PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE KOCHI l SUNDAY l OCTOBER 13, 2019 l `8.00 l PAGES 26 l LATE CITY EDITION ‘NICK HAS CALMED ME’ CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS THE DIAMOND DRAPER Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra talks about doing a Bollywood film after three years. Speaking about life after marriage to American musician Nick Jonas, she says, “I used to get flustered ... I am calmer now” With a slew of digital projects and films lined up, Saif Ali Khan wants to continue doing different things and is not rattled by box office numbers Fashion designer Gaurav Gupta, who has been wowing women with his designs for over a decade, now forays into haute jewellery with his new diamond collection COVER STORY UNDER THE SPHERE OF INFLUENCE The business of buying and selling has new gurus. From niche to mega, social media influencers of today are helping consumers mould decisions. These digital superstars are acing the marketing game and companies are definitely not complaining EXCLUSIVE VOICES T J S George Shankkar Aiyar ■ Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty ■ ■ 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 INDIA AND CHINA TO WALK THE TALK, GET DOWN TO BIZ PM GOES PLOGGING New mechanism to address trade deficit; Beijing welcomes investment in IT and pharma sectors C S H I VA KU M A R & PUS H KA R B A N A K A R @ Chennai / New Delhi TAKING forward the Wuhan spirit in which India and China decided to “prudently manage” their differences, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to set up a new mechanism to address the massive trade deficit between the two countries. Briefing the media after the informal summit in Mamallapuram on Saturday, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said China agreed to take “sincere action and discuss how to reduce trade deficit.” He said the new mechanism would include Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. China is keen on Indian investment in IT, pharma sectors. India’s trade deficit with China stands $53 billion — one-third of the country’s global trade deficit. This is the reason why India has concerns over the proposed 16-nation free trade agreement called RCEP. “The PM specifically said India looks forward to this but wants RCEP to be balanced in goods, ser- BOXING Manju in final, Mary & 2 more settle for bronze A N M O L G U R U N G @ Chennai DEBUTANT Manju Rani’s dream run continued as she entered the final of the ongoing AIBA Women’s World Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia on Saturday The 20-year-old . beat Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat 4-1 in the semis. However, there were controversies surrounding six-time champ M C Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain’s defeats. Mary, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, lost in a split decision (14) against Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu. The India camp protested in vain as AIBA rules state that a 1-4 margin of defeat is nonreviewable. Lovlina’s margin of defeat was closer at Manju Rani 2-3 against China’s Liu Yang in the semis. This protest, too, was denied as the evaluator agreed with the scores. The India camp, however, is hopeful of a solid finish. “We have got over our semis disappointment and are looking forward to Manju’s final,” said national coach Mohammed Ali Qamar. “We are taking help of video analysis to prepare. Even in Manju’s semis, we prepared after watching video footage. Though one entered final, all played well.” vices and investment. President Xi said Indian concerns will be taken into account,” Gokhale said. Laying emphasis on people-topeople connect, the two leaders, who sat down for six hours over two days, decided that the people of both the countries must be brought into the relationship. They also decided to designate 2020 as the year of India-China cultural and people-topeople exchanges, with Modi suggesting homestays for tourists. Analysts welcomed China’s interest in Indian investment. “India should look to tap China’s manufacturing sector while the Chinese should look for more investments from India in the IT, pharma and tourism sectors,” said Debasish Chaudhuri of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi. A researcher at the Indian Council of World Affairs said the best way to enter the Chinese IT sector is to convince Beijing to allow US companies Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Google to operate in China. Indian IT firms could then look to provide back-end support. CONTINUED ON: P9 PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange gifts at Mamallapuram on Saturday, the 2nd day of the informal summit Modi, Xi improve bilateral relationship; third informal summit likely next year P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi THE two-day informal summit ended on a positive note with Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s invitation for a thirdsuch meeting in China some time next year. Exper ts expressed happiness over the fact that the two leaders have put contentious issues like the border dispute on the sidelines while paving the way forward for bilateral ties. Debasish Chaudhuri, adjunct fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, emphasised the importance of informal summits by highlighting the similarities be- I-T raid at AICC cashier’s house in Chottanikkara E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi AFTER Congress leaders, the heat is now on the All India Congress Committee (AICC) itself as a special team of Income Tax (IT) Department from New Delhi carried out a raid at the residence of its cashier T Mathew Varghese at Kureekad in Chottanikkara, near Kochi. The search was part of the probe into funds received by the AICC and its office-bearers. The raid began at 6 am on Friday and lasted till midnight. It resumed at 10 am on Saturday and ended by 4 pm. Even the officers of the I-T investigation unit in Kochi were not informed about the raid. According to I-T sources, Mathew has information about the funds received by the AICC for several decades. “The I-T team collected bank account details and a few documents from his residence. The sleuths also recorded the statement of Mathew on Saturday,” a source said. “The I-T Department has launched a probe into funds received by the AICC when the Congress-led government was in power at the Centre. Mathew is associated with AICC and has been handling its financial aspects for decades. A senior officer from the I-T investigation unit Former Karnataka Dy CM’s aide ends life Bengaluru: Days after Income Tax officials raided former Karnataka deputy chief minister G Paramaeshwara’s residence, office and educational institutions, the senior congress leader’s personal assistant Ramesh M S, 40, allegedly committed suicide on Saturday. P6 in Kochi also assisted the team,” the source said. Mathew, 83, had handled the accounts of AICC for over 40 years in New Delhi. Due to an ailment, he returned to Chottanikkara a few years ago. However, when Ahmed Patel was appointed the treasurer of the AICC, Mathew was recalled to New Delhi to assist him. Recently, he returned to his native place for treatment purpose. Ahmed’s son Faisal Patel is now facing an ED probe related to Sterling Biotech Bank fraud case. In a goof-up, the I-T team initially carried out a search at the house of a person named T M Varghese in Chottanikkara, mistaking him for the AICC cashier on Friday. However, two hours into the raid, they realised the mistake and left the place. P6 tween the Wuhan Summit and Chennai Connect. “Both the informal summits have taken place when conditions have not really been conducive for talks between the two countries. While Wuhan happened days after Doklam, Chennai happened weeks after Kashmir. Despite this, the ties between the two countries have matured and the two leaders put aside touchy issues while agreeing to build stronger trade mechanisms to boost economic ties,” he said. Chaudhuri also pointed out that the two leaders did not have any other compulsions this time as was the case with Wuhan. It must be noted that the 2018 sum- Don’t use RTI for personal reasons, says Amit Shah S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi THE Centre on Saturday discouraged people from filing unnecessary Right to Information applications, adding it is aiming to reduce the need for RTI by proactively putting up as much information as possible in the public domain. Addressing the 14th annual convention of the Central Information Commission, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the success of a government does not lie in a high number of RTI applications. “The Centre has made the administration’s work so transparent that there is minimum requirement to file them,” he claimed. While maintaining that RTI would remain as it helps in the creation of a welfare state, Shah said, “Do not use RTI without any reason. Use it for transparency. Avoid using it for personal reasons unless injustice is happening.” Earlier this year, the Centre passed the controversial RTI Amendment Bill, which changed the terms and conditions of appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner. BLISSFUL MOMENT FOR KERALA Mariam Thresia to be elevated to sainthood today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi ALL eyes will be on St Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Sunday when Pope Francis elevates five Blessed, including Sr Mariam Thresia from Thrissur, to the altar. Thousands of faithful from across the world have flocked to Rome to witness the historic event, in which Cardinal John Henry Newman of England, Sr Giuseppina Vannini of Italy, Sr Dulce Lopes of Brazil and Marguerite Bays of Switzerland will also be elevated to sainthood. Mariam Thresia is the fourth Catholic saint from Kerala, after St A l p h o n s a , S t Ku r i a ko s e Chavara and St Euphrasia. As a precursor to the canonisation, a special prayer vigil was held at the Santa Maria Maggiore, Major Basilica. Mar Andrews Thazhath, Archbishop of Thrissur Archdiocese, and Mar Jacob Manathodath of Palakkad diocese, took part in the ser- vice. A tapestry with the portrait of Blessed Mariam Thresia has been unveiled on the facade of St Peter’s Basilica. Postulator Fr Benedict Vadakkekara had already handed over the reliquary containing the relics of the nun to the Liturgical Office of the Basilica. During the canonisation it will be installed on the altar for veneration. Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan will lead the Indian delegation at the ceremony T N Prathapan, MP, . has also gone to witness the canonisation. Cardinal Georg e Alencherry will offer a Thanksgiving Mass on Monday at St Anastasia’s Basilica in Rome, in which 51 Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church will be co-celebrants. According to the official spokesperson of the Syro-Malabar Church, nearly 400 priests and nuns will take part in the ceremony. “Around 2,000 laity members have also flown to Rome to witness the historic moment,” he said. P4 mit took place when Xi was vying for a second term as president while Modi was hoping for another term as PM. Former diplomat Kishan Rana echoed Chaudhuri’s opinion and said the two nations were well aware of their own and each other’s relationship with Pakistan. “No two countries see eye-toeye on all issues. The same is the case with India and China. Despite having unresolved border issues, which are often the most contentious between them, the maturity shown by Modi and Xi has been good to keep them on the sidelines,” he said, adding that both nations are well aware of each other’s strength across the region and the globe. P2, 3 CHINESE PREZ’S FIRST NEPAL TRIP Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday picked up plastic litter and other waste during his morning walk on a beach in Mamallapuram. “Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning. It lasted over 30 minutes. Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy,” he tweeted. Plogging is the practice of picking up trash while jogging or running | P6 After the informal summit in India, Chinese President Xi Jinping flew to Nepal for a two-day state visit, the first by a Chinese leader to the nation in 23 years. The two nations are expected to sign many agreements, including an extradition treaty. Under PM K P Sharma Oli, who belongs to the Nepal Communist Party, the former Hindu kingdom has moved closer to China. Year of partnership To boost ties between the two nations, Modi and Xi decided to designate 2020 as the Year of India-China Cultural and People to People Exchanges. Next year China will celebrate its 70th year and India its 75th year of becoming republic. “The leaders are of the view that the positive direction of ties have opened up possibilities for taking bilateral relations to greater heights,” said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. I thank PM Narendra Modi on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu for having chosen the historic Mamallapuram for the summit. Modi has raised the stature of the state Edappadi Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu CM U.S. ANNOUNCES ‘SUBSTANTIAL BUT PARTIAL’ TRADE DEAL WITH CHINA The US and China reached a partial trade deal, the White House announced on Saturday. The agreement covers intellectual property, financial services and currencies. China pledged to increase purchases of American farm products from less than $10 billion a year to $40-50 billion. US President Donald Trump said the deal would protect US technology and intellectual property | P10 SANJU CREATES HISTORY WITH DOUBLE TON Sanju Samson struck a whirlwind 129-ball 212 against Goa to register the highestever individual score in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. P13 EXPRESS READ 8 hurt in grenade attack in Srinagar Srinagar: Eight civilians, including a woman, were injured as militants lobbed a grenade at Hari Singh High Street in the Srinagar city centre at around 2.15 pm on Saturday. P9
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