KOCHI l FRIDAY l JUNE 19, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION CENTRE OPENS UP 41 COAL BLOCKS TO PRIVATE PLAYERS India should become world’s top coal exporter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while launching the auction on Thursday A STEP TOWARDS SELF-RELIANT INDIA: PM The prime minister called the unlocking of coal mining for commercial players a big step towards building a self-reliant India. Private companies are expected to inject D33,000 crore into the country’s coal sector over the next seven years. India is currently the world’s second-largest importer of coal, despite having one of the largest reserves of the dry fuel ■ A50,000 cr L20,000-CRORE REVENUE FOR STATES ■ Commercialisation of the coal sector will bring D20,000 crore in additional revenue to the states, besides creating jobs and helping develop tribal areas, Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi said Eleven of the mines are in Madhya Pradesh, followed by nine each in Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand and three in Maharashtra INVESTMENT BY THE CENTRE TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND MINES 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 Excise driver, 28, dies of Covid; source of infection unknown E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kannur K P SUNIL, 28, a driver with the Excise Department at Mattannur in Kannur, died of coronavirus on Thursday taking the death toll in the , state due to the pandemic to 21. The source of infection of the Padiyur native, who was undergoing treatment at the Pariyaram Government Medical College, is not known yet. Sunil, admitted to a private hospital in Kannur with slight fever and respiratory problems on June 12, was shifted to the Pariyaram MCH two days later after his condition worsened. The test results of his swab samples which came out on Tuesday showed he was positive. He was put on ventilator support after he contracted pneumonia. Sunil had taken an infected person — an accused in an abkari case — to the Kannur District Hospital and also visited the Thottada quarantine centre as part of his duty . After Sunil tested positive, the Mattannur excise office was shut down and 18 persons working there went into quarantine. The Health Department identified 25 persons as his primary contacts and isolated them. “We think Covid is the only reason for Sunil’s death as he didn’t have any other symptoms. Chances of comorbidity are ruled out for now,” said DMO Dr K Narayana Naik. “The Health Department is trying to identify Sunil’s source of infection. Since he’s a driver and the district has already reported several positive cases, we have to dig deep to find it,” said Dr Naik. Four people have died of Covid in Kannur district. 97 NEW CASES VS 89 RECOVERIES The state reported 97 new cases and one death on Thursday. As many as 65 came from abroad and 29 from other states. KERALA CASE DIARY 97 cases reported on Thursday 1,358 are under treatment 1,413 2,794 recovered cases confirmed so far 21 DEATHS SOLDIER IN QUARANTINE DIES Kannur: A soldier who was in home quarantine and his friend were killed after the motorcycle on which they were travelling crashed into the compound wall of a house. ELECTRICITY BILL: GOVT ANNOUNCES SUBSIDY PACKAGE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram AFTER facing the wrath of consumers over exorbitant power bills issued by the KSEB for the lockdown period, the state government on Thursday announced a subsidy package on additional charges incurred. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the subsidy — benefiting 90 lakh domestic con- sumers — will leave KSEB with a `200-crore burden. The bills can be paid in five instalments. Power supply will not be stopped even if consumers default on their payment. The CM said that the government has not made any changes to power tariff pattern or power rate, but directed the KSEB to examine and sort out discrepancies after the consumers approached the board with complaints. Watt’s on offer No charge to be levied on consumers who use up to 40 units with a connected load of less than 500 Watt, irrespective of usage Asks it not to make exaggerated and untenable claims; atmospherics positive during Thursday meeting of Division Commanders on the border; foreign minister S Jaishankar to participate in Russia-India-China summit next week ers and soldiers, thus triggering fierce physical conflicts and causing casualties. India must WHILE dismissing Beijing’s not misjudge the current situacontention that the Galwan tion or underestimate China’s Valley in Ladakh along the firm will to safeguard its terriLine of Actual Control (LAC) torial sovereignty,” Chinese was its territory saying China foreign ministry spokesperson , must not make exaggerated Hua Chunying said. and untenable claims, India on Even as political tensions Thursday confirmed its partic- rose, military-level dialogue beipation in the Russia, India, tween the two sides continued China summit next week. on Thursday. “The Division “As we have conveyed earlier Commanders of the two sides today, External Affairs Minis- met and the atmosphere during ter and the State Councillor the talks was more positive. and Foreign Minister of China The Chinese team heard Inhad a phone conversation on dia’s issues and both sides r e c e n t d e ve l o p m e n t s i n agreed to take the talks forLadakh. Both sides ward. More meethave agreed that the All personnel ings between the two overall situation sides are expected accounted should be handled in a on Friday and the for: Army responsible manner day after. There was The Army on and that the underalso no movement of standings reached be- Thursday rejected t ro o p s a n d b o t h reports claiming tween senior comsides resorted to dismanders on June 6 that a number of engagement,” a senits soldiers were should be implemented ior Ar my of ficer missing after the said on the condition sincerely Making exag. gerated and untenable Galwan clash. “It of anonymity . is clarified that claims is contrary to Srivastava also this understanding,” there are no Indian confirmed External Ministry of External troops missing in Affairs Minister S Affairs spokesperson action,” it said in a Jaishankar’s particstatement Anura g Srivastava ipation in the RIC said. The statement summit on June 23. came after the Eastern Theatre “Russia is the current chair Command spokesperson of the and it has called for the sumPeople’s Liberation (PLA) mit. EAM Jaishankar will parArmy on Tuesday said Galwan ticipate,” he said. Jaishankar Valley was part of the sover- joined issue with Congress eign territory of China. leader Rahul Gandhi for quesFor its part, the Chinese for- tioning why troops in Galwan eign ministry continued to were unarmed. “All troops on blame New Delhi for the June border duty always carry arms, 15 violence, which resulted in especially when leaving post. the death of 20 Indian soldiers Those at Galwan on 15 June did in Galwan Valley “Indian front- so. Long-standing practice (as . line troops broke the consensus per 1996 & 2005 agreements) not and crossed the Line of Actual to use firear ms during faControl, deliberately provok- ceoffs,” Jaishankar tweeted. HOMAGE TO BRAVEHEARTS: P7 ing and attacking Chinese offic- 25% subsidy on additional charges to consumers who use up to 150 units 20% subsidy on additional charges to consumers who use more than 150 units/month (monthly calculation) CHINESE FIRMS THAT INVESTED OVER $100 MILLION IN INDIA P U S H K A R B A N A K A R & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Year E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will launch a 125-day employment scheme for migrant workers who returned home in six states by providing `50,000-crore corpus to execute 25 types of works, from Telihar village in poll-bound Bihar on Saturday Called the Garib Kalyan Rojgar . Abhiyaan, the scheme aims to give jobs to at least two-thirds of the migrant workers for asset creation spanning 12 ministries and departments. The works include construction of border roads, digging wells, building a grama panchayat bhavan and housing to create rural assets. Modi will launch the scheme through video conference in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Director Sachy passes away at 48 SCRIPTWRITER-DIRECTOR Sachy (K R Sachidandan), whose last directorial Ayyappanum Koshiyum is the highest grosser this year, died at a private hospital in Thrissur late on Thursday . The 48-year-old, who had undergone a hip surgery at a private hospital in Wadakkanchery, was shifted to the Jubilee Mission Hospital in Thrissur on June 16 following a cardiac arrest. He was put on ventilator support since his admission, but suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation), hospital authorities said. Born in Kodungallur, he came into film world as part of the successful Sachy-Sethu scriptwriter duo. Prithviraj-starrer Chocolate was the duo’s first hit. They went on to co-write several films before parting ways after the failure of Doubles. Sachy wrote four more screenplays for hit films (Run Baby Run, Chettayis, Sherlok Toms and Ramaleela) before his directorial debut with Anarkali in 2015. Before the biggest hit of his career, he had written the script for Driving Licence. CM Pinarayi Vijayan condoled his death. CHERUVALLY ESTATE Govt issues order to acquire land for Sabarimala airport EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram THE Sabarimala Greenfield Airport moved one step closer to reality after the LDF Government, which has hardly 10 months left in office, issued an order on Thursday to acquire land for the mega infrastructural project. The government has entrusted the Kottayam district collector with the task of acquiring 2,263.18 acres of land owned by a private entity in Cheruvally in Erumely to set up the aerodrome. Revenue Secretary A Jayathilak issued the order to acquire the land identified in Erumeli South and Manimala villages. The Revenue Department issued the acquisition order after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan gave in-principle nod. After preparing a detailed project report, the state will now approach the Centre to get mandatory clearances from various ● More on P4 ministries. PROJECT AT A GLANCE The proposed Sabarimala airport will be close to the Erumeli town, 2.5km away from the Theni-Kottarakara National Highway Investor 2008 Minmetals, Xinxing Iron 2009 Shanghai Auto Tebian Electric 2012 Apparatus 2014 Alibaba Tebian Electric 2014 Apparatus 2015 Huawei 2015 Phicomm 2015 Alibaba 2015 Xian Longi 2015 Alibaba 2015 Trina Solar 2016 Ctrip 2016 Inspur Group 2016 Beijing Auto 2016 Sany Heavy Xuzhou Construction 2016 Machinery Tidfore Heavy 2016 Equipment 2016 Jiangsu Longze China National 2017 Building Material 2017 Alibaba 2017 Tencent 2017 Jiangsu Nantong 2017 Fosun 2017 Tencent 2018 Alibaba 2018 Alibaba 2018 LONGi Green Energy 2018 Tsingshan Steel 2018 China Poly 2018 Jiangxi Holitech 2018 Alibaba 2018 Guangdong Midea 2018 BBK Electronics Tencent, Hillhouse, 2018 Meituan Dianping 2019 Huawei 2019 Haier 2019 Ctrip 2019 Alibaba China Small & Medium 2019 Enterprise Investment 2019 TCL 2019 Alibaba 2019 Skyworth Eye on Bihar polls, rural jobs on offer to migrants in six states E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Thrissur Consumers who use up to 40 units with connected load of less than 1,000 Watt used to pay J1.5/unit. They have to pay the same rate, irrespective of usage Those who use up Those who consume to 50 units need up to 100 units will to pay only half get 30% subsidy of the additional on additional charges charges incurred India rejects China claim to Galwan Valley 2,263.18 acres are lying in the Erumeli South and Manimala villages Kottayam district collector has been entrusted with the task of acquiring the land Qty in mn $1,200 $350 $200 $200 $100 $170 $100 $200 $250 $680 $230 $180 $100 $300 $100 $250 The dragon’s Indian footprint Amid demands to ban Chinese goods, here’s a look at how they are invested in India, proliferate as their products do from cell phones to toys and dolls MOST ACTIVE CHINESE INVESTMENT FIRMS l Tencent l Shuwei Capital l Hill House l Capital Corps l Alibaba l Xiaomi $150 UNICORNS WITH CHINESE INVESTMENT $130 l Ola l Swiggy l Paytm l Zomato l Flipkart l Big Basket l LensKart l PolicyBazaar l Hike l Byjus l Udaan l Dehlivery l Snapdeal $250 $180 $700 $190 $1,080 $400 $150 $150 $310 $1,160 $370 $200 $210 $190 $560 $150 $100 $520 $1,090 $100 $740 $310 $400 $100 CHINESE APPS ON THE INTEL RADAR l TikTok l Vigo Video l Bigo Live l Weibo l WeChat l Helo l LIKE l ClubFactory l ROMWE l BeautyPlus l Photo Wonder l YouCam Makeup l Wonder Camera l SHEIN l Perfect Corp (developer of YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect) l SelfieCity l Shareit l Xender l UC Browser l APUS Browser l CM Browser l DU Browser TO BE BARRED FROM BSNL, MTNL TENDERS The Department of Telecom intends to cancel tenders floated by BSNL and MTNL to bar Chinese equipment vendors from participating in them. BSNL had earlier approved ZTE (China) and Nokia (Finland) | P10 RAILWAY CONTRACT SET TO BE AXED Railways to end 2016 contract with a Chinese company worth I471 crore for signalling work on the Kanpur-Deen Dayal Upadhyay section of the Dedicated Freight Corridor | P7 Source: The American Enterprise Institute and The Heritage Foundation SIZING IT UP $26 bn China’s existing and planned investments in India, estimated by Brookings research group in its March report $2.378 bn FDI equity inflow from China as of March 2020, according to govt data Big Chinese companies have lined up further investments in almost all sectors in India. For example, Fosun Group is reportedly close to acquiring 51% stake in a Bengaluru-based real estate firm for $115 mn
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