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 MADURAI FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2020 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 passengers die as lorry collides with Kerala govt bus; 25 hurt Tamil Nadu, Kerala govts deploy teams to conduct rescue operation; lorry driver arrested From Bengaluru to Ernakulam 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 AMIT BANDRE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirupur 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 IN a pre-dawn accident, 19 passengers, mostly seated on the right side of a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus, were killed after a lorry collided with the public transport vehicle on the KovaiSalem stretch of the national h i g h w ay i n Av i n a s h i o n Thursday . The deceased include the driver and his assistant, police said, adding that 25 passengers seated on the left side of the bus survived with injuries of varying degrees. Though rumours about the cause of the mishap are making rounds, officials insisted on issuing a statement only after the investigation is over. According to a police source, DELTA IS HAPPY HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES OUT, BIG WIN FOR FARMERS 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.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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. A man from Karaikudi has been admitted to Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai on suspicion of coronavirus infection. The 47-year-old man, who returned from Singapore recently , was referred to GRH by a private hospital in the city on Wednesday evening. He was suffering from breathlessness. He is the first patient to be admitted to the coronavirus isolation ward at GRH. According to hospital sourc- es, the man has been working as a cook in Singapore for the past 15 years. He returned to India o n Fe b r u a r y 1 6 t h ro u g h Tiruchy airport and reached Karaikudi thereafter. “Three days later, he developed lower respiratory tract infection (LRI) and breathlessness and, on Wednesday , approached a private hospital in the city for treatment. He was referred to GRH the same evening,” they said. Speaking to TNIE, GRH Dean Dr J Sangumani said that the Salem: Seven persons, all natives of Nepal, died after the bus they were travelling in collided with an omni bus on the Salem-Bengaluru stretch of National Highway 7 on Thursday. Seventeen P5 more sustained injuries @ New Delhi Man at GRH with Covid-19 symptoms? L A L I T H A R A N J A N I @ Madurai 7 pilgrims from Nepal dead, 17 more injured patient was admitted to the coronavirus isolation ward around 4.30 pm on Wednesday and is being closely monitored. He has a medical history of bronchial asthma that could have caused breathlessness, he said. “Yet, we cannot take any chance as he had travelled from Singapore — a country where coronavirus infection has been reported. We have admitted him to the isolation ward, where he has been put on ventilator (nonP3 invasive),” he said. “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 In the impact, 14 men and five women passengers of the bus died on the spot. On information, a crane, more than 15 ambulances and scores of police and fire and rescue services personnel were pressed into service for rescue operation. While the bodies of the deceased were taken to the government Avinashi hospital for postmortem examination, the injured were taken to three private hospitals in Tirupur and Coimbatore. Tirupur Collector K Vijay Karthikeyan visited the spot to oversee the operation. As most of them were Kerala natives, several teams from the neighbouring state were deployed for the operation. Later, the Tirupur police arrested the lorry driver, Hemaraj, who was absconding. P6 Expect Modi to take up H1B visa, civil N-ties with Trump T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai 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 the air-conditioned bus was heading to Ernakulam from Bengaluru with 48 passengers on board. When the vehicle was crossing Avinashi around 3.30 am on Thursday a tiles-laden contain, er lorry from the opposite side overshot the divider and rammed into the right side of the bus. 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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