KOCHI l SATURDAY l FEBRUARY 29, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 22 l LATE 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, says Fin Min Nirmala Sitharaman Q3 GDP GROWTH AT NEAR SEVEN-YEAR LOW 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 Office 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. S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad GLOBAL markets are on the dragon’s tail with Sensex to S&P, Dow Jones to Nikkei seeing a Friday bloodbath with fears of the novel coronavirus becoming a pandemic. In other words, we are staring at a clear and present danger causing severe human and economic upheaval, but are illequipped to contain the calamity . More than the US-China trade war stabbing economies in the back, the virus that came out of nowhere is twisting the knife straight up and deeper into the global being, stoking recessionary fears. Bank of America believes the global economy will see its weakest year since the peak of 2008 financial crisis, while ratings agency Moody’s says the pandem- India pulls out of WC shooting India has pulled out of the shooting World Cup scheduled to begin in Cyprus on March 4, because of the coronavirus threat. P17 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 $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 ic may trigger global and US recessions in the first half of the year. Back home, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman admitted the outbreak would be a challenge if India fails to resolve all economic issues stemming from it within the next three weeks. With the pharma and the electronics industries fearing critical shortages in shipping of raw ma- SEARCH ENDS IN SORROW AN entire village searched for her a day and night. Their hearts beat faster as every hour passed, but they did not give up. Police officers and experts led them from the front and prayers of lakhs of people gave them the strength to go on, but destiny had other plans. D Devanandha, the seven-year-old girl who went missing from her house at Elavoor on Thursday morning, was found dead in the nearby Pallimon River on Friday . A police officer found the body floating in the river around 7am, some 200 metres away from her house, with her face downwards and hair tangled in a stick stuck in mud. Her shawl was recovered from a nearby makeshift bridge. Autopsy report ruled out infliction of violence or injury on her body and confirmed that the death was due to drowning. There was mud and clay in her respiratory system and stomach. The report also said the death happened before Thursday noon Neighbours have doubts Tvm airport: Apex court refers state’s plea to HC P T I @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Friday referred to the Kerala High Court the state gover nment’s petition challenging the Airport Authority of India’s (AAI) proposal to grant its management rights of the Trivandrum International Air por t to the Adani group. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde heard the submissions on behalf of the Kerala government and other parties, and decided to send the dispute for adjudication back to the High Court. The bench, also comprising Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, said the contention with regard to applicability of Article 131 (which relates to the dispute between Centre and states) would remain open for further hearing if needed. P8 22 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS ● Devanandha had gone missing from her house at 10.30 am on Thursday ● Autopsy says girl drowned within an hour ● Neighbours sure the girl wouldn’t go to river alone Elderly people waiting to pay homage to D Devanandha at Saraswathy Vidyanikethan School at Vakkanadu near Nedumankavu on Friday | B P DEEPU itself, which meant, within one hour after she went missing at 10.30am. Devanandha’s body was kept first at her mother’s home in Elavoor and then at her school Saraswathy Vidyanikethan at Vakkanadu for public to pay homage. After her mother Dhanya and father Pradeep Kumar — who reached from Muscat on Friday — confirmed their daughter’s identity, her body was taken to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College around 10am for postmortem examination. And she was laid to rest in the evening on the premises of her father’s house at Kudavattoor in Kottarakkara amid uncontrolled sobs. TEACHERS WILL MISS THEIR BRIGHT, ACTIVE STUDENT, P5 ELAVOOR MOURNS DEAREST 7-YEAR-OLD PONNU, P5 CONTINUED ON: P15 EXPRESS READ PRAYERS FAIL, DEVANANDHA WILL NOT COME BACK E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kollam 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 terials and components from China, the sectors have suggested airlifting them instead, the minister pointed out. India is also looking at alternative supply lines but the cost for doing so is on the higher side. Pessimistic predictions are proving costly for global markets, which too are headed for the worst week since the 2008 crisis, crashing 10 per cent with the week’s wipe out touching $5 trillion. In India, traders lost a whopping `5 lakh crore in an hour after market opened on Friday . In all, Sensex shed 1,448 points, recording its biggest one-day decline since August 24, 2015. On a weekly basis, it slipped around 7 per cent, which is the worst weekly fall in 10 years. D Devanandha I had my hopes till the last moment. I thought I wouldn’t lose my daughter Pradeep Kumar, father Arrest warrant against Kunchacko Kochi: The Additional Special Sessions Court here issued a bailable arrest warrant against actor Kunchacko Boban for failing to turn up for witness examination as part of the trial in the actor abduction case on Friday. P4 CBSE exams: HC ‘no’ to students’ plea Kochi: The High Court on Friday rejected the plea of 28 students of Arooja’s Little Stars School here seeking a directive to the CBSE to allow them to attend the remaining Class X board examinations. Justice S V Bhatti posted the case to March 4. P4 Life limps back to normal in northeast 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 not fall prey to rumours. Meanwhile, officials from the Forensic Science Laboratory and the Crime Branch visited the Chand Bagh area to gather evidence. P11
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