MADURAI WEDNESDAY APRIL 24, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION GLOBAL WARMING HAS SHRUNK INDIAN ECONOMY BY 31%: STUDY Global warming has caused the Indian economy to be smaller than it would otherwise have been, says a new Stanford study COOL COUNTRIES GET A BOOST POOR NATIONS MOST AFFECTED Growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere have boosted the economy of cool countries such as Norway but dragged that of warm countries like India, says the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday. Norway’s economy got a 34 per cent boost, says the study The study finds that from 1961 to 2010, global warming reduced the wealth per person in the poorest countries by 17-30 per cent ■ The gap between the economic output of the world’s richest and poorest countries is 25 per cent larger today than it would have been without global warming, the study notes ■ 36% THE DIP IN ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SUDAN, THE MOST AFFECTED COUNTRY 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 66% give their verdict in Phase III High polling in Rahul’s constituency Wayanad; Gujarat records 62.36%; over 80% in Assam Stray violence in Bengal again Rahul gets contempt notice for Rafale gaffe In the third and the biggest phase, voting happened in 117 Lok Sabha seats. West Bengal was volatile as usual. A look LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 CONG MAN KILLED A 68-year-old Congress supporter was killed allegedly by Trinamool goons in Murshidabad when he was returning home after casting his vote. Tiarul Sheikh was hacked to death in front of his son Mohtab, a first-time voter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Rahul Gandhi on the contempt petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Meenakshi Lekhi, a day after the Congress president expressed regret for incorrectly attributing his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the apex court. The court exempted him from personal appearance on April 30, when the contempt case will be heard along with the Rafale review petitions. Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi appearing for Lekhi told the bench that the affidavit filed by Gandhi on Monday was mere lip service. “He has expressed no apology He . has just said ‘I regret’ in brackets and he is saying he had not even read the SC order before making the comment that the Supreme Court said the Prime Minister is a ‘chor’,” Rohtagi said. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Rahul, termed ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ a political slogan. “It is inconceivable that the Supreme Court will say something like ‘Chowkidar Chor hai’,” he said. MANMOHAN VOTES Manmohan Singh cast his vote at a booth in Assam 79.77% 67.56% turnout in Wayanad, as against 73.25% in 2014 polls ZERO VOTE IN 65 BOOTHS No votes were cast in 65 polling booths in Anantnag Lok Sabha seat of J&K, from where PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is in the fray. Forty of the zero vote booths were in the Bijbehara Assembly segment. Polling in the seat is taking place in three phases due to security concerns 2002 riots victim to get `50 lakh A file picture of Saravanan and his family | EXPRESS Five drown in vain bid to save 10-year-old boy S G U R U V A N M I K A N AT H A N @ Namakkal FIVE persons died in a vain attempt to rescuing a 10-year-old boy from drowning in Cauvery at Potthanur on Tuesday. While the fire personnel and the locals could retrieve five bodies, search was on for that of a seven-year-old girl. The deceased were identified as: Saravanan from Potthanur, wife Jothimani and their twin children Tharagesh (10) and Deepekesh (10); Jothimani’s friend Devisri and her child Ashvika (7), whose body was yet to be found. Sources said that a party of seven had gone for bathing in the river. Saravanan’s nephew Rohit (12) declined to take a dip and sat on the bank. Meanwhile, Tharagesh lost his balance and was washed away to the deeper parts of the river. Rohit saw the other six disappear in their attempt to rescue Tharagesh and alerted his relatives, but by that time all the six had drowned. Fire and Rescue personnel from Paramathy Velur recovered the bodies of Saravanan, Jothimani, Tharagesh, Deepekesh and Devisri after a four-hour-long struggle. The bodies were sent to government Paramathy Velur hospital for postmortem examination. cast their votes in 14 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Gujarat government to pay 2002 riot victim Bilkis Bano `50 lakh as compensation, a government job and housing in the area of her choice after observing that Bano has been living a nomadic life. A bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi directed the state government to abide by the order within Jaya Prada. The State witnessed about 61.5% turnout. ABOUT 66% voters exercised their Amidst reports of some violence franchise in the third phase of in which one person was killed, polling held in 117 Lok Sabha seats West Bengal witnessed higher across 13 states and two Union Ter- t u r n o u t o f n e a rl y 8 0 % i n ritories on Tuesday . constituencies. The third phase was imIn Odisha, where pollModi’s portant as it included the ing was held in six Lok roadshow whole of Gujarat and Kerunder lens Sabha and 42 Assembly ala and half of Karnataseats, the turnout was ka. BJP chief Amit Shah Ahead of casting around 64%. There were his vote in who replaced L K Advani some reports of malfuncAhmedabad, as the party nominee from tioning Electronic Voting Gandhinagar, was among Prime Minister Machines (EVM), but EC the 370 candidates vying Narendra Modi officials said that it was rode an open for the 26 Lok Sabha seats due to wrong matching, jeep, walked in Gujarat. All seats were which was cor rected won by the BJP in the last down the road immediately . election. The state wit- and even gave a Glitches in EVMs were short speech. nessed around 62.36% reported from a few places Following polling. in Uttar Pradesh, Kerala In Kerala, where Rahul and Bihar as well. All protests from Gandhi is contesting from the opposition were addressed immediWayanad, the turnout was over violation of ately the EC added. In all, , 76.82%. As many as 11 the model code, 0.57% ballot units, 0.58% died in different areas in the EC sought a control units and 2.24% Kerala on Tuesday but EC , VVPATs were replaced on report from officials attributed all of Tuesday . Gujarat poll them to natural causes. The turnout in Bihar, officials In Uttar Pradesh, 10 where voting took place in seats that went for polls would de- five seats, was about 60%. Mahacide the electoral fortunes of sev- rashtra averaged about 62% polleral biggies, including Samajwadi ing in 14 constituencies. Party patriarch Mulayam Singh, Anantnag in Jammu and Kashhis nephews Dharmendra Yadav mir recorded 12.86% of voter turnand Akshay Yadav, senior party out. The constituency will see pollleader Azam Khan and the BJP’s ing in three phases. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi two weeks. Bano had refused to accept `5 lakh compensation offered by the state government and sought an exemplary compensation in a plea to the apex court. The Gujarat government told the court it has taken action against the police officials involved in the case and blocked the pension of four retired officers as well as demoted a fifth officer, Deputy Com- missioner R S Bhagora, who is still serving. In March 2002, Bilkis Bano, then 21 years old and five-months pregnant, was gang-raped in Randhikpur village while fleeing the violence in the aftermath of the Godhra train burning in Gujarat. Her three children were killed by an anti-Muslim rioting mob. She survived only because the men left her for dead. Justice Bobde heads panel on chief justice E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DAYS after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, a threemember in-house committee headed by Justice S A Bobde, the second in seniority in the Supreme Court, was constituted on Tuesday . While Chief Justice Gogoi went by seniority in appointing Justice Bobde to lead the panel, it was the latter who took the call on the other two members - justices N V Ramana and Indira Banerjee. “I decided to have Justice Ramana in the panel as he is next to me in the seniority and Justice Banerjee as she is a woman judge,” Bobde said. The committee was formed based on an allegation by a sacked woman staffer at the CJI’s residence. She had sent sworn affidavits describing the nature of the harassment to all 22 judges of the Supreme Court. After forming the internal inquiry panel, Justice Bobde issued notice to the complainant. The first hearing is slated for Friday The . Supreme Court secretary general, too, has been asked to furnish documents. It was not clear at the time of going to Press if the panel was the SC’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) that is mandated under the Vishakha guidelines. For, ICC proceedings ought to be wrapped up within three months, but Justice Bobde said there was no timeframe to complete the probe. Also, no advocate will be allowed to represent the complainant and the respondent and the proceedings will be confidential.
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