sambalpur l thursday l august 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION After lord’s high, India crash to 78 all out in Leeds James Anderson celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli at Leeds | AP | P12 Anderson leads england’s charge 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 Opting to bat first, batsmen put up a dismal show at Headingley in the first day of the third Test of Pataudi Trophy ■ 78 Post lunch, India eat humble pie ■ 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 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 No EWS quota in AIQ medical admissions sans SC nod, says HC Turns down DMK’s plea for 50% OBC quota, says uniform reservation must across states R SIVA K U M AR @ Chennai 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 N e 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. P11 Confusion as 2 congressmen fly into kabul 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 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- GST on twowheelers is the same as a luxurylevel product despite it being a basic mode of transportation. The price of moped has gone up 45-50% Venu Srinivasan, chairman & MD, TVS Motor Company Indian tax rates are more than double compared to the EU & US. Given India’s low income levels, the question of affordability comes in R C Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India It will be impossible for India to grow at high rates for a long period of time without the automobile sector being the key driver of India’s growth Amitabh Kant, Niti Aayog CEO 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 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 continued on: p7 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 Why modest moped is taxed like a 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 onetime road tax, which takes the tax rate to 37-38% on cars. Do we need the kind of high taxes we have? I don’t think the automo- bile 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. “The price of the moped has gone up by 4550% in the last few years. The switch to BS6, cost of ABS, Supreme Court ruling on mandatory purchase of three-year insurance, and a one-time tax have pushed prices of two-wheelers higher,” added Srinivasan. Countering the complaints of higher GST, Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj asked the industry why car sales are not going up but demand for SUVs, which attracts additional cess, is. Bhargava said a few thousand rupees don’t matter for those who can afford SUVs. GST on cars is primarily fixed at 28%. However, if the vehicle exceeds a certain body/engine size, there is an additional cess of up to 22%. Thus, most SUVs and sedans attract a total tax of as much as 50%. Two-wheelers, at large, attract a GST of 28% and players in this segment have been seeking a cut of 10% since the last two years. Higher fuel prices, too, are having a negative P12 impact on the sector. HC issues notice to govt, SEC over ULB polls E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Cuttack The Orissa High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the State government and the State Election Commission (SEC) on three separate petitions seeking intervention for conduct of urban polls in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri. Former minister and BJP leader Samir Dey, former administrator Prasanna Mishra and Puri MLA Jayanta Sarangi had filed the petitions for election in Cuttack Municipal Corporation, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Puri Municipality respectively on August 12. All the petitions were taken up on Wednesday Senior advocate Pitambar . Acharya appeared on behalf of the three petitioners. The division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice BP Routray issued the notices after Acharya submitted that the ULB elections in the State have been inordinately delayed by nearly three years and described the situation as ‘constitutional deadlock’. The situation is a case for ‘impeachment motion’ against the SEC chief as he had failed to meet the constitutional obligations by his inaction, Acharya CONTINUED ON: P7 alleged. NATIONWIDE Aug 24 Aug 25 Fresh cases 25,467 37,593 Recoveries Deaths 39,486 34,169 354 648 Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 24 54,67,551 doses August 25 66,22,337 doses Total doses: 60,24,25,271 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Aug 24 Aug 25 625 887 1,035 67 721 69 Bhitarkanika in danger Mangrove ecosystem may suffer serious consequences due to reduced freshwater supply S i b a M o h a n t y @ Bhubaneswar Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary could be poised for a significant rise in salinity levels and change in vegetation pattern across the crucial mangrove ecosystem, thanks to a drastic reduction in freshwater flow into the Ramsar site over the next few decades. The hydro-ecological assessment report of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) which used modeling systems to calculate fresh water supply to the sanctuary in the coming years says that future developments placed by vegetation of Sunircould seriously impact growth puri block which has maxiof the area. mum saline species. The The report says freshwater consequences could also be availability at Bhitarkanika that Gupti will have Ekakula’s sanctuary’s boundary will be salinity levels. reduced by about 38-44 per cent “Maximum impact will be (pc) during monobserved at Dangsoon and 33-39 pc mal or Bhitarpress during non-monclusive kanika block and soon. This might most of the freshincrease salinity water species level to a great extent. Estima- will, probably get seriously im, tion is that a 50 pc reduced wa- pacted. However, a 20 pc decline ter flow could mean salinity at in salinity will not have that Dangamal will match that of alarming effect,” says the Gupti and vegetation at the report. former location will be reThe key impact of reduced freshwater flow on mangrove health will be reflected through increased salinity and reduced flow of sediments which can have serious consequences on species composition. Fresh water supply availability to Bhitarkanika, as per the report, could come down to 11,563 million cubic meter (MCM) by 2051 from 19,582 MCM in 2001. Interestingly be, tween 2001 and 2051, the inflow into river basins of Brahmani and Baitarani rivers would have seen only a marginal change - from 26,242 MCM to 25,068 MCM. CONTINUED ON: P7 Punjab cong rebellion Big jump in family pension to Embattled Amarinder gets govt bank employees high command’s support Mumbai: Family pension for public sector bank employees shot up on Wednesday with the finance ministry announcing that it will be raised to 30% of the last drawn salary. Earlier, the family of a deceased PSB employee used to get a maximum of `9,284 per month as a family pension. “The cap has been completely removed and a uniform slab of 30% at the last drawn salary will be entitled as family pension,” Department of Financial Services Secretary Debasish Panda said. It means family pensions could rise to as high as `30,000- 35,000 a month. The ministry has also decided to increase the employer’s contribution in the New Pension Scheme to 14% of the salary, up from the current 10%. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ruled out any immediate plan to recapitalise banks or to privatise them | P12 Chandigarh: The central leadership of the Congress on Wednesday sought to smoke out a rebellion brewing in its Punjab unit by standing with embattled Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, saying the party will contest the state polls under his leadership. In an orchestrated exercise from the state party president Navjot Singh Sidhu’s camp, four state ministers and a bunch of lawmakers had declared their lack of confidence in Amarinder’s leadership. But AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat punctured their balloon. “These leaders have expressed serious concerns over the functioning of the state government. I will speak to the concerned people. But if a party MLA feels insecure that the administration would work for his defeat in the election, then it is a matter of concern,’’ he added | P10 Express’ Ashwin Prasath captures the mood of a Squirrel Monkey, a White Tiger and an Indian Elephant from Chennai’s Vandalur Zoo on Wednesday. The park reopened to visitors after a five-month gap, and over 1,000 people turned up Teachers call out express read welfare measures good to see y’all DU drops Mahasweta’s story, Dalit authors’ works E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi A group of Delhi University teachers, all members of its academic council, on Wednesday strongly protested against the dropping of works of two Dalit writers and a Mahashweta Devi’s short story ‘Draupadi’ from the English syllabus by an oversight committee. The two Dalit writers whose works have been axed from the fifth semester syllabus are Tamil author Bama and Telugu writer Sukhartharini. Their works have been replaced with that “upper caste writer Ramabai”, 15 members of the council said in a dissent note. taught by the University since The changes have been made 1999 owing to its seminal acaas part of the learning outcomes demic value,” they added. based curriculum in line with Talking to this newspaper, one the new National Eduof the protesting memcation Policy. “The bers, Biswajeet MoCommittee as an afterhanty associate profes, thought suddenly asked sor of political science the English departat the Deshbandhu Colment to delete the celelege, said that the act brated short story of was “deplorable and M a h a sw e t a D e v i , reeked of a deliberate ‘Draupadi’ – a story attempt to further a Mahasweta Devi about a tribal woman particular kind of ide– without giving any academic ology Not only is it reflective of ... logic,” the note shared in the the ruling class mentality but is academic council meeting on a larger reflection of attempts to Wednesday said. not recognise Dalit conscious“This is notwithstanding the ness,” he said. fact that ‘Draupadi’ has been Rudrashish Chakraborty of Kirorimal College, another signatory in the note, said the oversight committee is guilty of not only undermining the laid down academic processes of the University they have also abdicated , their responsibility towards the students by delaying the notification of the syllabus in every semester. Marginal voices, he said, have deliberately been removed from the syllabus. “It is unbecoming of a University like DU to notify the syllabus five weeks after the commencement of the semester,” he added. Oversight committee chairman Maharaj Pandit was not available for comment despite attempts to reach him.
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