MADURAI FRIDAY JULY 03, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION SCINDIA POWER EVIDENT IN MP AS LOYALISTS ENTER MINISTRY Nine more supporters of former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia joined Shivraj Chouhan’s government on Thursday Jyotiraditya Scindia TIGER ABHI ZINDA HAI, SAYS JYOTIRADITYA CHAUHAN’S EYES ON LOOMING BY-POLLS In all, 28 new ministers, including 20 of cabinet rank, were inducted into Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan’s ministry. 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 Congress barbs on his insignificance, Scindia retorted, ‘Tiger Abhi Zinda Hai’ ■ ■ 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 14 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 cr fraud, says chargesheet 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 `310 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 `395 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 Nod to shop for Sukhois, MiGs 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 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 MiG-29 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 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 with China might have expedited the decisions to accept the necessity but what is important is finances need to be made available now,” the said. Among the products developed through DRDO support are Pinaka ammunitions, BMP armament upgrades and software defined radios for the Indian Army, Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile Systems and Astra Missiles for the Indian Navy and IAF. MORE FIREPOWER `38,900 cr Total size of the projects approved by the Defence Acquisition Council `31,130 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 . 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- 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, SWIFT ACTION MEDICINES STOCKED UP Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said on Thursday that the State has procured life saving drugs, such as Remdisivir (10,000 vials), Tocillizumab (1,200 vials), and Enoxaparin (1.52 L vials) FRESH CASES DISCHARGED DEATHS TOLL 4,343 3,095 57 1,321 ‘No community transmission in TN’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai BREAKING yet another record, Tamil Nadu on Thursday registered 4,343 new cases and 57 deaths, of which 2,027 cases were in Chennai. As the State continues its march towards 1 lakh total cases, two more AIADMK legislators -- N Sathan Prabhakar (Paramakudi) and R Kumaraguru (Ulundurpet) -tested positive. Madurai is witnessing a steady spike with 273 fresh cases being reported, followed by Tiruvannamalai (170), Kallakurichi (133), Ranipet (127), and Ramanathapuram (117). Puliyur Nagarajan (64), a popular farmer leader from Tiruchy, succumbed to the virus while undergoing treatment at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Gover nment Hospital on Thursday. He was the State president of the farmers’ wing of the Tamil Manila Congress. In a televised briefing, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said 750 beds were kept ready at the King’s Institute, and will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami soon. The Minister also said that the State has tested 12,35,692 samples so far, the “highest” in the country and that the CM has issued orders to procure 10 lakh more testing kits. He went on to say that the State is caring for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients in the same way and the recovery rate in TN is 57 per cent. Responding to Opposition party leader MK Stalin’s query about the State entering into community transmission phase, he said, “Only ICMR has to declare if there is a community transmission, but their recent surveys show that the State hasn’t entered into the third stage yet.” TWIN TRAGEDY MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE AND MURDER OF 7-YEAR-OLD S O U M YA M A N I @ Pudukkottai IN a gruesome incident of rape and murder of a seven-year-old Dalit girl of Yembal in Aranthangi town, a 25-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night, after he reportedly confessed to have committed the crime. The girl, who had gone missing from her house on Tuesday evening was found with her dress torn, with bruises on her body in a pond near her house on Wednes, day evening. Pudukkottai SP Arun Sakthikumar reached the spot and took stock of the issue. The suspect, Raja, who was arrested, was the girl’s neighbour. The girl’s parents are agricultural labourers. According to sources, the suspect trailed her and attempted to rape her. When she resisted and screamed, he reportedly attacked her on the chest and head with a stone. “He confessed to the crime and that he did it alone,” said Sakthikumar. But, the girl’s family, believing it to be a gang rape, protested demanding a compensation from the government. EXPRESS READ Houses prorogued, Oli may split party to remain PM New Delhi: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, under pressure from his party pressure to step down, on Thursday got both Houses of Parliament prorogued to ward off threats to his continuance in office. Following this, his Maoist partners led by former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ met President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to flag Oli’s “unconstitutional” action. According to reports, Oli is considering the option of splitting the ruling Nepal Communist Party and forming a new coalition with the Opposition Nepali Congress to remain in power. A crucial meeting of the NCP has been deferred till Saturday. Mass layoffs at Cognizant, unions allege Bengaluru: IT employee unions in Bengaluru and Chennai have alleged that US tech firm Cognizant is planning mass layoffs after benching 18,000 employees across India. Cognizant has allegedly asked the employees to resign as no projects are available for them | P10 CM grants `5L to family Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami assured action to the girl’s family and said in his tweet,“Stern action will be taken against the perpetrators of this heinous crime. I convey my condolences to the girl’s family.” He also sanctioned a solatium of `5 lakh to the girl’s family. 4 DIE CLEANING SEWAGE TANK G O D S O N W I S E LY D A S S @ Thoothukudi FOUR Tirunelveli natives died of asphyxiation on Thursday after they entered a sewage tank at Keela Chekkarakudi near Mudivaithanenthal to clean it. According to sources, one Somasundaram hired a septic-tank-cleaning vehicle to clean the sewage tank at his house. Four workers — Pandi (24), Raju (19), and Bala (20) of Veeravanallur, and Dinesh (23) of Alangulam — accompanied the vehicle. After pumping out liquid waste from the tank, one of them entered the tank to remove the solid waste but soon collapsed. In a bid to rescue him, others also entered, and subsequently died of asphyxiation. 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 Sathankulam case: Four policemen arrested EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Thoothukudi / Madurai HOURS after the CB-CID arrested four policemen in connection with the Santhankulam custodial torture and murder case, all of them were remanded to judicial custody . While sub inspector P Raghu Ganesh was arrested late on Wednesday night, three others -- Inspector Srithar, sub inspector Balakrishnan, and head constable S Murugan -were nabbed subsequently on Thursday All of them are now . in Perurani district jail. Meanwhile, the new IGP (South Zone), Dr S Murugan, on Thursday promised full support and cooperation to the CB-CID, probing the Sathankulam custody violence. The father-son duo, P Jeyaraj and Beniks, had died of multiple injuries a few days after the alleged custody torture. “The police department will not stand in support of the accused persons. The Sathankulam incident is a lesson for the police department. There always have been instructions for every rank of police personnel to be followed, and they have to adhere to the rules,” Murugan said, after assuming charge and visiting Sathankulam. The Thoothukudi SP will also extend full support to protect the woman head constable who has turned approver, he said. In another development, the daughter of Jeyaraj, Persis, appreciated the arrest of the accused police officials. She thanked the judges of the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court and all those who raised their voices against the “custodial torture” inflicted upon her father and brother. Residents and traders celebrate arrests MEET AND GREET Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami greeting the newly appointed Chennai police commissioner Mahesh Kumar Agarwal in Chennai on Thursday The pre-dawn arrests of the police officials brought residents and traders of Sathankulam out on the streets as they distributed sweets to the public and even burst crackers in on Thursday in various areas. Italy told to compensate India over 2012 mid-sea shooting P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi 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 India can’t try the marines: Intl court Actions of the two Italian marines breached India’s freedom of navigation in international waters Italian marines Salvatore Girone (L) and Massimiliano Latorre marines—Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre—be tried in India. It ruled that both countries had concurrent ju- India is entitled to compensation for the loss of lives and property damage The marines can’t be tried in India as they enjoy immunity from prosecution abroad risdiction 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 international 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.
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