chennai l wednesday l april 27, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 18 l late city EDITION Centre scraps MP quota in Kendriya Vidyalayas The quotas for the children of education ministry staff, MPs and retired KV employees have also been scrapped Other discretionary quotas also nixed The Centre also decided to consider Covid orphans for admission under PM CARES for Children Scheme. Till now, each MP had a quota of 10 seats and district magistrate 17, which most of them sought to monetise. KVS has also nixed other quotas including that of wards of education ministry staff and retired KV employees, and dependent grandchildren of MPs ■ 1,248 Some Special provisions to continue Special provisions will continue for children of recipients of Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra; recipients of the national bravery award; children of central government employees who died in harness, and those who have special talent in fine arts Number of Kendriya Vidyalayas in India with over 14 lakh students 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 Hands tied, PK rejects Cong’s induction offer grand old party . A senior party leader said In the end, it was a case of so during his meetings with the near and yet so far. Talks be- top party leadership, Kishor tween the Congress and poll pressed them on giving him strategist Prashant Kishor over role in making key appointhis induction broke down as ments, including that of Conthey were not on the gress president and same page on giving Congress Parliamenhim a say in top aptary Party leader. pointments and letting Both sides anhim have a free hand nounced the deal to overhaul the party . break through tweets. The talks reached a “Following a presendead end after the partation and discussions ty announced the forwith Sh. Prashant mation of an EmpowKishor, Congress PresConflict of ered Group 2024 on ident has constituted interest Monday. Kishor was an Empowered Action offered a seat on group, Group 2024 and invited Sources said but not a position to Kishor was told him to join the party shake up the system. as part of the group he cannot be “The Rahul Gandhi associate himself with defined responsicamp also didn’t want bility He declined. We . with any other Kishor being given a appreciate his efforts party after his big authority in the and suggestions given joining the party,” said a senior Congress, but he to the party,” tweeted party leader. still went ahead R S Surjewala, party Sources said the armedia in-charge. with the TRS rangement Kishor’s Soon, Kishor retortdeal Indian Political Action ed: “I declined the genCommittee (I-PAC) got into re- erous offer of Congress to join cently with the TRS was no rea- the party as part of the EAG son for the botched deal, but and take responsibility for the many party leaders said it was elections. In my humble opina sticking point. ion, more than me the party An eight-member committee needs leadership and collective that assessed his party revival will to fix the deep-rooted strucplan was split on his role and tural problems through transresponsibilities within the formational reforms.” R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi Tangedco loss down L2.2K cr in 1 year TN power utility trims loss by monetizing fly and waste ash, reducing cost of power generation S G U R U VA N MI K A N ATHA N @ Chennai The State power utility, Tangedco, has slashed its loss by `2,193.68 crore in 2021-22 compared to 2020-21 by monetizing fly ash and waste ash and reducing cost of power generation at thermal plants owned by it. According to a policy note presented in Assembly by Electricity Minister V Senthil Balaji on Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation’s ((Tangedco) loss stood at `11,213.64 crore in 2021-22, compared to `13,407.32 crore in 2020-21. A senior official said since the power production cost of `3.70 per unit in North Chennai Thermal Power Station (NCTPS) was lower compared to Mettur (`4 express read Karuna’s birth anniv to be a govt function Chennai: CM MK Stalin said birth anniversary of former CM M Karunanidhi will be celebrated on June 3rd every year as a government function and his statue will be installed at Omandurar Estate | P4 FIFA under-17 world cup Chasing WC dream despite poverty M U K E SH RA N J A N @ Ranchi At home, she often has little by way of nutrition. Surviving mostly on just pani-bhaat (rice fermented in water) as her mother is a daily wage labourer and father a drunkard, Anita Kumari has managed to make it to the list of 33 for the national coaching camp at Jamshedpur for the forthcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup team. Fourth among five sisters, Anita’s parents are so poor that they can’t even afford green vegetables or pulses. They live in Chari-Hochar village under Kanke Block in Ranchi. “Even though, our financial condition is very bad, somehow Under-17 team,” she said. I managed to get all my five Villagers discouraged them daughters educated and got from pursuing the game and three of them married. My even threw glass pieces in the fourth daughter is Anground to prevent them ita,” said Asha Devi. playing football, AniShe is keeping her finta’s youngest sibling ger crossed hoping AnVinita shared. ita’s success would pull Anita was coached the f amily out of by Anand Prasad Gope, poverty . who offers free trainAnita is currently ing to nearly 300 youth, undergoing training mostly girls. “Anita is a along with the team at very serious player. Anita Kumari Jamshedpur. “Even Through her dedication though I had to face a lot of ad- and hard work she managed to versities and was not getting make it to this level,” said Gope. proper diet, kit and other facili- I n a l l , s eve n g i rl s f ro m ties, I was determined to do my Jharkhand have been selected best and got selected for the for the world cup, he added. DCGI nod to 3 Covid vaccines for children E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi AMID a spike in Covid-19 cases in some parts of the country the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Tues, day approved three coronavirus vaccines for use in children. The drug regulator gave the restricted emergency use authorisation for Biological E’s Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax for children aged between five and 12 and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for the age group of 6-12 years. DCGI has also granted permission to Cadila for its ZyCoV-D as an additional dose of 3mg with a two-jab inoculation schedule 28 days apart for those above 12 years. This vaccine will now be given on Day 0 and Day 28. Earlier, ZyCoV-D Jab-o-meter was approved in a three-dose regimen Take your shot on Day 0, Day 28 and Day 56. April 25 20,55,837 doses The new approvals were tweeted by April 26 19,67,717 doses Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Total doses Mandaviya, who said India’s fight 1,88,16,99,433 against Covid has become more robust. NATIONWIDE apr 25 apr 26 The announcement came as Prime MinFresh cases 2,541 2,483 ister Narendra Modi is set to hold a virRecoveries 1,862 1,970 tual meeting with Chief Ministers on Deaths 30 1,399 Wednesday to discuss the recent Covid tamil nadu apr 25 apr 26 spike. In the past fortnight, many school children have tested positive. Fresh cases 55 72 At the moment, Bharat Biotech’s inacRecoveries 27 30 Deaths 0 0 tivated whole virion vaccine is being administered in children aged 15-18 years and Biological E’s protein subunit vaccine in children aged 12-15 years under the national Covid-19 immunisation programme. The DCGI’s latest approval follows recommendations by the Subject Expert Committee on Covid-19. per unit) and Thoothukudi (`4.15 per unit), Tangedco operated NCTPS stage I and II at 80% to 85% capacity, and operated other units at a lower capacity to , save production cost. The official also said they stopped using Poompuhar Shipping Company and started fixing voyage charters with the help of a shipping desk to ferry coal. This helped Tangedco save `2,200 crore. The power distributor also saved on interest outgo after the State government provided `13,108 crore to take care of 100% of the loss incurred in 2021-22. In Mettur Thermal Power Station (MTPS) stage I, revenue generated through sale of fly ash in 2021-22 was `47.82 crore, which was more than `8.6 crore com- TANGEDCO’s revenue account for the past four years (` in cr) Total Total Revenue Years Revenue expenditure Loss 2018-19 61,666.73 74,290.14 12,623.41 2019-20 65,177.10 77,142.03 11,964.93 2020-21 63,388.52 76,795.84 13,407.32 2021-22 72,096.39 83,310.03 11,213.64 pared to 2020-21. The quantum of additional ash generated by MTPS stage II stood at 1,04,610.05 tonnes. During June 21, an alltime high of 78,841 tonnes of ash was sold to cement companies to generate `4.85 crore revenue. Energy generated from Tan- sedition law under SC lens from today E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear two pleas filed by the Editors Guild of India and Major General S G Vombatkere (Retd), challenging the constitutional validity of Section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and juges Surya Kant and Hima Kohli will hear two writ petitions. The top court had agreed to examine the pleas in July last year and issued notice to the government. At that time, the SC had made critical remarks orally ask, ing the Centre why not repeal the draconian law once used by the British to silence leaders like Mahatma Gandhi to suppress the freedom movement. The Army veteran’s plea argues Section 124A of the IPC is ultra vires Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution, read with Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. “Statute criminalising expression based on unconstitutionally vague definitions of ‘disaffection towards Government’ etc is an unreasonable restriction on the fundamental right to free expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) and causes constitutionally impermissible ‘Chilling Effect’ on speech,” it said. Several pleas challenging the colonial law are pending before the SC. In April 2021, a bench headed by Justice U U Lalit had sought response from the Centre on a similar plea filed by two journalists. gedco’s own thermal units also went up in 2021-22. In its five power thermal stations — two each in North Chennai and Mettur and one in Thoothukudi — the quantum of power generated was 20,391.18 million units. This was 4,837.66 million units more compared to 2020-21. Tangedco has also reduced the gap between Average Rate of Realisation (ARR) and Average Cost of Supply (ACS). During 2021-22, the ARR per unit was `6.96 while ACS per unit was `8.90. The difference narrowed to `1.94 compared to `2.44 in previous financial year. The DMK government is also expected to go ahead with its plan to split the generation and distribution businesses managed by Tangedco between two different companies. HC PANS HR&CE DEPT IN MANDAPAM CASE A Madras HC bench said it would quash an HR&CE department order to take over the administration of Ayodhya Mandapam and a single judge ruling that upheld the order | P2 DVAC begins probe into dairy dept’s 236 ‘illegal appointments’ ‘Avoiding duplicity’ Commissioner of Milk Production and Dairy Development G Prakash said the matter has been referred to the DVAC “to avoid duplicity and ensure a fair process”. The dept held an internal probe in July 2021 following complaints about unqualified candidates being given jobs B A N B U S E LVA N @ Chennai The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption has began a probe into alleged irregularities in the appointment of 236 people in eight district milk producers’ unions in the first six months of 2021. “We have sought more documents from the State dairy department,” a DVAC official said on Tuesday . An internal inquiry carried out by a team of officials of the dairy department had flagged irregularities in the appointments in a report submitted to the gover nment in August last year. Commissioner of Milk Pro- duction and Dairy Development G Prakash on Tuesday said the matter has been referred to the DVAC “to avoid duplicity and ensure a fair process”. The department conducted the probe in July 2021 following complaints about unqualified candidates being given jobs. The report, accessed by TNIE said the 236 people were appointed for posts including manager (accounts, agriculture, engineering, fodder, dairying & quality control) and deputy manager (system, dairying & civil), technician (refrigeration & boiler), executive, junior engineer, factory assistants and drivers. P5
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