VINESH PHOGAT T MARIYAPPAN CHENNAI SATURDAY AUGUST 22, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 VELLORE EDITION FIVE KHEL RATNAS, 27 ARJUNAS: MINISTRY APPROVES JUMBO LIST The sports ministry rubberstamps national awards for 32 Indian athletes. Sakshi and Mirabai omitted from Arjuna UNPRECEDENTED, BUT WITH A TWIST Deviating from its earlier norms, the ministry has given away five Khel Ratnas, 27 Arjuna awards, 13 Dronacharya awards and 15 Dhyan Chand awards. This is the first time that so many awardees have been identified, especially in a non-Olympic year. Omission of the likes of swimmer Sajan Prakash, athlete Arpinder Singh and coach PT Usha raises eyebrows. RANI RAMPAL MANIKA BATRA ROHIT SHARMA 74 VIRTUAL DELIVERY OF AWARDS The five Khel Ratnas are Rohit Sharma, Manika Batra, T Mariyappan, Rani Rampal and Vinesh Phogat ■ The awards this year will be given away in a virtual ceremony on August 29. Athletes will attend from nearest SAI centres ■ Blazers and awards to be couriered to the athletes before hand ■ TOTAL NO OF AWARD RECIPIENTS 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 India tightens visa rules for Chinese Nine charred to death in late-night inferno at T’gana power station Businessmen, students and workers from China will get visa only after security clearance P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi AFTER banning Chinese apps and tweaking FDI rules to keep out Chinese investments in India, the Centre is now planning to tighten visa rules for Chinese businessmen, students and workers. According to sources, from now on, Chinese nationals will be issued visa only after a security clearance is obtained. The decision follows the Union education ministry’s review of ties between Indian and Chinese universities, especially the local chapters of Confucius Institutes. The agreements between Indian and Chinese institutes are likely to be cut down to size. “Over 50 MoUs signed between EXPRESS READ EC guidelines: Voters to get gloves at booths New Delhi: Voters will be provided with gloves to press the EVM button and Covid-19 patients in quarantine will be allowed to vote at the last hour of the polling day, according to broad guidelines issued by the Election Commission on Friday for holding elections during the coronavirus pandemic | P7 Ashwani Bhatia appointed MD of SBI New Delhi: The government has appointed Ashwani Bhatia as the next managing director of India’s largest public sector bank State Bank of India (SBI). Bhatia is currently serving as the managing director (MD) and CEO of SBI Mutual Fund, and had been tipped to be a front runner for the post through the selection process | P10 Ex-fin secy Rajiv Kumar to replace Lavasa as EC New Delhi: Former Union finance secretary Rajiv Kumar has been appointed Election Commissioner, the Law Ministry said in a notification on Friday. Kumar will take charge the day Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa leaves office on August 31. The outgoing EC is set to join the Asian Development Bank as its vice-president Confucius Institutes These are educational partnerships funded by the Chinese govt to promote Mandarin as a foreign language. Confucius Institutes have tie-ups with colleges and universities in some 160 countries Chinese universities and prestigious Indian institutes like IITs, JNU, BHU and others are under the government scanner,” sources said. India has been stepping up the heat on China since the June 15 violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC. However, some experts feel New Delhi’s aggressive steps to restrict Chinese presence in India could backfire as the number of Indians travelling to China is three times than the Chinese flow to India. “We should also take into consideration any counter measures from China,” said B R Deepak, chairperson of Centre for Chinese and South Asian Studies at JNU. He also feels the measures may turn out to be symbolic as the student and academic exchanges with China are already low. “Dozens of MoUs that JNU has signed with China remain non-starters owing to hard and soft infrastructure constrains. The situation may be different in private universities,” he said. He noted that China used to offer a good number of scholarships to Indian students, but after India’s opposition to the Belt and Road Initiative, these have been reduced drastically The latest step will only worsen the already frayed ties between New Delhi and Beijing, says Russia-based political analyst Andrew Korybko. “India has the sovereign right to ensure its national security , but the latest moves will worsen relations with China,” he told TNIE. HC CLEARS IMMERSION OF SMALL IDOLS BY INDIVIDUALS H A R I S H M U R A L I @ Chennai A division bench of the Madras High Court on Friday directed the State government to permit individuals to leave Vinayaka idols either outside temples or immerse them in waterbodies located nearby and beaches. Also recording the strong objection made by the State government, the court stated that the permission given is restricted only to individuals and there is a bar on organisations to under take such activities. The bench also clarified that idols cannot be immersed on the stretch of the beach between Santhome and Napier bridge as it has been banned by the State, as part of the lockdown guidelines. Following the court order, the Hindu Munnani clarified that it would not involve itself in the immersion of idols on Saturday . TN battle rages on Talking to Express, Bhakthavatsalam, senior functionary of the organisation, said, “Since there are no processions this year, the Hindu Munnani won’t have any role in it. Individuals will take care of the immersion of their idols.” In a statement here, State president of Hindu Munnani, Kadeshwara C Subramaniam, said, “Keeping in mind the guidelines issued by the court, the celebrations will take place with utmost care and protection in view of the pandemic. On August 22, the idols installed by individuals in their houses and temples will be immersed without any P4 crowd.” A day after an all-party-meeting opposed the Centre’s decision to lease out the Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani Enterprises, the Kerala government on Friday moved the high court seeking a stay on further proceedings in the matter. In its application, the state government said handing over buildings as well as other premises of the international air- PM Modi, Kovind express grief President Ramnath Govind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death. “Fire at the Srisailam hydroelectric plant is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Modi said KCR orders probe into incident Telangana government on Friday ordered a CID probe into the fire accident. “The reasons for the fire accident should be brought to light,” Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said. Individuals can leave Vinayaka idols either outside temples or immerse them in waterbodies located nearby, says court | P JAWAHAR FRESH CASES 5,995 DEATHS 101 TOLL 6,340 TALLY Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam continues to be on ventilator and under ECMO support in a private hospital in Chennai. His condition is said to be stable. 3,67,430 ACTIVE CASES 53,413 consider the gover nment’s challenge on merit. According to the Kerala gover nment, the Centre approved the lease in favour of Adani during the pendency of the writ petition. And, necessary contractual transactions are likely to be entered into by the Centre, AAI and the company. The state government has substantial proprietary and other rights over the land on which the airport was constructed, the application noted. Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday questioned the state’s opposition to the decision. “If the Kerala govt is against privatisation, then why did it participate in the bidding process? The govt was given a fair chance & Right of First Refusal if their bid was within 10% below the range of the highest bid. However, they bid 19.64% below,” he said. view of the pandemic. JEE (Main) will be held between September 1 and 6, DESPITE mounting pressure while NEET is scheduled for from students and parents to September 13. postpone the JEE (Main) and Meanwhile, the Union NEET entrance exams due to Home Ministry in a circular Covid-19, the Centre on Fri- issued on Friday noted that day reiterated that the exams 99.07% of JEE(Main) aspirwill be held as scheduled ants have been allotted in September. their preferred exam Government sourccenters, and so far, es said in a statement only 120 have requestthat more than 75 % ed a change, which is of the students regisbeing looked into. tered for JEE (Main) Out of the total of have already down15.97 lakh candiDo it after loaded their admit Diwali, says d a t e s wh o h ave cards, and this is an signed up for NEET, Swamy indication that a ma99.87 % have been alBJP leader jority wants the exlotted their preSubramanian ams to be held as per ferred center, the Swamy on Friday government said. the plan. The National Test- urged the Prime The government Minister to put ing Agency (NTA) said, due to the Covoff holding JEE which conducts both id-19 pandemic, NTA J E E ( M a i n ) a n d and NEET exams had provided opNEET said that of until after Diwali. tions to JEE (Main) the 8.58 lakh candi- Swamy said that and NEET aspirants required dates registered for to change their centinfrastructure is er cities five times. JEE (Main), 6.49 lakh have download- not yet in place About 64,000 JEE to hold these ed their admit cards. (Main) candidates exams The admit cards and 95,000 NEET for NEET, which is c a n d i d a t e s h ave planned for September 13, is availed the same. expected to be out in the comThe government stressed ing days. that elaborate arrangements The statement comes days have been made, as per the after the Supreme Court on education ministry guideMonday junked a petition to lines, to ensure the safety of have these tests postponed in students. EXPLORING THE PAST On a tour through the pages of forgotten history Over 2,000 newspapers in a decade Within a decade of starting his collection, Pattabiraman had treasured over 2,000 newspapers.He also had the fortune of collecting newspapers from well-known personalities K E Z H I L A R A S A N @ Tiruchy K Pattabiraman has dailies from the pre-Independence era, apart from journals on various topics | EXPRESS WALK INTO his house in Subramaniyapuram and you are sure to be transported into a bygone era where you will learn about events you never knew had happened. A copy of Kumari, once edited by senior Congress leader Kumari Anandan; another daily Tamil Nadu, , brought out by Karumuthu Thiyagarajan Chettiar, and copies of Jayakodi and Jayaperigai, edited by Jayakanthan, will make you rub your eyes in disbelief. All these publications, now folded up, and many more of them will take you on a journey into the past. You will notice several hundreds of rare journals and Tamil newspapers of over six decades being part of this septuagenarian’s proud collection. Meet 75-year-old K Pattabira- “The employees sacrificed their lives to save their beloved plant,” a senior official said. “We have information that the employees, who were in the plant, tried hard to save the plant till the last moment,” he added “The footwear that lay scattered all over bears testimony to how hard they tried to save themselves after a valiant effort to save the plant,” the officer said. Bodies were found in all the five floors of the plant. Officials say this suggests that the workers tried to save themselves by trying to reach the top floor, but were probably blinded and choked by the thick smoke. The plant is located 1.2 kilometres beneath the ground and there is only one tunnel to reach it.Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force and the Central Industrial Safety Force were pressed into service early on Friday morning. However, they found it difficult to go inside as smoke stood like a wall. Finally, after more than eight hours of efforts, they were able to retrieve the bodies. ‘ENCOUNTER’ Centre stays firm, says Antisocial NEET, JEE Main exams shot dead by to be held on schedule Chennai cops @ New Delhi Infection is spreading through contacts when people participate in marriages or other functions without following instructions, says Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan port to a private entity for 50 years is not in public interest. The Adani Group had won the auction last year to develop and operate the airport. The state government moved the HC against this but its writ petition was dismissed. The government then filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the HC order. The apex court set aside the HC judgement and sent the matter back to HC to Fire personnel try to douse the flames at Srisailam power station on Thursday night. NINE employees—seven of TS Gencoo and two of a private battery company—were charred to death on Thursday night after a fire broke out in the underground hydro-electric power station in Srisailam in Telangana. Three other Genco employees who were injured are undergoing treatment at the Genco hospital located near the plant. According to official sources, the fire broke out at 10.30 pm on Thursday It was . reportedly caused by a short circuit in an auxiliary voltage transformer of the fourth unit of the power station. “It appears the fire had started in one of the panels, near the units 4, 5 and 6,” one official said.Eighteen employees were working in the power station at the time of the incident. Eight of them came out safely, but nine stayed inside, trying to put out the blaze. The fire spread quickly, trapping them. When they realised that they could not put out the fire, they tried to run outside, but it was too late. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Kerala moves HC against airport handover to Adani E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad man, a retired PWD engineer, who has been collecting newspapers and journals since the age of 14. “Many people have the habit of collecting postal stamps, currencies and coins. I had chosen to collect newspapers. I have at least one copy of 7,000 different Tamil newspapers and journals. I started collecting the papers and journals I read from the time I was in Standard IX in Aranthangi, Pudukkottai district,” says Pattabiraman. The habit became a passion by the time he joined the PWD after completing his diploma in Annamalai University . “By the time I joined university I had copies of 650 newspa, pers. Motivated by my professors, I conducted my first exhibition of newspapers at the varsity library he says. P4 ,” in defence S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O @ Chennai A 49-year-old history-sheeter was shot dead by the Chennai police on Friday. Police said they opened fire when the accused attacked a constable with a machete. The deceased, Shankar alias ‘Market’ Shankar, had three murder cases and several criminal cases pending against him. E a rl i e r t h i s m o n t h , Shankar had been booked for allegedly assaulting a supermarket owner in Anna Nagar, who is said to be a political party functionary Since then, . Shankar was absconding, police said. JCP (East), R Sudhakar, said, “On Thursday night, the Ayanavaram police nabbed one Dilip Kumar, who had four kg of ganja on him. His mother Rani, also a peddler, was picked up, who led the cops to Shankar.” The police arrested him from a hideout early on Friday. Shankar, sources said, confessed to his crime and promised to take them to the place where he had hidden the ganja smuggled from Andhra Pradesh. On reaching an isolated ground filled with construction debris near the Ayanavaram RTO at 7 am, he picked up a hidden weapon and attacked the police. “When he attacked constable Mubarak, Inspector Natarajan had to open fire. He shot at Shankar on the stomach. But, when Shankar slashed Mubarak’s hand, Natarajan fired two rounds, which hit him in the chest,” Additional Commissioner of Police (South) R Dhinakaran said. A judicial magistrate probe is on.
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