TIRUPATI l WEDNESDAY l MAY 9, 2018 l `4.00 l PAGES 14 l ANANTAPUR EDITION 7 WARY WORLD WAITS FOR TRUMP’S WORD ON IRAN N-DEAL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE US is just one of the signatories The N-deal was signed jointly by the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran. The Obama govt played the lead role in the talks THE ‘will he, won’t he?’ question is about to be answered as US President Donald Trump is expected to shortly announce whether or not he will tear up the landmark Iran nuclear deal. Perhaps indicating what he had in mind, Trump ticked off former secretary of state John Kerry, saying he “can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it” with Iran. Kerry was reportedly quietly promoting the deal in recent days. He was the lead negotiator with Iran in the Obama administration. “Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!” Trump tweeted. Last week saw a flurry of activity from the European Union to somehow save the deal that capped Iran’s ability to produce nuclear arms. Called the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action, the deal required Iran to give up its stock of enriched uranium and halt its production. It also mandated extensive international inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Authority In . return, sanctions imposed by the US and EU were lifted. As many as 100 dispute resolution mechanisms have been written into the deal, which could be invoked to prevent its immediate collapse if Trump says it’s all over. Iran though has said a re-imposition of US sanctions would render the deal null and void. But on Monday Presi, dent Hassan Rouhani changed tack, saying Iran could stay with the deal if the EU offers suitable guarantees. Trump’s decision could be his biggest so far as it has the potential to send the global financial world into a tailspin. He has in the past called the deal a “disaster” and “insane” and twice refused to certify to Congress that Iran is complying with it. The US president is a known bully He stepped . back a tad after threatening a tariff war with Beijing, citing friendship with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Will he do an encore? Watch this space. YEARS VALIDITY OF DEAL AFTER WHICH IRAN WOULD BUILD NUKES, SAYS TRUMP UK, Germany, France want it to stay Britain, Germany, France and a senior EU official meet Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi, reiterate support to the full implementation of the deal 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 CAUVERY ROW INTERVIEW No draft, cross SC summons Union Water Resources Secy 2X8 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TAKING a grim look at the Centre’s delaying tactics on the Cauvery water dispute, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Union Water Resources Secretary to appear in person on May 14 with a draft scheme to implement its directions. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also pulled up the Centre for not respecting its verdict. The SC had on February 16 directed the governemnt to frame the Cauvery management scheme to share water between the four riparian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry . The bench’s observation came after Attor‘Sensitive ney General K K Venuissue’ gopal said the Union Referring to the Cabinet could not meet sensitive nature to approve the draft scheme as the ministers, of the dispute, Attorney General including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, K K Venugopal were busy with Karnasaid Karnataka taka election campaign. and Tamil Nadu He said the government have witnessed needs 10 more days to do violence over it the “finishing touches” in the past to the draft scheme. Taking exception to this, the bench said, “You (Centre) are in sheer contempt... We do not want to come back to square one. Once the judgment has been delivered, it has to be implemented.” During the hearing, senior advocate Shekhar Naphade appearing for the Tamil Nadu government said the state is facing acute water shortage but not getting its due share. “We are being taken for a ride by the Centre. Are we waiting for the votes to be cast on May 12 (in Karnataka)?” he asked. This led Venugopal to say, “Even if we constitute the board, it won’t give you water.” To this, Naphade responded, “See, now the cat comes out. This is the real habit of the central government. They are going to form a toothless body .” The bench intervened at this point saying, “We must understand the purpose behind framing the (Cauvery management) scheme. It is for implementation of the order.” SIDDARAMAIAH Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has a quick word with former party president Sonia Gandhi, as leaders Sushil Kumar Shinde and Selja Kumari look on, in the Lingayat heartland of Vijayapura on Tuesday | HEMANTH D G S V A S U @ Bengaluru Sonia, Rahul tear into Modi, who returns the favour; Cong scion indicates willingness to become prime minister, adds caveats EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayapura, Bengaluru, Koppal SPARKS flew on Tuesday as both the BJP and the Congress pulled their big guns in a lastditch effort to sway the voters with just days left for voting in the Karnataka Assembly poll. On a day of hectic electioneering and fiery speeches, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi joined forces with son Rahul Gandhi to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who himself addressed three massive meetings and tore into the Congress, accusing it of trying to divide the people. Addressing her first and only election meeting in Karnataka, Sonia Gandhi told a crowd in the Lingayat heartland of Vijayapura that Modi is a good orator but speeches can’t fill stomachs. Mocking Modi for his “hollow promises”, she said: “Modi is proud that he is a good orator and speaks like an actor. But, speeches can’t cure illness.” She addressed the public in the company of water resources minister M B Patil, who became the face of the Lingayat Srikakulam’s shame 34 in 2013 in 2014 45 43 17 in 2016 in 2017 in 2018 25 61 in 2015 minors sent to shelter homes as perpetrator was a family member or known person ‘Financial fugitives to be brought back’ Addressing the issue of financial frauds, Modi said, “Those who looted the country, perpetrated financial fraud, stashed money abroad would be brought back and to justice.” The statement comes in the backdrop of criticism over handling of fugitives Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi. religious status movement. Rahul Gandhi attacked Modi at multiple rallies in Tumkur and Chikballapur and the mother-son duo called out the PM “for lying to the people and distorting facts”. While Sonia accused Modi of meting out step-motherly treatment to drought-hit Karnataka farmers, Rahul highlighted the Siddarmaiah government’s loan waiver even when the Centre refused to waive farm loans. Speaking in Bengaluru, Rahul drew parallels between the functioning of the RSS-BJP and the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist fundamentalist forum founded in Egypt. He also spoke about the possibilities of him becoming the next prime minister subject to the Congress’ performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Mocking the mother-son duo at a rally in Vijayapura, the first of three he addressed on Tuesday Modi said: “Congress , leaders believe that the son can’t do anything and hence have asked the mother to come.” Pointing out the role of the Congress and its leaders in the Lingayat row, Modi accused the party of “conniving and dividing the community .” “When farmers in the state were suffering from drought and committing suicides, when there were no teachers in schools, ministers handling the portfolios were taking trips to Delhi to connive and divide the Lingayat community,” Modi charged. Speaking about the Lingayat issue extensively for the first time, Modi invoked Basavanna saying the Congress’ deliberately failed to follow his principles of “treating everyone equally . Islamabad: Pakistan’s top anti-corruption body on Tuesday ordered a probe against embattled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and others for allegedly laundering $4.9 billion to India, media reports said. The incident is mentioned in the World Bank’s Migration and Remittance Book 2016. P10 n the run-up to the May 12 Karnataka Assembly poll, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah claims Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign blitz for the BJP will come a cropper. “Who wants his Mann ki Baat? We need Kaam ki Baat (performance talk),” he quips in an exclusive interview to TNIE, adding Modi has not done anything for Karnataka, be it the waiver of farm loans or the Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa. Siddaramaiah is confident of the Congress poll machine more than matching BJP president Amit Shah’s boothlevel strategy at the ground level to get a fresh mandate. He agrees he played the regional card, saying the Centre cannot impose Hindi on the souther n states. “I strongly believe students should get their education through the regional language,” he adds. FULL INTERVIEW: P6 Elections in mind, fuel prices frozen for now? Despite a spike in global crude rates, state-owned oil majors froze retail prices of petrol and diesel since April 24, perhaps with an eye on the Karnataka Assembly elections. 217 POCSO cases, just 19 convictions R A M E S H B A B U @Srikakulam THE neighbour of a six-yearold dragged her into his house while she was playing outside and raped her at Sompeta on March 7. On April 26, a 24-yearold lured his eight-year-old neighbour into his house with an ice cream and sexually assaulted her. A 50-year-old from Ransthalam mandal forced himself on his 16-year-old daughter repeatedly for two years with the consent of his wife. A whopping 217 cases have been registered under the POCSO Act in the district since 2013, only a mere 19 of which have culminated in convictions so far. Close to 80 cases were quashed by courts on various counts. Of the 217 cases, 11 were declared false claims. Seventy other sexual assault cases are currently in the post-trial stage in the district, while investigation has been dragging on in 46 EXPRESS READ Sharif laundered $4.9 bn to India? ‘WE NEED KAAM KI BAAT, NOT MANN KI BAAT’ Sparks fly as countdown begins for K’taka polls I A look at the no. of cases filed under POCSO Act in 6 years 17 Karnataka Chief Minister Vijay Mallya loses assets case in UK Chennia: In a big blow to fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, a UK court on Tuesday refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing the embattled liquor tycoon’s assets. The worldwide freezing order prevents Mallya — who is undergoing an extradition trial in a UK court over fraud and money laundering charges by Indian authorities — from removing any assets from England and Wales (up to the recovery amount). This means that Mallya will not be able to sell his assets in the UK without first settling the dispute with the consortium of 13 Indian lenders to whom he owes over $1.55 billion (nearly `10,000 crore including interest). On Tuesday, Judge Andrew Henshaw upheld the Indian lenders’ rights to recover dues from the businessman. The latest development is seen as a legal victory for the lenders, which include many public-sector banks. KCR rakes up cash-for-vote Hyderabad: The sudden move by TS Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to review the progress of investigation into the cashfor-vote case — in which Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu is facing charges — has caused a political commotion in both Teluguspeaking states. P5 cases. In the last three years, just one man has been convicted of rape in Srikakulam. “If a family member is an accused in a case, we shift the victim to one of the shelters being run by the Women and Child Welfare Department,” said KV Ramana, district Child Protection Officer, adding that over 25 victims were shifted to rescue homes in the last three years. Only 10 victims have been granted compensation under GO 28 in three years. Denied info on bench set-up, Congress takes back sack-CJI plea EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE benches in the apex court comes within the administrative power of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Sibal questioned whether the CJI could constitute the bench in this case since the petition dealt with the removal of the Chief Justice himself. He added that he had to presume there is an administrative order. At this, the bench responded saying that since the matter had already been listed, Sibal should argue on merits. @ New Delhi CONGRESS Rajya Sabha MPs on Tuesday withdrew their petition challenging Vice-President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s rejection of the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra after the Supreme Court’s five-judge constitution bench, which was to hear the petition, declined to share details on how the bench was set up. The bench, headed by Justice A K Sikri, noted that the situation was unprecedented, and in a short order, said: “Dismissed as withdrawn.” During the 45-minute hearing, senior advocate Kapil Sibal insisted on seeing the administrative order placing the petition directly before a five-judge constitution bench. “You show me the administrative order,” Sibal repeatedly requested the bench, which comprised judges number 6 to 10 in order of seniority . He said he would rather withdraw the petition if the court did not want to part with details of the administrative order. Sibal, representing MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Amee H Yajnik, said he would want to argue on merits only after getting a copy of the order. Though allocation of Kapil Sibal Attorney General K K Venugopal, who appeared for Naidu, questioned the maintainability of the plea and said, “64 MPs from seven political parties signed the impeachment notice. This petition has been filed only by two MPs from Congress. So I will presume six parties have accepted the Vice-President’s decision.” Sibal retorted saying next time he would come with a petition from 60 MPs. P9 We should at least be told how this matter has been listed. What is so secret about this order? We want to see who has passed this order because we may challenge (it). We don’t want CJI to be involved with this matter at all since the proposed impeachment motion is against him Kapil Sibal, senior advocate Guntur village singes at 44°C; IMD warns of warmer days, thunderstorms EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Visakhapatnam EVEN as mercury levels soared by by 1-2 °C in several par ts of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema, the Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday warned of thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds at isolated places in the regions in the next 48 hours. Jangamaheswarapuram re- corded the highest temperature in the state on Tuesday (44 °C) followed by Kurnool (41.5 °C), Nandigama (41.4 °C) and Nellore and Vijayawada (40.1 °C). Parts of south coastal AP and Rayalaseema are likely to record temperatures between 41 °C and 43°C, meteorologists forecasted. Meanwhile, officials of Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority too warned of rise in tempera- tures in the next three days. Mercury levels may rise to 43 °C at a few places in Krishna district and maximum temperatures are likely to be in the range of 41- 42 °C at a few places in Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore and Chittoor districts. Fishermen across the state have been asked to employ caution while venturing into the sea.
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