QChennai: Judges Deem NEET Anti-Poor; Metro Patronage Up By 26%
‘Only a minuscule number of students cleared test without attending private coaching classes’.
‘Only a minuscule number of students cleared test without attending private coaching classes’.(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/Altered by The Quint)

QChennai: Judges Deem NEET Anti-Poor; Metro Patronage Up By 26%

1. Data on Medical Admissions Proves NEET is Anti-Poor, Say Judges

The Madras High Court on Monday accessed authentic data from the State government, which proved that only a minuscule percentage of students manage to clear the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), conducted for medical admissions across the country, without attending private coaching centres. Justices N Kirubakaran and P Velmurugan also got figures which proved that those who make multiple attempts in clearing NEET garner a majority of medical seats compared to the first-timers.

The data submitted by Additional Advocate General P H Arvindh Pandian showed that a total of 3,081 candidates were enrolled for an MBBS course in 23 government medical colleges in the state this year. Of them, only 48 candidates had not attended any coaching centre while the rest of 3,033 students had taken coaching from various centres.

(Source: The Hindu)

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2. Metro Rail Patronage Rises By 26% After Anna Salai Made Two-Way

CMRL data points out that the LIC, Thousand Lights Metro stations saw a rise in September after the road was made two-way, after seven years.
CMRL data points out that the LIC, Thousand Lights Metro stations saw a rise in September after the road was made two-way, after seven years.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Metro Rail commuter patronage in the LIC and Thousand Lights stations rose by 26 percent after the Anna Salai stretch was made two-way in September, after seven years. According to the data provided by CMRL to Express, in July, when the stretch was one-way, 47,816 commuters travelled from LIC and 71,146 from Thousand Lights station.

However, in September, it saw a sharp spike as 64,086 passengers used the LIC station while 98,126 people used the Thousand Lights station respectively. CMRL officials said feeder service for last-mile connectivity placed in these two stations could have boosted the patronage after the stretch was made two way.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Tampering With Workers' Attendance Register Hits Mosquito Control Work

Unauthorised alterations effected to the records by sanitary inspectors. Representational image.
Unauthorised alterations effected to the records by sanitary inspectors. Representational image.
(Photo: Reuters)

Public health activities in the city have been affected owing to unauthorised alterations made in attendance reports maintained for temporary malaria workers in many of the 200 wards across the city. According to estimates, sanitary inspectors in various wards have been tampering with the attendance reports for around 20% of temporary malaria workers, leading to deficiency in services pertaining to control of mosquito-borne diseases.

For example, a malaria worker in ward 113 in Nungambakkam, who was terminated on 5 September for failure to control dengue cases, was reinstated after a few weeks, with significant alterations in the attendance report by officials concerned. The malaria worker was paid wages for the days he did not work, sources claimed.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Bottling Unit Shut for Mosquito Breeding

The company used to source all old liquor bottles from nearby shops and after a wash, resell them he said, adding,
The company used to source all old liquor bottles from nearby shops and after a wash, resell them he said, adding,
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Poonamallee Municipal Corporation officials sealed a private bottling unit on Saturday after it was confirmed that dengue mosquitoes were breeding at the premises. Last year also, the company was slapped with Rs 25,000 fine for the same reason.

A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also levied. According to the officials, a team from Tiruvallur Collectorate, along with Poonamallee Corporation Commissioner Tito, during their regular inspection as part of dengue preventive measures, found RST Bottling Company storing water in cement and plastic tubs, in which Aedes mosquito larve were found.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Rice Bio Marks a Solution to Stubble Burning, Says Swaminathan

Agricultural scientist advises farmers to use stubble to make paper, animal feed.
Agricultural scientist advises farmers to use stubble to make paper, animal feed.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

As Delhi and its neighbouring areas continue to be severely hit by pollution due to stubble burning in neighbouring states, eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan suggested that the Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments could set up ‘rice bio-parks’, where farmers could convert stubble into income and employment. In a series of tweets on Monday, Swaminathan noted that the air pollution in Delhi had become a matter of public health concern nationally and internationally, and farmers were “being blamed” by many for burning stubble, thereby causing atmospheric pollution.

“In South India, stubble is not burnt as there is economic value as animal feed. For years, I pointed out many economic uses of rice straw. We should adopt a do-ecology approach with farmers to convert rice stubble into income rather than making them agents of eco-disaster,” the noted scientist suggested.

(Source: The Hindu)

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