Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.75.59 Gold (24k) Rs.5040gm Petrol/l Rs 84.14 Silver Rs.66.80/gm CHENNAI Monday 12-10-2020 VOL. 26 No.91 PAGES 4 ` 4.00 NATIONAL DAILY FOR THE PEOPLE CM reviews northeast monsoon preparedness, asks officials to be ready Chennai, Oct 12: The north east monsoon expected to begin third week of October, the key departments of the Tamil Nadu government are gearing up to face the ensuing northeast monsoon. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who chaired the monsoon preparedness meeting, attended by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, senior ministers and officials, here on Monday. The meeting discussed about precautionary measures to be taken by the authorities. CM directed the officials to keep ready the sawing machines and high-capacity motors to remove the fallen trees from the stagnating water. The rescue teams should be positioned in places from where they can easily reach the rain-affected areas at short notice, he said. Chief Secretary Shanmugham had already conducted preparedness meeting of north east monsoon, discussed about measures to be taken by the departments and district authorities. As many 4,133 flood- prone areas have been identified and for these areas, zonal teams comprising personnel from various departments constituted. A total of 43,409 first responders including 14,232 women are ready to face all eventualities during the monsoon period. Besides, 9,909 first responders have been identified for removing the trees that might fall during heavy rains on roads. The policemen trained by disaster management team is ready tackle the situation. Under the fire and rescue department is giving special training to tackle situation to,4,699 firemen, 9,859 NGOs. As many as 121 multipurpose centres, 4,768 TN continues to forge ahead in attracting new investments Chennai, Oct 12: Tamil Nadu continues to forge ahead in attracting new investments. In the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, the Tamil Nadu government today signed 14 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) involving an investment of Rs 10,055 crore having a potential to generate about 7,000 jobs. These companies will set up their manufacturing units in the districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram, Tenkasi, Tirupur, Tiruvallur, Krishnagiri. In the midst of lockdown and Covid-19 pandemic, for continuous growth of Industries, to maintain top positions in attracting industrial investment, under the able guidance of Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, the government has taken several measures. The visionary of Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, and his development measures for the industries, several industrial investments are being implemented. Till 2020 September, about 42 MoUs signed for Rs. 31,464 crores In continuation of that, today 14 MoUs were signed in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami. 10 MoUs signed directly and 4 MoUs signed through video conferencing facility. The MoU projects signed through video conferencing: JSW Renewable Energy to set up Renewal energy project in Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram, Tirupur with the investment of Rs 6,300 crore to create job for 2420 persons. Spain based Mantra Data Centres to set up Data Centre in near Chennai with the investment of Rs 750 crore to create job for 550 persons. Aosheng Hitech Limited to set up Carbon fibre sheet manufactur- ing unit in with the investment of Rs 200 crore to create job for 250 persons. Singapore based Vans Chemistry to set up electrical waste management Project in with the investment of Rs 50 crore to create job for 750 persons. Details of MoUs signed directly Apollo Tyres to set up tyre manufacturing unit in Oragadam industrial park, Kancheepuram with the investment of Rs 505 crore to create job for 300 persons Hiranandani’s Greenbase Industrial Parks to set up Industrial Logistics Park in Oragaam, Kancheepuram with the investment of Rs 750 crore to create job for 500 persons. TPI Composites to set up Wind blade manufacturing unit with the investment Rs 300 crore to create job for 1000 persons. schools, 1095 colleges, 2,394 wedding halls and community halls were kept ready. In the districts, 3,915 sawing machines, 2,897 JCBs, 2,115 generators and 483 pumps are kept ready. Chief Minister Palaniswami said, The skills of the department staffs should be upgraded to tackle the situation. Mock drill should be conducted to tackle disaster situation. People should wear mask while going out to prevent spread of corona. Social distance should be maintained. Avoid unnecessary crowd gathering. People should be given awareness on measures to be taken during disaster situation. Palaniswami ordered the departments to keep adequate men and machinery ready to remove the uprooted trees and motor pump sets to remove stagnated water. The rescue teams should be ready with machinery to reach the affected areas in a short span of time. There should be adequate storage of bleaching powder and other material, medicines to prevent communicable diseases during monsoon. PDS outlets also should have stocks of essential commodities for two months to avoid any shortage during disasters. Also, the monitoring officers appointed for each district should continuously monitor the precautionary measures taken in their respective districts, while the department secretaries and heads will have to coordinate to prevent damage to men and material. Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, Ministers, Chief Secretary Shanmugham, Officials were present at the monsoon preparedness meeting. Regd. No.TN/.CC (S) DN/134/18-20 RNI Regd.No. 62432/1995 TN PMG(CCR)/WPP no 676/18-20 India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 71-lakh mark; recovery at 86% New Delhi, Oct 12: India’’s COVID-19 tally went past 71 lakh with 66,732 fresh cases, while the number of people who have recuperated crossed61 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 86.36 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday. The country’’s COVID-19 caseload stands at 71,20,538. The death toll climbed to 1,09,150with the virus claiming 816 lives in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed. For the fourth day in a row, the number of active COVID-19 cases remained below 9 lakh. There are 8,61,853 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which account for 12.10 per cent of the total caseload, the data showed. Kushboo quits Cong, lashes at leaders Chennai, Oct 12: Congress national spokesperson Kushboo Sundar today resigned from the primary membership of the party protesting against what she called some leaders ‘dictating terms’ and ‘suppressing’ her. “Few elements seated at higher level within the party, people who have no connectivity with the ground reality or public recognition are dictating terms and people like me who wanted to work for the party sincerely are being pushed and suppressed,” she claimed. The party, meanwhile, announced in Delhi that she was removed from her post of All India Congress Committee spokesperson with “immediate effect” while Tamil Nadu Congress Committee said her decision was no loss to the party. Kushboo however said in her letter that she decided to end her association with the Congress party only after a long and thorough “thought process” over a period of time.On October 10, the actor, on her twitter handle, had given a hint of quitting Congress saying: “Many see a change in me. Well as you age, you evolve n grow, learn n unlearn, perceptions change, likes n dislikes too, thoughts n ideas take a new shape, dreams are new, you understand the difference between like n love, between right n wrong. Change is inevitable.” Kushboo, wife of noted Tamil filmmaker Sundar C, became a household name in Tamil Nadu after the 1991 Tamil flick ‘Chinna Thambi,’ became a box-office hit inwhich she paired with actor Prabhu and she has been popular in television shows as well. Paris, Oct. 12: Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final. Nadal equalled longtime rival Federer for the most major singles tennis championships won by a man and added to his own record at Roland Garros with No 13 on the red clay, courtesy of a surprisingly dominant 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over the No 1-ranked Djokovic on Sunday. When Nadal ended it with an ace, he dropped to his knees, smiled widely and pumped his arms. He did not cede a set in his favorite tournament this year. Nadal, No 2 in the rankings, improved to 100-2 at the French Open, including a combined 26-0 in semifinals and finals, and picked up his fourth consecutive title in Paris. The 34-year-old lefthander from Spain previously put together streaks of four French Open championships from 200508, then five in a row from 2010-14, to go alongside his four trophies at the US Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open. Nadal is now even with Federer for the first time since each man had zero Slams to his name in 2003. Federer’s first arrived at Wimbledon that year; Nadal, naturally, earned his first in France in 2005, by which point he trailed 4-0. Djokovic’s loss left him at 17 majors; had he won, the trio’s standings would have read 20-19-18. Nadal is the oldest French Open champion since 1972 and the more than 15 years between his first and most recent Grand Slam titles is the longest such span for a man. This was the 56th installment of Nadal vs Djokovic, the most meetings between any pair of men in the professional era, and their ninth in a Grand Slam final, equalling Nadal vs Federer for the most. Djokovic had won 14 of the last 18 matchups against Nadal, and led 29-26 overall, including a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win at the 2019 Australian Open final. Nadal allowed Djokovic one fewer game this time. Rafa, the undisputed ‘King of Clay’, crushes Djoker Govt to introduce LTC cash voucher, festival advance scheme New Delhi, Oct 12: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday addressed the media about proposals to stimulate demand in the economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic. On indications are that the savings of government and organised sector employees have increased, the government wants to incentivise such people to boost demand for the benefit of the less fortunate, the finance minister told reporters. Sitharaman introduced a proposal related to boost consumer spending. The plan is divided in two components: Leave Travel Concession (LTC) voucher and special festival advance scheme. The LTC allows central government employees to travel in a block of four years - one to anywhere in India and one hometown or two hometown. The air or rail fare, as per pay scale, is be reimbursed and in addition the employees will get a leave encashment of 10 days (pay+DA) is paid. Sitharaman said the new part of this scheme is that the employees can now encash their LTCs in the form of vouchers. Poll survey expects land slide win for Biden Washington, Oct 12: Former Vice President Joe Biden is dominating President Donald Trump in the latest poll survey released early today. The ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Sunday was the latest poll to indicate Biden’s strength. Biden led Trump by a 55% to 43% margin among likely voters. The poll was the third high quality national poll published this week that had Biden up by at least 10 points and above 50%. The other two being from CNN/SSRS and Fox News. Indeed, the average of polls has Biden at around 52% or 53% and up by somewhere between 10 and 11 points. This is an unprecedented position for a challenger with a mere 23 days to go until Election Day. While Hillary Clinton was ahead of Trump by as high as 7 points in October 2016, she never came anywhere close to approaching 50% of the vote. Trump merely had to win the lionshare of the undecided or third party voters (who would bolt their candidate) to earn a victory in 2016.Even if every undecided or current third party voter went to Trump now, he’d still be down about 5 to 6 points nationally. On the handling of pandemic, majority of Americans, 59% of likely voters in the CNN poll said Biden would better be able to handle the outbreak and only 38% said Trump would do a better job than Biden.