BELAGAVI WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION TAJ ENTRY FEE HIKED, PAY `200 TO ENTER MAIN MAUSOLEUM The govt has hiked the Taj Mahal entry fee to `50 from `40 and introduced a `200 charge to see the main mausoleum from Apr 1 GOAL IS TO ‘PRESERVE’ TAJ MAHAL ■ `1,250 FOREIGNERS AND TOURISTS TO BENEFIT “We need to preserve the Taj Mahal for the generations to come. New ‘barcoded’ tickets would cost `50... and be valid only for three hours,” Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said. “The hike in prices is not to generate revenue, but to ensure that only people who are genuinely interested enter the area” ■ Separate queues, toilets, and a safe corridor from the Agra railway station to the Taj would be set up for foreign tourists “We are exploring how we can bring ‘lapka culture’ (culture of touts) to an end by bringing them under the ambit of serious offences and organised crime,” said Sharma CHARGE FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS TO VISIT TAJ MAHAL CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR BJP cries ‘fowl’, says Rahul ate chicken before visiting temple E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru The ONGC vessel ‘Sagar Bhushan’ at the Cochin Shipyard | ALBIN MATHEW 5 killed in blast on under-repair vessel at Kochi Gas leak in AC compartment could have triggered it; 7 injured, one of them critical A R U N M @ Kochi TRAGEDY struck the country’s premier ship-building and repairing company Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) on Tuesday morning as five workers were killed and seven injured in an explosion in an underrepair vessel. All the dead are Keralites, four of them hailing from Ernakulam district. Six of the seven injured are from Kerala, with the other hailing from Uttar Gadkari orders inquiry Pradesh. The explosion occurred at 9.15 am, short- Union Shipping and ly after a gas leak was reported near the AC Transport Minister compartment area of Sagar Bhushan, whi- Nitin Gadkari has ch is being repaired in drydock #1. The ordered an inquiry workers were involved in cutting and weld- into the blast that ing around the ship’s potable water tank. took place inside an Fire tenders and ambulances immediate- Oil and Natural Gas ly rushed to the spot and though workers Corporation vessel were evacuated, two of them got trapped that left five people inside. Another person could be rescued dead only by 11.20 am. Of the 12 people rushed to the nearby hospitals, five of them were declared ‘brought dead.’ The condition of one person, with over 45 per cent burns, remains serious. The dead were identified as senior fireman CS Unnikrishnan, 46, M S Ramshad, 22, contract safety assistant Gevin Reji, 29, K B Jayan, 41, and M V Kannan, 42. The blast marred CSL’s accidentfree record for over two decades. CSL CMD Madhu S Nair said gas entrapment could be the reason for the blast. The CSL has set up an inquiry panel headed by Operations Director Suresh Babu. P6 CONGRESS president Rahul Gandhi’s temple-visiting spree during his four day tour of the poll-bound state seems to have landed him in ‘chicken’ soup. The BJP on Tuesday alleged that Rahul visited a temple on Sunday after eating chicken. Not one to chicken out, Rahul rubbished the allegation as “baseless”. Crying ‘fowl’, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa has accused Rahul of hurting the sentiments of Hindus. Many BJP leaders echoed Yeddyurappa’s sentiment. “Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had visited Manjunatha temple at Dharmasthala after consuming fish and now Rahul Gandhi visited Narasimha Swamy temple (at Kanakagiri in Koppal district) after consuming chicken. Why do they always hurt the sentiments of Hindus?” Yeddyurappa tweeted. In his tweet, the BJP leader termed Siddaramaiah as “10 per cent CM” and Rahul as an “election Hindu”. In a brief interaction with mediapersons in Kalaburgi, before leaving for Bidar from where he took a special flight to the national capital, Rahul Gandhi said, “What those people are telling is a lie.” Rahul also asked BJP leaders to introspect as to who are ‘real Hindus’ and who are ‘fake Hindus’. He @ New Delhi WORRIED over possible international sanctions for failing to act on the UN’s list of proscribed entities tied to terror, Pakistan has quietly amended its anti-terror laws to include Hafiz Saeed-linked Jamaat-udDawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation and other militant outfits on the list. A major impact of a new ordinance promulgated by Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussa- in would be the proscription of Saeed-linked JuD and FIF along with the UN listed outfits of Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust. Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, heads the charity JuD, believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group. The US is spearheading an effort to get Pakistan included in the watchdog’s international money-laundering and terrorfinancing ‘grey list’. FULL COVERAGE: P7 The house where the two terrorists were holed up in Karan Nagar, Srinagar | PTI BJP leaders must introspect as to who are ‘real Hindus’ and who are ‘fake Hindus’ Rahul Gandhi was responding to the BJP leaders’ allegation that Congress leaders are “fake Hindus” who do not respect the sentiments of Hindus and visit temples only during elections. In the last four days, Rahul visited a number of temples and mutts. It was seen as an effort to PPF account to get flexi, can even be closed before 5 years E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TO make small savings schemes attractive, the government plans to ease their norms. It proposes to allow premature closure of Public Provident Fund (PPF) accounts and opening of small savings accounts in the name of a minor. PPF accounts can even be closed before five years in case of exigencies. The move, as proposed in the Finance Bill 2018, will be a big relief for PPF account holders. As of now, PPF deposits come with a lock-in period of 15 years and premature withdrawal attracts heavy penal interest. “No change in interest rate or tax policy on small savings scheme is being made through this amendment. Apprehension that certain Small Savings Schemes would be closed is without basis,” the ministry said. RBI overhauls bad loan norms to speed up resolution E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai THE Reserve Bank of India (RBI) late on Monday scrapped all its previous stressed assets resolution tools, including the Joint Lenders Forum and Strategic Debt Restructuring, to streamline the resolution framework. Banks will now adhere to an overarching system dictated by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) to resolve bad loans. From hereon, lenders will also Wary of curbs, Pak bans outfits tied to terror, Saeed’s included R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA Rahul Gandhi receives a Bidriware souvenir during his public meeting in Basavakalyan in Bidar on Tuesday | PTI woo voters by adopting ‘soft-Hindutva’, which the party experimented d u r i n g re c e n t e l e c t i o n s i n Gujarat. In Bengaluru, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah defended his party president. “He had not eaten nonvegetarian food before visiting the temple. Even Rahul Gandhi has clarified it,” the CM said. “Food habit is personal and it’s an individual’s choice. Anyway, visiting a temple after eating nonvegetarian food is not an issue at all,” he added. The BJP had earlier accused Siddaramaiah of eating fish before visiting Manjunath Temple in Dharmasthala during his visit to the temple town as part of “Nava Karnataka Nirmana Yatra.” In Koppal, Congress MLA from Kanakagiri Shivaraj Tangadagi, who was looking after the logistics during Rahul’s visit, denied the BJP charges. “On Tuesday, All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi, CM Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara, many other leaders and I had a vegetarian lunch at Kanakagiri government guesthouse prior to visiting Shri Laxmi Narasimhaswamy Temple (popularly known as Kanakachalapati Temple) in Kanakagiri on February 11 afternoon,” he told The New Indian Express. REPORT: P5 have to identity incipient stress in loan accounts, and classify stressed assets as special mention accounts (SMA) if the principal or interest, either wholly or partly, is overdue beyond 30 days. Analysts say the move will stem accumulation of NPAs as early identification will help in better recoveries. Currently, loan recovery rates are rather poor at 25.7 cents to a dollar as of 2016, as op- New Delhi: India’s Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) has cleared proposals worth `15,935 crore to buy mostly personal weapons for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Personal weapons are basic guns and rifles soldiers on duty are armed with. The standard issue rifle for soldiers currently is the INSAS 5.56mm Two LeT militants killed, one CRPF jawan dead as gunfight ends Srinagar: The 28-hour-long gunfight between Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and security forces near a CRPF camp in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar ended on Tuesday with the killing of both holedup militants. A CRPF jawan was also killed, while a policeman and paramilitary man were injured in the gunfight. “Both the militants holed up in multi-storey concrete building in Karan Nagar area since yesterday morning were killed in the security forces operations this afternoon,” IGP Kashmir S P Pani told reporters. He said the slain militants belonged to Lashkar as per the material recovered from them. “We are ascertaining their identity,” he said. Lashkar had on Monday claimed that militants of the outfit were involved in the attack. Sources said one of the militant was killed in the morning when he tried to relocate to another building. Menawhile, in the Sunjuwan camp attack in Jammu, another body of a jawan was recovered last night. The RBI will monitor defaulting accounts in excess of `5 cr on a weekly basis, perhaps to minimise damage. A large part of the prevailing $150 bn NPAs are due to ever greening of bad loans by banks. Early detection of defaulting accounts will help banks lower NPAs and provisioning thereof. For defaults above `5 cr, banks will have 180 days to come up with a resolution plan, or the account will have to be referred to the IBC within 15 days. Divergence on quantum of NPAs to be bridged Close monitoring by the regulator will also ensure banks and RBI are on the same page with regard to the definition of bad loans. The latest RBI audit of private and public lenders showed that banks’ classification of NPAs and provisioning thereof significantly diverge from that of RBI’s practice. Following the audit, banks are being forced to reclassify NPAs Teens attack minors with toilet cleaner in Tiptur E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tumakuru TWO siblings were attacked with an acid-like substance by a group of unidentified teenagers while playing in a ground at Tiptur on Tuesday morning. The teenagers escaped from the spot as soon as they sprayed the liquid, seemingly a toilet cleaner, on DAC nod to buy `15,935 crore worth of guns posed to 89.7 cents in Singapore. According to the RBI, the new framework will not impact existing loan resolution and lenders can continue to pursue cases as per earlier instructions. But going forward, if a loan account is marked stressed by a bank, other banks (of the consortium) have to acknowledge and start the resolution process within 180 days following the default. t h e c h i l d r e n . T h e v i c t i m s, Dashavanth(11) and his younger brother Vinay (4) of III Cross at K R A case has been registered and investigation is on. The accused too might be minors and search is on to nab them Deepak S N, Tiptur police inspector Extension, were admitted to the government hospital and they are out of danger. The siblings used to play in the public ground and the teenagers had allegedly warned them not to play there a couple of weeks ago. But on Tuesday the teenagers came , with the solvent and attacked the brothers. The victims are the children of solar equipment dealer Shivananda. Their mother Pushpa is a homemaker A case has been registered and investigation is on. The attackers could be minors and search is on to nab them, Tiptur police inspector Deepak S N told The New Indian Express.
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