CHENNAI WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION NEW MEASURES TO CURB FIXING IN DOMESTIC GAMES Fresh after the Karnataka T20 league arrests, BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit is on an overdrive to prevent similar cases HEAVY PRICE FOR USING MOBILE PHONES 3 STRICTER RULES FOR DOMESTIC T20s Players are prohibited from using mobile phones during matches. Hefty fine to be imposed on those who violate this rule. A player can receive a maximum of three warnings during a match for using mobile phones. The first warning comes with a fine of `1 lakh. The second with a `3 lakh fine. A third warning will attract a `5 lakh fine with a three-match ban | P14 ■ There is an area marked for players and match officials. Outsiders can’t enter this place, players can’t leave it during matches. ■ Dressing room and surroundings are sanitized before every match, all communication devices are removed from the area. ■ Not just senior men, junior & women’s games are also monitored. MANAGER, MATCH REFEREE & ACU MAN CAN USE MOBILE DURING GAMES 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 CHENNAI AIR Normalcy returns, but challenges remain EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Maha President’s rule Imposed after Governor sends recommendation as NCP seeks more time to decide on govt formation; Sena approaches SC; Cong drives hard bargain, does not want Uddhav or son as CM Prominent industrialist offers to broker BJP-Sena deal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai NORMALCY returned on Tuesday as Chennai Air Quality Index (AQI) dropped to an impressive 62. As per National Ambient Air Quality Standard, AQI between 51-100 is considered ‘satisfactory’. Although PM 2.5 concentration occasionally peaked to unhealthy levels on Tuesday AQI , at Alandur, Velachery and Manali remained within limits. But, experts feel the past one week’s poor air quality should act as an a wake-up call for the government to retrospect and initiate corrective measures. Noted environmentalist Chandra Bhushan, a former deputy head of Centre for Science and Environment, told Express that unlike earlier, many cities in South India are recording high pollution levels. The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) has recognised the fact that air pollution is not just a Delhi-specific problem, but affecting cities across India. “It proposed adequate and increased monitoring to be in place to determine status and trends of air quality .” However, Chennai is the only major metro city that has been excluded from NCAP From Ta. mil Nadu, Thoothukudi makes the list of 102 non-attainment cities, which are considered to be most polluted with respect to ambient air. Other important metros are all among the nonattainment cities. Chennai also has a poor network of Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations. There are three stations maintained by Central Pollution Control Board. Five stations installed by the TNPCB are yet to become fully operaP3 tional. proposed equal distribution of posts and responsibilities, the Congress wanted to evolve a comTHE imposition of President’s prehensive formula for sharing rule in Maharashtra may have of power before moving ahead. scuppered any immediate possiThe Congress is understood to bility of a Shiv Sena-NCP-Con- have put forth five conditions, ingress government in the state but cluding one ministerial berth for the three parties will now begin every four MLAs. According to consultations in order to put in this formula, the Congress would place a non-BJP government. get 11 berths, the Sena 14 and the After days of high political dra- NCP 13. Five other posts would go ma, President’s rule was imposed to smaller allies. in Maharashtra on Tuesday and The Congress also demanded a its Assembly put in suspended common minimum programme animation as Governor Bhagat (CMP), a coordination committee, Singh Koshyari sent a report to a c o m p r e h e n s ive f o r m u l a the Centre stating it was “imposon how to share power in local sible” to for m a stable bodies, including municigovernment. palities and municipal According to the recorporations, and a disport, Koshyari “made all tribution of state-owned attempts to explore the corporations. possibility” of governThe sources also said ment formation but “unthe party was opposed to fortunately” failed. Even the idea of anyone from the NCP, which was givthe Thackeray family as Governor is en time till 8.30 pm on the chief minister. satisfied govt Tuesday failed to muster cannot be carried , The NCP, on the other enough suppor t and on in accordance hand, proposed equal called the Governor for distribution of all the with the an extension but that posts and responsibiliConstitution... has submitted a was declined. ties. Though party sourcreport as The Congress and the es didn’t divulge much, NCP termed the Presi- contemplated by the equal distribution provision of dent’s rule as a mockery would mean rotational Article 356 of the of the Constitution but chief ministers and depConstitution made it clear that they uty chief ministers. Bhagat Singh would try to chart out While the Sena didn’t Koshyari’s office ways to form an alliance react, it is unlikely to acgover nment with the cept the NCP proposal as Sena. As for the Shiv Sena, it chal- it would have to compromise on lenged the Governor’s decision in the CM’s post, the main reason the Supreme Court. why it broke away from the BJP . Whether that government will But even though various perbe led by the Sena or the Con- mutations and combinations are gress-NCP is as yet unclear but being explored, the Congress and various formulas are believed to the NCP particularly the former, , have been discussed during a continue to have reservations meeting NCP chief Sharad Pawar over doing business with the had with senior Congress leaders Sena, a hardcore Hindutva party . A h m e d Pat e l , M a l l i k a r j u n This seemed to be reflected in the Kharge and K C Venugopal. joint statement by the CongressCONTINUED ON: P11 Sources said while the NCP NCP . @ Mumbai/New Delhi EXPRESS READ @ Hyderabad Perarivalan released on month-long parole Vellore: AG Perarivalan, one of the seven convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was released on one-month ordinary parole from the Vellore Central Prison at Thorappadi in the district on Tuesday. | P7 TNPSC Group 4 exam results released online Chennai: The TNPSC released its Group 4 exam results online on Tuesday, in a record time of 72 days. It can be accessed at tnpsc. gov.in. Over 16 lakh candidates took the exam on September 1 across the State for 6,491 vacancies. AFTER recording a six-year low GDP growth of 5% in the first quarter, India’s economy may slip further in the July-September 2019 period to 4.2%, warn economists at SBI Research. For the full year of FY20 as well, growth could fall to 5% against 6.1% projected earlier. “We, however, believe this growth rate in FY20 should be looked through the prism of synchronised global slowdown,” it added. The SBI Ecowrap report released on Tuesday cited weaker auto sales, muted consumer demand, deceleration in air traffic movements, flattening of core sector growth and declining investment in construction and New Delhi: The SC will on Wednesday pronounce its verdict on whether the CJI’s office is covered under the purview of the Right to Information Act. A five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi will pronounce the judgement at 2 pm. Other members of the bench are Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna | P11 STATE’S TRYST WITH CENTRAL RULE FEBRUARY 1980 SEPTEMBER 2014 NOVEMBER 12, 2019 Indira Gandhi recommends dismissal of Progressive Democratic Front govt headed by Sharad Pawar. Elections held later that year brought back Cong to power with A R Antulay as CM President’s rule imposed after Cong CM Prithviraj Chavan resigns as ally NCP withdraws support. They had quarreled over seat sharing and CM’s post ahead of state polls Central rule clamped as no party or grouping could form the govt even 15 days after Assembly election results were declared NEGOTIATING POINTS IN THE NEW AXIS CONGRESS CONDITIONS One ministerial berth for every four MLAs Finalising the common minimum programme Having a coordination committee Formula on power-sharing in local bodies Distribution of power in state-owned corporations NCP FORMULA SHIV SENA STUBBORN Equal distribution of all posts and responsibilities Rotational chief ministers and deputy chief ministers for all 3 parties Conversely, one party enjoys the CM’s position the other two get deputy CMs Sena wants the CM’s post for full five years Unlikely to accept the NCP proposal as it will have to compromise on CM post As per the NCP formula of rotation, Sena would get CM post for just 20 months, which would be a bad bargain infrastructure as reasons for the bleak prognosis. The report said the acceleration rate for 33 leading indicators was down to just 17% in September 2019 from as high as 85% in October 2018. The decline started gaining traction from March 2019, it added. On the bright side, SBI’s house economists expect growth to pick up pace in FY21 to 6.2%. This, however, needs to be seen in the context of customary revisions to GDP data that are likely in February 2020. In FY17, the Q1 GDP figure of 7.1% was revised upwards in every revision, before it was finally fixed at 9.2%. Going forward, it said RBI may go for “larger rate cuts” in December monetary policy review to fuel economic growth. POWER PILLARS 105 TOTAL 288 56 SIMPLE MAJORITY 145 54 44 16 13 BJP SS NCP INC Oth IND A prominent Mumbai-based industrialist and a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA close to him are understood to be trying to broker peace between the BJP and its estranged former ally the Shiv Sena, a prom, inent political figure close to the development said on Tuesday . The industrialist is understood to have urged Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to either talk to or meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order to sort out the differences between the two saffron parties. The BJP MLA, who joined the party only recently has had a long, standing relationship with the industrialist and both are keen that the Sena and the BJP bury the hatchet. Although the former allies have drifted miles away, the feeling is that the Sena could be open to reviving ties with the BJP after failing to get the support of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party to form the government, the politician said. For the record though, Uddhav criticised the BJP for leveling baseless charges against him and his party. He, however, ducked questions on the Shiv Sena’s status within the NDA, though its Union minister Arvind Sawant put in his papers on Monday, indicating he wanted to keep all options open. Uddhav also did not rule out the possibility of his returning to the NDA. Vodafone slashes book value of India biz to zero J O N AT H A N A N A N D A @ New Delhi ECONOMIC INDICATORS SBI’s Ecowrap report said the acceleration rate for 33 leading economic indicators was down to just 17% in September 2019 from as high as 85% in October 2018 HEAVY VODAFONE Group PLC said on Tuesday the future of its India business is uncertain due to unfriendly regulation, tax terrorism and expensive court rulings. The British telecom major also announced it has written down the value of its India joint venture Vodafone-Idea on its books to zero. According to analysts, the parent company will not infuse any more capital to the JV until there is clarity on whether the Indian government will provide relief from the `28,310 crore dues VIL stands to pay by the end of the year. Vodafone CEO Nick Read wants New Delhi to ease off on payment demands to ensure the JV’s future in India. The recent SC judgment widened the scope for calculating adjusted gross revenues of telcos to include income from non-telecom services. This meant the licence fees went up and they were liable to pay remainder back-fees along with CONTINUED ON: P17 penalty and interest. rains in agrarian states to cause farm distress Financially, there’s been a heavy burden through unsupportive regulation, excessive taxes and on top of that we got the negative Supreme Court decision Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read LONG-DRAWN HASSLE ‘Makeshift’ PHC functioning from govt school for 4 yrs D E E PA K S AT H I S H @ Coimbatore CJI under RTI: SC to pronounce verdict today at 2 pm Congress leader Ahmed Patel and NCP chief Sharad Pawar at a joint press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday | PTI GDP GROWTH TO PLUNGE TO 4.2% IN Q2, SAYS SBI RESEARCH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A train arrives at a station after rail services resumed in Srinagar on Tuesday | PTI A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai THREE classrooms at the Corporation Primary and High School in Gokulam Colony at Pappanaicken Pudur, have been functioning as a makeshift urban Primary Health Centre (PHC) for four years. Sources said this was owing to delay in completing the construc- tion of a PHC in the locality . Two classrooms at the primary school and one at the high school are being used to treat patients. The school management is forced to leave the entrance open round the clock to allow the entry of patients and their attenders. Sometimes, teachers are forced to conduct classes in the dining hall. According to parents, there have been instances in which belongings of students and teachers had gone missing. Nearly 100 patients, including pregnant women, visit the centre every day . Earlier, the health centre used to attend to deliveries. However, space crunch inside the school has forced the doctors to refer deliveries to the nearest Government Hospital. Nearing completion Corporation sources said the construction of the PHC building in the locality at a cost of `75 lakh is nearing completion.
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