thrissur l saturday l October 23, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city 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 addl troops to be sent to J&K for anti-terror ops Shah’s three-day visit to Valley starts today SA N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi IN view of the targeted killings of civilians by militants, the Centre has decided to deploy around 5,000 additional troops in Kashmir to strengthen antiterror operations and boost law and order measures. The order, issued on Friday, comes a day before Home Minister Amit Shah’s maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of its special status and bifurcation into two Union territories. Fifty companies of the Central Armed Police Forces comprising CRPF and BSF would be deployed in the Valley according to an offi, cial order accessed by this paper. Twenty-five companies of the BSF would be deployed for ‘static guard duties’, while an equal number of CRPF troops would be pressed into aggressive anti-terror operations. Static guard duties include gate keeping of vital institutions and government buildings. The last time the BSF was roped in for internal security duties in the Valley was in February 2019, ahead of the scrapping of Article 370. CRPF director-general Kuldeip Singh, along with senior officials from other agencies such as the Intelligence Bureau, is already in J&K monitoring the security situation after a spate of targeted killings of civilians. According to sources, the new deployment of paramilitary forces would be spanned Silverline: Centre conveys inability to bear loan burden E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @T’Puram The Centre has conveyed to the state its inability to bear the liability of the loans to be availed from international agencies for the ambitious semi high-speed rail project — Silverline — that would enable travel from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod in four hours. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw conveyed this to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who met him in Delhi on Friday with the request to hasten the final approval for the project. While informing the Centre’s position, the Union minister urged the state to bring more clarity on how the loan would be repaid. Pinarayi reportedly told the Union minister that the state will examine whether it can bear the liability on its own. The detailed project report of the `63,941-crore SilverLine project by the Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRail) is presently before the Union railway ministry, finance department and Central cabinet for final approval. The state government had sub- mitted a proposal seeking a foreign loan of `33,700 crore to the screening committee of the Union finance ministry The propos. al will be forwarded to foreign money-lending institutions like Japan International Cooperation Agency, ADB, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and German development bank KfW. However, NITI Aayog had given permission for the project based on two main conditions. The repayment of loans and cost overrun will be the sole responsibility of the state government, it had clarified. 3,000-page chargesheet Border Security Force jawans patrol the India-Pakistan border on the outskirts of Jammu on Friday | PTI Dismantling terror hubs The fresh infusion of forces comes as security forces have cracked down on terror networks and have been carrying out back-to-back anti-terror operations over eight districts in the Valley and 30 CAPF companies would be posted in Srinagar. One CAPF company comprises 100 personnel. The first batch of 1,500 CRPF troops will reach Jammu and Kashmir by Saturday, sources said, adding that Indian Army would take care of safe transportation of the troops. This newspaper was the first to report on October 19 about the government’s plan to send more troops to Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of a spurt in terror acts in the Valley . Desert Safari Smuggled gold converted into ornaments: Customs minister. Sivasankar has been made the 29th accused as he was The customs department which allegedly a part of the conspiracy probed the Thiruvananthapuram to smuggle the gold. gold smuggling case on Friday Former UAE Consulate emsaid the smuggled gold was con- ployee Sarith P S is the first acverted into ornaments and sold at cused. Swapna Suresh and Sandvarious markets, ineep Nair have also 29 accused cluding Hyderabad. been named accused As many as 29 The customs said this in the charge sheet. persons have been in the 3,000-page prosAccording to the cusnamed in the ecution complaint toms, K T Rameez was chargesheet, (chargesheet) filed at the mastermind beincluding M the Ernakulam Addihind the smuggling. tional Chief Judicial Sivasankar. Customs Interestingly, the cusbroker Godfrey Magistrate (Economic toms has arraigned Prathap and Emirates customs broker GodOffences) Court. Sky Cargo are also The case pertains to f re y P r at h ap a n d named in the list of the smuggling of 167kg Emirates Sky Cargo in accused of gold on several octhe list of accused. casions using the bagThe customs stated gage addressed to UAE diplomats in the chargesheet that the smugin Thiruvananthapuram. gled gold was converted into gold As many as 29 persons have ornaments and sold in the marbeen named in the chargesheet, kets. The smuggled gold even including M Sivasankar, former reached jewellery shops in Hy● More on P4 principal secretary to the chief derabad. The Super 12 stage of the pandemicdelayed edition of the World Cup begins on Saturday. A look... l India, England, West Indies favourites: West Indies, who face England in a repeat of the 2016 final on Saturday, are the favourites apart from India. E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @Kochi 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. Today’s Aus vs SA (3.30 PM) Live on matches WI vs ENG (7.30 PM) Star Sports 1 NATIONWIDE oct 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths E X P RE S S RE A D 464 omitted Covid deaths added to state’s total toll T’Puram: After dragging its feet over rectifying the official Covid toll, the state government on Friday published the first set of 464 omitted persons. With 99 deaths also being reported on the day, 563 deaths have been added, taking the official toll to 27,765. The toll will increase in the coming days as more missed deaths will be re-categorised as due to Covid. As the government failed to include these deaths even two weeks after the health minister’s announcement in the assembly, it had faced severe criticism. P4 back to base Fishing boats that were taken to Aluva for rescue operations in the event of any emergency following the release of water from Idukki and Idamalayar dams being brought back to Vypeen in Kochi on Friday. The state has withdrawn the high alert sounded for possible flooding on the Periyar | Albin Mathew Lifeline of Travancore Biodiversity board to set up museum detailing Pampa’s history, significance S A J I M O N P S @Pathanamthitta The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) is gearing up to set up a Pampa interpretation museum to tell tourists and knowledge seekers about the importance and specialties of the 176-km-long river known as the ‘Lifeline of Travancore’. The museum is coming up as part of the second phase of the KSSB project to rejuvenate the biodiversity on the banks of the Pampa in the hilly district of Pathanamthitta. With audio-visual support, the museum will provide visitors with details on the origin, biodiversity wildlife, and impor, All about pampa The will provide 1 withmuseumon the origin,visitors details biodiversity, wildlife, and important places through which Pampa flows It is part of the 2nd phase of KSSB project to rejuvenate biodiversity on the banks of the Pampa 2 tant places through which the Pampa — called River Baris in ancient times — flows. “Steps have been initiated to identify land or building for the museum with the support of the district administration. It will be set up in tune with the elephant museum at the Konni elephant camp,” KSBB district coordinator K Akhil told TNIE. In that regard, a meeting is set to be held soon with the district administration, he said. River Pampa, which is also known as ‘Dakshina Bhageerathi’, has had a huge influence on the lives of the people living in Pathanamthitta and Kuttanad, the latter known as the ‘Gift of Pampa’. The river originates from Pulachimalai hill in the Peermade plateau of the Western Ghats in Idukki district and drains into the Vembanad lake. Pampa is Kerala’s third longest river, flowing by Sabarimala and Aranmula temples. The Cherukolpuzha religious meet is held ● More on P4 on its banks. AISF woman leader’s plaint: 10 SFI men booked Kottayam: A day after Left wing student organisations SFI and AISF clashed with each other over electing students’ representatives in the Mahatma Gandhi University senate, 10 SFI leaders were booked on Friday for sexual harassment and making casteist remarks. The action came on the complaint lodged by an AISF woman leader with the Kottayam district police chief. SFI state vice-president Amal Sohan and Ernakulam district president Arsho are among the leaders booked for outraging the modesty of woman, a nonbailable offence. P4 Cinemas allowed to have four shows a day Kochi: Daniel Craig’s final iteration of James Bond — No Time to Die — will be the opening movie when cinemas reopen in Kerala on Monday after a six-month gap necessitated by the second Covid wave. After holding discussions with the representatives of various film bodies on Friday, Culture and Cinema Minister Saji Cheriyan has given the nod for theatres to conduct four shows daily at 50% of the total capacity. However, no major Malayalam releases are scheduled in the reopening week. P4 oct 22 18,454 15,786 17,561 18,641 160 231 oct 21 8,733 9,855 118 oct 22 9,361 9,401 99 ‘States’ power to block CBI not absolute’ E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ 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 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 affidavit, 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.” During a brief hearing, a bench of justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai said the arguments in the case need to be 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.
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