The Hindu Important Articles 05 May 2018
# PM busy in Karnataka, need time for Cauvery plan: Centre
Have hearing a day after election in State, SC told
The Centre on Thursday informed the Supreme Court about its inability to frame the Cauvery draft water-sharing scheme within the May 3 deadline given by the apex court, saying “Prime Minister and Ministers are travelling.”
“Because of the Karnataka elections, the Prime Minister and Ministers are all in Karnataka. Have the hearing a day after the Karnataka elections… they are all travelling,” Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
On April 9, the SC directed the Centre to frame the draft Cauvery scheme by May 3 and prove its bona fide resolve to end the 200-year-old dispute between poll-bound Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. “But are you not supposed to frame the draft scheme… The scheme should have been finalised by now,” CJI Misra asked.
“We are in a difficult position… we are only asking for 10 days more,” Mr. Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said.
The court turned to Karnataka and directed the State’s counsel to take instructions by Tuesday on whether it could release 4 tmcft to Tamil Nadu in May. Tamil Nadu argued that though the Cauvery tribunal had ordered the release of 2.5 tmcft each for April and May, Karnataka had released only 1.1 tmcft in April.
# Over 100 killed in dust storm in U.P., Rajasthan
High-intensity squall wreaks havoc in several areas
Over 100 people were killed and around 180 injured after a high-velocity dust storm followed by thunder showers wreaked havoc in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday night, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Trees and electricity poles were uprooted and mud houses collapsed in the high-intensity squall, officials said on Thursday.
Expressing sorrow at the loss of lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday directed officials to coordinate with the States to ensure speedy relief and rehabilitation of those affected.
“Saddened by the loss of lives due to dust storms in various parts of India. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Mr. Modi.
In Uttar Pradesh, at least 70 people were killed and 83 injured, with Agra accounting for the maximum casualties — 43. Three persons each died in Bijnore and Kanpur Dehat, and two each in Saharanpur, Hamirpur, Kanpur Nagar and Mirzapur districts.
One casualty each was reported from Bareilly, Pilibhit, Chitrakoot, Raebareli, Unnao, Mathura, Amroha, Kannauj, Banda, Kanpur, Sitapur, Sambhal, Etawah, Allahabad and Rampur.
In Rajasthan, 16 people died in Bharatpur district, 10 in Dholpur and five in Alwar, while over 100 were injured in the storm that hit the region around 7 p.m.
The worst period lasted about 45 minutes, according to reports from Dholpur, but the extent of the damage was known only in the morning.
Another storm likely
The Meteorological Department has issued warnings that another dust storm may hit parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the next 48 hours due to the cyclonic circulation formation in the region.
On high alert
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued an advisory ordering all district magistrates to be on high alert. He has asked the district officials to calculate the losses and provide compensation to those affected urgently, a government spokesperson said.
State Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar has instructed the Commissioner of Agra division to ensure that relief is distributed in the affected areas by Thursday evening and senior officials visit the injured in hospitals, said U.P. Information Department principal secretary Awanish Awasthi. Power supply was cut off in many areas as the squall uprooted trees and snapped electricity cables. Officials said it was being gradually restored.
# SSLC pass percentage hits 97.84
Number of students with A+ and schools with 100% pass go up
The results of this year’s Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations were announced by Minister for Education C. Ravindranath here on Thursday.
At a press conference, Mr. Ravindranath said the pass percentage had increased to 97.84. Last year, it was 95.98%.
Of the 4,41,103 students who had appeared for the examinations, 4,31,162 qualified for higher education. As many as 34,313 students secured A+ grade in all subjects, a significant increase from 20,967 students last year. The number of schools with 100% pass went up significantly from 1,174 last year to 1,565 this time.
Govt schools do well
There was 517 government schools with 100% result, an increase of 112 from last year, while the number was 659 in the aided sector, up from 424 last year.
The Minister said no moderation marks had been given, and the increase in the pass percentage reflected the gains from the government’s Public Education Rejuvenation Mission.
Plus One seats
Enough Plus One seats would be available for students eligible for higher studies. There were 4.2 lakh seats available, excluding those for VHSE, polytechnic, and ITI, Mr. Ravindranath said.
# HC refuses to spike PG admission order
Says can’t interfere as the guidelines have been clearly set by the Supreme Court
Tamil Nadu is likely to miss the May 31 deadline for PG medical admissions after the Madras High Court on Thursday refused to overturn an order by a single bench that had quashed the government orders (G.O.) relating to the award of incentive marks for in-service candidates.
The vacation bench of Justice V. Bharathidasan and Justice N. Seshasayee asked the State government to approach the Supreme Court for clarifications.
“We are not inclined to interfere in the single judge’s order. When the Supreme Court has clearly set out the guidelines to identify such areas for the purpose of PG medical admissions, how can the High Court interfere?”
The April 18 order had declared as illegal two G.O.s passed on March 9 and 23.
The G.O.s had classified the workplaces of government doctors as remote, difficult or rural in order to award incentive marks for PG admissions.
Justice S. Vaidhyanathan, in his order, found the government’s method of identifying these areas “flawed”.
The petitioners before him had pointed out that despite serving in rural locations, they were not eligible for incentive marks; some who work at district headquarters, on the other hand, were eligible for such marks.
On Thursday, the court agreed with the counsel for the original petitioners, G. Shankaran, that the government had not complied with the Supreme Court guidelines.
“Incentive marks should be given to in-service candidates who sacrificed the comfort of living in a city and served in remote and difficult areas. Not based on number of vacancies or work load,” said the court.
Richardson Wilson, appearing for the candidates who wanted the G.O.s reinstated, argued that government doctors in city limits work 12-18 hours while those in rural areas, sometimes, need to work for only about a couple of hours a day.
He said that such factors were considered by the government.
# New parking system at Marina by June
Pilot project in three other areas too
The Chennai Corporation will commission a parking management system at the Marina beach and in three other areas by the end of June. “We are looking at Besant Nagar, T. Nagar, Anna Nagar, Parry’s Corner and Mylapore. Any three of the areas will be selected for the pilot project shortly,” said an official.
The new parking management system involves the use of low-cost sensors, real-time data and applications that allow users to monitor available parking spots.
The goal is to automate and decrease the time spent in manually searching for the optimal parking slot.
The service provider will provide capital and operational cost, collecting Rs. 20 per hour for parking.
“Some of the parking spaces will be categorised as premium and will be charged at the rate of Rs. 40 per hour,” said an official.
# Girl raped by eight men commits suicide
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly abducted and raped by eight men in Haryana’s Mewat, following which she committed suicide, police said on Thursday. The girl was found lying unconscious in a secluded area in Nuh district.