TIRUCHY FRIDAY APRIL 12, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION TRAFFIC POLLUTION CAUSED ASTHMA IN 3.5 LAKH KIDS IN ’15 ONE IN 10 CASES DUE TO TRAFFIC POLLUTION India has the second largest number of cases of traffic pollutionrelated asthma after China, according to a new Lancet study URBAN AREAS MORE VULNERABLE Traffic-related air pollutants cause damage to the airways, leading to inflammation that triggers asthma in genetically predisposed children. The Lancet study, unveiled Thursday, analysed 194 countries and 125 major cities worldwide. It says more than one in 10 childhood asthma cases could be linked to traffic-related air pollution every year I I Two-thirds of traffic pollution-related asthma cases occurred in urban centres globally, according to the study Nitrogen dioxide pollution is a substantial risk factor for childhood asthma in both developed and developing countries, said Susan Anenberg, co-author of the study 92% CASES IN AREAS WITH TRAFFIC POLLUTION BELOW W.H.O. LEVELS CHENNAI I MADURAI I VIJAYAWADA I BENGALURU I KOCHI I HYDERABAD I VISAKHAPATNAM I COIMBATORE I KOZHIKODE I THIRUVANANTHAPURAM I BELAGAVI I BHUBANESWAR I SHIVAMOGGA I MANGALURU I TIRUPATI I TIRUCHY I TIRUNELVELI I SAMBALPUR I HUBBALLI I DHARMAPURI I KOTTAYAM I KANNUR I VILLUPURAM I KOLLAM I WARANGAL I TADEPALLIGUDEM I NAGAPATTINAM I THRISSUR I KALABURAGI Stray violence in Phase I poll Three killed in high voltage faceoff in Andhra Pradesh; malfunctioning EVMs add to ire; 64 per cent voter turnout in eight seats in UP; 80 per cent in West Bengal ORDER ON NAMO TV EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi VOTING in the first phase for 91 parliamentary constituencies across 20 states on Thursday was largely peaceful, though three persons were killed in stray violence in Andhra Pradesh, which witnessed simultaneous Assembly elections as well. There was some violence in West Bengal, too, but the polling percentage was a healthy 80. Reports of malfunctioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) upset voters in Andhra Pradesh. There were a few incidents of goons smashing EVMs in both Andhra Pradesh and Bengal. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra later said 0.63 per cent EVMs, 0.61 per cent control units and 1.7 per cent VVPATs were replaced. In Andhra Pradesh, one YSR Congress and one TDP worker were killed in clashes at Veerapuram in Anantapur district, while another YSRC worker was beaten to death at T Sadum village in Chittoor district. Clashes between the two sides were also reported from several other places, such as Sattenapalli, Narasaraopeta, Alla- Women queue up to cast their vote at Loyapally village in Hyderabad | VINAY MADAPU gadda and Chinakudama. However, people turned up in large numbers, particularly women and first-time voters, to exercise their franchise. The overall voting percentage in the state is expected to be around 80 per cent, two per cent higher than in 2014. In the big battleground of Uttar Pradesh, polling in eight Lok Sabha seats recorded 63.69 per cent turnout, with Saharanpur topping the list at 70.68%. Muzaffarnagar, which was at the centre of a raging communal strife in the run up to 2014 general elections, recorded 66.66%. Ghaziabad was at the bottom with 57.60 per cent. Four constituencies of Bihar averaged 53.06 per cent where police recovered two bombs and defused them, while Maharshtra (7 seats) witnessed 56 per cent polling, Odisha (4) 68% per cent, Assam (5) 68 per cent and J&K (2) 55 per cent. While Jammu recorded 72.16 per cent polling, up from 69.17 per cent in 2014, Baramulla polled 35.01 per cent. 2019 With 77 per cent turnout, polling in Maoistaffected Dantewada of Bastar district in Chhattisgarh was peaceful, where pre-poll violence had killed a BJP legislator and four jawans. Maoists exploded bombs at Narayangarh in Chhattisgarh and at two places in Waghezari of Gadchiroli district. LOK SABHA ELECTION The EC on Thursday directed Delhi’s chief electoral officer to remove all political publicity content that are being aired on NaMo TV without precertification. It said any political content has to be vetted by the local media certification committee in accordance with the EC’s instructions NAME MISSING Apollo Hospitals Group Executive Vice Chairperson Shobana Kamineni said her name was missing in the voters’ list and described it as the “worst day as an Indian citizen” EXPRESS READ Jet Airways suspends int’l operations SC slaps `20 L fine on Mamata govt New Delhi: Jet Airways long-haul international flights to London, Paris and Amsterdam have been suspended till Friday morning, a Jet spokesperson said. There is, however, no plan to shut down international operations, he added even as reports said the airline’s fleet size has dwindled to 14. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday imposed `20 lakh fine on the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal over not allowing the screening of satirical film “Bhobishyoter Bhoot” in the state. Authorities cannot silence free speech out of fear for mob fury, the apex court added. Ex-MP’s son who now lives on the street... Sahoo writes to EC on Vellore cash seizure E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai CHIEF Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo on Thursday sent a report to the Election Commission on the recent seizure of unaccounted cash from Vellore parliamentary segment. The poll panel is likely to take a decision on the next course of action in the next couple of days as the amount seized is significant — over `11 crore. Addressing a press meet at the Secretariat, Sahoo said the Vellore DEO and the IT department had sent him reports based on which he wrote to the EC. He dismissed allegations that the tax department was only targeting DMK and Congress candidates. “Apart from Vellore, the department has seized `40 crore from various places. The details would be informed to the EC directly he said. ,” On issuing elector photo identity card to voters, Sahoo said Tamil Nadu had achieved 100 per cent coverage, including 14,10,745 voters who were recently added to the rolls. Video grab of Julian Assange being arrested in London | TWITTER ECUADOR VIOLATED LAW: WIKILEAKS While Ecuador’s president claimed the asylum was terminated after Assange repeatedly violated norms, Wikileaks alleged it was Ecuador which acted “in violation of international law” by terminating Assange’s asylum and putting his life in danger EPS attacked Stalin for saying that the State govt refused to allot land to build a memorial for Karunanidhi He reiterated that only Narendra Modi can ensure strong governance at Centre | See also: P5 QUEST FOR OIL 341 hydrocarbon wells to be drilled in TN? IN a major development, Vedanta Limited and ONGC have proposed to drill 341 wells to hunt for hydrocarbon reserves in and around Tamil Nadu (offshore and onshore). Large tracts of lands in the Cauvery delta region is likely to come under the pump if the proposals are approved. In the last two months, four sets of separate applications have been filed with the Union Environment Ministry seeking Terms of Refer, ence (ToR) for conducting Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) studies. Of the 341 wells, 67 are proposed by public sector oil major ONGC while the remaining 274 are by Cairn Oil & Gas, a vertical of Vedanta. As per records available with Express, Vedanta has sought an exemption from holding public hearings. The hearings, where general public are allowed to express their views on such projects, is a statutory requirement under EIA Notifica- SLIPS BEING DISTRIBUTED This time the slips are on large A5 sheets with pictures of the voter and a map locating their poll booth | P4 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday campaigned in Salem for AIADMK candidate KRS Saravanan S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai BOOTH Julian Assange arrested in London UNITED COLOURS SAMUEL MERIGALA & S K U M A R E S A N @ Chennai WEARING a dirty pair of shorts and a shirt that has seen better days, 65-year-old S Balu sits at a bus stop in Adambakkam. Balu looks like one of the many impoverished destitute people we come across on roads everyday. There is just one difference. Balu’s father was an MP and a four-time Member of the Legislative Council (MLC). SK Sambandhan, Balu’s father, won the 1967 parliamentary elections on a DMK ticket from Tiruttani. Before that he was a Congress MLC. “I have visited Delhi several times with my family, when my father was an MP,” says Balu. “Now, I live on the streets. I eat from the Amma Canteen nearby, with the little money that my friends give me.” Balu used to work as a driver and live with his family till he suffered a paralytic attack. Now he has no job, no money or family. “They all left me when they realised I couldn’t support them anymore,”says P5 Balu about his family . BIG MONEY tion, 2006. The company is planning to invest a whopping `13,538 crore in the project. Ecologists have expressed concerns over environmental impacts of such a project. The Vendanta’s block where drilling will happen, according to records, is just 0.49 km away from the ecologically sensitive Pichavaram Mangrove Forest. Also, four important rivers including the Cauvery flow within the block. JULIAN Assange’s seven-year stay in Ecuador’s London embassy ended abruptly on Thursday with police entering the building and arresting him. Earlier, Ecuador had revoked the asylum given to the WikiLeaks founder saying he repeatedly violated the terms of the asylum. He was produced before a London court, which found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions in 2012 and remanded him in custody pending sentencing. He faces a jail term of up to 12 months. He will face another court hearing on May 2 on a US request for his extradition for alleged computer hacking and publication of classified US defence material. Assange had taken refuge in the embassy in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case, which has since been dropped. He said he feared ultimate extradition to the US, where he faces a possible death sentence since the charges are related to national security . Assange’s supporters view him as a crusader who exposes the war crimes of the US but critics accuse him of working for Russia to put American lives at risk.
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