villupuram l tuesday l september 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION bcci readies compensation package, match fees hiked Board announces that cricketers who played in Covid-hit season will get 50% extra match fees during 2021-22 season ranji remuneration up, women’s too Board brings three-wage slabs based on seniority (0-20 matches played, 21-40 and above 40) in Ranji Trophy matches. A senior player like Dinesh Karthik will now earn `60,000 per day. Earlier, it was `35,000, irrespective of experience, a jump of 41.6%. Senior women’s domestic players, too, to get a hike — from `12,500 to `20,000. In other words, a jump of 37.5% four Indian board ratifies posh policy ■ ■ The BCCI, which did not have a uniform policy to deal with sexual harassment so far, puts in place detailed document covering everybody from office-bearers to senior cricketers A four-member Internal Committee will be formed to investigate matters pertaining to sexual harassment complaints | P11 4 teams, NZ, Sri Lanka, wI & RSA, will tour india before july ’22 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 India to resume exporting Covid vax from October Channi, Sidhu to be faces for polls, says Cong amidst fresh firefighting H a r p r e e t B a j w a @ Chandigarh UK decision to treat all double-vaxxed Indian fliers as unvaccinated triggers anger & worry tests and go into quarantine for 10 days, has upset the plans of thousands of students getting INDIA will resume exporting ready to enroll in various BritCovid-19 vaccines in October, ish universities. Union health minister MansuThe new rules, which were kh Mandaviya said on Monday unveiled on Friday will become . , The Centre had halted export effective from October 4. of life-saving jabs when the devIndian travellers must take a astating second wave of the Covid test three days before depandemic struck the parture and undergo country in April. two more tests upon The minister said arrival in England. “surplus supply” of The passengers must vaccines will be also self-isolate in a shared with other pre-disclosed place countries under the for 10 days Vaccine Maitri proUnder the new polJab-o-meter gramme, adding that icy, the UK will coninoculating the IndiTake your shot sider only those who an population re- Sep 19 37,78,296 doses have got both doses mains the governof Oxford-AstraSep 20 85,68,026 doses ment’s top priority . Zeneca, Pfizer-BioNTotal doses The Centre is exTech or Moderna or 81,73,95,763 pecting a supply of Janssen vaccines in 30 crore from differ- NATIONWIDE sep 19 sep 20 the UK, Europe, US ent vaccine makers as fully vaccinated. in October, which Fresh cases 30,773 30,256 Those vaccinated in will go further up in Recoveries 38,945 43,938 Australia, Canada, Deaths 309 295 Israel, Japan, New later months. T he announce - tamil nadu Sep 19 Sep 20 Zealand, Qatar, Sinment about resumpgapore, South Korea tion of vaccine ex- Fresh cases 1,697 1,661 a n d s o m e o t h e r ports comes ahead Recoveries 1,594 1,623 countries will also 27 23 be considered as fulof Prime Minister Deaths Narendra Modi’s visly vaccinated. it to the US this week to attend Reacting sharply former Un, a meeting of the Quad coun- ion ministers Jairam Ramesh tries, where vaccines are likely said it “smacks of racism”. to be discussed. Congress MP and writer Shashi Meanwhile, the UK govern- Tharoor said he has pulled out ment’s updated Covid protocol of a debate at The Cambridge mandating all travellers from Union debating society and India – including those who from the launch events for the have taken both the vaccine UK edition of his book The Batdoses – to undergo three Covid tle of Belonging. Sumi Sukanya Dutta & Dhinesh Kallungal @ New Delhi/T’Puram express read ‘NEET affected economic, social policies of TN’ Chennai: The AK Rajan Committee, in its report on the impact of NEET in Tamil Nadu, said the exam has adversely affected the social and economic policies of the State, and added that it had a major impact on poor students | P2 Modi-Biden meeting in White House on Friday Washington: US President Joe Biden will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a bilateral meeting at the White House on September 24. Later, Biden will host the first-ever in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit with Modi, Japanese PM Suga Yoshihide and Australian premier Scott Morrison Congress leader Rahul Gandhi greets new Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi after the oath taking ceremony, in Chandigarh on Monday | PTI Promises free water, power tariff cut Calling himself an aam aadmi, Channi claimed his government was of the poor, for the poor and with the poor. In an apparent attack on AAP, he said, “I am the aam aadmi, while other parties keep talking about aam aadmi.’’ He recalled he had pedalled a rickshaw and his father ran a tent house. He promised free water supply to small dwellings, reduction in electricity tariff and transparent governance | P7 @ New Delhi Amazon India has been hit by a bribery scandal after a whistle-blower complaint has led to an internal probe into the ecommerce giant’s legal representatives, who allegedly bribed Indian government officials. When contacted, Amazon officials refused to give specific details about the complaints. It also did not say if the legal representatives alleged to have been involved in the bribing controversy were employees of the e-commerce firm or belonged to a third-party law jit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu as also ordinary Congress workers and leaders who will be supporting them,” he told reporters. If Channi was a surprise choice for CM on Sunday there , was enough drama to identify his two deputies. Till the last moment, the name of Brahm Mohindra, a senior minister in the previous cabinet, was doing the rounds, but Sidhu penciled him out. Instead, Sidhu’s loyalist O P Soni (64) was sworn in as deputy CM along with Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (62). Mohindra’s poor health and an earlier announcement of not contesting the elections apparently went against him. 40 years on, plot owners face eviction Look who’s C S h i v a k u m a r @ Chennai Residents of four localities in Aminjikarai are facing eviction after 40 years as the Public Works Department (PWD) claims their land is part of the Cooum riverbed. Ironically, they were given these plots by another government agency — the TN Slum Clearance Board (now known as the Urban Habitat Development Board) — and the plots were even approved by the then urban planning authority — the Madras Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA). With no proper idea of how much area the river boundary would constitute, eviction notices have been issued to families living in Muthumariamman Colony, Gajalakshmi Nagar, Kathiravan Colony and Baharathi Puram. “We have lived here for more than three generations, and they are evicting us all of a sudden. We have paid for the land that was given under the ‘Hire Purchase Scheme’. Where will we go?” asks 80year-old Kanniammal, who is battling cancer, and has four daughters. Her daughters are married and live in rooms separated by partitions. “This is our land and we developed it to suit our needs. Now, they are offering us a flat under the NVN Nagar Scheme in Mogappair. How will our entire family live in a small flat?” she reasons. “We have not encroached a waterbody or land. This has been offered by the State. Even encroachers and builders who built flats on waterbodies got Bribery scandal hits Amazon; senior exec sent on leave, internal probe on E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e Even before new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi could take his oath of office and secrecy AICC’s Punjab in, charge Harish Rawat let the cat out of the bag, saying the forthcoming Assembly elections would be fought under the leadership of state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu. In other words, Channi was only a stopgap chief minister, which undermined his office, taking the sheen off elevating a member of the SC community . It triggered a furious backlash with former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar leading the charge. Jakhar’s name was in circulation for the CM’s post till Sunday morning. He was later offered the deputy CM’s post but he rejected it. “On the swearing-in day of Sh @Charnjit_channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawats’s statement that “elections will be fought under Sidhu”, is baffling. It’s likely to undermine CM’s authority but also negate the very ‘raison d’être’ of his selection for this position,” Jakhar tweeted. Opposition parties like the Shiromani Akali Dal, BJP and BSP pounced on the opportunity, saying Channi’s appointment was indeed a Congress poll gimmick. Congress national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had to step in to do damage control. “Our faces will be Charan- firm. Any complaints against corruption or wrong individual behaviour are always investigated deeply, an Amazon official told this newspaper. In a statement, the company said it has zero tolerance for corruption. “We take allegations of improper actions seriously investigate them , fully and take appropri, ate action,” it said. While Amazon did not divulge the name of the accused, media reports said the e-commerce major has sent its senior corporate counsel Rahul Sundaram on leave in connection with the matter. Amazon has been facing many litigation and regulatory issues in the country. It has been litigating against Future Retail against its decision to sell its entire retail business to Reliance Retail. The company has been also facing Enforcement Directorate and Competition Commission of India investigations for violating foreign direct investment and competition laws. Meanwhile, the Confederation of All India Traders has demanded a CBI probe. R Satish Babu ‘Govt gave us land, now we’re targeted’ “This (land) was offered by the State. Even encroachers and builders who built flats on waterbodies got their buildings regularised under the regularisation scheme. We are being targeted since we are poor,” said a resident their buildings regularised under the regularisation scheme. We are being targeted since we are poor,” she says with tears in her eyes. The eviction process has not been well thought through, taking into consideration people’s lives and livelihoods. Questions arise over how many families will be evicted. While Urban Habitat Development Board officials maintain that 79 families would be evicted, the PWD claims 200 families will be evicted. The PWD official says the residents are not encroachers as the land was allotted to them by a government agency . However, it was yet to be transferred to the Urban Habitat Development Board and as such, it belongs to the PWD. “We will evict them after giving them alternate accommodation. We require the land for widening of the river and the elevated corridor project,” the official says. P3 sEER FOUND DEAD in mutt Disciple held in Haridwar The disciple named in the suicide note — Anand Giri — was arrested from Haridwar late on Monday Body of Mahant Narendra Giri (72) was found in Baghambari Mutt in Prayagraj Suicide note recovered: Cops His body was found hanging from the ceiling by his disciples. The police claimed to have recovered a suicide note from the room, accusing a Mahant Giri was the chief of Akhil disciple of Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the harassment largest congregation of sadhus Two held in Prayagraj Two others were arrested in Prayagraj. Forensics team was studying the suicide note The death of Mahant Narendra Giri ji is an irreparable loss to the spiritual world. I pray to Lord Shri Ram to grant the departed soul a place at his feet. Om Shanti - Yogi Adityanath saying threats to Hinduism are imaginary E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi “Threats to Hinduism” in the country are “imaginary”, the Centre has said in response to a recent Right to Information (RTI) query Dismissing claims . of Hinduism being in danger, the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) stated that it has no record or evidence concerning any so-called threats to Hindu religion. Calling the alleged danger to Hinduism “hypothetical”, the MHA said the Centre is neither aware of nor possesses any evidence to substantiate it. The ministry was replying to an RTI application filed on August 31 by a Nagpur-based activist Mohnish Jabalpure who had sought proof of “threats to the ‘Hindu religion’ in the country” that the MHA had in its possession. In his response, the MHA’s CPIO (Internal Security) V S Rana said as per the RTI Act rules, the Public Information Officer can only provide information that is available with them, or which falls within their jurisdiction. Rana said it was not possible to satisfy the “ hy p o t h e t i c a l ” q u e r y o f Jabalpure, adding it was treated as null and void. “This is the first time a key functionary of the MHA has said any query pertaining to ‘threats to Hindu religion’ is imaginary and admitted on record that they have been no records to support any such speculation...,” Jabalpure reportedly said, after receiving the government’s response. After SC rap, SEC seeks 3-4 months to conduct urban local body polls TN to cover all edu costs for 7.5% quota students P r o f e s s io n a l co u r s e s EXPRE S S NEW S S ERVI C E EXPRE S S NEW S S ERVI C E @ Chennai The Supreme Court on Monday reacted sharply to a plea to grant the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (SEC) seven months to complete the elections to urban local bodies in the State. Following this, senior counsel for the SEC Mukul Rohatgi requested for at least three to four months. When Rohatgi sought seven months to complete the elections, the bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana said, “The government can do anything it wants to do. But whenever the issue of local bodies elections come up, they say, no, no.” Responding, Rohatgi explained that the State government’s workforce was busy with the Assembly elections in February and March, and later, with Covid-related work. As such, the court should grant at least three to four months to complete the elections in urban local bodies, he said. P Wilson, the counsel for the petitioner S Shankar, who filed a PIL on conducting the local body polls, told the court the petitioner has no objection in granting time. Following this, the bench directed Shankar to file his response to the SEC’s plea within two days. Meanwhile, responding to reporters’ queries in Salem, Municipal Administration Minister KN Nehru indicated that the preliminary work for conducting elections to urban local bodies in the State might take about five months. The minister said the preliminary work would take up to 20 days, after which the general public would be given 100 days to raise objections. P3 @ Chennai All college-related expenses of government school students who join professional courses under the new 7.5 per cent special reservation quota will be borne by the State government, Chief Minister MK Stalin announced on Monday These ex. penses include the fees for counselling, tuition, hostel, and course charges. This is expected to cost the State exchequer an additional `250 crore. A law was enacted in the State Assembly last month reserving 7.5 per cent seats — in professional degree courses such as engineering, agricul- ture, veterinary and law in government, aided and private institutions — for students from government schools. The government’s decision is expected to benefit about 12,000 students who will join engineering colleges, and 350 students who will be admitted to other professional courses such as agriculture, fishery and law, this year. The chief minister made this announcement during an event at Anna University to distribute admission letters to 50 candidates who were admitted to various programmes under the special quota. Stalin urged the students to make the most of the opportunity and equip themselves with skills to uplift their families and villages. “At least 69 per cent of students in govern- Over 12,000 students to benefit this year The government’s decision is expected to benefit about 12,000 students who will join engineering colleges, and 350 students who will join other professional courses such as agriculture, fishery and law, this year ment schools are from rural areas and poor backgrounds. The special reservation will help in their development. It is an attempt by the DMK government to provide quality higher education to students in State-run schools, especially in rural areas,” the chief minister said. “Years later, if a students who benefits from this reservation tells me he is working in a big company or has become an entrepreneur because of the gover nment order, there wouldn’t be a happier moment for me,” he added. Stalin went on to say the DMK government’s tenure should be known as the golden era of higher education and research.
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