Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.75.59 How to win an election? Gold (24k) Rs.5054gm Petrol/l Rs 84.14 e-Book Release Silver Rs.65.80/gm CHENNAI Saturday 17-10-2020 VOL. 26 No.96 PAGES 4 ` 4.00 https://trinitymirror.net https://makkalkural.net 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 AIADMK coordinator Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam hoisted the party On the AIADMK party’s 49th founding day, Chief Minister and Joint Co-ordinator Edappadi Palaniswami hoisted the AIADMK flag flag at party headquarters in Royapettah in Chennai. Ministers, AIADMK leaders, large number of cadres were present. and paid floral tributes to portrait of Founder MGR and Jayalalithaa at Siluvampalayam, Salem. AIADMK celebrates Founding Day in a grand manner across Tamil Nadu CM unfurls party flag in Salem, Dy CM hoists flag in AIADMK headquarters Chennai, Oct 17: The AIADMK party’s 49th founding day was celebrated by party cadres in a grand manner across Tamil Nadu. Party officials garlanded the MGR and Jayalalithaa statues, unfurled the AIADMK flag and distributed sweets to the cadres. Chief Minister and Joint Coordinator Edappadi Palaniswami unfurled the AIADMK flag and paid floral tributes to portrait of Founder MGR and Jayalalithaa and distributed sweets at Siluvampalayam, Salem. Party officials large number of AIADMK cadres participated in the founding day function. AIADMK party office is spruced up for the party’s 49th Foundation Day celebrations on Saturday. AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam hoisted the party flag at party headquarters in Royapettah in Chennai. Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam distributed sweets at the venue. The party headquarters was decked up with festoons and AIADMK flags fluttered along the high profile Avvai Shanmugham Salai housing the AIADMK headquarters. Dy CM O. Panneerselvam In a statement, AIADMK co-ordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam congratulated the party cadres on the 49th founding day of the party. OPS said, After demise of Jayalalithaa, AIADMK cadres working hard for the party to make the dreams of Jayalalithaa true that the party would be there even after 100 years. If you are loyal to the party, even a small cadre can become chief minister in our party. If you work hard with dedication and loyalty to the party, all the posts will come to you automatically. Like Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma, we Theni Jeevithkumar NEET topper among govt school students Theni, Oct 17: Jeevithkumar has scored 664 out of 720 marks National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exams conducted this year and he is the topper among students from government schools across the country, who had written NEET this year. In NEET, Jeevithkumar scored 99.6% in Physics, 99.6% in Chemistry and 99.8% in Biology, thus making it to the top 2000 ranks at the All India level. He had written NEET for the second time in 2020 and the outcome this time was crucial for him. However, as the results flashed on his screen, his years’ worth of hard work flashed in front of his eyes, this time accompanied with the sweet taste of success -- he had scored 664 out of 720 marks and had grabbed the 1823rd rank at the national level. Jeevithkumar is the eldest son of Parameswari and Narayanamoorthi who earn their living as daily wage labourers in Vadipatti, Jeevith studied in model Government School, staying in a hostel, in Theni’s Periyakulam town. He completed his class 12 in 2019 and had attempted NEET once last year. However, as it would have, he was able to score only 193 marks in his first attempt. Jeevith had, in fact, scored 548 out of 600 marks in his class 12 board exams and was among the topscorers in Theni district. (More on Page 4 ) Chinese troops ‘very critical’ security challenge: Jaishankar New York, Oct. 17: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said the presence of a large number of Chinese troops with weapons at the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh posed a “very critical” security challenge to India. Jaishankar also said the violent clashes at the de facto border in the Ladakh sector in June had a very deep public and political impact, and left the relationship between India and China profoundly disturbed. “There are today a very large number of troops (of PLA) with weapons concentrated on that segment of the border and that is obviously a very critical security challenge that we face,” said Jaishankar, speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Asia Society. Tensions had escalated manifold between India and China after the Galwan Valley clashes in eastern Ladakh on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. The Chinese P e o p l e’ s L i b e r a t i o n Army(PLA) also suffered an unspecified number of casualties. Jaishankar said India has built a relationship with China over the course of the last 30 years and a basis for building that relationship has been peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control. He said there are multiple agreements, starting from 1993, which created the framework for that peace and tranquillity, which limited the military forces that came to the border areas, how to manage the border, how border troops behave when they approach each other. So, from the conceptual level down to the behavioural level, there was an entire sort of framework out there. Now, what we saw this year was a departure from this entire series of agreements. The massing of large amount of Chinese forces on the border was clearly contrary to all of this. And when you had friction points which have large number of troops at different points very close to each other, then something tragic like what happened on 15th of June happened,” he said. “To underline the enormity of that, it was the first military casualty we had after 1975. So what it has done is, it has obviously had a very deep public impact, very major political impact and it has left the relationship profoundly disturbed.” worked tirelessly for the party’s victory in consecutive assembly elections. For the golden jubilee celebrations, let us create history again. The cadres should pledge to register a massive win in the upcoming polls, OPS said. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) was founded by the late chief minister MG Ramachandran in 1972 following the charismatic actor’s expulsion from the DMK. AIADMK was launched by former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran to uphold Anna’s reputation and principles, the duo said that the AIADMK will continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu for another hundred years, as they have been doing for the past 49 years. The party principle dictates, the State should reach the numero uno position in terms of educational and economical status and that the people of the State should lead a peaceful and happy life. The AIADMK government is working tirelessly to build a community that promotes equality without any differences, based on the principles of social justice. Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam jointly invited the party cadre to take a pledge to gain electoral victory in the upcoming Assembly polls. They wrote a letter to the cadre on the eve of the party’s 49th anniversary. Modi extends Navratri greetings New Delhi, Oct 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today extended his greetings to people on the beginning of Navratri and wished them happiness, peace and prosperity. With the blessings of the goddess, may our planet be safe, healthy and prosperous, he said in a tweet. “Pranams to Maa Shailputri on Day 1 of Navratri. With her blessings, may our planet be safe, healthy and prosperous. May her blessings give us strength to bring a positive change in the lives of the poor and downtrodden,” the prime minister said. NRI set to enter Guinness for walking the Earth London, Oct 17: A 70-year-old man, born in Punjab and based in Ireland for over 40 years, has applied for a Guinness World Record after completing what he calls his Earth Walk covering over 40,075 kilometres or the equivalent of the circumference of the Earth in under 1,500 days without stepping out of his home city of Limerick. Vinod Bajaj began his journey in August 2016 with a humble goal of losing some weight and getting fitter. As he shed the kilograms, his enthusiasm for walking only multiplied and led him to chart out varying routes, including through indoor malls to overcome weather constraints. During the first three months of my walking seven days a week, I lost 8 kg by having a deficit of 700 calories per day. Over the next six months I lost a further 12 kg. The loss of weight was almost entirely due to walking and I did not have to change much of my eating habits, said Bajaj. Typically, I started walking early in the morning and completed mostly in two intervals, the first one was always for a longer duration. There were many times I did the entire walk in a single attempt. Starting early allowed me to finish up by early afternoon, which gave me plenty of time to do things such as shopping, bank work, house and garden work, he said. The retired engineer and business consultant grew up in Chennai and moved to Scotland in 1975 for a Master’s in Management from Glasgow before work took him to the Republic of Ireland 43 years ago, where he has been living with his family at Castletroy, a suburb of Limerick, for 36 years. It was the local Irish and world news that kept him company during his long walks, which fell within a 10 km radius of Castletroy. He also downloaded the Pacer activity tracker app on his smartphone to keep a complete track of his steps and its records flagged his major milestones along the way. Sabarimala opens for devotees Sabarimala, Oct 17: The famed Lord Ayyappa temple here opened to devotees today morning after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a few worshippers wearing masks and carrying COVID-19 negative certificate offering prayers. The temple, which opened for the monthly puja on yesterday evening, will allow pilgrims to offer prayers till October 21. Rapid antigen tests are being conducted at Nilackal for those not carrying a negative test report for COVID-19. This is the first time since March 25, when a nationwide lockdown came into force, that pilgrims are being allowed to offer prayers at the hill shrine, which opened at 5 am. As many as 246 people have booked through the virtual queue system for darshan on Saturday. Each day only 250 people will be allowed inside the temple.