Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.75.59 How to win an election? Gold (24k) Rs.5064gm Petrol/l Rs 84.14 e-Book Silver Rs.65.40/gm CHENNAI Monday 19-10-2020 VOL. 26 No.98 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 Changes being made in all sectors for country’s growth: PM DMK President and Opposition leader M.K. Stalin, General Secretary Duraimurugan, Ponmudi MLA paid floral respects to Thavasayammal, mother of Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami who died recently in Siluvampalayam in Salem district. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Ministers D. Jayakumar, Kadambur Raju were also present. Stalin pays floral tribute to portrait of CM Palaniswami’s mother, leaders, VIPs offer condolences Chennai, Oct 19: Leader of Opposition a n d DM K p r e s i d e n t M.K. Stalin on Monday paid his respects to Thavasayammal, the late mother of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at his Greenways Road residence here. She had passed away recently. Accompanied by DMK general secretary Duraimurugan and deputy general secretary K. Ponmudi, Stalin called on the Chief Minister and expressed his condolences. Ministers D Jayakumar, Kadambur Raju, R.Kamaraj, C.Vijaybhaskar, K.C. Veeramani, K.T. Rajendra Balaji, High Court Judge Vaidyanathan, Justice Selvi Velumani were paid floral tributes to the portrait placed at the Chief Minister’s residence. M L A s T. N a g a r Sathya, Virugai Ravi, Kalasapakkam Panneerselvam were also paid respects. Text Book Society Chairman B. Valarmathi, former Mayor Saidai Duraiswami, were also paid respects. Central Pollution Control Board Chairman Shivdas Meena, Tourism Secretary Vikram Kapur, Revenue Secretary Phanindera Reddy, Finance Secretary Krishnan, Forest Secretary Sandeep Saxena, Food Secretary Dayanand Kattaria, Municipal Administration Secretary Harminder Singh, Anna Management Training Centre Director Iraianbu, Highways Secretary A. Karthik, Tamil Development Secretary Makesan Kasirajan, Information Dept Director P. Shankar, Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram Member Secretary Thangavelu, Former MP Maithreyan, Ramco Cements Chairman Ve n k a t a r a m a R a j a , Vels Group of College Chairman Isari Ganesh were also paid respects to Thavasayammal, mother of Chief Minister Palaniswami. Film director actor T. Rajender, Director actor K. Bhagyaraj, Poornima Bhagyaraj, actors Kutti Padmini, Chitra, Afsal, Udaya, Sangeetha, Ramesh Khanna, FEFSI President R.K. Selvamani, treasurer Swaminathan, Director Liaquat Ali Khan, Music Director Dheena were also paid respects to Thavasayammal and offered condolences to Chief Minister Palaniswami. Education Minister holds meet to discuss school reopening issue Chennai, Oct 19: School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan holds discussion with education department officials on the reopening of schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Education minister held discussion with School Education Secretary Dheeraj Kumar, Commis- sioner of School Education N Venkatesh, Director of School Education Kannappan and Director of Elementary Education Palanisamy met at the More inter-state express trains to meet festival rush Chennai, Oct 19: The Southern Railway has announced 15 special trains as there is high demand during Navaratri and Diwali festivals. Southern Railway will be operating more interstate trains to Puri, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar and Korba to meet festival rush The trains are: Train No.02859 Puri-Chennai Central Superfast special will leave Puri at 5.30pm on Sundays from October 25 to November 29. In the return direction, Train No.02860 Chennai Central-Puri superfast special will leave Chennai Central at 4.25pm on Mondays from October 26 to November 30. Train No.02869 Visakhapatnam-Chennai Central superfast special will leave Visakhapatnam at 7.05pm on Mondays from October 26 to November 30. In the return direction, train No . 0 2 8 7 0 C h e n n a i Central-Visakhapatnam superfast special will leave Chennai Central at 9.10pm on Tuesdays from October 27 to December 1. Train No.02839 Bhubaneswar-Chennai Central superfast special will leave Bhubaneswar at noon on Thursdays from October October 22 to November 26. In the return direction, train No.02840 Chennai Central–Bhubaneswar superfast special will leave at 9.10pm on Fridays from October 23 to November 27. T r a i n No . 0 8 4 9 6 B h u b a n e s w a r – Rameswaram via Chennai Egmore weekly special train will leave Bhubaneswar on Fridays from October 23 to November 27 at 12noon. In the return direction, train No. 08495 Rameswaram– Bhubaneswar via Egmore weekly special train will leave Rameswaram on Sundays from October 25 to November 29 at 8.40am. Train No.02648 Thiruvananthapuram– Korba bi-weekly super fast special via Chennai Central will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 6.05am on Thursdays and Mondays from October 22 to November 30. In the return direction, train No.02647 Korba– Thiruvananthapuram biweekly super fast special will leave Gorakhpur 7.40pm on Saturdays and Wednesdays from October 24 to December 2. Secretariat on the reopening educational institutions in the state. Minister Sengottaiyan had last week said schools in the state would not be reopened due to the prevailing pandemic situation. The Madras High Court has also directed the State government to clarify on the possibility of opening schools at least by year-end and if they do not open by then, at least allowing schools to collect fees as 40% to 50% of parents have not paid even 40% of fees, as ordered by the court on July 17 as first instalment, despite utilising the benefit of online classes. The schools in Tamil Nadu has been closed ever since the March lockdown. Special buses for Deepavali planned Tirupur, Oct 19: Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar said on Sunday that special buses for Deepavali would be announced soon. A consultation meeting on the operation of special buses during the festival season was held and decisions were taken, said the Minister at Palladam in Tiruppur district, where he attended a private function on Sunday. According to V i j a y a b h a s k a r, t h e State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) started reservations in view of Deepavali. He said that 60%-70% of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) buses were currently operational. The buses are fully operational in the morning and evening, when there is a considerable number of passengers who use public transport. According to him, many people were using their own vehicle, in view of COVID-19, instead of public transport. As the State’s case load was seeing a slow decline, bus services would be resumed in a phased manner, he said. Mysuru, Oct 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said necessary changes are being made in every sector to ensure growth and to make this decade India’’s. “In the last 6-7 months you might have seen the speed and the ambit of reforms are increasing. Whether it is agriculture, space, defence, aviation or labour. In every sector necessary changes are being made for growth,” Modi said. Addressing the centenary convocation of the University of Mysore through video conferencing, he said it is being done for the sake of crores of youth in this country and to make this decade India’’s. “This decade can be India’’s only when we make our foundations strong. This decade has brought immense opportunity for the youth,” he added. Modi greeted the people of the state on the occasion of “Nada Habba” (state festival) Dasara. Expressing sympathy towards those affected by floods in several parts of the state, the Prime Minister said the central and the Karnataka governments together were doing every bit to provide relief to all those affected. Speaking on the National Education Policy, he said, skilling, reskilling and upskilling were the need of the day and the policy focuses on it. He also said that efforts were being made at all levels to make India a global hub for higher education and our youth competitive. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala and Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan were present on the occasion. Biden not good for India, says Trump’s son New York, Oct 19: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is not good for India as he could be soft on China, US President Donald Trump’s son said at an event to celebrate the “success” of his book that talks about graft allegations against the Bidens. Forty-two-year-old Donald Trump Jr is leading the re-election campaign of his 74-year-old father. The presidential elections in the US are slated to be held on November 3. “We have to understand the threat of China and no one knows that probably better than IndianAmericans,” Trump Jr, told a select group of supporters from the community at the event in Long Island, New York. In his book “Liberal Privilege”, he has documented allegations of corruption against 77-year-old Joe Biden’s family, particularly against his son Hunter Biden. “When you look at our opponents in this race you think the Chinese gave Hunter Biden USD 1.5 billion because he was a great businessman, or because they knew the Bidens could be bought, and therefore soft on China,” he said. Trump Jr was referring to the latest allegations of corruption against the Biden family as revealed by The New York Post. At 102, retired postman in Bengaluru gets a recognition M Rafi Ahmed At a time when the news of 102 year-old World War II veteran Bob Vollmer retiring after working for nearly 60 years at Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the US last February went viral, comes the Karnataka postal circle honouring a 102 year old postman S K Narasimhamurthy at his home at Bengaluru’s one of the oldest locality Thyagaraja Nagar in Basavanagudi area during the National Postal week celebrations. What is surprising is that the centenarian is drawing pension for well over 41 years which is more than his service period. He retired on August 31, 1979 as Department Stamp Vendor (DSV) in the cadre of postman at Bengaluru City Head Post Office after a three decade plus unblemished service in the postal department. Notably, he is the only retired surviving postal employee to have crossed 100 in Karnataka state. Centenarian Narasimhamurthy was on cloud nine on seeing the department people and union representatives visiting his home and honouring him with a shawl besides presenting fruits and getting his blessings on the occasion of National Postal Week fete (October 9 to 15). Indeed a memorable moment for him and his family members-two sons and a grandson. Narasimhamurthy’s wife predeceased him. Shyam, grandson of S K Narasimhamurthy told this scribe that his father S N Sathyanarayan (68) had worked as Group D staff in the postal department at Jai Nagar post office and is now leading a retired life alongwith his grandfather while another son of Narasimhamurthy aged 69 retired from a private company and is a bachelor. On a query about Narasimhamurthy’s last salary, Shyam said that it was just Rs 200 or Rs 300 wayback in 1979 during his retirement and presently his grandfather is getting a monthly pension of Rs 20,000. And his grandfather served his entire service as department stamp vendor although he was categorised under postman cadre. Retired postmaster and Government of India’s first Meghdoot recipient Kovaipudur N Hariharan suggested that the Karnataka postal circle must honour the centenarian with a special postal cover or stamp as a token of recognition for his services to the department.