DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SINCE 1932 27% FOR OBCS, 10% FOR EWS IN UG AND PG OBC, EWS get quotas in all-India seats of state medical, dental colleges HARIKISHAN SHARMA Assam govt issues travel advisory, says going to Mizoram is not safe TORA AGARWALA SILCHAR, JULY 29 FOURDAYSaftersixAssamPolice personnel were killed in violent clashes at the Assam-Mizoram border, the Assam government Thursday issued an unusual traveladvisoryaskingpeoplenot to travel to Mizoram citing a “threat to personal safety”. Mizoram, meanwhile, objected to a large contingent of Assam Police personnel being mobilisedattheinterstateborder. Assam's advisory, from the state's Home and Political Department, said: “Given the critical prevailing situation, the people of Assam are advised not to travel to Mizoram as any threat to personal safety of people cannot be accepted.” It also advised people of Assam, who stayinMizoramforwork,to“exercise utmost caution”. The notice said there had been several cases of violent skirmishes in the border area, and that the latest incident had led to indiscriminate firing on police personnel as well as civilians in Cachar district. “Even after this incident, certain Mizo Civil society, students andyouthorganisationsareconstantlyissuingprovocativestatementsagainstthestateof Assam and its people. It has been reliably learnt from video footage available with Assam police that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK GANGRAPE ACCUSED HELD; PARENTS TO BLAME TOO: GOA CM PAGE 7 NEW DELHI, JULY 29 THE CENTRE announced on Thursdaythatitwillprovide27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservationfor the economically weaker section (EWS) in the All IndiaQuota(AIQ)schemeforundergraduate and postgraduate medical/dental courses in state medical and dental colleges from the current 2021-22 academic year onward. Callingit“ahistoricandalandmark decision,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a statement,saidtheAIQconsistsof 15%oftotalavailableUGseatsand 50% of total available PG seats in governmentmedicalcolleges.The reservation would apply to these seats under the AIQ for undergraduateandpostgraduatemedical/dental courses (MBBS/ MD/MS/Diploma/BDS/MDS) in statemedicalanddentalcolleges. In the run-upto keyUP elections THE ANNOUNCEMENT comes days after the reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers that gave greater weight to OBCs. There’s a large OBC vote base in UP where elections are due next year —six other states too will vote. “This decision would benefit every year nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in postgraduation, and alsoaround550EWSstudentsin MBBS and around 1,000 EWS In tandem, officials from 3 Ministries skip IT panel meet; contempt: Tharoor MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 29 TAKING STRONG exception to the “last minute refusal” Wednesdaybyrepresentativesof threeministriestoattendameeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, the panel’s chairman, Shashi Tharoor,haswrittentoLokSabha Speaker Om Birla asking him to take “serious cognizance” of the matter, and called their conduct “unprecedented”, “breach of Parliamentary privilege” and “contempt of the House”. The IT panel, which is expected to discuss the Pegasus spyware issue, had called officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ministry of Home Affairs, and Department Committee chairman Shashi Tharoor has written to Speaker Om Birla. File of Telecommunication on the subject ‘Citizens’ Data Security and Privacy’. While the meeting could not takeplaceasthe10BJPmembers present did not sign the attendanceregister,andhenceensured lackof quorum,itistheactionsof theministryofficialsthatTharoor has taken up with the Speaker. The Standing Committee has 31 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC weighs in, HC orders SIT probe into hit-and-run death of Dhanbad judge ABHISHEK ANGAD & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G DHANBAD, NEW DELHI, JULY 29 THE DEATH of an Additional Sessions Judge of Dhanbad in what police suspect was a premeditated hit-and-run incident echoed in the Supreme Court Thursday with Chief Justice of India N V Ramana saying that he hasspokentotheJharkhandHigh Moments before the auto hit judge Anand in Dhanbad on Wednesday. CCTV footage grab Court Chief Justice in this regard. The Jharkhand High Court hassetupa Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing of ASJ Uttam Anand, 50, who was knocked down while on his morningwalkWednesday byan auto-rickshaw that visibly veered sharply towards him on an empty road. Jharkhand police officials told The Indian Express that they are investigating the possibility CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 students in postgraduation,” the Ministry said. Announcing his government’s decision, Prime Minister NarendraModi,inaTwitterpost, said: “This will immensely help thousands of our youth every yeargetbetteropportunitiesand create a new paradigm of social justice in our country.” The move was necessitated as the uniform 27% reservation forOBCswasnotextendedtothe AIQ seats of state medical and dental colleges. At a meeting on July 26, the Prime Minister had directed the Ministries concerned to “facilitate an effective solution to this long pending issue”. The AIQ scheme was introducedin1986underthedirections of the Supreme Court to provide domicile-freemerit-basedopportunitiestostudentsfromanystate to aspire to study in a good medicalcollegeinanotherstate. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Delhi Assembly seeks removal of new top cop: He will start a ‘reign of terror’ SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, JULY 29 THE DELHI Assembly Thursday adopted a private member resolution opposing the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as the Commissioner of Delhi Police, with the ruling AAP saying there were “reasonable apprehensions” that he will be used to “create a reign of terror” by going after the party. AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha tabled the resolution, which directs the Delhi government to convey to the Union Home Ministry thatthesurprise July 27orderapRakesh pointing AsthAsthana. File ana be withdrawn and a fresh process started to pick another officer. The resolution was adopted after a brief discussion, during which six AAP MLAs, including Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain, attacked Asthana. Leader of the Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri of the BJP hailed the Centre for the appointment. The AAP’s main argument is that Asthana’s appointment violates a 2019 Supreme Court CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE THE HOT SEAT RakeshAsthana’sappointmentas Delhi’spolicecommissionerwillbe closelywatched PAGE10 Lone spectator inspires Atanu to victory over S Korean champ — his wife Deepika EXPRESSAT OLYMPICS MIHIR VASAVDA TOKYO, JULY 29 MOMENTS AFTER piercing the cloak of invincibility that South Korea’s ace archers wear at the Olympics, Atanu Das showed off his two rings: his wedding ring on the right hand, and the Olympics symbol on the left. The rings, he appeared to suggest, were the driving force that pushed him to pull off the Atanu Das, who is married to fellow archer Deepika Kumari, shows his wedding ring and a set of Olympic rings that he is wearing on his finger, in Tokyo on Thursday. Reuters biggest upset in the men’s individual archery competition at the Tokyo Games, defeating former Olympic champion Oh Jinhyek in the elimination rounds. On Thursday, as the two archers indulged in an epic battle,adifferentcontest playedout in the background: between a small group of Koreans who cheeredfor theirathlete, and the only person in Das’s corner, his wife Deepika Kumari. Deepika will compete for an individual medal on Friday. But on the eve of her event, she was the only voice of support for her husband and teammate. “Good shot,” she shouted every time CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM
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