COIMBATORE FRIDAY AUGUST 09, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 36 LATE CITY EDITION PRANAB GETS THE COUNTRY’S HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD Late Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika have also been conferred the Bharat Ratna SONIA, RAHUL SKIP THE FUNCTION ■ January 25 5TH PRESIDENT TO GET THE AWARD President Ram Nath Kovind gave the award to ex-president Pranab Mukherjee, Hazarika’s son Tej and Vikramjeet Singh, a close relative of Deshmukh, on Thursday. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who attended the function, Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were not spotted. Sonia’s distrust of Pranab is well known ■ ■ The Bharat Ratna has been conferred after a gap of four years Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and founder of Banaras Hindu University Madan Mohan Malviya were given the award by the Narendra Modi government in 2015 Mukherjee is the fifth president to receive this award THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BHARAT RATNA WAS MADE EARLY THIS YEAR 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 In outreach, Modi promises better deal to Kashmiris Wishes them on the eve of Eid, says efforts on to ensure they aren’t troubled on festival day E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reached out to the Kashmiris to sell the nullification of Article 370 and reorganising the state as the magic bullet to usher in a new era of all-round development and prosperity . In his nearly 40-minute-long address to the nation, Modi underscored that Article 370 was impeding development. He talked about corruption and dynasty impacting growth in the state and how Article 370 ‘POLLS WILL BE deprived people of J&K from enjoying faTRANSPARENT’ cilities available in other parts of the country But, the speech hardly had any . ■ J&K will not remain an mention of ways to counter alienation UT forever. In future, J&K and militancy . Assembly elections take Referring to the current lockdown in place. It will be transparent. We want new the state, he said the situation will ease energetic youth to become gradually. “I want to assure friends of J&K that the situation will gradually reMLAs, ministers and chief turn to normalcy and their difficulties minister will ease.” ■ Closer cooperation with Modi wished people on the eve of Eid the Centre will help put an and said the government is working to enend to terrorism and sure people aren’t troubled on the day of separatism in the region the festival, adding the government is also helping those who want to go home ■ Govt respects objections to J&K to celebrate Eid. of those who are opposed “Article 370 and Article 35A gave only to the new plan and is separatism, nepotism and corruption to working to address them. I the people. The rights enjoyed by the urge them them to put daughters of other regions were not ennational interests supreme joyed by those of J&K. SCs, STs and OBCs and help government in in India enjoy special benefits but it did giving Jammu, Kashmir not apply in J&K,” Modi said adding that and Ladakh a new the abrogation of the two Articles has credirection ated a level playing field. “The financial benefits for Central government employees, including security forces, like LTC, HRA and more will be provide to those posted in J&K. Also, vacant posts in J&K will be filled,” he assured. The PM also urged industrialists, PSUs and other stakeholders to take policy decisions that could benefit the youth of the state. MAHARASHTRA 2 Lakh displaced due to floods in Western Maharashtra, 27 dead 2,05,591 people have been shifted to safer places in Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur, Pune and Satara districts KALLARKUTTY | KERALA North and central Kerala are the worst-hit Holiday declared for educational institutions in 10 districts Shutters of many small dams opened Many flights diverted and some cancelled at the Kozhikode airport Kochi airport suspended all operations till Friday morning after water entered the apron area 10 Rain-related deaths on Thursday. 8,000 moved to relief camps as low-lying areas got inundated BELGAVI | KARNATAKA 16 districts hit by floods/heavy rains Belgavi in North Karnataka is the worst hit with 8 dead Army, NDRF, SDRF, Fire Services department officials are involved in the rescue operations Schools and colleges are closed in many flood-hit districts. Bus services to many places within and outside the state cancelled 40,000 People have so far been evacuated from several flood-hit villages in different parts of the state FLUTTER OVER SAMJHAUTA E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai DESCRIBING Pakistan’s downgrading of diplomatic ties with it as alarmist, India on Thursday said it was actually aimed at influencing world opinion. Underlining that India’s decision on J&K was strictly an internal affair, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter,” adding Pakistan has used such stratagies in the past to justify cross-border terrorism. “India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” it said. The Indian reaction came even as Pakistan announced cessation of India-Afghan trade through Wagah border, claiming it was not covered by a trilateral arrangement. For its part, Pakistan predicated reviewing its decisions on India rolling back the new arrangements in J&K. P11 INDIA’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru has been blamed for many things in the recent past. Now, he has also found a mention in the ongoing tension within the DMK-Congress combine. Days after MDMK chief Vaiko, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha on DMK votes, attacked Nehru’s Kashmir policy in Parliament, and claimed the grand old party had been ‘murdering democracy all these years’, TNCC president KS Alagiri hit back on Thursday . “Vaiko’s behaviour has changed since he became an MP,” he said, and described the MDMK chief as an ‘opportunistic leader’. He slammed Vaiko for meeting with Subramanian Swamy Prime Min, ■ Pakistan banned screening of Indian films and dramas in its theatres ■ Will India get to play Davis Cup in Pak? AITA may seek neutral venue, but international body says no change in plan 7 TEAMS of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force deployed for rescue and relief operations FLOOD FURY Cracks in Congress-DMK: Nehru to blame or Vaiko? ■ No such anxiety on the Delhi-Lahore bus service, as it continued uninterrupted 1.3 lakh people affected, 14,322 evacuated 3 dead, 2 missing 9 districts, 43 blocks, 1,012 villages, 5 urban local bodies affected 2,081 houses damaged 95 free kitchens opened Five districts record more than 100 mm rainfall in a day Two blocks in Kalahandi district record rainfall of more than 300 mm WITH TORRENTIAL RAINS POUNDING MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, THE FLOOD SITUATION LOOKS GRIM IN K’TAKA, KERALA, ANDHRA AND ODISHA. KOCHI AIRPORT SHUTS SERVICES Alarmist Pak action aims to sway world, says India ■ Pakistan stopped Samjhauta Express at Wagah for several hours on Thursday citing security concerns before the train finally departed for Lahore from Attari at 6.41 pm with 103 passengers, including 10 Pakistanis RAYAGADA | ODISHA ister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders in Delhi. “Then, to avoid being labelled as BJP supporter, he also met with Manmohan Singh,” Alagiri said. Responding to Vaiko’s criticism of Nehru, Alagiri said, if it was not for Nehru, Kashmir would have been annexed by Pakistan. Congress cadre have been trolling Vaiko on social media for not meeting any senior Congress leader in Delhi since he was elected. Vaiko did not mince his words while responding to the issue. “I was elected on DMK votes, not Congress votes,” he said, while questioning the absence of 12 Congress MPs during the vote on Kashmir Bill. He wondered if they had taken bribe from the BJP The . DMK has not commented, yet. WITH THIS COIMBATORE’S BEST ISSUE WEEKEND GUIDE 36 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) 76-YEAR-OLD Avalanche breaks rain record E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore THE downpour battering the western parts of the State broke a 76-year-old record when the Avalanche area in The Nilgiris reported an 820 mm rainfall in 24 hours. This copious reception bettered the 1943 record set in Cuddalore when 520 mm rainfall was recorded on a single day . The Avalanche region netted 1,717 mm rainfall in the past five days. As per the statistics given by The Nilgiris district administration, 2,304 mm rainfall was recorded across the region between Thursday and Wednesday mornings. Schools and educational institutions remained shut at Kundah, Udhagamandalam, Gudalur and Pandalur. Landslides occurred in the Avalanche region, but no major damage was reported. Meanwhile, a 65-year-old man — K Sennan of Ithala — died in a house collapse on Thursday night. Collector J Innocent Divya said around 80 National Disaster Response Force personnel were monitoring the situation in Gudalur, Kundah and Udhagamandalam. POLAVARAM | ANDHRA The twin districts of Godavari and Srikakulam are the worst-hit 206 NDRF and SDRF men deployed in East Godavari 99 NDRF and SDRF men deployed in West Godavari 95 NDRF and SDRF men deployed in Srikakulam Second Level Warning at Dowleswaram on Godavari river 70% of the villages hit are tribal villages 46,580 People evacuated, govt announces `5,000 immediate relief per floodhit family Sangli and Kolhapur are the worst-affected GOA 150 families have been evacuated in four tehsils of Goa following heavy rains and release of water from Tillari dam on the Goa-Maharashtra border Tourists, fishermen advised to stay away from the sea Several villages in Bardez, Pernem and Bicholim flooded KABINI Heavy rains in Kodagu region could mean more water for Tamil Nadu, officials said. Already, 90,000 cusecs of water has been released from the Kabini Dam. The Mettur Dam water level stood at 53.98 ft compared to the capacity of 120 ft and the water storage level stood at 20.41 tmc out of total 93.47 tmc on Thursday. So, if inflow reached 1 lakh cusecs continuously for the next 10 days, the Mettur dam will attain its full capacity 120 ft. 1 lakh cusecs equal 8 tmc of water MORE ON P8
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