chennai l monday l september 06, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l late city EDITION team india head coach shastri tests covid +ve 3 other support staffers in isolation The BCCI announced on Sunday that Ravi Shastri’s lateral flow test for Covid returned positive. The next course of action will be decided following the result of his RT-PCR test kohli & co set england a big target Bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel remained at the team hotel as a precautionary measure with results of their RT-PCR tests awaited. All the other members underwent two lateral flow tests on Saturday night and Sunday morning before being cleared to travel to the stadium ahead of the fourth day of the 4th Test ■ ■ The Indians set England an imposing target of 368 on Sunday after scoring 466 in their second innings The likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur built on the good work of the top-order. Thakur (60) made his 2nd half-century of the match while Pant found his groove with 50 368 if england chase down 368, it will be their highest successful chase 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 Monitoring Covid in schools: Anbil Hindutva icons in ethics course of MP medicos E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Thanjavur/ Virudhunagar/ Tiruvannamalai/Tiruchy E xpress N ews S ervice @ Bhopal A mandatory foundation course for first-year MBBS students in Madhya Pradesh will include lectures on Hindutva icons like RSS founder Dr K B Hedgewar and Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, pioneers of ancient Indian medicine and Dr B R Ambedkar from the new academic year. The syllabus drew sharp reactions from the Congress, which slammed the government for tinkering with a professional course. Announcing the new module on Sunday state medical educa, tion minister Vishvas Sarang said: “It has been decided to impart lectures on personalities like Dr KB Hedgewar, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Dr B R Ambedkar, Maharshi Charaka and Sushrut in the course across all medical colleges in the state.” The month-long course, under the Professionalism and Ethics module, aims at sensitising students on proper handling of patients, particularly the specially-abled ones. “Ethics and value education is part of the National Medical C o m m i s s i o n Fo u n d a t i o n Course for MBBS nationally. We’ve decided to inculcate in the course lectures on our icons,” Sarang said. But Congress’ state unit vice president Bhupendra Gupta sarcastically said, “The BJP-ruled MP has set a record for producing doctors who did not even appear in the admission tests themselves through the Vyapam scam.” The course was launched in 2019 and individual states were tasked with framing the module’s content locally . P8 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 of city express A section of the massive gathering at the kisan mahapanchayat at Muzaffarnagar on Sunday | PTI Call by farm unions to defeat BJP in UP polls N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow Farmer unions on Sunday gave a call to uproot BJP governments from UP and Uttarakhand in the upcoming state elections early next year, at a massive mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha. The morcha, which is an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, also decided to hold Bharat Bandh on September 27 in support of their primary demand to repeal three contentious farm laws passed by Parliament last year. National spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait, said, “We have to stop the country from getting sold. Farmers should be saved; the country should be saved; businesses, employees and youth should be saved. This is the mahapanchayat’s aim.” Prominent among those on the dais were Yogendra Yadav, activist Medha Patkar and CPM leader Atul Anjan. The humongous turnout could be a wake-up call for the ruling BJP as the mahapan- Nipah kills boy, adds to scare in kerala E xpress N ews S ervice @Kozhikode Nipah virus claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy from Kozhikode district on Sunday, marking the first such death in three years after it wreaked havoc in northern Kerala. The samples of the boy from Pazhoor in Chathamangalam tested positive for the infection at the National Institute of Virology Pune. , By Sunday afternoon, authorities had traced 188 people on his contact list, of which two healthcare workers showed symptoms of the infection. As many as 20 people on the list, including the boy’s parents, are in the highrisk category and have been shifted to the medical college. Health Minister Veena George said: “Seven days is the incubation period of the virus. Next week is crucial.” Nipah is generally transmitted to humans from animals. Human-to-human transmission is also possible. It has a case fatality rate of 40-75%. A team from the National Centre for Disease Control described the infection as a local occurrence and not an outbreak. Meanwhile, the NIV-Pune will set up a lab for initial screening at the medical college here on Monday . chayat not only had the support of Jat khaps (clans) but also of some Muslim khaps of western UP. In the last three elections, the BJP did extremely well in western UP because of the Jat-Muslim polarisation following the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, with the saffron party mopping up the Jat votes. The Jat-Muslim animosity seems to be dissolving now in the wake of the farmers’ unrest. Perhaps with that in mind, Tikait raised slogans of both Allahu Akbar and Har Har Mahadev from the dais. Western UP is important as it has around 130 of the 403 Assembly seats in the state. BJP MP Varun Gandhi sought to reach out to the farmers, calling them “our own flesh and blood” and suggested that the government should re-engage with them to arrive at a common ground. Tikait said the protest on Delhi’s border and other sites would continue. BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik claimed that farmers belonging to 300 outfits from various states attended the gathering. Tying votes to fair price for farm produce “This UP government should be given vote ki chhot (electoral defeat). The slogan of fasalon ke daam nahi, to vote nahi (no fair price for crops, no votes) will have to be raised,” Tikait said, asking why the Adityanath government has not raised the sugarcane procurement price 8K security personnel Around 8,000 security personnel were deployed. Security was tightened at the residences of local BJP lawmakers, including Union minister Sanjiv Balyan and BJP MLA Umesh Malik express read Five youth killed in Chennai car crash Chennai: Five youth died after their multi-utility vehicle lost control, brushed past a heavy vehicle, and collided with a trailer lorry parked on the roadside in Perungalathur in the wee hours of Sunday. The deceased were identified as Aravind Shankar (21) of K K Nagar; Naveen (21) and Raja Harish (21) of Mettur in Salem district; Rahul (20) of Pudukottai; and Ajay (21) of Tiruchy. The Chromepet traffic investigation police told Express that the five died on the spot. P2 NATIONWIDE sept 4 sept 5 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 42,618 36,385 330 42,766 38,091 308 tamil nadu Sept 4 sEPT 5 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,575 1,610 20 1,592 1,607 18 Irular lives Suriya’s shooting site still in darkness K ri t h ik a S riniv a s a n @ Villupuram “We were filmed to show our misery . But, other than sympathy little do we , get from it. We need actual benefits that will take us out of this suffering and we request the officials to help us,” said 19-year-old K Madhavan, a blind man from an Irular settlement at Anjancheri village in Villupuram’s Gingee. The settlement, 15 families strong, was filmed for Jai Bhim, a Tamil film starring Suriya Sivakumar, in 201920, drawing to it momentary attention from all quarters in the State, but those in power. Thirty kilometres from the bustling Villupuram town, Anjancheri has been home to Irulars reportedly for The Irular families in Anjancheri in Gingee are bereft of any basic facility | Express the past three generations. Nothing, however, has changed for them as they are yet to get basic amenities like drinking water, electricity and hous, ing, according to sources. K Ellamal, a 28-year-old resident of the settlement, told Express: “We have been living here since my grandparents’ time. Over the years, governments changed and new rules and regulations were introduced – all for everybody except us! Today, our settlement is not visited even during the elections.” When the film was being shot at the settlement, many from across the State dropped by attracted by the star, dom. “But seldom did they show any concern about the pitiful living conditions of the tribals,” said a few residents. According to sources in an Irular welfare association in Tindivanam, the film, yet to be released, revolves around Irulars and their struggles in society . P3 With new Covid-19 cases being reported among students and teachers for the third consecutive day School , Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said on Sunday a decision on reopening schools for lower classes will be taken after September 8 once the situation has been assessed. On Sunday, news emerged of three students from Thanjavur and one teacher each from Sivakasi and Tiruvannamalai testing positive for the coronavirus. The infectees are a Class 10 student of a government high school near Orathanadu, a Class 12 girl student from a school near Peravurani, and a Class 11 student from a school in Thirubuvanam. They tested positive on Saturday. As for the teachers, one teacher each from a government higher secondary school in Sivakasi and a government school in Kadaladi near Kalasapakkam in Tiruvannamalai were found to have been infected by the virus. With this, eight students (including one college student) and five teachers have contracted Covid-19 across the State since the reopening of colleges and schools for classes 9-12 on September 1. Speaking to reporters in Tiruchy , the minister said: “The functioning of the schools are being monitored. Based on an assessment in the first eight days, we will decide on reopening schools (lower classes).” “The Union government’s Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) doctors and staff (800 in number) have been tasked with conducting random health check ups and Covid-19 tests in schools. If students are found positive, they will be cared for in hospitals and the classes would be closed and sanitised.” P5 Para shuttlers help India sign off on a high India finished the Tokyo Paralympics with their best medal tally ever — 19 medals (5 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze). The final day saw India win two more medals courtesy of the shuttlers to finish 24th in the overall standings. Shuttler Krishna Nagar won gold Two shooters, Singhraj in the men’s singles SH6 category after Adhana and Avani Lekhara, beating Hong Kong’s Man Kai Chu 21-17, bagged two medals each. 16-21, 21-17 in the final on Sunday. While Adhana won silver in the 50m pistol (SH1) Fellow shuttler event and bronze in the Suhas Yathiraj men's 10m air pistol claimed a silver medal (SH1) event, Avani won in the men’s singles gold in the women's 10m SL4 category. He lost to air rifle (SH1) event and top seed Lucas Mazur bronze in the 50m rifle 3 of France 21-15, positions (SH1) event. In 17-21, 15-21 in the process, Avani became the first Indian woman the final. to claim two medals in a P11 single Paralympics. Silver-medallist T Mariyappan gets a grand welcome in Chennai on Sunday | r satish babu
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