KOZHIKODE z TUESDAY z MARCH 26, 2019 z `7.00 z PAGES 14 z CITY EDITION MUELLER GIVES CLEAN CHIT TO TRUMP OVER RUSSIA CONSPIRACY US Prez Donald Trump’s campaign did not have links with Russia during the 2016 election, ex-FBI boss Robert Mueller has found NO COLLUSION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!: DON 500 WITNESSES GRILLED IN THOROUGH PROBE In a summary of Special Counsel Mueller’s findings, Attorney General Bill Barr said there was no collusion despite “multiple offers from Russia-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign”. Though Mueller did not come to a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, the charge might not make sense in the absence of a crime ■ ■ Mueller employed 19 lawyers, who were assisted by “a team of 40 FBI agents and intelligence forensic accountants” The special counsel issued over 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence and grilled around 500 witnesses | P10 675 DAYS TIME TAKEN BY EX-FBI BOSS TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP & HIS TEAM 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 I’m stepping down for the sake of my family of 22,000 employees Jet Air boss Goyal out, lenders in Naresh Goyal, Jet chairman Banks led by SBI become majority shareholders, pump in H1,500 crore to keep operations on EXPRESS READ 7 held for forced conversion Lahore: At least seven people, including a man who assisted in solemnising the wedding of two teenage Hindu girls after their alleged abduction and forced conversion, have been detained in Pakistan. The girls were kidnapped by a group of men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. KSHEC to approach Centre T’Puram: The Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) has decided to approach the Centre for amending the rules for securing deemed university status. The KSHEC move was prompted by the fact that only two colleges in the state are eligible for the status under the existing rules. P5 LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 2019 newindian express com ‘THIS ELE POLITICS CTION IS AGAINST CPM’S AND ITS STA NCE ON SAB VIOLENT ARIMALA ’ THRISSUR TUESDAY 26 03 2019 z T he Congress sprung surprise a when its spokesper it named son Rajmohan z 02 Unnithan the UDF’s N UNNITHA candidate as the Kasargod N Lok Sabha in stituency. conout local He came in edging hopeful B Subbayya Rai whose USP to the linguisticwas his access minorities traditiona -a BJP. The l vote bank of the him with party has placated a lot play of affectionof public disElection and by giving him centre candidates campaign is reaching its stage in and key for the LS poll. peak in every responsibi all events A group of children nook and corner Unnithan, lities. For of the district are getting paign with it is an uphill camready for campaign with political at Kothi bridge parties finalising outsider’ the baggage of its ‘the in Kozhikode to carry. press Principal When Ex| T P SOORAJ Correspon GEORGE dent POIKAYIL up with caught him over meal, he a was quick tête-a-tête tag, put UDF candidate the CPM to shed the over the Unnithan calls Rajmohan in the dock RAJESH political on Bishop ABRAHA killings, send feelers Mar Jose Pandarasseril M @ Kochi and to A: I will ers by waving BJP sympathis at the Bishop ent in the DOES the not speak upcoming flag. Excerpts: the Sabarimal - t h i n k a n Sreepuram House at or even ha elections. Lok Saba spurt election season on Monday a Satheesh y t h i n g a A. in see layalee “There Q. Were `1,43,721 posits fromremittance or Chandran. g a i n s t and Today, Muraleed you surprised crore.Dur Associatio are Ma- same de- Congress/ tion I enjoy This elecyo u r haran ing ns Keralites the non-reside c by is is not about individual port. When a very good rap- loving people Left parties for the the period the previous the nt Gulf about CPM’s Kasargoda n d i d a t u r e NR deposits are in the s. It congratul I got the state? The (NRKs) into year, in most countries. i n tics, to take ? violent the funding mood grew much faster. answer We political A: In 2009, poli- me ated me ticket, he porters revenge. 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Mullappally and put out by 1,28,11,717 He has 2,37,92,270 fied that Lal in Kalliyot and Sarath and like Chennitha 2016 it is full in his Facebo claricause of 1 23 26 185 me be la 0 of s His l m a Th k IT’S CAM PAIG RAJMOHA N TIME Election to see funding candidates from NRK support to communities ELECTORATE IN KERAL A OVER THE YEARS Poll Scape 2019 THIS ELECTION IS AGAINST CPM’S VIOLENT POLITICS AND ITS STANCE ON SABARIMALA, SAYS KASARGOD UDF CANDIDATE RAJMOHAN UNNITHAN P2 The stepping down marks the end of Naresh Goyal’s 26-year stint at the helm of the airline. He started his career as a cashier in his uncle’s travel firm in the early 1960s. Goyal worked his way up and held important positions in a number of airlines. He launched Jet Airways in 1993, and grew it as India’s premier carrier P11 AMIT BANDRE IS IT END OF THE ROAD FOR GOYAL? SBI, PNB TO FUND L1,500 CR PLAN: SOURCES Even as Jet Airways is gearing up for a bank-led revival and rescue package, sources said not all 25 lenders will participate in the D1,500crore emergency funding for the airline. The proposed capital is expected to come from SBI and PNB, which also have the highest debt P11 A R S H A D K H A N @ New Delhi taken the step of stepping down from the Board of Jet Airways,” said Goyal. The banks will now pump in `1,500 crore — against security of the airline’s assets — into the cashstrapped airline, which has been struggling to pay even salaries to staff. The development saw lenders led by SBI suddenly in the cockpit. According to a company statement, the lenders will form an interim management to monitor daily cash flow and operations. AFTER resisting for months, Jet Airways founder and chairman Naresh Goyal on Monday yielded to pressure and stepped from the airline’s board. Goyal’s wife Anita, who jointly held majority stake in the airline, and Etihad Airways’ nominee director Kevin Knight also quit. The other nominee director of Etihad, Robin Kamark, will continue. So will the two nominees of the promoter. “For the sake of my family of 22,000 employees and their respective families, I have today Take action against parties, says HC T O B Y A N T O N Y @Kochi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi against the parties, either under the Indian Penal Code, the THE High Court on Monday di- Highway Act or the Police Act. rected the district collectors, The station house officer of the who are also the district elec- local police station will be retoral officers, to remove all ille- sponsible for the registration gal flex boards erected by politi- and investigation of such cal parties and to return them, offences. instead of dumping them in Election Commission of Inpublic places, and also to initi- dia (ECI) standing counsel Murali Purushothaman ate penal action submitted that ECI against the parties. had issued an instrucWhen the case tion to avoid the use of against illegal flex Political parties plastic, PVC and other boards came up for cannot be disposable materials hearing, Justice Devan irresponsible. The Ramachandran said state is facing the for election campaigning and for the conduct though the High Court consequences of of an eco-friendly had issued repeated climate change. orders, many parties All are responsible election. for this. The Bench had earare still indulging in lier directed the depuinstallation of such Justice Devan ty directors of panflex boards/banners/ Ramachandran ch ayat s a n d t h e flags in public places. regional joint direc“Political parties cannot be irresponsible. The state tors of urban affairs to publish their phone numbers, if availais facing the consequences of climate change. All are respon- ble, so that any member of the public and the citizenry can apsible for this,” he said. The court directed the dis- proach them whenever a violatrict collectors to impose appli- tion was noticed. The court notcable tariff or penalty on the ed the numbers had not been parties and initiate action for published yet. It directed the recovery failing which they will state to explain why the officers , become responsible for such have not published the informaamount. The court also ordered tion, and posted the case for to register a criminal case hearing on April 4. Sivanandan’s painted boats anchored near the lake on the Vypeen beach were an instant hit, with wedding photographers bringing in business for him. The charge for using the boats for one photoshoot was C200. However, summer has brought with it miseries for him as the water in the lake is slowly drying up | ALBIN MATHEW 36 more suffer sunburn in the state; heat wave alert issued till Thursday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Health Dept warning @ TPuram WITH the state witnessing rising temperature and heat wave conditions, 36 cases of sunburn were reported on Monday. The State Disaster Management Authority has warned of an abnormal rise in temperature till March 28. People have been advised to avoid getting exposed to sunlight between 11 am and 3 pm. The India Meteorology Department has predicted 3-4 degree celsius rise in the aver- AN ALLWEATHER AIRCRAFT, IT CAN FLY IN PRECARIOUS CONDITIONS Chinook helicopters before its induction into the IAF, at Air Force Station Chandigarh on Monday | PTI It can carry maximum payload of 11 tonnes and 45 troops By March 2020, India will have 15 Chinook helicopters The Health Department has warned the public to seek immediate medical care if they notice symptoms of sunstroke high temperature, red, hot and dry skin, throbbing headache, dizziness, weak heartbeat. a g e temperature in the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Palakkad and Kozhikode on March 26. The average temperature will rise by 2-3 degree celsius in these districts on March 27 and 28. Can transport cargo and troops to IAF bases in HIGH-ALTITUDE locations Capable of carrying out military operations at NIGHT It’s a multi-purpose chopper that can be used for humanitarian purposes, too It can carry out mass evacuation of REFUGEES and can lift HEAVY LOAD of relief supplies TO MITIGATE CONFLICTS Forest Dept planning safari park to rehabilitate stray tigers M S V I D YA N A N D A N @ T’Puram Mudumalai, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary has the second largest tiger population in South India after Karnataka’s Bandipur Tiger Reserve. This year alone, two tigers were captured from human habitations in Wayanad. While a 10-year-old female cat was caught from Noolpuzha midJanuary a 13-year-old male, that , severely injured a forest watcher, was captured from Pulpally . As per the current practice, the captured animals are handed over to zoos in Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram. The zoos have informed the Forest Department they cannot accommodate more animals owing to ● More on P6 space constraints. SBI, said investors would be found by the end of May . Kumar clarified that anybody with a solid funding and revival plan can come forward, and there is no ban on Naresh Goyal or Etihad to bid for the stake. Jet, reeling under a debt of over `8,000 crore, had defaulted on its dues to the banks, delayed salaries of its staff, and has been the most noteworthy disruptor in leading the airfare hike and cancellation of flights as it grounded nearly 90 aircraft out of its fleet of 120 planes. Agencies on the lookout for Keralites in Syria FLEX BOARDS Heavy lifter to power Air Force FACED with the challenge of human-tiger conflicts, the Forest Department is contemplating a proposal to start a safari park to rehabilitate the captured animals. Human-tiger conflicts are mostly reported from the fringes of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to about 75 tigers. Close to other national wildlife sanctuaries like Nagarhole, Bandipur and Goyal’s equity has been brought down to 25 per cent and partner Etihad’s holding reduced to half at 12 per cent. Lenders will have 51 per cent ownership with fresh issuance of 11.4 crore equity shares. While the threat of the debt-laden company with 22,000 employees being referred to NCLT has been averted for now, the lenders have their hands full. They will float expression of interest for bids by April 9. The deadline will be April 30. Rajnish Kumar, chairman of SAFE HAVEN The location considered for the park is near the Muthanga elephant rehabilitation centre The park will help the animals live in a forest-like habitat where they can freely roam around Aged or injured animals will be given treatment there Tiger that attacked forest watcher caught Kalpetta: A tiger that recently attacked a forest watcher at Anapanthi near Cheeyambam forest area in the district was captured by the Forest and Wildlife Department officers on Monday. The forest officers had installed two cages to trap the animal in the forest area falling under Chedalath forest range after it attacked a forest watcher on Sunday. “The tiger was trapped in the cage around 5.30am,” said DFO Wayanad (South), P Renjithkumar. In Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kannur and Kasargod, the average temperature will rise by 2-3 degree celsius between March 25 and 28. The Health Department said 36 cases of sunburn were reported on Monday. Kollam and Alappuzha had six victims each, followed by Pathanamthitta (5). The temperature rose to 41 degree in some parts of Palakkad. A woman in Kollam is one of the victims of sunburn. ● More on P4 CLOSE on the heels of the terror group Islamic State losing its last foothold in Syria, agencies in India have commenced measures to track down Indian citizens, including Keralites, who migrated to IS territory and are held back there. With the Interpol diffusion notices issued against Keralites in Syria pending, agencies expect to track them down with the help of security agencies in Syria. It was last week the last territory held by IS in Syria was liberated. “There is information IS members, including women and children, have been shifted to temporary camps. The Indian Embassy in Damascus is checking with Syrian authorities to trace any Indian national at the camps. It is possible women and children who migrated to IS territory in Syria are stuck at the camps,” said a Ministry of Home Affairs officer. The embassy has passed on information to Syrian authorities about people suspected to be working for IS in Syria. It is believed as many as 30 people from Kerala joined IS since 2016 and moved to Syria. ● More on P6 Rahul vows `72K annum for 25 cr poor, if elected EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi IN what Congress President Rahul Gandhi termed as the ‘final assault on poverty’, a minimum income of R72,000 annually to 25 crore poor people in the country was announced as the party’s poll promise Monday . Christened NYAY, he said “the time for change has come. I promise that there will be justice for the poor. The Congress guarantees that 20 per cent families belonging to poorest of the poor category in India will be given R72,000 each annually .” Rahul said the Congress had studied the financial implications of the scheme which was finalised only after consultations with renowned economists. “This is a historic scheme VVPAT MATCHING IN POLLS which has not happened anywhere in the world. It is an extremely powerful, groundbreaking and well-thought out i d e a . We h ave c o n s u l t e d many economists on the scheme,” he said. On the financial implications, he claimed there is enough money in the country to implement the programme. While economists are still waiting for the details of the scheme, they say, once implemented, it would be the biggest social protection scheme. “It is premature to laud or dismiss the programme without looking at the finer details. If implemented, it could take off the financial burden of so many schemes which are operational,” said a senior economist from the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. The Supreme Court on Monday favoured increasing the random physical verification of VVPAT slips in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls
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