CHENNAI THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AGAINST TRUMP BEGINS Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi Tuesday announced launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump DON BETRAYED OATH OF OFFICE: NANCY PELOSI The charge against Trump is that he betrayed his oath of office by seeking help from a foreign power to hurt his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump is alleged to have pressured the incoming president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to open a corruption probe into Biden and Biden’s son Hunter, who had done business in the Eastern European country | P13 July 25 ‘BIDEN BRAGGING, CAN YOU LOOK INTO IT?’ ■ ■ According to a White House memo on the content of the call, Trump sought to know why Ukraine ended a probe into Joe Biden’s son, who served on a Ukrainian gas company board “Biden went around bragging he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it...” Trump told Zelenskiy, the memo showed WHEN TRUMP IS SAID TO HAVE CALLED UP THE UKRAINE PRESIDENT 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 TN, Kerala to form expert panels to review PAP 1 more child death due to dengue? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram We have got SC orders on Mullaiperiyar. We still have minor issues, which will be resolved by discussions between the two states’ committees Yet another child, a 12-year-old girl from Mangadu, has died at the ICH in Chennai with symptoms of dengue. Her blood samples have been sent for test. On Tuesday, a 5-yr-old died of dengue Electric wire falls again, kills cow Five days after Sethuraj, a resident of Chitlapakkam, died after a damaged electric pole fell on him, a live wire fell on a cow electrocuting it on Wednesday in the same locality, alarming the residents | P3 EPS, TN CM Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CEO of Bloomberg Michael Bloomberg at Global Business Forum in New York on Wednesday | PTI I’ll help remove all bottlenecks: PM to investors Modi invites global biz to India, says it’s a golden opportunity that can’t be missed E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Can’t have talks with Terroristan: Jaishankar India has no problem talking to Pakistan but it won’t talk to ‘Terroristan’, foreign minister S Jaishankar said, adding that Islamabad has created an entire industry of terrorism to deal with Kashmir issue | P11 TAX CUTS Big-bang direct tax reforms will revive animal spirits in the sluggish economy, writes the Karnataka Chief Minister in his exclusive piece for TNIE P8 PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited global businesses to invest in India to enjoy the benefits of a low tax regime, days after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced one of the biggest direct tax reforms slashing effective corporate tax by about 10 percentage points. Addressing a galaxy of top global corporate leaders in New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised them it would be a “golden opportunity” where they could reap the dividends of democracy favourable demography , and market size that India offers. “This is a golden opportunity for you. If you want to invest in a market where there is scale, come to India. If you want to invest in start-ups with a huge market, come to India. If you want to invest in one of the The government world’s largest infrastructure ecosystems, come to India,” Modi said, promis- is only three-four months old. This ing that if anyone faced any hiccups, he is only the would personally step in to help. beginning... There The PM highlighted India’s democracy , is still a long way political stability predictable policy and , to go. In this independent judiciary . journey we want Modi promised an investment of $1.3 to partner with trillion in infrastructure-driven projects the global business within the country to make it a more atcommunity tractive destination for global investors. Despite an economic slowdown, which Narendra Modi, has seen GDP growth drop to 5% in the Prime Minister first quarter of this financial year, India plans to invest `100 lakh crore over five years to push demand and become a $5-trillion economy . The PM pointed out that India has slashed taxes which would help make it an attractive investment destination. India had last week reduced taxes for corporates to 22 per cent, almost matching US’s 21% and promised to tax new units setting up base in India at a concessional 15%. “There is a government in India which respects the business world and values wealth creation,” Modi said, adding the government has been taking big and hard decisions to improve the business environment. He pointed out that India had gained the top position in Asia in terms of attracting investment according to the Bloomberg Nation Brand Tracker 2018 survey . Both Kerala & TN are keen to resolve the issues between us. We can come up with a formula to address these issues between the two States Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM KERALA and Tamil Nadu have agreed to review the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project agreement, said sources after the Chief Ministers of both states held a meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday Both . states will form five-member secretary-level teams to hold further discussions on reviewing the inter-state water sharing agreement signed in 1970. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and h i s Ke r a l a c o u n t e r p a r t Pinarayi Vijayan. Another significant decision taken at the meeting was to restore Kerala State Electricity Board power supply to the Mullaiperiyar Dam. It is after a gap of 15 years that chief ministers of both States are meeting to review the water sharing pact. EXTORTION CHARGE Damocles’ sword falls on law student who outed swami N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow In a major development, a postgraduate law student who had accused former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand of rape and harassment, was on Wednesday arrested by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on charges of extortion. Later, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Vineet Kumar remanded her in judicial custody for 14 days. In a cross-FIR, Chinmayanand had accused her of trying to extort `5 crore for her silence. The family members of the 23-year-old girl accused the SIT of manhandling her saying they interrogated her at dawn and took her into custody from home. One relative alleged she was dragged out of her house by the women police accompanying the SIT. “She was not even allowed to put her slippers on and use the toilet,” the relative claimed. They also claimed that the girl was not served arrest notice under Section 141 CrPC before being taken into custody adding she was , made to sign it at the Chowk police station. The SIT had even unsuccessfully attempted to detain her on Tuesday while she was on her way to a local court to seek anticipatory bail in the extortion case. Palaniswami described his talks with Vijayan as a wonderful beginning to resolve the water issues between the two States. Both the States are expected to identify their team members and fix the time and venue for the first meeting within a week. The panel will include technical experts. Addressing reporters at Thiruvananthapuram, Palaniswami said a separate committee would be set up to implement the Pandiyar-Punnampuzha scheme. Implementation of the NirarNallar multipurpose project, resumption of water release from the Neyyar dam to Kanniyakumari district, and expeditious approval for carrying out repair works in the Shenbagavalli anicut were among the topics that figured in the talks. Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani and Deputy Speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman took part in the talks. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan greets his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K Palaniswami ahead of the interstate discussions | BP DEEPU SEVERAL PROJECTS UNDER REVIEW The committee will also examine diversions of Anamalayar & NirarNallar rivers, and Manakkadavu project. The panel can fix the agenda for discussing other projects as well. A separate panel, including Power Department officials, will examine the Pandiyar-Punnapuzha project Warm sea bomb is ticking DEVASTATING IMPACT By 2100, sea levels could be up to a metre higher India can expect more frequent extreme climatic events such as cyclones because of the warming of oceans, according to a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change THE STUDY 100 authors from 36 countries assessed the latest scientific literature related to the ocean and cryosphere and referenced about 1.4 bn PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE TO BE AFFECTED 15cm 670 million Sea level rose globally during the 20th century In high mountain regions 680 million 7,000 scientific Sea levels currently rising more than twice as fast at 3.6 mm per year and accelerating Sea level will continue to rise for centuries. It could reach around 3060 cm by 2100 even if greenhouse gas emissions are sharply reduced and global warming is limited to well below 2°C Marine heatwaves have doubled in frequency since 1982 and are increasing in intensity Frequency will be 20 times higher at 2°C warming, compared to preindustrial levels FULL REPORT: P11 IN SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES 4 0.84m Projected (RCP 2.6) 0.43m 3 *Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) are possible scenarios on a time series 1950 2000 2050 GLOBAL WARMING If global warming is stabilised at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the annual probability of a sea ice free September by the end of century is 1%. The figure shoots to 10–35% for stabilised global warming of 2°C 2 1 2100 Year 2150 2200 Even if global warming is limited to well below 2°C, around 25% of the near-surface (3-4 metre depth) permafrost will thaw by 2100 2250 0 2300 Islands like Andaman and Nicobar and Maldives will have to be vacated as due to rising sea levels, these places will become uninhabitable Anjal Prakash, coordinating lead author of IPCC report NEET CASE CB-CID cops nab student from Tirupati EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE $286 BILLION FDI IN PAST FIVE YEARS @ Chennai Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India received $286 billion foreign direct investment in the past five years, which is almost half of what the country received in the previous 20 years put together. He also pointed out that 120 GW out of 175 GW renewable energy target has been achieved by India and the country was targeting 450 GW in the near future. India is keen to woo US defence manufacturers to set up base in the country to cater to the needs of Indian armed forces. India and the US have been working on a framework for sharing classified defence technology, which could help this process CB-CID personnel apprehended KV Udit Surya, wanted in connection with a case of alleged impersonation in NEET, from a hideout in Tirupati and brought him to Chennai, on Wednesday . A police team will take him to Theni for further probe. Police sources said Theni police traced Udit Surya to Tirupati and infor med CB-CID officers. Based on it, he was apprehended along with his parents. The alleged fraud came to light on September 11, after the Dean of the medical college in Theni got two e-mails tipping him off about the alleged impersonation. Udit Surya, a native of Chennai was booked after he allegedly hired a person to write the NEET exam and managed to get a seat in Theni Medical College. Since then, Surya has been on the run. PATROL POWER ICGS Varaha commissioned by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Chennai Port Trust on Wednesday | R Satish Babu Anna University includes Bhagavad Gita in curriculum, irks academics Anna University chose 12 courses out of 32 suggested by AICTE, including technical English, professional communication, film appreciation, and philosophy & ethics 65 mn 5 Projected (RCP 8.5) ‘ O P T I O N A L’ Bunch of new courses In the Arctic region In low-lying coastal zones publications DIRE WARNINGS 4 million Metres EXPRESS READ B I N I TA J A I S W A L @ Chennai ANNA University has courted controversy by including chapters on Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads in the curriculum for B.Tech Information Technology course. Soon after the move attracted widespread criticism, varsity authorities, later in the evening, clarified that it would be an optional subject. The issue began after it was notified that B.Tech students would have to study philosophy in their third semester under the choice-based credit system. The subject would carry three credit points. Academicians and activists expressed concern as being a credit course, it would be compulsory to study philosophy . “I checked the curriculum thoroughly It is clear that Philos. ophy is mandatory for the course in third semester,” says education activist Prince Gajendra Babu. “Be it compulsory or optional, introducing any kind of religious text in the classroom is completely wrong. It’s against our Constitution,” he claimed. “While science prompts us to ask questions, by imposing such subjects, students are being forced to believe in religion,” he added. Varsity officials claimed the issue was unwarranted as it’s an optional subject, offering a mix of Indian and Western philosophies. “The subject includes chapter on Socratic debate, Plato’s views, and on Francis Bacon and Michel Foucault,” they said. Vice Chancellor MK Surappa claimed the attempt was to bridge the gap between science and humanities, based on an AICTE recommendation which suggested 32 new subjects. “The University is very much secular and no student will be forced to study the subject. It’s merely an optional paper,” he said. The DMK and left parties have slammed the move, terming it as ‘imposition of Sanskrit’.
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