CHENNAI THURSDAY JULY 11, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION DEPOSITS IN JAN DHAN ACCOUNTS CROSS `1 LAKH CR The total balance in over 36.06 crore Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana accounts touched `1,00,495.94 crore as on July 3 SLOW BUT STEADY GROWTH DROP IN ‘ZERO BALANCE’ ACCOUNTS According to finance ministry data, deposits in the account of the beneficiaries were `99,649.84 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 a turncoat A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru POLITICS in Karnataka hit a new low on Wednesday as leaders got into physical fights to exercise control over defecting lawmakers. The Vidhana Soudha, on whose steps H D Kumaraswamy took oath as chief minister with a grand display of Opposition unity 13 months ago, ended up witnessing a petty street fight-like scenario. All hell broke loose after two more MLAs — M T B Nagaraj and Dr K Sudhakar — submitted their resignation letters to Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, taking the total number of rebels to 16. With this, the coalition is down to just 100 MLAs. Sudhakar was heckled and manhandled by some Congress and BJP workers before being dragged away forcefully by a group of leaders, including KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao and minister Priyank Kharg e to minister K J George’s office. Utter chaos 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 BRIEF SCORES NZ 239/8 in 50 ovs) bt Ind 221 in 49.3 ovs (Jadeja 77, Dhoni 50). @ 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 Held hostage for 3 days, teen raped by five EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai IN a shocking case, a 16-yearold girl who went missing from the city few days ago has approached the police saying she was held hostage and raped by five men repeatedly for three days. The teenager moved out of her grandmother’s house, where she was staying, after a fight and went to live with a friend in a commercial hub in the city She was desperate to . find a job to support herself. “There, the friend’s neighbour, a woman, befriended her and offered a job and single room accommodation,” an officer said. “Trusting the neighbour, she moved to that accommodation.” The neighbour is now suspected to be a part of a prostitution racket. She and two of her accomplices have been detained by the police for questioning. “The trio seems to have taken advantage of her desperation to find a job and trapped her,” the officer added. The girl told the police that five men entered the house where she was staying on July 6 and gangraped her. They held her hostage for nearly three days after which she managed to escape and reach out to her mother. Meanwhile, her mother had already filed a missing complaint. While the women are being investigated, the FIR has not yet been altered to include charges of rape. Officials say further probe is required before such an alteration. TODAY’S FIXTURE AUSTRALIA VS ENGLAND Star Sports 1 @ 3.00 pm 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 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,” Sudha- 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. THE Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to amend the InterState 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. 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 D SAMPATHKUMAR ATER OES Cost high, demand higher Though prices at these shops are steep compared to Metro Water tankers, residents are happy as it’s still cheaper than packaged water Nod to single inter-state water dispute tribunal @ New Delhi SUPREME COURT TO HEAR REBELS’ PLEA TODAY Business brisk at ‘water shops’ in the city REPORT: P16,17 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE kar later told the media. 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. “We saw an MLA being man- handled 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, BJP’s 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 and the Congress-JD(S) coalition staged protests barely 300 m away from each other. And some 980 km away there , was parallel drama as Karnataka minister and main Congress troubleshooter D K Shivakumar was not allowed to enter a hotel in Mumbai where rebel MLAs of the coalition are holed up. The police later took him and Mumbai Congress leader Milind Deora into custody before releasing them and putting Shivakumar on a flight P8, 11 back to Bengaluru. OTHER DECISIONS TOUGHER POCSO ACT law to Cabinet approves amending make it more stringent; will provide for death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children | P11 LAW MERGER LABOUR to merge 13 central labour Bill okayed laws into single code. Would apply to all establishments employing 10 or more workers | P11 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 M A D H U M I T H A V I S W A N AT H @ Chennai EVERY problem is an opportunity in disguise. This holds true for many micro-entrepreneurs in Chennai, who have seen a business opportunity in the acute water shortage that the city is currently facing. With the metro water supply falling short, and quality of water from hand pumps turning poor, many small businesses in areas such as Old Washermen- EXPRESS READ Ahead of EAC meeting on Mekedatu, EPS writes to Modi Chennai: Despite Tamil Nadu’s opposition, the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) has listed Mekedatu reservoir project for grant of ToR during its meeting on July 19. In view of this, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday | P5 Jharkhand Opposition parties to contest elections together Ranchi: In what could revive the Grand Alliance, Jharkhand’s opposition parties on Wednesday decided to contest Assembly polls together. In their first meeting after the LS polls, they also set a target to retain the seats won by them in the 2014 polls 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, according to data released by SIAM | P15 COSMETIC CHANGE 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 norm will be imple- mented 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 ingre- dients, 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. pet, Mannadi and Sowcarpet have installed big tanks in their shops and are selling water to public in small quantities. Though prices are steep — at `10-15 per pot and `15-18 per can — these shops are doing good business. In comparison, a potful of metro water supplied by tankers costs just `1-3. “These shops supply water round-the-clock. On the other hand, metro water tankers come late in the night,” says Nuzrat Fathima, a customer. P2 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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