HUBBALLI SATURDAY JUNE 9, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION TRUMP PLANS TO PARDON BOXING ICON MUHAMMAD ALI The late boxing legend was convicted in 1967 for refusing to report for military duty after being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War WHAT IS A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON? IS TRUMP ON A PARDON SPREE? The US President has vast powers to commute those languishing in jail and pardon those facing prison terms even before charges are filed. A pardon wipes the slate clean for the recipient, even halting judicial proceedings that are underway. Trump has so far pardoned six people. ■ ■ According to the US media, Trump is likely to pardon a dozen or more people in the coming weeks In a controversial tweet earlier this week, Trump said he has the power to pardon himself. The White House later clarified the occasion wouldn’t arise as Trump hasn’t done anything wrong 3,000 THE NUMBER OF CLEMENCY PETITIONS TRUMP IS REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING 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 HDK STEPS IN AS CONGRESS CRISIS Gauri killers’ role suspected PEAKS, MB PATIL GETS DELHI CALL in Prof Kalburgi murder too Team HDK Pads Up Chief Minister’s intervention does not go down well with many in Congress as it is being interpreted as a failure of the top brass Three days after expanding his ministry, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday announced allocation of portfolios to the newly sworn-in ministers. There were no major surprises, though, except that the CM has retained the coveted Energy ministry with himself CHIEF MINISTER H D KUMARASWAMY Finance, Excise, Energy, Intelligence wing and 7 others DEPUTY CM G PARAMESHWARA Home, Bengaluru Development D K SHIVAKUMAR Water Resources, Medical Education H D REVANNA Public Works Department G T DEVEGOWDA Higher Education R V DESHPANDE Revenue, Skill Development K J GEORGE Major and Medium Industries, IT/BT & Science & Technology PRIYANK KHARGE Social Welfare Department KRISHNA BYRE GOWDA Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department BANDEPPA KASHEMPUR Cooperation D C THAMMANNA Transport B Z ZAMEER AHMED KHAN Food and Civil supplies, Wakf FULL LIST: P5 Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara had to face the ire of dissident Congress MLA M B Patil’s supporters when he arrived to meet the latter at his residence in Bengaluru on Friday | EXPRESS to provide a stable government. “M B Patil is hurt as he feels let THREE days after rebellion erupted down by his party leadership. Patil in the Congress in Karnataka over ex- had worked hard and contributed . pansion of the coalition ministry the much to the cause of the party I will , party high command was compelled take up the issue with the top Conto step in to resolve the crisis by sum- gress leadership to resolve the issue moning dissident leader M B Patil to at the earliest as it is necessary for me New Delhi for placatory talks. The to provide a stable government in the move came after Chief Minister H D state,” Kumaraswamy said. Patil, however, ruled out Kumaraswamy himself inthe possibility of quitting the tervened and met the dissiparty. “Congress party has dent Congress leaders. dumped me. But I cannot Patil, who has raised a bandump Congress. I cannot bener of revolt, has upped the M B Patil is hurt tray the party,” he said, addante and is likely to demand as he feels let ing that he has the backing of the Deputy Chief Minister’s down by his 15-20 dissident MLAs who will post, conveying the message party take a collective decision on that he will not settle for anyleadership. He their future course of action. thing less. With the ranks of had worked The intervention of the the dissidents seeing a steady hard and CM in what is Congress’ inrise and the former minister contributed much to the ternal crisis has not gone outrightly ignoring the efcause of the down well with many in the forts of state leaders, including KPCC president G Para- party. I will take party as it is being interpretup the issue ed as a failure of the top meshwara and working with top brass. Though the drama had president Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress lasted for three days before it ministers K J George, D K leadership shifted to Delhi, none of top Shivakumar and R V Deshpande, towards a rapproche- H D Kumaraswamy, state Congress leaders, including party leader in Lok ment, the party high comChief Minister Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge mand on Friday evening or former Chief Minister invited him to Delhi. Interestingly, the call came within Siddaramaiah, tried to tackle the situhours after Kumaraswamy met Patil ation by visiting the leaders. Patil left for Delhi on Friday evenand assured to take up the issue with the Congress high command while ex- ing accompanied by Dinesh Gundu pressing confidence of ending the Rao. He is expected to meet AICC leadstandoff at the earliest. Kumaraswa- ers Ghulam Nabi Azad, K C Venugo, my urged Patil not to take any hasty pal and, if necessary Congress presi. P5 decision and sought his cooperation dent Rahul Gandhi on Saturday A K R A M M O H A M M E D @ Bengaluru FRENZIED FRIDAY ■ Delegation of Congress leaders, including Deputy CM G Parameshwara, meet sulking MLA M B Patil during the first half of the day. Another delegation meets Satish Jarkiholi ■ Following visit of Congress leaders, and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy himself, Patil says he will communicate his grievances to the Congress high command ■ Jarkiholi leaves Bengaluru for Belagavi; threatens to resign from post of AICC secretary ■ Congress high command summons M B Patil to Delhi; Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao accompanies him EXPRESS READ Naxal commander killed in encounter Advani lauds Pranab’s visit to RSS event 9 new battalions to be raised in J-K: Rajnath 5 elderly patients die in Kanpur hospital ICU Raipur: A Naxal commander was on Friday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said. The gun battle took place early in the morning in the jungles of Jaramongia jungles when a joint team of District Reserve Guard and local police was out on an anti-naxal operation. New Delhi: BJP veteran L K Advani on Friday described former president Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the RSS headquarters on Thursday and his “illuminating exposition of the noble idea and ideals of Indian nationalism” as a “significant event in our country’s contemporary history”. Jammu: Nine new battalions will be raised to take stock on ground in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. Out of these nine new battalions, two will be dedicated to border areas and will be known as ‘border battalions’, the Home Mminister said. P7 Kanpur: As many as five elderly patients died in the ICU of Lala Lajpat Rai hospital, a state-run hospital, here during the last two days, with their attendants alleging AC plant failure as the reason behind the deaths, a charge refuted by the administration of the facility. The hospital, however, denied the charge. P7 Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala lights up screens, protesters call for bandh T U S H A R K A U S H I K @ Bengaluru EVEN as about 20 single-screen theatres and multiplexes in the city screened the Rajanikanthstarrer ‘Kaala’ amid tension and anxiety over being targeted by pro-Kannada outfits, it was a mixed bag of experience for Rajinikanth fans who watched the film on Thursday and Friday. Across the state, only about 100 t h e at re s a n d m u l t i p l e xe s screened the movie amid tight police security . Following the movie’s limited release on Thursday, it saw a wider release on Friday, but amid tight security at a majority of multiplexes and several single screen theatres in Bengaluru. At some places, policemen outnumbered fans, considering threats by protesters. However, the screening was disrupted in some places for the second day on Friday as members of proKannada organisations continued their protest against the movie. They have also called for a Bengaluru bandh. The exact day on which the bandh will be observed will be decided at a meeting on Saturday . In Bengaluru, the film was screened in multiplexes like PVR Orion Mall, PVR Forum Mall and INOX Lido, and singlescreen theatres like Bhumika in Majestic, Kamakya in Banashankari, and Rex Theatre on Brigade Road. In many halls, the movie was screened in a tense atmosphere. On Friday several , screenings were possible as protesters were taken into preventive custody outside theatres. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru Investigators now suspect that people involved in the September 5, 2017 murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh may have been involved in the killing of scholar M M Kalburgi and rationalist Govind Pansare as well. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of Gauri held a meeting with officials of the Criminal Investigation Department investigating the murder of scholar Kalburgi on Friday It is learnt that . f r e s h l e a d s h ave emerged in the Kalburgi murder case during the course of probe in the Gauri murder and the meet- ing was held to discuss the future course of investigation. The ballistic reports submitted by forensic experts had revealed that the same 7.65 mm country made pistol was used in both the murders. Subsequently , it is said, questioning of the two accused persons and three suspects in Gauri Lankesh murder case had led the SIT officials to suspect their role in the murder of M M Kalburgi too. In this background, a meeting was held with the CID team probing Kalburgi’s murder. SIT Sources said its chief and IGP B K Singh, Chief Investigation Officer and DCP M N Anucheth and other top officials from the CID team exchanged information in Kalburgi’s case Panel to take call on mechanism to tackle bad loans ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU @Mumbai AFTER all the trials and tribulations with regulatory tools, bankers and the government are now considering venturing on their own to clean up the $210 billion toxic loan mess. On Friday, the Ministry of Finance formed a committee to consider the proposal of setting up an Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) or an Asset Management Company (AMC) for faster resolution of stressed assets, even as the resolution and recovery process under the newly formed Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code is underway . The idea, lenders say, is to shift bad loans into a new, independent entity so that banks can avoid self-suffocation from stressed assets. “These stressed assets cause loss of value to the banking system,” said Piyush Goyal, interim Finance Minister, adding that most of the stressed assets have been identified that could fit into the ARC or AMC structure. He, however, stopped short of disclosing details like funding or the size of bad loans that’ll be absorbed. The 4-5 member committee headed by and discussed how to take the case forward. Investigation in Kalburgi’s murder had almost hit a dead-end with the CID officials losing hope after probing all angles. Now, with fresh leads emerging in the Gauri case, the CID team is hoping to bring the case to a logical end soon. However, both the SIT and CID officials, so far, do not have a clue about the shooters in both the cases. It is learnt that Maharashtra-based rationalist Govind Pansare’s murder case would also be cracked as the same weapon was one among the two pistols used in that case, too. It is learnt that SIT has intensified questioning of Praveen alias Sujith of Udupi, Amol Kale and Pradeep Mahajan, both hailing from Maharashtra, as they suspect that they had played a key role in these murders. IN THE DOCK Duniya Vijay arrested, let off on bail EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru ‘NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN FOR ICICI STAKEHOLDERS’ Despite having board-level presence in ICICI Bank, which is currently under the regulatory lens for alleged corporate governance violations, interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said it was up to the bank’s internal and external inquiry committees to look into the allegations. “ICICI Bank is a good bank. It has very robust processes and there is no cause of concern for any of the stakeholders of ICICI Bank,” he said Sunil Mehta, Chairman, Punjab National Bank, will submit its report in two weeks. “There should be a true and fair picture and banks have to do an honest appraisal of the balance sheets,” Goyal said. The proposal could be similar to ‘bad bank,’ which was favoured by many, including RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya and C h i e f E c o n o m i c A dv i s e r Arvind Subramanian. Banks may also consider having an oversight panel with retired judges or vigilance officers or exter nal experts to advise on the health of the banks. KANNADA actor Duniya Vijay , who was absconding since almost a week, was arrested in Tamil Nadu on Friday morning by the CK Acchukattu police. Vijay was booked for obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty and helping an accused to escape, after he stopped Tavarekere police from arresting film producer Sundar Gowda in a case relating to the drowning of two stuntmen. A senior police officer said a special team had gathered information about Vijay who was residing in a resort near Coimbatore. Then, Vijay was brought to the city around afternoon and taken into police custody for interrogation. Meanwhile, his lawyers approached a sessions court and sought bail. The court granted the actor conditional bail. P6 There should be a true and fair picture and banks have to do an honest appraisal of the balance sheets Piyush Goyal, interim Finance Minister AFTER BACKLASH Haryana takes U-turn as bizarre circular draws ire P T I @ Chandigarh THE Haryana government on Friday courted controversy when it asked sportspersons employed by it to deposit one-third of their earnings from commercial and professional commitments to the state sports council, but put the notification on hold after drawing shar p criticism from elite athletes. “I have asked for the relevant file of Sports Department to be shown to me and the notification dated April 30th to be put on hold till further orders,” Chief Minister M L Khattar tweeted.His inter- From left: Yogeshwar Dutt, Babita Kumari, Sakshi Malik, Sardar Singh vention came after athletes reacted sharply to the notification issued by Principal Secretary (Sports and Youth Department) Ashok Khemka. “One-third of the income earned by the sportsperson from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited with the Haryana State Sports Council. The money shall be used for the development of sports in the state,” it stated. The athletes employed with the state government include star boxers Vijender Singh and Akhil Kumar, both of whom are DSPs in state police, hockey captain Sardar Singh and wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat. Sardar, Geeta and Babita are also employed with the Haryana Police. “This notification will hamper an athletes preparation. How can the government give such an order? We pay taxes over whatever we earn and now this notification to pay onethird,” Babita said. Some other Haryana athletes, including wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, who not employed with the state government, also reacted with shock.
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