CHENNAI THURSDAY JANUARY 23, 2020 `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION ISRO TO SEND ROBOT AHEAD OF MANNED MISSION TO SPACE Ahead of India’s first manned mission, ISRO said it will send a ‘lady robot’ to simulate human functions in space TWO UNMANNED MISSIONS ON THE CARDS ‘SPEAKING ROBOT’ STUNS AUDIENCE The robot named ‘Vyomamitra’ is a half humanoid that can recognise the astronauts, converse with them and respond to their queries. “It will be simulating exactly the human functions in space. It will check whether the system is right,” said ISRO chairman K Sivan, adding ISRO will undertake two unmanned missions in December 2020 and June 2021 ■ ■ The robot was the centre of attraction at the symposium on human space flight and exploration in Bengaluru on Wednesday “Hello everyone. I am Vyommitra, the prototype of the halfhumanoid, been made for the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission,” the robot told the audience gathered there Dec 2021 WHEN INDIA’S MAIDEN HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT WILL BE LAUNCHED 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 CAA stays, bigger Make Right to Health a fundamental right, says panel bench may hear it Out-of-the-box ideas S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi A high-level panel on reforms in the health sector has come up with radical suggestions like shifting healthcare from the state list to the concurrent list in the Constitution, opening over 3,000-5,000 small private hospitals in the next five years, and declaring the Right to Health as a fundamental right on the 75th Independence day next year. Putting the sector in the concurrent list would squeeze state autonomy and give the Centre greater say in public healthcare across India. The committee recommend- Supreme Court refuses to give interim order, allows the Centre four weeks to respond gopal told the judges the government had been given copies of 60 petitions and requested T H E S u p re m e C o u r t o n time to respond to the rest. Wednesday refused to stay CitiPressing for a stay senior ad, zenship Amendment Act say- vocates Kapil Sibal and A M ing it can’t do so without hear- Singhvi said the UP governing the government’s position. ment has already started the A three-judge bench headed process even though the rules by Chief Justice S A Bobde for CAA are yet to be framed. gave the Centre four weeks “People are being marked to respond to petitions as “doubtful citizens” in challenging the law, inUP, which is creating dicating the matter panic among the massmay be referred to a es that they will be disConstitution Bench. enfranchised and taken The bench also reout of the electoral strained all high courts rolls”, Singhvi said, ‘Assam from hearing petitions adding that the process issue on CAA as the SC is needs to be postponed. different’ seized of the matter. “If this hasn’t hapSenior advocate Vi- SC said Assam’s pened in the past 70 problem is kas Singh told the years, let it not take bench it would change different as the place for two more earlier cut-off the demography of Asmonths. How does it date for sam and that it violates change anything?”. citizenship was the Assam Accord of Senior advocate K V 1985, which says for- March 24, 1971, Viswanathan said if eigners who entered which has been anyone is marked as a extended to the state after the cutdoubtful citizen during Dec 31, 2014 off date of March 24, the NPR process, it will 1971, irrespective of under CAA | P11 lead to problems not their religion, would just for Muslims, but be deported. The cut-off date in for Hindus as well. He said the CAA is December 31, 2014. postponing implementation The CJI said petitions linked process is not the same as stay . to Assam and Tripura will be However, Venugopal opposed taken up separately as the it saying it would in effect be a problem with the CAA in these stay on the operation of the law. two states is different from rest On this, the CJI responded, of the country . “We aren’t going to pass any P11 Attorney General K K Venu- such order today .” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Shift public healthcare to the concurrent list from the existing state list C H E TA N A B E L A G E R E @ Bengaluru ADITYA Krishnamurthy Rao, the man who planted an explosive device at the Mangaluru International Airport on Monday and sent the police into a tizzy, had ordered the required material online, got it delivered home and assembled it. In his statement to the police, Aditya confessed he assembled the bomb at his residence in Manipal and had ordered most of the required material online. Mangaluru Police Commissioner S Harsha said Aditya claimed to have searched on Google “how to HABITUAL make a bomb” and watched OFFENDER several videos on YouTube. Aditya Rao “There are multiple sources had earlier from which he has gathered been arrested information on making a for making a bomb. It could either be the hoax bomb call internet or from some anti- to Bengaluru national criminals in jail. airport in 2018, We need to interrogate him after he was further,” Harsha said. rejected for a A senior officer investi- job there gating the case told TNIE, “We found a piggy bank-like His family had c o n t a i n e r, g u n p owd e r, disowned him matchstick powder, a few due to his connected wires, a white eccentric ways powder in a box and an object which looked like a timer device.” However, no detonator was found in the initial search. Officers said the bomb resembled an IED. “Anyone can make an IED-like bomb. But the critical task is to fix the timer and P6 detonator,” he said. EXPRESS READ ‘Fix seven-day deadline to hang convicts’ Coronavirus toll rises sharply to 17 in China Media houses dig into 1971 archives New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court for fixing a deadline of seven days for execution of death penalty of condemned prisoners after issuance of black warrant. The plea was filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs | P11 Beijing: The toll from the new coronavirus outbreak in China touched 17 with the confirmed infection cases rising to 543 on Wednesday, even as cases of the deadly pneumonia were reported from the US, Hong Kong, Macao and Mexico | P15 Chennai: The furore over Rajinikanth recalling how a DK procession led by Periyar denigrated Hindu deities in 1971, and lauding Tamil magazine Thuglak for carrying the report, has led to fact-checking by various media houses. | P4 FARMING BEHIND BARS These onions bring happiness when peeled M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy THE primary objective of incarceration is to reform people falling out with law. But, added to the inculcation of moral values, if it also provides life skills and encourages entrepreneurial aspirations, it goes a long way in the holistic development of the inmates. A group of inmates at the Tiruchy Central Prison have set a good example of entrepreneurial benevolence by selling shallots (sambar onions) produced at the prison farm at a discount of 20 per cent against the market price. About 50 tonnes of shallots were harvested on Wednesday . The Prison Department is not only planning to increase the area under cultivation but also bringing more inmates into the semi-open space. Shallots prices had sky rocketed in the past few months owing to reduced supply. Despite efforts in sourcing onion from other States and countries, TAPAS RANJAN prices continued to remain high. To bring cheer to residents, the Prison Department is planning to increase the area under cultivation to one acre for commercial sale at the Freedom Market. Earlier in 2019, shallots were planted on about half an acre within the prison. The 25 inmates who led this novel initiative had used 80 per cent of organic P5 fertilizers. 2.5% Two-thirds of the health budget allocation should be towards primary healthcare Create 3,000 to 5,000 small private hospitals of 200 BEDS each in the next 5 years in tier II and tier III cities BY 2025, UG SEATS SHOULD BE EQUAL TO PG SEATS Bought bomb parts online, assembled them at his home Ahead of the Theppa Thiruvizha of Mariamman Temple, employees who had cleaned the bushes from the mandapam are seen transporting them in a boat in Madurai on Wednesday | K K SUNDAR Increase health budget allocation to of the GDP by 2025 SUSPECT SURRENDERS FLOAT FESTIVAL Declare Right to Health as a fundamental right on the 75th Independence Day in 2021 Cultivation area to be doubled Of the total shallot harvest made on Wednesday, 21 kgs were sold off at the market. The Prison department has planned to increase the area under cultivation from half acre to one acre. ed that the number of MBBS and PG seats in the country be made equal by 2025. Also, training offered to teachers ought to be different as compared to that for medical service providers, it suggested. The panel, which was set up by the 15th Finance Commission, submitted its report to the gover nment recently. Headed by AIIMS, Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleri, the panel comprises Dr Devi Shetty, Chair man, Narayana Health, Bengaluru, Dr Dilip Govind Mhaisekar, Vice Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman of Medanta, Dr Bhabatosh Bis- was of R G Kar Medical College, Kolkata and K Srinath Reddy, president of Public Health Foundation of India. “These recommendations are a result of long discussions among us and officials of Niti Aayog, the health ministry and policy experts from outside,” said a panel member. The panel also suggested hiking allocation for healthcare to 2.5% of the GDP adding , both Central and state governments should be nudged to increase spending on the sector. “We unanimously agreed upon large investment in primary healthcare — almost up to twothirds of the total budgetary allocation. CONTINUED ON: P11 School boy attacks classmate with pocket knife What the school says Though the victim claimed that his friend had attacked him with a knife, hurling casteist slurs, the school management denied the incident taking place EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Cuddalore A teen fight over a favourite star took a casteist turn in a Cuddalore school, when a class 10 boy fished out his pen knife in a rage and slashed his classmate’s head and neck on Tuesday . This comes a few months after a boy in Madurai attacked his classmate with blade after a caste skirmish. In Old Town, the class 10 boy was allegedly attacked by his friend with a pocket knife in the head and neck inside a classroom after a fight. But, sources alleged that the Kamatchi Shanmugam Matriculation Higher Secondary School management had warned the victim to say that he fell off the bench. It threatened him with denying entry to write exams if he revealed the truth. Speaking to Express, the 14-year-old victim,who sustained severe injuries and underwent 13 stitches on the head, said, “On the evening of Januray 20, near Old Town police station, we were travelling home after school. When an argument broke out between us, he hurled casteist slurs at me.” CONTINUED ON: P5
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