COIMBATORE TUESDAY JANUARY 14, 2020 `5.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION MUSH CLEAN AS SPL COURT THAT ORDERED DEATH FOUND ILLEGAL Case over as Lahore High Court on Monday faults formation of special court to try former president Pervez Musharraf THE ENTIRE JUDGMENT SET ASIDE The three-judge full bench found that treason case against Musharraf was not prepared in accordance with the law. “The High Court has declared unconstitutional all actions right from initiation of complaint and its conclusion against Musharraf by the special court,” Additional Attorney General of Pakistan said. “The entire judgment has been set aside.” ■ Honour PAKISTAN’S ARMY ON HIS SIDE ■ Pakistan’s powerful Army backed Musharraf in his appeal against the verdict, forcing the Imran government too to join his cause He was sentenced to death for suspending constitution in 2007. The special court also ordered that his corpse be dragged to Islamabad’s Central Square and hung for three days RESTORED FOR MUSHARRAF. HE CAN NOW SAFELY FLY BACK TO PAKISTAN 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 SHEKHAR YADAV STATE OF THE ECONOMY STAGFLATION STARES AS RETAIL INFLATION JUMPS two months ago. India’s retail inflation grew on the back of rising food INDIA is headed for a period prices, way above the comfort of stagflation with retail in- zone of the Reserve Bank of flation as measured by Con- India with experts warning sumer Price Index (CPI) ris- that the trend may continue ing to 7.35% in December for the next few months. 2019, according to data It is for the third conreleased by the governsecutive month that the ment, the highest rate CPI breached the of price rise since RBI’s medium-term July 2014. target of 4%. Retail Sta gflation is a inflation was 5.54% in phase where inflaNovember. tion rises while the The spike in retail economy slows down ’70s re-run? inflation is attributand is usually accomStagflation ed to high food inflapanied by high levels happened in the tion, which rose to of unemployment 1970s when oil 14.12% in December and a fall in demand. price spike saw against (-) 2.65% in India’s G D P most economies the same month in growth slowed down struggling to 2018. It was 10.01% in to 4.5% in the Julygrow jobs and November 2019. VegSept 2019 quarter, a production as etables prices rose to six-year low. The 60.5% in December high inflation growth figures for from 36% in the precut demand the last quarter are vious month. not expected to be far better While the central bank has as factory production con- already revised its inflation tracted by 3.8% in October projection upwards from 3.5and grew by a tepid 1.8% in 3.7% in the second half of November. Former prime 2019-20 to 4.7-5.1%, experts minister Manmohan Singh feel inflation is likely to stay had warned of possible stag- h i g h e r t h a n t h e R B I ’s flationary pressures about expectation. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 7.35% EXPRESS READ It’s Pope vs Pope on celibacy question J&K DySP sheltered Hizbul terrorists: Cops Rome: Retired Pope Benedict XVI broke his silence on Monday and reaffirmed his belief in the value of priestly celibacy as Pope Francis mulls letting married men be ordained as priests to address the Church’s priest shortage. Srinagar: Arrested J&K DySP Davinder Singh may have links to many terrorist groups, and he sheltered two Hizbul terrorists at his residence, police said. Probe is on to dig out details of his links to Kashmir terrorist Afzal Guru. THE DELHI DIALOGUE AND THE NO-SHOW HEADLINE MAKERS Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, NCP head Sharad Pawar, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and others at an Opposition meet on Monday MAMATA BANERJEE Cross with the Congress and the Left parties over violence in Bengal during Bharat Bandh MAYAWATI Angry with the Congress for having poached Bahujan Samaj Party’s six MLAs in Rajasthan With Priyanka active, fears rejuvenated Cong in UP will eat into the SP’s Muslim vote bank ARVIND KEJRIWAL Can’t be seen sharing space with the Cong as Delhi Assembly elections is barely a month away UDDHAV THACKERAY Though Sena is opposed to CAA, he is said to be keen on avoiding sharing stage with Opposition M K STALIN Upset with the TN Cong unit for its sniping at ally DMK over raw deal in the local body elections Fracture in Oppn as six biggies skip meet All six have their own regional animosities; no big deal, says Cong, points out they have already specified opposition to CAA-NRC-NPR R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi ON a day when interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi convened a joint strategy meeting of the Opposition against the Centre’s push on the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens, those who did not make it managed to hog the headlines. The no-show of six parties Trinamool Congress, BSP, SP, AAP, DMK and Shiv Sena - is significant as they are powerful in their respective regions. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad sought to look at the positive side, saying all six of them had already expressed reservation against the CAA-NRC. “Whether they attend meeting or not, all are together against the CAA-NRC. Some parties who could not come have declared their opposition. They could not come because of their reasons,” said Azad. Those who attended included NCP’s Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury CPI general secretary , D Raja, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and leaders from RJD, PDP and NC. The DMK is reportedly unhappy over statements by the TN Congress leaders on it not adhering to coalition dharma during the local body polls. According to sources, DMK leader T R Baalu was in the national capital but was directed to stay away from the meeting. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee had announced her boycott last week. As for SP and BSP they appear to be unhappy , over the Congress support to Dalit leader Chandrasekhar The CAA, NPR and NRC is a package that is unconstitutional, which specifically targets the poor, the downtrodden Meeting resolution Azad and constant attack on them by general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. New entrant Shiv Sena, too, opted out. While Congress sources cited a “communication gap” as the reason, a senior Sena leader said while the party is opposed to NRC, it kind of avoided sharing stage with the Opposition. Also missing was AAP, which has maintained distance from giving any direct statement on CAANRC keeping in mind Delhi elections next month. However, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said that the party did not get an invite. The meeting urged all chief ministers of Opposition ruled states to consider following the Kerala example on putting enumeration for the National Population Register on hold, as it is a prelude to NRC. They adopted a resolution demanding the withdrawal of CAA and stopping the NRC-NPR process. TR Baalu in Capital, but skips Cong meet on CAA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai CRACKS are deepening on a relationship that has stood the test of time for over 15 years now. The DMK skipping the anti-CAA meeting organised by its ally Congress in New Delhi, has confirmed that the standoff is not just between the cadre of these two parties, as was evident during the local body elections, but also between the top leadership. The DMK on Monday issued three statements, on different issues. Not one was about the CAA meeting of Congress. In fact, senior DMK leader TR Baalu was in Delhi on Monday . He met the Chief Election Commissioner to submit a petition, but still did not attend the Congress event. The only ally from Tamil Nadu to attend the Con- gress event was VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan. Interestingly, the DMK has been a vocal critic of the CAA. Yet, the party staying away from a national meeting called by its ally is being seen by many as it not taking the statements being made by the State Congress leaders lightly. On Friday, the State Congress chief KS Alagiri claimed his party got a ‘raw deal’ in seat sharing for the local body polls. In a late attempt to mend fences, he issued a statement on Sunday night, expressing Congress’ ‘total support’ for MK Stalin. “Tamil Nadu Congress Committee stands in solidarity with DMK and its leader MK Stalin against fascist forces. TNCC along with DMK has won successful electoral battles and will continue to do so,” the statement said. 1.6 million fewer jobs in next fiscal as slowdown bite continues, says study Will look at the bigger picture, says SC bench EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Monday said it will examine larger issues like barring women from entering mosques and temples to genital mutilation among Dawoodi Bohras and the banning of Parsi women who marry interfaith from entering the Fire Temple, instead of hearing review pleas in the Sabarimala verdict that lifted the age bar on entry of women. The bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said it will not decide anything on the Sabarimala review petition, but deliberate on the larger issues pertaining to the matter. “We are not hearing review petitions, we are only hearing the seven questions referred to a larger bench by the fivejudge bench.” The seven issues include interplay of freedom of religion under Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution, need to delineate the expression ‘constitutional morality’, the extent to which courts can enquire into particular religious practices, meaning of sections of Hindus under Article 25 and whether ‘essential religious practices’ of denomination or a section thereof are protected under Article 26. During the hearing, several lawyers told the bench that the referred questions were too broad and need fine-tuning. AKHILESH YADAV THE prevailing economic slowdown is adversely impacting employment as nearly 1.6 million less jobs are projected to be created in FY20 compared to 8.97 million fresh jobs in FY19, according to SBI Research. “In FY19, India had created 8.97 million new payrolls as per the EPFO data. In FY20, as per current projections, this number could be at least 1.58 million lower,” it said. EPFO data covers low paid jobs as the salary is capped at `15,000 per month. As per the report, during April-October 2019, the actual net new payroll PIETY PALANQUIN The processional idol of the Lord Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam near Tiruchy was being taken in a “horse carrier” on Monday. | M K ASHOK KUMAR stood at 4.31 million, which when annualised will settle at around 7.39 million during FY20. EPFO data doesn’t cover central and state government jobs, and private jobs as they moved to National Pension Scheme (NPS) beginning 2004. Even in the NPS category, close to 39,000 less jobs are expected to be created in Migrant remittance skew factored in Migrants to Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra send significant amounts of money to their families in their places of origin, unlike those in Assam FY20, the report added. According to the report, there’s a decline in remittances in a few states like Assam and Rajasthan, reflecting downsizing of contractual labourers. A sample of data on remittances by migrant labourers to selected states in the last one year showed that there is a decline in remittances in states like Assam, Bihar, Rajasthan, Odisha and UP “The delay in reso. lution of cases under bankruptcy proceedings may have prompted companies to downsize their contractual labourers,” it noted. Four youth sentenced to *Cough* Wish you a... life for raping 25-year-old BREATHE IN *cough* happy Bhogi S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai CHENNAI air quality deteriorated dramatically under smoggy weather conditions on Monday At 4 pm, the Air Quality Index . (AQI) for Chennai peaked to 160, which falls under “moderately polluted” category and may cause breathing discomfort to people with lung disease such as asthma, and discomfort to people with heart disease, children and older adults. The Ambient Air Quality Monitoring systems of CPCB continuously flagged ‘yellow alert’, a colour code, for most part of the day indicating ‘poor’ air quality The monitoring station at . Manali showed PM 2.5 concentration levels spiking as high as 301 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter), the 24-hour average being 233. Alandur and Velachery stations also recorded AQI of 120, where the prominent pollutant was PM 2.5, which is a tiny particulate matter of diameter 2.5 or less than 2.5 microns that can enter deep into the lungs. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Thanjavur THE Mahila court here on Monday, sentenced to life imprisonment till death four youth aged between 19 and 25 years, for raping a 25-year-old woman in Kumbakonam in December 2018. According to the sources, the victim, who was from New Delhi, got a job appointment in a private bank in Kumbakonam. She had come down to Kumbakonam from Chennai in a train which reached around the midnight of December 1. When she hired an auto at the Kumbakonam railway station to go to the lodge where she booked a room, the auto driver had reportedly taken a circuitous route. When she grew suspicious with the ride, she called her friend over phone. The auto driver, who sensed trouble, dropped her on the road and sped away . As she was walking with her trolley she had re, portedly asked a youth on bike to lift it for her. He obliged and another bike borne youth started trailing the bike. It is said the duo led the girl to a remote place and raped her.
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