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Prince charming
in N. Korean
‘Centre is not accepting the basic premise of a dispute in Jammu & Kashmir’ n-site mishap
Peerzada Ashiq other group with Mr. Agence-France Presse
Sharma, who arrives in Srin- Tokyo

Tejashwi slams Bihar Hardening their position in agar later this week. More than 200 people are
CM over sele their first formal response to The Hurriyat leaders feared to have died when a
PATNA the appointment of Dinesh- warned that “any Kashmiri tunnel caved in at North
RJD leader and former war Sharma as the Govern- to be part of this futile exer- Korea’s nuclear test site,
Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav ment of India (GoI) repres- cise will only undermine our triggered by its latest det-
on Tuesday slammed Bihar entative on J&K, the internationally acknow- onation, a Japanese news
CM Nitish Kumar after his separatists on Tuesday de- ledged legitimate and just report said on Tuesday.
sele with hooch tragedy scribed the offer for dialogue struggle.” A tunnel collapsed at
accused Rakesh Singh went as “futile and a ploy to strike The leaders also asked Punggye-ri early in
viral on social media. a hard bargain” despite New Prime Minister Narendra September, days after
Delhi’s “informal” attempts Modi to explain his earlier North Korea conducted its
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD to persuade them. outright dismissal of former sixth and largest under-
“In principle, the [separ- Not convinced: A le photo of separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah UPA Home Minister P. ground nuclear test on
atist] leadership advocates Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik. NISSAR AHMAD * Chidambaram’s suggestion September 3, TV Asahi
and supports sincere and of restoration of autonomy said, quoting unnamed
productive dialogue as a with him and makes it an ex- locutor as “a tactic to buy for J&K. North Korean sources.
means of conflict resolution. ercise in futility.” time adopted under interna- “If the GoI even rejects Some 100 workers were
It entails all participants to They said Mr. Sharma’s re- tional pressures, regional the demand of its co-political killed in the initial col-
acknowledge that there is a marks that he will come to compulsions and due to the party for restoration of lapse.
dispute. However, the GoI Kashmir to “prevent it from abysmal failure of the policy autonomy guaranteed by its Another cave-in oc-
continuously refuses to ac- becoming Syria is mislead- of military repression.” own Constitution, calling it a curred during rescue oper- New bonds: External Aairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
Uncles held guilty in cept this basic premise,” said ing.” “Unless the Kashmir dis- betrayal of soldiers and ations, leaving at least 200 welcoming King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Chandigarh rape case separatist leaders Syed Ali “Comparing the interna- pute is understood and ad- hence unacceptable, how dead overall, the Japanese and Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck at the IGI Airport in
Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar tionally recognised 70-year- dressed in its historical con- will such a dispensation in broadcaster said. New Delhi on Tuesday. The Bhutan royal family is on a four-
A court here has held both Farooq and Yasin Malik in a old political and humanit- text and in the background New Delhi address or engage Experts have warned day visit to India. V. SUDERSHAN *

maternal uncles guilty of joint statement. Taking ex- arian issue of Kashmir to sec- of international commit- with the Kashmiri people’s that the underground tests
raping their 10-year-old ception to the recent re- tarian war and power ments made over it, lasting political will and aspiration could cause the mountain
marks of Mr. Sharma, a
former Intelligence Bureau
(IB) director, the separatists
struggle in Syria is deception
and propaganda. There is no
correlation,” they said.
peace can neither be
achieved in J&K nor in the
subcontinent,” they said.
of self-determination,” the
separatists asked.
to collapse and leak radi-
ation into the atmosphere
near China’s border.
BJP makes Dhumal
said his assertions “limit the
scope of any engagement
The leaders described the
appointment of the inter-
The Hurriyat leaders op-
posed engagement by any
State goes to polls on November 9
Army to build new bridge Govt. plans to sell Air India, Kanwar Yogendra

The Bharatiya Janata Party

at Mumbai railway station AI Express together on Tuesday declared Prem
Kumar Dhumal as its Chief
Ministerial candidate in Hi-
Staff Reporter place on September 29 ing the urgency of the mat- Somesh Jha of Ministers led by Finance 21, the view was that a sep- machal Pradesh, which goes
Mumbai killed 23 people. ter as the Army has its role at NEW DELHI Minister Arun Jaitley to de- arate universe of bidders or to the polls on November 9.
The Army will help build a the borders. The Army has The National Democratic Al- cide on the modalities of prospective buyers be in- The announcement was
new foot overbridge at the More assistance come and seen, inspected liance (NDA) government is stake sale in the national car- vited for Air India’s ground made at a rally in Rajgarh in Prem Kumar Dhumal
Elphinstone Road station in Mr. Fadnavis said the Army and assessed where the working to conclude the sale rier. handling subsidiary — Air In- Solan district by party presid-
Mumbai by January 31, said would also build two more bridge is going to be built. of national carrier Air India As per the decision, the dia Air Transport Service ent Amit Shah. He said the Congress,
Maharashtra Chief Minister foot overbridges at Curry They will be there at every by June 2018 and is keen on Centre will look to sell AI’s Limited (AIATSL) — and its The party reportedly went which was taunting the BJP
Devendra Fadnavis on Tues- Road and Ambivli stations. stage of the work,” she said. selling its core airline opera- regional airline Alliance Air maintenance, repair and for a secret survey and found for not having a CM face,
day, as he visited the site of Ms. Sitharaman said it After the stampede, rail- tions, together with its low- to a separate universe of bid- overhaul (MRO) unit — Air it stood to lose by not declar- should now reply to the
the stampede, along with was probably the “first time way officials posted police cost international airline, Air ders while Air India and Air India Engineering Services ing a CM candidate. Mr. Shah questions on graft and gov-
Defence Minister Nirmala that the Army will help build on busy platforms to man- India Express. India Express will likely go Limited (AIESL) — top gov- said the leader of the Opposi- ernance raised.
Sitharaman and Railway what could otherwise be age the crowd. The decision was taken by together. ernment sources said. tion and former Chief Minis- (With PTI inputs)
Minister Piyush Goyal. called civil work.” “A call the Air India-specific Altern- At a meeting of the minis- ter Dhumal would again be
The tragedy which took was taken to cooperate see- CONTINUED ON A PAGE 10 ative Mechanism — a group terial group on September CONTINUED ON A PAGE 10 the CM after December 18.

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Stakes high for SRFTI revokes

expulsion of
14 girl students
parties in Bijepur Staff Reporter

After two weeks of stale-

Three-cornered contest for the upcoming bypoll mate between the students
and authorities of the
Prafulla Das bag the seat to send out a Satyajit Ray Film and Tele-
BHUBANESWAR clear message that it is on vision Institute (SRFTI)
The upcoming bypoll to the track to achieve a fifth con- over the expulsion of 14 girl
Bijepur Assembly constitu- secutive victory in the As- students, the authorities
ency in Odisha is set to wit- sembly elections in 2019. revoked the expulsion or-
ness a three-cornered fight The BJD had finished second der on Tuesday.
between the Biju Janata Dal, in the 2004, 2009 and 2014 The students were ex-
the Congress and the Bhar- polls in Bijepur when Mr. pelled on October 16 for re-
atiya Janata Party. Sahu won consecutively as a fusing to abide by the new
The first Assembly bypoll Congress nominee. norms on segregation of
in the State since the 2014 The BJP’s eagerness to hostels.
general election, the crucial win the seat is equally strong “We have revoked the
battle of prestige for the as it has already publicly an- expulsion order of the 14
three main parties will nounced that it would win students. But the revoca-
define the course of Odisha’s 120 of the 147 Assembly seats tion is not unconditional
politics for the future. BJD candidate Ritarani Sahu in the State in 2019. and will contain a minor
* FILE PHOTO Though it has just 10 legis- warning,” said SRFTI dir-
Full-scale poll war lators at present, it has be- ector Debamitra Mitra.
The bypoll has been neces- be the party’s candidate. come ambitious after emer- Following the decision
sitated following the death of ging as the BJD’s main rival to revoke the order, the
Congress legislator Subal BJP candidate by overtaking the Congress students who went on a re-
Sahu on August 22. Though a The BJP, which inducted in the panchayat elections lay hunger strike last Sat-
formal notification has not former BJD legislator Ashok held in February this year. urday have withdrawn
yet been issued by the Elec- Kumar Panigrahi at a public The saffron party is determ- their protest.
tion Commission, the three meeting in Bijepur, is likely ined to win Bijepur as it “We have withdrawn the
parties have started prepar- to nominate him as its can- bagged five of the six zilla relay hunger strike as the
ing for a full-scale electoral didate despite opposition parishad seats in the area. authorities have revoked
battle. from local party workers. the expulsion order and
Chief Minister and BJD Mr. Panigrahi, who was elec- Wooing voters also agreed not to take any
president Naveen Patnaik ted from Bijepur in 2000 on As the BJD is leaving no punitive action against the
has already announced his a BJD ticket, had contested stone unturned to win the students concerned,” said
party’s nominee for the by- as an Independent in 2014. bypoll, the State recently an- Akshay Gauri, president of
poll. As senior party leader The Congress too has set nounced a ₹1,246-crore lift the SRFTI students’
Prasanna Acharya, who was up a committee to select a irrigation project for Bijepur. association.
defeated by Mr. Sahu by 458 suitable candidate for the Announcements have also Earlier, the students had
votes in 2014, has become a bypoll. been made for establishing a dubbed the decision of se-
Rajya Sabha member, the While the Congress is sub-registrar’s office for re- gregation of hostels as an
late Congress legislator’s keen to retain Bijepur to re- gistration of land documents “act of moral policing”.
wife Ritarani Sahu, who main in second position in and grant of notified area Denying the allegation, the
joined the BJD recently, will the State, the BJD is keen to council status for Bijepur. director had said that the
decision to build a separate
hostel for girls was taken
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Wednesday, November 01 The Odisha government on
RISE 06:33 SET 17:36 Tuesday announced that it
RISE 15:56 SET 03:15 would bear the cost of
Thursday, November 02 renovation and conserva-
RISE 06:34 SET 17:36 tion of houses of Laksh-
RISE 16:35 SET 04:15 minath Bezbaroa, the
Friday, November 03
doyen of Assamese literat-
ure, in Sambalpur. It would
RISE 06:34 SET 17:35
immediately release ₹50
RISE 17:17 SET 05:18
lakh in this regard.
The declaration came
soon after Cultural Affairs
Minister of Assam Naba Ku-
mar Doley called on Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik at
the State Secretariat here.
“People of Odisha feel
proud of Bezbaroa. In re-
spect of the memory of the
legendary Assamese litter-
ateur and as a goodwill ges-
ture to the Assamese
people, the State govern-
ment will take up the
renovation and conserva-
tion of his houses in Sam-
balpur,” Mr. Patnaik said.

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CM must give up U.P. govt. not batting for the sugar mill lobby: Minister
Home portfolio, STAFF REPORTER
The Uttar Pradesh government is
organisations are protesting against
what they see as “unfair” SAP fixed
by the State government last week.
is ₹315 per quintal, against ₹305 last
year, but farmers have been de-
manding that it be fixed at not less

demands AAP working for the welfare of farmers,

said Suresh Rana, Sugarcane Devel-
opment Minister (independent
The State government increased
the SAP by ₹10, a move which was
highly criticised by the farmers’
than ₹400.
The State sugar mill owners’ asso-
ciation, however, has welcomed the
charge). His statement came amid bodies as “insufficient” to meet the move.
‘Amarinder neglecting law and order’ an ongoing protest by farmers over input cost incurred by the farmer in The Minister rejected the allega-
the State Advisory Price of sugar- sowing the cash crop. The new rate tion that the government was work-
VIKAS VASUDEVA cane for 2017-18. Almost all farmers’ of the common variety of sugarcane ing for the sugar mill lobby.
A day after the killing of
Hindu Sangharsh Sena
leader Vipin Sharma in Am-
ritsar, Opposition parties
have lashed out at Chief
Minister Amarinder Singh,
accusing him of turning a
blind eye to the deteriorat-
ing law and order situation
in Punjab.
Punjab’s main opposition Amarinder Singh
Aam Aadmi Party on Tues-
day, while condemning the Ludhiana a few days back or
killing of Sharma, asked the the killing of a priest in
Chief Minister to give up the broad daylight, such incid-
Home portfolio. Leader of ents have exposed Capt.
Opposition in the Punjab As- Amarinder’s misrule,” he
sembly Sukhpal Singh said.
Khaira and AAP State co- Mr. Sampla said that the
president Aman Arora said Chief Minister should be
that the police and other mindful of the fact that Pun-
agencies have miserably jab is a border-lying State
failed to perform their duty. which has witnessed dark
Nothing has changed with days of terrorism in the past
the formation of the Con- and take immediate steps to
gress government in the prevent the situation from
State and people are still liv- deteriorating further.
ing in an atmosphere of fear, Former Punjab Chief Min-
they said. ister Parkash Singh Badal
The AAP leaders said that said the situation in the
a party delegation would State is fast slipping towards
soon meet the Governor anarchy. “Political assassina-
and request him to divest tions and communal
the Chief Minister of the murders in Punjab are push-
Home department charge. ing the State towards a dan-
The Bharatiya Janata gerous precipice,” he said.
Party also joined issue, with The Shiromani Akali Dal
State president Vijay Sampla leader said that mainten-
saying that the recent killing ance of peace and pre-
is evidence that the ruling serving communal harmony
Congress government has require a combination of
failed to maintain law and political will and adminis-
order situation in Punjab. trative determination, but
“Be it the murder of RSS both seem conspicuous by
leader Ravinder Gosain in their absence in Punjab.

U.P. Dalit woman’s

death not due to
police assault: report
Woman was thrashed, say villagers
Omar Rashid raided are also far apart,”
said U.P. police spokesper-
An internal probe by the Ut- son Rahul Srivastava, quot-
tar Pradesh police has given ing the SP’s probe report.
a clean chit to the team that The post-mortem of the
raided illicit liquor units in victim's body also does not
Manpur Makoiya village on find any ante-mortem in-
charges of brutally beating a jury, said Mr. Srivastava,
pregnant woman, who later adding that procedure was
died on Sunday evening. conducted by a panel of
The police team raided doctors.
the village under the As-
andra police station in Bara- ‘Chased and beaten’
banki, adjoining Lucknow, However, according to resid-
after a tip-off that illicit li- ents of the village, police-
quor was being manufac- men started chasing them
tured in some homes. The during the raid and started
police arrested three per- hitting Ruchi on her belly to
sons and seized 25 litres of find out if she was hiding
illicit liquor along with the any bottles of illicit liquor.
manufacturing unit from “We were standing near a
two houses. The 22-year-old wall when four policemen
Dalit woman, Ruchi, died al- came. Three chased the
legedly after being thrashed people away while one was
with lathis and kicked in the hitting them...The police
stomach by the police, who kicked her in the belly,” said
suspected she was hiding Arvind, Ruchi's husband.
bottles of illicit liquor An eyewitness, who was
around her pregnant belly, not identified, has told tele-
during the raid. vision channels that the po-
lice kicked the victim many
Internal probe times and did not stop even
Anil Kumar Singh, Superin- after she fell. “Police asked
tendent of Police, Bara- her what she was hiding
banki, ordered a probe into around the belly. Then they
the incident under the started hitting the
Circle Officer of the Sadar people...others ran away
police station on the specific but she could not escape.
request of the woman’s fam- The police kicked her and
ily. The CO’s inquiry report she fell down after which
submitted on Tuesday does she was kicked thrice again.
not establish the charges The police quickly fled the
that the woman was beaten scene after that,” the wo-
by police, the SP informed man said.
the DGP’s office. Circle Officer of Asandra
“No raid was conducted Sushil Singh denied the
on the house of deceased charges, saying the police
lady. The house of the de- team had not gone to the
ceased lady and the houses house of the victim.

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A show of strength in Delhi 100cc bikes: notice to Karnataka
on rule that bans pillion seat
as Revanth joins Congress Two manufacturing companies move High Court
Kannada actor Upendra The leader could bring Reddy votes in Telangana for the party Special Correspondent motorcycles below 100cc
announces party name have been manufactured
BENGALURU special Correspondent elections were held simul- Two leading motorcycle and sold with two seating ca-
Kannada actor Upendra New Delhi taneously with the Lok manufacturing companies pacity with proper approval
unveiled on Tuesday the An event at the Congress Sabha polls. Mr. Reddy is ex- on Tuesday moved the High from the automotive author-
name of his political party — headquarters on Tuesday to pected to add to Congress’ Court of Karnataka, ques- ities across the country.
Karnataka Prajnavanta Janata announce former Telugu De- appeal especially the power- tioning the 28-year-old
Paksha. This comes two sam Party leader Revanth ful land owning and politic- Karnataka Motor Vehicles Claim of compensation
months after he decided to Reddy’s joining the party vir- ally dominant Reddys. Rule, which prohibits pillion It was also pointed out by
take the political plunge and tually turned into a show of seat on motorcycles with en- States have no jurisdiction to the petitioners’ counsel that
a day ahead of the 62nd strength. Praises Sonia gine capacity below 100cc. impose certain restrictions, Karnataka’s rule that was in-
Karnataka Rajyotsava. Mr. Reddy, who was the Crediting the Congress pres- Hero Motocorp Ltd. and say petitioners troduced way back in 1989,
working president of the Tel- ident Sonia Gandhi for the TVS Motor Company Ltd., in was given effect only from
Kerala suspends angana TDP, joined the Con- creation of Telangana, Mr. their petitions, have also the operation of the October October 23, 2017 after the
IG for misconduct gress party soon after meet- Reddy said she didn’t think questioned the notification, 23 notification. High Court, in a miscel-
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ing party vice-president of any short term loss or be- issued on October 23, 2017, When a counsel sought laneous first appeal related
The Kerala government has Rahul Gandhi in the after- nefit and fulfilled her banning registration of mo- stay against registration of to claim of compensation in
suspended IGP, Crimes, North noon. commitment. torcycles below 100cc with such vehicles while pointing a below 100cc motorcycle
Zone, E.J. Jayaraj, on the “In 2014, the party had to pillion seat and use of pillion out that such motorcycles accident case, had observed
charge of official misconduct. 14 others also join New entrant: Revanth Reddy and others joining the Congress suffer a loss but I am confid- seats in such motorcycles have been registered with that pillion seats were al-
It accused him of ‘tarnishing’ At the regular press briefing, in the presence of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in New ent that we can turn things already plying on the road. pillion seats since 1989, lowed despite the rule made
the image of the police. the Congress party also an- Delhi on Tuesday. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
around in 2019,” said Mr. Justice B.V. Nagarathna, Justice Nagarathna, in a in 1989. The petitioners have
Locals had found Mr. Jayaraj nounced that 14 former Reddy. before whom the petitions lighter vein, said that maybe also said that the States, un-
and his driver Santosh MLAs, mostly from the TDP, [Telangana Rashtra Samithi] Congress in-charge for the Targeting the K. came up for hearing, the government banned pil- der the Motor Vehicles Act,
inebriated in a police vehicle had also joined it along with in Telangana. Yet they have State. Chandrashekhar Rao govern- ordered issue of notice to lion seats in such motor- have no jurisdiction to im-
in Kollam last week. An Mr. Reddy. joined our party because The Congress was decim- ment, Mr. Reddy said that the State government and cycles to prevent deaths ow- pose certain restrictions as
internal inquiry found Mr. “This is something they have realised that Con- ated in the 2014 Assembly the State government had adjourned further hearing ing to potholes. such a rule-making power
Jayaraj was “inebriated and unique. The BJP is in power gress is the only national al- polls of the then newly failed to live up to the ex- till Friday for consideration Earlier, counsel for the was given to the Union gov-
not in control of himself”. at the Centre and the TRS ternative,” said RC Khuntia, formed Telangana where pectations of the people. of interim plea for staying petitioners claimed that the ernment.
Karnataka gets its rst
2 States get
woman police chief It’s a story of rice to riches for Kerala farmer Nagarjuna
dam water
When others moved to cash crops to cut losses, he brought Gujarat and Punjab varieties to Wayanad
Neelamani takes charge as DG and IGP Special Correspondent
E.M. Manoj than in the open market. Nenmeni. Many farmers Vijayawada
Special Correspondent KALPETTA “While farmers procure coming under Krishi Bhavan Andhra Pradesh and Telan-
Bengaluru India’s traditional rice the rare rice variety as seed, are eager to cultivate it. gana have started drawing
In a historic move for diversity has brought riches others buy it as a gift, or The farmer has become water from the Nagarjuna
Karnataka, Neelamani N. to a farmer in northern keep it in their pooja rooms famous for growing 15 Sagar Project (NSP) on
Raju became the first wo- Kerala. and offer it to temples,” Mr. varieties of rice. These Tuesday.
man officer to head the Praseed Kumar from Kumar said. include Mahamaya, a hybrid A.P. Minister for Water
State police force and hold Thayyil at Sulthan Bathery with an average yield of 4.3 Resources Devineni Um-
the position of Director- went against the tide, when Fights drought, pests tonnes an acre, Ramli, a amaheswara Rao told The
General and Inspector-Gen- his peers in the loss-hit He spent ₹85,000 as costs traditional Punjab rice, Hindu that 1,000 cusecs
eral of Police. farming community in and earned ₹5 lakh. The Navara and Rakthashali, with was being released into the
The 1983 batch IPS officer Wayanad switched to cash Against the grain: Praseed Kumar with his children at his Agriculture Department, medicinal properties, Black NSP Right Main Canal. The
took over from R.K. Dutta, Neelamani N. Raju crops such as plantain and progressive farm at Sulthan Bathery. which finds the rice Jasmine, a violet medicinal two States are drawing wa-
who retired on Tuesday. arecanut a few years ago. attractive, chipped in with Assamese type, two basmati ter as part of a mutual un-
Speaking to officers soon gender. “This is how I am The 43-year-old variety. Initially, it was on for its taste, colour and ₹18,000 as incentive. variants from Jammu and derstanding. This is in ac-
after receiving the baton trained,” she said. progressive farmer got a just one cent of land, but aroma on one hectare for “It seems quite suitable Kashmir, besides Valichoori cordance with the directive
from her predecessor, Ms. Nevertheless, her selec- small packet of rice seeds later, it was expanded to one the past seven years. for Kerala and its pest and and Adukkan, both of the Krishna River Man-
Raju said that she con- tion as police chief has from a friend in Gujarat, hectare. Mr. Kumar has been Last year, he harvested drought resistance are plus indigenous varieties. agement Board that the
sidered herself an officer raised the morale of which stood out with its conserving the ‘Krishna nearly 2,500 kg of this paddy points,” said M.K. Mr. Kumar is looking at two engineers-in-chief con-
first, and did not attribute younger women IPS officers violet-coloured chaff. He Kamod’, a basmati rice and sold it as seeds to Mariyumma, Agricultural rented land now, to grow sult each other before
her appointment to her in the force. decided to propagate this variety from Gujarat known farmers at ₹200 a kg, rather Officer, Krishi Bhavan, even more. drawing Krishna water.

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Sing anthem or go to
IN BRIEF Weather Watch
A leg-up for ties Rainfall, temperature & air quality in select metros yesterday

Pak.: Jaipur Mayor

Trying to conceal failure of civic services: Congress
Naidu to inaugurate
Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav Special Correspondent played at 9:50 a.m. and na- The Rajasthan unit of
RAIPUR Jaipur tional song at 5:55 p.m. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind ( JIH)
Vice-President M Venkaiah Staffers of the Jaipur Muni- every day, for which the demanded immediate with-
Naidu will inaugurate cipal Corporation ( JMC) on staff will be present at a spe- drawal of the directive.
Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav, the Tuesday began to sing the cified place. While the Congress said
celebrations to mark the 17th national anthem at the be- Mr. Lahoti said the JMC that Mr. Lahoti, by making a
State foundation day, in Naya ginning of the day and the directive had not asked any- reference to Pakistan,
Raipur on Wednesday. national song, Vande one to raise a religious slo- wanted to join the race of
Chhattisgarh came into Mataram, in the evening, gan. “If someone residing in his party’s leaders who were
existence on November 1, following a directive from this country wants to op- out to prove their patriot-
2000 after a bifurcation of Mayor Ashok Lahoti. Start- pose its national anthem ism, the JIH said the order
Madhya Pradesh. ing from the corporation's and national song, he is free was an instance of certain
headquarters, the national is to do so. But such a per- people imposing their ver-
Bharti backs Chouhan’s anthem and song will also son should then go to sion of nationalism on oth- Temperature Data: IMD, Pollution Data: CPCB, Map: Skymet (Taken at 18.00 Hrs)
statement on M.P. roads be played at all zonal offices Pakistan,” Mr. Lahoti, a BJP ers and questioning the pat-
BHOPAL and fire stations. leader and former Bharatiya riotism of minority Forecast for Wednesday: Heavy rain is likely at isolated places
Union Minister Uma Bharti on Janata Yuva Morcha presid- communities. over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and south coastal Andhra
Tuesday came out strongly in Major controversy ent, said. Pradesh. Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning is likely at
support of Madhya Pradesh In remarks set to generate a Office timings isolated places over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu,
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh major controversy, Mr. Sharp criticism The national anthem and Puducherry, Kerala and Rayalaseema
Lahoti told reporters at JMC The Mayor’s remarks drew song will be played on city rain max min city rain max min
Chouhan over his claim that Agartala...............2.6.... 28.8.... 17.8 Kozhikode ............... —.... 35.4.... 25.0
roads in the State are better that those unwilling to sing sharp criticism from the Op- speakers on the entire JMC Ahmedabad............ —.... 35.9.... 17.4 Kurnool ................... —.... 32.8.... 22.0
than those in the U.S. The the national anthem and position Congress, which premises. Mr. Lahoti said Aizawl ..................43.... 27.5.... 10.6 Lucknow.................. —.... 30.2.... 16.0
mindset of people, especially song “could go to Pakistan”. said he was trying to con- the new practice would also Allahabad .............. —.... 33.0.... 18.0 Madurai................... —.... 29.8.... 24.1
Bengaluru .............. —.... 25.0.... 19.4 Mangaluru ............... —.... 34.3.... 22.0
the English-speaking classes, According to the orders ceal the JMC’s track record help in developing a habit
should be changed, she said.
PTI signed by an Additional Mu- of failure of civic services by among the employees to
Bhopal................... —.... 31.4.... 15.6
Bhubaneswar ......... —.... 32.0.... 21.4
Mumbai................... —.... 35.8.... 24.5
Mysuru.................... —.... 27.1.... 19.4
BSF and Pak Rangers perform during the ‘Beating Retreat’ nicipal Commissioner, the raking up the bogey of na- reach office on time and Chandigarh ............ —.... 29.2.... 14.0 New Delhi ............... —.... 30.1.... 16.4
ceremony at Attari-Wagah border on Monday. PTI * national anthem will be tionalism. stay till it closes. Chennai ...........116.4.... 28.4.... 23.4 Patna ...................... —.... 30.0.... 19.4
Man wearing earphones Coimbatore............ —.... 30.0.... 23.3 Port Blair ................ —.... 31.2.... 25.7
run over by train Dehradun............... —.... 28.7.... 13.1 Puducherry..........38.3.... 27.2.... 22.4
Gangtok...............8.1.... 18.0.... 10.3 Pune ....................... —.... 30.4.... 15.3

Uncles held guilty in 6-year-old boy falls

Goa ....................... —.... 34.4.... 21.8 Raipur ..................... —.... 31.3.... 19.8
A 20-year-old young man, Guwahati .............0.8.... 27.8.... 17.6 Ranchi..................... —.... 27.6.... 15.0
who was walking close to a Hubballi................. —.... 28.0.... 18.0 Shillong.................0.1.... 19.5...... 8.3
Hyderabad ............. —.... 31.5.... 16.6 Shimla..................... —.... 19.6...... 9.7
railway track wearing

into midday meal pot

Imphal..................36.... 19.8.... 15.0 Srinagar .................. —.... 21.2...... 2.7
earphones, was run over by a
goods train in Uttar Pradesh’s
Sikanderau Tehsil on Tuesday
Chandigarh rape case Jaipur .................... —.... 32.7.... 17.8
Kochi...................5.8.... 31.6.... 25.2
Kohima................8.6.... 24.2.... 10.6
Kolkata.................. —.... 29.0.... 20.3
Trivandrum ...........1.8.... 30.2.... 24.2
Tiruchi ..................7.8.... 28.5.... 23.4
Vijayawada .............. —.... 32.6.... 23.4
Visakhapatnam ......... —.... 33.4.... 25.4
morning, the police said. The
incident occurred near the SC had turned down the abortion plea of the 10-year-old girl Three teachers suspended after inquiry Particulate matter in the air you are breathing Yesterday
Purdilnagar railway crossing. CITIES SO2 NO2 CO PM2.5 PM10 CODE
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA family about the incident. Ahmedabad......... ....— .....— ...—........— .......—.......—
Dipak Upadhaya was taking a BAHRAICH (U.P.) In observation made at
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT fences Act,” said advocate both hailing from Nepal — re- Upon returning home, his Bengaluru ........... ....5....29..47.... 164 .......— ......* 4.00 p.m., Faridabad,
stroll near the railway track Chennai .............. ..12....23..71...... 86 .......— ......* Haryana recorded an
CHANDIGARH Manjit Singh, representing peatedly since last year. A six-year-old boy suffered son fell unconscious and overall air quality index
with his earphones on. He did Delhi................... ..36..149....7.... 439 ...464 ......*
A local fast-track court in one of the accused. The court The elder uncle was arres- serious burn injuries after was rushed to a hospital Hyderabad .......... ..40....37..21.... 142 ...137 ......* (AQI) score of 410
not hear the approaching indicating an unhealthy
Chandigarh on Tuesday held of Poonam Rati Joshi will pro- ted on July 14 after an FIR was he fell into a pot of hot ve- where he is undergoing Kolkata ............... ....— .....— ...—........— .......—.......— level of pollution.
train and was hit by it, they Lucknow ............. ....7....51..83.... 230 .......— ......*
both maternal uncles guilty nounce the quantum of sen- registered against him on the getable curry while stand- treatment. In contrast, Muzaffarpur,
said. PTI Mumbai .............. ..21....18..65.... 107 .....95 ......* Bihar recorded a healthy
of raping their 10-year-old tence on November 2, he complaint of the girl’s ing in queue for midday Pune ................... ..32....22..93...... 62 .....84 ......* AQI score of 58
niece in the case that had hit added. mother. meal at a primary school Case registered Vishakhapatnam.. ..11....00..39.... 115 ...118 ......*
Haryana roadways bus the headlines when the Su- Chandigarh police rein- in Bahraich, Uttar Pra- On the basis of the com-
Air Quality Code: * Poor * Moderate * Good
runs amok; 1 killed preme Court on July 28 Stomach ache vestigated the matter after desh, the police said on plaint, a case has been re- SO2: Sulphur Dioxide. Short-term exposure can harm the respiratory system,
AMBALA turned down the abortion The niece’s pregnancy was DNA tests of the newborn girl Tuesday. gistered against the cook making breathing difficult. It can affect visibility by reacting with other air
A Haryana Roadways on plea of the rape survivor at 32 discovered in July when she didn’t match with the elder The accident happened and teachers of the school particles to form haze and stain culturally important objects such as statues
and monuments.
Tuesday bus ran into around weeks. She subsequently de- complained of stomach ache uncle. The police then arres- on Monday in the Hemriya and a probe is on, the po- NO2: Nitrogen Dioxide. Aggravates respiratory illness, causes haze to form by
half-a-dozen vehicles parked livered a baby girl in August. and was taken to hospital; ted the younger uncle after Kutti gram panchayat area. lice said. reacting with other air particles, causes acid rain, pollutes coastal waters.
on the roadside near Ambala “Both accused have been tests revealed that she was his niece named him as well Shivam, the six-year-old, is Basic Shiksha Adhikari CO: Carbon monoxide. High concentration in air reduces oxygen supply to
cantonment here resulting in found to be guilty of rape un- already around 30 weeks during counselling. His DNA a Class I student. Amarkant Singh said three critical organs like the heart and brain. At very high levels, it can cause
dizziness, confusion, unconsciousness and even death.
the death of one person, der Section 376 (2) (f ) (i) (n) pregnant by then. tests matched with the new- The boy’s father, in his teachers, including a wo- PM2.5 & PM10: Particulate matter pollution can cause irritation of the eyes,
police said. The driver lost (raping a minor) of the Indian The 10-year-old, according born girl, following which he complaint to the police, al- man, have been suspen- nose and throat, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath, reduced
control of the bus which was Penal Code and Section 5 (L) to the complaint lodged with was named as the main ac- leged that the school staff ded after preliminary in- lung function, irregular heartbeat, asthma attacks, heart attacks and
premature death in people with heart or lung disease
going to Chandigarh from and 6 of the Protection of the police, was raped by her cused by the police in the neither rushed Shivam to a quiry and action was being
(Individual pollutant data for various cities are averages for the previous day)
Charkhi Dadri. PTI Children from Sexual Of- elder and younger uncles — rape case. hospital nor informed his initiated against the cook.

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Threefold rise in domestic budget Tejashwi slams
for ght against tuberculosis Nitish on sele
Photo with hooch accused goes viral
Police lathi-charge
anti-GAIL protesters Domestic resources accounted for 74% of the $525 million that was spent in India last year special correspondent
A march by the People’s SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT contributor to the global bur- Rashtriya Janata Dal leader
Action Council at Maravattom NEW DELHI den with up to a quarter of and former Deputy Chief
in Kerala on Tuesday against India’s domestic budget for the 6.3 million new cases of Minister Tejashwi Yadav on
the proposed GAIL natural fighting tuberculosis showed TB (up from 6.1 million in Tuesday slammed Bihar
gas pipeline project ended in a dramatic jump from about 2015). Inspite of the dip, In- Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
a police lathicharge. The ₹700 crore in 2015 to ₹2,500 dia accounts for about 32% after his selfie with hooch
protest has gained crore last year, according to of the number of people tragedy accused Rakesh
momentum with the youth a report from the World worldwide who succumbed Singh, a ruling party leader,
wings of IUML, Congress, and Health Organisation (WHO). to the disease. went viral on social media.
the CPI coming in support. Typically most of India’s The government has com- The Chief Minister said he Tejashwi Yadav addressing
budget to combat the bac- mitted to achieve a ‘90-90- did not know that person, the media on Tuesday.
Scissors left in patient’s terial infection —that claimed 90 target’ by 2035 (90% re- even though the JD(U) later
stomach after surgery 4.2 lakh last year—used to be ductions in incidence, mor- expelled him from the ferred. “But now the Chief
NELLORE dominated by international tality and catastrophic party. Minister is clearly seen with
S. Chalapathi, a migrant funding. health expenditures due to “What does Mr. Kumar to a hooch tragedy accused,
worker, had to endure four But, for the first time this TB). This is premised on im- say over a hooch tragedy ac- who is also a JD(U) leader
weeks of agonising stomach has flipped. Domestic re- proved diagnostics, shorter cused taking a selfie with from Bhojpur, in a photo-
ache after surgeons left a pair sources accounted for 74% of treatment courses, a better him sitting in a room at the graph… Mr. Kumar must cla-
of scissors in his stomach at the $525 million spent in In- vaccine and comprehensive CM’s official residence, to rify on this.”
the DSR District Headquarters dia last year, while it was preventive strategies. In which very few have access? The Leader of the Oppos-
general hospital in only 38% in 2015. 2016, the WHO said that In- Is he getting funds from the ition, who is currently em-
Nellorerecently. The hospital “The big difference is that dia had many more deaths liquor mafia for the party or broiled in a corruption case,
has ordered a probe. nearly ₹1,000 crore of non and incidence of the disease for publicity of his image?” said: “Mr. Kumar should tell
Govt. to attempt plan expenditure got ad- than had been estimated Mr. Yadav asked. us how many JD(U) leaders
Guinness World Record ded… next year you will see over the years. He charged that earlier a have been caught and sent
NEW DELHI an even bigger spend,” A.K. However, several activists JD(U) leader from Nalanda, to jail under the new strin-
The government on Tuesday Jha, Economic Adviser of the say that inspite of the govern- Mr. Kumar’s constituency, gent prohibition law... per-
said it will attempt to enter Union Health Ministry, said. ment commitments, TB is had been arrested for in- haps none.”
the Guinness Book of World “The role of the private sec- still stigmatized and under- volvement in the illegal li- “The prohibition law is
Records for the largest online tor is critical in reducing TB dipped marginally by 1%. said, pointing to the deploy- of drug-resistant TB there’s reported — especially from quor trade. good, but its implementa-
science examination for numbers,” he added. The number of notified ment of better diagnostics. been an improvement,” he the private sector — and top- When then Principal Sec- tion has failed in the State
school students. Vidyarthi In 2016, India recorded a cases of drug-resistant tuber- “Since last year, we’ve scaled told The Hindu on Monday. line drugs are still inad- retary of the Excise and Pro- and Mr. Kumar is only
Vigyan Manthan will be 12% dip in the number of TB culosis (MDR-TB) jumped up the use of molecular dia- However, with 1.7 million equate to treat people who hibition department, K.K propagating it for publicity,”
conducted in November for deaths from the previous from 79,000 to 84,000 in gnostic tests to detect the in- new cases in 2016, India still suffer from the drug-resist- Pathak, tightened the noose alleged Mr. Yadav, address-
around 91,000 students. year though the incidence 2016, a government official fection… even on detection continues to be the largest ant forms of the disease. around him, he was trans- ing mediapersons in Patna.

SC relief for self-employed, Row over Visva Bharati Farmers call o protest
salaried road accident victims move to revive ‘goshala’ against land acquisition
Faculty terms move an appeasement
Constitution Bench xes guidelines for computing claims Jaipur Development Authority has promised fresh survey
Staff Reporter They also dubbed the initiat-
Krishnadas Rajagopal of private entrepreneurs, cilities. To have the percep- Kolkata ive an “appeasement policy Mohammed Iqbal
NEW DELHI high salaries in the private tion that he is likely to re- The Visva Bharati Univer- of the present Vice-Chancel- JAIPUR
A five-judge Constitution sector, rise in cost of living main static and his income sity, founded by Nobel laur- lor (Officiating).” Farmers at Nindar village, 20
Bench on Tuesday spelt re- and even inflation. also will be stagnant is con- eate Rabindranath Tagore, “We used to have a cow- km from here, on Tuesday
lief to families who were The Bench, in an authorit- trary to the fundamental is at the centre of a contro- shed in the campus which called off their month-long
given a raw deal by insur- ative and unanimous judg- concept of human attitude,” versy over its plans for reviv- was unused for about last 26 unusual agitation, during
ance companies just be- ment, held that law should the verdict observed. ing its goshala (cow shelter) years and was reopened which they dug pits and
cause their loved one was recognise and give credit to The Constitution Bench in the campus. The goshala about three months back. trenches and buried them-
either self-employed or the competitive attitude of fixed guidelines for comput- has been unused for about Now we are upgrading its in- selves waist-deep in the mud
salaried at the time of death the modern Indian, his abil- ing motor accident claims 26 years. frastructure,” the Vice- to protest against acquisition
in a road accident. ity to garner his resources, for self-employed and salar- The move come ahead of Chancellor said. of their land for a housing
So far, the pre-liberalisa- live with dynamism and en- ied persons. Prime Minister Narendra At present the cowshed at project. The Jaipur Develop-
tion Motor Vehicles Act of terprise, move and change If the road accident victim Modi’s likely visit to the the University has about 19 ment Authority ( JDA) gave
1988 had computed motor with time. had a permanent job at the Central University for the cows and “we plan to in- them a written assurance for
accident claims on the basis The Bench also com- time of his or her death in a convocation. crease the capacity to 200 a fresh survey of the land. Novel stir: A le photo of farmers sitting in pits at Nindar
that self-employed persons prised Justices A.K. Sikri, road accident, 50% of his ac- The Prime Minister is also cows subject to availability The farmers began the village in protest against the forced aquisition of their land by
and the salaried have no “fu- A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. tual salary will be added to- the Chancellor of the Cent- of staff and government Zameen Samadhi the Jaipur Development Authority. PTI *

ture prospects”, and if alive, Chandrachud and Ashok wards future prospects if his ral University. funds.” Satyagraha on October 2,
their income over the years Bhushan. age is below 40 years, 30% if Vice-Chancellor Swapan Rejecting allegation of in- Mahatma Gandhi's birth an- Following talks with for temples) land for which
would hardly have seen any “The purchasing capacity the age of the victim is Kumar Dutta, however told dulging in politics, the V-C niversary, in connection Urban Development Minis- the JDA had deposited ₹60
drastic improvements. of a salaried person on per- between 40 to 50 years and The Hindu “It is not a gos- said the “decision has noth- with 1,350 bigha land which ter Shrichand Kriplani, crore in the court as com-
The courts would only manent job increases be- 15% if the age is in the 50-60 hala but a dairy farm.” ing to with politics and has was acquired in several Sangharsh Samiti convenor pensation. There are houses
take the actual income cause of grant of increments bracket. Actual salary The University currently been taken solely for aca- stages since 2010 for a hous- Nagendra Singh Shekhawat built on the mandir mafi
drawn by the victim at the and pay revision or for some should be read as actual runs a B.Sc Agriculture demic reasons.” He argued ing project despite the land said the state government land and the villagers are liv-
time of death. A departure other change in service con- salary less tax. course that includes animal that “it is not a goshala but a owners’ refusal to accept has now agreed for conduct- ing there.
could be made only in “rare ditions, there is always a Similarly if thevictim was husbandry and dairy dairy farm” and argued that compensation. ing a survey of structures, Mr. Shekhawat said the
and exceptional cases in- competing attitude in the self-employed or on a fixed farming. “goshala means a shelter The Nindar Bachao Yuva tubewells and fruit-bearing villagers were unwilling to
volving special private sector to enhance salary, 40% will be added to Senior officials and a sec- home for old, unproductive Kisan Sangharsh Samiti act- trees on the farmers' land. surrender the mandir mafi
circumstances.” the salary to get better effi- his established income if his tion of the faculty have, cows.” ivists spearheaded the After Tuesday's written or- land and the earlier survey
ciency from the employees,” or her age was below 40 however, rejected the dis- The V-C said the decision protest with the demand for ders, the farmers were hope- had several faults. Many ag-
New circumstances Chief Justice Misra, who years at the time of death; an tinction. The Visva-Bharati to expand goshala capacity a fresh survey, even as wo- ful that the new survey ricultural fields were marked
Changing the over two-dec- wrote the judgment for the addition of 25% if the victim University Faculty Associ- ws taken following a 2015 men and children joined the would reflect the ground as barren land and hamlets
ade long perception, the Bench, observed. was in the 40-50 age bracket ation (VBUFA) in a state- visit and inspection of an menfolk who accused the situation and ensure a better were shown as vacant land,
Constitution Bench led by “Similarly, a person who and 10% if he or she was ment refuted the V-C’s claim National Assessment and state government of forcibly compensation. while the compensation was
Chief Justice of India Dipak is self-employed is bound to between 50 to 60 years. The and alleged the University Accreditation Council acquiring the land. The pro- The state government was being offered at the rates
Misra took into considera- garner his resources and established income means authorities planned to set (NAAC) team when the func- testers celebrated Karwa earlier insisting on getting prevailing in 2010, since
tion the changed life circum- raise his charges/fees so that the income minus the tax up a “big cowshed to ac- tioning of the dairy farm Chauth and Diwali at the possession of 150 bighas of when the market prices of
stances of a globalised world he can live with the same fa- component. commodate 200 cows.” was not up to the mark. protest site this month. the 'mandir mafi' (exempted land have spiralled.

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Collegium and transparency

The initiative adds a veneer of respectability to a mechanism that has little constitutional basis
Indians had longed for during colo- ther. The collegium, it said, will
nial days, but had not gained”. comprise, in the case of appoint-
ments to the Supreme Court, the
Judicial safe zones Interpreting consultation
To this end, to ensure that judges
CJI and his four senior-most col-
leagues — and, in the case of ap-
Deposition centres will help create would be insulated from political pointments to the high courts, the
inuence, the assembly agreed on CJI and his two senior-most col-
a conducive atmosphere for child witnesses suhrith parthasarthy a consultative process of appoint- leagues. Additionally, for appoint-

t has long been recognised that children testifying as ing judges, a “middle course,” as ments to the high courts, the col-

n October 3, the Supreme B.R. Ambedkar described it. The legium must consult such other

witnesses nd the courtroom experience intimidat-
ing. In many cases, they are victims themselves, and Court’s collegium published Constitution avoided the cumber- senior judges serving in the Su-
a resolution promising to some process of legislative interfer- preme Court who had previously
may be deterred from deposing fully and condently in
hereafter make public, on the ence and the undemocratic provi- served as judges of the high court
the formal atmosphere. The Supreme Court’s direction court’s website, its various de- sion of a veto to the Chief Justice, concerned. (On whether these
that within three months there should be at least two cisions, including its verdicts on and vested in the President the views of the consultee-judges are
special deposition centres under every high court’s jur- persons nominated for elevation as power to both make appointments binding on the collegium or not,
isdiction is a positive step towards ensuring a conducive judges to the high courts, its and transfer judges between high the judgments are silent.)
and protective atmosphere for vulnerable witnesses. choices of candidates for elevation late Tribunal, are particularly per- tee-judges (presumably one of the courts. The President, who would What’s clear, though, is that
This takes forward the principle already contained in to the Supreme Court, and its de- plexing. two senior-most Supreme Court act on the advice of the council of these dizzying requirements main-
cisions on transfer of judges “While one of the two consultee- judges, in this case, who have pre- ministers, was, however, required tain no delity whatsoever to the
laws relating to children. For instance, the Protection of
between dierent high courts. colleagues has oered no views viously served at the Madras High to compulsorily consult certain au- Constitution’s text. Yet the court
Children from Sexual Oences Act provides for child- These results, the resolution ad- about his suitability, the other col- Court) objected to his elevation, thorities, including the Chief has been keen to hold on to this
friendly procedures during a trial. Under this law, the ded, will be accompanied by the league has not found him suitable and why the judge interviewed Justice of India (CJI), and, when power. Indeed, when the Constitu-
ocer recording a child’s statement should not be in reasons underpinning the collegi- for elevation,” the report reads. “As found him unsuitable. Also pecu- making appointments to a high tion was altered, through the 99th
uniform; also, during court proceedings steps must be um’s choices. per record, his name was also re- liar is the collegium’s express not- court, the chief justice of that constitutional amendment, and
taken to ensure that the child is not exposed to the ac- At rst blush, the move strikes commended by the Collegium of ing that Mr. Vasudevan had previ- court. when the collegium was sought to
cused. The court is allowed to record a child’s statement us as both necessary and import- the Calcutta High Court on ously been recommended by two Originally, in 1977, in Sankal- be replaced by the National Judicial
ant, as bringing transparency into 28.11.2016 and the Government of dierent high court collegia, which chand Sheth’s case, when inter- Appointments Commission — a
through video conferencing, or using one-way mirrors
a system that has been notorious West Bengal has expressed its dis- would mean that, in all, the chief preting the word “consultation,” body comprising members of the
or curtains. At present, Delhi has four such deposition for its opacity. But when probed agreement. Record placed before justices of three high courts, at dif- the Supreme Court ruled that the judiciary, the executive and the
centres, backed by guidelines framed by the Delhi High deeper, on even a bare reading of us also shows that the proposal for ferent points of time, found him term can never mean “concur- general public — the court swiftly
Court. The amicus curiae in a criminal appeal before the the rst set of publications re- his elevation initiated on a previ- worthy of selection. But, we’re rence”. Hence, the CJI’s opinion, struck it down. It ruled, in what we
Supreme Court had suggested that such special centres leased by the collegium, it be- ous occasion by the Collegium of now left wondering how the view the court ruled, was not binding on might now call the Fourth Judges
are needed in criminal cases that involve vulnerable comes clear that the initiative adds, the Bombay High Court was rejec- of one “consultee judge” — whose the executive. But nonetheless the Case (2015), that the primacy of the
witnesses. The Bench, setting aside a high court’s ac- at best, a veneer of respectability ted by the Supreme Court Col- reasons aren’t provided to us — can executive could depart from his collegium was a part of the Consti-
to a mechanism that lacks any con- legium on 1st August 2013. A com- override the opinion of three chief opinion only in exceptional cir- tution’s basic structure, and this
quittal of a man accused of raping a hearing and speech stitutional basis. plaint pointing out this fact has justices of three dierent high cumstances, and, in such cases, its power could not, therefore, be re-
impaired girl and restoring the trial court’s conviction, also been received in the oce of courts. decision could well be subject to moved even through a constitu-
agreed such centres are needed with safeguards. Perplexing reasons the Chief Justice of India. Keeping These issues concerning the sys- the rigours of judicial review. This tional amendment.
The Delhi High Court’s guidelines are inspired by the Consider some of the reasons pro- in view the views of the consultee tem employed to appoint judges to seemed like a perfectly sound bal- But perhaps mindful of some of
UN Model Law on Justice in Matters involving Child Vic- fessed thus far. In the cases of A. Za- judges and the material on record the Supreme Court and the high ance. the hostility that the system was fa-
tims and Witnesses of Crime. The main objectives in- kir Hussain and Dr. K. Arul, candid- the Collegium is of the considered courts — even if they often involve And indeed, in 1981, in the First cing, the judgment also promised
ates nominated for elevation to the opinion that Shri Vasudevan V. matters of inscrutable procedure — Judges Case, the court once again to “consider introduction of appro-
clude eliciting complete, accurate and reliable testi-
Madras High Court, the collegium Nadathur is not suitable for eleva- are of particular salience. The judi- endorsed this interpretation, al- priate measures”, to improve the
mony from child witnesses, minimising harm, and has verbatim published the follow- tion to the High Court Bench.” ciary, after all, was regarded by the beit partly. But twelve years later, “collegium system”. The new res-
preventing ‘secondary victimisation’. Secondary vic- ing statement of rejection: “keep- Constitution’s framers as central to in the Second Judges Case, the court olution, it might well seem, is an ef-
timisation, or the harm that occurs not due to a criminal ing in view the material on record, More questions the social revolution that the docu- overruled its earlier decisions. It fort towards this end. Unfortu-
act but through the insensitive response of institutions, including the report of Intelligence The collegium, ever since its incep- ment was meant to herald. Indeed, now held that “consultation” really nately, though, the publications
systems and individuals, is something that vulnerable Bureau [IB] he is not found suitable tion, following the Supreme as the historian Granville Austin re- meant “concurrence”, and that the only serve to further underscore
witnesses often experience in cases of sexual violence. for elevation to the High Court Court’s judgment in what is known counted in his book, The Indian CJI’s view enjoys primacy, since he the deciencies in the appoint-
Bench.” The details of what the IB’s as the Second Judges Case (1993) has Constitution: Cornerstone of a Na- is “best equipped to know and as- ment process, which remains, as
The creation of special centres would have to imply
reports might contain and the ap- been enveloped by a sense of the tion, the Constituent Assembly sess the worth” of candidates. But, Justice P.N. Bhagwati once de-
much more than a safe space for recording the testi- parent materials on record remain hugger-mugger. The present revel- brought “to the framing of the Judi- the CJI, in turn, was to formulate scribed it, “a sacred ritual whose
mony of vulnerable witnesses. It should also mean that concealed. Yet, threadbare as ations, much opposed to their per- cial provisions of the Constitution his opinion through a body of mystery is conned only to a hand-
multiple depositions and hearings at which they have to these reasons might sound, those ceived objective, scarcely make the an idealism equalled only by that senior judges that the court de- ful of high priests”.
be present are avoided. In particular, they should not oered for rebung the nomina- system more transparent. In Mr. shown towards Fundamental scribed as the collegium.
have to needlessly wait for their turn or be subjected to tion of Vasudevan V.N., a judicial Vasudevan’s case, for example, we Rights.” It saw the judiciary as crit- In 1998, in the Third Judges Case, Suhrith Parthasarthy is an advocate
procedural delays. For now, the term ‘vulnerable wit- member of the Income Tax Appel- don’t know which of the “consul- ical to “upholding the equality that the court claried its position fur- practising in the Madras High Court

nesses’ is limited to children, but the principle may

have to be expanded to include adults who may be
equally vulnerable to threats and an atmosphere of fear
and intimidation. Victims of sexual violence and
Solving the autonomy puzzle
whistle-blowers whose testimony against powerful ad-
versaries may endanger their lives require a conducive
The Central government needs to consult Kashmiris and revisit developments since 1947
atmosphere to depose. Ideally, every district in the autonomy. Perhaps the Prime Min- does not conict with the Constitu- there are many ways of being In-
country would need a special deposition centre. The in- ister and the Finance Minister tion. As much as possible we have dian. If 12 States, including Hi-

frastructural and nancial burden may be huge, but the missed the point? to assure them that we will respect machal, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Ma-
In the rst instance, Mr. Chidam- their identity, history, culture, reli- harashtra and in the Northeast,
state will have to provide for it to abide by the overarch-
baram was reading down the cry gion…and [still] allow them to be can have special constitutional
ing principle of protecting vulnerable witnesses. for azaadi. He was suggesting the part of India.” provisions, why not Jammu &
word is a rhetorical ourish to at- Mr. Chidambaram did not say Kashmir? This can only add to the
karan thapar tract attention. For most — if not how this should be taken forward. rich texture of being Indian, not
The Burundi way the majority of — Kashmiris, it’s a However, Communist Party of In- strain the national fabric. Indeed,

ave you noticed how some- way of asking for autonomy. He dia (Marxist) general secretary Sit- this was the foundation on which
As it becomes the rst country to leave times politicians prefer to was, therefore, indicating an es- think we broke faith, we broke aram Yechury, in a separate inter- the much admired Manmohan
quarrel with what their op- cape route from the present im- promises.” This was an explicit ref- view to me in September last year, Singh-Pervez Musharraf back-
the ICC, questions of UN jurisdiction remain ponents have said — even if in the passe between the Kashmiri erence to the fact that in 1947, outlined one possibility. He said we channel agreements were built.
process they misunderstand and people, who demand azaadi, and a Jammu and Kashmir acceded only need to sit with Kashmiris and re-

urundi’s decision to quit the International Crim-
misrepresent — rather than com- government determined not to in terms of defence, foreign aairs visit developments since 1947 with Dierent concept
inal Court is likely to resonate in other African prehend an important point made concede it. and currency/communications a willingness to roll back some. In Now, this is not azaadi. Far from it.
states whose leaders have long complained that by an adversary? The Bharatiya At a deeper level, Mr. Chidam- and, unlike other States, never essence, this is also the position of But it is a very dierent concept of
they are targeted for investigation by the UN institution. Janata Party’s (BJP) response to baram was also alluding to the fact merged. It wanted to retain its the National Conference. Its lead- India to that of the BJP and the
But the obstacles faced by the court in The Hague to former Union Minister and Con- that the autonomy Kashmiris want identity within the Indian sover- ers aren’t clear about what needs Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. No
hold big global powers to account for human rights viol- gress leader P. Chidambaram’s re- is something they actually had in eignty it accepted, but over the to be rolled back, though some doubt this is why the Prime Minis-
ations does not detract from the complicity of the re- cent comment on Kashmiri de- the early years after accession and decades that’s been eroded as the want a reversal of the nomen- ter and the Finance Minister chose
mands is a striking example. which successive governments in jurisdiction of myriad institutions clature changed in the 1960s and to attack rather than understand
gion’s many dictators in subverting democratic institu-
Delhi whittled down. This is what was enlarged to encompass the how the ‘head of state’ is chosen. and explore it. But, then, what did
tions to keep their grip on power. Burundi is the rst Reading down ‘azaadi’ he meant when he said, “The de- State. More importantly, many are con- Mr. Modi mean when he said the
member-country to leave the ICC. In September, a UN Both Prime Minister Narendra mand in the Kashmir Valley is to re- Though last week Mr. Chidam- dent that institutions like the Su- solution was to “embrace” Kash-
commission investigating violence for over two years Modi and Finance Minister Arun spect, in letter and spirit, Article baram did not speak about a solu- preme Court, the Election Com- miris? Surely, in practical terms,
under President Pierre Nkurunziza recommended a Jaitley have claimed Mr. Chidam- 370.” Sadly, last week he didn’t tion, in the July interview he spelt mission and the Comptroller and that means meeting them half-way.
criminal investigation by the court. The panel corrobor- baram was advocating azaadi and make this point fully clear. one out: “What is necessary is to Auditor General, which are respec- Or is he like Humpty Dumpty who
ated the evidence collected by fact-nding missions, criticised him for it. But he wasn’t. However, last year he did. In an give the assurance that the grand ted in Kashmir, will be retained. famously said, “When I use a word
In fact, he said something subtly interview to me in July 2016 on In- bargain under which Kashmir ac- The key is to let Kashmiris decide it means just what I choose it to
which have reported large-scale incidents of sexual ab-
but signicantly dierent. When dia Today TV, he said: “We have ig- ceded to India will be fully hon- for themselves. mean — neither more nor less”?
use, torture, forced disappearances, and summary exe- Kashmiris call for azaadi, he nored the grand bargain under oured.” This meant: “Let them The core of the Chidambaram-
cutions of over 500 people. The ight of refugees to claimed, they in fact mean which Kashmir acceded to India. I frame their own laws as long as it Yechury proposal is the belief Karan Thapar is a television anchor
neighbouring countries is said to have exceeded
400,000. All these atrocities were triggered by legitim-
ate and often heroic protests in this small central
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters emailed to must carry the full postal address and the full name or the name with initials.

African state against one man’s lust for power. Mr. Nkur-
Data and privacy Rahul Gandhi has to oer. or she also needs vision, Rao). There are many of us also been as disillusioned in court and said that her
unziza won a third term in 2015, in contravention of a In its zeal to aggregate data He must understand that commitment and be who are waiting to see the with the Congress party as conversion was voluntary?
provision in the 2003 peace agreement and despite an in electronic form and there is only so much that a hardworking — requisites glory of lost Congress Rajaji became. The writer is What’s interesting is that
opposition boycott. He rejected the two-term limit in target subsidies better, the PR team and senior party which Mr. Gandhi lacks. The principles and its original right in saying that Patel is a this case isn’t even a classic
his renewal bid, contending that his rst tenure should government cannot ignore leaders can do and that he perception is that most of ideology bloom again. shared heritage. Let us example of so-called “love
not be counted as he was elected by parliament rather its responsibility to protect has to lead from there. his thoughts and even N. Krupakar, allow that heritage to be jihad”. The woman
citizens from the perils of Though it is commendable speeches are based on Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh shared alike by all, and converted much earlier and
than through a popular vote. His pursuit of power be-
the cyber era (“Five-judge that he is trying very hard to inputs provided by the liberally. got married years later.
came all the more savage since an aborted coup prior to
statute Bench to decide on get rid of his privileged, rich party think tank. He does ■ The article is an insightful R. Venugopal, When we have a
the elections, and the military and intelligence services Aadhaar validity”, October boy persona by toning not seem to have grasped analysis of understandable Chennai Constitution which
seem to have rallied behind his authoritarian agenda. 31). It is imperative that the down his comments and the core principles of political rivalry for the Patel guarantees freedom of
Meanwhile, international pressure to bring the situ- Union government enact a making them more suitable politics and ground realities legacy. The writer’s Hadiya’s case religion which includes the
ation in Burundi under control has proved ineective. privacy legislation that for the common man, he in the country. referring to Patel as a Kerala oers very famous right to convert to any
The African Union (AU) abandoned plans last year to clearly denes the rights of must show the country what N. Sadhasiva Reddy, Congress patriot, cases of Hindus who have religion, why must she be
citizens and one that is he can do for his people, his Bengaluru conceding, unlike some converted to Islam prevented from marrying a
authorise a peacekeeping mission, despite the commit-
consistent with the ideology and how he deal others, room for non- (“Produce Hadiya on man of her choice?
ment codied in the bloc’s charter to intervene to pre-
provision of the with our many problems. The Iron Man Congress patriots gives us a Nov.27: SC tells father”, Oct. Padmini Raghavendra,
vent genocide. But that initial enthusiasm dissipated. Constitution. It should The Congress cannot wait Accommodation and lead. Therefore, I can see 31). What was so strange Secunderabad
Securing an extension of presidential terms is not create institutional for the country to crumble respect for diversity were nothing wrong in other such about Hadiya’s conversion, more letters online:
unique to the Burundian leader. Burundi’s example mechanisms such as a and then step in (Editorial – the planks on which the patriots also celebrating the when she herself appeared
may well be emulated by other countries. Within weeks privacy commissioner to “#Makeover”, October 31). Indian National Congress memory of Patel. Also the
of a parliamentary vote last year to leave the ICC, South prevent unauthorised Vrinda Rajvanshi, was founded, but these BJP, if execrable in the eyes corrections & clarifications:
disclosure of or access to New Delhi roots are not as strong as of some, has every right to
Africa announced its own decision, which has been de- In the report headlined “Fewer TB deaths in India: WHO” (Oct.
such data. Our national they were before (“Sardar save its soul through such 31, 2017) the opening sentence said: “Death from tuberculosis in
ferred pending legislative approval. More worrying is
cyber cell should be made ■ Does Mr. Gandhi’s Patel, a shared celebration. I believe that India saw a 12% decline from last year even as the number of new
the mood across the AU to defy the jurisdiction of the well capable of dealing with makeover deserve an inheritance”, October 31). the Indian National cases saw a 5% increase. It should have been: “Death from tubercu-
Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC. The erro- any cyber-attack. We need editorial in The Hindu? The The Congress sidelined not Congress’s insecurity stems losis in India saw a 12% decline from last year and the number of
neous logic of the region’s leaders is that since most of to educate people on the Gandhi scion’s sudden only Sardar Patel but also from nothing other than its new cases, or incidence, saw a 1.7% decrease.”
the ICC investigations involve African governments, the risks involved and highlight active presence on social other leaders who came present irretrievable The year of publication corresponding to entries in the “From
examples of ID theft and media has not been without later such as P.V. Narasimha bankruptcy. Its men and The Hindu Archives” column (Oct. 31, 2017) should have been 1917
institution is somehow biased against the continent. — and not 1017 as published.
Such arguments are unlikely to appeal to their people. fraud. We need to take a controversy. Rao. If the party has to rise women have little to show
In the Sports page article titled “IPL’s inuence cannot be quar-
level-headed approach and The sudden and huge jump again, it has to acknowledge for themselves except some
In any case, Mr. Nkurunziza’s regime may not be able to antined: Gideon Haigh” (Oct. 31, 2017), the headline was erro-
ensure ample safeguards. in the number of his its mistakes and try to distant memories. They neous and should have been “Twenty20’s inuence cannot be
evade the international court; the UN Security Council K.M.K. Murthy, followers is suspicious. remember those great often forget that it was the quarantined: Gideon Haigh”. In the copy Haigh was wrongly
is empowered, under the Rome Statute, to refer com- Secunderabad While social media is a leaders who not only did Congress movement which quoted as saying “My main concern about the IPL or Twenty20 is
plaints against non-member nations. Having unanim- strong medium to connect yeoman work in terms of won freedom for the not about the game itself...” It should have read: “My main concern
ously backed constructive engagement, the Council A new image with the online masses, a uniting the country (Sardar country and not the about Twenty20 is not about the game itself...”
may exercise its authority if the situation remains dire. The country has been leader also requires Patel) but also helped the Congress party. If Patel had The Readers’ Editor’s office can be contacted by Telephone: +91-44-28418297/28576300;
waiting for long to see what potential or dynamism. He economy (P.V. Narasimha lived longer he might have

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‘There can be no solution under the shadow of the gun’

The special representative to initiate dialogue in Kashmir on what led to unrest in the Valley and the way forward
Vijaita Singh
was appointed in 2002, ■ It was a courtesy call. I will charter. Whether security
On October 23, Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced the ap- the report by N.N. Vohra, also meet leaders of the Op- forces should be withdrawn
pointment of former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Dineshwar and the three-member position. They were not in from Siachen or not, I will
Sharma as a special representative to “initiate” and “carry for- committee appointed in Delhi, so when I go there I not be delving into such is-
ward a dialogue” with elected representatives and various indi- 2010? will meet them. sues. These are security-re-
viduals in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Sharma is a 1979 Indian Po- lated matters. I will only
lice Service officer of the Kerala cadre. He served as Director of ■ I am going through them in Will you factor in Pakistan speak to the people of
the IB from 2014 to 2016. After his retirement, the Centre was detail. I’ve read them in bits in your dialogue? Kashmir.
keen to give him an extension but he turned down the offer. He and pieces before.
was later appointed as an interlocutor for talks with Assam- ■ Pakistan does not feature You met Prime Minister
based insurgent groups and heads a committee to restructure Do you plan to improvise in the present scheme of Narendra Modi shortly
the Home Ministry. Excerpts from an interview in Delhi: on them? things. It’s only the people of before your name was
Jammu and Kashmir. We announced. Did he assign
■ It has to be seen.
What is the Centre’s people. Their (people’s) have to talk to them first. anything specific? Was the
intention behind the problems will have to be ad- Home Minister Rajnath appointment his
talks? The government dressed. My job is to deliver Singh said the special Why is the government initiative?
would have informed you and I will see to it that I rise representative would referring to you as a
about your mandate. to the expectations. emphasise on addressing special representative and ■ He wants peace (in Kash-
the aspirations of the not as an interlocutor? mir) fast. There should be no
■ The government didn’t tell There have been such youth. Have you What is the difference more delay. Yes, it was the
me about its intentions. It is initiatives earlier too, but identified such groups? between the two? Prime Minister’s initiative to
obvious that the government they did not lead to any appoint a special
and everyone else wants conclusion. ■ Youth doesn’t mean any ■ I don’t think there is any representative.
peace in Kashmir. It (peace) particular group. I don’t difference. These are trivial
should be durable. It cannot ■ I am hopeful that this time want to give any definition of issues. The Hurriyat has not
prevail for a few months and we will find a solution. We the youth. College students, shown much interest.
be disrupted by violence are groomed for addressing those who have recently The government hasn’t Investigations by the
three years later. The focus is problems and not for writing graduated... Unemployment defined the terms of National Investigation
on bringing permanent lengthy reports. is a major problem and we reference yet? Agency are being
peace in the Kashmir Valley. will need the help of the gov- conducted in parallel.
During your tenure as IB ernment in addressing this. I ■ The Home Minister has Will it affect your job?

What about ongoing chief, was Kashmir the cannot do this alone; I am already announced that I will
security operations? As biggest internal security not an employment-generat- talk to everyone. I think ■ Investigation is a different
many as 248 operations challenge? ing agency. those are the terms of refer- issue; I have a different job to
by security forces have ence. I have been given a free do. I cannot interfere in the
been conducted this year, ■ When I became the IB The Centre announced a hand to speak to anyone I work of any investigating

> Pakistan does not
which is the highest in the chief in December 2014, several steps to ensure that Will you talk to the ₹80,000 crore financial want. agency.
past seven years. It was Kashmir was not the prob- the youth don’t fall for such feature in the present members of the Hurriyat package for Jammu and
said that this would also lem. Naxal attacks and insur- propaganda. scheme of things. It’s Conference? Kashmir a couple of years As soon as the How will you handle the
contribute to peace. gency in the Northeast were ago. Do you think such announcement was made, anger of the Kashmiris?
only the people of
the major security chal- Wasn’t the gunning down ■ It will not be possible for promises will help you in two divergent statements
■ Whether it’s a Naxal-af- lenges. And to some extent, of Hizbul Mujahideen
J&K. We have to talk me to answer this at the mo- connecting with the were issued. One was by ■ They are like our family
fected area or the insur- threats from Islamic State-in- ‘commander’ Burhan to them rst. ment. I will go to Kashmir masses in the Valley? Army chief Bipin Rawat members. We will try to calm
gency-hit Northeast, we have spired groups. Kashmir be- Wani and two others by first and then decide. who said operations won’t them down by talking to
seen that the action of secur- came a problem during the security forces in July 8, vocating for a Caliphate. He ■ The announcement of a stop and the other was by them. Even within a family,
ity forces has limitations. latter part of my tenure. 2016 the reason behind had links to Hafiz Saeed But what will be the road development package is not Union Minister Jitendra there are some members
They are there to counter the Though there were problems the unrest? ( Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief ) and map? You cannot land one only for Kashmir; it has been Singh. who speak in different tunes.
actions of terrorists or armed initially, we did not expect other terrorist organisations. day in Kashmir and done for other States also. It It is our job to convince
groups. Permanent solution the kind of unrest that ■ Radicalisation was already But the fear of guns has to go. expect people to come naturally addresses the senti- ■ We will see. The people of them.
and peace can only be happened in 2016. at its peak and an icon like There can be no solution un- and speak to you. Will you ments of the people that the Jammu and Ladakh will also
brought about by dialogue. Burhan Wani was created by der the shadow of the gun. invite them? Centre is serious about their be included in the dialogue Is there a time limit for
What escalated the vested interests. The youth development, employment process. The problem is you to complete the
Do you think people in unrest? fell for it and came out on the Does this mean that ■ The media is there for ad- opportunities, and growth. more in the Valley though. dialogue process? When
Jammu and Kashmir will streets. security forces should vertising my visit. We will fi- were you approached by
be confident enough to ■ Radicalisation played a ma- also reduce the number of nalise the modalities soon. It What kind of jobs does the Former Pakistan the Centre?
speak to you when jor role, though its impact Was Burhan Wani an icon? operations? will not be proper to discuss Centre intend to offer? President Pervez
security forces are was felt in other parts of the the details. I will go as early Musharraf had suggested ■ I was approached two days
training guns at people in country as well, as several ■ He was projected as an ■ First, the guns of terrorists as possible. No date has been ■ Let’s see the scope... how a four-point formula to before the formal announce-
Kashmir on the one hand men were arrested for being icon. He was a terrorist. He should fall silent. Security finalised yet. If there is a far the State government can solve the Kashmir issue. It ment was made on October
and there is an inspired by the Islamic State. gave interviews that he forces should not harass or- need, we will advertise in address this issue. included demilitarisation 23. It is a huge responsibility.
announcement of a Brainwashing via the Inter- wanted to establish a Ca- dinary Kashmiris. They newspapers. or phased withdrawal of I will see whether I can rise
dialogue on the other? net played a key role. It was a liphate in Kashmir. It indic- should not be targeting inno- You met Jammu and troops. Are you to their expectations. There
concerted effort by some to ated the line of thought and cent people. They should Have you read the reports Kashmir Chief Minister considering these is no time limit. There can-
■ Bullets are fired at specific radicalise the youth to ideology he followed. In have the confidence of the of previous interlocutors Mehbooba Mufti. Can you options? not be any deadline for such
people. They are for terror- spread violence. We were some of the videos available people living in the State. — of former Union share details of the ■ These issues are not in my dialogues. I will carry for-
ists, not for the common watching it closely and took on social media, he was ad- Minister K.C. Pant who meeting? ward the dialogue gradually.



A big bang bailout Indian ‘crisis’: Press views

A Leader in the ‘Morning Post’ [of London] dealing with Lord
Recapitalisation of banks raises Curzon’s objections to Mr. Montagu’s being held responsible in
the office for the speech he made prior to his appointment
concerns about moral hazard hopes that Mr. Montagu will be grateful for this tribute to his
insincerity and adds that if Mr. Montagu did not know when
he spoke that he was to be made Secretary of State, the Gov-
ernment knew when they appointed him that he had made
The recapitalisation of pub-
the speech. Mr. Montagu makes an incendiary speech abusing
lic sector banks, announced
the Government of India root and branch and he is immedi-
by Finance Minister Arun
ately made the Secretary of State. What are the people in India
Jaitley, has been touted as yet
to make of it. The writer continues to hold Mr. Montagu really
another big bang reform by
responsible for the release of Mrs. Besant, but Lord Chelms-
the Central government. It is
ford is a Saheb and accepts the responsibility. Dealing with the
hoped that this reform will
emphasis the speakers on the House of Lords placed upon Mr.
push nationalised banks to
Montagu being accompanied by others and the assurance that
lend more actively in the

he will not speak, the ‘Morning Post’ remarks that there are to
coming months and bring
be half a dozen strong men always [managing] the rope which
about a quicker recovery of
holds this rearing curvetting reformer in his progress through
the economy by boosting private investment. What has been
India and asks why if these precautions are necessary, Mr.
swept under the carpet, however, is the fact that recapitalisa-
Montagu should be sent to India at all.
tion is just a euphemism to describe what is essentially a bail-
out of banks using taxpayer money. Also, amidst all the fanfare CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
and excitement about the massive ₹2.11 lakh crore bailout, the
fact that banks are in the current mess mainly because of their CONCEPTUAL NOTEBOOK Indian exchange rates.
mismanagement for political reasons has been ignored.
Window Learning medicine from Dr. House Replying to a letter from the East India Section of the London
Public sector versus private sector banks dressing Chamber of Commerce supporting the representation of the
Many who have justied the throwing of good money after bad Finance The TV series came in handy during many a press conference Bengal Chamber to the Government of India regarding the
have done so, however, with an important caveat. They have change in the number of rupees given in India for the sover-
argued that the bailout should be accompanied by governance This refers to the phe- Ramya Kannan the un-diagnosable.” to me, a House fan. Oh, eign, Mr. Montagu states that the ratio was fixed in consulta-
reforms that will safeguard the balance sheets of public sector nomenon wherein com- As a marginally misan- the sheer joy of that mo- tion with the authorities responsible for the maintenance of
banks from the ill-eects of populism in the future. While this panies engage in account- As a journalist, you learn thropic health reporter, ment! And there were the Central Gold Reserve of the Empire with the object of se-
sounds good in theory, it does not work as well in reality. Na- ing and other business that all of life is a lesson there is little greener pas- many such. curing the greatest possible advantage to India without con-
tionalised banks, which are supposed to be run for the benet practices that help them in that can be applied at vari- ture than House in terms I first encountered Situs flicting with general Imperial interests. The rate was so calcu-
of the public, are in eect managed by bureaucrats who are ac- projecting a better picture ous stages to your profes- of entertainment and do- inversus, where the or- lated that neither premium nor discount shall attach to
countable only to the political party that is in power. So, it is no of their financial perform- sion. Nearly everything is main knowledge com- gans are on the ‘wrong’ remittance of gold as compared with council remittance at
surprise that these banks often end money to fund populist ance during a period. The a scrap that gets stored bined. It’s where you in- side of the body, in the present rates.
and crony pet projects of politicians who care more about the most common way in away for the future: what tern. As medical terms roll formaldehyde-smelling CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
next election than the long-run health of banks. Eventually, which companies engage you encounter on the off the tongues of Dr. corridors of the govern-
when the banks end up with huge bad loans on their books, in window dressing is by road, who you meet on House’s team, you are ini- ment general hospital. DATA POINT
more reasons are given to bail them out of trouble, and the fiddling with the account- the bus, the vendor on the tially Googling furiously, Wasn’t I excited to find the
cycle continues. ing rules in order to bring train, the pattern tiles on but as the episodes and needle in the haystack
This is in contrast to private banks where owners, who have about the premature or the footpath, even what seasons grow, the terms when in an episode in Sea-
invested their own money and stand to lose it all in case of mis- delayed recognition of rev- you see on TV. become as much part of son 3, the doctors could
management, have a strong economic incentive keep a tab on enues and expenses, re- “Everybody lies!” is a your vocabulary as theirs, not find a patient’s spleen
managers who run their business. Such oversight, of course, is spectively, in the income lesson that every journal- keeping you wise com- where it was meant to be?
never perfect but is still superior to the almost complete negli- statement. They may also ist will cherish and, as a pany in the most technical It had switched sides, of
gence and gross mismanagement of books in the case of public employ practices that help principle, take with them of medical pressers. course.
sector banks. It may be true that private banks have not been in hiding their true liabilit- to their graves. There are Lupus is one such The first time an ec-
immune to the problem of bad loans, which is a part and par- ies. many more such gems word, nearly a friend. An topic pregnancy came
cel of lending aggressively under a fractional reserve banking from House M.D., the autoimmune disorder, it is into my life was during a
system. Yet, in the case of public sector banks, the implicit American medical drama often the first on the list of House episode. Having
guarantee of their books by the government only worsens this about a misanthropic, bril- suspects in a mystery stashed it away, I threw it
cyclical problem by adding to it the risk of moral hazard. As na- liant diagnostician who case, but rarely the an- out boldly at yet another
tionalised banks are allowed to tap into taxpayer money CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC cherry-picks his team and swer. So imagine a health presser, as the first slide
whenever they are in deep nancial trouble, they have very MORE ON cases. Loaded with snark, reporter’s glee when it showed up with a tiny
little reason to be careful while lending and more reason to
take huge risks with their balance sheets. Incidentally, the
same happens whenever the government protects private sec-
THE WEB 3 Dr. House is a diagnosti-
cian modelled on Sherlock
Holmes. He uses deduct-
leapt out at a press confer-
ence. As the patient sat
describing her symptoms
foetus curled up in the fal-
lopian tube instead of the
uterus. The obstetrician-
tor banks from the negative consequences of their actions. Science Quiz: How much ive reasoning and a dash — severe body pain, swell- organiser looked at me
The only way to build a healthy and competitive banking do you know about of psychology to solve ing of limbs, loss of appet- amazed, only to ask later:
system is to reform bank ownership and force banks to take re- archaeology? cases that have left others ite, a skin rash — it magic- “Doctor?”
sponsibility for their actions. India is nowhere close to enact- flummoxed. The premise ally appeared, singing “No, Dr. House,” I
ing such real big bang reforms. of the show is “diagnosing across the room especially chuckled.

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Patel was denied his due, says PM China denies
plan to
Talks a ploy for a hard Claims some parties and governments in the past tried to run him down and erase his contributions divert river
bargain: separatists Staff Reporter
New Delhi
Atul Aneja
To talk of peace and dia- gagement, did try to per- Prime Minister Narendra China on Tuesday denied a
logue was also a ploy by the suade the Hurriyat leaders. Modi on Tuesday flagged off media report that it was
GoI “to strike a hard bar- Sources said there were a “Run for Unity” to com- planning to divert water
gain, to which the people of “continuous efforts” to memorate the 142nd birth from the Brahmaputra in
Kashmir and leadership will break the ice, adding that anniversary of Sardar Vallab- Tibet to its arid Xinjiang
never succumb.” Mr. Sharma was scheduled hbhai Patel at Major Dhyan province by constructing a
Sources said the GoI, to meet youth leaders, be- Chand National Stadium in 1,000 km tunnel.
through an “informal” en- sides civil society groups. the capital. “This is untrue. This is a
Addressing the gathering, false report,” said Chinese
he said some parties and Foreign Ministry spokes-
Government to sell AI, governments in the past
tried to run him down and
person Hua Chunying in
response to a question.

AI Express together erase his contributions in

unifying the country soon
after Independence. It was
The report, if true, would
have had a major impact
on livelihoods in India and
“The rationale is that we can tions to a single entity. due to the contributions of Bangladesh, as the
find prospective buyers While Turkey’s Celebi the first Union Home Minis- Brahmaputra, known as
from international airlines if Aviation Holding and Delhi- ter that India did not disin- Yarlung Tsangpo in China,
we call bids for Air India and based Bird Group have tegrate into smaller states. passes through both these
Air India Express together. shown interest in Air India’s “The British government countries before emptying
Since Alliance Air operates ground handling arm, In- wished that India disinteg- into the Bay of Bengal.
flights mainly on regional dia’s oldest private MRO rated into smaller states. But “China will continue to
domestic routes, it makes firm AirWorks is keen on Patel used all means and suc-
ceeded in uniting all princely
Rahul Gandhi walks past Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh after paying tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
attach great importance to
cross-border river coopera-
more sense to sell it off sep- buying AIESL. Without re- *
arately,” a source added. vealing names, officials at states into a single nation tion,” Ms. Hua observed.
The decision was taken the Civil Aviation Ministry within a very small span of cultures, customs, lifestyles ticism, the Congress accused criticism over ignoring Pa- Congress said in a tweet. The The Hong Kong-based
after the government held said other airlines, both do- time,” Mr. Modi said, asking and food habits. the BJP and the RSS of trying tel’s contributions, launched Congress also posted Patel’s South China Morning Post
several rounds of backchan- mestic and international, the youth to carry forward to “appropriate” Patel as the a counter-offensive against quote after the Mahatma’s (SCMP) had reported on
nel talks with prospective are also keen to bid for Air Patel’s legacy. Mr. Modi said Rashtriya Ekta Diwas saffron party had no role in the BJP, deprecating efforts killing which said: “The Monday that Chinese en-
buyers of Air India and its India’s airline operations. that India’s diversity was her The government has ear- the freedom struggle. to “appropriate” the legacy speeches of the Sangh [RSS] gineers were testing tech-
subsidiaries. On June 28, the Cabinet strength, and it was the re- marked October 31 as The party also recalled it of the leader. leaders are poisonous. It’s as niques that could be used
Sources said the govern- Committee on Economic Af- sponsibility of its 125 crore ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ to was Patel who banned the “To honour the memory a result of this venom that to build a 1,000 km tunnel
ment met firms involved in fairs, chaired by Prime Min- people to ensure that India commemorate the birth an- RSS after Mahatma Gandhi’s of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mahatma has been assassin- — the world’s longest — to
MRO, ground handling and ister Narendra Modi, gave remained united despite so niversary of Patel. assassination. The Congress, the BJP and the RSS should ated.” carry water from Tibet to
airline operations to exam- an in-principle nod for stra- many languages, religions, Reacting to Mr. Modi’s cri- which has been facing BJP stop appropriating him,” the (With PTI inputs) Xinjiang.
ine whether all the subsidi- tegic disinvestment of Air
aries should be sold off to- India. The ministerial panel,
gether or calling for
separate set of bidders
would increase Air India’s
led by Mr. Jaitley, is aiming
to divest stake in Air India
and its subsidiaries by June
2018, sources said.
Nod for
buying 111 Cong. leaders press Rahul on elevation
Till now, low-cost airline
IndiGo has formally ex- SPV to retire debt Navy copters They urge him to take charge of the party even before the completion of two Assembly elections
pressed interest in mainly The panel is also in favour of
buying Air India’s interna- hiving off Air India’s proper- Press Trust of India Smita Gupta over without delay,” a senior term as president ended in
tional operations, including ties and non-operational as- New Delhi New Delhi party functionary said. 2015, has virtually with-
Air India Express which flies sets into a special purpose In a major move, the De- The Congress general secret- When Mr. Gandhi asked drawn from active politics.
to various airports in the vehicle (SPV) to retire a por- fence Ministry on Tuesday aries attending a meeting on what needed to be done On Tuesday, for instance, ill
Gulf, Middle East and South tion of the national carrier’s approved procurement of demonetisation at the AICC next, he was told that a health prevented her from
East Asia predominantly debt, sources said. 111 utility helicopters for headquarters here on meeting of the Congress attending the functions re-
from Kerala. IndiGo co- The Union government the Navy at a cost of Monday urged party vice- Working Committee should lated to Indira Gandhi’s
founders have said that recently chose consultancy ₹21,738 crore. president Rahul Gandhi to be called at which the sched- death anniversary and
though it has been eyeing firm EY and investment The long-pending pro- set a date for his elevation to ule for the election of presid- Sardar Patel’s birth an-
Air India’s international op- banker Rothschild as the posal was cleared at a the party’s top job. ent would be drawn up, fol- niversary.
erations since “day one”, it transaction advisors and meeting of the Defence Ac- Top party sources con- lowing which nominations The sense in the party is
would still be interested if Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas quisition Council (DAC), firmed that the leaders at- would be called for and a that there will never be that
the government sells Air In- as the legal advisor to help it chaired by Defence Minis- tending the meeting con- date set for the election. Leadership gap: With Sonia Gandhi in virtual retirement, Rahul perfect moment for Mr.
dia’s entire airline opera- with the disinvestment. ter Nirmala Sitharaman, of- veyed to Mr. Gandhi that it Gandhi is under pressure to assume the mantle. R.V. MOORTHY
* Gandhi’s takeover. “There
ficial sources said. did not make sense to post- Call for dates will always be an election
They said 16 helicopters pone his election till the Congress general secretary isation and the Goods and against the backdrop of coming up; so he should

BJP declares Dhumal would be procured at a fly

away condition while 95
would be manufactured in
completion of the Assembly
elections in Himachal Pra-
desh and Gujarat.
(organisation) Janardan
Dwivedi said he had written
to the party president and
Services Tax and was not on
the agenda. Party function-
aries just used a few mo-
growing impatience and un-
certainty in the Congress
about its future.
take over without any delay.
After all, even after he takes
over, the party will face

as CM candidate India.
The procurement of the
“Mr. Gandhi was told that
since the organisational elec-
vice-president informing
them that dates should be
ments to tell Mr. Gandhi not
to procrastinate his eleva-
“Though Mr. Gandhi takes
most decisions, they also go
some election or the other,”
a senior functionary said.
helicopters would be the tions were on, there should set for the process of elec- tion. Led by C.P. Joshi and to Ms. Gandhi. There is a Mr. Gandhi is expected to
The declaration of Mr. Dhu- Mr. Dhumal. Mr. Nadda was first major acquisition be no pause — the process of tion. This interaction was followed by P.C. Chacko and sense that no one is in con- speak to the party president,
mal’s name has brought ju- seen as another strong con- made under the strategic electing the president should sandwiched between the Mohan Prakash, the entreat- trol,” a party leader said. and a date for the CWC an-
bilation among his support- tender for the top post due partnership model. continue, so that he can take twin meetings on demonet- ies to Mr. Gandhi come Ms. Gandhi, whose fourth nounced on Wednesday.
ers all over the State and to his perceived proximity
people burst crackers on to the central leadership,
Gandhi Chowk in his home but Mr. Dhumal’s grassroots
district of Hamirpur.
Insiders said the delay in
appeal and acceptability
among party workers appar- Money was wired to Hizb chief’s son Congress deplores
declaring his name was a
party strategy. It was also
searching for new faces for
ently tipped the scales in his
Mr. Dhumal had been NIA says an accused in a terror-funding case sent ₹4.5 lakh to Syed Yousuf
growing intolerance
the top job like it had done spearheading the party’s
in Haryana and campaign in the State since ‘Indira stood for tolerant Indian ethos’
All senior leaders includ-
the 1998 Assembly polls. He
led it to victory in 1998 and
Vijaita Singh
New Delhi
Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of
Raids on family a bad years and that may extend to
imprisonment for life,” the
official said. Special Correspondent
ing Union Minister J.P. 2007 but lost in 2003 and
Nadda have congratulated 2012.
the globally wanted terrorist
Syed Salahuddin, received
₹4.5 lakh through interna-
move, says Tarigami Family plea
Yousuf ’s family released a
New Delhi
Growing intolerance has
challenged the idea of India
tional wire transfers Peerzada Ashiq for the Hurriyat to take a statement last week that the that former Prime Minister

200 dead in N. Korean between 2011 and 2014, the

National Investigation
Agency (NIA) has found.
M.Y Tarigami, J&K CPI(M)
secretary and MLA, on
call. Any results of the fresh
dialogue offer require
seriousness…There have not
arrest was an “age-old tactic
by the Delhi government to
harass and defame the fam-
Indira Gandhi stood for and
espoused all her life, Con-
gress vice-president Rahul

nuclear site accident

The agency has written to
the J&K government inform-
Tuesday described the NIA’s
move to go after the family
been good experiences [on
talks] in the past too,” Mr.
Salahuddin has five sons.
Gandhi said on Tuesday
while delivering the keynote
ing it of the arrest of Yousuf, of Syed Salahuddin ahead of Tarigami told The Hindu. He A book authored by the lecture at the presentation
The latest test — the sixth the surface at Punggye-ri. 42, who landed a job in the the formal talks in J&K “a alleged the Centre’s former Research and Ana- of Indira Gandhi Award for T.M. Krishna
at the site since 2006 — The blast caused a 6.3- State Agriculture Depart- bad move.” response to the PDP stand, lysis Wing chief A.S Dulat National Integration to
triggered landslides in the magnitude earthquake, ac- ment three years ago. “The NIA raids were not especially on dialogues, “so says Salahuddin once re- Carnatic music maestro T.M. ideas on our people and
detonation area and bey- cording to the United States Asked if this was a sum wise enough. It’s not easy far has been inappropriate”. quested the Intelligence Bur- Krishna for his “exemplary stifling independent think-
ond, according to satellite Geological Survey, followed large enough to be used for eau’s station head in Srin- service in promoting na- ing. ”
pictures. The images pub- a few minutes later by an- terror activities, a senior NIA agar to get one of his sons tional unity”. Arguing that the idea of
lished by the ‘38 North’ other with a magnitude of official said that receiving terror-funding case. Bhat has NIA says. enrolled in a medical college “That idea of India that national integration has
website showed changes in 4.1. any amount of money from been absconding and is liv- “Section 17 of the UAPA in Kashmir. Indira Gandhi fought for has never been more necessary
an accused wanted in a ter- ing in Saudi Arabia under an- clearly states that notwith- Another official said been thrown fundamentally than today, the Congress
ror case was punishable un- other identity. standing whether such funds Yousuf received funds on the into question by the rising leader said Mr. Krishna

Army to build foot der Section 17 of the Unlaw-

ful Activities (Prevention)
Act. Yousuf had received the
Yousuf was “one of several
Indian contacts of Bhat” who
had been in telephonic con-
were actually used or not for
commission of such act, it
shall be punishable with im-
directions of his father and
his direct links in using the
funds to stoke the 2016 un-
intolerance that we are wit-
nessing today. A view of In-
dianness that is one-sided,
stood out as a “catalyst for
social progress and change,
challenging regressive barri-

overbridge in Mumbai money from Aijaz Ahmed

Bhat, an accused in a 2011
tact with him for receiving
money transfer codes, the
prisonment for a term which
shall not be less than five
rest in the Valley had not sur-
faced so far.
warped, is being thrust

upon us,” said Mr. Gandhi,

ers of divisiveness and intol-
Former Prime Minister
who said that he was read- Manmohan Singh said, “Mr.

Indian students attacked in Milan ing out from his mother’s

speech who skipped the
function as she was advised
rest after recovering from an
Krishna’s work teaches the
importance of caring the en-
vironment we live in, partic-
ularly engaging with diverse
upset stomach. groups and treating them
Sushma says the situation is being monitored, urges them not to panic Without naming the rul- with sensitivity.”
ing party or the Modi gov- Accepting the Indira
Special Correspondent Following these incidents, describing the attacks as ‘ra- ernment, the Congress Gandhi award for 2015-16,
NEW DELHI the Consulate General of In- cist’. “Following the attacks, leader said, “The country’s Mr. Krishna argued that the
Against the backdrop of the dia (CGI) in Milan on Monday locals have reached out to us heritage is now in the hands beauty of India’s democracy
attacks on Indian students in issued an advisory to Indian offering to help. Our com- of those who are bent upon is to celebrate plurality of
Milan, the External Affairs nationals and students ur- munity is widely appreciated rewriting history, imposing cultures than imposing a
Ministry has urged nationals ging them not to panic. in Milan; even the media in falsehood and unscientific monolithic view of culture.
Long wait: Commuters queue up near the Elphinstone from India in Italy not to the city has enquired and ex-
Railway Station’s foot overbridge in Mumbai on Tuesday. * panic. External Affairs Minis- Advisory issued tended all sorts of help to
PTI ter Sushma Swaraj has re- “The Consulate has received create awareness, so I want
Ashish Shelar, Mumbai unit the Army for rebuilding the ceived a detailed report on reports of the unfortunate to state clearly that Italy re-
chief of the Bharatiya Janata Elphinstone bridge as “de- the situation even as the stu- incidents of attacks on In- mains safe for Indians and
Party had met both Ms. plorable and an admission dents met Indian diplomats. dian students in Milan. All Indian students,” Mr.
Sitharaman and Mr. Goyal of the failure” of the govern- While assuring the Indian Indian students are urged Sandeep said.
requesting them to ask milit- ment and the Railways. students of their safety, the Sushma Swaraj not to panic. The Consulate
ary engineering services to “The Army’s job is to Minister said she was over- is taking up this matter with ‘Racist’ angle denied
construct the foot over- train for war and protect the seeing the situation. ciation for Polimi (Politech- the highest level of law and Mr. Sandeep pointed out
bridges at Mumbai’s railway country’s borders, not to “I have got the detailed re- nic University of Milan) said order authorities in Milan,” that the identity of the at-
stations. build bridges and clean the port [on the attacks in two incidents took place the Consulate said in the ad- tackers was yet to be determ-
“This is a historic mo- roads,” said Capt. Am- Milan]. Please do not worry. over the past few days in visory posted on social me- ined and they could also be
ment for the city,” Mr. arinder. I am monitoring the situ- which a group of people beat dia platforms. outsiders or migrants.
Shelar said. “Looks like the Railway ation personally,” Ms. Swaraj up a student and snatched However, G.V. Sandeep of “Therefore we should not
Meanwhile, Punjab CM Minister has exhausted all said in a social media mes- his mobile phone and an- the students’ association term the attacks as ‘racist’ as
Capt. Amarinder Singh criti- his options,” said Mahesh sage. other student was assaulted said the investigation needs yet,” he said speaking on
cised the decision to rope in Tapase of the NCP. The Indian Students Asso- by a gang. to be completed and avoided phone from Milan.
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Catching the GST swing in the hills Patidars will get caught
Even if Himachal traders are unhappy, their numbers are not large enough to inuence results
Vikas Pathak the BJP. While some say the In the main marketplace
in Congress snare: BJP
BADDI/SUJANPUR BJP’s march has been slowed of Sujanpur, several traders
There is unease within the by the GST, others say they complain about how their Says KHAM politics will deny upper castes their share
small trading community in feel more comfortable with fortunes have dipped. They
Himachal Pradesh over busi- the BJP. found the change abrupt and Special Correspondent
ness being affected after the “The BJP stands for Hindu affecting their businesses. AHMEDABAD
implementation of the values that are dear to us. Some seem overtly hostile to With the Patidar Anamat An-
Goods and Services Tax, but Even if there are some set- the BJP and some seem dolan Samiti, led by Hardik
this may not swing the res- backs to business, many mildly displeased, but still Patel, now certain to align
ults of the Assembly among the trading com- inclined towards the saffron with the Congress, the rul-
elections. munity will support the party. However, any hostility ing BJP in Gujarat has
There is evidence of busi- party,” says Subodh Mehra, a to the Congress is muted. stepped up attacks on the
nesses flagging under the cloth merchant in Sujanpur. 24-year-old leader, saying
new tax regime in Baddi, the He then explained his GST Low impact the Congress is playing the
State’s business hub in the woes. “We buy clothes from Despite the BJP’s core urban KHAM (Kshatriya, Harijan,
foothills close to Chandigarh, Gujarat, Amritsar and Am- traders’ constituency not Adivasi and Muslim) card in
bala. Earlier, there was no faring too well, the impact which upper castes such as
IN FOCUS tax on cloth but now 5% GST No cash cow now: The once bustling main market at Sujanpur on the elections, where the Patidars have no place.
has been imposed on it. We in Himachal Pradesh. AKHILESH KUMAR * BJP is seen to have an edge The BJP leaders point to
and in towns such as Sujan- have to pay it at the point of because of the cyclical the entry of OBC leader
pur, where the BJP’s chief purchase,” Mr. Mehra says. ₹18,000 now, as they are This claim is endorsed by nature of voting behaviour in Alpesh Thakor into the Con- Coalition talks: Congress leaders with Patidar Anamat Andolan
ministerial candidate, Prem more in demand.” the truck operators’ union the State and concerns over gress as proof of the Samiti members in Ahmedabad. VIJAY SONEJI

Kumar Dhumal, is contest- Expenses rise He admits there were plying 10,000 trucks from law and order and poor in- allegation.
ing, and Palampur.
Palampur is in Kangra dis-
“We have also to pay tax for
transporting it to Sujanpur.
traders who earlier cheated
on purchases and sales to
Baddi. “Earlier, 300 trucks
went out daily for transport-
frastructure, may not be
huge, as traders form a small
The KHAM experiment
was successfully carried out <
> BJP and Patidars
are inseparable; Not meeting
trict, which sends 16 MLAs to There are barriers on the pay less tax, but such eva- ing goods to and from all component of the State. by the Congress in late 1970s
the Assembly. way and no evasion is pos- sion has become tough now. parts of India. After GST, just The State is predomin- and 1980s in Gujarat, help-
More than 35 MLAs
of the party are
Rahul, says
Traders say that business sible. For filing the GST re- The “disruption” in the 275 trucks are required daily. antly rural, with many ing it to sweep the Assembly
is down since last November, turns each month, we have way traders operated has Our incomes have fallen,” people in some sort of gov- elections in the State.
Nitin Patel
with both demonetisation to engage accountants too. also led them to purchase Jagdish Chandra Jaggi, gen- ernment employment, the Deputy Chief Minister
and GST, but seem split They charged ₹4,000 annu- less goods from suppliers, eral secretary of the union, Army and the tourism Swinging back Press Trust of India
between the Congress and ally earlier, but charge Mr. Mehra says. says. sector. However, too much reliance cluded,” Deputy Chief Minis-
on KHAM led to the consol- ter Nitin Patel says. Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh
idation of upper castes such Mr. Patel says that under Mewani has denied reports
Cases against as Patidars against the party,
helping the BJP become a
Congress regimes in the
past, the Patidars had no say
that he was going to meet
Congress vice-president
Election frills Sukh Ram too major political force in the or representation in State Rahul Gandhi.
State. politics, while the BJP has He said here on Tuesday
Subsequently, since 1998, given them a major share that even if he met Mr.
old, says BJP the BJP has been making in- since 1995. Gandhi, it would be to
roads into OBC, Dalit and tri- “In Gujarat, BJP and know the Congress’s stand
Press Trust of India bal communities, while Patidars are inseparable. on issues of the Dalit com-
Shimla keeping its upper caste base When BJP came to power in munity and not for his own
Bharatiya Janata Party intact. the State, its first Chief Min- “personal gains”.
spokesperson Sudhanshu “The Patidars must un- ister was Keshubhai Patel, a The Congress also said
Trivedi on Monday defen- derstand that the Congress Patidar leader. Then, [after there was no plan yet of a
ded the induction of Anil is playing the KHAM card Narendra Modi], Anandiben meeting between Mr. Me-
Sharma in the party, saying after three decades to win Patel became Chief Minister. wani and Mr. Gandhi dur-
that the cases against his the Assembly polls. It is an More than 35 MLAs of the ing the Congress vice-pres-
father, Sukh Ram, a former exclusionary social engin- party are from the Patidar ident’s three-day campaign
Union Minister, in the tele- eering experiment from community since 1995,” Mr. in the state from
com scam were very old. which upper castes are ex- Patel says. Wednesday.
“Let bygones be by-
gones. The law would take
its own course,” Mr. Trivedi
Mr. Sharma, who was a
Minister in the Virbhadra
Singh Cabinet till recently,
joined the BJP on October
15 and is now party candid-
ate for the Mandi Sadar
seat in the Assembly elec-
The Mandi seat was rep-
resented by Sukh Ram
Sewing it up: Workers busy preparing election campaign material in Gujarat on Tuesday. * VIJAY SONEJI from 1962 to 1984.

Yechury raises poll heat in Shimla

Taking potshots at Modi, CPI(M) leader campaigns for party candidates
Kanwar Yogendra the UPA regime, 1% of the
Shimla population was controlling
Sitaram Yechury, general 49% of the GDP, but now this
secretary of the Communist 1% was controlling about
Party of India (Marxist) said 60% of the GDP.
here on Tuesday that de-
monetisation and the Goods ‘Law & order collapsed’
and Service Tax implemen- CPI(M) polit bureau member
ted by the Modi government Subhashani Ali raised the is-
had ruined the informal eco- sues of rape and murder of a
nomy of the nation and the Shimla schoolgirl and the de-
common man had been teriorating law and order in
driven to the wall. the entire country. Taking on
Mr. Yechury was speaking Adding colour: A BJP supporter campaigning at Bilaspur in Chief Minister Virbhadra
at an election meeting of the Himachal Pradesh. AKHILESH KUMAR *
Singh, she said he had
CPI(M)candidate Sanjay banned students elections in
Chauhan for Shimla and he who had demanded a ban fected after demonetisation, universities and would not
Kuldip Tanwar for on the RSS. The same RSS and the Left and other mind, given an opportunity,
Kusumpati. was now out to demolish the parties had decided to ob- banning the Assembly polls
democratic institutions of serve November 8 as a black too.
Patel wanted RSS ban the country and pushing it day now, Mr. Yechury said. Ridiculing demonetisa-
Mr. Yechury said the BJP was towards a kind of dictator- The Left leader said the tion, Ms. Ali termed it Pocket
paying big tributes to Sardar ship, he said. gap between the rich and Mar (pickpocketing) that had
Vallabhbhai Patel these days, The small and marginal the poor had increased in ruined the 125 crore people
but had forgotten that it was businesses were severely af- the past three years. During of this country in one go.

Court grants
exemption to
CBI les chargesheet in
Himachal CM Vyapam admission scam
Press Trust of India
New Delhi Agency denies tampering with electronic evidence
Himachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Virbhadra Singh Press Trust of India also submitted two pen
on Tuesday was granted New Delhi drives — to the Delhi High
exemption from personal The Central Bureau of In- Court and the CBI — carrying
appearance for the day by vestigation on Tuesday filed excel sheets to buttress his
a Delhi court in connection a chargesheet in the Vyapam claim that hard disc drives
with a ₹10 crore dispropor- admission scam case, and seized by the Indore police
tionate assets case against rejected allegations that in 2013 were tampered with
him. computer hard discs seized to remove 48 instances of
Special Judge Virender from an accused pur- the letters “CM” from the
Kumar Goyal also granted portedly carrying reference records.
the relief to Mr. Singh’s of the letters “CM” have The files carried in the
wife Pratibha Singh, a co- been tampered with. pen drives were altered sub-
accused in the case. The findings of the CBI sequently, the chargesheet
The CBI, meanwhile, op- will come as a major relief Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
posed Mr. Singhs’ applica- for Madhya Pradesh Chief The hard disc was seized
tion seeking permanent ex- Minister Shivraj Singh letters “CM” were stored in by Indore police and later
emption from personal Chouhan, who faces As- them. handed over to the CBI for
appearance, saying there sembly elections next year. The agency rejected alleg- forensic examination in 2015
was no such provision in The agency, in its ations of tampering with the following a Supreme Court
law. Mr. Singh is accused of chargesheet filed before a hard disc, which was being order in this regard, the
amassing assets worth over special CBI court, said a considered as the crucial sources said.
₹10 crore which were dis- forensic analysis of the hard piece of evidence in the The Vyapam case refers to
proportionate to his total disc drives seized from Nitin multi-crore recruitment massive irregularities in re-
income during his tenure Mohindra, an official at Mad- scam levelled by Congress cruitment for various Mad-
as a Union minister. hya Pradesh Professional Ex- leader Digvijay Singh and hya Pradesh government
The court has now pos- amination Board, by the whistle blower Prashant jobs. The CBI has registered
ted the matter for argu- Madhya Pradesh Police had Pandey. multiple FIRs to investigate
ment on November 30. shown that no files having It said Mr. Pandey had the case.
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Catalan leader accepts ‘Charges don’t accuse Russia’

Moscow never felt itself guilty, says Kremlin spokesperson
giants face
Madrid’s call for elections Reuters
Agence France-Presse
sian woman whom he de-
scribed as a relative of Pres-
ident Vladimir Putin.
The Kremlin said on Tues- The case against Papado- Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc
Not seeking asylum in Belgium, says Carles Puigdemont at media conference day it had noted that U.S. poulos also mentions his and Alphabet Inc’s Google
charges against President contacts with someone with headed before U.S. law-
Reuters on anti-independence Donald Trump’s former links to the Russian Foreign makers on Tuesday for two
Brussels/Madrid parties taking power in the campaign manager Paul Ministry. days of gruelling hearings
Catalonia’s ousted leader regional Parliament and put- Manafort and another aide, When asked what the on how Russia allegedly
Carles Puigdemont on Tues- ting the brakes on the inde- Rick Gates, did not point the Kremlin made of the details used their services to try to
day accepted the snap elec- pendence drive. Mr. Puigde- finger at Russia over alleged about someone linked to the sway the 2016 U.S. elec-
tion called by Spain’s central mont will hope a strong meddling in U.S. politics. Russian Foreign Ministry be- tion. At stake for the Silicon
government when it took showing for the independ- Federal investigators ing cited in the Papado- Valley companies are their
control of the region to block ence camp will reboot the probing alleged Russian in- Kremlin spokesman poulos case, Peskov said the public images and the
its push for independence. secessionists after a tumultu- terference in the 2016 U.S. Dmitry Peskov. AFP * accusation was totally threat of tougher advert-
Mr. Puigdemont, speaking ous several weeks. election, something Moscow unsubstantiated. ising regulations in the
at a news conference in Brus- Although Mr. Puigdemont denies, charged Manafort the U.S. presidential election “It’s an absolutely laugh- United States.
sels, also said he was not did not say when he would and Gates with money laun- had been confirmed. able allegation,” Facebook, the world’s
seeking asylum in Belgium return to Spain and denied dering on Monday. Mr. Peskov said the invest- largest social network, ad-
after Spain’s state prosecutor he was fleeing from justice, igation was an internal mat- ‘No evidence’ ded fuel to the debate on
recommended charges for he could be called to testify Absence of allegations ter for the United States Foreign Minister Sergei Lav- Monday when it told Con-
rebellion and sedition be before the court on the re- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry which Russia was not in- rov told reporters that there gress in written testimony
brought against him. He bellion and sedition charges Peskov said Moscow had volved in, but was following was no evidence of Moscow that 126 million Americans
would return to Catalonia as soon as the end of the noted the absence of allega- with interest from afar. He having interfered in the elec- may have seen politically
when given “guarantees” by Crisis contained? Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont arrives to week. tions against Russia in the in- added that he hoped the tions. divisive posts that origin-
the Spanish government, he address media representatives in Brussels on Tuesday. AFP *
The Supreme Court also dictment, saying Moscow probe would not contribute “We are accused of inter- ated in Russia under fake
said. began processing rebellion had always said it had never to “already overblown, hys- fering not only in U.S. elec- names. That is in addition
ise at the start of the week Democracy will be the charges against Catalan Par- meddled in the U.S. terical Russophobia”. tions but also in those of to 3,000 U.S. political ads
Court blocks declaration and the secessionist leader- foundation of our victory,” liament speaker Carme For- election. He also commented on other countries without one that Facebook says Russi-
Mr. Puigdemont’s announce- ship is in disarray. Mr. Puigdemont said in Brus- cadell and senior leaders on “...Russia does not fea- details of a case against a piece of evidence,” he said. ans bought on its platform.
ment that he would accept Spain’s Constitutional sels, where he showed up Tuesday. ture in the charges that were third former Trump adviser, At a meeting of The Asso- Google and Twitter have
the regional election on Dec. Court on Tuesday blocked after dropping out of sight Mr. Puigdemont, Vice levelled in any way. Other George Papadopoulos, who ciation of European Busi- also said that people in
21 signalled that the Madrid the unilateral declaration of over the weekend. President Oriol Junqueras countries and other people pleaded guilty in early Octo- nesses, Mr. Lavrov also said Russia used their services
government had for now at independence made by the The Spanish government and other Catalan leaders feature (in the charges),” Mr. ber to lying to the FBI. that the “sometimes unpre- to spread messages in the
least gained the upper hand regional Parliament on Fri- has said Mr. Puigdemont was had said previously they Peskov told a conference call Papadopoulos told invest- dictable” actions of the cur- run-up to the election.
in the protracted struggle day — a largely symbolic welcome to take his chances would not accept their dis- with reporters. igators about his efforts to rent U.S. administration had U.S. lawmakers have re-
over Catalonia, a wealthy move that gained no traction and stand in the election, missal. But their respective “Moscow never felt itself set up a meeting between caused “serious fears”. sponded angrily to the idea
northeastern region that and led to the assembly’s dis- called by Mr. Rajoy as a way parties, PdeCat and Es- guilty so as to feel exoner- the Trump campaign and He pointed to threats to of foreign meddling, intro-
already had considerable missal by Prime Minister to resolve the stand-off. querra Republicana de ated now,” he said, when the Russian leadership dur- solve problems with the ducing legislation to re-
autonomy. Mariano Rajoy less than an Mr. Rajoy, who has taken Catalunya, said on Monday asked whether the Kremlin ing which he said he met a Korean peninsula by force, quire online platforms to
Resistance to Madrid’s im- hour after it was made. an uncompromising stance they would take part in the interpreted the indictment London-based professor as well as Mr. Trump’s re- say who is running election
position of direct control on “I ask the Catalan people throughout the battle of wills election, a tacit acceptance as proof that its repeated boasting of contacts with fusal to certify the Iran nuc- ads and what audiences
Catalonia failed to material- to prepare for a long road. over Catalonia, is gambling of direct rule from Madrid. denials about meddling in Russian officials and a Rus- lear deal. are targeted.

Sri Lankan MPs Trump to push for ‘open Indo-Pacic’ Pak. envoy summoned
debate Constitution ‘Will emphasise the need for reduction of trade decit with China during visit’ over ‘distortion of history’
Joint Opposition stages demonstration Varghese K. George
Mr. Trump will travel to Ja- rules-based, high-standard, “China must provide fair Protest lodged over erroneous claims
pan, South Korea, China, Vi- economic system and reduc- and reciprocal treatment,
Meera Srinivasan Prime Minister Ranil Wick- U.S. President Donald etnam and the Philippines, tion of chronic trade defi- not just to the U.S. but all Haroon Habib immediate withdrawal of
Colombo remesinghe presented to Trump will “present the U.S. and this will be the largest cits,” the official said. countries in the region”, the Dhaka the footage from the Face-
Amid stiff opposition from Parliament in September vision for a free and open number of countries covered official said, accusing Beijing Bangladesh warned book page reportedly main-
the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led drew staunch criticism from Indo-Pacific region” in a by a U.S. President in a single Market principles of “predatory investment Pakistan on Tuesday against tained by the Pakistan High
‘Joint Opposition’, Tamil not just his political oppon- speech in Da Nang, Vietnam trip to the region since The official repeatedly said and economic practices”. He distorting history after its Commission in Dhaka,” a
and Sinhalese lawmakers on ents and sections of the on November 10, at the Asia- George W. Bush in 2003. that countries in the Indo- said China’s unwillingness to High Commission in Dhaka Foreign Office statement
Tuesday made a strong case Buddhist clergy, but also Pacific Economic Coopera- The official said Mr. Pacific region must stick to do so “reflects a slowdown, shared a video on said.
for proceeding with the from certain groups among tion (APEC) CEOs meet, the Trump’s visit will make the an economic system based or even a retreat in China’s Bangladesh’s independence. Secretary (Bilateral) Kam-
drafting process for a new Tamils who said it had too White House said on Tues- “message clear to China that on “market principles”, and progress toward a market- The Foreign Ministry on rul Ahsan said the Pakistani
Constitution. little for them. day. for trade relations between accused China of undermin- driven economy”. Tuesday summoned envoy “apologised”, calling
A three-day debate on the Contesting the claim, Mr. Trump’s visit to the re- the two countries to be sus- ing principles of market. The official said the Pakistan’s High Commis- the incident was
Interim Report of the Steer- Tamil MP from the Vanni, gion — from November 3 to tainable, it has to be free and At the recent congress of Chinese economy has be- sioner Rafiuzzaman Sid- “unintentional”.
ing Committee drafting the Shanti Sriskantharajah, told 14 — will be the longest by a fair”. the Chinese Communist come so big that its practices diqui to its office and lodged Meanwhile, the country’s
new constitutional propos- Parliament that this is the U.S President in 25 years, “It is very important to Party, Chinese President Xi are negatively impacting not a protest. founding father Sheikh
als began in Parliament on first time that a wide public and will “underscore the note that the President is Jinping had asked countries only the U.S. but all other Bangladeshi media out- Mujibur Rahman’s March 7
Monday, even as members consultation was held for long-standing U.S commit- making a long term commit- to emulate the Chinese countries in the region. The lets had reported that the speech, which served as a
of Joint Opposition staged a before drafting a new Con- ment to the region”, a senior ment to the region, based on model of development, and President will press China on Pakistan High Commission source of inspiration for nu-
demonstration opposing it. stitution. “Some forces in administration official said. the shared principles of shun Western liberalism. these issues, the official said. shared a video on its Face- merous freedom fighters,
the north, with their narrow book page which reportedly has been recognised by UN-
‘The last bus’ political motives, say there claimed that ‘Ziaur Rahman, ESCO has part of the world’s

Tensions mount after Gaza operation

MP Dilan Perera on Tuesday is nothing in this Constitu- not Sheikh Mujibur Rah- documentary heritage, Dir-
urged the country to seize tion. Is that true? Regret- man, announced ector General of UNESCO Ir-
the moment, calling it “the fully, even some intellectu- Bangladesh’s ina Bokova announced on
last bus”. “For decades, the als are also campaigning independence’. Monday.
two main political parties in against the Constitution Israel blew up a tunnel leading to its territory, killing seven Palestinian militants “The Government of The International Advis-
the country have been play- with such false Bangladesh seeks a formal ory Committee, during its
ing political football with information.” Agence France-Presse on Tuesday in their respect- further escalation. No tunnel sensitive time, with rival note of apology for this ill- meeting from October 24 to
the national question. Rejec- This is an interim report, Gaza City ive neighbourhoods in the opening had been found on Palestinian factions Fatah motivated and misleading 27, reportedly recommen-
tion of good proposals for it is not final, she said, un- Tensions rose on Tuesday Gaza Strip. Hamas leader Is- the Israeli side of the border. and Hamas pursuing a re- video post and calls for an ded the speech.
the sake of rejection has derscoring the scope for dis- after an Israeli operation to mail Haniya appeared at a fu- It had come from the vicinity conciliation accord aimed at
been this country’s curse cussion and changes. The blow up a tunnel from the neral in central Gaza atten- of the city of Khan Younis in ending their 10-year rift.
and has prevented a resolu- section on land powers, she Gaza Strip killed seven ded by a few thousand the Gaza Strip, Israel’s milit- Hamas is due to hand over
tion so far. This Parliament said, was far from satisfact- Palestinian militants in one people, witnesses said. ary said. control of the enclave’s bor-
has a unique opportunity ory, and urged the govern- of the deadliest incidents Israel said it had been ders to the Palestinian Au-
with both main parties be- ment to share a timetable since a devastating 2014 war. monitoring the digging of Netanyahu’s warning thority on Wednesday under
ing partners in govern- for returning the remaining The seven men, from the the tunnel for an unspecified Israeli Prime Minister Ben- the deal mediated by Egypt
ment,” he said. military-occupied land to armed wings of Gaza’s rulers length of time and was jamin Netanyahu said on and signed on October 12. It
Tamil National Alliance the people. Hamas and allied group Is- forced to act after “the grave Tuesday his country would is due to return the Gaza
MP M.A. Sumanthiran, who Following the debate, the lamic Jihad, were killed on and unacceptable violation “not tolerate any attacks on Strip to full PA control by
opened the debate on government hopes to table Monday when Israel blew up of Israeli sovereignty”. our sovereignty... whether December 1. Both Mr. Haniya
Monday, urged all parties to the draft Constitution in Par- the tunnel it said had It said the operation was from the air, from the sea, and Palestinian Prime Minis-
come together to change the liament and, subject to a crossed into its territory and carried out on the Israeli from the ground, or below ter Rami Hamdallah spoke of
country’s “bitter past”. two-thirds majority, hold a was intended for attacks. side of the border and the ground”. ensuring the reconciliation
The interim report that country-wide referendum. They were being buried stressed it was not seeking a The operation comes at a pact remains on track.

A year after law against honour
killings, Pak. women still not safe
At least 280 murders recorded from Oct. 2016 to June this year
Agence France-Presse
Islamabad 7 held for
5 killed in suicide attack
on Kabul’s ‘Green Zone’
The shocking murder of
Pakistani social media star parading
Qandeel Baloch by her
A suicide bomber believed to brother Waseem last July woman naked
be as young as 12 struck turned the spotlight on hon-
our killings and sparked a Associated Press
Kabul’s heavily fortied Dera Ismail Khan
diplomatic quarter, called the fresh push to close loop-
‘Green Zone’ on Tuesday and holes allowing the killers to Social media star Qandeel Police in Pakistan have
killed at least ve people and walk free. Long-awaited le- Baloch who was killed by her arrested seven men for
injuring 20, showing that gislation was finally passed brother last year. AFP *
parading a young woman
militants can still hit the three months. through a village naked in
heart of the city despite However, more than a the Gender Studies Depart- connection with a dispute
tighter security. (Picture year on, lawyers and activ- ment at Islamabad’s Quaid-i- over family honour.
shows policeman carrying an ists say honour killings are Azam University. Police officer
injured person.) AFP still occurring at an alarming At first, Baloch’s heart- Mohammad Basharat Khan
pace. At least 280 such broken parents vowed they said on Tuesday that the
Pakistani woman kills 13 murders were recorded by would give Waseem, her woman’s brother had an
with poisoned ‘lassi’ the independent Human brother, no absolution. But affair with a young woman
MULTAN Rights Commission of well over a year later, the from the suspects’ family.
Asiya Bibi, a Pakistani woman Pakistan from October 2016 trial is still grinding its way He says they forced the
who gave her husband to June of this year, a num- through the courts. This young woman from the
poisoned milk, ended up ber considered an length of time has been long rival family to strip down
killing him and 12 of his underestimate. enough — as often happens before parading her
family when the liquid was The new legislation man- — for Baloch’s father to through the village in
turned into lassi and served dates life imprisonment for change his mind. northwestern Pakistan last
to him and his relatives, honour killings, but whether Had international revul- week. He says the two
police said. Bibi mixed poison a murder can be defined as a sion over the killing not seen main suspects are still at
into her husband’s milk last crime of honour is left to the the Pakistani state take the large.
week but he initially failed to judge’s discretion. That step of declaring itself an Many women are killed
drink it and it was instead means the culprits can heir alongside Baloch’s par- in Pakistan by their
blended into a batch of lassi simply claim another motive ents, the forgiveness could relatives each year for
and served to the man’s and still be pardoned, said have already seen Waseem violating norms on love
family. AFP Dr. Farzana Bari, a head of walk free. and marriage.
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‘Doing Business’ rank: India jumps 30 places IDBI Bank

market watch
31-10-2017 % CHANGE
Sensex dddddddddddddddddddddd 33,213 ddddddddddddd -0.16
US Dollar dddddddddddddddddddd 64.75 ddddddddddddddd0.15 posts ₹198 cr.
Gold ddddddddddddddddddddddddddd 30,380 ddddddddddddddd0.34
Brent oil ddddddddddddddddddddd 60.89 ddddddddddddddd0.74 Nation made big eorts in last 3 years and what is seen in this report is not last year’s reforms only: Rita Ramalho of WB loss in Q2
forms and... [has been] look-
‘It’s cease, not ease’
NIFTY 50 Washington ing at this area, trying to un- Mumbai
PRICE CHANGE India climbed 30 positions in derstand what we measure, IDBI Bank has reported
Adani Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 430.35. . . . . . . . . 0.55
Ambuja Cements. . . .. . . . . . 281.50. . . . . . . . -2.05
the latest ease of doing busi- how we measure, what is the Staff Reporter cism and inexperience, ₹198 crore on net losses in
Asian Paints. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 1180.85. . . . . . . . -1.70 ness ranking by the World value of it and designed a re- NEW DELHI the... government is the second quarter of the
Aurobindo Pharma . . . . . . 760.00. . . . . . . . -7.15 Bank, in its Doing Business form programme that ad- Reacting to the report on In- clutching at straws to stay current financial year as
Axis Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 523.15. . . . . . . 39.15 2018 report released on dresses some of the short- compared to ₹56 crore
Bajaj Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3257.10. . . . . . -25.10 dia’s rise in the ease of do- afloat as it sinks the eco-
Bajaj Finance . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 1800.60. . . . . . . . -3.70 Tuesday. The report ranks comings that were measured ing business ranks, Randeep nomy and hurts trade and profit in the same period of
Bharti Airtel . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 497.20. . . . . . . . . 4.30 India at 100 among 190 by the indicators,” she said. Singh Surjewala, a Congress businesses.” the previous year.
Bosch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21012.20. . . -246.85 countries. Last year, India leader said, “Ease of doing “The Prime Minister’s Losses have come down
BPCL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 541.60. . . . . . . . . 5.35
Cipla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 627.60. . . . . . . . . 1.55
was ranked 130. ‘Progress high and rare’ business has become ‘Cease policy adventurism... with sequentially from ₹853
Coal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286.45. . . . . . . . -2.45 Improving India’s ranking “India made big efforts in the of doing businesses’ for the adhocism of his Fin- crore reported in the April-
Dr Reddys Lab . . . . . . . .. . . . 2428.15. . . . . . -10.35 in the report has been a key last three years and what is MSMEs under the Modi ance Minister, has caused June period. Fresh slip-
Eicher Motors. . . . . . . . .. 32233.40. . . -137.65 component of PM Narendra seen in this report is not last pages to bad loans were re-
GAIL (India). . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 465.20. . . . . . -10.50 government.” widespread economic
HCL Tech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 855.80. . . . . . . 19.45 Modi’s economic agenda. year’s reforms only,” she “Having failed India’s misery and distress,” said duced to ₹3,381 crore in
HDFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1707.40. . . . . . . . . 1.60 Rita Ramalho, Acting Dir- said. India’s upward jump in economy by sheer adho- Mr. Surjewala. the quarter ended Septem-
HDFC Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1808.50. . . . . . . . -6.50 ector, WB Global Indicators ranking is based on the im- ber 2017 as compared to
Hero MotoCorp . . . . . .. . . . 3849.90. . . . . . . 16.90
Hindalco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267.40. . . . . . . . -5.80
Group that produces the re- provement in the distance to struction permit where India across these areas last year, ₹5,587 crore during the
HPCL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 447.15. . . . . . . . -7.65 port, told The Hindu that frontier score — an absolute Miles to go: On starting a business, we are now ranked 156; is still ranked fairly low. “On the highest for the country in same period of the previ-
Hind Unilever . . . . . . . . .. . . . 1237.45. . . . . . . . . 3.25 GST would be accounted for measure of progress towards many initiatives are under way, says Jaitley. KAMAL NARANG
* starting a new business, we a single year. India is one of ous year and ₹7,659 crore
Indiabulls HFL . . . . . . . .. . . . 1244.05. . . . . . -17.05 only in next year’s report, the best practice. India are currently ranked 156 the three countries last year of the previous quarter.
ICICI Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300.10. . . . . . . . -0.45
IndusInd Bank . . . . . . . .. . . . 1627.15. . . . . . . . . 6.40
and the report’s methodo- found a place for the first benchmarks economies with up the 3-4 areas where we and... many initiatives are that undertook reforms in as The bank has made a pro-
Bharti Infratel . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 442.15. . . . . . . 12.45 logy does not capture the im- time in the top ten econom- respect to regulatory best are still behind,” Finance work in progress,” he said. many as eight areas. vision of ₹1,276 crore for
Infosys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 921.85. . . . . . -22.25 pact of demonetisation on ies improving the most in a practice. Ms. Ramalho de- Minister Arun Jaitley said on The report measures aspects (With Vikas Dhoot) NPAs as compared to ₹920
Indian OilCorp . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 415.50. . . . . . . . -0.75
ease of doing business. given year. The ranking com- scribed India’s progress on Tuesday, referring to para- of regulation affecting 11 For more, visit: crore of the year earlier
ITC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265.70. . . . . . . . . 0.55
Kotak Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1025.05. . . . . . . . -3.85 “... Indian government pares economies with one both counts “high and rare.” meters such as starting a areas of the life of a business., and period and ₹1,069 crore in
L&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1222.30. . . . . . -14.65 has been focussed on re- another; the DTF score “We are seriously taking business and getting a con- India made eight reforms the previous quarter.
Lupin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1028.05. . . . . . . . . 2.10
M&M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1344.80. . . . . . -29.95
Maurti Suzuki . . . . . . . . .. . . . 8211.25. . . . . . . 16.00
NTPC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181.25. . . . . . . . -1.35
ONGC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191.10. . . . . . . . . 4.50
PowerGrid Corp . . . . .. . . . . . 211.85. . . . . . . . -0.55
Core sector growth Tatas pay Docomo $1.26 billion Fiscal decit touches
91.3% of FY18 target
Reliance Ind . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 940.85. . . . . . . . -1.65
State Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305.80. . . . . . . . -6.20
Sun Pharma . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 552.90. . . . . . . . -0.20
Tata Motors . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 428.40. . . . . . . . -8.15
hits 6-month high End long-pending dispute; TTSL shares transferred to Tatas
Tata Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703.80. . . . . . -14.45 Special Correspondent pany, then under the chair-
TCS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2624.00. . . . . . . . . 7.80
Tech Mahindra . . . . . . .. . . . . . 482.05. . . . . . . . -3.50 Coal, natural gas sectors perform well MUMBAI manship of Cyrus Mistry, Revenue receipts at ₹6.23 lakh crore
UltraTech Cement . .. . . . 4401.05. . . . . . -71.20 Tata Sons has paid 144.9 bil- offered ₹23.34 per share in
UPL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 799.30. . . . . . -25.10 Press Trust of India lion Yen ($1.26 billion), in- line with the RBI guidelines Press Trust of India that the government’s rev-
Vedanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331.85. . . . . . . . -9.10 New Delhi enue receipts were at ₹6.23
Wipro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294.05. . . . . . . . . 0.80
New Delhi cluding interest cost, to NTT which state that an interna-
YES Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 314.25. . . . . . . . -0.60 Eight core sectors grew to a Docomo to settle the long- tional firm can only exit its India’s fiscal deficit at the lakh crore in the first six
Zee Entertainment . . . . . . 541.90. . . . . . . . -7.10 six-month high of 5.2% in pending dispute with the Ja- investment at a valuation end of the first half of the month of the current fiscal,
September, aided by a ro- panese telecom major over “not exceeding that arrived current fiscal touched 91.3% which works out to be 41.1%
bust performance in coal, their Indian joint venture in at on the basis of return on of the budget estimate, of the budget estimate (BE)
EXCHANGE RATES natural gas and refinery seg- telecom, said a statement equity.” mainly due to rise in of ₹15.15 lakh crore for the
Indicative direct rates in rupees a unit
ments, official data showed from NTT Docomo. The Japanese firm then expenditure. entire year.
except yen at 4 p.m. on October 31
CURRENCY TT BUY TT SELL on Tuesday. It added that concurrent dragged the Tatas to interna- In absolute terms, the The receipts, comprising
US Dollar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 64.55. . . . . . . 64.87 The eight infrastructure with the receipt of the tional arbitration where it fiscal deficit was ₹4.99 lakh taxes and other items, were
Euro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 75.08. . . . . . . 75.46 sectors — coal, crude oil, amount, all shares in Tata won the $1.18 billion award. crore during the April- at 41.2% of the target in the
British Pound . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 85.29. . . . . . . 85.71 natural gas, refinery to data released by the Com- Teleservices Limited (TTSL) Docomo acquired 26.5% It had also filed a plea in the September period of 2017- year-ago period.
Japanese Yen (100) . .. . 56.93. . . . . . . 57.22 18, according to the data of As per the CGA data, the
Chinese Yuan . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 9.73. . . . . . . . . 9.78
products, fertilisers, steel, merce and Industry Min- held by Docomo have been stake in TTSL for ₹12,740 Delhi High Court seeking en-
Swiss Franc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 64.64. . . . . . . 64.96 cement and electricity — istry. Crude oil output re- transferred to Tata Sons and crore at ₹117 per share with forcement of the ruling. Controller General of Ac- government’s total ex-
Singapore Dollar . . . . . . .. . 47.37. . . . . . . 47.62 had witnessed a growth of gistered a growth of 0.1% companies designated by the understanding that if it The RBI had objected to counts (CGA). penditure had been increas-
Canadian Dollar . . . . . . . . .. . 50.24. . . . . . . 50.49
5.3% in September last year. during the month under re- Tata Sons. exited the venture within the transfer but was over- During the same period ing on sequential basis and
Malaysian Ringitt . . . . . .. . 15.25. . . . . . . 15.33
The expansion in Septem- view as compared to a con- Tata Sons’ telecom arm five years, it would be paid ruled by the Delhi High of last financial year, 2016- totalled ₹11.49 lakh crore at
Source:Indian Bank
ber is highest since April, traction of 4.1% in Septem- TTSL had been entangled in at least 50% of the purchase Court in April, clearing the 17, the deficit was at 83.9% September-end or 53.5% of
when the core sectors’ ber 2016. a legal tussle since April price. decks for the payment. of the target. the budget estimates. It was
growth stood at 2.6%. On the other hand, 2014, when partner NTT But in 2014, when Debt-laden TTSL last For 2017-18, the govern- 52% of the budget estimate a
BULLION RATES CHENNAI The production of coal, growth rate of steel and ce- Docomo decided to sell its Docomo decided to exit the month said it would sell its ment aims to bring down year ago. Capital expendit-
October 31 rates in rupees with previ- natural gas and refinery ment production was slower 26.5% stake in TTSL and venture seeking a price ₹58 consumer mobile business the fiscal deficit to 3.2% of ure during April-September,
ous rates in parentheses the GDP. Last fiscal, it had 2017-18 was only 47.3% of BE
products rose by 10.6%, in September this year as withdraw from mobile tele- per share, or ₹7,200 crore, to Bharti Airtel, thereby exit-
Retail Silver (1g) . . . . . . . . . . . 42.20. . . . . (41.90) 6.3% and 8.1%, respectively against the same month pre- phony in India. from Tata Sons, the latter ing from mobile telephony met the 3.5% target. as compared to 54.7% in the
22 ct gold (1 g) . .. . . . . . . . . . . 2,801. . . . . (2,801)
on annual basis, according vious fiscal. In November 2009, denied the claim. The com- market in India. The CGA data showed same period of last fiscal.


‘It’s stupid not to be ambitious, but

foolish to be blinded by ambition’
Returns for next 3 years won’t be as good as they should be, says IDFC Bank’s MD
MANOJIT SAHA months cannot look as good reason for the fallout?
Talks with the Shriram group as they should be looking. ■ This is not because of
to explore merger options That is why it still makes IDFC shareholders On our
may have been called off. Yet, sense to explore inorganic side, we have many
Rajiv Lall, MD and CEO of growth options because that shareholders. So, it is
IDFC Bank, is convinced that would allow us to complicated. But on their
the inorganic growth option significantly cut the time to side, it is only four
makes sense. Excerpts from get out of our legacy. shareholders.
an interview:
Will you still look at What happened then?
The proposed merger inorganic growth ■ What we found was that
with the Shriram group possibilities? they did not have consensus
was important for you to ■ We will keep an open among the four
grow your retail portfolio mind and look at all three — shareholders about the
quickly and improve Rajiv Lall banks, NBFCs and MFIs. fairness of our valuation.
efficiency parameters. They never came back with
With the deal now off, confidence in growing Given that the Shriram a formal counter offer. Last
what is the road ahead? organically is much higher deal was a complex one, week, when we met Mr.
■ We continue to focus on now. why did you decide to Thyagarajan, we finally said
organic and inorganic look at it? ‘if you do not think you can
growth. We now have If you are doing so well ■ No doubt it was too [arrive at the ] grounds we
terrific evidence of organically, why do you complex. But the think as fair, there is no
executing organic growth. need inorganic growth? opportunity was substantial. point in continuing the
Year-on-year, ex-infra ■ Our legacy is costing us We would have regretted it conversation’. They did not
funded credit growth is 76%. ₹600 crore of profit-before- had we not looked at it come back presumably
Retail is also growing tax drag every year. A large carefully. It’s stupid not to because they didn’t think
rapidly. part of it is not because of be ambitious but it is foolish they would be able to get a
Our outstanding assets as stressed assets, which cost a to be blinded by ambition. consensus around a price
on September 30 were drag of ₹175 crore ... but a acceptable to us.
₹18,000 crore. Of that, ₹400 crore [drag] comes Why did the deal fail?
direct retail was ₹ 5,000 [annually] from fixed rate ■ The only reason was lack The government would
crore. Non-infra corporate bonds which we cannot of agreement on relative have faced dilution. Was
lending is growing 60% reprice or retire. Those valuation. The deal makes that a concern?
year-on-year. bonds will stay with me till sense but at a particular ■ The government was okay
Liabilities are growing fiscal 2021. So, every year, I value. If we did not get the with the valuation we had
150% a year. We have retail have an annual RoA negative value, we must have the offered. It said that below a
deposits of ₹7,000 crore. On drag of 0.35% on account of courage to walk away. That certain valuation, it would
all fronts, our track record is my legacy. Therefore, my is what we did. be difficult for it but that if
rapidly getting established return on assets and return the market was supportive,
on execution. So, our on equity for the next 36 Are IDFC shareholders a it would not oppose it.

Onerous task to convince sta: Thyagarajan

k.t. jagannathan were far more important in a deal,” he added.
Chennai such a process, he added. Any merger had to have
Swap ratio is not all that Quizzed if the merger deal justification in terms of sig-
important in any value cre- was dead, he merely said, nificant value creation to
ation exercise involving “It is never alive to be stakeholders. In the light of
merger of entities, asserted dead.” Pointing out that the discussions between the
R. Thyagarajan, founder of two sides had decided only two entities, he said he was
the Shriram Group. In a to engage in discussion for convinced that the merger
conversation with this cor- exploring a merger option, would mark significant
respondent, he said that Mr. Thyagarajan admitted value creation for the
there were attempts to that there were expecta- bank.
‘over-simplify’ the Shriram- tions that “something will He admitted that it was
IDFC amalgamation discus- happen within a particular an onerous task to mobilise
sion on the swap ratio. date.” employees across compan-
The vision, the workabil- To say that the deal was ies and convince them of
ity of it, and the methodo- dead was not correct, he the synergy that would ac-
logy of making it workable said. “For, there was never crue to them. R.Thyagarajan
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Crypto currencies now Bharti Airtel’s net takes a hit DRL net falls
as America
come under SEBI lens on ‘competitive pressures’ sales decline
Special Correspondent
Posts 76.5% drop; warns trend may continue in next quarter HYDERABAD
‘Regulator examining means to deal with coin oerings’ Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Special Correspondent India revenues during the recorded a consolidated
ASHISH RUKHAIYAR NEW DELHI quarter stood at ₹16,728 net profit of ₹305.4 crore,
MUMBAI Bharti Airtel on Tuesday crore, a declined of 13% in the quarter ended
Narendran elevated as The rising popularity of posted a 76.5% decline in its year-on-year, mainly due to September 30, or 1.13%
Tata Steel CEO and MD crypto currencies and the in- net profit to ₹343 crore for drop of 16.8% in mobile busi- lower compared with the
NEW DELHI creasing number of entities the second quarter ended ness. Mobile data traffic for year earlier period. Total
Tata Steel has elevated T.V. looking at raising funds September 2017, on account Airtel has grown four-fold to income was ₹3,591.4 crore,
Narendran as CEO and MD through Initial Coin Offer- of “financial stress led by 784 billion MBs in the a 1.87% fall.
globally, the company said ings (ICO) has caught the at- competitive pressures,” and quarter compared to 178 bil- On a sequential basis,
on Tuesday. Mr. Narendran, tention of the capital market warned that this may con- lion MBs in the same quarter the pharma major recor-
now MD for India and south- regulator, which is evaluat- tinue in the next quarter due last year, the company said. ded better growth. In the
east Asia, joined the rm ing whether such instru- to reduction in IUC rates. It added that net interest quarter ended June, total
after completing his MBA ments and offerings can be Gopal Vittal costs of ₹1,905 crore had income was ₹3,371.2 crore
from IIM Calcutta in 1988. brought under its regulatory Consolidated revenue risen from ₹1,603 crore in and consolidated net profit
His career has spanned purview. Bharti Airtel, India’s largest to double-digit revenue de- the same quarter last year – stood at ₹66.6 crore.
marketing and sales, According to persons fa- Fear factor: China banned ICOs after its central bank said these telecom services provider, cline and will be further ac- largely due to lower invest- CEO and co-chairman
international trade, supply miliar with the develop- were “illegal public nance” for money laundering. REUTERS * which had registered a net centuated by the reduction ment income, while forex G.V. Prasad said healthy
chain and planning, and ment, the Securities and Ex- income of ₹1,460.7 crore in in IUC rates in the next and derivative loss for the performances in India,
operation and general change Board of India (SEBI) or if there is a need for the India. Sumit Agrawal, part- July-September 2017, posted quarter,” Gopal Vittal, MD quarter was at ₹422 crore emerging markets, Europe
management, it said. PTI is mulling whether an ICO government to give addi- ner, Suvan Law Advisors, 11.6% decline in consolidated and CEO, India & South Asia, compared to a loss of ₹302 and PSAI businesses had
can be regulated under the tional powers or amend the and a former SEBI law of- revenue to ₹21,776.9 crore said in a statement. crore in the same quarter contributed to sequential
Nov. 7 is new deadline existing legal framework or existing law, he added. ficer, is of the view that from ₹24,651.5 crore in the He added that this would last year. Consolidated net growth. North America
for e-ling of returns certain amendments would An ICO, like an equity ini- while crypto currencies and year-earlier period. eventually force operator debt increased to ₹91,480 revenues declined 11%
NEW DELHI be required in case the gov- tial public offer (IPO), is an ICOs have risks and involve “The financial stress in consolidation and exits as crore from ₹87,840 crore in year-on-year to ₹1,430
The Centre extended till ernment wants the capital issuance of digital tokens pooling of money, it cannot the industry continues due witnessed in the recent past. the previous quarter. crore.
November 7 the last date for market watchdog to be the that can be converted into be regulated by SEBI unless
e-ling of income tax returns regulatory authority for crypto currencies and are it is relatable to the securit-
for taxpayers who le audit
reports. A senior ocial said
the Central Board of Direct
such issuances. Incidentally,
crypto currencies like bit-
coin, ethereum and such of-
mostly used to raise funds
by start-up firms dealing in
blockchain technology and
ies market. “Bitcoins are
neither ‘commodities deriv-
atives’ nor ‘securities’ under
RCom, SSTL Nokia maker sees Chola
complete Investment
Taxes took the decision to
extend the deadline by a
week, considering the
ferings have been under gov-
ernment radar for long and
discussions have been held
virtual currencies like bit-
coins and ethereum.
Unlike an IPO, which is
Securities Contracts (Regula-
tion) Act, 1956. Amending
definition of ‘securities’
big market in India
merger net rises 32%
“representations made by between various bodies, in- governed by SEBI regula- alone may not resolve the is-
various stakeholders“. This is cluding SEBI and the Re- tions, there is no regulatory sue of bitcoin regulation as Special Correspondent ‘Past position, country size key factors’ Special Correspondent
the second extension given serve Bank of India (RBI), on body for ICOs in India. there are numerous issues MUMBAI CHENNAI
after the rst deadline the possible ways in which According to data from revolving around,” said Mr. Russian telco Sistema has Yuthika Bhargava sia. He pointed out that in Cholamandalam Invest-
expired on September 30 this segment can be regu- UK-based CoinDesk, nearly Agrawal. Bitcoin players, completed the merger of New Delhi the past 11 months, the com- ment and Finance Co. Ltd.,
and was extended till lated. The central bank is of $2.7 billion has been raised meanwhile, feel that instead its Indian telecommunica- India, which is already pany had introduced 11 new (Chola) has reported a 32%
October 31. PTI the view that these instru- globally through ICOs since of a regulator, the industry is tions business with Reli- among the top three mar- phones in both feature and increase in its standalone
ments are securities and so 2014. Concerns related to in more urgent need of a ance Communications kets for HMD Global, the smartphone segments. net profit for the second
Vodafone India to SEBI should be the regulat- ICOs can be gauged from the self-regulatory organisation Ltd., following approval makers of Nokia phones, HMD Global, on Tuesday, quarter ended September
reposition brand ing body. fact that China recently (SRO) that could formally lay from Indian regulators and has the potential to be its unveiled its most affordable 30, to ₹227 crore due to a
MUMBAI banned such offerings after down principles to take care courts. biggest market, said HMD smartphone —Nokia 2. The ‘better product mix and
Vodafone India embarked on ‘Concrete presentation’ its central bank said that of concerns like money laun- As part of the transac- Global CEO, Florian Seiche, device, which will be avail- low cost borrowings’.
an exercise to reposition its “While it is a bit early to say ICOs are “illegal public fin- dering and other possible tion, the telecommunica- on Tuesday. able mid-November on- The company’s total rev-
brand, focusing on ‘optimism that SEBI wants to regulate ance” mechanism used for misuse. “The industry is at tions business of Sistema’s “India is already the num- wards, will be priced at 99 enue increased 11.43% to
about the future’. With a crypto currencies and ICOs, issue of securities and an initial stage and an SRO subsidiary, Sistema Shyam ber three market for us in euros (about ₹7,500). The ₹1,296 crore. Net interest
promise to handhold it is true that work is being money laundering. would not hinder innovation TeleServices Ltd., includ- the very short period of 11 company promises a battery margin rose to 9.6%.
customers in navigating this done in this subject so that it According to a recent and, at the same time, allow ing its licences and obliga- months after launching. We life of two days with a 4100 Chola’s aggregate disburse-
era of rapid technological has something concrete and study, more than 2,500 Indi- the industry to scale in a re- tions with respect to the see the potential in India to mAh battery. ment for the quarter rose
changes, Vodafone said it specific to present to the ans invest in bitcoin daily. sponsible manner,” said 800-850 MHz frequency become our biggest country- “Our ambition is to be- 24% to ₹5,492 crore.
would help them be ‘future government,” said a person Start-ups like Zebpay, Uno- Sandeep Goenka, co- range, has been trans- …because of the country come one of the leading Disbursements under
ready’. The company, which familiar with the develop- coin, Coinsecure, founder, ZebPay. ferred to RCom. size and also the combina- players in the next 3-5 years. vehicle finance grew 32%
will soon be merged with ment. The regulator is evalu- Searchtrade, Belfrics and An email query sent to SSTL now owns a 10% tion of our position as Nokia Therefore we pick the seg- to ₹4,295 crore. Home fin-
Idea Cellular, also unveiled ating whether these instru- Bitxoxo are some of the well- SEBI on Monday remained equity stake in RCom fol- in the past,” he said. ment where we see great ance disbursement repor-
an advertising campaign for ments can be regulated known players in the bitcoin unanswered till the time of lowing a new share issue The other two top mar- opportunity,” the HMD ted an 8% contraction to
the new brand. under the current SEBI Act and blockchain segment in going to press. by the Indian operator. kets are Russia and Indone- chief said. ₹830 crore.

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Can India solve the Kiwi puzzle in T20Is? A respectable side,

on and o the eld
The hosts will want to stop an opposition which is well equipped and has the wood on them in the shortest format
As a group we have grown a lot, says
New Zealand skipper Williamson
Uthra Ganesan
Vijay Lokapally
The low-key practice session It may have narrowly lost
said it all. The New Zealand the ODI series, but there
team came in full strength was no disgrace for the New
while India preferred op- Zealand team. The side was
tional training ahead of the just as dignified at a special
opening encounter of the reception organised by the
three-match T20 series start- New Zealand High Commis-
ing here on Wednesday. sion here on Monday even-
India has a poor T20 re- ing. The Kiwi players, who
cord against New Zealand — had arrived only a couple of
five losses in five. The onus hours before in the city,
obviously would be on India were on time, at their polite
to correct the record. For best and easy to talk to.
Virat Kohli, it must rankle Former pace bowler Si-
that New Zealand has looked mon Doull made sure to
invincible in a format that is mention this while moderat-
accepted as the most popu- ing a brief panel discussion.
lar form of the game in con- “It’s a nice thing to hear
temporary cricket. or a couple of wickets can eran M.S. Dhoni does in this about this New Zealand side
India has the strength. It swing the game and that at- youthful Indian team. in the last 5-6 years, the way
must possess the will to stop tracts the fans to this version Hardik Pandya, with his they are portrayed and seen
an opposition which is well of cricket. The rising pop- free-flowing strokeplay, is around the world now. On
equipped and ready for a ularity of cricket in Test-play- the new crowd-puller in the how nice and good this side Trent Boult. *
contest. “Everyone looks for- ing nations is often attrib- team, but only after Kohli. is, on the field, without go-
ward to playing T20. It’s a lot uted to the result-oriented New Zealand too has a few. A ing overboard or over the think as a player, if you can
of fun and all the players en- action-drama that marks run-feast on an amiable pitch top, and how good it is off get ideas of the other senior
joy it. We’ve been lucky T20s. awaits the cricket-loving cit- the field as well,” Doull said. players on field it helps be a
enough in the last couple of Munro took stock of the izens of the capital. And while it was more of bit more relaxed.
years to be successful at it, so impending engagements. The teams (from): India: Virat a business interaction, the “Part of a team operating
looking forward to the series. “Obviously it’s nice to have a Kohli (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, focus stayed firmly on the well is how you handle the
It should be a good one,” said three-match series. It’s usu- Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Man- game. people around you,” he
a matter-of-fact Colin Munro. ally a one-off or two stale- ish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Captain Kane Williamson, added.
mate sort of a thing at the Karthik, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Hardik asked about his growth in The biggest applause was
Greater excitement end, so [now] there’s plenty Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra the job in the past 18 reserved for Tom Latham
After some bitter competi- to play for. We’ve got a good Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, months, threw it back to who, as Doull suggested, has
tion in the one-day series, record against India so we’re Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Doull — “It’s up to you really, become the “most talked
which India won 2-1, the looking forward to this.” Bumrah, Ashish Nehra and Mo- you are the one who talks about player on the tour and
shortest format is expected hammed Siraj. about it it,” he said — before the least talked about before
to generate greater excite- The Nehra query New Zealand: Kane Williamson explaining further. coming here”.
ment. The pitch and the out- Would Ashish Nehra figure in (capt.), Ross Taylor, Trent “As a group we have The wicketkeeper, who
field hold a lot of promise the playing eleven was the Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de grown a lot. Some of the usually opens and was
and it is best left to the play- most frequently asked ques- Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, guys have been around for a moved to the middle-order
ers in either team to produce tion at the Kotla. He retires Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), long time now. It’s not just in the ODIs, said he relished
the desired entertainment. from all forms of the game Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, me, all the guys have taken a playing the sweep shot, es-
It can be anyone’s day in after this match at his home Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, lot of ownership there,” he pecially against spin and ad-
T20s. Such is its nature that ground. As the senior-most Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Ready to step up: Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik and Shreyas Iyer, seen at training on said. mitted being behind the
form and reputation hardly member of the team, he Tim Southee. Tuesday, will be eager to pull their weight in the T20I series against New Zealand. Ross Taylor, who has wickets helped read the
matter. A sweet little knock adds to the depth just as vet- Play starts at 7 p.m. *
R. V. MOORTHY stayed back after being in- conditions well.
cluded in the T20 side, said “We have chased here the motivation to continue twice so you get a good read

Nehra a master at bringing the ball back, says Zaheer

playing was because his on how the pitch is playing
“kids go to a private as a wicketkeeper in these
school”. conditions with variable
bounce. But these are some
Vijay Lokapally the Kotla to watch Nehra test, and good that he did!” match for India was more Learning curve of the toughest conditions
NEW DELHI play his final international said Zaheer. “England was important. We always talked Fast bowler Trent Boult said to play,” Latham explained.
Best of competitors and the match. “We have always blown away that day by an about the match and differ- the series had been a huge Asked about the adjust-
best of friends. It was a spe- been very good friends. His individual. His pace, swing, ent game situations. learning curve so far and ments in the side between
cial bond that Ashish Nehra advice would electrify me bounce... everything was “We still talk about those spoke about how to handle formats, Williamson was
and Zaheer Khan shared. into action. He was always amazing. The balls were situations. the pressure of expecta- clear.
As fellow left-arm seam- upfront and always blunt, pitched in an immaculate “We have been possessive tions. “I actually try not to think
ers, they competed with whether in cricket or life. He area. You had to play every of our friendship and sup- “The best thing to do is to or tinker too much, I think
each other even as they was always there for you. ball. port for each other. We were not listen to it, got other simplicity is the key. Playing
made life miserable for the “He carried himself with “It was a 38-year-old mind the best competitors and things to do than listen to across the country in the
batsmen. And the cricket dignity. His self-belief was in- in a 22-year-old bowler. best friends travelling in the the likes of yourself (Doull) IPL should put us in good
fans relished their art. fectious and very evident in “I am sure he could’ve team. talking about me.” stead, but playing against a
Nehra was a fan of Za- his bowling.” been a better Test bowler. “I know he’ll be closing With Taylor around as the quality side like India, hope-
heer’s craft, and the senti- Zaheer said he had vivid With the Kookaburra ball, he one chapter and starting a senior pro in the side, com- fully we will go one better
ment is reciprocated un- recollections of Nehra’s spell was far better than me. He fresh one. I am very happy parisons with Virat Kohli’s than the ODIs,” he said.
abashedly. “I loved his of six for 23 against England was a master at bringing the for him because he is retiring consultations with M.S. One little piece of trivia
bowling, his action, his work- in the 2003 World Cup. “He ball back into the batsman.” from the ground. It will be an Dhoni inevitably came up which the Indian team
ethic. He was an asset as a was not even sure of playing On their friendship, Za- emotional moment for the and Williamson admitted it might want to change on
Partners, not competitors: Zaheer Khan says while he and colleague, an inspiring guy that match. He had a swollen heer said: “We both knew both of us. We shall celebrate was a big help. Wednesday here — India has
Ashish Nehra pushed each other, it was always with the to have at hand on the field,” ankle from an injury during that we were not fighting for Ashish Nehra’s fantastic “It’s always a great help not won a T20 International
objective of winning matches for India. FILE PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK
said Zaheer, who will be at nets. He had to pass a fitness the same spot. Winning the career.” to have guys to lean on. I against New Zealand.

NADA must convince players its Athletes heading for confrontation with AFI
systems are foolproof A small bunch prefers to skip the camp and work with coach Jaikumar
Stan Rayan hurdles silver medallist who able with him. I know prob- and if I don’t turn up, it be-
KOCHI is also relay team member. lems are sure to come up comes a problem,” said the
Neither ego nor convenience should be allowed to stand in the way A small group of athletes are All prefer to work with now.” 24-year-old.
heading for a major con- P.B. Jaikumar. For though he Anu, who took the AFI to “And they told me that if I
of competition. The ‘whereabouts’ ministry and the sports bureaucrats no- frontation with the Athletics is not a national camp coach, the High Court last year don’t attend the camp, they
clause is the sticking point. It states that ticed only after the WADA letter that Federation of India, which he has shaped some little- when she found her name will remove my name from
players have to inform NADA at the be- BCCI is not signatory to the NADA code has said that athletes who known names into Asian missing from the Rio the TOP (Target Olympic Po-
ginning of every quarter of the year, a indicates either laziness or hope that skip national camps will not stars at his Olympics relay team, felt dium) scheme list for the re-
location and time that they will be avail- the BCCI will help them out of a corner. be allowed to take part in se- Thiruvananthapuram base. that the federation should lays. And despite doing well
able for an hour each day for testing. In the larger picture, it cannot be lection meets ahead of next “I’m not going to the na- find out athletes’ prefer- in the hurdles, we don’t have
And frankly, the players have little denied that cricketers have a responsib- year’s Commonwealth tional camp and we are not ences before including them a camp for hurdlers.”
BETWEEN WICKETS faith that the information will be kept ility to ensure that their sport is drugs- Games and Asian Games. the only ones who are not in the camp. The AFI had made it clear
suresh menon private. NADA will have to convince free. If there is an element of entitle- There is the Asian 400m going, there are many others Anu said she found her that it was willing to include
them that their systems are foolproof ment about India’s opposition to NADA, champion Muhammed Anas, training outside too,” name in the 4x400m relay Jaikumar in the national

N either drug-taking nor drug-testing

in sport is perfect. Accidental use,
casual use, unknowing use have all
before it gets the players, and thus the
BCCI, on board. The BCCI uses the In-
ternational Drug Testing Management
then that body must explain the issues
involved and instil confidence in the
also the National record-
holder and a lead National
mile-relay team runner,
Olympian Muhammed Anas
told The Hindu on Tuesday.
“Anilda too does not want
camp despite telling federa-
tion officials that she was
keen to focus on hurdles.
camp but the Kerala coach is
not keen on going.
“I will go only if there are
caused cases to fall apart. (Sweden) for its work, and probably Neither ego nor convenience should there is Indian women’s re- to go. It is not that I don’t “I told them not to include top quality coaches at the
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera was found to sees no reason to switch agencies. be allowed to stand in the way. It is un- lay runner Anilda Thomas want to go, Jaikumar has my name in the relay camp national camp, then I can
be producing a banned substance nat- At the international level, there is no likely that the iron glove will work as and then there is Anu been my coach for nearly so that there is no issue but learn something from them,”
urally in his body, and had his ban re- problem. In 2010, the BCCI influenced well as the velvet hand. Like the DRS Raghavan, Asian 400m five years and I am comfort- they have included my name he explained.
voked; Pakistan’s Yasir Shah claimed he the ICC into establishing a category which India resisted for long, it is not
accidentally used his wife’s blood pres- called the National Players Pool. Here, just good for sport, but necessary.
sure medication and was given a three-
month ban instead of two years. Casual
users of recreational drugs do not even
only the cricket whereabouts (rather
than personal whereabouts) are neces-
sary, and players can only be tested in a
It could be useful for NADA too. If
there are lacunae in its testing or arriv-
ing at conclusions, the BCCI has the re-
‘This is the most open era in world badminton’
get on the radar. team environment, during tourna- sources to pursue the matter and en-
For years, it was felt that drug use ments or camps. The element of sur- sure that NADA’s systems are above No single nation’s players dominate the sport any more, says Srikanth
might actually work against perform- prise — the key to catching a user off reproach. The BCCI does not consider
ance in cricket. When the New Zealand guard — was thrown out of the window. itself a national sports federation, is not V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM The World No. 2 said that
club player, the medium pacer Adam reliant on government funds, and HYDERABAD while he was not unduly ob-
King admitted to using nandrolone and No compulsion therefore sees no reason to sign up with Fresh from his back-to-back sessed with it, going up one
testosterone “to put on lean and athletic Part of the BCCI’s lack of interest also NADA. But that’s a narrow way of look- Super Series title wins at the more rung would be among
muscle”, he found that “the excessive has to do with the fact that cricket is not ing at it. Denmark Open and the his targets. “If you perform
weight gain leading to a loss of agility in the Olympics and so there is no com- It has been a long held belief that French Open, Kidambi Srik- consistently you will get
and flexibility, and tendonitis in my pulsion to agree to the conditions set by cricket in general, and Indian cricket in anth is of the opinion that there... it will be one of my
knees was detrimental to my cricket.” NADA. The recent attempt by the World particular does not harbour drug users. professional badminton has biggest goals though,” he
Yet with the rise of T20 cricket, the Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to apply In 2013, though, Delhi medium pacer become more open over the said.
old biases do not hold any more. Power pressure on the Sports Ministry might Pradeep Sangwan (Kolkata Knight years, and the days of dom- Srikanth was also awar-
hitting can be boosted and sustained — not make any impression on the BCCI, Riders) was banned for 18 months after ination by players from a ded ₹6 lakh by IDBI Federal
leading, ultimately, to greater financial therefore. testing positive for stanozolol during single country are over. Life Insurance, as part of
gains — in a format where delicacy, sub- WADA, in a letter to sports minister the IPL. “This is the most open era their ‘Quest for Excellence’
tlety and touch play are no longer as- Rajyavardhan Rathore, pointed out that In its 2016 report, WADA tested 153 in world badminton now. initiative in association with
pired to. To be effective is the goal, and if NADA loses accreditation as a result cricketers and found one positive res- But, again, the intensity and the Pullela Gopi Chand Bad-
anything that aids that objective is the of not being able to test cricketers, it ult. The player has not been named. the standards are always minton Academy.
temptation. could affect Indian sport’s fight against WADA’s pressure — the problem, high,” he said, after being fe- In the form of his life: As open as the competition on the pro H.S. Prannoy was presen-
doping, and affect other sports as there after all, is at the domestic level — may licitated at the Gopi Chand circuit is, K. Srikanth says the intensity is as high as ever. AFP * ted was ₹2 lakh for his semi-
Test out of competition would be no accredited agency to test or may not work. But to expect a Academy here on Tuesday. final appearance at the
Which is why the Board of Control for the athletes. cricket board which stonewalls the rul- “It is pretty clear that bad- was the case till recently,” he are not unbeatable any French Open, and doubles
Cricket in India and the National Anti- One of the unwritten rules of Indian ings of the Supreme Court to pay atten- minton is not dominated by said. “I don’t mean it is the more. All that counts is how players Satwik Sai Raj, Sikki
Doping Agency need to work out a for- sport is: if cricket comes on board, then tion to an outside agency might be any one player — like Lin end of the era of these well you perform on the Reddy and Pranaav Jerry
mula by which cricketers are tested out the others will follow. That the sports overly optimistic. Dan or Lee Chong Wei — as greats. But, certainly, they given day.” Chopra ₹1 lakh each.
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NBA: Sony Six (SD & HD) 5.30 Sehwag gate opens at Kotla Railways will hope to
continue momentum
and 8 a.m.
Zimbabwe v West Indies: 2nd
Test, Sony TEN 3, 1.30 p.m. Promise made in 2004 nally honoured
India v New Zealand: 1st
T20I, STAR Sports 1 (SD & Vijay Lokapally The CAC, comprising
HD), 7 p.m.
NEW DELHI Madan Lal, Valson, Saba Hyderabad needs to get acclimatised
UEFA Champions League: Virender Sehwag was in a Karim, G.S. Vivek and Amita
Sony ESPN, Sony TEN 1 (SD & celebratory mood on Tues- Sharma, came in for praise Uthra Ganesan low, the occasional ball skid- ster was called up for the
HD); Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, day. The Delhi and District for its commendable job. NEW DELHI ded on but it was largely T20s against New Zealand,
1.30 a.m. (Thursday). Cricket Association (DDCA), Sehwag fondly re- Two big wins away and an playable and had little to adding pressure to the rest
under the guidance of Ad- membered his early days at equally big defeat at home — trouble the batsmen or assist of the bowlers.
IN BRIEF ministrator Justice (Retd) the Kotla. “Bishan Singh Railways has had an eventful the bowler. Ojha, who had a none-
Vikramajit Sen, named Gate Bedi was my first Ranji coach season so far in the Ranji It was Ishant Sharma and too-cordial release from
No. 3 after the legendary and he used to motivate me Trophy. Delhi’s spin attack that Bengal at the beginning of
opening batsman, who has a lot to play for India. Then I Returning to base after helped it take the upper the season, would need to
two triple centuries in Tests. got a lot of batting tips from beating Assam by more than hand and Hyderabad would prove his seniority and
In a first at the Kotla, Jimmy pa (Mohinder Am- an innings in its previous be hoping it would be able to responsibility.
Justice Sen honoured the arnath). When we used to go outing, Railways would be do the same, led by the ex- The last time Railways
promise made to Sehwag by to Baroda and Goa, he would hoping to continue the mo- perience of left-armer played on this ground, it was
the DDCA top brass to name come and talk to us.” mentum when it faces Hy- Pragyan Ojha and assisted outplayed in every depart-
Farah splits with a gate after him when he Hero at the gate: Virender Sehwag says a new beginning has The naming of the gate derabad in the fourth round by Mehdi Hasan. ment by a much stronger op-
long-time coach Salazar scored 309 against Pakistan been made and hopes more cricketers will be honoured should inspire others, ob- starting Wednesday at the For the visitor, it has been ponent. The host would be
at Multan in 2004. thus. R.V. MOORTHY served Sehwag. Karnail Singh Stadium here. a tough start to the season.
hoping to avoid a repeat of
British long-distance running The proposal was put in “Any young cricketer will Its first two games — both at it.
star Mo Farah will no longer cold storage before the Sen- DDCA,” he said. the limelight was focused on get motivated reading the Nippier conditions home — were washed away
The squads: Hyderabad:
work with long-time coach appointed Cricket Advisory Surrounded by some him. name and knowing that Even though winter is yet to due to incessant rains and
Pragyan Ojha, Ravi Kiran,
Alberto Salazar but has Committee (CAC) took the former international crick- “It is a happy occasion Virender Sehwag played set in on north India, the the team went down fighting
Ashish Reddy, Akash Bhandari,
denied the split is related to decision to bestow the hon- eters hailing from Delhi, Se- that players who played with here as a kid and when he mornings and evenings have to table-topper Karnataka in Mehdi Hasan, Akshath Reddy,
doping allegations our on Sehwag on the eve of hwag revealed, “I had a wish me, taught me or I played left there is a gate named gotten nippier, the days end its last game away. Tanmay Agarwal, Ambati Ray-
surrounding the Oregon- the India-New Zealand T20 that whenever such a func- first time with in Ranji after him. The kid can feel if quickly and it would affect Coach J. Arunkumar, who udu, B. Sandeep, Sumanth
based guru, it was reported International. tion happens, we should call Trophy, are here. Those who I can also play for U-19, U-16, the teams’ plans. took charge earlier, would Kolla, Sudeep Tyagi, Chama
on Monday. The four-time “I was very happy when I all the cricketers who have couldn’t be here were not U-23 or Ranji Trophy for The farce played out by be hoping his players get Milind, Amol Shinde, K. Rohit
Olympic champion said he got to know that a good start represented Delhi and India, here (in Delhi).” Delhi and then represent In- Delhi and Assam in Round 1, used to the Delhi weather Rayudu, Saaketh and Mudassar.
was ending the association has been made in Delhi. A all the people I was connec- Prominent among those dia, then possibly a gate, when play continued more soon and get a full game un- Railways: Saurabh Wakaskar,
because of a move back to gate has been named after ted with.” present were Prakash stand or something will be than an hour after sched- der their belts. Shivakant Shukla, Nitin Bhille,
London. AFP me and I hope in the coming Accompanied by his sons Bhandari, first player from named after me,” he said. uled close, would not be Arindam Ghosh, Anureet Singh,
years, more cricketers will — Aryaveer and Vedant — Delhi to play a Test in 1955, India coach Ravi Shastri, possible now and both Bowlers have to deliver Mahesh Rawat, Ashish Yadav,
Priyanka emerges get to have a similar honour. and close friends Raju Madan Lal, Sunil Valson, assistant coach Sanjay teams would be aware of the He would also be hoping for Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi,
sole leader “I hope later we can have Sharma, Mahesh Bhati, Rajat Yashpal Sharma, Chetan Bangar, Ashish Nehra, fact. his bowlers to step up sand Avinash Yadav, Amit Mishra,
COIMBATORE dressing rooms, stands and Bhatia, Amit Bhandari, the Sharma, Sanjeev Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Ya- During the previous game deliver. Deepak Bansal, Manjeet
K. Priyanka (AICF) kept the other things named after former India opener took Gursharan Singh, Hari Gid- dav and Manish Pandey con- here, which Railways lost by The team would not have Chaudhary, Mrunal Devdhar,
momentum flowing nicely in cricketers. It’s a good thing care to keep an eye on his wani, Atul Wassan, Vijay gratulated Sehwag an innings and 105 runs the services of fast bowler Abhishek Kumar Yadav, Manish
her favour with a 65-move and a positive move from coach A.N. Sharma, even as Dahiya and Nikhil Chopra. personally. against Delhi, the pitch kept Mohd Siraj after the young- Rao and Vidhyadhar Kamat.
win over Tarini Goyal of
Chandigarh and moved into

Delhi looks a more condent side

sole lead in the girls’ section
after the penultimate round
of the Dr. N. Mahalingam
28th National under-17 open
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and girls’ chess championship MYSURU: Watchmyscript (S. John berating (Shobhan Babu) 2, Zala NING (R.N. Darshan) 1, Havelock
at the Kumaraguru College of Uttar Pradesh, with just one point from three matches, can only get better astride) won the Fair Wood Princess (Arshad Alam) 3, Shiva- Princess (R. Rayan Ahmed) 2,
Plate, the feature event of the lik Girl (M. Naveen) 4. Not run: Autocratic (Shamaz Shareef ) 3,
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NEW DELHI bad fetching it the solitary Khejruliya, Kunal Chandela
round): Open: V.S. Rathanvel B Delhi has done well to of Messrs Marthand Singh (w), 13, 25 and 21 (p). FP: 196. Q: (w), 16, 29 and 18 (p). FP: 932. Q:
Delhi will look to keep climb- point, Uttar Pradesh will and Vikas Mishra. Mahindra, Nitin Kumar Adiga, Ir- 254. SHP: 76. Tanala: 1403 and
7.5 drew with Erigasi Arjun reach the third spot among 66. SHP: 94. Tanala: 359 and 141.
(Tel) 8; Nitish Belurkar (Goa) ing the ladder in Group A, as need to play good cricket seven teams in the group fan Ghatala & G. Surendranath Favourite: Fotogenic. Owner: Mr. 440. Favourite: Autocratic.
against a quality team to re- Uttar Pradesh: Suresh Raina and trained by Irfan Ghatala. Ajith Vittal Shetty. Trainer: Owner: Mr. K. Dinesh Kumar.
7.5 drew with R. Raja Rithvik it takes on lowly-placed Uttar with a victory over Railways (capt), Ankit Rajpoot, Imtiyaz Prithviraj B. Trainer: G. Sandhu.
Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy vive its fortunes under the PENAMBUR PLATE (Div. II),
(Tel) 8; S. Deota Snehil (Kar) 7
lost to Mitrabha Guha (WB) cricket league at the Palam able leadership of Suresh B With just a point from the
abandoned match against
Ahmed, Umang Sharma,
Shivam Chaudhary, Upendra
1 (1,400m), rated 00 to 25:
GRANADA (Sai Kiran) 1, Angel 4 NUGU DAM PLATE (Div. I),
(1,200m), rated 20 to 45: UN- 7 FAIR WOOD PLATE (1,600m),
rated 60 & above: WATCHMY-
7.5; Manish Anto Cristiano 7 ground from Wednesday. Raina. One (S. Manohar) 2, Emancipa- BELIEVABLE (P.P. Dhebe) 1, SCRIPT (S. John) 1, Flamboyance
Hyderabad, UP has its task Yadav, Akashdeep Nath, Saur-
drew with Saurabh Anand After letting Assam off the The teams: tion (Irvan Singh) 3, Durer (M. Golden Cruise (Sai Kiran) 2, Sans (V.R. Jagadeesh) 2, Korol (Sai
cut out abh Kumar, Deependra Kiran) 3, Ravelnation (Arshad
(Bih) 7. hook, content with the first Rajesh Kumar) 4. 1-1/2, Sh. hd Frontieres (3, Lord IIsley (Arshad
Delhi: Ishant Sharma (capt.), DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Pandey, Rinku Singh, Dhruv and 4-1/4. 1m, 25.23s. ₹61 (w), 18, Alam) 4. Not run: Stella Mari. 6, Alam) 4. L. Nk, Sh. hd and 1-1/2.
innings lead, Delhi has done Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Pratap Singh, Almas Shaukat, 62 and 13 (p). FP: 4720. Q: 830. 1m, 35,57s. ₹15 (w), 12, 22 and 16
Third successive 1-1/4 and Ns. 1m, 11.65s. ₹18 (w),
(p). FP: 179. Q: 233. SHP: 69.
well to reach the third spot Chand, Rishabh Pant, Milind Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Himmat Zeeshan Ansari, Md. Saif and SHP: 280. Tanala: 3960 and 1358. 13, 51 and 16 (p). FP: 366. Q: 242.
win for India Favourite: Emancipation. Own- SHP: 156. Tanala: 444 and 158. Tanala: 867 and 247. Favourite:
among seven teams in the Kumar, Nitish Rana, Manan Singh, Navdeep Saini, Vikas To- Israr Azim Khan.
KAKAMIGAHARA (JAPAN) ers: Mr. M. Sridhar & Ms. R. Favourite: Unbelievable. Owner: Watchmyscript. Owners: Messrs
group with a victory over Craig-Jones. Trainer: Mahmood Marthand Singh Mahindra, Nitin
The Indian women’s hockey Manjri Horse Breed’s Farm Pvt.
Railways. Khan. Ltd. Trainer: Eshwer M. Kumar Adiga, Irfan Ghatala & G.
team recorded its third Surendranath. Trainer: Irfan
On what is expected to be
successive win in the Asia
Cup, beating Malaysia 2-0 in
a lively pitch, Ishant Sharma 2 NUGU DAM PLATE (Div. II),
(1,200m), rated 20 to 45: IRE- 5 W.T. CRAIG-JONES MEMORIAL
TROPHY (Div. II), (1,200m),
the final pool game here on
and company could tackle
the challenges from Uttar
LAND (P. Kiran Rai) 1, Amazing
(S. John) 1, Forest Queen (K.
rated 20 to 45: ALVAREZ ( J.H.
Sunil Samson) 1, Humming Bird 8 rated 40 to 65: SKYJET (Ar-
shad Alam) 1, Master of Universe
Tuesday. Vandana Katariya Raghu) 3, Precious Script (T.S. (R.N. Darshan) 2, Shivalik Crown
Pradesh with a lot more con- (T.S. Jodha) 2, Enthralling (P.P.
(54th minute) and Gurjit Kaur Jodha) 4. Not run: Elica and Ac- (A. Ramu) 3, Mischief Flyer (T.S.
Dhebe) 3, Greek Goddess (S.
viction than what they have celerating Star. L.Nk, 1-1/2 and Jodha) 4. S. Nk, 2-1/4 and 4. 1m,
(55) were the scorers as India Sh. hd. 1m, 12.69s. ₹83 (w), 19, 10 11.24s. 185 (w), 40, 13 and 14 (p).
Manohar) 4. 1/2, 1 and 2-3/4. 1m,
managed so far in the two 10.19s. ₹174 (w), 46, 16 and 16 (p).
made the quarterfinals. PTI and 140 (p). FP: 197. Q: 59. SHP: FP: 2052. Q: 740. SHP: 37.
matches. 43. Tanala: 11356 and 6083. Fa- Tanala: 6455 and 3381. Favour-
FP: 1004. Q: 206. SHP: 45.
Neeraj lands in Germany Tanala: 1823 and 705. Favourite:
vourite: Amazing. Owner: Mr. ite: Shivalik Crown. Owner: Mrs.
Master of Universe. Owner: Mr.
KOCHI Good pitch Babu Krishna Kishore. Trainer: Bharathi. N. Trainer: Mahmood
K.L. Gangadhar. Trainer: Rakesh.
“It is a good pitch. We will Vikram Appachu. Khan.
After keeping everyone Treble: (i): ₹1991 (c/o), (ii): ₹2772
(c/o), (iii): ₹15961 (one tkt.).
guessing for nearly a week,
under-20 World javelin throw
take things as they come.
Not giving much thought to 3 PENAMBUR PLATE (Div. I),
(1,400m), rated 00 to 25: FO-
TOGENIC (P.P. Dhebe) 1, Rever-
TROPHY (Div. I), (1,200m),
rated 20 to 45: BLACK LIGHT-
Jackpot: ₹354967 (c/o); Runner-
up: ₹3105 (49 tickets).
champion Neeraj Chopra has what is not in our control.
landed in Germany to train We will give our best and
under prominent coach look to win the game,” said
Werner Daniels there.
“They (Neeraj and his physio)
landed in the hotel just 20
the Delhi captain Ishant on
the eve of the match.
On the other hand, Uttar
Prajnesh runs into Youzhny
minutes ago. I picked them up Pradesh, with one point
from Frankfurt by car,” said from three matches, can
Sports Bureau seed Karunuday Singh in (5), 6-3.
Daniels on Tuesday night. only get better.
Shenzhen three sets. Doubles: Chandril Sood & Lak-
STAN RAYAN Arjun Kadhe battled for shit Sood bt Anirudh
Prajnesh Gunneswaran
nearly three hours to over- Chandrasekar & Vignesh 6-3,
Ghosal exits Forgettable outing warmed up for the tough
come Ken Onishi of Japan 6-7 6-3.
DOHA Eminently forgettable was second round against top
(3), 6-0, 7-6(3). $15,000 Futures, Kuala Lum-
Top Indian squash player the collapse at home against seed Mikhail Youzhny of Rus- pur: Suraj Prabodh bt Karu-
Saurav Ghosal lost to former Railways when the team sia with a 6-0, 6-4 victory The results: First round: nuday Singh 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Ar-
junior World champion Diego chased 93 for victory and over qualifier Miliaan Ni- $75,000 Challenger, Shen- jun Kadhe bt Ken Onishi (Jpn)
Elias of Peru 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 lost by 21 runs. esten of the Netherlands in zhen: Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt 6-7(3), 6-0, 7-6(3); Sidharth
in the second round of the Of course, it lost a close the $75,000 Challenger ten- Miliaan Niesten (Ned) 6-0, 6-4. Rawat bt Rio Noguchi (Jpn)
Qatar Classic, a PSA World match to Maharashtra which nis tournament on Tuesday. $15,000 Futures, Meshref, 6-4, 7-5.
Tour event here on Tuesday. enlivened the proceedings In the ITF men’s Futures Kuwait: Benjaminn Lock (Zim) Doubles: Yuichi Ito (Jpn) & Nut-
Ghosal has got the better of with a timely declaration of in Kuala Lumpur, national bt Anirudh Chandrasekar 6-3, thanon Kadchapanan (Tha) bt
Peruvian twice earlier, the last its second innings. championship runner-up 6-1; Abdulhamid Mubarak Christian Didier Chin (Mas) &
more than year ago. PTI With a game having been Suraj Prabodh beat eighth (Kuw) bt P.C. Vignesh 1-6, 7-6 Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-2, 7-5.


THE HINDU CROSSWORD 12151 (set by Incognito)

13 Novelist is thrice misquoted
4 Squash and some coffee in
foreign surroundings (7)
Be detached, be immortal
15 Revolutionary robs Chinese 5 Constantinople's brown, The key to salvation is through knowledge of the self, say the
soup (6) tailless animal is in the lead sastras in one voice. This knowledge being esoteric, a
(8) proper understanding continues to be difficult for the jiv-
17 State old urge (7) atma.
6 Put down Red Rum ... Bottoms Devahuti addresses this particular issue to Kapila, and
19 A Gallic building's icy cold (7) wishes to know how it is possible for the jivatma to reconcile
up! (6)
22 Amazing tenor hugs setter in the gap between what the mind and buddhi understand and
Asia (6) 7 Foot-rule's imperfection (4) the actual experiences of the jivatma arising from close asso-
ciation with the material world, pointed out Sri B. Sundarku-
24 Walk into a river? That's a 14 Her ex may be a bewitching mar in a discourse. Kapila agrees that for the jivatma, the
diplomatic initiative? (8) person (5) bonds of association are difficult to break and only contin-
ued effort and God’s grace can help one in this regard.
26 Massive decit in fuel (8) 16 Teacher's carriage (5) The truth is that the body, which is made up of Prakriti, is
the dwelling place for the atma, which is the Purusha Tatva.
28 Dislike hire charged around 18 Reserve ideas (3-5) This coexistence between the atma and the body gives rise
Spain (6)
to a close bond between them. Does not one hold a claim
20 Stroked and folded sarees over the seat one has reserved during a mere overnight rail-
30 Western author's colour of hair before keeping in empty
in old age, perhaps (4) way journey? Then how much more will be the empathy
cupboard (8) between the atma and the body who are never separated in
31 Lawyer's yelling at rst, a jivatma?
21 Idli — add a bit of cilantro and
"Flower!" (5) Solution to puzzle 12150 Solution to yesterday’s Sudoku In fact, it is believed that though the atma is always un-
lime chutney — nally mix it
changing, it experiences the good and bad, the soka and
■ ACROSS 32 Test former lover by morning all up. That's perfect! (7)
moha, the thirst and hunger, etc, felt by the body, mind and
8 Maa enforcer's headgear has a (4) prana for some time even after physical separation is
23 My peon is excited — he's a
ring (4) brought about by death. It is similar to boiled milk remain-
person after whom something
9 Disposes of, I hear, energy ■ DOWN ing hot for some time even after the vessel has been re-
is named (6)
sources (5) moved from fire. Kapila explains that the mind is in bondage
10 Bad-looking, inebriated guy 1 Prominent water body (4)
25 Railway and tram return for when it is attached to the sense objects and under the influ-
hugs lady (4) ence of Prakriti. But when it is unattached, the same mind
2 Woo a queen's attendant (8) suffering person (6)
11 Repaired furniture without becomes the means of attaining immortality.
using r? False (6) 3 Swallow one cubic centimetre 27 Go back on monster (4) Being aware of the dichotomy between the atma and the
12 Design tower and dismantle ethyl pentanoate at rst — body helps to cultivate indifference to the body and dissoci-
(4,4) before end of breakfast (6) 29 Cow is without water (4) ate the physical bonds gradually even when living.

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Heena’s golden start Narayanan and Lalith share the lead

Australians bag the silver and bronze medals Five decisive battles brighten up an action-packed fourth round
fest. Debashis sacrificed two the one who committed the
NATIONAL CHESS minor pieces and recovered last mistake.
one even as Lalith’s king Later, Karthikeyan ex-
marched to the fifth rank of ploited Deepan Chakkrav-
the board, that too, with the arthy’s poor bishop-move on
Five decisive battles truly rooks and queens still in
brightened up the fourth the 18th turn and squeezed
play! out a victory in 41 moves.
round of the Khadi India Na- However, Debashis, know-
tional chess championship Dhopade, looking better off
ing well that the game could from the opening phase
here on Tuesday. still be drawn, soon against Shyaam Nikhil, even-
Once the dust settled, S.L. blundered and let Lalith’s tually won in 57 moves.
Narayanan and M.R. Lalith king return to safety. Playing The results: Fourth round:
Babu led with three points. a piece-down, Debashis real- Debashis Das (1.5) lost to
Besides Narayanan and ised that he had missed an M.R. Lalith Babu (3) in 29
Lalith, who came out opportunity to recover the moves; Arghyadip Das (2) lost
stronger with black for their second minor piece and to S.L. Narayanan (3) in 68
second win, defending Finishing touches: S.L. Narayanan, left, plots his victory over soon resigned. moves; M. Karthikeyan (2.5) bt
champion M. Karthikeyan, Arghyadip Das on Tuesday. RAKESH RAO * For the second straight Deepan Chakkravarthy (1.5) in
R.R. Laxman and Swapnil day, debutant Sammed Shete 41 moves; Abhijit Kunte (2)
Dhopade won for the first and in the endgame, in- bashis Das to recall the re- failed to cash in on a chance drew with Aravindh Chitham-
time. volving rooks and pawns, commended continuation in that could have earned him baram (2.5) in 40 moves.
Narayanan declined a captured a central pawn. the line he preferred to play. his first victory in the cham- R.R. Laxman (2) bt Sammed
draw offer from Arghyadip This one-pawn surplus Their sharp battle in the Ru- pionship. But unlike the Shete (1.5) in 58 moves;
Das in an equal position fol- went on to decide the game binstein variation of Nimzo draw against Karthikeyan on Swapnil Dhopade (2) bt P. Shy-
On the podium: Heena Sidhu, centre, with silver medallist Elena Galiabovitch, left,
lowing the Ponziani Opening in 68 moves. Indian followed theoretical Monday, Sammed lost to aam Nikhil (1.5) in 57 moves; Hi-
and bronze winner Kristy Gillman.
and Scotch Gambit. He went Lalith gained from the in- lines for the better part of Laxman in an error-filled manshu Sharma (1) drew with S.
on to improve his position ability of his good friend De- their unusual 29-move slug- game where the loser was Nitin (2) in 25 moves.
penultimate shot. climbed to the bronze be-
C’WEALTH SHOOTING “I am happy that hind Alex Hoberg and Jack
whatever we have been try- Rossiter of Australia.
Sports Bureau
Heena Sidhu gave India a
ing in training is working
well in competition. With
Ronak devising effective
Though he missed a
medal and finished fourth, it
was a welcome return to a
Sherco TVS all set for Dakar 2018
golden start with a dominant ways, we are progressing good score in air rifle for the
performance in women’s air
Shreedutta Chidananda Dakar; so it is special,” the His navigational skills had
well towards Tokyo. seasoned Gagan, who shot a Bengaluru
pistol at the Commonwealth 39-year-old said here on vastly improved, Aravind
“The idea is to improve series of 103.7, 104.1, 105.8,
shooting championships Experienced Spanish rider Monday. “We’ve done well in felt. “I read the road-books a
with every competition. I am 104.9, 103.5, 104.2, which in-
here on Tuesday. Joan Pedrero will continue to Africa, and my recent per- lot better now,” he said. “I’m
looking forward to the 25- cidentally was a champion-
headline the Sherco TVS formance has given me the now familiar with the lex-
Heena defeated Elena metre event next,” said ship record.
Rally Factory team as it pre- confidence to aim for a icon. I understand where to
Galiabovitch of Australia by Heena, who had a series of In women’s skeet, na-
pares to conquer the 2018 top-10 finish.” slow down. Now that I’m
2.3 points to clinch the gold 95, 98, 97, 96 in qualifica- tional champion Rashmmi
Dakar Rally. He will be The 40th edition of the more confident with naviga-
after having topped the qual- tion. She is married to Rathore made the final with
joined, like last time, by K.P. Dakar Rally ( Jan 6-20, 2018) tion, I don’t have to con-
ification with an impressive Ronak Pandit, who doubles 65, but finished sixth.
Aravind and Frenchman Ad- will begin in Peru and pass stantly look at the road-
score of 386, nine more than up as her coach. The results: Men: 10m air rifle:
rien Metge. through Bolivia before end- book; that makes me faster.”
the Aussie. Host Australia bagged 1. Alex Hoberg (Aus) 247.6
The build-up has been en- ing in Argentina. “There are The RTR 450 that the
Heena did have a strong both the silver and bronze (619.7); 2. Jack Rossiter (Aus)
245.5 (613.2); 3. Deepak Kumar
couraging, with Pedrero and lots of sand dunes in Peru; team will ride was an im-
fight from Galiabovitch in medals ahead of the other Metge finishing one and two it’s going to be hard physic- proved machine, Pedrero
224.2 (620.3); 4. Gagan Narang Geared up: K.P. Aravind, left, Joan Pedrero and Adrien Metge
the final. The Ausssie re- two Indians — Harveen Srao in the PanAfrica Rally in Mo- ally,” said Metge, who man- felt. “The bikes are now
203.0 (626.2); 5. Ravi Kumar hope to do better this time around. SHREEDUTTA CHIDANANDA

duced the gap to 0.5 point and P. Shri Nivetha. rocco before the Barcelona aged 22nd place in the previ- more powerful, with better
182.2 (626.0).
before the last four shots, India looked good for an- rider claimed fifth place in ous edition, his second. “In of rocks. It will be gruelling.” ter prepared than last year, suspension and a new ex-
Women: 10m air pistol: 1.
but Heena pulled through other gold, but qualification Heena Sidhu 240.8 (386); 2. the Oilibya Rally earlier this Bolivia, the altitude will be For Aravind, this will be physically and mentally,” he haust. They’re more man-
nicely in the climax. toppers Gagan Narang Elena Galiabovitch (Aus) 238.2 month. hard on the body; the another learning experience. said. “I’ve spent a lot of time oeuvrable,” he said.
After shooting the 9s and (626.2) and Ravi Kumar (377); 3. Kristy Gillman (Aus) Pedrero, who has twice weather can change drastic- On his maiden appearance on the bike. I’ve done well in Aravind’s target, for now,
the odd 8 that eroded her (626.0) failed to reproduce a 213.7 (374); 4. Harveen Srao finished fifth at the Dakar, ally there, from extreme heat in Dakar this January, the 31- the Merzouga (21), Spanish is to finish the Dakar.
lead, Heena literally sealed similar fare in the final. 194.1 (368); 5. P. Shri Nivetha came 13th in the 2017 edi- to cold. It can rain a lot. In year-old from Udupi crashed Baja (13), PanAfrica (12) and “To me, finishing is
the show with a perfect 10.9 However, Deepak Kumar 174.5 (374). tion. “This will be my tenth Argentina there will be lots out in stage three. “I’m bet- Oilibya (15) rallies.” victory.”

A rare
home win Delhi High Court sets
for Burnley aside AIFF elections
Sports bureau oversee the day-to-day Meanwhile the AIFF, in a
new delhi affairs of the AIFF, conduct press release, maintained
Irish international Jeff
The Delhi High Court, on elections in five months that it conducted its
Hendrick’s second-half goal
Tuesday, set aside the and amend the elections under the
gave Burnley only its
election of Praful Patel as constitution. supervision of a retired
second home win of the
the All India Football Sports activist and High Court Judge, who
season on Monday, edging
Federation (AIFF) president lawyer Rahul Mehra had acted as the Returning
Newcastle United 1-0 in
while ordering fresh filed a writ in the Delhi HC Officer, and that the
their Premier League clash.
elections within five in 2012, contesting the election process was as per
The results: Premier League:
months. election process of the the FIFA (International
Burnley 1 (Hendrick 74) bt
Newcastle United 0. The Court has appointed AIFF and other sports Football Federation) and
La Liga: Espanyol 1 (Gerard an administrator, S. Y. federations on the grounds AFC (Asian Football
Moreno 55) bt Real Betis 0; Quraishi (former Chief that it did not adhere to the Confederation) statutes as
Las Palmas 1 (Remy 7) lost to Election Commissioner), to National Sports Code. well.
Deportivo la Coruna 3 (Borges
36, 54, Lucas Perez 69-pen).
Serie A: Verona 1 (Pazzini 59-
pen) lost to Inter Milan 2
(Borja Valero 36, Perisic 67).

Holder and
Dowrich to
the rescue
Agence France-Presse
An unbroken, record 144-
run stand for the eighth
wicket between Jason
Holder (71) and Shane
Dowrich (75) negated the
effects of Sikandar Raza’s
maiden five-wicket haul as
the West Indies came out
of day three with a vital
first-innings lead over Zim-
babwe in the second Test.
Dowrich ended the day
unbeaten on a career-best
75, while Holder contrib-
uted 71 not out to see the
West Indies to stumps on
374 for seven, leading by 48
The record partnership
took some of the shine off
Raza’s five for 82, the first
five-wicket haul by a Zimb-
abwean in Tests at the
ground since 2003.

Zimbabwe — 1st innings: 326.
West Indies — 1st innings: K.
Brathwaite c Masakadza b
Cremer 32, K. Powell c Ervine
b Mpofu 90, D. Bishoo c & b
Raza 23, K. Hope lbw b Raza 1,
S. Hope b Raza 40, R. Chase
lbw b Raza 32, J. Blackwood c
Cremer b Raza 5, S. Dowrich
(batting) 75, J. Holder (bat-
ting) 71; Extras (b-2, lb-2,
nb-1): 5; Total (for seven
wkts. in 150 overs): 374.
Fall of wickets: 1-76, 2-131, 3-
135, 4-163, 5-219, 6-225,
Zimbabwe bowling: Mpofu
21-7-46-1, Mire 5-2-5-0, Cre-
mer 43-7-134-1, Sikandar Raza
43-12-82-5, Chisoro 34-7-
94-0, Masakadza 4-1-9-0.
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years since Reformation
Catholic and Lutheran leaders unite
Agence France-Presse dred years... since the be-
WITTENBERG ginning of the Reformation
Germany on Tuesday celeb- until today,” the Vatican and
rated 500 years since theo- the Lutheran World Federa-
logian Martin Luther nailed tion said.
his “95 theses” to a church The deadliest of Europe’s
door, marking the start of religious conflicts was the
the Reformation that cre- Thirty Years’ War that
ated the Protestant church ended in 1648 and after
and transformed European which religion’s role in
society. European politics was re-
Catholic and Lutheran duced. There are many
leaders issued a joint state- theological differences
ment saying they begged between Protestants and
forgiveness for violence Roman Catholics, including
waged during the revolution whether or not the Bible is
that saw Protestants break the highest authority in mat-
away from the Roman Cath- ters of faith and whether the
olic church. Pope has full power over the Netix cancels House of Cards
“We begged forgiveness Church.
for our failures and for the Both parties committed The next season of Netflix’s its star Kevin Spacey, who
ways in which Christians to “overcome remaining dif- award-winning House of plays a ruthless President in
have wounded the Body of ferences between us” and Cards will be the last, as the the hit show. “Season six is
the Lord and offended each celebrate what they have in series reels over sexual mis- our last season,” a spokes-
other during the five hun- common. conduct allegations against woman said. AFP

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Capital motto: protest if you can? ‘Govt. quelling dissent’
Will explore legal options: CPI leader
Hard times, with Jantar Mantar a no-go and the north civic body opposing the Ramlila Maidan move
Special Correspondent ing. We will speak to other
Soumya Pillai New Delhi parties on the issue and ex-

Finally, we can live The government conveni- plore legal options too,” he
New Delhi
A day after they were evicted ently did not appeal against added.
Kapil Mishra summoned from Jantar Mantar following the National Green “They are suppressing
in defamation case
A Delhi court on Tuesday
an order by the National
Green Tribunal (NGT), many
protesters returned to the site
peacefully: residents Tribunal’s order banning
protests at Jantar Mantar,
because it suits them, CPI
dissent against it every-
where in the country. It is a
political drama being played
summoned sacked Minister as no alternative place for leader D. Raja said on by the NDA government,” he
Kapil Mishra in a defamation demonstrations has been Talk about extreme levels of intrusion Tuesday. added.
case led by Health Minister fixed yet. “It suits the government. From November 1, there
Satyendar Jain. The Though the name of Ram- Shinjini Ghosh manent structures. People They do not want people to are a series of protests
Metropolitan Magistrate lila Maidan is doing the NEW DELHI started gathering here in raise their voice against it. planned by the Left-leaning
directed him to appear before rounds as an alternate site, When Jaivir Singh, resident large numbers which only The government should unions. From November 1-5,
the court on January 20. the North Delhi Municipal of the Capital’s Jantar resulted in us living amidst have appealed against the Kisan Mahadharna has been
CITY A PAGE 3 Corporation has been trying Mantar area woke up on filth which was disgusting.” ruling,” he said. planned at Jantar Mantar. It
everything in its capacity to Tuesday, the silence that “After all we are living in “There is a need to evolve remains to be seen whether
prevent the NGT from ear- welcomed him was almost Lutyens’ Delhi and why a political consensus against the police will allow the
Teachers, JNU to resolve marking the areas as the offi- On the move: The NGT has banned protests at Jantar Mantar ‘uncomfortable’. It was the should we be subjected to the tribunal order banning protests. Opposition parties
GSCASH issue, says HC cial protest spot. citing environmental concerns. FILE PHOTO: V. SUDERSHAN *
first day after the NGT’s or- live in such conditions? Fi- protests at Jantar Mantar will hold protests on
NEW DELHI der of banning all protests at nally we can live peacefully and will also explore legal November 8, which marks
The Delhi High Court on ‘₹50,000 for booking’ financial mess. We can barely ectly as well, however, they the heritage site had come and in a healthy environ- options,” he said. “The the first anniversary of
Tuesday asked some JNU The civic body filed an appeal afford to pay the salaries of first have to get it approved into effect. ment” said Mr. Seth, whose space to dissent is shrink- demonetisation.
teachers, who have in the NGT on Tuesday re- our employees right now. by them.” “It actually felt very dif- family has been living at
challenged the university’s questing permission to sub- Last year, we earned ₹27 lakh The final approval again ferent today, almost like Jantar Mantar since 1955.
decision to disband Gender
Sensitisation Against Sexual
Harassment (GSCASH)
mit a report on how protests
at the Ramlila Maidan will
result in revenue losses worth
from renting out Ramlila
Maidan,” the official said.
To rent out the 12-acre
comes back to the civic
something was missing.
Even though the lack of
noise felt ‘uncomfortable’ in
Traffic and safety
Apart from pollution issues,
Cong. objects to eviction
committee, to meet the lakhs. “There is no clarity on ground, an application needs Hospitals nearby a way, finally something Mr. Singh said that gather- Special Correspondent National Green Tribunal,
administration and try to how the permissions for to be filed with the North Cor- The ground is also booked good has happened to us” ings of a large number of New Delhi the country knows the real
resolve the issue. PTI protests will be granted. At poration. After checking for every year for a few religious said Mr. Singh, one of the people on a regular basis A day after the Delhi Police reason for the alacrity with
present, we charge ₹50,000 availability, the civic agency events such as the Ramlila petitioners who had ap- blocked traffic. Safety of the evicted protester from which the iconic protest site
for booking the ground and sends a No Objection Certific- week and Id melas. pealed to the green court. residents was also Jantar Mantar, the Congress was cleaned up,” Congress
'Do HIV patients get
only one party can book the ate (NOC) to the Delhi Police. The ground is given out compromised. has come out strongly spokesperson Tom
insurance cover?' venue at a time, unlike in The police said they have for free for these annual Encroachments “My grandmother is 91 against the move and called Vadakkan said in a
Jantar Mantar where several received seven requests since events, and taking this away Speaking about the extreme years old and every time we it a “surgical strike” against statement.
The Delhi High Court has
asked several public sector
protesters have marked their the NGT order issued on Oc- for protests might lead to levels of intrusion that the needed to take her to the Armed Forces veterans who “In a democracy, nothing
insurance rms whether any spots,” a senior North Cor- tober 5. communal tension, the civic neighbourhood saw over hospital, we faced problems were protesting for One can override the people’s
insurance policy was being poration official said. Deputy Commissioner of body added. the last few years, Varun in navigating through the Rank One Pension. freedom to freely express
oered to people aicted The official added that in Police (Central) Mandeep The health department of- Seth, another petitioner traffic,” he said. “Also there “Jantar Mantar was si- their opinion. Jantar
with HIV-AIDS. The court’s the worst case scenario, if the Randhawa said: “The protest- ficials of the civic body said, “Earlier one would see was this one time, when lenced on Monday through Mantar, with its strategic
query came during the court orders the civic agency ers have to first get approval raised concerns over hospit- protests here on an on and hundreds of people had brute force by a government location in the heart of the
hearing of a petition seeking to rent out the ground to pro- from the North Corporation als being too close to the off basis. However, over the gathered, to the extent that whose defining feature is in- Capital and adjacent to Par-
inclusion of HIV+ and AIDS testers, they will charge the after which the civic body Ramlila Maidan, and said last 10 years, these tempor- they climbed our roofs, just tolerance to any form of dis- liament, the greatest temple
aicted people in life and same fee. sends the application to us that incessant blaring of ary structures and en- to get a glimpse of a politi- sent. Though the govern- of democracy, accorded a
health insurance policies with “If we are told to rent it out for approval. The protesters loudspeakers and sloganeer- croachments cropped up cian who had come,” he ment enforced its will under significance and power to
all consequential benets. PTI for free then we will be in a can approach the police dir- ing might disturb patients. which ended up being per- added. the garb of an order by the people’s voices,” he added.

Hookah bars draw HC stays Kathputli Colony demolition for 10 days D. Raja calls
Health Minister’s ire Relief for persons eligible to relocate; those ineligible get time to appeal against the DDA drive drive
‘Authorities should cancel licences’ Press Trust of India take their belongings before atrocious
New Delhi their houses were razed.
Staff Reporter The Delhi Development Au- They claimed they had to Special Correspondent
thority (DDA)’s demolition spend the night on the road New Delhi
The Delhi Police and muni- drive at west Delhi’s Kath- and their family members “What happened in Kath-
cipal corporations should putli Colony was on Tuesday were scared for their safety. putli Colony is atrocious.
cancel the licences of res- stayed for 10 days by the The court told the author- Poor artisans from all over
taurants and bars that serve Delhi High Court so that per- ities that while relocation the country lived in a com-
hookahs, as use of hookahs sons eligible for relocation may have to be done, “it posite colony here. The
even in smoking areas is can move out voluntarily needs to be dignified”. DDA unleashed a gang of
banned, Delhi Health Minis- and those ineligible get time To the residents of the goondas to attack political
ter Satyendar Jain said on A notication of the Union to appeal against the action. colony, the court asked why activists protesting against
Tuesday. Health Ministry on May 23 do people come to the heart eviction,” CPI leader D.
While smoking in public prohibited hookahs in ‘Strict status quo’ of Delhi and seek in-situ de- Raja said.
areas or non-smoking areas smoking zones too. A Bench of Acting Chief velopment, and why Mr. Raja’s wife Annie
is banned under the Cigar- Justice Gita Mittal and Justice couldn’t they settle in the Raja, who was leading the
ettes and Other Tobacco ters had been written to the C. Hari Shankar directed the outskirts. protesters, was allegedly
Products Act, Mr. Jain said a Delhi Police and the muni- police to maintain “strict It is the first slum in the punched in the stomach
notification of the Union cipal corporations to take status quo” in the colony city to be taken up by the and kicked. She is still in
Health and Family Welfare action, but the use of to- and told the local residents DDA for in-situ redevelop- hospital.
Ministry on May 23 prohib- bacco in hookahs was con- not to carry out any perman- ment with the help of a Mr. Raja said when M.
ited hookahs in smoking tinuing in the city. ent construction. private developer, who in Venkaiah Naidu was the
zones too. Mr. Jain said that while Spread over an area of turn will get a substantial Minister of Urban Affairs
earlier hookahs were around 14 acres, the colony part of land for commercial he had assured that ad-
Traces of nicotine smoked by elders in villages, is home to a large number of use as part of the project. equate time will be given to
Herbal hookahs that lack to- the use of the water-pipe puppeteers, magicians, sing- Reduced to a rubble: Day Two of demolition at Kathputli Colony in west Delhi on Tuesday. slum dwellers to move out.
Raps authorities
bacco are allowed, however.
But, according to Mr. Jain,
has now spread to younger
people. According to a 2005
ers and musicians. *
SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR The court said the authorit-
“I led a delegation to
new Urban Affairs Minister
the State Tobacco Control World Health Organization Notice issued can prove their eligibility for the Police and the Ministry tion and the manner in ies first allow people to en- Hardeep S. Puri too. He too
Cell conducted raids and report, a typical one-hour The Bench said persons in- relocation and of Housing and Urban which it was carried out. croach and then do not give had promised to look into
found samples of the so- session of smoking a hookah eligible for relocation as per rehabilitation. Poverty Alleviation, and In a press conference, res- them sufficient time to ap- the matter. In fact, after the
called herbal hookahs being is the same as inhaling 100 the DDA and whose houses The court also issued no- sought their responses on a idents on Tuesday alleged peal against the demolition bulldozers arrived, I
served across Delhi contain- to 200 times the volume of were demolished in the tice to the AAP government, PIL moved by some resid- that they were beaten by the action, especially when an phoned him and he as-
ing nicotine. smoke inhaled with one drive should not be removed the Delhi Urban Shelter Im- ents of the colony and an police during the demolition appellate authority is sured me again. What
He added that several let- cigarette. from the area so that they provement Board, the DDA, NGO challenging the demoli- drive and not allowed to provided for under the law. about his word?” he said.

JNU tops JNUTA writes to V-C Kejriwal can’t use court NGT hears Doctors call o strike
NAAC plea by Art
ranking Questions show-cause notices to students for shing enquiry: HC of Living after talks with govt.
of all principles of natural Staff Reporter
> the
Staff Reporter We are happy with
Staff Reporter New Delhi justice and due process in Rejects his plea in defamation suit case Staff Reporter NEW DELHI
response of the
NEW DELHI The Jawaharlal Nehru the proceedings thus far”. NEW DELHI Resident doctors here have
government and
Jawaharlal Nehru Univer- Teachers’ Association “The shoddily written re- Press Trust of India The National Green called off their proposed
sity on Tuesday an- ( JNUTA) has written to the port does not discuss the New Delhi Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday November 1 strike following hence, calling o
nounced that it has been university’s Vice-Chancellor evidence against each stu- Stating that Chief Minister heard a petition by some ‘a positive’ meeting with the strike
ranked “A++” in the Na- M. Jagadesh Kumar stating dent for the offence listed in Arvind Kejriwal cannot be members of the Art of Liv- State government officials Doctors’ association
tional Assessment and Ac- that show cause notices is- the show cause notice, both allowed to use the judiciary ing, who contended that on Tuesday, a representative
creditation Council (NAAC) sued to 15 students over al- in terms of witnesses and for a “roving and fishing en- events like the World Cul- of the union said. taken. “In the month of
review held between Octo- legations of indiscipline on videographic/CCTV mater- quiry”, the Delhi High Court ture Fest (WCF) cannot be “A meeting was held December, OPD timings will
ber 9 and 11. Rector II, S.C. February 27 and 28 this year ial. It also suppresses the on Tuesday dismissed his stopped under the “Right today [on Tuesday] at the be reviewed. The OPD will
Garkoti said that the rank- for protesting against seat fact of a public notice issued plea to summon the minutes to Live With Dignity” as Delhi Secretariat. The at- start functioning at 9 a.m.
ing reflects the “sheer hard cut in research programmes by the JNU administration of meetings of cricket body guaranteed by Article 21 of tendees of the meeting in- Special clinic registration
work and untiring effort by were based on an “inquiry inviting students to come Delhi and District Cricket As- the Constitution. cluded senior health offi- will be from 1 to 2 p.m., and
all members of the varsity riddled with illegalities” and meet the V-C on February sociation (DDCA) between Arvind Kejriwal The counsel appearing cials and representatives of those coming at 8 a.m. can
and that the NAAC team was a “perversion of due 27,” read the letter. 1999-2014 in a defamation for the petitioners said reli- the doctors. We raised the leave the hospital by 3
appreciated JNU’s aca- process”. The association added suit filed by Union Minister pleaded in his application. gious events like the issue of the additional OPD p.m.,” added the statement
demic standard and re- The students were issued that it had hoped that “after Arun Jaitley. “In view of the foregoing Kumbh Mela, Chhath Puja, timing,” said a release issued issued by the doctors.
search environment.” show cause notices by the stiff reprimand from a re- Joint Registrar Pankaj discussions, it can be held and so on were all held on by the doctors’ association. The official timing is 8
JNU said, “India’s higher university’s Chief Proctor. cent High Court judgment Gupta said it was not Mr. that it is nowhere the de- riverbeds and one can not A statement issued by the a.m. to 3 p.m. Another re-
educational institutions on the high-level enquiry Kejriwal’s defence that he fence of the defendant 1 [Mr. stop people from engaging doctors said the government view meeting will be held in
have the capability to ‘Shoddily written report’ committee cases, reform made the alleged defamat- Kejriwal] that he made the in such rituals. has agreed to reduce regis- last week of November. “We
make our nation a place The JNUTA said it had ex- would be inevitable” and ory statements based on the statements on the basis of The panel was hearing tration time by an hour. It are happy with the positive
for all those who aspire to amined some documents demanded an immediate records he wanted to sum- the subject record. There- concluding remarks from has agreed for a lunch break response of the government
study in a competitive, shown by the students, and correction be made in the mon and hence cannot be fore, the defendant 1 cannot the counsel and the matter of 45 minutes, any time after and hence, calling off the
conducive, productive aca- said that it was “once again procedure of dealing with allowed to lead evidence be allowed to lead evidence has been listed for later this 12.30 p.m. Another break of strike,” the association
demic milieu”. distressed by the violation cases of indiscipline. beyond what he had beyond pleading.” week. 10 to 15 minutes may also be noted.

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Afghan national held for BTech student commits suicide
Body found on Tuesday morning; suicide note recovered
supplying heroin in NCR Staff Reporter
The body of a 22-year-old
“We found the suicide
note in the room where his
body was found. The note
According to Vijendra’s
friends, he did not show any
signs of depression but they
BTech student, who al- does not blame anyone for got worried as his phone
* PTI 1.1 kg of drug worth ₹2 crore recovered from rented Lajpat Nagar home legedly committed suicide his death. He addresses his was not reachable since
Students evacuated on Sunday, was found at his parents saying he could not Sunday evening.
safely from burning bus Staff Reporter killed 10 years ago during drugs and utilised to find a rented accommodation in become the good boy they “A friend went to his flat
NEW DELHI New Delhi the fight against Taliban,” rented accommodation. Greater Noida’s Beta 2 on wanted him to be,” said a on Tuesday morning to
Over 30 students of a Naraina A 40-year-old Afghan na- Mr. Kushwah said. “He had a passport but Tuesday morning. senior officer. check on him but failed to
school were evacuated safely tional, accused of supplying got another one made using The police have re- get any response. He in-
by the locals when their bus drugs in the National Capital $800 per trip to India a different address. There- covered a suicide note. Phone not reachable formed the locals and the
caught fire on Tuesday Region (NCR), has been ar- Mr. Hanif, who was a govern- after, he started visiting In- Vijendra Momjajam, a Kasna police station SHO police, who broke open the
morning. No injuries were rested and 1.1 kg of heroin ment employee, allegedly dia frequently. He carried second-year civil engineer- Jitender Kumar added, door and found Vijendra
reported, the police said. A worth ₹2 crore recovered started peddling drugs in over five dozen heroin-filled ing student at the Institute “Vijendra shared the flat hanging inside,” Mr. Kumar
fire official said three fire from his possession, the po- March. The police said he pellets of about 600 gm dur- for Integrated Learning in with two friends, both of said, adding that the body
tenders were rushed to the lice said on Tuesday. visited Jalalabad in Afgh- ing each trip,” the officer Management (IILM) in whom had gone home for has been sent for post-
spot after they received a Qari Mohd Hanif alias Sa- anistan in March for a few claimed, adding that the ac- Greater Noida, was a resid- Diwali. He had returned a mortem.
distress call at 10.10 a.m. madi, a resident of Kabul, days and came in contact cused has brought into the ent of Imphal. His family few days back and was While it appears to be a
STAFF REPORTER was arrested from Mehrauli with a man called Jabatur. country about 3 kg of heroin has been informed about alone for the past three case of suicide, the police
on October 27 following a Mr. Hanif was offered $800 worth about ₹6 crore in the his death. days.” are probing all angles.
Two arrested, 13 tip-off. He had rented an ac- per trip to India to ferry the international market.
autos recovered commodation in Lajpat Qari Mohd Hanif drugs. Mr. Kushwah said Mr.
Two men have been arrested
“We received information that he had visited India five
“Jabatur arranged a meet-
ing with the main dealer, a
Hanif supplied heroin to for-
eign nationals, including Woman Notice to Delhi Police over
that Mr. Hanif was supplying times since May 2017 and person called Mahpir, who Africans, who transported it
for allegedly stealing TSR
autos and two-wheelers, the heroin in NCR and put him carried heroin-filled pellets shared details of buyers in to Europe and America via robbed by inaction in Nirbhaya case
under surveillance. We re- for delivery. His rented ac- India. Mr. Hanif disclosed India.
police said on Tuesday.
Jamshed Alam alias Monu ceived a tip-off regarding his commodation in Lajpat that the duo has a vast net- According to data re- auto driver
and Irshad allegedly rented arrival near Madhi Masjid on
October 27. He was appre-
Nagar was raided and the
police recovered 575 gm of
work of smugglers across
Asia, Europe, and America,”
leased by the Special Cell,
they have arrested 43 drug
Her mother complained before DCW
out the stolen autos. The Staff Reporter
police have recovered 13 hended with 525 gm of heroin. Mr. Kushwah said. peddlers, including six for- New Delhi Staff Reporter The DCW responded to
auto-rickshaws and a scooty. heroin,” said Deputy Com- The accused allegedly told After the meeting, the ac- eign nationals, and re- A resident of Khichdipur NEW DELHI Nirbhaya’s mother’s plea by
STAFF REPORTER missioner of Police (Special the police that he is a law cused was allegedly trained covered over 100 kg of was allegedly robbed by an The Delhi Commission for sending notices to the au-
Cell) P.S. Kushwah. graduate and has six chil- on how to ingest heroin- drugs, including heroin, auto-rickshaw driver and Women (DCW) on Tuesday thorities concerned,” said
Mr. Hanif allegedly re- dren. “His father was in the filled pellets. Mr. Hanif’s first opium, hashish, MDMA and his associate in New Ashok said it had sent notices to the Commission.
Workshops for govt
vealed during interrogation Afghanistan army and was trip to Delhi was without ketamine, this year so far. Nagar on Monday after the Tihar jail administration In a letter dated October
school principals end
they offered her sedative- and the Deputy Commis- 25, the DCW asked the au-
laced drink. While auto sioner of Police (south) for thorities whether any order
Week-long workshops for
Delhi government school
principals to help them Students protest against Nigerian man held for driver Pankaj has been ar-
rested, his associate is on
the run.
not carrying out the death
penalty awarded to
Nirbhaya’s rapists by the Su-
had been issued authorising
execution of the order. The
letter stated further, “If an
develop long-term vision for
their schools ended on
Tuesday with Deputy CM
postponement of play nursing home scue The police received a
call on Monday night in-
preme Court. They have
been asked to respond by
order has been passed,
please provide reasons for
forming them that one November 6. non-compliance till date.”
Manish Sisodia giving the
Staff Reporter ever, said they do not want Staff Reporter nursing home was vandal- Babli, who had been The DCW said it had ac- DCW chairperson Swati
closing address. STAFF REPORTER New Delhi to make the issues public. New Delhi ised. Mr. Leonard allegedly pushed out of an auto-rick- ted upon a complaint by Maliwal said, “...It is a
Students of the National A students’ union mem- A Nigerian national has told the police that he came shaw, was taken to a hos- Nirbhaya’s mother. “Even shame that even Nirbhaya is
SDMC mulls free School of Drama (NSD) ber said: “We are a very been arrested for alleged in- to India in 2015 and is an ex- pital. “The police reached after five months of the SC yet to receive justice in our
parking near hospitals staged a protest on Tuesday close community here and volvement in a scuffle port agent. the hospital and recorded verdict, which upheld the country. Her mother and
NEW DELHI over postponement of a pro- would like to solve our prob- between a group of African “He claims to export her statement. She claimed death sentence for the four the entire nation wants
The SDMC’s Leader of the duction, scheduled for Oc- lems through dialogue in- men and another man at a clothes to African countries the duo offered her a cold accused, nothing has been justice. The convicts must
House has floated a proposal tober 30, 31 and November stead of making our in- private nursing home in but does not have docu- drink, after which she fell done to carry out the same. be hanged at the earliest.”
to reinstate the body’s 1, due to “unavoidable cir- house issues public. We south Delhi. ments to prove his claim,” unconscious,” said the
decision to do away with cumstances”. have seen how matters at Additional Deputy Com- said Mr. Biswal. police.
charges for parking in other institutions are not re- missioner of Police Chin- Mr. Leonard alleged that Babli claimed they
designated lots outside In-house issues solved because issues are moy Biswal said Bello Le- there is a dispute over robbed her belongings and
hospitals. “We will take The students have asked the made public.” The students onard (38) was arrested on money and territory among threw her out of the auto.
action against those running administration to discuss however threatened to hit Tuesday evening. some Nigerians living in The police said the
their illegal business in the the postponement and the functioning of NSD if the Mr. Biswal said he will be Dwarka and south-west bottle which had the sedat-
SDMC’s name,” said Shikha other campus-related is- administration does not questioned on what led to Delhi. The police are yet to ive-laced drink has been
Rai. STAFF REPORTER sues. The students, how- hold discussions with them. the fight, during which the verify his claim. recovered.
Kapil Mishra summoned NGT seeks
In defamation case by Satyendar Jain
report on
Nirnimesh Kumar Mr. Mishra used his official
New Delhi Twitter handle to defame landll sites
A court here on Tuesday him, and levelled these
summoned sacked Minister charges before the media to Staff Reporter
Kapil Mishra in a defamation defame him instead of ap- NEW DELHI
case filed by Health Minister proaching a probe agency. The National Green
Satyendar Jain. Metropolitan Mr. Jain said these state- Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday
Magistrate Shefali Barnala ments were telecast and asked the Delhi Develop-
Tandon directed Mr. Mishra printed by the national me- ment Authority (DDA) and
to appear before the court dia. “Such statements, the municipal corporations
on January 20. without any basis, have been to provide a detailed report
put in the public domain to on all available sites which
‘False statement’ damage the reputation of can be used as a landfill
Mr. Jain has alleged that Mr. the complainant. It has be- site.
Mishra made a false and de- come a habit with the ac-
famatory statement before cused to make and circulate Waste-to-energy plants
the media on May 7, claim- such falsehoods,” he said. A The green panel also asked
ing that he had handed over defamation case filed by Mr. the authorities to give a de-
₹2 crore to CM Arvind Kejri- Jain against BJP MLA tailed report on the steps
wal on May 5 at his Manjinder Singh Sirsa is taken by the authorities to
residence. pending for summons order ensure the setting up of
His complaint added that before the court. waste-to-energy plants.

Bail for AAP MLA Som Dutt

Accused of submitting false adavits
Nirnimesh Kumar Abhilash Malhotra granted
New Delhi bail to the MLA on furnish-
A court here on Tuesday ing a personal bond of
granted bail to AAP MLA ₹10,000 with one surety of a
Som Dutt in a case filed by like amount. Earlier, the
BJP leader Praveen Jain. MLA appeared before the
Mr. Jain has alleged that court on a summons issued
Mr. Dutt submitted false affi- by the court.
davits to the Election Com-
mission while filing his nom- RTI information
inations for the 2013 and Information obtained under
2015 Delhi Assembly elec- the RTI Act from the Delhi
tions. Vidhan Sabha revealed that
The BJP leader also al- Mr. Dutt had obtained a
leged that Mr. Dutt had medical facility card under
falsely stated that his par- the Delhi Government Em-
ents were not dependent on ployees Health Scheme and
him. declared his parents as de-
Metropolitan Magistrate pendents, Mr. Jain said.

Talk: 23rd Justice Sunanda Bhandare Ashok Vajpeyi. Chair: Shashi Tharoor
Memorial Lecture on “Patriotism at IIC, 6:30 p.m.
versus Jingoism”. Chief Guest: Hon-
’ble Justice Madan B. Lokur, Judge, Talk: Shanta Sarbjeet Singh Me-
Supreme Court of India. Hon’ble morial Art Appreciation Lecture
Justice Gita Mittal, Acting Chief Series. “Art--Media or Message”.
Justice Delhi High Court will preside Speakers: Lalit Mansingh, Muzaffar
over the function at IIC, 6:30 p.m. Ali, Rukmini Chatterji and Shobha
Koser. Curator: Suresh Goel, at IHC, 7
Talk: Panel discussion on the theme p.m.
of “19th Congress of the CPC: Out-
comes and Implications for India”. Exhibition: “Timeless Mountains” -
Panelists: Ambassador Shyam Saran, solo show of paintings by Sujata Kar
Former Foreign Secretary and Prime Saha at Triveni Kala Sangam, 11 a.m.
Minister’s Special Envoy; Ambas- – 8 p.m.
sador Vijay K Nambiar, Former Indian Exhibition: “Vessels - An embodi-
Ambassador to China; Lt Gen SL ment of me” - A ceramic show by
Narasimhan, Member, National Se- Monica Agnihotri at AIFACS, 11 a.m.
curity Advisory Board. Chair & Mod- – 7 p.m.
erator: Ambassador Ashok K Kantha,
Director, ICS, at IIC, 3 p.m. Movie: “Il Giovane Favoloso” Italian
Talk: “Three Hundred Verses” - A lm screening with English subtitles
discussion on Bhartrihari’s collection at Italian Embassy Cultural Institute,
of poems, translated from the Chanakyapuri, 7 p.m.
Sanskrit by A.N.D. Haksar. Dis- (Mail your listings for this column at
cussants: Dr. Bibek Debroy and
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Mentoring as a strategic move

Millennials enjoy being a part of companies where managers take an active interest in their career growth
Suresh Bose poration, over 71 per cent of orship programme, a com- ive study. These employees programme. The app allows and performance shifts have
Fortune 500 companies offer pany can now choose from began to be mentored by the participants to schedule their taken place in the organisa-
lot of people have mentoring programmes. several options. However, one company’s top leadership. connections, get latest busi- tion.

“A gone further than they

thought they could be-
cause someone else thought
Across industries, there is
an increasing demand for re-
skilling. However, re-skilling is
that has consistently proved to
be effective is partnering with
a human resources consulting
Shortly after the programme
kicked off, it was extended to
all the 12,000 employees.
ness updates from around the
globe and provides them with
access to articles and videos
Significant gains
The initiative has led to tan-
they could.” — Zig Zaglar often equated with training in firm. Through this method, They were linked to around that focus on effective leader- gible and intangible gains for
When it comes to promot- new methodologies alone, employees are likely to get a 800 mentors. ship skill-building. all stakeholders. Over the last
ing employee engagement, and mentoring is seldom larger picture of the organisa- The programme provided Through the app, employ- one year, business perform-
there are few things as effect- factored in. However, accord- tion’s priorities and plans. managers with the opportun- ees can participate in quizzes ance has improved in different
ive as a mentoring pro- ing to the Association of Tal- In July 2016, we came up ity of becoming mentors. and learning challenges. The units, in terms of cost reduc-
gramme. An offer of mentor- ent Development (ASTD), a with V-Connect, a mentoring While employees felt cared for app enables recording of con- tion, increased production
ing support demonstrates for combination of training and programme for all our em- as they had been provided versations and offers an easy and quality improvement.
employees the fact that the mentoring yields the best res- ployees, across our busi- with a dedicated senior guide, feedback mechanism. So far, Employees have utilised these
management is interested in ults. Here’s an ASTD finding: nesses. mentors felt responsible for we have had around 3,000 connects to make a difference
their progress within the com- “Productivity increased to 88 Executed in partnership building the future of the com- conversations between ment- in the community by under-
pany. Mentoring is one of the per cent when mentoring was with Aon Hewitt, V-Connect pany. ors and mentees and the feed- taking corporate social re-
major expectations of millen- involved, whereas there was initially focussed on 1,000 back has been overwhelm- sponsibility (CSR) initiatives.
nials. High-flying companies only 24 per cent increase with high-performing employees in The process ingly positive. (Suresh Bose is Head —
are aware of this. training alone.” the organisation, who were A specialised app — Aon Lead As a result of these interac- Group Human Resource at Ved- What coaching is to sportspersons, mentoring is to corporate
According to Chronus Cor- While chalking out a ment- identified after a comprehens- — is used for this mentoring tions, significant behavioural anta Limited.) employees. PICTURE USED FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY

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Making the right choice

Paris-based artist Maya Burman on the intricate world she paints and the simplicity that denes her life
Shilpa R Maya doesn’t want to wear
Maya Burman’s paintings are the garb of pretence or intel-
just like her: vivacious, lectualism. She is not in the
cheerful and radiant. The art world to make any state-
Paris-based artist creates an ment. She is here to create a
intricate, dreamlike world on world she believes in. “Many
the canvas where her sub- people tell me that why I
Here comes the policeman jects are always celebrating don’t create something that
Arjun Kapoor, who sports a buzz life. Every activity that we is a commentary on our so-
cut typical of police recruits and dismiss as mundane inhabits cial environment. But I think
embodies the heartland her world because her preoc- that every artist has his own
policeman in the first look of his cupation lies in finding the ti- insignia or handwriting.
character from Sandeep Aur Pinky niest source of surprise to Many Jewish painters depict
Faraar, says change has been the keep the spirit of life kicking. the atrocities of life because
only constant in his journey of 10 Drawing from this sense of they have survived the Holo-
films in Bollywood. In Dibakar revelry is her upcoming solo caust. They are drawing from
Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky show aptly titled, Joie De their life experience. But I
Faraar, he plays a 30-year-old Vivre: Celebrating Life, wonder how I could paint
police constable from Haryana. which is presented by Gal- something that I haven’t ex-
Arjun has spent extensive lerie Ganesha. perienced. You really can’t
amounts of time preparing for this When we meet on a recent fake it for too long just to
role under Banerjee’s supervision. evening at Machan, Taj Ma- grab headlines and be popu-
He interacted with police recruits hal Hotel’s iconic restaurant, lar. What is fashionable today
across all ranks in both the Delhi I first notice her porcelain becomes unfashionable
Police and Haryana police skin and graceful disposition. tomorrow.”
andvisited a training academy to It is impossible to believe Her works are often been
witness all that goes into the that she is a mother of two – described as a marriage
making of a heartland police a 22-year-old boy and an 11- between French art nouveau
officer, read a statement from year-old girl. We settle down tradition and Indian mini-
Yash Raj Films. Set to release on at a table in the fine dining ature art, but Maya says that
August 3, 2018, it features restaurant, which incident- her love for painstakingly in-
Parineeti Chopra. IANS ally is celebrating its 40 years tricate details comes from
of legacy. the observations she has had
It is strange how living while visiting Indian’s cul-
most of her life in Paris, the Celebrating life: Maya Burman at Machan restaurant in New Delhi’s Taj Mahal hotel *
SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA tural and historical monu-
46-year-old has carved a ments and also from
niche for herself in the com- She was a difficult daugh- my friends,” she says. don’t have to cook. Because and stitches their narratives make a choice. My parents European art. “It is difficult
petitive Indian art segment. ter, she admits quite can- Her friends had regular when I am in Paris I have to together. As the food arrives, were there to guide me and I to specify their origin, but
With over two decades of didly. Looking at her unas- houses and living rooms but cook meals twice a day for she enjoys the remarkable took a leap of faith. I first they represent the world I
practice behind her, this suming demeanour, it is in her house, there were only my family. My husband and plating of food. Coming back started drawing illustrations see and cherish.”
daughter of prominent almost difficult to believe this studios. “My parents would daughter come home for to our conversation, she says and gradually moved to Looking at the monu-
artists Sakti Burman and confession. Her childlike in- never go out for work, they lunch every day and dinner it was her rebellion that she sketches. Education in archi- mental artworks, depicting
Across five countries Maite Delteil, has success- nocence makes it doubly were always at home. They too we have together. See, I made her opt for a degree in tecture had already given me animals in a wild jungle, that
Salman Khan-starrer Tiger fully developed her own lan- hard to be convinced by this never had a regular income am just a housewife and a architecture. “I chose this the basics but the foundation hang elegantly on the walls
Zinda Hai has been shot across guage, without succumbing fact. “My parents really had a like my friends’ parents, so I painter. Isn’t it a simple life?” because I was interested in was formed in my formative of the restaurant, she tells
five different countries, but each to any peer pressure. “I think tough time bringing me up. had told myself that I creating something. At the years.” me while digging carefully
location lent itself to a turning being away from India Today, when I tell my mother wouldn’t be like them.” Out of coverage area back of my mind, I had de- into her Parsi dairy kulfi, “In
point in the film’s story, says dir- helped quite a lot. I was al- how difficult my children Our intense conversation It indeed is, especially, cided that I would be an ar- Finding her expression case of my paintings you can
ector Ali Abbas Zafar. The sequel ways away from media gaze. are, she quickly reminds me is briefly interrupted by our when she casually shares chitect to earn my bread and Since during childhood never see any resemblance
of Kabir Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger will Maybe, I would have been re- that she had to deal with server who introduces us to that she doesn’t have a cell- butter and would do painting she was always surrounded with Indian iconography be-
bring back Salman and Katrina quired to behave in a certain someone who was even their special menu, ‘Back to phone. I look at her aston- to keep my soul in peace.” by her parents whom she cause I visited India first
Kaif as intelligence agents Tiger way if I were here. There def- worse.” Classics’ which includes the ished. “I don’t need it really. But things took a different had closely observed. “There when I was 10 and after that
and Zoya. “To meet the scale of initely would have been ex- “You know how we all are dishes that have been most I am in the house most of the turn when she came to India. was never proper training in my early 20s. My subjects
the film, we had to travel to four pectations and comparisons, during our teenage. We are popular among their pat- times. Also, there are many She got married at the age of but they ensured that they are more universal, more
different countries for different but I am glad that I didn’t rebels and believe in opposi- rons. Maya wants to skip things to learn and things to 22 and was a mother by 24. gave feedback to whatever I imaginary.” “Now I come to
reasons. Certain landscapes have to face that.” tion. I too was like that. I starters and soups and or- discover. This is why I enjoy Divorce happened around created. So, when I started India twice a year, but the
needed to become a part of the didn’t have any dream in life. ders asparagus and basil reading,” she adds. the same time and she was painting the only thing that I language that I have de-
I just wanted to be a punk. risotto. “I have been eating The places she visits and back in Paris with her child. struggled with was an idea. veloped is completely mine,”
> Ifrom
film, so we had to go to Austria think being away
to get the snow-covered moun- Frankly, I wanted to be any- home-cooked Indian food the books she reads become This was the time her par- How to express myself. How she sums up.
India helped
tains,” said Zafar.The film is thing but not a painter. This ever since I landed in India a fodder for her creative ima- ents gave her an option, to would my thoughts translate ( Joie De Vivre: Celebrating
quite a lot. I was kind of idea took shape in my two weeks ago. So, this is a gination. She starts building finish her degree in architec- onto the canvas,” she tells Life opens on November 3 at
slated to release on December
always away from mind probably because my welcome change,” she points an imaginative world where ture – which she never did or me while savouring her Triveni Kala Sangam, New
media gaze life was way different from out. “I am very happy when I she creates her own subjects pursue painting. “I had to risotto. Delhi)

Seeking acceptability
Rama to the forest?” asks modation go up.”
Rachana, taking one by At a macro level, Ja-
surprise. hagirdar feels a change in
Both Vidya and Jahagirdar education curriculum by in-
hope the channel to focus on cluding information about
lack of education and em- transgenders in different
A new YouTube channel aims to improve the lives of ployment opportunities. subjects will help. “Even
transgenders in society “Empowerment by providing
avenues for education and
medical courses hardly treat
the issues of sexual orienta-
S. RAVI mental disorder.” It is be- film actor, says nearly 99% of work to become economic- tion and gender identity.”
Strange as it may seem it is lieved that internet is a suit- the information focuses on ally independent will go a Vidya, is of the view that
unfortunately true. Despite able medium for challenging cisgenders. “Besides films long way in gaining accept- poems, stories and essays by
collective living, we do not such beliefs. “In fact several depict transgenders either as ability. Which parent of a or about transgenders in
know about many segments videos upload on internet beggars, sexual perverts or transgender will want their school and college syllabus
of our society. One such is are adversely affecting the creeps, distorting their im- child to become a beggar or will broaden the horizon.
that of transgenders, often society’s perceptual values age. TransVision with its in- sex worker?” asks Vidya, “Once informed, empathy
seen but hardly interacted about us trickling to crime sightful content about them, who wants professional will replace contempt.
with. Aware of this, some and violence against the their aspirations, pains and courses to be thrown open People will stop discrediting
members of the community community,” counters joys, should change the for them. “As a doctor or en- us on the basis of gender.”
have come together to Rachana. image.” gineer or management pro- Vidya exhorts that trans-
launch TransVision, a chan- Agreeing with her, Living The channel in Telugu, fessional, the chances of a genders too should seize ini-
nel on YouTube . Smile Vidya, a theatre and Kannada and Dakkhini Urdu good job and proper accom- tiatives to learn and earn.
“One reason for consistent has so far aired one teaser in “Becoming proactive and
stigma and discrimination to- each language. Besides this, fighting for self, will hasten
wards us are the numerous two episodes in Telugu dis- the process of change.”
myths and misconceptions cussing who transgenders A postgraduate in com-
floating around. TransVision are and what things one merce and social work,
envisioned and conceived by should or not ask them have Leading an initiative: Rachana (extreme left) with her TransVision team Rachana is aware of the im-
me is a step to debunk these been uploaded. * SPECIIAL ARRANGEMENT portance of knowledge of
in way that both the com- one’s rights and privileges.
munity as well as others be- Dispelling myths be shown to dispel myths genders need protection and documentary ‘Naanu Avanal- “For this, Gauri Sawant, an
come aware,” explains Rachana has several other surrounding transgenders. counselling.” Citing her case, la…Avalu’ is based and activist and petitioner at the
Rachana Mudraboyina, a Hy- episodes lined up on varied Dr. Sameera Jahagirdar, a she observes, “My institu- Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, an National Legal Services Au-
derabad-based transgender topics which will be shot transwoman, working at Ma- tion, boss and mentor, Dr. actor and Bharatanatyam thority judgement case, will
activist, writer and director. soon as funds are available hatma Gandhi Medical Col- Ravi Shankar, were ex- dancer. Those at the interna- take up legal issues connec-
Talking about the nature after a successful crowdfund- lege & Research Institute, Pu- tremely supportive when I tional level like Laverne Cox, ted with transgenders.” Hop-
of misunderstanding, ing initiative. “We will high- ducherry, will discuss health underwent sex change.” a TV actor too will be part of ing to create traction for the
Rachana says, “People tend light that World Health Or- related problems. “Psycholo- The channel will celebrate this programme.” Just as channel, Rachana plans to
to think transgenders are
born due to genetic defect or <
> Films depict
ganisation is seriously
considering removing trans-
gical and physiological issues
faced by transgenders and
those transgenders who by
their determination and hard
present will be the focus, so
too will be the past. There- <
> Being vulnerable,
mentally and
rope in LGBT community
members and others to
hormonal imbalance. Or that either as beggars, gender from mental illnesses those undergoing sex change work have broken the stereo- fore, characters like Brihan- emotionally, present their views. “I am
they are ‘ill-conceived’ due category in its International are vital. Both at home and type. “We will showcase the nala and Shikhandi in Ma- transgenders need hoping the channel to be a
sexual perverts or
to health issues in parents or Statistical Classification of work, a conducive atmo- struggle and achievements of habharata will be discussed. catalyst for change in atti-
that they are a result of ill- creeps, distorting Diseases and Related Health sphere for them is required. celebrities including Living “Do you know in Tulisadas’
protection and tude among us and others,
timed astrological configura- their image Problems. Likewise, discus- Being vulnerable, mentally Smile Vidya, a director and Ramayana has a story about counselling thereby making the world a
tion. or for that matter it is a Living Smile Vidya sions with health experts will and emotionally, trans- writer on whom the Kannada transgenders following Lord Sameera Jahagirdar better place to live in.”


Mrs. Ippi Duo Creative Portraits Loi Krathong Food Festival Shwet-Syam Blu
Mrs. Ippi, who also goes by the name Ipshita Roy, An exhibition of drawings and paintings “Creative To mark Thailand’s Festival of Lights Loi The solo art exhibition, “Shwet-Syam (White and Bar Cat will be presenting a performance by the
is a well-known performer from Delhi who has Portraits” will display portraits of famous as well Krathong, Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport has Black)” curated by Uma Nair, will display the art group Blu.
constantly been evolving her voice and music by as common people and some self portraits. organised Loi Krathong Food Festival. The works by 75-year-old artist Pushpa Bagrodia. The band includes Pranai Gurung on guitar, Kapil
working with various set ups. She will be The participating artists include Laxman Kumar, elaborately designed spread at Neung Roi Bagrodia who has always been known for her Chettri on vocals and guitar, Rahul Rai on electric
performing along with Rythem Bansal a Namrata Khatri, Jatin Singh, Neellu Khanna, includes khao tang na tang, geang jurd woonsen water-colours is for the first time exhibiting her bass and Chewang Lama on drum. So go to Bar
professional pianist based in Delhi, who has Aman Anand, Jay Sethia, Avi Sharma, Himanshi gai sab, goong mangkorn prow, pla jaramed exploration with charcoals in an exhibition which Cat to enjoy a night with some amazing food and
studied from Trinity College of Music, London. Arya and others. neung khing, khao man gai and many more. is aptly titled. jazz music with Blu.
Venue: B 6, Comm. Compl. Safdarjung Encl. Venue: RCIFA, F-104, Phase I, Ashok Vihar Venue: National Highway 8, Mahipalpur Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, Mandi House Venue: South Extension Part 2, New Delhi
Time: 9 p.m. onwards Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Time: 12.30 p.m.-3 p.m./7.30 p.m.-11.30 p.m. Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Time: 8 p.m. onwards

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Daihatsu won’t enter Indian market in

the near future
Toyota’s recent alliance with Suzuki has had a direct impact
on Daihatsu’s plans of entering India. Now owned by Toyota,
Daihatsu, another Japanese small car specialist, had been

When automobiles studying the Indian car market with great interest, and had
been looking at ways to take on rival Suzuki in India. But the
recent Toyota-Suzuki alliance seems to have put an end to
those plans.

meet a watery grave

Now, Daihatsu is more likely to concentrate on the
Indonesian and Malaysian markets, where it has a good
presence. As a result, it now appears that Toyota will delve
into the small car market themselves with the help of Suzuki
and Maruti. Though plans haven’t been finalised yet, it
appears that the Japanese companies will share platforms,
engines and suppliers; the last is the key to successful
localisation of quality small cars.
Owners of ood-hit vehicles will often need all the support that can be oered
heavily damaged in the invading flood-hit cars, both from the stables ..........................................................
.......................................................... insurance company.
waters. “The car was new; it had of the same manufacturer. “I con- Given the current “Even after selling the car, I
hardly clocked 5,000 kilometres,” tacted many authorised service could not afford a similar subcom-
he says. centres of the car manufacturer,
technology and pact car. I had to downgrade and
It’s not so much the damage to and all of them had the same an- predictability of oods, buy a smaller car,” he says. If he
the machine as the lack of support swer — ‘We cannot take up any these stakeholders in the had been offered a special discount
later on that galls him. “It took more repair work; our workshops automobile industry on account of being a flood victim,
three months for the insurance are already filled with flood-hit Varadarajan would have gone in for
claim to be processed,” he explains. cars,” says Vasudevan.
should oer support the same model — for, he still
Weathermen have predicted heavy Varadarajan wanted to sell the He found a multi-brand car ser- systems misses that car.
rains for Chennai through Novem- flood-hit car, and he did, eventu- vice centre, but they would get snapshots of the Mumbai floods re- There should also be hand-hold-
ber. On the last two days of Octo- ally. down to repairing these cars only layed to the world had to do with ing in the resale of such cars, ex-
ber, there were signs that the pre- Pradeep Vasudevan, an IT pro- one-and-a-half months later. submerged vehicles. cept for those certified ‘damaged
diction would be bang-on. A good fessional, also went through an ag- These two examples provoke a Given the current technology beyond repair’. And, special camps
monsoon is the best thing to hap- onising waiting period — this was question. Can’t car manufacturers, and predictability of floods, these by insurance companies to process
pen to this water-starved metro. agony of a different kind. insurance companies, service stakeholders in the automobile in- such claims could also ease the bur-
However, thanks to the devasta- He wanted to restore his two centres, and possibly other service dustry should offer support sys- den of the flood-hit. And here’s
tion wrecked by the 2015 floods, for providers associated with the auto- tems when specific needs arise and how the local civic administration Mumbai Mercedes Classic Car Rally 2017
many of its residents, forecast of mobile industry, make a sacrificial dismantle when these are met. in any city or town can chip in. Vas-
heavy monsoonal rains now brings effort to alleviate the misery of Can’t authorised service centres udevan now has the gate keys of a to be held on November 12
with it some anxiety. automobile owners during such set up special temporary work- friend’s house in another locality, The fourth edition of the Mercedes Classic Car Rally will take
On October 30 this year, when seasons? They don’t even have to shops during such seasons? built on substantially higher place in Mumbai on November 12, 2017. The annual event was
the skies over the metro resembled SAFEGUARD YOUR CAR approach it as a service, but as a Can’t automobile manufacturers ground. “He has asked me to bring first organised in 2014 to celebrate 120 years of Mercedes-
a bag without a functional zipper, There are waterproof flood car brand-building exercise. offer special discounts in the pur- my vehicles to his house at the Benz in motorsport in partnership with Autocar India. The
Mahesh Varadarajan was anxious. covers that can protect cars from This is something they will do chase of a new vehicle to their past slightest hint of flooding in mine. In classic car rally attracts participants from across the country,
He was toying with the idea of driv- damage. They are available in well to give serious thought to. customers who have lost their 2015, the flood waters could not with some even travelling all the way from Delhi, Bengaluru,
ing his car to safer ground. Varada- many auto parts stores and online. Time and again, we see what flood- vehicle in a natural calamity? enter his gates,” says Vasudevan. Kutch, Chandigarh and Goa. The cars that will appear at the
rajan is an agile-technologies pro- To ensure total protection, use ing resulting from natural calamit- There is an odd report here and Can’t the local civic administrat- one-day event will feature nearly every generation of
fessional living in Thoraipakkam, a one cover under and one over your ies can do to automobiles. there, suggesting that a car manu- ive bodies be friends in need? In Mercedes produced. All Mercedes models manufactured
section of Chennai’s IT Corridor car. You can also In September, after Hurricane facturer offered a discount in such flooding-prone areas, can’t they pre-1999 are eligible to participate in the event, with a few
that is ringed by waterbodies. In use an inflatable Harvey ravaged Houston, the major situations, but clearly there should identify a higher ground and work exceptions. The rally is expected to be flagged off by Roland
the 2015 floods, many waterbodies raft to make your problem in restorative work was be more such cases to make a dif- out an arrangement whereby resid- Folger, MD and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, and is expected to
broke their bunds and destroyed own car-boat. the lack of a sufficient number of ference. Varadarajan received just ents at risk park their vehicles until pass by the iconic Marine Drive and the Bandra-Worli Sea
properties, and worse, lives. functional vehicles to carry it out. 60% of the Insured Declared Value the time it takes to ride out the Link. Owners who wish to participate can write to
Varadarajan’s subcompact car was Earlier, in August, some of the (IDV) of his flood-hit car from the storm?


At the Tokyo Connected Lab, Honda
showed its Ie-mobi concept (ie means
The thread that held together the Tokyo Motor Show was eco-everything, mostly in petite treats to whet the hot- house in Japanese) that looks at the car
wheels-cool-concept appetite
as an extension of the home, not just of
the person. It plugs into the home,
providing additional space for the family,
when the ‘car’ is not in use. When you’re
on the go, it’s like taking out a caravan!

A glimpse into the future of automobiles at

the Tokyo Motor Show 2017

in 2018 as the Leaf Nismo concept that

has an e-Pedal feature. It allows the
driver to start, stop, accelerate, and
decelerate, all with just the accelerator
pedal. Nismo, Nissan’s in-house design
and development unit for race and
rally cars, gives it a racy look and feel.

AI is not just for tech types

Artificial intelligence can do miracu-
EVs are what generation Z will be launch in 2020 in Europe. The two- No-drive cars are the future of lous things, like reading your mind to
driving seater Sports EV concept and NeuV mobility protect you from accidents. The
Honda announced last year that it commuter concept were unveiled in The Mercedes smart vision EQ fortwo Toyota Concept-i does just that. Yui,
would electrify two-thirds of its global Tokyo. is all about eliminating the steering the car’s interface, or its spirit, if you’d
automobile sales by 2030. On its heels wheel, pedals and dashboard. Within like to believe your car is your steed, li-
came the Urban EV, a compact retro- the car that looks like a smart egg with aises with you and AI to predict
styled city drive, developed on an EV- a nose (a one-and-a-half box whether, for instance, you’re overly
dedicated platform that is set to design), is a screen that allows stressed, and then take over driving.
for mobile device or voice in-
Sunalini Mathew
like India having set target dates to go put. It’s about being able Off-roaders don’t need to guzzle
This year, the theme of the 45th Tokyo the e-way by 2030, and UK and France to pick up a fellow Suzuki’s e-Survivor and Mitsubishi’s e-
Motor Show was ‘Beyond the Motor’, with a 2040 aim. commuter and have Evolution concept are both 4WDs,
which pretty much meant that com- Norway has a close 2025 deadline to a shared journey. both EVs. The e-Survivor will have a
panies talked about what is to come, follow, while China is working on a spherical monitor within, while the e-
in the form of concepts with passenger plan to phase out fossil-fuel-run Compact also Evolution will have a flat screen
cars to match. vehicles too. Japan, that is gearing up means less work stretching out the width of the dash-
Key words: carbon-free movement, for the 2020 Olympic and Paraolympic The Nissan Leaf board. Both will work with AI, sensing
sustainable mobility, zero emission. Games, has its eye on efficient public that originally changing road and traffic conditions,
Underlying message: So gas guzzlers transport as well. Here, a few concept launched in 2010, for safety.
really are out; now what? All this cars from the show that stood out and will get an overhaul (The writer was in Tokyo at the invit-
against the background of countries what they represent. ation of Honda)

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