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36 killed in Shanghai

BEIJING: A stampede, caused
by the rush to grab coupons
resembling 100-dollar bills by
revellers thronging a popular
venue in Shanghai, killed 36 on
Wednesday. Witnesses said the
coupons were being emptied
from the third floor of a
building in the Bund area.



Ministers meet Pranab
NEW DELHI: Three senior Union
Ministers had met President
Pranab Mukherjee to explain
the urgency in promulgating
the ordinance on land
acquisition before he cleared it.


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NITI Aayog is new policy body
PM Modi to head panel that will give strategic advice
Puja Mehra
It’s aniti,
NEW DELHI: On New Year’s Day,
the Modi government set up
durniti, says
NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India)
in place of the Planning Commission. The Prime Minister
will head the new institution
tasked with the role of formulating policies and direction
for the government. Its governing council will comprise
the Chief Ministers and the
Lieutenant Governors of
Union Territories.
The Prime Minister will appoint the Aayog’s Vice-Chairperson and Chief Executive
Officer. Asian Development
Bank’s former Chief Economist Arvind Panagariya is
tipped to be the first
The government plans to
adopt a “Bharatiya” approach
to development, says the resolution of the Union Cabinet
for setting up the Aayog. India
needs an administration paradigm in which the government is an enabler rather than
a provider of first and last resort, it says.
The Aayog will recommend
a national agenda, including
strategic and technical advice
on elements of policy and economic matters. It will also develop
village-level plans and aggregate these progressively at
higher levels of government.

Asian Development
Bank’s former Chief
Economist Arvind
Panagariya is tipped
to be the first
The institutions of governance and policy have to adapt
to new challenges and must
be built on the founding principles of the Constitution, the
resolution says. On the planning process, it says that there
is a need to separate the process from the strategy of

Transforming India, it further says, will involve changes
of two types — consequences
of market forces and those
that would be planned. “The
maturing of our institutions
and polity also entails a diminished role for centralised
planning, which itself needs
to be redefined.”
A state-of-the-art resource
centre for good governance
practices is also proposed.
The Planning Commission
was set up in March 1950
through a Cabinet Resolution,
which the Modi government
scrapped in August 2014.

NEW DELHI: The Opposition on
Thursday criticised as mere
“fluff” and “gimmickry” the
government’s decision to
restructure the Planning
Commission and rename it NITI
Aayog, and voiced
apprehension that it would
discriminate against the States
and help “corporates call the
shots” in policymaking.
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member
Sitaram Yechury termed the
renaming of the Planning
Commission as “aniti and
durniti” [no policy and bad
policy]. “If the government
wants to greet people with fluff
and not substance on the first
day of 2015, then there is
nothing more that can be said,”
he said. “It being the
stakeholder in the process, I am
afraid, is going to discriminate
against the States,” Congress
leader Manish Tewari said.
Veteran CPI leader Gurudas
Dasgupta said dismantling of
the Planning Commission would
lead to an unregulated
economy. “It is not a change of
name. The Planning Commission
is being abolished because they
[government] don’t believe in
planning,” he said. — PTI

INTERNATIONAL NGOS Four more under scanner

Govt. targets climate groups
MHA says it will not compromise on national interest
Suhasini Haidar
& Meena Menon
NEW DELHI: After taking action against the international environment group
Greenpeace, the government has clamped down on
four American NGOs working in the same field —
Avaaz, Bank Information
Centre (BIC), Sierra Club
Over the past month, the
Ministry of Home Affairs
(MHA) has directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to
stop all foreign funding into
the accounts of these NGOs
or their representatives
without MHA clearance. A
letter issued by the Director of the Monitoring unit
for NGOs said it had been
decided “to keep a watch on
all the activities funded by
U.S.-based donor agencies”
and lists the four groups.
The order could create a
controversy ahead of U.S.
President Barack Obama’s
visit to India this month,
given that the U.S. has in
the past issued statements
regarding India’s restrictions on international
In 2013, after India took
similar action against antinuclear groups in Kudankulam, the U.S. State Department had denied it was
linked to the NGOs, but

said such groups “are
among the essential building blocks of any healthy
democracy.” Later, the
funding for Greenpeace
was also frozen.
As a result of the latest
MHA order, every fund
transfer from abroad for
their activists in India will
be held back pending clearance.

According to RBI records, the international
NGOs were not registered
with the government. Neither had their employees in
India applied for FCRA
clearance. The MHA is also
going to inquire into all remittances into India from
these groups since January

Cheaper aviation fuel
will not help fliers

Car, utility vehicles prices in the fast lane RSS plans big rural push

Lalatendu Mishra


MUMBAI: With Brent crude

prices touching the $57 per
barrel level, Indian oil marketing companies on Thursday reduced jet fuel (ATF)
prices by 12.5 per cent but
this is not going to translate
into lower airfares.
Aviation Turbine Fuel
prices have reduced by 26
per cent from the June 2014
level, while crude prices
have crashed over 50 per
Airlines in India, suffering
from high losses by running
below cost of operations, are
unwilling to pass on the benefits to air passengers. “Had
we run a super-profitable
business, we could have reduced fares. Currently, all

Airlines suffering
from high losses are
unwilling to pass on
benefits to passengers
fares are below cost. Revenue
per km in a sector like Delhi
and Mumbai is maximum Rs.
7, which is far cheaper than
auto and taxi fares. Fares in
India are market-driven not
cost-driven, so we are incurring heavy losses. With jet
fuel prices moderating, we
will recover some losses.
There is no scope for slashing
airfares,” said the finance
head of an airline.

G. Balachandar &
Yuthika Bhargava
passenger cars and utility vehicles are set to go up in the
New Year following the Union
government’s decision to stop
concessional excise duty rates
with effect from December 31.

Car manufacturers such as
Hyundai and Honda have already increased prices, and
Toyota and Maruti may follow
The UPA government, in
the Interim Budget presented
last February, announced
lower excise duties for automobiles until June 30, 2014,

as support to the industry
which was in the grip of a
slowdown. The new government extended it to until December 31.
(With inputs from Ramnath Subbu in Mumbai)


Jatin Gandhi

remained an urban and suburban phenomenon, though
NEW DELHI: The Rashtriya its affiliates such as Sewa
Swayamsevak Sangh will Bharti had been working exgive thrust to expanding its tensively in the villages.
base in rural India this year.
“Of the 6.5 villages in the
The rural expansion country, our vichaar [ideas]
drive, which was decided at a reach approximately two
three-day meeting in Agra in lakh villages in some form or
the first week of November, the other,” an RSS official
is aimed at recruiting cadres said.
for the Sangh and its affilWhile RSS literature and
iates at the village level.
“sewa” (social work) reach
After helping the BJP the villages, the penetration
come to power, the RSS feels of shakhas — the primary
this is the right time for it to daily unit of RSS activity —
consolidate and build a base remains low.
in the villages where it is
RSS official sources in
lacking, informed sources Nagpur, however, undersaid. A cross-section of RSS played the rural thrust.
officials that
mitted that the Sangh had EXPANSION | PAGE 10

Last year also saw the
leak of an IB report titled
“Concerted efforts by select
foreign-funded NGOs to
take down Indian development projects.” It contended
foreign-funded environmental NGOs were targeting development projects
across the country. Apart
from Greenpeace, Sierra
Club and were
mentioned in Annexure B
of the IB report in a graph.
Home Ministry and Foreign Ministry officials did
not comment on the order
and declined to speak about
why U.S.-based NGOs had
been singled out for


Akal Takht
rejects Amritsar
Sarabjit Pandher
CHANDIGARH: The Akal Takht,
the highest temporal authority of the Sikhs, has rejected the “re-conversion”
on December 30 of 128 persons to the faith, saying the
proper procedure was not
The Ghar vapsi would not
be acceptable unless the
Sikh tenets were followed,
the Takht has said, warning
against any such attempts in
the future.



Four bodies found
burnt inside a car
Ashok Kumar
GURGAON: The charred bodies

of four young men were
found inside a badly burnt
car in neighbouring Bahadurgarh on Thursday. All
four deceased belonged to
different areas of SouthWest Delhi.
The victims have been
identified as Manish, Manjit,
Sudhir and Deepak. While
Deepak, aged about 18 years,
belonged to Samaspur village, the remaining three,
aged between 30-35 years,
were residents of Mitraon
The gruesome incident
came to light when one of
the villagers in Ishar Heri
village of Jhajjar district
spotted the burnt car and
called the police.
“While two bodies were
on the rear seat, the remaining two were stuffed inside
the boot. It is suspected that
the four were murdered and
the bodies were burnt to
avoid detection,” said Superintendent of Police
(Jhajjar) Rajesh Duggal.
The police identified the
four with the help of the vehicle chassis number. The
police suspect it to be a case

The police suspect
that the four men
were murdered and
their bodies burnt to
avoid detection
of gang rivalry.
“One of the deceased,
Manish, had a rivalry with a
young man in his village.
Also, Manish’s brother is in
jail in connection with a
murder case. These murders could be the result of a
gang war,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Bahadurgarh) Kaptan Singh.
He added that the postmortem report was awaited
to know the cause of death.
“It is premature to say
whether the four were shot
and then set afire. We are
waiting for the post-mortem report to know the
cause of death,” said Mr.
He said that victims’ families refused to get the case
registered in Bahadurgarh.
“They demanded that the
case should be registered in
Delhi. No case has been registered at Bahadurgarh so
far,” said Mr. Singh.


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Staff Reporter tary inspector for the East Delhi Municipal Corporation was shot dead close to his house near Shahadra on Thursday. we will proceed further. No case has been registered so far. U. A total of 305 car drivers. 489 in 2012. it found several cars parked outside the farmhouse. Onlookers known to Mr. Mr. armed with breath-analyzers. Pitampura. The argument snowballed into a scuffle and the three men started assaulting Tikander Aadhikari who fought back. 201306. however.delhipolice. A. it will trigger a 30second audio and video recording on the phone which will be relayed to the Police Control Room and the victim will get a call back from the PCR”. A police team rushed to the spot and rescued the men. 418 in 2011 . said the police. Editor. Ram at Kasturi Buildings. He was not on duty at the time of the alleged offence.Safdarjang Development Area. Suprabhat Group: Sangam Park.A. Increased deployment and on-the-spot action against errant drivers. Satya Public School Galli. 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The manager of the property in Fatehpur Beri.Awareness Group:CD Block Delhi Government dispensary.A. 2015 DELHI TODAY RISE Jan 02 FRI 07 14 SET 17 37 RISE 15 28 SET 04 21 Jan RISE 07 14 Jan RISE 07 14 03 SET 17 38 RISE 16 17 SET 05 16 04 SET 17 39 RISE 17 09 SET 06 08 SAT Raid at farmhouse Staff Reporter NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on The hosts were serving liquor without obtaining licence Thursday raided a South Delhi farmhouse where alcohol was allegedly being served to a large gathering without permission. a total number of 986 motorists were prosecuted for committing various violations which included 54 for dangerous driving and 608 motorists for drunken driving. An SMS alert will also be sent to minimum of five friends and relatives of the user and a status will be posted on her Facebook and Twitter timeline which will be connected to the app. who has been named as the organiser. The application was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday. 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The accident was the second fatal crash on the 165-km expressway from Greater Noida to Agra in a span of one week. Street. DEATH Swine flu case reported on year’s first day NEW DELHI: The year’s first case 40-year-old woman in of swine flu was reported on Thursday. On December 24. said an official statement here on Thursday. taking the figure to Bawana tests positive 39 since last year. Arushi and Akanksha. a large number of Delhiites living in houses on government land (Nazul land) and whose term leases have expired have got a major relief as such properties can now be converted from leasehold to freehold at an “affordable” cost. “Her samples were sent to the National Center for Disease Control and it was confirmed that she has been affected by the swine flu virus. Despite fog in the morning.visories to commuters asking Commuters complained of lah flyover by the Public them to avoid Central Delhi.” Das work related to the second the traffic police issuing adadded. “Two of the girls were MBA students in Greater Noida. one Sumit Das and the driver of the car.8 degrees. Shivani. Shekhar. it does not appear to be a case of drunken The mangled remains of the car that hit a divider at a high speed. closed. The scheme applicable to residential properties will be operational till 31.” said Mr. said Dankaur Station Officer (SO) Praveen Kumar Yadav. fog had led to a massive 27-vehicle pile-up that killed two per- sons on the expressway The next day.2 lakh per 100 sq m plot depending on the number of years since the term lease expired.2015. As per the Ministry’s decision. The Capital reported three cases of swine flu on Tuesday and Wednesday.A view of the massive traffic jam at Connaught ing the evening rush hour and Place on Thursday. said a senior Health Ministry official.6 degrees Celsius. Mother Teresa movement on the Aurobindo being affected on Ashoka Crescent and Shanti Path. and Akanksha. Marg. Though they were out to celebrate the New Year with a long drive. “The entire C-Hexagon was choc-a-bloc with vehicles dur. JANUARY 2. PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA there were no traffic police personnel to be seen. While heavy traffic was reported at the Ashram Chowk on Mathura Road and from Naraina to Rajouri Garden due to construction work being undertaken there by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. six people were travelling in the Verna car when the accident occurred between Noida International University and Galgotia’s University in Greater Noida on Thursday at 2 a. Urban Development Minister M.” said Charan Singh. . for H1N1 virus According to the Delhi Government Health Department. a 40-year-old woman H1N1 virus and has been adfrom Bawana in North-West mitted to Maharishi Valmiki Delhi has tested positive of Government Hospital. Venkaiah Naidu has approved this after extensive discussions with all the concerned. the Delhi Development Authority would facilitate such conversion to freehold against payment in the range of about Rs. phase of the elevated Barapul. the statement said. Road and other stretches that Meanwhile. “It is a case of overspeeding. the sun came out later in the day. Lavanya.PTI DEATH CM YK ND-ND . Ferozeshah Road. the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority had asked the Central Road Research Institute to conduct a study to find out why the road was so accident-prone. According to the local police. – PTI NOIDA: Three women in their early 20s died in a car crash on the Yamuna Expressway in the early hours of the New Year when the car they were travelling in hit a divider and turned turtle. The three young women. Addi- BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCE tional Director (Public Health) at Health Department. The other three passengers in the car were injured and are stable.m. 2015 Three killed in E-way mishap Students in their 20s die as car hits divider Staff Reporter NEW DELHI: Ahead of the AsNEW DELHI: Massive vehicular congestion gripped the Capital on Thursday with commuters complaining of jams in Central. South and West Delhi. DEATH ANNIVERSARIES sembly polls.” said severe congestion on adjacent Works Department caused Rakesh Das. died instantly. a notch above the season’s average. Nagar crossing to INA to be “Because of congestion Mandi House. “State Governments have been advised to have sufficient stocks of medicines and consumables. severe congestion was also reported from the C-Hexagon near India Gate which had a spill-over effect across Central Delhi. a private routes such as Parliament the carriageway from Sewa executive. The minimum was 8. Yadav. PTI NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU New Year jam: Metro work gridlocks traffic across city Staff Reporter Conversion of leasehold to freehold approved FRIDAY.12. traffic was evidently Raisina Road. Shivani.4 CITY/NCR Pleasant weather New Delhi: It was a good beginning to the New Year for Delhiites with the maximum temperature settling at 21. Advisories have been issued to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for close monitoring of the situation. Lodhi Road. PHOTOS: ANKIT PANDEY driving. hence affecting traffic there.” The injured persons included a Delhi University student. The decision will benefit Delhi residents living for several years on all the 23 Nazul Estates with expired term leases. construction The jam occurred despite lead to the location. (Bottom) Victims Arushi.

Asaram Bapu’s Trust has now submitted a compliance report before the National Green Tribunal saying there has been no change in its structure since 2002. which has constituted a factfinding committee to look into the incident. Ghaziabad. All others. the Transport Department here has invited applications to issue 10. Soldier Rajesh Shukla had moved the High Court seeking quashing of an order of the CRPF authorities who took a stand that no action was required to be taken for recommending his case for grant of gallantry award in connection with an incident on the night of September 12. all other conditions being equal. The CRPF authorities later rejected his case on the ground of delay in its referral to the headquarters. According to the DTC. but also pre-fitted with GPS devices.75 crore on salaries and Rs. even as it has not fulfilled the conditions imposed by the court.m. he succeeded in injuring a terrorist and rendering him incapable of running away. applications shall be received for a month between January and February 12 at the Department’s office in Burari. The NGT had on November 10 directed the Trust to remove all illegal structure on a petition filed by activist Sanjay Kumar. Jung on Wednesday to ask for help. In November 1996.” Ms. 17 low-floor DTC buses gutted at depot 5 Remembering Hashmi Damini Nath NEW DELHI: It may be unable to Vidya Shah performing during 26th Safdar Hashmi Memorial Function. officials added.200 crore. CM YK Kejriwal. For his brave act. The fire was brought under control by 5. Special cover for Kejriwal NEW DELHI: In order to avert attacks on chief Arvind Kejriwal. 1992. Asaram Trust tells NGT Akanksha Jain Congress releases first list of candidates for Assembly polls Raise taxes. Three-time former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. the DTC factfinding committee has also been asked to suggest measures to prevent re-occurrence of the incident. while Subhash Chopra has been fielded from his tradi- tional Kalkaji seat. The vacancy is part of the one-lakh cap fixed by the Supreme Court on the number of auto-rickshaws here. said: “In 2002. the petitioner took on a terrorist in order to save the other members of the troops.m. a police control room van stationed nearby alerted the DFS control room for assistance. beginning the day of the notification of the polls. Gurgaon and Delhi more or less seamless. including placing volunteers near the podium and cordoning off the area. The BJP leadership in the EDMC had met Mr.750 crore. AAP Deoli candidate Prakash Jarwal had placed volunteers near the stage so that no outsiders or suspecting element could come near the podium. as well as the candidates’ experience in the Capital’s political life. which includes payments to contractors for development work and pensions to widows that haven’t been disbursed since April 2013. Asif Mohammad Khan from Okhla. adding that the move hoped to ensure that more women drivers are allowed to enter the public transport sector here to make women feel more confident while making use of the same. barring Mr. Apart from nine former MLAs. for which there had not been many takers so far. making travel between locations in Noida. This is a sham. Haroon Yusuf from Ballimaran.B. but the cash-strapped East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has refused to increase taxes.10 crore on pensions every month. prominent party leaders from across northern India will be assigned one of the Capital’s 70 Assembly Constituencies each and be required to “assist party’s local candidate there”. does not figure in the list. Jai Kishan from Sultanpur Majra. Now before the NGT. East Delhi Mayor Meenakshi said Mr.312 sq.30 a. It is using the Supreme Court orders as a shield.” the DTC said in a statement. in New Delhi on Thursday. the buses were merely parked in the yard at the facility and “timely action” on the part of its officials allowed them to save at least three vehicles from the midst of flames and many more from sustaining similar damage. Meanwhile. The drivers who were available in the rest room removed 70 buses from the depot yard and parked them on the main road outside. the Trust told the Apex court that it will not carry out any permanent construction. the staff rushed towards the incident site to Special Correspondent NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has directed the Central Reserve Police Force to consider the case of a soldier for conferment of the President's Police Medal for Gallantry for his act of bravery 22 years ago in a gun battle with the members of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) in Punjab. she will play a major part in the party’s campaign behind the scenes. to maintain a safe distance between the stage and the audience. In the meantime. Chaudhary Mateen Ahmed from Seelampur. The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) said 10 tenders were despatched to the Ambedkar Terminal near Khanpur as soon as they received word about the incident around 3. However. Former Delhi unit chiefs Surender Kumar will contest from reserved seat Bawana. Seventeen low-floor air-conditioned Delhi Transport Corporation buses were gutted in a fire at the Ambedkar Nagar Depot in South Delhi early on Thursday morning. it had been decided to give preference to women applicants.” added a party leader. it was found to have violated its own affidavit. asking them to make their way to and camp upwards of a month in the Capital to assist the latter in mobilising support for the polls. The first list included Devender Yadav from Badli. The delegation comprised Nalin Chauhan. Prahlad Singh Sawhney from Chandni Chowk. Staff Reporter ‘Consider soldier for gallantry award’ NEW DELHI: An “accidental” fire gutted 17 air-conditioned low-floor buses of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) at one of its depots in South Delhi early on Thursday morning. a good 20 minutes after the said vehicles. Iqbal who recently joined Congress from the Janata Dal (United). The Delhi Government had promised to give that amount as grant. the Court had accepted the report of an inspection committee and said that an area of 4.STATE NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU FRIDAY. The terrorist was later identified as the deputy chief of KCF (Zaffarwal) group. among others. Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh from Gandhi Nagar and Hasan Ahmed from Mustafabad. Jung assured that he will take positive and timebound action in this regard. a youth in his 20s attempted to attack Mr. Amit Kumar. DTC chairman-cumCMD Debashree Mukherjee said: “We are pooling in available resources from other depots to ensure that services are not affected. While the total yearly revenue is Rs. Jung tells EDMC Jatin Anand pay employees’ salaries. but came in second and two former presidents of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC).. Last week. JANUARY 2. The AAP chief has been attacked twice in Delhi. besides creating new posts. who is representing the petitioner. Despite suffering a number of bullet in- juries. The EDMC spends Rs. the party is learnt to have formally written to leaders across the country. On whether the incident will affect bus services on routes the terminal caters to. Jung assured them of help. it emerged on Thursday that EDMC leaders have decided not to raise taxes to improve the civic body’s deficit.” said an official. But in 2009.000 auto-rickshaws invited Jatin Anand NEW DELHI: In a bid to ensure that the Capital gets the prescribed number of auto-rickshaws required for last-mile connectivity. As has already been reported.900 crore. Tyagi. Vinod Gupta.” the officer said. The incident sent officials scurrying to salvage as many vehicles as they possibly could before fire tenders arrived. are runners up.000 such permits. as the civic body’s financial situation had grown dire.421 crore when the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated in 2012. who was addressing a jan sabha at Tigdi in the Deoli Assembly constituency. “We will give preference to women drivers every day in terms of both collection of forms as well as issuance of permits.20 a.” Mr. However. The delegation said Mr. yards with a passage of six feet wide path be left under the occupation of the ashram and the rest be taken over by the Ridge Management Board. Though a senior official said the Department was seeking to clear the backlog of permits up for grabs. expenditure is Rs. Instead. police officers of Punjab and a CRPF Inspector-General recommended his name for conferring on him the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry. got engulfed by flames. DIPRA delegation meets L-G Staff Reporter NEW DELHI: A delegation of the Delhi Information and Public Relation Officers Association (DIPRA) met Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday and submitted a memorandum regarding revision of pay scale for officials of the Information Department. “The pattern on which the list of candidates was decided is based on considerations of popularity.335 crore. 2015 No permanent construction on Ridge. The Trust has made the claim even as a February 2009 order of a Forest Settlement Officer says the ashram failed to fulfil the conditions imposed by the Supreme Court by carrying out additional construction. the EDMC was given a loan of Rs. according to a senior leader. including latest entrant to the party’s Delhi unit Shoaib Iqbal. development work initiated by them. Meanwhile. the statement said. According to the notification. Advocate Gaurav Bansal. — PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA Applications for 10. said: “We can’t put any additional burden on the residents of East Delhi. NEW DELHI: After being direct- ed to demolish all illegal constructions in and around its ashram in Central Ridge. — PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT defuse the fire by using fire extinguishers. organised by SAHMAT. The Trust is trying to hoodwink one and all.” In its affidavit before the NGT. the Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu Trust has said that there is no change in permanent construction subsequent to the 2002 Supreme Court order.1. the Aam Aadmi Party has taken several steps. which were supposedly queued up for refuelling. The fire-fighting operation took nearly two hours. The applicants have been asked to ensure that their vehicles are not only new. it is once again saying that no permanent construction has been carried out after 2002. “These new auto-rickshaws will also be allowed to ply to and from adjacent locations in the National Capital Region. the list includes the names of leaders who contested the previous Assembly elections. who was present at the meeting. A meeting of senior Delhi Government officials and EDMC Commissioner Amit Yadav is also on the cards this week. Tyagi explained that the EDMC suffered a loss of Rs. NEW DELHI: The Delhi Con- gress rang in the New Year on Thursday by declaring a list of 24 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections. — PTI ND-ND . Standing Committee chairperson B. The civic body’s dues currently amount to Rs. despite being advised to do so by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung. During a search operation against KCF terrorists in Punjab. who lost to Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal. Chandan Kumar and Urmila Beniwal. Mukherjee told The Hindu. “As soon as the fire was noticed.


extreme praise (7) 11 Account delayed to cause trouble (3. RJD MP from Madwatched the film. But this desire has to become an obsession so that he remains steadfast in realising this. Mark Schultz. the bird safe habitat. “I too will soon watch it. HowMinisters and party leaders ever. it is said (5) 22 Street cut. In a discourse. Solution to puzzle 11281 OU T B R E P R A TWE E T E I M E C O O K B S R B J I G O S L S H O C K T U MO R T A L A M D R E A L M S K S A S P H I N X A K C U R S T A I L I N D H G L E O L S E L L O F E A R T L E I N B M I N R I S I S E W E A X I E D R N I S I G H T I I L I N G O E G N E R R C P C OMA U H I S T E I N E R E D B E N D ND-ND . and even photographed by V.” Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said on Thursday.The Hindu. The Government. Raiganj is the only place in heswaran.declared that there was tertaining but also creates nothing objectionable in the awareness and has a positive film.” Mumbai on Wednesday.5) 17 Avoids backward animals held by crooked desis (9) 19 Chen and Leo together brought about order (7) 20 I paced hurriedly to book a cycle-rickshaw (7) 22 Reveal second modus operandi (4) 23 Row about Mumbai's top track official (5) 25 Say evil-doing overwhelms leader of Odisha (5) Special Correspondent LUCKNOW: Apna Dal MP from Pratapgarh. has load to draw together (7) 28 Callers pass over dilemma in getting stationery items to keep papers (4-7) Down 1 Turns away disorderly sergeants (9) 2 A small group is a good thing (5) CM YK 3 Made a mistake — tore roughly at junction (7. who is portrayed by Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher.000 birds in 2014.2) 4 A month with a girl (7) 5 Call into question one maiden — a beauty (7) 6 Son in fur coat in a city (5) 7 Mine lost in mine — only pepper variety (8) 8 Ask about Tirumala's third hill (4) 14 With this an article will cost nothing (4. the leopard got out of the bungalow and injured one person. 5 Gridman 6 7 9 13 12 14 15 18 22 8 10 11 19 16 20 23 26 Crowd kills leopard in Kolhapur Shoumojit Banerjee THE HINDU CROSSWORD 11282 1 Shiv Sahay Singh 17 21 24 25 27 PUNE: A leopard that strayed into the bungalow of an MP in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district was killed by residents of a neighbouring colony. — Reuters Sri Lankan flying snake sighted in A. considered endemic to the dry and intermediate zones of the island nation. Kunwar Harivansh Singh. played by Steve Carell (in picture).2) 12 Bright. It was found sitting quietly under a sofa. — PTI 1989 edges out Frozen for 2014's top-selling album Taylor Swift stole the crown from the princesses of Frozen in the final week of 2014 as her popcentric 1989 became the top-selling album of the year. we collected the specimen in the dry deciduous forest of Chalama and conducted morphological studies and DNA test to prove that it is the same.— PTI FROM THE ARCHIVES (dated January 2. “In November 2013. Residents of Kolhapur’s plush Ruikar Colony were shocked to find the big cat that had sneaked into Congress MP Dhananjay Mahadik’s bungalow. for a survey as a member of which attracted a record Indian Bird Conservation 68.4) 21 Three is one such. Worldly concerns drive a jivatma towards many aspirations and he seeks God for help to attain them. in brief. Roy. Indian Institute of Science (IISc). the Bihar government has decided to give Aamir Khanstarrer PK entertainment tax exemption. He tweeted: “Doing Scarpa based on Gangster Greg Scarpa after Last Blood Rambo. small public area attracting many in Germany (9) 13 Stared at great international crossword setter (5) 15 A note that woman sent off brings supporters (9) 18 Cap Sherpa tossed into garbage dump (5. hepura Pappu Yadav “This film is not only en. open-billed storks at the As per records available sanctuary might be due to with the Divisional Forest the sanctuary proving to be a Officer. where there is constant change through birth. Bhabha has urged that Government should “respect” the autonomy of the three National Akademis and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. A. is understood to have come to the conclusion that it would not be desirable at this stage to codify the privileges of legislature. DFO. The Government. Chrysopelea taprobanica. an unidentified specimen suspected to be Chrysopelea taprobanica was sighted in 2000 in Rishi Valley. while the Rocky spin-off Creed is in pre-production. On Tuesday. Nitish Kumar. Stallone.” Gopinathan Ma. He states that only very rarely a realised soul believing in the promise of eternal bliss yearns for it most resolutely. Every jivatma is endowed with the freedom and independence to choose the option to get liberated. Andhra Pradesh.000 over the Andhra Pradesh and Rangpast two years from about Open-billed storks at Raignaj Wildlife Sanctuary.P. has the Network. favours framing of the rules to achieve the same objective. Most of one’s lifetime is spent seeking God for fulfilment of these goals.J. The police have registered a case against an unidentified person and a probe has begun. has been sighted in Andhra Pradesh’s Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve. sighted for the first time outside Sri Lanka in Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve. Schultz won the gold in 1984 Olympics. Bengaluru. H. clipping the 3. says the Lord. Privileges of Legislature Procedural rules in keeping with the requirements of natural justice may be framed by legislatures in order to safeguard their privileges.000 in 2012-13 to over PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Karnataka swere also impor46. Raiganj. an order will be passed to make the movie tax-free. Bajrang Dal members protested against the film here and burnt its A man standing in front posters. The story revolves around the murder of his brother. “Nitish Kumar has demanded that PK be declared tax-free in the State and I’ll definitely consider his demand. It requires tremendous will power on the part of a jivatma to renounce the world and seek God for His sake alone. Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that the next Rambo film will be titled Last Blood. “The number has Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary in increased by 7. anywhere outside Sri Lanka. A. On Wednesday night. Kumar Dutta. sanctuary recorded about He pointed out that other 46.000 years ago. In the nine weeks since its release.000 storks in last six months of 2014 Next Rambo film titled Last Blood Moksha is the highest goal attainable for a jivatma and the Lord alone is capable of granting it. which remained connected around 17. Krishna captures this peculiar situation of every jivatma who is caught between the temporal and spiritual options.000 in 2014-15. as though the IndoCeylon Express were something human. Raiganj sanctuary is one of found in the sanctuary. scientist at the rice fields during the day and Forest officials in charge the country where you can Zoological Survey of India also feed on molluscs. however. giving 10 out of 10 to Mr. He also said the government would like to make arrangements for people in remote areas to watch the movie. Khan. — anthittu Bird Sanctuary in 39. is unhappy with some critics commenting that there’s an undercurrent of homosexuality in the film’s portrayal of his relationship with his millionaire-coach John du Pont. growth.D. demanding a ban said. Mr. Over the next five hours of high drama. point. recommended that the film be made tax-free after watching it. 1989 sold 3. They also tried to ransack — PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE cinemas in Nawada.4) 16 Her will is likely to leave a lot (4. Santharam.66 million copies. which was the top-selling album of the year every week except the final one. who vislife Sanctuary in West Benited the sanctuary in August gal’s Uttar Dinajpur district.53 million in sales for the soundtrack of the Disney blockbuster. famous wrestler Dave Schultz by du Pont. Mr. All those protesting against it WHO IS REALLY OFFENDED WITH PK? are hypocrites. message for society.” Diparna The open-billed stork is a tant habitats for this species. Kumar with some Cabinet Bajrang Dal members had protested against the film and burnt its posters. decay and death. indicating its probable movement between the dry zones of peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Saran and Bhojpur districts. of the Raiganj Wildlife Sancfind open-billed stork birds and officer-in-charge of the Delhi-based ecologist T. has filed a First Information Report with the police fearing a threat to his life. Moksha is described as a state transcending the tangible and intangible aspects of creation when the experience is one of ‘sat-chit-ananda’. the crowd killed the leopard. Sivaram Prasad of the Biodiversity Lab in the Tirupati Wildlife Management Circle under the guidance of the Conservator of Forest M. out that the birds visit high as it is in Raiganj. is dragging (9) 24 With a scooter. This significantly expands the known area of presence of this species. As Forest Department officials allegedly failed to respond quickly to the call for help.” Mr. — PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Previous ‘sighting’ In fact. constituting mere eternal consciousness of bliss. the fifth in the Rambo franchise. Now. Rangarajan TIRUPATI: In the first-ever sighting out- side Sri Lanka.local migrant. The Lord fulfils the desires of the jivatma and also waits to grant liberation the moment a realised soul seeks Him with this goal in mind. JANUARY 2.” Mr. Apna Dal. an alliance partner of the BJP in the State. Maddock of The Natural History Museum. Work of National Akademis A reviewing committee headed by Dr. but it was not collected. said the the inmost Asian open-billed crease in number of Asian storks in the country. 2015 Schultz unhappy with Foxcatcher portrayal Open-billed storks flock to Raiganj FAITH Desire for moksha The bird sanctuary there attracted almost 47. It may take many births for one to become such a jnani.V. Deepak of Centre for Ecological Studies. it is learnt. in the grip of revolutionary. There is no trace of sorrow of worldly life.P.” Mr.842 open-billed storks areas like the Danapur Milbetween June and Decemitary Cantonment in Bihar. The tension for the jivatma is to reject worldly aspirations with astuteness and yearn passionately for the bliss of permanence.but their number was not as told The Hindu. Chrysopelea taprobanica or the Sri Lankan flying snake.Ravikumar. Bihar makes PK tax-free Recommendation was made by Nitish Kumar Amarnath Tewary PATNA: After Uttar Pradesh. father leaves signals (5) 26 Best is nothing to fellow embraced by friend (7) 27 Navy officer.” said a retired railway official lovingly.K. or perhaps ever. This is the sadana for every jivatma. Raiganj tant habitat for them and steps should be taken to pre. Soon. 7 The former Olympic wrestler. 68.” He is currently filming his role in mob story Scarpa. in collaboration with Simon T. the 466 IBA (important birds and biodiversity sites) recognised by Birdlife InterKOLKATA: The Raiganj Wildnational. institute’s bird section told Roy also pointed out that the 49 different kinds of birds It has turned into an impor. The former Bihar Chief Minister. Billboard reported. The Committee which was appointed in March last to review the working of the Akademis and ICCR said that they would gradually develop themselves on the pattern of the European academies of art which were independent of Government or any other body so far as the election of members was concerned. They brood sadly over the tidal wave disaster that has left Dhanushkodi in ruins and feel a stab of pain when they realise that the “Boat Mail” will not run up to Dhanushkodi pier for sometime to come. he said. tuary said there were about in such a high concentration. after 2 3 4 examining the implications of the Supreme Court’s opinion on the legislaturejudiciary conflict. who played the lead role. His next project is animated film Animal Crackers. “The wildlife sanctuary at serve it. Velukkudi Sri Krishnan drew attention to the fact that while the Lord holds sole proprietorship in the matter of granting moksha to the jivatma. This rare sighting has found a mention in the tenth anniversary issue of Checklist. demanding a ban on it for “insulting the Hindu of a ‘PK’ poster in religion and its deities. 1965) Service with a tradition Nostalgic memories come in a rush upon Southern Railway oldtimers who have run the Indo-Ceylon Express between Madras and Dhanushkodi. Manjhi said here. will also direct the film. Kumar | COMMENT PAGE 쐍 28 Apna Dal MP from Pratapgarh gets death threat Across 1 A couple of articles by ministers set out State control of church (11) 9 Drinking exotic stingos (7) 10 Early wind instrument gets criticism as well as good. The study was conducted by researchers Bubesh Guptha and N. London and V.VARIETY/NORTHERN REGION NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU FRIDAY. ber 2014. Singh has told the police that his personal assistant had been receiving death threats aimed at him. Guptha told The Hindu. a journal of biodiversity data. has two MPs. the onus of eligibility for moksha rests with the jivatma. “I have always known it as the Boat Mail.

Despite obtaining a warrant. are encouraging (“Centre moots health as a fundamental right. No one typifies this India over 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. the radical left-wing Syriza that takes an anti-austerity stance. the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition. Pakistan’s government and military has envisaged a plan more comprehensive than any other in the past 20 years. It is time writings will be a treasure trove for the government lays down strict all writers. culminating in its emergence as the second largest party in the outgoing Parliament. Medical institutes should follow the same model. Rajpura. with help from the al-Qaeda. profile politician of the calibre of education and the dispensing of Amit Shah in the encounter case. It is hard to see how long the Pakistani leadership can refuse to see what history has taught everyone — from the ancient Turks. Gen. However.kistan. was that this group. whose headquarters in Raiwind adjoin Puducherry Badvel. with four suspects detained in Hasilpur in Bahawalpur. like Abdul Ghazi. of their land for a pittance. The party may or may not capture power in the elections. India cannot afford to be complacent given that the network of the various ‘Talibans’ is more united and synchronised than ever. the key words. when President Pervez Musharraf announced a crackdown on anti-India groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).T. But even if it comes anywhere close. and welcomed every kind of jihadi group into the country. the Lash. One can expectations.G. Hameed Gul and Lt. Shah has exposed all these weaknesses. The next distinction that should never Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir. Their perpetrators need whom courage and dedication were to be punished severely. Under the charismatic leadership of Alexis Tsipras. its chief Despite a change in mood in Pakistan after the Peshawar massacre. he then went on to plan an assassination attempt on Gen. so as to fight in Kashmir. which justifies the compulsory acquisition of land by the state for a public purpose. Amid the groundswell of public anger against crippling cuts in government spending and reductions in wages and pensions. This may lay bare the limits of the post-War vision in a globalised world. the ordinance makes a significant change by omitting in respect of a wide range of projects the requirements of a social impact assessment study. when the TTP first came up under Baitullah Mehsud.lofty promises. Syriza’s performance would also be watched closely in countries where the appeal of anti-austerity. However.G.1). “Many Pakistani government servants. important outcomes: first.” Dec. Washington. and chiefs of the ISI in particular. hundreds of Pakistani protesters surrounded the Lal Masjid and finally shamed the government into seeking an FIR against him. a crackdown on banned organisations and terrorists and choking their finances. the court’s order impinges on the great expectations placed on the CBI. and decentralising duties diligently and without political interference. especially in the field of which is still readily available. Usman. Shahzad says that there is an “ISI within the ISI” and a “jihadi army within the army” that operates as a sleeper cell while their interests align with the Pakistani establishment’s. His was an unblemished regulations on the sale of acid. whether it is Ma. Javed Nasir. or in New Delhi likes to speak of — the institutional Taliban. which includes nursing education and paramedical education. and will be full circle for the country if its leaders go ahead with the ambitious course laid out in the plan. naries. it can be expected to exert considerable influence on the manner Athens negotiates with Brussels the terms of its economic reforms. Syriza has led in the opinion polls. including men responsible for the death of Benazir Bhutto and assassination attempts on Mr. JANUARY 2. George Papandreou had announced that the issue of approval of the Eurozone debt deal for Greece would be decided in a popular referendum. when the Taliban claimed Kabul. sanitation. or rival Mullah Nazir — ultimately led to factions coming up on the Pakistani side of the border. It is important that Pakistan’s leaders recognise the other Taliban threats today.” Jan. Vikram Sundaramurthy. journalist Amir Mir has written of the work of the Tableeghi Jamaat. Xavier. E. It is inevitable because most powerful province. unchallenged. This plan needs huge infrastructure investment with the establishment of more hospitals. where schools have to follow a mandate to accommodate a certain set number of underprivileged students. twice. they never really strayed from that evil purpose. Musharraf. The case of Mr. How is one to know the volume and extent of sale online? Most purchases are illegal and through the black market that requires no online presence. Therefore. and T. as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that carried out the Peshawar massacre now represents. Hamid Karzai and Gen. several top-level officers. your leaders. Whether the State police or the CBI has to submit to the will of the ruling party. Talibanisation of Pakistan: 9/11 to 26/ 11. Since then. as has been the case. the country’s topmost investigating agency finds itself on the mat for its slackness and the unprofessional way of filing cases and then investigating them. S. The Congress and the Left parties are likely to oppose the changes when the law comes to Parliament in the form of a bill to replace the ordinance. are reminiscent of the high political drama of 2011. besides industrial corridors and infrastructure and social infrastructure projects. 28). of rules became the norm However. With their access to trained jihadis in FedReign of terror erally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). given that this network of the various “Talibans” is more united and synchronised than ever. Nivedha Jayaraman. G. and some of those fighters were given access to Pakistan’s borders with India. and again in it has spoken of softening the terms of the bailout and of having the country’s debt written off by Often. Mehsud himself had been very close to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. the informed consent of a large section of the families affected by the acquisition of land. The developments in December. The differences between Mehsud and other commanders — like his cousins Qari Hussain Mehsud. In 2008. The steps include the establishment of fast-track anti-terror courts. Malik Ishaq. 2014. Public Health Centres and medical colleges. have been made is with the Punjabi Taliban.G. by portraying the terms of the bailout with European and international institutions as a harsh and arbitrary imposition. In substance. weren’t always separate entities. all those involved in filing the case. The party rapidly rose to prominence since the debt crisis in Greece unravelled. while Pakistan accuses Afghanistan of sheltering TTP leaders and other members of the Pakistan Taliban. Chennai Bahadur Shastri stepping down from the Ministry after a train accident. or the radicalised elements who exist within Pakistan’s military. much hinges on the cost whenever there was a political of infrastructure. But having trained in the Afghan jihad. these groups now run terror enclaves within Pakistan. Talibanised officials within the Pakistani establishment will keep trying to do so. there is the Taliban threat that no one. He will be missed in Mysuru today’s world of compromised B. I would also suggest the nationalisation of the entire medical education system. Chandrasekaran.1). have been members (most notably. Samarjit Mishra. all health centres journalism. we can only hope the extent of such submission will be within the limits. Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance. It was in 1994 that the Taliban first emerged to take power in Kandahar. Zaki purposes. Rajagopalan. it infrastructure. safe possible involvement of a highdrinking water. there was also a certain amount of Schadenfreude among strategists. suhasini. and even antiEU parties. A distinction between “good Taliban” and “bad Taliban” has come up between the Afghan Taliban groups and the Pakistani Taliban who target the Pakistani military and civilians. Shaveta Chandwani. It also cast a duty on the government to create specified amenities in every resettlement area. the uncertainty over the Greek election outcome brought into sharp focus the capacity of European Union leaders to influence national governments to implement unpopular economic reforms. And the stand-off with them is kar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). with compounds it is evident that the Punjabi Taliban is deepacross acres. Perhaps the regime’s intentions could have been better understood had the changes been introduced as a bill in Parliament and referred to a committee for appraisal. It was former military leader Zia-ul-Haq who encouraged the Tableeghis to shape Pakistan’s military into “an army of Allah”. even if on the positive side it is meant to eliminate delays in land acquisition. the bending will represent a landmark step. and declared a governor by Mullah Omar in 2004 before five major Taliban commanders. has been on the rise and where elections are due this year. the attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers and the Marriott hotel bombing. Neither of those pronouncements came to much. The vital element of making acquisition a consultative and participative process may thus be subject to bureaucratic discretion. but the goals must We must acknowledge that our be realised at the ground level. especially one pushed through as an ordinance. well-managed strategy to organize Islamic combatants. JANUARY 2. however. Araveeti Rama Yogaiah. M. while the LeT operations chief. His editorial spate of attacks on women using comments on Indira Gandhi’s acid. relegating the country’s ruling New Democracy to the second position. and even what India learnt from the LTTE experience — that sooner or later. Any such amendment within the first year of its entry into force. Verghese ND-ND . adding that the ‘Ijtema’ congregation represented “the picture of a well-designed. To begin with. Jan. But India can hardly afford to be complacent. It is now a battle for Pakistan’s soul. Sharif challenges “all the Talibans”. including the brutal killings of Shias.EDITORIAL 8 NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU Taking on good. Krishnamachari promptly resigning after an inquiry. Embedded in the establishment patron was Mullah Omar. not even in Rawalpindi. it must be noted that universal medical care is not the same as universal health care. reducing regional came to power riding on the back of disparities. Sharif ordered to be hanged Parliament attack mastermind Masood Az. Notwithstanding a stand-off that left more than 100 people dead. it would have never been inclined to refer the matter to the CBI. and even your children. enabling community are not allowed to perform their participation. whose last words that he had “a lot Salem of unfinished business”. and going to be even more bloody than the Lal the LeT now control vast parts of Pakistan’s Masjid operation was. Along with health. a scenario may be evolving where domestic forces exert greater influence on the trajectories of European integration. the the hijacking of an Indian flight (IC-814) and first man Mr. the credibility of can be done by increasing not only the CBI but also that of the budgetary support for present government is at stake. Sharif’s family estate. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement that there will now be no good or bad Taliban is welcome for most Pakistanis. to the Saudis with al-Qaeda. in jail for the attack in Lahore on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. Pakistan still sees these men as allies and December. Thankfully. It was from here that some calls were made to the attackers as they attacked the students. The first was when it became a “partner” in the war on terror in 2001 and agreed to look for Osama bin Laden. Syriza’s sharp rhetoric in recent weeks seems to have been muted. Punjab Coimbatore Including health as a fundamental right under the right to life is a benign step.after lifting the moratorium on executions in har. even at the age of 88. in a self-destructive war they have already squandered too much time on. as well as a new structure for rehabilitation and resettlement. Despite all the outrage expressed by Ahmadis and Christians.Gen. the Sipah-e-Sahaba. Those days are gone. Irrespective of which party Making health a fundamental right is in power. Though they haven’t succeeded as yet. that the terror Pakistani groups have unleashed against its neighbour had come home to their military masters. Gradually. Musharraf. released just 10 days before his death. that found few takers in India as it did in Pakistan. The January 25 poll has brought centre-stage the main opposition party. But they have missed two from where he was recruited by the LeJ. In this backdrop. it is yet to arrest him. Sivanandam. affordable housing and housing for the poor. The Punjab link to the Peshawar massacre has already emerged. who recently lost his gamble of holding an early presidential vote in order to shore up the terms of a fresh economic package from the European Union. has been “ There is the Taliban threat that no one likes to speak of — the institutional Taliban. run riot in Punjab. Unless and until the top court finds prima facie evidence in a particular case and lapses on the part of the state investigating agency at least to some extent. Second. But political motives being attributed to the CBI in the case of Amit Shah should be viewed as a serious issue and it calls for stern action against journalists and their media outlets. to the United States with the Mujahideen. civil and judicial establishments. as the original Act itself said such a provision shall be enacted within a year. 2015 Letters emailed to letters@thehindu. of killing Pakistani civilians and Army personnel and training scores of Pakistani Uncertain outcome in Greece reek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. His body was found in the Jhelum bearing signs of torture. Anyhow. Manufacturers are also getting to be innovative by renaming their products rather than calling them “acid”. every attack on Pakistan’s military installations. and after Mr. 2015. Azhar. will be inevitably perceived as hasty. Vallioor. India does need to look at the social sector. rural infrastructure. has been nearly released counted as the “good Taliban” as they were. but there is still reason to hope that the new announcement recognises that the people of Pakistan want a decisive turn after the massacre of over 130 schoolchildren in Peshawar.h@thehindu. law-enforcing agencies are by and New Delhi large independent (Editorial. the ‘Maulana’ of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid. In this. Since then.” writes Mr. 2015 Hasty changes in land law hen a law is enacted after considerable debate and consultation. It was his case that the Mumbai attacks were the work of a radicalised group of Army and ISI officers of the “313 brigade” run by ISI/LeT militant Ilyas Kashmiri.e. Saeed and Ishaq will be much more difficult The groups in Punjab like the JeM. It is an act so horrifying as it decision to merge Sikkim with burns the skin in no time and India provides proof of his onlookers most often do not and unbiased writing. an approach cite instances of Ministers like Lal CBI’s credibility Finally. Mir. and benefits from the differences between South Asian neighbours sood Azhar’s control of Bahawalpur. Hakimullah Mehsud.” In fact. A top-down approach may not prove beneficial in this area as the NRHM is still not even realised and leaks are a regular part of policy function in India. mercenaries you engage with will turn on you. military officers and scientists devote at least a part of their annual leave to do voluntary work for the Tableeghi Jamaat. one has to read the works of Pakistan’s best investigative journalists. it can be excused. I am sure his cannot help the victim. Hence. is bound to face criticism that the changes constitute a significant dilution of a progressive law. or several attacks in FATA have been traced to radicalised officers. Sharif has committed to fighting “All the Talibans”. but the euphemisms of good and bad are only a more visible part of the threat they face from the Taliban.. Santhosh Mathew. who subsequently became al-Qaeda’s commander and was killed in a drone attack in 2011. showed his total commitment to his journalistic There appears to be no end to the career (Dec. Neelu Sharma. Chennai The right to a healthy life is a fundamental right and it is the duty of any government to provide It does not require a master’s in investigation to affordable. i. given that angle. the chief of the Taliban. Somasekhar Prasad. the Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban. focussing on with the officials of the CBI who outcomes. one made even more complicated by the fact that the perpetrators of this diabolical operation once trained alongside the Afghan Taliban in a war in which Pakistan was once a prime mover. accessible and quality degree health-care services to all. congregations in the lakhs. it will be wise to study the experience of its implementation for some time before it is amended. Lt. forced a snap general election within two years of coming to power. funded and trained by Pakistani officials. and benefits from the differences between the South Asian neighbours in the areas of Afghanistan. One can empathise free environment. It was this trail of radicalisation within the Pakistani forces that journalist Saleem Shahzad (who had interviewed both Kashmiri and Baitullah Mehsud) was uncovering when he was kidnapped in May 2011. involving three rounds of voting by the Greek Parliament which eventually failed to elect a President. nutrition. and a monitoring of trade licences. all Talibans I Suhasini Haidar FRIDAY. sooner or later these two men will end up challenging their military patrons in much the same way that Ghazi took on Gen. For this. must be well-versed in providing Chennai immediate and the right first aid. Tamil Nadu One needs to comment on the Union Home Ministry’s plan to have a system for online monitoring of the sale of acid (“Acid sale to be monitored online. For Pakistan’s released. ” children as suicide bombers. having a corruption. it is baffling how the narrative today has become one of Pakistan protecting the Afghan Taliban. Musharraf’s job. in the 1990s. W n its multi-point National Action Plan against terror. disarming all militia. but additionally extends them to a list of Acts that were previously exempted. Inside Al Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11. Last year’s law radically altered this relationship between citizen and state and created a fair compensation right. it is hard to track the entire process of sale. His theory. normally ought to be accompanied by a duty to give fair compensation. On that occasion. If a case filed by the CBI is lost on technical grounds. FRIDAY. More than this. Public understand the pressures on the policy should focus on universal agency when it is investigating the health coverage. or the radicalised elements who exist within Pakistan’s military. it won the May 2014 European Parliament elections handsomely. both retired officers known to liaison with terror groups). the only hope is that Mr. none of them should have been Ur Rahman Lakhvi. Verghese belonged to a rare heinous form of gender-based class of genuine journalists to violence. necessary drugs free of cost. and for decades it was used to deprive many. Andhra Pradesh Sale of acid It is pertinent that the Sohrabuddin case was handed over to the CBI by the Supreme Court. The principle of ‘eminent domain’. and the regulation of madrassas that indoctrinate them. food. but the government has to know its implications first. and an operation that claimed Gen. the colonial Land Acquisition Act of 1894 had in effect reduced compensation to a mere token in relation to the market value.Along with TTP leaders and other Taliban CARTOONSCAPE G CM YK LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Health as a right The early indications in the draft National Health Policy. this is not its own contribution. ready to wage jihad. from the GHQ.31). Prime Minister Narendra Modi has projected the amendments as those that strengthen protection for the affected families and also removes difficulties in implementation. shelter and sanitation should get priority. or Hafiz Saeed’s citadel in Muridke. in order to address perceived control. However. Meanwhile. Equally. Musharraf a stone’s throw from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters. This At this juncture. path. and ly linked to every major terror attack in Pathousands of young recruits at their semi. The many Talibans Much has changed since those days. the LeT and others had one aim: to spark a major war between India and Pakistan. While there was deep outrage and empathy across India following the Peshawar incident. In his book. link more than the case of Dr. in 2007. sending shock waves across European capitals and causing a splutter in the financial markets. perhaps from a recognition of Athens’s European obligations under the existing arrangements. Syriza’s support has seen a steady surge over the past decade. bad. similar to the implementation of the Right to Education could be emulated. These projects include those that are vital to national security and defence. mostly farmers. or Mohammad Aqeel. In his riveting work. Ghazi remains a threat to the Pakistani establishment. There must be a ban It was sad to read of the demise of on concentrated acid formulations veteran journalist B. to the Minhas air force base.S. the ordinance does not dilute these provisions. Pakistan has made such declarations before. In the wake of the Peshawar massacre. the General Head Quarters (GHQ) attack. civil and judicial establishments. in fighting India. a plebiscite would have potentially risked a Greek exit from the Eurozone. to Mehran naval base. Pakistan and India it focusses on. is quite comfortable in letting their groups was trained in the Army’s medical corps. the head of the LeJ. Morality in public life was at current revenue structures project its height in governments formed a shortfall between actuals and just after must carry the full postal address and the full name or the name with initials. Hyderabad commanders. M. In more recent months.B. Acid attacks constitute a most B. if he wants to steer his country away from its course over a cliff. For Pakistan. Usman. health delivery services. Verghese.

it becomes bigger news. — PHOTO: K. major incursions like mining and big roads and factories were simply taboo. The Readers’ Editor’s office can be contacted by Telephone: +91-44-28418297/28576300 (11 a. liberal — there’s no evidence that they will convert to Islam after marriage. the worst of Europe’s currency and debt crisis seemed to have passed. Under its well-intentioned but blatantly inappropriate “welfare” CM YK 9 Revisiting the legend of Niyamgiri It will need a caring partnership between the Dongria Kondh. Commodity-producing countries could suffer because China is generally their largest customer. Building roads through the territory. The reason? According to VHP spokesman Vinod Bansal. The narrator stifles a laugh and remarks. viewership/readership-attracting news as well —when protesting organisations. Well. Rising interest rates would make it harder for them to service their debts. alert.R. But this was not sustainable. but there is some ambiguity on how to deal with them. do they continue to get all hot and bothered? Is it because of the increasing “saffronisation” of India. Typical of Adivasis in India. baradwaj. What happens to oil? Saudi Arabia has helped drive down crude prices from roughly $100 a barrel to about $60 by refusing to cut its own production in the face of a global surplus and the unwillingness of other producers to cut their output. this creates practical problems: It doesn’t want to raise rates too currency to rapidly for fear of disrupting the recovery. that I feel like I’ve been there before. Monday to Friday). And if they don’t mind this lighthearted mocking. including Portugal and Spain. and the outfits doing the protesting know this. the state had sought to bring the benefits of “civilisation” to the tribe. It is the policy of The Hindu to correct significant errors as soon as possible. and so on. Throughout my early life. the film also became the focus of all this attention because it’s a big movie. and neither did the strongwilled Hindu heroine of “Jodhaa Akbar” renounce her religion. Another student halts in front of an idol and pledges Rs. would only bring exploitative forces in. Rahane move up” (Sport. Apparently new words for describing women include “international. in front of a wall filled with pictures of Hindu deities. the community has demanded that the entire territory be recognised as a habitat right under the Act. in their quest for cheap and easy and guaranteed publicity. Now. Did you hear many protests against these films? All the movies mentioned above are hits — “3 Idiots. “Dum maaro dum”) that featured uninhibited pot smoking and premarital commingling. Now the lead researchers claim that men are using fewer sexist terms to describe women than they did in the 90s. Will wages begin to outperform prices? For most of this recovery.” The Muslim outfits that protested against it seemed oblivious to the fact that the film’s hero was a namaaz-performing Muslim who saves the world by foiling a terrorist plan hatched by other Muslims. No More Page 3 and the Everyday Sexism project. “working” and “rich” in relation to them. and the outfits doing the protesting too know this. The year that sexist language fell and moved online Naomi McAuliffe Y ou rarely notice the moment when you finally get over a cough. I’ll break a coconut. as some claim? The cultural climate now is different. I went to Niyamgiri with some colleagues to understand the views of the Dongria Kondh on development and wellbeing. Perhaps another sign of the times. The people have spoken. kaccha paths to their villages.not complete. but given the size of that country’s population and recent immigration trends. There is now ful.” “business”. They had rejected mining. But “PK” is much more obvious about its intent. If Syriza wins and repudiates some debts. trade even if the Fed proceeds cautiously. Why. the Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Bhopal who recently remarked that frequent sex can drastically reduce a person’s lifespan. Unable to agree on a new president. and cast their vote by buying a ticket. They complained that such roofs make their houses very hot in summer. Items that they will need a caring partnership between bring to sell are often sold at well-below the Dongria Kondh. Till recently. no electricity. let’s forget “PK” and turn to a stretch in “3 Idiots. I refer. Our question on whether the increasing entry of money as a medium of exchange could be problematic was left unanswered. and there was the debate as to whether convicted rapist Ched Evans should be able to resume his life while his victim cannot. — © 2014. 2015 WORLD VIEW 2015: Five economic stories to watch T he start of a new year is a good time to take stock. “Today was Results day… time to make a deal with ND-ND . With the economy strengthening and unemployment dropping below 6 per cent.” Mr. of interactions. a powerful multinational corporation bent on mining in the area.” where the hero is raised by a Muslim woman and is in love with a Hindu. Since the global financial crisis. Kinds of incursions Unfortunately. employers may have to pay more to keep their best or most experienced workers. Hirani’s earlier blockbuster with Aamir Khan. needs to be revisited. It is a brazen attack — though “attack” is too strong a word for such a sweet-natured film — on religion. defying all the stereotypes that go with this characterisation.But we got sufficient glimpses to convince tion. take care of my Electronics paper. tions and the government to figure out the encounter with the market is almost how to navigate the very difficult terrain they face ahead of them. but were they rejecting the notion of development itself? Were they saying they were happy as they were? Did they reject everything coming from “outside. however. it could be frustrated by private investors. and absolutely sure they will not allow any incursion by the company. the boxofficeindia site predicts that “PK” may be the first film to collect Rs. and when this news is related to a blockbuster film. so the second reason for the title is that when I did actually go to Niyamgiri last week. one might have asked. which counts many political and scientific celebrities amongst its backers.thehindu. Schools hardly functioned in the few villages that had them.5 per cent. is something you want to introduce to Alok Sanjar. If China stimulates exports by allowing its currency to depreciate. based on their understanding of tion or brainwashing that is taking place. powered by massive industrial and infrastructure investments and huge trade surpluses. The radicals almost always miss the point.” “gypsy” and “Italian. lack of schools and hospitals. however. to the controversy around the Hindu director Rajkumar Hirani’s movie “PK. would never get past the Censor Board today. Men seemed to have been increasingly pigeoned-holed by their occupation. a Hindu named Vatsyayana wrote a treatise which. which has given the state a reason to periodically send in patrols. strengthening the recovery. growth rates averaged close to 10 per cent. Even the sounds of the mantras muttered during that aarti. Given the speed of change online. So one has to wonder why no one made a noise. ROBERT J. heard so much from colleagues. And sensational. shale oil operators — are driven from the market or whether they’re seeking some sort of production-sharing agreement with major exporters inside and outside OPEC. then. where houses have to be locked when people go out. which unites all the Dongria Kondh settlements. let alone the Almighty. “Veer-Zaara” (Muslim woman-Hindu man).COMMENT NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU FRIDAY. The Dongria Kondh in southwestern Odisha is one of India’s so-called “particularly vulnerable tribal groups. Jan. Actually. it seems unlikely that there has been an influx of Italian women into Britain that we were unaware of. of course. practised in many parts of the country. with Dongria Kondh teachers using Kui language. scene of the iconic fight between the Dongria Kondh tribal group and Vedanta. who make up most of our nation. from opportunistic political parties. proffer up such incendiary images of rioting and posterburning. As labour markets tighten. The area of the world how to live lives finely tuned is supposed to have Naxalite activity. they — at least for the time being — have triumphed over a private corporation with all the “civilised” powers at its command. and for them to always to their disadvantage. they can also be well used to address sexism with campaigns such as Lose the Lad Mags. their past and present. The sad news is that you know this.” Picture shows a theatre screening “PK” in Mumbai. and will sustain and inspire. But a bigger reason is that our 24x7 TV channels and Internet portals need news.100 per month. shifting cultivation. I know this. As a result. then.m. China can no longer depend so heavily on borrowed money. And if you consider interreligious love stories with the gender polarities reversed. (Ashish Kothari is with Kalpavriksh.” The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) wants it banned. there are the incursions of the continue inspiring and teaching the rest police and other security forces. (We heard that Vedanta continues to hope for a reversal of the decision to disallow it from mining in the area. to the accompaniment of a tinkling bell. On the other. having to defend Hinduism from those who seem to think that the slightest hint of humour or heresy can bring crashing down a religion that has stood strong for millennia.100 crore in the Mumbai circuit alone. Both Adivasi lead. trade wars might intensify. just like “My Name is Khan” set the romance between a Muslim man and a Hindu woman in the U. but in the relatively neutral Belgium. including that the use of the word “marvellous” has declined (sadly and infuriatingly replaced by “awesome”). The market and the state ever little the Adivasis have to buy has have inextricably entered their lives.” So is misogyny just something that we feel uncomfortable displaying in public now? And are the misogynistic conversations simply moving online? Do people talk about “lovely” women to each other. then. however.. The increasing use of rather incongruous looking metal roofs on their houses (the walls were still mud). the first Indian film to do so — then it means that it has been approved by an overwhelming majority. For those of us in the news business. Enabling and industries in Adivasi areas has led the Dongria Kondh to decide their own activists to wonder whether it is educa. included the protection of forests and rivers. Please specify the edition (place of publication). But depreciate. But legends can be simplistic. The Washington Post. and the emergent language of online interactions which are extreme. For the Fed.issues the tribe face. Together.200 crore at the box office.” or did they want some of it — government schemes for instance? Were there differing views within the community? Walking to a number of Dongria Kondh villages and talking to some of the movement leaders. Can China maintain strong economic growth? For years. JANUARY 2. and where women face harassment on a daily basis. searched. such as a movement against illegal liquor brewing. Meanwhile. You’d think those Muslim outfits would have celebrated the film’s choice to make the hero a Muslim — most other films with a similar theme would have opted for a Hindu character to portray the same.300 crore mark. lower oil prices may — at least temporarily — cut The Terms of Reference for the Readers’ Editor are on www. The women in both these films are educated. are only Hindus shown to be following practices that the rational/secular mind would find ridiculous? Reason for targeting But no one brought it up — probably because “3 Idiots” was not overtly about religion. Adivasi culture is sought to be replaced by the dominant mainstream one. but it is an increasing “need” for money as what. E-mail: readerseditor@thehindu. with a single title in the name of Niyam Raja.S. students of an engineering college resort to prayers. to 5 p. even that tinkling bell can’t wake him up — which is just another way of saying that he is beyond all this.) The Dongria Kondh are. A slowdown could have wide ramifications. But that doesn’t happen any more.” Depending on the context. China’s debt levels have exploded as loans were dispensed liberally to avoid a slump. In a struggle that the global media likened to David versus Goliath. some editions) erroneously gave the ranking of Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels as 37th. Leaders like Laddo Sikaka and Dadhi Pusika were also clear that they did not want Niyamgiri to go the way towns like Muniguda and Bhubaneshwar did. These may hint at men’s continued power. if filmed. was the first film to gross over Rs. and mutters. is a “boys’ club. This could bolster consumer spending and confidence. go to the counter. but the Dongria Kondh are absolutely sure they will not allow any incursion by the company ers and their supporters have been interrogated. along with those charming chaps from the Bajrang Dal. is named Farhan Qureshi. Many of them do say. you hear that the Maharashtra government has asked the police to “look into” the content of the film. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited. You have to ask the question: Who’s really being offended here? Once a film has come through the Censor Board. and its members. Change in attitude? But does this change in language mean a change in attitudes? Certainly there seems to be a marked difference between the “lad culture” of the 90s to what we are seeing now. and with incorporation of forest-field-based learning. we got a sense of the powerful spiritual and rational basis for the rejection of mining. no one has the right to demand that it be pulled from theatres because it has offended them. There is no way that with a limited set neshwar. And yet. some rather insidious. and therefore. no one has the right to pull the film from theatres Baradwaj Rangan C enturies ago. SAMUELSON Will the Fed get it right? Since late 2008. But there is clearly a divergence between what people say about women between themselves.100 won’t even bribe a traffic cop. as there is a rise in the terms “city. these forces could produce modest increases in inflation-adjusted wages. simple levels of technology. wealth and influence but are also just monumentally boring. My own experience seems to be backed up by research. Why. that it has significant funding from us that Niyamgiri. Now this could reverse. to nature. when a film like “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” could get away with yoking the names of the gods in its title to scenes (and a smash-hit song.) Who is really offended with ‘PK’? Once the Censor Board has cleared a film and the people want to watch it. and relying more on consumer spending has caused China to lower its growth target to 7. “Raanjhanaa” (Muslim woman- Hindu man).” For a moment. outside of them who genuinely cares. Marlon Samuels’ ranking is 38th.” This was the same response given for why white rice was being eaten when they had their own nutritious local millets and other grains. This is a ready platform to take up other thorny known educational institution in Bhuba. “Ek Tha Tiger” (Muslim woman-Hindu man). They typify everything that the Indian state and urban educated folks would call “backward”: absence of literacy. “Rs. The crisis could spread. the “creator of the world. hopefully 2015 will be the year that we look back with embarrassment at old-fashioned flaming. Women are now rarely referred to as “blonde” or “sexy” in conversation and “are being described more in their own right and less in terms of their appearance. but there’s more: the narrator in “3 Idiots. you can find films like “Muqaddar ka Sikandar. that they would prefer schools in their own villages. we could do justice to the has brought thousands of Adivasi children complex questions we had set out to ask. exports by pressure is building to raise rates to more allowing its normal both as a place and as a corporations that want to establish mines narrative. or there would be a lame apology right before a dreadful “dumb blonde” joke. polarised. and made to feel unwelcome in their own home. The rules laid down by Niyam Raja. One student performs an aarti. I haven’t been coughing for a while.” Picture shows them rejoicing in Kalahandi district of Odisha after a gram sabha voted against mining by Vedanta in Niyamgiri hills. and just as interesting as the words that have disappeared are the ones that have emerged. is symptomatic of a level of confusion.” And indeed. and why no one brought up the fact that the Muslim actor at the film’s centre. they knew. Greece is now headed for a parliamentary election on January 25. these could all be derogatory terms and based on appearance rather than actual nationality. from across Odisha to give them educa. and sharing of labour and its fruits. was shown not needing the crutch of rituals. so Adivasi children were brought to ashramshalas or boarding schools where the education is in Odia (the Dongria Kondh speak Kui language). of revisiting the legend itself. Not a word was heard. Why. I’d never visited Niyamgiri. It’s like what happened with Kamal Haasan’s “Vishwaroopam. If private investors react by raising these rates. Sikh and Muslim students praying hard to their gods. there might be spillover to other debtor countries.5 million words of conversation and has compared these to similar studies from the 1990s. framed with charges. In all likelihood. such incursions have already been made. civil society organisations and the government to figure out how to navigate the very difficult terrain the tribals face Ashish Kothari T ill last week. there has been a rise in the term “girly girl” — seemingly because this archetype needs a special description as the cutesy-feminine behaviour of the late 20th century is no longer the norm. 2015 CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS >>“Kohli. you’ll never make a movie.” Members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board have also demanded that the Censor Board remove some scenes in the interest of maintaining “communal harmony. You know this. And just as social networks can veer towards the rapey. the film’s messiah. In such a situation. A third is seen stuffing a handful of grass into a cow’s mouth — he wants ‘Gau Mata’ to help him pass his exams. You don’t make that kind of money without love from all sections of the audience. The complete narrative A positive development from the antimining stir is the creation of the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti. with the possibility that the left-wing Syriza party — committed to ending the austerity policies of the ruling centre-right New Democracy Party — might triumph. The question is whether the Saudis will hold to this strategy until enough high-cost producers — including some U. about the seeming lack of Christian. What matters wars might most are long-term rates on home mortgages intensify and corporate bonds — rates largely outside the Fed’s control. Everyone is sensitive to something. expert thinks the U. yet threaten to rape them online when they disagree? Of course. you have “Gadar” (Muslim woman-Sikh man). wages have generally stayed even with prices. A few preliminary findings have been released over the past few months.N.” the one whose mocking commentary underscored those visuals. the spiritual source of the TABOO: “Major incursions like mining and factories are unacceptable to the Dongria Kondhs. language On the one hand. compared to the 1970s.K. where the water cannot be drunk and the air cannot be breathed without falling sick.” in fact.’ with a romantic track that revolves around a Pakistani man named Sarfaraz and a Hindu woman with the goddess-like name of Jagat Janani. animism. maybe not. Yet 2014 seems to have been the year that “Twitter” and “rape threat” became synonymous. The erotic imagination of another Hindu named Jayadeva. it announces itself as an instant target. either. with a big star. common custodianship of resources rather than individual property. then who are these others. As women have increasingly taken to dying their hair regularly. it was with the purpose of going beyond the narrative of the anti-mining struggle. the implication that I’d be taken more seriously as a brunette. including terrorism. and if you begin to factor it all in.m. the corporation was sent packing — this is the stuff of legends. Even a U. It become more expensive. So why have I titled this ‘revisiting Niyamgiri’? Partly because I’ve read so much about it. which means big attention when you speak up against it. The Dongria Kondh are aware of these issues.” Similarly. “Oh. and embody forms of knowledge and relationships with nature that have been lost to many of the socalled “civilised” peoples.future. What’s clear is that Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to cut output unilaterally. Here are five economic stories worth watching.” Another student bows before a cobra. But no. I’ve even been asked in the past why I don’t dye my hair. often violent and far from marvellous. The Samiti is taking up other issues too. What happens to Europe? A year ago. promising a litre of milk a day if ‘Nag Devta’ will help him clear his Physics paper. this suggests stepping back and asking what’s important.” This is exactly the kind of “mocking of religion” that “PK” is being criticised for. The narrator tells us sarcastically. requires deep emClosely following on the heels of the pathy and understanding from anyone state has been the market. A well- Vedanta continues to hope for a reversal of the decision to disallow it from mining in the area. have taken to tearing up the film’s posters and halting screenings. to take up cudgels on their behalf? Don’t they realise that movies are like elections? People wait patiently in line. one day you just think. Even this may be too ambitious.S. DEEPAK territory. The the Dongria Kondh economy was almost David versus Goliath narrative is powercompletely non-monetised. who are these opportunistic political parties to take up cudgels on their behalf? Blithely asleep. And having realised that getting individual plots under the Forest Rights Act could encourage individualisation and more deforestation. about a Muslim narrator’s amusement at what are legitimate Hindu rituals. The Spoken British National Corpus 2014 study has analysed 2. — PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE If the people watching the movie don’t mind the mocking of religion. did they change from the traditional thatch roofs? “Because the government was giving us the metal roofs. I know this. civil society organisamarket rates. It’s also been the year that sexism in video game culture hit the mainstream with Gamergate. the recovery could suffer.” But the romance plays out neither in India nor Pakistan. 1. The other charge against “PK” is that it promotes ‘love jihad. Finally.Pune. Even in earlier decades. Instead there appears to be an increased interest in ethnicity or perceived ethnicity. “Italian” is obviously far from a negative term in itself. whose Gita Govinda depicts an intensely physical aspect of Lord Krishna. especially now that an even more corporate-friendly government than the Congress is in Delhi. 2015. the Federal Reserve has held its benchmark shortIf China term interest rate — the Fed funds rate — at stimulates near zero. I don’t remember when I stopped getting comments about being blonde.” Interestingly. Several Dongria Kondh families continue to send their children to mainstream schools in the desperate hope that their children will have a brighter future.r@thehindu. many workers haven’t received inflationadjusted increases in wages or salaries for years. “God. here we are again.” They retain world views and practices that go back millennia. especially from Hindus. increasing at about a 2 per cent annual rate. date and page. and that we drank less sherry at Christmas but more champagne. any claims to characteristics based on hair colour have gone from immature to nonsensical. “PK” “keeps making fun of Hinduism. And yet. So when a film like “PK” becomes this kind of a blockbuster — it’s practically guaranteed to cross the Rs. Anxious about an examination. “deals” are made. And where is that film’s “hero” through all this? INTOLERANCE: “The cultural climate has changed now. “Blondie!” would be shouted from passing cars.

the persons should have approached the Takht for repentance. filed a defamation case against two English television channels and a leading English newspaper.000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project in Gujarat. Simultaneously. Last month saw the Janata Parivar making common cause with the Left parties. the ceremony at the Baba Jeevan Singh Gurdwara at Guru ki Wadali village near Chheharta in Amritsar and ordered a probe into the incident.000. but we don’t keep a separate account for cities and villages. “There is no In another development. 2 per litre. accused of sexual harassment by a law intern. Jathdedar Giani Gurbachan Singh of the Akal Takht. “Our contin- uing challenge is to ensure that this economically vibrant group remains engaged and its potential is fully realised.N. Mr.” said Amber Dubey.” Even BJP ally PMK founder S.” the resolution says. author of Gas journalists in the line of duty came down from eight in 2013 Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis . the Janata Dal(S).Thursday midnight. Possibly the sharpest cut since it was deregulated in 2002. we’ll be billing customers as per the higher price with immediate effect. our thrust was to reach every State.” The RSS runs 43. CM YK The price of small car Hyundai Eon could go up by about Rs. JD(U) sources said that SP supremo Mulayam Singh would be free by January 8. All India Prachar Pramukh for the RSS.” Tarun Acharya. 11. Opposition parties. seen as a front of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Justice Swatanter Kumar. says the resolution. 100-crore defamation case against media houses over allegations of his involvement in match-fixing. — PTI Stable power supply will ease farm distress: Gadkari Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari flanked by Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse (left) and the State’s Finance and Planning Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar during a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday. The Presidential assent to it was given in May last. STIC Travel ration official told The cost. to permit allotment of the provisions of the Land “Subversion of coal blocks to private com. ed] by Rs.” said Rakesh Srivastava. (With inputs from Ramnath Subbu in Mumbai) down from the existing Rs. Minister Narendra Modi. Jnaneswar Sen. — PHOTO: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY most important metrics by which alone we should measure our success as a nation. was killed in May last year after doing an a crossword clue in a college investigative story on child magazine allegedly employment in a nearby unfavourable to Prime cashew processing plant. The government has clamped down on four American NGOs — Avaaz. According to a description on its website. but has a special focus on India. Hyundai Motor India. the Indian National Lok Dal and the Samajwadi Janata Party – will work on not just keeping the links built with other parties on the floor of the Rajya Sabha alive. “Among the other cases.” Mr. approved by the Cabinet. a were 13 arrests. was killed journalist from Assam was at Chilakaluripet in Guntur imprisoned for his alleged links with insurgency groups. “For as long as a farmer does not get water and electricity. The Bank Information Centre (BIC) is an NGObased in Washington that tracks World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded projects worldwide. 52. the RSS decided to boost its membership base with a BJP government at the Centre.” Urbanisation has to be viewed as an opportunity to use modern technology to create a wholesome and secure habitat while reaping the economic benefits that it offers. Protesting against the official apathy towards agrarian distress in Vidarbha. states the resolution. “Poverty elimination remains one of the A view of the Planning Commission building in New Delhi.” The RSS remained an upper caste. — PHOTO: PTI Omar Rashid MUMBAI: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the government was taking measures to ensure stable electricity supply for Maharashtra to curb farmer suicides in the State’s Vidarbha region. who hails from Vidarbha. says. and in the number of defamation suits. Sadananda Gowda and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari met the President as he sought some clarification on the ordinance. Coleman and Co. During the year. however. increasing attacks on the media and civil society activists.” India’s middle class. as “there is a complete lack of transparency and the agencies who receive these borrowings are not accountable to the people. Ltd and The Indian Express Ltd. we may see building of 15. The report throws light on the “chilling effect” of defamation cases and legal notices.” BIC was particularly critical of the Tata Mundhra 4.” the report said. we also need to build small check dams to provide irrigation facilities to farmers. He also “managed to get a gag order on media reportage of the case.” Simultaneously. “We criticised the UPA government because it passed so many ordinances. Politically too. Earlier it had acted against Greenpeace. Kejriwal refused to furnish a bail bond and was remanded in judicial custody. described the move as “anti-farmer. and offered in sectors] by Rs. Prices of popular models up G.5 per cent. advertisers. the Takht had issued an edict. The number of defamation cases and legal notices increased from two in 2012 to seven in 2013 and 20 in 2014. Mr. “States do not want to be mere appendages of the Centre… They seek a decisive say in determining the architecture of economic growth and development. The Sangh aims to cover 10.” Cricketer M. reaffirms that India is a diverse country with distinct languages. ATF prices were reduced Travel agents are of the by 12. down by Rs. “It [withdrawal of excise duty cut] is only a temporary setback and the benefit did not help significantly anyway. the parties of the Janata Parivar plan to complete the formalities for merger ahead of the Budget Session slated for end-February. 5. ATF or jet fuel would cost Rs. The Opposiacquire land even without tion parties are therefore not merely at the amendthe full consent of the own. violence by vigilante groups and a spike in hate speech cases during election campaigns. 29. 15. said on Wednesday the Dharam Jagran Manch. The resolution. including that stringer with Kanak TV in of nine students in Kerala for Odisha. Narayanasamy had tabled the Bill in Rajya Sabha. other media houses and journalists. was not authorised to convert anyone to Sikhism. Policy-making must focus on providing necessary support to the more than 50 million small businesses. The former Supreme Court judge and National Green Tribunal Chairperson. NEW DELHI: The Modi Government on Thursday unveiled its ‘Bharatiya’ governance model in the resolution for setting up the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog. a few days after his and three others were put newspaper published his behind bars for Facebook report on a local kerosene posts. The existing fares do Group. The five Singh Sahibs would have pronounced tankah (religious service) and laid down the procedure to be followed. A report published by the media analysis website. these parties — the Samajwadi Party. particularly the years the average fare is the low 70s. Growth in the sector has not been all-inclusive. That was achieved by 1940. the Act will be applicable to 13 existing central laws. DELHI: Three senior Union Ministers met President Pranab Mukherjee to explain the urgency in promulgating the ordinance amending the land acquisition Act before he gave his nod to it. While the nonsubsidised LPG price was cut by Rs.1 per cent. Government has to focus on enabling legislation. a key project for the Gujarat government.” “unjust” and “deeply disturbing. The number of deaths of ND-ND .V. hit a five-and-a-half year ment generation. However. The next 25 years were spent taking the RSS to the district level. in terms of skill and knowledge upgrades and access to financial capital and relevant technology. The Act was part of a bouquet of legislations brought by the previous UPA government to check corruption but its implementation had been put on hold by the Modi government for removing issues related to national security and sovereignty. which works on climate-change and the California-based Sierra Club have been opposing coal imports from Australia for Indian thermal plants.’s Free Speech Hub says there was a marked increase in direct physical attacks on the media and citizens.” of Aerospace and Defence [both branded and unbrandsaid an airline senior KPMG. Gadkari said. The Ministers informed the President about the need to promulgate the ordinance urgently because before January 1. which has been seeing only anaemic recovery. Golwalkar] said our reach will need to be one per cent in the village and three per cent in the city for the Sangh’s work to be acknowledged by society. especially as the BJP has already begun work on the State. Act should bring under its purview 13 central laws. saying the changes will affect crores of farmers in the country.” a Finance Non-subsidised LPG will slump. 2. tious infrastructure developDelhi and Mumbai was once average airline seat ment programme of the Rs. New York-based NGO 350. decided to increase basic exconsidering the inflation Partner and India Head cise duty on petrol and diesel and other input costs. he added. Bank Information Centre (BIC). the DMK and even the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party. marketing & sales.2 kg cylinLalatendu Mishra executive.422. sources said here on Thursday. government caps them. Asked about the RSS’s target for cadre expansion. 26. the fares. Merely building big dams will not do. The Act was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2011 but the Rajya Sabha could clear it only on February 21 last year. 52. Maruti Suzuki said any decision on price hike would be taken post-January 5.S. There crimes. Hindu.000 villages by 2015-end in the hill State. 43. which provides a mechanism for protecting the identity of those who expose corruption.” hike will not impact retail “There is a huge said Subhash Goyal. the MEETA AHLAWAT land acquisition ordinance to push through a slew of out that if the Congress was will be clubbed along with ordinances — that include on the same page as the BJP other “anti-farmer” actions the ones to increase the FDI on the Insurance Law. With the promulgation of the ordinance. 2015 FROM PAGE ONE SLEW OF ORDINANCES Reason to worry. from 26 per cent to 49 per ernment’s attempt to dilute cent. “Guruji [RSS second chief M.would be effective from NEW DELHI: As global oil prices nomic activity and employ.Acquisition Act using the or. Honda Cars India. including the neo-middle class. JANUARY 2. including deals that were finalised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia in November 2014. without compromising on concerns about national interest and security.going to focus on the Act in ments. But I will say our target is six months. Gadkari.Ministry statement said. Toyota Kirloskar Motor said it would study the market reaction and announce the price revision“During the calendar year 2014. ” an increase in defamation cases and legal notices to curb reportage on a range of issues. With a claimed member- ship of about 40 million worldwide.Parliament” The Opposition is upset panies and make it easier to dinance route. said. district of Andhra Pradesh in May 2014. ed price cuts for Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) and nonsubsidised cooking gas on Thursday.” Mr. is unique in terms of its size and purchasing power.C. Vaidya said: “We don’t talk in terms of figures till we have achieved them. underplayed the rural thrust.52. senior vice-president. it had organised a ‘People’s climate march’ in Delhi. when the company employees would return from year-end holidays.000 and the Verna’s price will go up by Rs.” Manmohan Vaidya. all-round women empowerment.58/kl down from Rs. the Janata Dal-United.” he said. “When the excise duty cut was announced in February. 61. Enabling legislation The role of Government as a player in the industrial and service sectors is proposed to be reduced.50 in Delhi. an Indian Oil Corpomismatch in revenue and Chairman.” a pracharak in Uttarakhand said. It should have discount offers kicking roads… the government has been Rs.500 and after 20 occupancy levels fall to government. Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was arrested in a defamation case filed by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. MUMBAI: Airline officials same view. The President accorded his nod to the ordinance after meeting the Ministers. In Mumbai. which are a major source of employment creation. In 2004. the apex body clarified that it was not associated with the re-conversion. equality of opportunity to the youth and transparency. Alloca- “No scope for air fare cut” ‘Bharatiya’ governance model unveiled Special Correspondent ‘Hindu outfit not authorised’ Sarabjit Pandher CHANDIGARH: Jathdedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said on Wednesday that before reconverting to Sikhism. for the JD(U) and the RJD. Opposicap in the insurance sector extremely upset at the gov.45/ kl. including those relating to defence and national security. Shankar.10 NEWS NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU FRIDAY. A M. asking the Sikhs to stay away from the activities of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat. JD(U) sources pointed Indeed. but the Modi government in just seven months has demonstrated far greater speed: this is a subversion of Parliament.S.000 km of Rs.” The resolution also says that the Non-Resident Indian community spread across more than 200 countries is a significant geo-economic and geo-political strength. saw an increasing number of attacks on free speech in the country.92 per kilolitre in Delhi.S. 2 a litre each to fund its other countries and there the Trinamool Congress. enacted in May last. urban phenomenon for decades. Mr. Tyagi said: Non-subsidised gas too becomes cheaper Mahim Pratap Singh tion of these resources to the The revised excise duty road sector will also spur eco. Srivastava said. der. They cited Section 105 of the Act in this regard. “False allegations against activists of political subversion are becoming commonplace and that is enough reason to worry. “Free speech violations in 2014 included the death of two journalists for their investigative stories on malpractices in local businesses. the urgency to create one party is driving the merger: with Assembly elections in Bihar due at the end of the year.000 crore each to three publications owned by Bennett. “After January 5. RSS not to reveal target for cadre expansion Jatin Gandhi NEW DELHI: RSS official sourc- es in Nagpur.S. 15. said farmers’ activist Kishore Tiwari. Singh was authorised to start the process of merger. citizens’ participation.” the report said. former judges and media houses. He objected to the Takht not being involved in. four months saw decline in sales. hit $53 on Wednesday.520. it was of this government. I am in talks with [Power and Coal Minister] Piyush Goyal and [Maharashtra Chief Minister] Devendra Fadnavis on this matter. shale boom and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refusing to cut production. New York-based Avaaz works on several public issues and in September 2014. with the last cut announced on December 1 when prices were reduced by 4. Balachandar & Yuthika Bhargava CHENNAI/NEW DELHI: The auto industry is upset at the withdrawal of excise duty concession stating that it will have a negative impact on the sector. said airfares in India scope to cut fares unless the government hiked the exwere already low supplies [more seats cise duty on diesel and petrol compared to U. while the i10 Grand will see an increase of about Rs. As it is a matter of taxes.000 in.thehoot. party sources told The Hindu. its work involves public debate on coal and energy projects in India. are expected to be taken up by the Union Cabinet soon. defamation notices were sent against book publishers. but rather its elimination. prices. it says. the Sangh is targeting villages connected to the State highways under its Rajmarg Sampark Yojana.(U) leader K. 708. that reached out to other parties asking all pro-farmer outfits to come together to oppose the amendments. with general secretary Digvijay Singh declaring. “I won’t promise. we passed on the full benefits to the customers. to provide higher compensation and rehabilitation and resettlement benefits to farmers whose land was being acquired.000. 2014 would be observed as the “year of betrayal” as the promises of the new government have not been fulfilled. Amendments to the law. The other multi-crore defamation notices included those sent by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd and the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Natural Resources Ltd to journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta. “We are present in 35. but the fact that the ers – has provided more the coming weeks building government has taken the ordinance route. the day the Cabi. the state particularly unearthing also clamped down on freedom of expression. While the Dharam Jagran Manch said Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar was happy with the development. Indian Oil spokesperson Amresh Kapoor said prices were reviewed fortnightly and the last review was done on Wednesday. “Congress would oppose every move to dilute the Land Acquisition Act. policy making and regulation.” Daljeet Singh Kohli. “After the foundation of the RSS in 1925.000 places. Gadkari said. The Modi government using the closing days of 2014 net cleared the amendments to the Act. India has embraced a greater measure of pluralism which has reshaped the federal consensus. with demand continuing to weaken amid a supply glut owing to the U. Dhoni filed a Rs. Asked whether the trend would continue. the Rashtriya Janata Dal.” The essence of effective governance is defined to include pro-people agenda. We are seriously trying to address the major issues. “We are slowly increasing our rural reach now. Security to be factored into Whistleblowers Act NEW DELHI: Aspects related to national security and sovereignty are set to be taken out of the ambit of the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. says NGO representative Centre provides more ammunition to Opposition Ministers meet Pranab on land ordinance Janata Parivar constituents plan to merge before budget session NEW Suhasini Haidar & Meena Menon NEW DELHI: A representative of an American green NGO.” Nagpur-based RSS observer Dilip Deodhar said. Infosys sent notices of Rs. states the resolution. oil companies effect. or informed of.695. farmer widows in the region on December 31 participated in a protest march and “candlelight vigil” to pay tribute to the farmers who have committed suicide over the years. But they “underline[d] extreme State clampdown vulnerability of journalists working in small towns. “This diversity has enriched the totality of the Indian experience. said the company had announced a price revision (4 per cent increase) for its models. Sierra Club and 350. To begin with. It is also using Narendra Modi’s popularity for that. when annual festivities in his native Saifai will end: at the last meeting of the Janata Parivar.V.” another RSS official said in New Delhi. It is more to do with sentiment and this withdrawal was expected. This is the sixth consecutive reduction in jet fuel prices since August last year.” Mr. it would cost Rs. one of four whose foreign funding will be stopped unless it is cleared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Meanwhile. now cost Rs.000 shakhas at present. to two last year. the largest Opposition party. up to the budget session.” he said. “After its success in mobilising voters in the 2014 Lok Sabha election in 2014. but in consolidating those ties. 752. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. the Union Transport and Highways Minister said the government was working to achieve a “load-shedding-free” Maharashtra. An Agra meeting in November led to the RSS Sarkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi camp by the end of that month in western Uttar Pradesh and promotion of activities related to penetration at the village level. claimed that his village suffered 16 hours of loadshedding daily.” India no longer seeks the alleviation of poverty. Trinamool leader and West BenSamajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and gal Chief Minister Mamata Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad at a Banerjee said her party would fight the ordinance Janata Parivar rally in New Delhi. Fares will be “ambitious infrastructure” was no leeway to cut under control if programme. mafia. not compensate the cost. sales and marketing.861. farmer suicides will not stop. Smita Gupta NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the Op- position’s success in presenting a united front against the Modi government in the Rajya Sabha in the Winter Session of Parliament. faiths and cultural ecosystems. Prices of global benchmark Brent crude which fell 49 per cent during 2014. 53. lawyers. Research Head of IndiaNivesh Securities. Law Minister D. “From politicians to business houses. another RSS offshoot. “Future national policies must incorporate this strength in order to broaden their participation in the new India beyond just their financial support. the highest temporal authority of the Sikhs. Rural expansion of the RSS is part of its natural growth. Senior JD grist to their mills. “Instead.50 per 14. senior vice-president. “We have held seven-day camps beginning December 25 in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to focus on the villages.tion sources said. — FILE PHOTO: tooth and nail.000. The issue of safeguarding information on national security was first raised by the BJP when the then Minister of State for Personnel V. 7. sources said. In May 2014.” And it was the Congress. Some experts have “In order to fund the ambiIn 1994 the fare between hope. Pointing out that unavailability of irrigation water and insufficient power supply were the two major factors behind agricultural distress. which marked the start of separate data collection (by the National Crime Records Bureau) for attacks on the media. A letter the representative received dated December 10 said the MHA Foreigners Division (FCRA wing) regulates receipt of foreign contribution by NGOs to ensure that it is utilised for bonafide welfare activities. — PTI Marked increase in attacks on media in 2014: report Vinaya Deshpande MUMBAI: The year 2014. Mr.” the report said. Ramadoss slammed the “back door entry” by the NDA government. www. told The Hindu that the move appeared to question democratic effort that individuals and organisations could exercise in the country. Inclusiveness with special attention to the socially and economically disadvantaged sections and minorities is also included in the scheme of effective governance. the members of these two parties are keen to get their act together as quickly as possible.

m. V. which has land classified as “forest”. — PTI ND-ND . the deadline has been extended from December 31 to April 30. But nothing happened. The biggest point of contention between the BJP and the PDP is the rotation of Chief Ministership. The recent order had given a message that the government is against fair implementation of the FRA. we are alive to the concerns expressed by government employees on making the disclosures public. wife of Union Chemical and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar. Anil Goswami.K. “We have already simplified the declaration form and accordingly an order was issued last week. — PTI muniqué said Mr. Vohra has given both parties time till January 19. A letter taking this up was given short shrift by the Environment Ministry. “In compliance with the Union Home Ministry order dated December 27. including its State president Jugal Kishore Sharma. Modi’s intervention. ‘Wrong message’ Dr. Moves to deny access to officials’ assets info Devesh K.. BSF soldiers shout slogans in memory of their colleague who was killed in crossborder firing. a certificate of the District Collector certifying the land to be a plantation and having no population of Scheduled Tribes or other traditional forest dwellers is transferred to Mizoram. after which the State would come under Governor’s rule. — PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT aside contentious issues. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asserted that the security forces would give a fitting response to those casting evil designs on India. BSF Director General D. a senior BJP leader involved in parleys told reporters in New Delhi. The NGO had also approached the National Human Rights Commission and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Sometimes. the BSF and other security forces will give them a fitting reply. which can derail projects completely. The Special Bench has been set up based on the December 18. The process of the FRA can be expeditious. People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)..” Mr. The Varanasi-based NGO.N. Sasikala. he added.” a senior BJP leader told The Hindu in Srinagar. Gadkari also advocated the use of technologies where a by-product of oil is used for road laying. LoC tension: Rajnath talks tough National Bureau NEW DELHI: As ceasefire violations from Pakistan continued on the border in Jammu and Kashmir. but it has almost been sorted out as the BJP seems to have accepted that Mufti will be the Chief Minister for the entire term. Asked about defence deals with the U.. A presidential com. This is not desirable in the interests of peace and governance in forest areas.” The Army would respond appropriately to ceasefire violations on the border. on the ground situation along the border. Pakistan Rangers on Thursday targeted 13 border outposts in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir. He said Pakistan should refrain from such ceasefire violations as both countries were in touch on the issue. and advised the Maharashtra government and local bodies to avail of it. Pakistan forces started firing at 12.We are working to give the people of Jammu and Kashmir a stable government that completes its tenure of six years. assured members attending a national convention on community forest rights here recently that the FRA will not be diluted. since a person residing in such a forest will not be eligible as other traditional forest dwellers or scheduled tribes according to the FRA.N. Paul. would continue DEHRADUN: Krishan Kant Paul to hold the office of the Goverwill be sworn in as the sixth nor of Manipur. Gabbu and Pappu — started harassing her. It has promised to take necessary action in the case. — PHOTO: AP Pakistan has not learnt its lesson: Parrikar Nagesh Prabhu BENGALURU: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said Pakistan had not learnt lessons from its truce violations [that India will retaliate strongly] and had opened fire on the border even on New Year’s Day. Sources said five Pakistan Rangers were killed and two critically injured in the BSF firing. said though the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal ministry of the FRA. said it wrote to the UNHRC after its pleas to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In such plantations. he added.” an NIA official said. the idea of its patron Mufti Sayeed being the head of the government the entire six-year term is non-negotiable. excluding taxes and transport. He was speaking at a function organised by Adamya Chetana. The October 28. Mr. She died on December 26.” United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) convener Vishwas Utagi told presspersons here on Thursday. Hrushikesh Panda. according to the 2001 and 2011 censuses. Bank unions have also threatened to go on strike on multiple days later this month if their demand is not accepted. The cases were registered under various provisions of the Arms Act. The situation would be back to normal soon. “The accused are still roaming free. However. The girl and her father approached senior police officials. to which the Indian forces retaliated. he said the FRA does not provide any scope to any executive agency for any kind of relaxation of the applicability of the Act. NIA takes over Assam massacre cases Special Correspondent NEW DELHI: The National In- vestigation Agency has taken over four cases registered against the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) militants who massacred 75 people in the Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts of Assam about a week ago.N. including amendments. with the latter winning almost all the seats in the Kashmir Valley and the former sweeping Jammu’s Hindu heartland. as made mandatory under the Act. The other appeals were filed by Ms. Vohra on Thursday. ‘Only concrete roads’ New Uttarakhand Governor MUMBAI: Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said all new road projects of the Centre would use concrete. Sudhakaran and J. an NGO working in the field of social development managed by Tejaswini. which won 15 seats. If necessary. Panda said the October 28 order was violative of the law of the land and a project. While the BJP. was being discussed at the senior-most level in the Ministry and that all possibilities were being explored. A formal round of talks with the PDP leadership will begin in the next two or three days. even as there is pressure from the Ministry of Environment to dilute the law and do away with the condition that gram sabhas should give consent for projects. CM YK Meena Menon Calls for withdrawal of order issued by Environment Ministry ility is neither vested in the Environment Ministry nor in the Tribal Affairs Ministry. Kumaraswamy to hear the appeals filed by AIADMK general-secretary Jayalalithaa and others. “Our case has been accepted by the Human Rights Council and Special Procedures Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the United Nations. Vohra. in case of plantations notified as forests for any period less than 75 years prior to December 13. The 20-year-old girl. with 25 seats and a lot of campaigning around the slogan of installing the first Hindu Chief Minister in the State.NATIONAL NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU FRIDAY. during his funeral in Jammu on Thursday. The BSF had also destroyed a terrorist launch pad across the border at Abhiyal Dogra . The police did not pay heed to the complaints of the deceased and her family members.” Mr. which takes a short cut.” a senior Ministry official said. would January 8. An impression is being created that the administration/implementation of the FRA is hindering or delaying clearance of the developmental projects. The Environment Ministry letter of October takes a short cut. he said. Taking a legal stand. Raghuvanshi said. Pakistan does not like to stay quiet [even] on New Year’s Day. he being their local MP. Sharma said. he added. The BJP also held talks with the National Conference. but the NC faced an anti-incumbency vote in the elections and a partnership with it will still leave the BJP short of six seats to form a government. but no action was taken. The responsib- BENGALURU: The Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka on Thursday set up a Special Bench of Justice C.. In an obvious reference to Pakistan and China. in a letter dated November 12. Pathak briefed the Minister and the Home Secretary. 2005 and in villages in such areas which have no recorded populations of Scheduled Tribes. There are indications that the two parties will work out a common minimum programme to set BJP MP Jugal Kishore Sharma addressing the media after meeting J&K Governor N. HC names judge to hear Jayalalithaa’s appeal case Forest Rights Act not delaying projects: official Krishnaprasad NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs says that there is no evidence that the process under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) delays projects. The officials are no more required to reveal the names of banks or financial institutions in which they have invested. can be stopped by just one village.” Mr. 2014 to his counterpart in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. had to pay the price of police inaction with her life. The CVC is mandated to tender advice in respect of officers in cases where investigating agencies seek sanction for their prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act. “We have asked the Governor for some more time so that the result of the ongoing dialogue [with other political parties] comes out.” Discussions on The official said the issue of making the information public. he said: “We are surrounded by two neighbours in the northern boundary and they are not comfortable with us. on Thursday called on him and sought more time for government formation. Persons fulfilling eligibility conditions have been asked to submit applications by January 19. Secretary. The unions have been demanding a wage revision linked to the gross profit of the banks. The revised order.. Pandey NEW DELHI: Although the Department of Personnel and Training has simplified the form for declaration of assets and liabilities by government employees. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the State police chief went unanswered. UNHRC petitioned Sandeep Joshi LUCKNOW: The burning of a girl student who opposed the advances of three men in Varanasi has reached the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). “We are not in a hurry [to form the government]. Aziz Qureshi. they are likely to be heard regularly from January 5 as Justice Kumaraswamy will not be sitting on Friday. we may also bring in amendments in view of the concerns raised. 2014. However. Singh told journalists here on the sidelines of a meeting. A major worry for the employees is Section 44 (6) of the Lokpal Act. Meghalaya Governor. who was being stalked for the past six months by the three youths.” alleged Mr. This emboldened the accused who on December 18 entered her house and tried to rape her while her family members were away. She put up a fight and screamed out loud. he said big contracts would be signed during President Barack Obama’s visit to India for the Republic Day celebrations. he added.” Mr. JANUARY 2. 120 per bag. 11 Girl who fought molesters burnt to death in Varanasi.S. Back-channel talks have been in progress between the BJP and the PDP.” Mr.K. Expert panel under CVC to be formed Special Correspondent NEW DELHI: The Central Vigi- lance Commission (CVC) has invited applications for constitution of a committee of experts to scrutinise requests from ministries and departments for reconsideration of their advice on proposals for prosecution sanction against officers facing corruption charges. 2015 GOVERNMENT FORMATION MOVES BJP seeks more time in J&K PDP wants full-term CM. “The girl’s father also wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office and sought Mr. which provides that “the competent authority in respect of each Ministry or department shall ensure that all such statements [declaration] are published on the website of such Ministry or department . Gadkari told reporters that the Ministry had found a supplier near Mumbai Staff Reporter ready to deliver at Rs. “Our jawans are protecting the border with all their might.” Mr. Sharma said. our Guwahati unit has taken over four cases registered at the Kokrajhar. So we had no option but to approach the United Nations. Dr. demanding its withdrawal.. who have questioned their conviction in the disproportionate assets case. Bank strike on January 7 Bank employees’ unions have decided go on a strike on January 7 across the country to press for a wage hike. 2014 letter of the Environment Ministry said no forests were likely to be recognised under the provisions of the FRA. he said. There are many issues that need to be discussed and that is why it is taking time. He said the girl’s ordeal began about six months ago when the three accused — Babudan. for the PDP. and controversial issues will be set aside for the time being.R. makes it mandatory for government employees to declare their deposits in foreign banks as also those of their spouses and dependent children. the Ministry of Personnel may amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act to address their concerns about possible misuse of information thus made public. Pakistan seems to have not learnt lessons. Raghuvanshi. Jayalalithaa’s associates — V. “That was the main issue between the two parties. Against the prevalent rate of Rs. issued on December 26. Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.” PVCHR head Lenin Raghuvanshi told The-Hindu. “We want early conclusion of the 10th bipartite wage negotiation (with MUMBAI: IBA) for satisfactory and reasonable wage hike and so we are going on an all-India bank strike on January 7. “Whenever there is an attempt for infiltration firing starts …we have responded.30 a. Mr. Though the appeals have been listed for hearing on Friday. BJP for rotation of post Gargi Parsai & Zahid Rafiq NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: A day after Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N. “We are also trying to ascertain if there can be a system to keep the declarations for access only within the government. 2014 direction of the Supreme Court for hearing the appeals on a dayto-day basis. a BJP delegation. the Ministry of Environment has been issuing advisories to States. he said. Dhekiajuli and Bishwanath Chariali police stations in Assam. The current Governor of Uttarakhand on Governor. 350 per bag of cement. If there has been any study or evidence on delay of the projects because of the processes of FRA. Ilavarasi. wants to have its own candidate for three years.” he said. he said. the two largest single parties in the Assembly elections. It takes less time than the procedures under the Forest Conservation Act and land acquisition. the department/ministry concerned refers the cases back to the CVC for reconsideration. “Our coming together will be on the grounds of development and governance. relaxing certain provisions of the FRA. The boys then poured kerosene and burnt her.. who also represents the city in the Lok Sabha. said a notification issued by the Registrar (Judicial). it should be brought to the notice of the Tribal Affairs Ministry. Parrikar said. No one can dare cast an evil eye on India. Panda. Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Even if someone tries to do so. The Varanasi police are still to book them.

Wickremesinghe.” Ms. Last year. replying to a question. Mr.” says Mr. The plane. Captain Iriyanto. decisive. who was once close to the Socialist Party but has distanced himself from the policies of President Francois Hollande. Rajapaksa’s core constituency of the rural Sinhalese voters. In a week from now Sri Lanka goes to polls. has also not been entirely detached from the rural electorate. Her political comeback after nearly nine years has not only induced confidence into the disgruntled SLFP old guard — tired of Mr. Witnesses said that the coupons were being emptied from the third floor of a building. whose father S. Among this rural Sinhala population. and sunk the plane.” added Mr. He added that a profound lesson should be learned from the incident. the nose. More so after his protégé Ranil Wickramasinghe came to the helm. Kusum Kumara.” All the same. Addressing diplomats and journalists here on Thursday — a week ahead of the January 8 elections — he said the joint opposition. The newspaper quoted individuals on social media as saying that the bar owner demonstrated possession of the coupons prior to the incident. “The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) would work on impact. “The pilot managed to land it on the sea’s surface. says Sinha Ratnatunga. The dent in Mr.W. apparently to limit crowds because of its relatively enclosed space. the mastermind of the tion leader Ranil Wickramasinghe has accused the government of deploying troops to intimidate Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils from voting in the upcoming presidential polls. in the 16-36 age A view of a stampede during New Year’s celebration on the Bund. To them. Rajapaksa allegedly promoting his family — but also signalled a potential split in the SLFP base itself. endorsing Mr. “Yet. suggesting the first passengers may have started the evacuation process once the plane landed on water. has killed 36 people. deploying BACK TO ADIALA JAIL troops to intimidate voters: Ranil Magistrate rejects police request for five more days to interrogate him Lakhvi remanded in judicial custody FRIDAY. (This is the first of a threepart series. the main Opposition. — PHOTO: AFP founded the SLFP. and Passengers may have started evacuation once the plane landed on water my analysis is it didn’t work because there was no major impact during landing. “This is a crucial. He will be produced again before the court on January 15. Deputy Minister of Higher Education Nandimithra Ekanayake quit the government to support Mr. It is unfortunate that an unnecessary hype was created on grant of bail to Lakhvi. Sirisena. Bandaranaike CM YK Supporters of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa celebrate following a call for presidential election in Colombo in November. Mr. [It] is progressing well. left the government in November to be named common opposition candidate. according to Mr. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that no efforts should be spared to treat those injured in the stam- pede.” — AFP Rajapaksa can no longer count on rural Sinhala vote bank Meera Srinivasan COLOMBO: The joint opposi- tion’s bid to give President Mahinda Rajapaksa a tough fight in the January 8 presidential polls has resulted in a rarely seen phenomenon in Sri Lanka — a contest between two candidates with their roots in the country’s rural heartlands. “I refuse this nomination because I do not think it is the government’s role to decide who is honourable. — AFP 36 killed in New Year stampede in Shanghai Pilot made emergency water landing? Atul Aneja BEIJING: A stampede apparent- ly caused by the rush to grab coupons. Just before Lakhvi was to be released on Tuesday after Islamabad High Court suspended his detention. a day after Faizer Mustapha. he was arrested on charges of kidnapping a man ‘Wasn’t Samjhauta Express attack accused Aseemanand given bail?’ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Pakistani police officers escort Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi in Islamabad on Thursday. The historic belt — which includes the island’s ancient capital of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa that Mr. Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).” he says. defected to the joint opposition. The urban-rural divide does not necessarily stop them from understanding the nature of disparity. it has mostly been a competition between a candidate from the urban elite and one from the rural areas. The decision by Egypt’s Court of Cassation came after a hearing that lasted only a few minutes. Experts say this suggests the experienced former air force pilot. had received information on retired army professionals “training” military troops to deter voters in different electorates. Lakhvi was granted bail on December 18 in the Mumbai attack case but was detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). a confident-sounding President Rajapaksa said: “Seeing the sea of people while addressing you from this historical Kandyan City. also from Mr. professor of political science at the University of Colombo. leading to traffic congestion. in the January 8 elections. only for the plane to be overcome by high seas. Mr. on Thursday refused to accept the country’s highest award. R. Xi ordered thorough investigation into the cause of the stampede. a waterfront area in central Shanghai. With the United National Party (UNP) too backing him. Sirisena. which would be followed by the Lantern Festival. The government camp in its election rhetoric repeatedly flaunts its development thrust — plush expressways.” said Dudi Sudibyo. 2015 Retrial of al-Jazeera journos ordered Meera Srinivasan ISLAMABAD: Zakiur Rehman COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s opposi. Former transport minister Jusman Syafii Djamal was convinced the discovery of the floating exit door meant “someone had opened it”. the rural Sinhala heartland in the south. sea or the sides of a mountain.  The votes cast by the Sinhalese electorate will be decisive. challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sirisena. or the Lunar New Year.” According to him. said people of the country wanted change. Mahinda Rajapaksa has always had the support of women. officials were caught off-guard when nearly 300. Khan was kidnapped by Lakhvi six years ago. An emergency exit door and an inflatable slide were among the first items recovered by the search team. on Thursday. I am sure of victory on the 8th. Aslam said. Ekanayake’s defection brought to 25 the number of ruling party lawmakers who have joined the opposition. “I am leaving the government to create a better future for our country. Sirisena’s constituency However. Livelihood concerns While rising costs. Passengers may have been waiting for a flight attendant to inflate a life raft when a high wave hit the nose and sank the plane. Rajapaksa enough to give him a third term will be known in about a week from now.R. were not granted bail. whose roots lie in Hambantota. particularly in southern Sri Lanka. However. Whether Sri Lanka’s rural Sinhalese like Mr. The three journalists did not attend the brief hearing. — PHOTO: REUTERS group. there is a clear momentum in the rural and urban constituencies swinging in favour of the joint opposition. Piketty told AFP. “They would do better to concentrate on reviving [economic] growth in France and Europe. the mastermind of the deadly assault. Ratnatunga. “Although [it] happened more than two years before Mumbai attack. amid a row with India over his release in the 26/11 case. he notes. The investigations and the confession of the mastermind of the attack. Swami Aseemanand pointed to the involvement of Indian military officers and some organisations linked to major political parties.” he said. which has sold some 1. — PTI Thursday said it was vigorously pursuing the 2008 Mumbai attack case and described as “unfortunate” the “hype” created on grant of bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.” the name of the bar in the area. Millions of Chinese collectively participate in this string of festivities. They are very much aware of the realities. evoking a strong reaction from India. where a majority of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihood. 2008 Mumbai attack. his appeal among the rural Sinhalese population cannot be underestimated. The annual 3D laser show had also been cancelled on account of crowd control concerns. which resembled 100 dollar bills. ports and airports — but Sinhala youth appear to be following Rajapaksa’s appeal among the rural Sinhalese population cannot be underestimated. She also accused India of not sharing findings of Samjhauta Express terrorist attack probe with Pakistan. very much a member of the Colombo elite. a President’s Counsel and Deputy Minister of Investment. The rural Sinhala vote has traditionally gone to the Mr. Defence lawyers said they believed a retrial for the three men would be held within a month. Rajapaksa’s vote bank seems all the more likely especially with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. it remains to be seen if issues like corruption and rising authoritarianism — some of the key campaign points of the joint opposition — will resonate with the average rural Sinhalese voter. a former air force commander.” he said. Piketty has gained attention worldwide with his book of theories about growing economic inequality. was on Thursday sent back to a Rawalpindi jail after a court here remanded him in 14 days of judicial custody for the abduction of an Afghan national.” says Mr. sections believe the momentum may very well be confined to urban areas. — AP Piketty refuses Legion of Honour PARIS: France’s influential economist Thomas Piketty. Former Prime Minister Mr. and it did not suffer an impact when it hit a surface. there is a likely split in the rural vote base the implications of development keenly. Mr.” Foreign Office (FO) spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said. — PHOTO: AP named Muhammad Anwar Khan.000 feet when the pilot requested a change of course to avoid storms. according to Kumudu Kusum Kumara. According to an FIR registered on Monday at a police station in Islamabad. who have been held their arrest December 2013. conducted an emergency water landing which did not have a destructive impact. observed Jayadeva Uyangoda. Rajapaksa will face a serious challenge from Maithripala Sirisena. The Chinese daily Global Times reported that bills had “M18. Mr. in a recent article. Sirisena’s candidature is likely to split that vote base. Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohammed. The magistrate rejected the police’s request for further five days remand to interrogate the suspect and sent him to judicial custody for 14 days at Adiala Jail where he had been detained in the Mumbai terror attack case for the last five years. That helped Mr.D. by revellers thronging a popular venue in Shanghai. but it failed to send the transmissions normally emitted when a plane crashes or is submerged. particularly with his “war victor” trophy. “But that image changed after the economy was opened up in 1977 under President J. Aseemanand was granted bail on 28th August 2014. Rajapaksa. The dead include 25 young women. analysts say the pilot may have managed to make an emergency water landing. because if it did so then the bodies would not be intact. Rajapaksa’s party. “It is not a free and election by any means. with Maithripala Sirisena crossing over. a senior editor of aviation magazine Angkasa.12 INTERNATIONAL NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU Govt. an Afghan national. was cruising at a height of 32. author of Capital in the 21st Century. Kumaratunga and the traditional rural vote bank of the SLFP defectors that is expected to make up for the UNP’s weakness in rural constituencies.Lakhvi. Rajapaksa drum up support among rural Sinhalese. he argues. “I may also draw your attention to… the Samjhauta Express terrorist attack in which close to fifty Pakistanis were killed. printed on them. do-or die election for us. explaining their apparent loyalty to the incumbent. The Airbus A320-200 left the Indonesian city of Surabaya early on Sunday and disappeared from radar over the Java Sea during a storm. Some of its populist leaders have in the past come up with some “pro-poor policies” targeting the peasants. ahead of the upcoming festivals including the Spring Fes- tival. he is that mighty leader who crushed the rebel Tigers and brought peace to their country. a region that resounds with more than a millennium of Sinhala culture and history.” said Chappy Hakim. carrying 162 people to Singapore. “They seem a little more sceptical of the development projects and tend to question them.5 million copies. Jayewardene’s leadership. “The conclusions I have come to so far are that the plane did not blow up mid-air. entered the fray in 2005 against former Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. CanadianEgyptian Mohammed Fahmy. with the main parties representing the island’s minority Tamils and Muslims backing the common opposition candidate. The Shanghai Daily reported that the venue of this year’s New Year festivities had been shifted to the Chen Yi Square near the Bund Origin area. “They see him as the macho leader who saved their country by bringing the brutal war to an end. was produced before a judicial magistrate of the local court here on the expiry of his two-day physical remand. Sirisena represents in Parliament — is in the North Central province. widely expected to be a close contest. JAKARTA: As search teams hunt for the black boxes of AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Ratnatunga. However. whether in their own hometowns or in the cities they may work in.” Mr. Lakhvi (54). it is very disappointing that India has not shared findings of… investigations despite assurances at the highest level. “Many of them work in the cities and go back to their villages during the weekends.” On Thursday. it is the support of Ms. In the past. one of the principal supporters of joint opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. JANUARY 2.” he added. and will be coming out and voting for that change. Mr. — PTI CAIRO: An Egyptian appeals court ordered a retrial on Thursday in the case of three imprisoned al-Jazeera English journalists. Mr. The UNP. “The case is sub-judice. particularly those in the island-nation’s North and East. However.000 people turned up for the New Year countdown in the open space at the Bund. Djamal added. concerns over employment and livelihoods dominate rural Sri Lanka. Mr. Piketty.) ND-ND . Urban-rural divide Moreover. Addressing a campaign rally in Kandy on Friday. It is still not clear whether the opposition campaign has made any significant inroads into Mr. He challenged his detention under MPO in the Islamabad High Court which on Monday suspended the government order. the Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour). After two successive terms. the rural youth are increasingly landing jobs in the city.” she said. be that land. editor of the widely-read Sunday Times. senior lecturer at Colombo University’s sociology department. The court had also granted Lakhvi’s two-day physical remand to police. “High waves may have hit the plane. who hails from the Rajarata. in the riverside Bund area of China’s commercial capital. including in the Sinhala heartland.

prior approval of the RBI is necessary.50 26. In the previous two sessions. The new rates will be applicable from Thursday. Special Correspondent even under a lot of pressure on account of the impending MUMBAI: The banking sector is Basel-III guidelines and the faced with downgrading of capital adequacy ratio is adrating as deteriorating asset versely affected. while Hyundai Motor India’s sales were up 14. — PTI Duty-free import of chana allowed till March NEW DELHI: The government has extended duty-free import of chana.39 76. Mahindra & Mahindra’s vehicle sales declined by 7 per cent to 34. RBI relaxes ECB norms was off to a bad start in the new year as it suffered the worst single-day drop in over two weeks on Thursday by falling 32 paise to end at 63. The Sensex closed at 27507. more than 50 per cent of enterprises follow this and this prac- tice is followed all over the world.3 per cent in March.” Mr.492. In the U.100 crore should be readily available at the time of obtaining banking licence. standard assets incremental restructuring would continue in 2014-15 and not much headway is expected in sale of assets to assert reconstruction companies after the guidelines have been changed.00 164. Among auto stocks. the quantum of price rise could be over Rs. “Demand continues to remain suppressed on account of high interest rates and weak economic fundamentals.47 63.120 crore) in an all-cash deal. AD Category-I bank may permit creation of charge on immovable assets. the 30-share BSE Sensex slipped further to 27395. up 18. Haribhakti added.” Toyota Kirloskar Motor Senior Vice- “We are happy to have achieved a growth of 5 per cent in our passenger vehicle segment in December with 2014. At present. Xylo. For reducing NPAs. 2015 BUSINESS BRIEFLY LIC to launch co-branded credit card with UAE bank DUBAI: LIC International and Abu Dhabi-based First Gulf Bank are planning to introduce a unique cobranded credit card in the UAE to address concerns of insurance policyholders. At present. Similarly.56 per cent decline in sales at 3. movable assets.100 crore is must for setting up niche banking entities. Chairman. Hyundai post strong growth in December Withdrawal of excise duty benefit will have negative impact Yuthika Bhargava NEW DELHI: Even as major car makers such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor posted double-digit growth in domestic sales in December.4 to 4. market leader Hero MotoCorp reported a marginal rise of 0. the government initiated management reforms in public sector banks by splitting the post of Chairman and Managing Director in four banks and appointing managing directors (MDs)/chief executive officers (CEOs) in Vijaya Bank. and Assoready under tremendous cham believes that the same stress. Indian Overseas Bank. the new rules are subject to certain conditions.19 17. Other auto stocks such as M&M. JSW. — PTI Wipro Enterprises convenes EGM Stock brokers hope the bull run will extend in 2015 — PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE Bharti Airtel counter emerged the top gainer among Sensex stocks by surging 2. “This would reduce figure would be maintained the effective internal source for 2014-15.” he added. Tea Board noted that in spite of using PPFs.88 16. Besides. — PTI MUMBAI: The government’s decision to bifurcate the top position at public sector banks will bring in transparency and accountability.20. the gross funding much more difficult assets during 2015. “Combining the positions of Chairman and Managing Director with one person is contradictory to the effective functioning of the organisation as the Chairman is the custodian of governance.57 lakh units last month. the RBI said promoter (individual) of large business or industrial house cannot act as promoter himself to form a small bank.619 units in December. The aim is to make Indian tea a safe and healthy drink. “It looks as though the government wants to bring in outside experts as chairmen in some of the banks. 2013. RINL. the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) said it had extended the “zero customs duty on chickpeas (gram) up to March 31.999 in six cities. — PTI Maruti.541) 36. It further said the balance at the close of business on any day should not exceed Rs. a Tea Board said. infrastructure and metal sector stocks saw some activity on Thursday. national Secretary-General. In metal space.” the report quality would put further said. When contacted on threat of imports.75 intra-day.” He said the industry might be de-coupled from the global trend of slowdown.33 49.28 167. Additionally.41 16. The company has signed a definitive agreement with E I DuPont De Nemours and Company USA for the transaction. it is time the remuneration of CEOs in PSU banks is enhanced somewhere near to their peers in the private sector.100. The company. 2015. In the two-wheeler segment. This was necessary as currently this sector accounts for over 30 per cent of the Indian tea output.62 47.50) (27.31 217.70 and 8248. Telecom.14 8. forming assets: current and 2015. till Marchend in view of fall in sowing area under the crop. warning such offers could result in direct financial losses.-based DuPont’s pharmaceutical propellant business under the Dymel brand for $20 million (over Rs. Traders said direction-less investors confined their commitments to select stocks. said D. As an interim measure to give a boost to the struggling automobile industry.61 8.965 38. seven industrial cities and 100 smart cities are expected to accelerate growth in manufacturing. evolved by Tea Board. the choice of security to be provided to the overseas lender or the supplier for securing ECB is left to Beware of MLM firms. The dollar gained strength overseas against most peers on speculation that U.12. Bolero and Verito. pressure on its finances.” Mr. These revised rates are valid till January 31. On payment of utility (like power and telephone) bills. 2015. PPF covers insecticides. The 50-share Nifty on the National Stock Exchange edged up by 1. While answering questions on Payment Banks.504 units.04 10. 2014. Immediate effect The relaxations are with immediate effect. wildlife habitats and human dwelling to check contamination. Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. Delhi-NCR and Kolkata.990 2. The withdrawal of excise duty benefits is also a big jolt for the automobile industry. a set of guidelines for regulating the chemical inputs in tea cultivation. foreign portfolio investors bought shares worth Rs. Mitra told PTI. Also. The operator provides 4G services in 16 cities. export of pulses is prohibited except for chickpeas (Kabuli chana) and organic pulses. S.109 units in December 2014. — PTI Airtel opens bookings for Redmi Note NEW DELHI: To give a fillip to its super fast fourthgeneration mobile services.34.61 8. Tea Board Chairman Siddharth said a roll-out was de- The document deals with safe usage of crop protection products and methodologies cided with some modifications.910) (39.3 per cent year-on-year increase in domestic sales at 98. RINL Director (Commercial) T. JANUARY 2.3.82 per cent on dollar deposits. expanding the options of securities and consolidating various provisions related to creation of charge over securities for ECB at one place.S. requiring the ECB borrower to create charge. It is estimated that around 17 million tonnes of additional capacity are likely to be added in the next 2-3 years.476. (as against 4.non-performing ated Chambers of Commerce (NPAs) of banks are expected and Industry of India (Assco.35 against the dollar.public sector banks by March.08 crore on Wednesday.100 (27. the Centre’s decision not to extend excise duty benefits has put the industry on the back foot. where benchmark indices ended almost flat. The code encourages tea growers to critically review their plant protection formulations (PPF). The Tea Board and industry had flayed the report. which will be a great value addition to the state-owned banks. the banking sector ing sector (as against 3.500 crore.9. which is a set of international food standards and guidelines. Federal Reserve will raise rates by the middle of this year.89 164. it has been decided to extend the last date of receipt of applications to February 2. The year 2013-14 saw invisioning. Demand for the greenback from banks and importers and little support from local share market.481. we have registered growth in the domestic and overall sales in December as well. More time to apply for niche bank licence MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday extended the deadline for submission of applications for licensing of Small Finance Banks (SFBs) and Payments Banks (PBs) to February 2. United Bank of India and Oriental Bank of Commerce.000 for small cars and around Rs. announced the acquisition of U. cautioned investors against multilevel marketing firms that promised high returns and run on hefty member subscription fees. financial securities and issue of corporate and/or personal guarantees in favour of overseas lender/security trustee. However.3-million tonne expansion project at a cost of Rs.” said Shailesh Haribhakti.47 76. The PPC is a comprehensive document. Bharti Airtel has tied up with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi to provide 4G device Redmi Note at a price of Rs. will soon pay a visit to Dunlop India’s Sahaganj unit on January 5 to explore revival options. if the lender proposes to go for an IPO. reported growth of 5 per cent in sales of passenger vehicles. and so these positions must be occupied by different individuals.” the RBI said in a notification.17 10. said the Associ.61.200 (37. — Reuters the borrower. These are different roles.15 63.000 per individual customer in a Payment Bank.000 for sedans.7 per cent for ham) in a report ‘Non per.” it added. The RBI had issued guidelines for licensing for SFBs and PBs in November.91 51.78 per cent increase in domestic sales in December at 28. herbicides and bio pesticides.06 18. “It has been decided that AD Category-I banks may allow creation of charge on immovable assets. Rawat. losses were wiped off on the back of gains in select blue-chips towards the fag-end. The RBI also clarified the proposed SBFs would be ‘required’ to use ‘Small Finance Bank’ in its name and the minimum paid-up capital of Rs. MUMBAI: Indrani Dutta KOLKATA: Plant Protection Code (PPC). The Reserve Bank had received 176 and 144 queries from individuals/organisations relating to Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks. 3. Royal Enfield reported a 47. Responding to queries from individuals and organisations relating to SBFs. and clarified that a minimum capital of Rs. on Thursday.” the report said. which are a list of chemicals that are used in tea. However. however.31 49. The measures are categorised under ‘preventive and corrective Management’. but also near water bodies.20 lakh crore. auto. 2014).31 54. investors told MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India.per cent for the whole bankport said.80 47.14 17.. Hyderabad. The industry is bogged down due to cyclone Hudhud mainly in the second-half of 2014. It may be mentioned here that recently Greenpeace had released a report alleging presence of pesticide residues in Indian tea. the bank said in a release. On Wednesday.180) (2.NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU 13 FRIDAY.32 crore. The awareness campaign.100 a quintal in some parts of the country. These include asking the small tea growers to give a declaration of their output conforming to the PPC before it is sent to the factories. have ensured that their recommendations comply with food safety standards as stipulated by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India. It cannot be that while we expect the CEO to give performance under challenging circumstances taking into account the social obligations of these banks.41 per cent on euro deposits.26 lakh units in December 2014. “Weak asset in the banking of increasing capital which is sector is likely to be 5.86 54.25 per cent. LIC International has over 350 million policyholders worldwide.S. around five million tonnes on an average a year in long products as against the earlier average of maximum two million tonnes a year. which have fallen even below the minimum support price of Rs. Chennai. 2013.” said Mr.11 10. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) said NEW DELHI: Central Bank of India has revised the interest rates on Foreign Currency Non-resident (Bank) Account (FCNR-B). “It is an extremely healthy move. He told The Hindu that “2015 may prove to be a year of turnaround for the steel industry with business sentiment firming up. Chennai-based TVS Motor Company said domestic two-wheeler sales stood at be 4. which deals with safe usage of crop protection products and methodologies that would be followed to reduce pesticide residues in tea.54 in the first trading session of the New Year in lacklustre trade. is expecting to bounce back in 2015.18 18. bad and restructured loans are expected to touch the 15 per cent mark by the end of 2014-15. Country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki reported a 13. The tea research institutes. markets closed higher for the fourth straight day and wrapped up 2014 with the best annual gain in five years. Rawat.56 51.7 per cent by March. and was likely to register growth in tandem with GDP growth. After a lower start at 27485. The company.1. “In continuation of the November upswing. — PTI tioning.” the company said. on Thursday. weeds and diseases.740 units last month. hit by slowdown in the last couple of years. Meanwhile.cent for March. financial securities and issue of corporate and/or personal guarantees. the RBI said “there is no cap envisaged on the number of licences proposed to be issued.79 98. which was de-merged from flagship firm Wipro in 2012. Bajaj Auto.40 17.54 after touching a high of 27545. the government had announced a cut in the range of 4 to 6 per cent in excise duty on various vehicles.26 10. “The committee will visit the factory as part of its fact-finding review of West Bengals’s rubber and tyre industry. Twenty industrial clusters such as Ben- galuru-Mumbai as well as Vizag-Chennai. 3. to secure the ECB to be raised/raised by the borrower. but Airtel will provide Redmi Note at 133 stores across Mumbai.14 crore from Rs.15 215.179 units as against 19.524 (36.86 per cent after the telecom regulator recommended base price for Rs.700) CM YK Plant Protection Code rolls out Sensex flat on Day One of New Year to make tea a safer beverage The benchmark Sensex on Thursday ended with a marginal gain of about 8 points at 27507.720 crore/megahertz for 3G mobile spectrum. also known as gram or chickpeas. — PTI NEW DELHI: Wipro Enterprises will seek nod from its members to reduce the share capital to provide an exit option to non-promoter shareholders. The central bank also said accepting money under such structures was a cognizable offence under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act of 1978. Dollar Euro Pound Sterling Jap Yen (100 Units) Chinese Yuan Swiss Franc Singapore Dollar Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar Swedish Kroner Danish Kroner New Zealand Dollar Hongkong Dollar Malaysian Ringitt Kuwaiti Dinar UAE Dirham Bahraini Dinar Qatari Riyal Saudi Riyal Omani Riyal TT TT Buying Selling 63. is ramping up new units under its 6. When the same person holds both positions. XUV 500. The Finance Ministry has extended the zero duty regime for chana although the Agriculture Ministry was pushing for a 10-per cent duty in view of declining chana prices. fungicides.86 Source: Indian Bank BULLION RATES January 01 rates in rupees with previous rates in brackets Chennai Bar Silver (1 kg) Retail (1 g) 24 ct gold (10 g) 22 ct gold (1 g) Delhi Silver Standard gold Sovereign 35.200) 23. has detailed the chemicals that can be used in tea plantations making some exceptions for South India. would be continued. Major and secondary producers such as SAIL. the RBI said this was not allowed for Payment Banks. Sesa Sterlite was up 2.’’ PBs are allowed to offer locker and vault facilities.2. it said. — PTI ND-ND . 2014) and 4-4.. which are al. including Scorpio.9 per would attract additional pro. Raja said. 2.” General Motors India Vice-President P. “Keeping in view the difficulties expressed by various parties. there should be a security clause in the loan agreement. pulses are imported at zero duty across the board for any category.34 per cent. Bengaluru. Balendran said. the rupee had gained 64 paise. SRF said in a filing to the BSE.m on January 01 Currencies U.Rs. led to rupee snapping a two-session uptrend.86 per cent on Canadian dollar deposits and 4. The decision was taken “with a view to liberalising. now on among small tea growers. DH Consultants.06 8. On Wednesday. an immensely challenging year for the auto industry. the corporate entity of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.77. President (Sales and Marketing) N.000) 27. the rupee had gained 35 paise against the greenback but lost ground on an annual basis for the fourth year in a row. Hike in prices While most of the players have already announced plans to hike prices due to increasing input costs. The code is based on the Codex Alimentarius. This momentum can be attributed to the year ending. Considering this. — PTI SRF acquires DuPont’s Dymel pharma propellant biz NEW DELHI: Diversified firm SRF. and a no objection certificate will have to be obtained from an existing domestic lender. According to the report. The underlying ECB must be in compliance with extant ECB guidelines. which would further put pressure on the cremental restructuring of profits of banks. General Motors India reported a 36. The earlier deadline was January 16. but we do not pay them the commensurate salaries.71 52. Steel units expect turnaround Santosh Patnaik VISAKHAPATNAM: The steel in- dustry.40.20 98. movable assets. headed by Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra. JSPL and Monnet Ispat have started adding capacity. the industry is faced with surging Chinese imports and sluggish domestic demand due to excess supply and slowdown in the construction and infrastructure sector. and 4. The rural market is also looking up for long producers. “However. it leads to confusion and some time even to sacrifices.067 units in December. EXCHANGE RATES Indicative direct rates in rupees a unit except yen at 4 p.74 per cent on Australian dollar deposits (all of five-year maturity). On Wednesday. — PTI Bifurcating top post in PSBs will Deteriorating asset quality will bring in transparency: experts put pressure on bank finances Lalatendu Mishra Central Bank revises rates on FCNR deposits it sold 11.S.76 53. having strong fundamentals amid most Asian financial markets remaining closed. The PPF.30 points to 8284 after moving between 8294.6 per cent in March. a growth of 10. Chand underlined the need for cost reduction and quality. it is proposed to satisfy the requirement of the shareholders and to give an exit opportunity to them.700 (23. the tea industry loses nearly 30 per cent of its crop due to pests.44 168. Maruti Suzuki gained after it reported a 20. The bank now offers interest of 3. Hero MotoCorp and Tata Motors also ended in positive terrain.36 17. say experts. Assocham has suggested a fourpronged strategy for early recognition of stress and remedial action thereafter. as compared to 5. after setting up of the bank. and the government going ahead with its growth agenda. the re.8 per cent increase in total sales in December.” the RBI said.460 units. while the MD/CEO is the custodian of assets and efficiency of running of the organisation. On the other hand.2 expected scenario’. make international operations and Gross NPAs As per the report. City-headquartered Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd. with the concession lapsing. and will improve governance. “Hence.23 63. was rolled out on January 1. said forex traders. It also said there is no such stipulation regarding the ideal number of branches a SBF shall have to be eligible for the licence.4 per cent as on March.S.21 per cent in sales at 5.” M&M Chief Executive (Automotive Division and International Operations) Pravin Shah said. has called an EGM on January 13 to reduce its share capital to Rs. The move to separate the posts would bring in more professionalism in their func- House panel to visit Dunlop Rupee tumbles KOLKATA: The MUMBAI: The Indian rupee Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce.” The zero duty on imported chana was valid till Wednesday.7 per cent at 32. It said that chemical use should be restricted not only in tea estates.67 per cent. K.5 per cent on pound deposits. which were engaged in the PPF exercise. MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday introduced changes in external commercial borrowings (ECB) norms under which authorised money changing banks had been allowed to create a charge on securities. In a notification.

6. the main event of the races held here on Thursday.5. But. but he said he expected a good pitch. 10. Sandesh 57.5. The course was conducted for the first time ever from July 2013November 2014 by Kovermans (member of Netherlands 1988 Euro champion team) for 12 participants. & Mrs.A. Trainer: P. 5. Favourite: Solomon. 30 per cent: Rs.600m to the winning post) will be in position. Soul Speak (Dashrath) 2. Cl. II).” South Africa opening bowler Vernon Philander said the host was looking forward to playing at an iconic venue where it has had much success. Authoritarian 3 B. 2. Magnetize.5 and 12. India wins two golds NEW DELHI: Mohin Chavan and Manalisha Sonowal grabbed a gold medal each in the 17th Asian Youth (Boys & Girls) and 22nd junior women weightlifting championships in Doha. Private Party (10) Christopher 57.5.A. Sandesh 53. Trevor 59. — PHOTO: AFP SYDNEY: Former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the Brisbane International. 156. rated 60 to 86: Solomon (D. 35. 22 and 35 (p).5. Magnetize (7) Christopher 58. 1. Red Angel (1) M. 10 (w). 9. Jodha 56.5.400m). 10. Spiritual Star (2) Anjar Alam 55. SHP: Rs. de Villiers (wk). Tic Tac Toe (8) Arshad Alam 55.K.08s.400m). It’s a bit more responsibility because the organisers believe in you. George’s Park. “It’s start of the year. Zavaray S. Asian Star (7) A.” “It always tough because you have to beat one or two very good players. 8. Palace was six points from safety at the foot of the table when he took over in November 2013. Romeo Fernandes 83) bt Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Beevan D'Mello75). 4. The scores: Guru Gobind Singh College 204 in on Thursday. Scarlet Emperor (1) David Allan 56. Plot No: 381. La Isle Bonita (2) B.5. according to an Indian Weightlifting Federation press release. Q: Rs. 4. Temujin (6) P. II. we can get 350.5. The revised code was agreed to by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in November.S. FP: Rs.A. 3/4. Roushan 52.866 (15 tkts). 1.Shroff.G.K Nagar. Secret Punch (3) R. SHP: Rs.. Pune FC ruled the roost in the second. who had his first hit of the year on the Thursday going into the tournament. 2-15 pm: 1. 5. But an assessment of one’s performance through a year needs a proper demarcation. 137. 9. Hostess 2 JANUARY PLATE (1. Wind Stream. 3-6.000m).200m). and everyone at the club.5. Saptajit (10) T. I hope it gets better. Anand 58.R. Madurai− 625020. 2. 6. 245. A year later. Arthurian. having a huge serve is a prerequisite for that. 19 (w). Chouhan 57.26s. Loveofmylife. Sir Majestic (1) N. 7. Ramu 56. He is due to watch West Brom’s away game at West Ham United later on Thursday from the stands. If Shiv and I score runs. we can probably move up in the rankings. 531 and Rs. Devon Smith.Modyrep. Loveofmylife (9) Suraj Narredu 55 and 12.S. It keeps changing. 189. Rs. Owners: Mr. Ensign (S. 5-y-o & over. “We made a slow start to the tour.” Bhambri said. 3. Q: Rs. K.5. 11. 3/4.12s. 4. Jey Pee Poly Clinic. F. (1. After Centurion. Rs. Cato’s Call (3) K. The South African bowlers can expect more pace. RAMA RAO MEMORIAL TROPHY (1. In The Limelight (S. Pro-Pass: Fysal K. and will have a bit more pace and bounce than Port Elizabeth.5. top-seeded Muskan Gupta cruised to a straight-set victory over the second seed. Shinnecock Hills (2) P. Reverberating (9) Shobhan 55. Multi App (6) Vivek 53. 3. a renowned UEFA Pro Licence Instructor and ex-India coach. added uncapped off-spinner Simon Harmer to the squad for Newlands. Jason Holder. Ph:0452− 2587869.” Pulis was named the Premier League’s Manager of the Year for steering Palace away from relegation last season. 3. 4. 3-45: 1.Civil Surgeon W/o. rated 60 & above. 6.. 460. Retd. 4. Karim Bencherifa. is expected to score in the Chief Minister’s Trophy (2. He turned Stoke into an established Premier League side with a reputation for rugged. Marshall 53. M. 25 (w). Trainer: Adhirajsingh Jodha. the South African bowlers performed well on an unresponsive pitch in Port Elizabeth.R. Ice Cutter. Silhouette (11) Vivek 58. 3-1/4. Pro-Pass: Stanley Rozario.4 overs (Pallavi Bharadwaj four for 18) lost to Madhya Pradesh 88 for two in 34 overs (Nuzhat Parween 34 n. Jersey Bride 5 CHIEF MINISTER’S TROPHY (2. 4. 10. Valerian (9) P. Girls: Muskan Gupta bt Radhika Yadav 6-3.5 and 12. 848. Rs. rated 00 to 25. Kenroy Peters and Chadwick Walton.Sharma. Trainer: Karthik G.R. 31. Behroze Z. 1-1/2. 810 (47 tkts). (ii) 70 per cent: Rs. 159 (2 tkts). 76.M. A. 3.only: Goldilocks (Zervan) 1.575. 33. 921 (208 tkts). Valahak (4) Anjar Alam 55.600m). Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Chul Bul Pandy (6) A.Dhunjibhoy rep. Amla clearly felt that South Africa would have been favourite to win if the weather had not cut more than half the playing time from the second Test. 9. Pradeep 64. cleared five Indians at the professional coaches pool of the Asian Football Confederation Pro Diploma coaching course. RAO SAHEB D. del Potro’s withdrawal from Brisbane follows that of 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic. 2. who was forced to pull out earlier this week with a shoulder injury. “Every successful club is built on unity and that is what I shall strive to help bring to Albion. “We would like to have the option of a second spinner. Dream Neo (1) Nitin Singh 54. Imran Khan 62. DEATH DR. 809 (1 tkt). Secret Prayer (5) B. Tanala: Rs.o. 4-45: 1. Star Of Desire. Thatheus Khyriem. Temba Bavuma.G. Q: Rs. THUNDER BIRD PLATE (1. In another match. Cold Play (Merchant) 2. Virender Singh and Hameed KK. together with four seam bowlers and spinner Sulieman Benn. Guru Gobind Singh College in semifinals Host Guru Gobind Singh College registered a 21-run victory over Telefunken Club to enter the semifinals of the 19th Sahibzada Ajit Singh cricket tournament here on Thursday. And. Jodha 54.5 and 12. FP: Rs. the Premier League club announced on Thursday. Neha Badwaik 32). “Being in the main FOOTBALL Pulis is West Brom manager LONDON: Tony Pulis has been appointed as the new head coach of West Bromwich Albion on a two and a half year contract. Bazinga (2) Rajesh Kumar 55..5 overs (Jerry Stephen 53.. Sunstone (10) Shinde 56. False rails (width about 2. Super Silver (10) Rajesh Babu 62. Cleofas. Khalid Jamil and Churchill Brothers head coach Mariano Dias are the three new faces in the list of Professional Coaching Diploma holders. 98 (w). Q: Rs. 2. “We are delighted to secure a man of Tony’s calibre and proven ability. Their batsmen do not give many chances. Borsalino (2) David Allan 61. 9. A.Jodha) 1. WADA raises minimum ban for doping LONDON: Athletes convicted of doping will face a minimum four-year ban under new rules which came into effect on January 1. 9. Pawal Suyal three for 36) bt Telefunken Club 183 in 34. 5. Bobby L. who both hit centuries. — AFP CAPE TOWN: West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin said on Thursday that the main benefit of playing in South Africa was the opportunity for his young side to absorb some of the lessons that have made the host the number one team in the world. 30. Imran Khan 59. Luc Divine 4 K. Ashish 51. Cool Hand (1) A. guiding the club to promotion from the Championship in 2008. 4-y-o & over. Kunal N. the nature of surfaces and opponents’ varying strengths mean that adding a lot of variety to one’s game is also becoming a necessity. Jodha 53.S.72s. he will have to work his way through the qualifiers this time. Hoshiyaar (Zervan) 3 and Indus Prince (S. Kraigg Brathwaite. 5-y-o & over. I worked in California (with former player Taylor Dent) recently. If we can take some of the things they do. 6. Luc Divine (3) A. but he left the club on the eve of the current campaign after falling out with chairman Steve Parish.5. Part of the reason for this dip in ranking has been his fitness. 3. 164. 7. 37-pen. 16 and 15 (p). 2. Cape Ferrat (11) David Allan 62. The results: Lodhi Athletic Club 3 (Anish 3) bt Buddhist Blue Stars 1 (Pradeep). Parshuram Salwadi. Angel Dust (2) P. Veda Krishnamurthy 33 n.5. Rajesh 55. Owner: Mr.5.000m). Ramesh 62. del Potro’s career was hampered by surgery on his right wrist in 2010 before he fought his way back into the top 10 again. 3. & Mrs. 2-3/4. 108 (w). Hostess (9) K.5. ND-ND .S. Qureshi 63. 5. 1 B. 3. Bagan now has two points from as many matches while Pune FC has four. Sandeep Singh. M. Helping Hand (Dashrath) 3 and Lorelei (Ajinkya) 4. Iceglow (7) David Allan 53. Agostini.S. Vernon Philander. HOD of Surgery & Endocrine Surgeon. In the first two Tests he sent South Africa in. Mohin managed a total lift of 131 kg (58+73) to win gold. It is always a good cricket wicket. including Holder. Talisker (8) Chetan Kalay 62. Imran Tahir and Simon Harmer. 4 and 5. Balance Of Nature (6) Shinde 59. which would mean having only six specialist batsmen. 179. 1. Scott O’Donell and Arthur Papas. 6. Sheldon Cottrell.” he said. 1. Sulieman Benn. Harish 57. Super Saloni (12) Shobhan 62. 1. 1m 25. But in the modern-day game. 2-45: 1. 727.782. 2. Tanala: Rs.200m). 10. I would have Yuki Bhambri. Pain in his left wrist first flared up at the Australian Open last January.M. Hard To Get (8) S. 4. Shafi Kalavath Ali. 3. Favourite: Hoshiyaar. 7 and 8. FP: Rs. Zakeer Hussain. It could have been different. 46. 6.5. Ramaswamy’s Spirited Touch piloted by C.PARKAR TROPHY DIV.” said selection convener Andrew Hudson. 1m 12. Nk. 706 and Rs. It led to an improved bowling performance but the lower-order batsmen.5. 3-1/2. after a run of seven defeats in nine matches that left the club just a point above the relegation zone. It did work for a Denesh Ramdin. Owners: M/s. 415: 1. Chetanya Bishnoi picked up five wickets and Saurabh Passi top-scored with 40 runs for the winner. 1m 14. 400 and Rs. 6. II). 1. In the year gone by. it’s just me and myself. “This year my goal is to stay healthy. Tanala: Rs.Ashish) 4. Cl. “Going into the third game. National Pride (Zervan) 3 and Magic Vision (Ashad Asbar) 4. 2. del Potro. Thangboi Singto.I PLATE (Div. Dean Elgar. 6. 7-6(9) in the boys’ final of the 10th Ram Lal Cup AITA Talent series under-18 tennis tournament at the Vasant Kunj Sports Complex here on Thursday. Trainer: Faisal Abbas.” she was quoted as saying by bbc. Faf du Plessis. — PTI Injury woes for del Potro Jersey Bride (5) Suraj Narredu 54 and 12. For the losing side.844. Will Star (10) T. Owner: Mr. 3/4.5. 2014. Rajesh 54. Tr (i): 3. The 56-year old former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager replaces Alan Irvine — who was sacked on Monday. RAO SAHEB D.G. Gautam Rijhsenghani & John M. Volcano (12) T. I had a great start here.5. Hilal Parray. Ramdin said he hoped the West Indies would continue the improvement it had shown in the rainhit drawn second Test. KUSUMBEN DHIRUBHAI SHAH TROPHY (1. Pro-Licence coaches list: Santosh Kashyap.5. 2. “Successful implementation will mean an innovative and robust anti-doping programme that reaches further than ever before.S. he was offered a wildcard to the Aircel Chennai Open where he went on to make the quarterfinals. Favourite: Goldilocks. 2. Cl. Pursuit Of Fame (5) A. Jerome Taylor. 8.I PLATE (Div. But its three rounds of qualifying. IV. Maiden. 13 and 15 (p). who netted from the spot in the 66th.S. 15.14 SPORT Pallavi bowls MP to victory HYDERABAD: Pallavi Bharadwaj’s four for 18 helped Madhya Pradesh score an eight-wicket win over Tamil Nadu in the quarterfinals of the BCCI women’s senior one-day tournament here. So I have to be prepared for longer rallies. Shannon Gabriel. we can go forward together. 11. 7. & Mrs. Authoritarian (8) Suraj Narredu 55. Glorious Reward (Zervan) 2. 5. Chouhan 58. Tanala: Rs. Z. 11. Jerry Stephen’s 53-run knock went in vain. despite receiving many end-of-season plaudits. 36 (w). M. 21. SHP: Rs. Booker Jones (7) D. Jothiramalingam. Aliboxer (Dashrath) 3 and Ireland (D.Sunil) 2. 1m 13. Central Park (2) Vaibhav 52. LITTLE CAESAR PLATE DIV.359. and everyone who has an interest in the club’s welfare. further delaying his return to the court from an injury-blighted 2014. Our bowlers bowl too many bad balls. 10. crumbled against the pace of Morne Morkel and the spin of Tahir.” the Welshman said in a statement on the club website. I). so if we get the opportunity we will try to bat first. Wholelottalove 8 DASHMESH STUD PLATE (Div.PITCHAIAMMAL. Mayank Dagar four for 24. 41/2. He also pointed out that the West Indian reply of 275 for nine was largely due to a thirdwicket partnership of 176 between Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels.N. (Terms). Mahima (D.Nayak) 4. 190 (24 tkts).5. 3. The winner is trained by Karthik G. Big Copper Penny (1) Chetan Kalay 62. bounce and possibly seam movement at Newlands. “Playing six batsmen has worked for us. 9. 30 per cent: Rs.” Ramdin said there was a good chance the West Indies would go into the Test with an unchanged team. with his ranking well outside the cut-off for the main draw. Q: Rs. Qatar. Stanley Rozario got a ProPass (he has to appear for one more practical exam). Favourite: Helping Hand. rated 40 to 65. 4.” “Tennis is perhaps the only sport where you get season reviews and season previews on your timeline at the same time. Kapil Bahl. I need to be a bit more aggressive. 5. His first game in charge will be Saturday’s FA Cup third The new West Brom manager Tony Pulis. Rs. TENNIS clinches title Agostini fancied Saurav Kalkal survived a few anxious moments before beating top-seeded Chinmaya Dev Chauhan 7-5. If he plays he could possibly replace one of the seven specialist batsmen who played in Port Elizabeth if he is not picked ahead of leg-spinner Imran Tahir.Poonawalla rep. 88 and Rs. 3. 1-1/4..S. Cl.S. 23. Jackpot (i) 70 per cent: Rs.J.Dhunjibhoy and Mr. 43. King Glorieux (3) N. Hd. 3-1/2. Jodha 56. Solitaire Royale (3) Prabhakaran 60.B. Super Jackpot 70 per cent: Rs. 167. For a sport which is played through almost 85 per cent of the year. 4-y.5. rated 00 to 25. Hillsboro (3) Chetan Kalay 61. “It’s a new start. and it’s still in progress.Nayal) 3 and Earl Grey (C. along with Hilal Parray and Thangboi Singto. 2. 1. Absolute Majority (12) Mark 63. “I think on a different surface we may have picked up a lot more wickets a lot quicker. T. rated 40 to 66: La Femme Fleur (Zervan) 1. Smile Stone (7) Nitin Singh 58. Shaikh Mohammed Qadeer. Shiva Kumar 58. 4-1/4. FP: Rs. and then withdrew from tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. Retd. Dream Neo. Newlands always has something in it for the bowlers on days one and two. the players. maiden 3-y-o only. Poonawalla Racing & Brdg Ltd.S.5 and 12. Wind Stream (3) Suraj Narredu 59.5.II (1. 734.Beard. He retired from his opening match in Dubai the following month. I need to basically mix it up. 59.). 8.5. WARSAW PACT PLATE (1. 8.5 overs (Saurabh Passi 40.O.5.). Q: Rs. 2. Q: Rs. 11. 10.” “If I go through. “[The year] was up and down. NEW YEAR’S CUP (1. (ii) Rs.5. and the off-season is pretty much non-existent. SHP: Rs. Icelander (5) Chethana 56. Imran Khan 63. well prepared. Favourite: Millenium Falcon. FP: Rs. Pulis made his name during two spells at Stoke. “The last time we played here (in 2007/08) a lot of runs were scored.S. 11. this year. 298. Owner & trainer: Mr. IV. Country’s Pride (9) Ajeet Kumar 58. The teams (from): South Africa: Hashim Amla (capt. Jermaine Blackwood. Kishore Chavan Shivaji Rao and Kaushik Paul. Ramu 54.Ashish) 3 and Snow King (Prasad) 4. 5. rated 01 to 26: Good Memory (Mosin) 1. and I do so with a simple but important message for the Albion fans.Ramaswamy. 412. Maiden. (1. The Other Song (Zervan) 3 and Targetmaster (Dashrath) 4. 8. Apollo Galaxy (3) Ajeet Kumar 51. Q: Rs.Sunil) 2. Khalid Jamil.” Philander excited One change Ramdin is likely to make. here.J. UK Sports Minister Helen Grant said the changes would “better protect clean athletes around the world. It is a new year.K. Favourite: Mighty Splendour. 1-1/4. FP: Rs. 2. the chief event of the races to be held here on Friday (Jan. Mariano Dias. 10. 7. 15.5. 37 and 10 (p).2 overs (V. Trainer: P. and the lower order chip in.” — AFP Kalkal shocks Chauhan. Roushan 50. but he engineered a vast improvement in its performances that saw it finish the season in 11th place. 2). King Julien Day’s best: Scarlet Emperor Double: Agostini – Ice Cutter Jkt: 4.5 and 7. Tanala: Rs. 7-6(9). Secret Launch (12) Arshad Alam 50. Goans Sports Club drew 1-1 with Union FC. the balls are much bigger. 1m 38. 39. Flash Drive (S. Blitzschnelle (4) K. As a nod to his improvement. Nongbet. 2. Marshall 55. Star Of Desire (9) T. (1. SHP: Rs. it is going to be a different atmosphere here.A. rated 20 to 45. Kiran S.5.24s.5.Jodha won the New Year’s Cup. rated 20 to 46: Rashun (T. Owners: Mr. and hopefully take this club up the Premier League. 7.Livestock Pvt Ltd. And for Bhambri. is to bat first.S. liked to have played more. “He made it clear that this position excited him and that he was eager to get back into the business of winning Premier League points — and there are few who know how to do it better.” he said. 5. Favourite: Wish Upon A Star.Shah. Vixen (Pasha) 2. “With that. Steyn 55. 9.5. wkt). following Neil Warnock’s dismissal by Palace last Saturday. J. Wholelottalove (6) Irvan Singh 56. Madurai Medical College− Passed away on 01−01−2015.199 and Rs. rated 60 & above. 30 per cent: Rs. Utd Rac & Bloodstock Breeders Ltd. In the girls’ final. 1/2.400m). Owners: Mrs. 22 (w). after being beaten by an innings and 220 runs in the first contest.Poonawalla & Mrs.” West Brom technical director Terry Burton said.K. Pune FC and Bagan share points VASCO: Mohun Bagan and Pune FC shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in a Group B match of the Hero Federation Cup football championship on Thursday. Jodha 61. Igah Igah Igah (12) T.D.Khatu & Mr. We did very well to take seven wickets in 35 overs (on day four) so we have a lot of positives to take into the next game.C. “I expected to be in the main draw this year considering my performance here last year. Sometimes our batsmen play too freely. The boys are all geared up. Rs. 5-y-o & over.” said Bhambri.” Asked to identify specific areas where they could learn from South Africa. the staff.” Does having to play in the qualifying event add to the pressure? “It’s actually less pressure. 12. 3. “It [having a big serve] is very important in men’s tennis.A. 1. Gumpe Rime. 6.5. Cool Hand. “It makes your life a lot easier and often bails you out of trouble. 24. 5-y-o & over. Mehernosh H. 13. 1m 24. Gavin Elias Araujo. 10. Other changes include less leniency for missed tests but possible reduced bans for helping investigators. 55. bit because Marlon (Samuels) and Kraigg (Brathwaite) had a big partnership. 2. 8. 646 and Rs. Vijay Mallya rep. who has been The results (finals): Boys: Saurav Kalkal bt Chinmaya Dev Chauhan 7-5. 3. Q: Rs. A lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a heel injury meant all the hard work at the start (he reached a career-high 143 last February) came undone.I (1. The next highest West Indian score was 22 by Devon Smith. 325. 11. Arthur (12) Rajesh Kumar 57. 48. The West Indies will have to choose between bolstering a fragile batting line-up or go in with the same bowling line-up that played in Port Elizabeth.R. 3.451 and Rs. 44. 56. 544 (43 tkts). However. Narsingh Deonarine. Super Force (7) A. Spanish Saga (Dashrath) 2. (1. 3. Qureshi 62. 5-45: 1. 18. — PHOTO: IAN HITCHCOCK/GETTY IMAGES CAPE TOWN: South Africa will literally be trying to make up for lost time when it takes on the West Indies in the third and final Test at Newlands on Friday.” said Bhambri. a disagreement with the Palace hierarchy over the club’s recruitment strategy saw him leave Selhurst Park by “mutual consent” in August.S. Tanala: Rs. 29 (w).R. [playing the qualifiers] could be an added advantage. on Thursday.52s. Eternal Flame (5) A. 4. Scenic Blast (1) M. Amla suggested that South Africa’s first innings total of 417 for eight could have been bigger had his team not been trying to force the pace after most of the second day’s play was washed out. Mountain High (11) R. Atlas Power (11) Nitin Singh 53. LITTLE CAESAR PLATE DIV. M. K.48s.S. Trainer: Janardhan. uncompromising football and. 9.Jodha) 3 and Wild Waves (P. Trainer: Himmat Singh. 24. We are playing against the number one team in the world.. BENGALURU: Agostini. Even Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj said Bhambri has to serve at 200kph consistently to harbour any hopes of making his way up. undergoing surgery in late March.G. 8. Chouhan 53. Agostini (4) P. So it’s good to have played a decent number of matches before the main draw. 11. Steyn 55. 8. According to Amla. Byronic (6) P. officials said on Thursday. was the second Premier League manager to be sacked this season. V. Tanala: Rs. Jeena (Mosin) 2.5. 3.K. we can really enjoy it. Blitzschnelle.” But the constantly changing conditions. If the first half belonged to the Kolkata giant. Steyn 61. Trevor 53 and 12. Speaking ahead of the third and final Test starting at Newlands on Friday. Owners: Mr. 5. Owners: Mr. Dr. FP: Rs. ahead of defending his title in the Sydney International from January 11-17 in the lead-up to the Australian Open.5. 1.A. 6-3.5.200m). 9. guided it to five consecutive top 14 finishes before stepping down in 2013. Anish keeps Lodhi in the hunt Lodhi Athletic Club rode on Anish’s hat-trick to register a crucial 3-1 victory over Buddhist Blue Stars and stay in contention for a spot in the super-league stage of the ONGC-Delhi Soccer Association ‘B’ division football championship at the Commonwealth Games Village sports complex here on Thursday. Although the West Indies put up an improved performance. 4. and the players are shaky.200m). Mighty Splendour (Kavraj) 2. it could well be the start of the year.5.5. Imran Khan 59. 1. Smile Stone 7 GOMOS PLATE (1. JANUARY 2.II (1. D. I). Siddique Abdul Azim. Vanitha 49 n. 4. is also a useful batsman.” said a top writer recently. 2. 4-y-o only: Gold Bag (Kavraj) 1. Amazing Redd (5) B. 5. Tanala: Rs. — AFP Spirited Touch wins main event MUMBAI: Mr. FP: Rs. Prize Finder. SHP: Rs. — AFP draw. Rs. “I am absolutely delighted to accept the job. Foreigners Scott O’Donnell.GOCULDAS PLATE (1. Pro-Pass: Ronibala Chanu. one of the 22-year-old’s main focus areas was his volleying.Deboo & Mr. You cannot give them opportunities because they score big hundreds. Subrata Das Gupta. 1.40s. Nayak 54. Ramdin said: “Their bowlers do not bowl a lot of bad balls.200m). 7 and 8. 229. Suvarna K. 5-1/4. “It is a place we like to play. Youre Gorgeous (4) B. 3-y-o only: Spirited Touch (C. 1/2. bounce The scores (quarterfinals): Tamil Nadu 87 in 42. Arthurian (9) A. Trainer: Bezan Chenoy. 1m 13. 10. 1.K. 3. “I have been working on different things.M. Sr.Ashish) 1.000m). 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Anfield (10) Sai Vamshi 56. 1. 21 and 12 (p).” said Bhambri. Maiden. 2015 ‘My goal this year is to stay healthy’ N. Dale Steyn. 5. — PHOTO: ALEX LIVESEY/GETTY IMAGES round tie at home to fifth-tier Gateshead. 3/4. Rs. Precious Glitter (8) T. 186 (66 tkts). 16 and 34 (p).” he said. Astonishing (7) T.378. Glamour Boy (4) Ashok Kumar 57. 10. Radhika Yadav.PARKAR TROPHY DIV. Cl. 7. Woodridge (5) A.Jodha) 4. III. — IANS DELHI ROUND-UP HOPING TO GET THE NOD: Off-spinner Simon Harmer could possibly replace one of the seven specialist batsmen who played in the second Test.848 (8 tkts). Jodha 58. Favourite: Targetmaster. New Victor (4) Nitin Singh 52. 88. Byronic. West Indies: Denesh Ramdin (captain. 53-pen. Balas Dream (11) P. Ramu 58. which leads the series 1-0 after an innings win in the first Test in Centurion. Other result: Dempo 4 (Tolgay Ozbey 11. Now we are gaining momentum. Jodha 55. SHP: Rs. South Africa captain Hashim Amla stopped short of acknowledging its credentials in his post-match comments after the rain-hit second Test in Port Elizabeth ended in a draw.Jodha) 1. Sherwood misses out West Brom reportedly held talks with Pulis and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood.M. (ii): 6. King Julien (8) R. you are expected to do well.400m). Sweet Secret (7) A. Imran Khan 59. 92. 2. 2. Angel Dust. Iceglow. Goalkeeping Level II passed coaches: Tanumoy Basu. hopefully we can change some things. FP: Rs. The super-league qualifier will be decided after the match between Lodhi and RealJaguar. NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU South Africa seeks series win Ramdin seeks to make amends CRICKET / Newlands pitch likely to provide more pace. It would be unusual for South Africa to include two spin bowlers in the same team but Harmer. 48. and won a Challenger too. M.5.066. Prize Finder (11) Christopher 53. Sudarshan CHENNAI: Yuki Bhambri began 2014 ranked inside the top-200. 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If that’s their plan. He has no regrets. Purab Joshi 52) drew with Hyderabad 233 & 18 for no loss in 10 overs. He is getting into halfcock positions — neither fully forward nor back — and been caught in no-man’s land. Haryana 6. and I drive a Ferrari. Sagar Trivedi three for 43.4 overs (A.” Haddin added. has been nicking these deliveries. Usually the selection committee is given a fitness report of players and it would be interesting to see the position BCCI takes after getting all opinions and..M. Bawa 65. English Premier League champion Manchester City announced it had secured the services of Frank Lampard until the end of the season despite the midfielder signing for New York City in June British former world champion Jenson Button confirmed via Twitter that he has married his long-term girlfriend. Realising the value Jadeja brings to the team. Points: TN 3. The batsman could also be gripping the bat too hard. Yadav 64. The scores: At Chennai: Tamil Nadu 216 & 226 for four in 67 overs (B. R. Dhoni’s shock retirement from Tests. “It was pretty easy to get a plan because we knew what was coming. If their bowlers want to bang it down halfway for an hour-and-a-half then go for your life. Dinakar SYDNEY: Footwork is the essence of batsmanship. Sombre mood.” The former all-rounder revealed he once got Merv Hughes to bowl 11 successive bouncers at him in a domestic match. K. Brad Haddin played in that match. Matthews told The Hindu. I think he’s left Indian cricket in a better place than it was when he took over. in 164 overs (Writtick Chatterjee 98. there is rarely a dull moment. — PHOTO: SCOTT BARBOUR/GETTY IMAGES One also gets the impression that Pujara has been crouching a tad too much in his stance. “Don’t worry. scoring 1. He said. it will also seek opinion from medical experts on the extent of recovery Jadeja has made since returning home and the time it will take for him to resume playing. This not only enables the batsman to shorten the length but also gives him more time to play the horizontal bat shots — the cut and the pull — that can be so effective in Australia. one that has again fetched batsmen plenty of runs down under. It needs to be seen whether the BCCI will give the green signal to the selection committee to choose Jadeja hoping that he will be fit to play by the first warm-up game.” Talking about Australia’s delayed declaration on day five at the MCG. Ankit Singh Kushwah five for 19. At Nagpur: Vidarbha 489 & 263 for six in 48 overs (D.” But with the Test series on.S.) drew with Himachal Pradesh 466 in 128 overs (A. P. it’s bothering him and will eventually affect his game. Dhoni’s view. Ankit Keshri 77. At Hyderabad: Bengal 223 & 371 for five decl. Considering the ball does not keep low here for most part. you just got him out. Perhaps. his right hand still dominates — can actually enable him to play the cut and the pull on these wickets. Jadeja is now undergoing treatment at the NCA rehabilitation centre at SRMC. He’s been a great servant of Indian cricket. Haddin would need to keep a lid on his emotions when the match gets underway.o. revealed. “In my time. The selection committee picked Gujarat all-rounder Axar Patel as replacement for Jadeja in the Test squad and he could become a straightaway choice in the event of the BCCI not receiving favourable reports on Jadeja’s fitness. It’s that precious ability of a batsman to judge the length of a delivery and respond with appropriate feet movement. Dressed in their casual Team India T-shirts and trousers. Jadeja suffered a shoulder tear while throwing during a practice session in Australia and returned home for diagnosis and rehabilitation. his Australian counterpart Steve Smith and Abbott.K. Crouching stance CAUGHT IN NO-MAN’S LAND: Cheteshwar Pujara fails to read this delivery from Mitchell Johnson in the third Test at the MCG on Friday. Kerala 6. S. Cheteshwar Pujara’s footwork though has been indecisive. Jagadeesan 38 n.20 from five Tests. N. who played a key role for Australia in the tied Test in Madras (1986) with a 10-wicket match haul. It was here that Phillip Hughes lost his life after being felled by a short-pitched delivery at the SCG. Delhi 0. At Malappuram. Kerala topped the pool with 15 points from four games. Dinakar Special Correspondent SYDNEY: As the cricket caravan moved to Sydney. Haddin said. unable to sway away. seamer Ankit Singh Kushwah’s five for 19 helped Madhya Pradesh register a massive 198-run victory over the host. he (Kohli) is talking about it at press conferences. Pujara has not been defending the rising deliveries with soft hands. representing New South Wales against South Australia. Tewatia three for 75). 6 in the second innings at the MCG was a reflection of Pujara’s lack of confidence.. Deshpande three for 61).3 overs (Gagan Bhatia 60. Saurashtra 0. Kerala moved into the quarterfinals with a three-wicket win over Saurashtra. with the BCCI posting the pictures on its Twitter handle. you said the right thing. “I also gave Chandrakant Pandit. Siddhesh Neral three for 61. the way he handles himself and the team. is the back and back movement. Kaushik 47 n. He had a pretty even tempo through whatever situation was going on and that’s why he’s had such longevity in the game. Matthews had the reputation of being Australia’s ‘bad boy’. ‘What’s the matter. This might have been the reason why Pujara. it’d be different because we’ve taken India out of the series. the kind of stuff you cannot imagine or publish.N. the mood in the Australian camp was sombre despite the excitement of the New Year. Haddin said. M.M. been unsure of his off-stump.NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU 15 FRIDAY. the players were photographed with Abbott. and I have a great insurance. and I was called names by a section of the crowd. but business as What’s said on the ground should stay there: Matthews usual for the Aussies S. Mayank Jain three for 39). Sandipan Das 97. Shashank Singh 56) drew with Rajasthan 300 & 205 for eight in 57 overs (A. I was amazed when others told me Steve was unflappable on the field. I hit two fours and they went back to conventional bowling.. C.” Matthews. He has to sort out his footwork first. What’s your problem?’ That will put the Aussies back. ducked right into a Mitchell Johnson bouncer at the MCG. 2015 Telecast schedule Lampard to stay at Manchester City Button ties the knot South Africa vs West Indies. Singh 57. suldolku A mind game and a puzzle that you solve with reasoning and logic. At Muzaffarnagar: Uttar Pradesh 542 & 142 for two in 35 overs (Almas Shaukat 69.P.6 at the MCG S. the calmness he brings to a very.S.U. At Malappuram: Saurashtra 164 & 284 lost to Kerala 330 & 121 for seven in 48 overs (Akshay Chandran 37 n. — PHOTO: AFP Matthews claimed he could easily get his former New South Wales teammate Steve Waugh worked up. Being classically back and across. if we get ourselves into that situation.4 overs (Manasjyoti Gogoi 32. on Thursday. And it is at the SCG that Australia meets India in the final Test. Rahul 65. I’ll combat them whatever way I see fit. At Barwala: Haryana 214 & 321 bt Assam 251 & 196 in 67.K. Nayudu Trophy (under-23) after drawing its match against Maharashtra here on Thursday. hosted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott for an afternoon tea at his official residence on New Year’s Day here. I think what’s said on the ground should stay on the ground. on Thursday. rooms with him.P. Dobal 56. Chopra 110. unless the length demands otherwise. he has struggled to cope with lift. In Australia. The other. it’s business as usual for the cricketers. Tabrez Khan three for 103) drew with Railways 309 for nine in 125. “We won the series. Pujara’s grip — while he is not bottom-handed in true sense of the term. ODI captain M. a powerhouse in Australia’s tough Sheffield Shield. a proper sendoff.. The righthander. Mumbai 3. beginning on January 6. Pujara has not really moved his feet to cover the swing from the pacemen in the manner a No. HP 1. “I think we earned the right to play the way we did in Melbourne. the helmet grill saved this batsman. I knew every button in his body and knew exactly what to say to him. In the instance. Consequently. Ahlawat 101 n. Ankit Rajpoot three for 114). Shahrukh Khan 59. The experienced 26-year-old all-rounder provides perfect balance to the team in the shorter version of the game and his non-availability for selection on January 6 — when the selection committee will meet to pick the team for the Triseries (Australia. T. “The great thing about Dhoni was his temperament.” The former off-spinner and left-handed batsman. Those traumatic moments could play out before his eyes again.m. While the bouncing delivery remains a distinct threat for sub-continental batsmen down under. Railways 1. ‘Yes.S. Pujara still has interesting possibilities. the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in the process of ob- taining clarity on replacement rules for ICC events.872 runs and 516 wickets from 190 matches — makes him among the most successful cricketers from New South Wales. ahead of Tamil Nadu (13). “Wicketkeeper Tim Zoehrer asked me. Actually. Chennai. “I’ve shared “The bouncer rarely gets you out and it allowed me to play him more easily.” Australia Prime Minister hosts tea for Indian players Will Jadeja be able to win the fitness race? SYDNEY: The touring Indian cricketers and the Australian team were. It remains unclear whether he attended the event or not. “The Indian cricket team was hosted for afternoon tea by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the first day of the new year.” On Indian pacemen’s shortpitched ball tactics against him at the MCG. CM YK G. MP 6. “I was very surprised at his retirement. sledged.00 in two Tests in New Zealand.S. “I went to the Pakistani dressing room in the evening. Rakhshan Faraz 60 n. Fill in the grid with digits in such a manner that every row. SPORT High time Pujara sorted out his footwork CRICKET / His lack of confidence might have prompted the team-management to send him at No. There are two sets of movements that have been successfully employed in Australia. 3 batsman should. This is precisely why the right- hander is finding it hard to get on top of the bounce on the surfaces here.” The 55-year-old Matthews represented Australia in 33 Tests in the ’80s and early ’90s. S. Maharashtra 1. I like your friendly moustache!’ He would run in angrily and bounce at me again. however..o. Yadav 137. and subsequently paid the price. Bengal 1.” the BCCI said. — PHOTO: BRENDON THORNE/GETTY IMAGES According to reliable sources. “After every ball. We’ve played India totally out of the series.” SYDNEY: Former Australia allrounder Greg Matthews has an interesting suggestion for Virat Kohli on dealing with Australian sledging. there is a message in words to the Indians. Asked about M. ‘You know Merv. most importantly. in 44 overs (Armaan Jaffer 67 n. third Test. India and England) and the World Cup — could turn out to be a setback to India’s campaign. who had hit me over mid-on earlier. Because of his stance. A. and I gave it back. But I never carried it with me when I left the field.o. very big job in captaining the Indian cricket team. India is slated to play the first warm-up game against Australia on February 8 and the second against Afghanistan on February 10 at Adelaide. is a lot about going back and using the depth of the crease. neither forward nor back. often pitching between six to eight metres before the stumps. Bouncers rarely get you out Greg Matthews. “I was abused with all kinds of words. Rana 121 n. “Instead. Hyderabad 3. said.o. his left elbow is not high enough as the bat meets the ball. Focus on the game “You have to let go and focus on your game. “I am sorry about that.o. The batsman needs to have a close look at his technique. At New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh 304 & 228 for five decl. the Aussie pacemen do pick up wickets aplenty with their swing or seam movement on or just outside off. Viswanath Undergoing rehab ONE FOR THE ALBUM: Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott poses for a photo with the Indian cricket team on Thursday. successful batting. I wanted him to do just that. At Jaipur: Mumbai 374 & 246 for seven decl. His First-Class record as a left-handed batsman and an off-spinner — 8. Vidarbha 3.D. Imran Khan opened the door and I said to him. Sharma 84. they disrupt footwork with bounce and then find the nicks with deviation. every team in world cricket.K. In England. I would run up to Merv and say things to him like. At New Delhi. “He was great to play against and a true gentleman of the game. There was another photograph of the newly-appointed India captain Virat Kohli. Assam 0. Haddin said. The solution to yesterday’s puzzle is at right. He said. 2 p. — PTI MUMBAI: Ravindra Jadeja’s selection for the ICC World Cup in Australia-New Zealand from February 14 has become uncertain following a shoulder injury he suffered while practising in Australia. Pujara. bt Delhi 217 & 117 in 41. TEN Cricket. A. without repeating any. Coming into the series. J. I am a spoilt brat. But I wanted to give him (Pandit) a send-off..) drew with Maharashtra 131. A determined cricketer with old-fashioned values.o. I remember. He has appeared tentative. Pujara averaged 15. J. UP 3. ND-ND .” The former all-rounder said he crossed the line only once in Pakistan in the 1983 Test at the MCG. and I have a big house. No matter where the game was going you wouldn’t know. “It’s a very difficult moment for us. can get on to the front foot and essay the drive. The bowlers have been finding him out. has to stay upright and travel back in his crease to execute these shots. as the legendary Sunil Gavaskar was against fast bowlers. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not seen in any of the photos posted. Over the next three days. Japanese-Argentine model Jessica Michibata (in pic) TN and Kerala qualify CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu qualified for the knockout stages of the Col. Rajasthan 1. Players from both sides posed for the official photo session with Abbott at Kirribilli House. that’s the main thing we took out of it. JANUARY 2. Garhwal 70. “I took it in my stride.849 runs and picking up 61 wickets. Sagar Dodia four for 28). This method could also force the paceman to pitch the ball further up and then the batsman.o. P. unless the ball is swinging. The team-management’s decision to send him at No. every column and every 3x3 box accommodates the digits 1 to 9. “It was a tense game. apart from the West Indies. Kaushik 86. “He (Kohli) should tell them back. it was 22.” and guess what Imran’s answer was.. Good footwork — that alters the length of a bowler — is a lot about decisiveness. this technique has its admirers. just outside the off. Bad boy reputation In his playing days.S. Come Sydney. Balance is a critical necessity for a batsman and there is no way Pujara’s weight can be well distributed if he is half forward to deliveries demanding a different footwork pattern. his second official residence. Jogeswar Bhumiz 30. going almost half way back to the pavilion with him.” When Matthews talks. Shahnawaz Khan three for 61).

Group B: Services 80 (Jairam Jat 19. In the Group B section for 372 players. Railways 86 (Ranjeeta 17. Vikas 11. the players repeated the position and signed a draw. Karthikeyan Murali and Srinath suffered defeats. Delhi 72 (Pratima Singh 31. — PHOTO: REUTERS equalised for the visitor in the 26th minute after former United trainee Ryan Shawcross had scored the first goal of 2015 in the second minute by hooking home from Peter Crouch’s header. West Ham 1 (Sakho 10) drew with West Brom 1 (Berahino 42). Jeena 28. 40-pen) drew with Leicester 2 (Nugent 58.K. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 18) bt Railways 50 (Prakash Mishra 14). Meanwhile. 2015 Lampard rescues Manchester City FOOTBALL / United. second seed O. Divya 16).5 bt Vladimir Lazarev (Fra) 2.5. Subash Shenoy 17. Rathnakaran crushed Karthikeyan Murali in 43 moves by taking control of the king knight’s file with his queen and two rooks hunting the black king. Mikhail Mozharov (Rus) 3. but just as it had done in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley. Amjyot Singh 19. capitalising on Peter Crouch’s goal-bound header. — Special Correspondent CM YK ND-ND . Radamel Falcao A STUNNER! Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross (second from left) found the target in the second minute. Manchester City 3 (Toure 57. Rathnakaran 4 bt Karthikeyan Murali 3. but two goals in two minutes by David Nugent and Jeffrey Schlupp prevented Brendan Rodgers’s side from registering a third successive win. Stevan Jovetic’s flick made it 2-0. Prashanti Singh 17) bt Tamil Nadu 64 (R.5. R. Sissoko 78) drew with Burnley 3 (Dummett 19-og. The results (league): Men: Group A: Tamil Nadu 91 (Prasanna Venkatesh 23. The results: Aston Villa 0 drew with Crystal Palace 0. A pair of first-half Steven Gerrard penalties put Liverpool in control.T. S. Himanshu 17. Albin Baby 11). Uttarakhand is set to top the table from the group. P. Johnson 71-pen). Two of India’s top three rated players in this meet.5 points along with nine others. Deepak 11. Two City old boys did the damage. But just three minutes after replacing Jovetic. JANUARY 2. QPR 1 (Fer 20) drew with Swansea 1 (Bony 90). Amritpal Singh 23. After 19 moves. Women: Group A: Kerala 84 (P. Jelavic 43) bt Everton 0. Easy for TN Tamil Nadu wound up its league campaign with an authoritative 91-66 victory over Haryana. Colback 26.5 bt N Srinath 2. Group B: Railways 113 (Renu Maurya 16. Arsenal loses LONDON: Frank Lampard celebrated his loan extension by scoring the winning goal as Manchester City edged Sunderland 3-2 on Thursday to move level on points with Premier League leader Chelsea. Narender Grewal 13. Railways was ruthless in outplaying the other four teams in the group with big margins and topped the table with ease. Sitamani Tudu 15. — Agencies CHESS Bhuvanesh springs a surprise on Cruz Arvind Aaron CHENNAI: International Master Ramnath Bhuvanesh held sixth seed Grandmaster Cristian Cruz of Peru to a quick draw on the top board in the fourth round of the Chennai International Open chess tournament here on Thursday. Earlier. K. Manchester United had lost further momentum in the title race after drawing 1-1 with Stoke City.G. Bharti Netam 16. Renu Maurya 13) bt Uttar Pradesh 31 (Radha 14). Krishna shocked GM Valeriy Neverov in 56 moves. Tadic 56) bt Arsenal 0. Arvind 11) bt Haryana 66 (S. Nagma Mirza 12).5 bt Valeriy Neverov (Ukr) 2. Uttarakhand 88 (Trideep Rai 27. A. K.5. The results (round four): Ramnath Bhuvanesh 3.5.5 points from five rounds. K. Newcastle 3 (Taylor 15. Liverpool threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at home to bottom club Leicester City. with Dusan Tadic adding a second in the 56th minute after a defensive mix-up. Ings 66. Hull 2 (Elmohamady 33.R.G. with Jack Rodwell’s header reducing the arrears in the 68th minute and Adam Johnson equalising from the penalty spot three minutes later after Pablo Zabaleta had fouled Santiago Vergini. Railway players. Liverpool held. Vignesh won pawns in the middlegame to overcome Asian junior champion Srinath in a marathon 95-move rook ending. Ramya 18.S. Hemant 10). Nguyen Van Huy (Vie) 3. Rathnakaran of Kozhikode and Swapnil Dhopade of Amravati scored their fourth straight wins to share the lead with four points. Ramesh 10) bt Kerala 67 (R. Andhra youngster C. In Group B. Swapnil Dhopade trapped Abhishek’s knight in a minor piece ending to win in 60 moves. D. Schlupp 60).5. P.5. Swapnil Dhopade 4 bt Abhishek Kelkar 3. the champion allowed Sunderland back into the game. took the lead in the 57th minute at the Etihad Stadium when Yaya Toure slammed an exquisite shot into the top-left corner from outside the box.5 drew with Shardul Gagare 3.16 SPORT NOIDA/DELHI THE HINDU FRIDAY. Sruthi Menon 14). Having beaten defending champion Tamil Nadu and Haryana earlier. Kirandeep Kaur Dhaliwal 15. Krishna.R. G.5 bt R Siddharth 2. Neenumol 25. Southampton 2 (Mane 34. which left goalkeeper Joe Hart on the bench.S. City announced late on Wednesday that Lampard’s loan move from its sister club New York City FC had been prolonged to the end of the season and he proved his worth by coming off the bench to score the winner. C. including top-seeded Ivan Popov. Uttarakhand maintains its winning streak BHILWARA: Uttarakhand continued to serve a strong warning to other teams as it maintained its winning streak with an 88-50 victory over Railways in a Group A men’s league match of the 65th National basketball championship on Thursday. Lampard headed home a cross from Gael Clichy. Apoorva Muralinath 14) bt Punjab 54 (Simriti 18. which left it seven points below the top four in eighth place. Krishna 3. Anilkumar is among the 15 leaders on 4. Nr Vignesh share the third spot with 3. Sharma 2. In the women’s section.5 drew with Cristhian Cruz (Peru) 3. Southampton tightened its grip on fourth place and closed to within a point of United by winning 2-0 at home to nearest rival Arsenal.5 lost to Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) 3. Boyd 86). Stoke 1 (Shawcross 2) drew with Manchester United 1 (Falcao 26). Lampard 73) bt Sunderland 2 (Rodwell 68. Jovetic 66. Sivabalan 13. Dalip Kumar 19. Pratham Singh 17. Stephy Nixon 17) bt Maharashtra 69 (Manisha Dange 23. Manoj 22.5. Services and Punjab retained their undefeated record and are headed to face each other to decide the group topper. Sadio Mane curled home from a narrow angle on the right after Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny went walkabout in the 34th minute. K. Ivan Popov (Rus) 3. Liverpool 2 (Gerrard 17-pen. Nr Vignesh 3. City.