AFP KOCHI l TUESDAY l JULY 16, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION DID UMPIRING HOWLER COST NEW ZEALAND WORLD CUP? Former umpire & member of MCC’s laws sub-committee, Simon Taufel, says England were wrongly awarded 6 runs for overthrow ICC LAW SUPPORTS TAUFEL’S ASSERTION ■ 84 ERROR IN INTERPRETATION After Martin Guptill’s throw from the deep ricocheted off Ben Stokes’ bat, it went for a boundary. Kumar Dharmasena signalled a six but the corresponding law (Law 19.8: Overthrow or wilful act of fielder) indicates that, it should have only been five runs as Stokes and partner Adil Rashid hadn’t yet crossed when Guptill had released the ball ■ Speaking to an Australian daily, Taufel said: “It’s a clear mistake. The judgment error was the timing of when the fielder threw the ball. Act of overthrow starts when fielder releases ball.” According to law, Stokes and Rashid would have had to swap ends, with hosts needing four, not three, to win off two balls BEN STOKES WAS UNBEATEN ON 84 AT THE END OF THE ENGLAND INNINGS 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 Don’t threaten us by raising your finger If you have fear in your heart, what can I do Asaduddin Owaisi, leader, AIMIM Amit Shah, home minister SWEEPING POWERS After sparks fly, LS passes NIA amendment bill EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AFTER intense debate, the Lok Sabha on Monday passed the NIA (Amendment) Bill, giving sweeping powers to the agency to probe terrorist acts against Indians and Indian interests abroad, cyber crimes, and cases of human trafficking. The debate saw the opposition raising concerns that the NIA law might be misused to target a particular community but the government trashed the allegation saying its goal is to finish off terrorism. While sparks flew during the debate, the bill sailed through in the LS after Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that let there be division of votes as demanded by AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, to know who is against terrorism and who is not. Division of votes saw members who were opposed to the legislation eventually supporting it. The bill was passed with 278 members supporting and HDK govt to seek trust vote on Thursday Moon mission aborted as rocket develops snag FIXING FUEL LEAK COULD TAKE ABOUT 10 DAYS; NEXT SHOT AT CHANDRAYAAN-2 LAUNCH IN A FEW WEEKS just six opposing it. The legislation seeks to broaden the NIA mandate to probe and prosecute scheduled offences, and also to create special courts. Notably, NIA officers will be able to investigate scheduled offences committed outside India. The debate witnessed heated exchanges between Owaisi and Shah when the AIMIM MP contested BJP MP Satyapal Singh’s claim that sleuths were forced to change the course of investigation during the UPA era. Reacting sharply to Owaisi’s interruption, Shah said, “We listened to you when you spoke, now you’ll have to listen to us.” Owaisi countered this, saying “Don’t threaten us by raising your finger.” Shah replied, “I’m not threatening, but if you’ve fear in your heart what can I do.” Later, the home minister said the government would finish off the scourge of terrorism irrespective of the religion of terrorists. LEAK FOUND IN ONE OF THE GAS BOTTLES K’taka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy at the Vidhana Soudha on Monday | PTI According to former ISRO chief Madhavan Nair, scientists apparently found leakage when pressurising a gas bottle. “It has to be identified where exactly it is taking place and corrective action has to be taken. That process is on now,” he said, adding a catastrophe was avoided as it was detected in time. Such glitches just before the launch are not uncommon, Nair said NIRAD MUDUR & PEARL MARIA D’SOUZA @ Bengaluru/Sriharikota WHAT was billed as a spectacle for space enthusiasts turned into a dud in the wee hours of Monday as the launch of India’s second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, was halted an hour before liftoff because of a technical snag. The snag was detected in the fuel conductor of the cryogenic engine of the massive 640-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III M1. Nicknamed ‘Baahubali’ because of its humongous lifting power, the rocket was to launch India’s first unmanned Moonlanding mission. But it was called off 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the scheduled liftoff at 2.51 am. As ISRO scientists don’t want to take any chances, they chose to miss the current launch window that was open from July 9 till Monday . The postponement is “indefinite”, sources explained, saying the rectification itself is likely to take about 10 days. Only after the snag is addressed, the ISRO will look for a fresh launch schedule. In other words, the next window for the `978 crore Chandrayaan-2’s launch is could be weeks away with one estimate suggesting a , delay of at least 45 days. GSLV Mark-III’s performance is crucial since it is expected to be the launch vehicle for India’s first-ever manned space mission, the Gaganyaan, for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a 2022 deadline. Three Indian astronauts will be sent to space for a week on board the Gaganyaan. It is better to be safe than sorry If any. thing goes wrong with this launch (Chandrayaan-2), it would weigh heavily on the minds of the mission scientists for Gaganyaan, especially considering there would be astronauts on board,” a senior space scientist said. The snag was detected late on Sunday night while filling liquid oxygen in the cryogenic engine stage of the rocket. Scientists then quickly drained fuel from the engine. A technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system at t-minus 56 minutes. As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off - ISRO Scientists give the thumbs-up Several space scientists appreciated the ISRO for calling off the launch rather than hurrying into a major disaster. It is better to be safe than sorry, they said New launch window to be decided Not possible to make the launch within the current window. A new launch schedule will be announced later. The delay could be at least 45 days Tongues wag over BJP leader’s loaded tweets E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi A series of tweets posted by BJP vice president Prabhat Jha in the last couple of days created a flutter, though he sought to pass them off as mere recalling of advice by seniors at a time when the party is in the midst of its massive membership drive. A few of his tweets on Sunday, including “one shouldn’t hurt someone’s self respect, it could happen with you too” and “responsibility shouldn’t mean that it’s me only left political commentators guessing. ,” And in a loaded tweet on Monday, Jha opined that what’s happening in Goa (induction of 10 Congress MLAs into the BJP) and Rajya Sabha (Opposition MPs joining the BJP) aren’t normal. While Jha claimed he meant the Opposition leaders now see better prospects in the BJP which is why they , are crossing over, he is too mature a politician to realise the tweets could be interpreted otherwise. The controversial tweets come at a time when the BJP’s general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal has been repatriated to the parent RSS and B L Santhosh appointed in his place instead. Speaking to TNIE, Jha said: “The BJP is currently undertaking a membership drive. My tweets are in that context to highlight the importance of organisation and responsibility Really? .” A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru CHARTERED flights ferrying MLAs, herding of MLAs in resorts, marathon meetings to discuss the fate of the government may all come to an end on Thursday The fate of the Congress-JDS coalition is all set to . be decided on July 18 at 11 am when CM H D Kumaraswamy will move the turst motion in the assembly . Earlier, BJP submitted a letter to the assembly secretary seeking to move a no-trust motion against the government. But Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar decided Thursday to be the D-Day for the coalition government before suspending the business of the House for two days. “It has been decided in the Business Advisory Committee that the discussion on the vote of confidence will be taken on Thursday at 11am,” said Siddaramaiah, Congress Legislature Party chief, after the meeting held on Monday afternoon. “I am confident. Why are you worried?” said an agitated Kumaraswamy . Meanwhile, the 15 rebel MLAs lodged in a Mumbai hotel reiterated they would not return to Bengaluru for the trust vote. They are awaiting the Supreme Court’s verdict on their petition over resignations and are unlikely to attend the session on Thursday . Leaders like Ramalinga Reddy, the coalition insists, are already on board to withdraw resignation. But with numbers still not adding up in its favour, the coalition now rests at 102 including the Speaker and a nominated member of the Anglo-Indian community, against the P6 BJP’s 107 including the support of two independent MLAs. Fear of losing turf forced SFI to go for the kill S H A N A S @ T’Puram FEAR of losing turf if dissenting voices are not muffled on time led to the stabbing of third-year political science student Akhil Chandran by SFI unit office-bearers at University College here, said investigators. They said the decision to attack Akhil was taken after a group of assailants, including Sivarenjith and A M Naseem, felt the need to crush divergent views fearing that their unquestionable authority in the college would be rocked if SPECIAL POLICE EYES ON SANGH IN NITISH’S BIHAR R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna AS talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal-U over Union cabinet formation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term ran into rough weather, the Bihar Police began the process of collecting data and details of all office-bearers of the RSS and its 17 subsidiary organisations in the state. In a letter issued on May 28, accessed by this newspaper, the Superintendent of Police of the Special Branch assigned this task to all his deputy superintendents of police in the districts and to report back “within a week”. The Modi 2.0 government was sworn in on May 30. “Collect all details, including names, telephone num- bers, professions and address- on sensitive issues. es of all office-bearers of the Other than the RSS, the SpeRSS and 17 other associated cial Branch also asked for deand supporting organizations, tails about the Vishwa Hindu treating it as most urgent and Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu file the details within Jagaran Samiti, Dharm a week,” the letter Ja g aran Samanvay stated. Samiti, Hindu Rashtra Efforts to find out if Sena, Rashtriya Sevika the reports had been Samiti, Shiksha Bharti, filed by the DSP’s by M u s l i m R a s h t r i ya June first week Manch, Durga Vahini, proved futile as police Swadeshi Jagaran Nitish Kumar officials clammed up Manch, Bharatiya and threatened this Kisan Sangh, Bharatiya correspondent for “leaking” Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya confidential information. The Rail Sangh, ABVP, Akhil Special Branch is tasked with Bharatiya Shikshak Mahaconfidentially briefing Bihar sangh, Hindu Mahasabha, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Hindu Yuva Vahini and the who is also the Home Minister, Hindu Putra Sangh. Though the Special Branch keeps track of almost everyone with general queries, this letter contains a very specific query and it could be for political purposes - A retired DGP STAB FOLLOW-UP The Police arrest accused duo Sivarenjith and A M Naseem on Monday morning The duo told the interrogators that the unit committee members of the SFI were afraid the students may defy their diktat in the long run The accused were apprehensive that they might lose their control over the students. They wanted to put an end to the defiance — A police officer the students were allowed to get away . “The accused were apprehensive that they might lose their control over the students. They wanted to put an end to the defiance. The attack was planned to teach opposing students a lesson,” a police officer told Express. The details of planning and reason for the attack were revealed by Sivarenjith and Naseem during questioning. The two were apprehended by the police early on Monday . The police said the two were picked up from an autorickshaw near Kesavadasapuram when they were heading towards Kallara to find refuge in t h e h o u s e o f N a s e e m ’s relative. The police said Sivarenjith confessed to the crime during questioning. The duo told the interrogators that the unit committee members were afraid the students might defy their diktat in the long run. “There have been minor run-ins between the unit committee members and the opposing students for the past few days. That culminated in them manhandling the students who sang inside the college canteen. Sensing that their vice-like grip on students was weakening, they decided to attack Akhil and other students,” said the of● More on P4 ficer. Permit private vehicles to go to Pampa: HC EXPRESS READ No power restriction in state till July 31 World Bank ready to partner with state: CM Exports dip 9.71% after gap of 8 months T’Puram: There will not be any restriction on power supply in the state till July 31, KSEB Chairman N S Pillai told the media after a high-level meeting. Pillai said the slight improvement in monsoon had prompted the decision. P6 T’Puram: The World Bank has evinced interest in becoming a development partner of the state in building a disasterresilient Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said at the Rebuild Kerala Development Partners Conclave here. P5 New Delhi: India’s exports have entered negative zone after a gap of eight months recording a decline of 9.71% to $25.01 bn in June, according to govt data. Imports also declined 9% to $40.29 billion in June Binoy refuses to give blood sample EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram BINOY Kodiyeri on Monday refused to give his blood sample to Mumbai police for DNA test citing ill health. Binoy turned up before the Oshiwara police who are probing the rape allegation against him as stipulated by the conditions laid down by a local court while granting him anticipatory bail. The rape allegation was made by tificate was also provided to a Mumbai-based woman who validate his claim. had previously worked in The court had earlier diDubai as a bar dancer. rected Binoy to cooperDuring his 30-minate with the police if ute stay at the station, they wanted him to Binoy, son of CPM undergo a DNA test. state secretary While turning up beKodiyeri Balfore the Oshiwara akrishnan, inpolice a week ago, Binoy Kodiyeri formed the investiBinoy had told the g a t i o n o f f i c e r h i s police he would comply with unwillingness to provide the their decision to conduct the ● More on P6 blood sample. A medical cer- test. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE Kerala High Court on Monday directed the government to permit private vehicles from Nilakkal to Pampa during monthly and special poojas at Sabarimala. The court said if there is any rush and traffic congestion, the authorities can regulate the movement of vehicles. The court said the vehicles should return to Nilakkal after dropping devotees as there is no parking space at Pampa. The court issued the order when a report by the Advocate Commissioner seeking a directive to the government to consider removing the restrictions came up for hearing. 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
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