kozhikode l saturday l September 11, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION after midnight dialogue, fifth test cancelled Following back and forth between both teams, final game, scheduled to begin in Manchester on Friday, cancelled 24-36 hours of high drama series result 2-1 as of now Following hectic parlays from Wednesday night to Friday morning, news filtered in that the game had been cancelled because of ‘Covid-related concerns’. However, ECB had said India ‘forfeited’ before they edited it out minutes later. The uncertainty began after assistant physio, Yogesh Parmar, tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday afternoon ■ ■ If the ECB takes the case up with the ICC, the world body will sit in judgment to rule whether the cancellation fulfills their ‘Covid’ acceptance norms. If they say ‘yes’, then India will win series 2-1 Both boards will work towards playing a one-off Test. As of now, India visit England again for six white ball matches in 2022 | P11 one first time that a test has been cancelled in this fashion 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 NMC blinks on new norms for PG medical edu ‘surveys’ Tax sleuths search offices of NewsClick, Newslaundry E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi income tax officials on Friday searched the offices of online media portals NewsClick and Newslaundry to peruse their financial records and verify certain remittances made by them. Both the online portals have run several stories highly critical of the government. While officials said these were ‘surveys’ and not raids, mobile phones of employees were reportedly seized and none was allowed to leave the premises while the survey was on. “The survey is related to tax returns and remittances they get from the overseas,” an I-T official told this newspaper, refusing to divulge any further details. People aware of the searches said some I-T officials had visited the Newslaundry office last month to serve summons, after which the firm submitted the papers. Similar searches were conducted on the premises of digital media platform NewsClick. In February this year, the Enforcement Directorate had raided the NewsClick office as well as the homes of its editors to probe suspicion of money laundering. The raid attracted criticism from journalists, who called it an attempt to gag independent media. NewsClick approached the Delhi High Court and was granted interim relief. Earlier in July, the I-T department had raided the offices of Dainik Bhaskar and Lucknowbased Bharat Samachar television channel. Both the media outlets had criticised the Centre’s mismanagement of the second Covid wave. In a separate operation, the I-T department said it has raided Ahmedabad-based media and real estate group Sambhaav and detected “unaccounted” transactions of over `1,000 crore. The National Medical Commission has agreed to make significant changes to the draft post-graduate medical education regulations 2021 bill, which had proposed common counselling for all institutions on the basis of national rankings but did not fix a minimum stipend for junior residents. Several doctors’ bodies, including the Indian Medical Association, had been demanding multiple changes in the proposed regulations. Senior officials at the Commission met representatives of the IMA on Thursday and accepted suggestions to modify various contentious clauses. For example, the draft had proposed common Central counselling for admission in all medical educational institutions for all PG broad specialty courses (diploma, MD and MS) based on the merit list of the National Exit NEXT exam Test (NEXT). The Commission agreed from 2023 to amend it to provide for simultaneThe NEXT exam — ous counselling at both national and state levels for their respective quothe common tas by competent authorities without examination for disturbing state reservation. final-year MBBS It also accepted a proposal to specstudents that will ify a minimum stipend. IMA presialso double up as dent J A Jayalal, who participated in an entrance test Thursday’s meeting, told this newsfor PG medicine courses — is set to paper that while PG residents are paid up to `1,00,000-1,10,000 as monthbegin from 2023 ly stipend in some states, the figure is as low as `15,000 elsewhere. “If the purpose of the Commission is to usher sweeping changes such as uniformity in examination and syllabus, it should also ensure that our PG residents are paid uniform remuneration,” he said. The Commission has also agreed to relook the draft proposal to introduce a mandatory three-month residency for PG students in district hospitals. Jayalal pointed out that as district hospitals do not have teachers, it will not substantially aid the learning of PG students. He suggested that the training period be brought down to one month from the proposed three months. The Commission has now assured that the eligibility of super specialty courses for various disciplines will be subject to an expert group’s opinion. Also, faculty with PhD will be given special consideration. And the NEXT exam improvement will be allowed on an yearly basis. All these are part of the modifications to the draft bill released last month. ‘ganpati bappa morya’ A devotee carries an idol of Lord Ganesha on the first day of the 10-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai on Friday | AFP Vax coverage up, serious cases decline, state eases curbs again RT-PCR made standard test across the state Currently, over 4,000 wards in 794 local bodies under lockdown Students from Kerala studying in other states to get priority in vaccination as certificates are mandatory there for entry, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said The CM added only those developing symptoms after vaccination should approach a doctor for treatment 20 more Nipah suspects test negative | P2 NATIONWIDE july 9 july 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 43,263 40,567 338 34,973 37,681 260 statewide july 9 july 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 26,200 29,209 125 25,010 23,535 177 Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 9 64,15,260 doses September 10 56,91,552 doses Total doses 72,97,50,724 CM gave a picture of the Covid situation which he felt has beDRAWING confidence from the come more manageable on the decline in the number of serious back of increased vaccination Covid cases and increased vacci- coverage. So far, 78% of the peonation coverage, the state govern- ple across the state have received ment has relaxed the restrictions at least one dose. The spread of further by limiting lockdown to the disease is still high, but the panchayats and urban number of people with wards that have a weekly severe infection has come infection population radown in a week, he said. tio (WIPR) of above If an unvaccinated The state had 2,42,278 eight. active cases between Sepperson develops The decision was taktember 3 and 9. However symptoms he or en at a Covid review only 13% of them are unshe shall take RT-PCR test. meeting convened by der treatment in hospiAntigen tests Chief Minister Pinarayi tals, domiciliary care Vijayan on Friday. Ear- shall be limited to centres and other Covid emergency use lier, all wards with a treatment centres, he WIPR of above seven Pinarayi Vijayan, CM said. Only 2% of the pawere locked down. WIPR tients required oxygen is calculated based on the weekly beds and 1% needed ICU beds, the density of Covid patients in an CM said. A total of 1,87,561 new area. The micro-containment cases were detected during the pezones will continue to exist in ar- riod, 21,000 less compared to the eas with high spread. The state previous week. reported 25,010 fresh cases on FriThe CM stressed that vaccine day, with a TPR of 16.53%. The efficacy prevented patients from day’s death count was 177. becoming serious though the ● More on P4 In the media briefing later, the numbers went up. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram ‘Narcotic jihad’: Bishop crossed limits, feels Congress; drugs have no religion, says CM E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ T’Puram/Kochi THE controversy over Pala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt’s ‘narcotic jihad’ remark took centre stage on Friday with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Opposition leader V D Satheesan urging religious and spiritual heads not to drive a wedge between people. BJP state president K Surendran, meanwhile, said ‘narcotic jihad’, which the bishop said was being used to trap young nonMuslim girls, exists in the Kerala society, and the issue needs to be thoroughly investigated. Stating that he was hearing about ‘narcotic jihad’ for the first time, the Chief Minister, in his evening press conference, said people sitting in responsible positions should be extremely careful while commenting on sensitive issues. They should ensure no division is created along religious and communal lines by their remarks, he said. “Drugs have no religion. It’s something that affects society as a whole, and it’s not something that affects a particular community or a group,” Pinarayi said. Earlier, senior Congress leaders Satheesan and P T Thomas also strongly criticised the bishop, saying he crossed the limits. “Kindly don’t make any statements that would break the peaceful atmosphere and the trust that exist between the people in the state,” Satheesan said in the assembly . “Religious leaders must exercise restraint and self-control. Unnecessary expressions of opinion will trigger animosity in society. Let us face the challenges together. Spiritual leadership should shed light on this, not spread darkness,” ● More on P4 Satheesan said. MSF state chief held for anti woman remarks Kozhikode: Police have arrested Muslim Students Federation state president P K Navas on a complaint from the leaders of Haritha, a collective of girls under the organisation, that he used sexually-coloured language against them. The police summoned Navas at Chemmangad station for interrogation on Friday. His arrest was recorded in the afternoon. He was later released on bail. Ten Haritha leaders had approached the Kerala Women’s Commission with the complaint. ‘denting state’s image’ What are you doing to end nokkukooli: HC to govt E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi Coming down heavily on the practice of ‘nokkukooli’ in the state, the Kerala High Court on Friday directed the government to inform it about what it proposed to make the state truly investor friendly This is certainly the need . of the hour; there can be no time to lose and the ‘nokkukooli’ system should be eradicated, said the court. Citing the recent obstruction of the movement of an 80-wheel hydraulic-axle trailer carrying com- ponents for the trisonic wind tunnel to ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre by some persons allegedly demanding ‘nokkukooli’, the court said this has damaged the image of Kerala. “This incident does not send a good impression about our state,” observed Justice Devan Ramachandran. The court made the observation when a petition filed by T K Sundaresan of Punalur in Kollam, against trade unions that demanded ‘nokkukooli’ for the unloading of construction materials, came up for hearing. The court said threat, intimidation and extortionary demands still exist in the state. The government should inform the court about its proposals as to how the disputes will be dealt with, averted and resolved under the Kerala Headload Workers Act. Government pleader E C Bineesh argued that to curtail the unhealthy practice, the state police have already issued an instruction to the district police chiefs to take stringent action. The state police chief had issued an order against ‘nokkukooli’ on March 26, 2012, and the government banned the unhealthy practice in 2018 following the High Court order in 2017. Accordingly, from 2018 to date, 11 criminal cases have been registered in the state for demanding ‘nokkukooli’ under the provisions of the Kerala Loading and Unloading (Regulations of Wages and Restriction of Unlawful Practices) Act 2002 and also under the Indian Penal ● More on P5 Code. express read IMD forecasts heavy rain across state T’Puram: With a depression over Bay of Bengal likely to gain strength over the next 48 hours, rainfall activity is likely to intensify in the state from September 12, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. “Due to the possibility of isolated heavy rainfall, the Met Department has issued a yellow alert in many districts from September 12 to 14,” he told reporters. Cong stir to include civil society groups New Delhi: In a bid to put pressure on the Centre over its “anti-people policies”, the Congress plans to rope in civil society groups, activists and youths to strengthen its agitation against the BJP-led government in the coming months. The party’s ninemember panel under veteran party leader Digvijaya Singh will meet on September 14 to take the strategy forward | P7 Taliban execute saleh’s brother in panjshir The Taliban have executed the brother of ex-Afghan vice-president Amrullah Saleh who became one of the leaders of anti-Taliban opposition forces in the Panjshir valley | P9
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