MADURAI WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2020 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION POWER DEMAND REBOUNDS AFTER 5 MONTHS OF DECLINE January demand rose to 105.29 bn units from 101.71 bn units a year ago, data from Central Electricity Authority showed INDICATOR OF RECOVERY FROM SLOWDOWN OVER 40% DEMAND FROM INDUSTRY Economists view power consumption as an important indicator of industrial output. Therefore, any increase in electricity demand is an indicator of recovery from economic slowdown. However, the demand spike in January this year is from a low base as electricity demand had grown at the slowest pace in January 2019 in two years, CEA data showed ■ The highest demand came from Maharashtra, at 13,181 mn units Industry accounts for more than two-fifths of India’s annual electricity consumption, according to government data Of the overall demand, residences account for nearly a quarter and commercial establishments for another 8.5% ■ ■ 3.52% THE INCREASE IN POWER DEMAND IN JANUARY 2020 OVER JANUARY 2019 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 Kejriwal maintains his stranglehold over Capital with humongous win BJP blown away, suffers its fifth consecutive loss in Assembly polls Worst-ever show by Congress as it gets under 5% votes, no seat AAP-SOLUTE TORNADO “Delhiites, you have done the impossible. I love you ... This is very auspicious message for the country. Politics of work can take our country to the 21st century 2020 70 TOTAL 8 70 TOTAL 67 3 Congratulations to AAP and Shri @ ArvindKejriwalji for the victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi. BIG WINNERS Narendra Modi, PM Manish Sisodia Patparganj (AAP) J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y, M AYA N K S I N G H & P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi ‘NO INDUSTRY’ Panel returns Kamarajar Port’s plan EXPRESS NEWS S E R V I C E @ Chennai COMING as a major relief to fishermen and environmentalists who have been opposing the mushrooming of industries in Ennore-Pulicat wetlands, the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry has returned the Kamarajar Port’s application to construct petrochemical and fertilizer units in this region. The `317-crore project will consist of a coastal employment unit comprising several chemical and metallurgical industries that are highly polluting in nature. The port had approached the Ministry to allocate a whopping 322 acres for this purpose. The committee, in response, said on Tuesday that it was difficult to ascertain the impact of the project as approvals were submitted one by one. The committee would visit the project area, according to minutes of the meeting. It also observed that site selection for the proposed industrial estate was not made according to the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board’s programme on Zoning Atlas for siting of Industries. Vijender Gupta Rohini (BJP) -0.7% SWING BJP 2015 2020 32.2% 38.5% 63 44 Of 66 Cong candidates lost their deposit THE trademark muffler was in place, wrapped around the neck though and not the ears and chin for which he has been caricatured at least a thousand times. But as Arivind Kejriwal climbed the spiral staircase to reach the roof of the single-storey party office, the cheers from the thousands of workers and supporters below reached a pitch that could perhaps be heard at the rival BJP’s national headquarters located less than half a kilometre away . Attributing the Aam Aadmi Party’s stunning victory to “kaam ki rajneeti” (politics of development), the Delhi Chief Minister stressed that the people of the national capital had “given a clear message that vote will be given only to those who will work for them.” Okhla (AAP) SWING AAP 2015 2020 54.3% 53.6% Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM Amanatullah Khan +6.3% SWING S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi 2015 FACTOR -5.44% “This is a good sign for the nation. This is a victory of the entire nation,” Kejriwal said and invoked Lord Hanuman in his brief speech to the admiring and delirious party workers. “Lord Hanuman has blessed Delhi. We all hope that Lord Hanuman’s blessings will continue for the next five years,” he said before leaving for the Hanuman temple at Connaught Place in the heart of Delhi to pay his obeisance and thanksgiving. The Delhi CM’s analysis of his party’s win hit the nail on the head. Riding on the success in education, where his government was able to turn deplorable government school infrastructure into modern classrooms, and health, where mohalla clinics offer cheap and good healthcare, the AAP brought about a material difference to the Atishi Marlena Kalkaji (AAP) Somnath Bharti Malviya Nagar (AAP) BIG LOSERS 62 SWING CONGRESS 2015 2020 9.7% 4.3% quality of life of Delhiites, especially the poorer sections. And in the last one year, particularly after the 2019 Lok Sabha debacle when the AAP not only lost all the seven seats but three of its candidates even forfeited their deposit, the Delhi government unveiled a string of populist measures that caught the ima g i n at i o n o f eve r y section. Free water, subsidised power and free bus rides for women touched the lives of almost everyone in the national capital. Kejriwal backed up these steps with a publicity drive that left in its wake a BJP and a Congress clutching at straws. The combination of tangible work on the ground and freebies ensured the AAP’s encore of 2015. It won 62 seats and managed to get 53.6 per cent of the votes, R P Singh Rajinder Nagar (BJP) Kapil Mishra Model Town (BJP) Sitting MLAs, including 2 from BJP, retain seats PIC: SHEKHAR YADAV DELHI VERDICT Trade, def deals lined up as Trump comes calling on February 24 which are only marginally short of its staggering performance in the last elections. In a way it was not a level playing field from the start. The BJP’s lack of a credible local face hobbled the saffron party to such an extent that, days before the voting, Kejriwal challenged the BJP to name its chief ministerial candidate against whom he could have an open debate. The BJP also lacked strong local issues around which it could build its campaign. Realising this, the Centre announced that it would regularise 1,731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi, benefitting about 40 lakh people. A Bill to enable this was hurriedly passed in Parliament. But in the end, it proved to be too little too late as it could not counter the immense goodwill the AAP had generated through its welfare inP9 terventions. Alka Lamba Chandni Chowk (Cong) Poonam Azad Sangam Vihar (Cong) Tajinder Pal Singh Hari Nagar (BJP) will protect its price caps on medical implants and may not welcome American dairy products derived from mamAHEAD of the crucial Presi- mals that are fed non-veg food. dential elections this Novem“We have pointed out to the ber, US President Donald Americans there are cultural Trump will visit India from issues and Indians won’t acFebruary 24 to 25. The US will cept milk products from cows be looking at wrapping up a that are fed non-vegetarian trade deal, which could help feed,” officials said. reduce its trade deficit with Animal feed used in the US India as well as increase sales dairy industry has high proof defence equipment includ- tein blood meal from cattle. ing military and naval heliSources said India will recopters to India. lent on opening up Trump will also visit hitherto protected Prime Minister Narsectors like wines endra Modi’s home and whiskey . state Gujarat. The ongoing trade “President @realnegotiations are exDonaldTrump & @ pected to be wrapped FLOTUS will travel up by next week. An to India from FebruAmerican trade Meetings in ary 24-25 to visit team will travel to Prime Minister @ Delhi, Gujarat India ahead of US narendramodi! The MEA said Trump President Donald trip will fur ther and Melania will Trump’s India visit. attend official strengthen the U.S.Sources said India is engagements in India strategic partready to cut duties New Delhi and nership & highlight on more than 40 the strong & endur- Ahmedabad and product categories interact with a ing bonds between from the US ranging wide crossthe American & Inf ro m ap p l e s, a l dian people,” the section of Indian monds, high-end mosociety White House tweetbiles, smart-watches ed on Tuesday . and electronic gadgConfirming the develop- ets in return for the US allowment, the Ministry of Exter- ing Indian manufactures dunal Affairs said that Trump t y - f r e e t r a d e f a c i l i t i e s and First Lady Melania will withdrawn last year. attend official engagements Officials said despite proin New Delhi and Ahmedabad. tests from Indian liquor and According to officials, the wine distillers, India was contwo leaders may announce a sidering allowing US wines trade deal during the visit. and whiskey easier entry into However, there is no clarity if India at lower rates. India’s the Kashmir situation will market for western style liqfeature in the dialogue be- uor is estimated to be worth tween Modi and Trump. about `50,000 crore and is proOfficials involved in the jected to grow at over 8%. CONTINUED ON: P7 trade negotiations said India EXPRESS READ NIRMALA SEES GREEN SHOOTS OF RECOVERY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday listed several indicators as green shoots of recovery . “There are seven important indicators which show there are green shoots... the economy is not in trouble,” Sitharaman said in reply to a debate on the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha. The FM cited increase in FDI, rise in factory output and `1 lakh crore-plus GST collections in the past three months as indicators of a rebound in the economy . “Global sentiment is in favour of India. Foreign investors continue to show confidence in India and that is why the country has attracted a net FDI of $24.4 billion in Ap r i l - N ove m b e r 2 0 1 9 - 2 0 against $21.2 billion in the same period in the previous year,” Sitharaman said. Net foreign portfolio investment during April-November 2019-20 was positive at $12.6 billion against $8.7 billion in the same period last fiscal. “There is a steady growth and the negative growth in September and October has been corrected… We are on a positive growth trajectory and this will bring in greater and newer investments and it will also reduce business costs,” the FM said adding that initiatives like `103 lakh crore investment to develop infrastructure across the country will boost the economy going ahead. India’s GDP growth had fallen to 4.5% in the second quarter of 2019-20 — the slowP13 est in six years. Coronavirus disease named COVID-19 Neduvasal people thank Edappadi Medical devices to be treated as ‘drugs’ Geneva: The new coronavirus that has claimed 1,017 lives in China and infected 42,708 people globally, has been named ‘COVID-19’, the WHO said on Tuesday. CO stands for corona, VI for virus and D for disease | P11 Chennai: Representatives of Neduvasal who have been protesting the hydrocarbon project on Tuesday thanked CM Edappadi K Palaniswami for declaring delta districts as protected agricultural zone. New Delhi: To ensure all medical devices meet quality standards, Union Health Ministry on Tuesday notified medical equipment used on humans or animals as ‘drugs’ Section 3 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act | P7 Eyes moist, Tamil crew aboard quarantined ship wait with hope C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai “WE are in tears and on the verge of breaking down. None of the Indians has been affected. We want to be taken back home,” said Anbalagan from Madurai district, one of the six Tamil crew on board Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that has been quarantined after being hit by coronavirus at Yokohama port in Japan. Apart from Anbalagan, special supervisor of the ship, oth- ers include Daniel from Chennai and Muthuswamy from Tiruchy . Binay Kumar Sarkar, a chef from north Bengal, had earlier posted a video on social media and appealed to the Union government for help. He told Express that despite repeated requests to test the crew for the virus, none was tested yet. The number of affected passengers aboard had gone up to 130, he said. “Some of the Indian crew are not keeping well too,” said Sarkar, adding that he was in touch with Carnival Support Services India, the recruitment agent of the ship. “Six to seven crew members had spiked a temperature, but they tested negative for the virus. If all goes well, we expect to reach India by February 20. Our tickets have been booked,” FULL COVERAGE: P5 he said. Shelter home kingpin gets RI till death EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A Delhi court Tuesday sentenced Brajesh Thakur, the kingpin of the sexual assault on minor girls of a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, to rigourous imprisonment till his last breath. The court also sent 11 others to jail for life in the case. Thakur was also slapped with a penalty of `32.20 lakh. The judge said such offenders should be dealt with an iron hand to send a message deterrence to the society. “This is not a case of a single solitary incident of rape, but a meticulously planned and ingeniously executed conspiracy wherein the care-givers, the supervisors and the administrators in a state sponsored children’s home themselves turned into predators, perpetrators of crime and abettors...” the verdict read. UNDISMAYED LOT Women rise from the ashes to fight social stigma in Tiruchy S O W M YA M A N I @ Tiruchy HERE are a few women who are breaking the arbitrary rules that prohibit them from entering crematorium. Not only they are entering the once prohibited area but are doing jobs that hitherto was only a man’s domain. From the moment a dead body arrives at the Oyyammari crematorium to the time ashes are collected, it’s Thiruvayi amma (70) and her family that takes care of the affairs there. Thiruvayi has been working at the crematorium since the time she got married, at the age of 13. “My day begins at 6am and ends at 6pm,” says Thiruvayi. “I arrange the pyre, make Thiruvayi amma Bhagya Mary sure the bodies are fully burnt, ashes are collected, and then clean up the place later. This is the only trade our family has known, for generations.” Thiruvayi says it takes about 45 minutes for a pyre to be arranged. “It is intricate work to ensure there is sufficient heat for a body to be burnt properly . Some days are busy some days , there’s no work. You cannot predict it. My husband worked here, now my daughter works here too,” says Thiruvayi. “We get anything between `2,000 and `3,500 per cremation. After deducting all the costs incurred, the leftover money is shared among 12 of us who work here. In the end, we hardly get anything. I have faced several challenges in my six-decade-long career,” says the septuagenarian. “In cases of murders or crimes, people who accompany the body are angry and try to take it out on us. I have learnt how to handle such people. After all, what other trade am I going to learn at the age of 70,” P5 she says.
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