Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.78.38 Gold (24k) Rs.5166/gm Petrol/l Rs 84.96 Silver Rs.70.40/gm NATIONAL DAILY FOR THE PEOPLE CM to inaugurate 184 new Y Both sides agree for more talks Y Hopes for easing of tension buildings worth Rs. 260.46 cr CHENNAI Friday 11-9-2020 Regd. No.TN/.CC (S) DN/134/18-20 RNI Regd.No. 62432/1995 VOL. 26 No.60 PAGES 4 ` 4.00 TN PMG(CCR)/WPP no 676/18-20 in Kancheepuram Review progress of development projects, covid measures Kancheepuram, Sept 11: Chief Minister Palaniswami will inaugurate 184 new buildings constructed at a cost of Rs. 260.46 cr. in the Kancheepuram district today. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to review the progress of development projects in the Kancheepuram district and the measures taken by the Kancheepuram district on control and prevention spread of covid 19. Ministers, Kancheepuram collector, officials will participate in the review meeting. Chief Minister will also inaugurate the completed projects, lay foundation stone for the new projects and distributed the welfare assistance to the beneficiaries The government is taking war footing measures to control covid prevention and spread. Chief Minister Palaniswami is directly discussing with the officials. He has also conducted review meetings with district collectors and medical experts meeting very often. So far Chief Minister toured 19 districts and held discussion with collectors and officials and reviewed covid control measures in the districts. During the Chief Minister Chief Minister also inaugurated the completed projects and laid foundation stone for new projects. CM also distributed government’s welfare assistance to the beneficiaries. Today Chief Minister Palaniswami visiting Kancheepuram district to hold meeting with district collector and officials. Palaniswami will distribute Rs.3.26 cr welfare assistance to the 636 beneficiaries under the schemes of Revenue Department and RS. 27.15 cr welfare assistance to 11,702 beneficiaries under rural livelihood projects. Chief Minister will inaugurate 2,112 multistoreyed residential projects worth Rs. 190.08 crores, new buildings for worth Rs. .3.05 cr for the Kancheepuram and Sriperumpudur town panchayats. Palaniswami will inaugurate new building for nurse training centre in Kancheepuram government hospital campus constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.50 cr, 6 secondary health centres constructed at a cost of Rs. .1.50 cr, 19 anganwadi buildings each constructed at a cost of Rs. 9 Lakhs. In total Chief Minister will open 184 new buildings constructed at a cost of 260.46 cr. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to review the progress of development projects in the Kancheepuram district. Palaniswami will review the measures taken by the Kancheepuram district on control and prevention spread of covid 19. On the visit of Chief Minister Palaniswami covid test were conducted to officials, media persons in the district. Centre releases Rs. 335 cr to TN as sixth equated monthly installment New Delhi, Sept 11: The Central government today released Rs 6,195.08 crore to 14 states as the sixth equated monthly installment of the Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant (PDRDG) as recommended by the 15th Finance Commission. In order to help the states affected by covid 19, Central government released Rs.335.41 cr to Tamil Nadu as the sixth equated monthly installment. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami sought more fund for Tamil Nadu to tackle the economic situation due to covid pandemic. It is important to note that the fund allotted to Tamil nadu less than expected. Office of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a tweet said that this would provide them with additional resources during the Covid-19 crisis. “The government on September 10, 2020, released Rs 6,195.08 crore to 14 states as the sixth equated monthly installment of the Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant as recommended by the 15th Finance Commission. This would provide them additional resources during the Corona crisis,” the ministry said. The Budget had projected the share of the states in taxes at Rs 7.84 trillion for 2020-21. The 15th Finance Commission had recommended the share of states at 41 per cent of the divisible pool and 1 per cent for the newly-created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The 14th Finance Commission had earlier recommended that the states be given 42 per cent share in taxes . The government on September 10, 2020 released Rs 6,195.08 crore to 14 states as the sixth equated monthly instal- HC rejects bail for Rhea, her brother Mumbai, Sept 11: A special court in Mumbai on Friday rejected the bail pleas filed by Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik, who were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with the drugs case linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. On Thursday, the NCB strongly op- posed Rhea’s plea and referred to her allegedly procuring drugs for Rajput through Showik and the late actor’s two staffers as a “drug procurement nexus”. The NCB claimed that Rhea was “having conscious knowledge about drug consumption by Sushant Singh Rajput” and made herself a part of the offence by procuring drugs for him. Patronage good for Chennai Metro service Chennai, Sept 11: In a sign of increasing patronage, as many as 24,354 passengers travelled in the Metrorail here since services resumed, authorities have said. More than 24,000 passengers used the Metro train services as of Wednesday since operations resumed on September 7. On the opening day, 5,033 passengers used the metro services. A total of 18,769 passengers travelled using Smart Card ticketing system and 637 utilised the QR code ticketing system till September 9, a Chennai Metrorail release on Thursday said. “As part of encouraging contactless ticketing measure to minimise the spread of COVID-19, CMRL has decided to extend a 20 per cent discount on QR Code ticketing,” for single, return, group and trip passes from Friday. This is to encourage passengers to avoid queuing up at stations and they could download the CMRL mobile app for using the QR code ticketing system. CMRL requested passengers to co-operate with its security, ticketing and other staffers for a safe and smooth travel in its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain social distancing. Considering several requests, CMRL said it extended its services till 9 pm from the previous 8 pm effective Thursday and services start at 7 am. ment of the Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant as recommended by the 15th Finance Commission. This would provide them additional resources during the Corona crisis. pic.twitter. com/18PW6eqgnn The Economic Advisory Council of the 15th Finance Commission had advised the Finance Ministry to treat the financial year 2020-21 and 2021-22 differently in comparison to the next four years. The advise came in the backdrop of the Centre is facing difficulties to disburse GST compensation to states on the low revenue collection. SCO offers the peace pipe: India, China agree on 5-point plan to resolve crisis New Delhi, Sept 11: India and China have agreed on a five-point plan for resolving the prolonged border face-off in eastern Ladakh that included abiding by all existing agreements and protocol on management of the frontier, maintaining peace and tranquility and avoiding any action that could escalate matters. The two countries agreed to the plan during talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet. The Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army(PLA) have been locked in a tense standoff in multiple areas along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh since early May. Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) issued a joint press statement early on Friday featuring five points which were agreed by both the sides at the “frank and constructive” discussions by the two ministers. “The two foreign ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed, therefore, that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions,” it said. At the talks, Jaishankar and Wang agreed that as the situation eases on NEP aims to remove marksheet pressure: PM New Delhi, Sept 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that school students should have a new curriculum, which is in sync with the new National Education Policy, by 2022 when the nation celebrates its 75th year of Independence. Noting that marksheet has become pressure sheet for students and prestige sheet for families, the prime minister said the new policy aims to remove this pressure. The NEP will reduce the syllabus and make learning a fun-based and complete experience, he said. The new curriculum framework will be developed and be ready by 2022 when the nation celebrates its 75th year of Independence, he said addressing the School Education Conclave organised by the Ministry of Education. The new curriculum will be a future-ready and scientific. It will have new skills to promote critical thinking, creativity, communication and curiosity, Modi said. The prime minister noted that the Ministry of Education has received over 15 lakh suggestions from teachers on the implementation of NEP within a week through the MyGov portal. Advocating teaching up to class 5 in mother tongue, the prime minister said language is just a mode of study and not a study in itself. the border, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new confidence building measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquility in the border areas. The joint statement said the two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative(SR) mechanism on the India-China boundary question. “They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC) should also continue at its meetings,” it added. The joint statement said Jaishankar and Wang agreed that both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus reached between leaders of the two countries on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes. This assessment was a clear reference to decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at their two informal summits in 2018 and 2019. “The two ministers agreed that both sides shall abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters,” the joint statement said. Minor quake hits Palghar New Delhi, Sept 11: A medium-intensity earthquake of magnitude 3.5 hit the coastal district of Palghar in Maharashtra early Friday morning, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said. The quake occurred at 3.57 am at a depth of 10 kilometres, the NCS, a body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said. A district adjoining Gujarat and Mumbai, Palghar also houses the Tarapur Atomic Power Station units 1-4. The district has been witnessing a series of lowintensity quakes since last week. Re 73.55, crude $39.90 Mumbai, Sept 11: The rupee depreciated 9 paise to 73.55 against the US dollar in opening trade on Friday tracking muted domestic equities. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.40 per cent to $ 39.90 per barrel. On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share BSE benchmark Sensex was trading at 38,783 and the broader NSE Nifty was at 11,443 by mid noon. Khurrana is UNICEF celebrity advocate for children’s rights Mumbai, Sept. 11: UNICEF India on Friday announced Ayushmann Khurrana as its celebrity advocate for children’s rights campaign - ‘For Every Child’. Khurrana will support UNICEF towards ending violence against children. He will work towards this initiative in India and joins the likes of former football star David Beckham, who works on this campaign globally, a press release issued on behalf of the actor said. Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF representative in India said they are delighted to have Khurrana as a UNICEF celebrity advocate as they believe that his support will help in creating awareness about the issue. “He will bring sensitivity, passion and a powerful voice for every child, with a specific focus towards ending violence against children. Shun gadgets for a day, keep the doctor away M Rafi Ahmed It is said, ‘Excess of anything is good for nothing’. This aptly applies to gadgets which have become a part and parcel of everyone’s life following digitalisation. Instead of using it for a need, it has now turned out to be an essential one with a major chunk of the users feeling as if life is doomed sans android phones, laptops and desktops and what not. Intensive research studies both within the country and abroad have revealed that excess use of gadgets has resulted in not only making the users lazy, but getting their physical and mental health affected to a great extent. To be precise, they develop eye strain, difficulty in focusing on a particular work, loss of appetite besides serious health problems. And overuse of technology impacts the children too. It’s not unusual to see people from different faiths fasting on different occasions. Now, Digital Fasting is considered to be a way to cleanse and keep the body well balanced both mentally and physically. Actually, this info was shared by Kollywood director Vasanth during a breakfast show in an television interview today. Underscoring the need to observe ‘Digital Fasting’, he said that gives immense relief thereby giving a boost to health both physically and mentally. “Actually, I used to switch off my cellphone and I never use my desktop or laptop whatsoever from morning till evening at 5 pm like a ‘Upavasam’,’ he said that this practise once a week definitely has wonderful results to keep the mind and body fit. Like ‘Maun Vrat’, this ‘Digital Fasting’ helps in balancing, meditating, disciplining and relaxing the mind and soul that leads to some other benefits to health. Staying disconnected from technology or gadgets for a day definitely has innumerable benefits since prevention is better than cure. Research shows that people on digital fasting seem to be more creative, more open in receiving and storing information. Their brain cells seem to be more active. In the case of children, digital fasting at early stages showed better stability in their emotional and mental development. They are more balanced and explore things from nature; as a result, learning skills develop at a faster pace.