MADURAI THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION 1,025 CHINESE INCURSIONS DURING 2016-2018: GOVT DATA Transgressions by the Chinese Army into the Indian territory topped 1,000 in two years, according to government data 326 TRANSGRESSIONS LAST YEAR 20 ROUNDS OF BORDER TALKS SO FAR There were 273 transgressions by Chinese Army in 2016, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, adding that the figure stood at 426 in 2017 and 326 in 2018. “Due to both sides undertaking patrolling up to their respective perception of the LAC, transgressions do occur,” the minister said in a written reply in Parliament ■ ■ India and China have already held over 20 rounds of border talks under the framework of Special Representatives dialogue, which was set up to find an early solution to the border dispute Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a 73-day standoff in Doklam in 2017 after India blocked China’s bid to build a road 3,488 km LENGTH OF LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL (LAC) BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA 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 IS THE WORST’ POISON ON YOUR PLATE New report from food regulator comes a shock to residents of Tamil Nadu TIME TO PONDER SENA DISHONOURED MANDATE: AMIT SHAH Having lost Maharashtra to the three-party Aghadi, BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday lashed out at the Shiv Sena, saying it dishonoured the popular mandate, as all Sena MLAs had sought votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also rapped NCP and Congress for not respecting the mandate Till the third-quarter of 2018, the NDA looked invincible. It held power across India in over 20 states. Then it lost Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh. Maharashtra has just joined the list. The Oppn is now back in the game AADITYA CALLS ON SONIA, INVITES HER FOR CEREMONY THE CHANGING POLITICAL MAP As on March 31 2018 Others BJP BJP in Alliance As on Nov 27, 2019 President’s rule Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Wednesday night called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi and invited her to his dad Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony. Aaditya had a brief meeting with her at her 10, Janpath residence. The Congress tweeted a photo of them from its official Twitter handle. The Sena is also understood to have invited former prime minister Manmohan Singh for the grand event at central Mumbai’s iconic Shivaji Park. It is scheduled to begin at 6.40 pm on Thursday Power-sharing pact done, names likely today NCP to get sole dy CM post, coveted Speaker’s post goes to Congress. Chorus for Ajit Pawar’s inclusion delays talks A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai THE BREAKUP of food products sold in Tamil Nadu in 2018 did not meet safety standards 45.3% national average of food products that failed the FSSAI compliance test 28.5% WHAT DID THE LAW DO? 306 criminal cases were filed 1,485 cases where penalties were levied TROUBLE WITH... Milk and milk products Edible oils & fats Fresh fruits Vegetables Jams, jellies, and dates) Pickles Cereals Pulses Meat Fish Sweets Sweetening agents Spices and condiments Mineral water Bakery products B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai FOOD Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Tuesday dropped a bombshell saying over 45 per cent of food samples taken for study last year in Tamil Nadu did not meet the required standards with 12.7 % coming up as adulterated and unsafe for consumption. While FSSAI report on National Milk Safety and Quality Survey released last month revealed the name of toxic contents in samples, the regulatory body has not mentioned the hazardous content in the samples. However, the report noted that Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group of World Health Organisation has identified 31 food-borne hazards. “The group has found that frequent causes of foodborne illness are diarrhoeal disease agents, particularly norovirus and Campylobacter spp,” the report said. THE contours of government formation in Maharashtra became clearer by late Wednesday night although leaders of the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Cong ress remained tightlipped about exact allocation of ministerial berths. Senior NCP leader and former Union minister Praful Patel said there will be only one deputy chief minister who will be from the Sharad Pawar-led party The Congress will get the . Speaker’s post. “At least one or two leaders from all the three parties will take oath as minister along with Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow (Thursday),” Patel told reporters as he emerged from a four-hour-long meeting of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi leaders at the YB Chavan centre in South Mumbai late on Wednesday night. While Patel said the deputy CM’s name was yet to be decided, sources told The New Indi- CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan; (Right) NCP leaders Supriya Sule with Ajit Pawar during a special session of Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday | PTI an Express Jayant Patil and Ajit Pawar are the top two contenders for the post. Congress leader Prithviraj Chauhan is tipped to be the Speaker, according to sources. Apart from Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar, Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge took part in the deliberations for power sharing. According to sources, multi- ple claims for the Speaker’s post dragged the talks. Pressure from NCP workers to make Ajit Pawar deputy Chief Minister also stalled discussions, they added. “December 3 is the deadline for trust vote. Before that, all talks regarding power sharing will be concluded,” Patel said, declining to confirm the number of portfolios each alliance partner will get. ‘Bachelors’ courting govt jobs jostle for sanitary workers’ post in Kovai Sources told TNIE that Sena is likely to get 16 ministers including the CM, while the NCP will have 14 ministers including deputy CM. The Congress will have 13 ministerial berths along with the Speaker’s post, sources privy to the discussions told this paper. Patel said the media will be informed about the exact details of who will take oath on Thursday morning. Given the strength of Maharashtra Assembly, the number of ministers cannot exceed 43. There is, however, no set formula for the number of senior and junior ministers. State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat had earlier said everything would be finalised in a couple of days. “The ratio of portfolio-sharing will be finalised in next two days. The number of Cabinet and Minister of State (MoS) posts to be given to each party will also be finalised in next two days,” he said after taking oath as MLA. According to him, the allocation of portfolios could take time. The protracted discussions for government formation follows Pawar’s hectic parleys with Patel, Venugopal and others at the former’s residence here earlier in the day . The Sena, the NCP and the Congress had on Tuesday named Thackeray as the CM nominee of their newly formed three-party front. IN THE HC Melavalavu case: 13 convicts barred from entering village IV) Department that was passed on February 1, 2018. But the act of the accused persons, according to the observations of the court in the criminal appeals filed by the convicts, was not merely to murder the deceased but to terrorise the entire Scheduled Caste community who dared to stand in the Panchayat election, they pointed out. “It shows that this case cannot be looked from the angle of a regular murder and it clearly has an impact on the persons belonging to the downtrodden section of society and society at large and it also sets a precedent for all future cases of similar nature,” the judges said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE J E G A D E E S W A R I PA N D I A N OrganismS from cattle @ Coimbatore “The samples mostly get adulterated because of organisms found in cattle and agriculture field. However, some samples may also contain chemicals used in the local market,” said a food safety officer. The food regulator blamed the absence of food testing labs and inadequate enforcement authorities for poor quality . NOW, who does not want a government job! Given the uncertain times we live in, it emerges as the go-to sector. However, when a sea of graduates descended upon the city corporation office for a job interview on Wednesday, the scenes that unfolded were a damning indictment of our higher education system. Among the well educated eyeing the 549 vacancies of Grade-I sanitary worker, requiring a minimum educational qualification of class X pass, were BSc, MSc, BE and MCom graduates. Rough estimates pegged the number of applicants at 7,000. Apart from graduates, swelling up the ranks were homemakers, construction workers, and even contract workers of the city corporation. The hordes of applicants also comprised those employed in private sector as well. The reason: A permanent job. Though many seemed unaware of the basic pay earmarked for the sanitary workers, a few said that they would not think twice before taking up the job, if selected. CONSIDERING the sensitivity of Melavalavu issue and to avoid law and order problems in the village, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has restrained the 13 convicts, who were recently granted premature release, from entering the village. The court has also directed them to stay in Vellore district. This arrangement is till the disposal of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed challenging the Government Orders passed for their release. A Bench comprising Justices S Vaidyanathan and N Anand Venkatesh, in their interim order direct‘Two wrongs won’t ed the litigant, P Terms set make things right’ Rathinam, and other The 13 were told The judges said, “A organisations concerned “not to rake to report before previous wrong canthe probation not justify perpetuatup the issue” of the officer at Vellore ing the same wrong release of the convicts through print every second and in future, that is to fourth Sunday say, two wrongs will or social media and and before the not make things to wait for the final Vellore SP every right.” Though the decision in the PIL first and third Supreme Court has petition. Sunday placed State’s power Madurai Superinof remission and tendent of Police (SP) was also instructed not to pardon on a higher pedestal, allow any meeting or gather- the same can be subjected to ing in connection with the judicial scrutiny if relevant factors are not considered bematter. The 13 convicts were also fore exercising the said power, told to report before the dis- they further opined. Producing the status report, trict probation officer concerned at Vellore every sec- Advocate General Vijay ond and fourth Sunday and Narayan, appearing on behalf before the Vellore SP every of the State, contended that first and third Sunday. The the convicts were released case has been adjourned to o n l y b a s e d o n t h e recommendations of the January 6, 2020. Second Level Committee and ‘Not a usual murder’ the State Level Committee, Perusing the status report which had done a very detailed filed by the government, the scrutiny of the antecedent, judges noted that the Melava- character, conduct in prison, lavu convicts had been con- verification of the report of sidered for release purely the probation officer and also based on the requirements of the character of the convicts G.O.Ms.No.64, Home (Prison- while on leave. CM allocates S2,363 crore for Pongal gift hampers E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai THE State government has sanctioned `2,363.13 crore for Pongal gift hampers to rice card holders, giving effect to the announcement made by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday . A G.O. said though the estimated cost stands at `2,245.85 crore, the expenditure may increase to `2,363.13 crore as the government has extended the deadline for conversion of ‘sugar cards’ to ‘rice cards’. The gift hampers will comprise `1,000, one kg raw rice, one kg sugar, a two-feet long sugarcane, 20 gm cashew, 20 gm raisins and 5 gm of cardamom. @ Madurai Candidates jostling each other in their rush to finish documentation at the Corporation office in Coimbatore on Wednesday | U RAKESH KUMAR “The post of a sanitary worker cannot be termed lowly, as every profession is important,” said a BE graduate from Variety Hall Road, S Vignesh, whose inspiration lay in running his family, comprising his mother and younger brother. A number of applicants was contract sanitary workers, with an overall work experience spanning 9 to 15 years. P Eswari, a contract worker with over 15 years of experience under her belt, said she wanted to apply for the permanent post as the corporation was holding such an interview after several years. The corporation mandates the applicants to be able to read and write Tamil for the permanent job that offers salary in the pay band of `15,700-`50,000. The interview process that commenced on Wednesday would continue till Friday; after verification of the certificates, shortlisted applicants would be notified. EXPRESS READ Arbitration Act Sec 87 binned New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down Section 87 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act while invalidating the constitutional challenge made to some of its provisions. A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman ruled that Section 87 was arbitrary and rejected the arguments of the Centre to allow the retrospective effect of the amendment. Section 87 had allowed automatic stay on all arbitral awards. The bench ruled that such a provision turns the clock backwards. RTE Act to be pruned? New Delhi: A crucial provision to extend the Right to Education Act, 2009 to provide free and compulsory education for all children and adolescents between the ages 3-18 is set to be dropped from the National Education Policy (NEP) draft that is being finalised for the Union Cabinet’s approval. The Act at present covers children aged 6-14. The first draft of the new policy a downward and upward extension of the Act. However, the Union Human Resources Ministry has decided to drop it from the NEP, claiming it will have huge financial implications for the government. Karvy postpones AGM Hyderabad: Beleaguered Karvy Stock Broking, currently under the SEBI radar for misuse of clients’ shares, postponed its annual general meeting. Sources told TNIE that the company sought an extension from the Registrar of Companies, Hyderabad and got it till December 15. Karvy Group’s standalone and consolidated financial, too, will be delayed and submitted only after the AGM. While officials termed the delay due to procedural issues, analysts believe trouble has been brewing for sometime now.
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