CHENNAI SUNDAY APRIL 14, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 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 Issued by: Bharatiya Janata Party, 6 A, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, New Delhi French connection haunts Anil, again Report by Le Monde claims his France-based firm got tax waiver of €143.7 mn thanks to Rafale deal PM Narendra Modi with CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam in Theni on Saturday | K K SUNDAR NYAY is Congress admission of ‘anyay’ done by party: PM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Ramanathapuram/Theni MOCKING Congress’ proposed NYAY (justice) scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the party had admitted it had not delivered justice. Addressing poll rallies in Tamil Nadu, Modi, while speaking in Theni, listed the ‘injustices’ committed by Congress, including the anti-Sikh riots and the Bhopal gas tragedy . “Every vote to Congress is a vote to higher taxes and lower development,” he alleged in Ramanathapuram. Assuring a dedicated Ministry of Lost in Jal Sakthi for water conservation, translation Modi said over 1,900 Indian fisherBJP’s H Raja was men had been released from abroad at it again while due to his government’s efforts. translating Modi’s Slamming Congress and DMK, the speech in Ramnad. PM alleged the parties had “insulted ISRO became Israel our forces by questioning them when and Poompuhar in they carry out a surgical strike”. ReNagai became ferring to capture of Airforce capPoompuhar in tain Abhinandan, Modi claimed his Ramnad district. release was achieved in record time but Congress had insulted the efforts. DMK, Congress and Muslim League did not believe in dignity of women, he claimed in Ramnad, pointing to their opposition to the Centre’s effort to ban triple talaq. “In Kerala, Congress, Communists and Muslim League are playing a dangerous game regarding the Sabarimala Temple,” he charged, claiming till BJP was there no one would be able to “destroy our faith and culture”. Making constituency-specific assurances in Theni and Ramnad, Modi paid tribute to M G Ramachandran and P5 J Jayalalithaa, late leaders of ally AIADMK. EXPRESS EXCLUSIVE Pant, Vijay in line to get the nod for World Cup 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 — the World Cup — Express has learnt the names of at least 14 of the 15 who will be on the bus to England come May. And Rishabh Pant is one among them in the side to be led by Virat Kohli. The other 12 are likely to be Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Hardik Jadeja likely Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra to be picked Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, BhuvneshSouthpaw might war Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Keyet get a chance to dar Jadhav, KL Rahul and Vijay Shbe the team’s third ankar. The last place is likely to go to spinner, at the Ravindra Jadeja. Among the above-mentioned expense of a 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: P16 Lose Some, Gain Some PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE €60 million in taxes for the 20072010 period. Reliance offered to FRENCH authorities waived taxes pay €7.6 million, but the offer was worth €143.7 million for Anil Am- rejected. The French conducted bani’s France-based telecom firm another probe for the 2010-2012 peReliance Flag after PM Narendra riod and demanded an additional Modi said India would €91 million in taxes. buy 36 Rafale fighter jets “In April 2015, PM from Dassault in April Modi announced plans 2015, French paper Le to buy 36 Rafale fighter Monde reported on jets from Dassault. Then, Saturday . the total amount owed While the article, writby Reliance in taxes was ten by Julien Bouissou at least €151 million. Six Tax dispute and Anne Michel, was months later, the French According to the quickly picked up by the authorities accepted €7.3 opposition Congress, Re- French govt, the tax million as a settlement, liance denied any wrong- dispute with Anil’s instead of €151 million. doing. India’s defence firm was settled as So, between February ministry also dismissed per French tax laws and October 2015, while and “it was not it as “totally inaccurate, the French were negotisubject to any tendentious and a misating the Rafale contract political chievous attempt to with India, Anil Ambani interference disinform”. enjoyed a tax waiver of whatsoever” According to a series €143.7 million from the of tweets by Bouissou, French state. Quite a the paper’s South Asia corre- cozy deal, right?” Bouissou asked. spondent, Anil has a telecom comReliance Flag France, which pany registered in France called owns a terrestrial cable network Reliance Atlantic Flag France. It and other infrastructure in was investigated by French tax au- France, acts as a service provider P11 thorities and found liable to pay to other telecom firms. R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi DEFYING EC Maya stands by appeal to Muslims Kerala BJP raises Sabarimala pitch N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow A N I L S @ T’Puram DESPITE an Election Commission notice, a defiant BSP supremo Mayawati stood by her open appeal to the Muslim community to vote for the gathbandhan and made it clear that she was not going to apologise to the poll body for her remarks. After Mayawati asked Muslims in Deoband on April 7 to vote for the SPBSP-RLD alliance candidate and not waste their votes on Congress’s Imran Masood, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath quipped that if Ali is with the gathbandhan, then Bajrang Bali is with the BJP The . EC then sent notices to both the leaders. Addressing her second joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Badaun in Western UP on Saturday Mayawati said both “Ali and , Bajrang Bali” are with her party “The latter . belongs to the Dalit community Yogi himself . said Bajrang Bali was a forest dweller and a Dalit.” She also criticised the Congress for making false promises to the people. SHEDDING its initial inhibition over publicly using the Sabarimala issue for its election campaign due to restrictions imposed by the Chief Electoral Officer, the Kerala unit of the BJP on Saturday decided to go all out to invoke the sensitive issue. The move comes a day after PM Narendra Modi referred to Sabarimala in a rally in Kozhikode. “Sabarimala naturally is one of the most important issues being discussed in the polls this time. Since it 2019 was included in the party’s manifesto, the BJP does intend to take up the same,” said V Muraleedharan, senior party leader. CEO Teeka Ram Meena has only warned against seeking votes in the name of Lord Ayyappa, he added. The state leadership of the BJP also unleashed an attack on the CEO with senior leader Sobha Surendran saying he has been acting on behalf of CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Sobha said she would invoke Sabarimala and dared Meena to take action against her. LOK SABHA ELECTION EXPRESS READ Ex-IL&FS Fin Services chief arrested The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) on Saturday arrested former IL&FS Financial Services chief Ramesh C Bawa, official sources said. Bawa, who had served as MD and CEO, was held for allegedly granting loans to entities that were not creditworthy. The agency had earlier arrested former IL&FS vice chairman Hari Sankaran | P15 DMK announces 4 bypoll candidates The DMK on Saturday announced its candidates for the upcoming bypolls to the four vacant Assembly seats scheduled for May 19. Pongalur N Palanisamy will contest from Sulur assembly constituency, V Senthil Balaji from Aravakuruchi, Dr P Saravanan from Thiruparamkundram and MC Shanmugaiyah from Ottapidaram, DMK said | P6
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