TWITTER KOCHI l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 02, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 36 l LATE 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 P8 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 Get serious on economy: MMS to Modi Former prime minister Manmohan Singh calls slowdown a man-made crisis 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 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 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. Manmohan Singh FPIs pull out L5,920 cr in Aug Manmohan Singh with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a function in New Delhi on Sunday | ARUN KUMAR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 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 “man-made”. 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 allround mismanagement of the NDA government and called out FPIs pulled out I5,920 crore from the Indian capital markets in August though govt rolled back enhanced surcharge 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 allround 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 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,” he said. For details visit www.licindia.in Sitharaman dodges queries on slowdown EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Chennai on Sunday refused to acknowledge any economic slowdown and job loss in India and was noncommittal on refor ms the gover nment 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, she said the BJP-led government, since 2014, had created jobs in the nation’s informal sectors. ARIF IS KERALA GOVERNOR STATE’S 22ND GUV 5 states — Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Telangana — on Sunday got new governors P7 Born: In 1951, at Bulandshahr, UP Education at Jamia Millia School, Delhi; Aligarh Muslim University & Shia College, Lucknow University Portfolio held in union ministry: Civil Aviation and Energy 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 jan’s appointment as Telangana Governor, it got bragging WITH a clutch of new appoint- rights of providing the largestments for the post of gover- ever representation to women nors, Prime Minister Narendra in gubernatorial positions. Modi on Sunday indicated Khan has been a vocal alternative voice within the that gubernatorial positions are no longer sineminority community. cures for tired politi“Khan is a voice of cians. Instead, he modern Muslims. He expects them to disraised the voice of discharge their Constitusent against the Contional duties assertively . gress when the party Tamilisai By sending Arif Mosought to protect reSoundararajan hammed Khan to the gressive social practices within the minority Kerala Raj Bhavan, the Centre appears to have sent out community. His appointment a message that it is keen to en- in Kerala is well thought out. It courage alternative voices aims to offer him a platform to w i t h i n t h e m i n o r i t y raise his voice, besides bringing weight to the office of the community . With Tamilisai Soundarara- Governor,” said a BJP official. M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi PALA BYPOLL Suspense ends in surprise, UDF picks Jose Tom 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 by Thomas 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. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 36 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex + 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
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