COIMBATORE WEDNESDAY JUNE 6, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION EXCESS BAGGAGE ON TRAIN COULD GET YOU HEFTY FINE Passengers will have to pay up to six times the stipulated amount, if caught travelling with overweight luggage, the Railways has warned RAILWAYS TO CONDUCT RANDOM CHECKS HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN YOU CARRY? “The rules were already in place, we are just enforcing them strictly now... Excess weight will be charged six times the luggage rate. The move is to ensure passenger convenience and address the issue of cramped compartments,” an official said. The railways will carry out random checks for enforcement Sleeper class and second class: Up to 40 kg and 35 kg for free; up to 80 kg and 70 kg respectively by paying for excess luggage ■ AC two-tier: 50 kg for free, can pay and carry up to 100 kg ■ AC first class: 70 kg for free, maximum of 150 kg ■ Pay for excess baggage at parcel office; to be kept in luggage van ■ 100x60x25cm DIMENSIONS OF TRUNKS, SUITCASES, BOXES ALLOWED IN COMPARTMENTS 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 Shah’s outreach to allies Uddhav, Nitish and Badal BJP chief to reach out to Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and JD(U) ahead of 2019 deal making M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Amit Shah Sop story of Shivraj govt With Assembly elections barely five months away, the Shivraj Singh Chouhanled BJP govt in MP unwrapped a set of populist schemes. The poor will get electricity at a flat rate of `200 per month. Also, their electricity dues will be waived. P9 Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai has called a meeting of NDA allies on Thursday evening, which will be attended by JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar, LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwah Senior BJP leader WITH the spectre of Opposition unity looming large, BJP chief Amit Shah is set to reach out to restive NDA constituents to iron out differences ahead of the 2019 general elections. According to sources, Shah will be closeted with Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, while the closed-door meeting with the top leadership of BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal is scheduled on Thursday . The BJP chief is learnt to have brainstormed with party general secretaries over the emerging political challenges and the scale of the Opposition unity over the weekend. With the Bihar NDA allies getting vocal about issues of special category status, the BJP is seeking to address their concerns. Meanwhile, Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai has called a meeting of the NDA allies on Thursday evening, which will be attended by chief minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Jan Shakti Party supremo Ram Vilas Paswan and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha. BJP national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Shah may also attend the meeting, sources said. According to political observers, the alacrity with which Shah has embarked on the outreach mission is to be seen in the context of the saffron party’s debacle in the recent bypolls and NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s overtures to sulking NDA ally Thackeray for a pre-poll tie-up in Maharashtra for 2019 elections. Handling Shiv Sena will be a priority for Shah as the fault lines in the fragile BJP-Sena alliance were clearly visible after the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll verdict. Even though Sena leader Sanjay Rout had said the party would go solo in the 2019 elections, the BJP is keen to bring the restive NDA ally on board for seat-adjustment. Although the Sena had been criticising the BJP since Maharashtra Assembly elections, it hasn’t yet taken any definitive step to move out of the alliance. Shah is also learnt to have told the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath in a meeting on Monday to address concerns of NDA allies in the state. Shah is incidentally gearing the BJP-led NDA to prepare for a “Modi versus all” 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which has made importance of allies more pronounced. EXPRESS READ Transport unions threaten strike TAMIL NADU Did poverty kill this Dalit medical aspirant’s dream? BAGA L AVA N P E R I E R B @ Villupuram PRADEEPA of Peruvalur near Gingee, who allegedly committed suicide on Monday after failing to clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) had cleared the exam in 2017 with 155 marks. Belonging to a Dalit community, she had gotten admission to a management quota seat. However, this was a financially unviable option. So, she took a year off to attempt the exam again but on Monday found she had scored only 35 marks and failed to qualify Her distraught father Shan. mugham blamed NEET for her death. “It is not my daughter’s failure. It’s the failure of NEET,” he told media on Tuesday . The daughter of an agricultural wage labourer, and Amutha, a homemaker, Pradeepa could not afford private coaching at Gingee, the nearest town. The nearest government coaching centre at the district head- quarters of Villupuram is at least 70km from her village. With no other option, she had prepared on her own. Pradeepa’s primary school classmate Saravanan said this may have been the first time she had ever failed. In her Class 10 board exams in 2015, she scored 490 marks out of 500 and topped Tindivanam education district in government school category . “Her only aim was to become a doctor. If there was no NEET or if she had had some training, she would have cleared it,” said Saravanan, barely holding back his tears. Lingeshwar, her primary school teacher, said becoming a doctor had been her childhood dream and she had studied hard. After her performance in Class 10, Shanmugam had worried about funding her higher studies. However, a private school offered her free education for Class 11 and 12. The school trained her for NEET. She scored 1125 marks out of 1200 in the Class 12 exam. HYDERABAD LEADERS EXPRESS GRIEF ARIYALUR ANITHA RECALLED Political leaders expressed grief for the death of Pradeepa, with Vaiko urging students to consider other options if they failed to clear the exam Pradeepa’s death brought back memories of S Anitha from Ariyalur who had committed suicide last year after failing to clear the NEET DMK working president M K Stalin and RK Nagar MLA TTV Dinakaran were among the hundreds who visited her house in Peruvalur to pay their last respects Her death had sparked widespread anger against the qualifying exam that the people of Tamil Nadu and the state government have opposed Out of 45,336 students from TN to clear the NEET, only 1337 were from government or government aided schools It is not my daughter’s failure. It is the failure of NEET -Shanmugham, Pradeepa’s father If you are feeling distressed and in need of help, call the Sneha helpline, available 24/7, on 04424640050 Upset over performance, Hyderabad girl ends life were announced. Occupants of Mayur Kushal Complex in Abids, from where AN 18-year-old girl from Hy- she jumped, are shocked. derabad allegedly committed “When I went to check (after suicide on Tuesday by jumping hearing a loud noise) I saw her from the 10th floor of a commer- on the ground. Many auto drivcial complex purportedly as she ers said they had shouted to the was upset over her performance girl not to jump. Some were making a video of the in NEET. Videos of Jasleen Kaur jumping incident on their mobile phones,” said from the building went viral within Gopi, who works at a minutes. It is through shop in the complex. Jasleen’s family the videos that her family came to know members said they were not even aware of her death and approached the police. of her NEET score. Daughter of busiAbids sub inspector K Lakshmaiah said nessman Ranveer SinJasleen Kaur the teenager had left gh, Jasleen had recently completed her home at 8.30am. “She second year intermediate in told her parents she was going Biology Physics and Chemistry to the gym. However, she came , from Sri Chaitanya Junior Col- to Abids on her bike, parked it lege in Narayanaguda. The in Chirag Ali Lane and walked medical aspirant went into a into the building from which state of depression, according she jumped,” the official said. to her family on Monday after- Police have registered a case of , noon when the NEET results suspicious death. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad She consistently performed well in academics. Her CGPA in Class 10 was over nine -Ramakrishna Reddy, Jasleen’s Maths teacher till Class 10 TN bans use & throw plastics from Jan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai TO mark World Environment Day on Tuesday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that manufacture, use and storage of non-biodegradable plastic items, including plastic sheets, plates, tea cups, water packets, straws, carry bags and coir, would be banned from January 1, 2019 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The ban would cover these articles regardless of micron size. However, plastic used for packaging milk, curd, oil and medicines will be exempted from this ban. The prohibition is being effected after 16 years. Making a suo motu statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, the CM said, “With a view of giving time to the public and traders to get accustomed to use of cloth and paper bags in lieu of plastic bags, the government has fixed the date of implementation of the ban on non-biodegradable plastics from January 1, 2019, instead of enforcing the ban with immediate effect. “ Stating the Rain Water Harvesting Scheme, introduced by late CM J Jayalalithaa, was implemented successfully with cooperation of people to fortify groundwater ta- ble in Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami said, “Let us all vow to leave a plastic-free Tamil Nadu to our future generations.” A legislation on banning nonbiodegradable plastics is likely to be introduced in the Assembly to give effect to the CM’s announcement. In 2002, the government headed by J Jayalalithaa banned use of these plastic items. However, the legislation in this regard was withdrawn in March 2003. Teen prisoner kills fellow inmate Chennai: Thirteen workers’ unions of seven transport corporations on Tuesday issued a 14-day strike notice to the Tamil Nadu government demanding settlement of pending arrears, among other things. Unions said workers had not received arrears for the revised wage hike for 16 months. DESPAIR, DISTRESS FOLLOW NEET RESULTS Coimbatore: A 19-year-old inmate of Coimbatore Central Prison killed a fellow prisoner on Tuesday. Both prisoners were arrested in ‘hurt’ cases (causing voluntary hurt) and were lodged in the tower three block of the prison — the area for inmates with depression and psychiatric issues. P4 CONDITIONS APPLY Apex nod for quota in promotions for SC/STs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Tharoor summoned in Sunanda case New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was on Tuesday summoned by a city court on July 7 as an accused in the Sunanda Pushkar death case after it took cognisance of the police chargesheet in which he was charged with abetting the suicide of his wife. Tharoor called the charges “preposterous and baseless” and the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign. OUT OF THE BOX TRAIN-ING Children seeing off friends at a railway station, right? Wrong. They’re actually in their government-aided school, DVUPS at Thazhathukulakkada in Kollam, that’s been innovatively designed to resemble a train, thanks to some out-of-the-box thinking by the management. The design was inspired by a children’s classic, Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window , authored by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi | VINCENT PULICKAL SECULAR STATE Rashtrapati Bhavan to skip iftar party for first time since Kalam’s tenure S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi AFTER more than a decade, Rashtrapati Bhavan will give the annual ritual of iftar a miss. The practice of breaking bread at the end of roza (fast), during the holy month of Ramzan, has been an annual feature at Rashtrapati Bhavan for several years, except 2002-2007, when the then president APJ Abdul Kalam discontinued it. Kalam had directed the funds meant for iftar towards orphanages. The ritual of hosting the iftar party was resumed when Pratibha Patil became president. Her successor Pranab Mukherjee continued the tradition. Ashok Malik, press secretary to President Ko- vind, confirmed the development. “Rashtrapati Bhavan is the embodiment of a secular state. Matters of religion and governance have to be kept separate. On tax payers’ expense, the building does not host any religious function irrespective of the religion involved.” Notably, carol singing during Christmas also did not take place in Rashtrapati Bhavan last year under Kovind’s tenure. Till 2016, carols were never given a miss at the majestic monument. Pratibha Patil cancelled the traditional Christmas celebrations in 2008 as a mark of respect to the victims of the Mumbai terror attack on November 26. TNIE spoke to Archana Datta, Kovind took the call Minority Affair Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi denied the govt’s role in Kovind’s decision. “This is the call of the President. I have also never hosted iftar parties. I only host an Eid party” who was the press secretary to Pratibha Patil. She recalled how all festivals used to be celebrated at the iconic building during Patil’s time. “The tradition of celebrating festivals has been going on in Rashtrapati Bhavan for a very long time and such celebrations were only given a miss during emergency natural calamities or terror attacks,” she said. P7 THE Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Centre to go ahead with reservation in promotion for SC/ST employees in accordance with the law. A vacation bench of judges Adarsh Kumar Goel and Ashok Bhushan accepted the Centre’s submission that the entire process of promotion has come to a standstill due to the orders passed by various high courts and the apex court. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh told the bench that there were separate verdicts by the high courts of Delhi, Bombay and Punjab & Haryana and the apex court had also passed different orders on appeals filed against those judgments. “How the promotion is taking place as of now?” the bench asked. “They are not. It is all standstill. This is the problem. I am the government and I want to give promotion as per constitutional mandate,” the ASG replied. To this, the court said, “We will say you (Centre) can go ahead with promotion in accordance with law.”
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