CHENNAI THURSDAY MAY 28, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION APAI TO HELP GET REFUNDS FOR FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS The Air Passengers Association of India on Wednesday launched an online tool to help passengers get full refunds GRIEVANCE CELL TO REGISTER CLAIMS DAMAGES SOUGHT FOR HARASSMENT Passengers can visit the APAI Grievance Cell at https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfc99rMw9aSTAd0pq8m04VvbpCRcXufBcdaxn5AkSX 760aWsw/viewform and fill in their flight details. APAI national president Sudhakara Reddy told TNIE they have already received over 1,000 complaints and will move the Supreme Court soon against airlines ■ ■ Reddy said passengers who came to know about cancellations after reaching the airport should be compensated for harassment “We have been shouting from the rooftop that airlines are like leaches and ministry has been taking their side all the time and every time and doesn’t care for the plight of pax,” he added 354 NO OF DOMESTIC FLIGHTS OPERATED BETWEEN 12 AM-5 PM ON WEDNESDAY 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 Quarantine kicks in as passengers on two more flights test positive EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TWO persons travelling in different flights have been found positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. In the first incident, an Alliance Air employee, who as a passenger on Air India’s Delhi-Ludhiana flight on Mon- VEDA NILAYAM HC derails govt’s Jaya memorial plan H A R I S H M U R A L I @ Chennai THE Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Tamil Nadu government to reconsider its decision to convert the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s residence, Veda Nilayam in Poes Garden, into a memorial. A division bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and Abdul Quddhose also observed that by law Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa and nephew J Deepak are her class II legal heirs. The court ordered police protection for Deepa and Deepak, and said that if the government acquired Veda Nilayam in the future, both the legal heirs need to be heard as per law. “If the government intends to convert the former CM’s residence to a memorial, there will be no end to such proposals in the future. Maybe, a part of the 10-acre property can be converted to a memorial and remaining part can be used as the residence-cum-office for the State CM,” the court suggested. The bench was passing orders on a plea moved by Deepa and Deepak to declare them as Jayalalithaa’s class II legal heirs as per the Hindu Succession Act, and also administrators of their P3 aunt’s properties. day, tested positive. Following this, 36 passengers on the flight along with five crew members were put in institutional quarantine as per Punjab government rules. Alliance Air, which operates regional flights, is a subsidiary of Air India. “The passenger who works in the security department of Alliance Air was travelling on a paid ticket,”Air India stated. The flight was operated on May 25, when domestic flight services resumed after remaining grounded for two months. In a similar instance, two passengers travelling from Ahmedabad to Guwahati on Virus can’t spread during flights: CDC Viruses don’t spread easily on flights because of “how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes”, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday SpiceJet were found positive upon testing at the destination. They had travelled on May 25 from Ahmedabad to Delhi and onwards to Guwahati. On Tuesday, a passenger on an IndiGo flight from Chennai to Coimbatore had tested positive for coronavirus. IndiGo grounded the entire crew of the Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday said that free ration for family cardholders will continue for June also. Tokens for collecting the ration would be delivered at the cardholders doorsteps. ENS CM condoles death of Sri Lankan Minister Trump again offers mediation, this time to ease tension along the Sino-Indian border EVEN as the Covid-19 pandemic has left the global economy in the lurch, Tamil Nadu seems to be emerging as a preferred investment destination for companies. The State on Wednesday inked 17 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), involving a total investment of `15,128 crore and having a potential to generate about 47,150 jobs. According to a State Gover nment Order, Daimler would be expanding its Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd plant at Oragadam, making it the company’s third largest plant outside Germa- EXPRESS READ Hong Kong no longer autonomous: Pompeo Take CBSE boards where you are now Washington: US Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo on Wednesday officially notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. By doing so, he set the stage for the US to withdraw the preferential trade and financial status Hong Kong has been enjoying since 1997. Pompeo’s statement was in retaliation to China’s decision to impose its national security laws over the territory, sparking a fresh round of unrest in the territory | P9 New Delhi: The Union HRD ministry on Wednesday announced that those who have moved to other states or districts after lockdown can opt to appear in the CBSE Class X and Class XII board exams from there itself Don threatens to shut social media firms Washington: With Twitter putting a warning label under two of his posts, Donald Trump threatened to shut down social media platforms before the November elections | P9 MATH & EFFECT OF MODI PACKAGE—BY S GURUMURTHY P7 sovereignty and security, and safeguarding peace and stability in the border areas. Now the IN its first reaction after two China-India border area situastand-offs at the Line of Actual tion is overall stable and conControl between Indian and trollable.” Experts saw it as a Chinese troops on May 5 and conciliatory gesture. May 9, China on Wednesday Hours later, Chinese Ambassaid the situation at the LAC sador to India Sun Weidong, in was ‘stable and controllable’. a webinar, said both nations are US President Donald Trump not each other’s threats but opadded a bit of drama to the situ- portunities. “The Dragon and ation by offering to mediate be- t h e E l e p h a n t c a n d a n c e tween India and China to settle together.” the ‘raging border “China and India Nepal dispute’. “We have are fighting together cartography informed both India against Covid-19 and and China that the we have an important A constitutional United States is task to consolidate reamendment to ready, willing and lations. Our youth include Kalapani able to mediate or should realise the reand Lipulekh as arbitrate their now Nepalese territories lation between China raging border disand India, the two in its new political pute. Thank you!” countries are oppormap was put on Trump tweeted. tunities for each other hold after Nepali He had in the past and pose no threat,” Congress sought made multiple ofthe Chinese envoy time to take fers of mediation said. its call | P8 between India and Several areas along Pakistan on the of the LAC have been Kashmir tangle, only to be witnessing enhanced military promptly rejected by New Del- activity on both sides following hi, saying there was no scope a face-off between the troops in for a third nation in what was Ladakh and Sikkim. India has essentially a bilateral dispute. maintained that its troops did In Beijing, Chinese foreign not do any activity on the other ministry spokesperson Zhao side of the border and blamed Lijian said: “We are committed China for hindering its normal to safeguarding our territorial patrolling operations. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Finland-based charger manufacturer Salcomp on Wednesday inked an MoU for investment worth `1,300 crore in the State, in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in Chennai TN attracts investments worth `15,128 cr C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai made home quarantine mandatory for every passenger, some others are insisting on institutional quarantine for those coming from other places. India on Monday resumed domestic passenger flights after a gap of over two months since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25. Border situation controllable and stable, says China Free ration for family cardholders in June too Chennai: CM Palaniswami on Wednesday offered condolences to Sri Lankan Minister and Ceylon Workers’ Congress leader Arumugam Ramanathan Thondaman’s family after the leader died on Tuesday. ENS flight for 14 days and said they were trying to reach out to the passengers of the flight as per government norms. The passenger has been quarantined at ESI state medical facility at Coimbatore. Quarantine guidelines vary from state to state. While many States have ny. The proposal involves an investment of `2,277 crore and creation of 400 jobs. Similarly, Salcomp, the Finland-based charger manufacturer, is investing `1,300 crore in Chennai. According to the Guidance Bureau, which handles investments in the State, the project would create jobs for 10,000 people. The company has already acquired a major portion of Nokia’s facility at Sriperumbudur after it was closed following an income tax case. Meanwhile, the State is also emerging as a data centre hub, with the Singapore-based ST Tele Media investing `1,500 crore in Siruseri and United States-based HDCI Data Centre Holdings investing `2,800 crore in Ambattur. The demand for data centre space recently spiked following rising digital consumption and significant increase of content delivery networks. “With the highest number of factories in India, Tamil Nadu is not just India’s factory hub, but a manufacturing ecosystem that connects global value chains. These investments are a testi- mony to the State’s steady investment climate and export competitiveness,” Industries Department secretary N Muruganandam said. The State has also constituted a special task force to attract investments from China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the US. A special package is being developed for investors relocating facilities to India due to the realignment of supply chains. The MoUs were signed by Guidance Bureau managing director and CEO Usha Kakarla and the agency’s executive director, Dr Aneesh Sekhar, in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. Migrants get to fly back home as law school alumni open hearts and wallets MUKESH RANJAN & PEARL M A R I A ’ S O U Z A @ Ranchi / Bengaluru IT’s a journey they could not have imagined. The first batch of 180 migrants from Jharkhand, stranded in Mumbai for over two months due to the lockdown, will fly to Ranchi on a special chartered flight on Thursday 6 am. The initiative is by the alumni of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. Moved by the plight of migrants being highlighted by the print and electronic media, the alumni had initially booked seats for 45 workers from Jharkhand on a flight to Ranchi. It was scheduled to depart from Mumbai at 7 am on Wednesday but was , cancelled. “Since we had already decided to help them, we thought why not book a chartered flight,” said National Law School alumn Suhaan Mukherjee, who practises law in Delhi. The team also got a fair price for the flight from Air Asia airlines. “The cost of sending the workers by bus or flight was almost the same, so we decided on this option. Then, we raised funds to pay for the chartered flight,” said another organiser. Within 24 hours, the team had `13 lakh in its kitty and the number of , passengers meanwhile went up from 45 to 180. It all started when a group of alumni decided to help the migrants. “It took only one day to collect money from our friends. Basic expense of `11 lakh was collected within hours of sending the message on Whatsapp,” said Mukherjee, adding that they will try to organise more flights. VIRAL RISE TODAY TOTAL 817 45 PASSENGERS who returned from other countries initially tested negative and turned positive during the exit screening after seven days CHENNAI 558 86 people who returned from other countries reported positive till today TA M I L N A D U D I G E ST Ayanavaram rape case: Lifer kills self in prison Chennai: A 42-year-old convict, sentenced to life term in jail for the gang-rape of a 11-year-old girl in an apartment in Ayanavaram in 2018, allegedly committed suicide inside the Puzhal prison on Wednesday. R Palani was one of the five people sentenced to life for raping a child with speech and hearing impairment. Around 3 pm, officials checked inside the bathroom as Palani had not come out for a long time, and found he had hanged himself | P3 WORTH A THOUSAND THANKS Shopkeeper comes to the aid of stranded ragpicker, rewarded with beautiful kolams BAGA L AVA N P E R I E R B @ Kallakurichi Maya in Kesavan’s grocery store in Seekampattu | EXPRESS WHEN the rest of the world was stocking up provisions, groceries, and vegetables during the lockdown, 45-year-old Kesavan was doing just the opposite. When he spotted intellectually disabled Maya sitting outside his grocery store, hungry and shelterless, Kesavan decided to give him some vegetables and groceries to tide him over the lockdown. The gesture has since blossomed into a friendship. Now that the lockdown has been relaxed, customers coming to Kesavan’s grocery store are welcomed by beautiful kolams drawn by Maya – as a token of gratitude. Maya, local sources say, is a rag picker. “He cannot say much about himself except that he is from Tiruvannamalai and that his name is Maya alias Mayandi,” says a villager of Seekampattu. Still, Maya had a cycle, and used to go from one village to another collecting waste paper and scrap. “A few days before the lockdown began, Maya came to Seekampattu and got stranded here,” says Kesavan, who also owns a waste paper mart apart from the grocery store. Maya was not a stranger. He had often visited the waste paper mart to sell his scrap collection. “He used to sleep outside the shop during the night, and roam around our village in the day As all restaurants and eat. eries were closed, I decided to give him some vegetables and groceries,” says Kesavan. Maya would cook his meal right outside Kesavan’s shop. “Eventually when I opened the , shop he started cleaning up the place without even me asking him to do so,” says Kesavan. H e cl e a n s t h e p l a c e u p, draws kolams, helps sort vegetables in the shop and works with scrap in the mart. In return, Kesavan provides him ra- ‘HE HAS A LOT OF TALES TO TELL’ Villager S Narayanamurthy says Maya doesn’t talk much about himself, but has a lot of tales to tell. “His kolams are very beautiful, they take your breath away.” Kesavan and other villagers have been trying to extract information about his family, but Maya doesn’t say much. “He just says he does not want to go back home.” tions and vegetables. “The customers were initially scared of Maya. Eventually, they realised he’s very friendly and quickly overcame the reluctance.” Villager S Narayanamurthy says Maya doesn’t talk much about himself, but has a lot of tales to tell. “His kolams are very beautiful, they take your breath away Kesavan and oth.” er villagers have been trying to extract information about his family, but Maya doesn’t say much. “That’s the only thing he does not talk about. He just says he does not want to go back home.”
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