KOCHI l tuesDAY l december 6, 2016 l `6.00 l PAGES 20 l late city EDITION SC issues notice to Tech giants on cybercrime Issue highlighted by rape videos The apex court sought a response on a plea seeking curbs on sharing of sexual offence videos, by January 9 What the supreme court said Rape videos are shot and posted on social networking sites, and internet companies should take steps to curb such cybercrime, said advocate Aparna Bhatt, appearing for NGO Prajwala, which had sent a letter about circulation of such videos via WhatsApp ■ If the state police find nothing against a person after probing a sexual offence case, then CBI will not interrogate that person with regard to the cybercrime aspect ■ As per NCRB data, there is a sharp rise in (the number of) cases of sexual violence against children 11,592 Cybercrime cases reported in 2015, according to NCRB CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BeNGALuRu ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELagavi ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIvaMOGgA ■ TIRUCHY ■ Tirupati jayalalithaa is no more the end came at 11.30 pm on monday. O Panneerselvam to succeed her Kerala on high alert: Behera Express News Service @ Chennai Deeply saddened at the passing away of Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa ji. May her soul rest in peace Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was one of the most extraordinary political leaders India has seen. Jayalalithaa had always had a special relation with Kerala and tried to maintain good relations between Keralites and Tamilians. We don’t have many other Chief Ministers in our country who have influenced people like this. Her demise is a major loss not only to Tamil Nadu but for the entire country. As far as Kerala is concerned, the state lost a major administrator from our neighbourhood, Pinarayi Vijayan, CM Who’s Panneerselvam O Panneerselvam is a Tamil Nadu politician who will succeed J Jayalalithaa after the latter passed away on Monday night. He served as the Chief Minister of TN from 2001 to 2002 and again from 2014 to 2015 and later in the year 2016. He has been a trusted aide of Jayalalithaa. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, 68, breathed her last here on Monday after battling for life for 75 days at the Apollo Hospital. The hospital officials said in a release that Jayalalithaa passed away at 11.30 pm. Jayalalithaa had a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday . Even as her death was announced, the AIADMK MLAs were meeting at the party headquarters to elect a successor to Jayalalithaa. Reports said loyalist O Panneerselvam will succeed her. Jayalalithaa, who scored a historic win in the Assembly elections in the state little over six months ago, was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on September 22 with fever and dehydration but she could never recover. Jayalalithaa, a tinsel town heroine and co-starred with former TN Chief Minister M G Ramachandran, practised politics on her own terms to remain one of the main poles of Tamil Nadu politics for three decades. She was a feisty leader with a lot of grit and determination staging remarkable comebacks from several setbacks. A teen starlet, who acted with the who’s who of Tamil cinema in the sixties and seventies, Jayalalitha went on to become a five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, effortlessly inheriting the mantle of her mentor and superstar MGR. Born in a Brahmin family in Mysuru in Karnataka, Jayalalitha quite often had the better of her arch-rival M Karunanidhi, a stalwart and one of the earliest products of the Dravidian movement that was founded on an anti-Brahmin platform. After her formal initiation into the politics in 1982 when she was inducted into the AIADMK, she displayed enormous political skills in shouldering the task of running the party after the death of MGR in 1987. While the journey of actor Jayalalithaa started in 1965 in ‘Vennira Aadai,’ (The White Dress), she assumed her political avatar in 1982 after MGR made her the Propaganda Secretary the next year. The charismatic actor-politician was made a Rajya Sabha member in 1984 by MGR, with whom she had paired opposite in 28 films, and led the party’s charge in the 1984 Assembly and Lok Sabha polls when he could could not go on a campaign State Police Chief Loknath Behera has instructed the border check-posts to keep a tab on ‘unusual movements’ of weapons and explosive items. He instructed the police to tighten security at Sabarimala temple as many from Tamil Nadu are present at the hill shrine. The law and order machinery in the state has been monitoring the situation to ensure safety of travellers, he added. Security tightened on TN border Following the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the state police have strengthened security arrangements in the districts sharing borders with Tamil Nadu. Additional forces have been deployed in the border areas in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Idukki and Palakkad districts. All the respective District Police Chiefs have been instructed to oversee the security arrangements in the border regions. KSRTC suspends services to TN T’Puram: The KSRTC has suspended all services to Tamil Nadu in the wake of tension prevailing there. All buses plying to various cities in Tamil Nadu were asked to return on Monday. All services from Bangalore via Salem have been rerouted through Mysore. A great woman politician: Governor Governor P Sathasivam has expressed deep sorrow at the demise of Jayalalithaa. “In her, we saw the perfect blending of the strong will of an able administrator and the compassion of a philanthropist. In her sad demise, we have lost a unique mother’s touch,” he said. 1948-2016 trail following illness. But her moment of reckoning came a few years later when MGR died in 1987, with AIADMK at crossroads. The leader was humiliated as MGR’s body was lying in state in the heritage Rajaji Hall when a DMK leader tried to push her from the rostrum. She faced intense and protracted struggle to eventually head the AIADMK overcoming the animosity of rival camps led by the leaders like senior minister in the MGR cabinet R M Veerappan. AIADMK split into two factions then, famously called AIADMK (J) and AIADMK (Ja) after Jayalalithaa and Janaki, wife of Ramachandran. Jayalalithaa successfully contested the Tamil Nadu Assembly election in 1989 from Bodinayakkanur and became the first woman Leader of Opposition in the House. This period saw some challenges in her political and personal life, with Jayalalithaa alleging she was harassed and attacked by ruling DMK in the House even as she met with a deadly accident. Hailed as ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ (Revolutionary Leader), Jayalalithaa proved wrong all calculations of DMK retaining power in 2011 when she led her party to a fantastic victory by forming a rainbow coalition comprising DMDK and Left parties. She retained power in 2016, scripting history after three decades to ensure that a party won a successive term. Express Read State staring at massive crop failure, says minister Trinamool foils note-recall debate minus voting Believers Church not to back Erumeli airport project T’Puram: The state is staring at a massive crop loss this year due to the drought condition prevailing in the region, said Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar on Monday. “Crops in 1,000 hectares of farm land in Palakkad and Thrissur have dried up,” he said. P4 New Delhi: The logjam in the Lok Sabha continued on Monday with the Opposition unrelenting on its demand for discussing demonetisation under a rule which entails voting. A section of leaders hinted that the House may begin discussion on Wednesday. P9 Tiruvalla: The Believers Church Council, which met here on Monday, decided not to support the state government proposal to take over the 2,263-acre Cheruvally Estate in Erumeli for the construction of an airport. P4 Close on the heels of the big fat wedding between liquor baron Biju Ramesh’s daughter and Congress leader Adoor Prakash’s son in the city , the Income Tax officials raided the office of Ramesh at East Fort seeking details of the expenses incurred for the wedding. The officials sought evidence regarding the source of money and the contractor who constructed the venue. Three officials from the Income Tax Department arrived at the office of Biju Ramesh at around noon and spent seven hours verifying the records to ascertain the expenses incurred for the wedding. They also directed Ramesh to submit a detailed report detailing the expenditure for the wedding. Apparently, Ramesh sought a week’s time for filing the details. The luxurious wedding held at Venpalavattom on Sunday, amidst the currency crunch had raised many eyebrows in the state. Over 20,000 guests attended the wedding, which was marked by various cultural and entertainment programmes, including a dance and music show. Ramesh’s daughter Megha tied the knot with Ajaykrishnan, son of Adoor Prakash. Isaac’s bait to lure NRKs: Invest in infra projects, earn a job R a j e s h A b r a h a m @ Kochi A50,000 cr In a bid to boost the state’s sagging infrastructure, the Kerala Government is planning to offer jobs to Gulf returnees who are willing to invest a portion of their savings in the state’s development projects. Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac is toying with the idea of providing stimulus to the state economy by luring Gulf returnees to invest in infrastructure projects. According to Isaac, the move can help the state achieve three goals: 1. Provide an impetus to the infrastructure sector. 2. Get partial, long-term finance for these projects. 3. Ensure economic security for Keralites returning investment needed for infrastructure projects 27 lakh Keralites working abroad 65% in UAE and S Arabia 1.3 lakh cr NRI deposits at the end of March 2016 from Gulf countries due to job l o s s c a u s e d by e c o n o m i c slowdown. “My idea is to offer them (Gulf returnees) jobs if they come forward to invest a sum, say `10-25 lakh, in the infrastructure projects,” he said. Isaac shared his thoughts on rehabilitation of people returning from Gulf countries due to job loss caused by slump in crude prices during an interaction with ‘Express’ in Kochi. The state government is planning to lure Non- Resident Keralites to invest in infrastructure projects, including Vizhinjam Transshipment Terminal, Kochi Metro Rail Project, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode Light Metro project, Kannur Airport, Vytilla Mobility Hub Second Phase etc. The plan is to raise `50,000 crore to take up big ticket development projects that can change the face of the state. The crude prices had dipped to $30 per barrel in February this year from a high of $112 per barrel in 2014. Though Given the fiscal situation of Kerala, the government could do little for the Gulf returnees. My idea is to offer them jobs if they come forward to invest a sum, say `10-25 lakh, in the infrastructure projects. T M Thomas Isaac Finance Minister, Kerala I-T sleuths swoop down on Biju Ramesh Express News Service @ T’Puram big plans gulf remittances big fat wedding the prices have recovered to $54/ barrel, West Asian countries led by Saudi Arabia are cutting back on investments and freezing large projects to contain the slowdown. This has triggered huge cut in jobs and salaries. As per the estimates of the Centre for Development Studies, about 27 lakh Keralites are working in UAE and Saudi Arabia. Though there are no estimates of retur nees in 2015 and 2016, around 12.48 lakh emigrants returned to Kerala in 2014. Amit Bandre 20 pages, including 4 pages of kochi Express
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