chennai l saturday l october 16, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l vellore EDITION JEE-Advanced 2021 topper scores 348 out of 360 marks Mridul Agarwal from Delhi zone topped JEE-Advanced this year by scoring the highest marks ever in the IIT entrance exam Female topper bags 286 marks, 98th rank The 17-year-old, who hails from Rajasthan, had also scored 100 percentile in JEE-Main exam and shared the top rank with 17 others. He now plans to pursue B Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay. The second and third ranks were bagged by Delhi’s Dhananjay Raman and Anant Lunia. Among females, Kavya Chopra emerged the topper scoring 286 marks, ranked 98 Number of Qualifying girls drops ■ A total of 41,862 candidates have qualified in JEE-Advanced this ■ year, of whom 6,452 (15.41%) are females. Out of the 43,204 who qualified last year during Covid peak, 6,707 (15.52%) were girls Among the qualified are 7,737 SC candidates, 2,764 ST and 9,150 OBC. Plus, 5,144 from economically weaker section | P7 JEE-Advanced Is the entrance exam for admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology 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 Bhagwat seeks policy revamp on population M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Unlocking TN: Places of worship, beaches now open on all days E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Chennai Where he stands Hard Hindutva appeared on the horizon as RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday pushed for revisiting the population policy scorned at state control , of temples, sought tough measures against illegal immigrants, regulation of internetbased OTT content and further “unification of J&K” with the rest of the country . His annual Vijayadashmi address gave a glimpse of the agenda, as the NDA government at the Centre enters its eighth year in power, while the BJP will be up against a charged Opposition to defend partyruled states in polls next year. Bhagwat argued that the population percentage of religions of Indian origin has been consistently declining as against a rising Muslim head count. He demanded a revamp of the population policy keeping the next 50 years in mind, adding it must be uniformly enforced across all communities and religions. Citing the situation in West Bengal and Assam, Bhagwat toughened his stance against illegal immigrants, demanding the withdrawal of the citizenship granted to some of them as also land ownership. Turning to the issue of temple control, Bhagwat said in the South they are mostly run by the state, though they lack proper governance, with interference by people who are “irreligious and unethical heretics”. Stressing on collectivism, which is seen as a message for the consolidation of Hindus castes, Bhagwat sought to re- Temples: Hand over operating rights of Hindu temples to Hindus. Wealth of Hindu temples must be used for worship of deities and welfare of Hindu community only J&K: Targeted killings of national minded citizens — especially Hindus — to destroy their morale and re-establish a reign of terror Taliban: Its stance has alternated between Kashmir and peace talks. Our military must be prepared for all eventualities Bitcoins: Clandestine, uncontrolled currency; has potential to destabilise economy OTT platforms: Broadcasts unregulated; difficult to predict how it will affect society. But how anti-national forces wish to use it is wellknown store the status of temples as the fulcrum of society, which can spur Hindu revivalism. Bhagwat saw in the targeted killings of minorities in Kashmir a clear design to stoke fear. Noting that there had been gains after the abrogation of Article 370, Bhagwat sought further integration of J&K, which is likely to be an indication for easing curbs on outsiders for settling and doing business there. Expressing anguish over the face-off between Assam and Mizoram police, he asked, “Are we not citizens of the same country?” On Song CSK’s Faf du Plessis at his imperious best against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final in Dubai on Friday. His 86 off 59 helped Chennai Super Kings to 192 | pti express read Poor ranking Centre questions validity of Global Hunger Index New Delhi: The Centre on Friday questioned the ‘unscientific’ Global Hunger Index after India’s rank was lowered to 101 from its 2020 position of 94. The 2021 ranking puts India behind Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The report is “devoid of ground reality and facts”, the Centre said. However, the Congress took potshots at the BJP-led government saying India is now in the league of poor countries such as Afghanistan, Nigeria, Congo etc | P7 hit-and-run 1 dead as SUV runs over Durga idols immersion procession Raipur: In an appalling hit-and-run case, reminiscent of the recent Lakhimpur incident, one person died and 17 others were injured when an SUV rammed into a Durga idols immersion procession at Pathalgaon in Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur. Locals chased the vehicle and beat up its occupants about 15 km away from the tragic spot, when they were trying to burn the SUV. Police found drugs on the car | P8 second such incident in one week Thoothukudi cops shoot dead history-sheeter in encounter Thoothukudi: A history-sheeter, allegedly involved in at least seven murder cases across Tamil Nadu, was shot dead during an encounter at Kovalam Beach near Thoothukudi on Friday. The deceased, V Durai Murugan (40) of Kootampuli, was suspected of murdering Jegadeesan (23), a flower vendor. “A special team rounded him up in the afternoon. But, Murugan attempted to attack them and the police had to retaliate,” a senior police officer said. ENS case cracked after a week Relative held for rape, murder of minor girl in Mayiladuthurai big cat finally caught The Forest department tranquilised and captured alive the male tiger, MDT-23, on Friday, bringing an end to three-week long operation. The tiger had allegedly killed four people near Masinagudi. It will be taken to the rehabilitation centre in Mysore for treatment, said Chief Wildlife Warden Shekher Kumar Neeraj | express | P2 NATIONWIDE oct 14 oct 15 Fresh cases 18,987 16,862 Recoveries Deaths 19,808 226 19,391 379 tamil nadu oct 14 oct 15 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,259 1,438 20 1,245 1,442 16 Mayiladuthurai: A week after the body of a 13-yearold girl was retrieved from an agrarian drain channel, a 24-year-old relative of hers was arrested for sexually assaulting and murdering the girl. Sources said the girl’s body was found in a channel in a village near Kuthalam. A case was registered at the Mayiladuthurai AWPS under the POCSO Act. The accused was remanded to sub-jail on Thursday. ENS Stalin requests 4 northern States to lift cracker ban, Raj readily agrees EXPRE S S N EW S S ERV I CE @ Chennai Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday urged his counterparts in four States — Delhi, Haryana, Odisha, and Rajasthan — to lift the blanket ban on sale of firecrackers and allow sale that falls within the norms set by Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal. Following his request, Rajasthan CM, Ashok Gehlot, has lifted the ban. Thanking him for a prompt response, Stalin said, “Your kind act will light up lives of lakhs of people dependent on this industry .” Earlier, Stalin had pointed out the ban imposed by those State governments will affect livelihoods of around eight lakh workers engaged in the cracker industry in Tamil Nadu. The CM said they had taken such a decision based on concerns regarding air pollution. “The SC had already banned certain categories of polluting firecrackers and now, green crackers with less emissions are being manufactured. So, a blanket ban is not reasonable,” he underscored. Stating such a ban is not prevalent in other countries, Stalin said, if the same is replicated by more States, it will lead to the closure of the entire industry in Tamil Nadu. ‘Over 8L in TN affected’ The ban imposed by those State governments will affect livelihoods of around eight lakh workers engaged in TN’s cracker industry, the CM said In the backdrop of requests from various quarters, Chief Minister MK Stalin has allowed public entry at places of worship on all days, including weekends, with immediate effect. However, the bar on festivals, social, political, and cultural events will continue. It has also been decided to open up the State’s beaches on Sundays, too. Also, from November 1, playschools for children in LKG, UKG, and anganwadis can function. Decisions in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Minister on October 13, said an official release. Several other relaxations, too, have come into effect with immediate effect, including the functioning of private tuition centres, and job camps organised by government and private organisations. Additionally all shops, restaurants, , and bakeries have been allowed to function till 11 pm. Stalin made a public appeal asking people to avoid visiting crowded places and follow Covid norms. He also announced a few relaxations that come into effect from November 1, including the conduct of monthly grievanceday meets, private exhibitions, allowing 100 people to participate in weddings, and a gathering of 50 people at funerals. lanka nabs tn fishers, stalin writes to pm Following requests from the families of 23 fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday, Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking intervention in the matter. Condemning Sri Lanka, Stalin said the Ministry of External Affairs should take up the issue with Sri Lankan authorities and secure the release of the fishermen | P4 Dalit man brutally killed at farmers’ protest site BJP targets Tikait BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya said had Rakesh Tikait not justified mob lynching in Lakhimpur, the Singhu murder would not have happened H a r p r e e t Ba j wa @ Chandigarh IN a shocking incident, a 35year-old Dalit man was lynched, his left wrist chopped off and his body bearing numerous deep wounds caused by sharp-edged weapons was found tied to a police barricade near the main protest site at Singhu near the DelhiHaryana border on Friday . The victim, Lakhbir Singh, hailing from Cheema Khurd village in Punjab’s Tar n Taran, was working for the Nihang Sikhs, police said. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha said the Nihangs have claimed responsibility for the killing saying the man tried to desecrate the Sarbloh Granth, the holy book of the Sikhs. Singh was reportedly tied with ropes and his hand was chopped off. Deep wounds were inflicted on his chest and legs also. Initially, he was hanged upside down. After he died due to excessive bleeding, his body was positioned upright, sources said. A Nihang, Sarabjeet Singh, has surrendered before the police taking responsibility for the killing.
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