KOTTAYAM l SATURDAY l DECEMBER 14, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION CHINA, U.S. AGREE ON TEXT OF PHASE ONE TRADE DEAL NO TARIFFS ON $160 BN CHINESE GOODS Under the deal, the US will remove some tariffs on Chinese goods, while China will boost purchases of US farm goods WHY TRUMP BADLY NEEDS A DEAL As part of the deal, the Trump administration will suspend a planned tariff increase on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports due to take effect from Sunday and also to reduce existing tariffs. In return, Beijing would buy more US farm products, increase Americans companies’ access to the Chinese market and tighten protection for intellectual property rights ■ ■ ■ Official Chinese media confirmed the deal late on Friday night Previous truces have collapsed and many remained wary due to lack of a formal announcement or a written agreement A deal at this juncture would be a big win for Trump, who is under political pressure with debate on his impeachment underway 428 points SENSEX RALLIED ON FRIDAY TO END AT 41,009 ON HOPES OF A TRADE PACT 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 NEW DELHI MEGHALAYA SABARIMALA UTTAR PRADESH SC declines to pass order on ‘emotive’ women entry issue EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi (From left) Students of Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi throw stones at police; protestors in front of Raj Bhavan in Shillong, Meghalaya; and Aligarh Muslim University students protesting against the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Aligarh on Friday | PTI PLEAS IN SUPREME COURT ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES FUNDAMENTALLY DISCRIMINATORY: UNHRC A clutch of petitions, including those by Congress MP Jairam Ramesh and Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, were filed in the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the CAB’s validity Cities in Assam reported massive scarcity of essential commodities, even as air and train services remained partially cut off. Even hospitals reported shortages of emergency drugs and oxygen The United Nations’ human rights body on Friday called the CAB fundamentally discriminatory. “We are concerned that India’s new Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 is fundamentally discriminatory in nature,” UN human rights spokesman Jeremy Laurence said in Geneva. These amendments will have a discriminatory effect on people’s access to nationality, he added CAB FIRE CROSSES N-E Protests in parts of West Bengal, Shillong and Delhi turn violent; agitation continues in Assam but stays peaceful EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Guwahati/New Delhi WHILE Assam witnessed a violence-free day on Friday though agitators continued to defy curfew to organise protests, a massive rally heading to the Meghalaya Governor’s residence in Shillong against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act turned violent, leaving several injured. Protests against the new law also spread to West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh and even New Delhi, prompting Home Minister Amit Shah to cancel his visits to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh scheduled for Sunday-Monday . The Meghalaya rally had been organised by the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (COMSO), an umbrella outfit of student bodies, which is demanding extension of the inner line permit regime to the state. Meanwhile, violence escalated in Bengal with protestors targeting four railway stations and engaging in arson. A rail maintenance car was set afire while suburban train services out of Kolkata were hit, particularly on the 24-Parganas route, with the tracks being blocked at several places. In Kolkata, 17 minority or- ganisations took out a rally and set up blockades in the city, hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the CAB will not be implemented in West Bengal. The protests paralysed train services on the HowrahKharagpur section for hours. People in the minority-dominated districts of rural Howrah, Murshidabad, Birbhum, parts of Burdwan and North Bengal hit the streets, raising slogans against the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. In Arunachal, university students boycotted exams and hit the streets under the banner of the Students Union of NERIST (SUN). In Uttar Pradesh, the government ordered a clampdown in Aligarh, the seat of the Aligarh Muslim University after students and teachers , joined protests. Internet and mobile connectivity were promptly shut down. Students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi took out a march to Parliament to register their protest and clashed with the police. The administration unsuccessfully tried to restrict the students to the university campus and the Delhi Metro cut passenger access at Patel Chowk and Janpath to stop the students from congregating at the protest site. In Shillong, curfew imposed in parts of the city after violence on Thursday was relaxed on Friday for 12 hours from 10 am to 10 pm, though curbs on internet and mobile services continued. In Assam, curfew continued in Guwahati, Tinsukia, Dibrug arh, Dhemeji and Lakhimpur north and south. Guwahati seemed to be limping back to normalcy with no untoward incident reported since T h u r s d ay n i g h t , which had claimed three lives. In all, eight columns of the Army and paramilitary forces stayed on vigil and staged flag marches in Assam. However, calls by the All Assam Students Union and Silpi Samaj to defy curfew and stage a 11-hour sit-in at Chandmari received overwhelming support with thousands f people joining in, among them well known film stars, intellectuals, litterateurs, artistes and singers. AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said the party had filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the CAB. Tories trump, 15 of Indian origin make it Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Chief Minister In democracy, even if you have majority in Parliament, it doesn’t mean you can impose your views Mamata Banerjee, Bengal Chief Minister Anything that is divisive, we will not do it. The stand of the Congress will be the stand of the MP government Kamal Nath, MP Chief Minister E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upcoming visit to Guwahati has been postponed amid protests over the new citizenship law. “Both sides have decided to defer the visit to a mutually convenient date in the near future,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Abe was to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi from December 15 to 17 in Guwahati. Earlier in the day, Sources in the Japanese embassy here said that a team which was to travel to Guwahati to oversee preparations, including the ambassador, has cancelled their visit. “Officials who were stationed there are also returning,” sources said. Abe’s cancellation comes a day after Bangladesh Foreign Minister MK Abdul Momen cancelled his visit over passing of the new the citizenship law. However, he had cited the commemoration of Victory Day on December 16 as the reason for his cancellation. Hours after Momen cancelled his trip, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, too, was forced to cancel his private visit to Meghalaya due to the prevailing situation. THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME FOREVER REIGNS SUPREME AT IFFK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BRITISH voters have finally spoken with rare clarity They . blew off the dark clouds hanging over the nation’s divorce from the European Union, called Brexit, for years by giving Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson a surprisingly solid endorsement — a majority of 80 — as his party reached 365 in a 650-member House of Commons. For the Indian-origin community too, this was a stunning election as a record 15 of them from both sides of the aisle — seven from Conservative Party seven from Labour , and one Liberal Democrats — made it on Friday . Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho for the Conservative Party, Navendru Mishra for Labour and Munira Wilson for the Liberal Democrats among the first-timers. The govt is OK with non-violent protests but those indulging in vandalism will not be spared Japanese PM Abe puts off trip to India Argentinian director Fernando Solanos, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th IFFK, displays his memento as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister A K Balan, Mahesh Panchu, Bina Paul and Kamal look on | B P DEEPU Jallikattu two good Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pelliserry won the audience poll award at the festival The film also won a Special Mention for Direction’ in the international films category Fernando Solanos was shot on his leg for protest and his presence here energises us in the current scenario of the country Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister T’Puram: They Say Nothing Stays The Same Forever, the Japanese film directed by Joe Odagiri, bagged the Golden Crow Pheasant award for the best film as the 24th International Film Festival of Kerala concluded here on Friday. The film dealt with the idyllic rural life which is being threatened by change. Brazilian Allan Deberton won the Silver Crow Pheasant award for the best director for Pacarrete. Camille’ by Boris Lojkine was conferred the FIPRESCI award for best international film by the federation of film critics. P5 EXPRESS READ Crime Branch volunteers to probe solar case in unprecedented move Car driver who dropped injured boy midway to hospital arrested T’Puram: In an unprecedented move, Crime Branch ADGP Tomin J Thachankary has written to state police chief Loknath Behera seeking permission to take over the probe of six cases pertaining to solar scam. Shan A S reports. P6 Palakkad: The Kasaba police on Friday arrested the driver whose car hit a 12-year-old boy who died after the former dropped the victim midway to the hospital on the pretext of having a flat tyre. The car has been taken into custody. P6 THE Supreme Court on Friday declined to pass any order on allowing entry of women into the Sabarimala temple. It said since the issue has now been referred to a larger seven-judge bench, the 2018 judgment, letting women of all ages enter the shrine, is not the final word on it. “There’s no doubt about the judgment (of 2018), nor about the fact that the issue is referred to a larger bench. That bench hasn’t been constituted yet... The practice has been going on for thousands of years. Balance of convenience is that we don’t pass such an order today,” the bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said while hearing petitions filed by Bindu Ammini and Rehna Fathima, seeking police protection to enter the temple. The bench added it would not pass any direction, including ordering police protection to facilitate the entry of women into the temple for the time be- New proposal may hit development projects Sabarimala: The Periyar Tiger Reserve Authority has come up with a proposal to widen the area of the reserve forest to another one-kilometre aerial coverage, a move that will hamper plans to build more facilities. P4 ing, as it is an emotive issue which could trigger tension in the state. Bindu and Rehna had approached the court after they were attacked while trying to enter the hill shrine. Taking note of the possibility of violence, the CJI said the issue is an emotive one and petitioner should wait till the larger bench decides on it. He also advised the petitioners to ● More on P4 be patient. Sorry, bowing head in shame: HC on accident E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi The court has lost faith in the system. How many more people should die to tackle the menace? High Court ‘How many times will you pay L10L’ The government said it would give D10 lakh to the family of the deceased, but the court asked how many times the state would give D10 lakh. “I BOW my head in shame and I apologise on behalf of the system to the family of the young boy who was crushed to death after he fell from his motorcycle while trying to evade a deep pothole on the road,” said Justice Devan Ramachandran while considering a petition seeking to repair potholed roads in Kochi. Justice Ramachandran’s unprecedented statement came a day after a 23-year-old was run over by a lorry at Palarivattom after his bike’s handle hit an iron barricade placed over a pit and he fell off the motorcycle. “Though the court had issued repeated orders to repair the roads, nothing happened. The unfortunate incident occurred when the petition was pending before the court. So the court apologises to the bereaved family,” the judge said. “The court has lost faith in the system. How many more people should die to tackle the menace?” the court asked the government. “The only hope for the ailing mother and the father has been lost. He’s the sole breadwinner of the family He was also working to augment . the income of the family he said. ● More on P6 ,” CATERING FOR A CAUSE Students sell and serve food on highway-side eatery to save a life B I J U E PA U L @ Alappuzha A GROUP of 32 students of Sree Gokulam SNGM Catering College, Thuravoor, near here have opened a roadside eatery on the National Highway at Thuravoor. They have formed batches to run the shop, where they sincerely cater to the customers’ demands, sharing all work among them. Their level of energy could at once catch your attention, but the aim is what would impress you more. It is to find money to save the life of a girl. They decided to open the ‘thattukada’ to lend a helping hand to their classmate K S Aromal’s sister Aiswarya K S, 23, who is suffering from renal problems. Their father sold 15 cents of land, which was all he had, at Thalandu, Pala, to treat her, but it did not fetch them the desired result. The doctors have now said transplanting kidney is the only option to The wayside eatery run by students of Sree Gokulam SNGM Catering College at Thuravoor | EXPRESS save her life. “It was after coming to know about their situation, we, the fifth-semester students, decided to generate money for Aiswarya’s treatment. And we decided to start the thattukada. Looking back, it was a good decision as we’ve been able to make `4000-`5000 as profit daily said Aswin. One of the fam,” ily friends has come forward to donate a kidney while the total expense to replace the organ would come around to `20 lakh. “Aiswarya was undergoing treatment at the Kottayam Medical College, but we had to shift her to a private hospital in Ernakulam. Many people from our village offered help for treatment, but it was not sufficient,” Aromal said. That was when the students stepped in. They contributed `700 each and the total amount was utilised to set up the and purchase utensils. Ansu Balaji, another student, said: “We also purchase cakes from a maker and sell them at the festivals of temples and churches. Our single aim is to save the life of our sister.” The students take turns to run the eatery Dosa, omelette, . beef curry, chicken curry, tea, coffee are the main items available at the shop. Aiswarya’s Account No: 38166231198, IFS Code: SBIN0070111.
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