KOCHI l FRIDAY l NOVEMBER 08, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION NOW CHINA ADDS WRINKLE TO TARIFF THAW WITH U.S. China on Thursday hardened its stance that no deal can take place without each side cancelling at least some tariffs MINI AGREEMENT IN THE WORKS? ROLLBACK OF LEVIES PART OF TRUCE China said it is close to reaching a mini agreement with the US as part of a wider deal to remove tariffs imposed on two-way goods in stages. “Both sides should roll back existing additional tariffs in the same proportion simultaneously, which is an important condition for reaching the agreement,” said Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng ■ ■ ■ “The trade war started with tariffs, and should end with the cancellation of tariffs,” Gao said, according to reports China had previously said trade tensions would only end when all additional tariffs were lifted from Chinese products Now, China has nuanced this stand saying partial rollback is cool $360 bn VALUE OF CHINESE EXPORTS TO THE U.S. AFFECTED BY TRADE WAR 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 Fraud who posed as IPS officer held Thrissur: Vipin Karthik, a youth who masqueraded as an IPS officer and committed various financial frauds, was arrested by a special police team here on Thursday. P4 Kureshi cleared for Tripura HC The Centre has finally cleared Justice Akil Kureshi for elevation as the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, ending months-long delay over his promotion that led to protests by advocates’ body. KERALA WOMAN 1ST FEMALE FIREFIGHTER AT CHENNAI AIRPORT Remya Sreekantan, 28, joined as junior assistant on Nov 1 | P6 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS Governor’s game now as BJP does not stake claim SHUHAIB MURDER CASE MIN BALAN MISLEADS Pak flip-flop HOUSE; CONG TO INVOKE on passport BREACH OF PRIVILEGE waiver for A N I L S @T’Puram Caretaker CM Fadnavis to put in his papers today; Sena herds its MLAs in a city hotel A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai A day after it seemed that the BJP and the Shiv Sena were on the verge of reconciliation, the BJP opted not to stake its claim to form the new government despite meeting Gover nor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on Thursday indicating it did not , want to fall into the minority government trap. After a meeting of its newly elected lawmakers, the Shiv Sena continued its brinkmanship demanding equal share in governance, challenging the BJP to accept its lack of numbers. It went on to claim it had options to form the government if the BJP could not and herded its MLAs into Hotel Rangasharada near the party headquarters in Bandra to keep the flock safe from poaching. The BJP and the Congress, too, have summoned their MLAs to Mumbai, with the latter calling a meeting of its lawmakers on Friday . For his part, Governor Koshiyari consulted the advocate general to weigh his legal options amid speculation of imposing President’s Rule. Since neither the BJP which , is the single largest party nor the largest pre-poll alliance (BJP-Sena) is likely to stake its claim, whether or not Governor Koshiyari would explore other options like calling a post-poll coalition or any other party to form the government remains to be seen. Caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is expected to put in his papers on Friday , but it is a technicality since the outgoing 13th Assembly will expire on Saturday . Earlier in the day Shiv Sena , president Uddhav Thackeray ‘Met Governor to discuss situation’ BJP president Chandrakant Patil (pic) met Governor Koshiyari on Friday and discussed the situation. “However, we did not stake our claim for government formation,” he said put the ball of government formation back in the BJP’s court while addressing his party MLAs at his residence. “I don’t want to break the alliance. But, the (CM’s) statement on promises made before Lok Sabha election were wrong. I’m open for talks even today if the BJP leadership is ready to act on its promise,” he said. E12.21 cr for counsel T’Puram: The government has so far spent I12.21 crore from the exchequer to pay legal bills to advocates from outside to appear for the government in close to 300 cases before the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court. P6 A34L was the highest fee paid by govt to counsel brought from outside, says Law Minister Balan A86L was the amount, says his dept S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi THE Centre has rushed 40 companies (around 4,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to Uttar Pradesh to assist the state government in maintaining law and order ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the sensitive Ayodhya case, which is expected anytime before Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s retirement on November 17. A total of 40 companies, which include 16 companies of RAF and six companies each of CISF, ITBP , SSB and BSF, will be deployed in UP till November 18. The Home Ministry has also is- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Malappuram Uthaman, a fisherman, used to get a good catch daily from his aqua farm at Vypeen. But the recent spells of rain upset his plans as water breached the farm’s barriers and more than 35,000 fish flowed along with it into the backwaters | ALBIN MATHEW Resort owner kills, buries staffer in farm, runs away with his wife quiry, Liji convinced the police that Rijosh had contacted her over phone from IN yet another incident which brings to Thrissur and Kozhikode. mind the crime movie Drishyam, a Rijosh’s family members, however, de31-year-old resort employee was found manded the police to resume probe saymurdered and buried adjacent to a farm- ing he had never stayed away from home house near here on Thursday . for longer periods. Meanwhile, Vaseem Resort manager Vaseem Abdul and Liji were reported missing Khader, 31, from Irinjalakuda, adsince last Monday and it forced mitted to killing Rijosh in a video the police to intensify the search. clip sent to his brother’s mobile In the inquiry conducted near phone which he handed over to Rijosh’s house, the police found the police. Vaseem and Rijosh’s Vaseem had called an earth-mover Rijosh wife Liji are absconding. operator to dig a pit near his resort The police said Rijosh, an emon November 1 “to bury a dead cow ployee at the Mushroom Hut Resort in in his farm”. The operator told the police Kazhuthakkulamedu, went missing on the pit, dug near the rainwater harvestOctober 31. His family members lodged ing tank was found half-filled with mud a complaint with the Santhanpara police later and as per the instruction given by ● More on P6 a day later. During the preliminary in- Vaseem, he filled it up. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Idukki A DAY after Law Minister A K Balan announced that the LDF government had spent `34 lakh to keep CBI away in the Shuhaib murder case, he found himself in a spot on Thursday after major discrepancies were found in the data shared by him in the assembly and that provided by the law department to an RTI query. Grabbing the chance, the Congress is all set to seek breach of privilege action against him. Major discrepancies have come up in responses — in the Assembly and under RTI — in connection with the Pinarayi Vijayan government hiring advocates from outside to oppose a CBI probe into the murder of Youth Congress leader Shuhaib by alleged CPM workers in Kannur. While the minister put the figure at `34 lakh, as per the RTI info, it comes to around `86 lakh. On October 30, Congress MLA Sunny Joseph sought to know the case for which the Left government had paid the highest amount as legal fee to an advocate from outside, to which Law Minister Balan responded, saying it was on writ appeal number 628/18. It pertains to the government bringing two advocates from outside — Vijay Hansaria and Amarendra Sharan — to oppose CBI investigation in the Shuhaib murder case. The gover nment had hired these advocates to oppose a petition filed by Shuhaib’s father before the High Court seeking a CBI probe. As per the reply, the government sanctioned `34 lakh in the case. While Hansaria was given `12.20 lakh, an amount of `22 lakh sanctioned for Amarendra Sharan is yet to be handed over. ● More on P6 Ayodhya fortified ahead of verdict No salary for 10 months: BSNL worker ends life NET RESULT KARTARPUR VISIT A BSNL contract labourer, who had allegedly not received salary for the past 10 months, committed suicide inside the Nilambur telephone exchange on Thursday morning. The deceased is identified as R a m a k r i s h n a n , 5 3 , f ro m Kanjirampadam. Nilambur police said Ramakrishnan, who had been working with the telecom company for the past 30 years, reached the exchange at 8.30am and hanged himself from the ceiling an hour later when the security officer went out. BSNL Casual Contract Labourers Union (CCLU), Kerala, said the Central government’s anti-labour policies forced Ramakrishnan to commit sui● More on P5 cide. sued an advisory to all states asking them to remain alert ahead of the verdict on the Ramjanambhumi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. States have been directed to pay special attention to sensitive areas and ensure security home min, istry officials said, adding that there will be close coordination between top security departments of the Centre and states. The central forces are scheduled to reach Ayodhya on November 11, a day ahead of Kartik Purnima. One million devotees are expected to participate in the religious event. The paramilitary forces will be deployed in 12 most sensitive districts and cities of Uttar Pradesh. Apart from Varanasi and Ayodhya, paramilitary forces will be deployed in Kanpur, Aligarh, Lucknow, Azamgarh etc to maintain law and order. Sikh pilgrims EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TWO days ahead of the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, Pakistan tied itself in knots with flip-flops on whether it intended to honour its Prime Minister Imran Khan’s gesture to allow visa-free visits to Indian Sikhs to the holy shrine. Imran had tweeted his offer on November 1 but there was no bilateral paperwork to support it. In response to India’s request for clarification, Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday said Indian Sikh pilgrims will have to take their passports along. But hours later, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said the waiver was on and would extend to a year to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. The $20 service fee per pilgrim will also be off between November 9 and 12, Faisal said, adding: “We have formally conveyed this to India.” In view of the flip-flop, the Indian foreign office advised pilgrims to nevertheless carry their passports. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the MoU for the corridor “hasn’t been changed and as per it, a passport is needed”. Amid the drama, a side story playing out was the last-minute approval to feisty Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu to visit to Kartarpur on Saturday . Karat calls UAPA draconian, asks Left govt to revoke charges against college students E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kochi CPM Politburo member Prakash Karat on Thursday urged the LDF-led state government to revoke its decision to slap Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) charges on two students. Speaking on the sidelines of an event in Kochi, Karat stated that UAPA is a draconian law. “The CPM has always opposed the law. In the case of the two students who were slapped with UAPA, the police have wrongly used the Act. You can’t call them Maoists for mere possession of brochures. Hope the government will undo its decision,” said the CPM leader. Regarding the police operation at Attappadi resulting in the killing of four Maoists, Karat said the inquiry of the commission appointed by the party is on and he will respond after getting its report. Karat’s statement, which is Tribal women pick holes in encounter claims Prakash Karat, right, and party leader P Rajeev during an event to mark Indian Communist Party’s 100 years, in Kochi on Thursday | A SANESH similar to the stand taken by CPM g e n e r a l s e c re t a r y S i t a r a m Yechury has put the LDF govern, ment in a tight spot. Leaders of its coalition partner, CPI, have already criticised the government for slapping UAPA charges on the two college students, Alan Shuhaib and Thwaha Fasal, who were arrested from Kozhikode last week. Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala Palakkad: The shooting that led to the killing of four persons in Manjikandi forest was a fake encounter and tribals in the area have known many of the alleged CPI (Maoist) members since 2013, K Shivani, vicepresident of the Thaikula Sangham, a collective of tribal women, said on Thursday. P5 said the chief minister should clarify his stand on the issue in view of Karat’s statement. “The government is still clueless about slapping UAPA charges on the students. The chief minister should be ready to give his explanation in the wake of Karat’s statement. If the students are Maoists, then the government should clarify that,” said Chennithala. SPOT-FIXING Police catch KPL team captain, more to follow E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru SIX down. More to go. That’s the message from police officials in Bengaluru, who arrested CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi for their role in spot-fixing in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL). News of the former being detained shocked the fraternity Cap. tain of Ballari Tuskers in KPL, he is a prominent name in domestic cricket, who served Karnataka for distinction for nearly a decade. It takes the tally of arrests in C M Gautam Abrar Kazi this case to six. The Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths, who arrested Ballari Tuskers skipper Gautam and Kazi, have found that more players are involved. A senior police officer said, “Investigations are on and we have gathered information about other players involved in match-fixing. Some of them have left the country We have sent teams to gather . information about them.” It has been learnt that Gautam and Kazi, who were active players in the first-class circuit till being arrested, were offered `20 lakh each to bat slowly during the KPL final against Hubli Tigers in Mysuru on August 31. While Gautam made a 37-ball 29 and Kazi a six- ball 13, their team lost the final. Attempt to thwart probe It is said that some influential persons have been putting pressure on the investigating officers. Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao confirmed there was interference from influential persons. “We are not caring about who is trying to influence the probe. I have asked investigators to ignore those influential people and carry on with a thorough probe regardless of these threats.”
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