BENGALURU TUESDAY MAY 31, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 18 LATE CITY EDITION VISA U.K. TO OFFER VISAS TO GRADS OF WORLD’S TOP UNIVERSITIES Graduates from the world’s top 50 universities will now be able to work in the UK under the new High Potential Individual visa route BID TO ATTRACT THE ‘BEST AND BRIGHTEST’ CONDITIONS TO APPLY FOR THE SCHEME The scheme will be available to alumni of the top non-UK universities who have graduated in the past five years. The system is aimed at attracting the ‘best and brightest’ talent from around the world. Successful applicants will be given a two-year work visa, while those with PhD will get a threeyear visa even if they don’t have a specific job offer in hand ■ To qualify, a person must have attended a university which appeared in the top 50 of at least two of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings or The Academic Ranking of World Universities, in the year in which they graduated £715 THE APPROXIMATE COST OF BRITAIN’S NEW HIGH POTENTIAL INDIVIDUAL (HPI) VISA 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 AAP minister arrested for alleged money laundering ED claims he used shell companies, hawala channels; party says it’s vendetta as Satyendar Jain is in-charge of poll-bound Himachal tan Projects Pvt Ltd and JJ IdeThe AAP described it as poal Estate Pvt Ltd. The properties litical vendetta aimed to arrest of Jain’s family members — the party’s growth in pollTHE Enforcement Directorate Swati Jain, Sushila Jain and bound Himachal Pradesh as (ED) on Monday arrested Delhi Indu Jain were also attached. Jain is the AAP’s state inhealth minister Satyendar Jain “Investigation by the ED re- charge. Himachal is expected to in connection with a money vealed that during the go to polls in just a few laundering case, based on a period 2015-16, when months from now. 2017 FIR lodged by the Central Satyendar Kumar Jain AAP leader Sanjay Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was a public servant, Singh said, “The peoagainst the Aam Aadmi Party the above mentioned ple who were the own(AAP) lawmaker. companies beneficially ers of these companies Jain had allegedly received owned and controlled during 2015-2017 have funds through shell companies by him, received acconfessed to their linked to him and used it to pur- commodation entries crimes in the court and chase agricultural land in and to the tune of `4.81 clearly submitted that around Delhi. He had been crore from shell comall the money belongs Satyendar Jain questioned multiple times in panies against cash to them. The court has the past. The chargesheet in transferred to Kolkata-based also accepted this point. The the case was filed in 2018. entry operators through the ha- ED summoned Jain seven times Last month, the ED attached wala route. These amounts in 2018 but they could not find immovable properties worth were utilised for direct pur- anything against him. ED took `4.81 crore belonging to compa- chase of land or for the repay- no action since 2019 and the nies related to the case — Akin- ment of loan taken for purchase case appeared to have been chan Developers Pvt Ltd, Indo of agricultural land in and closed. Now it has been reoMetal impex Pvt Ltd, Paryas In- around Delhi,” the ED said in pened before the Himachal fosolutions Pvt Ltd, Manglaya- its statement. elections. This is nothing but yet another instance of the BJP manhandling the state machin`1.47 CRORE DISPROPORTIONATE ASSETS: CBI ery for political gains.” A CBI chargesheet filed in 2018 quantified the disproportionate assets However, the opposition BJP as B1.47 crore, about 217% more than Jain’s known sources of income and the Congress demanded during 2015-17. The Income Tax Department, too, had issued an order Jain’s immediate sacking from attaching the ‘benami assets’ allegedly linked to Jain the Delhi cabinet. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi (Clockwise from top) Videograb of a man picking up a media mic and landing a blow on farmer leader Rakesh Tikait during an event organised by a farmers’ outfit in Bengaluru on Monday; another man throws ink on Tikait; ink splashed all over the face of the farmer leader (inset) | SHRIRAM BN Tikait attacked, ink thrown on his face, 3 held in B’luru M A N J U S H E T TA R @ Bengaluru BHARATIYA Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait was attacked by three people at Gandhi Bhavan in Bengaluru on Monday when he was about to address a press conference. The three accused smeared the farmer leader’s face with black ink and tried to hit him with a mic. The trio, who have been arrested, reportedly told the police that they were upset with Tikait and others for not talking in Kannada and also for attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi in their speeches. The arrested have been identified as Bharath Shetty, Pradeep and Shivakumar, members of Karnataka Sangatanegala Okkoota. At around 11 am, Tikait, along with other leaders was at Gandhi Bhavan to take part in an event, ‘Farmer’s Movement: Introspection and Clarification’ over allegations against state farmer leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar that he took bribes to end farmers’ protests on Delhi border. When Kavitha Kuragunti, a woman farmer leader was speaking in Telugu, a group of people demanded that she speak in Kannada. In the melee, the three accused charged at Tikait and splashed ink on his face and tried to hit him on the head with a mic. Tikait however protected himself by holding the mic with his hand. High drama prevailed at the venue as it led to a clash between two groups who indulged in throwing plastic P4 chairs at each other. Kuvempu row: Writers, 1, 2, 3. Women at the apex of all-India ranks leaders, seers mount 24 CANDIDATES FROM pressure on Bommai UPSC 2021 RESULTS I F R A H M U F T I @ New Delhi GIRLS bagged all the top three slots in the civil services examination 2021. Shruti Sharma, Ankita Agarwal and Gamini Singla secured the first, second and third rank, respectively, according to the final results announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday . UPSC topper Shruti is from Delhi. She Shruti Sharma did her graduation in History (Hons) from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College. Although she joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University she could not com, plete her course as she went ahead and took admission at Jamia Millia Islamia’s Residential Coaching Academy for UPSC aspirants. Shruti is among the 23 students of Jamia who cleared UPSC this year. Currently she is pursuing MA , Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. “My first preference is the Uttar Pradesh cadre where I originally belong. Uttar Pradesh has larger opportunities and many sectors where I wish to work,” she said. Second rank holder Ankita, a native of West Bengal, is currently training with Indian Revenue Services (Customs and Indirect Taxes) at Faridabad in Haryana. She pursued her graduation in economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. Thereafter, she joined a corporate house and worked for a while but quit the job to pursue her civil service dreams. She got into IRS in 2019 but continued to chase her goal to join the IAS. Gamini, the third rank holder, did her BTech in computer science from the Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh. Singla’s parents are medical officers working with the Himachal Pradesh government. On women bagging the top three positions in the exam, she said, “This shows women are capable of achieving anything through their hard work and dedication.” AISHWARYA VERMA IS MEN’S TOPPER K’TAKA CLEAR EXAMS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Avinash Rao Avinash, who secured 31st all-India rank, has emerged as the topper for Karnakata state Aruna Mahalingappa Despite losing her farmer father to suicide over debt crisis, Aruna has secured 308 all-India rank EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru TWENTY-FOUR candidates from Karnataka have cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services 2021 examination, results of which were announced on Monday. As many as 685 candidates qualified for the exams which took place in January 2022. Of the 24 candidates from Karnataka, Avinash Rao from Davanagere has secured 31st all-India rank. Another candidate Benaka Prasad N J has secured 92nd all-India rank. The 308th rank holder, Aruna Mahalingappa, turned out to be an inspiration to the children of farmers who face debt crisis due to price crash and other issues. Having lost her father Mahalingappa, who ended his own life over debts when she was studying her second semester of Bachelor of Engineering in Instrumentation Technology branch at Siddaganga Institute of Technology in Tumakuru, she took it as a challenge to crack the UPSC and did it. Avinash Rao, who is the topper for Karnataka, is the son of hotelier Vittal Rao from Kumbashi in Kundapura taluk of Udupi district. Speaking to TNIE from Bengaluru, Avinash said: “During the last one year, since the completion of my law graduation from the National Law School of India University , I had been preparing for the civil services CONTINUED ON: P5 examination.” PRESSURE has started mounting on Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to remove Rohith Chakrathirtha from the post of chairman of Karnataka Textbooks Revision Committee, over his remarks about the state anthem. Close on the heels of A d i ch u n ch a n a g i r i Mutt head Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swami writing to Bommai, urging action against those who distorted Naadageethe (state ant h e m ) w r i t t e n by ‘Rashtrakavi’ Kuvempu -- ‘Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate Jayahe Karnataka Maate...” -literary figures have started resigning from gover nment posts. Nadoja Hampa Nagarajaiah on Monday resigned as chairman of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Pratishtana, Kuppalli. “Kuvempu brought glory to Kannada and Karnataka by getting the first Jnanpith award. The government set up the Pratishtana in his name, beside conferring the Karnataka Ratna on him. But the government has given a responsible post to a person who had insulted Kuvempu and the respectful community he hailed from, instead of taking action,” he mentioned in the letter. He felt the government being a mute spectator was a dangerous development, and sent a wrong message that those who badmouth the state anthem get opportunities as members of government committees. “The hope that the government will not tolerate attacks on personalities went in vain, and it is difficult for me to keep silent over insults to Kuvempu and Naadageethe,” he elaborated, appealing to the chief minister to accept his resignation. CONTINUED ON: P4 EXPRESS READ Infy Metro station to get green certification Bengaluru: In a first for Namma Metro, the Infosys Konappana Agrahara station (earlier known as Electronic City-2) on the 18-km RV RoadBommasandra Line is likely to get a certification from the prestigious Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), India’s premier body for energy efficiency assessment | P2 Loudspeaker deadline ends, no SOPs yet Bengaluru: The deadline for applying and getting permission for use of loudspeakers, public address (PA) systems and any soundproducing instruments in Karnataka ended on May 25 with “no sign of SOPs in sight yet to implement the order,” sources told TNIE | P4 RS POLLS Cross-voting worries for BJP, Congress B A N S Y K A L A P PA @ Bengaluru EVEN as former Union minister Jairam Ramesh and KPCC general secretary Mansoor Ali Khan filed their nominations for Rajya Sabha elections on Monday, there were concerns within Congress over cross-voting. Hours later, BJP announced its third candidate MLC Lehar Singh Siroya, taking the contest a notch higher. BJP on Sunday announced Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and actor Jaggesh as its candidates. But after Congress ambitiously propped up its second candidate, BJP, seemingly as an afterthought, announced Lehar Singh’s candidature on Monday evening. Lehar Singh is a member of the Legislative Council whose term ends shortly All the three BJP candidates . are expected to file their nomination papers on Tuesday, the last day to file nominations. BJP has 121 MLAs and will need 92 votes for its two nominees Nirmala Sitaraman and CONTINUED ON: P4 Jaggesh. `500 is the most faked note; RBI DGCA acts against KIA’s ATC officials PM CARES to introduce new security features Fourth rank holder Aishwarya Verma is not a girl. Hailing form Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Verma has emerged the men’s topper. Utkarsh Dwivedi got the fifth rank for near collision of 2 Indigo flights S L A L I T H A @ Bengaluru THE civil aviation regulatory body, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has issued strict enforcement action against two officials of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) unit of the Kempegowda International Airport for a near collision between two Indigo flights here on January 7. The action follows completion of an inquiry by DGCA. The New Indian Express was the only paper to report the near mid-air collision between 6E 455 (Bengaluru to Kolkata) and 6E 246 (Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar), which took off simultaneously from the north and south runways of KIA. Though they were involved in a breach of separation at the airport, the incident was not reported to DGCA. DGCA Director-General Arun Kumar told TNIE on Monday, “We recently took strict action against those responsible for the serious incident after completing the regulatory investig ation. The licence of the north tower controller, who was also the WSO (Watch Supervisory Officer) of the shift, has been suspended for three months for failing to comply with numerous rules. A warning letter has been issued to the tower supervisor for not monitoring the activities of the ATC tower and not reporting the incident.” CONTINUED ON: P5 REACHING OUT TO COVID ORPHANS Over 4,000 Covid-19 orphaned children will get a monthly stipend of `4,000, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday as he unveiled `10 lakh support under the PM Cares for Children Scheme | P10 NATIONWIDE MAY 29 MAY 30 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 2,828 2,035 14 2,706 2,070 25 KARNATAKA MAY 29 MAY 30 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 241 98 0 166 101 0 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT May 29 2,28,823 doses May 30 11,67,191 doses TOTAL DOSES 1,93,43,51,597 C H A N D A N N A N D Y @ New Delhi THE RBI’s decision to introduce new security features in high denomination banknotes and the inordinate delay in physically examining foreign suppliers’ production facilities and capacities have stalled the printing of new currency notes even as the number of detected fake `500 and `2,000 notes went up by a whopping 110% and 55%, respectively in FY22. , One of the new features is counterfeit-proof security threads and paper- and inkbased taggants, RBI sources said. The taggants, which are manufactured by US-based Stardust Materials LLC, will replace the ‘M Feature’ (a chem- ical), which are specifically for high-security paper makers. Only select RBI experts can identify ‘M’. The ‘M Feature’ is specific to each country . Taggants are chemical and physical markers embedded in banknotes for reinforcing their security They are used to dis. tinguish authentic products from counterfeits and provide identifying information for ease of traceability . The detection of fake notes of all denominations in FY22 went up over FY21’s numbers. While 2,08,625 pieces of fake notes were found in FY21, the figure was 2,30,971 in FY22. There was a 55% jump in the number of fake `2,000 notes. Sources said considering the “massive” jump in the detection of fake `500 notes, the thrust now is to allow foreign companies to make stronger security features for the banknotes. This, the sources said, is because the post-demonetisation series of banknotes contain “weak” security features — the security thread being the most critical — manufactured P9 by Indian companies.
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