KOTTAYAM l THURSDAY l JULY 11, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION DEPOSITS IN JAN DHAN ACCOUNTS CROSS `1 LAKH CR SLOW BUT STEADY GROWTH The total balance in over 36.06 crore Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana accounts touched K1,00,495.94 crore as on July 3 DROP IN ‘ZERO BALANCE’ ACCOUNTS According to finance ministry data, deposits in the account of the beneficiaries were D99,649.84 crore a month ago, on June 6, showing a steady increase. The PMJDY was launched on August 28, 2014 to provide universal access to banking facilities to all. PMJDY offers basic savings bank deposit accounts with RuPay debit card and overdraft facilities ■ ■ The number of ‘zero balance’ accounts under PMJDY stood at 5.07 crore as of March 2019 from 5.10 crore a year ago, showing that money is flowing into these accounts PMJDY envisages channelling all government benefits to the beneficiary accounts and pushing the DBT scheme of the govt 50% MORE THAN HALF OF THE JAN DHAN ACCOUNT HOLDERS ARE WOMEN 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 Tug-of-war in corridor of power Ruling coalition loses two more MLAs; politicos get physical trying to hold on to turncoat A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru India’s MS Dhoni is run out by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill on Wednesday | AFP RUN OUT BEFORE THE FINISH LINE AT R E Y O M U K H O PA D H YAY @ Manchester WHAT’S going on,” gushed the lady at the reception on way to the Old Trafford press box. India had just lost their fourth wicket at 26, in their pursuit of 240. It was all over, with 40 overs still to be played. There was disbelief all around as one wicket fell after another. Ravindra Jadeja revived fading hopes and India were in it until the last few overs, but going by practical parameters, the World Cup semifinal was done as a contest in that period. Virat Kohli’s assessment that 45 minutes of madness cost them the dream was accurate. This leads to the question, why should the captain of the richest cricket team admit to throwing in the towel after losing four wickets? There are many examples of fightback. Truth be told, this Indian side doesn’t have what it takes to withstand pressure once the top three have been sent back to the pavilion. This was buried Nod to single inter-state water dispute tribunal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi T H E U n i o n C ab i n e t o n Wednesday approved a proposal to amend the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act to create a single tribunal so as to speed up adjudication of disputes. The single tribunal will subsume the existing nine tribunals, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said. As of now, it takes between 17 and 27 years for a tribunal to resolve a dispute, the minister quipped. For example, the Cauvery tribunal took decades to take its call. The single tribunal will be mandated to deliver the final award within two years, Javadekar said. BRIEF SCORES NZ 239/8 in 50 ovs) bt Ind 221 in 49.3 ovs (Jadeja 77, Dhoni 50). TODAY’S FIXTURE AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND Star Sports 1 @ 3.00 pm REPORT: P14,15 under the runs the openers and Kohli made in the last few years, but exploded to reality when it mattered, in a knockout game of the World Cup. This is something the powers that be must ponder while taking stock. They have to accept that the team with the best resources in world cricket failed miserably to develop resources when it came to grooming players for vital middle-order slots. If there is one reason why they lost, it was the lack of spine in the middle. More than the individuals, it’s the system that has to take the blame. POLITICS in Karnataka hit a new low on Wednesday when leaders stooped to indulging in physical fights over MLAs. The power corridor of Karnataka, Vidhana Soudha, on whose steps H D Kumaraswamy took oath as chief minister with a grand display of opposition unity 13 months ago, was reduced to a venue of petty street fight-like scenario. All hell broke loose after two more MLAs — M T B Nagaraj and Dr K Sudhakar — submitted their resignations to Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, taking the total number of rebels to 18. With this, the coalition is down to just 100 seats. Sudhakar was heckled and manhandled by a some Congress and BJP workers before being dragged away forcefully by a group of leaders, including KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao and Priyank Kharg e to minister K J make it more stringent; will provide for death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children LAW MERGER LABOUR to merge 13 central labour Bill okayed laws into single code. Would apply to all establishments employing 10 or more workers BAN CHIT FUNDban unregulated deposit Bill coming to schemes. Expected to be introduced in Parliament during ongoing session TRANSGENDER BILL their Proposed legislation to define identity and rights. Provides mechanism for their social, economic and educational empowerment George’s office. Utter chaos prevailed as a group of BJP leaders and workers physically fought over Sudhakar, pulling him in a tug-of-war. “Whatever happened was shameful. There is a proper way to speak, but they misbehaved. My family is shaken by what happened to me,” Sudhakar told the media later. The Congress, however, denied any manhandling. “There was no manhandling of @mla_ sudhakar by our leaders.... But why were BJP leaders agitating & indulging in goondaism,” tweeted Gundu Rao. URGENT HEARING OF REBELS’ PLEA IN SC TODAY The Supreme Court decided to accord urgent hearing on Thursday to a petition filed by 10 rebel MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) alleging that Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar was not accepting their resignations deliberately Restructure elementary school system: HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi AT A GLANCE Add class V to lower primary schools and class VIII to upper primary schools as a preliminary step The government shall endeavour to upgrade the existing government and aided schools in a phased manner wherever required DIRECTING the state government to restructure the elementary school system, a full bench of the Kerala High Court held that the state government cannot “wriggle out” of its obligation on the premise that a child has got the right to get transfer to another school. “The government can’t shirk its responsibility to establish schools with classes I to V within a neighbourhood of 1 km and classes VI to VIII within a neighbourhood of 3 km. A restructur- Trivandrum airport may stay under state’s wings D H I N E S H K A L L U N G A L @ T’Puram THE state is most likely to get the operational rights of the Trivandrum International Airport, which the Central Government had decided to privatise along with five others in the country . Sources told Express that a formal understanding in this regard has been reached at the secretary level. The state gover nment has suggested the formation of a committee headed by the chief secretary to work out the modalities. Trivandrum Inter national Airport Limited (TIAL), the special purpose vehicle formed to bid for the airport, is likely to be entrusted with the task of running it. The new committee is likely to take a call on the com- 700 acres ing of all schools with uniform classes from grade I to VIII imparting elementary education is the scheme envisaged by the The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which can’t be trampled upon by the state,” the bench comprising Justice V The school managements have some agenda. The government will legally fight it and move the apex court to get the order stayed A Shajahan, General Education Secretary EXPRESS READ Helmetless pillion riders may have to pay hefty fine Kochi: Helmetless pillion riders can attract a fine of up to I1,600, as the state government is set to implement the order making it mandatory as early as August first week.P2 is the total area of the Trivandrum International Airport State to form NRK investment company pany’s shareholding while the state government is likely to have stakes only in proportion to the investment it had made in the airport development over the years. A consortium of companies to be included in TIAL will have crucial stakes. The number of companies is not known yet, but Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) which won the bid for the airport operation and the NRI businessman who had exerted pressure to keep the airport in state custody may have significant stakes. ● More on P6 T’Puram: To channelise investments from overseas Keralites for major infrastructure development in the state, the LDF government has decided to form an NRK investment company, with NRKs holding 74 percent stake. P6 Auto distress deepens as car sales decline 25% in June New Delhi: Domestic passenger vehicle sales declined by 17.54 per cent to 2,25,732 units in June from 2,73,748 units in the year-ago period. Domestic car sales were down 24.97 per cent to 1,39,628 units as against 1,83,885 units in June 2018. RULE CHANGE OTHER DECISIONS TOUGHER POCSO ACT law to Cabinet approves amending Siddaramaiah, K C Venugopal, Deve Gowda & Ghulam Nabi Azad protesting against the BJP’s alleged horse trading of MLAs in Bengaluru on Wednesday | PANDARINATH B “We saw an MLA being manhandled and intervened to protect him. If this is the state of an elected representative in this government, how can the common man expect to be safe?” retorted Balaji Srinivas, social media convener. For his part, Sudhakar refused to withdraw his resignation even after hours of discussions with Congress legislature party chief Siddaramaiah. Earlier in the day, workers and supporters of both the BJP as well as the Congress-JD(S) coalition staged protests barely 300 m away from each other. And some 980 km away min, ister D K Shivakumar set up camp outside a hotel in Mumbai where rebel MLAs of the coalition are lodged. Stalled by Mumbai police from meeting the legislators, Shivakumar sat through pouring rain, ate on the road and refused to budge even after his hotel reservation was cancelled and he was stopped by the police. Soon, you’ll know what goes into your lipstick S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi IN a bid to help consumers of cosmetic items make informed choices, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has asked manufactures to declare all ingredients in their products and specify their purpose. As of now, there is no central law mandating manufacturers to declare all components in their skin and make-up products, though there is such a rule for drugs. Officials said the new nor m will be implemented through an amendment in the Drug and Cosmetics Act. At present, licences are granted to manufacturers without asking for the detailed composition, they added. “There have been instances of phenol and trichloro acetic acid, which are extremely harmful for human body being detected in cos, metic products,” said a CDSCO official. In such cases, the companies had secured licences for product without disclosing its ingredients, the official added. The move comes in the backdrop of recent reports of cancer-causing ingredients being detected in a baby shampoo manufactured by Johnson & Johnson in Rajasthan. The new norm requires the manufacturers to submit the name, specification and the function of each ingredient. “Any cosmetic product applied on the skin has to have only acceptable and approved substances as these chemicals mix with the bloodstream,” said Yogesh Marfatia, member of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists. Chidambaresh, Justice Alexander Thomas and Justice Ashok Menon observed while directing the state to consider the applications submitted by various managements for upgrading their schools. Accepting that an immediate restructuring of schools having classes I to IV and classes VI to VIII to a uniform structure may cause heavy financial burden, the court directed to add class V to lower primary schools and class VIII to upper primary schools as a prelimi● More on P6 nary step. MELTDOWN BJP chews up Goa Cong, two-thirds of MLAs defect A B H I J I T M U LY E A N D R I C H A S H A R M A @ Mumbai/New Delhi Amid the Karnataka drama, the Congress suffered a meltdown in Goa with 10 of its 15 MLAs merging with the ruling BJP, beating the anti-defection law as two-thirds of them had switched sides. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant later said the merger was unconditional. The group led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar met Speaker Rajesh Patnekar in the evening and handed him a letter about the merger. Sawant and Deputy Speaker Michael were present when the group arrived to meet the Speaker. The national leadership of the Congress knew about the defection at least two days ago but could do little to prevent it. Dr A Chellakumar, AICC in charge of Goa, told TNIE he had called up Kavlekar two days ago about the buzz but was assured everything was okay . Kavlekar sought to mislead Chellakumar, Congress MP from Krishnagiri, as he was the leader of the rebels. After the 2017 Assembly polls threw up a hung Assembly in Goa, the Congress was the single largest party with 17 seats while the BJP got 13. But the BJP quickly cobbled together a coalition government, which came to be known as the Goa model. “The strength of the BJP has now risen to 27 MLAs,” Chief Minister Sawant said.
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