Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.75.59 Gold (24k) Rs.5077gm Petrol/l Rs 84.14 Silver Rs.65.00/gm CHENNAI Thursday 15-10-2020 VOL. 26 No.94 PAGES 6 ` 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 Palaniswami’s Twitter followers crosses one million Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami who is constantly active in updating his political activities and updates on the state during the COVID19 pandemic these has gained one million followers on his Twitter account. The number of followers of him on Twitter has now crossed ten lakhs. It has been reported that CM Palaniswam has directed the authorities to take immediate action to bring the public’s demands to the attention of the Chief Minister via Twitter. Thus, many members of the public began to bring their demands to the attention of the Chief Minister via Twitter. Likewise, the Chief Minister is sharing various government plans and activities on his Twitter account. As a result, the number of followers to his official Twitter account is increasing day by day. Today, the number of followers of the Chief Minister on his Twitter account has reached 10 lakhs. Leaders condole death of CM’s mother Salem Edappadi Siluvampalayam Thavusayammal wife of Karuppa Kounder, mother of Vijayalakshmi, K. Govindaraju and Edappadi Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu attained lotus feet of god. The ritual ceremony of Thavusayammal held at Siluvampalayam today. Ministers, Senior AIADMK leaders, MPs, MLAs, party officials were present. Modi pays tribute to former President Kalam New Delhi, Oct 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to A P J Abdul Kalam, saying India can never forget his indelible contribution towards national development, be it as a scientist or the country’’s president. On the 89th birth anniversary of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, Governor Banwarilal Purohit paid floral tribute to the portrait of Abdul Kalam at Raj Bhavan. Kalam served as the 11th president of India between 2002-07 and earned the respect and admiration of people and political parties across the spectrum for his simple living and non-partisan conduct. He is also credited with opening the doors of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the masses and came to be affectionately called the ‘’People’’s President’’. He continued with his quest to guide and inspire the new generation with his speaking tours across the country after his term was over. On his 89th birth anniversary, Modi tweeted, “Tributes to Dr. Kalam on his Jayanti. India can never forget his indelible contribution towards national development, be it as a scientist and as the President of India. His life journey gives strength to millions.” The prime minister also tagged a short clip of his laudatory references to Kalam in past. Kalam, who died in 2015, also earned the sobriquet ‘’Missile Man of India’’ for his role in the development of India’’s missile programmes. Inspiration of every Indian: VP Vice President M Ve n k a i a h Na i d u o n Thursday remembered former president A P J Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary, recalling his words that dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action. Kalam was born in 1931 in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. Describing Kalam as ‘’People’’s President’’, Naidu said he was an epitome of simplicity and knowledge. “He made invaluable contribution in strengthening India’’s defence & space capabilities. He will always remain an inspiration to every Indian,” the Vice President Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu. The vice president quoted Kalam’’s words, “Dream, dream, dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.” Promoting sports: Edappadi takes a leaf out of Jayalalithaa’s book -:D Ram Raj:Tamil Nadu is among the few states that has been fostering sports over the years, thanks to the active interest shown by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who encouraged sportspersons of the state with outstanding incentives as well as ensuring state-of-the-art infrastructure. Thanks to her interest as an avid sports fan, Tamil Nadu today boasts some of the best sports infrastructural facilities of global standards. The SDAT Nehru stadium includes a modern synthetic turf ideal for FIFA category football tournament and the multipurpose indoor stadium can host international badminton events. The 2010, who participated in the event, were all praise for the facilities. The Tamil Nadu government continues to provide big financial support for training the youth under Elite sportspersons coaching scheme under which sports talent from under 13 in various sports are provide top class coaching activities by SDAT . It was common for governments to focus on promoting Olympic sport. Billiards and snooker being non-Olympic events did not get the special focus earlier. However, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy took a leaf out of his mentor Jayalalithaa’s book to include billiards and snooker under the eligibility criteria for a sports quota in professional courses. He readily agreed to the proposal of Tamil Nadu Billiards and Snooker Association president Soumini Sreenivas to include billiards and snooker under the sports quota as well as the Mission International Medals Scheme (MIMS). With Madurai youngster and rising cue sports player Pranav Nath being the first person to avail of the benefit of sports quota for engineering admissions under Anna University this year, this opens up the door for more youngsters of the game of green baize to aspire to pursue both their academic and sports passions. Thus youngsters from other than common sports such as cricket, football, badminton and chess, can now aspire to knock on the doors of professional education under the sports quota. Similarly Anupama Ramachandran, a second year BBA student of M.O.P. Vaishnav and top state women’s cue sports player, has come under the MIMS and hopes to bring home more international laurels and cheers in the postpandemic revival of game. Such steps of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and the Government will surely go a long way in broadening the sports talent pool of the state and ensuring a bigger crop of medals from sportspersons at the state, national and international levels. Story on Page 4 Chennai, Oct 15: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and other political leaders condoled the death of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s mother Thavusayammal, who passed away in Salem on Monday. Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and former Tamil Nadu Governor Rosaiah conveyed their condolences over phone, a press release stated. Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal and senior leaders visited Salem district on Wednesday to pay their respects. Government officials continued to visit the CM’s native place on Wednesday to pay their floral tributes, it said. Dr. Malini Parthasarathy, Chairperson of The Hindu Group Publishing Private Limited, and COVID-19 tally in India breaches 73-lakh mark New Delhi, Oct 15: India’’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 73.07 lakh with 67,708 new cases in a day, while 63,83,441 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 87.35 per cent on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.The total coronavirus cases mounted to 73,07,097 and the death toll climbed to 1,11,266 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 680 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.52 per cent. There are 812390 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 11.11 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,12,26,305 samples have been tested up to October 14 with 11,36,183 samples being tested on Wednesday. India’’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11. The 680 new fatalities include 158 from Maharashtra, 75 from Karnataka, 64 from West Bengal, 52 from Tamil Nadu, 44 from Delhi, 33 from Chhattisgarh, 31 from Punjab and 28 from Andhra Pradesh. Manoj Kumar Sonthalia, Chairman and Managing Director of Express Publications (Madurai) Private Limited were among representatives of media organisations who conveyed their condolences over phone. Kalam’s birth anniversary virtual meet focuses on global peace M Rafi Ahmed To succeed in your mission, you must have a single minded devotion to your goal’ is an inspiring quote of Missile Man of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. As a tribute to a great personality, who inspired children and youth across the globe, APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation, House of Kalam in Rameswaram supported by UK based World Humanitarian Drive (WHD) and Chennai based youth organisation Raindropss organised for a virtual meet on his 89th birth anniversary. Aimed at creating a peaceful existence among the people across the globe, Kalam’s birth anniversary virtual meet focused on the theme ‘Liveable Planet Earth--Working together for a peaceful world’ with spiritual leader of the Tibetan people Dalai Lama as the chief guest. And the one hour live event from the birth place of Kalam was coordinated by his grand nephews APJMJ Sheik Dawood, co-founder, Dr Abdul Kalam International Foundation and APJMJ Sheik Saleem, managing trustee, Dr Abdul Kalam International Foundation. As many as 50 persons including students participated from across the globe during this online event while ten students, who were selected from different countries got an opportunity to interact with the Dalai Lama regarding global peace. A redeeming feature of this virtual meet is that the event was featured in 14 different languages including Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Spanish, German, Mongolia and French besides Hindi. ‘Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world’, said Kalam. Taking a cue from this, the organisors of this virtual meet have visioned to spread his message for global peace by organising similar events.