CHENNAI MONDAY NOVEMBER 04, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION WORLD’S MOST PROFITABLE COMPANY TO GO PUBLIC Saudi Aramco announced on Sunday its stock market debut in what could be the world’s biggest IPO ARAMCO COULD BE VALUED AT $1.7 TRILLION NO FOREIGN STOCK LISTING FOR NOW Analysts say Saudi Aramco could be valued at up to $1.7 trillion, making the IPO at Riyadh’s stock exchange potentially the world’s biggest, depending on how much of the company is up for sale. The stock offering was delayed several times due to Saudi Crown Prince’s dissatisfaction with the valuation of the firm, which fell short of $2 trillion he had hoped for | P10 ■ ■ Amid reports that it was struggling to get big institutional investors on board, Aramco said on Sunday that a highly anticipated plan for an international listing is off for now Money raised through the IPO is key to building megaprojects that are part of plans to overhaul Saudi’s oil-reliant economy $111.1 bn WAS ARAMCO’S NET PROFIT IN 2018, HIGHER THAN THAT OF APPLE, GOOGLE AND EXXON MOBIL COMBINED 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 EXPRESS READ Private bottling unit fined `1 lakh Poonamallee Municipality Corporation officials on Saturday sealed a private bottling unit for allowing dengue mosquitoes to breed on their campus. They also imposed a `1 lakh fine | P3 India-ASEAN coordination is key: Modi At India-ASEAN summit in Bangkok, PM Narendra Modi hailed mutual coordination between India and the ASEAN and called for greater engagement in fighting terror B’desh hits 1st T20 win over India Bangladesh won their maiden T20 International over India with a 7-wicket victory in the series opener in Delhi on Sunday. Rahim’s 60 off 43 balls helped the visitors script a last-over win | P12 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS Priyanka’s mobile too got snoop alert from WhatsApp... GOVT FORMATION BJP stays firm, wants to let Sena exhaust its NCP option M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi ... says Cong spokesperson; 2 House panels to seek info; 121 Indians had been targeted, govt told in Sept E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE ongoing WhatsApp snooping controversy got curiouser on Sunday with the Congress claiming its leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had received a alert from the social media platform a few months ago informing her about the possible hacking of her mobile instrument. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, after dropping the bomb, accused the government of being involved in a “surveillance racket”. Whether or not Priyanka’s mobile was infected by the Israeli Pegasus spyware was not clear. The BJP however, pushed back strongly rub, , bishing the allegation and accusing the Congress of living in an imaginary world. “I want to say that Priyanka Gandhi also received a similar message from WhatsApp around the same time,” Surjewala said while responding to a question about NCP leader Praful Patel and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee receiving alerts from WhatsApp about the security breach. Sources said WhatsApp had informed the Centre in September that 121 Indian users were targeted by Pegasus. The IT ministry however, contended that the information , was both inadequate and incomplete. Having stepped on the pedal, the Congress is planning to take the issue to the next level by pushing the government to share information to two parliamentary standing committees on home affairs and information-technology headed by party leaders Anand Sharma and Shashi Tharoor, respectively Sharma said the issue will be taken up . at the panel’s next meeting on November 15. The Union home secretary is scheduled to brief the panel on the situation in J&K in the next meeting. “In that meeting this issue will also be discussed,” he added. Tharoor too said his panel will seek clarifications from the government, adding: “We must not, at any price, become a surveillance state like China.” AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi demanded that the Centre ask Israel, not WhatsApp, how P9 Pegasus listened to conversations of Indians. Youth wearing masks to protect themselves as a thick blanket of smog covers Vijay Chowk in New Delhi | PARVEEN NEGI Surjewala’s explosive allegation WhatsApp sent messages to different people whose phones were hacked. One such message was received from WhatsApp on the telephone of Priyanka Gandhi, Surjewala said Didn’t refer to Pegasus software However, “WhatsApp did not say that the telephone (Priyanka’s) was hacked in this fashion by an illegal Pegasus software,” Surjewala said, adding the nature of the message is in public domain 37 FLIGHTS DIVERTED, POLLUTION LEVEL AT 3-YEAR HIGH IN DELHI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A day ahead of the odd-even vehicle rule rollout here, 37 flights had to be diverted from the city on Sunday morning as a thick blanket of smog drastically reduced visibility at the Delhi airport. Also, more than 250 departures and 300 arrivals were delayed. More worrying was the pollution level in Delhi, which was at a three-year high, as the day’s average air quality index stood at 494, the highest since November 6, 2016, when it was 497. Flight disruptions that began at 9 am eased only around AIRLINES AFFECTED 3.30 pm. Air India was the worst-hit with 12 of its flights diverted elsewhere. Vistara diverted four flights from Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Goa to Amritsar and one to Mumbai. Air India’s incoming flights connecting Singapore, Surat, Bahrain, Bhopal and Nagpur were diverted to the Amritsar airport. Five other flights were sent to Jaipur and two to Lucknow, a spokesperson said. While Delhi has declared a medical emergency, Haryana and UP governments too announced school closures till Tuesday in the National Capital Region (NCR). The Prime Minister’s Office AIR INDIA 12 VISTARA 5 INDIGO later stepped in to address the situation. After holding a high-level meeting, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, P K Mishra, said about 300 teams had been deployed with the necessary equipment to reduce air pollution in the city . Officials said the main focus was on seven industrial clusters and major traffic corridors in the NCR. The Centre is keeping a close watch on polluting units and burning of waste, besides construction activities in Delhi. Meanwhile, the odd-even scheme will start from 8 am on Monday, beginning with even-numbered vehicles plying on the roads. SPICEJET 5 9 OTHERS AVERAGE DELAY 6 49 mins TN temple prasadam to soon get hygiene certificate sued by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) at the earliest. HR&CE officials said the first phase of the project for BHOG certification was likely to be introduced at over 46 B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai PRASADAM such as laddu, murukku, vadai and other food offered to devotees at Tamil Nadu’s temples will soon have to be of better quality. This is because the State Food Safety and Drug Administration has told temples under the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments (HR &CE) department to obtain the Blissful Hygiene Of fering to God (BHOG) quality certificate is- Anna dhanam serves 66K HR & CE department manages administration of about 36,606 temples. About 66K devotees are given food under the Anna Dhanam Scheme in 754 temples big temples including Devi Karumariamman temple (Thiruverkadu), Arunachaleswarar temple (Tiruvannamalai), Subramaniya Swamy temple (Tiruttani), Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple (Madurai) and Aranganatha Swamy temple (Srirangam). FSSAI and HR & CE officials are scheduled to meet next week and modalities for implementing the project are likely to be finalised. “The Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple, which got a Central award for second best maintained iconic place, is likely to be asked to get the BHOG certificate at the earliest,” said a HR & CE official. Though FSSAI notified launch of BHOG certification for temples in 2017, the project remained on paper due to delay in training temple authorities. All places of worship, including temples, mosques and gurudwaras, are covered by the project. P4 WITH the Shiv Sena tapping the NCP to explore options on government formation, the BJP top brass has decided not to bend to what it sees as political blackmail. Since NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar is expected to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday, the BJP will be keenly watching its outcome. “We are watching the situation closely The top leadership . has told incumbent Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that the post of the chief minister will not be on the table whenever talks with the Shiv Sena take place,” a top BJP functionary told this newspaper. Having drawn the red line, Fadnavis has little options other than waiting for the Sena to blink. Going ahead and forming a minority government appears to be the top choice currently among the BJP brass. While the Sena hopes to draw Amit Shah to broker a deal, the BJP chief continues to stay away from making any direct intervention to resolve the fluid situation. The BJP appears to be waiting for Uddhav Thackeray to exhaust all options with other parties. “The BJP has the option to form a minority government. Political lines would then become clear on the floor of the House. If the BJP government is voted out, the option to impose President’s Rule could be considered. The BJP wouldn’t mind a snap poll in the state as well,” opined the BJP functionary . “Though nothing is impossible in politics, the BJP would be keenly watching the Congress response to the Sena-NCP attempts to explore alternatives. If that indeed materialises, the BJP would be flog it for long term gains in the state and beyond,” said another senior BJP functionary But since the Sena . and the Congress are polar oppsites ideologically the BJP feels , their coming together would be P9 realistically impossible. CJI Gogoi hails NRC as timely, calls out its critics for thwarting Assam’s progress SI who helped kill brigand loses medals in burglary ALONG WITH GOLD AND CASH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AMID widespread disquiet over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday chose to defend it, saying the exercise brought clarity on the number of illegal immigrants in the state. He called the NRC a base document for future reference. He said that prior to it there was guesswork on the number of illegal immigrants in the state that “had fuelled panic, fear and vicious cycle of lawlessness and violence”. The CJI, who was addressing a gathering in Delhi at the inauguration of veteran journalist Mrinal Talukdar’s book Post Colonial Assam (1947-2019), said the NRC is neither a “new or a novel idea” as it found expression as early as in 1951 and the current exercise is merely an attempt to update the 1951 NRC. “The NRC is not without contestations. Let me take this occasion to clarify. The NRC is not a new nor a novel idea. It founds expression as early as in the year 1951 and in particular context of Assam in the year 1985 when the Assam accord was signed. In fact, the current NRC is an attempt to update the 1951 NRC,” he said. “There was an urgent need to ascertainthe number of illegal immigrants,” he said. Gogoi criticised “armchair experts” who, he says, have present a highly distorted picture of the process, thereby hurting Assam and its development. in an encounter. For his service, he was awarded a medal by then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2004 and was promoted as SI. He is also a recipient of President’s, Anna and Independence Day medals. The burglars were so impressed that they took the four medals with 10 sovereigns of gold ornaments and `50,000 in EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore A police sub-inspector, who helped take down the dreaded forest brigand Veerappan, fell victim to a double crime on Saturday when burglars not only robbed his house of gold and cash but also of the four medals he had been awarded for meritorious service. The 54-year-old R Rayappan is an SI with the Special Task Force at Sathyamangalam in Erode district. He was part of the team that killed Veerappan SPL TEAM TO NAB BURGLARS EXPRESS ILLUSTRATION Police registered a case under Sections 380 and 454 of IPC and a special team was formed to nab the burglars. cash when they robbed his house at Saravanampatti on Saturday police said. , Police said Rayappan was on duty at the STF camp on Saturd ay m o r n i n g . H i s w i f e Logeswari (46) and son Pradeep (25) were at home. Logeswari and Pradeep locked the house and left at 10.30 am. When they returned at 12.30 pm, the lock on the front door was broken and they had been robbed. Saravanampatti police said they hadn’t locked their steel bureau, allowing the burglars easy access to the valuables.
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