BENGALURU WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA, UK LOOK TO START FTA TALKS BY NOVEMBER 1 BOTH NATIONS VYING FOR EARLY HARVEST DEAL The move is aimed at enhancing trade and investments between the two countries. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said the two countries are moving towards an early harvest trade agreement, with a comprehensive FTA as the next step. The UK also expressed hope that there is a “strong possibility” to get an early agreement on trade India and the UK are aiming to start negotiations for the proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) by November 1 UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER’S INTERESTS ■ ■ ■ Stakeholder consultations have been conducted for the pact Bilateral working groups have been formed to understand each other’s interests Union minister Goyal said that there is keenness to have an early conclusion of negotiations $13.11 bn BILATERAL TRADE BETWEEN INDIA AND THE UK IN 2020-21 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 Modi’s ministers get Investors want Goenka out of Zee efficiency schooling S E SA S E N @ New Delhi First in-person meeting of the council of ministers; presentation on Covid vaccination drive also made during the meeting. However, it is understood that the ministers were given PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on an account of the status of the CovTuesday held a marathon meeting of id-19 vaccination in the country in the his council of ministers at Rashtrapa- backdrop of the threat of a third wave ti Bhavan auditorium. It was their of the pandemic and the approaching first in-person meeting since festive season. the expansion of the minisOne source said issues try in July last. concerning the agriculture It is learnt that the meetministry were also taken up ing was designed to be a during the marathon meetbrainstorming session. The ing, but there were no offiBJP had recently held seven cial confirmation. The NDA such brainstorming sessions government at the Centre on specific themes. continues to grapple with The meeting came in the Chintan shivir the farmers’ protests over backdrop of the NDA govthree farm sector reform ernment seeking to expedite Presentations were laws passed by Parliament. made at the the implementation of the Their agitation has gone on Chintan Shivir by BJP’s vision documents for for over nine months, with Mandaviya and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections the BJP bracing for its elecPradhan on amid important Assembly toral fallout in Uttar Pradesh efficiency and time and Punjab, which are due to polls early next year. The meeting went on for management. Four go to the polls next year. about four hours, sources more such Chintan Incidentally, the prime said. It also took place on a Shivirs will be held, minister had held two such sources said day when the BJP named online meetings with his Modi as its prime ministecouncil of ministers after rial candidate in 2013. Then BJP chief the reshuffle during which he had Rajnath Singh had announced Modi as tasked the newcomers to study inthe PM candidate of the party on Sep- depth the BJP’s vision documents for tember 14 that year. the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections Government officials were stoic in and draw up an actionable agenda for their silence over what transpired the short and medium terms. M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Now, Bellandur flyover may go down for Metro BOSKY KHANNA @ Bengaluru AFTER the demolition of Rs 21 crore Jayadeva flyover in 2020 to make way for Namma Metro lines, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) is targeting the Bellandur Flyover and a series of five foot over bridges between Central Silk Board and Kadubeesanahalli Underpass to make way for the Metro line. Also set for demolition are hoardings, signage, bus shelters and FoBs (including the one in Bellandur) for the Outer Ring Road Metro line. BMRCL wrote to the road infrastructure division of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike in July to either dismantle the five foot over bridges or give it permission to demolish them. Even as the reply is awaited, BMRCL is planning to shoot off another letter by including Bellandur flyover in the list of structures to be demolished. They have said that a BBMP Engineer should be assigned to work in coordination with BMRCL during demolitions. “If things go as per plan, Bellandur Flyover will be the second flyover to be demolished to make way for a Metro line,” said a BMRCL official, reP2 questing anonymity . INDIAN promoters are increasingly confronted with shareholder activism, backed by institutional investors and proxy advisory firms. The latest to face the heat is Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) with its largest shareholders calling for ouster of MD Punit Goenka, son of the Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra, and appointing six new independent directors. Invesco Developing Markets Fund and OFI Global China Fund, which together hold 17.88% stake in ZEEL, have called an extra-ordinary general meeting for the removal of Goenka and independent directors Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani. Analysts, however, are not amused as they say the exit of the Goenka family which currently owns just 3.99% in , ZEEL, is a matter of time. “There is a good professional team in key departments below the MD level. The question is, will they stay if Goenka leaves?” said Abneesh Roy, executive director (research), Edelweiss Securities. Meanwhile, at the AGM on Tuesday , Goenka did not disclose anything on issues related to the call for management change. Rather, he chose to defend the corporate governance track record of the company The verdict on . key resolutions that were up for voting at the AGM, including adoption of financial results, will be out on September 16. All eyes are now on the crucial EGM, which will officially decide the fate of Goenka. AS part of an agreement signed with Rolls-Royce, Defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will supply spares for the Adour Global Supply chain and support the multi-national company’s defence customer base globally Adour is a twin-spool, . counter-rotating turbofan engine by Rolls-Royce. The agreement was signed between B Krishna Kumar, Executive Director (Engine & IMGT), HAL, and Abhishek Singh, senior vice-president - Defence, India E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru DEMOLITION of religious structures has taken a twist with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday directing officials across the State not to demolish temples in a hurry Bommai said he will an. swer the issue of demolition of temples in Mysuru district on the floor of the House. He said that a show-cause notice has been issued to Mysuru Deputy Commissioner Dr Bagadi Gautham and Tahsildar Mohana Kumari for not taking people into confidence before demolishing temples in the district. He said that the government will study the 2009 Supreme Court order in detail and discuss it at the cabinet meeting. Detailed instructions will be issued in two days, he added. After legislators from all parties and Hindu organisation protested against the demolition of Hucchagani Mahadevappa temple at Nanjangud in Mysuru district, the State Government on Tuesday decided to halt all demolitions across the state. Revenue Minister R Ashoka told The New Indian Express that the Supreme Court order on the demolition and South East Asia, Rolls-Royce, in Bengaluru on Tuesday . This follows an MoU signed between the two firms during the Aero India 2021 in February to establish an authorised maintenance centre for Adour at HAL. The agreement strengthens the ecosystem for Adour engines in India by building on HAL’s existing capabilities for manufacturing and supporting Adour engines for Indian customers over several decades, HAL said. R Madhavan, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL, said, “We look forward to working with Rolls-Royce to serve global market for supply of spares and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) of Adour engines.” This is the first order for supply of spares for the Adour Global Supply chain, he said, expressing hope that that the partnership would expand the defence sourcing footprint in India. Kishore Jayaraman, president, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia, said it is a significant step in strengthening the defence manufacturing ecosystem in the country that will “catapult India’s vision for the defence sector to ‘make in India’ for the world”. EXPRESS READ Exports up 45.76 pc to $33.28 bn in August 2 fall to death from Electronics City flyover Students protesting against NEP caned New Delhi: India’s exports jumped 45.76 per cent to $33.28 billion in August on account of healthy growth in segments like engineering, petroleum products, gems and jewellery, and chemicals, even as the trade deficit widened to a four-month high of $13.81 billion. Imports in August rose 51.72 per cent to $47.09 billion. Bengaluru: Two people, including a woman, fell to their death from the Electronics City flyover to the road below, after a speeding car hit their bike. The freak accident occurred on Tuesday evening. The car driver’s condition is also said to be critical, and he has been hospitalised. The police are yet to ascertain the duo’s identity | P5 Bengaluru: Around 300 students protesting against the National Education Policy-2020 (NEP2020) were lathicharged by the police near KR Circle on Tuesday morning as they tried to march towards Vidhana Soudha, where prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been clamped because of the ongoing legislature session | P7 Kids walk 5 km, cross two streams... all for studies R AG H OT TA M KO P PA R @ Gadag With bags on their backs, students cross a stream on foot as they head to school, near Kokkaragundi village in Gadag district | EXPRESS Ahead of the AGM on Tuesday, independent directors Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani resigned from the board, ZEEL said Don’t raze temples in a hurry, CM tells officials HAL TO MANUFACTURE PARTS FOR ADOUR GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN OF ROLLS-ROYCE E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru 2 directors step down IT is a tough life for the children of Kokkaragundi village in Gadag district as they walk 5 km and cross two streams to reach their school every day. Their troubles only increase when it rains with the streams flowing in full force. It was not all this bad before the pandemic struck as the North Wester n Kar nataka Road T ranspor t Cor poration (NWKRTC) was running regular bus services to the village. But since the two lockdowns, the number of buses plying to the village has been reduced to just two, one at 7 am and the other at 9 pm. The students too were not troubled as schools were closed and they stayed put in the village. But with classes six to 12 reopening over the last few weeks, nearly 50 children from the village have to face extreme hardship to continue their studies. As this village in Shirahatti taluk does not have a school, these children can go either to Bellatti or Balehousur, which are 5-6 km away . It is a daily nightmare for the parents too, as they are worried about the safety of their children. Restart buses: Villagers Villagers have now demanded that the transpor t cor poration resume services, at least to help students reach and come back from school. Villagers said, “We brought it to the notice of NWKRTC officials two weeks ago and they said the services would start soon. But we are still waiting. We are thinking of launching a protest in two to three days, and informed the Shirahatti tahsildar office on Tuesday morning about it.” A NWKRTC official of Shirahatti stated, “We have informed our higher officials. We will start the services as Covid numbers have gone down.” of places of worship, including temples, constructed unauthorisedly, is not new as the directions came 12 years ago. “Officials in Mysuru have taken action based on the court order. But at the same time, people’s sentiments should have been respected,” he added. “The apex court order states that temple authorities should be allowed to shift places of worship on their own. Officials were supposed to convince them. But without doing that, officials in Mysuru proceeded to demolish the temple, which is not right,” he said. CONTINUED ON: P4 NATIONWIDE SEPT 13 SEPT 14 Fresh cases 27,254 25,404 Recoveries Deaths 37,687 219 32,127 339 KARNATAKA SEPT 13 SEPT 14 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 673 1,074 13 559 1,034 12 46 PLACES OF WORSHIP TO BE REMOVED IN BELAGAVI, SAYS DC Belagavi Deputy Commissioner MG Hiremath on Tuesday said that there are 46 places of worshi situated over roads in Belagavi city limits that have been identified for removal. Among these, 17 have already been removed, the DC said. “We are taking all precautions to remove and relocate these temples, ensuring that they don’t suffer any damage duirng the process,” Hiremath said. 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