TIRUNELVELI l saturday l december 03, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION The KnockOut punch Japan and Morocco played beyond expectations. Germany and Belgium exit. After an exciting group stages, the knock-outs begin from Saturday. A look at who plays whom in the Round of 16 and potential clashes Top half December 3 8.30 PM Netherlands vs USA 12.30 AM (Sun) Argentina vs Australia December 5 8.30 PM Japan vs Croatia 12.30 AM (Tue) To Be Decided ( Brazil) vs South Korea Bottom half December 4 8.30 PM France vs Poland 12.30 AM (Mon) England vs Senegal December 6 8.30pm Morocco vs Spain 12.30 AM (Wed) Portugal vs To Be Decided ( Swizterland) Three As it stands Brazil Swizerland Group G matches don’t finish before late night South Korea’s Hwang Hee-chan celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Portugal on Friday. South Korea move into R-16 with 2-1 victory | AP | P11 Three Asian teams — South Korea, Japan and Australia — have qualified for the round of 16 stage this time 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 C’garh House OKs bill to raise tribal quota to 32% Mkt price `2/kg, transport cost `1/kg It costs at least `1 per kg to just transport the vegetable from farm to the market but farmers get just `2 per kg at the market. “The cost of cultivation of the 50-day crop is `30,000 to `44,000 per acre,” Tirunelveli farmers said. Total reservation now at 76%; 4% for EWS added feature of the new amendment law ernment should have presented the data that formed the basis A special session of the Chhat- of the reservation,” he said. tisgarh Assembly on Friday The opposition also demanded unanimously passed an reser- to raise the SC quota to 16%. vation amendment bill that Last month, Governor Anutook the total quota in the state suiya Uike had written to to a whopping 76% with the Baghel assuring him of her tribal component at 32%. support on the contentious isCalled the Chhattisgarh Pub- sue of tribal quota. In 2012, the lic Service (Scheduled Castes, BJP regime led by then chief Scheduled Tribes and Other minister Raman Singh had Backward Classes Reservation) raised the quotas to 58% for Amendment bill, it educational instituwas passed after ex- Minor flutter tions and government tensive deliberations. jobs in the state. But in A comment by The amendment bill September this year, minister raised the ST quota to the Chhattisgarh High Shivkumar 32% and ST to 13% and Court struck it down that for OBCs to 27%. Dahariya led to a as unconstitutional. The new element was faceoff with BJP Consequently, the MLA Ajay the 4% reservation to reservation for tribals t h e E c o n o m i c a l l y Chandrakar, who came down from 32% Weaker Section (EWS) questioned how to 20% while that for the Assembly in educational instituSCs went up from 13% could enact an tions and the state govto 16% while OBCs got law related to ernment jobs. 14%. With Assembly “The bill will be reservation when elections due next soon sent to the Gover- a similar issue is year, the politics of nor Anusuiya Uike for sub-judice in the tribal reservation Supreme Court assent. In districts gathered steam, forcwhere the strength of ing the government to the EWS is higher, the proposed amend the law. quota for them may proportionThe law came on a day when ally rise up to 10% but at the the trail of the coal extortion state level it will be 4%,” in- probe roiling the state reached formed Chief Minister Bhu- Chief Minister Baghel’s office pesh Baghel. with the Enforcement DirectoLeader of the Opposition rate arresting a senior bureauNarayan Chandel questioned crat posted there. Soumya why the report of the Quantifi- Chaurasia, deputy secretary in able Data Ayog was not tabled the CMO, was remanded in ED in the Assembly “The state gov- custody for four days. . E J A Z K A I S E R @ Raipur K Sekar, a farmer, dumps okra on road outside Tirunelveli city on Thursday | Express S h r u t i K akkar @ New Delhi A Supreme Court bench on Friday took a swipe at a few former collegium members who have been vocal in their criticism of the system, observing it has now become a fashion for them to do so after retirement. Justice M R Shah, who is currently part of the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud said, “We don’t want to comment upon anything made by former members (of the collegium). Now it has become fashion to comment upon decisions made by earlier members.” The remarks were made by the bench while considering a plea by RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj, who sought the agenda, minutes and resolution of a Supreme Court collegium meeting on December 12, 2018, @ Chandigarh / New Delhi The National Investigation Agency on Friday arrested Harpreet Singh alias Happy Malaysia, the main conspirator behind the Ludhiana court bomb blast, shortly after landed at Delhi from Kuala Lumpur | P8 @ Tirunelveli Nearly 3,000 kg of okra (lady’s finger), mostly from villages of Manur Taluk in Tirunelveli district, were dumped on roadsides, left to rot in fields or were allowed to be devoured by cattle over the past few days as prices crashed to `2 per kg in Tirunelveli vegetable market on Thursday and Friday . Hundreds of farmers, mainly from Pallamadai, Pillaiyarkulam, Rastha and Barathiyap u r a m i n T i r u n e l ve l i district and Vellapaneri and its surrounding areas in under the RTI Act. The SC came under the RTI Act in late 2019. According to the autobiography of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice for the Judge, the collegium had agreed in its December 2018 meeting to recommend the names of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, who was then the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court, and Justice Rajendra Menon, the then Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, for elevation to the Supreme Court but the decision was kept in abeyance since the news of their elevation had leaked. Apart from CJI Gogoi, the other mem- bers of the then collegium were justices Madan B Lokur, A K Sikri, S A Bobde and N V Ramana. The resolution of the next collegium meeting on January 10, 2019, recorded that the decisions taken on December 12, 2018, were revisited and overturned “in the light of additional materials”. Terming Bharadwaj’s plea as a “fishing inquiry by a busy body”, Justice Shah said, “Let the system which is functioning not be derailed. Let the colle gium perfor m its duty .” On advocate Prashant Bhushan’s submission that the SC was itself Justice Lokur expressed disappointment After retirement, Justice Lokur had in a media interview expressed his disappointment at the SC not uploading its December 2018 collegium resolution. But the Delhi High Court refused to consider it SC: 50% state superspeciality seats can be for in-service docs H A R P R E E T BA J WA & UJ WA L JA L A L I NIA arrests Ludhiana court blast accused TH I N A K A R A N R A JA M A N I S h r u t i K akkar @ New Delhi hand in hand Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Justice of India Justice D Y Chandrachud at the 8th Dr LM Singhvi Memorial Lecture on ‘Universal Adult Franchise: Translating India’s Political Transformation Into A Social Transformation’, in New Delhi on Friday | Parveen Negi UP court orders arrest of ex-minister Chinmayanand added that the MP/MLA court does not have the power to exTHE MP/MLA court of Shahja- tend a deadline fixed by the hanpur has directed the Uttar apex court. Pradesh police to arrest former The case dates back to 2011 Union minister Swami Chin- when one of the disciples of mayanand and produce him be- Chinmayanand lodged a rape fore the court in concase against him. Chinnection with an mayanand was the Un11-year-old rape case ion minister of state lodged against him by for home in the Vajpayone of his disciples. ee cabinet. Special judge Asma After the BJP came Sultana rejected the reto power in Uttar quest made by ChinPradesh, it started the mayanand’s lawyer to process for closing the allow his client time to case in 2018. However, Swami appear before court con- Chinmayanand the victim opposed the sidering his old age and closure proceedings. ill health, citing a Supreme As a result, the court rejected Court order that directed him the application for closure and to appear in the Shahjahanpur issued a bailable warrant court by November 30. Howev- against the accused. er, he did not surrender before Earlier, Chinmayanand had the court by the deadline. moved the Allahabad High The judge posted the matter Court and also the Supreme on December 9 and directed the Court for withdrawal of the police to produce the accused case. However, both the courts in court on that day The judge rejected his plea. . N A M I TA BA J PA I @ Lucknow Thoothukudi district, who cultivated the crop on nearly 150 acres, are now left with nothing but heaps of worthless veggies and mounting losses. K Sekar, a farmer and truck owner, who brought his produce from Pallamadai to Tirunelveli town, a distance of 25km, for sale on Friday, dumped it on roadside on the outskirts of Tirunelveli city after he came to know the price being offered at the market. The video of the distraught farmer dumping 500kg of okra on road went viral on social media. “It costs at least `1 per kg to just transport the vegetable from our farm to the SC cross at sniping by ex-collegium members Sidhu Moose Wala murder mastermind detained in US CANADA-based gangster Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar, the mastermind behind the brutal murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala in May this year, has been detained in California by US authorities. Confirming the news, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said Brar is currently under California police’s custody and he will be brought to India soon. According to sources, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been tracking Brar’s movem e n t s e ve r Sidhu Moose Wala since the Interpol issued a red corner notice against him at the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation. Brar, a native of Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab, had gone to Canada in 2017 on a student visa. Sources said he moved to the US a few months ago. Brar is a member of the dreaded Lawrence Bishnoi gang. Okra at `2/kg: farmers dump it on roads, 3 tonne left to rot The Supreme Court on Friday permitted the Tamil Nadu government to earmark 50% of superspeciality seats in government medical colleges to NEET-qualified in-service candidates for the academic year 2022-23 in the state. The permission was granted by a bench of Justices BR Gavai and Vikram Nath in a clarification plea filed by the state government and in-service candidates as per the ruling of the Madras High Court on November 18. On a plea filed by in-service candidates seeking a direction to the centre and the state to reserve 50% superspeciality seats in DM/M.Ch courses in government medical colleges for in-service doctors for the academic year 2022-2023, Justice Suresh Kumar of the Madras HC had ruled that since the matter is pending before the SC, the state can approach the SC seeking clarification regarding the applicability of the Tamil Nadu gover nment’s notification dated November 7, 2020 of reserving 50% of seats in government medical colleges for in-service candidates for 2022-23. The SC bench directed the state to fill the seats as per the Tamil Nadu government order dated November 7, 2020, within a period of 15 days. On the 16th day TN will in, form the centre with regard to all the seats that remain unfulfilled from in service candidates. The vacant seats will be permitted to be filled in by the Union of India on the basis of all-India merit list, the apex court said while posting the matter for detailed hearing on February 14, 2023. In N Karthikeyan’s case, Justice LN Rao of the SC had refused to stay TN’s notification and had said that states are competent to provide reservation for in-service doctors in superspeciality courses. backfiring after declaring the Right to Information as a fundamental right, the bench rebutted it saying, “We’re the most transparent institution. We’re not backfiring.” In February 2019, Bharadwaj had filed an RTI request seeking a copy of the minutes of the resolution of the SC collegium’s December, 2018 meeting. While the Central Public Information Officer had dismissed the plea, the first appellate authority observed that the January 10, 2019 collegium resolution had made it clear that no resolution was formally passed in the December meeting since consultations could not be completed. She similarly hit a wall at the Central Information Commission and the Delhi high court before she brought it to the SC. The bench reserved its orders on the plea. market but we get just `2 per kg at the market,” Sekar said. It costs `30,000 to `44,000 per acre to cultivate the 50-day crop, said K Palraj, another farmer of Pallamadai. “I spent `21,000 per acre for hybrid seeds. For ploughing the field and fertilizer, I spent `4,500 and `2,000, respectively To re. move weeds, it cost me `5,000. Pesticide cost was `6,500 per acre,” he added. Another far mer said to pluck 200kg of okra in his farm, he had to pay `1,500 to five women workers. “The cost of a sack is `40. We must also pay `10 for each sack of okra as loading charge.” P5 express read HC: Ban use of mobile phones in TN temples Madurai: Justices R Mahadevan and J Sathya Narayana Prasad of the Madurai Bench of the Madras HC have ordered the HR&CE to ban usage of mobile phones inside temples in Tamil Nadu to maintain the ‘purity and religious sanctity’of temples and to ensure the safety and security of devotees visiting the temples | P2 Remarks on EPS: Court gags Arappor Iyakkam Chennai: The Madras High Court has passed a gag order against NGO Arappor Iyakkam, barring it from “making further derogatory” statements against AIADMK interim general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami over alleged irregularities in awarding highways tenders during his tenure as chief minister | P2 Access to public facilities still an uphill task for disabled in TN ‘Govt failed to monitor new infra’ Smitha Sadasivan, a member of the Disability Rights Alliance who was instrumental in building a permanent ramp at Marina beach in Chennai, said the government has failed to monitor new buildings for disability-friendly infrastructure before granting approval. A person with disability struggling to walk down a bank ATM at Woraiyur in Tiruchy | M K Ashok Kumar Palani v el R ajan C @ Tiruchy Six years have passed since the enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 but its assurance of “full and effective participation and inclusion in society” for the disabled is yet to hold good in the State as persons with disabilities (PwDs) complain of a continuing struggle to access several public facilities and institutions. B Meenakshi, a person with mobility impairment and a member of the Disability Rights Alliance (DRA), said that public facilities like banks, parks, eateries, fair price shops and convenience stores remain inaccessible to disabled people even today. Referring to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, she said, “The Act came into force in Tamil Nadu in 2017, and it was mandated that accessibility to existing buildings should be enhanced for the PwDs within five years.” “With the government failing to achieve it, it has started coming up with new facilities in recreational places like beaches, which is appreciable, but the existing buildings should be revisited for disabili- ty-friendly infrastructure,” she added. Smitha Sadasivan, another member of DRA who was instrumental in building a permanent ramp at Marina beach in Chennai, said the government has failed to monitor new buildings for disabilityfriendly infrastructure before granting approval. “The government is not paying attention to the voice of the PwDs, thinking of them as just accounting for 2.21% of the population and are ignoring the seriousness of the issues faced by them. The universal design recommended by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) should be followed, which includes infrastructure for all,” she added. “Disability-friendly infrastructure will also be helpful for those with reduced mobility - senior citizens, and pregnant women, and so expediting the work would enable such people to lead a life individually,” she reasoned. According to the Act, June 14, 2022 was the last day for the government to revamp the existing structures and make them disabled-friendly, she pointed out. I’m not sure if even 10% work was completed though, she said.
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