TAPAS RANJAN KOCHI l MONDAY l MARCH 18, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 34 l LATE CITY EDITION NATION TO GET NEW CHOWKIDAR WHO ALL WILL COME UNDER THE PURVIEW OF THE LOKPAL? PUBLIC SERVANTS? DOES THIS INCLUDE THE PM? All public servants and all entities receiving donations from foreign sources in excess of I10 lakh per year. But the Armed Forces do not come under its ambit Yes, the PM, ministers, MPs, Groups A, B, C and D officers and Central government officials will fall under the jurisdiction of the Lokpal However, the Lokpal shall not inquire into any allegation of corruption against a former or current PM if they are related to international relations, external and internal security, public order, atomic energy and space WHO CAN BECOME MEMBERS OF LOKPAL? GUARDING THE GUARDS The Lokpal will consist of a chairperson and a maximum of eight members, of whom 50 per cent shall be judicial members, i.e., someone who has been a SC Judge or the Chief Justice of a HC The chairperson and members are ineligible for plum posts that require the President’s assent, such as a diplomatic assignment, after they retire. Further, not less than 50 per cent of the Lokpal’s members shall be from amongst SC/ST/OBCs, minorities and women Former SC judge Pinaki Ghose set to be country’s first Lokpal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi OVER five years after the Lokpal Act was passed, India will finally get its first anti-corruption ombudsman as the selection committee is learnt to have chosen for mer apex court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose for the post. This comes days after the Supreme Court again pulled up the Centre over the delay in the Lokpal’s appointment. The selection panel consisting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi recommended the for- mer apex court judge’s name on Friday The notification of . Ghose’s appointment would be issued anytime next week, according to sources privy to the developments. His appointment may trigger a controversy as Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge boycotted the selection meet. While the leader of the opposi- NHRC member comes from family of lawyers Justice Ghose, who retired from the Supreme Court in May 2017, is currently a member of the NHRC. His father had served as Chief Justice of the Calcutta HC. tion is a member of the panel, there is no LoP in the Lok Sabha as the Congress lacks the numbers. And Kharge did not take kindly to being named a “special invitee”. The appointment of a Lokpal came to the spotlight during the UPA regime when social activist Anna Hazare launched a hunger strike. Haz- are now said, “The people’s movement going on for 48 years has finally won.” Justice Ghose assumed charge as apex court judge in 2013 and retired in 2017. His was among the top 10 names shortlisted by the selection panel. During his stint, he passed over 200 verdicts including the Jayalalithaa case. Curiously, his appointment has come when the EC’s model code of conduct is in force. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi tweeted, “Modi, Shah, BJP deserve congrats 4appointing Lokpal when their departure time has come, after wasting 5yrs, despite hypocritically shouting lokpal during their opp years!” PARRIKAR DEPARTS, GOA Assamese migrants hope to poll-vault identity crisis SCRAMBLES FOR NEW CM Kochi: Incumbent Ernakulam MP K V Thomas, who had publicly expressed his unhappiness on Saturday over being denied a ticket by the Congress to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Ernakulam, on Sunday ruled out speculations of him joining the BJP. He said he would support Hibi Eden. P4 A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai GOA Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away on Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer for over a year. Often referred to as a common man’s chief minister because of his unassuming nature, Parikkar was the first IIT alumnus to become a legislator and then a CM. An adept at managing coalition dynamics, he became indispensible for the BJP in Goa because of its fractured mandate. The party suffered in Goa when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted him as Defence Minister, so he had to be sent back to the state to steer the gover nment to safety . The Centre will observe national mourning on Monday and the Tricolour will fly at half mast. In his demise, Parrikar leaves behind a leadership vacuum with the Congress staking its claim to form the new government. Hours before Par rikar passed away, there was intense buzz on former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat defecting to the BJP from the Congress and taking over chief ministership. While Kamat sought to deflect it, saying he would be committing political suicide if he went back to the BJP Goa Deputy Speak, EXPRESS READ Ethiopia, Lion Air crashes similar Black box data indicate clear similarities between last week’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet and the October crash of an Indonesian Lion Air plane, authorities said on Sunday. Both planes experienced erratic steep climbs and descents before crashing shortly after takeoff. Questions have homed in on an automated antistalling system introduced on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which has been grounded worldwide. Omar ultimatum to Congress NC leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday said he was open to a pre-poll alliance with the Congress for Lok Sabha polls in J&K, but only if his party were to get to contest all the three seats in the Valley. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex + 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS RMPI to support UDF in Vadakara MANOHAR PARRIKAR Born: 13-12-1955 Died: 17-03-2019 PARTY POSITIONS TOTAL 40 n Congress 14 n BJP 12 n Goa Forward Party 3 n Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party 3 n Independents 3 n NCP 1 n Vacant 4 er Michael Lobo had told news agencies in the afternoon that the possibility of Kamat becoming CM was discussed at the party MLAs’ meet on Saturday night. As an observer of Goa politics said, “Anything is possible in Goa now.” Amid the flux, six MLAs, including three independent and those of the Goa Forward Party supporting the BJP-led gover nment in the state, sought to identify them as a separate group within the state Assembly . Earlier in the day Goa BJP , chief Vinay Tendulkar had indicated the possibility of poaching, saying some Congress MLAs might switch over soon. With the effective strength of the Assembly reduced to 36 and the halfway mark at 19, the BJP-led coalition appears safe as of now, since it has 21 on its side [12 + 3 (GFP) + 3 (MGP) + 3 Independents = 21]. GFP leader Vijay Sardesai and MGP chief Sudin Dhavlikar too are in the CM race, according to sources. Kozhikode: Going back on its earlier stand, the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India on Sunday decided not to field its candidate in the Vadakara constituency. The party also decided to offer support to the UDF candidate to defeat the CPM rival. P5 D H I N E S H K A L L U N G A L @ T’Puram ELECTION fever is fast gripping the state, especially after the Congress announced most of its candidates on Saturday. Most migrant labourers, who have the biggest presence in Kerala among all states, however, are less enthusiastic about getting back to their native places to cast votes. Not those from Assam and it has its reason: They believe exercising their franchise would help them win their identity at a time when the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being finalised in the north-eastern state. The purpose of updating the NRC is to identify the illegal re s i d e n t s a f t e r m i g r a n t s entered Assam on March 24, 1971. A lot of migrants from Assam who work in Kerala, mostly in the plywood factories, in laterite mining, hospitality and construction sectors, have their names missing from the NRC even though they find them on the voters list. A certain others have it the othLOK SABHA ELECTION er way round. 2019 Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development’s Executive Director Benoy Peter told Express: “Unlike the local body or Assembly polls, the chances of migrant workers returning home for parliament elections is very remote as majority of them are politically excluded from the main● More on P4 stream.” One more from Hyderabad dead in New Zealand mosque attacks EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE death toll of people with roots in Telangana in the random spraying of bullets by a white supremacist in two New Zealand mosques on Friday rose to three on Sunday with the Indian High Commission in New Zealand confirming the death of more person. Hyderabad-based Ozair Kadir figured in the list of the deceased released by the Indian mission on Twitter. “With very heavy heart we share the news of loss of precious lives of our 5 nationals in ghastly ter ror attack in #Christchurch -- Mr. Maheboob Khokhar, Mr. Ramiz Vora, Mr. Asif Vora, Ms Ansi Alibava, Mr. Ozair Kadir, @kohli_sanjiv @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj,” the tweet read. ASPIRING PILOT Ozair Kadir’s relatives were reportedly informed on Saturday of his death and have already left for New Zealand. His father Kadir Habib, who is based in Saudi Arabia, would be reaching Hyderabad in a few days. Kadir (25) was a student of an aviation college and aspired to be a commercial pilot CLASS X TEXTS Vendors: Much to read into pirated NCERT book sale A N N A B I N O Y @ Kochi PIRATED copies of Class X NCERT textbooks, particularly of English, are being sold in the market at a time when the special classes for the new academic year have begun, costing the Council a huge sum and putting approved vendors under pressure. Bookstores, especially in Kochi, were found selling the N C E RT t e x t b o o k s eve n though the Council-approved vendors are yet to dispatch them from Bengaluru. “The textbooks were revised this year. There was a shortage, especially of English textbooks, but these bookstores are selling them. The question is how did they manage to get them,” asked an NCERT-approved bookseller in Kochi. A couple of days ago the Delhi police had seized a large quantity of NCERT textbooks’ pirated copies from the Ghazipur area. The approved vendors in Kerala allege the NCERT-contracted press has a role in publishing and releasing pirated textbooks in the state. “The bookstores get 20 per cent more commission when they sell pirated books,” said an- Short takes The bookstores allegedly get 20 per cent more commission when they sell pirated texts 1 Approved vendors in Kerala say the NCERTcontracted press has a role 2 Of the nearly 900 NCERTapproved vendors in the country, 51 are in the KeralaLakshadweep region 3 o t h e r N C E R T- a p p r o v e d vendor. They have received the information the textbooks will be distributed between Monday and Wednesday The books . are supplied to the vendors in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Lakshadweep from the regional production-cum-distribution centre in Bengaluru. “We are not aware of such a situation. Due to an increase in demand because of textbook revisions, the supply of English textbooks was delayed. If reported, action will be taken without delay,” said NCERT Bengaluru centre manager Diwan. Of the nearly 900 NCERT-approved vendors in the country, 51 are in the Kerala-Lakshadweep region. MERCURY SOARS Sunday’s temperature in degree Celsius Kozhikode 36 T’Puram 35 Kochi 33 SAVIOUR An old man, while circumambulating at a temple in Vyttila in Kochi, protects himself from sun using an umbrella | A SANESH LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 newindian express com 35 DIST-WISE DAYS TO GO ALAPPU KOZHIKO ZHA DE TOTAL VOTERS 16,61,796 23,18,681 2019 K V Thomas won’t join BJP, will support Hibi ANALYSIS MEN 7,93,206 11,20,223 0 EW E EW THIRD GENDER INTERVI rnakulam MLA Hibi Eden, whose ture for the candidauency was LS constitthe other announced day, is confident of incumben MP K V Thomas t leading election his nakulam campaign in Erdropped , despite being from the publicly expressing list and ness over unhappithe move. an interview Hibi, in by Express Principal ARUN M, Correspo ndent retaining says he is sure the constituen of represente cy, ther and d twice by his faleader late senior Congress Excerpts: George Eden. ‘People wan developmen t a continuation in t activities in Kottayam’ INTERVI WOMEN 8,68,590 11,98,443 15 ‘My candidat ure of Rahul’s focuis a reflection | s on youths’ W rapping up the rumblings of discontent the pa in rt Congress( y, Ke r a l a tered theM) has enelection mode date Thomas with its candiing ahead Chazhikadan gowith campaign work in vice-chairKottayam . 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CAPRICORN (Dec. 23 - Jan. 20) The week's energetic challenging and alignments constructively may may be turned if you wish, and any be used run, January to your advantage. conflict Goats are In the long affected than more those of you likely to be birthdays. with December MEDIUM ■ Fill in the grid with digits in such a manner that every row, every column and every 3X3 box accommodates the digits 1 to 9, without repeating any. ■ Each sudoku BLONDIE Solutions to Saturday’s puzzles PEOPLE WANT A CONTINUATION OF DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES IN KOTTAYAM, SAYS KERALA CONGRESS LEADER JOSE K MANI LEO (July 24 - Aug. 23) AQUARIUS First of all, a word about (Jan. 21 - Feb. seven the next 19) The Aquarian a critical point days; many of you Water Carrier bearer chores. 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MY CANDIDATURE IS A REFLECTION OF RAHUL’S FOCUS ON YOUTH, SAYS HIBI EDEN P2 Read on the BJP’s two-pronged strategy for Pathanamthitta and other election specials on P4,5 China bid to assuage anger on blocking Azhar ban EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TRYING to assuage India’s anger over China blocking a proposal at the UN to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-eMohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, its Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on Sunday expressed optimism that the issue would be resolved through consultations. He sought to describe the technical hold placed on the proposal at the UN as temporary “This is only a tech. nical hold and the matter can be resolved through continued consultation,” he said on the sidelines of an event at the Chinese embassy here, adding China understands India’s concerns. India and Pakistan had almost gone to war after the bombing of a CRPF bus that killed 40 jawans. According to a Reuters report, at one stage India threatened to fire at least six missiles at Pakistani targets and Islamabad said it respond three times over through its own missiles. WALK THE TALK Burying tainted past on way to Tokyo T N V I M A L S A N K A R @ Chennai THE road to redemption has not been easy for K T Irfan. Seven years ago, the racewalker finished 10th in the 20km event at the London Olympics with a national record of 1.20.21. If that raised expectations, a stress fracture in 2014 changed everything. He missed the bus to Rio 2016 and last year, the Malappuram athlete was sent back from the Commonwealth Games for allegedly breaching the ‘no-needle policy’ against doping. For someone tagged as an Olympic-medal prospect, worse followed. He was disqualified from the Asian Games for a technical fault. The 29-year-old redeemed himself on Sunday in Japan’s Nomi City by clinching a berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He finished fourth, but met the q u a l i f y i n g m a rk . “Not disappointed for not winning a medal. I came here to qualify for the World Championship and got a bonus. Now, I have to prove those people wrong who doubted me and thought I was finished,” Irfan said. “In the last two years, a lot of things went wrong. I faced situations I was not used to. It was not easy but I am slowly reaching my old level. With more hard work and proper rest, I can better it,” said Irfan, who clocked 1.20.57 on Sunday Hardened by experience, . with time to prepare, expect Irfan to give his best. BERTH NO 4 KT Irfan is the first Indian track and field athlete to make the 2020 Olympic cut. He had finished 10th in the 2012 edition. Including him, Indians have so far booked four berths for the mega event to be held in Tokyo. The other three spots have been secured by members of the shooting contingent.
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