kannur l saturday l October 16, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city 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 Number of Qualifying girls drops 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 BTech 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 ■ 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 MA N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi 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 Where he stands 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 well-known collectivism, which is seen as a message for the consolidation of Hindus castes, Bhagwat sought to restore 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?” CPM endorses Riyas’ stand against MLA-contractor camaraderie E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram The CPM has thrown its weight behind Works Minister Mohamed Riyas whose controversial comment insinuating a nexus between MLAs and contractors hurt not just the Opposition but also a section of leaders in his own front. On Friday Riyas reiterated his , position on the issue and said his warning was deliberate and in line with the LDF’s stated position. Later in the day Riyas’ stand , was endorsed by CPM state secretary in charge and LDF convenor A Vijayaraghavan. In a meeting of party MLAs on Wednesday A N Shamseer report, edly criticised the minister in strong terms for his statement in the assembly The minister, how. ever, refuted reports of criticism against him in the meeting. During his speech in the assembly last week, Riyas had advised legislators against intervening in the grievances of contractors. He The officercontractor nexus is creating a huge loss to the government. Agreements are made with inflated rates Mohamed Riyas make a general statement but was referring to the nexus between some of the officers and contractors. “The nexus was referred to in the CAG report as well,” he said. Riyas said his advice to MLAs was on the lines of the Left front’s stand and that the ruling front MLAs would not have opposition to it. He clarified that he was not referring to MLAs bringing into his notice issues about work in their constituencies but to legislators intervening in the work in other constituencies as suggested by the contractors concerned. In his address, Riyas had asked MLAs not to come to his office with contractors to resolve the latter’s issues. He further said the contractors’ association was in touch with the government to raise genuine issues. Riyas’ advice did not go down well with a section of legislators in the rul● More on P5 ing front as well. India questions hunger index validity 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 ploughs into 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 ploughed 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 Suhasini-led jury Film awards to be announced today KochI: The wait is over. Cultural Affairs Minister Saji Cherian will announce the recipients of the Kerala State Film Awards on Saturday. The jury led by actor Suhasini and comprising Kannada filmmakers P Sheshadri, director Bhadran, cinematographer C K Muraleedharan, music director Mohan Sithara and sound designer Harikumar have finalised the list and handed it over to the minister | P5 Dalit man brutally killed at farmers’ protest site on Singhu border H a r p r ee t Ba j wa @ Chandigarh IN a shocking incident, a 35-year-old Dalit man was lynched, his left wrist chopped off and his body bearing numerous deep wounds caused by shar p-edged weapons was found tied to a police barricade near the main protest site at Singhu near the Delhi-Haryana border on Friday . The victim, Lakhbir Singh, hailing from Cheema Khurd NATIONWIDE oct 14 oct 15 Fresh cases 18,987 16,862 Recoveries Deaths 19,808 226 19,391 379 statewide oct 14 oct 15 Fresh cases 9,246 8,867 Recoveries Deaths 10,952 96 9,872 67 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram Chennai IPL champs 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. CSK won the match | pti After last-minute changes, Congress list likely today committee will have 17 or 18. The number of vice-presidents was inIf there is no last-minute development, creased from three to five. the list of new Kerala Pradesh Congress “One of the notable last-minute omisCommittee office-bearers and members sions is Ramani P Nair, former presiwill be announced in New Delhi on Sat- dent of Thiruvananthapuram district urday. Sources told TNIE that panchayat. She was tipped to be the list will be publicised after a general secretary but considthe Congress Working Commitering complaints that she had tee meeting. Former minister V worked against the Congress The list of 51 state committee S Sivakumar and candidate in Vamanapuram, members, which the state leadher name was omitted from the former MLA ership claims to have submitted K Sivadasan Nair list,” said a source. are not part to the central leadership three The private meeting between of the list days ago, is learnt to have unstate president K Sudhakaran dergone some changes after and Alappuzha strong man D A source that. A couple of names in the Sugathan on Thursday led to list were replaced, it is learnt. Congress speculation that the latter would be acinterim president Sonia Gandhi and commodated in the list as treasurer. former president Rahul Gandhi had a But, sources who had access to the list close look at the final list on Friday . told TNIE that Sugathan was not in the The last-minute changes in the list final list. “Former minister V S Sivakusaw an increase in the number of gen- mar and former MLA K Sivadasan Nair eral secretaries. Instead of 15 general are also not part of the list,” said a ● More on P4 secretaries as planned first, the new source. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram He had said that an officercontractor nexus existed in his dept had also said that an officer-contractor nexus existed in his department. Clarifying his position to reporters in Kozhikode on Friday Riyas said his remarks in the , assembly were well thought out. The minister said he did not CM concerned over students migrating to other states While the state government reacted strongly against the “marks jihad” remarks by a Delhi University (DU) professor in the wake of a high number of Kerala students gaining admission to colleges under DU, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has expressed concern over students migrating to other states for higher education. “The higher educational institutions in the state should become centres of excellence with global standards,” the chief minister said during his inaugural address at the 63rd state conference of the All Kerala Private College Teachers Association (AKPCTA) at the Ayyankali Hall on Friday . “We need to think about why so many students from Kerala are joining Delhi and other universities and colleges. The courses that students want to learn are unavailable here. We have to find a solution to this. New courses should be started in the higher education sector. Each institution should have the necessary environment to increase academic standards. Libraries should be wellequipped so that students can use them any time. All shortcomings should be addressed, and universities, research institutes and colleges should become centres of excellence,” he ● More on P5 said. What he said During his speech in the assembly last week, Riyas had advised legislators against intervening in the grievances of contractors express read Poor ranking village in Punjab’s Tarn 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 dese- crate 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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