$ Foreign institutional investors are exiting India as they ﬁnd US and European markets, with rising interest rates, more attractive May* 17,144 * Till May 24 April March February HUBBALLI WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION FIIs PULL OUT $21 BILLION FROM INDIA SO FAR IN 2022 January BIG PULLOUT 34,966 41,123 35,592 Outflow (H crore) 33,303 Total 1,62,128 Source: NSDL HIGHEST EVER SALE BY FOREIGN INVESTORS So far in 2022 (calendar year), FIIs have pulled out a whopping $21.3 billion (B1.62 lakh crore) from India, making it the highest ever net sale by foreign investors in Indian stock markets in less than five months. It has also dragged half the Nifty 50 shares into a bear market. A financial asset slips into a bear market when it falls more than 20% from its recent highs ■ `52,987 cr SELLING SPREE LIKELY TO CONTINUE ■ Analysts expect FIIs to continue their selling spree, at around B32,000-33,000 crore a month, till the US Fed pauses rate hikes Meanwhile, fund flows into domestic equities via participatory notes (P-notes) rose to B90,580 crore in April from B87,979 crore in March as investors shifted base from China to India | P10 AMOUNT PULLED OUT BY FIIs FROM INDIA DURING THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS 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 BJP airlifts ‘dark horse’ for filing MLC nomination BJP HIGH COMMAND DENIES TICKET TO BY VIJAYENDRA BJP fumes as Rahul meets known India baiter Corbyn The BJP’s central leadership has ignored the recommendation made by party’s Karnataka unit to field former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra in the June 3 MLC polls. As his supporters began to criticise the decision of the high command, Vijayendra himself had to intervene to control the damage with an appeal on social media. He said power and position itself are not the ultimate objectives in politics. A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru WHEN 52-year-old Hemalatha Nayak, BJP State Secretary and former president of Koppal District BJP Mahila Morcha, woke up on Tuesday morning in Koppal, she had no clue what destiny had in store for her. As she was getting ready to leave for Haveri, where she was one among the in-charges for a party event, she received a call at 10 am from “a certain BJP leader” from Bengaluru asking her to rush to the state capital to be in time to file her nomination for Legislative Council elections by MLAs scheduled for June 3. She was asked to be at Vidhana Soud- NATIONWIDE MAY 23 MAY 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 2,022 2,099 46 1,675 1,635 31 KARNATAKA MAY 23 MAY 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 107 110 0 118 121 0 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT May 23 11,91,382 doses May 24 11,38,116 doses TOTAL DOSES 1,92,65,52,757 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Quad Summit, in Tokyo on Tuesday | AFP India-US thrust on critical and emerging tech Want our ties to be closest on Earth: Biden committed to make the IndiaUS partnership the closest on AMID US President Joe Biden earth,” Biden said. assuring Prime Minister Both leaders reviewed the Narendra Modi during their progress made in the India-US meeting in Tokyo that he is Comprehensive Global Stratecommitted to make the bilat- gic Partnership wherein they eral partnership the closest on are committed to strengthen earth, the two sides announced their defence partnership and the launch of a new initiative collaborate on health and panon critical and emergdemic preparedness. i n g t e c h n o l o g i e s China-Russia “Even though trade air drama (iCET) by their respecand investment betive National Security tween the two counChinese and Councils. tries is expanding it Russian India also joined the still is much below our warplanes on Combined Maritime potential, the India-US Tuesday Forces (CMF) based in conducted joint Strategic Partnership Bahrain as an associis a partnership of air patrols over ate member. The CMF the Sea of Japan, trust. Our shared valis a naval coalition of ues and our common the East China over 30 countries that i n t e re s t s. . . h ave Sea and the upholds rules-based strengthened the West Pacific order by countering Ocean during the bonds of this trust,” non-state actors on the Quad summit in Modi said adding that high seas and promotwith the India-US InTokyo, in a ing security, stability message of unity vestment Incentive and prosperity across Agreement he hoped the world’s most important to see concrete progress. shipping lanes. “The US has overlooked InA White House readout of dia’s stand on Russia, primarithe talks said both also noted ly to strengthen its position in the establishment of the Indo- the Indo-Pacific where they Pacific partnership for mari- want to counter China and the time domain awareness, which threat it is posing to countries plays a critical role in econom- like Taiwan. Indo, too, has been ic security and responding to putting forth its point on the humanitarian crises. Chinese military built up “There is so much our coun- around the LAC,’’ said an exP7 tries can do together and I am pert on India-US ties. Y E S H I S E L I @ New Delhi Red hot chilli crash! Panic, red eyes in Kodagu as sauce spills on road E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Madikeri PANIC spread across Siddapura and Virajpet in Kodagu on Tuesday morning as many residents developed sudden cough and had severe burning sensation in their eyes. Several rushed to the hospital to get treated even as many others walked out of their homes wearing masks. Precautionary messages asking residents to wear masks went viral on social media. The town roads were painted red and the residents suspected a chemical leak ha before 3 pm on Tuesday, the deadline by which nominations had to be filed. With the clock ticking, a baffled Hemalatha made her way to Bengaluru, but had to be airlifted by a helicopter from Tumakuru to Jakkur to beat the traffic to arrive at CM in Davos: ReNew Power to invest `50,000 cr in state E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi CONGRESS leader Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with British MP Jeremy Corbyn, who is known for his ‘anti-India’ views, in London has snowballed into a controversy back home. Rahul, who is on a visit to the UK, had met Corbyn on Monday and the Indian Overseas Congress shared a photo of the two along with Sam Pitroda, a close aide of the Gandhis. Demanding a clarification from the Congress, the BJP on Tuesday alleged the photo is Rahul’s endorsement of Corbyn’s position on Kashmir. “Rahul Gandhi meets UK MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who is known for his hatred and dislike for India, advocates Kashmir’s secession. Or how long and how much one can go on against one’s own country tweeted Union minis,” ter Kiren Rijiju. BJP’s national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said Rahul is a leader whose statement was once quoted by Pakistan in the dossier submitted to the UN against India. “The picture in which Rahul Gandhi is seen with Corbyn shows how Gandhi scion loves to be with those who nurture anti views against India”, Bhatia said. Defending the meeting, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said there is nothing unsual in political leaders having divergent meetings. Surjewala also shared a picture of Corbyn with PM Modi and asked, “Does it mean PM has endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s views on India?” Hemalatha Nayak files her nomination for MLC polls in Bengaluru on Tuesday | EXPRESS Vidhana Soudha at 2.15 pm — with just 45 minutes to spare. Former minister Laxman Savadi, S Keshavaprasad and Chaluvadi Narayanswamy of BJP also filed nomination papers on Tuesday . Although speculation was rife about finalising the names of Geetha Vivekananda, BJP Mahila Morcha President, and C Manjula, BJP spokesperson and former chairperson of the Karnataka State Women’s Commission, Hemalatha turned out to be the dark horse. Nagaraja Yadav and Abdul Jabbar of Congress and TA Sharavana of JDS also filed nominations for the June 3 elections to the CONTINUED ON: P4 council. from a truck. Nevertheless, the situation turned bizarre after it came to light that a chilli sauce leak had caused all all panic. “We received panic calls after many residents developed symptoms of cough across Siddapura and Virajpet towns. Six students from a private college rushed to a hospital where they were treated,” confirmed District Health Officer (DHO), Dr Venkatesh. On receiving frantic calls, health and family welfare department officials rushed to CONTINUED ON: P5 the spot. IN what is so far the biggest investment for Karnataka at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, a renewable energy company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to invest `50,000 crore in the state in the next seven years. The company inked the MoU with the State government officials in the presence of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in Davos on Tuesday . A statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said the company plans to invest in renewable energy, battery storage and green hydrogen units which has a potential to create employment opportunities for 30,000 people. The CM termed the MoU “a major milestone in the renewable energy sector in the state”. In the first phase, `11,900 crore would be invested in the ongoing projects in the state A R U N K U M A R H U R A L I M AT H @ Hubballi Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Davos, Switzerland and they would be operationalised in the next two years. In the second phase, the company plans to invest `37,500 crore to set up renewable energy and green hydrogen units over the next five years. The company already runs wind, solar and hydro power projects in nine states, including Karnataka. Bommai also met Chairman and CEO of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Adani Group, Gautam Adani, CEO of Johnson Controls, George Oliver and several other industrialists and discussed investment opportunities in the state. Mittal expressed keen interest to set up a Mega Data Centre in the state. Bommai assured all support from the State government to make it a reality, the CMO statement added. IN yet another tragic accident on the Hubballi-Dharwad bypass NH-48, eight people were killed and 26 others suffered injuries when a private bus collided head-on with a truck on Monday night. While six people were killed on the spot, two more died at KIMS Hospital. The accident took place when the bus, heading to Bengaluru from Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur in Maharashtra, was trying to overtake a tractor and rammed the truck that was on its way to Dharwad from Hubballi. The deceased are Nagaraj B, 65, of Bengaluru, Babusa Chougule, 59, of Kolhapur, Atul Khan, 50, of Nagamangala, Mohammed Dayal Baig, 16, of Mysuru, Akshay Chakati, 30, of Ahmednagar, Aqeef Ayub, 24, Mohammed Aksan Khadirkhan, 24, and Mastan, 40, of Biswan in UP . Govt lifts import PUNJAB CM MANN SACKS duty on sunflower HIS CORRUPT MINISTER oil and soybean Whistleblower’s H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi AS part of its efforts to tackle mounting inflationary pressure, the Centre on Tuesday exempted import levy and cess on crude soybean oil and sunflower oil on a quantity of 20 lakh tonnes a year for two years. At the moment, there is a 5% agricultural infrastructure and development cess for importing these items. The latest move could bring relief to consumers as it will cool cooking oil prices. The government has already scrapped base customs duty on almost all edible oils, including palm oil and soybean oil, and imposed inventory limits to curtail hoarding. The decision comes in the backdrop of oil prices jumping as much as 17% last month. The overall retail inflation in April stood at a high 7.8%. India is one of the top im- porters of vegetable oil in the world. Prices of edible oils skyrocketed after the Ukraine-Russia war started and Indonesia put a ban on palm oil exports. In another development, the Centre also restricted sugar exports to 100 lakh tonnes to maintain enough domestic supply and prevent rise in prices. “Sugar mills and exporters need to take approvals in form of Export Release Orders from Directorate of Sugar, Department of Food and Public Distribution,” a government statement read. EXPRESS READ Karnataka HC to SEC: Hold TP/ZP poll exercise in 12 weeks The truck that caused the chilli sauce leak was seized at Makutta checkpost | EXPRESS Bus-truck crash near Hubballi, 8 killed, 26 hurt Bengaluru: The Karnataka HC on Tuesday directed the state government to complete the exercise of delimitation and providing reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in 12 weeks for holding Taluk Panchayats (TPs) and Zilla Panchayats (ZPs) elections. Within a week after this, the State Election Commission has to notify the poll process | P4 GIVING a dramatic push to probity in public life, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday sacked his health minister Dr Vijay Singla and got him arrested for seeking cut money for awarding government contracts and clearing payments. Singla was later produced before a local court, which remanded him in threeday police custody. For his part, Singla said, “It is conspiracy to defame the AAP and Bhagwant Mann government.” Both Singla and his Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pardeep Kumar were booked by the police under the Prevention of Corruption Act based on a complaint from Rajinder Singh, Superintending Engineer in the Punjab Health Systems Corporation. The FIR said Singla’s OSD Kumar had demanded that the officer fetch 2% commission for a construction contract worth `41 crore the minister had already cleared and for a separate payment of `17 crore made to contractors in March. Since the total amount involved was `58 crore, 2% works out to `1.16 crore. When Rajinder Singh brought the harassment to Mann’s notice, he was asked to gather proof. The officer then taped a meeting he had with Singla and Kumar, where they reiterated their demand for bribe and said the cut money should be paid to his nephew. The officer handed over the explosive tape to the Chief Minister’s Office. Mann is learnt to have then confronted the minister with the recording and asked if the voice on the tape was his. Singla reportedly replied in the affirmative and was sacked. He is a first-time MLA and minister, as are most ministers in the Punjab ministry . Mann put out a video message making the announcement. “We found substantial proof of his corruption. I do not care if the opposition wants to use this to hit out at us,” he nonchalently claimed. Mann also sought to take the high mor- dramatic complaint About a month ago, Rajinder Singh, Superintending Engineer in Punjab Health Systems Corporation, was called by Pardeep Kumar, OSD to Singla (pic), to room number 203 of Punjab Bhavan Kumar mentioned allotments of construction works worth L41 crore and a separate L17 crore already paid to contractors in March 2% of the total L58 crore or `1.16 crore should be paid as bribe, they said Singla was in a hurry to leave, but told the officer to fully trust Kumar. “Whatever Kumar says is what I intend to say,” he assured and left The officer refused and requested that he be sent back to his parent department. He is due to retire on November 30 al ground saying this is the second time in the country’s history that a minister has been sacked by his own party for graft. The first one, he added, was in 2015 when AAP founder and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chucked his own food supplies minister Asim Ahmed Khan on charges of corruption and handed him over to the CBI for questioning. Kejriwal, of course, was suitably impressed. “Your action has brought tears to my eyes,’’ he told Mann. But the Opposition mocked Kejriwal for claiming earlier that corruption had been completely eradicated in Punjab within just 10 days of the Mann government in the saddle.
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