chennai l tuesday l april 19, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION Lt General Manoj Pande appointed new Army chief Lieutenant General Pande will succeed General Manoj Mukund Naravane, whose tenure will end on April 30 First engineer to hold the top military post Currently serving as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Pande is the first engineer to be appointed to the top post. He commanded an engineer regiment along the LoC during the Operation Parakram in Jammu and Kashmir, an engineer brigade in the western sector, an infantry brigade along the LoC and a mountain division in western Ladakh | P7 ■ May 1 brass takes stock of border situation ■ The operational situation along India’s borders was discussed in the Army Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi on Monday The conference, an institutional platform for conceptual-level deliberations leading to policy decisions, will conclude on April 22. It will discuss border infra, new tech and Ukraine conflict Lt Gen Manoj Pande will take over as the 29th Army Chief next month CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI 14.55 HIGH RISE 6.70 3.72 Apr 2013 Oct 2013 Mar 2022 While WPI inflation has been volatile since FY14, it stayed in high double digits in FY22 5.11 4.63 Mar 2017 June 2014 3.68 1.09 Aug 2016 -1.15 Oct 2017 11.80 4.47 Nov 2018 3.62 2.02 3.52 June 2019 4.83 Jan 2020 Feb 2021 Apr 2018 -0.25 Dec 2014 July 2020 -4.80 July 2015 SC nixes bail of minister’s son Ashish in Kheri case Sep 2021 Figures in % Wholesale price inflation @ 30-yr high in 2021-22 Express News Service @ New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the bail granted to Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra, in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, observing the Allahabad High Court was myopic and in a tearing hurry to give him relief. The order came on a petition filed by the family members of the victims of the violence. It directed Ashish to surrender within a week. A bench led by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana directed the high court to decide the matter afresh, observing among other factors that the victims didn’t get effective hearing. The bench observed that instead of looking into aspects such as the nature and gravity of the offence, severity of the punishment in the event of conviction, circumstances which are peculiar to the accused or victims, likelihood of the accused fleeing, likelihood of tampering with the evidence and witnesses and the impact that his release may have on the trial and the society at large, the high court adopted a myopic view of Secondary scrutiny E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi express read NielsenIQ opens largest global hub in Chennai fifer chahal Yuzvendra Chahal’s five-wicket haul, including a fourth-over hat-trick, helped Rajasthan Royals pull off a seven-run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match on Monday. Jos Buttler’s second hundred of season helped RR score 217 for five in 20 overs | P11 Chennai: The largest global hub of NielsenIQ (NIQ), a global information services company, was inaugurated by Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday. The NIQ Chennai Capability Centre is the first among the three being planned in India | P2 TN to consult Oppn over SC directive on dam panel Chennai: Water Resources Minister Durai Murugan said government will consult the Opposition and legal experts and take decision on SC’s directive to give powers of the NDSA to the supervisory committee of Mullaiperiyar dam | P4 Police personnel taking away a suspect in the Jahangirpuri riots, in Delhi on Monday | Parveen Negi gunman held; organisers of yatra booked A n k i ta U pa d h yay a n d V at s a l a S h r a n g i @ New Delhi The Delhi Police on Monday lodged an FIR against the organisers of the Shobha Yatra that was marred by riots in Jahangirpuri, two days after violence broke out in the area. VHP and Bajrang Dal members took out the procession without permission, the FIR alleged. DCP (northwest) Usha Rangnani said an FIR has been registered against the organisers of the evening procession. “One of the accused identified as Prem Sharma, VHP zila sewa pramukh, has been arrested for the procession on the evening of April 16 without having permission,” she said. It later emerged he was let off by the police after questioning. Vinod Bansal, VHP’s national spokesperson, wondered, “If the organisers didn’t have permission, then what were police officials doing moving along it?” Amid uneasy calm in Jahangirpuri on Monday, a minor incident of stone pelting ratcheted up tension again. “A video was being circulated on social media showing a man in blue kurta opening fire during the riots in Jahangirpuri area on April 16. He has been nabbed by the special staff of our district,” the DCP added. Four forensic teams visited the spot on Monday to collect evidence, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said. He also dismissed allegations claiming attempts to hoist a saffron flag atop a mosque during the procession on Saturday . Meanwhile, a letter petition was filed before Chief Justice of India N V Ramana urging him to take suo motu cognisance of the Jahangirpuri riot and constitute a probe panel headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge. Bottle menace may shut Tasmac shops in hills R SIVAK U M AR @ Chennai Expressing concern over how discarded and broken liquor bottles harm animals and environment, the Madras High Court on Monday warned Tasmac outlets may have to be shut in hill stations if a scheme on dealing with empty bottles is not framed in a week. A division bench of Justices V Bharathidasan and N Sathish Kumar said this while hearing petitions on environmental issues in forests and hill stations, and wanted TN to launch a “buy back” scheme for bottles. “A buy back scheme is better suitable for dealing with this. Tasmac can collect `10 above the retail price and the same amount shall be paid back if the empty bottle is returned by the buyer. Only such a scheme will serve as a lasting solution to deal with the problem in hill stations,” the bench suggested, and added: “We will have to or- the evidence on the record. “The high court shall decide the bail application afresh expeditiously and preferably within a period of three months,” the order read. The bench said the high court took into account Jab-o-meter April 17 2,66,459 doses Take April 18 15,12,703 doses your shot Total: 1,86,70,36,390 NATIONWIDE APR 17 APR 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,150 954 4 tamil nadu APR 17 APR 18 2,183 Fresh cases 1,985 Recoveries 214 Deaths 30 24 0 27 26 0 TN forms agency to handle land acquisition Hits four-month high of 14.55% in March; stood at 12.96% for the whole of last year in prices of crude petroleum & natural gas, mineral oils, basic THE Centre’s inflation head- metals owing to disruption in ache seems to be getting severe the global supply chain caused as the wholesale price index by Russia-Ukraine conflict,” a (WPI)-based price rise surged government release read. to a 30-year high of 12.96% in T h e m o n t h - ove r- m o n t h FY22, on rising commodity change in WPI for the fuel and prices and a low base of 1.3% in power basket in March stood at FY21. The last time wholesale 2.69% compared to February, inflation touched such high lev- while that for manufactured els was three decades ago – at products surged 2.31% over the 13.7% in FY92 (on base same period. Fuel & RBI flags year of 1981-82). power and manufacrisks to According to the lattured products formed economy est data released by 13.15% and 64.23%, rethe Union commerce spectively of WPI. , India has ministry on Monday, The rate of inflation managed the WPI-based inflation based on WPI food inpandemic well stood at 14.5% in dex rose from 8.47% in and economic March — a four-month activity is picking February to 8.71% in high — compared with up momentum, March. The food index 7.89% in the year-ago but these gains consists of ‘food artiperiod. WPI inflation are “at risk from cles’ from the primary was 13.11% in Februgroup and ‘food proddisruptive ary this year. uct’ from the manufacspillovers from The month of March tured products group. geo-political also saw consumer “The surge is fairly hostilities...” price index-based in- RBI said in a note broad based as primaflation rise to a 17ry articles, fuel & powmonth high of 6.95%. er and manufacturing While the Reserve Bank of recorded double-digit inflation India considers retail inflation in March 2022,” said Sunil Kufor its policy decisions, the mar Sinha, principal econowholesale price rise does get re- mist, India Ratings. flected on the retail inflation Fuel & power inflation, which print as companies pass on the was on a declining trajectory, burden to consumers. reversed its course in March by “The high rate of inflation in increasing to 34.5% against March is primarily due to rise 31.5% a month-ago. file photo several irrelevant considerations while ignoring judicial precedents and parameters. “It has been ruled on numerous occasions that a FIR cannot be treated as an encyclopedia of events. While the allegations in the FIR that the accused used his firearm and the subsequent post mortem and injury reports may have some limited bearing, there was no legal necessity to give undue weightage to the same,” the court said. It expressed disappointment at the manner in which the high court failed to acknowledge the rights of the victims. der the closure of liquor retail outlets in hill stations if a decision is not taken by April 25.” Meanwhile, the bench directed the Central government to file a reply as to why labourers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) could not be utilised for the drive to remove invasive weeds and exotic plant species. It told the government to file its reply on April 19. The Tamil Nadu Rural Development department has filed an impleadment petition on this before the bench. ‘Proposal submitted 2 years ago’ Tasmac opposed the price hike idea, stating customers will not travel back to return the bottles. However, Nilgiris Collector said a proposal for a similar scheme was sent to TASMAC two years ago but it wasn’t considered The mechanism of secondarylevel scrutiny was introduced a few months ago following malpractices in releasing funds for the proposed Chennai Bengaluru Expressway, SIPCOT expansion in Sriperumbudur B AN B U SE LVAN @ Chennai The Tamil Nadu government has established a Land Acquisition Agency of Tamil Nadu (LAATAN) in an effort to expedite land acquisition works for all infrastructure projects in the State. The agency will effectively monitor the land acquisition (LA) activities such as periodical monitoring of LA status, coordination between departments, obtaining funds for LA, and monitoring cases. Currently, work is on to acquire 20,000 hectares of land for various schemes of the State and Union governments. According to a Government Order issued on March 1, the agency will comprise 40 posts with 10 under Tamil Nadu Social Impact Assessment (TNSIA) Unit, 13 from Rehabilitation and Resettlement Unit and 17 under the Core Cell of the LAATAN. The TNSIA unit was formed under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (RFCTLARR act 2013). The compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement and other amenities for the landown- ers are being deter mined under RFCTLARR 2013. Social impact studies, conducted by the empanelled Social Impact Agency (SIA) under the Commissioner of Land Administration (CLA), will provide the exact number of affected families, nature of the usage of land and further rehabilitation measures required. “Now public hearings will be conducted within the schedule as per SIA report, accordingly the compensation will be fixed after verifying the land records,” said a revenue official. CONTINUED ON:P5
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