COIMBATORE MONDAY JANUARY 27, 2020 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE 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 +8618610952903 take people to Around 430 Details of the +8618612083629 San Francisco. Japanese are evacuation 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 France to aid India’s space station project 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 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 Alert guard foils attempt to attack Thuglak editor’s house 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 — 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 A tailor-made solution gives tipplers some ‘quarter’ 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 @ Bengaluru FRENCH national space agency National Centre for Space Studies, which is collaborating with ISRO in 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. “French and European partners can bring the skills they have acquired in developing and operating systems and dedicated infrastructure for longterm six-month flights of European astronauts on the ISS,” he said. Reiterating support for the Gaganyaan missions, he termed it “the first step towards future collaboration”. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirupur Alcohol is the anaesthesia by which we endure the operation of life George Bernard Shaw When paying salary and bonus in time did not help him retain talented workers, and draw newer ones, a garment unit owner in Tirupur decided on using liquor as the glue to bind workers to his company . So, when he posted a recruitment advertisement announcing salary to be no constraint for a deserving candidate, he added a footnote assuring peg incentive. The result: overwhelming response and eight new recruits within a few hours. Senthil Vel was in a peculiar situation. Though he was a decent paymaster, his unit was in a perennial shortage of padlock tailors. Those quitting had only ‘personal reasons’ to blame. Vel’s usual pre-depar- ture pep talk with the quitting staff made him abreast of the real reason behind the attrition: the salary was not enough to keep the liquor flowing. This led to the bright spark leading to the advertisement. The result has been documented in the first para. He offered a ‘cutting’ in the afternoon and a quarter in the night. This apart from the salary and the bonus to boot. Now, Senthil is f aced with the problem of plenty. If it was a scarcity of padlock tailors that was ruining his business prospects, now it is the plethora of job applicants that is giving him sleepless nights. “Within hours of pasting the advertisements, my staff TAPAS RANJAN shortage was addressed but I be- gan receiving too many calls leading to my switching off the mobile phone,” Vel says. Who are padlock tailors? Padlock tailors are a part of the power table operators in the stitching section of the garment unit. They are considered as an important resource. PG 10 PG 3 artsy N EXPRESS l MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020 l VOL: 10 l NO: deal ’ his Sketchin success story l be practica fab Being real lab without a Project The Zero Lab quality aims to impart to practical education school government in TN students YOUR LIFE COACH EDUCATIO colourful Through his and doodles, cartoons Kapil anime paintings, artist on new Shankar is the out for look the block to 32 COVER STORY CKS SHE RO WS! RO at ANDmari is the only teacher ka Eka Adyapa Ushaku KR Agasthya her way Kunnathumala how she bravesto ensure rivers School. Here’s jungles and for her students through education P8-9 ATE WHEN ZOMATO UBER EATS INDIA food and restaurant aggregator Eats India Uber first unicorns, (read acquired) one less option One of India’s Zomato, gulped there is agree? delivery start-up recently. Well, at least deal food. Don’t you in an all-stock comes to ordering now when it LOW om edexlive.c LESSONS FROM N THE CANTEE -free, chilled out, gyaan Paruvu Check out our from Harimohan back-bench column will learn from college, PG 11 about what you not in class | but probably IT TEACH all ensure that How can we access education? students can dex Drop us a line. Tweet to us Post answers and pictures @Xpress_e on our Facebook page gmail.com edexlive@ THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST READSH PEARL MARIA D’SOUZA 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 AREFOL TN YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) 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, EXPRESS READ Community hall inside mosque to promote harmony Coimbatore: Taking a cue from a recent heart whelming incident on communal harmony in Kerala, where a Hindu wedding was held in a masjid, authorities of a mosque here have planned to build a community hall on its premises to allow people from other religions to conduct events. The hall shall soon be built at the mosque named Masjidhul Muhaajireen at Vellalore | P3 Delta farmers lose heavily in Andhra Ponni gamble Tiruchy: Tempted by the prospects of huge profit, several farmers opted for 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 have been affected | P4 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.” In Theni’s hinterland lies a ‘Sparta’ S R A J A @ Theni DHARMAPURI, a sleepy little village 14 km from Theni, is one of those hinterland hamlets known for their rustic charm. However, coursing beneath its arcadian appearance is a strong martial spirit that is the pride of the villagers. For generations, it has sent hundreds of brave men and women to the country’s military and paramilitary forces; tales of their brave deeds inspiring the next generation to serve the nation. Even as we speak, 400 jawans from this village ensure that we are safe. Boys and girls in the village start training from a young age itself, not unlike the ancient Spartans, whose valour colours the history The village ground . is the arena where they toughen their mind and body . Youth dedicate their evenings not to binge watching but to blood, sweat and tears; their focus an impenetrable fortress. Overseeing their training are village elders – retired military personnel determined to get the best out them. Every jawan, returning home on leave, also train the youth and inspires them to join the forces. One of them opens up to the TNIE, “Joining the Indian Army was a dream from childhood and now I am living it. Nothing can describe the happiness one f e e l s wh e n h e f i n d s h i s brothers-in-arms” Parental support Most parents in the village oblige their wards’ wish to undergo training and prepare themselves for recruitment. To them, this is a matter of pride. Selvam, a retired Army officer, said, “The tradition of sending youth to the forces continues to this day.” At an age when the talk of patriotism is whittling away from public discourse, this village remains steadfast in its commitment to the country May that flame go on. .
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