PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE CHENNAI SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION THE GLOBAL TRAVELLER’S VEG FIX SOUNDS OF JUNGLE THE KING OF CONTENT Travelling abroad often involves sampling unknown dishes. We lay out a vegetarian’s guide to exploring popular travel destinations. Tips include the online resources to find the best eateries With the release of his latest album Jangal, sarod artist Soumik Datta wants to raise awareness about the climate change crisis Netflix— now boasting more than 150 million subscribers— is an unparalleled triumph of entrepreneurship that changed how a generation views TV SMALL TOWNS, BIG PICTURE COVER STORY The Indian cinema industry is on a small-town adventure! Films have changed locations to storm the box office, creating new stars and story lines. Plots reflect the lifestyle changes in India’s suburbia to connect with the audience EXCLUSIVE VOICES Shankkar Aiyar T J S George ■ K Srinath Reddy ■ ■ 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 EXPRESS READ Sena’s NDA exit now a formality Mumbai: Shiv Sena has made it clear it is finally out of the NDA. “It’s just a formality now,” Sena’s Sanjay Raut said. The party MPs will not attend the NDA meet in Delhi on Sunday | P11 30K sarees seized ahead of bypoll Musuru: Over 30,000 sarees with handbills featuring C P Yogeshwar, who was touted as the BJP candidate from Hunsur, were seized in a poll code violation case | P8 Court allows Sharif to leave for UK Lahore: Pakistan’s ailing former PM Nawaz Sharif is set to fly to London after the Lahore High Court on Saturday allowed him to travel abroad for 4 weeks for medical treatment | P15 Pink ball session For the first time, both India and Bangladesh will have full fledged practice sessions with the pink ball under lights in the next two days at Indore. The hosts beat visitors by an innings & 130 runs in 1st Test | P19 GOVT STARING AT L2 LAKH CR BLACKHOLE On Day 1, Kerala Police stop 10 women from entering Sabarimala EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Sabarimala Centre may be forced to cut expenditure as revenue likely to fall short of target Ayyappa devotees at Sabarimala on Saturday| ALBIN MATHEW J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y @ New Delhi A day after the government said it expected GST collections for November to be good, finance ministry officials revealed to this paper that there could be an income shortfall of up to `2 lakh crore and this may force the Centre to cut down on expenditure by discouraging departments from spending on non-essentials. “We are staring at a black hole of up to `2 lakh crore, though that could moderate if the economy picks up in the second half of the year,” top officials told TNIE. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on Friday said that all welfare expenditure would go ahead as planned. “I will not disturb welfare spending,” she had said. Spending on rural employment guarantee programmes and low-cost housing for the poor helps generate employment and increase consumption, which in turn will help combat the economic slowdown. Till now, the government has managed Growth to to raise some `6 lakh crore in direct taxes dip further, which include corporate and personal insays NCAER come tax, or less than 50% of total direct Non-profit tax collection target of `13.35 lakh crore think tank on for 2019-20. Officials expect a shortfall of economics `1-1.2 lakh crore from corporate income NCAER said on tax, whose rates were slashed recently . Saturday that Officials said GST collections are exGDP growth pected to fall short by `50,000- 60,000 crore would shrink to this year. “Even with better collections in 4.9% in Q2 due the second half of the year, poor mop-up to sustained till now will weigh on overall targets as slowdown | P17 will states’ demands for greater compensation,” they added. With the stock markets in turmoil, plans to sell stakes in PSUs have gone awry while there are doubts about the ability of telecom players to cough up spectrum and other fees that they owe the government. Officials point out that the government has earned only `12,995 crore from disinvestment proceeds till now against a target of `1.05 lakh crore for full year. Strategic disinvestment of a string of companies ranging from the loss-making Air India to oil major BPCL is still in the pipeline. Similarly the government has already hinted that it will , give relief to beleaguered telcos and this could mean that its target of raising `50,519.81 crore by way of fees, etc, from them too may fall short. Current season to run till December 27 During this pilgrimage season, the temple will be open till December 27 for the Mandalapooja after which it will be closed for three days. The shrine will reopen on December 30 for the Makaravilakku festival after which it will close on January 20 M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Don’t drink, it’s toxic! Most tap water samples collected from 20 Indian cities did not meet the safety standards The water samples were tested for compliance with the Indian Standard 10500: 2012. Testing was conducted to determine the levels of chemicals and toxic substances in the water Better not to touch pipe water in these cities Delhi has not just India’s worst air quality, its piped drinking water is the least safe in the country 1 DELHI Water samples failed: 12/12 2 KOLKATA Samples failed: 9/9 4 DEHRADUN Samples failed: 10/10 5 JAIPUR Samples failed: 10/10 Where you can drink straight from the tap The only capital city where people can drink tap water safely is Mumbai. All samples from here were safe 1 MUMBAI Samples failed: 0/10 Voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station in Colombo on Saturday | AP | P15 Despite tight security, multiple violent incidents were reported from across the country. In Colombo, at least two buses carrying Muslims voters came under gunfire. There were no casualties With pro-China Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the fray, India is keeping a close watch on the election results as its outcome will have a bearing on New Delhi’s presence in the Indian Ocean region 2 HYDERABAD Samples failed: 1/10 3 BHUBANESWAR Samples failed: 1/10 4 RANCHI Samples failed: 1/10 SOURCE: CONSUMER AFFAIRS MINISTRY FATHER’S LAMENT ‘I thought Chennai was the safest city’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai “I CHOSE to send my daughter to Chennai because I believed this was the safest city for her to study Even if they (persons . behind her death) are in a high positions and enjoy power, police should arrest them,” Abdul Latheef, father of Fathima Latheef who committed suicide at IIT-M last week, said. He was speaking to reporters after meeting Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan on Sat- urday Latheef said he has sub. mitted all documents required for the investigation. He got emotional saying, “She got admission at Banaras The government is deviating from its earlier policy on women’s entry issue. This is against the affidavit submitted in the SC Punnala Sreekumar, Renaissance Protection Committee prayers,” said a senior officer. Barring this, the first day was largely peaceful with pilgrims from TN, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana arriving in large numbers. Police said they have intelligence inputs that members of a few outfits were camping in Sabarimala to protest if any young woman is found trekking the path to the temple. Meanwhile, CPM-backed Navodhana Samrakshana Samiti (renaissance protection committee) lashed out at the Left government for taking a U-turn on its stand on women’s entry . CONTINUED ON: P8 BJP to avoid ‘over exposing’ PM in Jharkhand 3 CHENNAI Samples failed: 10/10 Lankans vote in prez poll amid violence KERALA’s Sabarimala temple opened on Saturday amid tight security, even as police sent back 10 women who were in the proscribed age group. Outgoing melsanthi Vasudevan Namboothiri opened the sreekovil in the presence of thantri Mahesh Mohanaru marking the beginning of the first phase of the two-month pilgrimage season. Earlier, there were tense moments when devotees noticed young women in a group of pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh preparing to trek the hill leading to the temple. Police swiftly shifted 10 women in the group to a safe location. Officers checked their age proof and, upon finding they were in the restricted age group, advised them not to enter the temple. “They agreed to stay back while the male devotees in the g roup proceeded to of fer Hindu College and Lady Sriram College. I sent her to Chennai, because it was closer to Kerala and I also believed it was the safest city Even after joining .” the institute, Fathima was first in all her course work and seminars, he said. Latheef urged the police to check all her books and notebooks for any missing evidence. “The Commissioner of Police told me that he would look into the case like it had happened to a girl of this P6 State,” he said. ‘Check her notebooks’ Urging police to look for missing evidence in Fathima’s books and notebooks, Abdul Latheef said the Police Commissioner had promised to look into the case as if she were a girl from Tamil Nadu. PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi is likely to address only five rallies in Jharkhand, where Assembly elections will be held in five phases starting from November 30. The BJP is not prepared to “over expose” the Prime Minister. The bulk of the campaigning for the 81 Assembly seats in the state will be done by party president Amit Shah, working president J P Nadda, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, sources said. The BJP has used the Prime Minister sparingly in the Assembly elections after the Lok Sabha polls this year. Modi had addressed nine rallies in Maharashtra and eight in Haryana. The poll outcomes in the two states indicated that the people voted more on local issues than on national issues. The BJP faces the triple challenge of anti-incumbency a res, tive ally and a rebellion within in , Jharkhand. Reports suggest Chief Minister Raghubar Das’s government has become deeply unpopular. CONTINUED ON: P9 As of now, we have planned only one rally each for the Prime Minister in the five phases of the elections in Jharkhand — A senior BJP functionary
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