THRISSUR l THURSDAY l AUGUST 29, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION ANTI-BREXIT MPs OUTRAGED AS BORIS SUSPENDS HOUSE British PM Boris Johnson on Wednesday prorogued parliament until October 14, just two weeks before the UK is to leave the EU NO-DEAL BREAKUP WITH EU MORE LIKELY PM’S MOVE ‘A VERY BRITISH COUP’ Prorogation is a method by which a parliament session is brought to an end, until proceedings begin again with the Queen’s speech. The manoeuvre will give pro-EU MPs less time to block a no-deal Brexit before the Oct 31 deadline. It adds to an already planned suspension in September for 3 weeks to allow parties to hold their annual conferences ■ ■ John Bercow, the speaker of House of Commons, described it as a “constitutional outrage”. Opposition MPs branded Johnson a “dictator”, with a leading lawmaker calling it “a very British coup” MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit will now try to keep parliament open using emergency legislation when it reconvenes on Sept 3 1 seat JOHNSON’S GOVT HAS A MAJORITY OF JUST ONE SEAT IN PARLIAMENT 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 MANUFACTURING The extant policy provided for 100% FDI in the manufacturing sector, while there was no specific provision for contract manufacturing. The Cabinet has now clarified 100% FDI will be allowed in the latter as well. This could contribute to the objectives of Make in India RETAIL In single-brand retail trading, the definition of 30% local sourcing norm has been relaxed and online sales permitted without prior opening of brick-and-mortar stores. This will create jobs in logistics, digital payments, customer care, training and product skilling COAL MINING The Cabinet has allowed 100% FDI under automatic route in coal mining, sale of coal as well as associated infrastructure activity. The government hopes opening up the sector will attract international players to India and make the domestic coal market more competitive DIGITAL MEDIA Fixing 26% FDI in digital media will remove ambiguity about foreign investment in the sector as extant policy is silent on this. Up to 26% FDI is already allowed for print media. This has now been expanded to digital media as well, for streaming news and current affairs | P13 IMPACT Now, big stimulus for FDI flow 100% foreign investment in coal mining, contract manufacturing; single-brand retail norms eased E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi IN less than a week after Finance Minister Nirmala announced a slew of measures to lift the country’s sagging economy the Union , Cabinet on Wednesday unleashed FDI reforms across sectors to lure foreign investors to India. In a fresh round of FDI reforms, the government eased the local sourcing norms for foreign investors-led single-brand retailers, allowed up to 26% FDI in digital media, and clarified that 100% foreign investment will be allowed for coal mining and contract manufacturing. Earlier, single-brand retail chains with more than 51% FDI had to source 30% of their goods from the domestic market. Now, the definition of sourcing norm has been expanded to allow companies to consider their exports from India as part of their local sourcing. Companies can now source local products for exports directly or from a group company or even a third party firm working under legal contract with it. Moreover, single-brand retailers are now allowed to start on- line sales, waiving the earlier condition of setting up a mandatory brick-and-mortar store first. “Due to ongoing tensions in the world, companies are looking for new places to set up their manufacturing facilities. Some FDI norms were posing hurdle in attracting such entities to India. These norms have been liberalised to a great extent. We believe Other decisions 75 Apple, which wanted to set up a chain of stores in India but was bothered by the sourcing norms, will benefit from the new norms. India is currently engaged in a trade spat with the US and the move could help ease trade tensions between the two nations. The government also clarified that 100% FDI is permitted in contract manufacturing. While connew government medical colleges will be set up by 2021-22. This will add 15,700 MBBS seats, offer tertiary care in under-served areas. The new hospitals will be attached with existing district / referral hospitals Sugar mills will get lump sum export subsidy @ `10,448 per tonne for sugar season 2019-20. This will incur a total expenditure of it will help with ease of doing business. It will boost economic growth, promote Make in India and create job opportunities,” Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said while briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting. Multinational giants such as A6,268 cr tract manufacturers such as Foxconn, which makes iPhones for Apple, have set up shop in India, till now there was no clarity on which FDI rules applied to them. The government also clarified that 100% FDI will be allowed in coal mining and associated infra- structure under automatic route. Another clarification was on FDI in digital media. Goyal said digital media can have up to 26% FDI. The extant policy was silent on how much FDI could flow into digital media firms — 26% as in print news media or 49% as in news television. FDI is important beause it is a major driver of economic growth and a source of non-debt finance f o r a c o u n t r y ’s e c o n o m i c development. Among other decisions, the government announced a `6,268 crore subsidy for export of 6 million tonnes of sugar during the 2019-20 marketing year, which enable help sugar mills clear arrears to farmers. The decision is to help hundreds of thousands of sugarcane farmers in UP, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said. However, India is already under WTO glare on the issue of sugar subsidies after Australia and Brazil and Guatemala took up the issue contending India’s subsidies violate the rules of the world trade body . EXPRESS READ Mani C Kappan is LDF candidate for Pala bypoll Kottayam/T’Puram: Nationalistic Congress Party senior leader Mani C Kappan will be the LDF candidate for the Pala byelection. NCP state president Thomas Chandy announced the decision after the party state executive meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. Kappan is slated to submit his nomination papers on Saturday between 10 am and 11 am. P5 Govt sends back judge’s name to SC Collegium The SC on Wednesday said it had received a communication from the Centre on the Collegium’s May 10 recommendation elevating Justice Akil Kureshi as Madhya Pradesh HC Chief Justice. The Collegium will now take a call. GOLD CUSTOMS INSPECTOR HELD FOR AIDING SMUGGLING The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence on Wednesday arrested Customs inspector Rahul Pandit who was allegedly facilitating gold smuggling through airports in Kerala. P5 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Wednesday sent all legal challenges to the reorganisation of J&K and the dismantling of the special Constitutional status accorded to it under Article 370, to a five-judge Constitution bench. The bench could begin in the first week of October. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also issued notice to Centre asking it to respond to petitions on Article 370 as well as the communications clampdown cramping the media in J&K. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Attorney General K K Venugopal argued against issuing notice to the Centre, saying the case was Pak plays sensitive and the notice would have Rahul card, international repercussions, addCong hits ing whatever happens here is raked back up before the United Nations. But the apex court declined the The Congress request and said, “We know what to rapped do, we have passed the order, we are Pakistan for dragging Rahul not going to change.” The bench also issued notice to Gandhi’s name in a petition it the Centre on a plea by Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha moved in the UN to justify its Bhasin seeking a direction to relax disinformation restrictions on internet, landline on J&K. Rahul and other channels of communication in J&K. tweeted that The court also allowed CPM leadJ&K was India’s internal matter er Sitaram Yechury to visit J&K to meet his party leader and former MLA, Yousuf Tarigami. “We will permit you to go, you are the general secretary of a party Don’t go for anything else,” the CJI said. He . asked Yechury to limit his visit to Tarigami as a friend, and not use it for any political purpose, adding: “If a citizen wants to visit a part of the country , he must have access to it.” The bench also allowed a Kashmiri student Mohammad Aleem Sayeed to travel to the state to meet his parents. It asked him to file an affidavit after his return. Tharoor: No leader opposed PM Modi 10 pc of what I did E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram ‘Won’t surrender our churches anymore’ Kochi: As the fight between the Jacobite and Orthodox factions continues unabated, Catholicos Baselios Thomas I, head of the Jacobite Church, said they would not give up. “We are not going to surrender anymore churches to the Orthodox faction, as per court orders. I will personally be at the forefront of this fight for justice,” he said. P5 Constitution Bench to hear legal challenge to hollowing Article 370 HIGH AND DRY A fisherman looks perplexed as he had to settle for a poor catch after spending the whole night at Vellayani, near Thiruvananthapuram. The region used to give fishers a rich haul previously, but they say the presence of an oil-like substance in the water bodies has been upsetting their plans | VINCENT PULICKAL EXPRESS DIGEST Thushar’s plea turned down Oman police arrest businessman T’Puram: BDJS leader Thushar Vellappally’s return from the UAE will be further prolonged after the Ajman court turned down his plea for relaxation in the travel ban. Embroiled in a cheque-bounce case, Thushar’s passport was impounded by the authorities after he was arrested last week. P5 Kozhikode: After BDJS leader Thushar Vellapally, another Malayali businessman Baiju Gopalan is said to be jailed in the UAE. Baiju, 46, son of businessman Gokulam Gopalan and executive director of Gokulam group which runs a chain of businesses, has been in jail in Dubai for more than a month. P5 IN a passionate response to the letter issued by KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran seeking explanation over his remarks on Narendra Modi, Shashi Tharoor said on Wednesday that no leader from Kerala has opposed the prime minister Who on earth and his policies in the last session of can credibly accuse me of a Parliament just like he had done. “There’s no leader in the Congress “volte-face” party from our state who had made from the stand I took when I ten per cent of the effort which I had sat alongside put to study research, anticipate and you in the last , oppose the Modi Government on Lok Sabha every bill they sought to introduce against the spirit of the Constitution Shashi Tharoor, and values of the Congress party,” T’Puram MP Tharoor said. Tharoor’s statement assumes significance in the wake of the ongoing war of words between him and senior Congress leaders from the state after he said Modi needs be praised for the right things he had ● More on P5 done. Guv promises govt jobs and peace in J&K F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar IN his first press conference after the dilution of Article 370, Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik announced a slew of measures for the development of the region, including 50 new colleges and an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in every district. The governor said 50,000 jobs would be filled in J&K’s biggest-ever recruitment drive in the next few months and gave the details of a new Central government scheme to help Kashmiri apple growers. The government now has to work for the welfare of the people so that they are convinced that Article 370’s provisions were not beneficial for them, he said. “I want to assure you that in six months, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will see a lot of changes that even people in PoK will demand that they want to be like us.” Asserting that the administration values the lives of the Kashmiri people, Malik noted that there had been no civilian casualties in the Valley since the August 5 decision. On the detention of politicians in the Valley, the governor quipped that this would only help them accrue political benefit. Moily attacks Jairam Ramesh, and Tharoor A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru CONGRESS leader Veerappa Moily took aim at Jairam Ramesh saying he, as environment and forest minister, was responsible for the “policy paralysis” during UPA-II. The attack came days after the Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka batted for PM Narendra Modi and chided the opposition for “demonising him all the time”. Another Cong ress MP, Shashi Tharoor, who had backed Ramesh, was also not spared by Moily. “He (Tharoor) is often fond of giving statements and finding his place in the press. I don’ t think his statement could be taken that seriously Moily ,” said. VIDEO GOES VIRAL With his patriotic act in US on Aug 15, Varkey wins Indians’ hearts phone, soon found its way to the social media. It has gone viral NEARLY 200 protesters assem- since then, making Varkey a hero bled in front of the Indian in his native place of PullanConsulate General Office in gady in Kuttanad. San Francisco on the Inde“I didn’t know about the pendence Day And when . video until one of my they were about to set the friends in Delhi informed tricolour on fire, Vincent me,” Varkey told Express Varkey jumped onto the over phone from San scene and snatched the Francisco. Vincent Varkey flag from them. The video The National Security of the 43-year-old’s act, shot per- Guard (NSG) headquarters apprehaps by an onlooker on a mobile ciated his timely intervention. B I J U E PA U L @ Alappuzha “I was deputed to protect the San Francisco office two years ago. On August 15, when the embassy officials were preparing to hoist the national flag in the morning, around 150-200 protesters, a majority of them Sikhs and Kashmiris, gathered in front of the office. They started shouting Vincent Varkey snatches the tricolour from protesters in front of the Consulate General Office in San Francisco slogans against the country and insulted the flag by throwing it on the ground and stamping on it. Their protest was against scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution. US security guards had been deployed to prevent untoward incidents. When the mob tried to set fire to the flag using a lighter, I stepped in quickly and snatched the tricolour from them. The protesters tried to attack me, but the security personnel saved ● More on P6 me,” said Vincent. Assam Rifles and after Vincent, son of Vakkachan and Thankamma of Kiliyalamvelil, Pullangady, had joined the Assam Rifles at 18 while doing his graduation. He joined the NSG in 2001 on deputation.
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