PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE CHENNAI SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION SOUTH STAR’S NORTHERN TAKE STEPPING UP FOOD SECRETS FROM ITALY Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan talks about his second Bollywood outing, this time opposite Sonam K Ahuja, and how he would never work with his father, Kerala superstar Mammootty Bharatanatyam exponent Shumita Mahajan on giving up her corporate career to mentor students at her dance academy “In Italy and India, even if you weigh 300 kg, your nonna will say ‘Why don’t you eat something?’” quips Roberto Apa as he and another chef reveal Italian secrets THE INDUS IMBROGLIO COVER STORY EXCLUSIVE VOICES Fresh DNA evidence challenges the colonial theory that Aryans invaded India and formed the Vedic civilisation. It also gives a shot in the arm for the nationalistic argument against the Left’s influence on history and education T J S George Anil Swarup ■ Dr Debanjan Banerjee ■ ■ 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 STIMULUS GOVT EASES PURSE STRINGS TO BOOST EXPORTS, HOUSING EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A day after trade data signalled the distress in the economy would take a while to ease, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced a slew of measures to ramp up exports and lift the country’s flagging housing sector. The package included `20,000 crore to revive incomplete realty projects for the middle class and a WTOcompliant export duty rebate scheme replacing an old pro g ramme to pay out incentives. The FM said the special funding window would provide last-mile funds for housing projects that have not turned non-performing assets and that had not been taken before bankruptcy courts. “The objective is to focus on construction of unfinished units,” she added. Of the `20,000 crore, the government would contribute `10,000 crore with the rest coming from investors such as LIC, sovereign funds etc. “On the positive side, it may prevent many projects from landing at NCLT. But it will not address the problem of projects which are already in a mess,” said Anuj Puri, chairman, Anarock Properties. According to analysts, the bulk of the 220odd halted projects across the top seven cities in the country have either turned NPAs for banks or are facing bankruptcy proceedings. The new export scheme called Remission of Duties and Taxes on Export Products promises to pay back all taxes and duties paid out while producing an exportable product. It replaces the Merchandise Export Incentive Scheme, which gave incentives as a percentage of an exported product’s value WHAT’S NEW `20K cr for stuck projects Mega shopping festivals Fast, automated refund for exporters under GST New, WTO-compliant rebate scheme to replace old incentive programme and was under challenge before WTO courts by the US, Japan and the EU. While the old scheme cost the exchequer about `44,000 crore a year, the new tax refund scheme would cost about `50,000 crore annually . “This step had to be taken as we would have fallen foul of WTO rules otherwise,” said Prof Biswajit Dhar of P13 the JNU. Shah moots one nation, one language theory Says Hindi is spoken by the vast majority and can bind the whole nation, evokes angry reaction from regional parties E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi UNION Home Minister Amit Shah appeared to stir the hornet’s nest on Saturday when he appealed to Indians to make Hindi the one language that could “bind the whole country”. In his maiden speech on Hindi Diwas, he sought to promote Hindi so that it could become an identity for the country internationally But . Shah’s appeal sparked angry protests and reactions from many nonHindi speaking states and regions. “India is a country of different languages, each with its own importance. But it’s important that the whole country has one language that could become its identity internationally If there is one language . which could bind whole country it’s , Hindi. I appeal to citizens that while using their mother tongues they should use Hindi to fulfil the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel about one language for the country Shah said. ,” He said Hindi, which is already spoken by a majority in the country , would scale new heights by 2024. He said ‘Hindi Diwas’ would be organised across the country next year. The minister said not a single file with Hindi noting came to him in his first 10 days as the home minister “but now 60 per cent of them have Hindi notings”. Hindi is one of the two official INDIA SPEAKS The 22 languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution and the states where they are the main tongue or are spoken widely Himachal Pradesh Uttarakhand Hindi Hindi J&K Dogri, Punjab Kashmiri Punjabi Haryana Delhi Hindi Hindi Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh Hindi Hindi Gujarat Bihar Gujarati Hindi, Maithili Kerala Malayalam E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi GOING against convention, the BJP has puts its party MPs in charge of most parliamentary panels that scrutinise key ministries, with only the chairmanship of the standing committee on home given to Anand Sharma, deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha. The panels on finance and external affairs will now be chaired by BJP MPs Jayant Sinha and P P Choudhary respectively In the previ, . Manmohan ous Lok Sabha, Veerappa Moily and Shashi stays away Tharoor of the Congress used to head them. While Moily lost in the 2019 elections, ThaFormer PM Manmohan roor has now been made the head of the standSingh has ing committee on information technology. stayed away “Govt has decided to end the tradition of the from any panel. leading Opposition party chairing the exterEx-Congress nal affairs committee. Apparently a BJP MP chief Rahul will now hold the BJP Govt accountable inGandhi, who stead,” Tharoor tweeted. Lawmakers from the BJP would be heading was in the external affairs 13 of the 24 parliamentary panels, while Conpanel, is now gress has bagged the chairmanship of three in defence standing committees, down from four earlier. BJP national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav, SP leader in Rajya Sabha Ram Gopal Yadav, TRS leader Keshava Rao, YSRCP leader Vijayasai Reddy and Kanimozhi, DMK MP and daughter of former Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi, will head some of the other panels. OIL ON THE BOIL S Arabia shuts half its crude output after drone attacks against Aramco OIL prices are likely to shoot up after Saudi Arabia cut down production by half in response to two back-to-back drone attacks on Aramco’s oil plants by Iran-backed Yemeni rebels Saturday . The early morning attacks sparked huge fires at the Abqaiq facility, the world’s largest oil processing plant that can process 7 per cent of the global supply, and the nearby Khurais facility, which hosts a large Aramco field that has 1 per cent of the world’s oil reserves. The attacks could trigger a sharp increase in oil prices at least in the short-term, as the desert kingdom shut down production by at least five million barrels of oil per day, half its output, the Wall Street Journal reported. Saudi Arabia supplies over 10 per cent of global crude and is the largest oil exporter. It was the latest in a series of drone attacks, highlighting how key oil installations in Saudi Arabia are vulnerable to rebel attacks. Saudi Aramco had recently entered into a $15 billion deal with RIL to pick up 20% stake in the P11 latter’s refining and chemicals business. Hamza bin Laden IS DEAD, CONFIRMS TRUMP The son and heir of Osama bin Laden, founder of terror group al-Qaeda, was killed by a CIA strike in the Af-Pak region | P11 ACTING AT LAST 4,000 banners removed after Subashri death EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai FOLLOWING the public uproar over illegal banners installed across the city after the , death of 23-year-old techie Subashri, the city Corporation has removed 4,000 of them since Friday afternoon. It has also registered 245 cases against people responsible for the same. “There has been a joint meeting with officials of all zones in the city and we have instructed them to monitor illegal ban- Banners being removed from a street in Tiruchy, on Saturday | EXPRESS ners round-the-clock,’’ said a corporation official. “Representatives of political parties and digital printing press owners in the city have been briefed , about the illegalities of setting up banners in public places and have been made aware of its risks,’’ added the official. Meanwhile, the citizens can now make a complaint instantly through phone if they come across illegal banners in public places, thanks to the city corporation’s special toll-free phone numbers. Additionally, with the help of city police, three patrol vehicles have been deployed to monitor illegal hoardings. Once a complaint is made, patrolling officers will go to the spot, shoot videos, and then iniP3 tiate legal action. Odisha Odia Telangana Chhattisgarh Telugu Hindi Andhra Pradesh Telugu OTHERS Puducherry Urdu Tamil Sanskrit Tamil Nadu Sindhi Tamil languages, the other being English. It is also one of the 22 scheduled languages of the country . From southern to eastern India, Shah’s call drew angry responses. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “We should respect all lan- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE No Oppn head for foreign & finance Parl panels anymore Manipur Manipuri Tripura Bengali West Bengal Bengali Madhya Pradesh Hindi Maharashtra Marathi Goa Konkani Karnataka Kannada What the Act says... It is illegal to keep hoardings or advertisement banners in public spaces. People who violate the law will be jailed for two years or fined for `5000. Illegal printing presses will also be shut. Sikkim Nepali Assam Assamese, Bengali, Bodo Jharkhand Hindi, Santhali Hindi 52.83 cr South politicos fume at Hindi suggestion Bengali 9.72 cr EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Top 10 mother tongues Marathi 8.3 cr Telugu 8.11 cr Tamil 6.9 cr Gujarati 5.55 cr Urdu 5.07 cr Kannada 4.37 cr Odia 3.75 cr Malayalam 3.48 cr Source: Census 2011 guages equally We may learn many . languages, but should never forget our mother language.’’ The Assam Sahitya Sabha said it does not have a problem with the promotion of a language but it should not be at the cost of one’s mother tongue. HOME Minister Amit Shah’s push for Hindi as a common language to unify the country has drawn sharp criticism from politicians from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana, who feel the move will break the country’s diversity . Tamil Nadu, known for its agitations against Hindi imposition for many decades, reacted sharply with most political parties condemning the idea. “During 1965, many Tamils had ended their life protesting Hindi imposition by the then Congress regime. TN will have only Tamil and English,” said TN School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan. Asking Shah to withdraw his statement, DMK president M K Stalin said, “Is it India or Hindi-a? India stands for unity in diversity .” Kerala’s ruling party CPI(M) smelt a conspiracy . “India is characterised by its very diversity and any attempt to destroy it will have an adverse impact on the nation’s cultural fabric,” said Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the party’s state secretary . Slamming Shah, Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi pointed out that Article 29 of the Constitution gives citizens the right to a distinct language. In Karnataka, both Congress and JD(S) derided the move. Ex-CM Siddaramaiah said, “Stop this false propaganda that Hindi is national language.” P5,6 (With inputs from Chennai, T’Puram, Hyderabad and Bengaluru)
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