MADURAI FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2020 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION NEW UK FIN MIN IS SON-IN-LAW OF NARAYANA MURTHY Rishi Sunak will replace Pak-origin Sajid Javid who resigned on Thursday after a Cabinet shakeup by UK PM Boris Johnson A RISING STAR IN THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY ALOK SHARMA TO CHAIR UN CLIMATE MEET The 39-year-old Sunak, who is married to the Infosys co-founder’s daughter Akshata Murthy, entered the UK Parliament in 2015. Since then, his staunch pro-Brexit stance and strong backing of Prime Minister Johnson’s strategy to leave the European Union made him a rising star in the Conservative Party and earned him the trust of 10 Downing Street ■ ■ Sunak, who believes Brexit will help the UK’s small businesses, is the co-founder of a 1-billion pound global investment firm that specialises in investing in small British businesses Indian-origin MP Alok Sharma has been made Business Secretary and the chair of UN climate talks to be held in the UK this year March 11 SUNAK HAS LESS THAN A MONTH TO PREPARE HIS FIRST BUDGET 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 Leaders free to visit Kashmir: Amit Shah Asserting that normalcy is returning to J&K, Home Minister Amit Shah said political leaders are free to visit Kashmir. “They tried to go once and were stopped. They never tried again,” he said Meanwhile, hopes of J&K government to attract foreign investments took a hit on Thursday as a batch of visiting foreign envoys said the prevailing situation in the Union Territory is not viable for the international community to make investments there ‘Goli maro slogan may have cost BJP in Delhi’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi BREAKING his silence over the alleged ‘hate speech’ by certain BJP leaders, Union home minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that provocative slogans like ‘goli maro’ and ‘India-Pak match’ should not have been made during Delhi election campaigns. Shah also conceded that such statements may have cost the party dearly in the recently-held Delhi Assembly elections. “It is possible that our performance may have suffered because of this,” he said while speaking at an event here on Thursday . Such statements (goli maro, India-Pak match) should not have been made. Our party has distanced itself from such remarks Amit Shah, Home Minister “Such statements should not have been made. Our party has distanced itself from such remarks,” he added. Shah, however, was quick to add that the BJP does not fight elections just for victory or defeat, but it believes in expanding its ideology through polls. On the impact of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens on the BJP’s poll performance, he said the result of the elections was not a mandate on CAA or the NRC. The home minister also offered to sit down to discuss issues related to CAA with anyone who desires so, asking them to contact his office to seek time. “(We) will give time within three days,” he said. Shah reiterated that there is no such provision in the new law that will take away the citizenship of Muslims. Shah added that the government has not taken any decision on rolling out the NRC for the whole country . He also made it clear that those unwilling to show documents during the the National Population Register exercise were free to do so. On the ongoing agitations against the CAA, Shah said, “We tolerate non-violent protests, but vandalism can’t be tolerated. Silent protest is a democratic right.” ‘High’ yield of 661 kg ganja as sleuths foil smuggling bid EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Nagapattinam A convoy was deployed to transport a whopping 661.5 kgs of ganja, worth over a crore, from Chennai to Vedaranyam, where arrangements were made to sneak the consignment into neighbouring Sri Lanka. The fleet, comprising a truck (transporting the contraband good) and two SUVs assigned to tail the consignment, started the journey during the early hours of Wednesday. After more than ten hours of uninterrupted travel, what appeared to be a successful mission turned awry just before the consignment changed hands at Vedaranyam. What the minds behind the activity and those involved in action missed in the stint is that they were be- ing watched. Narcotics Control Bureau, which was tracking the consignment right from Chennai, intercepted the convoy on Valluvar Road near Ayakaranpulam in Vedaranyam block. The NCB and police sources said that based on intelligence, a net was cast at the destination to ensure that all those involved in the smuggling attempt were caught. The officials arrested five suspects and seized the goods, packed in 310 bundles, and all the vehicles. The arrested have been identified as M Selvaraj (54), S Aiyyappan (35) and R Paramanantham (35), all from Vedaranyam. A duo from Thiruvottriyur in Chennai — S Ramanan (40) and G Thavamani (37) — was also apprehended. A senior NCB official said, “Ganja was procured from Anakkapalli in Andhra Pradesh. The gang has bought the drugs in Viralimalai in Pudukottai district and was taking it to the Vedaranyam drug barons, who traffic them to Sri Lanka.” The bureau is investigating and is on the lookout for others in connection with the case. Vedaranyam continues to be the hub for smuggling ganja into Sri Lanka, which is just a few nautical miles away . Expose tainted candidates: SC Parties must publish criminal history of nominees within 48 hrs of choosing them K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Thursday ordered political parties to publish the criminal antecedents of their candidates for Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, along with detailed reasons that made them choose those with criminal records over other candidates, within 48 hours of the selection of the same. A bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and S Ravindra Bhatt said, “It shall be mandatory for political parties (central and state level) to upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases (including the nature of the offences, and relevant particulars such as whether charges have been framed, the concerned court, the case number) who have been selected as candidates, along with the reasons for such selection, as also as to why other individuals without criminal antecedents could not be selected as candidates.” Taking note of the rising criminalisation of politics, the bench said, “The reasons as to selection shall be with reference to the qualifications, achievements and merit of the candidate concerned, and not mere winnability at the polls.” According to election watchdog ADR, 43 (61%) of the 70 new Delhi MLAs have declared criminal cases against them. In 2004, nearly 25% of the Members of Parliament had criminal cases pending against them; in 2009, that went up to 30%; in 2014 to 34%; and in 2019, a whopping 43% of MPs had criminal cases against them. The Supreme Court directed political parties to publish all the details within 48 hours of the selection of the candidate or two weeks before the first date for filing of nominations, whichever is earlier. The top court also ordered political parties to publish such information in one local vernacular newspaper and one national newspaper besides the official social media platforms of the party .
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