COIMBATORE MONDAY JULY 09, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 48 LATE CITY EDITION `29 CR IAF BILL FOR FLYING CURRENCY DURING DE-MON Over D29.41 crore was spent on using the Indian Air Force’s aircraft to ferry the new D2,000 and D500 currency notes after demonetisation 91 SORTIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ■ 86% ‘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 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) to take call after BJP offer on LS seat share plan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TRYING to scotch speculation, the Janata Dal (U) on Sunday said it will stay with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, though it will take a final call on seat sharing in Bihar for the 2019 general elections after seeing the BJP offer. At its national executive meeting here, the JD(U) authorised 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 was seen as a reason for the recent strain in ties between the two parties. Another sticking point was the lack of positive response from the Centre on the demand for special economic status to Bihar. Also, the JD(U) failing to get a berth during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last reshuffle of his council of ministers was a sore point. However, the JD(U) sought to play down reports of strain, saying the ruling alliance will fight the election together and sweep it. “It will be decided later as to PRESS INTAKE Tight security in Kashmir on second death anniversary of Burhan Wani | P7 Older UP govt staff may face “compulsory retirement” for neglecting duty | P7 Govt may fix target for states to deploy electric vehicles for public transport | P9 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 48 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF edex (TABLOID) which party will contest how many seats. The NDA will fight the elections together and sweep the state,” JD(U) general secretary Sanjay Kumar Jha said. In his address at the meeting, Nitish said all efforts to eliminate and isolate his party will end up in isolation of those that were trying to do so. Referring to comments of some Congress leaders who had dangled an alliance bait before Nitish if he snaps ties with the BJP, party leader K C Tyagi said a debate over it is meaningless until the Congress ends its relationship with a “corrupt party” like the RJD. 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 end its ties with Lalu Yadav. The JD(U) also hit out at Union ministers Giriraj Singh and Jayant Sinha. While Singh met some persons accused of rioting and claimed that the state government was suppressing Hindus, Sinha had garlanded people convicted of lynching a man in Jharkhand. “We do not think what they have done is good. We condemn it,” Tyagi said. Around 50 foreign elite divers and 40 Thai Navy SEALS begin ops to extract a group of 13 from the Tham Luang cave complex; bring out the weakest first FOUR THAI CAVE-BOYS FREE CHAMBER 3 Operation base TWO DIVERS ESCORT EACH BOY, CARRY HIS AIR CYLINDER TOO With full-face mask on, each boy is being accompanied by two divers, who also carry his air supply. The toughest section called T-Junction is so tight the divers have to take off their air tanks to get through THAM LUANG CAVE T-JUNCTION OPERATIONS PAUSED FOR 10 HRS TO REPLACE AIR TANKS Tunnel narrows to around one metre high THAILAND Bangkok PATTAYA BEACH Smallest section Beyond T-Junction is a cavern called Chamber 3. Serves as the forward base for divers. From there, boys make the easier walk to the exit A Thai defence ministry official had claimed that six boys had “come out”. But rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn and the Thai Navy SEALS reported only four were out of the cave. Later, the operations were paused for at least 10 hours as air tanks need to be replaced. The next phase would begin on Monday morning, after relaying “all of the air tanks and all systems along the way”, Osottanakorn said Rescuers fed a kilometres-long air pipe into the cave to restore oxygen levels in the chamber where the boys were holed up ENTRANCE THE SUNDAY D-DAY “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 The operation today went quicker than we rehersed, 10 minutes quicker After a short deluge of rain on Saturday night and with more bad weather forecast, authorities decided they had to act immediately Narongsak Osottanakorn, rescue chief “There is no other day that we are more ready than today,” Narongsak said. “Otherwise we will lose the opportunity.” PERSON TO SCALE GRAPHIC: AMIT BANDRE Static rope 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 Chennai Corporation’s `5.87cr granite floor ‘folly’ now a nap spot Do not inflate assessments, I-T officials warned Soon, data on rate of crime probe to be out M A D H U M I T H A V I S W A N AT H EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi @ Chennai AUTO driver Kannan parks his auto under the Radhakrishnan Salai flyover every afternoon and naps on the cool granite floor. A few metres away lies Mani, a beggar, who has made this space his home for two months. Given that the Chennai Corporation spent over `5 crore from its budget to lay the granite flooring under the bridge last year, it’s just as well that someone benefits. The granite flooring, a project first conceived for the VIP road used by former chief ministers J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, was allocated a budget of `4.62 cr. An additional `1.25 cr was spent during execution. In The walking zone that wasn’t While the original intent of the project was to provide a space for walkers and joggers, the heavy traffic at the junction diving the space made that a non-starter. comparison, the Corporation allocates `6 crore for expenses of 138 primary health care centres and other hospitals. It allocates `12.6 cr for infrastructure, maintenance and other amenities of its 281 schools — 220 elementary schools are given some `60 lakh. Why spend so much on what seems to be so little? The aim was In fastest conviction in K’taka, man gets life term in 11 days A M I T S U PA D H Y E @ Hubballi 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. During an argument in their house in Challakere taluk on June 27, Parameshwaraswamy smashed Puttamma’s head with a grinding stone and fled, according to the police. A case was registered, and within 48 hours, the police submitted a chargesheet in court. They then nabbed him. The court began its trial on July 3 and continued it on July 4 and 5. The sentence was pronounced on July 7. “I have not come across such speedy judgment in Karnataka... There were three eyewitnesses, including the couple’s son, and his statement ensured the judgment,” said Chitradurga SP Shrinath M Joshi. The investigating officer said Parameshwaraswamy had frequent fights with Puttamma, suspecting her fidelity . to create space for walkers and joggers. But given the heavy traffic at the traffic junction under the bridge that breaks the path, not many prefer to use it, leaving it to homeless persons to sleep and public to urinate. Activists feel the disproportionate fund was a result of Corporation’s failure to consult public before finalising the project. “According to section 4 of RTI Act, all documents regarding such projects must be made public. But this is never followed by the civic body. If information about who gets the tender, future plans for the space are known to public, people will have a chance to tell their needs and expectations,” said Nakkeeran, treasurer of Arappor Iyakkam. BEWARE BANNED U.K. SYRINGE DRIVERS IN USE IN INDIA? Syringe drivers declared unsafe for use by the UK’s National Health Service found their way to India and are likely to have been used in some hospitals here, according to a media report. Safety alerts on the Graseby syringe drivers date back as far as 1995 | P11 @ New Delhi THE Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has sent out firm instructions to the Income Tax Department (ITD) and its officials to curb irrational “highpitched” assessments against tax payers. Officers who issue such irrational orders should be transferred and face disciplinary action, the CBDT’s chairperson Sushil Chandra said. A “high-pitched” scrutiny assessment case is one where it is found that the addition of income was made on frivolous grounds, non-observance of principles of natural justice, or non-application of mind and gross negligence by the assessing officer in deciding a case. Chandra also pointed out that a special drive, launched in 2015 to address and resolve taxpayers’ grievances, had not achieved its mandate and remained underutilized. The initiative was part of a plan to check high-handedness of taxmen in deciding assessments of a common taxpayer that led to issues of corruption. Under it, the tax authorities proposed to create local committees in every tax region headed by a principal chief commissioner to “expeditiously deal with taxpayers’ grievances arising from highpitched scrutiny assessment”. The local committee of senior ITD officials, in case a order was found to be unreasonable or highpitched, was empowered by the CBDT to take remedial action to rectify the demand and ensure the taxpayer is not harassed. P13 CORP SCHOOLS Tiruchy teachers ensure hungry kids get breakfast D E E PA K S AT H I S H @ Tiruchy M K ASHOK KUMAR CHAMBER 2 WE are told breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. But what if your parents can’t afford to provide it? In these Tiruchy schools, that’s where teachers have stepped in. At least 12 Tiruchy schools — corporation-run and government-aided — have been serving breakfast to students, some for a decade now. In many schools, teachers pool their money to do so. Students who go without breakfast faint or struggle to concentrate in class, say teachers. The free midday meal provided by the State government is a big draw to many students, es- pecially those whose parents are daily wage labourers. Free breakfast is an added incentive. This week, the Corporation Higher Secondary School on East Boulevard Road became the latest to feed students breakfast. S Visali, a student at the school said her mother is the family’s sole breadwinner since her fa- ther died. Her mother has to complete household chores before leaving home early for work as a daily wager with the Corporation. “I usually skip breakfast and attend morning classes on an empty stomach. Our headmaster and teachers pooled money for our breakfast and this is done on a regular basis,” Visali said. The new categories will be classified against the time police IN a move expected to increase stations took to file chargesheets/ conviction rates and make the final reports. The durations listcriminal justice system more ef- ed out are: within 2 months, 2-3 ficient, the National Crime Re- months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, cords Bureau (NCRB) will soon 12 months-2 years and more than start releasing data on how long 2 years. As of now, the only data available is on the numthe police take to complete investigations. 55K children ber of chargesheets/final reports/cases For the first time, the kidnapped withdrawn. bureau will also collate in 2016 “Detailed data on the information on preventime the police take to tive arrests and detenAs many as tions. This data will be 54,723 children complete investigations part of the 2017 NCRB were kidnapped in various kinds of cases will help improve the Crime in India (CII) rein 2016, and efficiency of the crimiport, which is expected chargesheets in a few months. were filed in only nal justice system in The report will have many ways — it will 40.4% of the six new categories, list- cases, according make the police more accountable, pave the ing the police’s disposal to the Home rate for various kinds of way for swift justice, ministry. P7 and make the system offences like crimes more transparent,” said against women, children, senior citizens, people be- a senior government functionary longing to SC/ST community, who did not wish to be named. economic offences, environmenThe NCRB is the wing of the tal offences and cybercrimes, top Home ministry that tabulates sources in the government told and analyses crime data from The New Indian Express. across the country every year. ONE NATION, ONE POLL A two-day consultation by Law Commission on simultaneous polls saw four parties favouring it, one offering conditional support and 10 opposing it BJP is in very much in favour, though it did not present its official stand during the consultations AYES SP, Shiromani Akali Dal, JD(U), TRS NAYS DMK, Trinamool Congress, CPI, CPI(M), All India Forward Block, JD(S), TDP, AAP, AIUDF, Goa Forward Party Report: P9 Congress too stayed away from the meeting, says it’s yet to make up its mind; will consult allies first CONDITIONAL SUPPORT AIADMK: Idea is “desirable” but “practical and serious” issues should be settled first; simultaneous elections should not be held before 2024; TN Assembly should be allowed to complete its term; Lok Sabha elections should be held as per schedule WHY OPPOSE WHY SUPPORT DMK, JD(S): The idea is against federalism TDP: Simultaneous polls are incompatible with the Constitution and impracticable Trinamool, CPI, AIDUF, Goa Forward Party: National parties with money power will steal a march over smaller players CPI(M): Anti-democratic, against Constitution TRS: Months spent preparing for polls; this process will save time and money JD(U): It will reduced expenditure on elections, curb black money SAD: Will reduce expenditure of parties and shorten the period of the model code of conduct, which hampers development work
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