MANGALURU TUESDAY MAY 14, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION MYSTERIOUS SABOTAGE ATTACK DAMAGES SAUDI OIL TANKERS U.S. SUSPECTS IRAN HAND IN THE INCIDENT Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates IRAN WARNS AGAINST ‘ADVENTURISM’ Saudi said one of the two vessels was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the US. The incident comes a day after the UAE said four commercial vessels of various nationalities were targeted off the coast of Fujairah, which is located close to the Strait of Hormuz. Earlier, the US had warned that sanctions-hit Iran might target commercial shipping in the area | P10 ■ ■ Tehran called for an investigation into the “alarming” attacks and warned against “adventurism” by foreign players The dramatic developments could further complicate the volatile situation in the region. The US has deployed a number of strategic B-52 bombers in response to alleged Iranian threats 20% OF OIL TRADED WORLDWIDE MOVES THROUGH THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ 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 Massive protests in J&K over minor’s rape Srinagar: The rape of a threeyear-old girl in Kashmir’s Bandipora district on May 8 has led to massive outrage in the Valley and people took out protests across Kashmir on Monday to denounce the incident and demanded stern punishment for the rapist. Ravi Pujari extradition process on Wednesday Bengaluru: The process of extradition of fugitive underworld don Ravi Pujari has reportedly begun in the Republic of Senegal, where a special court will hear India’s plea to extradite Pujari on May 15, sources on condition of anonymity told TNIE. Lookout for majority investor to anchor Jet Mumbai: SBI Capital Markets, the investment arm of State Bank of India that is handling the bid for the Jet Airways stake, is on the lookout for industrial houses and investors willing to pick up a majority stake in the beleaguered airline after the lone bidder, Eithad, insisted on remaining a minority stakeholder. Buy 114, we will sell no more: F-21 offer New Delhi: US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin says it will not sell its newly rolled out F-21 jet to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes, a move aimed at pitching itself ahead of its US, European and Russian competitors. ED QUESTIONS CHANDA KOCHHAR The ex-boss of ICICI Bank along with her husband Deepak were grilled for eight hours on Monday in connection with a bank loan fraud case | P11 In Kar-Nataka, Siddu is rallying point for Cong Day after JDS chief’s attack, ‘rival’ Parameshwara defends former chief minister Siddaramaiah E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru GIVEN the political discourse turning into chaos between coalition partners JDS and Congress on a daily basis, the Congress seems to be bracing for a showdown and Congress Legislature Party chief Siddaramaiah has become a rallying point. The state leadership of the Congress has shown signs of standing up for each other in a rare action not seen over the last one year. This comes a day after JDS state president H Vishwanath launched an attack on Siddaramaiah. In what could be the first sign of Congress closing its ranks, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara’s uncharacteristic defence of Siddaramaiah on Monday has come as a surprise to many . Parameshwara, who is often touted as Siddaramaiah’s rival within the party, vehemently defended Siddaramaiah after the latter came under sever criticism of State JDS president H Vishwanath. The growing clamour within the Congress for Siddaramaiah to become Chief Minister once again is the reason for the spat between the for mer and Vishwanath. Parameshwara even preached coalition dharma to the JDS. “He (Vishwa- nath) and Siddaramaiah may have personal rivalry but politically we are in a , coalition government and making such statements as the State chief of our ally against the coordination committee chief is not right. Such remarks should not be made in future either from our side or theirs. Such statements won’t help the coalition function healthily,” said Parameshwara. He added that Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda should take note of such incidents. While Vishwanath refused to withdraw his statements, the sharpest retaliation came from Siddaramaiah himself . Siddaramaiah openly declared that he was keeping quiet only for the sake of coalition despite JDS leaders taking P6 turns to attack him. Netas plumb new depths, poll issues lie by wayside CHINA STRIKES Raises tariffs on US goods worth $60bn EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE DAYS after the US announced steep tariff hikes on $300 billion worth of Chinese products, China hit back on Monday raising tariffs on more than 5,000 US products worth $60 billion. The new rates, which will kick in from June 1, range from 5% to 25%. Announcing the decision on Monday, Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing would not surrender to US pressure tactics in an apparent reference to US President Donald Trump’s warning that China “will be hurt badly” if it did not strike a deal with the US. Global markets tanked as the news spread, with London’s FTSE 100 down 0.5 per cent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.21 per cent, or 35.50 points. The Shenzhen Composite Index, ended 1.08 per cent lower, or 16.87 points. Back home, the BSE Sensex tanked 372 points. The latest development signals that the trade war between the world’s largest economies could be a protracted one. AS the Lok Sabha elections moved into the slog overs, its star campaigners raised their electioneering to a cacophonic pitch, hurling personal slurs and drowning out issues that matter. The BJP adopted the strategy of raising state-specific issues to attack leaders in opposition-ruled states. In Bathinda, Punjab, it was a shame game. “ Arrey naamdar, you should be ashamed,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi proclaimed, attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi for Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s “hua toh hua” remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. PM Modi chose to pick on this painful memory to rub it in. Rahul had admonished his mentor Pitroda publicly also touching upon , it at his rally in Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab. “What Sam Pitroda said about 1984 is absolutely wrong and he should be ashamed and apologise publicly In this avalanche of accu.” sations, Pitroda’s apology last week appears to be all but forgotten. In Uttar Pradesh, the Alwar gang rape turned up the temperature. Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati went ballistic, stung by PM Modi’s “crocodile tears” allegation. “PM Modi, in his election rallies here, did dramebaazi of his love for Dalits... How can he respect others’ sisters and wives when he has left his own wife for political gain? It is my special appeal to women not to vote for a person like him.” To which Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted: “Behan Mayawati She is firm on becoming a Prime Minister. Her governance, ethics and discourse stoops to an all-time low. Her personal attack today on the Prime Minister exposes her as unfit for public life.” There were more troughs being plumbed in Bengal, where Amit Shah took on the Mamata Banerjee government, saying it had reduced “Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal)” to “Kangal Bangla (Beggar Bengal)”. In return, he was called a “fathead” by Mamata, and “puke-worthy” by senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien, tweeting on the hashtag #LowLife. “He (Amit Shah) is a fat-head. Half-literate. All they know is how to start a riot... I’m willing to lay down my life, but there will no riot under my watch,” declared Mamata. Parents to pay 20 pc extra for state textbooks We asked for it, says Infosys Foundation on FCRA regn issue 4 high courts to get new chief justices EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday said that it had cancelled the registration of Bengaluru-based NGO Infosys Foundation, based on a request made by the Foundation for the same. “The Foundation was registered under the FCRA Act in January 2016. In May 2016, the Government amended the FCRA Act in the Finance Bill with retrospective effect from 2010 as a result of which Foundation no longer fell under the purview of the FCRA Act. The Foundation thereafter applied for its deregistration from FCRA with an additional request to cancel the FCRA registration in June 2016, and received acknowledgement from the FCRA wing in the same month,” a statement from the Foundation said. All NGOs are required to be registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), to receive foreign funding. Associations which do not receive foreign contributions during a particular year are also required to furnish a “nil” return for that financial year within the allotted time, FCRA guidelines state. Last year, the MHA had served a showcause notice to the Foundation along with at least 1,700 others for failing to submit annual income and expenditure statements on foreign funding for up to six years despite repeatP6 ed reminders. @ New Delhi P E A R L M A R I A D ’ S O U Z A @ Bengaluru THE Supreme Court collegium has recommended the elevation of four judges as Chief Justices of the High Courts of D e l h i , M a d hya P r a d e s h , Himachal Pradesh and Telangana. A three-member collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi recommended Justice D N Patel’s appointment as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court because of incumbent Chief Justice Rajendra Menon is set to retire shortly . Similarly, the collegium has recommended the promotions of justices A A Kureshi, V Ramasubramanian and R S Chauhan as chief justices of high courts of Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana, respectively . Besides them, the collegium also recommended the names of two advocates, Vishal Dhagat and Vishal Mishra, for appointment as judges at the Madhya Pradesh High Court. IN a shocker, the education department has implemented a hike in the price of textbooks distributed by the Karnataka Textbook Society. The hike, at 20 per cent, will mean that parents will shell out almost Rs. 100 extra for a set of textbooks. Confused by rates quoted, schools approached the Department of Education for clarification on Monday. They are now demanding a roll back or an explanation as to the rationale behind the move. If the price is not revised downwards, they will have no option but to pass on the burden to the parents, they said. “The department had shared a price list online in December and orders were placed. The final invoice had different prices,” said D Shashi Kumar, General Secretary Associated Management of Pri, mary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) At present, schools have decided to make the payment for the books, said Satyanarayan, Principal of Presidency International English Primary School and Lal Bahadur Shastry Memorial Kannada School in Magadi Road. “Parents who were informed through voice messages about the last minute changes have already raised objections. However, speaking to The New Indian Express, HN Gopalkrishna, DSERT, said “Price revision is an annual exercise. The 20 percent increase is only for a few books. STUMPED Shortage of cow hide leaves ball industry sick AYA N TA N C H O W D H U R Y @ New Delhi WITH cricket in the air and the World Cup approaching, one expected the sports good manufacturing industry of Meerut to be in a happy frame of mind. Big events usually lead to a rise in demand. Not this time. Manufacturers of these goods say the last few years have been difficiult, following the introduction of GST and related complications. Those in the business of making cricket balls are facing an additional problem. The leather used comes mainly from cow hide, which has become tougher to procure in the last few years due to the clampdown on slaughter of cattle. Many units in Uttar Pradesh have shut down, forcing the ball manufacturers to buy The best of cricket balls are made using cow hide, which has become difficult to find Why not buffalo Buffalo hide is not the best for this because of lack of colour retention and waterproofing issues. It may make the balls harder. leather from other states. From small scale operators to established companies like BDM, al- most everyone associated with this trade in Meerut are facing the same problem. “We are importing leather from Switzerland to make cricket balls, which is naturally affecting the costing,” says Rakesh Mahajan, the owner of BDM, which has been in this industry for decades. With established companies finding it difficult, smaller businessmen are faring worse. Fear arising out of incidents stemming from cow slaughter is acting as a deterrent. “This is not a safe profession. You feel you are in danger when you are dealing in something that’s made using the skin of cows,” says a manufacturer of cricket balls. They say that buffalo hide is not ideal for this purpose because of certain properties. Banners put up to shame MLAs and MPs over the prevailing water crisis in Mangaluru Banners put up to shame netas for city’s water crisis EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Mangaluru RESIDENTS were presented with an unusual sight on Monday as banners “shaming” public representatives for the drinking water crisis they are facing surfaced at several vantage points in the city . The banners held former chief ministers M Veerappa Moily and Sadananda Gowda and sitting MP and MLAs of Dakshina Kannada responsible for the plight of residents due to water scarcity . The banners were put up at Kankanady, Pumpwell, Hampankatte, Kottara Chowki and other areas before being apparently removed by the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC). The banners were put up a day after the MCC announced a revised water rationing system according to which households will get just three days of water a week. A message on one of the banners reads, “People of Dakshina Kannada did not elect you to chill out in your `40 lakh-worth cars. People are facing water shortage even to wash their butts. All MLAs must hold indefinite strike at Vidhana Sabha to stop controversial Yettinahole project, if not resign and hold indefinite fast.” The MCC was also warned not to remove these banners till they have removed all illegal hoardings and flexes put up in the city . It threatened of countering those who remove the banners with P4 slippers. Poor demand pulls down auto sales to 8-yr low EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi MULTIPLE factors including uncertainty around election results, high insurance costs and the liquidity crunch in the economy pulled down passenger vehicle (PV) sales for the month of April to an eight-year low. According to data re- leased by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers on Monday, domestic PV sales declined 17.07 per cent to 2,47,541 units in April from 2,98,504 units in the same period a year ago. Within the PVs, sale for passenger cars, utility vehicle and vans dropped 19.93 per cent, 6.67 per cent and 30.11 per cent, respectively . Vishnu Mathur, director-general of Siam, said OEMs undertook inventory correction in view of the poor demand. He added the sentiment in the market is not good and consumers seem to have delayed their discretionary purchases till the elections are over. Not just PVs, twowheeler and commercial vehicle sales also witnessed fall decline in April. Two-wheeler sales dropped 16.36 per cent to 16,38,388 units compared with 19,58,761 units a year ago.
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