CHENNAI WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22, 2020 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION GOVT ORDERS 7 AIRPORTS TO SCREEN FLIERS FROM CHINA Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin airports will do thermal screening of passengers Health officials watch thermographic monitors at a quarantine inspection station at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport | AP IN-FLIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS ON SYMPTOMS NO COVER-UP, SAYS CHINA Airlines flying in from any airport in China including Hong Kong have been told to make in-flight announcements asking passengers with history of fever and cough and travel to Wuhan city in the past 14 days to report the same before disembarking. Common symptoms of the novel coronavirus strain include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties ■ ■ ■ Thermal cameras will be installed at the pre-immigration area of the seven identified airports WHO is set to declare it an international public health emergency Meanwhile, China has warned officials not to cover up the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed six lives so far | P13, 17 314 THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE REPORTEDLY INFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS 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 Don offers ‘help’ on Kashmir Davos: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he was watching developments between India and Pakistan over Kashmir “very closely” and was prepared to help if necessary, but he did not explain how | P13 SC to hear telcos’ plea next week New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to list next week fresh pleas of telecom firms, including Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Tata Teleservices seeking a fresh schedule of payment of statutory dues of `1.47 lakh crore to the DoT | P19 Protest sites to Maha schools, Preamble takes leap S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai FROM reading the Preamble of the Constitution at the ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the Uddhav Thackeray government has made a leap of faith by making its collective reading at all schools mandatory before prayer every day from January 26. By making the collective reading of the Preamble a central feature of the CAA protests, the agitators had sought to reaffirm their faith in the Constitution Decide within reasonable time Three months outside limit The Speaker, in acting as a Tribunal under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, is bound to decide disqualification petitions within a reasonable period, the judgment read What is reasonable will depend on the case. Normally, three months is the outer limit within which disqualification petitions must be decided upon CAN “Any member of AIADMK can become CM. Can this be said about the DMK,” CM Edappadi K Palaniswami said at Salem on Tuesday. P4 in all walks of life,” read the notification, a copy of which is with this newspaper. District education officers in the state have been tasked with monitoring and reviewing its implementation. Maharashtra has around 1.10 lakh primary secondary and private , schools. Ashish Shelar, former education minister and senior BJP leader, welcomed the notification. “But after reading the Preamble, if someone says “Bharat ‘Parliament must rethink’ “It is time that Parliament have a rethink on whether disqualification petitions ought to be entrusted to a Speaker as a quasi-judicial authority when such Speaker continues to belong to a particular political party either de jure or de facto,” the bench comprising justices Rohington F Nariman, Aniruddha Bose and V Ramasubramanian said SC suggests separate body to handle defection cases Urges Parliament to revisit the powers of the Speaker, who currently has exclusive rights to decide on the disqualification of lawmakers E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi ANY CADRE IN DMK BECOME CM? and in its sovereign, secular and democratic nature. According to a circular issued by the Maharashtra government, the collective reading of the Preamble from this Republic Day in all primary and secondary will help the students imbibe the values of Sarvobhaum Sanvidhanache Janhit Sarvanche (Constitution is supreme for the welfare of all). “If the Preamble is internalised at a young and tender age, then the students will cherish it STRONGLY suggesting the creation of an independent and permanent body to decide on disqualification petitions against lawmakers since Speakers could act in a partisan manner, the Supreme Court on Tuesday urged Parliament to look into its recommendations. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman sought to prod Parliament to revisit the rationale behind giving exclusive powers to the Speaker for deciding disqualification petitions, since his views could be coloured as he is still a member of a political party . Stressing the need for either a permanent body or some other independent mechanism, the court took note of a clutch of re- CHAOS AT BANK NPR for KYC update triggers panic withdrawal S G O D S O N W I S E LY D A S S @ Thoothukudi A vaguely drafted notification from the Central Bank of India, listing “National Population Register (NPR) letter” as a document for Know Your Customer (KYC) update, has opened a Pandora’s box in Kayalpattinam. The area with majority Muslim population witnessed a ‘fund withdrawal spree’, despite the bank officials coming out with a clarification saying that submission of NPR letter is not compulsory . It all began with the bank coming up with a notification in newspapers dated January 11, saying that those (account holders) who haven’t submitted their KYC documents must do it for uninterrupted service. The notification listed a number of documents such as PAN card, passport, voter identity card, driving licence, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act card, Aadhaar and NPR letter as proof of identity and address. However, the vaguely drafted notification did give ample room for customers to misinterpret it as the notice was unclear on whether one has to submit all the documents or just one of them for KYC update. The notification went on to say that the accounts of those who do not submit the documents before January 31 would be frozen. This created unrest among Muslims, who have been thronging the Kayalpattinam Central Bank of India branch and withdrawing their savings and P5 deposits for the last three days. cent cases that sought to question the independence of the Speaker. “Parliament may seriously consider amending the Constitution to substitute the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies as arbiter of disputes concerning disqualification which arise under the Tenth Schedule with a per manent Tribunal headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or a retired Chief Justice of a High Court, or some other outside independent mechanism to ensure that such disputes are decided both swiftly and impartially the bench said. ,” It added that the Speaker cannot sit on a disqualification petition indefinitely A prompt deci. sion within a reasonable time, is a must, it underlined — prefera- bly within three months. The court was hearing a case related to the disqualification of Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar in Manipur who won on a Congress ticket but later joined the BJP-led government in the state. Two Congress MLAs petitioned the Speaker for his disqualification, but he sat on it. When the MLAs moved the High Court, it passed adverse comments on the Speaker’s lack of action but refrained from deciding on the disqualification for want of jurisdiction under the anti-defection law. The SC bench on Tuesday directed the Speaker to decide on the disqualification petition within four weeks, adding the petitioner MLAs could come back to the court if a decision isn’t taken by then. Mata Ki Jai or Vande Mataram, they should not be boycotted or ill-treated,” he, however, said sarcastically . When the common minimum programme of the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi was drafted, the Congress had insisted on inserting the word ‘secular’ in its preamble. Ravindra Waikar, a Shiv Sena legislator, said the decision will not stoke any controversy “Reading the Preamble is . always good. It will help students know the Constitution at a tender age,” he said. INCULCATING VALUES “Values of justice, freedom, equality and fraternity form the core of our Constitution. Its directive principles, duties and rights should be taught at a young age. If students properly imbibe those values, they will grow into responsible, civilized and cultured citizens,” the notification said Class 5, 8 students to write board exam in their schools E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai AFTER widespread opposition, Tamil Nadu School Education Department has said students of Standards V and VIII will write their board exams 2020 in the schools they are studying in. “After holding discussions with various stakeholders, we have decided that students of Classes 5 and 8 can write their board exams in their respective schools,” a senior department official told Express. State government officials met on Monday to finalise it. “We are yet to release a circular. But, the decision is final. However, the government is still discussing how invigilation will be done,” the official said. Students from Class 5 will write the exams in three subjects and Class 8 students, five subjects. ASPHYXIATION? EIGHT INDIANS FOUND DEAD IN NEPAL RESORT E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kathmandu/T’Puram EIGHT Keralites, including four children, holidaying in Nepal met with a tragic end due to suspected asphyxiation after the heater in their suite room at a hill resort in Daman, located 80 km from capital Kathmandu, reportedly leaked carbon monoxide on Monday night. The eight victims belonging to two families, one from Thiruvananthapuram and the other from Kozhikode, were part of a 15-member group that had stopped over at the hill station on the way back to Kathmandu after visiting Pokhara. The two families stayed in a large suite room, while the rest of the group members were in adjacent rooms. The resort staff called police on Tuesday morning after they found the tourists lying unconscious in the room. The eight were airlifted to Hams Hospital, Kathmandu, where doctors declared them brought dead. The deceased were identified as Praveen Krishnan Nair, 39, of T’Puram, wife Saranya, 34, and their children Sreebhadra, 9, Aarcha, 8, and Abhinav, 3; Ranjith Kumar T B, 39, of Kozhikode, wife Indu, 34, and younger son Vaishnav, 2. Ranjith’s elder son Madhav, who stayed in another room, was the lone survivor in the family . Nepal’s Makwanpur district police Superintendent Sushil Singh Rathaur said the use of heater in the room could have CONTINUED ON: P10 led to suffocation. ‘Will not apologise for Periyar remark’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai/Tirupur ACTOR Rajinikanth drew flak from several political parties on Tuesday including the AIADMK , and DMK, for asserting that he would not apologise for making certain remarks at the Thuglak magazine’s anniversary event last week. Speaking at the event, the actor had recalled a rally held by Dravidian icon Periyar in Salem in 1971, where Hindu deities were allegedly insulted. Showing photocopies of pages from an English magazine’s report on the matter, the actor told reporters gathered outside his residence on Tuesday: “I have not imagined anything that did not happen. I referred to what I heard and read. There is a demand that I should apologise. To this... I humbly say I will not.” Both the Dravidian majors slammed Rajinikanth for refusing to apologise. “The AIADMK is functioning on the ideals of Periyar, Anna, MGR, and Amma (J Jayalalithaa). We will not accept any demeaning statements being made against Periyar,” said minister D Jayakumar. “What is the need to dig the past now? There are lot of issues relevant to the cur- rent situation to debate.” “Rajinikanth should be careful while speaking about Periyar, who worked to uplift Tamils for 95 years,” said DMK chief MK Stalin. K Veeramani of Dravida Kazhagam, a rationalist organisation founded by Periyar, denied the allegations made by the actor. He said the incidents mentioned by Rajinikanth had not happened. “Apologising for wrong information is human nature. It’s up to him to apologise or not. Very soon, he will h ave t o a n swe r t h e court,” Veeramani P4 said.
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