KOCHI l THURSDAY l SEPTEMBER 05, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE 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 Jobless rate rises Collegium’s apex court picks could face govt heat to 3-year high of 8% in Aug: CMIE K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi Urban and rural rate rise to 9.6% and 7.8%, respectively, causing Modi govt headache GRIM PICTURE Expert says India’s true problem is ‘underemployment’. The impact is already visible in sectors such as auto, which is feared to have already rendered 2.15L unemployed The National Sample Survey Office’s first PLFS survey showed devastating data pegging India’s unemployment rate at a 45-yearhigh of 6.1 per cent in FY18 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 unemployment 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. “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-viceCONTINUED ON: P13 chairman of Niti Aayog. 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 Gogoi recommended the names of Justice Hrishikesh Roy (Kerala High Court Chief Justice), Justice Ravinder Bhat (Ra- THE Indian Army on Wednesday officially rejected claims of Chinese incursion taking place in Arunachal Pradesh. Sitting BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh and the party’s state chief Tapir Gao had made the sensational EXPRESS READ Violence in K’taka as Shivakumar remanded New Delhi: Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar, arrested in a money-laundering case, was sent to the ED custody till September 13 by a Delhi court on Wednesday. “The allegations made against the accused are serious in nature,” Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said. Meanwhile, the day-long bandh called by Congress in Karnataka turned violent in Bangalore and many other places. AICC former president Rahul Gandhi described the arrest as vendetta politics by the government. | P6, P9 Muthoot closes down 15 branches, meet put off Kochi: Muthoot Finance, which has been facing protests from CITU activists, announced the closure of 15 branches in the state, effective from Wednesday, even as the conciliation meeting convened by Labour Minister T P Ramakrishnan in Thiruvananthapuram was postponed to September 9 in Ernakulam. | P4 Local body byelection: UDF gains upper hand T’Puram: The UDF won 15 of the 27 local body wards, where byelections were held, when the results came out on Wednesday. The LDF won 11 seats and BJP wrested power from the CPM in one seat. The LDF had 12 seats followed by UDF (11 seats) and independents (four seats) prior to the elections. | P6 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS claim, saying he had information that the Chinese Army intruded into the state’s remote Anjaw district and constructed a temporary wooden bridge over a stream. According to the BJP leader, the bridge was built over Kiomru Nullah in Chaglagam circle last month and it came to light 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 HC, 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 HC. Parallely, Justice A K Mittal, who heads the Meghalaya HC, was recommended to take Tahilramani’s position. jasthan High Court Chief Justice), Justice V Ramasubramanian (Himachal Pradesh Joseph confidant joins bypoll fray as fight for symbol leaves UDF in a fix EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kottayam AS uncertainty continues over the allotment of Kerala Congress (M)’s official symbol — two leaves — to UDF candidate Jose Tom Pulikunnel for the Pala bypoll, a P J Joseph confidant filed his nomination as an independent on Wednesday . Putting the UDF on the defensive, Joseph Kandathil, general secretary of Karshaka Union — KC’s farmer organisation — filed his papers minutes before the deadline. Pala byelection: 3 major candidates file papers Joseph Kandathil, Jose Tom and NDA candidate N Hari submitted their nomination papers to the assistant Joseph returning officer at Kandathil Lalam. Jose Tom submitted as an independent and a KC(M) candidate. The move is considered as a ploy by the Joseph faction to foil Jose K Mani group’s attempts to secure the party sym- Army rebuts claims of Chinese incursion M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi NO CHANGE IN CJ SWAP FOR MADRAS, MEGHALAYA HCs after some local youths noticed it on Tuesday . “The area is approximately 25 km northeast of Chaglagam and is very much inside the Indian territory Gao claimed. ,” The Army clarified that no such incident took place. “There has been no such incursion,” it said. Not a first, says MP In October last year, an Indian Army patrol had come across Chinese troops in the area, the MP claimed bol for Jose Tom without submitting a request before Joseph, the party’s acting chairman. If Joseph refuses to give permission, Jose Tom will have to contest as an independent. Joseph said Kandathil filed the nomination with his knowledge and that the latter would withdraw the papers after the scrutiny of nomination. “The decision was taken by the local leaders to counter the foul play to get the party symbol,” he told mediapersons in Thodupuzha. ● More on P6 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 Justice 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. RISING LAND COST Highways authority may go slow on its projects in state R A J E S H A B R A H A M @Kochi THE National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) may go slow on its projects in Kerala following the rising cost of land acquisition - the highest in the country - and the crippling shortage of funds plaguing the Central gover nment-r un road developer. The Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) had recently pulled up the Transport Ministry and the NHAI for undertaking ‘extensive and reckless expansion of roads’ coming under the National Highways. According to the reports, it was suggested that the NHAI give up constructing roads and become an asset management company instead. Factoring in the roadblocks encountered by projects in the state, Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) has decided to fund 25 per cent of the project cost for road projects implemented by the ● More on P6 NHAI.
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