PTI MANGALURU SATURDAY MAY 11, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION IAF JETS FORCE ‘INTRUDER’ FROM PAK AIRSPACE TO LAND IN JAIPUR Indian Air Force fighter jets intercepted a Georgian aircraft on Friday after it deviated from authorised flight path SUKHOI FIGHTER JETS INTERCEPT CARGO PLANE WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED IN THE AIR “The aircraft entered Indian air space from an unscheduled point in North Gujarat at 3.15 pm. It was successfully intercepted by highly alert IAF Air Defence aircraft and was forced to land at Jaipur airfield,” said an IAF statement. The IAF scrambled two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to intercept the cargo plane after radars detected the suspicious aircraft ■ ■ The plane took off from Georgian capital Tbilisi and landed in Karachi before its onward journey for Delhi. It was neither following authorised flight path nor responding to radio calls As the air routes in the area were closed due to geopolitical situation, the Air Defence interceptor swung into action 27,000 ft THE HEIGHT AT WHICH THE AIRCRAFT WAS FLYING WHEN INTERCEPTED 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 EXPRESS READ Will hang myself if guilty, says Gambhir New Delhi: BJP East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Gautam Gambhir on Friday said he will hang himself if CM Arvind Kejriwal could prove he was behind the distribution of derogatory pamphlets against AAP candidate Atishi. Oka sworn in as Chief Justice of K’taka HC Bengaluru: Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka on Friday took oath as the chief justice of Karnataka High Court. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered oath to Justice Oka who had previously served as a judge in the Bombay HC. Etihad has bid for Jet Airways, says SBI Caps EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai UAE-based Etihad has emerged as the sole bidder for Jet Airways as bidding for lenders’ stake came to a close on Friday Lenders led . by State Bank of India had put together a resolution process according to which the majority equity stake picked up by the banks would be sold to a strategic player. Etihad’s name is interesting as the airline was in the past non-committal on infusion of fresh equity when the airline was trying to stave off a default and stay operational. The Abu Dhabi carrier also confirmed its conditional bid for a minority stake in Jet on Friday . “Etihad re-emphasises that it cannot be expected to be the sole investor, and that amongst other requirements, additional suitable investors would need to provide the majority of Jet Airways’ required recapitalisation,” Etihad stated. Earlier, SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar said two unsolicited bids were received and that they were hopeful of getting one binding bid. “Few unsolicited offers have also been received which the lenders may deliberate upon subsequently,” SBI Capital Markets said. Sanjay Dutt Is new face of campaign against drug addiction The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is likely to launch the campaign on June 26 Trade war heat on India as Trump takes China head on Big win for state as SC, ST quota in promotion okayed 3,799 employees will be reinstated in posts they held before 2017 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru ENDING all speculation and delays over restoring posts of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe state government employees who were demoted in 2017, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of consequential seniority Act on Friday With this . 3,799 state government employees belonging to SC and ST communities will be reinstated in posts they held before the court’s 2017 judgment scrapping reservation-based promotions, came. Their original cadre and pay scale will also be restored with retrospective effect from the date of their demotion with all financial benefits. The order will directly and indirectly impact 45,000 employees of the state government. “There is merit in the submission of the State of Karnataka that progression in a cadre based on promotion cannot be treated as the acquisition of creamy layer status,” the Supreme Court bench of Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit said. The court noted that challenge to the constitutional validity of the Reservation Act, 2018 lacks substance and that the state had cured the deficiency which was noticed in the judgment of the B K Pavitra case in 2017. “The constitutional validity of the Reservation Act 2018 has been upheld,” the court ordered. With this order, the SC has cleared the path for the state government to implement the Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation (to the Posts in the Civil Services of the State) Act, 2018. State government employees from two communities have been demanding implementation of the consequential seniority Act for over a year now. With its verdict, the SC has left that State with no more excuses to delay its implementation. Officials in the Social Welfare Department insist that a new seniority list will be drawn up soon to ensure restoration and review of reservation-based promotions. THE scorching summer has not just resulted in water scarcity in the coastal city but has , also resulted in blood shortage. As colleges — where most of the blood donation camps are conducted — have closed on account of summer vacation and with Ramadan fasting commencing, the number of people coming forward to donate blood has come down sharply in Mangaluru city . Sources said while the city’s daily requirement of blood is around 300-400 units, the inflow is not even half of it. The blood bank of KMC Hospital near Jyothi Circle is receiving just 3-5 units of blood per day in place of 10-40 that it was receiving last month. On the other hand, the demand for blood has gone up as people prefer to get elective surgeries done during vacation and before the onset of the monsoon. A major source of blood are college students and youths belonging to various associations. J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kalaburagi SOCIAL Welfare minister Priyank Kharge on Friday said the Supreme Court order upholding the Kar nataka gover nment’s ordinance on consequential promotion for Scheduled Caste and The blood banks, however, are managing with the buffer stock which they created in anticipation of such a situation. Edward Vas, Technical Supervisor, Indian Red Cross Blood Bank, says the short supply of blood is common during every summer vacation and hence they prepared for it in March itself by stocking more blood. Sources in various blood banks said that the situation has not yet turned grave as people are able to find blood as the city is home to 13 such facilities. “A month ago, people used to get blood of common groups in any blood bank. Now, they have to scout for it. However, the online data and network of blood banks have made the search easy Vas said. ,” Sources said apart from negative groups, there is a shortage of A+ve and AB+ve blood groups in the city However, Vas . expects the situation to improve in the coming weeks with the opening of colleges and launch of blood camps by NSS, NCC and other organisations. US President Donald Trump on Friday walked the talk by slapping 25% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, days after he threatened to do so. Beijing’s reaction was surprisingly muted as it ‘regretted’ the US decision and said it would be forced to retaliate. The move, which is bound to escalate the trade war between the world’s largest economies, came even as a Chinese delegation was in Washington to broker peace with the US. As the new tariffs kick in with immediate effect, it will be 150% more expensive for American firms to bring Chinese goods into the country. This is the biggest hike after the US imposed a 10% tariff on Chinese products last year. India could be next in the line for US’s strong arm tactics in resolving trade disputes and may face greater Chinese com- US-CHINA TRADE TALKS STILL ON Washington: Trade talks between the United States and China entered a second day on Friday, hours after Washington more than doubled import duties on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese merchandise. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He waved to the news media as he was greeted by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Huge relief for govt staff: Priyank Mangaluru sees blood shortage this summer V I N C E N T D ’ S O U Z A @ Mangaluru The Act, passed during Siddaramaiah’s tenure as CM, sought to protect the promotions given to SC and ST employees on the basis of reservation as a matter of ‘one-time catch-up’ policy While the legal . battle stalled restoring of posts to SC, ST employees, the reluctance of the state government to initiate a process despite a ‘no objection’ from the Supreme Court had left thousands of the employees in the lurch. “The order should be deemed as the final closure since the Supreme Court has clarified that it isn’t a matter that needs to be pursued further. There should not be any scope for doubts now,” said Social Welfare minister Priyank P6 Kharge. President Donald Trump has accused China of backsliding on core components of a potential trade agreement after months of negotiations, an allegation Beijing rejects Scheduled Tribes has come as a huge relief to those employed in government organisations. Speaking to the media in Chincholi, the minister said, “The coalition government is for the welfare of all castes and communities. We have framed and implemente d m a n y we l f a r e p r o grammes targeted at differe n t c o m m u n i t i e s. T h e government will work with renewed enthusiasm for the benefit of the state and its people, especially the deprived class”. Distress signals as manufacturing slips EXPRESS NEWS SERVIVE @ New Delhi INDIA’S factory output entered the negative territory in March contracting by 0.1% and hitting a 23-month low, mainly on account of persistent weakness in the manufac- turing sector signalling considerable slowdown in consumption. According to data released by the Central Statistics Office on Friday manufacturing out, put, which constitutes 77.6% of the Index of Industrial Production, contracted by 0.4%in HUA TOH HUA: Pitroda Bumbles, Rahul Asks Him To Apologise EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THREE words are haunting the Congress: hua toh hua. Congress leader Sam Pitroda couldn’t have timed it worse -- 35 years after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, his remark brought the bogey alive just before Delhi votes on May 12, and Punjab goes to polls on May 19. Pitroda may have tried to explain away the remark, and even apologised for it on Friday but the damage may have , been done, and could cost the Congress dear in both Delhi and Punjab. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of the BJP led the charge, with the PM making “hua toh hua” the leitmotif of his rally speech. He held up Pitroda as a example of the “arrogance of the Congress”, as the campaign for Delhi took on a bitter edge. The BJP even called for the police to file a case against the Don’t appreciate this nonsense: Rahul Indian Overseas Congress chief. The Congress rushed to distance itself from Pitroda’s remark, issuing a statement that it was not the opinion of the party . Pitroda on Friday apologised for his comment, claiming that it had been “misrepresented and blown out of proportion”. He said his Hindi isn’t too good, and he had meant “jo hua woh bura hua”. “What I meant was move on. We have other issues to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday termed Sam Pitroda’s remarks as being “absolutely and completely out of line” and asked him to apologise. “I think 1984 was a tragedy. It caused tremendous pain to the people... I will personally speak to him and tell him that I don’t appreciate this type of nonsense,” Gandhi told The Print in Chandigarh. Rahul said that former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his mother Sonia Gandhi had apologised for the riots. discuss as to what the BJP government did and what it delivered... I apologise,” Pitroda reportedly said. Pitroda, known to be Rahul Gandhi’s mentor, almost walked into a trap when asked by news agency ANI for his response to the BJP’s claim that “instructions to kill” came from the PMO in 1984. BUYING MADE EASY Aam aadmi app: Open, click, get farm-fresh mangoes home-delivered A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @Bengaluru WHO can resist sinking their teeth into juicy, pulpy mangoes! But for those who may fret about stepping out in the hot sun to make the buy, you will soon be able to place an order for your choice of variety from your phone and have it delivered home just like the food from your favourite restaurant. The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd is developing a mobile application wherein one can order mangoes directly from farmers which will be delivered just like any other app-based delivery system. Consumer can pick from either unripe or ripened mangoes of about 12 varieties including Badami, Alphonso, Neelum, Dashehari, Mallika, Sendhura, Benishan, Baganpalli and others. But the minimum order should be for 3 kg. They can also write to the Corporation for their favourite variety of The corporation is also planning to conduct mini Mango Melas at IT parks, big apartment complexes and other places through mobile outlets | EXPRESS petition in its traditional foreign markets. With the US market partially shutting down for China, experts believe India’s northern neighbour will now try and compensate by selling more in other markets such as India. This could impact not only Indian exports but also Indian manufacturers selling in the domestic market. American Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had dropped hints of US’s hardening stance during his India visit earlier this week when his team called for lowering of duties on a host items including automobiles, motorcycles, alcoholic beverages and mobile phones. Ross also sought an end to data localisation rules for e-retailers like Amazon and exclusion of US airlines from ground handling. “India has already conceded on many issues but we except tough bargaining by the US on duty cuts,” said a commerce ministry official. mango which is not on the list and that too will be delivered. And for those who would like to try their hand themselves, the corporation is organising mango picking tourism from May 19 where people can register online by paying `100 for transportation. They will be taken to mango orchards in Ramanagara and Tumkur where they can pick fresh mangoes and pay the farmers directly . Speaking to The New Indian Express, Corporation Managing Director Nagaraj said the mobile application-based mango sale will be available to the public soon. “We are planning to tie up with app-based delivery services similar to existing food delivery apps. People can choose their favourite variety, give their address and the fruit will be delivered directly from farmers. This is a first of its kind initiative and will also help the growers get remunerative prices,’’ he P6 claimed. March while mining and electricity output grew 0.8% and 2.2%, respectively In the year. ago-period, mining had grown by 3.1% and electricity by 5.9%. Capital goods output shrank by 8.7% in March 2019 as against a 3.1% contraction in the same month last year. WAIT CONTINUES Court reserves order on Rafale verdict review EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Friday reserved its verdict on petitions seeking a review its December 15 judgment dismissing all petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the `58,000-crore deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from petitioners as well as the Centre for over two hours. The petitioners include former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and senior advocate Prashant Bhushan. During his hour-long argument, Bhushan told the bench that the government had suppressed various crucial facts related to the purchase of the fighter jets, including a detailed dissent note submitted by the three pricing experts of the MoD, who were a part of the seven-member Indian negotiation team. “Standard clauses that are required to be part of defence deals were dropped for the Rafale deal after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security For this fact . alone, the deal should be reviewed,” Bhushan said. Arun Shourie said, “The court placed trust in the government and the government abused that trust. If CAG can see all documents, the court can also go through them. Each of the errors in the judgment can be traced into the false submissions of central government.”
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