COIMBATORE FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 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 `33,000 crore into India’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 ■ `50,000 cr `20,000 CRORE REVENUE FOR STATES ■ Commercialisation of the coal sector will bring `20,000 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 Chennai, 3 districts turn into fortress for next 12 days EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai AS the clock ticks towards zero hour, Chennai and its adjoining districts will switch to an intense 12-day lockdown from Friday The rationale be. hind Tamil Nadu gover nment’s decision on Tuesday to put the lock back on Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur and Kancheeuram, which had enjoyed easing of curbs for a few days, is to check the spread of coronavirus in other parts of Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring states. While the penultimate day saw more crowd on the roads, with people doing last-minute shopping for essentials and queuing up at checkposts to leave the hotspot zones that may seem like a fortress till June 30, the Chennai police has made elaborate arrangements to curb unnecessary movement of people and vehicles. A total of 17,000 police personnel will be deployed for this purpose, with the possibility of adding more officers if required. As a starter, the arterial Anna Salai and Kamraj Salai , besides a number of other key roads in the city, will remain closed, except for ambulance services. Disclosing this to newspersons, Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan said vehicles seen roaming unnecessarily will be seized. He requested people to cooperate with the police and asked them to buy all essential commodities within a two-km radius from their house and avoid using vehicles. “This is an extraordinary situation...the lockdown announced by the chief minister is aimed at protecting the people of Chennai and elsewhere, and they should also cooperate. Only this will help us come out of this (situation). We are losing precious lives,” he added. While only autos and cabs plying to and from railway stations and airport will be given special passes, government employees, health workers, Corporation staff and journalists have been asked to carry their identity cards while commuting to work. People who travel across the Chennai city police limits for work are advised to stay on the side they have to work. Viswanathan said the Chennai police have set up 288 check-posts and will use drones to monitor movement. He said the police will slap cases against people forging epasses and those found roaming around without masks. A day after a police officer succumbed to Covid, Viswanathan informed the media that 788 police personnel had so far tested positive and more than 300 of them had recovered and returned to active duty At pre. sent, he said, 39 were recovering in hospitals, while others have been quarantined at their homes or Corporation care centres. TAMIL NADU COVID-19 BATTLE Ranipet 18 Tirupattur 4 Dharmapuri 2 Salem 14 Erode 3 Tiruchy 14 Nilgiris 4 Coimbatore 23 Karur 3 Tirupur 4 Dindigul 2 Theni 6 Madurai 9 Virudhunagar13 Tenkasi 33 Kanniyakumari 10 Tiruvallur 123 Kancheepuram 55 Chennai 1,373 Chelgalpattu 115 Tiruvannamalai 27 Villupuram 26 Kallakurichi 3 Cuddalore 17 Ariyalur 3 Nagapattinam 9 Tiruvarur 8 Thanjavur 21 Pudukkottai 6 Sivaganga 15 Ramanathapuram 28 Thoothukudi 26 Tirunelveli 19 Vellore 55 ACTIVE CASES TALLY DEATHS 23,065 52,334 49 2,141 TEAMS TO CONTAIN COVID Tamil Nadu has appointed monitoring officers for 33 districts to contain the corona tide. A separate team will be working for Chennai @ Chennai OVER 2,000 positive cases across Tamil Nadu were reported for the second consecutive day on Thursday, while the toll stood at over 40 for a third day in a row. Chennai, with 1,373 cases, once again topped the districts. The day’s tally of 2,141 pushed the Statewide count to 52,334. A total of 40 deceased of the 49 reported 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 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 flicts and causing casualties. India must not misjudge the current situation or underestiEVEN as New Delhi dismissed mate China’s firm will to safeBeijing’s contention that the guard its territorial sovereignGalwan Valley in Ladakh along ty,” Chinese foreign ministry the Line of Actual Control spokesperson Hua Chunying (LAC) was its territory, saying said. China must not make exaggerEven as political tensions ated and untenable claims, In- rose, military-level dialogue bedia on Thursday confirmed its tween the two sides continued participation in the Russia, In- on Thursday. “The Division dia, China summit next week. Commanders of the two sides “As we have conveyed earlier met and the atmosphere during today, External Affairs Minis- the talks was more positive. ter and the State Councillor The Chinese team heard Inand Foreign Minister of China dia’s issues and both sides had a phone conversation on agreed to take the talks forr e c e n t d e ve l o p m e n t s i n ward. More meetings between Ladakh. Both sides the two sides are exhave agreed that the All personnel pected on Friday and overall situation the day after. There accounted should be handled in a was also no movefor: Army responsible manner ment of troops and The Army on and that the underboth sides resorted standings reached be- Thursday rejected to disengagement,” reports claiming tween senior coma senior Army officmanders on 6th June that a number of er said on the condiits soldiers were should be implemented tion of anonymity . missing after the sincerely Making exag. The MEA spokesgerated and untenable Galwan clash. “It person also conis clarified that claims is contrary to firmed External Afthere are no Indian f airs Minister S this understanding,” Ministry of External troops missing in Jaishankar’s particAffairs spokesperson action,” it said in a ipation in the RIC statement Anura g Srivastava summit, scheduled said. to be held on June 23. The statement came after the “Russia is the current chair Eastern Theatre Command and it has called for the sumspokesperson of the People’s mit. EAM Jaishankar will parLiberation (PLA) Army on ticipate,” he said. Tuesday said Galwan Valley J a i s h a n k a r m e a n wh i l e was part of the sovereign terri- joined issue with Congress tory of China. leader Rahul Gandhi for quesFor its part, the Chinese for- tioning why troops in Galwan eign ministry continued to were unarmed. “Let us get the blame New Delhi for the June facts straight. All troops on bor15 violence, which resulted in der duty always carry arms, the death of 20 Indian soldiers especially when leaving post. in the Galwan Valley. “Indian Those at Galwan on 15 June did frontline troops broke the con- so. Long-standing practice (as sensus and crossed the Line of per 1996 & 2005 agreements) not Actual Control, deliberately to use firear ms during faprovoking and attacking Chi- ceoffs,” Jaishankar tweeted in nese officers and soldiers, thus reply to Rahul. HOMAGE TO BRAVEHEARTS: P7 triggering fierce physical con- TOLL 625 were from Chennai, taking up the Statewide toll to 625. Next to Chennai, maximum number of cases were reported from the neighbouring districts of Chengalpattu (115 cases), Kancheepuram (55) and Tiruvallur (137). Seven of the deceased had no co-morbid conditions. A deputy secretary, two office assistants and a driver in the Chief Minister’s office also tested positive. CHINESE FIRMS THAT INVESTED OVER $100 MILLION IN INDIA Year 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 Qty in mn $1,200 $350 $200 $200 $100 $170 $100 $200 $250 $680 $230 $180 $100 $300 $100 $250 $150 $130 $250 $180 $700 $190 $1,080 $400 $150 $150 $310 $1,160 $370 $200 $210 $190 $560 $150 $100 $520 $1,090 $100 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 gram 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 and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. Chief ministers 116 dists expected to benefit from scheme Most of the migrants who returned home from their worksites are estimated to be from 116 districts in six states. They are the target group for the job scheme 25 types of works part of the job pool As many as 25 types of works for rural asset creation spanning 12 ministries will be on offer of five other states — Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan — will also attend the event, the government said in a statement on Thursday . As many as 116 districts in six states had the maximum influx of migrants who returned home during the lock- $310 $400 $100 Source: The American Enterprise Institute and The Heritage Foundation down. About 25,000 migrants from each district, including 27 aspirational districts for which the NITI Aayog is administering coordinated developmental works on education, nutrition and health, will be covered under the new scheme. The scheme is being rolled after the states completed the task of skill mapping of migrants, said a senior official. Union Minister for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman said 25 works of the Central government will be brought together for the identified districts. “The scheme will provide employment for everyone who needs it. The fund allotted to all these works will be pooled together and frontloaded for completion of asset creation within 125 days,” she said. The government is aiming to reach out to the upset migrants by hiring them for developmental works during Unlock 1 and 2. CATCHING THEM YOUNG He offers students lessons in English, ecology and equality P T H I R U S E LV A M @ Perambalur SEEDS of equality can be sown in young minds only if it begins during the learning phase, and who else can do it better than a teacher? Here is a young man who has been wearing the same uniform like his students and also sending lessons to them through WhatsApp during the lockdown to ensure uninterrupted learning. Though schools are shut and Board exams for Class X have been scrapped, students of government high school at T Kalathur in Perambalur never miss a lesson, thanks to their English teacher B Pugazhendhi. The 29-year-old man has been regularly sending them lessons through WhatsApp. Prior to scrapping of the board exams, he used to visit the students at their homes and take extra classes. Being the responsible person he is, Pugaz- 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 Tencent Shuwei Capital Hill House Capital Corps Alibaba Xiaomi UNICORNS WITH CHINESE INVESTMENT Ola Swiggy Paytm Zomato Flipkart Big Basket LensKart PolicyBazaar Hike Byjus Udaan Dehlivery Snapdeal CHINESE APPS ON THE INTEL RADAR TikTok Vigo Video Bigo Live Weibo WeChat Helo LIKE ClubFactory ROMWE BeautyPlus Photo Wonder YouCam Makeup Wonder Camera SHEIN Perfect Corp (developer of YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect) SelfieCity Shareit Xender UC Browser APUS Browser CM Browser 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) for proprietary migration of around 50,000 2G and 3G sites into 4G capable units for around `2,300 cr | P10 $740 Eye on Bihar elections, slew of rural jobs on offer to migrants in six states @ New Delhi fresh cases in Tamil Nadu EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE India rejects China claim to Galwan Valley hendi also made it a point to wear mask, gloves and maintain social distance while visiting his students. Despite the school remaining shut, he has been travelling 5 km every day from his house to the campus to water ans take care of 57 varieties of saplings planted. RAILWAY CONTRACT SET TO BE AXED Railways to end 2016 contract with a Chinese company worth `471 crore for signalling work on the Kanpur-Deen Dayal Upadhyay section of the Dedicated Freight Corridor | P7 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 EXPRESS READ Name change: Govt withdraws order Chennai: Minister for Tamil Official Language and Culture K Pandiarajan announced on Thursday that the notification issued for change of names of 1,018 places in the State has been withdrawn. He was responding to a query on Twitter SC stays Puri Rath Yatra due to Covid-19 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed this year’s Puri Rath Yatra, which was to begin on June 23, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A threejudge bench said, “Lord Jagannath won’t forgive us if we allow this year’s yatra to go on.” India bags UN Security Council seat for 8th time EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi INDIA on Wednesday bagged an overwhelming majority of votes to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). India won 184 of the votes cast by 192 of UN’s permanent members to secure a two-year stint at the UNSC starting next January . Speaking after India’s election, Vikas Swarup, the Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs said, “India will work to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation, which will be one of the priorities during its membership at the UNSC. We will also work to improve the system of sanctioning terrorists.” He added that India’s work at the UNSC would be guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 5S approach—Samaan (Respect), Samvaad (Dialogue), Sahyog (Cooperation), Shanti (Peace) and Samriddhi (Prosperity). “Through this approach, we seek to move towards a ‘New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System’—in short, NORMS,” he said. Soon after the election, the prime minister thanked the global community . Upset by the result, Pakistan refused to felicitate India, accusing it of violating the UN resolutions on Kashmir. Being the only nominee from the Asia-Pacific region, India was widely expected to be elected. India became the only nominee from the region after Afghanistan, in a goodwill gesture, withdrew its nomination last year. Mexico, Ireland, Norway and Canada were also elected to the UNSC on Wednesday . This is the eight time India is wining a non-permanent seat at the body It last held a tempo. rary seat during 2011-12.
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