KOCHI l SUNDAY l APRIL 14, 2019 l `8.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION INDIA MARKS JALLIANWALA BAGH MASSACRE CENTENARY PM Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to the 1,000-odd unarmed protestors killed by UK troops in Amritsar on 13 April 1913 RAHUL VISIT CREATES CONTROVERSY NO OFFICIAL APOLOGY YET FROM BRITAIN “Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of,” Modi tweeted. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes at the Amritsar site. Rahul’s visit led to a war of words with the Akali Dal saying he should first tender an apology for the 1984 Operation Blue Star ■ UK’s envoy to India Dominic Asquith laid a wreath at the walled garden where bullet marks are still visible and called the colonial atrocity “shameful”. But Britain is yet to issue an official apology ■ After British PM Theresa May expressed regret on Wednesday, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said her words were not enough Philip’s insult QUEEN ELIZABETH’S HUSBAND IN 1997 CLAIMED THE TOLL WAS ‘EXAGGERATED’ 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 Tax waiver for Anil Ambani’s French firm Report by Le Monde claims the firm got a remission of €143.7 million R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi FRENCH authorities waived taxes worth €143.7 million for Anil Ambani’s France-based telecom firm Reliance Flag after PM Narendra Modi said India would buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault in April 2015, French paper Le Monde reported on Saturday . While the article, written by Julien Bouissou and Anne Michel, was quickly picked up by the opposition Congress, Reliance denied any wrongdoing. India’s defence ministry also dismissed it as “totally inaccurate, tendentious and a mischievous attempt to disinform”. According to a series of Tax dispute tweets by Bouissou, the paper’s South Asia correspondent, Anil has According to the a telecom company registered in French govt, the tax France called Reliance Atlantic Flag dispute with Anil’s France. The firm was investigated firm was settled as by French tax authorities and found per French tax laws liable to pay €60 million in taxes for and “it was not the 2007-2010 period. Reliance ofsubject to any fered to pay €7.6 million, but the ofpolitical fer was rejected. They conducted interference another investigation for 2010-2012 whatsoever” period and demanded an additional €91 million in taxes. “In April 2015, PM Modi announced plans to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault. Then, the total amount owed by Reliance in taxes was at least €151 million. Six months later, the French tax authorities accepted €7.3 million as a settlement, instead of €151 million. So, between February and October 2015, while the French were negotiating the Rafale contract with India, Anil Ambani enjoyed a tax waiver of €143.7 million from the French state. Quite a cozy deal, right?” he asks. Reliance Flag France, which owns a terrestrial cable network and other infrastructure in France, acts as a service provider to other telecom firms. Meanwhile, the Opposition slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he acted as a middleman for Anil Ambani’s telecom company in 2015 and there are layers of corruption and money trail in the Rafale saga. EXPRESS EXCLUSIVE Pant, Vijay likely to be included in WC squad V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B @ Chennai EVEN as the senior selection committee sits down in Mumbai on Monday to pick the 15 tasked with the job of bringing back cricket’s biggest prize, this newspaper has learnt the names of at least 14 of the 15 who will be on the bus to England come May Virat Kohli will captain . the side. The other 13 are likely to be Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Hardik Jadeja may Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra get nod Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, BhuvneshSouthpaw might war Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Keyet get a chance to dar Jadhav, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar be the team’s third and Rishabh Pant. The last place is spinner, at the likely to go to Ravindra Jadeja over a expense of a fourth frontline seamer. Among the above-mentioned fourth frontline names, Pant’s inclusion will grab seamer. most of the eyeballs not least because of his limited experience in ODI cricket. It’s also because the Test regular might be asked to bat at No 4, a position that has been an Achilles Heel of sorts. That was also the position Kohli had suggested that was up for grabs before the Indian Premier League (IPL) began. While none of those in contention have made a strong case for themselves in the ongoing IPL, it is understood that the Indian team-management and selectors reckon Pant can be the X-factor they badly need. PANT’S ABILITY SCORED HIGHER: P14 EXPRESS READ Babu Paul to be laid to rest today T’Puram: Scholar, writer and former Additional Chief Secretary D Babu Paul, who passed away on Saturday, will be laid to rest at the St Mary’s Cathedral, Kuruppampadi, near Perumbavoor, on Sunday at 4 pm. During his illustrious career, Paul held several key posts, including that of the member Ombudsman for local self-government institutions and vice-chancellor of Kerala University. He was currently serving as the independent member of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board. P4 Lose Some, Gain Some PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE Despite censure, BJP raises Sabarimala pitch CONG, LEFT WILL PAY THE PRICE: RAJNATH SINGH Kollam: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday invoked the Sabarimala issue and said both the Congress and the Left parties would pay the price in the election for their stand on the issue. He was in the city to address an election rally for BJP candidate K V Sabu. P5 ‘WILL RAISE ISSUE IN POLLS’ T’Puram: Determined to take up the Sabarimala issue, the Sabarimala Karma Samithi made it amply clear it would raise the issue during the elections. The samithi said devotees will vote for those who protect their beliefs. P5 A N I L S @T’Puram A DAY after Prime Minister Narendra Modi played the Sabarimala card, his party is cashing in on it in a big way, hoping to reap rich benefits not only in Kerala but across South India. If the Prime Minister was indirect and subtle while referring to Sabarimala in Kozhikode on Friday, he adopted a no-holds-barred approach on Saturday, invoking Sabarimala across poll campaigns. Following the Election Commission’s restriction on invok- ing the Sabarimala issue for political gains, the BJP state leadership had earlier adopted a cautious approach in the matter. “Sabarimala naturally is one of the most important issues being discussed in the polls this time. Since it was included in the party’s manifesto this time, the BJP does intend to take up the same,” said senior BJP leader V Muraleedharan. The Chief Electoral Officer has only warned against seeking votes in the name of Ayyappan, he said. WITH the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) intensifying its drive against altered vehicles in the state, several modified vehicle owners have decided to sell their vehicles. Online selling platform OLX and other websites have received several listings from vehicle owners to sell such vehicles. It was last month the MVD started the ‘Freaken’ drive after it found a large number of modified vehicles plying on roads, flouting rules. “We spent nearly Rs 1 lakh on modifying our old jeep,” the owner of a modified vehicle, who didn’t want to reveal his identity, told Express. “Our vehicle was stopped at LOK SABHA ELECTION Sabarimala is one of the important issues being discussed in the polls. Since it was included in the party’s manifesto, the BJP intends to take up the same The BJP always keeps a distance from people’s real issues. They must be under the impression that invoking Sabarimala could make some gains — V Muraleedharan, BJP leader — Binoy Viswam, CPI Central Secretariat member ‘Freaken’ drive: Owners frantic, sell modified vehicles on OLX A N I L K U M A R T @ Kochi Meanwhile, the Sabarimala Karma Samithi staged a protest in the state capital, declaring that people would be repeatedly reminded of Sabarimala and the manner in which it was handled by the Pinarayi Vijayan Government in Kerala. 2019 On Saturday, addressing an election rally in Mangalore, Modi accused the Congress, the Muslim League and the Left Front of playing a ‘highly dangerous’ game over Sabari● More on P5 mala. Panampilly Nagar by the MVD. They issued a notice, asking us to produce the vehicle after removing the extra fittings. We don’t want to land in trouble by keeping such a vehicle, so we are planning to sell it,” he said. The department’s action has also affected modified vehicle providers from other states. When Express spoke to a Punjab-based dealer who mainly supplies modified jeeps, he said the demand for modified vehicles has come down. “Our business is mainly through the OLX website. We arrange vehicles from Punjab. We used to deliver nearly 4 to 5 vehicles every month. But we haven’t received any order this month,” said the ● More on P6 dealer. The Motor Vehicles Department will continue its drive against altered vehicles 1 Alterations made on tyres and other parts affect the stability and gravity centre of vehicles 2 3 Replacing silencers causes environmental pollution N A M I TA B A J PA I @Lucknow REFUSING to be cowed down by the Election Commission notice over her appeal for Muslim votes, BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday refused to tender apology over her statement. She even made it clear that neither had she apologised to the Election Commission nor was she going to do so. Notably the BSP chief had made , an open appeal to Muslims to vote for the alliance candidate in Saharanpur while addressing the first joint rally of SP-BSPRLD alliance at Deoband on April 7, ahead of the first phase of elections. POLICE SAY CPM leader Manikandan involved in Periya murder role of a CPM leader of the stature of Manikandan has been clearly SENIOR CPM leaders were indeed described in the report. involved in the Periya murder The eighth page of the report case, it has come to light. The re- filed by Crime Branch Malapport filed in the High Court on Fri- puram DySP P M Pradeep, the inday by the Special Investigation vestigating officer, states it was as Team (SIT) probing the brutal per the directive of Manikandan murder of two Youth Congress the first accused and CPM local workers at Periya in leader Peethambaran, K a s a r g o d reve a l s fifth accused Gijin, PRESS CPM’s Udma area secCLUSIVE sixth accused Sreerag retary K Manikanand seventh accused dan, a rising leader in Aswin were taken by Kasargod, helped the accused and a person named Mani to the CPM coordinated their escape after office at Udma after the incident. committing the crime. As per the report, “ManikanIt’s dubious why the SIT sub- dan called somebody and after mitted there was no involvement getting advice from him, he directof top-level CPM leaders in the ed the accused to change their murder and the crime was owing dress and conceal their weapons, ● More on P6 . to personal enmity even when the if any P R A M D A S @ Kochi CHECKS TO CONTINUE Maya refuses to apologise to EC
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