CHENNAI THURSDAY OCTOBER 17, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION HAMARA BAJAJ’S ICONIC CHETAK SCOOTER MAKES A COMEBACK Bajaj Auto on Wednesday announced that it will sell electric scooters under the Chetak label as a premium offering E-SCOOTER TO HIT THE ROAD IN JANUARY ■ 1 crore YOU DON’T NEED TO TILT TO START THIS! The Pune-based two-wheeler major said its entry into the electric vehicle space is to get the first mover advantage in the segment. Bajaj Auto said it plans to start selling e-scooter Chetak from January onwards in Pune and then move to Bengaluru. After gauging the response from these markets, it will expand operations to other locations across the country. ■ ■ Bajaj didn’t disclose the price but said it would be under `1.5 lakh A 5-hour charge gives the vehicle a driving range up to 95 km Launched in the early 1970s, the Chetak was so popular that its waiting period ran into not just months but years. One had to tilt the scooter and hold it for sometime for the kick-start to work CHETAK SCOOTERS WERE ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN SOLD IN ITS HEY DAYS 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 Sunni Board offers to opt out EXPRESS READ ED arrests PC in Tihar Mediation panel report lists conditions to withdraw title claim; bench to study it today New Delhi: The ED arrested ex finance minister P Chidambaram in Tihar Jail on Wednesday in connection with INX Media money laundering case. The arrest was made under the PMLA | P11 Pak goes slow on Kartarpur A four-lane highway for onward journey from India to Pakistan for pilgrims visiting Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is getting ready, but work across the border is very slow | P9 CBI SHOULD BE PARTY TO NEET CASE ... says Madras High Court while impleading the investigating agency as a respondent, as it was a ‘panIndia’ fraud. P4 K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi The northeast monsoon arrived a day earlier than expected in Tamil Nadu, drenching commuters like this couple on a bike in Rameswaram on Wednesday | PONMALAR AS MONSOON ARRIVES OVER 50 IMD STATIONS IN BAD WEATHER S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai Maximum rainfall Monsoon rain has already started lashing Chennai and its suburbs. In the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Wednesday, Poonamallee received the highest rainfall in the State recording 11 cm Pakistan to stay on FATF grey list till February EVEN as India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced the onset of the northeast monsoon on Wednesday with an ‘Orange alert,’ which means ‘Be Prepared,’ over 50 of its weather stations which record rainfall in the State are reportedly not working or functioning properly . IMD maintains a network of Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) and Automatic Rain Gauge (ARG) stations across the State to measure rainfall on a real-time basis. The data generated helps administrators in staying prepared for the monsoon and in disaster management. However, sources told Express the 51 stations have been malfunctioning for several days due to improper maintenance. Of them, 12 are AWSs and 39 are ARGs. Taramani ARG in Chennai is one of the systems that went rogue. S Balachandran, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology Regional Meteoro, logical Centre, said there were technical issues with a few weather stations in the State and the matter was raised with the headquarters. “A few spares have to be replaced and they have to come from Pune. Efforts are being taken to address it.” MAXIMUM FAULTY STATIONS IN CHENNAI: P2 tected monuments. According to sources, bunIN a new twist to the Ram dled into the proposal was anJanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid other demand by the Muslim title suit, a three-member me- party for the implementation diation panel claimed to have of the Religious Places Act, broken new ground, saying 1991, which mandates mainan important section of the taining status quo of other litigating parties had agreed religious places as they exon some contentious issues, isted in 1947. including giving up rights on The Hindu parties, includthe disputed land. ing the VHP-backed In its report to the Ram Janmabhoomi Supreme Court, the Nyas and the Ram Lapanel headed by forlla deity refused to be , mer Supreme Court part the mediation, judge F M I Kalifullthe sources said. ah, which includes The mediation pros e n i o r a dvo c at e Final verdict cess restarted last Sriram Panchu and month on the request by Nov 15 spiritual leader Sri of the Sunni Wakf Sri Ravishankar, said The final verdict Board after the panel in the case, one of the primary had earlier expressed Muslim litigants in which witnessed its inability to rethe title case was over 180 hours solve the dispute. of arguments willing to drop its The panel’s report claim on the disputed in the Supreme is expected to be disCourt, is 2.77 acre land if adecussed on Thursday quate alter native expected on or by all the five judges land is given for the before Nov 15 — of the Constitution construction of a CJI Gogoi’s last bench — Chief Jusworking day mosque in the vicintice of India Ranjan ity at state expendiGogoi and justices S ture, according to sources. A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, That apart, the Muslim par- Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul ty demanded renovation of 22 Nazeer — in their chambers. existing mosques in Ayodhya, While the bench reserved the sources added. Also, they its verdict, it can still go wanted the government to al- ahead and adjudicate on the low devotees to offer prayers issue and mention the details at some historic mosques of the report in its judgment. where no such activity is per- The verdict is likely to be demitted because the ASI (Ar- livered on or before Nov 15, chaeological Survey of India) Gogoi’s last working day behas declared them to be pro- fore he retires on Nov 17. P11 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PAKISTAN failed to escape the Paris-based terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF)’s glare as it decided to keep the country in its Grey List till February 2020, according to reports. While India pressed FATF to put Pakistan on its black list, the global body directed Islamabad to take measures for complete elimination of terror financing and money laundering. The FATF reviewed the measures already taken by Pakistan in its meeting on Tuesday and a formal announcement is likely on Friday — the last day of FATF’s ongoing session. The four-month window will test Islamabad’s resolve to walk the talk, reports said. A PRIVATE school in Vellore has been slapped with a fine of `1 lakh after a four-year-old child studying in kindergarten died of dengue on Tuesday . S Nakshatra was admitted to a local hospital on Friday with high fever. Since then, she was shifted to three other hospitals before finally being admitted to the Christian Medical E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi MORE evidence of India’s slowdown emerged on Wednesday with new data showing the country’s fuel demand fell to its lowest level in two years in September, while another report revealed commercial credit demand fell 2.6 percentage points to `63.80 lakh crore in the June quarter. According to the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, consumption of petroleum products dropped to 16.01 million tonnes in September — the lowest level since July 2017 — from 16.06 million tonnes in Timely September 2018. payments Another report by state-run SIDto MSMEs crucial: CEA BI showed commercial credit demand fell to `63.80 lakh crore as of Chief Economic June from `65.52 lakh cr in March. Advisor K V The demand for diesel, chiefly Subramanian used by trucks, slipped 3.2% to 5.8 has asked large million tonnes, while naphtha corporates to sales shrank by a quarter to 8.44 ensure timely lakh tonnes. payment to the Consumption of bitumen, used MSME sector as in road construction, too came small players down by 7.3% to 3.43 lakh tonnes. are dependent Industrial fuel oil sales edged 3.8% on cash flows. lower to 5.25 lakh tonnes. Large firms “These goods go into production owe as much as or distribution. A fall in their con`40,000 crore sumption is a tell-tale sign of a to MSMEs deepening slowdown,” said Arun Kumar, Malcolm S Adiseshiah Chair Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences. The fall in demand for these fuels negated higher CONTINUED ON: P15 demand for LPG and petrol. The Sunni Waqf Board sprang a surprise by offering to drop its claim to the disputed Ayodhya land if the govt accepted its conditions. A look Wants 22 existing mosques in Ayodhya renovated by govt Another mosque be allowed to be built at a suitable location in the vicinity of the janmasthan in Ayodhya Devotees be allowed to pray at mosques under ASI (Architectural Survey of India) control across the country NOT ON THE SAME PAGE The VHPbacked Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and the Ram Lalla, the presiding deity, are not party to the mediation process I thank the Supreme Court for the confidence they have placed in the mediation. I thank all the parties for their sincere & tireless participation. The entire mediation process happened with a sense of brotherhood & understanding which is a testament to the values of this nation - Sri Sri Ravishankar Hearing ends, flutter over tearing of janmasthan map E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITH the Supreme Court reserving its judgment in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid case on Wednesday hopes of a closure to , the 70-year-old dispute that has seared the nation’s conscience appeared closer. There were dramatic moments on Wednesday as senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for some Muslim parties, tore up a pictorial map showing the Ram Janamsthan. The map was introduced by senior advocate Vikas Singh, counsel for the All India Hindu Mahasabha, who tried to place a publication by former IPS officer Kishore Kunal as evidence during his arguments. “The Supreme Court should not rely on this book,” Dhavan said, asking the five-judge Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi: “Can I have your permission to tear it?” “You do what you want,” the CJI replied adding “You can shred it further.” This led to major interruptions in the courtroom, which angered the CJI. He said, “Decorum has been spoiled... If proceedings continue in this manner, we would just get up and walk out.” Vellore school fined `1L after kid dies of dengue E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Fuel demand dip shows contraction Give and take @ Vellore College on Tuesday. She succumbed the same day around , 11 pm. Deputy health director KST Suresh confirmed the child died of dengue. “She was first taken to a local hospital, and from there to the gover nment medical college. Later, she was moved to the Sri Narayani Hospital and Research Centre, and finally to CMC,” he said. Born to Saranraj and Monikar Rani, Nakshatra was studying at Shiksha Kendra School near Pallikonda. S o u r c e s s ay t h e school was fined as the premises were unclean. The girl is believed to have contracted dengue at the school. “We found the school premises had stagnant water, an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Their garbage disposal system was also improper. Hence the fine has been levied on the management,” said Suresh. Fogging was conducted in and around the school on Wednesday The management . has been instructed to test the other children to check if anyone else has symptoms. “Village Health Nurses have been instructed to report any cases of fever to the health departP5 ment officials,” he said.
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