villupuram l tuesday l september 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION factories hit as china pushes for emission goal Power guzzling units forced shut as China seeks to tackle coal supply shortage and climate goals ahead of the Winter Games Chinese GDP to take 1 percentage point hit Global manufacturers to suffer Analysts revisited growth projections because of the curbs amid postpandemic economic rebound, with some expecting China’s GDP to take a 1 percentage point hit. Globally, expect a shortage of mobile phones and gadgets ahead of the Christmas season, as most units will remain shut for exceeding consumption quota under a strict carbon credit system ■ ■ This clampdown adds to the burden of global manufacturers reeling under the weight of chip shortage, logistics concerns and the lingering effect of the pandemic-driven global slowdown But Nomura economists saw a silverlining, saying the long-term benefits of the curbs outweigh the short-term economic costs P12 160 Energy intensive units shut; power cuts in 14 cities 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 Govt gets it for changing PG NEET exam pattern E x p r ess N e w s S e r vi c e @ New Delhi Massive traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurugram border near Sirhaul Toll Plaza due to barricading by Delhi Police on Monday | PTI Farmers’ bandh disrupts normal life at many places Shops shut, public transport off roads in Punjab, Haryana, Kerala E x p r ess N e ws S e r vi c e NORMAL life was thrown out of gear on Monday in several parts of the country as farmer unions blocked highways and roads, and squatted on railway tracks as part of a 10-hour shutdown to protest against the Centre’s agri laws. Thousands of people were stranded on the roads for hours, especially in the Delhi national capital region. Several trains were cancelled in Delhi, Ambala and Firozpur divisions. The impact of the bandh was felt in Delhi NCR, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, claimed the strike was a success and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. Emergency services were not affected as the morcha had issued specific instructions in this regard. In Punjab, farmers held dharnas at about 500 venues. A complete shutdown was observed in the state with transport services being suspended and commercial establishments shut. In Kerala, where the strike was supported by both the ruling CPM and the opposition Congress, shops were shut and public transport was hit. Protests were also seen in West Bengal, where the Left Front backed the call for a shut- down. Images from Kolkata showed protesters swarming a section of the railway track. Reacting to reports of massive traffic jam in Delhi-NCR, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said those who faced inconvenience due to the shutdown should forget it for the farmers’ sake. “Some people may have faced inconvenience due to the Bharat Bandh, which is natural, but they should forget it for just one day in the name of farmers,” Tikait said. The union leader added that in a democracy there is no oth, er option but to protest and warned the government that the farmers would go back to their homes only after the laws are abolished. P4, 8 The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Centre for making last-minute changes to the exam pattern of Postgraduate National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Super Specialty (NEET-SS), 2021. “The young doctors cannot be at the mercy of insensitive bureaucrats and cannot be treated like a football,” a bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarthana said. express read HC junks PMK plea on Marakkanam riots Chennai: The Madras High Court has rejected a plea by PMK president GK Mani, seeking to quash a notice issued in connection with compensating the losses caused to the Metro Transport Corporation (MTC) during the 2013 Marakkanam riots | P5 PM launches Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. Under the mission, beneficiaries would be issued digital health IDs, containing all their health records, to offer better and affordable care. This ID can be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application | P7 The court had last week issued notices to the Central government and the National Medical Council (NMC) on a plea by postgraduate doctors over lastminute changes to the exam pattern. NEET-SS is scheduled to be held on November 13 and 14, the dates for which were notified on July 23. However, the testing agency announced a syllabus change on August 31 through a bulletin. “Why after the exam notification? Why cannot it be made from next year. Students pre- pare for months for such exams. We will hear you, but we are dissatisfied with the authorities. Just because you have power you are wielding it like this. Please speak to the Minis- Be open to strictures, SC warns Centre Justice Chandrachud observed the Centre should be open to strictures of SC if the latter does not agree with the authorities. The bench slated the hearing for next Monday Urban local body polls should be over by Jan ’22, SC tells poll panel E x p r ess N e ws S e r vi c e @ New Delhi/Chennai THE Supreme Court on Monday directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to complete the polls to urban local bodies within four months i.e. by January 2022. This means, even before the dust settles on the rural local body elections in nine districts, the State will witness another political bout. When senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the SEC, sought seven months to complete the elections, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said, “Mr Rohatgi, even though the reasons are very silly we want , to give some time.” A bench comprising the CJI Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli issued the direction on a plea filed by the SEC seeking more time to conduct the urban local body Includes battle for coveted mayor posts Urban local bodies contain the mayor posts for city corporations, including Chennai, which the ruling DMK can’t afford to lose. The last time these elections were held in the State was in 2011. The representatives’ term ended in 2016 RSS weekly raps Amazon, likens it to a coloniser E x p r ess N e w s S e r vi c e @ New Delhi After its blistering attack on infotech major Infosys recently , Hindi magazine Panchajanya, which is linked to the RSS, lit into e-commerce retail behemoth Amazon, likening it to British colonisers and calling it ‘East India Company 2.0’, in its upcoming edition. Amazon quickly rebutted the allegations, explaining how it has offered its platform to a large number of small grocery stores and exporters to sell their goods and services. The latest Panchajanya cover story has its genesis in a recent whistleblower complaint against Amazon allegedly bribing Indian government officials, funneling the dirty money under the head of legal fees. The report examines “how Amazon resorts to bribery, and why it poses a risk to the entrepre- neurship of the country, besides prestige, culture and economic freedom of India,” its editor Hitesh Shankar said. It claimed at least 40,000 small shops in India have shut down because of Amazon’s expanding footprint. The article is in line with concerns within RSS affiliates of the growing influences of e-commerce platforms in consumer behaviour at the cost of neighbourhood outlets. Man attempts suicide in front of CM’s house polls. Rohatgi said more time is needed due to the creation of six new corporations and 28 municipalities, and sought till the end of April 2022. At this, the bench said, “Four months. Final.” Earlier, senior ministers Durai Murugan and KN Nehru said the elections to urban local bodies would be held by December. These grassroot-level elections will be a litmus test for both the ruling DMK and the principal opposition AIADMK. Since local bodies are closer to people than the State and Central governments, the party that bags most local bodies is set to be at ease in facing future elections. Continued on: P4 Salem firm bags big Boeing deal For its part, Amazon claimed it was empowering kirana stores and connecting individual artisans and exporters with the global market. It said over three lakh sellers boarded its platform during the pandemic, which included 75,000 neighbourhood shops. Reacting to the controversy, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said, “The kind of allegations on Amazon that have come to light are very serious and cannot be ignored.” l Aerospace Engineers Private Limited, an MSME based in Salem, has bagged a long-term contract from aerospace major Boeing to manufacture and supply critical components l The order was handed to the firm’s CEO and MD R Sundaram in the presence of chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai on Monday | P4 Pvt plots leave Tribals Trapped O M JA SV I N M D @ Chennai TH I N A K A R A N R A JA M A N I @ Tenkasi A 48-year-old from Thoothukudi district who allegedly attempted to kill himself in front of Chief Minister MK Stalin’s house on Monday was rescued by the police. The man, identified as A Vetrimaran, was reportedly upset that his application to contest for the post of panchayat president in Zamin Devarkulam, near Kovilpatti, was rejected. The Teynampet police said he is the president of TN Paraiyar Peravai. He boarded a bus from Tenkasi and reached Alwarpet around 9.30 am on Monday. While police personnel were on the street, Vetrimaran doused himself with a liquid and set himself ablaze. The police put out the fire and rushed him to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, where he was admitted with 40 per cent burns and is in a critical condition. Health Minister Ma Subramanian visited him in hospital. In a petition to the Tenkasi police, Vetrimaran had alleged Kuruvikulam Union returning officer (RO) Karuppasamy rejected his nomination for panchayat president after receiving kickbacks from a stone quarry contractor from the Naicker community . P4 try of Health and Family Welfare to look into this,” said Justice Chandrachud. Justice Nagarathna said the new syllabus looked more like a final exam than an entrance test. “If you change it (pattern) suddenly, what will happen? This does not look like an entrance, but a final exam,” Justice Nagarathna said. At this, senior advocate Maninder Singh and the National Board of Examination’s (NBE) counsel submitted the changes were well-considered and enforced after necessary approvals. New attraction People visit the recently-renovated fountain illuminated with colours at Kamarajar Promenade near the Gandhi Statue in Chennai on Monday | DEBADATTA MALLICK Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 26 38,18,362 doses September 27 88,98,560 doses Total doses: 86,93,79,970 NATIONWIDE sep 26 sep 27 Fresh cases 28,326 26,041 Recoveries Deaths 26,032 29,621 260 276 tamil nadu sep 26 sep 27 Fresh cases 1,694 1,657 Recoveries Deaths 1,658 14 1,662 19 Mayhem caused by modern times Continuing our series on the state of rivers in TN and the problems that plague them, we walk you along the Amaravathi, which has become a dumping ground for effluents | P4 About 40 Irular tribal families are trapped in their hamlet as the open spaces around have become private plots, leaving them no entry or exit routes. The land they live on — near Thiruporur in the suburbs of Chennai — was bought for them by an NGO in 2006 so they could relocate from what was then another part of Kancheepuram (now Chengalpattu) district. When they first relocated, their land, in Kannimanagar of Periya Nemmeli, had a direct exit lane to the East Coast Road (ECR). They have housing rights, drinking water, electricity and toilets, but the , development of the surrounding region has posed a problem to them. “There were entry and exit paths when we first came here. But over time, the open fields turned into private plots and our primary exit route was blocked by a massive wall,” said Murugesan, a tribal from the area. On visiting the village, TNIE noted that the tribals have to travel across private plots for at least 600 m to reach one of the main lanes. “Since 2010, the surrounding locality started turning into private lands, and now, it’s full of pri- vate plots,” Murugesan added, pointing out how the landowners have demarcated their plots with bricks. Besides the inconvenience of taking a detour, the tribals fear they would eventually be permanently marooned, as over the recent months, some landowners started objecting to the tribals walking on their plots. “Since we shepherd cattle, they told us to stop using the route. We also ride our bikes on their plots,” said Veerammal, an elderly woman from Poll candidate hopes to bring change For S Mohana, an Irular woman from the hamlet, winning the rural local body elections is the only hope to bring a road for the community. She is set to contest for the post of village panchayat ward member. “There are 370 voters in this ward, and it is a four-way contest. Our tribal hamlet has close to 70 votes, and some women from the dominant caste community have also promised to vote for me,” Mohana said Tribal children cross a private plot to reach their hamlet. Owners of the nearby plots have been telling the tribals not to cross their land | DEBADATTA MALLICK the community . “We want the government to intervene and lay a proper road to our hamlet,” Veerammal added, explaining that they fear that in a few years, houses or apartments would come up on the surrounding plots. The tribals have previously sent petitions to the district authorities in this regard but to no avail. When contacted, an official with the district Revenue department said, “We will take up the issue with the Collector and find out if we can carve out a lane to the main road for them.” The residents, however, were not very hopeful, and pointed out that the officials had previously discussed the matter with the plot owners but the latter refused to give up their lands to lay a road. Speaking to TNIE, Thiruporur constituency MLA SS Balaji, of Viduthalai Siruthaigal Katchi, said once the rural local body elections are over, a solution will be arrived at. “The tribals had given me a representation about this after I won the election. I have also written to the Collector about it and raised the issue in the Assembly. I will discuss this with the Collector again after the elections,” the MLA said.
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