CHENNAI MONDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2020 `4.00 PAGES 30 VELLORE EDITION U.S. BEATS CHINA TO BECOME INDIA’S TOP TRADING PARTNER $ TRADE TREND TO CONTINUE, SAY EXPERTS During April-December 2019-20, the bilateral trade between the US and India stood at $68 billion, while India-China two-way trade was to the tune of $64.96 billion in the same period. According to trade experts, the trend will continue in the coming years also as New Delhi and Washington are engaged in further deepening of the economic ties According to govt data, value of India’s trade with US stood at $87.95 billion in FY19, compared to $87.07 bn with China SURPLUS WITH U.S., DEFICIT WITH CHINA ■ ■ America is one of the few countries with which India has a trade surplus. In 2018-19, India had a trade surplus of $16.85 bn with the US, while it had a deficit of $53.56 bn with China China was India’s top trading partner from 2013-14 to 2017-18. Before China, the UAE was the country’s largest trading nation TRADE PACT BETWEEN INDIA, U.S. HIT A ROCKY PATCH OVER THE MAKE-IN-INDIA PUSH 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 Trump’s Namaste Mahatma moment today He will be the first US President to visit Sabarmati Ashram; says he had committed to the trip a long time ago; excited about big Motera turnout rive in Ahmedabad on Monday around 11.30 am. They will then proceed to the Sabarmati Ashram. According to sources, the US president will be gifted a spinning wheel, two books on Mahatma Gandhi and a portrait of the Father of the Nation during his visit to the Ashram, which served as Gandhi’s home during the freedom struggle. This is the first time that a US president will visit the Ashram, which has seen high-profile guests in the past including Queen Elizabeth, Chinese President XI Jingping, the Dalai Lama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The stop at Sabarmati en route Motera, where the Namaste Trump event will be held, was confirmed only on Sunday. The newly built cricket stadium is the E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi US President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, gives a thumbs before boarding Air Force One to depart for India on Sunday at Andrews Air Force Base | AP T O D AY ’ S I T I N E R A R Y 11.40 am: US President Donald Trump to arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport, Ahmedabad 12.15 pm: Sabarmati Ashram (Ahmedabad) 5.15 pm: Visit to Taj Mahal 1.05 pm: Namaste Trump Event at Motera Stadium 6.45 pm: Emplane for Delhi 3.30 pm: Emplane for Agra EXPRESS READ Pujari extradited from Senegal Bengaluru: Fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari has been arrested in South Africa and being brought to India, officials said on Sunday. Pujari is wanted in many cases including extortion and murder | P6 ATS to probe ‘Pak bullets’ in Kerala Kollam: Following recovery of foreign-made bullets, suspected to be of Pak origin, the Kerala govt has handed over the case to the Anti-Terror Squad and sought central agencies’ help | P6 CJI for one system of green laws New Delhi: Chief Justice of India S A Bobde on Sunday called for a “single system of laws”, which are not hindered by national and international borders, to deal with environmental issues | P9 Clash between pro& anti-CAA groups New Delhi: Clashes broke out Sunday evening between pro and antiCAA groups near Jaffrabad in northeast Delhi after those protesting against the CAA blocked a road WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 7.30 pm: Arrive at Delhi 4.45 pm: Arrival at Agra YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) 78,838 2,466 23,386 MINUTES before departing for India, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had committed to the trip “a long time ago” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a ‘great friend’. “It is a long trip but I look forward to being with the people of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a great friend of mine,” he said before his departure from the Andrews Air Force Base. Without hiding his excitement about the “big event” in India, Trump claimed Modi had told him it would be India’s biggest ever. The US President and First Lady Melania Trump along with a 12-member official delegation, including daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, will ar- CONFIRMED CASES Iran big hotspot Iran on Sunday confirmed eight deaths, the highest toll of any country outside China. Pakistan declared medical emergency and shut its Iran border TOTAL DEATHS RECOVERED CASES CORONAVIRUS TRACKER COUNTRIES CONFIRMED DEATHS RECOVERED China 76,936 2,442 23,164 Singapore 89 0 51 Japan 135 1 22 Hong Kong 74 2 11 Thailand 35 0 21 South Korea 602 6 16 Taiwan 28 1 2 Malaysia 22 0 15 Germany 16 0 14 Vietnam 16 0 14 Australia 22 0 11 US 35 0 5 France 12 1 4 Macau 10 0 6 UAE 13 0 4 UK 9 0 8 Canada 9 0 3 Philippines 3 1 1 Italy 79 2 1 India 3 0 3 Russia 2 0 2 Spain 2 0 2 Egypt 1 0 0 Cambodia 1 0 1 Sweden 1 0 0 Nepal 1 0 1 Belgium 1 0 1 Sri Lanka 1 0 1 Finland 1 0 1 Iran 43 8 0 Lebanon 1 0 0 Israel 1 0 0 DIAMOND PRINCESS 634 02 01 Xi braces for big S Korea, Italy South Korea raised alert to its highest level after the number of infections nearly tripled. Italy, too, weighed options and asked people in over 10 towns near Milan to stay at home 11,569 cases (22% of all cases) in serious or critical condition 4 MORE INDIANS ON SHIP TEST POSITIVE FOUR MORE INDIAN CREW ONBOARD A CRUISE SHIP IN JAPAN HAVE BEEN INFECTED, TAKING THE TOTAL COUNT TO 12 largest in the world with a capacity of 1.21 lakh. On the second day of his trip, Trump along with Melania will visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, where they will spend an hour admiring the iconic monument. From Agra, they will head to Delhi, where Trump and Melania will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. After the ceremonial welcome, the Trumps will visit the Rajghat, where they will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi. Thereafter, restricted and delegation-level talks will be held between Trump and Modi at the Hyderabad House, where the two leaders are expected to wrap up issues related to trade and defence deals with India. hit to economy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PRESIDENT Xi Jinping on Sunday admitted the novel coronavirus outbreak is the largest public health emergency since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, as the toll crossed 2,400 and the infection count crept towards 77,000. “This is both a crisis and a big test for us,” news service Xinhua reported Xi as saying while giving a pep talk to the Communist Party of China. Xi acknowledged that the epidemic will “inevitably have a large impact on the economy”, but added the effects will be “short-term” and controllable. Telescoping Xi’s concern, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva warned that the outbreak could put an already fragile global economic recovery at risk. “The projected recovery ... is fragile,” she said in Riyadh. While China has sought global assistance, it is yet to let a plane load of Indian relief material to fly in. Instead, it nudged India to resume bilateral trade and movement of people. India, however, clarified that restrictions were imposed on export of certain medical equipment due to their of their short supply at home. The push came on a day when aviation regulator DGCA ordered screening of incoming passengers from four more countries — Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia — adding to the current hotlist of China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore. It is a major public health emergency that has spread in the fastest speed, caused the most extensive infection and is the most difficult to contain in the country since the founding of the Republic XI JINPING Swedan Russia Canada UK France Spain Italy Lebanon Nepal Israel Egypt India Iran Japan Diamond Princess CHINA Taiwan Macau Thailand UAE Sri Lanka VIRUS HEATMAP Hong Kong Philippines Cambodia Singapore Malaysia Austraila Abandoned six-yr-old with cerebral palsy finds shelter at GRH Abandoned by her family, for two months now, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Institute of Child Health and Research Centre at Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) has become home for a six-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. A crib-like steel bed meant three-month-old grandson was admitted to the ICU 10 days ago. “While the nurses bring bags full of clothes from their homes for the girl and buy diapers, the sanitary workers take turns to bathe her and change her into Abinaya will be visiting America to take the three-day online test in May 2020. When 14-year-old Abinaya in“I have been very interested formed her father P Venka- in learning about space, scitachalam, a plumber by pro- ence and technology from my fession, that she had qualified childhood. I came to know in a test to go to NASA that, on behalf of to take part in the InGo4Guru, an online ternational Space Scitest would be conductence Competition ed for school students (ISSC), he couldn’t to visit NASA. I wrote completely underthe test in September stand or fathom her 2019 and qualified to achievement. But he visit NASA,” she told and his homemaker ‘interested Express.Wishing her, in space, wife Sasikala were the CM said, “Taking science ready to extend every part in a global space and tech’ support possible to science symposium at make their daughter’s NASA is a victory for Abhinaya dream come true. her talent.” cleared the On Sunday, Chief Speaking of her fionline test Minister Edappadi K conducted by nancial position, the Palaniswami ensured girl explained that as Go4Guru to that Abinaya would qualify for the she came from a bedefinitely go to NASA low the poverty line three-day by providing a grant event at NASA (BPL) f amily, she of `2 lakh assistance struggled to meet the from the Chief Minister’s expenses to fly to the US. A Public Relief Fund. month ago, she asked Namak“I take great pleasure in re- kal collector K Megraj for ceiving the assistance from help. “As soon as I made the the Chief Minister,” said the request, Minister P Thangamspace enthusiast, who is a stu- ani provided me with `2 lakh. dent at the Dr M S Udayamur- Now, the CM has also granted thy school in Namakkal. `2 lakh,” she beamed. S G U R U V A N M I K A N AT H A N @Namakkal fresh clothes everyday She can . be seen in pattu pavadai one day and in a frock the next,” says Selvi, seated by the child’s bedside. “The girl is fed by the nurses and sanitary workers amidst their busy shifts. They WHERE WOULD SUCH CHILDREN GO? State Commissioner for Welfare of Differently-Abled, Johny Tom Varghese, says there are no homes in Madurai to care for children with cerebral palsy and assured that the issue would be looked into LEGAL AGE TO BUY CIGARETTE TO BE 21? S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi Vietnam Source : John Hopkins Hospital, US for ICU patients has been the girl’s dwelling since she was admitted on December 29 after being abandoned inside the hospital premises by a family member. However, nurses, sanitary workers, although overworked, and relatives of other patients, have come together to care for the child. One of these caregivers is M Selvi from Kodai Road, whose CM gives 14-yr-old’s space dream a nudge PANEL PROPOSAL South Korea HUMANITY IS HERE L A L I T H A R A N J A N I @ Madurai The massive police deployment is in addition to India’s National Security Guard and the Special Protection Group, who would also be guarding the US president in coordination with US Secret Service Finland Germany Belgium USA 10,000 policemen have been deployed at strategic locations in Ahmedabad NSG, SPG TO GUARD PREZ buy milk and biscuits and also give her porridge,” she adds. Another woman, whose grandson was admitted to ICU for about a month has also taken to visiting the child frequently and attending to her, even after her grandson’s discharge. Hospital sources say that the girl is kept in the ICU only because it makes it easier for the staff to keep an eye on her. She is otherwise healthy P5 . THE legal age to buy and consume tobacco in any form, including cigarettes and gutkhas, in India could soon be 21 instead of 18 years at present. The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has given in-principle approval to a number of recommendations by a special committee constituted to suggest amendments in the clauses under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act. The panel has also recommended increasing the fine amount for violation of rules and introducing a provision of tracking and tracking mechanism to check illicit trade of cigarette and tobacco products. “Mostly people take up smoking as young , adults especially late in schools or colleges. Youths in the age group of 18 to 21 are susceptible to start smoking mostly due to peer pressure or fashion statement and are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry,” he said. Another official said the government felt that increasing the legal age to 21 would bring down the number of youngsters taking to tobacco every year drastically .”The new provision will mean that nobody could even ask those under 21 to shops for buying these products. The government is also planning to take steps to deter smoking in public areas. Smoking in public to cost more The central government also mulls increasing the penalty for smoking in public areas. Existing penalties are only up to `200
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