bhubaneswar l tuesday l january 11, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION victory for Djokovic BUT ISSUE YET TO BE RESOLVED NOVAK potentially able to play at oz open In an emergency court hearing on Monday, the judge made the ruling in favour of Djokovic — who was in detention since his arrival on January 6 — on Covid-19 health grounds, potentially clearing the way for him to take part in the Australian Open. The Serbian player’s lawyers argued that since he recently recovered from Covid-19, he didn’t need to be inoculated World No 1 wins legal battle to stay in Australia. However, country’s immigration minister could still deport him BIGGEST VICTORY IN HIS CAREER: MOTHER ■ ■ Djokovic’s mother Dijana (left) was elate. After the court’s verdict, she said: “This is the biggest victory in his career, bigger than all his grand slams.” In a Twitter post after the court verdict, Djokovic said that he’s eager to take part in the Australian Open | P11 NINE NO OF oZ OPEN TITLES Djokovic HAS POCKETED, MOST IN MEN’S SINGLES CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Now, one can apply for State govt jobs till 53 ‘Deploy med students; no need to test asymptomatic’ Base upper age limit for all govt jobs raised from 32 to 38 yrs, other categories up to 53 yrs E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The State government on Monday decided to enhance the base upper age limit of all government jobs from 32 years to 38 years to give ample chance to candidates to participate in recruitment examinations. The decision was taken at the meeting of the State Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The relaxation in the upper age limit will only be available for three calendar years 2021, 2022 and 2023. Age relaxation will also be implemented for different categories of candidates. While the upper age limit to apply for government jobs for general category will be 38, it will be 43 years for those belonging to ST, SC and SEBC categories and 48 years for persons with disabilities. The upper age limit for jobs will be 43 years for all women candidates. For persons with disabilities candidates of ST, SC and SEBC categories, the upper age limit has been fixed at 53 years. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said that it has come to the notice of the government that recruitment process is delayed due to unavoidable reasons. As a result, the age of applicants gets over and they do not get chance to participate in the recruitment process. Su m i Sukan ya D u t ta @ New Delhi The upper age limit for entry into government service is governed under the provisions of the Odisha Civil Service (Fixation of Upper Age Limit) Rules, 1989. The Cabinet also approved a proposal to provide government land measuring 618.665 acre in Aragul mouza, 70.570 acre in Kholadwar mouza, 91.340 acre in Kansapada mouza and 57.510 Kodapada mouza under Jatni tehsil and 78.57 acre under Delanga tehsil of Puri district for establishment of Indian Institute of Technology free of premium and other incident charges subject to payment of `100 per acre per annum towards ground rent and cess at 75 per cent of ground rent. The Cabinet also gave nod to Odisha non-government colleges, junior colleges and higher secondary schools grant-in order 2022. Besides, tender proposals of mega piped water supply schemes for Samakhunta, Kaptipada and Baripada block of Mayurbhanj district, Banki, Dampada Baranga of Cuttack district and Jujumora, Maneswar Naktideula, Rairakhol blocks of Sambalpur district worth over `1,500 crore were approved by the Cabinet. Construction of these piped water supply schemes would be completed in two years from the time of the execution agreement. Senior citizens queue up outside the Unit-4 UPHC to get the booster dose of Covid vaccine in Bhubaneswar on Monday | Express Odisha orders 5 lakh OmiSure kits to detect Omicron cases E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar As 28 new Omicron cases on Monday pushed the tally of the infectious Covid variant beyond 100 in Odisha, the State government placed order for five lakh OmiSure RT-PCR testing kits from Tata Medical and Diagnostics Ltd (Tata MD) to detect the strain without having to go through the time consuming process of genome sequencing. Odisha is the first State in the country to order OmiSure kits developed by the firm in partnership with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Sources said Odisha State Medical Corporation Ltd (OSMCL) has placed an order for the kit that “specifically identifies Omicron without the need for sequencing.” The indigenously developed kit that received Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approval last week is expected to help the State government in fighting the super mutant strain of novel coronavirus effectively as it is claimed to be ca- SC panel to investigate PM’s security breach K A N U SA R DA @ New Delhi Lawyers get threat calls THE Supreme Court on Monday said it would set up a highlevel committee headed by a retired SC judge to probe the security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab last week. A threejudge bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana also ordered the inquiry committees of the Centre and the Punjab government to stop their investigations into the January 5 security lapse. “We are taking the PM’s security breach very seriously,” the bench remarked, while hearing the plea of ‘Lawyers Voice’ seeking a thorough investigation into the breach in Modi’s security in Punjab to ensure there is no such incident in the future. While a detailed order is yet to be passed, the bench said it Many SC lawyers on Monday got an anonymous call, taking responsibility for blocking the PM’s way in Punjab and warning SC judges against hearing the case proposes to include the Director General of Police in Chandigarh, the ADGP (security) in Punjab, an Inspector General of the National Investigation Agency and the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana HC in the committee. The order came after the Punjab gover nment demanded an independent probe, saying the state would not get a fair hearing in any probe carried out by the Centre. During the hearing, Punjab Advocate General D S Patwalia took strong exception to seven showcause notices issued to the SSP concerned, chief secretary and senior officials of the state asking them to explain why action should not be taken. The bench asked how notices could be issued when it had on January 7 put on hold inquiries by the Centre and the state. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta clarified the showcause notices were issued before the SC order. “If you have already made up your mind, then what is the need for having an inquiry? There is a lapse and it has to be found out who are responsible for it,” the bench told Mehta. Experts have predicted the current wave to peak in Maharashtra, Delhi and other states in next 15-20 days, it could also be the same for Odisha where cases surged in the last one week Dr Bijay Mohapatra, Health director pable of producing results in just four hours. Omicron tally jumped to 102 in Odisha after detection of the infectious Covid strain from all 28 samples sequenced at Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar . Director of Public Health Dr Niranjan Mishra said the new infections include eight locals and 20 with travel history He said 18 are foreign return. Jab-o-meter Take your shot Jan 9 29,60,975 doses Jan 10 82,76,158 doses Total: 1,52,78,35,951 NATIONWIDE jan 9 jan 10 SEC to announce rural polls soon E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Even as the BJP and Congress have demanded that panchayat elections be deferred by at least three months till the Covid pandemic subsides, the State Election Commission (SEC) is set to issue detailed guidelines for holding the polls soon. SEC Aditya Prasad Padhi on Monday hinted that the panchayat elections are likely to be announced in a day or two. He met Governor Ganeshi Lal at the Raj Bhavan to brief him about preparations and also reviewed the law and order situation at a high-level meeting with DGP SK Bansal and Additional Chief Secretary in the Home department Sanjeev Chopra. Meanwhile, the Opposition political parties demanded postponement of the polls for the third wave of the pandemic and lack of reservation for ST and OBC candidates. The demands were placed at the all-party meeting called by the SEC. The ruling BJD, however, insisted on holding the elections on CONTINUED ON: P5 time. Actor’s nasty tweet lands him in trouble Snarky social media posts, especially if they are double entendres, can land you in serious trouble. Actor Siddharth finds himself at the receiving end after his nasty tweet against badminton ace Saina Nehwal’s post condemning the recent lapse in security when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Punjab. The National Commission for Women on Monday came down on him like a ton of bricks by taking suo motu cognisance of the mat- ter and wrote to Twitter asking it to block his account. Parallelly it , wrote to the Maharashtra Police directing it to register an FIR against him under relevant sections, saying his remarks were lewd, inappropriate and misogynist. It all began on Wednesday last, when Modi’s convoy was blocked by protesting farmers in Punjab. Saina, who is also a member of the BJP tweeted: , “No nation can claim itself to be safe if the security of its own PM gets compromised. I condemn, in the strongest words possible, the cowardly attack on PM Modi by ana r c h i s t s . #BharatStandsWithModi #PMModi.” Siddharth’s acidic comment came a day later: “Subtle cock champion of the world... Thank God we have protectors of India. Folded hands. Shame on you #Rihanna.” His tweet on Thursday started getting odisha Fresh cases 1,59,632 1,79,723 Fresh cases Recoveries 40,863 46,569 Recoveries Deaths 327 146 Deaths outrage E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Chennai ees from Oman, Abu Dhabi, Ethiopia, Dubai and Switzerland, while two had travelled within India. The local cases include four from Jagatsinghpur, two from Cuttack and one each from Khurda and Kendrapara. On the other hand, the State logged 4,829 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the active caseload to 20,560. There, however, was no fatality recorded during this period. The daily positivity rate also declined marginally to 6.5 per cent from 6.72 per cent on the previous day due to an increasing number of tests. Health Services Director Dr Bijay Mohapatra said as experts have predicted the current wave to reach peak in Maharashtra and a few other states in next 15 to 20 days, it could also be the same for Odisha where cases surged in the last one week. amplified on Monday with several politicians and members of the film fraternity condemning it. Saina’s husband Parupalli Kashyap said, “This is upsetting for us. Express ur opinion but choose better words man.” But Siddharth kept defending the indefensible. “COCK & BULL” That’s the reference. Reading otherwise is unfair and leading! Nothing disrespectful was intended, said or insinuated. Period,” he tweeted on Monday . His troubles may have just begun. Jan 9 Jan 10 4,714 4,829 386 414 0 0 Though the current rate of hospitalisation of Covid patients is just 5-10% as against 20-23% during the second wave, the Centre on Monday urged states to augment human resources by engaging retired medical professionals or MBBS students as was done last year. They can be used for teleconsultation as well as providing training to community volunteers in basic care and management at Covid Care Centres, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to all states. BSc nursing students of third and fourth year, too, can be deployed, he suggested. Later in the day, the Indian Council of Medical Research issued an advisory saying asymptomatic individuals and contacts of Covid-positive patients, unless identified as high risk based on age or comorbidities, should not be tested for the infection. While the advisory is aimed at conserving resources, it also means that the count of frech cases could significantly go under the radar. Bhushan’s letter acknowledged that various states have initiated steps for setting up jumbo health facilities, including field hospitals and temporary hospitals. But both infrastructure and human resources have their limitations, he said. Therefore, it is important to conserve healthcare workers by staggering their deployment wherever possible and by restricting elective procedures in the hospitals, he said. As for the private sector, he said: “It must also be ensured that charges... are reasonable and there is a mechanism to monitor and initiate action in cases of P7 over-charging.”
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