COIMBATORE WEDNESDAY JUNE 13, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION IN TIT-FOR-TAT, INDIA HIKES TARIFF ON APPLES FROM U.S. About a dozen influential US lawmakers have said India’s decision to increase tariff on apples from 50 to 80% would hurt workers in America RESPONSE TO ALUMINIUM RATE HIKE ■ 7.7 million TARIFF HIKE WILL HIT U.S. HARD The lawmakers also alleged India was abusing rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO). India notified the WTO on May 28 that it plans to raise its tariff before June 21 on apples from the already-high level of 50%. India describes the increased rate as retaliation for the US Section 232 tariffs on aluminium and steel ■ “As the second-largest market to date this season, an 80% tariff on apples entering India would have a grave impact on Washington’s growers,” the Congressmen wrote to US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer They urged him to take up the matter with India as a priority BOXES OF U.S. APPLES, WORTH OVER $118.3 MN, SHIPPED TO INDIA THIS SEASON 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 There will be challenges ahead but we will work with Trump. We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculation about this summit and I believe that this is good for peace Kim Jong-un, North Korea Chairman The Singapore summit went better than anybody could have expected... We have decided to leave the past behind... Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’s war Donald Trump, US President What’s in it for North Korea Key takeaways for the US Kim Jong-un managed to wangle out a major concession from the US to halt war games with the South. He also got the optics he wanted to join the high table, as the North is seen as a rogue state Kim agreed to total denuclearisation without the US lifting economic sanctions. Trump also brought up the North’s human rights record. Most important, Trump saw in Kim a person he could possibly do business with Chemistry good, now work on physics of N-deal PRESS CLUSIVE Both Trump and Kim hit it off at the much awaited Singapore summit; US agrees to halt war games as CMB EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MOGAMBO ... khush hua (Mogambo ... is happy). That memorable one-liner from the 1987 blockbuster Mr India sums up the takeaway from the historic summit US President Donald Trump had with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday . Both megalomaniacs Trump and Kim qualify for being Mogambo - the don essayed brilliantly by Amrish Puri on screen - as the mercurial US President had just come out of a G-7 summit he nuked with his diatribe and the North Korea has the world’s worst human rights record. Mogambo’s happiness mattered, as the converse was sure death like it happens in North Korean concentration camps. Trump had bragged he would size up Kim within just a minute of their interaction, so their mutual body language was important. When both radiated warmth as they began the summit and beamed after it, there was a collective sigh of relief. For, what was on the table was total and verifiable denuclearisation of the North, a goal that ought not to have been frittered away because of Trump’s whim - like he tore up the nuclear deal his predecessor Barack Obama struck with Iran. In the end, Kim promised to work towards denuclearisation in return for security guarantees from Trump. And the President announced a surprise confidence building measure (CMB): halting US military exercises in South Korea. It was widely seen as a major giveaway as Pyongyang has always seen it as an invasion rehearsal. Not enough hold to regulate banks: RBI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Reserve Bank of India doesn’t have enough powers to regulate public sector banks and, hence, cannot be held responsible for the poor financial health of state-owned banks. This was the main refrain of RBI governor Urjit Patel while answering queries posed by Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance, headed by Congress leader Veerappa Moily . Appearing before the panel on Tuesday Patel said RBI has ‘in, adequate’ control over public sector banks and the Banking Regulation Act must be amended to make PSBs efficient. SAME MO Hundi thefts: Eight Pondy temples hit D E B J A N I D U T TA @ Puducherry A spate of temple hundi thefts has hit Puducherry with eight temples targeted in the past week alone. It is suspected that an expert gang is involved in the thefts all of which have the same modus operandi. The latest theft reported was at the Muthumariyamman temple at Pappanchavady in Mudaliarpet area. On Tuesday, the temple priest, who had locked the temple Monday evening, told police that he had found the front door of the temple broken, the hundi broken and money stolen that morning. When grilled by the panel, which has members from various political parties, on the bad loan issue, Patel gave a point-bypoint reply explaining 10 specific areas where RBI doesn’t have power. These include the power to remove a PSB chief. According to sources, the panel members on Tuesday hurled tough questions at him on issues ranging from bad loans and increasing frauds in PSBs to cashless ATMs, which he answered confidently . “We are taking all possible measures within our resources and power to deal with bad loans, including some tough ones,” Patel reportedly told the panel, referring to its revised Why banking regulator feels powerless RBI has cited at least 10 areas where it has no control over PSBs. These include power to remove chairman, director or CEO of a state-owned banks and impose restriction on common directors on PSB boards. There are 21 state-owned banks, including State Bank of India. guideline on loan restructuring issued in February this year. On bank frauds, Patel said RBI can’t audit each and every branch. Still, RBI detected 59,000 frauds worth `32,300 crore last year, he noted. “Although his stand was more or less the same, his answers were detailed, and he answered every question with proper explanation and confidence,” one of the members told TNIE. Patel assured the panel that the NPA crisis was being addressed and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code would improve banks’ financial health. The next meeting of the standing committee is scheduled for June 19. Green light for Ennore port phase 3 based on ‘unapproved’ draft map? S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @Chennai THE Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has recommended granting of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and environment clearance for the phase-3 expansion of Kamarajar Port Limited allegedly on the basis of an ‘unapproved’ draft map prepared by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM). The CRZ Notification, 2011, stipulates that all proposals have to be evaluated against the approved Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). However, the Kamarajar Port’s expansion proposal falls inside the tidal Ennore creek demarcated as a ‘No Development Zone’ in the approved CZMP of 1996. At the 31st meeting of EAC (Infra-2) held on May 29, details of which have been uploaded on the ministry’s website, the port’s proposal was approved based on a two-member subcommittee report. The minutes state the sub-committee considered the latest draft CZMP of the Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority prepared by the NCSCM for preparation of the report since there is substantial change in the coastal ecosystem. The port, in 2016, engaged the Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS) in Anna University to prepare the CRZ map as per the 2011 notification. This map is a part of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted for expansion. The sub-committee has taken the CRZ map pre- pared by the IRS and the draft CZMP of NCSM and superimposed one on the other to arrive at actual field position. Besides, Google map of the proposed expansion area was also taken. Pooja Kumar of Coastal Resource Centre termed the EAC decision “disastrous”. “NCSCM maps are incomplete... A writ petition challenging these maps is pending before Madras High Court. Majority of ecologically sensitive salt pans have been omitted in the latest map, which is not yet approved by Environment Ministry How can EAC of . same ministry approve such a big project based on unapproved map?” she asked, adding that the issue was raised in Parliament by DMK MP MK Kanimozhi and fisherfolk had informed the sub-committee when it visited on January 5-6. Trump, however, said sanctions on the North for its nuclear tests will remain as of now. “We signed a joint statement that is an unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation,” he said after their four-hour meeting. “Kim told me that North Korea has already destroyed a major missile engine testing site,” he added. In response to a question about denuclearisation, Trump said, “We’re starting that process... very quickly.” A meeting next week will go over the details P10,15 of denuclearisation, he informed. FARMERS’ PROTEST India seeks 2-year extension for bullet train project: JICA A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi LAND acquisition hurdles might derail the schedule of Narendra Modi government’s ambitions bullet train project. According to sources, the government has sought a two-year extension in view of the strong opposition from farmers. “The government has sought extension for two years. Land acquisition remains unresolved so far. They are already holding dialogue with them (farmers),” an official of JICA told TNIE. The 508-km Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train is estimated to cost `1.08 lakh crore. The government had set a deadline of August 2022 for the project to become operational. According to the plan, 468 km will be elevated, 27 km will be in tunnels of which 7 km will be under sea and the remaining 13 km will be on the ground. However, the portion of 108 km stretch was halted because of protests from farmers in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Don’t even know basic Hindi? Can’t get a job at IISER S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA ADVERTISEMENT SPECIFIES CRITERIA WISH to work at the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) as an officer or non-teaching staff ? If so, “basic knowledge” of Hindi is a must, according to a recent advertisement for jobs at the IISER, Kolkata. The advertisement was as per a “policy decision of the government that staff at these institutes should know the national language”, claimed a senior official of the Union Human Resources Devel op ment mi ni str y, which runs the IISERs. Soon, other centres too would adopt the policy, the official added. The Centrally-funded premier institutes of research in basic sciences are located at Thiruvananthpuram, Tirupati, Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Berhampur and Mohali. The Hindi requirement has sparked voices of protests from several non-Hindi states and linguistic groups. “To make knowledge of Hindi mandatory for Hindi teachers is understandable. But what reason could be behind The requirement came to light through an ad for 20 posts of deputy registrar, executive engineers, asst registrar and others at IISER, Kolkata published in May @ New Delhi “To apply for any post of Officers/Non-teaching Staff, the candidate also should have basic knowledge of Hindi,” it said Last date to apply is June 25 “The government believes one language should bind the nation, and expecting staffers in institutes run by the Union government is a step in that direction,” said a HRD ministry official this bizarre move if not imposition?” asked Garga Chatterjee, who runs Bangla Pokkho, a Bengali language and people’s rights organisation. The move is against the spirit of linguistic equaity as enshrined in the Indian Constitution, said Senthil Nathan, of Chennai-based Centre for Language Equality and Rights. EXPRESS READ Sixth suspect arrested in Gauri Lankesh case; SIT thinks he could have pulled the trigger Bengaluru: Another suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, the police said on Tuesday, with SIT officials strongly suspecting him to be the shooter. The team probing the murder said it arrested Parashuram Waghmare from Sindhagi in Vijaypura district of Karnataka. This was the sixth arrest in the case. Delhi L-G Baijal skips office, AAP leaders continue waiting New Delhi: Amid a tug of war with the AAP dispensation, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal did not visit his office on Tuesday, even as CM Arvind Kejriwal and three of his cabinet colleagues kept waiting for him at the L-G Secretariat to discuss their demands. Militants murder two cops in J&K’s Pulwama district, injure 10 CRPF jawans in Anantnag Srinagar: Two policemen guarding the court complex in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed in a militant attack early on Tuesday. In a rare development, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain personnel in north Kashmir. In another incident in Anantnag district of the state, militants hurled a grenade at a CRPF party, injuring at least 10 jawans. MYSTERIOUS DEATH New-age spiritual guru Bhaiyyu Maharaj commits suicide, say police The monk who had a solution for everything In the last Maharashtra assembly elections when the relations between BJP and Shiv Sena over ticket allocation worsened, Maharaj was roped in for reconciliation between different ticket aspirants E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal BHAIYYU Maharaj, one of the most influential spiritual gurus who counted powerful politicians cutting across party lines among his followers, allegedly shot himself at his bungalow in Indore on Tuesday He was 50. . Known for his lavish lifestyle, the model-turned-spiritual guru used to travel in Mercedes cars and stayed in luxurious resorts when he travelled. He was among the five Hindu religious leaders who were accorded Minister of State status in April 2018 by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government. He, however, turned down the offer saying such positions are no use for a saint like him. Maharaj shot to limelight when the UPA-II regime sent him as a special mediator to persuade social activist Anna Hazare to call off his fast at New Delhi’s Ramlilla Ground. His followers included Sharad Pawar, Vilasrao Deshumukh, Nitin Gadkari, Raj Thackeray and Lata Mangeshkar, among others. He had also spent considerable time with Narendra Modi when he was Gujarat Chief Minister and was present when Modi broke his three-day fast in 2011. According to SP (Indore East) Avdhesh Goswami, it’s prima-facie a suicide. He, however, did not divulge if a note was recovered.
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