THURSDAY CHINA, PAKISTAN RE-ELECTED TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 15 POMPEO HITS OUT AT UNHRC OCTOBER, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US now stands vindicated for its decision to quit the Council in 2018. International lawyer Hillel Neuer said UN’s newest world judges on human rights include Pakistan and China, notorious for their violations epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard MIFFED FARMERS WALK OUT OF MEETING Farmer representatives from Punjab were angry that no minister was present A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NMC PROPOSAL Ball set rolling for non-MBBS to be medical teachers S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi DAYS after the new medical education regulator, the National Medical Commission (NMC), came into existence, it has proposed to formalise the hiring of non-medical grads — those without MBBS — as teachers in medical colleges. As per the latest ‘minimum requirements for MBBS admission regulations 2020’, released for public feedback, non-medical teachers can be recruited in six departments — anatomy , physiology, pharmacology and microbiology, biochem and statistician — in the department of c o m m u n i t y medicine. Already up to 30% , faculty for first and second year students of various medical colleges are said to comprise those who are not undergrads in medicine because the Medical Council of India (MCI), the previous regulator, did not clearly define it. It all began several decades ago when there weren’t enough PG doctors to serve as faculty, official sources explained. That was when the MCI allowed MBBS degree holders with a general masters in science to be hired as teachers in medical colleges for non-clinical subjects. “Later, even those without an MBBS degree and holding just an MSc or PhD in life sciences, were hired as faculty in medical colleges in states but the MCI simply ignored the issue,” said a source. Meanwhile, Dr Satendra Singh, a senior faculty with the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, said the advent of competency based medical education meant that the course will now be clinically oriented. As such, teachers must undergo revised basic training, but it has not been explicitly mentioned in the draft rules, he pointed out. As per the proposed norms, every medical college should mandatorily have a physical medicine and rehabilitation department. This branch of medicine, which was optional earlier, aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. The draft norms also say that the department of emergency medicine will be mandatory for all medical colleges with effect from the academic year 2022-2023. Also, the live-streaming of both classroom teaching and hospital teaching shall be integrated as part of the Digital Mission Mode Project of the Commission. Further, the department of radio-diagnosis with MRI machines should be available in all teaching hospitals when annual MBBS intake is 200 or more. CONTINUED ON P7 30% faculty members have no medical degree Up to 30 per cent of faculty members, who teach first and second year students of medical colleges, are said not to possess MBBS degrees even now, but the Medical Council of India, the previous regulator, had no clear rule on this. NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 During the hearing, the Centre argued it needed more time to complete certain formalities. At this, Justice M R Shah, who was part of the three-judge bench, said, “The common man’s Diwali is now in the government’s hands.” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that the government’s decision would come into effect before November 15. “Banks will waive interest on interest and then be compensated by government and the calculation will have different modalities. We will have to ensure that bank gives us a proper EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to waive ‘interest on interest’ on loans up to `2 crore soon, while pulling up the government for taking so much time to implement a decision already taken. It rejected the Centre’s request for one month’s time and adjourned the matter for November 2. The court’s direction came while hearing a batch of petitions seeking interest waiver during the loan moratorium. RBI opposition The RBI earlier filed an affidavit saying loan moratorium exceeding six months might result in ‘vitiating the overall credit discipline’ that will have a ‘debilitatiting impact’ on the process of credit creation in economy format,” Mehta said. “When the central government says on an affidavit that it will be implemented then there should not be any apprehensions,” Mehta said. ‘There is VINAY MADAPU The bubble consists of 2000 people whose movements are monitored 12 HOTELS ACROSS THE UAE Sensors are placed at all hotels, transport and four facilities (the three grounds and ICC practice facility in Dubai) which enables the technology to work All people part of the bubble have to wear lanyards or wristbands where a device is placed | P11 diversity in lending and different modalities are required to be followed.” However, the bench observed, “We are telling you that it is a welcome decision, but they want some concrete things. We welcome the decision of the Centre, only thing it should be translated practically .” The bench was not convinced with the November 15 deadline. “Why one month’s time to implement such a small decision? Benefits of government’s concessions to borrowers up to `2 crore must be implemented as soon as possible,” it said. 98 AP villages affected, over 5,000 evacuated As many as 98 villages across Andhra Pradesh have been affected and more than 5,000 people were evacuated to 19 relief centres. At least 72 houses were damaged while the crop loss is yet to be ascertained as flood waters are yet to recede. Four teams each of NDRF and SDRF have been deployed. Ghatkesar, a small town on Hyderabad’s outskirts, bore the brunt of the fury as it recorded 32 cm rainfall, the highest in the entire state. Flood waters overflowing the Moosarambagh bridge in Hyderabad after 13 gates of the Himayatsagar reservoir were opened on Wednesday Flood toll 32 and counting in Andhra, Telangana fares and colonies in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad remained unchanged for the second day with the GHMC’s efforts to drain the water out coming a cropper. In Andhra Pradesh, both the East and West Godavari districts continued to bear the brunt of the floods as inflows from upstream areas completely cut off road connectivity to villages and many inundated houses in the two districts. In East Godavari district, EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad/Vijayawada A day after driving rain paralysed Telangana and Andhra Pradesh after a deep depression made landfall, accounts of the nightmares the people went through began unfolding since Wednesday morning. As the day wore on, the toll in Telangana climbed to 32, including 25 within the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits and seven in the erstwhile Mahabubnagnar district. Inundation of all thorough- @ New Delhi THEY ARE HOUSED IN Had criticised China last week for its treatment of Uighur Muslims Court pulls up Centre for taking too much time to implement its decision to waive off compound interest on loans EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Life in IPL bubble 39 countries Aam aadmi’s Diwali in govt’s hands: SC seven mandals were inundated after the gates of the Yeleru reservoir were opened. More than 2,700 people from the affected villages have been shifted to safer places. Heavy inflows into Krishna, Godavari, Vamsadhara and other rivers are continuing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Andhra Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy over the telephone and took stock of the situation. In Telangana, the Rajiv Gandhi Inter national Airport CPCB TEAMS TO POLICE NCR POLLUTION HOTSPOTS A view of Rajpath in New Delhi on Wednesday. With farmers in Punjab and Haryana burning paddy stubble, smog has reappeared in the national capital | SHEKHAR YADAV Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room — the meeting room of the UNHRC, in Geneva WITH air quality in Delhi and National Capital region deteriorating, 50 teams of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will be deployed to make extensive field visits starting October 15 till end of February next year. The teams will visit Delhi and NCR towns — Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh; Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabgarh, Jhajjar, Panipat and Sonepat in Haryana; and Bhiwadi, Alwar and Bharatpur in Rajasthan — specifically focusing on the hotspot areas. On-spot reporting of major air polluting sources such as construction activities without proper measures, dumping of garbage and construction waste alongside roads and on open plots, unpaved roads and open burning of garbage/industrial waste will be done using SAMEER App. Feedback on polluting activities will be shared with agencies concerned through an automated system for quick action. Details will also be shared with respective state governments. “This will help in taking timely actions and monitoring at appropriate levels by the concerned agencies,” said the pollution control board. A Central Control Room at CPCB headquarters has been made functional for keeping track of pollution levels on hourly basis and for overall coordination with state agencies. In addition, district wise nodal officers have been appointed for better management and coordination with the CPCB teams. The poor air quality in winter season is a major environmental concern in Delhi and the entire NCR. A very high resolution city scale model ENFUSER (ENvironmental information FUsion SERvice) for Delhi also has been operationalised to identify the air pollution hotspots and pollution upto P4 street level. (RGIA) at Shamshabad remained inaccessible for those who used PVNR Expressway till Wednesday evening with the National Highway No 44 near Aramgadh being washed away . While the operation of flights was restored in the early hours of Wednesday reach, ing the airport was a pain as one had to take a detour via the Outer Ring Road. On the Hyderabad-Vijayawada national highway too, there was dislocation of vehicular traffic at Hayatnagar on Hyderabad’s outskirts. D E L H I Today Cumulative 2,867 44 -3,324 2,89,747 5,898 21,903 3,17,548 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Covid care centre 16,113 8,137 Covid health centre 527 PIL filed in SC seeking Jagan’s removal as CM E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TWO advocates have filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking the removal of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for his ‘scandalising’ remarks against the second senior-most judge of the top court. The PIL, filed by lawyers G S Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav, pointed out Jagan is faci n g o ve r 2 0 criminal cases. The plea said Jagan levelled allegations without any basis. It also sought a judicial enquiry by , constituting an internal committee headed by sitting or retired judges of the Supreme Court or any authority including the Central Bureau of Investigation, over the vague allegation made by Jagan against Justice N V Ramana. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court Bar Association and the Supreme Court Advocates-OnRecord Association passed resolutions condemning the AndP7 hra CM’s letter. C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases To clarify the deadline, Mehta said, “November 15 is the outer limit for implementation but the government will try to implement it even earlier than that.” Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the banks’ association, said banks await RBI circular and would implement whatever decision have been taken by the government. “If the government has already decided to exempt small borrowers from interest on interest, it should not be debited from accounts,” the bench observed. 5,063 11,050 876 6,423* 280 247 HOME ISOLATION : 12,360 *838 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights W A T C H (COVID-19) TESTING STATUS 12,596 44,354 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in city 37,71,273 1,98,448 Total tests done so far Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 2748 Calls received in control room: 138 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1359 Total number of calls refused: Nil SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR OCTOBER 14 FLYING HIGH ‘Titliyan’ giving wings to poor girls’ education dreams in Ranchi M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi SOME years back, Atul Gera would distribute biscuits to girls who would swarm around his shop in Ranchi. These were daily wagers’ daughters, who did go to a government school, but would slip out looking for food, trash and money . Gera thought the biscuits he offered were not the solution. He announced his decision to help the girls on Facebook. In no time, volunteers stepped fo r w a rd . To g e t h e r, t h e y launched ‘Titliyan,’ a group of youths in Ranchi ready to become ‘foster parents’ to the less privileged lot after a conversation with their real parents. The ‘foster parents’ now attend the parents-teachers meetings and take down things required for these children. “I created this group in 2016 and named it as ‘Titliyan’ to give wings to these underprivileged girls, between the age group of 5-12 years, so that they can also be provided quality education,” says Gera. Atul Gera and some other foster parents with the girls they take care of | EXPRESS Initially 11 girls were selected for one volunteer each to take care of their education and other expenses, says Gera. All of them were admitted to Anita Residential Girls School at Kanke in Ranchi. Gera was encouraged by Sister Alixia of the school, who would help the girls get admission. “These children were initially kept separate from other students to give them time to adjust in the environment. But now, they are like any other student and are doing well in their studies,” says Gera. “I am a foster father to Sanjana who is in class 7. Every time I go there to meet her, I can notice a different kind of confidence on her face.” Another member of the group, Angela Saraf takes care of Monica who passed her Class 10 Board recently. “It feels good that I have done something good for at least one person,” said Sarraf. “I never thought I would ever go to a school,” says Dipika, adding she wants to become a doctor.
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