AFP COIMBATORE MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION HAMILTON EQUALS F1 LEGEND SCHUMACHER’S WORLD MARK Briton enters league of all-time greats across sports with seventh World Championship win in Turkish Grand Prix CHILDHOOD DREAM COMES TRUE Lewis Hamilton, who had earlier this year overtaken Michael Schumacher’s world record of most individual races won, had claimed his first world title in 2008. “We dreamed of this when I was young. I remember watching Michael win those World Championships... Seven is unimaginable,” said the Mercedes driver. The 35-year-old has won 10 of 14 races this season ■ 4 INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF MILESTONE MAN ■ Hamilton also holds the world records for most wins (94), most pole positions (97) and most podium finishes (163) Hamilton came home over half-a-minute clear of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and sealed the World Championship with three races still to be held in a season cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic THIS IS HAMILTON’S FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WORLD TITLE WIN 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 RCEP is a deal! DECODING POLITICAL KILLINGS 30% 210 cr FIFTEEN SIGNATORIES OF RCEP People covered by the deal COMMON RULES, LOWER TARIFFS The RCEP is a trade pact first proposed in 2012 and includes China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and 10 ASEAN economies - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia The agreement is expected to lower or eliminate a range of tariffs within 20 years of it taking effect It will also lead to the creation of common rules of origin. This will help companies save cost and time by allowing them to export a product anywhere within the bloc without meeting separate requirements for each country INDIAN PULL OUT Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan (R) holds up the RCEP agreement as Premier Li Keqiang (L) applauds | AFP The RCEP signatory states will commence negotiations with India at any time after the signing of RCEP agreement once India submits a request in writing Ministers’ Declaration on India’s participation in RCEP DOOR STILL OPEN FOR NEW DELHI WIN FOR CHINA India can join the RCEP anytime in future after submitting a formal request India pulled out of the RCEP talks last year over concerns that tariffs reductions will lead to dumping of Chinese goods in the domestic market. It would also worsen India’s trade deficit According to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, India has trade deficits with 11 of the 15 RCEP signatories While RCEP would open up India’s market to Chinese goods, India got no assurances that its companies would get meaningful access to Chinese markets India can also participate in RCEP meetings as an observer Being China’s brainchild, RCEP is seen as its tool to draft the rules of trade in the region WHAT NEXT India can also take part in economic cooperation activities undertaken by the signatory states, on terms and conditions to be jointly decided by RCEP All signatories need to ratify the deal within two years for it to come into force THE Bharatiya Janata Party’s sustained push to make inroads ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections next year and the Trinamool Congress’s fierce efforts to thwart the attempts are turning south Bengal into killing fields. Last Wednesday Prime Min, ister Narendra Modi had alluded to it, saying those who had failed to challenge the BJP democratically have resorted to murdering its workers to achieve their goals. “Maut ka khel (killing game) cannot get you votes,” he said without naming the TMC. Police data studied by this newspaper showed that of the 47 political killings involving BJP and TMC workers since the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 38 happened in south Bengal. Twelve of the political killings took place in the last six months. A majority of those who were killed, 28, were BJP supporters, while 18 were TMC workers and one was a Socialist Unity Centre of India activist. The reason why south Bengal has turned into a bloody political battlefield is because this is where the BJP sees it can m a ke i n ro a d s i n t o T M C territory . In the political landscape of West Bengal, there are 85 minority-dominated seats. Here the TMC has built an almost impregnable base through its Muslim-friendly policies. The BJP in any case doesn’t enjoy the community’s trust. Then there are 55 seats, mostly in north Bengal, which have a substantial number of Hindu refugees from Bangladesh. In these seats the BJP has wide support. This was underlined in the parliamentary elections last year, when it won seven of the eight Lok Sabha seats. Bitter fight in south Bengal turf VOTE SHARE IN NORTH BENGAL 2019 2016 SHARE IN GLOBAL GDP OF THE P R O N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata TMC 43% Assembly BJP 15% Seats dominated by communities Minorities : 85 SC & Hindu refugees : 55 Tribals : 25 That apart, there are 25 seats where tribals have a large presence. They mainly are in the Jungle Mahal region, where the BJP has managed to create Bench for imprisonment to IAS officers if they fail to comply with court orders EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Madurai THE Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, in a recent order, observed that IAS officers should be punished with imprisonment if they do not comply with court’s directions. Justice S Vaidyanathan said if any IAS officer is found to have deliberately disobeyed the court’s order, he or she should be punished with imprisonment. “Imposition of fine should only be secondary and imprisonment should be primary he added. ,” The judge was hearing a peti- tion filed by one Mathavadiyan seeking direction to the authorities to consider an appeal filed by him to make correction in the entries in his patta. Justice Vaidyanathan stated that officials should adhere to time limit while dealing with applications filed under Tamil Nadu Patta Passbook Act, 1983. He said that lately several cases are filed before the Court seeking disposal of applications filed under Sections 10 to 13 of the aforementioned Act and if those applications are disposed of in time by the authorities concerned, the applicants need not unnecessarily approach the Court. “It is not known as to why an order of the Court is required for the authorities to do their job as adumbrated under the Act, for which salary is provided to them,” he fur ther criticised. Citing a Madras High Court judge, who visited the accident spot before granting compensation to an electrocution victim, as an example, the Justice Vaidyanathan said the government authorities ought to conduct spot inspections wherever necessary If they cannot, they are . unfit to hold the post and should be shown the doors, he said. Nitish to begin seventh term as Bihar CM today R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna A day after being unanimously elected leader of the Bihar NDA, JD(U) president Nitish Kumar will on Monday be sworn-in as the state’s chief minister for his seventh term. The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 4.30 pm. Earlier on Sunday, Nitish staked his claim to form the new government after handing the letter of support of 126 lawmakers to Governor Phagu Chauhan. The NDA meeting was held in the presence of BJP’s central observer and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Addressing the media later, Nitish said: “I did not want to be the CM, but only after the request and instructions of the leaders of the BJP I accepted the post,” he said. , Within the BJP Katihar MLA Tar Kishor Prasad was elected , its legislature party leader, which suggested he could be made the deputy chief minister. Perhaps to acknowledge the role of women as silent voters in the NDA victory the BJP elected Bet, tiah MLA Renu Devi as deputy leader of the legislature party . Team Nitish could have 15 representatives from the BJP, 12 JD(U) and two each from the Hindustani Awam Morcha and the Vikassheel Insaan Party . EXPRESS READ Flutter over Trump tweet on Biden victory Washington: US President Donald Trump, who is yet to concede his election defeat to Joe Biden, nearly admitted on Sunday that the Democrat won. “He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump tweeted. His surprising use of the phrase “he won” left analysts wondering if the US president is ambiguously admitting his defeat. However, Trump quickly corrected himself with another tweet saying, “I concede NOTHING!” | P9 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Malda Cooch Behar South Bengal South Dinajpur Murshidabad Nadia East Burdwan West Burdwan Hooghly Purulia North 24 Parganas Bankura Jhargram Howrah West Midnapore Kolkata East Midnapore South 24 Parganas a base. So, with the electoral leanings in 165 (85+55+25) seats of the total 294 clear, a fierce fight has broken out between the BJP and the TMC for the re- maining 129 seats. As all of them are located in south Bengal, the region has turned into a hotbed of violence. CONTINUED ON: P9 Two personnel die after roof of textile shop on fire collapses to find the source of it and a smaller team of four, including Krishnamoorthy and SiTWO firemen were crushed to varajan, entered the shop. death on Saturday early morn- While two firemen -- R Kalying after the roof of a textile anakumar (37) and M Chinnashop on fire on Navabathkana karuppu (30) -- began battling Street collapsed on them. the flames, Krishanamoorthy The deceased were and Sivarajan went identified as 31-year-old further inside. It was P Krishnamoorthy, a then that the roof of native of Poonganagar the building gave in in Sivaganga’s Thirua n d c o l l ap s e d o n puvanam, attached to Krishnamoorthy and Meenakshi Amman Sivarajan. Temple Fire and ResBy the time other Sivarajan cue Service Station and firemen pulled them 33-year-old K Sivarajan, out of the debris, Sia resident of West Velli varajan had died; Street in Madurai and a K r i s h a n a m o o r t hy fireman with the Town was declared dead on (Periyar) Fire and Resarrival at the Governcue Service Station. ment Rajaji Hospital. According to sources, Kalyanakumar and the fire force received Krishnamoorthy Chinnakaruppu, who an alert around 2.30 am sustained injuries, on Saturday that one Sanjay are undergoing treatment at a Textiles on Navabathkana private hospital here. Street caught fire. SubseKrishnamoorthy who is un, quently a team of firefighters married, joined the depart, and fire tenders rushed to the ment in 2011, whereas Sivaraspot. The old building, hous- j a n , t h e f at h e r o f t wo ing the shop, owned by one J children, joined in 2009. Babulal of Navabathkana The bodies of the firemen Cross Street, was surrounded were laid to rest at their reby several shops and houses. spective native places with To prevent the fire from state honours, including the spreading, the firemen needed 21-gun salute. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Madurai CM announces `25 lakh solatium ONE NOVEMBER MORNING Thick smog covered parts of Chennai, a day after Deepavali, on Sunday. A view from St Thomas Mount | ASHWIN PRASATH Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday announced `25 lakh solatium to the fire personnel who lost their lives in the Madurai accident. He also ordered to provide `10 lakh from Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund and `15 lakh from the government fund to each family.” SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE (JAN 19, 1935 - NOV 15, 2020) Always graceful, always great, Feluda was an institution of Bengali cinema SHILAJIT MITRA WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST Darjeeling North Dinajpur TMC 45% TMC 44% BJP 35% North Bengal Jalpaiguri Lok Sabha elections TMC 35% BJP 51% BJP 7% Alipurduar elections VOTE SHARE IN SOUTH BENGAL 2019 2016 The world’s biggest free trade deal is finally here. Fifteen countries on Sunday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with China expected to be the Big Daddy. A look YOUR LIFE COACH Fans attend a funeral rally for iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee (inset), who passed away in Kolkata on Sunday | AFP HOW does an actor play the wind? For over half a century now, cineastes have dissected the evocative opening sequence of Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (1964). We know the rhythms, the shots, the studied minutiae of provincial Bengal as revealed over one languorous afternoon with Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). But what about the twist, the turn, the sudden shifting around of fate? This is Soumitra Chatterjee, the wild and irrepressible Amal of Ray’s film, arriving in a squall to stir things up. In Charulata’s life, he arrives as the unruly summer wind, ruf- fling floor mats and sending bits of paper in a swirl. “Hare murare...,” he announces dramatically before dropping to touch her feet. When he gets up, the order of his queries is telling: “Are you reading the literary magazines?” he asks. And then: “Where’s my brother?” The scene of Amal’s arrival is momentous: he will soon be unclasping a flurry of muted desires in his bored and housebound sister-in-law. At the same time, there’s a droll insouciance to Soumitra’s performance that undercuts any metaphorical heavy-handedness. Such was the relaxed mastery of the Soumitra-Ray combine. Writing in his book, Have You Seen…?, about 1,000 must-see films, David Thomson noted, “She (Charulata) does not quite fall in love with the brother-in-law, but she falls for his version of love...” Soumitra, who was battling Covid complications, passed away in a Kolkata Hospital on Sunday. He was 85. An institution of Bengali cinema and culture, Soumitra had acted in over 200 feature films; his penultimate appearance was in Anik Dutta’s Borunbabur Bondhu, co-starring, poignantly, Madhabi Mukherjee. He was the first Indian to receive France’s highest award for artists, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and was the recipient of many coveted honours, including the National Award for Best Actor (2006), the Padma Bhushan (2004) and the Dadasaheb Phalke award (2012). Though his association with Ray had ended with the director’s demise in 1992 (they had last worked together on Shakha Proshakha), their legacies are forever intertwined. Soumitra debuted as the sensitive, unassuming star of Apur Sansar (1959), the final entry in Ray’s The Apu Trilogy. The actor had previously auditioned for Aparajito (1956), the second in the series, but was deemed too old for the adolescent Apu. Slipping into the role now, he inhabited Apu with sincerity and CONTINUED ON: P9 heart.
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