DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 SC backs UGC decision to hold exams, says states can seek deadline extension ANANTHAKRISHNAN G Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla holds a meeting ahead of the Parliament session, in New Delhi on Friday. ANI Speaker asks House panels not to discuss pending cases but record is otherwise Moily says outdated idea; 2G to coal, House panels have held discussions LIZ MATHEW & MANOJ CG NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 AHEADOFthemonsoonsession of Parliament,LokSabhaSpeaker OmBirlahaswrittentochairpersons of parliamentary committees, urging that the panels should not take “those subjects for examination where the issue is pending in the courts”. The August 25 letter has led to a debate among MPs and experts who say there have been a number of instances in the past in which matterssubject tojudicial review came up for discus- sions in parliamentary panels, andthisnewdirectivewill setan unusual precedent. Veterans who have headed key panels point out that parliamentary committees are an extension of Parliament itself and the fundamental rule — Parliament is supreme — stands true for the committees as well. “Infact,committeesaremore liberal than Parliament,” M Veerappa Moily, who headed a number of panels earlier, told The Indian Express. K V Thomas, former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), said CONTINUEDONPAGE2 TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 179 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN 33,87,500 RECOVERED: 25,83,948 DEATHS: 61,529 TESTS: 3,94,77,848| DOUBLING RATE: 32.50** KEYSTATES TOWATCH SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES ■ Maharashtra 7,33,568 14,857 1.89% 38.02 ■ Tamil Nadu 4,03,242 5,981 1.58% 45.69 ■ Andhra 3,93,090 10,621 2.74% 3,09,792 9,386 2.71% 26.60 ■ Uttar Pradesh 2,08,419 5,391 2.75% 26.15 THESUPREMECourtFridayruled that universities and other institutions of higher education will havetoconductthefinal-yearexams and “cannot” promote students on the basis of internal assessment or other criteria. However, the court allowed states and Union Territories, which may have postponed the exams in view of the Covid outbreak, to approach the University Grants Commission * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days ** Calculated over 7-day growth CASE FATALITY RATIO POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: 7 DAYS EARLIER: DETECTED TODAY NOW: NOW: RECOVERED TODAY: Positives against number tested (in %); indicator of the spread of disease Becoming sick vs recovering; more recoveries for 14 days may signal the peak 1.89 1.82 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 8.68 8.58 77,266 60,177 DataasonAugust27,releasedbyUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbers includedatafrompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive ` 71 per kilo ` 99 per kilo ` 120 per kilo ` 54 per Dozen NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 A GROUP of Secretaries (GoS) to the Union government has suggested “asset monetisation/disinvestment” in the Kolkata Metro, the country’s oldest Metro system and the only one that is under the administrative control of the Indian Railways. JEE-NEET: 6OPP STATES SEEK REVIEW PAGE 9 THE NARCOTICS Control Bureau (NCB) that is probing Rhea Chakraborty and three of her acquaintances under several sections of the Narcotic Drugs and PsychotropicSubstances(NDPS) Act, is set to arrest two suppliers of 'bud', the dried flower of the marijuana plant that sells for nearly Rs 5,000 per gram, a senior official has told The Indian Express. Sources said the two suppliers have been detained, with contraband, and are likely to be arrested Saturday, astheNCB investigates the "demand" and "supply" of drugs linked to the case in which Chakraborty has been booked. Chakraborty is also facing cases filed by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connectionwiththedeathof fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput. THE MAHARASHTRA government said on Friday it respected the decision of the Supreme Courtthatcollegeanduniversity students could not be promoted without holding final-year or terminal examinations, and said ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, AUGUST 28 A SPECIAL UAPA judge here has asked the Jammu & Kashmir Prisons Department to release on bail a pharmacist employed with the government, held for the past more than eight months, saying there was no evidence of his involvement in any offence under the stringent law and that he was only "performing his professional duty" if he was intending to deliver medicines even to a terrorist. Rhea Chakraborty arrives for questioning by a CBI team, in Mumbai on Friday. PTI ABETMENT,PAGE12 An official said, "The suppliers will be placed under arrest on the charge of possessing narcotics. We will be questioning them to find out who all they supplied the contraband to and what was Rhea's role in this." Chakraborty's lawyer Satish Maneshinde had earlier said in a Zahoor Ahmed, a resident of Marwah, was arrested in Kishtwar district on January 6. The Third Additional Sessions Judge, Jammu, Sunit Gupta, noted that all the police seized from his possession was some medicines, and that "he cannot be said to have been involved in any of the offences under the UAPA". Calling the charges "a successful attempt to falsely implicate" him, the court said Ahmed should be released "forthwith"fromJammuCentral Jailoninterimbailsubjecttohim CONTINUEDONPAGE10 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUEDONPAGE10 MUMBAI, AUGUST 28 Monika More,24,beforesurgeryatGlobalHospitalinMumbai then, only nine other double hand transplants had been done in India. “The hands are larger than CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Show on Muslim ‘infiltration’ in civil service: SC declines stay, HC stops broadcast NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 The suggestion came during a meeting of the GoS that is empowered to take decisions related to Railway projects and matters, top sources in the government said. The GoS pointed outthat allof India’sotherMetro projects were vested with state governments, the sources said. Top officials from the Ministries of Finance, Railways, TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA it would hold talks with students, parents, university vicechancellorsandthestateadministration officials to “figure out” modalitiestoconducttheexams. A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan ruled Friday that states cannot promote students without holding final-year exams. It said state governments could ANAND MOHAN J & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G UAPA court in J&K grants bail to pharmacist: ‘bid to falsely implicate him’ PAGE 1 ANCHOR who had been declared brain dead, were transported from Chennaiandsurgicallyaffixedto 24-year-oldMonika’sarms.Until MUMBAI, AUGUST 28 MUMBAI, AUGUST 28 Behind India’s 10th double hand transplant, some fear & a lot of hope BEFORE SHE entered the operation theatre Thursday midnight, MonikaMore calledatransplant recipientinPuneforsupportand strength.Afterthatshortcall,she smilednervouslyandheadedfor her own double hand transplant surgery. On Friday, 15 hours later, Maharashtra recorded its first successful hand transplant after the hands of a 32-year-old man, ABHA GORADIA & VISHWAS WAGHMODE MOHAMED THAVER To raise funds, Centre moots divestment in Kolkata Metro HARIKISHAN SHARMA CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PMOexplores Respect order, will hold talks commonvoter with V-Cs, students: Samant listforLS,state andlocalpolls Rhea case: Officials say WhatsApp trail led to two drugs suppliers, arrests soon 26.31 ■ Karnataka NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 (UGC) for extension of the September 30 deadline. Maharashtra and Delhi had earlier decided to cancel the exams and promote students on the basis of other parameters. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan,RSubhashReddyandM RShah“refused”toquashtheJuly 6UGCguidelinesaskinguniversities/institutions to hold the herframebecausetheybelonged toaman.Butshefinallyhaswhat we prayed for. We never lost hope,” Monika’s uncle Vishwas Moresaid.MotherKavitasaidher daughter would meet the donor’s family to thank them. Monika will remain in intensive care for the next two weeks, andtakeaboutsixmonths todevelop movement in her hands. On Friday, the initial signs of a successful transplant were seen after doctors put a pulse oximeter on her finger and feet, and found the same reading of her oxygen saturation level, indicatingthatbloodsupplyhadbegun. Monikalostherhandsin2014 in a train mishap at Ghatkopar CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHANGE IN LAW DISCUSSED statement,"Rheahas neverconsumed drugs in her lifetime. She’s ready for a blood test any time." Therehas been no discovery of any contraband from Chakraborty's possession. The official said bud, usually sourced from California, was a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DELHI HIGH Court on Friday restrained private television channel Sudarshan News from broadcasting a show that studentsof JamiaMilliaIslamiauniversity said sought to incite hatred against them. Also on Friday, the Supreme Court, after hearing a different petitioner on thesame issue, declined to stop the airing of the show, saying it was important to be circumspect about imposing a pre-broadcast injunction. Theshow,whichhadclaimed tobean“exposé”onthe“infiltrationof Muslims”inthecivilservices, was not broadcast at its scheduledtimeof8pmonFriday. Suresh Chavhanke, the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Cabinet Secy told to consult states, get back in a month on next step RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 IN A move that ties in with the ideaof simultaneouselectionsin thecountry,thePrimeMinister's Office (PMO), earlier this month, held a meeting to discuss the possibility of preparing a common voters’ list for elections to all local bodies, state assemblies and Lok Sabha. The meeting on August 13, chaired by PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to PM, discussed two options. First, a constitutional amendment to Articles 243K and 243ZA that would make it mandatory to have a single electoral roll for all elections in the country.Second, topersuadethe state governments to tweak their respective laws and adopt the Election Commission's (EC) voterslistformunicipalandpanchayat polls. Sources said Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, LegislativeSecretaryGNarayana Raju, Panchayati Raj Secretary SunilKumarandthreerepresentatives of the EC, including Secretary-GeneralUmeshSinha, attended the discussion. Articles243Kand243ZAdeal withelectionstopanchayatsand E E X P L A I NE D SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES The case for joint ● polls THE IDEA of simultaneous elections has been around for a while, and the BJP is all for it saying it will save public money and put to an end frequent elections which disrupt governance in poll-bound states. Last year, the government announced that a committee on ‘One Nation One Election’ would be constituted to work on the idea and submit a report to the Prime Minister. municipalities in the states. These give the power of superintendence, direction and control of preparation of electoral rolls and the conduct of these elections to the State Election Commission (SEC). On the other hand, Article 324(1) of the Constitution empowers the EC to supervise, direct, and control the preparation and revision of electoral rolls for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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