BELAGAVI WEDNESDAY MARCH 7, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION LANKA DECLARES EMERGENCY AFTER COMMUNAL VIOLENCE Sri Lanka declared a 10-day state of emergency to quell communal violence between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims CLASHES LEAVE TWO DEAD GOVT SET TO CLAMP DOWN ON VIOLENCE Violence in the country’s scenic Kandy district left two persons dead and several mosques and houses damaged. The clashes were triggered by the death of a Sinhalese man at the hands of a mob last week. This is the first time since August 2011 that a state of emergency has been in force in Sri Lanka ■ ■ ■ President Maithripala Sirisena said stern action would be taken against anyone who spreads violence in the country The state of emergency allows the deployment troops on the street, search and arrest people without a warrant Heavily-armed commandos were deployed in Kandy 10 mosques 75 SHOPS AND 32 HOUSES OF MUSLIMS REPORTEDLY DAMAGED 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 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (right) shakes hands with South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong North Korea willing to discuss giving up nukes, says Seoul A G E N C I E S @ Seoul NORTH and South Korea have agreed to hold a summit at their heavily armed border next month, with Pyongyang saying it would consider abandoning nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, Seoul said on Tuesday . If confirmed by Pyongyang, the offer would mark the first time under the current leadership that the North had declared itself willing to discuss conditions under which it might consider giving up its nuclear arsenal — a move it has previously insisted was firmly off the negotiating table. Following a meeting in Pyongyang with leader Kim Jong Un, Chung Eui-yong, the national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said the North had stated there was ‘no reason’ to hold on to its nuclear weapons “if military threats towards the North are cleared and the security of its regime is guaranteed”. Chung said Kim and Moon would meet in April at the fortified border village of Panmunjom for what would be only the third inter-Korean summit since the end of the Korean conflict. He said the two sides would establish a leader-to-leader hotline. EXPRESS READ Russian plane crash in Syria kills 32 Moscow: A Russian transport plane crashed on landing at the country’s Hmeimim airbase in Syria, killing all 32 on board, on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry said in a statement carried by RIA Novosti. There were 26 passengers and six crew. I-T dept initiates probe against Karti Upendra exits KPJP, to float new party New Delhi: More trouble is in store for Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram, as the Income Tax Department has launched a probe in a case of tax evasion in connection with purchase of a property abroad in the name of his minor daughter. Bengaluru: The differences between founders of Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Paksha and its starleader Upendra ended with the latter announcing a split from KPJP, on Tuesday. Upendra later announced he would launch his own political outfit ‘Prajaakeeya’. Pulled up by SFIO, Axis Bank sends its team In response to summons by the SFIO, Axis bank sent a team led by deputy managing director V Srinivasan and executives from the trade and transactions department to the SFIO office in Mumbai. In a filing to the NSE, the bank said it has `200 crore exposure to Nirav Modi and Gitanjali Group firms ICICI bank head summoned to explain Gitanjali exposure Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO of ICICI Bank, was summoned by SFIO to explain its exposure to Gitanjali Gems. ICICI Bank reportedly lent `1,000 cr to the firm. ICICI Bank was the lead banker in the working capital loan extended to Gitanjali by a consortium of 31 banks, which together lent about `5,300 cr to the firm Shikha Sharma Chanda Kochhar PNB SCAM 31 bank head honchos issued summons over $2 b Niravgate Consortium of 31 banks, led by ICICI Bank, had lent about `5,300 cr working capital to Choksi’s Gitanjali, while Modi’s firms borrowed about `4,000 crore EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Mumbai AS part of the ongoing probe into the $2-billion Punjab National Bank fraud case, 31 bank chiefs were issued summons separately by investigators trying to deconstruct the genesis of the scam. At least two agencies – the Enforcement Directorate and Serious Fraud and Investigation Office (SFIO) - sought explanations from bank chiefs, including Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank and Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank, on loans given to Gitanjali Gems Ltd and letters of understanding (LoUs) extended to Nirav Modi’s firms. Last month, the authorities also summoned the PNB management, including former chairman Usha Ananthasubramanian. While Kochchar and Sharma appeared before the SFIO, reports said both banks sent their representatives. When contacted, neither ICICI Bank nor Axis Bank was willing to comment. However, in a clarification to the NSE, the former said: “To provide assistance to the investigating authorities, representatives of ICICI Bank continue to engage actively and provide requisite inputs as routinely done in the case of all investigating authorities who approach the bank.” Axis Bank told the NSE it has `200 crore exposure to Nirav Modi and Gitanjali Group firms. According to reports, the bank also sent a team led by deputy managing director V Srinivasan and executives from the trade and transactions department to the SFIO office in Mumbai. The SFIO plans to expand its investigation to all banks that extended loans to Gitanjali Gems and its subsidiary companies, a senior official with SFIO Delhi told Express. He said the agency is examining on what basis these banks extended loans to the company The assets declared by . Gitanjali Gems while applying for loans will also be perused. MONEY ROUTED BACK TO BANKS FOR FRESH LOUs? While the SFIO is investigating the `12,363-crore fraud at PNB and whether funds were siphoned off by firms separately led by the ModiChoksi duo violating the Companies Act, the ED is believed to have found evidence that Choksi and Modi diverted money to related companies and even routed it back to banks seeking re-issue of LoUs. The ED is also investigating the planned listing of Choksi’s Nakshtra World and Modi’s Firestar International TOP GITANJALI GROUP OFFICIAL ARRESTED CBI on Tuesday arrested the Vice President (Banking Ops) of Gitanjali Group, Vipul Chitalia, in connection with the PNB loan fraud case. Education dept most corrupt, says Justice Adi YAT H I R A J U @ Bengaluru JUSTICE Subhash B Adi, who retired as Upa Lokayukta on Saturday, has said the Education department is the most corrupt department in the state. In an interview with TNIE, Justice Adi said corruption in the department mostly exists in admissions, providing facilities and granting recognition to schools and colleges. “Where there is direct contact with people, there is more corruption,” he said, adding that in the list of most corrupt departments, the education department was followed by Revenue department, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, police and Social Welfare departments. On the most difficult case he handled, he said ‘corruption inside Lokayukta’. He admitted he was under pressure from then Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao. P5 Baig, Pitroda among Cong choices for Rajya Sabha seats from K’taka DOUBLE JOY FOR GREENS IN STATE Mysuru-Thalassery railway line likely to be scrapped K’taka rejects lifting of night traffic ban in Bandipur Mysuru: The Mysuru-Thalassery railway line project stands to be dropped. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is likely to make an announcement in this regard in the Parliament on Wednesday. On Monday, a delegation comprising officebearers of Kodagu Ekikarna Ranga and trustees of Wildlife First Praveen Bhargav, former National Wildlife Board member and H N A Prasad — submitted a memorandum to Goyal opposing the line through Kodagu. Bengaluru: Once again, Karnataka rejects Kerala’s demand for lifting of night traffic ban in Bandipur Tiger Reserve that is enforced from 9pm to 6am to facilitate free movement of wildlife. The state has clarified that it will abide by the Karnataka High Court orders and has deliberated on all issues and given adequate relief to transporters and both the states. As per Karnataka HC orders, a nine-hour ban on traffic is enforced on NH-212 and NH-67. P5 E N S @ Bengaluru URBAN Development Minister Roshan Baig and Sam Pitroda, the man who was closely associated with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, are among the Congress’ frontrunners for nomination to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who held a meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC president G Parameshwara and AICC general secretary in charge of party af- fairs in Karnataka, K C Venugopal, in New Delhi on Tuesday on selection of party candidates for the RS polls, is said to have short-listed four candidates for the election. Congress, with its strength of 122 in Karnataka Assembly is in , a position to elect three candidates with support from independents and seven JD(S) rebels, as each candidate needs at least 44 votes to win. According to sources, the names of Sam Pitroda, Roshan Baig, AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi and Chenna Reddy have been short-listed for Rajya Sabha. Chenna Reddy ‘s name in the list has come as a surprise as he is seen as an outsider. Reddy, a “resourceful builder”, is said to be close to chief minister Siddaramaiah. Speaking to reporters after the meeting with Rahul Gandhi, chief minister Siddaramaiah denied reports that the meeting discussed the name of Pitroda. MOB FRENZY Country appalled as goons go after Lenin statues with end of Sarkar Raj in Tripura P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati Remains of the five-foot-tall statue of Lenin, which was demolished in South Tripura district on Monday | PTI POST-POLL violence continued in Tripura on Tuesday with another Lenin statue being reportedly vandalised in Sabroom town, even as the police were on the lookout for two persons who allegedly instigated a mob to pull down a similar statue at Belonia town on Monday . For the Monday incident, visuals of which went viral on social media, the police arrested the driver of the excavator that was used to raze the statue. He was later released on bail. The incident oc- curred when a group of people took out a march to celebrate the recent victory of the BJP in the state Assembly elections. “We got the names of two persons. The driver said the duo had instigated the mob. We sent notices to them under relevant provisions of the law for appearance before the police. Investigation into the case is in progress,” Inspector General of Police, KV Sreejesh said. Narrating the incident, he said a group of people suddenly gathered at a town square, where except for the statue there was nothing to be protected, and carried out the act. “It was done in a planned manner. They came with a JCB, chanted slogans and pulled down the statue. By the time the police reached the spot, they had run away Later, the . driver was arrested and the JCB was brought to the police station,” Sreejesh added. They came with a JCB, chanted slogans and pulled down the statue. By the time the police reached the spot, they had run away The five-foot tall fibre glass statue was unveiled by the CPI-M’s politburo member Prakash Karat a few months ago. The incident triggered a political slugfest with both the BJP and the CPI(M) accusing each other of promoting violence. “Our people have not done this. Manik Sarkar is the caretaker chief minister and workers of his CPI-M are attacking our people across the state. No CPI-M worker has been attacked by the BJP workers. On the contrary our people are , admitted to hospitals,” BJP leader Sunil Deodhar said. Equating the BJP with Adolf Hitler, CPI-M state secretary Bijan Dhar said, “They (BJP) are a party which follows Hitler and Mussolini. They want to wipe off Marxism and Leninism. A strategic ideology is behind the incident.” He alleged that over 100 CPI-M workers had so far suffered in the attacks perpetrated by the workers and supporters of the BJP and its coalition partner Indigenous People’s Front of Twipra (IPFT) following the declaration of election results.
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