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2 RBI officials arrested
for illegal exchange
Vardah fallout: Its going to be a searing summer for Chennai
City authorities Stunned? So are the city primarily on clearing the veloped primarily because spect and reverence. Huge
NEW DELHI: The crackdown on authorities. green waste in most of the of the greenery in areas in- trees are mutilated. The
the illegal exchange of scramble to cope Urban local bodies and 33,000 roads and 560 parks, a cluding the Theosophical damage cannot be repaired
demonetised notes intensified with the widespread town planning agencies in task that it hopes to com- Society and the IIT campus. in another 50 years.
on Saturday with the arrest of loss of green cover the Chennai Metropolitan plete by Monday. There are 220 diferent kinds
two more RBI officials. The CBI Area are scrambling to pre- of trees on the 250-acre cam- Water supply hit
arrested Sadananda Naika and ALOYSIUS XAVIER LOPEZ vent civic issues associated pus. Hundreds of trees have The uprooted trees have
A.K. Kavin of the RBIs Bengaluru K. MANIKANDAN
with such a drastic reduction been uprooted, said S. Hari- damaged our water supply
office for the alleged illegal of foliage. A number of trees in hara Raghavan, General from 28 wells, said Mr.
exchange of Rs. 1.99 crore. CHENNAI: Winds that came thickly forested areas within Manager of the Theosoph- Raghavan, explaining that
NEWS | PAGE 13 with Cyclone Vardah, howl- Clearing green waste the city limits such as the in- ical Society headquarters. the system of pipes that con-
China seeks to defuse ing through the city at Even as residents associ- ternational headquarters of Pointing to the lack of nat- nected the wells would have
speeds of 120 kilometres an ations, research institutions the Theosophical Society in ive wisdom in preserving to be repaired. The Guindy
tensions with U.S. hour, pulled down nearly a and NGOs are initiating Adyar and the Guindy Na- trees in the city, Mr. National Park presents an-
BEIJING: China sought to de- fourth of Chennais green measures to cope with the tional Park and on the IIT Raghavan said, We want to other grim picture.
escalate tensions arising from cover. That amounts to a challenge, the Greater Chen- campus were uprooted. preserve nature. When we An uprooted tree on the Theosophical Society campus, one of
its seizure of an underwater whopping one lakh trees. nai Corporation is focussing South Chennai de- plant a tree, we plant with re- CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 the best maintained green spaces in Chennai. PHOTO: SHAJU JOHN
drone of the United States,
which has called for its speedy

Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat

return. China said the military
channels of both countries were
activated to appropriately
Sole survivor
handle the issue.

is next Army Chief

Rahul meets ailing
Karunanidhi in hospital
CHENNAI: Congress vice-
president Rahul Gandhi on
Saturday met ailing DMK
president M. Karunanidhi at Two senior-most pectations that Lt. Gen. S.K.
Kauvery Hospital here and Sinha would take over. Lt.
enquired about his health. Mr officers Gen. Sinha, then Vice-Chief,
chose to resign in June 1983
Karunanidhi was admitted to
the private hospital on Thursday
superseded in though he was due to retire
night following complaints of surprise decision in early 1984.
difficulty in breathing. With the appointment of
DINAKAR PERI Lt. Gen. Rawat, two senior-
NEWS | PAGE 12 most oicers have been su-
Packaged foods may NEW DELHI: In a surprise move, perseded, which is unpre-
the government on Saturday cedented in the military. Lt.
carry salt, sugar details announced that Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat. FILE PHOTO: Gen. P.M. Hariz, Southern
NEW DELHI: Food and beverage Bipin Rawat will be the next SUSHANTA PATRONOBISH Army Commander, is second
companies may have to disclose Chief of Army Staf. in seniority after Lt. Gen.
additional information on the The appointment goes Ministry spokesperson said. Bakshi. With the unpreced-
sugar, salt and sodium content against the long-held tradi- Army Chief General Dal- ented delay in the announce-
of packaged products, said an tion of appointing the bir Singh and Air Force head ments of appointments to
official of apex food regulator. senior-most eligible oicer Air Chief Marshal Arup the top posts, military circles
NATION | PAGE 9 to the post. By this criterion, Raha will both retire on have been rife with specula-
SUNDAY MAGAZINE Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi, December 31. tion of a change in the line of
6 Pages General Oicer Command- succession. It is customary
ing-in-Chief Eastern Com- 1983 precedent to announce the names two
CLASSIFIEDS SAFE AND SOUND: A caregiver calms Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, at the
mand, should have been ap- Lt. Gen. Bakshi is widely to three months in advance.
Pages 6 & 7 Ol Pejeta conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya, which is home to the last three of its kind. PHOTO: AFP
pointed. Air Marshal B.S. respected as a highly com- Lt. Gen. Rawat is currently
Dhanoa, now the Vice-Chief petent and professional of- the Vice-Chief of the Army.
of the Indian Air Force (IAF), ficer. The last time the He was commissioned in the

Three soldiers killed, two Forget ID cards, use has been appointed the next
Air Chief.
The next Army Chief will
senior-most eligible oicer
was not appointed was in
1983 when Prime Minister
Fifth Battalion of the Eleven
Gorkha Rifles in December

injured in Pampore attack Aadhaar number to fly be Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat with
efect from the afternoon of
December 31, a Defence
Indira Gandhi chose to ap-
point Lt. Gen. A.S. Vaidya as
the Chief, contrary to ex-
SOMESH JHA entry gates. The authorities
PEERZADA ASHIQ Three militants are be- now plan to implement the

SRINAGAR: Three soldiers were

killed and two injured in
lieved to have used a bike in
the attack. One AK-47 rifle
magazine has been re-
BAMBOLIM (GOA): You may soon
not have to worry about car-
rying physical identity docu-
exercise at all entry gates.
However, the move will
not be mandatory and pas-
Italys top court orders retrial in
south Kashmirs Pulwama on
Saturday when militants
fired indiscriminately at an
covered from the encounter
site, said the police.
ments at metro airports as a
plan for biometric authentic-
ation of flyers is all set to take
sengers without Aadhaar
numbers can proceed after
showing physical identity
AgustaWestland bribery case
Army convoy enroute to Random frisking of. documents at the airport SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT charges. Last week, former tion and falsifying invoices.
Srinagar from Jammu. Security forces have After the successful pilot entry gate. IAF chief S.P. Tyagi was ar- Mr. Orsi was sentenced to
An Army spokesman said stepped up random frisking run for Aadhaar-based air- After successfully com- NEW DELHI: In a decision that rested on the charge that he four-and-a-half years in
the convoy came under at- of vehicles on the strategic port entry authentication for pleting the POC [proof of will possibly have serious received kickbacks for alter- prison, while Mr. Spagnolini
tack between 2 p.m. and 3 300-km Srinagar-Jammu passengers at the Hyderabad concept] at the Hyderabad implications for the ongoing ing the technical specifica- received a four-year term.
p.m. near the Kadlibal area in highway, which has become airport, the Mumbai and airport, we have formally probe by the Central Bureau tions of the bid to favour According to Reuters, the
Pampore town on the Srin- highly vulnerable this year. Bengaluru airports are plan- asked UIDAI [Unique Iden- of Investigation (CBI) into AgustaWestland, a subsidi- top court took the decision
agar-Jammu highway. On November 29, heavily ning to take up similar pilot tification Authority of India] the VVIP chopper scandal, ary of Finmeccanica. for retrial last Friday after
The exchange of fire las- A soldier takes position armed militants stormed an projects. to recognise us as authorised Italys top court has ordered the case went to the highest
ted around 10 minutes and before entering a building army camp in Nagrota, user agency, S.G.K. Kishore, the retrial of two top execut- Sentenced in April court after the two execut-
the area was sealed by the in Pampore on Saturday. which left seven soldiers Hyderabad pilot project CEO, GMR Hyderabad Inter- ives of defence group Fin- Two top executives ives launched an appeal.
soldiers immediately. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT dead, on the same highway. The Rajiv Gandhi Interna- national Airport Ltd. meccanica in the bribery former Finmeccanica CEO Both will now have to be
This year, militants car- tional Airport at Hyderabad (GHIAL), told The Hindu on case. Giuseppe Orsi and former tried again in front of Milans
Search operation The militants took the ad- ried out seven major attacks started a pilot project last the sidelines of the India Avi- This comes at a time of AgustaWestland chief Bruno appeals court, it said.
A house-to-house search vantage of the presence of on the Srinagar-Jammu high- year allowing passengers to ation ICT Forum 2016 here. dramatic developments in Spagnolini were sen-
operation, however, failed to the civilian population to es- way, mainly in south Kash- enter their Aadhaar number India, with the government tenced in April by a Milan S.P. TYAGI REMANDED IN
track the militants. cape, said a police oicial. mir. at kiosks set up at one of the CONTINUED | PAGE 12 and the Opposition trading appeals court for corrup- JUDICIAL CUSTODY | PAGE 5

A good samaritan who also delivers letters Stephens students were toppers 15-year-old girl
DEEKSHA TERI gang-raped in
D. Sivan treks around 15 km every day through difficult hilly terrain in The Nilgiris
NEW DELHI: From topping the east Delhi
ROHAN PREMKUMAR Mr. Sivan had even class to volunteering for a
delivered mail to residents good cause, the three St. STAFF REPORTER
UDHAGAMANDALAM (TN): This who had moved to Stephens College students
postman has been chased Mettupalayam and who drowned in Kerala on NEW DELHI: Hours after a 20-
by wild elephants. He also Coonoor. He recalled how Friday were remembered as year-old woman was al-
comes across sloth bears, a man to whom he was to being well-liked all-rounders legedly raped by a car driver
gaurs and snakes as he deliver pension had shifted by friends and faculty on in south Delhi on the eve of
crosses slippery forest to Coimbatore and fallen Saturday. the Nirbhaya gang-rape an-
streams and waterfalls seriously ill, and was badly Aditya Patel, Anubhav niversary, Delhi witnessed
nimbly to deliver mail to in need of money. So Mr. Chandra and Kenneth Jose another incident that
remote settlements in the Sivan tracked the drowned in Periyar River in A deserted St. Stephen's College on Saturday. proved that the city contin-
forests near Singara and pensioner down to the Keralas Ernakulam district - PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA ues to remain unsafe for
Marapallam. hospital he had been on Friday evening. They women.
He mostly walks along KEEP WALKING: D. Sivan walks on the NMR track near admitted to and went there, were on a trip that started on ment, he said in a statement. Devastated by the news of In this case, a 15-year-old
the Nilgiri Mountain Marapallam on way to deliver letters. PHOTO: M. SATHYAMOORTHY paying for the trip out of December 13 with several According to friends, their death, Mr. Jha said that girl was allegedly drugged
Railway track, trekking his own pocket, and other students of the college. Anubhav and Aditya were he had been in touch with the and gang-raped by her land-
from the Hillgrove Post he said he crossed plenty of either Coonoor or delivered the pension. On Saturday, the college popular students. Aditya was two and had even had a con- lord and his two tenants in
Oice near Coonoor, tunnels too during his Mettupalayam. On an We always ofer him tea, held a condolence meeting a class topper and was being versation with them on Fri- east Delhis New Ashok
treading railway bridges, 15-km daily journeys. After average, he said, he but he declines and ofers for the three, Principal Prof. considered for a scholarship. day afternoon. Apart from Nagar on Thursday.
the land falling years of experience he delivered three letters a to buy us some instead, John Varghese said. Aditya He was also a budding poet activities in college, The victim is a native of
precipitously below, knew where animals week to each of the said Sagathevan. and Anubhav were final-year and was an active member of Anubhav was also associated Bihar, and lived there with
carrying mail or pension to congregated and is extra settlements near Buriliyar Mr. Sivan said he was students, while Kenneth had the Hindi Sahitya Sabha of with the NGO BloodCon- her parents until a month
plantation workers who cautious on those and Marappalam. Three only doing his job, for just joined the college this the college. The two, who nect, which he joined in ago when she arrived in the
live near forests on the stretches. years ago, he used to which he got paid Rs. year, said Prof. Varghese. were close friends, were also April 2015. Capital to take care of her
Singara Estate, near Mr. Sivan said the deliver many more 10-15 12,000 a month. I have St. Stephens College is part of the Shakespeare He was appointed as the aunt and uncle who had re-
Buriliyar, and Marapallam number of letters he a week per settlement. three years left for deeply saddened by the de- Sabha of the college. manager of the North Delhi cently met with an accident.
in the midst of disused tea delivered over the last six S. Sagathevan, a resident retirement. I enjoy serving mise of three of its students I was very close to both of division of the NGO. The couple had moved
and pepper estates. years had come down, with of Badugan Thottam at the people, and I will do who were on a trip to Ker- them. The whole college not (The writer is an intern into this house a few weeks
When this reporter many people in the Coonoor, which is that till I retire, he said, ala...The entire college com- only knew them, but loved with The Hindu) ago.
caught up with D. Sivan, 62, settlements moving to inaccessible by road, said resuming his trek. munity joins the bereaved them, said Divyanshu Jha, a
families in this tragic mo- second-year student. MORE REPORTS | PAGE 2 DETAILS ON | PAGE 3


CM wants panel to probe funding of parties DCW seeks Sushmas help

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday The DCW has sought External Affairs Minister Sushma DELHI Calling all readers to connect with us for all things Delhi at

twitter - @DelhiConnect
demanded setting up of a commission to probe source of Swarajs help in bringing back the mortal remains of a man
funding of political parties Page 4 from Delhi who died in Japan recently Page 5 CONNECT


Bodies to be flown back today
Victims posted updates hours before death STAFF REPORTER

KOCHI: The bodies of two of

is scheduled to take place on
Sunday. His post-mortem
was carried out at the Per-
in the group left for their
homes on Saturday while the
remaining members of the
Classmates at St. Stephens College say photos documenting the trip serve as cruel reminder the St. Stephens students
Anubhav Chandra from Bi-
umbavoor Taluk Hopsital.
The funeral of Benny Ab-
group plan to attend Ken-
neths funeral before leaving.
har and Aditya Patel from Ut- raham, the home-stay owner To arrange the safe return
DEEKSHA TERI poet who was brilliant at They were posting tar Pradesh who drowned and father of one of the of the remaining students, a
academics, he said. in Periyar on December 17 group members, who died team of faculty members
NEW DELHI: Their social media As soon as the news pictures on Instagram along with two others, will while rescuing the students, from the college has reached
accounts were buzzing with broke, the Facebook walls of of a church and a be flown back to their re- will be held on Monday. the city. Nikhil J. Varghese,
updates on their Kerala trip the three students were spective hometowns on president of the students
till hours before they filled with condolences
waterfall they visited Sunday. The incident union at St. Stephens, was
drowned in the Periyar, from their college mates. during the trip According to the police, Kenneth, Anubhav and also present at the hospital.
friends of Aditya Patel, While people remembered the bodies of these youths Aditya were part of a 13-
Anubhav Chandra and Ken- Kennet as the first-year but he was unable to go. were sent for post-mortem at member team, including 11 Dangerous spot
neth Jose said on Saturday. chemistry student who was Adityas friends were the Ernakulam General Hos- students from St Stephens The riverside tourist des-
Friends of the three St. full of energy, Aditya and planning his birthday next pital on Saturday morning. College, New Delhi, who tination of Paniyeli Poru, loc-
Stephens College students Anubhav were remembered week, as he and Anubhav Preliminary examination were in Kerala for a seven- ated on the outskirts of
said they are struggling to for the strong bond they were expected to return to confirmed drowning as the day tour. Ernakulam district near Per-
come to grips with the shared. Delhi on December 23. cause of death. The students were staying umbavoor, has left several
tragedy, with photos docu- TRAGIC: St Stephen's College held a condolence meet for the Aditya used to plan for There were no injuries or at a cottage owned by Mr. tourists vulnerable.
menting the trip on social three students on Saturday. PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA Updates everyones birthday, but we signs of concussion on the Abraham near Irumalakka- During the past two dec-
media serving as cruel re- Divyanshu Jha, a second- were never able to do any- bodies, suggesting that they davu and the accident took ades, 93 people have lost
minders. recalled Sameer Sagar, a special treat for Aditya, who year student, added that thing for him as his birthday did not hit any rocks after place on Friday evening their lives in the dangerous
They were posting pic- friend of Aditya and would have turned 21 on Aditya and Anubhav had would always be during the drowning, hospital sources when one of them slipped spots in the region where the
tures on Instagram of a Anubhav. December 24. been sending him pictures vacations. This year, we said. after venturing into the wa- Periyar flows through a
church and the waterfall We were a group, or a and telling him about the were hoping to be able to ter body and was carried rocky terrain. In most cases,
they visited. I was making Upcoming birthday squad. Anubhav was con- activities during the trip till make the day memorable for Funeral away by the current, deaths happened when the
fun of them and telling them In fact, they had decided sidered an extrovert who 12 noon on Friday. him, said Sameer. Meanwhile, the funeral of whereupon the others tried victims crash into rocks after
to enjoy the trip, instead of to cut short their winter va- never said no to any oppor- The two had been asking (The writer is an intern the third student Kenneth to save him. losing their grip on slippery
posting all these pictures, cation to be able to plan a tunity and Aditya was the him to join them in Kerala, with The Hindu) Jose, a native of Wayanad Meanwhile, four students rocks.

Pet Fed 2016 kicks of with world record in sight Chilly day

NEW DELHI: Playful canines

posed for photos, at a dog cafe
for Delhiites
and donned decorative NEW DELHI: It was a chilly the oicial said.
headgear with their pet par- day in the Capital on According to a
ents in tow at the inaugural Saturday with shallow Railways spokesperson,
day of Pet Fed 2016 at the foggy conditions in the 55 trains were delayed
NSIC exhibition grounds morning delaying 55 while 29 others were
here on Saturday. trains, while 29 others rescheduled.
An annual, two-day pet were rescheduled.
festival, the event is aiming to The minimum IGIA not hit
set a Guinness World Record temperature settled at 8.2 Flight operations at
for the most number of dogs degrees Celsius, normal Indira Gandhi
wearing bandanas in one for this time of the year, International Airport
place at the same time on while the maximum were normal, airport
Sunday afternoon. temperature was pegged oicials said.
From a special art gallery CANINE LOVE: Dogs at the Pet Fed 2016, a special festival for dogs, at the NSIC grounds on Saturday. PHOTOS: R.V MOORTHY at 21.6 degrees, a notch Authorities have
for dogs to customised canine below the seasons predicted mainly clear
accessory stalls to photo- bowls across the venue for the music, dance, art, fashion. I Guinness World Record, he Strongest Dog contest, flufy Adidog hoodies, suave average, a MeT skies for Sunday with
shoot for pooches, the fest tired pooches. Dogs also had feel the love for animals also said, Every year we try to de- Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos and bandanas and the like. Department oicial said. mist to shallow fog in the
had a plethora of activities for exclusive gaming zones and deserves to be celebrated. liver something unique... Chihuahuas wooed the audi- My dog loves to socialise... morning.
the furry creatures to indulge grooming booths. From our start at Dilli Haat what better than attempting a ence for the Cutest Dog he stands on his hind legs and Visibility Maximum and
in. On the one hand, three years ago to this day, we world record to commemor- award. Numerous dogs also tries to hug every dog he The visibility was minimum temperatures
Puppychino (Delhis first dog Expanded event have expanded in leaps and ate the event. made their owners proud by meets, said Poorva, a resid- recorded at 1,500 metres are expected to settle
caf) served sumptuous Akshay Gupta, the founder bounds. We saw about 250- carrying out their commands ent of Rohini attending the at Safdarjung at 5.30 a.m. around 22 and 8 degrees
treats like Woofsome Cup- of Pet Fed, spoke on the 300 dogs in the first edition Competitions during the Most Obedient fest with Pogo, her 2-year-old It dropped significantly Celsius, respectively,
cakes and Slurpy Pupsicles events conceptualisation, whereas this year were ex- The dogs competed for Pet challenge. Many canines Lhasa apso. to 400 metres at 8.30 a.m the weatherman said.
while Heads Up for Tails (an There is an event for every pecting nearly 4,000 dogs. various titles. While Great even walked the ramp sport- (The writer is an intern but improved to 1,500 On Friday, the
online pet store) set up water liking of a human being, be it When asked about the Danes dominated the ing their customised t-shirts, with The Hindu) metres at 11.30 a.m. minimum and maximum
At Palam, visibility was temperatures were
500 metres at 8.30 a.m recorded at 7.9 degrees
and improved to beyond Celsius and 24.4 degrees
1,500 metres at 11.30 a.m, Celsius respectively. PTI

KEEPING COMFY: People warm themselves near a bonfire in


Metro services to be hit

STAFF REPORTER Metro Rail Corporation, the
frequency of trains will be af-
NEW DELHI: Metro services will fected from Mandi House to
be operational only on a ITO, Mandi House to Central
single line for about four Secretariat, Central Secret-
hours between Badarpur and ariat to Sarita Vihar, Sarita
Sarita Vihar due to mainten- Vihar to Badarpur Border
ance work on Sunday. and from Sarita Vihar to Es-
corts Mujesar between 12
Less frequent trains p.m. and 4 p.m.
According to the Delhi With PTI inputs

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CISF man held for

Minor gangraped on Nirbhaya anniversary eve misuse of MHA label
15-year-old girl drugged, gangraped by landlord, two tenants in New Ashok Nagar; accused nabbed within hours SHIV SUNNY
NEW DELHI: Continuing their
NEW DELHI: Hours after a 20- CCTVs in investigation into the alleged
year-old woman was al- rape of a 20-year-old woman
legedly raped by a car driver sensitive in a car in Moti Bagh on
in south Delhi on the eve of Thursday, the Delhi Police
the Nirbhaya gang-rape an-
niversary, Delhi witnessed
areas on Saturday arrested a CISF
head constable in whose
another incident that proved STAFF REPORTER sons vehicle the crime took
that the city continues to re- place. The sticker was found
main unsafe for women. NEW DELHI: A crime- The head constable, pasted on the car in which
In this case, a 15-year-old mapping survey Omkar Singh, has been ac- the woman was allegedly
girl was allegedly drugged conducted by the cused of misusing a parking raped. FILE PHOTO
and gangraped by her land- Delhi Police has label issued by the Union
lord and his two tenants in identified sensitive Ministry of Agriculture. Until then, Avneesh had
east Delhis New Ashok areas under 44 police Singh is currently posted in been driving a school van,
Nagar on Thursday. stations in terms of Delhi on general duty. leading the police to probe
The victim is a native of crime against women. The sticker, which also whether he had sexually ab-
Bihar, and lived there with CCTV cameras have carried Ministry of Home used any of the children he
her parents until a month been installed in these Afairs in bold letters, was ferried to school.
ago when she arrived in the areas. found pasted on the Maruti Avneesh was driving the
Capital to take care of her SX4 car in which the woman car on Prithviraj Road on
aunt and uncle who had re- Aftermath was allegedly raped by the Wednesday night when he
cently met with an accident. Talking about the 28-year-old driver. came across the victim. He
The couple had moved into measures taken after The sticker, which had ex- ofered to drop the woman to
this house a few weeks ago. the December 2012 pired in 2014, was issued to her home in Greater Noida,
According to the police, gang-rape, DCP Singh for use on a govern- but allegedly drove her
the girl was working in the (South) Ishwar Singh ment vehicle. He, however, around on Delhi roads for the
kitchen around midnight, said that cases of had pasted it on the second- next four hours.
when their house owner, molestation and hand car purchased by his The DCP alleged that he
Prashant, allegedly walked outraging the modesty son a few months earlier. finally stopped the car at an
in through the main door of a woman in south isolated spot in a residential
that had been left open. district had come Complaint received colony in Moti Bagh, after
down by around 30 We received a complaint which he raped the woman.
Caught of guard per cent. Further, from an authorised oicer of She managed to escape when
The accused forcibly patrolling teams and the Ministry of Agriculture. Avneesh went to relieve him-
made the girl snif some- women oicials at The oicer alleged misuse of self. She was lucky to spot
thing which made her un- LURKING DANGER: Two incidents of sexual assault were reported on the night of December 15, four years after the Nirbhaya gang- every police station the parking label. We re- two policemen in the area,
conscious. She was then rape, proving that the city continues to remain unsafe for women. FILE PHOTO are available to deal gistered a case of criminal after which a hunt for the car
dragged into the room of the with complainants on breach of trust at the South and the driver was launched.
accused, said Omveer unconscious girl. The three The police said they when accused persons lived in the collected evidence from the a one-to-one basis, Campus police station on The car was found within
Singh, DCP (East). were also consuming alco- they reached the spot, they same building, said an room, which, the police said, DCP Singh said. Friday, said Manishi four hours, and the accused
Prashant was joined in by hol at the time of the alleged found the victim in a state of investigator. should help in nailing the Chandra, Additional DCP nabbed eight hours thereon.
his two tenants as they al- crime. shock. The police rounded up the accused. Surveillance in (South). While Singh has been
legedly took turns to rape the It was around 5 a.m. that She was taken for a med- men in the building, after south Delhi The matter was probed, booked, investigators said he
the girl regained conscious- ical examination, which in- which she identified the Past criminal record? Of the 44 police and Singh was arrested on was cooperative when ap-
ness. Finding the men sleep- dicated that she had been landowner as one of the men Investigators are probing stations identified as Saturday morning from his proached to reveal the iden-
ing, she walked back to her raped, said Mr. Singh. who had raped her. if the accused persons had sensitive, nine are in Kotla Mubarakpur resid- tity of the driver.
One accused forcibly room and informed her aunt Once she returned from The man was immediately targeted any more women south Delhi. These ence. He was produced at the
made the girl sniff about the incident. The po- the hospital, she was reques- nabbed. Upon interrogation, who lived in the building or include Hauz Khas, Patiala House courts, but Tracing the accused
lice were subsequently in- ted to help the police in he revealed the identities of in the colony. Mehrauli, Sarojini was released on a bail bond We asked him to call the
something which left formed. identifying the accused. the other two men. We have learnt that the Nagar, Safdarjung of Rs 25,000. driver. He did as directed,
her unconscious. The girls uncle and aunt They, too, were nabbed landowner frequently got Enclave, Fatehpur Singh and his son Mohit but the phone number of the
She was then were so shocked by the in- Headway subsequently. into quarrels with women in Beri, Vasant Kunj had hired the rape accused, accused was found switched
cident that they could only Since she is new to the The police then searched the neighbourhood. He has North, Vasant Kunj Avneesh, a few weeks ago. of. But we used Avneeshs
dragged into call for help saying some- city and mostly stayed in- the crime scene to recover come across as a man with a (South), Neb Sarai and Avneesh was to drive the car call detail records to identify
his room thing bad has happened, re- doors, she barely knew the some open bottles of alco- perverted mindset, said an Malviya Nagar. that was being put out on his friends, who led us to his
vealed an investigator. men. But she told us that the hol. A forensic team has also oicer. rent. hideout, an oicer said.

Murder accused held after 13 years on the run Body of DTC employee Bullets seized at
Metro station
STAFF REPORTER Vikaspuri. Her only daugh- They then robbed the found, murder suspected
ter was living abroad at the cash and jewellery from the NEW DELHI: A 29-year-old man
NEW DELHI: Almost 13 years time. house. Dharmender and Krishna Kumar had left home to irrigate his field was on Saturday held at a
after he allegedly robbed Raju had been hired by Arun were arrested soon, Metro station here for al-
and killed an elderly woman the victim for painting her whereas Raju and Vikas NEW DELHI: In a suspected case legedly carrying two live bul-
at her west Delhi home, law flat. The accused, in turn, managed to abscond. They of murder, the body of a Delhi A case under Section lets in his bag.
caught up with a civil had deputed three men, were subsequently declared Transport Corporation (DTC) 302 of the IPC has Oicials said the incident
contractor. Dharmender, Arun Kumar proclaimed ofenders. employee was found in been registered was reported from the Sura-
Raju, 33, was arrested and Vikas Yadav, for the Mr. Yadav said Raju re- Bawana here on Saturday. jmal Stadium station around
from west Delhis Dwarka work, said Ravindra Yadav, mained in hiding in Nepal, Krishna Kumar (58) was an against unknown 5 p.m., when CISF personnel
earlier this week. Joint CP (Crime), under Bihar and Punjab for the last assistant ticket inspector with persons, said police detected the live ammuni-
whose supervision Raju was 12 years before seeking a DTC. tion, of .315 bore calibre, in
One accused absconding arrested. hideout in Dwarkas Sector He had left home in Nangal the Indian Penal Code has the bag.
His two other accom- 16 A. He had also changed Thakran village around 8 p.m. been registered against un- They said the bullets were
plices have already been Plan hatched his name to Pramod Pandit on Friday to irrigate his field, a known persons, the oicer detected during the X-ray
convicted in the case. One of While the painting work to be able to live with his police oicer said. said. scanning of the bag.
them is serving a life sen- went on, the men hatched a family, the oicer added. His body was found in a pool
tence, while the other was conspiracy to rob the vic- On Monday, the crime of blood in the field later that Interrogation on No explanation
awarded two years in prison. tims house thinking it held branch nabbed him near a night. Locals and family members The man, Kuldip, is a res-
A jeweller who was ac- large amounts of cash and metro bridge in the area The body has been sent for a are being questioned to know ident of Timarpur here and
cused of buying the stolen WHEREABOUTS: Accused Raju remained in hiding in Nepal, Bihar jewellery. They tied the wo- based on a tip-of. Upon sus- post-mortem examination. whether Kumar had enmity has been handed over to the
items was acquitted. A and Punjab before moving to Dwarka. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT mans limbs and strangu- tained interrogation, he re- A case under Section 302 with anyone, which could have police by the CISF as he
fourth accused continues to lated her before removing vealed his identity to the po- (punishment for murder) of led to the murder. PTI could not produce any docu-
remain on the run. the early hours of January 26 old Indira Devi, lived alone all the jewellery worn by her, lice. He was subsequently ments for carrying the
The murder dates back to in 2004. The victim, 65-year- in a DDA flat in west Delhis said the police. arrested. rounds, they said.PTI

Cop booked Gun racket: 43 pistols seized, two arrested Talk: The Triumph of Trump: Implic-
ations for the US, the World and In-
Bhalerao classical vocal music,
Sachin Sharma tabla, and Zakir

for extortion STAFF REPORTER The Delhi Police

dia; speakers: Amb. Lalit Mansingh,
former Foreign Secretary and Indian
Ambassador to the US; Dr. Ramgopal
Dholpuri - harmonium, at Vasuki Aud-
itorium, Lok Kala Manch, 20, Lodhi
Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, 6 p.m.
Agarwala, Honorary Senior Fellow, Music: Let The Music Speak
STAFF REPORTER NEW DELHI: Three months recovered 460 NCAER, and formerly World Banks Concept by Shaheena Khan, featur-
chief economist in Beijing; Prof. K.P. ing vocalist Sumita Dutta; musical
after the Delhi Polices illegal firearms Vijayalakshmi, SIS, JNU; Dr. Manoj rendering and recital of poems of
NEW DELHI: A Delhi Police con- Special Cell seized 13
stable allegedly kidnapped a pistols from a gang
till September Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, ORF; Prof.
AchinVanaik, political scientist; Mod-
Mirza Ghalib, Rifat Sarosh, Faiz
Ahmad Faiz and Khalish Dehlawi, at
man and extorted Rs. 1 lakh running a gun racket, 43 this year erator: Amb.K. P. Fabian, former Am- Amaltas Hall, India Habitat Centre, 7
bassador; Chair: Suhas Borker, Editor, p.m.
in new notes from him by more pistols have been CFTV News and Convener, at Gulmo- Exhibition: Film festival on Sustain-
threatening to frame him for seized from two persons manufactured in three har Hall, India Habitat Centre (IHC), 7 ability, curated by Nitin Donde, at
carrying a large sum of who allegedly worked for Madhya Pradesh villages p.m. Experimental Art Gallery, IHC, 11 a.m.
money. the gang. bordering Maharashtra, 7 p.m.
Music: Sur Saugat, semi-classical Exhibition: Textured Conscience, a
The constable, Kapil, has The first arrest was said the police. vocal music recital: Avantika Sinha - show by Indian and Nepalese artists,
been booked for kidnapping made on Thursday, when These thinly- semi-classical vocal music, Deepak at All India Fine Arts & Craft Society
and extortion and arrested, the police received a populated villages are Kumar - tabla, Ghanshyam Sisodiya - (AIFACS), 1, Rafi Marg, 11 a.m. 7 p.m.
tip-of that one of the located in jungle areas. sarangi, Zakir Dholpuri - harmonium; (Mail your listings for this column at
said Ajit Kumar Singla, DCP classical vocal music: Sameer
(North-East). The incident men, Hari, would be They use certain
took place in north-east Del- going to central Delhis machines to manufacture
his Jyoti Nagar on Thursday, Shantivan. these pistols which are of
when Intezaar, a dairy busi- As many as 20 pistols NABBED: One of the accused (above) was nabbed from high quality and thus
nessman in U.P.s Loni, was were seized from him, the central Delhis Shantivan. PHOTO : R. V. MOORTHY diicult to diferentiate
passing through the area. police said. from imported pistols,
The constable allegedly two arrests. Pradesh. said the DCP.
had learnt that Intezaar was Breakthrough Rajput is allegedly a Hari would bring the
carrying Rs 2.6 lakh in new On sustained regular arms supplier, consignment from MP by Cause for concern
notes. interrogation, he and has been arrested by train by concealing the Meanwhile, the Special
He and his informer inter- purportedly revealed that the Madhya Pradesh pistols in secret cavities Cell claimed to have
cepted Intezaar and al- he had recently supplied Police in the past under of specially-designed seized 347 pistols and
legedly accused him of pro- 25 pistols to one the Arms Act. He has bags, said Mr. Yadav. nine country-made guns
curing the money through Yogender Singh Rajput in been in the business for already this year.
illegal means. Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. 10 years, said the DCP. Big business Before this seizure, the
Kapil then allegedly left A police team was sent Hari allegedly The pistols would be Delhi Police had
the man with the only option to Madhya Pradesh, and confessed to have bought by the two recovered 460 illegal
of parting with Rs. 1 lakh if he Rajput was arrested with supplied at least 200 suppliers at Rs. 15,000 firearms till September
wanted to avoid legal 23 pistols. Sanjeev Kumar pistols to small-time each and sold for this year.
troubles. Yadav, DCP (Special illegal weapon suppliers anywhere between Rs. This was 30 more than
The victim handed over Cell), said a three-month in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, 30,000 and Rs. 40,000. the seizures made in the
the cash, but approached the investigation led to the Haryana and Madhya The weapons are same period last year.
police the next day.
Published by N. Ram at Kasturi Buildings, 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai-600002 and Printed by S. Ramanujam at HT Media Ltd. Plot No. 8, Udyog Vihar, Greater Noida Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar, U.P. 201306, on behalf of KASTURI & SONS LTD., Chennai-600002. Editor: Mukund Padmanabhan (Responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act).



Tech talk

CM demands panel to probe

funding of political parties
Accuses Prime Minister of helping the biggest hoarders of black money
Will file PIL in SC
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday against Centres
demanded the constitution
of a commission to probe the decision: Kanhaiya
source of funding of political
parties. NEW DELHI: Former JNU Stu-
Speaking at a press confer- dents Union president Kan-
ence here, he also ques- haiya Kumar has criticised
tioned the BJP-led Central the Centres decision to ex-
governments decision to ex- empt political parties from
empt the parties from paying income tax on old notes de-
income tax while depositing posited by them in banks,
old Rs. 500 and Rs.1,000 saying that a Public Interest
notes. Linking this decision Litigation will be filed in this
to the meeting between regard in the Supreme Court.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and Congress vice- Online petition
president Rahul Gandhi on An online petition has
Friday, Mr. Kejriwal alleged been circulated for signa-
there was collusion between tures of people opposing the
the two. BLAME GAME: Arvind Kejriwal has questioned the central governments decision and
Common people are be- government's decision to exempt political parties from soon a PIL will be filed in the DIGITAL INDIA: Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan (left) and IT and Communication Minister Ravi Shankar
ing investigated for deposit- paying income tax while depositing old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 SC, Mr. Kumar said. Prasad (2nd from left) visit DigiDhan Mela on Saturday. The two-day fair is being organised at Major Dhyan Chand
ing Rs. 2.5 lakh, but if polit- notes. PHOTO: R.V. MOORTHY We are contacting law- National Stadium by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to generate awareness among citizens and
ical parties are not going to yers and we are going to file a traders about various forms of digital payment systems. PHOTO: R. V. MOORTHY
be investigated even if they of the receipts and vouchers Also seeks disclosure granting exemption from IT
deposit Rs. 2,500 crore, then to the Income Tax Depart- scrutiny to political parties.
it is wrong. We demand set- ment. We are not scared. of information about We have already started tak-
ting up of a commission to What are the other parties money deposited ing signatures on an online
probe into the bank accounts scared of? Why should they
by political parties petition, Mr. Kumar said.
Relief for consumers, water Kejriwal appeals
details of political parties be also not probed? he
over the past five years, Mr. asked. since demonetisation Patently unfair for donations
Kejriwal said.

Mr. Kejriwal also accused
the PM of helping political
parties, which he termed as
deal. I will insist Mr. Gandhi
to make public the evidence
The online petition ad-
dressed to the Chief Justice
of India opposed this move
tarif hike unlikely in January ahead of Goa,
He also demanded that the the biggest hoarders of and that he stops entering as patently unfair to the cit- DAMINI NATH Punjab elections
Centre make public the de- black money, to convert it into deals with Mr. Modi. Or izenry of the country.
tails of money deposited by into white at a time when else, the country will not for- Given the extraordinary NEW DELHI: Water rates in the NEW DELHI: Ahead of Punjab
all political parties post de- common people have been give him. nature of this measure (de- Capital are unlikely to be in- and Goa polls, Aam Aadmi
monetisation, and sought the forced to queue up outside He also denounced the de- monetisation), which has af- creased in January 2017, with Party (AAP) National Con-
removal of the less than Rs. banks and ATM kiosks. cision to hike petrol and fected every citizen and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) ex- venor and Delhi Chief Minis-
20,000 donation cap for tax diesel prices, which, he said, business financial pected to keep the annual 10 ter Arvind Kejriwal on Sat-
exemption, saying each Appeal was a repercussion of de- autonomy and brought their per cent revision on hold. urday appealed for
paisa the parties receive Hitting out at Mr. Gandhi, monetisation. records under scrutiny, the The automatic 10 per cent donations from the common
should be declared. the Chief Minister said, He He also termed demonet- exemption granted to polit- rate hike from January 1 had man, even as he said that his
The income tax returns is not sharing details of Mr. isation as unconstitutional ical parties from any I-T been introduced by the party does not take funds
filed by AAP, right from its Modis corruption. He is only and likened it to dacoity by scrutiny seems patently un- Sheila Dikshit government from industrialists as they
formation, are being looked talking about it... Then he the Prime Minister on the fair to the citizenry, the peti- in 2009, however the then- ask us to do their wrong
into. We are presenting each meets the PM and seals a bank accounts of people. tion read. PTI Chief Minister had put of work after elections.
the revision in 2013 an Mr. Kejriwal also asked his
election year. supporters to spare time for
campaigning in the two

Swaraj Abhiyan backs Kejriwals demand

On hold States and said that the party
In 2015, the hike was put works on common peoples
of till the Aam Aadmi Party time and money.
(AAP) government came to The AAP works on com-
STAFF REPORTER Addressing a press donations up to Rs.20,000. for old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 power in February and the mon peoples time and
conference, Mr. Bhushan Taking advantage of this notes in circulation were DJB passed it in March that money. You have to give both
NEW DELHI: Swaraj Abhiyan said that the Centre was clause, most parties being changed. year. While the AAP had NO REVISION: The automatic 10 per cent rate hike from January time as well as donations for
leader and founder- not serious about taking declare an overwhelming Yogendra Yadav, said it would abolish the 1 had been introduced by the Sheila Dikshit government in polls in Punjab and Goa, Mr.
member Prashant any decision to tackle the majority of their income as president of Swaraj India mandatory hike, the DJB de- 2009. FILE PHOTO: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR Kejriwal said.
Bhushan on Saturday menace of black money: cash donation under this the political wing of cided to keep it on hold.
backed Chief Minister By allowing them to limit and escape scrutiny Swaraj Abhiyan, said that This year, too, the hike A senior DJB oicial ad- 20,000 litres and 30,000 Scrutinised by I-T dept
Arvind Kejriwals demand deposit old notes, political of the source of its the government has a list was kept on hold. ded that there were no plans litres of water per month, In a video message, Mr.
for the establishment of a parties will become a donations, Mr. Bhushan of blacklisted tax haven According to sources in to bring the proposal for a the service charge is Kejriwal said that the reason
commission to probe the means to convert black said. countries, but they have the Delhi government and in hike before the Board in Rs.219.62 and the volumetric behind not taking donations
source of funding of money into white. now removed Cyprus the DJB, the tarif hike will January. charge is Rs. 21.97 per 1,000 from the industrialists is that
political parties. There is already an Centre constantly lying from the list with once again be kept on hold Apart from keeping the litres. they will have to return the
Swaraj Abhiyan is existing loophole that is Mr. Bhushan also retrospective efect from come January 1, 2017. hike in abeyance, the DJB Customers who use over favour by doing their wrong
scheduled to hold a Halla being exploited by most of accused the Centre of 2013. So there will be no One source in the govern- has been providing up to 30,000 litres a month have to work. Mr. Kejriwal also
Bol rally against black the major political parties constantly lying on the scrutiny of funds that have ment said that the rates for 20,000 litres of water free of pay Rs. 292.82 in service claimed that every single
money and corruption at to convert black money issue of demonetisation been channelled from the both domestic and commer- charge to domestic con- charge and Rs. 36.61 per penny donated to his party is
Jantar Mantar on Sunday. into legitimate political and said that the figures country, Mr. Yadav said. cial users would remain the sumers. For domestic users 1,000 litres in volumetric scrutinised by the Income
same for the time being. who consume between charge. Tax Department. PTI

South Delhi to get new
Not enough to make a noise about CNG crematoriums soon
Like most omnibus films Shor Se Shuruaat seven shorts on the theme of sound is also riddled with inconsistency
NEW DELHI: Making last rites
The big problem with om- more environment-
nibus films is that of incon- friendly, the South Delhi
sistency. Some in the pack- Municipal Corporation will
age shine on bright while soon be setting up three new
others may not even man- CNG-powered crematori-
age to flicker for a minute. ums and trying out a tech-
Shor Se Shuruaat is riddled nique to reduce consump-
with the same glitch. The tion of wood at conventional
seven shorts on the theme grounds.
of noise have been directed Fired by CNG furnaces,
by seven budding film- the crematoriums at Green
makers under the steward- Park Extension, Subhash
ship of seven biggies like Nagar and Dwarka Sector-24
Shyam Benegal, Mira Nair, will be greener than the
Sriram Raghavan, Imtiaz conventional wood pyres.
Ali, Nagesh Kukunoor, Zoya These facilities will be
Akhtar and Homi Adajania. ready by the end of January,
Whats more, the young Shailender Singh, the chair-
filmmakers have access to person of the Standing Com-
some of our most talented mittee of the SDMC said on
actors Atul Kulkarni, Saturday.
Sanjay Mishra, Rasika Dug- IN SEARCH OF SOUND: Sanjay Mishra renders a wonderfully tactile performance in Supriya Sharmas Dhvani, while Amira The Standing Committee
gal. While some turn out Bhargavas Aamer looks at the hearing impaired world of a street kid. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT passed the proposals to set
better than the rest, the up the CNG crematoriums
crop of shorts remains mid- Arunima Sharmas lence of his solitary con- the most whimsical and on Friday.
dling overall. finement. Sanjay Mishra fresh in its feel and stands We are looking at envir-
At one level Rahul V. Yellow Tin Can Shor Se Shuruaat renders that last life airm- distinctly apart for its visual onment friendly techniques.
Chittellas Azaad is about Telephone is the ing experience in a wonder- treatment the use of an- Apart from the CNG facilit-
silencing an idealistic most whimsical and fully tactile performance imation and colours and ies, we will be experiment-
voice; at another it is about on-screen. the lovely narration. ing with a new technique
an iconoclastic fathers re- fresh in its feel Directors: Rahul V. Annie Zaidi makes it all Its about two parallel that reduced wood usage at
lationship with his young Chittella, Amira Bhargava, futuristic in Decibel. Her lives one girl with an cremation grounds by 60 per
pushy son. In the backdrop Some films could be two Annie Zaidi, Pratik Rajen world is that of controlled overdeveloped sense of cent, said Mr. Singh. cost of Rs. 1.22 crore. jects, there will be no such is-
are the discordant noises sides of the same coin. Kothari, Supriya Sharma, sounds that get suitably sound and a guy with an With two furnaces each, sue. We will have adequate
the noise of religion, class, Aamer and Dhvani for in- Arunima Sharma and Satish modulated in sleeping sta- oversensitivity to colour Converting furnaces the Subhash Nagar and supply of CNG, said Mr.
caste et al. Noise is at the stance. Amira Bhargavas Raj Kasireddi tions. and how they interconnect. While the SDMC already Dwarka facilities will cost Singh. The CNG-powered
core of Pratik Rajen Aamer looks at the silent, Starring: Atul Kulkarni, All for the most optimal Satish Raj Kasireddis Mia had an electric crematorium Rs.1.22 crore and Rs.2 crore crematoriums are expected
Kotharis inefective Hell O hearing impaired world of a Sanjay Mishra, Rasika experience of sleep. Most of IM is set in the North East at Green Park Extension, it respectively. These costs in- to have an impact on air pol-
Hello that plays on the fa- street kid. What happens Duggal all the film is about nostal- and charts out the tale of a had become dilapidated, as clude the amount needed for lution, with less wood being
miliar clichs of mobile ser- when sound enters his life Run time: 120 mins gia of the audio kind, about girl caught in an MMS scan- per the Corporations own operation and maintenance burnt at funeral pyres.
vices salesmanship and through a hearing aid? our acoustic memories, dal. Its about how music admission in the proposal for for seven years. Delhi has had CNG crem-
marketing. Theres way too Bhargava takes us through inmate facing life sentence about purane zamane ka rescues her from the noises the CNG facility. We have faced problems atoriums for years, including
much efort to make the his experiential journey on gets to have one last tryst shor as the lovely Rasika that inhabit her head and The existing crematorium in the past when calling at Nigambodh Ghat, but
audience laugh but it re- the streets of Mumbai. with the familiar everyday Duggal puts it. sets her free. The tone and at Green Park Extension will tenders has taken long or most people still prefer the
mains little more than Then you have Supriya sounds before he recedes Arunima Sharmas Yel- tenor don't come together be converted into a CNG fa- there has been a disruption conventional wooden pyres
unfunny. Sharmas Dhvani where an back in the heightened si- low Tin Can Telephone is quite as well. cility using two furnaces at a in supply, but with these pro- to give loved ones a send-of.


Tyagi remanded in judicial
Gearing up to take of
Despite arguments against the profession, the life of an air hostess continues to excite young girls
custody, moves bail application
NEW DELHI: A special court
NEW DELHI: A lot has been said for CBI cases here on
about the life of an air host- Saturday remanded former
ess, be it the erratic working Air Chief Marshal S.P.
hours, the improper conduct Tyagi in judicial custody
of passengers, and how their tillDecember 30 in the
personal life is put on the AgustaWestland VVIP
back burner. helicopter bribery case.
But despite arguments Two other accused
against the profession, the Mr. Tyagis cousin Sanjeev
life of an air hostess contin- Tyagi and lawyer Gautam
ues to excite many young Khaitan were also sent
girls. to judicial custody by
Shalu Deelwal, who is pur- Additional Sessions Judge
suing her Ph.D in Hindi from Arvind Kumar after the
DU, was one of the candid- CBI did not seek their
ates who had come for the further police custody. Retd Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi. FILE PHOTO
walk-in interviews organised The three accused have
for cabin crew for two private moved bail applications accused for three days being arrested.
Indian airlines. which are likely to be after the CBI submitted Mr. Tyagi had allegedly
The salary and the chance heard on December 21 as that it was a very serious entered into a criminal
to travel is what brought me the CBI has sought time to case and required custodial conspiracy with the other
here, she said. file replies to the plea. interrogation to unearth accused in 2005 and agreed
Yuri, another 19-year-old The three accused the larger conspiracy as to change the 6,000-metre
who was here from Manipur, remained in CBI custody the interest of the nation service ceiling of VVIP
said she loved the hospitality for eight days. The probe had been compromised. helicopters to 4,500 metre,
she experienced onboard agency had arrested them Earlier, the court had on which helped
while on her way to Delhi. on December 10. December 11 remanded AgustaWestland to meet
I am dependent on my The court had on them in five-day CBI the eligibility criteria for
aunt. This is one job that can December 14 extended the custody when they were the contract, the CBI
help me be independent, she police remand of the produced before it after alleged.
I see myself there
Immaculate dressing, per-
fectly done hair and make-up
are what attracted 19-year-
old Anjali Mishra who has
Medical college must obtain
never flown in an airplane
before to nurture the
dream of becoming an air
cadavers before admissions: HC
hostess. AKANKSHA JAIN government. cadavers for dissection,
I have never been on a which is a requirement
flight, but I have seen air NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Eligibility under the Regulations. If
hostesses on TV. I love the Court has held that a lack of The Centre also said this is so, the plea of the
way they dress and their corpses for dissection is there were no corpses for college that it is using
make-up. I want to see myself enough reason to deny dissection and the sitting alternate methods to fulfil
there, said a visibly excited permission to a medical capacity and total number the educational
Anjali. college to begin the of books in the Central requirement under the
admission process. Library were not available Bachelors Degree in
Independence The court said this while as per the Homoeopathy Homeopathy Medicine and
I know they get to travel a denying to stay a Centres Central Council (Minimum Surgery is not tenable. This
lot. It brings a lot of inde- communication by which Standards Requirement) one deficiency is suicient
pendence as well, she Patna Homeopathic Regulations, 2013. The to deny permission, the
added. Medical College & Bench noted that there was court said.
A second-year student at Hospital was denied no regulation for an The college had
Delhi Universitys School of permission to accept existing college to obtain contended there was no
Open Learning, Anjali said admissions for the an NOC from the State provision under the Act or
that a job as an air hostess academic session 2017-18 as government, but added that the Regulations for an
would allow her to earn reas- it did not meet the lack of NOC was not the existing college to submit a
onably well, even without a eligibility conditions, only deficiency. No Objection Certificate
strong academic including having cadavers from the State government
background. for dissection. Deficiency and that as far as
Twenty one-year-old Shiv- FINDING THEIR WINGS: Candidates come for walk-in interviews organised for cabin crew for two The Centre had on The deficiency with availability of dead body
private Indian airlines at Essex Farms on Saturday. PHOTOS: R. V. MOORTHY November 4 told the regard to availability of for dissection was
college that it would be cadavers for dissection is concerned, besides writing
ani Sharma, meanwhile, had Varender Kaur, 21, an IT I was looking for a job in denied permission to start of more importance, to the District Magistrate
I know they get to come for the interview with graduate, was among the as- any case. Also, this is one admissions if it does not Justice V. Kameshwar Rao of Patna, it had resorted to
her family. pirants who were finally se- thing I would love to do as I fulfil the eligibility said, while dismissing the alternate methods.
travel a lot. It brings It is my dream to be an air lected. like travelling and interacting conditions by producing petition of the institute. The court added that the
a lot of hostess. Two years ago I had She said that she was on with people, said Varender. suicient documents, The observation of the college has been granted
joined the Frankfinn Insti- the hunt for jobs in the IT But becoming an air host- besides obtaining a No Hearing Committee of the time till December 31 to
independence as tute, but my parents felt I was field when she chanced upon ess is not cakewalk as candid- Nothing matters as long Objection Certificate Centre is that at present the meet the deficiencies and
well too young then, she said an advertisement inviting as- ates stand to face multiple as my family supports me, (NOC) from the State college does not have any carry on with admissions.
after her interview. pirants for cabin crew. challenges. said Anjali.

Skip in their step Manoj Tiwari takes Two members of Tillu gang arrested
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police made a threat call to busi-
ride on Delhi Metro have arrested two members
of the notorious Tillu gang,
nessman Pradeep, who ap-
proached the police.
which used to extort money Acting on a tip-of, the po-
NEW DELHI: Delhi BJP chief from businessmen in the lice nabbed the duo from
Manoj Tiwari on Saturday city. Murthal in Haryana, DCP
took a ride on the Metro to in- The arrested have been (Outer) M N Tiwari said.
teract with people and pro- identified as Sandeep and Two country-made pis-
mote cashless modes of Deepak, both residents of tols, four live cartridges and
transactions. Tajur Kalan village of outer one mobile phone was
Interacting with youths, Delhi, the police said. seized from their posses-
Mr. Tiwari encouraged them Recently, the duo had sion, he said. PTI
to adopt e-banking facility
and spread awareness about it
among friends and families.
Mr. Tiwari boarded the
Metro from Sultanpur and got
down at Patel Chowk station The Delhi BJP chief REMEMBRANCE
on the Yellow Line. boarded the metro
Several youths, whom Mr. S.R.KRISHNAN(61) S/o.K.Ramaswamy
from Sultanpur and Passed Away on 15.12.2016. Deeply
Tiwari spoke to, claimed that Mourned by Dr.S.R.Vijayalakshmi,
they use e-banking facility got down at Patel S.R.Ravi & Relatives. Phone:
and praised the Centres de- Chowk station
monetisation move, Delhi A. KANNAN (Vysya Bank), 66, ex-
BJPs media in-charge has made such arrangements pired 9122016. Shubham 2012
Praveen Shankar Kapoor said. for expansion of mobile bank- 2016 @ his residence. Ph.
Attending a workshop or- ing apps that even with the
ganised by Delhi BJPs Sched- help of ordinary mobile
uled Caste Morcha on bank- phones transactions and
ing apps available on mobile shopping can be done easily.
RARE SIGHT: Sparrows enjoy a sunny afternoon in New Delhi on Saturday. PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA phones, he said, The Centre PTI

DCW seeks Swarajs help to bring mortal remains of man from Japan
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commis- Wife of the deceased ter for your kind perusal,
sion for Women (DCW) has DCW chairperson Swati
sought the intervention of approached the Maliwal wrote in a letter to
External Afairs Minister commission saying Swaraj. Ms. Maliwal also
Sushma Swaraj in bringing wished the minister a fast
back the mortal remains of a
she was unable to and speedy recovery.
man from Delhi who died in bear the expenses Gopal had gone to Tokyo
Japan recently. in September last year to
rites. work as a cook in a hotel.
Wife unable to bear She has informed that she According to his son, he
expenses has no means of ensuring the was fired from the job within
The wife of the deceased, same as her family is finan- three months after which he
Radha Debi, a resident of cially weak and is unable to started working in some
Ambedkar Nagar, has ap- Ms. Swaraj, who recently bear the expenses for the local shop.
proached the commission underwent a kidney same. His financial condition
saying she is financially transplant, is recuperating at The family is severely was bad because of which he
weak and unable to bear the AIIMS. FILE PHOTO distressed and needs your was in distress.
expenses of bringing back kind support. As we all are However, on December 10,
the body of Gopal Ram, 48. The woman has ap- aware, you have been ex- the family received a call
Ms. Swaraj, who recently proached the commission to tremely pro-active in resolv- from a person who worked
underwent a kidney trans- seek assistance for repatri- ing such matters. Therefore, with Gopal, saying that he
plant, is recuperating at ation of her husbands body I am forwarding the repres- has passed away following a
AIIMS. to India for performing last entation along with this let- heart attack. PTI



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MP who didnt go to Parliament PSLV-C 37

scheduled for
Man nominated to Rajya Sabha under Governors quota finds he was conned launch on Jan. 27
MARRI RAMU Telangana police say nomination as Rajya Sabha SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
member. He created more
HYDERABAD: A sexagenarian the victim, who was forged documents in the VIJAYAWADA: The next PSLV-
landed behind bars on Sat- taken for a ride, name of the Governor of C37, that will put into orbit a
urday after allegedly creat- Andhra Pradesh and Telan- record number of 83 satel-
ing a fake Government of In-
wanted to somehow gana States, with names of lites, is being scheduled for
dia Gazette notification. It get a public post some persons nominated to launch on January 27, said
said a person named Matta MLC/MLA posts. Soon you PSLV Project Director B.
Raghuvamshi had been As he was familiar with will get intimation from Raj Jayakumar.
nominated as a Rajya Sabha revenue matters, land re- Bhavan, Rao reportedly told Sharing the dais with
member under the Gov- cords and State politics, he Raghuvamshi. Vikram Sarabhai Space
ernors quota for Telangana used to impress people Centre Director K. Sivan,
and Andhra Pradesh States. claiming that he was well Seeks clarification who was in Vijayawada to re-
Telangana Crime Investig- connected. As the Raj Bhavan commu- ceive the 100th nozzle for a
ation Department (CID) oi- nication never came, OFFICERS & GENTLEMEN: IAF cadets at the passing out parade in Hyderabad. PHOTO: PTI PSLV rocket from Resins and
cials arrested prime accused Fake notification Raghuvamshi wrote a letter Allied Productions (RAP),

Air cadets graduate in style

Maramraju Raghava Rao, 62. Raghuvamshi happened to to Raj Bhavan under the Mr. Jayakumar said six PSLVs
meet Rao during his visits to Right to Information Act, had been launched in 2016.
Political connections Hyderabad before the bifurc- seeking an explanation why Mr. Sivan said ISRO was
But Matta Raghuvamshi, ation of Andhra Pradesh. the order of his Rajya Sabha planning to launch 12 to 18
mentioned as Rajya Sabha He was keen on getting a nomination was not issued. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Hyderabad and one each in baton to the display of hon- PSLVs in a year.
member in the false notific- nominated political post He also attached copies of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu orary artillery, the oicers
ation is still at large. and, noticing this, Rao threw the fake Gazette notification HYDERABAD: Fifteen minutes also included a scintillat- performed drill with ease. 100th nozzle
Raghuvamshi from Gun- the bait of nominated Rajya along with the letter. past 8 a.m., the sky above the ing air show. The oicers who passed out He said the 100th nozzle
tur in Andhra Pradesh, who Sabha seat, CID oicials Raj Bhavan oicials grew Air Force Academy, Dun- were trained in professional would be used in the historic
wanted to become a public said. suspicious of the notification digal, in the outskirts of Hy- Audience enthralled and advanced courses for PSLV that would launch 83
representative somehow, fell As Raghuvamshi insisted and complained to CID, derabad bore witness to a As 110 young oicers, men one year at the Air Force satellites. He said RAP would
into Raos trap as the latter nam mandal of Ranga Reddy on the nominated post after which registered a cheating colourful graduation cere- and women, marched past a Academy, Dundigal, the Air have to increase its produc-
promised him a nominated district. He worked as a Vil- paying money to Rao, the lat- case. mony. The combined gradu- sprawling ground, onlookers Force stations Hakimpet and tion to meet the rising de-
post using his political con- lage Revenue Assistant (the ter created a fake Govern- Investigation confirmed ation parade of flying, navig- cheered them. The cadets Begumpet, Airforce Station, mand of the ISRO. The 100th
nections, investigators said. post of Karanam which was ment of India Gazette noti- that Rao was already facing ation and ground staf astounded the audience with Yellahanka, Karnataka, and nozzle would be one among
Rao hails from Polkam- banned by the government of fication letter, which some cheating cases in land oicers of five Air Force the precision of their steps the Airforce Administrative the six nozzles that would be
palli village of Ibrahimpat- unified Andhra Pradesh). mentioned Raghuvamshis deals. training colleges three in and gait. From handling the College, Coimbatore. used in the PSLV-C37.

Landmine scare in Woman Maoist killed in encounter buried Kerala may have to
Chintur, traic stalled SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

KOZHIKODE: More than three

lice as an anonymous one,
because no relative of Ajitha
came forward to claim it. Her
close 115 liquor outlets
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Police said some weeks after she was shot mother is said to be bedrid- G. ANAND would increase significantly
dead by the Kerala police in den. Ajithas friend moved if outlets within a 500 m ra-
CHINTUR (EAST GODAVARI): Three villagers saw wires an encounter in the Nilam- the High Court asking the THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Ker- dius from the outer-edge of
landmines, reportedly near a road that was bur forest, Tamil Nadu-born body to be handed over to ala government on Saturday the highways are also closed.
planted by Maoists, were Ajitha (Kaveri), a lawyer- the friends. The government asked the Excise Department Relocating them is dii-
found on Saturday on the
dug up, reportedly turned-Maoist, was buried at had opposed this. The body to furnish the list of bar ho- cult. The government fears
main road between Bhad- by Maoists the public cemetery at West was buried instead of being tels, beer and wine parlours that bootleggers would step
rachalam and Rajama- Hill here on Saturday. cremated in view of the on- and government-run liquor in to fill the gap between de-
hendravaram in Chintur They informed SP M. Ravi- Maoist sympathisers, going magisterial inquiry retail outlets that could face mand and supply. The de-
mandal. prakash who ordered that former Naxalites, and human into the November 24 en- potential closure in the wake cision has significant social,
The Maoists also hung the area be cordoned of and rights campaigners were counter. of the Supreme Court de- economic and legal implica-
banners on the trees near the vehicular traic stopped. among those who turned up Born to a middle class fam- cision banning the sale of li- tions for Kerala, a senior oi-
village, condemning the Oc- The police checked the to pay their last respects. On ily in Tamil Nadu, Ajitha was quor on national and State cial said.
tober 23 encounter on the vehicles. the directive of the Kerala An activist bursts into tears when the body of Maoist Ajitha a lawyer at the Madras High highways. There is uncertainty
Andhra-Odisha border in Armed Reserve police High Court, the body was re- was brought to the West Hill cemetery on Saturday. Court for many years. She The move was to gauge the whether the apex court or-
which 24 Maoists were personnel visited villages leased to the police at 10 a.m. PHOTO: K. RAGESH was a senior leader of the impact the verdict would der applies to bar hotels and
killed. along with Greyhounds for on Saturday from the Western Ghats unit of the have on excise enforcement beer parlours. The govern-
leads on Maoists who came Kozhikode Government to let them pay their last re- Vasu, leaders of rights organ- CPI(ML-Maoist) that is said and on the crucial hotel and ment has requested the Ad-
Bomb squad arrives to the villages on Friday Medical College mortuary, spects. isations, parties such as the to be active in parts of the tourism sectors. vocate General to clarify.
Chintur Circle Inspector night. where it was held for three The court had wanted the RMP, SDPI and Welfare Ghats that belong to Tamil Kerala faces the diicult The State is against filing a
Durgaprasad said they got in- The Greyhound force, weeks. The court, which re- friends to perform the last Party; and activists of the Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. prospect of shutting down review petition. But it might
formation that some wires along with the bomb squad jected an application by her rites peacefully, without rais- Committee Against Fake En- Kuppu Devaraj, who was 115 State-run liquor outlets seek more time from the Su-
were seen hanging out near from Kakinada, left for the friends to allow them to give ing any anti-government slo- counter Killings, spoke. killed along with Ajitha, was abutting 77 State and 9 Na- preme Court to implement
the village main road which scene by the evening to de- her an honourable burial, gans. In the funeral meeting, The body was to have been a member of the partys cent- tional Highways criss-cross- the order, given the grave re-
was dug up on both sides. fuse the landmines, if any. however, directed the police presided over by Grow buried last week by the po- ral committee. ing the State. The number percussions involved.



Packaged food labels may soon How 2 Britons gave Bhuj

quake survivor a new life
carry details of salt, sugar content VIJAY SONEJI

AHMEDABAD: Love knows no

Presently, information on them need not be disclosed unless it is part of advertisement pitch reason, no boundaries, no
distance. But not often does
JACOB KOSHY Pawan Agarwal, CEO, Food one get to see the kind of re-
Safety and Standards Au- lationship that Parth Joshi,
NEW DELHI: Food and beverage thority of India, told The known as Gujarats earth-
companies may have to com- Hindu, However this is quake boy, shares with Lon-
pulsorily disclose additional quite a challenge and re- dons John Miller and Nick
information on the sugar, quires much consultation. Spence.
salt and sodium content of The duo miraculously
their packaged products, as Draft likely in a month saved Joshi during the killer
part of a proposed revision A draft of these notifica- 2001 earthquake in Gujarat.
of food labelling laws, said a tions is expected in a month Parth, then 10 years old, was
top oicial of Indias apex but after that would require pulled out from the rubble 92
food regulator. clearance by the Health Min- hours after the quake. Mr.
Currently, packaged food istry for it to become a norm, Miller and Mr. Spence had PILLARS OF SUPPORT: Parth Joshi with his wife Chintal Joshi and
companies including according to Mr. Agrawal. come to Bhuj as part of the Nick Spence (left) and John Miller. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
those who make instant On Friday, the Centre for Rapid Rescue Team from
noodles, biscuits, snacks and Science and Environment London. get married, said Mr. Miller. don and show him places
breakfast cereal need spe- made public a report Food Early this month, Parth, Its 15 years since the Janu- that even my relatives in the
cify only the energy, protein, Labelling, Claims And Ad- now a computer engineer, ary 26 earthquake which U.K., who are natives,
carbohydrate and fat content vertisements in the pres- got married and Mr. Miller killed around 15,000 people havent seen, says Parths
on their covers. ence of Mr. Agarwal de- and Mr. Spence were special and injured another 1,67,000. father Pradip Joshi, who is a
Information on other con- tailing instances of guests at the wedding in bank employee. They host
stituents such as sodium, IN BLACK AND WHITE: Food labelling norms will undergo a sea change in India if the revised under-reporting by several Kutch, which bore the max- Gracious hosts me in London every year.
salt, vitamins need not be proposals come through. PHOTO: AFP food and beverage compan- imum brunt of the 2001 After Parth was pulled out Once they took me to watch
disclosed unless companies ies. earthquake. from the rubble, John and an England-Pakistan match
claim it as part of their ad- or zero trans-fat. This than 25 gm of sugar per day large amounts aggravate dia- In contrast to best prac- Tears rolling down their Nick had to amputate his leg at the Lords from the VIP
vertising pitch. For instance, gives companies leeway to while the American Heart betes and hypertension. tices in other parts of the eyes, the duo amazed almost to save his life. Since that sur- box. Then they made me
details on fibre content in not disclose if, say, their Association says that an We have set up various world, there is no mention of every guest at Parths wed- gery, every year they two meet Naseer Hussain and
biscuits or the percentage of high-fibre biscuits are also adult should not consume panels on scientific assess- several other types of nutri- ding reception. I dont know send tickets for Parth to fly to other cricketers. More than a
trans unsaturated fatty acids high on sugar or sodium. more than 2.3 gm of sodium. ment and labelling to con- tion claims, Amit Khurana, what the connection is London. They get him a new life and an artificial limb,
(trans fats) need not be spe- The World Health Organisa- While both of these are crit- sider these issues and may programme manager, Food between Parth and us. I cant artificial limb every year and they have given me memor-
cified unless a company pro- tion recommends that an ical to the healthy function- incorporate this in our re- Safety and Toxins team, CSE, find words to describe the take care of all his expenses. ies that I can live with for the
motes them as high fibre adult should not have more ing of the body, they can, in vised labelling norms, said in a statement. joy of seeing my little brother They take him around Lon- rest of my life, says Parth.

Clash over Train engine kills three Honour for Varun Bhatt of Laado Chaupal is the latest in
tilling of land Rajasthans fight for girl child
elephants in Assam
leaves five dead GUWAHATI: Three elephants
Rajasthan Patrika, The Week MOHAMMED IQBAL Underlining the need for
changing the mindset of giv-
ETAH (UP): Five people were were killed after a speeding JAIPUR: A Laado Chaupal or- ing priority to sons, Mr. Jain
killed as rival factions clashed train engine rammed into SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT IPI-India Award a distinguished jury of Edit- ganised here over the week- said decoy operations, mon-
over a piece of land in them in Assams Nagaon dis- ors and Publishers headed by end laid emphasis on the itoring of sonography ma-
Sunngadhi area of neighbour- trict on Saturday. CHENNAI: The International for Excellence in Justice A.S. Anand, former strict implementation of the chines via GPS (Global Posi-
ing Kasganj district here, the The engine hit the ele- Press Institutes (IPI) India Journalism will Chief Justice of India and drive to check foetus sex de- tioning System) and the
police said on Saturday. phants, including a pregnant Award for Excellence in former Chairman of the Na- termination tests in order to scheme for informers were
Rival factions belonging to one, who were crossing Journalism, 2016 has been
be presented in tional Human Rights Com- improve the declining child being executed eiciently in
diferent villages opened fire tracks in Potiyapam area of awarded jointly to Varun New Delhi in January mission. The members of the sex ratio in Rajasthan. the State.
at each other and clashed Kampur killing two of them Bhatt of Rajasthan Patrika jury were N. Ravi, Chairman, The State governments
over tilling a piece of land left on the spot. The third jumbo and The Week for outstand- morial has been stalled and IPI -India and Director, The ambitious Daughters are Painful reality
behind by the receding Ganga died later, a district adminis- ing journalistic work done once the work resumed, kept Hindu; M.K. Razdan, Mem- precious programme for the Laado Chaupals convenor
river. One person was injured tration oicial said. during 2015. a track of it. ber of the Board, IPI-India protection and welfare of Shipra Mathur said that fe-
in the clash. Forest Minister Pramila In a press release, the India The Week was selected for and former Editor in Chief, girls was also highlighted male foeticide was a painful
In the cross firing, Ram Ra- Rani Brahma directed the A child places flowers near Chapter of the IPI an- an exclusive interview and Press Trust of India;, Mr. during the event. reality at a time when girls
hees and Amrit Pal of Kisaul Forest Department to file an a dead elephant in Kampur nounced that Varun Bhatts an accompanying article by Riyad Mathew, Senior As- The National Health Mis- were scaling new heights in
village, and Shivram, Ram FIR against the Railways. on Saturday. PHOTO: AP exclusive investigative re- Rabi Banerjee through sistant Editor, Malayala sions State Director Naveen education, science, the hu-
Kishore (both brothers) and Strong action will be taken port in Rajasthan Patrika which the magazine ex- Manorama and Sanjaya Jain, who is also the State Ap- manities and various arts.
Sukhbir of Kilauli village against the Railways as they hour in areas earmarked as had exposed the apathy and plained to its readers the Baru, Former Chief Editor, propriate Authority under The message for saving
were killed and another was have not taken the issue seri- elephant corridors but this negligence of the authorities hitherto unknown life and Financial Express and Busi- the Pre-Conception and Pre- daughters should be spread
injured, according to SP Sunil ously. I have ordered an in- particular area between in fulfilling promises to build struggles of human rights ness Standard. Natal Diagnostic Techniques far and wide to ensure the
Kumar. quiry into the incident, the Jamunamukh and Kampur a memorial for 1,500 tribals, activist Irom Sharmila. The The award will be presen- Act, said the campaign for protection of girls, she said.
Every year, villagers in Kas- oicial added. The Forest railway stations is not ear- who were killed during the interview also gave out for ted at a function in New saving the girl child had been College students attend-
ganj lay claim over the land Minister also directed the marked as a notified ele- freedom struggle in the first time the fact that she Delhi by the end of January taken up in Rajasthan as a ing the event also took part in
left behind either by the re- railways to limit the speed of phant corridor by the Forest Mangadh. He traced the ori- wanted to give up her pro- 2017. The award comprises a mission. a quiz for general awareness.
ceding Ganga or the river trains to 15 km/hour. Department, a North East ginal papers with the Central longed fast and take to polit- cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, a
changing its course, and illeg- The Railways maintain Frontier Railway spokesman government, wrote a series ical work. trophy and a citation, to each
ally sow crops on it. PTI speed restrictions of 40 km/ said. PTI of articles on how the me- The selection was made by winner, the release said.

Mumbai women assert their right to loiter

SHUBHA SHARMA ensure the risk doesnt re-
main a risk any more.
MUMBAI: At 11 p.m. at Churchg-
ate station, there is still a Just like men
bustle, mostly people rush- The students, along with a
ing to catch trains rather few others gathered via so-
than coming into south cial media, are part of the
Mumbai. Why Loiter? event. The
Outside the station, close agenda? To simply stroll
to the taxi stand, a group of down the Marine Drive and
young women is catching a take the last train home, to
smoke. A middle-aged man, assert womens right to be in
clearly inebriated, staggers a public place and have fun,
up. Beta, kahan jaana hai just like men do.
he asks one of the women. Violation isnt just phys-
The taxi drivers are curious, ical contact, Ms. Priyadar-
but dont ofer assistance. A Women travelling in the general compartment of the last train shini says. Even their defini-
police constable strolls from Churchgate to Borivali in Mumbai. PHOTO: SUBHA SHARMA tion of harassment is
across, asks if the man has restricted. They dont realise
touched them. students from the Tata Insti- their teacher. Were always that they are violating your
The women quickly enter tute of Social Sciences. told we are taking a risk by space by standing near you,
the more secure environ- This is a womens studies being out on the streets at staring at you and speaking
ment of the station. class in action, says night. But it ought to be your to you. That man just
They are post-graduate Pratikshya Priyadarshini, responsibility, not ours, to thought it was okay to do so.

Want ticket? Walk 5 km, Congress tells cadres

Inspired by Rahul, party asks aspirants to participate in yatra, spend time in village
KAVITA UPADHYAY spend a night at a house in
their constituencies.
DEHRADUN: In a peculiar The yatra, which will
move, the Uttarakhand start on December 19 from
Pradesh Congress Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar,
Committee (PCC) has set a will be organised across
challenging task for those the 70 constituencies. The
aspiring to be the party's Zila Congress Committees
candidate in the elections. will keep track of the yatra
With Uttarakhand going and keep us informed on
for Assembly polls early the performance of the
next year, the State PCC aspiring candidates, Mr.
president Kishore Upadhyay said. The
Upadhyay, in an criterion, however, will not
unprecedented decision, apply to candidates
has announced that any RAISING THE BAR: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat sufering from a physical
candidate applying for the with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. FILE PHOTO condition.
Congress ticket should be We also want the
able to walk for at least 5 party ticket to contest the imperative for political candidates to halt at their
kilometres. polls, Mr. Upadhyay told leaders to be able to cover respective constituencies
In politics, till you do The Hindu. long distances by foot. for a night so that they can
not connect with people, To make it to the familiarise themselves
you cannot survive Fitness test Congress screening with the people they wish
Elections are nearing and In a State where 70 per committee, the aspiring to work for, Mr. Upadhyay
we need to reach out to cent of the population (70 candidates will participate said.
people. Hence, to be able to lakh people) resides in in a yatra Samaveshi The party, he said, was
walk for at least 5 km is the villages with roads that Satat Vikas Ke Liye inspired by vice-president
minimum criterion for mostly remain Janasheesh Yatra where Rahul Gandhi, who, in the
Congress workers and disconnected due to they will walk at least 5 km. past, had done several
leaders who wish to get the frequent landslides, it is After the yatra, they will night halts in villages.



The sterilisation skew


A little after Vasectomy Fortnight, the Telangana experience shows the gap in Indias family planning programme
ROHIT P.S. Of the 40 lakh sterilisation Experts maintain that the gap
between vasectomy targets and

ith the national procedures done in 2014- achievements remain unchanged
Vasectomy 15, vasectomies accounted over the years even as the countrys
Fortnight fertility and birth rates continue to
(November 21 to
for a minuscule fall, driven mainly by female
December 4) 1.9 per cent sterilisation.
coming to an end recently, the writ-
ing on the wall is clear: men are un- our centres are educated and from Tubectomies still the norm
willing to share the burden of birth organised work sectors, Dr. Ka- Despite aggressive promotional
control. poor says. She stressed the import- campaigns over the last decade,
AROUND THE WORLD The government observed Vas-
ectomy Fortnight with the hope to
ance of counselling in understand-
ing the strong likelihood of
only a small proportion of couples
use State-distributed condoms (0.5
Why baby-level create awareness about male steril- pregnancy for three months after per cent in 7,786 Telangana house-
isation and, more importantly, to the procedure. holds surveyed in 2015), oral con-
cholesterol facilitate district administrations Indias total fertility rate of 2.3 is traceptives (0.3 per cent), intra-
pays off reach sterilisation targets through expected to sink below 2 within the uterine devices (0.3 per cent) and
Reducing our campaigns. Of the 40 lakh sterilisa- next decade. Telanganas fertility male sterilisation to prevent birth.
cholesterol levels to tion procedures done in 2014-15, rate reached replacement levels Of the 77,000 sterilisation proced-
those of a newborn vasectomies accounted for a before the State came into being in ures performed in the States pub-
minuscule 1.9 per cent. 2014 the third round of National lic health sector till October 2016,
lowers the risk of Family Health Survey (NFHS) only 1,287 or 1.6 per cent were vas-
Hardly any takers done a decade ago established that ectomies. In the two years since
cardiovascular disease. Although previous studies
have suggested that lowering cholesterol levels Experiments in the countrys undivided Andhra Pradesh had re- Telanganas creation, vasectomies
may be associated with a lower risk of heart attack, youngest State, Telangana, reveal corded fertility rate of 1.8. as a percentage of total sterilisa-
recent evidence has questioned whether very low the sterilisation gap in Indias fam- ITS CLEAR: Men are unwilling to share the burden of birth control. The latest survey in 2015 af- tions stood at 3 per cent, un-
levels are beneficial. Scientists at Imperial College ily planning programme. This fort- PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT firmed Telanganas fertility rate changed over the last decade.
London, analysed data from over 5,000 people night, five men walked into the vas- stood at 1.8 births per woman. For The States health administra-
taking part in cholesterol-lowering trials and found ectomy camp in Ranga Reddy, a nual target of 2,500 vasectomies Vigorous campaigning, ei- men, concerns of losing sexual po- tion, under no pressure to reach
that dropping cholesterol to the lowest level district adjoining Telanganas cap- this year the districts count cient counselling and post-operat- tency and physical vigour make targets given that Telangana has
possible to levels similar to those we were born ital Hyderabad with a 25 lakh popu- stands at 5. Last years numbers ive services as well as education them unwilling to discuss vasec- achieved replacement level fertil-
with reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke or lation. The district administration only seem marginally better with are real diferentiators, says Renu tomy, says Harish Chandra Reddy, ity, aims to perform around two
fatal heart disease by around a third. The team managed to convince them to opt 37 men undergoing the procedure. Kapoor of the Family Planning As- health oicial in Ranga Reddy dis- lakh sterilisations this year. If last
arrived at their conclusions after 10 trials. for the procedure. A second camp The State paid them Rs.1,100 each sociation of India. She pegs the trict. A small number of uninten- years numbers are any indication,
Eurekalert on December 8 found no takers for undergoing sterilisation while lack of willingness to share the bur- ded pregnancies and a few unfa- one lakh more Telangana women
and oicials have renewed eforts the 24,000 women who underwent den of contraception on a mis- vourable post-vasectomy fallouts will undergo sterilisation in the
to draw more men before the end sterilisation were paid Rs.880 per placed sense of masculinity. seem to have thrown it out of the next three months.
Heartburn pills of the financial year. With an an- person. Men who avail vasectomies at reckoning.

and cancer PERSPECTIVE

Something as
seemingly harmless
as a heartburn pill The hell of Syrias field hospitals Wake-up call
could lead cancer
patients to take a
turn for the worse. A
University of Alberta study published in the journal
on superbugs
JAMA Oncology discovered that proton pump
inhibitors (PPIs) which are very common
medications for heartburn and gastrointestinal
bleeding, decrease effects of capecitabine a type
B efore the discovery of
infections with serious
of chemotherapy usually prescribed to gastric disease-causing
cancer patients. The study included more than 500 organisms were often a
patients and found that PPIs affected progression- death sentence.
free survival by more than a month; the overall Occasionally, people
survival in cancer patients was reduced by more recovered if their natural
immunity was good, but
than two months, and the disease control rate the rest either ended up
decreased by 11 per cent. PPIs are very popular for dead or with severe PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
their efficacy and many of them are over-the- disability. The earliest
counter drugs Eurekalert New York debated AMR
antimicrobials were on September 21, only the
made of heavy metals fourth time that the
such as gold or antimony UNGA has discussed a
Attention, compounds, which also health topic. Many
had a lot of side efects. countries including India
night shifters However, they were have reiterated the urgent
It has been known found to be efective need for action to prevent
for a long time that against infections such as further increase in AMR,
early risers work syphilis and while at the same time
less efficiently at leishmaniasis. The first promoting access to
night than night antibiotic was penicillin, appropriate drugs for
PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT discovered by Alexander patients who do not have
owls do. But Fleming. Fleming
researchers have uncovered new and distinctive access at present. Most
presciently warned that large pharmaceutical
features between the night activities of these two indiscriminate use of
types of individuals. At night, early risers ALEPPOS MEDICAL NIGHTMARE: Syrian physicians continue to endure extreme conditions, many working in makeshift companies have given up
penicillin could one day research and
demonstrate a quicker reaction time when solving shelters in basements and under constant siege and bombardment. Each day is the same: cleaning mutilated
unusual attention-related tasks than night owls, but wounds, amputating obliterated limbs, and watching people lose their lives in overcrowded rooms with scarce development on
these early risers make more mistakes along the medical resources. Picture shows doctors treating an injured child inside a field hospital after air strikes on rebel- antibiotics, focussing
Soumya instead on lifestyle
way. Sleep deprivation and a relative increase in the held areas of Aleppo, Syria. PHOTO: REUTERS Swaminathan diseases such as obesity,
time spent awake negatively impact the brains hypertension and
attention system. The study results challenge the dyslipidemias. However,
education- and human resources-paradigm in INDIA-BASED STUDY some companies are now
certain areas. The results of this study could also be lead to its loss of efect. waking up to the

Uncovering the surge in renal failure deaths

very useful for people who work night shift. Today, we have challenge of AMR.
ScienceDaily reached a situation where Recently 13 drug
more than 50 per cent of manufacturers have
While hypertension and cardiovascular disease are significantly associated with increased some groups of bacteria pledged to curb overuse
Fat? Blame mums are resistant to almost all of antibiotics and clean
risk of renal failure deaths, diabetes is the leading factor the antibiotics we have. up pollution from
pregnancy diet factories manufacturing
R. PRASAD Economic cost, factors
Diet composition antibiotics as part of their
around the time of It is estimated that the drive to fight infections
pregnancy may
influence whether
D eaths from renal failure among
Indian adults now outstrip
deaths from HIV/AIDS, signalling a
world loses a trillion
dollars due to
antimicrobial resistance
caused by superbugs.
Another recent initiative
offspring become is the setting up of a
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/CREATAS RF major shift in causes of mortality in (AMR). While in the
obese. Giving global antibiotic R and D
the country over the past decade United States, 23,000 (GARD) fund (which
females a typical American, or western, diet away from infectious disease causes people die of resistant
appeared to set the next generation up for lifelong aims to raise $350
to non-communicable disease causes. infections each year, the million) and mechanism
obesity issues. This work, recently published in the These are the results of a study pub- number in India is likely
American Journal of Physiology, was based on for various stakeholders
lished recently in The Lancet. to be much higher; 50,000 to work together under a
studying two lines of rats, one selectively bred to be As per a National AIDS Control Or- newborns alone are unified framework.
obesity-resistant to a high-fat diet and one bred to ganization (NACO) annual report estimated to die of drug- ICMR is partnering with
be unusually vulnerable. Rats from each group were 2015-16, in 2015, an estimated 67,600 resistant bacterial this programme and
fed either a diet with the same overall fat, saturated people died of AIDS-related causes infections, probably Drugs for Neglected
fat, carbohydrate and protein levels as a typical nationally. In the same year, renal fail- acquired in hospitals. Diseases initiative to
western diet, or a lower-fat, higher-grain control Surveillance by support innovation and
ure accounted for an estimated three
diet. The scientists found that female rats given a government agencies clinical trials of new and
per cent of all premature deaths in In- such as the Indian
western diet in the weeks leading up to pregnancy, dia. The proportion of renal failure repurposed drugs to treat
during pregnancy and during nursing had offspring Council of Medical certain resistant
deaths has been steadily rising from EPICENTRE: For reasons not known, South and East India recorded the highest Research (ICMR) and the
more prone to obesity at birth, during early 2.1 per cent in 2001-03 to 2.9 per cent in infections.
number of premature renal failure deaths. Picture shows a person with kidney National Centre for
adolescence and many months later through 2010-13. Compared with 86,000 renal disease at his house in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh. PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK Disease Control (NCDC) For a united fight
adulthood. This occurred even if the mothers failure deaths in 2003, the number has shows that many tertiary It is now clear that
themselves did not overeat and maintained a increased to 136,000 in 2015. not known, the southern and eastern factor for Indians. Most people with hospitals have very high addressing AMR will
healthy weight, body fat and insulin status. What is more important than the States recorded the highest number of diabetes in India have poor glycaemic rates of antibiotic
ScienceDaily require involvement of
absolute change in the number of premature renal failure deaths. control. resistance. There is some the agriculture,
deaths (which will reflect the increas- In the east (Assam, West Bengal, good news, however. veterinary, poultry and
ing population and changing popula- Odisha and Jharkhand), the death rate Pointer to diagnosis Data from monitoring of fisheries sectors,
tion structure in India over the past doubled to 50 per 100,000 population Untreated or poorly controlled resistance in typhoid
DEMYSTIFYING SCIENCE decade) is the changing age-standard- between the two time periods. In the diabetes is well recognised to cause bacteria, for example,
environment agencies,
drug regulators, doctors
ised rates of renal failure death, which south, Tamil Nadu had the highest kidney complications, including pro- shows that the bacteria and pharmacists as well
What is a Death Star? can regain susceptibility
have significantly increased over the death rate and it increased more than gression to end-stage renal failure and as common citizens. The
The Death Star may be better known from the study time period, especially for the Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and death from renal failure, he says. to antibiotics that are no Ministry of Health has
Star Wars franchise as a planet-sized weapon age group 45-69 years, says Prof. Karnataka. In contrast to south and Renal failure is usually a late com- longer widely used. developed a national
There are multiple action plan which is
capable of vapourising a planet but researchers Prabhat Jha from the University of east India, the renal death rate in both plication of diabetes, developing
reasons for development comprehensive and
this week report having a found a star a lot Toronto, Canada, and the correspond- north and west India remained nearly many years after the onset of the dis- of AMR. Indiscriminate
like our sun that likely consumed the planets ing author of the paper, in an e-mail to static during this time period. ease, but among Indian adults with multi-sectoral, but which
and improper use of will only work if there is
that once orbited it. The Hindu. We are not able to definitely ex- diabetes, we saw a substantial number antibiotics by patients
HIP68468, is a kind of solar twin, about 300 plain the reasons for the diferent of deaths in people in their fourth and commitment from all.
and unnecessary India successfully
light years away, containing four times more What the data show rates of renal failure deaths in the fifth decade of life. This suggests that prescription by handled the HIV crisis
lithium than what a typical 6-billion-year old star The rate of deaths due to renal fail- south and east in this study. It seems diabetes in Indian adults has been go- physicians are major and is once again
like it would normally have. It also contains a ure at ages 15-69 years was 13 per likely it is due to diferences in risk ing under-diagnosed or under- reasons. Further, the challenged in the face of
huge store of heat-resistant metals which are 100,000 in 2001-03 but has since in- factors such as diabetes, including the treated, resulting in [an] acceleration animal and poultry an AMR crisis. Decisive
found in abundance in rocky planets. The creased to 17 per 100,000 in 2010-13. prevalence of diabetes, how early it is of renal failure complications. industry has traditionally action is needed to
amount of lithium and the engulfed rocky planet Among 45 to 69 year olds, the rate has diagnosed and how well controlled it Besides causing death due to renal used antibiotics in feed as prevent further spread of
material in the atmosphere of HIP68468 adds up shot up from 30 per 100,000 in 2001-03 is. These factors will all influence the failure, chronic kidney disease can growth promoters. Some drug resistance and to
to the equivalent of the mass of six earths. to 40 per 100,000 in 2010-13. progression of diabetes complica- also significantly increase the risk of of this finds its way into preserve the antibiotics
Computer simulations show that billions of While the total number of deaths tions including renal failure, Prof. Jha premature cardiovascular death. So the environment as well. we have for future
years from now, the accumulated gravitational was more in rural areas, the death rate says. the total number of deaths caused by generations.
tugs and pulls between planets will eventually was higher in urban areas; the in- While hypertension and cardiovas- kidney disease will be much higher In the global spotlight Dr. Soumya Swaminathan is
cause mercury to fall into the sun but it isnt yet crease in deaths in urban areas in- cular disease are significantly associ- than those attributed to renal failure The UN General Director-General, Indian Council
Assembly (UNGA) in of Medical Research.
known if a similar fate awaits planet earth. creased from 27 per cent in 2001-03 to ated with increased risk of renal fail- alone.
32 per cent in 2010-13. And for reasons ure deaths, diabetes is the leading risk
| 11



Glass ceilings divide us all G

When life as you

Reading Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a U.S. Supreme Court judge, is to learn how to craft strategies and gather energies to fight against
discrimination everywhere and in all contexts know it ends
UMA MAHADEVAN DASGUPTA gender stereotypes. I remem- is a sign of huge progress
ber envying the boys long be- made. When I entered law How many of us while giving an
Last month, when the U.S. fore I even knew the word school, women were less than account of a day that turned on us
election results made it clear feminism, because I liked shop 3 per cent of the legal profes- without a warning have begun its
that at least one particular better than cooking or sion in the United States, and telling with the following lines: It
glass ceiling was still shatter- sewing. only one woman had ever was a perfectly normal day. The sun
proof, I was in the midst of In 1946, when Ruth was 13, served on a federal appellate was bright and the sky blue and
reading My Own Words, a col- her mother was diagnosed court. Now, for the first time, clear? Whether it was 9/11 or 26/11,
lection of the writings and with cervical cancer. Celia the majority of students in or deeply personal narratives,
speeches of U.S. Supreme Amster Bader died in 1950, a U.S. law schools are women. normalcy is the default position at
the time of their retelling. Joan
Court Justice Ruth Bader day before her daughters high One of the most moving
Didions bestseller, The Year of
Ginsburg. school graduation. In 1993, in pieces in this book is Gins- Magical Thinking, reveals itself in
The book helped to process her acceptance speech after burgs tribute to Belva Lock- diferent ways with each rereading.
the sharp sense of disappoint- nomination to the U.S. Su- wood. Born in 1830, Belva Life changes fast. Life changes in
ment. Much ground has been preme Court, Ginsburg paid Lockwood was the first wo- the instant. You sit down to dinner
covered in the struggle for wo- homage to her mother: The man to gain admission into the and life as you know it ends.
mens equality, in the matter of bravest and strongest person I U.S. Supreme Courts Bar, and I bought my copy in 2006, three
a few decades. This has been have known, who was taken the first woman to argue a years after Didion lost her husband,
possible because of the cour- from me much too soon. I pray case before the nine Justices. and have gone back to it each year.
age, brilliance and tenacity of that I may be all that she would Widowed with a child at the Her deeply personal exploration of
many. It has been a struggle have been had she lived in an age of 22, she enrolled in col- primary relationships is a universal
hard fought around the world. age when women could aspire lege to become a high school experience, allowing the reader to
It is not even half done. and achieve and daughters are teacher and later school prin- put herself in a situation similar to
cherished as much as sons. cipal. She was an ardent suf- the one Didion finds herself in. This
Separate-spheres mindset fragist. In 1869, as a 39-year-old year, a bookmark
In 1957, in a court in Florida, Then and now mother of two, she applied for fell out of the
a woman named Gwendolyn Ginsburg entered Harvard admission to law school. Her pages where
Hoyt stood trial for murdering Law School as one of the first application was rejected as Didions
her husband with a baseball nine women in a class of 500; her presence would distract
suddenly slumps
bat. She was, remarks Gins- at Columbia, she graduated at the young men in class. She over. She has
burg, what we would today the top of the class. At both persisted until she was al- been having a
call a battered woman. Her schools, she was the first wo- lowed to matriculate. When rough time. Her
philandering husband had ab- man to serve on the Law Re- the law school refused to grant daughter is in
used and humiliated her to the views. And yet, on graduation, her a diploma, she wrote to the the ICU after her
breaking point. Florida did she could not get a job. This university ex-oicio presid- health takes a
not appoint women on juries was because of what was then ent, President Ulysses S. turn for the
in those days, out of paternal- viewed as a grave impedi- Grant: I have passed through worse. Didion and her husband are
istic concern for womens ment: on graduation, I was the the curriculum of study and talking about it. It is a normal
place at the centre of home mother of a four-year-old demand my diploma. Two evening under stressful
and family life. Hoyt was child. weeks later, she had it. circumstances. One minute he is
convicted of second-degree Surely this personal experi- Belva Lockwood was also there, the next minute he is gone.
murder by an all-male jury. In ence of discrimination of the first woman to run for of- On the scrap of paper which
1961, when Hoyt appealed to being unwanted in workplaces fice as president of the U.S. passes for an improvised bookmark
the U.S. Supreme Court with a despite being eminently quali- Lockwoods reason, quoted by was a note from my mother,
plea that a woman on the jury fied contributed to her re- Ginsburg, was simple and reminding me of the WorldSpace
might have better understood TRAILBLAZER: At both Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the lentless eforts for equality. powerful: We shall never password. The WorldSpace radio
bound my mother and me in a bond
her state of mind, the U.S. Su- first woman to serve on the Law Reviews. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who appointed She sees it as an imperative to have equal rights until we take
refined and enriched by music. This
preme Court rejected her plea. Ginsburg as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, with her in Washington. FILE PHOTO: THE HINDU ARCHIVES free both girls and boys to as- them, nor equal respect until was the normal till one day
This, remarks Ginsburg, was a pire and achieve their dreams, we command it. everything changed. WorldSpace
reflection of the long-held istering a dead persons estate: ence statute was Chancellor and ordered the whatever they may be. Glass There are three reasons to pulled out of India for want of
separate-spheres mindset: a Males must be preferred to unconstitutional. first concentration camp in ceilings divide us all. read this book. First, to honour subscribers one bright winter
belief that men were bread- females. Sally Reed, the Ginsburg, then a law pro- Dachau. Anti-Semitism was Today, schoolchildren visit the achievements of those afternoon six years ago. My mother
winners and women were mother of the boy, was a fessor, had written the brief present in America too. As a her at the U.S. Supreme Court who have fought with civility bid me goodbye a few months later.
home-makers because this former clerical worker who for Reed v. Reed. It was her little girl driving with her fam- at least weekly. They ask and determination to make How do you cope?
was how nature intended now worked as a caregiver for first Supreme Court brief. It ily in Pennsylvania, Ruth saw whether she always wanted to the world a more equal place Didion tries to cope with a world
things to be. elderly and disabled people. would be followed by several an inn with the sign: No Dogs be a Supreme Court Justice. It for our children, for girls and which no longer has her husband in
Ten years later, in 1971, in She wanted her sons few be- more. Hundreds of laws were or Jews Allowed. boys, so that they may achieve the frame. Her daughter is seriously
Reed v. Reed, the U.S. Supreme longings for sentimental reas- changed after this landmark Her older sister had died of their full potential as creative ill but miraculously pulls through,
Court changed direction. A ons. Ginsburg writes: She case. meningitis aged six. Ruth went and productive human beings. allowing Didion to examine her
teenage boy in Idaho, the son probably did not think of her- In the course of her lifes to public school. Her mother Second, to learn about marriage, and her relationship with
of long-separated parents, had self as a feminist, but she had work, Ginsburg has dramatic- Celia had never gone to col- strategies and gather energies her lover and her daughter the
died in an apparent suicide the strong sense that the ally transformed the law for lege; instead, she had worked to continue this work in other personal experience at once
while in his fathers house. His states law was unjust, and that American women. For the in a garment factory to fund places, in whatever small universal. As the book flap says,
mother and father each ap- the judiciary could redress her first time in U.S. history, she her own brothers college edu- ways. And third, to realise that The Year... appeals to anyone who
has loved a mother, father, husband,
plied to be appointed adminis- grievance. Ultimately, her writes, it became possible to cation. To ensure a better life even those who have achieved
wife or a child. It will appeal to
trator of the boys few belong- faith was vindicated. The Su- urge, successfully, before le- for her daughter, Celia regu- so much in this struggle didnt anyone who has loved and lost and
ings. Idaho had a male preme Court unanimously gislatures and courts, the larly took her to the library always win. They did face is grieving.
preference statute for admin- held that Idahos male prefer- equal citizenship stature of and taught her to love reading. losses. What set them apart Didion is still writing and
women and men as a funda- Ruth read widely. She liked was that they picked them- enriching our lives. Helping us cope
mental constitutional Nancy Drew books: Nancy selves up after every loss and and live. In an interview, she
Ginsburg entered Harvard Law School as one of principle. was a girl who did things. She carried on. There are some described writing as a hostile act
the first nine women in a class of 500; at This book is also the in- was adventuresome, daring. books that show that hope is a where the writer is trying to make
Columbia, she graduated at the top of the class. And tensely human story of a little At school, Ruth played the duty like any other, and this is the reader see something the way
Jewish girl born in Brooklyn, cello, the beginning of a one of them. she sees it. I welcome the hostility.
yet, on graduation, she could not get a job. New York, in 1933. This was lifelong love of music. She dis- Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta is in the IAS,
the year when Hitler became liked segregation based on currently based in Bengaluru.

Meena Kandasamy
Voices of rationality
Im reading Valerie Babbs
Decades before the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams resisted a food safety tag for its laddus, Satyajit Rays Ganashatru,
Whiteness Visible: The based on Henrik Ibsens An Enemy of the People, posed questions about blind faith
Meaning of Whiteness in
American Literature and
SUDIPTA DATTA last ten years? To this the doc-
Culture. With Donald Democracy is an tor says no. Dont you believe
Trump's election, admirable thing
whiteness has become a After waiting for hours in the in such rituals? The doctor,
talking point and its queue for a darshan of Lord in principle but on trying to remain calm, replies:
important to be informed Venkateswara, the famous I do not follow certain cus-
about it. As a writer, Im Tirupati laddu, which is made occasions the toms of Hinduism. Science
curious to find out the role of with chickpea flour, ghee, situation in An has shaped my beliefs.... It has
literature and popular culture in sugar, cashew, raisins, cardo- Enemy of the People been proved that the temple
shaping these notions, which is mom and sugar candy, does water is infected... it is a ques-
why I dug this book out to read. taste sweeter. But news this does occur in actual tion of hygiene, not religion.
The book that I last read was week that the Tirumala life - SATYAJIT RAY
The Good Immigrant, a collection Tirupati Devasthanams Raising the religion flag
of essays by black, Asian and (TTD) has turned down a If we hear our democratic
minority ethnic writers in the U.K., Food Safety and Standards Au- discourse today, the voice of
edited by Nikesh Shukla. I loved it. thority of India (FSSAI) de- son (Satyajit Ray: The Inner rationality appears to get lost
I moved to the U.K. recently, so mand to get a food safety li- Eye) before he began shooting in the din of religious fervour/
the many voices in the book spoke cence for its laddu would have Ganashatru. Democracy nationalism/patriotism. Too
to me in a very intense, personal way. Next Id like to read definitely made Satyajit Ray here [India] is very much like many people believe in what
some good old fiction. Im torn between Deborah Levys
smile. that... democracy is an admir- George W. Bush also once
Hot Milk and Paul Beattys The Sellout. Im very
indecisive, and often start several books at once. In Rays film Ganashatru, able thing in principle but on famously said: Youre either
Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator and adapted from Henrik Ibsens occasions the situation in An with us or against us. But if
activist. 1882 play An Enemy of the Enemy of the People does oc- anyone can be expected to be
People, Ashoke Gupta, a doc- cur in actual life. rational and logical in this, it is
tor, was pitted first against his perhaps the TTD, which intro-
brother Nishith, a business- An uncomfortable truth duced efective crowd-control
man, and then the whole town Having said that, was Ray measures long back and is
Kanishk Tharoor when he announced that the
holy water or charanamrita
comfortable with this anti-
democratic stance in Ibsens
constantly upgrading techno-
logy the kitchen is solar-
I am reading Pereira
Maintains by the Italian that people were drinking in a play? Well, no. In fact, the film powered, the coupon for lad-
writer, Antonio Tabucchi. popular temple was contamin- A MATTER OF HYGIENE: The holy water that comes under scrutiny in Satyajit Rays film Ganashatru. ends with a small group of dus has a security code with
Last I read The Ocean of ated, causing severe illness. PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT young people taking up the biometric details, packaging
Churn: How the Indian The film was hugely anticip- protest against the temple has improved to ensure laddus
Ocean Shaped Human ated because it was the first went a step further in his ad- out every day and reports that gress of the town. When he from where the good doctor stay fresh longer. Getting an
History by Sanjeev Sanyal. Ray film after his heart attack aptation by introducing the the kitchen has been modern- finds the water contaminated had left of. The doctor had FSSAI licence of safety seems
While it is a lively and in 1983 forced him to take a theme of religion, and thus im- ised with conveyor belts to de- and refuses to say otherwise, just been out-shouted by his like an obvious thing to do till
engaging history, which is break. Critics panned it, say- mediately placing it in the liver the laddus from the kit- he is declared an enemy of the brother at a public meeting he the religion flag the laddus
in itself an achievement, I ing they missed the subtlety of realities of India where the chen to the counter and so people. The play ends with the had called to share with the are holy and hence cannot
had a few qualms with his earlier films, but the ques- conflict between science and forth, what harm would a pub- lead character Dr. Stockmann people his fear of an epidemic. be defined as food is
some of its nationalist and tions it raised havent lost faith still rages. The Tirupati lic health scrutiny possibly do? proclaiming that the His faith is questioned again raised and we run the risk of
politically motivated claims. I'm their relevance. management, for example, The Tirupati laddu got a Geo- strongest man in the world is and again just because he has drowning a sane voice. The
looking forward to reading said its kitchen is an auspi- graphical Indication tag in he who stands most alone. raised an uncomfortable truth. Tirupati temple trust feeds
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. A raging conflict cious place where outsiders 2009, and is thus protected Theres a grain of truth in Do you call yourself a more than a lakh of devotees
Kanishk Tharoor is the author of
Swimmer Among the Stars: Does the situation in the Ib- cannot be admitted, and hence from misuse of name or re- that actually, in Ibsens belief Hindu, his brother asks him. each day, why not use science
Stories sen play occur in reality? If a getting a food safety licence cipe. that the minority is always Even when the doctor says to tick the all-important check
play written in 1882 is still per- was out of the question and In Ibsens play, a doctor is right... its the fools who form yes, its not enough. The box of hygiene?
formed regularly, it perhaps unnecessary. With more than asked to inspect the public the overwhelming majority, brother attacks him: Have Sudipta Datta is a Kolkata-based
answers that question. Ray 3 lakh laddus being churned baths, which is key to the pro- Ray had told Andrew Robin- you visited our temple in the journalist.

12 | NEWS


FROM PAGE ONE Bengaluru man

Chennai faces a with IS links
held in Himachal
J&K has no sovereignty: SC RAW, IB get
new chiefs
searing summer SHIMLA: A 23-year-old man
Setting aside HC verdict, court says residents of the State are citizens of India NEW DELHI: The Union
government on
from Bengaluru with alleged PEERZADA ASHIQ sovereign in the sense of its SC judgment came on fears violation of State Sub- Saturday appointed
Islamic State links was on residents constituting a sep- ject laws. Anil Dhasmana chief of
Saturday arrested by a team SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir arate and distinct class in an SBI appeal against It remains a fact that in the Research and
of the National Investigation has no vestige of sover- themselves. the order that certain aspects of Centre- Analysis Wing and
Agency and the local police eignty outside the Indian The Supreme Court said State laws, State laws run su-
from the Banjar area in Kullu Constitution, and citizens of this while holding that provi-
SARFAESI Act would preme. Earlier, the Centres
Rajiv Jain Director of
Intelligence Bureau.
district of Himachal Pra- the State are first and fore- sions of the Securitisation collide with State law rights were limited to de- Mr. Dhasmana, a
desh. Abeed Khan was arres- most citizens of India, the and Reconstruction of Finan- fence, foreign afairs, com- 1981-batch IPS oicer of
ted from a church where he Supreme Court has held. cial Assets and Enforcement and therefore, reaches the munication and currency. the Madhya Pradesh
had been staying with a fake The court made this obser- of Security Interest (SAR- wrong conclusion. It states J&K is a case of sub-sover- cadre, will replace
identity for four or five vation while describing as FAESI) Act, 2002, are within that in terms of Section 5 of eignty, said NC spokesman Rajinder Khanna. Mr.
months, the police said. wholly incorrect the con- the legislative competence of the Constitution of Jammu & Junaid Azim Mattu. Jain, a 1980-batch IPS
Confirming the arrest, clusion arrived at by the Parliament and can be en- Kashmir, the State has abso- Calling for a more nuanced oicer from the
Director-General of Police Jammu and Kashmir High forced in J&K. The State lute sovereign power to legis- understanding of Article 370, Jharkhand cadre, will
Sanjay Kumar said that Khan Court that the State has ab- Bank of India had appealed late in respect of laws touch- Mr. Mattu said, The State succeed Dineshwar
was being interrogated by in- solute sovereign power to against the High Court ver- ing the rights of its Bank of India (SBI) per se is Sharma.
telligence agencies. legislate laws touching the dict which held that the SAR- permanent residents qua not a State subject. However, Mr. Dhasmanas
Sources said the man was rights of its permanent resid- FAESI Act would collide with their immovable properties, it has come into being [in domain of expertise is
Huge tree uprooted due to Cyclone Vardah on a road in named by some of his ac- ents regarding their immov- the Transfer of Property Act the Supreme Court said. We J&K] because of the State le- considered to be
Chennai. FILE PHOTO complices during interroga- able properties. of Jammu & Kashmir, 1920. may also add that permanent gislature. It cant have mort- Balochistan, counter-
tion after they were arrested The State of Jammu & residents of Jammu & Kash- gage rights and violates State terrorism and Islamic
An oicial explained: The cial who developed the dis- in Delhi. Kashmir has no vestige of HC verdict set aside mir are citizens of India, and Subject laws. afairs.
Park is spread over 270 aster resilience index of the They said that Khan had sovereignty outside the Con- The Bench set aside the there is no dual citizenship as The J&K government was He has experience in
acres and most of its trees city, said the risk of climate- admitted that he was influ- stitution of India and its own verdict of the High Court that is contemplated by some of the opinion that the SAR- handling Pakistan,
are very old. The trees related disasters will in- enced by the ideology of the Constitution, which is subor- held that any law made by other federal Constitutions FAESI Act encroached upon Afghanistan, Europe
planted within the past 20 crease in Chennai. Pollut- IS terror group. dinate to the Constitution of Parliament which afects the in other parts of the world. the property rights of per- and SAARC desks.
years remain firm. The ant levels, noise pollution The NIA and the police re- India, a Bench of Justices laws made by a State legis- manent residents of the He had also served in
damage is scattered and not and ambient temperature fused to divulge details in Kurian Joseph and R.F. Nar- lature cannot be extended to Concern in J&K State and would need con- key foreign capitals
in a cluster. Further, the will increase. This summer this connection, saying that iman said. Jammu & Kashmir. The National Conference, currence of the J&K govern- such as London and
park is also a natural home will be harsh, he predicts. investigations were under It is, therefore, wholly in- The High Court judgment which stands for complete ment under Article 370. Frankfurt. ANI
for black buck, which re- Planting trees should be way. PTI correct to describe it as being begins from the wrong end restoration of Article 370, (With PTI inputs)
quire open spaces and the priority of the govern-
grasslands to thrive. This ment, said Mr. Mathavan.
has been afected.
P. Esaac, a worker at the
According to scientists
associated with eco-restor- Rahul meets ailing Karunanidhi Call for CBI probe Cong. rushes to
childrens park in Guindy
said, Even the cyclone that
ation projects in the city,
the temperature is expec- SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Vadras defence
struck in 1994 did not cause
much damage. It hurts to
see so many trees
ted to increase by one de-
gree Celsius in neighbour-
hoods without adequate
CHENNAI: Congress vice-presid-
ent Rahul Gandhi on Saturday
into AJL land case in land scam
uprooted. number of trees. met ailing DMK president M. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT It is alleged that AJL
The parks birds, reptiles The impact of reduced Karunanidhi at Kauvery Hos-
pital here and enquired about NEW DELHI: The Haryana gov-
was given a number NEW DELHI: As the issue of con-
and mammals managed to green is likely to impact cit-
his health. ernment has called for a of extensions on troversial land deals made by
escape unhurt. But not the izens health. Apollo Hos-
Mr.Karunanidhis son and Central Bureau of Investiga- Robert Vadra surfaced again
trees. A Forest Ranger said pitals senior pulmonologist
DMK treaurer M.K.Stalin,
Bhupinder Singh on Saturday with the sum-
most of the trees that fell at R.P. Ilango said cases of in- tion (CBI) probe into a case
the nearby Snake Park were fectious diseases is likely to daughter and Rajya Sabha of alleged irregularities in the Hoodas instructions moning of a company linked
Member Kanimozhi and allotment of a Panchkula plot to the son-in-law of Con-
alien varieties and that the increase owing to sewage
senior party leader Duraimur- to the Congress-linked Asso- Navjeevan. However, as it gress chief Sonia Gandhi by
native ones that got up- drains being blocked by up-
ugan were present. ciated Journals Ltd. in 2005. could not complete the con- the Enforcement Director-
rooted were several dec- rooted trees.
Emerging from the hos- The agency is yet to receive struction in time, the allot- ate, the party jumped to his
ades old. The bees had Dust pollution caused
pital, Mr. Gandhi told report- the reference through the ment was cancelled in 1992. defence on Saturday.
made their hives and birds by tree cutting will lead to
their nests, only on the nat- increasing cases of bron- ers that he had met Mr. Kar- Department of Personnel The company made several
unanidhi and wished him a BJP vendetta
ive varieties of trees, he chitis, he warned. and Training. appeals against the cancella-
speedy recovery. I am happy The plot in question was tion, but they were turned Congress communication
Bird habitat loss to see he is doing well. The reallotted to the company in down. chief Randeep Surjewala
Scientific restoration doctors told me that he will be GOODWILL GESTURE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visiting the 2005, when Bhupinder Singh During the tenure of Mr. said, Skylight hospitality of-
Urban planners of Chen-
able to go home pretty soon. Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Saturday to enquire about Mr. Hooda was Haryana Chief Hooda, the company again ficials had visited ED several
After inspecting the park nai Metropolitan Develop-
He is the leader of the Tamil Karunanidhis health PHOTO: P. VEDHAN Minister, allegedly overrul- moved a petition. The gov- times and given it whatever
twice after the cyclone, ment Authority (CMDA)
people, of Tamil Nadu, so I ing reservations expressed ernment approved reallot- documents are required but
Principal Chief Conser- stressed the need for im-
wanted to meet him, Mr. Speaker of Lok Sabha M. Former DMK Ministers, by the departments. Earlier ment allegedly at the 1982 they have not been able to
vator of Forests N. Krish- posing the Tree conserva-
Gandhi said. Thambidurai and State Fish- MLAs, other functionaries, this year, the Haryana Police rate. find anything either against
nakumar has ordered a sur- tion rules in the Develop-
Mr. Gandhi said he also con- eries Minister D. Jayakumar DMK leaders wife and his registered a case of alleged ir- The departments con- Mr. Vadra or his company or
vey of the trees existing, ment Regulations for the
veyed wishes from his mother made a surprise visit to the daughter Kanimozhi were regularities, which is said to cerned had, however, recom- his associates. As part of a
uprooted, broken, half- Chennai Metropolitan
and Congress president Sonia hospital to wish Mr. Karunan- present. We enquired about have caused a loss of over Rs. mended that a fresh advert- further vendetta and witch-
broken and so on. Area.
Gandhi to Mr. Karunanidhi. idhi a speedy recovery. his health and were told that 60 lakh to the exchequer. isement be published for its hunt, the BJP government
During the inspection, CMDA can issue direc-
Former Union Minister P. Mr. Thambidurai said, On he is well, which is happy Based on the FIR, the En- reallocation as the first allot- has referred the matter to the
senior oicials have seen tions to maintain any exist-
Chidambaram, TNCC presid- behalf of the AIADMK that is news. forcement Directorate (ED) ment had been cancelled. Ac- ED, even though the agency
gaps due to uprooting of ing tree before giving ap-
ent Su. Thirunavukarasar, on the path that Puratchi initiated a investigation into cording to the ED, it is alleged has not been able to find any-
age-old trees, exotic variet- proval for the construction
former president E.V.K.S. Thalaivi Amma had set, and Karunanidhi stable money laundering in July. that on Mr. Hoodas instruc- thing, he said.
ies and those with shallow of a building. During site in-
Elangovan accompanied Mr. Chinnamma who is going to Doctors said Mr. Karunan- According to the police, tions, the AJL was given ex- Mr Surjewala was re-
roots. The park manage- spections, most of the huge
Gandhi during his visit. lead us, we came to the hos- idhi was stable, and that they the company was first allot- tensions and it finally fin- sponding to the Rajasthan
ment will undertake a new trees are removed by the
Soon after that, senior lead- pital to enquire the health were hopeful of discharging ted the plot in 1982 for run- ished the construction in High Court order on Friday
tree planting exercise to fill owners. So we are unable to
ers of AIADMK Deputy status of Mr. Karunanidhi. him on Monday or Tuesday. ning its Hindi newspaper 2013. evening.
the gaps, oicials said. impose the Tree Conserva-
The loss of nearly one tion Rule before issuance of
lakh trees is expected to im- planning permit. The need
pede the citys progress in
attaining 33 per cent tree
cover. It is a long way to go.
The Greater Chennai Cor-
for maintaining 12 per cent
of greenery in a private
housing development pro-
jects for environmental
Tajikistan, India step up security ties Vacancies to be
poration Council in 2014
had passed a resolution to
increase the tree cover
clearance gives hope for in-
creasing the tree cover,
said a senior CMDA oi-

NEW DELHI: Tajikistan and India

filled in B&S cadre and money laundering. Both
sides also signed agreements
on bilateral investment and
from 6.5 per cent to 33 per cial. The Corporation signed an agreement on Sat- avoidance of double taxa- DINAKAR PERI keeper Grade-II and 164 of
cent, initiating various should have a scientific ap- urday against terror finan- tion. meter reader. The recruit-
measures to rope in private proach towards the main- cing and money laundering. Tajikistan invited India to NEW DELHI: After repeated de- ment process has begun.
agencies and residents. The tenance of trees. For ex- Addressing presspersons, invest in four free economic mands from the Military En- B&S constitute the civilian
State government plans a ample, most of the trees Tajikistan President Em- zones that have come up in gineer Services (MES) about staf under the MES and are
brainstorming session on along TTK Road and C.P. omali Rahmon, who is on a the country and thanked it loss of revenue in canton- instrumental in recovering
improving tree cover and Ramasamy Road were not five-day visit to India, said for the modernisation of the ments because of a shortage dues for utilities such as rent,
civic issues associated with uprooted. This is because his government would con- Varzob-1 Hydropower Sta- of staf in the Barracks & electricity, water and other
it in the Chennai Metropol- of regular pruning of trees tinue to work to stabilise tion. Stores cadre (B&S), the De- allied charges from over four
itan Area. and scientific management Afghanistan. Mr. Rahmon, who also fence Ministry has initiated lakh residential and com-
of pavement near the trees. In his address to the me- sought investment in the up- measures to fill some vacan- mercial occupants inside
More noise, pollution This should be extended to dia, Prime Minister Naren- coming small and medium cies on a priority basis and cantonments across the
N. Mathavan, former all areas, added Mr. dra Modi said both countries Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon being welcomed by hydroelectricity projects, outsource certain functions. country.
Chennai Corporation oi- Mathavan. would deepen their engage- President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra appreciated the signing of The government has According to reports in
ment to deal with the threat Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. PHOTO: R.V. MOORTHY the trilateral Chahbahar port sanctioned a one-time filling the past, the strength of the
of terrorism in the neigh- agreement between India, of 1,573 posts in the cadre. Be- cadre was 904 against a sanc-
bourhood. India and for the region. We will in- for permanent membership Iran and Afghanistan as the sides this, the cadre review of tioned 3,085, which was caus-
Forget ID cards, use Tajikistan live in an extended
neighbourhood that contin-
tensify our defence and
counter-terror cooperation
of the United Nations Secur-
ity Council.
project will provide con-
nectivity to Tajikistan.
B&S is under consideration,
Minister of State for Defence
ing a revenue loss of Rs.
3,000 crore a year over the

Aadhaar number to fly ues to face multiple security

threats and challenges. Com-
bating terrorism is an im-
with India and will work to
stabilise Afghanistan in our
neighbourhood, Mr. Rah-
At the end of the bilateral
talks held in Hyderabad
House here, the Financial In-
The two sides indicated
that relationship was expec-
ted to deepen in 2017, which
Subhash Bhamre said in a
written reply in the Lok
Sabha on November 25.
past decade. The issue has
been repeatedly conveyed to
the government. by the En-
Mr. Kishore said the move year, he said. portant area of our cooperat- mon said. We support In- telligence Unit of India and would mark the 25th an- Oicials said the sanc- gineer-in-Chief (E-in-C), the
will enable the airport to The Kempegowda Inter- ive engagements, he said dias candidature for Shang- the Central Asian country niversary of the establish- tioned posts include 450 of head of the MES, as well as
get a larger bandwidth from national Airport at highlighting that peace in hai Cooperation signed an agreement to pre- ment of diplomatic ties supervisor, 478 of store- the All India Barrack &
UIDAI so that the kiosk Bengaluru is also preparing Afghanistan was necessary Organisation and Indias bid vent financing of terrorism between the two nations. keeper Grade-I, 481 of store- Stores Cadre association.
processing is made faster at to introduce biometric
all the entry points and to screening at entry through
avoid any delays to
Its simple and success-
ful. You just need to put in
a pilot project next week, a
senior Bangalore Interna-
tional Airport Limited ex-
ecutive said.
India, Pak. nurse myths on Indus treaty, says Professor
your Aadhaar number and The biometric-based PEERZADA ASHIQ ing down but the reason lies Kashmir University Pakistan, whose water needs
the security personnel will entry in check-in proced- somewhere else it is the are fulfilled by these rivers,
be able to verify your de- ure will substantially re- SRINAGAR: As India and melting of glaciers and Professor says he added.
tails on the kiosk. We want duce the boarding time for Pakistan continue to ex- global warming, Mr. Rom- climate change has
to give seamless experi- passengers at airports and change barbs over the 56- shoo told The Hindu. Common concerns
been changing
ence to the passengers, he can be followed elsewhere year-old Indus Water Treaty In J&K, both the ruling
said. too, Civil Aviation Minis- (IWT), Shakil Ahmad Rom- Post-1995 fall in discharge discharge pattern Peoples Democratic Party
Mr. Kishore said the air- ter Ashok Gajapathi Raju shoo, an ecological engineer- He said that from the 1960s (PDP) and the opposition
port also plans to take other said during the event. ing and climatology expert, to 1995, water discharge had next to impossible and may National Conference (NC)
initiatives to go paperless The 2016 IT Trends says both countries nurse steadily increased by around incur incalculable costs, Mr. have called for a re-negoti-
by using biometric Benchmark study, released many myths around the 30 per cent, leading up to the Kashmiri boatmen on the Jhelum river on a foggy day at Romshoo said. ation of the treaty to make it
identification. on Friday by SITA, global Treaty. highest estimate of 159 mil- Sangam, south of Srinagar. FILE PHOTO Describing the IWT as the more pro-J&K, and have
We want to do the POC air transport IT provider While Pakistan keeps lion acre feet (one acre foot is best treaty for the two sought compensation from
for doing away with phys- which organised the con- complaining about a delib- enough water to cover an tain 10 million acre feet, planning to retain waters of countries, Mr. Romshoo the Centre for the losses in-
ical boarding passes and ference, revealed that erate slowdown of dis- acre of land one foot deep) in which could irrigate large six rivers, including three in warned against scrapping it. curred due to the treaty.
link everything to the around 80 per cent of the charge from the Jhelum, In- the three rivers. After 1995, tracts of around seven lakh Punjab, within India only. Its diicult to scrap the But Mr. Romshoo said the
Aadhaar number, he said. airports are expecting IT dus and Chenab rivers in water discharge started com- hectares in the State. The treaty unless an alternative futuristic approach for both
Rajiv Jain, CEO of Mum- budgets to increase in 2017 . Jammu & Kashmir, Professor ing down to 117 million acre fact is that water remains un- Its impossible treaty is in place. This kind of the countries would be to
bai International Airport It also said that around 83 Romshoo, Head of the Earth feet. This worried Pakistan, der-utilised in J&K. The One has to be a country treaty is not unique to India have joint hydropower pro-
Limited (MIAL) said Mum- per cent of airports plan Sciences Department at but the fact remains that it State has no resources to like North Korea to think of and Pakistan. Europe has the jects on a river such as the In-
bai airport is ready to go for major passenger self-ser- Kashmir University, attrib- continues to get suicient fund major hydroprojects, stopping water flow into Helsinki Rules on the Uses of dus. There is a need to re-
Aadhaar-based identity vice initiatives in the next utes it to climate change and water as per the treaty, Mr. he added. Pakistan. Its impossible. For the Waters of International build cooperation and
verification soon. There is three years. a fast-changing discharge Romshoo said. Of late, Prime Minister example, the Kashmir Valley Rivers, where riparian rights synergise common concerns
a government proposal to (The correspondent was pattern. India is not stealing Against the conviction in Narendra Modi has evolved a is a flat land and stopping the are shared between States. within the scope of the
integrate Aadhaar with bio- invited by SITA to attend waters as Pakistan tends to Pakistan of a significant de- fresh narrative around the Jhelum means flooding the Two, scrapping the treaty treaty, and outside it through
metrics at airport entry its India ICT Aviation believe. Pakistan is right crease in supply, Mr. Rom- Treaty, describing it as dis- land. Even connecting the means fuelling anger in 95 mutual agreement, he ad-
points. We may do it next Forum 2016 in Goa) about water discharge com- shoo said India could still re- criminatory and spoke of J&Ks three rivers is almost per cent of the population of ded.
NEWS | 13


Opposition stalled debate on party funds: Shah

Says they have no desire to free politics of black money, but he will still appeal to them to participate in a discussion
OMAR RASHID Centre knew that have to face diiculty but it why, Mr. Shah said.
was for the countrys good in Mr. Shah asked Uttar Pra-
LUCKNOW: Prime Minister Nar- common people will the long run. Modiji said desh Chief Minister
endra Modi wanted a discus- face difficulty but it there will be discomfort for Akhilesh Yadav to give an ac-
sion in Parliament on the 50 days but the country will count of the development
funding of political parties
was for the countrys improve for 50 years, Mr. work done by his full major-
but the Opposition created a good in the long run Shah said. ity government instead of
furore in the House to pre- He specifically targeted harping on notebandi.
vent him from doing so, BJP rally in Uttar Pradeshs the Samajwadi Party, Bahu- Dont try to distract the
president Amit Shah said on Shahjahanpur, Mr. Shah said jan Samaj Party chief May- people with demonetisa-
Saturday. he would still appeal to all awati, Congress vice-presid- tion, Mr. Shah told Mr.
Blaming the Opposition Opposition party leaders to ent Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Yadav. UPPING THE ANTE: RJD chief Lalu Prasad addressing the partys
parties for stalling the pro- come forward and particip- Chief Minister Arvind Kejri- He also appealed to the MLAs, MPs and office bearers, at a meeting on the
ceedings of the winter ses- ate in a discussion initiated wal and his West Bengal people of Uttar Pradesh to demonetisation issue, in Patna Saturday. PHOTO: RANJEET KUMAR
sion of Parliament, Mr. Shah by the Prime Minister to counterpart Mamata Baner- give his party a two-thirds
said they have no desire that clean up politics. jee for their opposition to the majority in the upcoming
politics be freed of black
ON THE OFFENSIVE: BJP president Amit Shah addressing a rally
An excuse
The BJP chief also lashed
move. I cannot understand
what losses they sufered
due to demonetisation? Till
Assembly polls so that the
Centre-State coordination
on the development front
Furore in House
On the opening day of the
winter session, Modiji, at an
all-party meeting, said there
in Etah, Uttar Pradesh, on Friday. PHOTO: PTI
political parties. From pan-
chayat to Parliament elec-
Opposition created a furore
and did not allow the pro-
out at the Opposition parties
for using the long queues
outside banks as an excuse
to attack Mr. Modi. He said
November 7, they would ask,
Modi ji, what did you do for
black money? After Novem-
ber 8, they ask, Modi ji why
was smooth. The Akhilesh
Yadav-led State government
was not allowing the
Centres welfare schemes to
a fraud, says Lalu
must be a discussion and tions, they must all be held ceedings, Mr. Shah said. the Centre had predicted did you do this? Things have be implemented, Mr. Shah AMARNATH TEWARY RJD leader likens
change in the funding of on a single day. But the whole Addressing a parivartan that common people would changed from what to alleged.
PATNA: Sharply criticising demonetisation to the
Prime Minister Narendra Congresss Emergency
Why I-T exemption Weekend rush
Modi on his demonetisation
drive, Rashtriya Janata Dal
(RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on
campaign of
forced sterilisation
for parties: Mamata Saturday said the exercise
would meet the same fate as
the Congresss forced steril-
is past, the party will discuss
the situation with like-
isation campaign in the minded regional parties, in-
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT mid-1970s. cluding the alliance partner
He also announced a Janata Dal (United) and na-
KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief massive protest against de- tional parties to hold a mam-
Minister Mamata Banerjee monetisation with like- moth rally in Patna.
on Saturday questioned the minded regional and na- Recalling Mr. Modis poll
income tax exemption on de- tional parties in Patna in the promise of retrieving black
posits by political parties in New Year. Notebandi ka money from banks overseas
demonetised 500 and 1,000- wahi haal hoga jo Congress and depositing Rs. 15 lakh in
rupee notes, alleging ulterior ka nasbandi ka hua tha every citizens bank account,
motives. Emergency ke samay [de- Mr. Prasad said: Well not
Even the timing of these monetisation will meet the sit idle as this Prime Minis-
statements show that there same fate as forced sterilisa- ter changes his words very
may be an ulterior motive. Is tion by Congress party dur- often.
there a motive? Are they try- ing the Emergency], Mr. Unlike the JD(U), the RJD
ing to give a hidden message Mamata Banerjee Prasad said while addressing chief has been opposing de-
to cadre of one political party MPs, MLAs and work- monetisation since begin-
party, Ms Banerjee said in a people & political parties?, ers at 10 Circular Road, the ning. When asked, he also
series of tweets. she said. Her remarks came a oicial residence of his wife, said that it is unfortunate
The Trinamool Congress day after Revenue Secretary Rabri Devi. The meeting West Bengal Chief Minister
(TMC) chairperson, one of Hasmukh Adhia said that was held to discuss Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM
the most vocal critics of the political parties depositing strategies to protest demon- Arvind Kejriwal and Bihar
demonetisation drive, ques- old 500 and 1,000-rupee etisation. CM Nitish Kumar are not to-
tioned the division between notes in their accounts will It is not notebandi but gether on the issue of
common people and polit- be exempted from income farzibandi [fraud] that has demonetisation.
ical parties. tax provided the donations afected common people in Deputy Chief Minister Te-
They need to clarify that taken are below Rs. 20,000. the countrythe Prime Min- jaswi Yadav, younger son of
#DeMonetisation means it is Meanwhile, senior TMC ister has cheated people, Mr. Prasad, said: The coun-
#DeMonetisation for all. leader and States Urban De- Mr. Prasad said. try has not been benefited
Same rules for everyone. If velopment Minister Firhad through demonetisation in
500/1000 are illegal tender, has called BJP president Rural awareness any way.
then how are they trying to Amit Shahs diatribe against LONG HOURS: Work does not end so soon for people these days. After office hours, they need to hunt for ATMs with cash. The RJD chief further said Senior RJD leaders
show that there is a division the party chairperson ex- A scene at Sangareddy in Telangana on Saturday. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD ARIF his party would launch an Raghuvansh Prasad Singh
btwn [between] common tremely indecent. awareness programme in and Jagdanand Singh too at-
villages on the impact of de- tacked the Union govern-
monetisation and explain ment on the issue, and ap-
is Modi-made
Two RBI oicials held, raids continue Cash crunch
leads to scule
that it had nothing to do
with the poor or the eco-
nomy of the country.
On December 28, our
pealed to party workers to
expose the BJP and its ne-
farious design.
Earlier, Mr. Raghuvansh
DEVESH K. PANDEY They allegedly did not puts, the Enforcement Dir- to open an account lodged party will organise a dharna Prasad Singh had said the Bi-
disaster: Rahul follow the rules while
ectorate searched Mumbais a complaint with the local in Bulandshahr at the district headquarters har Chief Minister Nitish
NEW DELHI: The crackdown on Zaveri Bazaar premises of police. These accounts are on the issue of demonetisa- Kumars support to demon-
STAFF REPORTER the illegal exchange of de- giving away new four bullion traders and ex- also being scrutinised by the STAFF REPORTER tion all across the state, he etisation had sent a wrong
monetised notes intensified porters. While we have so Income Tax Department. said while adding that once signal on the unity of the
BELAGAVI: Continuing his on Saturday with the Central
notes in exchange far tracked a deposit of Rs. 69 On Saturday, the ED also MEERUT: Cash crunch and pub- the deadline of December 30 grand alliance government
tirade against Prime Minis- Bureau of Investigation for the old ones crore in the bank accounts of seized about Rs. 30 lakh and lic anger led to complete given by the Prime Minister in the State.
ter Narendra Modi, Con- (CBI) arresting two more of- various shell companies, the 2.5 kg of gold from a tailor in chaos and a clash with the
gress vice-president Rahul ficials of the Reserve Bank of Mysore, and is also suspec- amount may go beyond Rs. Chandigarh. Earlier this police in Bulandshahr, 70 km
Gandhi described demonet- India (RBI). The Enforce- ted to have facilitated the ex- 100 crore. Funds were trans- week, the agency had seized from here, on Saturday.
isation as Modi-made dis- ment Directorate (ED) also change of Rs. 1.5 crore in de- ferred from the accounts to close to Rs. 2.2 crore in cash The absence of cash in a
aster and demanded to conducted searches against monetised currency. the bullion traders ostens- from a cloth merchant there. local branch of Punjab Na-
know what had happened to four Mumbai-based bullion The CBI alleges that the ibly for gold purchases. One In another operation tional Bank in Bulandshahr
the poll promise of bringing traders and exporters for the duo, along with some other account with a balance of Rs. against a Ludhiana-based led to a few women waiting
back black money stashed in alleged illegal exchange of unknown RBI oicials who 1.2 crore has been frozen, jewellery house, the IT De- outside the bank clashing
foreign banks. Rs. 69 crore in trashed notes were deployed for the ex- said a senior ED oicial. partment seized Rs. 9 lakh. and assaulting head con-
In his 32-minute address to using bank accounts of shell change of old notes, gave The jeweller allegedly dis- stable Jasveer Singh.
a gathering of Congress companies. away new notes without fol- Similar operation closed unaccounted income According to the video
workers here on Saturday, he Senior Special Assistant lowing the rules. Of the total The oicial said the modus worth Rs. 15.40 crore. shot by other villagers, who
said while people were impa- Sadananda Naika and Spe- amount, Rs. 60.3 lakh was operandi was similar to the In yet another case, the were waiting outside the
tiently waiting for Mr. Modi cial Assistant A.K. Kavin of purportedly exchanged over one used to exchange old Haryana Police seized more cash-strapped bank, the wo-
to deposit Rs. 15 lakh of the the RBIs Bengaluru oice just one counter. notes through 30 shell com- than Rs. 10 lakh cash in new men accused the policeman
retrieved black money in were arrested for the alleged The CBI registered an- pany accounts with a Noida notes from a money ex- of misbehaving with the
each bank account, the illegal exchange of Rs. 1.99 other case against an Assist- branch of Axis Bank from changer, while five persons crowd and started hitting
Centre had waived Rs. crore. They join their col- ant Commercial Manager where the money was trans- were arrested with an unex- him. Later, the banks staf
1,10,000 crore of bad debts of league, Senior Special As- (Railway) posted at Chhat- ferred to bullion traders. The plained Rs. 37 lakh in Rs. and policemen were seen
the rich, forming 1 per cent of sistant K. Michael, who was rapati Shivaji Terminus in directorate has registered a 2,000 denominations at placating the angry crowd.
Indias population. arrested a few days ago for Mumbai for the alleged ex- money laundering case to Erode in Tamil Nadu.
Demonetisation had only the alleged conversion of Rs. change of Rs. 8.22 lakh in de- probe the Noida accounts, (With Gautam S. Mengle
boosted unemployment, the 6 lakh through the Kollegal monetised notes. after a person whose iden- in Mumbai and Mohit M.
Congress leader said. branch of State Bank of Acting on intelligence in- tification papers were used Rao in Bengaluru)

In Lucknow weddings, pipers dont call the tune

The season is considered most lucrative for band troupes, but not this time because of the note ban
OMAR RASHID lead musicians. Typically a Kumar is not too optimistic
band consists of 15 to 20 things will improve. We
LUCKNOW: Family members persons, including cannot say what will be
and guests dancing away to musicians and light rolled out next, says he.
blaring modern DJ sets or bearers. The size of the
traditional bands with band depends on the Dalits lead trade
drums, clarinets and number of people in the Mr. Kumar belongs to the
trumpets; well-adorned baraat. Dhanuk community, one of
mares, grand Victorian- Though the situation the many Dalit castes in
style chariots or palanquins improved after the initial Uttar Pradesh. Though
bringing in the groom; weeks, Mr. Kumar says the over the years members of
disco lights and sound damage has been done other groups, including
trolleys electrifying the since the first phase of the Muslims, have ventured
atmosphere in the night peak season ends in a few into the band business,
band processions are an days. Dalits have traditionally
essential part of marriages Customers come been its mainstay.
SILENT SEASON: This peak wedding season has not been busy
and signify the baarat ofering to pay in old notes Most of the popular
for band troupes. PHOTO: AFP
(arrival of the groom). And or through cheques. That brass band companies in
winter the preferred good season. There has the demonetisation poses problems for us. We Lucknow are run by Dalits,
season for marriages is been a fall of 30 per cent in announcement. have to pay daily wage especially Dhanuks, with
considered most lucrative business, says Suresh Mr Kumar and other labourers, who need successive generations
for the band companies. Kumar in Qaiserbagh, who band owners of the band immediate payment in carrying on the trade.
But this season is runs the Ram Chandra shops or companies, cash. I had to deploy an Orders are usually made
diferent. The timing of the Band Company. Mr. Kumar, employ daily wage earners. employee to stand outside many months in advance,
demonetisation who has had four Some outsource the orders the bank just to encash the with few cancellations on
announcement could not cancellations, says many but most of these bands amount, said Mr. Kumar. either side.
have come at a worse time more orders have been already have their own set The second phase of the But there have been few
for around 200 bands in delayed as families have of expert instrumentalists, peak marriage season starts fresh orders since
Lucknow. Its not been a postponed marriages after with some owners acting as mid-January, but Mr. November 8.

14 | WORLD


New deal reached to China seeks to defuse tensions with U.S.

complete Aleppo evacuation After seizure of under-water drone, Beijing says right channels are being used to handle the issue
ATUL ANEJA cessfully. The incident ap- There has been a rise
ALEPPO/BEIRUT: A new deal has parently took place on
been reached to complete BEIJING: China on Saturday December 15, northwest of in tensions between
the evacuation of rebel-held sought to de-escalate ten- Subic Bay, of the Philippines the two sides since
areas of Syrias east Aleppo sions arising out of its coast. The Chinese side
which ground to a halt on seizure of an underwater seized the drone just as the
Donald Trumps
Friday over demands from drone belonging to the U.S. oceanographic ship, remarks on Taiwan
pro-government forces that United States, which has Bowditch, was about to re-
people also be moved out of called for its speedy return. trieve the underwater entered into a phase of un-
two villages besieged by Reuters quoted a Chinese vehicle. According to the derwater competition.
rebels. foreign ministry statement Pentagon spokesman Peter
Syrian rebel oicial al- as saying that military chan- Cook, the vehicle was an un- Show of strength
Farouk Abu Bakr, speaking nels of China and the U.S. classified ocean glider that There has been a rise in
from Aleppo to news chan- have been activated to ap- has been routinely used to friction between China and
nel al-Arabiya al-Hadath on propriately handle the gather data on salinity, water the U.S. following President-
Saturday, said the deal com- issue. temperature and sound elect Donald Trumps state-
prised an evacuation from It is understood that speed. NEGOTIATIONS ON: The USNS Bowditch, the oceanographic ment questioning Washing-
the two Shia villages be- China and the United States The Hong Kong based survey ship, which was attempting to recover the drone when tons unqualified support for
sieged by insurgents, the are using military channels South China Morning Post Chinese Navy took it away. FILE PHOTO: AP Beijings sovereignty over
evacuation of wounded to appropriately handle this quoted Zhao Xiaozhuo, the Taiwan.
people from two towns be- issue, Chinas Foreign Min- director and a senior colonel China has seized a piece of agreement is reached, he After the event, China has
sieged by pro-government istry statement said. at the Centre on China- equipment from the U.S. observed. embarked on a show of
forces near the Lebanese WAIT TO END? Rebel fighters sit on the rubble of buildings as America Defence Relations side. They will definitely ask The daily also interviewed strength, including military
border, and the full evacu- they wait to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern An ocean glider at the Academy of Military us to return it. But China Wang Yiwei, an interna- exercises by a composite
ation of rebel-held east Aleppo; (below) a child in a rebel-held area. PHOTOS: REUTERS Global Times newspaper, Science, a PLA think-tank, as would say, at least, you cant tional relations professor at force of ships and fighter
Aleppo. ailiated with the Commun- saying that Beijing and behave in this way anymore. Renmin University, who said jets, led by its aircraft carrier,
A Syrian government oi- trying to leave Aleppo was ist Party of China (CPC), Washington were likely to China will more or less ask that the incident showed Liaoning. Fully armed
cial also said the stalled evac- returned back to the city. quoted a source from the resolve the issue through for some conditions. Then the power of the Chinese Chinese nuclear bomber
uation of Aleppo would re- Now we are working on Peoples Liberation Army negotiations. the two sides will enter ne- Army. He added: This in- HK-6 has also been conduct-
sume, alongside some international guarantees to (PLA) as saying that the is- This is an incident gotiations. It will only be re- cident indicated the contest ing regular air patrols over
evacuations from the four guarantee the safety of those sue would be resolved suc- between China and the U.S. turned when some form of between the two Armies has the South China Sea.
besieged towns and villages. who leave Aleppo so that
It was agreed to resume such violations are not re-
evacuations from east peated, Mr. Abu Bakr said.
Aleppo in parallel with the
evacuation of [medical]
cases from Kefraya and al-
Complexity of war
The chaos surrounding
Ban could run for S. Koreas presidency Unpresidented
tweet triggers
Foua and some cases from the Aleppo evacuation re- UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL: Ban Ki- I will really consider seri- run in elections next year as
Zabadani and Madaya, said
the government oicial, part
flects the complexity of Syr-
ias civil war, with an array of
moon left the door open to
possibly running for Presid-
ously how best and what I
should and I could do for my
the leader of Ms. Parks party.
The scandal however may
deluge of mockery
of the evacuations negotiat- groups and foreign interests ent of South Korea in his fi- country, he told reporters, have derailed his plans. WASHINGTON: U.S. President-
ing team. involved on each side. nal press conference as noting South Korea is in Tens of thousands of pro- elect Donald Trump got
tions on all sides and UN Aleppo had been divided United Nations secretary turmoil. testers turned out in Seoul plenty of attention but not
Besieged villages Secretary-General Ban Ki- between government and general, noting that the Mr. Bans statements fol- for the eighth straight week the kind he was looking for
The Shia villages of al- moon said Aleppo is now a rebel areas in the nearly six- country is in turmoil. low days of protests de- on Saturday, pushing for the after a tweet on Saturday
Foua and Kefraya in Idlib synonym for hell. year war, but a lightning ad- Mr. Ban, a South Korean manding the swift and per- immediate and permanent calling out China for its
province are besieged by in- vance by the Syrian Army citizen who leaves his cur- manent removal of removal of impeached South seizure of an unmanned U.S.
surgents. The towns of Breach of agreement and its allies that began in rent post at the end of the impeached South Korean Korean President Park naval probe.
Madaya and Zabadani are Rebel sources accused mid-November deprived the year, was at first evasive President Park Geun-Hye. Geun-hye. China steals United
blockaded by pro-govern- pro-government forces they insurgents of most of their when asked on Friday about Unlike previous weeks, States Navy research drone
ment forces. identified as Shia militias of territory in a matter of his political future. Impeachment motion the demonstrators didnt in international waters
The operation to evacuate detaining and opening fire weeks. I am still the Secretary- Lawmakers on December have the streets of the capital rips it out of water and takes
fighters and civilians from on a convoy carrying evacu- The Syrian Observatory General. I still have 15 days to 9 voted to impeach Ms. Park all to themselves, with a size- it to China in unpresidented
the last opposition-held area ees from east Aleppo on Fri- for Human Rights, which go, Mr. Ban said. over a corruption scandal, UN Secretary-General Ban able rally by Park loyalists [sic] act, wrote Mr. Trump
of Aleppo was suspended on day. Abu Bakr told al-Hadath monitors the war, said no But after leaving the UN opening a new period of na- Ki-moon. PHOTO: AP seeking to buttress support on his favourite platform.
Friday, its second day, after the previous agreement was buses or ambulances had yet the 72-year-old plans to take tional uncertainty. for the beleaguered Presid- Unpresidented quickly
pro-government militias de- breached by pro-govern- entered al-Foua or Kefraya, a rest, then go to South Korea Mr. Ban said that he under- cratic institutions could ent. The main anti-Park became a top trending topic
manded that wounded ment militias who detained but the operation was expec- and try to meet as many stood the aspiration of help. protest began with a gather- on Twitter in the United
people also be brought out of hundreds of people trying ted to begin soon. It said in people as possible, which people for a new type of in- Mr. Ban, a former South ing in central Seoul, with or- States, as online wags sav-
al-Foua and Kefraya, and to leave, leading to some the villages there are about may include political leaders clusive leadership, and sug- Korean Foreign Minister ganisers putting the peak aged the incoming President
protesters blocked the road deaths. 20,000 people, of whom and leaders of the com- gested that social integra- who was widely believed to turnout at around 600,000. for the unfortunate
out of Aleppo. A Syrian military source roughly 4,500 are pro-gov- munity, societies and my tion, reconciliation and be angling to run for the Police put it much lower at misspelling.
There were recrimina- denied this, but said a convoy ernment fighters. Reuters friends. much more mature demo- presidency, was expected to 60,000. AFP TrumpSpellCheck Un-
presidentedly efective,
tweeted Harry Potter au-
thor JK Rowling.
Protests hit Venezuela Adieu to an astronaut 13 soldiers killed in Dear world, most Amer-
icans really wish we could be
following demonetisation Turkey suicide bombing #unpresidented, another
Twitter user wrote.
Mr. Trump deleted the
CARACAS: Venezuela became a sign that the new bills were ISTANBUL: Thirteen Turkish tweet after about an hour, re-
country mostly without cash on their way. soldiers were killed and All signs suggest that placing it with one correctly
on Friday, sparking scattered President Nicolas Maduro dozens more wounded on the the Kurdistan using the word unpreced-
protests and looting around had made a surprise an- Saturday in a suicide car ented. While many mocked
the country as people fumed nouncement on Sunday that bombing targeting of-duty
Workers Party (PKK) the deeply divisive political
at having their already lim- the 100-bolivar note would conscripts blamed on Kurd- was behind the novice, famous for his verbal
ited purchasing power cut go out of circulation by the ish militants, the latest in a attack, says govt. tics and gafes, supporters
of almost entirely. weeks end amid the worlds string of attacks to rock Tur- jumped to his defence and
As the nations most highest inflation. He also key in recent months. ing wreck by the blast, which said critics were piling on
widely used banknote went temporarily closed the bor- The government said all comes a week after 44 people about a typo while ignoring
out of circulation, the higher- der with Colombia and signs so far suggested the the were killed in a double bomb- the bigger problem.
denomination bills that were Brazil, and then on Thursday outlawed Kurdistan Workers ing in Istanbul after a football
supposed to replace the night extended the border Party (PKK) was behind the match. That attack was U.S. hyping it up
100bolivar note had not yet closure for another 72 hours. bombing in the city of claimed by Kurdish militants. Also, Beijing later on Sat-
arrived at banks or ATMs. Mr. Maduro said the clos- Kayseri, a usually calm in- All indications at present urday slammed the U.S. for
That forced people to rely on ure was needed to thwart dustrial hub in Anatolia. point to the PKK, Deputy hyping up its seizure of the
credit cards and bank trans- mafias who hoard bolivars. Prime Minister and govern- naval probe. The hyping up
fers or to try to make pur- Critics mocked the notion 48 soldiers wounded ment spokesman Numan from the American side is in-
chases with bundles of hard- that gangsters would choose Forty-eight soldiers were Kurtulmus told NTV televi- appropriate and unhelpful to
to-find smaller bills often to keep their wealth in the wounded in the attack which sion. Prime Minister Binali the swift resolution of the
worth less than a penny each. worlds fastest-devaluing struck when the soldiers Yildirim said that the attack problem, Chinas Defence
Indignation at having to currency. The 100bolivar were being taken from their was carried out by a suicide Ministry said.
deal with an economy even bill until now the coun- barracks by bus on a week- bomber, without giving fur- China said it strongly op-
more paralysed than usual trys largest denomination end shopping trip, the Army ther details. posed U.S. reconnaissance
sparked social unrest. Police is worth little more than 2 said in a statement. Interior President Recep Tayyip activities and had asked
put down looting near a bank cents, down from 10 cents at LAST JOURNEY: Thousands were expected to gather on Saturday in Ohio for a memorial Minister Suleyman Soylu Erdogan said that the acts of Washington to stop them.
building in the large western the start of the year. service to pay tribute to American space legend John Glenn, who died last week at the said a total of 55 people were terror in Turkey were aim- The Chinese side will
city of Maracaibo with sev- Mr. Maduro held up a new age of 95. Picture shows his body lying in state, under a U.S. Marine honour guard, in wounded, six seriously. Tele- ing at all 79 million of our cit- take the necessary steps in
eral arrests. Young men 500-bolivar bill on his televi- the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. PHOTO: REUTERS vision pictures showed the izens together with our sol- response, the statement ad-
marched down the street sion show on Thursday, bus reduced to a smoulder- diers and police. AFP ded. AFP
after growing tired of wait- promising the new bank-
ing outside the bank to turn notes would soon be in wide

Trump adds Christmas politics to rallies

in their money. circulation and ofering to
temporarily cut sales tax for
Looting in cities credit card transactions. But 7.9-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea
Mobs looted several busi- on Friday, ATMs were still is-
nesses in the remote eastern suing only the nowworth- VARGHESE K. GEORGE diverse society. Many pro- Some Americans Mr. Trump is going to be no immediate casualties
state of Bolivar. In total, au- less 100-bolivar notes. AP gressive people have President soon, and Star- were reported and an initial
thorities said there were WASHINGTON: If U.S. President- switched to a religiously in the recent years bucks has brought evergreen tsunami threat was later
protests and looting in six elect Donald Trump were to neutral greeting of happy have switched to trees, reindeer and snow- deemed to have passed. The
cities, leading to 32 people be believed, his election last holidays in recent years. a neutral happy flakes back to its red cups earthquake struck 60 km to
being detained and one in- month has changed the way Many companies also took this year, and its outlets are the east of Taron, New
jured. Americans celebrate the cue and started avoiding holidays greeting playing Christmas jingles Ireland, at 8.51 pm local time
In Caracas, some people Christmas. Merry Christmas ads. Reli- non-stop these days. (1051 GMT) at a depth of
passed the day banging on Were gonna start saying gious conservatives view avoided mentioning Christ- Most companies stopped SYDNEY: A major 7.9- some 75 km, the USGS said.
pots and cursing the govern- Merry Christmas again, he this as an extreme form of mas on cards John F the nonsense and Merry magnitude earthquake struck New Zealands Ministry of
ments apparent lack of plan- told a rally in Michigan last political correctness, and Kennedy and Herbert Christmas became a com- off Papua New Guinea (PNG) Civil Defence also briefly
ning. There was no cash to be week. By this week, Mr. have termed it a war on Hoover, for instance. mon greeting once again, on Saturday, the U.S. issued a tsunami warning for
seen changing hands on the Trumps thank you rallies Christmas. Mr. Trump had kept the is- wrote Bill OReilly, prime- Geological Survey said, but the countrys coast. AFP
street or inside shops, and no have added an explicit sue at the centre of his cam- time anchor on Fox News,
Christmas fervour to it. Rise of Obama blamed paign since the Christmas of who has been a proponent of
Standing against the back- Some have linked the de- 2015, when a controversy the war on Christmas no-
drop of Christmas trees and cline of Christmas greetings erupted over Starbucks tion, on his blog this week. Indian films to return to Pakistani screens
lights, Mr. Trump told sup- to President Barack Obamas avoiding Christmas symbols
porters in Wisconsin on rise. The Obamas wished on its cups as it used do to Made in China KARACHI: Pakistani film
December 19. He said the
Tuesday: So when I started happy holidays on greeting earlier. Joshua Feuerstein, an But all said, American exhibitors and cinema cinema owners and
18 months ago, I told my first cards always, though the evangelical social-media Christmas remains mostly owners are likely to end a exhibitors had only taken a
crowd in Wisconsin that we President has wished Amer- personality, launched a You- Made in China, still. In 2015, self-imposed ban on suspension of screening of
are going to come back here icans a Merry Christmas Tube campaign against Star- Christmas articles made up screening of Indian films on Indian films and that it was
someday and we are going to every year, in his weekly ad- bucks, which has been the third category among the Monday that was put in place not a ban.
say Merry Christmas dress ahead of December 25. viewed 17 million times. ten items that have more amid escalating tensions Sources in the industry
again... Merry Christmas. So, Thank you, everybody. Mr. Trump, who was then than 90 per cent of the total between the two countries. said that most of the cinema
Merry Christmas everyone. Mele Kalikimaka, Mr. a Republican primary can- U.S consumption coming Zoraish Lashari, Chairman owners, exhibitors and
Happy New Year, but Merry Obama said on Friday, con- didate, had promised to shut from China. America impor- of the Film Exhibitors importers of Indian films had
Christmas. cluding what could be his fi- down a Starbucks outlet in ted more than two billion Association, told reporters got panicky after Pakistani
nal presser in oice, with the Trump Towers in New York dollars worth of Christmas that after thorough films, including old and fresh
War on Christmas Hawaiian greeting for in retaliation. If I become articles from China last year. discussions with parties releases, and even latest
At the heart of the debate Merry Christmas. President, were all going to Christmas lights, entered as concerned, it has been Hollywood movies failed to
NATION WITHOUT CASH: People queue up outside Venezuelas is the question of whether Presidents before him too be saying Merry Christmas a separate category, was decided screening of Indian fill up the halls. PTI
Central Bank to deposit their 100-bolivar notes on Friday; wishing Merry Christmas is have used happy holidays or again, that I can tell you, he ninth on the list, which was films would resume from
(above) a protester burns a 100-bolivar note. PHOTOS: REUTERS appropriate in a religiously seasons greetings and had said then. worth $500 million.


Forex reserves drop by $887.2 million Availability of PoS machines to improve M&M in JV with MSTC to scrap vehicles
Indias foreign exchange reserves declined by Availability of point of sale (PoS) machines for Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) said one of its
$887.2 million to $362.99 billion in the week cash transactions will improve in coming days, arms has formed a joint venture with MSTC for
to December 9, the RBI said. PTI Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said. PTI scrapping of old automobiles. PTI


Reviewing legal framework for

nod to raise
Rs.3,000 cr. more
take very long: FM securing digital payments
YUTHIKA BHARGAVA Money, and players like
in masala bonds
MUMBAI: Having already ex-
hausted a Rs. 5,000 crore
Minister says GST a transaction tax so can start any time Paytm. In the first stage, it limit to issue masala bonds,
The Electronics and IT has been decided to make mortgage major HDFC on
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT ministry, which would play the banks wallets Saturday said the Reserve
a crucial role in the interoperable. Bank of India (RBI) had
NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Centres attempts to move granted it permission to raise
Arun Jaitley said the govern- the country to a less-cash Concerns have also been another Rs.3,000 crore from
ment had taken a somewhat economy following the raised over infrastructure the newly emerging route.
courageous step by with- withdrawal of high-value capacity to carry digital We have approval from
drawing high value bank- currency notes, is working payments. Recently, there the RBI to raise more money.
notes and going in for a large on a new legal framework were reports of transaction I think we have approval for
scale currency swap, adding to ensure security of digital failures due to network failure. Rs 3,000 crore. But, we will
that the remonetisation of transactions, its Secretary wait and watch, its Vice
the economy with fresh cur- Aruna Sundararajan Failures can happen at Chairman and Chief Execut-
rency notes was not going to said in an interview. Edited three to four levels. One is ive Keki Mistry told report-
take a very long time. Excerpts: the basic underlying net- ers here.
The fact that India today work i.e. the telecom net- He said the company has
has the capacity to take and What are the areas you work itself. On telecom net- already raised Rs.5,000 crore
enforce these decisions, and have identified as crucial to works, I think while we do through the masala bond
experiment boldly even at a AN OUTLIER: Once remonetisation was complete, it would mark push the transition towards have call drops, we dont route, wherein an Indian
time when the world is look- a new normal, Mr. Jaitley said. PHOTO: KAMAL NARANG more digital payments? have system-wide failure. company raises money over-
ing inwards, marks an excep- Second, it can be at the seas denominated in Indian
tion as far as India is con- The same principle applies is the issue of cross-em- The focus is on four things. switch level (Visa or Mas- rupees, in four tranches.
cerned, Mr. Jaitley said, today, he said, referring to powering Centre and States First is to review the legal terCard switch). Recently, I The rate of interest for the
adding that one needed clar- the drive toward a less-cash on assessment of taxpayers. framework for digital pay- think what happened was fund raising was 8.3 per cent
ity, courage, broad shoulders economy through the We are trying to resolve ments and cybersecurity, that one of the switches in the first tranche, which
and the stamina to carry out propagation of digital pay- this. and see whether there is create awareness Customer complaint re- went of. That is something came down till 7.25 per cent
such decisions. ments. Ideally, Mr. Jaitley said, anything that we need to through the TV channel dressal will fall within the that they have to fix. The for the last one, he said, con-
Once the remonetisation There were more than 75 common taxation had to lead do. There are some areas that we have launched (Di- domain of service pro- third is at the bank. The ceding that developments
process was complete, which crore debit and credit cards, to a federal bureaucracy and where we need to work, so giShala) and a knowledge viders, but if there are is- banks back-end servers such as the Fed rate hike and
the minister said had made diferent types of e-wallets the new indirect tax regime we are comprehensively re- repository website, where sues relating to the techno- may have been down etc. commentary about similar
substantial headway, it being experimented and in- ought to begin in a new fin- viewing that. all information on digital logy, there has to be Usually, all service pro- actions in the future make it a
would mark the creation of a creases in the range of 100 ancial year, so April 1, 2017, The second area is new payments can be found. accountability and liability viders take urgent actions diicult route.
new normal for India. per cent to 1000 per cent in was still a target. technologies that are com- of the platform providers. in such cases, we dont even This is not probably the
the use of each digital mode However, since it is a ing up. We need to encour- While theres been a surge We will build that into the have to tell them because best time to raise fresh
Unacceptable normal of payments, the minister transaction tax and not an in- age these because unless in use of e-wallets, a lot of legal provisions. they lose revenue if the sys- money in the context of the
The 70 years of normal pointed out. come tax, it can start in any technology is very easy to security concerns have been tem is down. fact that Fed policy has come
we saw before is unaccept- The whole process of re- part of the year. The earlier use and very convenient, it raised too. Till your review of Is there any proposal to out and Fed has hinted at
able, he said. It had become monetisation is not going to we do it, the better it is for us is diicult for people to go the legal framework is allow interoperability of But have you spoken to higher rates, he said, adding
a way of life, not merely that take a very long time. I am to switch over to the new sys- cashless. We are looking at complete, is there any interim mobile wallets? telcos and the banks on the that the company will be tak-
you had a lot more cash cur- sure very soon, the RBI, by tem as the curtains will come near field communications measure planned for issue? ing a call on the new fund
rency as part of your GDP, injecting currency daily into down on existing indirect tax (NFC), embedded iris- and enhancing security of such The committee of Chief raising from January. PTI
but the adverse socio-eco- the banking and postal sys- system from September 16, biometrics-enabled smart- instruments? Ministers, chaired by Yes. There have been sev-
nomic consequences of that tem would be able to com- 2017. phones, USSD-enabled mo- Andhra Pradesh Chief Min- eral rounds of meetings
including aberrations such plete it, he said. Citing the Brexit vote as a bile banking. A lot of start- The legal framework we ister Chandrababu Naidu, with the telcos to ensure
as not getting into banking Exuding confidence about surprise for most observers, ups are also coming up with will do immediately...I cant has discussed this with the that network is Bullion Rates
system, escaping the tax net building a consensus with he said, even the U.S. elec- applications using these give a date, but we will do it Reserve Bank of India and strengthened. December 17 rates in rupees with
previous rates in brackets
and using cash for collateral States on the legislations to tions saw a lot of cynicism. technologies. We are trying very quickly as it is very the decision was that, for With banks also we have
purposes including crimes. implement the new Goods The Republican party, to see which of those can be important. the time being, we will al- continuous meetings. Last Chennai
Only...a section of the Par- and Services Tax regime, he whose candidate has won, suitable. low interoperability of week, the IT Minister (Ravi Bar Silver (1 kg) 39,305 (39,120)
liament seems to be unaware said that 10 important de- was traditionally regarded as The third area is using Can we expect any steps to bank-backed mobile wal- Shankar Prasad) took a Retail (1 g) 42.10 (41.90)
24 ct gold (10 g) 27,910 (27,850)
of what is happening... In cisions had already been a trade-friendly party than our own CSC (common address customer complaints lets. Currently, there are meeting with bank oicials.
22 ct gold (1 g) 2,670 (2,664)
2000, people would have taken with complete con- the Democrats and the service centre) network for for digital payments? For three types of mobile wal- He is meeting them again Delhi
laughed at the suggestion of sensus of the Council. global situation, as also the getting one crore citizens example, a lot of time lets given by banks, given on Monday, along with the Silver 39,650 (39,600)
every poor person having a One major issue, which is U.S. situation, is moving to- enrolled into digital pay- payments dont go through or by telecom players such as Finance Minister (Arun Standard Gold 27,930 (27,750)
mobile phone. But that be- in fact a very small issue in wards excessively protec- ments. And the last is to a customer is charged twice Airtel Money and Jio Jaitley). Sovereign 24,000 (24,000)
came a reality in a few years. the larger scheme of things, tionist positions.

Centre mulls Taxman can scrutinise political

merger of cyber,
telecom dispute parties accounts, says Centre
parties subject to conditions
appeals tribunals SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT IT exemption is given which includes keeping and
to only registered maintaining books of ac-
NEW DELHI: As part of plans to NEW DELHI: The Ministry of political parties counts and other documents
merge some of the tribunals Finance sought to clarify on as would enable the Assess-
into larger entities to avoid Saturday that deposits of de- subject to certain ing Oicer to deduce its in-
identical functions, the monetised high-value cur- conditions come, the Ministry said.
Centre is looking to con- rency notes into political In respect of each volun-
verge the Cyber Appellate parties bank accounts could Adhias comments on Friday tary contribution in excess of
Tribunal (CyAT) and also be subjected to scrutiny suggesting that deposits of Rs.20,000, the political party
TDSAT. Government under the Income Tax law. old Rs.500 and Rs.1000 cur- will have to maintain a re-
sources on Saturday said that There have been some rency notes in bank accounts cord of such contributions
CyAT was proposed to be newspaper reports which of political parties would not along with the name and ad-
merged with the Telecom seem to wrongly suggest that be taxed. dress of such person who has
Disputes Settlement and Ap- there cannot be any scrutiny Stressing that there are made such contribution, the
pellate Tribunal (TDSAT) of Income-tax returns of enough provisions in the In- Ministry added.
and a Cabinet note to this ef- political parties registered come Tax law to scrutinise Later in the day, Finance
fect would be moved shortly. with the Election Commis- political parties accounts for Minister Arun Jaitley denied
CyAT adjudicates matters sion in the context of depos- which they are required to that political parties enjoy
related to information tech- its of old currency notes. file a return, the ministry has any immunity and said
nology and is seen carrying This inference seems to have now said that accounts of there is no question of spar-
significance at a time when been drawn because of the each party have to be audited ing anyone, and the political
the government is pushing fact that the income of the by a chartered accountant class is no exception.
for digital payments. CyAT, political parties is exempt and parties have to submit a Under Section 13A of IT
however, has been headless from Income Tax under Sec- report to the Election Com- Act 1961, political parties
since July 2011. IT Minister tion 13A, the Ministry said mission about the donations have to submit audited ac-
Ravi Shankar Prasad said the in a statement. received within a prescribed counts, income and ex-
Centre was working to ra- The clarification was time frame. The exemption penditure details and bal-
tionalise tribunals, merge prompted following Rev- from Income Tax is given to ance sheets, said Mr. Jaitley.
tribunals. PTI enue Secretary Hasmukh only registered political (With inputs from PTI)

Airlines want direct line to passengers

SOMESH JHA government to make
Aadhaar or any other single
BAMBOLIM (GOA): Domestic air- identification mandatory for
lines have approached the flight bookings so that the
Centre to enable them to- contact details of passengers
communicate directly with are captured, Mr. Hingorani
passengers in case of res- said.
cheduling of flights, espe-
cially during the fog season, Airline IT
citing diiculties in inform- Domestic airlines and air-
ing those who book their ports are expected to ramp
tickets through travel agents up their spending in techno-
about flight delays and other logy in 2017, according to
critical information. GAME-CHANGER: Any solution that can integrate customer SITAs 2016 IT Trends
Every morning, we wake details with database will make travel hassle-free. FILE PHOTO Benchmark study released
up to fog in Delhi and I see ir- here. About 80 per cent of
ate customers on the social information of 50 per cent of passengers fearing airlines the airports are expecting an
media asking us why they passengers who book may take away their cus- IT budget increase in 2017
werent informed about the through travel agents, he tomer base. Another airline over 2016 compared to 58 per
flight delay, Vistara Chief said. He also said that executive said that it had ap- cent airports globally, the re-
Strategy and Commercial roughly 75 per cent of all air- proached the government to port said. Over the next three
Oicer Sanjiv Kapoor said at line tickets are booked frame regulations to make it years, 80 per cent of airlines
the inaugural of the two-day through travel agents at mandatory for travel portals and 67 per cent of airports
India Aviation ICT Forum present. Any technology to pass on passengers con- plan major projects develop-
2016, organised by global air solution that can integrate tact information to airlines. ing mobile services for pas-
transport IT provider, SITA, passenger information with In nine out of 10 com- sengers, the report added.
here. our database in addition to plaints, we find that travel Further, about 83 per cent of
Now, 98 per cent of our regulatory solution would be agents havent shared the airports plan major passen-
customers may carry smart- a game-changer and make contact details of passengers ger self-service initiatives in
phones but we only have travel hassle-free for cus- with us, said SpiceJet Senior the next three years.
contact information of those tomers, he said. vice-president and Head of (The correspondent was
who either book through us An airline executive said in-flight services Kamal invited by SITA to attend its
or are frequent flyer mem- most travel agents do not Hingorani. India ICT Aviation Forum
bers. We dont have contact share contact information of We have requested the 2016 in Goa)



transactions to to complete
help usher in The incentives on digital payments will give a Travel Tours
further push to those undecided on going digital acquisition soon

NEW DELHI: Digital transactions OOMMEN A. NINAN CHENNAI: The acquisition of

consumers? Customer Due Diligence These incentives on digital population is still not aware its benefits.
will help bring in transpar- (CDD) procedure within a payments will give a further of the benefits of banking Not only they gain know- Bengaluru-based Travel
ency, according to Ravi Simplified Aadhaar-en- This small step by the RBI is year. push to those undecided on and is dependent on local ledge but also can compare Tours Group (TTG) by the
Shankar Prasad, Minister for abled OTP (one-time pin)- a giant leap towards digit- The responsibility of going digital. resources. various products to choose Indian subsidiary of Aus-
IT and Electronics. based e-KYC can be a big ising finance in India. Fin- completing the Customer As a predominantly tradi- Most importantly, digit- the right one and apply with tralia-based Flight Centre
The Ministers comments boon to both customers and ancial institutions now have Due Diligence (CDD) is tional market, people are isation will bring rural pop- confidence. Travel Group (FCTG) will be
comes amid the Centres ef- the Banking, Financial Ser- the option to on-board cus- shared between the banks still uncomfortable trans- ulation face to face with The entire process of pur- completed by early next
forts in pushing for a cash- vices and Insurance indus- tomers through an OTP and the customer unlike acting through digital products like insurance, chasing personal finance month, a top oicial said.
less ecosystem in India. tries. In the wake of demon- (one-time pin)-based earlier where the onus was means as they are still un- overdraft, mutual funds etc. products is very time con- FCTG had agreed to buy
If the transactions are di- etisation and the Centres Aadhaar e-KYC process. on the customers to provide aware of the convenience and will help customers suming if taken oline. TTG in a cash and stock deal.
gital, the consumers are resolve to promote a cash- Customers can use OTP KYC documentation. and transparency that di- from these unreached loca- Also, some of the best FCTG is an A$19.3 billion
known to the banks, leading less economy, Adhil Shetty, generated through Unique Further, the Aadhaar- gital transactions bring. tions to access these useful products are not available company with over 40
to transparency in the sys- Co-founder and Chief Exec- Identification Authority of based e-KYC will ensure While digital transactions financial products easily oline as the brick and mor- brands. The financial details
tem, he said addressing the utive Oicer, BankBazaar- India (UIDAI) on their mo- higher security as an applic- through wallets and cards and quickly. tar establishment of finan- of the deal will be announced
AGM of FICCI. .com, one of Indias largest bile phone to complete the ants data can only be ac- make keeping accounts cial institutions providing soon, said Shravan Gupta,
online financial market- e-KYC process electronic- cessed with the customers simple, you have record of How do you see technology such ofers are missing from TTG Managing Director,
Transformative places, believes that e-KYC ally. consent and analysed in- every rupee you spend, playing its part in order to these locations. who will join the board of
government will help inimproving finan- This completely paper- stantly. which is not always the case push Aadhaar-based With digitisation, cus- FCTG and also hold a minor-
He said the current dis- cial inclusion and bringing less and presence-less pro- Aadhaar, as it is biomet- with cash. transactions? Do you think tomers can access the right ity stake in FCM Travel Solu-
pensation is a transformative in potentially hundreds of cess can be used to open rically de-duplicated, Moreover, you have a big- India is ready for this? financial product for them- tions.
government. This govern- millions of unreached and term loan accounts of up to provides a higher level of se- ger quantum of available selves using their mobile While FCM Travel Solu-
ment is a transformative gov- marginalised Indians under Rs.60,000 or deposit ac- curity compared with other funds at any time, based on We were the first fintech and apply for the same in- tions will concentrate on
ernment, designed to make the ambit of the formal counts holding up to Rs.1 forms of identification. It the limits on your card, (financial technology) com- stantly. corporate travel and leisure
India an economic power. banking system, thanks to lakh a year. will reduce incidences of which is again not the case pany to talk about how sim- With restrictions on cash business in the northern and
Talking about the govern- the power and reach of mo- The OTP-based Aadhaar identity theft, forging signa- with cash. plified Aadhaar-enabled transactions, the real estate western parts of the country,
ments move to withdraw old bile phones. Edited e-KYC process is a mobile- ture and submission of fake This means you are better OTP-based e-KYC can be a and jewellery may not be TTG will focus on the south
Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes, excerpts: based paperless and pres- documents. covered for emergencies. big boon to both customers looking very profitable in- and the east. Both the brand
the minister said, demonet- ence-less solution. The electronic platform Digital payments are also and the BFSI sector itself. vestment options now. names will be retained as
isation is a part of a trans- The RBI recently allowed the Customers no longer helps banks to reduce oper- convenient in the sense that Few months back, we intro- Hence, mutual funds, which TTG is a 40-year-old firm,
formative programme which use of OTP in e-KYC process for need to be physically ating cost on processing pa- you can do many things duced the worlds first give average CAGR (com- said Mr. Gupta. We have a
is aimed at stronger and account opening. How will this present at the bank branch perwork. through your phone such as multi-brand paperless plat- pound annual growth rate of strong presence in the south
more movable digital simplify procedures for the to open an account or apply The reduction in costs is transfer money to someone form for online approval of 15-16 per cent) will gain and will try to capitalise on
economy. for a loan. The process can 2-3 per cent in the case of at your convenience instead unsecured loans and credit popularity. it, he added. TTG posted an
Pointing out that not be done online at their banking products, and 20-30 of having to go to the bank. cards. We have recently intro- income of Rs.750 crore last
everybody in India had a convenience. This is per cent in case of insurance And now, you are being Many customers have duced mutual funds based year with the foreign ex-
smartphone, Mr.Prasad said, also going to products. Ultimately the rewarded, essentially mak- already transacted with 100 on paperless platform as change business accounting
Were encouraging quicken and customers stand to gain ing your life easier. per cent satisfaction. well. for Rs.300 crore.
Aadhaar-based payment for make the pro- from the reduced cost of The best part is that these It is based on Aadhar-en- We have been looking for- During the current year, it
them. cess friction- customer acquisition. incentives are aimed at abled platform and is very ward to this future for quite expects to earn revenue of
With a population of more less as it only We are confident that it transactions that are not secure. As we are working at some time and have been Rs.1,000 crore of which the
than 1.25 billion, India had requires in- will prove to be a cost-ef- very high value but are the core of it and hence un- working hard on innovating forex business will be close
1.04 billion mobile phone teraction fective and trustworthy al- something almost everyone derstand the technology in- and developing paperless to Rs.700 crore. Announcing
users of which 350 million between a ternative. makes frequently. volved in it, I can say with assets keeping consumer the opening of its third for-
were smartphone users. customer Further down this road, So, they will build up cus- confidence that India is ab- and partners at the core to eign exchange branch in
The Centre is working on and his cell- we look forward to further tomer confidence and help solutely ready for this. drive frictionless, digital Chennai, C. Srinivasan, vice
an Android-based Aadhaar phone. modifications that electron- people take the next steps of financial product president, Forex Busi-
Enabled Payment System This is be- ify and make Customer Due going paperless, presence- Do you see Digital Payment consumption. ness,TTG, said: We initially
(AEPS) application de- cause these Diligence completely pa- less and cashless. agenda and Aadhaar-based planned to open 20 forex of-
veloped in collaboration OTP-based ac- perless. transactions helping in There are likely to be fices.
with TCS to ease the cash- counts, both deposits A potential increase in How do you see digital increased adoption of other discounts on insurance About 15 have been
less payments process for and loans, will have to the credit limits, once the payments impacting the rural financial services such as premiums. Can you share more opened. Six more forex of-
merchants. The application be regularised to a data shows that it reduces economy? What opportunities mutual funds/insurance etc.? details on this? fices will be opened during
will be introduced shortly. standard account by risk but increases conveni- will it bring for rural economy 2017 in Chennai, Bengaluru,
The 13-member panel of completing the ence, will also be welcome. as it is a highly cashintensive Customer is either not From January 1, people pay- Madurai, Coimbatore, Pu-
Chief Ministers, to push di- economy? aware that such products ing general insurance ducherry and Tiruchi.
gital payments, has recom- The Finance Minister had exist or is not confident premiums will get a 10 per We have authorised
mended that Aadhaar-en- announced various incentives We believe that with digit- enough to apply for one. cent discount and 8 per cent dealer category II license to
abled payment transactions in order to push the Digital isation of payments, more After they become part of discount for life insurance if receive forex remittances.
be kept free for users. Payments agenda. What is and more customers will be- the banking system, it will the payment is made online. On the impact of demonet-
Mr. Prasad, who is also the your view on this and how will come part of the formal be easy for the banks to edu- It is currently from PSUs isation, Mr. Gupta said there
Law Minister, said India these discounts help the banking system. cate and bring them face-to- and only if purchased from was a 15 per cent decline in
aimed to become a hub for common man? Large percentage of rural face with such products and their respective websites. leisure tours compared with
international arbitration. the previous months.

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Telecast Schedule FIFA boss wants video refs Moya joins Nadals team
Australia vs Pakistan: First Test, STAR Sports 2 & HD2, 8.30 FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to see video referees used at the Former World No.1 Carlos Moya is joining Rafael Nadals
a.m.; India vs England: Fifth Test, STAR Sports 1,3, HD1 & HD3, 2018 World Cup in Russia if its teething problems have been fixed in time. coaching team alongside the 14-time Grand Slam champions
9.30 a.m.; ISL final, STAR Sports 1, 2, 3, HD1, 2 & 3; Junior
Colombia's Atletico Nacional slammed the new video assistant referee (VAR) long-time coach, his uncle Toni Nadal. I am very excited to
Hockey WC, STAR Sports 4 & HD4, 11 a.m., 1.30 p.m., 3.45 p.m. & technology being trialled at the Club World Cup in Japan after the first-ever announce that Carlos Moya will join my team immediately and
6 p.m.; NBA: Sony Six & HD, 6 a.m. (Monday). penalty awarded under the system helped knock them out midweek. work together with Toni and Francis Roig, said Nadal.

Debutant Dawson, robust Rashid propel England to big total

CRICKET / In reply, India makes a confident start through Rahul and Parthiv
K.C. VIJAYA KUMAR At 321 for seven, England evident in the way he got his get, the edge flying to Parthiv.
was nervous and India sensed wrists into play. The whip to- Dawson soldiered on, either
CHENNAI: Englands tail led from an opportunity. wards the on-side was his pre- side of tea, and with Stuart
the front and ensured that In- Debutant Dawson was un- ferred stroke. Broad and Jake Ball delaying
dia will have to do all the catch- derstandably fidgety and it Once, he nearly popped a the inevitable, England fin-
ing up for the remainder of the didnt help that Ishants boun- catch to Umesh at mid-of but ished with a score that laid the
fifth and final Test here at the cer crashed into his helmet. He whenever he timed it right, the base for a draw, or an improb-
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. gradually found his breath and ball found the mid-wicket able triumph.
Propped up considerably feet, cutting and square-driv- fence. However, Rashid could These were themes that
through the eforts of debutant ing the spinners, and along not resist slashing Umesh and seemed distant prior to this
Liam Dawson (66 not out) and with Rashid, shepherded the the fast-bowler nailed his tar- match.
Adil Rashid (60), Alastair visitor to 352 for seven at
Cooks men posted 477 in their lunch.
first innings on the second day. After the break, the England
lower-order prospered and it
Vijay injured helped that the pitch had eased
In reply, India scored 60 for considerably and the Indian at-
no loss with K.L. Rahul and tack could never impose pres-
Parthiv Patel remaining un- sure.
defeated at the crease. Rahul, Dawson and Rashid stitched
who was in fine nick, drove together a 108-run eighth-
with aplomb. Parthiv stepped wicket partnership, an incre-
up again as an opener after M. ment that may prove crucial in
Vijay was left nursing a the final analysis.
bruised left-shoulder follow- Through Englands dogged
ing a diving efort on the field. resistance, Virat Kohli
Vijays progress is being swapped his bowlers, em-
monitored by the teams sup- ployed them in short spells and
port staf and he is likely to bat there were moments of frus-
on the third day, a positive cue tration, anger and fear as India
for the host as its entire batting gaped at the visitors lengthen-
strength needs to be expressed ing tenure at the batting crease.
in the initial battle for the first- A reflex throw by Kohli
innings honours. whizzed past Dawson, while
Earlier, resuming at 284 for OVERCOMING THE BLUES: Debutant Liam Dawson, who was hesitant to start with, found his feet to compile an undefeated 66. Jadeja and Rashid collided and
four, England lost a wicket dur- PHOTO: K. PICHUMANI fell when the latter attempted a
ing Saturdays first over. R. run.
Ashwin drew Ben Stokes for- tler, managed to again rap the Ali. Finally a Plan B was set in ward when Umesh Yadav and still stubborn, the south- Thankfully, calm was re-
ward and as the southpaw batsmans pads and found his motion to test his apparent steamed in from around the paw tried to pull his way out of stored, aching limbs were
lunged, the ball dipped, turned vociferous appeal vindicated, weakness against short- wicket and banged it in short. trouble and spooned a catch to daubed with pain-relievers
and found the edge. And when India seemed to be clawing pitched bowling. The left- Cramped for space and try- a sprinting Ravindra Jadeja. and the game went on.
Ishant Sharma, after losing a back. There was also this hander, who had clattered two ing to protect his ribs, Moeen The left-hander scored 146 Rashids oriental genes he
review for lbw against Jos But- tricky issue of scalping Moeen fours of Ashwin, looked awk- got into a tangle. Squared up (262b, 13x4, 1x6). is of Pakistani origin was

Interesting first few balls Not a typical Chepauk The curious case of Amit Mishra
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT land debutant did well to sur-
vive that phase and his un-
land records, minuscule but
feel-good for him. Dawsons
pitch, says Umesh S. DINAKAR 21 matches at 35.10 ahead of the
ongoing Test is that he lacks
CHENNAI: Liam Dawsons bap- beaten 66 proved crucial as 66 was the highest by an Eng- SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT for the team. CHENNAI: Spin bowling is a lot the natural fizz of a leg-spin-
tism into Test cricket wasnt Alastair Cooks men won the land debutant at No. 8 or lower Umesh stressed that he was about confidence, more so leg- ner, and is not quick enough
easy and part of the welcome first brownie points in the fifth and he eclipsed the likes of CHENNAI: After a back-breaking trying to fuse pace with accur- spin. Its a delicate, high risk of the surface.
brigade was a nasty bouncer Test. David Bairstow and Darren stint, bowling quick on a placid acy. My strength is pace. Now craft.
from Ishant Sharma. The Eng- He also scripted a few Eng- Gough. track, Umesh Yadav spoke I am trying to control my line In the start-stop-start Test Lacking the hip drive
Excerpts about pace still being his ace, and length and also learning career of Amit Mishra, a se- The turn and bounce nor-
First steps and the immediate challenge from past mistakes. I have kept cure place in the side has been mally associated with quality
It is obviously nice to do of staying alive in the fifth bowling and bowling, and a rarity. There were times leg-spinners are, on occasions,
well on debut. It was an inter- Test. thats why I am getting better when he was treated harshly missing in his bowling. Not
esting first few balls in Test The Indian speedster con- now, he said. by the selectors; on other oc- imparting suicient revolu-
cricket but I was pleased to get ceded that it wasnt easy for the On the context of the match, casions, Mishra had only him- tions on the ball and lacking
through them. It was a good bowling unit. It is very dii- he added: If we bat well and self to blame. the hip drive so vital for
bouncer, I tried to watch it as cult to bowl on this track be- long, obviously we will try to Playing here only because of leg-spinners can be among
hard as I could but thats part cause the ball is not turning bowl them out in the next in- promising of-spinning all- Amit Mishra. Photo: PTI the reasons.
of the game sometimes... you that much. It is unlike a Chen- nings. Lets see how the wicket rounder Jayant Yadavs fitness It is intriguing that Mishras
get it a little bit wrong. I put nai wicket. England got some behaves, if it turns after the concerns, Mishra largely of R. Ashwin. It was only last only five-wicket haul in Tests
that ball at the back of my mind quick runs, but the ball is not third day. I think there is still struggled at Chepauk, appear- year that Mishra worked with came on his debut, against
and managed to concentrate, turning that much. That is the some interest left in the game. ing to fight the demons in his former India leg-spinner L. Australia in Mohali in 2008. A
that was crucial. problem as we cant get wick- The speedster also clarified mind caused by self-doubts. Sivaramakrishnan here. The leg-spinner is essentially an at-
Idols ets as well as the momentum, that the team was not missing a Dismissing last man Jake two dwelt on bringing altera- tacking option, but Mishra has
Shane Warne is probably he said. specialised bowling coach. It Ball with a googly was little tions in pace and trajectory, largely donned a supporting
one of my heroes. Watched a doesnt matter that much, but consolation for Mishra who and pitching the ball up to the role.
lot obviously when he played Short-ball plan still we need coaches who can could never really settle into batsman and inviting him to Some have argued that
in Hampshire as well. Queried about the short-ball help us during the bad ses- the sort of rhythm that enables drive. Mishra is a more potent
Surface-tension strategy against Moeen Ali, al- sions. Anil [Kumble] bhai and a leg-spinner bring his reper- Much focus was on the bowler in T20 cricket, where
It is a pretty good wicket. beit a bit late after the batsman Sanjay Bangar are there. They toire into play. transfer of weight from back- the batsmen attempt to hit him
There isnt huge amount of had gone well past his hun- know about bowling. Sanjay The 34-year-old Mishra leg to front-leg and into the de- out of the attack, than in the
spin, hasnt been much pace in dred, Umesh explained: The was a medium-pacer, he figured in the first Test in Ra- livery stride. longer forms where they have
it for the seamers, so it is going plan was already there. Yester- bowled a lot during his time. jkot, and by his own admis- The idea was to bring the the time to wait and just play
to be hard work for us but if we day [Friday], the fast-bowlers His ideas are also good, said sion, was not at his best. whole body, not just the bowl- him out.
keep going all day and keep didnt bowl that much. Today Umesh, who also lauded Ishant Then, the team-manage- ing arm, into play, enhancing A leg-spinner is an exciting
trying, then we can take [Saturday] we thought, talked Sharmas role as the emerging ment took the calculated the follow-through as well. bowler; he is not dependent on
wickets. to the captain and coaches. mentor within the squad. gamble of opting for Jayant, an Mishra gets his leg-breaks to the pitch to turn the ball and
Dawson, the spinner: After some time, we made a of-spinner in the classical turn and has developed a employs his wrists to rip the
He (Cook) basically asked plan that we will bowl short to Stunned mould, and also a solid bats- handy wrong un. The top- sphere.
me to enjoy the occasion. I am Moeen and make sure he plays When a correspondent man. spinner has fetched him wick- Mishra had inherent advant-
obviously going to try and do all the balls. We wanted to pointed out that he reportedly Many were sceptical about a ets as well, but he tends to ages over the other spinners at
that. So just get the fields when bowl to his left shoulder and clocked 160 kmph, Umesh was sameness in the attack, but pitch short while attempting the sluggish Chepauk track,
I bowl because I have seen that after that we got the mo- stunned. Nobody told me that the move paid of since Jay- flippers. but seemed to be only clutch-
the Indian batsmen are good mentum... after that he tried to I have bowled 160. I feel that ants methods as an of-spin- One criticism against ing at straws. Does he enjoy
players of spin. pull a few balls. Yeah, it is good this is a little too much! ner were diferent from those Mishra he had 74 wickets in the confidence of the skipper?

Pawar steps down as TENNIS Fighting Sindhu BOXING

Djokovic still the best, bows out Vijender packs a punch

MCA president says Becker DUBAI: Olympic Silver medallist
P.V. Sindhus brilliant run at NEW DELHI: The Vijender Singh
AMOL KARHADKAR the BWF World Super Series juggernaut rolled on as the In-
Association yet to accept AMITABHA DAS SHARMA Final came to an end after she dian boxing star took less than
MUMBAI: A day after the Su- resignation sufered a narrow defeat 10 minutes to successfully de-
preme Court criticised oice- KOLKATA: Boris Becker says In- against World No 5 Korean fend his WBO Asia-Pacific su-
bearers for holding on too long the third status report of the dia is on the threshold of real- Sung Ji-Hyun in the womens per middleweight title with an
to their posts in cricket admin- Lodha Committee, the three- ising the necessity of having singles semifinals, here on emphatic Technical Knockout
istration, Sharad Pawar sub- member SC bench, headed by sports as a way of life. Saturday. (TKO) win over Tanzanias
mitted his resignation as Mum- Chief Justice of India T.S. The German tennis legend, It was a contest between Francis Cheka here on
bai Cricket Association Thakur, had remarked: Every- who arrived here on Saturday, Sindhus power and Sung Jis Saturday.
(MCA) president. one wants to go around and drew instantaneous crowds of precision and unfortunately Vijender landed the winning
The association, though, is continue to hold the post even enthusiasts and selfie-seekers. the Indian failed to break the blow in the third round of what
yet to accept the resignation. after 70 years. This is such a I am overwhelmed. I did not Koreans impregnable defence was to be a 10-round contest to
Pawars letter, which was lucrative business that every- know tennis was so popular and went down fighting 15-21, leave the former World cham-
read out to the media by MCA one wants to go on forever. here, said, Becker, who main- Boris Becker. PHOTO: PTI 21-18, 16-21 in a thrilling 76- pion Cheka dazed and a packed
managing committee member According to MCA joint- tains a very good friendship minute contest. Thyagraj Stadium delirious.
Vinod Deshpande, refers to the secretary Dr. P.V. Shetty, Sat- with Leander Paes. would not call it dominating. I trained hard in
Supreme Courts remarks dur- urdays managing committee On his popularity here, He was just better point- Deft touch Manchester for two months
ing Fridays hearing. meeting has not accepted Becker reasoned I did not wise than Novak. If you go into Sindhu could not match the for this. I thank all my coaches
During the proceedings in Pawars resignation letter. think the efect of winning the count of Slams, Novak is the Koreans excellent court cov- for the efort they put in. Cheka
the Supreme Court, while bar- He submitted his resigna- Wimbledon at 17 would be so best, Becker, who recently erage and deft touch. talked so much but I believed
ring 70-plus individuals from tion to the secretary today, much. parted ways with Djokovic, The Indian had a 6-3 head- in my punch-power, and I have
being president of a cricket which we will be placing be- As The Hindu caught up said. to-head record against Sung done it, said Vijender after the
body, the Court has referred to fore the managing committee with him, Becker said India was The German legend also re- before the match but it meant bout.
these posts as lucrative. I am to be convened at a later date, doing well by adopting running vealed that his nickname nothing as Sung, who has been Celebrities occupied the
deeply hurt by such usage of Shetty said. as a way of life. He was refer- Boom-Boom came from his inside top 10 for last six years, front rows surrounding the
words, so I dont intend to Surprisingly, despite ring to the Tata Steel Kolkata once doubles partner Vijay tried to make Sindhu run to all ring. From five-time World
work now on, Pawar stated in serving the MCA as president 25K run where he will be the Amritraj. four corners of the court with champion M.C. Mary Kom,
the letter. for well over a decade, Pawars crowd puller as the Puma Vijay was my first doubles her accurate returns and Minister of State for Home Af- MAKE THAT EIGHT: Vijender Singh stretched his unbeaten record
In fact, these posts are resignation letter is addressed Legend. partner before I even won placements. fairs Kirren Rijiju to the star when he beat Francis Cheka on Technical Knockout (TKO) in
democratically elected, so I en- to the secretary, MCA. On his favourite pupil, Novak Wimbledon. He was playing Her strategy seemed to work wrestling duo of Sushil Kumar the third round. PHOTO: PTI
joyed holding the post. During However, in the MCAs ex- Djokovic, Becker said the Ser- with me in Luxembourg and as she lead 10-7 after battling and Yogeshwar Dutt, it was a
my tenure as MCA president, I isting rulebook, the post of sec- bian might have lost his World seeing me serve he said, Boris I for every point early on in the power-packed front row to was quicker of the blocks even having a go at the hard-hitting
never claimed any allowance retary does not exist. The two No. 1, but his merit lay in the have never seen a boy hitting contest. The Korean entered cheer for Vijender. as Vijender played block and Haryana boxer who landed
or financial gains joint-secretaries are respons- number of Slams he has won. the ball as hard as you. To make the break with a slender 11-9 dodge. clean blows. Cheka was also
It is the responsibility of ible for the activities of the He also did not agree that Andy it easier I will call you Boom- lead. Sindhu narrowed the de- Trademark entry However, the Indian got into unsettled by the reach
every Indian citizen to respect association. Murray was dominating world Boom. That stuck, Becker ficit to 14-15 with the help of her Walking in to the trademark the groove soon after and Vijender enjoyed.
a court decision, so without It remains to be seen tennis. Domination in tennis said. sharp smashes and half Singh Is King tune, Vijender landed an uppercut to the body While Cheka struggled ow-
further dissecting, I am happy whether the managing com- means winning Grand Slam Putting speculation to rest, smashes but Sung always had the crowd excited even be- to rattle Cheka. ing to his shorter reach,
to honour it. mittee accepts Pawars titles. Murray definitely fin- Becker said he was looking to found a way to bounce back by fore he entered the ring. When Cheka was on the backfoot Vijender put his long arms to
On Friday, while discussing resignation. ished the year as No. 1 but I get back to coaching soon. mixing her strokes. PTI the bout finally started, Cheka in the second round, wary of good use. PTI

18 | SPORT


Indian girls stun

China Pakistan has its back to the wall Dhoni should continue to lead in
BANGKOK: India prevailed 3-2
over China in a closely-con- CRICKET / Australia will look to press for victory on Sunday
ODI and T20s, says Kapil Dev
tested contest of the fourth CHENNAI: Indias 1983 World is too early to answer that.
womens Asia Cup under-18 BRISBANE: Pakistan had its back Cup-winning captain Kapil Every individual is diferent.
tournament here on Saturday. to the wall, struggling to save Dev felt that M.S. Dhoni Kohli is very expressive, while
India was of to a good start, the day-night first Test as Aus- should continue to lead the Dhoni is calm and quiet. I think
the first goal coming in the tralia took a strangle-hold on side in the limited-overs it is very diicult to compare
seventh minute through the third day at the Gabba on formats as long as he is good them because both have difer-
Lalremsiami. She doubled the Saturday. enough for the job. ent teams and a diferent
lead, five minutes before the At stumps, Pakistan was With Kohli doing extremely attitude.
end of the first half. hanging in at 70 for two with well as Test captain, there Things have changed. To-
But, China came out Azhar Ali batting on 41 and vet- have been whispers that he morrow you may ask me to
stronger in the second half as eran Younis Khan yet to score should be handed over the compare these two with
Gu Yangyan converted a pen- after facing 19 balls. reins in all three versions. Sourav Ganguly as captain. So,
alty-corner in the 40th minute Pakistan played better in the I think the answer people every skipper brings in his
and converted a penalty in the tricky twilight session losing should look for is are we ready own input, aggression and mo-
51stfor the equaliser. just two wickets after its cata- to ask Dhoni to take a backseat. tivation, but it all depends on
However, Sangita Kumari strophic 24 for seven in the first I think if he is good enough he how you use these things for It is not about the 140-plus
took full advantage of a pen- innings on the previous should carry on. When the best results. It is not that you speed that the Indian bowlers
alty corner to score the match- evening. time comes, Dhoni may quit all have to be aggressive; if you achieve, but the line and
winner for India. The openers lasted till the three formats, said Kapil. are not aggressive and still win length that is important. If you
The result: 12th over before Mitchell Starc But I think, at the moment, the match, it is good enough, can bowl around 135 and get
India 3 (Lalremsiami 2, Sangita) bt got Sami Aslam to edge to Matt Dhoni is doing a good job. I said Kapil. movement, that is good
China 2 (Yangyan). PTI Renshaw at first slip for 15. think he has enough experi- The legendary all-rounder enough. But again, if you have
Babar Azam fell to spinner ence and should continue. heaped praise on the Indian pace, you can always take ad-
Nathan Lyon in the final half- Asked to compare skippers seamers, saying that they have vantage of that, Kapil said.
Faisal surprises hour when he edged to Steve
Smith at slip for 14.
Dhoni and Kohli, Kapil said: It improved a lot. PTI

Siddharth in final DECEIVED: Pakistans Babar Azam fell to off-spinner Nathan Lyon with Aussie skipper
Steve Smith taking the edge at slip. PHOTO: AFP
RAIPUR: Fourth seed Faisal
Slow going
It was slow going, but at least
claration during the dinner
DELHI ROUND-UP Houston Rockets
Qamar upset top-seeded the tourists were not shedding SCOREBOARD
wickets in clumps and kept the break to capitalise on bowling International polo January.
Siddharth Vishwakarma 7-6
(2), 7-5 in the final of the Gond- Australians at bay, with two in the final twilight session. Australia 1st innings: 429. Misbah b Rahat 74, S. Smith c Rahat b league in March Inter-Ministry posts a
long days to play. Smith went after the runs Pakistan 1st innings: S. Aslam Yasir 63, P. Handscomb (not out) 35,
wana Cup Rs. 5 lakh AITA
mens ranking tennis tourna- We are taking this game and brought up his 19th Test c Wade b Bird 22, Azhar Ali c Khawaja N. Maddinson c Azam b Wahab 4, M. Indian polo will launch a new
league in March, with
badminton record win
ment at the VIPs Club on step by step, hour by hour, half-century of 59 balls with b Starc 5, B. Azam c Smith b Hazle- Wade (not out) 1; Extras (b-2, lb-4, NEW DELHI: The inter-Ministry
Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq his eye on a declaration. wood 19, Younis Khan c Wade b nb-1): 7; Total (for five wkts. decl. in matches under floodlights in badminton tournament will HOUSTON: James Harden de-
said. Hazlewood 0, Mizbah-ul-Haq c Ren- 39 overs): 202. Jaipur. be played at the AIIMS livered his second straight
It was a tough blow for the He was caught at long-on by
National hard court champi- Australia will be pressing shaw b Bird 4, A. Shafiq c Khawaja b Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-24, 3-135, All of us together can take Gymkhana from January 2 to triple double as the Houston
Rahat Ali, going for a heave of the sport of polo to newer 11. Entries close on December
onship finalist Siddharth Vish- hard on Sunday to win the leg-spinner Yasir Shah for 63 Starc 2, S. Ahmed (not out) 59, Wahab 4-188, 5-199. Rockets made an NBA record
wakarma who had come series opener at the Gabba Riaz c & b Hazlewood 1, Yasir Shah c Pakistan bowling: Amir 8-0-37-1, heights with this league, said 26. 24 three pointers in a 122-100
of 70 balls with 11 fours. Chirag Parekh, a Gujarat-
through the grind, winning where it has yet to lose in 27 Khawaja b Starc 1, M. Amir c Wade b Rahat 10-1-40-2, Yasir 10-1-45-1, Wa- Further details may be victory over the New Orleans
hard matches, including the Tests stretching back to 1988. Earlier, Pakistans last two Bird 21, Rahat Ali run out 4; Extras hab 7-1-47-1, Ali 4-0-27-0. based industrialist who has obtained from the Central Pelicans on Friday.
one against former National Skipper Smith chose not to partnerships battled for almost (lb-3, w-1): 4; Total (in 55 overs): 142. Pakistan 2nd innings: S. announced the launch of the Civil Services Cultural and The Rockets continued
champion Vinod Sridhar. enforce the follow-on after an hour before it was was all Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-43, 3-43, Aslam c Renshaw b Starc 15, Azhar Ali league with the best players Sports Board, 361, B-Wing, their record-setting ways this
For Faisal, the young lad Pakistan was dismissed for 142 out for 142. 4-48, 5-54, 6-56, 7-66, 8-67, 9-121. (batting) 41, B. Azam c Smith b Lyon from India and abroad. Third floor, Lok Nayak season, setting the single game
from Rajasthan, it was further in the first session, even though Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Australia bowling: Starc 18-2- 14, Younis Khan (batting) 0; Total (for The league will have six Bhawan, New Delhi-110 003. mark for threes made and at-
proof that he had the game to the hosts were 287 runs in front Ahmed top-scored with a 63-3, Hazlewood 14-1-22-3, Bird 12-6- two wkts. in 33 overs): 70. teams with four players each, Apart from the team tempted (64).
tackle better players. on the first innings. fighting unbeaten 59 of 64 23-3, Lyon 11-2-31-0. Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-54. and will be played in a new championships, individual Eric Gordon scored a sea-
The champion collected Rs. Instead Australia amassed a balls as Pakistan added 45 runs Australia 2nd innings: D. Australia bowling: Starc 8-3- format. events will be held in the son-high 29 points as the
65,000 and the runner-up Rs. formidable lead over the belea- to its overnight score of 97 for Warner c Wahab b Amir 12, M. Ren- 28-1, Hazlewood 11-8-5-0, Bird 8-3- Auction of players is mens and womens sections Rockets improved to 20-7 and
45,000. Sports Bureau guered tourists to set up a de- eight. AFP shaw c Younis b Rahat 6, U. Khawaja c 24-0, Lyon 6-2-13-1. scheduled to be held in and also mixed doubles. extended their winning streak
to nine games.

Sri Lanka braced for Unfit only if I cant bowl my quota of overs: Nehra
In Los Angeles, Rodney
Hood nailed the game-win-

series against S. Africa VIJAY LOKAPALLY Academy

(NCA) in of fitness and I dont know
anyone who would comprom-
ning basket with 0.8 seconds
remaining to lift the Utah Jazz
to a 103-100 victory over the
JOHANNESBURG: Buoyed by vic- previous tours. NEW DELHI: A player under- Sinha is watching his ward ise his position in the team by Dallas Mavericks.
tories in the most recent five The fixtures: stands his body best. His coach closely. He has been my most ignoring his fitness, says Hood finished with 15 points
Test matches, Sri Lanka em- Dec. 26-30, First Test (Port Eliza- understands better. For Tarak disciplined student. It is bad Nehra. as his clutch three pointer
barks on a two-month tour of beth), Jan. 2-6, Second Test (Cape Sinha, the cricket guru with luck that he has incurred a few Sinha insists, If you ask me, came after the Mavericks tied
South Africa with a three-day Town), Jan. 12-16, Third Test the eyes of an eagle to spot tal- injuries that have stopped him he is still good enough for a it 100-100 on a fadeaway
match against a youthful (Johannesburg). ent among thousands, Ashish from giving his best, but then couple of seasons. He has the jumper from Harrison Barnes
South African Invitation XI, T20: Jan. 20 (Centurion), Jan. 22 Nehra is one enigmatic pupil. at no point has he been unfit, skills to get a batsman out and with 45 seconds remaining to
starting in Potchefstroom on (Johannesburg), Jan. 25 (Cape A left-arm seamer, endowed emphasises Sinha. that is what makes him a close out a 14-3 run.
Sunday. Town). with enviable wicket-taking Despite sufering setbacks bowler to respect. Elsewhere, Isaiah Thomas
It is likely to be a relatively ODI: Jan. 28 (Port Elizabeth), Feb. skills, Nehra oozes confidence he has had little control over, He is an asset to any cap- returned to the lineup with a
gentle introduction to a tough 1 (Durban), Feb. 4 (Johannesburg), at the Sonnet Club nets in Nehra continues to back tain because he loves to bowl bang as the Boston Celtics
challenge in a country where Feb. 7 (Cape Town), Feb. 10 (Centur- south Delhi. In the distance, himself. in any situation. Plus his pres- ended its three-game losing
Sri Lanka has struggled on four ion). AFP work is in progress at a furious I can only control my fit- ence helps the other bowlers streak with a fourth-quarter
pace to erect the metro station. ness. Not my injuries. If a bats- on the field because he can explosion en route to a 96-88
At the busy nets of Ven- man gets hit on the body and guide them. win over the Charlotte Hor-
kateswara College, Nehra is missed the next few games As Sinha observes, Ashish nets.
SAILING calmly engaged in assessing does it mean he becomes un- can be a good bowling coach. Thomas, who missed four
his body for a possible return fit? He has a very efective idea of games with a groin strain,
Pujan has a great day to the Indian squad.
A bout of chikungunya laid
The same applies to bowl-
ers. You twist your ankle or
bowling in diferent situations
and is good at sharing his ex-
scored 26 points and Al Hor-
ford added 18 to lead the Celt-
CHENNAI: Shiv Pujan of India fin- 1. Aryaman Dutta & Vishnu Sujeesh; him low for nearly two sufer a hamstring injury. That perience. Not everyone can do ics.
ished first in the green fleet 2. Diya Correa & Krisha Mongla; 3. S. months. It was a hard phase. I does not make you unfit. I am that. I am sure Ashish can be- In Orlando, Evan Fournier
(first-timers) section of the Bharat & Abhishek Kumar Pandey. was ready for the season, had unfit only if I cant bowl my come a decent bowling scored 21 points , including 11
Optimist class in the India In- RS1 (boys): 1. Dayne Coehlo; 2. worked on my fitness too, but quota of overs. coach. points in the final 2:20, to spark
ternational Regatta at the Abdullah Al sarhi (Oman); 3. Rahul this illness left me drained. I Nehra smiles and returns to the Orlando Magic to a 118-111
Chennai Port here on Sat- Chaudhary. am confident and fit now, said Importance of fitness the nets to bowl to Rishabh DISCIPLINED STUDENT: Ashish Nehras coach Tarak Sinha feels victory. over the Brooklyn
urday. Laser Radial (boys): 1. Rishab Nehra, ahead of his planned In todays cricket, every Pant, the latest batting sensa- that the left-arm seamer is still good enough for a couple of Nets at Amway Arena. AFP
The results (Indians unless Nayar; 2. Thorwen Uiterwal (Hong stint at the National Cricket player realises the importance tion on the circuit. seasons. PHOTO: VIJAY LOKAPALLY
otherwise specified): Optimist: Kong); 3. Vishnu Saravanan; Girls: 1.
Main fleet: 1. Ramadhan Tito (Ind), Ramya Saravanan; 2. Marian Willi-
2. Panwa Boonak (Tha), 3. Jedtavee
Yongyuennarn (Tha); green fleet: 1.
ams (Hong Kong); 3. Stepanie John-
son (Hong Kong).
Sergeant At Arms for main event
Shiv Pujan, Mustafa Topiwala,
Bethamalla Sachin; Laser 4.7: 1.
Samsauardi, 2. Nancy High Field
(HK), 3. Vivin Vinil; RS1 (wind surf-
Laser 4.7 (Boys): 1. Samsaurdi
(Indonesia); 2. Vivin Vinil; 3. Ram
Milan Yadav; Girls: 1. Nancy High-
field (Hong Kong); 2. Harshita Tomar;
Baashagar has an edge MUMBAI: Sergeant At Arms, who ran
second to Ice Glacier in the Mysore
Derby, should make amends in the
Sandesh 59, 3. Rule Downunder
(2) Zervan 58, 4. Remember Me (1)
J.Chinoy 57, 5. The Champ (7) Tre-
1. Carbonara (2) Zervan 57, 2.
Frivolous (7) J.Chinoy 57, 3. Ger-
manicus (9) Trevor 57, 4. House
HYDERABAD: Baashagar has an edge row (8) B. R. Kumar 56.5, 5. Modern Panchshil Indian 2000 Guineas (Gr. vor 57, 6. Mountbatten (6) Vishal Of Commons (8) C.S.Jodha 57, 5.
ing): Dayne Coelho, 2. Abdullah Al 3. Mahak Mankar. 3 MEGHALAYA PLATE I) , the stellar attraction of the races 52 and 7. Papakura (3) T.S.Jodha Lucas (5) Suraj Narredu 57, 6. Ser-
over his rivals in the Ch. Satyanaray- Sniper (11) Kunal Bunde 56, 6. Tor-
Sarhi (Oman), 3. Rahul Chaudhary; Optimist (boys): 1. Rasmus (1,600m), 5-y-o & over, rated 26 to remolinos (2) Akshay Kumar 55, 7. to be held here on Sunday. 51. geant At Arms (3) Sandesh 57, 7.
ana Rao Of Itkyal Memorial Cup 50 (Cat. III), 3-15: 1. Naamdhari (3)
laser radial: 1. Vishnu Saravanan, Granzin (Sweden); 2. Douglas Leung (1,400m), the main event of the races Aston Doulton (4) Md. Sameerud- There will be no false rails. 1. Renee, 2. The Champ St. Andrews (1) S.John 57, 8. Su-
Deep Shanker 60, 2. Vijay Vidyut din 54, 8. Khoshgel (9) Kuldeep preme General (6) P.S.Chouhan
Rishab Nayar, 3. Marian Williams (Hong Kong); 3. Saranwong Poonpat to be held here on Sunday (Dec. 18). (7) Akshay Kumar 58.5, 3. Proud An amount of Rs. 5,00,000 will be
Singh 52.5, 9. Grand Canyon (1) G. added to the Super Jackpot Pool 57, 9. Zanzibaar (4) Parmar 57 and
(HK); 420: 1. Aryaman Dutta & (Thailand); Girls: 1. Louise Zetter- 1 GRAND PARADE PLATE Image (4) Ajeeth Kumar 56, 4. Naresh 52, 10. Cloud Dancer (6) MORIAL MILLION (Gr. III) 10. Devoted Eyes (10) Neeraj 55.5.
Buckshee (6) G. Naresh 53, 5. Dani- collection.
Vishnu Sujeesh, 2. Diya Correa & storm (Sweden); 2. Shiori Moroo (1,100m), (Cat. II), maiden 2-y-o Deepak Singh 51.5 and 11. Sonic (7) (1,200m), 3-y-o & over, 3-30: 1. 1. Sergeant At Arms, 2. Su-
Krisha Mongia, 3. S. Bharat & Ab- only (Terms), 2-15 p.m: 1. All The elle (5) A. A. Vikrant 53, 6. Field N. Rawal 51.5. 1 NAWABZADA Adam (5) Trevor 59, 2. Dancing preme General, 3. Frivolous
(Singapore); 3. Oriane Voets (Hong Commander (2) Ajit Singh 53 and Prances (3) Sandesh 59, 3. Holy
hishek Kumar. Best (7) K. Mukesh Kumar 55, 2. RASHIDUZZAFAR KHAN
Kong); Jumeira Express (1) Kuldeep Singh 7. Roma Rouge (1) K. Mukesh Ku- 1. Lopamudra, 2. Exclusive TROPHY (2,000m), Cl. II, rated 60 Smoke (6) Suraj Narredu 56, 4. 7 P.M.RUNGTA GOLDEN
Fridays results: 29er: 1. Anand Optimist green fleet: 1. Shiv Pu- 55, 3. Apowerx (2) Kiran Naidu 53.5, mar 53. Beauty, 3. Torremolinos to 86, 2-00: 1. Al Shamsheer (5) Brahmachari (1) C.S.Jodha 55, 5. SPRINT STAKES (1,200m), Cl.
Thakur and Pradeep Thakur; 2. Satish jani; 2. Mustafa Topiwala; 3. 4. Cannon Dear (8) Kunal Bunde 1. Vijay Vidyut, 2. Naamdhari, Bhawani 61.5, 2. Bullrun (4) Ajinkya Congressional (7) S.John 54.5, 6. III, rated 40 to 66, 5-15: 1. Nature
53.5, 5. Little Royal (9) A. S. Pawar 3. Roma Rouge 60.5, 3. Highland Breeze (7) Sun Divine (4) P.S.Chouhan 54.5, Boy (9) K.Kadam 60, 2. Zambian
Yadav and Alankar Survashi; 3. Inu Bethamalla Sachin. Special 6 TREASURE LEAF PLATE
53.5, 6. Plain Jane (4) Sai Kumar 53.5, Sandesh 57, 4. Caesars Star (1) 7. Brynhill (2) Santosh 53 and 8. (4) J.Chinoy 59, 3. Alishas Pet (11)
Binsen and Rahul Yadav; 420 Open: Correspondent 7. Snow Castle (5) Akshay Kumar 4 CH. SATYANARAYANA (1,100m), 5-y-o & over (whips not S.Amit 55.5, 5. Shadowfax (3) Zer- Critics Choice (8) Neeraj 51.5.
permitted), rated 46 to 70 (Cat. II), S.Amit 58.5, 4. Ancient Glory (3)
53.5, 8. Top Starchy (6) Ajeeth Ku- RAO OF ITKYAL MEMORIAL van 55.5, 6. Arlene (6) Trevor 53 and 1. Dancing Prances, 2. Critics Zeeshan 58, 5. Magical Dancer (14)
CUP (1,400m), 4-y-o & over, rated 4-55: 1. Symbol Of Pride (5) B. R.
mar 53.5 and 9. Vancouver (3) 7. Zazou (2) Neeraj 49.5. Choice. 3. Congressional Daman 56.5, 6. Star One (10)
Deepak Singh 53.5. 66 to 90 (Cat. II), 3-45: 1. Baashagar Kumar 60, 2. Sprint Legend (2) Md.
Sameeruddin 59.5, 3. Kohinoor 1. Arlene, 2. Highland Breeze Sandesh 56.5, 7. Flashy Wings (7)
1. Vancouver, 2. Top Starchy, (3) B. R. Kumar 60, 2. Morning Mir- 5 ALLAH RAKHKHA GOLD P.S.Chouhan 54.5, 8. Allora (2)
3. Jumeira Express acle (6) Akshay Kumar 59.5, 3. Grace (4) Kunal Bunde 58.5, 4. Par 2 GULAMHUSEIN ESSAJI TROPHY (1,200m), Maiden, 2-y-o
Excellence (1) Md. Ismail 57, 5. Trevor 53.5, 9. Magical Memory
Queen Of The Stars (2) Kuldeep
SU | DO | KU 2 PALAMPET CUP (2,400m), 3-
y-o & over, rated 26 to 50 (Cat. III),
Singh 57.5, 4. Blossom (4) N. Rawal
56, 5. Military Belle (5) K. Mukesh
Symbol Of Glory (6) Ajeeth Ku-
mar 55.5, 6. Egyptian Wind (7) A M
TROPHY (1,600m), Cl. IV, rated 20
to 46, 2-30: 1. Celestial Light (7)
only, 4-15: 1. Admo (7) J.Chinoy 55,
2. Art O War (3) Dashrath 55, 3.
Cool Eyes (6) Merchant 55, 4.
(13) Suraj Narredu 53, 10. Rock In
Rio (1) Dashrath 52.5, 11. Cracklin
Zervan 59, 2. Simon Says (5) Trevor Rosie (12) Zervan 51, 12. Safdar (6)
2-45: 1. Coruba (7) Akshay Kumar Kumar 55 and 6. Movie Moghual Tograllu 55 and 7. True Pearl (3) 57.5, 3. Trombone (4) Dashrath 55.5, Raiden (4) P.S.Chouhan 55, 5.
Sai Kiran 55. Neeraj 51, 13. Bidstone Hill (5)
61.5, 2. Time To Climb (2) Gopal (2) P. Gaddam 54. 4. Geranium (3) Neeraj 54.5, 5. Thor Dixieland (2) Neeraj 53.5, 6. Emo- Baria 50 and 14. Wonder Story (8)
Singh 61.5, 3. Upon A Star (1) G. 1. Baashagar, 2. Morning Mir- Of Asgard (2) C.S.Jodha 54.5, 6. tionless (5) Altaf Sayyed 53.5, 7. S.Kamble 49.
Naresh 60.5, 4. Vijay's Harmony (4) 1. Symbol Of Pride, 2. Kohinoor Masquerade (9) Trevor 53.5, 8. Oh
acle Grace, 3. Egyptian Wind Knights Quest (6) Bhawani 54 and 1. Allora, 2. Safdar, 3. Magical
S. S. Tanwar 56.5, 5. Own Battle (6) 7. Sahashrabaahu (1) T.S.Jodha 51.5. So Hot (1) T.S.Jodha 53.5 and 9. Memory
N. S. Rathore 54.5, 6. Vijay's Empire 5 MALAKPET CUP (1,400m), 1. Celestial Light, 2. Geranium Ruina (8) Zervan 53.5.
Day's best: Coruba Days best: Arlene
(5) Deep Shanker 53.5, 7. Hal Chal 5-y-o & over, rated 46 to 70 (Cat. 1. Ruina, 2. Masquerade, 3.
(3) K. Mukesh Kumar 52.5 and 8. II), 4-20: 1. Lopamudra (5) K. Double: Baashagar - Lopamudra 3 SETH RAMNATH DAGA Raiden Double: Renee - Allora
Bullish Approach (8) Sai Kumar 50. Mukesh Kumar 60, 2. Rebellion (3) TROPHY (1,400m), Cl. I, rated 80 Jackpot: 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. Treble: 5, 6 &
1. Coruba, 2. Vijay's Empire, Sai Kumar 60, 3. Exclusive Beauty Jkt: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6; Tr (i): 1, 2 & 3; (ii): 4, and upwards, 3-00: 1. Highlander 6 PANCHSHIL INDIAN 2000 7. Tanala: All races. Super Jackpot:
3. Upon A Star (10) Kiran Naidu 59, 4. Golden Ar- 5 & 6; Tla: all races. (4) Shahrukh 62.5, 2. Renee (5) GUINEAS (Gr. I) 3-y-o only, 4-45: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7.

Smile Stone bags feature event MOTORSPORTS

BENGALURU: Smile Stone (M.

Naveen up) won the Srikantadatta
604 and Rs. 198, Exacta: Rs. 2,731 and
Rs. 1,251. Favourite: Brunesco.
Trainer: Sharat Kumar.
Final round of MRF
Narasimharaja Wadiyar Memorial
Trophy, the feature event of the
races held here on Saturday (Dec.
Owner: Mr. H. Thambuswamy.
Trainer: S. Dominic.
JAMMA TMP CUP (1,800m),
rated 30 to 50: Legacy Dream
(Jagadeesh) 1, Admiral One (Cedric
(1,200m), rated 15 to 35: Areca
Cruise (Arshad Alam) 1, Day
Flower (Neeraj) 2, Six Degrees (S.
K1000 Rally today
17). The winner is owned by Mr. K. (1,600m), rated 15 to 35, 4-y-o & over: Segeon) 2, Towering Heights (S. John) 3 and Scenic Park (Ashok Ku-
Mallikarjuna Rao and trained by Masters Glory (Jagadeesh) 1, John) 3 and Turf Tactics (Arshad mar) 4. Lnk, 2-1/4 and 1. 1m 15.74s. Rs. PRINCIPAL CORRESPONDENT Chikkamagaluru. Nearest
Sharat Kumar. Ocean Park (A. Ramu) 2, One To Alam) 4. 3/4, 2-1/2 and 2. 1m 54.86s. 547 (w), 53, 20 and 12 (p), SHP: Rs. 48, rival Bikku Babu (co-driver
1. GULBARGA PLATE Note (Arshad Alam) 3 and Ex- Rs. 111 (w), 23, 28 and 13 (p), SHP: Rs. FP: Rs. 6,763, Q: Rs. 1,544, Trinella:
tremelydangerous (Rayan Ahmed) 68, FP: Rs. 1,424, Q: Rs. 443, Trinella: Rs. 4,655 and Rs. 1,648, Exacta: Rs. BENGALURU: The best in the Milen George) stands 16
(1,100m), rated 00 to 20: Atlantic
City (A. Ramu) 1, Island Pearl 4. 5, 1-1/2 and 1/2. 1m 42.05s. Rs. 23 Rs. 2,286 and Rs. 810, Exacta: Rs. 72,828 and Rs. 31,212. Favourite: Six business will compete at the points behind the leader.
(Rajesh Kumar) 2, Thejaguar (S. (w), 14, 67 and 45 (p), SHP: Rs. 209, 12,418 and Rs. 7,096. Favourite: Degrees. Owners: M/s. Jairam G. MRF K1000 Rally, the final
Towering Heights. Owners: Mr. B.H. Kimmane & Ananth Iyengar.
Asia Pacific Rally Champi-
John) 3 and Claire (M. Prabhakaran) FP: Rs. 583, Q: Rs. 282, Trinella: Rs. round of the MRF FMSCI In-
4. Not run: Magnificent Mary. 1/2, 1 3,725 and Rs. 1,878, Exacta: Rs. 35,863 Krishna Murthy, Mrs. M. Sandhya Trainer: Prasanna Kumar. onship 2016 winner Gaurav
and 2-3/4. 1m 10.59s. Rs. 32 (w), 16, 41 and Rs. 15,370. Favourite: Masters Mohan & Mr. B. Puttanna. Trainer: 8. RUIA STUD PLATE (Div. dian National Rally (INRC) Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif)
and 21 (p), SHP: Rs. 123, FP: Rs. 448, Q: Glory. Owner: Mr. Shankar Srinivas. M.P. Mahaesh. II), (1,200m), rated 45 to 65: Lord and MRF FMSCI Indian Rally will also be seen in action here.
Rs. 251, Trinella: Rs. 1,164 and Rs. 422, Trainer: R.V. Manohar. 6. SRIKANTADATTA Darlington (Neeraj) 1, Amazing (IRC) championships.
Exacta: Rs. 22,170 and Rs. 14,252. Fa- 4. RUIA STUD PLATE (Div. I), NARASIMHARAJA WADI- Redd (Arshad Alam) 2, Havelock The Indian star will be driv-
The one-day event will be
Sudoku is a mind game and a vourite: Atlantic City. Owners: Mrs. (1,200m), rated 45 to 65: Side YAR MEMORIAL TROPHY Princess (Jagadeesh) 3 and Perfecte- ing the Mahindra XUV 500 in
Sangeetha & Mr. Mayank Rohatgi. Winder (Arshad Alam) 1, Virat (S. (1,400m), rated 75 & above: Smile bony (Rayan Ahmed) 4. 4, Nk and held at Hosadurga
puzzle that you solve with the INRC class.
reasoning and logic. Trainer: Amit Caddy. Shiva Kumar) 2, Rich Revival Stone (M. Naveen) 1, Dazzling Bay Nk. 1m 14.98s. Rs. 19 (w), 14, 33 and 24 (Chitradurga district) on
2. AMATHOS PLATE (Div. II), (Rayan Ahmed) 3 and Dream Star (Ashok Kumar) 2, Coldstream (S. (p), SHP: Rs. 102, FP: Rs. 186, Q: Rs. Sunday. In the IRC class, the Mit-
Fill in the grid with digits in (1,200m), rated 15 to 35: Tamara (A. (Cedric Segeon) 4. 3-1/4, 1 and 1-3/4. John) 3 and Dubai One (Rayan 116, Trinella: Rs. 874 and Rs. 372, Ex-
Karna Kadur (co-driver subishi Evos should hold their
such a manner that every Imran Khan) 1, Roaring Thunder 1m 14.54s. Rs. 16 (w), 12, 25 and 67 (p), Ahmed) 4. 1-3/4, Lnk and 1-1/2. 1m acta: Rs. 2,410 and Rs. 928. Favourite:
row, every column and every (Chetan Gowda) 2, Queenofgood- SHP: Rs. 94, FP: Rs. 193, Q: Rs. 108, 26.90s. Rs. 149 (w), 35, 55 and 15 (p), Lord Darlington. Owner: Mr. S. Nikhil Pai) leads the overall own, thanks to their superior
3x3 box accommodates the times (S. John) 3 and Ravishing Snow Trinella: Rs. 1,486 and Rs. 963, Ex- SHP: Rs. 155, FP: Rs. 2,008, Q: Rs. Pathy. Trainer: S. Padmanabhan. INRC standings with 76 300bhp engines.
(Neeraj) 4. Not run: A Hearttore- acta: Rs. 6,827 and Rs. 2,156. Favour- 1,001, Trinella: Rs. 7,082 and Rs. Jackpot: Rs. 2,41,357 (two tkts); points, following his victory in FMSCI president Akbar Eb-
digits 1 to 9, without member. 1-3/4, 5 and 2-1/4. 1m 15.86s. ite: Side Winder. Owner: Mr. Runner up: Rs. 68,959 (three tkts);
1,644, Exacta: Rs. 1,25,432 (carried
repeating any. Rs. 32 (w), 14, 30 and 17 (p), SHP: Rs. Lakshminarayana G. Trainer: over). Favourite: Coldstream. Treble (i): Rs. 666 (23 tkts); (ii): Rs. the Cofee Day India Rally a rahim wished the competitors
84, FP: Rs. 169, Q: Rs. 92, Trinella: Rs. Prasanna Kumar. Owner: Mr. K. Mallikarjuna Rao. 9,624 (four tkts). fortnight ago in luck.

SPORT | 19


India looks to re-write history Anand draws

with Aronian

Cup of joy for

HOCKEY / After an impressive semifinal showing, hosts eye the perfect game LONDON: Returning to an open-
ing line he has not employed in
nearly 14 years, Viswanathan
Siddartha and Lokesh
UTHRA GANESAN Anand easily drew with Ar- RAYAN ROZARIO One must not take the credit
LUCKNOW: When the Indian menias Levon Aronian in the of the teams co-drivers. Both
hockey juniors step out on the seventh round of the London DAMBUK (ARUNACHAL PRADESH): Prithviraj and Sujay stood pa-
turf at the Major Dhyan Chand Chess Classic here on Friday. Overnight leader Bangalores tient and assisted their part-
Stadium here one last time on On his sixth move, Anand, Boda of-roaders Siddartha ners well on all three days.
Sunday night, they will be hop- playing from the black side of Santhosh (co-driver We thought we were com-
ing to not just reclaim the title the Queens Gambit Declined, Prithviraj) and Lokesh Shiva- fortable but it was not to be.
for the first time in 15 years but went for a pawn move a raja (co-driver M. Sujay) star- The last stage was pretty crit-
also write history as the first choice he had not made in ted of in a rather shaky man- ical but we managed to do it.
team to win the World Cup on years. Aronian, too, played his ner but planned a safe show in Of course, we were disappoin-
home soil. part to perfection. the final stage to emerge the ted as it could have been much
By the time draw was agreed champion of the JK Tyre Or- better, said Siddhartha.
The host started as favourite in 30 moves, the players were ange 4x4 Fury of-roading
for the title and, despite a few We know each others skills
left with only three pawns and event here on Saturday.
niggles and concerns, has lived as we all have been doing sim-
a minor piece each on the The men from Bangalore
up to the billing, producing its ilar events for sometime. The
board and over an hour on enjoyed a 140-point lead going
best show in the semifinals co-ordination factor also
their clocks. into the final day. It looked a
against Australia. Coach Har- worked in our favour, said
The results: big lead at the start but a
endra Singh and manager Lokesh.
Seventh round: Levon Aronian topple at the river stream cut
Roelant Oltmans have indic- (Arm, 3.5) drew with Viswanathan short the points tally to 40 Last year we had a three-
ated that there was still room Anand (3.5); Wesley So (US, 5) drew after the completion of the team entry but we finished
for improvement and that the with Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 4); Hi- first stage. It shattered the only second. This year it was a
players would be looking to karu Nakamura (US, 4) bt Maxime teams morale a bit but Sid- two-member team and we de-
play the perfect game in the GEARED UP: India captain Harjeet Singh (left) and Mandeep Singh, seen with team coach Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 3); Anish Giri dartha and Lokesh got their act cided to work hand-in-hand.
title clash against surprise fi- Harendra Singh, on the eve of the final. PHOTO: RAJEEV BHATT (Ned, 3.5) drew with Veselin Topalov together and drove with a lot We were determined to do
nalist Belgium, out to create (Bul, 1); Michael Adams (Eng, 3) drew of caution and care to go home well and I am glad that we
history of its own by lifting the The way India has been at- The positive for India has out to finish 11th after the with Fabiano Caruana (US, 4.5). richer and merrier. won. The cherry on the cake is
title for the first time ever. the top position, said
Indian colts lose The Indian defence has been
tacking, Harmanpreet Singh
and Varun Kumar have been
been the way it has bounced
back from a goal down thrice
teams were tied 2-2 in regula-
tion time. Argentina and Spain,
Eighth-round pairings: Topalov-
Anand; Caruana-So; Nakamura-
It was a fine second-day per-
formance that saved the Siddhartha.
impressive so far and goal-
to Paranaense keeper Vikas Dahiya proved
seen more often in the opposi-
tion half, which has worked
here. As such, an early lead will
help India open up the opposi-
meanwhile, will face of for the
fifth spot after winning their
Kramnik-Giri; blushes for the team. They tal-
lied just 166.5 points and fin-
Defending champions Kabir
Waraich and Gurmeet Virdi of
he was up to the challenge in well to create gaps but they tion defence. respective games against Eng- ished fourth for the day but Team Gerrari of-roaders
NEW DELHI: Indian colts were the shoot-out on Friday, but have had to back-pedal fast to Belgium has never made it to land and the Netherlands in that was enough to give them a from Chandigarh enjoyed a
handed a 4-0 drubbing by a with other teams preferring to defend. even the semifinals of the tour- the 5-8 place classification Ramkumar wins cumulative total of 830.75 good day but had to rest con-
strong Atletico Paranaense sit deep in their defence and They would have to do that nament before this edition and games. points and the winners tent for the second spot in the
side of Brazil in the first semi- only counter-attack occasion- against Belgium as well, which coach Jeroen Baart knows the The results: 5/8 place: Argen- second Futures trophy. overall table.
final of the Under-17 interna- ally, the defence has had few has turned its defensive struc- importance of the game for his
tional football tournament in problems. ture into an art and relied on it wards. Its been a dream for
tina 3 (Nicolas Acosta, Ignacio Nepote,
Maico Casella) bt England 0; Spain 2 title in Doha
the South American nation. Its the attack that has been to get the better of attacking the boys. They have been (Llorenc Piera Grau, Lucas Garcia Al-
Coach Nicolai Adam tried to erratic. Mandeep Singh, when teams like Germany and the working towards it for two and calde) bt Netherlands 1 (Jorrit Croon); DOHA: Ramkumar Ramanathan
instil speed and purpose in the in form, is a delight with his Netherlands. The only team to a half years. They have sacri- 11/12 place: Malaysia 2 (Aiman Nik capped his long stint in Doha
midfield by introducing Saur- running and shooting but has trouble it was an equally de- ficed a lot. I think our PC at- Rosemi, Mohamad Zulhamizan) bt with another Futures title as
abh and Abhijit in place of been mistrapping and out of fensive Argentina. tacks need more focus. If we Austria 2 (Oliver Binder, Peter Kal- he tamed second seed Se-
Lalengmawia and Aniket. In position often. Parvinder India, on the other hand, bring in the same defensive tenbock) in shootout (2-1 in SO); 9/ bastian Ofner of Austria 7-5,
the last 10 minutes, the Singh, Gurjant Singh and struggled against the one team discipline (in the final) we 10 place: New Zealand 4 (Max Wil- 6-3 in the $10,000 ITF mens
Brazilian boys changed gear Vikramjit Singh have been of that boasts of an equally tight showed against Germany I will cox 2, Brad Read, Dylan Thomas) bt tennis tournament on
and took the match by the and on while Harjeet Singh and defence Spain. Belgium is be happy, Baart said. South Africa 1 (Courtney Halle). Saturday.
scruf of the neck. They netted Simranjit Singh have done well strong, there is no doubt it. But Sundays schedule: 7/8 place: It was the second successive
successive goals to over- holding up the midfield and at the same time, against every NZ downs SA England vs Netherlands (11.15 a.m.), title in Doha for the top seed
whelm their Indian counter- linking up to the front, along opponent you get your oppor- On Saturday, New Zealand 5/6 place: Argentina vs Spain (1.30 Ramkumar, and the second
parts. Indian boys are now with Armaan Qureshi and tunities. Against Belgium also beat South Africa 4-1 to finish p.m.), bronze medal play-off: Ger- successive one at the expense
slated to take on Orlando City Sumit Kumar, who have put in we will get them, Harendra at ninth spot while Malaysia many vs Australia (3.45 p.m.), final: of Ofner.
SC in the third place. PTI the hard yards. said. edged past Austria 2-1 in shoot- India vs Belgium (6 p.m.). After being beaten in the
quarterfinals of the first week,
Ramkumar captured the titles
Will the crowd swing it Hofenheim continues its unbeaten run over the next fortnight to have
a sound finish for the season. GETTING THEIR ACT TOGETHER: Bangalores Boda off-roaders
Lokesh, Sujay, Prithviraj and Siddartha who won the JK Tyre
The results: $10,000 ITF men,
in Keralas favour? BERLIN: Hofenheim and Borus-
sia Dortmund fought out an en-
tertaining 2-2 draw on Friday
11th straight victory that sent it
nine points clear at the summit.
The results: Premier League:
Wagner 20) drew with Borussia
Dortmund 2 (Gotze 11, Auybameyang
Doha, Qatar Singles (final):
Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Se-
4x4 Orange Fury on Saturday. PHOTO: RAYAN ROZARIO

which saw both sides stay on Saturday: Crystal Palace 0 lost to 48) bastian Ofner (Aut) 7-5, 6-3.
the fringes of the Bundesliga Chelsea 1 (Costa 43); Middlesbrough La Liga: Saturday: Sporting Gijon $10,000 ITF men, Cairo, Egypt:
title race. 3 (Negredo 18, 29-pen, De Roon 58) Doubles (final): Chandril Sood &
1 (Carmona 89) lost to Villarreal 3
bt Swansea 0; Stoke 2 (Bojan 39- Lakshit Sood bt Oleg Khotkov (Ukr) &
Hofenheim now trails Bay- (Dos Santos 11, Sansone 19, Pato 74);
pen, Allen 45+3) drew with Leicester Ivan Nedelko (Rus) 1-6, 7-6(7),
ern Munich and Leipzig by six Atletico Madrid 1 (Saul Niguez 59) bt
2 (Ulloa 74, Amartey 88); Sunderland [10-5].
points having played a game Las Palmas 0. Friday: Alaves 1
more with Dortmund two 1 (van Aanholt 49) bt Watford 0; (Deyverson 58) bt Real Betis 0. $10,000 ITF women, Gabode,
West Ham 1 (Noble 76-pen) bt Hull 0. Djibouti: Singles (final): Margarita
points further adrift.
Bundesliga: Saturday: Schalke Serie A: Saturday: Empoli 2 Lazareva (Rus) bt Riya Bhatia 6-2,
The draw saw the hosts re- (Mchedlidze 8, 72) bt Cagliari 0. 6-2. Sports Bureau
main the only unbeaten club in 04 1 (Konoplyanka 74) bt Freiburg 1
Europes top leagues aside (Niederlechner 64); Mainz 3 (Latza
from Real Madrid. 35, 56, 67) bt Hamburg 1 (Wood 21);
Its coach Julian Nagelsmann Augsburg 1 (Hinteregger 75) bt Bor-
was up against his ex-mentor ussia Monchengladbach 0; Werder
Dortmunds Thomas Tuchel Bremen 1 (Gnabry 40) drew with Co-
and it was Hofenheim which logne 1 (Rudnevs 28); RB Leipzig 2
drew first blood on three (Werner 41, Orban 62) bt Hertha Ber-
minutes when Mark Uth lin 0 Friday: Hoffenheim 2 (Uth 3,
Mario Goetze levelled in the
11th minute only for Sandro
Wagner to put Hofenheim
back in front on 20 minutes
albeit after 27-year-old referee
Benjamin Brand found he had
not pushed aside Sven Bender
to head in.
Gabon striker Pierre-Emer-
ick Aubameyang made it 2-2
with his 16th of the season three
minutes after the restart after
good work by French interna-
tional Ousmane Dembele.
But Dortmund found its cre-
STAN RAYAN seven games against the ative thrust somewhat blunted
Southern side, while Kerala when Dembele had to go of
KOCHI: It has been a terrific ex- has just won once.
perience for the Kerala midway through the second
And with the Kolkata coach period through injury.
Blasters boys playing in front Jose Molina making nine
of their home crowd at the Further hampering
changes in the teams semi- Dortmunds cause was a dis-
Nehru Stadium here. final leg in Mumbai, it is clear
And when they take on a missal four minutes before the
that the visitor enjoys a solid interval of Marco Reus for a
strong Atletico de Kolkata in bench strength, with almost
the Indian Super League final second booking which looked
two quality players for every harsh after a tussle with
here on Sunday evening, the position. Something which
home boys will once again be Nadiem Amiri.
Kerala does not have.
turning to the overflowing sta- To top it all, Kolkata has
dium to lift them up. Costa strikes
tasted earlier, when it won the In the Premier League, Diego
We have 65,000 fans and as title in ISLs opening season
our coach often says, our fans Costa struck as Chelsea won
beating Kerala by a late goal in 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Sat-
give us wings, said C.K. Vin- the 2014 final.
eeth, Keralas top goal scorer, urday, a club record-equalling
Kolkata is an attacking side
here on Saturday. with men like Iain Hume, who
After Kerala won six games
on the trot in Kochi, the fans
expectations will be high:
is second in the list of top
scorers this season with seven Guardiola and Wenger
goals, former Portuguese
Nothing less than a victory
will satisfy the wildly-cheer-
World Cupper Helder Postiga
and Spaniards Javi Lara and
weigh style vs substance
ing crowd. Borja Fernandez who have La
So very tact- MANCHESTER: Long portrayed as and I agree with him on that.
Liga experience. a lone idealist amid the cut- You respect him for that.
fully, Steve Cop-
pell, the wise throat pragmatism of the Guardiola makes no secret
Strong backline Premier League, Arsenal man- of his admiration for Wenger
man behind the On the other hand, Keralas
teams fairytale ager Arsene Wenger has and spoke out in support of the
backline has been very im- found a new ally in his Frenchman in 2014 after he
run from the bot- pressive this season with the
tom of the table to the top Manchester City counterpart was branded a specialist in
experienced central defend- Pep Guardiola. failure by long-time nemesis
stage, tried his best to ease the ers, Northern Ireland star
pressure on the eve of the They face of at the Etihad Jose Mourinho.
Aaron Hughes and Frenchman Stadium on Sunday at a time This life, Guardiola said at
biggest match. Cedric Hengbart, and right-
It will obviously be a com- when Guardiolas attachment the time, is not just about win-
back Sandesh Jhingan thwart- to attacking football has itself ning trophies.
fortable atmosphere for us. Its ing danger many a time.
not going to give us a goal come under attack, following Ahead of Sundays en-
But the suspension of left- damaging losses to Chelsea counter, the former Barcelona
start, its not going to stop
back Josu Currais Prieto, with and Leicester City. and Bayern Munich coach
goals going in, explained
two yellow cards from the two Guardiola was derided after hailed Wenger anew.
Coppell, the Kerala head
semifinal legs, could be a big Citys 4-2 defeat at Leicester He has been here a long
worry for the home side. for saying he was not a coach time. When that happens at a
Once you get within the
white lines, it just doesnt mat- The home side is great on for the tackles, but Wenger, club such as Arsenal, its be-
ter. Whoever wins has got to the counter-attack with the often accused himself of priz- cause a person is doing a good
earn the cup, they have to earn fleet-footed Haitians Kervens ing style over substance, rode job, Guardiola told his pre-
the trophy by playing well and Belfort and Duckens Nazon to his defence. match press conference.
being committed. along with the impact man Pep Guardiola, like myself, I understand its not easy to
C.K. Vineeth impressing. we are for ofensive football win the Premier League, but I
Attacking side Overall, the stage is set for a and when you dont win, have a lot of respect for his
Kerala is aware what it is up thriller and with both the people question that. And career.
against. Kolkata is the only teams co-owners, including thats as simple as that, Ive said many times that I
team which has beaten Kerala Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Wenger said. admire the way he tries to play
in Kochi this season and the Ganguly, expected along with Overall, I think what he and especially the quality of
visitor has won four of its other celebrities, there will be wanted to say is that he pro- the players they like and they
plenty to look around too. motes a game that is positive buy. I like a lot. AFP


Big B gets 24 mn Twitter followers Strike closes Eiffel Tower for fifth day New technique to boost confidence
Amitabh Bachchan, the most-followed Indian The Eiffel Tower in Paris has closed for the fifth Japanese scientists have developed a technique
actor on Twitter, has now secured a fan following day in a strike over working conditions causing that identifies brain activity linked to confidence
of 24 million on the microblogging platform. disappointment for scores of tourists on Saturday. and then amplifies it to a high confidence state.

No one wants to marry me: Chris Martin
Anne Frank may not have been How lung disease can
block ability to self-heal
oldplay frontman Chris Martin, who finalised his divorce from
actress Gwyneth Paltrow in July this year after a decade of
marriage, says he doesnt consider himself as husband
material and doesnt think anyone wants to marry
betrayed, suggests new theory BERLIN: Scientists have de-
coded how the lungs of
chronic obstructive pulmon-
ary disease (COPD) patients
Increased production
of Wnt5a molecule
disrupts the signalling
him. Martin, who was recently linked to actress
Annabelle Wallis, says there are rare chances of
Raid may have been staged to probe illegal activity in building, says research lose the ability to repair dam- pathway responsible
ages on their own.
him getting married again, reports THE HAGUE: Anne Frank may Franks memory. The Anne the sole survivor of the war Researchers at the Helm-
for repairs In an interview on a radio have been discovered by Frank Houses new investiga- among the eight inhabitants holtz Zentrum Munchen in
station on Thursday, Martin joked: No one chance and not because she tion does not refute the pos- of the secret annexe. Germany found that the mo- creased production of the
wants to marry me. Im just not really nice. I was denounced to Hollands sibility that the people in hid- It was commonly assumed lecule Wnt5a may be to Wnt5a molecule, which dis-
fooled one person once. Nazi overlords by unknown ing were betrayed, but that Frank, her parents and blame for this problem. rupts the Wnt/beta-catenin
Martin and Paltrow announced they were betrayers as long thought, illustrates that other scen- sister, as well as four others, The first indication of signalling pathway that is re-
conscious uncoupling back in the museum in her honour arios should also be con- were betrayed by an ac- COPD is usually a chronic sponsible for such repairs.
2014, but have since remained on says. sidered, said Ronald Leo- quaintance to Nazi authorit- cough. As the disease pro- Our working hypothesis
good terms and are even New research suggests pold, its executive director. ies with fictionalised ac- gresses, the airways narrow was that the relationship
reported to be planning to move that the August 1944 police counts sometimes referring and often pulmonary em- between diferent Wnt mes-
back to London in the near raid in which Frank was ar- The famous diary to an anonymous phone call. physema develops. This in- sengers is no longer bal-
future. IANS rested may have actually The Diary of a Young Girl, But researcher Gertjan dicates irreversible damage anced in COPD, said Hoeke
been staged to investigate il- which Frank penned while in Broek honed in on details to the alveoli. Baarsma, scientist at Re-
legal activity taking place hiding from June 1942 to Au- from Franks diary about two The body is no longer search Unit Lung Repair and
Jeetendra and grandson strike a pose elsewhere in the building. Anne Frank in a photo taken gust 1944, is one of the most men who worked in the able to repair the destroyed Regeneration of Helmholtz
The question asked has in 1942. PHOTO: AFP/ANP famous testimonies of life in building illegally trading in structures, said Melanie Ko- Zentrum Munchen. The

ctor Tusshar Kapoor has
shared a photograph of his always been Who betrayed the Second World War and ration cards, and who had nigshof from the Helmholtz team searched for possible
father and veteran actor, Anne Frank and the people in study provides a diferent the most famous diaries of all been arrested in March 1944 Zentrum Munchen. interference signals.
Jeetendra, holding his son Laksshay. hiding? the Anne Frank perspective: it is possible time. It has sold more than 30 for it. In our current work we In both the pre-clinical
Tusshar on Saturday took to House said in a statement that the SD (Sicherheitsdi- million copies in 67 Mr. Broek said that activity have been able to show that model and the tissue samples
Twitter, where he shared a published on Friday. enst, or German Security languages. obviously ran the risk of at- COPD results in a change in from patients, we found that
photograph of Jeetendra holding Service) searched the build- The Jewish girl, who was tracting the attention of au- the messengers that lung in COPD tissue particularly
baby Laksshay in his arms. What Ration coupon fraud ing because of this illegal born in Germany before her thorities. Mr. Broek found cells use to communicate the non-canonical Wnt5a
are you looking at?...strike a pose, But at 263 Prinsengracht in work and fraud with ration family emigrated to the other discrepancies that call with one another, Ms. Ko- molecule is increased and
theres nothing to it!!! ....Baap Amsterdam, where Frank coupons, and that the SD in- Netherlands, died in the Ber- into question whether the nigshof said. occurs in a modified form,
numbri beta dus numbri! Love, and seven others went into vestigators discovered Anne gen-Belsen concentration police were specifically Scientists discovered in- said Mr. Baarsma. PTI
family, Tusshar wrote. Tusshar, hiding in a secret upstairs an- Frank and the seven others in camp in Germany in early hunting for hidden Jews,
who is single, announced the arrival nexe, illegal work and hiding simply by chance, 1945, aged 15, less than a year calling his inquiry a first
of his son in June, born through IVF fraud with ration coupons said the museum, which is after her capture and just be- step in thinking more
and surrogacy. IANS was also taking place. housed in the same building fore the end of World War II. broadly about the raid on the
The current research and dedicated to preserving Her father, Otto Frank, was Secret Annexe. AFP

Serendipity fete kicks of in Goa Perus Santa police know

whos been naughty
Dance, music, debate, immersive projects and photo displays are on offer LIMA: In Peru, Santa Claus jolly old Saint Nick, he pro-
doesnt come down the ceeds to help his colleagues
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT performances that blur the chimney. He breaks down round up a group of men in-
line between visual and per- the door. side and leads them out in
PANAJI: The Serendipity Arts forming art, to create an im- At least thats what handcufs.
Festival in Goa has kicked of mersive space for audiences. happened when police The best gift we can give
with a wide array of en- This featured Uriel staged an undercover sting people is a little security,
thralling art and photo- Barthlmi, Bhisaji Gadekar operation against a house police colonel Jorge Angulo
graphy exhibitions, display and Yasmin Jahan Nupur. of suspected drug traick- told America TV after the
of craft work and captivating A fair spread of musical ers, filming the raid in a raid. The Santa cop is a
musical performances. and dance performances video that has gone viral member of a special under-
The festival provided a across multiple venues of online. It shows the lead of- cover unit in Lima that
blend of theatre, music, craft, Kala Academy, the States ficer, dressed in a padded patrols the capitals streets
visual arts and culinary arts premier art and culture Santa suit to confuse the and carries out raids in
alongside an opportunity to venue, and D.B. Ground on suspects, swinging a disguise.
interact with industry stal- the outskirts of the city sledgehammer to break Other costumes include
warts and leading art marked the first day of the down the door. street sweeper, homeless
connoisseurs. festival. These included a Wearing a giant mask of person and hawker. AFP
The festival commenced specially curated perform-
on Thursday with a conclave ance by Sanjeev Bhargava.
hosted by Ranjit Hoskote. FULL OF ENERGY: Prahava, a dance performance curated by He brought forth an amal-
The discussion saw leading Sanjeev Bhargava, for the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa . gamation of dance styles in
art connoisseurs come to- PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT performances by Leela Sam-
gether to deliberate on son and troupe and Priti Pa-
What should an arts institu- Power of Art at the Old Palace, the newly renovated tel and troupe. The per-
tion of the future in Goa look GMC Compound on the out- old State Secretariat build- formers responded to the
like?. skirts of the city put together ing, by Goan fashion de- idea of life, preservation and
Eminent scholars, writers, by Katharina Kakar. The pro- signer Wendell Rodricks. conservation using the river
artists and poets, including ject saw a group of 10 chil- The mythology and tradi- as a narrative tool.
Maria Aurora Couto, Arshia dren, including two who tions associated with each of Adding to the fervour was
Sattar, Tishani Doshi, An- were visually challenged, of- the costumes were a musical performance, Liv-
eesh Pradhan, Mortimer fering a fresh way of experi- explained. ing Traditions, a concert of
Chatterjee, Shukla Sawant, encing and accessing art Hindustani classical music
Manisha Patil and Rahaab which drew upon all the Live performances curated by Shubha Mudgal.
Allana came together to de- senses. Lucid Sleep, a unique per- The performance featured
bate the subject. A captivating display of formance art project curated Murad Ali, Kaushiki
The first day witnessed in- Goan costume was brought by Goas HH Art Spaces Chakraborty and Mo-
stallations such as The together at the Adil Shah Foundation, featured live hammed Akram.


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hardly matter
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in cinema:

The sound and the fury VISVAK

Devastation never smelt

Being in the eye of the storm, and life in the aftermath of Vardah as sweet as when the
winds of Vardah ripped
the trees of Chennai
asunder. As cars and
bikes rolled over
generations of trees on
Tuesday, the air was
thick with the aroma of

crushed leaves. The city
is slowly getting back to
its feet, but it is hard to
see it ever returning to
What could have been a gentle pitter-patter turned into a violent assault with 100 kmph winds last Monday. PHOTO: M. PRABHU Continued on page 2

sundaymagazine THE HINDU. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016

As we despondently manoeuvre around the damage and destruction, picking up the thread of our lives, the
task remains of adjusting to the new normal. Fallen trees in Besant Nagar a day after the cylone. (Below)
Kasimedu fishing harbour, and an inundated Radhakrishnan Salai, last Monday. PHOTOS: S.R. RAGHUNATHAN & M. PRABHU
the leaves
A cooperative society run by a tribal
community takes the tea and tourism route
K. PRADEEP I noticed that the workers medical bills
were huge. Enquiries revealed that it was
remember those due to malnutrition. We decided to provide
days of struggle. It them nutritious food. To generate funds for
was a fight against this, we thought of opening the estate and
poverty, hardships the bungalow to tourists. The bungalow, the
and wild animals. beautiful 395 acre estate, some vantage
On our small piece viewpoints, and trekking routes became
of land, in Wayanad, tourist attractions. The move was a success,
we tried growing ba- recalls Prasanth, now the Collector of
nanas, a little bit of Kozhikode.
coffee. They were often destroyed by ele- MTPC is now ready with a responsible
phants or wild boars. The only way we could tourism initiative called Priyadarshini Tea
survive was by working for others. My par- Environs, with the support of the Depart-
ents used to work in the paddy fields and we ment of Tourism and District Tourism Pro-
lived in small thatched huts with walls that motion Council, to improve livelihood
were plastered with clay. I stopped going to opportunities in this tribal belt. The tea fact-
school after Class IX, says Baby, a member ory has been upgraded and now produces a

The sound and the fury

of the Paniya tribe that once lived mostly as branded tea called Vishwas Gold, another
gatherers and farmers in the deep forests. income-generating initiative.
One is not sure who gave the tribe its name. In a little over two years, the estate has
They say it was given by the settlers who transformed from a dead loss into a profit-
encroached on their lands and made them able tea and tourism business. The changes
Continued from page 1 slaves or workers, a rough translation of are visible beginning at the entrance. There
Paniya. is the office and new buildings for security
On Monday morning, Chennai woke up to In the 1980s the condition of the tribal and an information centre. A 12-foot deep
rain. It wasnt much of a surprise, of course. communities in Wayanad a district that natural pond set amid green slopes has
Wed been told to expect Cyclone Vardah, has the highest tribal population in Kerala turned into an attractive swimming pool. A
named after the Urdu word for a red rose. had reached a flashpoint, threatening to turn young tribal boy comes pushing a new sports
Schools and colleges were shut, just as they into a humanitarian crisis. Lured by small bicycle. He is one of 20 tribal youth from
had been for the previous weeks Nada, sums of money, liquor and tobacco, many families of tea workers we trained in hospit-
whose effects had been as mild as its name tribal communities gave up their fertile ality management. This is part of our en-
indicated. lands to migrants and were forced to the deavour to expand benefits to the next
If youve lived in the city long enough, you fringes of the forest and the mountain generation. We have our own bicycle track
know cyclones are a regular occurrence, es- slopes. and a couple of new bicycles that tourists can
pecially this time of year. They bring pleas- But soon, an innovative rehabilitation rent, says Sub-Collector Seeram Sambasiva
ant weather for a few days, briefly lash the programme by the Kerala government began Rao, shifting gears as his cycle ambles up a
city with rain and usually end in rain holi- transforming the lives of tribal communities slope. The estate was the venue for an inter-
days, waterlogging and power cuts. Then the including Babys through tea and tour- national mountain biking event in 2013, he
sun comes out and you forget what a cool ism. One such initiative was the Man- adds. There is also a tea museum and a tea-
breeze feels like until next year. anthavady Tribal Plantation Co-operative tasting session, besides a recreational park,
But this Monday morning was different. Ltd. (MTPC), a cooperative society set up to amphitheatre, and night camping facilities.
The government had advised private com- rehabilitate the Adiya and Paniya com- The crisis in the tea market and other
panies to shut shop as well, and most of munities, the most backward among the factors have been challenging for MTPC .
them had complied. The cult weatherman tribes. Formed with the Sub-Collector as The society recently renovated a factory that
on Facebook, Pradeep John, said he was Managing Director and an elected body of was shut down in an attempt to stay afloat.
speechless; wind speeds were hitting levels directors, the cooperative diligently de- Rao is realistic about the future of the soci-
he hadnt seen in decades. The news said the veloped tea plantations in five of its seven ety. Priyadarshini is about the members
Navy was on standby, along with the Na- units. and their empowerment. It will be a success
tional Disaster Relief Force and the Army. Baby, now in his 50s, works as a super- only when they can take on the responsibil-
Precariously perched a few hundred visor in the Priyadarshini tea estate in Man- ity of planning and decision making. Though
yards off the east coast, my house offered anthavady. My father had died by then but the society is successful in providing a steady
front row seats to the storm as it swept in my mother began working in the estate. I income and comfortable living conditions
from the sea. My windows were beginning also joined her. While she worked as a tea for its members, it has fallen short of em-
to spring a few leaks. So I decided to go down plucker, my job was to dig holes, clear the powering them, inculcating in them a sense
to the beach; partly to avoid dealing with the weeds and shrubs. We have been here since of ownership. Our focus has been to address
leaks, partly to see just how bad it was. then. We earn a regular salary, our children this issue, says Rao.
Despite all the ominous warnings, years are better off. My daughter is married and The future of the tribal people, however,
of conditioning made me unafraid of cyc- my son is completing his B.Com. Life is so needs immediate attention. Being margin-
lones. Last year was an aberration, I told much better today. alised, excluded from development projects,
myself. This looks more like a very noisy When the programme began, around 400 alienated, they are victims of their own his-
drizzle. And besides, the TV was still work- tribal people found refuge and work at Priy- tory. The socio-political and cultural exclu-
ing. Always a good sign, considering the adarshini tea estate. Things seemed fine for a sion is ingrained in their consciousness. We
satellite signal is usually the first to give up while, but soon the society witnessed are making attempts to empower them, talk
the ghost when nature declares war. strikes, tea factory lockouts, and workers to them, make them believe that they are
By the time I made it out of my lane, the went hungry. By 2005, Priyadarshini, like owners and not dependent on others. There
gravity of the situation had slapped me in many tea estates in Kerala, was hit severely. are tangible changes in their approach, but it
the face repeatedly. The 100 kilometre an The difference was that Priyadarshini did is very slow, Rao adds.
hour winds had turned what could have not take it lying down. The members worked The societys long-term plans hinge on
been a gentle pitter-patter into a violent hard under Balkar Singh, the then Sub-Col- tourism. The tea industry is going through a
slice of life

assault. At the beach, the earliest signs of the lector, to get the society back on track. The rough phase and we need to diversify to
frenzy to follow were visible: the layer of hoardings, uprooted trees and flying cows and the centre is monitoring the situation. four-room Managers Bungalow was re- survive. Our branded tea and the tourism
accumulated plastic that usually adorns the filtered in the latter, a timely reminder to The newsrooms up in Delhi that dictate that christened Wayanad Tea County and initiative can help. Its a now or never mo-
sands was conspicuously missing. Giant take news received over WhatsApp with a nations agenda have already lost interest; opened to tourists. Singhs successor N. ment for Priyadarshini, but it is a unique
waves lapped the shore, threatening to generous helping of salt. after all, the death toll barely crossed the Prasanth started a mid-day meal pro- tribal initiative that deserves to succeed.
reach the disused boats that had become By late afternoon, an eerie calm had des- single-digit mark. gramme for workers with the income gener-
part of the furniture of the beach. The cended over the city, bringing with it bright, Meanwhile, as I write this, a bath has ated from tourism.
shanties of the fishing village nearby were clear skies and chirping birds. The respite become a luxury for many citizens of Chen-
still clinging on, but already the air was full was to be short-lived. The eye of the storm nai with the battered electricity grid unable
of tiny bits of swirling debris. soon passed and took with it cellular recep- to power the pumps that fill overhead water
I sanely decided to return home, only to tion and the last dribs and drabs of news tanks. We line up in bank queues again for
discover that the TV had died. Not peace- from the outside world. As we mopped up elusive currency notes, even as notices in
fully, with an error message, as it usually the water flooding in from our seemingly shops and restaurants that proudly heral-
does, but with the satellite dish blown over porous walls and windows, the banshees ded the cashless future are hastily papered
the side of the house and into the empty plot returned with a vengeance, once again as- over with apologies about network issues
next door. Electricity swiftly followed suit, suming their brutal sway over the city. delaying the revolution. With many of the
the leaks multiplied. The storm had begun citys roads resembling obstacle courses
in earnest. Irish folklore speaks of banshees, As I strode through the city the next day, that buses and cabs are struggling to navig-
female spirits whose wails warn of impend- familiar lanes were filled with unfamiliar ate, the iconic auto with its perennially dys-
ing death: a hazy, faraway concept I had buildings and the earth was littered with the functional meter has emerged as the only
picked up from books and matched with trees that had once hidden these buildings reliable means of public transport.
sounds from animated films. As Vardah from view. The citys long-suffering army of And as we despondently manoeuvre
swept in from the sea, the idea came alive as conservancy workers poured out on the around or under fallen trees and stacks of
the winds whipped themselves into a frenzy. streets, beginning the long and arduous task chopped branches, picking up the thread of
A high-pitched shrieking filled the house of clearing an estimated 10,000 fallen trees. our lives, the task remains of adjusting to
and my mind: a constant reminder that in its An inheritance of 400-odd years had be- the new normal. The cool breeze has already
destructive potential, Vardah was likely to come many thousand tonnes of garbage and died out and the leafy fragrance in the air
match or even outdo the unnamed depres- firewood. will soon fade. The petrol fumes and the
sion from a year ago. The usual post-mortem circus that fol- fierce heat will return, worse than before,
There was precious little to do but sit and lows a catastrophe of this sort has begun: and there will be fewer trees offering shade. With the concerted efforts of the district collector and the tribal
watch it unfold. The telephone networks environmentalists blame the state govern- community, Priyadarshini Tea Estate has transformed itself from
were still up and news of ripped advertising ment, the state wants funds from the centre, a dead loss into a profitable business. PHOTOS: M. SATHYAMOORTHY & SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

sundaymagazine THE HINDU. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016

Drawing deep
from India
Following an unprecedented success last year,
classical Indian art makes a comeback at
Christies annual India sale

Men exercise as the Master recites verses from the Shahnameh, and Rumi and Hafez, in the background to the
accompaniment of drums and bells. PHOTO: CLARE ARNI

Crucible of a nation
Ratnagiri seascape (2002) by Bhupen Khakhar, estimated between
Rs. 70 lakh and Rs. 90 lakh.

ROSALYN DMELLO premised on its unprecedented success at

last years sale when it was first introduced,
The zurkhaneh is an example of the syncretism that brings together A rt auction house Christies fourth annual
sale in India may have inadvertently coin-
where a 10th century granite figure of a
Dvarapala realised over Rs. 1.7 crore, and 99
Irans Persian past and its Islamic present cided with an economy accommodating
cashless compromises, thanks to demonet-
per cent of lots were sold. The results for the
95 per cent lots sold from the modern and
isation, but Sonal Singh, the London-based contemporary art section, totalling over Rs.
ABHIMANYU ARNI call in response to the salutations of the A crucible of sorts for the modern Iranian companys specialist head for Indias clas- 97 crore, proved record-breaking for the
Morshed , blowing into his flute, beating his identity, the zurkhaneh enjoyed promin- sical, modern and contemporary division, is auction house, and a world record for auc-
n Isfahan, that par- drum, and striking bells. ence under the Shahs of the Qajar and Pah- unperturbed. tions held in India.
agon of Iranian cit- The zurkhaneh relies on donations, lavi dynasties. The current clerical regime is Weve always been a very transparent The top lot was an untitled 1995 oil paint-
ies, there is a and carries out its social work largely ambivalent; its chants invoke pre-Islamic platform, she says in an interview at New ing by Vasudeo Gaitonde, which sold for over
zurkhaneh . This is a through fund-raising matches. It accepts glory; but it is also a symbol of a resurgent Delhis Taj Mansingh, where the two-day Rs. 29 crore, well above its pre-sale estimate,
ritual gymnasium, athletes from all sections of society and is nationalism. The combination of physical preview was held earlier this month. Any- breaking the previous record for the cat-
where a ring of men more like a brotherhood than a gymnasium experience and spirituality is reminiscent of one bidding at Christies usually pays via egory set by Christies in September 2015,
and boys of all ages, characterised by ritualised mutual recog- Sufism. Indeed, Morshed is the word used credit card, bank transfers or cheque, so our and for the artist himself set by Christies at
shapes and sizes, nition, patience for younger members and for the head of a Sufic order. buyers wont be affected. Fluency of trans- their inaugural India sale in 2013.
exercise with great absolute deference to the Master. There is a The zurkhaneh is a physical representa- action aside, the lure of the upcoming India A prized work among the 41 lots on offer
wooden truncheons, bow-shaped weights rhythm inside unlike a conventional gym- tion of two contrary longings that fold to- auction is a strong 70-lot selection of clas- now is a 1975 painting by Tyeb Mehta from
and chunky shields, culminating in a mo- nasium, exercise here is a team sport. The gether to form Iranian selfhood the love sical Indian art, most of them from the col- his diagonal series that the Poddars bought
ment of throw-wrestling, a moment of styl- octagonal pit is small so the pahlevani are for Alis family and the glory of Persia. This lection of Colonel R.K. Tandon and a from Gallery Chemould. Estimated between
ised violence. Above the exertions sits the always alert to each other, getting out of the place is a cult to both, a sacred stage for an modern and contemporary art offering of 41 Rs. 10 crore and Rs. 15 crore, the work is one
Morshed , or Master on his raised platform. way, changing places, each taking turns to invocation of the bravery of Husayn, but also lots from the Abhishek and Radhika Poddar of 41 lots from the Poddar collection, the
Throughout the session, he recites verses lead the group as they move through the the feats of Rostam, Persias legendary hero. collection. result of over three decades of acquisitions
from the great Persian Book of Kings, the cycles of exercise. The ring of men in the domed arena embody The discovery is always the most exciting that includes Manjit Bawa, Jehangir
Shahnameh , from the poetry of Rumi and Zurkhaneh traditions date to Parthian this ambiguity in their invocation of both Ali part, also the chase, Singh says, speaking of Sabavala and Akbar Padamsee.
Hafez and intones Shia hymns to Mo- times, and may still carry Zoroastrian inflec- and Rostam, Islam and Persia, glorying Shia her strong involvement with the classical In 1987, Abhishek arrived on the door-
hammed, Imam Ali and his martyred sons. tions into the age of Islam. After the Arab Imams through Sufi practices. It is the ambi- end of the sale that brought her the greatest step of Bawas studio in Delhis Garhi com-
Images of the great Imam surmount conquest of the 7th century, the zurkhaneh guity that gives this martial dance its power, joy. I discovered Basholi painting, she says, plex after reading about him in Nandys
pictures of improbably muscled champions, became secret societies, preserving Persian tension and pathos. a reference to the 40 court paintings from column, much to the artists surprise, reads
benefactors, hanging swordfish bills, and traditions and identity in the face of occupa- Colonel Tandons collection. The Colonel the anonymous note in the Christies cata-
strings of leather shorts, which hang over a tion and conversion. The ritual chants are a Abhimanyu Arni read history and began collecting art soon after joining the logue. The visit apparently culminated in a
shallow octagonal pit. Here, the pahlevani type of oral history, a way of passing down politics at the University of Oxford and Army around 1944, and intensified his pur- lifelong friendship until the artists death in
spin, leap, juggle, wrestle, throw weights and the legends and lore of Persia. now teaches and writes in Bengaluru. suit of miniatures after he was allowed an 2008. Many of the works in their larger col-
early retirement in 1968. lection have been the result of commissions,
It was a very good time to collect. The most notably a series based on the zodiac
political turmoil of the years after the war signs by Arpita Singh, and a bouquet of 25
SCREENING ROOM meant that very substantial old collections flower paintings, each by a different artist,
were being dispersed; Colonel Tandon trav- meant as a gift for Abhisheks parents on
elled around the princely states and else- their 25th wedding anniversary.

Such a song and dance where in India searching out old collections
and antique shops from where he hoped to
enrich his collection, writes William Robin-
The most eye-catching in the modern lot
is a 2002 Bhupen Khakhar Ratnagiri sea-
scape (estimated between Rs. 70 lakh and
son in the Christies catalogue for the up- Rs. 90 lakh), the moody blue of the sea only a
La La Land makes you think about musicals again, that grand old staple of coming auction. few shades lighter than the sky, the horizon
His eye was not an untrained one. The stretching far into the distance. The peculiar
Hollywood, but now jazzed up with technology, psychology and more Colonel had grown up in Allahabad surroun- red-bordered frame with gold sketches adds
ded by art his father R.C. Tandon was a a quintessentially Khakharesque touch of
BARADWAJ RANGAN songs another looks towards the relatively renowned art critic and commentator, and wry commentary on the kitschy nature of
minimalistic French arthouse musicals frequent visitors to their home included the the landscape painting genre.
heres a stunning stretch in Damien Jacques Demy made ( The Umbrellas of
T Chazelles La La Land which I caught at
the 13th Dubai International Film Festival,
Cherbourg , The Young Girls of Rochefort ),
where the numbers arent premeditated an-
likes of painter Amrita Sher-Gil, poet
Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Russian artist
Nicholas Roerich.
Another worthy contender is a large 1973
canvas by Akbar Padamsee featuring a deep
crimson horizon, one of his earliest metas-
on a gorgeous big screen, in a theatre that thems so much as speech that lost its way Around the time the Colonel was collect- capes and estimated between Rs. 1.5 crore
looked like la la land itself with a million tiny and is now surprised that its become a song. ing, miniatures were easily available and and Rs. 2 crore.)
golden lights that transformed the ceiling As a result, there is a bit of the dissonance we prices were low enough for a military officer An early Raza landscape from 1956 using
into a constellation thats unlike anything sensed in those films by Scorsese and Bog- with no inheritance, allowing him to amass gouache, ink and pencil on paper and featur-
Ive seen in another musical. Without re- danovich. We sense the strain of trying to at least 1,000 historically significant objects ing a white palette is another masterpiece on
vealing too much, lets just say its the transcend and out-think the material, as from 2 B.C. to 19 A.D. offer.
closest a musical has come to sci-fi, an al- though making a mere musical wasnt He collected sculptures in stone, terra- A 1974 painting with cipher-like symbols
ternate what-if reality, except that the shift enough, and you also have to make a com- cotta, wood and bronze, together with decor- by Gaitonde claims an enviable provenance,
in the space-time continuum doesnt come ment on the musical. ative items in a number of different having been acquired from the reclusive ab-
about due to a time machine. of the whole, wide world. The camera be- Can a modern filmmaker make a great mediums. But his greatest interest was al- stractionist by his contemporary Krishen
It happens due to the music itself due to comes an invisible third dancer, executing musical in the traditional sense without be- ways the miniature or court paintings, and it Khanna, who sold it to the present, anonym-
ones creation of it, ones submission to it, its own choreography around the choreo- ing embarrassed by the inherent directness is this area for which his collection is best ous owner in the 70s.
ones immersion in it. This stretch made my graphy of the stars. of the genre? Spike Lee came closest with known, writes Robinson.
heart swell, which is what the best musicals Meanwhile, the old waltzes with the new. the spectacular Chi-Raq , which combined Christies decision to continue with a sep- Rosalyn DMello is the author of
do. Had the rest of La La Land matched it, As the broad narrative conventions and overt political statement with overt song arate section on classical Indian art was A Handbook For My Lover.
wed have had an instant modern classic sunny optimism of the 1940s and 50s gave and dance. The film exploded in your face
but this isnt to say the film is dismissible. If way to more cynicism, as audiences exposed like a glitter ball that concealed a bomb.
nothing else, La La Land is a genre film that to foreign art-house cinema got used to a Another example that comes to mind is
operates within the genre (in terms of its certain rough-grained texture in relation- Everyone Says I Love You . Its not a great
tropes), but also steps out of the velvet-rope ships, filmmakers like Martin Scorsese movie, let alone a great musical, but it
boundary and clinically relooks at and refig- (with New York, New York ) and Peter Bog- worked because Woody Allen did not strive This years
ures these tropes. Its a musical that makes danovich (At Long Last Love ) attempted to for anything more than a comedy that incor-
us think about musicals.
Some of these thoughts come about
update the studio-backlot musical with the
cinematic conventions of a more realistic
porated a string of great songs. It didnt
matter that the cast was made of actors
India auction
through explicit references. When Se- age. Thats what Chazelle does too. rather than singer-dancers.
bastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma On the one hand, he replicates the eye- Yes. Theres a difference. Gene Kelly and features a

Stone) hes a pianist, shes a barista who poppingly bright monochrome costumes of Fred Astaire werent called on to essay many
dreams of becoming an actress break into
song and dance after a stroll, we are re-
the 50s Technicolor musical. On the other,
his scenes seethe with the psychological
dramatic roles, and Brando wasnt asked to
star in many musicals. The skill sets are
minded of You Were Meant For Me realism of the post-Marlon Brando era. A different. Look at Brando perform Luck Be
(Singin In The Rain ) and Dancing in the long close-up look at Mias audition (Stone a Lady Tonight in Guys and Dolls or Richard 70-lot
Dark (The Band Wagon ). In a later number, is spectacular here) is what an older musical Burton in Camelot and you see an actor first,
when Mia rises in the air, untethered by
gravity, we recall Goldie Hawns levitation
would have staged as a show-stopping num-
ber. Here, it is a scene. The emotions rise
a singer-dancer only later. Actors can sur-
prise us sometimes, the way Antonio
selection of
along the banks of the Seine in Everyone through acting instead of singing, through Banderas did in Evita , the way Catherine
Says I Love You . the tremulousness of speech rather than the Zeta-Jones did in Chicago but there arent classical
But the way Chazelle stages these num- brassy belting out of song. many who can straddle both worlds, both
bers, we also think about technology. The
old Hollywood musicals used long takes to
This mix is the most fascinating aspect of
La La Land , this fusion of the happy musical
kinds of acting. Gosling and Stone are dra-
matic actors thinking out a musical rather
Indian art, and
showcase the stars dancing prowess, but the (Singin In The Rain , The Band Wagon ), the than performers instinctively grooving to
camera was mostly stationary (i.e. fixed on a wistful musical (Funny Girl , Oliver! ), the their inner beats. You sense a holding back, a modern and
tripod) and the scene was mostly static (i.e. showbiz musical (Singin In the Rain , A some hesitation. And yes, that is part of the
the dancers moved but their spatial relation
with the backdrop stayed the same). Todays
Chorus Line ), and the sad/ dark musical like
Chicago and A Star is Born (the title song
point in La La Land , to show that the mu-
sical should not belong only to people who
amazingly mobile cameras pack a lot more from the former and The Man that Got Away can sing like Liza Minnelli and dance like
into these long takes, so we dont just see from the latter are both reincarnated in a Fred Astaire. I like the idea. Im not so sure art offering
two people dancing continuously, without marvellously confessional number sung by about the film.
A 1975 Tyeb Mehta from his diagonal
an editors cut, but also zoom in and out of
their surroundings, which arent controlled
Mia). And while one part of Chazelles film
genuflects before the rhythms of these older Baradwaj Rangan is series, estimated between Rs. 10 crore and of 41 lots
and contained studio backlots but the chaos films big narrative beats and equally big The Hindus cinema critic. Rs. 15 crore. PHOTOS: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

sundaymagazine THE HINDU. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016
Drought as metaphor

To commemorate the rich picture-book

legacy of Llama Llama series creator
Anna Dewdney, Penguin Young
Readers, Childrens Book Council, and Every
Child a Reader have partnered to establish a
prize in honour of the late author and
illustrator, who died of cancer in September Bara, with prophetic insight and astonishing vivacity, resonates in contemporary India
at the age of 50. The Anna Dewdney Read
Together Award will be given annually to a
picture book, published in the U.S. between K. SATCHIDANANDAN appreciate its narrative ally trading in rice. Satisha hoarders and the SP, but they are soon di-
2011 and 2016. The award honours power and political gravity, wants the government to vided on communal lines as a rumour
Dewdneys life and work as a book creator here are some and to delve into its nu- declare the district spreads that a Muslim merchant had shot
and literacy advocate, and writers who will be anced multi-layeredness. drought-affected; it has had people trying to enter his shop. Despite Sat-
celebrates her remembered as The word bara means no rain for three months. ishas initial reluctance, he is forced to per-
commitment to reading great masters of the drought in Kannada, but its He gives orders to search mit the SP to fire at the angry crowd
with young children and word, while others metaphoric potential ex- the godown of Gangadhara advancing towards him, knowing he had
getting books into the will be hailed as lit- tends far beyond, suggesting Swamy who is rumoured to supported Rudrappa who had won with the
hands of as many erary personalities sterility, shortage and bar- have hoarded grain. Muslim votes from the area. The incident
toddlers as possible. and public intellec- renness, ideas the author At this point, Satisha leads to Rudrappas resignation. Satisha also
tuals whose impact loves to play with. In the meets Bhimoji, a lawyer resigns, and chooses to become a lecturer.
will be felt across generations and dis- short authors note, URA and a farmers association Only someone with an acute understand-
courses: language, culture, education, even reveals the factual core of leader who had fought the ing of the political situation in India could
politics. U.R. Ananthamurthy belongs to the the long tale: During the election against the Minis- have conceived a story like this. As the trans-
latter tribe. He was a rooted cosmopolitan Emergency, I happened to ter Rudrappa. Bhimoji tells lator notes in the afterword, Bara presents
Author Nikesh Shukla has been who never forgot his roots even while travel-
ling the globe.
stay in the house of an IAS
officer. I was struck by the
Satisha that Swamy is
backed by Rudrappa and
an allegory of political modernity in India.
The gaps in a leftist ideology too rigid to
named as one of Foreign Policy magazines
100 Global Thinkers for 2016 for his efforts at But Ananthamurthy was first a great house because it was built the Superintendent of Po- accommodate the heterogeneous reality of
tackling the unbearable whiteness of storyteller. His six novels and eight collec- during the medieval times. lice (SP) and that all his India including the persistent caste system;
publishing. Shukla has been named for tions of short stories testify to his narrative It was circled by a fort. The progressive idealism is not the dangerous insularity of the Hindutva
shaking up the inequitable scene of skill and his conceptual strength. He knew bureaucrat was not like Bara; U. R. Ananthamurthy, trs going to work. Rudrappa ideology whose fascist tendencies are very
publishing, which according to a 2015 report his milieu intimately its myths, legends, other bureaucrats. He had Chandan Gowda, Oxford University will not allow the district to much on display in contemporary India; the
by Spread the Word is seen by 97 per cent of customs and conventions and through some idealism. He was influ- Press, Rs. 253. be declared drought-af- opportunistic, monstrous cunning of politi-
British literary agents as only a little diverse that he could gauge society. He always iden- enced by the Communist ...... ........ ....... ........ ........ ........ ....... ........ ........ ....... . fected because that would cians who would exploit even the most tragic
or not diverse at all. This year, Shukla co- tified himself with the gullible, the fallen, the Party of India (CPI) while he make Bhimoji, his political of human situations to gain political
founded the Jhalak Prize for writers of colour outcaste. Ananthamurthy was neither a was a student at Jawaharlal Nehru Univer- rival, popular. Satisha is conscious of his mileage; the unholy alliance between politi-
and edited The Good Immigrant (Unbound), an blind traditionalist nor an unthinking mod- sity in New Delhi. He tries to implement privileged position that allows him to pity cians, criminals and the rich; the power of
essay collection exploring what it means to ernist, and this distinguishes the Navya lit- progressive laws. He had made a survey of the starving people. It is his instinct for the Indian state that could turn against the
live as a minority in the U.K., erary movement in Kannada that he the drought conditions and wanted to con- adventure and his wife Rekhas love of very people whose power it has appropriated
which won the inaugural spearheaded with Gopalakrishna Adiga and vince the Chief Minister that he should de- beauty that had persuaded him to seek a all these play out in Bara with prophetic
BAMB readers award last others. They discovered the tools to critique clare the district drought-affected. The transfer to this district with its great history. insight and astonishing vivacity.
month. Shukla joins tradition within the tradition call it Chief Minister, who had an enemy in the Rekha, attracted to her husband by his sin- The idea of barrenness is all-pervading
names including Hillary counter-tradition if you will as Indian areas Member of the Legislative Assembly, cerity and sensitivity, supports his idealism. in the novel: even Satishas idealism ulti-
Clinton, Angela Merkel thinkers like Gandhi did. Ananthmurthys who was also a minister, wanted to postpone The local people admire the Commission- mately proves barren as he is overpowered
and London mayor Sadiq stories like Sooryana Kudure (Literally, the doing so. The officer was caught in a di- ers humanism although some of them by the irresistible, if invisible, forces at work
Khan on the list. suns horse, a Kannada term for grasshop- lemma. Ananthamurthy not only adds a gradually begin to turn sceptical about in real society. Even his beautiful relation-
per) and Mouni and the short novel Bara wealth of imagined details and characters to whether his efficiency matches his honesty. ship with Rekha seems to lose its initial
(Drought) work at different levels. the core of this real context, he turns the real Bhimoji tells Satisha that he cannot be a warmth and his hidden elitism surfaces in
Bara was published in Kannada in into the metaphorical (just as he does in bureaucrat and a revolutionary at the same the critical context of confrontation with the
1976, made into a Kannada film in 1980 and a Samskara) to point to the demise of idealism time. And Bhimoji is proved true: Rudrappa people. Politics has lost its vision and direc-
Canongate has revealed the title for Hindi film (Sookha) in 1983, directed by M.S.
Sathyu. Its first English translation was in-
and the political reality of India where any does not declare the district drought-af-
kind of idealism is met with stiff resistance fected, and he telephones Satisha to say
tion as it thrives on short-term gains and
becomes a devilish power-game. The novel
Haig and Chris Moulds third childrens cluded in a collection of Ananthamurthys by the rich and the powerful. Swamy is innocent. The minister wants to best exemplifies Ananthamurthys concept
Christmas book: Father Christmas and Me . short fiction titled The Sky and the Cat pub- The novel opens with the protagonist, take advantage of the situation, inaugurate of artist as witness, of creator as doubter, of
The childrens book, illustrated by Mould, is lished the same year. This is the first time Satisha, the District Commissioner, being more gruel centres, and declare that Swamy thinker as interrogator.
slated for publication on October 12, 2017. It that it has been published as a separate book, refused water by an old woman. He soon will donate land for the poor.
was first announced in October, when world as the author had always wanted. This book, discovers that she does not have a drop of There are interesting episodes that are K. Satchidanandan is an eminent
rights were acquired by publishing director with a thoughtful afterword by the trans- water in her hut and finds it odd that rather topical even today, like the argument about Malayalam poet, translator and
Francis Bickmore from Clare Conville at lator Chandan Gowda, who has done an ex- than saying she had no water she would beef-eating by Govindappa, and the Cow bilingual critic.
Conville & Walsh. Rights have since been cellent job, and an insightful interview with refuse it to him. He then learns that she has Protection Group that cares more for
sold in Canada to HarperCollins and in URA, also by Gowda, provides an opportun- herself refused food and water for three days starving cows than famished people. Mean-
France to Helium. Canongate has sold A Boy ity to non-Kannada readers and critics to as her grandson has been arrested for illeg- while, people rise in revolt against the
Called Christmas in 22 territories and The
Girl Who Saved Christmas in 17, including to
HarperCollins in Canada and Knopf in the
U.S.. Andrea Joyce, rights EPISTOLARY FICTION
director at Canongate,
said, Matt Haigs
Christmas books are an
phenomenon. We are Write me a letter Run off the Sparks mill
beyond thrilled at how
brilliantly these books Playwright Habib Tanvirs love affair with Jill, A well-padded Mills & Boonish offering you
an English girl many years his junior, as told through can read with no effort whatsoever
are travelling.

letters from her to their grandson SHEILA KUMAR parenting: the juggling of time, the schlep-
ping of the child to various extra-cur-
Author and illustrator
Allan, whose books include Father JAYANTHI MADHUKAR Tanvirs place in posterity. Tanvirs life in
India included a wife and a daughter born
T wo by Two is the 20th novel by best- ricular activities, the challenge of feeding
selling author Nicholas Sparks, and her daily if not exactly healthy meals,
thats no mean feat. As everyone on the the soothing of an occasional tantrum, the
Christmas Needs a Wee and The Queens
Knickers (Red Fox), is donating his entire
archive to Seven Stories, the National Centre
I magine finding a bunch of old love letters the same year as Anna.
while cleaning your mothers cupboard. The book works on several levels. There
The serendipitous joy of reading gentle en- are interesting glimpses of life in the 50s, in
planet knows, Sparks made his name and constant entertaining involved, and the
fame with the romantic tearjerker The relentless routine.
for Childrens Books. Notebook , and followed that up with many It has to be said, the book bears more
dearments and promises on yellowing fra- Europe and India. References to subjects international bestsellers in the same than a passing resemblance to the 1979
The donation includes final artwork for 21 gile paper would be what Anna Tanvir must and events like the release of a new stamp in
titles and sketches and dummy books. Allan genre, playing to his strengths, as it were. Academy Award-winning film Kramer vs
have experienced as she read letters from Britain on the occasion of the World Scout Many of his books became movies, and Kramer starring Dustin Hoffman and
also donated artwork from Hilltop Hospital, her father Habib Tanvir to her mother Jill Jubilee Jamboree, the quality of plays then
an animated TV show, and 36 pieces of many of those huge box-office hits. Meryl Streep. Many of the films themes
MacDonald. The letters gave Anna an in- produced in India which Tanvir mostly So, what lies at the heart of the Nicholas find an echo here. A father in advertising, a
finished artwork from Father sight into the life of a father who was absent deemed impotent literature and an in-
Christmas Needs a Wee . Sparks phenomenon? That is an easy one mother who leaves her only child but re-
for most of her childhood and reiterated her teraction with a dashing young Ravi Shankar to parse. His books invariably have simple, turns, and even the plot point of an acci-
Allans gift marks the mothers life story. before he took the world by storm all these
first time a living artist romantic plots adequately spiced with just dent the child has for which the father is
The correspondence tells a one-sided will delight observant readers. enough drama, stock characters, and are held unfairly responsible.
has donated their entire story, since Jills letters to Tanvir did not As far as relationships go, a reader can
work through the Arts written in the most reader- The seminal film, however, re-
survive. It is nevertheless an extraordinary choose to be moved by Jills forgiveness and friendly style; more a well-pad- flected an important change in
Councils Cultural Gift tale a love story, set in the 50s, between a her understanding of the complex nature of
Scheme. ded Mills & Boon offering than a the way both motherhood and
struggling Indian poet and a creative mind. She accepts a thought-provoking Richard fatherhood were viewed in the
playwright who travelled long absence of over two years Ford. Not that Sparks fans are 70s. Sparks has no such inten-
across Europe, and a young when Tanvir travels across complaining. tion and this book does not lead
English girl who gave her heart Europe to eke a living, accepts Two by Two faithfully checks the reader into any sort of intro-
Crime writer Peter James
has to a man divided from her by
culture, geography and age.
his occasional letters, casual
references to a loveless rela-
many of these boxes. An earnest, spection. It is fashioned as an
revealed he will publish two new books next caring, well-meaning hero: easy read.
year a who-dunnit Roy Grace novel and a The highly unlikely relation- tionship in Raipur, and his no- check. An unpleasant, selfish Occasionally though, Sparks
new stand-alone novel, asking what would ship resulted in the birth of show for Annas birth. But wife: check. An almost perfect, does make some thought-pro-
happen if someone had absolute proof God Anna, remarkable by the fact what is surprising to note is syrupy-sweet child: check. A voking points. When Russell is
exists. Need You Dead, a new novel featuring that Jill, then in her 20s, set Annas forgiveness and accept- warm and lovely ex-girlfriend: complaining about the juggling
Brighton-based Detective Superintendent aside the conventions of the ance of her absentee father check. A supportive family: Two by two; Nicholas that single-parenting entails,
Roy Grace, is scheduled for May 2017. It will time to have a child out of who once omitted to tell his check. And the mainstay of Sparks, Hachette India, Vivian says astutely: Its not like
be the series 13th book and wedlock. friends, whom she was meet- many a Sparks bestseller a Rs. 399. Im asking you to do something I
its first who-dunnit, And now, thanks to Anna ing for dinner, that she was his bittersweet conclusion: check. .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . havent been doing for years.
and the rest of her family, a daughter. At that time, Anna

described as a little bit Oh, in case you were wonder- Again, at another point, Russell
different in format to book based on the old letters is was 16, the same age as Jill ing, the title refers to a story read by the ponders the wisdom of involving his
others that have gone out for public consumption. A when she met Tanvir, and was hero Russell Green to his daughter about daughter in non-stop activity art, tennis,
before it. The series has Story for Mukti takes the form A Story for Mukti; Jill Mac on a visit to India to know her Noahs Ark and the animals arriving there dancing all of which he realises makes
sold over 18m copies of a long letter by Jill to her Donald, HarperCollins India, father. The gentle tone of the in pairs. him work for London instead of enjoying
worldwide, according to oldest grandson Mukti, with Rs. 399. book suits the placid mood of The story revolves around Russell, time with her. He wonders whether its
Pan Macmillan. whom she shares a close rela- . .. ... .. ... .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. ... .. ... the narrator. Never once does devoted husband to Vivian and loving peer pressure, a parents need for vicarious
tionship. For the 17-year-old it express indignation, bitter- father to London. Russell, who makes a living, or building a college resume that is
boy, used to emails and texts, it is a revela- ness or melancholy. living in advertising, decides to strike out responsible for this state of affairs.
tion of a stylish grandfather wearing a black The narration begins to drag in the middle on his own, triggering off a chain of events. For the most part though, the story pro-
beret like a Frenchmen whom he met at the of the book, but in Jills defence, her life
The organisers of the Walter Scott Heathrow airport in 2007. He remembers moved at a gentle pace, from one letter to the
Soon after, Vivian returns to the workforce ceeds on its predictable path. The plot-
after having been a stay-at-home mom, points are trite, banal and can be spotted a
Prize for historical fiction have launched happily pushing his grandfathers wheel- other.
chair around the airport and the twinge of A Story for Mukti is a story of unfettered
starts an affair with her boss, and promptly mile off. Its no spoiler to reveal that this
an academy to help find future winners. The becomes an absentee mother. Russell has weak people pleaser of a hero will come
academy will be made up of people at the disappointment that the first thing Tanvir love in the truest sense love that doesnt to become primary parent and caregiver to into his own in the end. Or even that he
centre of literary life in the U.K. and in saidto him after eight years was about not expect anything in return. Still, it is a pity his five-year-old daughter. In the process, will conveniently and swiftly get over the
Commonwealth countries, who will having smoked for ten hours on the flight. that very little is written of the time Tanvir he learns to handle all the challenges life split from his wife and start afresh with
recommend the authors to the prizes Tanvir was a public figure. Even after and Jill spent together. The passion and (or Sparks) throws at him, like single par- Emily.
longlist. The 25,000 Walter Scott Prize is his death in 2009, he remains firmly en- agony that Jill must have surely felt are not enting, setting up a new company and Throughout the book, Sparks delivers
for any title set at least 60 years ago and trenched as one of Indias finest playwrights expressed strongly enough. It could be be- dealing with an impending divorce. In all homilies at regular intervals. Happiness
published in the U.K., Ireland or the in Urdu and Hindi. He was also a poet, actor cause she was narrating the story to her this, Russell is not entirely alone; Marge, isnt something someone can deliver. It
Commonwealth. The longlist for and the founder of Naya Theatre (1959), a grandson. It could also be because she had his older sister, may make many a droll comes from within, is one such. Another
next years award will be pioneering troupe created with Chattisgarhi moved on by the time she actually narrated comment at his expense but definitely has gem goes thusly: Remember that family,
announced in February folk artistes that is still running in Bhopal. In the story. But she never regrets her love for his back. Liz, Marges partner, is also a unlike most of the people you might meet
2017 and the shortlist his lifetime, Tanvir won the Padma Shri, was him, and as she writes: So much of Habib was well-balanced, sensible friend to Russell. in life, will always be around. This is stuff
in March. The winner nominated as a Rajya Sabha member, and lost to me, but through him, so much gained . And finally there is Emily, the ex-girl- Karan Johar could use as tag lines.
will receive the prize at left behind a rich legacy of work, notably the friend, cast here as Earth Mother and
the Borders Book iconic play Charandas Chor . The play, con- Jayanthi Madhukar is a freelance writer artist rolled into one. Sheila Kumar is an independent writer,
Festival in Melrose in structed around contradictions and com- who believes that everything has a story The book gets interesting when it deals manuscript editor and author
Scotland in June. plex existential paradoxes, indelibly marked waiting to be told. with the various pushes and pulls of single based in Bengaluru.

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enowned filmmaker
Adoor Gopalakrish-
nan is best known
for his cinema of

take over
minimalism and
austerity but one
that is also replete Delve into myriad
with an overarching forms of writing at
political perspective The Hindu Lit for Life, Thirty Years of
and grounded in recent history. Women
the sharpest literature SAARC - Society,

my ilms
have held a key place in his films. He talks
festival in India. Culture and
here about how that has happened. Excerpts
Three days of readings, Development; Rajiv
from an email interview :
Kumar & Omita
panel discussions, lectures Goyal, Sage,
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In hindsight I realise that women simply Dates: This well-researched collection provides a
take over the key positions in my films. This January 14, 15 & 16, 2017 comprehensive assessment of SAARC. The
happens naturally, not by force. Swayam- Venue: book points out the issues and constraints that
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him and how wife from a lower-middle-class family, and
the fourth was an educated, unmarried girl

Who are the women in your life personally, or in

the female from a well-to-do family. Together, these
independent stories, when seen together,
the public sphere, who have been the inspiration
for your characters/ stories?
roles in communicate the idea of a slow but steady
rise of awareness and assertion in the wo- These Circuses That
My mother has been a great influence. My his films men. I do not think it is a feminist film. Such Sweep Through the
Landscape; Tejaswini
parents relationship was quite strained categorisations are problematic, I believe.
when we were young. Eventually, my par- shaped up And I cannot choose a favourite from them. Apte-Rahm, Aleph,
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ents chose to live separately, my mother in They are all dear to me. I enjoyed making
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work. It was like our father had abandoned

us. My mother was left to fend for herself. role to life with her impeccable performance ary. But before the rendezvous takes place, Any characters and actresses from other A fanatical collector of beetles finds out too
Though she belonged to a well-to-do family in Pinneyum . Aranmula Ponnamma, who Basheer is released. He doesnt want to leave cinema who you think have been significant in late where his passion has led him. A woman
and managed things on her own, it was not acted as the grandmother in Kathapur- but cannot stay back. The challenge was to giving voice to womens concerns? out on a shopping spree in a glitzy mall finds
an easy task to look after four of us, giving ushan, is the oldest among my favourites. find a voice that was expressive, enchanting, I think Jabbar Patels Umbartha does. she cant go home again. A servant girl experi-
education and care. My mother was not the loving and coquettish. It took months of And Smita Patil in the protagonists role in ences cruel loss of innocence when she eats
complaining type. She was very gentle but A lot of your films hinge on the man-woman voice tests before I settled on Lalita. Many Umbartha . Satyajit Rays Aparajita is a great something that wasnt meant for her. This
had a strong will. In the midst of crises (we relationship. In Mathilukal, the womans voice is people have appreciated the sensuous im- example and the role is played by Karuna book is a debut collection of such stories.
had very many) she kept her calm and we the character and the driving force for the man... pact of those long dialogues between two Banerjee. Yet another is A Climate for Crime
children used to wonder how she could be so Mathilukal is based on a short story by the people separated by a high wall. (Oru Pennum Randaanum ). The role is
bold and determined. celebrated author Vaikom Muhammad played by Praveena.
With father absent most of the time, we Basheer. The story is marvellous in its in- Would you call Naalu Pennungal your most
enjoyed extra freedom at home. But none of ventiveness, humour and humanity. It was gender-oriented/ feminist work so far? Or would Do you think mainstream cinema is evolving
us ever misused her trust. She had a very quite a challenging subject to handle. It is you resist the label? Which is your own personal towards breaking the stereotypes surrounding wo-
refined taste in classical music and theatre centred around Basheer, who had been favourite woman and film from your body of work? men in films or is it still stuck in a warp?
forms like Kathakali and literature. She ap- jailed for treason. Having already spent I was to make a film based on Gyanpeeth I think there are welcome departures in The Lobbyists -
pears in the form of two characters in Kath- years in lock-ups, his promotion to the cent- Awardee Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillais commercial cinema, but they are few and far Untold Story of Oil,
apurushan as the sickly mother of ral jail was in some way a relief as he can get work. I went about it earnestly, going between. Gas and Energy
Kunjunni, the protagonist, and as his strong the treatment of a regular prisoner. While through his large body of work at one Sector; Rajeev
and regal grandmother. being led to his cell, he hears the muffled stretch. Practically all his novels had been Are women filmmakers better equipped to deal Jayaswal,
laughter of a woman from across the huge made into films and I did not want to remake with womens issues? or can men deal with them Bloomsbury, Rs.
Is there any actress you have kept going back to wall. For someone who has had no contact any. So, I focussed on his short stories, al- just as well? Do these gender divides have any 499.
in your films? with women for long, it is a pleasant surprise most 400 of them. I chose four I liked best point? . .. . .. . . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . . .. . .. . ..

One actress who has appeared most in my to relish a feminine voice. He is being taken and titled the project Four Women . These Gender divides hardly matter in cinema. Was Indias energy security a victim of import
films is Lalita. She is a great actor. Of course to a cell close to the womens ward, he is told. four stories were unrelated in period, char- What is needed is a certain degree of sensit- lobbyists? What happened between 2004 and
there are others like Sarada (in Swayam- The exchange of dialogue between the two is acters or status in society. The first was ivity and faith in the equality of the sexes. 2014 that killed the sector, and made us more
varam and Elippathayam ). Kavya Madhavan filled with desire and longing. It is an ex- about a sex worker in the pre-Independence dependable consumer for global oil produ-
is another great artiste, much younger than change of raw feelings from man to woman, days. The second was about an independent cers? This book revisits a series of events that
these two. I was very impressed by her ded- woman to man. A love relationship is estab- farmhand who supports the family on her took place in those ten years to find an answer.
ication and sincerity in bringing a difficult lished and they plan to meet in the dispens- daily wages. The third was a childless house-


Cinema affects you subliminally thought it gave me an opportunity to study

the kind of images he creates and the politics
that comes across through them. I was not
interested in his career graph or his personal
Love in Chakiwara
and Other
Trying to decipher Girish Kasaravallis process of filmmaking life. Im deeply fond of his filmmaking style, Muhammad Khalid
which is minimalist and which is the oppos- Akhtar, trs Bilal
is as difficult today as it has always been ite of my style. I make films that pack in a lot Tanweer, Picador
of details whereas Adoor goes on deleting India, Rs. 499.
ARCHANA NATHAN things to arrive at a core. .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . ..

ver the years, the copious analytical pieces What also binds you both is a larger preoccupa- Chakiwara, a small Karachi neighbourhood, is
O on his films, the detailed interviews, and the
many retrospectives would have one think
tion with social issues...
Films, or for that matter any art, affects
unspectacular to all appearances. But inside its
shops and at the street corners, there is curi-
that Girish Kasaravallis process as an artist one at a very subliminal level and never ous business afoot. Chronicling the drama that
is more accessible today. directly. When you read a novel, it often unfolds daily, is Iqbal Hussain Changezi, bakery
But when you talk to Kasaravalli, who will offers a perspective that is different from owner.
books & beyond

be at The Hindu Lit for Life 2017, you realise yours and one which draws you to it. Beyond
that you cannot be so sure of this hypothesis this, I dont think a film directly leads you to
after all. Kasaravalli often leaves you per- the street. Emotional speeches and good
plexed. Depending on how he is disposed on orators ensure you get carried away, which is
a given day, he can swing from expressing quite dangerous. You are subscribing to
disdain for intellectualising his every move someone elses perspective a sure sign of a
to assigning deeply complex explanations to fascist endeavour. I would like to make films
those moves. Kasaravalli can be both re- that ensure that the viewers critical sensib-
served and articulate ; shy and forthright in ilities are intact. I want to tell my audience
equal measure. Excerpts from a conversation: this is what I think; do you think so too?
The Four Legendary
All your films have been based on published Was it better to make films in the 70s and 80s Kingdoms; Matthew
works. How do you choose a text? than it is now? Reilly, hachette,
Though my films are based on published It was always swimming against the tide. Rs. 499.
works, I make a lot of changes. Actually... if I Even now. .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . . .. . .. .

explain the process, youll realise a lot of it is Girish Kasaravalli PHOTO: K. BHAGYA PRAKASH
coincidental. I would have read a story at Have you looked back at your own career and Jack West Jr is back. The last thing he remem-
some point but it may or may not have What are the motivations for the changes you The aspect of rebellion features in more ways assessed it? bers is arriving for a meeting at a top-secret
caught my fancy then. Over a period of time, make? Why does Lily bai become Gulabi for than one in your other films as well... I feel I have been experimenting a lot with military base with his family in tow. He now
that story grows in my mind. At some point, instance? I guess. Barring Ghatashraddha , many of my form and narration. But people say Im awakens to find himself in a hellish scenario.
perhaps much later, if I feel that a particular It is difficult to pinpoint. When one starts the female characters in my films have a repeating myself. I dont agree. My commit- Jack has been selected to take part in the
story has some relevance to a contemporary writing a script, one works on it for months similar transformation towards the end of ment remains the same but the expression Games, a series of deadly challenges designed
or social situation, I revisit it. together. At different points, a number of the narrative. It is not a formula but a keeps changing. In terms of ideology, my to fulfil an ancient ritual.
elements get added or eliminated. The com- gradual development. Narmada Thayi, des- focus has always been on examining the rela-
Why do you choose a published work always? pulsions to do so are plenty. It is difficult to pite not understanding any of the political tionship between man and the establish-
Because I cannot write. That said, I devi- say why Lily Bai became Gulabi or theatre manoeuvres of her husband, responds to ment, whether it is society or government
ate a lot from the texts I choose. A lot of became television in Gulabi Talkies . situations from her heart. Interestingly, about how the moment it becomes institu-
people have asked me why I acknowledged whatever Appasaheb believes in, he is not tionalised, it loses all focus and becomes
Vaidehis text as a contribution in Gulabi The strong women characters in your films, able to bring it into action, but Narmada oppressive.
Talkies ; that the film had little to do with her especially in the later films, have been discussed Thayi does so without realising any of the Cinema and Society
text. But for me the film is an off-shoot, a widely. Was this a conscious decision? political implications. Did this commitment take birth in FTII? - Film and Social
response to the text. And this is true of Thayi I dont think my films focus on women No. A lot of my understanding of life Change in Pakistan;
Saheba, Dweepa, Kraurya, Koormavatara . issues or that women are the central focus of So a gendered reading of your films is not around me and my approach to art has been Ali Khan & Ali
The good thing about Kannada literature my films. That the narrative sometimes entirely unjustified then? greatly influenced by Kannada literature, es- Nobil Ahmad;
and littrateurs is that nobody has faulted centres on a woman is coincidental accord- If I say I didnt have the idea at all, Id be pecially the works of Shivaram Karanth and Oxford University
me for deviating from the text. Barring ing to me. When I chose Naayi Neralu , I lying. But if I say I was aware of the idea, U.R. Ananthamurthy. FTII made me realise Press, Rs. 4,500.
Ghatashraddha , all my films bear no resemb- wanted to explore how the marginalised sec- then too I would be lying. These things de- the importance of cinema. Ive said this be- . .. . .. . . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. .
lance to the original work. tions of society view aspects of ritual and velop organically. Will you ask Bresson why fore: if Im ever asked to relive any part of my
superstition. Often, the way a community or he makes films that centre on men? life, it would be my FTII days. It was an art The book presents a selection of research, es-
You do obviously do your own writing then... a person reacts to a ritual is itself a kind of school that was a springboard for ideas; says, memoirs and journalistic writings related
(Laughs) I would say I respond to a text. protest, where rebelling against a dominant What drew you to Adoors films? He was clear where it was not just the craft that was the to film and cinephilia in Pakistan. Much of the
This is a different kind of filmmaking mode of thought and using it to ones ad- that if a biopic was to be made, it had to be made by focus but the philosophy and aesthetics of content is historically significant and includes
wherein my audience responds to my re- vantage becomes a kind of a rebellion. Ven- you... filmmaking. annotated abridgements of rare and out-of-
sponse to a text. katalakshmi does that and it appealed to me. Adoor knew that I liked his films a lot. print publications on the film industrys early
When he said I should make his biopic, I years in Lahore, Karachi and Dhaka.

sundaymagazine THE HINDU. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016

Love, light and inspiration The Sunday Crossword

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

He makes and 8

repairs chandeliers. 9 10

Meet Regis Mathieu, 11

craftsman of 12

illumination 13 14 15 16

17 18 19
ost outsiders are en-
amoured by Paris,
but Regis Mathieu
20 21 22
cannot spend more
than a few days here.
The man heading
French chandelier 23 24
brand Mathieu
Lustrerie is itching
to go home by Day 3, he says, as we wait at
Gare de Lyon for the train to Avignon. I, on 25 26

the other hand, am still taking in the citys

beauty, clichd as it may sound. But when we
alight at Avignon after three hours, I am Regis Mathieu PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Across 6 Beginning in sound way (5)

the good life

greeted by azure skies and fresh air, some-
thing I hadnt realised I had missed in cold, delier made of crystals and shaped like a ship, the light, or the obviously titled Cube, where 1 Good article following treatment of 7 Disc covered by crest designed to be
grey Paris. sourced from, of all places, Chor Bazaar in thousands of little pieces of hewn rock crystal blue whale (6) symbol of sovereignty (7)
Avignon is a lovely place, says Mathieu, Mumbai. I saw this one in Chor Bazaar and are put together to create a five foot tall cubic 4 Ratings for hosts (6) 8 Surface in time and supply account (6)
pointing towards the horizon. Theres the the person refused to sell it to me. But me, chandelier that hangs from the ceiling. In- 9 Irregular amendment of moral ban (8) 11 Rodent, hot and bothered rat, moves
Palace of the Popes, and lavender fields but, when I see something, I want it! I went back spiration for his original creations are varied with purpose (7,5)
10 Tip by university relating to experience (6)
we must go now. And as abruptly as that three times before he sold it to me, Mathieu and far removed from the traditional antique 14 Dog dry enough after a shake (9)
were packed into cars for another hours ride says. He has many stories like these, for each ones. While antiques are made with bronze, 12 Guy in memo creating unusually
further south. Were headed to the little- of the 250 pieces on display at the museum. metal and crystal things that would amplify close control (15) 16 Soldier perhaps on boat occupied by journal
known town of Gargas, once home to a thriv- The family business was started in 1948 the shine and make it brighter Regis now 13 Stick fish next to chips initially (5) with collection of poems (9)
ing ochre industry, with a few quarries still by Henri Mathieu to restore and design chan- works with rock crystals, metal, and electric 15 Handle contest, entertaining one with 17 Ran away after great upset, confused (7)
operating today. The ochre mineral mines of deliers. After his untimely death, Regis Math- candles for a subtle, subdued effect. Accord- type of diagram (5,4) 19 Carry on with venture without pawn (6)
Broux, in Gargas, have been turned into a ieus mother ran the company while he ing to him, chandeliers used to be a symbol of 17 Unconvincing in praise? Not guilty (9) 21 Absolute state (5)
little monument that offers guided tours and finished business school. Having never form- wealth, a way to show off that you could 22 Broach reforms, ignoring cold hate (5)
trivia of the history of mining in the region ally studied design or architecture, Mathieu afford to spend precious wax on extravagant 18 Check odd elements of diet theory (5)
and thats the only activity youll find here. is mostly self-taught, and he believes that lighting, which is why they were always 20 Park in New York, driving with difficulty
But Mathieu, who calls Gargas home, is hop- thanks to business school, he managed to placed in front of mirrors, to double the light, in street (8,7)
ing to change that. He hopes to put his home revive a flagging company. Today, Mathieu and in front of a window, so that others could 23 Settled problem about dye (6) LAST WEEKS SOLUTION
on the map by bringing his collection of an- Lustrerie has some of the biggest names on its see. Today, while it may not be needed for 24 Increase in sentimentality, resistance
tique chandeliers into the public eye with client list. From the chandeliers at the famed light, chandeliers are still an extravagance, a turning low (8)
Mathieu Museum. Galerie de Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the piece of jewellery for your home. While his
Just across the road from his old home, Chteau de Versailles, to the Opera Garnier restored chandeliers lie in hallowed places, 25 Ridicule some wilder ideas (6)
where his atelier is built into the annexe, is in Paris, to the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Baroda, his modern creations have suitably modern 26 Reveal stake and beam (6)
the building Regis calls his museum. The the chandeliers sparkling in all these beauti- meccas to call home the Cartier boutique Down
walls are stained ochre, a tribute to his ho- ful places owe their glow to Mathieu on Champs Elyse, the Herms store in New
1 Porcelain, once cracked, ending in rubbish in
metown. It is sunset when we walk in, and Lustrerie. But its not just restoration and York, the Shangri-La in Paris, Tarun
Regis and his wife switch on the lights. Across replication that Mathieu wants to do after Tahilianis store in Delhi, and many more. bin area (4,5)
a large wood-panelled wall run glass win- growing up with historic chandeliers, he One of Mathieus most popular creations is 2 Slow learner on legendary ship (5)
dows, and from here the rest of Gargas is quite naturally took to designing his own, and Love, where the four letters are spelled out 3 Writer in terrible rage about meat,
visible red-roofed houses and green hil- thats where all his creativity is channelled. with 118 electric candles set in a silver-plated unseasoned (6,6)
locks. And then there is light. First, a stiff, If traditional and antique chandeliers were bronze frame. If youve ever wondered what 5 Criticised trick with tips for magician
dress-shaped chandelier, the LM Robe, made all about symmetry and shine, Mathieus to gift someone who has it all, one of these in action (9)
of crushed quartz lights up, behind it is a later works are all about subverting that light fantastically extravagant chandeliers could
traditional Russian chandelier, pyramid- into unusual creations. Like the Jellyfish, be the answer.
shaped with delicately worked, upright brass where bronze is worked to look like exotic sea Guardian News and Media Ltd., 2015
candle-holders. Next to it is an unusual chan- creatures and semi-precious stones diffuse


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