THRISSUR l WEDNESDAY l JUNE 26, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY 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 2 women breach high wall of prison in daylight E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram IN what could be termed as an embarrassment to the State Prison Department and in a first such case reported in recent times, two inmates of the woman sub-jail at Attakulangara in the heart of the city escaped the prison on Tuesday evening. Sandhya, 26, and Shilpa, 23, two remand prisoners, were found missing from the prison compound at 5.30 pm. The Fort Police, which registered a case, suspect the prisoners escaped by breaching the compound wall at the back of the premises. After verifying the CCTV visuals, the city shadow police have begun the search. Departmental action is likely against jail superintendent for dereliction of duty . Fort Police Station House Officer Manoj said efforts were on to trace the accused. “The search operation is progressing. The search operation is progressing. We’re currently verifying the CCTV visuals. We hope to trace them soon — Manoj, Station House Officer, Fort Police ‘Cong twice missed uniform code bus, with talaq Bill it has 3rd chance’ 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 EXPRESS READ HC grants permission to screen Vivek at film fest Kochi: The High Court on Tuesday allowed the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) to screen Anand Patwardhan’s Vivek (reason) at its ongoing International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram. P6 Private member’s Bill on Sabarimala in assembly? T’Puram: Close on the heels of UDF MP N K Premachandran moving a private member’s Bill on Sabarimala in the Lok Sabha, the Congress once again sought permission for a similar Bill in the assembly. Kovalam MLA A Vincent approached the Speaker seeking to review an earlier decision in this regard. The Bill is aimed at a legislation to bypass the Supreme Court verdict allowing women entry to the hill shrine. Last November, Speaker had denied permission to introduce the bill in the House. P5 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: P14,15 UPA governments from 2004-14 never acknowledged the good works of the six years of the Va j p ay e e - l e d 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 apparently re- sponding 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 — Narendra Modi alluding to cases against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi We’re currently verifying the CCTV visuals. We hope to trace them soon,” said Manoj. Pangode native Sandhya and Shilpa of Varkala are accused of theft and cheating respectively Officers including DGP (Pris. ons) Rishiraj Singh is at the sub-jail to co-ordinate the search operations. The police said it was not immediately known as to how they managed to breach the high wall. Kerala tops composite health index E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi KERALA has emerged as the top-ranking state for the second straight year in Niti Aayog’s composite health index released on Tuesday, despite slight decline in its performance from the previous ranking released last year. The second health index accounts for the period 2015-16 (base year) to 2017-18 (reference year). Kerala remained the best performing state with an health index of 76.55, but dipped slightly from 80 in the base year of 2014-15. Uttar Pradesh was the worst-performing state at 33.69. P6, 9 A 6th notice was ready for NRI investor, but he died Documents furnished by Anthoor municipal secretary along with his anticipatory bail plea tell how Sajan was repeatedly harassed P R A M D A S @ Kochi THE ruling CPM may have given a clean chit to Anthoor municipality chairperson P K Shyamala in the suicide of an NRI investor, but some documents submitted to the Kerala High Court show how the party-run civic body harassed the entrepreneur incessantly . Notices were served on Sajan Parayil repeatedly citing violations in the construction of his auditorium over the past three years, the documents furnished by the municipality secretary show. The municipality served five notices on h i s f at h e r- i n - l aw Paloli Purushothaman, who had filed the application seeking permission on behalf of Sajan, and each time he made alterations and resubmitted the application, the municipal authorities were vigilant enough to spot new problems. And it seems Sajan decided to take the extreme step after realising that the municipality would never give a completion cer tificate for his `15-crore project citing some reason or other. Municipal secretary M K Gireesh furnished the documents along with his petition seeking anticipatory bail in the case. Gireesh said the municipality had no grudge towards Sajan. As per the bail application, building permit was issued to Purushothaman on May 25, 2016. The municipality first directed him to stop construction work on November 29, 2017, following an inspection by the municipal engineer. Purushothaman furnished a reply, but a second notice was issued on January 30, 2018 citing the explanation was unsatisfactory . On September 19, 2018, Purushothaman submitted a representation requesting the secretary and district town planner to conduct a joint inspection and allow him to complete the construction. Inspection was conducted on October 31, 2018, but the officials reported a concrete slab near the parking floor as a violation. And another notice was served, the documents, accessed by TNIE, show. Purushothaman complied with it and submitted a report on January 17, 2019 and he was allowed to proceed with the construction. Later Purushothaman submitted an application for completion cer● More on P6 tificate. LATEST CITED VIOLATIONS Vacant space provided on front, side and rear of the building inadequate 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Construction in open space a violation Balcony area exceeds 25 per cent Solar panels were not mentioned in plan No structural stability certificate for truss work Number of water closet, washbasin insufficient Necessary slanting not given to ramp SERVED ON SAJAN 29-11-2017: Notice to stop construction after inspection 30-01-2018: Second notice asking stopping construction 19-11-2018: Notice after violations spotted by town planner 20-04-2019: Notice on insufficient parking area 15-06-2019: New notice prepared citing seven violations State, bankers’ panel to approach RBI to extend moratorium on agri loans EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram STATE Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) and the state government have decided to approach the Reserve Bank of India for extending the moratorium on agricultural loans to December 31. The embargo on loans till July 31 was announced in the wake of floods last year. The decision, arrived at a meeting here on Tuesday, pointed to the thawing of the relation between the bankers and the government, which hit a low when the SLBC published an advertisement signalling its intention to go ahead with loan recoveries after July 31. The meeting decided to approach the central bank because extending moratorium on agriculture loans requires the permission of the RBI and majority of the loans accounts need to be restructured. Though the state government earlier extended the moratorium on loans from July 31 to December 31, the RBI had in statement informed the state that no further extension can Bankers have been providing crores of rupees as agriculture loans to ineligible people by involving them in agriculture gold loan schemes. This has to be stopped V S Sunil Kumar, Agriculture Minister be given after the deadline. The RBI had earlier extended the deadline for restructuring the loan accounts till November 30, 2018, and subsequently, till December 31, 2018. The bankers meeting informed Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar that they have no issues in extending the moratorium on agriculture loans till the end of the calendar year. But it required RBI approval, otherwise majority of the accounts will automatically be classified as NPA. Following this, both bankers and state government decided to approach the RBI. Further, the meeting also suggested forming a sub-com- mittee with representatives from Nabard, revenue and agriculture departments and SLBC to look into the nature of land pledged as surety by the farmers. The minister said bankers were treating only paddy field as farm land in Kerala under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest Act, 2002 (most popularly known as the SARFAESI Act). This has to change and all type of agriculture lands have to be considered as farm land, he said. The meeting also decided to strengthen the block-level bankers committee to ensure that eligible farmers get loans by making sure the representation of agriculture department officials in the meeting. The minister also alleged that bankers have been providing crores of rupees as agriculture loans to ineligible people by involving them in agriculture gold loan schemes. This has to be stopped and the bankers were told to take steps to stop this practice as it amounts to corruption, Sunil Kumar said. 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 TMC leader returns bribe to 141 job seekers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kolkata 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 money , ,” said 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. JOB SWITCH Political options exhausted, Veerappa Moily returns to legal practice A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru 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. 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.”
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