time tadepalligudem l friday l december 04, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION 15-year-old Indian American named TIME’s ‘Kid of The Year’ Gitanjali Rao is an inventor, author, and a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) promoter Using tech to tackle everyday problems Barometer for rising young leaders The latest issue of Time Magazine features Gitanjali’s interview by actor Angelina Jolie, in which she talks about how she uses technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying. In 2017, Gitanjali, then just 12, had won the top prize in the Young Scientist Challenge for her device that finds lead in drinking water ■ ■ ■ For the past 92 years, TIME has named a Person of the Year In 2019, climate activist Greta Thunberg, then 16 years old, became the first individual under age 25 to receive the title This year, TIME decided to recognise its first ever Kid of the Year, a barometer for the rising leaders of America’s youngest generation 5,000 Nominees were in the race for time magazine’s ‘kid of the year’ title 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 Now or never, says Rajini; prepares to launch new political party in January If I succeed (in my political venture) it would be the success of the people, and if I fail, it would be the defeat of the people... - Rajinikanth T Muruganandham, S K u m a r e s a n @ Chennai “IF not now, then never.” The tweet sent out at 12.16 pm on Thursday set the social media and political circles in Tamil Nadu on fire. It had come from the official handle of actor Rajinikanth, who had been waiting for the “right time” for over three years now, ever since he announced his decision to en- ter electoral politics. A for mal announcement would be made on December 31, and the party would be launched in January the actor , said. Soon after the tweets were sent out, Rajinikanth has appointed the former president of BJP State unit’s intellectual wing, Ra Arjunamurthy as the , chief coordinator of his party . Thamizharuvi Manian of Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam, he CM announces increase in pension to `2,500 per month from July 8 next Pension bill `1,500 crore per month now Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy said the previous Chandrababu Naidu regime used to get `500 crore as monthly pension bill, whereas it is `1,500 crore per month in the YSRC government, Jagan said We kept our promise on pensions: Jagan Accusing the TDP of misleading the House and people, he stated that it is clear that we promised to hike the pension in a phased manner till it reaches `3,000 and not every year. We kept our word, he said 7-hr marathon talks fail to cut ice with farmers Next meeting tomorrow; agriculture minister assures unions govt will not touch MSP, ryots demand a new legislation to back it up cyclone effect Tirumala covered with a thick blanket of fog on Thursday morning, witnessed a downpour later in the day | madhav k Aircraft carrier ins Vikrant will be inducted in 2022: enc Presidential Fleet Review in Vizag The ENC will host Presidential Fleet Review (PFR) in Vizag in March 2022. The city will also then host MILAN, which was cancelled in March 2020 due to Covid-19. The PFR is held once during the five year tenure of the President. Ships from ENC, Western Naval Command and Southern Naval Command along with ships of friendly nations will participate in it. MILAN 2022 will witness greater participation of navies of different countries. E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam The anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the Eastern Naval Command (ENS) got a further boost with the recent commissioning of INS Kavaratti, the last Project 28 antisubmarine warfare corvettes, ENC Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral AK Jain said. Speaking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, he said aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is currently under construction at Kochi shipyard and Covid-19 hampered its progress. Otherwise, sea trials would have begun by now. INS Vikrant trials are most likely over by 2021 and it will be inducted into ENC in 2022. The aircraft carrier is the need of the hour so as to keep a vigil along the coast and safeguard the maritime interests of the nation, he said. Jain said maritime trade will play a major role in achieving 5 trillion economy as envisaged by Prime Minister P3 Narendra Modi. Bagless days for school students across country RBI bars HDFC Bank from issuing new credit cards till further orders E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e sE S A S EN @ New Delhi When children return to school after the pandemic-induced long break, they will not only carry a lighter bag but also go without it for onethird of the academic year. For, the Centre recently instructed states to provide for at least 10 “bagless” days for children in classes 1-12 each month and introduce vocational training for students in classes 6-12, in line with the provisions of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Vocational training could include engagement with local professionals and artisans, such as agriculturists, horticulturists, carpenters and potters. The Union education ministry asked the states to follow the instructions in Taking a grim view of frequent outages reported in HDFC Bank’s online services, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed the private lender to stop issuing new credit cards and put all its planned digital launches on hold till further orders. The Mumbai-headquartered bank, India’s largest privatesector lender with a market cap of `8 lakh crore, has also been asked to examine such lapses at the board level and strengthen its IT infrastructure to restore customer faith in digital banking channels. Disclosing the RBI order, dated December 2, to exchanges on Thursday, HDFC Bank clarified that the restrictions are limited to new digital launches and that there won’t @ New Delhi Tapas ranjan their letter and spirit. The letter sent to school education secretaries in all the states also said that from first to tenth grade, the weight of the school bag should not exceed 10% of the student’s weight and students in pre-primary classes should not be made to carry bags to schools. It also specified that first and second grade students will have to keep the same notebook for classroom tasks while two notebooks have been fixed for third to fifth grade students. be any impact on existing operations, including credit cards and digital banking. “We assure our customers there is no reason to worry. You can continue to transact with the bank without any concer n,” Sashidhar Jagdishan, the newlyappointed MD and CEO of HDFC Bank, said in a letter to customers. ` 1.5 crore credit cards RBI’s move will hurt HDFC Bank as it is the highest issuer of credit cards in India with 1.5 crore cards in force as of September. Digital operations are critical to the bank as 90% of the transactions come from digital channels The trigger for the RBI action was the major disruption on November 21 due to power failure in the primary data centre, the third such instance in the past two years. The bank had faced a similar outage on its mobile app in 2018 and again in December 2019 owing to “increasing payday transactional activities”. An RBI team examined the case and asked the bank to bolster its IT infrastructure to keep pace with the explosive growth in digital banking. Technical glitches aren’t limited to HDFC Bank. Hours after RBI cracked the whip on the Mumbai-headquartered bank, State Bank of India’s YONO app, too, faced a system outage, forcing SBI to issue an advisory to customers to use internet banking instead. P10 no transport Getting essentials a tiresome walk for tribals of six hamlets E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Rajamahendravaram Around 600 tribal families in Rampachodavaram Agency area are forced to walk 5 to 6 km to get essential commodities from the Daily Requirement (DR) depot of Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC) due to lack of proper private or public transportation facility even threatened to commit suicide if Rajinikanth fails to launch the party . “Mathuvom — ellaththaiyum maathuvom — ippo illenna eppavumae illai,” he tweeted on Thursday which loosely trans, lates to, “It’s time for change. If not now, then never will it happen.” Within an hour of sending out the tweets, the actor met the media at his Poes Garden residence. crisis simmers E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced that social welfare pensions will be enhanced from `2,250 to `2,500 per month from July 8, 2021 to mark the birth anniversary of former CM YS Rajasekahara Reddy . He maintained that as promised in the YSRC election manifesto that the social welfare pensions will be enhanced in a phased manner, it will be done from the next July. He announced the hike during a short discussion on the Direct Benefit Transfer of welfare schemes being implemented in the State on the fourth day of the winter session of Assembly . When TDP Deputy Floor Leader N Rama Naidu questioned the Chief Minister why the pension amount was not increased by `250 every year as promised and why `3,000 was not being paid to the beneficiaries under the YSR Cheyutha, the Chief Minister retorted back, “Was it not true that social welfare pensions were increased to `2,000 just two months before elections by the previous TDP government. For four years and ten months, `1,000 was given as pension. But we are giving the enhanced pension of `2,250 per month from the day one of our government.” Drawing a comparison between the two regimes, the Chief Minister said till October 2018, the total number of beneficiaries of social welfare pensions in the State was `44,32,592 only Now, the . total number of beneficiaries is 61.94 lakh, he added. said, would supervise the works for launching the party . The sudden announcement has surprised several members of the Rajini Makkal Mandram. Even during the November 29 meeting with senior office-bearers of the Mandram, the actor gave no indication about launching the party, a few members who attended the meeting confirmed to Express. In fact, a few office-bearers had Tribal people at the Daily Requirement depot of Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC) at Foulkspeta in Rampachodavaram Agency area | Express from their hamlets. To supply rice and other essential commodities to tribal people, the government is running the DR depot at Foulkspeta, located 10 km away from Rampachodavaram. Though it is not located in dense Dandakaranya, there is no proper transportation facility to Foulkspeta. Six tribal hamlets, including Dirisinipalli, Peniki- lapadu, Suddagummi, Devaratigudem and K Yerrampalem, come under the purview of the DR depot. Walking all the way to Foulkspeta and returning home with the essentials have become a tough task for people of the six hamlets, said former MPTC member Madakam Bapanna Dora, adding that they feel that they are cut off from P4 the mainstream. E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi / Chandigarh The fourth round of talks between agitating farmers and the Centre that stretched for about seven hours on Thursday remained inconclusive, but the government expressed willingness to address some of the concerns raised by farmer unions. The next round of talks will be held on Saturday . Both sides agreed that little progress has been made in the talks. Sources said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assured the farmers on the minimum support price (MSP), saying it will not be touched. “No changes will be made to it,” sources quoted the minister as saying. “Initially, we felt the deadlock will persist but slowly due to pressure from our side, the government started listening to us and then the talks went on in a conducive atmosphere. In the next meeting, we will put pressure on the government and ask them to take back the laws. It will be finalised in the Saturday’s meeting,” Harjinder Singh Tanda of Azaad Kisan Sangharsh Committee said. However, the farm leaders were firm on their demand that the three new farm laws be repealed. During the meeting, the farmers gave a presentation about their concerns following which deliberations were held on each point. “The government is considering giving written assurance on the MSP ,” the sources said. “In the meeting we put forward 35 objections before the government and urged the government to make a law that guarantees MSP. The government indicated some amendments could be made but we were firm nothing less than the withdrawal of the three laws is acceptable,” said Bhartiya Kisan Union’s Punjab (Rajewal Group) president Balbir Singh Rajewal and Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union president Gurnam Singh Chaduni. According to sources, discussions revolved around some key points in the three new farm laws. They include grievance redressal mechanism, putting an end to the Agricultural Produce Market Committee and trade mechanism outside the mandis. “Discussions were held in a cordial atmosphere. The government has no ego, it was discussing with farmers with an open mind. Farmers are concerned that the new laws will end APMCs and trade outside the mandis,” Tomar said after the meeting. Continued on: P7 Farmers delegation coming out after a meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday | Shekhar Yadav Consensual interfaith marriage stopped in U.P. N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow A sticking problem in the new law in Uttar Pradesh on interfaith marriages came to the fore on Wednesday as one such ceremony in the outskirts of Lucknow was stopped by the police though the wedding was consensual — not just of the couple but their families too. Raina Gupta, 22, was to wed Mohammad Asif, 24. While Raina is a Chemistry postgraduate, Asif is a diploma holder in pharmacy. The wedding was being solemnised with the consent of both the families, additional deputy commissioner of police, South Zone, Suresh Chandra Rawat, agreed. While the new law mandates applying for per mission a month in advance, the couple didn’t. The local Hindu Mahasabha unit raked up the issue, but the police decided against booking them as the couple agreed to comply with the law, Rawat said. It is a case of following the law in letter but not in its spirit.
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