country’s President Emmanuel Macron’s mobile numbers figured in a leaked database of NSO’s possible surveillance targets. For its part, NSO said defence ministry officials probing the complaints had ‘visited’ and not ‘raided’ its premises. While most countries affected by Pegasus, including France and Hungary, have been pressuring Israel to come clean, it is a mystery that the Indian government does not see the surveillance of hundreds of academics, journalists, activists, politicians and victims of sexual violence, as a matter of national security . But, pressure is mounting on the judiciary to order a probe, as over 500 individuals and groups have written to Chief Justice of India N V Ramana seeking his immediate intervention. talks with the office bearers of the state Congress unit. WITH AICC general secretary Many MLAs have reportedly Ajay Maken extending his one- complained to Maken about the on-one discussions with Congress working style and behaviour of MLAs in Rajasthan by another some senior ministers including day, speculation is rife PHED Minister B D Kathat some ministers in lla, Health Minister Rathe Gehlot government ghu Sharma, Cooperamay be shunted out owtive Minister Parsadilal ing to ne g ative Meena, Education Minfeedback. ister Govind Singh Maken, Congress’ RaDotasra, Transport Minjasthan in-charge, met ister Pratap Singh KhaMLAs for the second chariyawas, and UDH straight day on ThursMinister Shanti Cabinet rejig day to resolve the rift in Dhariwal. likely in Aug the state unit. While a In a veiled attack on 1st week Cabinet rejig is likely to the Sachin Pilot camp, According to happen in August, the Health Minister Sharma sources in the t u s s l e b e t we e n t h e said such reports are Gehlot and Pilot factions Congress party, a pushed to the media in a Cabinet rejig is persists. Pilot loyalists planned manner. “They say some existing minis- likely in the first have nothing to do with week of August ters must be dropped reality he added. ,” based on their performWhile Sharma soundance and the feedback from ed confident, several ministers in MLAs. But, the Gehlot camp is in the Gehlot cabinet are nervous. no mood to accommodate the According to sources, Maken demand. has taken detailed notes of the Maken has completed interac- MLAs’ feedback on his iPad and tion with 53 MLAs from 20 dis- is likely to share the same with tricts. On Friday, he will hold party chief Sonia Gandhi. R a j e s h As n a n i @ Jaipur p r ic e l e s s p a s t India to get back 14 stolen artworks E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) on Thursday announced its decision to return 14 artworks worth around $3 million from its Asian collection to India, as 13 were sourced from jailed smuggler Subhash Kapoor and one from New York-based art dealer William Wolff. NGA director Nick Mitzevich said that returning the artworks is the right and culturally responsible thing to do. “We are grateful to the Indian gover nment for their support and are pleased we can now return these culturally significant objects,” he said. The handover will take a couple of months. Once done, NGA’s collections will no longer have the Kapoor taint. Indian High Commissioner to Australia Manpreet Vohra said NGA’s decision was a gesture of friendship. Some of the artworks that are being returned include bronze and stone sculptures, a painted scroll and photographs. The museum had acquired them between 1989 and 2009. The Australian media had termed the collection a source of embarrassment for the NGA. Coming home Divine couple Lakshmi and Vishnu, 10th-11th century Letter of invitation to Jain monks; picture scroll, 1835 Child-saint Sambandar, 12th century Dancing child-saint Sambandar, 12th century (pic) Portrait of donor and priests before ShriNathji, Udaipur, unknown date Guru Das Studio A Gandhi memorial portrait, 1941 Processional standard, 1851 Portrait of a man, 1954 Goddess Durga slaying the buffalo demon, 12th-13th century Arch for a Jain shrine, 11th-12th century Seated Jina, 1163 Maharaja Kishen Pershad Yamin, 1903 Portrait of a woman, unknown date H e m a n t K u m a r R o u t @ Bhubaneswar The Mayurbhanj-Sundargarh-Keonjhar (MSK) region of Odisha is turning out to be a hotbed for lightning activities and related deaths. The region is a part of lightning red hot route between north India, Odisha, Jharkhand, North East and Bangladesh. At an average of 299 lightning deaths per year, Odisha has recorded 5,706 fatalities between 2000-01 and 2019-20. The fatalities have been the highest from 2015-16 to 2019-20 with 400, 398, 465, 332 and 351 deaths respectively . Of the lives lost to lightning strikes in last two decades, the MSK zone ac- counted for 1,195 (20 per cent) deaths. The highest 522 deaths were recorded from Mayurbhanj while 346 fatalities were from Sundargarh and 327 from Keonjhar. Moreover, the State has topped in thunderbolt strikes in the country with a rise of around 37 per cent (pc) during the period. Lightning flashes rose from around 14.2 lakh strikes to 20.43 lakh in a year. According to researchers, the anthropogenic aerosol particles from the mining belt and industries have led to the rise in intensity of thunderstorms besides the density and frequency of lightning. The emission of smoke from forest fires also had an impact on the electric processes of thunderstorms leading to increase in lightning activity . “The increase in concentration of aerosol in the MSK region due to anthropogenic activities like open cast mining and industrialisation could be responsible for the rising lightning activities. The natural elevation and steep slope in the zone also give impetus for thunderstrikes,” said Associate Professor at Department of Natural Resource Management and Geoinformatics of Khallikote University Manoranjan CONTINUED ON: P7 Mishra.
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