BELAGAVI MONDAY JUNE 4, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION 14 MINS OF PANIC AS SUSHMA SWARAJ’S FLIGHT GOES SILENT A VIP Embraer aircraft carrying the external affairs minister to South Africa went incommunicado on Saturday, triggering a mid-air scare HIGH SUSPENSE IN MAURITIUS AIRSPACE 1 STOPOVERS AT T’PURAM, MAURITIUS Contact could not be established with the Indian Air Force flight IFC 31 after it left Male ATC for Mauritius airspace. Instead of waiting for the mandatory 30 minutes, the uncertainty phase, an alert known as INCERFA in aviation parlance, was activated, perhaps because the flight was carrying a VIP ■ Since the Embraer-135 aircraft, which was headed to South Africa, does not have a long range, it had stopovers at Thiruvananthapuram and Mauritius for refuelling ■ The incident happened soon after the flight was handed over to the Mauritius ATC THE UNCERTAINTY PHASE IS THE FIRST OF THE THREE EMERGENCY PHASES 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 Weighed down by poll promises, HDK says no to wasteful spending Asks authorities to review proposals to buy new cars, discourage renovation of govt offices EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru The new ministers who would be sworn in on Wednesday are unlikely to get swanky new cars and those wishing to renovate and refurbish their offices may be compelled to give up their plans. Facing severe resource crunch to fulfil his poll promises, including farm loan waiver, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has conveyed a strong message to curb w a s t e f u l e x p e n d i t u re a n d ostentation. The Chief Minister has instructed the officials of all the departments to follow austerity measures. “Cut down all unnecessary expenditure, if any in the , administration. Review the proposals submitted by various government departments, offices and agencies to buy new cars,” the Chief Minister has said. According to a communique issued by the Chief Minister’s Office on Sunday, Kumaraswamy has also directed to discourage unnecessary refurbishing and renovating of gover nment of- fices and residences. Detailed guidelines in this regard will be issued in a day or two, said sources in the CM’s office. Kumaraswamy who is keen to , walk the talk, has preferred to use his personal car, a Range Rover, and has avoided purchase of a new car for the Chief Minister. Kumaraswamy has also announced that he would not use special flights unless except under emergency situations. Purchase of new cars for the ministers has been a routine exercise over the decades. It has also been a common practice on part of most of the ministers to renovate their offices and also furnish them with new furniture spending crores of rupees. For instance, Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya had courted controversy in the previous Siddaramaiah government as he demolished a wall between two rooms of Vidhana Soudha to have a bigger office and re n ovat e d i t m u ch against public outcry . But ironically the instruction on cars has come after the state gover nment purchased 20 new Innova Crysta cars, each costing about Rs 25 lakh, for use by legislators who stay at Legislators’ Home(LH) during the legislature session. The new cars have been parked at the LH premises. “The cars were purchased before the new government took over. The new cars would be provided on rental basis for use by legislators within Bengaluru city limits. They are being charged a tariff of Rs6 per km for cars like Swift Dzire, Toyota Etios, the rental for Innova has been fixed at Rs8 per km,” an officer in LH told Express. MORE LOANS TO WAIVE FARM LOANS The Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka is in the process of “working out modalities” for a waiver that aims to make farmers in the state “debt-free.” The estimated K53,000 crore required to waive farm loans essentially makes up for nearly one-fourth of the budget size. The government may have no other choice than raising money from external sources P5 to implement the waiver. “They wanted to seek revenge and teach people a lesson, so they killed locally influential BJP workers,” said 60-year-old Bhootnath Kumar, who won panchayat elections from Dava village on a Slain BJP activist Trilochan Mahato’s family members in his room at their house in BJP ticket. Supurdi village in Purulia district of West Bengal on Sunday | AISHIK CHANDA T HEY were new entrants to the BJP and had actively prevented booth capturing by the Trinamool Congress goons, helping their party win their respective gram panchayats in the Balrampur area of this district in the local body polls. Both were strong personalities who were locally influential, so when the newly appointed superintendent of police Akash Magharia cited an autopsy report to claim Dulal Kumar (30) committed suicide, it was met with derision by people who knew him well. While Dulal’s body was found hanging from a power transmission tower on Friday , Trilochan Mahato’s (21) was seen hanging from a tree on May 30. Ration shop owner Cong may rethink on ignoring seniors Bengaluru: As the countdown for the much-awaited cabinet formation of coalition government begins, the Congress that initially wanted to accommodate more new faces in the ministry is being compelled to do a rethink and ensure an ideal balance of seniors and the young. The state party leaders may discuss the issue with P5 Rahul Gandhi on Monday. E N S @ Mysuru ‘REVENGE KILLING’ GROUND ZERO Congress working president for North Karnataka S R Patil became the first casualty over the party’s abysmal performance in the recently concluded assembly elections. He told TNIE that he had submitted his resignation as the working president taking moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the 10 districts of North Karnataka. Patil is said to have submitted his resignation to Rahul Gandhi on May 25 via email. His resignation comes at a time when the Congress is reluctant to include senior leaders in the cabinet. P5 CFTRI scientist washed away Purulia BJP workers’ death: Party says post panchayat elections, duo was threatened A I S H I K C H A N D A @ Purulia S R Patil quits post over party’s poor show Dulal, a father of three in Dava village, was an influential booth level leader, while thirdyear BA student Trilochan, the youngest of four sons of 58-year-old Hariram Mahato of Supurdi village, was good at writing graffiti. Both had different skillsets, but events leading to their death within a span of three days appear similar. According to residents of the two villages, Trilochan and Dulal were threatened by unknown persons a few days before their death as both were leaders of BJP’s Booth Raksha Committee formed to prevent rigging in the panchayat elections. The BJP won all the nine gram panchayats in Balarampur in the recent elections. “After our victory in the panchayat elections, we held a victory rally in the village in which all residents contributed around 1.5 quintal chicken and celebrated. The celebration irked the local Trinamool leaders who threatened Trilochan with dire consequences as he was very active as a party member,” local BJP member Bijoy Mahato said. P7 A weekend picinc to Chunchanakatte falls turned tragic as a CFTRI scientist was washed away in the gushing water. The deceased is Haryana-based Somashekar (40). Somashekar, along with his family members was in the water when the level suddenly rose after the hydel power generation unit closed its production. Somashekar helped his wife Prathima and two children move to a safer place but before he could come up, he was washed away . P6 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) TARGET SET Expect more I-T knocks this financial year V I K R A M S H A R M A @ Hyderabad EXPECT more raids, searches and investigations by the Income Tax Department this financial year. The I-T Department, which has been in a hyperactive mode since the last couple of years, has been allocated a staggering budgetary target of `11.5 lakh crore for the 18 I-T regions across the country, including Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi by the Finance Ministry . Of the total amount, target set for corporate tax collection is `6.21 lakh crore, personal income is `5.18 lakh crore and for securities transaction is `11,000 crore. The all India tax collections for the financial year 2017-18 stood at over Rs 9.86 lakh crore. According to the allocated targets list sent to the Principal Chief Commissioners of 18 Income Tax regions, a copy of which was accessed by The New Indian Express, the corporate tax target set for Bengaluru is `61,483 crore, `61,577 crore as personal income tax target totalling `1.23 lakh crore. In the financial year 2017-18, this region had collected taxes of `1.04 lakh crore. Besides the South Indian states, targets have been set for I-T regions of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur among other states. ALONG INTERNATIONAL BORDER 2 BSF men killed, 14 civilians injured as Pak violates ceasefire A G E N C I E S @ Srinagar TWO BSF personnel were killed on Sunday as Pakistani Rangers targeted Indian posts along the IB here with mortars and firing. The violation comes nearly a week after DGMOs of both countries agreed to implement the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit”. Assistant sub-inspector Satya Narayan Yadav and constable Vijay Kumar Pandey - both residents of Uttar Pardesh - were killed and 13 civilians were injured in unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by Pakistani rangers in Akhnoor, Kanachak and Khour sectors of Jammu district, officials said. Ram Awtar, Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF), Jammu frontier, said the ceasefire violation has proved that the neighbouring country’s words did not match its deeds. “It is saying something but doing something else. The latest incident proved it once again,” he said. Awtar said the BSF was strictly implementing the decision taken at the DGMO level by the two countries last week. “Suddenly, Pakistan started firing around 1.15 am, injuring two of our personnel who later succumbed,” he said referring to the latest incident. It was targeted firing on forward duty points by Pakistan, he added. “We have strongly responded and in the coming days we will come to know about the damage suffered by Pakistan The people of Kashmir and the leadership here have to decide on using the unilateral ceasefire gesture to take the dialogue process forward Mehbooba Mufti, J&K Chief Minister An injured woman being taken for treatment after the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu on Sunday | PTI in the retaliatory action,” he said. He said the BSF did not target civilian locations but Pakistani forces did. The latest deaths in the Pakistani firing raised the casualty figure during ceasefire violations along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) in the state to 46. The figure includes 20 security personnel. Last month, thousands of people residing along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts had to flee their homes following intense shelling from Pakistan between May 15 and May 23 which left 12 people dead, including two BSF jawans and an infant, and scores of others injured. Stop the bloodshed, says Mufti Terming as ‘unfortunate’ the fresh ceasefire violation, J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said the DGMOs of India and Pakistan should hold dialogue again and stop bloodshed. “The ceasefire violation is very unfortunate and it happened despite DGMO-level talks. It should not have happened,” Mehbooba told reporters here.
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