VILLUPURAM THURSDAY AUGUST 29, 2019 `4.00 PAGES 14 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 ON a day former Union minister and Congress veteran Jairam Ramesh shared an article of cheetahs hunted to extinction in India, his former Cabinet colleague and ‘good friend’ Veerappa Moily , chose to take aim at him. While Ramesh was reminiscing on Twitter about his efforts to reintroduce the big cat in India when he was environment and forest minister, Moily held him responsible for the “policy paralysis” during UPA-II. The attack on Ramesh comes days after the Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka batted for PM Narendra Modi and chided the opposition for “demonising him all the time”. “He (Ramesh) is responsible for the policy paralysis of our government (UPA-II). He is also responsible for compromising the principles of governance many a time. A lot of hardship was created for industrialists in acquiring land,” Moily alleged in an interview to a news agency . new 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 Moily blames Jairam for UPA-II’s policy paralysis A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru 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 con- Another Congress MP, Shashi T h a ro o r, wh o h a d b a cke d Ramesh, was also not spared by Moily “He (Tharoor) is often fond . of giving statements and finding his place in the press. That is all. I don’t think his (Tharoor’s) statement could be taken that seriously. He has to become a serious politician,” Moily said. Ever since the humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha polls, senior Congress leaders have come out in public about their disagreement with the party stand on issues including abrogation of special status to J&K. “The party needs to take a firm stand and send out a message that unity and integrity are important. Dissent is always tolerated, but when it comes to decisionmaking, unity of purpose should be upheld,” Moily told TNIE. When the party doesn’t pull up those who embarrass it, leaders like him are compelled to s p e a k u p, h e added. I do not accuse these leaders (Jairam Ramesh & Shashi Tharoor) of going soft on the BJP, but that should not be the impression they give to the people. Such statements will have a demoralising effect – Veerappa Moily, ex-K’taka CM, to TNIE `6,268 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 . TRB TROUBLE OPEN UNIVERSITY GRADS NOT ELIGIBLE TO TEACH IN COLLEGES? Open varsities play crucial role: UGC Open and distance education system is contributing to the expansion of higher education and for achieving target of Gross Enrolment Ratio, without compromising on quality. Non recognition or non equivalence may prove a deterrent, the UGC had observed THE Teachers Recruitment Board’s recent notification, announcing the recruitment drive to fill up 2,340 assistant professor posts in government arts and science, and education colleges, categorically stated that MPhil and PhD degrees obtained through correspondence/distance education/open university system would not be eligible. While the policy may not be in line with norms laid down by the University Grants Commission (UGC), it comes in the wake of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court ruling that only candidates who obtained degrees through the regular colleges can be appointed as teaching faculty . TRB’s notification said that only candidates, who have obtained a degree from a recognised university under the 10+2+3 pattern, will be considered for selection. The MPhil and PhD degrees obtained through correspondence/distance education/open university system are ineligible for appointment as lecturers or assistant professors in colleges and universities, it said. This is in direct contradiction to a notice issued by the UGC earlier this year. It said that degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by recognised open and distance learning institutions should to treated equivalent to those isP5 sued by traditional universities. Murugan’s milk ATM takes Harur village by storm NECESSITY is the mother of invention. When 40-year-old Murugan realised that people even in villages were unable to source fresh milk through the day as and , when they wanted, he decided to do something about it and voila! An entrepreneur was born. Murugan’s milk ATM has taken the Kelagampatti village in Harur by storm. The machine provides undiluted and unpro- cessed milk 24/7, and the demand has been strong. “The machine accepts `10, `20, `50 and `100 notes, and people can choose the amount of milk they want to buy explains Murugan. “People ,” can also get a special debit card to buy milk from the machine.” These ‘debit cards’ are like prepaid coupons. For `10, the machine will dispense 225 ml milk. “I am giving these RFID cards free of cost, based on consumers’ demand. There is no limit on re- 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. The milk ATM installed by Murugan in Kelagampatti village | EXPRESS charge amount, but most people charge for `500,” says Murugan. So far, 30 people have subscribed to the card. A history graduate and a farmer, Murugan bought the milk dispenser from a private market in Haryana for `4 lakh. “Other vending machines sell milk in packets. I wanted to reduce plastic usage, so people bring utensils to take milk from this machine.” It has been six months, Murugan now sells 150 litres of milk daily . 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. EXPRESS READ Telangana ICC to look into case on DVAC SP S M A N N A R M A N N A N @ Coimbatore VILLAGE VINGYANI J E V I N S E L W Y N H E N R Y @ Dharmapuri Constitution Bench to hear legal challenge to hollowing Article 370 Chennai: A division bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday transferred the sexual harassment case lodged by a woman SP against DVAC joint director S Murugan, to the Internal Complaints Committee P3 (ICC) in Telangana. Tax evasion case: Actor Vishal surrenders Chennai: Actor Vishal surrendered at the Egmore Court, after the Non-Bailable Warrant issued against him, expired Wednesday. The case pertains to the alleged non-payment of TDS by the actor’s production firm Vishal P3 Film Factory. Govt sends back judge’s name to SC Collegium I’M BACK... With Vinayagar Chaturthi around the corner, idols are being brought by train from Nagpur to Chennai | R.Satish Babu 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. After long wait, Dindigul locks and Kandangi sarees get GI tag Why is GI tag important? The GI sign is used on products which correspond to specific geographical location, as a certification that it possess certain qualities , enjoys a certain reputation due to its geographical origin H A R I S H M U R A L I @ Chennai AFTER a long wait, Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul locks and Kandangi sarees have received Geographical Indication (GI) tags. The certificates will be issued Thursday. The Dindigul Lock, Hardware and Steel Furniture Workers Industrial Cooperative Society, and the Amrar Rajiv Gandhi Handloom Weavers Cooperative Production and Sales Society now have the exclusive rights over these products. The lock-making industry in Dindigul is said to be over 150 years old, started by the Sankaralingachari brothers, and spread over five villages in the district. They make over 50 varieties of locks. Similarly, the hand-woven Kandangi sarees also have a 150-year-old tradition, and its history is interwoven with the story of the influential business community of Chettiars.
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