KOTTAYAM l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 07, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION U.S. OFFICIALLY NAMES CHINA A CURRENCY MANIPULATOR Washington’s move came as Beijing allowed its currency to fall below the politically sensitive level of seven yuan to the dollar IT WAS ALSO TRUMP’S POLL PROMISE ■ 1994 BLAME MARKET FORCES, NOT US: CHINA The Trump administration’s move was also influenced by reports that Chinese firms have stopped buying US farm produce. During the 2016 presidential elections, Donald Trump had promised to label China as a currency manipulator, but the Department of Treasury kept the country on its watchlist, declining to take the final step — until now ■ The yuan exchange rate “is driven and determined by market forces”, the People’s Bank of China said in a statement The Chinese central bank called the US Treasury Department’s move “wayward unilateralism and protectionist” and said it “seriously undermined international rules” THE LAST TIME CHINA GOT THE TAG WAS FROM THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION 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 J&K integration now complete J&K Reorganisation Bill becomes law after Lok Sabha also passed it; next on the table is Assembly election for newly carved out Union territory; Home Minister Amit Shah clarifies the J&K situation will not affect the ongoing Naga talks M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi IN 32 hours flat, Parliament put its stamp on the Modi government’s grand plan to ‘fully integrate’ J&K with the rest of the country and reorganise it , to unveil a demographic and political realignment. That the next course of action before holding Assembly elections for the newly carved out Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir would be delimitation of the constituencies for a fair representation of the Jammu and Kashmir regions was hinted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Stating that all laws enacted by Parliament would now come into force in J&K, he withdrew the J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha to give effect to the 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections. The Lok Sabha adopted the statutory resolution to defang Article 370 with 366 ayes and 66 noes, while the division of votes for the J&K Reorganisation Bill was passed with 370 ayes and 70 noes. Minutes after the passage in the LS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that J&K would see a new beginning. “I salute my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience. For years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles. A new d aw n , b e t t e r t o m o r r o w awaits!” Shah also clarified the J&K actions won’t affect the ongoing Naga talks. To NCP member Supriya Sule’s question on how there could be different yardsticks for J&K and the Naga issue, Shah said, “Nagaland is unique and has a history of its own.” Making the policy stance clear, Shah said there would be no talks with the Hurriyat leadership while adding that the government would reach out to the people in J&K. Introducing the resolution and Bill, Shah said Pakistanoccupied Kashmir is an integral part of India, including the 24 Assembly seats from the region. 1953-2019 SUSHMA SWARAJ PASSES AWAY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PM CHANGES ARTICLE TO VERB TO NATIONALISE KASHMIR History’s child Prime Minister Narendra Modi rewrote the present to define the future by correcting the past, observes Prabhu Chawla | P8 MODI DID WHAT NEHRU WANTED TO, BUT COULDN’T On Dec 27, 1963, Jawaharlal Nehru told the Lok Sabha that Article 370 had been “eroded and Kashmir stands fully integrated”, writes S Gurumurthy | P9 A woman walks on a deserted street during a curfew in Srinagar on Tuesday | AFP Cong clueless, even Scindia supports govt R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi IF an example was needed on how the Congress’ official line on national issues is completely out of tune with the larger public sentiment, dividing the party down the middle, then the resolution to emasculate Article 370 and redraw J&K would be at the top. On Tuesday, as the Lok Sabha debated the J&K Reorganisation Bill and the resolution that received wide public support, several Congress leaders, veteran and Young Turks, publicly backed the government’s move. They include young leaders such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora and Deepender Hooda. The seniors who didn’t tow the party line were Janardan Dwivedi, Ashwani Kumar and Anil Shastri. Others who went with the BJP on Article 370 include Congress MLA in UP Aditi Singh and party national spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill. SENIOR BJP leader and former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the AIIMS Hospital on Tuesday night following a massive heart attack. She was 67. Hospital sources said Sushma was brought to the AIIMS at 10.20pm and was straightaway taken to the emergency ward. Sushma was one of the most active ministers during the term of the first Modi Government, but did not contest in the recent Lok Sabha polls due to poor health. She, however, wrote an emotional message on Twitter, thanking Prime Min- Sushma Swaraj ister Narendra Modi for giving her opportunity to serve the country for five years as foreign minister. Her last Twitter post was a congratulatory message, again to Modi, on the government’s reorganisation of Jammu & Kashmir, stating that she was waiting for the day in her lifetime. EXPRESS READ Prosecution fails to provide evidence, Sriram gets bail T’Puram: IAS officer Sriram Venkataraman, accused of fatally knocking down a journalist allegedly in inebriated condition here last week, was granted bail by the Judicial First Class Magistrate III on Tuesday. The bail was granted after the prosecution failed to produce evidence proving that Sriram was drunk at the time of the accident. Prosecution is set to file an appeal. P5
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