KOCHI l TUESDAY l DECEMBER 04, 2018 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION SRI LANKAN COURT RESTRAINS RAJAPAKSA FROM ACTING AS PM The order is a major setback to President Maithripala Sirisena, who installed Rajapaksa in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe DONE TO AVOID ‘IRREPARABLE DAMAGE’ ADVANTAGE RANIL WICKREMESINGHE The Court of Appeal temporary halted Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning in their positions in response to a case filed by 122 legislators. It was of the opinion that “irreparable damage” could be caused if persons not entitled to do so sit as prime minister and cabinet ministers, said a lawyer who was present at the hearing ■ “The triumph of democratic institutions over the whims of individuals is the legacy of the good governance agenda,” Wickremesinghe said, reacting to the court ruling ■ “We will continue to defend the sovereignty of our citizens and we stand ready to face elections in a legitimate manner” Dec 12,13 DATES ON WHICH THE COURT WILL HEAR THE CASE NEXT 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 G20 clause on fugitive economic offenders biggest takeaway for India R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi ECONOMIC offenders who flee to another nation to escape the law will soon find that they can run, but they can’t hide. Despite reservations expressed by some nations, including the UK, India managed to push through a clause in the final communiqué of the justconcluded G20 summit in Buenos Aires which calls for a universal law which allows the assets of economic offenders in other nations to be frozen, and their repatriation expedited. This is significant given that defaulters like Vijay Mallya and diamond merchant Nirav Modi have fled the country after transferring assets abroad. On Saturday, during the second session of the G-20 summit, which focused on international trade, financial and tax systems, PM Narendra Modi presented a nine-point programme on ways to take action against fugitive economic offenders. Noting that “cooperation in legal processes such as effec- tive freezing of the proceeds of crime, early return of the offenders and efficient repatriation of the proceeds of crime should be enhanced and streamlined,” India sought “joint efforts by G-20 countries to form a mechanism that denies entry and safe havens to fugitive economic offenders.” It also suggested that the Fi- RBI, govt spar over panel head FinMin wants Jalan to chair committee on surplus fund; central bank favours Rakesh Mohan S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad TWO weeks after calling a truce, the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appear to be at loggerheads, once again. This time, it is about the structure of the proposed Economic Capital Framework and who should chair the committee. The proposed committee will have to determine the percentage of provisions RBI should apportion out of its future profits and the surplus to be transferred to government as dividend. It has to submit its report within 90 days — that is by the end of February or early March. While the government is rooting for former RBI gover- nor Bimal Jalan, the central bank is batting for former deputy governor Rakesh Mohan. “Right now the committee members aren’t confirmed. There is some sort of disagreement on what should be the composition of the committee. I think, it will be done in a week or two,” a source told TNIE. He added that with both Mohan and Jalan expressing their views, one side or the other, the discussion currently is “on what form the proposed committee can be or whether there can be a co-chair”. If done, this will be a first such committee to have such a structure, ensuring both RBI and government to have strong representatives putting across their respective viewpoints. However, it’s unclear who will have a final word should a cochair structure is adopted. “The governor and the finance minister will be meeting soon after the MPC meeting on Wednesday he explained add,” ing that the committee will be headed by an external member, and not by RBI or government representatives. Following the nine-hour marathon meeting on Novem- RBI begins three-day meet on interest rate The Monetary Policy Committee, headed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel, on Monday began its threeday policy review deliberations amid expectations of status quo on interest rate. The MPC meet will continue till December 5 ber 19, the RBI board decided to appoint the committee with four or five members within a week. But even after two weeks, the appointments are yet to come through. While the proposed committee will include representatives of RBI and the government, the decision on appointing the members rests with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, according to sources. The committee will not look into existing surplus and whether it should be transferred to the government, as widely speculated. RBI has `9.6 lakh crore reserves, which some argued belonged to government, but the board, during the last meeting broadly agreed that accumulated surplus will not be disturbed. This has been a flashpoint in the past. Choornikkara Mushroom set to hit market E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi NOW, Kochites can have fresh mushrooms which are better in taste and cheaper in price. The Choornikkara Village Panchayat and Krishibhavan have launched ‘Choornikkara Mushroom’ which they claim is of superior quality and does not use pesticides. Actor Rajini Chandy and film script writer J Pallassery launched the product on Monday . Cultivation has begun at 11 units which hold 100 beds each. With 11 Krishibhavantrained women farmers on board, the aim is to produce 10 kg of mushrooms daily which are white and pink in colour. “The aim is to bring fresh mushrooms at your doorstep in a few months by tying up with food-delivery apps like Uber Eats and Swiggy,” said Agriculture Officer John Sherry . “A packet of 200g mushrooms cost `65 and will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am at the Community Hall near the village panchayat”, said panchayat president M P Udayakumar. FIRE BREAKS OUT IN SUBURBAN MUMBAI’S AAREY COLONY FOREST A major fire erupted on Monday near the Aarey Colony forest in suburban Goregaon in Mumbai, triggering an alarm. nancial Action Task Force, tasked with checking terror financing, be roped in to establish international cooperation and exchange of information on such fugitives, and the setting up of a platform for sharing experiences and best practices including successful cases of extradition, gaps in systems of extradition and legal aid. OTHER NEW DELHI INITIATIVES ACCEPTED n Recognition of traditional medicine — in which India and China have a long history — as a part of the global healthcare system n A proposal to invest in infrastructure that is resilient to extreme weather and disasters, instead of just throwing money and relief material at disaster-affected states n Portability of social security, which would mean people leaving for or returning from another country on work would be able to get their social benefits transferred CM hints at relaxing media restrictions FLOOD ‘Navy didn’t charge state for rescue’ information and ensure the print and visual media are able HINTING at relaxing the re- to carry out their functions in cent circular imposing restric- an effective manner. tions on media reporting of “Earlier there were certain government functions, Chief criteria in this regard. With Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the circular, some concerns necessary amendments would have come up on certain proposals. After verifybe brought in. ing the exiting Pinarayi made it categorically clear the nor ms, adequate circular was not changes would be introduced,” said aimed at blocking Pinarayi. “It’s not the media, but to facilitate it function for restricting the properly . media, but to ensure There have been better and effective Some concerns have come up on demands from varifunctioning,” he certain proposals. ous corners includadded. After verifying the ing the Opposition The attempt is to exiting norms, and journalist fraensure all media get adequate changes ternity that the cirinformation at the would be cular should be withpress conferences introduced d r aw n . I n h i s and responses made Pinarayi Vijayan response to a subby CM, ministers mission from K C Joand top officers at seph, the Chief Minister said various places. Government new instructions have been sources said the confusion given to facilitate Public Rela- came up since the circular was tions Department to coordi- issued by the Home Departnate all government-related ment, not the PRD. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE Navy has not sent any bill to the state government demanding payment for the relief and rescue operation carried out during the recent floods in Kerala. “The relief and rescue operation is part of the Navy’s operational deployment and we are not required to calculate the expense incurred. Apart from the number of personnel deployed and the fuel expense of aircraft and vessels, nothing can be quantified,” Southern Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla told media on board INS Tir at Kochi Naval Base on Monday He was . speaking on the occasion of the Navy Week. “We are not required to prepare a bill for the full expense incurred for a relief and rescue mission. We don’t have a procedure to quantify the service. Such deployments are part of our training programme,” said ● More on P6 Chawla. Kerala Govt moves apex court on Sabarimala issue New Delhi: The Kerala Government moved the Supreme Court on the Sabarimala issue and requested all pending cases before the High Court should be transferred to it. Meanwhile, the Kerala Brahmana Sabha said it does not want to associate with the human wall. P6 His offer of dinner is truly godsend A N A N D S T D A S @ Patna Kamal Haasan shares a light moment with Sabu M Jacob, Kitex MD and chief coordinator Twenty20 | ALBIN MATHEW Kamal plans to wind up acting career with Indian 2, to immerse in politics E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi A synonym for versatility, Kamal Haasan has been a rich, evergreen presence in Indian cinema as an actor, choreographer, lyricist, singer, director and producer in a peerless career spanning more than five decades. One cannot find fault with the four-time national award winning actor if he feels there is nothing more left for him to prove in the world of films. His fans will find the void he leaves behind a bit too big to fill, but the 64-year-old feels he has much more to do in his life outside the tinsel world, as a politician. Speaking to media after the handover ceremony of God’s Villa — a community development initiative by Twenty20 Kizhakkambalam — Kamal outlined his future plans, primarily revolving around effective and sound leadership of his party ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’. “Probably the upcoming ‘Indian 2’ will be my last movie. It’s time to focus fully on our party and the people in Tamil Nadu. Of course, my production company will continue in the field as we need funds to sustain our party,” ● More on P6 said Kamal. LYING blankly on their beds throughout the day, the 17-odd patients at the lawaris ward (ward for the abandoned) of Patna Medical Colle g e and Hospital (PMCH) look around expectantly around 9 pm. That is when a turbaned man with graying beard steps in carrying a bag full of food. “Why are you groaning? Is there pain in your arm?” asks Gurmeet Singh, 62, as he feeds crushed rotis mixed with vegetable curry to an emaciated woman lying on a tarpaulincovered bed. After serving dinner to the patients and washing the trays and bowls himself, Singh rushes to meet doctors a t t h e e m e r g e n cy ward. “I need to tell them about this woman. Maybe she has a broken arm. These patients often fall off their beds at night and suffer Inspector killed in mob rampage Lucknow: Two persons, including a police inspector and a 21-year-old villager, were killed in Bulandshahr district of UP on Monday, when violence broke out over an alleged incident of cow slaughter. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh died after being pelted with stones, and Sumit, a local, succumbed to a gunshot wound, said ADG (law and Order) Anand Kumar. Residents of three villages went on a rampage while protesting against illegal slaughterhouses and slaughtering of cows in the district, police said. L 27,7 5 0 - C R D E A L Unilever Boosts health drink footprint with Horlicks buy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE IN one of the biggest deals in the FMCG space, Anglo-Dutch retail giant Unilever plans to acquire GlaxoSmithKline’s health food portfolio in India and over 20 other markets for over `27,750 crore. GSK’s health food portfolio includes popular brands Horlicks and Boost. The deal entails multiple transactions. According to a company statement, Unilever’s Indian arm Hindustan Unilever will acquire GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare in an all-stock merger. The transaction includes acquisition of 82 per cent in GSK Bangladesh and other commercial operations and assets outside India. The deal offers Unilever a unique market position in the health food business. “The iconic Horlicks brand has a deep heritage, credibility and resonance around the world. The acquisition is transformative for our Foods and Refreshment (F&R) business, allowing us to enter the Health Foods Drinks category…” said Nitin Paranjpe, president (food & refreshment), Unilever. fractures,” he says. For the last 26 years, Singh has been visiting the abandoned patients at Bihar’s largest government-run hospital every night with dinner. The soft-spoken Sikh, who runs a readymade garment shop at Patna’s Chiraiyatand locality, buys food at a restaurant on his way to the hospital and spends nearly an hour with the patients, serving dinner and enquiring about their well-being. He has also donated blood for needy patients many times. EXPRESS READ 3 from Malappuram die in accident in Oman Malappuram: Three persons from Malappuram died in an accident in Salalah, Oman, on Monday after their car hit the divider. The deceased are Hassainar, 45, and Salam, 36, from Pallikkal near Kondotty and Illikkal Ashraf Haji, 48, from Karumbil near Kakkad. Chekkunnan Ummer Koya was seriously injured. Apex court to hear actor Dileep’s plea on Dec 11 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to hear actor Dileep’s plea on December 11. Accused in the actor assault case, Dileep had approached the top court seeking a copy of the digital evidence of the alleged assault. 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
Express Publications (Madurai) Limited publishes the prestigious English language newspaper The New Indian Express from 21 centres in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Orissa.
Express Publications (Madurai) Ltd. also publishes the Tamil daily Dinamani, Cinema Express (Tamil) and Malayalam Vaarika (Malayalam). Through a sister company, Kannada Prabha Publications Ltd., it publishes the Kannada daily Kannada Prabha.