TIRUCHY l SATURDAY l OCTOBER 03, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE 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 TRUMP TESTS POSITIVE WEEKS BEFORE PREZ POLLS NATIONAL FURORE Could impact re-election chances as he consistently underplayed Covid threat 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 fur, ther 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 repres e n t at ive s o r m e d i a personnel would be allowed till SIT completes its probe. Protests flared up across the country with Congress lead, er 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 Under 30% conviction rate in rape cases in country 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 re por ted 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. CM candidate buzz: All eyes on Oct 7 Min says no confusion E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai AS the date for announcement of the ruling AIADMK’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections draws closer, frenzied activity is being witnessed across various levels. On Friday, a tweet was sent out from the party’s official Twitter handle – summoning its MLAs to the headquarters on October 6, a day before the official announcement, but was deleted after three hours. Sources said the message could have been sent by a section of the IT wing. While many legislators told TNIE that they had not received any communication from the party about a meeting on October 6, the party headq u a r t e r s a l s o d e n i e d s u ch a development. However, the social media development did not leave much of an impact, considering that both the leaders – Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam – met near the Gandhi statue on Marina earlier in the day . They paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and also paid homage to former Chief Minister K Kamaraj at his memorial in Guindy. Later, for- Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 152nd birth anniversary on Friday | R SATISH BABU mer deputy speaker of Lok Sabha, M Thambidurai, met Panneerselvam at his Chennai residence and is believed to have held a lengthy discussion, after which the Deputy Chief Minister left for Theni by road. He is expected to return to Chennai on Monday . Meanwhile, Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam called on the Chief Minister and had an hour-long discussion. Meanwhile in Madurai, Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar said Minister RB Udhayakumar said both the leaders would jointly announce the CM candidate on October 7, and said there was no confusion or controversy in the party in choosing the Chief Minister candidate both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam would jointly announce the party’s CM candidate on October 7. “Do not pay heed to individual opinions. There is no confusion or controversy in the party in choosing the CM candidate,” he said. Addressing the duo as “Rama-Lakshmana brothers”, Udhayakumar said that under their leadership, the AIADMK would save the State from nepotism and land mafia. 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.” 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 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 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
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