chennai l monday l september 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l vellore EDITION only beneficiaries can file deficiency in service plea The Supreme Court said not everyone can file a complaint against a hospital/doctor on behalf of other family members limits to the concept of Joint Hindu Family The court dismissed the plaint of the head (karta) of a Joint Hindu Family (JHF) on the ground that under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, he was not the beneficiary of the service availed of from a hospital. “The concept of JHF doesn’t extend to the treatment of a pregnant sister in-law,” a bench of justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramaian said 2009 Definition of a complainant ■ ■ The SC noted the karta didn’t fit the definition of a complainant in the strict sense as it meant any person who hired or availed of any services for a payment and included a beneficiary of services The karta had filed a complaint against a clinic alleging deficiency in service in the treatment given to his sister-in-law national Consumer Disputes panel had dismissed the complaint 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 Cong plays SC card, chooses Channi Was technical education minister in the outgoing govt; had revolted against Amarinder; to take oath of office and secrecy at 11 am today E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Chandigarh Ending intense speculation on Capt Amarinder Singh’s successor a day after he was forced to resign, Charanjit Singh Channi (48), a member of the Scheduled Caste community was on Sunday elected the , Punjab Congress Legislative Party leader. He will take oath of office and secrecy as chief minister at 11 am on Monday . He is a comparative political lightweight and will hold office for just a few months before the state goes to polls early next year, one reason why Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu was happy with the choice. Earlier in the day, AICC observers had approved a proposal to elevate Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa as chief minister, but Sidhu spiked it, as the former was seen as a heavyweight who could overshadow him in the run up to the Assembly elections. Channi, the technical education minister in the outgoing ministry was the dark horse in , the race. He will be the first SC (Ramdasia Sikh) leader ever to become the chief minister of Charanjit Singh Channi Historic!! Punjab’s first Dalit CM-Designate… Will be written with Golden letters in History. A tribute to the spirit of the Constitution and the Congress!! Congratulations @ CHARANJITCHANNI Bai Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Cong president the state that has already had 15 CMs. A three-time MLA from the Chamkaur Sahib constituency he was Leader of Opposi, tion from 2015 to 2016. His appointment in the Jatdominated Punjab politics would change the dynamics in the run-up to the Assembly elections, as SCs have 32% vote share in the state. Sources said the decision to appoint an SC as the CLP leader came after hours of deliberations on the best possible combination to re present all communities, castes and regions in the state. Channi was among the four cabinet ministers and several Congress legislators who had raised a banner of revolt against Amarinder Singh saying they do not have faith in him as he has not fulfilled promises made before the 2017 Assembly polls. He had then said that several ministers and MLAs have expressed concern over the unfulfilled promises, including delay in justice in the sacrilege case and the subsequent police firing in 2015, scrapping power purchase agreements and arrest of the big fish involved in drug mafia. Flanked by Sidhu and AICC Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat outside Raj Bhavan after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake his claim to lead the government, Channi said, “The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 11 am on Monday .” Bid to draw vote banks that drifted away over the years send a message of identity and symbolism across all states, esBy passing the chief minister’s pecially Uttar Pradesh where baton to Charanjit Singh Chan- elections are due early next ni, the Congress high command year along with Punjab. UP has appears to be making attempts a big SC vote bank. Uttarato win back the SC and OBC khand, too, is poll-bound and vote banks that drifted away has some SC population. The from the party across the Congress is clearly trying country over the years. try to bring the SC vote If all goes well, Channi bank back.” could be projected as “As far as Punjab is the party’s Dalit face in concerned, it is good polls elsewhere, too. move and will keep the At 32%, Punjab has infighting under conthe highest SC populatrol,” he added. Messaging tion in the country. Given the huge SC for UP Add to that the 18% voter base in Punjab, strength of the back- Congress general the Shiromani Akali secretary ward classes, and they Dal-Bahujan Samaj form a sizeable vote Priyanka Gandhi Party combine has alVadra, who is bank. “With Navjot ready promised to Singh Sidhu, a Jat in-charge of UP, is make a member of the Sikh, as Punjab Con- already trying to community a deputy woo the SCs gress president, and chief minister if voted an SC as chief minis- there. The Channi to power. ter, the Congress has factor will send a The Aam Aadmi taken a strategic call positive message Party has given the to play the caste card to the SCs in UP post of the Leader of before the Assembly Opposition in Punjab elections early next year,” a po- to an SC, Harpal Singh Cheelitical observer said. ma, and promised the deputy Political analyst Professor chief minister’s post to the Ashutosh of Panjab University community if voted to power in said, “The Congress is trying to upcoming elections. sep 19 NATIONWIDE july 18 HDK cosying up to BJP to offset threat from rebels? sep 20 july 19 Fresh cases 35,662 30,773 Recoveries Deaths 33,798 38,945 281 309 tamil nadu Sep 18 Sep 19 Fresh cases 1,653 1,697 Recoveries Deaths 1,581 22 1,594 27 D e v a r a j B H i r eh a l l i @Bengaluru e x p r e ss r e a d No vax camps in TN today as State awaits fresh supply Chennai: There will be no Covid-19 vaccination camps in Tamil Nadu on Monday, as there isn’t enough stock of vaccines left after the mega vaccination camps held on Sunday, when more than 16.02 lakh people got the jab in the State. Health Minister Ma Subramanian said no vaccination camps will be held in the State until the Union government sends additional stock. The State has reached out to the Union government seeking more vaccine doses | P2 grand send off Devotees taking the 40-foot-tall Khairathabad Ganesh idol for immerssion in the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad on Sunday. The Supreme Court on Thursday granted permission for immersion of Plaster of Paris idols in the lake for one-last time this year | S Senbagapandiyan WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Porous border Illegal immigrants pouring in via TN coast? V i g ne s h V @ Madurai In what appears to be a shocking lapse in coastal security, a suspect held for human trafficking has allegedly confessed to the Q Branch police in Madurai that he facilitated the entry of at least 100 illegal immigrants in five different night trips on boats in the recent past. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Q branch were aware of only two of these trips, and had secured over 60 Sri Lankans who had entered India illegally . The suspect, Starwin, made this confession after the police took him into custody in Madurai. Days before his arrest in Thoothukudi, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on June 11 arrested 38 Sri Lankans and a few Indians in Mangalore in connection with the case. karnataka bengaluru Thatchur (near Ponneri) Andhra pradesh Keenatampalli (near Chittoor) chennai H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh churn in jd(s) Trouble within his party seems to have made senior JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy lean towards the ruling BJP in Karnataka. It was quite evident when he stated on the floor of the Assembly that the rise in fuel prices was inevitable even as the Congress stoked it as a major issue ahead of the legislature session. The party has been suffering from an open rebellion by its senior members like Chamundeshwari MLA G T Deve Gowda and Kolar MLA K Srinivasa Gowda. The two legislators hinted they could join the Congress ahead of Assembly polls. The developments within JDS may also have an impact on the elections to mayor and deputy mayor posts in the Kalaburagi City Corporation, which has thrown a hung House. Yet, Kumaraswamy may take the risk and support BJP. Developments like CM Basavaraj Bommai calling on JDS patriarch HD Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy leading a delegation of party MLAs to the chief minister on the day of corporation poll results indicate BJP is not averse to JD(S). Already the , two parties are in alliance at the Mysuru City Corporation. “But if Kumaraswamy continues to be soft on BJP, especially in North Karnataka, it may boomerang as some of the partymen may join Congress,” said a senior party leader from North Karnataka. Political analyst Sagheer Ahmed said that the chances of JD(S) forming a pre-poll alliance with parties like AIMIM and AAP cannot be ruled out to make up for the loss of its leaders, who switch over to Congress. B’luru-Ennore travel to get quicker soon The Q Branch police in Madurai arrested 23 Sri Lankans and a few others on similar charges within hours of the NIA’s arrests. Since both cases were linked, the NIA took the suspects in the Madurai case into custody for an inquiry. Similarly, the Q Branch police took Starwin into custody, during which he allegedly said Pressing need for an increase in patrolling The perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack entered India through the Arabian Sea, after which vigil was stepped up. But in recent years, personnel seem to have let their guard down, as evidenced by the recent entry of illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka apart from these two batches of illegal immigrants, three batches of Sri Lankans entered India to escape to another country, and recently reached Mangalore. A senior official from the Coastal Security Group said they are yet to study how these immigrants entered India as they haven’t received any official communication from the NIA. However, patrolling has been increased in the waters and at coastal villages, the official added. The Coastal Security Group is working with other departments to curb the entry of illegal immigrants, and has recently started patrolling the waters at night, the official said. Sources pointed out how the country had taken several steps to improve coastal security and prevent people from sneaking in, following the Mumbai terror attack. tamil nadu 116.5 Km road B Anb u s e lva n @ Chennai Amid stiff resistance from a section of land owners in Tiruvallur district, the tendering process to award a contract to build a 116.5 km Chittoor-Thatchur six-lane expressway has reached its final stage. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) recently chose the contractors who quoted the lowest price, and is expected to issue orders to begin the work soon, official sources said. The new greenfield project is proposed as part of the Bengaluru-Chennai express highway, facilitating direct connectivity from Bengaluru to Kamarajar (Ennore) and Kattupalli ports, skipping Chennai city It was proposed under the Bharatmala . Pariyojana project and estimated to cost `3,197.6 crore. About 75 km of the proposed road runs through Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, and 41.5 km through Tiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu. The revised highway alignment starts at Keenatampalli near Chittoor at the 152-km mark of the proposed Bengaluru-Chennai expressway, and ends at Thatchur, near Ponneri and Ennore. The highway joins the proposed 133 km Mamallapuram-Ennore Port Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (CPRR) at Kannigaipair, thereby providing a direct link to the Ennore Port. The access-controlled expressway will be fenced on both sides and designed for vehicles to travel at 100 kmph. It will be 70 m wide, with six-lane carriageways. Sources from the NHAI said the project has been divided into four parts, and contracts are being awarded to the lowest bidders. “After the pending paperwork, orders will be issued to begin the civil work,” said an official. 885.5 hectares are required for the project, of which 525 hectares are in AP and 360.5 are in Tamil Nadu ‘Will rob farmers of livelihood’ The road will cross 30 villages in Uthukottai and Pallipattu taluks in Tiruvallur district. Farmers from 26 villages strongly oppose the project, saying it would run through their fertile lands, and acquisition of this land would destroy their livelihood. They even formed a coordination committee to protest. “We are in the final stage of releasing compensation to the land owners,” said an official
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