KOCHI l THURSDAY l FEBRUARY 13, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION NOW, PAY OVER `140 MORE FOR NON-SUBSIDISED LPG REFILL Oil marketing companies on Wednesday raised LPG prices by I144.50-149 per 14.2 kg cylinder, the steepest since Jan 2014 SUBSIDY DOUBLED ON COOKING GAS CHENNAIITES TO PAY L881 PER CYLINDER However, the government has almost doubled the subsidy from ITF Rupee I53.86 per cylinder to I291.48 toT ease the pressure on households entitled to subsidised cooking gas. LPG rates are usually revised on the first of every month but this time it took two weeks for the revision to take place reportedly due to approvals needed for such a big jump in subsidy outgo ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ An LPG cylinder in Delhi will cost I858.5, up from I714 earlier The new price in Kolkata stands at I896, a sharp rise of I149 In Mumbai, an LPG cylinder will cost I829.5, up from I684.50 Chennaiites will pay I881 per cylinder, against I734 earlier The new rates are with effect from February 12, 2020 A1,241 PRICE OF A NON-SUBSIDISED CYLINDER IN DELHI IN JAN 2014 AFTER A L220 HIKE 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 AAP looks at bigger conquests, Kejriwal to take oath on Sunday Amid jockeying for ministerial berths, CM indicates he’ll retain the existing team Sharmishtha swipe at PC Delhi Mahila Congress chief Sharmishtha Mukherjee on Tuesday joined issue with party veteran P Chidambaram for gloating about the AAP victory, sarcastically saying all state Congress units should shut shop if the task of the defeating the BJP is be outsourced Chacko quits as Delhi in-charge AICC’s Delhi in charge P C Chacko tried to shift the blame for the party’s humiliating consecutive ducks in the Assembly polls on late chief minister Sheila Dikshit. He later resigned and it was promptly accepted by party chief Sonia Gandhi S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi BUOYED by another thumping victory in the Delhi Assembly elections, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party is already eyeing the three municipal corporations in the city, the elections for which are two years away, even as the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress engaged in bitter internal bickering. The reason for the AAP getting down to business quickly is because many of the promises made in its manifesto on sanitation and cleanliness can only be fulfilled if it has administrative control of the municipal bodies. There are three civic bodies in Delhi, all of which are under the BJP’s grip. “It is very important that we sweep the MCDs, too, as many of our promises made in the manifesto and the guarantees we gave are dependent on the civic bodies, which are not with us,” said a party official. “The structure of Delhi is such that the Delhi govern- AS Roma pay tribute to Kerala origin fan M A R T I N J O S E P H @Kochi ITALIAN Serie A club AS Roma paid tribute to Kerala-origin fan Nicholas Kandathiparambil , 21,who had passed away after a fatal car accident in Rome last week. “Rest in Peace, Nicholas Kanda. Romanista forever,” AS Roma’s English Twitter handle wrote. Nicholas, was doing his Sports Management studies in Netherlands but Nicholas had gone to Ro m e fo r holidays and catch up on the club’s matches when the mishap happened. Nicholas, whose father is from Kochi and mother from Kottayam, was born and brought up in Rome and was a die-hard AS Roma fan. His family decided to donate his organs and hoped that it would spread a positive message about organ donation. “If you asked Nicholas to choose between the Pope and Francesco Totti, he would have chosen Totti. He idolised Totti and was mad about AS Roma. We have lost him but we decided to donate his organs so that there is more awareness about it and more people come forward to do the same. And at least my son will continue to live through others. We wanted to set an example by donating his organs,” said Nicolas’ mother Marykutty who works as , a nurse in Rome. He lost his father seven years ago and he has a sister. AS Roma India too paid their tributes to the youngster. ment allocates funds to the MCDs. There has been a lot of friction over this. We will support the three municipalities financially for the next two years but control is the target,” the official added. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will take oath for the third time at the Ramlila ground on Sunday the party , announced on Wednesday. Party officials said plans were being drawn up to invite counterparts from other states for the event. Kejriwal set the ball rolling for government formation in the morning, meeting all the newly elected lawmakers at his residence where he was chosen the leader of the legislative party. He later paid a courtesy visit to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. In the evening, Kejriwal met the L-G again to stake his claim to form the new gover nment. Party sources said the CM was likely to retain all the sitting cabinet ministers. While the AAP is readying to form the new government, the Congress was involved in a bitter and public spat. AICC in charge P C Chacko on Wednesday drew the ire of his party colleagues after he claimed that the party’s downfall had started in 2013 under late chief minister Sheila Dikshit. “The party’s downfall started since 2013. It lost all the elections thereafter and the AAP took away the Congress vote bank,” he said. Many party leaders contested Chacko’s claim, citing figures of the party’s vote share in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He later clarified his remarks on Dikshit and resigned, which was accepted. EXPRESS READ Green shoots fade as IIP dips to 0.3% Delhi: A day after Nirmala Sitharaman said green shoots economic recovery were visible, fresh government data showed industrial production actually shrank in December 2019 by 0.3%. Hafiz Saeed gets 11 years jail sentence Lahore: Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack and Jamat-udDawa chief, was sentenced to 11 years in two terror financing 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS Graft to splurge: CAG points out irregularities against Behera I won’t comment on the issue. It’s a breach of privilege. Since the government is also involved in it, I’ll give an explanation to the Public Accounts Committee EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram STATE Police Chief Loknath Behera is in the dock over rifles and bullets going missing in addition to allegations of fund diversion and splurging on official villas and vehicles. A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), tabled before the Assembly on Wednesday, raised serious allegations of corruption in purchases, major irregularities and compromising the safety of the force, against the DGP . According to the performance audit report, the money used for constructing five villas at Bhaktavilasom police quarters in Thiruvananthapuram was meant for staff quarters for 30 upper subordinates (Sub-Inspector and Assistant Sub-Inspector). The report found that the Police Chief diverted Rs 2.81 crore for the purpose. The decision to redesign the project and fund diversion happened between November 4, 2017, and August 2018, Accountant General (General and Social Sector Audit) S Sunil Raj told media persons. Even when an objection was Loknath Behera, state police chief raised by the Finance department, the SPC requested the department to ratify his decision to construct five villas. The diversion was unacceptable for CAG because the Modernisation of Police Force (MOPF) guidelines clearly stated that the benefit was meant for upper subordinates. The report also questioned Behera’s penchant for luxury using the fund meant for improving operational effectiveness of the force. MOPF guidelines prohibit the procurement of cars. Instead of making good the shortfall of vehicles in police stations, 15 per cent of the 269 light motor vehicles procured by the Police department were luxury cars. These cars were deployed for use of high-level officers and nonoperational units like CBCID. ● More on P5 Charges against Behera nDiverted I2.81 crore meant for constructing official residences for himself and his immediate juniors nCAG questioned his penchant for spending lavishly on vehicles instead of using the funds meant for improving the operational effectiveness of the force nAudit report has also accused police department of covering up the shortfall of ammunition Opposition UDF demands an investigation by CBI and NIA The findings of the CAG report can be examined at a separate level. We all know the procedures that are followed in examining the CAG’s report Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister Malayalam movie fans outside need to wait S A J I N S H R I J I T H @ Kochi MALAYALAM films will no longer be released outside Kerala simultaneously but , only a week later. The Kerala Film Producers’ Association has taken the decision in order to tackle the piracy issue, which has been plaguing Malayalam film industry for quite some time. The possibility of Malayalam films starring non-Keralite actors getting released outside the state on the same day cannot be completely ruled out. For example, Mohanlal’s upcoming film ‘Marakkar,’ also starring Tamil actors Arjun, Prabhu and Bollywood actor Suniel ● More on P6 Shetty may be exempted.
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