Chennai sunday l may 29, 2022 l `12.00 l PAGES 26 l late city EDITION l rajasthan face Titanic challenge in IPL final Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals brace themselves for one last battle in Ahmedabad on Sunday to attain glory Contrasting journey to the top Gujarat bowlers vs Royal batting While Rajasthan rode on the consistency of Jos Buttler with the bat and Yuzvendra Chahal with the ball, Titans provided the most consistent team performance throughout the league stage with one player or the other coming to their rescue. On the big day, it will be all about whether the collective team effort can pip the individual stars ■ ■ For Rajasthan, it will be about finding their heroes in the middle-order against a top-quality bowling attack, led by Rashid Khan, as they have struggled once the top-order falls Titans have relied heavily on David Miller and skipper Hardik Pandya, but they would want Shubman Gill to step up P13 `20 cr Prize money for the winners while the runners-up will get `13 crore CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ‘In 8 yrs, haven’t given reason to hang head in shame’ DILIP SI N GH KSHAT RIYA @ Ahmedabad PRIME Minister Narendra Modi, who completed eight years in office on May 26, said on Saturday that his government has left no stone unturned in protecting the dignity of all Indian citizens. Keeping people-centric governance as the motto, the government has not given a single reason to make anyone hang their head in shame in the past eight years, Modi claimed while speaking at an event in Gujarat’s Rajkot. “In the past eight years, we have tried to make our country the kind of India Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel dreamt of. I have not done anything, even by mistake, which would make any citizen feel ashamed. We have given priority for good governance,” Modi said while inaugurating a multispecialty hospital at Atkot in Rajkot district. Modi claimed his government has eased the life of the Fresh plea in SC against Places of Worship Act E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi `5 lakh FINE ON INDIGO The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Saturday imposed the penalty on the airline for denying boarding to a speciallyabled child at Ranchi airport on May 7 | P9 W I T H T H I S I SSU E how young12india thinks PLUS PAGES Attempts to challenge the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 have reemerged amid the controversy over a Shivalinga-like structure being found in the Gyanvapi mosque. The latest to move the Supreme Court is Devkinandan Thakur, a Mathura-based religious guru. His petition challenges certain sections of the 1991 law, claiming these violate the rights of religious groups to seek judicial intervention to reclaim their places of worship. The 1991 law passed by the then Congress government, preserves the character of a religious place as it stood on August 15, 1947. The plea states that the Centre has “transgressed its legislative power” by barring remedy of judicial review which is a basic feature of the Constitution. The petition by Thakur specifically challenges the validity of Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the law. “The injury caused to the Hindus, Other Petitions Several other pleas challenging the 1991 law have already been filed in the top court. In March 2021, BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay filed a plea against the Act. Earlier, in June 2020, a Hindu group moved a similar petition Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs is extremely large because sections 2, 3, 4 of the Act has taken away the right to approach the court and thus right to judicial remedy has been closed,” said the plea. While Section 3 of the Act deals with the bar of conversion of places of worship, Section 4 pertains to the declaration as to the religious character of certain places of worship and the bar of jurisdiction of courts. “The Hindus are fighting for the restoration of the birthplace of Lord Krishna but while enacting the Act, the Centre has excluded the birthplace of Lord Ram at Ayodhya but not the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura, though both are incarnations of Lord Vishnu,” it said. V-P unveils Karuna statue, says no enemies in politics T M u r u g a n a n d h a m @ Chennai Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday advised politicians to agree to disagree and respect each other in public life as there are no enemies, only rivals in politics. Unveiling a 16-foot-high bronze statue of former chief minister M Karunanidhi at Omandurar Government Estate in Chennai, Naidu hailed the Dravidian stalwart as one of India’s most dynamic CMs who has left a legacy of development and social welfare. Stating that he could see Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at an event in Gujarat on Saturday | pti C h a n d a n N a n d y @ New Delhi are misplaced priorities of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) hurting Indian armed forces’ communication and navigation systems? Four dedicated navigation satellites of the Indian armed forces, which would have improved the defence establishment’s communication systems by several notches, are yet to go up in space. Reason: ISRO’s “misperceived priorities” in general and the decision by its former chairman K Sivan to put their launch in the backburner, sources said. Curiously, another critical component of the Navigation Jab-o-meter Take your shot May 27 12,64,122 doses May 28 12,17,432 doses Total doses 1,93,26,76,918 NATIONWIDE May 27 May 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 2,710 2,296 14 2,685 2,158 33 tamil nadu May 27 May 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 55 41 0 56 45 0 Referring to language controversies, the V-P said, “No imposition of any language; no opposition to any language. Learn as many languages as possible.” Statue being unveiled at Omandurar Govt Estate premises | P Jawahar g st p r o b e o n b ui l d e r s TN homes on premium FSI may cost more C S h i v a k u m a r @ Chennai Cost of houses built using premium floor space index (FSI) may go up in Chennai by nearly 10% soon as the Directorate General of GST Intelligence has initiated a probe into possible tax evasion by builders and promoters who have availed of premium FSI between July 2017 and March 2022. FSI is the ratio of building floor covered area to land area. It is the maximum permissible floor area that can be built on a particular plot. The provision for permitting premium FSI based on a fee was introduced in the development regulations of the Second Master Plan for Chennai. According to sources, GST is not charged by both CMDA and Directorate of Town and Country Planning, which are mandated to collect the tax, for premium FSI. The premium FSI is allowed in the Chennai Metropolitan Area excluding Red Hills catchment area, restricted for development, and areas identified as waterbodies by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board. “We only pay the premium FSI rate charged by CMDA or DTCP. We don’t pay GST for it,” said Builders Association of India State secretary S Rama Prabhu. The premium FSI charge is collected at 50% rate of guideline value of the registration department for the excess FSI area for Non High-Rise Buildings and at 40% rate of guideline value for High-Rise Buildings. P4 poor began facing a food crisis. We opened the food grain stores for the people. For a life of dignity to women, direct transfer was made to Jan-Dhan bank accounts. Money was transferred to the bank accounts of farmers... free gas cylinders were given to the poorest of the poor. We also ensured free Covid vaccines for every Indian.” Targeting the Opposition, he said some parties blindly oppose anything and everything his government does for political reasons. Curious delay in military sat launch ‘Learn as many languages’ many of his friends from Parliament and different political parties at the function, Naidu said, “I would have been happier if people from all parties were here. Parties may have different ideologies but they all work for people’s welfare. We must differ. At the same time, we must respect leaders and then move on according to our ideologies. Unity in Diversity is the speciality of this country. We need not compromise on our convictions but we can also work together. This is my advice to all youngsters.” P5 poor and the middle class. “When everyone gets their due, there is no scope for discrimination or corruption,” he said. Modi pointed out that Mahatma Gandhi wanted an India in which the poor, Dalits and women are empowered, where cleanliness and good health are part of life, and where economy is based on swadeshi solutions, adding that his government has scored on all these. Extolling the achievements of his government, he said, “When pandemic began, the tax not levied? Though the CMDA and Directorate of Town and Country Planning are mandated to collect the tax for premium FSI, sources say both the bodies have not been collecting GST from the builders Hold-up not due to priority issues: Sivan The delay was not because of priority issues but due to difficulty in procuring a particular type of sensor, said former ISRO chairman K Sivan, adding that the pandemic also played a role with Indian Constellation (NavIC) programme built and designed to provide accurate real-time positioning and timing services to the Indian defence forces has also been delayed by three years at the defence ministry level. Sources said NavIC’s accuracy has been hampered because the satellites are not in place. The navigation component, called ‘reference stations’, which are used in heavy artillery for locating very precisely enemy targets on mountainous terrain as well as plains, was first delayed by three years as the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) under the defence ministry posed several questions to Indian suppliers. According to some Indian firms, said there is now a threemonth delay in the process because the DGQA has been insisting on several tests of the equipment before they are finally commissioned. P10 e x p r ess r ea d PMK unanimously elects Anbumani as president Chennai: The PMK on Saturday elected party founder Dr S Ramadoss’s son and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Anbumani Ramadoss as its president, in a meeting held at Thiruverkadu near Chennai. GK Mani, who was the president of the party for the past 25 years, was appointed honorary president through a resolution moved by S Ramadoss | P4 Congress tilts to Hindi to woo voters New Delhi: After pedaling ‘soft Hindutva’ for years, the Congress is now pushing Hindi to woo the masses in the Hindi-speaking belt. Senior leaders say the party’s top leadership has realised that language is also an issue that the party has not been able to effectively communicate with voters in the Hindi belt, where the BJP has a strong footprint | P9 Antique idols from US, Aus to be returned to TN New Delhi: Ten antique idols of Lord Natraja and Shiva-Parvati dating back to 10th and 12th century, retrieved from the US and Australia through joint efforts by ministries of culture and external affairs, will be handed over to the Tamil Nadu government during a ceremony in the national capital on June 1 | P9
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