TIRUCHY WEDNESDAY APRIL 10, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA HIGHEST RECIPIENT OF REMITTANCES AT $79 BILLION India retained its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances in 2018, the World Bank said in a report on Monday CHINA CLOSE BEHIND AT $67 BILLION KERALA FLOOD AID BOOSTED INFLOW At $67 billion, China was the second largest remittance receiver, followed by Mexico ($36 billion), the Philippines ($34 billion), and Egypt ($29 billion). “The upsurge was driven by stronger economic conditions in the US and a pick-up in oil prices, which had a positive impact on outward remittances from some GCC countries,” it said. I I “Remittances grew by more than 14 per cent in India, where a flooding disaster in Kerala likely boosted the financial help that migrants sent to families,” the Bank said. Global remittances, which include flows to high-income countries, reached $689 bn in 2018, up from $633 bn in 2017 $131 bn REMITTANCES TO THE ENTIRE SOUTH ASIAN REGION IN 2018 CHENNAI I MADURAI I VIJAYAWADA I BENGALURU I KOCHI I HYDERABAD I VISAKHAPATNAM I COIMBATORE I KOZHIKODE I THIRUVANANTHAPURAM I BELAGAVI I BHUBANESWAR I SHIVAMOGGA I MANGALURU I TIRUPATI I TIRUCHY I TIRUNELVELI I SAMBALPUR I HUBBALLI I DHARMAPURI I KOTTAYAM I KANNUR I VILLUPURAM I KOLLAM I WARANGAL I TADEPALLIGUDEM I NAGAPATTINAM I THRISSUR I KALABURAGI RIVER TALE: JAGAN’S BEST CHANCE TO CROSS THE BRIDGE OVER THE GODAVARI Why not give him a chance at least once, is the common refrain among voters as Andhra goes to Lok Sabha and Assembly polls on Thursday Powerful IED blast tosses car up in the air; 4 Chhattisgarh police personnel also killed RSS LEADER SHOT DEAD IN KISHTWAR Protests broke out in Kishtwar in J&K on Tuesday after RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his guard were shot dead, forcing the govt to clamp indefinite curfew. The Army later conducted flag marches READY FOR PEACEFUL POLLS: EC While the Election Commission termed the Maoist attack on BJP legislator Bheema Mandavi (pic) as unfortunate, it claimed it was fully prepared to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling on Thursday E J A Z K A I S E R @ Raipur BARELY half-an-hour after campaign for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls ended in Bastar, outlawed CPI (Maoist) triggered a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), killing a BJP MLA and four Chhattisgarh police personnel accompanying him near Kuakonda in strife-torn Dantewada — 450 km south of Raipur on Tuesday . BJP legislator Bheema Mandavi (42) was returning from a public rally at Bacheli when the Maoists targeted his convoy along the Bacheli-Nakulnar route. His bulletproof vehicle was tossed up in the air by the blast, which created a five-feet deep crater. The spot is barely 4 km away from Kuakonda police station. “The Bacheli police had requested Bheema Mandavi not to take this route today as , he had used it on Monday as well. Also, no road opening party (ROP) could be deployed to clear it. But he chose to ignore it. Going by the impact, at least 50 kg explosives would have been uses,” Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said. In the Maoist encounter that followed, 50 members of Mandvi’s security detail fired back, forcing the attackers to flee, said Director General of Police D M Awasthi. This is the fourth Maoist attack in a week in Chhattisgarh. Police said Mandavi not only took the risky route but also stopped by to attend a local fair before proceeding to Nakulnar. This gave Maoists ample time to plan the ambush. He was the lone BJP lawmaker in Bastar. While Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel condemned the attack and expressed shock, his predecessor Raman Singh termed it a conspiracy and the blamed it on the government’s planning failure, given the Maoist poll boycott call. The immediate concern was to ensure safety of the staff airlifted to Maoist-hit areas for polling on Thursday . EXPRESS READ SC Kerala Cong chief K M Mani dead Kochi: Kerala Congress(M) chairman and former state Finance Minister K M Mani died at a private hospital here on Tuesday. Mani had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. TO DECIDE ON RAFALE PAPERS TODAY Will Supreme Court decide to examine the documents related to Rafale, which the govt says were stolen and can’t be relied upon? Chargesheet against Mulakkal Kottayam: A special investigation team of the Kerala Police on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, seven months after he was arrested over allegations of raping and sexually assaulting a nun. The chargesheet was filed in a magistrate court at Pala in the district. T HE ever-flowing River Godavari seems to be changing its course. With just two days to go for simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the Assembly in the divided state of Andhra Pradesh, the shift in the course of the river has caused a breach in the fort of the Telugu Desam presided over by three-time Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. This has given more than just hope to Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, waiting to occupy the throne for 10 years since the death of his father, Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in , 2009. Whether the river swells further and gives him a landslide in terms of votes is still doubtful but he seems to be on the cusp of his best ever chance to form the government in Andhra Pradesh. This is the picture that emerged after a TNIE team criss-crossed the twin Godavari districts (East and West), separated by the river, which enters Andhra Pradesh from Telangana after the temple town of Bhadrachalam. For the uninitiated, the two districts, known as the paddy bowl, are also the most economically-rich in the entire country, and long considered an indicator for any election outcome in Andhra Pradesh. Back in 2014, when polls took place soon after the division of Andhra Pradesh, Jagan believed it was merely a question of going through the formalities before taking oath. He was high on morale and funds. Naidu was despondent and financially not so sound. Yet, doubts in the minds of the people about the future of the state if it was placed in the hands of a young politician like Jagan, Naidu getting the support of the BJP and the strong network of the TDP helped turn the tide. The TAPAS RANJAN Maoist attack kills BJP MLA in Dantewada G S VASU 2014 (DIVIDED ANDHRA PRADESH) Assembly constituencies - 175 TDP-BJP 106 CONG 156 YSRC 8 TDP 17 2009 (UNDIVIDED ANDHRA PRADESH) Assembly constituencies 294 YSRC 67 Lok Sabha seats 42 ANDHRA PRADESH Bhadrachalam GODAVARI RIVER Polavaram EAST GODAVARI Kakinada WEST GODAVARI Rajamundry Eluru TDP 92 PRP 18 Congress 33 Lok Sabha seats 25 Bhimavaram Bay of Bengal Mangled remains of a BJP vehicle after it was attacked by Maoists in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday | PTI margin was less (just five lakh votes separated the two parties overall though in terms of seats it has yielded 40 more for the TDPBJP combine). Five years down the line, both leaders are on an even keel in terms of morale and funds while Jagan has also managed to put in place a fairly strong party network. Both sides are aggressive in using/misusing social media, making it a no-holdsbarred fight in every respect in a state that has 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly constituencies. TDP 6 Days before the 2014 elections, as we toured the state, the refrain was that Andhra Pradesh requires a seasoned administrator like Naidu as it needs to rebuild itself following the division. This time, the common refrain is “why not give the boy (Jagan) a chance at least once”. You get to hear it from a 25-year-old Nagender, who runs a small restaurant on the outskirts of Rajahmundry or Ratnam, a member of a self-help group and therefore a beneficiary of the `10,000 that was paid in three instalments to an estimated 90 lakh such women - the last cheque credited on Monday close , to the D-day on April 11. In doing so, Naidu sought to replicate what his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao, whom Naidu revels in calling his “junior”, did for farmers. But KCR offered it months before the elections while Naidu did it close to the polling day . CONTINUED ON P6 Next Census will be done via mobile app E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE next Census data is likely to be collected through a mobile application, officials of Registrar General of India said on Tuesday Speaking at a meeting to final. ise the strategy and questionnaire for the Census 2021, officials said enumerators — those who conduct doorto-door counting — would be encouraged to use their own phones for this purpose. There is also an option to collect and record the data through paper, but it will eventually be submitted electronically . Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba said 33 lakh enumerators would be mobilised for data collection for Census 1st time in 2021, which will also be the world’s 140 years largest enumeration exercise. This is for the Around 27 lakh enumerators were first time in the enrolled for the last Census in 2011. 140-year Gauba said the Census is not just history of an exercise of head count as it also provides invaluable socio-economic Census in India that data will data that will help the government be collected make informed policy decisions and through mobile allocate resources appropriately . phone Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner Vivek Joshi said Census 2021 will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, house listing operations would be conducted in any two months chosen by the states between April and September in 2020. In the second, actual population enumeration would be done during February 2021, followed by the revision round from March 15, 2021. Modi attacks Left, DMK in Kovai meet E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore ATTACKS CONG MANIFESTO FROM Latur to Mysuru to Coimbatore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned across the country on Tuesday, raising a wide range of issues. While he asked first-time voters in Latur to remember Pulwama victims and Balakot air strike when they set out to vote, in Mysuru he blamed the Congress for speaking the language of Pakistan. In Coimbatore, he switched gears to gender empowerment. He asked how the DMK could protect women in the State when they had mistreated former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. “The NDA government, on the other hand, has announced several measures like the Ujwala scheme, for women,” he said, starting his address in Tamil. Addressing the public, he blamed Communists and Congress for destroying culture in Kerala. “They are politicising the Sabarimala issue for votes,” he Modi attacked the Congress manifesto, calling it as a document in favour of “anti-India forces”. “I was shocked to read it. It will make terrorists happy. I was not surprised when I found it was prepared by former finance minister P Chidambaram, who heads their manifesto panel,” Modi said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Coimbatore, on Tuesday. With him are AIADMK’s Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam | A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM said. “The BJP will continue to stand with the culture of Kerala and its people,” he said. The DMK combine has fielded veteran Communist leader PR Natarajan in Coimbatore. Addressing the small traders, Modi said his party would support the MSME sector. “We reduced GST thrice based on the requests from MSME sector. We have also sim- plified the process. We have released subsidies worth `7,000 crore to weavers to upgrade their machinery. About 2 lakh power looms have been upgraded of which 60 per cent are in Tamil Nadu,” 2019 he said. Modi also recalled the 1998 bomb blasts that rocked Coimbatore, saying “the city had experienced terror attack in the past”. LOK SABHA ELECTION I am sad to say that the opposition parties have no plan when it comes to national security. Their soft attitude has made India helpless in front of forces of terror for the past several years PM Narendra Modi BIG RELIEF No turf restriction for filing dowry harassment cases, rules Supreme Court K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi COMING to the rescue of women who face jurisdiction issues while filing dowry harassment complaints with the police, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a woman driven out of her husband’s home can file a case against the in-laws from anywhere — and not necessarily from her the in-laws’ place. In other words, she can file a case from her parent’s home or elsewhere. Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code relates to a woman being subjected to cruelty by her husband or his relatives. The grey area was whether or not a case of cruelty - under Section 498A — can be registered, investigated and punished in a jurisdiction different from the one where the aggrieved spouse was forced out because of harassment. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi noted that cruelty as , defined by 498A, can be both physical and mental. The verdict was delivered on a batch of appeals, one of which challenged a high court order that held that cruelty, as defined in the IPC, was not a continuing offence. But Tuesday’s ruling said: “A continuing offence refers to whether an of- fence committed at one place carries over to a place under a different jurisdiction.” Even if physical cruelty in the matrimonial house has ceased and such acts do not occur at the parental home, the wife’s mental trauma would continue to persist at the parental home, the SC ruled. POLL TALK Bypolls to 4 MLA seats on May 19 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE Election Commission on Tuesday announced that bypolls in remaining four vacant Assembly segments would be held on May 19 and results would be announced on May 23, along with Lok Sabha election results. The poll panel had already announced bypolls to 18 vacant Assembly seats. The four seats that will go to polls on May 19 are: Sulur, Aravakurichi, Thirupparankundram and Ottapidaram. While the AIADMK needs to win just four seats to retain power in the State, DMK has the herculean task of winning 21 of the 22 seats if it wants to form the government. In case neither party gets the required numbers, fresh elections will have to be held for the State Assembly . Earlier, EC did not announce the polling dates for three of these four segments citing pending litigations. The fourth seat, Sulur, fell vacant after MLA R Kanagaraj died on March 21, reducing the ruling party’s strength to 114 members in a House of 212 MLAs. Several parties, which have been criticising the poll panel for delaying the bypolls, have welcomed the decision to conduct elections to all seats.
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