CHENNAI THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION 1,025 CHINESE INCURSIONS DURING 2016-2018: GOVT DATA Transgressions by the Chinese Army into the Indian territory topped 1,000 in two years, according to government data 326 TRANSGRESSIONS LAST YEAR 20 ROUNDS OF BORDER TALKS SO FAR There were 273 transgressions by Chinese Army in 2016, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, adding that the figure stood at 426 in 2017 and 326 in 2018. “Due to both sides undertaking patrolling up to their respective perception of the LAC, transgressions do occur,” the minister said in a written reply in Parliament ■ ■ India and China have already held over 20 rounds of border talks under the framework of Special Representatives dialogue, which was set up to find an early solution to the border dispute Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a 73-day standoff in Doklam in 2017 after India blocked China’s bid to build a road 3,488 km LENGTH OF LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL (LAC) BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA 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 ‘TN IS THE WORST’ POISON ON YOUR PLATE New report from food regulator comes as a shock to residents of Tamil Nadu TIME TO PONDER SENA DISHONOURED MANDATE: AMIT SHAH Having lost Maharashtra to the three-party Aghadi, BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday lashed out at the Shiv Sena, saying it dishonoured the popular mandate, as all Sena MLAs had sought votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also rapped NCP and Congress for not respecting the mandate Till the third-quarter of 2018, the NDA looked invincible. It held power across India in over 20 states. Then it lost Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh. Maharashtra has just joined the list. The Oppn is now back in the game AADITYA CALLS ON SONIA, INVITES HER FOR CEREMONY THE CHANGING POLITICAL MAP As on March 31 2018 Others BJP NDA alliance As on Nov 27, 2019 President’s rule Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Wednesday night called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi and invited her to his dad Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony. Aaditya had a brief meeting with her at her 10, Janpath residence. The Congress tweeted a photo of them from its official Twitter handle. The Sena is also understood to have invited former prime minister Manmohan Singh for the grand event at central Mumbai’s iconic Shivaji Park. It is scheduled to begin at 6.40 pm on Thursday NCP gets lone deputy CM post, Cong Speaker Uddhav to take oath today; Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar front runners for dy CM; Prithviraj Chavan tipped to be Speaker A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai THE BREAKUP of food products sold in Tamil Nadu in 2018 did not meet safety standards 728 45.3% national average of food products that failed the FSSAI compliance test were found to be adulterated 28.5% 12.7% 14% of total samples adulterated WHAT DID THE LAW DO? 306 criminal cases were filed 5,730 FOOD PRODUCTS TESTED IN THE STATE of tested samples were substandard 1,485 cases where penalties were levied 18.4% OF THE PRODUCTS HAD MISLEADING INFORMATION TROUBLE WITH... Milk and milk products Edible oils & fats Fresh fruits Vegetables Jams, jellies, and dates Pickles Cereals Pulses Meat Fish Sweets Sweetening agents Spices and condiments Mineral water Bakery products B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai FOOD Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Tuesday dropped a bombshell saying over 45 per cent of food samples taken for study last year in Tamil Nadu did not meet the required standards with 12.7 % coming up as adulterated and unsafe for consumption. While FSSAI report on National Milk Safety and Quality Survey released last month revealed the name of toxic contents in samples, the regulatory body has not mentioned the hazardous content in the samples. However, the report noted that Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group of World Health Organisation has identified 31 food-borne hazards. “The group has found that frequent causes of foodborne illness are diarrhoeal disease agents, particularly norovirus and Campylobacter spp,” the report said. Organisms from cattle “The samples mostly get adulterated because of organisms found in cattle and agriculture field. However, some samples may also contain chemicals used in the local market,” said a food safety officer. The food regulator blamed the absence of food testing labs and inadequate enforcement authorities for poor P3 quality . CM allocates S2,363 crore for Pongal gift hampers E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai THE State government has sanctioned `2,363.13 crore for Pongal gift hampers to rice card holders, giving effect to the announcement made by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday . A G.O. said though the estimated cost stands at `2,245.85 crore, the expenditure may increase to `2,363.13 crore as the government has extended the deadline for conversion of ‘sugar cards’ to ‘rice cards’. The gift hampers will comprise `1,000, one kg raw rice, one kg sugar, a two-feet long sugarcane, 20 gm cashew, 20 gm raisins and 5 gm of cardamom. THE contours of government formation in Maharashtra became clearer by late Wednesday night although leaders of the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Cong ress remained tightlipped about exact allocation of ministerial berths. Senior NCP leader and former Union minister Praful Patel said there will be only one deputy chief minister who will be from the Sharad Pawar-led party The Congress will get the . Speaker’s post, he added. “At least one or two leaders from all the three parties will take oath as minister along with Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow (Thursday),” Patel told reporters as he emerged from a four-hour-long meeting of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi leaders at the YB Chavan centre in South Mumbai late on Wednesday night. While Patel said the deputy CM’s name was yet to be decided, sources told TNIE Jayant CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan; (Right) NCP leaders Supriya Sule with Ajit Pawar during a special session of Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday | PTI Patil and Ajit Pawar are the top two contenders for the post. Congress leader Prithviraj Chauhan is tipped to be the Speaker, according to sources. Apart from Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar, Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge took part in the deliberations for power sharing. According to sources, multiple claims for the Speaker’s post dragged the talks. Pressure from NCP workers to make Ajit Pawar deputy Chief Minister also stalled discussions, they added. “December 3 is the deadline for trust vote. Before that, all talks regarding power sharing will be concluded,” Patel said, declining to confirm the number of portfolios each alliance partner will get. Sources told TNIE that Sena Karvy postpones AGM, delays financial results from undertaking fresh business will be held next week. BELEAGUERED Karvy Stock According to the Companies Broking, currently under the Act 2013, firms must hold an Sebi radar for alleged misuse AGM within six months into of clients’ shares, postponed its the financial year — that is, by annual general meeting (AGM). September 30. However, under Sources told TNIE the compa- Section 96 of the Act, Karvy ny has sought an exwas given 45 days extension from the Regtra. Officials say this istrar of Companies, was the first time in Hyderabad and has re c e n t ye a r s t h at time till December 15 Karvy has sought adto hold the meeting. ditional time for statuC o n s e q u e n t l y, tory compliances. Karvy Group’s stanIncidentally, some dalone and consolidatof the group compaed financials, too, will nies’ financial disclobe delayed and submitsures to the bourses, Sebi rap ted only after the too, are behind schedKarvy Stock AGM. While officials ule. “All submissions Broking was termed the delay due will be made by Deindulging in to procedural issues, cember 15,” officials activities that analysts believe trouclarified. were ‘never ble has been brewing Curiously, one of allowed’, Sebi at the company for the nominee directors, Chairman Ajay sometime now. Baring Private Equity Tyagi said on “We sensed that our Asia MD Ashish AgarWednesday audit procedures may wal, stepped down take time and sought from the board on July extension from the RoC. Now 14 — just weeks before the NSE that we have completed audit- began its investigation into ing our financials, we will hold Karvy on August 19. the AGM on December 8 or 9,” When contacted, Karvy a senior Karvy official told Group Chairman C ParthasarTNIE. athy dismissed impropriety The proposed emergency charges and maintained there board meeting to deliberate on was no misuse of clients’ funds. CONTINUED ON: P15 Sebi’s order banning the firm is likely to get 16 ministers including the CM, while the NCP will have 14 ministers including deputy CM. The Congress will have 13 ministerial berths along with the Speaker’s post, sources privy to the discussions told this paper. Patel said the media will be informed about the exact details of who will take oath on Thursday morning. Given the strength of Maha- rashtra Assembly, the number of ministers cannot exceed 43. There is, however, no set formula for the number of senior and junior ministers. State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat had earlier said everything would be finalised in a couple of days. “The ratio of portfolio-sharing will be finalised in the next two days. The number of Cabinet and Minister of State (MoS) posts to be given to each party will also be finalised in next two days,” he said after taking oath as MLA. According to him, the allocation of portfolios could take time. The protracted discussions for government formation followed Pawar’s hectic parleys with Patel, Venugopal and others at the former’s residence here earlier in the day . The Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress had on Tuesday named Uddhav Thackeray as the CM nominee of their newly formed three-party front MahaP11 rashtra Vikas Aghadi. Automatic stay on arbitral award struck down by SC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad @ New Delhi SEC 87 PUSHES FIRMS INTO INSOLVENCY “An arbitral award-holder is deprived of the fruits of its award which is usually obtained after several years of litigating as a result of the automaticstay.... exposing such award-holders to the rigours of the insolvency code,” the bench said in its 95-page ruling IN a significant ruling, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down Section 87 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, saying its retrospective effect was manifestly arbitrary . A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman was hearing a petition by Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), which said because of non-payment of dues, it was facing a financial crisis that could destroy its shareholders’ value and force the company to face insolvency proceedings. Introduced as an amendment Act this year, Section 87 had allowed automatic stay on all arbitral awards. The bench criticised the provision saying it turned the clock back and pushed firms into insolvency . “The automatic stay provision denies an opportunity to companies to pay their creditors from the money received from arbitral awards in cases where there is no stay, or even in cases where conditional stays are granted,” the bench observed. As against `6,070 crore arbitral award dues to HCC, the loans taken by it totalled `3,948 crore, the firm had told the SC during the hearing. Melavalavu convicts can’t enter village J E G A D E E S W A R I PA N D I A N @ Madurai CONSIDERING the sensitivity of Melavalavu issue and to avoid law and order problems in the village, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Cour t has restrained the 13 convicts, who were recently granted premature release, from entering the village. The court has also directed them to stay in Vellore district. This arrangement is till the disposal of a PIL petition filed challenging the GOs passed for their release. A Bench comprising Justices S Vaidyanathan and N Anand Venkatesh, in their interim order directed the litigant, P Rathinam, and other organisations concerned “not to rake up the issue” of the release through print or social media and to wait for the final decision in the PIL petition. Madurai SP was instructed not to allow any meeting or gathering in this connection. The convicts were told to report before the district probation officer concerned at Vellore every second and fourth Sunday and before the Vellore SP every first and third SunP4 day . NEP FINAL DRAFT Extension of the Right to Education Act way too costly, proposal set to be shredded S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi A crucial provision to extend the Right to Education Act, 2009 to provide free and compulsory education for all children and adolescents between the ages 3-18 is set to be dropped from the National Education Policy (NEP) draft that is being finalised for the Union Cabi- net’s approval. The Act at present covers children aged 6-14. The first draft of the new policy had a downward and upward extension of the Act. However, the Union Human Resources Ministry has decided to drop it from the NEP, claiming it will have huge financial implications for the government. In its internal discussions, sources told this newspaper, the HRD ministry calculated that its budget on Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, under which RTE is covered, will nearly triple if the Act is extended. As of now, the government spends nearly `35,000 crore every year on the scheme. “Our goal is to facilitate edu- cation to all children in the country but making a provision (for the extension) in the Act itself will bring a financial burden for which the government is not ready yet,” a senior official said. A final decision on the NEP is likely on Friday before it is sent to the Prime Minister’s Office. The original version of the Big disappointment, says educationist “It’s a well established fact through multiple researches that learning till age 6 sets the foundation for life. The government cannot ignore it,” said disappointed educationist Neelam Sood draft policy had called the RTE Act an “important milestone in the history of Indian Education”, adding the Act must be extended to include early childhood education through secondary school education. A later version of the NEP said it would consider RTE’s extension. The proposal in now set to be chucked. Experts expressed disappointment. “If the government cannot commit to long-term investment in education citing financial reasons then nothing can be more disappointing than that,” said educationist Neelam Sood who has previously been with the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration.
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