MADURAI THURSDAY AUGUST 13, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION FOUR STATES FINED `20 CR FOR FOR POLLUTING RIVER GANGA Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar and West Bengal told to pay the sum for failing to stop untreated sewage from flowing into Ganga IN LINE WITH NGT’S DECEMBER ORDER UTTAR PRADESH ASKED TO PAY `18 CRORE Wednesday’s move by the Central Pollution Control Board comes following a National Green Tribunal order in last December, directing it to calculate environmental compensation (EC) and raise demands with the states through which the Ganga flows, in case sewage treatment plant projects are not completed in drains or interim measures not taken after Nov 1, 2019 ■ ■ ■ Despite the order, none of the four states has yet deposited the compensation while reminders have been sent to all A total of 131 drains dump untreated water into the river Uttar Pradesh has to deposit `18 crore and Bihar `1.2 crore. Together these states account for as many as 128 drains `5 lakh U.P., UTTARAKHAND, BIHAR TO PAY PER MONTH PER DRAIN FOR 3 MONTHS 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 Indian-origin Kamala Harris is Biden’s V-P choice 3 dead after Tuesday rioting in Bengaluru, nearly 200 arrested P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi DEMOCRATIC US presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday night named Indianorigin Kamala Devi Harris as his running mate, evoking waves of cheers from the Indian community in the US. Harris was born to two immigrant parents. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was born in Chennai and immigrated to the US in 1960. Her father, Donald Harris, was born in Jamaica. Those close to her say, Harris grew up embracing the Indian culture. So, given her strong bonds with India, what impact would she have on India-US ties, if Biden wins the election in November and she become the Vice President? Harris has been a vocal supporter of human rights, and has expressed concerns over the alleged human right violations in Kashmir. But, experts say it is unlikely that as VP she will have a huge impact on Washington’s ties with New Delhi. “Human rights in India have been under scrutiny long before the Trump administration assumed office. Under Trump our actions in Jammu and Kashmir last year and also the CAA have drawn greater Congressional scrutiny which has not impacted the trajectory of the overall USIndia relations. Bilateral relations with India are not viewed in the prism of human rights alone. Hence, if elected, EXPRESS READ Nine IPS officers in TN transferred Chennai: Nine IPS officers, including former SP of Thoothukudi district Arun Balagopalan — who was transferred out of his post following the alleged custodial deaths of Jeyaraj and Bennicks — were transferred on Wednesday. Total Covid cases zoom past 23 lakh New Delhi: India’s Covid-19 tally went past 23 lakh on Wednesday with a single day increase of 60,963 cases, while the recoveries surged to 16.39 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 70.38 per cent, according to data by the Union Health Ministry. UK plunges into its worst recession London: The UK has fallen into a recession after official data showed it contracting by a record 20.4% in the second quarter owing to Covid-19 lockdown. This is the deepest coronavirusrelated slump among leading industrial economies | P9 Angered by an offensive social media post, mob torches Cong MLA’s house, damages vehicles and attacks police EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NIGHT OF HORROR Dozens of people attack Cong MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthyresidence on Tuesday night over a sacrilegious Facebook post by his nephew More progressive than Biden Harris is a California Senator and former presidential candidate. Her mother was born in MLA’s family flees and the house is set on fire. MLA’s nephew P Naveen surrenders before police claiming his FB account was hacked. Mobsters ransack Naveen’s house, too Chennai. Her uncle says she understands a bit of Tamil. Harris has shown herself to be more progressive than Biden. She has backed Medicare for All early on. Kamala Harris as vice-president, though a vocal supporter of human rights, will not make a big difference to IndiaUS ties,” Harinder Shekhon an expert on India-US relations said. Shekhon also feels IndianAmerican community’s hopes that Harris would accord a greater priority to visa issues is a misplaced. “I think it will be business as usual post the election,” she said. A former Indian diplomat said it was important to note that Harris would only be the vice-president. “A vice-president does not really draw the US foreign policy,” he said. MORE REPORTS ON: P4, 9 Charred remains of vehicles set on fire by an angry mob in Bengaluru; and (inset) the residence of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, which came under attack on Tuesday night | VINOD KUMAR T Attacks planned in other areas too Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka has said miscreants who vandalised properties in Kavalbyrasandra and DJ Halli were planning such acts in other parts of Bengaluru too. “They wanted to create such a ruckus in Shivajinagar. But police foresight stopped another disaster. It was brought under control within four hours,” he said. MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy The violence on Tuesday night in Bengaluru could have been “preplanned”, according top official sources. “It was as if the rioters were prepared and waiting for an opportune moment. It was like an outburst of pent-up anger, which only needed a trigger,” said sources on condition of anonymity | P5 Police resort to lathi-charge, lob tear gas shells and fire warning shots. Finally, the police open fire at the mob. Three people were killed while several others were injured Congress MLA seeks protection Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy, whose house was vandalised, has sought protection. He said more than 4,000 people surrounded his house and started throwing petrol bombs. CHENGALPATTU 487 292 227 408 331 397 claimed phase-III trials of its vaccine will be conducted in various countries including India. It has also listed India as a partner country for mass production of the vacine. However, Union health ministry and the ICMR sources said they are unaware of any such deal with Russia. The expert group, which met on Wednesday discussed the mo, dalities for creating a robust digital infrastructure to track the vaccination process, inventory management as well as last-mile delivery . “The expert group discussed the financial resources required for procurement of Covid 19 vaccine and various options of financing the same,” a government release read. India is also looking to support its key neighbours and development partner countries for Covid 19 vaccines. The government has made it clear it will leverage domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity and engage with all international players for early delivery of vaccines. TOTAL 19,175 245 Aug 3 143 Aug 3 79 TOTAL 7,729 219 40 TOTAL 7,592 Aug 12 254 184 138 Aug 12 278 292 Aug 3 100 92 90 297 TOTAL 8,836 Aug 12 VIRUDHUNAGAR 424 357 351 305 107 TOTAL 12,366 Aug 3 452 333 253 101 THENI 270 109 106 348 360 282 100 297 Aug 12 67 Aug 3 292 246 101 TOTAL 10,629 189 193 Byrasandra by pelting stones. Soon, the mob surrounded the house and allegedly threw petrol bombs and torched it. By that time, thousands had gathered in front of DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations seeking action against Naveen. In no time, people started pelting stones and damaged police and private vehicles. Senior officers were also targeted and their vehicles damaged. While the reserve police tried to control the mob, they were attacked with boulders and glass bottles. The attack left at least 15 policemen injured and the police resorted to firing, in which three youths were killed. The police gained complete control over the situation by Wednesday 2 am and clamped curfew in the jurisdictions of both the police stations. The situation in the locality was peaceful on Wednesday and no untoward incidents were reported. The central police forces were deployed as a precautionary measure. The violence also took a political turn with the BJP deeming the riot a result of Congress’ appeasement politics, while the latter demanded action against those who put up the post as well as rioters. Meanwhile, BJP State Secretary Ashwathnarayan Gowda blamed the Popular Front of India and SDPI for the riot. Spurt in Kovai, Chennai stabilises 169 183 112 RANIPET 382 106 217 190 Aug 3 294 228 228 388 Aug 12 MADURAI 324 483 439 425 A day after violence and arson broke out in Kaval Byrasandra area in DJ Halli police limits on Tuesday night, police arrested 193 people and registered 12 FIRs in two police stations in connection with the incident. A 3,000-strong mob had attacked and set ablaze Pulakeshi Nagar constituency Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy’s house. The arson and rioting led to the deaths of three persons when the police resorted to firing. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has ordered a probe into the incident by the District Executive Magistrate. An offensive Facebook post, allegedly posted by P Naveen, nephew of Srinivasa Murthy, is said to have sparked the violence in Kaval Byrasandra, which started with the attack on the MLA’s house. Sources said besides the three deaths, 33 people, including 14 policemen, were injured while 50 twowheelers and 19 four-wheelers were set torched or damaged. Home Minister Basavaraja Bommai and leaders of the opposition party visited the spot on Wednesday and took stock of the situation, after which he said the cost of damage will be recovered from the rioters. The angry mob had attacked the MLA’s residence in Kaval COIMBATORE 319 AN expert group on Covid 19 vaccine administration, which formally met for the first time on Wednesday, has asked states not to procure vaccines themselves as the procurement will be done centrally . The directive came in the backdrop of some states showing interest in tying up with Russia, which on Tuesday registered Sputnik V the world’s , first Covid-19 vaccine. The meeting was chaired by Dr V K Paul, Member Niti Aayog along with Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan as co-chair. A senior member of the committee told TNIE India would not procure Sputnik V as it has not even completed phase 3 clinical trials. Also, the full details of its early human trials are not available. “Even the WHO points out that the earliest time horizon we’re looking at is January next year for any vaccine to pass our safety and efficacy parameters,” he said. M e a n wh i l e, Ru s s i a h a s Thousands gather in front of DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations, pelt stones and torch police vehicles. A mob sets DJ Halli station on fire Violence was pre-planned, say officials They looted our house and attempted to burn it. This is the house I was born and brought up in. I feel sad to see my house like this States told not to procure Covid-19 vaccine directly S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi @ Bengaluru 180 Aug 12 TN reported 5,871 new Covid cases and 119 deaths on Wednesday, taking the tally to 3,14,520 and toll to 5,278. While Chennai continued to report less than 1,000 cases with 993 testing positive, there has been a rise in cases in Coimbatore in the past few days. The city reported 294 cases on Wednesday. The situation in Madurai is looking up as the temple city, which reported a whopping 464 cases on July 13, has been recording less than 200 cases every day for the last 12 days. I translated Devi Lal’s speeches, not Kanimozhi: Ex-officer B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai DMK MP Kanimozhi’s recent tweet alleging that a CRPF personnel had asked her whether she was an Indian for not being able to converse in Hindi had triggered a language debate, with support pouring in from Karnataka. But the BJP’s Tamil Nadu secretary, H Raja, has stirred the hornet’s nest, saying Kanimozhi was lying that she did not know Hindi as she had translated former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal’s Hindi speech to Tamil when he visited the State way back in 1989. While Kanimozhi is yet to respond to the controversial statement, former IAS officer M G Devasagayam has debunked Raja’s claim. Devasagayam said it was he who had translated Lal’s Hindi speech into Tamil during the former Deputy Prime Minister’s visit to Tamil Nadu. Devasagayam, a native of Nagercoil, held various positions in Haryana government when Lal was CM of the State. Devasagayam said Lal took over as Deputy Prime Minister in the first week of December 1989 and came to Tamil Nadu in the third week of the month. “Lal came to participate in a far mer’s rally near Coimbatore to commemorate the death anniversary of farmer leader Narayanasami Naidu and then to hold discussions with the then Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi, regarding additional allotment of foodgrains to the State on an urgent basis. As I was living in Chennai at that time after taking voluntary retirement, Lal requested me to accompany him to his meetings and functions. I translated his Hindi speeches, heavily laced with P4 Urdu, to Tamil,” he said. READY TO BE RAZED Ageing water tank posing a threat to 100 primary school kids EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Virudhunagar Officials said they have received an order to destroy the structure | EXPRESS CHOTTAMURI is a nondescript village in the Tiruchuli taluk of the district. But for the 850-odd people calling this rustic village their home, fear has become a perennial companion. The rea- son: A water tank standing on spindly legs on the premises of a primary school. When the villagers started petitioning the officials in April 2019, they feared that the structure could collapse during the school hours, drowning the 100odd students. The students are safe for now as schools are shut owing to the pandemic. Built a couple of decades ago, the tank’s innards (steel rods, bars) are already bared, triggering a scare. While the villagers claim that the officials have been sitting on their plea to repair/raze the tank, the latter re- futed the allegations, listing out the future course of action. Though the tank is the main source of water for the villagers, Sathish Kumar (25), a law student who has been petitioning the collector as well as the Chief Minister Personal Cell since 2019, is certain that the tank must be razed. Sathish told Express that recently he received a reply from the CM cell saying that the pipeline was in the pink of health and that the tank gets cleaned regularly . When Express contacted the officials, they said they have received an order to destroy the structure. “However, as this tank is the only source of water for the villagers, we are now arranging an alternative. The demolition has been delayed owing to the tank’s proximity to the school. But, it will soon be carried out by adhering to all safety protocols,” they added.
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