CHENNAI WEDNESDAY JUNE 27, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION WITH NEW APP, APPLYING FOR PASSPORT JUST GOT EASIER External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday launched a Passport Seva app for seamless application and issue of passports SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT, PAY ONLINE ■ 260 APPLY FROM ANYWHERE IN INDIA The mPassportSeva Mobile App, which is available on Android and iOS platforms, allows applicants to apply, pay and schedule appointments for passport services, without needing to access a computer and printer. More details are available at www.passportIndia.gov.in ■ ■ Under a new scheme, you can choose any Regional Passport Office and Passport Seva Kendra/Post Office Passport Seva Kendra to apply, irrespective of the address on your application form Police verification will be done at the address in the application The passport will be sent to the address on the application form PASSPORT CENTRES, TO BE EXPANDED TO ALL LOK SABHA CONSTITUENCIES 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 Cornered from all sides, Vijay Mallya plays the victim card NPA situation may worsen further, says RBI The gross non-performing assets ratio of scheduled commercial banks will touch 12.2 per cent by March 2019, up from 11.60 per cent a year before, according to RBI’s Financial Stability Report released on Tuesday. The 11 state-owned banks that are under RBI’s prompt corrective action framework will likely see their gross NPAs scaling up from 21 per cent in March 2018 to 22.3 per cent this fiscal. The report also cautioned that although the economy is gathering strength, things are changing on the macroeconomic front Says he’s been made poster boy of default; is tired of relentless pursuit E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Why didn’t he pay up till now, asks M J Akbar Responding to Vijay Mallya’s argument that he really wanted to settle his dues but was unable to do so because he became a victim of sorts, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said if the fugitive liquor baron wanted to repay his bank dues, he had many years to do so of public anger”, he and his flagship firm United Breweries Holdings have approached the Karnataka High Court seeking permission to sell an assortment of properties and other assets under judicial supervision to repay creditors. Flatly denying charges of being a wilful defaulter and claiming he was tired of the “relentless pursuit”, Mallya claimed “all (his) efforts are either ignored or misunderstood”. “If criminal agencies like ED and CBI object to my proposal, and object DAYS after the Enforcement Directorate moved court pleading Vijay Mallya be named a ‘fugitive offender’ and confiscation of his assets worth thousands of crore, the liquor baron claimed on Tuesday he and his group are trying to sell assets worth `13,900 crore to settle his dues. According to Mallya’s statement, in which he alleged political motivations turned him into “the poster boy of bank default and a lightning rod Big-time voter inducement no Bar for Council elections EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad K Mahender* recently put off plans to buy an Ultra Smart LED TV And M Syamala* just decided . not to purchase a high-end refrigerator. Both are among the several other practising advocates in the Hyderabad High Court who are waiting for costly goods to land on their doorstep. Free of cost. Welcome to the Bar Council election mela for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh where the voter price tag has gone up many notches. From plain cash to expensive gifts like smart phones, luxury fur niture and package tours to high quality liquor at cocktail parties, members of the Bar could be spoilt for choice. The stakes are high since contesting the Bar Council polls is seen as bringing status, recognition and respect. So much so, some advocates with deep pockets don’t mind inducing voters with goodies - like political parties do during the Lok Sabha or Assembly elections. With polling scheduled for Friday, the budgets of some of the contestants indirectly supported by political parties range from `20 lakh to a whopping `3 crore. Also on offer are promises to get housing sites and health cards to the voters and their families. Enhancing the insurance cover from `5 lakh to `10 lakh and implementing other welfare measures are part of the big basket of promises. Advocate N Krishna Kumar Goud, who is a candidate, claims he has information about a lorry load of liquor brought by some candidates to host ‘parties’ for voters. “Like politicians, advocates are distributing gifts to woo the voters,” he cribs. He claims he has complained to the election tribunal and the Bar Council of India and sought action. Members of the advocate community fear such inducements will defeat the very objective of the Bar Council. K Ramakrishna Reddy, former advocate general of Telangana, says luring voters is very unfortunate. “I have never seen such things in the past 20 years. There is a need to have a fair election,” he opines. As part of their campaign, several candidates are busy visiting various Bar associations to seek votes. They first organise meetings with advocates who are influential and wind up their tour with evening parties. P8 *Names changed on request AMIT BANDRE Figures that matter 25 Seats up for grabs in both AP and Telangana Bar Councils 107 Candidates are in the fray in AP 86 Contestants in Telangana Counting of votes on July 11 for AP; July 23 for Telangana Raj Bhavan justifies Guv’s meets with officials | P3 Eligible to vote in Telangana Justice A Shankar Narayana and Justice P Keshava Rao are returning officers for AP and Telangana, respectively Any complaint regarding irregularities made before the BCI will go to the Tribunal for adjudication... So far, no case has come before the Tribunal on the Bar Council elections to AP and Telangana - Justice Rameshchandra Vyas, Tribunal bench THE Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution moved by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami urging the Centre to keep in abeyance the Dam Safety Bill, 2018 until a consensus on the legislation is arrived at among the States. The principal opposition party DMK and its allies — Congress and IUML — welcomed the resolution but asked the government to be firm in its stand as the Centre had failed to honour such resolutions, including on NEET, in the past. Hours after the House adopted the resolution, the CM forwarded it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Moving the resolution during the Zero Hour, Palaniswami recalled that late CM J Jayalalithaa and the TN government had opposed the bill in 2011 and the Centre had given up the Dam Safety Bill, 2010. However, the Centre drafted another bill in 2016 and sent it to Tamil Nadu seeking its views. The State government was of the view that certain clauses were against TN’s interests. P5 Don’t exaggerate issues on Green Corridor, CM to Oppn E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai STATING that only a few farmers were unwilling to give up their land, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday urged the opposition not to “exaggerate” issues around the proposed ChennaiSalem Expressway, later adding strong action would be taken on those ‘instigating’ protests. “As many as 3,023 hectares were acquired for various road building purposes during the DMK regime between 2006 and 2009. But, for the Salem-Chennai eight-lane green corridor the government is to acquire only 1,900 hectares. Of that, 400 hectares is government poromboke land and 1,100 hectares is dry land. Only 400 hectares are cultivable,” he told Assembly . The project has faced opposition over land acquisition. On Tuesday , three journalists covering protests against the project — Malayalam TV channel reporter Anoop Das, cameraman Murugan and a Tamil daily reporter S Ramadoss —were detained by Tiruvannamalai police. Four farmers in Krishnagiri district were held for objecting to surveying. Dharmapuri MP Dr Anbumani Ramadoss was also denied permission to visit villages near Harur on Wednesday . P3 Cong’s mindset same since Emergency: PM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai/Jaipur PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress, saying it retains a dictatorial mindset from Emergency era and is scaring institutions like the judiciary and Election Commission as it cannot digest the fact that it is out of power. Speaking at a BJP event to mark the 43rd anniversary of Emergency declared on June 26, 1975, Modi said India was “turned into a jail for the selfish personal interests” of one family. “In- Modi’s security stead of (Indira Gandhi) quitting as up, out of reach Prime Minister after the court verdict for ministers too declaring her election as null and void, Emergency was imposed. How There is an “all timecan these people talk about safeguard- high” threat to Modi, the govt said, and ing the Constitution?” He further termed Emergency a issued new security black spot on the nation’s golden his- guidelines. Even top tory, and said his government was officers and ministers committed to upholding the Constitu- can’t come too close to him now without tion’s democratic values. P11 In Jaipur, Union Human Resource SPG clearance. Development minister Prakash Javadekar said the government would include a special chapter on Emergency in school textbooks. “We want students to know the correct history and hence, are working to change , the curriculum in schools,” he said. The Congress was quick to shoot back, with party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala saying Modi “is more cruel” than Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, and has “enslaved democracy” during his 49 months in power. P11 Plan your travel as rains to pound parts of India The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain in several parts of the country. A look MUMBAI Likelihood of urban flooding in view of high tides associated with severe monsoon conditions DAMANGANGA BASIN Rapid rise of water levels likely in Nasik, Valsad and Daman over the next 48 hours. Water level in Valsad’s Madhuban dam to go up WEST-FLOWING RIVER BASIN Flash floods possible at rivers flowing from the Western Ghats into the Arabian Sea. Precautions to be taken for old bridges along highways and the Konkan railway routes. KRISHNA BASIN Water levels likely to rise in upstream districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune and Sholapur in Maharashtra. Inflow in most dams in this basin is expected to increase RESULTS Denmark 0 France 0 Australia 0 Peru 2 Iran 1 Portugal 1 Spain 2 Morocco 2 (Both matches late on Monday) ON WEDNESDAY 7.30 pm PARASHURAM Waghmare, who allegedly shot journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, got only `13,000 for his ‘job’, say sources. Amol Kale, the alleged mastermind, gave him `10,000 out of the total amount in Belagavi after the murder, says a Special Investigation Team (SIT) official. Meanwhile, investigations established two of the three ab- sconding accused spoke Kannada while the other spoke Hindi. They allegedly incited Waghmare, who until then did not even know who Lankesh was, by showing her speeches on YouTube. Waghmare is learnt to have told his interrogators that the three persons, who are absconding, spoke to him about Hindu religion and only after they were convinced he would do anything for the religion did they bring up the matter of killing Lankesh. First CWMA meeting to be held on July 2| P4 Mexico vs Sweden South Korea vs Germany 11.30 pm @ Bengaluru Telangana polling booths in AP and 88 in Telangana Forces kill 2 of 21 militants on hit list in J&K | P9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Voters in AP Bar Council 146 OT allowance for Central govt staff scrapped | P11 Lankesh hitman pulled the trigger for just `13,000: SIT 27,676 20,077 AP US Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban | P13 A woman walks along the shore through rubble of houses damaged by swell waves in Srinivasapuram, Foreshore Estate in Chennai on Tuesday | ASHWIN PRASATH | P2 Unanimous resolution adopted on Dam Safety bill @ Chennai Bar Council polls are being held for the first time after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014 (Gandhi family) never imagined corruption charges would be framed against them... they are now trying to scare the judiciary by bringing impeachment motion against the CJI - Narendra Modi, PM ‘KEEP IN ABEYANCE’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PRESS INTAKE LOST TO SEA to the sale of assets, it will clearly demonstrate there is an agenda against me,” Mallya said, citing reports that ED had objected to public sector banks’ claim to the proceeds arising from the sale of his assets. “This is a clear example of politically motivated abuse of power with no legal basis whatsoever and behoves the fundamental question of whether the government wants me to repay the public sector banks or not,” he said. Switzerland vs Costa Rica Serbia vs Brazil Live on: TEN 2 &3, Sony ESPN FAMILY COURT Divorce granted to shooter in ‘love jihad’ case M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi A family court in Ranchi on Tuesday allowed the divorce petition filed by national-level shooter Tara Shahdeo against her husband Ranjeet Singh Kohli alias Raqibul Hassan on grounds of cruelty. In the petition filed on January 2017, she had alleged Hassan married her in July 2014 by hiding his Muslim identity. She also alleged the husband asked her to convert to Islam and tortured her when she refused. “Family Court of BK Gautam allowed the petition after it found the evidences produced before it were sufficient to prove that cruelty had taken place right from the next day of marriage,” Shahdeo’s counsel LCN Shahdeo said. Shahdeo had also accused Kohli and his mother Kaushal Rani of running a dubious voluntary organisation and amassing huge wealth through mysterious dealings and political links. The allegations had caused a nation-wide stir with the Union home ministry seeking a report on the ‘love jihad’ angle. Many judicial officers, too, were under the scanner after Shahdeo accused Kohli of conniving with them to influence cases. Welcoming Tuesday’s ruling, Shahdeo expressed the hope she would get justice in other related cases pending in various courts.
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