KOTTAYAM l MONDAY l FEBRUARY 11, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l CITY EDITION UAE ACCEPTS HINDI AS 3RD OFFICIAL COURT LANGUAGE In a bid to help the large Indian community in the Emirates, Abu Dhabi has included Hindi as an official court language COMPLAINTS CAN NOW BE LODGED IN HINDI MOVE TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO JUSTICE The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department said the move will help Hindi speaking workers in the UAE learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier. Interactive forms hosted on the Department’s website, used to raise grievances in labour cases, will now be available in Hindi too, apart from English and Arabic ■ Justice Dept undersecretary Yousef Saeed Al Abri said the change is meant to buttress the effectiveness and sustainability of judicial processes and ensure universal access to services ■ Last year, the govt had ruled in case of non-Arabic defendants, plaintiffs must translate all court documents into English 26 lakh ESTIMATED NUMBER OF INDIANS IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 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 Ready for tomorrow: CM promises Modi rips Naidu, to tweak state’s engg syllabus Kumaraswamy POLL CAMPAIGN Rajiv Mehrishi Cong wants CAG recusal in Rafale audit EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AMID expectation that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the controversial Rafale deal could be tabled in Parliament on Monday, the Congress on Sunday demanded that Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi (pic) recuse himself from the audit citing conflict of interest. Mehrishi served as finance secretary between October 24, 2014 and August 30, 2015, during which time Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited France and struck a new deal for 36 Rafales in flyaway condition on April 10, 2015. “Finance ministry plays an important role in negotiations... How will CAG investig ate himself ?” Cong ress spokeperson Kapil Sibal wondered. The conflict of interest angle is an afterthought, as in September and October last, the Congress had taken delegations to Mehrishi demanding a CAG audit. On Sunday the Congress sub, mitted a fresh memorandum to Mehrishi, urging his recusal. “You are constitutionally le, gally and morally disentitled to either conduct an audit,” the memorandum read. Launches internship portal under ASAP at the Professional Students’ Summit at Cusat, asks Kerala society to be inventors and developers of technology E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE government will tweak the engineering colle g e syllabus periodically to incorporate the latest developments in the field of technology so that students are ‘ready to work’ and ‘ready for tomorrow’, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Sunday . Inaugurating the Professional Students’ Summit, a first-of-its-kind initiative by the government at the Cochin University grounds here, the CM assured all red tapes would be removed in this regard so that the professional education in Kerala get the required fillip to meet t h e c o r p o r a t e s e c t o r ’s demands. As part of this, the government also launched internship programme for engineering g raduates under its Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), where students can register and companies can give them chance based on their requirements. Pinarayi said it would boost the employability of the students coming out of the state’s engineering colleges. “If need be, there’ll also be an update in the syllabus every year,” he said. Rather than becoming tech colonies, Kerala society should strive to be the inventors and developers of technology, said Pinarayi. The summit, which saw the participation of over 2,000 stu- Technology should ultimately result in improving the lives of the people living in the lowest social class. Right now, technology is not reaching the common man Pinarayi Vijayan State govt plans to set up public labs Pinarayi Vijayan shakes hands with cardiac surgeon M S Valiyathan as State Planning Board Vice-Chairman V K Ramachandran and Kerala Higher Education Council Vice-Chairman Rajan Gurukkal, left, look on | A SANESH What the Chief Minister said The CM says the state is focusing on the developments of all segments and stress is given to the startup sector 2,000 Assures all red tapes will be removed so that the professional education in Kerala get the required fillip to meet the corporate sector’s demands Kochi: The government is looking at the feasibility of setting up public laboratories in the state so that everyone can access it for medical testing purposes. “It’s high time we set up public laboratories in the state like we’ve public libraries,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. He said the discussions with experts in the scientific and medical fields will be held for it. Says youth in the country seem to be less concerned about the underprivileged Technological development should be used to address the issues faced by the farmers, fishermen and weavers, says the CM select students from Kerala’s various universities attend the summit dents from Kerala’s various universities, and eminent personalities, industrialists and academicians from different streams of professional expertise. Pinarayi said youth in the country seem to be less concerned about the underprivileged. The technological de- velopment should be used to address the issues faced by the farmers, fishermen and weavers. “Technology should ultimately result in improving the lives of the people living in the lowest social class. Right now, technology is not reaching the common man. Express was the first to report on the government plan, on December 15 Only multinational corporations and monopoly firms do. The youth should take inspiration from the Silicon Valley in America, which is the product of entrepreneurial endeavours of some youngsters, who built highly successful startups from there,” Pinarayi ● More on P6 said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Guntur/Tirupur/Hubballi IN three back-to-back rallies in three different states across the South, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday tore into the ruling parties in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka but went easy on Tamil Nadu, where the BJP hopes to stitch together a pact with the AIADMK ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Modi was at his acerbic best in Guntur, terming the TDP government in Andhra as baapbeta sarkar (father-son rule). Referring to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu as the ‘father of Lokesh’ in an apparent attempt to give a naamdar (dynast) tag to the TDP, he said the CM opted out of the NDA as he was told to account for the Central funds Andhra received. “He keeps reminding that he is the senior-most politician in the country Yes, he is. He is the . senior in changing alliances, in forging mahagathbandans, in backstabbing his own father-inlaw (NTR), and losing election after election in which I am definitely not a senior. You are also the senior in criticising someone today and supporting that p e r s o n t o m o r row, ” M o d i quipped amid loud cheer. In Karnataka, he lampooned the unstable JD(S)-Congress coalition government that forever appears shaky. Claiming Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had become ally Congress’ punching bag, Modi said the Opposition wants to impose the ‘helpless’ Karnataka model at the Centre through its rainbow mahagathbandhan. “Any such dispensation coming to Sub-collector files plaint against Devikulam MLA Express, “I had come to the circumstance of using such DEVIKULAM sub-collector words about the IAS officer beRenu Raj has filed a written cause she had responded to me complaint with the Revenue in the same way when I called Principal Secretary and Dis- her on the phone to discuss the trict Collector against MLA S issue. Hence I believe there Rajendran for his derogatodoesn’t exist any need for tenry remarks against her. dering an apology to her.” The sub-collector’s Rajendran said he stop memo to the would also file a petiMunnar panchayat tion with the Speaker authorities regarding a g a i n s t Re n u . H e illegal construction on claimed the revenue authe banks of Muthithorities have no right in S Rajendran rapuzha River in Muninterfering in the pronar had irked the Dejects being implementvikulam MLA. “When the ed by the panchayat authoriofficers were sent to stop the ties. “If they had to issue stop construction activity the MLA memo, it could have been done , used derogatory language after seeking an explanation while mentioning me,” she from them. It is unfair to issue said. stop memo when the construcMeanwhile, Rajendran, who tion work is almost over,” he ● More on P6 admitted the allegations, told said. Renu Raj, Devikulam Sub-Collector FOUR persons, including Trinamool Congress (TMC) founding member turned Bharatiya Janata Party leader Mukul Roy, were booked for the murder of TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas by the police here on Sunday. Biswas, who represented Krishnaganj in Nadia district of West Bengal, was shot at point blank range during a Saraswati Puja p ro g r a m m e o n S at u rd ay evening. Of the three locals accused, Sujit Mondal and Kartik Mondal have been arrested, while the third, identified as Abhijit Pundari, is absconding. Locals vandalised Pundari’s house on Saturday night after the murder. TMC has accused that all three power at the Centre could make the country a laughing stock in the international arena,” he added. “The upcoming elections have placed a choice before the people - between development and dynasty positivity and neg, ativity and clarity and confusion,” Modi said adding the peop l e ’s m a n d a t e w i l l g ive direction to future of the country. “The people should decide whether they need a helpless (majboor) or a strong (mazboot) government,” he asserted. At Perumanallur near Tirupur, Modi singled out former finance minister P Chidambaram for criticism. Charging that the opposition issued poorly-thought out loan waivers to farmers every 10 years, he pointed to the new Kisan Samman Nidhi of `6,000 per year as a scheme that would make farmers prosperous. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru / Hubballi SPREADING LOVE AND COMPASSION Mar Thoma Church supreme head Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitian delivers his inaugural address at the 124th Maramon Convention on Sunday. The Metropolitan announced the evening session, from Monday to Saturday, has been rescheduled to 5 pm to 6.30 pm, which can be attended by all faithful, including women | SHAJI VETTIPURAM EXPRESS READ Syro-Malabar land deal comes under ED scanner We will not leave the convent, say nuns War of words over pilgrim circuit project Ready for talks if CPM sheds violence: Cong Kochi: The land transaction in the Syro-Malabar Church, which had kicked up a row, has now attracted the attention of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). It is learnt ED sought details of the case from the committee appointed by the Vatican. P6 Kochi: Even when uncertainty looms over the authority of the apostolic administrator of the diocese of Jalandhar, Bishop Agnelo Rufino, in withdrawing the transfer orders, the nuns continue to stick to their stand. “We aren’t leaving,” they said. P6 T’Puram: The inauguration of Sree Narayana Guru Pilgrim Circuit project at Sivagiri Mutt on Sunday witnessed a war of words with Devaswom and Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran criticising the sanyasis and the Centre. P5 Malappuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee chief Mullappally Ramachandran on Sunday declared the state Congress’ willingness for political dialogue with the CPM, if the latter agrees to eschew violent brand of politics. P6 FIR against Mukul Roy in TMC MLA murder case A I S H I K C H A N D A @ Kolkata Bengaluru: it was a war of hashtags on Twitter as PM Narendra Modi toured Karnataka, Andhra and Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Fuelled by Congress units in the three states, TDP in AP and DMK in TN, the hashtag #GoBackModi trended all day, even becoming a worldwide trend for hours. By evening, however, #SouthIndiaForNaMo started trending as Modi travelled from Tirupur in TN to Hubballi in Karnataka. BSY agrees it’s his voice, sees HDK plot E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Idukki When the officers were sent to stop the construction activity, the MLA used derogatory language while mentioning me Twitter war erupts as Modi tours 3 states are BJP workers, which the saffron party vehemently denied. Speaking at a press conference here on Sunday, Mukul Roy said: “Naming me in the FIR is a political conspiracy of the TMC. There is a tendency to blame BJP for every incident in the state because Mamata Banerjee is scared of the BJP. There is no democracy in the state. There should be an independent and fair inquiry into the murder and I will face it. But CID is a stooge of Mamata and we can’t expect free and fair inquiry from it. If Mamata Banerjee has reservations against CBI, she can ask her friend Chandrababu Naidu to send any inquiry agency from his state.” Jharkhand retain hockey title EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kollam JHARKHAND retained the title in the A division Junior National Hockey Championship for Women by beating Haryana 2-1 in the final at the Ashramam Stadium on Sunday After a goalless first half, . the match came alive in the second. Captain Reshma Soreng put Jharkhand in front in the 31st minute when she scored from a penalty cor ner. Buoyed by the lead, Jharkhand played aggressively and doubled their lead in the 39th through Priya Dungdung. Haryana reduced the deficit in the 44th through Chetna. Actors Bhama and Gautami Nair gave away the prizes. TWO days after claiming the audio tapes released by Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy were fake, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday conceded that he indeed met Sharanagouda Kandkur, the son of Gurmitkal JD(S) MLA Naganagouda Kandkur. Yeddyurappa, however, alleged that the tapes were doctored to give the impression he had tried to lure the MLA’s son. The state BJP chief, who had vowed to retire from politics if the tapes were proven true, accused the CM of indulging in “third-class politics” by conspiring and ‘illegally recording phone conversations without consent’. “This is blackmail and conspiracy. The CM himself sent the MLA’s son to me in the dead of the night to make attempts to talk to me. He has retained what suits his convenience and left out what doesn’t,” he said. Yeddyurappa claimed Nagangouda’s son aired some grievances. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF EDEX (TABLOID)
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