TIRUCHY WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION 1,600 INDIAN COs GOT $1 BN FDI FROM CHINA DURING 2016-2020 Over the past four years, China pumped in $1,020.25 million to Indian firms across various sectors, according to govt data BIG MONEY FOR AUTO, SERVICES SECTORS BUT SLOWDOWN IN OVERALL CASHFLOW These companies were in 46 sectors. Out of them, the automobile industry, printing of books (including litho printing industry), electronics, services and electrical equipment received more than $100 million FDI each from China. The automobile industry received the highest FDI at $172 million, while the services sector attracted funds worth $139.65 million ■ ■ However, there has been a decline in FDI inflow from China in the past three years with FDI coming down to $163.77 million in 201920 from $350.22 million in 2017-18, government data showed The outflow from India to China also came down drastically, from $49.2 million in 2017 to $20.63 million in 2020 78% YEAR-ON-YEAR RISE IN INDIA’S EXPORTS TO CHINA IN JUNE, ACCORDING TO CRISIL 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 Sitting on `781 cr in MGNREGS wages during Covid EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi An IAF transport aircraft brings supplies to a base in Ladakh on Tuesday | PTI WHILE the rural employment scheme extended a lifeline to millions of migrant workers who were forced to return to their villages from cities during the Covid-19 lockdown, its implementation has been hampered by unpaid wages to the tune of `780 crore. According to data from the rural development ministry, `781.14 crore worth of fund transfer orders (FTOs) for payment of wages under the Ma- hatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) are pending in States and Union territories. The pendency comes at a time when the scheme has seen record rise in demand for work owing to the lockdown. The months of June and July saw a huge spike in demand for works under the scheme following the influx of returning migrant workers. The Centre said fund release is a continuous process. “Wage Govt committed to peace, ready State passes Bill on for any challenge 7.5% NEET quota DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday told Parliament the government is committed to peacefully resolving the ongoing stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) but is prepared to face any challenge. “India is fully determined to defend its borders and it has, through high-level meetings with Chinese counterparts, proposed several measures that, if implemented, could de-escalate tensions at the LAC,” he said in a statement in the Lok Sabha. Since the Speaker did not allow any discussion saying that was what the House had agreed upon, the Congress staged a walkout, saying “they blocked the discussion because they don’t have answers.” Singh explained how the situation snowballed into the Galwan Valley violence on June 15 that led to the death of 20 Indian troops. “In early May, the Chinese side had taken action to hinder the normal, traditional patrolling pattern of our troops in the Galwan Valley area, which resulted in a face-off. Even as this situation was being addressed by the ground commanders our bilateral agreements and protocol, in mid-May the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the western sector. This included Kongka La, Gogra and North Bank of Pangong Lake. These attempts were detected early and responded to appropriately by our armed forces,” he said. To resolve the increasing friction, both sides held a meeting on June 6 and decided to desist from taking any measure to aggravate the situation further. “However, the agreements were disregarded by China by making heavy deployment of forces. Owing to their actions, there has been further friction.” In the Galwan violence, Indian soldiers “inflicted cost, including casualties on the Chinese side,” Singh added. The current situation, he said, is because of the difference of perception regarding the LAC. Both sides know their claim lines, which was why various CBMs were concluded. “The problem lies in the nature of the LAC which is not defined on the ground. This gives either side the freedom to change the status quo if they trash the CBMs. This is exactly what has happened in eastern Ladakh,” said B R Deepak, Sinologist and chairperson of the Centre for Chinese and South Asian Studies at JNU. PAK PEDDLES FAKE MAP, INDIA WALKS OUT OF MEET EXPR ESS NE WS S E RVI CE @ New Delhi NATIONAL Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Tuesday walked out of a meeting of NSAs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in protest after the Pakistani representative used a “fictitious” map showing Indian territories as part of Pakistan. Pakistan’s action was “in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host (Russia),” foreign office spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Big fall in exports, imports India’s exports contracted for the 6th straight month in Aug EXPORTS AUGUST 2019 IMPORTS AUGUST 2019 $39.85 bn $25.99 bn AUGUST 2020 AUGUST 2020 $22.7 bn -12.66% Gems & jewellery (-43%) Petroleum (-40%) Leather (-17%) Engineering goods (-8%) $29.47 bn -26.04% Petroleum, coke and products (-42%) Machinery (-42%) Coal, coke (-38%) Chemicals (-18%) TRADE DEFICIT August 2019: $13.86 billion | August 2020: $6.77 billion CRUDE OIL IMPORTS Oil imports in Aug 2020 were $6.42 bn, compared with $11 bn in the same month last year. This was largely due to the dip in global Brent prices | P10 Source: Ministry of Commerce & Industry Andhra Pradesh 2,283.26 Himachal Pradesh 4,673.56 Jharkhand 2,686.57 Madhya Pradesh 5,923.87 Mizoram 4,150.89 Punjab 6,386.82 Uttar Pradesh 12,178.29 West Bengal 39,757.05 Puducherry 74.10 payment is made on regular basis. Under DBT (direct benefit transfer), wage payment is made directly to the bank/post office account of the beneficiary by the Centre after receiving the FTO from States. The aim is to clear pendency on daily basis,” the government said in response to a question on pendency of wages under MGNREGS. According to officials, the Centre usually transfers funds to state governments, who in turn release the funds to dis- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE State Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a Bill to provide 7.5 per cent horizontal reservation for government school students, who have cleared the NEET, in undergraduate courses in medicine, dentistry Indian medicine, and , homoeopathy . The quota would stand the test of law, said Law Minister CVe Shanmugam. The Supreme Court, in the past, had held that State governments have the powers to provide reservations – which also means sub-quotas. Government school students can now apply for seats under the new quota or under the open category . The Bill, introduced by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, does not apply to seats that come under the allIndia quota. In due course the government will notify the rules to execute the legislation. Effectively, 300 seats will be reserved for students hailing from poor economic background, said Palaniswami. The Bill covers children who have studied in schools managed by city corporations and municipalities, apart from Adi D E B J A N I D U T TA @ Puducherry What is covered? The Bill covers children who have studied in schools managed by city corporations and municipalities, apart from Adi Dravidar and Tribal welfare schools, Kallar Reclamation schools, and Forest Department schools Dravidar and Tribal welfare schools, Kallar Reclamation schools, and Forest Department schools. The rationale Over 38 per cent schools in TN are managed by the government. Of all students, 41 per cent are in government schools. Of the 5,550 medical seats, a good 4,043 come under State quota. Yet, only 0.15 per cent students from poor economic backgrounds manage to get a seat. “Considering different economic backgrounds of students from government and private schools, weighing them on equal footing is unfair. Though government school students clear NEET, they don’t get sufficient seats. Hence, this subquota becomes necessary,” the P4 CM said. tricts. The Centre does not release funds directly to districts. Experts say if the government wants to get the economy on track, it must clear pending wages at the earliest. “The scheme is the country’s best bet in reviving the economy It is important that the gov. ernment handles the scheme properly and does not let pendency of wages affect its implementation,” an expert on rural development and a former professor at IIM-A said. Get tested for Covid, take 5 kg rice bag home for govt students Rajnath makes statement on LAC stand-off, calls out Chinese aggression, troop build-up EX PRESS N EWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Waiting for payment (Figures in ` lakh) Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami paying tributes to former Chief Minister CN Annadurai on the occasion of his 112th birth anniversary, in Chennai on Tuesday CM: Swift action by govt helped reduce Covid infection in State EXPRESS NEWS SERVI CE @ Chennai CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday told the Assembly that Covid-19 had started receding in the State, thanks to the concerted efforts by the government. Responding to a debate on Covid-19, Palaniswami said Tamil Nadu had the highest recovery rate (88.9 per cent), and the lowest mortality rate (1.67 per cent) in the country . Palaniswami added, “While the infection is going up in many States, it has started receding in Tamil Nadu due to the action taken by the govern- ment.” The Chief Minister also said the government had done its best to create awareness among people. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar also echoed Palaniswami’s statements. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that there was no need for presenting a revised budget for the current fiscal, 2020-21, due to Covid-related expenditure. He said that all of them would be included in the first supplementary estimates to be tabled in the House on Wednesday . MONSOON SESSION, DAY 2: GET A GLIMPSE OF IT ALL ON P4 T N B AT T L E FRESH CASES DEATHS DISCHARGES STATEWIDE TALLY 5,697 68 5,735 5,14,208 ONE of the most common words everyone has been hearing for the past six months has been ‘testing’. Plenty has been reported on the way testing is done, and the rate at which people test positive, the recovery rate, and so on. In fact, there have also been several initiatives taken by the authorities and communities to attract the crowd to testing centres. Here’s another novel initiative by a public representative to encourage people to come forward and get themselves tested – provide free rice bags. The man in focus is AIADMK MLA from Uppalam constituency in the UT, A Anbazhagan. With rising cases and the fatality rate, the Puducherry administration has enhanced testing as per ICMR recommendations. Health camps are being conducted in areas with more number of cases. Despite all this, the response has been poor as people are reluctant to come forward and get their noses swabbed. “Finding a low response at the recent camp held at Indira Gandhi Stadium, I decided to give people an incentive for them getting the tests,” said the MLA.
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