VILLUPURAM THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 05, 2019 `4.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION HONG KONG FINALLY BOWS TO PROTESTERS, CHUCKS BILL HK leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday she will withdraw the extradition law, which triggered months of protests TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, SAY ACTIVISTS STOPPING VIOLENCE TOP PRIORITY: LAM The bill, introduced in April, proposed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. Although the key demand of pro-democracy protesters was accepted after three months of unrest, activists vowed to press on with their campaign. “Too little, too late,” said Joshua Wong, a prominent activist, saying the administration should address all five demands ■ ■ ■ “Currently, stopping the violence is the top priority,” Lam said Her extradition bill was seen as erosion of the liberties enjoyed in Hong Kong compared with authoritarian China Millions took part in protests to challenge China’s rule of semiautonomous Hong Kong since its handover from British in 1997 14th SUCCESSIVE WEEK OF DEMONSTRATIONS IN HK EVER SINCE THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED 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 Collegium’s SC picks could face govt heat J2 , 7 8 0 C R O R E B O O S T Centre may flag skew in regional representation, bypassing of seniority, as it did in the case of Justice Joseph K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi APART from brother judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul questioning the Supreme Court collegium’s criteria for cherrypicking of judges for elevation to the top court, the Centre, too, could oppose its recent recommendations on grounds of seniority and skew in regional representation. Matters came to a head when four sitting chief justices were recommended for promotion to the Supreme Court, bypassing other senior and eligible judges. Last week, the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Go goi recommended the names of Justice Hrishikesh Roy (Kerala High Court Chief Justice), Justice Ravinder Bhat (Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice), Justice V Ramasubramanian (Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice) and Justice Krishna Murari (Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice). According to the All India High Court seniority list, Justice Roy’s serial number is 45, Justice Bhat 12, Justice Ramasubramanian 42 and Jus- Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the investors meeting held in New York on Tuesday, where pacts were signed with 16 companies | EXPRESS EPS SIGNS PACTS WITH 16 FIRMS TO INVEST IN TN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with 16 firms during his foreign visit, attracting total investment of `2,780 crore, according to an official release issued by the government. The investments have the potential to create 20,000 new job opportunities, the release added. At the end of the investors meet held in New York, 16 companies had signed up pacts with Tamil Nadu, including Jean Martin, Aquil Systems, Scitus Pharma, Nurray Chemicals, Novitium Labs, Jogo Health, ST LNG, Saram 4, Emerson, Aspire Consulting, Revature-LLC, and Zillion Technologies. Palaniswami also held discussions with other investors, such as Melissa Kessler, Mark Johnson, Kay and Lincoln, Warren Knapp and Manish Bhandari. The investors meeting was attended by over 200 investors from US, including majors like Caterpillar and Ford, who have already invested in the State. Stating that his government would accord a ‘red carpet welcome’ for non-resident Tamils willing to invest in projects in their homeland, Palaniswami launched the Yaadhum Oore (the world is our home) scheme. He also launched a dedicated portal for the scheme, through which non-resident Tamils can reach out to the State government, if they have any suggestions or proposals. The website will be managed by the Tamil Nadu Industrial Guidance and Exports Promotion Bureau. Besides, Haldia Petrochemicals, one of the largest companies in the sector in India, signed an in-principle agreement to establish a naphtha cracker unit in Tamil Nadu at a total investment of `50,000 crore in the first phase. Addressing the Tamil diaspora in New York, Palaniswami said that he had never dreamt of becoming the Chief Minister. “I reached here due to hard work and my loyalty to Amma (late chief minister J Jayalalithaa),” he said. “I have contested the Assembly elections six times and Parliamentary elections three times. While I have won many times, I have lost on a few occasions. I am here because of my work and you are here because of your work. I thank the Almighty for giving me this opportunity to meet you,” he told the Tamil entrepreneurs. SLOWDOWN PAIN Unemployment rate at 3-yr high of 8% in Aug: CMIE S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad THE dismal GDP data released last week confirms India’s unemployment rate could be on a graveyard spiral. The latest data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) show unemployment rate already peaked to 8 per cent in August. That’s a level last seen in September 2016. Worryingly both urban and rural unem, ployment rate rose to 9.6% and 7.8%, respectively putting a chill on PM Narendra Modi’s , 2014 poll promise of creating 10 million jobs every year. The government is once again behind schedule in releasing the quarterly Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for urban areas. The FY19 survey for rural is also pending. Economists are divided on how to read the country’s rising joblessness. While some feel the ongoing economic slump led by muted demand and private investments will aggravate unemployment rate further, others disagree. “Unemployment rate remains low in India. There are comparability issues between PLFS and earlier surveys. Though 6.1% in 2017-18 is higher than past surveys, it is not high by global comparisons. In many countries, 6.1% is the natural unemployment rate,” said Arvind Panagariya, ex-vice-chairCONTINUED ON: P13 man of Niti Aayog. EXPRESS READ Army denies BJP leader’s Chinese intrusion claim The Indian Army on Wednesday issued an official statement denying the claims of a BJP Arunachal MP that the Chinese Army intruded into Arunachal ’s Anjaw district and constructed bridge over a stream. “There is a differing perception of the alignment of the LoC as in many other areas,” the release said. tice Murari 5. Apparently the , collegium ignored several other judges senior to the four chief justices. In the case of Bhat and Ramasubramanian, the collegium even ignored judges from their parent high courts senior to them. For example, Manipur High Court Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar, who stands at number 29 on the seniority list was ignored while picking Justice Ramasubramanian, who is way below at 42. The parent court of both of them is the Madras High Court. If the Centre takes it up with the collegium, there could be a rer un of the last year’s tussle when the government cleared the appointment of Justice Indu Malhotra to the Supreme Court while sending back Justice K M Joseph’s name for reconsideration. At that time, the Centre had said Justice Joseph was at 42 on the seniority list and 11 chief justices of various high courts senior to him had been ignored. As a result, Justice Joseph’s elevation was delayed by over six months. ‘TN will join one nation, one ration card scheme’ Even as opposition parties have sounded caution about the ‘One Nation; One Ration Card’ scheme, Cooperation Minister Sellur K Raju on Wednesday announced that the State government will join the scheme, but hastened to add that it will not affect supply of 20 kg rice free of cost to family card holders. STATE OF AFFAIRS Vinayagar idol desecrated amid caste clash K R I T H I KA S R I N I VASA N @ Villupuram CASTE tension simmering over the last few days in P Kilanur village escalated into a full-blown conflict on Tuesday . A mob of caste Hindus descended on a Dalit colony in the village, attacked several persons, and broke a Vinayagar idol kept there as part of the Chaturthi celebrations. A 17-year-old boy, son of a daily wage labourer living in the colony, was allegedly stabbed. Two others, including a woman, are said to have been attacked with knives and wooden logs. Tension began on Sunday, when a group of Dalits were proceeding to their colony with a Vinayagar statue for celebrations. A few caste Hindus riding on bikes were irked as the road was blocked by the group taking the idol in procession. An argument broke out and a minor scuffle ensued, but ended soon. On Tues- day after the celebrations were , over, a group of caste Hindus went to the Dalit colony, reportedly along with local members of a political party, for ‘negotiations’. The talks rapidly escalated into an argument, and later into physical violence. “It was chaos. People panicked, and were running in all directions. The caste Hindu men attacked houses, people and the Vinayagar idol. Our boy was stabbed, and two others were also attacked,” alleged K Kumar, a relative of the injured minor. Speaking to Express, a member of the caste Hindu group said the purpose of their visit was to resolve the issue. 3, including woman, arrested M Sakthivel (40), R Anandhan (35) and M Kanagavalli (45) have been arrested and booked under the SC/ST Act. “It is still not clear who broke the idol. Both groups are giving different accounts of the incident,” said SP S Jeyakumar IT’S A MATTER OF SCALE Justice Tahilramani’s transfer raised questions as she moves from one of the oldest and biggest high courts in the country to one of the newest. The Madras High Court has a sanctioned strength of 75 judges and currently has over 4 lakh pending cases. In contrast, the Meghalaya HC was set up in 2013, has a sanctioned strength of just three judges and has only 1,036 pending cases BILKIS BANO CASE VERDICT SHADOW? While at the Bombay High Court, Justice Tahilramani had in May 2017 upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of 11 people in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gang-rape case in Gujarat. She had also set aside the acquittal of seven other accused, including policemen and doctors. The SC had transferred the cace to Maharashtra from Gujarat No change in CJ swap for Madras, Meghalaya HCs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the Supreme Court collegium turning down Madras High Court Chief Justice V K Tahilramani’s request to reconsider its decision to transfer her to the Meghalaya High Court, questions over lack of transparency in its decision making are back on the frontburner. The collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had on August 28 passed a resolution recommending her transfer as the chief justice of the Meghalaya High Court. Parallely, Justice A K Mittal, who heads the Meghalaya HC, was recommended to take Justice Tahilramani’s position in the Madras HC. Justice Tahilramani sought a review of the decision but the collegium which met on Tuesday rejected it. “The collegium , has carefully gone through the representation and taken into consideration all relevant factors. On reconsideration, the collegium is of the considered view that it is not possible to accede to her request. The transfer is done for the better administration of justice at Meghalaya High Court,” the resolution read. Similarly, Justice Vivek Agarwal of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, who has been transferred to the Allahabad High Court, first expressed his consent but later requested reconsideration. His request was rejected. The collegium also rejected the request of Justice Amit Rawal of Punjab and Haryana High Court to review his transfer to the Kerala HC. Justice Tahilramani is one of the senior-most high court judges in India. Before she began her tenure as the Madras High Court chief justice in August 2018, she had served as the acting chief justice of the Bombay High Court.
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