MADURAI WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 04, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 P15 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 Man who killed 11 nabbed in Salem SHAH-STOPPER Building confidence in Jammu&Kashmir Land belonging to locals will not be taken away. Government land would be used for industries, hospitals, educational institutions 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 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Salem GOVT JOBS TO YOUTH PROMISED A group of sarpanchs from J&K after meeting Home Minister Amit Shah at North Block in New Delhi on Tuesday | SHEKHAR YADAV Minister making them feel at home Union Home Minister Amit Shah assures the delegation from J&K about land security, jobs to youth, restoration of mobile network I 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 BLACK MONEY ED arrests K’taka Cong strongman Shivakumar 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.” The murders Working at a sugarcane farm at Kollegal in 2015, he misbehaved with co-workers Sivamma (35) and Rajamma (35), who told on him to their husbands Kasi (40) and Rajendran (37) respectively. When the husbands landed at the farm to accost Muruga, he reportedly hacked all the four to death. Muruga did not spare the eight-year-old daughter of Rajamma as well. He then proceeded to bury the five bodies R RAJASHEKAR RAO & KANU S A R D A @ Hyderabad/New Delhi No order yet on CJ transfer SENIOR Congress leader D K Shivakumar was on Tuesday arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act for alleged tax evasion and hawala 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 on charges that he was not cooperating with the probe. “Initially he was cordial, , but after two days, he refused to answer many key questions. Finally, we got the go-ahead for the arrest,” an ED official said. Soon after his arrest, Shivakumar tweeted, “I congratulate my BJP friends for finally being successful in their mission of arresting me... I am a victim of BJP’s politics of vendetta.’’ The ED registered a case in September 2018 against Shivakumar and his four associates Sachin Narayan, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah and N Rajendran under PMLA. The ED issued summons to Shivakumar on August 29. ED sources say Shivakumar has been reticent about his business transactions. Shivakumar has been on the scanner of I-T authorities since August 2017, when the Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation), Karnataka & Goa raided Eagleton Golf Resort in Bidadi on the outskirts of Bengaluru, where he had hosted 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha elections. While SC collegium on Tuesday discussed the proposed swap between Justice Tahilramani and Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, no formal order was issued IN an 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 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- The trial When Muruga was grilled about the murders, he reportedly confessed to having murdered 11 people. This was besides a range of cases, including kidnapping, registered against him. The case was tried by the Chamrajanagar Court, which slapped the death penalty on him in 2017. He was condemned at Hindalga Central Prison. The escape Muruga planned his escape by making good use of the slim security on account of Lok Sabha polls. He climbed jail walls and jumped out during the night. After climbing the wall with the help of a rope, he spread a thick blanket on the top of the wall to avoid getting hurt by the sharp-edge iron rods. He then used the same ropes and iron rods to climb down the other side. He is believed to have planned his escape with the help of some other inmates. P5 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 Too many violations in this picture taken on Mount Road | R SATISH BABU 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. It on the farm. When the murders came to light, the Kollegal police arrested Muruga. Telangana Bar protests over judge’s transfer BALA CHAUHAN & ANURADHA S H U K L A @ Bengaluru / New Delhi P Chidambaram being produced at a Delhi court in connection with INX Media scam on Tuesday | PARVEEN NEGI THE arrest of a 55-year-old death row prisoner — convicted of five murders — from the hinterland of Salem district on Tuesday marked the end of a four-month-long concerted hunt by the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka police. The condemned man had broken out of the Hindalga Central Prison in Karanataka on April 22 last. Sources said that A Muruga alias Murugaesan (55), a resident of Kannamoochi in Salem district, was arrested in connection with the murders of five persons in 2015. also vowed Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, who retweeted the video expressing his desire to meet the kids. 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. Both study at Sanghamitra Vidyalaya. “I enjoy every move of my act,” says Lovely who does not , know who Comaneci is. Ali says, “It doesn’t matter if the surface is hard. I am always confident about landing.” The video was recorded by their trainer Shekhar Rao, who uploaded on Facebook. “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 owns the Scooty AMIT BANDRE ASSURANCE ON LAND ACQUISITION The condemned man had broken out of K’taka prison; was planning murder of wife’s lover
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