SHIVAMOGGA WEDNESDAY MAY 30, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION EUROPE PROPOSAL TO BAN PLASTIC CUTLERY, STRAWS ENFORCEMENT IN THREE-FOUR YEARS In a bid to clean up the ocean, the European Commission intends to ban 10 items that make up 70% of all litter in EU waters and on beaches 55% PLASTIC PRODUCERS TO FACE THE HEAT Since the draft rules need to be approved by all EU member states and the European Parliament, it could take three or four years for them to come into force. It is also proposed that EU states collect 90% of single-use plastic bottles by 2025 through new recycling programmes ■ The legislation seeks to make plastic producers bear the cost of waste management and cleanup efforts ■ Businesses could lose $3.5 bn per year, while consumers save $7.6 bn. It would create 30,000 jobs, and avoid $25.6 bn in environment damage, cleanup costs, says European Commission OF ALL PLASTIC IS TO BE RECYCLED BY 2030: EUROPEAN COMMISSION 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 M’LURU DROWNS AS MONSOON HITS EARLY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mangaluru/Udupi MANGALURU was battered by relentless, heavy downpour on Tuesday after south-west monsoon hit the coast, three days ahead of the expected date. According to the weatherman, expect rain on Wednesday too. Udupi too received heavy rain on Tuesday . Mangaluru received a record 350-mm rainfall, said to be the highest in a single day in many decades. Heavy rains which started on Monday night continued into Tuesday morning, with a brief respite. By noon, Mangaluru’s Pumpwell and KMC Attavar saw two and four-wheelers submerged. In Mangaluru, a 62-year-old woman died after a wall collapsed behind her house at Udaynagar on Tuesday while in Udupi district a 35-year-old woman died following a lightning strike when she was at her house in Bailoor, Karkala, on Monday night. Traffic in many parts of Mangaluru came to a standstill. People began to rush to their homes after hearing reports of areas submerged and parents hurried to schools to bring back their wards. Both Mangaluru and Udupi have declared holiday for schools on Wednesday . Previously in Mangaluru, the highest , recorded rain for a day in May was 133.4 mm, which was recorded on May 9, 2004, and May 27, 2006. On Tuesday many lo, cations around the only IMD rain gauge at Panambur recorded rainfall in excess of the maximum recorded till date. In Udupi, many hoardings and nearly 70 electrical poles collapsed. A banyan tree in Udyavar was uprooted and fell onto the road, blocking the traffic. India, Pak agree to fully implement 2003 ceasefire E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi An aerial view of the flooded NH 66 flyover in Kottara Chowki area in Mangaluru on Tuesday. Motorists were stuck about 3-4 hours | RAJESH SHETTY BALLALBAGH Monsoon arrives three days early 5-6 hrs of non-stop rain dead 350mm 2 each in M’luru, one Rain hits Mangaluru 34 killed in thunderstorms in Bihar and UP on Tuesday Udupi FORECAST Heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places over coastal and south interior Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Wednesday HEAT WAVE CONDITIONS IN... Parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh IN an attempt to ease tension along the Line of Control and International Border, India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to maintain peace and tranquility and stop firing across the border. The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the neighbours spoke on the hotline and agreed to fully implement the 2003 ceasefire understanding in letter and spirit, a statement by both the sides said.The 2003 ceasefire understanding was aimed to allow the Indian and Pakistan armies to perform administrative chores such as moving stores and evacuating casualties during the day in sectors vulnerable to firing from the other side.The DGMOs also agreed to undertake ‘sincere measures’ to improve the prevailing situation at the LoC. AirAsia CEO, others booked Siddu is Rahul’s first choice for KPCC chief by CBI for violating norms A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru The Central agency says budget carrier paid B13cr bribe to bend rules; faults ownership structure but it did not move forward as the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections kicked in. Interestingly, the THE Central Bureau of Investigation five-year condition was relaxed in 2016 (CBI) has filed a case against senior by the NDA government. AirAsia has also been charged with management officials of AirAsia, including group CEO Tony Fernandes, making AirAsia India a de facto sub, along with unnamed officers of the sidiary indirectly rather than a JV in violation of norms. civil aviation ministry and the erstwhile FIPB. AirAsia “This structure was indiWhat is rectly formalised through a faces charges of lobbying 5/20 rule “Brand License Agreewith government officials ment” signed between Aito remove a clause in the An airline aviation policy, the 5/20 rAsia (lndia) Ltd (reprecompany should sented by Tony Fernandes) rule, so that it can apply for have at least five international permit. and AirAsia, Berhad (repyears experience resented by TharumalR Venkataramanan, diand 20 aircraft ingam Kanagalingam) in rector AirAsia (lndia), and before it can start Tharumalingam Kanagal2013 which indirectly made international ingam, deputy group CEO Air Asia (lndia) Ltd a deoperations from of AirAsia Berhad, Malayfacto subsidiary rather India than a joint venture. As per sia have also been named in the then FDI policy foreign , the FIR. The 5/20 rule, introduced airlines are allowed to own in 2004, says a carrier should have run up to 49 per cent shares in domestic domestic operations for five years and airlines but effective management conhave 20 aircraft before it can fly inter- trol must remain with the Indian partnational routes. ner,” CBI said in its FIR. CBI officials say AirAsia spent `13 Meanwhile, AirAsia authorities recrore to influence policy According to futed the charges in the FIR and said . reports, a Cabinet note was floated in i t w i l l c o o p e r a t e w i t h t h e February 2014 to amend the 5/20 rule investigation. ANKUR SHARMA & KUMAR VIKRAM @ New Delhi Tony Fernandes Charges against AirAsia Lobbied with govt officials to change aviation policy to dilute the 5/20 rule Bribed public servants to secure permits for international operations Flouted FIPB and FDI norms by ceding management control to a foreign entity, and making AirAsia India a de facto subsidiary indirectly rather than a joint venture FORMER chief minister Siddaramaiah is Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s first choice to head the party in Karnataka, sources in the party have said. However, despite persuasion by none other than Rahul himself, Siddaramaiah is said to be reluctant to take up the post but is instead lobbying for M B Patil to replace Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief G Parameshwara, who has been made Deputy Chief Minister in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government. Sources privy to the discussion around KPCC chief ’s post told TNIE that despite the loss of face that the party suffered in the election under his leadership, Siddaramaiah continues to be the Congress president’s favourite. This has proved to be a stumbling block for senior leader D K Shivakumar, who is keen to become the KPPC chief and a minister as well. “The way Siddaramaiah went into elections and how he led the party during campaigning has left Rahul Gandhi with the impression that he is a great administrator. He is keen on making Siddaramaiah the KPCC chief but the discussions have been put on hold for now,” said a source. Rahul’s trust in Siddaramaiah comes despite the former chief minister facing a crushing defeat on his home turf Chamundeshwari. Despite Siddaramaiah taking moral responsibility for the party’s drubbing in the assembly election, he was made leader of the Congress Legislature Party under Rahul’s instructions. “Yes, he was asked to take over as the KPCC chief after he refused to be a minister. But Siddaramaiah is not keen. He doesn’t even want to push for his son’s accom- EXPRESS READ TN cancels land allotment to Sterlite Shah kicks off BJP’s mass contact drive Sensex logs first loss in four days Chennai: In yet another jolt for Sterlite Copper, Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday cancelled land allotment for the proposed Phase-2 expansion of copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi. This comes a day after the government ordered permanent closure of existing copper smelter and seal the plant following last week’s P6 wide-spread protests. New Delhi: Launching his party’s “contact for support” drive, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday met former Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag and former Lok Sabha secretarygeneral Subhash Kashyap, and announced that 50 lakh party workers would reach every household to inform people about the Modi government’s works. Mumbai: Indian equities took a breather on Tuesday after three sessions of winning run, with the benchmark Sensex dropping over 216 points after participants queued up to book profits in banking counters, among others, amid weak global cues and foreign fund outflows. The NSE Nifty too slipped by 55 points due to heavy selling mainly in banking and pharma sectors. P9 COST OF FREEDOM Govt to pay bail money for poor undertrials PACKED BEYOND CAPACITY Total jails in India Total capacity 1401 3,66,781 Occupancy Rate: 114.4 Total number of women undertrials: 11,916 Type of Jails Central (134) District (379) Capacity 1,59,158 1,37,972 K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi Population of inmates 4,19,623 Occupancy 1,85,182 1,80,893 Source: NCRB, 2015 MAX WOMEN UNDERTRIALS State/UT Uttar Pradesh West Bengal Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh Jharkhand Number 2,498 1,041 951 718 715 SUVAJIT DEY modation in the ministry,” said a source close to Siddaramaiah. Siddaramaiah also happens to be the Congress’ choice to head the yet-to-be-formed coordination committee — a body that will ensure smooth functioning of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government. Not everyone in the party is, however, happy with the plan to make Siddaramaiah the KPCC chief. “We have already lost a lot of Vokkaliga and Lingayat votes due to lack of representation of the two major communities. We cannot afford to ignore the communities anymore,” said a KPCC office-bearer. P5 IN a bid to free up overcrowded jails, the Centre proposes to bear the bail bond of poor undertrials who can’t afford the surety amount that will give them freedom. This step, the government hopes, will free thousands of undertrials languishing in jails for years. The Centre plans to create a separate fund for this purpose. The ‘bail fund’ will be set up in collaboration with respective states for future purposes. In the first phase, the Ministry of Law and Justice has ze- roed in on 11,916 female inmates who remain in jails only because they don’t have the resources to pay for their bail bond as directed by the court. According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s prison statics of 2015, there are 3 lakh undertrials in India, of which 62,669 are in Uttar Pradesh jails. Likewise, there are 23 women prisoners languishing in Maharashtra jails, says a study by the Maharashtra State Commission for Women. “We have already shared the proposal with states and have got positive response from most of them,” said an official associ- ated with the project. Top prior- concern about overcrowding of ity will be to release those who prisons. In some cases, the ochave spent more than two years cupancy has swelled to 150 per in prison for petty offences cent of original capacity. The where maximum punishment SC has asked all High Courts to is three years, despite getting consider the issue as it involves bail due to inability to pay the human rights violation. bail amount. During the hearFor petty offencing, the Centre apPRESS es, the bail bond CLUSIVE praised the court ranges from `500 to that steps were be`5,000. ing taken to encourAccording to NCRB, there are age setting up of ‘open prisons’. over 4,000 undertrials are Such prisons allow convicts to lodged in various jails who have work outside the jail premises spent more than five years in and earn a livelihood and recaptivity . turn to the jail in the evening. Earlier this year, the SuThere are 63 open prisons preme Court too had expressed across the country . Two-day bank strike from today E N S @ New Delhi BANKING services are likely to be hit as employees of the public sector banks have given a call for a two-day nat i o n - w i d e s t r i ke f r o m We d n e s d ay i n p r o t e s t against the proposed low wage hike. Those drawing salaries directly from banks or doing direct banking transactions, may particularly be hit. Talks held between the bank unions and the Union government failed on Tuesday .
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