CHENNAI THURSDAY AUGUST 22, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE 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 ■ 42 lakh 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 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 2:25 pm: Sibal rectifies defect. Registrar agrees to send it for listing before CJI 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXACTLY a month after he sprang a surprise by offering to mediate on Kashmir, which was later retracted by his aides, US President Donald Trump is back to his favourite flip-flop game. On July 22, he had claimed PM Narendra Modi had sought his help to resolve the Kashmir issue, a claim flatly rejected by India. Again on Wednesday, the US President saunt e re d i n t o the controversial subject terming the situation ‘very complicated’ and ‘explosive’ and that he would “mediate or do something” about it. Speaking to reporters in the White House, he said he would discuss with PM Modi about easing the Indo-Pak tensions when they meet at the G7 Summit in France. “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, durP11 ing the weekend. 5:00 pm: Sibal informed by Registrar case will be heard Friday HOW IT 6:00 pm: CBI issues lookout notice against Chidambaram UNFOLDED 8:10 pm: Chidambaram appears at Congress HQ, addresses media 11:00 am: ED issues lookout notice against Chidambaram 8: 20 pm: PC Chidambaram leaves for his Jor Bagh residence 12 noon: Registry points out defect in the petition 8: 30 pm: CBI team reaches Congress HQ 2 pm: Sibal mentions before Justice Ramana for urgent hearing 9:00 pm: CBI and ED team at Chidambaram’s home 2:20 pm: Registrar called in, says petition is defective CBI officials taking away P Chidambaram, in Delhi on Wednesday | ARUN KUMAR Post 10 pm: Chidambaram formally arrested Chidambaram arrested PUSHKAR BANAKAR, RICHA SHARMA & KANU SARDA @ New Delhi 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 for him. 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 party colleagues Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Ahmed Patel and Salman Khurshid, he played the victim card. Before he was taken away by a team of CBI officials, scenes at his 115A Jor Bagh residence resembled an action film with sleuths scaling the almost sixfoot boundary wall to arrest him in connection with the INX Media scam. Moments later, a team of the Enforcement Directorate, too, arrived. There was even a minor scuffle as Congress work- 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 | P9 JAMMU & KASHMIR June 12 986% HIMACHAL PRADESH Aug 18 1,064% PUNJAB Aug 18 1,300% EAST RAJASTHAN June 19 1,304% 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 Date Rainfall Period: June 8-Aug 20 WEST RAJASTHAN July 24 838% SAURASHTRA -KUTCH Aug 11 1,844% Aug 10 1,629% ers gathered there tried to prevent ED and CBI officials from entering the house. Chidambaram has been lodged in suit No. 5 of the CBI Guest House on the ground floor of the agency HQ. The anticipatory bail plea he sought to move in the Supreme Court is now infructuous. Chidambaram can only seek regular bail. The CBI is expected to produce him on Thursday before a designated CBI special court, where it is likely to seek his remand for further questioning. Earlier, addressing the media at the Congress headquarters, Chidambaram said, “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.” According to sources, the party high command wanted him to make a public appearance to dispel negative perceptions over his going underP11 ground. Rajiv Gauba appointed topmost bureaucrat, Ajay new Def Secy 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 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 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. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba, IAS (JH:1982) as Cabinet Secretary with a tenure of two years from 30.08.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” the official order read. KERALA Aug 9 975% V I G N E S H V @ Madurai IMD BENCHMARK 115.6-204.4 mm Heavy to very heavy 204.5 mm + Extremely heavy `300 cr `15,000 per sq yard Going rate from `28,000 a few months ago Investment in real estate sector locked in capital region 60% Inventory lying unsold 30-35% Drop in real estate prices 6-7 Registrations per day from a minimum of 15 just three months ago lying unsold. Though these figures clearAMARAVATI, the ambitious ly point at a crisis, most develgreenfield capital city of opers are waiting for the tide Andhra Pradesh, is under a to turn. As of now, distress cloud with the Y S Jagan Mo- sales are few and far between han Reddy government send- but prices have come down by ing confusing signals on its 30-35 per cent. Even then, fate, reiterating commitment home buyers are reluctant to to its development on the one put their money . hand and questioning its viaWhile both sides wait and bility on the other. watch, shortage of sand has Tuesday’s refurther compounded marks of Municipal the situation. ConAdministration Minstruction workers ister Botcha laid off with most Satyanarayana that projects coming to a There has been a Amaravati is not decrease in the screeching halt, are number of only costly but also mig rating to Hyregistrations in vulnerable to floods, derabad. According set the cat among the the area under the to one account, alpurview of pigeons. No stakemost 50,000 have miMangalagiri by holder is, perhaps, grated to Hyderabad 40-50 per cent. more unnerved than in the last one month Today, we hardly the real estate sector. alone in search of find 6-7 people On a downward spi- coming for land or work. house site ral ever since the In the first quarter registrations change of guard in of this fiscal, the the state, it could Karimulla, real estate number of registranow hit the panic agent in Mangalagiri tions related to housbutton. es and house sites At least 5,000 prodecreased when jects underway in the region, compared to the correspondincluding Vijayawada, Gun- ing period in 2018-19. The subtur and Mangalagiri, are fac- registrar’s office in Mangalaing headwinds. Around `300 giri, a beehive of activity with crore investment is locked 10-15 registrations a day on an with the projects stalled. Esti- average till a month before mates vary but it appears that elections, now wears a gloomy CONTINUED ON: P8 nearly 60 per cent inventory is look. S G U R U S R I K A N T H @ Vijayawada ‘Psycho’ killer arrested for 3 murders LAKSHADWEEP Aug 14 985% July 19 850% 64.5-115.5 mm THE BIG DIP Urgent SC hearing denied; late evening drama as ex-FM addresses media; gets CBI knock E PRESS MAPS X Heavy rainfall MIXED SIGNALS PUT ANDHRA PRADESH IN A CAPITAL MESS June 2019 33% deficit July Normal August 32% excess 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 Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director-general, IMD EXPRESS READ TRIBUTE CM Edappadi K Palaniswami releasing a special postal cover to commemorate the golden jubilee celebrations of Vellalar Educational Trust, on Wednesday | EXPRESS | Report: P7 Kerala to recruit women drivers in govt departments Stop socialising losses, CEA tells India Inc 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 Thiruvananthapuram: In a first, the Kerala government on Wednesday decided to recruit women drivers in government departments and state-owned entities. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday, noted the move will ensure gender equality | P8 Private tankers’ strike called off as govt agrees to terms Chennai: Water tanker owners’ association called off its strike on Wednesday after the govt agreed to grant licenses for drawing water within the next two days. About 20 licenses were granted on Wednesday, and more will be granted in the coming days | P2 THE district police claimed to have cracked the mystery of three murders reported from the rural limits of the district with the arrest of a 38-year-old suspected serial killer. While the arrest was made in the second week of August, officials grilled him over the past week to establish his identity and involvement. The suspect was identified as T Velmurugan (38) of Govinthampatti village in Theni district. Sources said that Vel- murugan was a convicted murderer and had come out of jail around six years ago. The Vikkaramangalam police registered a case, produced Velmurugan before a court, which remanded him in the Central Prison. The murders On April 21 last, the Elumalai police station in Madurai district was alerted about the murder of 60-yearold M Vellaisamy The elderly . man was allegedly strangulated, then attacked with stones before being stabbed. The deceased was sleeping alone at his farm. While the usual angles were probed into, the police hit a dead end as they could not establish the motive, much less identify the killer. The following May 4 saw the Usilampatti Town police station register a case in the murder of one G Ayyavu alias Gurunathan (84) of Linganayakkanpatti. The octogenarian had retired for the night at his farm and was P5 reportedly alone. SIZE IT UP World’s largest Amazon campus opens in Hyderabad Fast delivery TS govt had in 2006 given Amazon all approvals to start construction in a record 11 days, against the norm of 6-9 months, said Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, ITE&C 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 Amazonowned 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. Amazon’s new campus in Hyderabad, inaugurated on Wed | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN The firm already operates from eight lease facilities within the city but won’t be renew, ing the rental contracts as it wants to eventually move staff into its own campus. As of now, over 4,500 operate from the freshly-built facility, though Jonh Schoettler, Amazon’s VP (global real estate and facilities), neither divulged details about the present headcount in the city nor fresh hiring plans.
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