THRISSUR l THURSDAY l OCTOBER 17, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION HAMARA BAJAJ’S ICONIC CHETAK SCOOTER MAKES A COMEBACK Bajaj Auto on Wednesday announced that it will sell electric scooters under the Chetak label as a premium offering E-SCOOTER TO HIT THE ROAD IN JANUARY ■ 1 crore YOU DON’T NEED TO TILT TO START THIS! The Pune-based two-wheeler major said its entry into the electric vehicle space is to get the first mover advantage in the segment. Bajaj Auto said it plans to start selling e-scooter Chetak from January onwards in Pune and then move to Bengaluru. After gauging the response from these markets, it will expand operations to other locations across the country. ■ ■ Bajaj didn’t disclose the price but said it would be under D1.5 lakh A 5-hour charge gives the vehicle a driving range up to 95 km Launched in the early 1970s, the Chetak was so popular that its waiting period ran into not just months but years. One had to tilt the scooter and hold it for sometime for the kick-start to work CHETAK SCOOTERS WERE ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN SOLD IN ITS HEY DAYS 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 Sunni Board offers to opt out Mediation panel report lists conditions to withdraw title claim; bench to study it today tected monuments. According to sources, bunIN a new twist to the Ram dled into the proposal was anJanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid other demand by the Muslim title suit, a three-member me- party for the implementation diation panel claimed to have of the Religious Places Act, broken new ground, saying 1991, which mandates mainan important section of the taining status quo of other litigating parties had agreed religious places as they exon some contentious issues, isted in 1947. including giving up rights on The Hindu parties, includthe disputed land. ing the VHP-backed In its report to the Ram Janmabhoomi Supreme Court, the Nyas and the Ram Lapanel headed by forlla deity refused to be , mer Supreme Court part the mediation, judge F M I Kalifullthe sources said. ah, which includes The mediation pros e n i o r a dvo c at e Final verdict cess restarted last Sriram Panchu and month on the request by Nov 15 spiritual leader Sri of the Sunni Wakf Sri Ravishankar, said The final verdict Board after the panel in the case, one of the primary had earlier expressed Muslim litigants in which witnessed its inability to rethe title case was over 180 hours solve the dispute. of arguments willing to drop its The panel’s report claim on the disputed in the Supreme is expected to be disCourt, is 2.77 acre land if adecussed on Thursday quate alter native expected on or by all the five judges land is given for the before Nov 15 — of the Constitution construction of a CJI Gogoi’s last bench — Chief Jusworking day mosque in the vicintice of India Ranjan ity at state expendiGogoi and justices S ture, according to sources. A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, That apart, the Muslim par- Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul ty demanded renovation of 22 Nazeer — in their chambers. existing mosques in Ayodhya, While the bench reserved the sources added. Also, they its verdict, it can still go wanted the government to al- ahead and adjudicate on the low devotees to offer prayers issue and mention the details at some historic mosques of the report in its final judgwhere no such activity is per- ment. The verdict is likely to mitted because the ASI (Ar- be delivered on or before Nov chaeological Survey of India) 15, Gogoi’s last working day has declared them to be pro- before he retires on Nov 17. K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi ONE SPELL IS ENOUGH An inundated road at Edappally after a heavy spell of rain following the onset of Northeast monsoon on Wednesday | ALBIN MATHEW EXPRESS READ Jio alleges fraud by other telcos Reliance Jio has approached Trai accusing Airtel, Voda and BSNL of disguising fixed landline connections as mobile numbers to earn undue revenue through interconnect usage charges ED arrests PC in Tihar New Delhi: The ED Wednesday arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram in Tihar Jail in connection with INX Media money laundering case. FUEL, COMMERCIAL CREDIT DEMAND DOWN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi MORE evidence of India’s slowdown has emerged with new data showing the country’s fuel demand fell to its lowest level in two years in September, while another report revealed commercial credit demand fell 2.6 percentage points to `63.80 lakh crore in the June quarter. According to the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, consumption of petroleum products dropped to 16.01 million tonnes in September — the lowest level since July 2017 — from 16.06 million tonnes in Sept 2018. Another report by staterun SIDBI showed that commercial credit demand slipped to `63.80 lakh crore KOODATHAYI MURDER Twists in tale: Court gives cops more time to quiz accused trio E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kozhikode THE Thamarassery Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Wednesday extended the police interrogation period of Jollyamma Thomas and the two co-accused in the Koodathayi serial killings for two days. The custody of prime accused Jolly second ac, cused M S Mathew and third accused Preji Kumar was extended after the probe team sought more time. The custody will end at 5 pm on Friday The court is also likely . to consider the bail petition of the accused. The probe team cited three reasons for extending the interrogation period. While quesOnce the tioning, Preji Kumar revealed interrogation he had got the cyanide used for period ends on killing Roy Thomas from CoimFriday, we’ll seek batore. Hence, it is required to further custody collect evidence from Coimperiod in one of batore in the presence of the the other murder accused. cases filed Jolly’s family at Kattappana against the accused had attempted to get anticipatory bail for her. Hence, further Renjan Baby, investigation and evidence colAddl Public lection are required at KattapProsecutor pana to check possible involvement of her family in the case. In addition, the police have collected a white powder — which is suspected to be cyanide — from the house of the key accused. Scientific examination is required to identify the material. as of June, against `65.52 lakh crore in March. The demand for diesel, chiefly used by trucks, slipped 3.2% to 5.8 million tonnes, while naphtha sales shrank by a quarter to 8.44 lakh tonnes. Consumption of bitumen, used in road construction, too came down by 7.3% to 3.43 lakh tonnes. Industrial fuel oil sales edged 3.8% lower to 5.25 lakh tonnes. “These goods go into production or distribution. A fall in their consumption is a tell-tale sign of a deepening slowdown,” said Arun Kumar, Malcolm S Adiseshiah Chair Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences. The fall in demand for these fuels negated higher demand for LPG and ● More on P13 petrol. Timely payments to MSMEs crucial: CEA Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian has asked large corporates to ensure timely payment to MSMEs as small players are dependent on cash flows. Large firms owe I40,000 crore to MSMEs PAKISTAN TO STAY ON FATF GREY The Sunni Waqf Board sprang a surprise by offering to drop its claim to the disputed Ayodhya land if the govt accepted its conditions. A look n 22 existing mosques in Wants Ayodhya renovated by govt n Another mosque be allowed to be built at a suitable location in the vicinity of the janmasthan in Ayodhya n Devotees be allowed to pray at mosques under ASI (Architectural Survey of India) control across the country A N I L K U M A R T @ Kochi POSSIBLE REASONS 1 A municipality official told TNIE that one reason for the delay in submitting the claims petition could be that many flat owners are abroad 2 Lower amount documented during purchase of flats in the sale deed during registration could also be a reason for several owners to delay the submission A25 lakh the owners will receive as compensation if the documents are in order IN a perplexing development, only 66 of the 326 flat owners in Maradu have so far submitted claims petitions before the Supreme Court-appointed expert committee deciding compensation for the apartments to be demolished. Justice K Balakrishnan Nair committee received 41 applications for compensation on Wednesday, in addition to the 21 received on Monday as , per the information received from the Maradu municipality. If the documents are in order, the owners will receive a maximum compensation of `25 lakh. A municipality official told TNIE that one reason for the delay in submitting the claims petition could be that many flat owners are abroad. Lower amount documented during purchase of flats in the sale deed during registration could also be a reason for several owners to delay the submission, the official said. “Nearly 50 flat owners are settled or residing abroad. NOT ON THE SAME PAGE The VHPbacked Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and the Ram Lalla, the presiding deity, are not party to the mediation process I thank the Supreme Court for the confidence they have placed in the mediation. I thank all the parties for their sincere & tireless participation. The entire mediation process happened with a sense of brotherhood & understanding which is a testament to the values of this nation - Sri Sri Ravishankar Hearings end, flutter over tearing of janmasthan map E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITH the Supreme Court reserving its judgment in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid case on Wednesday hopes of a closure to , the 70-year-old dispute that has seared the nation’s conscience appeared closer. There were dramatic moments on Wednesday as senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for some Muslim parties tore up a pictorial map showing the Ram Janamsthan. The map was introduced by senior advocate Vikas Singh, counsel for the All India Hindu Mahasabha, who tried to place a publication by former IPS officer Kishore Kunal as evidence during his arguments. “The Supreme Court should not rely on this book,” Dhavan said, asking the five-judge Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi: “Can I have your permission to tear it?” “You do what you want,” the CJI replied adding “You can shred it further.” This led to major interruptions in the courtroom, which angered the CJI. He said, “Decorum has been spoiled... If proceedings continue in this manner, we would just get up and walk out.” Just 66 Maradu flat owners submit claim so far for govt compensation LIST TILL FEBRUARY Pakistan failed to escape the Paris-based terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) glare as it decided to keep the country in its Grey List till February 2020, according to reports. Give and take Most flat owners have also shown a lesser purchase amount in the sale deed to evade heavy stamp duty How . can they claim `25 lakh if the sale deed is much less? Had they been transparent in their payments, the flat owners wouldn’t have faced such a situation. But 80 per cent of the sale wasn’t executed in a proper way said a municipal,” ity source. Maradu municipality chairperson T H Nadeera told TNIE: “I don’t know the exact reason, but more than 200 applications are still pending,” said Nadeera. Meanwhile, a source in the SC committee said the amount announced for the 14 flat owners on Monday was interim compensation. “The committee has to hear the builder’s petition as well. If the sale deed is above `25 lakh, then flat owner will that much. The compensation recommended on Monday was just an interim one,” said the source, adding, as of now, there was no deadline for submission of the claims petition. Sr Lucy suffers setback, Vatican rejects appeal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi SR LUCY Kalapura, a nun who belonged to the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC), suffered a setback as the Vatican has rejected her appeal against the decree expelling her from the congregation. Congregation for Oriental Churches sent a letter in this regard through Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, apostolic nuncio, to Sr Ann Joseph, superior general, FCC, Aluva. Sr Lucy, who led the protest against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulackal, was expelled from the FCC in August for not giving a satisfactory explanation to the notices served to her for leading a lifestyle that was in violation of the FCC’s proper law. “Sr Kalapura can present a new recourse to the supreme tribunal,” the letter stated. Sr Lucy has decided to appeal. CASH CREDIT AND OVERDRAFT Banks can’t recover money drawn fraudulently from customer: HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi In cases where frauds are established, banks will have to approach a civil court to recover the money from the persons responsible High Court THE Kerala High Court on Wednesday said banks cannot recover the money withdrawn through fraudulent online transactions from cash credit and overdraft accounts of customers if it cannot be unequivocally proved that the customer was responsible for such transaction. In cases where frauds are established, banks will have to approach a civil court to recover the money from the persons responsible, HC said. However, if the loss is due to the customer’s negligence, she/ he would have to bear the entire loss. To what extent the customer can be made responsible for such negligence is a matter of probe and adjudication through a civil suit, the HC added. The court issued the order on a petition filed by two businessmen from Kochi who lost `16.25 lakh and `23 lakh from their cash credit and overdraft ac- counts through fraudulent online transactions. The online thefts were committed by the fraudsters after obtaining a duplicate SIM card of the businessmen’s mobile phones, using their fake identity cards. They had challenged the action of the bank in withdrawing the amount from their accounts and sought a declaration that they have zero liability of the fraudulent transactions in ● their bank accounts. More on P6 THE COURT OBSERVATION It is for the bank to secure the safety of online banking transactions. The bank can identify fraud risk and also devise mechanisms to protect customers. There are counter technologies to identify location behaviour of operators also. The bank, therefore, is bound to protect the interest of the customer in all circumstances.
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