CHENNAI TUESDAY MAY 31, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION VISA U.K. TO OFFER VISAS TO GRADS OF WORLD’S TOP UNIVERSITIES Graduates from the world’s top 50 universities will now be able to work in the UK under the new High Potential Individual visa route BID TO ATTRACT THE ‘BEST AND BRIGHTEST’ The scheme will be available to alumni of the top non-UK universities who have graduated in the past five years. The system is aimed at attracting the ‘best and brightest’ talent from around the world. Successful applicants will be given a two-year work visa, while those with PhD will get a threeyear visa even if they don’t have a specific job offer in hand ■ £715 CONDITIONS TO APPLY FOR THE SCHEME To qualify, a person must have attended a university which appeared in the top 50 of at least two of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings or The Academic Ranking of World Universities, in the year in which they graduated | P18 THE APPROXIMATE COST OF BRITAIN’S NEW HIGH POTENTIAL INDIVIDUAL (HPI) VISA 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 AAP minister arrested for alleged money laundering ED claims he used shell companies, hawala channels; party says it’s vendetta as Satyendar Jain is in-charge of poll-bound Himachal TIKAIT ATTACKED @New Delhi (Clockwise from top) Videograb of a man picking up a media mike and landing a blow on farmer leader Rakesh Tikait during an event organised by a farmers’ outfit in Bengaluru on Monday; another man throws ink on Tikait; ink splashed all over the face of the farmer leader (inset) | SHRIRAM B N UPSC 2021 RESULTS 1, 2, 3. Women 27 from TN crack at the apex of exam, Kovai girl all-India ranks secures AIR 42 I F R A H M U F T I @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai/Coimbatore GIRLS bagged all the top three slots in the civil services examination 2021. Shruti Sharma, Ankita Agarwal and Gamini Singla secured the first, second and third rank, respectively, according to the final results announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday . UPSC topper Shruti is from Delhi. She did her graduation in History (Hons) from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College. Although she joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University, she could not complete her course as she went ahead and took admission at Jamia Millia Islamia’s Residential Coaching Academy for UPSC aspirants. Shruti is Shruti Sharma among the 23 students of Jamia who cleared UPSC Aishwarya this year. Currently she is , Verma is pursuing MA Sociology men’s topper from the Delhi School of Fourth rank Economics. holder Aishwarya “My first preference is Verma is not a the Uttar Pradesh cadre girl. Hailing form where I originally belong. Ujjain in Madhya Uttar Pradesh has larger Pradesh, Verma opportunities and many has emerged the sectors where I wish to men’s topper. work,” she said. Utkarsh Dwivedi Second rank holder Angot the fifth rank kita, a native of West Bengal, is currently training with Indian Revenue Services (Customs and Indirect Taxes) at Faridabad in Haryana. She pursued her graduation in economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. Thereafter, she joined a corporate house and worked for a while but quit the job to pursue her civil service dreams. She got into IRS in 2019 but continued to chase her goal to join the IAS. Gamini, the third rank holder, did her BTech in computer science from the Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh. Singla’s parents are medical officers working with the Himachal Pradesh government. On women bagging the top three positions in the exam, she said, “This shows women are capable of achieving anything through their hard work and dedication.” OF the 685 people who cleared the civil service examination, 27 are from Tamil Nadu. The State’s topper, Swathi Sree (25), from Coimbatore, secured AIR 42 in what was her third attempt at the exam. Since she aimed for IAS, Swathi said she rejected an IRS offer she got in her last attempt, after securing AIR 126 in the 2020 UPSC exam. “I think my perseverance and hard work got me this. I want to concentrate on policy-making, schemes, and related things,” said Swathi. She decided to focus on this while studying BSc Agriculture at a private college in Tamil Nadu. “My years in colle ge helped me get an idea of Swathi Sree how the system and govTurned down ernment work, and that learning helped me reach IRS offer to here... My parents and sispursue IAS ter helped a lot by accomIn her previous panying me across all the attempt in the hurdles,” she added. 2020 UPSC Swathi did her schoolexam, Swathi ing in Coonoor, in the NilSree secured AIR giris, and now lives in 126 and got an Coimbatore with her offer to join the mother, a retired postal asIRS. However, sistant, her father, a share she rejected it in marketer, and a collegethe hope of going sister. bettering her C Ramya, from Chennai, rank and joining bagged the second spot in the IAS Tamil Nadu (AIR 46), and Sivanandam, from the same city secured the third spot (AIR 87). , Last year, 44 out of 780 people who cleared the UPSC exam were from Tamil Nadu. Commenting on this, S Chandru, head of academics, Shankar IAS Academy, said, “When college placements are good, the number of people pursuing IAS reduces. Placements have been relatively good the past couple of years, especially from the IT sector.” Another reason is lack of fluency in Tamil and English, said experts, adding that the comprehension and aptitude tests are a major part of the exam. Two decades on, doors open for new distilleries in Pondy D E B J A N I D U T TA @ Puducherry AFTER two decades, the Puducherry government has decided to grant fresh licences for establishing blending and bottling units (BBU) of India-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in the Union Territory. The Puducherry Excise Department (ED) has invited applications, saying licences will be granted for “augmentation and employment generation”. No deadline to apply has been mentioned. However, there are restrictions. “A minimum experience of five years in the field of operation of distillery or blending and bottling plant for production of liquor anywhere in the country is required and he should have manufactured a tan Projects Pvt Ltd and JJ IdeThe AAP described it as poal Estate Pvt Ltd. The properties litical vendetta aimed to arrest of Jain’s family members — the party’s growth in pollTHE Enforcement Directorate Swati Jain, Sushila Jain and bound Himachal Pradesh as (ED) on Monday arrested Delhi Indu Jain were also attached. Jain is the AAP’s state inhealth minister Satyendar Jain “Investigation by the ED re- charge. Himachal is expected to in connection with a money vealed that during the go to polls in just a few laundering case, based on a period 2015-16, when months from now. 2017 FIR lodged by the Central Satyendar Kumar Jain AAP leader Sanjay Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was a public servant, Singh said, “The peoagainst the Aam Aadmi Party the above mentioned ple who were the own(AAP) lawmaker. companies beneficially ers of these companies Jain had allegedly received owned and controlled during 2015-2017 have funds through shell companies by him, received acconfessed to their linked to him and used it to pur- commodation entries crimes in the court and chase agricultural land in and to the tune of `4.81 clearly submitted that around Delhi. He had been crore from shell comall the money belongs Satyendar Jain questioned multiple times in panies against cash to them. The court has the past. The chargesheet in transferred to Kolkata-based also accepted this point. The the case was filed in 2018. entry operators through the ha- ED summoned Jain seven times Last month, the ED attached wala route. These amounts in 2018 but they could not find immovable properties worth were utilised for direct pur- anything against him. ED took `4.81 crore belonging to compa- chase of land or for the repay- no action since 2019 and the nies related to the case — Akin- ment of loan taken for purchase case appeared to have been chan Developers Pvt Ltd, Indo of agricultural land in and closed. Now it has been reoMetal impex Pvt Ltd, Paryas In- around Delhi,” the ED said in pened before the Himachal fosolutions Pvt Ltd, Manglaya- its statement. elections. This is nothing but yet another instance of the BJP manhandling the state machin`1.47 CRORE DISPROPORTIONATE ASSETS: CBI ery for political gains.” A CBI chargesheet filed in 2018 quantified the disproportionate assets However, the opposition BJP as `1.47 crore, about 217% more than Jain’s known sources of income and the Congress demanded during 2015-17. The Income Tax Department, too, had issued an order Jain’s immediate sacking from attaching the ‘benami assets’ allegedly linked to Jain the Delhi cabinet. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE minimum volume of 3 lakh cases per year for the last three years,” said a circular issued by T Sudhakar, deputy commissioner (excise), on May 18. Liquor merchants in Puducherry refuted the idea that the move would generate additional excise revenue and employment, and said it would instead further deplete groundwater. “The size of the market will remain the same as sales are based on tourism,” a merchant asserted. Moreover, the demand is such that even the existing distilleries aren’t functioning at their full production capacity, he added. “Puducherry’s five BBUs can produce 85 lakh cases per annum, but sales are just about 30 lakh cases annually,” said the liquor merchant. P5 Courts to decide fate of Gyanvapi: Nadda New Delhi: Contentious religious matters such as the Gyanvapi dispute would be decided by “courts and the Constitution” and the BJP would implement the decisions in letter and spirit, said party president J P Nadda on Monday. He said the BJP wants to take everyone along to build a strong nation | P12 Wankhede transferred to DGTS Chennai Mumbai: IRS officer Sameer Wankhede, who headed NCB Mumbai when actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan was arrested last year, has been transferred to the DG Taxpayer Service Directorate in Chennai. He was shifted to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in Mumbai earlier this year TNPSC to hire drivers, conductors for govt buses EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai FOR the first time, the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) will conduct large-scale recruitment of conductors, drivers, and technical staff for eight State transport undertakings. So far, transport corporations hired drivers and conductors via direct recruitment and registrations with district employment offices. The last time drivers and conductors were recruited was during the AIADMK regime in 2014-15. While the exact number of vacancies has not yet been announced, the transport undertakings reportedly sought to fill about 10,000 vacancies for the posts of driver, conductor, technician, junior assistant, and junior engineer, among others. Official sources said a proposal to recruit staff for the transport corporations has been sent to the finance department. “Once the department approves it, a proposal will be sent to TNSPC to start the recruitment,” said an official. In January, the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (Additional Functions) Act, 2022 was passed in the State Assembly, entrusting recruitment for Tamil Nadu’s public sector undertakings to the TNPSC. In November 2019, following a directive from the Union gov- 12 DETAINED FOR MURDER OF SIDHU MOOSEWALA Punjab Police has detained a dozen suspects from within and outside the state. These include five persons rounded up from Dehradun in a joint operation with the Uttarakhand Police. The other suspects were picked up from Amritsar, Bathinda | P12 `500 is the most faked note; RBI to introduce new security features C H A N D A N N A N D Y @ New Delhi THE RBI’s decision to introduce new security features in high denomination banknotes and the inordinate delay in physically examining foreign suppliers’ production facilities and capacities have stalled the printing of new currency notes even as the number of detected fake `500 and `2,000 notes went up by a whopping 110% and 55%, respectively in FY22. , One of the new features is counterfeit-proof security threads and paper- and inkbased taggants, RBI sources said. The taggants, which are manufactured by US-based Stardust Materials LLC, will replace the ‘M Feature’ (a chem- EXPRESS READ ical), which are specifically for high-security paper makers. Only select RBI experts can identify ‘M’. The ‘M Feature’ is specific to each country . Taggants are chemical and physical markers embedded in banknotes for reinforcing their security. They are used to distinguish authentic products from counterfeits and provide identifying information for ease of traceability . The detection of fake notes of all denominations in FY22 went up over FY21’s numbers. While 2,08,625 pieces of fake notes were found in FY21, the figure was 2,30,971 in FY22. There was a 55% jump in the number of fake `2,000 notes. Sources said considering the “massive” jump in the detection of fake `500 notes, the thrust now is to allow foreign companies to make stronger security features for the banknotes. This, the sources said, is because the post-demonetisation series of banknotes contain “weak” security features — the security thread being the most critical — manufactured P11 by Indian companies. ernment, the State government removed the minimum educational qualification criterion for obtaining a driving license for heavy motor vehicles. “The minimum educational and age qualification for drivers and conductors will be decided by the department’s technical committee. We hope the notification will be issued soon,” added the official. A month ago, Transport Minister SS Sivasankar said the department plans to introduce more buses on high-demand routes, and a study is being conducted to rationalise bus routes. At present, the average strength of workers per bus stands at 2.6 as against the demand of three. Arumuga Nainar, from the CITU-affiliated Transport Employees’ Federation, said, “At least 30 workers retire every month. The move will make recruitment transparent.” `4,000 monthly stipend for Covid orphans: PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday released the benefits of the PM Cares scheme for children who lost their parents to Covid. He said Covid orphans will get a monthly stipend of `4,000 to meet their basic needs. Besides, the gover nment will provide financial support for their schooling, scholarship for higher studies and free treatment up to `5 lakh under Ayushman Bharat. They will also receive emotional counselling through the Samvad helpline for psychological help, he added. Once they turn 23, they will receive `10 lakh as support. “If someone needs an education loan for professional courses or higher education, then PM Cares will help,” Modi said. The scheme aims to ensure JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT May 29 2,28,823 doses May 30 11,67,191 doses TOTAL: 1,93,43,51,597 comprehensive care and protection of children in a sustained manner by providing them boarding and lodging, empowering them through education and scholarships, and equipping them for self-sufficient existence. A total of 9,042 applications were received from 33 states and 611 districts, out of which 4,345 applications were approved. The highest number of Covid orphans to benefit are from Maharashtra (790), followed by Uttar Pradesh (441), Madhya Pradesh (428), Tamil Nadu (394), Telangana (256), Andhra Pradesh (351), Gujarat (223), Karnataka (221) and Rajasthan (206). The Centre launched the initiative on May 29, 2021 to support children who lost their parents or legal guardians or adoptive parents or a surviving parent to Covid between March 11, 2020 and February 28, 2022. NATIONWIDE MAY 29 MAY 30 TAMIL NADU MAY 29 MAY 30 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 2,828 2,035 14 2,706 2,070 25 77 41 0 89 44 0
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