CHENNAI MONDAY AUGUST 12, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION BOOM IN EXPORT OF GSP-LIST GOODS DESPITE TARIFF HIKE The United States had withdrawn benefits under GSP, a preferential tariff system, to 1,900 Indian goods in June ‘CAN COMPETE GLOBALLY WITHOUT SUPPORT’ PLASTICS, PEARLS TOP THE CHART Citing data from the US International Trade Commission, the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) said exports to the US of those goods stood at $657.42 mn this June compared to $495.67 mn in the same period last year. This shows Indian goods can compete globally and are not solely dependent on support, TPCI’s chairman Mohit Singla said ■ ■ The goods whose exports have risen include plastics, rubber, base metals (aluminium), machines and equipment, transport equipment, hides and leather, pearls and precious stones The TPCI said there is a need to incentivise new sunrise sectors like furniture, by “creating a cluster-based mega ecosystem” $161.75 mn GROWTH IN EXPORTS OF GOODS THAT WERE UNDER GSP EARLIER 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 ‘What to celebrate? Eid with whom?’ S A N A S H A K I L @ Srinagar George, whose sister-in-law has been missing after Thursday’s landslide at Puthumala in Wayanad, watches the rescue work Kerala toll 72, search on for missing in Malappuram Lesser rain on Sunday; Army, Navy try to rescue 150 marooned in Vaniyampuzha; bunds breached in Kainakari in Alappuzha KERALA Kerala’s own army— the fisherfolk—are again back in action. They have once again set out for the flood-hit areas and have saved 4,326 lives till now NDRF joins search operation for those who went missing in the landslide in Puthumala in Wayanad district TAMIL NADU Efforts to trace 43-year-old man trapped in landslide in O Valley in Gudalur continued for fourth day As rain lets up, roads are finally being cleared. Several villages in O Valley in Nilgiris devastated Parts of Coonoor went at least 23 hours without electricity beginning Saturday | P5 ANDHRA PRADESH Second flood warning along the Tungabhadra river course in Kurnool district High alert in low-lying areas in Kurnool city and other villages along Tungabhadra and Krishna 10,300 people in relief camps on Sunday; Road connectivity to 189 villages in the state cut off due to the rains and floods E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE intensity of rain lessened across Kerala on Sunday after , four days of copious downpour and landslides leaving death and destruction in their trail, but the misery continued for the flood-hit people. The toll climbed to 72 and 50-odd people are still missing. The skies are expected to be clear in the next couple of days with the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority issuing no ‘red alert’ though ‘orange alert’ has been issued fo r s i x d i s t r i c t s — Kasaragod, Kannur, Wa y a n a d , M a l a p puram, Kozhikode and Idukki — for Monday. T h e Ko ch i a i r p o r t , which had been closed since Thursday evening, resumed operations on Sunday. Also, most of the railway tracks and roads were opened for traffic. Hope is running out at Kavalappara in Malappuram, where an entire hill came down like a pack of cards on Friday as res, cue workers are still to find about 50 missing people. It is feared that almost all of them were buried under the huge pile of mud. A total of 12 bodies have been recovered so far from the site. “A private function was be- ing hosted at the residence of an army personnel in Kavalappara. No one knows the exact number of people attending the event. But there should be at least 50,” said a villager. The situation isn’t any different at Puthumala in Meppadi in Wayanad, where 100 acres of tea plantation along with a mosque, temple and the canteen of the plantation company were swept away in a landslide on Thursday evening. One more body was recovered on Sunday while eight persons are still missing. Va n i y a m p u z h a i n Malappuram was the focal point on Sunday with reports saying nearly 150 people were marooned. Rescue efforts were on to move the people to safety throughout the day At the time . of going to Press, nearly 75 people have been shifted out by the rescue workers, who include personnel from the Army and the Navy . Panic spread in Kainakari in Alappuzha after bunds breached, destroying 550 acres of paddy The district adminis. tration evacuated 65 families to relief camps in the evening as the water level rose fast in the village. In all, 1,639 relief camps are sheltering nearly 2.5 lakh people across the state. P6 HAMPI | KARNATAKA Hampi, the erstwhile Vijayanagara empire capital and a world heritage site, bore the brunt after excess water from nearby Tungabhadra reservoir was released on Sunday 3,45,424 evacuated in worst-hit Belagavi district Around 365 villages have been affected there Virupaksha Bazaar in Hampi was inundated on Sunday | EXPRESS 40 Toll due to rains,floods in state; 12 more missing; Home Min Amit Shah conducts aerial survey “BAKRID is about sacrifice and this Eid, we will sacrifice ourselves because our lives are the only thing that the government is yet to take away. We have been robbed of our rights, even basic rights. What will we celebrate this time and with whom?” wondered Ghulam Mehmood. Many others here echoed Ghulam. This Eid-ul-Zuha will be the first big test for security forces as well as the locals after the annulling of special privileges under Article 370. The fact that this is the first Eid in the last 30 years when all modes of communication have been disabled is adding to anxiety among the locals. While the local administration has been making announcements that it will help people offer Eid namaz, fear, tension and uncertainty are palpable. Under normal circumstances, a few days before Eid, people visit their loved ones and relatives. But this time, people have been unable to even contact their relatives and family members. Those either studying or working outside Kashmir usually visit their families on Eid. But this time, many have chosen to stay away And the lucky . ones who managed to contact their family members living outside Kashmir asked them not come home. Despite Friday being largely peaceful, tension was evident as very few came out to offer namaz because of restrictions. The historic Hazratbal shrine, which is generally FESTIVAL BUZZ MISSING IN KASHMIR The buzz around Eid was missing despite curbs being slowly eased. Most markets in the Valley remained shut. With difficulty, people managed to navigate their way past the barricades to buy essentials BIG BOSS flooded with people on Fridays, had a handful who offered namaz. Also, not one woman went to the shrine last Friday, though it otherwise witnesses a sizeable gathering of women on normal days. Auto driver Mushtaq Wani, a regular visitor of Hazratbal, laughed when asked about Eid. “We have been turned into ghosts in our own place. Kashmir never felt this way during Eid, not even during Burhan Wani’s killing in 2016 or the early nineties when militancy was at its peak. What are we being punished for?” the 78-year-old Wani asked. Cattle traders have taken a big hit as there are few takers for their goats and sheep. P9 J&K Task cut out for Sonia to reboot Cong R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi WITH Sonia Gandhi back as interim president, the Congress needs to do a holding operation, riven as it is with desertions, factionalism and general disenchantment after over two months of drift. And the upcoming Assembly elections in three states will be her first test. Sonia’s name was proposed by senior leader P Chidambaram as the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday found there was no consensus on anyone else. While a few CWC members worried about her ability to take the load because of her ill health, Sonia reluctantly gave her consent. N ow, t h e biggest challenge before her is to set the house in order in the pollbound states of Jharkhand, Haryana and Maharashtra. While the party has named its poll panel in Maharashtra, it is struggling to do so in Haryana and Jharkhand because of factionalism. A top party functionary was optimistic on everyone falling in line with Sonia at the helm, though revamping the party would be a challenge. “Having acceptability among all section of the society, the party felt she was the best person for the job,” the leader said. It may, however, give heartburns to the Young Turks, especially those handpicked by Rahul Gandhi, as there was strong lobbying for a non-Gandhi young leader to take over CONTINUED ON: P7 the reins. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS (From left) Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu & Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the book launch in Chennai on Sunday | P JAWAHAR ARTICLE 370 DID NO GOOD FOR INDIA OR VALLEY: AMIT SHAH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said Article 370 that had granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir had done no good for India or Kashmir. Shah was in Chennai for the launch of the book ‘Listening, Learning and Leading’ that chronicles VicePresident Venkaiah Naidu’s two years in office. “Abrogation of Article 370 will end terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and start economic progress and development in the State,” Shah said. He explained that though he was firm on scrapping Article 370, he had been apprehensive about getting the Bill passed in Parliament. Hence, it was decided to introduce it first in the Rajya Sabha. “The V-P played a crucial role in coordinating the discussion and getting support of political parties, due to which the Bill was passed there,” Shah said. Actor Rajinikanth lauded Shah on the success of “Mission Kashmir” and described Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah as It was the need of the hour and people of the country should stand with their counterparts in J & K V-P Venkaiah Naidu Arjuna and Krishna. “We don’t know who is Krishna and who is Arjuna. They only know,” he said. Naidu said abrogation of Article 370 was in national interest and should not be treated as a political issue. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, noting Naidu had acted as a bridge between the State and Centre in getting approval for various projects, said late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had held him in high regard. Deputy CM O Panneerselvam lauded Modi and Shah, recalling Jayalalithaa had raised the issue of Article 370 in Rajya Sabha in 1984. He said its abrogation would P5 reinforce federalism. Big jump in CBSE exam fees for SC/ST students E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has increased the fees for its Class 10 and 12 board exams for all students. While the amount to be paid by SC/ST students for five subjects has jumped from `350 to `1,200, general category pupils, who paid `750 earlier, will now have to shell out `1,500. In case the students opt for an extra subject in the Class 12 exams, they have to pay `300 more. Students who are 100% visually impaired are however exempted from paying any fees. “Any student, who fails to deposit the difference in the examination fee before the last date, will not be registered and not be allowed to appear in the 2019-20 examination,” a CBSE official was quoted as saying by PTI. Students register for the exams when they are in Class 9 and 11. EXPRESS ILLUSTRATION T P SOORAJ LINE OF KUSH After SC’s Ram descendants poser, Jaipur royals say the Lord was their ancestor R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur ON Friday, the Supreme Court bench hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi case, “out of curiosity”, wondered if any descendants of Lord Ram still reside in Ayodhya. Now, the Jaipur royals have said Ram is their ancestor. Diya Kumari, the BJP MP from Rajsamand and a member of Jaipur’s royal family, said she belonged to the KachhwahaKushwaha dynasty, so named after Kush—the son of Lord Ram—and that her lineage was a “recorded fact based on manuscripts, genealogy and documents available with the family”. “Descendants of Lord Ram are all over the world, including our family,” she tweeted. Diya’s mother Padmini Devi, wife of Brigadier Bhavani Sin- An old map of Ram Janmabhoomi released by the Jaipur royal family gh of the former royal family, put out ancient maps of Ram Janmabhoomi and Ayodhya in the possession of the city palace, and said her husband was the 309th descendant of Lord Ram. The maps, which were kept safe in the cloakroom of the palace, have now been made public. Diya Kumari Padmini Devi, the former queen mother, added, “There should be early resolution of the Ram temple issue. Since the court asked where the descendants of Lord Ram are, we came forward. We do not want the issue of dynasty to be an obstruction. Ram is a symbol of everyone’s faith.” Diya Kumari said they also had nine documents and two other maps that prove Ram’s birthplace in Ayodhya was under the rule of Sawai Jai Singh II in the 1700s. After Aurangzeb’s death, the Jaipur ruler had bought large tracts of land in Hindu religious areas. According to a book by historian R Nath, the Kachhwaha dynasty of Jaipur had the right over the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
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