KOZHIKODE z FRIDAY z MARCH 08, 2019 z `7.00 z PAGES 20 z CITY EDITION AADHAAR MONETISED, FIRMS TO NOW PAY FOR SERVICES Businesses using Aadhaar services will now have to pay L20 for each customer veriﬁcation (eKYC), UIDAI said Thursday WOULD HELP BUSINESSES, SAYS GOVT SETTLE BILLS IN 15 DAYS OR FACE FINE Businesses currently shell out a lot more for Know Your Customer (KYC) verifications done using paper and other physical means. So, they have been demanding the use of Aadhaar-based authentication and KYC, an official source told PTI. Firms would also be charged 50 paise for authentication of each transaction done using Aadhaar ■ ■ Government entities and the Department of Posts are exempt from the authentication transaction charges Other firms should pay the charges within 15 days of the issuance of the invoice. Any delay shall attract interest compounded at 1.5 per cent per month and discontinuation of the services A150-200 THE C0ST PER KYC DONE SANS AADHAAR (PHYSICAL VERIFICATION) Sweetener for sugar industry A proposal to build 50 new Kendriya Vidyalyas (KVs) in areas of deployments of security and railway personnel approved The CCEA approves additional soft loan of E12,900 cr to sugar mills to create ethanol capacity under a recently launched scheme Separate soft loan of I2,600 crore to molasses-based standalone distilleries to augment capacity and set up new units IN what was perhaps its last Cabinet meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the government on Thursday sought to address a wide constituency - from assuaging Dalit angst on faculty reservation in colleges to mega infrastructure push in Delhi and Mumbai and sweetening the deal for sugar mills - to enhance the BJP’s prospects. The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) announcement in March last that an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved for SC/ ST candidates, following an order by the Allahabad High Court, had soured the Dalit mood as they feared it would create fewer reserved vacancies. As the Supreme Court rejected a special leave petition filed by the HRD ministry against the high court order and later dismissed its review petition, the ball was back in the government’s court. “The Cabinet has decided to recommend promulgation of an ordinance to make the university as a unit in place of a department. This will benefit candidates from SC/ ST and other backward castes,” said Union Minister Arun Jaitely . The meeting also gave the BJP’s Delhi unit a new talking point by approving a proposal to form a panel under the lieutenant governor to suggest a roadmap to transfer land ownership rights to people living in unauthorised colonies. Congress first list has Sonia in Rae Bareli N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow ENDING months of speculation that Sonia Gandhi might retire from politics, the Congress on Thursday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, showing the senior leader will contest from Rae Bareli. Notably, Priyanka’s name does not figure in the list. Of the 15 names announced late on Thursday night, 11 are for Uttar Pradesh while four are from Gujarat. Rahul Gandhi will contest from Amethi. The other nine seats for which names have been announced — Saharanpur, Badaun, Dhaurara, Unnao, Farrukhabd, Kushinagar, Faizabad, Jalaun and Ambedkarnagar — have remained Congress strongholds. Though the Congress had won just two seats from UP in 2014, the first list for 2019 makes it clear that the party has played safe on its pocket boroughs by retaining established names such as Salman Khurshid from Farrukhabad, RPN Singh from Kushinagar, Jitin Prasada from Dhaurara and Anu Tandon from Un- nao. The name of Imran Masood from Saharanpur was a foregone conclusion as he was one of the six Congress candidates who put up a spirited fight in 2014 despite the ‘Modi wave’. Masood had given a tough fight to BJP’s Raghav Lakhanpal who had secured 39.50 per cent votes and Masood was close behind with 34.14 per cent votes. There was a small difference of 5. 36 per cent between the winning candidate and runnerup Imran Masood. Similarly, RPN Singh too was the runner-up in Kushinagar. However, Salman Khurshid in Farrukhabad, former UPCC chief Nirmal Khatri in Faizabad, Raja Rampal in Akbarpur, Anu Tandon in Unnao and Jitin Prasad in Dhaurahra had remained on 4th position. On the other hand, Salim Sherwani will make the contest in Badaun interesting as the sitting MP from the constituency belongs to the Yadav clan of the Samajwadi Party Dharmendar Ya. dav, the first cousin of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, has been a two threetime MP from the same seat. Family demands probe Kalpetta: The family of slain Maoist leader C P Jaleel has demanded a magisterial-level probe into his death. P4 CPI (Maoist) leader C P Jaleel was shot down by the police at Lakkidi in Wayanad following a lengthy gun battle which began on Wednesday night and lasted for many hours. Jaleel was a part of a fourmember armed squad which had arrived at Upavan resort, located adjacent to the National Highway, demanding food and money . LOK SABHA POLL 6 sitting MPs, 3 MLAs, 2 dist sec: But for one, CPM finalises its list GADGIL ‘GIVE FISHERS PRIMARY RIGHTS OVER COASTAL RESOURCES’ The traditional fishermen should be given primary rights over coastal resources, says ecologistscientist Madhav Gadgil. P5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram SIX of the seven sitting MPs, three MLAs, two district secretaries and two state secretariat members figure among the candidates as the CPM finalised its list of candidates for 15 of the 16 Lok Sabha constituencies it would contest. A decision on Muslim League stronghold Ponnani is expected to be taken on Friday . KASHMIRIS ATTACKED IN LUCKNOW E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Lucknow IN the latest incident of Kashmiris being targeted in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, two dry fruit sellers were assaulted in Lucknow on Wednesday As the video of . the incident went viral on social media, the Lucknow police swung into action and arrested all four on Thursday . The vendors were abused and beaten with sticks by members of little known Vishwa Hindu Dal, run by one Ambuj Nigam who is also on police radar. Main accused Bajrang Sonkar, 35, has Grenade attack over a dozen criminal kills 1 in Jammu cases against him. A grenade explosion The other three — rocked the crowded Himanshu Garg, general bus stand in Amar Kumar and AnJammu city on iruddh Kumar — were Thursday, killing a also arrested for asteenager and sisting Sonkar. injuring 32 others. SSP Lucknow KalaPolice arrested the nidhi Naithani said, culprit, who was “Some anti-social eleworking for Hizbul ments assaulted KashMujahideen P9 miri youths at Daliganj Bridge under Hasanganj on Wednesday We have rescued . the victims but one Kashmiri youth ran away as he was terrified.” , Afzal, the victim, said he was sitting with his brothers when a group of men approached them. “Suddenly they attacked me after asking about my identity he said, ,” adding that the men were carrying sticks. SAFETY FIRST Tougher norms to bring 15 cars to a stop 1.5L casualties reported due to accidents on Indian roads annually, making them the world’s most dangerous J I J O M A L AY I L @ Kochi BEHOLD, 15 of your popular automobile models are slated to go off sales soon, courtesy incoming stringent safety and emission norms. The Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Prog ramme (BNVSAP) and new emission standards (BSVI) promulgated by the Union Ministry of R o a d Transport and Highways will was injured in the shootout. The firing that started around 9.30 pm continued until 4 am on Thursday . The officer said the antiMaoist operations in forest areas along the tri-junction corridor were intensified under ‘Operation Anaconda’ during the past few months and would continue in the coming days. Sources said blood stains along the path leading to the forest suggest another Maoist has also suffered inju● More on P4 ries. come into effect for all new vehicles from April 1, 2019, and 2020, respectively . Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures spokesperson said as per the directions of the government, BNVSAP will be implemented for all new cars variants from April 1. “The policy mandates features like dual airbags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), seat- belt reminders for front passengers, speed alerts and pedestrian protection architecture as a standard feature,” the spokesperson said. On account of the incom- ing policies, variants like Maruti Gypsy & Omni, Tata Nano, Sumo Gold and Safari, Fiat Punto, Avventura & Linea, Mahindra NuvoSport, Verito, e2O, eVerito & Xylo, Hyundai Eon and Honda Brio are unlikely to conform to the new safety norms primarily owing to their age-old architecture. The cost of reengineering products to meet new standards and insufficient demand for such models are the other reasons prompting manufacturers to drop such variants from their respective product ● More on P6 portfolios. The candidacy of former district secretary Satheesh Chandran at Kasargod, Kottayam district secretary V N Vasavan in that constituency and Aranmula MLA Veena George at Pathanamthitta has been confirmed. Though there were certain reservations by the constituency committee about Innocent’s candidature at Chalakudy, the state leadership decided to go ahead with the ● More on P6 same. Kummanam likely to contest from T’Puram T’Puram: Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajashekharan is likely to become the NDA candidate from Thiruvananthapuram. It is learnt the party national leadership has given green signal to the request from the state RSS leadership and BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai for relieving Kummanam from the Gubernatorial assignment. P6 Manalur (LDF) A different poll pattern 11,50,497 5,65,081 Total voters 5,85,416 Male voters Female voters Winner of 2014 Lok Sabha polls UDF T 21 LDF 6 NDA Roll of honour 2009: P C Chacko of INC defeats CPI candidate C N Jayadevan 2004: C K Chandrappan of CPI defeats A C Jose by a margin of 45,961 votes 1999: A C Jose of INC defeats V V Raghavan 1998: V V Raghavan defeats K Muraleedharan of INC 1996: V V Raghavan of CPI defeats K Karunakaran 1991: INC candidate P C Chacko defeats K P Rajendran of CPI hrissur, considered a constituency of changing loyalties, has witnessed the fall of many political heavyweights. Among the vanquished stalwarts are Congress leaders K Karunakaran, K Muraleedharan and CPI leader V V Raghavan. With the Sabarimala issue triggering a political polarisation in the state, the BJP is expecting a huge shift in vote share. As a constituency where the Church holds sway, the stance of the Christian and Ezhava communities will be crucial. Since 1951, Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency has favoured CPI candidates 10 times. CPI stalwart V V Raghavan sprang a surprise as he defeated Congress veteran K Karunakaran in 1996 by a slender margin of 1,480 votes. In the 1998 mid-term poll he asserted his dominance trouncing Karunakaran’s son K Muraleedharan. Nattika (LDF) Puthukkad (LDF) A SWAPPED LOSS FOR DHANAPALAN It was the exchange of seats between Thrissur MP P C Chacko and Chalakudy MP K P Dhanapalan that cost the Congress dear in 2014. This led to confusion among the party rank and file resulting in both the candidates biting the dust. According to LDF leaders, the front has increased its vote share by over 1.5 lakh in the seven constituencies in last Assembly polls. In the local bodies also the LDF has a clear upper hand. Considering the change in voting pattern, the Congress is searching for a candidate who can influence voters across party lines. The Congress and the BJP hope that the devotees hurt by the Sabarimala imbroglio will scuttle the ruling front’s expectations. Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency has seven Assembly segments RAJAJI MATHEW THOMAS Former KPCC president. There are possibilities for his candidature if the high command directs him to contest T N PRATHAPAN DCC president. He will be fielded as local Congress leaders are demanding a candidate from Thrissur itself DEAN KURIAKOSE Youth Congress state president. The names of DCC vice-president R j d A th d DCC l CPI has announced the name of party’s state executive member Rajaji Mathew Thomas, a former MLA UDF on a recapture mode GRAMA PANCHAYATS RULED BY VARIOUS FRONTS nThrissur oOllur 29 21 pPuthukad qManalur rGuruvayur 1 LDF UDF IND s Nattika tIrinjalakuda 2014 C N JAYADEVAN 3,89,209 Votes secured Victory margin: 38,227 LDF V M SUDHEERAN z 02 INNOCENT Chalakudy (LDF) Kodungallur (LDF) (LDF) Angamaly (UDF) Ollur (LDF) Probable candidates Karunakaran family’s descend Though Thrissur is known as a bastion of Congress leader K Karunakaran, the constituency witnessed the poll debacle of both Karunakaran and his son K Muraleedharan against CPI’s V V Raghavan. In a fight virtually called David versus Goliath, Raghavan defeated k b f CHALAKUDY Thrissur (LDF) Irinjalakkuda (LDF) ARUN M SEAT SHARE OF VARIOUS FRONTS IN THE CORPORATION 23 Kannur Range IG Balram Kumar Upadhyay said the gang, which arrived at 8.30 pm, demanded money and food for 10 persons. The resort staff alerted the police following which the Thunderbolt commandos rushed to the spot. According to the officer, Maoists first opened fire leading to a gun battle. The officer said massive combing operation was under way for others who retreated into the forest. He confirmed no police officer 6,68,326 Female voters Guruvayur(LDF) K P DHANAPALAN 3,50,982 Votes secured Nambadan’stryst with the constituency Former minister Lonappan Nambadan, who was affectionately called Nambadan Mash by his supporters, was the last one to represent Mukundapuram constituency in Lok Sabha. He defeated K Karunakaran’s daughter Padmaja Venugopal by a margin of 1,17,097 votes in 2004. It was for the first time Nambadan Mash, who was known for his quirky oratorical skills in the Assembly, where he was a member for about 25 years, contested in LS polls. A former Kerala Congress legislator and then an LDFbacked Independent, Nambadan tried his luck in Mukundapuram on the CPM’s official symbol. ARUN M he electorate in Chalakudy, the constituency that carries the legacy of erstwhile Mukundapuram, a traditional UDF fortress, has never been lenient towards the leftist ideology But the changing politi. cal milieu has provided space for the LDF elements to upset the UDF applecart. The Congress has won Mukundapuram 10 times since 1957 but the constituency also boasts of scuttling the dreams of stalwarts. In 2014, actor Innocent, the CPM-backed Independent, emerged a giant killer by defeating senior Congress leader P C Chacko with a comfortable margin of 13,884 votes. Innocent is the first film personality from the state to enter the Lok Sabha. This time, the Congress has vowed to recapture lost ground, while the CPM parliamentary committee has vo i c e d i t s d i s p l e a s u re against over fielding Innocent again. A popular face in the Assembly segments in Ernakulam and Thrissur, the name of P Rajeev is doing rounds as his native Kunnathunad (UDF) Former Chief Minister and Congress stalwart K Karunakaran contested from Mukundapuram in 1999. He defeated E M Sreedharan, son of former Chief Minister E M S Nampoothirippad by a margin of 52,463 votes. Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency comprises 4 Assembly segments from Ernakulam district and 3 from Thrissur ERNAKULAM nPerumbavoor oAngamaly pAluva qKunnathunad place comes under Kodungallur constituency . Caste and community equations always override political equations in the selection of candidates here and hence both the party leaders are burning the midnight oil to choose the right candidate. Earlier, Kerala Congress (M), a constituent of the UDF, which was seeking an additional seat apart from its traditional fiefdom of Kottayam, has staked its claim for Chalakudy . It has cited the victory of K Mohandas of Kerala Cong ress(J) from the Mukundapuram seat in 1984 and KC leader P J Joseph cited this history to substantiate its claim. THRISSUR rKaipamangalam sChalakudy tKodungallur 2014 INNOCENT 3,58,440 Votes secured Victory margin: 13,884 Probable candidates BENNY BEHANAN UDF convener. He is very close to former CM Oommen Chandy Battiefield Mukundapuram The erstwhile Mukundapuram witnessed so many tough battles. Though Narayanankutty Menon of CPI th fi t l ti i 1957 Perumbavoor (UDF) Aluva (UDF) LEADER’S OWN FORTRESS T P C CHACKO DF Following the Vythiri encounter in which a Maoist cadre was gunned down, the intelligence agencies have pegged the number of Maoist ultras operating in Kerala forests as 60 to 70. P4 @ Kalpetta 6,05,398 Male voters (2014 LIST) THRISSUR UDF S H A N A S @ T’Puram EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THRISSUR FRIDAY 08 03 2019 z 12,73,724 Total voters C N JAYADEVAN ngalam M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi ‘60 to 70 Left ultras in state’s forests’ newindianexpress com Winner of 2014 Lok Sabha polls Kaipama Last Cabinet meet ticks all checkboxes tied to LS elections Alert as Maoist leader dies in police firing 2019 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 Congress working committee member. He has contested unsuccessfully in the 2014 polls in Poll Scape LDF INNOCENT Sitting MP. He is likely to be fielded again as a CPM-backed Independent. If Innocent is P C CHACKO 3,44,556 Votes secured 2019 Today, we present the thumbnail of Thrissur and Chalakudy. P2 EXPRESS READ Molestation of minor: Former Imam arrested T’Puram: Putting an end to almost three weeks of man hunt, the special police team has arrested former Tholicode Imam Shafeeq Moulavi, who is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. The accused and his aide Fazil were arrested from a lodge in Madurai. P6 Residents protest as accused ends life Kottayam: Tension prevailed in Melukavu near Erattupetta on Thursday afternoon when residents marched in protest to the Melukavu police station along with the ambulance carrying the body of Rajesh who committed suicide after being released on bail in a chainsnatching case. P6
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