COIMBATORE THURSDAY MARCH 8, 2018 `4.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION MONEYBALL: BIG PAY HIKE FOR INDIA CRICKETERS PAID ACCORDING TO PERFORMANCE The Supreme Court appointed CoA announced the Annual Player Contracts for the period from October 2017 to September 2018 WOMEN, DOMESTIC STARS GET DUE The senior men’s team saw the introduction of a new category: A+ while also seeing an increase in the retainership pay structure. Players of Grade A+ will get C7 crore, Grade A players will receive C5 crore, cricketers belonging to Grade B will earn C3 crore while Grade C players will collect C1 crore per annum ■ ■ ■ MS Dhoni drops down from the top most category for the first time in his illustrious career. He is in Grade A Women cricketers finally get pay hike with Grade A players set to earn C50 lakh, while the other two get C30 lakh & C10 lakh Domestic fee structure sees a 200 per cent hike in each category 1300% SHIKHAR DHAWAN MOVED FROM D50 LAKH TO D7 CRORE 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 K’TAKA SHOCKER: LOKAYUKTA STABBED IN OFFICE NO FRISKING IN HIGH-SECURITY ZONE Attack at at Lokayukta headquarters in MS Building, a high-security zone with offices of senior govt officials. The accused took a knife inside the building EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru KARNATAKA Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanatha Shetty was stabbed multiple times and left critically injured by a disgruntled 33-year-old complainant at the headquarters of the quasijudicial anti-corruption watchdog on Wednesday afternoon. He While docs say Justice Shetty is out of danger, he is a diabetic and had previously undergone a bypass surgery for which he was on blood thinner. It resulted in loss of much blood On floor of AP Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu demands that Centre fulfil promises made to state under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 5.30 pm Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says can’t offer Special Category Status; special package as good as special status 6 pm Naidu begins marathon meeting with party leaders, expresses dismay over Jaitley’s statements 10.54 pm Naidu reveals decision to pull out ministers from Union Cabinet ATTACKS AND AFTER Syama Prasad Mookerjee statue vandalised in Kolkata, seven arrested Ambedkar statue desecrated in Meerut district WITH Finance Minister Arun Jaitley making it clear that nothing more would be granted to Andhra Pradesh other than what had already been offered in the form of a special package, TDP supremo and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday night decided to withdraw his party’s ministers in the Union Cabinet. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Union Minister of State for Science and TechnologyY S Chowdary would tender their resignations on Thursday, Naidu said. He clarified that his party was only leaving the government and not the NDA. A decision on continuing with the alliance would be taken at a later stage, he added. “As a courtesy and being a responsible senior politician, I tried reaching out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inform our decision. But, he was unavailable,” he told the media, after emerging from a huddle with party MPs and Cabinet colleagues soon after Jaitley had rejected his major demands at a Delhi press conference. TDP members, supported by YSRC, have been protesting at Parliament demanding special category status to the State and `16,000 crore to bridge the revenue deficit for 2014-15. Naidu said Jaitley’s remarks that special status and tax concessions to AP would spark similar demands from Bihar and other States and that “sentiment or political issue cannot determine quantum of funds to states” were “humiliating” to the State. Opinion appears to be divided among TDP seniors on immediately walking out of the NDA. A section seems to have advised Naidu that it would be better if Raju and Chowdary first resign and a formal announcement on exiting the ruling coalition made after meeting the PM for one last time. Kamal Haasan sees in H Raja’s post on Periyar an attempt to divert attention from the task of forming the Cauvery Management Board by the Centre Raja blames FB post on admin, regrets it TN BJP expels two from party for damaging the Periyar statue in Tiruppatur The damaged statue of EV Ramasamy in Tirupattur Head severed, Lenin’s statue to be kept at civic body premises in Tripura’s Belonia Pregnant woman dies after cop ‘kicks’ bike M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy A pregnant woman riding pillion died after a police inspector allegedly kicked a two-wheeler while chasing the couple for a traffic violation on Wednesday evening. According to sources, Usha (30) and her husband Dharmaraj, both natives of Sulamangalam in Thanjavur, were on their way to Tiruchy when they were asked to stop by a police team conducting a routine vehicle check at Thiruverumbur. As Dharmaraj, who was not wearing helmet, did not stop, inspector Kamaraj gave them a chase on his bike. Dharmaraj tried to speed up but reportedly lost balance and the couple fell down. Usha died on the spot, while Raja sustained severe injuries. As hundreds of people gathered at the spot, the inspector fled the scene. Some locals alleged the inspector kicked their bike, a charge denied by the police. However, higher officials said they would go through CCTV camera recordings in the area to ascertain the facts. Superintendent of Police P Cephas Kalyan later said the inspector has been arrested and remanded. Traffic on the Tiruchy-Thanjavur National Highway was affected for more than three hours. EXPRESS READ CBI seeks court nod for narco test on Karti New Delhi: The CBI has moved three applications before a court here seeking permission to conduct narco analysis on INX Media case accused Karti Chidambaram and issue production warrants against co-accused Indrani Mukherjea and Karti’s Chartered Accountant S Bhaskaraman. The court will hear the applications on March 9. Consent of the accused is mandatory for conducting narco analysis. The outcome of such tests is not an admissible evidence in a court of law, but often helps unravel the modus operandi of a crime. MK ASHOK KUMAR 1 2 3 The police try to stop a couple on a bike for a routine vehicle check, but the duo speed away Inspector Kamaraj chases them on a bike, and according to locals, kicks couple off the running bike The pillion rider, a pregnant woman, dies on the spot, while her husband gets severely hurt STRESS BUSTER Spectrum of reliefs for telecos ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU @ New Delhi IN a big relief to stressed telecom firms, burdened with a cumulative debt of over `4.6 lakh crore, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday allowed operators more time to pay for the spectrum they bought in angered by the Lokayukta’s dismissal of several complaints filed by him against various government officials. Logbooks at the entrance of the Lokayukta office show that Tejraj Sharma, a native of Rajasthan and resident of Tumakuru, 80 km from Bengaluru, had entered the premises at 12.45 pm and waited for Justice Shetty, who in his typical habit, had agreed to see the last visitor before lunch. As soon as Tejraj entered Just i c e S h e t t y ’s ch a m b e r, h e launched a brutal knife attack on the Lokayukta, who was caught unawares. Security measures were tightened at the Lokayukta office later in the day . Modi takes a hard line, Union home ministry directs DM, SP to maintain law and order; Amit Shah warns of action E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada 2.30 pm ning a “Goonda Raj” and presiding over a rapidly-deteriorating law and order situation. Justice Shetty (74) sustained injuries in his chest, abdomen, left hand, right thigh and superficial scratches on his face. The attacker, Tejraj Sharma, was arrested immediately Tejraj, . a furniture supplier to government offices, is said to have been Damage control bid after statue desecration TDP recalls ministers at Centre in first step towards NDA divorce HOW THE DAY PANNED OUT is said to be “out of danger” after he underwent multiple surgeries at a private hospital. The incident raised questions about the security at the Multi Storeyed Building where the Lokayukta office is located in the high-security Vidhana Soudha neighbourhood. It has also fed fodder to the opposition rants of Siddaramaiah’s government run- auctions. The government also relaxed the overall spectrum holding cap from 25 per cent to 35 per cent. Telcos can now opt for making spectrum payments through 16 instalments instead of 12 earlier. Enhancing the cap will help telcos such as Vodafone and Idea - soon to be a single entity - as they will breach the spectrum cap in some circles under current norms. The debt-laden sector, whose woes accentuated with the entry of disruptive player Reliance Jio, has been beseeching the government for a relief package. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chennai/Kolkata A day after the BJP scored a selfgoal by instigating the razing of Dravidian reformist E V Ramasamy a.k.a Periyar statues while referring to the pulling down of Lenin statues in Tripura and the subsequent attack on a bust of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee in Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a strong warning saying strict action would be taken against the guilty . BJP national secretary H Raja tried to wriggle out of a tight situation by disowning his Facebook post on Periyar, which had lit the fire. He blamed it on his admin, adding he deleted it the moment he spotted it and regretted the offensive post. By then, a statue of Periyar had been vandalised at Tirupattur in Vellore district and in apparent retaliation petrol bombs were hurled in front of the BJP’s office in Coimbatore in the wee hours on Wednesday Three . members of the Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (TPDK) later surrendered to police in connection with the incident. For its part, the BJP expelled the men responsible for the desecration at Tirupattur. In Chennai, a group of men snapped the holy poonal (sacred thread) of eight men around 7 am near the Raghavendra temple at the junction of Singarachari Street and Nalla Thambi Street at Triplicane while raising slogans lauding Periyar. Later four members of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam surrendered at the Royapettah police station for doing so. In Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district, a statue of Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar was vandalised in the wee hours on Wednesday . A worried Union Home Ministry issued two advisories holding district magistrates and superintendents of police personally responsible for such incidents of vandalism. BJP president Amit Shah weighed in saying any party member found involved will face severe action. While there were protests across Tamil Nadu demanding the BJP take action against Raja, Shah refused to do so.
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