chennai l saturday l october 23, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l vellore EDITION Edit window for NEET-UG phase-2 application reopens It is a big relief to students whose NEET candidature was at stake as they could not complete the second part of the registration Registration process open till October 26 The National Testing Agency, responsible for conducting NEET-UG, has reopened the second registration process till October 26 following requests from candidates. Registration for NEET this year was in two parts. Students had to fill in the first part ahead of the examination on September 12 and the second part was to be filled between Oct 1 and 10 ■ Oct 30 Last chance to fix mistakes in form ■ ■ For the Phase 2 application form, students are required to fill in personal, educational and residential information Students can also correct any mistakes in the application such as gender, nationality, email address, category, sub-category etc The application window can be accessed on neet.nta.nic.in When Neet-UG results are expected, though no official date has been set 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 5,000 additional Busy DVAC books Elangovan, conducts searches at over 30 premises across TN forces in Kashmir E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E Amit Shah’s 3-day visit to J&K starts today roped in for internal security duties in the Valley was in FebIN view of the targeted killings ruary 2019, ahead of the scrapof civilians by militants, the ping of Article 370. CRPF direcCentre has decided deploy tor-general Kuldeip Singh, around 5,000 additional troops along with senior officials from in Kashmir to strengthen anti- other agencies such as the Interror operations and boost law telligence Bureau, is already in and order measures. J&K monitoring the security The order, issued on Friday, situation after a spate of tarcomes a day before geted killings of Home Minister Amit civilians. Breaking Shah’s maiden visit to According to sourcterror hubs Jammu and Kashmir es, the new deploysince the abrogation The fresh infusion ment of paramilitary of its special status of forces comes as f o r c e s w o u l d b e security forces and bifurcation into spanned over eight have cracked two Union territories. districts in the Valley down on terror Fifty companies of and 30 CAPF companetworks and the Central Armed nies would be posted have been Police Forces comi n S r i n a g a r. O n e carrying out prising CRPF and BSF CAPF company comback-to-back would be deployed in prises 100 personnel. anti-terror the Valley, according The first batch of operations to an official order ac1,500 CRPF troops will cessed by this paper. reach Jammu and Twenty-five companies of Kashmir by Saturday, sources the BSF would be deployed for said, adding that Indian Army ‘static guard duties’, while an would take care of safe transequal number of CRPF troops portation of the troops. would be pressed into aggresThis newspaper was the first sive anti-terror operations. to report on October 19 about Static guard duties include gate the government’s plan to send keeping of vital institutions more troops to Jammu and and government buildings. Kashmir in the wake of a spurt The last time the BSF was in terror acts in the Valley . SA N A S HAK I L @ New Delhi @ Salem/Namakkal/Tiruchy/Karur Four days after raiding former health minister C Vijayabaskar, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on Friday searched properties linked to another associate of former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami — R Elangovan. Along with his dependents, Elangovan (57) amassed assets worth `3.78 crore, which is 131 per cent of their known sources of income, between April 2014 and March 2020, the DVAC said in an Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 21 56,11,985 doses October 22 62,58,092 doses Total doses 101,24,09,255 NATIONWIDE oct 21 oct 22 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 18,454 17,561 160 15,786 18,641 231 tamil nadu oct 21 oct 22 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,164 1,412 20 1,152 1,392 19 FIR registered on Thursday Elan. govan is chairman of the TN State Apex Cooperative Bank. Starting at 6 am, the DVAC searched 36 premises across the State and seized `29.77 lakh in cash, 10 luxury cars, two Volvo buses, three hard discs, 21.2 kg of gold jewels, 282.383 kg of silver articles, bank passbooks, property documents, and bank deposits worth `68 lakh. In some places, the searches continued into the night. Of the 36 premises searched, 23 are in Salem (including houses of Elangovan, his relatives, and asso- ciates), three in Chennai, one in Coimbatore, three in Namakkal, and six in Musiri (Tiruchy). As the searches progressed, more than 100 AIADMK cadre and supporters of Elangovan gathered in front of his house at Puthiragoundanpalayam in Salem. DVAC officials arrived there at 6.30 am, and since Elangovan’s fingerprint was needed to unlock the house, he was alerted, and arrived from Chennai at 12.20 pm, after which the house was opened and an inquiry held. The search at his house lasted more than 10 hours. P5 ‘Power of states to block CBI probe not absolute’ E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that the right of state governments to withdraw consent for CBI probe is not absolute as per Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act. The West Bengal government had challenged the ongoing CBI probe into post-poll violence, saying it had not sought its consent. Since the Mamata government has already withdrawn its general The power of a state govt to give consent for a CBI probe cannot include an omnibus power to pass over-arching directions to deny consent in any case and/or withdraw consent, the affidavit said consent to the CBI, the FIRs lodged by it cannot be proceeded with, it argued. It was the Calcutta High Court that had tasked the CBI to probe the cases. In its affida- Cruising ahead DMK captures all nine district panchayats E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai A beauty, IN full spate The flow of water has shot up to 35,000 cusecs in Hogenakkal, probably due to heavy rain in the Cauvery catchment areas. Though there is no imminent flood threat, as Hogenakkal can handle up to 3 lakh cusecs, tourism activities have been suspended | Express E XPR E SS R E A D Loan firms a silent killer among online gamblers Chennai’s ICH to study post-Covid issues in kids 4 days on, Lanka yet to hand over fisher’s body Chennai: While several suicides related to online rummy games are reported, the underlying factor — involvement of thirdparty loan companies — seems to remain away from headlines for the most part. These companies provide loans to players who have an urgent need for money, at exorbitant interest rates, and ultimately push people to take the extreme step | P2 Chennai: Having treated over 1,500 children with Covid-19, the Government Institute of Child Health in Chennai’s Egmore has now turned its attention to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a disease that affects children who have recovered from Covid, leaving their organs inflamed. The hospital is now conducting a study on the disease | P2 Pudukkottai: It’s been four days since the death of fisherman Rajkiran from Kottaipattinam, Pudukkottai. But his body, along with two fishermen, Suganthan and Xavier, are yet to be sent to India by Sri Lankan authorities. There has been no word from the State and Union government. The matter can only be escalated by the MEA and not enough efforts have been taken yet | P4 As expected, the ruling DMK on Friday captured all district panchayats in the nine districts — Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Vellore, Thirupathur, Ranipet, Tenkasi, and Tirunelveli — where elections to rural local bodies were held recently DMK can. didates have won the district panchayat president posts in these districts. Also, the DMK and its allies are likely to win most panchayat union chairman posts for which indirect elections were held. In some places, the indirect elections were postponed due to different reasons, and in some places, DMK candidates won with the support of the AIADMK members, while in some other places, AIADMK candidates won with the support of the DMK members. At a few places, cadre of political parties staged road rokos over issues relating to indirect polls. AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami alleged the DMK had unleashed violence during the indirect elections and postponed the elections in places where the DMK had no chance of winning. He alleged the State Election Commission has been a mute spectator to the unlawful activities of the DMK, and said former minister MR Vijaya Bhaskar has been arrested, and in Tenkasi district, a woman AIADMK councillor was insulted by DMK men. P3 Vivekh’s death coincidental, not due to vax: Report E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai The Immunisation Division of the Union Health Ministry has found that actor Vivekh’s death was not related to the vaccine administered against Covid-19 and that it was only a coincidental incident. The Immunisation Division’s findings were approved by the National Adverse Events Following Immunisation Committee on August 27. Incidentally , Vivekh was the face of Tamil Nadu’s vaccination campaign. The report dated Sep- tember 14 has mentioned the medical diagnosis in the case of the actor as ‘acute myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock with ventricular fibrillation in a known case of hypertension’. Acute myocardial infarction is a heart attack, cardiogenic shock is a condition where the heart stops pumping enough oxygen to the body and ventricular fi- brillation is a rapid and inadequate heart rhythm. The 59-year-old actor received the Covid-19 vaccine on April 15 this year, and died two days later at the SIMS hospital in Chennai. The committee categorised his death as ‘C’ which refers to coincidental-underlying or emerging condition(s), or conditions caused by exposure to something other ‘Union govt has confirmed what State said’ “The State had earlier said the actor’s death was not related to the vaccine, and now, the Union Health Ministry has confirmed it. This will boost confidence among people to take the vaccine,” Health Minister Ma Subramanian told reporters on Friday vit, the Centre said: “The statutory power conferred upon the State Government under Section 6 of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act is always coupled with a responsibility to exercise that power on a case-to-case basis with an inbuilt condition of exercising the same in larger public interest and not to shield any accused or purely on political considerations.” During a brief hearing, a bench of justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai said the arguments in the case need to be Limitations of power than vaccine. When the actor died, there was a hesitancy among many people to take the Covid-19 vaccine. It also slowed the immunisation drive. However, the committee’s findings now come as a relief t o t h e Ta m i l N a d u H e a l t h Department. Speaking to reporters at the Cancer Institute (WIA), in Chennai’s Adyar on Friday Health Min, ister Ma Subramanian said, “The State had earlier said the actor’s death was not related to the vaccine, and now, the Union Health Ministry has confirmed it. This will boost confidence among people to take the vaccine.” heard in detail, and slated the hearing for November 16. The Centre said Bengal can’t issue blanket orders withdrawing all probe powers from the CBI. Its affidavit referred to several cases highlighted by the state, saying some of them also relate to offences of corruption against Central government employees. “It is always desirable and in the larger interest of justice that the Central agency conducts the investigation in such cases,” the Centre’s affidavit stated. Desert Safari l India, England, West Indies favourites: West Indies, who face England in The Super 12 stage of the pandemic-delayed edition a repeat of the 2016 final on of the World Cup begins on Saturday. A look... Saturday, are the favourites apart from India. India’s fixtures today Match Aus vs SA (3.30 PM) Live on WI vs ENG (7.30 PM) Star Sports 1 Oct 24 vs Pakistan Oct 31 vs New Zealand Nov 3 vs Afghanistan Nov 5 vs Scotland Nov 8 vs Namibia Spin to feature heavily: Considering the surfaces are low and slow, expect spin to play a prominent role. This is also based on the recently-held second leg of the IPL. l Namibia qualify: After Scotland and Bangladesh qualified on Thursday, they were joined by Namibia, who go into India’s group. Sri Lanka had already qualified.
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