MANGALURU SATURDAY OCTOBER 03, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION ‘NEXT YEAR FOR SURE’, SAYS MUSK ON TESLA’S INDIA ENTRY Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk on Friday said the US electric carmaker will make a foray into Indian market in 2021 ANNOUNCEMENT THROUGH TWITTER Musk revealed his plan to bring Tesla to India next year through Twitter, tagging a post carrying the photograph of a T-shirt with the message “India wants Tesla”. He was replying to a tweet from a Twitter handle called Tesla India Club, which told the billionaire, “Hey Elon, just thought we’d put this out here. We wait and hang on to hope wrt “hopefully soon” ■ 495% COULD GEL WITH MODI’S E-CAR PUSH ■ ■ The announcement comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aggressively promoting the use of e-vehicles Musk was asked about India entry last year as well. “Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next!” he said in March 2019 India will be the next frontier for Tesla after its Chinese foray RALLY IN TESLA SHARES THIS YEAR, PUSHING MARKET VALUE TO $400 BN 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 Gas turbine explodes at Trump tests +ve weeks before polls power plant, 15 injured Could impact re-election chances as he consistently underplayed Covid threat; would have to be in quarantine for at least two weeks, ahead of the Oct 15 televised debate with Biden WALL STREET CRACKS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE The 370-MW KPCL unit was to begin supplying 20MW power to the grid from Friday; The site has been closed indefinitely BOSKY KHANNA & M A N J U S H E T TA R @ Bengaluru AN undetected oil leak caused a blast, leading to a fire, in the gas turbine chamber at the Yelahanka Gas Power Plant of the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) in Yelahanka New Town around 3.30 am on Friday Fifteen KPCL employees, . 11 of them ground engineers and one executive engineer, sustained burns. The power plant was to start generating 20-30 MW of power on Friday and supply to the grid. The capacity of the plant is 370 MW and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) was executing the project for which General Electric (GE) is supplying compressed natural gas (CNG). KPCL Director (Technical) C Venugopal informed The New Indian Express that the incident occurred when oil started to leak from the bearings in the gas turbine EXPRESS READ Exports rise 5.27% in September New Delhi: After contracting for six months, the country’s exports grew by 5.27 per cent year-on-year to $27.4 billion in September, and trade deficit narrowed to $2.91 billion. P10 UNLOCK 5.0 FROM OCT 15 WHAT MAY OPEN OUTSIDE CONTAINMENT ZONES Cinema halls at 50% seating capacity with SOPs Swimming pools for trained sportspersons with SOPs B2B units and entertainment parks Social gatherings of above 100 people allowed with conditions Lockdown till Oct 31 in containment zones Decision on schools re-opening to be taken in graded manner after Oct 15 P3 IPL MATCHES TODAY BANGALORE RAJASTHAN ODDS: RCB 5/6 RR 21/20 DELHI KOLKATA ODDS: DC 16/19 KKR 11/10 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 3.30pm Firefighters battle flames at the KPCL power plant, which witnessed a gas turbine blast, at Yelahanka in Bengaluru on Friday | EXPRESS chamber. As it reached a flashpoint, it caught fire with a blast and flames coming out of the chamber. The fire and heat built up so much inside the gas turbine chamber that its door was thrown open by sheer pressure just as the engineers and the workers were rushing towards it to check what had happened. A massive flame burst out of the door, causing the unsuspecting engineers and workers to suffer burns. The injured were admitted to MS Ramaiah, Aster CMI and St John’s Hospital in Bengaluru, and KPCL will bear the cost of their treatment. Two of them were reportedly discharged after treatment. Venugopal explained that the project has been designed in such a way that in case of excessive heat, the gas supply to chamber number-2 and the unit is cut off automatically . Had this not happened, the damage would have been much more as the entire gas line would have exploded. P5 A fresh wave of uncertainty swept across the globe on Friday after US President Donald Trump revealed he and first lady Melania Trump had mild symptoms of Covid-19, roiling markets and casting a shadow over the November 3 presidential elections. While the Trumps went into quarantine and the President continued to work from his family quarters in the White House, him being 74 and clinically obese put him at a higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has already infected 75 lakh citizens and killed over two lakh in the US. At present, the US has over 25 lakh active cases. Before testing positive, he had travelled extensively for his re-election campaign, worrying officials about the full scale of the outbreak. While many White House and other senior officials were undergoing tests, the process of tracing the president’s recent contacts was still on. The infection could impact Trump’s electoral chances, as he had spent much of the year downplaying the threat of the virus and avoided wearing masks for the longest time. Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 298.21 points (1.07%) to 27,518.69 OIL SLIPS S&P 500 lost 28.13 points (0.83%) to 3,352.67 Nasdaq dropped 276.49 points (2.44%) to 11,050.02 WTI Crude Oil 2.76% to $37.65/bbl Brent Crude 2.81% to $39.78/bbl UNEMPLOYMENT WORSENS Biden, Pence test -ve Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden tested negative for Covid. Under 25th Amendment, if the president in incapacitated medically, he has the option of temporarily transferring power to the vice president, which he can reclaim whenever he can certify that he is fit for duty During the first televised debate against his Democrat opponent Joe Biden on Wednesday morning IST, Trump had mocked him saying: “I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from me, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” Biden, who spent 90 minutes on stage with Trump during the debate, and his wife Jill, P9 tested negative. He is 77. US companies added just 661,000 jobs in September, marking it the 3rd straight month of slower hiring jobs were added August July June (Figures as of 9.40 PM IST on Friday) 22 mn jobs wiped out during pandemic 1.5 mn 1.8 mn 14.7% fall since April 4.8 mn Unemployment rate in September fell to 7.9% from 8.4% in August 3.8 mn laid off workers feel their jobs are gone forever US judge nixes H-1B visa ban E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi / Bengaluru A US federal judge on Thursday nixed Donald Trump’s suspension of non-immigrant visas including the coveted H-1B — the most sought after visa by Indian IT professionals — saying the president does not have the power to tinker with immigration laws passed by Congress. The judicial action comes as a major relief for scores of Indian IT professionals, which had voiced their opposition to the visa suspension. In the US, around six lakh people hold H1-B visas with Indians making up around 70%. Annually around 85,000 Indians , are issued the visa which gives them the right to work in the US. Trump had issued an executive order in June 2020 suspending the entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, H-2B and J and L visas till December 31. Victim’s village sealed; Hathras SP suspended FMCG cluster in twin Under 30% cities to create 5 lakh conviction rate jobs, says minister in rape cases N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow AS the fire of protest over Hathras gang-rape and murder spread on Friday, the police clamped down further on the victim’s family, cutting off all communication and turning the entire Boolgarhi village into a fortress. Later in the evening, an embattled Uttar Pradesh government suspended the district SP and four other policemen amid mounting criticism over the gover nment’s handling of the entire matter. The family is allegedly holed up inside their home, with heavy police presence there, while all entries to the village have been completely sealed. No outsiders, including politicians and media persons, are being allowed to speak to the family and a tight security cordon has been laid around 1.5 km of the village’s peripheries. A cousin of the 20-year-old Dalit girl, who managed to slip away and speak to media persons on Friday morning, alleged the police had taken away the mobile phones of all family members. He said the policemen were not allowing anybody to step out of the house. “Our family is being threatened. My uncle asked me to try to reach out to the media. He was assaulted by the DM Members of various organisations and political parties throng Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Friday to mark their protest against the brutal murder and alleged gangrape of a young woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras | PARVEEN NEGI yesterday and fell unconscious,” the boy alleged. Sub Judicial Magistarte Prem Prakash denied charges of intimidation and confinement of the victim’s family. On the restriction over entry of media and political leaders in the village, he said it was done not to hamper the SIT probe which is underway. Hathras Additional SP Prakash Kumar told reporters no political representatives or media person- nel would be allowed till SIT completes its probe. Protests flared up across the country, with Congress leader Priyanka Gandi Vadra attending a prayer meeting organised by the Valmiki community in Delhi and asserting the party would continue to exert pressure on the government. Hundreds of activists, civil society members, students and political leaders gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi in perhaps the first biggest protest P7 since Covid-19 began. IMAGE DENTED. LET MEDIA MEET FAMILY: UMA UP police’s “suspicious” action in the Hathras incident has dented the image of the BJP and the state government, said senior party leader Uma Bharti. She requested UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to allow mediapersons and politicians to meet the victim’s family the opportunities available and submit a report. The vision group document outlines THE State Government will the need to transform Hubbahold talks with stakeholders lli-Dharwad into a FMCG hub to set up a Fast Moving Con- and give impetus for growth sumer Goods (FMCG) indus- in North-Karnataka, accordtries cluster in Hubbaing to a statement from lli-Dharwad which can the Industries generate around five Department. lakh jobs. Industries Ullas Kamat, chairMinister Jag adish FMCG cluster man of the Vision development Shettar said the clus- will be proposed Group for FMCG cluster is being actively in three phases, ter and Joint Managing pursued by the gov- with each phase Director of Jyothy Labs ernment to attract in- comprising of Ltd, said the cluster devestments and gener- investment of velopment will be proate employment in `25,00 crore posed in three phases, from 50 FMCG with each phase seeing North Karnataka. companies O n F r i d a y, t h e investment of Rs 2,500 FMCG Vision Group crore from 50 FMCG Ullas Kamath, submitted its report, companies. Each phase Chairman, ‘Transform Hubballi- Vision Group for will generate 50,000 Dharwad: Vision 2020jobs, with 80 per cent of FMCG cluster 2025,’ to the minister. them reserved for domThe government plans to de- iciles, and 50 per cent for womvelop it as a FMCG hub for en, Kamath stated. South India. It will generate The proposed cluster seeks turnover in excess of Rs 25,000 to change the social democrore and will generate five graphics of the region that lakh jobs, the minister said. was identified for the project, In the last budget, the State given the connectivity with Government had announced the consumer markets of Bensetting-up of the cluster in the galuru, Belgaum, Hyderabad, district and the Vision Group Pune and Mumbai, the statewas constituted to look into ment added. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi ON an average, 88 incidents of rape took place every day in the country in 2019. Despite this, the conviction rate is as low as 27.8%. This means, from 100 accused only 28 gets convicted. The figures collated from National Crime Records Bureau assumes significance as it shows how in many cases, victims don’t approach the police authorities complaining about the rape or sexual assault. With the gangrape in Hathras and other incidents of sexual assault comes into light, NCRB data reveals the rate of crime against women increased from 58.8 in 2018 to 62.4 in 2019. There were 32,033 incidents of rape and the crime rate for rape was the highest in Rajasthan, where 5,997 incidents of rape were reported during 2019. Uttar Pradesh reported 3,065 incidents, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 2,485 incidents, Maharashtra 2,299 and Kerala 2,023. Delhi had reported 1,253 rape cases. One of the common reasons for criminals not getting due punishment is the poor investigation. ORGANIC FUTURE CHEAPER PRICES Reforms open DK doors to Kerala land buyers Farmers take the lead, launch own brand V I N C E N T D ’ S O U Z A @ Mangaluru THE amendments to the Land Reforms Act, which liberalise land ownership in Karnataka, has come as a blessing in disguise for many Keralites. Since many years now, there has been a steady rise in the number of people from Kerala purchasing land in the border district of Dakshina Kannada and an upward trend is expected in the coming days. What draws Keralites to Dakshina Kannada is the fact that land is cheaper compared to their native state where it is quite high because of the huge foreign remittances. In the interiors of Kadaba, Belthangady, Bantwal and Puttur taluks, an acre of land costs about Rs 8 lakh and many say if a Keralite sells 10 cents of land in his home state, he can buy an acre in Dakshina Kannada with the same money . A majority of Keralites who buy land here convert it into rubber plantations, while there are also people who take up arecanut, coconut, banana plantations. Govinda Bhat, a progressive farmer from Manila in Bantwal taluk, which is close to the Kerala border, says the Keralites purchasing land in the district started about four decades ago when they first set up rubber plantations in Sullia taluk. “Kochi Christians are experts in rubber cultivation and are hard working. That is how they are able to get good returns out of the barren land. Initially, they came to Sullia and now they have spread to other taluks like Belthangady, Puttur, Bantwal and Kadaba taP5 luks,” Bhat said. K S H I V A K U M A R @ Mysuru Most of the land they (Keralites) buy are the ones which are left barren. After buying, they turn them into plantations which will at least provide jobs to locals Rashid Vittla, Social Worker The farmers’ collective has launched its own brand and opened a stall at Krishika Samaj in Chamarajanagar AT a time when anxiety is writ large on the faces of farmers over corporates and private players entering the farm market, a group of farmers have come together to launch their own ‘Namdu’ (Our Own) brand of produce and store. Farm produce will be sold at prices fixed by the grower himself. This statewide initiative by Amruth Bhoomi Foundation (which was started by late farmer leader Prof M D Nanjunda Swamy), Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and some organic farmers, will have its won supply and market chain to protect the interests farmers while, at the same time, making high quality organic produce available at affordable prices to the consumers. To start with, the Hasiru Sena, Raitha Sangha, Amruth Bhoomi and some organic farmers have opened a stall at Krishika Samaj in Chamarajnagar town on Friday, where farm produce — right from cereals, greens, ragi, jaggery tur, meric and honey to fruits — are sold under one roof. CONTINUED ON: P5
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