CHENNAI SATURDAY MAY 11, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE 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 India under pressure after US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that New Delhi must lower duties on a range of products to help American biz Trade war heat on India as US walks China tariff talk J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y @ New Delhi IT’S A POISON PILL FOR U.S. FIRMS Tariffs are taxes paid by US firms that import Chinese goods. When tariffs go up, these companies will have to either take the hit or pass on the burden to consumers. Both scenarios will result in loss of business for the US firms The tariff revenue collected by the US is insufficient to compensate for the losses suffered by businesses and consumers, says a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Princeton University and Columbia University China is the biggest buyer of US soybeans. Beijing has already slapped a 25% duty on them. It could raise it further | P15 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 companies to bring Chinese goods into the country. This is the biggest hike after the US imposed a 10 per cent 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 competition in its traditional foreign markets. Distress signals as manufacturing slips to 2-yr low 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 eretailers 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. India is willing to offer some concession but not everything the US wants, the official added. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi INDIA’S factory output entered the negative territory in March contracting by 0.1 per cent and hitting a 23-month low, mainly on account of persistent weakness in the manufacturing sector signalling considerable slowdown in consumption. According to data released by the Central Statistics Office on Friday, manufacturing output, which constitutes 77.63 per cent of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), contracted by 0.4 per cent in March while mining and electricity output grew 0.8 per cent and 2.2 per cent, respectively . In the year-ago-period, mining had grown by 3.1 per cent and electricity by 5.9 per cent. For full year (2018-19), factory output stood at 3.6 per cent, lower than 4.4 per cent growth recorded in the previous financial year. Not Jet-set-go yet as Etihad makes surprise bid 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. P17 Are unsolicited bids kosher? Investment bankers have to look into the legality of accepting unsolicited bids as it may lead to legal cases in future, according to sources close to the development Army probe into alleged proxy voting in Ladakh F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar OFF TO HYDERABAD CSK’s Harbhajan Singh (R) celebrates the fall of a DC wicket on Friday | PTI | P18 Chennai Super Kings’ clinical bowlers restricted Delhi Capitals to just 147/9 in IPL Qualifier 2, and their batsmen helped them coast to a comfortable six-wicket win. It was CSK’s spinners who muzzled DC. Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja took five wickets among themselves, conceding only 82. A letter by a poll officer in J&K’s Leh to the army following allegations of ‘postal vote fixing’ prompted it to order a probe led by an officer in the rank of Major General. “It has been alleged that there are malpractices on part of various Commanding Officers of the Indian Army in the electronic postal ballot system. It is alleged that the Commanding Officers are telephonically asking soldiers for their voting preference, rather than supplying to them the ballot paper for casting their votes,” Anvy Lavasa, the district election officer in Leh, said in the letter. If true, the officers could attract strict legal action as the practice negates the secrecy factor of voting, she warned. Two Independent candidates, Sajjad Hussain and Asgar Ali Karbalai, had filed the complaints based on what they learnt from some soldiers of Ladakh Scouts. 2019 Army’s public relations officer at Srinagar, Lt Col Rajesh Kalia said: “Preliminary investigations indicate that the complaints are unfounded and appear to have been made to tarnish the image of the army .” However, in depth investigation is on to ascertain the details, he said, adding: “The Army remains apolitical.” LOK SABHA ELECTION CHILD MARRIAGE Major scuffle after minor rescue in Dharmapuri E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Dharmapuri CHILDLINE staff involved in the rescue of a 15-year-old child marriage victim of Pavalanthur village in Pennagaram were assaulted by the girl’s family, who then took the girl and fled. Police are on the lookout for the attackers and have mounted a search. The attack comes a week after ChildLine officials managed to stop the wedding arranged for the girl and counselled the parents to hold it off till she turns 18. Last week, the officials were informed of the child marriage af- ter a complaint was registered through the district helpline 1077. Staff immediately rushed to Pavalanthur village and put an end to the arrangement. The child’s parents were counselled. They then signed an affidavit, assuring that they would not get their daughter married before legal age. When word of the family violating their agreement with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) reached ChildLine on Friday, officials Saroja and Vaigaishwari contacted Pennagaram police for help. They along with police per, sonnel, rescued the girl. As per procedure, they were escorting her to CWC when they were attacked by a group of over 20 men at Adhiyamankottai. After assaulting, the men reportedly took the girl away The staff, who . had sustained minor injuries, contacted ChildLine Project Director Shine Thomas for help. According to Shine Thomas, girl’s father Sivalingam — a daily wage labourer — and his family members were involved. The attackers had reportedly threatened to kill the staff if they interfered in their family affairs in future. Express was the first to inform Superintendent of Police Rajan of the incident; he then sent out an alert to trace the whereabouts of the missing girl and ordered the arrest of the girl’s father and his kin. He assured that efforts would be made to apprehend the attackers. When located, the girl will be handed over to CWC and cases of child marriage, assault and abduction would be filed, he added. A case has been filed in Adhiyamkottai police station. COURT RESERVES ORDER ON RAFALE VERDICT REVIEW E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Friday reserved its verdict on petitions asking it to review its December 15 judgment that dismissed all petitions seeking investigation into alleged irregularities in the `58,000 crore deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets. In his hour-long argument before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, petitioner Prashant Bhushan said the government had suppressed crucial facts, including a detailed dissent note submitted by three pricing experts of the ministry of defence, who were part of the seven-member Indian Negotiation Team. “Standard clauses that are required to be part of defence deals were dropped after a Parallel meeting of the Cabinet Committee on PMO talks Security,” Bhushan said. Arun Shourie, another petitioner, Prashant Bhushan also said: “If CAG can see all documents, referred to the court can also go through them. documents on Each error in the judgment can be parallel traced into the false submissions of negotiations the Centre. All errors are deliberate.” Attorney General K K Venugopal, by the PMO and said three appearing for Centre, said the matter members of pertained to defence deals and not to the Indian the award of contract for construction Negotiation of flyovers or dams. “Will this court sit Team had on the computation of prices? And objected to it what happens thereafter? Will this court then fix the prices of aircraft?” Rafale, he said, “wasn’t being procured for ornamentation. It is for national security for protection of each , one of us... No other court in the world will examine a defence deal on these kind of arguments.” AYODHYA PANEL GETS EXTRA TIME New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday accepted a request by a three-member committee exploring mediation to resolve the knotty Ayodhya land tangle, to give it time till August 15, as the panel was optimistic of the outcome. A Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said, “We have received report from chairman of the mediation committee on May 7, they sought extension of time we are inclined for it. We won’t disclose progress made by committee at this stage, let it remain confidential. The ENS mediation panel is optimistic.” TN DIGEST Rain respite likely for parched State Chennai: Light to moderate showers may occur in parts of Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Namakkal, Theni, Dindigul, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli districts on Saturday, according to Met forecast | P5 TN’s first step towards local body polls EXPRESS NEWS S E R V I C E @ Chennai AFTER a three year-delay, the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission has initiated the first step for conducting local body elections in the State, issuing a gazette notification for preparing the electoral rolls and setting up polling stations. The last local body election in the State was conducted in October 2011 and the polls were due in October 2016. The State election commission’s move to conduct the polls in October 2016 were stalled by the Madras HC after the DMK filed a petition pointing out the discrepancies in providing reservation. Followed by this, the govt appointed special officers to manage the local bodies and their tenure has been extended five times. After the Court order, the State constituted the delimitation commission to delimit the local bodies earmarking the reservation based on the 2011 census. The commission recently submitted its P8 recommendations.
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