TIRUCHY THURSDAY APRIL 11, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION BRIT PM VOICES REGRET OVER JALLIANWALA BAGH MASSACRE UK premier Theresa May on Wednesday called the 13 April 1919 killings in Amritsar a “shameful scar” on British Indian history BUT MAY STOPS SHORT OF FULL APOLOGY BUTCHER WAS DEFENDED BY TORIES THEN As India is set to mark the centenary of the massacre in which British troops, under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer, opened fire on thousands of unarmed protesters, May “deeply regretted the suffering caused”, but stopped short of a full apology. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, called for an “unequivocal apology” I I The debate in UK’s Parliament was tabled by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who noted that Dyer was defended by his party then, as well by most of the military establishment David Cameron, the first UK PM to visit the site in 2013, called it “deeply shameful” but also didn’t issue an official apology 379 KILLED ACCORDING TO UK GOVERNMENT RECORDS, BUT REAL TOLL IS OVER 1,000 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 Modi seeks mandate to put shady leaders in jail Gates of Hell ACCRETION DISC Made up of hot gases—plasma— along with debris of stars torn apart by gravity. The radiation from the hot material, as long as they have not been swallowed by the black hole, can be detected EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Ahmedabad First photo of a black hole and its fiery halo released Wednesday | AFP EVENT HORIZON The point of no return from which light and matter cannot escape. The black hole lies within the event horizon Giant jets of particles that certain black holes spew out, sometimes even longer than the galaxy 55 mn light years or around 520 quadrillion km away in a galaxy called M87 (A quadrillion = 10 followed by 17 zeros) 6.5 bn times the mass of the Sun Light moving towards Earth appears brighter Light moving away from Earth is dimmer PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday promised to put shady opposition leaders behind bars, saying he had brought them to the doors of jail as of now. Addressing a poll rally in Jungadh, he said, “In the last five years, I have brought them up to the doorsteps of jail. If given the next five, they will be inside.” While RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is serving a jail term in INDIA VOTES LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 The first of the seven phases in which India will vote to elect a new Lok Sabha begins today. A look 91 Seats go to polls in Phase I 1,285 No. of candidates in the fray WHAT DOES PHOTO REVEAL? Ring of fire created by the deformation of space-time. Light goes around, making the accretion disk appear to wrap around the black hole’s shadow like a halo Source: Frederic Gueth, deputy director of the Institute for Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM) & Nature BLACK HOLE CAUGHT ON CAM FOR FIRST TIME EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE first-ever photograph of a black hole was released by astronomers on Wednesday . The existence of the star-devouring monsters was first predicted by Nobel laureate Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity developed over a century ago. “Over the years, we , accumulated indirect observational evidence,” said Paul McNamara, an astrophysicist at the European Space Agency . But it took eight radio observatories across the globe, from Hawaii to the South Pole—together called the Event Horizon Telescope—to finally capture a picture of a black hole. Huge amounts of data about a black hole at the centre of a far-away galaxy known as M87 were captured over five nights in April 2017. Researchers parsed the data for two years and finally presented the results on Wednesday University of Waterloo . physicist Avery Broderick, a co-discoverer, declared: “Science fiction has become science fact.” EXPRESS READ Better chance of peace if BJP wins, says Imran R Palanisamy is new State election chief Pak PM Imran Khan said on Wednesday that there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if the BJP wins the general elections. He said other parties would be afraid of right-wing backlash in case of a settlement on the Kashmir issue. Chennai: Senior IAS officer R Palanisamy has been appointed as the new State Election Commissioner. However, notification of local body polls is likely to happen only by July or August as model code of conduct will be in place till May 27. No takers yet for Jet, last date for bids extended EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH no potential buyer in sight for Jet Airways, the troubled airline’s lenders led by State Bank of India on Wednesday extended the deadline for submitting initial bids to Friday . The deadline was to end on Wednesday . The move comes on a day when a Jet Air plane was seized at the Amsterdam airport by a European cargo services provider over nonpayment of dues. On Wednesday, the IOC also stopped fuel supply to Jet for the third time in a week, over unpaid dues. The airline is reportedly getting oil from Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum on a cash-and-carry basis. Besides payments to aircraft lessors, the airline is struggling to pay loan instalments and even salaries to pilots on time, who have now threatened to take legal action against Jet. According to SBI C ap i t a l M a rke t s, which is advising the lenders to find new investors for the carrier, qualified bidders should submit their respective binding bids by April 30. If Jet doesn’t get bidders, it will become the second homegrown carrier after Air India to have no takers. WHERE ALL Andhra Pradesh 25 Arunachal Pradesh 2 Assam 5 Bihar 4 Chhattisgarh 1 J&K 2 Maharashtra 7 Manipur 1 Meghalaya 2 Mizoram 1 Nagaland 1 Odisha 4 Sikkim 1 Telangana 17 Tripura 1 Uttar Pradesh 8 Uttarakhand 5 West Bengal 2 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1 Lakshadweep 1 the fodder scam case, the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax departments have lodged or revived several cases against leaders of Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party. As for the Trinamool Congress, several of its leaders are already facing the heat of the Saradha scam probe. And enforcement agencies are hounding Congress biggies like P Chidambaram, his son Karti and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s husband Robert Vadra. Congress president Rahul Gan- Modi wants to remove terror operators, but they want to remove me. There is no abuse left which the Congress has not used against your son, your chowkidar - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Agrees to hear petitions seeking review of verdict, saying leaked papers were admissible; rejects Centre’s preliminary objections UNANIMOUS VERDICT “We are delighted it is an unanimous verdict dismissing Central government’s peculiar argument on admissibility of documents. The Centre’s argument meant no wrong can be done in the defence deal,” said petitioner Arun Shourie POLITICAL JOUST While Congress president Rahul Gandhi claimed the court had accepted that “chowkidar chor hai”, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said he had crossed the line of decency NAGPUR vs Nitin Gadkari, BJP Nana Patole, Congress MUZAFFARNAGAR Ajit Singh, RLD vs Sanjeev Balyan, BJP Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during a poll rally in Junagadh | PTI ... we hold and affirm that the review petitions will have to be adjudicated on their own merit - Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice of India EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IN a huge setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that it was ready to review its Rafale case verdict based on new documents leaked to the media, dismissing the contention that they cannot be treated as evidence as they were secret. The judges also refused to accept the claim that putting the documents in public domain was a threat to national security . The court will soon fix the date of hearing the review petitions. It will also examine the alleged favouritism to certain corporates in the defence offsets contract. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi unanimously said there was no legal provision that could stop publication of a document marked secret, or restrain such papers from being submitted in court. “There is no provision in the Official Secrets Act and no such provision in any other statute has been brought to our notice by which Parliament has vested any power in the executive arm of the government either to restrain publication of documents marked as secret or from placing such documents before a Court of Law which may have been called upon to adjudicate a legal issue concerning the parties,” the verdict read. The bench also refused to accept the Centre’s contention that the disclosure of those documents was exempted under the Right to Information Act as per Section 8(1)(a) and those who conspired in photocopying the papers committed theft and put national security in jeopardy . While the CJI wrote the main judgment for himself and Justice S K Kaul, Justice K M Joseph wrote a separate but concurring verdict. Emphasising the need for a free Press, Justice Joseph said: “It will have a pivotal role to play for the continued existence of a vibrant democracy in the country .” He added that the stream of information that flows from it must remain unpolluted, adding the Press must remain fearless and free from biases. DMK candidate booked for false affidavit E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vellore DAYS after cash worth crores of rupees was seized from residences of persons allegedly linked to DMK treasurer Durai Murugan, police on Wednesday booked his son and the party’s Vellore candidate DM Kathir Anand on charges of submitting false affidavit. Two other persons, said to be linked to the family, have been booked for stocking cash to bribe voters. Reacting to the development, Durai Murugan claimed the raids were politically motivat- Delhi on close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, which revealed dirty money trail of `281 crore, including `20 crore paid to a political party’s headquarters on New Delhi’s Tughlaq Road. Incidentally Rahul’s official resi, dence is on Tughlaq Road. “After Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh has become the new ATM for the Congress,” Modi alleged. SC chucks govt’s bid to put a lid on new Rafale documents BIG FIGHTS YAVATMAL-WASHIM vs Manikrao Thakre, Congress Bhavana Gawli, Shiv Sena dhi, too, is facing a case of income tax evasion. Taking a swipe at the Congress, Modi said it is known by many names as far as scams go. “Now it has got a new name, but with proof. The Congress is indulging in a ‘Tughlaq Road Chunavi ghotala’, where money meant for the poor is being looted,” Modi said. He was alluding to the recent raids in Bhopal, Indore and ed to tarnish their image. “It will only increase the support for us among voters,” he said. Katpadi police have filed the case based on a complaint lodged by M Siluppan, personal assistant (accounts) to the Collector, who is also the nodal officer for election expenditure. “A n a n d h a s b e e n booked under Section 125A for filing false affidavit, under the Representation of the People Act,” said a police official. DMK functionary Pooncholai Sreenivasan and his relative Damodaran have been booked under IPC Section 171 for for stocking money with an intention of bribing voters. The complainant has said that Anand had furnished details of cash in hand as `98,450, in the affidavit. But IT searches at Damodaran’s residence found over `11.48 crore. Seenivasan came forward claiming the money belonged to him and it was meant for distribution to voters. DURAI MURUGAN IN THE DOCK OVER CHARGES Anand has been charged with a non-bailable offence, putting his father and DMK treasurer in a spot over the party’s prospects in Vellore. However, legal expert KM Vijayan has claimed that the FIR can be quashed if challenged in court. “Cash in hand means cash the candidate has at the time of filing papers. The amount changing afterwards is not against rules,” says Vijayan, adding that permissible amount for elections is `70 lakh. Election body puts biopics of Modi, two others on ice EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Election Commission on Wednesday stalled the release of the biopic on PM Narendra Modi until the elections are over, on the ground that the film might influence voters in favour of the BJP. However, there is no clarity if the ban will apply to NaMo TV too. The EC also banned Laxmi’s NTR — a biopic of late NT Rama Rao, purported to depict Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu and Udyama Simham, a biopic of Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao. The order came a day after the SC dismissed a petition seeking a stay on the release of the Modi film, saying it’s for the Election Commission to decide whether it will tilt the electoral balance in favour of any political party . The EC wrote to the producers of the movie, “In view of the admitted facts and material available on record, this film being a biopic on Narendra Modi, PM and a political leader and a prospective candidate in the current general elections cannot be exhibited. Therefore, you are hereby directed not to exhibit the film titled PM Narendra Modi till further orders.” Welcoming the poll body’s decision, the Congress said it will ensure a level-playing field for all political parties. “We urge the EC to take appropriate action and ensure that NaMo TV is shut with immediate effect,” said Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala. POLLUTION WATCH Concern over domestic coal: Centre stalls Cheyyur captive port S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai THE Union government has stalled the establishment of a captive port for the proposed 4,000 MW Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project (UMPP) near C h e y y u r i n Kancheepuram. Earlier in February, the Union Environment Ministry denied clearance for the UMPP — proposed to be the largest in the State — after the fuel source was changed from imported to domestic coal. The Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Limited (CTNPL) had been directed to apply afresh for clearances, which means it has to conduct an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and hold a public hearing all over again. The decision on halting the captive port project was taken at the Ministry’s Expert Ap- praisal Committee (EAC) meeting on March 27. The committee was of the opinion that, “Setting up of the UMPP and establishment of captive port for the proposed UMPP, are inter-linked and the project proponent should apply afresh to carry out the process of obtaining environmental and CRZ clearances....” CTNPL officials said establishment of the captive port near Panaiyur village, goes in hand-in-hand with Cheyyur power plant. The coal has to be handled at the captive port. Since the nature of coal has changed from im- ‘LAND REQUIREMENT HAS DOUBLED’ EAC (Thermal) Chairman Navin Chandra, said the change in source of coal meant the land requirement has doubled from the original 1058 acres to 2007 acres. “Environmental impacts from domestic coal for a large sized power project will also change significantly,” he said ported to domestic, the annual quantum of coal may increase from 10-12 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA imported coal) to 18-20 MTPA (domestic coal). The environmental clearance for establishment of the port was accorded to CTNPL by the Environment Ministry on November 30, 2012. One of the conditions was, “In the event of a change in the project profile or change in the implementation agency, a fresh reference shall be made to the ministry .”
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