CHENNAI WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2019 `4.00 PAGES 14 VELLORE EDITION POMPEO VISIT STARTS TODAY, TERROR, H-1B, IRAN IN FOCUS In the first high-level visit to India after the LS polls, the US Secretary of State will meet the foreign minister and the PM NO STRUCTURED AGENDA FOR TALKS CLARIFICATION LIKELY ON CAP ON H-1B VISA On Wednesday, Michael Pompeo will have a working lunch with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. While there is no hard agenda for the talks, the entire spectrum of the relationship between the two countries will be on the table. “We will be meeting with a positive attitude,” said Jaishankar, adding that issues related to trade will certainly be discussed ■ ■ ■ Diplomatic sources say the issue of cross-border terrorism will be “very high” on the minds of the two ministers Pompeo is likely to assure India the US has no plans to impose a cap on issuing the highly sought-after H-1B visas He is also likely to push India to increase oil purchases from the US Modi-Trump THE TWO LEADERS WILL MEET AT THE G-20 SUMMIT IN JAPAN ON JUNE 28-29 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 TN WON’T GET FULL CAUVERY SHARE? E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Cauvery water seen reduced to a trickle at the Kallanai lower anaicut on Tuesday, despite an order to Karnataka to release TN’s share | MK ASHOK KUMAR MAMATA FIAT TMC leader returns bribe to 141 rural job seekers A strike on strikes to put auto on top gear Auto component makers moved to public utility list in bid to quell protests; experts warn of legal logjam E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai DAYS after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered her partymen to return any bribes they may have taken from the public, a local TMC leader on Tuesday returned money he had extracted from job seekers. TMC’s booth president at Chatra in Birbhum district Trilochan Mukherjee returned `1,641 each to 141 villagers who sought jobs under the MGNREGA scheme. This is the first such ‘refund’ of the ‘cut money’ (commission) collected from beneficiaries of the government’s welfare schemes. “I took the money to carry out the party’s activities in the area. Since the CM asked us to refund the money, I returned the m o n e y, ” s a i d Mukherjee. Corrupt TMC leaders have come under pressure after Mamata asked police to act against leaders and elected representatives if there are complaints against them. Gyanwant Singh, ADG (law and order) said FIRs would be lodged under IPC Section 409, which deals with criminal breach of trust by public servants. This is a non-bailable offence. District magistrates have been asked to fix a day every week to hear common people’s grievances on ‘cut money’ or any other issues. Sources said the grievances would be heard every Monday . IN a blow to labour movements in manufacturing industries, the State government on Tuesday passed an order bringing auto component manufacturers under the list of ‘public utility’ services, for a period of six months. The move, experts say makes , it illegal for labourers working in these sectors to go on strikes or lockouts without issuing prior notice. Several industrial sectors, including the auto component manufacturers, were under the public utility category till the unions moved the court and got relief in 2015. Official sources say the move could have been brought in to prevent labour protests in the sector similar to the ones experienced in 2018. Last year, 4,000 workers from different auto companies in the Oragadam industrial belt launched a strike demanding better working conditions. They had alleged that company authorities were confiscating their mobile phones, not allowing them to meet HR executives, and were using faulty swipe machines which did not record their overtime work. The strike lasted 50 days. As per the Industrial Disputes Act, persons employed in public utility services cannot go on strike without issuing a notice six weeks in advance. Strike must also not be organised within 14 days of giving such a notice, or when conciliation proceedings are ongoing, or even within seven days of conclusion of such proceedings. Speaking to Express, former Madras High Court judge K Chandru INDUSTRY HAPPY says bringing an industry under public utility service is “to indirectly prohibit strikes”. In such industries, if unions have to strike work, they must give a 14-day notice. “After that the issue goes for conciliation. If talks fail, it goes to government and then to labour court,” says Chandru. “Even if the labour court passes an award, it can be terminated by the company till one year from the date of reference to date of award within a matter of two minutes. The issue is then referred to the court. It takes nearly 20 years to get a judgment in the case.” Chandru says that though industries are brought under the public utility service for an initial period of six months, in many cases it gets extended by more than 40 years. OOTY, one of the most-preferred tourist destinations in South India, is fast losing its charm, if scientists are to be believed. A recent study — which compiles and compares temperatures recorded in the hill station between 1960 and 2018 — has found that the number of warmer years has increased significantly since the 90s. The study conducted by ICAR-Indi, an Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, divides the data into two sets — temperatures recorded 1960-1989 and 1990 to 2018. The long-term monthly and annual incremental surface temperature between the two sets were compared. It was found that in the 30-year period between 1960-89, there were only two years when the annual mean temperature was higher than the average of 20 degree celsius. However, in the period between 1990 and 2018, the number of war mer years in- THE SOLUTION? Blaming global warming for the changes, the study suggests some drastic steps, such as limiting entry of BS-I, II and III vehicles to the hill station. creased to a whopping 15. S Manivannan, principal scientist of the study, warns the change in climatic patterns could affect ecology, availability of water and thereby the trade, agriculture and livelihood of people living in the region. “The rise in temperatures may affect the duration of winter and period of fog and dew in the region,” says V Kasthuri Thilagam, a scientist who was part of the study. “Unseasonal fog and dew may affect crop yields on the long run. The change in weather patterns may also lead to extreme events of rainfall or drought in the years to come.” M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi CLAIMING that the Congress missed the bus on adopting a Uniform Civil Code on two occasions, first in 1951 and then in 1986, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it now has another opportunity to remedy the situation by supporting the triple talaq bill. Replying to the motion of thanks to the President’s address, Modi also sought to set the tone for the next five years by invoking first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s call to duty, asking lawmakers to emulate it. Combating Congress’ criticism of the ruling BJP only speaking of achievements of the past five years and ignoring contributions of others, Modi said the UPA governments from 2004-14 never acknowledged the good works of the six years of the Vajpayee-led NDA government. “You don’t even acknowledge contributions of P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. I’ve on two occasions from the Red Fort said we acknowledge contributions of all the Central and state governments in taking the country forward,” said Modi. Asserting that the fight against corruption will continue, the PM quipped: “it’s not Emergency that the government will send people to jail; that job is of the judiciary He was appar.” - Narendra Modi alluding to cases against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi Pressured by parents to join maths course, girl kills self E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Villupuram HEARTLESS BIHAR Security personnel clash with protesting family members of a child who died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, at a hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar on Tuesday | PTI EXPRESS READ Elections to six RS seats from TN on July 18 The Election Commission on Tuesday notified the biennial elections to six Rajya Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu on July 18. Filing of nominations will begin on July 1. The last date for filing nominations is July 8. Scrutiny of nominations will be on July 9. Kovai man murders brother, honour killing suspected A 24-year-old man allegedly murdered his younger brother, while grievously assaulting the latter’s teenaged lover, in a suspected case of ‘honour’ killing reported from a village near Mettupalayam on Tuesday. The girl was receiving treatment for the injuries and Hwas said to be out of danger | P5 Rajiv case convict Nalini to argue her case Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday permitted Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, lodged in special prison for women at Vellore, to argue her case in person at 2.15 pm on July 5. A division bench granted the permission when her petition seeking parole for six months for arranging the P3 wedding of her daughter came up. Political options exhausted, Veerappa Moily returns to legal practice VISITORS to veteran Congress leader Veerappa Moily’s house will now see a new nameplate, advertising him not as a ‘former Chief Minister’ or ‘former Union Minister’, but as ‘Advocate, Supreme Court’. On Monday , he changed the nameplate and proceeded to the High Court to resume his earlier job as an advocate. At 79, Moily has done it all. From being a lawyer to an MLA, a Chief The new name board outside Veerappa Moily’s residence in Bengaluru | SHRIRAM BN Minister, a parliamentarian and a Union Minister. However, after his recent defeat in the LS polls, Moily is back to doing what he loves, arguing in court on behalf of his clients. Keeping with the change, Moily will soon be seen in the High Court as well as the Supreme Court. For the past couple of days, he has been seen at the Karnataka High Court, showing up at 10 am and interacting with many senior and junior advocates. ently responding to Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary’s barb that despite allegations of financial irregularities, party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi continue to be in the Lok Sabha. Arguing that his government is committed to gender equality and empowering women, Modi said: “The Congress first missed a chance to implement the common civil code in 1951. Another opportunity came with the Shah Bano case.” His claim that a former Congress minister had quoted party leaders as saying during the Shah Bano debate, “if they (Muslims) want to live in gutter, let them be,” created some flutter. Those who are on bail can enjoy their time. The judiciary will deal with them. We believe in judicial process. We will not be vindictive JOB SWITCH A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru 1.77 TMC upto June 24 and cumulative inflow at Biligundlu on June 23 was 1.885 TMC. Karnataka cannot release the designated amount to Tamil Nadu as normal water availability is not there so far,” CWMA chairman Masood Hussain told reporters after the meeting. The meeting was attended by officials from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala. Cong missed the uniform code bus twice, with talaq bill it has a third chance: Modi BC Datta, vice president of Hyundai Motors has welcomed the govt’s decision saying it will boost exports. CITU’s Sounderrajan said unions would move the court again on the issue. ‘Ooty getting warmer by the year’ D E E PA K S AT H I S H @ Coimbatore THE Cauvery Water Management Authority on Tuesday reiterated that Karnataka must release 9.19 tmc and 31.24 tmc water to Tamil Nadu for the months of June and July. The panel, however, said the inflow may differ due to deficient monsoon in Karnataka. The decision comes as a setback for Tamil Nadu, which is facing water crisis. The fourth meeting of the CWMA reviewed the situation in Cauvery basin and observed that rainfall had been deficient in the area due to delayed monsoon. “The rain has been deficient between June 1 to June 20 in the catchment areas and it was also noted that four water reservoirs in Karnataka received cumulative inflow of Armed with a BA LLB degree, Moily is no stranger to law. But his job as a parliamentarian and a member of the Union Cabinet had kept him away from the courts. However, after his electoral loss to B N Bacchegowda this year, he now plans to return to the profession he has been a part of since 1969. Speaking to TNIE, he said he was practising law even when he won his first MLA election from Karkala. “When I became the Small Scale Industries Minister in 1974, I did not have much time to dedicate to the legal field as I had to travel often across the state. All these years, I was busy in politics, serving in various positions, both in the party, state and at the national level,” he said. On his choice of back to being a lawyer, Moily said, “I am happy to be in court again and I have just started visiting. I am yet to attend any hearings yet.” IN a shocking case, a teenage girl committed suicide on Tuesday after her parents refused to let her pursue a course of her choice. K Swetha (17) of Paindurai village near Chinnasalem had completed Class-XII and wanted to study nursing. Her parents, however, got her admitted for a course in mathematics at a private college near Athur. Ever since, Swetha was reportedly upset. On Tuesday, hours before her college classes were set to begin, Swetha locked herself in her room and set herself on fire using kerosene. Hearing her cries, her parents and neighbours broke the door and rescued her. She was taken to the government hospital in Kallakurichi. After first aid, doctors there suggested that she be taken to Salem GH. But she died on the way to Salem, in the ambulance. Chinnasalem police have sent the body for autopsy. A case has been registered. Aus first to semifinals BOWLERS LEAD SHOW Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff took nine wickets between them to help champions to a 64-run win over hosts SKIPPER SPARKLES Aaron Finch’s second century in this World Cup helped the defending champions post a commanding total of 285 BRIEF SCORES Aus 285/7 in 50 ovs (Finch 100) bt Eng 221 in 44.4 ovs (Behrendorff 5/44) TODAY’S FIXTURE New Zealand vs Pakistan @ 3.00 pm REPORTS: P12,13
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