MAROONED ON TRACK Over 1,000 passengers marooned for about 17 hours on the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express between Badlapur and Vangani in Maharashtra were rescued after a scary night as flood water from the swollen Ulhas river threatened to enter the rakes 1,050 120+ CHENNAI SUNDAY JULY 28, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION THE LOCATION Airlifted from a terrace in Badlapur & resort in Shahad THE DELUGE Mahalaxmi Express left Mumbai on Friday night and got stuck near Chamtoli village after leaving Badlapur station BADLAPUR Passengers on Mahalaxmi Express who were rescued 160 mm ULHAS RIVER DARK & DANK Nine of the passengers on Mahalaxmi Express were pregnant women, one of whom was in an advanced stage. All of them safely rescued Rainfall in Thane city till 8 am on Saturday 332 mm With cellphones dead due to drained batteries and train lights out, passengers had a harrowing night In Murbad Locals were the first to reach the train in the morning. Rescue agencies came much later Two NDRF teams, naval divers, Air Force and local police roped in | P9 CHAMTOLI Aerial picture of passengers being rescued from a train in Maharashtra on Saturday | AFP TRAIN STUCK HERE BSY set to clear test, JD(S) signal mixed Halfway mark down further, rebels to abstain from vote @ Bengaluru / Mysuru TIED UP, BEATEN Six assaulted over inter-caste marriage? J E V I N S E LW Y N H E N RY @ Dharmapuri THE police have launched an investigation into allegations doing the rounds on social media about three women and three men being stripped, tied to a tree and beaten up over an intercaste couple’s elopement in Pennagaram taluk. The officials have been guarded in their response, but reports indicate the wo m e n we r e s e x u a l l y abused while they were tied up to the tree. Police superintendent P Rajan said an inspector was trying to ascertain the veracity of the claims made on social media. Reports indicate a family from here has ‘escaped’ to Bengaluru. Efforts are now on to reach out to that family to confirm the reports. No case has been registered so far. The alleged incident happened on Friday night in Pikkampatti village. Tension was high ever since a 23-year-old man from the Backward Class (BC) eloped with a girl belonging to a Most Backward Class (MBC) last month. It has been claimed that the man’s family soon started receiving death threats. They were ostracised a week later, following which they P7 left for Bengaluru. Loans unpaid, staff struggle without salary EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE first big test for the new Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa will be on Monday in the form of vote of confidence. To pass the test, he will have to bank on the same number of MLAs who helped him bring down the previous coalition government, including the rebel factor hobbling his opponents. Help from a mellowed down JD(S) might also be on offer, as hinted by party patriarch H D Deve Gowda. Though still smarting from losing out to the BJP during the trust vote last Tuesday, which marked the end of H D Kumaraswany’s 14-month-old government, the JD(S) now wants to be a ‘responsible opposition’ without a confrontationist approach. This may bolster BSY’s prospects in the House. The softening of the JD(S) stance was complemented by decision of Congress-JD(S) rebels to abstain from the Assembly proceedings. “I am confident of winning PILING DEBT K’taka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa praying at Melkote Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple on Saturday | EXPRESS the trust vote,” Yediyurappa said after visiting a temple in his native Bookanakere village in Mandya on Saturday . With Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualifying three Congress MLAs for violating party whip, the strength of the Assembly has been reduced to 222, including the nominated member. If the 13 rebel MLAs skip the session, the House strength will come down to 209. With two Congress MLAs in hospital and the lone BSP MLA too abstaining, the BJP is likely to sail through the motion. CONTINUED ON: P8 Indira becomes Annapurna The govt has decided to rename the subsidised Indira Canteens to Annapurna Canteens. It also plans to reduce rates and redo the menu, for which Akshaya Patra Foundation may be roped in WITH more than 57,000 members not repaying their loans on time, the State cooperative housing department has not been able to pay salaries for over 1,000 employees for the last several months. The cumulative salary amount pending for 1,014 employees is a whopping `55 crore, and the unpaid loans are worth a mega `2,839 crore. The department has 737 cooperative societies, of which 537 are in loss. Of the lossmaking ones, 45 are currently dormant. This has put the State exchequer under undue stress, as it has to pay salaries to employees in the societies. Interestingly it’s members , of high-income group who owe the most to societies. Of the total outstanding loan amount, members of highincome group owe `951.82 crore, middle-income group owe `880 crore, and low-income group owe `524 crore. The department is now seekP4 ing government aid. Rahul’s drought package tests farm-positive in Bundelkhand M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi A decade after former Congress president Rahul Gandhi nudged the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to offer a special package for the drought-hit Bundelkhand region that comprises parts of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, a report commissioned by NITI Aayog found changes for the better, with crop production doubling and access to sources of irrigation and drinking water increasing. The maximum impact on income wasn’t on account of irrigation facilities, but distribution of improved Murrah Buffalo, helping beneficiaries earn as much as `10,000 annually . “Interventions related to livelihood support were found to be more impactful in generating additional income for farmers. Only a meagre amount has been spent by both Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on livelihood support activities. But the per capita impact has been much higher as compared to other interventions,” said the report prepared by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). With beneficiaries who received improved Murrah Buffalo for natural breeding services charging in the range of `100-500 for each service, almost 56 per cent of them reported additional income of `5,000-10,000 annually, besides about 15 per cent earning more than `10,000. The UPA government had unveiled the special package of `7,466 crore for Bundelkhand in 2009-10. Afterwards, the government had made an additional allocation of `4,400 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). CONTINUED ON: P9 WITH THIS ISSUE PLUS 12 PAGES PRESS INTAKE Journey of water: Tracing Cauvery’s trail to Chennai from Karnataka | P2 50% drop in job creation in solar, wind energy sector | P4 India got 4 US-made Apache helicopters on Saturday. 18 more are on the way | P11
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