MADURAI SATURDAY AUGUST 24, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION SINDHU, PRANEETH CONFIRM MEDALS AT WORLD C’SHIPS World No 5 bests Tai Tzu-ying 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 in quarterfinals, while Indonesian Jonatan Christie goes down 24-22, 21-14 OF CONSISTENCY AND A LONG WAIT TIME TO GO FOR GOLD With her victory, Sindhu sealed her third Worlds medal on the trot. Praneeth, on the other hand, is now the first Indian male shuttler since Prakash Padukone in 1983 to ensure a podium finish in the tournament. This will also be the first time that India are medalling in both the men’s and the women’s categories at the Worlds ■ ■ ■ Sindhu is the only Indian to have won silver at the Worlds, having done so in the last two editions She will be up against World No 3 Chen Yu Fei in the semifinal Praneeth, on the other hand, will face a tough task, taking on World No 1 Kento Momota in his last-four clash 5 MEDALS WON BY SINDHU AT WORLD’S, JOINT BEST WITH ZHANG NING 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 STRONG STIMULUS Giving a mega booster shot to India’s depressed economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced a plethora of measures ranging from tax relief to cash injection into public sector banks to improve liquidity. In what appeared to be a minibudget, the FM’s announcements included rolling back of the vexatious surcharge on foreign portfolio investors. A look Additional surcharge on foreign investors removed Angel tax relief Budding firms can now raise big money without the fear as angel tax has been withdrawn for govt registered start-ups This was a major dampener in the Budget, which spooked foreign portfolio investors who deserted the Indian bourses for safer markets. The relaxation could see them coming back Measures to end tax terrorism `70,000 crore to be injected through PSU banks All notices, summons and orders from income-tax authorities will be issued through a centralised computer system to avoid harassment and corruption by tax officers. Individual letters / notices issued by officers will be invalid This additional credit infusion will enable banks to lend more to small traders, MSMEs and retail borrowers, which will in turn perk up consumption and revive market sentiments. Plus, PSU banks will pass on RBI rate cut benefits pronto. EMIs, too, will come down as interest rates on housing and auto loans will be directly linked with repo rate Empowering bank officials To support honest decision-making and to prevent harassment for genuine commercial decisions by bankers, CVC has issued directions that Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) in banks to classify cases as vigilance and non-vigilance. Decisions of the IAC and bank CVO/ DA will be treated as final Fast cash for MSMEs All pending GST refunds will be cleared within 30 days; future refunds will be made within 60 days Govt turns buyer to boost auto sector Ban on purchasing new vehicles to replace on old ones in govt departments lifted. Plus, all vehicles bought between now and March 2020 will get 30% depreciation benefit (against 15% before). This will bring down your net income tax liability These measures will provide the immediate relief that the industry was seeking Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company Instant removal of FPI tax is a very short-term measure with long-term impact Ashishkumar Chauhan, managing director and CEO, BSE The govt is taking a heads-on approach to addressing issues, supporting the key drivers Anuj Puri, chairman, ANAROCK Property Consultants Man’s crusade for closure ends as wife, her lover held for poisoning 2 children E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Madurai IT was a heartbroken Ragavanantham who returned home from abroad three years ago. He had lost his two children to accidental poisoning — the third one narrowly escaped the clutches of death — and he needed to lay them to rest. However, he could not bring himself to believe that the deaths were mere accident as portrayed. He then embarked on a crusade for closure spanning three years that ended with the arrest of his wife and her lover on Thursday night. On October 9, 2016, 27-year-old R Ranjitha from Saruguvalayapatti in the district landed at the government Melur hospital with her three children, who reportedly had consumed rat poison after mistaking it to be biscuits. Seven-year-old R Bargavi and five-year-old R Yu va r a j s o o n s u c c u m b e d . However, another child — Bala — was put on life support and he survived. It was an open-andshut case for the police, who concluded the deaths to be accidental. However, Ragavanantham sensed something amiss. He began digging up and learnt about Ranjitha’s extramarital affair with Kalyanaraman (30) of Aritapatti in the district. Now, he began suspecting his wife’s role in his children’s death. However, his attempt to bring his children’s murderers to book was stonewalled by the police. A deter mined Ragavanantham moved the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court for justice and after a legal tussle, the judiciary directed the police to reopen the case and conduct a fresh investigation. Based on the Court’s order, the Keezhavalavu police registered a case and began afresh. Investigations revealed that Ranjitha in cahoots with Kalyanaraman alle gedly poisoned the children to remove the hurdles in their union. After ascertaining their roles, the police arrested Ranjitha and her lover on Thursday night. The duo was produced before a court, which sent them to Madurai Central Prison on Friday . MKU PROF SACKED FOR SEX ABUSE J E YA L A K S H M I R A M A N U J A M @ Madurai THE Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) Syndicate dismissed a professor for allegedly sexually harassing a research scholar based on the Internal Complaints Committee recommendations, which was ratified by Governor Banwarilal Purohit. The decision was announced during a special syndicate meeting on Thursday The complaint . was against Professor K Karnamaharajan — also the Head of Centre for Film and Electronic Media Studies Department. On December 7, 2018, a research scholar submitted a complaint to the then Registrar V Chinniah and Tamil Nadu Higher Education Department Principal Secretary Mangat Ram Sharma stating that Karnamaharajan was emotionally abusing her for the past one year and that Karnamaharajan had wilfully issued her a memo, cancelling her PhD registration, on December 27 last. It was the complainant’s allegation that, when she was on leave, the research guide recommended the varsity authorities to cancel her PhD registration. Continued on page 4 TERROR ALERT TURNS CITY INTO FORTRESS; STATE ON HIGH ALERT Intel on six LeT terrorists entering the State via Lanka leads to fortification of the city E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore SECURITY has been strengthened across Coimbatore after the police department received an alert about six Lashkar-e-Taiba infiltrators aiming at disrupting the Vinayaga Chathurthi celebration in the district. According to the alert issued to officers in Coimbatore, the six LeT members have entered Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka. The group consists of one Pakistani national named Illyas Anwar and five Sri Lankan Tamil Muslims. The group has disguised themselves as Hindus with tilaks/vibuthi smeared on their foreheads. Police department, on Thursday night, was asked to strengthen the security arrangements and maintain vigil until further orders. City police have started inspecting vehicles at all major points in the city District (Rural) police . have deputed all their personnel to check posts at the points of entry into the district. Nothing suspicious has been found so far. Though City Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan confirmed that a terror alert has been issued, he did not disclose the source of the alert. “The source of the alert will not be disclosed. Vehicle checks are being conducted and random checks will be held crowded places; lodges are being checked thoroughly Around 2,000 police . EXPRESS READ Three killed in Sattur cracker unit fire accident Virudhunagar: Three workers died in an accident at a firecracker unit at Mettamalai in Sattur on Friday. The deceased were identified as Dharmar, Vijay and Ramesh. On Friday all three were involved in loading firecracker bundles in the lorry. At that time, the fire, which broke out due to friction destroyed all working sheds.On information, Sattur Fire and Rescue Service personnel rushed to the spot and put out the fire after an hour-long operation. Sattur Taluk police registered a case and is investiating. According to police, the unit, owned by deceased Ramesh had a licence from the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation. Chidambaram to stay in CBI custody over weekend New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday granted former Union Minister P Chidambaram protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the INX Media scam till Monday, but refused to give him any relief in the CBI remand, which will end on the same day. However, bench of justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna agreed to hear a fresh petition challenging the trial judge’s order granting four days of custody to the CBI. HC SAYS Report sought on 29 quarries in eco-sensitive Kumari E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Madurai THE Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Chief Wildlife Warden of Tamil Nadu to send a report to the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) within six weeks on 29 quarries situated in the eco-sensitive zones in Kanniyakumari district. A bench comprising Justices M Sathyanarayanan and B Pugalendhi issued further directions to the NBWL to pass orders on the applications filed by the quarry operators seeking environmental clearance, based on the report, within eight weeks. The case has been adjourned to October 15. The directions came in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by one G Jose Freddy Miller of Kalkulam Taluk in Kanniyakumari district seeking the cancellation of licence granted to the quarries in eco-sensitive zones in the district. During the hearing on Thursday the counsel appearing for the , litigant submitted that “nearly seven of the 29 quarries are inoperative now”. “The seven quarries had functioned for nearly four years without obtaining environmental clearance, and have exhausted the natural resources there,” he contended, and prayed the court to impose penalty on the inoperative quarries. According to Miller, the villages — Meycode, Ponmanai, Velimalai and Surulacode — of Kalkulam taluk are situated at the foothills of Wester n Ghats and f all under the eco-sensitive zones of K a nya k u m a r i Wi l d l i f e Sanctuary . There are around 1,000 families residing in these villages and nearly 10 schools, two colleges, and 10 hospitals are in the said area, he stated. However, several quarries were permitted to operate in the ecosensitive zones, submitted Miller. He prayed the court to cancel the licence granted to the quarry operators in the zone and protect the hill areas. Commandoes keeping a tight vigil in the city | EXPRESS personnel have been deployed in the city; ten Quick Response Teams (QRT) have been deployed in strategic places in the city We have informed the Indian . Army and Air Force to alert their forces. There is no need for the people to panic,” said Commissioner Sumit Sharan. Security has been increased at rail- way stations, malls, worship places, theatres and bus stands. Special teams comprising railway police force have been deputed to all railway stations. The Coimbatore International Airport too has been brought under fivetier security apparatus, including that of the Central Industrial Security P4 Force (CISF). DELTA BOOST Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday announced a ploughing subsidy of `600 per acre at a cost of `30 crore to promote direct sowing of paddy in the delta CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar with Tiruchy district central cooperative bank chairman A R Kaliappan on Friday | P5
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