DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2021, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES SINCE 1932 `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM EQUITY CONCERN AISHE REPORT FOR 2019-20 Gender divide closes further: As many women as men for BCom Keycorporates’ workplacejabs takeachunkof cityvaccination ThirdmajorprogrammeafterBSc,MBBS wherewomenhavecaughtupinlast5yrs More than 20 lakh shots; 12% of total in seven service economy hubs RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 TWOYEARSafterthegendergap closedinundergraduatescience, for the first time, there are as many women as there are men enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce(B.Com)programme, according to the latest findings of the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE). Until five years ago, there were 90 female students enrolled in B.Com for every 100 men. However, in 2019-20 there were 100 women for every 100 male students in this programme. In absolute numbers, in 2019-20, 41.6 lakh were enrolled in B.Com, of which 20.3 lakh were women and 21.3 lakh were men. This is the third major programme in the last five years where the gender gap in enrolment has closed after it happened in B.Sc and MBBS programmes in 2017-18. In fact, KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Pre-pandemic survey findings THE SURVEY confirms the trend of the last five years: an increase in higher education enrolments. Yet, the findings are of 2019-20, before the pandemic forced colleges to shut down and shift to virtual learning. Next year’s survey will offer a better picture of the impact of the pandemic on dropouts, enrolments. since then, women have started dominatingenrolmentinundergraduate science and medical programmes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 Workers clearing the rubble at Malwani in Mumbai’s Malad West, where two floors of a three-storey building collapsed during heavy rains Wednesday night. At least 12 people, including eight children, were killed. Pradip Das Mumbai building collapse wipes out 9 of family, lone survivor had stepped out JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU & SANJANA BHALERAO MUMBAI, JUNE 10 TWELVE PEOPLE, including three adults and six children of a family,agedbetween18months and 13 years, were killed when athree-storeybuildingcollapsed MAULSHREE SETH & LIZ MATHEW LUCKNOW, NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 INSIDE ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, JUNE 10 The UP CM with Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI development projects. However, a party leader said that among the issues Adityanath discussed with Shah was the possibility of a Cabinet reshuffle as he has to keep the party leadership in the loop. Shah reportedly told the CM that he should "take everyone along" and that the government should represent all sections of society. This is significant as alleged bias towards the Thakur CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHANDIGARH, JUNE 10 PAGE 8 THETAMILNadugovernmenthas askedDrMGRMedicalUniversity in Chennai to conduct an “impartialprobe”intothealleged“unauthorised collection” of at least Rs 22 lakh from final-year MBBS students of a prestigious governmentmedicalcollegeinthename of conductingpracticalexams. The move came after the University submitted a report on “unwarranted and unethical practices of collecting money” at StanleyMedicalCollege“toshow gratefulnesstothedepartments” and “to arrange accommodation andfood”forexternalexaminers. The University has also suspended several internal examiners of the college from its official examination panel. “We have now asked the University to conduct an impartial inquiry. We cannot compromise on examination malpractices.Wewillgettotherootofthis issue. We will see if it was an isolatedincidentoracommonpractice. We will send out a strong message, and the people behind thiswillnotbespared,”TNHealth Secretary J Radhakrishnan told The Indian Express. Several students of the college told The Indian Express that themoneywas“collectedahead of theexamswithaveiledthreat Siddiqui lost nine members of his family — his wife Rahisa (40), younger brother Shafiq (45), sister-in-law Ishrat (40), and Shafiq and Ishrat’s six children — Tausif (13), Tahes (10), Alisha (10), Arifa (9), Afina (6) andAlfiza(18months).Thefamilyreportedlylivedintworooms CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MUMBAI 7.01 lakh (17.66%) BENGALURU 6.42 lakh (17.22) PUNE 2.37 lakh (7.22) GURGAON 1.38 lakh (14.31) HYDERABAD 1.72 lakh (11.26) NOIDA 79,000 (9.64) CHENNAI 67,000 (3.0) (Figures in parentheses are per cent of total vaccinations) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why BMC vaccine centres were shut when pvt hospitals had doses in lakhs TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, JUNE 10 MAMATA GOVT DOUBLES FARMERS’ SUPPORT INCOME TO Rs 10,000 PAGE 3 City shots administered A WEEK AGO, on June 3, when vaccination centres run by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the state governmenthadtoremainshutdue to vaccine shortage, lakhs of doses were still available with private hospitals not far away from the BMC headquarters. Undertheearliervaccinepol- icywhenstatesandprivateplayers were allowed to buy 25 per cent each of the vaccine output directly from manufacturers, Maharashtrahadprocured25.10 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in May. Private hospitals, on the otherhand,purchased32.38lakh doses, the highest in any state. The gap was wider in Mumbai whereprivatehospitalsprocured 22.37lakhdoses,fourtimesmore thanthe5.23lakhdosesthecivic body Brihanmumbai Municipal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Asiad gold medallist who showed the way for India’s boxing stars, dies at 42 NITIN SHARMA MUSLIMS MUST ADOPT ‘DECENT FAMILY PLANNING NORMS’: HIMANTA PANEL SUBMITS REPORT TO SONIA AnFIRhasbeenregisteredfor culpable homicide not amounting to murder under IPC Section 304 (ii) against the building owner, Rafiq Siddiqui, and the contractor who built it, Ramzan Nabi Shaikh (34), said Shekhar Bhalerao,SeniorPoliceInspector at the Malwani police station. Shaikh has been arrested. ‘Lakhs collected for exam’: TN medical college under probe Amid UP rumblings, Yogi in Delhi to meet Shah, PM Modi AMIDST SPECULATION about changes in his government in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrived in Delhi Thursday for a series of meetings. While he held talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday, he is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president J P Nadda Friday. Sources said the trip was not scheduled and that the Chief Minister wants to “brief the Prime Minister” on the progress made by the state "in managing the Covid pandemic" and to discuss pending inMalwaniareaof Malad(West), in suburban Mumbai, on Wednesday night. The incident is reported to have occurred between 10.50 pm and 11 pm on Wednesday – the city had received heavy rainfallthroughtheday.Whileseven people were injured, some are reported to be critical. A SIGNIFICANT percentage of vaccinations carried out in some of India'sbiggestcitiesareof employees of large corporates — mostly in the service sector but some from manufacturing as well — and their families, official data analysed by The Indian Express show. Between April 7, when the government allowed corporates to vaccinate at workplaces, and Wednesday, a total 69,170 shots had been administered at the campusesof softwaremajorTata Consultancy Services (TCS) at several cities across India. WORKPLACE VACCINATIONS FROM AN orphan who knew nothing else but boxing to becoming a role model for India’s greatest champions, Dingko Singh touched many lives. On Thursday,the1998AsianGames gold medallist succumbed to cancer, after a long fight, at his home in Imphal. He was 42. It was Dingko’s historic gold medal that raised the morale of success-starved Indian boxing DINGKO SINGH 1979-2021 and went on to inspire Olympic medallists such as Vijender Singh and Mary Kom. His first coach Ibomcha Singh still remembers the nine-year-old boy who shadow-boxed with his trainees at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Imphal. “A trainee told me that Dingko is from the orphanage nearby. Dingko would tell me, ‘Sir, maa-baap nahin hain, humko boxing hi aata hai’,” said Ibomcha, breaking down over the phone from Imphal. “When Dingko won the Asian Games gold, there was no electricity in Imphal due to a strike. We lit candles and celebrated the wholenightwiththeIndianflag. Dingko knew only boxing, and the country will always remember him for that.” Oneof eightchildren,Dingko grew up in Sekta village near Imphal with his elder brother and younger sister after their father died and mother left home. The siblings took up work as farm labourers even as Dingko ended up at the orphanage. That CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A poet at heart whose cinema was a mix of realism, lyricism, and full of stirring beauty PAGE 1 ANCHOR SHUBHRA GUPTA NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA’S cinemawasauniquemixof realism and lyricism, set in landscapes whichcouldpassforthehereand now, as well as time gone by. Often, trying to decode visuals which were likely to recur in his movies — vertically challenged people, ‘baul’ singers, flute players,merrymendicants,menwith sly eyes, women with soulful faces — you would be trans- ported to a place which you knew was familiar, but also strange. Dasgupta’s best work wasfullof stirringbeauty,uneasy people,andunsettlingsituations, and kept you swinging between thereal,unreal,surreal.Foraman who abhorred manipulation in movies, he was a master manipulator of time and place. Dasgupta, who had been ailing for some time, passed away in his sleep early Thursday morning. He was 77. He won the National Award for Best Film many times over, as well as for Best Bengali film. He was also a well-regarded poet, which is why there are so many poetic touches in his frames. The self-taught filmmaker, who quit teaching economics at a Calcutta college because of his disillusionment with bookish precepts, brought his clear-eyed vision into his early movies Duratwa (1979), Andhi Gali (1984). Bengal’s long, complicatedtrystwiththeNaxalmovement found a reflection in these films, but those who carried the Naxalite banner weren’t treated as heroes. Middle-class pragmatism, which aspirational Bengal was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA 1944-2021 RELATED REPORT PAGE 5 Kolkata
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