THRISSUR l thursday l august 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION After lord’s high, India crash to 78 all out in Leeds Opting to bat first, batsmen put up a dismal show at Headingley in the first day of the third Test of Pataudi Trophy James Anderson celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli at Leeds | AP | P12 Anderson leads england’s charge Post lunch, India eat humble pie The 39-year-old, who was in the middle of the controversy in the second Test, started India’s downslide removing KL Rahul in the first over of the day. He followed it up by removing Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli inside the first hour. His first and only spell of the first innings read 8-5-6-3 as he dismissed Kohli for the seventh time in Tests on Wednesday ■ ■ Resuming at 56-4 after lunch, a lot depended on how India would respond in the second session. It only got worse as India lost their remaining six wickets for just 20 runs India lost four wickets (Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah) without adding a run 78 is India’s third lowest-total while choosing to bat first in a test 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 Madras HC: No EWS quota in AIQ medical admissions sans SC nod Turns down DMK’s plea for 50% OBC quota, says uniform reservation must across states missions. While the court disposed of the contempt petition, it ruled on the Centre’s July 29, 2021 order notifying a 27 per cent OBC quota and 10 per cent EWS quota within the AIQ. The court said the order was in accordance with the law with regard to the quotas for SCs, STs and OBC categories and the horizontal reservation for persons with disabilities. However, “the additional reservation provided for EWS... cannot be permitted, except with the approval of the SC in such regard,” the court said. “...To such extent, the reservation as indicated R SIV A K U M A R @ Chennai The Madras High Court on Wednesday said, without the Supreme Court’s approval, it is “impermissible” to implement the 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) within the All India Quota (AIQ) for undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma admissions to medical and dental courses. Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu passed the order on a contempt petition moved by the DMK against the Centre for its failure to comply with a HC order from last year on implementing OBC reservation within the AIQ for medical ad- A US Marine greets children during an evacuation at the Kabul airport | AP Frantic evacuation on; ready to handle terror overflow, says CDS E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e WITH US president Joe Biden refusing to extend the August 31 evacuation deadline, forces on the ground are racing against time to fly out maximum number of people by next Tuesday So far, . an estimated 82,300 people have been lifted from the Kabul airport, which is controlled by the US military for now. At the moment, around 5,800 American troops are at the Kabul airport anchoring airlifts. Several hundred US troops have reportedly left Afghanistan soon after Biden decided not to extend the deadline, underlining how quickly the ground situation is evolving. While the pace of evacuations has gained momentum in recent days, the US military will soon shift focus to moving its own troops and winding down its operation at the airport. In a notable development, G7 leaders have decided to include India in future discussions on Afghanistan. According to sources, the decision to include India in further discussions was taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a 45-minute long conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bloc had held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Afghan situation. The threat perception about the security around the Kabul airprot remained high with US defence officials warning of planned attacks against crowds outside the airport aimed at creating mayhem. Reports said ISIS elements have also been spotted at the airport. On Wednesday, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said India has contingency plan to handle the terrorist activities from Afghanistan if it could overflow into India. China said it held consultations with the Taliban in Kabul on Wednesday, the first diplomatic contact since the militia took control of Afghanistan. P9 State reports highest daily case count, rate of infection in 3 months E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Kerala’s worst fears, of a spike in Covid cases post Onam holidays, came true when it reported the highest number of cases and infection rate in three months on Wednesday. Experts say that though the increase in daily cases was on expected lines, it remains to be seen how the increasing caseload would stretch the state’s health system. The state reported 31,445 new cases on Wednesday with seven districts adding more , than 2,000 each to the patients’ list. At current pace, the daily case count is set to cross the peak of the second wave reported on May 12 (43,529). The TPR of 19.03% came on the back ● More on P2 of testing 1,65,273 samples. Confusion as 2 congressmen fly into kabul NATIONWIDE aug 24 aug 25 Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the chaotic evacuation. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in and out on charter aircraft and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours on Tuesday Fresh cases 25,467 Recoveries 39,486 Deaths 354 37,593 34,169 648 statewide aug 24 aug 25 Fresh cases 24,296 Recoveries 19,349 Deaths 173 31,445 20,271 215 Kerala PSC board bloated than UPSC, many members lack vital credentials R A J E SH A B R A H A M @ Kochi AS debate rages on the bloated number of government employees in the state, the inflated structure of the statutory body for selecting them — the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) board — too has come under the lens. Even the UPSC has fewer members on its board. A note prepared by K V Joseph, a former member of Kerala Public Expenditure Committee, said the state cannot justify the need for 21 members on its PSC when Uttar Pradesh, which has six times the population of Kerala, has only five members on its PSC. Maharashtra and West Bengal too have only five members each on their respective PSC boards. “How can Kerala justify a PSC with such a huge size at a time when the state is passing through a financial crisis?,” he asked in the note. Worse is that the members of the PSC, a semi-judicial body expected to be impartial, are selected on a quota basis by political parties. “The members are selected by political parties based on their party affiliation. How can such a body be impartial in the selection of government officials?,” asked Joseph, a director of Thiruvananthapurambased International Institute of Migration and Development. Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT) former director D Narayana said the PSC board should have senior academicians and people with domain knowledge and administrative experience. “ S eve n p e r s o n s i n t h e 21-member Kerala PSC have PhD, but none seems to be senior academicians. Funnily enough, we don’t find the members’ profiles on the PSC web● More on P4 site. ” he said. PSC board members UPSC 10 Kerala 21 UP 5 Maharashtra 5 West Bengal 5 Tamil Nadu 15 Karnataka 15 Profiles missing Profile of Kerala PSC members not available on its website curious case Jumbo, tiger die fighting in Idamalayar M a n o j V i s w a n at h a n @Kochi A tiger attacked an elephant in the Idamalayar forest. In the ensuing fight, both the predator and the prey succumbed to injuries, making it a curious case. Evidence at the spot suggests a prolonged fight between the two giants, a rare incident in Kerala forests. Experts say the possibility of other elephants in the herd attacking the tiger to protect the injured jumbo cannot be ruled out. The incident occurred in a grassland near Kulathupetti deep inside the Idamalayar forest range under the Malayattoor division on Tuesday, forest officers said. A forest patrolling team found the carcasses on Wednesday. There were multiple injuries on the carcasses while the age of the animals was yet to be assessed. While a tiger-elephant clash is rare, this is not the first such incident reported in Kerala, said wildlife expert Dr P S Easa. “Tiger is the only predator that attacks the elephant. A similar incident was recorded in a camera trap in the Silent Valley forest in 2009-10. Tigers normally don’t attack adult elephants, but they do follow herds with juvenile elephants,” he said. In 2017, there were reports of tigers killing elephants in Wayanad. Malayattoor DFO Ravikumar Meena has constituted a team of forest officers, representatives of wildlife conservation activists, veterinary doctors and a scientist to conduct the postmortem of the tiger and the elephant on Thursday . Tiger is the only predator that attacks the elephant. Tigers normally don’t attack adult elephants, but they do follow herds with juvenile elephants, Dr P S Easa, wildlife expert in the notification of July 29 has to be regarded impermissible till such approval is obtained,” the court ruled. Later speaking to Express on this, Rajya Sabha MP P Wilson, who appeared for the DMK in the case, said, “ a result of the As order, EWS quota cannot be implemented across the country for medical admissions. They (Centre) will have to approach the SC if they want to implement it.” Earlier, the court, considering the DMK’s plea that 50 percent OBC quota, as followed in TN, must be implemented in the seats surrendered by the State to the AIQ, said reservation in AIQ seats across States must be uniform. “Logically if , the AIQ seats are thrown open to candidates across the country there cannot be reservation , to one extent in one State and another extent in another State.” court on 10.5% vanniyar quota The HC also ordered that admissions and appointments that have already been made, and the ones that are further to be made, under the 10.5 per cent internal reservation for the Vanniyars, will be subject to the outcome of its final order. E X P RESS REA D MDMA case lapses: Probe ordered Kochi: More controversies have emerged in the case pertaining to the seizure of around 1.2kg of MDMA from an apartment in the city, with the CCTV footage of the building revealing the involvement of one more woman — who was let off by the excise probe team without being arraigned — in the case. P4 Delhi varsity drops Mahashweta’s story New Delhi: A group of Delhi University teachers strongly protested against the dropping of works of two Dalit writers and a Mahashweta Devi short story from the English syllabus. Why is moped taxed like luxury item, asks TVS A r s h a d K h a n @ New Delhi Auto industry stalwarts on Wednesday raised the contentious issue of high taxes on automobiles as they took a sharp jibe at the Centre saying the government only makes strong statements but do nothing to reverse declining sales. Maruti Suzuki India Chairman R C Bhargava said tax rates in India are more than double that of the EU, Japan and the US, making vehicle prices unaffordable for Indians with lower income levels. “GST is not the only thing. States have this one-time road tax, which takes the tax rate to 3738% on cars. Do we need the kind of high taxes we have? I don’t think the automobile market is going to revive,” he said while speaking at industry body SIAM’’s 61st Annual Convention on Wednesday . Venu Srinivasan, chairman and MD of TVS Motor Company , wondered whether the automotive sector is being recognised for what it has contributed to the economy and forex earnings. He highlighted that the GST on twowheelers, the basic mode of transportation, is the same as a luxury-level product. Bhargava said a few thousand rupees don’t matter for those who can afford SUVs.
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