BENGALURU MONDAY MAY 14, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 86 LATE CITY EDITION SOON, CLEAR IMMIGRATION IN LESS THAN A MINUTE KIOSKS TO VERIFY DOCUMENTS Come Jan 2019 and low-risk travellers from select countries won’t have to wait for long at airport immigration counters, thanks to automated kiosks ■ 1 minute E-GATES TO BE SET UP AT ARRIVAL WING The special automated kiosks, for speedy document and identity verification of low-risk travellers, will ensure smooth entry of foreigners in seconds after antecedents are verified. Low-risk travellers are people who do not have any criminal or financial cases levelled against them ■ Electronic gates will be put in place at the arrival wing of airports where foreigners can present their passports, get their fingerprints scanned and complete a customs declaration Without human intervention, e-cameras will clear the travellers. They can then go straight to the baggage claim area IS ALL IT WOULD TAKE TO CLEAR PASSENGERS AT THE E-GATE 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 Hung House in mind, Siddaramaiah says he’s ready to make way for Dalit as chief minister Shift in stand comes after exit polls say that none of the major parties will get a clear majority CONGRESS HAS AN EDGE, SAY INTEL REPORTS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru CM Siddaramaiah all smiles during a private event in Mysuru; State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa in a relaxed mood at his residence at RMV Extension in Bengaluru, on Sunday I UDAYSHANKAR S, NAGARAJA GADEKAL I REPORT:P7 REPORT:P5 SIDDU BACK IN THE THICK OF THINGS YEDDYURAPPA KEEPS BUSY HDK HEADS TO SINGAPORE RECORD 72.13% VOTING IN STATE Siddaramaiah spent most part of Sunday at his residence in T K Layout, Mysuru. He said he had a long and sound sleep. He left for Bengaluru after attending a wedding. B S Yeddyurappa was in no mood to rest. He got back to Bengaluru from Shikaripura on Saturday and got feedback from party workers on the prospects of BJP candidates. JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy who could not campaign for the party with full vigour due to his delicate health condition has gone to Singapore. Party supremo H D Deve Gowda confirmed this. Setting a record, 72.13% of Karnataka’s over 4.97 cr voters exercised their franchise in the assembly polls on Saturday, the state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said on Sunday, as he gave the revised figure of P7 the voter turnout. POSSIBILITIES GALORE IN KARNATAKA BJP sees Nawaz Sharif parallel in chargesheet against Chidambarams EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE BJP on Sunday took a swipe at the Congress with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calling the chargesheets filed against former Union minister P Chidambaram’s family members the Grand Old P a r t y ’s ‘ N aw a z S h a r i f moment’. “The parallels cannot be missed in this case. I am wondering if for Congress party in India, we are seeing the Nawaz Sharif moment,” she said. A Pakistan court had disqualified Sharif from holding office because of not disclosing assets held in foreign countries, she pointed out. The I-T department on May 11 filed chargesheets against Chidambaram’s wife Nalini, son Karti, daughter-in-law Srinidhi and a firm under the Black Money Act for allegedly not disclosing their foreign assets. “The Congress president, incidentally who is also out on bail on some financial transactions which are questionable, should certainly comment and tell the en- tire party and people of India whether he is going to investigate this,” she said. BJP president Amit Shah led his party’s nationwide attack on the Congress and cited the four chargesheets filed by the I-T department against Chidambaram’s family members to allege they had illegal assets worth $3 billion, a claim dismissed by Chidambaram as a dream of the chief of “India’s richest political party”. “This explains why despite Supreme Court’s orders Sonia Gandhi, former PM Dr Manmohan Singh & then FM P Chidambaram dragged their feet on formation of SIT, one of the first decisions taken by Modi govt, to fight black money! How could they indict their own selves,” Shah tweeted. Chidambaram hit back at Sitharaman on the micro-blogging site Twitter. “The buzz in Delhi is that Ms Nirmala Sitharaman will be removed as Defence Minister and appointed as lawyer of the Income-tax department. Welcome to the bar, Ms Sitharaman,” he P9 tweeted. Nirmala Sitharaman Most pre-poll surveys and exit polls have predicted a hung verdict in Karnataka, but all three main parties in the fray are confident of a decisive victory. We take a look at the possible scenarios once the results are out on May 15. Congress returns to power with a clear mandate. Siddaramaiah will remain CM despite factional fights and talk of installing a Dalit CM. BJP wins clear majority. A Yeddyurappa-led government will take over the reins within a couple days of the results. A fractured verdict could see intense competition between Congress and BJP to woo or split JD(S) to form a coalition government. The tussle for power could throw up the following scenarios SCENARIO 3 SCENARIO 1 Siddu has accepted defeat, says BSY Reacting to Siddaramaiah’s statement that he is ready to make way for a Dalit as chief minister, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa said it is a clear indication of Siddaramaiah accepting defeat. “Siddaramaiah has accepted defeat. He is seeing the writing on the wall. BJP will win the election and I will take oath as CM on May 17 or 18,” Yeddyurappa said. BJP MP Sriramulu was more vocal in his attack. “Arrogant Siddaramaiah is changing his tune after the exit polls. The man who was asserting that he will continue to be CM has realised the impending defeat,” Sriramulu said. Bengaluru: Assessment of the electoral outcome by both the central and state intelligence agencies say Congress will emerge as the single largest party, but no party will secure absolute majority. The reports say Congress is expected to win 95-102 seats and also that incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will win in both Chamundeshwari and Badami constituencies. NETAS’ DAY OUT SCENARIO 2 WITH most of the exit polls predicting a hung assembly, the major parties and their senior leaders are bracing up to face emerging compulsions. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday conveyed his readiness to adapt to changing scenarios by declaring that he is ready to step aside from the race for Chief Minister’s post if the situation so demands. He also said this was his last election, but added that he will remain in active politics. To a question about the renewed demand within the Congress for a Dalit CM, Siddaramaiah said that he was not against a leader from that section of society becoming the chief minister. “I am ready to make way for anybody among Dalits to become the Chief Minister,” he declared, reflecting a clear departure from his earlier assertion during campaigning that he will return as chief minister after the 2018 e l e c t i o n w i t h a c l e a r majority . When pressed further on his stand, Siddaramaiah said, “It is the prerogative of the Congress high command to take a call on the issue of a Dalit chief minister. I am ready to make way for anybody that the high command chooses.” The change in Siddaramaiah’s stand is being seen as an expression of his readiness to prepare the ground for a post-result scenario if Congress is compelled to seek the support of JD(S) to form a coalition government to keep BJP away from power. The race within Congress for the Chief Minister’s post is expected to hot up if the party fails to get clear majority and emerges the single largest party compelling it to , join hands with JD(S) to form the government. Congress veterans Mallikarjun Kharge, K H Muniyappa and G Parameshwara are seen as the frontrunners as a Dalit CM. MORE:P4 FIRING AWAY Congress forms a coalition government with JD(S). Coalition compulsions could force Siddaramaiah to make way for someone else. The demand for a Dalit CM could gain momentum. 1 BJP forms the government in coalition with JD(S). It’s possible that JD(S) may not want Yeddyurappa as CM, and that will pave the way for someone in BJP with a relatively “clean” image. 2 Depending on the situation, there is also a possibility of JD(S) playing a dominant role in a coalition govt with its own CM, and Congress or BJP either joining the govt or supporting it. 3 13 DEAD IN BOMB BLAST IN INDONESIA P13 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 86 PAGES, INCLUDING 64 OF edex (TABLOID) & 4 of City Express Rising rail fractures pull down rly safety graph, affect punctuality RICHA SHARMA @ New Delhi THERE has been 25 per cent increase in rail and weld fractures in Indian Railways in the year 2017-18, the highest in last three years. This is posing a major threat to passenger safety as rail fractures are one of the major reasons for train derailments. The data on equipment failure collated by Railways for the year 2017-18 shows that rail fracture and weld fracture during the incumbent year has increased to 4,369 instances as against 3,546 in 2016-17. Also on the rise are incidents of coach detachments. The rise in cases of rail fracture comes at a time when the Piyush Goyal-led railway ministry is giving priority to safety over punctuality. Interestingly, the graph of rail and weld fracture had come down during his How they compare Equipment failure FY17 FY18 Rail 3546 4369 Diesel loco 2993 2653 Electric loco 1546 1476 Signaling 130952 127995 Coach detachment 91 97 Overhead equipment 447 281 Hot Axle 521 453 p re d e c e s s o r S u re s h Prabhu’s tenure. In 2015-16, 3,237 cases were reported, while in 2014-15 it was 4,219 against 5,068 in 2013-14. According to railways, rail fractures and intrusions in various parts of the country have been a cause of safety concern for a long time now and they result in train derailments causing human fatalities, huge loss of money to Indian Railways and disruption of train operations. While railways is according topmost priority to safety, the data shows that 13 of 16 zones have fared poorly when it comes to maintenance and upkeep of tracks, resulting in fracture. The Northern Railways has reported the highest number of rail and weld fractures. The number could be even higher as the Railway Board has found serious flaws in reporting of infrastructure failure by zonal railways. It has called for truthful reporting of all equipment failures, irrespective of its effect, so that a correct picture of the state of affairs is available for taking informed management decisions and channelising resources. A senior railway ministry official said that massive maintenance work undertaken by the railways has also affected punctuality performance as nearly 30 per cent of trains ran late in 201718, the worst punctuality performance in three years. P9 EXPRESS READ Centre likely to submit Cauvery draft today Monsoon may arrive in Kerala by May 28 Govt to put SC/ST Act under 9th Schedule New Delhi: As the Cauvery river water sharing dispute case is all set to come up before the Supreme Court on Monday, the Centre is expected to submit a draft scheme for distribution of water. On May 3 when the matter came up, the centre had failed to meet the P8 deadline of the apex court. Kochi: Southwest monsoon may arrive early this year Kochi, according to forecasts by a few private weather agencies. Skymet on Sunday announced in New Delhi that the monsoon is likely to set in over the state by May 28. New Delhi: The government is planning to bring an ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court verdict putting safeguards on arrests under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and subsequently introduce a Bill to bring it under the 9th Schedule of the Constitution. P9 DUST STORM THRASHES DELHI Residents of the national capital head towards safety amid a dust storm, near the India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday | PARVEEN NEGI | REPORT:P11 2 killed, 18 injured 50 flights delayed Storm likely in UP 9 dead in AP Strong winds, with speeds of up to 109 kmph, hit Delhi on Sunday killing two people and injuring 18. Nearly 50 flights were affected after operations at Indira Gandhi Airport came to a halt for nearly 40 minutes. Weather dept has warned that dust storm with wind speeds of up to 70kmph is very likely on May 14 in 26 districts of UP. Nine persons were struck dead by lightning and three injured in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. Dogs maul 12-yr-old girl to death in Uttar Pradesh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Sitapur (UP) IN another savage attack on a child in a village here, a pack of feral dogs on Sunday mauled a 12-year-old girl to death, taking the toll in the district to 13 in the last six months. The attack happened in Maheshpur village under the Khairabad police station. This was the seventh such death this month. The Khairabad block that has about 22 villages is the worst affected — 10 of the 13 deaths due to dog attacks took place in that area. Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni said the number of dogs in the packs was decreasing because of preventive action. “Earlier they used to attack in packs of six to eight. Now they are down to two or four,” he P12 said.
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