KOCHI l FRIDAY l SEPTEMBER 06, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l LATE CITY EDITION IIT-M, HYD UNIV AMONG 5 NEW INSTITUTIONS OF EMINENCE HRD Ministry also awarded IoE tag on Thursday to 3 other public institutes—IIT-Kharagpur, BHU and Delhi University 5 PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES TO GET TAG SOON ■ 6 K1,000 CRORE GRANT, MORE AUTONOMY A letter of intent for granting IoE status has been issued to five private universities—Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and VIT in Tamil Nadu, Odisha’s KIIT, Jamia Hamdard University in Delhi and Bharti Institute in Mohali. They need to submit their readiness for commencing academic operations as IoEs, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said ■ Govt to provide funding upto I1,000 crore to public institutions with IoE tag; no financial support to private univs, but they will get more autonomy as special category deemed universities IoE status to be given to TN’s Anna University & WB’s Jadavpur once state govts agree to give 50% of the I1,000 crore grant INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING IISc, IIT-B & BITS PILANI GIVEN IoE TAG LAST YEAR 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 KC(M)’s Pala candidate becomes Independent in a matter of hours A B H I L A S H C H A N D R A N @ Kottayam THE party nominee will contest the Pala byelection without the official symbol, that too as an independent candidate. The feud between P J Joseph and Jose K Mani factions over ‘Two Leaves’ has taken the Kerala Congress (M) to such a situation as the constituency gets ready for a bypoll for the first time in its history , having been represented by K M Mani for 54 years. It all happened in a few hours. After day-long discussions and arguments on Thursday, returning officer S Sivaprasad rejected KC(M) official candidate Jose Tom Pulikkunnel’s one set of nomination papers citing lack of supporting documents from the party leadership even as he accepted another set, which was submitted as an independent. Sivaprasad told Express he considered the Idukki Munsiff Court order in the dispute over KC(M) chairman’s post and P J Joseph’s letter stating the party was not fielding any candidate in this byelection. The returning officer also considered Joseph’s arguments that Stephen George, who endorsed Jose Tom’s nomination, was already suspended from the party and hence the nomination itself ● More on P6 was invalid. IN FULL SWING Students of St Teresa’s College, Kochi, are all smiles as they celebrate Onam | A SANESH Kochi roads: HC initiates suo motu case E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi T AT ERED & B IS E D KO C H RU IB THE Kerala High Court on Thursday initiated a suo motu case in relation to the bad condition of the Kochi city roads. The High Court initiated the case considering a letter issued by Justice Devan Ramachandran citing the poor condition of the roads. He stated that the situation is far worse than last year, with almost all arterial roads of Kochi being in a state of complete disrepair. The KaloorKadavanthra, ThammanamPulleppady, Thevara Ferry, Ponnurunni bridge, Ponnurunni-Chalikkavattom roads and stretches at Vyttila and Kundannoor are pathetic and unmotorable. The letter stated that accidents occur because of the potholes and craters, which become not visible during rain and because of poor street-lighting. This causes misery to motorists and pedestrians and loss of precious fuel. The letter also pointed out that the roads freshly laid get destroyed in a month or even weeks, but the authorities concerned seem to be oblivious of this. Express takes a look at the Aroor-Edakochi Road, which tells the tale of PWD’s wilful negligence. P2 WITH THIS ISSUE CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SENIOR Congress leader and former Union minister Palaniappan Chidambaram was on Thursday sent to Asia’s largest jail Tihar till September 19 after expiry of his two-day CBI custody in the INX Media case. Ordering Chidambaram to be sent to 14 days judicial custody, CBI special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said the allegations against the accused were serious. “CBI has apprehension that because of his status and his position, the investigation may be hampered by the accused. It’s not a case where the accused can be ‘released’ at the stage...” Considering the fact that Chidambaram has Z-level security the court directed he be , kept in a separate cell. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured the court there will be adequate security for Chidambaram in jail. With regard to Chidambaram’s plea seeking to surrender in the money laundering case, the court issued notice to ED. The former FM will be allowed to carry his medicines to jail. Chidambaram’s request for western style toilet facility EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE INDIA on Thursday announced a humongous $1 billion line of credit for Russia’s resourcerich Far East, which includes Siberia, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowing to support President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to develop the extremely harsh region. Addressing the plenary session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), Modi said it was a unique case of India providing such special credit line to a region in another country . “For the development of the Far East, India will give line of credit worth $1 billion. My government has actively engaged East Asia as part of its Act East policy Modi said. ,” The prime minister then unveiled his government’s “Act Far East” policy to boost India’s engagement with Russia’s Far East region, blessed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a judo tournament at the 5th EEF in Vladivostok, Russia on Thursday | AP Modi takes up Zakir issue with Mahathir Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday raised the issue of Zakir Naik’s extradition with his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad on the sidelines of EEF meeting PEARL MARIA D’SOUZA @ Bengaluru Chidambaram being taken to Tihar jail in New Delhi on Thursday in a police van | PTI WESTERN TOILET, SPECTACLES ALLOWED Mangayamma was married to Y Raja Rao (80) on 22 March 1962. They were childless till now. They heard about IVF recently after a 55-yr-old woman in their area delivered a kid The twins delivered by 74-year-old Mangayamma through the method in a Guntur hospital on Thursday | EXPRESS 74-YEAR-OLD ANDHRA WOMAN DELIVERS TWINS @ Guntur A 74-year-old woman delivered twin girls on Thursday at a hospital in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur. Doctors at the hospital where the kids were conceived through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) said M a n g ay a m m a (74) could be the oldest Indian women ever to oil, gas and other minerals. “I am confident that this step will give new impetus to the development of economic diplomacy and growth of ties between the regions of our friendly states. We will remain active partners in our priority cooperation.” Terming the grant of $1 billion to Russia’s Far East an unprecedented, the prime minister ter med it as India’s give bir th to kids. Dr S Umashankar, the hospital director, described it as a rare case and said she could deliver the twins as she had no complications like diabetes or hypertension. The mother and the twins are doing well, the doctors said, but the future of the children could be uncertain as the parents both belong to the geriatric club. P6 ANTICIPATORY BAIL IN AIRCEL MAXIS CASES The special CBI court allowed Chidambaram’s request for Western toilet facility, permission to carry his regular medicines and spectacles. He will be lodged in a separate cell and provided adequate security Another special court granted anticipatory bail to Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel Maxis cases filed by the CBI and ED, saying the charges were not grave as the alleged sum is a “paltry amount” of D1.13 crore and permission to carry his spectacles was also allowed. During the proceedings, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the judge about the outcome of the Supreme Court’s order in the ED case and also about the withdrawal of his petitions in the CBI case. CBI told the court that Chidambaram can be sent to judicial custody as he was a powerful public person and should not be set free. Sibal opposed the CBI saying there was no allegation of his client influencing or hampering probe. launching pad in the region. Modi appreciated the vision of Putin for the welfare for Russia’s Far East, saying the Russian President has opened up investment opportunities for India in the region. “The EEF is an example of President Putin’s stupendous efforts to further develop the Far Eastern Region and India will support him in this endeavour,” he said. “By declaring the development of the Russian Far East a ‘national priority for the 21st century’, President Putin has taken a holistic approach towards improving everything ranging from economy, education, health to sports, culture or communication,” he said. “We concluded 50 agreements worth 45 billion at this forum,” Modi later said, adding US sanctions on Russia will have no effect on strengthening bilateral ties in strategic sectors like energy and defence. EXPRESS READ Childless for five decades ‘Terrifying’ 15 minutes of Chandrayaan Ex-Union minister Chidambaram remanded in judicial custody till Sept 19; CBI opposes his release saying he’ll tamper with evidence Mega $1-bn dole for Russia’s Far East EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PA R T - I I Dodge ends, PC jailed LANDER DESCENT K Karunakaran Memorial Hosp builder found dead Onam celebration lands students in legal soup Kannur: Muthuparakkunnel Joseph, 58, was found dead on the terrace of K Karunakaran Memorial Hospital, Cherupuzha, of which he was the contractor. It is said the trust which owns the hospital owes him J1.34 crore. P5 T’Puram: Onam celebration organised by a group of students of Peringamala Iqbal College went overboard resulting in law-and-order disruption. The celebration disrupted traffic and resulted in a road accident. P5 WHILE the Chandrayaan-2 mission has so far progressed with textbook precision, ISRO scientists are now waiting with bated breath for the lander Vikram to make a perfect landing on Saturday near the moon’s south pole—something no country has ever achieved before. It was exactly this period—the crucial 15 minutes of powered descent— that ISRO chairman K Sivan had earlier described as the “most terrifying”, but had not explained why . Well, here’s why. ISRO scientists will not resort to remote manual control of the lander while it makes its descent to the lunar surface. Instead, Vikram will manage its own landing in an automated mode, using its onboard sensors to guide it to the perfect landing spot, a senior ISRO scientist told The New Indian Express. These sensors are more sophisticated versions of the reverse gear hazard alert sensors installed in the latest models of cars. PAUL MUTHOOT MURDER Setback for CBI as HC sets aside life term of 8 accused passed the order while partially allowing the appeal filed by Jayachandran, SuIN a major setback for the jith, Akash Sasidharan, CBI, the Kerala High Court Satheesh Kumar, Rajeev Kuon Thursday set aside the life mar, Shino Paul (all from Payimprisonment of eight ac- ippad), Sathar (T hrikocused in the sensational Paul d i t h a n a m ) a n d F a i s a l Muthoot George mur(Mannanchery) seekder case. ing to quash the life imThe T hiruvananprisonment awarded to thapuram CBI Special them. W h i l e t h e b e n ch Court had awarded life quashed the life term term to the nine accused and imposed a for the eight accused on fine of `50,000 each for Paul Muthoot the murder charge, George the offence under secthey have to undergo tion 302 of IPC (murpunishment for the othder). Second accused Satheesh er offences. Kumar alias Kari Satheesh, Paul, a 32-year-old businesswho had stabbed Paul, did not man, was stabbed to death in a road-rage incident at Ponga, file an appeal before the HC. A Division Bench compris- on the Alappuzha-Changaing Justice A M Shaffique nassery road, on the night of ● More on P6 and Justice N Anilkumar August 21, 2009. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi ROW TELANGANA BAR TAKES UP TRANSFER ISSUE WITH CJI The ongoing boycott by the Telangana Bar over the transfer of high court judge P V Sanjay Kumar to Punjab following SC collegium order snowballed with members of the Andhra Pradesh Bar abstaining from work to show solidarity. P10 MEGA DISRUPTOR JioFiber commercially launches broadband service S E S A S E N @ New Delhi RELIANCE Jio Infocomm on T h u r s d ay c o m m e r c i a l l y launched its wired broadband service JioFiber, which offers a bundle of services including high-speed internet, landline phone and HD television. The broadband services offer a minimum speed of 100 Mbps with plans starting at `699 per month for 100 G, while higher plans come with freebies such as high definition TV sets and set top boxes. The pricing is structured in a such a way that it could trigger a massive wave of disruption in the broadband services market. Rivals including Airtel and BSNL may now have to try to play catch-up on prices and freebies to retain customers. “The launch of JioFiber, with its revolutionary services is just the beginning of a new and exciting journey As always, we will . continue working hard to bring more such amazing services to your home and take JioFiber to the next level,” said Akash Ambani, director, Reliance Jio Infocomm. Jio is offering complimentary television sets to annual subscribers of broadband plans in the range of `1,299 to `8,499 under the introductory welcome offer. Experts say Jio’s offer is a game-changer that poses considerable threat to DTH service providers such as Airtel Digital TV Tata Sky and Dish TV , . “The welcome pack provides significant incentive for the existing urban cable and DTH subscribers, who can afford the annual upfront payment payment to Jio Fiber,” said a telecom expert. Jio Fiber is also offering EMI options for annual plans in order to lure customers. As far as the wired broadband market is concerned, analysts say Bharti Airtel might not be affected too badly, but current market leader BSNL will take a hit.
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