VILLUPURAM MONDAY JANUARY 27, 2020 `4.00 PAGES 30 CITY EDITION WILL SPEND `3 L CR TO BUILD 7,500 KM OF ROADS: GADKARI Twenty-two e-way/greenfield projects are on the cards and three will be completed in the next 3 years, the minister said DEL-MUM TRAVEL TIME WILL BE CUT BY HALF NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR HINTERLANDS Of the 22 projects, six are e-ways while 16 are greenfield corridors. DelhiMumbai expressway, trans-Rajasthan and trans-Haryana projects will be completed by FY25. “The Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway will be India’s longest expressway at 1,320 km and will reduce travel time from 24 hours to 13 hours,” Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari said ■ ■ Gadkari said the new projects will provide alternative routes to diversify traffic and provide better connectivity for major towns Delhi-Mumbai e-way has been taken from concept to award in under one year. It will unlock opportunities in hinterlands of Haryana, Rajasthan, MP and Gujarat, the minister said `1,600 cr MONEY SAVED ON LAND ACQUISITION AS LAND WAS ACQUIRED AT `80L / HECTARE 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 GLOBAL SCRAMBLE 15 more deaths and 688 new cases reported within 24 hours; 56 million people locked down in 16 Chinese cities US TO EVACUATE CITIZENS STUCK IN CHINA FROM TOMORROW Chartered flight Japan outreach France bus Indian helpline The US State “Japan will France Has sought Department said evacuate its tentatively plans Chinese a chartered flight nationals from to evacuate its assistance to pull would evacuate Wuhan “by every citizens stuck in out an estimated its diplomatic means including Hubei by bus to 250 students personnel and a chartered Changsha city from Wuhan citizens trapped flight”, Prime in China where Currently three in Wuhan Minister Shinzo they will be Indian hotline Abe said but quarantined for It will leave numbers are there is no firm 14 days before Wuhan on operational timetable they return home Tuesday and 24*7. They are take people to Around 430 Details of the +8618610952903 San Francisco. Japanese are evacuation +8618612083629 Priority will be reportedly in process are being +8618612083617 given to those at Hubei province worked out greater risk from coronavirus CITIES LOCKED DOWN HUBEI 11 9 4 10 5 6 1 7 3 2 8 SPREADING FAST 1 Wuhan 2 Huanggang 3 Ezhou 4 Jingzhou 5 Qianjiang 6 Xiantao 7 Xianning 8 Huangshi 9 Enshi 10 Xiaogan 11 Jingmen The new type of pneumonia, officially described as 2019-nCoV, is fast spreading, China’s National Health Commission warns The virus has so far reached Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Nepal, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the US China is building two hospitals on a war footing with over 1,000 beds each to treat coronavirus patients Third US case of coronavirus confirmed in California Since wildlife meat is the suspected source of the Wuhan virus, China has banned wildlife trade with immediate effect | P10 MAJESTIC REPUBLIC PM Narendra Modi pays homage to the martyrs at the National War Memorial, New Delhi on Sunday. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs were present | PTI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai NINE men allegedly attempted to barge into the house of noted journalist, columnist and editor of Thuglak magazine S Gurumurthy, in the city in the early hours of Sunday. A search has been launched to nab them. The unidentified persons reportedly escaped on five bikes after a policeman on security detail raised an alarm. CCTV camera footage collected from the vicinity revealed one of the alleged intruders carrying a ‘suspicious looking’ bag. Police close in on suspects Commissioner of Police Viswanathan told TNIE, “Though the CCTV footage shows nine men in five vehicles escaping, it seems that only five men had approached the house. We have already closed in on the suspects and they will be arrested soon.” A similar attack was made on Gurumurthy’s house in 2013. Police personnel on security detail at S Gurumurthy’s house in Mylapore | EXPRESS States spent just 55 per cent of Central funds for family planning in four years K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi WHILE Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a call for population control during his Independence day address last year, data shows lax implementation of family planning schemes across India, as states spent just 55% of the funds approved by the Centre under that head. Of the `12,710 crore sanctioned for family planning from 2016-17 to 2019-20, states managed to spend only about `6,995 crore (see box) — about `100 crore of which went towards advertisements alone. Yet, the birth rate dropped — Delta farmers lose heavily in Andhra Ponni gamble M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy MONEY MATTERS Amount Year Expenditure earmarked 2016-17 2,816 1,817 2017-18 3,016 1,741 2018-19 3,120 2,260 1,180 2019-20 3,757 (till 2nd quarter) * Numbers in J crore from 20.4% in 2016-17 to 20.2% in 2017-18, as per the government’s sample registration system survey . RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, too, had recently expressed concern over the demographic EXPRESS READ Bhim Army chief Azad detained in Hyderabad Hyderabad: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was on Sunday detained here while he was on his way to take part in an anti-CAA and NRC event. The Dali leader was in the city to address a gathering of protesters. Police said they had not granted permission for the programme to be held. ‘Govt can’t bail out stressed banking sector’ A farmer carrying husk from a rice blast disease affected paddy field at Andhanallur in Tiruchy on Sunday | M K ASHOK KUMAR is offering very low price, farmers complain. Officials washed their hands off this fiasco saying the agriculture department stopped selling seeds of the BPT 5204 variety in 2017 because it was not conducive for the delta districts. An advisory was issued to farmers to not cultivate the variety, they Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit hoisting the Tricolour during the Republic Day celebrations held in Chennai on Sunday as Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam look on | P JAWAHAR Alert guard foils attempt to attack Thuglak editor’s house GOVT ADVISORY IGNORED Months of toil came to a naught for hundreds of farmers who cultivated Andhra Ponni paddy this season, proving the Mahatma’s words, ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed,’ true. Tempted by the prospects of huge profit, several farmers opted for the BPT 5204 variety , allegedly ignoring the advisory of the agriculture department. They paid the price as a major portion of cultivation was damaged by pest and rice blast disease, leaving very less grains to be harvested. Sources estimate that crop on at least 10,000 acres in Tiruchy district , especially Lalgudi, Andanallur and Manachanallur, have been affected. Private traders and rice mills stopped buying from these farmers, fearing they would end up with more husk than rice. Whoever is willing A bird’s eye view shows tableaus of various states pass through Rajpath on the occasion of 71st Republic Day in New Delhi on Sunday. Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro, who was the chief guest for this year’s ceremony | PTI claimed. But abundant availability of water in Cauvery this year was a temptation farmers could not resist. Hoping for better price, which the variety enjoys, farmers bought seeds from private players. The gamble failed miserably. What’s more, most farmers did not inP5 sure the crop. Jaipur: The government is in no position to bail out India’s stressed banking sector, according to Nobel laureate and economist Abhijit Banerjee. “Financial sector is the biggest stress point currently,” Banerjee told reporters on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival skew, sought revision of the National Population Policy, 2000 and its uniform enforcement across the country . Officials said under the Central budget for 2019-20, `140 crore was earmarked for free distribution of contraceptives and `100 crore for social marketing of contraceptives. Various types of spacing methods are offered to all beneficiaries irrespective of marital status in all districts across the country Yet, as per National Family . Health Survey 4, the use of contraceptives in sexually active unmarried adolescents in India was just 16.4%. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex According to police, the men attempted to trespass into Gurumurthy’s house at Varadarajapuram in Mylapore. Police were not clear regarding the motive of the alleged intruders. Sources said a policeman on guard duty was alerted by the barking of dogs in the house. One of the alleged intruders had reportedly covered his face with a handkerchief, and was carrying a bag. On noticing the security personnel approach, the men reportedly fled. Later, the CCTV footage showed a few bike-borne men, towards whom alleged intruders ran and climbed over the bikes. Soon after the incident, Commissioner of Police A K Viswanathan and other senior police officers visited the house. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mylapore, Nelson, “The house was under security cover. The unidentified men reached the area, and were roaming around the house, evoking suspicion. When they tried to enter the house with a suspicious item in the bag, the personnel tried to accost them, following which they ran.” France to aid India’s space station project PEARL MARIA D’SOUZA @ Bengaluru FRENCH national space agency National Centre for Space Studies, which is collaborating with Isro in the Gaganyaan project, will also partner with the latter in the development of India’s planned space station. A CNES official, speaking on behalf of the president of CNES Jean-Yves Le Gall, told TNIE the French agency and its industry partners have gained vast experience from the Automated Transfer Vehicle and its spin-offs such as rendezvous operations with the International Space Station (ISS). “French and European partners can bring the skills they have acquired in developing and operating systems and dedicated infrastructure for long-term six-month flights of European astronauts on the ISS,” he said. Reiterating support for the Gag anyaan missions, he termed it “the first step towards future collaboration” on the development of India’s planned space station. “We want cooperation between France and India in human spaceflight to evolve into a long-term partnership along the same lines as our 15-year collaboration on climate-monitoring satellites and 50 years of working together on launchers,” Le Gall had said recently at Isro event in the city. “We have confidence in Isro’s capability,” he had said.
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