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Rahul: Won’t let PM Engineer returns home
after 6 years in Pak jail
■ 99% items to have sub-18% tax

Modi indicates
sleep till farm waiver GST may be cut
BJP calls remark a ‘new low’ in public discourse
NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 MP: Cong in a spot
for partial waiver
from 28% to 18%
Buoyed by the success of
its electoral promise on Bhopal: The BJP on
with agency inputs TAXING TIMES
farm loan waiver in three Tuesday slammed MP MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, ◗ At present, there are
states, the Congress on chief minister Kamal DEC. 18
Tuesday played the farm-
35 products which
Nath for “withdrawing”
ers’ card to the hilt with If the Modi govt from his promise of Indicating that further attract 28% GST
party president Rahul does not waive waiving crop loans of all simplification of the GST ◗ Digital cameras, ACs,
Gandhi calling Prime farm loans, we the farmers in the state is on the anvil, Prime video recorders and
Minister Narendra Modi guarantee to waive as promised in the elec- Minister Narendra Modi dish washing
anti-farmer and vowing to tion manifesto of ruling said his government machines could cost
not let him sleep till all farm loans if voted Congress, describing wants to ensure that 99
to power in 2019 less if the govt trims
farm loans in the country the announcement by per cent items attract
are waived. sub-18 per cent GST. He
the list of items in the
Actor Kangana Ranaut takes — Rahul him to write off farm
28% slab
part in the trailer launch of Reaching out to dis- debts up to only March, hinted that the 28 per cent
the film Manikarnika in tressed farmers from Gandhi, 31, 2018, as “betrayal of slab of GST, that is applic- ◗ The real estate sec-
Mumbai on Tuesday. — AFP Parliament House com- Cong president peasants”. PAGE 3 able to 35 items at pre- tor also wants the
plex here, Mr Gandhi told sent, would only be govt to slash tax rate
No proposal to reporters, “Modi ji has
been Prime Minister for
Gandhi on Twitter, sig-
nalling the Congress’ plan
ers’ welfare. Earlier, Mr
Gandhi told reporters
restricted to a few select
items, such as luxury and
on cement

extend NRC to four-and-a-half years but

has not waived a single
to make farm loan waiver
a key poll plank in the
after Parliament proceed-
ings that two new
demerit goods.
Addressing the Republic
looking to prune the list
of items that attract 28
other states: Govt rupee of farmers’ loans. I
want to tell you that the
2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Mr Gandhi’s fresh offen-
Congress chief ministers
have kept their word on
Summit in Mumbai, Mr
Modi said, “Today, the
per cent GST, and place
some of these items in the
New Delhi: The government Congress and other sive against Mr Modi farm loan waiver. GST system has been 18 per cent GST slab.
on Tuesday said that there Opposition parties will angered the BJP which “We promised to waive established to a large Other products which
is no proposal to extend the unite till all farm loans said that the Congress loans in 10 days. In two extent and we are work- could see a cut in GST
National Register of are waived. We will stand president’s remark on not states, we did it within six Hamid Nihal Ansari, a Peshawar. He was ing towards a position include digital cameras,
Citizens (NRC) to states up and fight against them, allowing the Prime hours and we will do it in Mumbai-based engi- arrested in 2012 for ille- where 99 per cent items video recorders and dish-
other than Assam. In a writ- we will not retract a sin- Minister to sleep repre- the third state very soon,” neer, who was repatri- gally entering Pakistan will attract the sub-18 per washers. It is not clear if
ten reply in the Lok Sabha, gle inch, we will not let sents a “new low” in the he said. ated by Pakistan after from Afghanistan, cent GST slab.” There are the tax on aerated drinks
minister of state for home him (PM) sleep at night country’s public dis- The Congress govern- six years in jail, is reportedly to meet a girl indications that cement, will also be brought down
Hansraj Ahir said NRC till the time Indian farm- course. The ruling party ments in Madhya Pradesh received by his mother he had befriended air-conditioners, comput- from 28 per cent. “Sin”
Assam was prepared in 1951 ers’ loans are waived.” described the Congress’ and Chhattisgarh waived Fauzia Ansari at Attari- online. Pakistan had er screens, power banks, products like cigarettes
as a non-statutory process “If the Modi government efforts to address farm off farm loans within a Wagah border in alleged that Mr Ansari tyres and automobile and pan masala are
by recording particulars of does not waive farm distress as “drama” and day of taking charge. The Amritsar on Tuesday. was an ‘Indian spy’. equipment may get unlikely to be removed
all the persons enumerated loans, we guarantee to questioned the new government in Ansari, 33, was earlier — PTI cheaper soon as the GST from the 28 per cent GST
during 1951 Census. waive farm loans if voted Opposition party’s 60- Rajasthan is also likely to released from a jail in ■ Report on Page 4 Council, which is meet- slab.
Full report on Page 3 to power in 2019,” said Mr year track record in farm- ■ Turn to Page 4 ing later this month, is ■ More in Business

Period movie in Kharge eyes

Oscar shortlist Assam’s BJP govt Rajnath to MPs: Be patient on Mandir suo moto
waives off farm Issue echoes in BJP parliamentary party meet in Modi’s absence
Los Angeles: Rural India-set
drama around menstrua-
tion, Period. End of
AGE CORRESPONDENT Lord Ram is believed to be ner votes in a scenario in
PAC debate
Sentence, has made it to
on Rafale
loans upto `25K
NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 born. which otherwise looks
the 91st Academy Awards
Prime Minister dismal in the wake of a
shortlist in the Docum-
At a time when Hindutva Narendra Modi was not resurgent Congress and
entary short subject cate-
organisations are ramp- present in meeting, nor the government’s failure ANIMESH SINGH
gory. Award winning film-
ing up pressure on the was party president Amit to convince farmers, NEW DELHI, DEC. 18
maker Rayka Zehtabchi has
MANOJ ANAND ◗ According to the Narendra Modi govern- Shah. youths and the middle
directed the film.
GUWAHATI, DEC. 18 ment to bring a law to After the BJP’s humili- class that it is working The Public Accounts
Full report on Page 12 scheme, the state build Ram Temple in Rajnath Singh ating defeat in the recent- tirelessly for them. Committee (PAC) of the
government will
UK couple names A day after the newly
formed Congress govern- waive 25 per cent
Ayodhya, home minister
Rajnath Singh on Tuesday
patient),” said Mr Singh
after Ravindra Kushwaha
ly concluded Assembly
polls in Madhya Pradesh,
Sources disclosed that
when Mr Kushwaha, an
Parliament headed by
Congress MP
child Hitler, jailed ments
in Madhya
loan of farmers up
to a maximum
asked BJP lawmakers to
be patient on the issue.
and Hari Narayan
Rajbhar, both of whom
Rajasthan, a section of
and MP from Salempur, and
Mr Rajbhar, an MP from
Mallikarjun Kharge is
preparing to take up, suo
London: A British court on Chhattisgarh announced Mr Singh’s advice to represent Lok Sabha con- leaders in the party is of Ghosi, raised the issue moto, discussion on the
Tuesday sentenced waiving of farm loans, of `25,000 party leaders came soon stituencies from Uttar the view that paving the many others supported Rafale deal which would
a fanatical neo-Nazi couple the BJP government in after the Ram temple mat- Pradesh, said that people way for the temple’s con- them. pave the way for sum-
who named their baby son Assam too approved `600- to take loans at zero per ter was raised by party keep asking them as to struction will boost its Hindutva organisations, moning either the comp-
after Adolf Hitler to prison crore waiver alongwith cent interest from the leaders from Uttar when the temple will be prospects in the 2019 Lok including the Rashtriya troller and auditor gen-
for belonging to a group several other welfare next financial year. The Pradesh in the BJP’s par- built. Sabha elections. Swayamsewak Sangh, eral (CAG) or the attor-
banned under schemes which it claims cabinet also approved a liamentary party meeting Mr Singh said that Pushing the Ram have in the past few ney general (AG), the
anti-terror laws. will benefit around eight farmers’ incentive on Tuesday, sources said. everyone wants a Ram Temple agenda appears to months intensified their Centre’s chief legal advi-
Full report on Page 8 lakh farmers in the state. scheme, under which “Dhairya rakhiye (be temple at the site where be the only option to gar- ■ Turn to Page 4 sor, to seek details on
The decision to this effect `10,000 subsidy will be the controversial mat-
COUNTERPOINT was taken at a state
Cabinet meeting in
given to farmers having
bad debts for taking loan Sajjan quits Transgender pilgrims at Sabarimala for 1st time ter.
Once the CAG or AG is
Guwahati on Monday
According to the
under KCC. The govern-
ment will also give an
incentive of `25,000 to
Cong a day summoned, the panel
could seek details from

after verdict
them on the CAG report
scheme, the state govern- “smart farmers” who on Rafale deal, which is
ment will waive 25 per have repaid their loans. yet to be laid before
cent loan of farmers up to The schemes will help New Delhi, Parliament, sources
a maximum of `25,000. farmers tide over their Dec. 18: said.
The waiver will be for all financial crisis and Congress vet- In the 22-member PAC,
the loans taken through improve agriculture pro- eran Sajjan the BJP is in majority
Kisan Credit Card (KCC) duction, Mr Patowary Kumar has with 12 MPs and there is
and from PSU banks, said. The State Cabinet resigned one member each of its
industry minister and also decided to enhance from the pri- Sajjan allies, Shiv Sena and
state government the pension of freedom mary mem- Shiromani Akali Dal
spokesperson Chandra fighters in the state from bership of the party, cit- (SAD).
Mohan Patowary said `20,000 to `21,000. ing his conviction in a The Congress has
here on Tuesday. The Cabinet approved 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, three members in the
The Cabinet also gave formation of the Micro party sources said on panel, including Mr
its nod to a scheme which and Small Enterprises Tuesday. In a letter to Kharge. There are two
will enable around 19 Facilitation Council Congress president Trinamool Congress
lakh farmers in the state ■ Turn to Page 4 Rahul Gandhi, Kumar, a MPs and one member
former MP, said his res- each of the TDP, the BJD
WEATHER ignation should be con- and the AIADMK.
Max: 22OC Kamal slammed over sidered with immediate
effect, the sources said.
■ More on Page 2

Min: 5.1OC
RH: 61%
comment on migrants
The Delhi high court
on Monday sentenced
Kumar to imprisonment
Four transgenders, draped in sarees, who were earlier denied permission to visit the
Sabarimala temple, have darshan of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala on Tuesday morn-
Rainfall: Nil
Forecast: Haze AGE CORRESPONDENTS in the Mahagathbandhan
for life.
■ More on Page 3
ing. No woman has yet been able to visit Sabarimala despite the Supreme Court
decreeing that they be allowed. ■ Report on Page 4 — PTI
BHOPAL/PATNA, DEC. 18 in Bihar have demanded
a clarification from the washed out
Vilambi: Dakshinayana
Thithi: Margasira Shuddha
Ekadasi till 7.32 am; Dwadasi
Madhya Pradesh chief Congress on the issue.
minister Kamal Nath’s Soon after assuming
recent comment, that office on Monday, Mr
migrants from Bihar and Nath had said, “Many
Army on standby for no-deal Brexit AGE CORRESPONDENT

Uttar Pradesh industries have London, Dec. 18: British contingencies” from a no- be an operational priority Proceedings in both
till 6.24 am (Thursday) were grabbing come up in MP, in ministers agreed Tuesday With just over 100 deal outcome. But Brexit within government,” Mr Houses of Parliament
jobs and depriv- which people from to make no-deal Brexit days left for Britain to secretary Steve Barclay Barclay said. He said were washed out on
Star: Bharani till 4.10 am ing the youth of other states such as planning “an operational leave the EU, Theresa said ministers still hoped departments would step Tuesday.
(Thursday) the state of Bihar and Uttar priority” amid continued May is yet to win the to secure backing for Ms up their advice to busi- As the Lower House
Varjyam: 2.01 am to 3.13 am employment, has Pradesh have been opposition to Prime support of a deeply May’s agreement in a nesses on how best to pre- met in the morning,
(Thursday) stirred a political given employment, Minister Theresa May’s divided Parliament for House of Commons vote pare for the scenario. Congress members
row reminiscent depriving youth of draft divorce deal, just 14 the deal she struck delayed until next month. Ms May’s Cabinet is rushed to the well of the
Durmuhurtam: 11.51 am to of aggressive MP from getting weeks before the country He added that any divided between minis- House with placards in
12.35 pm last month with
regional chauvin- Kamal Nath jobs. Only indus- leaves the EU. Brussels to responsible government ters who want the govern- their hands and raised
Rahukalam: 12 noon to 1.30 ism in BJP-ruled tries which absorb Following a meeting of maintain close would intensify prepara- ment to embrace a no-deal slogans demanding
pm Maharashtra and 70 per cent of their man- her Cabinet — the last ties with the tions for the “default outcome and those who probe into the Rafale
Gujarat. While the power from MP will be before Parliament breaks option” of leaving the favour Parliament having deal by a JPC. Rajya
SUNSET TODAY 5.28 PM bloc a final say in a series of
Opposition BJP in MP eligible for the incentives for the Christmas/New European Union without Sabha too witnessed
SUNRISE TOMORROW 7.08 AM has accused Mr Nath of proposed for them by the Year break — defence sec- a deal on March 29 next votes on potential scenar- noisy scenes over the
MOONRISE TOMORROW 2.17 AM promoting regionalism state government”. retary Gavin Williamson would be on stand-by to year. “We agreed that ios for Brexit. Rafale issue.
MOONSET TODAY 3.15 PM for electoral gains, allies ■ More on Page 4 said around 3,500 troops help deal with the “any preparing for no deal will — Agencies ■ More on Page 3
Tej Pratap meets PAGE
Lalu, says father asked
him to take RJD forward 2

Hadiya dad TRIBAL DANCE FOR ‘STATUS’ ■ ‘Body striving to foment trouble in Punjab’
cuts ties
with Left, SFJ is seeking Pak help
Mamata should
clearly say whether
joins BJP
Kottayam, Dec. 18: K.M.
to ‘liberate’ Punjab: CM
the rath yatra would Asokan,
the young
cal to India, including
SFJ. It has also once again
be allowed or not. woman from Kerala who
converted to Islam and The statement by Sikhs
proved that the Pak gov-
ernment had always been,
— Surya Kanta Mishra married a Muslim man for Justice (SFJ) seeking and continues to remain,
CPI(M) politburo member against her family’s Pakistan’s help to “liber- a puppet regime, working
wishes, Tuesday said he ate” Punjab from India at the behest of the Army
has ended his associa- has exposed the nefarious there, he added.
IN BRIEF tion with the Left and
joined the BJP.
designs of the organisa-
tion and its nexus with Pak Army would do
The whole affair is a big-
ger conspiracy by the Pak

Akhilesh rejects
Local BJP leaders said the Pakistani Army and Army, which is persistent-
Asokan officially ISI, chief minister well to remember ly trying to revive militan-
became a member of the Captain Amarinder Singh the ignominious cy in Punjab, said the
Stalin’s ‘PM idea’ BJP at a ‘Sabarimala
protection conference’,
said on Tuesday.
In a hard-hitting reac-
defeats it had suf- chief minister, reiterating
his stand on the issue.
Lucknow: Reacting on DMK fered at the hands Captain Amarinder Singh
organised by the party tion to the statement of
president M.K. Stalin’s at Vaikom Sunday. SFJ’s legal adviser of the Indian also reiterated that
proposal to project Congress Asokan and 50 others Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, Army on every Punjab, and the Indian
president Rahul Gandhi as
the prime ministerial candi-
in TV Puram village Captain Amarinder Singh occasion Army, are well prepared
received membership said the cat is now well to counter any such plans
date for the 2019 Lok Sabha from party state general and truly out of the bag, — Amarinder of the neighbouring coun-
elections, SP supremo secretary B. and the truth of the deep- Singh, try. Punjab is today much
Akhilesh Yadav said Tuesday
it was not necessarily the
Gopalakrishnan at the rooted connection Punjab CM better equipped than it
function, they said. between SJF and was in the 80s and 90s
alliance’s opinion. Talking to Asokan said he and Pakistani Army is out in when Pak-backed terror-
reporters after unveiling a members of his family the open. the backing of Pak Army ism had swept the state,
statue of his father and have been supporters of The statement has and ISI, said the Punjab he said, warning
legendary Tamil leader M. the Communist Party of nailed SJF’s lies that it is Chief Minister, rubbish- Islamabad against extend-
Karunanidhi in Chennai on India (CPI) and Left a peaceful movement to ing SFJ’s claims to the ing any further support to
December 16, Stalin Democratic Front for build momentum for a ref- contrary. SFJ or other such outfits
had “proposed” Gandhi’s several decades but erendum on a separate The chief minister has that are bent on disturb-
name for the opposition’s decided to end the asso- state of Khalistan, said also taken strong excep- ing the state’s hard-
prime ministerial candidate. ciation with the Left due the chief minister, adding tion to SFJ’s plans to hold earned peace. The Pak
“The people of the country to the “bitter experi- that it is more than evi- the “Kartarpur Sahib Army would do well to
are unhappy with the BJP ence” they had with dent now that the organi- Convention – 2019,” coin- remember the ignomin-
and that it why the Congress them during his legal sation, with the full sup- ciding with the auspicious ious defeats it had suf-
got success in three states,” battle in the Hadiya port and backing of Pak occasion of the 550th fered at the hands of the
Mr Yadav said. — PTI case. Army and ISI, is striving birth anniversary celebra- Indian Army on every
“They (LDF) did noth- to foment trouble in tions of Sri Guru Nanak occasion it had tried to
Courts can’t resolve ing for us (in the case).
Instead they worked
Indian Punjab.
Through his statement,
Dev ji. This, he said, has
lent credence to his fears
take on the might of the
latter, right from the 1965
Cauvery row: CM against us. At least that
could have been avoid-
Pannu has made clear his
intentions of going all out
that Pakistan’s decision to
open the Kartarpur
and 1971 wars to the more
recent Kargil battle,
Tirupati/Bengaluru: Facing a ed,” Asokan, an ex-serv- A Kudumi community member dances during a protest in New Delhi on Tuesday to force the secession of Corridor was an ISI game- warned Captain
fresh bout of litigation by iceman, said. — PTI demanding tribal status. — PTI Punjab from India, with plan to help forces inimi- Amarinder Singh.
Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery
issue, Karnataka chief

Kharge eyes suo moto BJP bandh

minister H.D. Kumaraswamy
Tuesday said the decades
old dispute “is not going to INSIDE INDIA
be solved permanently” by
the judiciary and pitched cripples
for talks between the two
states. Striking a note of cor-
diality, he said Kannadigas
and Tamils were not enemies
PAC debate on Rafale IAF AIRLIFTS
RECORD 463TN normal life
and the inter-state river
water should be shared
accordingly at times of copi- New Delhi, Dec. 18: To
ous inflows and distress situ- The Public Accounts ◗ In the 22-member PAC, the BJP evaluate its own ‘Rapid AKSHAYA KUMAR
ation. Mr Kumaraswamy’s Committee (PAC) of the is in majority with 12 MPs and Airlift Capability’ and SAHOO
push for talks is the second Parliament headed by there is one member each of its to enhance crew curren- BHUBANESWAR, DEC. 18
time since last week. Congress MP Mallikarjun allies, Shiv Sena and Shiromani cy in the role, the
— PTI Kharge is preparing to Akali Dal (SAD) Western Air Command Protesting cancellation
take up suo moto discus- of the IAF Tuesday in a Samajwadi Party MLAs and MLCs protest during of North Orissa
◗ The Congress has three members in the
PC protection from
sion on the Rafale deal single wave airlifted a the Winter Session of UP Assembly at Vidhan University as Union
which would pave the way panel, including Mr Kharge. There are two record 463 tonnes of Bhawan in Lucknow on Tuesday. — PTI Public Service
Trinamul Congress MPs and one member each
arrest extended
for summoning either the load from its airbase at Commission (UPSC)
comptroller and auditor
general (CAG) or the
of the TDP, the BJD and the AIADMK Chandigarh to airfields
and drop zones in WOMAN’S PARAMOUR HELD FOR coaching centre and
demanding filling-up of
New Delhi: A Delhi court
Tuesday extended till
attorney general (AG), the
Centre’s chief legal advi- There are two Trinamul Modi government of “mis-
Ladakh, a statement
said. The effort was
KILLING HUSBAND IN U.P. DIST vacant doctors’ posts in
the district, BJP on
January 11 the protection sor, to seek details on the Congress MPs and one leading” the Supreme accomplished with the Muzaffarnagar, Dec. 18: Tuesday observed a 12-
granted to former Union ◗ Dharamveer
controversial matter. member each of the TDP, Court by presenting aid of a fleet of 16 fixed A man has been arrest- hour band in
minister P. Chidambaram Once the CAG or AG are the BJD and the AIADMK. wrong facts about the wing transport aircraft ed in Shamli district for Singh was alleged- Mayurbhanj district dis-
and his son from arrest in the summoned, the panel Mr Kharge could soon CAG report on the Rafale comprising of C-17 allegedly killing the ly strangled to rupting normal life.
Aircel-Maxis scam. Special
Judge O.P. Saini extended
could seek details from select the Rafale issue as deal in its affidavit filed Globemaster, the husband of his para- death in June by As part of the protest,
them on the CAG report part of the agenda for the with the court. Mr Gandhi Ilyushin-76 Gajraj and mour six months ago, his wife and party activists staged
the relief granted to on Rafale deal, which is committee’s meeting, had questioned why the the Medium lift Tactical the police said on road blockades at vari-
Chidambaram and his son yet to be laid before sources said. Sources said CAG report on the deal aircraft, Antonov-32. All Tuesday. Pradeep, following ous places on National
Karti after the CBI and the Parliament, sources said. that Mr Kharge, as PAC had not yet been shared aircraft were loaded and Pradeep was arrested which his body Highway 18 and 49
ED submitted that new In the 22-member PAC, chairman, is well within with the PAC even though took off from from Malaindi village was hanged bringing vehicular
material has been recovered the BJP is in majority his right to include Rafale it was cited by the Chandigarh airbase in Garhi Pukhta area movements to a grind-
which needs to be collated. with 12 MPs and there is deal in the agenda for suo Supreme Court in its judg- early in the morning. on Monday, a police officer said. According ing halt. Several vehi-
It also granted time till one member each of its moto discussion in the ment last week. Soon after The entire wave was officer said. to an FIR, Singh’s wife cles were seen stranded
January 11 to the CBI to get allies, Shiv Sena and committee. the judgment, the govern- accomplished in little Dharamveer Singh and Pradeep committed on both sides of roads
sanction to prosecute some Shiromani Akali Dal Mr Kharge’s push for ment had claimed that a less than six hours, the was allegedly strangled the crime after the due to the blockade.
of people accused in the (SAD). debate on the jet deal wrong grammatical inter- statement said. Air to death in June by his deceased had opposed Besides, shops and
case. The CBI had on The Congress has three comes close to Congress pretation had led to confu- Marshall NJS Dhillon wife and Pradeep, fol- their illicit relation- other business establish-
November 26 told the court members in the panel, president Rahul Gandhi sion in the apex court said the rapid air mobil- lowing which his body ship, the police said, ments have remained
that Centre had granted including Mr Kharge. accusing the Narendra judgment. ity is a key component was hanged from the adding that the woman closed with the protest-
sanction to prosecute P of modern warfare. ceiling fan to portray it is still on the run, the ers staging picketing at
Chidambaram. The case — PTI as case of suicide, the officer added. several places.


relates to alleged irregulari- Shouting slogans, the
ties in grant of FIPB approval protesters slammed the
in Aircel-Maxis deal. — PTI
Govt lied GOVT OPENS UP NEW TOURIST, Hanley, Korzok – Nurbo
– Sumdo – Parangla –
state government for its
apathetic attitude

LEOPARD KILLS govts corrupt before SC,

Shayok – Durbuk.
towards education and
health sectors in the dis-

YUSUF JAMEEL 2015, the Union Home The proposed new trict. They alleged that
SRINAGAR, DEC. 18 Ministry has said that trekking routes are around 220 doctors’

BE SHOT DOWN since Nehru era says Cong The government has
opened more trekking
opening up more tourist
and trekking routes in
Ladakh will not only
Phyang – Dokla –
HunderDok – Hunder,
Basgo – Ney –
posts were lying vacant
in the district and
demanded immediate

New Delhi: The headless

body of a three-year-old
Agartala, Dec.
Congress governments at
18: MP Selja routes in Ladakh to give
fillip to tourism in
Jammu and Kashmir’s
recapture its glory, rich
culture and beauty but
also enhance economic
HunderDok – Hunder,
Temisgam - Largyap –
Panchathang – Skuru
steps for filling the
The Bharatiya Janata
boy snatched from his home the Centre were involved Chandigarh, Dec. 18: cold desert region activity in the region. and Saspol – Saspochey Party workers also
by a leopard in J&K was in corrupt practices since Congress leader and MP renowned for its remote The new tourist routes – Rakurala – Skuru. protested transfer of 46
handed over to his parents the time of Pandit Kumari Selja Tuesday mountain beauty and include Merak – Lema The government has doctors from the dis-
on Tuesday, wildlife officials Jawaharlal Nehru, lashed out at the BJP-led culture. Bend, Chushul – also in order to ensure trict.
said. Wasim Akram was in Assam chief minister government at the Approving the propos- Kartsangla – Mahe, smooth movement of The agitators also
the kitchen with his mother Sarbananda Sonowal Centre, accusing it of al moved by the State Durbuk – Shahikul – the tourists within the threatened to further
when the animal snuck alleged Tuesday. “lying” before the government under Tharuk – Sato Kargyam Leh district increased intensify their stir in
inside, pounced on the child The BJP leader’s accu- Supreme court in the Prime Minister’s – Parma – Erath – the validity of permit coming days if their
and took him deep into the sations came when he Rafale aircraft deal case. Development Packarge- Chusul and Loma – system to fifteen days. demands are not ful-
woods, officials said. said the Supreme Court Despite its debacle, Selja insisted that filled at the earliest.
Local officials in Jammu and verdict on Rafale deal the BJP would form Congress had always
Kashmir have sought “elimi- showed that there was no government at the demanded a Joint
nation orders” from the state scam in it and that
Congress president Rahul
Centre (after the LS Parliamentary Comm-
ittee (JPC) probe into
■ State CM Zoramthanga takes steps for total prohibition
government. It was the third
Gandhi has been spread- polls) and Narendra the deal as it felt that the
such killing blamed on the
Modi will again be
leopard in the last
two months, including an
eight-year-old boy mauled to
death in the area on
ing lies about
Narendra Modi govern-
ment. The Congress got
the opportunity to rule
the PM
— Sarbananda
apex court was not the
appropriate forum to
decide the issue.
“The Modi government
X-mas, New Year to be dry in Mizoram
December 7. In the mean- the nation for more than Sonowal, has a habit of lying. Aizawl, Dec. 18: Christmas ◗ The Zoramthanga opened in the state from
time, a team of wildlife offi- five decades, but it proved Assam CM Earlier, they lied in pub- and New Year’s celebra-
government in
March 16, 2015.
cials equipped with tran- to be the most corrupt lic domain and now, they tions in Mizoram would In the run up to the
quiliser guns have been party in the country, Mr have lied before the happen without alcohol as Mizoram on November 28 Assembly
scouring the area to spot the Sonowal told a press con- government led by Supreme Court on the Zoramthanga government Tuesday decided to polls, alcohol emerged as a
animal. “The leopard was ference. Narendra Modi has been Rafale deal,” Selja said on Tuesday decided to declare dry days major political issue.
“Right from Pandit providing good gover- while addressing the declare dry days from While the Congress was
spotted this morning but we
could not trap it,” Nehru regime to the last nance. “With the defeat of media here. Friday to January 14 and from Friday to against total prohibition,
Jammu regional wildlife war- Manmohan Singh regime, the Congress in the “The Congress party shut all liquor shops oper- January 14 and the MNF wanted a com-
den Tahir Ahmad Shawl told if you go through the his- assembly elections in has always said that the ated by state agencies. shut all liquor plete ban.
AFP. Wildlife authorities tory of Congress, in every Mizoram, the region has Supreme Court is not Mr Zoramthanga’s MNF, shops operated by The BJP had taken a
tenure you will discover become free of the the appropriate forum to which stormed to power in middle path by proposing
have also issued advice for
corrupt practices, either Congress. Despite its decide on the issues of the state, promised total Zoramthanga
state agencies to ban alcohol coming
people in the area to stay
safe from animal attacks. in this deal or that deal,” debacle in the Assembly corruption, pricing, prohibition ahead of the from outside the state and
“This is a forested area and Mr Sonowal alleged. elections in five states, specifications, crony polls. However, as a new in the first meeting of the Total prohibition was encourage only locally
humans have entered into However, he did not the BJP would form gov- capitalism in the Rafale legislation would require council of ministers, imposed in the state on produced ones. In the elec-
their (animals’) habitat and specify any corrupt prac- ernment at the Centre case. The apex court can- time, the new government Zoramthanga told February 20, 1997 by the tions, MNF ousted Lal
not the other way round. tice allegedly involved by (after the Lok Sabha not summon and exam- decided to declare dry reporters. “Efforts would then Congress govern- Thanhawla’s Congress
Therefore these incidents Congress governments. polls) and Narendra Modi ine all the file notings, days in the Christian- be made to legislate prohi- ment. However, it was lift- government and bagged 26
happen,” Shawl said. The chief minister will again be the PM,” Mr examine witnesses on majority state. bition law by early next ed in early 2015. Following seats of the 40-member
— PTI claimed that the NDA Sonowal asserted. — PTI oath,” she said. — PTI The decision was made year,” he added. this, wine shops were state legislature. — PTI
Surprise check
Kiran Bedi drives in private car PAGE
‘incognito’, finds serious lapses in
traffic management in Puducherry 3

A day after judgment,

This (ruckus) does
Sajjan quits Congress
not send a good Cites conviction in 1984 riots case in letter to Rahul
message and we AGE CORRESPONDENT Delhi high court pro-
have to face public NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 nounced its judgment in
the case.
— Sumitra Mahajan, Congress veteran Sajjan The aide also clarified
LS Speaker Kumar has resigned from that 73-year-old Kumar, a
the primary membership three-time MP, does not
of the party citing his con- have a Twitter account
IN BRIEF viction in a 1984 anti-Sikh
riots case.
and comments attributed
to him in the social media

Low conviction
According to sources in platform were not made
Congress party, in a letter by him.
to party president Rahul The case in which
rate echoes in LS Gandhi, Kumar, a former
parliamentarian, said his
Kumar was convicted
relates to the killing of
New Delhi: Absence of a wit- resignation should be con- five Sikhs in Raj Nagar
ness protection programme sidered with immediate part-I area in Palam
was one of the reasons for effect. Colony in South West
low conviction rate in crimi- The Delhi high court on Delhi on November 1-2,
nal cases in the country, the Monday sentenced Kumar 1984 during the riots in
Lok Sabha was informed on to imprisonment for life, Congress leader Sajjan the national capital and
Tuesday. Union minister of BJP MP Hema Malini (clockwise from above) with other women MPs, Union the first conviction of a Kumar leaves after offer- other parts of the country.
state for home Hansraj Ahir, ministers Manoj Sinha, Kiren Rijiju and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Union politician in the anti-Sikh ing prayers at Hanuman According to official
however, said a witness pro- home minister Rajnath Singh during the Winter Session of Parliament in New riots in 1984 in which temple in Connaught accounts, 2,733 Sikhs were
tection scheme has been Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI more than 2,700 people Place in New Delhi, killed between November
prepared by the home min- were killed. Tuesday. — PTI 1 and 4, 1984 following the
istry and submitted to the “I tender my resignation assassination of the then
Supreme Court, which with immediate effect letter to Mr Gandhi on prime minister Indira
approved it on December 5, from the primary mem- Monday. Gandhi by her two Sikh
2018. “Lack of witness pro- bership of the Indian An aide of Kumar said bodyguards on October 31.
tection is one of the reasons National Congress in the he (Kumar) did not want Kumar is known to have a
amongst others for low con- wake of the judgment of the party to face any sizeable support base in
viction rate,” Mr Ahir said. He the honourable high court embarrassment and Outer Delhi areas, includ-
said the witness protection of Delhi against me,” decided to resign from ing villages and slum clus-
scheme, approved by the Sajjan Kumar said in the Congress soon after the ters.
Supreme Court, has come
into effect from the date of
the judgment. — PTI

‘5,804 NGOs carry MP Cong under PDP expels

out religious works’ 2 leaders for
New Delhi: More than 5,800
NGOs, which receive foreign
fire over ‘partial’ anti-party
fundings, carry out various
religious activities, Lok
Sabha was informed. Union
minister Kiren Rijiju said as
farm loan waiver
per the Foreign Contribution CHOUDHURY Dec. 18: The
(Regulation) Act, 2010, reg- BHOPAL, DEC. 18 Peoples’
istered NGOs can receive Democratic
foreign contribution for five The new chief minister Party on
purposes — social, educa-
tional, religious, economic
and cultural. “Presently
5,804 NGOs are registered
Rafale storm washes out Parl session of Madhya Pradesh,
Kamal Nath,
Tuesday came under
fire from the BJP for
expelled two
senior lead-
ers — Mehbooba
for religious purpose under AGE CORRESPONDENT a joint parliamentary ◗ Lok Sabha pro- issue. Unhappy with the “withdrawing” from his Basharat Mufti
the Act,” he said. Mr Rijiju NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 committee (JPC) probe response, Congress mem- promise of waiving Bukhari
said activities of the NGOs into the Rafale deal.
ceedings lasted bers again started raising crop loans of all farm- Kamal Nath and Peer Mohammad
aimed at conversion through Proceedings in both hous- Several MPs of the barely an hour after slogans, following which ers in the state as prom- Hussain — for alleged anti
inducement or force either es of Parliament were Congress, Telugu Desam Speaker Sumitra the House was adjourned ised in the election the farmers of the state party activities.
directly or indirectly, from washed out on Tuesday, Party (TDP) and AIADMK Mahajan adjourned for the day. manifesto of the ruling would benefit if crop The two leaders were
one faith to another are pro- amid vociferous protests stormed in the well on it for the day amid Rajya Sabha too wit- Congress. loans up to March 31, expelled by PDP president
hibited under the Act. — PTI by both treasury and host of issues. While TDP nessed similar scenes. The notification 2018 would be waived, Mehbooba Mufti on the rec-
Opposition benches who members were demanding sloganeering and Amid the sloganeering, issued by the state gov- he claimed. ommendation of disciplinary
PM scheme created were even seen getting
involved in heated
special status for Andhra
Pradesh, AIADMK MPs
vociferous protests Leader of the Opposition
in the upper house Gulam
ernment on Monday
said outstanding
According to him,
number of defaulters in
committee headed by vice
president Abdul Rehman
over 6cr jobs: Govt exchanges with each other.
Lok Sabha proceedings
were protesting against a
dam on the Cauvery river.
House. Congress leader
Mallikarjun Kharge said
Nabi Azad said the privi-
lege motion moved by the
short-term crop loans of
up to `2 lakh as on
the state has declined
sharply after the previ-
Veeri, a party leader said.
He said Bukhari and
New Delhi: The Pradhan lasted barely an hour after The BJP members were even they were ready for Opposition against the March 31, 2018, taken ous Shivraj Singh Hussain were facing charges
Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding an apology discussion, but demanded government should be from nationalised and Chouhan regime had of indulging in anti-party
is believed to have generat- adjourned it for the day from Congress President formation of a JPC to taken up for allegedly mis- co-operative banks by made agriculture loans activities and found guilty by
ed employment for over six amid sloganeering and Rahul Gandhi. The House probe the Rafale deal so leading Parliament and farmers would stand interest free. the disciplinary committee.
crore people in the country, vociferous protests by proceedings barely lasted that every file related to the the Supreme Court on waived off, a BJP In another develop- Mr Bukhari, a two time
the government told Lok both sides over Rafale and for five minutes and it was matter can be scrutinised. Rafale deal. spokesman here said. ment, former state MLA from Sangrama, is
Sabha on Tuesday. Union other issues. adjourned till noon. Parliamentary affairs Chairman M. Venkaiah “It means only crop finance minister Jayant elder brother of slain jour-
minister Hardeep Singh Puri As the lower house met As the House re-con- minister Narendra Singh Naidu initially adjourned loan of defaulters will Malaiya dismissed the nalist Shujaat Bukhari who
said as per the 2014 study for the day in the morn- vened at noon, the protests Tomar said the Supreme the House till 2 pm, but as be waived,” he added, claim by Mr Nath that was shot dead along with two
report of the National ing, Congress members continued. In the melee, Court verdict has made the protests continued terming it a “betrayal of the latter had inherited personnel security officers
Council of Applied Economic rushed into the Well with the National Institute of things clear, indicating after the Rajya Sabha met peasants”. an empty coffer. by LeT terrorists in June this
Research (NCAER), for every placards in their hand and Design (Amendment) Bill, that there was no need for again, he adjourned the But the Congress had He said the previous year.
Rs 1 lakh invested in the raised slogans demanding 2018 was introduced in the a JPC on the controversial House for the day. given the impression in BJP government in the He was law minister in the
housing sector, 2.65 new its election manifesto state had maintained PDP-BJP coalition govern-
that the entire crop fiscal discipline with- ment headed by Mufti
jobs are created in the econ-
omy. “On this basis, it is esti-
mated that a total of 6.07
crore employment might
No plan to loans in the state would
be waived, the BJP
leader said.
out going for overdraft
“even for a single day”.
He said the previous
Mohammad Sayeed. He was
made revenue, relief and
rehabilitation minister in
have so far been generated
through implementation of
extend NRC Had the state govern-
ment declared that out-
state government has
left behind `1.60 lakh
the coalition government led
by Mehbooba Mufti.
the PMAY (U) across the
country,” the housing and
urban affairs minister said in
to other standing till date would
be written off, the entire
farming community in
crore in the coffer.
Mr Nath had on
Monday said even BJP
Mr Hussain, a former
MLA from Shangus con-
stituency, was a minister
a written response to a
question. — PTI states: Govt the state would have
benefited, he added.
had admitted that the
state has now an empty
during PDP-Congress coali-
tion government in 2002.
Only one per cent of coffer. Although he did not contest
New Delhi, Dec. 18: The elections after 2002, he was

ATAL’S PORTRAIT government on Tuesday

said that there is no pro- ODISHA BJP TO WAIVE FARM appointed as vice chairman
of wakf board by the PDP-


posal to extend the BJP government.
National Register of Both leaders are likely to
Citizens, NRC to States join PDP’s arch rival

HALL SOON other than Assam.

In a written reply in
the Lok Sabha, minister
is voted to power in 2019
Besides, Mr Panda
National Conference on
Wednesday. — PTI

AGE CORRESPONDENT of state for home After poll debacles in informed that the party
NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 Hansraj Ahir said, NRC three major states- members would begin
Assam was prepared in Madhya Pradesh, “Mandi Chala
A life-size portrait of former 1951 as a non-statutory Rajasthan and Abhiyan” from
Prime Minister Atal Behari process by recording Chhattisgarh, Odisha Wednesday till January
Vajpayee is set to be particulars of all the state BJP unit on 7 to protest improper
installed in the Central Hall persons enumerated Tuesday promised to functioning of Mandis
of Parliament. A parliamen- during 1951 Census. waive all farm loans, if and delay in paddy pro-
tary panel on installation of He said, the exercise to the party comes to curement in the state.
portraits/statues of national NRC 1951 is being con- power in 2019 elections. The party members
leaders and parliamentarians ducted under the special At a presser here, BJP will stage demonstra-
in Parliament house complex, provisions in respect of state president Basant tions and burn effigies
in its meeting held on State of Assam under Panda announced that of food supplies and
Tuesday, unanimously agreed the Citizenship Act, 1955 the party would waive cooperation minister
to install a portrait of the and the Citizenship all farm loans and pro- Surya Narayan Patro in
BJP veteran. The proposal Rules, 2003. Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih with First Lady Fazna Ahmed pose for vide loans to farmer front of all 4381 mandis
was mooted by Union minis- Replying to another photos in front of Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday. — PTI with zero interest, if it across the state.
ters Rajnath Singh, Arun question on the exercise,
Jaitley and Narendra Singh Mr Ahir said, the NRC
Tomar. The committee is
headed by Lok Sabha
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. An
official function to instal the
exercise has been car-
ried out in a totally
objective, transparent
and meticulous manner.
‘India will never forgive Hafiz for 26/11’
portrait of the late former He said, a mechanism AGE CORRESPONDENT The big challenges tions,” he said. He also
prime minister will be held to deal with the griev- with agency inputs listed some of the biggest
during the ongoing Winter ances in a fair and objec- NEW DELHI, DEC. 18
facing India are cli- challenges facing the
session, Parliamentary tive manner is already mate (change) and country.
sources said. Except for V.P. in place. India’s permanent repre- sanitation and “The big challenges fac-
Singh and Indra Kumar The minister said, the sentative to the UN there is no shame ing India are climate
Gujral, the central hall of complete draft NRC, ambassador Syed (change) and sanitation
Parliament has portraits of Assam has been pub- Akbaruddin said justice
in acknowledging and there is no shame in
all former Prime Ministers lished on 30th July this will be done in the case of that we need to acknowledging that we
who are deceased. Portraits year and the Supreme Mumbai attack master- forget or forgive what he improve need to improve. I have
of 22 personalities, including Court is monitoring the mind Hafiz Saeed and the did.” Addressing the con- not seen any diplomat
Mahatma Gandhi, progress of NRC. He country will not forget or ference, he said India’s — Syed before 2014 stood up to
Rabindranath Tagore, Indira said, the process of forgive what he did. major needs as a develop- Akbaruddin, acknowledge our short-
Gandhi, Syama Prasad claims and objections on Speaking on the side- ing country will always Envoy to UN comings,” he said.
Mukherjee, Vinayak Damodar the draft NRC has start- lines of a conference on be internal. He said but today efforts
(Veer) Savarkar, Rajiv ed on 25th September soft power, he said, “India’s major needs as billion plus, every aspect are being put in to
Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, this year and will “Justice will be done in a developing country will of our public diplomacy “improve ourselves that
are installed in the central remain open up to 31st of the case of Hafiz Saaed always be internal. Given would be towards improv- is the face of changing
hall. this month. — PTI and the country will not that we are a country of a ing our internal condi- Indian diplomacy”.
BJP national secretary H. Raja PAGE
slammed DMK chief M.K. Stalin
for calling PM Modi a sadist. 4

■ Hamid was arrested in 2012 for illegally entering country

BJP, Cong allies slam
Nath’s migrant remark Indian techie returns after
Congress is trying to
create differences in
the name of

Madhya Pradesh chief

Mr Nath was born
in UP, had educa-
tion in West Bengal
Vijavargiya accused Mr
Nath of promoting region-
alism for electoral gains
by speaking against
6 years in Pakistan prison
employment. minister Kamal Nath’s and became CM of migrants from Bihar and Attari (Amritsar), Dec. 18:
recent comment, that Madhya Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh. A software engineer from
— Sushil Kumar Modi migrants from Bihar and Should we call him “Mr Nath was born in Mumbai, who had spent
Bihar deputy CM Uttar Pradesh were grab-
a migrant?
Uttar Pradesh, had educa- around six years in a
bing jobs and depriving tion in West Bengal and Pakistan jail, was reunit-
the youth of the state of — Kailash became chief minister of ed with his family after he
IN BRIEF employment, has stirred a
political row reminiscent
Vijavargiya, Madhya Pradesh. Should
we call him a migrant?”
returned to India through
the Attari-Wagah border
BJP general
Dalit woman tries
of aggressive regional he wondered aloud and on Tuesday evening.
chauvenism in BJP-ruled secretary advised the chief minister Hamid Ansari (33) was

to immolate herself
Maharashtra and Gujarat. not to vitiate the peaceful earlier released from a jail
While the Opposition atmosphere of the state. in Peshawar on Tuesday
BJP in MP has accused election manifesto, prom- Congress spokesman in for repatriation. He was
Faizabad: A 35-year-old Dalit Mr Nath of promoting ised to provide incentive Bhopal, however, defend- arrested in 2012 for illegal-
woman tried to immolate regionalism for electoral of salary grants for five ed Mr Nath saying that as ly entering Pakistan from
herself in the presence of gains, allies in the years to industries which chief minister he was jus- Afghanistan, reportedly to
officials in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahagathbandhan in generate employment in tified in working for the meet a girl he had
Faizabad district on Tuesday, Bihar have demanded a the state. interest of unemployed befriended online.
complaining that she had not clarification from the A day after RJD leader youth of the state. The software engineer
been given possession of the Congress on the issue. Tejashwi Yadav attended The Patna unit of the was subsequently sen-
land allotted to her. The inci- Soon after assuming Mr Nath’s oath ceremony Congress also defended tenced to three years’
dent occurred when a Tehsil office on Monday, Mr Nath in Bhopal, the party’s Mr Nath, saying that the imprisonment by a mili-
Day function was in progress had said, “Many indus- spokesman criticised the statement was given in a tary court in 2015 for pos- Hamid Nihal Ansari (left) being received by his mother Fauzia Ansari, as his father
at Milkipur, 115 km from tries have come up in MP, chief minister’s state- different context. sessing a fake Pakistani Nehal Ansari (in tie) and elder brother Khali Ansari offer prayers at Attari-Wagah
Lucknow. Ram Mati poured in which people from ment. RJD spokesperson “The Madhya Pradesh identity card. The border in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI
kerosene and tried to immo- other states such as Bihar in Patna, Bhai Virendra, chief minister never said Mumbai resident’s term
late herself, but was stopped and Uttar Pradesh have said, “People are free to anything against ended on December 15, but ◗ Hamid’s term
by the people, a police offi-

Neighbours wait
been given employment, live and work anywhere in migrants from Bihar and he was not able to leave for ended on Dec. 15,
cer said. Sub-divisional mag- depriving youth of MP the country. Political lead- UP. He was talking about India as his legal docu-
istrate K.D. Sharma told PTI from getting jobs. Only ers should avoid such providing employment to ments were not ready. but he was unable
that Ram Mati had com- industries which absorb kind of statements”. youth of his own state. It was an emotional to leave due to lack
of legal documents
to welcome him
plained to the consolidation 70 per cent of their man- Mr Yadav and former The situation which has moment for the Ansari
department that she had not power from MP will be eli- Bihar chief minister been created in states like family when his parents
got possession of the land, gible for the incentives Jitan Ram Manjhi had Gujarat and Maharashtra hugged their son soon
allotted to her as she was proposed for them by the previously criticised the is not going to happen in after he entered the Indian have words to describe my
landless. — PTI state government”. BJP for targeting any of the states where territory through the feelings.” His father, Nihal Mumbai, Dec. 18: In a Democracy, sat in the
He, however, clarified migrants from North Congress Party is in Attari-Wagah land route. Ansari, said, “It is a new Mumbai suburb, an visitors’ enclosure with
Elephants kill man that he was not against
migrants getting jobs in
India in Gujarat and
power,” senior Congress
leader Prem Chand
The 33-year-old, who was
sporting a beard and wear-
dawn for us”.
Hamid Ansari was
entire neighbourhood
was glued to the televi-
Hamid Ansari’s father
Nihal and mother
in Jharkhand the state.
The Congress had, in its
BJP national general
secretary Kailash
Mishra told this newspa-
ing a cap, could be seen
consoling his mother,
received by Indian offi-
cials at the Attari-Wagah
sion set on Tuesday to
catch a glimpse of
Fouzia at the Wagah bor-
der after reaching there
Pakur, Jharkhand: A 30-year- Fauzia, and wiping her route and crossed over Hamid Nihal Ansari, in the morning. “We
old man was on Tuesday
trampled to death by a herd
of elephants at Khaksa vil-
hugged and kissed him.
The bespectacled Hamid
into Indian territory after
the conclusion of the beat-
ing-retreat ceremony.
whom they last saw six
years ago.
“It was an emotional
expect to return with
Hamid to Mumbai
tomorrow,” he said.
lage in Pakur district, offi- Lucknow, Dec. 18: Samaj- of his state and added that Madhya Pradesh,” he told Ansari and his family Immediately after his scene as we saw Hamid Nihal Ansari, former
cials said. The herd of 30 wadi Party supremo Akhi- people from Bihar and reporters on the sidelines members kissed the return, his medical check- cross the border at bank officer, expressed
elephants, including calves, lesh Yadav on Tuesday cri- Uttar Pradesh get employ- of an event at the party Indian soil after his up was conducted by doc- around 5.30 pm and happiness over his son’s
which reached Pakuria block ticised Madhya Pradesh ment in Madhya Pradesh headquarters. return and thanked the tors. He crossed over to kneel down to kiss the release and thanked the
from Dumka district on chief minister Kamal at the cost of the local pop- When asked about farm- Almighty for answering India on the basis of emer- Indian soil,” said senior governments of India
Sunday night, also damaged Nath’s claim that people ulation. ers’ loan waiver decision their prayers. gency travel certificate journalist and social and Pakistan.
crops, the villagers said. from Bihar and Uttar Mr Yadav termed the in MP, Mr Yadav said, “A Shortly before his issued by the Indian High activist Jatin Desai, who Sayyad Abid Hussain,
People rushed out of their Pradesh deny employ- suggestion ‘wrong’. “We one line order has been arrival, Hamid Ansari’s Commission in accompanied the Ansari a Bhopal resident who
houses on hearing trumpets ment to youth of his state. used to hear such things passed for this. They have mother had told reporters Islamabad. family from Mumbai to started a Twitter cam-
of the elephants After taking oath of from Maharastra, where decided to waive off loans that the prayers of the Last on Thursday, the Wagah. paign in 2016 to bring
in the early hours of Tuesday office on Monday, Mr Nath it is being said why North up to `2 lakhs. It is a good family and of all those Peshawar high court had Desai, who is general Ansari back, also
and a villager, identified as also announced govern- Indians come here, do decision, but our party is who wished for his safe given the Pakistan govern- secretary of the thanked the two govern-
Emmanual Hembram, was ment incentives to indust- business and take jobs. of the opinion that entire return had been ment a month’s deadline Pakistan-India People’s ments and Pakistan PM
trampled to death by the ries which give 70 per cent Similar voices came from loans of farmers should answered. “I am immense- to complete his repatria- Forum for Peace and Imran Khan. —PTI
animals, sub-divisional offi- of their jobs to the youths Delhi and now its from be waived off.” —PTI ly happy today. I don’t tion process. —PTI
cer (civil) Jitendra Kumar
Deo said. — PTI

3 lions die after

being hit by train
Four transgenders visit Sabarimala Cartoons have healing
They meet DGP, IG after which they were allowed to proceed
Ahmedabad: Three lions died
after they were hit by a
goods train near the Gir for-
est in Gujarat’s Amreli dis-
Sabarimala (Kerala), Dec.
18: Four transgenders,
who were earlier stopped
power, says PM Modi they were allowed to pro-
ceed. The police had earli-
er turned them away, say-

trict, an official said on Tue- from proceeding towards ing that they had to get Mumbai, Dec. 18: Prime family for digitalising the
sday. The incident occurred the Lord Ayyappa temple, some legal clarity on the Minister Narendra Modi ‘Common Man’ cartoon
near Borala village in Savark- on Tuesday offered pray- issue. on Tuesday suggested and deciding to release
undla taluka when a pride of ers at the hill shrine under The state had witnessed that a case study of the also present at the event. his works in an animated
six lions was walking along a heavy police security massive protests by devo- socio-political history of “I would like to tell Mr form.
the railway track passing cover. tees opposing the entry of last four to five decades Fadnavis to see if any Mr Modi called car-
from the village near the Gir Ananya, Trupti, Renju- girls and women in 10-50 by way of cartoons be university in the state toonists closer to God, as
forest. “A goods train, head- mol and Avanthika, clad age group into the taken up by a university can do a case study of the they can minutely
ed to Pipavav port from in traditional black sarees Sabarimala temple since in Maharashtra. socio-political history observe different charac-
Botad, hit three of six lions and carrying the custom- the Kerala government Mr Modi said cartoons through the medium of teristics of various
of the pride during midnight, ary ‘Irrumudikettu’ (sacr- decided to implement a do not hurt but have a cartoons. The base can be human beings.
which killed two lions and a ed offerings to the deity), Supreme Court order, per- ‘he-aling power’. He was Laxman’s works,” Mr “The common man is
lioness,” said chief conserva- were escorted by police Four transgenders draped in sarees, who were earlier mitting women of all age spe-aking after launching Modi said. constant. He is modern
tor of forests, Junagadh from Nilackal to Pamba denied permission to visit the Sabarimala temple, groups into the shrine. a coffee table book, titled Mr Modi added that and strong. Even through
wildlife circle, D.T. Vasavada. and during the trek to the arrive to have their darshan of the Lord Ayyappa Over a dozen women ‘Timeless Laxman’, on Laxman’s cartoons were his way of dressing, one
An enquiry has been ordered shrine. shrine in Sabarimala on Tuesday morning. — PTI have so far made unsuc- the life and times of the ‘easiest way of teach- cannot make out which
by the Gujarat forest depart- They said they were ext- cessful attempts to trek renow-ned cartoonist late ing social science’. “Lax- part of India he repre-
ment. “String-ent action will remely happy to have got mission. They had met supervisory panel, and the holy hills. R.K. Laxman, who was man was not just an indi- sents. Laxman's approach
be taken against the guilty,” the opportunity to offer DGP A Hemachandran, a inspector general of Meanwhile, the shrine known for his iconic cari- vidual but a fundamental was to find diversity in
he said. — PTI prayers at the temple and member of the Kerala police, Manoj Abraham, witnessed a big crowd of cature of ‘The Common thread that held together caricatures and bring
that this was their life’s High Court-appointed on Monday after which pilgrims Tuesday. — PTI Man’. Maharashtra chief crores of common people them together. Cartoons

minister Devendra and their hearts,” he don't hurt. They have a

‘Be patient on Mandir’ Youth must be messengers

Fadnavis and governor said. Mr Modi congratu- healing power,” he said.
Ch. Vidyasagar Rao were lated the late cartoonist’s —PTI

CROPS, PADDY ■ Continued from Page 1 Circumstances are very of Bhagvad Gita: Sushma
IN ODISHA demand for early construc-
tion of the temple. Many
leaders, including RSS
good for us,” Mr Singh
said, according to parlia-
mentary affairs minister
Kurukshetra, Dec. 18:
External affairs minis-
one place together, thus
creating history again.
Bhubaneswar: Heavy rainfall chief Mohan Bhagwat, Narendra Singh Tomar. ter Sushma Swaraj on The senior Bharatiya
triggered by Cyclone Phethai have pitched for a law to Mr Tomar also told Tuesday said for the wel- Janata Party (BJP)
lashed several parts of Odis- enable it. reporters that the passage fare of the world, every leader said the holy Gita
ha on Tuesday, causing major Though the BJP has of the triple talaq bill, youngster would have to was the biggest philo-
damage to standing crops agreed with the senti- which stipulates jail term become a messenger of sophical text as it teach-
and harvested paddy stock- ments of these organisa- for Muslim men accused of the holy Srimad es how one should lead
ed in the southern and west- tions, it has so far not come giving instant divorce to Bhagvad Gita. his/her life and also
ern regions of the state. Rai- out in support of a law. their wives, in Parliament Ms Swaraj was the paves way for solving all
nfall is likely to continue in The Ram Temple land is a top priority for the gov- chief guest at the problems of the world.
south and western Odisha till dispute is presently being ernment. 'Vaishvik Gita Paath She said every young-
Wednesday as the cyclonic heard in the Supreme Law minister Ravi Karyakram' organised ster must adopt in life at
storm weakened gradually Court. Shankar Prasad briefed on the concluding day of least two 'shlokas' of the
after it barrelled through Earlier, Mr Singh urged party MPs on the Supreme the International Gita holy book as it has the
coastal Andhra Pradesh on party MPs to confidently Court’s judgment on the festival 2018 here. power to make the indi-
Monday, the Meteorological prepare for the Lok Sabha Rafale deal, the conviction Speaking at the third vidual cultured, she
Centre said. The well-marked elections and asserted that of Congress leader Sajjan edition of the festival, said.
low pressure area over the the Opposition has no Kumar in an anti-Sikh Swaraj said, for the third Ms Swaraj further said
north-west and the adjoining leader to match Mr Modi’s riots case besides the triple time, 18,000 students that the grand festival
west-central Bay of Bengal popularity. “We are far talaq legislation, Mr recited 18 'shlokas' of 18 had put Kurukshetra on Prime Minister Narendra Modi flanked by Maharashtra governor C. Vidyasagar
and Odisha has weakened ahead of the Opposition. Tomar said. chapters of the Gita at global map. — PTI Rao and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (right) during the book
into a low pressure area, H.R. launch of Timeless Laxman in Mumbai on Tuesday. — PTI
Biswas, director of the Mete-
orological Centre, said.
Inclement weather affected
normal life in different parts
of south and western Odisha,
‘Won’t let PM sleep till farm waiver’ Assam waives off farm loans
but no casualty was report- ■ Continued from Page 1 done it in three states and Gandhi today said that he power for about 60 of the
ed, a senior official said, take a similar decision in we will exert pressure on will not allow Prime last 70 years. “What have ■ Continued from Page 1 next fiscal, we will have to issue in the run up to the
adding that power supply the coming days. Narendra Modi to waive Minister Narendra Modi they done for farmers? which will be headed by do budgetary provision Lok Sabha elections in
was disrupted in some areas. Targeting the Modi gov- farm loans.” Reacting to to sleep. This is a new low They are doing just drama the industry commission- for the schemes,” Mr 2019.
Special relief commissioner, ernment for allegedly Mr Gandhi’s “won’t let the in the public discourse of now,” he said. er. The state government Patowary said. Opposition Congress
Bishnupada Sethi, said ignoring farm distress Prime Minister sleep” the country,” Mr Prasad Meanwhile, the All India has also resolved to take a The Sarbananda and other parties have
Balangir district recorded the and promoting a few comment, Union minister told reporters. Kisan Sabha, which has loan of `32.72 crore from Sonowal-led government’s been targeting the BJP-led
highest rainfall of 92.4 mm, industrialists, Mr Gandhi Ravi Shankar Prasad said Referring to Mr Gandhi been at the forefront of the National Cooperative strategic move to woo Central government over
followed by 77.9 mm in said, “I want to give this that nothing better can be addressing the issue of the farmers’ agitation, Development Corpo- farmers in the state comes the issue of farm distress.
Jharsuguda and 74.4 mm in message and tell the farm- expected from the farmer distress and say- announced it plan to hold ration for reviving the immediately after the On Tuesday, Congress
Sambalpur during the last 24 ers that this country is Congress president whose ing that the Congress and Gramin Bandh over farm- jute mill at Nagaon. BJP’s electoral reverses in president Rahul Gandhi
hours under the impact of yours and not of 15-20 party ensured that other Opposition parties ers’ issues on January 8-9. All the schemes the recently held said outside Parliament
the cyclone. The average industrialists. That injus- Indians did not sleep dur- will ensure that all farm “We will organise a announce don Tuesday Assembly elections in on Tuesday that he will
rainfall in the state during tice is being done to you, ing its 60 years of rule due loans are waived, Mr ‘Gramin Bandh’ which will amount to an addi- Madhya Pradesh, not let Prime Minister
the period was recorded at despite the hard work and to rampant corruption. Prasad said that this is will be spread across rural tional burden of Rs600 Rajasthan and Narendra Modi sleep until
37.5 mm, he said. toil that help provide food “Friends, I am given to just “drama”. He said that India,” said AIKS general crore on the state excheq- Chhattisgarh. Debt woes all farms loans are
— PTI to the country… We have understand that Rahul the Congress had been in secretary Hannan Mollah. uer this fiscal. “For the of farmers is a now major waived.

he battle to save the
Bannerghatta National Park
(BNP) between the ecologists
on one side and miners on the
other, has become more intense
with the Union Ministry of Environment
and Forest (MoEF) recently proposing to
reduce the eco-senstive zone (ESZ)
around it.
The ministry’s plan, which comes only
months after the environmentalists
scored a victory in June with the Mines
and Geology department giving in to
their pressure and shutting down the
mining operations of five companies
near the BNP, has come as a bit of a bolt
from the blue for the activists. Afraid
that all their hard work will come
undone, they say the ministry’s plans
will only succeed in encouraging mining
operations that have gone unchecked
near the protected sanctuary for two
Tree Doctor, Vijay Nishanth, who has
been in the forefront of the fight against
the mining and quarrying around the
national park, observes that wildlife has
returned to the areas of the park where
the mining operations were shut in June.
“The Indian bison was seen after three
years in these parts. Earlier the forest
officials had denied any wrongdoing
where the mining operations were con-
cerned, but later the survey found they
were being carried out in gross violation
of the law. The silence of the forest
department confounds me,” he adds with
Mr Nishanth recalls that under the
wildlife conservation strategy drawn up
at the 21st meeting of the Indian Board
for Wildlife in January 2002, land within
10 km of the boundaries of national
parks and sanctuaries is required to be
notified as an eco fragile zone under sec-
tion 3(V) of the Environment Environmentalists


(Protection) Act 1986 and rule 5 sub- rule
(VIII) and (X) of the Environment
have launched a
(Protection) rules. battle with miners
“Also, the National Wildlife Action
Plan, 2002-2016, has emphasized that over the move to
areas outside the protected area network reduce the eco-
are vital ecological corridor links and
must be protected. The decision, howev- sensitive zone


er, did not go down well with the states as
several developmental projects were around the
badly affected. The National Board for Bannerghatta
Wildlife in its second meeting held on
March 17, 2005, modified the earlier deci- National Park. The
sion and directed that delineation of eco-
sensitive zones would have to be site-spe- plan of the Union
cific and relate to regulation and not pro-
hibition of specific activities,” he points
Ministry of
out, wondering why the board has now Environment and
done a complete U-turn on the subject.
Forest, which
Convener of United Bengaluru, Suresh
NR, warns that reducing the ESZ will
have lasting consequences for the city
and its people. “It will reduce
comes only a few
months after the ● In September, the Union environ-
ment ministry declared that it
another notification to reduce the
ESZ to 1 km.
Bengalureans’ quality of life, especially
of those living around BNP,” he laments.
While United Bengaluru has in a letter
to the Secretary of MoEF detailed its
scored a victory in
June with the
would issue a second draft pro-
posal to the state government to
● National park in Karnataka that
still do not have ESZ even after 12
objections to its new proposal, a senior declare Western Ghats as an eco- years : Jogimatti Sanctuary, he activists have pointed Why does the government
forest official admits that if the proposal to the emasculation of want to take away that 3% as
on reducing the eco-sensitive zone is
Mines and senstive area after a draft pro- Thimlapura Sanctuary, Yadahalli environmental laws that well,” he asked.
implemented, it will lead to gross envi- Geology posal expired in 2014. Chinkara Sanctuary reek of double-speak by the Even after 12 years, the state
ronmental damage and a rise in man- government. The National government has failed to
animal conflict. Department giving ● The Karnataka government said Draft Policy, issued by the decide the eco-sensitive areas
Says Executive Director of Greepeace in to their pressure that it would not accept the fresh Union government early this for three national parks –
India, Kshitij Urs, “This looks like the
notification since it "will have an
Reducing the ESZ will year, not only failed to recog- Jogimatti Sanctuary,
usual redrawing of forest boundaries. I and shutting down have lasting nise the tribal rights but also Thimlapura Sanctuary and
doubt if the Biodiversity Board was con- adverse impact on the state's appeared to have catered to Yadahalli Chinkara Sanctuary.
sulted as the 2002 Act clearly says that a mining operations economy" consequences as it will corporate interests. This compelled the Supreme
tree- tier system should be established near the park, has reduce the quality of An activist said that on one Court to state in its order,
with a National Biodiversity Authority ● In June 2016, a notification declar- hand, the government spends a “Under the circumstances, we
at the Centre, and at the state and local come as a bit of a life of Bengalureans lot on conservation, while on direct that an area of 10 km
ing 4.5 kms around Bannerghatta
Since the new proposal on the eco-sen- bolt from the blue an eco-sensitive zone was issued.
and those living around the other, allows razing of around 21 National Parks and
large tracts of forests to help wildlife sanctuaries be
sitive zone, a PIL has been filed in the for the activists, the forest” corporate. declared as ESZ by the
Supreme Court challenging it and United ● Having failed to finalise the draft —SURESH N.R. “We have only 16% forest MoEFCC. This declaration be
Bengaluru and have started reports Aksheev notification the draft policy lapsed CONVENER OF UNITED land left. Of which, only 3% is made by the ministry at the
an online petition against it. left for wildlife conservation. earliest.”
Thakur and the state government issued BENGALURU

The Indian bison was

seen in this section
of the park after
Move to reduce BNP’s eco-sensitive zone will only help miners
B.K. SINGH resources, widening of the activities to be per- anti- environment and likely to
three years. Earlier roads, movement of mitted, regulated and pro- GUEST COLUMN aggravate man- elephant conflict.
the forest officials denied
n December 9, 2011 the Union vehicular traffic at night hibited. Not surprisingly, it has earned the
Ministry of Environment through them and drastic Following this a public meters to 2 kms following the wrath of activists and NGOs. But
any wrongdoing, but later and Forests and Climate change of agriculture consultation was held for approval by the MoEF and CC. the most important thing to remem-
when the survey was Change circulated guidelines for systems. the first time in 2011 for Similarly, a proposal for a 260 sq ber here is that until the ESZ is
declaring eco-sensitive zones The guidelines also cov- Bandipur and an eco-sen- km eco-sensitve zone for notified, 10 kms around the protect-
carried out gross (ECZs) around national parks and ered organic farming, sitive zone of between 3 Bannerghatta was sent in June ed areas will continue to be treated
violations were found. The wildlife sanctuaries, focusing on use of polythene bags by kms and 7 kms was noti- 2016, covering 100 meters to 4.5 kms, as an eco-sensitive zone under the
identifying activities such as com- shopkeepers and use of fied. Later, in 2014-15, sim- but in October 2018, it was revised MoEF and CC guidelines.
silence of the forest mercial mining, felling of trees, set- renewable energy sources and sug- ilar zones were proposed for the to cover 100 meters to 1 km, bring-
department confounds ting up of sawmills and other pollu- gested that states and Union Cauvery, Kudre mukh, Mukambika, ing down the area covered to 150 sq.
me.” tion causing industries, establish-
ing hotels and resorts, commercial
Territories come up with a proposal
to establish eco-sensitive zones in
Someshwara, Talcauvery,
Brahmagiri and Pushpa giri protect-
kms. This has clearly been done to
help the stone quarries’ lobby.
(The writer is former Principal
Chief Conservator of Forests,
—VIJAY NISHANTH, use of firewood and natural water all protected areas, duly indicating ed areas and were notified over 100 The action of the government is Karnataka)

Dream of augmented humans endures, despite sceptics

LAURENCE COUSTAL But the transhumanist England, is sceptical. ten why.” be taken on the basis of ...
PARIS, DEC. 18 dream is nothing new, says “Some transhumanists A LONG WAY TO GO Transhumanists see no The economic interest of
Marc Roux, president of the sign their emails to me with reason why they cannot companies promising a sci-
Brain implants, longer French Transhumanist slogans like ‘Death is now ◗ Sceptics point to experiment with things that ence fiction future, start-
lives, genetically modified Association (AFT). optional’ or ‘The first per- the mountains sci- are already technically pos- ups talking up incredible
humans: for the prophets of “It appeared when we son to live to 500 has already ence still has to sible: retinal implants so products,” says Jarasse.
transhumanism — the sci- realised that we could make been born’,” he remarks. you can see on the infra-red That might push research
entifically assisted evolu- considered choices to use “They are clearly more climb. A whole spectrum; cochlear away from where it is really
tion of humans beyond our techniques to intervene in optimistic than me.” series of clinical tri- implants so you can pick needed, he warns.
current limitations — it is our biological evolution,” Sceptics point to the als has so far failed ultrasonic sounds. Transhumanism says
just a matter of time. he said. mountains science still has to find a cure for the That does not sit well with more about who we are
But many scientists insist Some of today’s giants of to climb. Edouard Kleinpeter, a today than who we will be,
that some problems are not technology appear to take a A whole series of clinical
neurodegenerative research engineer at argues Kleinpeter at the
so easily solved. similar view. trials has so far failed to disease Alzheimer’s, France’s National Centre CNRS. Its dreams of techno-
Sooner or later, they Google recruited comput- find a cure for the neurode- which blights many for Scientific Research logically acquired powers
argue, the movement that er scientist Ray Kurzweil, a generative disease people’s final years. (CNRS). ignores our basic fragility.
crystalised in the can-do leading light in the transhu- Alzheimer’s, which blights “Transhumanist theories The only consensus
culture of 1980s California manist movement. And it is many people’s final years. Life expectancy has rest on very materialist con- appears to be on the need to
will hit the brick wall of the backing Calico, a research Life expectancy has actu- actually fallen in cepts of the body, of con- think carefully about the
scientifically impossible. company devoted to using ally fallen in some coun- some countries, sciousness...,” he says. “For future that we want, on
The most recent contro- technology to help people tries, such as the United them, there’s no difference what role to give the tech-
versy was in November, live longer and healthier States.
such as the United between a brain and a nology being developed.
when Chinese scientist He lives. And a number of studies Some companies are researching the development of States. microprocessor.” “What worries me is that
Jianjui claimed to have cre- And Elon Musk, the bil- have concluded that there is “brain-machine” interfaces to connect humans to com- Jarrasse, over at ISIR, the world is already spectac-
ated the world’s first geneti- lionaire founder of Tesla, a limit to how old humans puters instead of external ones as seen here position is that modifying raises another problem. ularly unequal and getting
cally edited babies, who he has set up Neuralink in San can realistically expect to future generations to The people preaching for more so,” says Whitby at the
said were HIV-resistant. Francisco to develop be able to live. sibility that we might never most extreme advocates. impact heredity is not in the technology that is going University of Sussex.
The backlash from the sci- “implantable brain- And there are limits, says manage to understand cer- “Already today, a great itself abominable. to save humanity are some- “This technology is part of
entific community led to his machine interfaces to con- Nathanael Jarrasse of the tain things — denying the number of things are possi- “Why would that necessar- times the same ones selling the privilege of a tiny group
work being suspended, as nect humans to computers”. Institute for Intelligent scientifically impossible.” ble,” he argues. ily be a bad thing?” he asks. it. of very rich people. I worry
questions were raised not Blay Whitby, who studies Systems and Robotics (ISIR) Roux, in the transhuman- He acknowledges the ethi- “There is no longer any For them, the human body that they will use it to make
just about the quality of the the ethical implications of in Paris. ist camp, regrets that the cal issues raised by advanc- debate on these questions. is a new market. themselves even richer. Do
science, but the ethics of transhumanist research at “We only talk about time movement is too often ing technology. We are condemned on prin- “Political, strategic or eco- we want this sort of
the research. the University of Sussex, and money, denying the pos- reduced to the views of its But the transhumanist ciple but people have forgot- nomic decisions must not future?” — AFP
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Wisdom is not wisdom when it Better than a thousand hollow
is derived from books alone words, is one word that brings peace

19 DECEMBER 2018

Opp. PM ‘face’ could Gokul

wait till after LS polls
t’s not quite clear why DMK chief M.K. Stalin pushed for Congress
president Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of a
combined Opposition in Chennai on Sunday in the presence of Mr
Gandhi himself, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Andhra
Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. But the Congress has
been level-headed in reiterating that the question of who the next leader
of the country will be can only be a matter of discussion after the results
of the next Lok Sabha election is known. This is a realistic — and mature
— position that suggests itself, and was once again restated by senior
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Perhaps — but this is by no means certain — Mr Stalin’s remarks
worried several other senior Opposition figures to such a degree that
they were a no-show at the swearing-in of the newly-elected Congress

New raja likely to be a

CMs of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, though they were
expected. The key ones to give the formal ceremonies the miss were BSP
supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav, both former CMs
of UP, and West Bengal CM and Trinamul Congress boss Mamata
It was churlish on their part to not go,
especially since news reports suggested While new Madhya
It is reasonably well
understood that the
regional parties like
the BSP, SP and
TMC will be keen to
they had accepted the Congress’
invitation to attend the oath-taking
events. Their action has clearly impacted
the chemistry generated in May in
Bengaluru when the top Opposition
figures were present at the swearing-in of
good fit at Mint Street Pradesh CM Kamal
Nath’s massive loan
waiver within two hours
of taking the oath
ensure that the Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy. they had ic caste”, with a Masters Monday fulfils a cam-
Congress doesn’t However, the actions of various established their equa- in History, makes him
Opposition leaders in relation to the tions with those who an outlier. Since 1992 paign promise and will
have too big a lead Congress at this stage seems not too matter in the govern- RBI governors have had benefit 33 lakh
over them in num-
bers in the Lok
crucial. In some northern states, the
Congress will be pitted one to one against
Sanjeev Ahluwalia ment.
In contrast, Governor
a Ph.D. in economics.
The last non-econo-
farmers, and is a slap in
Sabha election the BJP, and the regional parties don’t Das was under no com- mist governor was S. the face of PM Narendra
really matter. pulsion to announce pol- Venkitaramanan, a Modi, who had called
As in the recently-held Assembly polls, icy. He used the well- physics major and
the BSP and SP in any case may once worn tactic of a career bureaucrat, the promise "fake", this
again try to play a tactical card that may “the sarkari novice”, who was also finance Rs 70,00-crore writeoff

help the BJP and hurt the Congress. In UP, where these parties can come abus are huge- Professionalism in frankly admitting his secretary at the Centre.
together to defeat the BJP, they may not bother with the Congress. In the ly upset, business or the govern- need to consult He had to make way in
is not good for the
same way, in West Bengal, there may not be a tieup of Ms Banerjee’s understand- ment requires having widely before forming 1992 for Dr C. country’s economic
TMC with the Congress. ably so, at the the stamina for remain- any opinion on core Rangarajan, a RBI health.
It is reasonably well understood that the regional parties like the BSP, l e s s ing true to one’s man- issues - such as deputy governor RBI,
SP and TMC will be keen to ensure that the Congress doesn’t have too than laudatory media date and professional the future governance who had the trust of As former RBI
big a lead over them in numbers in the Lok Sabha election. It’s only if coverage of Shaktikanta discipline. To be sure, architecture for the RBI; Dr Manmohan Singh, governor Raghuram
this calculation succeeds will one of them hope to be in the reckoning for Das, an IAS officer of the this is a very demand- capital adequacy norms; Prime Minister in the
PM by heading a coalition of regional forces. None of this may come to Tamil Nadu cadre who ing war of attrition liquidity concerns of UPA government, who Rajan has said,
pass, but optimism is a natural part of politics. had retired as which requires guile, industry and the mis- unleashed economic lib- such waivers can’t be a
The BJP faces alliance troubles of its own. The saffron party and the secretary, economic outstanding negotiation leadingly titled infla- eralisation and reform. long-term answer to
Congress are expected to take steps not to make prospective partners affairs, in the finance skills and trusted net- tion-growth trade-off. Governor Das need not
nervous. ministry and was w o r k s . Governor Das has most feel lonely as an outlier. farm distress. All
appointed the 25th gov- Professional economists likely internalised the Not so long ago lawyers the new CMs
ernor of the Reserve parachuted in from adage that “those who have been governors of
must look for a more
‘84 riots: Some justice at last Bank of India last week.
The first two governors
of the RBI worked under
the Raj. The term of the
academia or internation-
al financial institutions
need to learn these
skills. Many who joined
ignore history
doomed to repeat it”,
and will avoid all the
mistakes of his worthy
are the Bank of England
Gordon William
Humpherys Richardson
(1973 to 1983) and Robert
permanent solution for
the agriculture sector’s
n a scathing verdict, the Delhi high court convicted a senior first Indian governor, the government in the predecessors - like suc- Leigh-Pemberton (1983
politician for inciting a mob to murder people in 1984’s anti-Sikh riots C.D. Deshmukh, 1980s mastered the art cumbing to ill-conceived to 1993). In the
in Delhi. Sajjan Kumar, an influential Congress Member of from 1943 to 1949 and flourished. Pure government proposals - United States, William
Parliament and Jat leader when Mrs Indira Gandhi was assassinated, is spanned the Raj in technical competence while continuing the Miller, a marine engi- Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee
the first big fish to face the consequences for his role in one of the India’s decline and the first comes up short against a foundational work start- neer and lawyer Faridabad
worst mass murder episodes. Justice may have been delayed for many of blush of Independence. politico-bureaucratic ed by them. turned corporate hon-
wall. The more tech- This includes making cho, was appointed
the 7,000-plus Sikhs butchered around India as the law had completely Governor Das was
collapsed in the nation’s capital, but it hasn’t been denied. appointed in a hurry. nocrats push, the more the banks competitive chairman of the
Referring to Partition, the 1993 Mumbai bombings, the 2002 Gujarat The last-minute scram- bad cholesterol is caked through timely and rig- Federal Reserve (serv-
riots and the 2013 Muzzafarnagar communal violence, the judges spelt ble could reflect the just- onto the wall orous oversight “red ing from 1979 to 1981) by THE ABSENCE of Mayawati,
out with clarity what is wrong with our country. in-time decision-making which keeps rising high- flags” and keeping infla- President Jimmy Carter. Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh
The political patronage that rampaging mobs get is what blights the style of the Narendra er and becoming thicker, tion in check. Collapsing More recently, in 2012, Yadav from the Opposition con-
tense lives of minorities. Modi government. choking off all the net- food prices and the President Barack clave held at the swearing-in cere-
If the verdict wakes us up about India being a mosaic of multiple Alternatively, works and much-needed deflated cost of imported Obama appointed monies of newly-installed Congress
religions, languages and cultures whose social fibre is easily weakened governor Urjit Patel, his communication. oil are an unstable foun- Jerome Powell, a politics chief ministers should be taken
by targeting of communities, it would achieve far more than just predecessor, either quit Governor Das has the dation for a cheap major with cor- seriously by the bosses of the
handing out punishment for a crime. without notice or necessary attributes in money policy. With the porate experience as a "Mahagathbandhan" unless these
There may be no strict provisions to penalise those who instigate the government pre- plenty. So there is little government committed member of the Federal were due to some "prior commit-
mobs, but mob rule must be halted with an iron hand. ferred to keep his notice chance of communica- to maintaining the fiscal Reserve board. In 2017, ments". These three leaders togeth-
There can be no loss of authority at times when the system is tested by in the “pending tion networks deficit for fiscal 2019, he was elevated by er can tilt the fortunes either way
Indians turning against Indians. for perusal box” till the becoming choked either innovative mechanisms President Donald Trump in about 120 Lok Sabha seats iu
It’s the recurrence of systemic breakdowns engineered by politicians Assembly elections were with the government, for enhancing public to be chairman of the West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh in
egging mobs on to settle scores through violence that represent the over. his colleagues in finance are needed to Federal Reserve. 2019.
greatest threat to society. Deserting the ship with the RBI, the regulated alleviate farm distress; This is not to say that Arun Malankar
That’s what the judgment points to without mincing words, while barely a few months to entities or the media - selectively recapitalise academic credentials do Mumbai
dealing with the totality of how such emotional infernos destroy the go for the 2019 general who are finally the efficient financial inter- not count. They remain
election evokes “brandmakers” of those mediaries and facilitate a golden key to access
very idea of India.
unsavoury parallels in public service. the flow of credit to new narrow, tribal sects
with the practices of the Consider Governor neo-capitalists in small, like that of central
rodent family. Did the Das’ first media confer- employment intensive bankers. But in the PEOPLE ATTEND weddings that
pragmatic Mr Patel bail ence. Convened within industry. Indian context, with two- offer a variety of cuisines. But have
out just in time? hours of his taking over, Governor Das is likely thirds of financial insti- you ever thought of where the left-
The government need- it was risky. to quickly and quietly tutions and a large over food goes? Most of it is wasted
THE ASIAN AGE ed to find a credible and Professional economists take steps to dilute polit- chunk of formal indus- and thrown away. But there is a
reliable successor quick- would have felt com- ical opposition to the try in the public sector, way to put this food to good use. A
ly, and so it did. Frankly, pelled to announce RBI discharging its it is far more important day before the event, call an
T. VENKATRAM REDDY by choosing to leave their “agenda” and core mandate. It helps to bridge the yawning orphanage and ask if they accept
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AKISTAN Prime Minister 1965 and 1999 conflicts and cross- fought a pro-Moscow Ethiopian making huge changes may feed growth. With its split province
Imran Khan recently border attacks. So it’s unwise for regime. But ties later soured over a perfectly into Imran Khan’s naïve Taiwan and other foes, it has
invoked Franco-German Pakistan to harp on the German border town (Badme). After a narratives about the power of such ignored border issues and engages
peace to urge old rivals model. bloody war, the UN brokered truce leaders. But having perhaps built economically with them to
Niaz India and Pakistan to make peace
too. But like so many of his ideas,
Let’s review other cases where
foes became friends, especially
and then arbitration, giving Badme
to Eritrea. But big brother
up too much excitement, I must
sadly deflate it now. Ethiopia’s gen-
strengthen itself.
Among other cases, Japan, Iraq
Murtaza this one is naïve given how that
peace emerged. Using a noble anti-
split states with border disputes.
Left holding at high cost only a few
Ethiopia rejected the ruling. Alert
Pakistani minds may see parallels.
erosity on Badame reflects mainly
not the wisdom of one change
and Serbia too were pacified only
after defeats and regime changes

View from Pakistan imperialism cry, Germany often

attacked France and others. Fed up
with wars in Europe, the global
small towns surrounded by rebels,
Sudan wisely — albeit surprisingly
— let South Sudan split after a long
The bigger state from which the
smaller one split here rejects a UN
ruling too. The UN didn’t award
leader, but its extended rapid
growth. This catapulted a change
leader to power as it can’t grow fur-
effected by the West. The US and
Moscow became less hostile, again
only after a regime change in
powers finally imposed regime war. But India is far more in con- Kashmir to Pakistan, but ruled for ther with its old controlled sociopo- Moscow, forced in its case by

India, Pak must change and pacifism on it by occu-

pying it for long.
But distant Pakistan-India con-
trol in Kashmir. The split didn’t
resolve the status of Abyei, an oil-
rich area, leading to many skir-
a referendum. Eritrea too pursued
freedom based on claims of being a
nation, despite being multi-ethnic
litical system. With this rapid
growth, fight on an obscure town
distracted it from bigger goals. So
economic and state collapse. Such
collapse is unlikely here. But
parallels-wise Pakistan faces more

go from foe to flicts don’t affect the world powers

enough to risk invading nuclear
states. At most, they may impose
mishes. South Sudan is now too
beset by internal wars to press its
claim. In terms of parallels,
and never having been a united
free state ever. So the parallels
increase. The parallels may appear
the parallels end. Kashmir is not
an obscure town but a strategic
region. India has already seen pro-
endemic economic woes. Jordan
and Egypt made peace with Israel
but under unelected regimes
ineffective sanctions. This raises a Pakistan is more beset by internal even more seductive for Pakistani longed rapid growth without it seeking American favours to
friend; focus on tantalising issue. Who would they
see as Germany here? The instinc-
wars, though their scale is much
minds given the rapid recent
happy ending where the bigger
state agreed to give Badme to
showing generosity on Kashmir,
but only on smaller, Badme-scale,
tiffs with other neighbours. But
survive. Again, it is Pakistan
which has often had unelected
regimes seeking US favours to
tive Pakistani response may be Eritrea split from Ethiopia after a
eco ties, growth India. But, the merits of the
Kashmir cause aside, they admon-
ish it as the instigator of the 1948,
long war. There was initial amity,
both being run by Tigrinya tribe
ex-rebels which had separately
Eritrea after a transformational
leader Abiye Ali won power in
Ethiopia. This talk of a wise leader
China has made big compromises,
though only tactical and not per-
manent ones, in pursuit of fast
survive, but they too haven’t bent
much on Kashmir.
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Busting myths: ‘Make in India’ to ‘Design in India’

story for India. The country In order to fulfil the Internet of Things (IoT). need for participating in and would cover various parame-
has emerged as the second Also, the potential economic leveraging standards develop- ters, such as: the standard
largest mobile phone producer aspirations of the roll- impact of 5G is expected to be ment which is immensely development process, R&D
in the world (second only to out of the commercial unprecedented. It is set to act important, since they bring incentives, competition, inno-
Pradeep S. Mehta China) with an annual produc-
tion of 11 million units in 2017.
deployment of 5G
mobile communica-
as the foundation for a global
innovation ecosystem which
forth various economic, tech-
nological and competitive ben-
vation, interoperability,
economies of scale, contribu-
However, a study titled will open up industries to dis- efits for the relevant stakehold- tion to GVCs, etc, keeping in
“Standards Development and
tions technology by ruptive and novel products as ers. mind the interests of
the 5G Opportunity: Mapping 2020, more efforts well as processes, thereby What we have failed to realise various stakeholders - such as
the way forward for would be required in enhancing efficiency and pro- is that as technology-based technology developers
India’s Telecommunications moving from ‘Make in ductivity. Concurrently, this competition intensifies, com- and investors in R&D; technol-

ver two-thirds ing 5G ecosystem offers this Industry”, undertaken by will profoundly enhance the petitive success, at the region- ogy implementers and net-
of international grand opportunity.The govern- CUTS International, excavated
India’ to ‘Creating capability of countries to lever- al and global levels, is critical- work operators; and end con-
trade today is ment is aware of this and thus, beneath this success story. Value in India’ age ICT for imparting sustain- ly reliant on control over IP sumers.
conducted thro in addition to the dream of It revealed that a major chunk able societal change. rights. Instead of participating With this broader framework
ugh global Digital India, a programme of the manufacturing in R&D, skills, etc, for captur- Alas, there are several myths in the collaborative standards in mind, the policy considera-
value chains. envisaged to digitally trans- activity in India is akin to ing several opportunities surrounding the development process tions to be implemented
For example, a form the country, it has recent- assembling the components of of growth including (a) the underlying technology devel- (which should have been the include: increasing specialisa-
mobile phone or a railway ly adopted the National Digital mobile handsets. The Indian opportunity to generate opment process in India which next organic step in order to tion and providing incentives
engine or a jet aircraft would Communications Policy players were largely technolo- and leverage indigenous might hinder the prospects of remain globally competitive), for firms to move up the GVC
be comprising of components (NDCP). gy implementers, who depend- Intellectual Property (IP) 5G. First, as mentioned many Indian implementers ladder; encourage participa-
from 30 different countries and However, in order to fulfil the ed on the foreign players and increase competitiveness above, historically, Indian and manufacturers in India tion in international Standard
assembled in a few, to be put aspirations of the rollout of the for technology development. of Indian startups and firms that manufactured ICT have advocated for the need D e v e l o p m e n t
out in the market under a commercial deployment of 5G Crucial indicators, such as firms, thereby enabling eco- products have focused on to regulate licensing of the Organisations (SDO); and
brand. One area in which India mobile communications tech- Knowledge Creation, nomic growth and job creation; assembling of ICT products in underlying patented technolo- maintain a fine balance among
has a comparative advantage nology by 2020, and of moving Patents by Origin, Knowledge and (b) building an innovation India and perceived it as a sus- gy of the standard, which takes IP Protection, Competition and
is information and communi- up the GVC in mobile phone Diffusion and and competition tainable and competitive busi- the form of Standard Essential Innovation.
cations technology (ICT) equip- manufacturing, more Intellectual Property Rights friendly ecosystem for emerg- ness model. However, it Patents. This approach also This will enable the country
ment. Therefore, India efforts would be required in (IPR) Receipts, etc of the ing digital technology became evident that it was the magnified their competitive to slowly but steadily build and
has strategised to enhance this moving from “Make in India” Global Innovation Index (GII) players, thereby enhancing stark opposite. The second mis- inefficiencies and should be foster an innovation ecosys-
sector. However, if it has to “Creating Value in India”. related to value addition in productivity. This becomes conception on the part of kept in mind by Indian firms tem, thereby unlocking the
to gain a larger pie in the GVC One of the objectives of the local production and invest- more crucial in the wake of the Indian firms was the underes- who now seek to emerge as true potential of India’s digital
of ICT goods and services, it NDCP has been of enhancing ment in research and develop- emerging 5G timation of the importance of competitive players in the 5G economy.
has to focus on innovation to India’s contribution to GVCs of ment activities have witnessed technology, which is set to fun- the international collaborative technology ecosystem.
be ahead of other rivals. mobile handset production. a stagnating or a damentally change the way we s t a n d a r d s In the light of such ill- The writer is the
This means that “Design in Since the launch of the “Make decreasing trend over the past live, work, interact with each development process. informed notions, there is a secretary-general of
India” should have the in India” initiative, mobile three years (2015 to 2017). other and with the intercon- India’s participation in devel- need for busting the myths CUTS International, a global
same missionary approach as phone manufacturing has Accordingly, Indian compa- nected things around us, cou- opment of standards has been through awareness and capaci- policy research and
“Make in India”. The upcom- been touted to be a success nies need to invest more pled with the dynamism of the sub-optimal, and there is a ty building initiatives. This advocacy group

Temple in the age of colliders Sant Rajinder


OME countries dream of the November 2016 demonetisa- were expecting. Nor did the cus- and the BJP party bosses some
building the next genera- tion exercise, has been the 182- tomary aggressive attack on the pause. At least one forthright BJP
Latha tion colliders to unlock the
secrets of the universe,
metre-high statue of Sardar
Vallabhai Patel, a freedom fighter
Congress and the calumny against
Jawaharlal Nehru do it
member of Parliament has pub-
licly criticised the leadership
Jishnu behemoths that will dwarf the
Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
that was unveiled in 2008 by the
and a leading light of the Congress
Party who served as home minis-
ter in Jawaharlal Nehru’s govern-
much good. And yet, the focus of
the RSS-BJP campaign in the next
general election, according to
for pursuing a backward looking
agenda - he named the temple
issue as one of the pointless issues
Spirituality means
European Organisation
for Nuclear Research, CERN.
Others build giant statues of old
ment. While the Statue of Unity,
as it is called, was patently an
attempt to appropriate one of
most reports emanating from
these power centres, is expected to
be reviving its Ram temple cam-
- and alienating the people on its
home turf. But panic over losing
the 2019 general election may well
love in action
heroes or focus on building more the stalwarts of the freedom strug- paign. Since the development propel the BJP to ignore sane nce we open the doorway to the soul,
temples, a throwback to the gle to cover the BJP’s lack of any agenda on which Mr Modi swept advice. we can learn to balance our life in
Communist regimes that have of its own, such memorials - there to power in 2014 has been exposed It is not as if China does not the inner and outer worlds.
become history or to more ancient is another massive statue of for the sham it is, the BJP would flaunt its desire for a return to the Exploring our soul while fulfilling our pur-
times when building (or destroy- Shivaji, the 17th century use the demand for building the glory days of its past. The location
ing) places of worship symbolised Maratha warrior, in the Arabian temple, according to some politi- of its proposed super collider pose in the outer world is an art that we
power. And in these differing per- Sea, off the Mumbai coast - cal analysts, as the overarching appears to have been chosen with can master.
spectives we have a clear delin- are integral to Mr Modi’s idea of a narrative to win the general elec- some thought. It will be built near Spirituality means love in action. It
eation between forward-looking “New India”. As he declared in a tion. If that is indeed the case, Qinhuangdao at the end of Great means enjoying our spiritual riches and
and backward-looking nations. promotional video: “See our it would reflect poorly on Indians Wall, bringing together an enor- sharing them with all we meet. We can
If it is the age of frontier technol- height, measure this nation’s who surely should be thinking mous project that had its begin- learn to balance our spiritual practices
ogy under Xi Jinping in China, in height. This is what we want.” more of the future than of the past. nings in the 7th century BC and with our worldly responsibilities, enjoying
Narendra Modi’s India it is Is that what Indians really want? It’s a bizarre agenda for a country a stupendous undertaking of the the fruits within ourselves and sharing
revivalism of what is largely an Not really, as last week’s defeat of that aspires to be the rising star future. our gifts with humanity.
imagined past, a past that is as far the BJP in three key states in the of Asia, if not of the world. China, among all nations, may Looking inward means that we are in a
removed from current concerns Hindi heartland show. The stat- Nations do hark back to the past be uniquely placed to pour enor- state of inner spiritual bliss. We are con-
as it possibly can get. ues, the renaming of cities to build bridges to the present but mous sums of money into scious of our soul's connectedness with
The LHC, built 150 metres under- with Muslim and Mughal names seldom has a country been naïve research projects, but it is pursu- God and all life. We are strengthened by
ground on the French-Swiss bor- and Mr Modi’s talent for looking enough to believe that altering or ing such projects with the clear the fearlessness that comes with identify-
der and boasting a 27-km-wide cir- back in anger have failed to pro- reconstructing the past is goal of becoming the global leader ing with our soul. We live in the knowledge
cumference, has been the core of vide the outcome the BJP and its a panacea for a bleak future. in science, both theoretical and that we are immortal. Just as a computer
particle physics research. ideological custodian, the Hopefully, the dissension within applied. The approach, notes monitor is connected to the hard drive and
For ordinary people, its signifi- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the party should give Mr Modi French historian Francois
cance is hard to grasp. Godement, director of the Asia can receive the data from it, we are
Scientists explain that the LHC and China programme at the plugged into and receive a continuous
smashes subatomic particles at European Council on stream from the source all wisdom, uncon-
nearly the speed of light, and has Foreign Relations, is not just ditional love, and bliss. We devote specific
given the world breakthrough dis- about making China a major time to meditation daily, but even when
coveries such as the Higgs- Boson. cyber power, but “also about not in meditation, we are in tune with our
They believe the Higgs is a funda- China’s capacity to shape soul. Throughout the day, as we go about
mental building block of the uni- the international governance of our work, the bliss pours through us, the
verse. cyberspace according to its own knowledge is available to us, the fearless-
But fundamental questions interests”. ness and strength sustains us, and we are
about our universe are still a mys- What India’s chest-thumping empowered to act on the basis of spiritual
tery and cannot be answered by politicians given to braggadocio values. The stream sustains us from with-
the limitations of the LHC, the should also note is Godement’s in at all times, enriching every moment of
reason why more nations are observation that although China’s our life.
embarked on a Holy Grail of build- development in the digital When we are in love with an earthly
ing the next-generation experi- and artificial intelligence arenas beloved, the whole world takes on the
ments or the super colliders. “have attracted so much hype
Japan is planning an abroad (that) it is sobering to read colour of love. We see things as rosy and
International Linear Collider, more modest assessments from blissful. Similarly, when in a state of bliss
while Cern is going ahead with a Chinese sources themselves”. from within, it colours the world as bliss.
Future Circular Collider. The Yes, India’s space missions are We then see ecstasy wherever we look.
most ambitious is China’s pro- much to be proud of such as the While we need to invert to find God, we
If it is the age of frontier ject, which is scheduled to break Mangalayan or the Mars Orbiter need not be intro-
technology under Xi ground in 2021. Experts think this Mission. But did they push back verted when deal-
collider could well define the fron- the frontiers? China has just ing with the people
Jinping in China, in tiers of particle physics for the launched the first mission to the around us. Looking
Narendra Modi’s India it is next two generations. dark side of the moon. It has outward means
revivalism of what is As China shows its technologi- entered lunar orbit and scientists that we can also be
cal prowess, the Narendra Modi around the world are highly attuned and
largely an imagined past, government in India is pushing watching the effort with admira- aware of what is
a past that is as far the country towards a backward tion. Can India afford to continue happening in our
removed from current agenda.The most grandiose of the to be trapped in an imagined past? outer environ-
Modi government’s projects, that
concerns as it possibly is, ignoring the scale of the
ment. We can place
can get our attention
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where we choose. Our awareness of the
needs of others, our concentration, our
sensitivity, and our compassion grow
along with our spiritual development. The
THE NYT CROSSWORD more we invert, we become aware of the
needs of others. One sign that we have
grown spiritually is that we are less self-
ACROSS 46 The worst of times ?9 Prime draft pick 44 Director of "The 40-Year-Old absorbed and selfish and more humanity -
47 ___ wrench 10 Tiny tube travelers Virgin" and "This Is 40" absorbed and selfless. The more attuned
1 Objective worked toward dur- 48 Taps, as a keg 11 Lost all patience 45 Fail to follow suit we are to the soul within us, the greater
ing crunch time? 50 Cliff notes? 12 Profession in a Eugene O'Neill 47 Missionaries of Charity our love, compassion, and service for our
8 "Get off the stage!" 52 4x platinum album of 2001 title founder fellow beings.
15 43-Across that shares its name 53 Eric of "Munich" 13 "___ and happiness are an 49 Button material When we see the outer world through the
with part of a flower 54 Hitherto impossible combination": Mark 51 Mother of Perseus eyes of our soul, we see the light of God
16 Catching rays for days, say 55 Pound, e.g. Twain 54 Only shining even in plants and animals, and we
17 Need for a certain outlet 56 Suffered humiliation 14 Where Nemo was found in 55 Recorder button start to live our lives in such a way as to
18 Outlet's opposite 58 Early tool "Finding Nemo" 57 "Frasier" role preserve all living things. As we grow spir-
19 Singer with the 2012 hit "Let 60 Participate in quid pro quo 21 Nip in the end 59 Post's Honey ___! itually, we become more receptive to oth-
Me Love You" 61 Region of Ghana known for 24 A.F.C. North team ers, including animals and plants. We
20 "Later, alligator!" gold and cocoa 25 Notable ring bearer become more giving and caring when we
22 Successful hacker's declara- 62 Plucks 27 A.F.C. East team, deal with other people and all forms of life.
tion 63 Roll of 4 and 6, in craps informally When we examine the lives of the saints
23 Tubes 29 Intangible quality and mystics, we find that they devoted
24 Agrees to compromise DOWN 32 Official birds of their lives to helping others. They were
25 Chihuahua, for one Quebec like the swan that lives in water but flies
26 Seriously muscular 1 Teacher's timesaver for grad- 33 Center of a with dry wings. While all the time they are
28 Hagatna is its capital ing tests Scrabble board in tune with the Creator, they still live
30 Big Apple team, on score- 2 PC modem or drive 35 Kind of phase for amongst others, participating fully in life.
boards 3 Novelty item in vintage comic some teens We, too, can attain this state. By spending
31 Deep blue book ads 37 Place to get ribs or time daily in meditation, we can discover
32 Word on some Emmy awards ?4 Law enforcers, in slang pulled pork the power of our soul, enriching our lives
34 Cutting-edge, as an electronic ?5 Start of some rock genre 38 Literally, "little with wisdom, immortality, love, fearless-
product names wheel" ness, connectedness, and bliss.
36 Alpha male, perhaps? ?6 One side of a store sign 39 Low-cal version of
40 Some Girl Scout cookies ?7 Real first name of writer Isak a classic cookie Sant Rajinder Singhji, head of Sawan
42 Any of three sisters of old Dinesen 41 From Kirpal Ruhani Mission, works
Hollywood ?8 Rides the waves without a 43 Deep blue towards promoting inner and outer
43 See 15-Across board peace. He can be contacted at
Huge loss
Tulsi Giri, Nepal’s two-time prime
minister and senior politician, 8
passed away on Tuesday

Don’t dictate to China,

Facebook, Twitter
Prez Xi ‘warns’ world
and Google are so ■ Speech on reform anniversary gloats on nation’s progress
biased toward the “(We must) oppose the
Beijing, Dec. 18: China
Dems it is ridiculous! will not heed to any dicta-
tion by others on what it
practices of imposing
one’s will upon others,
— Donald Trump, should do or what it ■ (We must) ■ It is the revolu- interfering in others’
US President should not, President Xi
Jinping asserted on Tues-
oppose imposing tion that propelled internal affairs or the
strong bullying the weak,”
day as the Communist one’s will upon oth- a big leap forward he said.
ers, interfering in in the cause of
IN BRIEF giant celebrated the 40th
anniversary of its reform others’ internal socialism with
China is “increasingly
approaching the centre of
and opening-up policies the world stage,” he said
Woman’s trial in Kim that have transformed it
from an impoverished
affairs or strong
bullying the weak
Chinese character-
and noted that the country
pursues a defensive
kin killing on hold country into a global eco-
nomic powerhouse. ■ No matter how ■ The country has national defence policy.
“China’s development
Shah Alam: The trial of an But Xi’s speech lasting far China develops, maintained its does not pose a threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the top military staff in the Russian
Indonesian woman accused over 80 minutes did not it will never seek social stability over any country. No matter Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday. Putin said that new
of assassinating the North offer any indication of hegemony a long period how far China develops, it Russian weapons have no foreign equivalents, helping ensure the nation's security
Korean leader’s half-brother relaxation of the ruling will never seek hegemo- for decades to come. — AP
was put on hold on Tuesday Communist Party’s firm ny,” the Chinese president
due to a row over witness grip on political power or No one is in a position assured jittery neighbours
to dictate to the who are worried over

UK braces up for no-deal

statements, the latest delay concrete policies to tackle
in the case. Siti Aisyah from China’s complex econom- Beijing’s growing econom-
Indonesia and Doan Thi ic problems like slower Chinese people what ic clout. The reform and
Huong from Vietnam were on growth and an ongoing should or should not be opening-up is a great revo-
trial for over a year, accused trade war with the US. done lution in the history of the
of murdering Kim Jong Nam
by smearing nerve agent VX
on his face at Kuala Lumpur
airport. The brazen assassina-
US President Donald
Trump has demanded fur-
ther reforms to the
Chinese economy, includ-
Chinese President
Chinese people and the
Chinese nation, he said.
“It is the great revolu-
tion that propelled a quan-
Brexit amid heat on May
tion in February last year ing greater access for US listed its achievements over 5,000 years of civili- tum leap forward in the JOE JACKSON leader Jeremy Corbyn's
shocked the world but the companies and a clamp- since late leader Deng sation and more than 1.3 cause of socialism with LONDON, DEC. 18 request Monday for a non-
women have denied murder, down on intellectual prop- Xiaoping launched the era billion people. Chinese characteristics,” binding no-confidence
saying they believed they erty theft. Xi’s speech of “Reform and Opening” “No one is in a position Xi, also General Secretary British ministers agreed motion in May. That had
were taking part in a prank comes during a 90-day in 1978. to dictate to the Chinese of the Communist Party Tuesday to make no-deal followed her telling MPs
and were tricked by North truce between Washington China’s economy will people what should or and Chairman of the Brexit planning "an oper- they will not get to vote on
Korean agents. The women, and Beijing while the two produce “miracles that should not be done,” he Central Military ational priority" amid her deal this week, but
in their 20s, went on trial sides try to reach a com- will impress the world” in asserted amidst growing Commission, said. continued Opposition to instead in the week begin-
together in October 2017. promise. the coming years, the 65- pressure from the Trump Xi is widely seen as Prime Minister Theresa's ning January 14.
At a grand ceremony year-old top leader said administration on Beijing China’s most influential May draft divorce deal, The delay prompted
Kiwi referendum on held in Beijing’s imposing
Great Hall of the People,
while noting that there is
no textbook of golden
on several fronts, includ-
ing on trade and the
leader since Mao. In 2017,
he cemented his power,
just 14 weeks before the
country leaves the EU.
Theresa May accusations she was
stalling to increase pres-
legal pot in 2020 Xi praised the Chinese
people’s “hard work, wis-
rules to follow for reform
and development in
Chinese military flexing
its muscles in the strate-
enshrining his political
views in the Constitution.
Following a meeting of
her Cabinet — the last
to businesses on how best
to prepare for the sce-
sure on MPs to back the
plan — and fresh calls for
Wellington: New Zealand will dom and courage” and China, a country with gic Indo-Pacific region. — PTI before Parliament breaks nario, which many fear Labour to table a binding
hold a referendum on legalis- for the Christmas/New could be catastrophic for no-confidence vote
ing recreational marijuana Year break — defence sec- the British economy. against the whole govern-
when the South Pacific
nation votes in its next gen-
eral election in 2020, the
government announced on
Flynn heads to sentencing RAJAPAKSA IS
retary Gavin Williamson
said around 3,500 troops
would be on stand-by to
help deal with the "any
Businesses will be pro-
vided with a 100-plus page
online preparation pack
and emails will be sent to
However, such a move
faces likely defeat after
Conservative Brexit hard-
Tuesday. The ballot was
among the demands the
Green Party made during
talks to join Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern’s progressive
after final jabs at the FBI
Washington, Dec. 18:
Colombo, Dec. 18:
contingencies" from a no-
deal outcome.
But Brexit Secretary
Steve Barclay said minis-
ters still hoped to secure
80,000 of those most likely
to be impacted over the
next few days, according
to Downing Street.
May's Cabinet is divided
liners and the Democratic
Unionist Party, which
props up her government,
both said they would back
coalition government after
the 2017 election. Justice
Michael Flynn will likely
walk out of a courtroom a EX-FBI CHIEF COMEY Members of Sri Lanka’s
Parliament on Tuesday
backing for May's agree-
ment in a House of
between ministers who
want the government to
May insisted Monday
that she was continuing to


Minister Andrew Little said free man due to his exten- questioned whether Commons vote delayed embrace a no-deal out- seek "assurances" from
the government had agreed sive cooperation with fed- Mahinda Rajapaksa, until next month. come and those who the EU over elements of
to the timetable, and the eral prosecutors, but the who recently quit as He added that any favour parliament having her plan, although EU
result of the referendum run-up to his sentencing Washington, Dec. 18: “People who know bet- prime minister, can hold responsible government a final say in a series of officials said no meetings
would be binding. “It hearing on Tuesday has Former FBI director ter, including Repub- his seat after earlier would intensify prepara- votes on potential scenar- were planned.
will be held at the 2020 gen- exposed raw tensions over James Comey lashed out lican members of this relinquishing member- tions for the "default ios for Brexit. The postponed vote has
eral election,” he told an FBI interview in which at Donald Trump on body, have to have the ship in the political option" of leaving the One option is the prime left members of her own
reporters he lied about his Russian Tuesday for telling courage to stand up and party he represented in European Union without minister's own Brexit party and Labour opposi-
contacts. “lies” and undermining speak the truth.” the last election. a deal on March 29 next deal, but that is hanging tion politicians infuriat-
France charges The former national
security adviser’s lawyers
the rule of law, and
urged Republicans to
Comey spoke after a
spurt of anti-FBI tweets
Lakshman Kiriella, a
lawmaker from the rul-
year. "We agreed that
preparing for no deal will
by a thread after she was
forced to pull a vote on it
"The Prime Minister has
gunman accomplice have suggested that inves-
tigators discouraged him
stand up to the presi-
from the President over
the past week alleged
ing United National
Front coalition, raised
be an operational priority
within government,"
last week in the face of
huge opposition from
cynically run down the
clock, trying to manoeu-
Paris: A French anti-terrorist from having an attorney “The FBI’s reputation that the investigative the question in Parli- Barclay said. "But our within her own vre parliament into a
court on Monday charged a present during the has as taken a big hit body abused its powers ament soon after Spea- overall priority remains Conservative Party. choice between two unac-
man arrested for allegedly January 2017 interview because the president of in probing his former ker Karu Jayasuriya an- to secure a deal." Earlier Tuesday, ceptable outcomes" -- her
supplying a revolver used in and never informed him it the United States, with personal lawyer Michael nounced that he accept- He said departments Downing Street reported- deal or no deal, Corbyn
a mass shooting at a was a crime to lie. his acolytes, has lied Cohen and his former ed Rajapaksa as the would step up their advice ly blocked opposition said. — AFP
Christmas market in Prosecutors shot back, about it constantly. In NSA Michael Flynn. Opposition leader bec-
Strasbourg last week, a judi- “He does not need to be the face of those lies, a Cohen and Flynn have ause President Maithr-
cial source said. The 37-year-
old, who was not immediate-
ly identified, was ordered to
be held in detention on
warned it is a crime to lie
to federal agents to know
the importance of telling
them the truth.”
whole lot of good peo-
ple... believe that non-
sense,” Comey told
reporters in the halls of
both been convicted for
various crimes and have
both offered proof dam-
aging to their former
ipala Sirisena had with-
drawn from a national
unity government with
Prime Minister Ranil
India ranks 108th in WEF
gender gap index for 2018
charges of association with a On Monday evening, the the US Senate. boss. — Agencies Wickremesinghe.
terrorist conspiracy and dispute and a judge's Jayasuriya said he
weapons possession, the intervention led prosecu- would rule on the matter
source said. The man, initially tors to publicly file a given the seemingly pro- defence arguments on Friday.
arrested on Thursday, is sus- redacted copy of the notes ductive relationship spurred speculation that Mahinda Rajapaksa on
pected of helping to provide
the pistol made at the end of
from Flynn’s FBI inter-
view that largely bolster
between the two sides, and
it was especially striking
Flynn may be trying to get
sympathy from President
Tuesday became Sri
Lanka’s Opposition
New Delhi, Dec. 18: India ■ Gender gap was past decade. “In fact, India
actually widens the gen-
has been ranked 108th in
the 19th century used by the case, showing he told since prosecutors with Donald Trump or may be leader in Parliament, World Economic Forum measured across der gap on this subindex
Cherif Chekatt, a career crim- agents things he later said special counsel Robert playing to a judge known days after he resigned as (WEF) gender gap index, four key pillars - eco- this year.”
inal who shot dead five peo- were false. Mueller's office have for a zero-tolerance view PM after clinging on to same as 2017, while nomic opportunity, However, on the positive
ple and wounded 11 at the Still, the mere insinua- praised Flynn’s coopera- of government miscon- power for nearly two recording improvement in political empower- side, India has slightly
market last Tuesday night. tion of underhanded tac- tion and recommended duct. months, amidst political wage equality for similar improved in WEF's wage
Chekatt was killed by police tics has been startling against prison time. The — Agencies turmoil. — Agencies work and fully closing its ment, educational equality for similar work
after a two-day manhunt. tertiary education gender attainment, and indicator, where it stood
gap for the first time. health and survival. at 72nd place. The country

UK MPs BID FOR Protesters target Hungary state TV As per the WEF’s Global
Gender Gap Report 2018,
released on Tuesday, vival. “It (India) needs to
has also closed its tertiary
education enrolment gap
for the first time in 2018

while India has many make improvements acr- and has managed to keep
Budapest, Dec. 17: Anti- MTVA broadcaster after The MPs had demanded MPs they had a right to challenges as it ranks oss the board, from its primary and secondary
government protests in two Opposition MPs broa- access to studios to read a enter a public establish- 142nd out of 149 countries women’s participation to gaps closed for the third

IN CENSUS Hungary hit its public

broadcaster on Monday,
with the Opposition gal-
dcast footage of them-
selves being thrown out of
the building earlier in the
petition against the gov-
ernment and what they
call its “slave” labour law.
ment. “This is not a pri-
vate television station for
Fidesz,” the party of
in the economic opportu-
nity and participation
subindex, it also has a few
getting more women into
senior and professional
roles,” WEF said.
year running.
Interestingly, India has
the second-largest artifi-
London, Dec. 18: A group of vanised by the furious day. MTVA security guards rightwing nationalist achievements. WEF also noted that cial intelligence (AI)
British MPs launched a year- reaction to a controversial One of the lawmakers forcibly ejected independ- Prime Minister Viktor Gender gap was meas- India continues to rank workforce but one of the
long campaign to lobby for new labour law. had called for people to ent MPs Akos Hadhazy Orban, “but the television ured across four key pil- third-lowest in the world largest AI gender gaps,
Sikhism to be added as a sepa- Several thousand demo- gather under the slogan: and Bernadett Szel. The of the Hungarian people, lars — economic opportu- on health and survival, with only 22 per cent of
rate ethnicity tick-box in the nstrators gathered in the “If they throw us out the two MPs filed a complaint financed by the people’s nity, political empower- remaining the world's roles filled by women.
next UK Census in 2021 after evening outside the door, we’ll come back in with police posted in front taxes,” said the MPs. ment, educational attain- least-improved country on Nordic countries domi-
Britain’s statistical authority Budapest offices of the through the window”. of the building and said as — AFP ment, and health and sur- this subindex over the nated the top slots. —PTI
concluded it was not required.
The All Party Parliamentary

■ Couple sent to prison for belonging to a group banned under anti-terror laws
Group for British Sikhs accused
the Office of National Statistics
(ONS) of ignoring Sikh commu-
nity support for such a catego-
ry to ensure fair treatment of
British Sikhs and address dis-
crimination. “The ONS with its
latest proposals in the White
UK court jails couple who named child after Hitler ‘QUIZZED’ OVER JEWEL THEFT
Brussels, Dec. 18: A Henri, and his wife,
Paper has now opened itself up London, Dec. 18: A British laws. graphs of your child by makeup artist to the Maria Teresa, was com-
to legal action and a claim of court on Tuesday sen- In his sentencing, Inman symbols of Nazism and the Belgian queen has mitted earlier this year
institutionalising discrimination tenced a fanatical neo-Nazi said the group had "horrif- Ku Klux Klan". reportedly been ques- by someone with inside
against Sikhs,” said Labour MP couple who named their ic" goals. Photographs recovered tioned by police over the information, the
Preet Kaur Gill, chair of the baby son after Adolf Hitler National Action wanted from their house showed theft of crown jewels Belgian newspaper Het
APPG for British Sikhs. “MPs, to prison for belonging to a "the overthrow of democra- Thomas cradling his new- belonging to the royal Nieuwsblad reported.
along with gurdwaras, Sikh group banned under anti- cy in this country by seri- born son while wearing the family of neighbouring The makeup artist is
organisations and the commu- terror laws. ous violence and murder, Ku Klux Klan white robe. Luxembourg, reported said to regularly work
nity, are starting a year-long Adam Thomas was sen- and the imposition of a The couple's close friend, the Guardian. with Belgium's Queen
campaign to put this right and tenced to six and a half Nazi-style state which Darren Fletcher, who On the direction of a Mathilde, and other sen-
a Sikh ethnic tick box to be years in prison and his would eradicate whole sec- admitted National Action court in Luxembourg, ior royals, including
added when the Census Order Portuguese partner tions of society by such vio- membership before trial, the Belgian, named only Princesses Paola and
is presented in the House of Claudia Patatas to five lence and mass-murder," was also jailed on Tuesday as JV, is said to have Claire, the King's moth-
Commons,” she said. In the years in prison by judge Inman said. for five years for the same spent a full day helping er and sister-in-law. He
White Paper, Help Shape Our Melbourne Inman at The judge said the couple, crime. police investigating the was also reportedly one
Future: The 2021 Census of Birmingham Crown Court. who gave their child the Fletcher, 28, had taught theft from a royal of a number of beauti-
Population and Housing in Thomas, 22, and Patatas, middle name "Adolf", had his daughter to give a Nazi palace. cians who worked at the
England and Wales, the ONS 38, were among six people "a long history of violent salute. Investigators believe 2012 wedding party of
said the estimates of the Sikh sentenced for membership racist beliefs". Daniel Bogunovic, 27, a the theft of jewels from Luxembourg's Prince
population can be met through of National Action, which "You acted together in all leading member of a palace belonging to William and Stéphanie
data from the specific response in 2016 became the first you thought, said and did, National Action's Midlands Luxembourg's sover- de Lannoy, a Belgian
option in the Sikh religion right-wing group to be in the naming of your son chapter, was sentenced to Adam Thomas and his partner Claudia Patatas with their eign, Grand Duke countess. — Agencies
question. — PTI banned under anti-terror and the disturbing photo- six years. — AFP child and a Nazi flag.
Science+Health WEDNESDAY | 19 DECEMBER 2018 | NEW DELHI

Most distant solar Saturn losing
its iconic

system object found

rings rapidly,
says Nasa
Washington, Dec. 18:
Saturn’s iconic rings are
The second-most distant object in solar system is Eris, at about 96 AU being rapidly pulled
apart into a dusty rain
Low self-control ◗ 2018 VG18, nick-
of ice particles under

online puts you at

Washington, Dec. 18:
Scientists have discovered
the most-distant body ever
named ‘Farout’ by
the team for its
the influence of the
planet's magnetic field,
Nasa scientists say.
Presence of oxygen
cyber attack risk on planet doesn’t
observed in our solar sys- At this rate, the
tem — located over 100 extremely distant Saturn's rings are likely
times farther than Earth location, is at about to disappear in the next
Washington: People who is from the Sun. 120 astronomical 100 million years.
have low self-control —
indulging in impulse online
shopping, downloading
The new object, discov-
ered by Scott S Sheppard
from Carnegie Institution
units (AU), where 1
AU is defined as the
“We estimate that this
‘ring rain’ drains an
amount of water prod-
mean life: Study
music and compulsive for Science, David Tholen distance between ucts that could fill an Washington, Dec. 18:
email use — are more likely from University of the Earth and the Olympic-sized swim- The presence of oxygen ATMOSPHERE
to become easy targets of Hawaii, and Chad Trujillo Sun ming pool from Saturn’s and organic compounds
cyber attacks, a study from Northern Arizona rings in half an hour,” on planets may not nec- ● Oxygen makes
warns. Scientists from the University in the US, has er objects,” he added. said James O'Donoghue essarily mean that they up 20 per cent of
Michigan State University in been given the provisional “All that we currently of Nasa’s Goddard harbour life, according
the US examined designation 2018 VG18. know about 2018 VG18 is Space Flight Center. to a study.
Earth’s atmos-
the personality traits and 2018 VG18, nicknamed its extreme distance from “From this alone, the In their search for life phere and is con-
behaviours — both obvious “Farout” by the team for the Sun, its approximate entire ring system will in solar systems near sidered one of the
and subtle — that lead its extremely distant loca- diameter, and its colour,” be gone in 300 million and far, researchers most robust
someone to fall victim to tion, is at about 120 astro- said Tholen. years, but add to this the have often accepted the biosignature
malware attacks. “People nomical units (AU), where “Because 2018 VG18 is so Cassini-spacecraft presence of oxygen in a
who show signs of low self- 1 AU is defined as the dis- distant, it orbits very measured ring-material planet’s atmosphere as gases
control are the ones we tance between the Earth slowly, likely taking more detected falling into the surest sign that life
found more susceptible to and the Sun. than 1,000 years to take Saturn’s equator, and may be present there. tures, consistent with
malware attacks,” said The second-most-distant has an orbit that is consis- 2018 VG18’s orbit very one trip around the Sun,” the rings have less than Researchers at the predictions for super-
Tomas Holt, lead author observed solar system tent with it being influ- well yet, so they have not he said. 100 million years to Johns Hopkins Earth and mini-
of the research. “An individ- object is Eris, at about 96 enced by an unseen Super- been able to determine if The discovery images of live,” said O'Donoghue, University in the US rec- Neptune type exoplanet
ual's characteristics are criti- AU. Pluto is currently at Earth-sized Planet X on it shows signs of being 2018 VG18 were taken at lead author of the study ommend a reconsidera- atmospheres.
cal in studying how cyber- about 34 AU, making 2018 the solar system’s very shaped by Planet X. the Japanese Subaru 8- published in the journal tion of that rule of Such exoplanets are
crime perseveres, particular- VG18 more than three- distant fringes. “2018 VG18 is much metre telescope located Icarus. thumb. the most abundant type
ly the person’s impulsive- and-a-half times more dis- The existence of a ninth more distant and slower atop Mauna Kea in “This is relatively Simulating in the lab of planet in our Milky
ness and the activities tant than the solar sys- major planet at the moving than any other Hawaii on November 10, short, compared to the atmospheres of Way galaxy, researchers
that they engage in while tem’s most-famous dwarf fringes of the solar sys- observed solar system 2018. Saturn’s age of over 4 planets beyond the solar said.
online,” Holt said. Low self- planet. tem was first proposed by object, so it will take a few 2018 VG18 was seen for billion years,” he said. system, researchers suc- Each mixture had a
control comes in many 2018 VG18 was discov- this same research team years to fully determine the second time in early Scientists have long cessfully created both specific composition of
forms. This type of person ered as part of the team's in 2014 when they discov- its orbit,” said Sheppard. December at the Magellan wondered if Saturn was organic compounds and gases and each was heat-
shows signs of short-sight- continuing search for ered 2012 VP113, nick- “But it was found in a telescope at Carnegie's formed with the rings or oxygen, absent of life. ed at temperatures rang-
edness, negligence, physical extremely distant solar named Biden, which is similar location on the Las Campanas if the planet acquired The findings, pub- ing from about 26 to 371
versus verbal behavior and system objects, including currently near 84 AU. sky to the other known Observatory in Chile. them later in life. lished in the journal degree Celsius.
an inability to delay gratifi- the suspected Planet X, 2015 TG387 and 2012 extreme solar system Over the next week, “We are lucky to be ACS Earth and Space The team exposed the
cation, Holt said. “Self-con- which is sometimes also VP113 never get close objects, suggesting it researchers monitored around to see Saturn’s Chemistry, serve as a mixture to one of two
trol is an idea that's been called Planet 9. enough to the solar sys- might have the same type 2018 VG18 with the ring system, which cautionary tale for types of energy, meant
looked at heavily in crimi- In October, the same tem’s giant planets, like of orbit that most of them Magellan telescope to appears to be in the mid- researchers who suggest to mimic energy that
nology in terms of its con- group of researchers Neptune and Jupiter, to do,” he said. secure its path across the dle of its lifetime. the presence of oxygen triggers chemical reac-
nection to committing announced the discovery have significant gravita- “The orbital similarities sky and obtain its basic However, if rings are and organic compounds tions in planetary
crimes,” Holt said. “But we of another distant solar tional interactions with shown by many of the physical properties such temporary, perhaps we on distant worlds is evi- atmospheres: plasma
find a correlation between system object, called 2015 them. known small, distant as brightness and colour. just missed out on see- dence of life there. from an alternating cur-
low self-control and victimi- TG387 and nicknamed This means that these solar system bodies was The Magellan observa- ing giant ring systems of “Our experiments pro- rent glow discharge.
sation; people with this trait “The Goblin”, because it extremely distant objects the catalyst for our origi- tions confirmed that 2018 Jupiter, Uranus and duced oxygen and Plasma, an energy
put themselves in situations was first seen near can be probes of what is nal assertion that there is VG18 is around 120 AU, Neptune, which have organic molecules that source stronger than UV
where they are near others Halloween. happening in the solar a distant, massive planet making it the first Solar only thin ringlets today," could serve as the build- light, can simulate elec-
who are motivated to break The Goblin was discov- system's outer reaches. at several hundred AU System object observed James O'Donoghue said. ing blocks of life in the trical activities like
the law,” he said. The ered at about 80 AU and The team doesn’t know shepherding these small- beyond 100 AU. — PTI — PTI lab, proving that the lightning and/or ener-
research, published in Social presence of both doesn't getic particles, and UV
Science Computer Review, definitively indicate light is the main driver
assessed the self-control of
nearly 6,000 survey
participants. — PTI Drone delivers Anxiety might take same
life,” said Chao He,
assistant research scien-
tist at the
Hopkins University.
of chemical reactions in
planetary atmospheres
such as those on Earth,
Saturn and Pluto.

vaccines in key “Researchers need to “People used to sug-

toll on health as smoking

more carefully consider gest that oxygen and
how these molecules are organics being present
produced,” said He. together indicates life,

Vanuatu trial
Oxygen makes up 20 but we produced them
Los Angeles, Dec. 18: a strong predictor of per cent of Earth’s abiotically in multiple
Anxiety and depression many types of cancer,” atmosphere and is con- simulations. This sug-
may significantly O'Donovan said. sidered one of the most gests that even the co-
Sydney, Dec. 18: A one- increase the risk of heart “On top of highlighting robust biosignature presence of commonly
month-old on a remote ◗ While this is not disease, stroke and that mental health mat- gases in Earth’s atmos- accepted biosignatures
island in the Pacific the first time that arthritis, comparable to ters for a whole host of phere. could be a false positive
archipelago of Vanuatu drones have been smoking and obesity, a medical illnesses, it is The researchers tested for life,” He said.
became the first child to used to deliver study warns. important that we pro- nine different gas mix- — PTI

It’s still hard for

be immunised in a com- Researchers from the mote these null findings.
mercial trial of drone- vaccines, it is the University of California, We need to stop attribut-

dads to talk about

delivered vaccines, the
UN children’s fund Unicef
first time such a
method has been
San Francisco (UCSF) in
the US looked at the
ing cancer diagnoses to
histories of stress, CLIMATE CHANGE LEADING TO
deployed in
said Tuesday. health data of more than depression and anxiety,”
condoms with sons Aid agencies hope the
successful run in the Vanuatu, which has 15,000 older adults over a
four-year period.
smokers or are obese,”
said Aoife O’Donovan
O'Donovan said.
The researchers discov-
New York: Many boys want country, where one in five 83 islands, only The study, published in from UCSF. ered that symptoms such Washington, Dec. 18: depending on the glacier
their fathers to be the ones children is not fully accessible by boat the journal Health “However, for arthritis, as headache, stomach Climate change is driving for water,” said Lonnie
to talk to them about con- immunised, could eventu- Psychology, found that 16 high anxiety and depres- upset, back pain and glaciers in the Himalayas Thompson, a climate sci-
doms. But a new study ally help governments per cent (2,225) suffered sion seem to confer high- shortness of breath to melt more rapidly than entist at Ohio State
offers fresh evidence of all and organisations reach being used for routine from high levels of anxi- er risks than smoking increased exponentially at any point in the last University.
the ways these conversa- others in far-flung places immunisations, Unicef ety and depression, 31 and obesity,” O'Donovan in association with high 10,000 years, and could Researchers showed
tions can be complicated around the world. said. per cent (4,737) were said. stress and depression. soon cause water supply that while water supply is
and leave young men with- “Today’s small flight by A key requirement for obese and 14 per cent Unlike the other condi- Odds for headache, for shortage in parts of declining, demand is ris-
out a clear picture of how to drone is a big leap for the deliveries is main- (2,125) were current tions investigated, the example, were 161 per India, Pakistan, and ing because of growing
have safe sex. Researchers global health,” Unicef taining the temperatures smokers. researchers found that cent higher in this group, Nepal, a study has populations.
did in-depth interviews with executive director at which the vaccines are Participants with high high levels of depression compared with no warned. The glaciers in Peru
25 African American or Henrietta Fore said in a carried. levels of anxiety and and anxiety were not increase among the par- Researchers from Ohio supply critically needed
Latino father-son pairs, all statement. In the trial, the drone depression were found to associated with cancer ticipants who were obese State University in the US water for people, crops
of whom lived in a New York “With the world still travelled across almost 40 face 65 per cent increased incidence. and smokers. showed that climate and livestock.
City neighborhood where struggling to immunise kilometres (25 miles) of odds for a heart condi- This confirms results “Anxiety and depres- change could have devas- In 2016, researchers in
teen pregnancy rates and the hardest to reach chil- rough and mountainous tion, 64 per cent for from previous studies, sion symptoms are tating effects on vulnera- China and India launched
cases of sexually transmit- dren, drone technologies terrain from the west of stroke, 50 per cent for but contradicts a prevail- strongly linked to poor ble residents in the Andes a research initiative to
ted infections are much can be a game changer for the southern island of high blood pressure and ing idea shared by many physical health, yet these mountains and the conduct similar research
higher than the national bridging that last mile to Erromango to its east, 87 for arthritis, com- patients, researchers conditions continue to Tibetan plateau. on the Tibetan plateau,
average. Most of the fathers reach every child.” arriving at the remote pared to those without said. receive limited attention “By 2100, the best case which holds thousands of
and sons had talked about While this is not the Cook’s Bay. anxiety and depression. “Our findings are in in primary care settings, scenario is that half of glaciers that supply water
sex, but many of the dads first time that drones The vaccines were kept “These increased odds line with a lot of other compared to smoking the ice will disappear. in parts of Afghanistan,
felt ill-prepared to explain have been used to deliver in styrofoam boxes that are similar to those of studies showing that psy- and obesity,” said Andrea Worst-case scenario: two- Bhutan, China, India,
the intricacies of condom vaccines, it is the first carried ice-packs and a participants who are chological distress is not Niles from UCSF. — PTI thirds of it will. And Nepal, Pakistan and
use, and many of their teens time such a method has temperature sensor that you’ve got all those people Tajikistan. — PTI
had only a vague sense of been deployed in would be triggered if it
the importance of delaying Vanuatu, which has 83 exceeded the required
sex and using “protection,” islands, most only acces- range. A total of 13 chil-
without a clear understand-
ing of how have safe sex
every time they’re with a
partner, the study found.
sible by boat.
It is also the first time a
commercial contract is
dren and five pregnant
women were vaccinated,
Unicef added. — PTI Tiny implantable device may cut hunger pangs
“We found that fathers Washington, Dec. 18: Communications. Madison.
often endorsed the use of Scientists have developed Measuring less than one “One potential advan-
condoms to their sons in a battery-free, easily centimetre across, the tiny tage of the new device
general terms,” said lead implantable device that devices — which are safe ◗ The battery-free device fools the over existing vagus nerve


author Vincent Guilamo- fools the brain into think- for use in the body and brain into thinking that the stomach stimulators is that it does
Ramos, director of the New ing that the stomach is full implantable via a mini- is full after just a few nibbles of not require external bat-
York City Center for Latino after just a few nibbles of mally invasive procedure food — an advance that could help tery charging, which is a
Adolescent and Family London, Dec. 18: professionals’ opinions food — an advance that — generate gentle electric significant advantage
Health. But fathers seldom Although artificial intel- about how AI will impact could help combat the obe- pulses from the stomach's
combat the obesity epidemic when you consider the
felt comfortable giving spe- ligence (AI) is poised to the future of a medical sity epidemic. natural churning motions ◗ Unlike gastric bypass, which permanently inconvenience that
cific guidance regarding disrupt health care, doc- specialty,” said Charlotte In laboratory testing, the and deliver them to the alters the capacity of the stomach, the effects of patients experience when
correct use or common con- tors in the UK are scepti- Blease, a Postdoctoral devices developed by vagus nerve, which links the new devices also are reversible having to charge a battery
dom mistakes and prob- cal of the technology Research Fellow at researchers at the the brain and the stomach. multiple times a week for
lems, such as late applica- entirely replacing them, Harvard Medical School University of Wisconsin- That gentle stimulation ◗ The device has several advantages over an an hour or so,” said Funk.
tion, breakage, or slippage, according to a survey. in the US. Madison in the US helped dupes the brain into think- existing unit that stimulates the vagus nerve for Wang’s device contains
Mr Guilamo-Ramos said by The study, published in “The results suggest a rats shed almost 40 per ing that the stomach is full weight loss no batteries, no electron-
email. The average ages the journal PLOS ONE, disconnection between cent of their body weight. after only a few nibbles of ics, and no complicated
were 17 for the sons and 44 investigated primary care the views of experts in More than 700 million food. wiring.
for the dads — meaning physicians’ views on AI’s medical AI and practicing adults and children world- “The pulses correlate removed the devices after administers high-frequen- It relies instead on the
many of the fathers came of looming impact on health physicians: the over- wide are obese, say with the stomach's 12 weeks, the study’s rats cy zaps to the vagus nerve undulations of the stom-
age in the 1980s, when sex professions. whelming majority of researchers who dubbed motions, enhancing a nat- resumed their normal eat- to shut down all communi- ach walls to power its
education often focused on When it came to predic- general practitioners the growing weight-relat- ural response to help con- ing patterns and weight cation between the brain internal generators.
abstinence instead of how tions about the future of were unconvinced about ed health problems a “ris- trol food intake,” said bounced right back on. and stomach. That means the device
to make informed decisions medicine, British general the potential for technolo- ing pandemic”. Xudong Wang, a UW- The device has several It requires a complicated only stimulates the vagus
about birth control. The physicians (GPs) were gy to replace them,” said The battery-free, easily Madison professor. advantages over an exist- control unit and bulky bat- nerve when the stomach
young men said they want- generally sceptical that Blease. implantable weight-loss Unlike gastric bypass, ing unit that stimulates teries which frequently moves.
ed to hear these specifics they could be entirely The researchers asked devices could offer a prom- which permanently alters the vagus nerve for weight must be recharged. “It’s automatically
from their fathers, and have replaced by AI. physicians about the like- ising new weapon for bat- the capacity of the stom- loss. That existing unit, That ongoing mainte- responsive to our body
their dads initiate these dis- “To our knowledge this lihood that technology tling the bulge, according ach, the effects of the new “Maestro,” approved by nance can be a big barrier function, producing stim-
cussions, researchers report. is the first national sur- would be able to replace to the study published in devices also are reversible. the Food and Drug to use, said Luke Funk, a ulation when needed,”
— Reuters vey that explores medical the average GP. — PTI the journal Nature When researchers Administration in 2015, surgery professor at UW- said Wang. — PTI
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It is lovingly designed, and
anything it can imagine. 2018 saw advances in several categories — laptops, particularly gorgeous in the
From speakers and displays to TVs, smartphones, music, gaming and e-reading. As we’re just multicolour Twilight finish
cars and even microwaves and wall two weeks away from what is hopefully a much better 12 that’s quickly become a hall-
clocks, nothing is safe from months, let’s make a quick recap of favourite gadgets. mark of the Huawei brand.
Alexa’s control.
PAPERWHITE This tiny, simple piece of Just
The new Apple Watch Series 4 The Paperwhite a
stands out for being the first hardware is has been a
already had favourite smart display and few
consumer-grade device that weeks ago,
USE BANDHAN can perform an electrocardio-
gram, a test used to diagnose
most of the fea-
tures you’d wa-
one of the best gadgets this
year. Google’s Home Hub Nasa’s InSight lander
TOD 2.0 TO RAISE a potentially dangerous heart
nt: Weeks-long
battery life, a
brought a new design ele-
ment that suddenly made
arrived on Mars, com-
pleting a more than six-
YOUR VOICE condition called atrial fibrilla-
tion. It also detects low heart
touchscreen and
an illuminated,
the smart display not just a
clever piece of tech, but
month-long journey. And
because Mars is a such a difficult place
rates and ush- crisp display. The to land — an endeavor at which many
Patna, Dec. 18: Seeking to give
ers in a new something you’d actually
girls and women in rural 2018 model just ramped up the want in your house. have failed — a successful landing on the
areas a platform to raise voice fall-detection goodness with waterproofing planet is a win in and of itself. InSight
against sexual harassments, a mode — a and Bluetooth among other will be the first probe to study the interi-
mobile app has been devel-
oped by a group of city-based handy feature minor improvements. Given that or of Mars.
activists, for such victims, for the elder- the 2017 Paperwhite was
who otherwise do not have ly (and family already one of our highest scor- LAPTOPS: Companies from ASUS to HP to
much access to social media. members ing gadgets, it’s obvious why the Microsoft showed off intriguing new
The app is slated to be offi-
cially launched here on
who can’t latest model maintains its posi- products and ideas, injecting a fresh shot
Wednesday, in the presence of always be tion at the top. of excitement and making me care about
renowned international activ- nearby). covering laptops again.
ist Paula Donovan, co-director
of AIDS-Free World and its

Malware hits
Code Blue Campaign; and
noted lawyer Indira Jaisingh,
among others, Patna-based
Gender Alliance, said.
Bandhan Tod 2.0 app is an
upgrade of its earlier version,
FB starts Boomerang support
which only catered to cases of
and selfie mode for Messenger
Twitter again
child marriage and domestic
violence. The main, new addi-
tional feature of the app is
‘Chuppi Tod’, meant for airing AGE CORRESPONDENT Although Facebook has
grievances related to sexual HYDERABAD, DEC. 18 offered augmented reality
harassment. effects for a while now
— PTI When our lives mostly (either as selfie masks or
revolve around Boomer- world effects), AR stickers
ang and people are selfies are an attempt to pair

■ It pulls instructions from memes hidden code addicted, Facebook too

without wasting much
these effects with the
same stickers that can
time has joined the league currently be sent through
AGE CORRESPONDENT ■ EARLIER IN 2009, of the platforms which standard text chats. By
HYDERABAD, DEC. 18 offer such features. pressing the camera icon
Twitter was used as a Facebook on Tuesday next to a sticker, you can
A new kind of malware way to send com- announced a host of new feature that lets you place just two months after now add that sticker as an
that takes its instructions mands to a botnet. In camera features for its Messenger’s stickers in Facebook announced a big augmented reality object.
from code hidden in 2016, Android mal- Messenger app. your photos and videos. Messenger redesign with Messenger’s new fea-
memes posted to Twitter As well as native support These new additions a key emphasis on sim- tures will become avail-
has been found, security ware would communi- for looping Boomerang mean that Facebook plicity. At least they’re able to a majority of users

YT 4K SUPPORT researchers said.

Like most primitive
cate with a prede-
fined Twitter account
videos, there’s also a Selfie
mode that automatically
Messenger now has five
different camera modes —
well integrated into the
interface, on a neat scroll-
globally today, and will be
available in both

IN COMCAST to receive commands.

remote access trojans blurs out the background, normal, video, text, ing bar at the bottom of Messenger’s redesigned
(RATs), the malware qui- and an augmented reality boomerang, and selfie — the viewfinder. app and its older version.
etly infects a vulnerable rately obtains the address have all the answers yet
X1 BOXES computer, takes screen- where its command and and they admit that more

Razer teases first Xbox

shots and pulls other data control server is located work needs to be done to
from the affected system from a Pastebin post, fully understand the mal-
AGE CORRESPONDENT and sends it back to the which directs the mal- ware.
HYDERABAD, DEC. 18 malware’s command and ware where to send the It remains unclear
control server. screenshots — 10/10 where the malware came
From here on one can watch
YouTube videos in 4K resolu-
tion through your cable box if
one has a compatible Comcast
What’s interesting is
how the malware uses
Twitter as an unwilling
conduit in communicat-
points for creativity, that’s
for sure.
Memes uploaded to the
Twitter page could have
from, how it infects its vic-
tims or who’s behind it.
It’s also not clear exactly
what the malware is for —
One mouse and keyboard
Xfinity X1 setup. ing with its malicious included other com- or its intended use in the Hyderabad, Dec. 18: The
Netflix and Amazon Prime mothership. mands, like “/processos” future. Xbox One’s first official
Video were already available
on X1 in 4K, so it’s nice to see
Trend Micro said in a
blog post that the malware
to retrieve a list of run-
ning apps and processes,
Although Twitter didn’t
host any malicious con-
wireless mouse and key-
board are in the works, NOW, TEXT AND
support for ultra high-resolu-
tion on YouTube, which has a
large library of 4K videos.
listens for commands
from a Twitter account
run by the malware opera-
“/clip” to steal the con-
tents of a user’s clipboard
and “/docs” to retrieve
tent, nor could the tweets
result in a malware infec-
tion, it’s an interesting
and Razer is clearly teas-
ing what the two products
will look like.
Comcast says “YouTube” is
among the most-used voice
The researchers found
filenames from specific
(although not unique) way
of using the social media
The full reveal image
was released late last mo-
commands since the stream- two tweets that used According to a hash site as a clever way of nth, but it seems to have AGE CORRESPONDENT
ing service arrived on X1 last steganography to hide analysis by VirusTotal, communicating with mal- mostly flown under the HYDERABAD, DEC. 18
year. Using the voice remote, “/print” commands in the the malware appears to ware. radar. Now the company
you can say “4K videos on meme images, which told have first appeared in After Trend Micro repo- is advertising the pair as WhatsApp has rolled out
YouTube” to see a selection of the malware to take a mid-October, around the rted the account, Twitter it promotes their announ- two new feature for both
material that’s available in screenshot of an infected time that the Pastebin pulled the account offline, cement, which coincide Android and iOS users.
the format. computer. post was first created. suspending it permanent- with the first day of CES: One of them is the Pict-
Of course, Comcast is play- The malware then sepa- The researchers don’t ly. January 8. — Agencies ure-in-Picture video call-
ing catch up as plenty of other ing feature and the sec-
devices offer 4K support for ond one is the text status
YouTube. Still, this is a wel- update. To recall, both
come move, and should allow
more people to watch nature
TOP GAMES the features were earlier
available for the beta
videos in sharp detail. OF 2018 users, but now WhatsA-
pp has pushed out both
the features to stable
2017 SAW SOME builds.
NAMES IN VID- Beat Saber is a A challenging The game is a Florence lasts
Facebook, Instagram
EO GAMES REI- and YouTube videos on a
mashup of Star climb up a dau- combination of less than two small window within
REJUVENATED. Wars and Guitar nting, pixelated brutal combat, hours, but it WhatsApp itself.
WE WERE ALSO Hero: blocks of mountain, Cele- constantly manages to tell
SURPRISED AND color fly toward ste looks like a changing an incredibly
DELIGHTED BY you in time to typical platform- world, and powerful story
BRAND-NEW the music, and ing game, but incredibly fun within that short


you have to
swat them aw-
it’s so much
more, telling a
abilities to
unlock makes
time. It’s a famil-
iar story, chroni-
ZERO DAWN, ay with a pair of powerful story it nearly cling the ups and
Delhi, Dec. 18: F&D enters the walls. Priced at
the TV segment, with its `49,990 the TV comes wi- AND CUPHEAD. humming about overc- impossible to downs of young
first 43-inch th an introductory launch BUT 2018 WAS lightsabers. oming mistakes. put down. love.
Smart offer of 1+2 years extend-
ed warranty.
Mumbai, Dec. 18: Sling TV on
Tuesday became the first vir-
With advanced technolo-
gies and the latest fea-
The 43-inch FLT-
4302SHG features a Full RING AN INCR- GOD OF WAR
Over the course of sev- Pokemon: Let’s Go
tual multichannel video pro-
gramming distributor
tures, the TV is said to
have a stylish finish and
HD 1080p Grade A+ panel
that boasts a dynamic MIX OF INTER- eral games, the series
has made its name pri-
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of the Obra Dinn
(vMVPD) to launch on Oculus has uniquely crafted contrast ratio above 310 ACTIVE EXPERI-
Go, the all-in-one wireless vir-
tual reality (VR) headset. The
ultra-slim bezel that
enhances the beauty of
— Agencies
ENCES. marily on violence and Spider-Man
Tetris Effect
REAL IN 2019
Sling TV experience on Oc-
ulus Go is equivalent to wat- HYDERABAD, DEC. 18

Low self-control on Net invites cyberattacks

ching on a 180-inch television.
For a limited time, customers According to a source.
who purchase and activate a the LG Display rollable
new Oculus Go will receive an TV prototype from CES
$80 credit toward Sling TV 2018 is set to go on sale
subscription services. Washington, Dec. 18: said. “But we find a corre- ations. For computer beh- as a consumer product
ESPN and Fox Now too are People who have low self- ■ LOW SELF-CONTROL comes in many lation between low self- aviour, they asked about next year.
joining the fray so you’ll have control — indulging in forms. This type of person shows sig- control and victimisation; their computer having The 65-inch OLED pan-
more ways to watch live TV, impulse online shopping, ns of short-sightedness, negligence, people with this trait put slower processing, crash- els are able to retract
sports and movies through downloading music and physical versus verbal behavior and themselves in situations ing, unexpected pop-ups into a base when not in
the wireless headset. compulsive email use — an inability to delay gratification. where they are near others and the homepage chang- use, or can hide part of
Starting from Tuesday, are more likely to become who are motivated to ing on their web browser. the screen so that con-
Oculus Go users will see Sling easy targets of cyberat- ■ SELF-CONTROL is an idea that’s break the law,” he said. “The internet has tent shot in wider aspect
TV available in the Oculus tacks, a study warns. been looked at heavily in criminology The research, published omnipresent risks. In an ratios can be viewed
app store. Internet connection Scientists from the in Social Science Comp- online space, there is con- without letterboxing.
and Sling TV app download Michigan State University
in terms of its connection to uter Review, assessed the stant opportunity for peo- The company is also
required for access to service. in the US examined the committing crimes. self-control of nearly 6,000 ple with low self-control to likely to unveil its first
Customised entertainment personality traits and survey participants, as get what they want, 5G phone at Mobile
experiences, including the behaviours — both obvi- well as their computers’ whether that is pirated World Congress in
most popular sports, breaking ous and subtle — that lead author of the research. online that have the great- bal behavior and an inabil- behaviour that could indi- movies or deals on con- February, although
news, TV series, movies and someone to fall victim to “An individual’s charac- est impact on their risk,” ity to delay gratification, cate malware and infec- sumer goods,” Holt said. that’s not too much of a
more, are available on Sling malware attacks. teristics are critical in Holt said. Holt said. tion. Looking ahead, Holt hopes surprise — Sprint and
TV starting at $25 per month. “People who show signs studying how cybercrime Low self-control comes “Self-control is an idea To measure victimisa- to help break the silos LG have already
For a limited time, new own- of low self-control are the perseveres, particularly in many forms. This type that’s been looked at heav- tion, researchers asked between computer and announced plans to
ers of the Oculus Go will rec- ones we found more sus- the person’s impulsive- of person shows signs of ily in criminology in ter- participants a series of social sciences to think release a 5G device in
eive an $80 credit toward Sling ceptible to malware atta- ness and the activities that short-sightedness, negli- ms of its connection to questions about how they holistically about fighting the first half of the year,
TV subscription services. cks,” said Tomas Holt, lead they engage in while gence, physical versus ver- committing crimes,” Holt might react in certain situ- cybercrime. — PTI the source said.
77.01 20.35 `60
Sensex Nifty Gold Silver Dollar PAGE
36,347 10,908 `31,910 `38,315 `70.44

PM plans less than 18% GST Centre didn’t ask
¤1 `80.33
$1.14 £1 `89.45
■ Says the work is afoot to bring 99% items under below-18% tax slab Urjit to quit: FM
Mumbai, Dec. 18: Indica- his government’s commit- New Delhi, Dec. 18: ■ ARUN JAITLEY
ting that further simplifi-
cation of the Goods and
WELCOME RELIEF ment to root out corrup-
tion. “Corruption had
CENTRE ORDERS Finance minister Arun
Jaitley on Tuesday said said he does not
need RBI’s excess
FII NET SELL: Services Tax (GST) is on
the anvil, Prime Minister
■ Prime Minister
Narendra Modi
■ He said the
effort will be
been taken as a new nor-
mal in India. It was chalta CADRE REVIEW that the government did
not seek the resignation capital funds for
$29.5 m (Dec. 17) Narendra Modi said his hai. Whenever anyone of Urjit Patel as RBI gov- funding fiscal deficit
FOREIGN RESERVES: government wants to
ensure that ‘99 per cent
indicated that the 28 per
cent slab of GST would
to ensure that
99 per cent of
used to speak up, someone
would say, ‘This is India.
OF I-T WING ernor over differences on
some issues, and went on or government
$393.73b (Dec. 7) things’ attract sub-18 per only be restricted to a all items, This is how it is’,” he said. New Delhi, Dec. 18: A to cite how central bank expenditure till the
INFLATION: cent GST slab. few select items, such including “Why should it be like fresh cadre review and heads were made to month of May.
Before the implementa- this,” he said. restructuring of the resign under prime min-
2.33% in Nov. 2018 tion of the GST, registered as luxury goods. almost all When companies used to income-tax department isters Jawaharlal Nehru ■ THOUGH RBI is
enterprises only num- items used by be unable to repay loans, has been ordered by the and Indira Gandhi and autonomous, he
bered 65 lakh, which has the common nothing used to happen to government with an aim when Yashwant Sinha said the govern-
BIZ BRIEFS now risen by 55 lakh, Modi
said, addressing a meeting
man, would be
kept at a GST
them and their owners, he
said. “That is because
to create a “caring but
strict” direct taxes regime
was the finance minister.
Defending his govern-
ment would be fail-
ing in its duty if it
organised by a television since the start they had in the country. ment’s demands from the
Yes Bank insider channel here.
“Today, the GST system
slab of 18 per
cent or less.
been given protection
from probes by certain
The CBDT on Monday
ordered creation of a 12-
RBI to address certain
issues including liquidity
doesn’t use all tools
in its command to
may get top post has been established to a
large extent and we are
‘special people’,” he added.
Mr Modi also dwelt on
member committee of
senior officials to accom-
or fund problem in cer-
tain sectors, he said that
inform RBI about
the country’s real
New Delhi: Yes Bank has rec- working towards a posi- the common man, would improved,” Mr Modi said. his government’s initia- plish the task within the there is no threat to the
ommended the name of its tion where 99 per cent be kept at a GST slab of 18 “The country was dema- tive to provide gas connec- next three months. autonomy of the central problems.
board member Brahm Dutt things will attract the sub- per cent or less. nding GST for decades. I tions to households. The development assum- bank.
for the post of chairman to 18 per cent GST slab,” Mr “We are of the opinion of am pleased to say that GST “Till 2014, only 55 per es significance as a n o t h - Dr Patel, who was the Governor, to get the
the RBI, sources said. The Modi said. making GST as smooth as implementation has cent houses in the country er committee or task force brought in by Prime central bank to discuss its
chairman post fell vacant The Prime Minister indi- possible for the enterpris- removed contradictions in had a gas connection. to draft a new direct tax Minister Narendra Modi- areas of concerns.
after resignation of Ashok cated that the 28 per cent es,” he said. the trade market and effi- Imagine that. Our govern- law to replace the existing government in 2016 after Two board meetings
Chawla in Novem-ber follow- slab of GST would only be “In earlier days, the GST ciency of system is ment is working towards Income Tax Act is already a second term was denied after that were “cordial”
ing issues related to probity. restricted to a few select was framed according to improving. The economy finding permanent solu- a work in progress. to outspoken former IMF and decisions were taken
“The bank has sent the name items, such as luxury the existing VAT or excise is also getting transpar- tions and ending those The new committee to chief economist Raghu- on three-four issues while
of Dutt to the RBI for the goods. tax structures exercised in ent,” Mr Modi said. practices that have held undertake cadre review ram Rajan, in a surprise there were also some on
chairman post,” a source He said the effort will be those respective states. Even a small tax reform progress back for deca- and restructuring of the move resigned as RBI gov- which no decision was
said. Since Mr Dutt is already to ensure that 99 per cent (With) the discussions in developed countries is des,” he said. The work to department has been ernor on December 11. taken, he said, adding the
a part of the bank, the board of all items, including held from time to time, the not easy, he said. build a New India is going given a specific four-point Many blamed the pres- issue of paring of some of
felt it would be good to have almost all items used by tax system is getting Mr Modi also spoke of on, he said. — PTI charter to follow. — PTI sure brought by the gov- RBI’s over `9 lakh crore
him as the chairman. The ernment on the central reserves after deciding on
bank, however, refused to bank to ease lending an appropriate size of
comment. — PTI restrictions and release buffer was decided to be

Bombay Dyeing
hits 5% circuit
I-BANKERS ON Sensex up, bucks global trend more of its capital to bol-
ster the economy for
Patel’s resignation.
“Sarkar ki unse koi
istife ki apeksha nahi thi
referred to an expert com-
While the committee
was decided to be formed
in the RBI board meeting
IPO PRICING Mumbai, Dec. 18: Indian The BSE Sensex swung (The government did not held on November 19, a
New Delhi: Stocks of Bom-
bay Dyeing and Manufact- Mumbai, Dec. 18: Capital
equity benchmarks —the
Sensex and the Nifty — RUPEE POSTS BEST DAY almost 329 points both
sides on hectic selling and
seek Patel’s resignation),”
Mr Jaitley said when
consensus on the compo-
sition eluded till Dr Patel
uring Company were locked
at five per cent upper circuit
on Tuesday after the compa-
markets regulator Sebi
on Tuesday voiced con-
cern over the slow pace
reversed early losses to
end in the green, marking
their sixth consecutive
IN OVER 5 YRS, UP `1.12 buying during the session.
The 30-share index start-
ed lower at 36,226.38 and
asked about Dr Patel’s
resignation at ‘Agenda
Aaj Tak’ programme
Mr Jaitley said the
expert committee would
ny's board approved the clo- of primary issues, gains, helped by late buy- Mumbai, Dec. 18: The global benchmark, was continued to slide as sell- here. be announced in few days
sure of its loss-making despite a good market ing in mainly in pharma, rupee on Tuesday ral- trading 2.26 per cent ing pressure gathered The government had time.
Indonesian subsidiary. The condition, and asked metal and capital goods as lied by a whopping 112 lower at $58.26 per bar- momentum and hit a low cited the never-used- “So if you are saying
company's stock advanced investment bankers to firming rupee and sliding paise, its best single-day rel, a 14-month low. of 36,046.52 in line with a before provision of the that raising these issues
as much as 4.97 per cent to do more “diligence” on crude lifted investors’ sen- gains in over five years, At the Interbank Fore- weak trend in Asian mar- RBI Act that gives it pow- is an infringement on
`115.10 on the BSE. On the the pricing front to get timent. to settle at 70.44 against ign Exchange (forex) kets and lower opening of ers to issue directions to autonomy, this is wrong,”
NSE, the scrip was locked in investors in. The BSE benchmark the US dollar as soften- market, the rupee European shares.
at 4.98 per cent up at Sebi chairman Ajay Sensex ended 77 points ing crude oil prices opened on a firm note at However, hectic buying
`114.95. “As approved by the

Ola to invest in
Tyagi said the regulator higher despite losses in eased concerns over 71.34 from. It gained fur- in late afternoon trade
board, the company has has given a go-ahead to information technology India’s current account ther ground to hit a high reversed the day’s losses
given its consent by signing initial public offers and FMCG counters amid deficit expansion. of 70.44, a massive climb and helped the Sensex
the shareholder's resolution (IPOs) worth over weak global cues. Besides, sustained sell- of 112 paise over its pre- scale 36,375.38 before set-
of its subsidiary in Indonesia `60,000 crore in 2018, but Similarly, the broader ing of the American vious closing. tling 77.01 points, or 0.21
— PT Five Star Textile Indon-
esia on December 17, 2018
for closure of the same,”
Bombay Dyeing said. — PTI
many of them are yet to
hit the street. Till end
October, 24 companies
raised `30,959 crore
NSE Nifty edged higher by
over 20 points to close
above the 10,900-level.
In a major boost to
currency by exporters
and banks as well as the
greenback’s weakness
against its key rivals
The Indian currency
had gained 34 paise to
close at 71.56 against the
US dollar Monday.
per cent, higher at
36,347.08. The gauge had
risen over 1,310 points in
the last five sessions.
scooter platform
through IPOs but most domestic market, the globally ahead of the US The Tuesday’s ascent The 50-share NSE Nifty New Delhi, Dec. 18: Ride
this been in the March Indian rupee jumped 93 Fed policy decision marked the best day for too rose by 20.35 points, or hailing platform Ola on
quarter. paise (intra-day) to trade Wednesday also helped the rupee since Septem- 0.19 per cent, to end at Tuesday said that it is
Last year was the best at 70.63 against the US dol- the domestic unit scale ber 19, 2013, when it had 10,908. Intra-day, it traded investing $100 million in
in terms of IPO fund lar and the benchmark further heights. surged by 161 paise aga- between 10,819 and 10,915. Vogo, a scooter-sharing
raising, as the IPO mar- Brent crude dropped to The Brent crude, an inst the dollar. — PTI Sun Pharma emerged as platform.
ket jumped to an all-time 57.98 a barrel, a fall 2.73 the best performer in the “Ola will boost Vogo’s
record of `67,147.4 crore per cent, easing India’s Sensex pack, surging 2.98 supply by investing in
in fresh fund raising by concerns on the current bond yield raised Strong rupee and fall in per cent, followed by 1,00,000 scooters on the
over 120 companies, account deficit front. investors’ confidence. yield is easing the liquidi- PowerGrid at 1.74 per Vogo platform, worth $100
according to data from “Market reversed from Global market traded on a ty concerns of the mar- cent. Other losers in the million. This infusion

LIC makes open

Prime Database. day’s low despite weak negative note due to con- ket,” Vinod Nair, Head of Sensex were ONGC, will give Vogo a strategic
According to the same global market as oil prices cerns of slowdown in Research, Geojit Financial HDFC, HUL, ITC and Yes supply advantage without ■ VOGO IS a point-
agency, over 40 compa- slid further and a drop in world economy growth. Services Ltd, said. Bank. — PTI having to incur signifi- to-point dockless
offer for IDBI Bank nies have IPO approvals
totaling over `60,000
cant capital expenditure,”
Ola said in a statement.
company, present
New Delhi: State-owned IDBI
Bank on Tuesday said that it
crore, but most are not
in a hurry as secondary INVESTORS TURN BSE TO LAUNCH Additionally, Vogo’s
offerings will also be in Bengaluru and
Hyderabad and has
has received final letter from market is roiled. That available for Ola’s over
Life Insurance Corporation apart some 30 more com- WEEKLY OPTIONS 150 million customers, served over one lakh
(LIC) for an open offer to panies have filed the directly from the Ola app users.
acquire additional 26 per
cent in the lender. “This is to
draft IPO papers with
Sebi. As of end October,
rated to their most pessimistic in a
ON DECEMBER 21 soon, it added.
Ola has also invested in ■ THE INVESTMENT
inform that IDBI Bank is in 24 companies raised decade with a majority predicting a New Delhi, Dec. 18: Vogo as part of the lat- will help Vogo to
receipt of final letter of open `30,959 crore through Leading bourse NSE on ter’s series A fundraising
offer from LIC vide letter IPOs but bulk of the weaker economic growth globally, Tuesday said that it has that saw participation
buy 1,00,000 scoot-
dated December 18, 2018 for activity was in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s received markets regula- from Matrix Partners ers for its the scoot-
acquisition of 2,04,15,12,929 March quarter, wherein December investor survey showed. tor Sebi’s approval to India and Stellaris er-sharing platform
fully paid-up equity shares 14 firms raised `18,591.7 launch weekly options Venture Partners.

53% of investors sur-

representing 26 per cent of crore. on Nifty 50 index, a move Recently, debt funding smart multi-modal net-
the fully diluted voting equi- The IPOs are not tak- BEARISH SIGNS that will provide hedg- firm Alteria Capital work for first-last mile
ty share capital of IDBI Bank ing place is something
veyed, who manage $694 The US dollar replaced frontline ing tool to market partic- announced a capital infu- connectivity in the coun-
from the equity shareholders that’s a cause of worry,” ipants to manage the sion of `8 crore into this try,” Ola co-founder and
of IDBI Bank,” the lender he said speaking at an billion, said they expect technology stocks as the most portfolio risk better. company. CEO Bhavish Aggarwal
said in a filing. — PTI investment bankers’ global growth to weaken crowded trade for the first time The NSE said it is cur- Vogo is a point-to-point said.
event, adding companies over the next 12 months. since January. rently evaluating readi- dockless scooter-sharing Vogo founder and CEO
have found alternatives ness of market partici- company, present in Anand Ayyadurai said

like preferential issues
to raise money. 60% of them think Investors piled into bonds, which
are often considered a haven in
pants for the product
launch and will announ-
Bengaluru and Hydera-
bad and has served over
that the scooter-sharing
company has seen rapid
When asked if the corporate margins will ce a launch date shortly. one lakh users. growth in the last 5
ITS AMC STAKE issue is pricing, he
asked i-bankers to do weaken in the next year
to a six-year low.
times of geopolitical and economic
Separately, BSE said
weekly futures and opti-
The scooter-sharing
company is backed by
months, growing over 10X
in scale.

TO PRAMERICA more “diligence” while

setting a price that will
Investors favoured emerging-market
ons contracts on Sensex
will be available for trad-
Pawan Munjal, the chair-
man and chief executive
“We are thrilled to have
Ola join us on this jour-

Mumbai: In the wake of a liq-

be acceptable to both the
issuers as well as inve- 47% of of investors stocks the most, while they continued
to cut their exposure to US and euro zone
ing with effect from
December 21. “The
of HeroMotor Corp,
India’s largest two-wheel-
ney and help turbocharge
our growth by providing
uidity crunch in NBFC and stors. “Bankers have a expecting global profits weekly options on Nifty er manufacturer. Ola had us access to strategic and
home finance space, Dewan role to see that an issue
will deteriorate in the equities by eight percentage points. 50 index provides an also participated in an capital efficient supply as
Housing Finance Corporation is reasonably priced and additional hed-ging tool earlier funding round in well as access to millions
(DHFL) on Tuesday said that which is acceptable to next 12 months. — BOAML REPORT for market partici- August of this year. of customers on its plat-
it will sell its entire stake in both issuers and inves- pants,” NSE MD Vikram “Our investment in form in the time to come,”
mutual fund business, DHFL tors,” he said. — PTI Limaye said. — PTI Vogo will help build a he added. — Agencies
Pramerica Asset Managers,
to its joint venture partner
Prudential Finance. DHFL
currently holds 50 per cent LURKING | DANGERS ■ Report on powder having cancer causing asbestos makes J&J lose $40b in marketcap
stake in DHFL Pramerica
Asset Managers (DPAM),
with 17.12 per cent directly
and 32.88 per cent through
subsidiary DHFL Advisory
and Invest-
Drug regulator to look into J&J talc controversy
ments. New Delhi, Dec. 18: India’s ior official at the CDSCO, ands of independent tests over the problem and how Much of their contents
Financial and
federal drug regulator said
on Tuesday that a Reuters
said powder samples were
tested earlier but nothing
CANCER CONCERNS by regulators and the
world’s leading labs prove
to address it while failing
to disclose it to regulators
was reported by Reuters
for the first time.
DHFL have report that Johnson & wrong was found in them. ■ A news report ■ India’s CDSCO our baby powder has never or the public. J&J said on Monday it
entered into a Johnson knew for decades “We tested samples in
claimed that Johnson official said J&J’s contained asbestos,” the The documents also planned to buy back up to
binding term that cancer-causing 2016, but no such thing powder samples company said. depicted successful efforts $5 billion of its stock, after
sheet to acquire asbestos lurked in its baby was found in them,” Mr & Johnson’s baby A Reuters examination to influence US regulators’ the report wiped about $40
DHFL’s stake in powder was “under con- Bangarurajan said by powder sometimes were tested earlier of many company memos, plans to limit asbestos in billion from its market
their 50:50 joint sideration”. phone. “The samples were tested positive for but nothing wrong internal reports and other cosmetic talc products and value.
venture asset management A spokeswoman for the found to be complying small amounts of was found in them. confidential documents, as scientific research on the A Monday full-page ad
company, DHFL Pramerica Central Drugs Standard with Indian standards.” well as deposition and health effects of talc. from J&J — headlined
Asset Managers,” an official Control Organisation A J&J spokesperson in cancer-causing ■ CDSCO official trial testimony, showed Before the Reuters “Science. Not sensational-
statement said. After the exit (CDSCO) said it was too India said that it had not asbestos and offi- said the news that from at least 1971 to report, a small portion of ism.” — ran in US newspa-
of DHFL, the mutual fund early to say if a formal been contacted by the gov- cials didn’t disclose report would be the early 2000s, the compa- the documents had been pers. The ad asserted that
business will become a whol- investigation would be ernment since the Reuters it to regulators. looked into. ny’s raw talc and finished produced at trial and cited J&J has scientific evi-
ly-owned subsidiary of PGIM, launched into the baby story. powders sometimes tested in media reports. Many dence its talc is safe and
the global asset manage- powder that is ubiquitous J&J said in a statement positive for small amounts were shielded from public beneficial to use. “If we
ment business of Prudential in many Indian homes, a that the Reuters article, “Johnson & Johnson’s 100,000 men and women of asbestos, and that com- view by court orders that had any reasons to believe
Finance, it said, adding that potential market of 1.3 bil- which was published on baby powder is safe and show that talc does not pany executives, mine allowed J&J to turn over our talc was unsafe, it
the transaction will be sub- lion people. Friday, “is one-sided, false asbestos free,” it added. cause cancer or asbestos- managers, scientists, doc- thousands of documents it would be off our shelves,”
ject to all clearances. — PTI K. Bangarurajan, a sen- and inflammatory.” “Studies of more than related disease. Thous- tors and lawyers fretted designated as confidential. the ad said. — Reuters
Newsmakers 12
On screen
Ansel Elgort to play PAGE
the lead in The Great
High School Imposter

Los Angeles: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Model Engelhardt claims she
dated Allen when she was 16
Sciences has announced shortlists in consideration for the
91st Oscars in nine categories, weeks before
the nominations in other categories go live.
Nominations for the awards will be announced
on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The Oscars will
... I became be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019. The
Los Angeles: Former she was surprised when
extremely suicidal Village Rockstars, India's official entry at the actor-model Christina Allen told her he wanted
91st Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film
and I had a complete category, is no longer a part of the race.
Engelhardt has claimed
that she had a relation- ◗ Former actor-model Christina
to introduce her to his
new “girlfriend”, Mia
emotional collapse. Directed by Rima Das, the Assamese feature,
revolved around a group of village children
ship with veteran film-
maker Woody Allen that
Engelhardt has claimed that she Farrow.
Though Engelhardt said
had a relationship with veteran
— Jada Pinkett Smith aspiring to become rockstars. started when she was 16 she felt shaken by the
Das, in an Instagram post, said the Oscar dream may have
filmmaker Woody Allen that start-
on achieving Hollywood fame and he was 41. introduction, as she con-
ended for the film but she will forever be grateful for its Engelhardt, now 59, ed when she was 16 and he was 41 sidered herself Allen’s
“incredible journey”. opened up about her ◗ She and Allen became physically girlfriend, she stayed with
alleged affair with Allen intimate at his apartment within the director while he
SHORT TAKES OSCARS WILL BE HELD ON FEB. 24 in an interview with The
Hollywood Reporter.
weeks, months before she turned
17, which is the legal age of con-
dated Farrow.
“I felt sick. I didn’t want
She said she chose to to be there at all, and yet I
Gustin, LA Thoma
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT come forward now after sent in the state of New York couldn’t find the courage
 Charm City  Black Sheep reevaluating parts of her ◗ The model, however, said she has to get up and leave. To
are married  Communion
 Crime +
 End Game
relationship with the
famous director.
no intention to bring down Allen leave would mean an end
to all of this. Looking
Los Angeles: The Flash star Punishment  Los Comandos “What made me speak is back now, that’s exactly
Grant Gustin has married  Dark Money  My Dead Dad’s I thought I could provide a months before she turned 1979 film Manhattan, but what I needed, but back
has fiancee LA Thoma.  The Distant Barking Porno Tapes perspective. I’m not 17, which is the legal age admitted she does not then, the idea of not hav-
Gustin, 28, and Thoma, 30, of Dogs  A Night at the attacking Woody. This is of consent in the state of think she was the only ing Woody in my life at all
exchanged wedding vows  Free Solo Garden not ‘bring down this man’. New York. one on whom the the char- terrified me. So I sat
last Saturday, reported E!  Hale County This  Period. End of I’m talking about my love The model, however, acter was based. there, patiently, calmly
online. The wedding report- Morning, This Evening Sentence story. This made me who I said she has no intention She said that they con- trying to assess the situa-
edly took place at Valentine am. I have no regrets,” Ms to bring down Allen. tinued the relationship tion, trying to understand
DTLA, a 9,000-square-foot
— Minding the Gap  63 Boycott Engelhardt said. “This is not ‘bring down for eight years in which why he wanted the two of
venue erected in the 1920s.  Of Fathers and  Women of the Gulag Engelhardt said that she this man’. I’m talking they often met at his pent- us to meet.”
According to the publication, Sons  Zion met Allen in October 1976 about my love story. This house overlooking the Engelhardt said she has
Supergirl stars Melissa  On Her Shoulders when she was a teen made me who I am. I have Central Park. already written, and kept
Benoist and Chris Wood,  RBG model and soon Allen, no regrets,” she said in “The curtains were private, two volumes of
Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs and  Shirkers who was 41 at the time, the interview. always drawn. The view unpublished memoirs,
Taylor Trensch, along  The Silence of invited her to his Engelhardt insisted she must have been spectacu- one focusing on her
with Broadway actors Adam Others Manhattan penthouse. was the inspiration for lar. I wasn’t there for the Federico Fellini years, the
Kaplan, Jared Loftin, Ben  Three Identical She and Allen became the character, Tracy, the view,” she said. other on her time with
Ross and Leela Rothenberg Strangers physically intimate at his 17-year-old lover of Engelhardt said, four Allen.
attended the ceremony.  Won’t You Be My Neighbor? apartment within weeks, Allen’s character in his years into their romance, — PTI
The couple is yet to com-
ment on their nuptials, but FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Gustin’s manager Robert
Stein shared a photo of him-
self with the newlyweds on  Colombia, Birds of MAKEUP AND
Instagram. — PTI Passage HAIRSTYLING
 Denmark, The Guilty  Black Panther
Elementary to end  Germany, Never
Look Away  Bohemian
with Season 7  Japan, Shoplifters Rhapsody
 Kazakhstan, Ayka  Border
Los Angeles: Elementary, CBS’  Lebanon,  Mary Queen of
modern-day Sherlock Capernaum Scots
Holmes and Watson drama  Mexico, Roma  Stan & Ollie
 Suspiria Aamir Khan
series, will end its run with its  Poland, Cold War  Vice
upcoming 13-episode seventh  S. Korea, Burning
season. The final season, which
is set to air in 2019, will bring
China varsity
Elementary to its natural end.
An idol of Lord denies nod for
According to Variety, the pro-
duction on the show starring
Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller
wrapped on Friday.
Period. End of Sentence, India-set Parthasarathy being car-
ried on the occasion of
Vaikunta Ekadasi in
promotion of
“A lot of parties came together
and talked about their posi-
tions on the show — both in
menstruation drama, makes the cut Chennai on Tuesday. — PTI
Aamir movie
Beijing: The venue of a
terms of business and in terms Los Angeles, Dec. 18: stigma of menstruation. fan meet of Bollywood
of creative — and we all decid- Rural India-set drama For generations, these actor Aamir Khan was
ed that this was an opportune around menstruation, women did not have shifted to a hotel after
time to say goodbye to a show Period. End of Sentence, access to sanitary pads, a Chinese university
that has been very, very good has made it to the 91st which lead to health denied permission to
to us,” CBS Entertainment Academy Awards short- issues and girls dropping use its campus to pro-
chief Kelly Kahl said. — PTI list in the Documentary out from schools. mote his latest movie
Short Subject category. When a sanitary pad Thugs of Hindostan,
Award winning film- vending machine is according to a media
maker Rayka Zehtabchi installed in the village, Actor Kangana Ranaut during Actress Mariana de report. Khan is cur-
has directed the short the women learn to manu- the trailer launch of her Tavira poses for her film rently in China to pro-
film, which has been pro- Poster of flick facture and market their upcoming film Manikarnika Roma in Mexico City on mote Thugs of
duced by Guneet Monga's own pads, empowering in Mumbai on Tuesday. — PTI Monday. — AP Hindostan, which
Sikhya Entertainment. The film came to being their community. They Actress failed to register a
Monga said she was as a part of The Pad name their brand “FLY”. strong performance in
Felicity Jones
happy with the recogni- Project, started by stu- Other documentary the Bollywood and was
shorts to have made it to attends screen-
tion and wants the film to dents at the Oakwood panned by the critics.
make it to the top five. School in Los Angeles and the shortlist are Black ing of On The Basis The movie starring
Henry Thomas joins “It is a surreal feeling. I
feel so proud and excited. I
their teacher, Melissa
Sheep, End Game,
Lifeboat, Los Comandos,
of Sex in New York
on Sunday.
Amitabh Bachchan,
Aamir Khan and
DC Universe series would say it is just a great
intention being rewarded.
The documentary fea-
ture, is set in Hapur vil-
My Dead Dad’s Porno
Tapes, A Night at the
— AP Katrina Kaif among
others was released on
Los Angeles: The Haunting of I hope we make it to the lage outside Delhi, where Garden, 63 Boycott, November 8 in India
Hill House star Henry top five, but even this women lead a quiet revo- Women of the Gulag and and is slated to release
Thomas has joined the DC recognition is great," the lution as they fight Zion. in the country next
Universe live action series producer told PTI. against the deeply rooted — PTI week.
Stargirl in the recurring guest- The fan meet,
star role of Golden Age Dr which was to take
Whirling dervishes (right)

Mysteries of
Mid-Nite. According to place in Guangdong
Entertainment Weekly, Dr Mid- of the Mevlevi order per- University of Finance
Nite is a brilliant and forward- form during a Sheb-i Arus and Economics
thinking medical pioneer, and ceremony in Konya, central (GUFE) in Guangzhou,
Turkey, on Sunday. — AP

primrose genes Salman guards, locals brawl in Bandra

a founding member of the capital of south
JSA. With his trusty owl, he China’s Guangdong
acts as the team’s resident Province, was can-
doctor and detective. celled by the universi-
Thomas is the latest addition ty over the failure to
to the cast of the show. Last
week, it was announced that
Joel McHale will play Golden
Age Starman/Sylvester
◗ The incident
unfolded on Monday
building, clogging the traf-
fic further.
seek prior permission
to use the campus,
according to a media
report, the Global
Pemberton and Lou Ferrigno London: Scientists have “While the guards were Times reported.
Jr. Was cast as Golden Age succeeded in unravelling A late-night brawl ensued
night when the actor asked to keep the traffic According to the
Hourman. — PTI the complete genome at Bandra after one of the was at Salisbury moving, one of them Chinese media, the
sequence of the common security personnel of Park area in Bandra found a biker holding up school did not know
to attend his
primrose — the plant actor Salman Khan ended the flow of vehicles, about the promotional
whose reproductive biolo- up picking up a fight with nephew’s birthday allegedly due to reckless event until Monday.
gy fascinated Victorian a biker while managing riding. The guard went “The message was

naturalist Charles Darwin. traffic on the road. The Park area in Bandra to and pulled up the biker spread only among a
Researchers at the guard had pulled up the attend his nephew’s birth- and snatched his keys, small group of stu-
University of East Anglia biker for blocking traffic day. Some politicians leading to the initial dents through social

Salman Khan including a Union minis-
in the UK identified, for the and took away his keys. ruckus,” said a police offi- media. The school only
first time, the landscape of Minutes later, locals ter attended the function. cer. knew about it when
genes which operate with- gathered and MLA Waris was sought from them. Traffic was already mov- The incident took an students talked about
Los Angeles: Veteran actor in the primrose’s two dif- ◗ Researchers at the Pathan also reached the The police has not taken ing slowly owing to the ugly turn later after the the event hours before
Jeff Bridges is set to receive ferent flowering forms that University of East spot. The Bandra police the incident on record. VIP movement and after biker, who was a local, it was about to take
the Cecil B deMille honour at are involved in the repro- Anglia in the UK rushed in after some of The incident unfolded on people learned of the summoned his supporters, place,” the report quot-
the 76th annual Golden Globe ductive process. the actor’s guards were Monday night when the actor’s presence, they including MLA Waris ed an employee. — PTI
Awards, the Hollywood This adds fresh insight to
identified, for the beaten up and an apology actor was at Salisbury gathered outside the Pathan.
Foreign Press Association a puzzle that scientists first time, the land-
(HFPA) has announced. The have been grappling with scape of genes
Cecil B deMille award
is given annually to a
talented individual
who has made a last-
for over 150 years, accord-
ing to the study published
in the journal Scientific
which operate with-
in the primrose’s
two different flower-
ing forms that are
Good boy! Service dog gets honorary diploma
ing impact on the Primula vulgaris plants
world of entertain- flower in one of two ways; involved in the ■ 4-yr-old golden retriever awarded for his dedication to his wheel-chaired master
ment. “The they either have a long reproductive
Hollywood Foreign style and low anthers, or a Albany (New York): Clarkson University over nary effort, steadfast com-
Press Association is delighted short style and elevated process Whenever Brittany the weekend, Griffin was mitment and diligent dedi-
to bestow the 2019 Cecil B anthers — known as pins Hawley went to class, her once again at her side — cation to the well-being
deMille Award on Jeff Bridges. or thrums. genes known as the S (Style loyal service dog Griffin with an honorary diploma and student success" of
Bridges’ brilliant Darwin was intrigued as length) locus have been was there. If she needed of his own. Hawley.
body of work across diverse to why some species, such shown to be the control her cell phone, Griffin "I pushed for him to Hawley, 25, of Wilson,
genres has captured the hearts as the primrose, develop centre for the development would fetch it. Even when graduate from Day One," North Carolina, uses a
and minds of audiences world- two different forms of flow- of the flowers. she assisted patients as Hawley said on Monday. wheelchair and has chron-
wide for more than six ers, and devoted a whole This S locus is absent part of an internship, "He did everything I did." ic pain. She said Griffin
decades. “We look forward to book to the subject. from half the individuals Griffin was there helping The board of trustees of does a wide range of phys-
celebrating ‘the Dude’ and his He concluded from his of this species, this cluster out as well. the Potsdam, New York, ical tasks for her includ-
remarkable career studies that they provided switches some genes on So it's only fitting that school honoured the 4- ing opening doors, turn-
and philanthropic achieve- a mechanism to promote and others off, giving dif- when Hawley was hon- year-old golden retriever ing on lights and bringing
ments at the upcoming Golden outcrossing between indi- ferent patterns of gene oured for receiving her at a recognition ceremony her items she indicates ‘Griffin’ Hawley, the golden retriever service dog, is presented an
Globe Awards,” said HFPA viduals. expression in pin and master's degree in occupa- Saturday, saying he with a laser pointer. honorary diploma during the Clarkson University ‘Recognition
head Meher Tatna. — PTI More recently, a cluster of thrum flowers. — PTI tional therapy from demonstrated "extraordi- — AP Ceremony’ in Potsdam, New York, on Saturday. — AP

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Use coconut choppers to commit crime, all accused held
AGE CORRESPONDENT Babloo left without telling

2 Which city was founded

in 1718 by the French in
NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 DRUGS, MONEY, MURDER them,” said Mr Singh.
“During sustained inter-
North America? Money turned friends into  The headless body  One of the accused, rogation, the three broke
foe. Three youths have of Babloo Kumar was Mishra, who was a down and confessed to
■ New York been arrested for killing found in the bushes at stockbroker, had lent have committed the crime.
■ New Orleans and chopping the body of a vacant plot in Mayur Babloo some money They disclosed that
■ Newark a tattoo artist in East Vihar which he had refused Mishra had lent Babloo
Delhi’s Mayur Vihar. The  The accused have to repay. The other some money, which he
police said that they were been identified as two — Bobby and refused to repay. The other
3 In 2015 Manny Pacquiao
fought Floyd
Mayweather in a fight
National Women’s Party chairperson Swetha Shetty (left) with acid attack victims
close friends and one of
them was having mone-
Prashant Mishra (25),
Ankit Sharma (19)
Ankit — also had a
fallout with Babloo
two also had a fallout with
Babloo over money as they
unveil the party logo during the launch of what is claimed to be the country’s first tary issues with the were all addicts,” he said.
billed as what? and Inderjeet, alias over money as they
women’s national level political party in New Delhi on Tuesday. — BIPLAB BANERJEE deceased, who was unable The police said that the
to return the money that Bobby (27) were all addicts three had hatched a plan
■ Fight of the Century
■ Rumble in the Jungle ■ Representing underprivileged on agenda he had borrowed.
According to the police, headless body lying in a since his brother often
to eliminate him. They
lured him to have drinks
■ Kings of the Ring the accused have been vacant plot belonging to stayed out for several days with them on the pretext

All-women party floated

identified as Prashant the Delhi Jal Board. The without informing any- of a party at a vacant plot.

SHORT TAKE Mishra (25), Ankit

Sharma (19), and Inderjeet
head of the deceased was
also recovered from the
“We had detained his
“They revealed that
Mishra had arranged two

Principal held
(27), who had chopped same plot,” said DCP (East) close friends for investiga- coconut choppers as per

on lines of old US outfit

deceased Babloo’s head Pankaj Singh. tion. It came to light that their plan. They got Babloo
with a coconut chopper. The police said that dur- Mishra, Sharma, and drunk and then chopped

as 2 kids die in
“On Sunday afternoon, ing initial investigation, Inderjeet were last seen his head and left the body
we got a police control Sonu told the police about with him on December 10. there,” said DCP Singh.
room call at around 1.30 pm how Babloo left home on Subsequently, they were The police said it has

wall collapse New Delhi, Dec. 18:

Inspired by the decades
old National Women’s
office to office in expecta-
tion of some help to make
their lives better and got
hence she felt the need for
women party,” Ms Shetty
from a caller, Sonu, who is
the deceased’s brother. He
informed us about Babloo’s
December 10 and did not
return. However, he did
not suspect any foul play
interrogated. Initially, the
trio said that they met him
on December 10 but later
recovered the two coconut
choppers and the blood
stained clothes.
AGE CORRESPONDENT Party in the United States, nothing” and those who “The political world in
NOIDA, DEC. 18 a 36-year-old doctor and suffered from domestic India has been majorly

The principal of a private

school in which two children
social activist launched a
women’s only party here
on Tuesday to fight for
abuse or are struggling
against the social estab-
male dominated
women have always felt
excluded.The party will
CM: Public
were killed and three injured
in a wall collapse was arrest-
issues like reservation for
women in Parliament and
“The actual ground work
for National Women Party
attempt to eradicate the
present challenges as
ed here Tuesday, the police
said. Two kids, aged 10 and
7, were killed when a wall of
harassment of women at
The newly-formed
began in 2012. The motive
behind formation
National Women Party is
there is need for women
participants who under-
stand the subject more
key to curb
the school in Salarpur village
collapsed Monday, prompt-
ing Uttar Pradesh Chief
National Women’s Party
(NWP) is being headed by
Swetha Shetty, who said
to get 50 per cent reserva-
tion for women candidates
in Lok Sabha Election.
delicately. Women empow-
erment will be a fair play
to persistent paradoxes of
Minister Yogi Adityanath to the party’s goal was to Even in 2018 women rights our times,” she said. AGE CORRESPONDENT
order a magisterial-level represent “women” par- are avoided easily and Ms Shetty said while she NEW DELHI, DEC. 18
inquiry. KM Public School ticularly the underprivi- there is so much crime was working with an NGO
principal Sanjeev Kumar Jha leged who “have suffered against women and no sig- in Telangana, she worked As the government has
was held on Tuesday near his at the hands of system. nificant reformations are upon the idea of starting a planned to introduce a
house in Sector 107 by offi- Those who have run from being considered so far mass movement. — PTI fleet of 1,000 e-buses,
cials of the Sector 49 police chief minister Arvind
station, they said. This is the Kejriwal said greater
first arrest in the case in
which six people have been
Man stabbed Man held from near usage of public trans-
port facilities will be a
booked for culpable homi-
to death for “major step” towards
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar

Jaitley’s GK house
cide not amounting to mur- curbing air pollution.
der, endangering life of oth- and Jairam Ramesh during the launches his book Changing India, a five-volume book,
ers under the Indian Penal ‘misbehaving’ Addressing a stakehold-
ers’ consultation on the in New Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI

Code and for cruelty against proposed draft electric
with woman
children under the Juvenile
Justice (Care and Protection
where he
thought he
vehicles policy,
Kejriwal reiterated that
Online pharmacies
remark: BJP
of Children) Act, 2015. AGE CORRESPONDENT was being his government has the
“Working on a tip-off, Jha NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 A security guard, alleged- attacked by “political will” to take
was held by the team from
the gate of Arogya Dham
Maharishi Ashram in Sector
A 35-year-old man was
stabbed to death in outer
ly suffering from depres-
sion, was detained for
lurking suspiciously in a
O n
“tough decisions” on cut-
ting down pollution.
Transport minister
fail to get HC relief protests at
107,” SHO Girija Shankar Delhi’s Aman Vihar security porta cabin near Arun Jaitley M o n d a y, Kailash Gahlot said the
Tripathi, who led the police
team, said, adding that
reportedly over a fight
that took place after the
the residence of finance
minister Arun Jaitely in
was returning home
he AAP government plans
to float tenders for the
No online sale till norms in place Nath’s house
searches were underway to victim allegedly misbe- South Delhi’s Greater around 9 pm, two-three 1,000 electric buses New Delhi, Dec. 18: The that even prescription
nab the other accused. haved with a woman, the Kailash area on Tuesday. persons crossed his path shortly. On November 2, Delhi high court on drugs were sold only if AGE CORRESPONDENT

After ‘happiness’,
police said on Tuesday. The person has been and he feared that they Mr Gahlot launched an Tuesday said its stay on there was a valid pre- NEW DELHI, DEC. 18
The incident took place identified as Ganesh were going to beat him. e-bus for trial, so that sale of drugs and pre- scription from a doctor.
on Sunday after the Nayak, who is in his 30’s Following this, he started zero-emissions vehicles scription medicines by The applications for The workers of Delhi

students to learn deceased, identified as

Rajesh, allegedly misbe-
and a resident of Prakash
Mohalla in Garhi, police
running. He finally ended
up at the spot and hid
could be rolled out in the
next five to six months.
online pharmacies will
continue till rules are
impleadment were filed
in a PIL by Zaheer Ahmed
BJP’s Purvanchal
Morcha staged a protest

haved with the wife of said. himself behind the porta “The electrical vehicle framed to regulate such seeking a ban on “illegal” and blackened the name-
the accused Subhash, 32. On Monday night, cabins of RAC. policy being discussed entities. sale of drugs and medi- plate of newly elected
The accused was Greater Kailash police sta- Subsequently, he was today is a good step. A bench of Chief Justice cines online. chief minister of
AGE CORRESPONDENT arrested from Inder tion was informed about a caught by the staff, who And, greater usage of Rajendra Menon and During the hearing, the Madhya Pradesh Kamal
NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 Enclave in the interven- man near Mr Jaitely’s res- then informed the police public transport would Justice V.K. Rao said that petitioner informed the Nath, in a protest over
ing night of Sunday and idence. Reportedly, Mr about it. Mr Nayak’s be a major step towards “once the rules come into bench that the Madras his statement against
To motivate students to Monday. The deceased Jaitley is presently not statement to the police is curbing air pollution...,” play, you (online pharma- high court on Monday had UP and Bihar people,
become entrepreneurs, the was a labourer by profes- residing in the house. being verified. Mr Kejriwal said. cies) can start selling it banned online sale of med- outside his residence in
Delhi government will launch sion. Both the accused On reaching the spot, Meanwhile, Mr Nayak’s The government has (medicines). Problem is icines till the Union health the national capital.
a special curriculum for city and the deceased live in which is a park located version that he worked as planned to introduce that today there are no ministry and the Central The protesters gath-
schools from next session, the same locality. nearly 100 yards from Mr a security guard, has 3,000 buses, out of which rules regulating it”. Drugs Standard Control ered outside Mr Nath’s
Deputy Chief Minister Manish According to police, on Jaitley’s house, police been verified from his 1,000 would e-buses, he The observations by the Organisation (CDSCO) residence on Tughlaq
Sisodia said Tuesday. Mr Sunday, Subhash’s wife learnt that the staff of employer and nothing said. “And, once these bench were made while notified the proposed Road. They raised slo-
Sisodia said students need to went to her sister’s RAC (Rajasthan Armed suspicious has been 1,000 e-buses arrive, and hearing the applications Drugs and Cosmetics gans and asked him to
become job providers and house in Inder Enclave Constabulary), deployed found. if they turn out to be moved by some online Amendment Rules, 2018 in apologise to the people
this curriculum will train area in the afternoon. at the residence of the The police said that Mr technologically and eco- pharmacies seeking to be the gazette at the earliest from UP and Bihar.
them before they begin col- When she was there, minister, had put up porta Nayak seems mentally nomically viable, we will impleaded in the matter. by January 31. Mr Nath told reporters
lege. “We had launched the deceased Rajesh (35), cabins there as resting disturbed owing to some buy e-buses only,” he The pharmacies urged The Madras high court, after taking office yes-
‘happiness curriculum’ in also a resident of Inder place and the person had family trouble. He is cur- said. Mr Kejriwal said it the court to remove the however, kept the opera- terday that his govern-
government schools. Now we Enclave, allegedly mis- entered one of those. rently living at Prakash is being said that the prohibition on online sale tion of its order in ment would give incen-
will launch the entrepreneur- behaved with her. It was revealed during Mohalla in Garhi with his scale on which e-buses of drugs, saying they held abeyance till December tives to the industries
ship curriculum from the Later, she stated her the investigations that Mr friends and colleagues. are being planned to be licences and no medi- 20, to enable the online that give 70 per cent jobs
next session onwards for ordeal to her husband Nayak seemed to be suf- His family is in West introduced, is the first for cines were sold illegally. pharmacies to challenge to locals in Madhya
secondary and senior sec- when he came home in fering from phobia, Bengal. any city in the country. They also contended the decision. — PTI Pradesh. He also
ondary students,” he said at the evening after work. claimed that people from
the first convocation of According to the UP and Bihar got
Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical
University for Women. “At
police, Subhash went to
Rajesh’s house and a
■ SSB creates 72 new posts to enhance security along Nepal, Bhutan borders employment in the state
at the cost of the local
such events (convocation) quarrel ensued between population.
we should also celebrate
those students who did not
take up jobs and instead
chose to provide jobs to oth-
them on Sunday evening
during which
accused stabbed the

manin a fit of rage and

SSB boosts vigil along Nepal, Bhutan borders
“It seems Mr Nath
immediately forgot the
Constitution of which
he took oath as a CM.
ers. The definition of patriot- fled the spot. along the borders, has cre- ◗ Wherever Indian ders with Nepal and ty. The Constitution allows
ism should be extended to The accused stabbed NEW DELHI, DEC. 18 ated 18 such posts in Bhutan run, the SSB is The DG stressed that people of the country to
those who provide jobs,” he the victim five times on Sikkim and Arunachal borders with Nepal creating infrastructure construction of roads to go and settle in any part
said. Around 1,100 students his chest and abdomen, The Sashastra Seema Bal Pradesh. A few of its loca- and Bhutan run, the and is deploying manpow- connect the border posts is of the country and take
were awarded degrees at the DCP (Outer) Seju (SSB), which guards the tions are just next to the SSB is creating er, Mr Deswal said while the “top priority” of all up any means of liveli-
convocation. Lieutenant-gov- Kuruvilla said. Indo-Nepal and Indo- Doklam plateau, where infrastructure and is interacting with reporters the government organisa- hood of their choice,”
ernor Anil Baijal, who is the The victim was taken Bhutan border, has opera- the Indian and Chinese on the occasion of the 55th tions involved in this task. said president of Delhi
Chancellor of the varsity, to Sanjay Gandhi tionalised a total of 72 forces had a 73 day-long
deploying manpow- raising day of the force. The DG was also asked BJP’s Purvanchal
congratulated the students Memorial Hospital, posts during this year to military standoff there in er, DG S.S. Deswal The force chief said con- the reason as to why a Morcha, Manish Singh.
and also suggested that where he was declared strengthen its defences to the summer of 2016. said on the occasion ditions in the border posts number of officers and
entrepreneurs should be sup- brought dead. guard the two open Indian Asked if the new border of the 55th raising are “improving at a very jawans were leaving the
ported by the government Thereafter, a murder borders, a top official said outposts (BoPs) were day of the force fast pace” when he was paramilitary forces or
when they start out. case was registered and during an event for the being created in the after- asked about the comments Central Armed Police
accused Subhash was 55th raising day of the math of the Doklam inci- were established to guard of a recent parliamentary Forces (CAPFs) over the
THE ANSWERS TO TODAY’S GUIDE TO FORTUNE later arrested from force on Tuesday. dent, SSB director-general the two open Indian bor- panel report that said the last few years. He said that
Inder Enclave on the The paramilitary force, (DG) S.S. Deswal said ders with Nepal and border posts of forces like the personnel leave in
■ Fight of
the Century intervening night of as part of the boosting of securing the India-China Bhutan on the eastern SSB lacked basic ameni- order to avail better job
Orleans ■ 8 ■ New Sunday and Monday, the security infrastructure border was not its man- flank of the country. ties such as clean drinking opportunities and
DCP added. and enhancing manpower date and the new posts Wherever Indian bor- water and proper electrici- avenues. Kamal Nath
The late Phil Hughes’ memory lives on in the Oz
dressing room with a gold blazer bearing his Test cap 14
number being the top prize for the player voted MoM

India made an error in

going with four
seamers, specially
(with) Umesh and not
— Sanjay Manjrekar,
Former Indian cricketer


Tim Paine

Paine says he will

invite India for beer
Perth: Australia captain Tim
Paine on Tuesday played down
the verbal showdowns with Virat
Kohli during the second Test
here but insisted that he won't
sit back and be “walked all over”
if faced with a similar situation in
the remaining matches.
The two skippers had quite a bit
of banter in the middle, so much
so that they almost made physi-
cal contact at one point. But
Australian players celebrate an Indian wicket during the second Test at Perth. — AP

Paine shrugged it off, saying that
Australia will invite India for a

No line was crossed

beer in the change rooms as per
their team tradition. “I don't
think we did touch to be honest.
It got pretty close. It was a high-
ly competitive Test match from
both teams. There's a lot on the
line and both teams desperately
want to win and sometimes that
in second Test: Kohli
stuff happens,” Paine said in the
post-match press conference.
Perth, Dec. 18: India cap-
tain Virat Kohli on SKIPPER BACKS
“I love it. I enjoy watching Kohli, Tuesday said there was
I always have. I think he brings no swearing or personal
out the competitive spirit in a lot
of people which is great, and I'm ■ India lose by 146 runs as Australia level series 1-1 attacks during his verbal
duel with Australian skip-
sure it was great to watch. per Tim Paine and no line
“I was really proud of the way
our team conducted themselves
Perth, Dec. 18: India
crumbled in the face of BEST BOWLING BY AUSTRALIAN admitted by one of their
own at the end of fourth SCORECARD was crossed in the second
Test here. C aptain Virat Kohli on
Tuesday firmly
on the field this week. We defi-
nitely will (the Indian team for a
Australia’s remarkable
metamorphosis and
Vihari (28) and Rishabh Australia (1st innings)
“Well, it is definitely
nothing compared to 2014
backed his decision to
play four pacers in the
beer) after the series. That's crashed to a 146-run Figures Bowler Venue Season Result Pant (30) had continued India (1st innings) to be honest,” said Kohli second Test against
always been the thing that has defeat in the second Test their overnight partner- referring to the 2014 Test Australia, rejecting criti-
happened and will always be the here on Tuesday, surren- 12-286 Nathan Lyon Adelaide 2014-15 Won ship, and batted out only
Australia (2nd series where he was cism that India erred in
case,” he added. dering a rare hard-earned 8-94 Ian Johnson Melbourne 1947-48 Won six overs before the first innings) 243. engaged in heated not playing a spinner.
— PTI ascendancy in a series wicket fell on this day. India (2nd innings): exchanges with some Team selection has been
Down Under. 8-97 Bob Simpson Sydney 1967-68 Won Overall, they added 21 K.L. Rahul b Starc 0, Australian players. at the heart of issue for
The hosts levelled the 8-106 Nathan Lyon Perth 2018-19 Won runs for the sixth wicket. “As long as there is no the past five days, with
Ponting not a fan
Murali Vijay b Lyon
four-match series 1-1 after Vihari was the first to go, 20, Cheteshwar swearing on the field, and Kohli’s decision to play
India were bowled out for 8-205 Nathan Lyon Adelaide 2018-19 Lost lobbing a catch off Starc Pujara c Paine b there’s no personal four pacers backfiring
of India’s batting 140 runs in 56 overs in
their second innings on
to short point. Pant then
tried to play a few more
Hazlewood 4, Virat
Kohli c Khawaja b
attacks, the line doesn’t
get crossed. That’s it!.
spectacularly, leading to a
146-run defeat.
Perth: Former Australia captain
Ricky Ponting reckons India's
the fifth and final day.
Starting from overnight
OZ SQUAD TO REMAIN UNCHANGED attacking strokes, but he
didn’t comprehend the sit-
Lyon 17,
Rahane c Head b
Ajinkya “But look, in competi-
tive spirit it stays on the
“In the past when we
have played four quicks,
batting woes have outweighed 112 for five, India lost Perth, Dec. 18: Cricket management feels that uation well and was con- Hazlewood 30, field. I am not going to go we definitely haven’t been
their opponents after the visitors their last five wickets for Australia on Tuesday they have sufficient back- fused whether to farm the Hanuma Vihari c into details but to be hon- as consistent as we were
slumped to a massive 146 run 28 runs and it was all over announced an unchanged up in Mitchell Marsh and strike at all. In doing so, Marcus Harris b Starc est it’s not of importance in this game. So, I think
28, Rishabh Pant c
defeat in the second Test. within 65 minutes of play. 13-man squad for the Peter Siddle should they he attacked Lyon and Handscomb b Lyon for me to speak on and it’s they were pretty accurate,
“I compared the two teams at This was Australia’s remaining two Tests need to bolster their four- holed out to mid on, with 30, Umesh Yadav c & something that’s done,” pretty consistent and we
the start of the series and I did- first Test win since the against India in man bowling attack for Peter Handscomb taking b Starc 2, Ishant he said. were convinced about
n't think India could win here just ball-tampering scandal Melbourne and Sydney. the remaining two Tests. a low diving catch. It has- Sharma c Paine b Pat Kohli had scored a 123 in going in with four fast
because of the frailties of their broke out in South Africa The only noticeable The hosts levelled the tened the end for India, Cummins 0, the first innings but his bowlers looking at the
batting and I think that's been earlier this year. Having change is that uncapped four-match series 1-1 with with Umesh Yadav (2) ret- Mohammed Shami dismissal of a controver- conditions.” — PTI
highlighted this week,” Ponting won the opening game by pacer Chris Tremain, a 146-run win after India urning a simple catch to (not out) 0, Jasprit sial catch in the first
The injury of Prithvi Shaw, which
31 runs to go in front a
week ago, India had been
who did not travel to
Perth for the second Test
were bowled out for 140
runs in 56 overs in their
Ishant Sharma (0) was
Bumrah c & b Pat
Cummins 0. Extras
came under
ruled him out of the entire Test talked up as a threat com- either, has been released second innings on the caught behind off (b6, Lb-0, w3) 9. “I don’t think I showed
series, was the first blow to ing into the capital of from the list. fifth and final day. Cummins, and Jasprit Total (in 56 overs) any displeasure at the dis-
India. The youngster had suf- Western Australia, but The Australian team — PTI Bumrah (0) hit a skier for 140. missal at all. Appeal was
fered a left ankle injury while
attempting a catch in a practice
they wilted as the pace-
spin duo of Mitchell Starc Lyon (3-39) finished with that gave Australia the
another return catch to
the pacer as Australia
FoW: 1-0, 2-13, 3-48,
4-55, 5-98, 6-119, 7-
made on call and that’s it.
It was done, Australia
137, 8-139, 9-140.
game against Cricket Australia
XI. Batsman Rohit Sharma and
spinner Ravichandran Ashwin
and Nathan Lyon worked
in tandem at the Optus
Stadium. Starc (3-46) and
three wickets apiece,
while Josh Hazlewood (2-
24) and Pat Cummins (2-
edge. He finished the
match with eight wickets,
including a five-for in the
sealed their first Test win
since Durban.
Australia had scored 326
Bowling: Starc 17-3-
46-3, Hazlewood 11-3-
played better cricket than
us and they deserved to
win,” he said.
T he Indian cricket
board (BCCI) on
Tuesday rubbished media
24-2, Cummins 9-0-
were also ruled out before the 25) took a brace each. first innings and a deserv- runs in their first innings, 25-2, Lyon 19- Kohli also credited reports in Australia
Perth Test. India have called While Starc and his pace ing Man-of-the-Match and India replied with 283 3-39-3. Australia for out- which claimed that cap-
opener Mayank Agarwal and all- colleagues were expected award. India surely runs, thanks to playing tain Virat Kohli bragged
rounder Hardik Pandya to bolster to thrive on the lively missed a trick in not play- Virat Kohli’s 25th Test India. about being the best bats-
their batting. track, it was off-spinner ing a specialist spinner, hundred. — PTI man in the world while
“They've had to call in another Lyon’s exceptional outing something that was — PTI ridiculing Tim Paine dur-
opener, they've brought in ing the second Test in
another all-rounder as well to try
and bolster that middle order. STUMP MIC PICKS ISHANT-JADEJA SPAT Perth.
“It is ‘assumed’ that
They've got as much on their Perth, Dec. 18: Tension tion suggested Ishant and argument was not clear. Kohli said, ‘I am the best
plate as the Australian boys flared up between team- Jadeja were engaged in a “It does seem pretty ani- player in the world and
have, if not more now that mates Ishant Sharma and heated discussion before mated,” former Australia you are just a stand-in
they've lost this game. Ravindra Jadeja during a two other teammates, captain Ricky Ponting captain’. These claims
“(There is) a lot of uncertainty mid-game break on the including Mohammed had said. were based on hearsay
around their group and they fourth day of the second Shami, separated them. “There’s lots of finger and the BCCI would like
haven't got long to turn things Test between India and Though it did not look pointing. They were sepa- to bring into notice that
around,” Ponting said. Australia here. like a friendly discussion, rated on a couple of occa- no such words were spo-
— PTI Ishant Sharma (left) and A stump mic conversa- the reason behind their sions.” — PTI ken on the field by the
Ravindra Jadeja. Indian captain,” BCCI
said in a statement.

Gavaskar trains gun on captain and coach

Perth, Dec. 18: Utility of Virat “We have been seeing this — Steve Smith or David Warner, that who has authorised 19 picked in the Test matches, an Virat Kohli
Kohli and Ravi Shastri as cap- the selection blunders that then the selectors need to players to go because the next opportunity to regain form
tain and coach must be have been committed since the think whether we are getting question is why not three and make a case for getting
assessed if India fail to win the tour of South Africa. It has any benefit from this lot — the more? The BCCI is a very rich back in the team,” he added.
next two Tests against cost the team because it has captain, coach and body, it can afford to send even The first one on the flight
Australia, suggested batting lost matches which could’ve support staff,” 40 people down there. However, back home from Perth should
legend Sunil Gavaskar, who is been won if the proper selec- Gavaskar told I feel that an India cap, an be India opener KL Rahul
baffled by the “selection blun- tion had been made,” Aaj Tak. Indian blazer has to be made a according to Gavaskar. “
ders” committed by the team Gavaskar said. The former lot more valuable. ... by carry- He (Rahul) has no chance of
management. “They have to look at the opener ques- ing players and taking 19 play- playing in the remaining two
India lost the Perth Test by combination of their team, tioned the logic ers, I do believe that the selec- Tests unless of course there is
146 runs to allow the hosts look at the hole that needs to for picking a tion committee has not han- an injury to any player. I think
level the four-match series 1-1. be plugged and pick the men jumbo squad. “I dled their responsibility well,” that he should be coming back
India went in with four spe- to. If they do that then they want to find he said. and playing Ranji Trophy for
cialist pacers while Australia can certainly win the out “A lot of those players can Karnataka. It is not just that
picked spinner Nathan Lyon, next two matches but come back and play domestic he is out of form, he is just not
who eventually tuned out to be if they don’t, and cricket which will not only there and you can see that. He
the difference between the two that too against embellish our domestic crick- can prove me wrong and I will
sides. Gavaskar was not this Australian et, lift the standard of our be very happy to be proven
impressed with the selection team which domestic cricket but also wrong as long as the Indian
choices made by the team man- does not give these guys, team benefits.”
agement. h a v e unlikely to be — PTI
Three-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have
appointed former India speedster Zaheer Khan 15
as Director of Cricket Operations.


■ Unheralded Varun, From architect to
Kings XI
Kings XI
Jaydev Unadkat
C.V. Varun
Sam Curran
`8.40 Cr
`8.40 Cr
`7.20 Cr
Shivam fetch big money mystery spinner
Delhi Colin Ingram `6.40 Cr Jaipur, Dec. 18: Unheralded hand, is back in the RR fold C. SANTHOSH KUMAR
Varun Chakravarthy on after being released at the CHENNAI, DEC. 18 I didn’t expect
Kolkata Carlos Brathwaite `5 Cr Tuesday fetched a sensa- end of the 2018 season. He
this much
Axar Rajesh Patel
Mohit Sharma
`5 Cr
`5 Cr
tional bid of `8.4 crore,
more than 40 times his base TIME LUCKY had been bought for `11.5
crore by RR earlier this CHAKR
HY As a professional architect,
imagination comes quite (`8.4 crore) as
price, at the IPL players’ year.
naturally to Varun I thought someone
RCB Shivam Dube `5 Cr auction that had an uvraj Singh fans must On Tuesday, the Royals Chakravarthy of Tamil

flavour to it.

Varun, with a base price

Y have heaved a sigh of
relief when the 37-
year-old was bought by
lapped him up him after
a bidding battle with
KXI, CSK and Delhi
`20 la

`8.4 Nadu. And it’s the most

important trait that makes
him a potent mystery spin-
would pick me for my
base price of `20 lakh
of `20 lakh, went to Kings
XI Punjab after a bidding
Mumbai Indians for his base
price of `1 crore after going
the SO
LD KXIP ner — a rare and hot com-
modity in cricket. On CHAKRAVARTHY,
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS war that also involved
Delhi Capitals, Chennai
unsold initially. “If you are
wondering why this took
other uncapped players
who attracted huge
Tuesday, Varun was one of
the most sought after crick-
who will make his IPL
PLAYER TYPE PRICE PAID Super Kings and Rajasthan time...we’ve just got back to amounts were 16-year-old eters at the IPL auction as debut with Kings XI
Mohit Sharma Bowler `5,00,00,000 Royals. KXIP, who had the senses! Welcome to all-rounder Prayas Ray he went from his base price
Ruturaj Gaikwad Batsman `20,00,000 maximum money going Mumbai,” tweeted Mumbai Barman from Bengal (`1.5 of `20 lakh to a whop- bloomer — who started as
into the auction, also spent Indians. Yuvraj secured a cr to RCB), Punjab wicket- ping `8.4 crore. a medium pacer before try-
DELHI CAPITALS big on England all-rounder last minute deal but his IPL keeper Prab Simran Singh Varun couldn’t ing his hands at spin bowl-
Sam Curran, buying him fortunes have been declin- (`4.8 cr to KXIP), Mumbai believe what he ing — the 27-year-old has as
PLAYER TYPE PRICE PAID for `7.2 crore, the most for ing rapidly. In 2015, he batsmen Shivam Dube (`5 saw on TV. “I did- many as eight variations
Colin Ingram Batsman `6,40,00,000 an overseas player on fetched a record `16 crore cr to RCB) and Uttar n’t expect this with leg-spinners, cutters
Axar Patel All-Rounder `5,00,00,000 Tuesday. deal with the Delhi franchise Pradesh batsman much as I and googlies being his reg-
Hanuma Vihari Batsman `2,00,00,000 Both uncapped and but was picked up by KXIP Akshdeep Singh (`3.6 cr to thought someone ular weapons.
Sherfane Rutherford All-Rounder `2,00,00,000 capped Indians were in at his base of price of `2 RCB). would pick me for “Before I bowl, at the top
demand at the auction. crore last season before the Akshdeep was bought my base price,” of my run-up, I visualise
Ishant Sharma Bowler `1,10,00,000 Medium pacer Jaydev team released him. after he re-entered the auc- said Varun who how I want to bowl. And I
Keemo Paul All-Rounder `50,00,000 Unadkat became a million- tion pool. Spinner Axar shot to fame with follow this routine reli-
Jalaj Saxena All-Rounder `20,00,000 aire once again with a `8.4 ner from Tamil Nadu who Patel (`5 crore), pacer his exploits in the giously for every ball,” said
Ankush Bains WK `20,00,000 crore bid from Rajasthan gave up a career as free- Mohit Sharma (`5 crore) Tamil Nadu Varun.
Nathu Singh Bowler `20,00,000 Royals but the spotlight lance architect to pursue and Mohammad Shami Premier League. Ever since he played a
Bandaru Ayyappa Bowler `20,00,000 was firmly on Varun, the cricket. (`4.8 crore) were the When he finished stellar role in Madurai
27-year-old mystery spin- “We had to wait and see other names to fetch big as the second high- Panthers’ title triumph in
how the bid was going (for bids. Patel was bought est wicket-taker the 2018 TNPL, Varun’s
KINGS XI PUNJAB Varun). He can bowl in the by Delhi Capitals after of the Vijay stakes have skyrocketed.
PLAYER TYPE PRICE PAID Powerplay and in the death a bidding battle with Hazare Trophy Commentators couldn’t
and can also bat,” said the Punjab franchise. on his debut stop raving about his
CV Varun All-Rounder `8,40,00,000 Shami, who turned
KXIP coach Mike Hesson. List-A season, it uncanny ability during the
Sam Curran All-Rounder `7,20,00,000 Varun has risen to promi- up for Delhi last sea- looked certain franchisee league and it
Mohammad Shami Bowler `4,80,00,000 nence owing to a strong son, was sold to that Varun was no surprise that TN
Prabhsimran Singh WK `4,80,00,000 showing in the Tamil Nadu KXIP while Mohit would be selectors named him in the
Nicolas Pooran WK `4,20,00,000 Premier League. He has went back to snapped up limited-overs side for the
Moises Henriques All-Rounder `1,00,00,000 been widely credited for Chennai Super by an IPL Vijay Hazare and soon
Madurai Panthers maiden Kings after a franchisee. made his Ranji debut.
Hardus Viljoen Bowler `75,00,000 TNPL title win this year. stint with V a r u n Varun will make IPL
Darshan Nalkande All-Rounder `30,00,000 Unadkat, on the other KXIP. — PTI who left his debut under his Tamil
Sarfaraz Khan All-Rounder `25,00,000 architecture Nadu teammate R. Ashwin
Arshdeep Singh Bowler `20,00,000 job in 2014 to now. When not playing
Agnivesh Ayachi All-Rounder `20,00,000 play cricket. cricket, Varun edits short

Harpreet Brar All-Rounder `20,00,000 A late films and plays guitar.
M. Ashwin Bowler `20,00,000


Carlos Brathwaite All-Rounder `5,00,00,000 ith uncertainty over the
availability of
Lockie Ferguson Bowler

`1,60,00,000 Australian and England
Joe Denly Batsman `1,00,00,000 players in a World Cup year, the
Harry Gurney Bowler `75,00,000 teams went after the West
Nikhil Shankar Naik WK `20,00,000 Indians. Out of the 20 overseas
Shrikant Mundhe All-Rounder `20,00,000 slots available, six were sealed
by the Caribbean players Mumbai, Dec. 18: Just a on there was no looking
Prithvi Raj Yarra Bowler `20,00,000 including Shimron day before the IPL auction, back for the youngster,
Anrich Nortje Bowler `20,00,000 Hetmyer, Carlos Mumbai’s budding all- though he had to take a
Brathwaite, Nicholas rounder Shivam Dubey break due to personal rea-
MUMBAI INDIANS Pooran, Oshane whacked Baroda spinner sons.
PLAYER TYPE PRICE PAID Thomas, Keemo Paul Swapnil Singh for five A senior Mumbai Cricket
and Sherfane sixes in as many balls in Association official, who
Barinder Sran Bowler `3,40,00,000 knows Dubey, said he was
e: Rutherford. RCB their Ranji Trophy tie and
Lasith Malinga Bowler `2,00,00,000
Yuvraj Singh All-Rounder `1,00,00,000 Base paid `4.2 crore for his batting prowess has not bulky earlier and has
`1.5 C
.4 Hetmyer. KKR, gone unnoticed. worked on his fitness a lot.

Anmolpreet Singh Batsman `80,00,000 Royals and Delhi No wonder that the 25- “Dubey started playing
Pankaj Jaswal All-Rounder `20,00,000 also bid for the year-old southpaw was on age-group cricket but then
AT s
West Indian. Tuesday grabbed by the took a break due to per-
Rasikh Dar Bowler `20,00,000 LD
SO Brathwaite, the Royal Challengers sonal reasons. He has
star of 2016 World Bangalore for a whop- played U19, U23 cricket
RAJASTHAN ROYALS T20, was sold to KKR for ping `5 crore. before making his Ranji
PLAYER TYPE PRICE PAID `5 crore. Unlike Armaan Jaffer, Trophy debut. He is very
Prithvi Shaw or a focussed now,” the official
Jaydev Unadkat Bowler `8,40,00,000 said.
Sarfaraz Khan, Dubey’s
Varun Aaron Bowler `2,40,00,000 rise to prominence did Another official also
Oshane Thomas
Ashton Turner
Liam Livingstone
Shashank Singh
Teens’ day out not come from school-
cricket but from the
ongoing Ranji sea-
son. Even when
said that Dubey
came from
decent background.
Dubey also played a

Jaipur, Dec. 18: purse strings for talent experienced key part in Mumbai’s
Riyan Parag All-Rounder `20,00,000 Unheralded teenagers and not just the names. Mumbai batsmen Vijay Hazare tro-
Manan Vohra Batsman `20,00,000 Prabh Simran Singh and Prab Simran has played i n c l u d i n g phy triumph. The
Shubham Ranjane All-Rounder `20,00,000 Prayas Ray Barman only four List A matches dropped-Surya tall batsman has
attracted astonishing and was part of the Kumar Yadav so far played six
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE bids during the IPL auc- Indian team which fin- faultered, first class matches
tion to laugh their way ished a runner-up at the Dubey raised his for Mumbai scoring
PLAYER TYPE PRICE PAID to the bank. recent ACC Emerging hand and bailed the 567 runs which
Shivam Dube All-Rounder `5,00,00,000 Punjab’s wicket keeper Teams Asia Cup in Sri team out on multi- include two hundreds
Shimron Hetmyer Batsman `4,20,00,000 batsman Prabh Simran, Lanka. ple occasions. — one against
Akshdeep Nath All-Rounder `3,60,00,000 all of 18, was taken by The Punjab batsman He already has Railways and one
Preity Zinta owned idolises explosive two hundreds to against Gujarat.
Prayas Ray Barman All-Rounder `1,50,00,000 his name. Dubey,
Kings XI Punjab for Virender Sehwag. The — PTI
Himmat Singh Batsman `65,00,000 `4.80 crore while Virat attacking batsman who looks up to
Gurkeerat Singh All-Rounder `50,00,000 Kohli-led Royal scored 298 runs for his West Indies legend
Heinrich Klaasen WK `50,00,000 Challengers Bangalore side in the Under-23 Brian Lara in batting,
Devdutt Padikkal Batsman `20,00,000 shelled out `1.5 crore for tournament. In the first came to limelight
Milind Kumar All-Rounder `20,00,000 16-year-old Barman, who Cooch Behar trophy in during the T20 Mumbai

is an all-rounder from
Bengal. Both the players
season 2017-18, he scored
547 runs for Punjab, hit-
Premier League where
he hammered veteran DUicBeE:
had a base price of `20 ting three centuries. spinner Praveen Base
lakh. Barman, a leg-break Tambe for five `20 la
Jonny Bairstow WK `2,20,00,000 The intense bidding for bowler, is just nine Last sixes in one
Wriddhiman Saha WK `1,20,00,000 the two youngsters
showed that the teams
A game old but was very
impressive during the
A n d SO
Martin Guptill Batsman `1,00,00,000
were willing to loosen Vjjay Hazare. — PTI from then

Mendis, Mathews defy NZ with epic stand to give Sri Lanka hope
Wellington, Dec. 18: Angelo that a full day’s play has and commitment they had increasingly frustrated by bration late in the final ses-
Mathews celebrated with
push-ups on the pitch after
been completed without a
Test wicket falling and the
BRIEF SCORES was unbelievable,” bowling
coach Rumesh Ratnayake
the stubborn rearguard
action, resorting to a bar-
sion that he still has plenty
in the tank and is ready to
joining Kusal Mendis in first time anywhere since Sri Lanka 282 & 259/3 in said. rage of bouncers that failed bat on.
passing 100 on Tuesday as South Africa achieved the 102 overs (Kusal Mendis “We couldn’t have asked to rattle the batsmen. Mendis, who made only
Sri Lanka batted the whole feat against Bangladesh in 116 (batting), Angelo for anything more.” New Spinner Ajaz Patel said the two in the first innings, was
day without losing a wicket Chittagong in 2008. Zealand had hoped to wrap Black Caps had not played also pumped up, saying he
Mathews 117 (batting) vs poorly and were still upbeat would bat for another entire
to give themselves hope of The pair’s epic vigil meant up the match early on the
an unlikely first Test draw the tourists ended the day at New Zealand 578. fourth day after posting an about claiming victory on day if his team required it.
in Wellington. 259 for three after starting imposing 578 in the first the final day. The 23-year-old initially
Mendis was 116 not out at in a seemingly hopeless defeat but with a flat pitch innings, anchored by Tom “The positive thing for us took a positive approach
stumps on day four and position with three wickets offering nothing to New Latham’s unbeaten 264 — is that we are the only team and went after short-ball
Mathews 117, with their down for just 20 in their sec- Zealand’s seam attack and which eclipsed former in a position to win the specialist Neil Wagner. He
record-breaking unbroken ond innings after conceding rain threatening on the England captain Alastair game. That’s great position blasted four boundaries off
246-run partnership setting a first-innings deficit of 296 final day, a draw is now a Cook’s 244 as the highest for us to be in,” he said. Wagner in an entertaining
a Sri Lankan record against to New Zealand. real prospect. score by an opener carrying Mathews sent the New period that saw the pace-
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews celebrates his hundred against
New Zealand. It was also the Sri Lanka still need a fur- “Even tough it’s a belter of their bat in Test history. But Zealanders a defiant mes- man concede 35 runs in four
first time in New Zealand ther 37 to avoid an innings a wicket, the concentration the home bowlers grew sage with his push-up cele- overs. — AFP New Zealand. — AP
Fate decided
PSG give unsettled France midfielder
Adrien Rabiot green light to find new 16
club at the end of current season

I said last season

that the next
manager of Man
Utd should be
Mauricio Pochettino
— Gary Neville, former
Manchester United captain
Manchester, Dec. 18: ● Mourinho’s sacking United will reported-
SHORT TAKE Manchester United
sacked manager Jose
Mourinho on Tuesday
comes just two-and-a-
half years into his
tenure and three
ly have to
Mourinho £22.5 mil-

lion — as the club are

Organic clinches after the club’s worst
start to a season in
years and a day since
Chelsea sacked him
still in the Champions
League — to sever the TIPPED TO TAKE
Delhi feature race nearly three decades. just months after he ties.

became increasingly
spiky in his last few
55, had guided them to
the title
“Manchester United
announces that man-
ager Jose Mourinho
months at Old The club’s worst has left the club with London,
Organic won the Vikram Trafford, lashing out start in the league immediate effect,” a Dec. 18:
Greenland Stud North Indian at the board’s transfer since 1990 means even club statement said. To t t e n h a m
2000 Guineas, the feature policy and turning his Mourinho’s ambition “The club would like Hotspur
event at the Delhi races on fire on his squad, espe- of finishing in the top to thank Jose for his manager
Tuesday. cially record signing four and a Champions work during his time Mauricio
RESULTS Paul Pogba. League qualification at Manchester United Pochettino
1st race: The Sunray Plate (1000 His constant com- spot is in danger. and to wish him suc- emerged on
mts) plaints about the play- Despite United cess in the future. Tuesday as
1. Veerabhadra, 2. Mister Stunner, 3.
Jungle Wave
ers’ lack of desire had reaching the “A new caretaker h o t
2nd race: The Ponza Plate Div-I an impact on the Champions League manager will be favourite to succeed Jose
(1000 mts) pitch, culminating in knockout stages, appointed until the Mourinho, sacked as coach of
1. Sweet Star, 2. Roses Are Forever, the 3-1 defeat by where they face an end of the current sea- Manchester United.
3. Al Sahal Premier League lead- intimidating last-16 tie son, while the club Pochettino has been seen as
3rd race: The Ponza Plate Div-II ers Liverpool on with Paris Saint- conducts a thorough a long-term target for United
(1000 mts) Sunday which left Germain, a combina- recruitment process because of his preference for
1. Far Away, 2. Mr Chairman, 3. United 19 points tion of poor results, for a new, full-time attacking football and nur-
4th race: The Charon Plate (1200 behind their oppo- dressing-room discord manager.” turing young talent, neither
mts) nents. and criticism of the In the longer term of which has been much in
1. Undisputed, 2. Mister Jefferson, 3. Mourinho’s sacking board proved potent former Real Madrid evidence at the club since the
Flemenco comes just two-and-a- factors in the decision coach Zinedine Zidane departure of Alex Ferguson
5th race: The Vikram Greenland half years into his to dismiss the has been linked to the in 2013.
Stud North India 2000 Guineas tenure and three years Portuguese manager. club as has his fellow With the Portuguese gone,
(1400 mts) and a day since A United source said 1998 World Cup-win- United may make their move
1. Organic, 2. Hope And Glory, 3. Sky
Chelsea sacked him that Mourinho had ning team-mate for the Spurs boss, who has
6th race: The Bee’s Prospector Plate just months after he been supported in his Laurent Blanc, who taken his club to consecutive
Div-I (1200 mts) had guided them to efforts to sign players played for United. top-three finishes but has yet
1.King And Country, 2. Truly the title. and described reports Tottenham Hotspur to bring a trophy to North
Magestic, 3. Fidelia Reports said United of player power at the manager Mauricio London.
7th race: The Bee’s Prospector Plate will name a caretaker club as being key to Pochettino is also The Argentine was offered
Div-II (1200 mts) manager in the next 48 the sacking as wide of strongly tipped. at odds of 2/1 against —
1. Bhitski, 2. Big Lemon, 3. Ashwa hours. the mark.
— AFP meaning one chance in three
— within minutes of
Mourinho’s sacking.
LOWPOINTS THAT SPELT THE END Pochettino is closely fol-
lowed at 4/1 against by for-
OF MOURINHO’S MAN U TENURE mer Real Madrid manager
Zinedine Zidane, who led the
COACHING ■ 19 MAY: United lose FA Cup final 1-0 to Chelsea, ending the sea-
Spanish side to three succes-
son without a trophy for first time in three years.
sive Champions League
CAREER ■ 19 AUGUST: Defeat in second game of new Premier League titles.
Benfica (POR) 2000-2001,
Uniao Leiria (POR) 2001-2002,
season 3-2 to Brighton. However, rival bookmakers
FC Porto (POR) Jan 2002-2004), ■ 27 AUGUST: Mourinho sees his side lose 3-0 to Tottenham had former United defender
Chelsea (ENG) 2004-Sept 2007, Hotspur at Old Trafford, the biggest home defeat of his career. and France manager Laurent
Inter Milan (ITA) 2008-2010), Blanc emerging as the fron-
Real Madrid (ESP) 2010-2013, ■ 22 SEPTEMBER: Midfielder Paul Pogba says United should trunner with some putting
Chelsea (2013-Dec 2015), attack more at home after disappointing 1-1 draw with Wolves. him EVENS, down from 12/1,
Manchester United Mourinho strips Frenchman of vice-captaincy in growing rift. ahead of Pochettino.
(ENG) 2016-Dec ■ 25 SEPTEMBER: United dumped out of the League Cup at home The Frenchman spent two
2018. by second-tier Derby County on penalties years at Old Trafford from
2001, making 75 appearances,
■ 29 SEPTEMBER: 3-1 defeat in the league by West Ham United means and has been out of work
United suffer their worst start to a new season in 29 years. since leaving Ligue 1 side
■ 11 NOVEMBER: Comprehensively outplayed and beaten 3-1 by champi- Paris St Germain in 2016.
ons Manchester City away. Former United midfielder
Michael Carrick, now a
■ 16 DECEMBER: Another 3-1 defeat, this time by fierce rivals Liverpool coach at the club, is quoted at
which leaves United 19 points behind their league leading opposition. 10/1, just behind former
— Reuters Monaco boss Leonardo
Jardim, on 9/1. — Reuters

Six-time boxing world champi-

on M.C. Mary Kom poses at
the airport in Ranchi on

Lloris ready for Spurs’ Durant, Curry win it for Warriors
4X4 FURY REVENGE MISSION Los Angeles, Dec. 18: Kevin
Durant scored 23 points as
the Golden State Warriors
kept the pressure on the
Utah Jazz 102-97 to extend
their winning streak to four
Reigning NBA MVP
New Delhi: The Manabhum Off- London, Dec. 18: Hugo ond successive home win Adding to the toxic Denver Nuggets with a 110- Harden produced a dazzling
Roaders Club of Arunachal Lloris has warned in the north London mood around the clash, 93 defeat of the Memphis display of scoring to delight
(MOCA) displayed strategic Arsenal that Tottenham derby following last sea- Arsenal’s stars weren’t Grizzlies on Monday. the home fans at the Toyota
acumen and nerves of steel to are determined to avenge son’s 2-0 success. shy about taking to social Durant was one of five Center with a win that took
claim the JK Tyre Orange 4X4 their recent north In another quarterfinal media to brag about their Warriors players to make the Rockets above .500 for
Fury title in Dambuk, Arunachal London derby despair Chelsea will host victory, with Gunners double figures as the depth the season.
Pradesh, on Tuesday. when the rivals clash Bournemouth at the goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s of the NBA champions Houston are now 15-14 for
The MOCA team, led by drivers again in the League Cup Stamford Bridge in post of a picture of the proved too much for the season while Utah have
Aditya Mei and Chow Ujjal quarter-finals on London. team celebrating brand Memphis at Oakland’s slipped to 14-17, one place off
Namshum and guided by co- Wednesday. The fiery encounter fea- disrespectful by Oracle Arena. the bottom in the Western
drivers Chow Sujeewan Mauricio Pochettino’s tured a brawl between Pochettino. Stephen Curry had 20 Conference.
Choutang and Chow Ingieng side make the short trip players from both teams Pochettino insists points and Klay Thompson Harden’s virtuoso display
Mein, went all out in the Camp the Emirates Stadium after Tottenham’s Eric Tottenham’s improve- 16 in a win which left the included six rebounds and
the River Stage to collect 100 just over two weeks after Dier enraged Arsenal ment during his reign Warriors with a record of five assists. Three other
points. crashing to a 4-2 defeat at with a provocative means they no longer 21-10, just behind Western Houston players made dou-
Their main challengers, the the hands of their bit- goal celebration. need to be obsessed about Conference leaders Denver ble figures, with P.J. Tucker
Gerrari Off-Roaders, finished terest of neighbours Tottenham making derby victories who are 20-9. finishing with 16 points and
third for 90 points but suffered in the Premier fans were also the highlight of their sea- Curry’s points haul took Eric Gordon adding 12
a big blow when they were League. in trouble after son. But Tottenham goal- him past 15,000 for his points.
penalised 30 penalty points for Tottenham led 2-1 a banana skin keeper Lloris insists his career, making him the fifth Clint Capela hauled down
breaking a bunting. on that occasion was thrown at team would love to make player in Warriors fran- 14 rebounds to dominate the
The team Chandigarh, powered but fell apart in the Arsenal’s amends for their painful chise history to reach the boards. But it was Harden’s
by Gurmeet Singh (with second half as Gabon striker loss earlier this month. milestone. eye-catching display that
Gurpratap Sandhu as navigator) Arsenal hit back Pierre-Emerick “Maybe it’s a good thing “It’s a really cool mile- dominated the postgame
and Kabir Waraich (with Yuvraj to claim Aubameyang as that we lost the Premier stone, an unbelievable jour- discussion, with coach Mike
Singh Tiwana), gave it their their sec- he celebrat- League game a few weeks ney so far,” Curry said. “But D’Antoni leading the plau-
best shot but that one mistake ed his ago because it is more it’s just more motivation to dits.
proved to be their undoing. goal in motivation for us,” Lloris keep doing what I’m doing. Harden has averaged just
They won the final Dambuk front of said. I’m blessed to play this over 38 points per game in
River stage to collect 100 t h e “There are no more bad game, with great team- his last five games.
points but the battle had away feelings than when you mates. We can all accom- “This level, the last three
already been lost. They, howev- end. get a defeat. It is another plish great things if we stay or four games are as good as
er, had the consolation of win- opportunity and we will in the moment.” he ever played,” D’Antoni
ning the first runners-up trophy try our best to go Memphis’s scoring was led said.
and `1.5 lakh. through. Every game from the bench by former “It’s just the determina-
The deserving champions that you lose it hurts, but Warrior Omri Casspi, who tion that he has. He cares.
picked up the glittering win- of course when you lead finished with 20 points and Every big shot. Every big
ners’ trophy as well as `2.5 lakh 2-1 it’s worse. was a constant threat to his Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (left) shoots over play. This is an MVP level.”
for their efforts. The second “It’s true Arsenal are ex-teammates. Marc Gasol of Memphis Grizzlies in their NBA basketball Donovan Mitchell led the
runners-up team from playing very well and are Elsewhere on Monday, game in Oakland, California, on Monday. — AP Utah scoring with 23 points
Bangalore, BODA, were richer a difficult team to beat, LaMarcus Aldridge bagged while Rudy Gobert finished
by `1 lakh. but I think we have the a double-double as the San Rudy Gay had 21 points Embiid was restricted to 13 with 18 points.
“We stuck to our overall strate- quality to do it.” Antonio Spurs handed the while DeMar DeRozan also points while Jimmy Butler Elsewhere on Monday,
gy of avoiding penalty points at Pochettino and Arsenal Philadelphia 76ers a chas- had 20 on a night when the suffered an off-target night, Giannis Antetokounmpo
any cost,” MOCA’s Aditya Mei manager Unai Emery tening loss in a 123-96 Spurs dominated the Sixers making just three of 13 field delivered a 32-point haul as
said, shortly after winning the may be tempted to field blowout. in all departments. goal attempts. the Milwaukee Bucks main-
title. under-strength teams to Aldridge spearheaded a The Sixers slipped to 20-12 tained their pursuit of
“We worked well as a team rest their key players fine all-round offensive dis- following the loss. HARDEN FIRES ROCKETS Toronto at the top of the
which was perhaps easy Hugo Lloris ahead of a hectic play from San Antonio as Ben Simmons and J.J. In Houston, James Harden Eastern Conference with a
because we are all from the Christmas schedule. the Spurs improved to 16-15 Redick had 16 points apiece exploded for 47 points as the 107-104 victory over the
same family,” he added. — AFP at the ATT Center in Texas. for the Sixers, but Joel Rockets overpowered the Detroit Pistons. — AFP