VILLUPURAM MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 44 CITY EDITION BENGALURU AIRORT SIGNS MOU WITH VIRGIN HYPERLOOP The MoU to hold a pre-feasibility study for a Hyperloop corridor from the airport to the city centre was signed on Sunday REACH CITY CENTRE IN JUST 10 MINUTES TO HELP EXPAND AIRPORT CAPACITY The hyperloop, once completed, is expected to bypass the city’s traffic congestion and reduce travel time between Kempegowda International Airport and the city centre to just 10 mins. The pre-feasibility study, which focuses on technical, economic and route feasibility aspects, is projected to be completed in two phases of six months each, a press release said ■ ■ Karanataka chief secretary said, “A hyperloop would not only allow for faster travel times, it would create a 21st century passenger experience and expand airport capacity” A hyperloop moves passengers or cargo at high speeds through a low-pressure tube in electrically-propelled pods 1,080km/hr MAXIMUM SPEED AT WHICH VIRGIN HYPERLOOP TRANSPORTS PASSENGERS 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 Farm bills get President’s assent Farmer organisations plan Kurukshetra meet from Oct 8 to make the agitation pan-India H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh HOURS before three contentious farm sector bills became law after President Ramnath Kovind’s assent, farmer leaders here decided to hold consultations with their counterparts across the country from October 8 at Kurukshetra to evolve a panIndia agitation strategy so as to pressure the Centre to recall the new legislations. According to a gazette notification, the President gave assent to The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020. The Opposition had urged Kovind to return the bills, saying they were passed without following due process. While the farm agitation continues to rock Punjab, elsewhere it has not found similar resonance. Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (Rajewal Group) Punjab president Balbir Singh Rajewal said, “a meeting was held today in which leaders of farm organisations from Punjab, Haryana, Ra- jasthan and Uttar Pradesh took part. To make the agitation panIndia, it was decided that on October 8 a marathon meeting will be held at Kurukshetra for twothree days. Two to three repre- Modi’s hardsell Reaching out to farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the farm sector and farmers are the very basis of Atmanirbhar Bharat, adding the farm bills ensure freedom to sell their produce anywhere at higher rates | P7 sentatives of all famers’ organisations from across the country will be invited for the brainstorming seasons.” Meanwhile, farmers in Punjab squatted on the AmritsarDelhi railway track on Sunday to wrap up their three-day ‘railroko’ agitation. From October 1, they intend to launch an indefinite ‘rail-roko’ in Punjab. Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, an umbrella group that is leading the agitation, said BJP leaders will not be allowed to enter Punjab villages in protest. T HE demise of Jaswant Singhji is a big loss to the country as we lost a politician of the old school who used to be very dignified and committed to his responsibilities. He used to respect every person in uniform and was liked by everyone for his oratory and unassuming nature. He was close to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Singh passed away after long illness at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. He was 82. While I was Chief of Army Staff, he was the Minister of External Affairs and we go to interact during the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meetings. He always used to participate in the meetings very actively and had lots of inputs to offer. Although he never showed his anger in public, he became agitated after I briefed him about the autopsy report of Capt Saurabh Kalia (who was captured by Pakistani intruders on May 15, 1999). Pakistan had returned his mutilated body on June 9. JASWANT SINGH 3 JAN 1938 27 SEP 2020 Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society... I will always remember our interactions. Om Shanti Narendra Modi, Prime Minister ODDS: RCB 6/5 MI 3/4 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm WITH THIS ISSUE YOUR LIFE COACH READY TO RESTART Workers preparing to reopen the Koyambedu Wholesale Market after authorities eased restrictions, in Chennai, Sunday | PTI STAYING STRONG 74-year-old man turns Silambam guru for grandkids E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Dharmapuri WHO said a granddad can only tell stories? What if he can do real stunts that can rival film scenes? When a group of six children learned to their surprise that their ‘grand old man’ was not just a man of words, but of stick and sword, they at once decided to annoint him as their guru. For 74-year-old S Krishnan, a traditional farmer in Adhiyamankottai, the martial art of Silambam frolic in every muscle of his body Having learned this tra. ditional martial art of Tamil Nadu from his village elders almost five decades ago, Krishnan didn’t bother much when his grandchildren wanted something different to pass time, for they were too bored because of the lockdown restrictions and closure of schools. “My grandkids stay at different places. Only on rare occasions, they all come together. This time, the lockdown brought them tog e t h e r, ” s a y s Krishnan, adding that the children were hooked on to Krishnan training village children near Adhiyamankottai, Dharmapuri | EXPRESS Silambam the moment he displayed some movements. The village elder says... The septuage“This is not only a self defense narian’s skills course, but is also a fitness soon became a routine. Our ancestors founded talk in the village. and perfected this art. It brings Within a few days, me immense joy to pass the villagers started knowledge on to next generation” l i n i n g u p a t Krishnan’s house urging him to train their children. And Krishnan was only happy to entertain their requests. As the months passed by his students’ strength has , grown to 60. Some of his disciples are even bringing guru dakshina to their skillful master. Krishnan says that one of the youths had brought him bananas which grew in his farm. “While I teach for free, the parents are pushing the children to give me such things,” he says. EXPRESS READ Two terrorists killed by security forces in Pulwama encounter Schools to resume online classes today Srinagar: Two unidentified terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, police said. After receiving a tip off about the presence of terrorists, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Samboora area of Awantipora in the south Kashmir district when the encounter happened Chennai: Schools will resume online classes on Monday after the brief holiday period which was announced by School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan. Owing to the increased stress among school students, online classes were put on a pause from Sep 21 to 25. Kidnap gang netted during assault probe M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy BANGALORE MUMBAI After a winning start, RCB suffered a big defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab. It showed their death bowling and middle-order remains a cause of concern. MI, on the other hand, responded to their defeat against CSK by making a strong statement against KKR. MI start as favourites. 44 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF edex (TABLOID) GENERAL V P MALIK (RETD) Periyar bust desecrated, second time in a month IPL TODAY THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST WHEN JASWANT SINGH GOT ANGRY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A BUST of Dravidian leader and rationalist ‘Periyar’ EV Ramasamy was desecrated by unknown persons at Inamkulathur village in Tiruchy district in the wee hours of Sunday. This comes hardly three weeks after a bust of the reformist leader was desecrated in Ariyalur district, on September 3. A similar incident had occurred in Coimbatore in July . The miscreants poured saffron paint over the bust, which stood at the Periyar Memorial of Samathuvapuram in the village, and garlanded it with slippers, suspectedly around 4 am. Upon receiving an alert, the Manikandam police rushed to the spot and cleaned up the bust with the help of some local residents. Tiruchy SP Jayachandran said they have formed three special teams to investigate the matter. “We are inquiring from all angles. The miscreants will be nabbed soon,” he said. With the news going viral in social media, several supporters of Periyar and cadre of various political outfits gathered at Inamkulathur and staged a roadblock for around 30 minutes. Protesters demanded the WHEN the police started chasing some ‘suspected assailants’, they did not have any clue about the ‘surprise in waiting’. The three-member gang, speeding along KovaiSalem highway in a car, was caught, and during questioning, they confessed to kidnapping a Somanur-based businessman. They also said that they had freed the businessman, identified as Karthik, after the police started chasing them. The confession caught the police unawares, as they were probing an assault complaint filed by one Thatchinamoorthy (35), a resident of Kodumudi. Thatchinamoorthy said that when he was travelling in a car, on September 23, he was attacked by a passenger of another car following a dispute over overtaking. With the help of CCTV footage, police zeroed in on a car that bears a peculiar mark on it. On Saturday night, the police noticed the same car again on Kovai-Salem highway and managed to catch the gang. The gang, not knowing why they were being chased, blurted out their new offence. @ Tirupur Miscreants poured saffron paint over the bust and garlanded it with slippers, at Inamkulathur in Tiruchy | EXPRESS police to take swift and stringent action against the culprits. Similarly, the DMK, DK, and DYFI staged protests in Tiruchy condemning the incident. De puty Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and leaders of various political parties, including BJP State president L Murugan, condemned incident. In a message, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said, “I strongly condemn the desecration of a statue of Thanthai Periyar, a rationalist who fought for social justice. The state government will take stern action against those reP4 sponsible.”
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