PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE CHENNAI SUNDAY OCTOBER 13, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION ‘NICK HAS CALMED ME’ CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS THE DIAMOND DRAPER Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra talks about doing a Bollywood film after three years. Speaking about life after marriage to American musician Nick Jonas, she says, “I used to get flustered ... I am calmer now” With a slew of digital projects and films lined up, Saif Ali Khan wants to continue doing different things and is not rattled by box office numbers Fashion designer Gaurav Gupta, who has been wowing women with his designs for over a decade, now forays into haute jewellery with his new diamond collection UNDER THE SPHERE OF INFLUENCE COVER STORY The business of buying and selling has new gurus. From niche to mega, social media influencers of today are helping consumers mould decisions. These digital superstars are acing the marketing game and companies are definitely not complaining EXCLUSIVE VOICES T J S George Shankkar Aiyar ■ Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty ■ ■ 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 INDIA AND CHINA TO WALK THE TALK, GET DOWN TO BIZ PM GOES PLOGGING New mechanism to address trade deficit; Beijing welcomes investment in IT and pharma sectors C S H I VA KU M A R & PUS H KA R B A N A K A R @ Chennai / New Delhi TAKING forward the Wuhan spirit in which India and China decided to “prudently manage” their differences, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to set up a new mechanism to address the massive trade deficit between the two countries. Briefing the media after the informal summit in Mamallapuram on Saturday, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said China agreed to take “sincere action and discuss how to reduce trade deficit.” He said the new mechanism would include Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. China is keen on Indian investment in IT, pharma sectors. India’s trade deficit with China stands $53 billion — one-third of the country’s global trade deficit. This is the reason why India has concerns over the proposed 16-nation free trade agreement called RCEP. “The PM specifically said India looks forward to this but wants RCEP to be balanced in goods, ser- BOXING Manju in final, Mary & 2 more settle for bronze A N M O L G U R U N G @ Chennai DEBUTANT Manju Rani’s dream run continued as she entered the final of the ongoing AIBA Women’s World Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia on Saturday The 20-year-old . beat Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat 4-1 in the semis. However, there were controversies surrounding six-time champ MC Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain’s defeats. Mary, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, lost in a split decision (1-4) against Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu. The India camp protested in vain as AIBA rules state that a 1-4 margin of defeat is nonreviewable. LovliManju Rani na’s margin of defeat was closer at 2-3 against China’s Liu Yang in the semis. This protest, too, was denied as the evaluator agreed with the scores. But the India camp is hopeful of a solid finish. “We have got over our semis disappointment and are looking forward to Manju’s final,” said national coach Mohammed Ali Qamar. “We are using video analysis to prepare. Even in Manju’s semis, we prepared after watching video footage. Though one entered P15 final, all played well.” vices and investment. President Xi said Indian concerns will be taken into account,” Gokhale said. Laying emphasis on people-topeople connect, the two leaders, who sat down for six hours over two days, decided that the people of both the countries must be brought into the relationship. They also decided to designate 2020 as the year of India-China cultural and people-topeople exchanges, with Modi suggesting homestays for tourists. Analysts welcomed China’s interest in Indian investment. “India should look to tap China’s manufacturing sector while the Chinese should look for more investments from India in the IT, pharma and tourism sectors,” said Debasish Chaudhuri of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi. A researcher at the Indian Council of World Affairs said the best way to enter the Chinese IT sector is to convince Beijing to allow US companies Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Google to operate in China. Indian IT firms could then look to provide back-end support. CONTINUED ON: P9 PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange gifts at Mamallapuram on Saturday, the 2nd day of the informal summit DAYS after Income Tax officials raided former Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara’s residence, office and educational institutions, the senior Congress leader’s personal assistant Ramesh M S (40) allegedly committed suicide on Saturday. His body was found hanging from a tree in the Jnanabharathi Campus of Bangalore University . Ramesh, a resident of Mallathahalli near Nagarabhavi close to Jnanabharati Campus, P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi THE two-day informal summit ended on a positive note with Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s invitation for a thirdsuch meeting in China some time next year. Exper ts expressed happiness over the fact that the two leaders have put contentious issues like the border dispute on the sidelines while paving the way forward for bilateral ties. Debasish Chaudhuri, adjunct fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, emphasised the importance of informal summits by highlighting the similarities be- tween the Wuhan Summit and Chennai Connect. “Both the informal summits have taken place when conditions have not really been conducive for talks between the two countries. While Wuhan happened days after Doklam, Chennai happened weeks after Kashmir. Despite this, the ties between the two countries have matured and the two leaders put aside touchy issues while agreeing to build stronger trade mechanisms to boost economic ties,” he said. Chaudhuri also pointed out that the two leaders did not have any other compulsions this time as was the case with Wuhan. It must be noted that the 2018 sum- went missing since 9 am and his The former deputy chief minphone was switched off. ister’s aide also informed them I-T officials had reportedly that he was in Jnanabharathi questioned Ramesh on Campus before disconThursday and Friday necting the phone call about Parameshwara’s and switching it off. bank accounts and other Jnanabharathi police, business transactions in who were alerted about connection with a mediRamesh going missing cal seat scam. and remaining incomRamesh had returned municado, rushed to the home in the early hours campus and found Ramesh M S on Saturday Later, he had . Ramesh’s Hyundai i20 contacted two of his car parked near the friends to inform them that he Spor ts Authority of India was going to end his life as he grounds adjacent to the BangaP6 was unable to face I-T grilling. lore University campus. 8 HURT IN KASHMIR GRENADE ATTACK WHAT A RUN! Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge is delighted after becoming the first person in history to complete the marathon under two hours. He clocked 1:59.40 | AP Suspected terrorists hurled a grenade in Srinagar near Lal Chowk, the city’s centre, on Saturday. Of the eight injured, three are critical P9 OPENING UP Do not use RTI for personal reasons, says Shah S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi THE Centre on Saturday discouraged people from filing unnecessary Right to Information applications, adding it is aiming to reduce the need for RTI by proactively putting up as much information as possible in the public domain. Addressing the 14th annual convention of the Central Information Commission, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the success of a government does not lie in a high number of RTI applications. “The Centre has made the administration’s work so transparent that there is minimum requirement to file them,” he claimed. While maintaining that RTI would remain as it helps in the creation of a welfare state, Shah said, “Do not use RTI without any reason. Use it for transparency Avoid using it for . Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday picked up plastic litter and other waste during his morning walk on a beach in Mamallapuram. “Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning. It lasted over 30 minutes. Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy,” he tweeted. Plogging is the practice of picking up trash while jogging or running | P3 After the informal summit in India, Chinese President Xi Jinping flew to Nepal for a two-day state visit, the first by a Chinese leader to the nation in 23 years. The two nations are expected to sign many agreements, including an extradition treaty. Under PM K P Sharma Oli, who belongs to the Nepal Communist Party, the former Hindu kingdom has moved closer to China. Modi, Xi improve bilateral relationship, third informal summit likely next year Days after I-T grilling, former Karnataka Dy CM’s aide ends life E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru CHINESE PREZ’S FIRST NEPAL TRIP personal reasons unless injustice is happening.” Earlier this year, the Centre passed the controversial RTI Amendment Bill, which changed the terms and conditions of appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner. Speaking at the event, CIC Sudhir Bhargava said RTI is a very important law in ensuring transparency in governance. “The number of RTI applica- tions filed before government departments grew to 13.70 lakh in 2018-2019 as compared to 7.55 lakh in 2014-2015,” he noted. Shah also used the occasion to praise the dashboard system introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “One can go to the dashboard and see how many toilets have been built. Even an illiterate woman can click the dashboard and get to know when she will get a cooking gas cylinder,” he added. mit took place when Xi was vying for a second term as president while Modi was hoping for another term as PM. Former diplomat Kishan Rana echoed Chaudhuri’s opinion and said the two nations were well aware of their own and each other’s relationship with Pakistan. “No two countries see eye-toeye on all issues. The same is the case with India and China. Despite having unresolved border issues, which are often the most contentious between them, the maturity shown by Modi and Xi has been good to keep them on the sidelines,” he said, adding that both nations are well aware of each other’s strength across P2, 3 the region and the globe. I thank PM Narendra Modi on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu for having chosen the historic Mamallapuram for the summit. Modi has raised the stature of the state TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami bids farewell to Chinese Prez Xi Jinping in Chennai on Saturday Edappadi Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu CM U.S. ANNOUNCES ‘SUBSTANTIAL BUT PARTIAL’ TRADE DEAL WITH CHINA The US and China reached a partial trade deal, the White House announced on Saturday. The agreement covers intellectual property, financial services and currencies. China pledged to increase purchases of American farm products from less than $10 billion a year to $40-50 billion. US President Donald Trump said the deal would protect US technology and intellectual property | P11 EXPRESS READ Seven from family attempt suicide, four die Chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa crowned World U-18 champion Chennai: Four out of seven members of the same family died after they consumed poison at Avadi on Saturday. Three, including two children, are battling for their lives. Preliminary inquiries revealed one of the deceased, Govindasamy (65), who was in building contract business, failed to cope with debts of about `80 lakh | P5 Mumbai: R Praggnanandhaa won the gold medal at the World U-18 Open Championship here on Saturday. The 14-year-old Chennai grandmaster was unbeaten and scored nine points in 11 rounds. The World Youth Chess Championships ended on a high note for India, with six others bagging medals, which included three silvers.
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