CHENNAI TUESDAY JUNE 14, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION RECORD PRICE FOR IPL 2023-27 TELEVISION & DIGITAL RIGHTS 2.69 TIMES INCREASE FROM 2018-22 CYCLE While Star Network bagged the subcontinent rights for television as well as streaming rights in the 2018-22 cycle for `16,347.5 crore, this time, it is understood that the TV and digital rights went to two different bidders. The former was sold for `23, 575 crore and the latter for `20,500 crore, registering a cumulative 2.69 times increase in the price from 2018 | P15 While the e-auction is still ongoing for Packages C & D, the TV and streaming rights were sold for a combined `44,075 crore WHAT THE NUMBERS SAY SO FAR ■ ■ The television rights, for which the BCCI had set a base price of `49 crore per match for the 2023-27 cycle, went for`57.5 crore per match (`21, 275 crore for 370 matches with 74-94 games/season) Meanwhile the digital rights, with a base price of `33 crore/game, went up to a whopping `50 crore/game for the next 5 years US $5.64 BN SIZE OF THE TELEVISION AND DIGITAL RIGHTS 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 Love marriage: Bride’s kin murder couple in Thanjavur N R A M E S H @ Thanjavur AN intercaste couple, that got married five days ago, were hacked to death allegedly by the woman’s brother and a prospective groom for marrying against their wishes, near Kumbakonam here on Monday . The Chozhapuram police have arrested the duo. According to police, 24-yearold S Saranya, a resident of Thulukkaveli village near Kumbakonam, worked as a nurse in Chennai. She met 31year-old V Mohan, of Ponnur near Tiruvannamalai, in the capital five months ago and they fell in love. However, Saranya’s brother S Sakthivel (31) wanted her to marry his brother-in-law Ranjith, a resident of Devananchery in Thanjavur district, and conveyed the same to Saranya recently, sources added. Following this, Saranya and Mohan got married in Chennai last week and broke the news to her family over the phone. On hearing this, Sakthivel allegedly invited the couple to his house for a family reception. The couple arrived at Thulukkaveli on Monday and had lunch at his home. As Saranya and Mohan were getting ready to return to Chennai, Sakthivel and Ranjith allegedly attacked the couple with machetes. Grievously injured, the couple died on the spot. Police later retrieved the bodies. Sakthivel and Ranjith fled from the spot, but were later nabbed at the Kumbakonam bus stand, police added. Police sources said Saranya belonged to an SC community and Mohan was from a backward class community . G Ravali Priya, Superintendent of police, Thanjavur, visited the spot and told reporters, “There are eyewitnesses and their statements will be recorded.” MONDAY MAYHEM 53,010.95 52,853.29 9.15 am 9.30 am 52,846.70 3.30 pm Sensex sheds 1,456 points, or 2.6%, posting worst fall since May 19 Indian investors lost `7 lakh crore on Monday Japan’s Nikkei 225 down 3%, MSCI’s benchmark Asia-Pacific equity index slumped 2.66% Rupee closed at its lowest of US markets opened with over 3.5% slump against US $ Bitcoins lost over 15% to fall below FIIs sold `4,164 crore (provisional) worth of shares on Monday. So far in 2022, FIIs have sold `1.85 lakh crore worth of equities 78.03 $23,000 on Monday. It is now trading at one-third of its life time high of $67,500 RETAIL INFLATION COOLS, BUT STILL 7% M O N I K A YA D A V @ New Delhi A month after the RBI did some heavy lifting and the Centre cut fuel excise rates, the consumer price index (CPI) based-inflation fell to 7.04% in May In the month . before, it had hit an eightyear high of 7.78%. But compared to May last year’s figure of 6.3%, the inflation now is very much on the higher side. In fact, this is the fifth straight month when the CPI inflation is above the RBI’s upper band of 6%. The central bank has been mandated by the government to keep the inflation between 2% and 6%. Interestingly, rural inflation, which was higher than urban inflation in April, slipped below urban inflation in May Rural and urban . inflations stood at 7.01% and 7.08% respectively in May as against 8.38% and 7.09% in April. However, major components of the CPI basket, like food and beverages, pan and tobacco, clothing and footwear and fuel and light witnessed a sequential rise. In a bid to moderate inflation, the RBI on June 8 hiked the rate at which it lends to commercial banks by 50 basis points to 4.9%. An SBI research report sought to join issue with critics of the RBI’s intervention, saying, “We believe RBI is much ahead of the curve in controlling inflation.” Dr Sunil Kumar Sinha, Senior Director and Principal Economist, India Ratings and Research, said the RBI’s monetary tightening impacts the real economy with a lag of 6-9 months. He feels that the impact of fuel price cut on inflation will be felt much faster than RBI’s rate cut, but will be visible only in June’s numbers and thereafter. Upasana Bhardwaj of Kotak Bank expects the April-June inflation to average at 7.3%, lower than the RBI’s revised projection of 7.5%. Custodial death: Family claims it saw injuries on body, SHRC orders report G A U T H A M S E LV A R A J A N @ Chennai A day after the death of a history-sheeter, S Rajasekar alias Appu (33), in police custody at Kodungaiyur in Chennai, his mother Usha Rani on Monday said she had seen several external injuries on her son’s body and alleged he had been tortured by police. His family refused to accept the body after the post-mortem examination, which was conducted in the presence of the judicial magistrate. Speaking to reporters at Stanley Hospital, Usha said her son had been healthy and she could not accept the police’s claim that he’d suddenly developed seizures and died. She said the policemen involved in the case should be booked for murder. “The CM should look into the issue and provide us justice. I want my son’s to be the last death in police custody she said, alleging the police ,” had warned her and her family to remain silent on the issue. Although police claimed they had picked up Rajasekar for questioning in a jewellery theft case on Saturday morning, his family claimed he was taken i n t o c u s t o dy o n S u n d ay morning. Tamilselvan, Rajasekar’s family friend, told TNIE they would not take the body home as the post-mortem was con- ducted without their consent. “We only learnt of his death through TV channels,” he said. On Monday the State Human , Rights Commission took suo motu cognizance of the case and ordered Chennai City Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal to submit a report within four weeks. CONTINUED ON: P4 Man remanded in Nagai sub jail dies due to ‘alcohol withdrawal’ ANTONY FERNANDO @ Nagapattinam A 44-year-old man, who was arrested on June 9, died in Nagapattinam General Hospital on Monday while in judicial custody . Police had arrested J Sivasubramaniyan for allegedly assaulting a woman and her son. He was produced before a magistrate and remanded to the Nagapattinam sub jail for judicial custody but fell “ill” and was admitted to the Nagapattinam Government General Hospital on June 10. While police claimed he might have died due to withdrawal from alcohol, BJP president K Annamalai on Twitter raised concerns about Sivasubramaniyan’s death. “He was an alcoholic and had health issues like epilepsy We . suspect his condition worsened due to the withdrawal,” Nagapattinam SP G Jawahar said. P4 CWMA shouldn’t hold talks on Mekedatu: CM to PM Chennai: Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday requesting him to instruct the Ministry of Jal Shakthi (MoJS) to advise the Chairman of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), to desist from taking up any discussion on the Mekedatu project, till the issues are heard and decided by the Supreme Court (SC) P4 ED grills Rahul for about 10 hours Questions him in Herald case in two phases; Cong leader meets Sonia Gandhi at hospital EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Enforcement Directorate on Monday grilled Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over the alleged misappropriation of funds in the National Herald case amid vociferous protests by the party across the country claiming political vendetta. Rahul was questioned for almost 10 hours in two phases through the day. Three senior officials of the ED participated in the questioning. “The team consists of two Assistant Directors and one Deputy Director,” said a senior ED official. Rahul also submitted a written statement under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He has been asked to appear again for questioning on Tuesday . The ownership of the National Herald published by the Associated Jour nals Limited (AJL) was later transferred to Young Indian Pvt Ltd, a deal that is now under the lens. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi gestures as he leaves for the Enforcement Directorate’s office in New Delhi on Monday | SHEKHAR YADAV Pushed by police, PC suffers hairline crack Former Union minister P Chidambaram usffered a rib injury after he was pushed away by the police during the protest. He later said three big, burly policemen crashed into him, adding he was lucky to get away with a suspected hairline crack Accompanied by sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and party workers, Rahul reached the probe agency’s office on APJ Abdul Kalam Road amid heavy police deployment around 11.10 am. Priyanka sat with Rahul in a vehicle as the convoy of seven SUVs, escorted by armed CRPF personnel, entered the ED office. Only Rahul was let in. Around 2.10 pm, Rahul left the ED office for lunch and Three Kerala women sold to Kuwait families for `10 lakh each, rescued A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi THREE women from Kerala, who were sold to Kuwait families by a human trafficking racket for a price of `10 lakh each, were rescued and brought back to the state, thanks to timely intervention by a group of Malayalis in the Gulf country . M K Gassali, a Dubai-based Kannur native who is the kingpin of the racket, allegedly demanded a ransom of `3 lakh to release the women when their families approached him. Then the husband of one of the women approached the Malayali group and sent its members WhatsApp videos and voice clips featuring the torture the trio was facing. The collective approached the Kuwaiti authorities forcing Gassali to release them. Police said the racket had pasted notices in public spaces, including in Kochi and Kollam, inviting applications for the job of babysitters in Kuwait. The women fell for it because the recruitment was free and no money was collected from them even for visa processing and air ticket. The husband of one of the victims said at the time of recruitment his wife was promised a monthly salary of `60,000. In order to bypass Indian regu- ‘MORE ARE TRAPPED’ The three women have told the police that more persons are trapped in Kuwait. They said there was a Hindi-speaking woman with them. When the Malayali group intervened, her handlers shifted her to another location. There is no word yet on her condition lations, the racket took the women to Sharjah on a visit visa and later shifted them to Kuwait by road, police said. In Kuwait, they were sold to rich Arab families for `10 lakh each. The victims realised to their horror a few days later that they were trapped. They were subjected to torture by their new ‘owners’. Thankfully they had their mo, bile phones with them, and hence, could contact their families back home and inform them about their plight. On receiving the messages, the husband of one of the victims lodged a complaint with the police and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs through a Kochi-based lawyer, Nishin George V B. He also approached the Malayali group in Kuwait who ensured their release. EXPRESS READ Temple chariot crashes on devotees, two killed Dharmapuri: Two persons died and 10 others suffered injuries when the chariot of a temple at Mathehalli at Papparapatti crashed on devotees during a procession on Monday. Every year, in the Tamil month of Vaigasi, the Mathehalli temple organises a festival for Goddess Kali. The procession was taken out ahead of the main festival that is set to begin on Tuesday | P5 China steps into row over hate speech, slams India New Delhi: China on Monday waded into the controversy over derogatory comments against Prophet Muhammad with its foreign ministry saying India could have handled the issue better. “It is important to recognise differences and promote co-existence,” it said. Ironically, China’s treatment of its own minorities has drawn global anger LIC shares fall 5.85%, investors lose `1.8L cr AMAZON LOSES APPEAL TO SAVE New Delhi: The shares of the Life Insurance Cooperation of India fell 5.85% —its biggest single-day fall—on Monday to close at a record low price of `668.20 on the BSE. The stock fell for the tenth day running and is now 29% lower than the issue price. Following the record Monday crash, investors' cumulative loss has risen to `1.78 lakh crore | P13 DEAL WITH FUTURE The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on Monday rejected Amazon’s appeal against the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) suspension of the deal. The tribunal agreed with CCI that Amazon didn’t make full disclosure on the deal | P13 went to meet his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who is convalescing from Covid at the Sir Ganga Ram hospital. He took permission to make the visit. Rahul then joined the probe team again around 4 pm and stayed on till late night. To manage the march the party took out from its 24, Akbar Road headquarters to the ED office before Rahul presented himself for questioning, the police had placed barricades at several places en route. All Congress bigwigs hit the streets in support of Rahul. A large number of party workers were taken under preventive custody for violating Section 144 CrPC that bans the assembly of more than four persons, which was imposed in central Delhi. Earlier in the day the police had advised peo, ple to avoid certain stretches in wake of the Congress march. The ED has summoned Sonia to appear before it on June 23 in connection with the case. P9 BACK TO ALL SMILES People dressed up as cartoon characters welcoming students to Government High School at Oomachikulam in Madurai on Monday | KK SUNDAR JAB-O-METER June 12 11,62,340 doses TAKE June 13 12,88,942 doses YOUR SHOT TOTAL: 1,95,33,79,289 NATIONWIDE JUNE 12 JUNE 13 TAMIL NADU JUNE 12 JUNE 13 Fresh cases 8,582 8,084 Fresh cases Recoveries 4,435 4,592 Recoveries Deaths 4 10 Deaths 249 148 0 255 134 0 Next year on, legal edu in 12 Indian languages K A V I TA B A J E L I - D AT T @ New Delhi A national committee for developing regional languages in legal education has been constituted by the Bar Council of India (BCI), which will discuss teaching law in 12 Indian languages in over 1,000 colleges. The committee, chaired by Justice S A Bobde, retired Chief Justice of India, plans to roll out textbooks for law students in regional languages by the 2023-24 academic session. Manan Kumar Mishra, chairman of the Bar Council of India (BCI), said the committee would ensure publication of good legal textbooks in region- al languages so that law institutions would not have any difficulty in impar ting le g al education in local languages. BCI rules already allow legal education in local languages, said Mishra, the working president of the panel. Chamu Krishna Shastry Chairman, Bharati, ya Bhasha Samiti, under the Union education ministry said it is a his, toric step that will go a long way in shaping a legal education system rooted in Indian ethos as envisaged in the National Education Policy . He said there is not much study material in local languag- es for law students at present. “The need is to produce quality legal textbooks. There are some legal books in Hindi and Tamil, but not in other local languages,” Shastry, who is one of the members of the committee, told this newspaper. He said the focus this year is on producing good quality content and textbooks in local languages. Law colleges will then be requested to start using them from 2023-24. Other members on the panel include Justice L Narasimha Reddy; Prof M Jagadesh Kumar, chairman, UGC; Prof Ishwara Bhat, former Vice-Chan- cellor, National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata and Karnataka Law University; Dr S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Vice-Chancellor, Sastra University Tamil Nadu; and , Dr Gopakumar Sharma, Joint Secretary UGC. , While local languages are used in the lower judiciary, in high courts and Supreme Court, the language is mainly English. “There will be pressure on courts to translate judgments in local languages. About 90% of people are denied justice because they don’t understand laws or comprehend judgments that impact their lives,” Shastry added.
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