Germany's Leon Goretzka (left) celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Hungary during the Euro 2020 group tie on Wednesday | AP chennai l friday l june 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l late city EDITION The madness in Group F completes first stage ride A big night in the Group of Death saw wild swings, a dubious penalty call, a Ronaldo record as well as setting up a historic clash in the prequarter stage Germany battle, Ronaldo equals mark The last three years have not been good for Germany’s fans. After failing to advance past the group stage in 2018 World Cup, Joachim Low’s team trailed twice before scoring an 84th minute equaliser to progress. Elsewhere, Portugal survived their own test with a draw against world champs France with two penalties from Ronaldo Two mouth-watering games Germany’s heart-stopping draw means they will face England for a place in the quarterfinals. The two met each other in the semifinals of Euro 1996 In one of the other final round clashes, Spain finally put aside their goal-drought to score five past sorry Slovakia. Their reward? A Croatia meeting three Out of the five First of the last goals Ronaldo 16 clashes, on has scored this Saturday, sees edition, three have Wales play Denmark been penalties the Itinerary June 26 : June 27 : June 27 : June 28 : June 28 : June 29 : June 29 : June 30 : Denmark vs Wales | 9.30 pm Italy vs Austria | 12.30 am Netherlands vs Czech Republic | 9.30 pm Belgium vs Portugal | 12.30 am Croatia vs Spain | 9.30 pm France vs Switzerland | 12.30 am England vs Germany | 9.30 pm P13 Sweden vs Ukraine | 12.30 am 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 Delta+ variant No other cases reported in TN: Minister E XPR E S S N E W S S E RVIC E @ Chennai A day after a case of the Delta Plus variant was reported in Tamil Nadu, Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Thursday said that areas where two or more cases of the variant are detected will be declared as containment zones. Speaking to the Press, he said there are no other cases of the variant in the State so far, and the staff nurse who had tested positive is doing fine and even attending to work. All contacts of the 32-year-old nurse from Kottur are also doing fine, he said, adding that the woman had not taken the vaccine, and that she recovered at home while in isolation. Investigations are on to find out the source of her infection. Speaking on the vaccination drive, Subramanian said awareness has increased from rural to tribal places. So far, as many as 1.38 crore doses of vaccines had been received and a total of 1.28 crore people inoculated. The State has infrastructure to vaccinate around seven lakh people per day and the drive will be carried out in full swing as TN receives vaccines from the Union Government, the minister said, adding that the doses are being supplied to all districts based on the population and the infection rate. P2 tamil nadu june 23 june 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 6,596 10,432 166 6,162 9,046 155 Cheyyar, Tindivanam mega projects to provide 22K jobs: CM E XPR E S S N E W S S E RVIC E @ Chennai Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday said the State will establish mega industries at Cheyyar and Tindivanam with job opportunities for 22,000 persons, and open post-Covid clinics in all medical college hospitals across the State run by a team of specialist doctors. @ New Delhi You can now link your passport number to your Covid vaccination certificate through the CoWIN portal for hassle-free travel abroad. Login to http://cowin. gov.in, select Raise a Issue and then select the passport option. Next select the person from the drop down menu, enter the passport number and submit. The app will send you an updated vaccination certificate carrying the passport number. The app also allows for onetime name change to ensure that the name on the vaccine THE CBI team probing the conspiracy angle in the 1994 ISRO espionage case on Thursday filed an FIR in the Thiruvananthapuram Chief Judicial Magistrate Court listing 18 retired state police officers and Intelligence Bureau sleuths as accused. The CBI had initiated the probe on the instruction of the Supreme Court. The apex court, after perusing the Justice D K Jain report, asked the investigating agency to unearth if there was any conspiracy to frame former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan and others. CBI’s FIR names former state special branch inspector S Vi- cases filed against media, farmers who protested the three farm laws of the Union government, those who protested the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and those who protested ess, conducting Assembly elections to restore democracy, release of political detainees, Prime Minister Narendra rehabilitation of Kashmiri Modi on Thursday said he was Pandits in J&K, ceasefire agreeworking towards removing ment with Pakistan, Article 370 “Dilli ki duri and Dil ki duri” and protection of land rights (distance between between J&K were among the key issues that and Delhi and distance between came up for discussion. hearts), in a meeting While Modi heard he chaired with 14 370 abrogated all political leaders immorally, leaders of eight parindividually and exsays Mufti ties from the state. pressed the Central “Our priority is to government’s willPDP chief strengthen grassroots ingness to fulfil most Mehbooba Mufti democracy in J&K. demands raised by said she told the Delimitation has to PM that the people them, he was silent happen at a quick when Article 370 was of J&K do not pace so that polls can accept the manner raised by National happen and J&K gets in which Article 370 Conference leaders an elected gover nFarooq and Omar was abrogated m e n t t h a t g iv e s “unconstitutionally, Abdullah, PDP chief strength to J&K’s deMehbooba Mufti and illegally and velopment trajectoCPM leader Mohamimmorally” ry,” the Prime Minismad Yousuf Tarigater tweeted after the talks at his mi, sources said. residence, which lasted over The eight parties that were three hours. The meeting came represented included the Nanearly two years after Article tional Conference, the PDP the , 370 was hollowed out and J&K BJP and the Congress. Union was broken up into two Union home minister Amit Shah, NaTerritories. tional Security Advisor Ajit Restoration of statehood, Doval and Lt Governor Manoj holding the delimitation proc- Sinha participated. `100 crore for renovation of 100 temples @ Chennai certificate and that on the passport is identical. But entering passport number and requesting name change can only be done once, “so please ensure there are no mistakes in entering the details,” the Aarogya Setu app tweeted. Earlier this month, the Centre had announced new guideVISA lines for Covid-19 vaccination, stating that those travelling abroad for education, employment or as part of the contingent for the Tokyo Olympics, will have to get their vaccination certificates linked to their passport. India intends to share its experience with CoWIN globally . Take your shot June 23 63,26,649 doses June 24 54,07,060 doses Total doses: 30,72,46,600 NATIONWIDE june 23 june 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 50,848 68,817 1,358 54,069 68,885 1,321 e x p r e s s r ead India calls on SCO to act against Pak terrorists New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Thursday called on members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to develop an action plan to tackle Pak-based terror. Doval also urged member states to consider signing an MoU with the Financial Action Task Force to counter terror financing | P10 jayan and then Pettah station Branch team probing the case sub-inspector Thampi S Dur- in 1994. The case began with gadutt as the first and second the arrest of two Maldivian accused, respectively . women accused of indulging in Former DGP Sibi Mathews, honey-trapping to ferret out former IB deputy director R B highly confidential informaSreekumar, for mer tion about India’s DySP K K Joshua and space projects and pass then city police comit over to foreign agenmissioner V R Racies. Narayanan was jeevan are the other also arrested along prominent names in with another senior the FIR. ISRO official on chargThe accused have es of espionage. been booked under In- Nambi Narayanan The case a political dian Penal Code secstorm in Kerala, forctions pertaining to criminal ing then CM K Karunakaran to conspiracy, fabrication of evi- quit in 1995. dence, kidnapping and torture, Narayanan was exonerated among others. in 1996 after the CBI gave him a Sibi was heading the Crime clean chit in its closure report. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and other invitees from J&K to an all-party meeting, in New Delhi in Thursday | PTI Restoration of statehood was raised by all 14 leaders. Shah said the government is committed to restoring it, but that would happen after the delimitation process and holding of elections is over. Modi sought cooperation from all parties irrespective of political differences to expedite the process. After the talks, Farooq Abdullah emphasised on the importance of building trust in J&K, saying that restoration of full statehood will be the first trust-building exercise from New Delhi’s side. His son Omar Abdullah said the prime minister was told about their opposition to what was done on August 5, 2019, when the decision to revoke J&K’s special status and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories was announced in Parliament. He added that it was the duty of the Centre to restore the broken trust of the people and said delimitation is not necessary . P10 Twitter India chief gets HC relief from UP cops’ summons Yat h i r a j u @ Bengaluru IN a huge relief for Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari, the Karnatka High Court on Thursday restrained Uttar Pradesh police from initiating coercive action against him. Maheshwari was summoned by the UP Police in connection with a viral video on Twitter. However, the court said the police can question him virtually . Justice G Narendar passed the interim order after hearing a petition filed by Maheshwari, a resident of Bengaluru, while adjourning the matter Status check to June 29. The Loni Border PoThe first FIR was lice in UP had regisfiled against tered an FIR against Twitter in UP after Twitter Inc and Twitthe social media ter India Communica- platform likely lost tions Pvt Ltd (TCIPL) the intermediary on June 15. The video status due to nonshowed an elderly man compliance with belonging to a minority the country’s new community being asinformation saulted in Ghaziabad, technology rules allegedly to incite comand became liable munal tensions. for prosecution Maheshwari moved the Karnataka HC challenging the summons issued by the UP police. He said he is neither the MD of TCIPL nor a board member. He claimed he is merely the revenue head, in charge of advertising and sales, but the designation of MD was given as he is a senior employee. Maheshwari’s counsel C V Nagesh argued his client neither uploaded the video nor had any control over its content. Keeping up with Kajal CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) manner during the previous AIADMK regime were being scrutinised by the law department. Stating that former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had established 240 Periyar Ninaivu Samathuvapuram (Periyar Memorial Egalitarian village), Stalin said, “Now, these places remain without any maintenance work. These will be renovated and more would be set up.” P4 `5K cr avoidable expense in 5 yrs: CAG on Tangedco E XPR E S S N E W S S E RVIC E Sana Shakil and Manish A n a n d @ New Delhi Jab-o-meter methane extraction, neutrino project, Kudankulam atomic power plant and Chennai-Salem Greenfield Expressway would be withdrawn. He said that all cases registered in an unfair Referring to the DMK’s poll promise of `1,000 crore for renovation of temples, the CM said that `100 crore would be allocated in the current financial year, as the first phase of renovation of 100 temples Calls for physical and emotional outreach; all 14 leaders seek restoration of statehood CBI books ex-Kerala police chief, 17 others for framing Nambi Narayanan E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ T’Puram jobs would be set up at Cheyyar and Tindivanam. While the Cheyyar unit would provide jobs for 12,000 persons, the Tindivanam unit would provide jobs for 10,000.” Replying to the discussion on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address to the 16th Legislative Assembly Stalin said the , PM sets tone to bridge J&K gulf Now, link your passport number to vax certificate E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e Stating that all of the DMK’s electoral promises would be fulfilled in due course, Stalin said, “We have already announced that industrial units which offer huge employment opportunities for the educated youth would be set up in northern Tamil Nadu. In the first phase, big units that would provide The CAG reports have revealed that the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (Tangedco)’s mismanagement and delayed decisions had led to an avoidable expenditure of `5,115.59 crore from 2013 to 2018. The reports state that purchase of power constituted Tangedco’s largest cost element, ranging from 53.34 per cent in 2014-15 to 60.78 per cent in 201718. The cost of power purchase from private parties by Tangedco increased from `11,873.37 crore (24,164.84 million units) in 2013-14 to `3,13,564.33 crore (29,758.38 MU) in 2017-18, because it failed to increase the capacity of its own generating stations, the sub-optimal performance of the own generating stations and slippage in completion of projects by the Central Generating Stations. The delay in completion of projects by CGS led to Tangedco bearing cost escalation of `2,381.54 crore by way of additional cost in the tariff, besides purchasing the shortfall quantity by incurring an expenditure of `2,099.48 crore. The report highlighted that due to not drawing the entitled share of power from the low-cost CGS and drawing the same quantity from other costlier sources, Tangedco had to spend `349.67 crore. Due to procurement of power from the plant, which was costly and ranked lowest in the Merit Order Dispatch (MOD), and also purchases of power from a naphtha based plant, Tangedco had to spend `3,493.74 crore. Eight long-term suppliers did not supply power during the first two years of the agreements. However, Tangedco paid an enhanced tariff to them from the third year onwards, resulting in another avoidable expenditure of `712.03 crore for the period up to March 2018. Tangedco did not claim applicable liquidated damages of `24 crore from two suppliers for their delay in deliverables. Instead, it procured the shortfall quantity at higher rates, resulting in it shelling out `1,116.04 crore. P4
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