AIRLINES CAN NOW OPERATE AT 70% OF PRE-COVID CAPACITY Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday that the Centre has raised the cap on the number of domestic flights Indian airlines can operate to 70 per cent of their pre-Covid levels. Currently, the limit is 60 per cent COIMBATORE THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION 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 Poll outcome shows development will be the only basis for politics in the 21st century, says PM; agrees women are BJP’s silent voters, adding they turned out in large numbers; puts West Bengal govt on notice over political killings Approval of Covid policy, says Modi M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi STATING that Bihar will march on the development path under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the NDA’s electoral victory across the country was an endorsement of the measures taken by the government to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. While the world paused in the face of the pandemic, India continued to take “historic decisions” to reform agriculture, education, land titles and others, Modi said. A day after the Bihar verdict, the BJP headquarters turned saffron, with party workers celebrating the victory BJP chief . J P Nadda set the tone of the celebrations, saying the verdict is an endorsement of the Covid-19 management under the PM’s leadership. “The battle that India waged against the Covid-19 pandemic has no parallel, as the principal priority has been to save the lives of the people. It was also ensured that while free ration was made available to the people, the immediate requirement of employment was also addressed,” Modi said. He was referring to the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package in which 5 kg ration and `50,000 crore worth of works of various ministries were executed in a few states that were at the receiving end of the migrant exodus, including Bihar. Reflecting on the poll outcome, Modi said the verdict is another indication of the “new mood” in the country, adding, “people reward those who work for development with honesty and in the interests of the nation.” He also lavished praise on Nadda for leading the BJP to victory in the polls. Referring to the BJP’s silent voter base, the prime minister said women trust the party because of their priorities for “safety and respect”. “Women are the biggest silent voters. They have shown their might in Bihar, with a large turnout,” he added. Who are these silent voters? They are our mothers and sisters for whom the party is working relentlessly - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Axe Chirag from central NDA: Janata Dal (U) R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna Prime Minister Narendra Modi flashes the victory sign at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. BJP National President JP Nadda is also seen | PARVEEN NEGI NITISH THANKS MODI FOR BIHAR VICTORY TMC UNEASE AS OWAISI TO CONTEST WB POLLS Patna: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Wednesday “saluted” people for giving majority to the NDA in Bihar and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support. “I salute people for the majority they have given to the NDA. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support,” Kumar tweeted in his first reaction Kolkata: With Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ulMuslimeen announcing its decision to contest the 2021 Assembly polls in West Bengal, the ruling TMC in the state called it a “communal force which acts as the B team of BJP”. Owaisi had on Tuesday said AIMIM would contest in Bengal and UP TN resumes bus services to Karnataka Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami handing over job order to Mareeshwari, a woman with disability, in Thoothukudi on Wednesday. | EXPRESS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai AFTER a hiatus of seven months, the State on Wednesday resumed bus services to Karnataka ahead of the festive weekend. Commuters can now travel between the two States by buses without e-registration, between November 11 and 16, said an order issued by the government. “Government buses of both States recommenced on Wednesday evening. The services are being operated to facilitate transportation of people keeping in view the Deepavali demand,” said K Elangovan, Managing Director of the State Express Transport Corporation (SETC). Private omni bus operators were also given the go ahead to resume their services. Since the resumption of intra-state bus services a few months ago, buses bound for Bengaluru were stopped at the State border. Commuters had to change buses there, to reach their destination. Stalin knows nothing about agriculture: Palaniswami E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Thoothukudi TAKING a dig at MK Stalin, Chief Minister Edapadi K Palaniswami questioned the DMK president’s knowledge in agriculture. He also accused the opposition leader of surviving without an occupation. In reply to Stalin’s statement on ‘fake farmer’ against him, Palaniswami said that unlike Stalin, he has been a farmer since childhood. “I feel, Stalin had insulted the farmers. The State received awards in water management only by facilitating agriculture,” he said, adding that t h e ch i e f m i n i s t e r s h o u l d b e a farmer to manage the waterbodies correctly . “What does he (Stalin) know about farmers? How do you differentiate a fake from a genuine farmer?” he asked and added that he does not need Stalin’s certificate to prove to be a farmer. After chairing a Covid review meeting here, Palaniswami said that compared to other states, the State government has effectively controlled the spread of the virus. “Over 11,343 medical camps were conducted in Thoothukudi, and 6,10,036 persons were tested. Tremendous efforts put in by the medical department has helped bring down the P4 positive cases,” he said. REGULATION News portals brought under I&B ministry ambit R I T W I K A M I T R A @ New Delhi THE Central gover nment has brought online news portals and over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Netflix under the ambit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB). According to a notification issued by the Cabinet Secretariat late on Tuesday night and signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, films and audio-visual programmes made available by online content providers, as well as news and current affairs on online platforms would come under the MIB’s purview. The order also covers news on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. T h e d e c i s i o n h a s evo ke d sharp reactions from the digital media industry . “This move is a step towards cen- sorship of online news platforms. The government is doing this because some online news portals criticise government policies,” said Poonam Agarwal, editor, investigations, The Quint. Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, said, “The underlying impulse of involving the I&B ministry is to introduce special rules to hinder digital media, which has so far bucked the trend in print and TV spaces of giving the government a free ride.” Press Council of India chairperson Justice C K Prasad said, “We are of the view the content should be looked after by a statutory independent body .” Dushyantt Kohli, chief operating officer of Khabri, a digital audio platform, said he was hopeful the growth of the industry would be supported and not impeded. Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal said, “The government must lean in the direction of enabling regulation and ensure such regulations do not tantamount to arbitrary misuse of powers. The golden balance is what the government needs to search for and attain, while moving ahead in this regard.” A day after winning a fresh mandate to rule Bihar, NDA leaders on Wednesday started putting their heads together to form the new government led by Nitish Kumar, though his JD(U) will be the junior partner with 43 seats as against the BJP’s 74. While the BJP is understandably keen on government formation, the JD(U) doesn’t quite share the enthusiasm, amid indications the new ministry could be sworn in only after Diwali (Nov 14) or even after the Chhath festival (Nov 19-20). For, the JD(U) first wants the BJP to send a clear no-nonsense message by ejecting the Chirag Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from the central NDA before government formation, it is reliably learnt. It was the LJP that deliberately damaged the JD(U)’s chances across the state and hurt the BJP to a lesser extent in some seats, indirectly benefiting the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). JD(U)’s senior spokesperson Dr Ajay Alok said the new government is likely to be formed after Diwali. `1.46 lakh cr production linked incentive scheme for 10 crucial sectors EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi T H E U n i o n C ab i n e t o n Wednesday approved a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme worth `1.46 lakh crore for 10 sectors to boost domestic manufacturing, create jobs and reduce dependence on imports. The scheme will be offered to white goods manufacturing, pharma, auto, telecom, textile, food products, solar photovoltic and cell battery among others, with a , total outlay of `1,45,980 crore spread over five years. Of the total outlay the larg, est pie — `57,042 crore — goes to auto and auto components, followed by advance chemistry cell (ACC) battery (`18,100 crore), drug makers (15,000 crore), telecom products (`12,195 crore), food products `(10,900 crore) and textile manufacturers (10,683 crore). Announcing the scheme, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it will help attract more investments into these sectors, promote job creation and will help in building a self-reliant India. Wednesday’s announcement is in continuation of the gover nment’s earlier PLI scheme for electronics and for active pharma ingredients with an outlay of `50,000 crore spread over five years, which takes the total outlay for such incentives to nearly `2 lakh crore over a five-year period. India Inc has welcomed the move and said its timely espe, cially when the economy is limping back to normal from the aftershocks of Covid. “The new PLI policy is transformational and will facilitate India becoming a global manufacturing hub. It identifies the right sectors and products across core in- Boost for social infra The Cabinet also decided to extend the viability gap funding scheme to social infrastructure sectors. The scheme is currently available only for projects concerning economic infrastructure dustries, labour-intensive manufacturing, export-oriented sectors and advanced technology products,” said Uday Kotak, president, Confederation of Indian Industry . With economy headed towards a sharp contraction this fiscal, the governmental indicated the manufacturing and infrastructure sector will remain the focus area to kickstart economy .
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