BENGALURU MONDAY DECEMBER 19, 2016 `5.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION WOULD THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE TRUMP THE ODDS? Ahead of the Electoral College vote on Monday, thousands demand that someone other than Donald Trump be picked RESULTS UNLIKELY TO BE A SHOCKER ■ 37 ELECTION DAY RESULTS LIKELY TO STAY Of the 538 electors picked in the November 8 polls to elect the President, 306 were pledged to Trump. Since a candidate needs 270 electoral votes to become President, 37 would need to defect from Trump to make him lose the majority. However, this is extremely unlikely ■ Though the US Constitution gives the Electoral College the final say in picking the President, electoral votes have of late become a mere post-Election Day tradition However, there has been an unusual effort this year to make Trump-supporting electors shift allegiance TRUMP-LOYAL ELECTORS COULD CHANGE RESULT BY DEFECTING CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUPATI Govt defends Rawat’s appointment EC turn to go after black money, seeks `2k cap on anonymous party funds Lion’s share of income comes from unknown sources Every political party has to report funds obtained from an individual or company to Election Commission above C20,000. The EC has now urged the government to lower the limit to C2,000. Here’s how much money each party gets from unknown sources, as compiled by the Association for Democratic Reforms Party 2013-14 2014-15 BJP 471.99 505.26 Cong 523.99 445.22 BSP 46.8 92.8 CPI(M) 60.22 60.13 NCP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Election Commission urged the government on Sunday to ban anonymous contributions to political parties above `2,000 to ensure they do not become conduits for black money . As per the proposed amendment sent by the Commission to the Law Ministry and made part of its compendium on pro, posed electoral reforms, “anonymous contributions above or equal to the amount of `2,000 should be prohibited.” The Commission has also proposed that exemption of income tax should only be extended to political parties that contest elections and win seats in Lok Sabha or State polls. This is crucial because between 2005 and 2015, only 400 of the 1900-odd registered political parties have contested elections. While the existing law — The Representation of the People Act, 1951 — does not bar political parties from accepting anonymous donations, it makes it mandatory for them under section 29C - to divulge details of any donation above the `20,000 limit. The move comes on the heels of a furore over reports claiming political parties were exempt from IT scrutiny for deposits of demonetised notes. However, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia quickly clarified that the reports were false. “Political parties have not been granted any exemption or privilege, post demonetisation and introduction of Taxation Amendment Act, 2016,” he said in a series of tweets. “Post demonetisation, no political party can accept donations in `500 and `1,000 notes since they were rendered illegal tenders. If there is any discrepancy political parties are as liable to be questioned by , IT authorities as is anyone else. They enjoy no immunity,” Adhia added. 27.18 CPI 40.66 Hackers pounce on 79.68% India after note ban 0 New Delhi: Facing attack from opposition parties, Government justified the appointment of Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as army chief superseding two commanders, insisting that his operational experience and “general dynamism” tipped the scales in the officer’s favour. The “outstanding” track record was cited as the reason. P9 0.003 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST COLT PLAY, LOUD & CLEAR YOUR LIFE COACH India clinched its second FIH Junior World Cup title defeating Belgium 2-1 in the final in Lucknow on Sunday. Gurjant Singh and Simranjeet Singh scored the goals for the winners as India finished the tournament undefeated | PTI REPORT: P13 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) & 4 of City express Coming, a permanent tribunal to solve inter-state river disputes Govt to introduce a bill in next Parliament session to form a single tribunal to resolve all conflicts between states on sharing river water; experts slam the move, say it could further delay relief (Rupees in crores) of the funding to five national parties (except CPI) from unknown sources in 2012-13 (Source: Election Commission of India and Association for Democratic Reforms) Upset, says Axis Bank chief “Embarrassed and upset” over the conduct of a handful of employees bringing the organisation into disrepute, Axis Bank MD and CEO Shikha Sharma on Sunday said the bank has hired KPMG to conduct a forensic audit for enhanced due diligence and building more safeguards. She assured that the fundamentals of the bank are on a solid footing Who solves water conflicts? Eight tribunals exist at present, including those on Cauvery, Mahadayi, Ravi and Beas, Vamsadhara and Krishna rivers YAT I S H YA D A V @ New Delhi BETWEEN December 9 and 12 at least 80,000 cyber attacks targeted Indian networks, showing why the government’s attempt to switch over to a digital economy may be fraught with risk. India’s information security architecture has not fully awakened to challenges of malicious warfare that could take down the financial systems. Top intelligence sources say that till November 28, they had observed an average 2 lakh threats and vulnerabilities per day This increased to 5 . lakh after the note ban and it further went up to 6 lakh threats by the first week of December. Although a majority of threats were neutralised before they could inflict any substantial damage, Legion, the group that compromised Twitter account of Rahul Gandhi and Vijay Mallya, claimed the banking networks were flawed and vulnerable to hacking. Legion’s threat to bring the Indian banking system to its knees has worried the government, which recently ordered a 360 degree security audit of information infrastructure including financial networks. “Between November 22 and 26, we observed 3,35,000 attacks on Indian networks by cyber hackers from China, Pakistan, Singapore, US, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Dubai and Sweden. In August we had held a meeting with nodal officers and acknowledged the fact that a lot needs to be done,” official sources said. THREAT TO CASHLESS INDIA: P9 High on cash crunch, booze sales fall EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE DEMONETISATION has not just taken the cash out of wallets, it has also taken the ‘spirit’ away from tipplers. Liquor sales across south India witnessed a steep fall after the note ban. However, some variants and states are an exception to this trend. Tasmac, the State-run monopoly liquor seller in Tamil Nadu, witnessed a whopping `1,000 crore drop in sales in November compared to the previous month. The sales in December, so far, have also been disappointing, say sources. Tasmac’s sales across its 6,200 outlets dropped from `2,620 crore in October to `1,665 crore in November. In December, the sale so far is around `603 crore. In Kerala, while brandy, whisky and rum saw a fall in sales, beer and wine beat demonetisation blues and recorded over two and seven per cent growth in numbers. In Andhra, sales dropped by `200 crore against a monthly target of `700 crore. In Telangana, sales have reportedly dropped by 30 per cent. NEW SYSTEM IN A NUTSHELL WHEN THEY WERE FORMED Vamsadhara Water Disputes Tribunal: February, 2010 Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal: Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal: November, 2010 April, 1969 Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal -I: April, 1969 2016 Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal: October, 1969 Ravi & Beas Water Tribunal: April, 1986 Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal: June, 1990 Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal -II: April, 2004 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chennai IN a major development, the Centre has decided to accelarate solutions to interstate river water disputes by setting up a single, permanent tribunal to hear all such cases. Besides the tribunal, the government has also proposed to float some benches by amending the InterState Water Disputes Act, 1956 to look into disputes as and when required. Unlike the Tribunal, the benches will cease to exist once the disputes are resolved. “There will be only one permanent Tribunal with retired Supreme Court judge as its chairperson. There will be benches formed as and when required. The benches though will be wound up once a dispute is resolve,” Water Resources Ministry secretary Shashi Shekhar said. Earlier, Shekhar said, water tribunals “took ages” to deliver final awards into disputes, where as the proposed Tribu- AMIT BANDRE nal is expected to deliver its verdict during a span of three years. Along with the Tribunal, the amendment proposes to set up Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC). The DRC, comprising experts and policy-makers, is proposed to handle disputes prior to the Tribunal. “...whenever a state will request, the Centre will set up a DRC. We expect, most disputes will get resolved at the DRC’s level itself. But if a state is not ‘It will only further delay the implementation ’ “The centralised tribunal would not yield the desired results and would only further delay the implementation of final awards pronounced by existing water dispute tribunals,” according to Mannargudi S Ranganathan, one of the original petitioners in the Cauvery dispute. saw states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka (Cauvery basin), GoaKarnataka-Maharashtra (Mahadayi), and Odisha and Chhattisgarh (Mahanadi) sparring over sharing river water satisfied, it can approach the Tribunal,” he added. The Cabinet has already cleared it and the Bill will be introduced in next Parliament session. As per the current provisions of the 1956 Act, a tribunal can be formed after a state government approaches Union Government with such request and the Centre is convinced of the need to form the tribunal. At present, there are eight Tribunals including those on Cauvery, Mahadayi, Ravi and Beas, Vamsadhara and Krishna rivers. Water management experts and activists have slammed the move as they feel the Centre has scuttled the efforts of the Supreme Court to form the Cauvery Management Board as mandated by the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT). “When even independent tribunals could not deliver in time, how can you expect a single tribunal to do so,” said Dr S Janakarajan, attached to the Madras Institute of Development Studies. Single, permanent tribunal to hear all inter-state river water disputes Proposal to float some benches by amending the InterState Water Disputes Act, 1956 The benches will cease to exist once the disputes are resolved Retired SC judge will head the tribunal Final awards will be delivered in a fixed time frame of three years within the tribunal The amendment also proposes to set up Dispute Resolution Committee The DRC will comprise experts and policy-makers and will handle disputes prior to the Tribunal The government will not have to notify the award proposed by the tribunal There will be only one permanent Tribunal with retired Supreme Court judge as its chairperson. There will be benches formed as and when required. Shashi Shekhar, Water Resources Ministry secretary EXPRESS READ Cash van driver flees with `20L, but abandons money, vehicle EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE driver of a van carrying money to be deposited in ATMs fled with the van containing `20 lakh here on Saturday evening. Later, the cash was found near Yemalur Lake while the vehicle was found near Madiwala. The driver is missing and the police are trying to track him down, based on the CCTV footage. This is the second such incident in the last one month. On November 23, Dominic, the driver of a van ferrying cash for banks and ATMs fled with `1.37 crore from the busy Kempe Gowda Road. According to the police, Hussain (25), a native of Assam, joined SecureValue India, a company responsible for transportation of cash for various ATMs, about five weeks ago. Hussain a l o n g with three s t a f f m e m b e r s and a gunman Hussain had gone to Murugeshapalya on Old Airport Road to fill cash at a State Bank of Mysore ATM. There was `52 lakh in the vehicle and some of it was loaded into a couple of ATMs in Koramangala in the afternoon. Around 5.30pm, they came to Murugeshapalya and when the staf f went inside the ATM, Hussain took advantage of the opportunity and drove away . The staff alerted Old Airport Road police who rushed to his room in Koramangala where he stays alone. When he was not found there, they alerted the city police who searched for the vehicle. On Sunday afternoon, the vehicle was found near Madiwala. Meanwhile, some residents who found the cash box near Yemalur Lake alerted HSR Layout police who recovered it. Ramesh, one of the employees o f S e c u r e Va l u e I n d i a L t d , approached the police and filed a case about the incident. MORE: P3 Elephant goes Rahul falls berserk at Tirumala agonisingly short Tirupathi: A 39-year-old mahout was severely injured when an elephant went berserk near Sri Bhuvaraha Swamy temple at Tirumala on Sunday evening. There were no casualties or any other injured. P6 KL Rahul fell short of a well-deserved 200 by a run as India ended Day 3 at 391/4 against England. Rahul is the second Indian after Mohammad Azharuddin to be dismissed on 199. P12
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