MADURAI l sunday l September 26, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY EDITION a.p, odisha on alert ahead of cyclone gulab landfall The IMD issued an orange alert, predicting the storm would hit the coast between Vizag (AP) and Odisha on Sunday evening NDRF, SDRF teams deployed in both states Crisis management panel takes stock Three teams of NDRF and one SDRF detachment have been positioned in north coastal Andhra districts to shift 86,000 families from low-lying areas. Arrangements to mitigate Gulab’s impact were being made on a war footing in Odisha, with seven districts put on high alert. Officials said the IMD forecasts squally winds, flash floods and landslides in these areas ■ ■ An orange alert is issued by the IMD as a warning of extremely bad weather with the potential of disruption in travel with road and railway closures, and interruption of power supply The National Crisis Management Committee reviewed the measures and assured all help to the states to tackle the storm 100 kmph the predicted wind speed of gulab when it makes landfall 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 10 days to polls, DMK rides on delivered promises Chennai’s groundwater experts vs data T M u r u g a n a n d h a m @ Chennai Strongly countering the principal Opposition party AI, ADMK, that has been targeting the ruling DMK for failing to fulfil its electoral promises, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday said nearly 40 per cent of the electoral promises (202 out of 505) made by the DMK have been fulfilled in just four months since assuming office. Incidentally, the DMK chief rolled out this bit of information just days ahead of rural local body elections across nine districts in the State. Sources in the party say Stalin will be largely banking on this performance and highlight welfare schemes initiated so far, etc. Reduction in petrol prices by `3 is one of the key promises that has been partially fulfilled by the DMK. Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan also ex- plained in detail why the diesel price could not be reduced at this juncture, given the financial strains faced by the government. Waiver of `2,756crore loans availed by women self help groups and `6,000-crore worth gold jewel loans, and free bus rides for women in city buses were three more key promises that have been fulfilled. It is to be noted that conditions have been laid for gold jewel loan w a ive r t o avo i d fraudulent and ineligible beneficiaries. Another important milestone for the DMK was the passing of a legislation seeking exemption from the NEET for Tamil Nadu. Governor RN Ravi is still to give his assent to the legislation. The Warns against Beijing’s expansionism in Indian Ocean, Islamabad’s terror support Modi targets China, Pak at UN ‘Pak is arsonist disguising as firefighter’ P u s h k a r B a n a k a r @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made veiled attacks on Pakistan and China, saying “regressive thinking and extremism are one of the biggest challenges the world faces today”. In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi told the 76th United Nations General Assembly: “Those who employ terrorism as a political tool must realise that it is a threat to them as well. We must ensure that Afghan soil is not used for terror activities.” In a veiled attack on China, Modi said oceans were the lifelines of global trade. “Oceans are our shared heritage. We must use and not abuse oceanic resources. We must ensure that they must be protected against expansionism,” he Urges said and added that the consensus reached at world to the Security Council with regard to maritime help Af security must show the way forward. In yet another apparent reference to China Prime Minister and calling for reform of multilateral organisaNarendra Modi tions, the PM said the investigation into the said the world origin of the coronavirus had damaged intermust fulfil its national organisations themselves. duty by “The United Nations needs to enhance its reproviding help liability Many questions are being raised with . to the people regard to the UN. The pandemic, climate in war-torn change and more recently the Afghanistan Afghanistan situation has only highlighted these queswhere women, tions,” he said. children and The Prime Minister highlighted how democminorities are racy was an important value in India and rein need of help ferred to his own humble beginning as a teaseller. “It is because of democracy that a person who helped his father sell tea is addressing the UNGA for the fourth time. Democracy can deliver, it has delivered,” he said and invoked Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s philosophy of integral humanism. Modi also highlighted the efforts of millions of non-resident Indians saying their contributions had helped develop the world. “When Indians make progress, it gives the world impetus to grow.” The prime minister also reiterated India’s commitment to resuming vaccine exports from next month. Saying that the pandemic had taught many lessons, he called for the diversification of supply chains. Modi also reiterated India’s commitment to becoming the world’s largest green hydrogen hub. P7 Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 24 64,58,806 doses September 25 71,04,051 doses Total doses: 84,89,29,160 NATIONWIDE sep 24 sep 25 Fresh cases 31,382 29,616 Recoveries Deaths 32,542 28,046 318 290 tamil nadu sep 24 sep 25 Fresh cases 1,733 1,724 Recoveries Deaths 1,631 27 1,635 22 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE With regard to the origin of Covid or the ease of doing business rankings, the international institutions have damaged their credibility PM Narendra Modi How UN can stay relevant If the UN wants to remain relevant, it will need to improve its effectiveness and enhance its reliability, PM Narendra Modi said on Saturday ‘Come, make vax in India’ PM invited global drug makers to make vaccines in India, while reiterating that New Delhi will provide the jabs to the needy in other countries @ New Delhi India on Saturday gave a blistering retort to terror supporter Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), terming Islamabad an ‘arsonist disguising itself as the firefighter’. In his address at the 76th UNGA, Pakistan PM Imran Khan raked up the abrogation of Article 370 and the death of separatist SA Geelani. “We exercise our right of reply to one more attempt by the leader of Pakistan to tarnish the image of this august forum by bringing in matters internal to my country ,” said first secretary Sneha , Dubey. She said such statements ridden with falsehoods deserve the collective contempt of the UNGA. India reiterated that the UTs of J&K, and Ladakh were, are, and will always be, an integral part of India, including areas under the “illegal occupation of Pakistan.” express read Germany goes to polls without Merkel Berlin: Germany’s closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union’s most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its centre-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens also are eyeing a share of power. About 60 million people in the nation of 83 million are eligible to elect the new parliament, which decides who will be the next head of government. Recent polls point to a neck-and-neck race between Merkel’s centre-right Union bloc and the Social Democrats, with the latter marginally ahead of others | P9 perished river awaits rebirth Marking World Rivers Day today, TNIE continues its series on the State’s rivers and what ails them. We take you along the banks of Vaippar in south TN | P4 will wins Tough life lessons helped them crack UPSC Motivated by family R a j es h K u m a r T h a k u r & A n u r a a g S i n g h @ Patna/Bhopal Clearing the UPSC is no mean task, for every year lakhs are called but only a few are chosen. Among the 761 who made it to the final list on Friday was Bihar’s Kishanganj native Anil Basak, who secured 45th rank in his third attempt, capping a long list of achievements that began with his becoming the first graduate from his family , and that, too, from IIT-Delhi. The son of a cloth hawker, Anil’s inspiration in moments of despair was the smiling face of his father returning home after a gruelling day at Nimishi Tripathi Anil Basak work. “I spent my childhood facing hardships. Whenever I was down, I would recall the faces of my family members,” Anil said. Similar was the case with Nimishi Tripathi who had seen her father toil for paltry pay as a forest guard in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district. Nimishi is a product of Delhi University from where Anil Basak’s family lives in a rented house at Kishanganj. Anil said it was his parent’s struggles that kept him motivated. After school, he went to Kota for coaching and successfully cracked the IITJEE. He studied civil engineering at IIT Delhi but he continued preparing for the civil services examination she did her BSc (Maths). “Despite being frequently transferred, my father ensured my mother, younger sister and I remained in Sanawad (Khargone) such that our studies were not affected. Right from childhood my father talked about how a collector could change a district. That why I wanted to become a civil servant,” she said. Anil or Nimishi are not isolated cases but representatives of how indomitable will surmounts all hurdles. If Nimishi thanks her father’s backing for her 622nd rank, Bihar’s Nawada native Niranjan Kumar, too, has his tobacco seller father for the 535th rank he secured in the elite services list. government also passed a resolution urging the Union government to repeal its three farm legislation. Meanwhile, among the larger promises that are yet to be met is provision of `1,000 per month to women heads of families. This involves a huge expenditure of over `12,000 crore per annum. The Finance Minister had clarified that only women heads from poor families will receive this honorarium. P4 i-t raids 2 pvt finance firms, exposes `300 cr E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai The Income Tax Department on Friday unearthed undisclosed income of more than `300 crore after it carried out search and seizure at two private syndicate financing groups based in Chennai. The department also seized unaccounted cash worth `9 crore during the search operation, carried out across 35 premises located in the city . Evidence revealed these groups had lent to various big corporate houses and businesses in Tamil Nadu, a substantial portion of which is in cash. It was also detected that they were charging high rates of interest, a part of which is not offered to tax. Most of the interest payments by borrowers are received in dummy bank accounts. Further, the unaccounted cash was brought into the books as unsecured loans, sundry creditors, etc, a release stated. safe for consumption? In your water 1,800 ppm Highest maximum TDS level (In Perungudi zone of Chennai corporation) Sholinganallur 1,700 Anna Nagar 1,600 TDS: Total Dissolved Solids Sewage is being let into waterbodies, thereby contaminating groundwater R Subbramani, an activist WITH THIS ISSUE K V N a v ya @ Chennai Ahead of the monsoon, earlier this month, the Chennai Metro Water Board conducted a survey to test groundwater quality It revealed the levels . of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), a measure of dissolved combined content of all inorganic and organic substances in the groundwater, were found between 500 and 1,800 parts per million (ppm) among the 15 city corporation zones. Although the levels fall within the permissible limits of 2,000 ppm, experts and waterbody protection activists are of the opinion the quality of water is worse. “Every year, we conduct the survey at random places across all the 15 zones. This year, water quality is found to be good and the ppm will further decrease once the rains begin,” said an official from the Metro Water Board. Groundwater has played a vital role in meeting the additional demand by households and industries. But, its indiscriminate utilisation has led to a rapid fall in the city’s water tables. “If the water quality is as good as what is being claimed, it should be possible to convert it to potable water using household purifiers. But, that is definitely not the case,” said S Janakarajan, president of South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resource Studies. He claimed North Chennai is affected by sea-water intrusion and TDS levels go beyond 3,000 ppm there. Motherlodes of Power PLUS 12 PAGES
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