CHENNAI FRIDAY MAY 10, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 50 LATE CITY EDITION EXPECT INDIA TO LET U.S. AIRLINES DO THEIR OWN GROUND HANDLING Move after negotiations between Indian and US officials during US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s recent visit U.S. HAD THREATENED TO TARGET AIR INDIA WHAT THE AVIATION POLICY SAYS In the run-up to Ross’s visit, the US had threatened to take reciprocal action against India’s airlines flying to the US. The threat was specifically targeted at Air India, the only Indian carrier that operates direct flights to Washington, New York, Chicago and San Francisco. The other Indian airline with flying rights to the US, Jet Airways, has stopped operations ■ ■ The issue first surfaced after India barred all foreign carriers from carrying out ground handling on their own at Indian airports as part of the aviation policy in 2016, say reports U.S. protested saying it has a pact with India to let American carriers carry out ground handling on their own | P15 UNITED THE ONLY U.S. CARRIER FLYING TO INDIA. DELTA PLANS TO START IN DEC 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 25K Kerala Police postal ballots rigged for CPM? The jury is out Cut power supply to hosp flouting norms: HC | P3 School won’t take our kids: Kannagi Nagar parents | P3 KPA rejects allegations New format to record candidates’ expenditure| P9 Mixed reaction to Modi’s allegation against Rajiv | P11 EXPRESS READ More central forces for WB The Centre will send over 71,000 security personnel to ensure violencefree polls in West Bengal’s Tamluk, Kanthi, Gathal, Medinipur, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and Bishnupur constituencies SC to hear Ayodhya case today The SC will hear on Friday the Ayodhya’s Ram JanmabhoomiBabri Masjid land dispute case, which was referred to mediation for an amicable settlement | P12 WITH THIS ISSUE CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 50 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) MONKEY FALLS A monkey jumps across Agasthiyar Falls at Papanasam in Tirunelveli on Thursday | V KARTHIKALAGU Collegium repeats names spiked by the govt for SC Two others recommended; one could go on to be second Dalit CJI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court collegium on Thursday sent two new names to the Centre for elevation as judges of the apex court and reiterated its recommendation for elevating two other judges, which was sent back to them for reconsideration early this week. Among the new recommendations is the candidature of Bombay High Court judge B R Gavai, a Dalit. If cleared, he will be in line to sworn in as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on May 13, 2025, almost 15 years after Justice K G Balakrishnan demitted office as India’s first Dalit CJI. Significantly Justice Gavai , had contradicted allegations International gang? 2 Bulgarians held with cloned cards E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IN what could be the tip of the iceberg of an international racket, two Bulgarians staying in different hotels in the city have been arrested and as many as 50 cloned debit and credit cards and skimmer devices have been seized from them. While both were found to be friends on Facebook, police said it was yet to be ascertained how they coordinated with each other. Police said the investigations began on Wednesday when they got an alert from a hotel at Semmanchery that staff had found a bunch of cloned debit and credit cards in the room where one Lion Markova (52) said to be a Yoga instructor, was staying. A police team raided the hotel room and seized as many as 50 cloned debit and credit cards, `10 lakh in cash and `3 Not the lakh worth foreign currencies, skimfirst case mer devices and a laptop. Police said of its kind Markova was not present when they raided the room. He was arrested on It may be Thursday . recalled that Meanwhile, the police said they got last November a tip-off from another hotel at Semtwo Romanians manchery that a customer was using — George Sorici credit cards that had no details print(37) and ed on them. In fake debit cards the Nicolai stolen data is fed in the magnetic Ciumpileac strip and the printing of details is (35) — were done later. Since the hotel staff susarrested in pected the card could be a cloned one, Madipakkam in they had alerted the police. the city in a A police team on Thursday arrestsimilar case. ed one Peter Velikov (50) who was said to have been in possession of cloned cards. “He said he was working as a taxi driver and came on a tourist visa to India on April 3,” said a police officer investigating the case. Markova is believed to have come to Chennai on April 24. “They had also used the cards to withdraw money from ATMs,” said the investigation officer. Investigations are on to find how they had made the cards, if they had any cases against them and if they belonged to any international gang. The duo were handed over to the bank fraud prevention wing of the Central Crime Branch for further investigation. Surya Kanth BR Gavai of foul play in the controversial death of CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, in which BJP president Amit Shah was among the accused. While Gavai is at number 8 on the seniority list of high court judges, the Supreme Court has not had a Dalit judge in a decade, the collegium pointed out. The other new name is that of Justice Surya Kant, Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court. He, too, will be in line to become CJI after Justice Gavai, if elevated now. On the two names rejected by the Centre a few days ago — justices Aniruddha Bose and A S Bopanna — the collegium in its latest resolution said nothing adverse was found regarding their competence, conduct or integrity . The government had returned their names citing seniority and representation of regions as the reasons. While Justice Bose whose parent high court is Calcutta, is at number 12 in all-India seniority of judges, Justice Bopanna, whose parent high court is Karnataka and is the Gauhati High Court Chief Justice, is at number 36. KPA general secretary P G Anilkumar said the accused policemen were working in the Indian Reserve battalion where the Association units are not functioning. “We haven’t deputed anyone to collect the ballot papers,” he said EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram IN a major setback to the CPM-led government in Kerala, state police chief Loknath Behera on Thursday ordered a Crime Branch probe into the raging postal ballot controversy, where the Left-leaning Kerala Police Association (KPA) allegedly collected ballots en masse to use them in favour of the ruling party . There are nearly 25,000 police postal ballots in the state, with each parliamentary constituency having a little more than 1,000 postal votes for policemen. This is the second major scandal involving the CPM, which is already under scrutiny after its workers were caught on camera casting bogus votes in the Kasargod LS constituency . Behera issued the directive to Intelligence ADGP T K Vinod Kumar, who additionally handles the charge of the Crime Branch. He has been asked to register a case before starting the investigation. The Crime Branch inquiry follows a preliminary report submitted by Behera to Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena on Wednesday placing , COUNT VVPAT SLIPS, NOT VOTES IN 44 BOOTHS: ECI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai EVM shifting: ‘No info from EC’ Congress and AMMK candidates contesting in Theni constituency denied being told that EVMs were being shifted. THE Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered that votes polled in EVMs should not be counted in 44 polling booths in the State, instead, only VVPAT voteslips should be taken into account while counting the polled votes. The decision was taken by the ECI in the backdrop of the revelations that the presiding officers in 47 polling booths failed to clear the votes polled during the mock polls conducted an hour ahead of polling in elections to the 38 Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly seats on April 18. Sources said the scrutinisation of records revealed that VVPAT vote slips deposited during mock polls, had been cleared in 44 booths and matched with the records maintained by the returning officer and poll observers, with respect to the total number of votes polled in each booth. “In two booths in Theni and one in Erode, voters’ record has not matched records captured both in EVMs and VVPATs. In addition to 10 booths for which repoll is already recommended, three booths will face repoll on May 19,” Sahoo said on Thursday P7 . the blame squarely on KPA office bearers. Earlier, a voice clip of a policeman, who was deployed for security duty at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, had emerged in which he was heard speaking about the plans to garner postal votes from policemen. It is suspected that the collected ballots were later polled by cops belonging to the KPA. The CEO directed the DGP to initiate action before May 15 and file a report. Sources said action may be initiated against five policemen. One of the suspecs was earlier part of CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s security detail. Last chance to clear your arrears: AU B I N I TA J A I S W A L @ Chennai ANNA University has decided to give one last chance to students, who have exhausted the maximum number of opportunities to clear their arrears, to complete the course, varsity Vice-Chancellor MK Surappa has said. The university, on Thursday decided to conduct a spe, cial examination in November or December for these students with arrears to help them clear their arrears and get the degree. Along with students of undergraduate courses, post-graduate students will also be eligible for FULL STORY: P3 the exams.
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