raducanu tirunelveli l monday l september 13, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city EDITION british teenager raducanu scripts history at us open The 18-year-old beat Leylah Fernandez to become the first qualifier ever (male or female) to win a Grand Slam raducanu didn’t drop a single set youngest slam champ since sharapova By beating Canadian 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez (left pic) 6-4, 6-3 in the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, Raducanu ensured that she went through the whole tournament without losing a single set. The last woman to achieve that remarkable feat at the US Open was the legendary Serena Williams, who did so in 2014 P11 ■ ■ The British teenager, who is two months shy of her 19th birthday, has become the youngest to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova’s triumph at Wimbledon in 2004 as a 17-year-old Having started the tournament ranked 150th in the world, the victory will see her rise swiftly to become World No 23 44 yrs first slam win for a british woman since virginia wade in 1977 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 TN administers 28.9 lakh vax doses in a day Greenhorn Patel to be new EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Tamil Nadu on Sunday set a new record by administering 28,91,021 doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The mega vaccination drive, planned by the State government, received a massive response as it exceeded the target of 20 lakh by a huge margin. With this, 66 per cent of the adult population in the State received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, as per data with State health department. Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the State has an adult population of 6.06 crore. Out of this, 4.01 crore have received at least one dose as on Sunday evening. NATIONWIDE sep 11 sep 12 Fresh cases 33,376 28,591 Recoveries Deaths 32,198 34,848 308 338 tamil nadu sep 11 sep 12 Fresh cases 1,639 1,608 Recoveries Deaths 1,517 27 1,512 22 The State has administered, till Sunday a total of 4,03,13,112 , doses. Compared with the population of the neighbouring states, it has administered a higher number of doses. Kerala, which has only half of TN’s population, has administered 3,16,76,317 doses, while Karnataka administered 4,74,45,632 doses. Officials had claimed that the main reason was the short supply of the vaccines to the State despite the State having a good public health care system to administer higher number of doses. After initial days, the vaccine hesitancy too had faded away in many areas of the State and people turned up in long queues in early mornings. While the success of the Sunday’s has surely given a boost to the vaccination coverage, the State government is planning to conduct more such special drives on weekly basis. About shortage of vaccines in many camps, the health minister said the State had 29 lakh vaccines till Saturday and they were distributed to all camps. Due to the overwhelming response, the vaccines were exhausted. Contact numbers were taken from people who could not be vaccinated. So, they will be covered on Monday in regular vaccination, the minister said. Subramanian, along with the health department officials, inspected vaccination camps in several southern districts. express read ‘Ensure 100% victory for DMK in polls’ Chennai: Chief Minister MK Stalin has told his partymen to ensure a “100 per cent victory” for the DMK in the upcoming rural local body polls, which will be held in nine districts of the State. One of his main instructions to party functionaries was to identify and field only clean candidates. The SEC is expected to notify the polls in a few days | P4 Students find physics section in NEET tough Chennai: At least 1,10,971 students were scheduled to appear for NEET from the State. Many students found the Physics section the most difficult and time-consuming among all the three sections – Biology, Chemistry, Physics. “The paper was tough compared to last year. The numerical questions were lengthy,” said an aspirant | P2 Police officer shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir Srinagar: A sub inspector of the J&K police was shot dead by terrorists at close range in downtown Srinagar on Sunday afternoon. A police official said sub inspector Arshid Ashraf Mir was shot from behind by a terrorist at Khanyar around 1.40 pm. The officer was taken to Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, where he succumbed to injuries WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) NEET students waiting in queues in front of St Johns Higher Secondary School in Tirunelveli on Sunday | V KARTHIKALAGU EXPRESS NEWS SERVIVE @ Salem/Chennai/Tirunelveli A 19-year-old medical aspirant from Salem ended his life hours before NEET on Sunday reportedly for fear of , not clearing the exam. Condoling his death, Chief Minister MK Stalin said the legal fight against NEET will continue and that the State Assembly will pass a bill on Monday, seeking permanent exemption for Tamil Nadu students from appearing for the national entrance exam for medical courses. In a statement, he said: “Both city and rural students are facing difficulties in clearing NEET. The Union government does not understand the problems that NEET causes to students. Various issues, including NEET exam fraud, questionnaire leak, impersonation, and student sui- Anti-NEET bill today CM Stalin said the legal fight against NEET will continue and that the State Assembly will pass a bill on Monday, seeking permanent exemption for Tamil Nadu students from appearing for the national entrance exam cides, have not changed the mind of the Union government.” The CM hoped to bring the attention of other States to the bill the Assembly would pass on Monday and mobilise their support. He asserted that the legal struggle will continue until the Union government scraps NEET and advised students to not take any extreme step. The deceased, S Dhanush, son of Shivakuamr, a farmer and a resident of Koozhaiyur near Mettur in Salem, appeared for NEET in 2019 and 2020 and secured 222 and 424 respectively; he, however, could not get a medical seat. So, he applied for the NEET, scheduled for Sunday and was allotted an exam centre at Mecheri. But, he was reportedly depressed about appearing for the exam, anxious whether he would succeed. Dhanush belonged to the MBC category . “Around 8 pm on Saturday , he got my signature on the hall ticket and said he was ready for the exam. He also said he will reach the exam centre on his bike. He was seen preparing for the exam till 2 am. But, his grandmother Alamedu (Sivakumar’s mother) found him dead around 3.30 am on Sunday,” Dhanush’s father Sivakumar told TNIE. P2 in gender-segregated classrooms Grief pools on the face of Nizhal Mozhi, wife of deceased frontline doctor Dr Manimaran, as she explains the ordeals she has been going through since her husband’s death due to Covid-19 three months ago. “I can’t believe he is no more. The banks are calling us every day, seeking the repayment of loans we had obtained for housing and education. We are getting by with the help of our friends now – how long, we don’t know,” she said, adding she desperately need the `25 lakh solatium announced by the State government months ago. Manimaran was only 39 when he died while working at the Tiruchy GH, leaving behind Nizhal and their two children, who still believe their father is going to come home soon. “If I could get the aid, it would at Protégé of UP Governor Anandiben Patel, he will take oath of office and secrecy today; first-term MLA, he has no ministerial experience S udhir S ur yawanshi Forget the short list, he was not even on the speculated long list to become outgoing chief minister Vijay Rupani’s successor. The BJP on Sunday pulled a rabbit out of the hat by giving the chief ministerial baton to political greenhorn Bhupendra Patel, a first-term MLA with no ministerial experience. Seen as a protégé of UP Governor Anandiben Patel, he represents her Ghatlodia seat in the Assembly. Patel, 59, later met Governor Acharya Devvrat along with Rupani to take stake his claim for the hot seat. He is also associated with a couple of Patidar outfits as well. A civil engineer by qualification and builder by profession, he will take the oath of office and secrecy on Monday . The soft-spoken, low profile Patel will now lead the state BJP to polls in 2022. “The selection of Bhupendra Patel is a master stroke of Anandiben Patel. The BJP has killed many birds with one stone. It is also to checkmate Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel because Bhupendra Patel will take oath as CM...Only the CM will be sworn in tomorrow. The new cabinet will be formed after consultation with senior leaders in a couple of days C R Paatil , BJP state president both come from the same region and are Kadva Patels, a sub-caste of the Patel community,” said senior journalist based in Gujarat, adding it will also possibly end Patidar agitations in the state. After Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Pralhad Joshi flew in from Delhi as observers, they held a series of meetings with senior party functionaries. The matter was first discussed in the core com- 19-year-old med aspirant Death in 30 days of +ve kills self over neet fear test to get Covid stamp Kin of docs died of islamic dress Covid await govt aid O M J A S V I N M D @ Chennai chief minister of Gujarat least help me cover the educational expenses of my children,” said Nizhal, adding her petition to the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) went unheeded. Nizhal, however, is not the only one facing this neglect. Many families of doctors who died in harness due to Covid-19 haven’t received the solatium announced by the State government. This disregard might also affect the morale of doctors across the State even as the possibility of a third wave has not been fully discounted, sources said. “I have two children and I don’t have a job. The yearly school fees for my children runs into at least `2 lakh. If I don’t get the solatium, I will have to shift them from that school,” said Divya, wife of 40year-old Dr Vivekanandan, who was a frontline doctor at the Pallipattu GH in Tiruvallur and died in 2020. P3 Approving univ education for women, Taliban said they must adhere to Islamic dresscode in gender-segregated classrooms to be eligible scope broader and more inclusive, deaths occurring within 30 days from the date of testing The demise of any person or from the date of being cliniwithin 30 days of being detect- cally determined as a COVID-19 ed Covid-positive at hospital or case, will be treated as ‘deaths home shall be treated as Covid due to COVID-19, even if the death irrespective of co-mor- death takes place outside the bidities for issuing a death hospital/ in-patient facility .” certificate, according to Also, Covid cases adthe latest guidelines mitted in hospital/inframed by the Centre. patient facility who conThe guidelines tinued as the same shared with the Suadmission beyond 30 preme Court came after days and later died, shall the court’s June 30 be treated as Covid verdict, which had deaths. Grievance sought clear steps to “Deaths occurring redressal simplify the norms due to poisoning, suiA committee will cide, homicide and for issuance and corbe set up at the rection of death cerdeaths due to accidistrict level to tificates and official dent, among others, deal with documents. The cerwill not be considered tificates must state grievances if the Covid deaths even if next of kin of the Covid is an accompaupfront the exact deceased is not cause of death, that nying condition,” the is, ‘death due to Cov- satisfied with the guidelines added. cause of death id’, to enable dependThose unsatisfied given in the ents to get benefits of with the death certificertificate. The welfare schemes, the cate can submit a petipanel has to SC had directed. tion to a committee To determine the dispose the plaint that would include an of within 30 days additional district colbenchmark, the Centre’s affidavit cited a lector, the chief medistudy by Indian Council of cal officer of health and a subMedical Research, which found ject matter expert, for issuing that 95% of deaths take place of the ‘Official Document for within 25 days of being tested Covid Death’, the guidelines Covid positive. “To make the further stated. E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi new model This school aims at being the gym for kids’ brains M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi Even as he kept climbing the ladder of academic success, Mohammad Sajid Hussain (35) kept alive the memories of his village schoolmates who fell by the wayside. It was their memory that prodded Sajid to quit his high-flying job at the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) and return to Chitarpur, his village in Jharkhand, to start a Schoolasium – a portmanteau word coined by combining school and gymnasium – to change the way the underprivileged were taught. Seven years on, Schoolasium has turned into a resource centre for schools attempting to emulate its experiential learning model. Sajid claimed his model has been adopted by over 120 government and private schools in Gumla, Palamu, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and even in some districts of Bihar. At Schoolasium, instructors make students exercise their brains through practical lessons, similar to the way physical workouts build body muscles. This teaching method- ology is called Maker Oriented Pedagogy (MOP), which is a play-based learning system seeking to make children problem solvers through practical life lessons as opposed to the conventional one-way knowledge dissemination from teacher to students. Recalling how lack of support from their school stopped many of his classmates from realising their true potential, Sajid said: “I returned to my village to change the learning process. Things here are not in tune with the technological transitions across the world. I want the learning process in rural areas to be vibrant.” Sajid studied at a local madarsa till class VI, before joining the Chitarpur High School. After doing his Masters from IISc, Bengaluru, he went to Germany to earn his PhD and returned to India in 2012, after which he landed a job with the NAL. His exposure to varied teaching models made him realise that a combination of poor academic condition and lack of access to educational infrastructure was the reason behind students failing to realise their full potential. Continued on: P8 mittee meeting before it was taken up at the BJP legislature party meeting. The proposal to elevate Bhupendra Patel was moved by Rupani, after which almost all lawmakers fell in line. Most of the 112 MLAs of the party in the 182-member Assembly were present at the meeting. However, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who was in the race for chief ministership, left the meeting without making any statement, while BJP’s state unit president C R Paatil had earlier said he was not a contender for the top post. In Uttarakhand too, the BJP chose Pushkar Singh Dhami as chief minister though he had no ministerial experience. Patel will be the first-ever CM from Ahemadabad. He won the 2017 Assembly elections from Ghatlodia, defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel by a margin of over one lakh votes, the highest winning margin in that elections. His Assembly constituency is part of the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat represented by Union minister Amit Shah. syllabus row Tharoor tweet defends univ chapters on RSS leaders E xpress N ews S ervice @T’Puram Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday came out in support of the controversial Kannur University syllabus that includes chapters on RSS ideologues V D Savarkar and M S Golwalkar. “What is the point of going to universities if you want to read only what you like?” Tharoor asked. The reaction from the f l a m b o ya n t T h i r u v a n a n thapuram MP, considered the intellectual face of the Congress, comes at a time when the party’s leaders in the state have taken up cudgels against the Sangh Parivar for the inclusion of RSS ideologues in the syllabus for the post-graduate students of K a n n u r University . Tharoor, a celebrated author and orator, recalled that he had quoted at length on Veer Savarkar and M S Golwalkar in his books and then refuted them. The Congress’ member of Parliament said it is foolish to believe that ignorance of someone’s ideas will help one defeat them. “Some friends disapprove of my stand that academic freedom requires us to read, understand & debate every point of view, including those we disagree with. If we don’t read Savarkar & Golwalkar, on what basis will we oppose their ideas? #KannurUniversity also teaches Gandhi & Tagore. Intellectual freedom is far too important a value in our society to be sacrificed at the altar of party politics,” he tweeted. Governor Arif Mohammed Khan had also supported the Kannur University for introducing the chapters on Saturday though the move drew flak , from senior Congress leader V M Sudheeran.
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