MADURAI SATURDAY OCTOBER 03, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CTIY 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 Trump tests +ve weeks before polls NATIONAL FURORE 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 VICTIM’S VILLAGE SEALED; HATHRAS SP SUSPENDED 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 government’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 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 Addition. al SP Prakash Kumar told reporters no political representatives or media personnel 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 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 CRIME DE LA CRIME The latest data from National Crime Records Bureau has shown an interesting trend in the number of cases registered in TN, for various crimes. While the number of counterfeit currency seized has reduced, the State ranks fourth in the number of cases registered against naxalites or left-wing extremists. Take a look SEIZURE OF PROHIBITED WEAPONS 5 CASES REGISTERED AGAINST NAXALITES OR LEFT WING EXTREMISTS #In 2019 Maharashtra 70 310 200 173 164 286 2019 2018 Kerala 2017 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 their due punishment is the poor investigation by police. Reasons such as hostility of witnesses and complainants and the familial pressure on the victim also play a role. IPL MATCH TODAY BANGALORE RAJASTHAN Virat Kohli’s RCB will take on Steve Smith’s RR in a promising clash in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. ODDS: RCB 5/6 RR 21/20 DELHI KOLKATA A potentially high-scoring match is on the cards when DC face KKR in Sharjah, in the second game. ODDS: DC 16/19 KKR 11/10 3 Chhattisgarh 2016 K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 3.30pm 4 6 Under 30% conviction rate in rape cases in India 41 Licensed Unlicensed FAKE CURRENCIES SEIZED Year No. of notes 2019 10,250 2018 22,583 2017 54,152 2016 6,100 Value of seizure (in `) 94.60 lakh 2.60 crore 4.81 crore 33.4 lakh Tamil Nadu 26 DECODING TN 2018 1 2017 0 2016 0 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. 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, tested negative. He is 77. Assuming the symptoms subside quickly, Trump will WALL STREET CRACKS 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 US companies added just 661,000 jobs in September, marking it the 3rd straight month of slower hiring 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 have to stay off his campaign trail for at least a couple of weeks, putting a question mark over his participation in the second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15. Even when the president was healthy, he had indicated that he may not accept defeat in the elections. Whether or not there is an option on his table to put off polls citing lack of a level playing field since his campaign has come to a halt, is as yet unknown. He, however, will have to tweak his messaging around Covid-19, which he had earlier claimed would disappear. His infection dragged down most global markets (see graphic). jobs were added August July June 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 @ Madurai/ Chennai EQUATING the relationship between Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam as that of Rama and Lakshmana brothers, Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar ruled out any confusion among the AIADMK partymen regarding the Chief Minister candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections. He said that the two leaders would jointly announce the candidate on October 7. Addressing media persons after paying floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Museum in Madurai on Friday , Udhayakumar said that the ‘Rama-Lakshmana’ brothers have been remarkable in their respective roles, benefiting both the party and the administration. “While Pannerselvam won people’s heart by reviving the rights to conduct Jallikattu and by mitigating the havoc wreaked by cyclone Vardah, Palaniswami is known as the Chief Minister of the laymen. The efficient leadership and effective implementation of schemes have helped them gain the trust of the people. In contrast, DMK neither has a good leader nor it has won people’s trust,” he said. Refuting opposition parties’ criticism on cancelling Gram Sabha meetings, the minister said that the decision was taken as a precautionary measure to tackle Covid-19 and had nothing to do with politics. Commenting on the incident of police manhandling Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during Hathras march, Udhayaku- 3.8 mn laid off workers feel their jobs are gone forever Judge nixes Don’s visa ban, says he exceeded his brief 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 (issued for non-agricultural seasonal workers), and J and L (visas for cultural exchanges and managers, respectively). The suspension was till December 31. In his ruling, US District Judge Jeffrey White said Trump exceeded his brief as the Constitution vests the power to set immigration policy with Congress and not the president. The ruling was in response to a suit filed by various industry bodies with tech giants such as Google, IBM and Microsoft as members. ‘EPS, OPS to announce CM candidate on Oct 7’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE (Figures as of 9.40 PM IST on Friday) VISA EARLIER RULING Judge White’s ruling is in difference with an order passed by District Judge Amit Mehta of the District of Columbia in August, who ruled that he does not have the power to enjoin the ban while the litigation is underway ‘Everything will end smoothly’ Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami offering floral tributes to a portrait of Mahathma Gandhi at the Marina in Chennai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Friday | EXPRESS mar said, “Every individual is equal in the eyes of law. As leaders, we should set example by obeying the rules. The rights of individuals to meet the victim’s family or seeking justice has not been banned. Rather, large gatherings have been res t r i c t e d i n v i ew o f t h e pandemic.” Meanwhile, confusion took centre stage after a message, summoning AIADMK MLAs to party headquarters on October 6, appeared on the official Twit- When asked, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said that he cannot assure that CM candidate will be announced on October 7. “But everything will come to an end smoothly,” he added. ter handle of the party for a brief time on Friday . Many MLAs and senior functionaries told TNIE that they did not receive any such message, and AIADMK headquarters also denied sending any invitation. However, the tweet posted by @AIADMKOfficial remained there for over three hours. Later it was deleted without giving any explanation. Party sources said that it was the handiwork of a few members of the IT wing. Another home-alone elderly person murdered in Kovai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore TWO days after a home-alone elderly woman was murdered in the district, an octogenarian, who was also alone at his house near Singanallur, was strangled to death with a wire on Friday . Sources said that after strangling the man, the killers ransacked his house before de- camping with valuables and a car, parked in the compound. The deceased has been identified as S Krishnasamy (85), a businessman from Tiruchy Road near Kulatheri in Singanallur. Police said that the man’s wife and son had died and his daughter moved to Canada recently . The neighbours, who found Krishnasamy lying dead inside the house, alerted Singanallur police. The man’s body waslater sent to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital for postmortem examination. After visiting the spot, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) ES Uma formed two special teams to nab the perpetrators. Following her directives, a team of police personnel questioned the neighbours, relatives and family members of the octogenarian. “Another team is perusing through the CCTV footage in the area. However, they did not get any breakthrough until now,” sources added. An elderly woman, residing in Kempatty Colony near Townhall, was murdered two days ago when she was alone at her house. The back-to-back murders have raised suspicion about a gang that targets elderly people who are staying alone. Meanwhile, Uma rubbished the allegations and said that the two cases have entirely different modus operandi. “Though both incidents look similar, different groups of people are likely to be involved. We will nab the perpetrators of both the murders very soon,” she added.
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