TWITTER MADURAI MONDAY SEPTEMBER 02, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 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 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 Joint family of 31 in Assam hit by NRC bouncer, has nowhere to go 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. Neither did they nor their wives and kids make it to the final NRC despite their names were in the first and second lists. Mohirun Nessa with her son Robikul Stop politics, get serious on economy: MMS to Modi Former PM Manmohan Singh calls slowdown a man-made crisis 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 Sitharaman dodges queries on slowdown EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Former PM 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 `1 LAKH CR GST collections in August dropped to `98,202 crore from `1.02 lakh crore in the July, govt data released on Sunday showed MARUTI SALES DROP 33% IN AUG Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s largest carmaker, on Sunday reported a 32.7% drop in sales at 1,06,413 units in August. It had sold 1,58,189 units in August last year FPIS PULL OUT `5,920 CR IN AUG FPIs pulled out `5,920 crore from the Indian capital markets in August though the 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 “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 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 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 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. ,” Attributing the massive joblessness to the Modi government’s policies, Singh said most vulnerable workers will be hit by the large scale job losses. “Rural India is in terrible shape as farmers are not receiving adequate prices and rural incomes have declined,” he said. FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Chennai on Sunday refused to acknowledge any economic slowdown and job loss in India and was noncommittal 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 meas, ures taken following the Budget were showing results in the form of banks and non-bank financial companies having better liquidity . “We didn’t have any worries about the NRC as we had our names in the first and the second lists. We were shocked yesterday (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 in- consolably 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 as we had just 24 hours to go to faraway Golaghat. We sold off out cattle and rice to arrange `40,000 to hire a bus. We had to hire it as all 31 of us were called and there was no any time,” Robikul said. “We would have forgotten the hardship had we remained included in the NRC,” the 30-year-old added. Fear and anxiety gripped the excluded and their family ARIF IS KERALA GOVERNOR; TELANGANA GETS TAMILISAI 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 alternative voices within the minority community . With Tamilisai 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 Arif Khan, Tamilisai Soundararajan 7th woman guv Tamilisai Soundararajan is the seventh female governor appointed by the Modi govt. The others are Anusuiya Uikey, Najma Heptullah, Mridula Sinha, Draupadi Murmu, Anandiben Patel and Baby Rani Maurya 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. 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 triple 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 . Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Bandaru Dattatreya, two BJP veterans who were phased out of electoral politics, bagged the gubernatorial positions for Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh, respectively . Tamilisai’s replacement is anyone’s guess EX P R ESS N E WS S E RVI CE @ Chennai IT’S anyone’s guess as to who might replace Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan. Party insiders say former AIADMK minister Nainar Nagenthran, State general secretary from Thanjavur M ‘Karuppu’ Muruganantham and former Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan are top contenders for the post in the State in which the BJP has struggled to gain a foothold. Still, the number of names being discussed suggests the state unit is open to the possibility of the national leadership making an unexpected choice. Nagenthran joined BJP two years ago, after the death of late CM J Jayalalithaa, and is a strong organiser but his status as a newcomer may act against him. Muruganantham and ex-state chief Ponnar have RSS roots, which may aid their chances. Other contenders are ex-MP CP Radhakrishan, national secretary H Raja and state functionaries KS Narendran, Vanathi Sreenivasan and R SrinP4 ivasan. @ 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. The Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is learnt to have discussed her transfer to Meghalaya High Court as its Chief Justice during its last meeting, but did not take its final call. That decision could be taken this week. The collegium normally meets twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. What was surprising about Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani Consular access to Jadhav in Pakistan today? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 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”. Last Thursday, when Faisal said both nations were in contact on the issue, India promptly sought “immediate, effective and unhindered” consular access to Jadhav. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) EXPRESS READ Stalker sets woman ablaze in Chinasalem A 28-year-old woman was set on fire allegedly by a stalker at Chinasalem on Saturday. Police said the woman from Paakambadi village was set on fire by 21-year-old V Elumalai who had been stalking her for six months. He tried to force her to have sex with him and when she refused, he poured a kerosene on her and set her ablaze, police said. Bulls now must get FC before being bred LIVING ON THE EDGE Participants at a stuntshow during the 22nd JK tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship 2019 near Coimbatore on Sunday | U RAKESH KUMAR SC to take call on transfer of Madras HC Chief Justice to Meghalaya EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE members across villages in the district. 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 in Upper Assam’s Jorhat, Golaghat and Sivasagar districts. Most families had made it to the previous lists but now, they are divided. Justice Tahilramani’s proposed transfer was that the High Court of Meghalaya is the smallest in India, with just three judges, including the chief justice. At present, it has just two judges. Compare that with the Madras High Court, which has a sanctioned strength of 75 judges. Also, Justice Tahilramani is one of the senior-most high court judges in the country . Justice Tahilramani has been at Madras High Court since August 2018. During her stint at the Bombay High Court as acting chief justice, she delivered a number of landmark judgments, including the Bilkis Bano case, which was transferred to Maharashtra from Gujarat by the Supreme Court. The verdict upheld the life imprisonment of 11 people while setting aside the acquittal of seven others, including policemen and doctors. For the collegium to give the green light to the transfer of Justice Tahilramani, it first has to transfer the present Chief Justice of Meghalaya HC Ajay Kumar Mittal. Last month, the collegium had recommended the appointment of new chief justices to the high courts of Gujarat, Andhra, Sikkim and Gauhati. With the Tamil Nadu Bovine Breeding Act, 2019 having been notified recently, it is now mandatory to get a fitness certificate for bulls before breeding from veterinarians, thereby restricting natural crossbreeding between indigenous bulls and cows. The act stipulates `50,000 fine for offenders. P5 India thwarts Pak bid to raise Kashmir at Male India on Sunday successfully thwarted Pakistan’s attempt to raise the Kashmir issue during the South Asian Speakers’ Summit in the Maldives, saying Islamabad should end all state support to terrorism. The two sides had a heated exchange during summit held in the Maldivian Parliament, where the representatives had gathered.
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