Shriram BN TIRUNELVELI l monday l july 05, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l CITY EDITION monsoon to rivive from thursday, says Met dept After a good spell of rain in the first two-and-half weeks of June, the southwest monsoon has not advanced further blame the absence of weather system Normal rainfall across India in july Forecast models show signs of increasing rain activity in south, west coast and east-central India from July 8, M Rajeevan, secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences tweeted. Conditions are not favourable for the monsoon’s progress till July 7, due to the absence of a weather system. Lack of rains and heat waves have sparked concerns in many parts of the country ■ ■ Forecast models predict a weather system will form over the Bay of Bengal by July 12 and kickoff a stronger phase of monsoon Delhi, Haryana, parts of UP, Punjab and Rajasthan are yet to see the advent of monsoon. The IMD, in its July forecast, said the country as a whole will witness normal rainfall this month 18 of the first 21 days of June saw above normal rainfall 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 RSS chief against domination by Hindus/Muslims Bhagwat for social integration, says those telling Muslims to leave India aren’t Hindus and Muslims are not two groups; there is nothing to unite as they are already toMaking a strong pitch for gether,” Bhagwat asserted. communal harmony and naComing down heavily on intionalism, Rashtriya Swayam- cidents of lynching, particusevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mo- larly over alleged cow slaughhan Bhagwat on Sunday said in ter and smuggling, the RSS a democracy like Inchief said, “Cow is a dia, there cannot be holy animal, but dominance of either lynching is against Hindus or Muslims, Hindutva. Law of the but only of Indians. land should take its “If a Hindu says that own course against no Muslim should them without any live here, then that partiality.” He, howperson is not a Hinever, said there were du,” he added. Book on RSS instances of false Addressing an lynching cases foisted history event organised by on people. Mohan Bhagwat the Muslim RashtriReiterating RSS’ also released a ya Manch (an RSScommitment to nabook, Vaicharik inspired platform for tionalism, Bhagwat Samanvay: Ek Muslims) in Uttar said the only solution Pradesh’s Ghaziabad Vyavharik Pahal, by to Hindu-Muslim condistrict, the RSS Sar- Dr K I Ahmad, who flict is dialogue, not sanghchalak said, describes the RSS discord and urged the an ideological “Development is not Muslims to not get organisation possible without unitrapped in the cycle ty in the country The . of fear that Islam is basis of unity should be nation- in danger in India. alism and the glory of Bhagwat began his speech by ancestors.” stating that the event was nei“It has been proven that we ther an image makeover exerhave descended from the same cise nor a platform for vote ancestors for the last 40,000 bank politics. “The Sangh is years. People cannot be differ- neither into politics nor does it entiated based on how they bother about image. It works worship, as all people in India tirelessly for strengthening the have the same DNA. Hindus nation,” he said. E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Lucknow Close call ‘Stillborn’ girl comes to life at burial ground J e ya l a ks h m i R a m a nuj a m @ Theni A baby who was declared stillborn by doctors of the Government Medical College Hospital in Theni district on Sunday was found to be alive when she was taken to be buried. Sources said the girl, born to Pilavendraraja and Fathima Mary at 8.40 am on Sunday was premature at 24 weeks. “The doctors declared the girl stillborn as there was no movement. The baby was later handed over to the relatives,” they said, adding that when the girl was brought to a burial ground in Periyakulam, she started showing signs of life. The baby was rushed back to the hospital, where she is on ventilator support now. Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Family Welfare M Subramanian ordered the dean of the medical college hospital, Dr Balajinathan, to conduct a departmental inquiry and submit a report to him. Speaking to TNIE, Dr Balajinathan said the child weighed only 700 g at birth and her breathing was not normal. “We can’t say that she is out of danger now. She is on ventilator support. As per the Health minister’s order, a departmental enquiry is on. Once it is completed, a report will be submitted to the minister,” he said. The baby’s family accused the doctors of carelessness, and said they had committed negligent goof ups in the past too. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) DPR dips to 2.34% The Ministry of Health on Sunday said the recovery rate of the country has climbed to 97.09%. The weekly positivity rate is at 2.44% while the daily positivity rate stands at 2.34%, it said NATIONWIDE july 3 july 4 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 44,111 43,071 57,477 52,299 738 955 tamil nadu july 3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 4,013 4,724 115 july 4 3,867 4,382 72 THE FOURMIDABLES Following England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine in Rome Saturday, the semifinalists have been spotted. Here is a look at them... Denmark All eyes on Midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard has been the heart of Denmark, setting up goals and even Damsgaard scoring them. Denmark failed to qualify for Euro 1992 but were drafted in ten days before it started after Yugoslavia were excluded and went on to lift the trophy. And here they are, against all odds, in what is only their third semifinal appearance ever. After losing their star player Christian Eriksen — who has miraculously recovered from a cardiac arrest — they have been on a roll. Italy All eyes on Ciro Immobile, who has been threatening the opponents’ backline Immobile consistently. The team of the tournament so far, impressing everyone with their attacking displays. The Azzurri are on an unbeaten streak of 31 matches, winning 13 on the trot. Roberto Mancinis’ side has not only been defensively strong like past Italian teams, but play an attacking brand of football. Key to it has been Leonardo Spinazzola, who will miss the semifinal because of injury. However, they can still go the distance. England All eyes on Their captain Harry Kane. If he continues to score, England can go all Harry Kane the way. The stars are aligning for the Three Lions to lift only their second major title after winning the World Cup on home soil in 1966. Gareth Southgate’s team are yet to concede a goal and will play the semifinals at Wembley. They seem to be peaking at the right time, and with the home crowd to back them, they are now favourites. But here is a catch: England’s last defeat came at Wembley last October against Denmark. Spain All eyes on Young midfielder Pedri is making a mark for himself with his slick Pedri passing style. Didn’t look convincing at the start, yet they have managed to reach the semifinals. Luis Enrique’s side can be frustrating to watch because of their mantra to pass, pass and keep passing. But if their forwards can find those little spaces and convert those passes into goals, they can be entertaining. It is hard to guess which Spain side will turn up and there lies their problem. If their strike force doesn’t turn up, they can forget about that title. CM Stalin writes back to Yediyurappa, urges him to scrap Mekedatu project EXPRE S S N EW S S ER V ICE @ Chennai Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday wrote to his Kar nataka counterpart BS Yediyurappa, urging him not to pursue the Mekedatu dam project. A day earlier, Yediyurappa had written to Stalin, seeking a bilateral meeting between the States to address apprehensions over the reservoircum-drinking water project. In his letter, Stalin recalled the Cauvery tribunal’s verdict that the three components of the annual quantum of water to be delivered by Karnataka at the inter-State contact point have been clearly identified. The proposed Mekedatu project would impound and divert the first component of uncontrolled flow due to Tamil Nadu, i.e. the flow of the river Cau- very from the uncontrolled catchment of Kabini sub-basin downstream of Kabini reservoir, the catchment of the main stream of the Cauvery below Krishnarajasahara, uncontrolled flow from Simsha, Arkavathy and Suvernavathy sub-basins, and various other small streams. Uncontrolled water flow is one of the three components contributing to the annual quantum of water to be delivered by Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, and this has been identified in the Cauvery tribunal order as modified by the Supreme Court, he added. Stalin also rejected Karnataka’s stand that the Mekedatu dam project would not affect the interests of farmers in Tamil Nadu. On Yediyurappa referring to two hydropower projects in Tamil Nadu, Stalin said they cannot be compared to the Mekedatu project, which is intended to store 67.16 TMC of water. The t wo hy d r o p o w e r projects don’t consume water, as the available water is recirculated to meet the peak power demand, he said, adding that they don’t affect the availability of water for drinking or irrigation. “Hence, I wish to again emphasise that the comparison of such qualitatively different projects is not appropriate,” he asserted. express read Dairy minister accuses predecessor of graft Tikait slams govt over condition for talks 45 killed as Philippine Air Force jet crashes Salem: Milk & Dairy Development Minister SM Nasar on Sunday alleged major scams occurred in Aavin’s Salem and Theni units during the AIADMK regime. He also accused former minister KT Rajendra Balaji of receiving 1.5 tonnes of sweets for free | P4 Chandigarh: After Union Agriculture Minister said the Centre is ready to talk with farmers, except on repealing the farm laws, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said the government should not put conditions Manila: A Philippine Air Force aircraft overshot a runway and broke into two on Sunday, killing at least 42 Army troopers on board and three civilians on the ground. The C-130 jet, carrying 96 people, was trying to land on Solo island | P9 Dhami sworn in after rebels No bypoll? Mamata has a get their share of power workaround, says party V i n e e t U pa d h yay @ Dehradun After intense firefighting by party leaders to contain rebellion, Pushkar Singh Dhami (45) took oath of office and secrecy as Uttarakhand’s 11th chief minister at Raj Bhawan here on Sunday evening. Apart from Dhami, 11 ministers from the outgoing Tirath Singh Rawat ministry were sworn in, including all those who were frowning at his appointment. The tense drama continued till the last minute, as very few were aware of the grumpy leaders joining the ministry . “It was a surprise as everyone thought only the chief minister-designate will take oath. When the announcer called the names of 11 members of the Tirath Singh Rawat cabinet, it was clear that all wrinkles had been ironed out,” said a party insider. Prominent among those who were furious were Satpal Maharaj, Harak Singh Rawat, Yashpal Arya and Bishan Will fill up vacant govt posts, says CM “I have worked all my life among the youth and understand their issues. Covid did impact their lives. We are committed to make the situation better. We will fill up vacant posts in all government departments,” Pushkar Singh Dhami said Singh Chuphal. Satpal Maharaj was said to be the angriest. According to party sources, he had left the meeting of the BJP legislature party mid-way on Saturday and tried to seek time from the Central leader- ship to share his resentment. He was one of the strongest frontrunners for the CM post and had the backing of the RSS, sources said. Apparently to mollify Satpal Maharaj, Dhami called on him earlier in the day. A senior Central leader is learnt to have spoken to the sulking leader, after which he agreed to join the Dhami cabinet. The party was worried as initially names of at least 35 dissenting MLAs were doing the rounds. Central observer Dushyant Kumar, Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt and minister Dhan Singh Rawat did the firefighting, thrashed out an amicable formula for power sharing and put a lid on dissidence. However, it meant the greenhorn chief minister would have little leg room to manoeuvre. For the record, Chuphal, who himself was a CM candidate, denied rumours on being upset. “I am happy as my young brother has been chosen the CM. I will help him in every way possible,” he said. P r a n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata Amid allegations that the entire Uttarakhand drama was directed at denying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee an opportunity of getting elected in a bypoll citing the ongoing pandemic, the Trinamool on Sunday appeared unfazed. “If the bypoll is not conducted, she will resign two days before the stipulated time of six months ends and take oath as chief minister a g a i n a f t e r t wo days,” said party MP and spokesperson Saugata Roy. Mamata narrowly lost in Nandigram, which is why she has to get elected to the Assembly within six months of assuming office. That deadline ends on November 5. Another option is the revival of the state Legislative Council, which was decided during her first cabinet meet after being sworn in as CM for the third time. She could take that route like Uddhav Thackeray did in Maharashtra without fighting a by-election. But there is a catch. ‘’The proposal to revive the Vidhan Parishad has to be approved by Parliament. Since BJP has majority in Parliament, we will wait for approval. Bengal had a Legislative Council since Independence, so there should not be any issue in its revival,’’ said Roy. The Upper House was abolished in Bengal after the United Front government came to power in 1969. In Uttarakhand, when Tirath Singh Rawat resigned as chief minister saying by-elections could not be held within six months of his taking oath of office due to the Covid pandemic, the Congress alleged that the real aim was to stop Mamata from getting elected as an MLA and compel her to step down. Assam to form sub-groups 5.2 km underwater, India sets seabed-mining record to contain its population S V K RI S H N A CHAITA N YA @ Chennai P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a r @ Guwahati Taking forward his population control policy, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday announced the creation of eight sub-groups to work on a gamut of issues, including stabilising the population explosion. The announcement was made after Sarma held a meeting with the representatives of the indigenous Muslim intelligentsia. Sarma said the participants agreed on population explosion being a major threat to the state’s development, especially economic, and laid thrust on the creation of sub-groups. “If we have to be among the top five states, then we must manage our population explosion,” said Sarma. The chief minister said the sub-groups would work in sectors such as population stabilisation, health, education, cultural identity, women empowerment etc. “The entire range of issues will be discussed in the sub-groups. After three months, we will be here again to prepare the roadmap for five years,” he said. This was the Assam government’s first-ever meeting with the leaders of indigenous Muslims since independence. After the meeting, Sarma said he would hold discussions with the representatives of migrant Muslims,too. The series of meetings would encompass talks with the representatives of political and social bodies on population management. A 27-member scientific crew from the Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences, created history this April by conducting the world’s deepest underwater locomotion trials of an indigenously-developed seabed crawler-based mining machine in the Central Indian Ocean Basin. Even as the deadly second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak engulfed the country and brought life to a standstill, the NIOT crew undertook a gruelling voyage onboard research vessel ORV Sagar Nidhi, traversing 1,700 nautical miles (about 3,000 km) to execute a complex mission of field test- The project is aimed at harvesting polymetallic nodules from a depth of 6 km ing the eight-tonne crawler, sending it 5,270 m deep into the Indian Ocean. The crawler is a key compo- nent of Varaha deep sea mining technology, which is being developed to harvest polymetallic nodules from a depth of 6 km in the area allocated to India by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in the Central Indian Ocean for survey and exploration. It is part of the Indian gover nment’s ambitious Deep Ocean Mission, which was formally launched last month with a budget of `4,077 crore. Ministry of Earth Sciences Secretary M Rajeevan played a key role in pushing the project through. NIOT director GA Ramadass told The New Indian Express the locomotion trials were successful and met all the objectives, paving the way for the next level of development and trials at sea. “The entire underwater operation was transmitted live to NIOT and the Ministry of Earth Sciences headquarters via satellite link.”
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