KOCHI l MONDAY l MARCH 5, 2018 l `6.00 l PAGES 34 l LATE CITY EDITION A NEW INDIAN SHOOTING STAR IS BORN IN MEXICO WORLD CUP Debutant Shahzar Rizvi wins men’s 10m air pistol gold in Guadalajara, finishing ahead of Germany’s Christian Reitz and senior pro Jitu Rai WORLD RECORD ICING ON THE CAKE PROMISING START FOR INDIANS Having finished second in the qualifers with 579 points, the 23-year-old from Meerut shot consistently in the eight-man final to finish on top with 242.3 points, a new high in the event. The previous record was 241.8, set by Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda during the World Championship Finals in New Delhi (2017). ■ ■ Om Prakash Mitharval (22), India’s third participant in the event, just missed out on the podium after finishing fourth. In the women’s 10m air rifle, another debutant Mehuli Ghosh settled for a bronze medal. Chandigarh girl Anjum Moudgil finished fourth. 242.3 POINTS GARNERED BY SHAHZAR RIZVI, A WORLD RECORD 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 Though BJP is with NDPP now, NPF leader and Chief Minister Zeliang refuses to offer resignation Mayawati’s experiment tied to SP backing BSP in RS polls; promises help in MLC elections in April Amid Naga CM drama, Meghalaya in BJP bag DAY’S DEVELOPMENTS Conrad Sangma meets Meghalaya Governor, says he has 34 MLAs in coalition with BJP; Cong fails to muster numbers BJP-NDPP stake claim in Nagaland, but CM Zeliang refuses to quit; says his party NPF too is in alliance with BJP P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati Tripura CM Manik Sarkar quits Happy to share that 34 newlyelected members belonging to NPP, UDP, PDF, HSPDP, @BJP4India and one independent member are meeting Hon Governor to stake claim to form government in #Meghalya. Sri Conrad Sangma will be the leader of this coalition Himanta Biswa Sarma BJP workers shout slogans during a rally to celebrate their party’s victory in Northeast Assembly elections, in Kolkata on Sunday | PTI BSP springs surprise, backs SP in LS bypolls N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE unprecedented BJP surge in the Northeast perhaps pushed political forces in Uttar Pradesh to realign, with arch rivals Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party striking a deal to counter the saffron party in the upcoming by-elections to Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats on EXPRESS READ J&K: One militant, 3 others killed in firing Srinagar: Four people, including a militant, were killed on Sunday night in south Kashmir’s Shopian district after ultras fired on a security forces mobile vehicle check post, a police officer said. He said a weapon and a pouch was found near the militant’s body. CoA cuts IPL opening ceremony budget Chennai: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has rejected certain proposals of the IPL Governing Council regarding this year’s opening ceremony, which was scheduled to be held in Mumbai on April 6. The panel has asked the Governing Council to cut down the budget to I30 cr instead of I50 cr. Italy defender Astori, 31, dies of heart attack Rome: Italy international defender Davide Astori died in his hotel room during the night of Saturday to Sunday, his club Fiorentina said on Sunday. The 31-year-old, who leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, died of “natural causes” after a “cardiac circulatory collapse”, P13 officials said. Blasters keep faith in coach David James Kochi: Kerala Blasters on Sunday extended coach David James’ contract until 2021 despite them failing to enter Indian Super League’s play-off this season. Meanwhile, Blasters forward Dimitar Berbatov has hit out at James in an Instagram post, labelling him as the ‘worst wannabe P13 coach ever’. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex + 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS Mamata called, said she is with me in forming a third front against BJP and Congress, says KCR March 11. The BSP which has no , stake as it is not contesting the byelections, announced its support to the SP thus setting the tone for , a prospective grand alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BSP announced its support through its zonal coordinators in Gorakhpur and Allahabad - Ghanshyam Karwar and Ashok Gau- tam respectively - in the presence of SP leaders. Later in the day, BSP chief Mayawati denied it was a political alliance. She, however, added a barter rider saying the arrangement is subject to the SP’s support to the BSP in the Rajya Sabha elections due later this month. She said the BSP would in turn support the SP in legislative council polls due in April. Truck kills police driver attending to car accident victims; 2 cops injured Kollam: A police driver was killed and two officers were seriously injured after a truck lost control and rammed into the three, who were attending to an accident case at Kulakkada, near Kottarakkara, on Sunday. The deceased is Vipin Kumar (34) of Karthika, Puthiyidam, Kottarakkara. He was a driver with Kollam AR camp on deputation at Puthoor station. P K Venugopal Das (54) and G Asokan (51), Grade Vipin Kumar SIs of Puthoor and Ezhukone stations respectively, got injured. The trio was on duty with the Highway ● More on P6 Patrolling Team of Puthoor station. THE BJP-Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) alliance on Sunday staked its claim to form the government in Nagaland but Chief Minister T R Zeliang is in no mood to resign. In Meghalaya, which got a fractured mandate, the Congress suffered a setback as it failed to muster the numbers. The BJP-National People’s Party (NPP) combine is all set to form the government in the state despite the Congress emerging as the single largest party . A 16-member delegation of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), led by Zeliang, met Governor P B Acharya and asserted that the party still enjoyed the BJP’s support. The governor told The New Indian Express that he had given 48 hours to the NPF to get BJP’s letter of support from its president Amit Shah. “Zeliang and nearly 15 MLAs had come and they claimed they have the majority They said the BJP is going to . support them. I advised them to bring a letter of support from BJP president Amit Shah. NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu had written to Shah long back did not get a reply So, I have given them 48 hours to bring . the letter. They think their 15-year alliance with the BJP still stands because two BJP ministers had not resigned from the NPFled government,” Acharya said. However, the NPF was in a minority as it had only 26 elected members. The Election Commission has revised the results in the Tenning seat following detection of clerical errors. Earlier, the NPF candidate was declared winner. Following the revision, the NDPP candidate had been declared winner. The development brought down the NPF’s tally to 26 in the 60-member House. “The JD-U local unit president has given support to T R Zeliang but the party’s lone elected member is supporting the NDPP So, . I asked the elected JD-U member to get a letter from his president,” Acharya said. Earlier, a BJP-NDPP delegation, which included BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, met Acharya to stake their claim to form the government. “They submitted a list of 32 MLAs – 18 from NDPP 12 from BJP , , one from JD-U and one Independent. However, it did not have the signatures of the MLAs. So, I have given them time to come with a fresh list with signatures of all MLAs,” Acharya said. In Meghalaya, a delegation of five parties, including the BJP and led by NPP chief Conrad Sangma, met Governor Ganga Prasad and staked their claim to form the government. The NPP, which bagged 19, two less than the Congress in the 60-member House, is being backed by United Democratic Party (6), People’s Democratic Front (4), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (2), BJP (2) and an Independent. In Tripura, Manik Sarkar resigned as CM but was told by the Governor to officiate until the new government is installed. K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi WHILE bad loans of nationalised ba ks n jumped up over the last few ye rs, their rea covery has been miniscule — just about 4%. According to data put out by the Reserve Bank of India on the recovery of non-performing assets (NPAs) through various channels, just about `28,000 crore could be realised in 2016-17, `22,800 crore in 2015-16 and `30,800 crore in the 2014-15. In contrast, gross NPAs of banks rose from `7.11 lakh crore in March, 2017 to `8.40 lakh crore in September, 2017. For recovery of bad loans, NPA cases are referred to Lok Adalats and the Debt Recovery Tribunal. Also, the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (SARFAESI) comes into play SAR. FAESI pr motes the setting up of asset o reconstruction and asset securitisation companies to deal with NPAs accumulated with the banks and financial institutions. The Sarfaesi Act of 2002 was amended in 2016 as it took banks too much time to recover the bad loans. Malappuram: Kanam Rajendran was unanimously re-elected for a second term as the CPI’s state secretary on the final day of the party’s state conference here on Sunday. Though there was no major reshuffle in the state council, senior leaders including Vazhoor Soman and M P Achuthan did not make it to the council. E S Bijimol, who had faced disciplinary action earlier, made a comeback. P6 EXCISE Minister T P Ramakrishnan on Sunday said the government would initiate procedures, likely this week, to check whether more bars could be reopened in the state following the latest Supreme Court verdict. In the latest verdict, the apex court had announced the state government could take a call on the reopening of bars within the limits of panchayats which are as developed as municipal areas. The minister said the state government would act solely on the basis of the judgment and not any establishment or person will be given priority . POST TRIPURA POLL ROBUST SALES With the mercury level steadily going up, Robusta banana, with its creamy white and soft flesh, is in high demand in the state. The fruit’s price, which was C15 per kg last month, has crossed C30 | ALBIN MATHEW T P Ramakrishnan AWAITING AUCTION 40,000 confiscated vehicles in rust & dust at police stations THE disappointing sight of confiscated vehicles lying abandoned in dust and rust forced state police chief Loknath Behera to direct the district heads to auction them. However, the legal hurdles stop them from car rying out the exercise. The regional transport depart- In all, 22,61,873 NPA cases were referred to Lok Adalats, debt reco ery tribunal and v SARFAESI for recovery in 2016-17. All these ca es put together were worth `2,86,000 s crore. Of them, just `28,000 crore could be recovered. Similarly in 2015-16, as many as 46,54,753 , cases involving a total of ` 2,21,400 crore went to the debt recovery bodies, but the mop up was `22,800 crore. Most of the bad loans cases went to the Lok Ad lat, which is a mechanism to settle a matters out of co t. ur Kanam Rajendran retains CPI reins E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kozhikode K R I S H N A C H A N D K @ T’Puram CHIEF Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s surprise decision to form a ‘third front’ appears to be gaining acceptance of various parties across India. Addressing his party workers on Sunday the TRS chief claimed , that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called him and backed his proposal. On Saturday, KCR announced his decision to form a front against the BJP and the Congress at the national level to “challenge the hegemony of Centre and for the welfare of farmers.” TRS loyalists and workers turned out in large numbers at the chief minister’s camp residence Pragathi Bhavan to support his initiative in uniting regional parties to bring change at the national level. Addressing them, KCR claimed he was getting widespread support from across the country He is said to be in touch with the . DMK and the Samajwadi Party top brass. Former Jharkhand chief minister Hemanth Soren also reportedly called to express support. His proposal found favour with Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan and AIMIM supremo Asaduddin Owaisi as well. On Sunday KCR sharpened his attack on , the Centre and said New Delhi’s hegemony was a hurdle to the nation’s development. STATE MEET Govt mulls reopening more bars: Excise Min Kozhikode: T P Ramakrishnan, who is also the Labour Minister, said the strike called by nurses demanding minimum wages was unwanted. The government process related to ensuring minimum wages for nurses in hospitals is in its final stage. The minister termed the call for the strike as a challenge to the patients and public. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Banks got back just 4% bad loans LIQUOR POLICY Nurses’ strike unwanted Didi calls up KCR, gives thumbs up ment, which does not have space of its own, is forced to park the vehicles at the police stations after seizing them during inspection drives. As per the details available with the state police, nearly 40,000 vehicles confiscated or recovered are rusting in the open spaces at various stations for several years and, of them, around 14,000 are unclaimed. Malappuram district (10,000) has the most unclaimed vehicles and Wayanad (500) the least. When the situation tur ned worse, the DGP ordered to avoid dumping of seized vehicles on the police station premises or by the roadside. He also instructed the police chiefs to submit a detailed data categorising the vehicles. Sources in the police depart- ment said most vehicles were stolen or seized in connection with cases pertaining to sand mining and narcotic substances. There are also those involved in accidents. Majority of seized vehicles are lorries, jeeps, cars and two-wheelers. Station House Officers (SHO) are designated to keep a record of them and dispose of through auc● More on P6 tion. Those vehicles which were used for criminal activities can be disposed of only after winding up the case P Vijayan, IG (Administration) ‘Demise of the Left would be a disaster’ T’Puram: Demise of the Left would be disaster for the country, said Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh. “Despite ideological differences, I would say our country cannot afford the demise of the Left,” he said referring to the defeat of the Left front in the Tripura Assembly elections. His comments came during the Laurie Baker birth centenary celebrations here on Sunday. “I never knew Baker was born in 1917, the year of October Revolution. The revolution’s centenary was celebrated on a grand scale in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura earlier. I don’t know whether Tripura could celebrate the anniversary in future,” said Ramesh.
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