Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.78.12 Gold (24k) Rs.5152/gm Petrol/l Rs 84.72 Silver Rs.70.30/gm CHENNAI Monday 14-9-2020 VOL. 26 No.63 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 names 131 for Police awards Chennai, Sept. 14: Tamil Nadu Government has today announced Chief Minister’s Medals to 131 Police Officers for their Outstanding Devotion to Duty to mark late leader C N Annadurai’s birth anniversary. In recognition of the Outstanding Devotion to Duty of the 100 Police officers, 10 Fire & Rescue Service, Prison Service, 5 Home Guards, 2 Finger Print Science and 2 Forensic Science Officers/Personnel in the State and also to encourage them, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Medals are announced and awarded on the occasion of Dr. Anna’s Birthday this year. Services Station, Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli district have been awarded the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry for their Gallant Act in rescuing S.Ganesan (45) from committing suicide by jumping off from the 70 feet over head corporation water tank in Xavier colony, Tirunelveli on 15.08.2020. They will get a cash prize of Rs.5 lakhs each. These Medals will be presented by the Chief Minister Edapadi Palanisami to the recipients at a Ceremonial Medal Parade to be held later. TN Assembly session begins, pays tributes to Amendments to EB supply code Pranab, Vasanthakumar to benefit LT users All members wear face masks Chennai, Sept. 14: The three-day session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly began with obituary references to Pranab, Vasanthakumar. After the condolence note the Assembly session adjourned for the day. The first supplementary budget would be tabled in the House on 16 September. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam and MLAs participated in the assembly session with face mask. The condolence resolutions adopted mourning the deaths of former President Pranab Mukherjee, DMK MLA J Anbazhagan, Congress MP H Vasanthakumar and those who died of coronavirus on the first day. The Assembly session held at the sprawling and spacious Kalaivanar Arangam to ensure physical distancing norms among the MLAs in view of the Covid-19 pandemic as there was space crunch in the present Assembly hall at Fort St George. Ahead of the session, all the MLAs, including Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Speaker P Dhanapal, Assembly officials, officers and journalists were subjected to corona tests and returned negative, except for two officials. The House also condoled the deaths of 21 former legislators who had died since the previous Assembly session after which the House would be adjourned for the day. Speaker Dhanapal read out the obituary references in memory of the departed lawmakers that included former President Pranab Mukherjee, H. Vasanthakumar, MP,. Assembly paid homage to departed More rains in TN, Pondy Chennai, Sept. 14: Due to a low-pressure zone forming over the upper layers of the atmosphere over the Central-west Bay of Bengal and the adjacent Andhra coastal areas, the weather will be mostly cloudy in North Tami Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikkal as per the information from the Chennai Regional Meteorologi- cal Centre. Further, the Chennai Regional Meteorological Centre has informed that there are prospects for mild to medium rain in a few districts. There are prospects for heavy rain with thunder in a few places in the districts of Nigiri, Tirupathur, Ranippettai, Thiruvannamalai, Salem, Krishnagiri, and Dharmapuri. leaders. Speaker Dhanapal adjourned the House after reading out a condolence message. Condolence references made to former MLAs R.T. Gopalan, K. Lawrence, Gemini Ramachandran, John Vincent, K.N. Lakshmanan, Kalan, S.R. Subramania Adityan, P. Krishnan R. Sundarajan, Kuzhandai Tamil Arasan, Ambikapathi, Rajammal, Aslam Basha, Mari Ayya, Balakrishnan, Velusami, Rahumankhan, Subbaiah, Nainamuhomed, T.P. Srinivasan, Ayyasami, Shanmugam, Thangavel. Assembly session observed two minute silence for the death of departed leaders. Supplementary budget The session would begin with Question Hour on the next two days and the first supplementary budget would be tabled in the House on 16 September. The opposition parties expected to raise a host of issues including, demanding a resolution seeking to scrap the NEET exams in the state in the wake of four students ending their lives in the last five days, including three on Saturday alone, due to fear over clearing the NEET exams, the National Education Policy-2020 and the Centre’s move to impose three-language policy in the State, corona situation, among others. Austrian Th(i)eme Park at Flushing Meadows Dominic rallies to beat Zverev; lifts first Grand Slam New York, Sept. 14: A U.S. Open unlike any other finished unlike any other with an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker as Austrian Dominic Thiem became the first man in 71 years to win the final after dropping the opening two sets. So close to defeat in a nearly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium fans were banned because of the coronavirus pandemic Thiem slowly but surely turned things around against a faltering German Alexander Zverev and pulled out a 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory at Flushing Meadows for his first Grand Slam title. The match ended with both men fighting leg cramps and, clearly, nerves. Somehow, said Thiem, a 27-year-old from Austria, the belief today was stronger than the body, and I’m super happy about that. When a backhand from Zverev landed wide on the third championship point, a weary Thiem dropped to his back way behind the baseline and covered his face with his hands. When he arose, he was met by Zverev, who walked around the net to clasp hands, then embrace his friend and foe, two sights rarely seen in this era of social distancing. Thiem then rested his head on the Dominic Thiem shoulder of the taller Zverev, who himself came within two points of what would have been his first major triumph. I wish we could have two winners today, Thiem said. I think we both deserved it. He is the first man to win the American Grand Slam tournament after trailing 2-0 in sets in the final since Pancho Gonzalez did it against Ted Schroeder in 1949 at an event then known as the U.S. Championships and held in Forest Hills. The event never had been settled by a fifth-set tiebreaker; no major tournament ever had until Novak Djokovic edged Roger Federer that way at Wimbledon in 2019. I was a few games away, a few points away,” said Zverev, who was trying to give Germany its first male Grand Slam champion since Boris Becker in the 1990s. I’m 23 years old. I don’t think it’s my last chance. Zverev choked up when he mentioned that his parents hadn’t been able to travel to New York because they tested positive for COVID-19, although he said they are now healthy. As Thiem stepped forward to pose for pictures with his shiny new bit of hardware, Zverev remained a few feet behind, one hand clutching his less-impressive silver tray, the other hand on a hip. The proceedings took 4 hours, two minutes. And to think: After just 1 1/2 hours, Zverev was up by two sets and a break in the third at 2-1. The match turned when he broke me for the first time in the third set, Zverev said. He started playing much better, and I started playing much worse. Zverev, of all people, should have known what might have seemed like an impossible hill to climb for Thiem was, indeed, achievable. After all, in Thursday’s semifinals, it was Zverev who trailed 2-0 in sets against Pablo Carreo Busta before coming back to win. Chennai, Sept. 14: In order to provide major relief to small and medium scale industries and promote industrialization and ease of doing business , The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission has notified amendments to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Supply Code and Tamil Nadu Electricity Distribution Code, raising the limit of electricity demand in the Low Tension category to 150KW from the erstwhile limit of 112KW. The salient features of the amendments: · Now onwards the industrial and other consumers can avail supply in the Low Tension category of supply for demand up to 150 KW. · Consumers with demand up to the earlier Moreover, S.Veeraraj, Station Officer and S.Selvam, Upgraded Leading Fireman, Fire and Rescue limit of 112KW will continue to remain with the erstwhile LT tariff and corresponding terms and conditions. · Consumers requiring the demand above 112 KW can now avail Low Tension supply up to 150 KW, provided they offer space for erection of a Distribution Transformer inside their premises and pay current consumption and demand charges as that of HT tariff. · The cost of Distribution Transformer and accessories along with the cost of their erection shall be borne by the Licensee. · The cost of portion of HT and LT lines or cables to be erected inside the consumer premises shall be borne by the applicant. · Wherever possible, the single pole type Dis- tribution Transformer structure may be erected to save space and cost. · The principle of levy of excess demand charges for the consumers with demand up to 112 KW and for those with demand above 112 KW but less than or equal to 150 KW is same. · If the recorded demand exceeds the amended ceiling limit of 150KW for the third time or more, notice shall be issued to the consumers for conversion of their LT service to HT service. · Prior to the amendment, consumers could avail supply under Low Tension category only up to 112 KW and were paying substantial penalty charges whenever the sanctioned demand exceeded the 112KW limit, for want of financial requirement to avail HT supply beyond 112KW. Now, those consumers can opt to avail LT supply up to 150KW and avoid penalty. · Also, erecting the Distribution Transformer at load end reduces technical loss to greater extent and improves the voltage profile and system stability. Further, reduced LT line length improves HT/ LT line ratio and minimizes supply interruption to the consumers as well. The amendments published in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette dated 01.07.2020 , has been hosted in the Commission’s website www.tnerc. gov.in under the head ‘Regulations’. LS pays homage to Pranab, Vasanthakumar, 13 ex-MPs New Delhi, Sept. 14: Lok Sabha was adjourned for an hour on Monday after paying tributes to former President Pranab Mukherjee, a sitting MP and 13 ex-parliamentarians who died in the recent past. The first-of-its-kind Monsoon session being held amid the COVID-19 pandemic saw members sporting masks and following social distancing guidelines while attending the proceedings. As soon as the House assembled for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla paid glowing tributes to the departed leaders and security personnel who have laid down their lives while protecting the nation since March. Birla also remembered “Corona warriors” like doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police personnel and voluntary workers who died while fighting the pandemic. Apart from Mukherjee, the House paid tributes to sitting MP from Tamil Nadu H Vasanthakumar, eminent vocalist Pandit Jasraj, former MPs Gurdas Singh Badal, Nepal Singh, Ajit Jogi, P Namgyal, Paras Nath Yadav, Madhav Rao Patil, Haribhau Madhav Jawale, Saroj Dubey, Lalji Tandon, Kamal Rani, Chetan Chauhan, Surendra Prakash Goel and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. The speaker then adjourned the House for an hour, after about 20 minutes of business. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, DMK leader T R Baalu, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and NCP leader Supriya Sule were among those who were present in the House. The 18-day session is being held amid unprecedented precautionary measures in view of COVID-19. MPs attending the House had to undergo a COVID test and only those with a negative report were allowed to sit in the House. The security and secretarial staff in Parliament also had to take coronavirus tests before their entry. While on the first day of the session on Monday, Lok Sabha is sitting in the morning from 9 am to 1 pm, Rajya Sabha is sitting in the evening starting at 3 pm. On the rest of the days, Rajya Sabha will sit for four hours in the morning and Lok Sabha in the evening. The chambers of both houses and the galleries are being used for the session and big screens have been installed to enable members to witness proceedings. I will take first shot to assure safety, says Union Minister New Delhi, Sept. 14: A COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be available by early next year and the government is considering its emergency authorization for high-risk people, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan Sunday said, asserting he will take the first shot to address any trust deficit over its safety. According to a Health Ministry statement, he said while no date has been fixed for the launch of a vaccine, it may be ready by the first quarter of 2021, and made available first to those who need it the most, irrespective of their paying capacity, The minister made these remarks during interaction with his social media followers on the Sunday Samvad’ platform. He covered a multitude of queries concerning not only the current COVID-19 situation, but also the government’s approach to it, the changes expected in the post COVID world and the steps taken by the Modi dispensation. Vardhan stated the government is taking full precautions in human trials of vaccines and the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 is drawing up a detailed strategy on how to immunize the majority of the population. Issues like vaccine security, cost, equity, coldchain requirements, production timelines etc., are also been discussed intensely,” he stated. Further, he said the government is considering emergency authorisation of COVID-19 vaccination especially for senior citizens and people working in high-risk settings. This shall be done af- ter a consensus has been reached,” he was quoted as saying the statement. To allay any fear regarding the safety aspect of vaccines, he said he would be happy to take the first dosage if people have a trust deficit. On vaccine candidates and their development in the country, he said India is actively partnering with Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and trials of several vaccines at different phases are underway at laboratories (private or public) and hospitals.