KOTTAYAM l THURSDAY l AUGUST 22, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION HRD MINISTRY LAUNCHES MEGA WORKSHOP FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS HRD ministry on Wednesday launched the National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers’ Holistic Advancements WORLD’S LARGEST TRAINING PROGRAMME LEARNING THROUGH GAMES, QUIZZES Launching the initiative in New Delhi, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that this is probably the largest teachers’ training programme of its kind in the world. The programme will train teachers on how to foster critical thinking in students. “The teachers will get awareness and develop their skills on various aspects related to learning outcomes,” Pokhriyal said ■ ■ ■ Training will be conducted directly by 33,120 key resource persons and state resource persons chosen by the state and UTs They will in turn be trained by 120 national resource persons The training involves educational games and quizzes, socialemotional learning, motivational interactions, team building, etc 42 lakh THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS BEING TRAINED THROUGH THE PROGRAMME 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 M-word on J&K back in Don’s lexicon EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the situation in Kashmir and help ease the Indo-Pak tensions when they meet at the G7 Summit in France this weekend. Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday Trump said he was happy to try and mediate to help calm the situation in Kashmir amid fresh Indo-Pak tensions after India revo ke d t h e special status of J&K. “I’m going to be with PM Modi. I’ll be with him over the weekend in France,” Trump said, referring to the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France during the weekend. “Pakistan PM (Imran) Khan was here just recently . I get along really well with both of them,” he said. “Kashmir is a very tough situation,” the US President said, noting that India and Pakistan were using howitzers and heavy arms. Chidambaram arrested Fails to get urgent SC hearing; dramatic swoop by CBI at his house ALL IN A DAY 10: 30 am: Chidambaram files SLP in SC through sr lawyer Kapil Sibal seeking relief from arrest 10: 40 am: Let CJI decide, Justice N V Ramana tells Sibal 10: 50 am: CJI begins hearing Ayodhya case; no mention of Chidambaram’s SLP 11:00 am: ED issues lookout notice against Chidambaram 12 noon: Registry points out defect in the petition 2 pm: Sibal mentions before Justice Ramana for urgent hearing CBI officials taking away P Chidambaram, in Delhi on Wednesday | ARUN KUMAR 2:20 pm: Registrar called in, says petition is defective PUSHKAR BANAKAR, RICHA SHARMA & KANU SARDA 2:25 pm: Sibal rectifies defect. Registrar agrees to send it for listing before CJI @ New Delhi 5:00 pm: Sibal informed by Registrar case will be heard Friday 6:00 pm: CBI issues lookout notice against Chidambaram 8:10 pm: Chidambaram appears at Congress HQ, addresses media 8: 20 pm: PC Chidambaram leaves for his Jor Bagh residence 8: 30 pm: CBI team reaches Congress HQ 9:00 pm: CBI, ED at PC’s home Post 10 pm: PC formally arrested FORMER finance minister P Chidambaram was picked up from his private residence here on Wednesday night by the CBI and later formally arrested, capping a day-long drama that started with a battery of lawyers knocking at the doors of the Supreme Court seeking anticipatory bail. But with the Supreme Court declining to immediately hear the matter and posting it for Friday, the former minister turned up at the Congress headquarters after a 24-hour hiatus where, flanked by his E PRESS MAPS X It poured, and how! With one more month to go for the four-month monsoon to end, as many as 13 states have already received very heavy rainfall going up to 1,800% more than average. Here’s a look HIMACHAL PRADESH l Aug 18 l 1,064% JAMMU & KASHMIR l June 12 l 986% PUNJAB l Aug 18 l 1,300% IMD data show that while monsoon season starts from June and ends in September, this year rainfall in June was 33% deficient, it was normal in July, while August saw 33% excess rainfall EAST RAJASTHAN l June 19 l 1,304% WEST RAJASTHAN l July 24 l 838% SAURASHTRA -KUTCH lAug 11 l1,844% lAug 10 l 1,629% Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director-general, IMD 750 governmentlicensed quarries are open in the state 130 new quarries were given permission last year There is no single agency to be held responsible for the violations of quarrying Post 2018 flood, the Geological Survey of India had conducted a study in 1,943 landslide spots in the state In the case of Puthumala, the GSI team had clearly marked it as red zone Lessons not learnt from flood, govt lifts ban on quarrying after a week EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram HARDLY a fortnight after the incessant rain triggered landslides in north Kerala killing more than 100 people and wiping out hundreds of acres and settlements, the Mining and Geology Department, which enforced a blanket ban on quarrying in the state a week ago, has lifted it on Wednesday . Department of Mining and Geology (DMG) Director K Biju said the ban was imposed following an alert issued by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) in view of the heavy rain forecast after landslides in Puthumala and Kavalappara. Now, the KSDMA has withdrawn the rain alerts and EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Alappuzha A YOUTH, about to get married next week, was brutally murdered by a gang on the National Highway 66 at Kayamkulam near here on Tuesday midnight. The victim is Shameer Khan, 25, of Puthenpurackal house, Kareelakulangara. Kayamkulam Sub-Inspector K Sunumon said Shameer, an NRI, had come home a week ago as his wedding was scheduled for September 8. On Tuesday, he threw a party for his friends. As it progressed, liquor got over and he, along with his friends, went to the High- Gold agriculture loans to stay IMD BENCHMARK 64.5-115.5 mm Heavy rainfall 115.6-204.4 mm Heavy to very heavy 204.5 mm or more Extremely heavy way Palace bar to buy bottles at 11.30 pm. The bar was closed, but a security guard was selling liquor at a higher price. However, he was reluctant to give it to Shameer as he was not familiar to him. Meanwhile, Shiyas, 21, the accused, and his friends Ajmal and Sahil were having beer purchased from the security guard inside a car parked nearby. When they bought more beer from the guard, Shameer and his friends questioned it and this led to an altercation. Shiyas and friends tried to escape from the scene, but Shameer’s friends tried to block ● More on P6 their vehicle. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @T’Puram Shameer Khan HORRIFIC ACT The incident occurred on the National Highway 66 near Highway Palace bar on Tuesday night Police take Shiyas into custody Two others are absconding SOON, women will make it to the driver’s seats of vehicles owned by government departments and stateowned entities, thanks to a major policy decision. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday, took the decision, which aims at ensuring gender equality. A CMO statement said existing laws would be amended in this regard. Women have been largely excluded from driver posts, Stop socialising losses, CEA tells India Inc T’Puram: State-Level Bankers Committee chairman R A Sankara Narayanan said banks would continue to extend cheaper gold agriculture loans. His clarification came amid reports that the Centre was planning to discontinue it. P4 Mumbai: Chief Economic Advisor K Subramanian on Wednesday called for a “mindset change” in the private sector by desisting from the tendency to grab profit and socialise losses and also seek sops in times of stress. He said it will be only investment and not consumption that will help the economy grow. NRI offers land to landslide-hit Kozhikode: An NRI businessman from Malappuram has offered 1.5 acres of land for the landslide-hit people at Kavalappara near Nilambur. A K Ahammad Iqbal has expressed willingness to donate his land located at Karad. TRIBALS’ SWAMI Rajiv Gauba appointed topmost bureaucrat, Ajay new Def Secy 2 yrs into captivity, Peelandi regains identity New Cab Secy a policy wonk Gauba became home secretary in 2017. He had also served as secretary in urban development ministry; and addl secretary in the home ministry, looking after Leftwing extremism. He has wide experience in policy making and programme implementation there is no prediction of major rain in the coming days. Against this backdrop, the DMG has withdrawn the curbs on quarrying, he said. However, the ban imposed by district collectors at the regional level would continue, he said. Malappuram collector, who is in charge of the disaster management authority in the district, has decided to extend the ban for another week. DMG had had banned granite quarrying in the state on August 9. The State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) too had recommended to the government to bring in curbs. According to officials close of the DMG, separate licences were issued for quarrying by various departments. ● More on P6 Gang brutally kills a youth who Women get green light to came from abroad for wedding be drivers in govt depts EXPRESS READ KERALA l Aug 9 l 975% LAKSHADWEEP l Aug 14 l 985% l July 19 l 850% Global warming is increasing temperature and it is not just surface temperature but entire troposphere temperature is rising. This increases moisture holding capacity, which means deep and dark cloud and heavy downpour in short spell party colleagues Ghulam Nabi Azad, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Ahmed Patel and Salman Khurshid, he played the victim of a witch-hunt card. Before he was taken away by a team of CBI officials to the agency’s headquarters, scenes at 115A Jor Bagh in New Delhi, his private residence, resembled an action film with CBI officials scaling the almost sixfoot walls of the house to arrest him in connection with the INX Media scam. Moments later, a team of the Enforcement Directorate, too, reached his residence. There was even a minor scuffle as Congress workers gathered there tried to prevent ED and CBI officials from entering the house. The CBI will produce the former finance minister on Thursday before the designated CBI special court. The agency is likely to seek Chidambaram’s remand for further investigation into the case. The anticipatory bail plea he sought to move in the apex court is now infructuous and he will have to seek regular bail from the competent court. At the Congress headquarters, Chidambaram told the media: “I believe that the foundation of a democracy is liberty . The most precious Article of the Constitution of India is Article 21 that guarantees life and liberty If I am asked to choose . between life and liberty I shall , unhesitatingly choose liberty. Why are the years up to 1947 called the years of freedom struggle? Because, to win freedom, we must struggle. To preserve freedom too, we must struggle,” a smiling Chidambaram said. According to sources, the party high command wanted him to make a public appearance to dispel the negative perception over his rumoured disappearance. QUARRIES A WORRY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi @ Palakkad UNION Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba was on Wednesday appointed the new Cabinet Secretary for a two-year tenure. India also got its first Lokpal secretary in B K Agarwal, a 1985 IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre. Another 1985 batch IAS officer Ajay Kumar of the Kerala cadre is the new Defence Secretary And 1986 batch IAS . officer of the Karnataka cadre Subhash Chandra is the new Secretary for Defence Production, replacing Ajay Kumar. Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will initially join as Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat, before taking full charge from incumbent P K Sinha. Sinha was first appointed Cabinet Secretary in 2015 but then got several extensions beyond his two-year tenure. TWO years ago he roamed the wilderness, enjoying freedom, eating food of his choice and bathing in the cool streams winding through the forest. He used to stray into the human habitations bordering the woods and raid the crops, spreading fear among the villagers. He killed nine people including five tribals. But he was venerated by the tribals as an incarnation of God. Two years after being caught and shackled, he still lives in the hearts of Now he is very obedient and the two mahouts at Kodanad have done a commendable job by taming the elephant within a year Ajayan, Assistant Range Officer, Forest Department Peelandi Chandru the tribals in Attappady who adore him for the blessings he showered on them. Peelandi, the wild tusker of Attappadi, who has been languishing in captivity at Kodanad in Ernakulam district for the past two years, has at last regained his tribal identity. He was named after Peelandi, a tribal youth was killed by him. However, the Forest Department changed his name to ‘Kodanad Chandrasekharan after his year-long domestication training at the temporary kraal. The change in name had hurt the tribals who believed his tribal link was erased.Succumbing to the pressure from the tribal community, the Forest Department has issued an order changing the tusker’s name as ‘Peelandi Chandu’, honouring the tribals’ sentiments. ● More on P6 except in the KSRTC, where one appointment was made in 2013. There a few of them in the state, driving private buses, online taxis and autorickshaws, but the number is miniscule. There is an all-woman bus service, run by the Thrissur D i s t r i c t Va n i t h a Transport Co-operative Society A leading . official with the KSRTC said there is no discrimination. “Women candidates generally don’t come forward to become drivers in KSRTC. The corporation hasn’t reserved the post for male candidates,” said the officer. P5 Hyderabad now home to largest Amazon campus EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad GLOBAL e-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday opened its new campus at Nanankramguda in Hyderabad. This is Amazon’s largest facility globally and the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US. The facility, inaugurated by Telangana home minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, is spread over 3 million sq ft, of which 1.8 million sq ft is office area; the rest is earmarked for recreation and parking facilities. Built on 9.5 acres, it will house 15,000 of Amazon’s 62,000-odd workforce in India. This is also the largest tech base outside Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, and if you include contract employees, the total workforce in India is in excess of 1.55 lakh. The firm already operates from eight lease facilities within the city, but won’t be renewing the rental contracts as it wants to eventually move staff into its own campus.
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