MADURAI MONDAY DECEMBER 02, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION BCCI TO ASK COURT FOR GREEN LIGHT TO CHANGES After AGM says yes to key changes in new constitution, it’s over to judges to decide if relaxations should be approved SHAH TO GO TO ICC, NO DECISION ON SRINI ADDRESSING FIXING PROBLEM: GANGULY The BCCI has decided to send secretary Jay Shah to the meeting of ICC chief executives. This violates the rule which says only the CEO can attend these meetings. N Srinivasan was expected to be named representative to the ICC board of directors, but that decision has been put on hold. It seems the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is interested in taking up this role. ■ ■ ■ Ganguly said the BCCI is addressing the problem of fixing in domestic T20 tournaments, adding that steps are being taken He also revealed that a player in the national T20 championship was approached by a bookie. He reported it to authorities He said on the basis of approaches, such events can’t be stopped 35 ALL VOTING MEMBERS OF THE BCCI ATTENDED THE AGM IN MUMBAI 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 Parts of TN flooded, more rain likely Chennai, Cuddalore & Nellai bear brunt as dams & lakes brim, bridges submerged, low-lying areas under water CM REVIEW With more rain likely, State to review preparedness To review preparedness and relief works, the TN government has convened a consultative meeting on Monday. CM Edappadi K Palaniswami is likely to chair the meeting and review relief efforts and damage caused by rain. HOLIDAY Seven TN districts & Pondy to close schools & colleges Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Thoothukudi, Cuddalore, Ramanad, Kancheepuram & Pondy district collectors declared Monday a holiday for educational institutions. Madras and Anna universities postponed exams scheduled for Monday. Wall collapse, open culvert prove fatal Three At least three died in rain-related mishaps on Saturday. Sheikh Ali fell into a culvert in Chennai and died while S Duraikannu of Thanjai & T Ravichandran of Tiruvarur died in wall collapses. Nursing asst accused of taking bribe found hanging E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Madurai A female nursing assistant of Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) who was transferred internally for allegedly accepting `1,000 bribe from the relative of a patient was found hanging in her house on Sunday early morning. It was her daughter Lakshanasri (8) who first saw M Karthika (29) of Petchiamman Padithurai hanging from the ceiling. Thidal police were alerted and the body was shifted to GRH for autopsy . Sources said that though Karthika married one Rajkumar of Sellur in 2009, the couple got divorced some six months ago. Since then, she had been living with her parents - Muthupandi and Dhanalakshmi. Muthupandi in his complaint said that Karthika was upset after the transfer from Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care block to Superspeciality block. Inspector Elavarasu said that she didn’t leave any suicide note behind. For those having suicidal thoughts, assistance is available at Tamil Nadu health helpline 104 and Sneha’s suicide prevention number 044-24640050. A woman struggles to walk through knee-deep water in the Chennai suburb of Korattur on Sunday evening | MARTIN LOUIS and Puducherry, got a ‘very heavy rainfall’ warning. Addressing reporters, Revenue and Disaster management minister RB Udhayakumar said a first response team of 21,597 trained volunteers was ready to tackle rain and floodrelated issues. A total of 4,399 flood-prone areas had been identified across the state and 619 multipurpose teams constituted to monitor these areas. Meanwhile, at least two per- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AS residents struggled to cope with rains that lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the India Meteorological Department on Sunday predicted heavy rains in State on Monday and Tuesday. An ‘extreme heavy rain’ warning was issued to the six districts of Ramnad, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Tiruvallur, and Tiruvannamalai. Ten districts, including Chennai, Kancheepuram, Villupuram sons were killed on Saturday in rain-related incidents. While, an open culvert claimed the life of 46-year-old Sheikh Ali in Chennai, S Duraikkannu (70), of Karambai in Thanjavur and T Ravichandran (53) of Paravakottai in Tiruvaru died in wall collapses. For residents in Chennai, the rain havoc recalled the horrors of the 2015 floods with the suburbs again being the worst affected. While Pallavaram, Chromepet, Kundra- thur, Chitlapakkam, Madambakkam and Tambaram were inundated, several areas in the South and North Chennai saw water stagnating for hours. In Korattur, excess water from Ambattur lake caused the Korattur canal to overflow with water entering houses. Heavy rainfall disrupted life in Namakkal, Nilgiris Puducherry Pudukkottai, Villupuram , and Nagapattinam, with Cuddalore and Tirunelveli districts among the worst affected. As many as 10,000 houses in low-lying parts of Cuddalore remain surrounded by water. Officials said flooding was caused by a breach of Paravanar at Kollakudi. Further, as Veeranam and Walajah lakes reached full capacity, water was being released. As many as 1,000 people had been shifted to six relief camps. In Tirunelveli district, even after the outflow of Papanasam and Servalar dams was reduced on Sunday the Thami, rabharani flooded houses in several parts. People in lowlying areas were evacuated and shifted to relief camps from Saturday night while bridges were submerged due to the incessant rain and influx of water in canals and rivers on Sunday . Govt secular, but Sena with Hindutva: Uddhav A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai HAVING committed itself to upholding secularism in the Aghadi’s common minimum programme, where does the Shiv Sena stand on Hindutva? While Sena chief and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said on the floor of the Assembly that his party would not “abandon Hindutva”, its spokesperson Sanjay Raut was busy explaining the “secular” Hindutva of the Congress. Proposing a motion to congratulate Devendra Fadnavis on his appointment as the leader of opposition in the Assembly, Thackeray said he has learnt several things from his predecessor. In the same flow, he said he won’t abandon Hindutva. “I am still with the ideology of Hindutva and won’t ever leave it. In the past five years, I have never betrayed the (former NDA) government,” he said. Cong leader Nana Patole elected Speaker Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday became the leader of opposition in the Assembly, while Congress leader Nana Patole was elected unopposed as the Speaker. The Governor’s address harped on reducing unemployment and a law assuring 80% jobs to locals | P9 GST COLLECTION SOME RELIEF AS MOP-UP CROSSES S1L CRORE IN NOV “Of gross `1,03,492 crore in November, CGST is `19,592 crore, SGST is `27,144 crore, IGST is `49,028 crore (including `20,948 crore collected on imports) and cess is `7,727 crore (including `869 crore collected on imports),” a finance ministry statement said. “Crossing `1 lakh crore in a festive month after a few months of tepid collections would act as sentiment booster and help in keeping the fiscal deficit under control. Hoping that this trend continues in the coming months,” said M S Mani, partner, Deloitte India. While it is a sentiment booster, it is still way behind the budget target (see box). EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AFTER months of hemorrhage, the Indian economy received an iota of good news as the Goods and Sales Tax (GST) collections in November recovered marginally because of festival sales and touched `1.03 lakh crore. Coming as it does in the wake of the GDP sink hole deepening at 4.5 per cent, the Centre sought to see in the GST numbers, a possible sign of recovery from the economic slowdown. The GST collection was `97,637 crore in the same month last year and stood at `95,380 crore in October last. Revenue way behind budgeted target Combined GST grew 7.3% (April to October) as against the budgeted growth of 19.5% To achieve the budget target of `6.63 lakh crore, GST in the last five months has to grow at 23.6% Looking at it from this prism, 6% GST growth is rather puny EXPRESS READ Rural local body polls notification today? Hyd vet’s rape trial in fast track court As protests over rape and murder of a young woman in Hyderabad continue to rage, the Telangana government has ordered that a fast track court be set up for the expeditious trial of the accused. The police on Sunday said they are set to seek custody of the four accused for further probe. “It (custodial interrogation) may be done in the jail itself,” a senior police official said | P6 Chennai: The notification of elections for rural local bodies is likely to be issued by State Election Commissioner R Palaniswamy on Monday. The notification for elections for urban local bodies is likely to be issued at a later date. The SEC had a SC-ordered December 13 deadline to notify the polls. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) STAFF HURT Two killed after truck rams into toll booth EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Krishnagiri TWO persons were killed on the spot and a toll booth employee injured when a container truck rammed into the Krishnagiri toll booth on the Chennai-Bengaluru highway on Sunday evening. The deceased were identified as S Chennappan (61), an ex- serviceman from Paaparapatti, and S Pramila (51) of Thirumalai Nagar near Krishnagiri. Shot from CCTV footage of the mishap The injured toll booth staff, P Kavitha (33), is being treated at Krishnagiri District Government Headquarters Hospital. Krishnagiri Taluk police said the truck, heading to Chennai, was driven by Sivakumar (37), of Tirupattur. “He lost control of the vehicle. The truck rammed the toll booth before hitting the two-wheeler driven by S Chennappan, and then hitting the two-wheeler on which Pramila was riding pillion,” police said. Chennappan, who worked at a petrol bunk at Bengaluru, was going to his village while Pramila and her daughter Chitra were going to Krishnagiri town. Blood sample to be tested Police secured Sivakumar and are questioning him. A sample of the driver’s blood had been sent for testing to ascertain if he had been driving under the influence. Uddhav’s position was at variance with that of other Sena leaders, who chose not to wear Hindutva on their sleeves unlike what they did in the past. On Saturday when BJP mem, bers started shouting slogans of Hara Hara Mahadeo and Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivaji, to bait the Sena to join the chorus — as they would in the past — there was no response from the treasury benches. The fact that those slogans were more popular among the Sena than the BJP, yet Team Uddhav stayed mum, showcased the confusion in the ruling party . On Sunday Sanjay Raut went , a step ahead. He was seen on a TV show explaining the “secular” Hindutva of the Congress. “Rahul Gandhi visited temples ahead of elections. He named his gotra (clan), wore janeu (sacred thread),” Raut said underling his point that the Congress does not have any problem with soft Hindutva. For details visit www.licindia.in
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