MADURAI WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 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 HONOUR KILLING? Man murders brother over love affair E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore A 24-year-old man allegedly murdered his brother, while assaulting the latter’s teenaged lover, in a suspected case of honour killing at a village near Mettupalayam on Tuesday. The girl was receiving treatment for the injuries to head and the right eye at the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital and was said to be out of danger. Two special police teams were on a manhunt for the suspect, K Vinod Kumar. Sources said that the deceased Kanagaraj, a resident of Vellipalayam road at Mettupalayam, was in love with a 16-year-old Dalit girl for the past two years. Vinod was opposed to the affair, and this issue strained the relationship between the brothers. When Kanagaraj approached his father Karuppasamy for his approval, the latter advised him to wait till the matter cooled down. It was in this backdrop that Kanagaraj rented out a house at Sri Rangarayan Odai on Vellipalayam Road and started living with the girl five days ago. On Tuesday , Vinod allegedly stormed , into the house, hacked Kanagaraj to death and assaulted the girl. A police official said that there was a possibility of the attack being an act of honour killing as the deceased belonged to the Valayar community (Most Backward Class) while the girl was from A r u n d h a t h i ya r c o m m u n i t y (Scheduled Caste). While a hunt was launched for Vinod Kumar, armed reserve police force was deployed to the area to prevent any caste flare-up. 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 C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai 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 Ranjith gets anticipatory bail in Chola remark case E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Madurai RED FOR RAIN Scattered clouds, awaiting the magic touch of the moist monsoon wind, filter the sun’s rays into hues of ominous crimson, perhaps as a reflection of the parched earth beneath it. Pictured in Coimbatore | A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM 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. P5 Farmers worry over proposal to extend ATR’s buffer zone Dindigul: A recent proposal believed to have been sent by the Forest Department to the State government, seeking to extend the buffer zone of the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve has come out as a bolt from the blue for farmers and residents of several uphill villages P2 in Kodaikanal. 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 P5 wedding of her daughter came up. Free-for-all over fee: school serves notice to man over ‘misinformation’ COLLECTOR Shilpa Prabhakar Satish ordered the Chief Education Officer, Tirunelveli, to inquire into an incident wherein the father of a class I RTE Act beneficiary student was served a legal notice by a private school over fees. The legal notice came in response to a petition filed by M Pichimuthu, seeking the administration’s and the school management’s aid in ensuring his ward was not expelled. The legal notice served by the advocate of the principal of the Karivalamvanthanallur-based private school, besides demanding an apology for misinformation by Pichimuthu, advised the man to admit his child to a government school if he could afford to pay up. The notice, which was accessed by TNIE, also threatened criminal proceedings against him if he failed to tender an apology for writing to school management. The legal notice says that Pichimuthu must shell out money from his pocket for books and examinations, apart from footing the bill for sundry expenses for his Class I daughter admitted to the school under the 25 per cent quota provided by the RTE Act. Earlier, Pichimuthu, a 40-year-old job seeker, had petitioned the Collector, seeking action against the school. Speaking to TNIE, Pichimuthu said 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 RTE TRACK T H I N A K A R A N R A J A M A N I @ Tirunelveli 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 he admitted his daughter to LKG section in the school in 2017 under the RTE Act. “Though my daughter’s admission was to a free seat, I was forced to pay some money for her kindergarten education under various heads. Meanwhile, to admit my daughter to Class I this year, the school authorities told me to pay around `4,800. When I asked for a certificate with the fee break-up, they refused,” he said. When contacted, the private school’s principal told TNIE that they had sought fees for books and examination. “Since we have to purchase books from the government, we asked Pichimuthu to pay for it. The government only reimburses the tuition fee. Parents should arrange for commutation of their wards or else should pay for their transportation to the school. Since Pichimuthu urged the parents of other RTE Act beneficiaries to not pay fees, we sent a notice to him. However, we did not torture his child for his not paying up the fee,” he added. THE Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court granted anticipatory bail to Director Pa Ranjith in a case registered against him for making controversial remarks about King Raja Raja Chola during a meeting in Thanjavur. Justice P Rajamanickam passed the order on condition that the director should refrain from making such statements in future. The judge also rejected the intervening petitioner Muthu Kumar’s plea for conducting custodial interrogation by observing that the risks of absconding were less in this case as the petitioner was a film director. The Thirupananthal police of Thanjavur had booked Ranjith under section 153, 153(A),(1),(a) of the IPC for allegedly making controversial statements about land grabbing and the practice of Devadasi system during King Raja Raja Chola’s rule in a meeting held to commemorate the death anniversary of Neelapuligal Iyakkam’s founder TM Mani alias Oomer Farook at Thirupananthal. Apprehending arrests, Ranjith approached the Court seeking anticipatory bail, contending that his statements were nothing but historical truth quoted from various books, including Cholargal written by A Neelakanda Shastri, Periyar’s speech titled Suyamariyathai Samadarmam, KovilNilam-Jaathi written by Po Velsamy Thevaradiyar by A Vennila, , Thanjavur by Kudavayil Balasubramanian among others. Quash petition still pending before the Bench The director further insisted that he had no intention of committing an offence through his speech nor did it promote enmity between any groups. A quash petition filed recently by Ranjith, challenging the FIR in this case, is pending before the Court.
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