PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE MADURAI SUNDAY JANUARY 06, 2019 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION ONE DATE AT A TIME The recent postponement of Thimiru Pudichavan’s release date has opened a can of worms in the Tamil film industry WELLBEING WOES AT WORK CHARGE OF THE NEW POLO BRIGADE The closed office space, the easiest place for germs to spread, may be giving you unending illnesses. Here’s how to prevent them The royal sport finds new playing fields beyond its bastion in the North and spreads to other regions THE BIG PICTURE COVER STORY 2019 promises to be a year filled with dates in the dark as filmmakers are ready to release some of the most anticipated cinematic stories. With historical dramas, mass entertainers and superhero sequels, it’s set to be the year of good cinema EXCLUSIVE VOICES Shankkar Aiyar Prabhu Chawla ■ T J S George ■ ■ 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 Vijay Mallya declared fugitive economic offender Becomes first businessman to get the infamous tag under the new anti-fraud law; his properties worth `12,000 cr could be confiscated EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai / New Delhi THE long arm of the law seems to be closing in on embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who has fled to the UK hoping to escape legal proceedings against him in India for defaulting on loans of over `9,000 crore, with a Mumbai court on Saturday declaring him a ‘fugitive economic offender’. With this, Mallya has become the first businessman to be charged under the new antifraud law, the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, which came into force in August 2018. While Mallya can challenge Sessions Judge M S Azmi’s order in the High Court, the liquor baron’s plea against being declared a fugitive economic offender is still pending in the Supreme Court. Mallya is expected to use all available legal options, but Saturday’s ruling makes it easier for investigative agencies to confiscate his assets worth around `12,500 crore. The new law allows the confiscation of immovable and movable assets of those declared fugitive offenders irrespective of whether they were purchased with the proceeds of the crime. A fugitive economic offender EXPRESS READ Tiruvarur bypoll: Parties say defer it Chennai: Representatives of the AIADMK, DMK, CPM and Congress reportedly conveyed to the Tiruvarur Collector that the bypoll should be deferred till ‘Gaja’ rehabilitation works are completed. Heat on illegal mining may reach Akhilesh PONGAL GIFT Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami launches the distribution of gift hampers and `1,000 in cash for Pongal in Chennai on Saturday. Deputy CM O Panneerselvam was also present | D SAMPATH KUMAR INDIGO PLANE SUFFERS MID-AIR ENGINE FAILURE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi An IndiGo plane flying from Chennai to Kolkata suffered a mid-air engine failure with a “loud bang”, and was forced to return mid-way on Thursday, prompting the government to order a review. The incident, on the Airbus A320neo aircraft, is the latest in a series of cases involving a Pratt & Whitney engine. The plane has been grounded at Chennai due to damaged engine blades, sources said. “The crew followed the normal operating procedures and asked for a priority landing. There was no engine shutdown and no emergency landing was declared P13 as per the report,” IndiGo said in a statement. 23 not told of HIV+ status since 2015 S I N D U J A J A N E @Chennai IN a shocking revelation, data from Tamil Nadu health department revealed 23 voluntary blood donors who tested positive for HIV from 2015-18 had never been informed they were infected. The HIV+ youth whose blood was transfused to a 23-year-old pregnant woman at Sattur was among the 23. “In 2015-2016, 67 blood bags tested positive for HIV during screening at blood banks after voluntary blood donation. Of these, 58 cases were followed up, but nine went under the radar. The youth was one of them,” a health official told Express. “In 2016-2017, 52 blood bags tested positive for HIV . Forty four donors were traced and put on Antiretroviral Therapy drugs but we missed eight people. In 20172018, 64 bags were found to be HIV infected. We followed up with 58 people but missed six people,” the official said, adding in most of the missed cases the person would not have come to the counselling centre when called. As per Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017, a person who has tested positive for HIV should be informed about his condition in person by counsellors or physicians at HIV Counselling and Testing Centres. The case must be followed up if the person fails to come to the centre.P2 Tough times seem to be ahead for Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who is now on the CBI’s radar in a case of illegal mining. The agency on Saturday conducted raids at 14 places in Uttar Pradesh and P7 Delhi. Chinese troops ordered to get set for combat Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered the country’s army to enhance its combat readiness to make sure it is always ready for battle, saying risks and challenges are on the rise as the world is facing a period of major changes. P11 is a person who has fled the country to avoid arrest and prosecution for economic offences of `100 crore and above. The special court has set February 5 as the date for hearing ED’s plea for the confiscation of assets. Mallya, who fled to the United Kingdom in 2016 days before his creditors moved the SC, is currently out on bail after a London court ruled in favour of his extradition to India to face trial. Mallya’s assets include properties in Bengaluru and Mumbai, and shares in United Breweries, United Spirits and Mcdowell Holdings. According to legal experts, there is still some way to go until full confiscation, since the courts have to hear petitions from Mallya’s business or propP9 erty partners. Maya seeks more UP seats, asks SP to humour allies from its own quota Problem with Cong SP and BSP reportedly felt they could not give the Congress more than two seats. But an SP leader said Akhilesh is in ‘constant touch’ with Rahul Gandhi N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE Mahagathbandhan seatsharing exercise for Uttar Pradesh ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was confirmed, but the final shape of the alliance could not be thrashed out following Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s insistence on more seats, post a broad agreement to share seats equally at parleys with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in New Delhi on Friday . The BSP is learnt to have indicated that the apportioning of seats — 37 each to lead play- ers (SP and itself) — does not suffice, and that SP chief Akhilesh Singh Yadav could, perhaps, accommodate the allies from his own quota. Consequently, a final decision on the structure of the alliance stands deferred till January 15 at least. The larger consensus within both parties is to keep the Congress out of the anti-BJP tie-up, though sources said the final shape of the alliance was “not yet firmed”. The BSP and SP reportedly felt the Congress’ demand for up to 18 seats was P7 not feasible. Centre seeks report on Kerala unrest EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram WITH violence continuing unabated in Kerala for the fourth consecutive day since two young women entered Sabarimala on Wednesday, the Centre has sought a report on the law and order situation in the state. Bombs were hurled at several places in the politically volatile Kannur district , including at the houses of CPM and BJP leaders. Governor P Sathasivam had briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the situation in the state. While CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s Political Secretary M V Jayarajan sought to downplay the communication as a “routine one”, the BJP hoped the Centre “would take action on the same”. The violence started after two women entered the temple on Wednesday and the Sabarimala Karma Samithi workers took to the streets, with rival activists, mainly of CPM, clashing with them. The police have so far registered 1,286 cases in connection with the violence and P6 arrested 3,282 people.
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