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DELHI, SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

Weekly Edition Regd. DL(ND)-11/6110/2006-07-08 RNI No. TNENG/2012/49939 ISSN 0971 - 751X Vol. 5 No. 17 CITY EDITION 22 Pages Rs. 8.00 www.thehindu.in

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BENGAL POLLS

KASHMIR PROTEST
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ISLAMISTS SEIZE
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RUNAWAY
WIN FOR CSK

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1,500 killed in Nepal quake

CULTURAL OFFENSIVE Inspired by Confucius Institute

RSS think tank pitches for


Institute for Classical Studies
Anuradha Raman

EXCLUSIVE

NEW DELHI: After the

aggressive appropriation of
B.R. Ambedkar as a
nationalist Hindu icon,
taking a leaf out of the
Chinese government rule
book, the Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
has now proposed that
Union Human
Resource
Development
Minister Smriti
Irani establish
an Indian
Institute of
Classical
Studies to
promote Indian
languages abroad,
on the lines of
Chinas Confucius

Institute.
The proposal comes
from the India Policy
Foundation, a think tank
funded entirely by the RSS,
with senior Sangh
functionaries Dattatreya
Hosabale and
Manmohan
Vaidya on its
board.
While Mr.
Hosabale, sah
sarkaryavah or joint
secretary of the RSS and
tipped to take over its reins
in the near future, Mr.
Vaidya is the All India
Prachar Pramukh of the
RSS.
The foundation, it is

7.9-MAGNITUDE QUAKE
DEVASTATES MANY AREAS

learnt, wields considerable


clout and has stalled key
legislation in the past.
Looking to the Confucius
Institute for inspiration, in
a letter dated April 23, the
honorary director of the
institute, Rakesh Sinha,
writes: Given that Indian
literature and languages
are already recognised as
one of the most scientific
languages in the world, the
Government of India must
consider conceptualising
an institution/centre
which could be established
in reputed universities in
foreign countries on the
lines of the Confucius
Institute.

quake of 7.9 magnitude on


the Richter scale and a series
of aftershocks hit several
parts of Nepal on Saturday
morning, leaving over 1,500
people dead and many others injured. Roads and buildings, many of them historic
landmarks such as the Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu, were destroyed.
The government said
1,500 bodies had been recovered. An equal number of
people are said to be injured.
The death toll is mounting
and rescue operations have
proved difficult given the
mountainous terrain. A
clearer estimate of casualties and damage could take
days.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicentre was
Lamjung district in western
Nepal. The quake hit at 11.56
a.m. Nepal Standard Time
(11.41 a.m. IST).
People took shelter in
open spaces, fields, the palace venue and schools. Many
foreign tourists are stranded
at Thamel. The residents of
the capital are out on the
streets. The government has
opened the gates of the Singha Durbar for people to take
shelter.

INITIATIVE FOR CULTURAL


NATIONALISM | PAGE 10

The Cabinet held an emergency meeting and declared


an emergency in the quakehit areas. The most affected
districts. besides the three
districts of the capital, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, are Kavre Gorkha,
Nuwakot and Makwanpur in
central Nepal and Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga and Bhojpur in the east. Some 40 of
the 75 districts have been af-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks to National Security Adviser


Ajit Doval as he travels, for the first time, in the Delhi Metro on
Saturday to attend a function. Later, Mr. Modi tweeted that he really
enjoyed the ride. Thanks Delhi Metro PHOTO: PTI

INSIDE

Quake triggers panic in Delhi, NCR

Allopathy vs.
alternative remedies

NEW DELHI: Furniture rattled


and ceiling fans swayed when
tremors struck the National
Capital Region twice around
noon on Saturday.
The tremor and aftershock
were felt at 11.45 a.m. and
then at 12.18 p.m. in the NCR,
as per the Indian Meteorological Department. Minor
cracks were found in three
buildings in East Delhi, two
in the South and one in the People come out of their offices after tremors in
North district, as per a state- New Delhi on Saturday. PHOTO: V. SUDERSHAN
ment issued by the office of
Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb and furniture started shakSanjay Kumar Vats, who
Jung. The sites were assessed ing. Since, I live on the fourth works in a used car showand no significant damage floor, I felt the building sway- room in Noida, said customwas found.
ing. I immediately ran down ers ran out as soon as they felt
Meanwhile, there were re- with my children both the tremors. I thought the
ports of residents across the times.
chair I was sitting on was
NCR coming out on the
Mr. Khan said he was so about to break. Flower pots
streets during the tremors.
scared for his childrens safe- appeared to shake as well, but
Rizwan Khan, a resident of ty that he sent them away I wasnt scared.
Vasundhara Enclave in East from their multi-storied
SEE ALSO | PAGES 2, 8
Delhi, said: The ceiling fans building with their driver.

SUNDAY ANCHOR | PAGE 12

DRUG SEIZURE

Mumbai police await


Coast Guard report
MUMBAI: The Mumbai police are
yet to receive any intimation
from the Coast Guard on the
registration of an FIR for the
seizure of heroine worth Rs.
600 crore off Porbandar earlier
this week.

NATIONAL | PAGE 11

MAGAZINE
4 Pages

CLASSIFIEDS
On Pages 6, 7 & 8
CM
YK

Staff Reporter

Sabeen did not fear bullets


Suhasini Haidar
NEW DELHI: Fear is just a line
in your head. You can choose
what side of that line you
want to be on you cant let
fear control you, Sabeen
Mahmud, a Karachi-based
activist who was killed on
Friday, told the magazine
Wired in an interview in
2013.
Ms. Mahmud, who was
laid to rest in Karachi on Saturday even as her mother
battles for life in hospital, is
remembered by all as fear- Sabeen Mahmud
less. She refused to employ
paying the price for
armed guards to protect her,
as many others in Pakistan activism.
do.
Minister Nawaz Sharif conA day after Ms. Mahmud demned the killing and orwas gunned down as she was dered a full inquiry. But few
driving home from her coffee in Pakistan hold out much
house, The Second Floor hope that an investigation
(T2F), Pakistans Prime would lead anywhere.

10 dead, more
missing
in Everest
avalanche

KATHMANDU: A massive earth-

Emergency meeting

Top research bodies may


conclude that alternative forms
of medicine are not effective,
but that doesnt deter their
growth in India.

INDIA MOBILISES AID, RUSHES 3.5


TONNES OF RELIEF MATERIAL

Damakant Jayshi

Modi in Metro

MEDICINE WARS

HISTORIC DHARAHARA TOWER


AMONG LANDMARKS DESTROYED

Just minutes before gunmen opened fire, Ms. Mahmud and her mother had
attended a talk she had organised for activists from Balochistan.
Mama Qadeer Baloch, who
spoke along with others on
the subject of human rights
violations in Balochistan,
was supposed to have spoken
at the Lahore University of
Management Sciences two
weeks before.
At the last minute, however, the talk was cancelled, allegedly on government
directions. This angered Ms.
Mahmud. Known for her
tech-savvy and organisational skills, she decided to hold
the talk at her coffee housecum-meeting place, inviting
people via Twitter.

PART OF A PATTERN | PAGE 10

People sit with their belongings outside a damaged temple in Bashantapur


Durbar Square after the earthquake hit Kathmandu on Saturday. PHOTO: REUTERS
fected. Tremors through the
afternoon lasted as long as
45 seconds. The last strong
tremor occurred around 3.15
p.m. local time (3 p.m. IST).
The Dharahara Tower, in
the heart of the capital and
built in 1832, collapsed, trapping people. The Kalomochan temple at Thapathali
was destroyed, as was the
King Mahendra statue at
Tripureshwar.
Nepal has been hit by occasional earthquakes over
the past years. The last massive earthquake to hit Nepal
and parts of north India was
in 1934. Over 10,000 were
killed in Nepal and about
7,200 in Bihar.

HUNDREDS OF INDIANS STRANDED;

TREMORS FELT ACROSS INDIA; 180 BODIES


RECOVERED FROM DHARAHARA TOWER
RUBBLE | PAGE 10

Embassy staffers
daughter killed
Smriti Kak
Ramachandran
NEW DELHI: The devastating
earthquake in Nepal claimed
the life of a family member of
an Embassy staffer. On
Saturday, MEA Officials
confirmed that a house within
the precincts of the Indian
Embassy in Kathmandu had
collapsed, killing the daughter
of the staffer Madan, and
seriously injuring his wife.
A house in our Embassy
complex collapsed.
Unfortunately, the daughter of
our employee Madan has died.
His wifes condition is serious,
External Affairs Minister

Sushma Swaraj tweeted.


(Death of another Indian was
reported at Bir Hospital in
Kathmandu, sources said.
However, the details were not
immediately known, reports
PTI.) A 24-hour control room
has been set up in South Block.
The phone numbers are +91 11
2301 2113, +91 11 2301 4104, +91
11 2301 7905.
PTI reports from New Delhi &
Kathmandu
National spokesperson of
BJP M J Akbar, who was among
the 55 Indians rescued from
Kathmandu and arrived in New
Delhi on Saturday night, said
that condition in Nepal was
scary.

KATHMANDU: An avalanche
triggered by the massive
earthquake in Nepal swept
across Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and guides, slamming
into a section of the mountaineering base camp, and
leaving an unknown number
of people injured and missing, officials said.
The avalanche struck between the Khumbu Icefall, a
notoriously treacherous area
of collapsed ice and snow, and
the base camp where most
climbing expeditions prepare
to make their summit attempts, said Ang Tshering of
the Nepal Mountaineering
Association.

30 tents flattened
The avalanche ploughed
into a part of the base camp, a
sprawling village of climbers,
guides and porters, flattening
at least 30 tents, Tshering
said. With communication
very limited at the Everest, it
was not immediately clear
how many of those injured
and killed were at the base
camp, and how many were
elsewhere on the mountain.
An official with Nepals
mountaineering department,
Gyanendra Shrestha, said the
bodies of 10 people had been
recovered and an unknown
number remained missing or
injured. Their nationalities
were unclear as climbers described chaotic attempts to
treat the injured amid fears of
more landslides and aftershocks that continue to rattle
the region. AP

At least 51
killed across
Bihar, U.P.,
West Bengal
Gargi Parsai
NEW DELHI: Although Nepal
bore the brunt of Saturdays
high-intensity earthquake,
tremors from the shallow
quake triggered house collapses resulting in 51 deaths
across the Indian States of
Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and
West Bengal.
National Disaster Response Force teams have begun rescue work in the
affected areas.
Minister of State for
Home Kiren Rijiju said 38
persons were killed in Bihar.
Ten were killed in Uttar
Pradesh and three in West
Bengal.
As soon as the first reports
came in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the dispatch of relief and rescue
teams to the affected areas.
Mr. Modi also spoke to Chief
Ministers Akhilesh Yadav,
Nitish Kumar, Mamata Banerjee, Pawan Kumar Chamling and Shivraj Singh
Chouhan. The Prime Minister also spoke to the Nepalese President.
The C-130J Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian
Air Force landed at Kathmandu with 39 NDRF personnel and 3.5 tonnes of
relief material. The aircraft
brought 55 Indian evacuees
here around 10.45 p.m., Defence Ministry spokesperson
said. Earlier, External Affairs
Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said an IL-76 and
a C-17 aircraft had been sent
to Kathmandu to ferry Indian nationals.
Mr. Modi later took stock
of the situation at a high-level meeting.
ND-ND

NOIDA/DELHI

THE HINDU

CITY

AAP holds six public meetings

Uprooted by storm, tree gets a new lease of life

The Aam Aadmi Party government on Saturday conducted


public meetings in six constituencies of Delhi in the second
phase of its participatory budgeting exercise. Page 4

A 15-year-old Pilkhan tree which had toppled in a storm on


May 30, 2014 got a new lease of life when the NDMC
rehabilitated it on the orders of the NGT. Page 4

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

NEPAL
TREMBLOR
ROCKS
DELHI
A disaster waiting to happen
Atul Mathur
elhi and NCR may have escaped
the wrath of Saturdays earthquake but it is virtually sitting on a
faultline. A major earthquake measuring six or more on the Richter scale may spell disaster in
the city, which is seeing unbridled construction for the past
few years.
While on one side there are
uncountable high-rise commercial and residential buildings
that have turned Delhi and satellite towns of Gurgaon, Noida,
Faridabad, Ghaziabad, and Sonepat which fall in seismic
zone 4 - into cities of concrete,
the unchecked growth of unauthorised colonies have compounded the problem.
Experts believe there could be
serious issues in structural designs and implementation of
building codes making the highrises susceptible to strong vibrations. The concrete structures
that have come up in unauthorised colonies do not meet even
the basic requirements of building codes.
The 2010 Lalitha Park building collapse, which left 71 dead
and more than 200 injured, is a
case in point. The five-floor residential
building,
housed more
The unchecked which
than 200 tenants
growth of
and had several
running
unauthorised sweatshops
on its premises, had
flouted all rules of
colonies has
building construccompounded
tion.
Such structures
the problem
in unauthorised col-

A large number of unauthorised structures have come up along


the banks of the Yamuna, where the severity of earthquake
increases due to loose soil. FILE PHOTO
onies and lal dora area are quite vulnerable. A large number of such
structures have come up along the
banks of the Yamuna where the severity of earthquake increases due to
loose soil. While the new government
in Delhi should look at this issue carefully, the civic agencies are also required to look at the old structures in
the Walled City, which require
strengthening, said RC Kehar, former chairman-cum-managing director, National Building Construction
Corporation.
Delhi currently has close to 2,000
unauthorised colonies, which are in
different stages of regularisation.
Close to 50 lakh people live in these
colonies.
While there are strict building
codes for high rises in Delhi and NCR,
experts agree that many structures
still lack structural safety. Illegal
changes in shape and design of the
structure during the construction
stage make these buildings vulnera-

ble.
There are enough codes and practices published by the Bureau of Indian Standard BIS on how to design
earthquake resistant structures. But
implementation is an issue. It is the
job of structural engineers to give
proper shape and form to a building,
which has strong vertical load bearing capacity as well as face the horizontal forces in times of earthquake.
But structural engineers are rarely
involved in overall design, planning
and construction of the building,
said Mahesh Tandon, president, Indian Associations of Structural Engineers.
Dikshu Kukreja, managing director of prominent architectural firm
CP Kukreja and Associates also concurs on this. The concept of getting
structural stability certificate came
up only a few years ago. Numerous
changes are made in the structural
design during the construction, Mr.
Kukreja said.

Metro services suspended twice


Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro services came to a screeching
halt on Saturday when a highintensity earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale
with its epicentre near Pokhara in Nepal, hit north and
east India.
The metro services were
suspended twice first for 10
minutes and again for five
minutes within a timeframe

of 40 minutes after the metro


control room sent out an
emergency message to all operators. While the services
across the 193 kilometre network
resumed
around
12.25p.m., normalcy came only around 2.45p.m. after the
mass transit company completed a quick safety audit of
tracks and structures.
Senior Delhi Metro officials said teams from electrical, civil and operations

department were deployed to


check if there was any kind of
damage to overhead electrification, civil structures of the
elevated track as well as tunnels, stations and signalling
system of the network.
According to officials, the
train operations were first
suspended between 11.42 a.m.
and 11.52 a.m. and were again
suspended between 12.18
p.m. and 12.23 p.m.
While the services resumed

at 12.23 p.m., the train operators were told to be extra


vigilant and look for any kind
of problem in the structure
and along the tracks while
running the trains at restricted speed. It was only after
2.45 p.m. when the DMRC got
fitness certificate from the
civil and structure department for all tracks, that metro
service started running at
normal speed and on automatic train operation system.

Help for Nepal


Staff Reporter

L-G, CM take stock of preparedness


Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Sikh Gu-

rudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) will send


25,000 food packets to Nepal
every day.
Delhi BJP president Satish
Upadhyay also announced a
contribution of Rs. 5 lakh to
the Prime Minister Relief
Fund for the earthquake relief work. He said that Delhi
BJP will immediately send
five trucks of rice and pulses
for the earthquake victims.

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung called a


meeting of all agencies on
Saturday evening to take
stock of the disaster preparedness in the Capital.
Mr. Jung convened a highlevel meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Commissioner of Police B.S. Bassi,
Special CPs, Joint CPs, Principal Secretary (Home), Divisional
Commissioner,

There has been no


significant damage
to any structure or
building and there
is no cause for concern
Commissioners of three municipal corporations, Secretary (PWD), Secretary (Health)
and Deputy Commissioners

of all revenue districts of


Delhi.
There has been no significant damage to any structure
or building and there is no
cause for concern. Flyovers
were also visited and no damage was detected, a statement from the L-G office
read.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority apprised
the L-G and the CM of their
state of preparedness, including the 11 quick reaction

teams in each district and the


control rooms in all the 11
districts.
The Civil Defence Teams
too have been activated in
each district of Delhi and the
members are making visits in
their respective areas. The
municipal commissioners too
were asked to set up control
rooms in their offices. The
Secretary Health was directed to ensure that all hospitals
and their disaster management wards are operational.

CINEMA
ENGLISH:
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Amba.

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Karkardooma), M2K (Rohini,
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Place), BIG (Odeon, Noida,
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Noida), Wave (Raja Garden,
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CM
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Kunj), Wave Raja Garden, Noida,
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Diamond, G3S (Rohini), PVR
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Prashant Vihar, Vikaspuri, EDM),
Movie Time (Raja Garden,
Pitampura), FUN (Moti Nagar,
Pitampura, Laxmi Nagar,
Karkardooma), DT (Saket,
Shalimar Bagh, Vasant Kunj),
Satyam (Patel Nagar, Janakpuri,
Nehru Place), BIG (Odeon,
Noida, Vaishali, Kaushambi),
Wave (Raja Garden, Noida,
Kaushambi), SRS Cinemas, Spice
(Noida), Star X (Vaishali), Galaxie,
Movie Palace, Movie Magic,
Chaudhary (Ghaziabad), Movie
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Shalimar Bagh, Vasant Kunj),
FUN (Moti Nagar, Pitampura,
Laxmi Nagar, Karkardooma),
Satyam (Patel Nagar, Janakpuri,
Nehru Place), BIG (Odeon, Noida,
Vaishali, Kaushambi), Wave (Raja
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CITY/NCR

Uprooted by a storm last year,


tree gets a new lease of life
Akanksha Jain
NEW DELHI: The police managed
the traffic and an ambulance
was stationed on Srila Prabhupada Marg in West Delhis Punjabi Bagh on Saturday morning,
while some men were busy attending to the victim.
This was no site of accident.
A rescue operation was being
carried out for a 15-year-old
Pilkhan tree (Ficus virens),
which has been lying by the
roadside since the May 30,
2014, storm toppled it like
many other trees across the
city. This tree survived as parts
of its roots remained in the
ground. However, it bore the
brunt of government agencies
passing the buck, as much of its
timber was axed away. The
Public Works Department and
Forest Department pleaded
lack of infrastructure. Only the
NDMC had the necessary infrastructure, but Punjabi Bagh
fell outside its jurisdiction.
It took environmental activist and advocate Aditya Prasad
to notice its pitiful condition
while on his way to work. When
pleadings with the civic bodies
failed, he moved the National
Green Tribunal. Late last year,
the NGT ordered that the tree
be rehabilitated. Nearly four
months later, the order was
carried out by all the agencies
concerned the NDMC, PWD
and Delhi Police.
The NDMC arrived with its
tree ambulance and medicines,
while the others provided labour. A deep pit was dug, and
concrete pillars and plastic
waste removed from its roots. A
stream of anti-termite and anti-fungal medicines, and tree
hormone was sprayed from the
ambulance. A crane lifted and
placed the tree in the pit, which
was then filled with earth
The 15-year-old Pilkhan tree (Ficus virens) had
mixed with neem extracts.
been
knocked off during the storm on May 30,
A priest from a nearby temple blessed the tree with long 2014, and was lying by the roadside on Srila
Prabhupada Marg in Punjabi Bagh since then.
life.

NOIDA/DELHI

THE HINDU

AAP to name
farmer scheme
compensation
after Gajendra

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

NEW DELHI: On the back foot

over the suicide of Gajendra


Singh at an Aam Aadmi Party
rally, the Delhi government
on Saturday announced a
farmer
compensation
scheme in the name of the
Rajasthan-based farmer.
The government also accepted the demands by the
farmers family for a job for
one of Gajendras kin and
martyr status for him.
The decision came a day
after senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh met his family in
Nangal Jhamarwada village
in Rajasthans Dausa district.
As per a senior officer, a
delegation of AAP MLAs Rajesh Rishi, Naresh Balyan and
Rajesh Gupta, who met the
family on Friday with Mr.
Singh, conveyed the familys
demand to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Following this, Mr. Kejriwal called Gajendras brother
and accepted the demands.
The Chief Minister promised to provide a job to any
child of the family after he or
she attains the age of 18. The
AAP government also announced that it will name the
compensation scheme for
rain-hit
farmer
after
Gajendra.
According to officials, rainhit farmers will get the compensation announced by Mr.
Kejriwal from next week
onwards.
Mr. Singh on Friday handed over a cheque of Rs.10 lakh
as compensation to the farmers family.
He also showed them a video clip in support of the partys claim that AAP leaders
were not responsible for the
incident.
Gajender allegedly committed suicide at the venue of
a rally organised by the AAP
Party here recently. PTI

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Labour rights
leader meets
Kejriwal
NEW DELHI: Labour rights leader Baba Adhav on Saturday
met Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal at the Delhi Secretariat and discussed the problems
of porters engaged in heavy
manual labour.
According to a senior officer, he requested Mr. Kejriwal
to pass a law for the welfare of
porters on the lines of the one
that exists in Maharashtra. He
also handed a memorandum
along with a copy of the Act to
the Chief Minister. The memorandum said the law, once enacted, will help labourers get
insurance and bonus. PTI

Remembering Gallipoli

New Zealand High Commissioner to India Grahame Morton


places flowers at the Delhi War Cemetery on Saturday during the
Anzac Day service to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli
landings. Up to 15,000 Indians soldiers fought with allied troops
at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Nearly 1,500 of them
laid down their lives. PHOTO: AFP

AAP conducts public meetings


for budget preparation
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party government on Saturday
conducted public meetings in
six constituencies of Delhi in
the second phase of its participatory budgeting exercise.
Public meetings were held at
various locations in Dwarka,
Chattarpur, Karawal Nagar,
Okhala, Bawana and Patparganj. The Janata ka Budget
(Peoples Budget) initiative
was launched on April 19 by
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
in Patparganj.
According to officials, about
200-300 people turned up at
each public meeting, and most
raised local civic and security
issues. The meetings were
chaired by Sub-Divisional Magistrate-level officers and
MLAs from the constituency.
Senior officials from various
department were also present.
Going to the public for budget has helped the government
understand local needs, which
cannot be addressed from the
Secretariat. Locals informed
officials that a pipe should be
fixed, which can solve the water
CM
YK

In some areas, people


gave priority to
security over civic
issues, though
demands for sewage
facilities, clean water
and library were
common in all
meetings
problem. They also spoke
about how some areas are in an
extremely bad shape due to
tussle between government
agencies, said Dwarka MLA
Adarsh Shastri.
The exercise with continue
on Sunday and subsequent
meetings will be held on weekends. The budget is expected to
be presented in Delhi Assembly
in the first week of June.
In some areas, people gave
priority to security over civic
issues. In Karwal Nagar, most
people have voted for CCTV
cameras and a gate for security
in residential areas over other

issues, officials said. Demand


for sewage facilities, clean water and library were common in
all the meetings.
During the meeting, I made
a proposal to allot Rs.5 lakh for
maintenance of cremation
ground, ambulance in each
ward and water booster pump
to address water supply issue,
and people voted for the same
in large numbers, said Karawal Nagar MLA Kapil Mishra.
For Okhala residents, water
supply was the top priority,
shutting down of liquor shops
was the next. We conducted
eight meeting in Okhala, which
witnessed a good turnout of
500-600 people in each meeting. On Sunday, we will hold
meetings in re-settled areas
and DDA colonies, followed by
Muslim-dominated areas during the next week, Okhala
MLA Amanatullah Khan.
Delhi has been divided into
12 segments, with Rs.20 crore
allotted to each. These segments will be further divided
into 40 parts, so each gets Rs.50
lakh, an official added. PTI
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No casualty in M.P. : Chouhan

How safe is Uttar Pradesh from quakes?

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh

Chief Minister Shivraj


Singh Chouhan on Saturday said there were no reports of casualties or
damage to property in the
State due to the earthquake which hit several
parts of the country and
Nepal, but asked officials
to be on alert to deal with
possible aftershocks.
He said some parts of
State felt the earthquake
on Saturday.
From my office I sought
information about quakes
fallout in M.P. The tremors
havent caused any damage
either to humans or property in the State, the Chief
Minister said.
The CM said he himself
felt the tremors while
chairing a review meeting
in the secretariat.
I was chairing a review
meeting at the secretariat
when I suddenly felt as if

Atiq Khan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan rushing


outside the Mantralaya following tremors in Bhopal on Saturday.

LUCKNOW: Even as the massive


tremors shook large parts of Uttar Pradesh, it was the alluvium
cover in the Indo-Gangetic
Plain, which acted as a cushion
and prevented large-scale damage in the State. In geological
terms, the State falls in the safe
zone as the alluvium cover acts a
shock absorber.
Since the affect of earthquakes
is more on the rocky surfaces, as
was evident in the 1991 Uttarkashi and the 1995 earthquake in

PHOTO: A. M. FARUQUI

my head was spinning


around 11.45 am. Then I
saw the display screen at
the meeting room shaking
and realised they were
tremors, Chouhan told reporters here.
I came down from fifth
floor using stairs to an

open space, he added.


He said when he was
coming down he asked the
Mantralaya staffers to quit
their office and sirens were
sounded.
I waited for 20 minutes
in an open space in the
premises of the secretariat

before coming to office at


my official residence, he
said.
Madhya Pradesh stands
with the people of the affected areas and we are
ready to help them, the
Chief Minister added. - PTI

Low intensity tremors in Odisha


Staff Reporter
BHUBANESWAR: Tremors were felt in
many parts of Odisha on Saturday
following a powerful earthquake,
with epicentre in Nepal.
According to Odisha Relief Commissioner, there has been no report
of casualty and damage of property
in the State.
At around 11.41 a.m. on Saturday,

tremors were felt mainly in coastal


districts such as Cuttack, Kendrapara, Ganjam, Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and Khurda.
An earthquake of great intensity
with magnitude 7.5 on the Richter
scale occurred at 11.41 hours on Saturday with its epicentre at latitude
28.10 North and longitude 84.60
East in Nepal. The epicentre of the
earthquake is at a distance of 875 km

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

from Bhubaneswar in the direction


of North-North-West. The earthquake is felt in most parts of Odisha, said a bulletin issued by
Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre (BMC) here. Director-in-charge
of BMC, S.C. Sahu said the intensity
of the earthquake in Odisha could be
about two on Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MIMI) in comparison
to 11 in Nepal.

Chamoli (now in Uttarakhand),


its impact was not felt much in
Uttar Pradesh.
But the intensity of Saturdays
tremors have led experts to rethink on how safe is the State from
quakes. There is an opinion
which says that the magnitude of
the tremors could have left an
impact on the rocky surface below the alluvium cover. Many
are of the view that tremors of
this magnitude perhaps visited
Uttar Pradesh for the first time
in 80 years. Though Uttar Pradesh is safe, thanks to the rich

alluvium surface which acts as a


cushion, the possibility of even
the shock absorber being shaken
by the magnitude of the tremors
cannot be ruled out, said A.R.
Bhattacharya, an eminent earth
scientist and an expert in Himalayan Geology.
Professor Bhattacharya said
the faults, or cracks in the
rocky surface below the alluvium cover could have been activated by the magnitude of
Saturdays tremors. The rocky
surface below the alluvium cover
of the Indo-Gangetic Plain has a

thickness of about 2.5 km kilometres and around the Himalayan foothills its thickness
increases to around 6 km. The
north-western belt seems to
have been affected by the high
magnitude of the tremors.
Three, or four faults are found
in North India the Purnea
Fault in Bihar, the Lucknow
Fault in Uttar Pradesh and the
Moradabad Fault, also in U.P.
Uttar Pradesh. There is the Delhi-Hardwar Fault which meets
the Aravallis in Rajasthan, Dr.
Bhattacharya told The Hindu.

Violence mars Bengal civic elections


Polling neither ideal nor peaceful: State election commissioner
Staff Reporter
KOLKATA: Even though elections
to 91 municipalities in West
Bengal on Saturday was marred
by electoral malpractices and violence, West Bengal State Election
Commissioner
S.R.
Upadhaya chose to remain tight
lipped.
While one person died in pollrelated violence and several others received injuries, the State
Election Commissioner was not
forthcoming .
In Katwa, in Bardhaman district, a supporter of Trinamool
Congress, Indrajit Singh, died of
bullet injuries.
In North 24-Parganas Titagarh, a voter was allegedly shot
in his leg, while a local leader of
Communist Party of India
(Marxist) alleged that TMC miscreants fired at him.
Polling today [Saturday] was

district, which also has the maximum municipal bodies that


went to polls on Saturday.
About seven web-based cameras [of the West Bengal State
Election Commission] were
damaged. Eight to 10 areas were
disturbed. We received four
complaints of gunshots being
fired in Katwa [Bardhaman
district],
Chandannagar
[Hooghly district], Bhatpara
[North 24 Parganas district] and
Basirhat [North 24 Parganas]. A
polling officer was injured in
Katwa there were no reports of
104-year-old Haji Amir Hossain being taken by his
the police being attacked. We rerelatives after he cast his vote at a polling station in
ceived majority of the comMadhyamgram, on the outskirts of Kolkata on Saturday. . plaints from North 24
Parganas, Mr. Upadhaya said.
PHOTO: AFP
Elections to 91 municipal bodies
neither ideal nor peaceful. I do
After repeated questioning by spread across 18 districts were
not want to go into controversy journalists, Mr Upadhaya said held during the day. Over 74 lakh
by making my personal state- that he had received 100 com- voters in these civic bodies will
ments public, Mr. Upadhaya plaints and a majority of them decide the fate of 7,636 canditold journalists.
were from North 24 Parganas dates contesting 1,946 wards.

Opposition accuses TMC


of rigging municipal polls
Staff Reporter
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West Bengal accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of indulging in large scale rigging and terror
tactics in the polls held in 91 municipalities across West Bengal.
Accusing the TMC of attacking democracy, Left Front chairperson Biman Basu said here on Saturday that
the polls turned into a farce as the
Central forces were turned into
mere tourists and the police remained inactive.
The Central forces just toured
Hazarduari in Murshidabad as TMC
goons rigged the elections, Mr. Basu
told journalists.
Democracy was attacked by the
TMC and we are determined to act
against it, said Mr. BasuHe also said
that the Left Front had demanded
re-polling in 300 booths in 91 municipalities, adding that the numbers
were likely to increase as they would
hold a meeting on Sunday to decide
the final figure in this regard.
The Left Front demanded re-polling in 22 booths in Kalna in Bardhaman district and 75 booths in
South 24 Parganas district.
Mr. Basu claimed that free and fair
polling took place only in three
wards in Katwa and accused the police of being inactive despite violence in the area.
He asked how so many outsiders
were able to enter poll-bound areas
despite State Election Commissions
instruction to seal them.
TMC goons from Kolkata went to
Bashirhat in North 24 Parganas to
terrorise the voters, said Mr. Basu
alleging that the police shamelessly
helped the goons.

The civic polls in the districts


were held with thugs hired by
the TMC running amuck
Rahul Sinha
State BJP president

Meanwhile, State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rahul Sinha


accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of making the civic polls in the
districts a shameful chapter in the
history of West Bengal.
The civic polls in the districts
were held with thugs hired by the
TMC running amuck and both the
police and State Election Commission remained inactive, Mr. Sinha
told media persons. Seeing the rigging in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) polls by the TMC,
we are not at all surprised with use of
muscle power in todays (Saturday)
polls, he said.
Mr. Sinha criticised the State
Election Commissioner S.R. Upadhyay for failing to perform his duties.
If he had minimum self respect, he
would have resigned after the KMC
polls, he said.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha
Chatterjee said being aware of the
defeat, the Opposition is now making fake allegations against the ruling party.
However we are postponing the
post-election related press conferenceas we are busy managing todays
earthquake, said the Secretary
General.

BJP president Amit Shah and Rajasthan Chief Minister


Vasundhara Raje at party rally in Jaipur on Saturday. PHOTO: ROHIT JAIN PARAS

Shah hits back at Sonia


JAIPUR: BJP president Amit Shah hit
back at Congress president Sonia
Gandhi here on Saturday for describing the Narendra Modi government as pro-corporate. Soniaji,
in your [United Progressive Alliance] regime, who handed over
mines to corporates? The BJP government conducted auction of coal
mines and gained Rs. 2 lakh crore.
Rs. 1,09,000 crore was raised
through the spectrum auction. Now
all this money is going to be used for
the relief and welfare of the farmers
of the country, he said at a party
workers rally.

We talk of farmers, but the Opposition has no moral right for that
because their family usurped huge
chunks of land of farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan, he said.
Mr. Shah said the Opposition parties were carrying out propaganda
against the Modi government and
their claims that BJP was not concerned about the situation of farmers were baseless. The government
would not have gone for auctions if
it was pro-corporate. He said it was
a government of the poor that had
taken steps to eradicate corruption.
PTI
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A mirror of subterranean wonders Naidu bats for level-playing field for A.P.
Replica helps approximate the experience of prehistoric art in Chauvet cave

Staff Reporter

CHAUVET CAVE, FRANCE: After

THUPILIPALEM (NELLORE DISTRICT): Defending the Centre

the retreat of Neanderthals


across the European continent, modern humans made
their way to this cave and
began to create the first
known works of pictorial art:
buffaloes surging across the
rock background, rhinoceroses doing battle, lions
searching for mates and
dark-maned
horses
cantering.
Twenty years after these
cave paintings were discovered near the Ardeche river
in south-central France,
they remain closed to the
public for preservation. But
on Saturday, a replica built
nearby at a cost of $59 million opened to the public, allowing them to approximate
the experience of the cave
explorers who found the
paintings.

gists have recorded the


impulse to create art in
markings on rock and carved
beads as far back as 75,000
years ago, the workmanship
in these cave paintings is of
another order. The paintings
are among the worlds most
celebrated prehistoric works
of art, featured in Werner
Herzogs 2011 3-D movie,
Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
While the paintings have
been reproduced at the same
size as the originals, the replica overall is slightly less
than half the size of the
91,000-square-foot Chauvet
cave. Kleber Rossillon, the
A visitor inside the life-size replica of the Chauvet
company that manages the
Cave, known for its prehistoric works of art, built
replica site, is planning to
near it in southern France. PHOTO: AP
have groups of up to 30 enter
every few minutes with a
The rock art in the Chauvet cave, created 32,000 to world previously known guide.
New York Times
36,000 years ago, puts flesh largely through fossil reand fur and character onto a mains. Although archaeolo- News Service

Recommendations
arbitrary, Karnataka
govt. tells Centre
Afshan Yasmeen
and Mohit M. Rao
The Karnataka
government has formally told
the Centre that the key recommendations of the Kasturirangan committee report on
conservation of Western Ghats
need to be modified to be accepted by the State.
In a letter written on April 24
to Ashok Lavasa, Secretary,
Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate
Change, the State government
has said that the selection of
eco-sensitive area (ESA) according to the Kasturirangan
report is highly subjective and
arbitrary.
The report had suggested
that any village limit with more
than 20 per cent forest or natural landscape should be declared as ESA. Compared to the
1,438 villages recommended as
ESA in the Kasturirangan report for Karnataka, the State
BENGALURU:

government has said that not


more than 153 villages, which
incidentally lie in already protected wildlife sanctuaries and
national parks, can be termed
as sensitive areas.
Any further inclusion of villages can be thought of, after
wider awareness creation with
special emphasis regarding
prohibitions/regulations and
benefits that may accrue to the
ESA villages SLEC (StateLevel Expert committee of forest officials) has underlined
that the very concept of ESA
notification is not going (down)
well with most people, said the
letter written by M. Madan Gopal, State Additional Chief Secretary, Forest, Ecology and
Environment Department. A
copy of the letter is with The
Hindu.
Restrictions
The letter points out that
four State and national forest
and environment acts are currently applied in forest areas.

SU | DO | KU

on the special status, A.P.


Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu made a strong plea
to the Union government for
extending all necessary support to the new state till it got
a level-playing field with its
neighbouring States of Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil
Nadu.
When injustice was being
done to A.P., it was Venkaiah
Naidu and Arun Jaitley who
fought on the floor of the Rajya Sabha and got assurance
on special status. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the country forward in
many respects in the past 11
months and I have firm belief
in his leadership, the Chief
Minister said.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu
was addressing a well-attended public meeting at Vidyanagar
after
laying
the
foundation stone for Rs. 500
crore National Institute of
Ocean Technology (NIOT) at
Thupilipalem, the site where
the Dugarajapatnam port was
proposed to be set up in the
past.

Drawing comparisons with


neighbouring States, Mr. Naidu lamented that while Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil
Nadu were enjoying well-developed capital cities, A.P. was
faced with the grim reality of
not having a capital of its own
now. For developing the capital, land is needed. It is needed to develop reservoirs,
roads and airports. This is
how wealth and jobs can be
created, he said.
Union Urban Development
and Parliamentary Affairs
Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu
said some parties and organisations were objecting to
acquisition of land for the de-

velopmental projects. He said


such projects could not be
built in air and land was a
necessary component.
Union Minister for Science
and Technology and Earth

Sciences Harsh Vardhan,


Minister of State for Science
and Technology Y.S. Chowdary, Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana and
other leaders were present.

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reasoning and logic. Fill in
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HC transfers MBBS student


suicide probe to CBI
Special Correspondent
CHENNAI: Taking strong exception to the way in which the
CB-CID of the Puducherry police has probed a case relating
to the suicide of an MBBS student at Puducherry, the Madras
High Court has transferred the

investigation to the CBI.


Pulling up the CB-CID for
lapses in the investigation, Justice P.N. Prakash allowed the
petition by the victims mother,
who sought to transfer the
probe by an agency which cannot be influenced by the local
police of the Union Territory.

Decisions are
collective, says
Yechury
Special Correspondent
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI(M)
general secretary Sitaram Yechury has said all organisational issues, including those
relating to Kerala, would be
taken up after the party Polit
Bureau and central committee
meetings. At a Meet-the-Press
programme here on Saturday,
Mr. Yechury said the Polit Bureau would meet on May 16
and 17 and the central committee in the first week of June. I
do not see any issue in Kerala.
This is the biggest unit of our
party and everything is done
based on collective decisions.
There might be differences of
opinion, but once a decision is
taken, that will be the decision
of the party, he said.
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Efforts on to bring tourists and trekkers back home safe

Sabeens killing part of a pattern


Suhasini Haidar
NEW DELHI: Less than an hour
after she left a talk, Unsilencing Balochistan organised by her in her coffee
shop in Karachi, activist Sabeen Mahmuds voice was silenced by bullets.
Over the past few years, a
series of attacks have been
launched in Pakistan on people who raised inconvenient voices, including
journalists Raza Rumi, Saleem Shahzad and Hamid
Mir, who have spoken out
against religious extremist
groups and the all-powerful
establishment or Intelligence services.
Speaking to The Hindu
from Washington, Raza Rumi, who moved to the U.S.
after he escaped an attack in
which his driver was killed,
said Ms. Mahmuds brutal
targeting was similar. As I
was not driving the car perhaps, I got the chance to lie
down on the oor of the car
and protect myself. Alas, Sabeen did not. We have lost a
formidable voice for pro-

A series of attacks
have been launched
on people who raised
inconvenient voices
gressive Pakistan, he said.
Facing the heat on social
media for the killing, Pakistans military intelligence
spokesmans office issued a
statement, unusual for the
agency, saying, Intelligence
agencies have been tasked to
render all possible assistance
to investigating agencies for
apprehension of perpetrators. Pakistans Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has
ordered a full inquiry.
The Karachi Police have
led several cases, and an ofcial said this was denitely
a targeted attack.
Ms. Mahmuds death was
marked in India as well, as
friends and associates met at
Delhis Habitat Centre to
mourn her. Those who murdered Sabeen, want others
like her to be scared of standing for liberal values. They

want dissent dead. That


wont happen, tweeted Raheel Khursheed, the political
head of Twitter India.
At the time, Ms. Mahmud
had become famous for organising Pakistans rst hackathon to campaign for more
transparency in government. But the threat to her
life became more apparent
after she challenged religious extremist parties for
their ban on Valentines Day
celebrations with a campaign called Pyaar Hone
Dey (Let love happen),
fought for minorities with a
hashtag campaign called Pakistanforall and invited blasphemy charges when she
protested against the ban on
Facebook after copies of an
allegedly blasphemous lm
were circulated on it.
On Saturday, Pakistani
newspapers were full of articles recounting Ms. Mahmuds work. As bleeding
heart liberals go, Sabeens
was the bloodiest heart I had
ever come across, wrote
Dawn columnist Hassan Belal Zaidi in an obituary.

RSS pushes MHRD initiative


for cultural nationalism
Anuradha Raman
NEW DELHI: The India Policy

Foundation, a think tank


funded entirely by the RSS,
has written to Human Resources Minister Smriti Irani calling for the setting up
of Indian Institute of Classical Studies to promote Indian languages abroad.
Director of the Institute
Rakesh Sinhas letter to Ms
Irani says, The global integration is demanding a coordinated effort of economic,
education and cultural initiatives in the present context
of
geo-political
developments. An institutionalised initiative by the
MHRD, under your leader-

ship (Ms Irani) will mark an


international presence of Indian language, literature and
civilisational culture helping
India in its philosophical
dignity
and
global
endeavours.
Mr Sinha adds, For example, the Confucius Institute has established more
than 450 institutions in universities close to 100 countries in past 10 years to
promote Chinese language
and culture, support local
Chinese teaching internationally and facilitate cultural exchanges.
In its endeavour, the RSS
seems to be diluting its aggressive Hindi stance by
making a pitch for other

classical Indian languages,


namely Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Bangla,
Marathi, Assamese, Odiya
and several others. Indian
cultural and intellectual heritage that have given India
pre-eminence in the world
need our rejuvenated efforts
to make them available to
general readers. It will help
people in India and abroad
to nd the glorious tradition
in our cultural history is one
of the pillars of cultural nationalism, the letter states.
Incidentally, the Confucius Institute is governed by a
council whose members are
drawn from the leadership
of the Communist Party of
China.

U.S. concern over curbs on NGOs


Suhasini Haidar
NEW DELHI: The Union governments decisions to put the
U.S. aid agency Ford Foundation on a watch list and
freeze the accounts of the environmental
organisation
Greenpeace have sparked off
a diplomatic row, with the
U.S. State Department expressing concern and seeking a clarication over the
actions.
We remain concerned
about the difficulties caused
to civil society organisations
by the manner in which the
Foreign Contributions Regulations Act has been applied. We are concerned that
this recent ruling limits a
necessary and critical debate
within Indian society, and
we are seeking a clarication
on this issue with the appropriate Indian authorities,

spokesperson Marie Harf


said in Washington in response to the ruling by the
Home Affairs Ministry.
The External Affairs Ministry made no comment, but
sources say India is likely to
take a stern view of what the
government sees as interference. The BJPs national
spokesperson, G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, tweeted that the
USs concern raises more
questions than the clarications it seeks to answer. The
government has said that
this action has been taken
because the activities of the
Ford Foundation and Greenpeace are prejudicial to the
national interest.
Civil society activists have
criticised the governments
actions putting the U.S. aid
agency Ford Foundation on
a watch list for funding an
NGO associated with activist

Teesta Setalvad called Sabrang Communication and


Publishing Pvt Ltd., saying
Sabrang was being targeted for the legal work Ms.
Setalvad has undertaken on
behalf of the victims of the
2002 Gujarat riots.
A letter, signed by more
than 180 activists including
Medha Patkar, Achin Vanaik
and Aruna Roy, to Home
Minister Rajnath Singh on
the restrictions on Greenpeace as well, called the governments actions a blatant
violation of the Fundamental Rights to freedom of expression and association.
The U.S. had also expressed similar, but more
muted concern over the action against four environmental NGOs Avaaz, Bank
Information Centre (BIC),
Sierra Club and 350.org
earlier this year.

Cong. puts BJP on defensive


Smita Gupta
NEW DELHI: The Congress, en-

ergised by the return of its


young leader, Rahul Gandhi, led the Opposition
charge in Parliament in the
opening week of the second
half of the budget session.
It pinned down the Modi
government on issues ranging from the controversial
Land Ordinance and net
neutrality to the latters inability -- or lack of desire -to check vandalisation of
churches and a continuing
spate of communal statements.
The BJPs parliamentary
managers were taken aback
when the newly-combative
Congress led an Opposition
walkout in the Lok Sabha
on Friday to protest against
the surreptitious manner
in which the government
was attempting to push
through the Constitution
(122nd Amendment) Bill,
2014 whose passage will see
the Goods and Services Tax
replace the plethora of taxes currently in place. This is
especially so as the BJP
government had believed it
could bank on the Congress
to back this Bill, as the latter had introduced it during
UPA rule.

Focus on key Bills


For the BJP-led NDA
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that it has failed to deliver


on its electoral promise to
tackle black money by
pushing the Undisclosed
Foreign Income and Assets
(Imposition of Tax) Bill
2015 through as well.
The last two months following its rout in the Delhi
government, that needs to elections has seen the narget all nancial business re- rative changing for the BJP.
lated to the General Budget
The Oppositions offenand Railway Budget com- sive on the Land Bill, completed before the end of the bined
with
the
session, the focus, however, governments tardiness in
is on the three key Bills re- tackling the impact of unlating to land acquisition, seasonal rains on farmers,
putting in place a goods and its failure to increase the
services tax and measures MSP for certain crops, and
to tackle the generation of the hike in urea prices has
black money.
helped create an anti-farmThe NDA government er image of the governstrongly believes that the ment.
changes it wishes to bring
Many BJP MPs -- espein the 2013 Land Acquisi- cially those from rural contion Act, doing away with stituencies -- are unhappy
the consent clause and so- with this state of affairs, but
cial impact assessment, will the government has set its
help in ease of business and sights on a Bill that will
move its development help send a positive messagenda forward.
age to industry.
Secondly, as it comes to
Apart from the pro-corthe end of its rst year in porate image that it has acgovernment, official sourc- quired underscored this
es said, it is very keen to week by the popularity of
claim that it has succeeded Mr. Gandhis acerbic jibe of
in taking what has been de- Mr. Modi leading a suitscribed as the most signif- boot ki sarkar, it is also acicant reforms initiative quiring the reputation of a
since Independence en- government that is not being able to move its reforms
acting the GST Bill.
Thirdly, it needs to coun- agenda at the speed it had
ter the Oppositions taunt promised.

Centre under fire on


land ordinance, Net
neutrality and spate
of communal
statements

People survey a site damaged by the


earthquake in Kathmandu. PHOTO: REUTERS

Survivors arriving in New Delhi, on


Saturday. PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA

Climbers at the Everest base camp after the


earthquake trigerred an avalanche. PHOTO: AP

Hundreds of Indians stranded


Omar Rashid

undreds of Indians are believed to have been stranded


in Nepal, which was hit by a
powerful earthquake on Saturday. Officials could not
conrm the safety of all, but
they said they had not received
any
adverse
information.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said
he had instructed the State
disaster management team
to be prepared for rescue operations at any location in
Nepal and India, if necessary. A special cell of the
Maharashtra Sadan in the
capital is helping Indians locate their relatives in Nepal,
in coordination with the
Ministries of Home Affairs
and External Affairs.
Sameer Sahai, Additional
Resident Commissioner of
Maharashtra Sadan, told
The Hindu that 125 persons,
mostly tourists and a few
trekkers, were stranded in
Nepal. So far, we have not
received any adverse information, he said. The num-

40 NURSES FROM MUMBAI


MUNICIPAL CORPORATION
HOSPITAL WERE HELD UP

its network free of cost for


48 hours from Saturday
midnight.

106 from A.P.

(Sources: U.S. Geological Survey, www.ntc.nl & www.lebret-irfed.org)

ber of Indians stranded, he


said, was estimated from inputs received through the
telephone calls of relatives.
These tourists were in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Some
of them reached the Kathmandu airport, and officials
were in touch with the
DGCA to help them return
home. Mr. Sahai said 40

nurses from the Mumbai


Municipal
Corporation
Hospital were stranded. A
tour operator from the State
said a group of 28 persons
were stranded but safe at the
Kathmandu airport. We are
trying our best to ensure
their safe return, said
Shreyas of Kesari Travels. If
Maharashtrians want to lo-

cate their loved ones stranded in Nepal, they can call Mr.
Sahai on ph: 011-23380325.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev
had a narrow escape in
Kathmandu as a dais from
which he had addressed a
gathering collapsed soon after he stepped down.
Bharti Airtel has decided
to offer all calls to Nepal on

38 dead in Bihar; over 100 injured


AmarnathTewary
PATNA: The earthquake that
hit Bihar too claimed 38 lives
and left 133 injured, mostly
in border districts of the
north-eastern part of the
State.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar cut short his Delhi visit
and returned to Patna to
take stock of the situation
and announced compensa- An injured person being treated at a hospital after
tion to the family members the collapse of her house due to tremors in
of those killed in the quake.
Motihari on Saturday. PHOTO: PTI
It was a great intensity
earthquake, Mr. Kumar bordering Nepal which, two hi, Darbhanga and Champadays ago, were badly affected ran districts.
told journalists.
Reports of death have also
Officials said the toll by a thunderstorm in which
might go up as reports from 48 people were killed and come from Darbhanga, Sheremote areas were yet to hundreds rendered home- ohar, Katihar, Madhubani,
less. The most number of ca- Forbesganj, Rohtas, Chhacome.
The earthquake hit those sualties six each has pra and Vaishali.
Meanwhile, the State govareas of north-eastern Bihar, been reported from Sitamar-

BSNL to
charge local
call rates to
Nepal
NEW DELHI: Telephone calls
made on BSNL network to Nepal
for the next three days will
attract only local call rates, the
State-owned company said.
The move is aimed at
enabling Indians to connect with
their near and dear ones in
Nepal.
A decision to cut call rates
was taken following a meeting
chaired by the Cabinet
Secretary and with approval of
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar
Prasad. The normal charge for a
call to Nepal costs Rs. 10 a
minute. PTI

ernment announced a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to the


family members of those
killed.

8 killed in U.P
Lucknow Correspondent
writes:
Eight persons were killed
and several injured on Saturday as houses and walls
collapsed after massive
tremors rippled across almost the entire Uttar Pradesh.
An official spokesman said
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced a compensation of Rs. 7 lakh for
the next of the kin of the deceased, Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs.
20,000 for those with minor
injuries.

180 bodies retrieved from Tower debris


KATHMANDU: A historic tower,
built in the 19th century, collapsed here in the earthquake
on Saturday, trapping hundreds of visitors who had
come to have a panoramic
view of the Kathmandu Valley from the top of the
minaret.
The 50.5-metre-high Dharahara Tower in the heart of
the city was reduced to its
base.
At least 180 bodies have so
far been retrieved from the A LANDMARK DESTROYED: Volunteers remove debris
rubble, the police said. Sever- at the historic Dharahara tower in Kathmandu on
al others were still trapped in
Saturday. PHOTO: AP
the debris.
Rescue workers were seen and dust with their hands.
styles, was a major tourist atretrieving bodies, and the
The tower, topped with a traction. It was built in 1832
people desperately tried to bronze minaret and built in by Prime Minister Bhimsen
dig through piles of bricks the Mughal and European Thapa. PTI

Andhra Pradesh Bureau


writes:
Andhra Pradesh Disaster
Management Commissioner Dhanunjaya Reddy said
that 106 persons from the
State were stranded in Nepal. While contact could be
established with the 44member group that had left
from Vijayawada, the relatives of remaining 62 persons said they were unable
to reach them mainly because telecommunications
broke down. The relatives of
a Telugu lm unit in Kathmandu spent eight agonising hours here after the
earthquake in Nepals capital on Saturday till word
came that all 20 members of
the crew were safe.

25 from Tiruchi
Special Correspondent
writes from Tiruchi:
Relatives of a group of 25
persons from Tiruchi who
had undertaken a pilgrimage
to Muktinath in Nepal are
anxiously awaiting information from them. The group
started the journey on April
20.

India
rushes aid
to Nepal
Smriti Kak
Ramachandran
NEW DELHI: Hours after a
devastating earthquake, India
put together a rescue and
relief mission, sending men,
medicines and other essential
supplies to help its neighbour.
By evening India had
despatched planes carrying
essential supplies, rescues
teams and laid out the
contours of the difficult
rescue mission, which will be
carried out in the Himalayan
nation.
Even as news of the death
and destruction caused by the
quake, measuring 7.9 on the
Richter Scale was pouring in,
IAFs C-130J Super Hercules
with 39 NDRF personnel on
board landed in Kathmandu
with 3.5 tonnes of load.
After dropping the NDRF
team, C-130J will perform
aerial recee to check road
communication to Pokhara
and return to Hindon, a
spokesperson for the Ministry
of Defence tweeted.
An Indian Army team is
learnt to helped reclaimed
the remains of 13 people from
an Everest Base Camp.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi reached out to his
Nepalese counterpart, Sushil
Koirala and assured the latter
of all help.
President Pranab
Mukherjee expressed distress
at loss of life and property
and urged the authorities to
take all necessary steps to
provide relief to those
affected.

Impact attributed to huge energy release


Y. Mallikarjun
HYDERABAD: Tremors
were felt across India
and as far as Ongole in
Andhra Pradesh because
of the huge energy generated by the earthquake waves, according
to D. Srinagesh, Seismologist at the CSIRNational Geophysical
Research
Institute
(NGRI).

Dr. Srinagesh, who


was on his way to Hyderabad from Guwahati,
told The Hindu that the
energy generated by the
waves shook the ground
for some time in the
wake of the almost large
earthquake of 7.9 magnitude on the Richter
Scale that hit Nepal.
He said the ground
motion would get amplied if the local site has

An injured girl being carried to


a hospital in Malda district of
West Bengal. PHOTO: PTI

alluvial soil and clay,


while pointing out that
every part of the IndoGangetic plain shook.
He said Nepal was one
of the highly seismic regions and situated on
the Indo-Eurasian collision zone.

Directional slip
According to another
NGRI seismologist, Dr.
Vineet Gahalaut, who is
in the Kumaon region in
Uttarakhand, the directional slip (ruptured directivity)
of
the

earthquake
occurred
from north to south in
the epicentre region. Because of the ruptured directivity, regions close
to south of the epicentre
experienced
more
ground motion that
those to the east and
west of the epicentre.
Another senior NGRI
seismologist, R.K. Chadha said any earthquake
close to eight magnitude
would be felt up to 2,000
km as it would generate
tremendous energy, he
said.

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MOUNTING MISERY

One more farmer ends life


Yogendra of Meerut had taken Rs. 3 lakh from moneylenders
Mohammad Ali
MEERUT: Days after Rajasthan
farmer Gajendra Singh committed suicide at an Aam Aadmi Party rally in New Delhi, a
distressed farmer in Meerut
committed suicide on Saturday, jumping from a mobilephone tower.
Officials and the police
tried in vain to stop Yogendra, who sought help from the
government to pay off the
loan he had taken from
moneylenders.

Wheat destroyed
A resident of Rasulpur village, Yogendra was upset after the wheat he had sown on
1.5 hectares of land was destroyed in the recent unseasonal rain.
Meerut Collector Pankaj
Yadav said Yogendra, a father
of three, had taken over Rs. 3
lakh from moneylenders in
the village.
Yogendra climbed the
tower and started asking for
government help. He was
threatening to commit sui-

Job for kin, martyr status for Gajendra


Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: Two days after
farmer Gajendra Singh
committed suicide at an
Aam Aadmi Party rally, the
Delhi government has decided to offer a job to his
kin, give him martyr status
and also launch a farmer
compensation scheme in
the Capital named after
him.
The decision, said senior
AAP functionaries, was taken after party leader Sanjay
Singh met Gajendras family members at their Nangal
Jhamarwada village in Rajasthans Dausa district.
The Aam Aadmi Party has

cide. The police reached the


spot immediately and, with
the help of local farmers, tried
to prevent him from jumping, he told journalists.
According to the police-

A farmer compensation
scheme will be named
after Gajendra Singh.
already handed over a
cheque for Rs. 10 lakh as
compensation to the family.
Senior party functionaries said a delegation of AAP
men, Yogendra threatened to
kill himself for some time and
then jumped from the tower.
He was killed on the spot.
The death sparked tension
in the area as farmers staged a

MLAs Rajesh Rishi, Naresh


Balyan and Rajesh Gupta
along with Sanjay Singh met
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday morning
and communicated the
familys demands. Mr. Kejriwal then spoke to Gajendras brother and accepted
the demands.
The Chief Minister has
promised to provide a job to
one child of the family after
he or she attains the age of
18. The government has also
announced to name a rainhit farmer compensation
scheme after Gajendra.
Farmers will start getting
compensation from next
week, a senior official said.
protest in the village against
the government. The local administration gave Yogendras
family Rs. 2 lakh in immediate relief from the Chief Ministers Relief Fund.

Nemades works will inspire generations


Satish Nandgaonkar
MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presented
the
prestigious
Jnanpith Award for 2014 to
Marathi writer Bhalchandra
Nemade at a ceremony in
Parliament House. The highest literary honour in India
carries a purse of Rs. 11 lakh.
I shall always abide by my
commitment to write what is
right. Writing is what binds
me to my readers and to humanity, 76-year-old Mr. Nemade, whose 1963 novel
Kosala (cocoon) changed the
dimensions of Marathi novel,
said after accepting the award
at a ceremony in Parliament
House on Saturday evening.
Creative writing had the
capacity to touch the lives of
several generations, Mr. Modi said, adding that Mr. Nemades works would inspire
future generations. Referring
to the richness of Indian culture, the Prime Minister said
solutions to problems such as
global warming, which the
world is debating today, could
be found in the Vedas.

Encourage reading
Regretting the declining
interest in books and the
reading habit, Mr. Modi

LITERARY STALWART: Prime Minister Narendra


Modi presents the Jnanpith Award to Bhalchandra
Nemade in New Delhi on Saturday. PHOTO: PTI
urged people to ensure a special place for books in their
homes. He said as Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had
launched the Vaanche Gujarat to encourage the reading habit.
When Nemadeji was re-

Hospitality under fire: seamen recall Aden rescue


Vinaya Deshpande
MUMBAI: As smoke billowed

from the streets of Aden


following constant Saudi
bombardment, two Indian
stealth frigates circled the
waters a few kilometres
from the city. Braving
hostile conditions, bad
weather, poor visibility,
constant bombardment and
armed gunmen roaming in
boats, INS Tarkash and INS
Mumbai would together
rescue nearly half the
evacuees from Yemen under
Indian governments
Operation Raahat. Of the
6,688 Indian and foreign
nationals evacuated by the
Indian mission, INS
Tarkash and INS Mumbai
rescued 3,074 persons.
In one incident, a group of
AK-47-wielding men
threatened to open fire near
INS Tarkash, and a man-toman fight ensued. Even as
that happened, onboard the
warship, evacuees were
served hot meals and cold
water, and were nestled in
air-conditioned bunks.
On board INS Mumbai,

105 air-conditioned bunks


were opened up for the
distressed women, elderly
and children evacuated from
Yemen.
We ensured that every
child got hot milk. We put
soft music on the decks, and
arranged comedy and music
shows for the evacuees. We
served them hot meals,
steaming snacks, chilled
drinks. We wanted them all
to feel secure, comfortable,
Commanding Officer,
Captain Rajesh Dhankhar,
told The Hindu. The crew
went out of its way to arrange INDIAS PRIDE: Sailors who
for these things, even as it
faced a constant threat of
the valour, sensitivity and
attacks.
determination of the Indian
On both vessels,
Navy.
announcements were made
Outstanding job
in multiple languages,
The country is proud of
including Arabic, French,
Malayalam and English. The you. The Navy is proud of
medical teams were on their you. You have done an
toes, treating cases of severe outstanding job in the face of
adversity and danger. You
dehydration, seasickness
have evacuated 1,783 Indians
and trauma.
The tale of each trip to the and 1,291 foreign nationals
ports of strife-torn Yemen from over 30 countries, and
have given an outstanding
shared by captains and crew
example of service before
of the two naval vessels this
self , Admiral R.K. Dhowan,
week stands testimony to

fractured his right leg badly.


The lady was dehydrated.
We were all very stressed. We
immediately administered
her medicines, food. Then
she became normal. Two
hours after we disembarked
her at Djibouti, she was
delivered of a healthy baby
boy, and her husband rushed
back to give us the good news.
All of us rejoiced, H.C. Roul,
who took care of the catering
arrangement, said.

Language no barrier
participated in Operation Raahat. PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE
Chief of the Naval Staff, said,
while appreciating his men
at the Naval Dockyard here.
The rescue crew recalled
stories of traumatised
evacuees. They told us how
people were selling arms and
ammunition on the streets
like vegetables. Even eight or
10-year-old boys had
weapons on them, Captain
Dhankhar said. Vijay Dhyani,
who handled the sick bay
area onboard INS Mumbai,
said most of the people felt
disoriented in the beginning.

We had to counsel them.


When they returned to
normal, they expressed
tremendous gratitude. An
old Indian woman told us
how she would sleep
peacefully that night as her
country had come to her
rescue and had served her
with the best of food, he
said.
The toughest medical
challenges were a Yemeni
woman who was 38 weeks
and four days pregnant, and a
Yemeni man who had

The Yemeni man with a


fractured leg sobbed for over
two hours and held the hands
of the crew who helped him.
We didnt understand each
others language. But we
knew he felt gratitude
towards us. He sobbed like a
child for hours as we carried
him to safety on a stretcher,
Vijay Dhyani said.
Captain Pradeep Singh,
Commanding Officer of INS
Tarkash, said he would never
forget how Ambassadors of
five countries awaited their
arrival at Djibouti to thank
them for saving the lives of
their nationals.

Manipur facing fuel shortage Maharashtra village lies in tatters


Pavan Dahat
Iboyaima Laithangbam
IMPHAL: A series of highway

blockades have created a


shortage of fuel and consumer items in landlocked Manipur. Fuel is rationed in the
three oil pumps in the State,
while LPG cylinders cost Rs.
1,600 apiece on the black
market.
A 72-hour blockade of the
National and State highways, called by contract
teachers in the hill districts
demanding regularisation of
their services, ended on
Thursday.
The United Naga Council
(UNC) is imposing a 48-hour
general strike in all Naga areas of the State from Monday midnight. Hence, fuel

Petrol is sold at
Rs. 140 a litre, and
LPG cylinders go at
Rs. 1,600 apiece
and consumer goods will be
in short supply since Nagas
live in all five hill districts
that surround the four valley
districts of the State. The legalised border trade at Moreh in Manipur and
Namphalong in Myanmar
comes to a grinding halt during blockades and strikes.
The UNC says the strike is
in furtherance of its demand
for an alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur since it says they do not

want to live under the State


government, which had allegedly committed excesses
on them.
The situation is aggravated by the refusal of transporters to lift fuel from
Assam demanding higher
transport charges from the
contractors. As there is an
acute shortage of fuel, the
ubiquitous roadside vendors
are having a field day petrol is sold at Rs. 140 a litre.
The Manipur government
has been demanding raising
of a highway protection
force to deal with the recurring highway blockades.
However, the Union government directed it to deploy State forces since it is a
law-and-order issue.

RAIPUR: For over three days


now, 70 damaged two-wheelers, two burnt autorickshaws,
three cars and a tractor have
been blocking the streets of
Kapashi village in Akola district of Maharashtra. The local people refuse to clear the
roads unless the culprits
who damaged their vehicles
are punished.
They say the culprits are
none other than the police.
Water coolers in every house,
doors, TV sets and other valuables too have been damaged.
The police attack was triggered by a scuffle between

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the people and policemen


who visited the village on
Tuesday to investigate reports of gambling.
Some 150 to 200 policemen entered our village at
night. They beat up men and
manhandled women and children. The rampage went on
for two hours, Purshottam
Kacharkar, former Sarpanch
of Kapashi, told The Hindu.
We have left the damaged
belongings on the road so that
the government could see
how the policemen vandalised our village, said Mr. Kacharkar, who said the
policemen snatched Rs. 2
lakh in cash and a gold chain

from him.
It is true that the police
crossed their limits. I visited
the village today [Saturday]
and could see smashed windowpanes, damaged vehicles
and even hurt cattle, Minister of State for Home Ranjeet
Patil, who is from Akola, told
The Hindu.
The police version is that
only 18 policemen had gone to
the village to search for five
policemen from the earlier
team who had gone missing.
The SDPO [Sub-divisional Police Officer] who allegedly led
the police team has been sent
on forced leave, and an inquiry is being done, he said.

ceiving the award, he was


happy to receive the Saraswati statuette, the coconut and
the shawl, but when it came
to accepting the Rs. 11 lakh
prize money, he was uncomfortable and hesitant, Mr.
Modi said. That is not cor-

rect. It is necessary that Saraswati [goddess of wisdom]


and Lakshmi [goddess of
prosperity] come together,
Mr. Modi said evoking applause from the audience.
Mr. Nemade was chosen
for the honour by a 10-member selection board headed by
noted scholar, writer and
critic Namar Singh of the
Bhartiya Jnanpith on February 7.
He is the fourth Marathi
writer to win the honour after
novelist V.S. Khandekar
(1974), and poets V.V. Shirwadkar, aka Kusumagraj
(1988), and Govind Karandikar, aka Vinda Karandikar
(2003).
Mr. Nemades 2010 novel,
Hindu, had won critical acclaim.
Traversing an expansive
timeline, the manner in
which Hindu leaps through
space and time wielding
language and experimenting
with structure is unprecedented in Marathi letters.
Hindu prominently showcases Nemades linguistic
scholarship, his creative dexterity with words and an encyclopaedic
civilisational
consciousness, a statement
from the Jnanpiths selection
committee said.

Pak. drug boat: police


await Coast Guard report
Shubhomoy Sikdar
MUMBAI: The Mumbai Police

are yet to receive a formal


intimation from the Coast
Guard on the registration of
an FIR in connection with
the seizure of heroin worth
Rs. 600 crore off the Porbandar coast earlier this
week.
Though the boat in which
the consignment was purportedly being carried was
intercepted by the Navy and
the Coast Guard on the
stretch of the Arabian Sea
along Gujarat, jurisdiction
rules are such that the case
has to be registered in the
Yellow Gate police station
here.
However, senior police
officers said that while the
registration was imminent,
they were not sure by when
it would be done. This, they
said, was because neither
the Coast Guard nor any
other agency had officially
communicated the same to
them till Saturday evening.
We are waiting for them to
write to us. Once we receive
the orders and other documents pertaining to the
case, we will initiate the
process, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Port
Zone)
Kiran
Kumar
Chauhan.
When the Coast Guard officials produced the eight al-

The Pakistani boat that


was intercepted by the
Navy & the Coast Guard
off Porbandar. PHOTO: PTI
leged Pakistani nationals
onboard the boat before a
Gujarat Court on Friday, the
Judicial Magistrate (First
Class) Arvind Patel said the
case was beyond the jurisdiction of the court as the
boat was captured in international waters.
By rules, since the boat
was captured from the international waters, the jurisdiction lies with the
Yellow Gate police station
in Mumbai for cases of the
west coast.

To be produced before
court
The Coast Guard took
transit remand of the eight
accused and would produce
them before a Mumbai
court for further legal
proceedings.

Kashmir strike peaceful


Zahid Rafiq
SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Valley observed a shutdown on
Saturday to protest against
the Public Safety Act invoked
against Masarat Alam by the
State government.
The Hurriyat leader Syed
Ali Shah Geelani had called
for the shutdown.
A J&K police spokesperson told The Hindu while the
deployment of Armed forces
was increased, no street protest or stone throwing or
clash was reported.

Offices, banks open

Policemen patrolling near Budshah Chowk in


Srinagar on Saturday during a strike against detention of separatist leader Masarat Alam. PHOTO: PTI

While government offices


and banks functioned on Saturday, most of the educational institutions and businesses
in the Valley remained closed
and public transport largely
kept off the roads.
Alam was arrested on April
17 after he participated in a
pro-Independence
rally
where some people raised Pakistan flags.

After his arrest on April 17,


Alam was booked under Sections 147 (rioting), 341
(wrongful restraint), 336 (endangering life), 427 (damage
to property), 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 121 (sedition), 124 (A) (waging war
against state) of the Ranbir
Penal Code (RPC) and under
13 Unlawful Activities (Pre-

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vention) Act. Even as the


court on Wednesday reserved its decision on Alams
bail plea for Saturday, the
government booked him under a PSA, rendering the
courts decision on his bail
irrelevant.
The Budgam Chief Judicial
Magistrate also denied Alam
bail on Saturday.
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Water wars and geopolitics


The fusion of autocratic
politics and capitalist
economics makes China play
with nature.
Rising China also rejects the
very concept of
water-sharing and shies
away from any such dialogue

Swaran Singh

ater is the most


essential
resource next only
to air; yet, over
half of humanity
continues to live
in
waterstressed conditions. This is because, while 70 per cent of the
earths surface is water, less than one percent
of it is potable. And now, in face of unprecedented economic and demographic expansion and soaring water consumption, our
shrinking freshwater is getting increasingly
laced with harmful organic and inorganic
chemicals discharged from their excessive
use in agriculture, from industries and from
mega urban centres.
Apart from our everyday needs for drinking, cooking, or bathing to ghting famines
and epidemics, water supports biodiversity
and ecosystems. Civilisations bloomed
around rivers. But the 20th century saw an
onslaught of damming and diverting of rivers. Climate change now threatens to submerge the worlds low-lying regions,
producing refugees who will bring their new
habitats under further stress and exacerbate
existing ethnic, sectarian or political tensions. Water insecurity not just triggers political instability but corrodes social fabric
and peace forever.
Along with western experts like Honey
Rand, Diane Raines Ward, Oscar Olivera,
Hussein Solomon and Anthony Turton, water wars were popularised by Vandana Shivas four celebrated works starting from 2002.
A decade later Chellaney revisits several of
these issues in his three volumes since 2012.
Compared to Shiva, who carried an activists
perspective to examine how this public good
was being misappropriated, Chellaneys
wears the geopolitical lens to update us on
the multifaceted global linkages between
peace and water and how it has been manipulated and monopolised by powerful nations
and corporations.

Commoditisation and securitisation

WATER, PEACE, AND WAR


Confronting the Global Water Crisis:
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Water market, says Chellaney, is the next


big investment opportunity because water
management reects corporate business
models. Global sales of water-related equipment and services total up to half a trillion
dollars a year. But there is zero charge on
withdrawing water. Indeed, most countries
subsidise electricity to farmers resulting in

overexploitation. Corporations have con- thor prescribes persuading China to halt its
vinced politicians that commoditisation is unilateral appropriation which seems lame
the ideal way to control wasteful use of wa- given his own track-record on China.
ter. But a litre of bottled water requires 1.6
litres of water which makes this a waste- The way forward
Exhaustive on triggers of water wars, the
water generator apart from colossal plasticbottle waste. Water consumption by ren- author becomes rather verbose and circumeries is usually larger than the quantity of locutory when it comes to solutions. He fogasoline or diesel fuel manufactured. Grow- cuses more on how efforts have not worked
ing consumption of meat, biofuels and nucle- so far. For instance, about 20 states of the
ar power all water-guzzlers make worlds hungriest Sub-Saharan Africa have
sold/leased their fertile lands to
groundwater the worlds most
foreign rms especially from
extracted source.
petrodollar-rich Arabia. This
After the advent of aerial
prot driven enterprise has
bombing, dams were routinely Corporations have
brought temporary respite for
pounded during the World War convinced
locals but will soon result in
II and the author believes that
depletion and degradation of
the 1967 Arab-Israeli war was politicians that
local waters. Such land-grabs
triggered by the Arab Headwater commodisation is
had triggered political turmoil
Diversion Project. It ended up
in Bolivia in 1999 bringing Evo
with Israel capturing all regional the ideal way to
Morales to power or in pulling
freshwater which had been the control wasteful
down the regime in Madagascar
main purpose of this war accordin 2009.
ing to Ariel Sharons Memoirs. use of water
Today, cities like Abu Dhabi
At the U.N., after three dec(UAE), Sanaa (Yemen) and Quetta (Pakis- ades of negotiations a Convention on the
tan) are expected to soon run out of water.
Laws of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses was drafted in
Hydro-hegemon China
1997 but its enforcement seems nowhere in
The author shows how having absorbed sight. The fundamental objection of powerthe sprawling water-rich Tibetan plateau ful countries such as China ows from their
and Xinjiang, China is today a source of unwillingness to accept the doctrine of retrans-boundary river ows to the entire In- stricted sovereignty where management of
dochina, South Asia and Kazakhstan and their resource can become subject to multiRussia. China is also the worlds leading lateral arrangements. The author perhaps
dam-builder and the largest producer of hy- prefers technical solutions urging efficiency
dropower. Chinas Three Gorges Dam gener- and conservation. The bulk of freshwater is
ates 22.5 gigawatts power, which is used for food production but about a quarter
three-and-half times the next largest Grand of global food ends up in trash. He believes
Coulee project in the U.S. China is now water security can be ensured if all of us
constructing hundreds dams across the de- became vegetarian. He also talks of virtualveloping world.
water trade i.e. importing commodities
Chellaney believes that it is this fusion of with high water content and exporting those
autocratic politics and capitalist economics with low water content.
under the leadership of engineers that makes
His nal mantra that improving regional
this aspirant superpower play with nature. geopolitics is indispensable for building betRising China also rejects the very concept of ter hydropolitics feels like holyspeak. But
water-sharing and shies away from any such he also alludes to scenarios about effects of
dialogue. Even in strictly bilateral channels unregulated competition providing critical
it is not ready to share anything more than triggers for cooperation. Water crises can
hydraulic data, that too on commercial undermine any state, creating breeding
terms. Meanwhile, the number of Chinas grounds for terrorism. He fails, though, to
dams has risen from 22 in 1949 to over underline the indivisible nature of peace:
86,000 including 25,000 large dams.
how the powerful cannot grow by marginBut China has also suffered for this dam- alising the weak. One could also talk of growming overdrive which has further sharpened ing global connectivity or asymmetric
regional imbalances. In August 1975, 62 strategies that call for sustainability becomdams had caved in resulting in 230,000 ing a prerequisite of any development paradeaths driving millions homeless. The au- digm.

Bombay crickets Monetary policy,


enduring romance before and after crisis

ham Committee Reports. It


takes the official (RBI/Government) view that these have
he Great Recession
deepened the Indian nancial
which set in in 2007-08
system. There are those who
claimed several victims
feel that they only scratched
on its way. Global banks conthe surface and did not create a
sidered
too-big-to-fall
vibrant private sector market
looked meek. There were the
in the nancial sector. These
fanciful products (derivatives
include Dr. Raghuram Rajan
in varied forms) which were
and Dr. Urjit Patel who are now
smokescreens to cover risk.
with the RBI!
Rating agencies lost their
The chapter on structural
reputation.
changes and macro-economic
The most pitiable victims were
issues is badly arranged. At one
the central banks of advanced
level, it deals with the inadecountries such as the U.S. Fed,
quacy of monetary policy to
ECB and the BOE which were CONDUCT OF
entrusted with monetary pol- MONETARY POLICY IN cure regional disparities and at
another, with the need for
icies. They were rm in their INDIA: Amaresh
greater monetisation such as
view that all that was required Samantaraya;
banking penetration. Later, it
was to ne-tune the interest T.R. Publications, A-32,
moves on to growing globalirates up or down, adjust the III Floor, Gulmohar
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on computer boards. There
was neglect of bank supervision which coin- Trinity, the term coined by Robert Mundell
cided with excessive nancialisation across which the author, sadly, attributes to Jeffrey
the globe. Even a week before the onset of Frankel! While dealing with this, he cites Dr.
the crisis, they believed that their nancial Reddy and his choosing intermediate solumarkets had depth and would correct soon. tions. There is only one more place where he
And now those central banks are battling gives credit to Dr. Reddy, that is, while dealagainst the crisis with non-conventional ing with the RBIs policy of adopting multools such as printing dollar notes, buying tiple objectives. Dealing with Indias
toxic assets and hoping the markets will monetary policy in recent years without reference to Dr. Reddy is like staging Hamlet
recover.
Old polices have failed and there is a vi- without the Prince of Denmark!
There is a scrappy chapter which tries to
brant, new thinking on alternative approaches. There are the issues governing the describe Global Developments, post-crisis.
links between scal and monetary policies. The author fails to narrate the heroic atDr. Y.V. Reddy, former Governor of the RBI, tempts made by the RBI in bailouts without
has devoted several lectures, articles and compromising its balance sheet. He also fails
books on these issues. Many others like An- to deal with the criticism laid out by econodrew Sheng and Barry Eichengreen have mists like Arvind Subramanian, Chief Ecocome forward with their opinions. Mone- nomic Adviser, that India paid a heavy price
tary economics is not the same animal it was in later years.
a decade ago.
In describing the monetary policy frameIt is truly a daunting task for any author to work and the operational procedures, the auundertake a review of the Conduct of Mon- thor draws heavily on his experience in the
etary Policy India and its changing dimen- RBI and gives a good account. His analysis of
sions in the post-reform period. This is what the working of the Liquidity Adjustment Fathe author of this book seeks to do.
cility (LAF) is sound. However, he does not
Out of 10 chapters in this book, only two explain why, in recent years, it has met with
handle post-reform (rather post-crisis) is- heavy weather.
sues. The chapter on monetary policy and
Central Bankers, other than those in adination dynamics in India seeking to set vanced countries with deep nancial marthe nub of the book is patchy and disjointed. kets and high degree of monetisation, feel
It its from one theoretical issue to another that their tools become ineffective and are
without due analysis or links with India. For not being transmitted by the nancial sysinstance, it makes contradictory statements tem. They spend lot of time and effort trying
on the validity of the Philips curve. It ends to nd out why there is such poor transmisadding that ination persistence in India is sion. They will not admit that the roots have
due to increasing openness which is con- to be traced to socio-cultural habits and they
trary to cross-country experience. At the are not cured by reforms.
same breadth, he adds that the Philips curve
This book is ambitious. The author tries to
has become atter!
bite more issues than he can chew. The chapChapter three provides a descriptive nar- ters drawing on the authors experience in
ration of the reforms in the nancial sector. the RBI and the government are sound. On
Much of it relies on the earlier Chakravarty the whole, the book has failed to rise to our
Committee Report and the two Narasim- expectations.

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S. Dinakar

Mankad is quoted in the book, We all


learnt from Polly Kaka (the formidable Polhe romance of cricket in Bombay en- ly Umrigar) to assess situations and act acdures. Chasing dreams in the maxi- cordingly. Retreat and attack are two
mum city can be physically and aspects of any strategy. Now, if retreating to
mentally exhausting, yet the very nature of thwart opposition is termed negative, I
the journey can be captivating.
dont know my cricket.
Along the way, there is some magic, and
Waingankar dwells on Bombays batting
then, some mystique in the manner those might in a chapter aptly titled The Batting
daunting hurdles are surmounted. Here Gharana of Bombay. From the technically
tears co-exist with joy, providing a fascinat- pure Vijay Merchant to the prolic Sunil
ing insight into the citys ethos.
Gavaskar, from the elegant Dilip VengsarWhere else would you play in pouring kar to the all-conquering Sachin Tendulkar,
rain, on a wet ground and create an extraor- Bombay has been home to some of the
dinary competition in which cricketers greatest batsmen.
muddy trousers and sharpen skills? Where
The author says, Gavaskar was a genius
else would young cricketers go through the but his genius was not his own. He was a
ordeal of travelling eight hours in the citys product of a series of legends of Bombay
crowded trains for practice each day of a cricket. Gavaskar was a product of Merweek? These locomotives, crisscrossing the chant, (Vijay) Manjrekar and (Dilip) Sardecity, carry with them sweat and hopes.
sai and many other great cricketers of
Inspired by heroes from the past, driven Bombay who had bequeathed the legacy,
by passion for the game, and dancing to the the conditions, for Gavaskar to come and
rhythm of a city that resonates with energy, play. Later, Gavaskar too became an inthese aspirants learn to survive in a de- spiration for many other cricketers from
manding environment where the breeze Bombay a story that is well known too.
from the Arabian Sea might be the only Can there be a ner example of legacy.
soothing element.
In the chapter the two legends GaMakarand Waingankars book is a worthy vaskar and Tendulkar the author, while
effort that does more than just scratch the acknowledging Tendulkars phenomenal
surface. The author has lived his life in gifts and performances, tilts towards GaMumbai, seen cricketers grow and fade vaskar since he played without helmet and
away from up close. Apart from being a then with a scull cap (that was hardly any
journalist and a columnist, he has also been protection) in the era of the great fast bowa talent spotter and comprehends the citys lers on lively pitches. There were no neutral
cricketing pulse. Mumbai has given India umpires then, no limitations on bouncers
cricket legends, has been a behemoth in the and Gavaskar had to curtail his natural atdomestic competition, triumphing a record tacking instincts owing to less support in
40 times in the Ranji Trophy.
batting. Yet, for all its glorious batsmen,
What has been the mantra to Mumbais Bombay produced only a handful of excepsweeping successes Its the strength of tional home-grown bowlers match-winmind is the answer. Waingankar often talks ning leg-spinner Subash Gupte, deceptively
about the Bombaikars being
quick Ramakant Desai and
khadoos. He elaborates, The
crafty left-arm spinner Padkhadoos attitude of the Bommakar Shivalkar. This is
baikars is their never-say-die
hardly surprising since, as
spirit the attitude of never
the author points out, Bomaccepting defeat in advance, of
bay, with its array of techstruggling to the end. This is an
nically
well
equipped
intrinsic part of a Bombaikars
batsmen, laid emphasis on
life. This side has made rousgrinding down attacks and
ing comebacks from impossibatting the other team out of
ble situations.
the match. After the exploits
Of course, he talks about the
with the willow, the role of
famous Kanga League, where
the bowlers was more restricthe cricketers play on wet, oftive in nature.
ten unplayable pitches under a
There are some nuggets in
downpour to broaden their hothe book such as when Ekrizons. It would not be incornath Solkar received news of
rect to say that the league was
his fathers death during a
one of the mediums for sus- A MILLION BROKEN
Ranji Trophy match but containing the philosophy of Bom- WINDOWS The
tinued playing for the team.
bay
cricket
across Magic and Mystique of Vengsarkar, the author regenerations. Bombay has Bombay Cricket:
veals, was inconsolable after
played winning cricket for the Makarand Waingankar; a failure early on in his camost part, even if accused of HarperCollins Publishers, reer. Sacrice and competinegative tactics by some. The A-75, Sector 57,
tion are central to Bombay
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What is the difference


between sneer and jeer?
(V.S. Niranjana, Chennai)
When you sneer or jeer at
an individual, you are being
very rude to him. A sneer is
the contemptuous look on
your face that clearly shows
that you have no respect for
the person you are talking to
your expression says it all!
This
look
is
usually
accompanied by a wounding
remark. You say something
in a manner that hurts the
individual.
*My uncle sneered when I
told him my marks.
*How much does your
useless husband make in a
year? she sneered.
Jeering is what usually
happens to people who are on
stage a politician giving a
speech, an actor performing,
a cricketer arguing with the
umpire, etc. In all these cases,
the spectators/members of
the audience show their
contempt for the person by
loudly booing him/her.
Mocking a person, shouting
abuses at him, and laughing
at him are all examples of
jeering.
*Sandeep became nervous
when the audience started to
jeer at us.
*The spectators began to jeer
the home team.
What is the meaning of
joker in the pack?
(J. Mukherjee, Kolkata)
The joker in the expression
does not refer to someone
who entertains people by
telling them jokes or by doing
funny things. In this context,
it refers to the joker that is
usually found in a pack of
cards. In certain card games,
the joker can be assigned any
value it can be used as an
Ace, a Jack, a King, etc. it
can be anything that the
player wants it to be. The
value that the card will be
given
is
unpredictable.
Similarly, when you say that
someone is the joker in the
pack, you mean that s/he is
an unknown entity. He or she

is someone who is going to


have a big impact on the
events that follow. The
results of the persons
inuence, however, will be
hard to predict they may be
most
unexpected.
The
expression can be used with
things as well.
*The young voter was the
joker in the pack in the last
election.
*Dont say anything about
abortion. It may be the joker
in the pack that might help
you win this election.
How is the word cabal
pronounced?
(Meena Nair, Kochi)
There are different ways of
pronouncing this word. Some
people pronounce the rst
vowel like the a in china
and the second like the a in
ant, pants and apple. They
pronounce the word ke-BAL
with the stress on the second
syllable. Others pronounce
the second vowel like the ar
in park, dark and shark.
They pronounce the word
ke-BAAL.
The word is mostly used in
the context of politics to refer
to a small group of people
who work secretly to usurp
power

either
by
overthrowing the existing
government or by installing a
puppet regime.
*The cabal of dissidents
within our party ensured we
lost the election.
Is it okay to say, Rahul is
doing this with a view to
make more money?
(M. Vijay, Chennai)
The expression, with a view
to meaning with the intent/
aim to is usually followed by
the ing form of the verb. In
this case, it should be
making and not make.
*Hemant went to Nagpur
with a view to starting his
own business.
******
A new idea is delicate. It can
be killed by a sneer or a
yawn. Ovid
S. UPENDRAN

upendrankye@gmail.com
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INTERNATIONAL

Thousands
mark Gallipoli
anniversary
GALLIPOLI PENINSULA (TURKEY):

Leaders and dignitaries from


Australia, New Zealand and
Turkey led thousands at
dawn ceremonies on Turkeys Gallipoli peninsula on
Saturday to mark the 100th
anniversary of a World War
One battle that helped shape
their nations.
The Gallipoli campaign has
resonated through generations that have mourned the
thousands of soldiers from
the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) cut
down by machinegun and artillery fire as they struggled
ashore on a narrow beach.
By the time allied forces
withdrew, defeated, after
eight months, the fighting
would eventually claim more
than 130,000 lives.
Australian Prime Minister
Tony Abbott, New Zealand
Prime Minister John Key and
Britains Prince Charles laid
wreaths as bagpipes played at
Anzac Cove, just north of
where ANZAC soldiers first
landed, in front of more than
10,000 people. Reuters

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THE HINDU

BLOW TO SYRIAN GOVERNMENT

Anwars wife files nomination

Al-Qaeda, allies take key town in Syria


Jisr al-Shughurs fall opens up route to Latakia, a bastion of Assads regime
BEIRUT: Al-Qaedas Syrian af-

filiate and its allies seized the


last major government-held
city in Idlib province on Saturday, in a blow that could
expose the regimes coastal
heartland to rebel attack.
The capture of Jisr alShughur in the north-western province comes nearly a
month after the same coalition of opposition forces,
known as the Army of Conquest, overran the provincial
capital.
The citys fall opens up a
strategic assault route for the
rebels to neighbouring Latakia province on the Mediterranean coast, a bastion of
President Bashar al-Assads
regime, analysts said.
[Al-Qaeda affiliate] Al- Rebel fighters celebrate after capturing the Jisr al-Shughur town on Saturday.
Nusra Front and the Islamist PHOTO: REUTERS
brigades now have complete
control of Jisr al-Shughur,
There are some ongoing toring group said the bodies by thousands of rebels.
Syrian Observatory for Hu- battles outside the city, to the of at least 60 regime loyalists
In the wake of the capture,
man Rights chief Rami Abdel south and east.
had been seen on the streets the Observatory said governRahman told AFP.
The Britain-based moni- of the city, which was overrun ment planes carried out at

8 foreign drug convicts informed


about execution: Indonesia
CILACAP (INDONESIA): Indonesia said
on Saturday it has officially notified eight foreign drug convicts
that they will be executed, but a
Frenchman was granted a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped
up pressure on Jakarta.
The eight from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines
have been transported to the highsecurity prison island of Nusakambangan where they will face
the firing squad along with an Indonesian prisoner, despite strident international criticism.
Today, just now, we just finished notifying every convict, nine
people except for Serge, a spokesman for the attorney-generals office, Tony Spontana, told AFP,
adding it would be at least three
days until the sentences are carried out.

Frenchman given reprieve


Officials said earlier that
Frenchman Serge Atlaoui, who
was expected to be among the
group being put to death, will not
be included in the forthcoming
batch as he still has an outstanding
legal appeal.
Mr. Spontana did not give a date
for the executions but a lawyer for
Filipina Mary Jane Veloso said she
had been informed she would be
put to death on Tuesday.
The news that the execution

procedure is under way, after


weeks of delays, came after Indonesian officials met diplomats on
Saturday in a town near Nusakambangan. The consular officials
then travelled to the island to visit
inmates.
The foreign drug convicts have
all lost appeals for clemency from
President Joko Widodo, who argues that Indonesia is fighting a
drugs emergency.
The Australian government said
it had been informed that the execution of its citizens, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, was

least 30 air strikes on and


around the city.

23 prisoners executed
The Observatory also reported that government
forces summarily executed at
least 23 prisoners in a detention facility before they
withdrew.
The jihadists hailed victory
on their official Twitter
account.
The mujahedeen have entered the city centre. The city
has been liberated, Al-Nusra
said.
One of the groups official
accounts published multiple
photographs of Al-Nusra
fighters in the city, some
holding their black flag and
others reciting prayers of
thanks for the citys capture.
Jisr al-Shughur became the
regimes de facto provincial
capital after the Army of Conquest coalition overran Idlib
city last month. AFP

Fierce street battles in Aden


SANAA/UNITED NATIONS: Saudi-led coalition warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes on Yemens southern port city
of Aden on Saturday, as Shia Huthi
rebels and their allies mobilised hundreds of reinforcements in an effort to
wrest control of the city from militias
supporting embattled President Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi, security officials
and eyewitnesses said.
The officials said opposing fighters
faced off in fierce street battles in the
Aden neighbourhoods of Khour Makser and Dar Saad as the Huthis try to
gain a foothold in the districts.
The cities of Taiz and Dhale also saw
violent clashes on Saturday.

New U.N. envoy

Protests in Paris on Saturday with a placard (right) that


translates to Together Against Death Penalty. PHOTO: AFP

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General


Ban Ki-moon named a Mauritanian
diplomat on Saturday as his envoy to
Yemen, charged with trying to broker
peace in the Arabian Peninsula country. Mr. Ban had notified the U.N. Secu-

KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of


Malaysian opposition leader
Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday
entered the race for the
parliamentary seat vacated by
her husbands recent jailing
over a much-criticised sodomy
conviction, a party official said.

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, an


Irish-trained medical doctor,
filed her nomination papers for
the by-election in Anwars
constituency in the northern
State of Penang, her partys
communications director Fahmi
Fadzil said. It marks the second
time Wan Azizah (62), has
stepped in for her husband
during one of his controversial
imprisonments. She won
Anwars seat in 1999 after he
was sacked as Deputy-Prime
Minister. AFP

Ferry disaster: protesters demand probe


SEOUL: Holding yellow balloons
and carrying banners,
thousands of protesters
marched in the South Korean
capital on Saturday, calling for
an independent probe into last
years ferry disaster. Four
different processions
converged in central Seoul to
protest at alleged government
attempts to obstruct an
independent investigation into
the tragedy. AFP

Camerons own goal over football team


LONDON: British Prime Minister
David Cameron, fighting to
keep power at a general
election in two weeks, was left
red-faced on Saturday after
getting the name of his
favourite football team wrong.
Mr. Cameron said he
supported West Ham United
during a speech, despite
previously insisting he was a
fan of fellow Premier League
team Aston Villa.

He later blamed the blunder


on brain fade as he read a
script from an autocue but the
Villagate controversy drew
plenty of criticism on social
media.
The main Opposition Labour
partys former communications
chief, Alastair Campbell, said
on Twitter it showed that Mr.
Cameron was out of touch.
Phoney. Believes nothing.
AFP

Thai Tiger Temple cant charge tourists

Militiamen loyal to President


Hadi next to a rocket launcher
during clashes with Huthi rebels
in Aden on Saturday. PHOTO: AFP
rity Council on Thursday of his
intention to appoint Ismail Ould
Cheikh Ahmed to replace Jamal Benomar. The Security Council approved
the selection on Saturday.
Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh
called on Friday on all Yemenis to find
a way to end the conflict. AP, Reuters

BANGKOK: Thailands
controversial Tiger Temple
has been banned from charging
tourists to visit dozens of big
cats in their care, the parks
department said on Saturday,
following a dispute between
monks and officials over the
welfare of the animals.
On Saturday the Department
of National Parks, Wildlife and
Plant Conservation released a
statement saying they had
reached a deal with the monks
allowing them to continue
keeping the tigers under

certain conditions including a


ban on any further breeding or
profiting from the cats.
(Picture shows a monk in the
temple) AFP

imminent.
Nothing can be gained and
much will be lost if these two
young Australians are executed,
said Foreign Minister Julie
Bishop.
I again respectfully call on the
President of Indonesia to reconsider his refusal to grant clemency.
It is not too late for a change of
heart.
Three of the African traffickers
are confirmed as being from Nigeria. However it is not clear whether the fourth holds Ghanaian or
Nigerian nationality. AFP

Right of return for Palestinians

ISRAEL ANNIVERSARY: An Arab-Israeli protester waves a Palestinian flag near


Tiberias, northern Israel, earlier in the week, during a march for the right of
return for Palestinians who fled their homes or were expelled during the 1948
war that followed the creation of the state of Israel. Thousands of Arab-Israelis
marched in protest while their Israeli compatriots marked the 67th anniversary
of the countrys founding. PHOTO: AFP

Bruce Jenner identifies himself as transgender

Bruce Jenner in a
screenshot from the
interview. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LOS ANGELES: U.S. Olympic


champion turned reality TV
star Bruce Jenner won praise
on Saturday from celebrities
and activists for revealing he
is transitioning from male to
female, ending long-running
speculation he identifies as a
woman.
In a highly anticipated,
two-hour television interview aired Friday hailed by
transgender rights campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family the
65-year-old said he had wres-

tled with his sexual identity


since he was a kid.
Ive always been confused
about my gender identity
since I was this big, he told
ABCs celebrity interviewer
Diane Sawyer. Here I am,
stuck and I hate the word
[a] girl stuck in a guys body...
As of now I have all the male
parts and all that kind of
stuff.
But asked point blank if he
was a woman, Jenner said:
Yes. For all intents and purposes, Im a woman. AFP
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15

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

ADB to lend $ 2 billion to India for road construction in five States

Reach Mobile to invest Rs.150 cr pan India

Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it would provide loan worth $2 billion to construct
or upgrade over 31,000 km of rural roads in ve States to lend support to Prime Ministers
Gram Sadak Yojana, ADB Country Director in India M. Teresa Kho said. PTI.

Announcing plans to invest around Rs. 150 crore in the current scal to expand its
reach in the Indian market, Reach Mobile, a part of Rashmi Group, said it will
soon set up a manufacturing facility in the country, PTI reports.

Moving the stalled


projects is one of the
bigger challenges before
the government

The few issues that are remaining in terms


of implementation and formulation of GST
Bill will be considered at the meeting of the
GST Council on May 8.

This fiscal, two more payouts will be made to the


States, clearing the CST
compensation by March 2017.

READY TO TACKLE MONSOON


DEFICIT: JAYANT SINHA
We have number of contingency plans and a rapid response mechanism in place
Indrani Dutta

nion Minister of State for Finance


Jayant Sinha said that the government was fully prepared to tackle
the fall-out of a decient monsoon.
We are fully prepared this year.
We have a number of contingency
plans and a rapid response mechanism in place, he said in response to
a question on predictions of a decient monsoon this year.
Mr. Sinha said that despite last
years 88 per cent rainfall deciency,
the government had managed the
overall situation in terms of food
supplies and prices.
We managed well.
And, ination has
now come down,
leading to lower
interest rates.
So, we are
fully prepared this
year we will
be able to handle, he said.
Mr. Sinha,
who was addressing a special session of the
Bharat Chamber
of
Commerce
in Kolkata,
said
that
moving

We managed well.
And, inflation has
now come down, leading to
lower interest rates. So, we
are fully prepared this year
we will be able to handle
the stalled projects was one of the
bigger challenges before the government. There were structural reasons such as land acquisition and
environmental hurdles, which led to
stalled projects, he said.
To a question on CST compensation, he said that in order to remove
the trust decit created between the
Centre and the States over this issue
during the previous regime, the
NDA-2 government planned to clear
the arrears in three phases by March
2017.
The rst Rs.11,000 crore was
paid by March 2015. This scal, two
more pay-outs will be made to the
States, clearing the CST compensation by March 2017.
To a question on political opposition to GST, he said that as of now,
there was a broad-based consensus
and the GST Constitutional Amendment should be possible in the current session of Parliament. The few
issues that were remaining in terms
of implementation and formulation
of GST Bill would be considered at
the meeting of the GST Council on
May 8.
PTI adds
Maintaining that higher borrow-

ings by individuals would lead to


purchase-led growth, Mr. Sinha said
interest rates should fall and, hopefully, the Reserve Bank of India
(RBI) would look into that.
Interest rates should fall so that
higher borrowings will lead to more
purchases of articles and the RBI
should look into that aspect, Mr.
Sinha said at an interaction organised by the Bharat Chamber of
Commerce here.
RBI is a very professional datadriven organisation and they would
obviously look at the facts before
taking any decision, the minister
told reporters, when asked specically whether the central bank
should cut rates.
So, let us see how the data play
out, he said, with a cautious tone,
clarifying that a rate cut was not
imperative for re-starting stalled
projects.

Public debt management


Referring to branching out public
debt management from the ambit of
the RBI, Mr. Sinha said there had
been a lot of resistance from the
officers and employees of the central bank.
Worldwide, public debt was being managed by an outside entity
and not the central bank. But RBI
was doing a very ne job... When you
are reforming, you can expect opposition.
Even the RBI Governor feels
strongly about creation of a separate
public debt management body, Mr.
Sinha added.

BUSINESS

Diageo asks Mallya to quit USL board


NEW DELHI: Alleging fund diversion to Kingsher and other UB group entities, United
Spirits new owner Diageo
has asked Vijay Mallya to step
down as Chairman and Director of the Indian liquor rm.
Diageo, which has bought
controlling stake in United
Spirits from UB Group, asked
Mallya to step down following various improprieties
and legal violations were
found after a probe it conducted into loans given by
USL to various UB Group
companies.
However, Mr. Mallya refused to resign and said the
inferences and allegations
were unjustied and false.
At its meeting held on
April 25, the board discussed
and considered in detail the
report submitted by the MD
and CEO in relation to the
inquiry...

Inferences and
allegations are
unjustified and false
VIJAY MALLYA, CHAIRMAN, USL.

The inquiry revealed that


between 2010 and 2013 funds
involved in many of these
transactions were diverted
from the company and/or its
subsidiaries to certain UB
Group companies., USL
Board said in its inquiry
report.
It further said: The inquiry prima facie revealed that
between 2010 and July 2013
certain transactions entered

into on behalf of the company


appear to have been undertaken to show a lower exposure of the company (and its
subsidiaries) to United Breweries Holdings (UBHL) than
that which actually existed at
the relevant time, that is prior
to July 2013.
All of the dues owing to
the company and its subsidiaries from UBHL, aggregating
Rs.1,337 crore on July 3, 2013,
were consolidated into a single loan agreement dated 3
July 2013 entered into between the Company and

UBHL, it added. In the


event Mr. Mallya declines to
step down, the Board also resolved that it would recommend to the shareholders of
the company, the removal of
Mallya as a director and as the
Chairman of the Board, Diageo said. The global liquor
giant also said that it would
initiate necessary step for recovery of the diverted funds
while the role of individuals
would be determined by the
concerned authorities to
whom the company will report all transactions.
Reacting to Diageos charges, announced on Saturday,
Mr.Mallya said prior to acquiring control of USL Diageo
conducted an extensive due
diligence exercise at USL over
four months in the course of
which details of all transactions were disclosed to
them. PTI

UltraTech Cement Q4 net profit dips 27 %


Lalatendu Mishra
MUMBAI: Indias largest cement manufacturer UltraTech Cement, an Aditya Birla
Group company, has reported
a 27 per cent drop in its fourth
quarter standalone net prot
due to additional provisioning and rise in input cost.
For the fourth quarter end-

THERE IS A BROAD-BASED CONSENSUS AND THE GST


CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE
IN THE CURRENT SESSION OF PARLIAMENT.

ed 31 March, 2015, the company reported a net prot of


Rs.615 crore against Rs.838
crore, which included previous years tax provision reversal of Rs.96 crore. The
January-March quarter net
prot included additional
provision of Rs.50 crore for
deferred tax, due to increase
in surcharge on income-tax.

During the quarter, net


sales stood at Rs.6,135 crore
against Rs.5,832 crore in the
same period last year.
On a consolidated basis,
the net prot stood at Rs.657
crore on sales income of
Rs.6,518 crore.
The combined cement and
clinker sale of grey cement
(for Indian operations) was
lower at 11.81 million tonnes
as compared to 12.18 million
tonnes in the same period last
year, while for white cement
and wall care putty, it was
3.52 lakh tonnes as against
3.28 lakh tonnes.
For the year ended March
31, 2015, the company reported a six per cent drop in its net
prot at Rs.2,015 crore
against Rs.2,144 crore in the
previous year.Net sales were
higher by 13 per cent at
Rs.22,656 crore against
Rs/20,078 crore.
On a consolidated basis,
the net prot stood at

Rs.2,102 crore on sales income of Rs.24,065 crore.


The combined cement and
clinker sales of grey cement
(for Indian operations) was
44.85 million tonnes against
41.47 million tonnes, while
for white cement and wall
care putty, it was 12.25 lakh
tonnes against 11.41 lakh
tonnes in the previous year.
The board of directors has
recommended a dividend of
Rs.9 per share (90 per cent)
aggregating Rs. 246.96 crore.

BULLION RATES
April 25 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

36,220
38.80
26,980
2,523

(36,480)
(39.00)
(27,210)
(2,544)

36,350 (36,500)
27,160 (27,190)
23,700 (23,700)

SPORT
India blanks
Egypt
KOZHIKODE: India crushed
Egypt 4-0 in the sixth round of
the womens world team chess
championship at Chengud,
China, on Saturday. India now
has six points and is placed
fth. Georgia is on top of the
table with 11 points, followed by
Russia (10), China (eight) and
Ukraine (seven).
Against the weak Egyptian
rivals, all the Indians posted
victories. Koneru Humpy, Padmini Rout, Soumya Swaminathan and Mary Ann Gomes
triumphed over Ayah Moaataz,
Wafa Shahenda, Amina Sherif
and Wafa Shrook respectively.
The results (sixth round): India bt
Egypt 4-0; Poland lost to Russia 0.53.5; Kazakhstan drew with China 2-2;
Ukraine bt Armenia 2.5-1.5; United
States lost to Georgia 1-3.

India ninth
NEW DELHI: Sacchitt Sharma won
both his singles and doubles
matches to help India take the
ninth place with a 2-1 victory
over host Thailand in the AsiaOceania world junior u-14 tennis
tournament in Bangkok on Saturday. The top four teams made
it to the World Group nals to be
staged in Prostejov, Czech Republic, in August.
The results (ninth place): India bt
Thailand 2-1 (Shashank Teertha lost
to Pawin Jirapoomdaje 4-6, 3-6; Sacchitt Sharma bt Nutdanai Sincharoenwattana 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Himanshu Mor &
Sacchitt bt Pawin & Natthayut Nithithananont 6-3, 6-3).
The final placings: 1. Korea, 2.
Chinese Taipei, 3. Australia, 4. China,
5. Japan, 6. Philippines, 7. Hong
Kong, 8. New Zealand, 9. India, 10.
Thailand, 11. Uzbekistan, 12. Malaysia, 13. Indonesia, 14. Lebanon, 15.
Kazakhstan, 16. Turkmenistan.

PGTI Nepal
event postponed
NEW DELHI: The Professional
Golf Tour of India (PGTI), on
Saturday, announced the postponement of the Surya Nepal
Masters event following an
earthquake in Nepal.
We regret to inform you
that as a result of the high-intensity earthquake that struck
Nepal this morning, we have
decided to postpone the Surya
Nepal Masters 2015 golf tournament scheduled from April
29 to May 2, PGTI said.
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CRICKET

BCCI working committee


faces important issues
Principal Correspondent
KOLKATA: The BCCIs rst
working committee meeting
since Jagmohan Dalmiya regained the presidents chair is
likely to see number of important issues coming up for discussion.
Chennai Super Kings valuation and the appointment of
the national team coach are of
the key issues that will feature
in Sundays meeting here.
Another issue that is likely
to come up is the appointment
of Neeraj Kumar and Madhusudan Sharma as consultants
to the BCCI Anti-Corruption
Unit. Many members have already voiced their concerns
over the validity of the proposed appointments of Neeraj
Kumar, a former Delhi police
commissioner, and Madhusudan Sharma, a retired IPS officer, by the IPL Governing
Council.
The reported valuation of
CSK, which has been set at
Rs.5 lakh to ensure its demerger from the parent company India Cements, has seen
a number of BCCI members
voicing their objection.
One of the BCCI officials to
attend the meeting said the
valuation process was started
without the working committees approval.
Without going into the logic
behind the paltry amount, the
member maintained that the
de-merger process should
have started with the consent

of the working committee.


The meeting is likely to witness a volley of legal points and
counter-points over the issue
as both the BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association,
which is apparently standing
up for CSK, are lining up legal
experts.
Among the seven items on
the agenda in Sundays meeting, the issue of the appointment of the two IPS officers
may come up for discussion
when the meeting takes up the
report of the IPL governing
council meeting on April 20.
It has been maintained by a
few members that the IPL governing council cannot deliberate or decide on such
appointments, which is the
prerogative of the working
committee.
With the position of India
coach falling vacant after the
completion of Duncan Fletchers term, the appointment of
the new coach is also going to
be discussed in the meeting.
Special Correspondent in
Mumbai adds
The Board is in possession
of the opinions of its attorney
on the modalities followed to
facilitate a change in ownership of Chennai Super Kings
from India Cements to a fully
owned subsidiary called Chennai Super Kings Ltd (CSKL).
India Cements has already
informed the Bombay Stock
Exchange about its decision.
At a Board meeting in early
February, India Cements also

decided that its more than


97,000 share holders will receive proportionate shares of
the new subsidiary.
It remains to be seen if the
BCCIs working committee
will allow CSKL to be run by a
trust. The IPL-Governing
Council under the previous
chairman Ranjib Biswal had
approved the changes and recommended it to be placed before the BCCI working
committee. But, at the newly
appointed IPL-GC meeting
held in New Delhi recently,
members are reported to have
sought clarity on how the subsidiary CSKL proposed to be
run by a trust can be valued at
only Rs.5 lakh.
Those in the know of happenings within the new dispensation
said
members
would be given the relevant details at the working committee
meeting.
There has been no commercial sale; its only transposition of shares, said a BCCI
official. Another point that is
to be discussed is regarding the
induction of the Karnataka
State Cricket Association into
the working committee.
While Gujarat and Vidharbha which hosted matches
against England in November
and December 2012 to gain a
place in the committee on the
basis of having hosted Test
matches in the last two years,
the KSCA (hosted New Zealand in August 2012), is not on
the committee.

CHESSS

New chess tour features Anand, Carlsen


Special Correspondent
KOZHIKODE: A new grand chess
tour, launched at Saint Louis
(United States) on Friday, will
see the worlds top players
competing in three major
events.
Indias Viswanathan Anand
and world champion Magnus
Carlsen of Norway are part of
the cycle.
The tour will feature 10

players, nine of them playing


in every event, with the organisers of each tournament reserving the right to choose a
wild-card entry.
The top players conrmed
for this years tour are Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Alexander
Grischuk (Russia), Veselin
Topalov (Bulgaria), Levon
Aronian (Armenia), Anish Giri (Holland) and Hikaru Nakamura (US), besides Anand

and Carlsen.
The rst event is the Norway Chess 2015, to be held
from June 15 to 26.
That will be followed by the
Sinqueeld Cup at Saint Louis
from August 21 to September
3 and the London Chess Classic from December 3 to 14.
Each event will carry a
prize-fund of $300,000.
The overall champion will
get an additional $75,000.

East Bengal
thumps Dempo
S. Sabanayakan
KOLKATA: Kingsher East Bengal found its form to outplay
Dempo SC 3-1 in a Hero ILeague match at the Salt Lake
Stadium here on Saturday. Dudu Omagbemi, Ranti Martins
and Shylo Malsawmtluanga
found the target for the host
and Tolgey Ozbey pulled one
back for the visitors.
East Bengal is now on 26
points from seven wins in 15
matches while Dempo remains
on 16 from 15 games.
The victory also keeps East
Bengal within striking distance
of the title should the table toppers falter in the next few
rounds.
It was a satisfying game for
East Bengal against a depleted
Dempo outt. The way the two
strikers, Dudu and Ranti, operated upfront with the mideld
supporting them was what
proved eventually decisive.
It was Omagbemis opportunism that fetched his teams
rst goal. He made the most of a
defensive lapse off a long high
ball played into the penalty area. He lobbed the ball over an
advancing goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani in the 22nd
minute.
Two minutes later, Martins
showed his brilliance powerfully nodding home Tluangas
centre from mideld.
East Bengals dominance
continued into the second half.
The host scored again to make
it 3-0 when man-of-the-match
Tluangas snap shot from 25
metres out rocketed into the
net. Ozbey, who looked a big
threat to East Bengal since
coming in as a substitute at the
halftime, saw his effort being
saved by Deepak Mandal on the
goalline.
It was Ozbey who stepped up
to take the penalty when Gurwinder Singh brought down
Sushil Kumar inside the box,
and the Aussie converted the
84th minute spot-kick to reduce the margin.
The results: At Kolkata: Kingfisher East Bengal 3 (Dudu Omagbemi 22,
Ranti Martins 24, Shylo Malsawmtluanga 64) bt Dempo Sc (Tolgey Ozbey 84).
At Shillong: Salgaocar FC 3 (Augustin Fernandes 8, Bikash Jairu 22,
Douhou Pierre 44) bt Shillong Lajong
FC 1 (Uilliams Souza Silva 66).
At Pune: Pune FC 0 lost to Mohun
Bagan 2 (J. Lalpekhlua 5, Y.Katsumi
75).
ND-ND

16

SPORT

NOIDA/DELHI

THE HINDU

Malinga sets up a much-needed


win for Mumbai Indians
Sunrisers fall 20 runs short with the Sri Lankan returning four for 23
G. Viswanath
MUMBAI: Mumbai Indians held
its nerve to register its second
win in this season of the IPL at
the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. In a match that saw a
lacklustre batting display by
both teams, MI beat Sunrisers
Hyderabad by 20 runs.
Clearly, the buzz was missing
right from the start as an anxious home crowd hoped for a
turnaround in fortunes for Rohit Sharmas side.
With Mumbai Indians defending a modest 157, Lasith
Malinga played his part upfront
by removing
David Warner, and returned at the
end of the innings
to
scalp three
more. Meanwhile, leftarm pacer
Mitchell
McClenaghan dismissed
the dangerous Shikhar Dhawan, choked
the supply of runs and broke
the partnership between Ravi
Bopara and Hanuma Vihari.
With Malinga and McClenaghan taking seven wickets
between them, Mumbai Indians will now consider itself
back in the running for a playoff qualication. More importantly, this win has given the
side some peace leading up to
its next match on May 1.

Healthy start
After Rohit chose to bat, a
urry of shots from Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel promised much on a pitch that
offered consistent bounce and
little lateral movement.
A Wankhede strip towards
the end of the domestic season
showed no signs of extra pace
or bounce, but Warner picked
Dale Steyn and Trent Boult
for the rst time in six matches

Das Gupta
elected BAC
vice-president
NEW DELHI: Badminton Association of India (BAI) president
Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta was on
Saturday elected the vice-president of the Badminton Asia
Confederation (BAC) for a four
year term.
Das Gupta was elected during the continental bodys general elections in Wuhan, China.
Das Gupta, who held the
same post in the last committee, polled the highest number
of votes among the six vicepresidents and played an important role in helping Indonesias Anton Aditya Subowo get
unanimously elected as the
president of BAC.
Subowo will replace Malaysias Mohd. Nadzmi Bin Mohd.
Salleh.
Badminton Association of
Thailand chief Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul was also in
the race for the presidents post
but settled for one of the six
vice-presidents post.
The BAI president got 24 of
the 31 votes counted while
none of Chinas representative
managed to nd a place among
the office-bearers.
Badminton Association of
India has been doing a good job
in organising many international tournaments and our
players are now among the best
in the world. The BAC vote is a
proof that badminton world is
looking forward to India playing a bigger role in Asia, Das
Gupta said immediately after
the election.
Koreas Hong-Ki Kim was
elected general secretary.
PTI

Six-for by Tomar
NEW DELHI: Yatharth Tomars
six-wicket haul helped LB
Shastri CC to a three-wicket
win against Telefunken CC in a
pre-quarternal encounter of
the 25th All-India Sperry Om
Nath Sood memorial cricket
tournament.
The scores:
Telefunken CC 200 in 38.3 overs
(Deepak Khatri 66, Pradeep Sharma
37, Yatharth Tomar six for 37, Sooraj
Rai three for 49) lost to LB Shastri CC
204 for seven in 39.3 overs (Vikas Dixit
63, Sandeep Raj Kaushik 43).

ENGAGEMENTS
At New Delhi
Cricket: IPL, Delhi Daredevils vs
Royal Challengers Bangalore,
Ferozeshah Kotla, 8 p.m.
CM
YK

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

Narine undergoes testing in Chennai


S. Dinakar
CHENNAI: Kolkata Knight Riders
off-spinner Sunil Narine underwent tests for a suspected
illegal bowling action at the
biomechanical wing of the Sri
Ramachandra Sports Medicine
Centre here on Saturday.
According to sources, Narine
was accompanied by Pakistani
pace bowling great and Knight
Riders bowling consultant Wasim Akram. Bio-mechanical experts and BCCI coaches
conducted the tests.
Narine sent down a variety of
deliveries. Among them were
the faster one and the carrom

ball, which have raised several


eyebrows.
According to the IPL rules, a
bowler should undergo testing
soon after being reported by
the umpires. The ICC rules are
different since a bowler is given
as many as 21 days.
Narine can continue bowling
till the results are out, but
Knight Riders are unlikely to
risk the West Indian bowler in
Sundays match at the Eden
Gardens against Rajasthan
Royals.
The Kolkata side then plays
Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk on Tuesday.
Interestingly, it was at the

same bio-mechanical centre in


Chennai that the 26-year-old
Trinidadian was cleared to
bowl ahead of this edition of the
IPL.
Narine had run into serious
problems with his action when
he was called in back-to-back
matches of the Champions
League Twenty20 tournament
last year.
The West Indian then
worked on a new action under
former Pakistani great Saqlain
Mushtaq. Opting out of the
World Cup, he then successfully cleared tests at the ICC-accredited
centres
in
Loughborough and Chennai.

KKR looks to regain momentum


Amitabha Das Sharma

WRECKER-IN-CHIEF: Lasith Malinga played his part upfront by removing David Warner and returned at
the end of the innings to scalp three more. PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE
and strengthened his pace
options.
The Kiwi left-armers rst
over did little to cheer up Warner.
His wrist and ngers failing
to bring the ball back into the
right-hander,
Simmons
whipped him for two on-side
boundaries between square leg
and mid-wicket.
Parthiv icked a ball from
around his front pad to the
mid-wicket fence as the hosts
raced away in the PowerPlay.
When it was appearing like
the MI openers had taken control of the proceedings, Parthiv
icked Steyn straight into the
hands of Hanuma Vihari positioned a metre inside the
square leg fence.
Unmukt Chand began with a
rm push off Steyn that split
the off side eld, but his fearless
approach proved his undoing;
his pull went straight to Dhawan inside the centre plot.

The tussle between the bat


and ball continued, with MIs
third wicket pair in Simmons
and Rohit enjoying the upper
hand.
Simmonss half-century also
brought up Mumbais 100, but
some crafty bowling by the
Sunrisers seamers got them
back in the contest.
Steyn castled Simmons and
soon Rohit gifted his wicket to
leg spinner Karn Sharma.
With the Bhuvneswar Kumar and Praveen Kumar plying
their medium pace exceptionally well, MI struggled to lift
their scoring rate, and managed
to get past the 150-run mark
thanks to Kieron Pollard.
The over 17,000 underprivileged persons brought to the
venue by Reliance Foundation
waved the MI ags, cheered
lustily and seemed to genuinely
enjoy the outing, and it was a
occasion that was sweetened by
a victory for the home side.

SCOREBOARD
Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons
b Steyn 51 (42b, 6x4, 1x6), Parthiv
Patel c Vihari b Steyn 17 (17b, 3x4),
Unmukt Chand c Dhawan b Praveen 5
(4b, 1x4), Rohit Sharma c Bhuvneshwar b Karn 24 (15b, 2x4, 1x6), Kieron
Pollard b Bhuvneshwar 33 (24b, 3x4,
1x6), Ambati Rayudu c Boult b Bhuvneshwar 7 (7b, 1x4), Harbhajan Singh
c Bhuvneshwar b Praveen 0 (4b), Jagadeesha Suchith (not out) 9 (5b) R.
Vinay Kumar c Ojha b Bhuvneshwar 0
(1b), Mitchell McClenaghan (not out) 1
(1b); Extras (lb-1,w-9): 10; Total (for
eight wkts. in 20 overs): 157.
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Parthiv), 249 (Unmukt), 3-100 (Simmons), 4-108
(Rohit), 5-126 (Rayudu), 6-128 (Harbhajan), 7-149 (Pollard), 8-149 (Vinay).
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling:
Trent Boult 4-0-27-0, Bhuvneshwar
Kumar 4-0-26-3, Dale Steyn 4-0-38-2,
Praveen Kumar 4-0-35-2, Karn Sharma 4-0-30-1.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar
Dhawan c Malinga b McClenaghan 42

(29b, 7x4, 1x6), David Warner c Rayudu b Malinga 9 (7b, 2x4), K.L. Rahul c
Rayudu b McClenaghan 25 (27b, 1x6)
Naman Ojha c Pollard b Suchith 9
(9b), Ravi Bopara c (sub) b McClenaghan 23 (27b, 1x4), Hanuma Vihari
c Parthiv b Malinga 16 (10b, 3x4), Karn
Sharma (not out) 2 (5b), Praveen Kumar b Malinga 0 (2b), Dale Steyn c
Pollard b Malinga 0 (1b), Bhuvaneswar Kumar (not out) 6 (4b, 1x 4);
Extras (lb-2, nb-1,w-2): 5; Total (for
eight wkts. in 20 overs): 137.
Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Warner), 252 (Dhawan), 3-68 (Ojha), 4-104 (Rahul), 5-126 (Bopara), 6-127 (Vihari),
7-127 (Praveen), 8-127 (Steyn).
Mumbai Indians bowling: Harbhajan Singh 4-0-36-0, Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-20-3, Lasith Malinga
4-1-23-4, Jagadeesha Suchith 4-025-1, R. Vinay Kumar 4-0-31-0.
Toss: Mumbai Indians.
Man-of-the-match: Malinga.
Mumbai Indians won by 20 runs.

KOLKATA: Kolkata Knight Riders will look to regain momentum at home after a reasonably
successful away mission in the
IPL-8.
When the defending champion takes on the current tabletopper Rajasthan Royals at
Eden Gardens on Sunday, it
will try to maintain the form
gained while taming Kings XI
Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.
Despite losing a rain-truncated match against Sunrisers
Hyderabad at Visakhapatnam
on Wednesday, KKR will look
at the favourable win-loss record (three wins and two losses) in its last ve assignments
to push for its second win at
home.
The toss will be vital for KKR
captain Gautam Gambhir, who
has scripted successful runchases. In fact, the two-time
champion has won all its three
matches so far chasing targets.
It lost the only time it was
asked to bat rst, by Royal
Challengers Bangalore at its
last home outing. The batsmen
such as Robin Uthappa, Manish
Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav
seem to instil condence in
Gambhir, who has led the
charge making three 50-plus
scores.
Andre Russell has shown
good form so far lending solidity to the KKR lower order while
coming up as a good option in
the bowling department.
What will be bothering the
KKR skipper is the other West
Indian in the side, Sunil Narine,
who has once again been re-

AT THE MERCY OF THE WEATHER: Gautam Gambhir


wears a grim look after rain forced Knight Riders
to practise indoors on the eve of the match against
Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK
ported for suspect illegal
bowling action.
In such a situation Gambhir
will have to rely more on the
likes of Morne Morkel, Umesh
Yadav and Piyush Chawla, who
have manned the bowling department so far.
Rajasthan Royals, which has
been the most procient side of
the tournament with ve wins,
saw its victory march halted in
its last two outings. Rajasthan
Royals captain Shane Watson
will be hoping that his side regains the cohesion and resilience that saw it tame rival

RACING

GENERAL

Sweeping Star should make amends

When Tendulkar played


a prank on Wadekar

MUMBAI: The three-year-old lly


Sweeping Star, who ran second in her
debut, should make amends in the
Season Ending Juvenile Million, the
main attraction of the races to be held
on the concluding day of Mumbai racing season on Sunday (April 26).
Rails will be placed 3 metres away
from its original point from 1600m to
1000m and thereafter 3 metres away
from 1000m upto the winning post.
Turf News: Mr. Zavary Poonawalla has contributed Rs. 10 lakh towards
the promotion and encouragement of
evening racing at RWITC.
1
ALVIDA
PLATE,
DIV.II
(1,400m), Cl. V, rated 1 to 26 4.30
p.m.: 1. Allegiance (5) Chandrakant
59, 2. Awesome Knight (4) Sandesh
59, 3. Windsor (6) Bhawani 59, 4.
Arsenal (10) I.Pardeshi 58.5, 5. Nigella (3) T.S.Jodha 58.5, 6. Star
Builder (9) Trevor) 58, 7. Glorious
Regime (2) Akshay 57.5, 8. Star Benevolent (8) S.Kamble 56, 9. National Star (1) A.Gaikwad 53.5 and 10.
Moondrops (7) A.K.Pawar 52.
1. Nigella, 2. Awesome Knight
2 ROYAL CALCUTTA TURF
CLUB TROPHY (1,400m), Cl. I,
rated 80 and upward 5.00: 1. Maximus (2) Santosh 65, 2. Moon Shadow
(3) Ashad Asbar 61, 3. Star Trainer
(6) Prasad 58.5, 4. Victorious March
(1) S.J.Sunil 58, 5. Papakura (4)
T.S.Jodha 57.5 and 6. Mykonos (5)
Sandesh 55.5.

1. Mykonos, 2. Moon Shadow


3 ALVIDA
PLATE,
DIV.I
(1,400m), Cl. V, rated 1 to 26 5.30: 1.
Coley (10) Dashrath 61, 2. Masterstrike (withdrawn), 3. Sir Song (9)
Daman 60.5, 4. Aleta (8) Merchant
59.5, 5. Chivalrous Knight (3) A.Gaikwad 59, 6. Pure Bliss (5) Trevor 59, 7.
Sindbaad (6) Neeraj 59, 8. Sanam (1)
S.K.Jadhav 58.5, 9. Anis V (2) Bhawani 58,, 10. Big Bang (4)S.Kamble 57
and 11. True Heir (7) Prasad 57.
1. Pure Bliss, 2. Coley, 3. True Heir
4 SEASON ENDING JUVENILE
MILLION (1,400m), 3-y-o only
6.00: 1. Dancing Lord (3) Sandesh 57,
2. Pink Panther (4) Dashrath 53, 3.
Warpath (2) Trevor 53 and 4. Sweeping Star (1) Neeraj 51.5.
1. Sweeping Star, 2. Dancing Lord
5 RACING OFFICIALS CUP
(1,800m), Cl. IV, rated 20 to 46 6.30:
1. Danse Debonaire (9) R.Vaibhav 62,
2. Archimedes (6) Dashrath 61.5, 3.
Ad Astra (8) Trevor 60, 4. Lhotse (7)
Prasad 58, 5. Marcos (5) T.S.Jodha
57.5, 6. Argyle Pink (11) S.J.Sunil 55.5,
7. Azadegan (2) Roushan 54.5, 8.
Magic In The Air (3) Bhawani 54, 9.
Dazzle N Daze (12) Parbat 53, 10.
Word Of Honour (10) S.Kamble 53,
11. Savage Garden (4) Ashad Asbar
52.5 and 12. Sabiq (1) Neeraj 50.
1. Archimedes, 2. Lhotse, 3. Ad
Astra
6

GOODBYE PLATE (1,200m),

Cl. V, rated 1 to 26 7.00: (Jockeys


will not be permitted the use of whip
in this race). 1. Chlobud (12) S.J.Sunil
60.5, 2. Kickboxer (8) G.Amit 60.5, 3.
Loveable Locks (11) A.Gaikwad 59.5,
4. Miss Senorita (withdrawn), 5.
Mythical Sunrise (Late Mystical
Sunrise) (13) K.Kadam 59, 6. Gyahana (1) Zameer 58, 7. Holiday Dancer
(10) Merchant 57.5, 8. Super Bolt (4)
K.N.Bhati 57.5, 9. Zarah (9) Bhawani 57.5, 10. Earth Quake (5) Ajinkya
56, 11. Mountain Treasure (6) Nadeem 56, 12. Wild Sea (7) S.Kamble
53, 13. Macho Uno (2) Ashad Asbar 51
and 14. Earth Sensor (3) Prasad 50.
1. Chlobud, 2. Super Bolt, 3.
Zafirah
7 JOCKEYS TROPHY, DIV.I
(1,200m), Maiden, 3-y-o only 7.30:
1. Deccan King (9) Prasad 55, 2. Espada (4) I.Pardeshi 55, 3. Jabble (11)
K.Kadam 55, 4. Rising Concert (5)
Ashad Asbar 55, 5. Simon Says (10)
T.S.Jodha 55, 6. Smoothtalkinrascal
(3) A.K.Pawar 55, 7. Traherne (1)
Dashrath 55, 8. Benezeer (6) Sandesh
53.5, 9. Charging Tigress (12) B.Nikhil 53.5, 10. Miracle Of Love (7) Trevor 53.5, 11. Rich N Rare (8) Pereira
53.5 and 12. Speed Of Sound (2) Kavraj 53.5.
1. Miracle Of Love, 2. Speed Of
Sound, 3. Benezeer
8 JOCKEYS TROPHY, DIV.II
(1,200m), Maiden, 3-y-o only 8.00:
1. Aliboxer (4) Sandesh 55, 2. Alien

(12) Prasad 55, 3. Ame (6) S.Kamble


55, 4. Brightest Star (3) Chandrakant
55, 5. Itscaro (8) Trevor 55, 6. Jaqk (5)
Neeraj 55, 7. Olly Boy (9) N.Rawal 55,
8. Top Wizard (2) Ashad Asbar 55, 9.
Bella Luna (1) R.Vaibhav 53.5, 10. Enthralling (7) Dashrath 53.5, 11. Hedwig (10) K.Kadam 53.5 and 12. Isinit
(11) Pereira 53.5.
1. Itscaro, 2. Aliboxer, 3.
Enthralling
9 AUDI MILLION (1,200m), Cl.
III, rated 40 to 66 8.30: 1. Pepito (9)
Darren Williams 61, 2. Stormy Princess (11) K.N.Bhati 60, 3. Ice Skates
(8) A.Gaikwad 57.5, 4. Sun Hot (6)
Ajinkya 57, 5. Beyond Horizons (7)
S.J.Sunil 56, 6. Quest For Love (13)
Trevor 55.5, 7. Made To Measure (4)
Dashrath 54, 8. Mountain Song (5)
Neeraj 54, 9. Gold Bag (10) Kavraj
53.5, 10. Presence (14) Bhawani 53.5,
11. Top Trainer (2) Sandesh 53.5, 12.
Earth Tamer (1) Prasad 52, 13. Palace
Girl (3) K.Kadam 50.5 and 14. President (12) S.Kamble 49.
1. Top Trainer, 2. Pepito, 3. Earth
Tamer
Days best: Top Trainer
Double: Archimedes Miracle Of
Love
Jackpot (i): 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7; (ii): 5, 6, 7, 8 &
9.
Treble (i): 2, 3 & 4; (ii): 6, 7 & 8; (iii): 7,
8 & 9.
Tanala: All races
Super Jackpot: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9.

Magnificence wins Euphemia Plate


MUMBAI: Magnicence ridden by P.
Trevor won the Euphemia Plate, the
main event of the penultimate days
races held on Saturday (April 25).
The winner is owned by M/s. Madhav
G. Patankar & Rajesh Monga. S.K.
Sunderji trains the winner.
1. EUPHEMIA PLATE (1,600m),
Maiden, 3-y-o only: Magnificence
(Trevor) 1, Pablito (D.K. Ashish) 2,
The Way I Am (Neeraj) 3 and Simply
Shining (Kavraj) 4. Nk, 4-3/4, 3-1/2.
1m 37.22s. Rs. 12 (w), 11 and 24 (p),
SHP: Rs. 32, FP: Rs. 23, Q: Rs. 11,
Tanala: Rs. 30 and Rs. 19. Favourite:
Magnicence. Owners: M/s. Madhav
G. Patankar & Rajesh Monga. Trainer: S.K. Sunderji.
2. LUCKY PAIR PLATE (Div. I),
(1,000m), Maiden 3-y-o only: Bidstone Hill (Trevor) 1, Abbey (Dashrath) 2, Hirohama (D.K. Ashish) 3
and Grande Vitesse (F. Irani) 4. 3/4,
4, 3/4. 1m 0.20. Rs. 14 (w), 10, 11 and
18 (p), SHP: Rs. 24, FP: Rs. 14, Q: Rs.
10, Tanala: Rs. 54 and Rs. 43. Favou-

rite: Bidstone Hill. Owners : Mr. &


Mrs. K.N. Dhunjibhoy and Mr. &
Mrs. Z.K. Dhunjibhoy rep. Five Stars
Shipping Co. Pvt. Ltd. Trainer:
Vinesh.
3. STONE RIDGE PLATE
(1,600m), Cl. III, rated 40 to 66:
Helping Hand (D.K. Ashish) 1, Glorious Opinion (Ashad Asbar) 2, Shahriyar (Trevor) 3 and Honest Pleasure
(S.J. Sunil) 4. 1-1/2, 3/4, 1-1/4. 1m
36.90s. Rs. 18 (w), 12 and 52 (p). SHP:
Rs. 132, FP: Rs. 145, Q: Rs. 180, Tanala: Rs. 477 and Rs. 116. Favourite:
Helping Hand. Owner: Mr. K.H.
Vachha. Trainer: Imtiaz Sait.
4. LUCKY PAIR PLATE (Div. II),
(1,000m), Maiden 3-y-o only: Horse
Power (Sandesh) 1, Daytona (Ashad
Asbar) 2, Remember The Time (Ajinkya) 3 and Wonder Story (Shelar) 4.
3/4, 1/2, 1-1/4. 1m 0.52s. Rs. 26 (w),
11, 30 and 24 (p), SHP: Rs. 113, FP: Rs.
180, Q: Rs. 148, Tanala: Rs. 1,125 and
Rs. 379. Favourite: Horse Power.
Owner: Mr. N.D. Talati. Trainer: Dallas Todywalla.

5. VICTORY MARCH PLATE


(1,200m), Cl. IV, rated 20 to 46: Essence Of Love (Sandesh) 1, Rock
The Turf (Santosh) 2, Winds Of
Change (Trevor) 3 and National
Pride (K. Kadam) 4. 4-1/2, 1-1/2, 1/2.
1m 12.14s. Rs. 77 (w), 30, 34 and 16
(p), SHP: Rs. 115, FP: Rs. 600, Q: Rs.
1,003, Tanala: Rs. 2,025 and Rs.
1,085. Favourite: Winds Of Change.
Owners: Mr. Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan, Mr. Waryam Singh & Mr. Ashok
Kumar Gupta rep. Wadhawan Livestock Pvt. Ltd. Trainer: H.J. Antia.
6. TRAINERS TROPHY (Div. II),
(1,000m), Cl. IV, rated 20 to 46:Make
Way For Me (Kavraj) 1, Scarlet Of
Hope (N. Rawal) 2, Polar Zone (Sandesh) 3 and Rapid Girl (Trevor) 4. Not
run: Spanish Saga. 1, Nk, sh. hd.
59.78s. Rs. 34 (w), 14, 40 and 15 (p).
SHP: Rs. 145, FP: Rs. 613, Q: Rs. 666,
Tanala: Rs. 1,336 and Rs. 429. Favourite: Rapid Girl. Owner: Col. K.S. Garcha.Trainer: Adhirajsingh Jodha.
7.
SOLAR
KISS
PLATE
(1,200m), Cl. II, rated 60 to 86: Poly-

dences (Trevor) 1, La Traviata


(Sandesh) 2, Fortune Hunter (Kavraj) 3 and Remember Me (Neeraj) 4.
2-1/2, Nk, 4-1/4. 1m 10.40s. Rs. 17 (w),
10,15 and 61 (p). SHP: Rs. 42, FP: Rs.
44, Q: Rs. 52, Tanala: Rs. 530 and Rs.
341. Favourite: Polydences.Owners:
Mr. Haresh N. Mehta and Mr. Manav
H. Mehta rep. Rohan Bloodstock Pvt.
Ltd. Trainer: Sangramsinh Joshi.
8. TRAINERS TROPHY (Div. I),
(1,000m), Cl. IV, rated 20 to 46: Rare
And Gorgeous (Ajinkya) 1, Eternal
Royalty (T.S. Jodha) 2, Millenium
Falcon (A. Gaikwad) and Star (S.K.
Jadhav) 4. 1, 1/2, hd. 1m 0.04s. Rs. 68
(w), 22, 19 and 95 (p), SHP: Rs. 42, FP:
Rs. 119, Q: Rs. 44, Tanala: Rs. 3,785
and Rs. 2,703.Favourite: Eternal
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Rs. 353 (75 tkts.).Super jackpot: (70
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per cent): Rs. 494 (69 tkts.).

SHOOTING

Abhinav Bindra presents five rifles


Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI: Five talented young
shooters were presented
Walther ries, as part of a developmental scheme run by
Olympic champion Abhinav
Bindra in collaboration with
GoSports Foundation, to help
them progress better in the
shooting sport.

The ve, Satyamm Chauhan, Gajendra Rai, Prashant


Tanwar, Arun Sharma and B.
Nikhil, in the 16-21 age group,
hailing from Uttar Pradesh,
Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, were identied from a pool of 30 shooters
who had been spotted for
guidance and support by a
team of experts headed by Ab-

hinav Bindra and world record


holder Suma Shirur.
The ve shooters we have
chosen for equipment support
have demonstrated great potential and in spite of limited
resources are doing well at the
national level.
I would like to thank
Walther Arms for extending
their support and offering

equipment to our young shooters.


We hope that the high
quality and precision of these
new weapons will propel them
to greater heights, and provide
them an impetus to become
world class shooters, said Abhinav Bindra, in a statement
released by Abhinav Futuristics Limited.

MOTHER'S SON: Sachin Tendulkar offers a piece of


cake to his mother on his 42nd birthday in Mumbai
on Friday. PHOTO: PTI
Special Correspondent
MUMBAI: Former skipper and
cricket manager of the Indian
team Ajit Wadekar narrated a
few anecdotes at the Legends
Clubs function to celebrate Sachin Tendulkars 42nd birthday
on Friday.
The select audience at the
C.K. Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club
of India (CCI) burst into laughter after Wadekar recalled an
episode when Tendulkar and
the Indian team arranged half a
dozen belly dancers on his
birthday, April 1, during the
teams tour of New Zealand.
All the fun happened after the
team nished the net session.
We had a lovely net session and
retired to bed. I was half asleep
when, at midnight, Sachin was
at my door with a serious look
on his face. I asked him what he
was doing at such an odd hour
and he said something was
wrong with Kapil Dev.
I immediately went to Kapils room, where I saw the entire team present with a cake
and champagne bottles. I was
surprised.
Suddenly, from the connecting room, six belly dancers
walked in and began dancing. I
suspected it to be Sachins idea,
as Sunny (Sunil Gavaskar), on
the tour as commentator, was
not to be seen. Sunny is famous
for his pranks but this must
have been Sachins idea.
I enjoyed the belly dancing
and some champagne and before I realised, everyone started
leaving and I was left with one of
the dancers.
Being the manager of the
team, I had to observe the code
of conduct and retire to my

room, said Wadekar, who is the


vice-president of the Legends
Club and was the keynote speaker of the day.

Sachin the bowler


Wadekar also spoke about the
Hero Cup match against South
Africa at the Eden Gardens in
November 1993 when Tendulkar took the ball from Mohammad
Azharuddins
hands,
bowled the last over and won the
match.
We had decided that Kapil
Dev would always bowl the last
over, but Kapil appeared to be
troubled by a shoulder problem;
Sachin just snatched the ball and
began to set the eld. Thats Sachin.
Another incident that Wadekar narrated was when Tendulkar volunteered to open the
innings in an ODI for the rst
time in Auckland when Navjot
Sidhu complained of an ankle
ailment. Kapil and Azhar
agreed to Sachins offer and he
scored a blistering 82 off 49 balls.
These were the qualities that
made him a legend. He was
someone above all.
The second speaker, former
Mumbai off-spinner Kiran Mokashi said Tendulkar competed
with bowlers and elders at nets.
I saw him rst when he was
14; I always knew him as Ajits
brother. He was a crowd puller,
batting at Kamath Memorial
nets in Shivaji Park.
He used to score 100 off 60 or
70 balls at the nets. He did not
bat at the nets for the sake of batting; he batted to beat the bowler, elder and score runs.
Once he blasted fast bowler
Raju Kukarni at the nets in Baroda and proved that, even at 14, he
did not fear fast bowling.

teams in the rst ve matches.


The visitors will be eager to
keep the top position at a time
when the league stage is poised
to enter the crucial phase. This
will happen once its batting, led
by Ajinkya Rahane, who currently owns the Orange Cap,
starts ring again.

Rain threat
The upcoming encounter
contains all the ingredients of
an absorbing contest and one
will hope the weather will hold
to let the match be played. Rain
spoiled KKRs evening practice
on Saturday.

Narine available
against RR, says
Gambhir
KOLKATA: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir
said most in the team knew the
enigmatic Caribbean off-spinner Sunil Narine will be reported again.
The KKR skipper was evidently crossat the bowler being
reported against for suspected
illegal bowling action before his
teams crucial IPL-8 match
against Rajasthan Royals on
Sunday.
Most of us knew even after
he was cleared in Chennai (Sri
Ramachandra Arthroscopy and
Sports Science Centre) and
Loughborough (ICC accredited
lab in England), that he was only cleared with only one thing
in mind that he can again be
reported again, Gambhir said
on Saturday.
All these are sometimes disturbing and unsettling for the
player as it goes through his
mind all the time. But having
said that, we got to live with it,
Gambhir added.
Gambhir said Narine is available for the match against Rajasthan Royals. Principal
Correspondent

Gangulys
gesture
KOLKATA: Former India captain
Sourav Ganguly has decided to
give his BCCI pension for this
year to the deceased under-19
Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshris
family.
Ganguly has also decided to
use the pension, which he will
be getting in future from the
Board, to fund treatment of injured players registered with
the Cricket Association of
Bengal.
I have decided to give away
my pension amount to Ankits
family, Ganguly, who is CAB
joint-secretary, told reporters
after CABs nance committee
meeting.
I've also decided to fund
treatment of injured players,
who are CAB-registered. I will
use the amount I get as pension
from the Board, he added.
As per BCCIs pension
scheme, former Test cricketers
receive an amount of Rs 4.2
lakh annually.
Following Keshris death,
there were accusations that the
medical facilities at the ground
were not up to the mark and
Ganguly assured that steps
would be taken in order to ensure that CAB is well-equipped
to tackle any such contingencies in future. PTI
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17

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

Spin stifles KXIP after CSK batters fire again


Spells from Ashwin and Jadeja yield five for 36 as visitors fold 97 runs short

Intriguing contest between


teams battling inconsistency

S. Dipak Ragav

Rakesh Rao

CHENNAI: After failing thrice


against Kings XI Punjab last
season, it was payback time for
Chennai Super Kings as it
thrashed last years runner-up
by 97 runs on Saturday to record its fifth win of IPL-8.
Chasing 193, Kings XI could
manage only 95 for nine from
its 20 overs.
With this, CSK has climbed
to the top of the table alongside
Rajasthan Royals with 10
points from six matches,
though the latter has played
one game more.
After early breakthroughs
from Ashish Nehra and Ishwar
Pandey, the spin duo of R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja stifled
the visitors. By the halfway
stage, Kings XI was 57 for five,
and never really recovered.
The eight overs of spin accounted for half the side giving
away a mere 36 runs, and 24
balls were not scored off.
Only M. Vijay looked comfortable; he played some delightful shots in his knock of 34
(32b, 4x4, 1x6).
After M.S. Dhoni elected to
bat, Brendon McCullum laid
the foundation for a mammoth
total with a typically aggressive
knock of 66 (44b, 8x4, 3x6).
He and Dwayne Smith had a
50-run partnership in just 4.3
overs before Smith was bowled
by Anureet Singh.
KXIP opened the attack with
leg-spinner Karanveer Singh.
Playing only his second match
of the season, Karanveer struggled to find his length, bowling
either too full or compensating
by dragging it down, and was
duly punished by the openers.
Smith took him for 22 runs in
a single over, going down the
wicket for two sixes while employing the cut and the pull

SNEW DELHI: The eighth edition


of the Indian Premier League is
close to the half-way mark but
Delhi Daredevils and Royal
Challengers Bangalore are yet
to
shake
off
their
inconsistency.
Both teams have suffered
three losses each. Delhi has
three wins one more than
Bangalore that has played a
game less. There is much to
play for the teams on Sunday at
the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.
Interestingly, the teams will
face-off after encouraging victories in their last outings. But
Bangalores all-round display
that led to the demolition of
table-topper Rajasthan Royals
on Friday was more impressive
than Delhis triumph over bottom-scraper Mumbai Indians.
Virat Kohlis decision to promote AB de Villiers to the No. 3
spot against Rajasthan paid
rich dividends. Given the fact
that Virat chose to open with a
back-again Chris Gayle, it was
clear that the skipper had risked exposing a not-so-intimidating middle-order batting had
the top-three batsmen fallen
early.
The highly versatile de Villiers appeared to be under-utilised down the order in the
previous outings. With Gayle
showing signs of getting back
his feared form and Virat getting two successive half centuries, Bangalore is optimistic
about its prospects.
Unlike Mahendra Singh
Dhoni, who prefers to have four
bowlers in the playing XI, Virat
has made no secret of his liking
to have a five-man attack.
Mitchell Starc, David Wiese,
Harshal Patel along with spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Iqbal Abdulla combined to keep

CM
YK

NOT QUITE COPYBOOK: Brendon McCullum played a typically aggressive innings of daring and craft to set
Super Kings on the path to a mammoth total. PHOTO: M. VEDHAN
when it was pitched short.
KXIP was not helped by
some shoddy fielding. Mitchell
Johnson dropped two simple
catches, one at mid-off when
McCullum on 21 in the fifth
over off the game, and then at
mid-wicket when Suresh Raina
on 13.
McCullum and Dhoni then
went after the Aussie pacer
who finished with figures of
none for 40.
Dhonis unbeaten 41 (27b,
2x4, 2x6) and Jadejas quickfire
18 (11b, 2x4) ensured that Super
Kings ended up with a big
score.

SCOREBOARD
Chennai Super Kings: Dwayne
Smith b Anureet Singh 26 (13b, 3x4,
2x6), Brendon McCullum c Miller b
Patel 66 (44b, 8x4, 3x6), Suresh Raina
run out 29 (25b, 4x4), M.S. Dhoni (not
out) 41 (27b, 2x4, 2x6), Ravindra Jadeja (not out) 18 (11b, 2x4); Extras
(lb-2, w-9, nb-1): 12; Total (for three
wkts in 20 overs): 192.
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Smith), 2116 (McCullum), 3-144 (Raina).
Kings XI Punjab bowling: Karanveer Singh 4-0-43-0, Sandeep Sharma 4-0-32-0, Anureet Singh 4-0-40-1,
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-40-0, Axar Patel

4-0-35-1.
Kings XI Punjab: M. Vijay c Bravo
b Ashwin 34 (32b, 4x4, 1x6), Virender
Sehwag c du Plessis b Pandey 1 (2b),
Shaun Marsh lbw b Nehra 10 (10b,
1x4), George Bailey c Dhoni b Jadeja
1 (3b), David Miller c Raina b Jadeja 3
(9b), Wriddhiman Saha c Ashwin b
Nehra 15 (23b), Axar Patel st Dhoni b
Ashwin 9 (10b, 1x6), Mitchell Johnson
c Nehra b Jadeja 1 (2b), Anureet Singh
c Jadeja b Sharma 10 (20b), Karanveer Singh (not out) 2 (5b) , Sandeep
Sharma (not out) 1 (4b); Extras (lb-3,
w-5): 8; Total (for nine wkts in 20

overs): 95.
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Sehwag), 235 (Marsh), 3-40 (Bailey), 4-55 (Miller), 5-55 (Vijay), 6-66 (Patel), 7-69
(Johnson), 8-90 (Saha), 9-94
(Anureet).
Chennai Super Kings bowling:
Ishwar Pandey 2-0-17-1, Ashish Nehra 4-0-16-2, Mohit Sharma 3-0-10-1,
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-22-3, R. Ashwin
4-0-14-2, Dwayne Bravo 3-0-13-0.
Toss: CSK.
Man of the match: McCullum.
CSK won by 97 runs.

Rajasthan in check.
Sarfaraz Khan, at 17 the
youngest to play in this seasons competition, could find
his place in danger in the middle-order that includes Dinesh
Karthik, Mandeep Singh and
Manvinder Bisla.
Delhi, too, prefers specialist
slower bowlers like leg-spinners Imran Tahir and Amit
Mishra in the playing XI.
In the last game, even leftarm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem
was included. Here, it must also
be remembered that skipper
J-P Duminy showed his worth

as a spinner against the Sunrisers last week.


Though paceman Nathan
Coulter-Nile has done a fair
job, Angelo Mathews appears
to be struggling. Somehow, Delhi appears to have under-utilized the Sri Lankan as a
bowler.
Delhis assistant coach Pravin Amre had mentioned Zaheer Khan could play on
Sunday.
Should the left-armer make
it to the playing XI, Bangalore
could be tested more.
In the batting department,
Delhi has reasons to be worried
over opener Mayank Agarwals
inconsistency.
That enhances the possibility of C.M. Gautam regaining
his place as an opener and even
taking over the keepers job
from the hard-hitting Kedar
Jadhav.
The team relies too much on
skipper J-P Duminy and an unpredictable Yuvraj Singh. The
team needs Yuvraj to fire and
prove his worth against a quality attack like the one Bangalore possesses.
Over all, the match holds the
promise of providing plenty of
fire-works for the packed house
on Sunday.

INDIAN
INDIAN PREMIER
PREMIER LEAGUE-VI
LEAGUE 8 POINTS
POINTS TABLE
TABLE
P
Chennai Super Kings
6
Rajasthan Royals
7
Kolkata Knight Riders
5
Delhi Daredevils
6
Sunrisers Hyderabad
6
Royal Challengers Bangalore
5
Mumbai Indians
7
Kings XI Punjab
6
* after the CSK-KXIP match on April 25

W
5
5
3
3
2
2
2
2

L
1
2
2
3
4
3
5
4

Pts.
10
10
6
6
4
4
4
4

NRR
+1.609
+0.140
+0.310
+0.229
-0.264
-0.270
-0.553
-1.112

ND-ND

18

SPORT

NOIDA/DELHI

THE HINDU

Anand beats
Adams, in
second spot
SHAMKIR (AZERBAIJAN): Viswanathan Anand crashed through
the defences of Michael Adams
of England to jump to the second spot in the Shamkir Chess
2015 tournament here on
Friday.
It was sheer power and simplicity from Anand that saw
him cruise to his second win in
the strongest tournament of
the year and the Indian ace can
now train his sight to catch
world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the remaining
two rounds.
Meanwhile, Carlsen defeated
Vladimir Kramnik of Russia to
take his tally up to 5.5 points
out of a possible seven.
Fabiano Caruana of Italy was
the other big winner of the day,
beating erstwhile leader Wesley So of USA.
The results (seventh round): V.
Anand (Ind, 4.5) bt Michael Adams
(Eng, 2); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
(Fra, 3) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 3);
Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 5.5) bt Vladimir
Kramnik (Rus, 2.5); Fabiano Caruana
(Ita, 4) bt Wesley So (USA, 4); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 3.5) drew
with Rauf Mamedov (Aze, 3). PTI

Asias fastest
sprinter to
challenge Bolt

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

CRICKET

Anderson burst gives


England a target of 143

THE EQUALISER: Tottenham's Nacer Chadli holds off Maya Yoshida to slide in his team's second goal
against Southampton. PHOTO: REUTERS

Spurs break Southampton hearts


LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur
held its course for a Europa
League finish after head coach
Mauricio Pochettino left former club Southampton with a
hard-earned 2-2 draw on
Saturday.
Graziano Pelle twice put
Southampton ahead at St. Marys, but a pulsating game saw
Spurs respond through Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli to close
on a return to European football next season.
The home team started purposefully and moments after
Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
had foiled France team-mate
Morgan Schneiderlin from a
James Ward-Prowse corner, it
took a 29th-minute lead
through Pelle.
It was all Tottenhams making as a catalogue of errors contributed to its downfall.
After slipping, Ryan Mason
over-cooked a pass back to
teammate Ben Davies, who
hesitated in clearing his lines,
which allowed Pelle to dart in
and poke the ball home.

Spurs felt that Pelle had


nudged Davies in the back
shortly prior to scoring, but the
goal was no less than the home
team deserved.
Tottenham was second-best,
but hauled itself level in somewhat contentious fashion just
before the break.
Eric Diers right-wing cross
was glanced on by Harry Kane
to Lamela, who guided the ball
past Southampton goalkeeper
Kelvin
Davis.
Replays
suggested
the ball had
struck Lamelas arm,
but it was
missed by
referee Jon Moss, who was selected to officiate the FA Cup
final earlier this week.
Despite the setback, Southampton looked in control and
saw Steven Davis squander two
golden chances before it regained the lead via Pelle in the
65th minute.

Following a driving run by


Sadio Mane, substitute Shane
Long shaped a cross into the
box from the right and Pelle
rose to plant a magnificent
header past Lloriss outstretched right hand.
But the home sides lead lasted only five minutes, as Ronald
Koemans men were once
guilty of letting their advantage
slip. Diers straight pass into
the
inside-right
channel
opened up the home defence
and Chadli held off Maya Yoshida to slide the ball in from a
prohibitive angle and earn Pochettinos side a point.
Fernandinho volleyed in an
89th-minute winner as Manchester City beat Aston Villa
3-2 to cement a place in the
English Premier Leagues top
four for the soon-to-be-deposed champion.
Sergio Aguero pounced on an
early mistake by goalkeeper
Brad Guzan to give City a thirdminute lead, and Aleksandar
Kolarov made it 2-0 after an
hour when he curled a free kick

through the defensive wall.


Villa looked like salvaging a
point after goals by Tom Cleverley and Carlos Sanchez following
misjudgments
by
goalkeeper Joe Hart pulled the
relegation struggler level by the
85th.
There was still time for a City
corner to drift through a
crowded penalty box to Fernandinho, who chested the ball
down, and found the net from
eight metres.
City moved provisionally to
second place.

ST. GEORGES (GRENADA): The


West Indies was dismissed for
307 in its second innings to set
England a target of 143 to win
the second Test at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada
on Saturday.
England has a minimum 59
overs to reach its target and
take a 1-0 lead in the threematch series. In the pre-lunch
session James Anderson featured in all six dismissals as
the West Indies crashed to 286
for eight on the final day of the
second Test.
Anderson, who went past
Ian Botham as Englands highest wicket-taker ever during
the first Test, put his team on
course to make amends for being held to a draw in Antigua as
he struck three vital blows almost immediately after the
second new ball was taken on
the fifth morning.
Resuming in apparent comfort at 202 for two, and with
the odds in its favour of ensuring a draw on a placid pitch,
the West Indies' innings of
solid defiance was transformed into a panic-stricken
capitulation the moment Anderson removed Kraigg Brathwaite for 116 to a catch by Joe
Root.
That breakthrough cut
short a third-wicket partnership with Marlon Samuels that
had realised 79 runs and the

demise of the gritty opening


batsman triggered a slide with
six wickets tumbling for 58
runs.
Energised by the breakthrough, Anderson belied the
batsman-friendly conditions
to claim two more vital wickets.

Chanderpaul's woes
Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed a poor
match when he edged the
seamer to Ian Bell at second
slip and skipper Alastair Cook
showed superb reflexes to
dive full length from first slip
and snare the rebound millimetres from the turf.
Samuels was eventually undone by the 34-year-old Anderson, edging a delivery to
wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for
37 to turn hopes of victory for
England into a distinct
possibility.

Even with the conclusion of


his incisive spell of bowling,
Anderson would not be kept
out of the game, taking catches at mid-off to get rid of Jermaine Blackwood and Kemar
Roach off medium-pacer
Chris Jordan and off-spinner
Moeen Ali respectively.
But he saved his most spectacular bit of work in the field
to get rid of the man who had
frustrated Englands quest for
victory at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium a week
earlier.
A moments indecision at
the crease with Ramdin was
enough to cost Jason Holder
his wicket as Anderson threw
down the stumps at the nonstrikers end with a direct hit,
leaving the first Test centurymaker disconsolate at the realisation that his departure
had probably paved the way to
an England win. AFP

SCOREBOARD
West Indies 1st innings: 299.
England 1st innings: 464.
West Indies 2nd innings: K. Brathwaite c Root b Anderson 116, D. Smith
b Anderson 2, D. Bravo c Buttler b Broad 69, M. Samuels c Buttler b Anderson
37, S. Chanderpaul c Cook b Anderson 7, J. Blackwood c Anderson b Jordan 10,
D. Ramdin lbw b Ali 28, J. Holder run out 2, K. Roach c Anderson b Ali 10, D.
Bishoo (not out) 15, S. Gabriellbw b Ali 0; Extras (b-8, lb-2, nb-1): 11; Total (in
112 overs): 307.
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-145, 3-224, 4-238, 5-239, 6-257, 7-260, 8-282, 9-307.
England bowling: Anderson22-7-43-4, Broad 21-2-71-1, Ali 24-9-51-3,
Jordan 21-6-69-1, Stokes 8-0-34-0, Root 16-7-29-0.

The results: Manchester City 3


(Aguero 3, Kolarov 66, Fernandinho
89) beat Aston Villa 2 (Cleverley 68,
Sanchez 85); Southampton 2 (Pelle
29, 65) drew with Tottenham 2 (Lamela 43, Chadli 70); Burnley 0 lost to
Leicester 1 (Vardy 60); Crystal Palace
0 lost to Hull 2 (NDoye 52, 90+2);
Newcastle 2 (Perez 20, De Jong 87)
lost to Swansea 3 (Oliveira 45+2, Sigurdsson 49, Cork 71); QPR 0 drew
with West Ham 0; Stoke 1 (Adam 27)
drew with Sunderland 1 (Wickham 1);
West Brom 0 drew with Liverpool 0.

AFP

Neymar, Messi star for 10-man Barca


Yoshihide Kiryu.
TOKYO: Japanese teenager
Yoshihide Kiryu, the fastest
runner in Asia, has been invited
to race in the 100 metres
against world record holder
Usain Bolt at the Diamond
League New York Grand Prix in
June.
The Japanese clocked a
wind-assisted 9.87 seconds victory at the Texas Relays in Austin on March 28, becoming the
fastest Asian sprinter under
any conditions.
Kiryu also holds the world
youth best of 10.19 and the
Asian junior record of 10.05 in
100m. In 2013, Kiryu covered
100m in 10.01 seconds at the
Mikio Oda Memorial in Hiroshima, tying the junior world
record on April 29 at the age of
17.
After that victory, Kiryu said:
I want to run alongside Bolt
and see how he is different
from me. IANS

in sixth with four games left in


the season.

MADRID: Neymar and Lionel


Messi were on target as Barcelona produced a sensational
first-half performance to take a
huge step towards the La Liga
title with a 2-0 win at local rivals Espanyol on Saturday.
The visitors dominated from
the off and two goals in eight
minutes sealed the win as Neymar and Messi rounded off excellent team moves.
Barca was reduced to 10 men
early in the second period as

EUROPEAN LEAGUES
Jordi Alba was given his marching orders for taking his protestations towards referee
Mateu Lahoz too far.
I think we played the best
first-half of the season in terms
of dominating all facets of the
game.
We had the ball in their half,
moved the ball well, created
chances and pressed well after
losing the ball, said Barca
coach Luis Enrique.
In the Bundesliga, Borussia

Barcelonas Neymar is tackled by Espanyols Lucas


Vazquez. PHOTO: REUTERS
Dortmund winger PierreEmerick Aubameyang scored
an audacious penalty and set up
another goal in a 2-0 victory
over Eintracht Frankfurt on
Saturday to keep its Europa
League hopes alive.
The Gabon international
took over the penalty duties
with Marco Reus on the bench

and chipped his 24th minute


spot kick down the middle of
the goal with keeper Kevin
Trapp diving early.
He than charged down the
wing and cut back for Shinji Kagawa to tap in as Dortmund,
last
seasons
runners-up,
moved up to eighth on 39
points, three behind Augsburg

TENNIS

Andujar upsets Ferrer, meets Nishikori


BARCELONA: Reigning champion
Kei Nishikori booked his place
in the Barcelona Open final
with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of
Martin Klizan on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Japanese
will face Pablo Andujar in Sundays final after the latter upset
third seed David Ferrer 7-6(5),
6-3.
Nishikori, the World No.5,
romped through the first set in
just 28 minutes. Klizan offered
some more resistance at the
start of the second set as he
held onto his serve in a marathon opening game that included eight deuces.
Nishikori, though, won the
next five games to take him to
the brink of victory before serving it out comfortably.
Andujar produced what he
admitted to being some of the
best tennis of his career to beat
Ferrer for the first time.
This is one of the best games
I have played in my career,
said the World No.66. I knew
that David is a very solid player
from the baseline and it is very
difficult to compete with him
from there, so I tried to pressure his second serve and come
to the net when I could.
In the end it was a combination of me playing well and him
making some mistakes at the
start of the second set.
World No.5 Caroline Wozniacki needed nearly three
hours to break the resistance of
second seed Simona Halep before winning 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 on
CM
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PUMPED UP: Caroline Wozniacki needed nearly three hours to break Simona
Haleps resistance in the semifinal of the WTA Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart
on Saturday. PHOTO: AFP
Saturday and reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix final for the
second time in five years.
The first game lasted almost
10 minutes, an indication of the
slug match that was to follow
on the punishing Stuttgart clay.
Wozniacki clinched the first
set after more than an hour
when Halep sent a backhand
into the net.
The World No.3, who had 22
unforced errors in the first set,

upped her game and raced to a


3-0 lead before being reined in
by Wozniackis thundering
groundstrokes.
Halep, who has won three titles this year, levelled but
quickly fell two breaks behind
again in the third as Wozniacki
went 5-1 up. She saved three
match points but could do
nothing in the next game as
Wozniacki clinched victory after two hours and 58 minutes.

The results: Semifinals: At Barcelona: Barcelona Open: Semifinals:


Kei Nishikori bt Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-2;
Pablo Andujar bt David Ferrer 7-6(6),
6-3.
At Bucharest: Nastase-Tiriac
Trophy: Jiri Vesely bt Daniel GimenoTraver 2-6, 6-1, 6-4; Guillermo GarciaLopez bt Gael Monfils 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2.
At Stuttgart: Porsche Grand Prix:
Caroline Wozniacki bt Simona Halep
7-5, 5-7, 6-2; Angelique Kerber bt Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-1. Agencies

The results: Bundesliga: On Saturday: Bayern Munich 1 (Schweinsteiger 80) beat Hertha Berlin 0;
Borussia Dortmund 2 (Aubameyang
24-pen, Shinji Kagawa 32) beat Eintracht Frankfurt 0; Hanover 1 (Lars
Stindl 24-pen) lost to Hoffenheim 2
(Anthony Modeste 1, Sven Schipplock
83); VfB Stuttgart 2 (Daniel Ginczek
24, Martin Harnik 27) drew with Freiburg 2 (Nils Petersen 58-pen, 85);
Hamburg 3 (Ivica Olic 11, Pierre-Michel Lasogga 19, 70) beat FC Augsburg 2 (Raul Bobadilla 25, Tobias
Werner 69); Cologne 1 (Bard Finne
83) drew with Bayer Leverkusen 1
(Julian Brandt 60).
On Friday: Mainz 05 2 (Bell 28, 31)
beat Schalke 04 0.
Serie A: Udinese 2 (Pinzi 58, Agyemang Badu 74) beat AC Milan 1 (Pazzini 88).
La Liga: On Saturday: Espanyol 0
lost to Barcelona 2 (Neymar 17, Messi
25); Atletico Madrid 3 (Griezmann 55,
76, Raul Garcia 63) beat Elche 0.
On Friday: Cordoba 0 lost to Athletic Bilbao 1 (Benat Etxebarria 56).

Agencies

Ding Junhui
enters last eight
SHEFFIELD: Chinas Ding Junhui
moved into the quarterfinals of
the World snooker championships for just the third time after battling back to defeat John
Higgins 13-9 here on Saturday.
World No. 3 Ding, beaten six
times in the opening two
rounds of the tournament since
his debut in 2007, trailed 5-1
and 7-5, but eventually saw off
the four-time world champion.
When Higgins opened up his
substantial leads over Ding, it
seemed the champion of 1998,
2007, 2009 and 2011 would
condemn the Chinese star to
more Crucible misery.
But instead Ding struck back
and he led 9-7 heading into the
final session, nudging closer to
the winning line with breaks of
63 and 89. Higgins held up
Dings triumph by pinching a
tight frame to close to 12-9, but
he missed a key brown in the
next, when trailing by 28
points. That put Ding in control
of his destiny. When Ding dropped in the penultimate red, he
held a 44-point cushion, with
35 left on the table.
Misfortune struck as Ding
glided off the last red when escaping from a snooker and the
white fell into the yellow pocket. Higgins had a free ball, with
the red hidden by the brown,
and Higgins knew he would
close to 12-10 should he clear
the table. But he missed a testing pink off the remaining red
and Ding was soon celebrating
his first quarterfinal appearance in Sheffield since 2013.

MAN OF THE MOMENT: James Anderson's incisive bowling plus his catching and
outfielding ensured that England had a fair chance to push for victory over the
West Indies. PHOTO: AFP

ATHLETICS

Mutai vows to win


London title
LONDON: Kenyas Geoffrey Mutai has vowed to finally add the
London Marathon title to his
honours on Sunday, while
three-time winner Paula Radcliffe prepares to bid a tearful
farewell to the event.
Radcliffes last appearance in
the race that established her as
one of the finest women marathon runners of all time will be
the main focus for British fans.
But the battle for supremacy
in the mens competition will
provide a high-quality distraction from Radcliffes emotional
send-off.
Mutai has crossed the finish
line in first place in the Boston,
Berlin and New York Marathons, but he has been unable
to emulate those triumphs on
the streets of London.
In 2013 he dropped out with
a hamstring problem at the 30kilometre mark, while last year
he was short of form and had to
settle for sixth place.
To end his frustrating wait
for a London victory, the 33year-old will have to see off a
star-studded field, including
compatriots Wilson Kipsang,
the defending London champion, and world record-holder
Dennis Kimetto.
I have won in Boston, Berlin
and New York, but the win I
still want is this one, Mutai
said.
The fact that I have not
done well here before is my
main motivation now. It is
what keeps me running and
makes me want to come back.
The London Marathon is
more important to me now
than the Olympics because it is
more challenging. I will fight
until my day comes.
With 2011 champion Emmanuel Mutai, 2014 runner-up
Stanley Biwott, and 2014 Rotterdam and Chicago Marathon
winner Eliud Kipchoge also on
the start line, the race will feature the three quickest men in
history and five of the all-time
top 10.
Kipsang and Kimetto have
never raced head-to-head before, and defending champion
Kipsang, who set the London
course record in two hours four
minutes and 29 seconds last
year, said: Im expecting a big

Gays reduced
ban sends
wrong message,
says Bolt

challenge from Dennis.


Ive beaten him once and
hes beaten me once. I have
more experience in marathons
but he has done very well in the
few hes done.

Emotional reaction
Meanwhile, there wont be
many dry eyes among Radcliffes friends and family once
her race is finally run over the
same 26.1-mile route on which
she set a world record of two
hours 15 minutes 25 seconds in
April 2003 a mark which still
stands.
The 41-year-old Englishwoman will compete not as
part of the elite field, but among
the mass ranks after battling a
series of injuries in recent
years.
Radcliffes husband Gary,
her parents and children Isla
and Raphael will all line the
course to watch the 2005
World Championship gold
medallist bow out.
I would love to have taken
part in the London Olympics in
2012 as my last competitive
race at the front but we dont
get to choose that, said Radcliffe, who plans to continue
running only in a non-competitive environment.
Im very lucky to have the
long career that Ive had. Its
such a magical special race. Its
something that's hard to put into words how important it is.
Radcliffes record could
come under threat from a quartet of Kenyan stars Mary Keitany, the London champion in
2011 and 2012, defending
champion Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo, the 2013 winner,
and Florence Kiplagat.
Paula has been a great athlete and a great inspiration to
women marathon runners,
Edna Kiplagat said.
We look up to what Paula
has done, especially her solo
world record, and that is what
we are trying to go for on
Sunday.
Also on Sunday the London
course will play host to Switzerlands paralympic world
marathon champion Manuela
Schar, who aims to retain the
global title she won two years
ago in France. AFP

Usain Bolt.

PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: The worlds fastest


man, Usain Bolt, has criticised
the stupid deal under which
American sprinter Tyson Gay
was given a reduced ban of only
one year after failing three
drugs tests in 2013.
Former 100m and 200m
world champion Gay, who tested positive for steroids, cut a
deal with the United States Anti-Doping Agency under which
he gave evidence against his
coach Jon Drummond, who
was subsequently given an
eight-year ban.
But Bolt, in a rare outspoken
interview with the new edition
of Runners World magazine
published in Fridays Times
newspaper, it was the stupidest thing Ive ever heard. I was
really upset about that.
He got a year just because he
talked to the authorities about
how it was done and who
helped him, the Jamaican
said.
That sends the wrong message. The message should be If
you cheat, youre going to be
kicked out of the sport.
You have to drive fear into
athletes, to make them think
about the consequences of
their actions. If theyre getting
an easy penalty why would they
care?
Six-time Olympic champion
Bolt added that he was not
looking forward to competing
this year against his old rival,
whose best 100 metres time of
9.69 seconds has been beaten
only by the world record-holder. Reuters
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