KOCHI l TUESDAY l AUGUST 27, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION INDIA NOW BANS SOME APPLE LAPTOP MODELS ON FLIGHTS DGCA on Monday said passengers should not carry models of 15-inch MacBook Pros that Apple has deemed a safety risk FIRE RISK DUE TO OVERHEATED BATTERIES SIMILAR ISSUE IN GALAXY NOTE 7 IN 2016 Apple last month said the battery may overheat in a limited number of older-generation MacBook Pro units and pose a fire safety risk. “Laptop eligibility is determined by product serial number,” the aviation regulator said and asked passengers not to carry them as hand or checked-in baggage till the battery has been certified as safe or replaced by Apple ■ ■ Aviation regulators in the US and Europe had already banned the faulty laptops. Foreign airlines to India have started enforcing it Earlier in 2016, aviation watchdogs across the world had banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from flights after a similar problem, with many reports saying its batteries overheated & exploded Sep 15-Feb 17 AFFECTED MACBOOK PROS PRIMARILY SOLD DURING THIS PERIOD, SAYS DGCA 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 Trump now says Kashmir is a bilateral issue After meeting with PM Narendra Modi, US President climbs down on Kashmir S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi DAYS after he termed the situation in Jammu & Kashmir so explosive that it needs his ‘mediation’, US President Donald Trump on Monday climbed down to say Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the situation under control and the issue is something to be sorted out between New Delhi and Islamabad. Experts see the development as a big diplomatic win for India against Pakistan’s bid for third party intervention on Kashmir. “We spoke last night about Kashmir, Prime Minister Modi really feels he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I’m sure that they will be able to do something that will be Have a PG diploma in med? You can soon teach in MBBS colleges S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi IN a move set to benefit thousands of doctors and also institutions grappling with faculty shortage, the medical education regulator has paved the way for allowing even those who have PG diploma in medicine to teach in medical colleges. At present, only those MBBS doctors who have MS, MD or DNB qualifications can pursue senior residency in medical c o l l e g e s, a p re c u r s o r t o teaching. In a notification issued a few days ago, the Medical Council of India’s Board of Governors has relaxed the rules. It has amended the teacher eligibility qualification to ensure even those with PG diploma can pursue senior residency The maxi. mum age to join it has been extended from 40 to 45. In 529 colleges in India, there are nearly 80,000 seats for MBBS and 45,000 PG seats, but not enough teachers. very good,” Trump told reporters on the sidelines the G7 summit in France. PM Modi reiterated India’s stand ruling out scope for a thirdparty mediation on Kashmir. “We don’t want to trouble any third country Modi said while ,” interacting with the media alongside Trump. Without directly referring to the Kashmir issue, Modi said, “There are many issues with Pakistan... We don’t bother other countries about these issues. We can find solutions through discussions.” Trump-Modi meeting came against the backdrop of the Indian government revoking the special status to Jammu & Kashmir and bifurcating the state into PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump share light moment during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France on Monday | PTI All issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature, and we don’t want to trouble any third country. We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally Narendra Modi, Indian prime minister two Union Territories on August 5. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Ter ritories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan. Modi said India and Pakistan were together before 1947 and he was confident that the two neigh- They (India) speak with Pakistan and I’m sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good. I think they can do it (resolve the issue) themselves Donald Trump, US president bours can discuss their problems and solve them. Former Ambassador and Deputy National Advisor Leela K Ponappa said, “By now we should not be surprised at changes in what Donald Trump says from time to time. The US govt policy had been articulated officially .” According to Pinak Chakravarty, for mer secretary, MEA, Trump’s statement reinforces In- `1,76,051,00,00,000 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai THE government will receive a windfall gain from the Reserve Bank of India with the banking regulator’s board on Monday deciding to transfer `1.76 lakh crore to the government. The transfer would help the finance ministry deliver a much-needed stimulus to the economy as well as balance its books. However, it’s not yet clear if the entire amount will be transferred at one go or if it involves staggered payments stretching over 4-5 quarters. The `1,76,051 crore transfer comprises `1,23,414 crore of surplus (dividend) for 2018-19 and `52,637 crore of excess risk provisions, as recommended by the Bimal Jalan Committee on Economic Capital Framework. The amount to be transferred this year to the government will be more than double than provided for in the previous year. While the surplus transfer is a relief to the cash-strapped government, the Jalan Committee has made it clear revaluation reserves cannot be touched. This means, no further transfer of capital from RBI. It has recommended various reserves, risk provisions and risk buffers maintained by RBI, should be continued. The revised framework a l l ow s t h e Re s e r ve Bank’s economic capital levels to be between 20 It is a fair framework that has per cent and 24.5 per cent evolved... Arbitrariness of either o f t h e b a l a n c e s h e e t . side (on transfer) will go away... As of June 2019, since it stood at Significant fact is that it has 23.3 per cent, the board decided been approved by the RBI board, the ultimate authority to to transfer FY19’s entire net income of `1,23,414 crore decide the framework (including `28,000 crore already paid as interim dividend) D K Mittal, former finance secretary to the government. “A s o n J u n e 3 0 , 2 0 1 9 , RBI stands as a central bank with one of the highest levels of financial resilience globally,” it said. The panel also noted that the revaluation balances could only be used as risk buffers against market risks as “they represented unrealised valuation gains and hence were not distributable”. The Jalan Committee was constituted after the issue of RBI’s surplus capital became a bone of contention between the central bank under the then governor Urjit Patel and former finance secretary S C Garg. EXPRESS READ Talks hit stalemate as Thushar refuses to pay Kochi: The talks to settle the bounced cheque case against Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) president Thushar Vellappally hit a stalemate on Monday as he refused to pay the amount demanded by Nazil Abdullah, the complainant | P4 Bad day for PC in courts, in CBI’s custody till Aug 30 Case against Franco referred to Sessions Court BOND WITH THE BIRD Kottayam: In a significant legal process in the rape complaint filed by a nun against the former head of Jalandhar diocese, Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Pala on Monday committed the case to Kottayam Principal Sessions Court to begin trial, after completing all preliminary proceedings | P4 A kite plays with its friend Muthu at Bhatt Road in Kozhikode. Six months ago, Muthu had saved the bird after it fell off the nest. He nursed and fed the small bird and released it after it recovered. Now, the fully-grown kite visits Muthu every morning to play with him | MANU R MAVELIL 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi FORMER Union minister P Chidambaram faced a tough time in courts on Monday, with the apex court refusing to hear his petition challenging the Delhi HC order dismissing his anticipatory bail plea and a special court extending his CBI custody in the INX Media case by four days. Chidambaram’s woes didn’t end there, as his plea challenging the trial court order asking the CBI to take him into custody could not come up for hearing since the registry had not yet received the approval of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Chidambaram’s lawyer Kapil Sibal rushed to a bench headed by Justice Banumathi complaining about the non-listing of the case, but she noted that the petition would be listed for hearing after orders by the CJI. CONTINUED ON: P9 dia’s stand on the Kashmir issue. Donald Trump has a habit of shooting from the hip. “It all began with the visit of Imran Khan wherein Khan flattered him by saying you are the most powerful person on this earth and you can solve this festering problem and Trump was seduced into making that statement of offering mediation in the Kashmir matter,” he added. Tharoor isolated in state Cong over Modi remarks E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram CONGRESS leader and MP Shashi Tharoor seemed to be getting isolated in the party in Kerala following his remarks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be praised whenever he says or does the right thing. K Muraleedharan, MP and former KPCC chief, on Monday went to the extent of asking the Thiruvananthapuram MP to join the BJP if he was so enamoured by Modi’s politics. While UDF convenor Benny Behanan said praising Modi is not what’s expected of Congress leaders, T N Prathapan, another MP, went a step further and wrote to AICC president Sonia Gandhi asking her to give ThaShashi Tharoor roor a “strong discourse” in fighting fascism. “Mr Narendra Modi is a complete dictator and his regime is suffocating many Indians,” Prathapan wrote. Earlier, KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran and Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala had also come Muraleedharan out against Tharoor, who, stuck to his position saying he doesn’t need any lessons from anyone on how to oppose Modi. Speaking to reporters in Kozhikode on Monday the , Congress MP from Vadakara, Muraleedharan, attacked Tharoor saying Congress leaders who admire Modi in public can do it after joining BJP. He also urged party president Sonia Gandhi to take stern action against Congressmen who praise Modi.● More on P6 ABHAYA CASE Witness turns hostile on first day of trial E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram THE much-awaited trial in the Sister Abhaya murder case started on a wrong note for the prosecution after one of the witnesses turned hostile on the first day of the trial at the CBI Special Court here on Monday 27 , years after the nun was found dead. Abhaya’s roommate at Pius X Convent in Kottayam, Sr Anupama Mathoor, who is one among the 177 witnesses in the case, retracted from the statement she had given to the CBI earlier. Anupama, in her statement, had said the veil and footwear of Abhaya were found in the kitchen and she had heard a noise from the well located on the convent premises. However, Anupama on Monday said she could not remember whether Abhaya had worn a veil on the day she was found dead. The nun also said she did not hear any sound of kitchen utensils falling on the floor and added that she could not recollect whether the dogs ● More on P6 had barked that day . ONE RANK ONE DRESS Army brings in uniformity in uniform for officers above Colonel rank M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi CALL it a move to bring in uniformity in uniform, the Army has decided to do away with differences in the uniform of officers above the rank of Colonel. This means that all Brigadierrank officers and above will sport the same beret, cap, shoulder badge, lanyard and belt. Currently, depending on the regiment or arm that an officer belongs to, the colour of the beret, lanyard, badge, etc., differ. And the badge on the belt is also different. “We have taken the decision to do away with differences in the uniform of officers from the rank of a Brigadier. The uniforms show your links with the regiment, arm or service that you belong to,” a senior Army officer said. “But all of them are Indian Army officers, so there should be no difference. There should be no affiliation to the lanyard or the regiment,” the officer added. To begin with, the dress that officers don in the evening while visiting the officer’s mess will be changed. The Army has already received three types of samples and a final decision on it will be taken soon. As soon as an officer Uniformity in uniform l Beret l Belt l Lanyard l Cap l Shoulder (Rank) Badges Ranks wearing them l Brigadier l Major General l Lt General l General gets commissioned, he is assigned a particular arm or service that has distinct badges and berets. For instance, rifle regiments have black-coloured badges on their shoulders and buttons. The colour of the beret also varies depending on the regiment or arm. The uniforms also change according to the season, and are different in winter and summer. A matter of pride for every soldier Currently, all rifle regiments such as the Rajputana Rifles and Gorkha Rifles have black-coloured badges on their shoulders and buttons. The colour is silver for the Assam Regiment.
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