RP RAMAN CHENNAI THURSDAY AUGUST 01, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION HEFTY TRAFFIC FINES FINALLY GET PARLIAMENT’S APPROVAL Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday with 108 votes in favour and 13 votes against it PROVISION TO PROTECT GOOD SAMARITANS STUCK IN RAJYA SABHA FOR A LONG TIME Improving road safety is the main aim of the law that slaps huge penalties for traffic offences. For instance, the minimum fine for drunken driving has risen from `2K to `10K; a `1K fine will be slapped for driving without helmets along with a three-month licence suspension. It seeks to protect Good Samaritans for more to come forward to help accident victims ■ ■ After being passed by Lok Sabha in 2017, the Bill was stuck in Rajya Sabha. After Lok Sabha’s dissolution, the Bill to replace the 30-year-old law was passed by the Lower House again last week On Wednesday, there was uproar before it was passed as oppn MPs said the House shouldn’t be extended beyond 6 pm regularly A2 lakh COMPENSATION IN HIT-AND-RUN CASES IN CASE OF DEATH, UP FROM `25,000 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 COFFEE KING MAKES THE FINAL JOURNEY V G Siddhartha’s final rites performed at his family estate in Chetanahalli; thousands of people, including dignitaries, pay tributes From what he has expressed (in his letter), it appears that he was greatly depressed due to harassment and pressure from different agencies because of which he could not run his business in a peaceful manner S H R E YA S H S , D I V YA C U T I N H A & B T H I P P E R U D R A P PA @ Mangaluru/Chikkamagaluru CAFE Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha, who was reported missing since Monday evening, was found dead in the backwaters of the Nethravathi river on Wednesday morning by a few local fishermen. After autopsy the mortal remains were shifted to the , family estate at Chetanahalli in Mudigere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district where the last rites were conducted in the evening. A host of leaders, including Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, and thousands of estate workers and employFishermen find ees paid their last respects at the Amalgamated Bean Coffee premises in Chikbody at dawn kamagaluru where the body was kept in The body was state. Around 6.45 pm, his older son Amartya found on the lit the pyre. backwaters of river Earlier in the day a large crowd including , Netravati, putting relatives, elected representatives, family to rest all friends and the general public had gathered speculation. Three at Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru where the fishermen spotted autopsy was conducted. Sringeri MLA Raju it floating half km Gowda, a close friend of Siddhartha, broke from the shore down saying, “I cannot believe that he comaround 6.30 am mitted suicide. This cannot be real. He was a hard-working and a committed man.” K P Mohammad, a schoolmate of Siddhartha, said, “We studied at a school in Cheekanahalli village of Belur taluk in Hassan district. We played, fought and roamed around together. In our later years, we kept meeting at social gatherings. Despite his achievements, Siddhartha was down to earth and was always nice to me.” After Siddhartha was reported missing from the Ullal bridge across the Nethravathi river around 8 pm on Monday a massive , search and rescue operation was launched by the Mangaluru police, the district disaster response force, the National Disaster Response Force and also the Indian Coast Guard. Former chief secy named interim group chairman Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister The reasons and the invisible hands that ended his life in this tragic way should be unearthed. The letter talked about tax terrorism. What signals are we sending to budding entrepreneurs without even an attempt to reform? People pay their last respects to the mortal remains of V G Siddhartha, in Chikkamagaluru on Wednesday | PTI S E S A S E N @ New Delhi HOURS after Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) founder V G Siddhartha’s body was recovered on Wednesday S V Ranga, nath, former Karnataka chief secretary and an independent director on the company’s board, was appointed interim chairman of the group. A retired IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre, Ranganath has also served as non-executive chairman of Industrial Finance Corporation of India and as chairman of Indian Coffee Board. His being given the reins is seen as an attempt to get a senior leader on board who can command respect from all stakeholders. CCD also named Nitin Bagmane as interim chief operating officer of the company Bagmane is also a director . on the board of Tanglin Developments Ltd, a subsidiary of Coffee Day Enterprises. The board also decided to set up an executive committee led by Ranganath to find ways to retire debt and probe the past financial P8 transactions. Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Congress leader India Inc echoes concerns over tax terror EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Bengaluru A sombre and worried India Inc echoed V G Siddhartha, India’s pioneer café entrepreneur, with many pointing out that several Indian corporates were in the same spot as his Coffee Day fac, ing debt pressures compounded by ‘tax terrorism’ and creditors demanding their pound of flesh. Chairman of Manipal Global Education and former Infosys Director Mohandas Pai said, “The tax justice system is broken in India. We must request Profits shrink Net profit after tax for some 20,000 companies in India was just 2.3 per cent in 2017-18, according to a report by Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy our PM & FM to intervene & stand up for us to show that they’re there to protect honest taxpayers.” Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, managing director of Biocon, told a TV channel that “India has moved from License Raj to Inspector Raj. There is an effort to clean India Inc, but the pendulum cannot swing from one extreme to the other. The government needs to exchange with honest businessmen.” Entrepreneurs have for quite some time been pointing out that criminalising business failure is stigmatising it and making revival of many firms that are in the doldrums more difficult. Siddhartha, in a letter to the Cafe Coffee Day board, mentioned how he was hounded by the income tax department. However, veteran corporate leader and chairman of HDFC Deepak Parekh defended creditors and taxmen. “There are various compulsions for a PE, for a bank, tax people so individually they do their jobs and businessmen must understand that they should only expand or grow or acquire to the extent they have capability he said. P8 ,” S V Ranganath SC WHIP Gogoi angry over not being shown Unnao victim’s letter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CHIEF Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday expressed his displeasure at the fact that a letter to him by the Unnao rape victim’s family on July 12 was not brought to his attention by the court registry and termed it unfortunate. Justice Gogoi asked the secretary general of the apex court to submit a report on Thursday explaining why the letter, in which the family said they faced grave danger, was not placed before him. The apex court will hear the matter on Thursday four days af, ter the rape survivor was critically injured as a speeding truck rammed the car in which she was travelling. In the letter, the mother and sisters of the 19-year-old, who was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar at his residence in Unnao two years ago, had said they were being intimidated by the accused and were also threatened with implication in false cases. “I also got to know about it from media reports which seem to suggest the Chief Justice was sitting on it. I had not even seen such a letter until Tuesday when I asked the court’s secretary general,” the Chief Justice said. CBI begins probe, not happy with forensic team Rae Bareli: The CBI on Wednesday officially began its probe into the Unnao rape survivor’s ‘accident’ with a team reaching the spot in UP. But the sleuths were not happy with the local forensic team for not conducting any investigation on the truck, a cop who briefed them told this newspaper | P9 TROUBLE FOR TN AS HOUSE PASSES WATER DISPUTES BILL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chennai THE Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the interstate water disputes (amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill, which seeks to reform the adjudication of recurrent disputes in water-sharing between States by forming a single national tribunal, has been opposed by politicians and experts from Tamil Nadu. Presenting the Bill, water minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said existing tribunals, constituted for resolution of water disputes, had failed to resolve conflicts. He pointed out that a tribunal could not resolve an interstate dispute for 33 years. “Except one or two tribunals, others did not meet regularly,” Shekawat said. The bench will be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge and will have different benches, which would be wound up once a particular dispute it’s handling is resolved. The tribunal is mandated to deliver final award within two years, and whenever an order is passed, the verdict should be automatically notified. “The danger Tamil Nadu will face because of this Bill is that Karnataka will revive the Cauvery dispute saying it was not satisfied with the SC verdict and file a petition before this tribunal and the hearing hearing in the case can go on for many more years. Until the petition is disposed, Karnataka will not release water to Tamil Nadu. The Cauvery Authority will remain only on paper,” says A Veerappan, president of PWD engineers P4 association. EXPRESS READ Fed cuts rates for 1st time since recession Washington: The US Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate by a quarter points Wednesday. It’s the first rate cut since Dec. 2008, when the US was in the depths of the Great Recession | P19 ED asks Karti to vacate Delhi house New Delhi: The ED on Wednesday asked MP Karti Chidambaram to vacate his Delhi Jor Bagh house, which was earlier attached by the agency in the INX Media scam DISCOVERING INDIA Meet the Indiana Jones of Erode Treasure hunt in the village C H A N D H I N I R @ Erode AT a time when the world as we know it is being subject to constant change and younger g enerations have little knowledge of the history, this gover nment school teacher has galvanised an entire village into becoming archaeological enthusiasts. Spearheading the heritage club at the Chikkahalli Gover nment High School in Erode’s Thalavadi, John Peter has been credited with discovering many monuments, sculptures, stone-age tools and inscriptions in their village. His interest has led many a student and fellow villager to finding and preserving these relics. While employed at the school as a physical education teacher, John has a diploma in Epigraphy (the John Peter with fellow enthusiasts from Erode | EXPRESS study of inscriptions) and Archaeology His interest for . the subject spread to his students through the school’s Thonmai Paathukappu Mandram (Heritage Preservation Club). While an order to constitute such clubs was issued over a decade ago, this school got one just five years ago. However, they made for the lost time with fervour and eaP5 gerness. As part of the activities of the heritage club, John takes the students out to the neighbouring villages of Igalore, Marur, Kondipuram and Doddapur in search of archaeological remains. It was during one such visit, they found a celt (a long, thin, prehistoric tool made of stone or bronze) of the paleolithic period — dating back by 10,000 years — on the riverbank near the school. the children, who got to handle the tool instead of just learning about it, were able to understand it better, he says
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