CHENNAI TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION SHAH PROPOSES ‘AADHAAR+’, A MULTIPURPOSE ID CARD This could obviate the need for separate Aadhaar, passport, bank account, voter card, etc., the Union home minister said COULD USE DIGITAL DATA FROM 2021 CENSUS The country will move away from pen and paper to digital data for the 2021 Census, with a mobile app to be used for the first time, Amit Shah added on Monday. “There should be a system in which all data can be put together in a single card. This is a potential. That is why digital census is very important,” the BJP national president said | P11 PAN-INDIA NRC ON THE CARDS? ■ ■ Shah clarified that no proposal on the multipurpose ID card is now under process but said such a move could save money What is Shah up to? While he just said the data for the National Population Register would also be collected, officials noted NPR could form the basis of a pan-India National Register of Citizens `12,000 CR THE COST OF CENSUS 2021, TO BE CARRIED OUT IN 16 LANGUAGES 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 M-offer back on table, but both sides should agree, says Trump Meets Imran, says he was surprised to hear Modi’s aggressive K-point at Houston Stranded passengers at a London airport on Monday | AFP India cushioned, but lakhs stranded as Thomas Cook sinks TIMELINE OF FAULT LINES MAR 2015 Chinese conglomerate Fosun buys initial stake. Group returns to profit for the first time in 15 years but warns of an “unprecedented level of disruption” in the travel market JUNE 2015 A mass shooting in a tourist resort in Tunisia hurts demand for holidays to the country, one of Thomas Cook’s main destinations NOV 2018 Uncertainty over Brexit and competition eating into its market share force Thomas Cook to issue back-to-back profit warnings MAY 2019 Reports a record loss of £1.5 billion AUG 2019 Staves off disaster as it agrees the main terms of a £900 million rescue deal with Fosun, its biggest shareholder, and its debt holders SEP 2019 Thomas Cook collapses after talks with lenders, shareholders and the UK government fail to piece together a rescue package A R S H A D K H A N & J O N AT H A N A N A N D A @ New Delhi BRITISH travel firm Thomas Cook declared bankruptcy on Monday, leaving hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers stranded in many countries. The world’s oldest tour operator, whose roots go back to 1841 and which has been a travel agent to many Indian Maharajas, went bust after last-ditch talks to raise funds failed. However, experts say it may not have a big impact on India. “The impact on inbound tourist traffic will not be that big because the brand doesn’t have a very big India account any longer,” said Sarabjit Singh, MD, Travelite India. Operations of its erstwhile subsidiary Thomas Cook India will also continue unaffected since the unit is no longer part of the Thomas Cook group, having been sold fully to Fairfax Financial Holdings in 2012. However, for Thomas Cook UK’s Indian partners (hotels, tour operators) and customers flying into the country on its packages, the collapse is set to make things very difficult. “If one firm in the value chain can no longer pay its bills, the whole chain collapses,” said Bebasish Chatterjee, director, Business Travels. Goa, a popular winter vacation for the British who flock to the state to avoid the freezing climate in their nation, could take a hit, according to CONTINUED ON: P15 reports. UK’s biggest peace-time repatriation UK has mounted a large-scale repatriation operation to fly back its stranded citizens, pressing into service an emergency fleet of aircraft for the mission | P13 EXPRESS READ NIA visits TN with Burdwan blast accused Krishnagiri: A 10-member NIA team visited Krishnagiri on Monday along with Kausar Munir, prime accused in the Burdwan blast in West Bengal. He is suspected to be a member of Jamaat ul Mujaheddin. Sleuths said it was just for inquiry | P7 EPS to meet Pinarayi tomorrow, discuss PAP Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will be holding talks with his Kerala counterpart, Pinarayi Vijayan, at Thiruvananthapuram on September 25, regarding the Parambikulam Aliyar Project, to resolve the issues between the two States | P5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE US President Donald Trump reiterated his offer to mediate between India and Pakistan on Monday, if both the countries agree to it. Speaking to the media with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan alongside him in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, Trump, in response to a question by a Pakistani journalist, said, “I would be an extremely good arbitrator. If both want, I am ready to do it.” Trump was as consistent with his offer of mediation as India has been in shooting it down, saying it is a bilateral issue with no room for third-party intervention. Referring to the ‘Howdy Modi’ event on Sunday, Trump said he was surprised to hear a “very aggressive statement” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Pakistan, adding it was very well received by the 59,000-strong crowd in Houston. Trump also took a dig at pesky Pakistani reporters trying to pin him down on J&K, asking Imran, “Where do you get these journalists?” Before meeting Trump, Imran obliquely criticised him for saying he was committed to rooting out radical Islam at Sunday’s event. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank, Imran said, “There’s no such thing as moderate Islam or radical Islam. There is only one Islam. I even heard yesterday about radical Islam.” The Modi-Trump event on Sunday was a huge success, analysts of all hues agreed. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal on their front pages had prominent pictures of Trump and Modi walking hand in hand, taking a lap of the stadium at the end of the event. LIKELY THIS WEEK Keeping old cars to be expensive as Cabinet set to clear scrappage policy E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Cabinet at its next meeting later this week is likely to take up a vehicle scrappage policy, which will make it costly to keep an old car and even costlier to keep an older commercial Old car out, vehicle. There will also be tax new car in discounts if a vehicle owner agrees to scrap his vehicle after 15 years. The proposed Sources said the Cabinet note scrappage policy cleared by Road Minister Nitin offers hope for the Gadkari had raised the fees for distressed keeping old cars, to encourage people automobile sector to swap them for new ones. as people will now For private four-wheeler cars, the be forced to re-registration fees may be hiked 25 change their old times to `15,000 from `600. Re-registravehicles for tion fees for commercial four-wheelnew ones ers could be raised to `20,000 from the current `1,000, said officials. Similarly, medium commercial four-wheeler vehicles could see their registration renewal fee raised to `40,000, from `1,500 at present. Vehicle owners who agree to scrap their old vehicles would get a scrappage certificate which could be used to get tax discounts on purchase of new vehicles and this could be made transferable. Officials said the scrappage policy will dovetail into the stimulus package for the automobile industry and was suggested by car-makers in a bid to create demand for new vehicles, especially trucks and buses. Commercial vehicle sales plunged 38.71% in August this year. The amendments first drafted in July this year, which initially called for compulsory scrappage, have gone through several modifications and were cleared by Gadkari a fortnight ago. Since then, they have gone through a round of pre-Cabinet vetting by Secretary-level officers at various ministries. RIB-TICKLER An assault on Tamil leaves cop shocked E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Cuddalore WHEN a policeman decided to punish a bunch of unruly youth, little did he realise the ‘consequences’ he would have to suffer. A few days back, Bhuvanagiri inspector Ambethkar apprehended six youngsters who were celebrating the release of a new Tamil movie with blaring music in the middle of the road. Ambethkar admonished them and asked them to write an apology letter in Tamil. The letter, written by these college-going boys, was riddled with mistakes. “None of them was able to string simple sentences in Tamil,” the disappointed inspector said. “It points to the state of education in our country The .” letter is now going viral on social media, leaving some in splits and others, outraged and disappointed. Why must you expect repeat of a similar thing.. why not keep the other side guessing? Why not something beyond that? Bombed in Feb, Pak’s Balakot terror factory back in action PM SETS 450 GW GREEN ENERGY TARGET FOR ’22 ficers Training Academy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai ARMY Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said Pakistan has reactivated the Balakot terror camp India had bombed in February last in retaliation to the attack on a CRPF convoy on Pulwama. Also, as many as 500 terrorists are waiting across the border to sneak into India, he added. India’s response could go beyond the Balakot air strike, he indicated after inaugurating the Young Leaders training wing at the Of- here. Balakot had suffered severe damage and was destroyed by the cross-border strike and “that is why people have got away from there and now it has been reactivated,” he said. To a question on the number of infiltrators waiting to get in, he said it keeps fluctuating based on the weather. “These numbers keep fluctuating, but I would say yes there are at least 500 people who are waiting to infiltrate and that is the minimum number,” he said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India would increase its non-fossil fuel target to 450 GW by 2022, more than double its 175 GW pledge as part of the commitment to the Paris climate deal. Speaking at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, Modi said the world was not doing enough to address climate change. “The time for talking is over. We have to act now,” he said. US President Donald Trump, who opposes action on climate change and pulled his country out of the Paris agreement, made an unscheduled appearance at the UN P11, 18 summit to hear Modi speak.
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