VILLUPURAM SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020 `4.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION KEJRIWAL FINALLY ALLOWS KANHAIYA’S PROSECUTION After remaining non-committal for months, Delhi govt gave the nod to prosecute Kanhaiya and two others for sedition SEDITION CASE FILED IN JANUARY 2019 WAS BJP’S DELHI ASSEMBLY POLL PLANK Kanhaiya and the other two—Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya—were charged with sedition in January 2019 for allegedly raising anti-national slogans during a protest at the JNU campus in February 2016. The AAP govt’s decision to prosecute them comes days after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s first post-poll meet with Union Home Minister Amit Shah ■ ■ ■ In the run-up to the Delhi elections, the BJP had made the delay in Kejirwal’s decision-making on Kanhaiya a poll card But the AAP chose to buy time as giving approval before elections would have worked in the BJP’s favour AAP’s decision now could confirm its tilt towards soft Hindutva 13 MONTHS DELAY IN GRANTING PROSECUTION SANCTION 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 Global markets bleed on coronavirus fears We’ll have a challenge if all economic issues tied to virus are not resolved in 3 weeks: FM three weeks. With the pharma and the electronics industries GLOBAL markets are on the fearing critical shortages in dragon’s tail with Sensex to shipping of raw materials and S&P, Dow Jones to Nikkei see- components from China, the ing a Friday bloodbath with sectors have suggested airliftfears of the novel coronavirus ing them instead, the minister becoming a pandemic. In other pointed out. India is also lookwords, we are staring at a clear ing at alternative supply lines and present danger causing se- but the cost for doing so is on vere human and economic up- the higher side. heaval, but are illPessimistic predicequipped to contain the India pulls tions are proving costly calamity . for global markets, out of WC More than the USwhich too are headed shooting China trade war stabfor the worst week India has bing economies in the since the 2008 crisis, pulled out of back, the virus that crashing 10 per cent the shooting came out of nowhere is with the week’s wipe World Cup twisting the knife out touching $5 trillion. scheduled to straight up and deeper In India, traders lost a begin in Cyprus into the global being, whopping `5 lakh crore on March 4, stoking recessionary in an hour after market because of the fears. Bank of America opened on Friday . coronavirus believes the global In all, Sensex shed threat. P13 economy will see its 1,448 points, recording weakest year since the its biggest one-day depeak of 2008 financial crisis, cline since August 24, 2015. On while ratings agency Moody’s a weekly basis, it slipped says the pandemic may trigger around 7 per cent, which is the global and US recessions in the worst weekly fall in 10 years. first half of the year. Japan’s Nikkei was down Back home, Finance Minis- over 4 per cent, Hong Kong’s ter Nirmala Sitharaman admit- Hang Seng 2.8 per cent, Korea’s ted the outbreak would be a Kospi 3 per cent and Shanghai challenge if India fails to re- composite lost 3.8 per cent — solve all economic issues stem- the worst week since 2008. CONTINUED ON: P11 ming from it within the next S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad Amid the outbreak of coronavirus, mask-clad commuters make their way to work during the morning rush hour at Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on Friday | AFP Life limps along in N-E Delhi, toll 42 S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi THE riot-torn northeast Delhi limped back to normalcy on Friday with several shops opening for the first time since Sunday and people coming out of their homes to buy essential items. However, the toll from the violence rose to 42 as four more persons succumbed to injuries sustained during the riots. Paramilitary personnel remained vigilant and took out flag marches in affected areas. As part of their confidence building measures (CMBs), they interacted with local residents and imams of mosques in the affected areas. During the weekly prayers on Friday, Muslim worshippers were urged to remain united and not fall prey to rumours. Meanwhile, officials from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and the Crime Branch visited the Chand Bagh area to gather evidence. A bullet has been recovered by FSL personnel near the site where Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal was shot dead. Investigators also visited the residence of the suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain to probe his alleged role in the riots. CLEAN PICTURE WITH A PLOT SKETCH, LAND DEALS TO GET TRANSPARENT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai TO make land deals more transparent, the State government is planning to make it mandatory for owners to apply online and obtain a sketch of their plot before selling it. The concept will be introduced on a pilot basis in Hosur and Soolagiri taluks of Krishnagiri district and in Perambalur and Alathur taluks of Permabalur district before being expanded across the State. A government order issued in this regard will reduce confusion in sub-divisions where people are not aware of the ex- tent of their land, said a top official in the Revenue Department. Now, the government will be able to pinpoint the exact boundary of a piece of land, reducing confusion and enhancing transparency in transactions. An announcement was made by the Revenue Minister way back in July 2019. The rule, officials say will apply to , both rural and urban areas. In rural areas, landowners who do not have patta will have to apply online for a pre-mutation sketch before selling their land. A web facility to apply for pre-mutation sketch is being created, along with payP4 ment gateway . EXPRESS READ COURTESY CALL Union Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya calling on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the Secretariat in Chennai on Friday | EXPRESS To be expanded across State Chennai: The GO will be implemented on a pilot basis in a few districts before being expanded. It will help the government pinpoint the exact boundary of a piece of land. NCP, Sena differ on 5% Muslim quota The Maharashtra government has proposed a 5% reservation for Muslims in schools and colleges, NCP MLA and Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said on Friday. But, senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde said no such decision has been taken VOICE OF MALLET Who is a ‘senior’ lawyer? Chief Justice explains E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Madurai An eminent senior advocate has to be a person who is remarkable in terms of intellectual and moral attainments in the profession and not just one who has a long standing at the Bar. This observation was made by Chief Justice of Madras High Court Amreshwar Pratap Sahi in an order passed by a Bench comprising himself and Justice Subramonium Prasad, which sought declaration of the term ‘senior’ in the Rule 4(5) of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules, 1995, as null and void. Disposing of the petition, the Chief Justice made recommendations with regard to appropriate guidelines to be followed by a district magistrate (Collector) while engaging ‘eminent’ senior advocates for trials under the said SC/ST Rules and directed the government to frame and execute such guidelines within a month. Justice Sahi said, “The words ‘eminent senior advocate’ in Rule 4(5) of the 1995 Rules, in our considered opinion, is not a synonym of the definition of a senior advocate as contained in the Advocates Act 1961. Even an advocate who is not a designated senior advocate under the 1961 Act can be considered ‘eminent’ if he has ample years of practice with expertise in the field of criminal law.” WHO upgrades global risk to very high “We have increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact to very high at global level,” WHO said Vacaville mystery: Residents of a Northern California’s Vacaville city are puzzled as a hospitalised woman became the first in the US to be infected with the coronavirus without traveling internationally or being in close contact with anyone who had it $5 trillion Wipeout of global investor wealth in a week due to pandemic fears Visa on arrival nixed India has temporarily suspended visa on arrival services for nationals of Japan and South Korea because of the virus surge in both countries Q3 GDP growth at near seven-year low EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi INDIA’S economy expanded at its slowest pace in nearly seven years as growth slipped further to 4.7 per cent for the quarter ending December 31, 2019. However the government will stick to its GDP growth estimates for the current fiscal of 5 per cent, as it has revised the June quarter numbers from 5 per cent earlier to 5.6 per cent and September quarter from 4.5 per cent earlier to 5.1 per cent. The National Statistical Of- fice had last month revised its estimates for GDP growth for FY19 to 6.1 per cent against an earlier estimate of 6.8 per cent, which helped in lowering the base for FY20, making the numbers slightly better. After the revision, GDP growth during April-December 2019 averaged to 5.1 per cent as against 6.3 per cent in the same period a year ago. The GDP growth for the December quarter is the lowest since January-March of 201213, when it stood at 4.3 per cent. “India’s economy slowed again in the fourth quarter of last year, confounding hopes for a small turnaround. But the bigger story in today’s data release is the substantial revision to the GDP data for the past three years, which suggests that investment has been much weaker than previously acknowledged,” said Mark Williams, Chief Asia Economist for research fir m Capital Economics. Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty hade a different take. “The decline in economic growth has bottomed out. There had been improvement in sectors like agriculture and services,” he said.
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