Chennai Rates e-Book ¥ ¢ ¤ £ © ¢ ¨ ¡ § ¢ ¤ ¦ § Diesel/l Rs.76.37 Gold (24k) Rs.5140 gm Petrol/l Rs 84.64 Silver Rs.66.70/gm CHENNAI Saturday 21-11-2020 VOL. 26 No.130 PAGES 8 ` 4.00 https://makkalkural.net/e-book https://trinitymirror.net/e-book NATIONAL DAILY FOR THE PEOPLE EPS, OPS meet Amit Shah to strengthen alliance 3,000 police personnel on duty ahead of Shah’s visit Chennai, Nov 21: A grand reception was given to Union Home Minister Amit Shah right from the airport by following all COVID protocols, including social distancing norms. Security arrangements have been tightened ahead of Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah’s visit to Tamil Nadu with the deployment of more than 3,000 police personnel on bandobust duty. All the staff of the hotel, where Shah would be staying and the VIPs scheduled to meet him were subjected to COVID-19 tests on Edappadi Palaniswami, Chief Minister Friday. Union Minister Amit Shah has come to Chennai to participate in a government function at Kalaivanar Arangam where he will launch various programmes, including Thervaikandigai reservoir and Phase- II of O.Panneerselvam, Deputy Chief Minister the Chennai Metro Rail. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam will meet Amit Shah and hold talks with them on further strengthening the alliance. Shah would interact with the BJP office- Amit Shah, Union Minister bearers and the district in-charges on further strengthening the party for the upcoming polls, besides the core committee members at a star hotel. His visit assumes significance as the saffron party was planning to gain a foothold in Tamil Nadu--traditionally a fortress of the two Dravidian majors, AIADMK and the DMK--by replicating the Bihar’s success formula here. The BJP, which has been steadfastly maintaining that its alliance with the ruling AIADMK will continue for the Assembly polls despite the State government refusing permission for the Vetri Vel Yatra and opposing some of the Centre’s policies that went against the interests of Tamil Nadu, will be looking to gain a foothold in the State by entering the Assembly with good numbers. REGD. NO.TN/.CC (S) DN/134/18-20 RNI Regd.No. 62432/1995 TN PMG(CCR)/WPP No 676/18-20 CM condoles death of wildlife conservation expert Ajay Desai Chennai, Nov 21: Chief Minister Palaniswami on Saturday expressed grief over the death of Wildlife conservation expert Ajay Desai, who passed away in Belagavi. In a statement Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said, “I was deeply pained to hear the demise of Wildlife conservation expert Ajay Desai,” he said, extending his condolences to the bereaved family. Field biologist and wildlife conservation expert Ajay Adrushyappa Desai passed away in Belagavi on Thursday night. He was 62. Desai suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Mr. Desai is survived by wife and two children. Fondly known as “Elephant Man”, he spent decades in the research of species specific behaviour of Asiatic elephants. He was a consultant to World Wildlife Fund and some State governments in resolving man-animal Govt ready to face Northeast monsoon rains: Minister Chennai, Nov 21: As per the instructions from the Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, the government is talking all action to embrace monsoon. As per the instructions from the Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, the government is talking all action to embrace monsoon. The government’s preparations ahead of the northeast monsoon in the state and said it was fully geared to ensure the Former DMK MP Ramalingam joins BJP AIADMK to strengthen booth-level committees Focus on AIADMK’s achievements, strive for party’s victory in assembly polls: CM tells functionaries conflicts. Desai was a pioneer in the study of elephant movements using radio collar. His studies included problems such as elephants entering agricultural fields and pastures. Based on scientific research, he argued that deforestation and destruction of wildlife habitations were forcing elephants to come to villages and towns seeking food and water. Chennai, Nov 21: Former DMK MP K.P. Ramalingam, who was suspended from the party earlier this year on “disciplinary” grounds, joined BJP in the presence of C.T. Ravi, state in-charge for party affairs in Tamil Nadu and BJP State President L. Murugan. In March, DMK president M.K. Stalin suspended Ramalingam from the primary membership of the party and as agriculture wing secretary after he expressed himself against the convening of an all-party meeting to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic as suggested by Stalin. Ramalingam was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996 as a DMK candidate and the party nominated him to the Rajya Sabha in 2010. He was an AIADMK MLA from Rasipuram in 1980 and 1984. He had been suspended in 2014, too, after he expressed support for M.K. Alagiri. safety of the people. In Chennai, we have identified the flood risk areas and the corporation officials has taken action to prevent water stagnation. A 24x7 control room has been created at the Ripon buildings, the seat of Chennai’s civic body, to take in complaints from public and emergency numbers have been released. Vehicles have been stationed to clear fallen trees including a team that will man the night shift. Some 570 motorpumps have been placed in low lying areas to drain water in all 15 zones of Chennai, 176 relief camps are ready with 44 medical teams. Community kitchens and Amma canteens will function to provide food for those affected. OPS appeals to work hard for an overwhelming victory Chennai, Nov 21: AIADMK co-coordinator and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday appealed to party functionaries to focus on the state government’’s achievements in the 2021 assembly elections and strive hard for a hat-trick of victories. He was addressing a meeting of AIADMK district secretaries, ministers and zonal heads at party headquarters here on the eve of union Home Minister Amit Shah’’s visit to the state capital. According to party sources, Palaniswami urged the party members to highlight the achievements, particularly the 7.5 reservation in medical admission for government school students who clear NEET and other propeople programmes. The party members should keep up the winning streak displayed for two terms in a row and make sure the AIADMK scored a hat-trick in the assembly poll early next year, he said, the sources added. Party’’s coordinator and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam appealed to the workers to strive unitedly for an overwhelming victory. Earlier, addressing the AIADMK members in Theni, he said both the party and government were in “safe hands.” Booth-level committees At 28, Kovai filmmaker grabs global awards M Raﬁ Ahmed Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam on Friday stressed on the need to strengthen booth-level committees. For the first time, each booth committee will have 25 women roped in to focus on women voters. An equal number of young men will also figure in the committee to bring focus on young voters. The decisions were announced in an address made to the newly-appointed district secretaries, ministers and zonal in-charges of the AIADMK on Friday. The youngsters will go around telling the public about the welfare schemes launched by the AIADMK government, apart from the major achievements. There are around 70,000 booths in the State and this is to ensure no one misses the polling booth on the day of election and also to ensure that all their names are included in the rolls. AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudanan, Deputy Coordinators KP Munusamy and R Vaithilingam, and Pollachi V Jayaraman also spoke at the meeting which lasted for over two hours. Palaniswami spoke for about 45 minutes. He concentrated mainly on the achievements of the government and referred to the party’s poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He said ups and downs for a political party is quite common and for that reason, the AIADMK did not lose heart. He said there was no anti-incumbency mood in the State because of the numerous welfare schemes and the government’s efficient handling of the Corona crisis. Panneerselvam, in his 25-minute speech, elaborated on strengthening the party at the grassroots level. As to the adage ‘The most successful people follow passion not paychecks’, Twenty eight year old Arun Karthik, a resident of Thadagam in Coimbatore city made heads turn by bringing laurels to his hometown winning global recognition for his full length feature film ‘Nasir’. The Indian Film Festival, Cincinnati in the US awarded the youth with Best screenplay award 2020. Earlier, his movie Nasir won the NETPAC award for best Asian production during the premiere at the International Film Festival, Rotterdam.As fate would have it, COVID-19 pandemic spell doom on this enterprising movie-maker as the movie couldn’t be screened at several film festivals. However, Nasir was premiered in India through an online event organised by the Mumbai Film Festival during May. Arun’s craze for film making started at the age of 17 during his first year while pursuing engineering at Karunya University wherein he did two short films. Since his mind revolved around film making, he discontinued his studies during his third year and ventured into his passion with the vision of focusing on the environment capturing the routine life in a city where he grew up. And the story knot of ‘Nasir’ is based on the short story ‘Oru Gumasthavin Kathai’ (The story of a clerk) penned by Dilip Kumar. Arun, who wrote the screenplay, had wielded the megaphone and captured the scenes mostly based on busy Oppanakara street where many textile shops are located. The lead character, who is a salesman at a textile shop, is donned by Koumarane Valavane, the founder of the celebrated Indianostrum Theatre group in Puducherry. Nasir depicts the one day life of a salesman with Saumyananda Sahi, who had previously shot Karthick’s debut feature film Sivapuramanam, handling the camera while editor and film-maker Arghya Basu (now deceased) did a perfect editing of Nasir movie. And the movie was made by six companies with a grant of 50,000 Euros from Netherland government. The post production and color correction were done in Amsterdam, capital of Netherlands. Arun Karthik while speaking to this scribe said that he is now involved in doing another script based on the area-Thadagam, where he resides.