CHENNAI SUNDAY AUGUST 18, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 VELLORE EDITION BAJRANG, DEEPA NOMINATED FOR KHEL RATNA AWARD 12-member panel decided on 65kg World No 1 and Rio Paralympics shot put silver-medallist for stellar achievements 19 FOR ARJUNA, 6 FOR DRONACHARYA MARY KOM RECUSES, RANA MISSES OUT Cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav and star athletes Muhammed Anas and Tejinder Pal Singh Toor among those who made cut. Badminton star B Sai Praneeth, motorsports athlete Gaurav Gill and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu other prominent names on shortlist of 19. Three each in regular and liftetime category for Dronacharya ■ While most athletes nominated deserved award, omission of shooter Jaspal Rana from Dronacharya sparks controversy ■ HS Prannoy misses cut, takes to Twitter to vent frustrations ■ Mary Kom recuses from panel to avoid conflict of interest. Coach Chhote Lal Yadav was in contention for Dronacharya Award 1 DEEPA IS THE FIRST INDIAN WOMAN TO WIN ANY MEDAL AT PARALYMPICS 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 PROCUREMENT PRICE HIKED Aavin milk to cost `6 more from Monday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE J&K limps back to normalcy as Net, phone services partially restored 50,000 landlines become operational, low-speed internet available in five dists in Jammu @ Chennai AFTER nearly five years, Aavin milk price will go up from August 19. All categories of Aavin milk will cost `6 more per lite. Simultaneously the procurement pric, es for cow’s and buffalo’s milk will increase. Aavin milk prices were last hiked on November 1, 2014 by `10. An official release on Saturday said the procurement price for cow’s milk will be hiked from `28 to `32 while the procurement price for buffalo’s milk will go up from `35 to `41. The release said milk producers’ associations had been demanding a hike in procurement prices as the cost of green manure and other inputs had risen over the past four years. Considering the role played by milk production in rural economy and keeping in mind the interests of 4.60 lakh milk producers in primary cooperative milk producers societies, the procurement prices had been increased, the Schools to open on Mon Aavin prices now Nice (toned): `37 Diet (double toned): `34 Schools in the Valley will reopen on Monday and govt offices will also be fully functional from next week Green Magic (standardised): `41 Premium (full cream): `45 release said. The State said the milk price was being hiked to ensure payment of procurement price and to ensure uninterrupted supply of milk to consumers. The hike is also being effected considering the increase in milk processing cost, transportation charges and administrative expenses. Private milk suppliers have raised prices by `4 to `8 in the past two years. After the Aavin price hike, they may hike prices slightly . Relaxation has been provided in 35 police station areas... Public transport is on and we have encouraging reports of a lot of public movement Govt spokesperson Rohit Kansal Army man killed in firing An Army man was killed on Saturday in Pak firing and mortar shelling in Nowshera sector of Rajouri dist of J&K EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar IN a relief to residents of Jammu & Kashmir, the government on Saturday relaxed restrictions on the movement of people. Security has been eased and landline phone lines have been restored, albeit partially Some shops . in the city opened on Saturday and there were more private vehicles on the roads, officials said. However, it’s still miles to go before normalcy is fully restored as restrictions are being lifted in a careful, phased manner. Sporadic incidents of stone pelting were reported from some areas where the restrictions were eased, though none of them was violent. Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said restrictions could be relaxed as situation improved in the Valley . Free movement of people has been allowed in 15 police stations in north and 10 each in south and central Kashmir. Kansal said 17 telephone exchanges, out of a total of 96, have been made functional — making over 50,000 landline phones operational. Services in other areas would be restored in a “calibrated A Kashmiri talks on a landline phone in Srinagar on Saturday, after an almost two-week communications blackout; 17 out of 96 telephone exchanges have become functional | AFP manner, he added. Landlines services are functioning normally in the Jammu division, he noted. “Besides, 2G internet mobile service was restored in five districts of Jammu region.” The spokesperson said schools, including primary classes, and government offices will start functioning normally from Monday . However, in some areas where restrictions were relaxed, shops and business establishments remained closed while public trans- port was off the roads. In what may be worrisome for the authorities, after easing of restrictions, youngsters in many areas came out on roads, staged demonstrations and clashed with the security personnel, who fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them. On release of detained political leaders, Kansal said it’s up to the local authorities to decide based on the law and order situation in their respective areas. A day after Pakistan stood almost isolated at the UN Security Council with only long-time ally China explicitly backing it over the internalisation of the Kashmir issue, its Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to spin the failure as a victory . Though UNSC members mostly supported India’s stance that it was a bilateral dispute and that dilution of Article 370 was New Delhi’s inter nal matter, Imran claimed the Security Council meeting was a “reaffirmation of UN resolutions on the Kashmiris right to selfdetermination”. On Friday, Imran’s attempt to get US president Donald Trump to imtervene had failed after the latter told the Pakistani PM to instead engage diplomatically with India. Meanwhile, the US has further cut aid to Pakistan by $440 million, a Pakistani newspaper reported. The Trump administration had earlier cut over $1 billion in aid to Islamabad. Make buses disabled-friendly, Centre in advisory to states SKIES OPEN Overnight showers inundate Vellore city HOW SOUTHERN STATES FARE EXPRESS NEW SERVICE @ Vellore VELLORE city witnessed the heaviest of spells of showers this monsoon on Saturday. The downpour, that began on Friday night, left roads and streets inundated affecting normal life. Collector A Shanmug a Sundaram announced a holiday for schools and colleges on Saturday following inun, dation and water clogging. The premises of several educational institutions had been inundated. Till 8.30 am on Saturday, Vellore city recorded 165.7 mm of rainfall. Katpadi received 109 mm while Alangayam received 80.2 mm. The Kansalpet area was the worst-affected as rain waters entered houses and huts. Several families were left stranded as h o u s e s we r e s u rrounded by water. Movement was crippled as streets were flooded. Cattle too were caught stranded on flooded streets. About 100 families reside in Kansalpet where Revenue department officials have arranged for distribution of essential goods. “Water has been receding slowly. We have arranged food for the families in Kansalpet,” said C Ramesh, Vellore City Tahsildar. The showers also inundated Indra Nagar, Mango Shandi and Thottapalayam. In Arakkonam, residents of Pappankulam, resorted to a road blockade as sewage mixed with the storm water inundating streets. They reportedly gave up the stir following the assurance of sw i f t a c t i o n f ro m t h e authorities. Imran tries to spin his way out of UNSC humiliation VACATE RIVERFRONT HOME, NAIDU TOLD A notice was issued on Saturday by the Andhra government to former CM N Chandrababu Naidu, asking him to vacate his Amaravati residence (in picture) on the banks of River Krishna in view of the grim flood situation | EXPRESS EXPRESS READ WITH THIS ISSUE THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE Hyundai also announces no production days 15 8 1947 NEW DELHI AUGUST 18 2019 SUNDAY PAGES 12 Chennai: Hyundai Motor India Ltd, India’s second largest car maker, has also declared No Production Days due to the downturn in automobile market. The NPDs have been announced in various departments including the body shop, and others for multiple days in August. 10 MoUs signed during PM’s trip to Bhutan Thimphu: PM Narendra Modi met his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering in his second visit to that country on Saturday. The nations inked 10 MoUs in the field of space research, IT, power and education. Modi also launched the RuPay Card in Bhutan. Themes Impacts Stories S P EC I A L I S SU E The Lure of Ram After sweeping the North, Northeast and the West, BJP president Amit Shah has been strategising to storm the Opposition bastions in the South and the West India. Its performance in West Bengal during the last general elections, and the subsequent deluge of TMC leaders to the saffron ranks have deepened Mamata Banerjee’s secular worry lines. Bengal is regionalism for nationalism. Eighty-nine-year-old O Rajagopal’s victory represents the change in Kerala politics, which is dominated by caste and ideology Says BJP worker Sajal . Mandal on chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’: “I feel proud to be a Hindu and Lord Ram is the god of our community He has given Hindus like me a religious . identity I feel we should unite since the slogan has brought us under one . umbrella—the BJP When BJP workers like me chant in chorus, we feel . united like never before.’’ The 41-year-old resident of Barasat, North Kolkata, sees Narendra Modi as India’s first leader who takes tough but appropriate decisions. “He taught Pakistan a lesson. His government passed the Bill banning triple talaq. I welcome the NRC and implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill,’’ says the garment trader. Regarding his win, Rajagopal says the large presence of Hindus in his constituency helped. He had held hundreds of meetings in all households to win the hearts of women, even from traditionally CPI(M) or Congress families. He blames cultural leaders who have not bothered to study the principles of the BJP and the RSS. “They haven’t read about 'them and only mouth criticisms. Hence their claim that the BJP is anti-Muslim or anti-Christian is absurd,” he says. O Rajagopal (left); Sajal Mandal; Dr Ramesh Raina (below) RAMESH RAINA, Physician ARUN KUMAR Praise and Warning in Kashmir Gau for it Cow worship is not just for Indians. Friederike Irina Bruening, aka Sudevi Mataji, came to India in 1978 as a tourist and stayed on to become a gau rakshak who now shelters over 1,800 bovines in her gaushala in Mathura. Young Friederike fell in love with Indian philosophy and mysticism. She decided to make the land of Krishna her permanent abode. The turning point came when she brought a sick calf home, treated it and reared it. What started with one calf grew into a gaushala sprawled over 3,300 sq yards, over the last 41 years. Sudevi, who sees cows as her children, asserts that she would oppose anyone who tries to kill and eat her children. However, she is strongly against violence and murder in the name of cow protection. Now, the sexagenarian ashraidatri (one who gives shelter to ‘gaumata’) has employed around 90 workers and spends around `3 crore a month to run her enterprise. Part of the funding is from the company her father founded in Germany She was awarded the Padma Shri last . year for her work in cow welfare. Visible and marked space at all bus stops/ports/terminals Adequate handrails and human assistance “The abrogation of Article 370 is the most progressive decision that has been taken. Nobody in Kashmir—even radical Kashmiris— should think that this is a retrograde step.” SHUTTERSTOCK GUIDELINES TO STATES, IN ADDITION TO ADVISORY Sufficient number of wheelchairs The BJP’s 2014 victory and the massive mandate five years were mirrors that reflected the change that had been happening across classes, castes and occupations in the country. Massive fire breaks out in Delhi’s AIIMS New Delhi: A massive fire broke out in the teaching block at the AIIMS on Saturday, reportedly due to a short circuit. Patients in a nearby block were evacuated. The operation to put out the fire might go on the entire night, officials told this newspaper. Challenges Nationalism is storming new citadels Total Disabled State Corporation buses friendly Andhra APSRTC 9,801 45 KSRTC 8,297 354 NEKRTC 4,703 265 K’taka NWKRTC 4,885 598 BMTC 6,407 1,200 Kerala SRTC 5,686 0 Kerala Kerala 667 0 Urban RTC OSRTC 436 0 Odisha BPTS 110 12 MTC 3,679 843 (Chennai) Tamil Nadu Others 18,635 0 (Combined) Telangana TSRTC 8,200 290 Anoop Kaul, a Kashmiri Pandit who fled ethnic terror in the Valley to Delhi in 1990, was determined not to take the displacement lying down. He is certain the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35(A) couldn’t have come at a better time. The IT entrepreneur and chairman of the Sampoorn Kashmiri Sangathan says, “We have for long demanded the annulment of both Articles, which were meant to be temporary I largely blame the exodus of Pandits on them. Now, there will be de. velopment and gender equality in the Valley He says the people of Jammu and .” Kashmir had been waiting for long for this change. Agrees Faridabad-based physician Ramesh Raina, “This (the abrogation of Article 370) is the most progressive decision that has been taken in Kashmir—even radical Kashmiris—should not see it as a retrograde step and that something valuable has been taken away Rather, . they must see it as the first step for development to happen in the Valley by laying the foundation for a positive politics.” He believes it should have happened decades ago. “Kashmir has been constantly kept away from the constitutional structure of India on the pretext that the state’s identity and status is special. Article 370 and Article 35(A) were being used as instruments preventing J&K's complete merger with India,” says Raina. He too had fled Kashmir in the dead of night in January 1990 accompanied by his pregnant wife. “It was the scariest night of my life. It was something I had never dreamt of,” says he. He had naively believed that they would be back in a week’s time. The week turned to months which turned to years. He briefly visited his home state in 2016. Kaul adds a word of caution: “ A Land Bill with a rider to scrutinise the buyers of plots and their reason should be passed. The government must watch and tread carefully so that Kashmir does not become a 100 percent Islamic state.” PLUS 12 PAGES Audio-visual info systems for visually-impaired & hearingimpaired passengers Emergency button near designated seats P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi In a first, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has drafted an advisory for states urging them to make public transport disabled-friendly . As a part of the Accessible India campaign, the ministry has asked states to make at least 25% of their bus fleet and private passenger vehicles m o re a c c e s s i bl e fo r t h e disabled. “The campaign was launched with an aim of making it easier for disabled people to access public transport. Their disabilities should not come in the way of commute. Once this campaign is adopted by states, it will be very easy for disabled people to travel,” a ministry official said. The advisory also asks states to explore the feasibility of retro-fitment of buses and take immediate steps for the same, including innovative solutions such as providing wooden or metallic planks to provide easy access to passengers who use wheelchairs. Apart from the advisory a set , of guidelines also has been issued by the ministry to the states. The guidelines mandate that a sufficient number of wheelchairs should be present at all bus stops, ports and ter- minals. According to the draft advisory, which was issued a week ago, there should be visible and marked space at all bus stops for disabled passengers. The draft also asks states to install audio-visual information system for visually-impaired and hearing-impaired passengers. The move was welcomed by the disabled. Akash Pandey, a 29-year-old software engineer who is a polio survivor, was delighted about the advisory. “My only mode of transport to work is by bus. I travel during peak hours two times a day and it is very difficult in crowded buses. If the advisory is strictly implemented, things would become a lot easier for people like me,” Pandey said. NO ESZ Forest dept believes no need for buffer zone around Pulicat Lake S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai THE State forest department has proposed a no-buffer area for the ecologically critical Pulicat bird sanctuary. The department, which was to identify an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) for the Pulicat bird sanctuary in line with all other wildlife and bird sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu, has instead submitted a proposal wherein ‘zero’ ESZ area was demarcated. The ESZ acts as a buffer for protected sites with several activities that could disturb wildlife being banned in this zone. The Tamil Nadu government’s proposal came up for discussion at an ESZ Expert Committee meeting in March. Chief Wildlife Warden Sanjay Srivastava made a detailed presentation. The panel did not agree with the State and asked the Environment ministry to seek the views of Wildlife Division, ahead of reconsidering the proposal. The committee recorded this in its minutes. Pulicat bird sanctuary is spread across Andhra and Tamil Nadu, with about 153.67 sq.km lying in TN. In 2015, AP notified an ESZ of 2km from the boundary of the Pulicat lake, the second largest brackish water lagoon in India. The lake attracts 220 species of birds. It is an Important Bird Area identified by Birdlife International. The State’s decision not to have an ESZ area has File photo of birds at the Pulicat lake| EXPRESS surprised ecologists. Srivastava defended the decision on the grounds that the protected area of the sanctuary in TN, unlike in AP, includes the lake as well as 13 villages adjoining the lake where the feeding grounds for the birds are located. “This zone provides sufficient shelter and buffer to the birds. Any new area proposed for ESZ will result in animosity with the local people and that will go against the efforts at conservation,” he said.
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