CHENNAI FRIDAY MAY 25, 2018 `4.00 PAGES 52 LATE CITY EDITION DONALD TRUMP CALLS OFF SINGAPORE SUMMIT WITH KIM The US President told Kim Jong Un he was cancelling their summit on de-nuclearisation, blaming it on “anger” and “hostility” from N Korea ‘NUCLEAR TEST SITE DISMANTLED’ ‘GREAT OPPORTUNITY LOST’ Trump’s decision was announced shortly after N Korea said it “completely” dismantled its nuclear test site, in a carefully choreographed move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of the summit. But just a day earlier, N Korea called the US Vice President “ignorant and stupid” P15 ■ “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” he said ■ “The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth” June 12 WHEN THE HIGH-STAKES MEETING WAS TO TAKE PLACE 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 New Collector confirms 13 killed in police firing FRIDAY FACEOFF Election of Speaker first big test for Kumaranna Says 19 protesters critical, of which 14 have gunshot injuries; Calm returns to Thoothukudi but normal life still paralysed E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Thoothukudi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE first test for the H D Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka will be the Speaker election that will precede the vote of confidence on Friday. The BJP has fielded former minister Suresh Kumar as its nominee for Speaker against senior Congress leader Ramesh Kumar, who has entered the fray as the candidate of the Congress-JD(S) coalition. This will be the first time the numbers on either side will be tested on the floor of the Assembly as Yeddyurappa had resigned before taking the trust vote. Election for the Speaker’s post will be held at 12.15pm and it will be followed by the floor test. Chief Minister Kumaraswamy is expected to win the vote of confidence as the JD(S)-Congress combine has a strength of 117 MLAs against BJP’s 104 in a House with an effective strength of 221. Not taking any chances, both the Congress and JD(S) have issued a whip to their respective MLAs to support the confidence vote and back Ramesh Kumar for Speaker’s post. JD(S) MLAs, who have been put up in a resort, and Congress MLAs, lodged in a star hotel, will be brought to the Assembly in buses under tight security. The BJP, too, has issued a whip to its MLAs to vote against the Kumaraswamy government. While the Congress and JD(S) have kept their flocks together under tight security and surveillance, the BJP leadership is hoping to exploit the differences within the coalition over sharing of ministerial berths and modalities of the coalition. FULL COVERAGE: P8 WITH THIS ISSUE CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 52 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) EXPRESS READ One more Nipah death, another tests positive Kozhikode: The death toll due to Nipah virus in Kerala rose to 11 on Thursday, with the death of Moosa, the father of Mohammed Sabith and Salih, who had earlier succumbed to the infection. A teenage girl has tested positive P8 for the rare virus. Arrested ISI agent was paid `9L per assignment Lucknow: After breaking an espionage ring by arresting a suspected agent of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) from Pithoragarh district in Uttarkhand, Uttar Pradesh ATS officials said he was being paid in dollars to the tune of `9 lakh per P11 assignment. Rahul warns of stir if PM doesn’t trim fuel cost New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has threatened to launch a nationwide stir if Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to reduce fuel prices. He posed the PM a “fuel challenge”, soon after the prime minister accepted an online fitness dare from cricketer P11 Virat Kohli. IAF, IndiGo near-miss in Chennai airspace Mumbai: An IndiGo plane nearly crashed into an Indian Air Force jet in Chennai airspace on May 21, sources said. The aircraft were on a collision course and just “300 ft” away, setting off a warning for the IndiGo pilot to steer away. Police patrolling in Anna Nagar in Thoothukudi on Thursday, a day after a youth was killed in police firing in the area | V KARTHIKALAGU Bandh today likely to affect normal life TNPCB stops power supply to Sterlite plant 65 detained protesters released on bail Normal life is likely to be affected in the State Friday as opposition parties, led by DMK, called for a bandh to condemn police firing in Thoothukudi. About 40 per cent of buses are expected to stay off roads and shopkeepers are likely to join the bandh. On Thursday protests on the issue were seen in P5 many parts of the State. Late Wednesday the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board ordered closure and disconnection of power supply to the Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi. The power supply was disconnected in early hours of Thursday. The decision was taken following an inspection by Joint Chief P4 Environmental Engineer. As many as 65 protesters detained at Vallanadu shooting range unit, were released on bail by a local magistrate on Thursday. Meanwhile, officials, addressing media, said postmortem for six of the 13 bodies of the deceased protesters had been completed while the remaining bodies were preserved awaiting court orders. FOR the first time since police opened fire on anti-Sterlite protesters in Thoothukudi on Tuesday, the district administration on Thursday revealed the number of those killed, even as prohibitory orders in the district were extended till May 27. Thoothukudi Collector Sandeep Nanduri, who took charge earlier in the day confirmed during an evening press confer, ence that 13 persons had been killed. “Thirteen, including 11 men and two women, were killed in police firing.... 102 people sustained injuries during the protest. Of this, 19 persons, including 14 gun shot victims, are in critical condition,” he said, addressing media with Transport Secretary PWC Davidar and Agriculture Secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi. A total of 24 cars and 74 motorcycles, including nine government vehicles, were burnt in the protest causing loss of `1 crore, while 26 cars and 16 motorcycles, including 19 government vehicles, were partially damaged. As many as 34 police personnel — 24 men and 10 women — were injured. Citing the Chief Minister’s statement that the government had no intention of giving Sterlite permission to run its plant, he sought cooperation to restore tranquility “We had a meet. ing with representatives of various associations of traders, country boat fishermen, labourers, lorry owners and Roman Catholic and CSI diocese who have expressed willingness to support us in restoring the peace,” he said. Meanwhile, police allegedly assaulted one John Mathan Kumar (29) of Polpettai on Thursday Anna Nagar, where a youth . was killed in firing Wednesday, was tense. By evening, however, calm had largely been restored in the district. Still, suspension of Internet and transport services had thrown life out of whack and vegetable and milk supplies were hard to come by Acknowledging this, Nanduri said supply of drinking wa. ter, milk and vegetables had been increased and Amma UnavP7 agam would function 24 hours for the next few days. CM blames violence on ‘anti-socials’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday charged that anti-social elements, instigated by some political parties, had intruded into the May 22 peaceful procession in Thoothukudi and misguided it, resulting in violence. He said State government was taking all efforts to close the Sterlite plant through legal means. On why police opened fire, he said, “When processionists attacked police, police used teargas shells to disperse them. Later, lathicharge was ordered. Even after this, vehicles inside collectorate were torched. They trespassed into Sterlite residential quarters and torched vehicles.When situation worsened, police opened fire. This was unfortunate.” P4
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