CHENNAI l MONDAY l JANUARY 27, 2020 l `5.00 l PAGES 34 l 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 U.S. 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 numbers are there is no firm 14 days before It will leave operational timetable they return home Wuhan on 24*7. They are Tuesday and +8618610952903 Around 430 Details of the take people to +8618612083629 Japanese are evacuation San Francisco. reportedly in process are being +8618612083617 Priority will be worked out given to those at Hubei province greater risk from CITIES coronavirus LOCKED DOWN IN CHINA HUBE 13 9 11 4 I 10 5 6 12 1 7 3 2 8 14 15 A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF 71ST REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to martyrs at the National War Memorial, New Delhi on the occasion of the Republic Day for the first time instead of the Amar Jawan Jyoti beneath the India Gate arch | PTI 6 Xiantao 7 Xianning 8 Huangshi 9 Enshi 10 Xiaogan 11 Jingmen 12 Chibi 13 Dangyang 14 Zhijiang 15 Shantou SPREADING FAST The new type of pneumonia is fast spreading, China’s National Health Commission warns The virus has so far spread to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Nepal, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the US Since wildlife meat is the suspected source of the Wuhan virus, China has banned wildlife trade with immediate effect | P10 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 India bristles as European Parliament decides to debate anti-CAA resolutions @ New Delhi NEW Delhi on Sunday sharply criticised the European Parliament’s decision to debate resolutions against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying it should not take actions that call into question the rights and authority of democratically elected legislatures. In all, six draft resolutions have been tabled by groups within the European Union (EU). While they have a similar theme, some of the resolutions sought to include the hollowing out of Article 370 that gave spe- cial status to Jammu and Kashmir. They are set to be debated in the European Parliament in Brussels next Wednesday and voted on the day after. India hit back saying the CAA was internal matter and emphasised that the law was adopted through democratic process after full debate in both houses of Parliament. It also underlined that the new Act is meant to provide citizenship rights, not to deny them to any individual. The beneficiaries of the new legislation are the oppressed minorities of three neighbouring countries. France onboard India’s space station dream The draft resolutions urge India to engage constructively with the anti-CAA protestors and consider their demands to repeal it. Those who tabled them are the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D), Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) (PPE), Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (Verts/ALE), European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), Renew Europe Group (Renew), and European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group. WITH THIS ISSUE @ Bengaluru FRENCH national space agency National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), 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. While reiterating support for the Gaganyaan 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 ability to partner in human space exploration and we are ready to provide all the support to develop the space station. CONTINUNED ON: P6 PG 10 PG 3 artsy SS l MOND AY, JANUA RY 27, 2020 l VOL: 10 l NO: deal his Sketchin’ success story ical be pract 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 EXPRE EDUCATION 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 | P6 Alert guard foils attempt to attack Thuglak editor’s house EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 1 Wuhan 2 Huanggang 3 Ezhou 4 Jingzhou 5 Qianjiang Tableaux of states pass through Rajpath on Sunday. Antisatellite weapon ‘Shakti’, lethal artillery gun ‘Dhanush’, and newly-inducted helicopters Apache and Chinook were among the key military assets showcased at the R-Day parade | PTI New Delhi: The Delhi Police booked Sharjeel Imam, an activist who came in limelight during the ongoing protest in Shaheen Bagh, on Sunday for allegedly delivering inflammatory speeches against the amended Citizenship Act and the planned NRC Bhim Army chief detained in Hyd 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. Azad was in the city to address a gathering of protesters. Police said they had not granted permission for the programme. ‘Govt can’t bail out banking sector’ teacher at the only Adyapaka kumari is KR Usha thya Eka her way mala Agas braves Kunnathu re ’s how she s to ensu School. Here les and river students jung for her through education P8-9 TO ATE WHEN ZOMA INDIA UBER EATS LESSONS FROM THE CANTEEN IT TEACH all ensure that How can we access education? students can x THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST and food 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 TN Delhi police book Sharjeel Imam 32 CKS SHE RO WS! O AND R LOW EXPRESS READ colourful Through his and doodles, cartoons Kapil , anime paintings artist on new Shankar is the out for look the block to COVER STORY EFOL READ SHAR 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, edexlive.com -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 Tweet to us Post Drop us a line. answers and @Xpress_ede pictures on our Facebook page ail.com edexlive@gm YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) , 4 OF CITY EXPRESS 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 13th Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday GOVT ADVISORY IGNORED? Delta farmers lose heavily in Andhra Ponni gamble this season M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy 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 Rice blast Rice blast is a fungal disease that affects leaves, leaf collar, stem nodes, neck, earheads and internodes of crops A farmer carrying husk from a rice blast disease-affected paddy field in Tiruchy on Sunday | M K ASHOK KUMAR mills stopped buying from these farmers, fearing they would end up with more husk than rice. Whoever is willing 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 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 insure the crop. 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.” Bus crew, passengers vandalise toll plaza EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai AN argument over payment between a government bus crew and Paranur toll plaza staff around 1 am on Sunday snowballed into a violent clash, with passengers, motorists and the toll plaza staff joining the melee. The mob vandalised the toll counters, broke CCTV cameras and damaged the plaza staff ’s vehicles. Bus drivers parked their vehicles blocking all toll lanes on the Chennai-Tiruchy highway in Chengalpattu. It all started when a State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) bus, plying from Chennai to Tiruchy reached the Par, anur toll plaza around 1 am. The staff there asked the bus driver to pay toll charges. “Government buses usually do not pay toll. This ‘unusual’ demand sparked off the row,” a police officer said. “Bus conductor Pasumpon got down and went towards Muthu, a staff member at the plaza, to ask why he needed to pay the toll and an argument ensued. It is alleged that the plaza staff attacked the bus driver and conductor first. Seeing them under attack, the passengers in the bus too got down in support of the bus crew,” he added. Other bus drivers who reached the spot joined the fracas and blocked all the lanes by parking their buses along the toll plaza. They vandalised the toll plaza and, damaged boom barriers and vehicles of the plaza staff. “Nearly 100 police personnel were rushed to the spot to control the mob fury. No one sustained serious injuries in the incident,” the police added. Traffic in the area got affected for over three hours and police registered a case following the incident.
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