VILLUPURAM WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 04, 2019 `4.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION SENSEX TANKS 700 POINTS, RUPEE AT NINE-MONTH LOW Incessant flow of dismal economic indicators saw benchmark indices crash 2% and the rupee tumble 97 paise to 72.39 / $ PANIC TRIGGERS MASSIVE SELL-OFF Elsewhere ALL SECTORAL INDICES IN THE RED After plunging 867 points during the day, the BSE Sensex closed 769.88 points lower at 36,562.91 on Tuesday. The broader Nifty, too, sank 225.35 points, or 2.04 per cent, to settle at 10,797.90. The benchmark indices also saw their biggest intra-day plunge in nearly 11 months. Massive selloffs in equities saw investor wealth eroding by `2.55 lakh crore. ■ All sectoral indices ended in the red. BSE metal, energy, consumer durables, telecom, bankex, finance, oil and gas, realty and capital goods indices settled 3.23 per cent lower ■ Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices closed 1.65% lower ■ Top losers in the Sensex pack included ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, et al EUROPEAN, US EXCHANGES WERE ALSO TRADING LOWER IN EARLY SESSIONS 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 S A N A S H A K I L @ Chennai JAMMU & KASHMIR With loads of CBMs, Shah co-opts panchs A group of sarpanchs from J&K after meeting Home Minister Amit Shah at North Block in New Delhi on Tuesday | SHEKHAR YADAV BIG ASSURANCE ON ACQUIRING LAND IN STATE `2 LAKH LIFE INSURANCE, SECURITY COVER REACHING OUT TO APPLE GROWERS GOVT JOBS TO 4-5 YOUTH FROM EACH VILLAGE Land belonging to locals will not be taken away. Instead, government land would be used for the establishment of industries, hospitals and educational institutions All elected panchs and sarpanchs in J&K will get police security and insurance coverage of `2 lakh each in view of the threat to their lives from terrorists Govt to try to procure all apples grown in the state to protect producers from facing difficulties. Similar provisions for other fruit growers too Govt promises jobs to at least 4-5 youth in each village of J&K. Also Mobile phone services likely to be restored in the region within the next 20 days BLACK MONEY ED arrests K’taka Cong strongman Shivakumar No order yet on CJ transfer @ Bengaluru / New Delhi Questioning over, but PC’s date with CBI still not over E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE CBI has no further questions for former Union minister P Chidambaram, who is under its custody in the INX Media case, yet he will remain its guest till Thursday as the Supreme Court on Tuesday wanted status quo to continue. Later in the day, the trial court formalised it by extending his CBI custody by two more days. From Chidambaram’s perspective, it means the possibility of him being sent to Tihar jail on judicial remand has been put off by a couple of days. A bench headed by Justice R Banumathi told his legal team comprising senior advocate Kapil Sibal and A M Singhvi that they should not press his bail application before the trial court. Opposing the extension of CBI custody So, licitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench the CBI doesn’t want his custody and informed that the 15-day remand would continue till September 5. “Just because one man doesn’t want to be placed in judicial custody , why should this court pass any order?” asked Mehta, indicating Chidambaram should be sent to Tihar. The case will now be taken up on Thursday , when the Supreme Court will pronounce its order on Chidambaram’s plea seeking protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Thursday is also when special judge O P Saini will pronounce his order on the anticipatory bail pleas of Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case. In an affidavit filed by the CBI before the SC, it said: “There is no extraordinary or grave circumstance which justify the petitioner to bypass statutory remedies to come straight to the Supreme Court.” Telangana Bar protest over judge’s transfer R RAJASHEKAR RAO & KANU S A R D A @ Hyderabad/New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE P Chidambaram being produced at a Delhi court in connection with INX Media scam on Tuesday | PARVEEN NEGI I told the Home Minister people are expecting statehood to be restored on a priority basis. Shah said statehood will be provided as soon as normalcy is restored Mir Junaid, youth leader from Kupwara’s Langate SENIOR Congress leader and Water Resources Minister in the previous Congress-JD(S) coalition government, D K Shivakumar, was on Tuesday arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for alleged tax ev a s i o n a n d h aw a l a transactions. Shivakumar was being grilled for the past four days in connection with an alleged money laundering case involving `8.83 crore. On Tuesday night, the ED arrested him saying he was not cooperating with the probe. “We had questioned him for last four days. Initially, he was cordial, but after two days, he was not cooperating and refused to answer many key questions. Finally, we got the go-ahead for the arrest as he was not cooperating with the probe,” an ED official said. The ED had in September 2018 re gistered a case against Shivakumar and his four associates - Sachin Narayan (business associate), Sunil Kumar Sharma (proprietor of Shar ma Transport), Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah (employee at Karnataka Bhavan, New Delhi) and N Rajendran, who is a former state government employee), under the PMLA based on a chargesheet filed by the Income Tax Department, Karnataka & Goa. “The ED had examined the chargeshee, to verify if it contained any material for the agency to take cognizance of under the PMLA,” sources told TNIE. While SC collegium on Tuesday discussed the proposed swap between Justice Tahilramani and Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, no formal order was issued IN a indication of growing disquiet over decisions taken by the Supreme Court collegium, the Telangana High Court on Tuesday witnessed strong protests from members of the Bar association against the transfer of Justice P V Sanjay Kumar, senior most judge after the chief justice, as a judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The association urged its members to abstain from court work across the state till Sept 7. The legal community is already upset over the proposed transfer of Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani to Meghalaya High Court — from a court that has a sanctioned strength of 75 to one whose optimum strength is three. On Tuesday, the collegium is learnt to have discussed a swap between Justice Tahilramani and Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, but no formal order was issued. Also, the collegium’s cherrypicking for promotions has been questioned within the Supreme Court itself. For exam- ple, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul last week wrote to the Chief Justice of India wondering why the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Pradeep Nandrajog and Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Gita Mittal were ignored for elevation to the SC despite their seniority . In Telangana, the Bar association requested the SC collegium to recall its August 28 resolution transferring Justice Sanjay Kumar and to consider his elevation as chief justice to any appropriate high court. It is lear nt that dissent among members of the Telangana High Court collegium while finalising a list of names for promotion as judges of the HC, resulted in the transfer of Justice Sanjay Kumar. The list was sent to the SC collegium for approval, but when it learnt of the dissent, it reportedly recommended the transfer. The Bar association has also decided to file a public interest litigation before the SC urging it to frame guidelines on appointment of judges, their transfer, elevation as chief justices of high courts and promotion to the Supreme Court. MOTOR VEHICLES ACT NO GREEN LIGHT FOR CENTRAL ACT IN TN? BYE FOR NOW Devotees immersing a Vinayagar idol in the sea, near the Foreshore Estate in the city on Tuesday, a day after Vinayagar Chaturthi was observed | DEBADATTA MALLICK B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai Youth slashes wrist at police station, wants `3,000 spent on ex-lover back EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai HELPLINE Those having suicidal thoughts, can call for Sneha suicide helpline on 044-24640050 to seek assistance and counselling AS in a scene out of a Tamil flick, a drunk youngster tried to commit suicide inside a police station after cops allegedly refused to entertain his complaint against his girlfriend for ending the relationship. Kumar (name changed) is a 21-year-old bike mechanic. He claims to have been in a relationship with a girl for the past two years. Kumar claims she recently ended the relationship without stating reasons. Depressed, Kumar got drunk on Monday evening and showed up at the Maduravoyal police station seeking help. He told the constable that he had spent `3,000 so far on the girl and wanted that money returned if she is not willing to continue the relationship with him. When the cops said there was nothing much they could do, he slit his wrist at least in five places and ran to the middle of the road screaming her name. The police let him off with a warning and few words of advice. Viral vid opens window of opportunity for Bengal’s wonder kids P R O N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata Lovely and Ali practise at their dance academy at Garden Reach, Kolkata | SAYANTAN GHOSH Implementation of the amended Motor Vehicles Act 2019, which prescribes hefty penalties for traffic violations, is likely to get delayed in Tamil Nadu. The State government is still in the process of finalizing the rules to enact the new law. The government is unlikely to accept all amendments made by the Centre to the Act, say sources. Provisions on juvenile offenders and penalties for minor violations are likely to be reviewed. “The new law says that in cases of offences committed by minors, parents can be fined up to `25,000 or punished with three-year jail time. The Central Act also states that a juvenile punished for traffic-related offence will not be eligible for a driving licence till he turns 25. These are policy matters of the State government,” a senior transport department official told Express. So far, States such as West Bengal and Rajasthan have opposed the higher penalties mandated by the Central Act. Among the southern States, Telangana and Andhra have decided not to implement the Act immediately, as officials are still egi iegexaminations, in her home near Ti Saturday | EXPRESS mulling the quantum of punishment and penalties to be imposed. Kerala has decided to enforce the law only in ‘deserving’ cases while Karnataka started implementing the Act from Tuesday . HOW BIZARRE SHOW-STOPPER TWO school children from Kolkata’s Garden Reach area have become the toast of social media after legendary gymnast Nadia Comaneci tweeted a video of their stunning somersaults and cartwheels. Comaneci tweeted the video on August 29 showing the duo doing gymnastics — in uniform and with school bags on their backs — on the streets. The video has gone viral clocking over 5 lakh views. seven lakh apple growers. Amid concerns by locals that the demographics of J&K may be affected because of revocation of the special status of J&K, the minister told the delegation of about 30 Sarpanchs that the government would ensure lands of locals are not “taken away” by anybody . “Shah reassured the representatives that nobody’s land would be taken away and government land would be used for the establishment of industries, hospitals and educational institutions,” an official statement said. MHA said establishment of new institutions would create employment opportunities for the locals and enhance tax revenues for the state, which in turn would be used for the welfare of the people. The duo, identified as Jashika Khan alias Lovely and Mohammad Azajuddin (Ali), hails from humble backgrounds. Lovely a Class VII student, is , the daughter of a driver. Ali is in Class VIII and his parents work as labourers in a container godown in the port area. Both are students of Sanghamitra Vidyalaya. “I enjoy every move of my act,” says Lovely who does not , know who Comaneci is. Echoing the same, Ali says, “It doesn’t matter if the surface is hard. I am always confident about landing.” The sensational video was recorded by their trainer Shekhar Rao, who uploaded it via his Facebook page. “They joined my dance class four years ago. They have extraordinary skills,” says Rao, who teaches under-privileged students free of cost. Biswarup Upadhyay, headmaster of Sanghamitra Vidyalay says, “It will be good if any , organisation comes forward to help them develop their skills.” `23,000 `15,000 Total penalty slapped on a Scooty rider for violating new traffic norms Current book value of the Scooty The policeman asked me to give him my scooter’s key. I refused so he printed a challan of `23,000 and seized my vehicle - Dinesh Madan `5,000 for driving without licence `5,000 for not carrying the registration certificate `2,000 for driving without insurance `10,000 for violating pollution laws `1,000 for driving without helmet Dinesh Madan, resident of Geeta Colony in east Delhi own the Scooty AMIT BANDRE Union home minister assures delegation about land security, jobs to youth, restoration of mobile network MOBILE phone services will be restored within 20 days, locals’ land will not be “taken away” by outsiders and five people from each village will get government jobs, Union Home Minister Amit Shah told representatives from Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday . Shah told them that Jammu & Kashmir’s statehood would be restored as soon as the situation normalises. He also announced an insurance coverage of `2 lakh for each ‘panch’ and ‘sarpanch’ in the newly created Union Territory . Shah, Ministers of State for Home Nityanad Rai and GK Reddy Minister of State in the , Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitender Singh, and home ministry officials met three delegations from J&K — panchayat members, representatives of fruit growers and a group of people displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Home ministry sources told TNIE that Shah assured apple growers that the government was considering procuring nearly 100% apple produce of the state to ensure apple growers don’t suffer any losses due to the restrictions imposed in the region. Shah made similar assurances to other fruit growers who met him and narrated the problems they are facing due to shutdown in the region. On August 28, J&K governor Satya Pal Malik had said NAFED would commit over `5,000 crore for procuring over 50% of apple produce of the state and this will benefit over
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