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SC: Liquor sales ban

Honouring the President

covers hotels too

Oil companies reduce Exempting larger establishments will dilute objective
petrol, diesel prices
Krishnadas Rajagopal
The price of petrol was cut by New Delhi
3.77 per litre and that of Confirming its verdict on
diesel by 2.91 a litre, the making National and State
irst change in rates in two- highways liquor-free zones,
and-half months. State- the Supreme Court clarified
owned oil irms cut rates with on Friday that its prohibition
efect from midnight on on the sale of liquor within a
Friday night. The actual distance of 500 metres from
decrease will be higher after the outer edge of these main
taking into account the local thoroughfares is not restric-
levies. ted to liquor shops alone but
also includes other larger
UP guidelines for The court said exempting
anti-Romeo squads Fluid display: State Disaster Response Force personnel present a drill in honour of President Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration establishments other than
of the Namami Brahmaputra festival in Guwahati on Friday. The ive-day festival is being organised in 21 districts. RITU RAJ KONWAR *
shops involved in sale of li-
The Uttar Pradesh police quor, which includes bar-

Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law

were on Friday directed by attached hotels, wine and No relief: A liquor shop near Puttuthakku on the Chennai-
the State government to beer parlours dotting high- Bengaluru National Highway on Friday. C.VENKATACHALAPATHY

ensure its anti-Romeo ways, would amount to dilu-

squads do not resort to tion of the objective of its The order was authored opinion given recently by At-
blackening of the face or New Bill makes it an ofence punishable with life imprisonment, bigger ine December 15 judgment to by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud torney-General Mukul Ro-
murga position type prevent drunk driving, one for a Bench led by Chief hatgi to the Kerala govern-
punishments in the name of Mahesh Langa ded from the House on the of the major killers plaguing Justice of India J.S. Khehar ment that the December 15
protecting women.
Gandhinagar last day of the budget ses- Indian roads. and comprising Justice L. judgments ambit was con-
If the newly elected BJP gov- sion, has also made cow Nageswara Rao. The Bench fined only to retail liquor
NORTH PAGE 2 Constitutional value had heard 68 applications outlets and not bigger estab-
ernment in Uttar Pradesh slaughter, transportation of
launched a crackdown on il- cow or beef and beef The pernicious nature of over two days. They all lishments like bar-attached
SC removes age cap of 25 legal slaughter houses imme- products a cognisable and the sale of liquor along the wanted the court to modify hotels and wine-beer par-
years for NEET- 2017 diately after the Assembly non-bailable offence. National and State highways its December judgment. lours along highways in the
NEW DELHI polls, another BJP-ruled The Bill also bans trans- cannot be ignored. Drunken The December verdict State.
The Supreme Courton Friday State, Gujarat, which goes to portation of animals from driving is a potent source of had directed States and A petition filed by former
removed the age cap of 25 the polls later this year, one place to another at night fatalities and injuries in road Union Territories to stop the Kerala Assembly Speaker
years for candidates came up with an amend- while providing for perman- accidents. The Constitution grant of licences to establish- V.M. Sudheeran, represen-
appearing for the NEET-2017 ment to make cow slaughter ent forfeiture of vehicles. preserves and protects the ments located within 500 ted by advocate
examination for MBBS/BDS a punishable offence with It has also proposed a fine right to life as an over-arch- metres of national and State Kaleeswaram Raj, had al-
courses and allowed illing up life term, a first in the coun- which may extend to five ing constitutional value, the highways. April 1, 2017 was leged that a Cabinet decision
of forms through online try. lakh rupees but shall not be 32-page clarification order fixed as the date for phasing had already been taken to
portal of the CBSE till April 5. The most stringent provi- less than one lakh rupees observed. out existing liquor licences. extend the liquor licences on
NEWS PAGE 9 sion in the amendment Bill is found involved in slaughter servation (Amendment) Bill, for those found guilty of cow The court said its duty to the basis of the A-G's
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD awarding maximum impris- of cows, calves, bulls and passed by the Assembly in slaughter. protect public health and Counters AGs opinion opinion.
onment up to life, but not bullocks. the absence of Opposition safety clearly overrides the The clarification runs com-
DELHI METRO 6 PAGES less than 10 years, to those The Gujarat Animal Pre- members who were suspen- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 interests of liquor traders. pletely counter to a legal CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

1,900 Indians under scanner for Panama links UP meat Abducted Indians freed in South Sudan
impasse Special Correspondent Thank you Mam, for India about the kidnapping
They control or have inancial interests in 3,000 companies incorporated there NEW DELHI your efforts to release two through social media.

panys name had earlier sur-

likely to end India has secured the re- Indians Midhun and Edward The two Indians from
Devesh K. Pandey lease of two oilfield engin- in South Sudan. My friends Tamil Nadu were kidnapped
NEW DELHI faced during the probe into Omar Rashid eers, who were kidnapped are back, said Ajay Raja, by the Sudan Peoples Liber-
The Income-Tax Depart- offshore business interests Lucknow in South Sudan last month. production operator of the ation Army-In Opposition, a
ment has launched a probe and assets of Mr. Mallya. The After assurances by Chief It was announced on Dar Petroleum Operating rebel outfit in the oil-rich
into the suspected undis- list of 1,900 is in addition to Minister Yogi Adityanath, Thursday night on social Company, lauding Minister country, on March 7.
closed foreign assets held by over 400 individuals already meat traders on Friday hin- media by another Indian for External Affairs Sushma
more than 1,900 persons of being examined by the I-T ted they were ready to re- working in South Sudan. Swaraj. Mr. Raja had alerted CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
Indian origin, who either Department after their sume business provided
control or have financial in- names surfaced in papers their licences were re-
terests in close to 3,000 leaked from a Panama law newed. The licences ex-
companies incorporated in firm last year. In the Panama pired on March 31 and the
Panama. Papers case, almost 90% of meat traders have reques-
A scrutiny of the data, the companies were incor- ted the CM to direct the ad-
provided by the Enforce- porated in the British Virgin ministration to renew the
ment Directorate, revealed Islands and the rest were in licences within the next
that several high net-worth Switzerland and the U.K. few days.
individuals had interests in names in the list is that of Vi- ternational Inc, set up in Au- jurisdictions. We had a positive meet-
as many as 20 companies. jay Mallya, said to be linked gust 1992. ing with the CM. He as-
Among the prominent to Panama-based Vee Tee In- Incidentally, the com- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
sured us he would direct
officials to renew our li-

CBI iles charge sheet against Virbhadra cences. After his assur-
ances, we appeal to our
people to start opening
their shops as and when
Agency acted hours after Delhi HC dismissed his plea to quash case against him their licences get re-
newed, said Haji Shakeel
Akanksha Jain Steel Minister. The amount the LIC agent helped Mr. ment did not buy the ex- Qureshi of the All India
Devesh K. Pandey is allegedly 192% of his in- Singh invest unaccounted planation, after which an in- Meat Association and the
New Delhi
come from known sources. for money in policies. In his quiry was launched and the All India Meat and Live-
Hours after the Delhi High Among the others charge- annual returns, Mr. Singh CBI registered the case in stock Exporters
Court declined to quash the sheeted are LIC agent later showed the additional September 2015. Association.
alleged disproportionate as- Anand Chauhan, Tarini In- amount as income from the Mr. Chandrashekhar and The meat traders across
sets case against Himachal frastructure managing dir- sale of apples from his orch- Ram Prakash have also been Uttar Pradesh have been
Chief Minister Virbhadra ector Vakamulla ard. An MoU was later pre- accused of helping Mr. on strike for the past few
Singh and his wife on Fri- Chandrashekhar, Universal pared showing the LIC agent Singh prepare fake papers days against the police
day, the CBI filed a charge Apples Associates (Hi- as the orchard manager. to legitimise dispropor- crackdown on illegal
sheet against them and machal Pradesh) owner Prem Raj and Lavan Roach tionate assets. abattoirs.
seven others in the case. Chunni Lal Chauhan, Prem were shown as witnesses. Earlier on Friday, Justice Meanwhile, the Chief
The CBI has accused Mr. Raj, Lavan Roach and Ram The agency alleged that Vipin Sanghi dismissed Mr. Minister paid a visit to a
Singh of amassing assets Prakash Bhatia. A stamp invoices claiming sale of Singhs plea seeking quash- cow shelter in Lucknow
worth 10.30 crore between vendor has also been apples to Universal Apples ing of the case. run by Mulayam Singhs
May 2009 and June 2012 named. Associates were created. WILL APPROACH HIGHER COURT, second son Prateek Yadav
when he was the Union The agency alleged that However, the I-T Depart- SAYS CM PAGE 2 and wife Aparna Yadav.

Arrest me, jail me, Karnan dares Supreme Court

Accuses it of robbing him of his mental and physical balance and his dignity
Legal correspondent
had on earlier occasions me... What way am I an of-
failed to appear despite re- fender or an anti-social ele-
In an openly confrontational peated summons. ment or a terrorist for you...
hearing, controversial Cal- you should protect my dig-
cutta High Court judge, Bailable warrant nity. My personal life has
Justice C.S. Karnan on Friday The court had to issue a bail- been destroyed, police
challenged a seven-judge able warrant served on the entered my colony and
Bench of the Supreme Court judge by a team of the West people are watching me,
to arrest and put him in jail Bengal Police led by the Dir- Justice Karnan submitted.
for contempt. ector-General of Police. We issued bailable war-
Reacting to an order of Justice Karnan, appearing rants against you, Mr.
the Bench led by Chief C.S. Karnan interacts with the media outside the Supreme for himself in a packed Karnan, not because you
Justice of India J.S. Khehar to Court in New Delhi on Friday. V. SUDERSHAN *
courtroom, shouted at the were an accused but because
file an affidavit explaining Bench that he will not come you did not enter procedure.
his allegations of corruption Bench of robbing him of his Justice Karnan was ap- again before it. You are not a terrorist,
against fellow High Court mental and physical balance pearing for the first time be- Had I not come today, Chief Justice Khehar
and Supreme Court judges, and his dignity by stripping fore the Bench in the con- you would have issued a responded.
Justice Karnan accused the him of his official work. tempt action against him. He non-bailable warrant against CONTINUED ON PAGE 8





UP guidelines for anti-Romeo squads

Directive not to humiliate or blacken faces of youth comes after outrage over harassment, HC order
Press Trust of India punished loitering men on while listing out the dos and filling one of the pre-poll steps being taken for women
Lucknow the streets and a day after donts. promises of the party. security and inform senior
The Uttar Pradesh police the Allahabad High Court The Allahabad High officials on a regular basis,
were on Friday directed by directed it to ensure that CMs intervention Courts Lucknow Bench of the official said.
the State government to en- guidelines were followed by The fresh guidelines were is- justices Amreshwar Pratap Stressing that his govern-
sure that its anti-Romeo the police teams and action sued after the intervention of Sahi and Sanjay Harkauli had ment was firm on upholding
squads do not resort to taken as per the law. Chief Minister Yogi given its order on a PIL that the security and dignity of
blackening of the face or There should be no shav- Adityanath amid reports of alleged that the police were women, the CM said a State-
murga position type pun- ing of heads, blackening of alleged harassment by anti- not following the guidelines wide drive has been
ishments in the name of pro- faces or murga pose (a Romeo squads. during the drive. launched to free public
tecting women. stress position used as a cor- The special squads of the The Chief Minister has places of anti-social elements
The move by the govern- poral punishment where sit- UP Police were formed after also directed administrative and check incidents of eve-
ment comes amid outrage ups are done holding the the the BJP government as- and police officials in dis- teasing and indecent beha-
over the way the squads have ears), said a senior official sumed office this month, ful- tricts to regularly review the viour.

Will approach higher

court, says Virbhadra
Clear case of political vendetta: CM
Kanwar Yogendra courts permission, got an-
Shimla other jolt when Justice Vipin
Himachal Pradesh Chief Sanghi vacated the order on
Minister Virbhadra Singh, Friday.
whose plea for quashing of Mr. Singh finds himself in
an FIR against him by the a legal and political predica-
CBI was dismissed by the ment with the CBI filing the
Delhi High Court on Friday, charge sheet on Friday
said he would approach the against him and his wife in a
division bench of the High CBI court at the Patiala
Court or the Supreme Court House Courts. After the ab-
for relief in the dispropor- rupt adjournment of the
tionate assets case. House by the Speaker, Mr.
The octogenarian Chief Singh immediately left for
Minister, who had earlier Delhi to consult his lawyers.
blamed the CBI for working
with malafide intent, again Assembly adjourned
called it a clear case of polit- Meanwhile, Speaker
ical vendetta by his political B.B.L. Butail adjourned the
opponents. House sine die on Friday. Al-
The CM, who had ob- though the budget session
tained an order from the Hi- was to go on till April 7, the
machal High Court on Octo- Bhoranj by-election and the
ber 1, 2015, restraining the latest crisis facing the CM
CBI from arresting, interrog- forced the government to
ating or filing a charge sheet take the decision, the Op-
against him without the position alleged.

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Odisha Assembly adjourned Manipur
panel to deal
37 drowned in Puri
with loods in three years: govt
thrice over tribals gang-rape IBOYAIMA LAITHANGBAM
All deaths along a one-km stretch
The Manipur cabinet on Deaths have been repor-
Soumitras grandson Naveen Patnaik orders crime branch probe; main accused arrested Friday constituted a com-
Staff Reporter
ted despite the State govern-
injured in road mishap mittee headed by Irrigation ment taking several steps.
KOLKATA Staff Reporter the House. Mr.Mishra found Berhampur for a medical and Flood Control Minister Puri beach, one of the most For the safety of beach revel-
Bengali actor and grandson BERHAMPUR support from BJP legislature check-up. Leppao Haokip to deal popular holiday destinations lers, who bathe in the Bay of
of thespian Soumitra The Odisha government on party leader K. V. Singhdeo. Speaking to newsmen at with the floods caused by in the country, has become a Bengal along the beach, 266
Chatterjee, Ranodeep Bose, Friday ordered a crime Subsequently, the Opposi- the hospital, Khambal admit- torrential rain in the past watery grave for many. As traditional fishermen have
was seriously injured in a road branch probe into the al- tion parties members ted his secret marriage to the two days. Two persons many as 37 tourists have been deployed and they
mishap in the city early on leged gang-rape of a minor rushed to the well of the tribal girl. According to him, have died in rain-related drowned during the past have been insured, said Mr.
Friday. Ranodeep was pillion tribal girl in Ganjam district House and shouted slogans. after their marriage they incidents. three years, the State As- Panda.
riding on a friends two- even as the main accused Mr.Pujari adjourned the eloped from the village as Officials said landslides sembly was informed on
wheeler. He suffered serious was arrested by the police Naveen Patnaik *
House, thrice in a row till 3 their families were opposed on national highways had Friday. Police patrolling
head injuries when the bike and the issue rocked the pm. to their relationship. He affected transportation of All deaths have occurred Besides, police patrolling
rammed a concrete wall in State Assembly. prompt action is taken in ac- claimed he did not know goods. along a one-km stretch close has been intensified for the
New Alipore around 2 am, the The House witnessed reg- cordance with the law, he Secret marriage why the girl had alleged ab- The committee shall to the tourist town. Tourism security of tourists at Puri,
police said. PTI ular adjournments following said. The main accused arrested duction and gang-rape. take up flood control meas- and Culture Minister Ashok Satapada and Chandrabhaga
a ruckus created by the Op- Earlier, Leader of the Op- by the police has been iden- Ganjam Additional SP ures on a war footing. We Panda, in response to a beaches, he said.
Carcass of adult position Congress and the position Narasingha Mishra tified as Khambal Pradhan. Trinath Patel said the police have kept men and mater- query, said all the 37 deaths Last year, 18 tourists
elephant found BJP over the incident. Mak- had demanded a crime Meanwhile, police investiga- were still continuing with the ial ready. An emergency were reported between 2014 drowned while 11 deaths
JALPAIGURI (WB) ing a statement in the House, branch probe into the incid- tions have revealed that the investigation. A search is on section has been set up, and 2016. were reported in 2015.
The putrefied carcass of a Chief Minister Naveen Pat- ent. tribal girl had eloped with to nab the other accused in Mr Haokip said.
full-grown female elephant naik announced a crime Mr.Mishra said that the Khambal earlier this month the case. One person was killed
was found at Moraghat range branch probe and informed girl was raped because her and the two had secretly got The CM had stated in the when lightning struck him
of Dooars on Friday. It was members that the main ac- father had worked for the married at a Shiva temple in Assembly that cases have on Thursday in Jiribam
found lying near the Kalapani cused in the case had been Congress in the panchayat Ankuli. Khambal, who was a been registered against five while another person died
river by forest workers during arrested earlier in the day. polls. He urged Speaker Nir- neighbour of the girl, was persons based on the com- when the truck in which he
a routine visit, wildlife My government will en- anjan Pujari to direct Mr.Pat- brought to the MKCG Med- plaint of the victim. was travelling fell into a
warden Seema Chowdhury sure that stringent and naik to make a statement in ical College and Hospital in (With inputs from PTI) gorge.
said. It is yet to be
ascertained when the
elephant died, she said.
Meanwhile, NGOs here have
CAG raps Meghalaya for
alleged laxity by the forest
department as the carcass failure to implement RTE OBITUARY & DEATH
was not sighted during the REMEMBRANCE
three-day elephant census
that ended on March 29. PTI Over 900 crore funds underutilised
Press Trust of India 7,769 children enrolled in BIRTHDAY
New regional party Shillong them. REMEMBRANCE
launched in Meghalaya It also reported that over
SHILLONG The Comptroller and Aud- 77% of primary school
The Peoples Democratic itor General (CAG) has teachers and 85% of upper
Front (PDF), a regional rapped the Meghalaya gov- primary school teachers ap-
political party in Meghalaya, ernment for its failure to im- pointed were untrained and
aiming at developing the plement the Right To Educa- about 68 schools did not
State and translating the tion Act, 2009, resulting in even have science and
aspirations of the people into underutilisation of funds of maths teacher.
reality was on Friday formally over 900 crore, shortage of Considering that the
launched. The PDF is the fifth nearly 1,700 teachers and State already had a high en-
regional political party to be appointment of over 70% rolment of 96% in 2011-12,
launched here after the untrained staff. failure to universalise the
United Democratic Party In its report tabled in the elementary education indic-
(UDP), the Hill State People just-concluded Assembly ated lacklustre performance
Democratic Party (HSPDP), session for the year ending of the department, the CAG
the Khun Hynniewtrep March 31, 2016, the CAG said report said.
National Awakening there was a shortage of 1,748 The CAG report identified
Movement (KHNAM) and the teachers in primary schools the lack of basic infrastruc-
Garo National Council (GNC). with 224 primary schools ture as one of the hindering
having only one teacher for factors.










6 scribes of Kerala TV channel face probe Threat of social boycott
over inter-caste marriage
Mangalam TV, which aired a conversation between a woman and former Minister, accused of cheating
Police warn community leaders
Special Correspondent public attention on its inaug- entrapment of the politician
Thiruvananthapuram ural day on March 26 by air- using a woman staffer of the Sathish G.T. decided to boycott the fam-
At least six journalists of the ing an edited version of the channel to further the com- Hassan ily and impose a penalty.
recently launched private seamy conversation as an ex- mercial interests of the A Sudugadu Sidda family of Manjunath, Thirthas
Kerala vigilance chief television channel, ample of sleaze in high broadcasting house. Shivapura village in Chan- father, told The Hindu: The
goes on endless leave Mangalam TV, were on Fri- office. They said the expose narayapatna taluk is al- leaders demanded 1.5 lakh.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM day placed under formal po- It initially claimed that the served no public purpose legedly being boycotted so- We were denied the right to
Jacob Thomas, Director of lice investigation in connec- woman was a petitioner and other than the channels cially by its own community fetch water from the public
Vigilance and Anti-Corruption tion with the alleged attempt implied that the housewife commercial interests. The because a family member tap and others were told not
Bureau, has gone on to defame, vilify and cause was forced to put up with the government succumbed and married out of caste. to talk to us. They were
extended leave. the resignation of a Minister Ministers unsavoury ad- ordered a Crime Branch in- warned that any violation
Mr. Thomas described his over a sex tape. vances to have her griev- quiry on Thursday, forcing Inter-caste marriage would attract a fine of
unanticipated exit as the The contents of the First ances heard. the channel to backtrack on Thirtha (22) and Panchami 5,000.
start of an endless leave. Information Report, filed Snowballing issue: Women journalists holding a The government ordered its earlier statements. It said (19) of the Vokkaliga com- The Channarayapatna
He said he would not dwell against the suspects at a ma- demonstration near the headquarters of Mangalam TV a judicial inquiry after Mr. the broadcast was the result munity got married on police reached the village on
on the reasons for his gistrate court here, largely channel in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT *
Saseendran quit office to fa- of a sting operation and ad- March 15 despite opposition hearing the news. They told
departure at this stage. remained secret. cilitate an independent ex- mitted that more caution from both families. Thirtha, the villagers that they would
Police chief Loknath Behera Branch has confirmed that have been booked. amination of the affair. and editorial judgment who was studying in a gov- take action as per the law if
will hold charge in his place. Three complaints they had filed separate cases Investigators said the would have been in order. ernment college in Chan- the boycott was implemen-
The sex tape, apparently re- on the basis of at least three complainants had accused Unethical entrapment Women journalists, mean- narayapatna when he fell in ted. This prompted the lead-
Aseemanand out on bail, corded on a mobile phone, complaints forwarded by the the channel of conspiracy, Soon, the channel came un- while, held a demonstration love with Panchami, is now ers to backtrack on their de-
taken to Uttar Pradesh featured a sordid conversa- State Police Chief Loknath cheating, violation of the IT der criticism from civil soci- before the headquarters of a daily wage worker. cision. The leaders, in the
HYDERABAD tion between an unknown Behera. Act and broadcast rules that ety for peddling the private the Mangalam TV channel to As the news of the mar- presence of the police, told
RSS activist Aseemanand, woman and former Kerala The agency was unwilling entailed a punishment of sexual peccadilloes of a Min- protest against the alleged riage reached the village, us that there would be no
acquitted recently in the Transport Minister A.K. to name the suspects at this minimum six years of impris- ister as news. Media leaders use of a woman journalist to leaders of the Sudugadu boycott. I hope they stick to
Ajmer Dargah blast case and Saseendran. stage or elaborate on the onment and fine. commented that they saw a set a phone trap on the Sidda community convened their assurance, Mr. Man-
granted bail in the Mecca The State Police Crime Sections under which they The channel had grabbed pre-meditated and unethical former Minister. a meeting on Friday. They junath said later in the day.
Masjid terror attack, was
released from the
Chanchalguda Central Prison
Tension in Karnataka as farmers
on Friday. A special police
team has taken him to U.P. in
connection with the case
registered there. from Maharashtra damage barrage No great escape for Chiko and Chikita
Convict hurls slipper Zoo chimpanzees back in kraal after an abortive bid for freedom in Visakhapatnam
at Kerala judge 14 sluice gates built across Bhima were broken 3 days ago
KERALA Nivedita Ganguly amused when they were
A man, convicted on Friday Firoz Rozindar VISAKHAPATNAM informed. For a moment, I
for sexually assaulting a Vijayapura Two chimpanzees, a male thought Appa Rao was
minor, hurled a slipper at the Farmers of the Indi taluk of and a female, made a dash joking. It is practically
judge after he was sentenced Karnataka are furious over for freedom at the Indira impossible for a chimp to
to 21 years in prison. As soon the damage caused to the Gandhi Zoological Park here scale a 20-foot-high
as Judge Panjabakesan of a Umrani barrage across the after scaling the 20-foot-high enclosure, said Ramana
local court in Wayanad Bhima river three days ago. wall of their day kraal Bhusala, forest section
pronounced the sentence, the A group of farmers from enclosure. officer.
convict hit him. PTI Maharashtra allegedly broke But their bid to get a taste
14 gates of the barrage. This of the world outside proved Felled with a dart
Slain techies husband is the second attack after 31 short-lived. The 16-member zoo
may attend funeral gates of the Hingani barrage Security lapse: A view of the Hingani barrage after it was On Friday morning, zoo emergency team rushed in
NEW YORK were broken in November. previously broken in November last year. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
staff panicked after the Apes life: Chiko (left) climbed a fence in his enclosure at the with two tranquilliser guns
Hanumantha Rao Narra, Officials say the barrages chimps made an exit. After Indira Gandhi Zoo in Vizag on Friday. K.R. DEEPAK *
and a blow pipe. The two 90
husband of the 38-year-old are broken to draw water il- The police arrested about For years, we have been two hours of dramatic kilo apes swung from branch
Indian woman who was found legally into the fields on the six persons in connection demanding that the govern- rescue efforts by an to the zoo from Israel last spotted Chikita hanging out to branch, walked around
murdered with her six-year- Maharashtra side of the bor- with the first case. New gates ment provide police secur- emergency team, Chiko June. of the solar fencing, offering the jaguar enclosure and
old son in the U.S., is der. In the first incident, were installed later. ity to our barrages like Ma- (male) and Chikita (female) Curator B. Vijaykumar a hand to Chiko, who evaded the team.
expected to attend their about 0.144 tmcft of water harashtra has done for its were recaptured and said a malfunction in the followed her out. I was We tried to lure them
funeral in India, media reports from the Bhima flowed into 30 farmers held barrages. But the govern- returned to their enclosure. solar fencing was exploited shocked. They are usually with fruits. When that failed,
said. Mr. Narra has not been Maharashtra. The quantum Though the police have ar- ment has not taken any ac- The zoo went into a by the chimps to climb the very friendly, but despite my we had to tranquillise the
charged with a crime and is of water in the second case rested 30 farmers in the tion, said Panchappa Kal- lockdown during the 16-foot-high wall plus a best efforts to get them female with a blow pipe.
free to attend the funeral, is yet to be ascertained. Wa- second case, the bigger burgi, president of the operation but no visitors four-foot-high solar fencing. back, the two kept leaping With his companion down,
Joel Bewley, spokesman for ter supply to the adjoining question of security remains Bhima Nadi Neeru Horata were in the vicinity. Three The drama began when around, said Mr. Appa Rao. Chiko also returned, said
the prosecutor, said. PTI villages has been hit. unanswered. Samiti. chimpanzees were brought animal keeper Appa Rao Zoo officials were not veterinarian Dr.V. Srinivas.



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that my Original Qualifying Exami-
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Secondary (Class XII) Examination
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Blasts in Odisha rail station Small savings
interest rates
Maoists triggered them at Doikalu to protest against PMs visit to State cut by 0.1%
Press Trust of India
Staff Reporter two walkie talkie sets. New Delhi
Another group of Maoists The government has
Protesting against the pro- reached a goods train sta- lowered interest rates on
posed visit of Prime Minister tioned there. It snatched a small saving schemes such
Yasin Bhatkal brought to Narendra Modi to Odisha, walkie talkie from the engine as Public Provident Fund
Ahmedabad for blasts case Maoists triggered blasts at driver and forced him to (PPF), Kisan Vikas Patra
AHMEDABAD the Doikalu railway station shut down the engine. The (KVP) and Sukanya Sam-
The police on Friday brought in Rayagada district of the ultras tried to take out diesel riddhi scheme by 0.1 per
Yasin Bhatkal, one of the State on Thursday. from the engine to burn it, cent for the April-June
founders of the terror Naxalites set off an explo- but they failed. They quarter, a move that would
organisation Indian sion in the office of the sta- triggered a blast near the en- prompt banks to cut their
Mujahideen, to the city in tion master and tried to gine. deposit rates.
connection with the 2008 damage the engine of a According to railway offi- For April-June, these
serial blasts case. Co-accused goods train through another cials, the blasts did not cause have been lowered by 0.1 %
Assadulla Akhtar alias Haddi blast. But they did not harm much damage. across the board compared
was also brought to the city the railway staff. Many trains As Doikalu is a small sta- to January-March. How-
along with Bhatkal. Both were detained at various sta- tion, where very few trains ever, interest on savings
were flown here by a special tions due to the blasts. stop, security was low, deposits has been retained
flight from Delhi, a police Doikalu is situated between which made it a soft target at 4% annually.
officer said. Eighteen blasts Rayagada and Titilagarh. for the Maoists, sources said. Since April last year, in-
ripped through the city on terest rates of all small sav-
July 26, 2008, killing 56 and Handwritten posters 11 trains detained ing schemes have been re-
injuring over 150. PTI Maoists left behind hand- Soft target: A Maoist banner at the Doikalu station with the According to East Coast Rail- calibrated on a quarterly
written banners and posters targeted goods train in the background. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT *
way authorities, at least 11 basis.
BJP flays Nitish for in Odia at the station, attack- trains had to be detained at A Finance Ministry noti-
power tariff hike ing the policies of the Modi tras opposed the posting of cadres, in two groups various stations. The Jun- fication said investments in
government at the Centre non-Odia administrative offi- entered the station around agarh-Sambalpur Express the PPF scheme will fetch
Making light of Bihar Chief and the Naveen Patnaik gov- cials and the deployment of 12.15 a.m. was cancelled. Traffic was lower annual rate of 7.9%,
Minister Nitish Kumars ernment in Odisha. They non-Odia BSF and CRPF per- The group that entered resumed on this route after the same as 5-year National
announcement of providing also opposed the BJPs na- sonnel, who, they alleged, his office forced him and a security clearance. Savings Certificate.
relief to consumers by way of tional executive meeting in were exploiting the locals. porter out of the station Odisha Director General The existing rate for
direct subsidy on power, BJP Bhubaneswar on April 15 According to Doikalu sta- premises. It then triggered of Police K.B. Singh said a these two schemes is 8%.
leader Sushil Modi on Friday and 16 and Mr. Modis visit to tion master S.K. Parida, an explosion in the station new Maoist group in Ray- KVP investments will yield
said there had been a rise of Odisha to attend the same. about 15 to 20 armed masters office. agada district might be be- 7.6% and mature in 112
36 per cent to 80 per cent in In some posters, the ul- Maoists, including women The ultras also took away hind the violence. months.
electricity rates announced as
compared to the last fiscal. Senior citizens scheme
The announcement is like The one for girl child sav-
khoda pahad nikali chunhiya
(infinitesimal result after
much effort), Mr. Modi said
Cant ban MPs from other professions: SC ings, Sukanya Samriddhi
Account Scheme, will offer
8.4% annually, from 8.5%
here. This is the highest at present, while it will be
increase in one go in the last Says conlict of interest argument makes sense but court cannot frame policy the same at 8.4 % for the
15 years, which the BJP would five-year Senior Citizens
protest after consulting its Krishnadas Rajagopal and come here to appear for were even retainers of big moral, unethical, but also a Savings Scheme.
NDA allies, he said. PTI New Delhi private clients... is that not corporate bodies entities, violation of Rule 49 of the The interest rate on the
There are doctors who be- conflict of interest? They get thus giving rise to a situation Bar Council of India Rules, senior citizens scheme is
U.P. Ministers to get tips came IAS officials and engin- salaries as parliamentarians, of conflict of interest Mr. Upadhyay contended. paid quarterly.
on PDS from Chhattisgarh eers who are diplomats, why should they come as between their constitutional Term deposits of 1-5
RAIPUR Chief Justice of India J.S. lawyers, Mr. Upadhyay ar- duties as legislator and law- Primary role years will fetch a lower 6.9-
Two Ministers of the newly Khehar said, finding no gued. The Chief Justice said yer meant to vouchsafe the With 543 Lok Sabha MPs 7.7% that will be paid
installed Uttar Pradesh merit in a petition to ban le- he had a valid point, but the private interests of their representing more than 1.3 quarterly while the five-
government are visiting gislators from practising court could not frame client. billion people, a Member of year recurring deposit has
Chhattisgarh to study the other professions, especially policies. Parliament on an average been pegged lower at 7.2%.
Public Distribution System law. A Bench, led by Chief Principally your argu- Call for uniform policy represents more than 2.25
(PDS) in the State. UP Food Justice of India J.S. Khehar, ments make sense, but how We cannot curb corruption million people. Similarly, a
Minister Atul Garg and
Agriculture Minister
dismissed a petition filed by
advocate Ashwini Upadhyay
can we frame policy? If
there is a law, we will sup-
without having a uniform
policy relating to conflict of
Rajya Sabha MP is the voice
of his State in Parliament Probe ordered into school stripping incident
Choudhary Lakshminarayan despite strong arguments port it, Chief Justice Khehar interest and restricting our and, as such, has a very im-
arrived here on Thursday raised by the latter that said. legislators from practising portant role in our federal Staff reporter blood. Ms. Tomar, warden- Gandhi Residential School in
evening and called on the beedi or liquor barons even- Mr. Upadhyay said in his other professions as similar political system. The Meerut cum-principal of the resid- Digri village of Muzaffrnafar.
Chief Minister Raman Singh tually become MPs and sit petition that the restriction to the restriction imposed primary role of an MP is as a The Uttar Pradesh govern- ential school, has denied the Ms. Tomar allegedly
on Friday. They held a on committees to influence imposed on public servants on public servants and legislator. ment on Friday ordered a charges. forced the students to
meeting with Food and Civil the destiny of their and judges against engaging members of the judiciary ... Thus, MPs must attend probe into the forced strip- According to the District parade themselves in a line
Supplies Minister Punnulal businesses. in other professions should many lawmakers hold cor- Parliament every day and ping of 70 girls at a Muzaf- Primary Education Officer and forced them to strip to
Mohile, who gave them This is a serious conflict apply to lawmakers. porate retainership and de- dedicate themselves full- farnagar school, allegedly by Chandar Kesh Yadav, the in- find out the source of a
information about the PDS, of interest... There are politi- Many legislators who fend their lawbreaker clients time for the welfare of Principal Surekha Tomar, to cident took place on blood stain in the hostel
an official release said. PTI cians who sign at Parliament doubled up as advocates in courts. It is not only im- people, the petition said. check for menstrual Thursday at the Kasturba washroom.

Victims kin seek demolition of collapsed lyover

State govt yet to decide its fate and has approached IIT-Kharagpur in this regard
Staff Reporter near the congested market deaths, the State govern- ture and accused the govt of
Kolkata area of Burrabazar under the ment is dilly-dallying. It has being indifferent to the is-
Family members of those banner of the Flyover Hatao been a year since the incid- sue. The State government
who died when a section of Abhiyan Samity (Remove ent happened, but no action reportedly wants to use the
an under-construction fly- the Flyover Committee). has been taken so far, said flyover for two wheelers.
over collapsed in north Kolk- However, the State govern- Bapi Das, a public works How can they even think of
ata last year, have demanded ment is yet to decide on the contractor, who also heads constructing it in the first
that the rest of the structure fate of the remaining struc- the committee. place in such a narrow con-
be demolished. ture and has approached IIT- Family members of the gested road, said Lokesh
Locals on Friday organ- Kharagpur in this regard. victims demanded demoli- Meherotra, whose brother
ised a protest demonstration Even after so many tion of the remaining struc- died in the accident.





Transcending democracy beyond elections

The argument that people are gullible or that they always make the right electoral choices is simplistic
mosphere for the lourishing of a were spent in the elections are not
real democracy. scrutinised.
Connected by air Is it surprising then that a Hindu
nationalist and authoritarian pop-
And in a nation in which caste is
the single most important marker
ulist solution has become appeal- of ones life chances, there are
Udan has started the process of tapping ing in the present, or that the ruling shocking proclamations like the
Indias civil aviation opportunities fully party could appoint Yogi Modi wave signifies the end of
Adityanath, the Hindutva leader caste. This ignores the adroit mi-

ix months from now, 43 cities will be main- nissim mannathukkaren
who has openly issued inlammat- cromanagement of caste complex-
streamed on Indias light connectivity grid, an ory communal statements in the ities in U.P. by the BJP.
outcome of the Udan scheme launched to spur re- There will be, in the next generation past, as U.P. Chief Minister?
gional lights covering distances up to 800 km. These or so, a pharmacological method of Building a counter move

include a dozen airports where limited but irregular making people love their servitude, Propaganda thrives Any move to build an oppositional
lights operate, and as many as 31 destinations that are and producing dictatorship without Here, the factual accuracy of the movement to authoritarian popu-
tears, so to speak, producing a kind actual achievements of an author- lism and majoritarian nationalism
not connected at all despite the existence of airport fa-
of painless concentration camp for itarian populist regime seems im- will have to, of course, contend
cilities. The scale of Indias untapped civil aviation op- entire societies And this seems to material. People just believe them with the popularity of Mr. Modi.
portunities can be gauged by the fact that these consti- be the inal revolution. Aldous to be true. Nevertheless, argu- But to talk of a seamless Modi wave
tute less than 10% of Indias inactive airports/airstrips Huxley, 1961. ments based on post-truth to ex- ignores that it is not a monolith and
394 out of 450 are dormant currently. The Udan simplistic. For it abstracts people a triumph of secularism in society. plain this are misleading. The it still has breaks and contradic-
he Left, the liberals, and those from their social contexts with vast The last two and a half decades problem is not that truth or ob- tions even in a social context

scheme is a critical component of the national civil avi-
ation policy unveiled last June. It ofers viability gap in political opposition to discriminations of caste, class, reli- have seen the distinctive emer- jective facts are irrelevant (except largely pitted against rational
Prime Minister Narendra gion and gender, and a culture that gence of Hindu majoritarian na- for those who willingly propagate thinking. Even electorally, the
funding to operators to ly smaller aircraft to such air-
Modi are in shock about the man- is meant to justify these hierarch- tionalism as an electoral force. But untruths). Rather, there are few av- Modi wave does not seem to have
ports with a commitment to price tickets for at least half date given to his party, the Bhar- ies. It is a culture that is heavily that outcome is the result of a dec- enues to access truth with the in- touched the States of Kerala, Tamil
of the seats at 2,500 for an hour-long light. In the irst atiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pra- weighed against rational and crit- ades-long social transformation. creasing domination of the media Nadu, Andhra, Telangana, Odisha
round of bids, 11 new or existing airline operators desh. The question that especially ical thinking. by corporate monopolies, and that and West Bengal, where in 1,111 As-
pitched for more than 200 routes. The Centre has ap- arises in their mind is how could Not understanding these con- Authoritarian populism the competence to distinguish sembly seats, the BJP has 23, which
proved 27 proposals from ive players, adding 128 people, especially, the poor, sup- crete realities and the constraints To this majoritarian nationalism, between truth and falsehood is im- is 2%. For those who revel in the
routes to Indias aviation map. The estimate is that this port a party that has wrought the they impose lead to supericial ana- we can add the new tendency of paired in a pedagogical system wave, these States which have
hurtful efects of demonetisation. lysis. Thus, the general election of what the theorist, Stuart Hall, has where rationality is reduced to in- nearly 25% of the Indian popula-
will add 6.5 lakh new seats with a subsidy of 200 crore.
The balement has produced re- 2014 and the present U.P. elections called as authoritarian populism. strumental goals, and in an eco- tion do not count.
The most heartening aspect is that these include six sponses among the commentariat are seen as a communal vote Authoritarian populism is the abil- nomic system where all ethical The argument that one should
proposals for 11 routes that dont seek any subsidy un- and politicians which term the whereas the general elections of ity to fuse together disparate disen- considerations are sacriiced at the accept a verdict without question
der the scheme, proving there is an untapped economic people as dumb, and brainwashed. 2004 and 2009, and the recent chantments arising from the crisis altar of proit. because it is the peoples mandate
potential. The beneits for tourist hotspots such as Former U.P. Chief Minister Delhi and Bihar Assembly elec- of economic development and It is in these conditions that pro- ignores the fact that large numbers
Agra, Shimla, Diu, Pathankot, Mysuru and Jaisalmer Akhilesh Yadavs reaction to the tions are secular votes. There are, politics into an authoritarian na- paganda thrives and the 10,344 of people arrive at decisions under
that would now be just a short light away, replacing results was: people may not have of course, elements of truth in this. tionalist solution. It is not that so- WhatsApp groups of the BJP in U.P. conditions which are not always ra-
liked my Expressway and voted for But the pertinent question here is cialism, secularism, and anti-caste operate sending (mis)information tional or democratic. Democracy is
cumbersome road or rail journeys are obvious. But
Bullet train. Here one is reminded how do people alternate between ideologies have failed as concepts. such as how the Muslim population not a popularity contest. And the
the signiicant multiplier efects of aviation activity, in- of Bertolt Brechts sardonic sugges- being communal and secular? Rather, these ideologies have not in India, which is 14% now, will be a dominant majority is not the eth-
cluding new investments and employment creation for tion to the Soviet-backed Com- A problem with these readings is built, in practice, an educational majority by 2050! This is believed ical majority. If in a village of 1,000
the local economies of other destinations could be munist government of East Ger- that it produces a particular real- system which goes beyond the even by the well-to-do, and edu- people, 600 people are in favour of
equally profound. Provided this model is sustainable many which was trying to ity: that of reducing democracy to privileging of technical education, cated classes. How do we then stoning a woman to death for the
and more regional lights come up under the scheme, delegitimise the massive workers elections, or I what I call the elect- an everyday culture which goes blame the oppressed classes with alleged crime of adultery, is that
the availability of slots at larger airports that would rebellion of 1953: Would it not be oralisation of democracy. This fails beyond caste, gender, and religion, little access to even a technical edu- democratic because there is a ma-
easier/In that case for the govern- to understand the larger structural and an economic framework based cation, and when their own histor- jority decision?
emerge as hubs could become an issue particularly at
ment/To dissolve the people/And changes, especially in the eco- on real equality. They have ad- ical traditions of critical thinking If the bane of Indian democracy
capacity-constrained airports such as Mumbai. The elect another? nomy, that are taking place in soci- vanced largely only as electoral have been appropriated or dif- its reduction to electoral majorit-
second airport at Navi Mumbai may help ease conges- ety. This is the reason why election forces. fused by the dominant society? ies and manoeuvring must be
tion, but that is still years away. In cities where new air- Misreading reality results produce such balement In between elections, these At the other end of the spec- overcome, then people cannot be
ports have been developed, such as Bengaluru, aban- On the other side, are responses and, also, the helplessness among ideologies have not struck roots, al- trum, the superlatives used even castigated for being brainwashed,
doned old facilities could be revived as dedicated which celebrate the victory of the the progressives in countering a lowing other forces to take their by progressive critics to describe or for delivering unpalatable ver-
BJP as a celebration of the wisdom verdict such as that of U.P. place. In castigating the people for the U.P. victory as a Modi wave or dicts. And rather than elect a new
terminals for low-cost and regional lights. Separately,
of the people. And once the wise In seeking to bring about social not making progressive choices, magic also participate in the re- people, it is necessary to build a
new no-frills airports must be encouraged where traic people have delivered a verdict transformation only through elec- what is missed is their lack of duction of democracy to elections, new people by building new social
is expected to hit saturation point in coming years. Re- such as this, then policies such as tions, the progressive forces fail to schooling in a culture of critical and elections to one individual. conditions, which is immensely
cently, four new foreign investors and a few domestic demonetisation, and surgical understand the shifting ground un- thinking. People process informa- Here, there is no discussion of the more challenging than winning
players have expressed interest in managing operations strikes, are necessarily correct derneath the surface of electoral tion on the basis of the pedagogies systematic attempts at communal elections.
at state-run airports such as Jaipur and Ahmedabad. and cannot be questioned. contests. Therefore, the electoral they are exposed to. A commercial, polarisation through localised ri-
This marks a revival in investor interest after a long lull. The argument that people are defeat of BJP will not mean that its media-controlled popular culture ots under way since many years.
gullible and easily brainwashed, or communal world view does not en- and an educational system suf- The spectacular amount of mater- Nissim Mannathukkaren is Chair,
It is time to revisit provisions that ofer existing private
that they are intelligent and always joy social currency anymore, or fused with the dominant cultural ial resources at the command of International Development Studies,
operators of large airports (burdened by debt) the right make the right choices are both the victory of the Congress party is values is not the most conducive at- the national ruling party and that Dalhousie University, Canada
of irst refusal on any new airport proposed within 150
km. Most interested bidders for the Navi Mumbai air-
port stayed away over this clause. Last but not the least,
this development must start a rethink within the Indian
Railways, as it could now lose traic on some routes.
Sharpening a pro-choice debate
The Treatment of Terminally Ill Patients Bill is a good point to take the euthanasia-related debate forward
The mobs bias patient herself (assisted suicide) ful. Persons with disabilities, in par- been afected by corruption and in-
An attack on Africans in Noida is a chilling would constitute attempts to com- ticular, are likely to be disadvant- stitutional incompetence, and
mit or abet suicide under the Indian aged by such an understanding of likely to be overhauled completely,
reminder of the racial prejudices we harbour Penal Code, 1860. However, in both terminal illness. It also gives rise it is not advisable to place complete
these judgments, the court stated to the practical question of how a reliance on it. Ideally, its role should

he attack on a small group of Africans in Greater
explicitly that assisted suicide was person in a permanent vegetative ideally be limited to framing
Noida, a suburb of the national capital located in only illegal in the absence of a law state will be able to self-administer guidelines and providing guidance
Uttar Pradesh, has once again thrown a spotlight nivedita saksena
permitting it. Therefore, assisted the lethal dosage of drugs to commit when requested.
on a disturbing trend in the country: mob violence, and suicide could be legalised if legisla- suicide.

speciically the targeting of persons of African origin in he introduction of a Bill in Par- tion was passed by Parliament to In the case of incompetent pa- The way ahead
many of these instances. What is particularly disturbing liament to govern end-of-life that efect. tients, or competent patients who Eforts to allow assisted suicide
and shameful is that the attack took place in a busy medical care appears to have have not taken an informed de- have gained traction around the
been missed in all the din of polit- Right to assisted suicide cision about their medical treat- world in the recent past, with Al-

shopping mall without a single bystander, shopkeeper The irst eforts have been made in ment, the Bill lays down a lengthy bania, Colombia and Germany and
ical developments. Tabled by MP
or security guard intervening. This has, understand- Baijayant Panda, the Treatment of this direction through this Bill, and cumbersome process before Switzerland having legalised it in
ably, touched an anxious chord about their personal Terminally Ill Patients Bill, 2016 which recognises the right of ter- any action can be taken for the ces- various forms. Even in India, the de-
safety among the thousands of African nationals who contains several prominent fea- minally-ill patients to withhold and sation of life. Once the medical bate over euthanasia, patient
live, work and study in and around Delhi. While the po- tures: it recognises the validity of refuse medical treatment, and to ex- practitioner and independent autonomy and the interests of the
lice have made some initial arrests and opened cases advance medical directives by ter- press their desire to a medical prac- panel are satisied that euthanasia is state in preserving the life of per-
minally-ill patients, which physi- titioner to assist them in commit- medically advisable, permission sons is currently playing out in vari-
against several hundred unnamed persons on charges
cians will be bound to respect while ting suicide. It does not permit would have to be sought from the ous fora, including the courts and
of rioting in the wake of video footage of the attack go- treating them, and it also emphas- active euthanasia. Once the practi- High Court. The practitioner would the executive. While the ethical im-
procedures it sets out.
ing viral, such incidents of racial violence need a ises the need to account for palliat- tioner is satisied that the patient is This Bill adopts a modiied deini- then have to receive clearance from plications of these acts have been
stronger response from the administration and civil so- ive care when making end-of-life- competent and has taken an in- tion of terminal illness from a the Medical Council of India (MCI). debated endlessly, there is a need to
ciety. That the attack was ostensibly triggered by accus- care decisions. However, the provi- formed decision, the decision will draft Medical Treatment of Termin- Such a procedure is advisable for an debate how such a law would be op-
ations that some African students were linked to drug- sions most likely to attract popular be conirmed by a panel of three in- ally Ill Patients Bill, which was re- act like assisted suicide which might erationalised. This will help to en-
attention are those permitting phys- dependent medical practitioners. leased by the Ministry of Health in be prone to abuse. However, it sure the constitutionally guaran-
dealing and were somehow responsible for the death of
ician-assisted suicide for terminally- This Bill is a bold and welcome step May last year. However, like the would be a violation of patient teed right to bodily integrity and
a local student is no justiication for taking the law into in many respects, and is a signiic- autonomy if it were applied to in- autonomy, and to minimise misuse
ill patients. draft Bill it is based on, it deines the
ones hands, leave alone indulge in such violence. That In its judgments in the Aruna ant improvement over the draft term as a persistent and irreversible stances of merely withholding or of the law. This Bill acts as a great
the law enforcement machinery and the courts are the Shanbaug and Gian Kaur cases, the Ministry Bill that it is based on. It vegetative condition under which it withdrawing medical treatment. starting point, and must take these
only places for seeking redress for any breaches of law Supreme Court has stated that the moves away from decision-making is not possible for the patient to lead Decisions on such withdrawal are debates into account to be imple-
cannot be overemphasised. That a mere rumour can law currently only permits passive based on the best interests of the a meaningful life. The use of this made often and on a regular basis, mented efectively.
trigger such violence is truly alarming. euthanasia, i.e. withdrawal of life- patient and recognises the right to subjective phrase would require and the procedure prescribed must
saving treatment. The administra- die with dignity. However, there is second parties to decide whether a not tie up the medical practitioner Nivedita Saksena is a lawyer working on
It is diicult to see this incident in isolation from need to clearly think through some and family of the patient in litiga-
tion of a lethal drug dose by a physi- person in a permanent vegetative public health at the Vidhi Centre for Legal
other instances of discrimination against African na- cian (active euthanasia) or by the of the provisions in this Bill and the tion. Further, given that the MCI has Policy
state is living a life that is meaning-
tionals who have taken up residence in cities around
the country. Last year, the murder of a Congolese stu-
dent in Delhi compelled African Heads of Mission to
threaten a boycott of Africa Day. The message was not
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lost on anyone that the envoys had been moved to con-

Working this summer exemplary tool to deliver almost all aspects of daily unwilling to explore countless fans in this great I was relieved to read about
sider such an extreme step just months after New Delhi
The decision by judges of governance (Is Aadhaar a life are a dangerous alternative sources of nation in a jubilant mood. players on both sides feeling
hosted the Third India-Africa Forum Summit, in Octo- the Supreme Court, led by breach of privacy? March development. energy available in the But as a 13-year-old guilty and showing some
ber 2015, where they had announced their resolve to Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, to 31). But we live in an R. Subramaniyam, country. There is opposition schoolchild, I ind the chain sense of remorse. Given
enhance Africa-India relations... based on the prin- forego two months imperfect world. With just Chennai to nuclear energy because of rudeness set of by both their stature, cricketers
ciples of mutuality, complementarity and true sense of summer vacation and to an Aadhaar number, the of a lack of transparency. teams to be unacceptable. need to be aware of the way
solidarity as well as the promotion of people to people hear important cases is government can freeze a I ind it strange that Land acquisition, relief and This certainly cannot be they conduct themselves
interactions. In the end, Africa Day went as planned, laudable (Judges choose bank account(s), deny people today are ready to rehabilitation issues remain called cricket! This (Sport Aussie friends
work over vacation, March boarding at an airport, give away their ingerprints while a coastal survey (in fascinating games charm comment overblown, says
but the point had been made, that even as India makes
31). The colonial tradition of withdraw a driving to MNCs in order to secure some instances), weather lies in players Kohli, March 31).
abundant efort to deepen ties with the 54 countries of having a prolonged summer licence.... Of course one can their smartphone, but conditions in pre- and congratulating each other Afraaz Sidhu,
the African Union, this cannot be achieved without un- vacation has to be looked at prove ones innocence, but refuse to do the same thing post-monsoon phases and for their spellbinding Jalandhar, Punjab

derstanding and acting upon the aspirations of nation- objectively as work seems to in India this can take several to their own democratically seismic study reports have performance in every more letters online:
als of these countries. In modern diplomacy, the qual- be sufering. When essential years after horrors and elected government for a not been made public. match, no matter who wins.

ity of people-to-people contact is a factor in services are maintained 24 harassment. Linking range of beneits. Why such Problems of environmental
determining the overall strength of a bilateral relation- hours with a shift system in Aadhaar is in many ways a double standards? safety and the livelihood of corrections & clarifications:
force, courts too should hasty step that we will Tej Kankaria, ishermen have not been The opening sentence of Consistent Rahul shoots up in ICC
ship. But even as Indian diplomats move to assure Chennai Test rankings (Sport, March 31, 2017, some editions) read: K.L.
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Step by step: Today, only small pockets of old forest cover survive on what was once a majestic hill harbouring over a hundred species of trees and as many shrubs and climbers. But hope grows. Workers of The Forest Way go up the hill with tree saplings to plant.
(Below) In this year of drought, a watering hole for animals in the forest park at the foothill. BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT; SHAJU JOHN

Holy hill gets its groves back

An aforestation initiative led by naturalists and locals, with support from forest and revenue department oicials, has resulted in the Arunachala hill in
Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, shedding its barren, brown visage. Lalitha Sridhar reports on the decade-plus-long turnaround story

Her earliest memories of the holy hill Lending remarkable momentum to cluding small Indian and common palm for school groups.
called Arunachala are brown and bar- these nascent efforts, TFW countered civets, grey and (the rarer) ruddy mon- The more locals participate, the <
> Iworkers]
explain to them [other
that plants are like
ren, or swathes of black after a fire the damage wrought on a fragile, semi- gooses, hares, jungle cats, rusty spotted more the perception of a black hill
burned night and day, dying as mysteri- arid ecosystem by pilgrims who arrive cats and the elusive pangolin. Spotted shifts, explains Arun. Over the years our children
ously as it seemed to have started, even by the thousands, a forest wilfully set deer and porcupine populations have since, the number of fires has come Maasilamani
A senior worker with The Forest Way
as devotees thronged the temple of the afire by goat herders so fresh shoots grown so dramatically that TFW is now down drastically, and those which break
agni lingam, where Shiva is worshipped would grow, illegal logging of the little trying to protect young trees from them out are put out quickly. The danger
as fire, at its foothill. G. Jaya, now 35 timber that survived, and the occasional with wire mesh. Twenty species of from fires will truly pass only when the eastern coastal belt. As the slope of the
years old, can be found these days even bout of lightning in the scorching sum- snakes, ten of lizards and freshwater trees are taller and sturdier, rising hill is ascended, the flora turns domin-
before the sun rises at the nursery be- mers (Arunachala is an inselberg, a rel- turtles, and seven amphibians, with a above the grass, says Bowley, who first antly mixed deciduous forest of the
hind the childrens park, the hill loom- atively isolated hill that rises abruptly profusion of butterflies, countless num- planted trees on Arunachala in July Eastern Ghats. The upper reaches are
ing behind her, right at the heart of the from the plains). While the initiative has bers of beetles, spiders, mantids, 2003 to celebrate the birth of his daugh- cooler and wetter, as are the valleys,
temple town of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil assumed a life force of its own now, at dragonflies and other insects (especially ter. Manjampul, an indigenous grass which are not as exposed to the sun and
Nadu. Here, she readies rows upon rows TFWs heart (and that of the Marudam when it rains) point to the rapid and species, grows up to 6-7 feet high on the wind. The top third of the hill creates its
of lush green saplings of indigenous tree Farm School on the outskirts of the thriving regeneration of the hills slopes, swaying taller than small trees. own cloud, often seen shrouding it in
species, born of seeds collected from town) lies the passion of a trio: V. Arun, ecosystem. When a mixed deciduous forest regen- the non-rainy season, and plant life
the forest to which they will go back, an engineer by qualification who left a R. Sivakumar, 39, also a local boy, a erates, in the shade of larger trees with draws on this moisture. This is habitat
readied in pouches of sieved and pro- corporate job to focus on alternative gifted signboard artist and avid birder thicker (fire-resistant) bark, grass grows for evergreen species. Moreover, a
portioned leaf litter compost mixed education and the environment, dedic- with TFW, is currently working on a only 2-3 feet high, allowing the fire to range of deciduous trees, adapted to
with cow dung. Jaya, who holds a Mas- ated conservationist Akila Balu, and book to document the 170 bird species pass through. cope with the hot summers and fire-
ters in Social Work, tends to them lov- British educator-environmentalist niques for different seeds through trial he has photographed thus far around Given the rocky terrain and average hardy when mature, grow even on the
ingly. Water, a scarce commodity, is Govinda Bowley, who serves as their and error. A dip in boiling water or acid, Arunachala, an exercise that shows no daytime temperatures of 36 degrees exposed slopes.
used judiciously as fear of a harsh, rain- consultant. for example, can mimic what a birds al- signs of completion after four years be- Celsius, the TFW team also lays 10- Today, only small pockets of old
less summer looms. By the time her Since 2008, TFW has deployed a imentary canal would do for seed distri- cause he keeps spotting something new. metre-wide fire lines every year, dis- forest cover survive on what was once a
classmate from school, R. Vijaya, an group of 30 permanent and 80-odd cas- bution in nature, he says. The TFW Resolving the issue of commonly oc- turbing soil minimally while removing majestic hill harbouring over a hundred
erstwhile auxiliary nurse midwife at a ual workers during the planting season, team also leans heavily on 51-year-old K. curring forest fires, linked inextricably grass and other incendiary material. species of trees and as many shrubs and
private hospital, drives up in her moped aided by fluctuating numbers of active Maasilamani, who has been working on to the sacred lore of the site especially Each km of fire line costs approximately climbers. But hope grows. The in-
to her tidy makeshift site office, its stone volunteers. Relying only on individual the project since it started. During for ailments of the stomach, has been 25,000 to complete; over 20 km of fire creased tree cover has cut down rainwa-
steps have been washed clean. donors, TFW annually reforests 15,000- planting season, he leads a team of up the key to the process of reforestation. ter run-off drastically as the soil absorbs
Vijaya is a multi-tasking supervisor 18,000 trees, though of the 1.5 lakh to 50 workers from the village of Vijaya remembers, When I was a child, more water now. Seasonal streams flow
with The Forest Way (TFW), a unique af-
forestation initiative in reserve forest
trees they have planted so far, only
about 50% take root in wet years (the
Adaiyur close by. The Class III dropout
knows every fold, gully, valley, ravine
when we saw the hill burning, nothing
would be done about it because our eld-
> The danger from ires will
truly pass only when the trees
more slowly and steadily, lasting longer
after the monsoon has ended, making it
and government revenue land. Led by a average falls to less than 25% when it and slope of the hill intimately. We al- ers would say someone with stomach are taller and sturdier, rising easier for more trees to survive. Apart
team of naturalists and local workers does not rain, as in 2016). If the dice is ways say he has a built-in GPS and pain must have lit camphor as a prayer. above the grass. from siltation of water-collecting ponds
with the support of forest and revenue rolled too early, trees may not catch, Google Earth map inside him, laughs Today, Vijaya coordinates a crew of four Govinda Bowley at the bottom of the hill, soil erosion
department officials, the project began says Bowley, 42. Neither water nor soil TFW trustee Arun, 47. Maasilamanis fire watchers who constantly scan the Consultant to The Forest Way also increases fears of landslides in
informally in 2003 before it was re- can be carried up the hill. Ideally, if the native wisdom is key to balancing the hill for signs of trouble and counsel pil- 1966, casualties could be avoided be-
gistered as a non-profit trust in 2008. southwest monsoon is expected to be needs of different groups villagers, grims making their way up, receives lines criss-cross the hill now. cause boulders fell to the uninhabited
The collaboration has resulted in the good, we plant ahead of it. If a young forest officials and project coordinators. alerts from villagers for whom she re- Other problems persist. The periya southwest of the hill.
greening of a hill denuded for so long plant dies, it dies, and yet, the success I explain to them [other workers] that mains on call any time of night or day, kovil (big temple), which lies to the east Meanwhile, even as reforestation
that even locals like Jaya found it hard to rate has surprised us. plants are like our children, says the and leads over 50 volunteers who can of the nursery, is one of the five major continues apace, other dangers are
believe anything could grow here. A TFWs reliance on deep local know- weather-beaten grandfather for whom make the climb to the location of the shrines to Shiva, revered here as fire. posed by the development of residential
sign of how astonishingly successful this ledge has had a lot to do with its suc- greening is a way of a life and not an fire in less than an hour, sometimes half The annual festival of Karthigai plots on agricultural land, expansion of
ground-up effort has been came when cess. Theres C. Parasuraman, 35, the ideological response to environmental that time. We carry only water and Deepam, when an enormous flame is lit roads, and increased vehicular, noise
Vijaya, who has studied up to Class XII chief seed collector, who has worked crises. sickles because its a hard climb, and we atop the hill, attracted over two million and light pollution, all of which isolate
in the Tamil medium, pointed to one of on land since he left school after Class cut branches from whatever green fo- devotees this past December to a town the vulnerable young ecosystem on the
her favourite trees, a hardy young kum- X, and now mans the shaded mother Flora, fauna and fires liage is handy nearby to put the fire with a population of 145,278 (2011 lone hill, preventing the movement of
badiri planted by TFW, the tulir (tender bed where seeds germinate in some Over time, increased sightings, some out, says Sivakumar, who has evocat- Census). It is a particularly difficult time animals to and from nearby forest
leaves) of which are a beautiful red, she species only 5% sprout, others can take more common than others, have been ively painted stone information panels for TFWs workers and volunteers, who areas. As Tiruvannamalai braces for a
said, before leaning over to spell its months. I learnt germination tech- reported of several animal species, in- on fauna as part of TFWs guided walks painstakingly haul down about 125 ce- severe drought this summer some
botanical name for this writers benefit: ment sacks full of litter they collect, perennial ponds at the foot of the hill
S-c-h-l-e-i-c-h-e-r-a o-l-e-o-s-a. chiefly plastic bottles, after the event. have already gone bone dry TFW sol-
The hugely popular 4-acre childrens diers on with efforts that are finally pay-
Shoots of recovery park, entry to which is free, is set upon ing off after over a decade of dogged
In Tiruvannamalai, a major Hindu pil- the main road, a short hop from the work.
grim centre in Tamil Nadu that is home famous ashram founded by Ramana Ma- They dont lack inspiration. Sacred
to the 10-hectare Annamalaiyar temple harishis followers. This was once an groves of eastern coastal tropical dry
complex, one of the largest in India, the open garbage dump infested with ro- evergreen forests have been found as far
greening story goes back to the dents and flies. Behind it is the cooling inland as 60 km here, short trees
mid-90s, with the founding of the An- sprawl of a 20-acre forest park, which grow densely in a dark and atmospheric
namalai Reforestation Society, a civil so- merges into the scrubby jungle sur- jungle. At Tiruvannamalai, such an ex-
ciety initiative, followed by the Tiruvan- rounding it. tant sacred grove may be found in the
namalai Greening Society (TGS), hills now-inaccessible circumnaviga-
founded in 2004 by the then district The past and the future tional route, part of the reserve wood-
forest officer (DFO) Pasupathy Raj along The Tiruvannamalai region is written land. In this ancient forest, scrawny,
with several local functionaries, includ- about in Tamil Sangam literature (circa gnarled liana climbers (like Pterolobium
ing fellow DFO Mani Iyer, the then col- 100 B.C. to A.D. 200), and the ruler hexapetalum and Capparis zeylanica)
lector Dheeraj Kumar and the then dis- Chevvarainatan (Chevvarai, the red grow up to two storeys high, and very
trict revenue officer and now MD of mountain or coral hill, is believed to old iluppai (Madhuca indica), wild lime,
Tamil Nadu Minerals Ltd. M. Vallalar. be a reference to the Javadi hills not far neer kadamba (Mitragyna parvifolia),
Says Raj: Forest officials can and from here) finds mention in the Per- tamarind and satinwood trees tower
should take the bold step of encour- umpanatruppatai, a Sangam classic. In solemnly.
aging afforestation in land controlled by geological terms, the basement rocks of Here, too, a magisterial mottled
the government, after correctly assess- Tiruvannamalai (and nearby Gingee and wood owl takes off with a whoosh, wild
ing the organisation and its plans. Tirukovilur) are estimated to be around hare dart, brown eagles swoop and
2.25 billion years old, making them sig- spotted deer skitter past when intruding
nificantly older than the Himalayas. feet scrunch alarmingly loud on the dry
> Even as reforestation
continues apace, other dangers Different endemic forest types grow undergrowth, the silence so profound
on the 2,669-ft.-high Arunachala that breathing is audible, and yet a
are posed by the development scrubby species of southern deciduous noisy thoroughfare, full of traffic and
of residential plots on thorn forests that are better adapted to humans, lies less than 300 metres away.
agricultural land, expansion of the dry interior of the region blend with It is such a forest that TFW is trying to
roads, and increased pollution. tropical dry evergreen vegetation of the return to Arunachala.




Liquor sales ban

No time to hear Ayodhya appeals now: SC
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had sought early hearing of pleas on Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits
covers hotels too: SC Krishnadas Rajagopal had advised peace negoti- suits complained that Dr. debated in courts since the
The court however, reduced October 1 and June 30, re- NEW DELHI ations instead of a pitched Swamy had not given them 1950s. On September 2010, a
the liquor-free zone along spectively, there will be no Chief Justice of India Justice court battle. prior notice before mention- three-judge Lucknow Bench
highways from 500m to ban on highway liquor sales J.S. Khehar told BJP MP Sub- We thought you were a ing the matter to the court of the Allahabad High Court
220m in areas with a popu- till September 30, 2017. ramanian Swamy on Friday party in the case. It was from last time on March 21. held that Hindus have the
lation of 20,000 or less. The However, the court that they did not have the the Press we learnt that you On that day, Chief Justice right to the makeshift temple
court reiterated that liquor denied Tamil Nadu any re- time to hear the pending are not, Justice Khehar ex- Khehar had asked Dr. Swamy under the central dome of
vends should neither be ac- lief. It dismissed the State's Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri plained his oral comments to consult the litigating the Babri Masjid. The High
cessible nor visible from the request to reduce the no-li- Masjid title suits appeals. made during the March 21 parties about appointing a Court ruled in favour of a
highways. So in areas in Hi- quor zone from 500 m to At the moment we do not mentioning hour. negotiator for an out-of-court three-part division of the dis-
machal Pradesh, liquor can 100 m and held that the ban have the time. We cant have Dr. Swamy said he was settlement and report back puted 2.77 acre area among
be sold beyond 220m from will start from April 1 itself. you, Justice Khehar, who here on the larger question on March 31. Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi
the highways. Yet north-eastern States was sitting in combination of law. My faith has been af- You [Dr. Swamy] must Akhara and the Ram Lalla at
In a further partial relief, of Sikkim and Meghalaya got with Justice D.Y. fected by not being able to make fresh attempts to arrive the disputed site. The Bench
the court took note of the a full exemption from the Chandrachud, told Dr. pray at the site. I am not in- at a consensual decision. If had relied on Hindu faith,
fact that excise licence 500-m no-liquor zone ban Swamy. terested in the property... I A ile photo of pillars and slabs for the proposed Ram temple required, you must choose a belief and folklore.
period varies in different after the court took into On March 21, the Chief am interested that the kept at a workshop in Ayodhya. RAJEEV BHATT *
mediator to end the dispute.
States and extends beyond consideration their hilly ter- Justice, in a similar mention- temple should be there, the If the parties want me [CJI] to Pending for six years
April 1, 2017. In such States, rain and also the fact that ing made by Dr. Swamy for MP submitted. priate Bench dealing with We dont have the time sit with mediators chosen by The Sunni Waqf Board and
the court extended the 82% of its area was forest the court to fix an early date On March 22 last year, a the Ramjanmabhoomi title right now, CJI Khehar re- both the sides for negoti- other parties filed their ap-
deadline for phasing out the land and over 90% of their to hear the appeals, had or- Bench led by then Chief dispute appeals. At that time, peated to Dr. Swamy. ations, I am ready, the CJI peals in the Supreme Court
licences to September 30. liquor shops would be ally suggested an out-of- Justice T.S. Thakur had said the Supreme Court had said had offered. against the 2010 judgment.
So, in Telangana and closed if the ban was im- court rapprochement among that Dr. Swamys plea to re- that the case would be Counsels complaint The dispute, which has The appeals have remained
Andhra Pradesh, where the posed strictly in its original rival parties in the 68-year- build the Ram temple tagged with the appeals and One of the lawyers for the seen much tension and viol- pending in the court for the
excise licences are valid till form. old dispute. The Chief Justice would be sent to the appro- heard in due course. original appellants in the title ence over the past decades, past six years.

Arrest me, jail me, Pakistan inciting youth in J&K: Rajnath New visa
regime kicks
Karnan dares court Home Minister says social media apps are being used to gather local people at encounter sites of today
The Bench also comprised will be adjudicated, Justice
Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Dipak Misra observed. Special Correspondent but also entire India, Mr. Special Correspondent
Dipak Misra, Ranjan Gogoi, When the court gave New Delhi Singh said. New Delhi
Madan B. Lokur, P.C. Ghose Justice Karnan the choice Home Minister Rajnath K.C. Venugopal (Congress) Indias new liberalised visa
and Kurian Joseph. My between rendering an un- Singh told Parliament on Fri- also raised the issue of structure will kick off from
fight is against corruption, conditional apology for his day that Pakistan was using deaths of civilians. Saturday, months after it
Justice Karnan submitted, scurrilous letters and accus- the social media to incite Mr. Roy noted that he was was cleared by the Union
handing over a letter dated ations against the judiciary, youths in Kashmir to storm a member of the all-party Cabinet chaired by Prime
March 25, concerning alleg- Justice Karnan said they encounter sites to help milit- delegation which had visited Minister Narendra Modi on
ations against 20 judges to should first restore his ants when security forces en- Kashmir earlier and the situ- November 30 last year.
the Bench. powers as a judge in order gage the latter in encounters. ation there had again be- The liberalised visa
You think about what for him to be in a position to Mr. Singh was responding come very grave. structure is ready for im-
you want to say. If you want prove his allegations. to members in the Lok Sabha plementation from tomor-
legal help, I suggest you take Finally, Chief Justice when they raised the issue of Widespread clashes row [April 1]. These include
legal advice. You should be Khehar recorded that death of three civilians in Meanwhile, the Kashmir Val- liberalisation of the e-visa
properly prepared, Justice Justice Karnan was replying Budgam in firing by the se- ley saw widespread clashes scheme, tourist, business,
Chelameswar suggested to neither coherently nor af- curity forces earlier this yet again after the Friday medical and employment
Justice Karnan. If you un- firmatively to questions and week. prayers over the latest visas. New categories of
conditionally apologise, this gave him four weeks to file Responding to Saugata killings in Budgam. visas such as intern visa
matter will take a different the affidavit. Roy (Trinamool Congress) Protesters were seen hurl- and film visa have been in-
course. If you choose to ac- The next hearing is on expressing concern saying ing stones and rocks at secur- troduced, a Home Min-
cuse A or Y, the matter May 1. the situation in the Kashmir ity forces at over a dozen istry statement said.
Valley was very grave and places in Srinagar, Pulwama,
seeking his intervention, Mr. Anantnag and Baramulla dis- More categories

2 Indians released Singh said the security forces

were dealing with terrorism
in a way they should and
New trend: Protesters throw stones at CRPF personnel while blocking the tracks at Wanibal near
Srinagar on Friday to protest the killing of three youths in the Budgam encounter. PTI *
All senior separatist lead-
ers, including Syed Ali
E-visas have further been
divided into e-tourist visa,
e-business visa and e-med-

in South Sudan they would surely be

He said the strife-torn re-
the security forces and ter-
rorists and pelt stones to
help the ultras holed up
tions like WhatsApp and
Facebook are used to gather
youths at places of encoun-
and will continue to do so. I
want to say that we will def-
initely be successful, he
Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq and Yasin Malik were
detained and prevented
ical visa.
The e-visa facility has
been extended to the na-
Mr. Raja had alerted India gion had seen a new trend there to flee. ters. These groups are based said. from attending any congreg- tionals of 161 countries for
about the kidnapping of late in which youths from I will appeal to youths in Pakistan. Security forces Pakistan-sponsored ter- ational prayers. entry through 24 airports
through his messages in so- nearby villages gather at the not to be misled by Pakistan. are dealing with terrorists ex- rorists were trying to (With inputs from earlier being done through
cial media and sought the sites of encounter between Some social media applica- actly the way they should destabilise not only Kashmir Peerzada Ashiq) 16 airports and three sea
support of Ms. Swaraj. ports, Kochi, Goa and
I am happy to inform Mangaluru to tap the po-

Candidates unable to campaign for byelections

about the release of two In- tential of cruise tourism
dian nationals Midhun and from different countries.
Edward who were abducted This service will also be
in South Sudan, Ms. Swaraj provided from Mumbai
said on Twitter. Peerzada Ashiq wake of growing unrest. PDP debutante Mufti Tas- paign for his party. 2016, which left over 90 and Chennai seaports
The two petroleum en- Midhun Ganesh and Edward Srinagar The security situation can saduq, son of former Chief Several leaders of the civilians dead. shortly.
gineers were abducted in Ambrose after their release. With just eight days left for be gauged from the fact that Minister and PDP patron NC, PDP and the Congress Police sources said Pul- The window for applica-
South Sudan but the release the byelections in the Kash- all 1,600 polling stations in Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. admitted that rallies and wama, Shopian and Kul- tion under the e-visa
on Thursday took place in of Upper Nile state. Mr. mir Valley, star candidates Anantnag will be categor- Once considered a bas- door-to-door campaigning gam were emerging as scheme has been increased
Sudan, a source in the In- Jamali has also been re- including National Confer- ised as hyper sensitive, tion of the ruling PDP, Mr. may not be practical in highly-volatile areas and from 30 to 120 days and
dian embassy said over tele- leased, according to reports. ence (NC) president Farooq where multi-layer security Tassaduq has limited his this years byelections. hence poll rallies could not duration of stay on e-visa
phone. The nationals have Ms. Swaraj took to Twit- Abdullah, Peoples Demo- will guard the booths on poll rallies to party work- Sources in the security be conducted peacefully. has been increased from
been taken to the Indian ter to congratulate the offi- cratic Partys (PDP) Tas- April 12. ers only in south Kashmir. agencies described the Dr. Abdullah admitted 30 to 60 days with dual
embassy in Khartoum. cials involved in the opera- saduq Hussain and Con- The bypolls will see a He is yet to visit poll-bound heightened anger as the that Kashmir was passing entry on e-tourist and e-
They were abducted tion. I appreciate the gress G.A. Mir find mass face-off between Congress districts of Pulwama, Kul- spillover of the five-month- through most difficult business visa and triple
along with a Pakistani, Ayaz efforts of Indian Ambas- campaigning difficult in the stalwart G.A. Mir against gam and Shopian to cam- long street agitation of times. entry on e-medical visa.
Hussein Jamali, by rebels sador in South Sudan Sriku-
from their place of opera- mar Menon for the release

Notify HIV-hit children as Use mobiles to reach out

tion in energy-rich province of Indian nationals.

Gujarat to tighten disadvantaged group: SC to youth, Modi tells MPs

cow slaughter law This will enable them access to free education 2019 poll will see maximum use of mobile technology
In the statement of objects jail term for cow slaughter
of the Bill, the government was seven years, but not less Legal Correspondent cation Act of 2009, which however noted that at least Special Correspondent meeting, Mr. Modi asked the
noted that it is considered than three years. NEW DELHI mandates the State govern- 11 States have already issued NEW DELHI MPs to also take forward ef-
necessary to provide for However, seeking more In a significant step, the Su- ments concerned to issue a the notification. Prime Minister Narendra forts to link the Prime Minis-
more deterrent punishment stringent provisions, the preme Court on Friday notification that a child be- The order was based on a Modi on Friday asked BJP ter Krishi Seenchai Yojana
for offences committed by government noted that ordered State governments longs to a disadvantaged petition filed by NGO Naz MPs to do their utmost to (irrigation scheme) to the
contravening the provisions curbing the menace of il- to consider issuing a notific- group based on reasons ran- Foundation (India) Trust, use mobile technology to get Mahatma Gandhi National
of the Act and also to make legal slaughter required a ation under the Right to ging from caste, social, cul- represented by senior ad- in touch with the youth. He Rural Employment Guaran-
the offences cognisable and tougher law. Education law, declaring tural, linguistic, geograph- vocate Anand Grover, which told them to be prepared in tee Act. This will
non-bailable. The Gujarat Assembly children living with/affected ical, gender, etc. The Act pointed out that HIV-hit chil- these medium, and added strengthen the growth of ir-
Under the existing Gu- passed a cow protection by HIV as a disadvantaged makes education compuls- dren face denial of admis- that the 2019 polls would see rigation in an institutional
jarat Animal Preservation Bill, among the most strin- group deserving additional ory for children between six sion, outright expulsion, se- the maximum use of mobile way, the statement quoted
Act 1954, which was gent in the country, making rights to help them gain free and 14 years of age. gregation, breach of technology for accessing in- the Prime Minister as saying.
amended in 2011 by the then cow slaughter a life-time and compulsory education, The Bench ordered that confidentiality to being formation, according to Prime Minister Modi also
government headed by Nar- punishable offence, Chief a fundamental right under those States which are un- given chores like cleaning sources. said that this would lead to a
endra Modi, the maximum Minister Vijay Rupani said. the Constitution. willing to issue a notifica- toilets. According to NACO Mr. Modi held his con- growth in this sector by 2022
A Bench of Chief Justice of tion under Section 2 (d) estimates in 2012-2013, cluding breakfast meet with Narendra Modi and beyond in 2025, the
India J.S. Khehar and D.Y. should file an affidavit ex- around 20.9 lakh people batches of BJP MPs, by meet- statement said.

1,900 Indians Chandrachud gave States

four weeks to issue the noti-
fication under Section 2 (d)
plaining why they consider
it unnecessary to inform
that children living with HIV
were living with HIV in 2011.
Children less than 15 years of
age account for seven per-
ing members from
Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra
Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telan-
Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Ananth Kumar was
This is considered the last
of the breakfast meetings
with party MPs, which star-

under I-T scanner of The Right of Children to

Free and Compulsory Edu-
do not belong to a disad-
vantaged group. The court
cent (1.45 lakh) of all
gana and Karnataka at his
According to a statement
released by the BJP after the
ted with MPs from Uttar Pra-
desh last week.

However, these companies from the Panama authorit-

My motion on Governors wasnt taken up, says Digvijaya

were set up in Panama itself. ies for further probe.
The I-T Department is Thedepartment will first
now expected to send re- seek copies of incorporation
quests to the Panama tax au- documents of these com-
thorities under the informa- panies and their financial
tion exchange agreement transactions. It is suspected In Rajya Sabha, the Congress leader claims the Leader of the House has not even given him time to meet till now
for further details on the that a significant part of the
data provided by the ED. funds generated through Special Correspondent man. Mr. Singh, who has taken no decision on my sub- Mr. Singh found support Minister Manohar Parrikar Mantri [Defence Minister]
unlawful acts like tax eva- NEW DELHI raised this matter each day stantive motion. How many from CPI(M) MP Tapan Ku- thanked Mr. Singh, who and invite them to Goa
Confirmation received sion and money laundering Senior Congress leader Di- in the Zero Hour, claimed days are left from Wednes- mar Sen, who said, It ap- was the Congresss points- whenever they want to
The Directorate has already was parked abroad. givijaya Singh said in the Ra- that the Leader of the House day onwards? Please assure pears that a vetoing opera- man to Goa, for doing noth- come, he said.
received confirmation from Before formal investiga- jya Sabha on Friday that he had not even given him time me it will be taken up before tion is under process so that ing in Goa after the results,
the Panamas Financial In- tions against the individuals, had become a laughing to meet till now. this session ends, he said. I during the left-out period of which gave him a chance to A special thanks
telligence Unit on the exist- the authorities will confirm stock as his substantive mo- I have become laughing suggest that the chairman the session, the matter could become CM. My special thanks to hon-
ence of at least 60% of the their residential status at the tion regarding the role of the stock. Journalists ask me call the Leader of the House be dodged out. I express my thanks to ourable member Digvijaya
companies. However, the time of alleged commission Governors of Goa and Ma- when I go out and when I re- and me and fix a time. It is the Chairman, Deputy Chair- Singh, who happened to be
legally admissible docu- of offence, as NRIs are not nipur had not come up for turn what happened to my not acceptable if the Leader Parrikars dig man and members of this in Goa but did nothing so
ments will have to be collec- legally required to report discussion despite it having substantive motion. The of the House violates the de- Later, as he bid farewell to House for their support dur- that I could form the
ted by the I-T Department their offshore interests. been admitted by the chair- Leader of the House has cision of the chairman. the Rajya Sabha, Goa Chief ing my tenure as the Raksha government.



Yogis choice as CM was unanimous Contractors to
To brand him as hardline face or anti-secular is very unfair, says BJP general secretary Ram Madhav pay for bad roads
Nistula Hebbar ted him. So where is the take them out of context, why Mr. Adityanath could Motor Vehicles Bill gets Cabinet nod
New Delhi question of Yogi Adityanaths from a one-hour speech if hold the position of Chief
Ajay Chautala granted The choice of Yogi choice as Chief Minister be- you pull out one sentence, it Minister, he refused to com-
parole for sons wedding Special Correspondent in August last year. The Bill
Adityanath as Chief Minister ing anything other than a can appear to be so. But ment on whether, in that
NEW DELHI was referred to the Depart-
of Uttar Pradesh is still creat- choice made by everyone in those who know Yogi Constitutional position, he
INLD leader Ajay Chautala Road contractors may have mental Standing Committee
ing waves in political circles, agreement? Adityanathji well they vouch could remain the head of the
has been granted 21-day to pay out up to 1 lakh per on Transport, Tourism and
not least because it appeared He also felt that the new for the fact that he is a hard- Gorakhnath Peeth.
parole to attend his son accidental death caused due Culture and the Ministry
to be a surprise. BJP general Chief Minister was being core politician, committed to Im not familiar with the
Dushyant Chautalas wedding to faulty road design and made some changes based
secretary Ram Madhav, how- judged for controversial ut- the well-being of all sections customs and traditions of
next month. Delhi Lt- poor maintenance of the on the Parliamentary panel
ever, told The Hindu, that terances that had been of society. His own Math that Math. That question can
Governor Anil Baijal had roads, according to the pro- recommendations which
there was no question that taken out of context and [Gorakhnath peeth in only be answered by Yogiji,
granted parole to Ajay posed Motor Vehicles have now been approved by
the choice was a unanimous that his own popularity and Gorakhpur], besides the he said.
Chautala, who is serving a (Amendment) Bill approved the Union Cabinet.
one within the party, and the public works in Gorakhpur temple runs many institu-
10-year term in connection by the Union Cabinet on
legislative group. involving all sections of soci- tions and social activities, Oppn. attacked
with the teachers Friday. Insurance claims
In an exclusive interview ety were being ignored. Ram Madhav and in all those activities He also accused the Opposi-
recruitment scam in Haryana. We have proposed a Mr. Gadkari said the Bill will
- PTI to The Hindu, he denied that Yogi Aditynathji has been there is no discrimination on tion of reductionism when it
penalty of up to 1 lakh per be introduced in the Lok
the RSS had a hand in the in politics for the last 25 U.P. To brand him as hard- the basis of caste, religion or came to assessing the U.P.
accident caused due to Sabha again in the next few
choice and said that in his years, has been a five-time line face or anti-secular is all community. Many non- mandate. This one election
I-T department notifies faulty road design to be paid days. The Bill also pro-
party (BJP) these decisions MP from Gorakhpur and as very unfair, he said. Hindus work in his projects has shown that Prime Minis-
new Sahaj form by contractors, Road poses settlement of insur-
are taken by the parliament- the head of the Gorakhnath and he has followers from ter Narendra Modi has the
NEW DELHI Transport and Highways ance claims to family of a
ary board, the chief of which Peeth also he is a very popu- Committed to all sections across social categories. This capacity to raise any election
Taxpayers who deposited 2 Minister Nitin Gadkari said road accident victim within
is Prime Minister Narendra lar leader. He is someone On the question of his con- branding of him as a com- above caste, community and
lakh or more post- at a press conference. Every four months of the accident.
Modi himself. We strictly fol- who was partly instrumental troversial statements, I munal or sectarian leader other such parochial identit-
demonetisation, will have to year, more than 10,000 It now takes at least four to
low this parliamentary board in the landslide victory that would only say this much needs to be revisited and is ies. The U.P. elections were
make this disclosure in the people die in road accidents five years for the claim set-
system led by the Prime Min- the party got in Uttar Pra- that most of the times those unfair, he said. about electing a corruption-
new Income Tax Returns due to potholes, a senior tlement, an official state-
ister and party chief. The Le- desh. He is one of the best who are in the thick of polit- While Mr. Madhav spoke free, development-focussed
(ITRs) forms notified on Ministry official said. In ment said.
gislative Assembly then elec- available leaders for us in ics, their statements, if you at length on all the reasons government, he said.
Friday. The information is also 2015, 1.46 lakh people were However, the insurance
to be furnished in the new killed in road accidents in claim amount has been re-
India which translates into duced to 5 lakh from 10

SC removes 25 years age cap for NEET

one-page, simplified ITR-1
Sahaj form for taxpayers Exporters 400 road deaths per day
an increase by 4.6% from
lakh from the earlier
who have income from salary,
a house property or earn
interest totalling up to 50
body may 2014, according to official
The new proposed Bill
also proposes Aadhaar-
lakh. The ITRs forms for
assessment year 2017-18
Relief to many students who desire to become doctors but thwarted by age limit move court The Motor Vehicles
(Amendment) Bill, 2016 was
based verification for grant
of online services, including
were notified by the Central Legal Correspondent years for eligible candidates The court, however, made introduced in the Lok Sabha learners licence.
Board of Direct Taxes. PTI NEW DELHI to undergo the NEET exam- it clear that forms submitted New Delhi
In a relief to many students ination. The notice was is- after April 5 would not be ac- The countrys apex body
Senior IAS officer
shunted out of MHA
whose desire to become a
doctor was thwarted by age
sued by the CBSE on the in-
structions issued by the
cepted as the CBSE, the au-
thority which conducts the
for meat exporters is
mulling to challenge the Ut-
Two Indian students
limit, the Supreme Court on Medical Council of India and exam, would face problems. tar Pradesh government
assaulted in Poland
A senior IAS officer posted as Friday removed the age cap approved by the Central The court directed local over the shutdown of sev-
Additional Secretary in the of 25 years for aspirants who government. authorities and agencies to eral licensed slaughter-
Union Home Ministry was wish to appear in NEET-2017 As we, prima facie, find provide CBSE with logistical houses. Special Correspondent spoken to the Indian Ambas-
abruptly repatriated to his for admission to MBBS and such an age limit could not support, for example, like The State houses 42 of NEW DELHI sador in Poland and asked
cadre State, Madhya Pradesh BDS courses. have been determined by additional centres in lieu of the 75 government-ap- Two Indian students were for a report about the incid-
on Friday. M. Gopal Reddy, a A Bench of Justices Dipak way of a notice on the basis larger number of candidates. proved abattoirs-cum-meat assaulted in Poland, a ent. According to Polish me-
1985-batch officer, was Misra and A.M. Khanwilkar of the instructions issued by The court further re- processing plants/stan- European news agency re- dia reports, the victims lived
prematurely repatriated to his allowed them to fill their Supreme Court * the Medical Council of India, strained the High Courts dalone abattoirs in the ported on Friday. The stu- in Poznan and were strolling
cadre following a decision of NEET forms through the on- it is appropriate to direct from interfering in matters country, and these account dents were visiting a popu- in the afternoon.
the Appointment Committee line portal of the CBSE till The Bench passed the or- that all the desirous candid- like choice and allocation of for 60% of Indias total buf- lar market square in the The police case was how-
of Cabinet, an official said. April 5, 2017. The portal will der on the basis of several ates will be allowed to fill up centres and said that if any falo meat exports worth educational town of ever delayed as the officials
He had six months more to open from Friday evening. petitions from students who the forms on the online contrary order has already $4.8 billion, according to Poznan, when they both who reached the spot first
serve the Centre. No reason The NEET examination is sought the quashing of an portal of the CBSE on or be- been passed by any of the the All India Meat & Live- were attacked by unknown did not speak English. This
was given in the order fixed for May 7. The last date admission notice dated Janu- fore April 5, 2017, the Bench courts, then the CBSE shall stock Exporters Associ- people. is not the first time that such
relieving Mr. Reddy with for filling up forms was ary 31, 2017, that stipulates observed in an interim be bound by the order of the ation. India exports buffalo External Affairs Minister an attack has targeted Indi-
immediate effect. March 1. the maximum age of 25 order. Supreme Court. meat to around 74 nations. Sushma Swaraj said she had ans in Poland.

Dalai Lamas Arunachal Beijing to

seek land for
visit will spoil ties: China agro project
Suvojit Bagchi
Beijing says India has to make a choice in its dealings When a trade delegation
from Chinese province of
Atul Aneja based China Tibetology Re- Shandong visits Kolkata
search Centre, told the next week, it will explore
China on Friday once again media that the Dalai Lamas possibilities to acquire
warned India that the pro- visit to Arunachal Pradesh is land, a contentious issue in
posed visit of the Dalai Lama a sensitive issue, and re- Bengal, to set up an agri-
to Arunachal Pradesh would ferred to its linkage with the cultural demonstration
cause deep damage to boundary issue. centre in the State, the
Sino-Indian ties, and Chinese envoy said here.
stressed that New Delhi Claims on Tawang While the size of the
would have to make a This (the visit) will un- land has not been spe-
choice in its dealings with doubtedly negatively affect cified, the centre will
the Tibetan spiritual leader. friendly relations. We do house a model farm to
China and India are two Lu Kang hope history and facts are showcase best agricultural
major developing countries respected by both the practices with modern ma-
and we are close neigh- The spokespersons re- parties. Mr. Lian had chinery, Consul General of
bours. It is very important marks are part of a sustained stressed. He added, China Ma Zhanwu said.
for the two people to main- effort by the Chinese official- Tawang is a part of Tibet The idea came from Mr.
tain sound and steady dom and academia to dis- and Tibet is a part of China. Mas colleagues in the
China-India relations. But courage India from green- So Tawang is a part of China. Chinese Embassy in Delhi.
such relationship has to be lighting the Dalai Lamas There is not much problem India and Israel have
built on (a) certain founda- visit to Arunachal Pradesh in here. one such demonstration
tion, Chinese foreign min- early April. China has been During his Friday briefing project, set up a few years
istry spokesperson Lu Kang particularly emphatic about Mr. Lu said that China was ago in Noida, and it has
said in his daily briefing. its claims over Tawang, seriously concerned about helped farmers in the area
Mr. Lu highlighted that which houses the famous the news about the Dalai greatly. It is a profit-making
such visits will cause Tawang Monastery Indias Lamas visit. On the eastern centre now. Some of my
deep damage to China-In- largest monastery. It is also section of the China-India colleagues visited the place
dia relations. We have the second largest monas- border, Chinas position is and suggested that we may
asked India to stick to its tery in the world after the clear and constant. The try it here, Mr. Ma said.
political pledges and not to Potala Palace in Lhasa. Dalai clique has long been Chinese firms would ex-
hurt China-India relations. It Last week, Lian Xiang- engaging in separatist activ- pect Bengal to provide
will come down to India to min, director of contempor- ities with (an) inglorious land and manpower, he
make a choice, he said. ary research of the Beijing- record. said.

Industries grossly pollute Ganga

30% of such units are not complying with norms, CPCB survey inds
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Mission for Clean Ganga, a
NEW DELHI Water Ministry body.
Nearly 30% of the so-called
Grossly Polluting Industries 72 projects sanctioned
(GPI), along the Ganga, were Under the Namami Gange
not complying with norms Programme till March 20,
according to a year-long sur- 2017, 145 projects are sanc-
vey by the Central Pollution tioned at an estimated cost
Control Board (CPCB). of 10,730.71 crore. Out of
Between December 2015 these, 72 projects are sanc-
to January 2017, 302 GPIs tioned for creation of 932.84
were inspected by the CPCB million litres per day (MLD)
of which 141 units were new Sewage Treatment
found to be complying with Plants (STP), rehabilitating
stipulated norms, whereas of 1091.00 MLD of STP and
96 were found non-comply- laying/rehabilitation of
ing and 65 were found 4031.41 km sewer network
closed. Closure directions Toxic water: Major polluting industries have been identiied in for treating pollution in the
were issued to 45 non-com- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Bihar. Ganga and Yamuna.
plying units, show cause no- Till date, 13 projects have
tices to 37 and letters to 14 than 1,00,000 litres of waste Bengal and Bihar. been completed and have
non-complying units, Minis- water and/or hazardous Tanneries comprise the created 198.13 MLD STP ca-
ter of State for Water Re- chemicals. bulk of polluting industries pacity (153.1 MLD for river
sources Vijay Goel informed The CPCB has identified a and 80% of the polluting in- Ganga and 45 MLD for
the Lok Sabha on Friday. total of 764 major polluting dustries are located in Uttar Yamuna River) and laid
GPIs are defined as indus- industries along Uttar Pra- Pradesh and Uttarakhand, 1147.75 km of sewerage net-
tries that discharge more desh, Uttarakhand, West according to the National work, Mr. Goel added.



India may be hit by U.S. trade review
Country-speciic report to identify violations; Trump administration mulls measures to reduce deicit
Varghese K. George ficit, Mr. Ross said. India is scheduled visit of Chinese ment of service professionals
Washington the ninth biggest trading President Xi Jinping next to the U.S., said Didar
India is among the 16 target partner of the U.S. and had a week. Singh, Secretary General,
countries in a review of trade trade surplus of around $26 Mr. Trump has named FICCI.
ties that President Donald billion with the U.S in goods China, Mexico and Japan re- Ahead of the President
Flynn ofers testimony Trump was scheduled to or- trade alone last year. Of its peatedly for allegedly unfair signing the executive orders,
for immunity: report der late on Friday. The Pres- top 20 trading partners, the trade practices. He has never the U.S Trade Representative
WASHINGTON ident would also sign a U.S. has a surplus with only named India, but the 100% on Friday morning released
Michael Flynn has a story to second order to strictly en- five. With China, the U.S. had duty that India imposes on its annual National Trade Es-
tell, his lawyer said on force anti-dumping and a deficit of $347 billion in high-power motorcycles was timate Report on Foreign
Thursday, amid reports that countervailing duties, U.S. 2016. The review will be to mentioned in his first speech Trade Barriers that high- Danse macabre: Residents gather near a damaged shop in a
the ousted U.S. national Commerce Secretary Wilbur assess whether deficit is be- the U.S. Congress recently. lights foreign barriers to U.S. market after a blast in Parachinar, Pakistan, on Friday. REUTERS *

security advisor has ofered Ross said on Thursday. ing caused by cheating, spe- The trade review will exports.
Donald Trump
to testify in exchange for
immunity about potential ties
between Donald Trumps
A country-by-country,
product-by-product report
will be prepared in 90 days
cific trade agreements, lax
enforcement or World Trade
Organization rules. White House National Trade
touch upon a litany of Amer-
ican concerns about trade
with India inadequate pro-
The 20-page long chapter
on India lists a range of trade
restrictions by India such as
22 killed in blast near
campaign and Russia. AFP

Venezuela A-G criticises

that would form the basis of
further measures that the
Trump administration would
China, Japan, Germany,
Mexico, Ireland, Vietnam,
Italy, South Korea, India,

Trade abuses
tection of intellectual prop-
erty, state subsidies and tar-
iff and non-tariff barriers.
an existing ban on animal-
tested cosmetics and restric-
tions on dairy products and
Shia mosque in Pak.
Maduro over power grab take to reduce the countrys Malaysia, Thailand, France, Mr. Navarro has been a long India and the U.S. must alcohol. It also accuses India
CARACAS trade deficit. The report will Switzerland, Taiwan, In- time critic of China, but on trade more in energy, gen- of being opaque in its non- Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility
Venezuelas Attorney General identify every form of trade donesia and Canada were Thursday, he insisted the eric pharma and defence if tariff regulations, and lists
Luisa Ortega surprisingly abuse and every non-recip- countries named in the brief- presidential executive orders the intention is to bring export subsidy programmes Reuters part of its operation Ghazi,
broke ranks with President rocal practice that now con- ing by Mr. Ross and Peter were not exclusive to China down trade deficit. Also, the in several sectors as a matter PARACHINAR named after a radical Islam-
Nicolas Maduro on Friday, tributes to the U.S. trade de- Navarro, the director of the and was not linked to the U.S. must be open to move- of concern. A bomb apparently targeting ist leader killed by Pakistani
condemning recent rulings a mosque in Pakistans security forces in 2007.
that consolidated the socialist northwestern city of Parach- Following a string of

Europe sets out tough Brexit terms U.S., NATO to

president's power as a inar killed at least 22 people earlier incidents this year,
rupture of constitutional on Friday and wounded the latest attack adds to fears
dozens in an attack claimed of an increase in sectarian vi-
order. Ms. Ortega was long
seen as a loyalist of the talk Ukraine: by the Pakistani Taliban. olence in Pakistan, a nuc-
The explosion in a remote lear-armed state of some
Maduro camp. AFP
Tusk rules out simultaneous talks on the terms of U.K.s exit and a new trade deal Tillerson area bordering Afghanistan 200 million people.
Hamas mulls revenge came as people gathered for Last month, more than 80
after commander killed Vidya Ram two-year period. ued period of uncertainty, Agence France-Presse Friday prayers near the wo- people were killed in an at-
London The reaction from Indian businesses and organ- Brussels mens entrance of a Shia tack on a crowded Sufi
After openly accusing Israel Hopes that Britain might be Europe is very clear. This is isations operating out of the U.S. Secretary of State Rex mosque in the central shrine in southern Pakistan
of assassinating Mazen Faqha, able to simultaneously nego- what you may be saying but U.K. will also have to stall Tillerson said on Friday he bazaar, the latest in a series that was claimed by Islamic
its key military commander tiate the terms of its exit and this is where we stand... Art- their plans unless and until would hold talks with of attacks across Sunni-ma- State.In January, at least 21
near his Gaza home, experts a new trade deal with the EU icle 50 was the end of the be- more clarity emerges. NATO allies about Russias jority Pakistan this year. people were killed when an
say that Hamas would seek to were dashed on Friday, as ginning and the journey aggression in Ukraine, sig- The local political agent, explosion hit a vegetable
avenge the killing, but from a European Council President from now will be so complex No special arrangement nalling a tougher stance to- Ikramullah Khan, said the market in Parachinar, capital
distance. Mr. Faqha was shot Donald Tusk set out the ini- and difficult and ridden with Liberal Democrat Tim Far- ward Moscow from the death toll had reached 22, of the Kurram tribal region,
four times near his home on tial terms of talks. He sig- uncertainty, said cross- ron pointed to the clear ex- Trump administration. with 70 wounded. where Pakistani security
March 24 in what appears to nalled that Britain would bench member of the House clusion of a sector-by-sector We want to have a dis- Sajid Hussain, a parlia- forces have battled militant
have been a meticulously only be able to commence of Lords Karan Bilimoria, approach by Europe. This cussion around NATO's mentarian from Parachinar, groups for years.
planned assassination. AFP talks on the future relation- and chair of Cobra Beer. leaves no doubt that [Brexit posture in Europe, most said gunfire preceded the
ship once there was suffi- Donald Tusk From the business point of Secretary David] Davis com- particularly in eastern blast, which he described as Rescue work
Islamic State claims cient progress on the with- view, this is shocking. ments about special arrange- Europe in response to Rus- a suicide attack. The city is Authorities said a military
deadly court bombings drawal. U.K., will not happen, he ments for the car industry or sia's aggression in Ukraine located in an area with a rescue helicopter had been
BEIRUT He also ruled out a sector- said on Friday. Several na- Period of uncertainty the financial sector are and elsewhere, he said large Shia population. sent to the scene to help
The Islamic State has claimed by-sector approach, which tional leaders of EU coun- Following todays com- worthless. upon arriving in Brussels The attack took place in a evacuate the injured.
responsibility for mid-March the British government had tries had previously sig- ments by Donald Tusk, it is Mr. Tusk said that while for his first NATO talks. busy area and a womens Mumtaz Hussain, a doctor
bomb attacks on a courthouse previously indicated it would nalled that trade talks might indicative that the existing the EU shared Britains de- Mr. Tillerson joined the mosque appears to be the at the Agency Headquarters
and restaurant in Damascus pursue, to ensure that the not be able to commence un- period of uncertainty will sire to establish a close part- talks listing the Trump ad- target, he said. Hospital in the region, said
that killed 32 people and impact of Brexit on certain til the exit terms were final- continue to hover over busi- nership, the talks would be ministrations top priority five bodies, including a wo-
were denounced by rebel sectors such as the financial ised, but that was initially nesses on the future of the difficult, complex, and as pushing NATO allies to Sectarian violence man and two children, and
groups. The March 15 attacks services and automobile seen as a tough talk. Mr. U.K.s trading relationship sometimes even confronta- meet their pledges to boost The banned Islamist militant more than three dozen
were a rare assault in the would be minimised. Tusks remarks, however, with the EU, said Sarosh tional. However, Europe defence spending as Wash- group Tehrik-i-Taliban wounded had been brought
heart of the Syrian capital, Starting parallel talks on highlight the challenge fa- Zailwalla, founder of would not adopt a punitive ington says it has borne a Pakistan (TTP), often re- to the hospital and an appeal
which remains under all issues at the same time, as cing the U.K. as it attempts to Zaiwalla & Co solicitors in approach as Brexit in itself disproportionate share ferred to as the Pakistani for blood donors had been
government control. AFP suggested by some in the secure both processes in a London. Under this contin- is already punitive enough. of the costs for too long. Taliban, said the blast was made.

Brexit presents challenges and Zuma sacks

opportunities for India: envoy ANC in crisis
Says there is political will on both sides to reach trade pact Reuters
Vidya Ram We will constantly be the way, among other things. President Jacob Zumas
London monitoring developments Among the specific issues midnight sacking of his
Brexit will present oppor- especially those that impact highlighted by Mr. Sinha and Finance Minister shook
tunities as well as challenges on our bilateral relation- others in the past is the posi- South African markets on
for India, and its bilateral re- ship, said Mr. Sinha. He ad- tion of those in the services Friday, undermining his
lationship with Britain, In- ded there was the political sector, as well as students, authority and threatening
dian High Commissioner to will on both sides to reach whose numbers from India to split the African National
the U.K. Yashvardhan Kumar an agreement on trade. have been declining dramat- Congress (ANC) that has
Sinha said this week, as the Announcing the trigger- ically in recent years. governed since the end of
U.K. gave the European ing of Brexit earlier this Both sides have their apartheid.
Council the formal notifica- week, Prime Minister own wish list, said Mr. Deputy President Cyril
tion that it plans to leave the Theresa May said Britain was Sinha, regarding a potential Ramaphosa, who is one of
union. While Britain is un- not protectionist and future trade agreement. He the leading candidates to
able to negotiate free trade wanted to be a truly global added that in its negotiations replace Mr. Zuma as ANC
deals with other nations in trading nation. on trade with any country, president, described Mr.
the EU until its exit is con- However, hopes of a deal freer movement of people Zumas decision as totally,
cluded in March 2019, the with India have encountered is a priority, particularly totally unacceptable.
country has made clear its a mixed reaction: while In- with developed nations. He The comments were a
eagerness to forge interna- dia was the first non-EU said that it would be Indias sign of deepening division
tional trade accords, and is country that Ms. May visited expectation in post-Brexit in the ANC that are likely to
hopeful that it would be able as Prime Minister, there are Britain for IT professionals worsen until the party
to establish a free trade also concerns that immigra- to be able to work freely and elects a new leader in
agreement with India. tion policy could stand in return home. December.

China upbeat about Xi-Trump meet

Beijing hopes the summit will set a new direction in bilateral relationship
Atul Aneja as a hurdle, but attributed it
Beijing to the unique economic
China and the U.S. are set- structures of the two coun-
ting the tone for the first tries. China does not delib-
face-to-face meeting next erately seek a trade surplus.
week in Florida between We also have no intention of
President Xi Jinping and his carrying out competitive cur-
U.S. counterpart Donald rency devaluation to stimu-
Trump. late exports. This is not our
Ahead of the announce- policy, he said.
ment of the President Xis
visit, Mr. Trump tweeted to Raising demand
suggest that the talks could The Chinese official high-
be fractious. The meeting lighted that Beijings ongoing
next week with China will be reforms will increase do-
a very difficult one in that we Crucial time: A man stands near an advertisement featuring mestic consumption, which
can no longer have massive U.S. President Donald Trump at a news stand in Shanghai. AP * would help raise demand for
trade deficits and job losses. foreign goods and services,
American companies must China-U.S. relationship in a the past months. They both including those originating
be prepared to look at other new era, advance the devel- believe China and the United from the U.S.
alternatives. opment of bilateral ties in a States can absolutely be very Mr. Zheng also pointed
But in Beijing, the tone healthy and stable way from good partners. He pointed out that Chinese investments
was different. At a briefing a new starting point, and to no conflict, no confront- in the U.S. were also rising,
on Friday, Vice Foreign Min- promote peace, stability and ation, mutual respect and yielding more American
ister Zheng Zeguang said prosperity in Asia and the win-win cooperation as the jobs.
China hoped that the April Pacific and the world at four-point template to ad- Besides, Washingtons re-
6-7 meeting at Mar-a-Lago large, said the Chinese vance ties. striction on the exports of
will set the direction for the official. Mr. Zheng said the advanced civilian technology
development of the bilateral Chinese and U.S. sides are to China was another factor
relationship. Four-point template making final preparations spiralling the trade imbal-
As the international situ- Mr. Zheng said the Chinese for the presidents meeting ance. China can expand im-
ation continues undergoing and U.S. presidents have to make it a complete ports from the United States.
profound and complicated reached important con- success. The United States should
changes, the meeting will be sensus through phone con- The Chinese official ac- take steps to promote ex-
of great significance to chart versations and letters over knowledged trade imbalance ports to China, he said.



market watch
Sensex dddddddddddddddddddddd 29,621 ddddddddddddd -0.09
US Dollar dddddddddddddddddddd 64.85 ddddddddddddddd0.11
Infra deicit to take Fiscal deicit
exceeds FY
Core sector growth slows
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Brent oil ddddddddddddddddddddd 52.61 ddddddddddddd -0.34
two decades to bridge target in Feb.
to more than 1-year low
ACC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1446.05. . . . . . . 27.10
Funds needed for transport, water management, says Jaitley Indias fiscal deficit at the Previous low of 0.9% was recorded in December 2015
Adani Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339.60. . . . . . . . . 0.30 end of February worked
Ambuja Cements. . . .. . . . . . 236.65. . . . . . . . . 2.65 Special Correspondent out to 6.05 lakh crore, PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Asian Paints. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 1073.50. . . . . . . . . 3.40 New Delhi 113.4% of the full year tar- NEW DELHI
Aurobindo Pharma . . . . . . 675.20. . . . . . . . . 3.50 India has an infrastructure The growth of eight core
get for the 201617 fiscal,
Axis Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 490.80. . . . . . . . -8.45
Bajaj Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2805.45. . . . . . -17.40
deficit that could take almost mainly because of lower sectors slipped to a more
Bank of Baroda . . . . . .. . . . . . 172.95. . . . . . . . -0.70 two decades to bridge, Fin- realisation on non-tax rev- than one-year low of 1% in
Bharti Airtel . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 350.05. . . . . . . . -1.15 ance Minister Arun Jaitley enues, according to gov- February mainly due to de-
Bosch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22751.25. . . . . 151.30 said on Friday at the inaug- ernment data released on cline in output of crude oil,
BPCL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 649.85. . . . . . . . . 9.20 uration of the regional office Friday. natural gas, refinery
Cipla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 592.95. . . . . . . . -5.40
of European Investment The fiscal deficit, reflec- products, fertilisers and
Coal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292.65. . . . . . . . . 3.15
Dr Reddys Lab . . . . . . . .. . . . 2632.35. . . . . . . 19.10
Bank (EIB) in Delhi. tion of government bor- cement.
Eicher Motors. . . . . . . . .. 25587.50. . . . . . -71.05 One of the largest infra- rowing to meet revenue The growth rate of eight
GAIL (India). . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 376.95. . . . . . . . -2.05 structure creation pro- expenditure gap was at infrastructure sectors of
Grasim Ind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1049.00. . . . . . -19.25 gramme which is going on in 113.4% in the 11-month coal, crude oil, natural gas,
HCL Tech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 874.75. . . . . . . . -1.10 India and I think at least in refinery products, fertil-
period as compared to
HDFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1502.10. . . . . . -17.85
HDFC Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1442.55. . . . . . -23.65
the next two decades, I see 107.4% in the similar isers, steel, cement and elec- Subdued growth: Core sector contributes 38% to the total
Hero MotoCorp . . . . . .. . . . 3221.95. . . . . . . . -9.70 Indias hands full in trying to period previous fiscal. tricity was 9.4% in February industrial production.
Hindalco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195.05. . . . . . . . . 4.75 expand its infrastructure Government had 2016.
Hind Unilever . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 911.75. . . . . . . . -7.45 and get rid of the deficit that budgeted a fiscal deficit of The previous low of 0.9% cording to the data released The output of crude oil,
Indiabulls HFL . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 997.75. . . . . . . . . 7.15 existed in India, Mr. Jaitley 5.34 lakh crore for current was recorded in December by the commerce and in- natural gas, refinery
ICICI Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276.85. . . . . . . . -4.50
said. fiscal ending today (March 2015. In January 2017, these dustry ministry on Friday. products, fertilisers and ce-
IndusInd Bank . . . . . . . .. . . . 1425.15. . . . . . . . . 2.85
Bharti Infratel . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 325.90. . . . . . -10.80 31). sectors grew by 3.4%. The Commenting on the data, ment contracted by 3.4%,
Infosys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1022.25. . . . . . . . -3.25 No protectionist noises As per data released by core sectors, which contrib- rating agency ICRA said: 1.7%, 2.3%, 5.3% and 15.8%,
Indian OilCorp . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 387.05. . . . . . . 10.25 He added that there are no the Controller General of ute 38% to the total indus- We expect the IIP to post a respectively during the
ITC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280.30. . . . . . . . -2.45 noises of protectionism in Accounts (CGA), the rev- trial production, expanded subdued volume growth in month under review.
Kotak Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 872.20. . . . . . . . . 7.05 India as witnessed in other 4.4% in April-February this February 2017. Coal output widened by
enue deficit during April-
L&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1574.90. . . . . . . 17.45
Lupin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1445.20. . . . . . . . -1.75
parts of the world. Contrary February at 4.44 lakh fiscal compared to 3.5% However, coal and steel 7.1 %, while steel output in-
M&M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1286.90. . . . . . . . . 7.05 to all the global noises we crore works out to be growth in the same period recorded positive growth creased by 8.7 % and electri-
Maurti Suzuki . . . . . . . . .. . . . 6015.70. . . . . . . 59.10 see in various parts of the 142.8% of budget estimate. previous financial year, ac- during the month. city by 1.5 %.
NTPC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166.00. . . . . . . . . 2.90 world, there are no noises of It was 114.4% in the cor-
ONGC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185.00. . . . . . . . . 1.10 protectionism in India and responding period last fin-
PowerGrid Corp . . . . .. . . . . . 197.30. . . . . . . . . 1.85
Reliance Ind . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 1320.90. . . . . . . 50.25
State Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293.40. . . . . . . . . 2.35
therefore, we are amongst
the most open economies in
the world, the Finance Min-
ancial year. The total rev-
enue receipt till February Policy change to push Snapdeal
Sun Pharma . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 688.15. . . . . . . . . 1.10 was 10.94 lakh crore or
may go
Tata Motors . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 465.85. . . . . . . . -2.55
Tata Motors DVR. . . .. . . . . . 282.15. . . . . . . . . 0.55
Tata Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90.35. . . . . . . . . 0.45
ister said.
The European Investment
Bank (EIB) announced com-
76.9% of the budget estim-
ate, lower than 78.5% re-
corded in the year-ago
stalled power projects public in 19
Tata Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482.70. . . . . . . . . 5.20
mitment of 450 million for Lagging behind: Indias hands are full in trying to expand its period.
TCS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2431.80. . . . . . . . -9.20
Tech Mahindra . . . . . . .. . . . . . 459.15. . . . . . . . -2.05 supporting sustainable trans- infrastructure, says Jaitley. The major decline was Move frees up 1.5 lakh cr. investments PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
UltraTech Cement . .. . . . 3984.75. . . . . . . . -3.70 port and renewable energy witnessed in non-tax rev- MUMBAI
Wipro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 515.70. . . . . . . . -0.25 projects. Out of 450 million said investment will pick up Mr. Jaitley said the open- enue as government got PRESS TRUST OF INDIA jects (25 projects), for fur- Struggling ecommerce ma-
YES Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1546.75. . . . . . . . -5.40 funding, EIB has committed momentum in the years to ing up of EIBs regional office only 62.4% at 2.09 lakh NEW DELHI nishing the final mega certi- jor Snapdeal has sounded
Zee Entertainment . . . . . . 535.55. . . . . . . . . 3.15
a loan of 200 million to come. in India will help it under- crore of the budget The Cabinet Committee on ficates to the tax authorities out five merchant bankers,
State Bank of India for fund- I do see this programme stand the value of invest- estimate. Economic Affairs (CCEA) on be extended to 120 months including SBI Caps and Ko-
ing solar projects across In- of infrastructure investment ments in the country and During April-February Friday approved amend- instead of 60 months from tak Mahindra Capital, to
Indicative direct rates in rupees a unit
except yen at 4 p.m. on March 31 dia. SBI Managing Director B picking up pace over next also assist the government in 2015-16, the non-tax rev- ments in the Mega Power the date of import, an offi- work on a public offer that
CURRENCY TT BUY TT SELL Sriram said the interest on two decades because thats attracting them to invest enue collection stood at Policy to push 31 GW stran- cial statement said. is likely to hit the market in
US Dollar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 64.65. . . . . . . 64.97 the loan will be at a conces- the extent of deficit that we more in India. 81.7% of that years budget ded projects entailing an in- Developers would be re- the second half of 2019.
Euro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 69.09. . . . . . . 69.44 sional rate. have in India, he said. Dr. Hoyer later called on estimate. vestment of 1.5 lakh crore. quired to keep their fixed The third-largest mar-
British Pound . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 80.69. . . . . . . 81.09
Japanese Yen (100) . .. . 57.82. . . . . . . 58.11
Besides, the EIB has also As the worlds largest Prime Minister Narendra Tax revenue during The initiative is mainly deposit receipt (FDR) or ketplace, majority owned
Chinese Yuan . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 9.39. . . . . . . . . 9.44 committed to release the multilateral public bank and Modi along with senior offi- April-February 2016-17, aimed at bringing down bank guarantee (in lieu of by Japanese giant Soft-
Swiss Franc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 64.63. . . . . . . 64.95 second tranche of 250 mil- a global leader in financing cials of the Bank, according however, was higher at power tariff for making elec- duty exemption claimed) Bank, has also reportedly
Singapore Dollar . . . . . . .. . 46.26. . . . . . . 46.51 lion for construction of Luc- climate action, the EU Bank to an official statement from 8.85 lakh crore or 81.3% of tricity more affordable and alive. appointed Swiss invest-
Canadian Dollar . . . . . . . . .. . 48.45. . . . . . . 48.69
Malaysian Ringitt . . . . . .. . 14.60. . . . . . . 14.68
know Metro. recognises that the time is the Prime Ministers Office. the budget estimate, up achieving the ambitious goal The CCEA approved 25 ment banking major Credit
Source:Indian Bank
right to increase our engage- In course of the conversa- from 77.7% last year. of 24X7 power for all. Provisional Mega certified Suisse as special advisor
Investment to pick up ment across South Asia, EIB tion today the Prime Minis- The government data The Cabinet Committee projects for Mega Policy be- for the sale. The IPO pro-
Stressing that investment President Dr. Werner Hoyer ter explained Indias policies showed Centres Plan Ex- on Economic Affairs, nefits in proportion to the cess is on in earnest and
will be required in sectors said, adding that the bank in the areas of climate penditure during the chaired by Prime Minister long-term power purchase may open in the second
March 31 rates in rupees with previous
rates in parentheses such as public transport, wa- has supported long-term in- change and environmental period was 4.81 lakh crore Narendra Modi has ap- agreement tied up as per- half of calender 2019, de-
Retail Silver (1g) . . . . . . . . . . . 45.10. . . . . (45.40) ter management, rural infra- vestment in India for more sustainability, according to and non-plan expenditure proved the time period for mitted under the Mega pending on the market sen-
22 ct gold (1 g) . .. . . . . . . . . . . 2,751. . . . . (2,768) structure among others, he than two decades. the statement. stood at 12.71 lakh crore. the provisional mega pro- Power Policy. timent, said a source.

GST Council Exim Bank considers RBI need not

tentatively remonetise
okays rules co-inancing with AfDB fully: report
Special Correspondent Focus on power, agriculture, irrigation k.t. jagannathan
The GST Council, headed Special Correspondent The Reserve Bank of India
by Finance Minister Arun New Delhi (RBI) need not print the en-
Jaitley, on Friday approved Export-Import Bank of India tire amount of high-value
the remaining set of rules (Exim Bank) is exploring op- currency notes extin-
for the Goods and Services portunities to co-finance guished by the Centres de-
Tax regime. This was the projects with African Devel- monetisation move last
first meeting of the Council opment Bank (AfDB) in year as firstly there was ex-
after Parliament cleared Africa in areas of interest to cess cash floating in the
four GST legislations India, according to Exim system prior to November
earlier this week. Bank MD David Rasquinha. 8 and secondly because a
The agenda for todays He said the co-financing sizeable population has
meeting was four new set of projects is likely to be in pared their usage of cash
of rules input tax credit, sectors such as power, agri- following the push for di-
valuation, composition culture and irrigation. David Rasquinha gital payments, the State
levy and transitional rules. Referring to the Kukuza Bank of Indias Group Chief
Today, officials had a meet- Project Development Com- to encourage a similar Economic Adviser Soumya
ing and some changes were pany (KPDC) in Nairobi model for African nations. Kanti Ghosh wrote in a
suggested to these rules. (Kenya), which Exim Bank Meanwhile, Exim Bank report.
Those rules along with the has set up along with IL&FS said that AfDB President Ak- RBI should only print
changes have been tentat- Group, African Develop- inwumi Adesina, on his first 1.15 trillion [lakh crore]
ively approved by the GST ment Bank and State Bank official visit to India, had more from March 24
council, the minister said. of India, for greater Indian sought stakeholder buy-ins levels, Mr. Ghosh wrote.
As the position stands, participation in infrastruc- under the AfDB Banks am- And, going by the average
out of the nine set of ture projects in Africa, Mr. bitious High 5s develop- pace of printing, the pro-
rules... the original five, Rasquinha said Exim Bank ment agenda or five prior- cess could be completed by
which we had approved, was keen to work closely ities crucial for accelerating the first fortnight of April.
have been corrected. with AfDB to help KPDC Africas transformation; in- Hence, about 1.17 lakh
Those now become final. take off in a big way. He ad- cluding Light up and power crore worth of notes need
The four new rules will be ded that AfDB had evinced Africa, Feed Africa, Industri- not be printed, reducing
put in public domain and interest in Indias Public alise Africa, Integrate Africa, the cost of printing by
in the next meeting will be Private Partnership finan- and Improve the quality of about 500 crore to 1,000
taken up..., he said. cing model and was looking life for the people of Africa. crore.

Iran oil imports to be cut over gas ield row

Indian reiners plan to cut purchases by a ifth to 1,90,000 barrels a day
Reuters imports by 20,000 bpd each
NEW DELHI to about 80,000 bpd. Bharat
Indian state refiners will cut Petroleum Corp and Hindus-
oil imports from Iran in 2017/ tan Petroleum Corp. will to-
18 by a fifth, as New Delhi gether cut imports by about
takes a more assertive stance 10,000 bpd to roughly
over an impasse on a giant 30,000 bpd, they said.
gas field that it wants awar- In turn, NIOC threatened
ded to an Indian consor- to cut the discount it offers
tium, sources familiar with to Indian buyers on freight
the matter said. from 80% to about 60%, the
India, Irans biggest oil officials added. No comment
buyer after China, was was available from the In-
among a handful of coun- Finger-wagging: In turn, NIOC has threatened to cut the dian companies or NIOC.
tries that continued to deal discount it ofers on freight from 80% to 60%. Cutting imports from Iran
with the Persian Gulf nation amid an OPEC-led supply cut
despite Western sanctions Tehran, Indias oil ministry tional Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) exposes Indias refiners to
over Tehrans nuclear pro- has asked state refiners to representative about their the risk of struggling to find
gramme. cut imports of Iranian oil. plans to cut oil imports by a reasonably priced
However, previously close We are cutting gradually, fifth to 190,000 barrels per alternatives.
ties have been strained since and we will cut more if there day (bpd) from 240,000 We expect that the mar-
the lifting of some sanctions is no progress in the matter bpd, officials present at the ket is currently undersup-
last year as Iran adopts a of the award of Farzad B gas meeting said. plied and that the draws in
bolder approach in trying to field to our company, one of Indian Oil Corp. and Man- inventory are coming, U.S.
get the best deal for its oil the Indian sources said. galore Refinery and Petro- investment bank Jefferies
and gas. Unhappy with Indian refiners told a Na- chemicals Corp will reduce said in a note to clients.



India to support resistance to Indian coders to get Rosneft-led
Essar deal
support for iOS apps faces delay
protectionism at G20 meet Apple opens accelerator in Bengaluru Reuters
The purchase of Indian re-
Countrys interests include ensuring ease of mobility for skilled professionals finer Essar Oil by a consor-
Special Correspondent we will learn from them and tium led by Russian oil
NEW DELHI they will learn from us... we company Rosneft has been
Despite a formal statement are still quite optimistic (on delayed by a few weeks,
Reliance Jio extends by the worlds largest eco- ensuring resistance to pro- the two sides said on Fri-
Prime ofer till April 15 nomies being silent on con- tectionism), he added. day, because some Indian
cerns over protectionist On expansion of the G20, lenders to Essar have yet to
Mukesh Ambani-controlled measures, India which was he said there were no such sign off on the deal.
Reliance Jio announced it a part of the G20 Finance plans currently, adding, The $12.9 billion deal, in
had notched an Ministers and Central Bank however, that the G20 had which Rosneft is set to take
unprecedented 72 million Governors Meeting on March been conducting a lot of out- a 49% stake in Essar to pur-
paid subscribers, and 17-18 said Friday that it reach activities in countries, sue its global expansion,
extended by 15 days its strongly supported resist- especially in Africa. was expected to close by
rock-bottom priced data ance to all forms of protec- Mr. Narlikar said issues of the end of this month.
ofer under Prime tionism. interest to India included en- Russia's second-biggest
membership. The telecom India strongly supports suring ease of mobility of bank VTB, which is in-
irm, whose free extended resistance to all forms of pro- skilled professionals across volved in financing the
promotional ofer ended on tectionism, and is fully with the world. There is a lot of A leg-up: The facility will provide support on Swift, Apples deal, has said that 19 more
March 31, also announced a Germany (which is holding talk about free movement of programming language. Above, an Apple store. REUTERS *
days would be needed to
complimentary ofer for the G20 Presidency) on Alone on protectionism: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven capital. We (India) are keen settle all the payments.
three months for customers measures to open up trade Mnuchin didnt endorse opposition to protectionism. AFP *
on free movement of labour,
Special Correspondent around the world, said The closure of the deal
who paid 303 prior to BENGALURU Philip Schiller, senior vice is delayed by a few weeks
in goods and services, said especially high-skilled la-
April 15. PTI Jayant Narlikar, Deputy Sec- for us (Germany) and India. are working to strengthen bour, and we are ready to Apple Inc, the maker of the president, Worldwide Mar- due to the pending ap-
retary, Finance Ministry and A communique issued at the contribution of trade to work with other G20 mem- iPhone, announced the keting at Apple, in a state- provals from the Indian
BBB names ive for top a member of the G20 India an earlier meeting in 2016 our economies, Mr. Lux bers on that. opening of its App Acceler- ment. banks. Both parties are still
posts in PSU banks Secretariat, at an event or- had included that phrase. said, We hope for a much India is also keen on en- ator in Bengaluru. He said that in just the committed to close this
ganised by the German Reports had said the phrase more positive language suring energy access. Every The company said that first few weeks, the com- deal as soon as the few re-
The Bank Board Bureau has Embassy. was dropped from the March against protectionism at the household needs to be given the accelerator would pany had already seen de- maining approvals from
recommended names of ive Meanwhile, Andreas Lux, communique as it did not re- Hamburg meeting (G20 lead- some kind of energy access. provide specialised support velopers at the App Acceler- the banks are obtained,
candidates to the Head of G20 Presidency ceive U.S. support. U.S. ers summit in July). We know that eliminating for developers making apps ator Bengaluru, including the bank said in emailed
government for appointment team (global economy / Treasury Secretary Steven (fossil fuel) subsidies which on its mobile operating sys- Practo and Reliance Games, comments to Reuters.
as CEOs and MDs in public framework for growth), Ger- Mnuchin was quoted as hav- Ability to survive are inefficient and promot- tem iOS, which is the found- create innovative apps that The deal, the largest for-
sector banks. These include man Federal Ministry of Fin- ing said the new administra- Mr. Lux said G20 had the ing wasteful consumption is ation for its products like can meet the needs of cus- eign acquisition of an In-
Sunil Mehta, ED, Corporation ance, said the failure to in- tion considered that the his- ability to cope with setbacks important, and we even iPhone, iPad and iPod tomers in India and around dian company, would give
Bank, Dina Bandhu corporate the sentence torical language was not and survive them, adding have direct benefit transfer touch. The firm said that it the world. Rosneft a foothold in the
Mohapatra, ED, Canara Bank, we will resist all forms of relevant. that: Lots of people in the scheme. However, we can- would also provide tools We are thrilled to be one growing Indian market. It
Rajkiran Rai G, ED, Oriental protectionism in the Referring to the March 17- new U.S. administration may not agree to any timeline to and best practices to help of the first developers to col- already operates in a num-
Bank of Commerce, R.A. March 17-18 meeting commu- 18 meeting communique, not be used to (working on ) eliminate fossil fuel sub- them hone their skills and laborate with the team at ber of regions, including
Sankara Narayanan, ED, Bank nique was a major setback which had only stated We international cooperation... sidies, Mr. Narlikar said. transform the design, qual- the App Accelerator, said Europe and Latin America.
of India and R. ity and performance of their Shashank ND, co-founder of A 49% share will be split
Subramaniakumar, ED, Indian apps on iOS. healthcare tech startup between commodities
Overseas Bank.
Tata Motors sets up JV with Jayem Auto Petrol, diesel Entrepreneurial spirit
Practo, that provides an app
and web service for schedul-
trader Trafigura and Rus-
sian investor United Cap-
Coal ministry terminates
services of a CIL director Special Correspondent phased manner at a dedic- a select new range of Tata levies garner Apple said that India had
one of the most vibrant iOS
ing appointments with
ital Partners (UCP).
The billionaire Ruia
COIMBATORE ated line, currently being cars will undergo aesthetic
The services of Coal India Tata Motors on Friday an- planned in Coimbatore. and performance enhance- 2.02 lakh cr. developer communities in
the world and that already
Each week, Apple experts
will lead briefings and
brothers would retain a 2%
stake. The closing was
Ltd.s personnel and nounced a joint venture with Guenter Butschek, CEO ment at Jayems facility. tens of thousands of de- provide one-on-one app re- postponed into April be-
industrial relations director Jayem Automotives for the and MD, Tata Motors, said in Our partnership with Press Trust of India velopers in India make apps views for developers. cause the buyers were
R. Mohan Das have been manufacture of special per- a statement the partnership Tata started more than 12 New Delhi for iOS. The first-of-its-kind facil- dealing with 28 Indian
terminated with efect from formance vehicles of Tata was a step towards creating years ago and we are work- The government on Friday It said the app accelerator ity will also provide support banks that had credit lines
March 30. He was due to cars that incorporate cus- long-term relationships as a ing on this project for sev- said total collection in Bengaluru will help to and guidance on Swift, with Essar Oil, a source
retire on May 31, 2017. In a tomised design and tech- part of the transformation eral years now. through excise duty on pet- further enrich the iOS app Apples powerful and intuit- close to the transaction
regulatory iling, CIL said the nical features by the Coim- journey of Tata Motors to This is not like after sales rol and diesel had been ecosystem. ive programming language said. The source added
termination was as per the batore-based firm. bring exciting performance improvements to the 2.02 lakh crore for the We are impressed by the created to build apps for that separate debt of hold-
direction from the coal The 50:50 joint venture variants to its product vehicle. Till now we did first 11 months of FY17. great entrepreneurial spirit iOS, Apple TV and Apple ing company Essar Global
ministry. Mr. Das told The JT Special Vehicles will de- range. design, development and The excise levy on pet- in India, and are excited to Watch. Swift enables de- was also affecting negoti-
Hindu that he was not aware velop a range of special per- J. Anand, MD, Jayem Auto- prototyping. Now, we are rol earned 64,509 crore provide a platform for these velopers to write safer, more ations indirectly as some
of the reasons behind this formance vehicles for its motives, told The Hindu that getting into production, Mr. while that on diesel developers to share their in- reliable code and create banks were lenders to both
development. passenger car customers in a semi-finished vehicles from Anand added. garnered 1.37 crore. novations with customers richer app experiences. Essar Global and Essar Oil.




Gruelling home season takes its toll Prepared for all
Top stars including Ashwin, Vijay and Jadeja are set to miss a major part of IPL-10 uncertainties, says
Shoulder Zaheer Khan
S. Dinakar
The long, gruelling home
de Villiers injury season is taking its toll. R. injury lays
scare for RCB
Ashwin is almost certain to
miss the entire 10th edition Rahul low Daredevils all about youngsters
Royal Challengers Bangalore of the IPL, starting April 5.
has suffered yet another Ashwin, who is grappling Principal Correspondent Uthra Ganesan
injury scare ahead of the IPL, with sports hernia, has been Bengaluru New Delhi
with A.B. de Villiers pulling advised rest and rehabilita- Royal Challengers Ban- With the list of injuries
out of a domestic game in tion by the BCCI. Sports her- galore (RCB) player K.L. ahead of the IPL getting
South Africa on Friday with a nia is a soft tissue injury Rahul will miss the 2017 longer by the day, Delhi
back injury. The 33-year-old usually a strain or a tear IPL season due to a Daredevils first interaction
was supposed to travel to that occurs in the lower ab- shoulder injury. The 24- with the media was, not sur-
India, alongside Tabraiz domen or the groin area. year-old confirmed the prisingly, dominated by ab-
Shamsi, after the conclusion The indications are that same to The Hindu, and ad- sentees and possible re-
of the final of the Momentum Ashwin will be fit for the ICC ded that he would undergo placements. But even as
One Day Cup in Centurion. Champions Trophy in Eng- a surgery soon. captain Zaheer Khan in-
However, de Villiers was left land, beginning June 1, Rahul had injured his sisted that there was little to
out of the Titans side that where India will seek to de- shoulder in the first Test worry about, team CEO
faced Warriors. AB de Villiers fend its title. between India and Aus- Hemant Dua admitted that
misses out with a back injury, M. Vijay is also a doubtful tralia over a month ago. the team management was Zaheer Khan. *
Cricket South Africa reported starter for this edition, with With skipper and star still deliberating on the
on Twitter. The extent of the shoulder and wrist injuries. player Virat Kohli out for names they would like to dorse that match practice is
injury was not immediately Virat Kohli has been ruled the first few matches, bring on board as replace- the best practice. The more
known. out of the first two weeks Rahuls exit comes as a ments, if and when it was you bowl, the better you are
due to a right shoulder issue. double blow for RCB. Last required. going to get and the more
The injured K.L. Rahul is Right step: After the marathon home season, the BCCI has advised top Indian players to take rest year, Rahul had finished as We are all about young- you learn. Umesh has had a
already out of the and be ready for the Champions Trophy. Of-spinner R. Ashwin may not play in this edition, while the franchises third- sters; we have Karun Nair, great season and (Mo-
tournament. M. Vijay is a doubtful starter. K. PICHUMANI
highest run-scorer, and es- Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, hammed) Shami is also
Given that India figured in tablished himself as a reli- so we are sitting pretty des- ready to play. Someone like
as many as 13 homes Tests against injuries and players young Tamil Nadu wicket- Trophy debut. able presence at the top of pite J-P (Duminy) and Quin- Umesh is not going to realise
against New Zealand, who have suffered injuries keeper batsman N. Then, he ran up three suc- the batting order. He also ton (de Kock) not being when the 20 overs are over,
Bangladesh, England and while representing India will Jagadeesan for trials on cessive half-centuries in the kept wickets for the team. available. Even at the auc- thats the beauty of bowling
Australia the schedule put be further compensated by Sunday in Bengaluru. Deodhar Trophy as Tamil In a practice match held tions we take all these fitness, Zaheer said.
Experience on Indian the cricketers under a lot of the BCCI. The 21-year-old Nadu triumphed. In the at the Chinnaswamy Sta- factors into consideration With the likes of Pat Cum-
pitches will help in IPL stress. Vijay injured his shoulder Jagadeesan, an attractive TNPL, Jagadeesan had made dium here on Friday injuries, players availability mins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris
RAJKOT The 30-year-old Ashwin, while fielding in the final stroke-maker who can play headlines. where members of the RCB throughout the season so Morris and Corey Anderson
Gujarat Lions medium-pacer who represents Rising Pune Test against England in as a specialist batsman as With several marquee squad were split into two we are pretty much pre- in its ranks, Daredevils have
Munaf Patel said the Supergiant, had in fact Chennai. Like Ashwin, he well, notched up a century names pulling out, this could opposing teams Kedar pared, Zaheer said here on one of the biggest pace bat-
experience of bowling on skipped Tamil Nadus Ranji too missed Tamil Nadus for Tamil Nadu against Mad- be the youngsters opportun- Jadhav donned the wicket- Friday. teries in the IPL. I have
Indian pitches will play a key Trophy quarterfinal and knock-out games in the Ranji hya Pradesh on his Ranji ity to shine in the IPL. keeping gloves. At the same time, the some super fast bowlers
role during the IPL as most of semifinal matches that fol- Trophy. Then, Vijay was former India pace spear- who are going to take the
the wickets in the country lowed the Test series against forced to pull out of the head was impressed with pressure off me, so I am not
were batsman-friendly. The England because of the second Test against Australia the way the Indian fast playing a lead role any more
experience of playing on
Indian wickets, which are
batting-friendly, is very
same injury.
Even as he took part in the
Test series against Australia,
in Bengaluru. He returned
for the final two Tests.
The resolute Test opener,
Skip a fortnight of IPL: BCCI bowlers had performed
through the season. While
Ishant Sharma and
but a supporting role, Za-
heer laughed.
Cummins, coming in
important. Luckily, Lions has Ashwin received treatment who has had a fair share of Bhuvneshwar Kumar played after an intense Test series
Amol Karhadkar players, and it has asked avoid player burnouts for in-
medium-pacers who have to prevent the issue from success in the hectic world several games, it has been against India, insisted it was
Mumbai Umesh and Jadeja to skip a ternational assignments.
enough experience on Indian flaring up again. of Twenty20 cricket, turns Umesh Yadav and Ravindra fortnight of the IPL. Umesh Yadav who has been easy to switch modes. I
wickets, said Munaf. During the seemingly out for Kings XI Punjab. Jadeja have been advised to While Umesh is the pace India will be defending the
a revelation, playing all think its easy coming back
Praveen [Kumar], Manpreet never-ending season, Ash- skip the first two weeks of the spearhead for Kolkata Knight Champions Trophy, which is through the 13 Test matches. from Test to T20 because
[Grewal], Dhawal [Kulkarni] win sent down a stupendous RCB calls up Jagadeesan Indian Premier Leagues tenth Riders, Jadeja is the vital cog starting in less than two weeks You dont have any con- you only have to bowl four
and I know each other well 738.2 overs. There were Meanwhile, given that Kohli edition. for Gujarat Lions. after the IPL final, and the trol over injuries. I prefer to overs. I will take five-six
and also know what our times when he bowled in will be missing in action, at The BCCI medical team Though the BCCI directive is team management wants all play more when I am in days pretty light and then
skipper wants from us. That pain. least for the first five or six led by physiotherapist Patrick a severe jolt for the respective the top players fully fit for the rhythm. You can actually hit the stride a couple of
will give us an advantage, he All the cricketers taking games, Royal Challengers Farhart assessed all the teams, it is a welcome move to assignment. maintain the work load in days before the game
added. PTI part in the IPL are insured Bangalore has called up practice etc. I always en- starts, he said.

Let us not destroy the marketing of the Indian team

Unless the CoA and BCCI oice-bearers meet and chalk out the line of action, there will be conlict at every stage
The fact is that even after it has been quit. Here, one must appreciate the ac- Though the findings of Deloitte audit What about those like Priyank Panchal, ent members of the CoA do not have
three months since the CoA was appoin- tion taken by Justice Sen in DDCA. On reports need to be taken seriously, it is Shahbaz Nadeem, Jalaj Saxena and any experience of cricket management.
ted, the BCCI and its associations keep his first day, he asked for all the cabins cricket at the domestic level that is suf- many other consistent performers who But that the expertise they possess leads
running to SC for seeking clarifications. and rooms of the office-bearers of the fering, especially the match fees due to arent picked because of the lack of them to perceive certain things, and
This either indicates that the CoA is associations to be locked and warned First Class players. For more than a dec- place in the Indian team. Shouldnt that is leading to problems. Unless the
FRANKLY SPEAKING pushing for things which dont come the staff of dire consequences if they ade First Class players have had to beg there be a group D for them so that do- CoA and BCCI office-bearers meet once
Makarand Waingankar under its purview, or that the associ- were found working privately with the to get their match fees. Never have they mestic performers get motivated? a fortnight and chalk out the line of ac-
ations are hell-bent on not leaving their association office-bearers. received their match fees at the end of a tion, there will be conflict at every stage.
The judiciary in India might have often positions in their respective He then walked across to the Delhi season. In fact, they have been receiving Central contracts If the CoA acts like it is the boss when
wondered if an out of court settlement associations. team and greeted them. This was a con- it after two years. It must be noted that Another point is about how the central it has no clue about how game is run
is an amicable solution for some dis- The brief given to CoA was to oversee fidence-building measure. Now, we are talking about around 2500 play- contract can be the same for Test and and how it has been marketed over the
putes. However, such procedures re- the compliance of the Lodha committee everything seems to be going smoothly ers, most of whom who solely rely on other formats? A player who doesnt years, Indian cricket will be back to the
quire mature heads from both sides to reforms accepted by the Supreme in the DDCA but not in other State asso- match fees. play First Class cricket for his State but days of the 80s when Doordarshan
come together and find a worthwhile Court. The CoA has to accept the blame ciations. When associations used to disburse makes himself available for limited would charge heavily to telecast
solution. But Indians are emotional for failing to comply with it. It is point- Ideally, when CoA was appointed it money to the players based on the num- overs matches finds himself in higher matches. The fact that despite its bad
people and their inflated egos continue less to upload minutes on the website if should have organised a zonal conclave ber of matches played, its officials grade whereas those who play all image the BCCI was able to make 1079
to show their ugly heads when two such they have failed to implement it. A ma- consisting of the president, secretary would harass them for not giving their formats and perform are in Grade C. crore for five years bears testimony to
sides meet. This is exactly what is hap- jority of the association officials who and treasurer of each association in that fees on time. The BCCI then decided to What is the rationale behind this? the marketing of the product.
pening with the BCCI and the Commit- were disqualified continue to attend zone so that contentious issues could give payments directly. But the problem By now all the appointments of Let us not destroy that valuable
tee of Administrators (CoA) which was managing and sub-committee meetings. have been discussed threadbare. In- is still not sorted and players still do not coaches, physios, trainers at the NCA product. After all, cricket officials from
appointed by the Supreme Court. In fact If the CoA has not found solutions to stead it kept issuing circulars, some of get match fees on time. should have been finalised. But nothing Jagmohan Dalmiya, Inderjit Singh
they have agreed to disagree on practic- the problem while trying to ensure com- which created doubts in the minds of as- The central contract system is a joke. has been done yet. Bindra to the present lot have worked
ally all issues. pliance to the reforms, they should have sociation officials. Only international players get contracts. The major issue is not that the emin- overtime to build it.

I have to temper
my expectations
T20s are all ups and downs: Mills
Ashwin Achal
When Tymal Mills was first
diagnosed with a career-
threatening back injury
two years ago, he was dev-
At 22, the England fast Tymal Mills. *
bowler was told that he
had a narrow spinal cord to face heightened scru-
and that bowling extended tiny.
spells could cause serious If I put pressure on my-
long-term damage. self on account of the auc-
I had all my tests done, tion price, Im setting my-
and sat down with the doc- self up to fail. The T20
tors and the chief execut- format is full of ups and
ives of the Sussex team. Re- downs. You can take four
tirement was one of the for 10 in one match and
options I had to consider, none for 50 in the next.
Mills said, in a media inter- Also, I will be playing half
action here on Friday. the games at the Chin-
Another option was to naswamy Stadium where
play only T20 cricket, as the average team score is
the injury occurred only around 200. I have to tem-
when I bowled 14-15 overs per my expectations, he
in a day. said.
Mills explained that his Given how close he
condition does not affect came to giving up the sport
his off-the-field routine. altogether, Mills under-
I dont wake up in pain. stands that it is important
I take medication every to stop and smell the roses.
day, and Ive adjusted my As a professional, Ive
gym schedule, he said. It gotten to meet so many
flares up only when I have cool people from all over
to take on long spells. So the world. Not many
even at nets, I dont usually people get to do that. We
bowl more than 24 balls. fly business class... We
With RCB acquiring him sometimes forget how
for 12 crore, Mills is sure lucky we are, he said.



Tendulkar hails Indias KKR now a viable
lower middle-order franchise, says Mysore
Special Correspondent bean Premier League. As a that all our bases are covered
The long season has been tremendous for the team, says the Master Blaster Kolkata part of branding exercise this and we have enough back up
Federers success The Kolkata Knight Riders as time the colour of the prac- for any eventuality. Umesh is
secret Special Correspondent an IPL franchise is an inde- tice jersey will be the same as a top player but lets wait and
MIAMI Mumbai pendently viable entity and is the colour of our team (Trin- see what comes out offi-
Roger Federer described Sachin Tendulkar believes now looking to expand its bago Knight Riders) in CPL. cially, Mr. Mysore said.
himself as incredibly lucky that one of the reasons for frontiers on its own, said And when we play there in The KKR CEO informed
to have beaten Tomas Indias success in the 2016-17 Venky Mysore, the CEO and August we will do the re- that some visa related issues
Berdych in the Miami Open season was its lower middle managing director of KKR verse, which means our prac- delayed the arrival of most of
quarterfinals, but credited his orders (7-9) performance during an interaction here on tice jersey CPL will be purple the international players in
victory Thursday to thinking with the bat. Friday. and gold like what he have in the side. There have been
young. The Swiss star was The long season has KKR has become an inde- IPL. So we are in the process some visa issues with the gov-
asked whether he thought been tremendous for our pendently viable franchise. of integrating our fran- ernment putting a new pro-
experience helped him said, team. There have been chal- This means we do not have chises, he added. cess in place. This has in-
sometimes when you have lenging moments, and those any debts and have covered When asked about the key creased the work on logistic
that young mind you just go moments were when I felt all our losses and have reas- pacer Umesh Yadavs availab- part delaying their arrival.
for it, and thats when our No. 7, 8 and 9 contrib- onably grown, Mr. Mysore ility, the KKR CEO denied any Now it has been sorted, I ex-
actually great things do uted big time, said Ten- said ahead of the start of the knowledge of the player be- pect all the foreign players to
happen. Youve just got to dulkar at the launch of his 10th season as KKR prepared ing asked to rest by BCCI. assemble here within the
play committed tennis. So for app 100MB here on for its first outing, which will We have not received any next 72 hours, he said.
me, its always a balance Thursday. be against the Gujarat Lions communication from BCCI Trent Boult, Chris Woakes,
between playing the Excerpts: at Rajkot on April 7. on this. I have been hearing a Nathan Coulter-Nile are all on
percentages yet play free and Wriddhiman Saha: He is in- Now the challenge is to lot about stress management their way while players like
sort of young in the mind. AFP credible. These guys have keep building. So we are in media. When so much has Shakib (Al Hasan) and Sunil
played well at home in looking across different been written there cannot be Narine are on national duty
Omar shocks crunch moments that can brands and as a strategy ac- smoke without fire, he said. and are expected to join the
Saurav Ghosal decide the match and some- quired a franchise in Carib- On the team front I can say team before the first match.
MONTREAL times the series. That, I felt,
Third seed Omar Abdel was the difference. You Entertainers: Singer Sonu Nigam and Sachin Tendulkar during the launch of 100MB. * PTI
Mequid of Egypt shocked top

Bagan eyes winning return

could see, both teams going
seed Saurav Ghosal of India neck-and-neck, and one ing. That shows, you have
10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 17-15 in the
semifinals of the $25,000
Montreal Open, a PSA event
team starts pulling away
from it. You can see that hap-
pen, and thats what
got to work on your body.
And if you are able to do that
(its great) Umesh is the
Ready to coach! Y.B. Sarangi both sides donned the Na- blessing in disguise for the
on Thursday. happened. type of bowler who gets bet- KOLKATA tional colours in a friendly Mariners. Had it been held
On the quality of the In- ter with the more he bowls. Special Correspondent Tendulkar also said that Eyeing the football Hero I- against Cambodia and an in its original slot,
Uddayvir and Princy
dian team now: When we Ajinkya Rahane, a Mum- Mumbai real time chat show was a pos- League title, Mohun Bagan AFC Asian Cup 2019 quali- Bengalurus priorities would
have a full strength side, it is baikar winning a Test Sachin Tendulkars first digital sibility. will be keen to get back to fier against Myanmar. have been much different.
a good problem to have- match: The last Mumbaikar innings in the form of an app He confirmed that he was winning ways following its Seven of Bengaluru and Bengaluru, which is fifth
Uddayvir Singh and Princy
whom to leave out. That who led India to win in his named 100MB has opened ready to coach young crick- first loss and two consecut- three Mariners were part of on 18 points from four wins,
Panchal won the boys and
means your bench strength first Test was myself in Delhi up opportunities for a legion eters through the app. I have ive draws when it faces de- the Indian side. That should six draws and three defeats,
girls under-16 titles in the
is really strong. That is how (India vs Australia, 1996). of his fans and budding talents interacted with junior and fending champion provide the host more fresh is virtually out of the title
AITA Talent series junior
champion teams are made Was the India-Australia to interact with him on mat- senior teams and womens Bengaluru FC in its home en- legs. Even though Bagan at- race and will be more inter-
tennis tournament at the
of. To maintain and stay at series exciting?: You take ters general and in particular teams. I have done this be- gagement at the Rabindra tacker Sony Norde has re- ested to do well in its away
Chandigarh Club courts on
this level is something I am from 1998 to 2000, 2004, it about cricket. fore. Sarobar Stadium here on joined the squad, it remains AFC Cup match against Mal-
sure everyone is wanting to has always been exciting. Created by himself and his I have used the social me- Saturday. to be seen whether he will dives Maziya Sports & Re-
The results (finals): Boys:
do. On Cheteshwar Pujara: team SRT Sports Management dia world of Twitter and Face- Bagan placed third on make the starting XI. The creation on Tuesday.
Under-16: Uddayvir Singh bt
Shrut Mohan 7-5, 6-1.
On Umesh Yadav: I think Has been a silent warrior. He and developed by JetSyn- book and recently there was the table behind Aizawl FC team will pin its hopes on The biggest challenge for
Doubles: Abhay Mohan & the way our guys showed has terrific temperament; he thesys, 100MB will feature a tremendous response to my (30 points off 14 matches) finisher Daryl Duffy as Jeje the Blues, which beat Bagan
Uddayvir Singh bt Sarabjot discipline and commitment is someone who is dedic- song that he has sung with message on Gudi Padwa day. and East Bengal (27 off 14) Lalpekhlua does not seem to 2-1 in a continental fixture
Singh & Manveer Singh 1-6, in 13 Tests at home (is heart- ated, disciplined and fo- playback singer Sonu Nigam. I want to engage with my has 23 points from six victor- be in top form. three days after their goal-
6-2, 10-0. ening). I dont remember cused. The name of the app fans. 100MB is an exclusive ies and five draws, but has Bagan may miss the ser- less draw on March 11, will
Under-14: Ajay Singh bt anything like that happened I have seen him from 100MB is an obvious refer- platform to connect with me. the advantage of having vices of midfielders Pranoy be to balance between giving
Sukhpreet Singh Jhoje 7-6(7), during my days. And close quarters and I was im- ence to his 100 International People will see a different side played just 12 matches. Halder and Kean Lewis, who a good account of them-
6-2. someone like Umesh (Yadav) pressed with what I saw. I centuries for India and one of to me. There is surprise in The Bagan-Bengaluru are recovering from injuries. selves here and preserving
Girls: Under-16: Princy has played in 12 of them. For knew this guy would be his nicknames, Master Blaster. store for them. meeting is happening after a The re-scheduling of the players for the Maldives
Panchal bt Priyanka Jakhar a fast bowler, it is really tax- there for a long time. break when players from match has turned out to be a match.
6-2, 7-5. Under-14: Nimrat
Kaur Atwal bt Suryanshi

Federer overcomes Berdych St. Andrews fancied

Tanwar 6-4, 6-2.
Navjot and Alga
MUMBAI: Trainer Bezan Chenoys Sandesh 51.5.

Wozniacki stuns Pliskova to enter inal; Konta beats Venus

ward St. Andrews, who won well in
his last start, may score an encore
in the Mathradas Goculdas Trophy,
PRETTY ANGEL declared best
Agence France-Presse the feature event of Saturdays
races. Rails will be placed 2 metres 5 NANOLI STUD JUVENILE STAKES
(1,400m) 3-y-o only, 7.00: 1.
Texas Gold (6) J.Chinoy 57, 2.
Sports Bureau 3. A. Mathavan 1.75.
wide from 1400m upto the winning NEW DELHI Triple jump: 1. Navjot Singh
Gnostic Eyes (2) N. Rawal 53, 3. An-
Roger Federer dramatically post.
niversary Girl (3) Bhawani 51.5, 4. 15.10; 2. Pradeep Arya 13.09; 3.
Navjot Singh of Punjab Sec-
fought his way into the Rasik Rathya 12.94.
Platini slams Miami Open semifinals with 1 P.B. AVASIA PLATE (1,600m), Cl.
II, rated 60 to 86, 5.00 p.m.: 1.
Multiglory (2) Dashrath 59, 2. Jean-
Daffodil (1) Neeraj 51.5, 5. Daughter-
ofthesun (5) Trevor 51.5 and 6.
Forest Fairy (4) C.S. Jodha 51.5.
retariat and Alga W. James
of Regional Sports Board,
Pole vault: 1. M. Vadivelu 2.60;
Blatter a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6) victory over 2. T. Thesingh 2.50; 3. S.
nine (1) C.S.Jodha 58.5 and 3. Pug- 1. DAFFODIL, 2. FOREST FAIRY Mumbai, won the mens and
PARIS Czech 10th seed Tomas nacious (3) Neeraj 54.5. Elango 2.50.
womens best athletes
Michel Platini laid bare his Berdych on Thursday. PUGNACIOUS
MORIAL TROPHY (1,400m), Cl. awards in the all-India Civil
Hammer: 1. N. Shankar 55.45;
2. Malay Ranjan Pati 46.68; 3.
anger at his spectacular
downfall on Thursday,
The 35-year-old Swiss,
who has already won the 2 MATHRADAS GOCULDAS
TROPHY (1,400m), Cl. I, rated
80 and upward, 5.30: 1. Brynhill (2)
III, rated 40 to 66, 7.30: 1. Vision Of
Romance (5) N. Rawal 60.5, 2. Bat-
man (3) C.S. Jodha 58.5, 3. Country
Services athletics champion-
ships which concluded at
L.B. Yadav 42.62.
breaking his silence to accuse Australian Open and Indian 4x400m relay: 1. RSB Chennai
Santosh 61, 2. Remember Me (3) Music (6) Neeraj 58, 4. Classicus (1) the Central Secretariat
FIFA bosses of wanting to Wells so far this year, exten- S.Amit 53.5, 3. St. Andrews (4) C.S. 3:35.89; 2. RSB Kochi 3:36.95;
Trevor 57, 5. Zambian (4) J. Chinoy ground on Friday.
destroy him and claiming ded his win streak over Jodha 51.5 and 4. Super Sunshine 57, 6. Makino (7) Sandesh 55.5 and 3. CS, Delhi 3:40.34.
(1) N. Rawal 50. 7. Sensex (2) Santosh 51. Regional Sports Board, Women: 200m: 1. Meena
Sepp Blatter always said Id Berdych to seven matches. ST. ANDREWS Chennai, won the team
1. BATMAN, 2. MAKINO 26.60; 2. Sabitri Ds 29.09; 3.
be his last scalp. Former I definitely got very lucky championship for men, 94
UEFA boss Platini and
erstwhile ally Blatter once
at the end, but I think I
showed great heart today, Big win: Caroline Wozniacki rallied to beat Karolina Pliskova.
3 V.R. MENON PLATE (2,000m),
Cl. V, rated 1 to 26, 6.00: 1.
Forest Fire (5) Sandesh 60, 2. Sheer
7 A GEDDIS PLATE (1,200m), Cl.
IV, rated 20 to 46, 8.00: 1. Grey points to 37, ahead of RSB,
Manisha C. More 31.34.
1500m: 1. Ritu Dinkar 4:53.24;
Flannel (3) Trevor 60.5, 2. Fabio (9) Mumbai. The womens team 2. Jayanti Thapliyal 5:29.85; 3.
the most powerful man in Federer said. I fought and * AL BELLO / GETTY IMAGES Belief (1) K.Kadam 57.5, 3. Wind- S.J. Sunil 59, 3. Gran Paradiso (6)
hoek (4) S. Amit 56, 4. Arc Of Pas- Neeraj 58, 4. Pristina (1) S. Sunil championship was won by Hansa Baria 5:42.84.
football as FIFA president Tomas definitely started to sion (7) Merchant 55, 5. Star 57.5, 5. Top Wizard (8) Kuldeep Rajasthan 44 points to 37 High jump: 1. Libia Shaji 1.65; 2.
were both banned from step it up, but it was a great battle to reach the womens this year at Doha and Bris- Scholar (3) Trevor 54, 6. Maqsad (2) 57.5, 6. Pacific Dunes (12) Santosh against Kochi. Maryann C. Thariyan 1.55; 3.
football in December 2015 match at the end. final, where she will face bane, also fell in the semi- Joseph 52 and 7. Gold Streak (6) 56.5, 7. Gregorian Chants (7) Mer-
Nadeem 50. The results: Men: 200m: 1. Leeda Mohanan 1.35.
over a payment of two Caroline Wozniacki of final stage at Indian Wells chant 55.5, 8. Logano (2) S. Amit
1. FOREST FIRE, 2. WINDHOEK, 3. 55.5, 9. Be Bold (4) C.S. Jodha 55, N.P. Sajid 22.88; 2. M. Javelin: 1. Salma Vora 38.45; 2.
million Swiss franc ($2 Kyrgios in semifinals Denmark. two weeks ago. STAR SCHOLAR 10. Knights Quest (14) J.Chinoy 55, Ratheesh 23.05; 3. Mayur Ku- Arti Maurya 36.80; 3. Parvesh
million) authorised by Blatter Federer will face Nick Kyr- Konta said she expects a The results: Men: Quarterfi- 11. Petronius (13) Sandesh 53.5, 12. mar Malviya 23.19. 33.20.
to his one-time heir gios in the semifinals after big challenge ahead in order nals: Roger Federer bt Tomas 4 CAPTAIN G. HALL TROPHY
(1,600m), Cl. IV, rated 20 to 46,
6.30: 1. Eigers Tiger (2) Neeraj 60,
Shape The Scape (11) Nadeem 53,
13. Ame (10) Vishal 52.5 and 14.
1500m: 1. RBC Sridhar 4:25.92; 4x400m relay: 1. RSB, Ra-
apparent. They were looking the Australian came through to capture her second title of Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6); Nick 2. Vinod Kumar 4:29.41; 3. San- jasthan 4:45.51; 2. RSB, Kochi
2. Democrat (6) C.S. Jodha 56.5, 3. Dusky Siren (5) Bhawani 52.5.
for something to destroy me an entertaining 6-4, 6-7(9), the year after a Sydney Kyrgios bt Alexander Zverev Kiss From A Rose (3) A. Gaikwad 1. PETRONIUS, 2. FABIO, 3. GREY jay Soren 4:33.79. 5:07.09; 3. RSB, Kolkata
with, Platini, 61, told the 6-3 victory over 19-year-old crown. 6-4, 6-7(9), 6-3. 56.5, 4. Ventura (7) S. Kamble 56.5, FLANNEL 10,000m: 1. P. Loganathan 5:13.77.
French newspaper Le Monde, German Alexander Zverev. Wozniacki rallyed to de- Women: Semifinals: Caroline 5. Respect (8) Dashrath 55.5, 6. Days best: ST. ANDREWS 38:01.24; 2. Ragavendra Veterans women: 200m: 1.
when asked if he felt that Meanwhile, Britains Jo- feat Czech second seed Ka- Drogo (1) J. Chinoy 53.5, 7. Jeena (4) Double: PUGNACIOUS PETRONIUS 38:44.99; 3. Rajpal 39:15.51.
Wozniacki bt Karolina Pliskova S. Amit 53, 8. Carnival (9) Trevor Jackpot: 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7; Treble: 5, 6 & Roshni Gulati 30.51; 2. Sneha
FIFA has trained its sights on hanna Konta beat Venus Wil- rolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. 5-7, 6-1, 6-1; Johanna Konta bt 52.5, 9. Sweep Aside (5) Merchant 7; Tanala: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7; Super High jump: 1. Rajesh Pandey Jain 31.58; 3. Bentla DCouth
him. AFP liams 6-4, 7-5 in a gruelling Pliskova, who won titles Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5. 52 and 10. Pretty Angel (10) Jackpot: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. 1.86; 2. M. Krish Bithovan 1.86; 34.61.


THE HINDU CROSSWORD 11970 (set by Incognito)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 prepared without using lard,
for starters (9)
8 Indisposition of bad li'l student
hiding in grassland (3,6)
Mantra to ward of death
20 Chronologically coordinate
Arjuna observed penance to obtain the Pasupatastra from
10 11 on-air transgression by China 9 Domestic violence, for
Lord Siva. Pleased with his penance, Lord Siva wanted to re-
(5) example, is an issue taken up
ward him with the weapon, said V.S. Karunakarachariar in a
21 An item of food contains by these people organising
discourse. But Goddess Parvati laid down a condition. She
12 13 bromine makes brainy (8) sit-ins after lady gives up
said that Arjuna had never turned away from a battle. So She
23 Note: Femur's fractured drink (9)
14 said that Siva should draw Arjuna into a fight, so that he
around this ligament (6)
14 Stone cap is destroyed around
would turn away and She would be witness to this.
15 16 17 18 27 Star-burst followed by a
primarily historic monuments
In the meanwhile, Duryodhana had sought the help of a
Mongol ruler to Xacitarxan (9)
demon to disturb Arjunas penance. This demon took the
28 Paper printed every day ... sick
19 20
form of a porcupine and went to attack Arjuna. Siva and Par-
lady uses some ink (5)
15 Mate donkey and hybrid coati vati, in the guise of a hunter and his wife, arrived just as this
29 Organise haphazardly without
with a bit of enthusiasm (9) attack began. Arjuna, although immersed in penance, had
option for reducing difficulties
21 22 23 24 25 the intuitive sense of a born fighter and could sense that an
16 Excited, Chamberlain shoved attack against him was about to happen. So even while not
26 30 Taverns store a tankard
out Chinese idiot (9) giving up his penance, he pulled out an arrow to strike the
primarily for some titled
27 28 porcupine. But Lord Siva also took aim and killed the
persons (8)
18 Some sort of thruster made by porcupine.
DOWN genii having neon compound This angered Arjuna, who questioned the hunter (Siva).
29 30 1 Throat, nose and lung problems (3,6) Siva replied that as he was a hunter, and so hunting down
military officer presented animals constituted his livelihood. A quarrel then broke out
before surgeon (5) 22 Sorrows of old hurt badly and Solution to puzzle 11969 Solution to yesterdays Sudoku between Arjuna and Siva, which ended in a fight. As they
2 Hammered can. Anyone start to sadden (5) L A C O N I C B UM P K I N
fought, Parvati waited for Arjuna to turn back from the fight
ACROSS 12 Farm implement 4 displays irritation? (9) E O O O A O N A and run. But as time passed, She was worried that Siva, in-
1 Outstanding old movies, for reassembled in front of that 3 Indolence of an animal found in 24 A wireless set found in G OWE R A U T H O R E S S stead of staging a mock battle, might get serious and cause
example, show Catholic girl man (6) A A M L O R L S
Oslo thickets (5) Conrad, Iowa (5) C A R N A T I O N E X T R A Arjuna some harm. So She recited a mantra, which said that
with Indian Civil Service 13 Ordered, "Tie it, gal. For Sue" 4 Sac contains yellow slimy tick, Y D T S U Sivas bow and arrow and their target were all auspicious.
leaders (8) (8) for starters (4) 25 Great South Americans B I F F I N D O L E N T As Tripurantaka, Siva had wielded a bow and arrow and
5 Nasty UN mail for old boys (6) 15 Override and reconstruct ulna C A O E A A
6 Grilled chicken preparations worked out astronomical year H E L L E N I C WA N E burnt down the forts of three demons.
10 Language used in Ealing around the end of the made by Fathers carrying without erroneous correlation B T I T A This mantra chanted by Parvati may also be interpreted
outskirts (5) olecranon (5) money for auditor (9) (5) R I F L E H AM S T R U N G as a reference to Lord Narayanas manifestation as Rama,
11You may use this to scour and, I 17 Leader turns tide, with love O A R E A H C O
7 Ready money can be obtained G A L L I V A N T O A K E N and His arrows.
hear, purloin animal ibre and money in the Gulf (9) from Mongolia after selling 26 East Anglian king's twelve U S N V E N E A It may also be taken to be a reference to Agni. This man-
(5,4) 19 Ship, say, Melba toast gin cocktail (5) pies (4) E P E R G N E D I G I T A L tra wards off death.




Sindhu stops Saina in


Paes-Shamasdin duo in semiinals

straight games Sports bureau
Leander Paes and Adil
Shamasdin sailed into the
Quarterfinals: Yu Hsiang Chiu
(Tpe) bt Karunuday Singh 6-3,
3-6, 6-3.
Doubles: Semifinals: Pirmin
sha Palha 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles: Semifinals: Laura-
Ioana Andrei (Rou) & Melanie
Klaffner (Aut) bt Lavinia
semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 vic- Haenle (Ger) & Karunuday Tananta (Ina) & Natasha Palha
Bulls beat
Sameer Verma loses to Denmarks Anders Antonsen in the quarterinals tory over Stefan Kozilov and Singh bt Jake Delaney & Max 6-4, 6-4.
Igor Sijsling in the $75,000 Purcell (Aus) 2-6, 6-3, [10-8]. Quarterfinals: Lavinia Tananta
Cavaliers RAKESH RAO
NEW DELHI Challenger tennis tourna- $25,000 ITF women, Santa & Natasha Palha bt Ola Abou
ment here on Thursday. Margherita di Pula, Italy: Semi- Zekry (Egy) & Emily Webley-
The reigning NBA champion The foundation of a bitter
The results: $75,000 Chal- finals: Eva Wacanno (Ned) & Smith (GBR) 6-7(3), 6-4,
Cleveland Cavaliers lost its rivalry is firmly in place. P. V. lenger, Leon, Mexico: Prarthana Thombare bt Irina [10-7].
third consecutive game, Sindhu and Saina Nehwal Quarterfinals: Adil Shamasdin Maria Bara (Rou) & Basak $15,000 ITF women, Herak-
falling 99-93 on Thursday at have never been the best of Eraydin (Tur) 6-3, 6-1.
(Can) & Leander Paes bt Stefan lion, Greece: Second round:
Chicago. Bulls completed a friends and what happened Kozlov (USA) & Igor Sijsling $15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Camila Giangreco Campiz (Par)
4-0 regular-season sweep of in the quarterfinals of the (Ned) 6-4, 6-2. Sheikh: Quarterfinals: Ana- bt Karman Kaur Thandi 6-2,
Cavaliers, boosting their Yonex India Open badmin- $15,000 Futures, Jakarta: stasia Vdovenco (Mda) bt Nata- 6-2.
chances of reaching the ton championship here on
playoffs and dropping the Friday only reinforced the
Cavaliers (47-27) behind belief that there was no love
Boston (48-27) at the top of
the Eastern Conference.
Other results: Trail Blazers
lost between the two leading
ladies of Indian badminton. Three-run victory for Pakistan
For the record, the much-
117 bt Rockets 107; Clippers awaited clash involving
124 bt Suns 118; Sindhu and Saina, seeded The visitors take an unbeatable 2-0 lead
Timberwolves 119 bt Lakers third and sixth, produced a Agence France-Presse
104; Pistons 90 bt Nets 89. widely expected result. Port of Spain
Sindhu prevailed 21-16, 22-20 Shadab Khan gave another
Harikrishna shares in 47 minutes of tense ac- match-winning bowling per-
honours with Giri tion. formance and Hasan Ali held
SHENZHEN In the mens section, his nerve for Pakistan to re-
Grandmaster P. Harikrishna Sameer Vermas campaign cord a three-run victory over
had to settle for a draw ended after he fell in straight the West Indies in the
against top seed Anish Giri of games to Denmarks Anders second Twenty20 Interna-
the Netherlands in the Antonsen. tional on Thursday.
Shenzhen Longgang Masters But the talking point of Set a relatively modest
chess tournament here on the evening was the Sindhu- target of 133 to level the
Friday. World No. 14 Saina showdown. series following a six-wicket
Harikrishna was determined Before a vociferous crowd defeat in the opening match
to make something out of this that supported Saina more in Barbados, the hosts were
contest, but Giri proved a than Sindhu, the Olympic sil- Forging ahead: P.V. Sindhu prevailed over her rival Saina Nehwal in 47 minutes of tense action restricted to 129 for eight to
tough nut to crack. The draw ver medallist was obviously in the India Open quarterinals AFP suffer their fifth consecutive
Pointer to the future: Shadab Khan, left, celebrates with
saw Harikrishna remain in the more desperate to win. Saina T20 loss to the visitors. teammates after dismissing Kieron Pollard. AFP *

fourth spot. PTI missed no chance to remind happy to return the shuttles, work too hard for a straight-
badminton lovers that she using Sainas pace whenever INDIA OPEN game victory. On this day,
Pakistan now holds an un-
beatable 2-0 lead ahead of idad. In the wake of an im- for 14 with his mesmerising
India beats possible. Sindhu avenged that defeat,
was far from fit following the 16. But this was the scoreline the final two matches at the pressive senior Interna- mixture of leg-breaks and
Sri Lanka Sindhus smashes, lacking that too, in their first clash in
knee-surgery after Rio from where Sindhu managed weekend back at the tional debut at Kensington googlies to stymie the West
BANGKOK a Super Series.
Olympics. in power when compared to to pull off the opening game Queens Park Oval in Trin- Oval, Shadab snared four Indies quest.
Sandeepti Singh Rao and The results: Quarterfinal: Men:
I think she moved very Sainas finishing strokes, of the Rio Olympic final
Gargi Pawar helped India to a 7-Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) bt
brought her points due to
2-0 victory over Sri Lanka in a
well. At least, I didnt see her
struggling to move at any placement. With palpable
against eventual champion
play-off match for the lower
Carolina. Sindhu did it again.
point, said Sindhu of Sainas tension between the players, She made it 19-19 before tinghus (Den) 21-10, 21-14; An-
places in the Asia Oceania ders Antonsen (Den) bt Sameer Pakistan: Kamran Akmal b Bad- 4-51, 5-87, 6-87, 7-91, 8-95, 9- ine run out 9, Samuel Badree
on-court movements this the quality of stroke-making Saina moved to game point. ree 0, Ahmed Shehzad c Brath- 131. (not out) 0; Extras (w-7): 7;
World Junior under-14 tennis Verma 24-22, 21-19; Victor
evening. With Saina not suffered. At this stage, nerves got the waite b Narine 14, Babar Azam c Total (for eight wkts. in 20
tournament in Bangkok on Axelsen (Den) bt Tzu Wei Wang West Indies bowling: Badree 4-
turning up for the mandat- Too many errors of judge- better of Saina. She netted Walton b Brathwaite 27, Shoaib 0-14-2, Holder 4-0-32-0, Willi- overs): 129.
Friday. (Tpe) 19-21, 21-14, 21-16; 6-Ng
The results (play-off): India ory presser, it was a Sindhu ments, shuttle flying beyond her serve to leave her fans Malik c Pollard b Brathwaite 28, ams 4-1-27-1, Narine 4-0-22-3, Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-60, 3-
Ka Long Angus (Hkg) bt Tommy
bt Sri Lanka 2-0 (Sandeepti show all the way. She said the sidelines or unforced er- bewildered. Sindhu seized Sugiarto (Ina) 10-21, 21-15, 21- Fakhar Zaman c Holder b Bad- Brathwaite 4-0-37-3. 65, 4-76, 5-76, 6-81, 7-114, 8-
Singh Rao bt T. Mariyam Saina is not the only player rors leading the shuttle to her chance and moved to 19. Women: 1-Carolina Marin ree 5, Sarfraz Ahmed c Samuels 128.
West Indies: Evin Lewis run out
Kurera 6-2, 5-7, 6-3; Gargi I look to beat among the top the net ended many points. match point when Saina mis- (Esp) bt Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) b Narine 12, Imad Wasim c Pakistan bowling: Imad Wasim
3, Chadwick Walton b Shadab
Pawar bt lyana Weerawansa 10. In all my games I am as The first game was con- judged a tossed-up return. 21-10, 20-22, 21-14; 4-Akane Brathwaite b Williams 4, Sohail 21, Marlon Samuels c Sarfraz b 4-0-28-0, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-
6-2, 6-2). intense as I was today. trolled by Sindhu who broke Sindhu then closed out the Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt 7-Nozomi Tanvir lbw b Narine 4, Shadab Shadab 44, Lendl Simmons lbw 29-0, Hasan Ali 4-0-35-1, Wa-
The match, which did not away from 9-9 to win six match with a gentle push to Okuhara (Jpn) 21-13, 11-21, 21- Khan run out 13, Wahab Riaz c b Hasan Ali 1, Kieron Pollard st. hab Riaz 4-0-23-1, Shadab
see too many rallies, saw straight points and went on Sainas forehand corner. Holder b Brathwaite 24, Hasan
TV PICKS Saina trying to finish the to close the game in 17 In the 2014 Syed Modi
18; 3-P. V. Sindhu bt 6-Saina
Nehwal 21-16, 22-20; 2-Sung Ji Ali (not out) 0; Extras (w-1): 1;
Sarfraz b Shadab 3, Rovman Khan 4-1-14-4.
Toss: West Indies.
Powell b Shadab 0, Carlos
Badminton: India Open, Star points with her forceful minutes. In the second, it Grand Prix Gold final at Luc- Hyun (Kor) bt 5-Rachanok In- Total (in 20 overs): 132. Brathwaite b Wahab 15, Jason Man-of-the-Match: Shadab.
Sports 2 & HD 2, 2 p.m. strokes while Sindhu was was Saina all the way till 19- know, Saina did not have to tanon 21-16, 22-20. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-41, 3-43, Holder (not out) 26, Sunil Nar- Pakistan won by three runs.

All regions get more Kohli let his emotions afect his batting: Ganguly
slots in 2026 FIFA WC Press Trust of India fought series in recent years. There are two Virats for been dropped. A small mat- Australians hopping and suc-
Dubai The contest was marred me. The batsman and the ter of 1,316 runs have come cumbing to the pace, I am so
IANS resents the South American Virat Kohlis batting was af- by one controversy after an- captain. The batsman surely from his bat this season and pleased for Virat.
Geneva zone, will get six slots, up fected by his emotional out- other with the two captains is one of the best in the Pujara will be the most crit-
A FIFA council agreed on a from the current four and a bursts in the acrimonious Kohli and Steve Smith world because he has set ical for Virat when India start Kumbles role
proposed slot allocation half while Europe will get 16 Test series against Australia, continuously being in the eye high standards for himself, travelling outside the sub- Ganguly also said chief coach
among the six confedera- up from 13. feels former captain Sourav of a storm. both in terms of fitness and continent. Anil Kumble played a big role
tions for the World Cup The host country will also Ganguly, who is hoping that Kohli was in sublime form the hunger to score big. The Ganguly said the current in Indias success in the
2026, which will witness 48 automatically qualify and its the Indian skipper cools before this series, becoming captain is more passionate Indian team has the potential home season.
teams in the finals. slot will be taken from the down to score big again. the only man to slam double and more of a leader than to win anywhere in the When the BCCI appoin-
According to the proposal quota of its confederation. Ganguly observed that hundreds in four consecutive anything else, he wrote. world. And having watched ted a three-member panel
on Thursday, the split of 46 In the event of co-host- Kohlis desire to win at any series. The 28-year-old He wants to win and win the last 13 home Tests, I hope that had Tendulkar, Laxman
direct berths will see Asia ing, the number of host cost as a captain led to his amassed 1457 runs in 13 every day and while it may Virat and his team really has and me to help in the pro-
get eight direct slots up from countries to qualify auto- outbursts. matches this season. not be possible always, I see the potential to win any- cess of selecting a coach,
the four and a half spots it matically will be decided by Against Australia, prob- But he had a horrendous Virat not settling for any- where in or outside India. Anils vision was as decisive
has currently, reports Xin- the FIFA council. ably he (Kohli) was so con- outing with the bat in the thing that isnt No.1. Talking about the as his bowling used to be. He
hua news agency. The last two berths will Sourav Ganguly. *
sumed by wanting to win as Test series against Australia, The former India skipper Dharamshala Test, which ac- wanted India to win in India
be decided through a play- captain that he let his emo- totalling just 46 runs in five also shared his delight at cording to him was the high- obviously, but outside of In-
Nine slots for Africa off tournament involving six tions affect his batting. This innings with scores of 0, 13, watching K.L. Rahul, Jadeja and Umesh gained in light of the season, Ganguly dia too and while he knew it
Africa will get nine slots teams, one from each con- will also serve as a lesson for 12, 15 and 6 in three games. Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh confidence and matched the wrote: I was sitting at home was easier said than done,
while CONCACAF, which federation except UEFA, Virat. Hes such a precocious He had to sit out of the Yadav gain in confidence and two champions, Virat and R. around lunchtime on Day his assessment of the situ-
represents north and cent- plus one more from the con- talent, I hope he cools down fourth and final Test because match Kohli and R. Ashwin. Ashwin, Ganguly wrote. Three when Australia began ation was superb, he wrote.
ral America will get six. federation of the host coun- and gets back to scoring big of a shoulder injury. He tipped Cheteshwar Pujara But the one who stood its second innings. With him, I hope the
Oceania, which currently try. again, Ganguly wrote in an Ganguly, regarded as one as the batsman who will be out was Cheteshwar Pujara. I Over the next hour or so, spinners, who generally al-
has half a slot wherein the Two of the six teams will exclusive column for the of Indias most successful most critical to Indias suc- remember when he was I watched such a great piece ways do pick wickets by the
top nation from the regional be seeded based on the FIFA ICC website. captains, rated Kohli as cesses abroad. dropped for a Test in the of fast and hostile bowling by bucket loads in India, con-
qualifiers faces a play-off World Ranking and they will India got the better of Aus- among of the finest in the More than the results, I West Indies last year, I had the two Indians, Umesh Ya- tribute to the teams success
against the fifth country play against the winners of tralia 2-1 at home in one of world while describing him enjoyed the journey, watch- said Pujara was a special dav and Bhuvneshwar Ku- when they travel abroad, just
from either South America the first two knockout the most intense and bitterly- as a passionate skipper. ing how players like Rahul, batsman and shouldnt have mar. The way they got the like Anil and Bhajji.
or Asia, will get a full slot. games involving the four un-
CONMEBOL, which rep- seeded teams.

AIFF set to implement Srinivasan opens up on Brand CSK

S. DipAk Ragav allegations that occurred story they chose to ignore it. at any price. People criticise We have not been part of the
home grown rule Chennai
On the eve of the tenth edi-
during the 2013 IPL.
Delivering the keynote ad-
He added, I get a reply
back from Mr Pawar saying
it and made all kinds of alleg-
ations, but still its followers
IPL for two years but it has
not affected the brand one
tion of IPL, former BCCI dress at the Madras Advert- that I have consulted all my have only grown. The proof bit.
Special Correspondent club/academy is needed to president and ICC Chairman ising Clubs annual awards colleague and there is no bar is wherever I go, thanks to Srinivasan also lashed out
Chennai register a minimum of 30 N. Srinivasan revealed that function here on Friday, on India Cements to take the the power of CSK there is not saying the side was unfairly
The All India Football Feder- per cent of the players for the decision to buy Chennai Srinivasan said, We re- tender and bid for an IPL a single place where people banned adding, You can ac-
ation (AIFF) is set to imple- the u-13 and u-15 teams and Super Kings had the bless- ceived an invitation from the team. This was in writing dont want to come and take cuse anybody of anything
ment the home grown a minimum of 20 per cent ings of both the IPL chair- then chairman of IPL (Lalit from him and following all a selfie with me. How did we but you cant accuse a single
player rule in the upcoming for the u-18 team as home man and board president at Modi) asking whether India due processes, the BCCI was get there? The first truly N. Srinivasan *
BIJOY GHOSH player. It was pure jealousy.
youth leagues for u-13, u-15 grown. that time. Cements would bid. So I took asked and we went ahead. game changing decision was With CSKs two-year sus-
and u-18 age-groups. The Kushal Das, AIFF general Srinivasans decision to this letter and wrote to the Srinivasan who was speak- to get MS Dhoni on board. its performance and its cap- pension ending later this
rules indicate a home grown secretary, said: The home buy the team raised conflict then BCCI president Mr ing on the topic of brand He had won the World T20 tain who was growing in year, Srinivasan said one
player as one whose state of grown rule will evidently of interest issues since he (Sharad) Pawar asking if we building spoke about the in 2007, in his own style and stature winning with the na- thing he is looking forward
domicile is the same as the add a new dimension en- was an official office bearer can bid since I was the BCCI process of getting CSK to- was different from others. tional team. He adopted the to was seeing M.S. Dhoni,
location of the club/ couraging the clubs and of the BCCI at the time. treasurer and MD and pro- gether and heaped praises Further elaborating on the city and vice versa. wearing yellow and leading
academy who hes set to academies to hone local tal- In 2015, CSK was suspen- moter of India Cements. In on M.S. Dhoni. growth of the CSK brand, the The Tamil anthem, the the CSK team onto the
represent in any of the ents. The onus is now on the ded for two years after one the many controversies that Before the first auction, 72-year old industrialist ad- colour yellow, the whistle ground. Come 2018 there is
leagues. clubs to scout local talents of the team official was in- people surround CSK later, we told the group that was ded, An aura developed podu song along with Dhoni every possibility of it
As per the new rules, a and nurture them. volved in spot fixing-betting although everyone knew this sitting there to get MS Dhoni around the team because of helped build the CSK brand. happening.









Bank of England to use palm oil for 20 note? Oxfords bid
to portray
Move considered after criticism from Hindus, Sikhs and vegetarians of use of animal fat in plastic 5 notes diversity
Press Trust of India notes. Tallow is a hard, fatty However, in its statement, petition about the use of an- Press Trust of India
London substance made from the BoE said it was commit- imal fat in the fiver, said he London
The Bank of England is con- rendered animal fat. It is ted to using sustainable was disappointed by the Oxford University has un-
ISS debris shield loats sidering using palm oil or commonly used to make levels of palm oil, should that Banks decision to consider veiled a range of new por-
away during spacewalk coconut oil in the production soap and candle. eventually be chosen for the palm oil. He met the Banks traits, including those of
CAPE CANAVERAL of the new 20 note, follow- The Hindu Council U.K. new notes. chief cashier, Victoria Cle- Indian-origin people, to be
A five-foot debris shield ing criticism from Hindus, members had met BoE rep- land, in January to discuss a source of inspiration for
being installed on the Sikhs and vegetarians of the resentatives last month to ex- Small amounts the issue. In my meeting, I the students and to im-
International Space Station use of animal fat in the plain that as Hindus see the It said the amounts of oil highlighted palm oil as some- prove the diversity balance
floated away on Thursday plastic 5 notes. cow as a symbol of grace and needed were so small that thing they should avoid do- on the walls of the
during a spacewalk by two The new 20 note is due veneration, the use of tallow there would be no need for ing, Mr. Maw said. university.
veteran U.S. astronauts, a to be introduced by 2020, made from beef fat in the an increase in global produc- The destruction of hab- The portraits, mainly
NASA TV broadcast showed. but the tender for produc- notes went against their tion. The BoE has also pub- itat caused by over-produc- paintings and photo-
Astronaut Peggy Whitson, 57, tion has been put on hold, beliefs. A matter of change: The 20 note is due to be introduced by lished an independent re- tion of palm oil is contribut- graphs, include a mix of
told ground control teams the BBC reported on Friday. Meanwhile, the BoEs new 2020 but the production tender has been put on hold. AFP * port on the separate ing to the near-extinction of men and women from a
that a bag containing the The Bank said it was now announcement has been op- environmental impacts of the orangutan, he added. variety of ethnic and socio-
debris shield floated away at assessing whether palm oil posed by conservation pend on where the BoE responsible for 8% of the palm oil, coconut oil and tal- The existing 5 plastic economic backgrounds.
about 10 a.m. EDT. REUTERS or coconut oil should be groups, who warned that source it, said Rachel Ag- worlds deforestation low. Nevertheless, the Rain- note, and the new 10 note Linguistics scholar Aditi
used instead. Hindus, Sikhs, palm oil production can new of the Rainforest Found- between 1990 and 2008. forest Foundation takes issue due for release in September, Lahiri, human rights activ-
Jains, vegetarians and others wreck rainforests and dis- ation. Whether it is sustain- Palm oil has been blamed for on how sustainability is will continue to use trace ist Kumi Naidoo and BBC
in the U.K. have objected to place people living in them, able is the issue. deforestation in countries certified. amounts of animal fat, the journalist Reeta Chakra-
the tallow used in plastic the report said. It would de- Palm oil production was like Indonesia. Doug Maw, who started a report said. barti join the likes of Brit-
ish film and television dir-
ector Ken Loach and

New way to ight drug astrophysicist Dame

Jocelyn Bell Burnell among
Game of Thrones
Precision test the latest batch of around
season 7 teaser out
resistant superbugs two dozen portraits.

Exhibition later
The much-awaited first teaser
The new works are to be
of the seventh season of
Game of Thrones has been It involves removing blood antibodies displayed in the uni-
versitys central public
unveiled. The video titled
Press Trust of India often affects patients bey- spaces and will be shown
Long Walk shows contenders London ond the age at which lung at an exhibition in Oxford
for the Iron Throne appearing
Scientists have found that transplantation is possible. later in the year.
to gear up for battle. The
an unusual approach of re- Rebecca Surender, ad-
teaser shows Cersei Lannister,
moving antibodies from the Like kidney dialysis vocate and pro-vice-chan-
Jon Snow and Daenerys
blood stream could reduce Chronic Pseudomonas aeru- cellor for equality and di-
Targaryen moving towards
chronic infections, an ad- ginosa lung infections com- versity at the university,
their places of seating. PTI
vance that may help hu- monly occur in patients suf- said: It is hugely import-
mans in the fight against fering from bronchiectasis. ant for students and staff to
drug resistant superbugs. We used a process feel at home at Oxford, and
Researchers from the known as plasmapheresis to feel inspired by people
University of Birmingham that is somewhat like kidney they can relate to.
and Newcastle University in dialysis, said Tony De This commissioning of
the U.K. identified two pa- Soyza, Senior Lecturer at portraits is one of the
tients with bronchiectasis Newcastle University. biggest projects by the uni-
who suffered with chronic The plasmapheresis in- versity to create a more di-
Twitter makes room for Pseudomonas aeruginosa volved the removal, treat- verse range of people por-
more characters in tweet infections that were resist- ment, and return of blood trayed in its public places,
SAN FRANCISCO ant to many antibiotics. plasma from circulation, including more women,
Twitter on Thursday began Bronchiectasis is a dis- and was done five times in a people from ethnic minor-
rolling out changes to let ease that leads to perman- week in order to remove an- ities, gays and lesbians and
users pack more into tweets. ent enlargement of the air- tibody from the patients, people with disabilities.
The software modification ways in the lung. said De Soyza. We then re- All the people depicted
comes about a year after Symptoms are debilitat- placed antibodies with have links with the univer-
Twitter set out to relax a ing for patients, and typic- those from blood donations. sity such as being former
140-character limit set due to ally include a chronic This treatment restored the students or academic staff
mobile phone text messaging cough, shortness of breath, ability for the patients with the criteria that they
constraints in place when coughing up blood, and blood to kill their infecting were examples of
Twitter launched in 2006. AFP chest pain. Bronchiectasis Pseudomonas, he said. Fine touch: A man carves Budhha faces on ivory at a workshop in Beijing on Friday. *
REUTERS excellence.

SpaceX rocket makes history

buys bikes
A Philippine ishermans
U.S. aerospace irm successfully launches and retrieves its irst recycled rocket
for all pupils tale of staying adrift 58 days
Associated Press
Associated Press still sporting its nine ori- NORTH CHARLESTON He lived of tiny plants that grew on boat and rainwater
CAPE CANAVERAL ginal engines. It nailed an- A South Carolina teacher
SpaceX successfully other vertical landing at sea has raised more than Agence France-Presse He lost 40 kg in weight.
launched and then re- on Thursday once it was fin- $80,000 to buy 650 bi- General Santos When Mr. Omongos
trieved its first recycled ished boosting the satellite cycles, one for every stu- Adrift and alone in the Pa- uncle died, he tied the body
rocket on Thursday, a his- for the SES company of Lux- dent in her school. cific Ocean, Rolando Omon- to the boat for a week, but
toric feat and the biggest embourg. Katie Blomquist teaches gos prayed to live long had to loosen it into the sea
leap yet in its bid to drive at Pepperhill Elementary enough to bring home news when it began to decom-
down costs and speed up Loud cheers in North Charleston. It was of the death of his uncle, pose. I just thought, Lord, I
flights. SpaceX employees outside reported that she began whose corpse he cast off at leave my uncle to you. I have
It was the first time jammed Mission Control at her online fund-raising sea. to live and come home to
SpaceX founder Elon Musk the Hawthorne, California, campaign right after La- The 21-year-old Filipino give our family the news
tried to fly a booster that company headquarters bour Day last year with a fisherman was stranded in about what happened to
soared before an orbital cheered loudly every step of goal of raising $65,000. Ms. January after a storm separ- Rolando Omongos gets a hug him.
mission. He was at a loss for the way and again when the Blomquist says she came ated him and his uncle from from his mother Rosalie (left) Mr. Omongos said, at one
words after the Falcon 9 Mission accomplished: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts of from satellite reached its proper up with the idea after a stu- their main fishing vessel, and a sibling. AFP * point, he thought he might
core landed on the bulls- the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Thursday. AP *
orbit. dent told her that he leaving the pair on a tiny suffer the same fate but did
eye of the ocean platform Longtime customer SES wanted a bike, but his fam- boat without fuel, food or sun, Mr. Omongos told re- not lose hope of being res-
following lift-off with a revolution in spaceflight. one day putting humanity got a discount for agreeing ily could not afford one. fishing tools. porters of his ordeal at sea cued, finding strength think-
broadcasting satellite. Mr. Musk foresees out there among the stars. to use a salvaged rocket, but The idea blossomed into His prayer was answered after returning to Manila on ing of his grandfather, a fish-
This is a huge day. My dozens, if not hundreds of This particular first stage wouldnt say how much. Its a viral sensation, and when having survived for Wednesday. erman who had toiled hard
minds blown, frankly, Mr. repeat flights, for a booster landed on an ocean plat- not just about the savings, donors in the effort include 58 days by eating moss and for the family all his life.
Musk said. and rocket turnarounds of form almost exactly a year said chief technology officer major corporations and drinking rainwater, but too Lost 40 kg Every time my body
He called it an incred- as little as 24 hours, perhaps ago after a space station Martin Halliwell. He called it talk show host Steve Har- weak to stand he managed Mr. Omongos said he lived suffered from the heat, I
ible milestone in the history by next year. Land, refuel launch for NASA. a big step for everybody vey. Ms. Blomquist sur- to hail a passing ship by wav- off the tiny plants that grew would dip into the sea and
of space and predicted, and then back up again, SpaceX refurbished and something thats never, ever prised the kids Thursday ing his ragged shirt. on the boat and rainwater he then surface again. I would
this is going to be a huge with everything leading to tested the 15-story booster, been done before. morning by unveiling bikes Still in shock and tearful, collected using plastic con- dip 10 times a day to keep
in the school parking lot. his hands blistered by the tainers. cool, he recounted.

Armed with 1984, U.S. art London exhibition elevates selies to art form
houses to take on Trump It explores creative potential of a mode of expression whose modern take is often derided as inane
Reuters an animal (a monkey).
190 theatres to show 1984 big-screen adaptation on April 4 London People transform social
From Old Masters self-por- media into something that is
Associated Press already been partially seen traits to contemporary very expressive of being
New York in the recent box-office suc- selfies taken on phones, a Chinese, or English, or Trin-
On Tuesday, it will be 1984 cess of Jordan Peeles horror London exhibition explores idadian and that is also true
again in movie theatres hit Get Out and Raoul Pecks the creative potential of a of the selfie, said University
across the United States. James Baldwin documentary mode of expression whose College London Professor
About 190 art-house I Am Not Your Negro, movies modern form is often de- Daniel Miller, who re-
theatres have banded to- that offer straight talk on ra- rided as inane. searched the phenomenon
gether to show the 1984 big- cial issues that might be lack- The British capitals Saat- around the world.
screen adaptation of George ing in Washington. chi Gallery on Friday
Orwells dystopian master- launched From Selfie to Critical stance
piece as a pointed comment Why April 4 Self-Expression, which it In southern Italy, people
on the U.S. presidency of 1984, the second movie ver- said would be the worlds feel they almost have a re-
Donald Trump, whose al- George Orwell sion starring John Hurt and first exhibition looking at the sponsibility to represent
ternative facts administra- Richard Burton, will play in history of selfies. Italian stylishness. In Trin-
tion has already sent 1984 ban. That initiative has been 175 cities and 44 States, as It kicks off with Rem- idad, you want to be highly
back up the bestseller lists. dubbed the Seventh Art well as a few internationally brandt, the 17th century individualistic, he said.
Cinemas around the Stand and billed as an act of in Canada, England and Dutch artist whose dozens of The exhibition concludes
country are increasingly cinematic solidarity against Sweden. self-portraits created an in- with a critical stance on
programming with political Islamophobia. The event has been organ- timate autobiography with Selie amid selies: A gallery assistant poses for a photograph during a press day called to selfies, with an installation
protest in mind, playing ised under the name United confident brushstrokes. His promote the exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. REUTERS *
by Mexican artist Rafael Loz-
movies that have newfound Trump effect States of Cinema; its website paintings are represented on ano-Hemmer and Polish
resonance for those who dis- Cinemas are places to gather lists the participating digital screens that one can how we are and who we away from their humdrum, ded to the Oxford English artist Krzysztof Wodiczko of
agree with the policies of the and connect, and they are theatres. like, resulting in a red are, said Saatchi Gallery mundane lives, he said. Its Dictionary in 2013. 12 surveillance cameras.
Republican President. In finding under Mr. Trump a April 4th was selected be- heart appearing over the im- Chief Executive Nigel Hurst. about sharing a version of Running to the end of Selfies are not an option,
May, some 60 theatres are renewed sense of mission cause thats when Orwells age just as on social media. Its no coincidence... that our identity that we would May, the exhibition includes its something that is open-
planning to screen films that goes beyond the usual character Winston Smith be- Modern-day selfies are dif- most selfies are shot in like people to believe. selfies by soccer player ing out our identity for good
from the predominantly arguments for the big-screen gins his forbidden diary as a ferent because they show pretty exotic locations, on In the digital age, the David Beckham and reality but mostly for bad, shaping
Muslim nations targeted by experience over streaming. rebellion against his op- how we would like the holiday, when people are ex- selfie has become ubiquit- TV star Kim Kardashian, and up a controlling society, Mr.
Mr. Trumps proposed travel A Trump effect has pressive government. world to see us, rather than periencing things that are ous, and the word was ad- even the first selfie shot by Lozano-Hemmer said.
saturday april 1, 2017

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Ramjas cancels Boost to Girl Grilling

four plays Rapid Metro interrupted session
Citing security reasons The Phase-II of the Naam Shabana might be Anmol Chicken Corner in
college stops plays that dealt Gurugram Rapid Metro was about a woman spy but the Old Delhis Urdu Bazaar
with sensitive issues like thrown open to the public ilm rests on and relects a offers deliciously sinful
nationalism Page 2 on Friday Page 3 male world-view Page 4 delicacies Page 4

Hottest March day in seven years ED attaches assets
Mercury touches 38.6C, but things may cool down a bit as thunderstorms are expected on April 4 worth 600 crore
Staff Reporter
New Delhi
In connection with Noida online scam
At 38.6 degrees Celsius, the Devesh K. Pandey The police have not yet
BJP promises new Delhi Capital recorded the hottest New Delhi filed a charge sheet in the
with campaign song temperature in March in the The Enforcement Director- case. However, the ED has
NEW DELHI past seven years on Friday. ate (ED) on Friday provision- attached the deposits of
The Bharatiya Janata Party The maximum temperat- ally attached assets worth 543.81 crore lying in 14
(BJP) formally launched its ure was five degrees above 600 crore in connection bank accounts, the funds
campaign for the upcoming normal and was the second with the money laundering available with a Hyderabad-
municipal elections with the highest in a decade. March case against Noida-based based mobile payment gate-
partys State chief Manoj 22, 2010 was the hottest day Ablaze Info Solution dir- way used by the accused,
Tiwari releasing a theme song in 10 years at 39.2 degrees ector Anubhav Mittal, who is and a villa in Greater Noida.
and slogan in the presence of Celsius. alleged to have cheated over The assets were held in the
senior leaders on Friday. This The highest temperature six lakh people of 3,700 name of Mr. Mittal, his com-
was followed by recorded in the month of crore through fraudulent on- pany and other companies
deliberations, which March was on March 31, 1945, line schemes. incorporated by him this
continued till late in the
when the mercury touched year, said the official.
night, on inalising the irst
40.6 degrees Celsius. False inducements The alleged scam came to
list of candidates.
The minimum temperat- Mr. Mittal allegedly collec- light when the UP police re-
ure on Friday was recorded ted funds from the custom- ceived complaints from the
at 23.3 degrees Celsius, also ers of his company through customers of online services
five degrees above normal. false inducements and later provided by the accuseds
Last-day rush for The humidity oscillated siphoned off the money us- company alleging that they
nominations expected between 63% and 24%. ing fake bills and invoices, in were not receiving the peri-
NEW DELHI conspiracy with various per- odical payments as prom-
April 3, the last day for iling 40.2C in Palam sons who are also under in- ised. Subsequently, the po-
nominations for the upcoming Temperature recorded at the vestigation, said an ED offi- lice raided the residential
municipal polls, will see a rush MeT station at Safdarjung is cial. and official premises of the
of candidates trying to meet considered the official tem- The Uttar Pradesh Special accused persons.
the 3p.m. deadline, with the perature of the city but Task Force, which arrested Later, the police also re-
Delhi State Election
places like Palam, Ridge and him along with several other ceived complaints from in-
Commission declaring
Ayanagar recorded temperat- accused persons last month, vestors from Kenya, Nigeria
Saturday a holiday. The State
ures of 40.2, 40.3 and 39.8 has lodged multiple FIRs. and other countries. It is al-
Election Commission issued
degrees Celsius respectively. The Income-Tax Depart- leged that Mr. Mittals com-
an order on Friday declaring
Saturday a public holiday, Deputy Director-General For the MeT department to ing in isolated parts of the department said. the stomach. People with ment is also probing the al- pany offered money for lik-
meaning that the Returning (Meteorology) R. Vishen said declare it a heatwave, tem- city. high blood pressure, dia- legations. ing web links.
Oicers would not be taking that from April 1, there will be peratures need to have Beat the heat betes, cardiac arrhythmias,
nominations. Sunday was an arrest in the rise in tem- crossed 40 degrees Celsius Cloudy skies today Asking Delhiites to take pre- and elderly patients should
perature and thunderstorms and need to be between 4-6.4 The weatherman has forecast cautions against the rising consult their doctors if they

Close feedback
already a day of. As a result,
with the BJP and Congress yet are expected on April 4. degrees above normal. Since overcast conditions for Sat- heat, R. N. Tandon of the In- exhibit common symptoms
to announce its candidates as the official temperature of urday. The skies will be dian Medical Association said of heat stroke, including
on Friday evening, April 3 Not a heatwave yet Delhi is below 40 degrees partly cloudy. The maximum that to combat the summers, altered consciousness, high-
would be a busy day for all
involved. The 272 wards go to
polls on April 23. STAFF REPORTER
On being asked if the extreme
temperature can be called a
heatwave, Mr. Vishen said,
Celsius, we cannot call it a
heatwave yet. However, heat-
wave conditions are prevail-
and minimum temperatures
are likely to hover at 38 and
22 degrees Celsius, the MeT
people should drink plenty of
water, consume fruits and eat
light meals that are easy on
grade fever, dry armpits and
not passing urine once in
eight hours.
unit, L-G tells govt
CBI still probing units inception
Kejriwal starts civic poll campaign with jansabha in Burari Staff Reporter
New Delhi

Lieutenant-Governor Anil
information and actionable
feedback, mostly related to
graft, without the knowledge
Baijal has ordered that the of senior members of the
Cautions voters that electricity and water tarif will increase if BJP comes to power again in municipal corporations Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gov- governments bureaucratic
ernment-appointed feed- hierarchy. The unit was al-
Soumya Pillai der the civic bodies and all He added that while the back unit be shut down even legedly also tasked with set-
New Delhi the benefits you get will be re- BJP and the Congress made as the CBI continues to con- ting up sting operations and
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) na- moved, Mr. Kejriwal said. excuses about not having duct a preliminary inquiry worked directly under the
tional convenor and Delhis The CM added that if the enough funds to undertake looking into its inception supervision of the Chief Min-
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal people vote for the AAP in the projects, the AAP had been without a nod from the L-Gs isters Office.
addressed his first public municipalities, the benefits working and making profits. Office, it emerged on Friday. Sources added that the
meeting (jansabha) on Friday given to the public will con- We have shown them that by The institution of the unit unit was manned by around
in north Delhis Burari ahead tinue even if the shift in au- running an honest govern- in the Directorate of Vigil- 15 retired police and intelli-
of the upcoming municipal thority happens. ment you can serve the ance was among seven cases gence officials.
elections on April 23. people and save their money. of alleged corruption in the
Mr. Kejriwal warned the Challenges Shah to debate Burari MLA and AAP leader Delhi government as per the Sisodia defends unit
public that the BJP is planning During his 35-minute speech, Sanjeev Jha said: Their findings of the Shunglu Com- Deputy Chief Minister Man-
to bring the water and power the CM also dared BJP chief [BJPs] leaders have them- mittee referred by former ish Sisodia on Friday defen-
departments within the juris- Amit Shah to a debate on the selves admitted that their L-G Najeeb Jung to the CBI, ded the creation of the unit:
diction of the municipal cor- achievements of BJP-ruled councillors have looted the which registered a prelimin- Every State should have a
porations, which would res- States as against the AAP gov- MCD for the last 10 years and ary inquiry recently. feedback unit and every gov-
ult in higher electricity and ernments in Delhi. that is why they have not ernment does. Government
water bills. Listing the achievements of given tickets to old Working in secret should communicate with its
Before 1998, these depart- his government in the past candidates. Mr. Jung had formed the people and take feedback. I
ments were under the muni- two years, Mr. Kejriwal said: The CM also said that he three-member committee to dont think there is anything
cipal bodies. The private dis- When I had announced that I has been accused by his polit- examine irregularities and wrong in it.
coms have reached a deal would slash power and water ical opponents of fighting a infirmities in over 400 files BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi
with the Centre as they are no bills, I was mocked by the BJP lot, but I dont fight for my- on decisions taken by the said that the unit was a
longer able to loot people un- and the Congress. Back then self, my wife or kids. I fight AAP government. planned conspiracy to
der our government. If the electricity in Delhi was the with these corrupt leaders for According to sources, the weaken the opposition or
BJP comes to power they will most expensive, now it is the the rights of the public and I Race begins: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (centre) and AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha (left) during unit was created in Septem- dissent against the
bring these departments un- cheapest. will continue to do so. the jansabha in Burari on Friday. R. V. MOORTHY *
ber 2015 to gather relevant government.

Body parts found at SC ban to


three north Delhi spots Lines outside RBI on last day to exchange old notes afect 50
bars in city
Friday was the deadline for Indians who were abroad to exchange old notes, but others tried their luck too
Cops suspect they belong to one man Press Trust of India
Hemani Bhandari in February. He couldnt get New Delhi
Staff Reporter parts were wrapped and NEW DELHI his money exchanged after Around 50 pubs, restaur-
New Delhi scattered over a kilometre. Ninety-one-year-old Shankar waiting in line for five hours. ants and hotels located
Body parts were found at The police team found Lal travelled all the way from They asked me for my old within 500 metres of high-
three different locations in the abdomen and other Rajasthan to exchange his passport. I have the new ways in Delhi will not be
north Delhis Timarpur in parts near Wazirabad fly- demonetised notes worth passport, which has the visa able to serve liquor from
the early hours of Friday, over and Majnu-ka-Tilla. 11,500 and has been trying and shows my date of travel. Saturday onwards.
the police said. The body parts were in vain for the past three days Why do they need the old Also, 65 vends will be
While some parts are still wrapped in sacks and to get inside the Reserve passport, asked Mr. Satpal. sealed following the Su-
missing, the police said the plastic bags. It looked like Bank of India building on Shiv Kumar, a 37-year-old preme Court order that no
recovered body parts ap- they had been thrown from Parliament Street. NRI who has been living in liquor shops, pubs, hotels
pear to belong to the same a moving vehicle. The re- In tears, sitting outside the Italy for the past 12 years, and bars serving alcohol
man. The the post-mortem covered parts have been building with a bundle of was in for a rude shock when will be permitted within
and other medical reports sent for post-mortem and a documents, he told this he landed in India on March 500 metres of highways in
will help the police establish forensic team is investigat- reporter: My wife was ill and 8 and found out about the country from April 1,
the identity of the victim ing the matter, he said. I myself was hospitalised for Last-ditch efort: Indians who were abroad at the time of demonetisation. He said he government sources said.
and cause of death. According to the police, two months during demone- demonetisation, and even those who werent, stand in line at has 40,000 in old notes in
the murder seemed care- tisation. My three sons have the RBI oice on Friday. SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR * his house in Karnal, Haryana. Outlets on NH-8
More parts discovered fully planned since the body disowned us so they didnt NRIs coming to India are A senior excise department
An auto driver passing parts were clean. The police get our money exchanged. Shafiq Ahmed, a 71-year- wont change my notes. Singh said. required to come through the official said that several
through the Gopalpur red are checking CCTV footage What should I do? old e-rickshaw driver in east I was in jail from October Red Channel and disclose to teams have been formed to
light on Friday spotted from the area and examin- Though Fridays deadline Delhis Seelampur, came with At a loss end to first week of March Customs the amount in old ensure that outlets most
limbs and the head, which ing missing persons com- for exchanging banned notes a pile of hospital bills to Pritpal Singh (62), a resident because of a personal feud. notes they have with them of them on NH-8 stop
had been smashed beyond plaints at police stations. of 500 and 1,000 pertained inform the bankers that he of west Delhis Patel Nagar, Whats my fault? asked and get a certificate, which serving liquor. Some of the
recognition. He immediately Weve registered a case to Indians who were abroad was in hospital from before said that due to a family 45-year-old Narvir from UPs has to be tendered at the RBI major restaurants and ho-
called up the police. of murder and destruction during the 50-day November 8 and was dispute he could not open a Shahjahanpur district, who at the time of exchange of the tels located in Aerocity near
We received a call of evidence against un- demonetisation period from released a couple of days ago room on the first floor of his had come to exchange currency. I dont have the the IGI Airport will be af-
around 6.30 a.m. about known persons. The brutal- November 8 to December 31, just so he could exchange house. I have the court 47,000 kept at his home. document issued by the fected by the ruling.
body parts lying on the ity involved in the dismem- many people who were in 15,000. I am from U.P., we order saying I could open the Even the Indians for Airport authorities as I didnt The SC has directed that
road. When the team berment indicates personal the country but were unable have no relatives here. My room only after February 12. whom Fridays deadline have the money when I no liquor shop shall be vis-
reached the spot, it found motive. However, it may to get their currency son and wife were busy I found 9,000 in old notes in applied had a tough time. landed? Mr. Kumar said. ible or directly accessible
more body parts, said a also be a way to mislead in- exchanged made a last-ditch taking care of me and the room. I have tried nine Satpal Singh (65), a resident The window for NRIs to from the highways nor situ-
senior police officer. vestigators, said another effort as the gates of the RBI earning money to pay the times, but the RBI is refusing of west Delhis Tilak Nagar, exchange old notes will ated within 500 metres of
He added that the body officer. closed for the day. hospital bills. But still the RBI to exchange the notes, Mr. had returned from Australia remain open till June 30. State or national highways.





No longer a dirty picture

Principal Secretary
denied bail in graft case
A Special court on Friday
denied bail to suspended
Principal Secretary of the
Chhattisgarh government, B.
L. Agrawal, in a bribery case.
Special judge Virender Kumar
Goyal dismissed the plea
saying the probe was at a
crucial stage. STAFF REPORTER

Liquor haul ahead of

MCD polls, two held
A bootlegger and another
person were arrested for
allegedly planning to trade
liquor during the MCD
elections, the police said on
Friday. As many as 240
bottles of beer, eight cartons Spruced up: A canal in east Delhis Dallupura, which until two months ago was choked with polythene bags and other waste, is no longer an eyesore. On February 19, The Hindu had published a photograph of the clogged canal (left),
of whisky were recovered, prompting environmentalist Vikrant Tongad to move the National Green Tribunal. The tribunal ordered an immediate clean-up while seeking a response from the Centre, the Delhi government and the East Delhi Municipal
said DCP Bhisham Singh. PTI Corporation. V. SUDERSHAN*

Ramjas courts controversy again BJP promises new Delhi

Four street plays not allowed to be performed at college festival because of security reasons with campaign song, slogan
Jaideep Deo Bhanj
New Delhi Party launches campaign for civic polls, irst list to be out soon
Four of the seven plays that
were scheduled to be Staff Reporter cameras, clean roads, water know Municipal Corpora-
presented at Mukhatib 17, New Delhi supply to each household, tion, the use of sewage for
the street play festival of The Bharatiya Janata Party welfare of farmers, national- power generation in Nagpur,
Shunya, the dramatics soci- (BJP) formally launched its ism, and eradicating corrup- and the rapid bus transit sys-
ety of Ramjas College, were campaign for the upcoming tion, among others. tem in Ahmedabad, said
on Friday not allowed to be municipal elections with the Interestingly, it also in- Mr. Sahasrabuddhe.
performed due to security partys State chief Manoj cludes a line from Prime According to Mr. Tiwari,
reasons. Tiwari releasing a theme Minister Narendra Modis there was a negative atmo-
song and slogan in the pres- speech My government is sphere all around Delhi
Scripts screened ence of senior leaders on dedicated to the poor. today. He alleged that the
The scripts of the seven Friday. This was followed by The campaign slogan, local populace was of the
plays, which dealt with deliberations, which contin- meanwhile, will be used view that the Kejriwal gov-
sensitive issues like na- ued till late in the night, on widely as the party promises ernment had misused pub-
tionalism, were selected finalising the first list of fresh faces in the three lic money for its self
for the competition after be- candidates. municipal corporations, said interest.
ing screened by a committee BJP leaders.
comprising students and Fresh faces According to Mr. Tiwari, Deliberations on
faculty of Ramjas College. At a press conference, the the party had refrained from The BJPs commitment will
According to acting prin- Bhojpuri actor-singer un- indulging in negativity in be to transform Delhi and
cipal P.C Tulsian, the stu- veiled the partys ad theme its campaigning. Instead, he build a city conforming to
dents had unanimously of Naye Chehre, Nayi Urja, said, it focused on improv- Prime Minister Narendra
decided not to allow four of Nayi UdaanDilli Maange ing the lives of people and Modis vision of New India,
the plays to be staged. Fresh row: Rahul Tewari (left), a former member of the Kamal Nishaan and a song developing the city. BJP na- he added.
Earlier, after the February dramatics society at Ramjas College, was among the many titled O Bhaiya, Dekh tional vice-president Vinay Sources in the party said
23 incident at the college, students who expressed disapppointment by wearing black Bhaiya, Bhajapa Dil Sahasrabuddhe said that the that deliberations over the
Mr. Tulsian had told The armbands and sporting black tape across their mouths. * Mein...Bhajapa Dilli Mein. Modi governments schemes partys first list of candidates
Hindu that he had instructed SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT The four-minute song, in for cities focusses on devel- began soon after the launch
societies and students of fact, was recorded overnight oping social infrastructure, of the campaign. It contin-
Ramjas that no event at the reasons, said a member of Students of Ramjas also censured were: Main Kash- at a studio in east Delhi. It besides paying attention to ued much later into the
college should have any the Dramatics Society who <
> Im a performer
and if Im not took to social media to ex- mir, aur aap? Main Manipur has Mr. Tiwari hitting out at building physical night with a 19-member unit
anti-national content, and did not want to be named. press their disappointment. by Gargi College that dealt the Kejriwal government, infrastructure. formed to manage election
that they must refrain from On Friday, teams from
permitted to say Every year at Mukhatib, the with issues faced by people without naming it, for mak- affairs undertaking the said
inviting controversial Miranda House and Kirori what I want to, topics have been extremely in Kashmir and Manipur; ing false promises to the Out-of-the-box ideas exercise at the partys Pant
speakers. Mal College were to present then what do I crucial. From communalism Sawal toh uthega by Sri people and for its allegedly Wherever the BJP is ruling Marg office.
their plays. perform? to nationalism, from imperi- Guru Gobind Singh College corrupt Ministers. It also in- in civic bodies, it is working A party insider added that
Silent protest The team from Lady Shri- Rahul Tewari alism to drug and sex traf- of Commerce that looked at cludes catchwords and on out-of-the-box methods the first list of candidates
Members of the festivals or- ram College, which was also Former member of Shunya ficking, we have seen all questioning the fascist promises including the in- such as a cattle sanctuary, as could be announced late on
ganising committee, how- scheduled to perform, with- kinds of nukkad nataks being forces; Jokistaan by Dyal stallation of LED and CCTV was the case with the Luc- Friday night or on Saturday.
ever, said that it was for the drew in protest even as par- expressed his disappoint- performed at this fest. This Singh College (Evening); and
first time that scripts had ticipants carried out a silent ment over the unfortunate time, however, there was Trump Card by SGTB
been screened before a per- demonstration at the venue non-participation of teams unnecessary surveillance Khalsa College that dealt
formance. We were called with black armbands and that werent permitted to and enquiry into the topic of with stifling of freedom of
to the principals office to black tape across their perform. the nataks, wrote Muntaha speech because of fascists.
discuss the synopsis of each mouths. He said Im a performer Amin, a student of Ramjas. Yogit Rathi, president of
play. After this, we were told Rahul Tewari, a former and if Im not permitted to the Ramjas students union,
that four plays could not be member of Shunya who was say what I want to, then Cancelled plays denied any problem on
staged because of security invited to discuss the plays, what do I perform? Among the plays that were campus.

NGT pulls up Delhi govt Girl refused admission over baldness

over destination buses DCW issues notice to Education Department, seeks report
Staff Reporter point-to-point bus services
New Delhi have not been started date Press Trust of India grounds of her baldness, a taken report from the de-
Do you (Delhi govern- despite an order being is- New Delhi charge refuted by the partment within a week.
ment) know the state of af- sued last year. The Delhi Commission for school.
fairs in Delhi? Children are Women (DCW) has issued a School denies charges
not able to breathe fresh air Anti-pollution measure notice to the city education Entrance test cleared The school authorities, High note: The partys State chief Manoj Tiwari released the theme song and slogan in the
and are visiting hospitals Why have you not started department over the alleged The notice read that, ac- when contacted, rubbished presence of senior leaders on Friday. SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR *

every week. Is this what destination buses? The denial of admission to a girl cording to the complainant, the allegations. She was
you want for your chil- Chief Secretary of Delhi is by a private school because the teenager had cleared the denied admission because
dren, the National Green
Tribunal (NGT) asked on
directed to submit as to
why destination buses have
not been introduced, said
of her baldness inflicted by
health disorders.
schools entrance examina-
tion for Class 9.
However, when she was
we did not have enough
seats at the moment. As
soon as we have seats we
Recovery of 97 crore is BJP
Acting tough on the the Bench, which included Parents complain called in for an interview, will accommodate her and
Delhi government for not
introducing destination
buses to help improve air
Justice R. S. Rathore.
Destination buses ply
from one point to another
The womens panel shot off
the notice following a com-
plaint by the parents of the
they got to know that she
was suffering from alopecia,
an immunity-related dis-
more students who cleared
the exam, said principal
Anuradha Jain.
conspiracy, says Sisodia
quality in the city, a Bench without any halts. Accord- 13-year-old girl. order leading to baldness, Saumya Gupta, director Staff Reporter Hitting out at the BJP committee comprised ad-
New Delhi
headed by NGT chairper- ing to the NGT, such buses They had alleged that Va- and denied her admission, at the Directorate of Educa- without naming the party, man Piyush Pandey, journal-
son Justice Swatanter Ku- would encourage people to nasthali Public School in the notice said. tion (DoE), did not respond The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) he claimed that the notice ist Rajat Sharma and former
mar directed the Chief Sec- avoid cars, besides easing east Delhi denied admission DCW chief Swati Maliwal to calls and text messages on Friday claimed that a had been issued after the Chief Election Commis-
retary to show cause why traffic jams. to their daughter on has now sought an action seeking a response. three-member panels re- AAP announced that it sioner B. B. Tandon.
commendation about recov- would abolish property tax The Supreme Court
ering 97 crore from the if it won the municipal elec- guidelines did not give any

Workers unions join hands in support of Maruti ex-staf Delhi government for spend-
ing on advertisements was
the BJPs political
tions next month.

Get votes by doing work

power to the committee to
order recovery of ad spend-
ing of any government. The
conspiracy. This is a political conspir- court had also ordered that
Seek withdrawal of false cases, release of 13 convicted former employees, reinstatement of 117 workers Deputy Chief Minister acy by the BJP against the the committee should com-
Manish Sisodia, who also AAP ahead of the civic polls. prise people with impeach-
Special Correspondent Maruti Suzuki Workers Singh of the Centre of Indian holds the Information and If you (the BJP) want votes, able neutrality and imparti-
New Delhi Union (MSWU) said that a call Trade Unions (CITU). Publicity portfolios, said then get it by doing good ality. However, two
More than a dozen workers had been issued to observe This judgment is a warn- that the AAP government work instead of obstructing members of the committee
associations and trade unions April 4 and 5 as the days of ing to all workers if you try was being selectively tar- us from working, Mr. Siso- have close links with the
from across the country protest against the anti- to form a union, you will land geted even as no questions dia said. BJP, Mr. Sisodia told the
gathered at Jantar Mantar on worker judgment in the in jail. But we are not intimid- were being raised about ad- Earlier this week, Lieu- media on Friday.
Friday in support of the 13 Maruti case. ated, said Ashok, a workers vertisements issued by tenant Governor Anil Baijal Without naming former
Maruti workers who have representative from Marutis other State governments. had directed that 97 crore Chief Minister Sheila
been handed life sentences in Anti-working class verdict Manesar plant. Mr. Sisodia added that the be recovered from the AAP. Dikshit, he mentioned that
the case involving an HR All central trade unions, ex- The associations have AAP government had not The money is said to have even she had held a busi-
managers death at the auto- cept the RSS-affiliated Bhar- come out with three de- splurged, but tried to com- been allegedly splurged ness summit in London.
mobile manufacturers atiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), mands withdrawal of false municate the good work it by the government on ad- Other State governments
Manesar plant. will support the protest. cases against the Maruti had done. He added that the vertisements, in violation of organise events in 5-star ho-
Speaking at the rally or- This judgment is not about workers, release of the 13 party would continue to the Supreme Court tels outside their States, but
Not giving up: The agitators have called for April 4 and 5 to be ganised by the Mazdoor Adhi- the Maruti workers alone, it is convicted Maruti workers, engage with people guidelines. no one questions that, the
observed as days of protests against the judgment in the kar Sangharsh Abhiyan a verdict against the working and reinstating the 117 acquit- through ads. The Centre-appointed Deputy Chief Minister said.
(MASA), Ram Niwas of the class of India, said Satbir ted workers.



Rapid Metro boost to public transport in Gurugram
Phase-II will ofer safer and convenient transportation to those who have their oices on Golf Course Road; oicials hope for enhanced ridership
Ashok Kumar
The Phase-II of the Guru-
Dollar racket busted gram Rapid Metro was
in Shahdara, two held thrown open to the public on
NEW DELHI Friday. With this, five sta-
The Delhi Police have tions and 6.6 km of double
arrested two persons in track were added to the ex-
Shahdara who allegedly isting network that stretches
duped people by promising south of the Sikanderpur
them US dollars for better metro station along Golf
exchange rates. The accused Course Road.
were identified as Mohd. Rajiv Banga, managing dir-
Fazlu and Abdul Rehman. The ector and chief executive of-
two first befriended the ficer, IL&FS Rail Ltd., flagged
victims and then allegedly off the inaugural train from
took money from them, only the DLF Phase-I metro sta-
to give them soap instead of tion around 1:30 p.m.
the dollars. STAFF REPORTER Speaking on the occasion,
he said the metro network
was extended to provide a
Judicial work affected as world-class, safe and con-
lawyers go on strike venient mode of commute to
NEW DELHI residents of the Millennium New journey: A train plies on Phase-II of the Rapid Metro in Gurugram on Friday. *
Lawyers abstained from work City.
on Friday to protest against a
proposed Bill that bars
advocates from going on
strike. The strike saw many
Need of the hour
He added that with increas-
ing traffic and pollution
Next phase to link more corners
petitioners arguing their own levels, use of the mass transit Staff Reporter Vihar along Old Delhi provide last-mile con-
system was the need of the GURUGRAM Road. Mr. Banga, however, nectivity to metro com-
case before the Delhi High
Court. Many judges gave the hour. Trains on the route will be are available at the Sector 42- metro station from any of the The next phase of the emphasised that the plans muters. He said the gov-
next date of hearing in cases Phase-II or South Exten- available from 6:05 a.m. to 43 and Sector 54 Chowk stations on the new route Rapid Metro, the countrys for the third phase were at ernment must put in place
as the counsel did not appear. sion will not only address the 12:36 a.m. metro stations, will also be would end up paying a first fully privately-funded the drawing board-level. an effective bus system
transportation needs of With the opening up of made accessible later. whopping 35. Mr. Banga, metro rail system, could He said plans for citys conceptualised around
those who have their offices this phase, seven more fully- We have decided to not however, justified the fare connect Cyber City to Bus metro connectivity should metro stations as nodes.
located on Golf Course Road automated trains have been open the stations in view of saying that it was as per Stand, another dense have been incorporated in Mr. Banga said many pro-
Guard who fled with but also cater to a large num- added to the existing fleet, the ongoing construction rules. catchment area in the Master Plan and that posals were discussed in
money used fake ID ber of residential societies. taking the number to 12. work and for the widening of The entire circuit of the Gurugram. areas such as Udyog Vihar, this regard, but the same
NEW DELHI The new line provides While two trains will remain DLF-HUDA Road, said Mr. Rapid Metro, with the open- Rajiv Banga, managing Sohna Road and Bus Stand had failed to produce any
The security guard, who had connectivity to DLF Phase -1, on stand-by, the rest will ply Banga. ing up of Phase-II, is now 11.7 director and chief execut- should be connected via results.
allegedly fled with a van DLF Phase 5, Genpact, South at a frequency of four-five km, with 11 stations connect- ive officer, IL&FS Rail Ltd, the metro network.
containing cash for ATMs, had Point Mall, Parsavnath Excot- minutes during peak hours. Fare to be revised ing two dense catchment said the next phase could Spike in ridership
furnished fake identities to ica, Suncity Apartments, Two of the five stations on Mr. Banga said the promo- areas of Gurugram Cyber connect Cyber City to Bus Public services He also expressed hope
the agency which employed Jalvayu Vihar, Vatika Tower, the route -- Sector 42-43 and tional fare for Phase-II, fixed City and Golf Course Road. Stand in Old City. The Mr. Banga also reiterated that the ridership for the
him. The amount looted was Ansal University, Sushant Sector 53-54 stations -- will at 20, would be revised. The total time taken to route, roughly 10-km-long, the need for a robust pub- Rapid Metro would now in-
31 lakh and not 70 lakh, Lok II and Sectors 55, 56 be opened later. However, those travelling travel on the circuit is would pass through Udyog lic transport system to crease.
the police said. PTI and 58. Parking facilities, which beyond the Sikanderpur around 22 minutes.

Update foreigners Modi disrespecting farmers, says Rahul Cop found guilty of
list, DM tells police Calls Centre anti-poor for not holding talks with the drought-hit victims using foul language
Asks oicials to hold cultural meets
Bindu Shajan Perappadan
Inquiry rules out sexual assault charges
Calling the Centre anti-poor Shubhomoy Sikdar ons and that they held a
Purusharth Aradhak the jurisdiction of Know- and anti-farmer, Congress NEW DELHI grudge against him.
Greater Noida ledge Park police station vice-president Rahul Gandhi An inquiry initiated to look He alleged that the wo-
With an aim to ensure the alone. on Friday accused Prime into allegations of harass- men used to be late to work
security of foreign nationals Through a media report Minister Narendra Modi of ment of female police per- and would not follow or-
staying in Gautam Budh I came to know that the disrespecting the drought-hit sonnel against a Delhi Police ders, said the officer. How-
Nagar, the District Magis- local intelligence unit does farmers of Tamil Nadu by Inspector last year has found ever, similar allegations had
trate on Friday directed the not have proper informa- not initiating talks with them him guilty of using improper been received against him a
local intelligence unit (LIU) tion of foreigners. Apart over their demands for a re- language. few months before the com-
and police stations to up- from LIU, I have also direc- lief package. Following a report which plaint was marked to the
date the list of foreigners liv- ted police stations con- The leader visited the was submitted to the Vigil- unit DCP.
ing in the their areas for the cerned to map the foreign- farmers who have been ance wing on Thursday by
purpose of education, jobs ers in their respective areas. camping at Jantar Mantar for the senior woman police of- Staff threatened
or business. I have also asked them to the past 18 days. ficer who conducted the in- In September last year, 24
District Magistrate N.P. regularly update the list and During the 15-minute in- quiry, the Inspector has women personnel posted at
Singh sent a letter to meet with the foreigners, teraction, he took note of been put on the suspects the Provisioning and Logist-
Gautam Budh Nagar Senior Mr. Singh said. their demands and assured or watch list which the de- ics Department had alleged
Superintendent of Police, them that the Congress partment maintains to keep that the Inspector had used
Additional District Magis- Action against violators would fight for them and an eye on officers with ques- words pertaining to physical
trate (administration) and The District Magistrate has raise their grievances in tionable conduct. attributes and made sexual
police station chiefs asking also directed the police to Tamil Nadu as well as in Par- overtures to them while
them to compile the list as take stringent action against liament. He was accompan- No criminal case threatening to spoil their ca-
well as meet the foreigners. foreigners who are living in ied by Tamil Nadu Congress In the present case, how- reer if they objected. After
the city without proper per- chief Thirunavukkarasar and ever, the sexual harassment they had approached the
No data available mission or are engaged in senior party leader Mani allegations were not substan- then Police Commissioner
The Gautam Budh Nagar po- criminal activities. Shankar Aiyar. In solidarity: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi interacting with protesting farmers at Jantar tiated, said senior police of- Alok Kumar Verma with
lice have no data on the Mr. Singh has also asked Mantar on Friday. SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR
* ficers. They also ruled out their complaint, a vigilance
number of foreigners living the officials to organised Demand for relief the possibility of a criminal inquiry was marked. The
in the district. According to cultural exchange events Farmers belonging to the wore rudhraksha (seeds tra- ister is listening to them. Minister has given debt relief case being registered. current Police Commis-
the local intelligence unit, within a fortnight. I believe Cauvery belt in Tamil Nadu ditionally used for prayer They deserve to be heard by to the richest people in the During the course of the sioner, Amulya Patnaik,
there are 1,094 foreigners differences have cropped up are protesting here demand- beads), indicating the life of the Prime Minister who is country, why is he not ready inquiry, 17 female staff mem- headed the vigilance wing at
living in Gautam Budh in absence of understanding ing a drought relief package a saint. disrespecting them by not to give debt relief to those bers of the Delhi Police testi- the time. A police officer
Nagar and of them 234 are of culture. I have asked the of 40,000 crore from the Speaking to the media, initiating any dialogue. who build this country? This fied against the Inspector. said those on the suspects
African nationals. However, police, administration offi- Centre, farm loan waiver and Mr. Gandhi said: The farm- government is kisan virodhi When he was interrogated, list were watched for their
nearly 1,300 foreign stu- cials and universities to setting up of a Cauvery Man- ers have been protesting for Discriminatory practice [anti-farmer] and garib he claimed that he had behaviour, which, if found
dents are studying in private keep organising cultural ex- agement Board. so long. But neither the gov- I dont understand this dis- virodhi [anti-poor], he pulled up the complainants unsatisfactory, would lead to
universities falling under change events, he said. On Friday, the protesters ernment nor the Prime Min- crimination. If the Prime added. because of disciplinary reas- initiation of strict action.


Fire at lower market 2 women die
stop vehicle Why get licence, ask NCR meat sellers 129 wooden carts reduced to ashes
of suspected
thief, stabbed overdose
Say theres no point obtaining permit since they are not allowed to slaughter in shops
Staff Reporter Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI Purusharth Aradhak The governments intention NEW DELHI

A Delhi Police constable Noida/Ghaziabad is to close illegal slaughter- Two 22-year-old women
suffered stab injuries while Delegations of meat sellers houses. Despite the Delhi were found dead at a
trying to stop a suspected from Ghaziabad and Gautam slaughterhouse not selling friends house in south Del-
auto-lifter in central Delhis Budh Nagar districts on Fri- them meat any more, theres his Munirka on Friday.
Patel Nagar on Thursday. day met their respective ad- no scope for relief due to Prima facie, it is a case of
The victim, Jitender ministration officials over lack of a slaughterhouse in drug overdose.
(28), is battling for life, said the issue of illegal slaughter- the district. If they submit a The victims were identi-
the police. houses. proposal for a slaughter- fied as Clara and Rakil, nat-
The incident took place house, we will forward it to ives of Aizwal. According to
around 4 a.m., when the Huge demand for meat the State government. the police, the duo stayed
victim and his colleague There are no legal Abdul, a meat seller, said: at their friend Jennys
Sooraj received a tip-off slaughterhouses in both dis- We can apply for the licence house on Thursday night,
that three persons would tricts. Earlier, we used to buy either online or on paper. during which they possibly
pass Patel Nagar on a animals from Delhi and Weve been given a long list consumed a narcotic sub-
stolen scooter. slaughter them in our shop. in the name of licence pro- Descent into chaos: The cause of the blaze is believed to be stance.
When the trio arrived, However, that changed with cedure. There are so many a short-circuit. SANDEEP SAXENA

Jitender tried to stop them. the regime in U.P. and now guidelines that we fail to un- No response
However, one of the ac- even the Ghazipur slaughter- Livelihoods hit: An estimated 1,000 illegal meat shops across derstand since were un- Staff Reporter Nine fire tenders reached Around 6:30 a.m. on Fri-
cused fled while the con- house has refused to sell us Uttar Pradesh have been shut down since the crackdown by educated. The difficult pro- New Delhi the spot, and the blaze was day, when Jenny and her
stable struggled with the meat. The demand for meat the State government. FILE PHOTO: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR
cedure aside, we dont have As many as 129 wooden doused within an hour. roommate returned from
other two. in Delhi has gone up since money to feed our families. carts were reduced to ashes work, they found their
the crackdown as everyone set up a single window for both the districts and we when a fire broke out at a 15 slums gutted friends not opening the
Juvenile apprehended from U.P. has been rushing meat shop owners to apply cant slaughter in our shops. No choice flower mandi in east Delhis In another incident, 15 door despite repeated
One of the accused, a ju- to the national capital for for licences. A delegation of meat However, the administration Ghazipur early on Friday. slums were gutted in a fire knocks and phone calls.
venile, took out a knife and meat, said Daud, who used However, meat sellers said sellers met Gautam Budh said meat sellers have no No injuries were reported. in central Delhis Vikas The door was then broken
stabbed Jitender. He then to supply animals in meeting the conditions set Nagar District Magistrate N.P. choice but to follow the ap- According to the police, Marg. The cause of the blaze open, and the women were
fled but Jitender managed U.P.-NCR. by the Food Safety and Singh at his office in Noidas plication procedure. the cause of the fire was a was a spark in one of the rushed to Safdarjung Hos-
to hold on to his accom- An estimated 1,000 illegal Standards Authority of India Sector 27. Ghaziabad District Magis- short-circuit in a bulb. wires passing the area. pital, where they were pro-
plice. shops across the State shut (FSSAI) to qualify for a li- trate Nidhi Kesarwani said, We received a call about Around six fire tenders nounced dead on admis-
Police personnel in down since the crackdown cence is difficult. NGT order Meat sellers have to follow the fire around 2:30 a.m. reached the spot and sion. The police are now
nearby Anand Parbat were by the newly sworn-in State Meat seller Mohd Shakeel The District Magistrate told procedure to obtain licences. The bulb that led to the doused the flames within an awaiting the post-mortem
subsequently alerted. government. said: Theres no point ob- The Hindu, Theres already The administration can only short-circuit had been kept hour. According to the po- reports, which will ascer-
Later, the other two were The administration had, taining the licence since a National Green Tribunal or- speed up the process so that switched on, said a senior lice, no injuries were tain the cause of the
apprehended as well. soon after the crackdown, theres no slaughterhouse in der regarding meat shops. they get one soon. police officer. reported. deaths.



Making sense of the world


Enjoy the grilling session

From devising hip-hop around Shakespeares works to discussing black intellectual culture,
Akala is not your usual rapper with an attitude Anmol Chicken
Corner in Urdu
Deepa Gupta
He doesnt mince words; is
As part of The Exchange, a
collaboration between the
Shakespeare was in many
ways used as a symbol of
culture of west European
countries in general and
from India
I dont think I have written
Bazaar ofers
extremely vocal about his UKs Department for everything that was wrong Britain and France in anything consciously deliciously sinful
thoughts and mindset; and, International Trade and with the British education particular is such that they inspired by India per se.
at times, comes across as Mumbai-based music system . His work is have a legacy of racial However, while travelling
being dichotomous as he promoter, Submerge, Akala inspiring; it tells many slavery. There was a period around the world and seeing
speaks his mind on subjects is set to perform in Delhi this stories. So I wanted to devise in history where Africans the challenges that the globe Rahul Verma
as varied as politics, poverty, Saturday after a gig in something around hip-hop were considered non- faces, the people face, many The aroma follows you; or
oppression and cultural Mumbai alongside AV artist, and Shakespeare. And then I human, a different species of of these are manifested in rather you follow the aroma.
appropriation. He voices DJ Cheeba and Selectah Si was challenged by a radio human beings not only an India too. Something has to Wisps of smoke rise in the
concerns regarding racial Chai. channel to come up with a unintelligent lower race but really strike you to write and air and disappear in the
attacks the world over. Excerpts: one minute rap with 27 maybe considered closer to the things I see in India are medley of sound and colour
Kingslee James Daley better On the Hip-Hop Shakespeare play titles, apes and monkeys. Today, not new to me anymore. that this street around Jama
known as Akala, British Shakespeare Company which I did. And then I came black excellence particularly When I was 10 or 15-year-old, Masjid in Old Delhi is known
rapper and hip-hop artist, is that he founded up with this course exercise intellectual excellence is a I travelled to South Africa and for. You see men, old and
a BAFTA and MOBO award- I always wanted to do to devise a workshop around threat to a lot of peoples Brazil, it made an impact on young, grilling kababs on
winning performer, poet, something in the space hip-hop and Shakespeare identity, their sense of self, me. The level of inequality their small barbecues.
label owner and of education. and we started doing their sense of what it means and social challenges in those Crowds gather in the even-
social And productions of Shakespeare. to be white. countries is similar to what ings, just as the sun sets, for
entrepreneur. On conducting writing So the black intelligentsia you face here. If I had come an evening snack or an early
workshops with children finds themselves in this kind to India when I was 19, I dinner.
and young adults of a paradoxical position and might have found Dharavi The Walled City has its
What we are trying to if you see there were shocking. But thats not what own rules. Lanes devoted to Wah!Ustad: At Anmol Chicken Corner in Delhi.
prove here is that its not television programmes made I would write about. vegetarian food open up at *
about the content; its about on young black drug dealers. Most of my favourite dawn. Thats when you get
the method of delivery. The Black intellectual philosophies are Indian breakfast fare of crisp ka- untold delights. ustad at the counter grills the
version of education they contribution was never philosophies. Theres the choris and runny potato But Anmol is different. It chicken on a skewer over a
have is one of boredom. And talked of because the image whole thing about curries, or juicy jalebis and sells butter chicken, which is coal fire. Once done, the
I feel that if you can find of the black drug dealer intelligence, spirituality, yoga thickened, creamy milk. In not to be confused with the pieces are put in a bowl. A
interesting, engaging ways to would be very sexy, and multiple cultures that the other parts of the Old City, butter chicken tandoori masala is sprinkled over it a
tackle material, therell be a seductive and clichd in the Indian subcontinent has the food stalls come to life in chicken in a tomato-and- mix of chillies, dried mango
positive outcome of the same country where I grew up. produced. They have a big the evenings. Thats when cream based sauce that powder and chaat masala
education. On his experiences in influence on me. the grills come out, along Delhi is known for. Anmols and a spoonful of chutney. In
On the issues that spur India On his interesting name, with the skewers and marin- butter chicken is just what a pan, a slab of butter is
his lyrics India is an interesting which seems inspired by ated meat. the two words imply heated and once it melts into
Politics, race, class, territory. I came here in 2012 Buddhist term for In this street called Urdu chicken in butter. a golden liquid, it is poured
legacies of the British twice. Theres a respectable immovable. Bazaar, there is a small over the chicken. The pot is
Empire, thats one of the audience that knows the No, I dont follow any counter at the end of a lane. Relatively new given a good shake, and An-
reasons I exist. Trying to material. I feel that the hip- given particular Thats where you find An- In Old Delhi, where some mols butter chicken hot,
make sense of the world via hop scene is kind of virgin, philosophical thought. I just mol Chicken Corner, where eateries are over a 100 years spicy, buttery and juicy is
my own experiences and my new here. I made a like the name. In Sanskrit, it the grilled chicken is so old, Anmol is relatively new ready. It is served with sliced
own learning is the basis of documentary here as well in means eternal and in good and so deliciously they have been at the spot onions and some green chut-
my music. collaboration withPiyush Filipino it means I thought, sinful that you dont forget for the last 20 years or so. ney prepared with chopped
On declaring black Mishra. The UK music is in one of the aboriginal it once you have had a taste Every day, some 100 kilos of coriander leaves and chillies.
intellectual culture being received here in a very languages it means parrot of it. chicken are grilled and The butter softens the
not getting different way than it was and kala of course in Hindi served. It has become quite a meat, seeping into it and giv-
acknowledged when I was much younger. means black. Sometimes, a Untold delights rage in the city, popular both ing it its own distinct flavour
I think its becoming On inspirations drawn name chooses you! Around the lanes of Jama with local residents and dis- and aroma. Eaten there and
easier; the landscape On his current projects Masjid, you can see spot eat- tant tourists and food walk- then, hot off the grill, An-
is changing, we force
the conversation to a <
> Black intellectual
contribution was
I am about to release
probably next month a
eries with little hillocks of
marinated chicken pieces or
If you are there any even-
mols butter chicken is
certain point and never talked of soundtrack, a few things for whole chicken hanging from ing, you will find at the Long after the last morsel
after that we have because the image children in the summer, iron rods. They are cooked counter a mound of marin- has been eaten, the taste
platforms with the some TV programmes. in different ways grilled in ated pieces of chicken, bone- stays within you. And the
of the black drug
internet so we can (Akala will perform at 9 a tandoor or on a rack over less or with bone, in a huge aroma haunts you like a fra-
ignore dealer would be p.m. on April 1 at an open fire or simply fried. wide-bottomed vessel grant ittar.
mainstream media very sexy, seductive BandStand, Aurobindo For many die-hard chicken known as a paraat. Next to is
if we need to. The and clichd ... Market, New Delhi) lovers, these lanes promise a large slab of butter. The The writer is a seasoned food critic


Girl interrupted A multi-layered morality play

Very little separates right from wrong, the victim from the criminal in the ilm
Naam Shabana might be about a woman spy ighting her way past many Namrata Joshi
villains but the ilm rests on and relects a male world-view The Salesman
Namrata Joshi A key element in Asghar Far- (Iran, Farsi with English
Naam Shabana hadis The Salesman re- sub-titles)
Naam Shabana a spin-off of Director: Shivam Nair minded me of Rajinder Singh Director: Asghar Farhadi
sorts of the 2015 spy thriller, Starring: Taapsee Pannu, Bedis 1970 Hindi film, Dastak Starring: Shahab Hosseini,
Baby is like two distinct Akshay Kumar, Manoj (The Knock) about a newly- Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak
films held together at the in- Bajpai, Anupam Kher, wed lower middle couple Karimi, Farid Sajadhosseini,
terval. The first half takes us Prithviraj (Sanjeev Kumar and Rehana Mina Sadati
back to the traumatic life of Run time: 148 minutes Sultan) unwittingly renting a Run time: 123 minutes
one of the agents Shabana flat in a red light district, pre-
Khan (Taapsee Punnu) and viously occupied by a nautch
her initiation into the Indian but at the heart of things rests girl, and unable to bear with empathy. But will it stem the
undercover counter-intelli- a very male, big boy world- the persistent knocks on the collapse in their world, will
gence unit. The second half is view. door by her mistaken pat- the intimacy survive the up-
about her first, crucial mis- There are locker room rons. As they battle with the heaval? Ever so subtly Far-
sion to nab a global arms jokes about a drunk boy- cherished notions of virtue, The drama within: Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti in a hadi shows that Emad and
kingpin (what an inexcusable Of target: It feels like a long-drawn afair in which Taapsee friend being a liability and a honour, decency and respect scene from The Salesman. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
* Rana are as much victims of
waste of Prithviraj) which Pannu does her routine mechanically. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
* drunk girlfriend an asset, as against insolent sexuality, patriarchal expectations and
eventually turns out to be ut- about women being precon- Bedi questions the very edi- fine day an intruder assaults enough the difference societal role playing as they
terly childish and laughable, crying, Pannu flits from a prevent the film from being figured as spies. Theres fice of morality on which our Rana. Who is the culprit? between right and wrong, the are of an unknown assailant.
fashioned like a B grade Hol- blank face to an earnest glare, dull and dreary. something superior about society is built. How artificial Much as we wonder about it, criminal and the victim be- The Salesman is a morality
lywood thriller. from a glance of impassive Theres also some strange how fellow agent Ajay (Ak- is the line that is drawn to sep- we soon realise that its not gins to get obfuscated. play of sorts, a characteristic-
So you start off with a wo- concentration to total politics playing on the side- shay Kumar) sends Shabana arate propriety from prof- important. What the act does ally complex, many-layered
man wronged. Shabana bewilderment. lines. A conversation on off to investigate a woman ligacy and how, at times, it to the relationship is of con- Interesting counterpoint filmabout individuals grap-
comes with the baggage of an Shabanas religion (Islam) hostage asking rhetorically can get inescapable to keel sequencehow it tears the There is the backdrop of re- pling with themselves and
alcoholic, abusive father and Familiar contrivances still has me scratching my and haughtily: Main aapko over to the other side. couple asunder. Rana tries hearsals for a performance of their moral dilemmas, about
a dark past spent in a juvenile In the name of slickness there head in confusion. The zabardasti karte hue achcha Its a similar moral web desperately to recover from Arthur Millers play Death of a a marriage in a state of rene-
remand home. A spell of hap- are countless slow motion se- agencys head recruiter and lagta hoon (Would I look that Farhadi weaves in The the trauma, wants to move on Salesman that serves as an in- gotiation and a family in the
piness and love is cruelly cut quences and bird's-eye view planner Manoj Bajpayee tells good forcing my way)? Her Salesman. But in his telling he even as she fights her worst teresting counterpoint to the throes of crisis. Its this state
short post which is when she shots of the cities be it Vi- Shabana that her religion is a testing and training by Ba- keeps the touch of a thriller fears but Emad is consumed familial situation. Emad gets of human flux that makes it
begins wreaking vengeance enna, Mumbai or Kuala Lum- perk, that in contemporary jpayee seems just as patron- within the overall frame of by vengeance and goes on an as unstable as the role he is universal. Despite the spe-
like a zakhmi aurat. pur. There are the familiar times being a Muslim gives ising as the hand-holding in family and domesticity seen investigation of his own to playing, that of Willy Loman. cificity of modern-day Iran,
The film feels like an infin- contrivances of the thrillers better access, opens many the moments of crises (there in his previous filmsA Separ- track down the stranger. In an If Loman is brought down by The Salesman can transpire
itely long drawn and highly of yore hidden dens, closed doors. How? The in- are quite a few) by Kumar. ation and The Past. There is a ethical battleground of a fi- success, rather the lack of it, anywhere, any time. After all
predictable affair in which unidentifiable moles and sur- credulous look refuses to The hero has to take charge lingering sense of suspense. A nale Farhadi turns things in the case of Emad its to do dysfunctional families,
Pannu does her routine veillance systems that have leave my face. Did I miscon- eventually. No wonder then, coupleEmad and Rana grippingly topsy turvy. As he with failure of another kind messy relationships and mar-
mechanically with a no a dated feel. And yes there strue something here? the shot of Kumar holding (Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh pitches family against family, his male pride and ego hurt riages on the verge of break-
make-up look, some brusque are the mandatory fights and The film might appear rad- Pannus hand, dragging her Alidoosti)moves into a flat revenge against forgiveness, by the violation of his wo- down cant be confined
talk and several mixed mar- chases, violence and blood- ical enough to show a woman away to safety, made me whose previous tenant was fear against peace and com- man. Like Linda, the role she either by national boundaries
tial arts moves. Apart from shed. But nothing manages to fight her way past the men cringe. allegedly a prostitute. One posure we find that soon is playing, Rana is the voice of or time zones.

Scaling impossible heights with grace Poorna

Rahul Bose
Aditi Inamdar, S.
Mariya, Rahul Bose,
A steady strain of hope, warmth and goodness prevents Poorna from becoming downbeat Dhritiman Chatterjee, Heeba
Shah, Arif Zakaria
Run time: 105 minutes
Namrata Joshi in the girls plight. icism. There is a determined its sheer simplicity, restraint bureaucrat Dr R. S. Praveen
Inspired from the life of heroine at the centre, the fa- and an overpowering vibe of Kumar (Rahul Bose), the man
Theres a scene in Poorna Poorna Malavath, from a miliar and obvious under- empathy. who shapes her life. The IPS servant gets more surefooted
where a group of young, un- hard-up tribal family in dog winning the day with Much of it stems from the officer, who opts to work in with the inescapable chaos
derprivileged girls is playing Telengana, who became the sheer grit and determina- lead roles and performances. social welfare department, of a young mountaineers
a game of who is the poorest youngest girl to scale Mount tion blueprint of sports There are no false notes shares a deep affection with journey.
of us all. The protagonist, Everest, Poorna is not down- films (didnt we see Phiona in here. And its not to do with Poorna despite a cordial, re- Despite the low budget
Poorna wins the day by stat- beat as most narratives of Queen of Katwe just a few Aditi Inamdars sincere and spectful distance. Whats Poorna does a fair, if not ex-
ing that she is so impover- poverty are wont to. Theres months back), the righteous persuasive turn as Poorna most heartening is the un- traordinary, job of bringing
ished that even her name fea- a steady strain of hope, tagline Ladkiyan kuchh alone. Theres also the irres- prompted egalitarianism un- mountaineering on to the big
tures the word poor. Its a warmth and goodness. bhi kar sakti hain (Girls can istible S.Mariya as her feisty derlining it. He might be the screen. But then the film is
situation which could have do anything) and all confidante and cousin Priya. guiding light but the choice equally, if not more, about
played out utterly sordid but Vibe of empathy round earnestness and con- Their camaraderie and deep to her future lies entirely Tall tales: The ilm is inspired by the life of mountaineer Poorna neglected towns like Pakala
filmmaker Rahul Bose turns Even in the face of the most trivances aplenty. All of them bonding is so real and cred- with Poorna. The decision Malavath. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
* and Bhongir. And scaling im-
it around with some ready ugly problems and injustices could have easily detracted ible that you cant help not is yours, no one elses, he possible heights is ultimately
wit and humour, which, iron- of life Poorna gets the sup- but the film has a genuine, feel for them. tells her. venture from first being in- in Dev Benegals English, Au- a metaphor about becom-
ically, makes things even port of many good souls. Far gentle, heartfelt core that Theres something equally Its good to note, Bose troduced to him as an actor gust (1994) based on the ing the vital road that can
more aching and leaves the too many good ones actually keeps the audience emotion- compelling in Poornas rela- coming a full circle of sorts the young, urbane bureau- Upamanyu Chatterjee novel. link these forsaken boon-
audience feeling implicated to stretch this writers cyn- ally invested. It is elevated by tionship with the empathetic with his second directorial crat lost in small town India In Poorna that idealistic civil docks with civilisation.
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