COIMBATORE WEDNESDAY APRIL 04, 2018 `4.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION PURI TEMPLE TREASURY TO BE OPENED TODAY AFTER 34 YEARS The treasury of the 12th century Lord Jagannath Temple will be opened for inspection after a gap of 34 years, a top temple official said INSPECTION BY 10-MEMBER TEAM A 10-member team will inspect the physical condition of the floor, roof and wall of the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ (treasury) to examine its structural stability. No one will be allowed to touch the jewellery in the ‘Ratna Bhandar’, said the chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration 3-TIER CHECK FOR INSPECTING TEAM ■ Team members would be frisked by police officials ■ ■ ■ Then, they would be required to wear the ‘gamuchha’ (traditional towel) provided by the temple administration Finally, they would be scanned by the servitors of the temple No decision has been taken on whether to videograph the event 1984 LAST OPENING OF THE RATNA BHANDAR; PREVIOUSLY IN 1978, 1926 AND 1905 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 ■ KALABURAGI I&B ministry withdraws fake news order after PMO rap EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE information & broadcasting ministry on Tuesday withdrew an order it issued late on Monday night, which said journalists pushing fake news would lose their accreditation. The move follows widespread protests from the media fraternity terming the move an attempt by the government to muzzle press freedom in the name of fake news. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was displeased at the controversial decision and asked the Smriti Irani-led ministry to withdraw the order. According to sources, Irani was concerned about the increasing instances of fake news and her ministry was working on ways to control the scourge. The ministry’s Monday order had justified the proposed action as a means to curb unfounded reports but it did not explain what is fake news, causing concern that those criticising the government may be targeted. Notably, the order took many officials also by surprise as they were not aware of the changes in the accreditation guidelines. Some officials of the Press Information Bureau said that fake news is a product of social media and that it is pointless to target accredited journalists who work for mainstream media. Sources said Irani received a call from PMO early in the morning and the guidelines were withdrawn by noon. Free 32 Pages Booklet with today’s issue. SC refuses stay order, to hear review plea on ‘reading down’ of Act TAX EVASION? Says verdict aimed to protect innocents; no bar on relief to SC/ST victims of atrocities; toll climbs to 10 THE ongoing ICICI-Videocon plot thickened with the income tax department slapping a notice on NuPower Renewables. The move strengthens allegations of wrongdoing by whistleblower Arvind Gupta, who on Tuesday demanded that NuPower disclose the identity of its majority shareholder, DH Renewables Holding Ltd of Mauritius. The CBI has already initiated a preliminary enquiry into the `3,250-crore that ICICI Bank lent to Videocon Group, whose promoter Venugopal Dhoot counts as an investor in NuPower. The controversy kicked off investor unrest as ICICI Bank’s shares got battered on bourses, besides forcing its MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar to fade into the background. Kochhar was to be felicitated by President Ram Nath Kovind at the annual FICCI Ladies Organisation event on Thursday but she is giving it a , miss for undisclosed reasons. I-T sleuths sought details of assets, income and tax paid by NuPower. Gupta alleged Dhoot invested in NuPower Renewables and extended a `64-crore loan after Videocon secured a loan from a consor tium including ICICI. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay its order banning automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act but said it would consider the Centre’s review petition in detail on April 11. A bench of justices A K Goel and U U Lalit, however, clarified that its March 20 order would not come in the way of compensating victims of atrocities under the Act and asked political parties to file their written submissions within two days. Turning down requests of Attorney General K K Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to keep the judgment in abeyance as it had sparked widespread protests, the bench said, “Those protesting on the streets may have not even read our judgment. They are being misled by some vested interests, so that does not concern us.” The order came on a day the toll in Monday’s violence in north and central India climbed to 10. In MP’s Bhind district, protesters pelted stones at the house of BJP minister Lal Singh Arya. During an hour-long hearing, Venugopal urged the bench to delete certain parts of its order that referred to misuse of the Act. The Centre had sought an open-court hearing to review the order. “When you repeatedly say the law made to protect a marginalised group is being misused, it gives the impression that the onus is more pronounced on that group. In reality, every law is misused,” Venugopal said. The judges said it wasn’t their view that the SC/ST Act was being misused; rather, government statistics pointed towards it. The bench clarified that if there were allegations against someone under the SC/ST Act and the Indian Penal Code, police could immediately register an FIR under the IPC and charges under the Act could be added after a preliminary enquiry. “What we have done is only to provide protection to innocent people from arrest.” Fasting CM vows to protect TN’s interests, blames DMK E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday targeted the DMK on the Cauvery issue, saying that party was the root cause for the problems faced by farmers in the State today on the water sharing front. Both the leaders, State ministers, MPs, MLAs and AIADMK functionaries and cadre observed a fast between 8 am and 5.30 pm at Chepauk, condemning the Centre for its failure to form the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) within six weeka as per the Supreme Court verdict and demanding that the board be formed at the earliest. They also vowed to establish the rights of the State over the Cauvery waters. “Those who have gathered here did not move from their seats from the morning to evening. This shows our conviction on the issue. We will accomplish what we wish to achieve,” Palaniswami said. “Our struggle will continue until the CMB and Cauvery Water Regulatory Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam during a fast at Chepauk on Tuesday | D SAMPATH KUMAR Committee are formed,” Panneerselvam added. As the fast continued, Governor Banwarilal Purohit met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at their offices in Parliament. He is believed to have briefed Modi and Rajnath on the law and order situation. Though a section of traders had backed the government’s protest, most shops in the city remained open. Pharmacies in most areas were open and milk delivery was also not hit in a big way . IIT-M ranks second in NIRF rankings A total of 22 institutions of higher education from Tamil Nadu figures in the 2018 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) top 100 list. A look at the toppers NO 2: Indian Institute of Technology Madras has bagged 2nd slot in the overall rankings, while IISc, Bengaluru, has secured the top rank OVERALL CATEGORY Anna University Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Bharathiar University Vellore Institute of Technology University of Madras National Institute of Technology, Tiruchy Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research 10 15 20 24 29 31 35 VILLAGE TALES Preferential treatment for Saina & dad I N D R A N E E L D A S @ Gold Coast Saina Nehwal and father Harvir Singh in Gold Coast on Tuesday | INDRANEEL DAS DRAMA was the name of the game for the Indian Commonwealth Games contingent here on Tuesday Saina Nehwal . and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) were the lead characters, with the badminton star’s father Harvir Singh at the centre of it all. Following Saina’s threat to pull out of the Games if her father was not allowed to stay at the Games village, the IOA granted them permission. Saina’s contention was, if PV Sindhu’s mother could stay at the village as an extra official, so should her father. The IOA was reluctant, but relented once Saina said that she would not compete. “I msgd u and tried to call u but u didn’t pick up the call.. If his accreditation is not cleared as an official I am not going to play the matches (sic),” read her letter. The IOA eventually allowed Harvir to stay at the village as an Athletic Official. Sindhu’s mother, incidentally has been accommodated as a ‘fifth official’. “We’ve been busy sorting this issue all day said Vikram Singh Siso,” dia, India’s chef-de-mission. Ironically Indian weightlifters are at , the village without a physio despite asking for one. The physio is staying outside and entering the village on a temporary pass. I-T steps up heat on Deepak Kochhar firm E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai Officials keep vigil a day after violent protests, in Meerut on Tuesday | PTI Houses of BJP legislator, Cong ex-MLA torched The houses of a sitting and a former MLA, both Dalits, were set afire by a mob on Tuesday in Rajasthan. The 5,000-strong mob set ablaze houses of sitting BJP MLA Rajkumari Jatav and Congress ex-MLA Bharosilal Jatav in the Hindaun City in Karauli district Madhya Pradesh toll 7; one died in police firing In Madhya Pradesh, the toll from Monday’s violence rose to seven with one more succumbing to injuries. One of the victims was hit by police bullets. Two cops have been booked in connection with the man’s death RBI bars Axis Bank from importing bullion for FY19 Days after it reportedly asked Axis Bank to reconsider the fourth term accorded to managing director and chief executive Shikha Sharma in the backdrop of a massive spike in bad loans, the Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday dropped the private sector lender’s name from the list of lenders allowed to ship in gold and silver for the current fiscal year. Axis Bank is one of the largest importers of bullion. He alleged NuPower Renewables was a 50:50 joint venture of Deepak Virendra Kochhar and Dhoots founded in 2008. Subsequently, “masked” share transfers were done to a trust called Pinnacle Energy, whose trustee is Deepak Kochhar, after Chanda Kochhar became ICICI Bank’s chief in May 2009. DH Renewables holds a 54.99 per cent stake in NuPower, another 33.17 per cent is with Pinnacle Energy, which counts Deepak as its managing trustee. The remaining 10.10 per cent is with Supreme Energy, 0.04 per cent with Deepak Kochhar and 1.70 per cent by Sunil Bhuta, CFO and head corporate finance, NuPower. Deepak Kochhar
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