MADURAI THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2020 `6.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION NOW, PAY OVER `140 MORE FOR NON-SUBSIDISED LPG REFILL Oil marketing companies on Wednesday raised LPG prices by `144.50-149 per 14.2 kg cylinder, the steepest since Jan 2014 SUBSIDY DOUBLED ON COOKING GAS However, the government has almost doubled the subsidy from `153.86 per cylinder to `291.48 to ease the pressure on households entitled to subsidised cooking gas. LPG rates are usually revised on the first of every month but this time it took two weeks for the revision to take place reportedly due to approvals needed for such a big jump in subsidy outgo CHENNAIITES TO PAY `881 PER CYLINDER ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ An LPG cylinder in Delhi will cost `858.5, up from `714 earlier The new price in Kolkata stands at `896, a sharp rise of `149 In Mumbai, an LPG cylinder will cost `829.5, up from `684.50 Chennaiites will pay `881 per cylinder, against `734 earlier The new rates are with effect from February 12, 2020 `1,241 PRICE OF A NON-SUBSIDISED CYLINDER IN DELHI IN JAN 2014 AFTER A `220 HIKE 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 ‘SETTING UP OF GREEN UNITS SIMPLIFIED’ CM Edappadi K Palaniswami said the State government had worked efficiently to ensure CEAT got all requisite permissions quickly. He appreciated the departments concerned for making it happen. He said the government and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board had simplified the process of setting up industries in the “green category.” EXPRESS READ 12 students eat sweets, fall ill Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami with CEAT tyres MD Ananth Goenka at the inaugural function on Wednesday | P JAWAHAR EPS inaugurates `4K-cr CEAT mega tyre unit at Sriperumbudur EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday inaugurated the greenfield manufacturing facility of tyre major CEAT in Sriperumbudur. The facility, being set up in 163-acre land and at an outlay of `4,000 crore over a tenyear period, will be the largest passenger tyre manufacturing plant for the flagship firm of RPG Enterprise. Palaniswami said the factory would be a jewel in the crown of Tamil Nadu. After being No-1 in vehicle production, Tamil Nadu is now No-1 in tyre production too. “All types of tyres are manufactured in Tamil Nadu, from two-wheeler to fighter aircraft. The State contributes 40 per cent to national tyre production,” he said. The setting-up of the unit was announced in 2018. The plant would have a manufacturing capacity of 28,500 car radial tyres per day and 2,500 motor-cycle tyres per day. The Chennai unit would be one of the most advanced tyre plants in South Asia for CEAT with capacity of serving developed markets and high-end automobile manufacturers. Initial investment by the company is around `1,400 crore, and over 1,000 people are likely to be employed at the unit over the next few years. This unit would be the first to recruit women to be employed in the shop floor of CEAT. Apart from the Chennai unit, CEAT has plants in Mumbai, Nasik, Nagpur, Ambernath and Halol. CEAT Tyres, Managing Director, Anant Goenka said the state offered the benefit of having many automakers besides its proximity to various ports. “We are proud to inaugurate our state-ofthe-art manufacturing plant in Kancheepuram. Tamil Nadu offers the unique benefit of having many automobile manufacturers, proximity to port and high-quality labour”, he said. (With agency inputs) Twelve students are being treated at GH for poisoning after eating sweets distributed by a classmate. He had unwittingly brought the sweets laced with poison to kill rats. Notice against AR Rahman stayed Madras HC has ordered an interim injunction against notices issued by GST dept demanding tax from AR Rahman for transfer of copyrights in works to film producers. Green shoots fade as industrial output dips EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman may have spoken too soon. A day after she said green shoots economic recovery were visible, fresh government data released on Wednesday showed industrial production actually shrank in December 2019 by 0.3%, while inflation shot up to a five-anda-half-year high of 7.59% in January 2020. In her reply to the debate on 2 Indian crew of cruise ship have infection EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TWO Indian crew of a cruise ship anchored off the Japanese coast are among the 174 who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and have been taken to hospitals for treatment in Japan, an official statement said. The ship, Diamond Princess, had 3,711 on board, including 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew. Of them, 132 crew and six passengers are Indians. The ship has been quarantined by Japan till February 19. All those who tested negative, irrespective of their nationality, have not been allowed to disembark. However, the critically ill have been allowed to be taken to hospitals under supervision for treatment and quarantine, the statement said. In all, 41,500 people have been reported infected across the world with the toll crossing 1,110. Worryingly, a few of those who were placed under 28 days of home quarantine in Kerala after arrival from China, have been freely moving around, saying they haven’t developed symptoms even after 14 days. Budget 2020-21 in Parliament on Tuesday, Sitharaman had cited seven indicators, including a rebound in factory output in November, to claim that the country’s economy was on the mend. The FM was referring to the 1.8% growth in industrial activity measured in , terms of Index of Industrial Production, in November 2019 a f t e r t h re e c o n s e c u t ive months of contraction. With the latest data showing yet another dip in manufacturing in December, econo- mists say recovery may just not yet be on the horizon. Apart from poor performance of the industrial sector, the overhang of high inflation is also a risk to the health of the economy . Retail inflation at 7.59% is the highest rate since May 2014, when it was 8.33%. Consumer price index-based was 7.35% in December 2019. What pushed up retail inflation in January 2020 was high food inflation at 13.63% and rising fuel prices. 0.5% The cumulative IIP growth in AprilDecember 2019 over the corresponding period of the previous year, according to the National Statistical Office Missing answer sheets found in bus; MKU V-C cracks whip on 10 138 scripts of students of Dindigul college had vanished; more action to follow E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Madurai AS many as 138 exam answer sheets of students of Sacred Heart Arts and Science College in Dindigul, affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) that had gone missing were found under the seat of a varsity bus on Monday . Vice-Chancellor of the university M Krishnan said that he came to know about the incident on Thursday from the officials at the office of the Controller of Examinations and that action was taken against ten employees, including deputy registrar, assistant registrar, superintendent and driver of the university following the recommendations of a committee, comprising five syndicate members, formed to probe into the issue. “Four persons were transferred and two were served with charge memos,” the vice-chancellor said, adding that further action will be taken in the upcoming syndicate meeting. The university had delayed publishing the results of semester exam held in November 2019 following the answersheets going missing. After recovering the answer sheets from the bus, the committee members called the officials of Sacred Heart Arts and Science College to check the papers. Arvind Kejriwal to take oath on Sunday S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi BUOYED by another thumping victory in the Delhi Assembly elections, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party is already eyeing the three municipal corporations in the city the elec, tions for which are two years away , even as the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress engaged in bitter internal bickering. The reason for the AAP getting down to business quickly is because many of the promises made in its manifesto on sanitation and cleanliness can only be fulfilled if it has administrative control of the municipal bodies. There are three civic bodies in Delhi, all of which are under the BJP’s grip. “It is very important that we sweep the MCDs, too, as many of our promises made in the manifesto and the guarantees we gave are dependent on the civic bodies, which are not with us,” said a party official. “The structure of Delhi is such that the Delhi government allocates funds to the MCDs. There has been a lot of friction over this. We will support the three municipalities financially for the next two years but control is the target,” the official added. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will take oath for the third time at the Ramlila ground on Sunday, the party announced on Wednesday . Party officials said plans were being drawn up to invite counterparts from other states for the event. Kejriwal set the ball rolling for government formation, meeting all the newly elected lawmakers at his residence. He later paid a courtesy visit to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. In the evening, Kejriwal met the L-G again to stake his claim to form the new government.
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