COIMBATORE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION FUEL PRICES KEEP CREEPING UP FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT DAY Petrol rose by `1.59 a litre in last six days, the most since daily price revision began in 2017, due to attack on Saudi oil facilities GLOBAL OIL RATES UP AFTER SAUDI ATTACK PETROL COSTS COULD RISE FURTHER Petrol is now at `73.62 a litre in Delhi, the national benchmark. Diesel, which rose `1.31, is at `66.74/litre there. The Sept 14 attacks lead to a 15% spike in global crude prices. Though oil has since cooled, it is still over $64/barrel, a $4 rise in a week. Tensions are high after Saudi and US held Iran responsible, and analysts said it would add a risk premium to oil prices ■ ■ Saudi Arabia supplies around 17% of India’s crude oil and 32% of LPG, and is key to our energy security after US sanctions on Iran. Riyadh has now sought deferment of some LPG supplies India’s retailers consider a 15-day average of global prices before fixing rates. Prices could rise further if rates stay at current levels 2,00,000 TONNES OF LPG SUPPLIED BY SAUDI ARABIA TO INDIA EVERY MONTH 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 Welcoming President Trump at the ‘Howdy Modi’ rally in Houston, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “When I met him for the first time, Trump told me that India has a true friend in the White House.” The promise has been kept. Trump reciprocated by saying under Modi, the world is seeing a strong, thriving, sovereign India Trump harps on border security for India EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE US President Donald Trump on Sunday alluded to the difficult relationship India has with Pakistan, saying border security is important for both the US and India. “India and US understand that to keep our community safe, we must protect our borders. Border security is vital to the United States. Border Security is vital to India. And we understand that,” Trump said at the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced him to a gathering of over 50,000 cheering Indian-Americans as a person he admires for the concern he has shown to make America great. In his speech, Modi referred to the dismantling of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, Tirupur home founder held for sexually assaulting four EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirupur THE founder of a children’s home was arrested on Sunday on charges of sexually assaulting four boys at the home at Perumanaullar in Tirupur. The matter came to light when the father of one of the boys recently met the child. The child reportedly told him he was being sexually assaulted. The man lodged a complaint with the Social Welfare Department at the collectorate. An official from the District Child Protection Unit said that, based on the complaint, a team led by Tirupur (North) tashildar Jayachandran, a village administrator officer and police inspected the home on Saturday evening. “We found four boys were being sexually assaulted by the home’s founder. After getting a written statement from the boys, all the inmates were shifted to another home. The four boys were taken to a government hospital for medical exam and treatment,” the official said. Police traced the founder, who was absconding. He was booked under the POCSO Act and arrested. The home reportedly housed 60 children. It had been functioning for five years. which he said was responsible for terrorism and separatism rearing their head there. He asked the crowd to give a standing ovation to Indian lawmakers who made it possible by an over two-thirds majority . With Trump watching on, Modi obliquely criticised Pakistan, noting that the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 and 26/11 attacks had their origins in that country . Earlier, Modi recalled his first interaction with the US president. “Trump told me India has a true friend in the White House,” Modi said, adding his presence was testimony to that relationship. Describing the event as showcasing the heartbeats of the two largest democracies in the world, Modi said the bilateral relationship has reached new heights. Re c i p ro c at i n g M o d i ’s warmth, the US president described Modi as America’s greatest, most loyal friend, and said he is doing an exceptional job for India. Trump also said he was committed to taking on Islamic terrorism, for which he got a standing ovation from the gathering including Modi. “We stand proudly protecting innocent Indian-Americans from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said. Referring to the event’s name, Modi said, “When you ask Howdy Modi, my response is Bharat mein sab acha hai (everything is fine in India),” and translated it into multiple Indian languages. “Our many languages are the identity of our liberal and democratic society. Diversity is the basis of our democracy he added. ,” During his 25-minute speech, Trump said: “In both India and the US, we’re seeing something remarkable: Our people are prospering like never before because we are slashing bureaucracy and cutting red tape.” “India has never invested in the US like it’s doing today Trump ,” said, “and I want to say it’s re, ciprocal, because we’re doing the same in India.” Saying the two nations will sign a host of defence deals soon, Trump also announced the first-ever tri-service military exercises between the two nations in November, called ‘Tiger Triumph’. Modi harped on his dream of making India a $5 trillion economy and said his government was working on bettering infrastructure, investment and export. “India, today, isn’t postponing challenges, it is fighting them head on. India isn’t working on small incremental changes ... We are realising the impossible,” he said. At the end, Modi and Trump took a lap around the stadium and greeted the gathering. Admire President Trump’s sense of leadership, he has made US economy strong again - Narendra Modi PM Modi and I have come to Houston to celebrate everything that unites India and US - Donald Trump Tax cuts to draw Apples from China J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y @ New Delhi INDIA expects the huge slash in the tax structure for new companies to 15% to act as a lodestone for biggies such as Apple to relocate to India from China with which the US is locked in a trade war. “The top consideration of (low corporate) tax is now being fulfilled by us. No country (in the region) is offering 15% tax without surcharge for a new unit being set up … so the logic (of relocation) is in our favour,” said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a select briefing here on Sunday . The gover nment had announced slashing of corporate taxes to 22% last Friday. The new rates are in line with many global trade partners, including the US, which had cut rates Decision on further borrowings later: FM The government would decide on additional market borrowings for the second half of 2019-20 at a later date. “Growth can see some impact (as a result of the tax cut),” the FM said to 21% two years ago. Sitharaman had also announced that new units would be taxed at an even lower 15%. And new units of even those established by ex- isting players would qualify for lower taxes. “For example, Apple and its eco-system can now move … if they find it more attractive to relocate to India,” said Sitharaman. Apple’s biggest mobile assembler Foxconn has already moved to India and is believed to be planning to expand its facilities here. And many of its suppliers and sub-suppliers are thinking likewise. Besides Apple, a large number of other American companies are considering relocating out of China due to high tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump on imports from that country. Other factors such as rising labour cost and arbitrary changes in law have also disturbed European and Japanese firms, many of whom are in the process of shifting base, mostly to neighbouring SHAH TRIES TO TURN ASSEMBLY POLLS INTO ART 370 REFERENDUM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai THE removal of special status to Jammu & Kashmir was the main talking point ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday with ana, lysts saying that the election would be a referendum on the Centre’s dilution of Article 370. Addressing a rally here to explain his government’s decision on Kashmir, the BJP national president said, “I am happy that the campaign for the state polls is beginning with the discussion on our decision to remove special status to Kashmir. This is the first election after the dilution of Article 370 and people of Maharashtra should decide whether they want to side with parties that espouse the cause of nationalism or promote their own dynasties.” Criticising Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling the Kashmir move a political issue, Vietnam and Asean countries. “For competing with them (Asean nations) you have to bring down your tax rate … the logic is all US companies relocating out of China will not go back to the US, some will relocate to other countries in the region as their market is here,” the minister said. She added that logistics and factors such as stability rule of , law, comfort levels about language etc., besides taxes would weigh in on investment relocation decisions. Speaking of the impact of the tax cuts, which involve a giveaway of `1.45 lakh crore, Sitharaman described it as a calculated risk and said the government was not planning to cut spending but would review the fiscal deficit target closer to the 2020-21 budget. CONTINUED ON: P7 People of Maharashtra should show the Congress, NCP their place for opposing removal of special status that ensured full and final integration of J&K with India Amit Shah, Union home minister Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks at a rally in Mumbai on Sunday | PTI Shah said the BJP views it from the perspective of patriotism and added, “Three generations of the BJP have given their lives for Kashmir.” Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) would not have come into existence had former PM Jawaharlal Nehru not declared an untimely ceasefire with the neighbour, the Union home minister claimed. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first home minister, should have handled the issue, not Nehru, he added. Shah also laid all speculations to rest about the pre-poll alliance with the Shiv Sena and asserted the BJP-led NDA is set to return to power under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. BACKED BY GOVT ORDER The men of this village are exempted from the helmet rule J AYA K U M A R M A D A L A @ Pudukkottai EVEN as the amended motor vehicle act has bikers scrambling to purchase helmets, for 1000 men of Meivazhi Salai in Pudukkottai district it is business as usual. The men are followers of Meivazhi Sabha, a religion in Tamil Nadu which requires them to wear turbans. In September 2007, the State government exempted the com- munity from the helmet rule. “It is customary in our religion for men to wear turbans at all times,” said Kanagaraj, a resident of Meivazhi Salai. “A case was filed by people of our community, after helmets were made mandatory. Since we wear turbans like Sikhs do, we were provided with the relaxation. The government even issued an order, which we show if police personnel stop us for The men of Meivazhi Salai sporting their turbans | EXPRESS not wearing a helmet,” he said. Meivazhi Sabha was founded by Meivazhi Salai Andavargal in the early 20th Century. The faith’s followers can be from any community as long as they , believe in god. Meivazhi Salai, a village near Illupur, is home to thousands of the religion’s adherents, as it is considered its birthplace. Illupur tahsildar Thavavalan said most residents of the vil- lage follow the religion. “There are over 2000 permanent residents and at least 10,000 others who visit the village regularly ,” he said. “After helmets were made mandatory for even pillion riders, people in the village started using them. Helmets are widely used by women and pillion riders now. The women followers of Meivazhi Sabha know the importance, as they do not wear turbans,” he said. Serious on doubling farm income? No Niti meet on it since 2015 to an RTI application by this newspaper. It has also “not DOUBLING of farmers’ in- held any meetings with state come by 2022 is an ambitious governments or CMs on the target of the Modi govern- matter,” it admitted. ment. But the Niti Aayog, the In reply to a question if any government’s premier think- state had doubled the income tank that is meant to provide of farmers, it said the “Niti “critical knowledge, innova- Aayog has not made any astion and entrepreneurial sup- sessment so far in this line.” port,” has not held a To yet another quessingle meeting on tion, the Niti Aayog It’s a huge how to go about it said it had not connumber since 2015. ducted any study to The average All that the Niti assess the impact of Aayog has done is to annual income of the government’s infarmers was bring out a policy paitiative to double `96,703 at the per called “Doubling farmers’ income. farmers’ income: Ra- base year 2015But the think16, the Dalwai tional, strategy pros, tank, the RTI reply panel said. The pects and action said, did hold three plan.” It was pre- targeted annual meetings of the task pared in March 2017 income should be force it constituted `1,72,694 (at b y i t s m e m b e r, for doubling of farmRamesh Chand, and 2015-16 prices) or ers’ income under `2,42,998 at unveiled at the third the chairmanship of meeting of the Niti prices in 2022-23, Ashok Dalwai, chief it said Aayog’s governing executive officer of council on April 23, the National Rain2017 in the presence of Prime fed Area Authority. These Minister Narendra Modi, meetings took place in Januc h i e f m i n i s t e r s a n d ary, March and April 2018. Governors. However, the task force does “(The) Niti Aayog did not not have any representative conduct any meetings on dou- of Niti Aayog, so the meetings bling of farmers’ income it conducted cannot be termed since 2015,” it said in a reply as its own. 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