TWITTER THRISSUR l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 02, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l CITY EDITION CHANDRAYAAN’S LANDER SET TO SEPARATE FROM ORBITER The spacecraft began the circular lunar orbit on Sunday, paving the way for decoupling of the lander from the orbiter A FEW MORE DEORBIT MANOEUVRES TO GO CRUCIAL STEPS AHEAD BEFORE LANDING ISRO said the final lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre of the spacecraft was performed on Sunday at 6.21 pm. According to Isro’s schedule, the separation of the lander from the spacecraft’s orbiter will happen on Monday between 12:45 pm and 1:45 pm. Following this, Vikram the lander will perform two deorbit manoeuvres to prepare for landing on the Moon ■ ■ ■ The first deorbit manoeuvre will be on Sept 3, between 9-10 am 2nd deorbit manoeuvre is scheduled for Sept 4 between 3-4 am If successful, Vikram lander is scheduled for a powered descent on September 7, when it would carry out a soft landing on the P6 south pole of the Moon between 01:30 – 02:30 (IST) Samudrayaan INDIA PLANS TO SEND SCIENTISTS 6,000 METRES UNDER SEA BY 2021-22 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 Stop politics, get serious ARIF IS KERALA GOVERNOR; on economy: MMS to Modi TELANGANA GETS TAMILISAI Ex-PM Manmohan Singh calls slowdown a man-made crisis Sitharaman dodges queries on slowdown India has not been able to increase its exports to take advantage of geopolitical realignments. Such is the state of economic management under the Modi govt Manmohan Singh E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai Manmohan Singh with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a function in New Delhi on Sunday | ARUN KUMAR E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi GST mop-up goes below L1 L cr GST collections in August dropped to I98,202 crore from I1.02 lakh crore in the July, govt data said Maruti sales drop 33% Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s largest carmaker, on Sunday reported a 32.7% drop in sales at 1,06,413 units in August. FPIs pull out L5,920 cr in Aug FPIs pulled out I5,920 crore from the Indian capital markets in August though govt rolled back enhanced surcharge FORMER Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday tore into the Narendra Modi-led government urging the latter to put aside its “vendetta politics” and do something about the deepening economic slowdown, which he described as “manmade”. Lamenting that the current state of economy was worrying, he urged PM Modi to reach out to sane voices to steer the country out of the crisis. The former PM alleged the slowdown was a result of all-round mismanagement of the NDA government and called out demonetisation and GST for dealing deadly blows the economy . Singh said, “The state of the economy today is deeply worrying. The last quarter’s GDP growth rate of 5% signals that we are in the midst of a prolonged slowdown. India has the potential to grow at a much faster rate but all-round mismanagement by the Modi government has resulted in this slow down.” In a hard-hitting statement directly targeting the government, Singh noted the youth, entrepreneurs and farmers deserve better treatment and that the country cannot afford to continue in this fashion. Singh said he was particularly worried about the manufacturing sector, whose growth has come to a screeching halt at 0.6%. “Our economy has not yet recovered from man-made blunders of demonetisation and a hastily implemented GST,” he said, adding that institutions were robbed of their autonomy . Speaking on RBI’s recent transfer of `1.76 lakh crore to the government, Singh — a former RBI governor – said the move will test the resilience of the central bank. “There is a gaping hole in tax revenues. Tax buoyancy remains elusive as businessmen are hounded and tax terrorism continues unabated. Investor sentiments are in doldrums. These are not the foundations for economic recovery he said. ,” FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Chennai on Sunday refused to acknowledge any economic slowdown and job loss in India and was non-committal on reforms the government might undertake, including reduction of GST rates. Asked repeatedly if the government thought there was an economic slowdown in the country Sitharaman, during an , interaction with reporters, refused to give a direct answer, stating instead that the government was listening to grievances of every sector. “We hear them out for solutions that they want and we respond.” On the job losses mentioned in the National Sample Survey Office’s report on employment, she said the BJP-led government, since 2014, had created jobs in the nation’s informal sectors. “Indian informal sector employment has not been appropriately or exhaustively documented. When we refer to data from government organisations such as NSSO, they talk only about the formal sector and not about the informal. In India, nature of our economy being what it is, the informal sector is where majority of our employment is based. If there is stress in respective sectors, I am willing to hear,” she said. Asked about former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s comment that India was in the midst of a slowdown because of demonetisation and GST, she said, “He said it and I heard to it,” she said. On how long it would take for visible changes in the economy, she said measures taken following the Budget were showing results in the form of banks and non-bank financial companies having better liquidity . M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi WITH a clutch of new appointments for the post of governors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday indicated that gubernatorial positions are no longer sinecures for tired politicians. Instead, he expects them to discharge their Constitutional duties assertively . By sending Arif Mohammed Khan to the Kerala Raj Bhavan, the Centre appears to have sent out a message that it is keen to encourage alter native voices within the minority community . With TamiliTamilisai Soundararajan sai Soundararajan’s appointment as Telangana Governor, it got bragging rights of providing the largest-ever representation to women in gubernatorial positions in India. Khan has been a vocal alternative voice within the minority community “Khan is a voice . of modern Muslims. He raised the voice of dissent against the Congress when the party sought to protect regressive social practices within the minority community His appointment in Ker. Khan, state’s 22nd Guv The appointment will take effect from the date he assumes charge, said Rashtrapati Bhavan Born In 1951, at Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh It’s an opportunity to serve. Fortunate to be born in a country like India which is so vast and rich in diversity. It’s a great opportunity for me to know this part of India, which forms boundary of India and is called God’s Own Country Arif Mohammed Khan Education at Jamia Millia School, Delhi; Aligarh Muslim University & Shia College, Lucknow University Portfolio held in union ministry: Civil Aviation and Energy 5 states — Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Telangana — on Sunday got new governors ala is well thought out. It aims to offer him a platform to raise his voice, besides bringing weight to the office of the Governor,” said a senior BJP functionary, who counted Najma Heptullah, Manipur Governor, as two from the minority community occupying Raj Bhavans. Khan had argued strongly in favour of the bid to push the tri- Hearty congratulations to Governordesignate Arif Mohammed Khan. He has an exemplary career in public life and we sincerely hope to work together for the development of the state. On behalf of the people, we warmly welcome him to our state Pinarayi Vijayan, CM ple talaq legislation. Soundararajan, who was BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief, looked a surprise choice. “She’s being given administrative exposure. Besides, the BJP is poised for a big leap in the electoral politics of Telangana. The BJP wants the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad to become more vocal,” added the BJP functionary . EXPRESS READ SC to take call on transfer of Madras HC CJ New Delhi: Days after recommending the appointment new chief justices of various high courts, the Supreme Court collegium is likely to decide on a few transfers of serving chief justices this week. On top of the list is the proposed transfer of Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) NRC: Joint family of 31 have nowhere to go SHORT NOTICES Hundreds of families from Hatishola, Majortop, Sontoli and their neighbouring villages were issued short notices by NRC authorities last month for re-verification of their documents P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Goroimari HAVING been left out of the final NRC, the sword of detention is looming large over the 31-member joint family of Mohirun Nessa. The 55-year-old rushed to Hatishola from her Laruwajan village on Sunday when she learnt that a group of advocates from Guwahati was visiting the remote village in Kamrup district to offer legal advice to people excluded from the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Jochhon Ali, Mohirun’s husband, and his three brothers Asur Uddin, Moin Uddin and Sona Uddin live together. Nei- Consular access to Jadhav in Pak today? Mohirun Nessa with her son Robikul ther did they nor their wives and kids make it to the final NRC despite their names were in the first and second lists. “We didn’t have any worries about the NRC as we had our names in the first and the second lists. We were shocked yesE X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PAKISTAN on Sunday announced it has granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on Monday as per the ruling , of International Court of Justice (ICJ), but did not specify if it was unhindered as demanded by India. Jadhav was sentenced to terday (Saturday) on not finding our names on the final NRC list,” Mohirun said. “I visited an NRC Seva Kendra hoping to find our names but only to be frustrated. When I returned home, I saw my mother and children crying inconsolably. Never before did we face such a situation. It was as if someone in the family died,” Mohirun’s son Robikul said. The members of the family were at their wit’s end last month when NRC authorities served them a 24-hour notice seeking their appearance for the re-verification of their documents at a place 400 km away . The notice triggered chaos. death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017, after which India approached the ICJ. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Jadhav is being provided consular access “in line with Vienna Convention on Consular relations, ICJ judgment and the laws of Pakistan”. For details visit www.licindia.in PALA BYPOLL Suspense ends in surprise, Tom UDF candidate A R U N M @ Kottayam SUSPENSE over the selection of the UDF candidate for the upcoming Pala bypoll ended in a surprise on Sunday with the Kerala Congress naming senior leader Jose Tom Pulikkunnel as its nominee. The name of Tom, a close confidant of Jose K Mani, was proposed by the Kerala Congress election sub-committee headed b y T h o m a s Jose Tom Chazhikadan, MP The official announcement . followed a meeting attended by UDF leaders. The announcement ended the speculation about Mani faction nominating Nisha Jose K Mani as its candidate. Sources said P J Joseph’s tough stand to not allow party symbol (two leaves) to Nisha prompted the Jose K Mani faction to zero in on Tom. The secret plan to field ex-Youth Front leader and Joseph faction’s district president Saji Manjakadambil too prompted Jose K ● More on P7 Mani to act fast.
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