Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.78.38 Gold (24k) Rs.5170/gm Petrol/l Rs 84.96 Silver Rs.70.90/gm CHENNAI Thursday 10-9-2020 VOL. 26 No.59 PAGES 4 ` 4.00 NATIONAL DAILY FOR THE PEOPLE Regd. No.TN/.CC (S) DN/134/18-20 RNI Regd.No. 62432/1995 TN PMG(CCR)/WPP no 676/18-20 CM requests students not to TN ideal destination for ESDM take extreme steps, New impetus for job creations: CM’s new condoles NEET aspirant’s death electronic policy lauded Chennai, Sept 10: Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami announced solatium of Rs. 7 lakhs to the family of Vignesh who committed suicide due to mental agony reportedly caused by the pressures of preparing for the NEET. A 19-year-old boy from Elanthankuzhi in Ariyalur district jumped into a well just before the Supreme Court dismissed the petition to postpone the NEET exam amid the COVID pandemic. V Vignesh, died by suicide and was due to attempt his exam on Sunday. The upcoming exam would have been the third time that the teenager would have attempted it. In a statement Chief Minister Palaniswami urged students not to resort to the extreme step for failing in exams. Expressing deep anguish over Vignesh’s death Palaniswami conveyed his condolences and sympathy to the bereaved family of 19-year-old boy. He announced a solatium of Rs 7 lakh to his family. CM also offered a government job according to their qualification to the one of the member of the family. Modi launches flagship fisheries scheme, e-Gopala app for farmers New Delhi, Sept 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), a flagship scheme for focused and sustainable development of fisheries sector in the country. PM Modi also inaugurated the e-Gopala App, a comprehensive breed improvement marketplace and information portal for direct use of farmers. The PMMSY scheme will see an estimated investment of Rs 20,050 crore from 2020-21 to 2024-25 as part of Aatmanirbhar Bharat (selfreliant India) package. According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), this is the highest ever investment in the fisheries sector. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said that the project will allow people involved in pisciculture and animal husbandry to help bring variety and new technologies in the sector. He said that the steps taken by the government will boost India’s aim to become self-reliant. The project in Bihar envisages investment of Rs 1,390 crore with the central share of Rs 535 crore and the additional fish production target pegged at three lakh tons. During the current fiscal, the Union government has sanctioned Bihar’s proposal costing Rs 107 crore. At present, no digital platform is available in the country for farmers managing livestock including buying and selling of disease free germplasm in all forms, availability of quality breeding services and guiding farmers for animal nutrition, treatment of animals using appropriate medicine. There is no mechanism to send alerts on due date for vaccination, pregnancy diagnosis and calving among other issues and inform farmers about various government schemes and campaigns in the area. The e-Gopala app will provide solutions to farmers on all these aspects. The PMMSY aims at enhancing fish production by an additional 70 lakh tonne by 2024-25, increasing fisheries export earnings to Rs 1,00,000 crore by 2024-25, doubling of incomes of fishers and fish farmers, reducing post-harvest losses from 20-25 per cent to about 10 per cent and generation of additional 55 lakhs direct and indirect gainful employment opportunities in fisheries sector and allied activities. Chennai, Sept 10: Following the launch of the Tamil Nadu Electronics Hardware Policy on 7th Sept 2020 by Hon’ble Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami, the 11th edition of Source India-Electronics Supply Chain is being organised virtually on 9th and 10th September. The event is organised by Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA) with Tamil Nadu as the Host State and it is coorganised by ELCOT and supported by Guidance. R.B. Udhayakumar, Minister for IT and M. C. Sampath, Minister for Industries, graced the event as its Chief Guests and addressed the industry delegates. They spoke about the strong electronics and automotive industrial base in the State which is the 2nd largest manufacturing State in India and the Vision to become the largest manufacturer of Electronics and achieve overall industry sector growth of 14% per annum. The IT Minister assured the participants that “we are committed to encourage the Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector and become the leader in the country in the next 4-5 years”. Since last 15 years, Tamil Nadu has been supporting this high technology sector and is proud that it hosts some of the top global companies such as Samsung, Foxconn, Salcomp, Dell Computers, SanminaSCI, Flextronics, NSN, and many automotive companies, among others, are operating from TamilNadu. H a n s R a j Ve r m a , Addl. Chief Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu (Ministry of IT &Panchayati Raj) spoke about the importance of Tamil Nadu Hardware Policy and how the State was a preferred Destination for the ESDM Sector. His department would be implementing the Policy through ELCOT and jointly with Guidance. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Govt. of India said There was special focus on mobile manufacturing through PLI Scheme which was expected to create a large manufacturing base in next 4-5 years and make India the leading country globally. M Vijayakumar, MD, ELCOT made a detailed presentation on the Salient Features of Tamil Nadu Electronics Hardware Policy 2020. The Policy has been designed with inputs from industry and ELCINA Members to meet the aspirations of the domestic and global industry as it opens up several new opportunities. It provides financial benefits and also gives impetus to training and employment generation, innovation, technology development, R&D, infrastructure and support services. Start Ups, MSME’s, Large and Mega Units, all have been given due attention and support by the Policy. The target of US$ 100 Bn by 2025 for electronics industry output in Tamil Nadu is salutary though challenging and the policy has necessary focus and provides resources to achieve the same. The domestic markets are growing rapidly and are expected to cross US$ 400 Bn by 2025. Combined with the emerging opportunities in export markets, Tamil Nadu’s ESDM sector is surely moving towards a bright future. Consider not charging interest on interest, SC tells Centre New Delhi, Sept 10: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to consider a plea for not charging interest on interest on deferred EMIs during the moratorium period and also not downgrade the credit/ asset classification of the borrowers. A Bench headed by Jus- tice Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah asked the Centre, Reserve Bank of India and the banks to put their heads together within two weeks to decide on crucial issues -- sector-specific loan restructuring, charging of interest on interest, etc -- and then come up with a concrete decision. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, submitted that an expert committee at the highest level has been set up to take decisions on the issue of moratorium extension, interest on interest during moratorium and other connected issues. The top court said it is inclined to grant two weeks to the Centre to file an appropriate affidavit and it will consider different prayers made by petitioners on the next date. The top court observed that its interim orders shall continue till the next date of hearing, where it had said that accounts not declared NPAs on August 31, shouldn’t be declared NPAs till further orders. The top court will take up the matter on September 28. The top court also directed the Centre, RBI and banks to place their decisions on the matter before it. Rafale fighter jets inducted into Air Force amid stellar show New Delhi, Sept 10: The five Rafale aircrafts which arrived on July 27 at Ambala Air Force Station have been inducted to the Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ today. Defence minister Rajnath Singh said, “The induction of Rafale jets into the IAF has also strengthened the Indo-French relations. We are facing new geostrategic challenges and our two democracies are working together to resolve these challenges.” He also said that induction of Rafale into IAF reflects deep ties between India and France and we are successful in creating futureoriented ties. And we both share Peace activist pledges to donate eyes Inspired by CM’s gesture M Rafi Ahmed common views on fighting terror- Council, he mentioned. ism and expansion of UN Security He also pointed out that our role in Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region is increasing consistently and India’s responsibility is not limited to its territorial boundary;we are committed to peace in IndoPacific,Indian Ocean Region, Rajnath Singh said. He also assured that the induction of the jets will ensure that India is able to maintain peace in the region and ensure stability. French minister of armed forces said, “India will have an edge over its rivals in terms of security with the induction of these jets. The induction will also give a boost to the Make in India initiative.”She said that the induc- tion of the aircraft is symbolic of the friendship between India and France. She also said that France also supports India’s candidacy at the United Nations Security Council.Speaking during the induction ceremony, air chief marshal RKS Bhadauria, said, ‘The Rafale aircrafts along with the skill of the Rafale aircrafts will form a lethal combination and will challenge our adversaries.” The air chief marshal also lauded the Centre for strengthening the Indian Air Force fleet with the Rafale jets. Parly further added, “These jets are combat-proven. These jets have helped France undertake counterterrorism measures.” Really, the Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy’s pledge to donate his eyes during the campaign on ‘National Eye Donation Fortnight 2020’ has inspired the people to follow suit. Sheik Sadaqathullah, a resident of Mannady neighbourhood in Chennai metro, a HAM Radio operator, AB Negative blood donor and a peace activist is one among those to take a cue from his gesture. Interestingly, the Tamil Nadu government’s portal for eye donation launched on the sidelines of the campaign came in handy for those willing to donate their eyes after their death. All with the prime objective of making people understand the importance of eye donation thereby creating a blindness free society. For Sadaqathullah, ‘Irukkum Podhu Eratha Dhanam, Erantha Piragu Kann Dhanam’ (In life, donate blood. After death, donate eyes). Keeping this in view, he pledged to donate his eyes. Citing the words of Prophet Muhammad (PUBH) “Allah is not merciful to who is not kind to Mankind”, Sadaqathullah said that Islam glorifies tiny deeds of favour done to fellow human being, animals and even plants. “It’s my personal view that giving sight to a visionless person after one’s death would be seen favourably by the almighty as an act of the highest charity. Notably, his views come in the wake of myths about organ donation and the difference of opinion among the Ulemas. Moreover, it is a scientific fact that eyes keep alive for nearly 4 to 6 hours after the death of a person. Corroborating his view, Sadaqathullah said that it’s almighty’s will that the eyes must benefit some visionless person while pinpointing to a verse in the Holy Quran- Whoever saves the life of one person, is as if he had saved the life of all Mankind (Chapter 5, verse 32). Even Malaysia department of Islamic Development’s report states ‘Basically, organ transplantation and donation are permissible in Islam. This is because organ transplantation and donation fulfil the requirement in the preservation of human life, which is one of the five objectives in maqasid al-syar‘iyyah (objectives of the Islamic law). Let the eyes live even after our death.