CHENNAI SATURDAY JANUARY 12, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION INDUSTRIAL GROWTH COMES TO A SCREECHING HALT Factory output drops to 0.5% in November as manufacturing sector, particularly consumer and capital goods, grew flat FACTORY OUTPUT SLIPS TO 17-MONTH LOW MANUFACTURING TAKES THE BULLET Factory output as measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production had grown 8.5 per cent in November 2017, data released by the Central Statistics Office showed. CSO also revised upwards the growth for October to 8.4 per cent from 8.1 per cent. During AprilNovember, growth was 5 per cent against 3.2 per cent a year ago ■ ■ ■ ■ Manufacturing, which constitutes 77.63% of the IIP, declined 0.4 per cent in November against 10.4% growth a year ago Capital goods output slipped 3.4%, against 3.7% growth Consumer durables output dipped by 0.9 per cent Consumer non-durable goods saw 0.6 per cent contraction -0.3% THE PREVIOUS LOW WAS IN JUNE 2017 WHEN GROWTH WENT TO -VE TERRITORY 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 Denied natural justice, claims Verma, resigns Stalin shuts BJP door, EPS keeps it open T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai Expresses concern over CBI’s governance; requests he be treated as superannuated P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi SACKED CBI director Alok Verma on Friday refused to take charge as chief of fire services and resigned from service, a day after a PM-led panel wielded the axe. The majority view in the panel that also had Justice Sikri and Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, supported the CVC’s position that sought his exit for his alleged questionable integrity . “Natural justice was scuttled and the entire process was turned upside down in ensuring that the undersigned is removed from the post of the director,” Verma claimed. In his resignation letter, Verma said he had an untarnished record. “The decisions made will not just be a reflection on my functioning but will become a testimony on how the CBI as an institution will be treated by any government through the CVC, who is appointed by majority members of the ruling government. This is a moment for collective introspection, to state the least,” he said. In the normal course, he would have superannuated on July 31 last year, but was serving as CBI director till January 31, because of the fixed two-year tenure, he pointed out, requesting he may be deemed as superannuated with effect from Friday . Verma was forced to go just two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him saying any decision on the CBI director’s transfer or suspension before he completes his fixed tenure could be taken only by the selection committee comprising the prime minister, leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India. The Centre, in October last, had sent Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on forced leave for trading allegations of corruption against each other. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Amit Shah, L K Advani, Rajnath Singh and others at the BJP national council meet, at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan | SHEKHAR YADAV The Committee did not consider the fact that the entire CVC report is premised on charges alluded by a complainant who is presently under CBI probe Alok Verma ASTHANA NOT OUT OF THE WOODS While CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana had the last laugh, with boss Alok Verma putting in his papers, the Delhi HC refused to quash an FIR lodged against Asthana at Verma’s behest and set a 10-week deadline to complete the investigations @ Bengaluru THE IndianSpace Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday set up its Human Spaceflight Centre (HSC) to exclusively focus on manned space missions. The first of these, the ambitious `9,023 crore Gaganyaan, which aims to inject three Indian astronauts in a low Earth orbit for a week — is slated for December 2021, ISRO chief R Sivan announced. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech last year, had set a 2022 timeline and allocated `10,000 crore for the mission. ISRO chairman R Sivan said the crew selection is yet to get underway and that they M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday drew a parallel between the 1761 Third Battle of Panipat between the Marathas and the Afghans and the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, asking party workers not to be worried about grand opposition alliances. Politics is chemistry not physics, he said, exud, ing confidence of repeating the 2014 performance in UP . “Maratha glory was at its peak having won 131 battles before the Third Battle of Pa- nipat. Afterwards, India was enslaved for 200 years. The 2019 election is an ideological battle. It will have consequences for decades, so it has to be won,” Shah said in his inaugural presidential address to the two-day national council meet of the BJP at Ramlila Maidan. Drawing a broader narrative for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections around the 10 per cent quota for the upper castes, tax reliefs to MSMEs and traders, welfare push of the Modi government, devel- Pandya & Rahul face suspension E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai ISRO SETS DEC 2021 DATE FOR MANNED MISSION EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SHAH FRAMES 2019 AS 3RD BATTLE OF PANIPAT, CALLS IT A MUST-WIN FIGHT were open to having women astronauts as well. The training of Indian astronauts — referred to as Vyomanauts — will be in India. The Air Force will select the candidates for Gaganyaan, he said, adding that they will be sent abroad for additional training only if required. “This is a major tur ning point for ISRO. The project will aid ISRO’s expansion in a major way It will . add to existing verticals such as launch vehicles, space infrastructure and applications,” he said. With the HSC in place, ISRO aims to take the human space programme to the next level by building a space station and sending an Indian to the Moon, Sivan shared. P10 THE Committee of Administrators (CoA) currently in charge of the BCCI, based on the recommendation of the legal team, suspended Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for the comments made on a talk show through a fresh notice on Friday evening. CEO Rahul Johri will now file a report in 15 days, following which an ad-hoc ombudsman will determine the nature of the punishment which will be final and binding. The duo will now head back to India. While their participation in the threematch ODI series against Australia starting on Saturday looks all but over, the Hardik Pandya chances of them being part of the side for the New Zealand tour too looks bleak. While the quantum of their suspension is not known, the CoA arrived at the decision after the legal team ruled out charging Pandya and Rahul for violating the BCCI’s Code of Conduct, which only applies to on-field actions. In Sydney captain Virat Kohli said , the team doesn’t support the views expressed by Pandya and revealed the duo have been P20 spoken to about the issue. PC’S WIFE CHARGESHEETED BY CBI IN CHIT FUND SCAM CASE Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former minister P Chidambaram, allegedly received `1.4 crore from Saradha group, which is embroiled in chit fund scam | P10 PLASTIC BAN Dubious ‘compostable’ bags flood city stores S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai CITY residents have embraced the ban on single-use plastic products with open arms, but the menace is threatening to resurface as unapproved bags, claiming to be made from 100 per cent compostable material, are flooding city stores. Businesses were groping in the dark, looking for alternatives as the supply of eco-friendly products did not meet the demand in the market. This short supply seems to have created a grey market, and several stores are seeing these ‘compostable bags’ as an ideal replacement to banned polythene covers. The problem is, the biodegradable properties of these bags are yet to be fully ascertained. The Tamil Nadu P0llution Control Board has sent samples to Central Institute for Plastic Engineering and Technology (CI- PET) for testing. The Board’s chairman Shambu Kallolikar told Express that authorities had stumbled upon a few brands marketing and selling compostable bags in Chennai claiming to have CPCB certificate and some without the mandatory certificate. “We have sent both samples to CIPET for testing, which will tell whether these bags contain any nonbiodegradable compounds like polyP2 mer,” he said. opment achievements, and reiteration to build the Ram temple at Ayodhya at the earliest after completion of the judicial process, Shah in his 66-minute long speech told the THE MALLYA CARD “Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi didn’t flee earlier because they were helped by the Congress. Under Modi’s watch, they became fearful and fled,” Shah said, indicating bringing economic fugitives to book would be a major poll plank gathering there was nothing to be defensive about. It was his mention of the Ram temple in the middle of his speech that brought the loudest cheer with party workers on their feet hailing it. Shah committed the BJP to building the Ram temple at the earliest, adding expeditious actions would be taken upon the conclusion of judicial process. Incidentally, there was no mention of the party’s recent losses in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the BJP’s doors were always open for alliance partners, both Dravidian parties responded with caution on Friday. While Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami made a cryptic remark that AIADMK would support only those who do good to the people of Tamil Nadu, DMK president MK Stalin denied the possibility of allying with the BJP . “We will not accept those who betray Tamil Nadu. We will continue to march on the path shown by late leaders MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa,” said the Chief Minister at an event to induct about 1,400 cadre from other various other parties, including AMMK, into the AIADMK fold. “The DMK will never align with BJP... Prime Minister Modi is not Vajpayee. An alliance under him is not a healthy alliance. It is an irony that Modi compares himself with Vajpayee,” the DMK president said reacting to Modi’s comments on alliP3 ances.
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