COIMBATORE TUESDAY JULY 03, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION FEDERER BREAKS TIES WITH NIKE FOR UNIQLO APPAREL After more than two decades of sponsorship with American giant, eight-time Wimbledon champ inks $300mn deal with Japanese brand DEBUT ON THE GREEN RAKING IN THE MOOLAH The 36-year-old hit the court for his opening-round match at Wimbledon on Monday sporting a headband, jacket, shirt and socks made by Uniqlo. Federer, associated with Nike apparel since 1994, was wearing the brand’s shoes. His sponsorship with them, which had fetched him $10mn per year, had expired this March ■ ■ ■ As per reports, Federer’s deal with the Japanese brand is set to last for 10 years The value of this deal is nearly thrice of Federer’s on-court earnings in his career ($116.6mn) His iconic RF logo, though, is still owned by Nike $300mn WORTH OF FEDERER’S 10-YEAR DEAL WITH UNIQLO 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 500 INDIANS STRANDED IN NEPAL’S SIMIKOT DUE TO BAD WEATHER N I R U PA M A V I S W A N AT H A N @ Chennai AT least 500 Indians, mostly Kailash Manasarovar pilgrims, are believed to be stranded in the mountainous regions of Simikot in Nepal after all flights to and from the region were cancelled due to bad weather. One pilgrim, 55-year-old Leela Namboodiri- pad, died of cardiac arrest on Monday morning, a day after her flight was cancelled. While pilgrims have found shelter at hotels or at roadside shops converted to accommodate them, the weather has taken a toll, especially on older pilgrims. The Indian Embassy in Nepal tweeted that it was aware of the situation and action was being taken for safety and comfort of pilgrims. Namboodiripad’s husband Sethu Mahadevan told Express the cardiac arrest was said to have been because of the low oxygen levels. “We were supposed to leave yesterday but were unable to do so because all flights were cancelled,” he said. The couple, natives of Wandoor in Malappuram district in CHINA SEMIKOT AIRPORT N E PA L Kathmandu INDIA Coimbatore comes together to combat child labour | P2 Number of MBBS seats in TN under government quota increases | P5 HC for CBI probe into Thoothukudi firing | P5 A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi Bihar BJP legislator’s son, friends arrested for consuming alcohol | P7 Leftist Obrador sweeps Mexico polls | P10 COP HACKED BY GANG IN CHENNAI In the third instance of violence against police personnel in and around Chennai in the past week, Rajavel, a constable was hacked by a gang late Monday night in Royapettah, sustaining 16 cuts. He is undergoing medical treatment. @73Karuppasamy: without changing the dress which is held up in nepalganj. Not only we are 100s of indians facing this problem not beacuse of only weather. Due negligence of Nepal flight operators Goma AIR pilots went to strike on Saturday and Repair in Tara air. Takes its cue from China, announces tariff concessions for 4 other countries as well Punjab Cabinet recommends death penalty for drug smugglers and peddlers | P7 Supreme Court upholds CVC, vigilance commissioner appointments | P9 @VIGNESH52255186: Madam, more than 700 yathris including my parents are left stranded in simikot, Nepal because of non availability of flights. Kindly arrange to provide flights in order for them to reach their destination. India embraces the dragon with import duty cuts PRESS INTAKE Rajnath first Union minister to slam Sushma’s trolls | P9 PILGRIMS REACH OUT TO SUSHMA VIA TWITTER SAMBA IN SAMARA Brazil’s forward Neymar (right) scores a goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on Monday | AFP | P16 ROUND OF 16 RESULTS Brazil 2 Mexico 0 Belgium 3 Japan 2 Croatia 4 (1) Denmark 3 (1) ON TUESDAY Sweden v Switzerland 7.30pm England v Colombia 11.30pm Live on: TEN 2 &3, Sony ESPN (Late on Sunday) In first meeting, CWMA tells K’taka to give 31.24tmc water to TN for July T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai THE Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), in its first meeting in New Delhi on Monday, directed Karnataka to ensure release of 31.24 tmc of water to Tamil Nadu in July Inform. ing this to State Assembly Chief , Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami hailed it a historic achievement. Official sources said, after deducting the excess water released by Karnataka in June, TN is likely to get 29.43 tmc for July . After four hours of delibera- tions, S Masood Husain, CWMA Chairman said, “Having heard the party States, the authority has directed Karnataka to ensure balance quantity for the month of July at Billigundulu, adjusting the excess quantity of water realised by Tamil Nadu during June, subject to the assessment and recommendation by Cauvery Water Regulation Committee CWRC.” “Karnataka has to release TN’s quota of 31.24 tmc in July minus excess released in June... There is some variation in the excess released during June. It seems Kar- nataka says excess 3tmc was released. However, TN’s calculation is that excess was only 1.81 tmc. CWMA will calculate on the basis of Central Water Commission data... So the final quantum could be 29.43 tmc of water,” TN officials said. CWRC will meet on July 5 in New Delhi. Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar in Bengaluru said TN was demanding water in excess of requirements. “We will take a decision after considering TN’s requirement and our farmers’ needs,” he said. many areas including pharma and agriculture which were earTHE spectre of trade war un- lier closed. It is sheer economic leashed by the Trump adminis- compulsion to look for an altertration may be forcing India and native market, given the current China to buttress their econom- trade barriers,” he added. ic ties. On Monday, India anIndia had been pitching for nounced the slashing of import opening market for sugar exduties on 3,142 items from Chi- ports and cancer drugs, which na and other Asia-Pacific na- was again discussed during tions in response to China’s bid NITI Aayog chairman Rajiv Kuto cut import duties of as many mar’s visit to China in April. as 8,500-odd items. On Sunday China slashed its , The reduction in tariff by duty on chemicals, agricultural both nations is part of and medical prodthe Asia Pacific Trade ucts, clothing, steel What’s the Agreement (APTA) — significance and aluminium prodfor merly called the ucts, among others. of APTA? Bangkok Agreement “The change was It is the only — to which Bangladecided upon as unidesh, China, India, operational trade lateralism and trade Laos, Korea and Sri agreement linking protectionism are on China and India, Lanka are signatories. the rise and tensions While the duty re- two of the fastest appear in the trade duction is not focused growing markets, relations among globand other major on entirely China, the al economies,” Chimarkets such as timing of the annese media had quotthe Republic of nouncement as noteed its finance Korea worthy — within a ministry as hinting week after the US-Inat the looming USdia inaugural 2+2 dialogue was China trade war. postponed for the second time. However, Indian exporters Experts feel that with the US feel that without market access tariff heat spooking countries to pharma and agri commodity that tap the American market, products, it will not be of much like India and China, there is go- consequence. ing to be a dramatic change in “Issues of market access in global trading pattern. agri commodities and pharma “The recent reduction is sig- products remain a challenge. nificant not in terms of value These have to be addressed bebut in terms of gesture,” a sen- fore reading too much in beior commerce ministry official tween,” said Ajay Sahai, directold TNIE. “In the recent dia- tor-general of the Federation of logues, they were warming up to Indian Export Organisations. Kerala, was part of a group of 41 pilgrims, who began their trip on June 22. They had returned from Manasarovar on Sunday and were waiting for a flight out of Simikot to Nepalgunj from which tourists fly to Kathmandu. Namboodiripad’s relatives have tweeted to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for help to bring the body back. P5 IN THE SC Constitution bench to hear polygamy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AFTER triple talaq, practices of nikah halala and polygamy in Islam will now be under the Supreme Court’s lens. The top court on Monday indicated a Constitution bench would hear the matter. While polygamy allows a Muslim man to have four wives, nikah halala forbids a divorced couple from remarrying until the woman marries someone else, consummates her new marriage and gets divorced or widowed. “We will look into it,” a threejudge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Monday said, adding that a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional and legal validity of these practices will be listed for hearing before a five-judge Constitution bench after the Centre files its response. The Centre has already said it would back the petitions. KKNPP: SC gives NPCIL till 2022 to build facility to store spent nuclear fuel AUTOPSY OF HORROR HOUSE’S 11 SHOWS NO SIGNS OF STRUGGLE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Doctors who conducted postmortem on 11 of a family who allegedly committed suicide at their home in Burari area here found no external injuries or signs of struggle on the bodies. They said all of them died as a result of hanging, the police claimed. The dead included Narayan Devi (77), her two sons and their families as well as two 15-yearold boys. The police are on the lookout for two self-styled godmen who years. The time granted ended in May 2018, and the NGO approached SC seeking orders to THE Supreme Court on Monday shut the plant citing environmental concerns.The petitioner, directed Nuclear Power Corporepresented by Prashant ration of India Ltd (NPCIL) to Bhushan, enumerated the set up a facility for safe issues related to storage storage of radioactive spent nuclear fuel at of nuclear waste within the reactor premises, citKoodankulam Nuclear ing the example of the Power Plant (KKNPP) by Fukushima nuclear plant. April 2022 and rejected a He urged the bench to plea to shut down the plant until an Away close the plant permaPetitioner nently or at least till From Reactor (AFR) argues that AFR was constructed facility is built. storage A bench headed by facility is key so as to ensure safety o f p e o p l e l iv i n g Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the Prashant Bhushan around the plant. “The continued opsubmission of Addi- said running of the tional Solicitor Gener- reactor depended eration of the nuclear al Tushar Mehta, ap- on storage facility. plant without a deep Atomic Energy pearing for NPCIL, underground reposithat the deadline for Regulatory Board tory to store radioacsetting up of storage had recommended tive spent fuel is an open invitation to a cafacility be extended to a cast-iron, foolApril 30, 2022. The ortastrophe,” he said, proof facility adding the reactor had der came on a petition been shut 70 times for operationof NGO Poovulagin Nanbargal. In 2013, the court had directed al reasons since October 2013. the Centre to construct an AFR The Bench made it clear that the facility and ensure all safety preextension would be the last opportunity to construct the AFR. cautions were followed in five EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi @ New Delhi CAVE SAVES A family member shows pictures of the missing boys taken by rescue divers in Tham Luang cave, where all 12 members of a children’s football team and their coach were found after nine days, in Thailand on Monday. The boys are yet to be rescued | AFP were in touch with the family . Earlier, the police suspected Narayan Devi was strangulated, but doctors said she had died due to partial hanging, the officer said, adding that a leather belt was found near her body. Who took the belt off her neck is not clear, an official said. “In five bodies, doctors found similar liquid content in their stomach. It has been sent for analysis,” a police official said. Handwritten notes found in two registers in the house indicate the entire family did what it did for ‘attaining salvation’. “The notes said that on the day of the ritual, one won’t cook food at home and the phones will be kept on silent mode for six hours. The entire procedure was written down. Also, one person had to stand guard to ensure that others hanged themselves,” said an official. The notes described the rituals, adding people performing them would not die “but be saved by God and attain something great”. Narayan Devi’s daughter Sujata said: “We are a well educated family and do not believe in babas. It’s not a case of suicide.”P9 TOXIC LOANS Coming soon, a national asset management co for bad loans EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Sunil Mehta committee, which was entrusted with the task of examining the feasibility of setting up a bad bank for faster resolution of bad loans, has proposed a national asset management company (AMC) to take over non-performing assets from banks for resolution of loans above `500 crore. “A comprehensive and holistic plan on creating credit capacity has been submitted to us by the Sunil Mehta Panel. The panel has presented a balanced and comprehensive project ‘Sashakt’, a five-pronged strategy to deal with stressed assets,” acting finance minister Piyush Goyal told reporters in a late evening media briefing here on Monday after the report was submitted. The Mehta committee has suggested setting up an AMC with equity contribution from banks, foreign funds and infrastructure funds such as the National Infra- Don’t go after every defaulter: Gadkari Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday that going after every defaulter will ‘chill’ economic activity and stop people from taking biz risks structure Investment Fund. However, Goyal ruled out any role of the government in the proposed AMC. As on March 31, 2018, bad loans across listed banks stood at over `10 lakh crore and the latest Financial Stability Report released by RBI indicates that it may go up further by 2019.
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