VILLUPURAM MONDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2020 `4.00 PAGES 30 CITY EDITION TEAM INDIA READY TO PLAY D-N TEST DOWN UNDER MORE GAMES UNDER LIGHTS ON THE CARDS Not just in Australia towards the end of this year, India willl be playing day-night Tests in other series as well. When England tour India for five Tests next year, one of them will be played under lights. Whether the team will play at least one day-night Test in every series will be decided later. Reluctant initially, the board has warmed up to the idea nonetheless. BCCI accepts Cricket Australia’s proposal at Sunday’s apex council meeting, formal announcement in due course APEX COUNCIL DOUSES CONFLICT FLAME ■ ■ ■ Apex council concludes there is no substance in conflict of interest charges against key figures, including Sourav Ganguly Having prepared a budget of `12 crore, Indian Cricketers’ Association sanctioned just `2 crore as initial amount Retd Justice DK Jain to continue as ombudsman if he agrees 9 FIRST APEX COUNCIL MEETING ATTENDED BY ALL 9 MEMBERS 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 DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday underscored his politics of development after taking the oath of office and secrecy at , t h e s p r aw l i n g R a m l i l a Maidan. “Ours is the politics of better schools, hospitals, cheap power supply 24x7, water, roads, women’s security and making the administration corruption-free. This new brand of politics is already being talked about all over the country. It will help create the India of the 21st century,” Kejriwal said, hinting at plans to go national with his development model. Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already announced its intention to fight every local body poll across the nation. It also hopes to wrest control of the Municipal Corporation in Delhi 75 Guindy Chennai: Protesters, including women and children, continued to raise their voice against CAA for the third consecutive day on Sunday. Protests found resonance in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Chidambaram and also in Madurai for the third day. Meanwhie, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami held discussions with police officials on the situation. Minister D Jayakumar told protesters that he would discuss with the CM on adopting a resolution against CAA in the Assembly. P5 77 Delhi 66 71 68 68 71 Kolkata Mumbai 68 Silent Commercial Res Pallikaranai SE HIG H EST NOI GD AY 4TH YR LEV E L DU RIN CHENNAI NOISE POLLUTION HOW EPS SCRIPTED THE SUCCESS STORY Figures in decibel PAGE 3 AMIT BANDRE Nirmala ‘gives’ it back to KTR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad UNION Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday lashed out at Telangana Rashtra Samithi working president K T Rama Rao on Sunday for his recent statement criticising Union ministers for using a ‘condescending tone’ in Parliament when they said they were ‘giving’ funds to States. Contending that the Centre devolves funds based on the recommendations of the Finance Commission, Sitharaman wondered how come ‘give’ is an unacceptable word for the Telangana leader. Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, she said ‘give’ is a commonly used word while replying to questions. Those who don’t like it are free to the Lok Sabha Speaker seeking a ruling that it is an unparliamentary word, she added. The FM also sought to dispel the notion that well-perform- 45 74 62 2 more Indians on ship catch coronavirus TWO more Indians on board cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined off Japanese port city of Yokohama, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Indian embassy in Japan said on Sunday With this, . five Indians on the ship have caught the Wuhan virus, bringing the total number of cases on the ship to 355. Meanwhile, all 406 people housed at an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) quarantine facility in Delhi after being evacuated from Wuhan h ave t e s t e d ne gative for Covid-19, officials said on Sunday. They will be discharged in a phased manner starting Monday The group in. cludes seven Maldivians. In another development, a Covid-19 patient in Kerala was discharged on Sunday after the final tests returned negative. Earlier, another patient in Kerala was discharged. On Sunday Indian Ambassa, dor to China Vikram Misri said India would soon send a consignment of medical supplies to China. The toll from coronavirus stood at 1,665 and confirmed cases at 68,500, Chinese officials said on Sunday . Velachery 62 62 60 55 Bandra 52 T Nagar 40 Chembur Triplicane 45 40 ASHPHosp 67 48 55 Pataluli Anna Nagar Sowcarpet 45 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex New Market 72 55 Civil Lines 65 Perambur 40 Punjabi Bagh Washermanpet ing Southern states are being penalised while laggards in the North are favoured when it comes devolutions of funds, saying the percentage of devolution is not decided by the finance ministry but by the Finance Commission. “The Finance Commission has given us recommendations for only this year. By October, it will give the recommendations for all the five years. It is working on what should be done with respect to the performing States,” she said. During a debate on the role of states in building India at an event organised by a TV channel, Rao had accused the BJPled Central government of arrogance while dealing with States. He also hit out at the Finance Commission’s recommendation to cut states’ share of central taxes from 42% to 41%, terming the decrease “penalising, disincentivising and demotivating” well performing southern states. development of Delhi and forgiving the Opposition for its sharp language in the run up to the elections. “I forgive all my opponents for their remarks against me. I want to take everyone along. I will not work alone but with all of you,” said Kejriwal. It was an AAP-only show as no Opposition biggies were invited. However, BJP MLA from Rohini and former Leader of Opposition Vijendra Gupta was present. According to party sources, the AAP did not want to turn it into an event showcasing Opposition unity since it would , have otherwise altered the focus of the message the new government wants to send. “Your son has taken the oath of office for the third time. This is the victory of every Delhiite, every mother, sister, youth, student, teacher and every family of Delhi,” added Kejriwal. YOUR LIFE COACH SSKM Hosp GIRLS JUST WANNA GET LIT PROTESTS CONTINUE ACROSS TAMIL NADU EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE from the BJP. Party leaders from across the country gathered at CM’s residence in the evening to deliberate upon expanding the AAP’s national footprint. Waving the Tricolour and carrying placards, thousands gathered at the iconic ground to catch a glimpse of Kejriwal, who overcame incumbency and scored a landslide in the Assembly polls last week, picking up 62 seats in the 70-member House. In a contrast to the swearing-in ceremony in 2015, Kejriwal this time spoke about taking everyone along for the Dilshad Garden our gover nment with the blessing of Lord Shiva,” the PRIME Minister Narendra prime minister said. Modi on Sunday ruled out any The Ram temple in Ayodhya rethink on the Citizenship also figured prominently in Amendment Act (CAA), hol- his addressses during the day , lowing of Articles 370 and 35 including a gathering of LinA in J&K and bar on triple ta- gayats. “We are entering an laq despite pressure outstanding decade in from all sides. the history of India. A “Duniya bhar ke grand Ram temple saarey dabao ke bawthat will fulfil people’s jood, inn faislon par aspirations in Ayodhum qayam hain aur hya and the upcoming qayam rahengey (DeKashi Vishwanath spite pressure from all Corridor will together sides, we remain firm define this decade,” on these decisions he said. Long wait and will continue to At another event, for tough be so),” he said, addwhile addressing over decisions ing they had to be tak10,000 artisans en“Be it scrapping en in the interest of gaged in the One Disof Article 370 the nation. trict One Product from J&K or the Addressing a public (ODOP) scheme of CAA, India gathering after unthe state government, waited for veiling a 63-ft statue Modi noted its ability decisions on of party ideologue to contribute to the these for Deen Dayal Uapdgoal of making India years,” Modi hyaya in Chandauli a $5 trillion economy . told the during a day-long visDevelopment progathering in it to Varanasi, his parjects worth `25,000 Chandauli liamentary constitucrore were underway ency Modi launched a , in Kashi, he said, addveiled attack on the previous ing they would be pivotal for governments for their ‘inac- progress of the entire Purvantion’ due to which sensitive chal region. decisions had been hanging The PM began the day by fire since Independence. participating in the centenary “All difficult decisions that celebrations of Jangambari had been left pending are be- Mutt belonging to the Lingaying taken with conviction by at community in Karnataka. N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi DAY LOWEST Says decisions taken in national interest; won’t bend despite pressure from all sides Kejriwal hints at going national with his development model DAY HIGHEST Modi rules out relook at CAA, Art 370 & 35A SWEARING-IN CEREMONY No timeline to remove I-T exemptions: FM The idea behind alternative tax slabs sans exemptions is to take India towards an simplified tax regime, the FM said, adding the govt has set no timeframe to lift all the exemptions Release leaders, will take part in panchayat polls: NC tary Ali Mohammad Sagar are under detention under PSA,” IN a dramatic U-turn, the Na- the letter said, explaining what tional Conference (NC) said on it meant by road blocks. Sunday that it will take part in The eight-phase elections to the panchayat elections next about 12,650 vacant panch and month if certain “road blocks” sarpanch seats in Jammu and are removed. Kashmir are slated to This is in sharp conbe held from March 5 trast to the 2018 panon party basis. It would chayat polls when the be first major electoral NC, along with the PDP , exercise in J&K after boycotted the demothe reading down of cratic process in proArticles 370 and 35A. test against the read“Various other sening down of Articles 1st poll after ior leaders are also un370 and 35A. der detention in KashArt 370 In a letter addressed mir and so the process removal to Chief Electoral Ofof selecting candiElections to ficer Shailendra Kudates, giving mandates local bodies, mar, NC central secreand campaigning unthe first tary Rattan Lal Gupta der the given circumdemocratic stated the party restances is impossible,” exercise after spects the democratic the letter added. Jammu and right of people to elect The letter sought adKashmir representatives at difvice from the Chief became a ferent levels of polity . Union Territory Electoral Officer as to “In the given circumhow these roadblocks last year, will s t a n ce s wh e n N C , can be overcome. be contested which is a strong vota“If the aim is to creon party lines ry of democratic proate conditions to excess, wishes to particiclude all other parties pate, it is practically impossible except BJP then nothing more for the party in view of the fact needs to be said but if the aim that the top leadership includ- is to create a genuine culture of ing its president Dr Farooq Ab- grassroots democracy then the dullah, vice president Omar process adopted is a deeply Abdullah and general secre- flawed one,” it stated. F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar LOUD & CLEAR, CHENNAI TOPS LIST OF NOISIEST METRO CITIES S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai CHENNAI is the noisiest metropolitan city in the country and violates decibel levels throughout the year, according to the latest Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The average noise levels during the day is 67.8 decibels (dB), much higher than Delhi that has recorded 61 decibels. CPCB tracks noise-levels through continuous monitoring stations spread across seven major cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai. The board prepared its latest report after monitoring the cities every month in 2018. Noise levels are recorded across the city with the help of 10 stations categorized in four different zones — commercial, residential, industrial and silent. The stations are located in Guindy (I), Perambur (C), T Na- gar (C), Triplicane (R), Pallikaranai (C), Velachery (R), Washermanpet (C), Anna Nagar (S), Sowcarpet (R) and Egmore Eye Hospital (S). As per the data, the noisiest place is Guindy, where decibel levels constantly clocked 76-77 HEALTH EFFECTS Shweta Narayan, coordinator of Healthy Energy Initiative (India), told Express, “TNPCB should engage traffic police, transport department and other stakeholders to monitor pollution. In Chennai, honking is a huge issue and studies show that continuous exposure to high noise levels would lead to serious health issues.” Public health experts agree that environmental risks constitute 25 % of burden of disease. Epidemiological evidence indicates that those chronically exposed to high levels of environmental noise have an increased risk of heart diseases. dB during the day and 73-75 dB at night. Among commercial areas monitored, T Nagar is the worst with noise levels remaining higher than standard limit all 12 months of the year. The limit for commercial area is 65 dB during the day and 55 dB at night and the recorded level in T Nagar was in the range of 74 to 77 during the day and 67 to 71 at night. Velachery a residential area, , has also recorded very high noise level as high at 81 dB during the day and night. Even a silent zone like Egmore Eye Hospital, where limit is 50 dB, recorded levels of 71 dB. Anna Nagar was also equally bad. While TNPCB monitors noise pollution levels, officials said the initiative to implement and ensure that silence zones remain noise-free rests with the local bodies and the police. However, when Express contacted Corporation officials, they pointed fingers at TNPCB.
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