MADURAI FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 06, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 20 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 `1,000 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 `1,000 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 `1,000 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 Tihar dodge ends, PC jailed Ex-Union minister Chidambaram remanded in judicial custody till Sept 19; CBI opposes his release saying he’ll tamper with evidence EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at an investors’ meet at San Jose where 19 firms inked deals to invest in TN on Thursday | EXPRESS 19 more US firms to invest `2,300 cr in TN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai A day after 16 firms inked deals to start businesses in Tamil Nadu, 19 US companies on Thursday signed Memoranda of Understanding, promising investment of `2,300 crore, which would create jobs for 6,500 people. The MoUs were signed at an investors’ meet at San Jose where Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami showcased TN’s potential to investors and members of the Tamil diaspora. Lincoln Electric, Wearable Mems, Caldon Biotech, ZL Technologies, Kapisoft, Kloud Learn, Sierra Health Alerts, Acts Global Tech Solutions, Ripe.io, Latent.ao, Achireum, Nature Mills, SAi, ACS Global Tech Solutions, Dotsolved Systems Inc, TIE Global, USISPF, Google X and DCF Ventures are firms that signed pacts. The CM launched a facility called Digital Accelerator to extend assistance to all who wished to invest in TN. The facility will be executed with aid of American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association. Tamil investors from the US who use this will get financial aid for new ventures. The CM said `50 crore had been allocated for this. P5 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 Ku, mar 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 al- lowed to carry his medicines to jail. Chidambaram’s request for western style toilet facility 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. The hearing saw Chidambaram’s counsel Kapil Sibal trying everything in the book to avoid his client being sent to Tihar. He suggested Chidambaram was ready to surrender before the ED in the INX Media money laundering case. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to grant him pre-arrest bail in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the ED. “Economic offences stand as a different Vaniyambadi cops with both communities on Thursday | EXPRESS Tension after locals refuse to allow burial of SC woman EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vellore IN another instance of Dalits in Tamil Nadu struggling to access burial grounds, tension prevailed near Vaniyambadi on Thursday after members of a minority community tried to stop Dalits from burying the body of a 72-year-old woman in land that has been under dispute since 2002. According to Vaniyambadi police, in 2002, the State bought 75 cents of land in Jafrabat from a man belonging to a minority community . The man challenged the purchase in court. The court verdict favoured the State which allocated 25 cents to residents of a Madhanacheri Dalit colony and 27 cents to residents of a Pallipattu Dalit colony for burial and cremation. However, as Jafrabat residents claimed ownership of the land, the Dalits have been burying or cremating their dead near a school in Madhanacheri. Of late, locals near the school have started complaining. On Thursday, relatives of 72-year-old Kanagammal, from the Madhanacheri colony, took her body to the land near Jafrabat after locals near the school objected. However, the Jafrabat residents reportedly did not allow them to perform the last rites and a scuffle ensued. Revenue officials and Vaniyambadi police rushed to the spot. Police said the land was allotted to the Dalits and the relatives were allowed to bury Kanagammal’s body there. 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 @ 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 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. FULL REPORT: 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 `1.13 crore class as they affect the economic fabric of the society,” the court said. “Investigation into crimes is the prerogative of police and courts should not interfere in its each and every stage as this would affect the normal course of probe,” the bench of judges R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said. The SC said Chidambaram won’t be shown the materials collected by ED at this stage and ED too need not produce the transcripts of Chidambaram’s questioning in the court. The CBI’s FIR lodged on May 15, 2017 alleges irregularities in clearance given to INX Media to receive foreign funds of `305 crore during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, the ED lodged a money laundering case in 2017. 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 ‘Terrifying’ 15 minutes of Chandrayaan PEARL MARIA D’SOUZA Mega $1 bn dole for Russia’s Far East EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LANDER DESCENT G.O empowers more cops to collect spot fines Shift ailing Kashmiri CPM leader to AIIMS: SC An order issued by the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday has empowered police officers in the rank of special sub-inspectors (SSI) and above, in the Law and Order wings, to collect spot fines for traffic violations. The SC on Thursday ordered that ailing CPM leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami, under detention in Srinagar, be shifted to AIIMS. It also allowed ex-J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to travel to Srinagar and meet her | P9 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. CONTINUED ON: P6 Telangana Bar takes up transfer row with CJI tion with other members of the collegium — justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun THE unease in the legal frater- Mishra and R F Nariman. nity over the yardstick for proLater, the delegation took up motions and transfers ordered the issue with Union law minby the Supreme Court collegi- ister Ravi Shankar Prasad. um appears to be escalating The unease within the Suwith each passing day . preme Court on bypassing senOn Thursday, the ongoing iority for promotion — flagged boycott by the Telengana Bar by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul over the transfer of high court — got further amplitude on judge P V Sanjay Kumar to Tuesday as Justice R BanumPunjab, snowballed with mem- athi wrote to the CJI echoing bers of the Andhra Pradesh the brother judge’s thoughts. Bar abstaining from She is the sixth-most work to show solidarsenior juge in the SC. ity. The Andhra Bar Criticising the lack boycott will continue of transparancy in on Friday . the collegium’s deciParallely, a delegasion to elevate four tion of senior advoHC chief justices to cates from the Telanthe SC, she pointed gana High Court met out that Himachal Chief Justice of India Justice Banumathi Chief Justice V RaRanjan Gogoi at his masubramanian was chambers in the Supreme picked for promotion over MaCourt on Thursday and urged nipur Chief Justice Ramalhim to rollback the judge’s ingam Sudhakar, who is sentransfer. The CJI gave them a ior to him. The parent court of patient hearing and assured to both Justice Ramasubramalook into the matter, it is reli- nian and Justice Sudhakar in ably learnt. the Madras High Court. The delegation gave the CJI Also the candidature of Jusa copy of the resolution on tice Pradeep Nandrajog, Chief court boycott adopted by the Justice of the Bombay High Bar association at its extraor- Court, who is at serial number dinary general body meeting 2 in the all-India high court recently. The delegation then seniority list has been ignored, shared copies of the resolu- she pointed out. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad/New Delhi 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 GB, 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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