RETAIL INFLATION INCHES UP Retail inflation rose to 6.93% in July owing to higher prices of food items 6.12 8.84 8.72 VILLUPURAM l FRIDAY l AUGUST 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION 5.58 Rural Urban Combined H-1B holders can return to US to resume their jobs Stormy Raj session today as Gehlot faces confidence test P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur THOSE who hold H-1B visas can now enter the US if they are going there to resume an ongoing employment, as President Donald Trump on Thursday announced exemptions to his June 22 order banning the entry of H-1B workers to the US till year-end. Exemptions have also been given to healthcare professionals, technical specialists and senior-level managers with H-1B visas. The visa holders can travel with their spouses and children/dependents. “It is just a slight modification. There is no new concession that he is making. It comes as the US needs trained manpower to revive the economy said ,” Harinder Sekhon, an expert on India-US relations. “There must be pressure on Trump,” she added. The move would benefit thousands of Indians. The June order had sparked panic among the H-1B holders who were stuck outside the US due to Covid, especially those who had their visas due for renewal. HOURS after the BJP said it would move a no-trust motion against the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan on Friday, the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting in here on Thursday evening decided to bring a confidence motion to counter the saffron party’s bid. Sachin Pilot, who had led a rebellion against Chief Minister Gehlot seeking a change in the party’s leadership in Rajasthan, also attended the CLP meeting chaired by the veteran leader. This was their first meeting after their rivalry triggered a political crisis. There were smiles all around as both met and shook BJP plans no-trust motion, Cong to seek trust vote; Pilot attends CLP meet hands to present a united face. Before the CLP meet, the Congress had revoked the suspension of MLAs Vishvendra Singh and Bhanwarlal Sharma. Both were suspended from the party’s primary membership last month over their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to topple the Gehlot government. According to political observers, the Gehlot government is no longer in danger after Pilot’s return to the Congress fold. Earlier, speaking to reporters in Jaipur, Leader of the Opposition Gulab Singh Kataria said, “We will bring in a no-trust motion and our party is fully ready for this. We will like to question how did the government function during the past one month when all its MLAs and ministers were herded together in hotels.” The decision to push a no-trust motion was taken in a BJP legislature party meeting held here on Thursday. Most senior leaders of the party state unit attended the meeting, which was presided over by Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Notably, for mer CM Vasundhara Raje, who had been camping in Delhi for almost a week, was also present in the meeting. With the BJP’s no-trust motion and the ruling Congress’ confidence motion slated for Friday the , first day of the Assembly session P7 is likely to be stormy . 7.04 9.89 6.84 9.05 6.93 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 (Figures in %) 6.23 JULY 2020 (PROVISIONAL) CPI 6.34 CFPI JUNE 2020 (FINAL) ■ ■ 9.62 CPI: Consumer Price Index CFPI: Consumer Food Price Index Source: Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation SEVEN FIRs AGAINST SDPI LEADERS OVER BENGALURU RIOTS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) is now under the scanner over its suspected involvement in Tuesday night’s riots in Kaval Byrasandra area of Bengaluru. Even as Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said SDPI’s role in the violence had come to light and a thorough investigation will be conducted to expose the party members’ role, the case has been handed over to the Central Crime Branch with three special teams being formed to nab the ac- cused who are still at large. With seven more arrests on Thursday, the total number touched 200. The police have registered FIRs against the rioters and arrested SDPI’s Bengaluru district secretary Muzammil Pasha. The police have registered seven FIRs in Devarajeevanahalli and Kadugondanahalli police stations —which were attacked by the mobs on Tuesday night, naming 22 accused, of whom nine are said to be SDPI members. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said the state government is considering banning the P5 SDPI. PM launches platform to ease taxpayers’ worries E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TO make honest taxpayers’ life easier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a new platform comprising faceless tax assessment, faceless appeal system and a taxpayers’ charter. While the faceless assessment system and the taxpayers’ charter went live on Thursday the facility for , appeals will be available from September 25. Modi said these reformist measures will instil a sense of fearlessness among taxpayers, as it eliminates corruption and harassment by officials. Cases related to search and seizure and international tax charges don’t come under this facility P10 . TN’S COVID BATTLE FRESH CASES DEATHS TOTAL CASES 5,835 119 3,20,355 City reports less than 1K cases again The number of new cases in Chennai remains less than 1,000 for about a week, while its neighbouring districts continue to report significant number of cases. A few care centres in city shut as cases drop Independence Day Celebrations E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai SHUTTLER SIKKI REDDY POSITIVE FOR COVID, HYDERABAD ACADEMY SHUT: P11 No Vinayaka installations, rallies this year, says TN E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai/Coimbatore THE Tamil Nadu government on Thursday barred installation of Vinayaka idols in public places and immersion rallies as part of the Vinayaka Chathurti celebrations this year, owing to the pandemic. The government has also advised people to celebrate the festival at their homes in view of the lockdown restrictions. An official release also said people should wear masks and maintain social distance while shopping for the festival. The small places of worship will, however, be open to public, but subject to the standard operating procedures. According to sources, Chief Secretary K Shanmugam had, on August 5, held discussions with representatives of 17 Hindu organisations regarding P4 the celebrations. Date : 15.8.2020, Saturday Time : 8.45 a.m. Place : Ramparts of Fort St. George, Secretariat, Chennai Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru. Edappadi K. PALANISWAMI will hoist the National Flag on the ramparts of Fort St. George, Secretariat and deliver a special address DIPR/680/DISPLAY/2020 WITH the State capital showing significant improvement in its battle against Covid, reporting less than 1,000 cases a day for about a week now, the authorities have started closing down a few Covid care centres here. On Thursday a care centre at Anna University a , , referral unit for Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, was closed down. “We had three care centres. The one on the university campus has been closed down,” said hospital dean Therani Rajan. A senior doctor at Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital said the care centres on the campuses of Anna Adarsh College for Women and Quaid-e-Millath Government College for Women have also been closed down as bed occupancy at these centres had come down to less than 50 per cent. Now, the hospital is managing with available manpower as PG doctors have been relieved from duty and sent to attend exams, he added. Earlier, a care centre at Stella Maris College, a referral for Government Omandurar MedP2 ical College Hospital, was closed down. Issued by : Director, Information and Public Relations Department, Chennai-9
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