KOCHI l TUESDAY l DECEMBER 10, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION RUSSIA GIVEN 4-YEAR BAN FOR STATE-SPONSORED DOPING World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee sanctions country for falsifying lab doping data before authorities ATHLETES CAN STILL COMPETE FOOTBALL TEAM TOO FACES SANCTION While the Russian flag and anthem will be banned from the 2020 Summer Olympic Games as well as the 2022 Winter Games, their athletes will still be able to compete under a neutral flag. But they will have to prove that they had nothing to do with what WADA believes was a ‘state-sponsored system of doping’. Russian officials will not be allowed to attend Games. ■ ■ ■ If the men’s football team reaches the finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, they will not be representing Russia The country also faces the prospect of losing its right to host World Championships in Olympic sports post the ban However, the ban will not apply at the 2020 Euro football meet 21 days TIME RUSSIA HAS TO APPEAL THE BAN AT CAS 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 Rohingyas will be barred, says Shah; CAB drives past LS comfortably POLITICAL POSITION EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AFTER a marathon debate that went past midnight, the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by an overwhelming majority — 311 ayes and 80 nays. In his reply to the debate, Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah vowed to implement the National Register for Citizens and asserted that Rohingya Muslims would never get citizenship in India. “Nagaland and Mizoram are protected by Inner Line Permit (ILP) and will continue to re- SIT PROBE INTO GIRL’S TORTURE The Kerala High Court has ordered to constitute special probe team to look into the incident in which a fourthyear BDS student from Malappuram was subjected to physical and mental torture to prevent her from marrying a youth belonging to a poor family. P5 Central govt to renegotiate GST sharing with states A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi AMID an ongoing economic slowdown and a dip GST collection, the Centre is finding it hard to compensate the states over fall in revenue. Therefore, it is planning to renegotiate the terms of compensation paid to the states, which was agreed upon while introducing GST. “The Centre’s divisible pool of taxes was fixed at 42 per cent as recommended by the 14th Finance Commission. However, in the present economic scenario, the growth has not been as projected. So, the in the present terms need to be economic r e n e g o t i a t e d . scenario, the The matter is growth has not likely to be taken been as up soon,” an offiprojected. So, the terms need cial from the Fito be nance Ministry renegotiated. said. The terms of The matter is likely to be engagement for taken up soon devolution of tax Finance Ministry under GST were official jointly agreed by the Centre and states and legislated as a constitutional amendment assuring states of a compensation by the Centre in case of shortfall on the basis of a assured growth in revenue by 14 per cent annually for a period of five years. The total GST collection of the states/UTs for 2018-19 stood at `5,18,447 crore. As such the Centre had released `81,177 crore as compensation to states during that year. The government has transferred `27,955 crore to the states as compensation till July As per . its own estimates, another `40,000 crore should have been paid till September-end. For: BJP JD (U) Shiv Sena LJP, BJD YSRCP SAD Smaller parties from Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur Against: Congress TMC Left NCP, SP BSP TRS Students of Gauhati University take part in a torchlight rally against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, at Jalukbari in Guwahati on Monday | PTI main so. Keeping in mind the feelings of Manipur, we’re including them in the ILP as well,” Shah said. Claiming he had the popular mandate to fulfill the BJP manifesto, which had promised the CAB, Shah said no one ought be worried though attempts were Kesari Bath in Karnataka whets Yedi’s appetite 11 turncoats win comfortably; Congress gets just 2 seats; Siddu and Dinesh Gundu Rao quit party posts; JD(S) draws a blank A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru THE B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka cemented itself firmly on Monday with a thunderous victory , in 12 out of 15 Assembly seats that went to the bypolls. Getting a clear and decisive mandate, 11 of the 17 former MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) who were disqualified as members of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, will make a grand comeback, only this time, as BJP legislators and in all likelihood as ministers in the Yediyurappa cabinet. The Congress managed to win just two seats while Sharath Bachchegowda — who rebelled against the BJP to contest from Hoskote — was the lone Independent to win a seat stamping his authority of being a youth and a community leader. The JD(S) lost everything — its bastion, vote bank, but more importantly its face , amid its popular ‘community vote bank politics’. Monday’s results not only decimated the JD(S) and brought the Congress to its knees, with Legislature Party chief Siddaramaiah and KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Rao resigning from their posts, it also saw the BJP creating history by stamping the saffron seal in KR Pet — a JD(S) bastion. It was a personal victory for Yediyurappa, who drove the campaign, to see his party clinch KR Pet — his birthplace — making headway in the Vokkaliga heartland. Vi s h w a n a t h i n Hunsur and M T B Nagaraj in Hoskote emerged the big losers while Congress’ Rizwan Arshad ended the reign of exparty colleague Roshan Baig’s hold on Shivajinagar constituency with his win. Neither the Congress’ appeal to “teach turncoats a les- Bypoll outcome BJP 12 (Wrests 9 from Cong, 2 from JD(S) and retains 1) Cong 2 (Retains) Independent 1 (Wrests from BJP) BJP workers celebrate the bypoll victory, in Bengaluru on Monday | MEGHANA SASTRY HOW THEY NOW STACK UP All defectors who won today will get ministerial berths as assured BJP 117 Congress: 68 JDS: 34 BSP: 1 Independents: 2 Nominated member: 1 Vacant 2 Snakebite death: HC initiates suo motu case T’Puram: Trivandrum Press Club suspended the membership of secretary M Radhakrishnan on Monday. The decision came in the wake of protests led by Network of Women in Media, India in Thiruvananthapuram. Later Radhakrishnan was removed from the post of secretary. He was recently arrested for harassing a colleague after trespassing into her house in a case of moral policing. P6 Kochi: The Kerala High Court Monday initiated a suo motu case with regard to the death of 10-year-old Shehla Sherin, who was bitten by a snake in her classroom at the Sarvajana Government VHSS in Sultan Bathery, Wayanad. The court initiated the proceedings based on a letter sent by State Legal Services Authority chairman Justice C K Abdul Rehim based on the report of the district unit. P5 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS FIT FORCE 45-YR AGE CAP FOR CRPF PERSONNEL? S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi IN what could result in a major shake-up of the entire paramilitary force, the CRPF is looking to shift its “older personnel” to other central armed police forces (CAPFs) to maintain a “young profile of the fighting force”, this newspaper has learnt. The country’s largest paramilitary force will soon make a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) “to shift personnel aged 45 and above” to other CAPFs, said sources familiar with the matter. The idea was mooted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in November when he conducted a review of the CRPF and asked the force to keep its profile “young and fit”. The CRPF’s de- sire to weed out older and possibly unfit personnel stems from the fact that a major chunk of the force is deployed in active field duty in areas like Kashmir and Maoist-affected states. “Ninety per cent of CRPF’s strength is on active field duty at any given time. The idea is to give the personnel much needed rest and recuperation as CRPF is mandated to render some of the toughest internal security tasks like combating Maoists, tackling terrorism in J&K and insurgency in the Northeast,” said a senior official. The official pointed out that only about 10 per cent of the force is involved in static duties, much less than other CAPFs. Static duties include VVIP protection and deployment at high security zones like Ayodhya. AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi claimed the Bill will lead to another partition of the country and tore up a copy of the bill, which invited displeasure of the Chair. Shiv Sena’s Vinayak Rout called for barring people gaining citizenship from voting in elections for 25 years. The debate saw a slugfest between the BJP MPs from West Bengal and members of the Trinamool Congress, who clashed over allegations of political violence in their state. Members from all the N-E states took part in the debate and lauded the government for extensive consultations before finalising it. Talks end after actor Shane calls producers mentally sick EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi/T’Puram IRKED by actor Shane Niga m ’s co m m e n t s, m a i n ly against producers, on Monday , the office-bearers of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (A.M.M.A.) and Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) have decided to back out from the compromise talks to lift the ban imposed by Kerala Film Producers Association (KFPA) on the actor. Earlier, while speaking to media at the IFFK venue in Thiruvananthapuram, Shane attacked the KFPA saying it was reluctant to hear his version. He said he pins his hopes on A.M.M.A. and alleged both FEFKA and KFPA are interested only in unilateral talks. “I’m not a radio. I can’t always sit silent and listen to the comments made by the producers. KFPA was not ready to hear my version at the meetings,” said Shane. ● More on P6 112 Simple majority tress in Mandya to clinch KR Pet. The fact that his son Vijayendra led the KR Pet campaign that culminated in a tremendous victory was the cherry on the cake for Yediyurappa. “I will leave for New Delhi in a couple of days and brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on the elections. The assurances that were given to MLAs who resigned and contested from our party and registered a victory will be foll owe d t h ro u g h . We h a d promised to make them ministers and there is no question of going back on that promise,” a jubilent Yediyurappa P6 said. RED FURY A scene from the street play Nissabdaravaruthu performed by Yuvadhara Kottooli at the Mofussil bus stand in Kozhikode on Monday calling the public to stop atrocities against women and children | T P SOORAJ POST RAPE INCIDENTS EXPRESS READ Press club suspends secy’s membership Afghanistan. Participating in the debate, Congress leader Manish Tewari argued that it was V D Savarkar who was responsible for the two-nation theory He called the . Bill a monumental blunder. The Opposition alleged that the Bill smacked of religious discrimination, with the Congress, Trinamool, DMK, TRS, Left, NCP, SP and BSP opposing making religion a ground for granting citizenship. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary said the proposal was meant to target the minority, which was rebutted by Amit Shah. B S Yediyurappa, Chief Minister 223 son” nor the JD(S)’ ‘Vokkaliga consolidation’ attempts nor Siddaramaiah’s AHINDA (the Kannada acronym for minorities, backward classes and Dalits) deterred the saffron surge. The huge margin with which the BJP regisK’TAKA tered victories in 12 LOK SABHA BYPOLL ELECTION seats was a clear in2019 2019 dication that the party not just retained its vote bank but managed to cash in on its candidates’ individual support base and eat into the CongressJD(S) vote share. The biggest takeaway from Monday was the BJP successfully infiltrating the JD(S) for- being made to fan insecurity in certain parts of the country . Shah was categorical that Rohingya Muslims would never be granted citizenship, while reiterating that the government will not tinker with Article 371, which deals with provisions for the Northeast. He also clarified that the bill seeks to grant citizenship to a special class of religiously persecuted people from three countries, while extensively illustrating instances of the population of minorties in Muslim majority nations sharply declining, including destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhist shrine by the Taliban in UK, US advisories dampen Kerala Tourism morale D H I N E S H K A L L U N G A L @ T’Puram THE travel advisories issued by the UK and US, asking their women to exercise caution while visiting India following the rising rape incidents in the country, have dampened the morale of the Kerala Tourism industry, which is on the path of revival after back-to-back floods and issues including Nipah scare and Latvian national’s murder here in 2018. Though the state has not figured among the country’s ‘vulnerable places’, the travel advisories are expected to have a bearing on the state’s growth projection of the state. National Tourism Advisory Board member Abraham George told TNIE: “Our tourist season peaks at the start of November and ends in February . We’ve received considerable number of bookings — both individual and group — from the US, UK and other European countries this time. We expect 3 HELD ON MONDAY IN 2 SEPARATE INCIDENTS Two youths were arrested on the charge of raping a 16-year-old girl in Adoor while a physical education teacher was held at Keezhvaypooru, Tiruvalla, for sexually harassing a schoolgirl, both on Monday. P6 there would not be any change in the bookings we received so far, but if the rape is portrayed as a national trend in the coming days, then certainly we would be the first one to feel the heat as the US, UK and Europe constitute more than 60 per cent of the foreign tourist arrivals in Kerala,” he said. Great Britain urged its citizens to exercise caution when travelling in India even in a ● More on P6 group.
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