CHENNAI WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION RACIAL ABUSE AND DOUBLE HALT IN EURO QUALIFIER England vs Bulgaria game in Sofia stopped twice due to monkey chants and Nazi salutes. British PM cries foul TOLD BY PM, FEDERATION CHIEF QUITS ■ 6-0 OUTRAGE IN ENGLAND, MPS JOIN CHORUS In the wake of the incident, Bulgaria Football Union president resigned. He was asked to do so by the country’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Apparently, England’s black players Marcus Rashford, Tyrone Mings, Raheem Sterling were targets of the abuse hurled from the stands. European football’s governing body UEFA has charged the Bulgarian FA ■ ■ There were two stoppages in the first half. First, when England were 2-0 ahead and again when they had taken a 3-0 lead England players were subjected to racial abuse during the qualifying game against Montenegro in March as well British MPs have urged the UEFA to take strong action | P19 DESPITE THE TROUBLE, ENGLAND WON THE MATCH 6-0 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 Economy in tailspin, says Abhijit Put money in people’s pockets to address drop in demand, suggests Nobel laureate J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y @ New Delhi Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram after being produced before a Delhi court on Tuesday | PTI ED custody looms for Chidambaram E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi FIFTY-FIVE days after he was arrested in the INX Media scam, former Union minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday suffered another big setback as a CBI special court allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate him in Tihar jail and decide whether or not to take him into its custody . The loaded order to the ED came two days before his judicial remand was to end. When Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, offered to put Chidambaram through a 20-minute round of questioning in an adjacent room in the court complex to expedite the process, the judge said, “What is the hurry? The accused’s dignity cannot be violated.” The ED then agreed to do it in Tihar on Wednesday . Parallelly Chidambaram contested in the , Supreme Court, the Delhi High Court’s refusal to grant him bail. But the SC adjourned the hearing till Wednesday “Bail is the rule, . jail is an exception,” argued Chidambaram’s counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi. NOBEL Prize winning economist Abhijit Banerjee has a piece of advice for the Narendra Modi government’s policy makers: Don’t waste time worrying about monetary policy as the economy is in a “tailspin”. Instead, find ways to revive demand to lift the sinking economy . Speaking at a press conference called by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge, US, on Monday, he said the need of the hour is to pump money into the economy “especially in the hands of the poor”. His comments come in the backdrop of concerns about a protracted slowdown, with India’s GDP growth moderating to 5% in the first quarter There is enormous fight going on in India about which data is right and the govt’s view is all data that is inconvenient to it is wrong Abhijit Banerjee and the index of industrial production slipping to 1.1% for August. The passenger vehicles sector also reported massive contraction with sales dropping as much as 24% last month. After initial denial about the deepening slowdown, the government reacted by infusing fresh capital in state-run banks and slashing corporate taxes. The Reserve Bank of India also played its part by reducing interest rates. Economists welcomed these moves as positive but warned they alone would not help reverse the lack of demand plaguing the economy . “The Indian economy is doing very badly in my opinion,” Banerjee said, citing the recent NSSO survey, which hinted at a sharp decline in consumption demand in both urban and rural areas. “It is a glaring warning sign,” he said. He warned that the “economy is slowing down very, very fast” and added that “we don’t know how fast as there is dispute over data”. CONTINUED ON: P17 IMF cuts GDP forecast to 6.1% in 2019 Washington: The IMF Tuesday slashed India’s GDP growth projection for 2019 to 6.1% from its April projections of 7.3%. It said India's growth would pick up in 2020 | P17 RSS affiliates to oppose privatisation T’Puram: The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch are set to lock horns with the NDA government at the Centre on privatisation of PSUs | P8 How a Rajasthan NGO helped Nobel winners Jaipur: Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have had a long, crucial association with Sewa Mandir, an NGO from Rajasthan working for tribal welfare | P11 EXPRESS READ BJP proposes Bharat Ratna for Savarkar Won't allow water to flow to Pak: Modi Booker Prize goes to Atwood and Evaristo ‘Nadigar Sangam election illegal’ Mumbai: The Maharashtra unit of the BJP on Tuesday said it will ask the party-led government at the Centre to confer Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, on Veer Savarkar | P11 Chandigarh: PM Narendra Modi said Tuesday that he will not allow India’s water to flow to Pakistan. "For 70 years, water belonging to India flowed to Pakistan. I will stop this,” he said | P11 London: Canadian author Margaret Atwood and British writer Bernardine Evaristo jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize on Monday after judges broke the rules by declaring a tie, the first since 1992 | P15 Chennai: Madras High Court was told on Tuesday that election to appoint officebearers to the South Indian Film Artistes Association (Nadigar Sangam) on June 23 was illegal | P4 4 women struck dead by lightning at farm, 26 hurt J AYA K U M A R M A D A L A @ Pudukkottai AT LEAST four women were killed and 26 others were injured after they were struck by lightning at an agricultural field in Thanner Panthalpatti village in Pudukkottai district on Tuesday evening. In Perambalur district, a shepherd, Velu (50), died after he was struck by lightning while grazing goats. A total of 37 women were hired for a day to harvest groundnut crop at a wage of `200 per head in Thanner Panthalpatti. The deceased were identified as Vijaya (47), Santhi (35), Lakshmi (60) and Kalai Selvi(45), all residents of Vaithur, which is 13 km from the field. The injured are receiving treatment at the Pudukkottai Government RESCUE WORK DELAYED: P5 Medical College Hospital.
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