CHENNAI MONDAY MAY 21, 2018 `4.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION CHINA STARTS LARGE-SCALE MINING NEAR ARUNACHAL HUGE TROVE OF GOLD AND SILVER China has begun a massive mining project on its side of the border, where a huge trove of precious minerals has been found, a report said on Sunday SENSITIVE LOCATION TO BOTHER INDIA South China Morning Post reported that the mining project is being undertaken in Lhunze county, near the Indian border. A huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals has been found there, and the scale of mining activity in Lhunze had surpassed that of all other areas in Tibet, it added. P9 ■ ■ “People familiar with the project say the mines are part of an ambitious plan by Beijing to reclaim South Tibet,” the report said. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet Power lines and communication networks have been set up, and work is on to build an airport for passenger jets $60 bn ESTIMATED VALUE OF THE PRECIOUS MINERALS NEAR CHINA BORDER CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Fuel shock as petrol, diesel prices hit new high EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE tion issued by oil firms. At `84.07, Mumbai is the worsthit in terms of petrol prices owing to higher local taxes. Kolkata and Chennai are relatively better of f as prices have not yet breached the `80-mark. Prices in these cities stand at `78.91 and `79.13 per litre, respectively . Goa capital Panjim is the cheapest city in India for fuel where petrol costs only `70.26. Port Blair is the cheapest place for diesel, at `63.35 a litre. Rates vary from state to state GOVERNMENT-owned oil firms continued to jack up fuel prices for the seventh straight day on Sunday, pushing petrol and diesel prices to levels not seen before. In Delhi, petrol was sold at `76.24 a litre — an increase of 33 paise — the highest since the daily price revision came into force in mid-June 2017. Diesel price rose 26 paise to `67.57 a litre, according to price notifica- Delhi J76.24 Kolkata J78.91 Mumbai J84.07 Chennai J79.13 Hyderabad J80.76 I accept that people have to suffer due to price hike of oil. It’s not in our hand. There is less production of oil in OPEC countries. The Indian government will soon come out with a solution Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan 1.57L DROP NATIONALLY Karnataka Chief Minister-elect H D Kumaraswamy coming out of the Ranganathar temple after worshipping in Srirangam, Tiruchy on Sunday | M K ASHOK KUMAR Day after, rush for berth begins Talks for ministry formation in full swing; Kumaraswamy to consult Sonia, Rahul E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru MINISTRY formation could turn out to be a ticklish challenge for the leadership of the Congress and JD(S) with too many aspirants wanting to make the best of coalition compulsions. The H D Kumaraswamy government is likely to have two Deputy Chief Ministers and the Veerashaiva Mahasabha’s demand for a minimum of five berths for the community including a Dy CM post has added to the worries of Kumaraswamy, who is set to finalise the composition of the ministry during his talks with Congress top brass Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday . Kumaraswamy held talks with JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Sunday morning in this regard even as AICC leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, K C Venugopal, former CM Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G Parameshwara had discussions among themselves at a hotel in the city . The Congress is set to have a majority share of 18- 20 in the 34-member ministry and JD(S) would have to settle for about 14 as the Congress is the bigger partner and the party has offered the CM post to JD(S). The compulsions of striking a caste and regional balance are likely to force the coalition partners to have two posts of Dy CM. While Parameshwara is almost certain to get one, there is a strong demand from Congress leaders from northern Karnataka to get a DyCM post, preferably from the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community . “We have received demand for having two Dy CM posts. Party high command will take a final call on this,” Parameshwara said after meeting with party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Venugopal and Ashok Gehlot. According to party sources, M B Patil, S R Patil and H K Patil are the front-runners for the second Dy CM post. Meanwhile, the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha has stepped in to bat for a fair share for the community in the ministry Mahasab. ha has demanded at least five berths. P6 ALLIES GET CRACKING ON TEAM No rotational chief ministership. Kumaraswamy to be CM for full term Ministry likely to have 2 Dy CMs. KPCC chief G Parameshwara, a Dalit, and M B Patil, a prominent Lingayat face in Congress are frontrunners Congress to have a majority of berths in 34-member ministry Congress wants Siddaramaiah to be in ministry, but he is not keen Kumaraswamy, brother Revanna from JD(S) and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, K C Venugopal, D K Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah from Congress part of talks on ministry formation Kumaraswamy to meet Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Monday to finalise details Kumaraswamy likely to keep Finance and Intelligence TN has 15K fewer engg seats this year S M A N N A R M A N N A N @ Coimbatore ELIMINATOR 1 QUALIFIER 2 FINAL MAY 23 MAY 25 MAY 27 SunRisers Hyderbad vs Chennai Super Kings @ Mumbai Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals @ Kolkata Loser of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Eliminator 1 @ Kolkata Winner of Q 1 vs Winner of Q 2 @ Mumbai MUMBAI, PUNJAB FALL SHORT LADY LUCK SMILES ON RAJASTHAN With three play-off spots already decided, it came down to the wire. Mumbai Indians had to beat Delhi Daredevils to stay in contention, but the defending champs lost by 11 runs. This meant Kings XI Punjab had to beat Chennai Super Kings by 53 runs or more. Instead, they lost by five wickets. When May began, the first-ever IPL champs were nowhere in the picture for play-offs. Instead, they staged a dramatic turnaround, with Englishman Jos Buttler single-handedly keeping them alive. They needed help from other teams and got their wish as Bangalore, Mumbai and Punjab faltered when it mattered most. YOUR LIFE COACH For heart diseases CALM AFTER THE STORM “The guns have fallen silent,” BSF spokesman Manoj Yadav said on Sunday, adding that the entire 190-km stretch of the International Border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir was calm F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE Pakistan Rangers on Sunday pleaded that Indian forces stop firing at their posts, a day after one of their men was killed in precision firing by the Border Security Force (BSF) along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, BSF spokesman Manoj Yadav said. After unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistani troops left two border guards dead and another injured in a week, the BSF responded with precision firing at the Pakistani force’s locations across the border for three con- secutive days, the spokesman explained, adding that the BSF on Saturday hit its mark, killing one of the Pakistan Rangers in the Chicken Neck area of Akhnoor sector. “Our precision firing inflicted heavy losses... The Pakistan Rangers called up the Jammu BSF formation today, beseeched that we stop firing along the IB, and pleaded for a ceasefire,” Yadav said on Sunday, adding that throughout the day there was no , firing or mortar shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB. “The guns have fallen silent.” The BSF also released a 19-sec- Flight delay: Man stabs self with pen COSTLIEST DISEASES Cancer Heart disease Gastro-intestinal disorders Neurological and musco-skeleton conditions Jaundice Diabetes Respiratory diseases Tuberculosis MEMORY MARCH Tamil outfits at a rally in city on Sunday in memory of Tamils killed in Sri Lankan war P3 | MARTIN LOUIS Deadly Nipah confirmed in Kerala as virus claims five, TN keeps watch @ Kozhikode THE Kerala Heath Department on Sunday confirmed that the death of three persons of a family in Kozhikode was due to an infection by the rare Nipah virus. The announcement came after samples of body fluids from the deceased were tested at Pune’s National Institute of Virology . The lab report, which underlined the presence of Nipah virus in blood and other fluids collected from the victims’ brains, reached the health department on Sunday evening. They were taken from Muhammad Salih (26), his brother Muhammad Sabith (23) and their paternal aunt Mariyam (50). The toll rose to five and the condition of nine infected persons at various hospitals remains critical. Of the nine, seven are in an isolation ward at the Kozhikode Medical College. Ismael (49) and Velayudhan (48), who were undergoing treatment for a week, died on Sunday . Additional District Medical Officer Dr Asha Devi said Ismael got infected after coming in contact with Sabith, while Velayud- ond clip, with thermal-imagery footage, showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border. However, it did not disclose in which sector the picket was destroyed. Schools along the border in R S Pura and Arnia sectors, which were closed last Friday, would reopen on Monday, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Arun Manhas said. A BSF man and four civilians were killed and about 13 people injured on Friday in heavy firing and mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in R S Pura and Arnia sectors. CHENNAI FATAL INFECTION EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 1 KXIP are the first team not to qualify after winning 5 of their first 6 games. TA M I L N A D U D I G E ST 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (Tabloid) 4 OF CITY EXPRESS Source: International Institute of Population Sciences 9 CSK have made it to the playoffs in all seasons they have featured in. Pakistan Rangers ‘plead’ with Indian troops to cease fire after BSF gives solid pounding Raipur: Seven police personnel were killed after Naxals blew up their vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Sunday. The attack took place on a day when Union Home Minister Rajanth P7 Singh was scheduled to arrive in the state. L 57,232 L 40,947 For cancer QUALIFIER 1 Naxals kill 7 cops in Chhattisgarh Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses are pushing millions of Indians into extreme poverty, says a new study. Expensive treatment forces people to resort to distress financing like selling property or borrowing money, keeping them in perpetual indebtedness | P9 L 19,210 IPL 11 has turned out to be the most closely fought edition ever, with the play-off spots being confirmed only during the last league match on Sunday. After defeating Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings finished second and also cleared Rajasthan Royals’ passage to the play-offs... EXPRESS READ WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST have lost about `500 crore a day due to the spike in international rates as well as the fall in rupee against the dollar. However, oil firms started easing the pressure on them soon after the polls ended, resulting in a notable uptick in prices. With Brent, the benchmark international rate for petrol, remaining in the high range of $84.97 a barrel, there is immense pressure on the government to cut excise duty so that the retail price will come down. Final flourish MAY 22 WITH interest in engineering education waning, more technical institutions from Tamil Nadu have opted for reduction in intake or closure this year. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has permitted reduction of intake in 139 engineering institutions in TN, leading to a drop of 15,981 seats compared to last year. Apart from this, the apex regulatory body for technical education in the country has also allowed closure of 12 engineering institutions in the State. This will bring the number of seats down by another 3,252 seats. Three MBA institutions and six MCA institutions were also permitted to wind up their operations in the State, the AICTE said. The AICTE has also withdrawn its approval for nine engineering colleges in the State and put them under the no admission category This will . further reduce the total number of undergraduate seats available in Tamil Nadu by another 2,542 seats. Two management institutions and nine MCA institutions were also put under no admission category according to AICTE data ac, cessed by Express. On the other hand, only two new institutions with an intake of 258 seats were allowed in Tamil Nadu this year, apart from an increase in intake at 42 existing institutions by 4,145 seats. Three new MBA institutions and four new MCA institutions were permitted. At the national level too, the AICTE has approved closure of 83 institutions with 23,930 UG and postgraduate seats and withdrawn approval for another 53 institutions, which had an intake of 17,907 UG and PG seats. Apart from this, 755 institutions were approved to reduce intake by way of closure of courses or reduction in intake which has reduced the intake by 92,553 seats. In addition to this, 87 engineering colleges have not applied for approval this year which has also reduced the intake by another 22,688 seats. All put together, the total number of engineering seats available in the country has dropped by a whopping 1.57 lakh seats this year. Rising med bills push India into poverty Avg cost of hospitalisation depending on local sales tax. Notably oil companies had re, frained from increasing fuel prices for as many as 19 days in the run-up to the Karnataka elections, absorbing the huge burden arising from increase in international crude prices. According to rough estimates, oil firms may PETROL PRICES AS OF SUNDAY han had no contact with any infected person. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has flagged a general alert asking all Deputy directors of public health to keep an extra vigil. J Radhakrishnan, Health secretary, told TNIE that there was no immediate cause for concern. P6 SYMPTOMS & PRECAUTIONS Fever, headache, drowsiness and abnormal behaviour are some of the symptoms The disease spreads through the body fluids, so avoid making direct contact with the patient By-standers should use precautionary measures like masks and wash hands using soap Do not eat any fruits bitten or eaten by birds such as bats Mangoes and other fruits should only be eaten only after proper washing After his Air India flight to Mumbai was delayed by three hours, an allegedly inebriated man at the Chennai Domestic Airport stabbed himself multiple times with a pen out of apparent frustration on Sunday. The 37-year-old was reportedly rushed to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries and then sent home. As a result, however, the gentleman ended up missing his flight. CHENNAI/BENGALURU HDK hits back at Rajini remarks Karnataka Chief Ministerelect H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday took issue with remarks of actor-politician Rajinikanth on the Cauvery dispute, inviting him to visit Karnataka and see the levels of water in the state’s dams and the condition of its farmers. “After seeing that if you still want water, we will discuss,” he said. Rajini had said Karnataka should release water to TN as per the SC verdict.
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