TIRUNELVELI MONDAY AUGUST 8, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION DVORKOVICH-ANAND DUO TAKES CHARGE OF FIDE Russia’s Arkady Dvorkovich re-elected as president, while India’s chess legend Viswanathan Anand elected his deputy RUSSIAN’S GRIP ON THE ORGANISATION TOTAL INDIA CONTINUE TO DOMINATE ON BOARD Five-time world champion Anand was part of Dvorkovich’s team. Dvorkovich received 157 votes as against 16 polled by his rival Andrii Baryshpolets while the number of invalid votes was 1 and abstentions stood at 5. The elections were held during the FIDE Congress which is being conducted alongside the 44th Chess Olympiad at Mahabalipuram ■ ■ ■ India B played out a 2-2 draw against Azerbaijan in the 9th round in the open section, India A and C teams registered 3-1 wins India B’s D Gukesh’s 8-match winning run comes to an end In the women’s, top-seeded India A lost 2.5-1.5 to Poland, while India B beat Switzerland 4-0 and India C bettered Estonia 3-1 8 D GUKESH’S (PIC) WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END WITH A DRAW 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 Sulking JD(U) says it won’t join the Centre R A M A S H A N K A R @ Patna Prime Minister Narendra Modi with chief ministers of 23 states and heads of UTs at a NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi on Sunday SSLV mission fails as sats put in wrong orbit E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE maiden launch of ISRO’s new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) on Sunday was a failure as two satellites it injected into orbit were unusable, the space agency said. “SSLV-D1 placed the satellites into 356 km x 76 km elliptical orbit instead of 356 km circular orbit. Satellites are no longer usable,” it tweeted. “As the 76 kms elliptical orbit was the lower most point and closer to the surface of the earth, the satellites placed in such an orbit will not stay for long time due to the atmosphere and will come down. The (two satellites) have already come down from that orbit and are no longer usable,” chairman of ISRO Dr S Somannath said. He said the satellites deviated from their paths due to an anomaly adding an expert com, mittee was analysing the data to determine what precisely caused the issue. While all three stages of the rocket performed well, there was some loss of data in its terminal phase. The launch vehicle was carrying an earth observation satellite EOS-02 weighing 145 kg and an educational satellite AzaadiSat, made by school girls from rural parts of the country to celebrate India’s 75 years of Independence. The payloads of AzaadiSat were integrated by the student team of ‘Space Kidz India’. GST compensation, MSP, dues figure in NITI meet EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ISSUES related to the extension of GST compensation, increasing states’ share in central taxes, demand for legal guarantee to the minimum support price (MSP) for crops, release of pending funds for central schemes, and cooperative federalism were raised by chief ministers during the seventh Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday . It was their first in-person meeting since the pandemic struck. It was attended 23 chief ministers, three lieutenant governors, two administrators and Union ministers. Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar skipped it while Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin did not attend because it was his father M Karunanidhi’s death anniversary Karnataka CM Basavaraj . Bommai is down with Covid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought support to raise the GST collection. “Increasing GST collection requires collective action by the Centre and the states. It is crucial for strengthening our economic position,” he said. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel sought a fiveyear extension of compensation to states in lieu of a fall in revenue due to the GST’s implementation. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reportedly left after the first half of the meeting, citing the cyclone situation in SUPER SUNDAY Amit back in focus Many were closely following Amit Panghal (51kg), especially after his disastrous Tokyo Olympics campaign. Amit had a point to prove and he did it with excellence. In the final, it was a lopsided bout with the Indian outplaying his rival. PAGE 11,12 the state. She sought the urgent release of funds to the state on account of the implementation of MGNREGA and other central schemes. Calling for greater Centre-state cooperation, she asked the Centre to look into the demands of the states more seriously adding no poli, cies like implementing the National Education Policy (NEP) should be forced on them. Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann raised the matter of providing legal guarantee to MSP Odisha . CM Naveen Patnaik said the state has been historically neglected in subjects on the central list, such as telecom, railways and banking. “We have the lowest density in all these crucial infrastructures and I would urge the Central government to give special focus to Odisha,” he said. Woman of the moment Reigning world champ Nikhat Zareen (50kg) has been operating at a different level in recent times. Facing Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland in the 50kg final at CWG, Nikhat was always a step ahead and she maintained the gap to take the top prize. HISTORIC GOLDEN LEAP Eldhose Paul led India’s historic 1-2 finish in men’s triple jump as he won a rare gold (17.03m) in track and field events and fellow Kerala athlete Abdulla Aboobacker won silver. EXPRESS READ CUET-UG phase II exam postponed to Aug 24-28 Ahead of I-Day, ISIS terrorist nabbed in Delhi New Delhi: The National Testing Agency on Sunday again rescheduled phase two of CUETUG exam which was to be held on August 12-14 for those students who were unable write the exams on August 4 due to technical glitches. The exams are now to be held from August 24-28 New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency arrested an active ISIS member from New Delhi, an official said on Sunday. Mohsin Ahmad is an active member of ISIS and was collecting funds for the terror group from sympathisers in India and abroad, officials said JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Aug 6 24,78,648 doses Aug 7 33,42,858 doses TOTAL DOSES 2,06,56,20,405 NATIONWIDE AUG 6 AUG 7 Fresh cases 19,406 18,738 Recoveries 19,928 18,558 Deaths 49 40 TAMIL NADU AUG 6 AUG 7 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,094 1,431 0 On a day Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar skipped the NITI Aayog meeting in Delhi for the second time in a row, his party continued to be in a sulk saying it will not join the Union ministry despite a vacancy created by its former member R C P Singh’s resignation from the Cabinet. JD(U)’s national chief Rajiv Ranjan Singh a.k.a Lalan Singh said his party will stick to its 2019 stand on the issue. He, however, added that the JD(U) will continue to be part of the NDA. In 2019, Nitish had announced that the party would stay away from the Union cabinet. “We still stick to our earlier stand,” he said. He blamed R C P Singh for unilaterally reversing it in 2021 when the latter was the national head of the party “Nitish Kumar could . not react to his (RCP’s) decision for obvious reasons,” Lalan claimed. Lalan also obliquely attacked the state BJP, saying a plot was being hatched to weaken Nitish. A second Chirag Paswan model was being conjured up to do so, he alleged. Paswan had fielding his party’s candidates against the JD(U) in the Assembly elections, which resulted in the defeat of the JD(U) in about 20 Assembly seats. State engg colleges to get new syllabus after 20 yrs B I N I TA JA I SWA L @ Chennai AFTER nearly 20 years, Anna University is likely to come out with a new syllabus for engineering colleges on August 18. The State’s primary technical university had launched a massive exercise earlier this year to revamp the curriculum to make engineering students more employable. According to university officials, the new syllabus will be approved at the Academic Council meeting scheduled to be held on August 12. “On Monday we have , a meeting to decide the agenda of the council meeting. We will announce the new syllabus by August 18,” ViceChancellor R Velraj said. Big changes are expected as the university aims to bridge the gap between industry needs and students’ skill by removing obsolete content and inP2 corporating industry-relevant topics. TN man critical after signboard falls on him GAU T H A M S E LVA R A JA N @ Chennai A man riding a two-wheeler was critically injured in Chennai on Sunday when a signboard installed on GST road crashed on him after an MTC bus rammed and dislodged one of the steel poles on which the board was mounted. The accident took place near Alandur Metro Station and Kathipara Flyover. The victim, identified as Shanmugasundaram (30) of Pudukottai, has been admitted to Government Royapettah Hospital for treatment, sources said. According to police, around 3pm on Sunday the bus , (route No. 70V) bound for Koyambedu from Tambaram rammed the steel pole at Asarkana bus stop opposite Alandur Metro Station. Bus driver Raghunathan and conductor Chellayyan fled the spot after the accident, sources said. According to preliminary investigation, the driver lost control of the vehicle while navigating a curve and crashed into the pole, police said. The driver surrendered before police later in the evening. The huge signboard covering both lanes of the road was mounted on three poles — one each on two ends of the road and one on the road median. When it came crashing down in the impact of the accident, a twowheeler and a mini truck were caught under it. P5 MTC driver lost control: Police The MTC bus driver lost control of the vehicle while navigating a curve and crashed into the pole on which the signboard was mounted on GST Road in Chennai, police said. FAITHFUL MAKE A BEELINE AS 161-YEAR-OLD CHURCH RAZED 1,057 1,429 0 125 PAPERS,6 PATENTS TN’s Kalaiselvi first woman to head CSIR E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Chennai BREAKING the glass ceiling, senior scientist Nallathamby Kalaiselvi has become the first woman to be appointed as Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a consortium of 38 research institutes across the country . The scientist, who hails from Ambasamudhram in Tirunelveli district, started her career as an entry-level scientist. She is known for her work in the field of lithium-ion batteries, and is currently the Director of the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute in Karaikudi. She will succeed Shekhar Mande, who retired in April, and Rajesh Gokhale, Secretary , Department of Biotechnology, was given the additional charge of CSIR. She will also hold charge as Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. Congratulating Kalaiselvi, Chief Minister M K Stalin said her achievements proved Tamil education is not an obstacle for achieving excellence in science. Kalaiselvi had completed her entire schooling in Tamil medium. In 2019, Kalaiselvi became the first woman to lead the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI). She has more than 125 research papers and six patents to her credit. Her work in the field of lithium-ion batteries is important keeping in mind the country’s focus on clean mobility solutions and push for affordable electric vehicles. Her research work is primarily focused on electrochemical power systems and in particular the development of electrode materials and electrochemical evaluation of inhouse prepared electrode materials for their suitability in energy storage device assembly Under her guidance, . eight scholars have received PhD and six others are currently pursuing doctorate. She is a recipient of several awards including MRSI medal and CSIR Raman Research Fellowship. Completed schooling in Tamil medium Kalaiselvi had completed her entire schooling in Tamil medium. In 2019, she became the first woman to lead CSIR-CECRI. Her work in the field of lithium-ion batteries is critical considering India’s focus on clean mobility solutions and the Central government’s e-vehicle push. The steel pole dislodged in the impact and the two-wheeler damaged in the accident | EXPRESS St. Susaiyappar Church being demolished at Palayam village in Perambalur district | EXPRESS P T H I R U S E LVA M @ Perambalur HUNDREDS of devotees have started visiting Palayam village in Perambalur district to witness the demolition of a 161-year-old church built by the French. “Lakhs of children were baptized here and the church has been the venue for thousands of weddings over the years,” Father A Jayaraj of the church said. The church authorities started the demolition work of the dilapidated church on Thursday consid- ering the safety of the students of a middle school located on its campus. The school has 140 students. The demolition work is expected to be completed on Monday . According to sources, the St. Susaiyappar Church was built by the French in 1861 during British rule. The church is 61-ft tall and is spread across nearly 8,800sqft on a twoacre plot. The Kumbakonam Diocese church controls several shrines in Tiruchy district. The church was closed for public use after a part of its roof started crumbling in 2009 and a new church was built on the campus on 2016. Considering the safety of the students, we decided to demolish it, the parish priest said. “The church was built by the French under MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) method. Even after 160 years, the structure is so strong that we are finding it difficult to demolish it. An iron statue of ‘our lady of light’ was brought to the church from abroad 150 years ago. Now it has been renovated and housed in the new church,” Jayaraj said. P Daniel Prakash, a resident of Palayam, said, “I cannot forget this shrine. Naming ceremonies of four generations of my family from my grandfather to my son happened here. During our childhood, we used to spend more time in the church than our homes. The church was designed so beautifully . It’s quite sad to see it being demolished. The church will always remain in our memories.” R Joseph Raj, another resident, said, “I realized how old the shrine is only when it celebrated its centenary I . used to visit it every day as it is located just opposite my home. We tried to renovate it but we could not do it. It is a great personal loss.”
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