r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 `3 r RNI No. 38281/83 free press t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE Quality at Value - vol. XXXvII No. 80 | INdoRe | satuRday | august 29, 2020 | Pages 14 | ` 3 COVID-19 NO GROUND FOR POSTPONING POllS, SAyS SC ON BIHAR ElECTIONS Pg --7 IMTIHAN SIR PAR, JAAN HATHELI PE neet, jee eXaMS Ministers of six Oppn-ruled states move SC n clat poStponed froM Sept 7 to Sept 28 n odiSHa civil Service eXaM in noveMber n all india bar eXaM too in nov students in their universities based on their past performances. It, however, held that the decision taken by the state of Maharashtra to cancel exams amid the pandemic under the Disaster Management Act shall prevail. But, at the same time, the direction of the State Disaster Management Authority to promote the students based on previous performance is beyond the scope of the Disaster Management Act, the court held. Another Bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, had on August 17 rejected the plea to postpone the entrance exams of JEE and NEET. The Congress on Friday took the lead to challenge the decision through a writ petition. Students from across the country hit the social media and TV channels, asserting that they won't take the exams at the risk to their lives and their families, since some of them may be infected with the virus. In its well-reasoned 160page long judgment, the court directed the UGC to convey the rescheduled date of exam "at the earliest" to the states/union territories on an application by them seeking to extend the deadline of 30.09.2020, if the state/Union Territory has decided under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, that it is not possible to conduct the exam by the deadline so fixed. This will especially apply to Maharashtra and there will be no loss of year for its students who can take the exam subsequently. More than 2L people in Indore were infected but didn’t realise our STaff reporTer Indore More than 2 lakh people of Indore out of an urban population of 26 lakh have had COVID-19 infection but they didn’t even know about it! The revelation came with the results of Sero Survey announced by Divisional Commissioner Dr Pawan Sharma and official of National Centre for Disease Control Dr Meera during the inauguration of Super Speciality Hospital on Friday . “As many as 7.72 per cent people have developed antibody which means that they were infected by the disease but didn’t learn about it as they showed no symptoms or may have had only mild symptoms,” Dr Sharma said. He said the prevalence of the disease was found mainly in the areas which had emerged as the city's hotspots. “Highest prevalence of the disease, i.e. developed antibodies was found in the people of Bambai Bazar which is over 30 per cent.” “Similarly, antibodies were developed about 20-25 per cent in the people of Major HigHligHtS of Sero Survey reSultS Overall sero prevalence of 7.75 percent indicates 203160 individuals have had SARS-COV 2 infection in recent post almost 15 days prior to sample collection) Seroprevalence ward wiSe One ward: More than 30 % (Bambai Bazaar) FOur wards: 20-25 % (Somnath ki Chawl, Haji Colony, Jawahar Marg, Ranipura) 20 wards: 10-20% 13 wards: 6 to 10 % 47 wards: Have less than 6% Marked dIFFerence in sero-prevalence observed in different wards Prevalence In hotspot areas is more and matches with surveillance data four wards i.e. Somnath ki Chawl, Haji Colony, Jawahar Marg, and Ranipura,” he added. Interpreting the data, NCDC’ Dr Meera said, “The data shows that prevalence of COVID-19 was found majorly in people living in hotspot areas. It also suggests that Indore was successful in contain- ing the virus in hotspot areas which are densely crowded.” She added that as the prevalence rate is only 7.72 percent, it can be said that administration should continue and intensify the containment strategies to keep people safe from the disease. CoNtd. oN P10 Sunrise : 06:08 Sunset :06.47 tHougHt foR tHe dAy Pride is an obstacle to spiritual rowth.’ FURTHER CURB ON AUSTRAlIAN BOWlERS Pg --14 SENIOR CONGRESSMEN ARE NOW SPEAKING UP Pg --6 SC UPHOLDS UGC diktat to hold final year exams by September 30; However, states can seek postponement subject to UGC consent; Maharashtra decision to cancel exams under the Disaster Management Act shall prevail but state cannot promote students based on past performance So, it will be life or limb for a degree. On the lines of its judgment on NEET and JEE entrance exams, the Supreme Court on Friday upheld the UGC guidelines to universities to hold the final year exams by September 30, rejecting the writ petitions from across the country to pass the students without exams. The 3-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan has also endorsed the UGC stand that if there are no exams, there will be no promotions and no degrees. It, however, has given discretion to states, which are unable to hold exams, to approach the UGC for postponement, whose decision in the matter shall be final. It has thus left scope for the exams to be held beyond the deadline of September 30, giving latitude to the UGC to extend the deadline. The Bench also ruled that no state government can promote students, saying "the decision of the state to promote students is beyond its jurisdiction and has to give way to the UGC." This nullifies the decision of the Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal governments to promote 290c. 220c www.freepressjournal.in edit from our Bureau neW deLhI WeAtHeR Ministers of six oppositionruled states moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking review of its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE entrance exams this year amid the persisting COVID19 pandemic. The review plea has been filed by ministers from West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), Punjab (B S Sidhu) and Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant). The plea, filed through advocate Sunil Fernandes, said the apex court order fails to satisfy safety and security concerns of students appearing for the exams. The petition said that as per the NTA press release, approximately 9.53 lakhs and 15.97 lakhs students have been registered for JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) 2020 respectively. The plea said that JEE Mains is slated to be conducted over 660 exam centres, roughly 1,443 students per centre. Similarly for NEET UG, 15.97 lakhs students will appear in 3,843 centres across the country, nearly 415 students per exam centre. Japan PM Shinzo Abe says he’s resigning for health reasons Tokyo Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said on Friday that he intends to step down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced.He told reporters that it was "gut wrenching" to leave so many of his goals unfinished. Abe has had ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager and has said the condition was controlled with treatment. Concerns about Abe's health began this summer and grew this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified health checkups. He is now on a new treatment that requires IV injections, he said. While there is some improvement, there is no guarantee that it will cure his condition and so he decided to step down after treatment Monday he said. , "It is gut wrenching to have to leave my job before accomplishing my goals," Abe said on Friday mention, ing his failure to resolve the issue of Japanese abducted years ago by North Korea and a territorial dispute with Russia,” he said. CORONAGE 226 cases & 5 deaths in a day our STaff reporTer Indore Indore once again reported more than 200 positive cases in a single day on Friday . The health department said that out of 2,836 samples put to test during the day, 226 returned positive and remaining 2,591 samples tested negative. With this the number of corona cases in the city reached 12,455. Five Indoreans also lost the fight against the virus taking the toll to 384. A 79-year-old woman of Kundana village, 68-yearold man of Khati Mohalla in Musakhdi , a 78-year man of Manishpuri in Bhawarkuan, a 80-year-old man of Balaji Vihar, and a 84-year-old man of Nandan Nagar succumbed to the disease. According to the bulletin released by CMHO, 2,07,851 samples had been tested till Friday evening. "We have taken 1,260 more samples," acting CMHO Dr Purnima Gadariya said. As many as 3,383 patients are under treatment in various hospitals of the city. Total 8,688 patients have been discharged so far. MP BREACHES 60,000 MARK:•The number corona positive cases crossed 60,000 mark on Friday though the positive percentage remained at 4.9 in last 24 hours, which saw 17 deaths. In all, 1,445 corona positive cases were reported in state on Friday During the day . 25,853 samples were tested in the state, according to health department. ExCMHO Chhatarpur VS Vajpayee died due to corona at a private hospital here on Friday . Master ChoaKok Sui sensItIve cM PrOvIdes POwer theraPy pending electricity bill dueS deferred our STaff reporTer Indore In a major development, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Friday disclosed that instructions have been issued for suspension of pending electricity bills dues of consumers having sanctioned load up to one kilowatt. “Exorbitant pending domestic connection power bills recovery has been suspended. From next month, the consumers will get bills of only one month. Decision on pending dues would be taken later on,” he told reporters. Minutes after the announcement, instructions reached to all three power distribution companies in the state regarding deferment of recovery of pending dues. The instructions read that pending dues up to the month of August have been deferred. Energy secretary Akash Tripathi directed the discoms that domestic consumers with a combined load of up to one kilowatt should be issued electricity bills in the coming September and October only on the basis of their current Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurates super speciality hospital in Indore on Friday neet, jee iS not Subject of politicS: cM Chouhan NEET and JEE exams should be held as per their schedule so that one year of students does not go wasted. While the union government announced that NEET and JEE exams will be held as per schedule, opposition parties, especially Congress, are seeking deferment citing Covid-19. "NEET-JEE is not a subject of politics. It is linked to the future of students," Chouhan said. monthly consumption and earlier arrears and surcharge amount should not be included. Replying to a query, Chouhan stated that government had tied up with some private hospitals for free treatment of Covid19. “Some other private hospitals, not associated with us, were allowed to treat patients who can af- Cabinet minister Usha Thakur arrived at inauguration of super-speciality hospital without a mask. CM ensured that she gets one as per Covid protocol PIx AnAnd ShIvre How NEET-ly med college botches poor students dreams SHattered dreaM W hen your merit, hard work, poverty and struggle to get loan to achieve hardearned education fails to yield results... then emerges the... "M bole to Munnabhai"... who uses all unfair means, uses his henchmen to threat, cheat and hoodwink the system to "achieve" what they want. The reality is indeed a sad affair. After securing high ranks in Neet, these aspiring doctors and their families took loans to get admission to Glocal Medical College in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh in 2016. But after 2.5 years, they find themselves in tatters and "literally" bleeding on an OT bed of "anarchy". After four years of pursuing their MBBS course, their admission stands cancelled as their college apparently did not follow the rules of the Medical Council of India. To make matters worse, their financial burden is mounting as they are unable to pay the instalments for educational loans. A Bhopal-based aspiring doctor and 49 others like him are having a hard time to seek justice while grappling with financial stress and personal loss Rahul Raj Ajay Yadav Ashik Bahuliya Zamil Qadri MorcHa on Social Media The affected students have written to Health ministry, MCI, DGME, CMO, PMO but thheir pleas have failed to evoke response. They are running campaigns online through twitter, Facebook with hashtags-#Shiftglocalmedicalcollege #media_world#IN uttar pradesh#save50 medicos#iyogi office. They are also trying their best to approach different media platforms. M plea for juStice y clients must get justice. they should be rehabilitated as there are 400 vacancies in other colleges,‘’ said alakh alok srivastava, the students' lawyer. due to Covid-19 pandemic. What has disheartened them further is that 23 local students belonging to Uttar Pradesh have been transferred to other colleges. But these 49 students find themselves in a lurch. No one, espcecially no neta has also taken interest in their future. But when it comes to talking big on youth and the future of Bharat, these politicians can churn out reams of monologues. Prabhat Pandey who hails from Bhopal said, "My father wanted me to become a doctor but I have lost him to corona. He was employed with Indian Railways and was on relentless duty during the pandemic era. My family and I were already battling the admission botch up and now the death of my father has devastated us allround. We are suffering for no fault of ours and our mental condition is getting worse by the day. My career is on hold and I am finding it hard to earn for my family.” CoNTriBuTeD pallavi DuBey CoNtd. oN P10 SSR CASE: Round 2 for brother, Rhea quizzed for first time priyaNka Navalkar Mumbai The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty the , prime accused in the death probe of her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput, on Friday . Subsequently her broth, er Showik also appeared before the CBI team, which is lodged and working out of the DRDO guesthouse around 10.30am. Sources said the siblings were questioned separately to check , for inconsistencies in their versions. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) put up a notice at the hotel in Goa where another person of interest in the case, Gaurav Arya is staying, asking him to be present at their office before August 31. Sources said Rhea was summoned by the CBI and rHea coMplainS about Media treSSpaSS Actress Rhea Chakraborty approached Santacruz Police late on Friday, after undergoing questioning by the CBI for 10 hours, to complain against mediapersons who harassed her and committed trespass by trying to enter the premises of her building and hounding her family for days. Rhea and her brother Showik went to the police station and lodged a complaint, after which the siblings were escorted back by the policemen. no FIr has been registered in the matter as yet. asked to bring all the documents related to financial and property transactions, along with prescriptions for any medicines Rajput was taking. She was also asked to bring in the consultation/appointment acknowl- edgements of all therapy sessions that she had arranged for Sushant. On Friday morning, Rhea arrived at the DRDO office with her brother Showik, who was appearing before the CBI for the second time, after having been quizzed for more than 14 hours the day before. Sources said, Rhea was at the ED office for nine hours. Minutes before the Chakraborty siblings arrived at the DRDO guesthouse, Rajput's house manager Samuel Miranda had just walked in. CoNtd. oN P10 ford their treatment. However, I have received complaints of them charging a bomb. I have asked district administration to fix a rational fee. If any hospital charge beyond that, then action will be taken against that hospital,” said the CM. Over former CM Kamal Nath constituting a group of Congress leaders to assess loss of crops due to heavy rains, Chouhan said, “it is an attempt to fool farmers.” “When Nath was CM he never went to villages to assess crop damage due to rains. He would rather site at home and do assessment,” Chouhan quipped. CoNtd. oN P10 Airlines can put people on 'no fly list' for not wearing masks New Delhi India's aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked the airlines to put on a no-fly list those air passengers who are not prepared to wear masks during flight and violate the set COVID-19 pandemic standard operating procedure (SOP). The aviation watchdog DGCA has asked the airlines: "If passengers are not wearing masks during the flight and violate the Set COVID pandemic put on Nofly list after an airline Assessment." Further, the DGCA gave a clarification on using face masks on board. “Regarding facemask during air travel. All passengers can remove facemask only for genuine or legitimate reasons, like drinking water and having food. If the cabin crew or flight commander finds that an air passenger does not intentionally wear a face mask and poses a threat to other passengers, such 'reckless' air passengers will be put on the no-fly list,” a DGCA official said. On May 25, the GoI had decided to resume flight services partially with restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 after almost three months of lockdown. Hawala racket DRI ACTION IN CITY, RAIPUR Indore : The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Indore zonal unit is investigating a company which allegedly has links with an international hawala racket. DRI officials said they are going through records of a company with offices in Palasia, Indore and also in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The case relates to undervaluation of the imports made in the past.