KOCHI l TUESDAY l FEBRUARY 25, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION AVIATION MINISTRY WANTS YOU TO SMELL GOOD ON PLANE Passengers should check their body odour before boarding a plane and use a deodorant if necessary, says the ministry GOVT’S LESSONS IN ETIQUETTES OF FLYING The interesting advice is a part of the ministry’s efforts to spread awareness about basic etiquettes of flying. “No one would want to spend the entire flight next to someone smelling like a bird cage,” the ministry opined on Twitter. “While the animal kingdom runs on the power of smell, we always have the advantage of a good bath and a deodorant,” it quipped CARRY A FRESH PAIR OF SOCKS Passengers have also been advised to bring a fresh pair of socks on long flights and be considerate of others while reclining seats. “Good manners always get a thumbs-up,” the ministry tweeted ■ The advisory comes after an American Airlines flier, last week, posted a video of a man punching the back of her reclined seat ■ Zuckerberg REPORTEDLY GETS HIS STAFF TO BLOW-DRY HIS ARMPITS 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 MISSING THE MAHATMA At Sabarmati, Trump wrote in the visitors’ book, “To my great friend Prime Minister Modi, thank you for this wonderful visit.” He didn’t mention Mahatma Gandhi WAH TAJ The Taj Mahal inspires awe. A timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture. Thank you India,” President Trump wrote in the visitors’ book at Taj Mahal MUTUAL RESPECT PTI Big-ticket defence deals today, reveals Trump POLL YEAR REACH OUT TO INDIAN-AMERICANS, ONE-FOURTH OF WHOM ARE GUJARATIS; POTUS SOAKS IN THE ADULATION P U S H K A R B A N A K A R & M AYA N K S I N G H @ Ahmedabad/New Delhi A day ahead of the business end of his whirlwind two-day visit to India, US President Donald Trump on Monday announced that India and the US would sign defence deals worth $3 billion. Addressing an adoring crowd of over one lakh people at the newly-built Motera cricket stadium in the Gujarat capital, Trump appeared to take every- one off guard when he said: “I’m pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign defence deals worth over $3 billion to sell absolute finest state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian ar med forces.” The deals are expected to take the increasing US-India defence ties to a new level. The helicopter deal will add heft to the offence-defence capability of the Navy and the Army. It will also add to the economic volume and equipment profile which India has acquired from the US in recent years. Heaping high praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who earlier received him at the Ahmedabad airport, Trump said Modi was a “tremendously successful leader of this vast Indian republic. Last year, more than 600 million people went to the polls and gave him a landslide victory like no other in the largest democratic Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is very tough — US President Donald Trump election ever held anywhere on the face of the earth.” Trump applauded India for making huge strides in expanding its economy, reducing poverty, electrifying villages, spreading the internet’s reach and providing cooking gas to the people. Each praise was greeted with loud cheers from the crowd and clapping by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the President’s daughter and son-in-law. At one point as the stadium M S V I D YA N A N D A N @ T’Puram 823 2019 Dec 2020 Jan 2020 Feb (until 3rd week) 509 756 806 2019 Nov TOTAL FLAT REGISTRATIONS 2018-19 10,666 2019-20 8,417 (until 3rd week of Feb) A MONTH has passed since the high-rises in Maradu were demolished, but the dust has not settled on the state’s realty sector. Sale of apartments witnessed a record low this month even though other property deals were back to normal despite slowdown blues. The number of apartment sales in February until Saturday was 509, a fall from the 776 during the same period last year, as per the data with the Registration Department. However, property sales in general have picked up after hitting a record low in September last year. The number of deals in January this year was 75,739 wh i l e i t w a s 5 9 , 5 6 3 l a s t September. Though the apartments in Maradu were demolished in the second week of January, 823 apartment registrations were recorded in that month. CREDAI governing council member S N Raghuchandran Nair had a curious reason for this. “Maradu demolition had a big impact on apartment sales in many ways. Denial of compensation to unregistered buyers in the demolished apartments forced several people to register their apartments bought unofficially This may be the reason . for the January sales,” he said. “Certainly, the Maradu episode has created a scare among buyers of ready-to- occupy flats. This could be a reason for the drop in sales this month. Another reason could be the mass registration of properties in previous months in the wake of RERA’s launch. But this is temporary The launch of the RERA . in January will certainly boost the confidence of the buyers,” ● More on P6 he added. HEAT MAY GO UP IN 4 DISTS TODAY T’Puram: Four districts are expected to experience a rise in temperature by 2-3 degree Celsius on Tuesday, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has warned. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the average maximum temperature could go up in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kozhikode and Kannur districts. The KSDMA has also advised public to take precautionary measures in the view of rise in mercury levels. Drinking water is supplied through public taps in the coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram once every week, but even that is often unfit for use these days. Yet this elderly woman from Vizhinjam does not want to let go the chance. Many local residents rely on private water tankers, but they have to shell out H8 per pitcher to buy the water | VINCENT PULICKAL EXPRESS READ Bullets may be a gift to officers as 1971 war trophy, says probe team Exploring a new possibility in the bullet seizure, the police team probing the recovery of 14 bullets from Kulathupuzha has been liaising with various Central agencies to ascertain whether the bullets belonged to the batch that was seized from Pakistan army during the 1971 war. That war had led to the liberation of Bangladesh after Pakistan army was routed by Indian forces and large quantity of war booty was seized by Indian Army. P4 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS Pressure to register fresh case against Franco Kottayam: Pressure is mounting on the police to register a fresh case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, an accused in a rape case filed by a nun, in view of a fresh sexual harassment allegation. P6 Elderly man’s body found dumped in sack in canal Idukki: The team investigating the murder of Mariyappan, 70, who was found killed and abandoned in a plastic sack at Marayur near here, has arrested two persons on Monday. P5 are truly spectacular people.” He said “they are titans of business; the biggest, the best pioneers of science; and innovation of technology like few people have been able to see no matter where you go anywhere in this universe.” Being small in number, Indian-Americans cannot alter the voting pattern significantly but being flush with cash, they are said to contribute hugely in the swing states during elections with their funding. India-US relations are no longer just another partnership. It is a far greater and closer relationship — Prime Minister Narendra Modi Post Maradu, sale of apartments slumps DONE DEALS broke into chants of “Modi, Modi, Modi,” the personal chemistry between the two leaders was on display when Trump interrupted his speech to shake Modi’s hand and declared: “Everybody loves him.” With the US going to the elections later this year, Trump appeared to reach out to the 4 million-strong Indian-American community back home when he addressed them as “our wonderful friends, colleagues and neighbours. They S O M R I TA G H O S H @ New Delhi AT least three civilians and a police head constable were reported killed in an alarming spike in violence on Monday as angry mobs fought pitched battles in Northeast Delhi. With clashes between two groups supporting and opposing Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turning communal, the standoff that began on Sunday snowballed and went out of control. While one group raised slogans like Bharat Mata ki Jai, Desh ke gaddaro ko goli maron salo ko (Shoot the traitors) and Vande Mataram, others shouted Azadi and Kaaghaz nahi dikhayenge. It all started in Delhi’s Maujpur Babarpur area where people began gathering in large groups on Monday morning and some of them resorted to stone throwing. Tensions soon escalated and protesters from both groups moved to neighbouring localities, setting fire to shops and vehicles. A shrine and a petrol pump were also torched. By afternoon, one protester in Jaffrabad had pulled out a gun and was seen firing several rounds. Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar said that four cases have been registered. “Four cases have been registered — one each in Jaffarabad and Welcome, and two cases in Dayalpur. The people involved Appeal for peace Political leaders cutting across party lines appealed to people to put an end to the mad cycle of violence. Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal said he had Instructed Delhi Police to maintain law and order are being identified,” Kumar said the Delhi Police constable killed in the violence was identified as Ratan Lal, 42. He is survived by his wife and three children. India shooting with pathbreaking move “THIS is pathbreaking and innovative…” National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh’s words summed up the unprecedented move of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to approve hosting of the Commonwealth shooting and archery championships at Chandigarh in 2022. After months of parleying, CGF agreed to add the medals to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games tally, but a week after the Games. This hosting of events in different countries, going by CGF CEO David Grevemberg’s words, could pave way for multi-nation hosts. Not just this, the shooting discipline to be held in Chandigarh will have more events than Gold Coast in 2018 without increasing the number of athletes over 10 days. Shooting getting dropped from Birmingham led India to even call for a boycott of the Games. BRUSH WITH BOLLYWOOD Bollywood found mention in Trump’s speech at Motera. “All over the planet people take great joy in... classic Indian films like DDLJ and Sholay,” he said GIFT TO POWER COUPLE A marble replica of Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘three wise monkeys’ statue was among the items gifted to the US President and his wife Melania during their visit to the Sabarmati ‘Fantastic trade deal soon’ India, US to fight ‘Islamic terror’ PAGE 9 THREE CIVILIANS, PEOPLE’S RIGHT 1 POLICEMAN KILLED Another SC judge backs IN DELHI VIOLENCE dissent in COMMONWEALTH GAMES I N D R A N E E L D A S @ Chennai “First Lady and I travelled 8,000 miles to give a message that America loves India,” Trump tweeted in Hindi. Modi reciprocated, tweeting the Sanskrit phrase “Atithi Devo Bhava” “We will host 23 events, four more than Gold Coast,” said Singh. “Other than the rifle and pistol mixed team events, one in shot gun – skeet – too will be added.” The budget will be less. According to Singh, the budget for shooting is just `9.91cr and for archery, it is `3.75cr. Singh said shooting will be funded by NRAI. In all 418 shooters, officials and CGF dignitaries are expected (281 athletes; 47 officials/ support staff; 30 ISSF jury; 15 CGF/Birmingham OC invitees; 5 technical staff; 40 range officials from India). In archery 175 , athletes and of ficials are expected. He said the sports minister, Kiren Rijjiu, secretary RS Julaniya and SAI DG Sandeep Pradhan along with IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary-general Rajeev Mehta played a big role. “It took us 60 days when we proposed this opportunity to Inter national Shooting Federation to complete procedure.” P15 democracy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SUPREME Court judge Justice Deepak Gupta on Monday called majoritarianism the antithesis of democracy and said one cannot label dissent as anti-national as it is everyone’s right to disagree. His remarks came at the inaugural lecture of the Supreme Court Bar Association, where he was sharing his views on ‘Democracy and Dissent’. He is the second Supreme Court judge in the recent past to express concern over alleged attempts to stifle dissent. Last week, Justice D Y Chandrachud had described dissent as democracy’s safety valve. Justice Gupta said though a majority elects a government, those who did not vote for it cannot be ignored. So long as people do not encourage secession or violence, they have the freedom to dissent, he said. “If we discourage dissent, it has a chilling effect on free speech. There have been many recent incidents where people have been called anti-national because they dissented from the government,” Justice Gupta said, adding: “Just because you take a contararian view, it does not mean disrespect to the country. Whenever there is a clash of ideas, there will be dissent. Right to question is an inherent part of democracy .” He also called for an impartial decision-making in the judiciary, and called on everyone to not see dissent from the prism of revolt against the government.
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