KOTTAYAM l FRIDAY l AUGUST 02, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION SAME DEATH BENEFITS FOR PRIVATE AND GOVT STAFF? “Legal heirs of confirmed private firm staff, who died in road accident, are entitled to enhanced compensation,” says HC ENHANCED RELIEF FOR FAMILY ARE ALL EMPLOYEES SAME? The `38.79 lakh enhanced relief was first ordered in 2017, and upheld recently by the Madras High Court after the firm in question, Reliance General Insurance Company, went for an appeal. “We find no distinction has been made between government and private employee. In such a view of the matter, we do not find any error in the award,” the court held ■ 50% enhancement applicable only for govt employees, and does not cover private firms’ staff, says the company in court bench pointed out that in the case of permanent employee involving fixed salary, compensation has to be enhanced to 50% to include future income ■ The 7.5% ADDITIONAL AMOUNT TO BE GIVEN AS INTEREST COMPONENT 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 BJP finally expels MLA Sengar Priyanka barb on ‘empowering criminal’ The BJP on Thursday expelled its jailed Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The party’s working president J P Nadda is understood to have conveyed the decision to UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra thanked the SC for being proactive and poked the BJP, saying “BJP finally acknowledges having empowered a criminal and takes some action” Justice gets a chance as SC transfers all Unnao cases Delhi court told to wrap up main case in 45 days; C25L relief to rape survivor woman when she was a minor in 2017, allegedly by Sengar. Besides, the court directed the CBI to wrap up its probe into the car crash within seven days, though it can seek a week more if the circumstances are indeed exceptional. The accident killed the victim’s two aunts and left her lawyer critically injured. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said, “The victim is presently in ICU and on ventilator in Kin g George’s Medical University, Lucknow. She has been certified by the doctors as fit for being airlifted for more advanced medical treatment, though according to the doctors, it is not required as the hospital is fully equipped to treat the patient. We request the victim’s counsel to ascer- Deepening slowdown Nielsen’s 2019 FMCG sales projections Earlier forecast Dismal auto sales numbers for July, released on Thursday, are the latest 11-12% to signal the pain in the 9-10% economy is set to worsen Revised in the coming weeks and forecast months. Here’s a look at the economic indicators showing the going may become tough AUTO SALES CASH for India (July 2018 vs July 2019) BLEAK GROWTH PROJECTIONS Earlier forecast Revised forecast 7.5 CONSUMER SPENDING 7.1 6.9 WITH the Unnao rape survivor battling for life in a hospital after a horrible car crash, and the the finger of suspicion for the accident pointing towards jailed accused local MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the transfer of all five cases connected to the victim from Uttar Pradesh to a Delhi court. While setting a deadline of 45 days for the Delhi court to complete the trial of the main case with day-to-day hearing, the Supreme Court also directed the UP government to provide `25 lakh to the rape survivor as interim compensation. The main case is about the rape of the Unnao 7.2 7 @ New Delhi ADB 7.2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CRISIL IMF * Numbers % FY 2019-20 Escorts Tractors 5,483 Maruti Suzuki 36.3% 4,505 1,54,150 98,210 Hyundai 10.28% 43,481 39,010 Mahindra & 15.9% Mahindra 44,605 37,474 Jul 2018 Jul 2019 Yearon-year fall % STOCK MARKETS SHUDDER BSE Sensex 39,686.5 40000 12000 38,896.71 38,720.57 Jul 8 11,558.6 38,031.13 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 31 Fall in July: 5.55% 10000 NSE Nifty 50 11,588.35 37,481.12 35000 Jul 1 11,865.6 Jul 1 Jul 8 11,118 11,346.20 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 31 Fall in July: 6.3% Aug 1 performance: BSE: 37,018.32 (-1.23%) NSE: 10,980 (-1.24%) tain the views of the family and inform the court.” The bench said it was passing an exparte order without the representation of the accused persons to ensure expeditious investigation and trial in view the peculiar facts and circumstances of the cases. The court directed that the survivor, her mother and other members of her family be provided CRPF security cover and an officer of the level of commandant will file a compliance report. On Friday, the court will also hear a plea by Mahesh Singh, the survivor’s uncle who has been lodged in a jail in Rae Bareli, to be shifted to a jail in Delhi. Singh’s wife, too, died in the car crash. The CBI has so far booked 10 people for murder, including Sengar, for the car crash into a truck. New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Friday consider the outcome of mediation by a panel set up to resolve the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. Fin Min alleges huge tax evasion in gold sales Kochi: The state government fears a huge evasion of tax is taking place from the sales of gold in Kerala, the country’s biggest consumer of the yellow metal, following a sharp decline of tax collection in the GST regime. P4 Centre plans to rush 25K more troops to Kashmir Srinagar: The Centre plans to rush 25,000 more paramilitary personnel to Kashmir as part of a massive security drive, reports said. Tis Hazari (West) District Judge Dharmesh Sharma will hold trial in the five criminal cases relating to the Unnao rape case, the SC said CBI cross with police The CBI team probing the car crash is not getting support from the UP Police. The team was appalled that forensic test of the truck involved in the crash was not done for 3 days Former Maldives VP arrives illegally in TN ‘seeking asylum’ G O D S O N W I S E LY D A S S @ Thoothukudi FORMER vice president of Maldives Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor has been detained at the Thoothukudi Old Harbour after it was found that he travelled here illegally on a barge. It is alleged that he has arrived in India seeking asylum, claiming that there is a threat to his life in the island nation. The 37-year-old was the youngest politician in the world to become the vice president of a nation. Sources said the police officers and officials of central intelligence interrogated Adeeb, who is staying put in the barge anchored few metres away from the shore. Named ‘Virgo 9’ and sporting a Singapore flag, the barge had set sail to Maldives with a cargo of jelly stones on July 11, sources added. It is reported to have a 9-member crew -- 8 Indonesians and an Indian. Adeeb is reported to have boarded the barge midway on July 28, on the pretext of travelling to India for medical treatment. The Ministry of External Affairs confirmed the development. “There are designated entry points into India. In this case, since he was not entering through a designated point and did not possess valid documents, he has not been permitted,” an MEA statement said. RACKETS PUMP IN MORE Police pour `2K FAKE NOTES TO STATE into income A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi RACKETS operating from the rural areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu are printing a large number of counterfeit notes and are slipping them in to the state system. More worrying, the notes are mostly in the denomination of `2,000 unlike `500 earlier and their printing is of high quality . The seizure of counterfeit currencies in the denomination of `2,000 has increased in the state since demonetisation in November 2016. Police data show 4,717 notes in the denomination of `2,000 were seized between January 1, 2017 and June 18, 2019 while the number of fake `500 notes seized during the same period stood at 1,325. To add to it, fake currency with a face value of `20 lakh was seized from Attingal and Kozhikode on July 25. DIG (Kannur Range) K Sethu Raman said the quality of the seized currency notes proved they were printed using hi-tech machines from outside. “We’re probing the case in detail,” he said. A senior intelligence officer told Express the seizure was just below 10 per cent of the actual number of counterfeit notes circulated in the state in the last two years. “The risk of printing a counterfeit note is same irrespective of its denomination. So the rackets generally go for `2,000. The printers are mostly imported ones,” the officer said. The data showed as many as 1,348 fake notes in the denomination of `200 were also seized in the state during the above-mentioned period. Kozhikode Rural Superintendent of Police K G Simon said the police were closely monitoring the development and probing the activities of the interstate counterfeit currency rackets op- FAKE NOTESEIZURE Year 2018 1,463 487 69 2016 2 0 0 (from Nov) High-quality counterfeit notes The risk of printing a counterfeit note is same irrespective of its denomination. So the rackets generally go for K2,000 A police officer ● DIG (Kannur Range) K Sethu Raman said the quality of the seized currency notes proved they were printed using hi-tech machines from outside ● The printers are mostly imported ones, said a police officer erating in rural areas of the district. The state police have been able to track the activities of the inter-state rackets after two Salem natives were nabbed way back in 2017 from Mukkom in Kozhikode and the equipment used for printing fake currency was recovered. The members of the same racket were earlier picked up from Thrissur in May 2017 for possessing counterfeit notes to the tune of `3 lakh in face value. tax angle in VGS cases S H R E YA S H S , B A L A C H A U H A N & C H E TA N A B E L A G E R E @ Mangaluru/Bengaluru THE Mangaluru police, which is investigating the death of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha, on Thursday visited the Income Tax department office in Bengaluru and are believed to have collected some documents related to his cases. The police team is also said to have contacted former Director General (DG) of Income Tax (Investigation Wing) B R Balakrishnan in connection with the probe, sources said. Siddhartha, in a note to his employees, had alleged harassment by the I-T department, particularly from the previous DG, by attaching shares on two occasions to scuttle the Mindtree deal. The I-T department has, however, refuted the charges. “We only know that a team of officers, led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, visited the I-T department office and collected some infor mation about Siddhartha’s financ i a l transactions,” said a senior police officer. P6 Pak to grant consular access to Jadhav Islamabad: Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan, will be granted consular access on Friday, Foreign Office spokesman said here on Thursday, two weeks after the world court ordered Islamabad to allow Indian officials to meet him. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in 2017. Parliament approves death for Pocso crime New Delhi: A bill seeking to provide death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children and greater punishments for other crimes against minors was approved by the Parliament. Piloting the Pocso (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Union Minister Smriti Irani said it aims at making offences against children gender neutral. A N U K U R U V I L L A @ Kochi Even the digital world is deafunfriendly. But it has a lot of opportunities! But a major roadblock for this is the lack of qualified educational resource specifically catering to the deaf community — Sulu A Naushad Sulu A Naushad and Remya Raj | ALBIN MATHEW (KSUM). “Our company focuses on delivering accessible technical education to the 18 million-odd hearing impaired across India,” she said, adding many of them are under the age of 30. “The hearing 64 2017 2,937 610 A new start in education of hearing impaired TO many a physical disability , means they have lost the right to lead a meaningful and successful life. The buck stops at them being disabled! However, the very issues they had to face led two hearing-impaired women to join forces and launch a company that aims to provide quality, skill-oriented education for others like them. Digital Arts Academy for the Deaf (Daad) is an edu-tech product company founded by Remya Raj, 36, and Sulu A Naushad, 25. According to Remya, who is the CEO of Daad, the company was registered in 2018 and started using a seed fund of `1 lakh granted by Kerala Startup Mission No. of D500 Total D2,000 new accused notes notes 2019 317 228 20 (Jan 1 - Jun 16, 2019) DAAD EXPRESS READ Ayodhya: SC to consider panel’s report today Delhi trial judge named TNIE EXCLUSIVE impaired community has to cross many hurdles in order to live a full and productive life. However, not many are able to cross these hurdles. Hence, it becomes the responsibility of people like us who had the good fortune to jump through the hoops to help others,” said Remya, whose husband is also hearing impaired. According to her, Daad is the first deaf startup in the country. “Both Remya and I had a very tough time while we were in college. The lecturers don’t teach in sign language. So, it was difficult understanding lessons,” said Sulu, whose parents too are hearing impaired. ● More on P6 Medical students burn copies of National Medical Commission Bill in front of Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram demanding its repeal on Thursday | EXPRESS NMC BILL PASSED IN RS AMID PROTEST E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Why doctors are against it n It lets Homeo, Ayurvedic doctors practise modern medicine. Critics say practitioners of alternative medicine can’t match those who studied medicine for five years n It also allows paramedics such as pharmacists and nurses to practise as doctors in a limited way. Critics say this would encourage quackery The Union Health Minister explained that NEXT will be conducted at the national level THOUSANDS of doctors across the country protested against certain provisions in the National Medical Commission Bill, which the Rajya Sabha passed on Thursday . According to the new legislation, the Medical Council of India will be replaced with a new body that will have the powers to regulate medical education, assess medical colleges, and issue licences to doctors to practise. The Bill was passed in the Upper House with one amendment moved by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. It had originally proposed a 25-member Commission with 14 nominated by the Centre, six by states and five elected from the profession. Post amendment, it will have 33 members -- 14 from the Centre, 10 from states and nine elected from the profession. During discussion on the Bill, many Opposition parties especially DMK raised the issue of NEET and Nation Exit Exam (NEXT). DMK leader Tiruchi Siva questioned the need for an exit exam after five years of medical education and that why it should be conducted by the Centre. The AIADMK staged a walkout opposing the Bill. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan explained that NEXT will be conducted at the national level. “This will give final year student three things. First, they will pass their final year exam. Second, they will become doctors and will be eligible to get the licence to practise. It will also give them admission to PG courses depending on their merti,” Vardhan added.
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