ADVANTAGE INDIA IF U.S. LIFTS COUNTRY CAP ON GREEN CARDS KOCHI l THURSDAY l JANUARY 03, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION Ending the country quota for Green Cards would allow India and China to dominate the path to American citizenship, says a report 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 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ AFTER THE WALL, THE BREACH ● State witnesses unprecedented incidents of violence ● Black flags waved at ministers and attacks on media reported from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kozhikode ● Shops forced to close down ● Sabarimala Karma Samithi calls dawn-to-dusk hartal today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram DGP warns of action against trouble-makers IT was almost as if the adrenaline that surged from making of the Women’s Wall had pumped up the state government’s resolve to finally settle the Sabarimala issue once and for all. Bindu and Kanaka Durga, the two women below the proscribed age, who seemed to be handily available near the Sabarimala base camp at Nilakkal only hours after the wall was dismantled, had the state police escort them to the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine around 3.45 am on Wednesday and were well on their way back before the sun rose. The deed was done. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed to the world the women were allowed entry in line with the Supreme Court verdict. The state stood divided even as the thantri took a call to shut down the temple. By 11.30 am, the purification rituals were over and the temple was reopened to the devotees. Across the state, all pandemonium broke loose as the devotees could not bel i eve t h e i r d a rke s t f e a r h a d come true. Anguish gave way to anger and the state capital became the centre of a pitched battle. The Secretariat came under partial siege. It did not take long for the violence to spread to other parts of the state. Long before the hartal call was given, many parts of the state started going into the rigours normally associated with one. T’Puram: State Police Chief Loknath Behera has directed the respected District Police Chiefs to deal with troublemakers with an iron hand on hartal day. Those found engaging in violence will be arrested without any warrant. FULL REPORT, PAGE 2, 3, 5, 6 Traders, tourism sector plan to defy hartal Kochi: Traders, tourism industry and bus operators plan to defy Thursday’s state-wide shutdown, coming within days after their call to boycott all hartals in the state in 2019. CPM workers who were safely stationed behind the police pelting stones at BJP workers in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday | B P DEEPU Entry, exit: Aftermath Step by step Jan 2, 1.30 am: Bindu, Kanaka Durga reach Nilakkal base camp and board a KSRTC bus to Pampa 2.00 am: Both reach Pampa and start journey to the temple 3.00 am: The women reach Chandranandan Road, Jyothinagar 3.30 am: Duo reach Bhasmakulam on the back side of the temple through Bailey bridge 11.00 am: Black flag protest against Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran at Guruvayur 2.30 pm: Burning of flags leads to stone pelting between BJP-CPM workers in front of Secretariat 3.48 am: They enter sopanam and offer darshan 11.30 am: Temple reopens after purification rituals 3.00 pm: Cops fire tear gas shells. Closing temple was the only solution: NSS 4.00 am: Start their return journey 11.30 am: Tension in front of Secretariat following BJP march 3.00 pm: Shops, theatres closed; vehicle traffic affected at Irinjalakuda, Kodungallur 5.30 am: Reach Pampa and release video footage 12.30 pm: CPM leaders reach Secretariat 10.00 am: Police confirm the entry of women 1.00 pm: Shops closed in Thrissur city following violence 4.30 pm: Road blockade by BJP, UDF men at Erumeli Kottayam, Changanassery, Tiruvalla, Ponkunnam 10.30 am: Temple closes for purification rituals 1.30 pm: Sabarimala Karma Samithi call hartal 7.00 pm: Stone-pelting at CPM office in Vadakkanchery Kottayam: Expressing its strong dissatisfaction over two young women offering darshan at Sabarimala temple, the Nair Service Society (NSS) on Wednesday said it would continue its legal battle. “There is only one solution to the breach of customs and traditions in Sabarimala, which is to close the sanctum sanctorum,” he said. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @New Delhi AFTER Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the Narendra Modi government over alleged irregularities in Rafale, Union Minister Arun Jaitely rejected demands for constitution of a Joint Parliamentary committee (JPC), saying the one on Bofors headed by Shankaranand had committed a Parliamentary fraud by concluding that there had not been kickbacks. “The issues being raised on Rafale don’t concern policy making or administrative decisions. It concerns investigation. Supreme Court has gone through all details of procedures adopted, and even looked into the pricing details to satisfy their conscience. The apex court has ruled that there’s no case for any probe in the matter,” Jaitely asserted, while Sinha & co move SC for review New Delhi: Seeking a review of the Rafale judgment by the Supreme Court, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with advocate Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday filed the plea demanding hearing of the PIL in the open court. taking part in the discussion on Rafale in Lok Sabha. Earlier, Gandhi sought to play a purported tape having conversations of the Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar. Jaitely objected by telling ‘High possibility of Narendra Modi contesting from Puri LS seat’ B I J O Y P R A D H A N @ Bhubaneswar Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Jagannath Temple, at Puri, in Odisha on Sunday | PTI A DAY after Prime Minister Narendra Modi denied media speculations over his contesting the 2019 general elections from Puri, the state BJP is sticking its neck out and asserting that there is every possibility of the Prime Minister opting for the holy town for his next mission. While the state unit of the BJP has already made a formal request to the Central leadership for fielding Modi from Puri, party legislator Pradip Purohit on Wednesday claimed that there was 90 per cent chance that Modi would choose the pilgrim town. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that the tape isn’t authenticated. The Congress president stuck to the stated lines on Rafale allegations, as to why the government cut down on aircraft to be purchased from 126 to 36; agree to purchase the fighter jet at a price of Rs 1600 crore apiece when the UPA had been negotiating at Rs 526 crore; why was a private entity favoured as an offset partner which lacks expertise in place of the public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). A combative Jaitely charged that the Congress leadership with track record of corruption in Bofors, National Herald, and AugustaWestland is inventing and manufacturing scams which don’t exist. NDA ally Shiv Sena struck a discordant note and sided with the Opposition ranks. Jet Airways defaults on loan repayment E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @New Delhi CRISIS-HIT Jet Airways has defaulted on repayment of loans to a consortium of Indian banks. The shares of the airline tumbled 5 pc to Rs 267 in afternoon trade on the BSE on Wednesday . The carrier, which has been grappling with financial woes for some time now, has been making delayed salary payments to its staff. “Payment of interest and principal installment due to the consortium of Indian Banks (led by SBI) on December 31, 2018 has been delayed due to temporary cash flow mismatch,” the airline said. EXPRESS READ JD(S) threatens to go it alone in LS polls State to get Organ, Tissue Transplant Organisation Munnar shivers at -3˚C, hills blanketed with frost Bengaluru: The JD(S) has claimed the option of contesting Lok Sabha polls independently is open. After JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda’s multiple statements of seat-sharing elicited no response from the Congress leadership, party spokesperson T A Sharavana said JD(S) can contest the polls alone. T’Puram: The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation has given its nod to set up a State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation, giving a boost to the organ donation programmes being carried out in state. The body will be headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. P4 Idukki: Munnar, considered to be the Kashmir of Kerala, witnessed heavy frost on Wednesday morning, with the temperature plunging to a record minus three degree Celsius. P4 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS It’s a fact that women entered the temple. We had earlier said the police would provide adequate security to women who wish to offer darshan. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister The Sangh Parivar’s violent protests in the wake of the women’s entry at Sabarimala were aboriginal and anti-national. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPM state sec I have done my duty, says thantri Sabarimala: Thantri Kandararu Rajeevaru has said, being the thantri of Sabarimala temple, he owes responsibility to the deity. “I have done my duty without external influence,” he said. Govt rejects Congress demand for JPC inquiry into Rafale deal VOICES It was cheating on the part of the government against the devotees to pave way for two young women of restricted age to enter Sabarimala temple. Sreedharan Pillai, BJP state chief The Chief Minister has colluded with the police and the young women to pave way for the entry of women to Sabarimala. Ramesh Chennithala, Oppn leader
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