THRISSUR l TUESDAY l JANUARY 08, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION INDIA WIN MAIDEN CRICKET TEST SERIES DOWN UNDER Virat Kohli led the country to a maiden Test series victory on the Australian soil, ending a 71-year wait to script a golden chapter SYDNEY TEST DRAWN AFTER BAD WEATHER KOHLI PROUD; PREZ, PM HAIL THE TEAM The fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground petered to a barren draw due to inclement weather, but not before providing India with a 2-1 series win and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It is a rare first Down Under for India since Lala Amarnath’s side visited the country back in 1947-48 ■ “Just one word to say, ‘proud’, to lead this team and it’s an honour and privilege. The boys make the captain look good,” said an elated skipper Virat Kohli ■ President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday hailed the triumph, calling the feat historic 521 RUNS PLAYER OF THE SERIES CHETESHWAR PUJARA SCORED 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 10 pc quota for Tvm int’l airport: Going gets tough for state bid weaker section in gen category D H I N E S H K A L L U N G A L @ T’Puram Cabinet gives nod; Govt may bring Constitutional amendment Bill in the Parliament today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi The Central Government has taken the decision keeping in mind the Lok Sabha elections. The CPM has earlier itself wanted reservation for the economically weaker people among higher castes. It has been implemented in the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages various shrines, including Sabarimala Pinarayi Vijayan, CM Unemployment rate at 7.38% New Delhi: India’s unemployment rate has risen to its highest level in 27 months at 7.38 per cent as of December 2018, according to data by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. Meanwhile, the numbers of employed fell by 1.09 crore over the last 12 months from 40.78 crore in December 2017 to 39.69 crore in December 2018. THE Union Cabinet has approved 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the economically backward section in the general category, sources said on Monday . The government is likely to bring a Constitutional amendment Bill in Parliament on Tuesday, they said, adding the quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation. The section does not get reservation as of now, the sources said. “The reservation will be given to those economically backward poor people who’re not availing the benefit of reservation as of now,” a source explained. The reservation benefit is likely to be availed by those whose annual income is below `8 lakh and have up to five acres of land, he said. Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution will have to be amended for implementation of the decision, the sources added. Election gimmick, says Congress The Congress on Monday described the government’s decision of quota for economically backward sections in the general category as an “election gimmick” and accused the BJP of posturing ahead of the national elections. ‘Constitution doesn’t permit it’ AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the Constitution does not permit reservations on economic grounds. “Reservations are meant to correct historical injustice to Dalits. For poverty alleviation, one may run various schemes but reservations are meant for justice. Constitution doesn’t permit reservations on economic grounds,” Owaisi tweeted. THE Trivandrum International Airport Ltd (TIAL) may well be on its way into the hands of a private player, even as the state government is putting up a last-ditch effort to avert such a scenario. Not only has it formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) but is now trying to rope in a global airport as its consortium partner. This comes at a time when speculation is rife whether TIAL will go the way of Adani Group or GMR. KPMG, technical consultant to the state government, is exploring the possibility of wooing either Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Frankfurt or Flughafen München GmbH as part of the consortium of companies to be formed in connection with the bid. Meanwhile, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has revised its ‘request for proposal’ whereby the chances of the state utility to win the bid stands diminished. While the Centre had earlier agreed to grant Kerala ‘right of first refusal’ (RoFR) if the state government matched the highest bid. But the revised request of proposal issued by the AAI has HC: No flash hartal, 7 days’ notice mandatory E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi Govt to take strong action OBSERVING that ‘enough is enough’ while considering the case against hartal, the Kerala High Court on Monday said any person or party which proposes to call hartal or general strike should give seven days’ prior public notice. In a bid to prevent declaring flash hartal, the court made it clear hartal without prior notice would be unconstitutional and the responsible person or political parties would be liable for the losses caused to government and the citizen. The High Court had earlier directed to enact a law to prohibit and regulate the conduct of hartal, but it yet not materialised. In the absence of legis- Kochi: The government informed the High Court violence against persons and destruction of property would be dealt with firmly. It made the submission in response to a petition filed by traders seeking protection during the general strike. P6 lation and to prevent further economic loss and also ensure normalcy of life, the intervention of the court was needed. The court also took into account the fundamental rights of the traders and migrant labourers who came here to earn a livelihood. The state should ensure a hartal does not affect those who do ● More on P6 not sympathise. POLICE DISMISS OBSERVERS’ SUGGESTION The state police submitted before the High Court the observers’ opinion that granting of special police protection to one or two women trekking Sabarimala would adversely affect the right of other pilgrims was factually wrong. P6 Damaging of private property could end one up in jail for life EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram ONE cannot go on a spree damaging private property in the name of protests any longer. It could invite penal action including life term imprisonment. The state gover nment is bringing in a legislation to prevent d a m a g e o f p r iv a t e property during strikes, hartals, processions, communal clashes, road blockades or similar protests by political, social and religious outfits. The move assumes political significance as it comes close on the heels of the major violence and subsequent property damage during the recent hartal called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi. The Cabinet on Monday gave its nod to the Kerala Prevention of Dama g e to Private Property and Payment of Compensation Ordinance 2019 and decided to recommend the Governor to promulgate the ● More on P6 same. now clarified that Kerala will have to take part in the bidding and can have a go at right of first refusal only if its bid is within a range of 10 per cent of the highest bid. In other words, if it fails to make a bid that does not fall within the 10 per cent perimeter of the highest bid, then the state stands to lose out on ● More on P6 TIAL. EXPRESS READ SC: Close down KSRTC if it runs on huge loss New Delhi: The Supreme Court observed the KSRTC should be closed down if it is incurring huge loss. The court made the statement while hearing a petition filed by the Corporation challenging the Kerala High Court order that temporary staff’s service should be considered for pension. When the lawyer representing the KSRTC said it is running on a loss of C4,000 crore, the SC said it should be closed down if that is the case.
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