HUBBALLI MONDAY JULY 09, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 48 CITY EDITION `29 CR IAF BILL FOR FLYING CURRENCY DURING DE-MON Over K29.41 crore was spent on using the Indian Air Force’s aircraft to ferry the new K2,000 and K500 currency notes after demonetisation 91 SORTIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ‘COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED’ The Indian Air Force’s ultra-modern transport aircraft — the C-17 and the C-130J Super Hercules — were used to ferry the currency notes, according to an RTI reply. The aircraft undertook 91 sorties to transport bundles of currency from security printing presses and mints to various destinations across the country ■ ■ The IAF said it billed the govt-owned Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India and the Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Ltd for its services This could have been avoided if the govt prepared itself, said Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd), who received the RTI reply 86% OF CURRENCY WAS SUCKED OUT OF THE SYSTEM DURING DE-MON 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 JD(U) not to part ways with BJP, to take call on seats E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Patna PUTTING an end to all speculation, the Janata Dal (U) has made it clear that it will not part ways with the BJP and will remain a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). However, the party said that it will take a final call on seat sharing in the state for 2019 general elections after seeing what the BJP has to offer. In the national executive held on Sunday the party has author, ised its president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to finalise the party’s stand on political issues, including the upcoming assembly and Lok Sabha polls. Seat sharing and growing stature of Nitish Kumar has been seen as reasons behind strain in ties between the JD (U) and BJP . Party leader K C Tyagi on Sunday said, “We aren’t helping or supporting or opposing the BJP. The Janata Dal United will fight elections in four states on its own.” He further said, “We fought in Gujarat, in Nagaland, in Karnataka on limited seats... We carry the political agenda of our party .” According to political observers, all is not well in the relation- PRESS INTAKE Govt may launch app-based cab service | P5 NET candidates told to remove mangalsutras | P5 Simultaneous poll proposal misadventure: DMK | P6 Govt to take a call on Sabarimala airport| P6 ‘By ignoring trolling, govt is making it a new normal’ | P10 Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law held during party rally | P12 ‘Journey begins as campaign comes to close’ | P14 World Challenge gold for Dipa on comeback | P15 ship between the two parties. Lack of positive response from the Centre on special economic status for the state, which has been a key objective of the Bihar CM is one of the reasons. Apart from this, the party has not been considered in terms of cabinet seats in PM Narendra Modi’s last reshuffle. However, in its national executive meet held on Sunday, JD(U) leaders sought to play down reports of strain in its ties with the BJP over allotment of seats among the NDA parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “It will be decided later as to which party will contest how many seats. The NDA will fight the elections together and sweep the state,” its general secretary Sanjay Kumar Jha said. In his address at a closed-door meeting, Nitish Kumar, according to a party leader, said that all efforts to eliminate and isolate the party will end up in isolation of those forces trying to do so. Asked if the JD(U) would hold talks with the Congress if it snaps ties with the RJD, Tyagi said the Congress is unlikely to break its alliance with Prasad’s party . Foreign elite divers and Thai Navy SEALS begin complex ops to extract a group of 13 from the Tham Luang cave complex where they have been stuck for weeks MISSION IMPOSSIBLE SAVES FOUR CHAMBER 3 Operation base NEGOTIATE TWISTING AND TURNING PASSAGEWAYS Between the base camp operated by Thai Navy SEALS inside the cave and the trapped boys were twisting, turning passageways with torrents of water gushing through. Four boys managed to emerge around nightfall T-JUNCTION THAM LUANG CAVE Bangkok A Thai defence ministry official had claimed that six boys had “come out”. But rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn and the Thai Navy SEALS, who are involved in the rescue and have regularly posted updates about the operation on their Facebook page, reported only four were out of the cave. Later it emerged that the operations were paused. “The next operation is not expected to start for at least another 10 hours,” Narongsak told reporters Tunnel narrows to around one metre high PATTAYA BEACH Smallest section Over 100 exploratory holes were also bored, the longest 400 m deep, into the mountainside in an attempt to open a second evacuation route American tech entrepreneur Elon Musk sent engineers from his private space exploration firm SpaceX and Boring Co. to help Rescuers fed a kilometres-long air pipe into the cave to restore oxygen levels in the chamber where the boys were holed up GRAPHIC: AMIT BANDRE @ Bengaluru NEWLY elected KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao is likely to be inducted into the Coalition Coordination Committee. Congress high command is keen to make him part of the committee and the party is set to take up the issue with JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy . However, the Congress move to include Dinesh is set to give an opportunity for JD(S) too to push its senior leader and PWD minister H D Revanna into the committee. “Induction of Dinesh Gundu Rao is set to be a smooth affair as JD(S) too is eager to have Revanna in the committee,” admitted a senior JD(S) minister speaking to TNIE. The Coordination Committee chaired by former chief LOAN WAIVER: FARMERS TO PROTEST TODAY Farmers from all over the state are arriving in Bengaluru on Monday to stage a protest demanding total waiver of farm loans running to the tune of K1.20 lakh crore | P5 “Today is the D-day. The boys are ready to face any challenges,” rescue chief Narongsak told reporters near the cave site on Sunday morning “There is no other day that we are more ready than today,” Narongsak said. “Otherwise we will lose the opportunity.” Static rope minister Siddaramaiah comprises Kumaraswamy, JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali, who is the convener, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal. With Dinesh Gundu Rao getting elected as the KPCC president, it is only appropriate to have him as a member of the Coordination Committee. The party high command is of the view that he could act as the perfect coordinator between the government and the Congress party . “Venugopal is expected to take up the issue with Gowda on July 11 when he will be in Bengaluru to attend the function in which Dinesh Gundu Rao will formally take charge as the KPCC president. The programme is scheduled to be held at Palace Grounds,” a senior Congress leader told The New Indian Express. CURB ‘HIGH-PITCHED’ ASSESSMENTS: CBDT The Central Board of Direct Taxes has sent out firm instructions to the I-T Department and its officials to curb irrational “high-pitched” assessments against tax payers. QUICK JUSTICE 75-year-old kills wife in Chitradurga, handed life term in just 11 days June 27, he had a quarrel with her and smashed her head with a grinding stone and fled after realising that she was dead. On the same day, a complaint was registered against him by Parameshwara Puttamma’s relatives. The police registered a case and formed a team to catch him. Within 48 hours, the police filed a chargesheet and submitted it to the court. “After murdering his wife, Parameshwaraswamy walked out of the house. In the morning he took an autorickshaw and went to the outskirts WHY SUNDAY D-DAY After a short deluge of rain on Saturday night and with more bad weather forecast, authorities decided they had to act immediately PERSON TO SCALE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE IN what the police described as a “rare judgment”, the Chitradurga district and sessions court on Saturday sentenced a 75-year-old to life imprisonment just 11 days after he killed his wife. On Saturday, judge S B Vastramutt of the Chitradurga district and sessions court sentenced Parameshwaraswamy of Valase village in Challakere taluk to life imprisonment for killing his wife and slapped a fine of `5,000 on him. According to investigating officer and Chellakere inspector Thimmanna N, Parameshwaraswamy had frequent fights with his wife Puttamma, suspecting her fidelity In the wee hours of . OPERATIONS PAUSED FOR 10 HOURS, SAYS RESCUE CHIEF THAILAND Dinesh likely on coordination panel, JD(S) wants Revanna too A M I T S U PA D H Y E @ Hubballi CHAMBER 2 of the village. As the complaint was registered in the morning, the police took up the case and started searching for him. The sub-inspector of Challakere managed to nab him near the bus stand and arrested him,” the officer explained. There were three eyewitnesses, including the son of the couple. In all, 30 witnesses from Valase and other parts of the district were produced by the police. The court began its trial on July 3 and continued it on July 4 and 5. The sentence was pronounced on July 7. Chitradurga SP Shrinath M Joshi termed it a “rare judgment”. “I have not come across such speedy judgment in Karnataka,” he said. Full-face mask Compressed air bottle Boy’s bottle The water in the cave was muddy and unclear. Ropes were installed to help guide the boys through the darkness
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