VOL. 3 | NO. 304 | SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Light showers. More clouds than sun. Temp: Max.33°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 52% Sunrise: 05:57 Sunset: 06:45 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ A test flight of a manned flying car at Toyota Test Field in Toyota, central Japan. Japan’s SkyDrive Inc, among the myriads of flying car projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person aboard Japanese PM Abe quits on health grounds Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday announced that he was resigning from the post due to health concerns. The 65-yearold made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo, reports Xinhua news agency. Abe said that he needed to be treated for a flare-up of his intestinal disease that led his first one-year stint to end abruptly in 2007. He said he will receive new treatment but required prolonged care. The Prime Minister said he did not want his illness to get in the way of decision making, and apologised to the Japanese people for failing to complete his term in office. 12 CSK squad members test Covid +ve New Delhi: In a shocking development, as many as 12 Chennai Super Kings squad members, including players and coaching/support staff, have tested positive for coronavirus, just 22 days before the IPL begins in the UAE. According the sources, the entire team has been quarantined after the development. "A total of 12 members are have been affected and the entire team has been told to go quarantine again. It is learnt that they got infected during a camp in Chennai," said the sources. /thehansindia | POSTPONEMENT OF NEET, JEE NO EXAMS, NO DEGREES Six non-BJP states file review plea in SC Can’t promote students without test: SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the University Grants Commission's (UGC) decision to have final year exams conducted by September 30. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that there was no infirmity in the July 6 circular that asked universities across the country to complete final year exams by the said deadline. It also maintained that states and universities will have to hold exams to promote students and confer degrees, and that internal assessments will not suffice the requirements of the UGC. About the decision taken by some states to not conduct exams by September 30, the bench held that although the states will be authorised to postpone exams under the Disaster Management Act, they will not be able to confer degrees on students without exams. The top court further said that states should approach the UGC with their problems and asking for suitable reliefs regarding the final year exams. The bench was adjudicating a clutch of petitions against the UGC's July 6 directive to the universities for holding the final year/semester exams by September 30. Student petitioners sought cancellation of exams in view of the soaring cases of Covid-19 and demanded that they should be assessed on the basis of internal assessments and past performances. Four states and Union Territories – Maharash- SONU SOOD OFFERS TO HELP NEET, JEE MAIN STUDENTS P3 SPORTS DJOKOVIC TO OPEN CAMPAIGN AGAINST DZUMHUR, PLISKOVA FACES KALININA P8 tra, Delhi, West Bengal and Odisha – supported this in the top court and apprised the bench of their decision to cancel the exams. The UGC and Centre, on their part, maintained that holding exams was in the best interest of students and that a SOP was in place to ensure safety of students at the examination centres. They also submitted that states have no power to cancel degree exams or devise their own way of assessing students since UGC was the only authority under the law to provide for standards and confer degrees. The bench was told that students' degrees might not be recognised unless UGC's mandate is followed by all universities. New Delhi: A review petition was ﬁled before the Supreme Court on Friday by ministers from six non-BJP-ruled states challenging an August 17 order of the Supreme Court, which had allowed the Central government to hold the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) in September despite the prevailing Covid-19 situation. The review petition stated that the Supreme Court, in its August 17 order, failed to consider the safety and security of students who are slated to appear for NEET and JEE exams and also failed to take into account the logistical difﬁculties in conducting the examinations. “If the order of August 17, 2020 is not reviewed, then grave and irreparable harm and injury will befall the student community of our country and not only will health, welfare and safety of students appearing for NEET/JEE stand imperilled but also the public health at large would be in severe jeopardy in these Covid-19 pandemic times,” the petition ﬁled through advocate Sunil Fernandes said. Continued on Page 5 Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) members stage a protest against holding of the JEE and NEET examinations in September, outside Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi, Friday LISTEN TO STUDENT VOICES: SONIA New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday urged the government to listen to the voices of students on the issue of conducting NEET and JEE and act according to their wishes. Various opposition parties, including the Congress, have demanded that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint En- trance Examination (JEE) be deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic and floods in parts of the country, even as the Union government has made it clear that they will be held as per schedule with due precautions.Six ministers of Opposition-ruled states on Friday also moved the Supreme Court seeking review of its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE this year amid the persisting pandemic. Continued on Page 5 RLDA invites bids to redevelop New Delhi railway station PURNA SINGH Traﬃc snarl near Dalit Prerna Sthal due to waterlogging on roads following monsoon shower in Noida on Friday Rains trigger traffic snarls in Delhi NATION /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H New Delhi: As rains lashed the national capital on Friday, bringing respite from the humidity, Delhiites experienced traffic woes and waterlogging as they stepped out on the roads. According to the MeT department, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded 23.2 mm rainfall while Palam recorded 35.8 mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm. The Lodhi Road and Ridge areas received 23.6 mm and 44 mm rainfall respectively in the said period. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 26.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The maximum temperature was recorded at 32.8 degrees Celsius with the weatherman predicting light rains for Saturday. Waterlogging was reported from some parts of the city, including Janpath, Indraprastha and Minto Bridge. Commuters experienced traffic snarls near the ITO, central Delhi and east Delhi due to waterlogging. "Traffic is heavy on MB Road due to water logging at Vayusenabad. Motorists heading towards Badarpur from Saket are advised to take Outer Ring Road," the Delhi Traffic Police said in a tweet. New Delhi: The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has invited bids from private companies for redevelopment of an area of 5 lakh square meters at New Delhi railway station and another area of 2.6 lakh square meters around it. The authority has said that the project is expected to be completed in about four years. The estimated cost of redevelopment of the station in the Request for Qualiﬁcation (RFQ) sought by RLDA is Rs 4,925 crore. This includes redeveloping this iconic railway station, road connectivity through ﬂyovers, relocation of railway offices and buildings and construction of social infrastructure. In addition, the RFQ also includes development of retail space, hotels, offices and service apartments at ﬁxed locations. The estimated cost of this entire project is Rs 6,500 crore. RLDA Vice President Ved Prakash Dudeja said the New Delhi Railway Station would be developed as a world-class commercial and hospitality business destination. Jan Dhan Yojana a game-changer, says PM Modi Rajnath to formally induct Rafale on Sept 10 New Delhi: In a major boost to the Indian Air Force (IAF), Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will officially induct the first five Rafale fighter aircraft into service at the Ambala air base on September 10. India has also invited French Defence Minister for the event in Ambala, officials said. “The first five Rafales are going to be inducted into the Indian Air Force on September 10 by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. India is also inviting the French Defence Minister Florence Parly for the event,” top government sources said. The first five aircraft had arrived from France in India on July 29. The Indian Air Force had then stated that the planes will be inducted into the IAF after a formal ceremony. In the first tranche, India got five fighters from France including three singleseated and two twinseated trainer aircraft. The Air Force has been training on the planes soon after they arrived from France and have flown extensively over the Ladakh region where India is locked in a conflict with China on the border. Centre permits meals, beverages on ﬂights New Delhi: The Union government has permitted the airlines to serve prepacked snacks, meals and beverages on domestic ﬂights and hot meals on international ﬂights, according to an official order. Moreover, any passenger who refuses to wear a face mask in a ﬂight can be put on the no-ﬂy list by the airline, said a senior official of the aviation regulator DGCA. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-ﬂight meal service was not permitted on domestic ﬂights since their resumption on May Flyers without masks can be put on no-fly list 25. On international ﬂights, only pre-packed cold meals and snacks were being served depending on the ﬂight duration since May this year. In an order, the Civil Aviation Ministry said, "Airlines may serve prepacked snacks/meals/prepacked beverages on domestic ﬂights depending on the duration of ﬂight." Airlines and charter ﬂight operators can "serve hot meals and limited bev- erages" on international ﬂights "as per the standard practices", it added. The ministry said only single-use disposable trays, plates and cutlery should be used while serving food or beverages in domestic and international ﬂights. "Crew shall wear a fresh set of gloves for every meal/beverage service," it noted. The ministry also permitted the aircraft operators to let passengers use the in-ﬂight entertainment system on international as well as domestic ﬂights wherever available. "Dis- posable earphones or cleaned and disinfected headphones will be provided to passengers at the start of the journey," it noted. Meanwhile, a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said, "A passenger who refuses to wear a face mask can be put on no-ﬂy list by the airline." The ofﬁcial said no new order has been passed in this regard as the airline and its cabin crew are sufficiently empowered under the existing DGCA rules to take acContinued on Page 5 tion. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) launched six years ago on this day has been a game-changer. "Today, six years ago, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana was launched with an ambitious aim of banking the unbanked. This initiative has been a game-changer, serving as the foundation for many poverty alleviation initiatives, beneﬁtting crores of people," the Prime Minister tweeted. PMJDY under the National Mission for Financial Inclusion was launched initially for a period of four years (in two phases) on August 28, 2014. It envisages universal access to banking facilities with at least one basic banking account for every household, ﬁnancial literacy, access to credit, insurance and pension. The scheme has provided a platform for the three social security schemes -Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), Atal Pension Yojana (APY) and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY). The Government decided to extend the comprehensive PMJDY program beyond August 28, 2018 with the change in focus on opening accounts from 'every household' to 'every adult'.As per the government plan, new modiﬁcations in the scheme include Existing Over Draft (OD) limit of Rs 5,000 revised to Rs 10,000, no conditions attached for active PMJDY accounts availing OD upto Rs 2,000, age limit for availing OD facility revised from 1860 years to 18-65 years.
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