tiruchy l friday l October 09, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION big drop in India’s sulphur dioxide emissons in 2019 The country was nonetheless the world’s top SO2 emitter for the fifth consecutive year, a study by Greenpeace India found Accounts for 21% of global emissions Chennai, vizag among the hotspots The six per cent fall recorded in 2019 was the steepest decrease in India’s SO2 emissions in four years. The Greenpeace report, prepared in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, cited a reduction in the burning of coal as the main reason. However, despite the dip, India accounted for 21 per cent of the global SO2 emissions in 2019 ■ ■ The top emission hotspots from India include thermal power stations in Singrauli, Neyveli, Korba, Chennai, Ramagundam, Visakhapatnam, Talcher, Kutch, Surat, Chandrapur and Koradi The report noted that most power plants in India lack flue-gas desulphurisation units, which are critical in cutting So2 emissions SO2 Emissions increase the risk of heart diseases and lung cancer 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 Freedom of speech among most abused recently: CJI Chief Justice of India Bobde tears apart Centre’s affidavit on Tablighi Jamaat issue, says it’s full of unnecessary & nonsensical averments E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi Freedom of speech is one of the most abused freedoms in recent times, the Supreme Court on Thursday said while pulling up the Central government for its affidavit in which it has denied that media reports linking the initial spurt in coronavirus cases in India to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi were fake. The court said the affidavit was full of unnecessary and nonsensical averments. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde was hearing a batch of petitions alleging that a section of the media was spreading communal hatred over the congregation that took place in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March. The petitioners wanted the court to lay down guidelines on curbing fake news. The government’s affidavit spoke about the need for press freedom and said dissemination of facts by the media, even though they may appear to be offensive or distasteful to certain individuals or sections of the society cannot be curtailed , under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. CJI Bobde, however, called the affidavit evasive and expressed disappointment over a junior officer signing it. “You cannot treat this court the way you are treating. Your junior officer, additional secretary (information and broadcasting ministry), has filed the affidavit,” he said. “You have the secretary of this department file an affidavit without making such nonsensical averments stating the petitioners have not shown any instance of bad media report- Brazen logic “Affidavit brazenly says that the petitioners have not pointed out any instance of bad reporting. To say that you don’t agree with the petitioners is one thing but how can you say there is no incident pointed out?” the CJI fumed ing,” the CJI said and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to ensure that a fresh affidavit is filed. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, who was representing the petitioner, submitted that the government has claimed that the issue involves muzzling of free speech. “Freedom of speech is one of the most abused freedoms of recent times,” Bobde remarked. The court also asked the government to bring on record all statutes with regard to regulating TV channels. Referring to Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, the bench said the Act only covers cable TV signals, and asked if the government had the power to ban the signals. “This power is exercisable only in relation to cable TV networks and not in relation to TV signals like Doordarshan etc. Does the government have any power to ban the signals? Their affidavit says they had issued advisories,” the CJI said. He was a political Wishes pour in for EPS from cadre, leaders contrarian buzzing Writes to Modi Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami wrote to PM Modi to direct ASI to amend eligibility criteria for admission to PG diploma course in archaeology. M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi rain of fire An Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet fires flares during a parade to mark the 88th Air Force Day at Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad, on Thursday | Parveen negi Covid death tally crosses 10,000 in TN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai The State on Thursday crossed 10,000 deaths due to Covid-19, with 68 fresh deaths being recorded. The toll currently stands at 10,052. Eight among the deceased did not have co-morbid conditions. As many as 5,088 new cases were also reported on the day, taking the tally to 6,40,943. Chennai alone recorded a total of 1,295 cases. Chennai’s neighbouring districts, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur recorded 363, 137 and 194 cases, respectively . Meanwhile, TN received `399.93 crore towards the CM’s Public Relief Fund for Covid works till October 7, said an official release. Fever camp timings extended In a move that would benefit office-goers, Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan said on Thursday that the fever camps being conducted in Chennai will soon be extended. Speaking to the media, he said, the timings will be extended till 5 pm from 3 pm, so as to screen more people in markets, and further till 8 pm in a few localities. Currently, the first camp batch begins at 8.30 am and ends at 11 am, while the second batch begins at 11.30 am and ends at 1.30 pm. A master at sniffing out electoral swings and one of the longest serving Union minister of India, Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on Thursday following cardiac complications, leaving his son and Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan to steady the ship of the Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) alone in the choppy Bihar elections. Paswan, 74, was arguably a political contrarian who comfortably settled in the company of Socialists and the BJP with ease. A fortuitous turn of events had guided him into politics in the late 1960s despite being assured of a job of sub-inspector Papa... you are not in of police. With Samyukta Sothis world any more cialist Party scouting for a Dalit but I know wherever to contest the 1969 Bihar Assemyou are, you will bly elections, Paswan plunged always be with me. Miss into electoral politics, and took , you papa an envious trajectory becoming part of the troika consisting of - Chirag Paswan, LJP chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar in Bihar politics. He was a doting father to Chirag, arranging a special screening of his debut movie in Parliament annexe. While he was well aware of his political limitations, his son has taken an ambitious decision to go it alone in the forthcoming polls. The LJP could now hope to whip up a sympathy wave across the Gangetic north in Bihar to consolidate its Dalit vote base. Unlike BSP boss Mayawati, who could script social engineering in Uttar Pradesh, the influence of Paswan’s party was confined to a few districts in Bihar like Hajipur, Jamui and Samastipur. In 2002, he quit the Vajpayee Cabinet criticising its position on the post-Godhra Gujarat riots, and took a strident stand on having a Muslim chief minister in Bihar after the 2005 state polls threw up a fractured mandate and made him the kingmaker. Two years after exiting the NDA, his party entered the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in 2004. Ram Vilas Paswan 5 July 1946 l 8 october 2020 lost a valued colleague, says Modi “I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. His interventions during Cabinet meetings were insightful, he said, adding, be it political wisdom or issues of governance and statesmanship, he was brilliant EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CONGRATULATORY messages continued to pour in for Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday, with ally leaders S Ramadoss of PMK and GK Vasan of TMC wishing him the best on being elected as AIADMK’s CM candidate for 2021 polls. Both of them phoned the CM and tweeted their wishes. The CM’s residence was @ Chennai buzzing with activity as senior functionaries and ministers made a courtesy call to greet their leader. Speaking to the media, senior minister D Jayakumar said importance would be given to views of senior BJP leaders while discussing matters about the alliance fo r t h e u p c o m i n g polls. “There is no need to respond to views of every BJP function- ary in that regard.” This comes in the wake of contradicting statements by two prominent BJP leaders – the TN president of the party L Murugan and former union minister Pon Radhakrishnan. While Murugan assured that the AIADMK-led NDA combine would form the government, Radhakrishnan hinted at the possibility of a “fresh alliance.” P4
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