You are on page 1of 24


friday, october 21, 2016 Regd. DL(ND)-11/6110/2006-07-08 RNI No. TNENG/2012/49940 ISSN 0971 - 751X Vol. 6 No. 250 CITY EDITION 24 Pages Rs. 8.00

Printed at Chennai, Coimbatore, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Madurai, Noida, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Vijayawada, Mangaluru, Tiruchirapalli, Kolkata, Hubballi, Mohali, Allahabad, Malappuram and Mumbai

BSF foils major
infiltration bid
JAMMU: BSF soldiers foiled a

major infiltration bid by a group

of six militants after a heavy
gunfight along the International
Border in Kathua district on
Wednesday night, a senior
officer said on Thursday.


No need to panic,
debit card holders told
MUMBAI: The National Payments

Corporation of India has urged

debit card customers whose
data have been compromised
not to panic as measures have
been taken to deal with the

Iraqi PM happy with

Mosul campaign

offensive to take back Mosul

from Islamic State militants is
going faster than planned, Iraqi
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi
said on Thursday.

Hindutva as way of
life challenged
NEW DELHI: Anti-Godhra activist

Teesta Setalvad, theatre activist

Shamsul Islam and journalist
Dilip Mandal moved the
Supreme Court to undo the
devastating consequences of
its 1996 judgment defining
Hindutva as a way of life.

19 killed as bus falls

into gorge
JAMMU: At least 19 people were

killed and 26 injured when a bus

they were travelling in skidded
off the road and rolled into a
deep gorge in Reasi district of
Jammu and Kashmir on

4 Pages

Will he accept poll outcome? Trump keeps up the suspense

According to opinion polls, the Republican
candidates chances of winning are remote
WASHINGTON: Republican can-

didate Donald Trump set off

a firestorm on the U.S presidential
Wednesday by refusing to
commit himself to honour
the outcome of the election.
I will keep you in suspense,
Mr. Trump said when
pressed for a firm commitment that he would accept
the results of the November
8 polls, during his third and
final presidential debate
with Democratic opponent
Hillary Clinton.

Ill look at it at the time,

Mr. Trump said at the beginning of the discussion on the
topic, which was necessitated by his repeated statements in recent weeks that
the election was being stolen
from him and the American
people. And I, for one, am
appalled that somebody who
is the nominee of one of our
two major parties would take
that kind of position, Ms.
Clinton said.
Speaking to supporters in
Delaware on Thursday, Mr.
Trump stuck firm to his unprecedented defiance of U.S.

Fire at Sivakasi shop

kills 8 at scan centre
Victims choke,
unable to escape
smoke from
blaze next door
SIVAKASI: Eight persons suffoc-

ated to death after they got

stuck inside a private scan
centre engulfed by thick
smoke billowing from a fire
at a nearby cracker shop here
on Thursday. Police said six
women and two men were
killed. While six victims
were employees of the scan
centre, the remaining two
were visitors.
Friction was suspected to
have set off the fire when
workers were stacking up
fireworks bundles onto a
truck parked outside the
shop on the Virudhunagar
Bypass Road here at 1.30 p.m.
The shop went up in flames.

Firefighters douse the flames after a cracker shop caught

fire in Sivakasi on Thursday. PHOTO: PTI
Soon smoke from the accident site engulfed the Devaki
Scan Centre located behind
the shop.
Patients, doctors and staff
of the scan centre were not
able to immediately escape.
They could not come out of
the centre as its pathway, adjacent to the shop, was on

fire, Sivakasi Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Saravanakumar said. After hearing their cries, we broke
open a window and brought
them out, Sivakasi Station
Fire Officer K. Murugan said.



JNU students free V-C from illegal

confinement, but no trace of Najeeb
NEW DELHI: Twenty-four hours

after Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jagadesh Kumar was illegally confined to the administration block by students,
the students' union called
off the blockade on
Thursday afternoon, allowing the V-C to be escorted
out of the building, even as
the missing student, Najeeb
Ahmed, remained untraced.
Following the intervention of the Union Home
Ministry, the Delhi Police
have set up a Special Investigation Team to conduct
searches at various locations. The police said an
eyewitness had seen Najeeb
leaving the campus in an
auto-rickshaw on October
Agitated students had
surrounded the administration block on Wednesday
afternoon as they felt that
the university authorities
were not being proactive in
their efforts to trace Najeeb.
They also wanted the violence at the Mahi-Mandavi
hostel on the intervening
night of October 14-15, in
which Najeeb got into an altercation with students belonging to the ABVP, to be
investigated in a timebound manner.
The intensity of the
blockade had gathered
steam after Najeebs sister

SIEGE OVER: JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and other

senior officials being escorted out by security personnel after
the students lifted the blockade of the administration block
made an emotional appeal
to the students to put pressure on the administration
to get him back. She had appealed to them not to do
anything against the law or
take any action that may
jeopardise their careers.
Around 2-30 p.m. on
Thursday, the V-C and other
senior officials of the administration were escorted
out by university security
and whisked away in a car
Earlier in the day, the V-C
had warned the students
that if they did not let him
leave the building at 2.30
p.m. to attend an Academic

Council meeting, he would

use the university security
for effective functioning of
the administration and the
law would take its own
Speaking to the media,
the V-C said they had tried
to leave the building at
night but the students lay
down on the floor. How
could we walk over them to
exit the building. We finally
slept on the floor in our
As for the demands of the
students, the V-C said they
have been in constant touch
with the police with regard
to the search for Najeeb and
the proctorial investigation

into the violence had already started. How can we

take action against any student before the investigation is over. We have to hear
all versions and come to a
fair decision, he added.
The decision of the
JNUSU to let the V-C out
was severely criticised by
the students who had spent
the night blocking all exits
of the administration block.
The students felt the decision had been taken by the
union without consulting
them and slogans of get
lost JNUSU were chanted.
Defending their stance,
the union leaders said they
had not ended their protest
but only changed the
method and that they would
take it to the Union Home
Ministry on Friday.
The JNU Teachers' Association, while supporting
the cause of the students,
said the decision to confine
someone, however peacefully, was not a democratic
form of protest and they had
urged the students to call off
the blockade.
Students belonging to
various student organisations, apart from AISA, SFI
and JNUSU, have decided
to take the protest forwards
without the help of the students union and are drawing up plans to mobilise


had benefited from trade and

had put American workers
out of jobs. Theres only one
of us on this stage who has
actually shipped jobs to
Mexico because thats Donald. Hes shipped jobs to 12
countries, including Mexico, she said.
promised to renegotiate all
existing trade deals, Ms.
Clinton said she would appoint a trade prosecutor to
ensure that the deals were
implanted fairly.

election if I win. But he

went on to add: I will accept
a clear election result, but I
will also reserve my right to

WTO members
stay committed
to development

Another Bahuguna leaves

Congress for BJP

IN THE FOREFRONT: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton waves

following the third presidential debate with Donald Trump
(background) in Las Vegas on Wednesday. PHOTO: AFP
democratic norms.
He said, I will totally accept the results of this great
and historic presidential

instant backlash on social

media. His graphic description of late-term abortions
while criticising Ms. Clintons position on the issue
may have pleased the conservative constituency, but is
likely to have repelled more
women away from him.
Terming his argument as
scare rhetoric, Ms. Clinton
responded: This is one of
the worst possible choices
that any woman and her
family have to make. And I
do not believe the government should be making it.
The Democratic candidate sought to turn the tables
on Mr. Trump on trade by alleging that his companies

contest and file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.

According to opinion
polls, the Republicans
chances of winning the election are increasingly remote
and he may not have done
much to better his dismal approval ratings among a key
constituency women.
While Ms. Clinton, who
could be the first woman to
occupy the White House if
elected, fine-tuned her messages to women, Mr. Trump
appears to have shot himself
in the foot.
Such a nasty woman, he
said about Ms. Clinton during the debate, triggering an





NEW DELHI: The World Trade

Organization (WTO) head,

Roberto Azevdo, has said
no member country has
sought long-standing issues,
including food security-related, to be taken off the negotiating table of the Doha
Round. They are all too important to be cast aside, Mr.
Azevdo told The Hindu in
an e-mail interview ahead of
a key WTO meeting in Oslo
on October 21-22. Agriculture, for example, is a key priority for developing countries. Progress on these
issues will be difficult but I
think that with fresh thinking, open-mindedness, and a
renewed spirit of flexibility,
anything is possible.
The main objective of the
Doha Round negotiations
unveiled in November 2001
is to improve the trading
prospects of developing nations. There are fears that
the development agenda is
being diluted.


NEW DELHI: Senior Congress

leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi

resigned from her party and
joined the BJP on Thursday
in the presence of party
president Amit Shah.
Ms. Bahuguna, former
chief of the Uttar Pradesh
Congress unit, also quit her
MLAs post.
Ms. Joshis brother, former
Uttarakhand Chief Minister
Vijay Bahuguna, is already in
the BJP and was made part of
the partys executive in the
Allahabad meet of the BJP.
Ms. Joshi told reporters
that she was hurt when the
Indian National Congress
questioned the surgical
strikes by the Army along
the Line of Control and that
it was unseemly for a party
like the Congress to have
done so. The country was
happy that Pakistan was being given a fitting reply. I was
happy too, but the Congress
behaved like a small party
and questioned the surgical
strikes. The whole nation

Rita Bahuguna Joshi joins the BJP in the presence of

was upset with Rahul
Gandhi using words like
khoon ki dalali (blood
trader) for PM Modi.
Ms. Joshi said she was also
hurt by the importance accorded to poll strategist
Prashant Kishor in the runup to the Uttar Pradesh and

Punjab polls. A poll manager cannot replace a

leader, she said, adding that
several senior party leaders
were upset that feedback
from grassroots leaders was
being ignored.

After Delhi zoo, Deer Park shut due to avian flu

NEW DELHI: After the Delhi
zoo, the Deer Park in Hauz
Khas shut its doors to visitors on Thursday following reports of eight more
birds succumbing to avian
flu in the Capital.
have advised people not to
touch dead birds and to immediately report such
Two more birds died
each at the Delhi zoo and
Deer Park, while three
dead birds were spotted in
Sundar Nagar, near the
zoo, and one in Tughlakabad on the outskirts of
the city.
Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai said
the total number of deaths
of migratory birds in the
Capital since last week had
touched 18. We are trying
our best to control the situation before it gets bad. For
now, citizens need not
worry and just have to be
careful and alert. Reports

NO ENTRY: We are trying our best to control the situation before

it gets bad: Delhi Minister Gopal Rai PHOTO: V. SUDERSHAN
of dead birds have come
from various areas including Sundar Nagar, Tughlakabad and Deer Park.
The Deer Park has been
closed for reasons of
safety. I will visit the park
on Friday, he said.
I appeal to the citizens
not to touch any dead bird
and instead inform the Animal Husbandry Depart-

ment on the helpline, he

Meanwhile, the National
Zoological Park, which has
been shut down temporarily following the death
of birds, reported fresh
``A couple of pelicans
were found dead in their
enclosure this morning.

We are examining the dead

ones. The inspection is
still going on. We shut the
zoo on Wednesday after
nine water birds, including
painted storks, ducks and
pelicans, died of avian influenza at its premises
from October 14 to 17, said
a zoo official.
Also, a team of Central
Zoo Authority is at present
inspecting all the enclosures at the zoo.
Zoo curator Riyaz Khan
said all necessary measures were being taken to
sanitise the premises. He
said zoo officials will soon
hold a meeting regarding
the issue.
The zoo had earlier this
year reported the death of
around 46 spotted deer. It
also lost its sole king cobra
The Delhi zoo, one of
the largest in India, gets
about 2.2 million visitors
annually. The zoo has
about 1,400 animals, reptiles and birds belonging to
130 species.

Jayalalithaa taken off sedation, able to sit up

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister Jayalalithaa is sitting up and is completely
off sedation during the day,
marking a fairly important
milestone in her recovery
process since she was admitted to Apollo Hospitals
last month.

The team of specialists

treating her calibrated the
drug dosage, which led to
success in treating the continuing issue of pulmonary
The mitral valve infection was treated effectively
and, as a result, fluid accumulation in the lungs has
been halted.

The team included cardiologists, pulmonologists,

nephrologists, infectious
diseases specialists, and intensivists who have been
treating her right through.
Communicates through
Informed sources told
The Hindu that Ms. Jayala-

lithaa is able to communicate through gestures.

continues but once the tracheostomy tube is removed, she will be able to
communicate verbally.
Prof. Richard Beale, consultant intensivist, is expected to return on Sunday.




DCW notice over discriminatory hostel timings

Sarai Rohilla station all set to be re-developed

The DCW has issued notices to seven universities and colleges

over discriminatory hostel timing for boys and girls Page 5

The Sarai Rohilla railway station in the Capital will be

redeveloped on the lines of Smart City projects Page 5


Less action thriller, more family drama

The second Jack Reacher film fails to recreate the thrills the first instalment was noteworthy for

There are 20 Jack Reacher

books. Let that sink in for a
while. One has released every
year since 1997, and two in
2010. Lee Child, like his
former-military protagonist
Jack Reacher, is a mean machine. As Ive said before and
I will reiterate again, its Hollywoods favourite pastime to
make big budget blockbusters out of books, even the
mildly successful ones. And
they do love their sequels. So
when the two come together,
its a winning formula right?
Lets see how Jack Reacher:
Never Go Back fares based
on this policy.
The second Jack Reacher
film (adapted from Childs
2013 novel of the same name)
starts ominously enough
with several men lying injured on the road. It turns out,
Reacher, played by a middleaged Tom Cruise, is to blame.
It just sets the precedent for
the film: suave, self-assured
Reacher efortlessly (albeit
with a few superficial
wounds) saves the day.
Cruise, whos no stranger to
the action film genre, looks
like the years and efects of
being a Scientologist are
catching up on him.
Nonetheless, he eiciently
does what Reacher is supposed to: fight a gang of men,
fall from buildings and still
remain upright.
In Never Go Back, Reacher
strikes up a bit of phone romance with his successor at
the USAMPC (the Military
Police Corps). But when our
hero makes his way across the
country to Washington DC to
see Major Susan Turner
(played by a perpetually
Smulders), shes been dis-



LOW ON ADRENALINE: The action in Never Go Back is never exciting enough, and the characters
are not three-dimensional. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Jack Reacher:
Never Go Back
Starring: Tom Cruise,
Cobie Smulders, Patrick
Heusinger, Aldis Hodge,
Danika Yarosh and Holt
Director: Edward Zwick
Runtime: 118 mins
missed on charges of espionage. Like a knight in shining
armour, Reacher meddles
(despite her blatant refusal of
his help) to save his potential
love interest. In the meantime, he also comes to know
of a paternity claim against
him at the army. Reachers got
a 15-year-old daughter, Sam
(Danika Yarosh), whose char-

acter is just plain annoying

and inevitably always in
What starts out as a highpaced, exciting, actionfuelled film soon unravels to
become a family drama. So
while were watching Reacher and Turner, run, run,
run, one time too many to get
to places (all this without
breaking a sweat), theres a
teenager that needs to be rescued. Why? Well because, as
his daughter, she automatically becomes a target for the
bad guys who are trying to silence Turner, but have now
made Reacher their primary
The films primary plotline
is supposed to be the uncovering of the secret behind
Turners false incarceration,
but Never Go Back focuses
an undue amount of screen
time on the budding fatherdaughter relationship be-

tween Reacher and Sam. For

her part, Smulders plays a
convincing tough army
woman, commanding the respect her rank would in real
life. Turner is just as agile as
Reacher and even demands
to be treated equally, which is
perhaps the one redeeming
factor about the film. Like
blockbusters are wont to do,
this strong, independent
woman remains true to her
character till the end. And
when her subordinates salute
her as she walks by, you know
director Edward Zwick has
done something right.
And yet, Never Go Back
falls short of being a cohesive
efort: the action is never exciting enough, the characters
are not three-dimensional
and even the forced drama
doesnt elicit any empathy
from the audience. Those end
credits couldnt have come
fast enough.

HC nod for release of 31st October

NEW DELHI: Clearing the

decks for release of the

film 31st October, based
on the aftermath of the
assassination of former
Prime Minister Indira
Gandhi, including the
1984 anti-Sikh riots, the
Delhi High Court on
Thursday said there was
nothing objectionable in
A Bench of Chief
Justice G. Rohini and
Justice Sangita Dhingra
Sehgal dismissed a plea
opposing the films
release, scheduled on
October 21, saying the
petition was devoid of
merit and the allegations
in the petition were
vague and
Indira Gandhi was
assassinated on October
31, 1984. The Bench was
of the view that video
trailer and posters of the
film were not suicient
to arrive at a conclusion
that the contents of the
film are objectionable as
sought to be contended
in the plea.

Plea opposing
release dismissed as
devoid of merit and

GREEN SIGNAL: Starring Vir

Das and Soha Ali Khan, 31st
October is based on
the aftermath of the
assassination of Indira

The court also said that

since the Central Board
of Film Certification
(CBFC) has certified the
movie, starring Soha Ali
Khan and Vir Das in the
lead, for public
exhibition, no
interference is
It is relevant to note
that the entire writ
petition is based on a
video trailer stated to
have been made available
on YouTube. So far as the

posters of the movie

placed on record are
concerned, we are of the
view that the same is not
suicient to arrive at a
conclusion that the
contents of the film are
objectionable as sought
to be contended by the
petitioner, the court has
said in its order.
It has also said that at
any rate, since the movie
has been certified by
authority in accordance
with the guidelines made
under the
Cinematograph Act 1952,
for certification of films
for public exhibition, no
interference is warranted
by this court on the basis
of the vague and

allegations in the writ

The public interest
litigation , filed by Ajay
Katara, had opposed the
release of the film
claiming that it is against
the ideology of the
oldest political party of
the country.
The petition stated that
a 55-second video
clipping of the film had
been released online and
it showed an actor,
having close resemblance
to an existing political
figure, inciting violence.
Mr. Katara had not
named the political figure
in his plea.
The plea had claimed
that the movie contains
various scenes aimed
and targeted against a
political figure of the
The PIL had claimed
that the films producer,
Magical Dreams
Production Pvt Ltd, has
used a look-alike of the
unnamed political figure
who has been painted in
a bad light. PTI

BACK: PVR (Anupam, Naraina,
Mahagun, EDM, Opulent), Movie
Time (Raja Garden), DT (Saket,
Noida), Movie Time (Pitampura,
Raja Garden), Satyam (Janakpuri),
Spice (Noida).

31st OCTOBER: (New Release:
Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das): Golcha,
G3S (Rohini), PVR (Anupam,
Rivoli, Priya, 3CS, Shalimar Bagh,
Vasant Kunj, City Walk, Sangam,
Mahagun, EDM), M2K (Rohini,
Pitampura), Movie Time
(Pitampura, Raja Garden), DT
(Saket, Shalimar Bagh, Vasant
Kunj, Noida), Satyam (Patel Nagar,
Nehru Place, Janakpuri), BIG
(Odeon, Vaishali, Kaushambi,
Noida), Wave (Raja Garden,

Kaushambi, Noida), SRS Cinemas,

Spice (Noida), Galaxie, Star X
EK TERA SAATH: (New Release:
Sharad Malhotra, Hritu Dudani,
Melanie Nazereth): PVR (Saket,
City Walk, Naraina, Vikaspuri,
Prashant Vihar, EDM, Mahagun,
Opulent), M2K (Rohini,
Pitampura), Movie Time
(Pitampura, Raja Garden), FUN
(Pitampura, Moti Nagar, Laxmi
Nagar, Karkardooma), DT (Saket,
Shalimar Bagh, Vasant Kunj), BIG
(Odeon, Vaishali, Kaushambi,
Noida), Wave (Raja Garden,
Kaushambi, Noida), Spice (Noida),
Galaxie, Star X (Vaishali).
BEIIMAAN LOVE: (Sunny Leone,
Rajniesh Duggall, Daniel Weber):
G3S (Rohini), PVR (Anupam,
Saket, City Walk, Naraina,
Vikaspuri, Sangam, EDM,
Mahagun, Opulent), Movie Time

(Pitampura, Raja Garden), BIG

(Odeon, Vaishali, Kaushambi,
Noida), Wave (Raja Garden,
Kaushambi, Noida), SRS Cinemas,
Spice (Noida), JAM Shipra, Star X
Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay
Menon, Annu Kapoor): PVR
(Anupam,Vasant Kunj, Vikaspuri,
Naraina, Mahagun, City Walk),
Movie Time (Raja Garden,
Pitampura), Wave (Raja Garden,
Kaushambi, Noida), SRS Cinemas,
Spice (Noida), JAM Shipra.
STORY: (Sushant Singh Rajput,
Herry Tangri, Shreyas Talpade,
Kiara Advani, Disha Patani): Regal,
Batra Reels, G3S (Rohini), PVR (
Rivoli, City Walk, Naraina,
Vikaspuri, City Walk, Vasant Kunj),
M2K (Rohini, Pitampura), Movie

Time (Pitampura, Raja Garden),

DT (Saket, Shalimar Bagh, Vasant
Kunj), Satyam (Patel Nagar, Nehru
Place, Janakpuri), Wave (Raja
Garden, Kaushambi, Noida), Spice
(Noida), Star X (Vaishali), Movie
Palace, Movie Magic, Silver City
(Faridabad), Q Cinemas and Inox
HEART: (Gurmeet Ram Rahim
Singh Ji Insan, Honeypreet Insan):
PVR (Anupam, Naraina, EDM), DT
(Noida), Movie Time (Raja Garden,
Pitampura), Satyam (Janakpuri,
Nehru Place), Spice (Noida), SRS
51513391; Spice Gold
012043890000; Satyam
Cinemas 25797385; Delite
23272903; Wave 51832222)







Oct 21, Fri

Oct 22, Sat

Oct 23, Sun

RISE 06 26 SET 17 46

RISE 06 27 SET 17 45

RISE 06 27 SET 17 44

RISE 22 42 SET 11 39

RISE 23 40 SET 12 33

RISE 00 00 SET 13 21


BJP worker killed at Aman Vihar oice

Victim was shot at on Wednesday evening as his wife prepared to break her Karva Chauth fast
NEW DELHI: As his wife pre-

Eyewitness in murder
According to Asharams
family, he was killed as he
was an eyewitness to the
murder of a relative around
the same time last year.

My husband had
no enemy and was
never involved in
any fight. He was
a social worker
who was known
to end fights

UNFORESEEN: The deceased,

42-year-old Asharam
(above) was a property
dealer and the vice-president
of the BJP SC/ST Morcha in
Aman Vihar. He is survived
by his wife and three
Police are looking into
this angle.
My husband never had
an enemy and was never involved in any fight. He was a
social worker known for
mediating and ending
fights, said his wife, Sunita
Asharam lived with his
wife and three children.
Both his oice and
residence were on the same
Wife saw killer walk in
At the time of the incident, Sunita was standing
outside with her son, waiting for the moon before she
could break her fast. She had
noticed a man enter her
husbands oice just before
the murder, but had not suspected anything as she was
used to him having visitors.

Duo replace phone

with soap, arrested
NEW DELHI: Two youths have

been arrested for cheating an

online shopping portal by replacing a mobile phone with a
soap bar before returning it to
the courier boy.
The incident, which took
place in East Delhis IP Extension on Saturday, was reported on Wednesday.
One of the accused, Mohit
Tomar, took on the fake identity of one Rehan and ordered
a Samsung Note 5 mobile
from online shopping portal
The courier boy, Manoj
Thakur, reached the given address at Vidyut Nikunj Apartment in IP Extension on Saturday to deliver the mobile.
Here, he was told that no person by the name of Rehan
lived at the given address.
When Manoj called up the
buyer, he was asked to come
to a flat in Madhu Vihars DBlock instead.
At the new address, Mohit
collected the phone and went
inside on the pretext of bringing cash. Seconds later, he returned to tell the courier boy
that he did not have enough

The accused had

ordered a phone
online and changed
the product during
money to pay for the delivery.
It was then decided that the
courier boy would take the
phone with him and return
the next day to make the
Later that evening, the
courier boy realised that the
box had been tampered with.
On checking, he found that
the phone had been replaced
with a soap bar. The police
were then approached and a
case registered. A team
visited the address to find
Mohit Tomar and Robin
Chauhan there. The courier
boy identified Mohit as the
person who had posed as Rehan, said Rishi Pal, DCP
Upon interrogation, the
two youths admitted to having planned the crime.
The police are now probing
if they used the same modus
operandi to execute more

NOIDA: In what is believed to
be a case of road rage, two
persons have been arrested
for allegedly attacking a
group of people - including a
woman - with a chemical
here late on Wednesday evening. The incident, which
left two persons with major
burns and four others injured, took place after a
brawl between two groups in
Chotpur village here, the police said.
One Rajan and his mother
Sarojmati were heading
home when a speeding
canter carrying a chemical
hit them before heading towards a factory.
Left with minor injuries,
Rajan and his mother began a
protest outside the factory
with locals, which is when
the canter driver - Sangeet and a factory worker - Ankit allegedly threw a chemical at
them. The duo was reportedly in an inebriated
While Devesh and Deepu
sustained major burns on
their back and face, Rajan,
Sarojmati, Kundan and Pushpender sustained minor injuries. They were rushed to a
private hospital in Sector 63
in Noida. Devesh and Deepu
were later referred to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi.


pared to break her Karva

Chauth fast, a BJP worker
was shot dead by an unidentified man inside his office in outer Delhis Aman
Vihar on Wednesday night.
Though the wife and son
of the deceased spotted the
killer, the accused remained
unidentified till this report
was filed.
Identified as 42-year-old
Asharam, the deceased was
a property dealer. Asharam
had been associated with
the BJP for the past few
years. He was serving as the
vice-president of the BJP
SC/ST Morcha in Aman Vihar, said the victims
brother, Keshav.
Police, however, said they
were unaware of the victims political ailiations,
and if it was connected to
his death. A murder case has
been registered at the Aman
Vihar police station.

Noida chemical attack

leaves six with burns

I heard two gunshots

from my husbands oice.
Before I could understand
what had happened, the
killer ran away, she said. On
entering the oice, she
found her husband bleeding
on the floor.
Locals rushed the victim
to the nearby Sanjay Gandhi
Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The
police were informed and a
crime team collected evidence from the murder spot.

Two held, one on the run

Pankaj Pant, SHO at the
Phase III police station, said
that the factory owner
Kanan, worker Ankit and
canter driver Sangeet had
been booked on the basis of a
complaint lodged by the locals. Ankit and Sangeet will be
produced before a city court
on Thursday.
Police deployment has

Cops scan CCTV footage

The police are now looking for CCTV footage of
areas near the crime spot.
The wife of the deceased
told the police that she had
not been see the killer well.
She is being shown pictures
of suspects to see if she can
identify anyone.

Students escape as van overturns

injuries. Hansika,
however, was crushed
under the other
children. Doctors
suspect she has
dislocated her

NEW DELHI: It was a
narrow escape for a
dozen schoolchildren
after the van they were
travelling in rammed a
divider while trying to
avoid a collision with a
three-wheeled goods
carrier in outer Delhis
Alipur on Thursday
morning. The van
driver, who had jumped
a signal, has been
arrested, said the police.
The accident
happened around 7.30
a.m. when the driver of
the Maruti Omni, Anil,
was ferrying the
children to their school Jain Bharti Mrigawati
Vidyalaya on GT Road.

No casualties
In the van were five
boys and seven girls
aged between eight and
14 years. The son of the
accused, too, was in the
van. As soon as Anil
crossed the Khampur
traic signal, he saw a
speeding tempo coming
from the left. He took a
sharp right turn to avoid

The accident happened in Alipur on Thursday morning

when the children were on their way to their school on
a collision and ended up
hitting the divider. The
vehicle then
overturned, said a
senior police oicer.
The incident caused
the already heavy traic
on NH-44 to slow down
further. Passersby called
the PCR, after which the
children were rushed to
a hospital nearby. While
11 students were

discharged, eight-yearold girl Hansika was

referred to Max
Girl referred to Max
Hansikas sister
Vanshika was also in the
van. Their father said,
Vanshika braced
herself when the vehicle
overturned and got
away with minor

Driver arrested
A case under
sections 279 (rash and
negligent driving) and
337 (endangering life or
personal safety of
others) of the IPC has
been registered against
the driver. We are look
at CCTV footage to
establish the sequence
of events. The vehicle
has been impounded,
the oicer added.
Jitender, the father of
Siddhartha, who was
injured, said the parents
had no choice but to hire
vans for their children.
We cannot tell them to
not overcrowd the
vehicle. The driver
should have been
cautious. If the tempo
had hit the van, it could
have been fatal. The
school administration
must take action, he

CRIME SPOT: The incident, which left Devesh and Deepu with
major burns, took place after a brawl between two groups in
Chotpur village. It is suspected to be a case of road rage.

been strengthened due to

tension in the area.
Prima facie it seems the
incident took place because
of road rage. The two accused hurled some chemical
at the other group. The victims family has registered an
FIR against three persons
-Ankit, Sangeet and Kanan.
We have arrested two accused while Kanan is still absconding, he added.
The locals, meanwhile,
said that the accused were

running an illegal acid manufacturing unit in the village.

This is a very serious threat
to the safety and security of
local residents. This illegal
unit should be shut immediately, Dipu said. These
claims, however, are yet to be
According to the SHO, the
police are trying to identify
the chemical used in the attack. We have collected a
sample and sent it for examination, he said.


Body with tattoo found near Siri Fort

NEW DELHI: The decomposed body of a woman, her face smashed beyond
recognition, was found in a park near Siri Fort Auditorium on Thursday morning.
The woman has not been identified yet, but a tattoo on her arm is serving as a
clue. A senior police officer said a PCR call was received around 11 a.m. about a
body lying in a DDA Park near Siri Fort. The womans age is being estimated
between 25 and 30 years.
The woman was wearing a pink salwar-kameez and some utensils, a photo of
Goddess Durga, and a bell were found near her body. It was apparent from the
injuries that she had been hit with a heavy object, the officer added.
There is a tattoo on her left hand that reads Ajay Vijay Krishna Jyoti Annu I love
you. It seems she was killed two-three days back, said the officer.
A case has been registered at the Hauz Khas police station and investigation is
under way, said the officer. - Staff Reporter

Womans body found inside sack in west Delhi home

NEW DELHI: A 26-year-old womans body was found stuffed inside a sack at her
home in west Delhis Ranhola on Thursday morning, the police said. The deceased
has been identified as Shanu. The matter came to light on Thursday morning when
neighbours noticed a foul smell coming from the couples house. They found blood
on the floor when they looked through the window and alerted the police. The
door was forced open and Shanus body was found stuffed in a sack inside. Police
said the extent of the decomposition suggested the victim was killed with a sharp
weapon at least two days ago.
According to sources, the womans family has accused her husband of killing her
as he has been missing after the body was found. The couples three-year-old
daughter is also missing, the police said, adding that it was possible she was taken
away by the killer. Shanu lived with her husband Sunil in Ranholas Dass Garden
area, after getting married four years ago.Sources said that for the last several
weeks, Shanu had been living with her parents. - Staff Reporter

Talk: Comrades at Crossroads, Nehru
and Bose by Prof. Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Historian and V-C, Ashoka University, IHC, 7 p.m.
Talk: Stress Management by Anil Bhatnagar, motivational speaker & corporate
trainer, IHC, 7 p.m.
Dance: Kuchipudi recital by Avijit Das at
IHC, 7 p.m.
Art: Haldi Kum-kum, group art show
by Srividya GS, Mahesh Pal, Rakesh Mandal and Anita at Art Laureate, Lado Sarai,
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Photography: Staging the Past, a
photography show by Akhlaghi and
Kazemi from Iran at Triveni Kala
Sangam, Mandi House, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Paintings: Devi, paintings by
Shampa Sircar Das at Triveni Kala
Sangam, Tansen Marg, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Forlorn Foe, recent
works by Khadim Ali at Latitude 28, Lado
Sarai, 11 a.m. 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Retrospective show of S. K.
Sahni at All India Fine Arts & Craft Society (AIFACS), 1 Rafi Marg, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Exhibition: The Khadi March - Just
Five Meters, installations of Ajrakh
printing on Khadi by Shelly Joyti at IHC,
11 a.m. 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Festive Fantasy at Gallerie
Ganesha, solo show by Assamese artist
Nandan Purkayastha at E-557, GK-II, 11
a.m - 7 p.m.
(Mail your listings for this column

Disclaimer: Readers are requested to verify &

make appropriate enquiries to satisfy
themselves about the veracity of an advertisement before responding to any published in
this newspaper. Kasturi & Sons Limited, the
Publisher & Owner of this newspaper, does not
vouch for the authenticity of any advertisement
or advertiser or for any of the advertisers products and/or services. In no event can the
Owner, Publisher, Printer, Editor, Director/s,
Employees of this newspaper/company be held
responsible/liable in any manner whatsoever for
any claims and/or damages for advertisements
in this newspaper.

Published by N. Ram at Kasturi Buildings, 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai-600002 and Printed by S. Ramanujam at HT Media Ltd. Plot No. 8, Udyog Vihar, Greater Noida Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar, U.P. 201306, on behalf of KASTURI & SONS LTD., Chennai-600002. Editor: Mukund Padmanabhan (Responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act).





Students angry over JNUSU decision

Union defends its move to end blockade, says it is merely changing its method of protest



Launch destination buses to

decongest roads: NGT to govt
NEW DELHI: The National Green

NEW DELHI: There was high
drama at Freedom Square,
Jawaharlal Nehru University
(JNU), on Thursday after the
(JNUSU) called of the blockade of the Administration
The students had been
united in their protest to confine Vice-Chancellor M.
Jagadesh Kumar and other officials to the block for over 24
hours, but the unions decision left the student
community divided.
Over 500 students, who
had participated in the protest, said they felt let-down
by their union leaders who
had failed to inform them of
the decision to call of the
Just an hour before calling
of the blockade and letting
the V-C walk out, the JNUSU
had released a pamphlet appealing to students to gather
in large numbers at Freedom
Square to take the movement
to find Najeeb Ahmed forward and seek justice for him
with urgency.
The administration has to
answer to the students but
until they do, we will sit in
front of the Admin Block and
wait. The administration
cannot simply walk away,
the pamphlet read.

Lost steam
After an all-nigh protest,
the union failed to gather in
large numbers on Thursday
and the demonstration lost
steam. The main entrance to
the Administration Block
was not guarded by students
in the morning. It was only
when the Vice-Chancellor
was being escorted out of the
showed up to shout slogans.
Chants of shame, shame
drowned JNUSU president
Mohit Pandeys voice as he
announced the decision to
change the form of protest.

SIT formed to
trace student,
teams deployed
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police

A mass of students
surrounded the JNU V-C as
he came out of the Admin
Block on Thursday afternoon;
the scence outside the
building at noon when Kumar
was confined inside.

We are not ending our

protest. We are only changing our method. We will
protest outside the Union
Home Ministry on Friday as
well as conduct a march on
campus tonight, said Mr.
Students movement
Upset with having been let
down by the union, students
outfits like BAPSA and BASO
gave a call to all student
groups not ailiated to the
JNUSU to stay united and
carry the movement forward
without the support of the
There were slogans of get
out JNUSU and Mohit
Pandey Murdabad as union

Chakraborty, Tabrez Hassan
and Amar Pullarkkat, who
made attempts to explain
their decision, were not allowed to speak.
Calling for a march to the
Union Home Ministry at 2
p.m. on Friday, JNUSU said
that all the eyewitnesses have
deposed against the identified students, but all the accused are roaming free. They

also claimed that the Delhi

Police, like the administration, was acting on the directions of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
Meanwhile, former general secretary of the JNUSU
and ABVP activist Saurabh
Sharma said that he received
a letter by speed post in his
hostel that contained a death
threat and accused him of
touching a muslim boy.

Najeeb, a quiet, meritorious student, says mother

NEW DELHI: A simple, meritorious student who did not
get involved in politics, and
had a few friends is how
Fatima Nafees described her
son Najeeb Ahmed, the JNU
student who has now been
missing for over six days.
Hailing from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, 27-year-old Najeeb joined JNU on August 1
this year to pursue M.Sc in Biotechnology. Due to the
hostel crisis at the university,

Najeeb Ahmed
he had been allotted room
number 106 at Mahi-Mandavi
hostel only 10 days before his

disappearance. His roommate Mohammed Qasim described Najeeb as generally

very quiet and said they had
had very little interaction.
Najeeb had done his
schooling from Florence
Badaun, and went on to pursue B.Sc in Biotechnology
from Invertis University,
He had tried to crack
various medical entrance
exams, but found his calling
in the field of biotechnology.

PWD rushes to repair city

roads ahead of Diwali
NEW DELHI: In what is intended

to be a Diwali gift to the

residents of Delhi, the Public
Works Department (PWD)
will race against time to fill
potholes, refurbish green
belts and paint kerbs and
iron grills, before the festival
later this month.
PWD Minister Satyendar
Jain took to Twitter to share
pictures of the drive, which
has been taken up across
Delhi and was inaugurated
by Deputy Chief Minister
Manish Sisodia at east
Delhi's Mayur Vihar earlier
this month. The drive is a
part of a larger project aimed
at refurbishing arterial
stretches, identified by the
PWD, in a phased manner
within six months.
A senior government oicial said the PWD had been
directed to fill potholes before October 30, following
which longer stretches in the
Capital would be re-laid.
The relaying of arterial

The drive is a part of a larger

project aimed at refurbishing
arterial stretches. FILE PHOTO
roads that cater to a significant volume of traic, which
should be done every five
years, has been delayed by
two years, leading to their
relative weakening and potholes. The PWD intends to
complete the project by
March next year, said the official, adding that the initiative would become visible
on many main roads over
the coming days.
Another oicial said the
government was in the proc-

ess of evolving, seeking expert advice to ensure that engineering

corrected and potholes were
filled up in as permanent
manner as possible by next
According to statistics
compiled by the PWD, peak
monsoon showers this July
triggered over 1,248 waterlogging complaints and 1,184
while 576 complaints related
to the former and 1,305 related to the latter were
logged in August.
These complaints, the oicial said, were mostly from
areas such as Ring Road, Defence Colony, South Extension, Nehru Place, Sarai Kale
Khan and the Okhla junction, making commuting
through points such as Tilak
Nagar, Mangolpuri, Daulatpur, Malviya Nagar, Saket,
Hauz Khas, Aurobindo
Marg, Karampura, IGNOU
Road, Karol Bagh, Khajuri
Khas, Sarita Vihar Apollo a
nightmare for drivers.

Campaign to boycott Chinese goods

NEW DELHI: The traders wing

of the Aam Aadmi Party

(AAP) will start a campaign
in the markets asking traders
and buyers to boycott
Chinese goods.
With the markets abuzz
this festive season, AAP

traders wing chief Brijesh

Goyal said they will conduct
surgical strikes against
Chinese goods.
The move comes after
China supported Pakistan.
China is supporting
Pakistan, which is responsible for terrorism. Moreover,
the Indian manufacturers

should earn more in the festive season, said Mr. Goyal.

The Aam Aadmi Party
traders wing has also demanded a ban on import of
Chinese goods.
The Centre should also
ban goods from China just as
we have boycotted Pakistan,
he added.

Najeeb had secured admission in several universities,

including Jamia Hamdard
and Aligarh Muslim University, but eventually opted
for Jamia Millia Islamia for
his M.Sc in Biotechnology. He
later gave up his seat at JMI to
join JNU for the same course.
Najeeb's family members
said they manage their daily
expenses from the rent they
receive from a shop they own
back home.
His father, a carpenter, was
left disabled after an accident.

on Thursday said teams have

been conducting searches at
several locations to look for
missing Jawaharlal Nehru
University (JNU) student
Najeeb Ahmed.
Additional Deputy Commissioner
(South) Nupur Prasad said
that teams were deployed
based on inputs by the missing boys family and friends.
Meanwhile, the probe is
expected to be more focussed with the police announcing a Special Investigating Team (SIT).
The decision comes five
days after Mr. Ahmed left the
campus, and amid growing
student anger over the failure of investigators to trace
the boy. The students are
also angry over the alleged
manner in which the administration has dealt with the
The SIT will be headed by
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police II (South)
Manishi Chnadra, an oicer
with extensive experience
with the Special Cell.
The four-member team
will also comprise the Assistant Commissioner of Police of Vasant Vihar sub-division and two inspectors,
including the Station House
oicer of Vasant Kunj
(North) police station where
the case has been registered.
Ms. Prasad said that an
eyewitness had seen Mr.
Ahmed leaving the campus
in an auto rickshaw on October 15.
The estimated time of Mr.
Ahmed leaving the campus
is anywhere between 12
noon and 1 p.m.
Police said that no digital
footprints such as phone
location Mr. Ahmed left it
behind in his hostel room
or footage have been found.
On the alleged scule between Mr. Ahmed and a
group of Akhil Bharatiya
Vidyarthi Parishad students
the night before his disappearance, the police said
they would either need the
boy himself to lodge a complaint or wait for the universitys probe report.
The police further added
that neither Mr. Ahmeds
friends nor fellow student
had shared any instance of
Nejeeb receiving any threat
since the Friday incident.

Tribunal (NGT) has directed

the Delhi government to reduce traic congestion on
city roads and introduce destination buses to improve air
quality in the Capital, which
has shown a rapid deterioration in recent weeks with the
drop in temperature.
The NGT was hearing a
petition filed by scientist Mahendra Pandey, who has
sought independent monitoring of air quality index and
has also claimed that vehicular emission was not a major contributing factor to
The green panel said the

introduction of destination
buses would facilitate an
individual to opt for such a
service rather than driving a
car alone on highly congested roads.
The traic on roads of
Delhi needs to be reduced,
destination buses could particularly help the middle
class and single driver, NGT
Swatanter Kumar said.
Provide incentives
It also asked the Delhi government to provide incentives to those using public
transport in order to encourage the activity further.
The NGT had earlier directed the Delhi government

to convene a meeting of concerned authorities and come

up with solutions to tackle
the worsening air quality in
the Capital, after being told
that the odd-even scheme has
not helped in curbing
Earlier, the apex pollutionmonitoring body CPCB had
told the NGT that decline in
vehicular emission in the
second week of odd-even
was not a dominant enough
factor to impact pollution
levels. The Central Pollution
Control Board had monitored several pollutants between April 1-14 before the
odd-even period and April 1530 during it, to arrive at the

Experts say quality of air in Metro,

houses may be worse than outside
NEW DELHI: The seemingly

crisp, fresh air inside the

sanitised environs of the
Metro premises or an
air-conditioned car may
actually be teeming with
respirable pollutants.
Pollutants may be
entering underground
metro premises not only
through AC ducts but also
clinging on to the clothes
and shoes of passengers.
Experts say that besides
metro stations, airconditioned cars and
rooms sprayed with
freshners are as polluted
if not more as the
The Delhi Metro
authorities have helped
bring this fact to light by
cooperating with a team
from IIT-Delhi, which
collected data in this
regard. Professor Mukesh
Khare, who led the team,
told PTI that the complete
report will be out in three
to four months.
Premises of metro
stations in Delhi have high
concentration of PM 2.5
going as high as 600
micrograms per cubic
metre. The levels of PM 10
are also high, Mr. Khare
Not only do the air
ducts suck polluted air, the
pollutants get carried
inside through clothes and
shoes of the passengers,
he added.
PM 2.5 and PM 10 are
respirable pollutants that
can enter the bloodstream
and cause harm to the
respiratory system on
prolonged exposure. As
per Indian standards. their
safe limits are 60 and 100

DUST CARRIERS: Experts say that besides air ducts sucking in

polluted air, the pollutants get carried inside through
clothes and shoes of the passengers. FILE PHOTO

Premises of Metro
stations in Delhi
have high
concentration of PM
2.5, going as high
as 600 micrograms
per cubic metre, ...
the safe limit is
60 micrograms per
cubic metre
micrograms per cubic
metre respectively.
A senior Delhi Metro
oicial said that the airconditioning system of the
network has in-built
provisions to flush out air,
but at times respirable
pollutants get air-borne
and there is a build up.
That is why we

frequently mop the floors

of our stations, specially
the entry and exit of
underground stations. It
also depends on the level
of outdoor pollution, the
oicial said.
Toxic room freshners
Director of the Centre
for Occupational and
Environmental Health, T.
K. Joshi, said that while the
focus has largely been on
outdoor pollution, the
same phenomenon plays
out inside our dwellings as
well. People often spray
room freshners, oblivious
to the fact that it contains
methyl alcohol, which is
extremely toxic.
Practically every air
freshner brand uses it.
They should be rather
called air polluters. People
have actually turned blind
over prolonged exposure
to it, Mr. Joshi said. PTI

BJP looks at candidates for Assembly by-elections

NEW DELHI: Eagerly awaiting
the by-polls, which it is confident will add significantly to its numbers in the
Delhi Assembly, the city unit
of the BJP has begun identifying faces that it intends to
field in 21 Assembly Constituencies currently represented by Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) MLAs who are
embroiled in the oice-ofprofit controversy.
A verdict by the Election
Commission is pending in
the case, which will decide if
the seats go to the polls.
A senior party leader said
that the by-polls may be held
either in late December or
early January and added that
the party was confident of
securing at least 10 to 12
He further said that the
BJP was also taking the revival of the Congress due
to the polls as a given, and
this had playeda crucial role
in moulding its strategy towards wooing SC/ST and
Poorvanchali voters.

JJ colonies are key

Party sources told The
Hindu that snap polls in the
Capital had repeatedly, and
routinely, figured on the
agenda for discussion at
meets since July, followed
immediately by the reconstitution of the core committee
overseeing poll-related affairs entrusted with simultaneously identifying candidates for the by-polls and
municipal elections, in that

Delhi BJP president Satish

Upadhyay, while speaking at
the Chandni Chowk Executive Meeting last week, had
urged attendees to be prepared not only for the
municipal elections but also
for the Assembly elections
as the Capital was heading
towards a Constitutional
crisis pending the decision
by the EC regarding the appointment of 21 AAP MLAs
A party source said that
had revealed that the he
party was comfortably
placed at municipal wards
and constituencies predominantly inhabited by the

Party confident it will

win 10 to 12 seats;
says possibility of
snap polls was being
considered since July
middle-class and the trader
community such as Chandni
Chowk, Rohini, Jangpura,
Laxmi Nagar, Krishna Nagar
and Shalimar Bagh, for
Jhuggi Jhopri (JJ) Clusters
such as Bawana, Sultanpur,
Mongolpuri and Ambedkar
Nagar, however, were a different story and needed to be
concentrated upon.
JJ Clusters are being paid
special attention, given the

fact that the SC/ST and

poorvanchali vote-bank concentrated here has traditionally been a Congress stronghold and voters identify
more with caste-based instead
politics, said a party leader.
Last time, however, the
AAP was able to wrest control of such constituencies
from the Congress, especially the poorvanchali votebank; our SC/ST and
Poorvanchali Morchas have
been directed to work extra
hard in such areas, the
leader added.
Morchas galore
Morcha is scheduled to hold

a Sammelan at the Jawahar

Lal Nehru Indoor Stadium
on Sunday where it aims to
induct an estimated 7,000
members, aged between 18 to
35 years, as regular party
A similar program, a party
leader said, by the Poorvanchal Morcha will soon
The event will be attended by leaders and candidates who contested from the
twelve reserved Assembly
Constituencies last year.
They will guide the new
cadre on furthering the
Poorvanchal Morcha too will
be activated with the same
objective, the leader said.

AAP spent just 24% of development budget

NEW DELHI: Leader of the

Opposition in the Delhi

Assembly, Vijender
Gupta, on Thursday
attempted to corner the
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
government for allegedly
spending less than a
quarter of funds meant for
development work even as
it splurged on
Spent crores on ads
Basing his criticism on
department-wise details of
spending on development
works by the government,
the BJP leader said it
revealed that the

Leader of the Opposition in

the Delhi Assembly
Vijender Gupta. FILE PHOTO
government had been able
to spend only 24 per cent
of this while crores were
spent on ads.
The world assesses
progress of a country

based on the
developmental activities
in the Capital and the
success or failure of a
government is judged
based on its spending for
the community on
electricity, water, health,
education, housing,
nutrition, labuor welfare,
welfare of deprived
sections of society, urban
development, health care,
youth welfare, technical
education, transport,
industry, food and
supply, Mr. Gupta said.
During the last six
months, the LoP claimed,
the government had spent
only 3.33 per cent funds
on electricity where as

electricity department has

provision for Rs.386 crore
under the head out of
which only Rs. 22.86
crores were spent.
The water supply and
sanitation, he further said,
were allocated Rs. 1,976
crore out of which it could
spent only 17.24 per cent.
There is huge shortage
of housing in Delhi. The
government had promised
cheap housing for the poor
and Rs. 300 crore was
allotted for housing in the
budget out of which only
Rs.14 crore has been spent
proving their claim to
provide housing for the
poor to be hollow, Mr
Gupta added.





DCW notice to colleges over

discriminatory hostel timings

Sarai Rohilla railway station

all set to be re-developed

Takes note of complaint about different entry and exit time for girls and boys

NEW DELHI: Sarai Rohilla rail-


Twelve institutions
and universities in
Delhi have same
entry and exit timings
for boys and girls

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Com-

mission for Women (DCW)

on Thursday issued notices
to seven universities and
colleges for discrimination
in hostel timing for boys
and girls.
The move comes after
student activist group
Pinjra Tod compiled a report on discriminatory
rules and living circumstances in hostel accommodations and complained
before the commission.
The commission has
prima facie found diferent
entry and exit timings at
hostels for girls and boys in
seven universities and colleges Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Guru
Gobind Singh Indraprastha
University, Jamia Hamdard,
Jamia Millia Islamia, Shri
Ram College of Commerce,
Delhi Technological University, and Ayurvedic and
Unani Tibbia College, a
DCW statement said.
We have issued notices
to the principals and registrars, asking them to explain the reason for the discriminatory practice. The
girls in these colleges and

BREAK FREE: Student activist group Pinjra Tod compiled a report

on discriminatory rules and living circumstances in hostel
accommodations and complained before the Delhi
universities claimed they
are asked to return early,
while the deadline for the
boys is 10 p.m., the statement added.
Gender discrimination
In May, the DCW had issued notices to 25 universities and colleges seeking to know their existing
rules for availing hostel facilities, along with the annual fee, following allegations
Since 10 of these are yet
to provide the information,

their heads have been

summoned by the commission between November 1
and 3.
We believe there should
be no discriminatory rules
in institutions on the basis
of gender. We have also
written to the colleges to
list out the challenges faced
by them, including lack of
proper policing, street
lights and other issues,
which might be preventing
uniform guidelines, DCW
chairperson Swati Maliwal

The commission noted

that 12 institutions and universities Keshav Mahavidyalaya,
University Delhi, National
Law University, Ramjas
College, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Sri
Venkateswara College, University College of Medical
Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru
University, National School
of Drama, Indian Institute
of Foreign Trade, Maulana
Azad Medical College and
National Institute of Technology have the same
entry and exit timings for
both girls and boys.
We have assured the institutions that we will work
towards addressing their
concerns so that rules in institutions of higher learning
However, discriminationfree campuses are non-negotiable, she added

Love note helps police track missing teen

NEW DELHI: A randomly
scribbled message in a notebook of an adolescent girl,
professing her love for a
man, provided the police a
much-needed clue in tracking down the 13-year-old who
went missing on Wednesday
Infatuated with a young
man, the teenager from
Malviya Nagar fought with
her mother and left home, only to find the man counselling
her to return. She next
headed to a church that she
had visited often and spent
the night there. Back home,
her worried parents and the
policemen decided to go
through her class notes to get
some clue about her whereabouts.
A senior police oicer said

Infatuated with a
youth, the 13-year-old
fought and left home,
only to be counselled
by him to go back
the girl left home after a fight
with her mother. She told her
mother that she was going to
a nearby market, but didn't
return till late night.
Her parents then reported
the matter to the police who
began tracking her location
through her mobile phone.
She was found to be moving
to diferent locations in south
Delhi which left the police
perplexed, said a senior police oicer.
All through she did not answer calls barring one where
she told a police oicer that
she did not know where she

was and thereafter her phone

was switched of, making
things more diicult for the
It was in the early hours of
Thursday that the policemen
began searching her notebooks and found Sumit, I
love you scribbled in one of
the pages. The police questioned her parents, but they
said that they didn't know
anyone by that name.
The police then looked for
more clues and found Sumits
number in a small phone
book and tried to reach him
but he did not answer the call.
On Friday, when the police
finally managed to find
Sumit, he purportedly told
them that the Class VIII student had become infatuated
with him.
She had met him at a garment shop where he was

working as a salesman and

fallen for him, but he kept rejecting her advances.
He told us that she called
him on Wednesday and he
met her near a mall along
with his girlfriend. He said
both of them counselled her
and even dropped her near
her home. The girl assured
him that she would go to her
relatives place, the oicer
On Thursday morning, the
girl reached her aunts home
in Taimoor Nagar.
When the girl was questioned, she revealed that she
had spent the night at a
church in Pushp Vihar where
her parents took her for prayers. She spent the morning
jogging around and then she
went to her relatives place
and was sleeping there when
we found her, said the oicer.

50 prisoners moved to Mandoli Jail

NEW DELHI: A batch of 50

prisoners was moved from

Tihar to the new Mandoli Jail
on Thursday, over eight
years after the construction
of the prison began.
The relocation of these
prisoners efectively marked
the beginning of operations
at the new prison, that saw
several deadlines being
breached over the last
couple of years.
Sudhir Yadav, the Director
General of Prisons, said only
a small group of prisoners,
all convicts, was shifted so
that the eicacy of the new
prison can be checked.
If there is no trouble, we
may shift another small
batch of prisoners next
week. By early November,
we hope to move a maximum
of 500 prisoners from Tihar
to Mandoli Jail, added Mr.
Of the six prisons at Man-

RELOCATION: Of the six prisons at Mandoli Jail, located in east

Delhi, only one is absolutely ready for operations.

doli Jail, located in east

Delhi, only one is absolutely
ready for operations. The
other five jails either require
certain clearances from the
Public Works Department or
have to be modified as per

Once all six jails are

ready, we will shift over 3,700
inmates from Tihar and Rohini jails. We hope to complete this process by March
next year, said another jail
Spread over 68 acres, the
jail is mandated to accom-

modate 3,776 prisoners. Once

occupied, it will greatly reduce the burden on the two
prisons. Tihar Jail, for example, accommodates over
double its capacity of
prisoners. This results in an
increased number of clashes
among prisoners.
The focus over the next
week, jail oicials said, will
be to analyse the problems
the new jail may throw up.
These problems will be studied and worked on before the
next batch of prisoners is
The outer security of the
new jail will be managed by
the Central Reserve Police
Force (CRPF) and the IndoTibetan
The internal security will
be the responsibility of the
Tamil Nadu Special Police
and the jail staf. Eight hundred personnel will look
after the security arrangements at Mandoli.


way station, one of citys

oldest and among the more
prominent stations, will
now be redeveloped on the
lines of Smart City projects.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was
signed between the Urban
Development Ministry and
Indian Railways on Wednesday. As per the MoU, areas
around the station will also
be redeveloped under the
Smart City project. The redevelopment
achieve better passenger
amenities, easy access, integrated public transport
hubs, optimal utilization of
land, etc.
At present, 10 cities will
be taken up for the redevelopment with the involvement of the National Buildings
Corporation (NBCC). Besides Delhi, the other cities
are Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kota,
Thane, Margao, Tirupati
and Puducherry.
Sarai Rohilla is the only
railway station in the Capital
to be chosen for the redevelopment. According to the
plan, adjoining areas of 300acre to 800-acre will be redeveloped. In the case of
Sarai Rohilla, this part of the
plan is more pertinent as the
congested surrounding of
the station mean that travellers lose precious time just
trying to reach the station.
According to senior railway oicials, the exact modalities of carrying out the redevelopment plan will be
arrived at soon.
Built in 1872, the railway
station catered to metre
gauge trains at one point,
but has been seeing hectic
growth over the last few
years. Sarai Rohilla is one of
the major railway stations
from where trains to Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab
and Gujarat originate or

WORK IN PROGRESS: Sarai Rohilla is the only station in the Capital to be chosen for redevelopment
(top). A new approach road was opened to the public in June. PHOTOS: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA
halt. In a bid to de-congest
the bigger Delhi Main and
New Delhi railway station,
Northern Railway has also
been shifting some major
trains to this station, including Duronto trains.
While the railway station
can be reached by New Rohtak Road, the problem for
travellers begins at the narrow lanes that lead from this
arterial road to the station
building. The station is sur-

rounded by gated colonies,

forcing passengers to manoeuvre through them.
However, the Northern Railway has been taking initiatives to help passengers
reach the railway station
smoothly. A new approach
road was opened to the public in June. The alternative
road starts from Liberty
Cinema side of New Rohtak
Road, leading to the railway
station. The new road is 8.5

m wide and 650 m long, and

has been fortified with a
boundary wall too.
Apart from the new road,
the railway station has also
got a new covered waiting
area for passengers. It can
accommodate up to 300 passengers. Work is also on for a
new faade for entry, separate entry/exit, booking office, parking area and cafeteria, which will come up by
the end of this year.

Flood of buildings on banks of Ganga,

Yamuna a problem, UPPCB tells NGT
NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh

Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) told the National Green

Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday
that a flood of multistoreyed buildings have been
constructed on the floodplains of Ganga and Yamuna
over the years without devising any mechanism for waste
The State pollution control
board told NGT that floodplains have been encroached
upon in Delhi, Noida and
Greater Noida to build apartments and housing societies.
Over the years, there has
been a flood of residential
and commercial buildings

Despite construction
along the floodplains,
the sewerage
capacity has not
along the floodplains of the
Yamuna and the Ganga, but
the sewerage capacity has not
changed, the UPPCB said.
Currently, they take environmental clearance (EC) and
discharge solid waste and
other garbage in the sewer
lines in collusion with local
bodies, the tribunal was
Local authorities take
money and grant them permission to discharge all the

waste into the sewer lines, the

UPPCB said.
There is no site for dumping of municipal solid waste.
When you plan a new residential area like Greater
Noida, there must be an independent site. Whenever any
colony, multi-storey building,
apartment is constructed, it
should be made mandatory in
their EC condition that they
must have their own sewage
treatment plants, UPPCB
told the NGT.
The NGT is hearing final
arguments by various authorities on the mechanism to
clean the Ganga from Haridwar to Unnao.
The green panel had divided the work of cleaning

the river into five segments

Gomukh to Haridwar, Haridwar to Kanpur, Kanpur to
border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to the
border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of
The result of the hearing
remained inconclusive and
will continue on Friday.
While setting up a panel to
collect information on the
quantum and quality of waste
being released into the river,
the NGT had said a project
of national importance is being carried out and all authorities, including the Centre
and the State government do
not know how many drains
are polluting the Ganga.

Painters fall, dead

NEW DELHI: Two men employed
to paint a house fell to their
death from the third floor of
Trilok Apartments in east
Delhi's Madhu Vihar area.
One man has been identified, but the identity of the
second one is yet to be ascertained. The duo was hired by
a couple living on the third
floor. A case has been filed
against the couple. PTI

Confined in abandoned house, 4 girls rescued from Panipat

Aged between 17 and 20 years, they were allegedly raped, tortured and forced into prostitution
GURGAON: Four girls - allegedly
raped, tortured and forced
into prostitution - have been
rescued from an abandoned
building in Panipat, Haryana. Aged between 17 and 20
years, the four girls were
kept confined inside the
building for the past several
Three of the victims belong to Assam, while the
fourth one is a native of
Kolkata in West Bengal.
Shakila (name changed), a
minor and a native of Assam,
said she was brought to the
city on the promise of love
and marriage more than two
weeks ago. Her family in Assam filed a complaint with
the local police station about


Three of the victims

belong to Assam,
while the fourth one
is a native of Kolkata
in West Bengal
her disappearance. Superintendent of Police, Morigaon,
Assam, Swapneel told The
Hindu that a kidnapping
case was registered based on
the complaint of Shakilas
family and three persons
were wanted in this connection.
In captivity for past several days, Shakila managed
to call her family a few days
ago and that acted as a tip-of
for the police.
A team of Assam Police reached Delhi and contacted

non-government organisation Shakti Vahini and a

search operation was carried out in Panipat with the
help of Superintendent of
Police, Panipat, Rajesh Duggal. During the two-hourlong search operation on
Wednesday, the police team
came across a desolate-looking house that was locked
from the outside.
Marriage promise
The police managed to get
inside the building and rescued Shakila. She informed
the team about the other
girls and they too were
Shakila told the police that
she came in contact with a
man named Moti in Assam,
who promised to marry her

and brought her to Delhi.

She was later taken to Panipat where Moti allegedly
sold her to one Rakesh for
Rs.25,000. She said Rakesh
used to bring clients to the
building every night and
forced the girls to serve
Ruhi (name changed), another victim, revealed that
she was handed over to a
pimp at the New Delhi Station by her husband. She was
told that she was being hired
as a domestic help, but was
forced into prostitution a
week ago.
The third victim, Aklima
(name changed), who is also
a native of Assam, said a man
named Moidula and a
Laleenofered her food laced

with sedatives and left her in

the building in Panipat. She
said she was also forced into
prostitution by Rakesh.
Eighteen-year-old Pushpa
(name changed) said that
she was lured on the pretext
of marriage and job by her
brother-in-law Shyamsur,
who allegedly sold her of to
Rakesh. She said that she
was forced into prostitution
over eight months ago.
All the four were taken for
medical examination and
later sent to a shelter home.
Rishi Kant, a social activist
from Shakti Vahini, said:
There is a need for the investigating agency to probe
the entire traicking racket
being run by Rakesh and to
arrest all those involved in
the crime.















I Shubham Kumar S/o Bheem Ram R/o
L2nd 945/22 Shani Bazar, Sangam
Vihar, N.D110062 Changed my name
as Shubham Kumar Arya.






Speculation over Raje Cabinet reshule
JAIPUR: Speculation is rife here

about organisational changes

in the ruling BJP and reshule
in the State Cabinet after marathon meetings of the party's
in charge for Rajasthan V. Satish with Chief Minister
Vasundhara Raje and senior
leaders during the last two
There is already a disquiet
in the ruling camp following
the charge of Congress leaders that the State government
wants to go for early Assembly elections to capitalise
on the Army's surgical strikes
across the Line of Control.
The Assembly polls in the
State are scheduled for
December 2018.

An injured passenger being shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu on
Thursday after a bus accident in Reasi district. - Photo: PTI

JAIPUR: In a setback to the

CM issues directions for best possible treatment to the injured

were killed and 26 injured
when a bus they were travelling in skidded of the road
and rolled into a deep gorge
in Reasi district of Jammu
and Kashmir on Thursday.
The bus carrying 45 passengers from Reasi to
Bakkle turned turtle and fell
into a deep gorge. Nineteen
people were killed and 26
injured, Reasi SSP Tahir
Sajad Bhat said.
Those seriously injured
were airlifted to Govern-

ment Medical College and

Hospital, Jammu, for treatment, he said.
The rescue operation
was jointly launched by the
police and the district administration with the help
of local residents, he said.
The SSP said a probe has
been initiated to ascertain
the cause of the accident.
Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Mehbooba
Mufti expressed grief over
the loss of lives in the road
accident. She issued direc-

the State unit to consult the

RSS before carrying out major changes in the government and involve the Sangh
ideologues in its decision
making process. This was
conveyed at a meeting with
BJP national president Amit
Shah in New Delhi earlier this
While some of the
prominent BJP leaders have
been openly criticising the
State government for some
time now, senior party MLA
and former Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari has made the
matters worse.
Mr. Tiwari has launched a
new front, Deen Dayal
Vahini, which has found support from among the BJP
MLAs and party workers up-

set with the government's

In the meetings of Mr. Satish with State BJP president
Ashok Parnami, the process
against the leaders frequently
making anti-party statements
was reportedly discussed.
The scope for appointment of
a working committee of the
ruling party was also discussed at length.
Mr. Parnami, conscious of
the attacks on the BJP over a
number of issues, has reacted
sharply to the remarks of
Congress leaders, including
Gurudas Kamat and Sachin
Pilot, about early elections.
He said it was Congress
which had indulged in
politics over surgical strikes.

HC dissolves Rajasthan
OBC Commission

19 killed as bus falls

into gorge in J&K
JAMMU: At least 19 people

Though the BJP has not unequivocally ruled out the possibility of early elections, the
impending Cabinet reshule,
likely to be carried out just
after Diwali, may further add
to dissension within the
party. The ruling party is facing challenges on the fronts
of Ms. Raje's waning popularity, lack of dialogue with the
public, cow deaths in Hingonia gaushala and strained relations with the RSS.
Even though Ms. Raje may
find it tough to induct new
Ministers, portfolios of more
than half of the present
Ministers are expected to be
changed and a couple of them
may be dropped.
The BJP's central leadership has reportedly advised

tions for giving best possible treatment to the

Ms. Mufti asked the divisional and the district administration to speed up the
rescue operation in the area
and ensure timely evacuation of the injured to the
hospitals. The Reasi Deputy
Commissioner has released
an immediate cash relief of
Rs 10,000 each to the next of
kin of those killed and Rs
5,000 each to the injured. PTI

Bharatiya Janata Party government, the Rajasthan High

Court has ordered dissolution of the State Other Backward Classes (OBC) Commission, saying it was
constituted without the
State Assembly enacting any
legislation for it. The court
has directed the government
to appoint a new commission backed by a statute.
Causing a huge embarrassment to the State government, a Division Bench
of the court directed in its
order on Wednesday that no
salary or allowance would
henceforth be disbursed to
the Commission's members.
The court gave time till Janu-

ary 15, 2017 for appointment

of a new OBC commission.
The Bench, comprising
Justice K.S. Jhaveri and
Justice Mahendra Maheshwari, passed the order while
hearing a writ petition
moved by Samata Andolan,
which had challenged the
OBC Commission's establishment through an executive order.
When Additional Advocate-General G.S. Gill submitted that a draft Bill to replace
the executive order had been
tabled in the State Assembly
and it would be passed in the
coming winter session, the
court observed that the
Commission was sitting
idle as it knew that it was
going to be replaced.
The court order has put

cold waters on the ruling

BJP's promises to Jats of
Bhartpur and Dholpur districts for their inclusion in
the OBC category for reservation in jobs and education.
A survey report on the
condition of Jats in the two
districts was to be submitted
to the Commission shortly.
president Sachin Pilot said
here on Thursday that it was
for the first time in the country that a court had dissolved
an OBC Commission on the
ground of its illegal
This clearly shows that
the BJP government is not
serious about the sections of
society struggling for their
legitimate rights, he said.

Man-eating tigress shot dead in Uttarakhand

DEHRADUN: In one of the
launched in Uttarakhand in
the recent past to kill a maneater, a six-year-old tigress,
who had killed two villagers
and had injured five in
Ramnagar villages, was
shot dead on Thursday
Initially we thought a

leopard had killed them,

Chief Wildlife Warden
Digvijay Singh Khati said,
adding that soon after it was
found that a tigress had
killed the two villagers, an
order was issued to kill the
Over 150 workers of the
Forest Department, including five professional shooters, were put on the job.
In the past month,

camera traps and cages

were set, two drones were
used to spot the tigress, a
chopper was deployed for a
short period to tranquilise
her, elephants and hunting
dogs were used, but to no
efect. The elusive tigress
was spotted a few times but
she would always manage
to escape.
Conservator of Forests
(western circle) Parag

Dhakate, who was leading

the operation, said: Our
teams tried to tranquilise
the tigress. Eight cages
were set up at diferent locations in the 10-sq km area
in Ramnagar, which is
South of the Corbett National Park, where the
tigress moved, but all attempts to tranquilise and
rescue her failed. We had to
finally shoot her.

HC refuses to
pass injunction
on primary
KOLKATA: The Calcutta High

Court on Thursday refused to stay the appointment of primary school

teachers in West Bengal,
the process for which has
already started for thousands
Hearing a PIL filed by a
claimed that the appointment process was illegal, a
division bench comprising justices Dipankar
Dutta and S. Chatterjee,
however, held that the appointments would depend
on the outcome of the
Refusing to entertain a
prayer for injunction on
the appointment of candidates in the post of
primary teachers, the division bench directed that
the state education department may go ahead
with the process.
The PIL would be heard
by the court in due course
of time and the appointments would depend on
the outcome of the petitions and everyone would
abide by the outcome of
the final order, the court
Disposal of petitions
Around 23 lakh candidates had appeared for the
Teachers Eligibity Test
(TET), results of which
were declared by the State
education department in
September following disposal of petitions challenging the examination
process in the high court.
The interview of candidates is on at present following the declaration of
results of the written examination. - PTI




Give details of
steps taken to
dog-bite victims

Thomas played a major role in

palmolein import: Vigilance Bureau


15,000 tonnes were imported at an exorbitant price, causing loss of Rs.2.32 cr

NEW DELHI: Faced with the

threat stray dogs pose to human lives, the Supreme
Court on Thursday sought
from the Animal Welfare
Board of India (AWBI) and
other authorities the details
of measures to give adequate
compensation to dog-bite
victims and their families.
Noting that many of these
victims were from poor families and breadwinners, a
Bench of Justices Dipak
Misra and Amitava Roy acknowledged the arguments
by advocate V.K. Biju who
represents the victims
that neither the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals Act,
1960, nor the Animal Birth
Control (Dogs) Rules of 2001
provided for compensation
to dog-bite victims.

Grave situation
The court then posted the
case for hearing on November 17, when it would specifically consider the grave
situation prevalent in Kerala because of the excessive
stray dog population.
In its second report, a Supreme
Committee, led by the
former Kerala High Court
judge Justice S. Siri Jagan,
said immediate reduction
of the stray dog population,
and not birth control, was the
need of the hour.
The committee, which
also includes the States Law
Secretary and Director of
Health Services, said the Animal Birth Control (ABC)
programme cannot be a
solution to the immediate
problem of very excessive
dog population faced by the
people in the State. The
committee countered animal
lovers claim that sterilised
dogs become docile.
There is no evidence that
the ABC procedures reduce
the ferocity in dogs, the report said.


KOCHI: P.J. Thomas, former

Central Vigilance Commissioner and an accused in the

palmolein import corruption
case, had played a pivotal
role in the import of palmolein, according to a statement filed by the Vigilance
and Anti-Corruption Bureau
in the Kerala High Court.
The statement was filed in
response to a petition filed
by Mr. Thomas against the
Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance court order rejecting
his plea to discharge him
from the case.
Mr. Thomas had to step
down from the post of
Central Vigilance Commissioner following the striking

down of his appointment by

the Supreme Court in 2011 in
view of his involvement in
the case.
The case pertained to the
import of 15,000 tonnes of
palmolein at an exorbitant
price in 1991, which caused a
loss of Rs.2.32 crore to the
State exchequer.
Rules violated
The charge sheet had alleged that the import, carried
out between October 4, 1991
and April 1992, violated the
rules of the Centre and the
Kerala government.
The VACB said that as
Secretary, Food and Civil
Supplies, the petitioner had
sent a detailed proposal in
consultation with the then

Most of those rescued

were semi-conscious

Additional Chief Secretary

to the Centre in 1991.
When he had forwarded
the proposal to the Centre,
along with a copy of the
Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by the
State government, he was
fully aware that Power and
Energy Private Limited was
selected as the supplier of
palmolein not on the basis of
any tenders.
He was also aware that no
administrative sanction had
been issued by the Food and
Civil Supplies Department
for the purchase of palmolein. Therefore, he should
have advised the then Food
Minister. However, he had
not done it. This was a failure
on his part.

P.J. Thomas had to step down

from his post of CVC after the
Supreme Court struck down
his appointment in 2011.



Telangana Cabinet to discuss

Krishna tribunal verdict today
HYDERABAD: The Telangana
State Cabinet will meet under the chairmanship of
Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday to discuss the implications of the verdict of
Krishna Water Disputes
The meeting assumes significance in the light of
tribunal which said that the
redistribution of Krishna water would be confined to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

To explore options
The verdict came after the
Telangana State made a
forceful plea before the
tribunal to opt for allocation
of water afresh as the
tribunal, in its 2013 report,
had announced the quantum
of allocation to the erstwhile

SIVAKASI: People stranded in

the scan centre after the fire

at the cracker shop here on
Thursday were brought out
within 15 minutes but fire
and rescue services personnel found many of them in a
semi-conscious state.
Out of the 41 persons, including the staf members,
only 15 persons walked out
after the rescue. Others were
almost unconscious. Eight of
them died in hospital,
Sivakasi Station Fire Oicer
K. Murugan said.
Rescue work
Virudhunagar Collector A.
Sivagnanam and Superintendent of Police M. Rajarajan oversaw the rescue work.
The death was only because of sufocation due to
thick fumes. None of them

Deaths were caused

only due to
suffocation; there
was no physical
injury on any victim
had any physical injuries,
the Collector said.
Two persons booked
The licensee of the shop,
Anandaraj, and Shenbagaraman, who is running the
shop, have been booked, the
police said.
The deceased were identified as A. Peter, manager of
the scan centre, A. Kamatchi
(22), G. Valarmathi, P. Pusphalakshmi, R. Raja and P.
Padma Latha.
Two others were identified as Devi (18) and H. Sornakumari, who had come to
the scan centre.

united Andhra Pradesh and

not to Telangana which was
carved out on June 2, 2014.
The meeting is expected
to discuss threadbare the
recommendations made by
the tribunal in its latest verdict and finalise a course of

action, including appealing

in the Supreme Court against
the tribunals decision.
The Cabinet is expected to
take expert advice on the recommendation related to project-specific allocation between the two States.

Hospital data point to rise in burns casualties among women


Twenty-sevenyear-old G. Jeevitha, mother

of two girl children, still
curses the day she got married to her maternal uncle.
She was constantly harassed
for seven years for not giving
birth to a male child, until
one day, in a fit of anger, her
husband poured kerosene on
her and burnt her at their
house in Yelahanka.
Rushed by neighbours to
the Mahabodhi burns ward
in the Victoria Hospital, Ms.
Jeevitha, who had sufered 20
per cent burns, has been
single-handedly fighting a
case against her husband for
two years.
Her mother is taking care
of her children in their hometown, Chittoor, as circumstances have forced her
to stay away from home to
earn a livelihood.
She is one of the hundreds
of victims who end up at the

A majority of the
cases are associated
with domestic
violence, says a joint
study in Bengaluru



A file photo of N. Chandrababu Naidu and K. Chandrasekhar

Rao (right) greeting each other.

MEDICAL CHALLENGE: Doctors at the burns ward of Victoria

burns ward in Victoria Hospital (or the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute). At least 38 per cent
of the cases are said to be
Documenting incidents
Although a majority of the
burns cases are associated
with domestic violence, it

has been neglected as an area

of research. To draw attention to this fact, Sochara, a
group, and Vimochana, a
forum for womens rights,
have brought out a report
titled Surviving burns with
care: A gender-based analysis of burns epidemiology in
Bengaluru and challenges to
the health system.

Documenting burn injury

records spanning a decade,
the report has revealed that
the number of women who
sufered burn injuries from
2001 to 2011 was 60 per cent
higher than that of men.
The average total body
surface area with burns was
56 per cent for women as
compared with 36 per cent
for men, the report stated.
Medical challenge
Although burns cases
among women increased at
the rate of 28 cases per year,
the number of beds in the
two government-run burns
wards has not increased.
There is a small 6-bed ward
at the St Johns National A-

cademy of Health Sciences.

The 54-bed burns ward at
Victoria Hospital, which is
one of the largest in Asia,
gets at least eight cases a day.
Pointing out that burns are
primarily seen as a medical
challenge, the report said it
was the single largest cause
of death among women between the ages of 15 and 34 at
Victoria Hospital.
Adithya Pradyumma of
Sochara, who put together
the report, recommended
many interventions that
could help prevent burn injuries, reduce violent incidents, and improve safety
standards, burns care and
other supportive services.
There is a need for the
burns ward in Victoria Hospital to be developed into an
autonomous Burns Institute
with more beds and the
latest equipment to cater to
the increasing number of
cases, said Vimochanas
Donna Fernandes.



All Singur farmers to get back

land by Nov. 10, says Mamata
Begins token agricultural activity on erstwhile Tata Motors site after a decade
Left Front regime, have accepted
cheques. On Thursday, 103
acres of arable land was
handed over to 298 farmers,
with the Chief Minister
personally handing over
possession to 21 farmers.

KOLKATA: Resuming token ag-

ricultural activity at the

erstwhile site of the Tata
Motors small car plant at
Singur after a decade, West
Bengal Chief Minister
Thursday announced that
all farmers would get physical possession of their
lands by November 10.
Addressing a gathering at
Singur on Thursday after
restoring land to some of
the farmers in the first
phase, Ms. Banerjee asked
senior oicials of the state
government to ensure
transfer of all land to the
farmers before November
The Supreme Court,
while directing the return
of land to farmers in its August 30 order, had given 12

SAVING LAND: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee sowing

seeds in Singur on Thursday. PHOTO: ASHOKE CHAKRABARTY
weeks time to the state government to complete the
process. Ms. Banerjee expressed hope that it would
be completed before the
November-30 deadline.
The Chief Minister said
that 90 per cent of the 997
acres of land has been prepared for agricultural activities and only 65 acres of

land where concrete had

been laid and artificial
ponds had been dug is to
be made suitable for farming. Following the Supreme
Court order, as many as
10,436 land paarcha (land
papers) have been given
and 1,915 unwilling farmers,
who had refused to take
compensation during the

Memorial planned
Singur will become a
model for saving agricultural land for the whole
world, Ms. Banerjee said at
the gathering, adding that
one had to assert and establish ones rights through a
sustained struggle. She announced that a memorial
would be built at Singur to
commemorate the decadelong struggle, with photographs of Tapasi Malik and
Raj Kumar Hool, who were
killed during the agitation

Songs and cheer mark a new beginning

SINGUR: Heaps of disfigured

metal sheets piled up on the

edge of the Tata Motors car
plant on National Highway
2 present an eerie look.
The metal scraps are part
of the Tata Motors shed that
had been brought down
over the past few weeks,
sometimes even with the
use of explosives. Thats all
that is left of the factory,
once set to produce the
worlds cheapest car.
A few hundred metres
from the site of destruction,
songs, cheers and drum
beats rent the air as Chief


Minister Mamata Banerjee

trudged through the land
that had been hurriedly
prepared for cultivation.
She met farmers ready to
sow seeds and herself
scattered a few handfuls of
mustard seeds on the land.
After the land had been
acquired for the small-car
factory in 2006, the Left
Front government had issued orders to stop farming
on the companys land.
On July 18, 2006 Ms.
Banerjee, who was in Opposition then, defied the order and planted paddy at
Kasherbheri within the
factory site with local farm-




ers. Ten years later on

Thursday, the government
organised an event marking
resumption of agricultural
activities on the land. And
with the last shed standing
in the factory to be brought
down in the next few days,
it is both a beginning and an
end for Singur.
known to cultivate the best
potatoes around Kolkata
have been provided mustard seeds by the States agriculture department.
Jugal Kishore Ghosh of
Gopalnagar Ghoshpara is
one of the farmers who on
Thursday got physical pos-

session of his five-acre

Land not fertile
There can no farming
without water, Mr. Ghosh,
an expert farmer said,
pointing out that the irrigating pumps have become
defunct in the past ten
The land is not fertile. It
would take at least two
years before we start cultivating
paddy, Mr. Ghosh said,
until then we will cultivate
mustard, sesame seeds and
other crops which require
less water.

Mallya told to personally

appear before Karnataka HC
He allegedly violated
an oral undertaking
before the Bengaluru
bench of Debt
Recovery Tribunal

BENGALURU: In another setback
to liquor baron Vijay Mallya,
the High Court of Karnataka
on Thursday directed him to
personally appear before it,
while holding that there is a
prima facie case to frame
charges against him for allegedly violating an oral undertaking given before the
Bengaluru Bench of the Debt
Recovery Tribunal in 2013.
A Division Bench, comprising Justice Jayant M. Patel
and Justice Aravind Kumar,
issued the direction after
hearing a contempt of court
petition filed in 2014 by the
consortium of banks led by
State Bank of India in connection with Kingfisher Airlines
Ltd. case.The Bench directed
the counsel for Mr. Mallya,
who is now residing in London, to communicate the order to him as his personal
presence is essential to frame
charges as he has now been
arraigned as an accused in the
contempt proceedings.

Vijay Mallya
The banks have alleged
that the oral undertaking
was given on behalf of Mr.
Mallya before the DRT on
July 26, 2013, for not to transfer, alienate or otherwise to
deal with his assets till the
next date of hearing. Further,
the oral undertaking was reiterated before the DRT in four
hearing dates in August, 2013,
the banks pointed out.
When the matter was
pending before the DRT and
the High Court, the banks
claimed that they came to
know through a newspaper
report that Mr. Mallya had
pledged 1,04,86,666 shares of
UB Ltd. held by him and another 1,04,64,288 shares held

jointly by Mr. Mallya and his

son Siddarth Mallya to Standard Chartered Bank. The
pledging of shares was confirmed on verification with
stock exchanges, the banks
said, while accusing Mr. Mallya of wilful disobedience of
an undertaking given during
a judicial proceeding and
sought his prosecution under
the Contempt of Courts Act.
Observing that the violation of declarations made
either in writing or oral during a judicial proceeding resulting in overreaching of judicial process and frustrating
the right of the other side
amounts to contemptuous
act depending on facts of
each case, the Bench said that
there is a prima facie case to
proceed against Mr. Mallya
for breach of undertaking.

Maran denies
forcing Aircel
to sell shares
to Maxis
NEW DELHI: Rebutting the CBI

allegations, the former

Minister for Communications, Dayanidhi Maran,
on Thursday submitted before a special court here that
he had not delayed approval
of licences to Aircel to pressure it into transferring the
ownership to Malaysian
company Maxis.
Making submission on
charge in the Aircel-Maxis
deal corruption case, counsel for the Minister referred
to file notings and submitted
that there was no malafide
intention while making
queries from the applicant
company prior to granting of
licences to it.
Prosecutor for the probe
agency, Anand Grover, levelled this charge against the
former Minister on Tuesday
while initiating argument on

Will the Gujarat govt. call early elections?


The Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) government is reportedly contemplating calling early Assembly
elections in Gujarat.
Indications emerging from
the new government headed
by Chief Minister Vijay
Rupani, who took over from
Ms. Anandiben Patel in August this year, seem to suggest
that the State is heading for
early Assembly polls in view
of the perceived strong antiincumbency sentiments and
widespread social unrest,
with Patidars and Dalits still
up in arms against the ruling
dispensation. Elections are
scheduled to be held in


December 2017 in the due

There is a view gaining
ground that the government is
exploring the option of early
polls instead of dragging on
with social unrest and a
lacklustre performance in
governance as the new CM is
yet to get a grip over the administration despite his best
eforts, a senior bureaucrat
told The Hindu.
PM visits often
The Prime Ministers frequent visits to his home state
he will be here again on Saturday, his fourth visit in two
months is being seen as one
of the indications of the ruling
partys plan to seek a fresh

mandate, a few months before

the Assemblys five-year term
expires in December.
The PM has been making
trips to diferent regions such
as Saurashtra, central Gujarat
and south Gujarat. On Saturday, he is visiting Vadodara
in central Gujarat, where he
earlier held a rally in tribaldominated Dahod.
The oicial added, There
appears to be a sense that instead of giving more time to
the Congress to set its house
in order and allow the Aam
Admi Party (AAP) to make inroads into the Patidar vote
bank, a strong and loyal base
for the BJP, the party may
prefer early polls in April-May

The State BJP set-up was expected to be reshuled with
the appointment of new party
president Jitu Vaghani, a firsttime MLA, but not changes
have been made to the existing administration for the
partys afairs in the State. An
organisational reshule was
on the cards immediately after
Mr. Rupani took over but it has
now been sidetracked. It
seems the party wants to
continue with the existing
team, a party legislator said,
adding, No new appointments are likely, either in the
party or in the government, till
the Assembly polls, which are
likely to be advanced by 5-6


10 |




Frames of reference
A raft of judicial pronouncements in Indian courts and an examination of cross-currents on the subject in
several Muslim-majority countries could inform the current debate on triple talaq
F R I D AY , O C T O B E R 2 1 , 2 0 1 6

Shifting the
GST goalpost

he outcomes of the latest meeting of the

Council tasked with steering the Goods
and Services Tax regime are worrying.
For one, it leaves the Centre hard-pressed
to meet its intended deadline for the new indirect
tax regime, April 1, 2017. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had set a November 22 targetto resolve all operational issues with State representatives in the
Council so that the rates and implementation modalities could be codified into law and passed by Parliament in the winter session. When it met for the
first time in late September, things appeared to be
on track, with the Council agreeing almost
unanimously on technicalities such as the turnover
thresholds for firms to be covered under the GST
and the division of administrative control over tax
assessees between the Centre and the States. A
time-bound road map to finalise remaining details,
such as the tax rates, compensation for States in
case of revenue loss under the new system, as well
as the legislative actions required in Parliament and
the State Assemblies, was also agreed upon.
As the winter session approaches, that spirit of
cooperation has evaporated: the Council has
agreed on precious little, including the tax rates
proposed by the Centre. Worse, the pact reached
earlier on administrative control of manufacturing
sector assessees has unravelled with States raising
fresh concerns. The proposal to subsume in the
GST all cess levies, several of them introduced by
the present NDA government, has been discarded.
This was a critical part of the oicial GST pitch and
was backed by the Council in September. But now
the Finance Ministry is keen on an additional cess
on ultra-luxury and sin goods to fund compensation for States losing revenue. It has suggested a
cess may be better than the 40 per cent slab for demerit goods, mooted by a committee led by Chief
Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanianalong with
two other slabs of 12 per cent and 17-18 per cent.
With a four-tier GST rate structure, a 4 per cent tax
on gold (in line with the CEAs advice), in addition
to some exemptions that would be granted as tax
refunds, topped with the new cess to compensate
States, the new regime could well just be old wine
in a new bottle, from the taxpayers perspective. Mr.
Jaitley has explained that the rate proposals are
meant to prevent a spurt in retail inflation. But to
bring about convergence with States at the Councils next meetings in November and bring its showcase reform item back on track, the government
needs to return to the drawing board.

tervention was opposed by some sections,

necessitating promulgation of an ordinance
in 1961 impliedly abrogated triple talaq at
one go by removing the obstacle of the divorced woman by the first and second pronouncement to remarry the same husband
without intervention of another marriage
with another husband and dissolution of
such marriage and restricting the disability
to operate only after the third pronouncement. A later decision of the Supreme Court
of Pakistan in Syed Ali Nawaz Gardezi v. Lt.
Col. Muhammad Yusuf (1963) emphatically
ruled against triple talaq in one session. In
Tunisia, since 1956, divorce was possible only through court, which was to examine if
there was scope for rapprochement between the parties before granting relief.


The thicket of legal dialogues on the validity

of triple talaq conceals the result of churnings that have already taken place in our
courts on this subject. The renewed debate
has come through a questionnaire circulated by the Law Commission where it
posed the question of whether triple talaq
should be abolished or modified, along with
a score of other questions predominantly in
the context of framing a uniform civil code
(UCC). There has been recently also
reference to a larger Bench from a decision
of the Supreme Court in Prakash v. Phulavati (2015), a case that had nothing to do with
divorce but was a case disposed of under the
Hindu Succession Act. The court was considering whether a Hindu woman had a
right to claim by birth ancestral property
held by her father who had died before 2005,
although the property had not been put to
partition till after the Act was amended in
2005. The court held that such a right existed, but before parting handed down a beneficent handshake to a bystander in court
who wanted the plight of Muslim women
also to be considered in public interest.
Triple talaq and Islamic countries
From the earliest days of Islam, a husband
could divorce his wife on pronouncement of
talaq in three successive tuhrs (menses-free
time). The first and second pronouncements are revocable and resumption of cohabitation is possible. It is the third pronouncement that dissolves the marriage.
Pronouncement of talaq at one go, called
talaq-e-bidat, was a latter-day innovation to
get an incorrigibly acrimonious couple to
part ways as quickly as possible. The practice was challenged as early as the 13th century by the Hanbali scholar Ibn Taimiyah
(1268-1328 AD), who argued that triple talaq
at one sitting shall be counted as one and
hence revocable. This idea never settled
down to prevalent understanding till almost
the entire Islamic world rallied to support
this view around the first quarter of the 20th
Turkey adopted a modified version of the
Swiss Civil Code in 1926, taking away the religious imprint and allowing for judicial

The interpretation of personal

laws of all communities is
like every other law
amenable to be tested on its
control; Egypt framed a law in 1929 terming
triple talaq pronounced at one sitting as a
single pronouncement open to easy revocability; Syria followed in 1953 with a slight
modification that if the pronouncement of
talaq is with reference to number, every
talaq shall be revocable, except a third talaq
or a talaq before consummation or for a consideration and expressly stated to be irrevocable. Iraq, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have fashioned their own
interpretations to Ibn Tamiyahs view. In
Iraq, since 1959, divorce could be efected
only after approval by government-run personal status courts. Algeria has adopted the
same law, making a further provision for
completing the reconciliation process
within 90 days. In 1956, a similar interpretation was adopted in Pakistan thanks to the
recommendation of a seven-member Commission on Marriage and Family Laws that
was set up to assuage the public outrage
against then Prime Minister Muhammad Ali
Bogra who married his secretary the previous year without divorcing his first wife.
The commission suggested that the divorce
would not take efect till the matrimonial
court dissolves the marriage. The court in-

Judicial pronouncements in India

Islamic scholars in India and our high
courts did not lag behind either. In A. Yousuf
Rawther v. Sowramma (1971), Justice V.R.
Krishna Iyer, as a judge of the Kerala High
Court, wrote in eloquent prose as was his
wont: The Indo-Anglican judicial exposition of the Islamic law of divorce has not exactly been just to the Holy Prophet or the
Holy Book. Marginal distortions are inevitable when the judicial committee in Downing Street has to interpret Manu and
Muhammad of India and Arabia. The soul of
a culture law is largely the formalised and
enforceable expression of a community; cultural norms cannot be fully understood by
alien minds It is a popular fallacy that a
Muslim male enjoys, under the Koranic law,
unbridled authority to liquidate the marriage. The whole Koran expressly forbids a
man to seek pretexts for divorcing his wife,
so long as she remains faithful and obedient
to him: If they (namely, women) obey you,
then do not seek a way against them (The
Koran, iv:34). The Islamic law gives to the
man primarily the faculty of dissolving the
marriage, if the wife, by her indocility or her
bad character, renders the married life unhappy; but in the absence of serious reasons,
no man can justify a divorce, either in the
eye of religion or the law. If he abandons his
wife or puts her away in simple caprice, he
draws upon himself divine anger, for the
curse of God, said the Prophet, rests on him
who repudiates his wife capriciously.
Justice V. Khalid (in Mohammed Haneefa v.
Pathummal Beevi, 1972, Kerala), even while
sitting as a single judge, held that the view


Debating to
the bitter end

hat began last month with a handshake and visible warmth between
two very diferent U.S. presidential
candidates degenerated into disrespectful interruptions, unashamed baiting, and
abrasive name-calling as the third and final debate
between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican
Donald Trump came to a frosty end. With less than
three weeks to go before the election, the campaigns saw explosive revelations about both candidates. This included disturbing evidence of Mr.
Trump boasting about groping women without
their consent, allegations of such behaviour and
sexual assault by at least nine women, and an avalanche of confidential emails of Ms. Clintons campaign released by WikiLeaks that underscored her
proximity to deep-pocketed Wall Street donors.
Yet, even as these damning facts have tumbled into
the public domain and the degree of hostility has
soared, they have probably done little to swing the
election dramatically in either direction. Ms. Clinton was leading by a little over two percentage
points across an average of major head-to-head
polls around the time of the first debate. Her margin grew to over 6.5 per cent after the Access Hollywood tapes of Mr. Trumps ofensive remarks.
Most poll simulation models predict she is well-positioned to capture the minimum of 270 electoral
college votes that are necessary to secure the
presidency, principally owing to her likely success
in the swing States.
However, the electorate is plagued by intractable, bitter polarisation that is beginning to rot the
core ideals of a tolerant, pluralistic democracy.
Even a resounding Clinton victory in terms of electoral college votes would beg the question whether
she will be able to bring on board her stoutly Democratic agenda, given the vast number of middle
class and poor Americans, many of them white,
who may not have voted for her. To achieve her
goals will she not be compelled to mend fences
with the discredited mainstream Republican Party
leadership that will be busy trying to rehabilitate itself after Hurricane Donald passes? Ms. Clinton, if
she finds herself in the White House, will have to
strike a multitude of bargains across the policy
positions that Americans disagree most stridently
on: the economy, job-creation and the role of the
government, national debt and tax cuts, Medicare
and Social Security, immigration and border control, womens reproductive rights, race relations,
and a range of foreign policy issues. In the vitiated
atmosphere of the third debate, the candidates
touched upon all of these issues, yet neither enunciated a new approach or even hinted at a desire to
build bridges to make America whole again.

expressed by a Division Bench of two judges

that a husband had an unbridled power to
pronounce talaq unilaterally was wrong and
did not lay down the correct law. Justice Baharul Islam, later a Supreme Court Judge,
speaking for Gauhati Bench, said in Jiauddin Ahmed v. Anwara Begum (1981): The
correct law of talaq as ordained by the Holy
Quran is that talaq must be for a reasonable
cause and be preceded by attempts at reconciliation between the husband and the wife
by two arbiters, one from the wifes family
and the other from the husbands; if the attempts fail, talaq may be efected.
The Supreme Court, speaking through
R.C. Lahoti, who later went on to become
the Chief Justice of India, recalled all these
decisions in Shamim Ara v. State of U.P.
(2002) and struck down a claim of divorce
by triple talaq expressed through a written
statement filed to fend of a demand for
maintenance from the wife as invalid. In an
earlier judgment in Danial Latifi v. Union of
India (2001), the Supreme Court adopted an
extremely novel interpretation to get over
the infamous attempt of Rajiv Gandhi by the
enactment of Muslim Women (Protection
of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986 to scuttle the
decision in Mohd. Ahmed Khan v. Shah
Bano Begum (1985). While upholding the
constitutional validity of the law, even if seriously straining the plain language, the
court said: A Muslim husband is liable to
make reasonable and fair provision for the
future of the divorced wife which includes
her maintenance as well. Such a reasonable
and fair provision extending beyond the iddat period (the period a woman must observe after the death of her spouse or after a
divorce, during which she may not marry
another man) must be made by the husband
within the iddat period.
Handling the current imbroglio
Now then, the approach shall be: (i) Triple
talaq at one go shall be treated as a single
pronouncement not yet capable of bringing
an irrevocable coup de grace to end matrimonial ties. There is no need to abolish it
since it is judicially pronounced to be ineffective. (ii) The pronouncements shall be
tested on their reasonableness and parties
shall undertake a compulsory conciliatory
efort before their utterance. (iii) The interpretation of personal laws of all communities is like every other law
amenable to be tested on its constitutionality on the touchstone of fundamental rights in the Constitution. (iv) The
Law Commission, which is a recommendatory body, will do well to let the pronouncement of the Supreme Court clear the
It is important to remember that the judicial dispensation shall not be read as a testing time for pitching the status of one system of laws against the other and if we are
undertaking a fresh exercise, it shall be to affirm that it is possible to reinterpret the law
within the core equitable principles in every
Holy Book. Courts cannot or shall not test
the constitutional vires of any Holy Book, be
it Koran or Gita or Bible. We shall fashion
our understanding of these higher laws to
the needs of the time by appropriate interpretations that shall serve the greater good.
The regurgitation of existing case law may
have the benefit of examining cross-currents on the subject in several countries and
help us consolidate the gains of reformative
spirit through an express legislation, the
same way it was done to consolidate and clarify the provisions of Muslim law relating to
suit for dissolution of marriage by women
through the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939.
K. Kannan is a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana
High Court and presently Chairman of the Railway Claims
Tribunal, Delhi.


Letters emailed to must carry the full postal address and the full name or the name with initials.

Soft power in hard times

Enough is enough seems to be the
dominant mood in India at the
moment (A closure of the Indian
mind, Oct. 20). It is understandable
why calls to boycott Pakistani
artists have become shriller.
Pakistani artists are more likely to
be viewed as mercenaries making a
fast buck in India than as cultural
ambassadors who are striving to
lend a healing touch to the troubled
relationship between the two
countries. It is significant that none
of them has had the moral courage
to condemn terrorism. To hold
Pakistani artists complicit in their
nations strategy to undermine
India through terrorism may be
unreasonable. But the fact is that
they are visible faces of their nation.
Generosity and goodwill should be
based on reciprocity. When
Pakistan denied basic courtesies to
Indias Home Minister when he
went there to attend an oicial
meet, there is no reason why we
should bend over backwards to
further the career prospects of a
couple of Pakistani artists. The
unpleasant reality is that art and
sports cannot be divorced from
politics as far as India-Pakistan
relations are concerned.
V.N. Mukundarajan,

In the late 1980s, as the

Commandant of the Rashtriya
Indian Military College, Dehradun,
I was hosting a Rimcollian,

Brigadier Karim (retd.) of the

Pakistan Army. Sitting next to me at
dinner, Brigadier Karim whispered:
Commandant Sir, hamaara
zameen ka batwara hua, dil ka
nahi (Our land was divided, not our
hearts). In India, there exists a
silent majority that believes that
barriers to cultural and academic
exchange are undemocratic and
represent a closure of the Indian
mind. We must use our soft power
to win over Pakistan. Indias stature
in South Asia demands that.
C.V. Venugopalan,

The call for boycotting the

Bollywood film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
is an unacceptable display of
intolerance. The demand for
imposing retrospective blockade of
all things Pakistani is uncalled for.
What the protesters fail to see are
the eforts of hundreds of people
behind the making of the film. The
diplomatic isolation of Pakistan for
their terrorism-sponsoring
activities is well taken care of by
our administrators at international
fora. Fringe groups back home
would do well to understand that
we are not waging a war against the
innocent people of Pakistan
gifted artists, scholars, musicians
and the like but against the
terrorist factions working out of
that nation, and the supporters of
the same in the bureaucratic
Anjali B.,

How can we be insensitive towards

our own soldiers who put their lives
at risk for us? (A new censorship,
Oct. 20). Even after the Mumbai and
Parliament attacks, we embraced
artists like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
and Atif Aslam who became
sensational stars and gathered a
huge fan following largely because
of us. How many of these artists
came out in the open and spoke out
against the Uri attack? There is no
dearth of talent here in India; we
dont need to import talent from our
neighbour. If we do not show
solidarity with our soldiers, no one
else will. Protection of our land, the
safety of our citizens, and the wellbeing of our armed forces
personnel should be our priority.
Entertainment can wait.
Bal Govind,

This refers to the interview with

Information and Broadcasting
Minister Venkaiah Naidu (Art has
no boundaries but countries have,
Oct. 20). What he says is true but it
should also not be forgotten that it
is art and culture that have helped
many nations have amicable
relationships. In Tamil literature,
the role of a poetess called Avvaiyar
during the Sangam period is
laudable. The patron of Avvaiyar
used her as an ambassador to avert
war with another neighbouring
chieftain. The enmity between the
two was said to have come to an end
because of her. Politicians should
know that kingdoms are only clay

but art is immortal. The cavils of

petty politicians are disheartening.
Meenakshi Pattabiraman,

A forthright President
It was refreshingly outspoken and
magnanimous of U.S. President
Barack Obama to have said that he
still doesnt know why the Nobel
Peace Prize was awarded to him
(Still dont know why I won
Nobel, says Obama, Oct. 20).
When the prize was bestowed on
him, many thought that it was too
premature an honour for Mr.
Obama, and was purely based on
the promise and potential that he
held out for bringing about peace in
West Asia. He would have brought
peace to the troubled region but for
the uncompromising and
recalcitrant Republican Senators
and Congressmen. The net result of
that Republican attitude is the
emergence of Donald Trump.
C.G. Kuriakose,
Chengamanadan, Ernakulam

Rise of a garrison state

It is ironical that while the author
has accused the BJP of having
learnt the fine art of firing from the
soldiers shoulder, it is he who has
used the strong shoulders of the
soldier to fire his missiles at the
political party (Rise of the garrison
state, Oct. 19). The author appears
to have fallen victim to hearsay.
First, the Indian soldier does not

want to be worshipped, he only

wants civilians to understand the
diicult conditions under which he
is operating. Second, the author has
somehow concluded that the
military has a fragile morale. A
military with a fragile morale could
not have time and again defended
Indias sovereignty from external
aggression. Morale has been
wrongly linked to the subject of
military infallibility. Third, he has
opined that what we need are more
professionally trained soldiers, not
infallibility While continuous
improvement in training is always
desirable and pursued, it would be
futile to educate an academic about
the serious business of practical
military training in the icy
mountains of Siachen, the daunting
deserts of Rajasthan, the wild
jungles of the Northeast, or the
treacherous mountains of Kargil.
Fourth, the author has warned
against fixation with the Army
and says our neighbouring country
is still sufering for having made
that choice. While in Pakistan, the
choice was made by the military
and dumped on their political
system, in India the armed forces
have always been happy with
soldiering in consonance with our
democratic political system.
Last, the Indian military is
characterised by martial pride.
There is no need for anyone to
massage its ego, because there is
M.S.S. Krishnan,

| 11





Myths about Israels

security model
Prime Minster Narendra Modis veiled comparison of Indias
strike against militants along the Line of Control with Israels
military operations in its neighbourhood exposes the admiration Indias ruling elite have for the West Asian countrys
aggressive foreign and security policy. Speaking at a public
event in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, Mr. Modi said, Our
Armys valour is being discussed across the country these
days. We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this. The nation has seen that the Indian Army is no less than anybody. His comments
raise once again the question whether the Israeli security model is desirable for India.
Feeble deterrence
In fact, such an aggressive, militarist policy is not a successful model
even for Israel if we look at the broader picture. Decades of war have
pushed Israel to a security dilemma whatever its leadership does to minimise the security threats it faces actually deepens the crisis further. Take a
quick look at Israels military operations against groups it calls terrorist. In
1982, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sent troops to Lebanon to defeat the Palestine Liberation Organisation which was targeting Israel from
southern Lebanon. Begin then famously said Israel would win forty years
of peace after the war. But the outcome was more complicated than the
status quo. The PLO retreated from southern Lebanon, first to Tripoli and
then to Tunis. But the Israeli intervention stirred up the Lebanese civil war,
kicking of another protracted bloody
phase of fighting between diferent sects.
The PMs comments
Instead of winning peace for 40 years, Israise once again the
rael continued the Lebanese occupation for
question whether the
18 years. By that time, the PLO had moved
to the West Bank, but Hezbollah, a Shia miIsraeli security model
litia which was formed during the civil war,
is desirable for India
had established itself as a sizeable military
force in southern Lebanon and as an influential sociopolitical movement
among the countrys disadvantaged Shia community.
In 2006, six years after it pulled troops out of Lebanon, Israel had to return to the neighbouring country to stop Hezbollahs cross-border attacks.
Israel bombed the country for 34 days and also conducted a major ground
ofensive. But throughout the war, Hezbollah continued the rocket attacks
into Israel (almost 4,000 rockets in a month). Israel claims the operation
was a success as it destroyed much of Hezbollahs military infrastructure.
But in reality the war left Hezbollah more powerful in Lebanons fractious
politics, while it amassed weapons and rebuilt its military might over the
next several years. So the security threat Israel faces from southern Lebanon still very much remains.
Backfiring bombings
The story of Israels wars on Hamas is not substantially diferent. To be
sure, Hamas is a violent group that has targeted both the Israeli military and
civilian centres. But Israel has been unable to claim a moral anti-terror position against Hamas because of the continuing occupation and, to be more
specific, its policy of collectively punishing the Palestinian people. Israel
withdrew forces and settlers unilaterally from Gaza in 2005, but it never
stopped punishing the people of Gaza, and Hamas never stopped firing
rockets into Israel. Ever since the withdrawal, Israel tried everything its
mighty military could do to weaken the Hamas in Gaza. In 2007, it imposed
a brutal land, air and sea blockade on Gaza, and between 2005 and 2014, it
bombed Gaza thrice. Both the blockade and the wars have triggered widespread international criticisms and even allegations of war crimes. The
United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the 2008-09 Gaza war, led by the
South African jurist Richard Goldstone, accused both Israel and
Palestinian militants of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.
Another UN report, on the 2014 Gaza war, also reached similar conclusions. During the war, Israeli bombings killed 2,165 Palestinians, including
1,644 civilians, while militant attacks killed 66 Israeli soldiers and four
civilians. But what has Israel achieved from this bloodshed? Hamas
continues to rule Gaza and still possesses the capability to fire rockets into
Israel. Even after all these military operations, if Israel is not feeling secure
or doesnt possess credible deterrence against militant groups, realists
would suggest it should well rethink its strategy.
Low risk potential
Another argument why the Israeli model is not desirable for other countries is that Tel Avivs cross-border attacks were against relatively weaker
powers. Israel is the only nuclear armed state in West Asia. By conducting
cross-border strikes in Lebanon, Palestinian territories, or even in Syria, Israel doesnt face an immediate escalation of a conventional war. Hezbollah
and Hamas have the potential to file rockets into Israel, target its citizens
and mount pressure on the country's political leadership. They could also
make any Israeli ground operation costly. But they are largely guerrilla
forces who use asymmetric tactics rather than posing any existential
threats. So the risk Israel takes with its cross-border attacks is the human
cost of such operations and hostile international public opinion. Israels
history shows that it is not very bothered about either of these things.
India, on the other side, has two nuclear armed powers in its neighbourhood. The source of overseas terrorist threat it faces is Pakistan, a nuclear
power with considerable conventional military prowess. It doesnt mean
that India shouldnt act, but it should play within a limited hostility doctrine. It cant risk a nuclear war. Moreover, India is a country that cares
about its international image and international laws. It cant go about violating global norms and then hope to play a responsible role in international

A vote on referendums
The Brexit and Colombian surprises aside, a referendum can be an instrument to deepen the
participatory process of Indian democracy but it needs built-in safeguards

The maturing of Indian democracy

with the slow but sure strengthening of
representative institutions, the separation of powers, and increased participation in elections is a triumph for
the people. But there are questions
about the depth of our democratic consciousness. How much say do Indian
citizens have in influencing important
legislations that have a strong bearing
on their lives? Is it merely enough for
citizens to elect and thrust responsibility upon parliamentary representatives
to make choices for them? Can there be
other devices to supplement the functioning of Indian democracy to make it
more accountable, participatory and
Two recent referendums
As we ponder these questions, referendums instruments of direct democracy where citizens get to directly
vote on specific and important issues
rather than for representatives who will
make a choice on their behalf on those
issues have been in the news recently.
The Brexit referendum, on whether Britain should stay in the European Union,
concluded on June 23 with 52 per cent
(of 72.2 per cent of the electorate that
turned out) voting to Leave. The October 2 referendum called by the Colombian government to ratify the accord
with the Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia (FARC) resulted in a No
vote favoured by 50.3 per cent of the less
than 38 per cent of the electorate that
turned out.
In both these referendums, held in diverse regions, the outcome came as a
surprise. Anger at perceived loss of jobs
due to immigration saw many Britons
(especially in England and Wales) voting for a Brexit. Post-vote analyses
showed how this referendum was more
of a protest vote aimed at the economic
state of afairs in post-financial crisis
Britain than a well-considered mandate
for a new Britain that is out of the EU.
Even the most ardent proponents of
Brexit distanced themselves from their
own autarkic positions in the run-up to
the referendum after the vote. The complications of a Brexit seemed to have
never been thought through by the proponents and Britains political class is
still roiled about the manner and
method of the impending Brexit.
In the case of Colombia, a painstaking
series of negotiations between
President Juan Manuel Santoss government and the FARC, with external brokerage from Cuba, came to naught after
the referendum failed to ratify the deal.
Participation was low, and the defeat
margin for those in favour of the deal
was narrow. But the outcome put a major spanner in the implementation of a
peace deal which was to bring closure
to a half a century-old civil war that resulted in lakhs of deaths.
The opposition to the deal was driven
by detractors who derided it for political rather than functional reasons.

BREAK-UP: Analyses showed how the Brexit referendum was more of a protest vote aimed at the economic state of affairs than a
well-considered mandate for a new Britain that is out of the EU. An anti-Brexit protest at Trafalgar Square in London. PHOTO: AFP
Former President Alvaro Uribe now
suggests that the referendum was for a
renewed peace deal that emphasises
greater accountability on FARC leaders
for war crimes but this seems to be
more of a feint to seek power during future negotiations.
Reasons for the results
The question that arises when we
look at these referendums is this are
they too risky? Are political representatives in an indirect democracy
more capable than voters themselves to
deliberate on important public policy
matters and make informed choices?
The first question can be easily
answered. Referendums tend to add legitimacy to diicult legislative choices
and it is more risky to take unpopular
decisions without that stamp of legitimacy. As regards capability, legislators are voted less on the basis of
their lawmaking competency and more
on their promises and popularity in democracies today. In India for example,
legislations are influenced more by
party satraps than individual Members
of Parliament.
Rather than questioning if instruments of direct democracy have a role
at all in a representative system based
on the British and Colombian examples,
we need to do the following. First, we
should not conflate the outcomes of referendums, even if the outcomes are unexpected, with the need for them. Each
outcome has its rationale rooted in its
specific political economy. In the case
of Britain, the country stayed out of the
Eurozone and therefore managed to use
its currency control systems adroitly to
escape the worst of the fallout of the
global financial crisis. But stagnant
economic growth and competition for
blue-collar jobs between the lower
middle classes and the immigrants had
made EU membership a proxy issue for

Would it not be fruitful to

have mass participation to
decide whether Aadhaar should
be mandatory to avail of
welfare entitlements?
anger against immigration policies.
In Colombia, the FARCs later-year
strategy of using hostage taking and
pumping profits from its allowances for
drug production had seen to its intense
notoriety among voters from noninterior parts of the country. A peace
deal was more welcome to the harried
electorate from the interior parts which
had borne the brunt of internecine warfare. This reflected in the voting patterns. In any case, there should have
been a minimum bar on participation to
decide upon the ratification. With only
38 per cent of the electorate taking part,
the referendums outcome should not
have been binding in the first place.
Second, the need is for identifying
when and how referendums are used in
a representative democracy and not to
question their eicacy. In India, there
are very limited means of citizen participation in lawmaking, as this is a prerogative only of representatives. There
are devices such as the Standing Committees in Parliament which invite
members from civil society to weigh in
their views on Bills that are up for discussion in the Houses. But largely, legislations are a matter that can only be influenced by public opinion through
media coverage.
Relevance in the Indian context
If there are provisions which enable
public voting on certain legislations
say, a mechanism that calls for referendums on select Bills and Acts based
on a large quantum of public signatures

As trade across the Line of Control in Kashmir completes eight years, there needs to be more
appreciation of its force-multiplier efect as a harbinger of peace and prosperity


(dated October 21, 1966)

500 Hindus cross into

Assam from East
About 500 Hindus have crossed
into Assam from East Pakistan,
mostly through Garo Hills and the
United Khasi and Jaintia Hills
districts during the last few

weeks, according to authoritative

sources here [Shillong]. The
sources said that Pakistani
infiltration into Assam through
Goalpara and Garo Hills districts
continued, but their number was
dwindling. Security forces were
intercepting them and turning
them back.


>>The train to India (Oct. 16, 2016, some editions) wrongly refers to a U.S.based project called 1947 Archives collecting stories of former Partition
refugees. It should have been the 1947 Partition Archive. The organisation is
based in Delhi, India, and not in the U.S. It started in the U.S., but now it is a
properly registered and functioning NGO in India, says Guneeta Singh Bhalla
of the 1947 Partition Archive. She clarifies that the story gives a wrong impression that the archive is being set up at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences
(TISS). Though we may collaborate with TISS, no such plans are in place currently, she said.
It is the policy of The Hindu to correct significant errors as soon as possible.
Please specify the edition (place of publication), date and page.
The Readers Editors oice can be contacted by
Telephone: +91-44-28418297/28576300 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to
Friday); Fax: +91-44-28552963;
Mail: Readers Editor, The Hindu, Kasturi Buildings,
859 & 860 Anna Salai, Chennai 600 002, India.
All communication must carry the full postal address and
telephone number.
No personal visits.
The Terms of Reference for the Readers Editor are on

Truckloads of goodwill
To build on the success achieved over
the past eight years, various complementary measures are needed in addition to the existing modalities to boost
this trade and help it achieve its
economic potential. In addition to basic
measures, increasing the number of vehicles, augmenting the type of tradable
commodities, promoting cross-LoC
tourism, fostering communication
amongst people from both sides, and
encouraging greater stakeholder engagement are required to give LoC trade
a boost.


seeking to vote on them it could go a

long way in not just sensitising the public towards important laws but also for a
means of getting popular approval for
For example, today, the Aadhaar Act
seeking to provide legal backing to the
Aadhaar project was passed as a money
bill, reducing an important legislation
that could afect the welfare state, and
which raises several issues related to
privacy, to merely a legislation on government spending. Would it not be
fruitful to have mass participation over
deciding whether Aadhaar should be
mandatory to avail of welfare entitlements or services? It even seems imperative considering that there are serious
questions being raised about the implementation of the project in schemes
such as PDS distribution.
There are dangers, of course. Referendums can lead to majoritarian and
not just majority outcomes and therefore constitutional safeguards on the
kinds of Bills and Acts that can be
brought up for voting are a must. A lot of
thought has to go into creating the
mechanisms that allow for referendums.
In todays milieu where legislatures
are driven more by narrow political
battles between the power-seeking executive and a cynical opposition, a demand for an instrument of direct democracy to be incorporated into
legislative actions could seem impractical and utopian. But it is not an
idea to be scofed at as it has its merits.
India, according to studies on referendums held across the world till
1993, is one of only five democracies to
have never held them. It is worthwhile
to consider this mechanism at least as a
limited device to enhance our democracy into a substantive one.


India and Pakistan are now at a point

where the oscillating political situation
between the two is expected to shape
future dialogue and economic discourse. While the world is talking about
Indias surgical strikes across the Line
of Control, scant attention is being paid
to the fact that truckloads of goods are
being exchanged across the same LoC.
It is ironic that while on the one hand
the K-word is most contentious between India and Pakistan, on the other it
is this cross-LoC trade that is supporting thousands of stakeholders in Kashmir and acting as a harbinger of peace.
Today cross-LoC trade completes
eight years. The two countries agreed to
initiate barter trade across the LoC in
2008 following the ceasefire in 2003 and
commencement of cross-LoC travel in
2005. This is by far the most celebrated
and successful confidence-building
measure (CBM) between India and
Pakistan. While several bilateral trade
dialogues have not reaped expected results over the years, the success of this
trade is worth mentioning.
Contours of cross-LoC trade
Cross-LoC trade takes place between
Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir along two routes
PoonchRawalakot. The modalities of this trade
have been recorded in the form of a
standard operating procedure (SOP),
which also lists 21 local items that can be
exchanged in barter, based on zero tarif. The trade regularly takes places four
days a week, with 100 trucks allowed to

LINE OF COMMERCE: Over the years, cross-LoC trade has remained immune to the
political trajectory of India and Pakistan. Trucks from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
carrying goods at Aman Setu near the LoC in Uri, North Kashmir. FILE PHOTO

India and Pakistan can use the

cross-LoC trade to view
Kashmir not as a subject of
contention but as one of
economic interest
be exchanged per trade day.
Over the years, cross-LoC trade has
remained immune to the political trajectory of India and Pakistan. While the
past three years have witnessed the
waxing and waning of bilateral dialogue, cross-LoC firing and the Pathankot attack early this year, goods worth
over Rs.2,800 crore have been traded
through the LoC. Trade-out goods (read
exports) amount to Rs.1,496.66 crore
and the trade-in goods (read imports)
account for Rs.1,307.62 crore, from both
the trade routes.
celebrates eight years. In the midst of

talks about withdrawal of Most Favoured Nation status and economic

sanctions, the economic benefits of this
trade have been silently creating a sizeable positive constituency. Trade has
acted as a source of employment not
just for the local traders but also for the
unemployed and vulnerable youth of
the border areas. This is evident from
the fact that most of the people employed through this trade are below 40
years of age. As per various sources, the
trade has generated employment of approximately 50,000 manpower days in
seven years (2008-2015) with a total income of approximately Rs.800 crore.
Transporters have also reported a benefit of approximately Rs.45 crore by plying trucks from Uri to Srinagar in these
Any mention of cross-LoC is usually
associated with the words firing, tensions and strikes. It is high time trade
started being associated with it.

Stakeholders in the peace process

There should be provisions for
regular trade facilitation meetings by
representatives from both sides at the
Zero Line. The governments could also
consider setting up LoC mandis (markets) in big cities to bring together consumers and sellers, and establishing
production and manufacturing units in
Jammu and Kashmir.
At a geostrategic and micro level, the
importance of LoC trade needs to be understood in the context of the free flow
of trade raising prosperity levels of people on both sides of the LoC and enabling them to become key stakeholders in the peace process. At a macro
level, the governments can use this as a
means of mitigating the long-drawn-out
conflict in the State. With firm political
will, there is immense potential to
transform this into positive economic
gains for the people in the State. Such a
transformation can prospectively act as
a driver of peace between India and
Pakistan, which can then view Kashmir
not as a subject of contention but as a
subject of economic interest.
Afaq Hussain is Director and Riya Sinha is Research
Assistant at Bureau of Research on Industry and
Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF), New Delhi. Views
expressed are personal.

12 |


Rita Bahuguna a betrayer: Congress

She was said to be upset after Sheila
Dikshit was projected as CM face



Rajnath promises safe

Diwali release of film

NEW DELHI: Jolted by the depar-

ture of its former Uttar Pradesh chief and sitting MLA

Rita Bahuguna Joshi to the
Bharatiya Janata Party, the
Congress put up a brave
front on Thursday, saying
her exit will not afect the
partys prospects in the pollbound State.
Describing her as a betrayer, the Congress alleged
that she has a family history
of switching sides, a
reference to father Hemwati
Nandan Bahuguna leaving
the Congress for the Bharatiya Lok Dal and more recently,
Bahuguna quitting the party
to join the BJP.
The Congress U.P. unit
chief Raj Babbar also dismissed her criticism of party
Gandhi: People who are doing politics for their own
selfish interests are feeling
insecure in the Congress as
Mr. Rahul Gandhis politics
is harming the interests of
such satraps. Mr. Gandhi is
fighting for democracy
within the party, he said.
On whether there is need
for introspection within the
Congress in the wake of
some leaders quitting, Mr.
Babbar said: Introspection
has started within the party.
That is why satraps are falling apart and leaving the
Ms. Joshi, who is believed
to be unhappy with the Congress leadership because it
has projected Sheila Dikshit
as its chief ministerial face in
U.P., said on Thursday that
the party was in such a bad
shape that it has contracted
out its working to strategist
Prashant Kishor. She also

criticised Mr. Gandhi for his

khoon ki dalali barb at
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi after the surgical
Wont make a diference
Mr. Babbar said Rita
Bahuguna Joshi is a betrayer
even though the party leadership had full faith in her. ..
Her quitting will make no
diference to the Congress in
Uttar Pradesh, just as her
brothers joining the BJP
made no diference in Uttarakhand.
However, while it is true
that Ms. Joshis exit will not
make much diference beyond sending out a negative
message about the party,
much of what she said
even if in pique has been
the subject of discussion
within the party. Many party
leaders in the State on and of
the record have expressed
Gandhis style of leadership,
and his outsourcing of party
afairs to Mr. Kishor. And
many in the party have questioned his choice of words
khoon ki dalali when criticising the BJP for politicising the surgical strikes.
Mr. Babbar said: In its
quest for victory in U.P.
polls, the BJP is amassing an
army of traitors from other
parties. It seems the BJP,
which has 71 MPs in the pollbound State, does not have
faith in its own leaders and
that is why it is importing
party leaders from outside.
Party general secretary
and in-charge of party afairs
in U.P. Ghulam Nabi Azad
said: Opportunist leaders
do not stick to one place. The
reality is that she is unlikely
to win from her seat as the
contest is tough.

NEW DELHI: Apoorva Mehta,

Give land to Dalits: Mayawati

LUCKNOW: Asking Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and
BJP president Amit Shah to
shed their cosmetic love for
Dalits, BSP supremo
Mayawati on Thursday
dared them to launch a
special campaign to
distribute unutilised
government land among the
landless Dalit community.
Ms. Mayawati asked the
BJP to launch the campaign
in the States ruled by the
party. She accused the BJPruled Gujarat government of
using various schemes to
crush the Dalit struggle for
self-respect and land rights
triggered by the Una

atrocity case in which gau

rakshaks thrashed some
Dalit youths.
The former Chief
Minister said Dalits were
not craving for government
sympathy or mercy but
wanted to see their
constitutional and legal
rights translate into reality.
Ms. Mayawatis comments
were triggered by the
suicide of a Dalit, Parbat
Parmar, 50, on Monday
during a protest outside the
Junagadh District
Collectors oice in Gujarat.
Parmar had been fighting
for land rights since 1991,
when he was allegedly
forced out of his village
Sandha in Junagadh after he,

along with other Dalit

families, tried to cultivate
tracts of land. He consumed
poison along with two
others during a dharna. The
other two survived.
Accusing the Gujarat
government of trying to
crush the Dalit movement,
Ms. Mayawati said the
primary concern of the State
should be to transfer barren
and unutilised government
land to Dalits.
She attacked the Modi
government for the
dwindling jobs in the
country. It is natural to
question what benefits have
accrued from the muchtalked about development?
Ms. Mayawati said.

Hungary, Algeria back fight against terror

NEW DELHI: Union Finance

Minister Arun Jaitley, frequently called upon by the

BJP to articulate its political
line for internal and external
consumption through blogs
and articles, has credited the
changing nature of the media
for his prolific output. But he
said it was better to speak
less when in government.
He was speaking at the release of a book of Hindi
translations of his articles on
various issues entitled
Andhere Se Ujaaley Ki Ore
(From Darkness Towards the
Light), published by Prabhat
Prakashan. BJP president
Amit Shah released the book
at the party headquarters
here on Thursday.
Although I have been
writing on contemporary issues afecting the country
from a very young age, from
1973-74 onwards, the opporCM

tunity to write grew because

of the changing nature of the
media. From the 1990s, with
the advent of television
channels, the first big change
came over, which was that
what you want to say is less
important than what is the
agenda set by the media. The
second big thing was social
media which gave a platform
to everyone, he said.
He decried the loss of humour and satire in todays
public discourse. As a politician I have had the opportunity to observe democracies across the world,
especially in Europe, where,
like in India in the past, there
is a healthy tradition of humour and satire. We could
see it in the writings and
public conduct of Atal Behari Vajpayee, Piloo Mody
and Madhu Dandavate, but it
is on the ebb here. It is a
phase that I hope would end
soon, he said.

NEW DELHI: The government

on Thursday clarified that

Pakistani artistes remain
free to perform in the Indian entertainment industry
as there is no blanket ban
against them.
The Ministry of External
Afairs reiterated that the
creative space is open in India for Pakistan nationals
even as Pakistan is set to
ban Indian TV channels
and radio stations from October 21.
As far as the government of India is concerned,
there is certainly no
blanket ban on the
Pakistani artistes. Due to
the prevailing atmosphere,
the security situation and
the sentiment of local organisers, we will do so [evaluate] on a case-by-case

Thursday warned appropriate action if India violated the Indus Water Treaty
and said it was closely monitoring the situation, amid
reports that New Delhi
might revisit the key water
sharing accord.
Appropriate action will
be taken in line with the
Treaty in case of any violation by India, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees
Zakaria said at the weekly


Extends invite
Mr. Ansari extended an invitation from Prime Minister
Narendra Modi for a visit to
India by the Algerian leadership, which was readily accepted. Consequently, Prime
Minister Abdelmalek Sellal
will visit India soon.
An improved equation
with the African continents
largest nation, one with an
population, could be a positive development diplomatically and otherwise for India, which in recent times
has been working to improve
its ties with the countries of
the African Union.

Keeping a watch
Pakistan was keeping a
close eye on the situation,
Radio Pakistan quoted him

Foreign Office
spokesman accuses
India of trying to
divert attention
from Kashmir
as saying. Mr. Zakarias remarks come amid reports
that India may review the 56year-old Indus Water Treaty.
He said India was making
desperate attempts to divert attention from the atrocities and human rights violations being committed
in Kashmir.
He said Pakistan was highlighting Indian brutalities
in Kashmir at world fora

JAMMU: The BSF troops foiled


the promoter of SUM Hospital where a fire tragedy

claimed 21 lives, surrendered
before the BhubaneswarCuttack police in the early
hours of Thursday after a
look-out circular was issued
against him and his wife.
Khandagiri Police Station at
3.30 a.m. on Thursday and
surrendered himself. Subsequently, police made a
formal arrest and started
Within less than 48 hours
of the registration of FIR, we
have been able to arrest five
persons in connection with
the fire tragedy. When it was
felt that Mr. Nayak was evading arrest and not cooperating with the investigations, a
look-out circular was issued
against him, said Y. B. Khurania, Commissioner of Police for Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, addressing a press
We had carried out raids
at his residence and oice
premises on Wednesday
night. Police seized many important documents. The
series of actions forced him
to surrender before police,
said Mr. Khurania.
In the evening, Mr. Nayak,
who is also the founder and
head of Shiksha O Anusandhan Charitable Trust, was
produced before a local
court which remanded him
in police custody.

a major infiltration bid by a

group of six militants along
the International Border in
Kathua district after a heavy
gun battle in which rocket
propelled grenades (RPGs)
were used, a senior oicer
said on Thursday.
The militant group attacked a vehicle carrying
BSF patrol troops with RPGs
and followed it with heavy
and indiscriminate fire at the
forward area of Bobiya in
Kathua on Wednesday night.
The BSF troops retaliated
resulting in exchange of fire
for over 20 minutes, the oicer said, adding that perhaps
there was support fire from
the Border Out Posts (BoPs)
of Pakistan. As the BoPs are
close by there is tactical support of Rangers as well, he
said. When the BSF fired
para bombs for illumination
of the area, the militants escaped and were seen carrying an injured man, the oicer said. Everything is fine
on our side, he said.
Increased traic on the
main roads of Kashmir and
the citys civil lines hinted at

SHELL-SHOCKED: Boys show parts of mortar shells fired from across the LoC by Pakistan in
Panjgrain village, Rajouri district in Jammu, on Thursday. PHOTO: PTI
return of normalcy even as
the other facets of life in the
Kashmir Valley remained
suspended for the 104th consecutive day as separatists
extended the shutdown till
October 27. PTI
12 employees sacked
Peerzada Ashiq reports:
The Jammu and Kashmir
government on Thursday

dismissed 12 employees for

allegedly leading or joining
pro-freedom protests.
On the directions of the
J&K polices intelligence
wing, around 40 government
employees have been identified for their role in the violent street protests, which
started on July 8 when militant commander Burhan
Wani was killed in an op-

eration. Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) chief

Abdul Qayoom Wani said,
Such orders are null and
void in the eye of law as the
provided any opportunity to
be heard.
The EJAC is holding an
emergency meeting on Saturday to decide the future
course of action.

Farooq visits LoC, calls for resumption of talks with Pak.

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and
Kashmir Chief Minister and
president Farooq Abdullah
on Thursday visited the Line
of Control (LoC) in volatile
Poonch district and called
for resumption of dialogue

between India and Pakistan.

Wars havent and wont
resolve inherently political
issues between India and
Pakistan. I hope New Delhi
and Islamabad realise that
mutual cooperation and
peace is imperative for
growth and prosperity in the
region and people of J&K are

basis, said Vikas Swarup,

No change in policy
Mr. Swarup emphasised
that Indias policy on allowing Pakistani artistes
remains unchanged and
planned ban on Indian TV
and radio stations as, unfortunate.
We do not have such
programmes and series can be
viewed in several channels.
According to me, it
[Pakistani decision to ban]
reflects lack of self-confidence, he said.
The MEA however
maintained that its policy
to highlight Pakistan as a
supporter of terror-tactics
remains on track.

Pakistan warns India against

breaching Indus Water Treaty

BSF foils major infiltration bid


FRANK TALK: Union Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP chief Amit
Shah releasing a translated version of a book written by the
former, in New Delhi on Thursday. PHOTO: V. SUDERSHAN


Odisha hospital
owner surrenders

Vice-President Hamid Ansari addresses the media before

concluding his Algeria visit on Wednesday. PHOTO: PTI

No humour, satire in
public discourse now

No blanket ban on
Pak. artistes, says MEA

views [on diferent issues]

were duly reciprocated by
the Algerians.
In answer to a question,
from The Hindu, whether
there was mention during
the discussions of any third
country in the context of the


an side that his country

totally supported Indias position on the Jammu and
Kashmir issue.
The Vice-President, however, refused to be drawn
into the details of the talks.
But he did say that our

RELIEF AT LAST: Producer Mukesh Bhatt and Minister Babul

Supriyo outside the North Block in New Delhi after they
met the Home Minister on Thursday. PHOTO: V. SUDERSHAN

consensus on the issue of terrorism, Mr. Ansari said, Everyone knows which one is
the third country. [The] obvious is obvious. No need to
take any countrys name.
Earlier in Budapest, at a
joint media conference, Mr.
Ansari had mentioned Hungarys alignment with India
on the issue.
In Algiers, while receiving
and seeing him of, the Algerian gestures went beyond
the requirements of protocol, as the Vice-President
himself noted. The signal
was clear. They accorded
special importance to this
visit, Mr. Ansari added. Significantly, Mr. Ansaris talks
with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is
constrained by an ailment,


and Algeria have both unequivocally added their

voices to the international
outcry against terrorism in
the current Indian context,
Vice-President Hamid Ansari said on Thursday at the
conclusion of his five-day
visit to the two countries. In
terms of outcomes of delegation-level
takeaways, it was an extremely satisfactory set of
visits, he added.
Separately, a senior source
who is familiar with the content of the talks held in Algiers on Wednesday said on
condition of anonymity that
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told the Indi-

lasted an hour and ten

minutes, as the VicePresident noted.

the CEO of Dharma Productions which produced

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Pakistani actor Fawad
Khan, along with Mukesh
Bhatt, who is the president
of the Film and Television
Producers Guild of India,
on Thursday met Union
Home Minister Rajnath
Singh to demand security
for theatres that screen the
The release of the film,
which also features Ranbir
Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai and
Anushka Sharma, has hit a
hurdle with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
saying it wont let any
movie featuring Pakistani
artistes to be released in India. Subsequently many
single-screen theatres associations refused to
screen it.
Mr. Singh is learnt to
have assured the Producers Guild of security to
the theatres that screen the
movie. Mr. Bhatt said the
Home Minister had assured them a safe Diwali
release of the film.
We are entertainers. We
are interested in working
with artistes, and not in
whether they belong to
Pakistan, China or Africa.
But the film isnt releasing
just in Mumbai. We want to
safeguard ourselves, so
who better than the Home
Minister? It is his domain,
Mr. Bhatt said.
India is a free country,
but at least you should not
stop people violently. That
is something I feel the government of today should
have zero tolerance towards: violence, he said.

primary victims of animosity, said Dr. Abdullah, addressing a gathering at Gali

Maidan in Poonch.
Dr. Abdullah stressed the
need for a meaningful and
credible political engagement between the two
For the second time in 12

hours, Pakistani troops

opened fire at Indian frontline posts along the LoC in
According to a defence
spokesman, the troops violated ceasefire in Bhimber
Ghali (BG) sector of the LoC
around 3.30 am.

and there had been very

substantive outcome of
these eforts but the international community remained
Ceasefire violations
Responding to a question,
he claimed that India violated ceasefire on the Line of
Control for more than 90
times this year.
He also termed the Indian
treatment to Pakistani
artistes very disappointing
and highly regrettable as he
deplored Indias decision to
use SAARC for its political
ambition, according to the
report. PTI

Triple talaq a
highly misused
custom: NCW
NEW DELHI: National
Commission of Women
(NCW) Chairperson
Kumaramangalam said
on Thursday that triple
talaq was a highly
misused custom and it
should be scrapped to
protect the rights of
Muslim women.
Triple talaq is not a
political issue. It is an
efort to protect the
rights of Muslim
women. It cannot be
linked to the Uniform
Civil Code. It has
nothing to do with it,
she said.
The NCW chief said
she had received
several representations
from Muslim women
who said they felt
because of the practice
of triple talaq.
There is a concern
about how triple talaq is
unilaterally applied,
leaving women and
children in bad shape. It
is a highly misused
custom that has to be
done away with. Several
Islamic countries have
banned it, she said.
Asked about the
practices followed by
other religions, she
said: Its not a comparison of religious laws
and customs. PTI


BJP MP passed on
sensitive info on
defence: Swaraj
Abhiyan leaders

| 13



No need to panic, card holders told

All necessary action taken, says
National Payments Corpn. of India


NEW DELHI: Swaraj Abhiyan
leaders Prashant Bhushan
and Yogendra Yadav on
Thursday accused the ruling
BJP government of keeping
silent and not taking action
into allegations of corruption in the Scorpene submarine deal of 2005 and further
going ahead with the Rafale
deal worth Rs. 58,000 crore
with a company involved in
the previous deal.
They alleged that a BJP
MP and several military
trapped and forced to pass
on sensitive information.
Neither the present government nor the previous Congress government have any
interest in the nations security, Mr. Bhushan said.
Why is the government
not registering a First Information Report [FIR]
against arms dealer Abhishek Verma, they asked.
The current government
has continued to patronise
the same set of players who
should have been blacklisted
for violating the law of the
land, said Mr. Bhushan, adding that the government
should immediately order
registration of an FIR against
Mr. Abhishek Verma for payment of commission in the
Scorpene deal.
Pointing the finger at the
recent Rafale fighter aircraft
deal, Mr. Bhushan said: The
Centre has signed a Rs.
58,000 crore deal for procurement of 36 Rafale jets on
September 22, 2016 with
Dassault Aviation. Notably,
Dassault Aviation had acquired Thales, the company
that should have been blacklisted for using middlemen
in the Scorpene deal, because as per a government
rule if any middleman is
identified in a deal then related companies ought to be
Responding to questions
on the sidelines of a public
event, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar defended the
Rafale deal saying it was the
best deal ever.

MUMBAI: National Payments

(NPCI), the domestic payment gateway, has urged
debit card customers whose
data has been compromised, not to panic as all the
necessary actions have
been taken to deal with the
fiasco. Necessary corrective actions already have
been taken and hence there
is no reason for bank customers to panic, said A.P
Hota, MD & CEO, NPCI.
The advisory issued by the
NPCI to banks for re-issue
of cards is more a preventive exercise, he added.
According to a statement
issued by the NPCI, 641 customer complaints from 19
banks have been received
and the amount involved is
Rs. 1.3 crore.
According to RBI norms,
if the customer is not responsible for a fraudulent
transaction, then the bank
will be liable to pay compensation.

Banks alerted
All afected banks have
been alerted by all card networks that a total card base
of about 3.2 million could
have been possibly compromised, the statement
said. The total debit card
base of the country is 697
According to the NPCI,
the problem was detected
when some bank customers
complained that their cards
were used fraudulently
mainly in China and U.S.
while customers were in
Suspecting that it could
be a case of card data compromise, all the three payment gateways that operate
in India RuPay, Visa and
MasterCard swung into
action in September.
through the analysis after
such frauds were reported
that there was a possible
compromise at one of the

payment switch providers

system. Based on the analysis, NPCI and other
schemes identified the
period of compromise and
the possible card numbers
which could have been
compromised during that
period, the NPCI said.
State Bank of India (SBI),
the countrys largest lender
which is in the process of replacing over 0.6 million
debit cards, corroborated
the NPCIs views.
Card network companies NPCI, Mastercard and
Visa had informed various
banks in India about a potential risk to some cards in
India owing to a data
breach. Accordingly, State
Bank of India (SBI) has taken precautionary measures
and has blocked cards of
certain customers identified by the networks, the
SBI said.
Hitachi said it had appointed an external audit
agency certified by Payment Card Industry (PCI)
in the first week of September, to check the security of
systems for any breach or
compromise based on a few
suspected transactions that
were highlighted by banks
for whom it manages ATM
Forensic audit
Yes Bank has also appointed a Certified Information
Systems Auditor (CISA) for
a forensic audit of its systems and processes.
Yes Bank has proactively
undertaken a comprehensive review of its ATMs, and
there is no evidence of a
breach or compromise on
Yes Bank ATMs, the bank
Yes Bank continues to
work with relevant stakeholders to ensure utmost
safety and security of its
ATM network and payment
services which are completely safe to use, it added.



Hindutva as way
of life challenged

Customers must be doubly

vigilant: Security experts
NEW DELHI: With India hit by
one of its biggest financial
security breaches
compromising hundreds of
thousands of debit cards,
customers need to be
doubly vigilant.
Consumers should
consider changing their
passwords used for any
financial transactions
through accounts such as
net banking, debit or credit
cards or even mobile
wallets, even if they havent
been contacted by their
banks as potentially
impacted [by the debit card
data breach], recommends
Symantec Corporations
Managing Director (India)
Shrikant Shitole.

Essential precautions
Account holders should
use strong passwords,
change them every three
months, and never reuse a

Consumers should
keep 3-4 cards and
use the one with
the least balance for
shopping outside

debit cards with a set

spending limit, valid only
for one-time use.
Alternatively, switch to the
United Payments Interface,
which is considered safer
than debit cards.

password. Opening the

wrong attachment can also
introduce a malware to
your system. Never view,
open or copy email
attachments unless you are
expecting the email and
trust the sender, Mr.
Shitole cautions.
Saket Modi, co-founder
of cyber security firm
Lucideus, suggests that
instead of having just one
debit card, consumers
should keep at least 3-4
cards and use the one with
the least balance while
shopping outside. Mr. Modi
recommends using the safe
banking features that
provide the option of
generating virtual credit or

Who bears the loss?

Asked about the
implications for the victims
of cybercrimes, cyber law
expert Pawan Duggal says,
The law is very clear. All
banks are intermediaries
under the Income Tax Act.
Under Section 79 of the Act
they are mandated to do
due diligence.
In case banks are
negligent in doing this,
leading to a loss, it is the
banks that will have to bear
the brunt of the loss, Mr.
Duggal says. However, a
bank may not be liable if it
asks the customer to
change his or her PIN but
the customer chooses to
ignore the advice.

NEW DELHI: Noting that India

has reached the crossroads
where narrow and supremacist interpretations
of history, culture, social
studies and law threaten the
fundamentals of nationhood,
three citizens on Thursday
urged the Supreme Court to
undo the devastating consequences of its 1996 judgment defining Hindutva as a
way of life.
Teesta Setalvad, theatre
activist and author Shamsul
Islam and senior journalist
Dilip Mandal appealed to a
Bench led by Chief Justice of
India T.S. Thakur that the interpretation given in the 1996
judgment by Justice J.S.
Verma has led to Hindutva
becoming a mark of nationalism and citizenship.
The Constitution Bench is
considering how parties and
their candidates misuse religion to swing votes and what
constitutes corrupt electoral
practice under Section 123
(3) of The Representation of
the People Act, 1951.

Focal points
One of the focal points before the Bench is the interpretation the Supreme Court
gave to the term Hindutva/
Hinduism in the Dr. Ramesh
Yeshwant Prabhoo versus
Prabhakar K. Kunte judgment in 1996 and the consequences that followed.
In an application seeking
permission to address the
Constitution Bench, Ms.

Teesta Setalvad
Setalvad and her two co-applicants said the apex courts
interpretation of Hindutva/
Hinduism as a way of life in
1996 has today led to demands of homogenisation
and assimilation of minority
communities and SC/ST in
the Hindutva way of life.
Hindutva has become a
mark of nationalism and citizenship. The interpretation
has curtailed faith in secularism, which is the basic feature of the Constitution, the
application, filed through advocate Aparna Bhat, contended. In an oblique reference
to the ruling party, the applicants said how a political
dispensation wants to stifle
Indias academic pursuit and
scientific temper through
narrow interpretations of
faith and mythology.
As triple talaq engage public debate and cow vigilantism runs amock, Ms.
Setalvad and her co-petitioners said justification of
certain customs and practices on the ground of their
being from the Shastras or
Sharia are equally worrisome and condemnable.

Narendra Tomar is BJPs

Punjab election in-charge
NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit

Shah on Thursday appointed

Union Minister Narendra
Singh Tomar as the Punjab
election in-charge and Captain Abhimanyu, a Haryana
Minister, as co-in-charge.
The Assembly elections are
due in the State early next

secretary Saroj Pandey will
be in charge of the local elections in Chandigarh.
The BJP is in power in the
State as a junior partner of
the Shiromani Akali Dal. The
alliance is locked in a tough
battle with the Congress and
the Aam Aadmi Party. PTI

U.K. Minister readies ground for Mays visit

LONDON/ NEW DELHI: Britains efforts to strengthen its relationship with India and
individual States as it seeks
better non-EU alliances
gathered pace as Foreign Office Minister Alok Sharma
arrived in New Delhi on
Starting his visit, Mr.
Sharma met External Afairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj and
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and held discussion on
bilateral ties.
On reaching Delhi, Mr.
Sharma said in a social
media message, UK wants
strongest possible trade and
with India for prosperity.
Mr. Sharma, who became
Britains Minister for Asia
and the Pacific in the govern-

U.K. Minister of Asia and Pacific Affairs, Alok Sharma (centre),

with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on
Thursday. PHOTO: PTI/PIB
ment reshule that followed
Julys European referendum,
is also likely to hold meetings with Foreign Secretary
S. Jaishankar and Defence
Minister Manohar Parrikar
before leaving for Madhya
Pradesh, where he will lead a
delegation of 26 businesses
to the Global Investors Sum-

mit being held at the weekend, and hold discussions

with Chief Minister Shivraj
Chouhan visited Britain at
the end of September in an
efort to woo investors to the
The delegation is set to
combine established U.K.

names such as Vodafone,

Cambridge University Press
and Reckitt Benckiser, as
well as smaller businesses
such as Cambridge-based
software firm Cyan Connode.
The visit is important as it
comes within four days of
the Ministry of External Affairs announcing that Prime
Minister Theresa May will
visit India during November
6-8 accompanied by a business delegation, starting her
first visit outside the EU.
Ms. May will also inaugurate the India-UK Tech
Summit in Delhi during her
visit. The summit was decided bilaterally during
Prime Minister Narendra
Modis visit to the U.K. in
November 2015.
Mr. Sharma, who like Ms.
May was a campaigner for
the remain camp during

the referendum, has become

one of the key players in Britains evolving relationship
with India. In fact, he visited
India on his first oicial
foreign trip after taking up
his new ministerial role in
July. The visit to Madhya
Pradesh should also be seen
in the context of British efforts to move its relationship
with countries such as India
away from development aid.
The U.K. has been a longterm supporter of the State,
through aid and other partnerships, and it now has a vibrant economy, said Mr.
Sharma in a press statement
on Thursday. The Global
Investors Summit will allow
us to build and strengthen
business links in thriving
areas like tourism, rural development and a dynamic
manufacturing and industrial sector.

CBI seeks Canadas help in

Air India bribery case probe
NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau
of Investigation has sent yet
another reminder to its
Canadian counterparts seeking assistance in the examination of a person in connection with alleged payment of
bribes to an associate of a
Union Minister in the UPA-I
government for a $ 100 million contract with Air India
in 2007.

3-year jail
Over two years ago, an
Ontario court had sentenced
Nazeer Karigar, a Canadian
national, to three years jail
for allegedly bribing Indian
public servants in a failed attempt to win the contract.
The conspiracy was allegedly hatched in 2005-06.
Air India had floated a
tender in February 2006 for
purchase of passenger face
recognition biometrics system for use in several major
While sentencing Karigar,
the court had observed that

Agencys request for

examining the convict
in the case has not
yielded any positive
response so far
it was a sophisticated and
carefully planned bribery
scheme intended to involve
senior public oicials at Air
India and an Indian Cabinet
The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP)
had informed the CBI about
the findings and also that the
purportedly disclosed he had
paid $ 2.5 lakh to an associate
of a Union Minister in a bid
to bag the deal in favour of a
company named CryptoMetrics. The CBI, which has
registered a case on the allegations, suspects that Karigar
had entered into a conspiracy with unknown Air India
oicials to influence the
floating and processing of
provided many important

tender documents to the

company well before it was
floated by Air India. However, the contract was later
Refutes allegations
After the Canadian media
reported on the case, the
Minister concerned in a
letter to the then Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh
had refuted the allegations, also pointing out that
the contract was scrapped.
The CBI has sent Letters
Rogatory (judicial requests
seeking information and assistance) to the Canadian authorities, but is yet to receive
all the necessary details. The
agencys request for examining Karigar has also not
yielded any positive response so far.
It is learnt that CBI Director Anil Sinha has taken up
the matter with RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, who
was here to deliver the annual D.P. Kholi Memorial
Lecture, seeking help in expediting the process.

14 |




Pak. Supreme Court

issues notice to Sharif in
Panama Papers case
ISLAMABAD: Pakistans Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif and
his family members in the
Panama Papers leaks case,
acting on petitions seeking
his disqualification over alleged corruption and illegal
possession of assets abroad.
The court heard several
petitions, including by Imran
Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI), accusing Mr.
Sharif and his family members of illegally transferring
money abroad after the Panama Papers leaks showed
that his family possessed
properties in the U.K.

Notice to family-members
In addition to Mr. Sharif,
the court also issued notice
to others, including his
daughter Maryam, sons
Hasan and Hussain, son-inlaw Muhammad Safdar and
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
The three-judge SC bench,
consisting of Chief Justice
Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice
Ijazul Ahsan and Justice
Khilji Arif Hussain, adjourned the case for two
weeks after initial hearing.
Later, talking to reporters,
Imran Khan said, We hope
that the cases proceedings

Pakistan Prime Minister

Nawaz Sharif.
will reveal details of several
issues that were concealed
from the nation.
Mr. Khan has given a call
for lockdown of Islamabad
on November 2 to force Mr.
Sharif to resign. He said it
was his constitutional right
to hold protests and warned
of consequences if the government tried to detain him.
According to the Panama Papers, three of Mr. Sharifs
children Maryam, Hasan
and Hussain were owners
of ofshore companies and
were owners or had the
right to authorise transactions for several companies. PTI

U.S., Saudi Arabia blacklist

alleged Hezbollah members
The United
States and Saudi Arabia on
Thursday imposed sanctions
on alleged Hezbollah members and financial backers,
accusing them of funnelling
money to the Lebanese militant group or engaging in
The U.S. Treasury Department said it targeted four
individuals and one company, efectively freezing
their U.S. assets and blocking
any transactions with them,
while also announcing re-

Duterte declares
separation from
the U.S.
BEIJING: Philippines President
Rodrigo Duterte declared his
separation from longstanding ally the United
States in Beijing on
Thursday, as he rebalances
his countrys diplomacy towards China.
Mr. Duterte is in China for
a four-day trip seen as confirming his tilt away from
Washington and towards
Beijings sphere of influence
and its deep pockets.
I announce my separation
from the United States, he
said to applause at a meeting
in the Chinese capital.

S. China Sea dispute

His comments came after
he met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the
Great Hall of the People on
Tiananmen Square, with the
two men pledging to enhance trust and friendship,
while playing down a maritime dispute. Mr. Xi called
the two countries neighbours across the sea with
no reason for hostility or
confrontation, the oicial
Xinhua news agency said.
Aquino, the two countries
were at loggerheads over the
South China Sea where
Beijing has built a series of
artificial islands but since
taking oice in June the new
head of state has changed
In a statement, the
Chinese foreign ministry
cited Mr. Xi as telling Mr.
Duterte their emotional
foundation of friendly good
neighbourliness was unchanged, and diicult topics
of discussion could be
shelved temporarily.
Addressing the Filipino
community in Beijing on
Wednesday, Mr. Duterte said
the Philippines had gained
little from its long alliance
with the U.S., its former colonial ruler. China, he said
earlier, was good. It has
never invaded a piece of my
Mr. Duterte has also suspended joint U.S.-Philippine
patrols in the strategically vital South China Sea, and has
threatened an end to joint
military exercises. AFP

lated action by Saudi Arabia.

In a related action, the U.S.
State Department also blacklisted alleged Hezbollah
commander Haytham Ali
Tabatabai, alias Abu Ali alTabatabai, the Treasury Department said in a statement.
The United States State
Department had declared
Hezbollah a terrorist organisation back in 1997 and
long-standing U.S. eforts
have sought to disrupt the
funding. AFP

Sikh-American actor Waris

Mosul ofensive going faster than planned
Ahluwalia has day named after him

NEW YORK: In a rare honour,

New York City declared October 19, 2016 as Waris

Ahluwalia Day in recognition of the Sikh-American
actor and designer for his
powerful message of
countering ignorance and
advocating for religious understanding and tolerance.
New York City Mayor Bill
de Blasio honoured Mr.
Ahluwalia at a special reception at his oicial residence
Gracie Mansion here on
Wednesday to celebrate the
festival of Diwali.
Countering ignorance
Mr. De Blasio presented
Mr. Ahluwalia a proclamation that declared October
19, 2016 in the city of New
York as Waris Ahluwalia
Day Lauding Ahluwalias
talents of being a fashion designer, writer, actor and

Waris Ahluwalia
model, de Blasio said Mr.
Ahluwalia wears his Dastar
(turban) wherever he goes
and so he sends a powerful
message to our city to our
country of countering ignorance, celebrating inclusion
and advocating for religious
understanding and tolerance
in everything he does.
Addressing a gathering of

over 300-400 Indian-Americans and other people from

the South Asian community,
Mr. De Blasio extended a
special greeting to his Sikh
brothers and sisters and underscored that an attack on
individual because of their
faith is an attack on all of
us. We believe that when
any... any individual is attacked because of their faith,
because of where they come
from, the attack is... on all of
us, Mr. De Blasio said.
Mr. Ahluwalia thanked the
Mayor for the incredible
honour and said that while
Diwali has been celebrated
for centuries, this year its
message of triumph of good
over evil is more important
and relevant than ever. The
Mayor and his wife began the
reception by lighting the traditional lamp. PTI

ofensive to seize back Mosul

from Islamic State (IS) is going faster than planned, Iraqs Prime Minister Haidar
al-Abadi said on Thursday, as
Iraqi and Kurdish forces
launched a new military operation to clear villages on
the citys outskirts.
Howitzer and mortar fire
started at dawn, hitting a
group of villages held by IS
about 10-20 km (6-12 miles)
from Mosul, while helicopters flew overhead, according to Reuters reporters
at two front line locations
north and east of Mosul.
To the sound of machine
gun fire and explosions,
dozens of black Humvees of
the elite Counter Terrorism
Service (CTS), mounted
with machine guns, headed
towards Bartella, an abandoned Christian village just
east of Mosul.
Hours later, the head of Iraqs Special Forces, Lieuten-

includes France, Italy, Britain, Canada and other Western nations is providing air
and ground support to the
forces that are closing in on
the city in an operation that
began on Monday.

NEARING ENEMY LINE: Iraqi soldiers in the Qayyarah area, 60 km

south of Mosul, on Wednesday. PHOTO: AFP
ant General Talib Shaghati,
told reporters at a command
centre near the front line that
troops had surrounded Bartella and entered the centre
of the village. Two soldiers
were hurt and none killed,
and they had killed at least 15
militants, he said.

Fear and loathing inside the Kremlin

New book by journalist who spent years interviewing officials reveals a regime where disloyalty is the biggest crime

or many people in the

politics has become
synonymous with the
President, Vladimir Putin,
who has been known to disappear for weeks without explanation. But Mr. Putin does
not work alone. As with most
world leaders, he has a network of powerful allies
around him allies who
both support and deceive
him, according to a new book
by the Russian journalist and
opposition activist Mikhail
The journalist founded the
independent news network
Dozhd (Rain), which was
shut down by the government in 2014. He has spent
years interviewing dozens of
sources inside the Kremlin,
and his book, All the Kremlins Men, paints a convincing
portrait of the inside world
of Russian politics, a place
shrouded in conspiracy
where the biggest crime is
being disloyal. Disputes
over military action in Syria;
events in Ukraine and nuclear posturing in the Baltics
have left international ten-

sions between Russia and the

West at a post-cold war high,
but at home Mr. Putins approval ratings remain strong
and he is preparing to run for
President again in early 2018.
So how did he get there?
And what drives him forward? The Guardian asked
Mr. Zygar to talk through his
key findings from inside the
seat of Russias power. According to one of Mr. Zygars
sources inside the Kremlin,
Mr. Putin was initially reluctant to support the multi-billion-dollar bid to host the
Winter Olympics in Sochi in
House of Cards
Mr. Zygars book lists several sources inside the government who say that Mr.
Putin was so convinced that
the backstabbing and politicking of the hit Netflix
series House of Cards accurately mirrored Western
politics that he instructed his
colleagues to watch it.
Mr. Zygar claims that for
Mr. Putin, the scheming protagonist Frank Underwood
represents the typical
American politician
which is why he prefers to
support figures such as Ita-

formerly part of Ukraine,

was not part of a long-term
strategy to reclaim the
peninsula but was rushed
through in three months, the
book claims. No one was
ready for it, nobody expected
it, so it was a surprise for the
Russian public who previously had no public desire
for Crimea coming back
home, says Mr. Zygar.

21ST CENTURY CZAR? Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a

horse during a trip to the Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Reserve
in Tuva Republic. FILE PHOTO: AFP
lys former Prime Minister
Silvio Berlusconi or Donald
Trump, who are more prac-

tical and cynical, says Mr.

Zygar. Russias decision to illegally

Georgia war
This is in stark contrast to
the short war with Georgia in
2008 over the contested republic of South Ossetia,
which was preceded by
months of TV programmes
warning about Georgias aggression, he adds.
Mr. Putin and the men behind him, including the security council head Nikolai
Patrushev and intelligence
oicer Boris Ratnikov, fully
propaganda: that the U.S. is
hell-bent on destroying Russia, says Mr. Zygar. The current goal of foreign policy in
the conflict-torn Ukraine is
to leave everything as it is,
according to a source close
to Vladislav Surkov, Mr.
Putins main adviser on the
country. The Guardian

Prime Minister Abadi, addressing anti- IS coalition allies meeting in Paris by a

video link, said: The forces
are pushing towards the
town more quickly than we
thought and more quickly
than we had programmed.
A U.S.-led coalition that

A united front, says Abadi

Mr. Abadi said the Mosul
advance demonstrated that
Iraqis from all groups could
fight in common cause, noting that it was the first time
in 25 years that troops from
the Baghdad government
had entered territory controlled by the Kurdish region
to fight alongside the
Our war today in Mosul is
an Iraqi war conducted by Iraqis for Iraqis and for the defence of Iraqs territory, he
Full Iraqi unity is shining
through and more than ever
showing the unity to vanquish terrorism, said Mr.
Abadi. Reuters

North Korea missile launch fails

Korea test fired a missile that
failed immediately after
launch early on Thursday, the
U.S. and South Korean
militaries said, hours after
the two countries agreed to
step up efforts to counter the
Norths nuclear and missile

threats. The missile was

believed to be an
intermediate-range Musudan
and was launched from the
western city of Kusong,
where Pyongyang attempted
but failed to launch the same
type of missile on Saturday,
the U.S. Strategic Command
and South Koreas Office of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
Japan condemned the
launch and said it would
make a formal protest to the
North through its embassy in
Beijing. Reuters

U.K. to pardon gays, bisexuals

LONDON: The U.K. on Thursday
said it will posthumously
pardon thousands of gay and
bisexual men convicted
under now-abolished sexual
offences law. The new law
has been dubbed as the Alan
Turing Law after Britains
famous Enigma code-breaker
responsible who was granted
a posthumous royal pardon
in 2013 61 years after he
was charged at a Manchester
police station over
homosexual activity. It is
hugely important that we

pardon people convicted of

historical sexual offences
who would be innocent of
any crime today. Through
pardons and the existing
disregard process we will
meet our manifesto
commitment to put right
these wrongs, said U.K.
Justice Minister Sam Gyimah.
Around 75,000 gay and
bisexual men were convicted
under the Sexual Offences
Act, which was abolished in
1967, and around 16,000 are
believed to be alive. PTI



There should be a level-playing field

for retailers and e-commerce players


MUMBAI: Schneider Electric, a

global leader in automation

and energy eiciency aims to
tap growth opportunities in
the industrial automation
sector in India, a company
oicial said.
The Indian arm of the
company which operates 28
manufacturing units across
the country said it would introduce 365 new products
and solutions this year in India and would look at a
growth of between 10 and 15
per cent year-on-year.
We are introducing one
new product every day in India, David Orgaz Dhollander,
President, Process Automation, Asia Pacific, Schneider
Electric said on the sidelines
of a business conference
here. By now we have introduced over 260 new
products since January 1.
Recently, the company had
announced an investment
plan of Rs.750 crore in India.
Schneider Electric emerged
as a major player in the global process automation market in 2014 after it acquired
Invensys Plc for $5.1 billion.
Rajat Kishore, Managing
Director & Vice President
PA Hub, Schneider Electric
Systems India said, automation would be the key for India to become a global manufacturing hub.

MUMBAI: WNS Global Ser-

vices a business process

raised its revenue growth
guidance to 12 per cent in
constant currency terms for
the full year ending March
2017 as it expects more orders. Revenue less repair
payments is expected to be
between $551 million and
$567 million, up from $531.0
million in fiscal 2016, the
company said after its board
meeting on Thursday. Solid
sales pipeline has also
prompted the company to increase the guidance.
WNS on Thursday reported net revenue of $143.7 million, up 16 per cent from the
same period last year on a
constant currency basis. The
company reported adjusted
net income of $22 million. It
added six new clients in the
quarter, expanded 11 relationships and renewed 14
contracts. Its operating margin was at 19.8 per cent up 8
per cent sequentially.
Keshav Murugesh, Group
CEO, WNS Global Services
said: Our revenue growth
and deal pipeline remain
strong and broad-based
across verticals, services and

Yes Bank Q2 net

profit up 31%
MUMBAI: Private sector lender
Yes Banks net profit rose 31.3
per cent to to Rs.801.5 crore
for the quarter ended
September 30 due to healthy
growth in both interest and
non-interest income
While the net interest income the diference between income earned and
expended grew by 30.5 per
cent to Rs.1446.2 crore, noninterest income growth was
43.6 per cent at Rs.887.9 crore
during the period under
Aided by increase of low
cost deposits, the net interest
margin of the bank expanded
10 basis points to 3.4 per cent,
year-on-year. The share of
current and savings account
(Casa) deposit in total
deposits increased to 30.3
per cent, from 25.5 per cent a
year ago. Casa deposit
growth was 53.2 per cent,
The bank reported rise in
both gross and net non-performing assets. The gross
NPA increased to 0.83 per
cent from 0.61 per cent while
net NPA rose to 0.29 per cent
from 0.20 per cent on a yearon-year basis.






RIL profit declines 23%

as refining margins dip
Consolidated second-quarter profit fell to Rs. 7,206 crore
MUMBAI: Reliance Industries

posted a 23 per cent fall in its

consolidated net profit to
Rs.7,206 crore led by a fall in
gross refining margins
(GRM) and a one-time gain
in the year earlier period
from the sale of investments.
items, the companys net
profits in Q2 rose 43 per cent.
In the year-earlier period,
profits were boosted by a
one-time gain of Rs.4,310
crore, related to the the sale
of U.S. shale gas assets.
Lower margins
Revenues increased 9.6
per cent to Rs.81,651 crore.
GRM fell to $10.1 a barrel
compared with $10.6 a barrel
in the September quarter last
year. (Gross refining margin
is profit earned from turning
every barrel of crude oil into
finished products.)
Our projects in the hydrocarbon chain are at advanced
stages of mechanical com-

FUELLING GROWTH: RIL is using profits from petrochemicals

business to help its telecommunications unit. FILE PHOTO
pletion and pre-commissioning activities, said Chairman
These projects will further
strengthen our position, he
Earnings before interest
and tax (EBIT) for Reliances
refining business increased
9.7 per cent to Rs.5,975 crore
while that for petrochemicals increased 35 per cent to
Rs.3,417 crore.
RILs oil and gas business
continues to disappoint with
EBIT falling 114 per cent to a
loss of Rs.491 crore. The

company saw 42 per cent increase in its organised retail

EBIT to Rs. 162 crore.
RIL is using profits from
its core refining and petrochemicals businesses to fund
its telecom venture, Reliance
Jio, which began operations
in September.
Refining margins fell during the quarter because of
weaker gasoline prices, but
our petrochemical margins
were above 15 per cent in the
period, a 14-quarter high,
said R. Srikanth, RILs joint
chief financial oicer.

RIL to invest Rs.1 lakh cr. more in Jio


WNS raises
revenue growth
guidance to 12%



Kishore Biyani, CEO, Future Group

bets big on

MUMBAI: Reliance Jio plans

to spend another Rs.1 lakh

crore in the next four
years to expand, after a
majority of calls on its
network are seen failing
due to interconnection
and portability issues with
incumbent telcos.
Jio has already spent
Rs.1.5 lakh crore on its
Investments of

| 15



additional Rs.1 lakh crore

will be made by 2020 in
expanding our network,
V. Srikanth, joint chief
financial oicer, said.
A total of Rs.2.5 lakh
crore investments have
been committed for
digital India by our
chairman. A part of the
investments will be made
in rolling out optic fibre to
homes. The additional
funds will come mostly
from internal accruals.

Reliance Industries, the

parent of Reliance Jio, has
seen its debt mount to
Rs.1,89,132 crore from
Rs.1,80,388 crore as on
March 31,2016.
Reliance Jio said that
the Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India has
stated that the tarif plans
ofered by it are fully
compliant with regulatory
norms for IUC, are nonpredatory and nondiscriminatory.




Wipro to acquire
Appirio for
$500 million









Centre to wipe out rust

with galvanised steel

largest IT services company
Wipro Limited said it has
agreed to acquire U.S.-based
cloud services company Appirio for a consideration of
$500 million (about Rs.3,338
The deal is expected to be
closed in the quarter ending
December 31, 2016, according to a statement from the
Founded in 2006, Appirio
is headquartered in Indianapolis with oices in San
Francisco, Dublin, London,
Jaipur, and Tokyo and has
1,250 employees worldwide.
The company also counts
worlds leading brands like
Stryker, Coca-Cola, eBay,
Facebook, among others as
its partners.
Appirio and Wipro are
coming together to unlock
transformational synergies
in the applications space and
help enterprises create new
business models, said Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, Chief
Executive Oicer and Member of the Board, Wipro
Appirio also brings to
Wipro, Topcoder, crowd
sourcing marketplace connecting over a million designers, developers and data
scientists around the world
with customers.
Wipro will consolidate its
existing cloud applications
practices of Salesforce and
Workday under the Appirio
brand and structure, according to the statement.
Mr. Chris Barbin, Chief Executive Oicer of Appirio,
will lead the expanded business. Together, our aim is to
dominate the market and
claim the top spots in industry Net Promoter Score,
market share, and best places
to work, said Chris Barbin,,
Chief Executive Oicer of

NEW DELHI: The Centre is considering a proposal to mandate galvanisation of steel in

sectors such as automobile,
construction and infrastructure in a bid to build corrosion-resistant vehicles and
Inter-ministerial discussions on the issue are underway and a Cabinet note
would be moved to stipulate
the usage of zinc-coated steel
which would last much longer than regular steel, especially in corrosion-prone
areas along Indias long
coastline, Steel Minister
Chaudhary Birender Singh
said on the sidelines of an international galvanising conference in the capital.
India is the third largest
producer of zinc but our consumption should also be
higher and this will boost
consumption of zinc as well
as steel and curb losses of
thousands of crore to the
economy due to corrosion,
the minister said, adding that
galvanised steel could also
be deployed in the Pradhan
Mantri Awas Yojana for affordable housing.
We have had talks on this
issue with a few ministries,
including the Railways and
Petroleum ministries and
will talk to other concerned
departments such as road

ERASING RUST: The idea is to build corrosion-resistant buildings

and vehicles. FILE PHOTO
transport and defence soon.
It will need a policy decision
that we will take to the
Cabinet, Mr. Singh said in
response to a query from
The Hindu on whether the
government could mandate
galvanisation for certain
steel products.
Zinc coating
Tata Steel chief technology oicer Vinay Mahashabde said that zinc can arrest
corrosion and cars in the rest
of the world are galvanised to
last 15 to 20 years, but in India, rust appears on car surfaces within three to four
Earlier, the minister compared a zinc coatings efect
on prolonging steels life to
the capacity of an ant to kill
an elephant and said that all
eforts are being made to
minimise corrosion losses as
part of the large scale infra-

structure expansion under

way in sectors such as roads,
airports, power, ports and
Steel usage would also be
substantial in the smart cities program launched by the
Prime Minister so there is an
imperative need to adopt
corrosion control methods
in order to provide uninterrupted services to infrastructure users and prolong
the life of such national assets, Mr. Singh said. Developed nations use galvanised steel for infrastructure
projects, but in India, its not
yet mandatory, he pointed
India loses around 4 per
cent to 5 per cent of gross
domestic product annually
on account of corrosion
losses, according to our internal analytics, said Sunil
Duggal, CEO of Hindustan
Zinc Limited.

Biocon Q2 net at Rs.162 crore

BENGALURU: Biocon reported a
net profit of Rs.162 crore for
the second quarter ended
September 30, 2016 as
against a loss of Rs.8 core in
the same period last year.
The total revenue for the
July-September period stood
at Rs. 954 crore, registering a

growth of 20 per cent, compared with the same period

last year.
Our performance in Q2
FY17, was led by strong
molecules, biologics and research services. The expansion of our biologics footprint in emerging markets
and licensing agreements

boosted the revenue further, said Kiran MazumdarShaw, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon.
Our long term investments in R&D, manufacturing facility in Malaysia
and clinical advancement of
our programs will enable us
to unlock greater value, going forward, she added.

U.S. asks India to liberalise

retail, financial services
NEW DELHI: The U.S. has asked

India to consider relaxing

local sourcing requirements
in single brand retail trade as
well as liberalising financial
services sector, while New
Delhi wanted Washington to
expedite the conclusion of
negotiations on a proposed
bilateral social security pact
for the benefit of Indian IT
Liberalising the retail,
financial services and professional services sectors
would help create an open,
predictable regime that enhances the development of
those markets and the quality of life of the Indian people, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman
said speaking at the University of Chicago Centre

Michael Froman
here. On the U.S. demand to
ease local sourcing norms in
single-brand retail trade, India said the recent FDI reforms provided relaxation in
local sourcing norms in specific cases.
Both sides held a ministerial-level meeting of the
bilateral Trade Policy Forum
(TPF) the premier forum to
discuss and resolve trade and
investment issues.

Banks cut limit, replace

cards to plug data loss
MUMBAI: If you have got a text

message from your bank to

change your PIN (personal
identification number) and
you have not done it so far,
chances are your withdrawal
limit from an automated
teller machine (ATM) could
be cut.
This is among the several
steps that banks are taking to
reduce the fallout from the
debit card data that is suspected to have been compromised.
Private sector lender Yes
Bank, for example, has decided to reduce the cash
withdrawal limit from ATMs
in case their customers have
not changed the cards PIN
even after they have been
The cash withdrawal limit
has been reduced to Rs.5,000
per transaction. Typically,
the limit for cash withdrawal
per transaction is about
Rs.25,000 but can be as high
as Rs.2 lakh for high networth individuals. The move
is aimed at minimising the

potential loss if a compromised card is misused, a bank

oicial said.
Private lender Axis Bank is
replacing the card if customers have not changed the PIN
Over the last few weeks,
Axis Bank has proactively reached out to the afected customers and advised them to
change their debit card
PINs, a bank spokesperson
said. The Axis Bank ATM
network is fully secured and
customers should ideally use
Axis Bank ATMs to change
their debit card PINs.
ICICI Bank, the largest private sector lender, decided to
send new PINs. As a precautionary measure, the PINs of
debit cards used at the ATMs
of that bank have been
changed. This has been done
in order to protect our customers from any potential
ICICI Bank said in a
State Bank of India will replace all suspect cards.

India wanted the U.S. to

look into the issue of the
higher visa fees as well as
into the delay in reaching an
agreement on totalisation.
According to India, the absence of such a pact is a burden for the Indian software
sector (who send professionals to the U.S. on projects) as
they have to shell out more
than $1 billion per year to the
U.S. Government towards
social security.
A joint statement on the
TPF said: The importance
of e-commerce, retail and
direct selling in facilitating
trade in goods was acknowledged by both sides.
Both sides also agreed to
collaborate in traditional
medicine, as well as to address market access issues
and medical devices.

Exchange Rates
Indicative direct rates in rupees a unit
except yen at 4 p.m on October 20

U.S. Dollar
Pound Sterling
Jap Yen (100 Units)
Chinese Yuan
Swiss Franc
Singapore Dollar
Australian Dollar
Canadian Dollar
Swedish Kroner
Danish Kroner
New Zealand Dollar
Hongkong Dollar
Malaysian Ringgit
Kuwaiti Dinar
UAE Dirham
Bahraini Dinar
Qatari Riyal
Saudi Riyal
Omani Riyal

Buying Selling
66.61 66.93
73.14 73.49
81.67 82.07
64.26 64.58
47.96 48.19
50.61 50.85
48.19 48.43
15.90 16.04
219.10 221.61
176.54 177.62
172.93 173.92

Source:Indian Bank

Bullion Rates
October 20 rates in rupees with
previous rates in brackets

Bar Silver (1 kg)
Retail (1 g)
24 ct gold (10 g)
22 ct gold (1 g)
Standard gold

42,380 (42,300)
45.30 (45.30)
30,490 (30,340)
42,700 (42,550)
30,540 (30,380)
24,400 (24,300)


16 |




Making system more inclusive is priority


The World Trade Organisation (WTO) head,

Roberto Azevdo, has said
no member country has
sought long-standing issues, including food security-related ones, to be
taken of the negotiating
table of the Doha Round
talks aimed at further liberalising global trade. In an
exclusive e-mail interview
ahead of a key WTO miniministerial meeting at
Oslo, Norway, on October
21-22, Azevdo said I talk
to WTO members all the
time and their commitment to development is unchanged.
Referring to the projected
world trade growth of just
1.7 per cent for 2016, the
lowest rate of expansion
since the financial crisis,
the WTO Director General
said, We should be looking
for policies that will boost
trade growth while also
promoting a more inclusive
trading system Pointing
out that the major cause of
job losses is not trade, but
new technologies and innovation, Azevdo said the
real challenge was to bring
out policy responses at the
domestic and global levels
to adapt to technology and
innovation. Excerpts:

call. How should the Oslo

meet look into this situation
especially in the backdrop of
rising protectionism?
The primary cause for this
poor trade performance is
sluggish economic growth
activity. While protectionism is a relatively minor
factor here, it does pose big
downside risks... We need
policies that are designed to
respond to these challenges. We should be looking for policies to ensure
that the benefits of trade
reach wider and deeper. To
boost trade growth while
making the system more inclusive and developmentoriented, is a priority for
WTO Members. The meeting convened by the Norwegian government in Oslo
can be an important step towards this goal.

What are the new

challenges for the
global trading
system? How should
WTO and its member
countries address
them, especially at
the Ministerial

Conference next year?

The WTO is a memberdriven organisation, so it is
up to our 164 members to
determine the issues they
feel should be addressed as
we move towards the Ministerial Conference next
year and members are currently having a very lively
discussion on this point.
After the successes of the
last two WTO Ministerial
Conferences, members are
energised and keen to keep
delivering. In addition to
the long-standing Doha issues, a wide range of ideas
are being put forward by
Members for discussion at
the moment including
measures to support SMEs
to trade, steps to facilitate
trade in services, electronic
commerce, disciplines on
subsidies that lead to overfishing, and other
ideas. Members
which of those
should progress and how.

Do you think
there are any
takers now

You had recently said the

dramatic slowing of world
trade growth is serious and
should serve as a wake-up

Discom losses may fall to 28

paise per unit by fiscal 2019
NEW DELHI: The aggregate loss
of distribution companies
(discoms) of the 15 states that
have joined the Ujwal Discom
(UDAY) so far will more
than halve to 28 paise per
unit by fiscal 2019 compared
with 64 paise in fiscal 2016,
according to a report by
This would see aggregate
losses of these discoms declining 46 per cent to about
Rs 20,000 crore from about
Rs 37,000 crore, the report
The 15 states that have
signed MoUs under UDAY
envisage a reduction in the
gap to reduce to nil in fiscal
2019 from 64 paise in 2016,
the report said. However,
Crisil believes the gap will
reduce to 28 paise due to a
lower-than-expected reduction in AT&C losses and tarif hikes.
Under the UDAY scheme,
state governments are to take
over 75 per cent of their respective discoms debt, and
would issue bonds to pay the
debt back. The remaining 25
per cent would be financed
by bonds issued by the dis-

coms themselves, guaranteed

The states that have
agreed to join the scheme are
Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan,
Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh,
Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu &
Kashmir, Haryana, Gujarat,
Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh,
Total debt
Total discom debt reached
Rs 4.2 lakh crore as on March
31, 2015, compared with
Rs.2.5 lakh crore as on March
31, 2013, with combined
losses at about Rs 60,000
The 15 states that have

signed the UDAY MoUs account for 65 per cent (about

Rs.2.7 lakh crore) of the allIndia discom debt and 65 per
cent (Rs.38,000 crore) of the
losses as on March 31, 2015.
There are two main reasons why the states will miss
their target of reducing discom losses by 2019, according to Crisil.
Increase in tarif will be
lower in states with a weak
policy ecosystem, according to the the report. Delays
in tarif orders, already high
levels of cross-subsidisation,
and elections over the next
two years will deter hikes in
few states in comparison to
what is envisaged in the
States also vary with respect to their ability to reduce AT&C losses, the report added.
Some states will face
challenges in reducing
AT&C losses given that they
are yet to make meaningful
investments in the separation of feeders, metering of
feeders and distribution
transformers, and also have a
poor track record.
Lack of skilled manpower
can also thwart improvement in eiciencies.

I talk to WTO members all

the time .. and their commitment to development is unchanged I have heard no
member argue that any of
the long-standing issues
should be taken of the
table. They are all too important to be cast aside. Agriculture, for example, is a
key priority for developing
countries in general. Progress on these issues will, of
course, be diicult, but I
think that with fresh thinking, open-mindedness, and
a renewed spirit of flexibility, anything is possible.

What are your views on

proposals for separate WTO
Trade Facilitation Agreements
on Services (championed by
India) and Investments (being
pushed by China)? Which one
is gaining more traction?
I welcome these kinds of
positive moves. Services, in
particular, constitute a key
pillar in most economies
and will grow in importance
even more. By coming forward with ideas and
proposals on a wide range
of issues, members can
create a more dynamic atmosphere where real progress can be made and that
could include progress on
areas which have long been
stalled. I do hope that all
Members will keep an

open mind when considering such initiatives

We can find benefits and
desirable outcomes for all
Members if we have a constructive and creative dialogue. As to which ideas are
gaining or will gain more
traction, it is probably too
soon to say but I welcome
the increased levels of engagement and positivity
that we are seeing.

The proposed
mega-regional trade pacts
such as TPP, TTIP and RCEP
seem to have lost momentum.
What does this mean for
global trade?
People often assume that
negotiating bilateral or regional deals would be easier
than negotiating deals in the
WTO because our membership is so much larger. That
may well be true in some
areas, like tarif-cutting, but
trade deals are always very
diicult... It is also often assumed that regional trade
initiatives are a threat to the
WTO but I would argue that
this is not the case. Rather
than undermining the
WTO, these initiatives complement it. The WTO rules
still apply to the participants of any bilateral or
regional trade agreement.
What we need is a continuous updating of the
WTO rulebook. We have
been doing this more recently with the Bali and
Nairobi decisions.

Centre turns cautious on regional

connectivity schemes prospects
The Ministry does
not expect a flood
of entrepreneurs
queueing up for
the scheme

NEW DELHI: A day ahead of its

introduction, the Centre has

turned optimistically cautious about its regional connectivity scheme, which
aims to activate torpid airports and make flying a
cheaper option, Civil Aviation
Choubey said.
This particular area of
business is happening for the
first time on a large scale so it
is not something which is
easily understood (by entrepreneurs), Mr. Choubey
said at the sidelines of an
event here.
Therefore, I can say that
I am not anticipating a
flood of entrepreneurs who
will queue up immediately
after the scheme is launched
but we will provide full support to airlines which wish to
be a part of it, he said.
secretarys comments comes
a day ahead of the regional
connectivity scheme that
will ofer passengers air fares
for Rs.2,500 for an hours
journey to an unconnected
airport. The Centre plans to

TENTATIVE LANDING: Revival of the Mysuru airport depends

on the viability gap funding under the scheme. FILE PHOTO
revive dormant airports and
attract regional airlines under the scheme.
To help airlines ofer
cheaper airfares on such
flights, the Centre will
provide subsidies to them by
creating a regional connectivity fund. The fund will
be financed by a levy on
domestic flights on major
However, most domestic
airlines have termed the
move illegal and are likely to
challenge it in courts.
In a bid to make the
scheme more attractive for

lessors, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry has issued

draft rules to help aircraft
leasing firms to take back aircraft quickly from defaulting
Leasing norms
On request of the lessor,
the registration of all planes
will be cancelled within five
working days and consequently, the Centre has to
take action for export and
physical transfer of the plane
within another five days,
draft Aircraft (Amendment)
Rules, 2016 published by the

Ministry said here.

When Kingfisher Airlines
had ceased operations in
2012, the lessors faced legal
hurdles in re-possessing the
aircraft as the regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, was not de-registering
the aircraft which was an essential requirement for taking back the planes.
Minister of State Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that
land and skill development
were the two big bottlenecks
grappling the aviation sector
There are two constraints
skill development and land
We need to resolves these
bottlenecks to achieve a consistent 10-12 per cent growth
in aviation sector every
year, Mr. Sinha said at the
He said availability of large
area of land is an issue to address the capacity constraint
at airports.

PPP model can

revive private

eyes break-even in 2 years



NEW DELHI: Indias infrastructure needs can be addressed by enhancing the

public-private partnership
(PPP) model, which will
help attract more private
sector investment in sectors such as roads and highways, a Moody's Investors
Service report said .Historical underinvestment
growth are straining Indias
Abhishek Tyagi, Vice
President and Senior Analyst at Moodys Investors
Service wrote.While the
country's PPP model has
seen reasonable success in
some sectors over the last
20 years, PPP activity has
been low in the last four
fiscal years due to challenges with the model.
The sharp drop in private
investment in PPP projects
in recent years was due to
delays in project approvals
and land purchases by the
government, complicated
mechanisms in concession
agreements and lower than
expected revenues due to
aggressive assumptions..


for the development agenda

of the WTOs Doha Round


based is expected to achieve break-even

by the first quarter of 2018-19,
a company oicial said.
The online furniture and
home furnishing retailer
posted gross sales of about
Rs.1,000 crore for the year
ended March 2016 and expects to reach Rs.2,500 crore
this year
We are growing 10-15 per
cent monthly, said Ashish
Shah, Founder & COO.
We will become profitable by the first quarter of
2018. Thereafter, we will
come out with an IPO., he
said. The Southern states accounted for more than 50 per
cent of Pepperfrys gross
sales. The company is planning to double the number of
display stores to 22 in four
months, entailing capital expenditure of about $ 2 million, he said.
In the last 4 years, the company has completed 4 million shipments and aims to
do 20 million by 2020, with
an eye on the $1-billion sales

URBAN STYLE: The company is planning to double the number of

its display stores to 22 in four months. FILE PHOTO

We will become
profitable by the first
quarter of 2018.
Thereafter, we will
come out with an
Ashish Shah,
Founder & COO
target, he said.
The company has also
started geo-tagging or the
process of a geographically

customised product display

on the portal.Chief Marketing Oicer Kashyap Vadapalli said that this was usually
done during festivals.
The customisation of the
screen is driven by the geography and the device from
which the portal is being accessed. While the location
gives an idea of the products
that will be preferred, the device is a pointer to the customer profile.
Mr. Vadapalli also shared
shopping trends on the
portal based on about 8 lakh
transactions pan-India for
the year ended June 2016.

Facebook selfies
may lower
WASHINGTON: Viewing selfies
on social networking sites
such as Facebook frequently
may decrease your self-esteem and life satisfaction, according to a new study.
Most of the research done
on social network sites looks
at the motivation for posting
and liking content, but were
now starting to look at the effect of viewing behaviour,
said Ruoxu Wang, graduate
student at Pennsylvania
State University (Penn State)
in the US.
Viewing behaviour is also
called lurking when a
person does not participate
in posting or liking social
content, but is just an
This form of participation
in social media may sound
like it should have little efect
on how humans view themselves, but the study, showed
the exact opposite.

Online survey
Wang and Fan Yang, also a
graduate student at Penn
State, conducted an online
survey to collect data on the
psychological efects of posting and viewing selfies and
groupies.Posting behaviour
did not have significant psychological efects for participants. Viewing behaviour
did.People usually post
selfies when they are happy
or having fun, Wang said.

Telcos pay more

than Rs.32,400 cr.
for spectrum
NEW DELHI: Government has
Rs.32,400 crore in upfront
payments for telecom spectrum that was sold in the recentlyheld auction with
five operators, including
Bharti Airtel and newcomer
Reliance Jio, paying Rs 19,981
crore today.
Telecom had set the deadline
of October 20 for depositing
the upfront payments for
spectrum bought by operators in the auction that
ended on October 6.
Teleservices had made payments of Rs 10,139 crore and
Rs 2,309 crore, respectively,
yesterday. Five more operators, including Airtel and
Reliance Jio, today deposited
a total of 19,981 crore with
DoT today, taking total payments to Rs.32,400 crore so
far. Total upfront payment
received by the government
for spectrum auction this
year stands at over Rs 32,400
crore, higher than the upfront payment it received
last year, a source in the
DoT said.
The operators were required to pay 50 per cent of
the bid amount upfront for
spectrum bought in 1800
Mhz, 2100 Mhz, 2300 Mhz,
and 2500 Mhz bands. PTI

GSM operators
add 5 mn. users
in September
NEW DELHI: GSM telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea together added
a whopping 4.9 million subscribers in September, taking
the total mobile subscriber
base over 786 million users.
But the September mobile
subscriber data released by
cellular association COAI
today does not include subscribers on-boarded by member Reliance Jio, which
launched its commercial 4G
services on September 5.

Interconnect issues
Jio which has been engaged in a war of words with
the cellular body over issues
like interconnect and voting
rights has already gone on
record to say that it notched
over 16 million subscribers in
the first month of operations.
COAI did not comment on
the reason for absence of Jio
subscriber data.
The non-metro cities have
added more than 4.2 million
subscribers, which is a significant addition and showcases our eforts in connecting the people in line with the
Digital India initiative of the
government, said Rajan S.
Mathews, Director General
of the Cellular Operators Association. PTI

| 17




Telecast schedule

No forgiveness

Childs play

Sainas comeback

Bangladesh vs England: 1st Test: STAR Sports 2 & HD 2,

9.30 a.m.; Pakistan vs West Indies: 2nd Test: TEN 3 & TEN 1
HD, 11.30 a.m.; Asian Champions Trophy: STAR Sports 4 &
HD 4, 4 p.m.; ISL: STAR Sports 1 & HD 1, 6.50 p.m.; Kabaddi
WC: STAR Sports 2, 3 & HD 2 & HD 3, 7.50 p.m.

I cant forgive the way... (he) effectively

lobbied to put me in the gun publicly and heap

a lot of pressure on. Hence I want nothing

more to do with him. Former New Zealand
skipper Brendon McCullum on Chris Cairns

We have seen the calm that Messi has to

finish inside the area as if he was in the

school yard. Barcelona manager Luis

Enrique feels that his star striker made Man
Citys players look like playground kids.

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal will return to

competitive action at the China Open,
beginning November 12, following recovery
from a knee injury that derailed her Olympic
campaign, according to her father Harvir Singh.

New Zealand pulls of a thriller, squares series

till was hardly hurting New
Zealand. But in the over that
followed, part-timer Jadhav
won a leg-before decision to
deny Latham a well-deserved

NEW DELHI: Neither the target

nor the opposition was intimidating. In such a scenario, it

takes a mix of overconfidence
and lack of respect for the rival
to fall short.
On Thursday evening, Indias somewhat casual approach with the bat resulted in
a narrow series-levelling victory for New Zealand at the
Ferozeshah Kotla ground here.
For the better part of the
second one-day international,
India looked in control. But the
Kiwis gradually regained lost
ground, saw of Hardik
Pandyas 32-ball 36 cameo and
snatched a sixrun victory to
make it 1-1 in the five-match
Pandya and Umesh Yadav
added 49 runs of 48 balls for
the ninth wicket to reignite Indias hopes. However, with 11
runs needed of eight deliveries, Pandyas tennis-like
shot of Trent Boult spelt doom.
In the final over, India needed
10 runs to win but Tim Southee
yorked last-man Jasprit Bumrah.
As a result, India folded at
236 in chase of New Zealands
242 for nine, built largely
around skipper and Man-ofthe-Match Kane Williamsons
118 and his second-wicket stand
of 120 with in-form Tom
India looked in serious
trouble at 73 for four in the 20th
over after losing two quick
wickets. Thereafter, Kedar

Problem was we
kept losing
wickets: Dhoni

SMOOTH AS SILK: Kane Williamsons majestic touch took the Kiwis to what proved a match-winning total. PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA
Jadhav and Mahendra Singh
Dhoni stitched a 66-run stand
but India steadily fell behind
the asking run-rate.
Jadhav departed in trying to
run the ball down to third man,
Dhoni exited when paceman
Southee pulled of a brilliant return-catch, Axar Patel holed
out of a full-toss from parttime bowler Martin Guptill
who also accounted for Amit
Mishra. Thereafter, Pandya and

Yadav launched a counter-attack but the Kiwis were not to

be denied a hard-earned victory.
The target set by New Zealand looked inadequate after the
team tumbled from 204 for
three in the 41st over. The loss
of six wickets, in the space of 52
deliveries that produced just 33
runs, gave the team a sub-250
total. But it was to prove
enough for the evening.

Mishra, carted for 60 runs in

10 overs, had a good bargain as
he claimed Williamson, Taylor
and Anderson. Bumrah claimed
the last three wickets and kept
the Kiwis in check.
After being asked to bat, New
Zealand lost Guptill to the
second ball of the innings when
the batsmen misread an awayswinger and lost his of-stump.
But thereafter, Williamson
found his touch to score a cen-

Mehedi gives Bangladesh upper hand Succi strike ends Chennaiyins NEUFC jinx
NEUFC 0 lost to
Chennaiyin FC 1
(Succi 49).

NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh

Dhoni has possibly reached

the point in his career where
he chooses not to react to a defeat. He responds to it.
After Indias six-run loss to
New Zealand in a match which
the home team looked like
winning more often than not,
the skipper was spot-on in
finding the root cause
The problem was that we
kept losing wickets at regular
intervals. In the 41st over we
lost two wickets. Its not about
one batsman. Any batsman
could have said today that had
he batted even 10 per cent
more he could have won the
game for us.
It is the responsibility of
the batting unit as a group. I
thought the bowlers did well.
Once you have a partnership
going you need to keep it going. When you keep losing
wickets, you lose momentum.
On Hardik Pandya going for
a big one in the penultimate
over, Dhoni said, You have to
target who the bowlers are you
want to hit. In these situations
even the last ball counts.
It is good exposure when
you are under the pump. It
teaches you a lot. May be, if
that shot had gone over point
or for a boundary, it would
have been diferent. Whether
to finish early or in the last
over is his call. He will learn.
Praising the bowlers for
keeping New Zealand down to
242, Dhoni said, The bowlers
did well to bring us back into
the game. Initially, it was
slightly diicult to contain
their batsmen, not to mention
that we dropped two catches
of Williamson.
Overall I was happy with
240-245 because I felt that was
something we could have
On his own batting, Dhoni
said, Yes. I wanted to play a
few more strokes. But its not
easy when you lose wickets at
the other end.
If you are chasing you have
to calculate, it is good if you
can finish in the 47-48th overs
and set the pace of the game
accordingly on a diicult

A helpful app
BENGALURU: An app developed by
HexOctane, a Bengaluru-based
start-up, has been made available
to fans at the Kabaddi World Cup
in Ahmedabad.
The app helps visitors entering
the stadium by providing
information about the facilities at
the venue and navigates them to
their seats.
A similar app, developed by the
people behind HexOctane was
used during the 2016 IPL final at
Bengaluru. Sports Bureau


tury the first against India

and eighth of his ODI career
during which he overcame
bouts of cramps to keep alive
hopes of an imposing New Zealand tally.
Williamson smashed a six
and 14 boundaries and Latham
carried on with his form to
score 46 inclusive of six
boundaries and a six.
After 20 overs, the score was
115 for one and the loss of Gup-

A struggling Ross Taylor

brought down the run-rate as
the right-hander appeared desperate to end his poor run. His
struggle eventually ended
when he holed out to midwicket, the partnership producing just 38 runs of 63 deliveries. Corey Anderson, too,
disappointed. His 21 of 32 deliveries was the reason why only 46 runs came of 59 deliveries
for the fourth wicket.
Before Andersons dismissal,
Williamson reached his century to become the first from
New Zealand to reach the
three-figure mark on this tour.
But he soon became part of the


DREAM DEBUT: Joe Root, who fell for 40, was one of Mehedi Hasans five scalps on day one.

CHITTAGONG: Teenage debutant

Mehedi Hasan claimed five
wickets for 64 runs to stun
Englands top order and give
Bangladesh the upper hand in
the first Test here on
Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow scored half-centuries
each as England reached 258
for seven at stumps on the first
day, after skipper Alastair
Cook elected to bat first at the
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury
Moeen survived five reviews on his way to smashing
68 runs, and Bairstow made 52
as England steadied against

some superb bowling from

Bangladeshs spinners to post a
respectable score.
Chris Woakes was 36 not out
and Adil Rashid unbeaten on
Experienced left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan finished
the day with two for 46 to complement the of-spinner Mehdi, who became the seventh
Bangladeshi bowler to take
five wickets in his Test debut.
I never expected such a debut, Mehedi said. I thought
that I would pick up two wickets and score 30 runs but what
happened is something I will
remember all my life. AFP

England 1st innings: A. Cook
b Shakib 4, B. Duckett b Mehedi 14, J.
Root c Sabbir b Mehedi 40, G. Ballance lbw b Mehedi 1, M. Ali c Rahim
b Mehedi 68, B. Stokes b Shakib 18, J.
Bairstow b Mehedi 52, C. Woakes
(batting) 36, A. Rashid (batting) 5;
Extras (b-14, lb-4, w-2): 20; Total (for
seven wkts. in 92 overs): 258 .
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-18, 3-21,
4-83, 5-106, 6-194, 7-237.
Bangladesh bowling: Shafiul 91-33-0, Mehedi 33-6-64-5, Kamrul 80-41-0, Shakib 19-6-46-2, Taijul 17-828-0, Sabbir 3-0-11-0, Mahmudullah
2-0-17-0, Mominul 1-1-0-0.
Toss: England.

GUWAHATI: Davide Succi scored

of a spectacular volley to help
Chennaiyin FC (CFC) post a
1-0 victory over NorthEast
United FC (NEUFC) and end
its winless record against the
latter in a Hero-Indian Super
League match at the Indira
Gandhi Stadium here on
Thursday. The defending
champion, with a fine balance
in attack and defence,
recorded its second consecutive win and moved to third in
the standings.
The contest came alive
when CFC broke the deadlock
early on in the second half
after an insipid opening session.
Succis brilliant finishing in
the 49th minute set up the
tempo of the match as the host
went into attack mode in
search of the equaliser. The
Italian striker connected perfectly of a low floater from
Siam Hangal, surprising Subrata Paul in the NEUFC goal.

Three changes
CFC coach Materazzi, continuing his rotation policy,
made three changes, bringing
in Italian Maurizio Peluso, Indias Hangal and Frenchman
Bernard Mendy in place of

Can Thongkham help Thailand get past India?

Thongkham has been one of
the bright sparks in the ongoing
World Cup. The lanky raider
has inspired Thailand past four
teams Poland, Kenya, USA
and Japan carrying his team
into the knock-out stages from
In the process, Thailand may
also have emerged as the new
challenger to established teams
Bangladesh, Korea and Iran.
In Fridays
against India,
faces a tough
Thongkham, who turns out
for Puneri Paltan in the
ProKabaddi League, has been
the lynchpin of Thailands attack. In the final league match
against Japan on Wednesday
night, he tallied 10 points and,
more importantly, carried out
successful raids to bag points at
crucial junctures.
Against India, Thailands
prospects will depend heavily
on Thongkhams individual
India, meanwhile, has been
in rollicking form shaking of a
shock defeat to Korea in the inaugural match of the competition.

SHOOTING STAR: Davide Succis spectacular volley proved

decisive for Chennaiyin FC. PHOTO: RITU RAJ KONWAR
Jayesh Rane, Mauele Blassi
and the Norwegian marqueeplayer John Arne Riise.
Of the three, Peluso and
Hangal made a start for the
first time in the season.
The host, in keeping
with coach Vingadas
philosophy, made one
change, replacing Reagan Singh with rightback Nirmal Chhetri.
Mendy, clearly one of the
most solid and reliable defenders in the tournament,
showed his class when he almost single-handedly blunted
the hosts attacks, shadowing
the lone NEUFC striker Uruguayan Emiliano Alfaro.
Mendys goal-saving tackle
on Alfaro, which forced the

Truly multitalented

LAST FOUR STANDING: Koreas Hong Dong Ju, Anup Kumar, Irans Meraj Sheikh and Thailands Tin
Ponchoo pose with the trophy. PHOTO: VIJAY SONEJI
I dont think I slept well that
night, and I dont think the
other Indian players slept well
either, said captain Anup Kumar. We made mistakes in
that match, and I told the team
that if we make simple mistakes again, India will be eliminated.
Its a semifinal... We cannot

make mistakes.
Since the defeat to Korea, India has beaten Australia,
Bangladesh, Argentina and
England, with Pardeep Narwal
(33 points) and Ajay Thakur (41
points) in superb raiding form.
Korea goes into the knockouts as the only unbeaten team
in the league. Its key player will

be Jang Kun Lee.

All four semifinalists captains

Thongkham and Irans Meraj
Sheykh expressed hope that
kabaddi would become an
Olympic sport in the future.
More countries should promote kabaddi as India does,
said Sheykh.

his World Cup has seen the

participation of players with
expertise in multiple sports trying
to embrace a new discipline.
Englands Tope Adewalure and
Keshav Gupta, Kenyas David
Mosambayi and Polands Michal
Spiczko are some of these
versatile athletes who have lit up
the competition with their skills.
Thailands skipper Khomsan
Thongkham is on that list too.
A serving member of his
countrys armed forces,
Thongkham was a university-level
volleyball player. That apart, he is
also picking up muay thai and
Thongkham took up kabaddi
six years ago, and benefited
hugely from training under
Ramesh Bhendigiri, the Indian
coach contracted by a Thai
Dr. Bhendigiris five-year
contract ended just one month
before the World Cup, said Thai
manager Somprach Phonchoo.
Thongkham has been in terrific
form here, and the experts have
been impressed by his skills and
ability to evade capture.
As for who he looks up to,
Thongkham names India captain
Anup Kumar, who he will be up
against in the semifinal on Friday.

home team to clamour for a

penalty in the 66th minute, ensured that the visitors walked
away with full points.
Chennaiyin showed that it
pays more to have a
direct approach, making timely interceptions, working up
moves down the flanks
and opening up the opponent defence on
more than one occasion.
There was not much creative play in the opening half
as both sides preferred to be
watchful while focusing on organising their defence. Most
of the action revolved around
set-pieces, with Chennaiyin
having one clear opportunity.
In the 28th minute, after

earning a free-kick at around

35 yards, Peluso produced a
thunderbolt that breached the
NEUFC wall but found custodian Paul in position to fist
the ball out of play.
Peluso continued to bother
the NEUFC defence, coming
up with a powerful angular
shot from the left that Paul
managed to fist out again.
In the opening half, the host
did not produce anything
spectacular as it focused on a
more organised game playing a lot more passes and having the edge in ball possession.
The host had a couple of opportunities in the final quarter
of the match but good defending by the visitor, especially
CFC custodian Karanjit Singh
and left-back Jerry Lalrinzuala, ensured that the scoreline
remained unaltered.
Chennaiyin has seven
points from four matches
while NEUFC remains at the
top with 10 points from six


India swamps Japan as

Rupinder scores six
KUANTAN (MALAYSIA): Penaltycorner specialist Rupinder Pal
Singh was the cynosure of all
eyes here on Thursday as his
six-goal feat boosted India to a
10-2 victory over Japan in the
Asian Champions Trophy
hockey tournament.
Sending his initial four penalty-corner shots into the Japanese citadel with precision,
Rupinder made the most of the
early chances to set the trend
for this massive victory.
This was Indias first outing
after the quarterfinal ouster
from the Olympic Games at
Rio de Janeiro.
Boosting his tally to 165

goals from 153 matches, the 25year-old Rupinder is Indias

highest goal-scorer in international hockey this year.
Two goals from Ramandeep
Singh and a goal each from
Talwinder Singh and Yousuf
Afan completed Indias tally.
Earlier, Faisal Saari scored
twice as Malaysia stunned defending champion Pakistan
The results: India 10 (Rupinder 6,
Ramandeep 2, Talwinder, Yousuf Affan) bt Japan 2 (Kenta Tanaka, Hiromasa Ochiai).
Malaysia 4 (Firhan Ansari, Faisal
Saari 2, Shahril Saabah) bt Pakistan 2
(Muhammad Aleem Bilal 2). PTI


Sindhu, Ajay bow out

ODENSE: Rio Olympics silver
medallist P.V. Sindhu sufered
a narrow loss against Sayaka
Sato of Japan in womens
singles to draw the curtains on
the Indian campaign in the
Denmark Super Series here on
Sindhu went down fighting
13-21, 23-21, 18-21 to World No.
12 Sato in the second round.

It was Sindhus first event

after the Olympics and she will
be back at the French Open
next week.
Earlier, Ajay Jayaram and
H.S. Prannoy also crashed out.
While Ajay went down to
Shi Yuqi of China 23-21, 21-15 in
a 46-minute battle, Prannoy
lost to Lee Chong Wei 21-10,
22-20. Sports Bureau

18 |


Bopanna & Huey

in semifinals

Arvind rips through Delhi line-up

STOCKHOLM: Rohan Bopanna

Karnataka takes a 41-run lead by the end of the days play

and Treat Huey beat Johan

Brunstrom and Andreas
Siljestrom of Sweden 7-6(7),
6-4 in the quarterfinals of the
ATP 250 Stockholm Open on
The results: ATP 250 Stockholm Open: Quarterfinals: Treat
Huey (Phi) & Rohan Bopanna bt Johan Brunstrom & Andreas Siljestrom
(Swe) 7-6(7), 6-4; First round: Huey
& Bopanna bt Marcos Baghdatis
(Cyp) & Gilles Muller (Lux) 7-6(6),
$100,000 ITF women, Sharm El
Sheikh: First round: Cindy Burger
(Ned) & Ankita Raina bt Vitalia
Diatchenko (Rus) & Ana Bianca Mihaila (Rou) 3-6, 6-1, [10-6].
Quarterfinals: Moez Echargui (Tun)
bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
$25,000 ITF women: Semifinals:
Valentini Grammatikopoulou (Gre) &
Prarthana Thombare bt Margarita
Lazareva (Rus) & Julia Terziyska (Bul)
3-6, 6-4, [10-8]; Kyra Shroff &
Dhruthi Venugopal bt Chayenne
Ewijk & Rosalie van der Hoek (Ned)
6-3, 7-6(6).
$10,000 Futures, Thu Dau Mot
City, Vietnam: Second round:
Rhet Purcell (GBR) bt Rishab Agarwal
7-6(2), 6-4.

Sakshi Malik to
compete in
medallist Sakshi Malik will be
seen in action for the first time
after her historic feat in the
Rio Games when the National
wrestling championship for
men and women gets underway in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh
on October 23.
All ailiated units of the
Wrestling Federation of India
(WFI) are participating in the
event, involving around 650
wrestlers and 175 oicials from
all over India.
Sakshi will represent Railways in the 58kg category.
Olympians Ravinder Khatri
(80kg) and Sandeep Tomar
(57kg) will represent Services.
From this year, WFI has
made Aadhar Card/Voter ID
mandatory for participating
wrestlers. PTI

TN takes three
points from
drawn game
TIRUNELVELI: Tamil Nadu earned

three points for the first-innings lead in its drawn Elite

Group-A game in the C.K.
Nayudu Trophy (under-23) on
Resuming the fourth and final day at 22 for no loss, TN
progressed slowly before being bowled out for 142 in 69
overs. For Baroda, left-arm
spinner Rudresh Vaghela took
five wickets.
Chasing a target of 253 in 29
overs, Baroda was 25 for no
loss in 15 overs when play was
called of. The visitors secured
one point.
The scores:
At Tirunelveli: Tamil Nadu 367 in
153.5 overs & 142 in 69 overs (Kavin
Ravi 46, C. Hari Nishanth 26, Rudresh
Vaghela five for 59, Gurjinder Singh
Maan four for 64) drew with Baroda
257 in 106.3 overs & 25 for no loss in
15 overs.
At Nagpur: Vidarbha 445 in 123.1
overs & 156 for eight in 97 overs (S.K.
Wath 44, M.R. Kale 57, Mohit Soni
three for 27) drew with Hyderabad
374 in 123 overs. Sports



At Bilaspur (HP): Bengal 332 for
The scores:
Delhi 1st innings: Unmukt

Left-arm seamer
Sreenath Arvind began his
season with a bang by claiming
four wickets as Karnataka
wrapped up Delhis first innings for 90 to enjoy an upper
hand in the Ranji Trophy
Group B match at the Eden
Gardens here on Thursday.
Leading the team in place of
a unfit Vinay Kumar, Arvind
helped his team bundle out
Delhi for its lowest aggregate
against Karnataka in the first
session. Delhis previous lowest was 138 in Bangalore in
In reply, Karnataka made a
cautious start to be at 131 for
three and has a 41-run lead at
close of the opening days play.
A fiery Abhimanyu Mithun
struck of the fourth ball of the
morning having Unmukt
Chand lbw.
Gambhir perished trying to
pull Arvind. Karun Nair ran
forward from mid-on to grab a
top-edge in the sixth over.
Dhruv Shorey and Nitish
Rana tried to consolidate but
the 30-run partnership lasting
more than 10 overs ended
when Mithun, coming round


CASTLED: Delhis N. Rana has no clue to this one from Abhimanyu Mithun of Karnataka. PHOTO: PTI
the wicket in his second spell,
knocked of Ranas of-stump.
Mithun watched in frustration as Rishabh Pant was
dropped twice, on zero and
Pant, the triple centurymaker in Delhis last match,

replied by hitting Mithun for a

four and a six immediately
after the reprieves as he
Karnataka again gained control when K. Gowtham
celebrated his 28th birthday
by trapping the solid Shorey in

front. Bowling a tight line, he

removed Pant, who was
caught in the slips while trying
to cut the of-spinner. Later,
Gowtham had Manan Sharma
as his third victim.
Arvind changed ends to capture three wickets for five runs
and shut out Delhi.

Sayan cashes in on fielders largesse

NEW DELHI: Olympic bronze-


BILASPUR (HP): Yuvraj Singh

called right on the toss, but it

was Bengal that called the
shots as it reached 332 for five
on the opening day of the fourday Ranji Trophy league
match at the picturesque
Luhnu ground here on
On a lively pitch that ofered
pace, lift and seam movement,
and in favourable weather conditions in the morning, Punjab
dropped catches, especially of
the bowling of Manpreet Grewal, even as Bengal thrived on
its disciplined approach and
sure play.
Punjab dropped half a dozen
catches but it was the maiden
century of opener Sayan
Sekhar Mondal and his two big
partnerships with Sudip Chat-

terjee and Agniv Pan, that decisively tilted the flow in favour of Bengal, at least for the
The 26-year-old Sayan
scored 135 of 200 balls and
struck 22 boundaries before
flicking Manpreet Grewal into
the gloves of wicket-keeper
Gitansh Khera, who took a nice
Bengal could have further
teased Punjab but for captain
Manoj Tiwary getting carried
away by the smooth flow of
runs and steering Sandeep
Sharma into the hands of
Taruwar Kohli, who took a low
catch in gully.
Abhimanyu Easwaran, who
had scored a century in both
the innings in the last match at
Jaipur against Uttar Pradesh,
had started in a brilliant fashion, glancing and driving the

first two balls to the ropes, but

fell leg before on the fourth, as
he failed to ofer a stroke.
Sloppy skipper
It was an opening that Punjab failed to encash, as it tended
to be sloppy with its catching,
with skipper Yuvraj Singh himself being guilty of two
dropped chances at first slip.
Punjab did take the new ball
after 80 overs, but continued to
drop catches!
Left arm spinner Vinay
Choudhary emerged the most
successful bowler for Punjab,
along with Sandeep Sharma, as
he scalped Sudip Chatterjee
and Agniv Pan, but not before
both scored half centuries that
bolstered the Bengal innings.
There was an unusual situation as one of the umpires fell
ill, possibly owing to dehydra-

tion, and two local umpires had

to oiciate at square leg for the
last dozen overs of the day.
The scores:
Bengal 1st innings: Abhimanyu Easwaran lbw b Sandeep
Sharma 8, Sayan Sekhar Mondal c
Gitansh Khera b Manpreet Singh Grewal 135, Sudip Chatterjee c Manpreet
Singh Grewal b Vinay Choudhary 51,
Agniv Pan c Gitansh Khera b Vinay
Choudhary 70, Manoj Tiwary c
Taruwar Kohli b Sandeep Sharma 45,
Pankaj Kumar Shah (batting) 11,
Pragyan Ojha (batting) 2, Extras (b-2,
lb-3, nb-3, w-2): 10, Total (for five
wkts. in 89 overs): 332.
Fall of wickets: 1-8; 2-110, 3-250,
4-289, 5-329.
Punjab bowling: Sandeep
Sharma 17-1-70-2, Manpreet Singh
Grewal 17-6-51-1, Siddharth Kaul 206-66-0, Gurkeerat Mann 12-0-55-0,
Vinay Choudhary 18-4-66-2, Yuvraj
Singh 5-0-19-0.
Toss: Punjab.

Chand lbw b Mithun 0, Gautam

Gambhir c Nair b Arvind 2, Dhruv
Shorey lbw b Gowtham 24, Nitish
Rana b Mithun 13, Rishabh Pant c
Samarth b Gowtham 24, Milind Kumar c Samarth b Arvind 0, Manan
Sharma c Samarth b Gowtham 15,
Varun Sood lbw b Arvind 0, Ishant
Sharma b Arvind 5, Vikas Tokas st
Gautam b Shreyas 4, Pawan Suyal
(not out) 0; Extras (lb-2, w-1) 3, Total
(in 35.5 overs) 90.
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-40,
4-52, 5-65, 6-73, 7-73, 8-79, 9-90.
Karnataka bowling: Abhimanyu
Mithun 8-2-29-2, Sreenath Arvind 117-12-4, Stuart Binny 6-2-21-0, K.
Gowtham 9-3-26-3, Shreyas Gopal
Karnataka 1st innings: R.
Samarth c Pant b Tokas 53, Mayank
Agarwal c Unmukt b Tokas 56, Robin
Uthappa c Unmukt b Suyal 5, Karun
Nair (batting) 3, Abhimanyu Mithun
(batting) 7, Extras (lb-5, nb-2) 7,
Total (for three wickets in 52 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-87, 2-114,
Delhi bowling: Ishant Sharma
10-3-34-0, Pawan Suyal 12-4-27-1,
Manan Sharma 13-2-25-0, Vikas Tokas 15-4-35-2, Varun Sood 2-0-5-0.
Toss: Karnataka.

THRISSUR: Aditya Joshi, the top

seed from Madhya Pradesh,

brushed aside Karnatakas
Anirudh Deshpande 21-1, 21-15
in a mens first-round match of
the Manorama Indian Open
National-ranking senior badminton tournament here on
The results (first round):
Men: Aditya Joshi (MP) bt
Anirudh Deshpande (Kar) 21-1, 21-15;
A. Arun Kumar (TN) w.o. Aman Ku-

Adapting quickly
The structure Westwood
built has helped the club adapt
to Rocas methods rather
quickly, felt Anto.
Rocas footballing system
is a bit diferent but we are able
to adapt because we know
how to be professional about
things. he said. It also helped

Rino Anto feels that the

Bengaluru side has a special
allure. FILE PHOTO
conduct ourselves well of the
field. If we are not doing the
right things of the pitch, we
cant be the best on it.
In fact, in 2015, when he was

Uttar Pradesh 207 for one

in 90 overs (Tanmay
Srivastava 53, Samarth
Singh 115 batting, Umang
Sharma 36 batting) vs Tamil
Uttar Pradesh .
At Thiruvananthapuram: Vid-

arbha 254 for three in 90 overs (Sanjay Ramaswamy 83, Faiz Fazal 44,
Ganesh Satish 93 batting, R.L. Jangiv
31 batting, Sarupam Purkayastha
three for 86) vs Assam.
At Kolkata: Delhi 90 in 35.5 overs

(S. Arvind four for 12, K. Gowtham

three for 26) vs Karnataka 131 for
three in 52 overs (R. Samarth 53,
Mayank Agarwal 56).
Karnataka .

mar (Har); Ansal Yadav (UP) bt Amit

Sharma (Del) 21-16, 21-12; Siddharth
Thakur (Mah) bt Srivatsav Duwari
(TN) 21-10, retd.; Abhishek Yeligar
(Kar) bt R. Vishnu (Ker) 21-19, 21-7.
Bodhit Joshi (Utr) bt S. Bharghava
Reddy (TS) 21-10, 21-10; C. Rohit Yadav (AAI) bt C. Upendra (AP) 21-5,
21-9; Neeraj Vashisth (Rly) bt N.G.
Balasubrahmanniyan (Ker) 17-21, 2115, 5-3, retd; K. Ajay Kumar (TS) bt
Sahil Katariya (Pun) 21-15, 21-13;
M.G. Hemanth (Kar) bt K. Dilshad
(Ker) 21-7. 21-16; R. Aneeth Kumar
(AP) bt Siddharth (Har) 21-18, 22-20;

in joint lead
BENGALURU: A five-under 67 in

BENGALURU: On the evidence

available, Bengaluru FC has
taken to new manager Albert
Rocas methods like a duck to
But to celebrate its latest
success in reaching the AFC
Cup final a first for an Indian side without recognising
the services of its previous
coach Ashley Westwood, under whom the club won two ILeague titles, one Federation
Cup and also made the
quarterfinals of the AFC Cup,
would be unfair.
On Thursday, a day after
BFCs victory over defending
champion Johor Darul Tazim,
defender Rino Anto, who has
been with the club since its inception, indicated just that.
He is a big part [of the success], said Anto of Westwood. He brought professionalism to the club. Yes, he

At Dharamshala:


Westwood brought professionalism

to Bengaluru FC, says Anto
picked up by Atletico de Kolkata for the second season of
the Indian Super League for a
whopping sum of Rs. 90 lakhs,
Anto had credited Westwood
more than anybody else.
After the latest high, which
he termed his best moment
till date, his admiration has only grown.
I never thought I would
reach this level, said Anto.
Ashley gave me a new lease of
life. Roca has now come in and
he is from Barcelona. So I want
to learn as much as possible
and grow further.
The first challenge in this
mission will be in two weeks
time when BFC takes on Iraqs
Air Force Club in the AFC Cup
We had never beaten Johor
before, Anto pointed out.
Now we have and that has
given great confidence. We
will go for it. Our dream is to
win the trophy.

Madhya Pradesh 239 for

two in 90 overs (Aditya
Shrivastava 87, Rajat
Patidar 83 batting, Devendra Bundela 36 batting)
vs Mumbai.
Madhya Pradesh .

Saurashtra 285 for three in 90

overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 79 batting, Sheldon Jackson 105, Jaydev
Shah 36 batting) vs Maharashtra.
Maharashtra .
At Mumbai (CCI): Jammu

& Kashmir 205 for six in 90

overs (Shubham Kahjuria 90,
Parvez Rasool 45) vs Andhra.
Andhra .
At Guwahati:

Haryana 178 in 54.1 overs

(Rohit Sharma 45, Harshal
Patel 34, Ajay Mandal four for
26) vs Chhattisgarh 68 for
one in 24 overs (Rishabh
Tiwari 30).
Haryana .
At Cuttack: Goa 333 for
two in 90 overs (S. Kamat 177 batting, S. Amonkar 101, S. Kauthankar
35 batting) vs Services. Services .
At Kalyani: Tripura 305 for two in
90 overs (Bishal Ghosh 146, Smit Patel 111 batting, Udiyan Bose 40) vs
Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh .
At Bhubaneswar: Kerala 223 for
four in 90 overs (Bhavin J Thakkar 38,
Rohan Prem 41, Sachin Baby 51 batting, Jalaj Saxena 58 batting) vs Hyderabad. Kerala.

Aditya cruises past Anirudh


left after three years but the

professional approach he instilled will be here for long.
In his career, the 28-yearold right-back has played for
Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar.
But BFC, he conceded, had a
special allure.
There are teams in India
with great history, but BFC is
special, he said. For example, even for practice, they
brought the GPS tracker and
other stuf. We knew how
much we ran, how much rest
we needed, how hydrated we
were, etc.

At Raipur:

At Vizianagaram:




five in 89 overs (Sayan Shekhar Mandal 135, Sudip Chatterjee 51, Agniv
Pan 70, Manoj Tiwary 45) vs Punjab.
Toss: Punjab .
At Lahli: Gujarat 187 in 56.4 overs
(Parthiv Patel 61, Chirag J. Gandhi 30,
Deepak Bansal six for 46) vs Railways 63 for seven in 26 overs (Mehul
B Patel four for 22). Railways .

At Vadodara: Jharkhand 209 in

73.5 overs (Pratyush Singh 33,
Ishank Jaggi 49, Kaushal Singh 56,
Pankaj Singh five for 60) vs Rajasthan 26 for no loss in 12 overs.
Jharkhand .

the second round took S.

Chikkarangappa to the top of
the pile in the TAKE Open golf
championship, at the KGA
course here on Thursday.
Chikkarangappa (eight-under 136 overall) shares the lead
with Sujjan Singh, who shot a
two-under 70.
Shubhankar Sharma, second
on the PGTI Order of Merit
list, lies one stroke behind the
Amateur Jaibir Singh, Rahil
Gangjee, Sri Lankan Anura Rohana and Abhijit Singh Chadha
(all six-under overall) are in
joint fourth spot.
Chikkarangappa three
shots of the pace after the first
round was not at his best,
but fought his way into contention. He went two-under in
the first six holes, and made
par in the next six.
The Bengaluru lad got going
in the 14th, sinking a 20-feet
putt for a birdie. Two more
helped him finish on a high.
Its not easy to read the
greens, so I was struggling to
make putts in the first half.
Sometimes you need a little

Chikkarangappa. PHOTO:

luck, Chikkarangappa said.

Sujjan, the overnight leader,
had a quiet day. He was at
three-under in his first 13
holes, before a bogey on the
par-5 14th spoilt his score.
Chadha ent of the boil with an
even-par return.
The scores (top eight):
136: S. Chikkarangappa (69, 67),
Sujjan Singh (66, 70); 137:
Shubhankar Sharma (68, 69); 138:
Abhijit Singh Chadha (66, 72), Anura
Rohana (72, 66), Rahil Gangjee (68,
70), Jaibir Singh (A) 69, 69. 139:
Samarth Dwivedi (70, 69) Jyoti
Randhawa (69, 70), Gaurav Pratap
(67, 72), Amardip Sinh Malik (68, 71),
Chiragh Kumar (70, 69), Feroz Ali(69,

Chirag Sen (AI) bt T. Sagar (TS) 2321, 21-16; Balraj Kajla (Kar) bt Prateek
Mahajan (Goa) 21-12, 21-7; Shubham
Prajapati (MP) bt Vaibhav Jadhav
(Del) 21-17, 21-13.
; Siddharth Pratap Singh (Cht) bt
Abhishek Sadanand Kulkarni (Mah)
21-6, 19-21, 21-16; Oscar Bansal (Chd)
bt J. Satish Naidu (TS) 21-11, 16-21,
21-14; Mayank Ahuja (Har) bt P.
Lauhit (TS) 21-6, 25-27, 21-4; Kiran
George (Ker) bt Akash Chauhan (MP)
21-13, 21-10; Neeraj Vashishth (Rly)
bt N.G. Balasubrahmanyan (Ker) 2117, 15-21, 3-5, retd.

Neeru Rapria
beats Kaavya,
enters final
Neeru Rapria
fought past Kaavya Sawhney
6-1, 6-7(2), 6-1 in the womens
semifinals of The Tribune
AITA ranking tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on
In the final, fourth seed
Neeru will play second seed
Samriti Punyani, who ousted
Himani Mor in straight sets.
In the mens final, it will be
top seed V.M. Ranjeet against
Dalwinder Singh.
In the concurrently-held
AITA Championship series
under-16 event, Srishti Dhir
beat Priyanka Jakhar from the
brink of defeat with a 1-6, 7-6
(4), 6-1 score. She will play
Princy Panchal in the summit
The boys final will be between Shashikant Rajput and
Naresh Badgujar.
The results: Semifinals: Men:
V.M. Ranjeet w/o Paramveer Singh
Bajwa; Dalwinder Singh bt Faisal
Qamar 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Women: Neeru Rapria bt Kaavya
Sawhney 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-1; Samriti Punyani bt Himani Mor 6-2, 6-3.
Under-16: Boys: Shashikant Rajput bt Yuvraj Singh Kooka 6-2, 3-6,
6-2; Naresh Badgujar bt udit Kamboj
7-6(4), 6-2.
Girls: Srishti Dhir bt Priyanka
Jakhar 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-1; Princy Panchal
bt Simran Pritam 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

















1 Online journals up and ready (4)

2 Young son told to bend gets stiff
3 Veteran told to remove cap,
rejects orders (3-5)
4 Gorged on dates endlessly (7)
5 Productive staff hauled up gets
bitter? On the contrary! (6)

8 Beam knowing opponents

trapped (10)
9 Rifle's mechanism recoils (4)
10 Star's talent seen in both her
flicks (5-5)
11 ... upset me talking in a very loud
manner (4)
12 Big man's height: over six feet



6 Plant needs varying climates (8)

7 Grab criminal ones caught in end
13 Concerned with nutrition, order
meal in tray (10)
16 Follow musicians endless
exhaust tube (8)
18 A French poem's about unity of
the world (8)

15 Indecency about sitcom often

showing pervert (7)
17 European ship's about the best in
speed (7)
20 Effeminate: delicate possessing
queer mien (8)

SU | DO | KU


14 A setter works without

independence for paper (8)


19 Unpleasant female's violent act

after ordeal (7)
21 Large numbers of arrivals
reportedly flew into India at the
start (6)
23 Losing regularly, should Edmond
become glum? (6)
26 Files open, folio is missing (4)

22 One's outstanding dues released

24 Arrest bribe taking head of
treasury (4)
25 A small fear triggered a cry of
wolf (5,5)
27 Curtail growth? (4)
28 Simple man using us? Nonsense!

Symbol that inspires jnana

Siva in the form of Dakshinamurthy is regarded as the
ultimate Guru, for he confers knowledge that destroys
ignorance in a unique way, through silence. The upadesa
mudra, also known as chin mudra or jnana mudra, is his
typical distinguishing mark.
Goddess Sarada and Krishna are also seen with this chin
mudra. They are all none other than the Supreme Brahman
in various forms who continue to inspire jnana and bless
humanity, said Sri B. Sundarkumar in a discourse.
The chin mudra is represented as the gesture of the right
hand, where the forefinger is joined with the thumb and
the other three fingers remain separate. The thumb which
stands apart from the other fingers is said to denote God
while the index finger denotes the jivatma. The other three
fingers are seen as the three gunas of Prakriti that bind a
jivatma to samsara. Or it could also mean the three states
of life, the waking, sleep and deep sleep states of the
The joining of the index finger with the thumb is
symbolic of the union of the jivatma with the Paramatma,
which is the essence of realisation. Krishna as the
Jagadguru instructs not only Arjuna but the entire human
race on the essence of the Upanishads to enable one to lead
a worthwhile life and attain salvation.
In the Sarada Bhujanga Stotra, Adi Sankara extols
Goddess Saradas jnana mudra and her compassionate
glances that represent not only her innate ability to grant
wishes and boons to her devotees, but also her keenness to
bring about the inner realisation in them. Kalidasa sees the
Mother Goddess as the perennial source of inspiration for
all his extraordinary literary output that is soaked in
spiritual wisdom. Mooka Kavi sees Kamakshi as his guru
who has conferred on him unlimited graces.








(set by The Phantom)



Sudoku is a mind game and a

puzzle that you solve with
reasoning and logic.
Fill in the grid with digits in such a
manner that every row, every
column and every 3x3 box
accommodates the digits 1 to 9,
without repeating any.

| 19




Messi hat-trick ruins Guardiolas homecoming

The Argentine scores a treble to deflate City; Arsenal hits Ludogorets for a six; Bayern beats Eindhoven

MAESTROS BACK: Lionel Messi had a whale of a time in front of the Manchester City defence, firing a hat-trick at Camp Nou on

PARIS: Lionel Messi spoiled Pep

Guardiolas homecoming by
scoring a hat-trick in Barcelonas 4-0 win over 10-man
Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday,
while Bayern Munich shook
of its recent patchy form to
defeat PSV Eindhoven 4-1.
Messi pounced on a
Fernandinho slip to nudge
Barca in front on 17 minutes,
and the Argentine
doubled his
tally on the
hour following the dismissal
City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
The Chile international,
who left the Camp Nou in August to replace Joe Hart at
City, was sent of for a blatant
handball outside the area having knocked his misplaced
clearance straight to Luis
Messi swept in a third on 69
minutes to complete a second
straight hat-trick in Europe,
while Barca also finished the
game a man down after substitute Jeremy Mathieu picked
up a second booking.



Under-pressure Hamilton in spotlight

as title chase enters home straight

Upbeat Pakistan wary

of dangerous West Indies

AUSTIN: Lewis Hamilton's beha-

viour on and of the circuit will

go under a sharp media microscope as he bids to keep his title challenge alive at this
weekend's United States
Grand Prix.
Back at the scene of his
crushing title-winning triumph in 2015, when he scored
a belligerent victory to end
Mercedes team-mate Nico
Rosberg's challenge, the 31year-old Briton this time faces
a very diferent scenario.
It will begin on Thursday
when, two weeks after his controversial Snapchat antics in
Japan, he returns to appear before the international media at
a mandatory pre-event news
At Suzuka, he played on his
camera and complained that
the media session was killing
me and the furore that followed resulted in him walking
out of a team news briefing
two days later.
That led to more media uproar that many believed undermined his concentration
and led to his poor race start
that saw him fall from second

Lewis Hamilton. PHOTO: AFP

on the grid to eighth.
He can ill aford any similar
slip this time as he goes into
the first of the final four races
of a roller-coaster season with
a 33-point deficit behind
The defending three-time
world champion may be seeking his 50th career win at one
of his favourite circuits, but he
knows that Rosberg wants revenge after being forced of
track last year.
Rosberg, also 31, has the
luxury, however, of knowing
that he does not have to win
again this season to clinch his
first world title. Four secondplace

Hamilton will be enough.

As to his media commitments, Hamilton has been
confirmed, by his Mercedes
bosses, as a participant in each
and every one at the Circuit of
suggesting, in Japan, that he
might not answer any more
questions from reporters.
All this and the news this
week that he is to be a character in the next edition of the
video game Call of Duty
suggests that Hamilton is relishing his back-to-the-wall
last-ditch bid for glory in a
land where he feels at home
and is widely popular.
As usual, it has been impossible for the Englishman to
escape being the main story
ahead of this race while Rosberg, winner of four of the last
five races in which Hamilton
has struggled, has been
Every now and then I've
seen people have an opinion
about how emotional I get,
said Hamilton, who has three
wins in four appearances in
It's like I should be more

happy even when I've lost.

But I think people forget
how heavily invested I am in
this sport. It's the same for
anyone whatever they are doing, it's about how much investment they have put in and
my heart has been invested in
this for 23 years.
This has been part of my
life since I was eight; it is an extension of my life and my
As to the championship,
Hamilton added: We've got
four races left to make the
most of it and that's exactly
what I plan to do.
Rosberg knows what he has
to do in the title run-in and will
be looking for something
better than last year's disappointment. Last year this race
obviously didn't work out so
great for me, so I'm looking
forward to getting back and
doing my best to get it right
this time, he said.
Both men, however, will be
mindful of the challenge from
a much-improved Red Bull
outfit and possibly Ferrari.
A nervy and tense weekend
is in prospect. AFP

ABU DHABI: Pakistan can ill-afford any complacency against

a dangerous West Indies side
when the two teams meet in
the second Test starting here
on Friday.
Normal cricket with the traditional red ball and in daylight will resume after both
teams fought out a tensionpacked pink ball day-night
Test in Dubai, won by Pakistan
by 56-runs.
Pakistan dominated the first
three days after scoring 579 for
three declared, courtesy
opener Azhar Ali's career best
302 not out, and then dismissing West Indies for 357.
But leg-spinner Devendra
Bishoo turned the match upside down with career best figures of eight for 49 to wreck
Pakistan for 123 in the second
innings, giving West Indies a
target of 346 to win.
Darren Bravo batted out of
his skin and when the last session started West Indies
needed 114 runs in a possible 38
overs with Bravo unbeaten on
102 and ready to launch an assault in the final hour.

Neymar missed a late penalty but atoned with Barcas

fourth soon after as the Spaniards made it three wins from
three to take control of Group
C, with second-place City
five points adrift.
In Munich, Carlo Ancelottis
Bayern dismissed concerns
about its performance of late
by ending a three-match winless run at home to PSV
Thomas Muller grabbed a
13th-minute opener at the
Allianz Arena before fellow
Germany international Joshua
Kimmich netted his seventh
goal in all competitions this
Luciano Narsingh gave PSV
hope when he halved the deficit shortly before the break,
but Poland striker Robert Lewandowski eased fears of another setback with Arjen Robben netting Bayerns fourth.
However, the Bundesliga giant still trails Atletico Madrid
in Group D after Yannick
Carrascos second-half strike
steered last years finalist to
another 1-0 victory away to
Russian side Rostov.
Mesut Ozil notched a
second-half hat-trick as Ar-

It needed a leaping catch by

leg-spinner Yasir Shah to dismiss Bravo for 116 and 26 runs
later Pakistan wrapped up the
match to take a 1-0 lead in the
three-match series.
It will be tough. With the
kind of confidence the West
Indian batsmen have got, it
will be diicult to get them out
in the second Test, said
I think both teams are used
to the red ball and have more
idea of it batsmen and bowlers know how the red ball behaves spinners and fast
bowlers will get more help and
there will be reverse swing.
The pink ball did not help
the bowlers in Dubai where
excessive evening dew left it
wet and soft.
Misbah admitted his team
missed experienced left-arm
spinner Zulfiqar Babar who
was left out of the first Test.
We did miss him, said
Misbah. The pink ball used to
be unplayable when we used it
in domestic matches in
Pakistan but here it didn't

senal thrashed Ludogorets

Razgrad of Bulgaria 6-0, the
German piling on the misery
for the visitor after goals from
Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott

Group A
At London : Arsenal 6 (Sanchez

12, Walcott 42, Ozil 56, 83, 87,

Oxlade-Chamberlain 46) bt Ludogorets 0. At Paris : Paris Saint-Germain 3 (di Maria 40, Lucas 62, Cavani
90+3-pen) bt Basel 0.
Group B
At Naples : Napoli 2 (Mertens 30,

Gabbiadini 69-pen) lost to Besiktas 3

(Adriano 13, Aboubakar 38, 86). At
Kiev : Dynamo Kiev 0 lost to Benfica
2 (Salvio 9-pen, Cervi 55).
Group C
At Glasgow : Celtic 0 lost to Bor-

ussia Monchengladbach 2 (Stindl 57,

Hahn 77). At Barcelona : Barcelona 4
(Messi 17, 61, 69, Neymar 89) bt
Manchester City 0.
Group D
At Rostov-on-Don : Rostov 0 lost
to Atletico Madrid 1 (Carrasco 62). At
Munich : Bayern Munich 4 (Muller

13, Kimmich 21, Lewandowski 60,

Robben 84) bt PSV Eindhoven 1
(Narsingh 41). AFP

work like that.

That hints Babar will replace one of the three seamers,
likely Sohail Khan, while
Babar Azam will make way for
experienced batsman Younis
Khan who missed the first
Test due to fever.
West Indies is likely to remain unchanged as captain
Jason Holder takes positives
from his team's fight in Dubai.
There were a lot of positives from the first Test, so we
need to keep that momentum
and approach, said Holder.
The squads : Pakistan: Misbahul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Sami
Aslam, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan,
Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir,
Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar
Babar, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Imran
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra
Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos
Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Roston
Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane
Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope,
Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, Marlon
Samuels, Jomel Warrican. AFP

Shivani, Tanisha
make last four
SINGAPORE: Shivani Amineni
and Tanisha Kashyap finished
their leagues with all-win
records and made the semifinals of the under-16 and under-14 events respectively in
the WTA Future Stars tennis
The results (league):
Under-16: Shivani Amineni bt
Lynelle Lim (Sin) 3-6, 6-3, [10-7];
Shivani Amineni bt Venia Yeung
(Hkg) 6-4, 6-2.
Under-14: Tanisha Kashyap bt Ina
Rawat (Nep) 6-1, 6-2; Tanisha
Kashyap bt Priska Nugroho (Ina) 6-1,
4-6, [10-8].

Postiga hopes to
be fit for
Dynamos match
KOLKATA: Atletico de Kolkata

Postiga on Friday hinted he
might be available for the
teams next ISL match against
Delhi Dynamos on Oct. 22 as
he has started training while
continuing to recover from a
rib injury.
I feel much much better
now... Ive started training
with the team for last one
week. We have two more days.
The coach will decide whether
Im ready, he said.
Injuries happen in football,
second time for me in India.
Its bad luck. Theres a little
pain in my rib now but its normal. I feel much much better,
he said. PTI

Guimareas awaits
return of Chhetri
and Amrinder
MUMBAI: Mumbai City FC head

coach Alexandre Guimaraes

wishes that Sunil Chhetri and
Amrinder Singh return to the
squad after going all the way in
AFC Cup for Bengaluru FC.
The head coach, managing
the resources in the ISL
without the two first-team
players, spoke to them after
the match.
I feel happy for them. It is
good for the growth of Indian
football, said the former
Costa Rican World Cupper,
expressing confidence in the
players availability for the
This problem (Bengaluru
FC players busy with AFC
Cup) was there during preparation.
We have to handle the situation. The team has backup to
wait till they re-join the




Maharashtra dominates

Navi Mumbai gets FIFA nod for U-17 World Cup

MUMBAI: Maharashtra juniors

displayed their might in the
boys and girls sections, recording convincing wins in
pool matches at the Societe
Generale Junior National U-18
rugby sevens championships
at the Bombay Gymkhana.
Maharashtra boys started
with a comfortable 19-0 win
over Jammu & Kashmir, and
followed it up with a crushing
win over Chhattisgarh 40-0 in
The results:
Girls: Pool A: Odisha bt
Karnataka 28-0; Uttar Pradesh bt
Karnataka 15-5; Odisha bt UP 34-0.
Pool B: Bengal bt Gujarat 41-0; J&K
bt Gujarat 15-5; Bengal bt J&K 38-0.
Pool C: Bihar bt Delhi 42-0; Rajasthan bt Delhi 15-5; Bihar bt Rajashtan 38-0. Pool D: Maharashtra
bt Andhra Pradesh 34-0; Kerala bt AP
10-0; Maharashtra bt Kerala 22-0.
Boys: Pool A: Kerala bt Punjab
10-0; Bengal bt Punjab 43-0; West

NAVI MUMBAI: FIFA ratified Navi

Mumbais status on Wednesday as a venue for the Under-17 World Cup to be held in
India in 2017.
A 23-member high-level delegation, comprising experts
from FIFA and a Local Organising Committee, visited the
D.Y. Patil Sports stadium here
on Wednesday morning before announcing its decision.
It is our pleasure to ratify
Navi Mumbai and the D.Y.
Patil Sports stadium as a venue
for the FIFA Under-17 World
Cup, Tournament Director
Javier Ceppi said.
Tracy Lu, Project lead for
the u-17 World Cup, said: Big
congratulations from FIFA for
the excellent work and the
good decision from Javier &
team in choosing Navi Mumbai as one of the venues for the
first ever FIFA under-17 World
Cup in India.

Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh boys battle it out at the

Bombay Gymkhana during the Societe Generale Junior
National Rugby Sevens Championships on Thursday.
Bengal bt Kerala 52-0. Pool B: Daman bt Uttarakhand 10-0; Tamil
Nadu bt Uttarakhanad 38-0; Tamil
Nadu bt Daman 35-5.
Pool C: Haryana bt Gujarat 15-7;
Odisha bt Gujarat 36-0; Odisha bt
Haryana 17-7.
Pool D: Uttar Pradesh bt

Karnataka 5-0; Delhi bt Karnataka

10-0; Delhi bt UP 20-0.
Pool E: Maharashtra bt J&K 19-0;
J&K bt Chhattisgarh 19-0; Maharashtra bt Chhattisgarh 40-0. Pool F:
Rajasthan bt AP 15-0; Bihar bt AP
30-0; Bihar bt Rajasthan 24-0.
Special Correspondent

The ratification for the Navi

Mumbai venue was awarded
not only on the basis of the facilities at the main D.Y. Patil
Stadium and the training sites,
but also took into account the
interest the local authorities
took in the process.
The stadium has completed most of the things that
we had asked for.
We are extremely happy
with the quality of work. This
is really a world-class facility,
Ceppi said.
president Vijay Patil said: I
truly believe that this will be a
historic moment for Indian
The Navi Mumbai Sports
Association has been a wonderful partner; its a tribute to
the sporting culture of Navi
Mumbai that we have this opportunity to host this tournament. PTI

ALL OFFICIAL: FIFA representative Tracy Lu hands over the ceremonial flag marking the official
ratification of the D.Y. Patil Stadium as a venue for the under-17 World Cup matches. PHOTO: PTI

India rises to best

FIFA ranking in
six years
NEW DELHI: The Indian football
team achieved its best FIFA
ranking in over six years when
the side jumped 11 places to be
137th in the latest list released
on Thursday.
India, which defeated 114thranked Puerto Rico in an international friendly in Mumbai in
September, garnered 230
points for the month.
In August 2010, India was
ranked 137th which stayed Indias best ever FIFA ranking
since then.
National Coach Stephen
Constantine sounded delighted but wasnt willing to
read too much into it.
But this is just the beginning of the long-term plan we
have for Indian football. I am
certainly not over the moon as
I feel my team can achieve
much more, he said. PTI







Willy Wonka prequel in the works

Robot suitcase can follow your steps

Worlds largest gathering of brides

Entertainment company Warner Bros is

developing a new film focusing on the eccentric
character of Willy Wonka and his early adventures.

A new robot suitcase that follows you wherever you

go has been developed in the U.S. It stays behind the
owner tracking the location of their smartphone.

A new Guinness World Record for the largest

gathering of brides has been set in China, when
908 brides-to-be came together.

Myanmar giant jade

stone too big to move

Mars lander Schiaparelli silent;

scientists fear crash landing
The rover is on the Red Planet but its location is unknown as there are no signals

PRECIOUS FIND: The high-quality giant jade stone found in

northern Myanmar. PHOTO: TINT SOE/AFP
YANGON: A 174-tonne piece of
jade worth millions of dollars that was uncovered in
Myanmar will have to stay
where it is for now because its owners dont have
equipment strong enough
to move it.
The 5.8 metre-long stone
was discovered by miners
in northern Kachin state
last week, buried up to 60
metres deep inside a mountain.
When the edge of the
stone was scratched we
could see the quality of the
jade inside the quality is
very good, said Tint Soe,
56, a local lawmaker.
While some have estimated the rock could be
worth more than $170 million, Mr. Tint Soe said its
value was probably closer
to $5.4 million.
Jade is traditionally used
for charms and bracelets,
but Mr. Tint Soe said the
company had not yet decided what this particular
find would be used for
and have no way of moving
it anyway.
Currently the jade stone
cannot be moved as there is
no machine that can do it

Beijing to have
worlds biggest
air purifer tower

The 5.8 metre-long

stone was found
last week by miners
in northern
Kachin state
here, and no road either,
he said.
Myanmar is the source of
nearly all of the worlds
finest jadeite, a beautiful
green stone highly prized
in neighbouring China
where it is known as the
stone of heaven.
Human cost
Companies linked to the
former junta dominate the
trade, which Global Witness valued at around $31
billion in 2014 alone quivalent to around half the
countrys GDP. Mining of
the stone can extract a high
human cost, with fatal mine
collapses common
around 100 people died in a
major landslide in November last year. Most of the
precious stone is smuggled
across the border into
China, where it is believed
to bring luck and good
health. AFP

FRANKFURT/BERLIN: Thrusters intended to slow a European

lander as it neared Mars on
Wednesday fired for less
time than expected before
contact with the vehicle was
lost, leaving scientists uncertain whether it touched
down safely or broke apart.
The Schiaparelli probe,
part of a broader mission to
search for evidence of life on
the Red Planet, was to test
technologies during the
descent and on the surface
for a rover scientists hope to
send to Mars in 2020.
Its descent marked only
the second European attempt to land a craft on Mars,
but it has shown no signs of
life since it stopped transmitting around 50 seconds before the planned touchdown.
Weve had two overflights (by Mars orbiters)
and there was no signal, the
European Space Agencys
(ESA) Spacecraft Operations
Accomazzo told journalists on
Thursday. The disc-shaped
577-kg Schiaparelli is part of
the Russian-European ExoMars programme that is
seeking signs of life.
The primary part of the
mission this year, bringing
the Schiaparelli landers
around Mars, was meanwhile a success.

Data relay station

That craft, called Trace
Gas Orbiter, will use an atmospheric probe to snif out
methane and other gases
around Mars linked to organic life. It will also act as a
data relay station for the
rover, which is due to follow
in 2020.

400,000 pages of information for scientists to sift

The experimental test
has yielded a huge amount of
data and clearly were going
to have to analyse this in the
days and weeks to come, but
it gives us a lot of confidence
for the future, said Mr.

OUT OF REACH: A model of Schiaparelli, the Mars lander, is on

display at the European Space Agency in Darmstadt,

The probe is part of

a broader mission to
search for evidence
of life on the planet
closest to Earth
Landing on Mars, Earths
neighbour and at its closest
some 56 million km away, is a
notoriously diicult task that
has thwarted most Russian
eforts and given NASA
trouble as well.
Setbacks in space
The U.S. space agency had
a setback of its own on
Wednesday. Its Juno spacecraft lost its main computer
and science instruments
shortly before it was due to
make an orbital pass near
Jupiter, scuttling highly anticipated close-up observations of the largest planet in
the solar system.
Schiaparelli is supposed to
test new technologies for a
rover that will be the first
with the ability to both move
across the surface of Mars

and drill into the ground to

collect and analyse samples.
Entering the atmosphere
Scientists said they had received data from the lander
covering its entry into the
Martian atmosphere and the
deployment of its heat shield
and parachute, which were
designed to slow it from a
speed of 21,000 km per hour.
But its thrusters appeared
to have fired for only a few
seconds, much shorter than
expected, and scientists are
not sure how far of the
ground Schiaparelli was
when they shut of.
We need to understand
what happened in the last
few seconds before the
planned landing, said David
Parker, ESAs Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic
Experts said the probe
may have descended too fast
or too slowly and hoped that
about 600 megabytes of data
sent back to Earth would
provide answers. The data
are equivalent to about

Some data received

Scientists will analyse all
the data received so far, and
also still hope to re-establish
contact with the lander before its batteries run out in a
few days.
Britains Beagle 2 never
made contact after being
sent down by the Mars Express spacecraft in 2003 and
failing to deploy its solar
panels on landing.
Marss hostile environment has not detracted from
its allure, with U.S. President
Barack Obama recently highlighting his pledge to send
people to the surface by the
Entrepreneur Elon Musks
SpaceX is developing a
massive rocket and capsule
to transport large numbers
of people and cargo to Mars
with the ultimate goal of colonising the planet.
ESA astronaut Alexander
Gerst, who is set to become
commander of the International Space Station in 2018,
said the ExoMars mission
would provide important
clues on what conditions the
first humans travelling to
Eventually, though, we will
need to go there ourselves as
scientists to find out what is
there, he said. Reuters

Daughters in focus in Dangal trailer

uperstar Aamir Khan packs a punch as a father training his

daughters to become award-winning wrestlers in the
much-awaited trailer of Dangal.
Aamir, 51, shared the trailer of the real-life inspired drama on social
media, writing, Here goes... Tell me what you think. Love. a.
The trailer begins with Aamirs character Mahavir Singh Phogat
hoping that his yet-to-be-born child is a son,
who will win a gold medal for the country
When Mahavir is blessed with four daughters,
he takes it upon himself to train them as
world-class wrestlers.
A heavily-bearded Aamir is perfect in his
restrained act of wrestler but it is his
two daughters Geeta and Babita,
played by Fatima Sana Shaikh and
Sanya Malhotra, who shine in the
trailer. Produced by Aamir Khan,
Kiran Rao and Disneys Siddharth
Roy Kapur, Dangal is directed
Nitesh Tiwari. It will hit theatres
on December 23. PTI

Logan first look is out

he first official look of Hugh Jackman

in the upcoming third Wolverine
movie has finally been unveiled.
Shared by director James Mangold on
Twitter, it shows the actor as an older
Logan. Jackman sports a scruffy bread and
scars on his cheek, reported. Logan sees
Patrick Stewart back as Professor X. PTI

Shyam Benegals memories of Guru Dutt

hen Shyam Benegal first came to Mumbai looking for

work in the film industry, he met his cousin
legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt, who advised him to
start off on his own rather than be an assistant to him.
Bengal said having a director like Dutt in the family was a huge
inspiration for him to leave Hyderabad, and come to Mumbai in the
hope of making a film here. Having Guru Dutt as
a cousin was a great advantage. Not that he
helped me, but it was a kind of goal.
Because he was a film director, it meant I
could also be a film director, Benegal said.
When I went to meet Guru Dutt, he said,
Listen, what are you going to do with
me? You will be an assistant and
would get no opportunity to do
anything else. You will just be a
gofor. A gofor is a go for this,
go for that person. Which
means you wont really get to do
anything except run errands,
Benegal recalled. PTI

Explore Goa on a balloon

A place of refuge

Tourists can get a birds eye view of the southern part of the State

BEIJING: China will deploy the

PANAJI: Goa Tourism has re-

worlds largest outdoor air

purifier designed by a Dutch
engineer in its smog-hit capital Beijing, as the thick
heavily-polluted haze returned to haunt the city, driving people indoors.
tower, brainchild of Dutch
designer Daan Roosegaarde,
is undergoing last-minute
checks in Beijings 751 D Park
art area.
The Smog Free Tower
will soon be opened to the
public, and will be shown
across the country, state-run
Global Times said, quoting
China Forum of Environmental Journalists, an NGO
under Chinas Ministry of
Environmental Protection.
Patented technology
The tower can capture
about 75 per cent of PM 2.5
and PM 10 tiny particles in its
vicinity and then release purified air to create a bubble
of fresh air around it. The
tower can clean 30,000 cubic
metres of air per hour
through its patented ozonefree ion technology.
Beijing has been plagued
with heavy smog since the
beginning of October. The
citys environmental authorities issued a yellow alert
for air pollution on Tuesday.
Yellow alert is the thirdmost serious level in a four
tier colour-code warning
system. Red is the highest
alert, orange the secondhighest while blue is the lowest on the scale.
Liu Guozheng, CFEJ
secretary-general, said the
tower is intended to warn authorities never to forget their
duty and encourage the public to pull together to combat
the smog.
Too little, too late
Some people have expressed their frustration
over the tower. The socalled divine smog cleaner is
more like a piece of performance art, which makes almost zero diference to
cleaner air in the city. It devours the polluted air and exhales fresh air, but so little it
wont make any diference.
The air will stay polluted,
wrote a user of social networking site Weibo. PTI

The construction site and main entrance to a future migrant camp in northern Paris. The city plans to open the refugee
camp in mid-October, according to Mayor Anne Hidalgo, unveiling plans to take hundreds of people off the streets as
France struggles to accommodate migrants. The camp will have an initial capacity of 400. PHOTO: AFP

launched the operations of

hot air ballooning, yet another adventure activity for the
tourist season this year.
The activity was launched
for the first time last year by
State-owned Goa Tourism
Development Corporation
This year, two hot air balloons will be put into operation giving tourists a view
The service is presently
being ofered at Assolda in
south Goa with the take-of
point at the Assolda village
panchayat ground. A ride for
an hour costs Rs 9,900 per
We are very happy to restart operations of hot air
ballooning services. The
State received an overwhelming response last year
from domestic and international travellers. We are confident about attracting highend tourists this season to
experience the thrill of touring the State in a hot air bal-

Tourists take a fun ride in Goa. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

loon in addition to many
more new tourism adventure
services, said MLA and
chairman of GTDC Nilesh
The hot air ballooning safaris are designed by Camping Retreats Pvt. Ltd, a Delhi-

based agency that ofers balloon safaris in India and

abroad. The entire system
meets all the required safety
standard and certifications, a
spokesperson said. Online
bookings are ofered on the
Goa Tourism site.

Phil Chess, whose label elevated unknown blues singers, is dead

Chess Records became successful by finding little-known performers, recording them and persuading radio stations to play their records

hil Chess, who with

his brother founded
Chess Records, a
storied Chicago label that captured great blues
musicians like Muddy Waters in their prime and
helped power the musical fusillade of rock n roll with vibrant recordings by the likes
of Chuck Berry, died on
Tuesday at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 95. His
death was confirmed by his
daughter, Pam Chess.
Chess Records was one of
the most prominent of the
independent labels Atlantic in New York and Sun
in Memphis were among the
others that became successful in the 1950s by finding little-known performers,
recording them and persuading radio stations (not
infrequently with the help of
cash payments) to play their

ity reflected the more public

role he played. In addition,
he worked primarily with
the blues performers, for
which the label was best
known. Phil mostly shepherded the companys jazz and
doo-wop recordings.
Both brothers, however,
were honoured in 2013 by the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
with a Trustees Award for
lifetime achievement.

records. Their goal was

profit, but their lasting influence was suggested by the
first ballot of the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame, which
consisted almost entirely of
artists who had recorded for
independent labels.
Taking black musicians
Chess Records was best
known for recruiting black
musicians who had taken
their heartbreak, hopes and
not a few harmonicas from
the south to Chicago and
who, with electric guitars
and a big backbeat, gave
birth to what came to be
known as Chicago blues. In
addition to Muddy Waters,
its roster included, at various
times, Howlin Wolf, Little
Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and many other Chicago
blues stars.
Chess not only became
the true repository of American blues music, but it also

Phil Chess (left) and Leonard Chess in Chicago. FILE PHOTO: AP

presented black music for
the edification of white audiences
world, the Hall of Fame said
in 1987 when it inducted
Phils brother and partner,
Leonard Chess.
Marshall Chess, Leonards
son, who worked with both
men at Chess and went on to
run the Rolling Stones rec-

ord company, said both

brothers did a lot of everything, including supervising recording sessions
and hawking records to disc
It was a fully symbiotic,
synergistic relationship, he
said in a 2008 interview with
The Chicago Tribune.
Leonards greater visibil-

Influence on legends
The legacy of the toughtalking,
brothers can be seen not just
in the records they made but
also in the many songs
recorded first by Chess
artists and later by the
Beatles, the Rolling Stones
and others.
The influence of Chess
Records was evident in how
Mick Jagger and Keith
Richards, who had been

playmates as children, got

together musically as teenagers in the spring of 1961.
On a train from Dartford, the
London suburb where they
both grew up, Richards noticed that Jagger was carrying two Chess albums then
unavailable in England, one
by Muddy Waters and the
other by Chuck Berry.
The name of the group
they soon formed, the
Rolling Stones, came from a
Waters song. When the
Stones first visited the
United States in 1964, they
made a pilgrimage to Chess
studio in Chicago and
recorded several tracks
there, including an instrumental titled 2120 South
Michigan Avenue the
companys address.
The Chess saga began in
Motal, a small town that was
then in Poland and is now in
Belarus. To try to lift his
family from poverty, the

brothers father, Yasef Czyz,

emigrated to Chicago in the
early 1920s. Czyz became
Chess, and all the first names
were Americanised, with Lejzor becoming Leonard and
Fiszel becoming Philip.
Leonard bought a restaurant on the South Side of
Chicago while Phil was in
the Army and converted it
into a nightclub, the Macomba Lounge.
He wanted to record some
of the acts, mainly jazz
groups, that played there,
and in 1947 he bought a share
of Aristocrat Records, which
a local married couple,
Evelyn and Charles Aron,
had recently started.
The first Chess release
was the jazz saxophonist
Gene Ammons recording of
My Foolish Heart. Their
second was Waters Walkin
Blues, with Rollin Stone
on the B-side. New York
Times News Service



Celebrated choreographer Kumudini

Lakhia and her students dwell on
give and take in art



Ramchandra Singh and Himani

Shivpuri showcased their craft at the
National Festival of Performing Arts


Dharmendra and Tanuja

make Do Chor an
endearing experience


A raga is a living being

In a conversation with Manjari Sinha, Vidushi Kishori Amonkar gives us an insight into her musical universe.

NIFT graduate Nandan
Purkayastha creates
magical stories inspired
by Indian folklore and
Western comics in this
solo show.
Venue: Gallerie Ganesha,
E-557, GK-II, New Delhi
Date: October 21 to
November 14
Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A solo exhibition present
which celebrates
Manisha Bhattacharya
and porcelain.
Venue:Gallerie Nvya,
101-103 Square One
Designer Arcade, C-2,
District Centre, Saket
Date: October 21 to
November 4
Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Shinjini School of Odissi

Dance presents
Krishnaleela with
Ananda based musical
masterpieces of Ananda
Venue: Vasuki
Auditorium, Lodhi Road
Date: October 21
Time: 7 p.m.

he name of GaanSaraswati Kishori

Amonkar still pulls
thousands, who
would come from
far and wait for her with all
their patience to relish her
soul-stirring voice. The
reason for this magnetic
attraction is simple. The
octogenarian vocalist still
offers her refreshingly
aesthetic and blissful music,
quickening the raga with
the essence of her own
being. It was raga Bageshri
this time, at the recently
held SPIC MACAYs Music
in the Park concert in New
Delhi, that was delineated
leisurely in the most
unconventional and
creatively imaginative
manner. The raga did have
all its grammatically
correct, time tested notes,
but it sounded as if dressed
in a new attire designed in
an innovative and insightful
She solves the mystery of
her singular approach to the
delineation of a raga and
many more queries that
come to the mind of her
admirers in a candid
conversation next day in
her hotel room after
returning from her usual
and a must visit to the
Raghavendra Swamy Mutt,
the abode of her spiritual
Talking about her
approach to a raga, she
explains, "Music is the most
abstract subject on earth
and the raga is limitless.
The space in between two
swaras of a raga comprises a
whole universe of emotions
and feelings. A raga has
limitless potential to
express these myriad
feelings. One has to study
that wholeheartedly with
complete dedication. This is
why sadhana becomes
indispensable. It enables
you to make the most of this
potential of a raga. You have
to not only practice but
cultivate a close
relationship with the
swaras of a raga, like you
nurture your friendship
with spending time
together, talking and taking
care of each others feelings,
sharing the joys and


sorrows. A raga is also a

living being, make friends
with it and express it with
care and feeling, in the way
it deserves to be
Just like there are many
shades of love, Amonkar
says, there are many shades
of a swara too. "Bhoop,
Shuddh-Kalyan and
Deshkar sound like similar
ragas, but the Gandhar of
Bhoop is different from the
Gandhar of Shuddh Kalyan
and Deshkar. Its
challenging to find the
accurate place of a
particular swara, because it
is simply slippery. The
universe of swara is without
any beginning or end. It is
limitless, immeasurable. I
try to find feelings and
emotions through these
swaras and express them."
Then there are lyrics, the
bols of the bandish. In case
of the Bageshri that she
presented the other day,

Amonkar reflects that the

composition went Kaun
Gat bhai mori.. ek bana
dhundhi, sakal bana dhun
dhun, daar-daar, paatpaat. Radha is pining for
her beloved Krishna,
searching for him all over
the forest, checking each
and every branch and leaf of
trees. She shares her
predicament with her
friend, look at my
miserable state! Please help
me find him. She is
desperately searching for
him but has not lost hope as

I am the cruellest critic

of my music but there
are also moments when
Im ecstatic on getting
the desired result of my

yet. This ray of hope is

echoed in the sensitive
touch of Pancham. I keep
exploring the intensity of
these feelings with various
permutations and
combinations of swaras.
Raga has become a clich
these days. "I dont believe
in vadi-samvadi
(supposedly the most
important and the second
important note of a raga)
and the hackneyed pakad
(the defining bunch of notes
that help recognise a raga).
In fact, there are eleven
lakshanas of a raga stated
in our treatise that create
the atmosphere of raga. I
question, why follow only
"ma pa dha, ga re sa", why
cant I go to Dhaivat
straight away from Rishabh,
or from Gandhar or
Madhyam? I try to explore
the different hues of
expressions, flavours of
feelings with the
imaginative use of swaras

according to my own
Alaapi is the most crucial
part of singing or playing a
raga which should or could
be elaborated for hours.
"The only point to be taken
care of is that it should be
done properly and without
repetition. The tragedy
prevalent these days is that
the alaapi is dispensed with
in a few minutes and the
performance proceeds
towards the thrill of the
rhythmic aspect catered by
the accompaniment of
percussion instruments.
One should remember that
music is not for excitement
or clap."
She doesnt seem to be
happy with the present day
music education in the
universities. Students with
degrees like M. Phil and
Ph.D. in music dont even
know how to tune the
tanpura or how to do riyaaz.
One of the M.Phil students

from the Delhi University

came to me and asked the
proper way to do riyaaz. I
believe it is the
responsibility of teachers to
guide them. Guru bin kaun
batave baat who will show
you to correct path without
the Guru (teacher)? In
fact, the present day
teaching method itself is
questionable. She
reiterates, I believe that
Indian subjects like music
should be taught in Indian
way, and not by Western
method. When my mother
taught me a raga, it was also
about knowing the theory.
As a matter of fact theory is
not different than what we
practice. Music, in fact,
should be taught from an
early age. If the spark
ignites in even one child
amongst a thousand, the
effort is worth it. Once they
start appreciating music or
any classical art, they start
thinking for themselves.

historian Ramchandra
Guha, a delicious paradox
that can only be Indian that
the man who best
embodied the spirit of the
holy Hindu city of Banaras
was a Muslim. That is why
the deliberate mischief in
numerous cases, akin to one
stated above, mock our
legacy of brotherhood
especially as one of the
reasons Ramleelas spread in
India was the generous
patronage provided by
Nawabs of Awadh.
Maulana Hasrat Mohani
isnt too well known to
youngsters today but
scholars remember him as
the Haji (a Muslim who has
been to Mecca for sacred
pilgrimage) who was a
devout Krishna scholar and
gave us the clarion call of
Inquilaab Zindabad in
1920. So do we now discard
Inquilaab Zindabad as a
Muslim slogan and term his
Krishna verses as
blasphemous just because of
jingoistic anarchy that
reigns in the garb of
nationalism today? While
the secular contributions
enriching the arena of
painting, handicrafts, music
and textiles are too

numerous to elaborate in
one article, one shudders the
blessings we would have
been deprived of, if such
diktats had been imposed
upon the film industry.
But for our film makers
liberal thought and deed, we
wouldnt have seen our
greatest actor Dilip Kumar
give credence to Hindu faith
and worship with his
magnificent temple scenes
from Amar to Naya Daur
and Gopi. This Punjabi
Pathaan, who enacted only
one Muslim character on
screen in Mughal-e-Azam,
is solely responsible for
giving Indian cinema its
abiding symbol of a hero
with a heart of gold.
Similarly, hats off to V.
Shantarams vision of
communal harmony that
gave us the outstanding
pre-Partition film Padosi.
Shantaram has to be
commended for his
conviction and humanism
since he made the Hindu
actor Gajanan Jagirdar play
the Muslim character Mirza
while giving the role of
Hindu Thakur to Muslim
actor Mazhar Khan!
Following Shantarams
footsteps, many others had
guts to portray Ashok
Kumar, Manmohan
Krishna, Raj Kumar and
Sunil Dutt in Muslim roles
(Bahu Begum, Dhool Ka
Phool, Pakeezah and
Ghazal) just as Anwar
Hussain, Iftekhar, Jayant,
Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan,

Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh

Khan have brought alive
many Hindu and Sikh
characters on screen. It is
because audiences were
tolerant to nuances of
delicate situations that
creative people like SalimJaved could write the
comical scene of Sholay
wherein Dharmendra dupes
Hema Malini as the voice of
a Hindu God! All of us have
played such wonderful
pranks in our teens but as
Akthar sadly opines, similar
scenes today could lead to
banning of a film or even
rioting on streets since
people have become too
parochial in their outlook!
There are numerous
examples of diverse number
of people enriching the
secular film fabric. But one
shudders to think what
enormous damage could
have occurred to the musical
gems that are part of folklore
as well as our existence
today. Quoting just two


Lest we forget...
Hindi cinema
has played an
important role
in stitching the
secular fabric
of the nation.

his is deemed as an era

of rationale mind but
what is being served
today on the social plate is
rancour. The circus reveals
intellectuals and illiterates
are competing in spreading
rage and hate with equal
vigour. That is why the
recent report about actor
Nawazuddin Siddique not
being allowed to enact a role
in the Ramleela in his home
town did not come as a
Contrary to stated
principles of our
Constitution, the vitriolic
behaviour highlighted
writer Javed Akhtars recent
lament that contrarian
views are now met with
hostility, stifling arena of
creativity. Though

clarifications not approving

the commotion came from
concerned political
quarters, musicologist
Trinetra Bajpai asserts,
Damage was done by
planting seeds of distrust
and tearing our tender
secular fabric.
Ponder and we find it is
secular and pluralistic
philosophy that gave us our
unique identity apart, of
course, our supreme
creations of art, literature


and Bharat Bhushan in Baiju

and culture. Some of the best

verses on Lord Krishna were
penned by Abdul Rahim
Khan-i-Khana, popularly
known as poet Rahim.
Imagine what joy would
have been denied if Rahim,
being a Muslim, had been
ordered not to write about
Krishna, the greatest
character in history and
literature of the globe.
It is our spirit of peaceful
co-existence that allowed
popular Hindu singers

Shankar-Shambhu to enter
every Islamic shrine and
enliven Ramzan with their
magnificent qawwalis. Our
pluralist culture allowed
Bismillah Khan and his
shehnai go unhindered in to
the sanctum sanctorum of
Vishwanath Temple of
Banaras just as roses grown
by Hindu farmers of
Pushkar have been
enhancing the fragrance of
Khwaja Moinuddin Chisthis
shrine in Ajmer. Our
secularism allowed, as per

The prayer song

Parwar Digare
Alam from Hatim
Tai is an enchanting
synthesis of Islamic
mythology but was
written by B. D.
Mishra and
composed by S. N.

What am I doing and what

is expected of me. This will
gradually change the
thinking of the society and
the nation to a positive
In reply to why she is
known to be
unpredictable, reclusive,
even intimidating, she
counters, How can a
person, who is trying to
bequeath peace through his
or her art, can be bad? My
mother used to say do
something good for others
before you die and Im
trying my best to do just
that. In fact, people dont
understand the meaning of
generosity, benevolence and
compassion. As far as my
reclusive nature is
concerned, I speak only
with his (her spiritual
Gurus) desire. If he does
not like me to speak, I
On whether she likes to
listen to film or popular
songs also, her prompt
response comes as a
pleasant surprise. I not
only listen to, but also like
the good ones. A recent
Punjabi song Main tenu
samjhawan ki comes to
mind. Whosoever is the
singer, he has sung it really
well. Ga re sa and dha pa
ma are the most difficult
notes of the song, but he has
sung them with perfect
accuracy. I had nothing to
do with the words or
language of the song but the
raga and the composition
attracted me.
She assesses her own
music quite objectively. I
am the cruellest critic of my
music but there are also
moments when Im ecstatic
on getting the desired result
of my efforts. As we
conclude, she humbly
admits that she doesnt
have any wish to be fulfilled
or aspiration for any award
at this point of time after
receiving the GaanSaraswati by none other
than the Shankaracharya.
No award can be higher
than this and I feel
responsible to prove it. Just
because of this title,
Saraswati, the Goddess of
learning, is always with me.

examples from the rich array

of songs would suffice to put
in perspective how
secularism has given us our
greatest gifts. The prayer
song Parwar Digare Alam
from Hatim Tai is an
enchanting synthesis of
Islamic mythology but was
written by B. D. Mishra and
composed by S. N. Tripathi.
But if Hindus could do
themselves proud, could
Muslims be left behind? Not
at all, as proven by soul
soothing bhajans Man
Tadpat and O Duniya Ke
Rakhwale of Baiju Bawra
that were created by Shakeel
Badayuni-Naushad combine
which continue to enthral
listeners even after six
The common thread
between the compositions
was Mohammed Rafi who
till date has not been
surpassed in devotional
singing by any singer in the
world. Like Kabir, Rafi
belongs to everyone and is
the finest symbol of our
secular foundation,
someone whom we dare not
classify with any caste,
community or religion on
account of his overwhelming
contribution as a supreme
artist and sublime human
being. It is this greatness
that Mahatma Gandhi
propounded and which we
need to practice. We all need
to connect with each other
since insulating ourselves
from others pain only
begets more pain.




THE HINDU Friday, October 21, 2016

The class of Kadamb


Celebrated choreographer Kumudini Lakhia and her students talk about give and
take in art. Chitra Swaminathan records the interaction.
he choreography is
sophisticated. The
sequences are
consistent and
coordinated. The
colourful, flowing costumes
add to the drama as the
dancers fill the stage with
heady whirls and fiery
But what happens before
the curtains go up. Its
exciting to take a peek into
the green room and witness
the preparation and play of
The attractive, young
artists of Kadamb sit around
their Kumibehn (as they
fondly call Kumudini
Lakhia), who looks more a
doting matriarch than a
teacher, sipping hot coffee
and sharing laughs. Theres
no trace of pre-performance
anxiety as they pull out their
attire and make-up kit from
their suitcases amidst loud
hums and exchanges in
Gujarati. Then the lights
around the many mirrors
come up and they sit down to
do their hair and face.
Kumudini Lakhia changes
from her work clothes to an
elegant Patola sari even as
she narrates her eightdecade journey in Kathak,
punctuated by humorous
anecdotes. The students have
their say too as they do in
their class

She never tells us to
merely replicate. She wants
us to touch, feel, see and hear
dance, says Sanjukta Sinha,
a senior disciple, who is
making a mark as a solo artist
with her Kathak-inflected
contemporary vocabulary.
Kumibehns unique training
involves understanding the
body, respecting the space
and applying mind to the
movements. She strongly
believes that for the
performance to be aesthetic,
you need to bare your soul,
adds Sanjukta, looking at the
87-year-old guru.
Among the countrys most
progressive classical
choreographers, Kumudini
Lakhia started Kadamb in
1965 to free Kathak of its
restrictive repertoire and
travel beyond the physicality
of the form. Being a science
student, I developed a
rational and probing
approach towards my art. I
wasnt satisfied with clichd
explanations for mudras and
stances, she laughs. The
rigour of the guru-sishya
parampara, which
expected you to
always fall in
line, made me
I was keen
that the

form includes abstract

expressions and not just
Radha-Krishna narratives. I
began exploring the
geometry of the technique.
Obviously, the old masters
didnt like it, says Kumudini,
who after her training under
various traditional
practitioners went to London
in 1948 to join the inimitable
Ram Gopal. Being part of his
productions introduced her
to the importance of lighting,
costume and stage design.
She also collaborated with
Pandit Birju Maharaj.
The exposure gave me the
strength to think on my
terms. But opportunities for
solo shows were not many. It
was my husband who
suggested I start a school. He
was extremely supportive
and made space in his
automobile shop for me to
conduct classes. Once I
began to teach, I viewed the
art from a different
perspective as I got to train
many passionate
youngsters. To
showcase their
talent I
devised group

choreographic works were

well-received and gave me a
distinct identity, says the
veteran, who has travelled
extensively around the world
staging her productions.
Nothing happened easily
though, she continues.
Believe me, I couldnt even
find a good tabla player to
compose tunes for my pieces.
Then I met the late Atul
Desai, who worked at All
India Radio and requested
him to help with the music.
He was apprehensive
initially, but ended being
associated with Kadamb for
42 years. The challenges
spurred me to come up with
my first production Pulse.
Through it I experienced the
heartbeat of my art and
found the way forward.
Many of her works such as
Atah Kim, Yugal, Sam
Samvedan and Samanvay
still draw an appreciative full
house. The dynamism of the
concept makes them
relevant. Her experiments
also drew flak. Her
minimalist approach to
costume and jewellery
(when her dancers
once wore white

termed it as a show of
mourning) and her stylised
spins, jumps and glides were
severely criticised. But
Kumudini was not one to
step back.
She tells us to first believe
in ourselves, says another
student. Encourages us to
ask questions and never tires
of answering. Kumibehn
insists that we should always
know the reason behind
whatever we do and the way
it should be done. It need not
be about dance. We go to her
even with our concerns and
worries. Over the years, I
have realised the true
meaning of a guru one who
helps you grow as an artist
and an individual.

The students of
Kadamb showcased
Kumudinis works at
the Bani Festival
held recently at

Kumudini Lakhia with

her students at

The pull of simplicity

dancer Anupama
Kylash explains
how she got
hooked on to
Vilasini Natyam.

nupama Kylash was

learning from
Kuchipudi scholar
teacher Dr. Uma Roy for
almost a decade and a half,
after which she moved to
Vilasini Natyam which has
been resurrected,
rejuvenated and recast by
dancer and scholar
Swapnasundari. A doctorate
degree holder in dance, she
has learnt from
Swapnasundari all three
aspects of Vilasini Natyam.
Starting with the temple
tradition which include
rituals connected with
worship in temples in
accordance with the
Aagamas, the court tradition
which cover nritta and nritya
presentations like swara
pallavis, salaam daruvus,
varnams, keertanas, padams
and javalis unique to the
Andhra Kalavantalus called
Meyzuvani, which is a
chamber presentation of the
abhinaya. The dancer
elaborates on a song in the
sitting posture and theatrical
presentations which
generally represented
Parijatams based on the story
of Lord Krishna and
Satyabhama for nine
consecutive nights in nine
Janardana temples in
Andhra. At the Vysakhi
festival, Anupama danced
pieces from Vilasini Natyam
to connoisseurs delight.
Excerpts from a chat:
Tell us how your interest
in dance developed?
I was always interested in
dance and learnt Kuchipudi
from Uma Roy for 15 years.
NT Rama Rao had set up
degree course in dance in the


Sober instrument, pristine voice

Ustad Irshad Khan and Vidushi Kishori Amonkar lived up to their
reputation at a concert in New Delhi

here were long queues

of cars parked in front
of the Nehru Park
when the Society for the
Promotion of Indian
Classical Music And Culture
Amongst Youth (SPIC
MACAY) in collaboration
with the NDMC organised its

Music in the Park concert

featuring Ustad Irshad Khan
in a surbahar recital and
Hindustani vocal by GaanSaraswati Kishori Amonkar.
Belonging to the famed
Etawah Imdadkhani
Gharana, Irshad is the son
and disciple of Ustad Imrat
Khan, the younger brother of
Ustad Vilayat Khan. His

choice of the sombre evening

raga Shri was apt for the rare
and sober instrument like
the surbahar. Opening with a
detailed alaap-jod-jhala in
the authentic Beenkar style,
he played his own
composition set to Chautal in
the conventional dhrupad
ang. Dr. Anil Chaudhary, who
accompanied him on

pakhawaj, was equally

brilliant. It was, in fact,
difficult to believe that he is
an eye surgeon, retired from
RML Hospital, who is also
trained in Kudau Singh
tradition of pakhawaj,
playing to this professional
Irshad continued the same
composition in faster tempo


A potent display of art

Swift and
marked the
depiction of
five mythical
weapons in
Divya Astra.

he choice of male
dancers with just one
female artiste was a
consciously crafted one in
keeping with the theme
"Divya Astra" (divine
weapons), the first of the
Divya trilogy staged at the
India Habitat Centre. It is
difficult to judge whether the
theme enhanced the dances
or the dancers enriched the
motifs. Each was an asset to
the character they took upon,
viz. the five potent weapons
of ancient times that had
far-reaching disastrous
consequences than the
present day nukes. To top it,
these weapons were vested
with powerful code letters
(mantra) that was the

VISUALLY STRIKING (left) Anil Iyer, Dakshina Vaidyanathan and Mithun Shyam.

prerogative of very specially

ordained, skilled persons to
ensure they were used with
The theme had a
chronology of sorts; since
Lord Brahma is the creator
and since creation is the
beginning, we had Himanshu
Srivatsava dance the
Brahmastra. He depicted the
genesis of this weapon with
swift, striking movements,
commanding nritta and
matching abhinaya that
served in reinforcing the
astounding annihilation of

this super astra. The srishti

chakra refrain was
embellished with varied
abhinaya which was a
pleasure to watch. The
serpent hasta mudra as the
dancer executed the jatis and
was very impressive. The
four Vedas originating from
the four faces of the creator
could have been shown
turning towards the four
directions rather than from a
frontal position for greater
clarity and variation.
However, the Vedic slokas
for each of the Vedas

bestowed a dignity to the

presentation. The Katha
vachan mode was a quaint
post-script that revealed the
use of the Brahmastra during
Treta Yug by Sri Ram.
Himanshu emerged as a
dancer who could mould
himself to the role he
undertakes be it in pure
dance or in the expressive
(abhinaya) aspect of dance.
His postures, moves, use of
stage space, costume stand as
testimonials to his potential
as a dancer of calibre.
Vishnu being the


also concluding with the

climax of jhala. Normally, the
instrumentalists switch over

to Teentala in the jhala

sequence, but Irshad
remarkably maintained the

protector, Sudarshana
Chakra was naturally the
second to follow Brahmastra.
Mithun Shyams approach to
choreography was at its
creative best. Since the
weapon was more in the form
of a disc, it obviously moved
in circular motion when
The artist based his entire
Bharatanatyam in spherical,
wheeling movements a
cutting edge technique in a
traditionally linear dance
form-that vested a
dimension on this piece, as if
personifying and picturing
the velocity and propelling of
the chakra. The Chakravaka
raga further enhanced the
poetry that flowed along with
the dance.
Everything that the dancer
undertook to interpret this
weapon was artistically
excellent, an evidence of his
grip and involvement with
his medium. The chanting of
Sudashana Shatkam was an
appropriate opening giving
the right impetus to the rest
of the narrative. It was a
pleasure to watch Mithun
circle the entire stage on his
knees like a top in rapid
motion as it was to see him
manoeuvre his footwork to
represent the chakra as long
as he was on stage. His body
kinetics was amazing
especially when he bent his
back like a bow as he aimed
his arrow ready to get off the
bow! The use of the chakra by
lord Vishnu/Krsna-one to
cut asunder Dakshayanis
lifeless body being carried by
an enraged lord Shiva and

another at Sishupal who

went overboard in abusing
Krsna upheld the artists
abhinaya abilities.
The Pushpastra,
essentially didnt sound like a
weapon, was illustrated by
Anil Iyer to a string of
melodious raga. The astra, a
bow and arrow belonging to
none other than Manmadha
(Cupid), is said to be a
constructive one
nevertheless powerful in its
own way.
The dance was, therefore,
concentrated on expression
and mime, where each arrow
was shown to be made of a
set of flowers like the lotus
(aravinda), the blue lotus
(neelothpala) and such other
fragrant flowers. Its a very
romantic concept, this
weapon of the love god that
has the potency to drive
anyone aimed at, to dizzy
highs or lows! The
Pushpastra was shown as
being used on Manmathas
consort Rati rather than on

The four Vedas

originating from
the four faces of
the creator could
have been shown
turning towards
the four directions
rather than from a
frontal position for
greater clarity and

SHOWING THE WAY Anupama Kylash

Andhra University. My guru

suggested to my mother that
I should take it up, because I
was so curious to know all
about it. So I did both my
graduation and masters in
dance from the Andhra
University. Now, of course,
the course has been
discontinued because of lack
of students.
The inspiration to write
a a book on the kritis of
poet-saint Annamacharya.
My grandfather
V.G.Krishnamurthy was
proficient in Hindustani
music and attended night
long musical soirees. From
him and my mother, who was
also a singer, I developed my
musical taste. Since I was
brought up in South India, I
wanted to learn Carnatic
music. I was fond of songs of
Meera Bai. Everything put
together formed my
inclination for writing a book
on Annamacharya.
What aroused your
interest in Vilasini
Sheer dexterity of the
hastas and abhinaya
attracted me to learn Vilasini
Natyam. All along, I have
been interested in abhinaya
and here was a chance for me
to do it. I like the simplicity
of the steps. rThe central
piece of Vilasini Natyams
court dance is varnam. The
Devadasis sang the swaras

and did the abhinaya.

Devadasis do not do
sancharis in abhinaya.
Rather, they create motifs
and imageries and keep
evolving the created
imageries. It is a unique kind
of abhinaya.
How did Swapnasundrai
chance upon Vilasini
Akka (Swapnasundari)
went to perform at Elluru.
She had the pride of being
the Kuchipudi dancer. After
her performance, the
organisers requested her to
stay on for the performance
of an actual Devadasi, who
would do abhinaya. There
was an old lady who was in
the most ordinary clothes.
Neither did she have looks to
commend herself. She sat on
the stage and emoted and
sang. Akka said she had never
seen that kind of abhinaya
She said, in one minute
the whole strutting of mine
came crashing on the floor. I
lost my pride when I saw
her. Akka kept requesting
her to be her teacher for
almost a year or two, and
finally she agreed. She was
Madura Lakshmi Narayana
of Manepalli village. With the
help of her guru she was able
to learn all the nuances of
Vilasini Natyam from at least
15 or 16 Devadasis, who are
no more.

12-beat cycle of Chautala till

the end. He concluded his
surbahar recital with a dhun
in Manjh-Khamaj set to the
addha theka which he treated
in thumri-dadra style.
Vidushi Kishori Amonkar
was accompanied by Milind
Raikar on violin, Shreyas
Govitrikar on harmonium,
Pradeep Dikshit on tabla and
two of her disciples
Tejaswini, her
granddaughter, and Nandini
Bedekar providing vocal
She opened her vocal
recital with Bageshri, the
most appropriate raga of that
time of the evening. It took
her time to warm up as she
had a sore throat, but once
she did, she was in her usual
The traditional Bada

Khayal Kaun gat bhai set

to slow Teentala as per the
convention of the Jaipur
Atrauli Gharana, was dealt
with emotional appeal during
the leisurely progressing alap
badhat with the gradual
sequential treatment of the
raga in unique permutations
and combinations of swaras.
The drut khayal Eri main
kaise ghar jaun set to adha
Teentala was adorned with
variety of taans that shot up
till the Pancham of the
higher octave.
Amonkar concluded with
the famous composition
Lagi re mori nai lagan set
to drut Ek Taal in raga
Kamod. The brilliant
accompanists, especially her
disciple Milind Raikar on
violin, enhanced her
memorable concert.

the Yogi Shiva in trying to

help Parvati. This served as a
relief from the other four
impregnable weapons. The
use of swar bhol at many
places to substitute the
mnemonic syllables went in
line with the theme.
The all-powerful Pinaka (a
bow belonging to lord Shiva)
fell to Parshwanath
Upadhyaye, an inimitable
dancer who has the right
balance of grace and vigour
to fit the role. The
description of the Pinaka was
in itself pronounced through
extraordinary dance
circulating the stage like a
chariot (personification of
Bhumi Devi with Brahma as
charioteer and the sun and
moon as the two wheels) to
the utterances of the
sollukattu (dance bhol), a
sight beautiful to behold. So
was his snake-like gyration to
delineate Vasuki. Since the
Pinaka was a combination of
Agni at the helm and Vayu at
the tail, Parshwanaths
footwork and mime did full
justice to the intensity and
swiftness of these two
elements. The rigour of his
movements gives way to
mellow abhinaya as lord
Shiva eschews the Pinaka
which finally finds its way to
King Janaka and becomes an
integral factor to lord Rama
and Sitas wedding an apt
Dakshina Vaidyanathans
entry as Durga/Shakti was
enthralling with her fluid
presentation of all the
mudras of Bharatanatyam in
succession to the verse on

samyuta hasta (Abhinaya

Darpana) which conveyed
that Devi as allencompassing female power.
The artiste, a vibrant dancer
with infallible laya and nritta
set the stage afire with her
brilliance and pace, which
are expected of her character
as the wielder of the Trishul,
a weapon that was fashioned
out of the individual powers
of the Trinity. There were
two snags from regional
point of view and also from
the change of scenario: a
Sanskrit song would have
been greatly appreciated
rather than a Tamil one, and
when it came to depicting the
spiritual connotation of
Trishul as the Sushumna, Ida
and Pingala nerves running
within the spinal column,
well, the pace of the psychic
chakras being awakened by
the grace of goddess could
have been tempered down
since spiritual awakening is a
slow process and couldnt be
rushed through, even if it
were in dance!
The finale was again an
impressive Gayatri recitation
to the goddess which lifted
the show to a different level.
Conceptualised and
compered by Usha RK,
"Divya Astra" had live
orchestra with a compelling
nattuvangam by Dr S
Vasudevan, an emotive
rendition by
commanding percussion by
T. R. Keshavan, mellifluous
flute and violin by Rajat
Prasanna and Raghavendra

ot long ago, Himani
Shivpuri in the role
of the stepmother
in the play
Tughlaq directed
by Bhanu Bharti delivered
her lines with inner
motivation in an accent clear
and forceful in chaste Urdu
interacting with her stepson.
Her facial expression,
movements and voice
painted the picture of a royal
woman, scheming, cruel and
ruthless. An intriguer, falls
victim to the mad wrath of
Tughlaq who ordered that
she be stoned to death in full
public view. The image
Himani created was watched
with a sense of awe and
horror by a large audience
sitting in the open air lawns
of Ferozeshah Kotla, near
Delhi Gate. This is one of her
dozens of images that she
created on stage. Though
delayed, Sangeet Natak
Akademi gave her Award for
2015 for her contribution to
Indian theatre as an actor.
While watching her
performance in Akeli
presented at Abhimanch
recently at the National
festival of Performing Arts
featuring the art of the
awardees, one recalls
Himani's portraits of multifaceted women in conflict
with complex situations in
different times and spaces.
Who can forget her Hajjo
(Amrudwali) in Bernard
Shaw's Pygmalion as Azar
Ka Khwaab directed by
Bhanu Bharti for Repertory
Company of National School
of Drama in 1988. In Mitro
Marjani as Mitro under the
direction of BM Shah who
did it for NSD Repertory
Company staged in 1988, she
projected the life of a young
woman liberating herself
from the shackles of
samskaraswhat she says is
not vulgar but contains the
lifes truth, its vitality.
Himani as Desdemona in
Othello directed by Fritz




Friday, October 21, 2016

When stalwarts take stage

Ramchandra Singh and Himani Shivpuri, recipients of this years
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for theatre, moved the Delhi
audience with their talent at the National Festival of
Performing Arts, says Diwan Singh Bajeli

STRIKING A CHORD Himani Shivpuri in Akeli; Ramchandra Singh in Utsarg.

Bennewitz in 1983 reflects

the brilliance of her
consummate artistry. Her
memorable portrait was an
embodiment of innocence,
spiritual purity of heart and
refinement who meets the
violent death at the hands of
the man she loved from the
bottom of her heart.
In these and many more
roles her gift, talent and

sensitivity enabled her to

enlarge the dimensions of
the plot, elevating her to a
higher level of outstanding
performers in the landscape
of contemporary Indian
theatre. Her performance in
Akeli is marked by
effortless artistry, subtlety
and intricacy, bringing to the
fore the irony, loneliness and
muted pathos in the lives of
two protagonists.
An M.Sc in organic
chemistry, she did her
graduation in theatrical art
from the National School of
Drama, joined its Repertory
Company, worked nearly for
a decade as a leading actress.
She is also a popular face in
soap operas and essays roles
in Bollywood films.
Jointly directed by Himani
and Ramchandra Shelke, the
production under review
dissects two facets of women
dramatised from two stories
by Mannu Bhandari Stree
Subodhini and Akeli.
Akeli depicts the lives of
two women in a light-hearted
manner that amuses us,

makes us empathise with

them, leaving the feeling of
gentle touch in our hearts.
The directors have ensured
that there is action on the
stage which flows in a
seamless manner. The way
themes unfold, holds our
attention. The enactment of
the narrative is mainly
through action which is
punctuated at places by
comments to tell about the
coming events in the lives of
characters. The comments
are pleasing, interesting.
The opening is all about a
woman who has arrived in a
big city and gets a job. She
falls in love with her boss.
The affair goes on smoothly
with the partners having
good time till the fact that
the boss is married and the
news that his family has
arrived in the city to join him
becomes known to the
woman. There are
misunderstandings and a
sense of betrayal possesses
the woman. But the boss,
cunning as he is, convinces

the beloved, assuring her that

everything will be all right.
The beloved even meets the
wife of her boss but to her
surprise she discovers
nothing unusual and the boss
is having a happy conjugal
life. As a result of
manipulation, the boss
manages to have a loving wife
at home and a beautiful
mistress in the office,
befooling both the women.
Himani as the woman in love
with the boss and
Ramchandra Shelke as the
boss act in a style which is at
once comic and realistic
thoroughly entertaining the
audience, creating a
theatrical piece that gives
immense pleasure.
The second part of the
production depicts the life of
a Soma Bua (aunt). To forget
her personal miserable
world, she participates in the
festivities organised by other
people. She makes a point to
attend such events without
having been invited.
Justifying her action, she
would say, what is the need

Suddenly she hears the

news that the marriage of the
daughter of a distant relative
is being solemnised. She
becomes active, excitedly
making arrangements to give
suitable gift and attend the
event in decent dress. But
this time round she is waiting
for the formal invitation.
The directors have treated
the climax with remarkable
sensitivity. The lights
gradually fade out, the
woman has not received any
invitation, though the event
is over. Petrified, the woman
creates a pitiable image
wounded by humiliation.
Himani's portrayal is
characterised by muted
pathos with a tinge of irony.
The play is an ironic
comment on the situation of
poor relatives.
The problem of
Ramchandra Singh, the
recipient of Sangeet Natak
Akademi Award for 2015 for
his contribution to the folk
theatre of Bihar, has the
privilege to work as an actor
under the direction of
eminent theatre directors
like Raj Bisaria, Fritz
Bennewitz from erstwhile
German Democratic
Republic, Badal Sircar and
Habib Tanvir .
Trained in modern
theatrical art at Bhartendu
Natya Academy, Lucknow, he
has performed a number of
folk theatre forms of Bihar
and Chhattisgarh. A variety
of these forms were in
display in his production
Utsarg which featured at
Festival of Performing Arts at
Shri Ram Centre recently.
The national festival
organised by Sangeet Natak
Akademi aims at showcasing
the creative works of its
awardees from different
regions of the country
characterised by diversity of
culture and multiplicity of
genres, forms that
mesmerise modern
practitioners of art. In the
production under review
these forms are juxtaposed
with slices of modern style of
acting. But there are rough
edges which need to be fine
Jointly designed and
directed by Ramchandra
Singh and Sunil Phekania,
Utsarg captures the vigour
and earthy humour of folk
forms. The directorial
treatment of the narrative
dealing with folk art tends to
be too externalized which
becomes at times
incongruous with the
content enacted in modern
style. The script based on
Anton Chekhovs one act play

Swansong needs pauses

and silences to deepen the
mood of pathos and insights
into the heart of a immensely
popular actor which was
once flooded with accolades
is now being ignored by his
audience as he is getting old,
losing his charisma and
magic on the stage. The
script in Hindi is adapted by
the directors. Everything
about the narrative is Indian
but the Hindi adaptation
continues to carry the
Russian name Vasili
Svietlovidoff. To make the
script convincing, the name
of the character should have
been Indianised.
Utsarg could be called a
memory play with action
shuttling back and forth
between past and present.
There is nostalgic feeling
about a past which was
elevating and highly exciting;
the present is bitter, lonely
and hopeless. His depression
has become intensely acute
to bear, he is confronting
dilemma whether to commit
suicide or not to get rid of his
hopelessly incurable pang.
This device offers moments
of searing pathos.
The play opens with the
actor performing the role of
Chanakya, a portrayal of
historical character was
considered as an acme of his
histrionic art which has left
an indelible impact on the
audience. The re-enactment
of the past roles is over, the
audience leaves the
auditorium and so do the
co-actors. The rejected,
lonely actor troubled with
the feeling that he is no
longer needed and nobody
admires him any more after
entertaining the audience for
several decades has no place
to go. Aged as he is, he hides
himself upstage in the dark,
drinking heavily to forget his
miserable life.
We watch the reenactment of more
performances of the old and
haggard actor which he
played during his heyday
when he was young and
prosperous. There is a long
Nautanki scene depicting the
interaction between King
Dashrath, Queen Kaikeyi and
Ram. As we know Queen
Kaikeyi forces her husband
Dashrath to exile Ram for 14
years and enthrone Bharat as
the King of Ayodhya. In this
to invite near and dear ones.

Utsarg captures
the vigour and
earthy humour of
folk forms.

scene Ramchandra plays the

role of Ram. The actors
render their lines in a loud
voice. Harmonium, dholak,
nagada and banjo support the
singers. The directors should
have toned down the
exaggerated theatricality of
the original Nautanki. Then
we watch the vigour and
youthful charm of the actor
when he used to act in the
Lounda theatre form of
Bihar. In fact, Chekhov's play
demands that the dominant
mood in Swansong should
be that of gloom, melancholic
and elegiac.
Despite the fact that he
was adored and loved by a
large number of young
women but sadly he is not
able to marry. Now that he is
bitter, he recalls his
sweetheart, a woman, of high
society. He took her love
seriously and one day he
proposed to her. She replies,
No, I cannot marry you.
This is below the status of my
family to marry an actor.
Actors are not considered
suitable enough to be part of
high society. This scene
between Ramchandra and
Sangeeta is enacted in a
delicate manner, exuding
warm feminine touch,
culminating in utter
The directors have given
special attention to songs
and music. Apart from
chorus, there are solo
singers. The orchestra is
aptly placed downstage right.
Using stands to hang
costumes, a kind of dressing
room is suggestively formed.
This arrangement helps the
performer playing a variety
of characters to come out of
one character and enter into
other promptly in different
Ramchandra Singh as the
ageing, sad, bitter and
depressed actor impresses
the audience. To reveal his
inner conflict, he has used
solo song rendered in a
melodious voice by Sangeeta
and images of his co-actors.
The songs and co-actors
representing his inner voice
persuade him not to commit
suicide and take a rational
view of the problems caused
by the ageing process. But his
wounded soul is not
convinced with the
arguments of his co-actors
and his inner voice. In the
play his performance in the
role of Chanakya is superb.
In his personal career as an
actor he considers his acting
as Chanakya under the
direction of Habib Tanvir as a
landmark performance and
his very best till date.



An enriching experience The sound of tomorrow

Gayathri Girish intelligent structuring of her
recital paid rich dividends.

A three-day festival organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh saw fine

vocal and sitar recitals.



Sangeetha Sabha in
association with the
India International Centre
organised a Carnatic music
vocal concert by the
Chennai-based artiste
Gayathri Girish at the latters
auditorium, recently. Armed
with a rich repertoire of
compositions, the seasoned
vocalist in her brief recital of
about an hour-and-half
delighted the music lovers
with her musical talent.
Despite her voice not being
in a fine fettle that day,
Gayathris intelligent
structuring of the concert by
taking up songs of a wide
range of composers and
interweaving these with her
creative talent paid rich
dividends and turned out to
be an enriching evening of
Carnatic music session.
Gayathri started her
concert in an impressive
manner with a popular Adi
taal varnam of Patnam
Subramania Iyer, Evari
bodhana in raga Abhogi in
two speeds. She then
embarked on to take up
Swathi Thirunals Deva
deva in the raga
Mayamalavagowla, suffixing
it with detailed
kalpanaswaras which flowed

Singing Papanasam
Sivans composition
Nambikettavar in
raga Hindolam,
Gayathri brought
out the emotive
content of the lyrics
to the fore

IN FINE FORM Gayathri Girish

with rich creativity and was

indicative of the depth of
creative talent even at an
early stage of her concert.
Ramaswami Sivans
Kadaikan vaithennai
alamma in the raga Begada
was handled in nice manner.
Sensing that it is time to
take up a song for a detailed
rendition, Gayathri sang
Tyagarajas Ennalu urake
in raga Subhapantuvarali.
The detailed raga alpana that
she prefixed was scintillating
and the kalpanaswaras,
including the finishing
Korvai once again impressed.
While singing Papanasam
Sivans composition
Nambikettavar in raga
Hindolam, Gayathri brought
out the emotive content of
the lyrics to the fore.
Gayathris choice of
Sarasasamadana in raga
Kapi Narayani at that stage
of her concert seemed to
have been a well thought out

one which kept the

proceedings lively.
Gayathris central item was
Muthuswami Dikshitars
Balagopala in raga
Bhairavi, which she sang in a
detailed manner in a riveting
tempo and doing adequate
justice to this item. In an
unhurried alpana of the raga,
she brought out its features
to the fore. She also took up
the phrase Nila nirada sarira
dhiratara from the
anupallavi portion of the
composition for neraval and
sang the same and the
subsequent kalpanaswaras in
a delightful manner.
Gayathris short
concluding session which
included a ragamallika song
and a tillanna too was
Delhi R. Sridhar on the
violin and M.V.
Chandersekhar on the
mridangam, both Delhibased artistes, provided good
support to Gayathri Girish.

handigarh was not

known for its
classical music
concerts, but gladly that is
changing now. Recently, at a
three-day festival in the city,
it was not just bhangra and
balle balle but also
thumri, tappa, jod and jhala!
Set up in 1956, Pracheen
Kala Kendra is celebrating
its Diamond jubilee by a
series of concerts all over
India, not just in its centre
at Chandigarh.
Legends of Tomorrow, a
three-day festival
concentrating on young
maestros under the age of
45 featured vocal and sitar
recitals. Kathak exponent
and the brain behind the
Kendra, Shobha Koser, said
a festival featuring sarod
greats was on the cards too.
The venue was the Punjab
Governments Kala Bhawan
auditorium. A charming
hall, built on the semicircular design , the hall is
ideal for small musical
gatherings and plays. The
festival started with Banaras
gharana vocalist Dr Rita
Dev, who is now based in
Agra. Rita started with a
vilambit ek taal khayal
paiyaan tori laagu in
Aiman Kalyan, followed by
na jaanu kaise preet in
Teen taal. Her spontaneity
in reaching the sam was an
unexpected delight
nowadays artists tend to
only present pre-rehearsed
pieces. Thumri, however, is
clearly her forte, with the
emphasis on bhava and her
Khamach saachi kaho mose
bateeyan was beautifully
Rita has a charming stage


presence, with a (not so

usual nowadays!)
participatory generosity
extended to her concert
accompanists Ustad
Akram Khan on tabla, and
Paromita Mukherjee on

Legends of
Tomorrow, a threeday festival
concentrating on
young maestros
under the age of 45
featured vocal and
sitar recitals

harmonium, both of whom

Shakir Khan, son and
disciple of Ustad Shahid
Pervez on sitar lived up to
audience expectations,
being a sixth generation
musician of the famous
Imdadkhani gharana. He
played Jhinjhoti, a favourite
of the gharana, a brief alaap
before proceeding straight
to four gats in the raga in
four different taals. His
lightening fast taans,
impeccable meends, ultra
fast jhala all thrilled. On
tabla was Ustad Akram
Khan, who as usual
enhanced the overall

concert experience. Shakir

ended with a Pilu, in which
he also played a magnificent
gat composed by his
The next day featured a
sitar recital by Adnan Khan
from Delhi, representing
the Delhi and Kirana
gharana. He chose the
somewhat more unusual
Shudh Kalyan, instead of
Aiman Kalyan, in which he
presented an elaborate
alaap, jod, and ulta jhala. His
delicate use of the teevra
madhyam and nikhad was
aesthetic. The vilambit gat
which followed could have
been in Madhya laya as the

alaap had already covered

unfolding the raga
extensively. Adnans khandmeru taans, gamak, and
layakaari were most
enjoyable. On tabla was
Punjab gharanas Avirbhav
Verma, who also impressed.
The next piece was an
Afghani dhun popularised
by Ustad Rais Khan, which
however somewhat failed to
captivate. Adnan deservedly
got a standing ovation.
Dr Meeta Pandit of the
Gwalior gharana sang a
Gwalior favourite Malgunji,
a combination of
Bageshwari and Rageshwari.
Her bada khayal was in Ada
Chautal, which is not so
commonly heard these days.
Tarana has always been a
speciality of her family, and
Meeta sang an ultra fast
tarana with her customary
aplomb. The sawal jawab
with Mithilesh Jha on tabla
was much appreciated by
the audience. Her next item
was a short tappa in
Khamach, the ever popular
chaal pehchaani. Tappa is
again a Gwalior
specialisation and being
sung in the Punjab from
where it originated was
particularly appropriate, as
Meeta herself put it. Her
mastery on this form was
clearly visible. She ended
with a somewhat prosaic
piece in Pahari.
The concluding day
featured the talented
Arshad Ali of Kirana
gharana, accompanied by
Ajrara gharanas, Zaheen
Khan and on the sitar Dhruv
Bedi, disciple of Pandit
Buddhaditya Mukherjee
accompanied by Zuhaib
Ahmed, again of Ajrara




THE HINDU Friday, October 21, 2016



Homecoming for

Do Chor (1972)


an a thief be
lovable? Why not?
If the thief on the
screen happens to
be a Dev Anand or
Dharmendra or Shashi
Kapoor you dont mind
being robbed. We have
had lady thieves too and the
theme was received with
enthusiasm by fans of Hindi
cinema. Over the years, one
has seen filmmakers exploit
this sure recipe for success
and one of the modern hits
Bunty Aur Babli only
reconfirmed the popularity
of this subject a lovable
thief or a thief with a
golden heart.
In Do Chor,
Dharmendra essays a
similar role, with Tanuja for
company, to light up the
narrative in style. Lighthearted moments are galore
as the two strike a superb
chemistry to deliver an
entertaining film, backed by
music that was a hit during
the period it was released.
When RD Burman is the
composer the fans can be
sure of getting some
excellent songs which were
finely penned by Majrooh
Do Chor did not boast
of a stirring script. Very
ordinary in fact. Tony
(Dharmendra) is a happygo-lucky man who makes
his living by stealing.
Sandhya (Tanuja) is a thief
too. Circumstances bring
them together and the story
moves at a pace that keeps
you engaged.
The city has been rocked
by frequent cases of
burglaries. By
circumstances, obviously
contrived, the thefts take
place at the homes of four
rich men. There is a
connection and a pattern to
the well-planned acts. The
thief picks just one piece

A FUN RIDE A poster of Do Chor starring Dharmendra and Tanuja.

from the collection of

jewellery and leaves behind
a calling card a swastika.
The police is baffled. Why
just one piece after breaking
open the safe? The suspect
is Tony. He is notorious and
he is a master of his craft.
When confronted, Tony
claims innocence. I was
watching Mera Gaon Mera
Desh, he insists, at the

time of the burglary. Even

Tony is perplexed now. Who
is this thief? He discovers
soon that it is Sandhya who
is behind the series of
Sandhya has a compelling
reason for whatever she has
been carrying out. There is
history to her acts. The four
wealthy men have been
responsible for swindling

the jewellery from her

mother after the death of
her father. It is Sandhyas
way of reclaiming her
mothers lost wealth.
Sandhyas conscious does
not allow her to claim what
is not hers. She is on a
mission and Tony is her
partner, pulling off the
thefts, and, in the process
falling in love. With Tonys

help, Sandhya recovers her

mothers jewellery and the
police is able to apprehend
the real culprits. Her
mother overcomes the
shock of losing the
valuables. Tony and
Sandhya must serve short
jail terms before returning
to a happy life.
Dharmendra loved doing
such roles. It brought out

Genre: Romantic drama

Director: Padmanabh
Cast: Dharmendra, Tanuja,
KN Singh, Shobhana
Samarth, Jalal Agha, Trilok
Kapoor, Dhumal, Murad,
Asit Sen, Mohan Choti
Story and screenplay: GR
Dialogue: Krishan Chander
Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Box office status: Hit

the versatility of the actor

who landed in Bombay to
chase his dreams. From
performing serious roles in
films like Bandini, Shola
Aur Shabnam and
Anupama, he moved on to
assume the image of an
action hero. The He Man
of Hindi cinema, saving
damsels in distress,
pounding the bad man
single-handedly. He also
indulged in comedy with
success and it was this
ability to perform any role
that endured him to a large
audience of young and old.
Dharmendra and Tanuja
figured in a few films,
beginning with Baharen
Phir Bhi Aayengi in 1966,
with success and Do Chor
turned out to be a runaway
hit. Tanuja too had a
significant part to play and
always managed to perform
her act effortlessly. There
was not much scope for
Tanuja to showcase her
acting skills in Do Chor
but she had her moments
on the screen.
R.D. Burmans music was
an important component of
the film with hits like Meri
Jaan Meri Jaan Kehna
Mano by Kishore Kumar,
Chahe Raho Door Chahe
Raho Paas, a duet by
Kishore and Lata
Mangeshkar. The most
popular song, however, on
the chart was the LataKishore duet Kali Palak
Teri Gori.
Dharmendra and Tanuja
came up with some
delightful stuff to turn Do
Chor into an entertaining
offering from the stables of
Raj Khosla. When it hit the
screens in the early 70s, it
was indeed in the must-see
category. A revisit today
would not be out of place.


Encounter with a master

How I chanced upon a meeting with Korean
director Kim Ki-duk.

hose who decide these

matters probably
thought 2016 was a
good year for it, and so it
began by my meeting the
legendary filmmaker Werner
Herzog at Sundance in
January. Then, at the
Edinburgh in June, I met and
had a chat with British
cinematographer Seamus
McGarvey, whose credits
include Atonement (2007)
and Anna Karenina (2012),
besides the small matter of
The Avengers (2012) and
Godzilla (2014).
The year moved relatively
legend-free after that, until I
got to South Korea for the

Busan International Film

The festival has had its fair
share of problems from
officialdom and its budget
was slashed. The
international film industry
came out in force and was
vocal in their support of
Asias most important film
festival. This extended
through into the festival with
a filmmakers reception,
where a veritable whos who
of world cinema gathered to
express their solidarity.
While Taiwanese legend Hou
Hsiao-Hsien, whose last
release was the mesmerising
The Assassin (2015), took
to the stage, I found myself
standing next to a strangely

familiar person.
A quick query to a
Bangladeshi filmmaker and it
was confirmed that he was
none other than Korean
master Kim Ki-duk.
Introductions were made,
pictures were clicked and an
invitation to a Japanese bar
gratefully accepted.
I was first exposed to Kim
Ki-duks work in 2003, when
I watched Spring, Summer,
Fall, Winter... and Spring at
a film festival.
The poetic film that
explores a Buddhist
novitiates relationship with
his master and his own urges
takes place mostly at a
floating temple on a lake. As
soon as I saw the film, I

realised I was in the presence

of greatness and I wasted no
time in watching his earlier
films, including The Isle
(2000), Address Unknown
(2001) and Bad Guy (2001).
Thereafter, I began keeping
tabs on his work and would
wait as eagerly for his next
film as I would for the next
Rajinikanth blockbuster.
In successive years, I
drank in Samaritan Girl
(2004), 3-Iron (2004),
The Bow (2005), Time
(2006), Breath (2007),
Dream (2008), Amen
(2011) and Pieta (2012).
Unlike Pieta, which was
an elegant take on a motherson relationship, Kim Kiduks next, the dialogue-free

he famed child actor,

Shweta Basu Prasad
who earned
recognition for her
performance in the 2002
horror-comedy, Makdee, is
part of the Ekta Kapoors
historical television drama
Chandra Nandini on Star
Plus. In Chandra Nandni,
she is essaying the role of
Chandragupta Mauryas wife,
Nandni while Rajat Tokas
will be Chandragupta
Maurya. She will also been
seen in Karan Johar
produced Badrinath Ki
Dulhaniya with Varun
Dhawan next year.
Describing her return on
Star Plus with Balaji
Telefilms as a
homecoming, Shweta said,
the word come back here
applies in its truest sense,
the actor talks about the
serial, her journey so far and
her stint behind the camera.
Tell us about Chandra
Nandni and your role in
I am playing Nandni,
Chandragupta Maurya's wife,
with whom he had a very
estranged relationship. It is
about a couple who in no
manner wanted to be
together, but at the same
time, were destined to be
together. A perfectly coined
term revenge-hate drama.
They hate each other from
the core of their hearts. It is
very different from other
shows because it focuses on
the relationship of
Chandragupta and Nandni
instead of the achievements
of the emperor.The duo will
be seen engaging in multiple
sword battles trying to fatally
wound each other. We have
tried our best and hope
people will like this twisted
and hateful angle of an
ancient love story.
Any special preparations
for the role?
An extensive amount of
research went into
understanding the era, the
character, their life, their
preferences. The Hindi
dialect used today is different
from that of the period, so I
had to learn that along with
the accent. The action
sequences required a skilled
horse rider, and wielding
swords. Getting ready
requires heavy make-up
along with costumes and

jewellery, it takes about two

hours or more for that alone.
Coming back after a long
break how does it feel?
Ecstatic and enrapturing.
It is an emotionally flooded
time, a mix of excitement and
nervousness. The stakes
during a come-back, are
considerably high. People
have an impression of the
past, of how you were.
Sometimes people come to
me, and congratulate me,
because I won the National
Film Award. But the thing is,
it was 13 years back. People
change, people grow. Things
change over time. Now I have
a pre-set bar, a certain level
expectation to live up-to. It
builds on you a kind of
pressure that can either
compel you to work to your
fullest or start to take a toll
on you. I hope it is not the
Where were you all this
I took time off after
Iqbal, to complete my
studies. I studied Mass
Communication and
Journalism and completed
my graduation in the same
field. As a project assignment
I made a short documentary
on Dyeing Art of Classical
Music, for which I
interviewed AR Rehman and
Vishal Bhardwaj. I also coproduced and acted in a short
film, Interior Cafe Nights
with Naseeruddin Shah and
Shernaz Patel. I was then a
script consultant at Anurag
Kashyap's Phantom Films.
So, I wasn't really away from
the industry. I was working
behind the cameras, instead.
How was life behind the
Working behind the
camera teaches you things.
The technicalities that go
into making films makes you
cherish the art more. As an
artist you take certain things
for granted. Working behind
the scenes, you get to know
everything, from the tinniest
detail in scripts and dialogue
to the huge animation effects
that films today require. As
an actor, one comes in,
shoots his role and packs-up.
It is the people working
behind who sync the
dialogues, edit the sequences.
It is a demanding job.
Personally I feel my calling to
be in front of the cameras.
Having the experiences of
both sides I felt inclined
towards acting.

A scene from The Net.

Moebius (2013) features

many elements, including
castration and incest. I did
not get into it at all. To me, it
felt like the work of a master
who just got bored and
wanted to try something
extremely different. And
perhaps because of the
Moebius aftertaste, I did
not watch One on One
(2014) or Stop (2015). I will
now, as I will his new film
The Net (2016) that
showed at Busan. And with
its provocative title, the

world is looking forward to

his next film, Who is God?
At Busan, I also had the
opportunity to chat with
Malian master Souleymane
Ciss (Tell Me Who You Are
and Brightness), who was
the head of the jury this year.
Despite my rudimentary
understanding of French, I
understood from him that
cinema in Mali is in
reasonably good health and
the censorship regime is not
as draconian as it used to be.

BACK WITH A BANG Shweta Basu Prasad.


What reality are you creating for yourself ?

Corporate speaker, author and entrepreneur, Issac Lidskys powerful and touching talk gives
Sudhamahi Regunathan points to ponder.

saac Lidsky reiterates

what philosophy had
declared enigmatically
when he says, Sight is an
illusionto create the
experience of sight, your
brain references your
conceptual understanding of
the world, other knowledge,
your memories, opinions,
emotions, mental attention.
All of these things and far
more are linked in your brain
to your sight. These linkages
work both ways, and usually
occur subconsciously. So for
example, what you see
impacts how you feel, and the
way you feel can literally
change what you see.
Numerous studies
demonstrate this. If you are
asked to estimate the walking
speed of a man in a video, for
example, your answer will be
different if you're told to

think about cheetahs or

turtles... We have arrived at a
fundamental contradiction.
What you see is a complex
mental construction of your
own making, but you
experience it passively as a
direct representation of the
world around you. You create
your own reality, and you
believe it.
Who is Isaac Lidsky? One
answer is that he runs a big
construction company in
Florida. Another answer is
that he graduated from
Harvard in math and
computer science. But there
is more to him.
Lidsky goes on to say,
sight is just one way we
shape our reality. We create
our own realities in many
other ways. Let's take fear as
one example. Your fears
distort your reality. Under

the warped logic of fear,

anything is better than the
uncertain. Fear fills the void
at all costs, passing off what
you dread for what you know,
offering up the worst in place
of the ambiguous,
substituting assumption for
reasonFear replaces the
unknown with the awful.
Now, fear is self-realizing.
When you face the greatest
need to look outside yourself
and think critically, fear
beats a retreat deep inside
your mind, shrinking and
distorting your view,
drowning your capacity for
critical thought with a flood
of disruptive emotions.
When you face a compelling
opportunity to take action,
fear lulls you into inaction,
enticing you to passively
watch its prophecies fulfil

Lidsky says that to live life

realistically without falling
into the above traps can be

learnt. And he gives some

tips, Hold yourself
accountable for every

moment, every thought,

every detail. See beyond your
fears. Recognize your
assumptions. Harness your
internal strength. Silence
your internal critic. Correct
your misconceptions about
luck and about success.
Accept your strengths and
your weaknesses, and
understand the
differenceYour fears, your
critics, your heroes, your
villains they are your
excuses, rationalisations,
shortcuts, justifications, your
surrenderthey are fictions
you perceive as reality.
Choose to let them go
Lidsky points out that our
lives are full of assumptions,
We make assumptions and
faulty leaps of logic. We
harbour bias. We know that
we are right, and they are
wrong. We fear the worst. We

strive for unattainable

perfection. We tell ourselves
what we can and cannot do...
When Lidsky went
completely blind at the age of
25 due to a rare genetic
disease, he did not listen to
his fears telling him that his
life had ended and that from
now on it would be a quiet,
anonymous and lonely
struggle. He instead learnt,
that what we see is not
universal truth. It is not
objective reality. What we see
is a unique, personal, virtual
reality that is masterfully
constructed by our brainI
chose to step out of fear's
tunnel into terrain
uncharted and undefined. I
chose to build there a blessed
lifeI share my beautiful life
with Dorothy, my beautiful
wife Lidsky and Dorothy
have triplets and a baby

Therefore it is that Lidsky
spoke about reality and the
illusions we create for
ourselves. He asks. What do
you fear? What lies do you
tell yourself? In your career
and personal life, in your
relationships, and in your
heart and soul, your
assumptions do you great
harm. They exact a toll in
missed opportunities and
unrealized potential, and
they engender insecurity and
distrust where you seek
fulfilment and connection. I
urge you to search them out.
A powerful and touching
Web link: