HOW ECONOMY FARED UNDER MODI Between FY15 and FY18, the Indian economy showcased a chequered path with GDP growth peaking to 9.3% and slipping to 5.7% (Numbers in %) 9.3 8.7 8.0 7.7 8.2 8.1 7.1 7.7 7.6 6.8 7.3 5.9 Q1 6.5 5.7 Q4 SHIVAMOGGA FRIDAY JUNE 1, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION GDP GROWS AT HIGHEST PACE SINCE DEMONETISATION 7.2 6.1 Q1 Q4 Q1 Q4 Q1 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 GROWTH TO ACCELERATE FURTHER A34.77 L Cr INDIA FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY The fourth quarter economic growth was the strongest quarterly expansion in the last financial year indicating a broader continuity in growth acceleration trends. The uptick in growth is on account of robust performance in manufacturing, construction and service sectors as well as good farm output. 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One more dies of Nipah in Kerala Kozhikode: The Health Department issued a high alert in the district with one more person succumbing to the deadly Nipah virus here on Thursday. The deceased is Rasil, 25, a native of Kottoor. With the death, the toll due to Nipah infection in the state has risen to 16. P6 Case filed against Duniya Vijay Bengaluru: CK Achukattu police filed a case against Actor Duniya Vijay on Thursday on the charge of obstructing a public servant from discharging duty. Police on Wednesday had gone to arrest film producer Sundar P Gowda over the TG Halli incident in which two stunt masters had drowned in 2016. Head constable Govindaraj filed a case alleging that when they went to arrest Gowda, Vijay and others allegedly deterred them from making the arrest. Cops are on the look out for Vijay. P6 Modi meets Malaysian PM Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad to congratulate him on his election victory and the duo had “productive discussions” on bolstering the bilateral strategic ties. Modi, who arrived here on a whirlwind visit on the second leg of his threenation tour, met 92-yearold Mahathir in his office at Putrajaya. LOK SABHA SEATS Uttar Pradesh: RLD’s Tabassum Hasan wrests Kairana from BJP Margin: 44,618 Nagaland: BJP ally NDPP’s Tokheho Yepthomi defeats Apok Jamir of NPP Margin: 1,73,746 ASSEMBLY SEATS Maharashtra: BJP’s Rajendra Punjab Gavit wins Palghar, trouncing Shiv Sena Margin: 29,574 Cong’s Hardev Singh Ladi wrests Shahkot from SAD Margin: 38,802 NCP’s Madhukar Kukade wrests Bhandara-Gondiya from BJP Margin: 48,097 Meghalaya Kerala Cong’s Miani D Shira wins Ampati, defeating NPP margin: 3,191 LDF’s Saji Cheriyan wrests Chengannur from Cong Margin: 20,956 Jharkhand Karnataka Bihar Uttar Pradesh RJD’s Shahnawaz Alam wrests Jokihat from JD(U) Margin: 41,000 SP’s Naeemul Hasan wrests Noorpur defeating BJP Margin: 5,662 Cong’s N Munirathna retains RR Nagar defeating BJP Margin: 25,492 West Bengal JMM retains Gomia with Babita Devi’s victory Margin: 1,344 Trinamool’s Dulal Das wins Maheshtala defeating BJP Margin: 62,831 JMM’s Seema Mahto defeats AJSU in Silli Margin: 13,508 BJP’s Munni Devi Shah retains Tharali, defeats Congress margin: 1,981 Uttarakhand Rude shock as NDA gets only three out of 14 Lok Sabha and Assembly seats; setback in UP big blow to Yogi Adityanath’s image Advantage Oppn as BJP loses plot on retaining its turf M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi THE BJP’s loss in nine out of 10 Lok Sabha by-elections ever since it came to power in 2014 appears to confirm the trend of its failing to defend its territories though making gains in states where its rivals face anti-incumbency. It also underscored the possibility of Opposition unity damaging its chances in the 2019 elections. The BJP’s stunning defeat in the prestigious Kairana Lok Sabha seat in UP to the RLD and in Maharashtra’s Bhandara-Gondia to the NCP became the day’s talking point, though it managed to retain Palghar. Of the 11 Assembly bypolls, the BJP managed a consolation win only in Tharali in Uttarakhand, that too with a wafer-thin margin. The ruling JD(U) couldn’t retain the Jokihat Assembly seat, with RJD’s Shahnawaz Alam, the youngest son of deceased Lok Sabha MP and former Union minister Mohd Taslimuddin, registering a huge win. Coming close on the heels of CBI team raids D K Suresh’s PA, Shivakumar cries foul routs in two Lok Sabha by-elections in Rajasthan — Alwar and Ajmer — besides Gorakhpur and Phulpur in UP the BJP has much , to worry about ceding two more Parliamentary constituencies to the rivals. Some BJP leaders conceded that the party’s attempts to polarise Kairana by stoking a debate on the portrait of Muhammed Ali Jinnah in Aligarh Muslim University came to a naught. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a public rally at neighbouring Baghpat to inaugurate the eastern peripheral expressway was also seen as an attempt to retain Kairana. RLD president Jayant Choudhary sought to rub salt into the BJP’s wounds by stating “Jinnah hara, ganna jeeta (Jinnah portrait issue lost, sugarcane woes won). RLD’s Tabassum Hasan defeated BJP’s Mriganka Singh, daughter for deceased Hukum Singh, by an impressive margin. That apart, the BJP lost the Noorpur Assembly seat in UP to the Samajwadi Party. “Jats deserted the BJP in both Kairana Kairana sends UP’s first Muslim MP to Lok Sabha By wresting Kairana, Tabassum Hasan on Thursday became the first Muslim member of Parliamant to represent Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha. Though the state’s Muslim population is around 20%, it failed to elect any Muslim MP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Hasan first contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election on a BSP ticket, months after the death of husband Munawwar Hasan in a car crash in Haryana and defeated BJP candidate Hukum Singh Cong wins RR Nagar, party B’luru tally 14 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru E N S @ New Delhi/Bengaluru EVEN as they are dealing with the cases related to Income Tax department raids on their premises, senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar and his brother and Congress MP D K Suresh came under CBI scanner. On Thursday , the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided Suresh’s Personal Assistant and a few others in an alleged illegal currency conversion case. The CBI raided residences and an office of some individuals including Suresh’s PA. The search was conducted at five places in Bengaluru, Kanakapura and Ramanagara on charges of illegally exchanging demonetised currency worth `10 lakh. Shivakumar and his brother Suresh accused the Centre of misusing the CBI to harass them. “Intimidating tactics and armtwisting will not work. We are ready to face any consequences,” Shivakumar told reporters while reacting to the CBI raids. The CBI had registered a case against bank officials and private persons in 2017. According to the CBI, it was found that 120 voter IDs were printed and used without the knowledge of the holders of the cards to exchange demonetised currency with new ones. P5 RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana on Thursday | PTI and Noorpur,” rued a senior BJP even in Palghar, the party leaders functionary, while adding that noted his poor electoral show on “the agrarian distress brought the home ground. “The factionalsocially rivals – Muslim and Jat ism in the BJP’s UP unit isn’t subsiding, which is Yogi’s big – together against the BJP”. challenge,” added the I n c i d e n t a l l y, t h e BJP leader. BJP’s losing streak in In Jharkhand, the the bypolls is in sharp BJP failed to wrest two contrast to the party There are signs of Assembly seats – Silli winning a number of anti-incumbency and Gomia - retained by state Assembly elecagainst the party the Jharkhand Mukti tions. “The BJP continues to do fairly well in because of various Morcha. The Congress reasons, including bagged one seat each in states ruled by the Opposition. But the bypoll non-fulfilment of Karnataka (RR Nagar) promises made and Punjab (Shahkot) losses shouldn’t be during the 2014 and Meghalaya (Ampatbrushed aside since the Lok Sabha ti). BJP’s ally NDPP BJP will soon have to elections bagged the Lok Sabha defend big states later Senior BJP leader on bypoll from Nagaland. this year, besides the by-poll debacle The Thursday bypoll next year’s Lok Sabha verdict has also brought elections. There are down tally of the BJP in signs of anti-incumbenLok Sabha to 272. cy against the party because of With bypolls yet to be held for various reasons, including nonfulfilment of promises made dur- three Lok Sabha seats in Karnaing the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” taka and Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling BJP with said a senior BJP leader. While UP chief minister Yogi two nominated members continAdityanath is seen as an ace cam- ues to enjoy majority in the lower paigner of the BJP being fielded House. Supporters of RR Nagar Congress candidate Munirathna celebrating his victory in Bengaluru | VINOD KUMAR T CONGRESS candidate Munirathna secured a comfortable win over his rivals in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency on Thursday With this the Congress . strength in the state assembly has increased to 79. The recent Congress-JDS alliance against BJP in Karnataka did not prevent a triangular contest here, where JD(S) came a distant third. Munirathna got a total of 1,08,064 votes, which was 25,492 more than his nearest rival T Muniraju Gowda of BJP, who got 82,572 votes. JD(S) candidate G H Ramachandra came third with 60,360 votes. NOTA option received 2,724 votes — which is the fourth highest. Munirathna is one of the per- B’LURU PARTY TALLY 28 14 2 11 Total seats Cong JD(S) BJP (Jayanagar goes to polls on June 11) sons named in an FIR regarding alleged election fraud, wherein around 9,500 EPIC cards were recovered from an apartment in the constituency . Following the recovery, Election Commission had deferred the polls there to May 28 and counting to May 31. With Munirathna’s victory the , combined strength of CongressJD(S) coalition along with the support of two MLAs from different parties has increased to 118 while Congress strength has increased to 79. BJP has 104 seats in the 224-member Assembly . Congress also improved its performance in Bengaluru, taking its tally to 14, in the 27 seats where polls were held. Jayanagar will vote on June 11. Polling was deferred in Jayanagar constituency due to the death of BJP candidate B N Vijayakumar. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said the victory symbolised the support the people of Karnataka have extended for the JD(S)-Congress coalition in the State. Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said that Munirathna’s victory by such a large margin indicated that people of the constituency preferred him and voted for his work. Finance, PWD for JD(S), Cong gets home, energy WHO GETS WHAT The cabinet expansion is expected to happen by weekend JD(S) Finance, revenue, Public Works Department, cooperation Congress Home, energy, industries, water resources, rural development, Bengaluru development H E M A N T H K U M A R @ Bengaluru FACING flak for the long delay in forming the ministry, the JD(S) and the Congress have hit the fast track to iron out differences on ministerial berths and sharing of portfolios. The cabinet expansion is expected to happen by weekend with the two parties managing to break the deadlock on portfolio allocation. According to sources, the JD(S) will keep the finance ministry, and will also get other plum portfolios like revenue, public works and co-operation. The Congress has bagged home, industries, water resources, rural development, energy and Bengaluru development. “Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has succeeded in getting the finance portfolio,” a leader privy to the negotiations said. The Congress, which has a long list of ministerial aspirants, is likely to nominate 17 to 18 members to the ministry and keep 3 to 4 berths vacant. This is part of the strategy to deal with the dissidence that may erupt after the cabinet expansion, likely to take place on Saturday or Monday. According to the power-sharing pact between the two parties, the Congress gets 22 berths and JD(S) 12. P6 IDENTITY CRISIS Meet Aadhaar enrolment target or face pay cut: Banks to staff KANU SARDA AND A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi SOME public sector banks, among them UCO Bank, have warned its employees of coercive action, including salary deduction, if they fail to enrol at least 16 persons everyday for Aadhaar. In a letter dated May 25 written by UCO Bank, Jodhpur zone, to all branches under it, the bank said “you are instructed that you must meet the target of enrol- ment of 16 Aadhaar otherwise the penalty imposed by the Unique Identification Authority of India will be deducted from your salary .” UCO Bank’s letter, accessed by The New Indian Express, follows an order issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), under which UIDAI comes, that “financial disincentives shall be payable” if banks fail to meet the target of 16 Aadhaar enrolments a SOUMYADIP SINHA day. The MEITY letter, also accessed by TNIE, was issued to CMDs of all public sector and private banks on April 15 and set May 31 as the deadline to meet targets for Aadhaar enrolment. S K Patni, UCO Bank’s Deputy Zonal Head, Jodhpur, confirmed that they had issued such a letter but said it was only meant to serve as a warning to its staff and not threat. “The circular was meant only to warn staff and not to deduct salary for real....” Patni said there was no reason to object to the Ministry’s letter as UIDAI pays `25 to bank employees for every Aadhaar enrolment. The move of the bank and government is against the order of the Supreme Court, which clearly states that Aadhaar enrolment can’t be forced and should be used only in welfare schemes. UIDAI on Thursday relaxed the deadline to July 1 for banks to meet the deadline of 16 Aadhaar enrolments a day . Sheep sacrificed at YTPS ‘to protect plant from accidents’ S H R E YA S H S @ Raichur THERMAL power stations usually run on science and technology, but the one at Raichur’s Yermarus village seeks divine intervention too. Yermarus Thermal Power Station (YTPS) run by Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd led by an ancient faith offered animal sacrifice to local deity Tayamma. This was done as worship to protect YTPS, which has two units of 800 MW capacities each, from untoward incidents. YTPS officials perfor med sheep-sacrifice ritual in the wee hours of May 29, killing five animals. Post sacrifice, other rituals were also performed till afternoon hours, after which the meat was served to scores of employees who had participated in the ritual. This was basically done to protect YTPS from accidents, mainly fire-related, and this practice has been on for a few years, said an insider from the YTPS. Keshav , incharge executive director, YTPS, admitted there was a pooja on May 29 at the same shrine. “I was informed there was pooja, and I attended it in the morning. But I didn’t know about the sacrifice. I don’t think such a thing might have happened. I don’t know more about the pooja,” he said. P4
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