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 ■ ■ chennai l thursday l january 20, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION SC gives chief secys of AP, Bihar a piece of its mind over tardy relief is total callousness and negligence on part of Andhra Pradesh... It is unfortuAppalled at the slow pace of disbur- nate that directions of this court are sal of Covid ex-gratia by a few states de- taken so lightly. Your chief secretary spite multiple directions, the Supreme and chief minister are not above law. Court on Wednesday asked the chief People are not at your mercy This is an . secretaries of Bihar and Andhra order by the court and you are not Pradesh to appear before it, statobliging us by following it,” the ing people cannot be left at the bench said. mercy of the executive. In the post-lunch session, both The court directed states to Andhra Pradesh Chief Secreshare complete details about the tary Sameer Sharma and his Binumber of Covid deaths as har counterpart Amir Subhawell as information uploaded ni appeared. By then, Andhra Slap on on the Bal Swaraj Portal with had updated its figures. It said Kerala’s wrist it received 41,292 applications their respective State Legal While Telangana Services Authorities. in all out of which 34,819 were had officially It also directed states to go found eligible, and 23,835 have recorded 3,993 by the information uploaded already received compensadeaths, it received on the Bal Swaraj Portal to oftion. Of the 10,984 to be paid, 28,969 claims. In fer compensation and reha5,141 will get it within three contrast, Kerala’s bilitation to all children ordays. Also, the rejected claims official toll is phaned by the virus. will be reviewed suo motu, While Andhra Pradesh’s of- 49,300 but has just Sharma assured. 27, 274 claims. ficial records show 14,471 CovBihar, too was pulled up for id deaths, after the Supreme “What is this going receiving just 11,095 claims. on in Kerala? Why Court’s orders in June and OcThe bench felt the state had are there so few tober to pay `50,000 ex-gratia, not done enough to communithe state received 36,205 claims claims? Why cannot cate the scheme to the people. as on January 16. But compen- officials reach out to It refused to accept that Bisation had been given to only the family or the kin har’s official Covid toll was for compensation? 12,090. The state’s recorded 11,464 so far. A bench of justices M R Let your people find toll as on March last year was Shah and Sanjiv Khanna said, out the families of 3,737. The bench also rapped victims,” the “It is unfortunate that despite Gujarat, Maharashtra and bench said our earlier directions... there Jharkhand for low disbursal. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi defection to BJP from Mulayam’s pariwar Lucknow: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav joined the BJP on Wednesday, saying that she supports the good governance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the real reason was SP chief Akhilesh’s reluctance to give her a ticket for the upcoming polls so as not to create alternative power centres. Aparna is married to Prateek Yadav, the son of Mulayam’s second wife Page 8 Global 777 Flights Hit by U.S. 5G rollout Air India cancelled eight flights on India-US routes till further noSeveral global airlines, includ- tice. These include services being Air India, have cancelled their tween Delhi and San Francisco, flights to the US as a precaution- Chicago and JFK, as well as beary measure to avoid accidents tween Mumbai and Newark. “We due to the 5G rollout in North are working closely with aircraft America from Wednesday. The manufacturers and the relevant move follows a warning from the authorities to alleviate operationUS aviation regulator al concerns, and we Why it’s a US that the high-speed telhope to resume our US problem ecom service could inservices as soon as posterfere with the radio While 5G has been sible,” it said. altimeters used by air- introduced in other US telecom groups craft to take off and AT&T and Verizon, countries without land. This is because which are rolling out creating safety the band on which al- concerns for airlines, 5G, claimed the servictimeter works is very the services planned es won’t interfere with close to that of the 5G aircraft technology The . in the US differ in system. several ways as they Federal CommunicaThe US Federal Avia- include the C-band tions Commission, tion Administration frequencies, which which set a buffer be(FAA) has allowed air- are closer to those tween the 5G band and craft with accurate, ret h e s p e c t r u m t h at used by aircraft’s liable altimeters to fly planes use, has also sensitive into airports with 5G equipment, and at cleared the services in signals but the widely higher power levels the vicinity of air trafused Boeing 777 is not fic. However, the FAA on the list, triggering large-scale saw a potential problem and the flight cancellations. Many global telcos agreed to pause the service airlines including Emirates, Air n e a r a i r p o r t s wh i l e i t i s France, Lufthansa, British Air- addressed. ways, All Nippon Airways, KoreThe 5G services were originally an Air, Cathay Pacific and Aus- scheduled to start in the US in Detrian Airlines either cancelled cember 2021, but the operators detrips or used planes other than layed it by a month to allow time 777s to fly to US destinations. for safety reviews. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Jab-o-meter Take your shot Jan 18 65,85,945 doses Jan 19 62,39,005 doses Total: 1,59,54,40,865 NATIONWIDE Jan 18 Jan 19 Fresh cases 2,38,018 2,82,970 Recoveries 1,57,421 1,88,157 Deaths 310 441 tamil nadu Jan 18 Jan 19 Fresh cases 23,888 26,981 Recoveries 15,036 17,456 Deaths 29 35 express read CM Stalin constitutes 4th Police Commission under ex-HC judge Chennai: The CM on Wednesday constituted a Police Commission headed by ex-HC judge CT Selvam to improve relationship between police and public; study service conditions, duties, and responsibilities of police personnel; and modernise the police force, as per a DMK poll promise | P4 2 choke to death while clearing septic tank near Tambaram Chennai: Two workers were asphyxiated when they entered into an underground septic tank of a house for cleaning at Varadharajapuram near Tambaram on Wednesday. The incident happened when the workers got into the tank to clear the blockage using an iron rod. Ezhumalai and Rajesh, both aged 35, died on the spot | P3 Panel nod for regular market approval to Covishield, Covaxin New Delhi: An expert panel of India’s central drug authority on Wednesday recommended granting regular market approval to Covid vaccines Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, which are currently only authorised for emergency use in the country, subject to certain conditions, official sources said | P7 PLA abducted Indian boy from Arunachal: BJP MP Tapir Gao New Delhi: China’s People’s Liberation Army has abducted a 17-year-old boy from Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang district, BJP MP Tapir Gao said on Wednesday. The boy, Miram Taron, was abducted on Tuesday, Gao said adding the incident came to light when the boy’s friend managed to escape and informed authorities HC: TN govt docs can compete for 50% quota and open seats in PG med courses R S i v a k u m a r @ Chennai In-service government doctors can now compete for admission to postgraduate medical courses under the 50 per cent reservation as well as open quota in medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a batch of petitions challenging the quota and weightage marks given to government doctors serving in hills and rural areas. Justice M Dhandapani passed the orders dismissing the petition filed by Dr R Parkaviyan and others challenging a 2021 government order (G.O.) that approved clause 29 (c) of the prospectus for admission to postgraduate (PG) and diploma courses in Tamil Nadu government medical colleges and government seats in self-financing medical colleges for the year 2021-22. “This court is of the view that the norms prescribed under 29 (c) of the impugned prospectus and the consequential G.O. (D) No 1108 dated October 4, 2021, issued for selection of candidates to PG medical degree courses under the State-wise quota does not suffer the vice of any illegality irrationality arb , , HC upholds service marks HC also rejects objections against weightage marks for service in hilly/ difficult/rural areas to be considered along with NEET score for admissions, saying the G.O. was not challenged. itrariness or perversity,” he said in the order. The judge also rejected the objections for providing the weightage marks for service in hilly/difficult/ rural areas to be considered along with NEET score for admission, saying that the relevant G.O. was not challenged by the petitioners. Justice Dhandapani further said the court is of the view that not only is the State empowered to create channels of selection by prescribing quotas for open category and in-service candidates but also is within its powers to lay down norms with regard to the basis in which the merit list is to be prepared for determining the inter se merit of candidates in the two different categories. Continued on: P4 The naval brass band performs during a full rehearsal for Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Wednesday | PTI
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