WAYANAD | KERALA COIMBATORE SATURDAY AUGUST 10, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION SOUTH STRUGGLES TO KEEP HEAD UP ANDHRA PRADESH 27,570 People in various relief camps Flood situation in South India to get worse as IMD predicts very heavy rains in the coming days EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HEAVY rains, landslides and flash floods continued to batter South India on Friday with the situation in Kera, la’s Wayanad and Karnataka’s Kodagu region remaining grim. At least 28 people were killed in Kerala over the past 24 hours as heavy showers pounded the state’s northen districts, triggering landslides and flash floods. In Karnataka’s Kodagu, seven people died in rain-related incidents, pushing the total toll in the state to 25. The toll in the two states could go up as several people are feared trapped in the slush. At least 40 people are feared to have been trapped in Wayanad and Malappuram, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Vijayan, who chaired a high-level meeting on Friday to review the situation, said landslips and mudslides were reported from 24 places. The day also saw authorities scrambling to evacuate people residing in low-lying areas as many rivers in th estate are in spate. Heavy rain and release of water from dams in Maharashtra made matters worse for people in the Krishna basin districts, including Belagavi which has been the worst affeced. Overflowing rivers and landslides have cut off road and rail connectivity in many districts. The Mysuru-Ooty highway was blocked by the overflowing Kabini river while the Charmadi Ghat remained closed to traffic due to landslides. Road connectivity was hit at several places in Hassan, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu and Belagavi districts. Flight operations too were affected as services between Bengaluru and Kochi were suspended. The Kochi airport is shut till Sunday as flood water , has entered the runways. Over a lakh flood-affected people have so far been evacuated in Karnataka, even as Tamil Nadu has sought IAF support for rescue activities in rain-ravaged Nilgiris district. NDRF teams rushed to Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat An NDRF team comprises around 45 personnel 83 45 OCT 31 DATE SET FOR BIFURCATION OF J&K BELGAVI | KARNATAKA The bifurcation of J&K will happen on October 31, as President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave assent to a legislation to do so. It will create two Union Territories, J&K and Ladakh. October 31 happens to be the birth anniversary of India’s first home minister Sardar Patel CHINA HARPS ON U.N., SIMLA AGREEMENT China on Friday told visiting Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that it regarded both India and Pakistan as “friendly neighbours” and wants them to resolve the Kashmir issue through UN resolutions and the Simla agreement UNCERTAINTY OVER THAR EXPRESS After confusion over the fate of Samjhauta Express service between Indian and Pakistan, there was apprehension that Thar Express which links them across Rajasthan could be suspended. The train run between Jodhpur’s Bhagat ki Kothi station and Karachi every Friday night @ New Delhi Under a thick blanket of security the J&K administration let , people walk out of their homes for the first time for Friday prayers ever since curbs were imposed in the wee hours of Monday before the state was reorganised. People in the Valley also went shopping for provisions and shops that were open did brisk business. However, there were reports of stone pelting in a few areas of Srinagar town. Governor Satyapal Malik went around the streets of Srinagar and visited hospitals to get a feel of the situation. As part of the administration’s confidence building measures, he directed deputy commissioners to personally attend to at least 20 families a day who need fuel, , provisions and medicines. There were reports that the popular and historic Jama Masjid area stayed under tight restriction and Friday prayers were disallowed, as the administration looked to avoid possible attempts at disruption under the cover of a large Chennai: The Union Home Ministry on Friday moved the Madras High Court appealing against the court’s order restricting Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi from interfering in the day-to-day affairs of the elected Puducherry government. When the delay condone application moved by the Union Home Ministry came up for hearing, a division bench of Justice Vineeth Kothari and Justice C V Karthikeyan permitted it to move the appeal as the apex court had already granted the L-G liberty to approach the division bench hectares of agriculture crop and 2,149 hectares of horticulture crop feared damaged in East Godavari district alone East and West Godavari districts are the most affected. 82 relief camps in East Godavari ODISHA COIMBATORE | TAMIL NADU 1.77 lakh 4 dead, 2 persons are missing 9 districts have been affected At least 1,035 villages, 45 blocks partially of fully hit by floods MAHARASHTRA A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM Toll shoots up to 25 Belagavi district in Karnataka the worst-hit Over 2 lakh people evacuated from different parts of the state 16 out of 30 districts in the state hit by floods and heavy rains Release of water from Maharashtra dams to Krishna river worsened situation Road and rail connectivity cut off at many places with many bridges submerging Five people killed in separate incidents in the Nilgiris over past two days Massive search launched for a two-year-old girl washed away in flash floods in village near Pollachi IAF rescues four from Avalanche Families living close to Noyyal, Bhavani & Cauvery rivers are being shifted Defence and rescue personnel have been pressed into service Hall of fame A look at those adjudged best performers in tinsel town NATIONAL FILM AWARDS 2018 2.85 lakh people have been evacuated due to the devastating floods in Western Maharashtra’s 5 dists The worst-hit districts are Kolhapur and Sangli Toll touched 29 by Friday IBC AMENDMENTS KOSHER Homebuyers have equal rights as lenders, says SC A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi BEST ACTRESS Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati gathering. However, people were allowed to congregate at their local mosques. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, too, toured the sensitive downtown areas of Srinagar and mingled with locals and CRPF personnel, visiting the Eidgah on the way He instruct. ed the personnel to ensure that no civilian is harassed in any manner. Doval had on Wednesday interacted with people in Shopian, which has been at the centre of militant activity recently . Police officials said the decision to ease restrictions was to preempt protests over the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and split Kashmir and Ladakh into two Union territories. A day before, restrictions were eased around Civil Lines and the famous Dal Lake area to allow free movement of people. They however, said severe re, strictions remain in sensitive localities and trouble-prone areas in all of Kashmir. The main roads remain bar ricaded though people with emergencies are allowed to pass. For the fifth consecutive day, however, phones and internet services remained down in Kashmir, though they were relaxed in Jammu on Friday . Stray violence by stone pelters was reported in areas such as Noorbagh, Natipora, Barzulla, Bemina, and Bagh-eMehtab. The mobs were chased aw ay by p a r a m i l i t a r y personnel. In Jammu, the district administration on Friday withdrew prohibitory orders under Section 144 imposed since Monday As a result, all schools, col. leges and academic institutions can resume their functioning normally from Saturday . Meanwhile, a Left delegation led by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D Raja that wanted to visit the Valley, was denied entry and sent back to New Delhi after their arrival in Srinagar. “They showed us a legal order restraining us,” said Yechury . On the diplomatic front, India told Pakistan to accept the new reality Ministry of Exter. nal Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “It is time for Pakistan to accept reality and stop interfering in internal affairs of India.” EXPRESS READ Home Minister moves HC against bar on Bedi 4,177 People affected across the state SRINAGAR A woman carrying vegetables walks past closed shops in the city during restrictions after Centre scrapped special status and decided to bifurcate the state | REUTERS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 28 dead, 8 missing 9 bodies recovered from Puthumala in Wayanad, hit by a landslide on Thursday 101 houses fully destroyed 738 relief camps opened 64,013 persons from 15,748 families are now in relief camps Red alert in 7 districts Kochi airport shuts operations until Sunday 3pm. Flights diverted to Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur and Kozhikode 7 KSEB dams and 6 irrigation dams opened At Meppadi in Wayanad, which witnessed the biggest landslip on Thursday, the area between two hills was completely washed away — Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM Restrictions ease a tad in the Valley JAMMU A Rapid Action Force personnel stands guard in the city on Friday. Section 144 has been lifted and schools can start functioning in Jammu from Saturday | PTI T P SOORAJ BEST ACTOR Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun) and Vicky Kaushal (Uri: The Surgical Strike) FEATURE FILM Hellaro (Gujarati) CHILDREN’S FILM Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasargodu (Kannada) CINEMATOGRAPHY (Late) MJ Radhakrishnan for Olu (Malayalam) FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER Bindhu Malini for Mayavi Manave from Nathicharami (Kannada) FILM CRITIC Blase Johnny (Malayalam) CHILD ACTOR P V Rohith for Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada) ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Rahul Ravindran for Chi Arjun La Sow (Telugu) PAGE 6 THE Supreme Court on Friday upheld amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code on Friday, giving homebuyers the status of financial creditors, while dismissing the plea by over 180 real estate companies against the amendments. A group of realtors, including Pioneer Urban Land and Infrastructure, Supertech, BPTP, Today Homes Noida, Ireo, CHD Developers, ATS among others had moved the apex court against the IBC amendments, which allowed homebuyers to take a developer to the bankruptcy court. They pleaded that remedies to homebuyers were available under the RERA Act and the amendments to IBC were not needed. Their plea was rejected by an SC bench headed by Justice R F Nariman, stating consumers should have the option of seeking remedy under any provision — the Consumer Protection Act, IBC or RERA. It added that the RERA Act, which regulates the real estate sector, should be read harmoniously with the amendments made in the IBC and in case of conflict, the Code would prevail. It also recognised the rights of homebuyers who contribute equally in financing of any real estate projects. The bench clarified that only genuine homebuyers can invoke insolvency proceedings against a builder. This means if a real estate company goes for A SEAT AT HIGH TABLE Homebuyers will now have a seat at the Committee of Creditors’ table, which decides on the resolution process. This means from now on, homebuyers will be very much a party to, and will have a say in, the resolution process for their bankrupt builder. In other words, as financial creditors now, they will have a say in the resolution process of a cash-strapped realtor insolvency, homebuyers will be treated at par with banks and other institutional creditors and will be given priority in recovering dues from the insolvent company . This also will ensure buyers a seat at the Committee of Creditors’ table, enabling them to be a party in the resolution process for a real estate firm which goes bankrupt. “While giving home buyers status of financial creditors, on par with creditor banks, the effect will be beneficial to both lenders and consumer, as it will help completion of delayed projects,” Niranjan Hiranandani, President, NAREDCO said. SLIM MARGIN Muslim party objects to ‘rushed’ Ayodhya hearing New Delhi: A Muslim party on Friday objected in the Supreme Court five-days-a-week hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, saying it will “not be able to assist” the court if the hearing is “rushed through” NLCT junks auditors’ plea against ban over IL&FS Mumbai: In a major setback to auditors Deloitte and BSR, the NCLT on Friday rejected their pleas challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction to ban them for their alleged omissions and commissions in the ILFS scam BCCI caves in, comes under NADA ambit New Delhi: Ending years of defiance, BCCI agreed to come under the ambit of National Anti-Doping Agency, a landmark decision that opens up the possibility of the boad becoming a sports federation | P12 By just over 8K votes, DMK wins Vellore LS seat R S I V A K U M A R @ Vellore THE opposition DMK managed to score a narrow victory in the election to the Vellore parliamentary constituency, the result for which was announced on Friday DMK candidate and . party treasurer Durai Murugan’s son DM Kathir Anand secured 4,85,340 votes to defeat the AIADMK candidate AC Shanmugam by a margin of just 8,141 votes. Shanmugam, who is the founder of Puthiya Neethi Katchi, had contested on the AIADMK symbol and managed to poll 4,77,199 votes. Counting began at 8am at the Ranipet Institute of Technology. While Shanmugam was leading till the sixth round of counting, Kathir Anand overtook him thereafter and held the lead although the margin narrowed over time. With this victory the strength , of the DMK alliance in the Lok Sabha rises to 39 (including Pu- DMK members celebrate the Vellore poll victory at Arivalayam, the party headquarters, in Chennai on Friday | Ashwin Prasath ducherry). The AIADMK has one representative in the Lower House — Theni MP Raveendranath Kumar, son of Deputy CM O Panneerselvam. The battle for Vellore was a matter of prestige for both Dravidian majors. The poll had been rescinded after cash was seized from the premises of persons allegedly associated with the DMK. The AIADMK ‘Virtual victory for AIADMK’ “It is a virtual victory for AIADMK and no one can deny that,” said CM Edappadi K Palaniswami & Deputy CM O Panneerselvam in a statement on Friday. The ruling party approached the poll using government machinery while DMK had support of only alliance parties and people — DMK chief M K Stalin wanted to check the DMK juggernaut and the entire Cabinet descended on the constituency . The DMK was keen on capturing the final frontier and establishing its strength. However, the narrow margin suggests that defeating the AIADMK in the 2021 Assembly polls may not be as easy for the DMK as it may have hoped. The ruling party for its part, considers the , result a “virtual victory”. Kathir Anand, speaking to reporters, said, “The victory is the dividend to party president MK Stalin’s hard work.” He dedicated the victory to late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, whose first death anniversary was observed on August 7. AC Shanmugam, who was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1984, was unlucky for the second consecutive election. In 2014, he contested on the BJP symbol, as part of BJP-DMDKPMK alliance, securing 3,24,326 votes and coming second only to the victorious AIADMK.
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