AFP KOCHI l FRIDAY l JULY 19, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l LATE CITY EDITION OVER 100 DEAD IN ASSAM, BIHAR FLOODS, 1 CR PEOPLE AFFECTED With nine more deaths in the past 24 hours, the toll in Assam touched 37 as on Thursday, while it stood at 67 for Bihar RED ALERT IN KERALA, HEAVY SHOWERS IN TN KAZIRANGA TIGER TAKES SHELTER IN SHOP Heavy rains have been predicted over the next few days in Kerala, Karnataka, parts of Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad. With the monsoon set to intensify in Kerala, the India Meteorological Department has issued red alert for Idukki, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts. These districts are likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall upwards of 20 cm ■ ■ Pictures of a Royal Bengal Tiger relaxing on a bed inside a housecum-shop in Assam’s flooded Kaziranga National Park went viral on Thursday after Wildlife Trust of India tweeted them Over 95% of the famed Kaziranga Park is submerged, forcing animals to look for refuge in human habitations El Nino DESPITE MONSOON, THE SPECTRE OF EL NINO IS STILL LOOMING LARGE: SKYMET 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 No vote on Day I, only nataka, mayhem Governor asks CM to wrap up trust vote by 1.30 pm today; BJP members hold all-night dharna in state Assembly EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE legislative Assembly convened in time, there was only one business listed for the day , the Speaker called for the leader of the House and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy even moved the confidence motion, but the process of trust vote was stalled right there. The day ended in uproar, ruckus, name-calling, sloganeering and finally a decision of overnight protest by the BJP . Leaders of the coalition first stalled Kumaraswamy’s speech on the motion, then questioned the judiciary’s infringement on the rights of the House and dragged the discussion on BJP “kidnapping” MLAs before cre- Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy making a point to a bunch of MLAs at the state assembly in Bengaluru on Thursday | VINOD KUMAR T ating uproar against the saffron party in the Assembly . An unusually calm and composed BJP, keen on not taking the bait, sat through unperturbed occasionally rising to make their point and quickly regaining their composure. All hell broke loose when the coalition sought to defer the trust vote with the BJP insisting that it be conducted immediately A . stormy session ended with the House being adjourned to Fri- day but the BJP chose to stage an overnight protest by staying back in the Assembly . “Today all procedures and rules governing the confidence motion were thrown to the wind. We are demanding vote on the motion. The CM is reluctant to take up the motion as has lost the confidence of the House and the people. To press our demand, we will hold an all-night dharna in the House,” BJP leader Yeddyurappa said. A stormy session is expected on Friday, too, especially after Governor Vajubhai Vala wrote to the CM directing him to prove majority on the floor of the House before 1.30 pm. The House was adjourned and reconvened thrice with the debate on the motion of confi- I-T tightens net; `400-cr Noida plot held by Maya’s bro seized N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow STARTING TODAY INDULGE will feature a weekly column on healthy lifestyle choices by nutrition expert Deepika Rathod Page 7 KOCHI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF INDULGE Chandrayaan-2 launch to take place Monday S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai THE Indian Space Research Organisation on Thursday confirmed that the schedule for Chandrayaan-2 launch is 2:43 pm on July 22. There will not be any change in the landing date. Though a week’s travel time to Moon is lost, scientists are confident of soft-landing on lunar surface on September 6, as originally planned. Confirming this, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said, “The integrity of the mission is intact. Lander Vikram will touch down on Moon’s surface as originally planned which is crucial since the mission life is only ione day .” Dosa king dies of cardiac arrest Chennai: Saravana Bhavan owner P Rajagopal, the dosa king who became a murder convict, died at a private hospital here on Thursday. He was 73. He was shifted to a private hospital in Vadapalani only on Tuesday, after his family petitioned the High Court. Rajagopal died of cardiac arrest. P6 MORE skeletons appear to be tumbling out of BSP chief Mayawati’s closet with the Income-Tax department attaching a benami sevenacre commercial plot wo r t h ` 4 0 0 c r o r e owned by her younger brother Anand Kumar and his wife. Benami properties are those that are purchased in the name of someone who is not its actual beneficiary Tax sleuths . found a complex web of shareholding of the property by at least six firms, including dummy companies. Cutting through the maze, they established that Anand Kumar and his wife Vichiter Lata are the sole beneficiaries of the 28,328.07 sq m plot in Noida. On July 16, the department issued a provisional order under the anti-benami law for attaching the plot. The attachment order puts its book value at approximately `400 crore. The anti-benami law provides for rigorous imprisonment to the violator up to seven years and fine up to 25 per cent of the fair market value of the property . According to sources, Anand Kumar had planned to build a five-star hotel on the property . He was recently made BSP vice president. Clerk to crorepati Till 2007, Anand was a clerk in Noida Authority. He then amassed assets worth D1,300 crore in his and his wife’s names when Maya was UP CM I request you to prove your majority on the floor of the House on or before 1:30 pm tomorrow Vajubhai Vala, Karnataka Governor, in letter to the CM dence barely beginning. The Governor’s earlier message asking Speaker Ramesh Kumar to conclude proceedings by the end of Thursday only led to more ruckus. Kumaraswamy’s speech was stalled by Congress leader Siddaramaiah. who said the Supreme Court’s order allowing discretion to 15 rebel MLAs on attending the proceedings was a breach of his privilege to issue whip under 10th Schedule of the Constitution. EXPRESS READ Answer sheets: Panel to probe ‘Measures taken to avoid red-tapism’ T’Puram: The Kerala University Syndicate has constituted a sub-committee to find out how unused answer sheets found their way out of the examination centre at University College. P4 Kochi: In the wake of Anthoor suicide incident, the state government on Thursday submitted before the High Court that it has taken comprehensive steps to avoid red-tapism.P3 Motorists find it tough to navigate the SRV Road in Kochi after it got inundated due to clogged drains following heavy rain | ALBIN MATHEW Cheers! Showers coming down thick & fast, at last E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochiw NEARLY 40 days after its arrival, the Southwest monsoon gained strength across Kerala on Thursday . The revival of monsoon brought cheers to the state which has been staring at power crisis due to depleting water level in reservoirs. While south and central Kerala received incessant rainfall over the past couple of days, monsoon was weak over northern parts of the state. However, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert of thunderstorm accompanied by heavy rain in Kannur, Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode for Friday . The IMD has forecast vigorous monsoon conditions with widespread rainfall ranging from heavy to extremely heavy rainfall ● More on P6 across the state till Sunday . District mm Alappuzha 30 Kochi 38 Kottayam 21 Red alert T’Puram: Red alert has been issued in three districts — Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta — for Friday
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