CHENNAI THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION INDIANS ON THE PODIUM Wednesday was a red-letter day for Indian sports. Boxers booked a couple of medals at the World Championship, while a bronze came from women’s wrestling Vinesh Phogat (R) in action in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday MANISH KAUSHIK MANISH KAUSHIK AMIT PANGHAL The 63kg boxer from Haryana reached the semifinals. Since losing semifinalists get bronze medals, he will get one even if he fails to win. Tipped as India’s best medal prospect in the event in Russia, the boxer from Haryana has not disappointed. The 52kg fighter made short work of his rival from Philippines to make sure he finishes on the podium. 1 The 23-year-old is competing in his first World C’ships AMIT PANGHAL 4 Fourth successive major medal after CWG, Asian Games and Asian C’ships B R O N Z E A N D O LY M P I C B E R T H Vinesh Phogat won women’s 53kg bronze at the World Championship. It was her first medal in the big event Vinesh also secured a place in next year’s Tokyo Olympics by finishing in the top six bracket Comes from a family of wrestlers, Her cousins Geeta and Babita are also World C’ship bronze medal winners ONE SUSHIL KUMAR IS THE ONLY INDIAN TO WIN A WORLDS GOLD MEDAL MORE TO COME? India’s biggest wrestling medal hope Bajrang Punia will be in action on Thursday. He is the top seed in 65k division | P20 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 Espionage angle in missing ship hardware Probe panel to look at all angles; missing hard disk from INS Vikrant could contain valuable structural data, suggest experts A J AY K A N T H , P R A M D A S & M A R U N @ Kochi Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Wednesday | PTI Rare bonhomie as Didi meets Modi, holds fruitful talks Shah, Nadda to visit Bengal BJP chief Amit Shah and working president J P Nadda will visit Bengal ahead of the Durga puja to look into the organisational aspects Renaming Bengal had been our prime agenda hence we have proposed it keeping Bangla is mind. The PM has assured us all help Mamata Banerjee Chequered past This is the first time Mamata has met the PM after he won a second term. She did not attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony for political reasons KUMAR VIKRAM AND PRANAB MONDAL @ New Delhi / Kolkata WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, one of the most vocal critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had a cordial meeting with him at his residence on Wednesday . “The meeting was fruitful. I have proposed Bangla as West Bengal’s name. The Prime Minister assured all help,’’ Mamata said after her first meeting with Modi ever since the BJP-led government came to power for the second term. Describing the talks as fruitful, she said they also discussed issues like development and the job crisis. While Mamata claimed the meeting was not political, it came in the wake of the CBI aggressively looking for former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is said to be close to Mamata. The Bengal CM also sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, though party leaders were not forthcoming about the agenda. Interestingly, 24 hours before she left for Delhi, Mamata had addressed a meeting at Shyambazar in Kolkata, warning the BJP not to play with fire in the name of NRC. At the Kolkata airport on Tuesday Mamata , had greeted Modi’s wife Jashodaben and gifted her a sari. Remember during the general elections campaign, she had sought to attack Modi for “abandoning” his wife. In May, Mamata had challenged Modi to prove his coal mafia allegation against her party leaders saying if he was found lying, he should do 100 sit-ups holding his ears. Later, Mamata said she felt like giving one tight slap of democracy to Modi. But on Wednesday she , invited Modi to inaugurate Deocha Pachami, the second-largest coal block in the world. The last time Modi and Mamata met was at the convocation ceremony at Visva Bharati University Shantiniketan in May 2018. , EXPRESS READ Pak not to allow PM to use airspace for US trip Pakistan on Wednesday said it will not allow PM Narendra Modi’s flight to use its airspace for his Sept 21 visit to the US and the return journey. Claiming India had requested Pakistan for permission, its foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said it had rejected it due to the “situation in Kashmir” | P13 US Fed cuts rates for second time this year The US Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 bps to a target range of 1.752.0%. The rate was lowered “in light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures,” the Federal Open Market Committee said | P17 A day after a critical digital device was reported missing from India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, being built at Cochin Shipyard here, details emerging indicate that it could be a case of espionage. What went missing is not just an electronic component but a computer device containing operation details of the carrier and other critical information, sources said. The incident cannot be considered as a mere theft because what’s stolen is of no use to the common man, they said. Official sources in New Delhi told TNIE that the gravity of the incident prompted the Centre to order a detailed probe, looking at the possible espionage angle. Experts from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will reach Kochi for a detailed assessment. Union minister of state for shipping Mansukh Mandaviya, who will visit Cochin Shipyard on Thursday is expected to hold a , review meeting about the activities of the shipyard. LANGUAGE ROW Shah clarifies Hindi remark, Stalin softens EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Ranchi, Chennai THE DMK on Wednesday withdrew its proposed September 20 protest against the Centre’s ‘imposition’ of Hindi, after Union Home Minister Amit Shah clarified he had only advocated its use as a second language. Speaking in Ranchi on Wednesday Shah said children , should be made to understand things in their mother tongue. “I too come from a state where Hindi is not the main language,” he added. Referring to his remarks on Hindi Diwas that led to a furore, Shah said, “Everyone has the right to do politics, but they should first hear my speech clearly. I had said that along with Hindi, other regional languages should be given importance. But at the same time, if non-Hindi speakers get a chance to study a second language, they should prefer Hindi.” In Chennai, DMK chief M K Stalin said Governor Banwarilal Purohit, whom he met at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday had , also assured him that the Centre would not impose Hindi. P4 SUDDEN WILL Corp finally acting on illegal banners? N I R U PA M A V I S W A N AT H A N @ Chennai A total of 677 complaints against illegal banners have been filed with the police by Corporation officials since December 2018. Of that, a whopping 200 were registered just over the last five days; that is, since the death of 23-year-old techie Subasri. This data, gathered from the Corporation, shows that in the nine-month period since Ma- dras High Court banned the installation of banners, only 471 complaints were filed by Corporation based on which Community Service Registers (CSRs) were registered. Following a High Court order, the city Corporation announced on December 18 last year that illegal banners should be removed immediately to avoid paying a fine of `5,000 or serving one year in jail or both. However, a senior official told Express that fines were collected only in “three or four” cases. David Manohar, a civic rights activist, said he had registered a complaint about illegal banners in Chromepet, where Subasri lived, on Sept 1 and again on September 6. “When I visited Subashri’s house to pay respects, I reminded the police officials on duty there. Only then were they removed.” P2 As the vessel is undergoing strategically vital Phase 2 fitting and construction, a technical expert team will assess whether the loss has compromised any sort of data of the aircraft carrier, which is expected to be inducted into the Indian Navy in 2021. A special police team, which began its investigation based on a complaint lodged by the shipyard, has started verifying the antecedents of the workers involved in the construction of the vessel. Though police suspect the role of an insider, the possibility of an intruder gaining entry from the lake side is also being looked into. Kerala police chief Loknath Behera told TNIE utmost priority is being given to the investigation. “As the matter is of high sensitivity we can’t reveal , any details at this point of time,” he said. Officers said the probe will ascertain how a component from the vessel was taken out when there is an integrated ERP (enterprise resource planning) module installed to monitor the movement of materials in and out of the shipyard. Also, Cochin Shipyard is under Under-construction indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Second theft after Scorpene leak The Vikrant hard disk theft is the second setback for the Indian defence system. In July 2016, documents pertaining to French supported India’s Scorpene submarine programme, called Project 75, were leaked. The Australian newspaper reported a data dump of 22,400 pages, including 10 types of secret information on six Scorpene subs under construction for the Indian Navy Multi-tier security cover CISF contingent of 133 personnel headed by an officer of the rank of Assistant Commandant provides security cover CSL has also engaged ex-servicemen for security to supplement the existing forces Periodic joint survey conducted by CSL and CISF 24X7 waterfront patrolling in a dedicated speed boat with armed personnel and wireless surveillance (CCTV) system covering all critical locations and installations in place Materials entry and exit have been integrated with ERP module for monitoring of their movement in and out of the shipyard CISF cover. Its ability to safeguard critical installations pertaining to national security would be under the scanner. The Vikrant project had gained international attention because only four countries in the world have the technology to design and build aircraft carriers weighing more than 40,000 tonnes. Sources said the missing device included the hard disk that may contain information regarding the ship’s structure. According to a former naval officer who served on the erstwhile INS Vikrant, the theft of the hard disk is indeed a serious matter. “Even though the ship has not been commissioned, the hard drive could have critical information like structural details. Information regarding the decks, aircraft fuelling points, weapons hold, wiring, pipeline network, etc., are key structural details,” he said. Senior advocate V J Mathew, who is the chairman of Kerala Maritime Board, said there would be multiple servers and multiple hard disks for different purposes. “If it was relating to the operation of the ship, the data could be leaked. But there is no chance of missing data pertaining to defence and strategic planning as the carrier has not yet been handed over to the Navy he said. ,” ‘God wants’ school to be razed down for temple J AYA K U M A R M A D A L A @ Pudukkottai LIQUOR shops being an impediment to schools and education is a passe. It’s now the turn of religious structures. A group of caste Hindus in a Pudukkottai village threatened to immolate themselves on Tuesday after revenue offi, cials tried to thwart their attempts to build a temple inside the local panchayat union elementary school campus. The group claimed that god instructed them to build a temple on the exact spot. They even demanded that the school be razed down to accommodate a temple. Sources, however, told Express the “drama” was part of an ongoing caste tension in the village. HIGHEST-EVER STRENGTH Centre okays collegium picks on SC judges Some SC judges had questioned move to elevate them ahead of more senior judges E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday appointed four new judges to the Supreme Court, after the collegium had recommended the names last month. Once the new judges Justice V take oath on Monday the top court’s strength Ramasubramanian , will go up to 34, an all-time high. Justices V Ramasubramanian, Krishna Murari, S Ravindra Bhat and Hrishikesh Roy , who were the chief justices of the Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, Rajasthan and Kerala HCs respectively have been appointed , Justice as SC judges after the Centre’s assent. Justices R Banumathi and Sanjay Kishan S Ravindra Bhat Kaul, both of them Supreme Court judges, had earlier questioned the collegium’s recommendation to elevate the four ahead of others who rank higher in the all-India seniority list. Questioning the lack of transparency in decision-making, both pointed out that Justice Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, Chief Justice of the BomHrishikesh Roy bay High Court and now at No. 2 in the seniority list, has been ignored. The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1956, originally provided for a maximum of 11 judges. This number was increased to 14 in 1960, 18 in 1977, 26 in 1986 and reached 31 in 2009. Earlier this year, the sanctioned strength Justice was increased to 34 after CJI Ranjan Gogoi Krishna Murari wrote to PM Modi about pendency of cases. Parents, teachers and children of the panchayat school in Rajabahadur, a village in the outskirts of Pudukkottai, were shocked on Monday when they , found a deity had been raised and foundation stones laid for a temple right in front of the school main door, inside the campus. Last Friday, when they left, there were no such structures there. “When we arrived on Monday, we saw a deity installed. Some pooja seemed to have been performed,” said the school headmaster. “When we asked around, we were told that a group had laid the foundation stone. We immediately informed higher authorities.” Based on the complaint, revenue officials visited the school on Tuesday . “The land is panchayat property,” says RDO MS Dhandayathapani. “A decision was taken to remove the temple, but a group of villagers prevented us from doing so and threatened us. The group claimed the god had asked them to build the temple in the place where P10 the school stands.” Cabinet approves total ban on e-cigarettes EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Union Cabinet headed by Narendra Modi on Wednesday decided to ban the production, import and sale of e-cigarettes and similar products in the country citing health hazards , and the need to “nip in the bud an emerging addictive habit” among youngsters. “The smoke exhaled by the users of e-cigarettes contains high level of residual nicotine... It will affect people around them,” said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who headed a Group of Ministers (GoM) on the issue. “There are over 400 brands, none of which are manufactured in India. And they come in over 150 flavours... also, it is odourless,” she said, adding that there has been a significant rise in the vaping addition among the youth. On the contradiction in banning e-cigarettes but depending on awareness campaigns against conventional cigarettes, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “These are suggestions for actions.” The government will soon promulgate an Ordinance to enforce the ban. Sitharaman quoted studies Rly staff to get 78 days pay as bonus The Cabinet approved productivity-linked bonus equivalent to 78 days’ pay to over 11.52 lakh nongazetted railway staff. The bonus payment could cost government `2,024 crore conducted in the US to say there is an alarming rise in ecigarettes use in schools there, with instances of teenagers becoming addicted to the new form of smoking. First-time violators of the ban face up to one year in jail and a fine of `1 lakh. Repeat offenders may land in jail for up to three years or may have to pay `5 lakh fine, or both. Storing e-cigarettes will attract a six-month jail term, `50,000 fine or both.
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