madurai l monday l July 4, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Chess Olympiad’S BIGGEST MOVE WITH REcord ENTRIES With the registration coming to close on Sunday, the event will see the highest number of teams in its history hosts get opening, fields third team Bakre, ganguly & Co in the fray too The open category has seen a record-breaking 187 teams, the highest-ever for any Chess Olympiad. In order to even out the number, as per norm, FIDE approved a third team from the host country. India A will start as third seed in open section, while B team will be seeded 11th. In women’s section, 162 teams have registered and India A team is top seeds ■ Tejas Bakre will be leading the third team that will include ■ Grandmasters Surya Shekhar Ganguly (pic), Karthikeyan Murali, SP Sethuraman, Abhijeet Gupta and Abhimanyu Purani Russia and Belarus are banned from participation, while last edition winners China have opted out | P11 187 number of teams registered in the open category CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Reach out to marginalised minorities, PM tells cadre Says BJP’s goal is to take the country away from politics of appeasement to fulfilment R aj e s h K u mar T hak u r @ Hyderabad PM Narendra Modi addressing the BJP’s National Executive meeting in Hyderabad | PTI Our thinking is democratic, that is why when we built the PM Museum, we gave place to all prime minister - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Calls Hyd Bhagyanagar At a time when acrimony between the ruling TRS in Telangana and the BJP is peaking, the PM referred to Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar, and said Sardar Patel had laid the foundation of Ek Bharat (United India) by integrating the smaller regions into India. “Now, it is our (the BJP) historical obligation to build a Shreshtra Bharat BJP era Claiming that the next 30-40 years will be the BJP’s era, Amit Shah in his speech said the party will end family rule in both Telangana and West Bengal Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought to expand the BJP’s catchment area by advising the party to increase its outreach among the non-Hindu marginalised sections of the society, like the Pasmandas among the Muslims, for their equitable development. He made the point at the BJP’s National Executive meeting during a presentation by the unit in UP where , the party recently wrested the Rampur and Azamgarh Lok Sabha seats that have a big Muslim population, hitherto held by the Samajwadi Party . Coming as it did after a recent hate speech by a party functionary led to riots across the nation, the advice was also perhaps meant to serve as a course correction. With the party gearing up to face polls in minority dominated states like J&K and Telangana, the message was to make the party more inclusive. He also called for taking out a Sneh Yatra (fraternity trip) to enhance affection and coordination in society by reaching out to all sections of society He had made a simi. lar suggestion at a meeting of party office-bearers last year. In his concluding address, SC judge sees need to rein in social media Modi said the party’s goal was to take India from tushtikaran (appeasement) to triptikaran (fulfilment), adding that would lead to the goal of sabka vikas (development of all). Taking a dig at the Opposition, he said the country is now fed up of dynastic parties and the politics of appeasement. “Now it difficult for such dynastic political parties to survive longer as the people want politics of performance,” former Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoting the PM as saying. Modi also asked the party to learn from the failings of parties that are in terminal decline instead of mocking them, apparently alluding to the Congress. In his riposte at parties questioning the BJP’s democratic credentials, Modi asked them to look inward at the status of democracy within their own parties, saying they don’t even hold regular organisational polls. In contrast, Modi said the BJP was democratic. “That’s why the NDA built the Statue of Unity in Patel’s memory though he was a Congress leader,” he said. He called for “P2 to G2” (pro-people to good governance) approach in the party’s political and governance model. P5, 7 Tamil Nadu scraps 5% reservation for ex-CAPF personnel in police service T H I N A K A R A N R A JA M A N I @ Tenkasi Even as the country is witnessing a groundswell of anger over the new Agniveer recruitment policy for Indian defence forces, Tamil Nadu government has decided to scrap the 5% reservation being offered for the past several years to former Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel belonging to the BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB in recruitment for constable and sub-inspector posts under the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB). A recent recruitment notification and information brochure issued by the TNUSRB for 3,552 posts said that 5% reservation is only for ex-army personnel and not CAPF Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 2 8,84,921 doses July 3 1,68,793 doses Total doses 1,97,86,51,621 NATIONWIDE july 2 july 3 Fresh cases 17,092 16,103 Recoveries 14,684 13,929 Deaths 29 31 tamil nadu july 2 july 3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 2,533 1,372 0 2,672 1,487 0 Shinde govt clears Speaker poll test, trust vote today E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e S u d hir S u r ya w an s hi @ Mumbai Supreme Court judge Justice J B Pardiwala on Sunday warned against personal attacks on judges, saying they were creating a dangerous scenario, while delivering the Justice Khanna Memorial Lecture. Observing that personalised opinion on social media was harming judicial institutions, he said it needs to be regulated. “Personal attacks on judges for their judgments leads to a dangerous scenario... Judges have to think about what the media has to say instead of what the law has to really say This harms the . rule of law,” the judge said. He noted that social media is primarily being used to express “personalised opinions” against judges, rather than a “constructive critical appraisal” of their judgments. “This is what is harming the judicial institution and lowering its dignity. This is where digital and social media have to be regulated throughout the Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday won the first round of his fight against the Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena in the Assembly when his government managed to get the , ruling coalition’s candidate elected as Speaker. The government is scheduled to take its confidence vote on Monday . BJP’s candidate Rahul Narvekar won by 57 votes against the Maha Vikas Aghadi’s joint candidate Rajan Salvi. Narvekar was supported by the Shinde group. He got 167 votes against Salvi’s 107. SP and MIM members abstained. Besides, seven NCP MLAs were absent, including Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh, who are in jail. Also, two members each from the BJP and the Congress failed to show up. Thackeray’s Sena asked acting speaker Narhari Zirwal to take on record that 39 Sena MLAs in the Shinde camp cross-voted against the party whip. Parallelly the Shinde camp put on record that 16 , Sena MLAs crossed-voted. Deepak Kesarkar, spokesperson of the Shinde camp, said its chief whip Bharat Gogawale had asked to all Sena MLAs to vote the Narvekar. Constitutional experts said since both camps have complained against cross-voting, the Speaker will hear the matter and give his verdict. “Only after that they can approach a court against the Speaker’s decision, if necessary .” @ New Delhi country to preserve the rule o f l aw u n d e r o u r Constitution.” The judge pointed out that Constitutional courts were okay with criticism but the problem is with the “half truth” is being pursued on social media. “A trial is supposed to be carried out by the courts. Trials by digital media are undue interference for the judiciary. This crosses the Laxman Rekha and is all the more problematic when only half truth is pursued. Constitutional courts have always graciously accepted informed dissent and constructive criticism,” the judge said. Pardiwala, as part of the two-judge bench, had pulled up BJP’s Nupur Shar ma for her hate speech. personnel. Chairperson of TNUSRB Seema Agarwal said Tamil Nadu government has so far been offering reservation to retired paramilitary forces personnel by mistake. “Now we go strictly by the State government’s order. Military and paramilitary forces are not the same. The 5% reservation is only for ex-army per- Quota a mistake, says TNUSRB A recent recruitment notification and information brochure issued by the TNUSRB for 3,552 posts said 5% quota is only for ex-army personnel and not CAPF personnel. sonnel. The government has communicated this in the recruitment notification,” Agarwal said. S Vijay Kumar, a former BSF personnel, said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs through an office memorandum in 2012 advised States to extend the reservation benefits given to ex-servicemen to retired personnel of paramilitary forces or CAPF. Even before that MHA memorandum, the TNUSRB was offering the 5% quota to both the groups. TNUSRB in a reply to my RTI application in 2011 had also said that 5% reservation is for both. This sudden cancellation of reservation has come as a shock to paramilitary forces personnel who had resigned their jobs to enter Tamil Nadu police service.” Crew on leave, most Indigo flights delayed E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi On Saturday majority of IndiGo flights were delayed because crew, including pilots, went on leave. Though officials have not confirmed, there are indications and reports that suggested this was linked to a recruitment drive conducted by Air India. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, however, has taken notice of the delays and has sought a report from the airline. “We have noted the development and sought a report from the airline,” DGCA told this newspaper. If sources are the believed, less than 45 per cent of the flights operated by IndiGo were on time on Saturday due to shortage of crew.
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