KOTTAYAM l FRIDAY l JULY 03, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION SCINDIA POWER EVIDENT IN MP AS LOYALISTS ENTER MINISTRY Jyotiraditya Scindia TIGER ABHI ZINDA HAI, SAYS JYOTIRADITYA In all, 28 new ministers, including 20 of cabinet rank, were inducted into Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan’s ministry on Thursday. Apart from the nine Scindia loyalists, three other ex-Congress leaders have also been given berths. Two from Scindia camp had joined the cabinet in April. Reacting to barbs on his insignificance, Scindia retorted, ‘Tiger Abhi Zinda Hai’ Nine more supporters of former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia joined Shivraj Chouhan’s government on Thursday ■ 14 CHAUHAN’S EYES ON LOOMING BY-POLLS ■ The cabinet expansion comes ahead of the crucial by-polls in MP. The Scindia camp has big influence in Gwalior-Chambal divisions, which has 16 of the 24 seats to which polling would be held A strong performance is crucial for the BJP, which has 107 MLAs in the 230 member-House whose current strength is 206 OF 34 MEMBERS IN CHAUHAN’S MINISTRY HAVE CONGRESS ROOTS 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 CBI case could crush GVK Group as airport vertical is its holy grail S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad IT could all come crashing for infrastructure major GVK Group and industrialist G V Krishna Reddy . T h e 83- yea r- o ld Padma Bhushan awardee was caught in the CBI’s crosshairs for alleged fraud, forgery, cheating and criminal misconduct. Reddy’s son and managing director G V Sanjay Reddy was also named in the FIR along Whopping `705 crore fraud, says FIR The Airports Authority of India gave 200 acres of land to MIAL to develop. MIAL allegedly entered into fake work contracts with 9 firms, causing C310 cr loss to AAI These firms also availed input tax credit using the fake invoices issued to them, causing further loss to the exchequer Kept MIAL’s reserve funds to the tune of C395 crore with PSU banks in Hyderabad, though MIAL is a Mumbaibased firm GVK Group then allegedly used these funds to finance their other group firms Allegedly shifted employees of GVK group firms on to the pay rolls of MIAL, causing revenue loss to the AAI with nine other companies and unnamed officials of Airports Authority of India. The blow comes amid the father-son duo’s pitched ownership battle in India’s busiest airport — Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL). GVK’s subsidiary GVK Airport Developers is already the majority owner with 50.5% stake in MIAL, but Reddys are on the edge as fellow businessman Gautam Adani is one step away from usurping 23.5% stake from MIAL’s two foreign stakeholders. Allowing Adani in simply isn’t an option for Reddy as airports business is the holy grail of GVK empire spanning six subsidiaries and 18 step-down subsidiaries. It single-handedly contributed 90% of the holding entity GVK Power & Infrastructure’s consolidated income of `4,098 crore in FY19. With GVK off- Nod to shop for Sukhois, MiGs AMID the tense stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Thursday gave its approval to high value capital acquisition of various platforms and equipment. While the total value of the proposal approved was `38,900 crore, those sourced from the Indian industry would cost `31,130 crore, underlining the strong indigenous content of the acquisitions. The biggest beneficiary will be the Indian Air Force, which has for years sought to plug the depletion in its combat squadrons. They are now down to 30 combat squadrons as against the sanctioned strength of 42. “Addressing the long felt need of the IAF to increase its fighter squadrons, the DAC also approved the proposal for procurement of 21 MiG-29 along with up-gradation of existing 59 MiG-29 aircraft and procurement of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft,” the ministry said in its press release. Despite DAC approval, these products will take at least 2-3 years for delivery as the acquisition process will now be set into motion. The government also need to be prepared for big capital expenditure as the MiG29 procurement and upgradation from Russia is estimated to cost `7,418 crore while the Su- 30 MKI will be procured from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at an estimated cost of `10,730 crore. The new acquisitions will add to the combat capabilities of the IAF, said Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur, Additional Director General, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi. “These are to make up for the depleted squadrons of combat aircraft. The stand-off with China might have expedited the decisions to accept the necessity but what is important is finances need to be Made in India focus The thrust of the approvals was on indigenous design and development with participation of several MSMEs as prime tier vendors. A large number of these projects were developed after transfer of technology by the DRDO to the industry made available now,” the said. As for Sukhois, HAL Chairman R Madhavan said Russia will supply the kits and other inputs and HAL will manufacture them. “As we have to do it quickly we will have to see how , much indigenisation will actually happen because we have to find the quickest means of supply he told this newspaper. ,” MORE FIREPOWER A38,900 cr Total size of the projects approved by the Defence Acquisition Council A31,130 cr Of them to be sourced from the Indian industry 80% Of the project cost of some products has indigenous content 21 MiG-29 Fighter jets to be procured from Russia 59IAF fleet to be MiG-29s In upgraded 12 Su-30 MKI Aircraft will be bought from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd 248 ASTRA Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missile systems get nod. Two more missile systems to be procured ‘Expedite steps for de-escalation’ P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi MAINTAINING pressure on China to walk the talk on de-escalation from standoff points in Eastern Ladakh and fulfil the commitments made during the June 6 Corps Commander-level meeting, India on Thursday urged it to expeditiously restore peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). “The two sides will continue their meetings both at the military and diplomatic level, including under the framework of WMCC, in the future to resolve the issues to mutual satisfaction. We expect the Chinese side to sincerely follow up and ensure the expeditious restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas as per bilateral agreements and protocols,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army chief General M M Naravane’s scheduled visit to Ladakh on Friday has been postponed. This would have been the first high-level visit of a political leader, highlighting the sensitivity of the situation at the stand-off points. “The Chinese have agreed to disengage troops in phases. The defence minister might have postponed his trip so as to wait and see if things change for good,” said a source. Singh was to visit forwards areas of Eastern Ladakh and meet soldiers. However, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat will visit Ladakh on Friday . 202 RECOVERIES VS 160 FRESH CASES IN STATE Ernakulam & T’Puram on high alert Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram districts are on high alert after the increase in the number of fresh cases and the suspicion of local transmission. The state recorded more recoveries than fresh cases on Thursday. Of the new cases, 106 came from abroad and 40 from other states. 14 contracted the virus through local contact. KERALA CASE DIARY 160 4,753 cases reported on Thursday cases have been confirmed so far 2,090 2,638 under treatment Unknown sources of infection a challenge to health workers 25 DEATHS recovered P Ramakrishnan, 53, is all smiles as he walks out of the Kerala Medical College and Hospital at Mangode near Palakkad on Thursday. A native of Thalayanakad, Ramakrishnan spent 52 days at the Covid care centre, the longest period of recovery for a Covid-19 patient in the state so far | P2 EXPRESS READ Hiked bus fare applicable from today T’Puram: The new bus fare for both KSRTC and private buses will be applicable from Friday. The transport department issued an order to this effect on Thursday. The minimum charge for ordinary buses will remain at D8, but the fare will be calculated for the first 2.5km travelled, instead of 5km. The fare for every kilometre travelled after the first 2.5km has been increased from 70 paise to 90 paise. Hence, travelling the first 5 kilometres will cost D10. Actor abduction case: Trial faces Covid heat Kochi: The Covid-19 situation in Kerala seems to be posing challenges for the trial being held in the actor abduction case here. The trial which resumed after three months of lockdown last month was adjourned for a week due to pandemic spread in Thrissur. On Tuesday the prosecution filed a petition that the victim, who was to be cross-examined, cannot appear in the court as her place of residence is inside a containment zone there. P5 The record number of Covid-19 recoveries on Thursday is not necessarily a result of the revision of discharge protocol of Covid-19 patients, according to the Health Department. while lenders have recalled entire credit facilities extended to some subsidiaries. Trouble has been brewing for some time for MIAL. It found itself in the thick of a storm last year with the MCA inspecting its books following a whistle-blower complaint alleging misappropriation of funds. Lenders conducted a forensic audit of the holding entity but , found no deviations, a senior official said. CONTINUED ON: P10 Q & A JOSE FACTION’S ENTRY? IT’S DISADVANTAGE LEFT FRONT Amid LAC stand-off, Defence Acquisition Council gives its approval to high value capital acquisition of various platforms and equipment; delivery to take at least two-three years M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi loading complete stake in Bangalore International Airport last year and Navi Mumbai airport still under development, MIAL is now its sole cash cow. In contrast, GVK’s many other businesses are facing challenging times and even defaulted principal and interest payments worth over `1,570 crore during FY18 and FY19. GVK’s flagship power business has turned in repeated losses and defaulted repayments, The Jose faction of the Kerala Congress (M) remaining as an independent block would help LDF, but its entry would be a disadvantage for the front in the coming elections, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran tells The New Indian Express Chief FULL INTERVIEW: P4 of Bureau Anil S. KANAM RAJENDRAN, CPI STATE SECRETARY Mid-sea shooting in 2012: Italy asked to compensate India Woman dies month after botched angiogram P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi @ Alappuzha THE two Italian marines, accused of shooting two Indian fishermen to death off the coast of Kerala in 2012, violated international law and India is entitled to compensation for the loss of life, a tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled on Thursday . However, the tribunal, constituted in 2015 on Italy’s request, rejected New Delhi’s demand that the two marines—Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre—be tried in India. It ruled that both countries had concurrent jurisdiction and legal basis to try the case. However, since the marines, like diplomats, enjoyed immunity from prosecution in foreign courts, India cannot try this case. The issue of jurisdiction had become a big dispute between the two countries. India maintained that the incident happened in Indian waters, and hence the case must be tried in India. Italy claimed that the shooting took place outside Indian territorial waters and its marines were on-board the ship with the Italian flag. While upholding the conduct of the Indian authorities over the incident, the tribunal observed that the actions of the marines breached India’s freedom of navigation in interna- AN angiogram performed at a private hospital near Mavelikkara proved fatal for a 55-year-old woman. Bindhu, a native of Chingoli in Alappuza district who was recuperating at home after the catheter used for the test broke and pierced her heart valve, died on Tuesday night. Based on a complaint by the family the Karyilaku, langara police have started a probe. Sub-Inspector P S Muraleedharan said: “We started investigation following a statement by Bindhu’s son. He said the incident happened on June 3 at the VSM Hospital in Thattarambalam. He said Bindhu suffered from heart ailments and had an angiogram done at the hospital. While the test was progressing, the catheter broke and pierced the valve of her heart. He said the hospital authorities informed the relatives about the incident.” “The family shifted Bindhu to St Gregorios Medical Mission Hospital, Parumala, where she underwent an open heart surgery to remove parts of the equipment which pierced her valve. She was discharged from the hospital and was taking rest at home. She felt uneasy on Tuesday and was brought back to the hospital where she died,” said Muraleedharan. VSM Hospital authorities said they extended all support to the patient after the ● More on P4 incident. Italian marines Salvatore Girone (L) and Massimiliano Latorre ABOUT THE INCIDENT WHEN: On February 15, 2012 WHAT: Two Italian marines — Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre — on board the MV Enrica Lexie, an Italian flagged oil tanker, of shooting dead two Malayali fishermen aboard fishing vessel St Antony WHERE: Off Kerala coast, near Kollam The international tribunal held action of marines violated international law India is entitled to receive compensation for loss of life and other damages tional waters under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The tribunal has invited India and Italy to consult with each other and reach a settlement on compensation. It rejected Italy’s demand for compensation over the detention marines by the India. WE LOST OUR RIGHT TO PROSECUTE MARINES ON MURDER CHARGES HERE, SAYS LEGAL EXPERT Kochi: International tribunal may have upheld India’s conduct against the two Italian marines, but a legal expert says India has lost its right to prosecute the marines on charges of murder in the country. “India’s main prayer was that it had jurisdiction over the case as the fishermen killed were Indian and the case must be tried as per Indian laws,” said senior lawyer V J Mathew, who was the then counsel for Italian ship owner Dolphin Tankers in Supreme Court and Kerala High Court. P5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BEING INCLUSIVE School stands by its lone ‘failed’ student A M I YA M E E T H A L @ Kozhikode THIS is the 100th year of Government Vocational Higher Secondary School at Madapally in Kozhikode district and its students are mostly from the underprivileged strata of society Naturally teachers and Par. , ent-Teacher Association members wished to celebrate the centenary year with cent per cent results in SSLC examinations and they had put in a lot of efforts to achieve that. However, when the results came on Tuesday, all 435 students got through except one. Shockingly, that student was not among the “weaker” students identified by the school. However, rather than sitting disappointed, the headmaster and teachers soon realised the plight of the student and made all efforts to make him comfortable. “I did not call any of the 434 students who passed the SSLC examinations but him. He failed only in Mathematics paper. When I When I spoke with him over phone, I was grief-stricken and gloomy. ‘I was confident of passing in all subjects, Sir. I don’t know what happened’ were his words — V P Prabhakaran, Headmaster spoke with him over phone, I was grief-stricken and gloomy . ‘I was confident of passing in all subjects, Sir. I don’t know what happened’ were his words,” said headmaster V P Prabhakaran. The HM consoled him and offered all support. The boy was asked to come to the school the next day and he submitted the application for revaluation, upon the insistence of teach● More on P4 ers. WRONG URL, WRONG WESBSITE One of the website links shared for checking SSLC results was found fake after it redirected students and parents to a porn site. P5
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