FIRST PAK TEAM AFTER PULWAMA Pakistan’s wrestling team comprising (from left) Zaman Anwar (125kg), coach Sohail Rasheed, Muhammad Bilal (57) and Tayyab Raza (97kg) reached India via Wagah-Attari border to compete in the Asian Championships on Thursday. As reported by this newspaper, they are the first athletes from Pakistan to travel here after the Pulwama terror attack last year. | P15 VILLUPURAM FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2020 `4.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION 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 19 crushed to death as container lorry collides with KSRTC bus Lorry coming from the opposite side overshot the divider and hit the right side of the bus From Bengaluru to Ernakulam E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirupur 25 2 passengers seated on the left side of the bus sustained injuries 4 How it happened Po li c t h e me m e n c l e a r of t h a n g led re i n g KS R T Ce i l l- f a t e d m a i n s Av i n a b us n ea r Natio shi on the Th u rs n a l H i g hw d a y. ay PT I o n 1. Container lorry comes from opposite direction in top speed 2. KSRTC bus is on its way carrying passengers from Bengaluru to Ernakulam 3. Lorry driver loses control of vehicle and overshoots divider 4. Lorry collides with bus killing 14 men and 5 women on the spot 3 Rescue operation Over 15 ambulances, a crane and scores of police and fire personnel were pressed for rescue operation 1 Extremely anguished by the accident. In this hour of grief, my prayers are with the bereaved families ” —Narendra Modi NINETEEN passengers travelling on a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus were killed after a lorry collided with the vehicle on the Kovai-Salem stretch of NH at Avinashi, in the early hours of Thursday Police said the cause . of the accident will be known only after an investigation. The deceased include the bus driver and his assistant. As many as 25 passengers seated on the left side of the bus survived with injuries of varying degrees. The bus was on its way from Bengaluru to Ernakulam, carrying a total of 48 passengers. When it neared Avinashi around 3.30 am, a container lorry carrying tiles coming from the opposite side overshot the divider and hit the right side of the bus. In the impact, 14 men and 5 women died on the spot. Over 15 ambulances, a crane, and scores of police and fire personnel were pressed for rescue operation. While the bodies of the deceased were taken to Government Avinashi Hospital for postmortem, the injured Seven Nepalese killed in bus accident on NH Seven persons, including two women, belonging to Nepal who had come on a pilgrimage were killed when their bus collided with an omni bus around 1 am on Salem-Bengaluru NH on Thursday. P5 were taken to three private hospitals in Coimbatore and Tirupur. Tirupur Collector K Vijay Karthikeyan visited the spot to oversee the operation. As all the deceased were natives of Kerala, several teams from the neighbouring State were deployed for the operation. Later in the day, Tirupur police arrested the lorry driver, Hemaraj, who fled the spot soon after the accident. Bodies of the victims were transported to Kerala in the evening. Condolences In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the deceased. Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami also condoled the death of the pasP6 sengers. AMIT BANDRE DELTA IS HAPPY HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES OUT, BIG WIN FOR FARMERS Expect Modi to take up H1B visa, civil N-ties with Trump EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai Nationalism purged from RSS lexicon EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WITH the Sangh Parivar increasingly coming under attack for its aggressive advocacy of nationalism, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday sought to make a course correction, acknowledging that the term is internationally understood as a synonym for “Nazism and Fascism”. Addressing an RSS event in Ranchi, he advised members not to use ‘nationalism’ so as to counter negative perceptions against the organisation. He said he realised the nuance of the word during a UK visit. “A karyakrata advised me not to use the word nationalism as English is not our language and it has a different connotation globally. It’s okay to say nation, national and nationality but not nationalism because it alludes to Hitler, Nazism and Fascism,” he said. While Bhagwat spoke about it for the first time on Thursday other leaders like , RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya have been articulating that position for quite some time now. Speaking at the Nagpur Literary Festival last Saturday, Vaidya had said, “Nationalism isn’t a Bharatiya concept. It was born in the Western concept of nationstate and comes with ideologies like Fascism and personalities like Hitler.” WITHIN 12 days of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami promising a permanent solution for Cauvery Delta farmers, the State Assembly on Thursday passed a Bill declaring the region as a protected special agricultural zone, and thereby banning a host of hazardous industries from setting shop there in future. The Bill, significantly does not affect exist, ing industries. The Protected Agricultural Zone (PAZ) would now cover the districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam. Delta areas of Cuddalore and Pudukkottai have also been covered under the PAZ. However, Tiruchy and Ariyalur have been left out. Palaniswami reasoned that this was because these districts already have a lot of industrial units. The Bill calls for the setting up of a 30-member Protected Agricultural Zone Authority (TNPAZA), headed by the Chief Minister himself. The Bill also details an 18-point charter of functions of the Authority Dis. trict-level committees, headed by Collectors, would assist the TNPAZA. Interestingly, the Bill leaves room for any area in the Delta region to be added or omitted. Similarly, any project can also be added or omitted as per the recommendations made by the PAZ. The Authority would make its recommendations based on studies undertaken by the technical committee. While welcoming the Bill, the @ New Delhi PROUD TO PRESENT THIS BILL AS A FARMER: CM DMK demanded that it be referred to the Select Committee of the House for deliberations over ‘certain shortcomings’. Later, the Opposition party staged a walkout over the issue. “This legislation is a safe one and the provisions of this Bill have been incorporated after thorough discussions with legal experts. As such, no one needs to have any apprehension over this,” Palaniswami said responding to the charges of the DMK and others. When Stalin raised the issue of not banning existing industries, Palaniswami said: “Legal experts opined that banning existing units could create legal complications.” Subsequently, when Stalin asked why real estate was not banned by the Bill, the CM said: “We cannot stop farmers from selling their land if they are in need. That would affect them very much.” ‘Final authority’ Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar, in his reply dated February 19, had said the State gover nment would be the final authority in allowing any particular project in any region within the State. EXPRESS READ Coronavirus deaths climb to 2,118 in China HC reserves order on plea filed by Nalini Toll from coronavirus climbed to 2,118 with the death of 114 more people, while the overall confirmed cases increased to 74,576, Chinese officials said on Thursday. China’s National Health Commission said new confirmed cases fell to 394, registering the biggest drop since December when the first case was reported | P11 Chennai: Madras HC on Thursday reserved its orders on a Habeas Corpus plea filed by Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict S Nalini. The Centre on Thursday submitted to the division bench that it has informed the TN Governor its ”disinclination” to release the convicts. A division bench reserved orders after hearing submissions from the Public Prosecutor. ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA? Tik Tok star held for disturbing public M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy THE police have detained a 20-year-old college student in Pudukkottai for creating nuisance in public places. A resident of Vadakadu village, Kannan is a popular Tik Tok star with over 37,700 followers. Some of his videos have been liked by over 1.44 lakh users. Kannan regularly recorded videos at bus stands and railway stations in Tiruchy and Pudukkottai, and most of them show him running towards passengers in a way that startles them. He then abruptly starts dancing for songs. Pudukkottai SP Arun Sakthi had assigned a team to trace him, based on a tip-off. The police accessed the videos and identified him. Kannan was taken to the police station for inquiry and later booked under IPC Section 268 (causing public nuisance) and also under the IT Act.According to police, “One of his initial videos showing him disturbing a passenger, got many likes on the app. To get more followers and likes, he started recording similar videos. He has become addicted to it now.” Arun Sakthi told TNIE that Kannan was released on bail, on the grounds that he is just a college student. The SP also issued a warning to Tik Tok users against disturbing the public. “As a farmer, I take pride in introducing this historic Bill. Delta farmers had been eagerly waiting for this legislation which would give them full protection. But, the Opposition has politicised even this issue by staging a walkout. Their aim is to check the goodwill the government will be getting from the people,” the CM said. This is a safe legislation and provisions of this Bill have been incorporated after thorough discussions with legal experts Edappadi K Palaniswami Equal attention to industries This Bill will not affect the infrastructure developments in delta areas like harbour, pipelines, road. Law Minister CVe Shanmugam said districts of Trichy, Ariyalur and Karur have been left in the Protected Agricultural Zone Act as the State has to pay equal attention to agriculture and industries. BANNED INDUSTRIES Zinc smelters Sponge iron plants Iron ore processing plants Tanneries Integrated steel plants Copper smelters Aluminium smelters Exploration, drilling and extraction of oil and natural gas Ship breaking industries Bone meal, processing of animal horn, hoof and other parts `3 crore for crew killed & hurt on Indian 2 film set E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai NO amount of money can compensate loss of lives. However, a sum of `2 crore from film production company Lyca and `1 crore from actor Kamal Haasan were announced on Thursday for families of the technicians who were killed and the crew members who suffered injuries in a crane collapse on the sets of director Shankar’s Indian 2 on Wednesday night. Following the tragic incident in which three persons were killed and nine others suffered serious injuries, questions are being raised about safety of film technicians. Kamal, who visited the Kilpauk Hospital mortuary to meet the family of the deceased, told reporters,” I have come here because they are family to me. It is shameful that our industry is still not able to ensure good working conditions to technicians. P5 Around five MoUs lined up India and the US are hoping to sign around five pacts on intellectual property rights, trade facilitation and internal security during Trump’s visit MEA downplays Trump’s complaint that the US has not been treated very well by India, says it was in the context of balance of trade Don’t want to rush into a trade deal by creating artificial deadlines, says MEA INDIA on Thursday said that the H1-B visa squeeze could figure in talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on February 25. “The H1-B visa issue could come up. We have remained engaged in this issue with the government and the US Congress. We do expect that movement of Indian professionals is part of the agenda that could come up for discussions,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. There could be some announcements related to defence and counter-terror, too, during the visit. “We have been on the same page with regard to counter-terror. The US support to us, especially during the post-Pulwama attack phase, has been unprecedented. It also supported us in designating some terrorists who operate out of Pakistan,” he said. Discussions on civil nuclear cooperation and space cooperation would also be held. “Westinghouse and NPCIL are in discussion to build six 1,100 MW reactors at Kovvada, AP. Following resolution of Westinghouse’s bankruptcy issues, the two sides are in discussion regarding the division of responsibility of the work. NPCIL has visited the US reference plant to understand Westinghouse’s modular construction methodology,” Kumar said. Asked about the Namaste Trump event in Gujarat on February 24, he said: “Such events have been held in the past, but on a smaller scale. This event is being organised by the Donald Trump Nagarik Abhinandan Samiti.” The Congress, however, wondered why Gujarat is spending `120 crore on an event by a private Samiti.
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